Domestic violence call leads to meth bust in Laconia


LACONIA — Police arrested a Fillmore Avenue felon early Monday morning after a domestic assault triggered an investigation that led them to find a loaded gun and a large amount of methamphetamine in his truck.

01-23 Timothy RaxterCapt. Matthew Canfield said that Timothy Raxter, 52, of 65 Fillmore Ave. originally came to the attention of police when a woman reported a domestic assault that had just occurred at her home on Church St.

Police said Raxter allegedly assaulted her and broke some of her assorted ceramic figurines just before midnight. He was charged with one count of simple assault and one count of criminal mischief (vandalism) and turned himself in to the police after they notified him at 1:55 a.m. He was released on $1,500 personal recognizance bail.

The alleged victim got a restraining order against Raxter, which eventually led to the information that there was a gun in his truck that was parked at a friend's house on Sheridan Street.

Canfield said police obtained a search warrant for his truck at approximately 5:35 a.m. and towed it to the Laconia Police station, where it was searched.

Inside a the middle of the seat in the cab was a large bag of crystal methamphetamine, said police, along with $6,500 in cash, 1,000 small plastic bags typically used for packaging drugs and a black scale. Police also found a load Hi Point .40 caliber handgun with a fully loaded magazine.

Raxter is charged with one count of being a felon in possession of deadly weapon and one count of being in possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute it.

He refused bail and is scheduled to be arraigned in the Belknap County Superior Court at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

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Penguin Mart in Belmont robbed at gunpoint Saturday

BELMONT – Police continue to search for the person who robbed the Penguin Mart at gunpoint just before closing Saturday night at 11 p.m.

Police said the person is described as a while male about 5-feet 10-inches tall and weighing about 180 pounds. The person had pulled a black kerchief over his face and was wearing gloves.

Police said he fled on foot north toward Laconia but they were unable to track him using a police dog.

Video surveillance from the store shows a number of cars traveling both northbound and southbound around 11 p.m. and ask anyone who may have seen someone getting into a car or walking along Route 106 to call the Belmont Police at 267-8350.

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This person was caught on video as the robbery took place in Belmont. (Courtesy photo)

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The Penguin Mart in Belmont. (Gail Ober/Laconia Daily Sun)

Laconia Clinic evacuated after leak creates odor, shuts down elevator


LACONIA — Firefighters assisted the staff of the Laconia Clinic in evacuating the entire building Monday afternoon after the hydraulic fluid leaked out from the elevator, rendering it useless and sending a foul odor throughout the building.

LRGHealthcare spokesperson Sandra Marshall said that because of the smell, the cleanup and the repairs, the clinic will remained closed through Tuesday.

"It's an awful smell and it's not something our patients and staff should have to smell," she said.

Marshall said Convenience Care at the Hillside Medical Group, which has a pharmacy, will be open and that staff will be contacting all of the patients who have appointments to reschedule them.

While there is never a good time for an elevator to go out of service, Marshall said it was fortunate all medical procedures are done in the morning so there were no customers or patients who needed to be taken to the hospital.

Marshall said that as of late Monday afternoon, she expected the closure to last only one day.

Convenience Care at Hillside Medical Park will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for those who need services.

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Firefighters evacuated everyone from the Laconia Clinic Monday afternoon due to the smell created by a hydraulic fluid leak from the elevator system. The clinic is expected to be closed through Tuesday. (Gail Ober/Laconia Daily Sun)