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Second man indicted in Harvard home invasion


LACONIA — A second man has been indicted for his alleged role in a 2014 Harvard Street home invasion where one of the occupants of the home was shot.

Joshua Pike, 29, formerly of 1156 N. Main St. is accused of being an accomplice to burglary and conspiracy to committee burglary for Tyler Twombly, formerly Concord, by allowing him and/or a second man into the house where an armed robbery was committed.

Pike also faces one special felony count of being a "career criminal" with possession of or control over a handgun.

The indictment reads that Pike has been convicted of burglary in 2006, accomplice to robbery of 2007 and possession of a controlled drug in 2014.

At the time, police said two men entered the house around 3 a.m. and pointed a gun at one of four people who were in the house, including Pike. The gun discharged and one of the people in the house suffered a minor head injury after either being grazed by a bullet or being hit by something. Some drugs were stolen, said police.

Twombly was indicted in September 2015 for robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, and two counts of burglary. Recently, the Belknap County Attorney's Office dropped those charges after a series of immunity hearings failed to produce anyone who could testify that he was in the house on June 25, 2014.

Before the case was dropped, Twombly's attorney argued that if Pike was given immunity, he would testify that Twombly was not one of the two people who entered the home that night. The state refused to give him immunity.

Although the case against Twombly was dropped, no jury was sworn in, so he could be indicted again.

Homeless man charged with stealing motorcycle


LACONIA — A local man charged with multiple offenses, including bail jumping and felony receiving stolen property for being in possession of a stolen motorcycle, was released on $5,000 personal recognizance bail Friday provided he get a spot in a local homeless shelter.

David Godbout, 48, whose last known address is in Belmont, was on Shaker Road just after midnight when a patrol sergeant saw him driving a motorcycle that had been reported stolen from a Laconia residence about four hours earlier.

Godbout was charged with receiving stolen property, aggravated driving while intoxicated, and driving after a license suspension. Belmont Police said he had warrants for his arrest for shoplifting from both Laconia and Tilton.

A bail commissioner released Godbout on $1,000 personal recognizance bail and he was given a court date of June 23 in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division.

When he failed to appear, a warrant was issued for his arrest and Belmont Police added a charge of bail jumping.

Laconia Police arrested him Friday after finding him sleeping in a car on River Street. He was charged with one count of criminal mischief and affidavits said he told police he had slept in another car earlier because he had no place to go.

Belmont Police requested he be held on $500 cash while Laconia Police said personal recognizance bail would be acceptable for their criminal mischief charge.

His public defender told the court that Godbout was unable to raise $500. When he went to argue that Godbout is from the area, Judge Jim Carroll said he knew him well and was aware of his ties to the community.

"(These charges) are a creature of homelessness, not a creature of malice," he said, adding that, if he is released, Godbout wants to seek a spot in an alcohol-free environment like the Carey House but would be first going to the hospital.

The Belmont prosecutor said Godbout has multiple prior offenses, including a total of three simple assaults that date back to 1991 and 2010. The balance of his offenses, as read in court, were operating a motor vehicle after being deemed an habitual offender, shoplifting and willful concealment.

When asked by the judge, he said Godbout's blood alcohol content was allegedly 1.8 when he was arrested on Shaker Road. Laconia Police said there was a strong odor of alcohol when they found him sleeping in a stranger's car on River Street Thursday.

Carroll told Godbout, who appeared by video, that if the current charges he faces were alleged crimes against people and not property crimes, he would not consider personal recognizance bail.

Carroll said he must live in the Carey House, report every Tuesday to Compliance Court, remain drug-free and alcohol-free, and sign a waiver of extradition.

Chief Cormier gets commendation from police training academy


LACONIA — Tilton Police Chief Robert Cormier was given a citation last week by New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Director Don Vittum for leadership and support in helping to fund the academy.

Cormier spent the last year as the president of the New Hampshire Chiefs of Police Association and spent a great deal of time working with state legislatures to create a law that would fund the academy so high-quality police training can continue.

"It was a nice surprise," said Cormier who was given the award during the monthly Belknap County police chief's meeting. "I didn't expect it."

Cormier said that he was grateful to the state legislators for listening to him and taking his input into the funding issue, regardless of whether they agreed with him or not.

"I really felt that they respected me whether we agreed or not," Cormier said.

This past session, both the House and the Senate passed a version of Senate Bill 527-FN that would allow for direct funding through the appropriations process rather than having the "academy" rely solely on the payments of fees and fines attached to criminal sentences.

Last year, the academy told state police departments that it was cutting back on the number of classes police officers could take for free. While most of the classes that were cut were for specialized training, local police chiefs said they were important classes from which their officers really benefited.

While SB 527-FN, with the "FN" meaning it has a fiscal impact on the state budget, has not reached the governors desk, a compromise version is being considered by a legislative committee of conference that will hopefully hammer out the differences.

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Tilton Police Chief Robert Cormier (second from right) receives a citation from N.H. Police Standards and Training Director Doug Vittum (far left). With him are Gilford Police Chief Anthony Bean Burpee and Laconia Police Chief Chris Adams. (Courtesy photo)