Far more people turn out to hear trump than will fit in Weirs Community Center

LACONIA — A capacity crowd of 340 jammed the Weirs Community Center while at least three times that number stood outside last evening to welcome Donald Trump, the most controversial candidate in the growing field vying for the Republican presidential nomination.

"We're going to be very close to one another tonight, very close," a campaign aide told the crowd packed shoulder-to-shoulder into the steamy room. Then, as Trump's coming neared, he announced "I would like everyone to shift to the right," explaining that without a six-foot aisle from the door the Fire Marshall would not let him enter. The crowd squeezed and the aisle parted.

Flanked by four escorts, Trump mounted the podium to say that there were three or four more times people outside than in, then immediately described the recent agreement negotiated with Iran as "a disaster" wrought by "gross incompetents". When a supporter waved a copy of Trump's book, "The Art of the Deal," he responded "they didn't read it" and mocked President Obama for failing to negotiate the release of four Americans imprisoned in Iran as part of the bargain.

Trump then turned on the GOP, saying he was more disappointed with his own party than with the Democrats. He charged that Republicans expressed "great indignation" about foreign policy, the economy and, above all, Obamacare, but "nothing happens. I'm tired of it and you're tired of it," he thundered, to loud applause.

Nothing happens, Trump explained, because politicians are beholden to wealthy donors, special interests and Washington lobbyists. "Who knows it better than me? I gave money to Democrats and Republicans," he confessed. If you give them money, he said, "they do whatever the hell you tell them to do. Now I'm on the other side of the fence."

Plaintively flinging his arms to either side, he declared "I don't need the money" and asked how much do I have?" Answering his own question, he proclaimed "ten billion" and repeated "I really don't need it."

Recalling the scoldings he received for his recent remarks about illegal immigrants, particularly Mexicans, Trump countered by noting that he topped the Republican field in a recent poll in Nevada while also capturing the largest share of the Hispanic vote. by a wide margin "I have thousands of Hispanic employees and I love them," he said. "I'm going to win the Hispanic vote."

"The American dream is dead," Trump proclaimed, turning to the major theme of his campaign, "but I' going to make it bigger and better and stronger than ever before."
In particular, he said he would stem the flow of jobs overseas by getting the better of Mexico and China. If Ford Motor Company planned to build an assembly plant in Mexico, he said he would ensure the plan was abandoned and the factory built in the United States by threatening to tax their imported products 35 percent. As for the Chinese, he said he had dealt with them. "I beat China, beat them badly," he recalled. "They don't like me."

Replying to a question about the plight of small business, Trump referred to his acquisition of the bereft Doral Country Club — "I made a good deal, by the way" — which has become Trump National Doral Miami. "You're going to love the job I'll do,"

The room emptied to the militant strains of Twisted Sister — "We're not gonna take it, No, we ain't gonna take it, We're not gonna take it anymore."

Trump's jet lands at Laconia Airport right on time; candidate meets there with group of invited special guests

GILFORD — Paul and Bridget Gaudet of Gilford and Laconia Rep. Peter Spanos and his wife Sharon of Laconia were four of the nearly 20 people who met with Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump last night at the Laconia Municipal Airport. He was precisely on time.

The billionaire New York businessman was greeted upon arrival in a Cessna Citation X business jet by a handful of onlookers many of whom were there to take his picture. He posed for pictures with many of them.

After greeting the people who were waiting for him at the edge of the tarmac, Trump immediately entered the airport conference room  after which he departed for his scheduled appearance at the Weirs Community Center.

The Gaudets and Sharon Spanos said they were supporters of his candidacy.

They said he spoke to them most about business and industry and bringing jobs back to the country.

"I like his honesty," said Sharon Spanos.

"He hates to loose and he can't be bought," said Paul Gaudet.

Wolfeboro police make second arrest for possession of concentrated form of pot, warn of drug's dangers

WOLFEBORO — Police here have made a second arrest in as many weeks for possession of a highly concentrated form of marijuana called butane honey oil, or BHO.

Police were checking the area around Albee Beach when they noticed several young men exit a car that had just arrived. The men went into a wooded area and the officer noticed the smell of marijuana coming from their direction.

The young men were from Connecticut. Police spoke to them and two of them had marijuana and alcohol in their possession. One man was 20-years old and the other was a minor. Both were arrested.

The driver of the car (the minor) was charged with one count of transportation of drugs in a motor vehicle, unlawful possession of alcohol, unlawful transportation of alcohol and possession of marijuana.

The other man was charged with possession of marijuana and transportation of drugs in a motor vehicle.

Police found a number of marijuana pipes filled with a mixture of BHO and marijuana, a Tupperware container partially filled with marijuana, and a glass bong containing more BHO. A lip balm container with BHO or "dab" was also found on the minor.

BHO is a highly concentrated form of marijuana that can be 20 times the potency. Made from butane and marijuana the final product resembles that of melted peanut brittle. It is usually smoked in a pipe.

Police also found a cardboard liquor box containing various kinds of hard alcohol.

Capt. Dean Rondeau said that BHO represents a new danger in central New Hampshire.

"With an ever increasing supply of marijuana, drug users, not satisfied with the effects of marijuana, are seeking new ways to increase its potency and impact," said Rondeau.

Rondeau also said that in the few instances police have found BHO, they have also found alcohol. He said the combination of the two can be very dangerous and re-expressed his fear of impaired driving.

"When we arrested those young people we think we may have prevented a terrible DWI accident," he said, noting that they had a case full of alcohol and an empty case of alcohol and had apparently been driving around, stopping only to get high.

He explained that his research has shown that over the past 40 years, marijuana has become about 40 times more potent than it was in the 1960s. Condensing marijuana into BHO increases the potency another 20 percent, making it increasingly dangerous he said.

He said in January a 15-year-old boy smoked one hit of BHO in Wolfeboro and passed out. His friends panicked and left him in the snowbank where he almost died of exposure.

Another concern of Rondeau's is the process of making it is very dangerous. He said butane is a vapor at room temperature and is heavier than air, causing it to fog along the lowest point in a room. It is also very volatile and explosive and the slightest spark can trigger an explosion.

"This is not just marijuana and it's not just kids being kids," Rondeau said, noting some parents are inclined to minimize the importance of using highly potent marijuana and BHO.