Trump's jet lands at Laconia Airport right on time; candidate meets there with group of invited special guests

GILFORD — Paul and Bridget Gaudet of Gilford and Laconia Rep. Peter Spanos and his wife Sharon of Laconia were four of the nearly 20 people who met with Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump last night at the Laconia Municipal Airport. He was precisely on time.

The billionaire New York businessman was greeted upon arrival in a Cessna Citation X business jet by a handful of onlookers many of whom were there to take his picture. He posed for pictures with many of them.

After greeting the people who were waiting for him at the edge of the tarmac, Trump immediately entered the airport conference room  after which he departed for his scheduled appearance at the Weirs Community Center.

The Gaudets and Sharon Spanos said they were supporters of his candidacy.

They said he spoke to them most about business and industry and bringing jobs back to the country.

"I like his honesty," said Sharon Spanos.

"He hates to loose and he can't be bought," said Paul Gaudet.

Wolfeboro police make second arrest for possession of concentrated form of pot, warn of drug's dangers

WOLFEBORO — Police here have made a second arrest in as many weeks for possession of a highly concentrated form of marijuana called butane honey oil, or BHO.

Police were checking the area around Albee Beach when they noticed several young men exit a car that had just arrived. The men went into a wooded area and the officer noticed the smell of marijuana coming from their direction.

The young men were from Connecticut. Police spoke to them and two of them had marijuana and alcohol in their possession. One man was 20-years old and the other was a minor. Both were arrested.

The driver of the car (the minor) was charged with one count of transportation of drugs in a motor vehicle, unlawful possession of alcohol, unlawful transportation of alcohol and possession of marijuana.

The other man was charged with possession of marijuana and transportation of drugs in a motor vehicle.

Police found a number of marijuana pipes filled with a mixture of BHO and marijuana, a Tupperware container partially filled with marijuana, and a glass bong containing more BHO. A lip balm container with BHO or "dab" was also found on the minor.

BHO is a highly concentrated form of marijuana that can be 20 times the potency. Made from butane and marijuana the final product resembles that of melted peanut brittle. It is usually smoked in a pipe.

Police also found a cardboard liquor box containing various kinds of hard alcohol.

Capt. Dean Rondeau said that BHO represents a new danger in central New Hampshire.

"With an ever increasing supply of marijuana, drug users, not satisfied with the effects of marijuana, are seeking new ways to increase its potency and impact," said Rondeau.

Rondeau also said that in the few instances police have found BHO, they have also found alcohol. He said the combination of the two can be very dangerous and re-expressed his fear of impaired driving.

"When we arrested those young people we think we may have prevented a terrible DWI accident," he said, noting that they had a case full of alcohol and an empty case of alcohol and had apparently been driving around, stopping only to get high.

He explained that his research has shown that over the past 40 years, marijuana has become about 40 times more potent than it was in the 1960s. Condensing marijuana into BHO increases the potency another 20 percent, making it increasingly dangerous he said.

He said in January a 15-year-old boy smoked one hit of BHO in Wolfeboro and passed out. His friends panicked and left him in the snowbank where he almost died of exposure.

Another concern of Rondeau's is the process of making it is very dangerous. He said butane is a vapor at room temperature and is heavier than air, causing it to fog along the lowest point in a room. It is also very volatile and explosive and the slightest spark can trigger an explosion.

"This is not just marijuana and it's not just kids being kids," Rondeau said, noting some parents are inclined to minimize the importance of using highly potent marijuana and BHO.

Gilmanton selectmen will outline process for picking McCormack's replacement at July 21 meeting

GILMANTON — In the wake of Steve McCormack's resignation Tuesday night, selectmen will be meeting in a workshop session Tuesday at 6 p.m. to determine the process by which a third board member will be appointed.

Chair Don Guarino said yesterday that it will be open to the public but there will be no public comment.

He said anyone who would like to be considered for the open spot should submit a letter in inquiry to the town offices.

According to the Right-to-Know laws, all candidate interviews and discussion must be held in public session.

The as-yet unnamed selectman will serve until the March 2016 election when the voters will elect someone for a one-year term and someone for the three-year term that appears each year as part of the rotation. In 2016, Guarino's term will expire.