Belmont man killed in Rte. 127 accident in Sanbornton



SANBORNTON — Excessive speed played a major role in a single-vehicle accident in which a Belmont man was killed Friday night on New Hampton Road (Route 127), according to police.

Benjamen Page, 21, of 17 Northbrook Road, Belmont, was driving north on the highway when the vehicle failed to negotiate the curve at the intersection with Willow Road and rolled over several times, throwing him from the vehicle around 10:30 p.m.

Page was treated at the scene by medical personnel from the Sanbornton Fire Department, transported to Franklin Regional Hospital and flown by helicopter to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, where he was ultimately pronounced dead.

Sanbornton Police Chief Stephen Hankard said yesterday that excessive speed appeared to be the primary cause of the accident. He noted that Page "was not wearing seat belt, which led to his ejection from the vehicle."

New Hampton Road was closed for several hours as Sanbornton and Tilton police and the Belknap Regional Accident Investigation Team processed the scene of the accident.


Judge rejects Amy Lafond's request for early release from prison

LACONIA — Amy Lafond, who is serving time for her role in a 2013 traffic accident that took the life of one Laconia Miiddle School student and injured a second, has lost her bid to be let out of prison early and serve the balance of her sentence under house arrest.

Lafond was sentenced after pleading guilty to negligent homicide and second degree assault arising from the collision on Messer Street in April 2013. Driving a Jeep Cherokee north on Messer Street at excessive speed, Lafond, 54, passed a car stopped at the crosswalk at the foot of the bridge, whereupon her vehicle climbed the curb on the opposite side of the street and struck Lilyanna Johnson, who died, and Allyssa Miner.

In brief order issued earlier this month, Justice James D. O'Neill, III of Belknap County Superior Court denied Lafond's request to amend her sentence to enable her to qualify for administrative home confinement, which would have enabled her to undergo intensive outpatient treatment for substance abuse.

In May 2014 Lafond was sentenced to three-and-a-half to seven years for negligent homicide and to three to six years, to consecutively, for second degree assault. She asked the court to suspend or defer the three-to-six-year sentence for second degree assault.

In opposing Lafond's petition, Belknap County Attorney Melissa Guldbrandsen said that reducing her sentence would undermine its "punitive aspect." Moreover, she called Lafond's request "untimely," explaining that she must serve at least four years — or two-thirds of her minimum sentence — before applying to amend her sentence.

O'Neill confirmed that the sentences are "appropriate" and stressed that "of equal import, the profound impact that the defendant's criminal actions had on the victims' families must be considered. Likewise, he agreed with Guldbrandsen that Lafond's request was untimely.

In her petition Lafond said that since September 2014 she has been in the Wellness Block, which she described as "an intense therapeutic residential community," where she has undergone mental health treatment and substance abuse rehabilitation as well as participated in technical classes, parenting education and a number of other programs.


Commissioner DeVoy hosting meet & greet for Ron Paul

TILTON — Belknap County Commission Chairman Dave DeVoy of Sanbornton will be hosting a casual lakeside meet and greet for Republican presidential candidate Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) on Saturday, July 25 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Attendees should park across from the Econo Lodge (formerly the Shalimar). They will see a white picket fence which is the entrance for parking.

DeBoy is Belknap County chairman for the Rand Paul campaign.