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Tardif accepts spot on Ward 5 ballot opposite Hamel

LACONIA — Former mayor Tom Tardif yesterday confirmed that he will be a candidate for the City Council seat in Ward 5 in the general election on November 5. . On Thursday, a recount of the ballots cast in the primary election last month confirmed that Tardif received three-write-in votes, enough to entitle him to have his name printed on the general election ballot because it was the second highest total.

Incumbent City Councilor Bob Hamel, who is seeking re-election to a fifth term, was unopposed in the primary and received 39 of the 47 votes cast.

Last Updated on Saturday, 05 October 2013 02:58

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Gilford business owner indicted by grand jury, charged with meth making

GILFORD — A Country Club Road business owner was indicted by a Belknap County grand jury yesterday for conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine, and possession of marijuana.

Steven Simoneau, 56, of 194 County Club Road was arrested and charged on May 30 after the Belknap County Sheriff's Department along with the the N.H. Drug Enforcement Administration's Clandestine Lab Team during a raid on his property.

Affidavits from the time of his arrest and supporting the state's request for cash bail said Simoneau's arrest stemmed from an earlier methamphetamine bust on Academy Street in Laconia during the previous week but the details of the connection are in search warrant affidavits that were sealed by Judge Jim Carroll during his original appearance in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division.

According to the affidavit supporting the state's request for cash bail, Simoneau was allegedly trying to burn evidence of a meth-making operation in a fire pit on his property behind the house he shared with his elderly mother.

Yesterday's indictments indicated that police recovered lithium and pseudo-ephedrine on Simoneau's property.

The property is the site of the Simoneau and Sons Concrete business.

In the week before the raid at Simoneau's house, a sheriff's deputy who was watching an apartment at 21 Academy St. saw a man, later identified as Joel Paquette, riding his bicycle away from the apartment about an hour after he had gotten there.

The deputy approached Paquette who agreed to be interviewed. Paquette said Deputy E. Justin Blanchette could examine the water bottle he had on his bicycle and Blanchette allegedly found oxycodone pills and Valium pills.

After he arrested Paquette, Blanchette went to return his bicycle to the apartment (at Paquette's request) and Donald Doucet,40, opened the door and told Blanchette that Paquette's girlfriend was inside. Blanchette entered the living room and saw materials commonly used in methamphetamine production lying in plain sight on the couch. He also saw a mirror and straw on the floor.

Both Doucet and Christy Jarrell, 26, were arrested.

All three are in the Belknap County House of Corrections awaiting trial for various counts of possession of narcotics and meth-making.

After his arrest, Simoneau was initially held on $5,000 cash bail. After his appearance in court on a Friday, Carroll ordered him held on $2,000 cash-only bail but allowed him to go home for the weekend to care for his elderly mother.

Simoneau posted the $2,000 cash on Monday.

Last Updated on Saturday, 05 October 2013 02:55

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Shawn Carter now facing 2 charges of first-degree murder

LACONIA — The man who allegedly chopped his mother and brother to death in the Belmont home on Sunset Drive that they all shared has been indicted by a Belknap County grand jury for two counts of first-degree homicide.

Shawn Carter, 32, was also indicted for two counts of second-degree homicide for the deaths of Priscilla Carter, 59, and Timothy Carter, 39.

Each count offers a different theory of each death with first-degree homicide charging that Carter "purposely" caused the death of his mother and brother. Second-degree homicide means he allegedly recklessly cause their deaths.

Priscilla Carter and Timothy Carter were found chopped to death by a Belmont Police officer who went to the house around 11 a.m. on May 24, after one of Priscilla's co-workers called police and reported she was concerned because the woman had not shown up at work.

After searching the house, the officer made his startling discovery.

Carter was arrested by police in on Rte. 3 in Tilton while driving his mother's car about three hours later. At his probable cause hearing on August 6, Det. Sgt. Joseph Ebert of the N.H. State Police testified that Carter's mother died of 10 chop wounds to her head and body while Timothy Carter died of 23 chop wounds. Police also said Priscilla Carter had been stabbed in the face.

Ebert said the N.H. State Medical Officer determined the Carters died between 10 p.m. May 23 to 2 a.m. May 24.

Ebert also testified that after applying for a search warrant for the car Carter was driving, police recovered a yellow-handled ax similar to the one Shawn Carter bought at Walmart the week before the homicides in the trunk.

Police also said they recovered an atlas (map), a black duffle bag containing mens' clothing, and Priscilla Carter's wallet.

Ebert also said police had recovered footage of Carter at the Cumberland Farms store on Court Street in Laconia just after midnight on May 24 wearing a cap that was very similar to the one he was wearing on the day he was arrested.

Police said there was blood evidence recovered on one of Carter's boots and on his cap.

Carter is being defended by by Robin Wight-Davis and Eric Wolpin. He is being held without bail in the Belknap County House of Corrections.

Last Updated on Saturday, 05 October 2013 02:47

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Meredith firm was called in to investigate event(s) that led to Gilford police suspensions

GILFORD — The Daily Sun has learned that an independent company was hired to do an investigation into the Police Department after Chief Kevin Keenan was placed on paid administrative leave.

An official who did not wish to be identified said yesterday that Municipal Resources Inc. of Meredith has interviewed both Keenan and School Resource Officer Holly Harris, who is also on a paid administrative leave.

The official said other members of the Gilford Police Department have been interviewed as well and that MRI will be issuing a report of its findings sometime in the near future.

MRI's role is to offer an unbiased view of the as yet unspecified reasons for both to be on paid leave. Keenan has been on leave since August 29 and Harris has been on leave since the middle of September.

Keenan has been with the Gilford Police Department since 1994 and Harris has been there since 2005. Keenan makes $83,000 annually and Harris makes around $52,000 per year.

Last Updated on Saturday, 05 October 2013 02:42

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