Sheriff holds city man for probation violations


LACONIA — A local man convicted for criminal threatening in the summer of 2015 and released from jail in October has been arrested by the Belknap County Sheriff's Office for allegedly failing to abide by any of the terms of his probation.

The sheriff's department said Chad O'Connor, 24, had never reported to the Laconia Office of the New Hampshire Division of Probation and Parole since his release from the Belknap County House of Corrections. He had allegedly not registered any address, either.

O'Connor threatened a women at her home on McGrath Street in May of 2015 by allegedly waiving a gun in front of the camera that was recording the outside of her home. During the prosecution, the Belknap County Attorney's officer dropped the gun charges in exchange for a guilty plea for criminal threatening and a sentence of one year with four months suspended pending good behavior. With 128 days of time served and the four months that were suspended, he was released in October.

After the incident on McGrath Street, police searched for O'Connor for four days. He was spotted by them a few times but managed to elude them. At one point, he was in an apartment on Fair Street but escaped through a back window while the resident of the apartment building held up the police for just enough time for him to get away.

He was caught on May 11 by a city patrol officer after a foot chase. No gun was recovered.

In 2014, O'Conner jumped into the Winnipesaukee River in an attempt to evade police who wanted to talk to him about a domestic violence incident on Fair Street. When told to come back to shore, he did, but didn't have a vest he had been wearing. Police and firefighters searched the river for the vest but never found it. Police believed at the time there was some evidence in it.

On Wednesday, the sheriff's department said it received information that O'Connor was staying at a home on Blueberry Lane, where he was arrested without incident.

Belmont Police warn people to take care if discarded needles are found

BELMONT — Police said since January of 2015 the department has responded to 29 calls about discarded needles. The needles were reported by citizens observing them discarded along roads, in public places and by business owners who find them and other drug paraphernalia discarded in their rest rooms and trash bins.

While state and local police departments as well a other community groups battle a surge in the use of heroin and other intravenous drugs, discarding of used needles in public places is becoming common place.

Police said discarded needle presents a danger to people who find them and are warning them not to touch them. A further suggestion to parents of younger children is for adults to check public rest rooms before their children use them.

If someone sees a discarded needle, they should immediately notify the police who will employ local fire officials who are trained and equipped to dispose of them. Police ask that pet owners also keep an eye out for needles so their pets are not accidentally harmed.

Anone accidentally stuck by a used needle should immediately wash the exposed area right away with water and soap or use a skin disinfectant (antiseptic) such as rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer and seek immediate medical attention by calling a doctor or a local hospital.

If you come across a discarded needle, notify your local police department of it and mark the area so police and fire officials know where to find it.

Business or restaurant employees who find needles should report them immediately to a supervisor who will notify authorities.

Police said the purpose of this media statement is not to alarm residents but to inform them of the dangers inherent in discarded needles and to encourage them to call police immediately.

– Gail Ober

Golden Eagles face Sachems Saturday for Division III title


It will be an all Lakes Region contest in Saturday's Division III girls' state basketball tournament championship game at Southern New Hampshire University when undefeated Gilford (21-0) faces off against Laconia (18-3).
Laconia upset top-ranked Conant (20-1), the defending Division III champions and winners of 42 straight games, 55-45 Wednesday night, while Gilford advanced to its second straight title game with a 53-46 win over sixth ranked Fall Mountain (17-4).
It will be the fourth time the two squads have met this year with Gilford winning all three games, the last of which was a triple overtime affair last month.
Gilford trailed Fall Mountain 41-39 early in the fourth quarter Wednesday before staging a strong finish to put away the victory. Jordan Dean tied the score with two free throws and Brooke Beaudet scored on a fast break play in which she was fouled and converted the foul shot to put Gilford up by three. Beaudet later scored another three points when she stole the ball and was fouled as she made another basket, putting Gilford up 50-43.
Maddie Harris led Gilford with 18 points and Beaudet had 14.
Laconia jumped out to a 22-9 lead in the first quarter against Conant which battled back the rest of the way and took a 38-37 lead going in to the final quarter, which was a back and forth affair until Natalie Compton hit a three-pointer with 1:29 left, putting the Sachems up by four.
Kailey Nute led Laconia with 19 points.
Gilford and Laconia will meet at 4 p.m. Saturday at Southern New Hampshire University.