Man Tasered in Laconia after allegedly taking a swipe at a police officer


LACONIA — A man who told police he was staying at the Landmark Inn was arrested around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday after being zapped with a Taser in the front parking lot of the Shang Hai Restaurant.
Sgt. Mike Finogle said police were called to the restaurant because David McLaughlin, no age given, was "acting out" and had refused to pay for his meal.
When the first responding officer arrived, Finogle said McLaughlin allegedly took a swing at the officer and knocked off her glasses.
He was subdued with a Taser and handcuffed.
As he was waiting for an ambulance to take him to Lakes Region General Hospital, McLaughlin was sitting in the parking lot, his hands cuffed behind him and surrounded by two Belknap County Sheriff's deputies who assisted city police.
On the ground in front of him was a partially consumed 1.75-liter bottle of Popov vodka and some ear buds. Officers were also examining a prescription bottle of pills they found on him.
Finogle said he wasn't sure what charges would be filed against McLaughlin but said they could possibly include assault on a police officer, theft of services and drinking in public. He said he did not know if the pills belonged to McLaughlin or what kind they were.
McLaughlin was able to walk with assistance to the ambulance.
The night supervisor said last night that the charges had not been finalized.

Gilford doctor charged with DWI after car runs off Route 11-A

GILFORD – Police said Tuesday the man who lost control of his car while headed east on Route 11A near Gunstock and landed 15 feet down a steep embankment at 4:20 p.m. on Monday was charged with driving while intoxicated.

Dr. James H Clifford, 69, of 7 Portwalk Ave. Apt. 1307, in Portmouth was not injured in the wreck but needed to be extricated from his car by fire and rescue personnel.

Police confirmed Clifford is a physician at the Hillside Medical Park in Gilford. His online biography says he is a family practitioner.

– Gail Ober

Stamping Technologies of Laconia awarded NH Job Training grant

LACONIA — Stamping Technologies, Inc. is among seven companies in New Hampshire to receive a grant from the the New Hampshire Job Training Fund this month.

The grant of $4,500, which the firm will supplement with matching funds, will provide training for three employees in the ISO 9001 Collaborative of the New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership. ISO 9001 refers to the criteria for quality management system set by the International Organization for Standardization.

More than a million companies in 170 countries, including Stamping Technologies, are certified to ISO 9001. Certification enables firms to compete in competitive global markets.

Founded in 1990, Stamping Technologies specializes in the manufacture of metal packages that house the computer chips and circuit boards that have become commonplace in modern industry. The company works with materials that can withstand extreme pressures and temperatures and to exacting stanof plus or minus one ten-thousandth of inch, or eight times smaller than a single strand of human hair.

– Michael Kitch