Laconia duo indicted for burglary of occupied home

LACONIA — A Belknap County grand jury indicted two city men who allegedly broke into a home on Emerald Place on Aug. 23 while the homeowner was inside, sleeping.
Kevin Gobeil, 21, formerly of 322 Union Ave. #2, and Michael Regan, 32, formerly of 46 Arch St #1, are both charged with a Class A felony of burglary.
That the burglary was committed in the night means the charge is upgraded from a Class B felony to a Class A one felony, according to the state criminal code.
According to police reports at the time, a female resident woke to find two men in her house. They both fled when they realized she was awake.
Police responded after the woman called 911 and were able to local Gobeil about 300 feet into the tree line. After officers told him they were sending in the K-9, police said Gobeil came from the woods with his hands up. He allegedly told police he was alone and had gone into the woods when he saw the police because he had had drugs on him.
Police also found a single white and black shoe and a backpack. Gobiel denied owning them.
A State Police K-9 tracked the Regan and allegedly found him laying in the mud nearby.

Governor’s Island Club goes after unpaid dues at disputed property

LACONIA – The Summit Road man who has, so far, unsuccessfully waged war against the Governors Island Club since 2011 when he attempted to build a detached foundation on his property and place a cottage atop it is facing a $5,300 attachment to his property for not paying his club dues since 2011.

Richard Homsi already faces a similar attachment for about $50,000 in legal fees awarded to the club in the wake of prolonged litigation about the moribund building project.

Homsi's house and property are in Laconia; however, when he bought his home in 1999, he said he never agreed to be a member of the Governor's Island Club, which is primarily in Gilford. While he had a building permit from the city of Laconia and shoreline permits from the state Department of Environmental Services, he never received permission from the Governors Island Club to build the free-standing structure.

The GIC claims that unattached buildings are not an allowed use within its covenants.

Attorneys for GIC have argued successfully in both the Belknap County Superior Court and at the New Hampshire Supreme Court that the property has a deed restriction or restrictive covenant dating to 1992 requiring the owner of the home to be a dues-paying member of the club.

Earlier this year, Belknap County Superior Court James O'Neill ordered Homsi to remove the cement foundation he installed in anticipation of his project. After a rehearing, O'Neill reiterated his order. GIC attorney Paul Fitzgerald said Homsi appealed O'Neill's ruling to the state Supreme Court but there has been no decision yet.

The Governor's Island Club and Homsi are scheduled for a hearing about the $5,300 attachment plus legal fees in the Belknap County Superior Court today. Throughout these hearings, Homsi has been representing himself.

Endangered city oak tree expected to stay uncut at least through January

LACONIA — The Planning Board has taken the next step toward deciding the future of the venerable oak tree on Union Avenue by formally agreeing to consider the request of Cafua Management Inc. to remove the tree.
However, at the same time, the Planning Board commissioned an independent third-party review both by a traffic engineer, to determine if the tree poses a hazard, and by a professional arborist, to assess the condition of the tree. Both the traffic engineer and the professional arborist will be chosen by the Belknap County Conservation Commission, independently of either the city or the company, and compensated by Cafua Management Inc.
City Planning Director Shanna Saunders said Wednesday she anticipates the traffic engineer and arborist would submit their reports in January and the Planning Board could address the request at its meeting in February.
Meanwhile, the City Council is expected to adopt a resolution urging the Planning Board to deny the request to remove the tree and reaffirm its original requirement that “the large oak tree near the northeast corner of the property is a monumental shade tree, and as such shall be protected and maintain(ed) during and after construction” by the property owner.