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GILFORD — On January 14 at 10:30 a.m. in the Wesley Woods Community Room a program on veterans' benefits will be offered.

A representative from the VA Public Affairs office will be present to answer all questions.

This event is open to the public and free of charge.  For more information contact Stace at 603-528-2555 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Concord says alleged Opechee Park flasher have violated reporting requirement

CONCORD — Police confirmed yesterday they are investigating a register sex offender who allegedly exposed himself to children at Opechee Park last summer for reporting requirement violations.

Lt. Timothy O'Malley said that Daniel King, who is a tier III registered sex offender, was a homeless resident in Concord who may have violated the reporting requirements for sex offenders.

"If we find he violated his reporting requirements we will be bringing forth charges," said O'Malley.

King is being held on $50,000 cash bail in the Belknap County House of Corrections for allegedly after being arrested in Hot Springs, Arkansas by U.S. Federal Marshals on an arrest warrant issued by the Laconia Police for felony indecent exposure and lewdness.

King is scheduled to appear for a probable cause hearing in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division on January 15 at 1 p.m.

DWI arrest in aftermath of Monday wreck on bypass

GILFORD — A Northfield man was charged with driving while intoxicated after the three car head-on accident on the Laconia Bypass Monday at 3:19 p.m.

Police said yesterday that James Corriveau, 22, of 29 Summer St. was charged with DWI by police after being transported by ambulance to Lakes Region General Hospital.

Police said that although Corriveau was allegedly drinking and driving, they have yet to determine the cause of the crash or if he was at fault.

Four people were transported to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries after the crash and the Laconia Bypass from Route 107 to Route 11-A (Gilford Ave.) was closed for about 90 minutes.

Non-English speaking man charged with rape wants statements made to police suppressed

LACONIA — A Batchelder Street man has asked a Belknap County Superior Court judge to suppress statements he made to police during an interview about an alleged rape complaint because he doesn't speak or understand English.

In a motion filed by Fatmir Gasi, 52, of 72 Batchelder Street by his attorney, Gasi, a Bosnian refugee whose first language is Albanian, said he didn't understand enough English to understand his Miranda rights.

Gasi was arrested on a warrant on January 19, 2014, shortly after he allegedly raped and choked a female acquaintance at his home on January 17 or 18. He was indicted in March of 2014.

According to the motion filed in court, Gasi was taken into an interrogation room by a single male police officer for questioning. Portions of the interrogation were recorded but the beginning, where the officer read Gasi his rights and obtained a signed waiver were not.

"It should have been apparent to anyone conversing with the accused that English is not his first language, and that, while he speaks conversational English to a degree, he is far from fluent in the language," wrote attorney Steve Mirkin.

Mirkin said once the tape was turned on, the officer went through a cursory explanation of Gasi's rights end even then Gasi has difficulty understanding them.

He said much of the interview is characterized by the officer repeatedly getting the accused to clarify answers that were not responsive to the questions he asked, or which the officer himself didn't understand.

At some point after the interview and during the transcription process, the transcriptionist eventually gave up trying to understand Gasi's statements. Mirkin also noted that in a previous trial against Gasi for a different matter, he required an Albanian translator for all proceedings.

Mirkin said that in this case there is "no record of a careful and methodical Miranda warning," no indication that Gasi understands English, and no indication that he understood he was knowingly, willingly, and intelligently waiving his right to have an attorney present at his questioning.

A hearing on the motion is scheduled for this week.