LACONIA — In 2003, five years after Brenda Ganong underwent successful treatment for breast cancer, a friend suggested staging a charitable motorcycle ride "for the girls." But, speaking from experience, Ganong said, "No, let's do it for the men too, because they suffer too."
The first Winnipesaukee Run Against Breast Cancer in 2003 drew four sponsors and about three dozen motorcyclists. The event grew over the next several years. But by then Ganong said that she found close friends and family members with different types of cancer.
"The stress on breast cancer was too personal," she said, explaining her decision to christen the event Brenda's Ride with Friends.
Conceding "everything depends on the weather," Ganong said she expects 250 or more motorcyclists at the Weirs Beach Lobster Pound on Saturday morning for the 12th annual running of Brenda's Ride with Friends.
"We'll have riders from Massachusetts, Maine, New York and Rhode Island as well as from all over New Hampshire," she said.
The original handful of sponsors has swelled to 40 "and growing," she said. She expressed her gratitude to the Weirs Beach Lobster Pound for hosting the event and J.J. Santoro of Winner's Circle Auto Sales of Tilton, the gold sponsor of the ride.
Chaperoned by police escorts, the motorcyclists will ride to Waterville Valley, pause for refreshment, then return to The Weirs for a cookout, music and silent auction. Axis, led by Matt Langley, will provide the music, and Cheryl Testa the food.
"She'll make 40 pounds of pasta salad and serve everyone in 20 or 25 minutes," Ganong said. "As soon as we get to Waterville Valley I'll tell her to get cooking."
All the proceeds from the ride will benefit the Oncology Department of LRGHealthcare. Ganong emphasized that the funds will be distributed directly to patients "for the simple things that get them through the day, like groceries to hold them over, gas in the car to get to their treatment and warming blankets." Since the first ride, almost $70,000 has been raised to assist cancer patients, she said.
Motorcycles will leave the Weirs Beach Lobster Pound at 10 a.m. sharp. Riders may register between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. for $30 per person. For further information, call (603) 520-7996.
CAPTION: Brenda Ganong, in the saddle, and Mary Ellen Nelson, who she calls "my right hand and sometimes my left too," have set the stage for the 12th annual Brenda's Ride to fight cancer "one mile at a time." (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Michael Kitch).
Last Updated on Friday, 01 August 2014 01:50
By Barbara Tetreault
The Berlin Daily Sun
GORHAM — For a third day, N.H. State Police and FBI investigators continued to comb through the home of Nathaniel Kibby, charged in the kidnapping of Conway teen Abby Hernandez last October.
Residents of the Gateway Trailer Park in Gorham, where Kibby has lived since 2009, said law enforcement officials have said they expect to be there all week.
Kibby was arrested at his 104 Brookside Drive home just after noon Monday and is being held on $1 million cash bail. The charge is a class B felony carrying a maximum sentence of seven years.
Residents of the park describe the 34-year-old Kibby as a loner who tended to keep to himself. He had a reputation for being opinioned and keeping guns at his home. But residents also said they never saw or heard Hernandez despite the close proximity of the homes there.
Increasingly residents speculate Hernandez may have been held in the Conex industrial storage container at the back of Kibby's mobile home.
One neighbor, who asked not to be identified, said Kibby had built a false wall in the container and used one section for storage. In the other section, the neighbor said Kibby created a space that he called a "man cave" where he could work on various vehicles. The neighbor said there is electricity to the container, and he said Kibby told him last year he put in soundproofing so he could use it as a small firing range.
Gorham tax records show Kibby purchased the three-bedroom mobile home in 2009 and last year it had a value of $19,200. The storage trailer is listed on the tax card but no value is assigned to it.
The neighbor said Kibby had owned a black Chevy S-10 pickup truck but last fall changed vehicles and currently was driving a Honda Civic.
The street in front of Kibby's home is closed off with yellow crime scene tape blocking public access. Residents on the street are required to show identification to get into their homes. Investigators have been seen bringing material out of the mobile home in bags, and yesterday afternoon boxes could be seen on the lawn.
With Hernandez and her mother Zenya Hernandez sitting in the front row, Kibby was arraigned in Conway District Court Tuesday and bail was set at $1 million.
Investigators have released few details about the case. In a press conference after the arraignment, Associate N.H. Attorney General Jane Young called Kibby's arrest the first step in an ongoing investigation.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00
LACONIA – A Meredith man police found slumped over the wheel of his car in the Laconia Parking Garage in April is using the Laconia Police Department's own policy on towing as grounds to suppress evidence of heroin possession and being a felon in possession of a deadly weapon.
