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Saturday snow machine crash leads to DWI charges

ALTON – Two men were injured and charged with operating their snow machines while intoxicated after they collided on Lake Winnipesaukee on Saturday.

Multiple Fish and Game officers responded to Roberts Cove in Alton at 3 p.m. on Saturday for a report of a snow machine accident. Responding officers found that two acquaintances from Walpole, Mass. had crashed into one another, causing injuries to both men. Timothy Clifford, 57, and Bruce Buccelli, also 57, were both transported to a local hospital due to their injuries and later arrested and charged for DWI.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 01:56

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Belmont man arraigned for sale of fatal heroin dose

BELMONT — A local man charged with providing the heroin that killed another man allegedly told police Friday that "he killed his best friend," according to affidavits released yesterday.

Jonathan Woodbury, 31, of 56 Arlene Drive, told Laconia Police Det. Chris Noyes on Feb. 7 during a taped non-custodial interview at Woodbury's home that he sold two $30 bags of heroin to Michael Chamberlain on Feb. 4. Chamberlain died later that day and Woodbury has been charged with one count of sales of narcotics with death resulting.

Woodbury allegedly told Noyes that he wanted Chamberlain to take the heroin while he was still in his apartment so he "could made sure nothing happened to him," read the affidavits obtained yesterday from the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division.

Affidavits said Woodbury clarified his statement by saying he didn't want "this" to happen to Chamberlain while he was anywhere else.

"It's my fault he's dead," Woodbury allegedly said to Noyes.

Affidavits stated emergency personnel said they responded to a medical call for the most serious level of breathing difficulty at 9:51 p.m. on Feb. 4. Two Belmont police officers reached the home first and found a purple-faced Chamberlain laying face up on the floor next to the bed and gasping for air. Police said he had a pulse.

Woodbury initially told police he didn't know what was wrong with Chamberlain.

During this conversation, one officer said Chamberlain's pulse had stopped and he began administering CPR. Police said that after "many tries" Woodbury told them he suspected Chamberlain may have taken heroin.

A Laconia ambulance was the first to arrive and, after Woodbury told them he suspected Chamberlain may have taken heroin, medical responders tried unsuccessfully to reverse the heroin by administering multiple doses of NARCAN — or naloxone — to him.

Chamberlain was pronounced dead at 10:29 p.m. An on-scene medical examination performed by the N.H. Medical Examiner indicated there was a fresh needle mark on Chamberlain's left arm that police believe was the heroin injection site.

An autopsy was preformed the next day and police are waiting for the results of the toxicology report.

According to Lt. Richard Mann, heroin use has become too common in Belmont. He said a second man nearly died Saturday afternoon of a heroin overdose in an unrelated incident.

Mann said Samuel Vachon, 22, of 237 South Road was found by police after he allegedly crashed his truck at the corner of Elaine Drive and Tucker Shore Road at 12:32 p.m.

He said police found Vachon with a rolled-up sleeve and an uncapped hypodermic syringe in his hands. Emergency responders found a spoon and a rope when they removed Vachon from the truck.

Vachon was unresponsive and had very little skin color when police found him.

Emergency responders successfully administered NARCAN and he was taken to Lakes Region General Hospital for treatment. After he was released, Belmont Police charged him with driving under the influence of drugs, three counts of default and breach of bail, and two counts of possession of drugs – one felony and one misdemeanor.

Vachon appeared in circuit court yesterday and was held on $10,000 cash-only bail.

Belmont's prosecutor said he had originally asked for $1,000 cash bail and $10,000 personal recognizance. However, Judge Jim Carroll noted he was concerned about Vachon and the safety of the community and set bail at a higher amount. Carroll ruled that if Vachon came up with a plan for substance abuse he would re-examine his bail.

Mann said both cases are being actively investigated, but he said it is very worrisome that heroin was a factor in both cases.

"Heroin is very cheap and readily available," said Mann.

Mann also said that all of the area police departments are working together to combat the recent spike in heroin sales and abuse.

"The information sharing has been outstanding," he said.

According to Belmont Fire Chief Dave Parenti, NARCAN has been used for a long time by paramedics to reverse the symptoms of opiate overdoses. He said his department has administered 11 doses of NARCAN to nine different people in the past calendar year.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 02:09

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Robbie would have loved Boys & Girls Club

LACONIA — Robbie Mills would have loved to be a member of the Boys and Girls Club of the Lakes Region but instead he is the club's inspiration, remembered every day, but especially during the annual billiards tournament held in his memory.

The son of Wendy Mills and Robert LaPierre, Robbie was murdered on Aug. 1, 1998 in Laconia by two young men who demanded that Robbie surrender the new BMX bicycle that the then 14-year old had scrimped, saved and borrowed to buy so that he could go to an after-school job.

Robbie's death shocked and saddened the community but it also galvanized many people in Laconia, some of whom, in Robbie's name, went on a year later to found the Belknap County Teen Center which in time became the Boys and Girls Club of the Lakes Region.

