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Tilton man prepared to admit he was selling heroin

LACONIA — A Tilton man has tentatively agreed to serve 2 1/2 to six years in the New Hampshire State Prison for selling heroin to a confidential informant working with the Tilton Police.

Paperwork obtained from the Belknap County Superior Court said Travis Dalessio, 27, formerly of West Street entered into a plea agreement with prosecutors Thursday during a pre-trial hearing.

He also agreed to serve a 2-to-4 year prison sentence that would be served concurrently — or at the same time — for a second count of selling heroin to an informant.

Two separate fines of $1,000 each were suspended pending his good behavior and he will be on probation for five years following his release from prison.

The two sales allegedly occurred o separate dates in October of 2012.

Dalessio also agreed to a 3 1/2 to 7 year suspended sentence for conspiring with Nicole Economides to sell heroin on or about November 11, 2012 by negotiating the deal and driving her to to the site where a heroin sale was made.

Economides pleaded guilty in June of 2013. Just recently she was indicted for allegedly hiding drugs on her person after she pleaded guilty in Belknap County Superior Court for sales of heroin and was taken to the Belknap County House of Corrections.

The two were arrested by Tilton Police in December of 2012 and Dalessio has been incarcerated since then, unable to post $50,000 cash-only bail.

As part of his tentative agreement, he also agreed to complete a drug and alcohol evaluation.

Dalessio is scheduled to make a formal plea on October 30.

Last Updated on Saturday, 31 August 2013 03:16

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Lipman urges Medicaid expansion; speaks at hearing on behalf of N.H. Hospital Association

CONCORD — Speaking on behalf of the New Hampshire Hospital Association, Henry Lipman, senior vice-president of financial strategy and external affairs at LRGHealthcare, last week told the commission studying the expansion of the Medicaid program that extending enrollment "is the right thing to do for our patients and our state."

Lipman, who chairs the Advocacy Task Force of the association, said that as he was speaking someone without insurance who would be covered if the program is expanded is being treated for a chronic condition in an emergency room because they have no where else to turn. Taking the opportunity to extend Medicaid offered by the Affordable Care Act, he said would ensure that people "get the right care, at the right time and in the right place."

Between 2008 and 2011, Lipman said, that cost to hospitals of providing uncompensated care to uninsured patients climbed 40-percent, totaling $550-million, adding that a share of that cost is reflected in higher insurance premiums individuals and employers. "That is simply not sustainable," he said.

Insurance, Lipman stressed, provides regular access to primary and preventative care, without which medical services cannot be delivered appropriately or efficiently. Without the access that an expansion of Medicaid would provide the care of those patients will remain "unmanaged, uncoordinated and consuming far more resources than necessary.

The association, Lipman told the commission, surveyed approximately 100 physician practices owned by hospitals that serve more than 500,000 patients. Almost all are open to new Medicaid patients and plan to accept more if the program is expanded.

Lipman discounted the projection of the Lewin Group that net revenues to hospitals would rise by $113 million if Medicaid is expanded, but by $158 million if it is not, a difference of $45 million. He cited several factors that suggest that while net revenues will increase under both scenarios the difference will not be nearly as great as the Lewin Group estimates.

Finally Lipman said that despite the expansion of Medicaid, an uninsured population will remain and hospitals will continue to provide uncompensated care. Consequently, the so-called disproportionate share (DSH) program, which distributes funds to those hospitals serving relatively greater numbers of indigent patients, will continue.

The Hospital Association was echoed by a number of other organizations representing health care providers in supporting the expansion of the Medicaid program, among them the New Hampshire Community Behavioral Health Association, which includes Genesis Behavioral Health.

Last Updated on Saturday, 31 August 2013 03:12

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Plane flips over on Rumney Lake

RUMNEY — Neither pilot nor passenger were injured Friday when a sea plane crashed on Stinson Lake in this Grafton County township.

According to the N.H. Marine Patrol, a plane piloted by Donald H. Stoppe of Ashland took off from Plymouth Airport about 5:20 p.m. and was attempting to execute a "touch and go" maneuver on Stinson Lake some 10 minutes later when it flipped over immediately after making contact with the water. Stoppe and passenger Nicholas A. Kontrovitz of West Swanzy were able to make it safely out of the craft. There was also a dog in the plane.

Last Updated on Saturday, 31 August 2013 02:48

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Condo association worried lot merger will give future Kimball Castle development access to Winni beach

GILFORD — The president of a local condominium complex near Kimball Castle raised yet another concern this week regarding the razing of the stone structure built around the turn of the last century.

Reynold Ilg of Broadview Condominiums told selectmen on Wednesday that he fears that Kimball Castle, LLC will merge its portion of the castle property with a 3.3-acre abutting lot owned by David Jodoin.

Jodoin is the principal owner of Kimball Castle, LLC and the castle acre lot that has a 15-foot easement and rights to the private beach on Lake Winnipesaukee owned by Broadview.

Ilg said Jodoin's separate 3.3-acre parcel only gives single-family access to the Broadview Beach.

He told selectmen he wouldn't want to see the big lot merged with the smaller lot because combining the two could give the 25-acres owned by Kimball Castle LLC the same easement rights as the smaller lot, meaning that if the property were to be developed in the future that Broadview Beach could be overrun with additional people.

"We are very concerned," Ilg said, noting that former advertisements for Kimball Castle's sale as an inn listed "beach rights" and, to the best of his knowledge, the actual 25-acres owned by Kimball Castle LLC has no easements to the beach.

Selectmen, in their capacity as trustees of the Kimball Castle properties, must approve any contract before it is submitted to the Belknap County Superior Court for possible approval. Jodoin has given them a draft of what he wants and selectmen held a public hearing earlier this month. The board is now working with their attorneys to evaluate Jodoin's proposal and incorporate the concerns expressed by people who spoke at the hearing into it.

The town holds $90,000 of the $116,000 mortgage on the 25-acre piece of property that was sold with the approval of annual town meeting in 2009. The money from mortgage payments goes into the Kimball Wildlife Trust that manages the rest of the estate for hiking and wildlife preservation.

Town Administrator Scott Dunn said yesterday that he has spoken to other people who live in Broadview. He said, in his opinion, it wouldn't make any sense for Jodoin to merge the castle lot with his 3.3-acre separate parcel because that would make the smaller parcel subject to the same restrictions as the larger one.

"He (Jodoin) would lose control over the 3.3-acre lot he owns outright," Dunn said.

Dunn also noted it wasn't in the town of Gilford's purview to determine what Jodoin can or can't do with the small parcel as it relates to the Kimball Castle property.

He said a voluntary lot merger is administrative not legislative and is not a matter for the Board of Selectmen.

Last Updated on Saturday, 31 August 2013 02:46

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