Kory MacDonald, 28, formerly of 129 Meredith Center Road, #6, is also charged with one count of falsifying physical evidence for allegedly trying to hide a spoon, a lighter, and a white baggie during his arrest.
According to MacDonald's attorney, Wade Harwood, police went to the Laconia Parking Garage on April 7, and saw MacDonald's car parked in a parking space. The officer saw what she believed to be an illegal drug and knocked on his driver's window.
When MacDonald responded, the officer removed him from his car and placed him in the back seat of her cruiser. Once he was out of the car, two officers conducted an "inventory search" of the car and found what they alleged was heroin and a knife.
According to Harwood, police had no right to conduct an inventory search in order to tow it back to the station.
He said state law states a car can only be towed for seven specific reasons – six of which have no bearing on this case. He said the seventh one is that a car can be towed if the drive has been arrested and the car is an obstruction to the normal flow of traffic.
He said the operative word in the previous sentence is "and," and in this case both criteria were not met. In MacDonald's case, Harwood argued that the car was parked in a legal parking spot in the parking garage.
"It is illegal for the police to tow any car unless authorized by RSA 262:32," wrote Harwood.
He said any evidence obtained in a search contrary to RSA 263:32 must be suppressed.
As to the inventory search, he said the law and the police department's own policy provided that an officer can only do an inventory search if a car is to be towed. The reasons for a legitimate inventory search are to prevent injury to an officer from something that may be in the car, to protect the owner's property, and to protect the police department against a later claim of theft or of mishandling of property.
Further, he said the Laconia Police Department's own police on inventory search addresses only how one should be conducted not the circumstances under which a car may be towed.
Harwood said the policy doesn't provide authority to tow a car, but only provides guidance on how the search was to be conducted once a car had been towed.
The policy also states, said Harwood, that "if an an officer has probable cause and time to get a search warrant, one should be obtained."
Harwood wrote that Subsection 3 and 4 of the LPD policy said a vehicle should be inventoried when it "is towed at the request" of the members of this department. He also said Subsection 8 states that a car can only be towed if it was involved in a crime and is to be impounded by members of this department.
He argued that since there was no legal right to tow the car, it never should have been subject to a police inventory without a search warrant.
In this case, he said the officer acted upon what she believed to be illegal drugs in the car. However, if the officer thought there was contraband in it, the officer should have gotten a warrant. Because it was legally parked, he said one of the two officers could have stayed with the car while the other got the warrant.
Dept. Belknap County Attorney Carley Ahern countered by saying that the inventory search of the vehicle was legal and she preserved her right to file a memorandum of law before the suppression hearing.
MacDonald is being held in the Belknap County House of Corrections in lieu of $10,000 cash or corporate surety bail.
Last Updated on Thursday, 31 July 2014 12:00
by Daymond Steer
CONWAY — The man accused of kidnapping 15-year-old Abby Hernandez was ordered held on $1 million cash bail, by circuit court Judge Pamela Albee Tuesday afternoon. Abby was in the court room with her mother, Zenya, and sister Sarah.
Police say Nathaniel Kibby, 34, of Gorham, kidnapped Abby on the afternoon of Oct. 9 on North-South Road. Kibby is a former Kennett High School student. Abby was a Kennett High School freshman at the time of her disappearance.
She had been missing since that day but somehow managed to send one letter home to Zenya.
Albee set a probable cause date of Aug. 12 at 2 p.m. at circuit court and she imposed a number of conditions in the event Kibby can post bail. Those include no access to guns, drugs (unless prescribed) or alcohol; no contact with the Hernandez family; and no going within 300 feet of where the Hernandez family might be. He would also have to report to the probation department every day if released. Albee explained that Kibby faces up to 7 years in prison and a fine on the kidnapping charge, which is a class-B felony.
The Conway court room was packed with reporters, police and members of the public for Kibby's arraignment on Tuesday.
The mystery of what happened to Abby has gained international media attention. Investigators were tight-lipped through the investigation and continued to be so in court despite repeated pleas from public defender Jesse Friedman.
Friedman sought investigators' probable cause and search warrant affidavits and said he had very little information to defend his client with.
"We're in the position that essentially all that we have is a piece of paper," said Friedman about the police complaint. "In order to adequately defend Nate we need an opportunity to see that (other documents)."
