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Woman charged with making false report that her Rx had been stolen

GILMANTON — A former Gilmanton woman has been charged with one count of filing a false report to police after allegedly reporting a prescription for 150 30-mg killers had been stolen.

Police learned Sara Scovill, 30, formerly of 381 Mountain Road had filled the prescription and the transaction was captured on video.

Sgt. Matt Currier said police obtained a warrant for her arrest on January 17 but she had left Gilmanton. He said she knew about the warrant because he had made several attempts to reach her and had contacted people who know her.

After Gilmanton Police learned she was living in Milton, the N.H. State Police went to her residence but she refused to come out of the house for about an hour.

He said State Police waited and she surrendered about an hour after they got there.

A nearby Milton School was placed on a soft lockdown while police were at Scovill's residence.

Scovill is scheduled to appear in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division this morning.She is being held on $5,000 cash bail.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 April 2014 01:35

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Local man kicked out of Recovery Court program, returned to jail

LACONIA — After a hearing held in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division during the last week of March, Judge Jim Carroll agreed to terminate one of the Recovery Court participants.

In a ruling issued on April 8, Carroll said Mark Sargent, formerly of Gilmanton, was being terminated and returned to jail for dishonesty to the Recovery Court treatment team and the court.

"At each stage of the program, the defendant has lied about his actions until he is caught..., Carroll wrote.

Recovery Court is a year-old program administered through Horizons Counseling Center that incorporates volunteer efforts from the the Belknap County Attorney, Belknap County Restorative Justice, the Belknap County Department of Corrections as well as the N.H. Office of Probation and Parole, the N.H. Public Defenders Office and local police departments.

Those who are allowed to participate must be facing criminal charges where a guilty plea could result in incarceration. Participants must also admit to having a substance abuse problem, agree to intense alcohol and drug therapy, and perform 200 hours of community service.

Testimony for Sargent's termination came primary from Horizons Director Jacqui Abikoff and Belknap County Attorney Melissa Guldbrandsen.

Specifically, the court noted that Sargent falsified documents regarding his attending sobriety meetings. He was dishonest with the court and was sanctioned on January 14.

On January 21, the day he was committed to serve 30 days, the court learned he had used drugs.

Abikoff said he misrepresented his address to his probation officer and said he was living in Gilmanton when he was actually living in Franklin. One component of participating in Recovery Court is residence in Belknap County.
In addition, the Court found Sargent had made little to no effort to perform any of his community service.

Public Defender Eric Wolpin represented Sargent at the hearing and noted that he client has had issues with depression but was not being treated.

He also said that the family member who had housed him in Gilmanton was no longer willing to do so and so Sargent had moved in with his mother in Franklin.

Guldbrandsen also favored Sargent's termination. She said his lack of effort into his own rehabilitation coupled with the limited resources of the program meant not only was he unwilling to help himself, he was potentially stopping someone else from entering the program.

As to the overall program, Guldbrandsen said that while it was "too bad" that Sargent had to be terminated and returned to jail, she said there has to be accountability for Recovery Court to work.

Sargent had pleaded guilty to contempt of court of October 8, 2013 and was sentenced to serve six months in the House of Corrections. He will now serve his entire sentence but is credited with 60 days of pretrial confinement.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 April 2014 01:32

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N.H. Fire Marshall reaches agreement with Groton Wind farm

CONCORD — The Office of the Fire Marshall has resolved its dispute with Groton Wind, LLC and Iberdrola Renewables, LLC, the owner of a 24-turbine, 48 megawatt wind farm in Groton, over its failure to comply with fire and building codes.

The settlement came just weeks after Senator Jeanie Forrester (R-Meredith) joined a chorus of officials and residents calling for the state to order the facility to cease operations.

