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Danbury man charged with Gilmanton burglary, held on $10,000 cash bail

GILMANTON — A Danbury man police said allegedly burglarized a home on Major Road on September 5 is being held on $10,000 cash-only bail following his video appearance in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division yesterday.

Police said Corey Cole, 22, of Drake Hill Road allegedly confessed to Danbury Police Chief David Kratz that he broke into the Gilmanton home and that he knows at least one of the people who live there. He is charged with one felony count of burglary.

Police Chief Joe Collins said he responded to Major Road Thursday, September 5 at 12:51 p.m. when an alarm sounded.

He said the alarm was off when he got there and no one was home. He said he walked around the house and noticed a small window that was open in the rear of the house. He said he checked the doors, which were all locked, but found the overhead garage door was unlocked. When Collins opened it, the alarm went off again.

At 1:38 p.m. the homeowner reported a Stihl chainsaw had been stolen during the burglary. Collins said it appears that Cole was bringing stuff from the house to the garage door but was scared off by the alarm.

Collins said they found the chainsaw at Fast Cash in Tilton and said it was sold to them by a female friend of Cole. On September 6, Cole turned himself into the Danbury Police.

In court yesterday, Prosecutor David Estes said Cole has an extensive criminal background and is currently out on bail from Merrimack County and is facing two counts of theft. In addition, Estes said Cole failed to appear at a hearing in the 5th Circuit Court, Newport Division.

Estes also said Cole has two bail-jumping convictions — one in Franklin and one in Laconia — as well as multiple convictions on theft-related charges in Plymouth, Franklin and Laconia courts.

His attorney argued for personal recognizance bail said Cole's failure to appear in Newport was "an honest mistake" regarding scheduling. She also said he agrees he needs help with addiction and is willing to go to a residential treatment facility.

She said his mother has agreed to give him a place to live and that he is working part-time.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 September 2013 03:26

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Barnstead woman run over in her driveway

BARNSTEAD — A Pittsfield woman has been charged with driving after suspension and driving with a suspended registration after she allegedly backed over a Rabbot Lane woman.

Police said they were called to Rabbot Lane and found the victim lying in her driveway and Sierra Rollins, 27, of Pittsfield standing next to a Toyota Camry.

Barnstead Fire officials requested a helicopter from Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital in Lebanon  be sent to the scene and the victim was flown there for treatment. As of 11:45 a.m. yesterday, the victim was alive said Barnstead Police.

Rollins was released on personal recognizance bail and ordered to appear in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division on October 17. Police continue to investigate and say additional charges could be forthcoming.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 September 2013 03:19

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5-year-old who wandered away from Gilmanton home found 3 miles away

GILMANTON — A 5-year-old Brookline, N.H. girl is back in the safe arms of her family after she wandered away from a home here that her parents were visiting Sunday afternoon and a number of family, friends and public safety officials, spent the next seven hours looking for her. She was found hiding in a barn in Loudon, several miles away.

Police Chief Joe Collins said the child strayed from Rollins Pond Road shortly after 12:30 p.m. He said her family was visiting friends and all of them looked for her briefly before but notified police at 12:43 p.m.

"It was a terrifying seven hours," said Collins who said his officers, officers from the N.H. Department of Fish and Game, the State Police, the Gilmanton Fire Department and numerous friends and family began looking for her.

He said a team of K-9's from the New England Canine Search Team had just arrived when 10 or 12 volunteers from a farm on Blake Road in Loudon found the child hiding in their barn. Officials estimate she walked about 3 miles.

"She was smart to try and seek shelter," Collins said, noting that the temperatures dropped into the 30s Sunday night.

He said after police learned she was safe, he drove to the Blake Road farm to bring her back to Gilmanton. After he strapped her into the back seat of his cruiser he said she looked at him and said, "You know I'm supposed to be in a car seat."

He said he told her he didn't think Mommy would mind this one time but said she reminded him two more times as they were returning to Gilmanton.

"I guess she didn't want me to get in any trouble," Collins said, describing her a "cute as a button."

Collins said the family did the right thing by calling them right away. He said the sooner authorities learn of a missing child the sooner they can muster the resources they will need to find him or her.

"I'm just grateful we got a happy ending," describing the reunion as "quite an emotional thing."



Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 September 2013 03:16

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Prosecutor drops 'with death resulting' charge against alleged dealer

LACONIA — The Belknap County Attorney's Office will not prosecute a Manchester man for allegedly supplying the heroin that killed a 22-year-old woman when she overdosed in late March of 2011. Jury selection for his trial was scheduled to begin yesterday.

Alfredo Gonzales, 46, of Center Street was charged with one special felony count of sales of heroin with death resulting for allegedly providing the heroin to Karen Mikkelson, who sold it to Ashley Denty, who died of an overdose in 2011. He still faces a separate count of sales of heroin but the potential sentence for sales is less than that for sales "with death resulting". A jury was selected yesterday to hear that case and opening arguments are scheduled for September 16.

Mikkelson, Steven Marando, and Amanda Kelly, all formerly of Laconia, pleaded guilty in their roles in Denty's death and are either serving or have served sentences in the Belknap County House of Corrections or the N.H. State Prison.

As of Friday, Mikkelson and Marando were listed as people who are scheduled to testify against Gonzales for the state.

In a motion filed last week by Gonzales's attorney Mark Sisti and argued last Friday, Sisti asked the court to dismiss both charges against his client because he recently learned the Laconia Police were investigating a different person who claimed on Facebook that he was the one who actually administered the heroin to Denty.

Sisti said the information from the new investigation could exonerate his client but was withheld from him until August 29. He said the investigation by Laconia Police began in March and the County Attorney's Office was aware of it in July but chose to tell him about it less than one week before jury selection.

After listening to both sides, Judge James O'Neill ordered on Friday that jury selection would continue as planned. He agreed to give Asst. County Atty. Carley Ahern until yesterday to answer Sisti's motions.

O'Neill heard additional arguments yesterday but has not ruled on the final motion to dismiss the sales of heroin charge.

Gonzales has one Texas conviction for selling drugs. Earlier this year, a jury found him not guilty of selling drugs in an unrelated case to a Laconia Police confidential informant. That trial lasted three days and the jury rendered their not guilty verdict in less than an hour.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 September 2013 03:11

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