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LRPA TV continues streaming Channel 25 programming

LACONIA — Lakes Region Public Access (LRPA) television will continue to stream MetroCast channel 25 over its web site for another month. The service is free of charge and available to anyone with on line access via computer, mobile device or web-connected television.
"We experienced a surprising volume of traffic during the LNH Children's Auction. There were viewers from as far away as the United Kingdom and Holland watching in real time.", said Executive Director Denise Beauchaine in announcing the decision. "LRPA's board wants to look at our web-based viewer numbers for the month of January. If those numbers stay strong, we will retain the streaming service."

LRPA can be seen over MetroCast Channel 25, at lrpa.org — click channel 25 live stream, or on your smart phone. Download the Live Stream App for Android or IQF.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 02:51

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Governors Island man indicted for marijuana growing operation

LACONIA — A Belknap County grand jury has indicted a former Governor's Island man for manufacturing marijuana and hashish in his home on Blueberry Hill Lane.

Corey LaPlante, 28, is also charged with one count of possession of methylone — a stimulant.

The cases against LaPlante are being prosecuted by the State Attorney General's Office and the arrests are the result of N.H. State Police investigation.

According to police affidavits, LaPlante and his girlfriend, Janelle Noftle, were running what police described as a sophisticated growing operation out of a three-car garage on the property. Police said there was lights, commercial-grade fans, a water system, and a separate electrical panel LaPlante said he installed.

Asst. N.H. Attorney James James Vara said police found three to five pounds of hashish and a table that served as a production area. His affidavits also said police found about 100 marijuana plants and $33,000 in cash.

Vara also said six guns — three handguns and three long guns — were found in the house and two of them were loaded and near the cash.

Noftle was arrested at same time. Her case has been bound over to the Belknap County Superior Court. As of yesterday, she has not been indicted.

During their arraignment, both were ordered held on $30,000 cash-only bail. As of yesterday, neither one is in the Belknap County Jail.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 02:49

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Flooded electrical room closes Belknap County Superior Courthouse

LACONIA — The Belknap County Superior Courthouse was evacuated and closed yesterday when water was found in the electrical room in the basement of the addition to the courthouse constructed in 1974.

Dustin Muzzey, the county facilities manager, said that because of the proximity of the water to the electrical panel the Fire Department was called and, after finding that pumps were controlling the water at manageable levels, concluded that there was no need to shut off the power. By then the courthouse had been evacuated and closed for the remainder of the day. Muzzey said that the courthouse would reopen on schedule Tuesday morning.

Muzzey said that the extremes of freezing and thawing created hydraulic pressures beneath the foundation that caused groundwater to find the path of least resistance, which he suspected was a a fault or crack in the foundation. "It's not uncommon in these conditions," he said.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 02:49

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Alleged bank robber 'did what he had to do'

LACONIA — A man who allegedly robbed the downtown branch of the Bank of New Hampshire Friday afternoon told police "he did what he had to do", according to police affidavits obtained from court yesterday.

Johnathan Ellinger, 43, who police listed as "transient," allegedly said, "Yup, I did it," when police caught up to him within a few hours.

He was ordered held on $100,000 cash bail after appearing by video in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division yesterday afternoon. Ellinger was represented by a N.H. Public Defender who offered no argument regarding bail.

Ellinger allegedly walking into the main office of the Bank of New Hampshire and told one of the tellers he had a gun and wanted money. The teller described the man as about 5-feet 8-inches tall with a scruffy beard and wearing a ball cap. He left with more than $1,000.

Police said she was "very distraught" by his alleged actions.

Police searched the immediate area but didn't find anyone matching that description. When the video image of Ellinger leaving the bank reached police, a number of the officers recognized him and later found him walking along Church Street, near the Messer Street intersection.

Prior to police finding him, they said they checked a number of places frequented by homeless and transient people.

Laconia Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation head Capt. Bill Clary said he has been in touch with the FBI — bank robbery is a federal crime — but this appears to be an isolated case and not part of a series of robberies that have occurred in other parts of the state.

He said the FBI was willing to offer any assistance but noted Ellinger's prosecution will be determined the the Belknap County Attorney and the U.S. Attorney.

According to a representative of the N.H. Judiciary call center, Ellinger pleaded guilty to one count of burglary and one count of theft by unauthorized taking in 2002.

He had also failed to appear for a review hearing for a shoplifting conviction in the Laconia Circuit Court on December 23, 2013. Arrested on a bench warrant, he appeared in court by video a few days later and agreed to pay restitution.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 02:49

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