Police say transient holding heroin arrested on sidewalk

LACONIA — A man with no known address wanted on electronic bench warrant and parole violation, who was arrested on Thursday, was found in possession of what police believe to be heroin.

Jason R. Fournier, 24, described by police as a transient, was arrested without incident while standing on the sidewalk on Valley Street at approximately 2:35 p.m., about a half-hour after police received an anonymous report that he was in the neighborhood.

Fournier refused bail on the electronic bench warrant and charge of drug possession and is being held in the Belknap County Jail without bail on the parole violation.

Manhunt for missing county jail inmate ends with surrender aided by family members

Laconia — After 10 law enforcement agencies pursued a manhunt for 12 hours, a man who escaped the custody of the Belknap County Jail on Thursday was surrendered to the Belknap County Sheriff's Department by members of his family shortly after noon yesterday. .

Ryan Mears, 26, of New Durham had been released on the electronic monitoring program in March and, until his disappearance, had complied regularly. He was due to report to the Belknap County Jail at 4 p.m. of Thursday, but failed to do so. His last confirmed whereabouts was in New Durham at 10:30 a.m. Investigators learned that Mears removed his electronic bracelet and fled the area. The New Durham Police and New Hampshire State Police searched with K-9 units, without result.

Mears, who was originally  charged with negligent homicide and second degree assault, was being held by the Belknap County Superior Court in lieu of $60,000 cash bail. He has been returned to the Belknap County Jail where is is being held pending his appearance in the 4th Circuit Court — Laconia Division.

The Belknap County Sheriff's Department was assisted by the Strafford County Sheriff's Department, New Durham Police Department, Durham Police Department, New Hampshire State Police, United States Marshal's Office, Concord Police Department, Kingston Police Department, Deerfield Police Department and Belknap County Department of Corrections.

Laconia Library hosts 'Heroes for Heroes' luncheon

LACONIA — Three dozen children from the Opechee Day Camp, joined by Laconia police officers and firefighters, were the guests at the first Heroes for Heroies luncheon hosted by the Laconia Public Library yesterday.

Gail Drucker, the children's librarian, explained that a blank sheet of paper headed "My Story" was put at each place setting. "Every hero has a story," she said, encouraging the children to write a brief statement describing their hero. At the same time, the children were invited to make their own "hero sandwiches", choosing from an array of cold cuts, cheese, vegetables and toppings.

Then the children, all between the ages of five and eleven, were encouraged to step to the podium at the front of the room and either read what they had written or speak about their hero.

Landen said he was "new here" and spoke of another camper who became his friend and helped him feel that he belonged.

Chase recalled that he swallowed a mouthful of water while swimming and his sister, Bailee, came to his rescue. "She even patted my back," he said.

Others lauded their mothers or fathers.

Most remarks were lost to the weak sound system and lunch table chatter. But, Drucker collected what the children wrote and encouraged them all to return to the library. And the children left with full stomachs, clutching trading cards picturing police officers distributed by a smiling Lieutenant Rich Simmons.