City man pleads guilty to home invasion in August

LACONIA — A city man was sentenced to serve 2 to 4 years in the New Hampshire State Prison for Men for being one of two who committed a home invasion on Messer Street in August.

Zachary Estevez, 20, formerly of Pearl Street, pleaded guilty to one count of armed robbery for entering the home and hitting one of the occupants with a gun.

The victim told police that he was tied up with duct tape, robbed of $800 and hit on the head by Estevez with the butt end of a gun.

Estevez was caught that night by Laconia Police and is being credited with 112 day of pretrial confinement.

A charge of burglary was dropped as a result of the plea bargain. Estevez is ordered to pay the victim $800 in restitution jointly with his co-defendent Ryan chase of Moultonborough.

– Gail Ober

Fire damages Lakeport home

LACONIA — A home was damaged but no one was hurt when the heat from a wood stove set the wall on fire Monday.

Firefighters from Laconia, Gilford and Belmont were sent to 32 Appleton St. in the Lakeport section of Laconia at 4:08 p.m. The occupant reported smoke coming from the wall around her wood stove, and there was fire in the exterior wall area of the wood stove, according to a press released from Laconia Fire Chief Kenneth Erickson. Flames were spreading upwards to the the second floor and attic.

Crews got the fire under control in about 20 minutes. The occupant stayed with relatives for the night. Damage is estimated at $30,000, according to Erickson.

– Ginger Kozlowski

01-17 Appleton fire

Firefighters had to open the wall at this home on 32 Appleton St., Laconia, to extinguish flames that started by the home's wood stove. (Courtesy Laconia Fire Department)

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Laconia Police log, Jan. 16, 2017

Laconia Police responded to 208 calls for service between Jan. 13 at noon until Jan. 16 at noon, including three accidents, and assaults at Bootleggers Footware on Main Street and at 72 Batchelder St.

There were disturbances at McGrath and Oak Streets, at 28 Spring St. Apt. 3, 180 Union Ave. Apt 3, three at 72 Batchelder St., at 14 Wallace Court, at the VFW on Court Street, at 148 Union Ave. Apt. 7, at the Dry Dock Building near the Bistro on Union Aveneu, at Perley Pond Townhouses, at 135 Pleasant St., and at 644 Main St Apt.10.
Arrested were:
• Carlos A. Ramierez, 33, of 28 Spring St., #3, on a bench warrant.
• Steven R. Rei, 180 Union Ave., Apt. 3, for domestic violence assault, domestic violence obstructing the reporting of a crime and criminal mischief. Rei was arrested later on a charge of breach of bail.
• Timiah Wilkins, 19 of 240 Robert Rogers Road, Apt. 8, in Dunbarton on receiving stolen property, disobeying an officer, misuse or failure to display plates, driving after revocation, and a stop sign violation.
• Wayne Hicks, 32, of 4 Betty Lane in Allenstown on an outstanding warrant.
• John N. Allard, 31, 275 Elm St. on a warrant.
• Joshua J. Reed, 33, of 75 Rowe Court, #14 for aggravated driving while intoxicated.
• Kyle Bernard Joyce, 31, of 544 Province Road in Belmont for criminal trespass.
• Erica J. Dearborn Hodgman, 33, of 103 Emerald St. on two outstanding bench warrants.

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