Pumpkin delivery at Elm Street School



Calise Houle, owner of Happy Cow Ice Cream Shop and an alumnus of Elm Street School, delivered 25 pumpkins she bought at Home Depot, plus another 10 that the hardware store added at no cost, to her alma mater on Wednesday morning. Houle's was the third delivery of pumpkins to the school that day. Meredith Village Savings Bank, CBH Landscaping Contractors, Lowe's and many individual community members also gave pumpkins to the school so that there would be enough for each student at the school to carve one for the New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival on Oct. 22. (Adam Drapcho/Laconia Daily Sun)

Meredith police search for Belmont shooter, suspect still at large


MEREDITH — State and area police surrounded a local cabin colony and shut down a nearby section of Route 3 on Wednesday after they received a tip that a man wanted for questioning in connection with the Tuesday afternoon shooting of a Belmont woman was staying there.

New Hampshire State Police Lt. Scott Gilbert said his agency was in the process of obtaining warrants for the arrest of Jason Cuocolo, 42, of Belmont, on felony charges of first-degree assault, armed robbery and criminal threatening with a gun, but that the suspect remains at large.

Jason M. Cuocolo

 Jason M. Cuocolo

Belmont Police Chief Mark Lewandoski said Wednesday that Cuocolo allegedly threatened people at a home at 24 Arlene Drive in Belmont with a gun and stole their car, which was discovered abandoned in the vicinity of the Great Escape at 34 Daniel Webster Highway.
On Tuesday, about 1 p.m., police were called to 24 Arlene Drive for a woman suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. The victim was rushed to Lakes Region General Hospital and then airlifted to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Lewandoski said she remains in critical but stable condition.

Lewandoski said Cuocolo has ties to Meredith, Rockland, Massachusetts, and Belmont, and New Hampshire State Police are working with state and local police in Massachusetts to try and find him.

State Police joined their counterparts from neighboring Laconia and Center Harbor Wednesday, along with members of the Belknap County Sheriff’s Department in patrolling the area on the lookout for the suspect.

Armed with military-style rifles and wearing bulletproof vests police searched each of the cabins at the resort and arrested one man who was led away in handcuffs after discovering he was wanted on a warrant unrelated to the Belmont incident.

A German shepherd K-9 was also deployed in the adjacent woods to search for the suspect.

Gilbert said the abandoned car was found about 3 p.m. on Tuesday, but that his agency didn’t learn of it until some five hours later.

On Wednesday, while the search continued, Meredith police spoke with the engineer of the Hobo Railroad who had just returned from a trip back from The Weirs to see if he had spotted anyone on the tracks. Officers also canvassed residential neighborhoods in the vicinity of where the car was abandoned, including Needle Eye Road and Neal Shore Road.

Police halted traffic at 11:46 a.m. Wednesday at the Meredith Traffic Circle that intersects with Parade Road and Upper Mile Point Drive. Traffic was also stopped at the intersection of Roller Coaster Road and Watson Road near the Tamarack Restaurant. The highway was reopened to all traffic at 1:53 p.m.

Police found one unnamed man during their search who was wanted on outstanding warrants in a completely unrelated matter. He was taken into custody, but further information on him was unavailable at deadline.

Police said Cuocolo should be considered armed and dangerous and ask anyone who sees him or who knows of his whereabouts to call Belmont Police at 267-8350, the New Hampshire State Police or their local police department.

– Gail Ober contributed to this story.

10-12 man arrested in Meredith

An unidentified man was taken away in handcuffs Wednesday when a sweep of the the Great Escape area of Meredith was searched for a suspected shooter. He had the misfortune of being found while having outstanding warrants for his arrest, but his situation had nothing to do with the shooting of a woman in Belmont Tuesday. (Bea Lewis/for The Laconia Daily Sun)

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Back to jail - Local felon arrested on new charges four days after getting sweetheart deal


LACONIA — A local convicted felon who narrowly avoided being sent back to prison last Friday after being found with two guns was arrested Tuesday morning, and faces new charges of being in possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it and two counts of being a felon in possession of a deadly weapon.

Capt. Matthew Canfield said officers were called to Keasor Court at 8:01 a.m. Tuesday for a report that Steven Moy, 29, of 34 Manchester St. was walking around an apartment house and banging on the walls and windows.

10-11 Steven Moy

Moy told police that he was trying to wake some of his friends to get them to come to work with him.

The officers said Moy was "acting suspicious" and appeared to "be high on something," so he was detained.

Moy ran from the two officers and entered into thick puckerbrush. With the officers following him, Canfield said Moy tripped on something and hit his head on a metal pole that is part of a fence that surrounds a generator.

"He split his head wide open," said Canfield.

An ambulance was called and during a weapons search, police found a quantity of methamphetamine, a set of brass knuckles, a knife and some unidentified pills.

Moy is charged with two counts of being a felon in possession of a weapon, possession of methamphetamine with intent to district, resisting arrest, and breach of bail. Canfield said he will likely face additional charges once police determine the identity of the pills.

Canfield said the two officers had scratches from the puckerbrush and both had to go to the hospital to be decontaminated from the exposure to blood.

Moy had recently been allowed to avoid jail after agreeing on Oct. 7 to a suspended sentence for being a felon in possession of a deadly weapon. At that time, both Moy and the parole officer thought Moy was no longer on parole. Moy and Belknap County Attorney Melissa Guldbrandsen agreed to suspend a 3 ½ to 7 year sentence at that time.

Moy is being held without bail and will be scheduled to appear soon at Belknap County Superior Court.


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