Alleged counterfeiter had been found in July with guns, equipment


LACONIA — A Belknap County prosecutor told the court Tuesday that Belmont Police had found counterfeiting equipment in July in the house where a woman arrested for trying to pass false money over the weekend was staying.

Melinda McDonald was charged with receiving stolen property and is scheduled to appear in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division in September.

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McDonald, 35, whose address is listed as transient, was in Superior Court on Tuesday for a bail hearing. She told the court that she wanted to be released on personal recognizance bail so she could live with her mother in Concord and go to drug rehab.

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Represented by attorney Ted Barnes, McDonald argued that McDonald's co-defendent, Kyle Joyce, 30, who is also transient, was released on personal recognizance bail and his alleged conduct is at least as involved as hers.

Arguing for continuing $2,000 cash or corporate surety bail, Assistant County Attorney Adam Wood said McDonald has multiple recent convictions welfare fraud and hindering apprehension for giving police a false name.

He said she appeared in the 6th Circuit Court, Franklin Division Tuesday morning for a shoplifting charge and has a second court appearance scheduled in Concord District for a similar charge.

Wood said the most recent forgery charges show she has allegedly found another printer or way of creating counterfeit money.

Additionally, Concord Police confirmed Tuesday that McDonald pleaded guilty to one count of theft in April.

Judge Amy Ignatius said she was not comfortable releasing McDonald on personal recognizance bail because of her recent and recurring encounters with multiple law enforcement agencies.

She ordered McDonald continue to be held on $2,000 cash or corporate surety bail.

City shows $3,114 net income from Motorcycle Week as it closes books


LACONIA — The city has closed its books on on the 93rd running of Motorcycle Week in June, showing revenues of $155,636, expenses of $152,521 and net income of $3,114.

Revenues fell $16,352, or 9.5 percent shy of projections with a shortfall of $24,350 in vendor licensing and permit fees accounting for the decrease. Although expenses effectively tracked projections, the failure of the promoters of LaconiaFest to pay their share of police and emergency services for the week-long concert series left the city with an unforeseen operating deficit of $63,130.

For some years the city has budgeted for Motorcycle Week as a special revenue fund, with revenues projected to match expenses while any surplus would accrue to a fund for the purchase of equipment for the police, fire and public works departments. Before this year's rally the balance in the fund was $126,747, from which $63,130 was transferred to offset the operating deficit, leaving a balance of $63,616. The $3,114 in net income from the 2016 rally has left the fund with a balance of $66,731.

Businessman to help Belmont pave Wareing Road


BELMONT — Selectmen voted Monday night to pave 109 more feet of Wareing Road so that pavement will reach the last driveway on what is now a dirt road.

The additional work will be done by the town but about half of it will be paid by Bill Nutter, who made the request.

Nutter, owner of Nutter Enterprises, a sand and gravel supplier, will provide all of the gravel for the road, a vibrator roller for two days and a water truck for two days. The approximate value of the materials and equipment use is $6,995.

The town will contribute the excavation services, some additional equipment and about $4,725 worth of asphalt that will be installed by Wolcott Construction, the company that had the contract to pave the rest of the road.

Nutter came to selectmen in July to make his request. He said he did not want or need Wareing Road paved to the South Road extension, but asked that it be extended to the last driveway on the road.

Selectmen discussed paving a portion of Wareing Road as part of the budget preparation last year for this year. The goal of paving the portion closest to Route 106 was to allow the new owners of Parent Sand and Gravel to move their scales to the Wareing Road side of their property so they wouldn't be trucking heavy loads over Shaker Road and through the newly reconstructed village district.

A majority of voters at annual Town Meeting agreed.

A vocal few residents were against the Wareing Road proposal, saying that if the road was being reconstructed, it should be reconstructed all the way to South Road. Selectmen said that isn't necessary because South Road is gravel and there isn't much going on between the end of the pit road and South Road, except a single residential driveway owned by the Nutters.

Selectmen said the additional 109 feet should be completed this construction season.