Citizen’s Police Academy to be offered in Gilford

By THOMAS P. CALDWELL, LACONIA DAILY SUN
GILFORD — The Gilford Police Department will offer its inaugural Citizen’s Police Academy, a 12-week program beginning on Tuesday, March 6, to help citizens understand the day-to-day workings of a police department and the role that law enforcement plays in society.
The program is designed to provide a working knowledge of the Gilford Police Department’s personnel, policies, and procedures. Each week’s two-hour class, taught by GPD personnel, will cover various agency and criminal justice system practices.
A secondary goal is to allow those attending the academy to express their perspectives and concerns to the department.
Topics will include Criminal and Motor Vehicle Statutes; Patrol Procedures & Tactics; DWI Detection and Apprehension; Officer Safety; Defensive Tactics; Weapons Familiarization; Agency Recruitment and Retention; Community Policing; Constitutional Law; Crime Prevention; Field Training; Search and Seizure; Evidence Collection and Processing; and Use of Force. Classes will run from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, with an opportunity for participants to do ride-alongs with patrol officers.
Attendees also will participate in a tour of the Belknap County Department of Corrections jail.
Participants must be at least 21 years old, and the department is hoping to see a cross-section of residents, from various demographic and career fields.
Applications are available at the police department, at 47 Cherry Valley Road, Gilford, and online at http://www.gilfordpd.org/towncloud/content/Citizens-Academy-199. They may be dropped off at the police department or submitted online.
Those applying will be subject to background checks before being admitted, and class size will be limited to 15 students. Participants are asked to attend at least 75 percent of the classes.
For further information, contact Patrolman First Class Douglas Wall at 603-527-4737 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Sanbornton experiences 9th earthquake in a year’s time

By THOMAS P. CALDWELL, LACONIA DAILY SUN
SANBORNTON — A 2.0-magnitude earthquake shook Sanbornton at 6:44 p.m. on Tuesday, the ninth quake of 1.5 magnitude or higher that the town has experienced in the last year.
Officials with the United States Geological Service received 18 reports from people who felt Tuesday’s earthquake, which showed a depth of 3 kilometers (1.9 miles). A previous earthquake, on Oct. 17, was measured at a magnitude of 1.9.
Earthquakes in Freedom, New Hampshire, and Harrison, Maine, on Jan. 24 — in an almost straight line from Sanbornton — were recorded at 1.6 and 2.3 magnitude, respectively.
Earthquakes with a magnitude of 2.0 or less are known as microearthquakes, being felt locally, but not extending far. Most Sanbornton earthquakes have been centered at Gaza Corners.

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Choate enters not guilty plea in case of Alexandria animal cruelty charges

By THOMAS P. CALDWELL, LACONIA DAILY SUN
PLYMOUTH — Jennifer “Bobbi” Choate, who previously pleaded not guilty to animal cruelty charges originating in Bristol, entered the same plea to charges from Alexandria, relating to 22 German shepherd dogs she was keeping in an unheated barn on Burns Hill Road.
Officials say the Bristol and Alexandria charges, both of which are filed in the district court in Plymouth, are likely to be consolidated for trial, but they are still being handled separately at this time.
The Bristol animal cruelty charges arose from keeping seven German shepherds in the unheated basement of a burnt-out home at 90 Chestnut St., Bristol. The temperature was down to 12 degrees when police discovered them in the aftermath of a Dec. 13 fire that killed 29 other dogs that had been sheltered in a cottage on the property.
An earlier fire, on Nov. 22, had occurred at the main house, killing nine dogs and leaving the home uninhabitable, without heat or electricity.
Alexandria police filed 22 animal cruelty charges after finding dogs with frozen water bowls in the drafty barn during sub-zero temperatures. Police turned the dogs over the SPCA in Stratham, which is caring for them until there is a resolution to the case.
Court officials said no management conference or trial date has yet been set.

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