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Man charged with stealing stereo from Gilford Walmart

LACONIA — A Bristol man was ordered held on $1,000 cash-only bail after appearing by video in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division yesterday, after being arrested by Gilford Police for theft.

Benjamin Fields, 31, of Summer St. was already being held in the Belknap County House of Corrections for bail jumping when Gilford Police arrested him Tuesday night.

Fields had been convicted of a simple assault in Laconia and was ordered to report to jail on June 5 to serve a 12-month sentence. When he failed to report to jail, he was arrested and charged with bail jumping.

He was ordered held on $500 cash only for the bail jumping charge.

Fields's lawyer agreed to cash bail yesterday because it means his clients time spent awaiting his trial will count toward any sentence he may receive.

Judge Jim Carroll quipped that if he didn't know any better, he'd think Fields was playing Texas Hold-um by stacking up his cash bails for time served against any future convictions.

In the Gilford case and according to affidavits, Fields is accused of going into the Gilford Walmart store and trying to steal a car stereo by removing it from the box and stuffing it down the front of his pants.

He was caught by Walmart's loss prevention officer and Gilford Police were called.

According to the arresting officer, when he asked Fields why he tried to steal the stereo he admitted it was "stupid" and that he didn't know how much the stereo would cost.

Because the cost of the item Field's allegedly tried to steal is greater than $1,000, he is being charged with a felony.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 June 2014 12:10

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Inter-Lakes board votes to fund $323k in projects with portion of 2013-2014 surplus

MEREDITH — The Inter-Lakes School Board has approved spending $323,022 from its fund balance for a variety of projects which were cut during the budget development process.
Superintendent Mary Ellen Ormond and Assistant Superintendent Trish Temperino Tuesday night presented the board with a list of projects they would like to see completed before the start of the next school year and, after brief discussion, the projects were approved by the board.
The fund balance at the end of the current year is estimated at $538,052, of which $139,707 is the result of excess revenues.
The spending which was approved will leave a balance of about $215,030, of which $75,000 would go into a Facilities Expendable Trust, leaving a balance of $140,030 to be used to reduce the tax assessment for the 2014 tax year.
The projects approved included:
$20,000 toward the re-roofing of the multipurpose room roof at Inter-Lakes Elementary School. The project will replace 8,000-square-feet of PVC roof with a coal pitch tar roof. The project was originally budgeted for $90,000 but was changed to a longer life roof. The board had earlier in the meeting approved awarding the contract for the project to A.W. Therrien Roofing Company, which submitted the low bid of $107,232 for the project.
$50,000 for upgrading the security system cameras at district schools to a DVM system and providing additional cameras. The existing stand-alone DVR system will be converted to a DVM system that is integrated with the existing EBI system. The project includes DVM software and licensing for up to 60 cameras, server and storage. Currently the district has 31 cameras at Inter-Lakes High School, 9 at Sandwich Central School and 6 at Inter-Lakes Elementary School.
$53,000 for library renovation at the Inter-Lakes Middle Tier and Inter-Lakes High School library. The project will involve a wall being removed, relocation and design of the circulation desk new furniture, carpet replacement with green carpet material, movable bookshelves and a mini-split air conditioner.
$46,000 for a STEM/Technology renovation project which provides for renovations, tech equipment and supplies for two classrooms.
$45,000 for unanticipated maintenance including oil tanks sludge/vacuum removal, repairs to broken tiles, baseboard replacement and guardrail repairs.
$36,585 for a 50 percent increase for an ESOL teacher due to an unanticipated increase in the number of students from 2 to 6.
$23,975 for replacing carpeting for two rooms and hallway with tile at the Inter-Lakes Elementary School to provide for easier maintenance and a cleaner environment.
$18,900 for the athletic department for replacement of uniforms that are 10 to 13 years old and purchasing a utility golf cart for transportation of supplies at Prescott Park.
$7,000 for replacement of wall mats at the Inter-Lakes High School gym.
$7,562 for additional time for a guidance counselor.
$5,000 for Middle Tier an High School science rooms eye washers/showers to meet current OSHA standards.
$5,000 for a drainage project at the Sandwich Central School playground.
$5,000 for security window treatments at Inter-Lakes Elementary School.
The board also approved Superintendent Ormond's recommendation to hire Natalie Lyons to a new school district position of behavior specialist at a salary of $66,566.
And the board approved an amended motion to create junior varsity lacrosse teams for both boys and girls in the 2014-15 school year with funding for the teams being the responsibility of the Inter-LAX Club. The motion had originally called for partnering with Moultonborough Academy for the teams and was amended, given that the program might not be approved in Moultonborough, to include the possibility that there could be a joint program between the two schools in future years.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 June 2014 12:06

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First step in development of walking trails through Lakes Business Park gets support from Gilford Selectboard

GILFORD — Selectmen voted unanimously to approve the expenditure of $11,710 from the Lakes Business Park Phase II Capital Reserve Fund to finish the engineering work for one of three proposed park trails.

