Sex offender escapes, is caught


LACONIA — Police captured a sex offender who escaped from the so-called Designated Receiving Facility operated by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services on the campus of the former Laconia State School shortly before 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
03-30 escaped inmate unnamedThe man, identified as Roman Cornelius, 27, was taken into custody by Tilton police near the Valvoline Instant Oil Change on Laconia Road in Tilton. He was then turned over to Laconia Police.
Sgt. Bob Cameron of the Laconia Police, said Cornelius had walked from Laconia to Tilton. A neighbor of Detective Kevin Butler of the Laconia Police saw Cornelius walking along Route 3, and suspected he was the person police were pursuing and called Butler, who alerted the Tilton police. Butler went to the scene accompanied by Detective Tom Swett.

According to police, Cornelius and a case worker went outside Wednesday to collect mail and Cornelius told the case worker, "I'm taking off," and off he went.
Laconia Police, assisted by a K-9 Unit of the New Hampshire State Police, combed the wooded area bordered by North Main Street, Eastman Shore Road and Meredith Center Road during the late afternoon. Residents of the neighborhood had been advised to remain indoors and report any suspicious activity as police pursued the search.
According to police, Cornelius is wanted on a number of charges brought by Concord police, including sexual offenses.
Cornelius, who has lived under the supervision of a caretaker for some time, is well known to the Concord Police.
On July 24, 2015 Cornelius was arrested twice by Concord Police. Shortly before 10:30 a.m. he was arrested on charges of possessing controlled drugs and theft of lost property and shortly before 10 p.m. he was arrested for breach of bail conditions. In the morning, police spotted Cornelius, whom they knew to be under supervised care, riding a bicycle on South Main Street and stopped to see if he was supposed to be downtown without supervision. Police found that the National Crime Information Center identified Cornelius as a missing person. He was detained, and when questioned about the bicycle confessed to stealing it. Police also found him in possession of marijuana. He was arrested and released, but 12 hours later officers were dispatched to The Draft, a downtown bar, where Cornelius was reportedly arguing with his caretaker. Police found Cornelius on a nearby street, determined he had been drinking and arrested him for violating his bail conditions.
In November 2015 Cornelius was again arrested and charged with criminal threatening after brandishing a knife at his caretaker, who he told police had stolen his money to go to the movies.
On May 20, 2016 Concord Police arrested Cornelius, who then lived at 26 Electric St. in the Penacook section of Concord, as a missing person and for possession of a controlled drug. He was listed by the National Crime Information Center as an individual requiring supervision and had been missing since the day before he was arrested. At the time of his arrest he was found asleep in the lobby of the Kennedy Apartments on Thompson Street in downtown Concord and told police he walked there from Penacook.


Alton urgen care center opening delayed

ALTON — The scheduled opening of the new ClearChoiceMD Urgent Care Center here has been delayed. It was originally planned to open on April 3, but no new date has been set.

"The opening has unexpectedly been delayed," said Samantha Hosking, director of marketing for ClearChoiceMD Urgent Care Centers. "We apologize for the inconvenience. We are excited to open our doors in the near future and look forward to seeing everyone soon!"

Franklin dispatcher joins Sanbornton PD

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New police officer Shane Morton, 23, is sworn in Wednesday by Sanbornton Police Chief Stephen Hankard. Looking on are selectmen Katy North and John Olmstead. (David Carkhuff/Laconia Daily Sun)


SANBORNTON — Shane Morton will shift roles from taking 911 calls to answering them.
The town's newest police officer, Morton, 23, was sworn in Wednesday by Sanbornton Police Chief Stephen Hankard.
"We put him through a rigorous testing process. The oral boards, the background, and he definitely came out on top by far. We're really excited to have him," Hankard said.
Morton worked as a dispatcher in Franklin, taking emergency calls for the Police Department.
"Dispatching wasn't what I wanted to do as a career, so that's why I moved up here," Morton said.
Morton has a three-year contract in Sanbornton. He will fulfill a 16-week academy training and a 16-week on-the-job training where he will accompany an officer on calls.
Born and raised in Massachusetts, Morton vacationed at a summer place in Franklin. After graduating college in June 2016, he took the position of dispatcher in September.
Dennis Rector, the K-9 handler in Franklin, said Morton interned with him and made a good impression.
"He interned with me a few summers ago over in Franklin, and I took a liking to him. He's just a good kid, a hard worker," Rector said.
Officer Matt Terry departed the department, creating the vacancy.
Morton joins fellow officers Lt. Kevin McIntosh, Sgt. Justin Howe, Officer Andrew Phillips, Officer James DeCormier, Officer Tracy Trammell, Officer Gary Boisvert, Officer Tom Reneau, Officer Merek Weisensee and Administrative Assistant Carolyn DiNitto.