Man charged with Gilford burglary facing bail revocation hearing today

SUPERIOR COURT — The Belknap County Attorney's Office has filed a motion to revoke the bail of an area man who allegedly burglarized a home on Cherry Valley Road in Gilford in December of 2014.

Kenneth Blankenship, 33, whose last known address was 17 Orchard Street in Belmont had been free on bail since his arrest the same night by Gilford Police.

A Belknap County grand jury indicted Blankenship in February for one count of burglary and one count of resisting arrest for allegedly running from the Gilford Police Officer who arrested him.

According to paperwork filed in the Belknap County Superior Court, Blankenship was arrested by Belmont Police on March 26 for domestic violence. Asst. County Attorney Roni Karnis said not only was Blankenship arrested while he was on bail but left his address on Elm Street in Laconia and moved to Belmont to allegedly hide from the police.

Blankenship was arrested by Belmont Police on June 16 for allegedly threatening his girlfriend for allegedly telling her he would "cut her finger off" if she left. Police allege he also kept "picking" at her legs with a knife and eventually hit her in the face. Affidavits submitted by Belmont police said when they spoke with her both of her eyes were blackened. He was charged with one count of domestic violence criminal threatening and two counts of domestic violence simple assault.

On June 20, he was arrested a second time by Belmont police for one count of felony witness tampering for allegedly asking the assault victim to "help him out" after he learned she had spoken with police.

She told police he sent her repeated text messages asking her to come to his house. She said she relented, went to his house and that's when they had the conversation.

As his latest arraignment for the new Belmont charge, Judge Jim Carroll ordered Blankenship held on 2,000 cash bail — $1,000 for witness tampering and $1,000 for the assaults.

He posted bail on June 29 and is scheduled to appear at 9 a.m. today in Superior Court to argue the bail revocation motion.

Organic farm stand 'pops up' at child care center

LACONIA — A collaborative effort involving the Lakes Region Child Care Center and the Lakes Region Food Network (LRFN) has brought the "pop-up" Busy Corner Farm Stand to the parking lot at the giant Normandin Square apartment building where the center is located.
''The idea is to try and bring fresh local produce to the center so that the parents of children can find some healthy, locally-grown food readily available when they pick up their children at the end of the day.'' says Karen Barker of the Lakes Region Food Network.
The fresh vegetables; lettuce, radishes, beets, swiss chard, kale, broccoli, carrots, summer squash and swiss chard, are from the Red Manse Farm, an organic farm in Loudon, which is also supplying produce to Laconia's Got Lunch! Program.
The center currently cares for about 100 children a day, according to Jana Mills, who cooks for the center and had prepared several food items for customers to sample, carrot and kohlrabi fritters and summer squash and zucchini fritters, both served with an avocado yogurt sauce as well as braised cabbage with apples and onions.
Among those taking advantage of the chance to shop was Shari Lancaster of Gilford, director of the Early Learning Center at Lakes Region Child Care, who brought along her five-year-old son, Weston.
''I'm trying to broaden his horizons when it comes to food.'' said Lancaster, who offered him a snap pea to taste. Weston said that he liked it and that his favorite vegetables are carrots.
Earl Tuson said that he and his wife, Alice, were both engineers who took up farming in 2005 when they bought the former Batchelder Farm at the junction of Rte. 129 and Pittsfield Road in 2005.
They were certified as organic in 2007 and have carved out their own market by supplying organic grocers across the state as well as restaurants and schools. They run a community-supported agriculture program and have reduced their management burden in recent years by limiting themselves to 35 different crops.
"Red Manse Farm grows high quality produce, and offers a wide array of veggies to satisfy anyone's needs," says Barker. "One of the neat aspects of the Busy Corner Farm Stand is that LRFN has some funds to subsidize it, so we can bring in this first quality organic produce at more affordable prices. LRFN will make up the difference for the farm, so it is a win-win situation for both the farm and the customers."
The farm stand will operate again on August 11, and September 8, and will again be open to the entire community.

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Shari Lancaster of Gilford and her five-year-old son, Weston, shop for local produce at the Busy Corner farm stand next to the Lakes Region Child Care Center in Laconia on Tuesday. Earl Tuson from Red Manse Farm in Loudon is operating the stand, which will be open monthly and was started in cooperation with the Lakes Region Food Network. (Roger Amsden/for The Laconia Daily Sun)

Clarification of 'it was my fault' statement by Andrew Currier

In an article that was published on July 4 on page 9, Andrew Currier's statement saying "it was my fault" was related to his drug and alcohol addiction and the negative results it brought to his life and family. It was not said in any context related to the death of Jason Dostie. Currier pleaded guilty in March to one count of conspiracy to commit sales of a controlled drug for going to the bank and lending Dostie money. Additionally, Riverbank House was wrongly identified as Riverbend House.