The expenditure of the money is also contingent on the approval of the Laconia City Council.

The money is from the joint contributions the two communities are required to make into the capital reserve fund. Town Administrator Scott Dunn said there is an estimated balance in the fund of $326,000.

According to Town Administrator Scott Dunn, a trail system for walking, hiking, bicycling and other non-motorized activities except camping was part of the initial plan when the two communities joined forces in 2002 to expand the business park off Hounsell Avenue. The land is owned by the city by located within the limits of the township.

While installing the necessary infrastructure to the building sites and the roads, the project ran out of its initial capitalization before the trail network could be built.

Dunn said in the past year or so the Conservation Commission has told him that they desire to see the trail network built as stipulated in the initial conservation easement. He said he is working with the Parks and Recreation Department to identify possible sources of grants to build the trails.

He said that should the town identify some grants to build a trail, the park would need to have some recent engineering work in place to qualify.

Dunn said while he and the town of Gilford have been exploring grants, the Board of Directors at the business park have also begun to explore their role in the trail system by contacting Fluet Engineering, which still has the engineering plans from the first design.

Dunn said that the business park board of directors is taking a "minimalist" approach to the trail with regard to layout, clearing, drainage, and surface and at this point in time, there is no plan to add any pavement.

He said the business park board would be seeking volunteers to the extent possible.

Dunn also noted the business park board thinks having a trail system would benefit further marketing efforts for the undeveloped lots.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 June 2014 11:44

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City man charged with lewd act before Holderness girls operating lemonade stand

HOLDERNESS — A Laconia man is being held on $50,000 cash-only bail for allegedly exposing himself to two young girls at a lemonade stand on Saturday on Route 113.

Affidavits said Christopher Geary, 45, of 9 Harrison St. allegedly passed by the two girls — one who is 7 and one who is 9 — repeatedly drove by them before stopping and asking them to bring him some lemonade.

When they did, he allegedly told them he had to urinate and then emptied the cup before exposing his penis and urinating in it. He allegedly asked the girls if they wanted to see more.

The girls told police that after he exposed himself, he reached out and tried to grab them. The older girl yelled at the younger girl to run away, which they were able to do.

The girls described the car as a red Jeep Wrangler with the canvas top down. They both said it had "several tires in the back seat."

A town of Holderness beach attendant spotted the vehicle at 1:06 p.m. and reported it was driving on Livermore Road. A Campton Police officer was in the area and stopped the car on the Holderness/Campton town line.

The girls accompanied by their father met the police and the girls said they were 100 percent positive that was the same vehicle and driver.

Geary told police he wasn't on Route 113 and asked for a lawyer.

According to the N.H. Sex Registry site, a media representative from the N.H. Department of Corrections, and an employee at the N.H. Circuit Court call center, Geary has multiple convictions for indecent exposure and lewdness.

In 1997, he was convicted of two counts of lewdness and escape stemming from charges out of Laconia. In 2004, he was convicted of lewdness stemming from an incident in Manchester.

On July 6, 2010 and in July of 2011 he was convicted of failure to register as a sex offender after not reporting to Laconia police.

Convicted again of a registration offense on July 13, 2012, he was sentenced to serve 2 to 4 years in the N.H. State Prison — all suspended. He was placed on probation for three years.

In November of 2013, Geary was convicted of stalking for repeated circling the Bristol Elementary School prior to making contact with a juvenile female.

He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to the Grafton County House of Corrections for 120 days, credited with 17 days of time served and had the remaining 103 days suspended.

The sex offender registry shows the last time he registered was with Laconia Police on May 7, 2014 and gave his address as 9 Harrison St.

One of the conditions of his current bail status is that if he should post the $50,000 cash he is ordered not to enter the towns of Plymouth and Holderness, to stay away from any minor child, and to report to Laconia police weekly during business hours.

Judge Thomas Rappa also ordered that if Geary is to enter any commercial establishments or public place where there are children he must not make any effort to contact them and must be in those places for a legitimate purpose.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 June 2014 11:33

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