Barnstead man charged with choking 9-year-old - 149

BARNSTEAD — A Nutter Circle man has been charged with two counts of second degree assault for allegedly applying pressure to the neck of a 9-year-old boy, causing him to experience difficulty breathing.

Robert Brown, 37, was arrested on November 29 by Barnstead Police and later released on $10,000 personal recognizance bail. According to complaints filed with the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division, the alleged assault took place at Brown's home on November 15.

Police said the victim is not a resident of Barnstead and required emergency treatment at the Southern Regional Medical Center in Nashua.

Police said the incident involved a case of domestic abuse and was reported to them on November 16. The case was investigated by Barnstead Police and the N.H. Division of Children, Youth and Family Services.

Brown is scheduled to be arraigned on January 15, 2015 in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division.

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Sheriff makes big pot bust after serving eviction notice

BELMONT — A Judkins Drive man charged with possession of controlled drugs with intent to distribute and possession of a dangerous weapon is free on $10,000 personal recognizance bail.

The Belknap county Sheriff's Department said a deputy went to the home of Hagan Gorgas, 25 to serve him with a notice of eviction and saw a jar of marijuana and marijuana pipes in plain view.

Sheriff Craig Wiggin said Gorgas and a few other people who were in the apartment were detained by them while the sheriffs department and the Belmont Police applied for a search warrant.

In the apartment, Wiggin said police found several pounds of "high-grade processed marijuana" both loose and packaged in jars and vacuum sealed bags, hashish, $4,900 in cash, a loaded 8-mm rifle, a digital scale, large knives, and brass knuckles. He said the estimated street value of the drugs is $25,000.

Wiggin said police continue to investigate and said additional charges and more arrests could be forthcoming.

Gorgas is scheduled to appear in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division on September 22.

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School district has its truck back; man who stole it to serve year in county jail

LACONIA — The School District has its plow truck back and the man who stole it from the Huot Center at the High School and crashed it near Mile Hill in Belmont is behind bars.

Dennis Lefebvre, 34, whose last official address was in Florida, pleaded guilty in the Belknap County Superior Court to one count of burglary for breaking into the High School on August 14 and one count of receiving stolen property after being arrested by a Belmont Police officer.

A charge of driving while intoxicated is still pending before the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division.

Lefebvre was sentenced to 12 months in the Belknap County House of Corrections, all of which will be served, and 31/2 to 7 years in the N.H. State Prison, all of which was suspended.

Because of Lefebvre's actions, the School District has been without its only pickup — a 2012 F-350 — since August because it had been impounded as evidence.

School Administrator Ed Emond, who was at yesterday's sentencing, said the truck is used for plowing, salting and sanding as well as general maintenance of school properties.

The district had filed a motion to return the property about three weeks ago but Judge James O'Neill denied it temporarily and scheduled a hearing for yesterday.

With the criminal case resolved, the Belknap County Attorney's Office and Lefebvre's defense attorney have no further need for the truck.

O'Neill ordered it be released immediately.

According to Belmont Police reports, Lefebvre drove the truck off the road while on Mile Hill Road, causing a resident to file a report with police who arrested him a short time later.

Emond said it appears there is some minor damage to the truck and it will have to be fixed before it can be used.

As part of Lefebvre's sentence, he is ordered to pay restitution to the Laconia School District for the as yet undetermined amount of damage. Once the school district has it fixed, Lefebvre can ask for a hearing about the costs associated with that.

Lefebvre was also ordered to pay the school district $170 for damage he caused during the course of the burglary. He is also ordered not to enter the property of the Laconia School District.

During the sentencing, Lefebvre apologized to the School District and said he took full responsibility for what he'd done.

A second man, Tyler Marchand, has also been indicted for one count of burglary. At the time of Lefebvre arrest, Marchand was a passenger in the stolen pick-up truck. He told police that he was walking down Union Avenue when Lefebvre picked him up.

At yesterday's offer of proof, Deputy County Attorney Adam Wood said the video tape recovered from the school shows two men inside the high school but the tape was inconclusive as to who was driving the truck when it left the premises.

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Taradif sues council over mill conversations

LACONIA — Tom Tardif has filed suit against the City Council, charging that in October the council twice met privately with trustees of the Belknap Mill Society in violation of the Right-to-Law.

In his petition to the court Tardif notes that in November, when Mayor Ed Engler referred to the private meetings, his remarks were reported by The Daily Sun, prompting him to request records of the meetings. City Manager Scott Myers informed him that the council voted to seal the minutes of the meetings. Tardif alleges that decisions were taken but not recorded at both meetings.

Tardif has asked the court to review the minutes of both meetings to determine if the matters discussed represent exceptions to the Right-to-Know Law as the council claims, order the disclosure of minutes that fail to qualify as exceptions and require the councilors, city manager and city clerk to undergo remedial training in the administration of the Right-to-Know Law.

In a private e-mail to Tardif, which he attached to his petition, Engler explained that both non-public meetings were held to consider "the acquisition, sale or lease of real property," one of subjects the Right-to-Know Law permits to be discussed in a non-public session. He added that "the reason was solid: at both meetings we discussed the possibility of the city purchasing the mill from the society. Specific dollar amounts were mentioned."

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