Pair sought in MVSB robbery are arrested


LACONIA — The woman who allegedly robbed the Meredith Village Savings Bank on Jan. 11 could be arraigned in the Belknap County Superior Court as early as Friday afternoon.

01-11 Riley401-11 Chaka1Detective Sgt. Kevin Butler said Kristi Riley, 31, of Laconia, and her companion Chaka Meredith, 41, of Laconia were caught around 7 p.m. Wednesday night as they were walking down the street in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

He said Riley is expected to be charged with robbery, has waived extradition and will be returned to New Hampshire.

Butler said he was told a patrol officer and supervisor recognized them thanks to photos from bank surveillance cameras, including two Lawrence banks that Meredith allegedly robbed. The two were arrested without incident.

He said Meredith has allegedly confessed to his role in robbing a total of seven banks, which include his role as accomplice to the MVSB robbery and a second robbery in Plaistow.

"I believe he has confessed to seven bank robberies, including ours," Butler said.

Butler said the two remained on the run for a month and that various police agencies in New Hampshire, Massachusetts along with the FBI are still sorting out what charges each will face in their jurisdictions.

He said Meredith is alleged to have committed bank robberies in Laconia, Plaistow, two in Lawrence, at least two in Boston and one in Pepperell.

WMUR-TV reports that Meredith's attorney said his client has no criminal record and in fact was a police officer previously. He said Meredith was injured and became addicted to Percoset and then heroin.

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Children’s Auction distributes $225,000 to nonprofits

GILFORD — The Greater Lakes Region Children's Auction distributed checks for $225,106 to 18 different non-profit organizations Wednesday night at Patrick's Pub.
The checks went to Process B organizations which work to eliminate or mitigate the need for basic and extended services for children and to Process C organizations for capital expenditures to improve the lives of children.
Auction chairperson Sandy Marshall said that the 2016 auction raised $452,706 and that the Greater Lakes Region Charitable Foundation for Children received requests for $742,083.
One organization, the Appalachian Mountain Teen Project, received checks in both categories, $25,000 in Process B and $10,000 in Process C. .
The largest single grant was $35,000 for Lakes Region Child Care Services.
Checks were presented by Marshall, charitable Foundation chair Mike Seymour and Tony Felch of the auction disbursement committee to the following organizations.
Process B:
Lakes Region Child Care Services - $35,000
Lakes Region Community Services Family Resource Center- $25,000
Belknap House - $10,000
Communities for Alcohol and Drug-free Youth- $10,000
Circle Program- $12,000
Voices Against Violence - $5,000
Whole Village Family Resource Center, Granite United Way - $15,000
CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates- $10,000
Genesis Behavioral Health- $9,423
Greater Tilton Area Family Resource Center- $10,000
Pemi Youth Center- $5,000
Greater Lakes Child Advocacy - $15,000
Laconia Area Community Land Trust - $10,000
Appalachian Mountain Teen Project - $25,000
Total: $191,423
Process C:
Appalachian Mountain Teen Project - $10,000
Easter Seals NH-Camp Sno-Mo $5,000
Eastern Adaptive Sports $10,000
Kidworks Learning Center - $2,300
Interlakes Day Care Center- $6,383
Total: $33,683
B&C total $225,106
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Process B non-profit organizations received checks from the Greater Lakes Region Children's Auction for $191,423 at Patrick's Pub Wednesday night. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)

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Process C non-profit organizations received checks from the Greater Lakes Region Children's Auction for $33,683 at Patrick's Pub Wednesday night. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)

Laconia Police Log, Feb. 1, 2017

Laconia Police responded to 101 calls from noon on Jan. 31 to noon on Feb. 1.

Calls included three accidents, including one hit-and-run, a criminal trespass at the Lakes Region Mental Health Center Inc. at 12 Summer. St #A, and a burglary at 20 Carver St. There was one animal complaint, a report of fraud, and police assisted on suicidal subject.

Arrested were:

• Shane Delandy, 25, of 19 Overland St. on an arrest warrant.
• Autumn Partington, 29, transient on an outstanding warrant.
• Mandee L. Greene, 25, of 27 Rowell St. for criminal trespass.
• Oliver Nicholas Blackstone, 30, of 52 Black Point Road in Alton for criminal trespass.

– Gail Ober

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