The club is currently in the midst of a $2.4 million capital campaign to purchase and renovate the former St. James Episcopal Church property and to transform it into the club's first real and permanent home.

On Feb. 1, Robbie's parents, many friends and dozens of pool players from throughout New Hampshire as well as Maine and Vermont came to the Funk Monkey Club in downtown Laconia to honor Robbie and to help make sure that the club born out of the tragedy of his death will not only live but thrive.

While vying for trophies and other prizes, the participants in the seventh annual Robbie Mills Pool Tournament also helped raise several thousand dollars for the Boys and Girls Club's capital campaign.

Robbie, his mom said, would have been proud of that generosity. More than likely, she added, he also would have been among the competitors.

A fan of NASCAR racing, Robbie played basketball, football, baseball. He liked to ride his bike and, his mom noted, he liked to play pool. After Robbie's death, family friends organized a pool tournament to raise awareness and funds for a safe, friendly place where local youths could go to after school.

In 2004, the Belknap County Teen Center was reorganized as the Teen Center of the Lakes Region and in 2007, the center joined the Boys and Girls Clubs of America as New Hampshire's seventh Boys & Girls Club.

Despite the name changes and relocations, the one constant in those formative years was the Robbie Mills Pool Tournament, which since 2008 has been held at the Funky Monkey.

"Every dollar helps the club," said Wendy Mills. "The Boys and Girls Club is amazing. They support the kids and they keep them involved. They teach them how to play sports, how to dance, even how to cook. Robbie definitely would have been a member."

To make a donation to the Boys and Girls Club of the Lakes Region's capital campaign, contact the club at 528-0197. Financial contributions can be made online at www.lakeskids.org.

 

Cutline: Wendy Mills lines up the seven ball during the seventh annual Robbie Mills Pool Tournament that was held Feb. 1 at the Funky Monkey Dance Club and Billiards in Laconia. The memorial tournament honors Robbie Mills, who is the son of Wendy Mills and Robert LaPierre, and it is a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club of the Lakes Region. Looking on while Wendy Mills eyes her shot are, left to right, Tony Felch, president of the New Hampshire Billiards League, which organized the competition; Cheryl Avery, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of the Lakes Region; Jon Rich, vice president of the NHBL; and Mike Baron, owner of Baron's Billiards and one of the founders of the Robbie Mills Pool Tournament. (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Saturday, 08 February 2014 02:14

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5 homeowners think Paugus Woods settlement is just a good start

LACONIA — An attorney for the five people who have been told they can sell their homes at the Villas at Paugus Woods back to developer Brady Sullivan Properties, LLC at cost has said that while the negotiated settlement between the developer and the Attorney General's Office is a step in the right direction, it does not fully address his clients' legal concerns.

Attorney Darrin Brown said yesterday that on behalf of his five clients, he may have to file a motion to intervene in the AG's suit in order to get the financial justice his clients are entitled to.

Brown said yesterday that settlement between the AG and Brady Sullivan announced earlier this week was about a  2011 suit filed by the Attorney General Office against the Brady Sullivan company and Brady Sullivan Paugus Woods, LLC over a violation of the Land Sales Disclosure Act — RSA 356-A.

That suit came after eight homeowners complained about poor quality modular home construction and the N.H. Fire Marshal discovered some of the modular components of their homes were not bolted together. Inspectors also found that some of the foundations under the modular units were not built such that the units could be supported. Other complaints coming from the subdivision off White Oaks Road were about electrical systems, ventilation and air-handling systems.

Brown was hired by five of the original eight complainants in Paugus Woods and in 2013 filed five separate lawsuits in Belknap County Superior Court against the developer for violations of the Consumer Protection Act as covered by RSA 358-A. The individual claims are for breach of contract and shoddy workmanship and ask for damages and legal fees.

The attorney said the rescission, or offer to buy back the five homes at their original selling price, is a positive step toward making his clients whole, but the conditions of the settlement also include the five dropping their individual lawsuits and agreeing not to talk to anyone, including the media, about the settlement — or, in other words, accepting a gag order.

Brown also said that some of the residents have invested money into their homes and the settlement does not include the value of those improvements nor does it include his legal fees — which are included in the 2013 individual suits.

"The offer is not compliant with the consent decree (in the 2011 AG v Brady Sullivan) suit, is prejudicial to (his clients), and seems unfair," Brown said.

Brown, however, said his clients consider the decree to be a promising development and are open-minded about continuing the dialogue with Brady Sullivan.

He said he will file a motion to intervene of behalf of his five clients in the 2011 suit should Brady Sullivan decide against further negotiation.

He said his clients are open-minded, but Brady Sullivan can't combine the five individual lawsuits of 2013 with the one brought forward by the AG in 2011 into one consent degree.

 

Last Updated on Saturday, 08 February 2014 01:39

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