Friedman added that the documents would be helpful for the defense in the bail portion of the arraignment. About all Friedman received was the police complaint which is one sentence long. The complaint says Kibby committed the Class B felony crime of kidnapping and that he "knowingly confined A.H. with a purpose to commit an offense against her."
The complaint doesn't say what that offense might be.
"I have no idea what offense they are alluding to because I don't have information other than what's on this piece of paper," said Friedman of the police complaint. "I'm not sure as a matter of constitutionally defending Nate, I can even explain to him what he's being charged with because I don't know."
Associate Attorney General Jane Young argued that she just got the defense's motion to unseal minutes ago, and under court rules the prosecution has 10 days to respond. She asked for the records to remain sealed.
"This is an ongoing investigation," said Young adding they only got enough information for an arrest warrant within the last 48 hours.
She said searches are being conducted at Kibby's house and if any information got out it would compromise the investigation. Young said some information may have already leaked to the media.
"We vehemently object to this motion," said Young asking the court for 10 days to respond.
Young said the best source of information for the defense is Kibby himself.
Albee denied the defense motion. Albee said she approved the arrest warrant herself at 6:30 a.m. on Monday.
When asked at the outset if he was seeking court-appointed counsel, Kibby replied, "Yes, I am, your honor."
When reached Monday, James D. Campbell, the father of Abby's former boyfriend, said he hoped the judge wouldn't give Kibby any opportunity for bail at all. He praised the police and Abby herself.
"I am proud of her for being tough!" said Campbell on Facebook, adding Abby and her sister and mother are "awesome people."
Authorities held a press conference outside after the arraignment.
In the press conference, speakers were state Attorney General Joseph Foster, Kieran Ramsey of the FBI, and Associate AG Jane Young.
Young reiterated the facts of the case that Hernandez was 14 and on the verge of her 15th birthday when she vanished Oct. 9 and that she returned to her home July 20.
Young cautioned reporters that due to the ongoing investigation into the case, officials would not be able to answer certain questions that could compromise their efforts.
Foster said keys to the positive outcome into the investigation so far have been the consistency and intensity of the efforts of crime fighters; the efforts of the community; and the strength of the Hernandez family.
"This is an ongoing investigation and we cannot try this case in the media. Some of your questions cannot be [answered] at this time," said Foster.
Ramsey saluted the community of Conway for its efforts to publicize the case through social media, the posting of fliers and other efforts so that the case would remain at the public's forefront.
"They didn't let anyone forget about Abby," said Ramsey.
He said law enforcement examined cell phone contacts, explored social media, and used "staid old-fashioned" interview techniques of hundreds of contacts.
He and Young both saluted Abigail for her resolve and courage.
"We have seen our worst fears in some cases, but we are seeing the best in the end," said Ramsey.
Young said law enforcement officials worked tirelessly on the case.
She said Kibby's arrest is the first step in the ongoing investigation.
Young said after receiving information Sunday night, a SWAT team started planning Kibby's arrest at 2 a.m. Monday and acted at noon to arrest Kibby without incident at his home in Gorham.
"There was no harm done to him, and more importantly, to anyone in the neighborhood," said Young.
She added that the search of Kibby's property continues, and will continue, depending on what investigators find.
"As Kieran said," added Young, "several times your worst fears are realized. But, she is home." She later added, "How a child like that can endure means she has a strength that I am not sure we would have."
Paul Kirsch and Amanda Smith, the two volunteers who led the community's Bring Abby Home effort, spoke to reporters outside the court house after the press conference.
Kirsch, who has supported Zenya and Sarah and had run the Bring Abby Home effort, said they are asking the public to hold up welcome home signs for Abby.
"We want her to know how much support there was out there and how many people were thinking of her," said Kirsch adding he doesn't know if she saw any of that when she was missing.
Kirsch said the biggest struggle is that it's hard for people to understand that the ordeal isn't over for the Hernandez family.
"All they want to do is be a family again and now they have to go through this stage of justice," said Kirsch. "It's going to take a lot of strength on her part. They are survivors."
Kirsch knows the Hernandez family from the White Mountain Milers running club.
Amanda Smith, a Hernandez family friend, who ran the Bring Abby Home Facebook page, said it was "hard to describe" what it was like being in the court room with Kibby.
"It was something we needed to do to face him," said Smith. "It's for closure."
Smith said Abby is still resting and that Monday was the first time Abby began to feel safe.
"I hope he gets more than seven years," said Smith.
An employee at EMM Precision, in Conway, confirmed that Kibby had worked for the company for five years before being laid off this spring.
Reporter Tom Eastman contributed to this story.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 11:57
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