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LPD picks up woman on outstanding Maine warrant

LACONIA — A woman who lists Province Road in Belmont as her address is being held on a fugitive from justice charge after police learned she was the target of an outstanding arrest warrant from Maine.

According to Laconia Police and paperwork obtained from the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division yesterday, Melissa A. Ford, 33, was one of a few people who were behind Northway Bank on South Main Street Sunday afternoon around 4:30 p.m.

Someone called the police about the group and when an officer arrived he realized Ford was wanted on an outstanding warrant from Sanford, Maine for burglary.

Records from the State of Maine Judiciary show Ford was indicted for one count of burglary and one count of theft by a grand jury on September 27, 2012.

The Laconia Police complaint indicates she failed to appear in a Maine Court and a warrant was issued for her non-appearance.

Judge Jim Carroll ordered her held without bail until Friday morning at 9 a.m. saying that if someone from the state of Maine doesn't come and get her before then he will ordered a bail hearing.

"She's either gone or here by Friday at 9," Carroll ordered.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 12:15

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Broken elevator at Normandin Square apartments puts handicap residents in a bind

LACONIA — A 24-hour elevator break down caused a little bit of a stir at the large Normandin Square Apartments building (22 Strafford Street) when some of the handicap residents couldn't get up or down the stairs to their apartments.

Building manager Julie Moore of the Laconia Housing Authority said the elevator broke on Monday morning but by late yesterday morning the critical part had been shipped overnight and elevator repair people were there by 8 a.m.

She said she sent out notices that in the case of extreme emergencies, tenants were to call the Fire Department for assistance getting in or out of the building.

Chief Ken Erickson said firefighters assisted two people who really needed assistance but fielded a number of phone calls from other residents — one of whom wanted firefighters to go to the store and buy him beer and cigarettes.

"I'm sorry, we're just not going to do that," Erickson said.

He said there were a few people who said they were a little disappointed in the Fire Department but Erickson said he had met with everyone involved and all of the hitches have been addressed.

There is only one elevator for the building.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 12:11

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Man denies medical opinion he was stabbing victim, says he fell on a stick

LACONIA — Police are seeking the public's help in investigation what medical officials are calling a stabbing that occurred late Monday night.

Police said a male who is in his 50s came to the Lakes Region General Hospital Emergency Room at 12:08 a.m. and told emergency personnel he was walking along the railroad tracks when he fell and impaled himself on a sharp stick.

Capt. Bill Clary said the hospital called the police because they believed the man was a stabbing victim and that his wound couldn't have been caused by a stick.

Clary said the man refuses to cooperate with police so at this time there's "no crime." He said the man told responding police that he walked to the hospital and didn't know he was injured until he felt the blood on his stomach.

He said the man was treated and released.

In anyone has any information can call the Laconia Police Department at 524-5257 or the Greater Laconia Crime Line at 524-1717.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 12:07

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State alleges abuses at New Hampton day care center

NEW HAMPTON — Annie's Place Children's Learning Center was ordered closed by the state agency charged with licensing child care facilities, according to a Tuesday report by WMUR (Channel 9) television. Inspectors charge a 1 to 3 p.m. nap time at the center was enforced by pinning babies down with tightly tucked-in sheets.

Other allegations detailed in a 16-page report by the N.H. Bureau of Licensing and Certification include incidents of corporal punishment.

Annie's Place, owned by Ann Mitchell, is located at 81 Riverwood Drive, west and north of the I-93, Rte. 104 intersection.

Channel 9 reports that 18 children who range in age from 6-weeks to 12 years are registered at the day care center.

Mitchell will have an opportunity to refute the report at a May 5 hearing.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 12:02

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