Alton police officer praised by U.S. Attorney for Maine for aiding capture of armed bank robbers

ALTON — Police Det. Jason Tremblay has been honored by the United States Attorney's Office of Maine for his work in solving a series of five armed bank robberies in Maine and New Hampshire.

Along with the robbery of the Meredith Village Savings Bank in Alton on October 10, 2013, there were four others — one in Somersworth and three in Maine all within weeks of each other.

Two of the Maine robberies were "take over" robberies — one in which one of the robbers brandished a large revolver and one in which the armed robber jumped over the teller counter threatening the people working behind it.

Tremblay worked with federal, state, and local police to determined who committed the robberies. All four people, three men and a woman were apprehended and the two revolvers used in the robberies were confiscated.

All of those involved were each sentenced to more than 35 years in federal prison and a total of $65,000 was ordered as restitution.

"This case is a superior example of how cooperation and coordination of investigation by law enforcement at the federal, state, and local levels from multiple jurisdictions will bring violent criminals to justice and remove them from our street for the protection of the citizens in Maine and New Hampshire," said Asst. U.S. Attorney Donald E. Clark of the Maine District.

"As chief, I am proud to have Det. Tremblay as part of the Alton Police Department, " said Chief Ryan Heath. "He exemplifies the hard work and dedication the citizens of Alton expect and deserve in a police officer."

Man stabbed in hand during drunken argument

BELMONT – A Massachusetts man was stabbed in the hand early Sunday morning after he and another intoxicated man got into an argument.

Police went to 955 Laconia Road at 2:55 a.m. and found a 55-year-old man with a serious lacerations to his left hand. Police followed a blood trail to the apartment of William Doody, 55, of 955 Laconia Road.

Police determined the two men were drunk and had been arguing when Doody allegedly stabbed the other man.

The knife was recovered and the victim was taken by ambulance to Lakes Region General Hospital for treatment for the laceration which emergency room personnel closed with staples.

Doody was charged with one count of second-degree assault and one count of reckless conduct. He was arrested at the scene was later freed on $2,000 personal recognizance bail.

He was taken to the Belknap County Jail where he was held until he was sober enough to be released, said a jail official.

Doody is known to the Belmont Police. In November 2014 he was charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct and plead guilty to a violation level charge in January, said a Belmont Police official.

Doody is scheduled to appear in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division on Aug. 6.

Public safety officials respond to 5 overdoses, burglary, vandalism & near drowning over weekend

LACONIA – Police and fire responded to five drug overdoses in the city in the three days between Friday at noon and Monday at noon.

All five were non-fatal and fire department personnel used Narcan – an anti-opioid – to counter the effects of the drugs.

One of the overdoses occurred in a McDonald's restaurant bathroom, one occurred in the Vista Foods parking lot, another on Estates Circle, one on Winter Street, and one in the Colonial Theater building.

It doesn't appear any of the overdoses had anything to do with Motorcycle Week which began last Friday afternoon.

Police also responded to one attempted burglary on Opechee Street. Sgt. Thomas Swett said it appeared someone tried to force entry into the home, but was either unable to do so or was interrupted. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Laconia Police at 524-5252.

Police also investigated three additional cases of vandalism at three homes in the South End of the city. Swett said he didn't know if the newest reports were related to last week's rash of vandalism attacks that appear to be coming from someone riding in a dark-colored Camry and emerging from the sunroof to shoot either golf balls or rock-sized golf balls from some type of slingshot at parked cars.

Deputy Fire Chief Shawn Riley said firefighters responded to a call for a woman who nearly drowned in Paugus Bay Sunday afternoon. Riley said the woman apparently had some kind of medical problem while she was swimming. He said people near by, stayed on the phone with a 9-1-1 operator who guided them to giving the woman CPR. He said she was breathing and had a pulse when firefighters arrived.