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Look online for up-to-date results for local elections

Election results for the District 1 Executive Council race and various township races and referendums may or may not be available tonight in time to place in Wednesday's newspaper but they will be available online (www.laconiadailysun) as we have them, starting at 10 p.m.  

— The editor

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 01:05

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Man who kicked roomate to death wants work release

LACONIA — A former local man who kicked one of his friends to death in May 2011 is seeking work release or a half-way house, according to a motion filed in Belknap County Superior Court.

Pleadings filed on behalf of Jason Durgin, 40, by the New Hampshire Department of Corrections said he has had no disciplinary record since he was sentenced to a single 3 1/2-to-7 year sentence for negligent homicide in June of 2012 for the May 2011 death of his house guest Leo LaPierre.

At the time of his sentencing, Durgin was credited with 406 days of pretrial confinement, and he will have served the minimum portion of his sentence in August 2014.

The state has asked for 30 days to file a reply, saying it asked the DOC for Durgin's records, but has yet to get them. The state also wanted a chance to speak with LaPierre's family.

The DOC said Durgin has completed a co-occurring disorders group and the Prison Classification Board believes the "likelihood of rehabilitation will be enhanced by participation in the work release program."

In May 2011, Laconia Police got a phone call from a trailer behind Quik Laundry and Cleaners for an unconscious man. The call was made by Tracy Hebert — one of two people living in Durgin's trailer.

Durgin and Hebert initially didn't come out of the trailer when police arrived and Hebert testified that Durgin had held her down in her bedroom and prevented her from answering the door. She also testified that Durgin had beaten and kicked LaPierre during an argument in the home but that she had gone back to her bedroom because she was afraid.

LaPierre, who had suffered severe head trauma, was taken to Lakes Region General Hospital and then transferred to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center where he died of his injuries. He never regained consciousness.

In December 2013, the state Supreme Court unanimously upheld Durgin's conviction. He had appealed it arguing that his defense team had been unable to present the alternative theory that someone else could have committed the crime, that one of the witnesses against him had unlawfully used his EBT card, and that judge refused to set aside the verdict.

The court ruled that Durgin's trial was a "classic" jury case in which the jury weighed the evidence, determined for itself the credibility of witnesses, and came to a just conclusion.

Asst. N.H. Attorney General Benjamin Agati prosecuted Durgin.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 01:34

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Vote today: special election will decide race for executive council seat

LACONIA — The Special Election to fill the Executive Council seat in District 1, which was held for 35 years by Ray Burton until his passing in November, is being held today, March 11.
The candidates are Republican Joe Kenney of Wakefield and Democrat Michael Cryans of Hanover.
The polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.
The polling stations are in Ward 1 at the Belknap County Nursing Home, in Ward 2 at the Sacred Heart Parish Hall, in Ward 3 at the Laconia Middle School, in Ward 4 at the Memorial Park Club House and in Ward 6 at the Leavitt Park Clubhouse. The Ward 5 polling station will again be at Wooodland Heights Elementary School, but it has been moved to the music room, the entrance to which is at the front of the building.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 01:02

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Polished thief leaves Laconia jewelry store with 3 expensive watches

LACONIA — City police confirmed yesterday they are investigating the theft of three Rolex watches from Sawyer's Jewelry, reported to them on Tuesday.

Capt. Matt Canfield said a lone man went into the store and used what ended up being a bad cashier's check to purchase three watches with a total value of $40,000.

"They (Sawyer's) followed all of their safeguards and protocols," Canfield said.

He said the man provided identification that he was from Connecticut and the bank check appeared to be real until management learned it wasn't and called the police.

Police have a photograph of him and witnesses said there was nothing about him that raised any red flags.

Canfield said the case is being investigated locally but the federal agents have taken an interest in it because there have been some similar thefts reported in New England.

"We're not sure yet if the case is going to the feds or not," said Canfield.

If anyone has any information they are asked to call the Laconia Police at 524-5252 or the Greater Laconia Crime Line at 524-1717.

Last Updated on Saturday, 08 March 2014 12:17

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