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Meth lab charges against Gilford man dropped

LACONIA — A Country Club Road man has pleaded guilty to one count of possession of marijuana in Belknap County Superior Court as part of a plea deal that saw the state drop charges against him for two counts of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

Steven Simoneau, 58, of Country Club Road will serve a 12-month sentence in the Belknap Corrections. But instead of being incarcerated, he will be confined to his home and wearing a monitoring bracelet.

Judge James O'Neill initially refused the plea, saying he wanted to see some kind of professional drug therapy incorporated into the plea.

Simoneau, his attorney Matt Lahey, and County Prosecutor Roni Karnis returned to court after a brief meeting with the drug therapy component in the plea.

Karnis told O'Neill that she was not prosecuting the methamphetamine charges because she likely did not have enough evidence for a conviction. She told O'Neill that the Belknap County Sheriff's Department, which led the investigation, and the Gilford Police did not want the methamphetamine charges dropped.

Karnis said police initially got a warrant to search for evidence of methamphetamine production and found, in Simoneau's bedroom, a wooden pipe that had a dark residue that tested positive for THC — the active ingredient in marijuana.

Simoneau said that other people had used his property, but had no knowledge of what they were doing.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 12:51

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3 young men connected to Bristol burglary now charged with robbery in Northfield

NORTHFIELD — Police have charged the same three men who allegedly attempted to burglarize a home in Bristol with conspiracy to commit armed robbery for allegedly confronting a man who was walking to work — holding a gun to his head, and taking his wallet.

The victim was able to give police a description of the three alleged assailants.

The three, identified as Chance Griffin, 20, of Winchester, Jeremy Jewell, 20, of Laconia, and Edward Esty, 18, of Northfield, were all arraigned yesterday in the 6th Circuit Court, Franklin Division.

Police also recovered items that had been reported stolen from the Northfield victim as well as items from two other incidents.

All were held on $20,000 cash bail.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 12:45

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Gilford & Belmont middle school math teams shine at regional competition

PLYMOUTH — Following their first and second place finishes in the MATHCOUNTS regional competition earlier, teams from Gilford Middle School and Belmont Middle School competed for the state title over the weekend at Plymouth State University.

In addition, the first four individuals in the regional tournament — Connor Leggett of Gilford, Grace Shaw of Belmont, Chris Weimann of Gilford and Thomas Bastis pof Laconia — will vie for individual honors.today

Begun in 1983, MATHCOUNTS is a competitive program designed to encourage and reward achievement in mathematics by middle school students.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 12:28

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Laconia residents asked to take Budget Survey that details where their tax dollars are spent

LACONIA — As he wrestles with constructing the 2014-2015 city budget, City Manager Scott Myers has invited residents to lend a hand by offering their opinions about how their tax dollars should be spent.

Although the City Council holds a number of meetings with department heads as well as a public hearing on the budget, relatively few people are able to spend their evenings at City Hall. While the public is always welcome when the council tackles the budget, what Myers calls the Budget Survey provides residents an opportunity to express their views and state their priorities early in the process of preparing the budget.

The survey is posted on the city's website — www.city.laconia.nh.us — as well as at the City Clerk's office, Laconia Public Library and Community Center. It asks residents to score the importance of 10 municipal departments and services on a six-point scale, with 1 the highest priority and 6 the lowest, and to indicate whether the city is spending too little, too much or just enough on each. The survey period lasts through the end of the month.

The results of the survey will be posted on the city's website and published in its newsletter, "Laconia Links."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 12:25

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