Laconia Police collar 6 in ‘annual drug roundup’

LACONIA — Following a number of investigations into drug trafficking, police, with assistance from their counterparts in Gilford and Belmont, arrested seven people, four in the city and one each in Gilford and Belmont, early yesterday morning. In addition, warrants were issued for five others, whose whereabouts are unknown to the police.

Susan M. Weeks, 37, of 24 Summer St., Laconia is charged with one count of sale of controlled drugs. She refused bail and is being held in Belknap County Jail in lieu of $2,000 cash bail following her arraignment in Fourth Circuit Court, Laconia Division, yesterday.

The remaining five suspects were all released on personal recognizance bail and scheduled for arraignment in Fourth Circuit Court, Laconia Division, on Jan. 8.

Steven Fereshetian Jr., 25, of 130 Mechanic St., Laconia is charged with three counts of possession of controlled drugs.

Alexis L. Morin, 21, of 378 Elm St., Laconia, is charged with one count of sale of controlled drug

Paul A. Young Jr., 46 of 18 Fair St., Laconia, is charged with one count of sale of controlled drugs.

Christine Fowler, 30, of 7 Breton Road, Gilford, is charged with one count of possession of controlled drugs.

Scott Hodgman, 25, of 31 Church St., Belmont, is charged with one count of possession of controlled drugs.

Matthew Boynton, 19, of 82 Batchelder St., Laconia, one of five other individuals for whom warrants were issued, turned himself into police without incident. He is charged with one count of sale of a controlled drug and was released on $1,000 personal recognizance bail pending his arraignment on Jan. 8.

Police Capt. Bill Clary said the described the arrests as the "annual drug roundup," resulting from information gathered by police, particularly Detectives Chris Noyes and Dan Carsen, during the past 10 months. He said that all the suspects had been told that warrants would be obtained for their arrest and were encouraged to turn themselves into police.

Warrants have also been issued for the arrest of Jarod Leroux, 35, Jordan Manning 24, David Paul, 47, and Cameron Lobo, 25 on charges of selling or possessing controlled drugs.

Police urged anyone with information about the whereabouts of these individuals to contact the Laconia Police Department at 524-5252.

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Marine Patrol HQ reconstruction to cost $9 million

GILFORD — The Department of Safety is hoping that construction on the new $9 million Marine Patrol headquarters will begin around the middle of next year.

The facility, which was included for in the state Capital Budget passed by the Legislature earlier this year, would be constructed on the site of the present Marine Patrol operations base in Glendale, which has deteriorated significantly over the years.

"It is slowly sinking into the lake," Assistant Safety Commission Earl Sweeney said of the two-story building located on the shores of Smith Cove of Lake Winnipesaukee. "This is something that definitely had to be done."

Sweeney said Friday that the Department of Safety was reviewing three bids for constructing the new headquarters which has been designed by architect Ward d'Elia of the Samyn-D'Elia architectural firm in Ashland.

He said two of the bids were submitted from New Hampshire contractors, while the third was from a Maine firm. He said that two of the bids were within the $9 million price tag, and while the third bid came in slightly higher, he said that all three were "within the doable range" for serious consideration.

Sweeney pointed out that the contract for the project still needs to go the Executive Council for action. He said that once Department of Safety officials have finished examining the bids they will be forwarded to the state Attorney General's Office which reviews all proposed contracts before they are submitted to the council. He hoped the council would be able to vote on the contract at its Dec. 3 meeting.

Once the Executive Council has given its approval Sweeney said that Marine Patrol will begin to move its offices and operations center to a building on the old Laconia State School campus adjacent to the building where the state 9-1-1 facility and Lakes Region Mutual Aid dispatch center are located. Once in their temporary quarters, demolition of the current Marine Patrol facility will begin. Sweeney said that the hope is that construction of the new headquarters building could begin early next summer. He said the new facility should be ready in mid-2016. He added that use of the Glendale boat launch will not be disrupted during construction.

Sweeney said that the new headquarters, in addition to having administrative space for Marine Patrol staff and officers, would house the office where the public can go to apply for mooring permits. Classrooms for those taking the mandatory boater education safety course will also be in the new facility.

Money for project will be paid out from dedicated Marine Patrol funds and will be funded through a 20-year bond, Sweeney said.

He added that the Department of Safety is currently negotiating with Glendale Marine to purchase their building and land which abuts Marine Patrol.



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Nominations sought for 2014 Debra Bieniarz Award

LACONIA — Each year the City Council recognizes a resident for his or her efforts on behalf of the young people of the city with the Debra Bieniarz Award.

This annual award honors the legacy of the late Officer Debra Bieniarz, who served the city and its youth with uncommon devotion, dedication and distinction during her nine years with the Laconia Police Department before her premature death.

Chosen from among a field of nominees exemplifies, the recipient of this award is the person who best exemplifies the generous contribution and unselfish commitment to Laconia's youth made by Officer Bieniarz. .

To find that special person for 2014, the City Council is asking residents to nominate the person they believe is most deserving. Please send or deliver your nomination by November 14th to the City Manager's Office, 45 Beacon St. East, Laconia, NH 03246, or e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

911 call leads to Laconia drug overdose recovery

LACONIA — Police on Friday were investigating the possible crimes of destruction of evidence and possession of narcotics at a North Main Street apartment. A drug overdose victim had been successfully attended to at the same location at 3:45 p.m. on Thursday.

Police say there were three other people at the 1156 North Main Street address when they arrived in response to a medical call but all refused to cooperate or offer assistance in the investigation. 

A search warrant was then obtained for the apartment.

Captaiin Bill Clary said police continue to encourage people to not hesitate to call 911 in response to similar situations. "Without this call, things would have turned our differently, most likely a death," he said.

Anyone who has information on this case is encouraged to call 524-5252 or the Laconia Crime Line at 527-1717. Tips may be also be made anonymously on the Laconia Police website (