Belknap County indictments March 2016

LACONIA — The following people were indicted by a Belknap County grand jury on March 31. An indictment does not indicate guilt but is a determination made by an grand jury that enough evidence exists to warrant a criminal trial.
Michael Scarnari, 40, of or formerly of 30 Roberts Road in Gilford was indicted for one count of filing a false report and one count of deceptive forestry business practices.
Warren A. Bears, III, 45, of or formerly of 54A Bay St. in Laconia was indicted for one count of possession of methamphetamine.
Christopher B. Hodges, 40, of or formerly of 54 Adams St. in Laconia was indicted for two separate counts of possession of amphetamine and alprazolam.
Randy W. Nadeau, 33, or or formerly of 153 Union Ave. #B2 in Laconia was indicted for one count of possession of fentanyl.
Joshua C. Umlah, 32, of or formerly of 104 Shingle Camp Hill Road in New Hampton was charged with one count of possession of heroin.
Brittany Johnson, 25, transient, of Laconia was indicted for one count of possession of methamphetamine.
Joshua C. Levesque, 26, of or formerly of 12 Country Side Circle in Belmont was indicted with one count of possession of fentanyl.
Antonia Perillo, 20, of or formerly of 19 Pasture Lane in Franklin was indicted with one count of possession of methamphetamine.
Adam Roz, 41, of or formerly of 12 Tote Road in Loudon was indicted with two separate counts of fentanyl and methamphetamine.
William M. Doody, 53, of or formerly of 955 Laconia Road in Belmont was indicted with one count of reckless conduct with a deadly weapon – a knife.
Patrick W. Warden, II, 35, of or formerly of 29 Spring St. Apt. A was indicted for one count of operating a motor vehicle after being certified as an habitual offender.
Ruebin J. Ruiter, aka Ruben Thayer, aka Rueben Bushnell, 29, of or formerly of 864 Route 118 in Groton was indicted with one count of being a felon in possession of a dangerous weapon – brass knuckles.
David Josepth Craveiro, II, of 36, of or formerly of 159 Cape Moonshine Road in Wentworth was indicted for one count of receiving stolen property and one count of burglary.
Ryan Decato, 26, of or formerly of 18 Main St. Apt. 8 in Ashland was indicted for one count of receiving stolen property with a value greater than $1,501.
Ryan W. Streitenberger, 35, of or formerly of 634 Benton Drive in Laconia was indicted with one count of being a felon in possession of a dangerous weapon – a gun – and one count of possession of heroin.
Joshua G. Pike, 29, of or formerly of 1156 N. Main St. in Laconia was indicted for one count of robbery.
Damon E. Farris, 25, with no known fixed address was indicted with once count of robbery.
Danielle Lavorgna, 31, of or formerly of 94 Daniel Webster Way in Center Harbor was indicted with one count of failure to report to jail – deemed escape.

Community-based education goals set by school board


LACONIA — From field trips to guest speakers to job shadows, the city school district is implementing a three-year plan that will make education at all levels relevant to the community and make the community relevant to education, said a team of administrators at Tuesday's School Board meeting.

Community Based Education, said board member Mike Persson, who headed the three-month planning process, "is the leveraging of the resources of the district and the community to produce favorable outcomes for all."

There are three goals the district has set for itself. The first is by the start of the 2017-2018 school year, all of the classes in the district will offer at least one field trip experience that incorporates the current curriculum with some component of the community.

For example, a fourth-grade science class could visit one of the area maple sugar producers and learn how certain trees produce sap during certain times of the season. As part of their experience, each student will write a letter of thanks as a writing project and then complete some kind of written and scientific study in coordination with their current curriculum.

Another example is extended learning opportunities where students in the upper grades can create a thesis-type project consistent with their current curriculum that can be presented to a panel of administrators and teachers for credit. ELOs are often considered as part of that student's portfolio that accompanies college, job or military applications.

Internships, guest speakers, community service and other similar events are included as projects that would satisfy this goal.

The intent, said Persson, is to use the community as a classroom, to help students at all ages understand why they are learning what they are learning and to apply it directly to their own community both now and in the future.

"We also want the community to see all of the good things that are going on in our schools," Persson said, noting that the community should see the city schools and their students and employees as a resource.

The second goal of the Community Based Education program is to train the teachers to enhance their abilities to use community resources for their at-risk students. This professional development arm will take three years to implement completely.

He said it allows the school district to proactively identify and address issues that put students at risk of academic, emotional or physical harm and to engage already existing community resources to avoid duplications of effort.

The third goal is to better align the curriculum with the needs of the community by the end of the 2017-2018 school year and measure that progress by the the number of community groups advising the district on curriculum.

Ongoing examples are many, if not most, of the programs at the Huot Technical Center.

Persson said this will ensure the schools are providing through their curriculum local business and industry with the skills they need. It opens a dialogue with local employers about workforce development and the school district and creates a mechanism for promoting mutually beneficial partnerships between the two.

He said yesterday that while there are state and federal education standards that must be met, the reason there is local control by locally elected school boards is to allow the schools to meets the education needs of the local community.

"We offer an excellent education to Laconia students," said Persson, "And we want people to know that there are really good kids in our schools."

Incorporated into the action plan is examining budgets to see that the above three goals are being met and adding some money for transportation to get the students out into the community.

"We are pleased to hear that we are assessing (community) relationships that are mutually beneficial," said Superintendent Phil McCormack. "We are asking people what we can do to be more helpful."

Members of the task force that prepared the plan were Persson, Asst. Middle School Principal Jim Corkum, Huot Technical Center Director Dave Warrander, Student Services Coordinator Amy Cammack-Hinds, Project Extra Coordinator Beth Vachon, Adult Education Director Peggy Selig, and School Business Administrator Ed Emond.

County delegation again fails to get quorum for bargaining agreement


LACONIA — For the second time in three days the Belknap County Delegation last evening failed to muster a quorum, and the meeting to consider ratification of the collective bargaining agreement that would provide employees of the Belknap County House of Corrections with their first pay raise in four years was again recessed.

With only seven of the 17 members present, two shy of the quorum of nine required to conduct business, Rep. Frank Tilton recessed the meeting until Friday, April 8, at 5 p.m.

"I guarantee we'll get a quorum then," Tilton said. "We'll get this done this week. It's embarrassing to us."

Neil Smith of the State Employees Association, who negotiated the collective bargaining agreement said that "county employees have shown up to do their job and we expect the members of the delegation will show up and do theirs." He added that "We're looking forward to Friday and we're optimistic that Mr. Tilton will have a quorum then."

Last evening, Tilton was joined by representatives Russ Dumais of Gilford, Dave Russell of Gilmanton, Don Flanders and Peter Spanos of Laconia, Herb Vadney of Meredith and Dennis Fields of Sanbornton.

Representatives Valerie Fraser of New Hampton, Glen Aldrich and George Hurt of Gilford, Brian Gallagher of Sanbornton, Peter Varney and Ray Howard of Alton, Shari LeBreche and Michael Sylvia of Belmont, Guy Comtois of Barnstead and Robert Fisher of Laconia were absent.

On Monday, only Tilton, Aldrich, Fields and Flanders were present while Dumais, Russell and Spanos participated by telephone.

"It's an aberration," said Spanos. "It's not intentional. We'll have a quorum Friday night."