Sex offender sentenced to 2 to 5 years for failing to report moving to police

LACONIA — A former city man who was convicted of felonious sexual assault and is a registered Tier III sex offender was sentenced to serve 2 to 5 years in the New Hampshire State Prison for failing to report to police within five business days of his birthday.

David Simonds, 52, whose last known address was 150 Valley St., is required to report quarterly to local police.

A charge against Simonds for failing to inform police about a change of name or address was dropped.

Police affidavits said Simonds had an appointment to report to a city detective on Oct. 21. The detective said he repeated called him and left messages for him.

At some point, the detective spoke to a person who knows Simonds and was told Simonds moved to Gilford.

Affidavits said Simonds was convicted of failing to register and of failing to inform last January. Police said because of the previous Class B felonies, the one he pleaded guilty to Thursday is Class A felony.

Three months of the minimum of Simonds' sentence was reduced pending his good behavior and completion of multiple programs while incarcerated. He was credited with eight days of time served.

– Gail Ober

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County voting on nursing home contract next Tuesday


LACONIA — A proposed a two-year contract with the 81 unionized employees of the Belknap County Nursing Home, which would provide a one-time $2,000 health incentive bonus and replace the current HMO health insurance plan with a site-of-service plan, will be considered by the Belknap County Delegation at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22.
Commission Chairman David DeVoy (R-Sanbornton) said the contract with the State Employees Association local #1984 will increase costs by $61,029 in the first year, but reduce them by $60,735 in the second year.

"It's a good deal for the county and will put all four unions here on the same insurance plan," said DeVoy.
The agreement also provides for $500 health savings plan and step increases, but no cost-of-living increase in the first year of the contract. The second year will see a COLA of at least 1 percent.
He said that the switch to a site-of-service health insurance plan "gets rid of the Cadillac insurance plan," which in the future would have resulted in the county paying taxes on health insurance because premiums would exceed federal guidelines.
The commission approved the tentative agreement two weeks ago, after it had been ratified by a "clear majority" of the union members, who earlier this year had rejected a proposed contract by a 33-14 vote.
It mirrors the collective bargaining agreements negotiated with Teamsters Local 633 representing managerial and administrative employees and the Belknap County Sheriff's Department and the State Employees Association, representing Belknap County Corrections Department officers, all of which have been ratified by the members of both unions and approved by the Belknap County Delegation.

Roof money
DeVoy also said it appears that there will be enough money left in an $8 million bond issue for construction of a county community corrections facility to enable the county to put a new roof on the Belknap County Nursing Home.
"Right now it looks like the roof project will cost $541,000 and we're going to have enough left in the bond issue to do the project. But we have to wait until next September, when the corrections center is completed, before we can ask the delegation to approve using the funds for the roof," said DeVoy.

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Air quality monitor installed at Wyatt Park (321+pic)


LACONIA — The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services has established an air quality monitoring station at Wyatt Park to measure and track pollutants in the air as well as collect data on changing weather conditions.

11-08 air quality monitorThe agency has been monitoring outdoor air quality since the early 1960s and in 2001 operated a station on the former Laconia State School property. However, Kendall Perkins of the Green Street Kendall Perkins of the Air Resources Division explained that the current generation of monitoring systems is designed to collate the data collected about weather conditions and air pollutants and to indicate the affect of changes in the weather on the quality of air. He said that by drawing on forecasted changes in weather conditions the agency hopes to be able to foresee changes in air quality and issue advisories and warnings to the public before they occur.

Perkins said that Wyatt Park was chosen because it sits amid residential neighborhoods in a relatively low lying area. He explained that during the winter months, especially on cold, dry, still conditions, air masses can become trapped in low lying areas, a phenomenon known as "Stagnant valley inversion." In these conditions, pollution, generally particulates emitted by heating devices, particularly wood burning stoves, may accumulate in high concentrations. Perkins said that levels of pollution vary not only with atmospheric conditions but also with different heating devices.

Kevin Dunleavy, director of Parks and Recreation, likened the air monitoring station to a device placed in the waters off Weirs Beach, which collects data on weather conditions in an effort to project changes in water quality, especially the likely presence of e-coli bacteria, that would enable the Department of Environmental Services to issue advisories in advance of unsafe conditions.

Perkins aid that the air monitoring station will operate throughout the winter months and the data it collects will be posted on the agency's website at

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