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Additional rape charge brought against Meredith man

FRANKLIN – A Meredith man who had been charged with one count of raping a girl under the age of 13 has been charged by Tilton Police on a single charge of multiple rapes against the same victim.

Mark Thurber, 42, was arrested by Meredith police Thursday afternoon on the warrant issued by the Tilton Police Department. He was ordered held on $75,000 cash-only bail after appearing by video before Judge Edward "Ned" Gordon late Friday afternoon.

Belknap County Deputy Assistant Attorney Carley Ahern said yesterday that Thurber was being held on $5,000 cash bail on a single count of rape charge by the Meredith Police.

She said pattern rape is when a person allegedly rapes someone under the age of 16 two or more times over a period of more than two months but less than five years.

Thurber had been held on $5,000 cash-only bail ordered by Belknap County Judge Jim Carroll on the Meredith charge. Bail documents show his bail had been posted.

As part of his bail conditions, Thurber had been ordered to report in person to the Meredith Police twice daily, which he had been doing.

Ahern said yesterday that she has information that Thurber was a volunteer with Children's Ministries. As part of Judge Carroll's initial bail order, Thurber can worship privately with his minister but is not allowed to attend any church services or functions. He can have no contact with anyone under the age of 16.

Thurber was also ordered by Judge Carroll not to go to Tilton or Campton and, should he post bail this time, those provisions will remain in place.

In both cases, the affidavits supporting the arrest warrant were sealed by the courts.

Thurber is scheduled for a probable cause hearing on the single Meredith rape charge on July 21. Ahern said he has a second probable cause hearing scheduled for the Tilton charge in early August.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 12:08

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Man dies at Ellacoya Beach

GILFORD — An unidentified man died yesterday after being pulled out of the water by lifeguards at Ellacoya State Park.

According to two women who witnessed the rescue, the man was with a group of co-workers, and at some point the others realized he wasn't with them.

They said one of the people in his party reported the man's absence to a lifeguard who went out on his paddle board and began looking for him.

They said the lifeguard found the man, yelled for help, and dove until he brought him up. Others called 9-1-1 and rushed to help. The man was brought to shore by lifeguards who performed CPR on him until ambulance crews arrived.

"We feel for the lifeguards," said one woman. "They did a great job."

The young people who tried to save the man were inconsolable and weeping while nearby adults and supervisors tried to help them.

Fire Capt. Rick Andrews said ambulance crews performed CPR until they got him to the hospital where the man was pronounced dead.

As of 5:15 p.m. Gilford Police and Marine Patrol were at the park speaking to witnesses and other members of the man's party.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 12:29

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Mass. man charged with indecent exposure in Gilmanton

GILMANTON — A Massachusetts man is free after posting $700 cash bail after his video appearance yesterday for indecent exposure and two count of stalking, stemming from an incident during the spring.

Affidavits obtained from the court said David Busa, 58, of Newton, Mass., exposed himself on a public street while at his second home on Valley Shore Road.

The victim said she came home from work on April 26, 2014, at 5:15 and sat in her driveway talking on the phone with a relative.

She said she noticed a man standing across the street staring at her house. She said she went inside and began to light a fire when she saw the same man standing in front of her house with his pants around his thighs.

She said he had turned sideways so she could see him and that he was touching himself.

On May 5, 2014, the victim filed a for a restraining order against him.

In her petition, she said this was the second time she had seen him masturbating in front of her house and the seventh time she had seen him standing outside of his house.

She told police that after she saw him on April 26, she called the Belknap County Sheriff's Office from her bedroom. Affidavits said when she returned to the living room after calling police, Busa was still there so she returned to her bedroom to wait for police.

She described him as her neighbor and gave police his last name. The victim said she knew his late father.

When police spoke to Busa, he allegedly became agitated. Then they returned the next day, Busa agreed to be photographed and the victim identified him as the man she saw outside.

Judge Jim Carroll also ordered that Busa sign a waiver of extradition and not return to Gilmanton until the matter is resolved.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 12:25

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Driver switch doesn’t save man from DWI arrest

BELMONT – Police arrested a Laconia man Sunday afternoon on a side road off Route 106 after he failed to stop for a police officer who was trying to pull him out of traffic.

Police said Marvin Bowman, 43, no address given, was at the intersection of Route 140 and Route 106 and disregarded an officer's order to pull over, and instead sped away from the area.

He is charged with driving after being deemed an habitual offender, disobeying an officer, reckless conduct, and aggravated driving while intoxicated.

Because of the heavy traffic coming from New Hampshire Motor Speedway, police did not chase him.

Police searched the immediate area and found Bowman on Brown Hill Road.

They said Bowman allegedly drove down Badger Glen Road and into someone's driveway. The homeowners said they saw Bowman get out of the minivan and switch seats with another person.

Officer Joel Pickowicz found Bowman's vehicle on Brown Hill Road and stopped it.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 12:12

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