Man wanted for threatening with gun arrested after eluding police

LACONIA – A local man who allegedly threatened a woman with a gun and then eluded police for four days was apprehended Sunday after a foot chase. Chad O'Connor, 24, who is listed as transient, was ordered held on $10,000 cash bail after his appearance yesterday in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division.
According to affidavits obtained from the court, O'Connor, allegedly went to an apartment at 40 McGrath St. on May 7 and knocked at the door. When the woman occupant didn't answer, O'Connor allegedly waved a gun in front of the camera because he knew she would see it.
O'Connor fled and has been the subject of a manhunt since. Police at one point were on walking beats in the Fair and Bay Streets area because O'Connor lived in that area for a while and is very familiar with it.
Police said they had multiple sightings of O'Connor and once came close to catching him, but he was able to elude them.
He was caught when a person reported at 11:54 a.m. Sunday that he was on the porch at 104 Academy Street. Police said he ran through some backyards heading toward Lincoln Street.
Officer Bryan Moynihan gave chase and was able to catch O'Connor near Webster Street.
Police said no gun was recovered.
O'Connor is charged with one count of criminal threatening with a deadly weapon, two counts of default and breach of bail, and one count of resisting arrest.
In an unrelated case, O'Connor is also charged with one count of domestic violence simple assault for allegedly slapping his girlfriend across the face on May 2 while the two were on the WOW Trail. He was ordered to stay away from her.

Water department celebrates completion of treatment plant upgrade with open house

LACONIA — The Laconia Water Department held an open house Saturday morning at its treatment plant off from Stark Street marking the completion of its first major improvement to the facility since it was constructed in 1989.

Superintendent Seth Nuttelman said that improvements included replacement of filters and valves as well as enhancement of the electrical and SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) system at the plant.
The plant has three identical filter units, or trains, each capable of processing between 1,200 and 1,500 gallons of water per minute. Each train consists of a clarifier, which removes 80 percent of unwanted particles, and mixed media filers, containing coal, silica and sand, which polishes the water to remove the remaining particles. The materials were removed from the trains, which were sand blasted and painted before being replenished with fresh materials.
The city's water is drawn from Paugus Bay and pumped up the hill to the treatment facility by two vertical turbine pumps, each powered by 300 horsepower motors and each of which pumps around 4,000 gallons a minute.
When the water reaches the treatment facility the incoming water goes through a static mixer where alum (a coagulant) and chlorine (a disinfectant) are injected. It then flows to one of three trains.
The processed water passes from filters to a 180,000 gallon baffled clear well under the floor where it is treated with sodium hypochlorite for post chlorination, sodium hydroxide for pH adjustment and sodium fluoride for dental care.
The finished water is then pumped from the clear well to two storage tanks at the site, one holding 2 million gallons and another holding 1.3 million gallons. Other holding tanks in the system to meet customer demand and provide fire protection include Briarcrest, 690,000 gallons, and Long Bay, Weirs, Endicott and Lighthouse, all holding 500,000 gallons.
Nuttelman and Water Commission Chairman Greg Page said that the project took three years from start to finish. Originally estimated to cost $1.5 million, the work was undertaken primarily by the staff of the department, which Nuttelman said saved "at least $500,000".
He credited Jason Bordeau and Floyd Dungellman of the department with designing and fabricating an important part of the upgrade which allow the department to recover 95 percent of the water it uses to backwash the filter system twice day and which would have gone to the wastewater treatment plant in Franklin.
"The water has turbidity and is cloudy with suspended particles. But now we're able to recycle it by pumping the water from our waste tank back to the beginning of the system," says Nuttelman.

Watson held on $10k cash bail on heroin charges stemming from investigation of overdose death

TILTON — Brian A, Watson, 50, of Northfield was ordered held on $10,000 cash bail on charges of sales of a controlled drug, heroin or fentanyl, and possession of heroin or fentanyl.
Watson, of Hodgdon Road, appeared in the 6th Circuit Court, Laconia Division yesterday afternoon. A media release from Police Chief Robert Cormier said that Watson's arrest comes after an intensive investigation by police into the overdose death of 21-year-old Seth Tilton-Fogg.
Tilton-Fogg was found dead by a relative on April 3. Police said yesterday that they believe he died sometime late April 2 or early April 3. Cormier said the state medical examiner confirmed that his death was drug related.
At the request of Tilton Police Prosecutor Chris Paquette, Judge Edwin "Ned" Gordon sealed the supporting affidavits for 30 days.
Cormier said that as a result of the investigation, police obtained a warrant for Watson's arrest. He was apprehended by Tilton Police on May 8 on School Street. Cormier said Watson allegedly had heroin/fentanyl in his possession when arrested.
Police impounded Watson's car and have applied for a search warrant.
In the courtroom yesterday were Tilton-Fogg's parents and other relatives, the Tilton and Northfield police chiefs and Tilton Selectman Chair Pat Consentino.
Members of Watson's family were also there.
Watson was not represented by an attorney during his video arraignment, but was allowed to make a brief bail argument on his own behalf.
He told Gordon he didn't have anyone who could post his bail when it was set at $5,000 over the weekend. He said he didn't have a criminal record and he has children in school.
Watson said he was laid off from a cable installation company and has since "fallen through the cracks" of available assistance with the exception of unemployment compensation.
He told Gordon that his children are 11, 13, and 16 years old and that he had 100-percent custody of one child and split custody of the others.
Watson also assured the court that he wasn't going anywhere if his bail was reduce and he wouldn't hurt anyone.
Gordon told him he would have a court-appointed attorney for his next appearance — a probable cause hearing scheduled for May 19 in Franklin. He agreed with Paquette that the threat heroin or fentanyl poses to the community is huge and agreed to the $10,000 cash bail.
Should Watson post bail, the court has ordered a hearing to determine the source of the money.
Although Tilton is in Belknap County, its arraignments and probable cause hearings are held in Franklin. Should the case be bound over for indictment by a grand jury, the Belknap County Attorney's Office would prosecute.