The agreement stipulates that except for the installation of fire suppression at the turbines, Groton Wind will bring the facility into compliance with the fire and building codes by May 1 or "immediately and without any demand from the state, shut down any building or structure not in compliance." At the same time, Groton Wind agreed to install fire suppression in "each and every turbine" before the start of fire season, defined as the first day Class 3 Fire Danger Day in Groton and its environs. Alternatively, if fire suppression is not installed, inspected and approved, Groton Wind agreed to shut down those turbines without it and mount a fire watch 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at its own expense. If fire suppression is not inl place by June 23, an injunction prohibiting the operation of turbines without it would be filed in superior court.

The agreement was reached amid a series of hearings scheduled by the Site Evaluation Committee (SEC), which in November issued a Procedural Order and Notice of Possible Suspension of Certificate of Site and Facility in response to allegations that Groton Wind was operating in violation of the terms and conditions of its original approval in May, 2011.

Earlier, in August, Inspector Ron Antsey of the State Fire Marshal Office informed the SEC that Groton Wind has relocated the operations and maintenance building and two of the 24 turbines without authorization. The building was not inspected and fails to comply with a number of requirements. In addition, the firm failed to install fire suppression in the turbines as required or to ensure that the width and grades of roads leading to the turbines complied with the fire code. Nor were the roads properly maintained. Antsey told the SEC that Groton had failed to provide a complete set of plans for the review and approval of the Fire Marshal Office yet proceeded to occupy the site and operate the facility without the requisite permits.

Groton Wind Antsey testified last month, "refused to comply with the lawful requests of the Fire Marshal and employed an apparent strategy of delay and ignorance to avoid compliance with the law." As of March 21, he said "most of the violations remain outstanding."

Throughout Groton Wind claimed that the changes to its original plan were approved by the N.H. Department of Environmental Services and questioned the authority of the Fire Marshal Office to oversee the project or to enforce the terms and conditions of its approval.

Writing to Tom Burack, commissioner of DES, Forrester noted that "the majority of the violations remain outstanding and there is little indication that any efforts are underway to change course," adding "as a matter of public safety, this is of great concern to me and the communities I represent."

Late last month Iberdrola announced that it has placed the planning for its controversial 23-turbine Wild Meadows wind power project in Alexandria and Danbury on hold pending a resolution of issues in Groton.

Groton Wind went online in December 2012.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 April 2014 01:17

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LPD to put 2 additional cops on weekend patrol who will focus on enforcing drug laws

LACONIA — Police said yesterday at a monthly Police Commissioner meeting they will be using some of their overtime budget to increase patrols on summer weekends to try and stem the tide of drugs use and sales within the city.

Capt. Bill Clary said the decision to increase patrols stems from conversations police administrators have had with city officials who are concerned with reports of the amount heroin available in the state.

He told commissioners that the department plans on teaming up extra patrol officers with members of the detective bureau and working collaboratively toward reducing the presence of illegal drugs.

By placing two additional officers on patrol, but without the responsibilities of regular policing duties, police believe the additional coverage will make a difference.

Chief Chris Adams said he has been talking with state officials about drugs with an eye toward looking at some federal grants that may become available in the future.

Numerous published reports confirm New Hampshire and New England is in the throes of what some politicians are calling a heroin "epidemic."

Last year, three city residents died from confirmed heroin overdoses and neighboring communities also saw a marked jump in the number of heroin-related incidents, arrests and deaths.

In other police commission business, Adams and Sgt. Dennis Ashley presented Christine Vigue with a Citizen's Recognition Award for her vigilance in stopping shoplifting at the Union Avenue CVS store.

Ashley, who headed a recent Problem Oriented Policing project addressing retail theft said that while all merchants in the city have done some great work toward eliminating shoplifting, Vigue has been single-highhandedly responsible for around 90 violations and charges.

"We really appreciate her tenacious attitude toward pursuing people who prey on local merchants," Ashley said while he presented her with the award.

CUTLINE: (vigue) Police Commissioner Armand Maheux looks on as Police Chief Chris Adams (left) and Sgt. Dennis Ashley (right) present CVS shift supervisor Christine Vigue with a citizen's recognition award for her successful efforts at thwarting shoplifting at the Union Avenue CVS store. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Gail Ober)

Last Updated on Friday, 18 April 2014 01:08

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