Wolfeboro traffic stop results in arrest for possession of two marijuana cigarettes

WOLFEBORO — Police working on a federally-paid speed enforcement grant arrested a Carroll County man for possession or marijuana after a traffic stop for an inspection issue.

Benjamin Marasco, 21, of Chocorua allegedly had two marijuana cigarettes in his car. Officers said they smelled marijuana and he allowed them to search his vehicle.

Marusco was released on personal recognizance bail and given a court day of August 5 in the 3rd Circuit Court, Ossipee Division.

WWII vintage hand-grenade dropped off at Barnstead Police

BARNSTEAD — Police her evacuated their station and the Department of Parks and Recreation yesterday afternoon when a local person dropped off a grenade that had been stored in his home.
Police Chief Joe McDowell said he looked in the box containing the grenade and called the New Hampshire State Police bomb squad to investigate.
State bomb technicians determine the WWII-era grenade was empty and not dangerous.
McDowell said technicians said the grenade was likely Romanian or Italian. McDowell said he gave the grenade to the bomb squad for training purposes.

Long Alton investigation into alleged pot sales results in arrest of 20-year-old

ALTON — Police arrested Stephen Simpson, 20, of 9 Depot St. Apt 1 and charged him with two counts of sales of a controlled drug (marijuana) and two counts of possession of controlled drugs (marijuana) with the intent to distribute on July 2.

Simpson's arrest, said Chief Ryan Heath, came on the heels of a year-long investigation that was triggered by several tips that young people had allegedly been buying marijuana from him.

Heath said police started watching the house and noticed several people entering and exiting but only staying a few minutes each time. During that period, he said Sgt. Dennis Orbino developed informants and arranged for two separate drug transactions after which police were able to get a warrant to search the apartment.

Police allegedly found a large quantity of marijuana in a glass jar and other individually wrapped baggies of marijuana. They also seized a scale, packaging material and other evidence relative to drug sales.

Heath said Simpson was allegedly selling drugs only a short distance from the Alton Central School and was located in the center of town. Calling marijuana a "gateway drug", Heath said he was pleased to have shut down Simpson's alleged operation.

He said the investigation is ongoing as to who else was involved. Anyone with any information on this case or any other drug activity in Alton is asked to call the Alton Police at 875-0757.