Hill man charged with alleged sex assualts against related teen in Laconia back in 1984

LACONIA — A Hill man has been indicted by a Belknap County grand jury for allegedly sexually assaulting a close family member who was a minor at the time. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in Laconia over a period of time stretching from August 1984 to February 1991.

The indictments say that Ronald Wayne Martin, 65, of 217 Currier Hill Road first assaulted the female victim on Avery Street in Laconia in August of 1984 when she was 4-years old. The assaults allegedly lasted until February of 1991.

Two of the counts against Martin are for aggravated felonious sexual assault and two of the assaults are for felonious sexual assault — the difference being the first two have an aggravating circumstance such as force or penetration.

Martin was convicted in March of 1993 in Belknap County Superior Court of eight counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault against a different under-age female victim. During the jury trial, the state proved beyond a reasonable doubt that he assaulted his under 13-year-old victim in various different ways.

According to a spokesman for the N.H. Department of Corrections, Martin was sentenced by Judge Peter Fauver to serve three consecutive sentences of 7 1/2 to 15 years each. Five 7 1/2- to-15 year sentences were suspended. All totaled, Martin was incarcerated in the N.H. State Prison for Men from March of 1993 until his final release on July 10, 2006. He was early-released from parole in February of 2007.

After his first convictions, Martin appealed his cases to the N.H. Supreme Court, saying more that six-years or the statute of limitations has expired before his arrest.

"The justices ruled unanimously in 2004 to uphold the convictions saying that "no statute of limitations applicable to the defendant's alleged crimes ever expired prior to the enactment of a longer statute."

The statute of limitations for rape in New Hampshire is that it can be prosecuted up to 22 years after the victim's 18th birthday.

Landlord turns to finely-ground seashells as way to treat bedbug infestations

LACONIA — A local landlord is now using diatomaceous earth to treat the bedbugs that continually pop up in his apartment houses throughout the city.

Diatomaceous earth is extremely finely ground seashells that is placed in electrical outlets and around floors. When and if a bedbug travels through it, the salt clings to its body and it dies.

"Bedbugs are an ongoing problem with every landlord and almost everyone who moves in already has them," said the landlord who didn't want to be identified. "I'm doing everything I possible can to get rid of them."

"You know, I have never, ever gone out and brought bedbugs into my home or my apartments," he said.

He said the city policy is that once bedbugs are reported to Deputy Fire Chief Shawn Riley, who is the city health officer, the landlord has 48 hours to respond and come up with a plan of action.

He said he and his managers spray for five consecutive weeks and use the same chemicals that the professional use.

The landlord said he also been accused of having bedbug in one of his buildings when he didn't. He explained that he has a no pet policy and one of his tenants brought in a cat.

When the tenant refused to get rid of the cat, he began eviction proceedings and within a day of being served the eviction paperwork, the same tenant reported to the city that he had bed bugs and he was forced to treat the apartment.

In previous interviews, Riley suggested that people who discover they have bed bugs should wash all of their linens in hot water as well as any clothing that may have been on the floor after the space has been treated.

He also suggested that people stay away from used furniture, especially that which is seen by the side of the road, because if it carries bud bugs they will gradually gradually travel to every piece of furniture in the house or apartment building.

Ayotte touts Export-Import Bank during visit to EFI in Meredith

MEREDITH — During a visit to EFI yesterday, United States Senator Kelly Ayotte had ample opportunity to address two issues near the top of her agenda — assuring advanced manufacturers an appropriate workforce and reauthorizing the U.S. Export-Import Bank.

Scott Schinlever, senior vice-president and general manager of EFI's Inkjet Solutions division, explained that the company designs and manufactures wide-format digital printers and inks, together with the software to manage print projects, and exports about half of its output to customers in 140 different companies. The company employs 837 people, 350 of them in Meredith, where the printers are manufactured, of whom about a third are engineers. "We're the Microsoft of the Lakes Region," Schinlever remarked.

Recruiting employees with the appropriate aptitude and skills, particularly engineers, Schinlever said is "always a struggle." He noted that EFI finds itself competing with other advanced manufacturers in the state and region for a relatively small and rapidly aging workforce. He suggested that "we have glamorized the white collar jobs" and overlooked the rewards and opportunities of manufacturing employment.

Schinlever said that on the shop floor there are employees who started at $15 per hour with benefits who are now earning $100,000 a year.

Ayotte replied that she has heard the same from other advanced manufacturers across the state and has offered several proposals to encourage workforce development. With Senator Chris Coons (D-Delaware, she sponsored a bill to establish a competitive grant program that would distribute $100 million to states each year to fund initiatives to foster the skills required for manufacturing employment. She has also introduced legislation to designate 25 universities as "manufacturing universities", which would provide incentives to more closely align the content of classroom curriculum with the needs of advanced manufacturers. Likeise, Ayotte contributed to amending an education reform bill to encourage increased enrollment in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs in secondary schools.

Schinlever also asked about the future of the Export-Import Bank, which finances and insures overseas purchases of goods made in the United States when other lenders are unable or unwilling to bear the political or commercial risks inherent in the transactions. He noted that while EFI is the leader in its industry it lacks the capacity to finance the growing volume of its overseas sales, which he expected would represent 60 percent of its output.

Ayotte, a staunch supporters of the Export-Import Bank, explained that its authorization expired at the end of June and the Senate included re-authorization in a highway and infrastructure bill endorsed by a bipartisan majority. However, re-authorization has stalled in the House of Representatives, where it is opposed by many conservative Republicans for catering to special interests at the expense of American taxpayers. Ayotte said that she is hopeful that when Congress reconvenes the opposition in House can be overcome and the bank reauthorized.

Ayotte remarked that many companies in New Hampshire, like EFI, have urged her to support re-authorization and added that export markets are become increasingly important to the success of manufacturers in the state.

CAPTION: Scott Schinlever, senior vice-president and general manager of EFI's Inkjet Solutions division in Meredith, shows United States Senator Kelly Ayotte, some of furnishings, clothing and artwork printed on the company's wide-format digital printers. Save for a leather sofa, everything in the room — and 75 percent of the billboards in Times Square — was printed on one of its products. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/ Michael Kitch)