Gale Ave. cocaine bust now likely to result in federal prison terms for couple

CONCORD — A couple who peddled crack cocaine and cocaine from a home at 23 Gale Avenue in Laconia, where illegal drugs, firearms and currency were found during a search of the residence in March, 2014, have pleaded guilty in United States District Court to charges of conspiring both to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute cocaine.

Roger Perkins, 31, of Methuen, Massachusetts and Wendyann Plunkett, 32, of Laconia are scheduled to be sentenced later this year and each face sentences of up to 40 years in prison, but will likely be sentenced to lesser terms. Perkins, whose record included a felony drug conviction in 2005, was also charged with unlawful possession of firearm and possession of firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.

According to court documents, beginning on or about January 1, 2014 Perkins and Plunket conspired with others to sell drugs from their residence. When Perkins was away from home, Plunkett handled the transactions. On March 25, 2014 officers of the Laconia Police Department arrested Perkins outside his home where he was found in possession of crack cocaine and cocaine. During a subsequent search of the residence, officers seized cocaine, crack cocaine, cash and four firearms — three of them loaded — in and near a safe in a bedroom closet.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives assisted the Laconia Police with the investigation leading to the arrest of the Perkins and Plunkett and the case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Davis.

Filing period for November Laconia elections opens on Wednesday

LACONIA — In November, voters will elect a mayor, six city councilors, four school board members and two police commissioners along with a supervisor of the checklist, moderator, ward clerk and selectman in all six wards.

City council elections will be held in all six wards. School Board members will be elected in Wards 1, 2 and 6 and a fourth member will be elected at-large in all six wards. Both police commissioners will also be elected at-large in all six wards.

The filing period for all these offices opens on Wednesday, August 4 and closes on Friday, August 14. Candidates for any and all of these offices must file with the City Clerk, whose office is open on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

If more than two candidates file for election to one office, a primary election will be held on Tuesday, September 8. Only registered voters may file for elected office.

City Clerk Mary Reynolds reminded voters that the last date for additions and corrections to the voter checklist will be Wednesday, August 4 at 7 p.m.

Laconia Planning Board chairman silent after re-appointment controversy

LACONIA — Warren Hutchins, the chairman of the Planning Board, declined to comment on remarks following the decision of a narrowly divided City Council to reappoint him to another three year term on the board earlier this week.

Just before the vote, Councilor Henry Lipman (Ward 3) referred to phone calls he had received from constituents about the planning process, which he took to say that "the tone and tenor is not always as supportive of getting things done as it should be. The situation needs to be fixed," he continued, "but blowing it up is not the course for for correcting it ." In particular, he remarked that "taking out the current chairman is not the best way to get where we want to get to."

Although Hutchins was not present, Lipman closed by saying "you need to take stock of what's been said here tonight. You're the leader of the Planning Board."

Asked if he wished to comment, Hutchins said flatly "I don't. I want to end it."