Just one contested race for Laconia School Board

LACONIA — Only one of the two open seats on the School Board will be contested in the general election on Nov. 8.

In Ward 2, Barbara Luther, the incumbent, is running without opposition.

In Ward 3, Aaron Hayward and Albert Knowles will vie to succeed Scott Vachon. Vachon, who has represented the ward on the board for the past 13 years, chose not to run for re-election.

Superstar surprise - Justin Timberlake shows up at local couple’s wedding


LACONIA — As if getting married doesn't make one's day exciting enough, imagine having a superstar singer drop in for a photo on that special day.

That's what happened last Saturday, Aug. 13, when Chelsey Gaudet and Ryan Parks were getting ready for pre-wedding photos at the Mount Washington Hotel and Resort.

Parks' best man, Joe Rando, said Justin Timberlake, pop singer, songwriter, actor and record producer, was spotted as he led the groomsmen out along the back deck of the hotel.

"I noticed him, and told Dennis (Gaudet, father of the bride) he IS here, sitting right there."

At some point, while Parks was waiting for his bride-to-be, Timberlake was asked if he would mind coming over for a photo.

"I turned around and he was right there, right after Chelsey had come out," said Rando. I was starstruck a little bit."

Timberlake was in New Hampshire for another wedding in Jackson, and had stayed and played golf at the resort.

"In video, you can see him come up, he shook hands, gave Chelsey a hug," said Rando. "He stood there, let us all take photos, wished them best of luck and then he was off."

It wasn't long before the news of the wedding crasher sped around the world, thanks to social media and TMZ. A video taken of the moment was shown on both TMZ and ABC's Good Morning America on Monday.

Chelsey Gaudet is an agency principal of Allstate in Tilton, and the oldest daughter of Dennis and Carolyn Gaudet of AutoServ. Parks is an AutoServ sales manager, and the couple resides in Concord.  The newlyweds are in Cabo San Lucas now for honeymoon, no doubt still amazed at the turn of events on their special day.

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Man escapes from police, trips on bike, is captured


LACONIA — A Franklin man allegedly escaped through a window in a Belknap County Sheriff's transport vehicle while being taken from the Superior Court House to the jail.

Detective Sgt. William Wright said Wednesday that Anthony DeForge, 28, of 9 Pearl St. "slithered" out of the window when the deputy driving the car stopped for traffic at the intersection of Main and Pleasant Streets Tuesday afternoon.

The deputy called for assistance and pursued DeForge as he ran toward the Soda Shoppe but once he got a hold on him, he slipped and injured his right elbow.

DeForge continued running but an alert civilian pushed a bicycle into his path and he tripped on it.

DeForge, said Wright, was taken into custody by two members of the Laconia Police Department.

DeForge had appeared earlier in the Belknap County Superior Court and pleaded not guilty to possession with intent to sell methamphetamine after being arrested on an outstanding warrant by Tilton Police at Walmart.

While he was in court on Tuesday, DeForge was clearly upset and at one point interrupted his attorney who was arguing on his behalf for bail. There was some discrepancy about his criminal history as presented to the court with DeForge contending that some of the history belonged to his father and not him.

Presiding Justice James O'Neill reduced DeForge's bail from $25,000 cash-only to $15,000 cash or corporate surety and ordered the prosecutor and the defense to gather the correct criminal history for DeForge. Once the correct information was available, O'Neill said he would allow a second bail hearing.

Facing new felony charges of escape and resisting arrest, DeForge appeared again in the Belknap County Superior Court Wednesday and entered a plea of not guilty.