Man who made himself hard to find sentenced to 1 year

LACONIA — A city man who allegedly threatened a McGrath Street woman by waving a gun in front of her security camera was pleaded guilty to one reduced count of misdemeanor criminal threatening Monday morning. The gun portion of the indictment was dropped as part of the plea bargain.

Chad O'Connor, 24, whose last known address was on Garfield Street was sentenced to serve 12 months in the Belknap County House of Corrections. Four months of his sentence was suspended and he was credited with 128 days of time served.

Judge James O'Neill also agreed O'Connor would be eligible for work release immediately. Since he is scheduled to be released on October 14, O'Neill ordered that he be on probation for one year after his release and the suspended portion of his sentence is conditioned upon three years of good behavior.

After the event on May 7, O'Connor eluded police for four days before he was caught by a city patrol officer after a foot chase through the Academy Street area of town. No gun was ever recovered.

During the time police were looking for him, police had many sightings but he managed to elude capture each time. At one point, police said he was in an apartment on Fair Street and the occupant at the time, allegedly hindered the police long enough for him to escape through a back window.

At one point, police were on foot patrol in and around the Fair Street area where O'Connor was known to frequent.

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Hillary to visit Boys and Girls Club in Laconia on Thursday

LACONIA — Former First Lady, United States Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will bring her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination to Laconia on Thursday, September 17.

Clinton will host a community forum on substance abuse at the Boys and Girls Club of the Lakes Region at 876 North Main Street at 3:30 p.m. Doors will open at 2:30 p.m. and those wishing to RSVP may do so at

Clinton will be making her ninth visit to New Hampshire in the current campaign season and will be offering her proposals to reduce the incidence of substance abuse and the cost of college tuition during her three-days in the state.

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Northfield police arrest two, seize BB pistol after road rage incident

NORTHFIELD — N.H. State Police arrested two people Sunday after a road rage incident on Zion Hill at 3:15 p.m., in which police suspect a weapon was brandished.

Sgt. James McIntire of Northfield said it appears a car containing at least three people passed a different vehicle on the right and one of the passengers brandished what the driver described as a handgun. The driver of the passed car was able to get a plate number and other identifying information about the occupants.

About an hour later, McIntire said a state trooper spotted the car in question on Park Street and stopped it, arresting the two occupants for offenses not related to the road rage.

Robert Chestnut of Tilton was charged with operating without a valid license, possession of a controlled drug and transporting a controlled drug in a vehicle. Kristina Blake of Tilton was arrested on an electronic bench warrant and was additionally charged with allowing an improper person to operate.

McIntire said Northfield Police learned a third person was in the car during the alleged road rage incident and obtained a warrant to search 397 West Main St. for a handgun.

McIntire said they recovered a BB gun. He said drugs were also found and Tilton Police requested an addendum to Northfield's warrant to search for them. Additional charges are expected.

Franklin Police are also interested in the case, said McIntire, because of reports that someone shot out some windows of cars with a BB gun earlier that day.

In anyone has any additional information they are asked to call the Northfield Police at 286-8982 or the Franklin Police at 934-2535.

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