Franklin woman charged after Belmont crash

BELMONT — After crashing her car Monday morning on Brown Hill Road, a Franklin woman has been charged with circumventing a alcohol system and possession of narcotics, among other charges.

Katie Nelson, 24, of Victory Drive was not seriously injured when the Volkswagen Jetta she was driving left the roadway and struck a tree near at the intersection of Farrahville Road at 8:10 a.m. A witness reported she was driving at a high rate of speed.

Police also charged her with reckless driving. Lt. Rich Mann said after getting a search warrant for the car, they found amphetamines and that she was driving the car without an alcohol interlock system, which she is ordered to use. The car, said Mann, belongs to a relative.

Nelson was held at Belknap County Jail on a retainer from the Merrimack County Superior Court.

— Gail Ober

Belmont man crashes into tree, DWI charged

BELMONT — A local man whose blood alcohol count measured 0.313 managed to drive his truck into a tree Friday night. In New Hampshire, one surpasses the legal blood alcohol limit at 0.08 percent, or 0.02 for those under 21.

Michael Kettell, 39, of Horseshoe Drive failed to negotiate a turn at 11:35 p.m. on Union Road while driving a 2016 Chevy Silverado pickup and striking a tree that was on a resident's front lawn.

He was charged with one count of driving while intoxicated.

He was given a court date of July 21 in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division.

– Gail Ober

Hooksett golfer takes lead in State Amateur Championship at Laconia Country Club


LACONIA — Austin Fox of Legends Golf of Hooksett fired a five-under par 67 Monday to take the opening day lead 113th New Hampshire Golf Association Amateur Championship being held at Laconia Country Club.
Going into today's second round, Fox holds a two-stroke lead over Matthew Paradis of Concord Country Club and Matthew Burroughs of Manchester, the 2006 state champion, both of whom posted scores of 69.
Tied for fourth with 70 rounds are Chris Houston, 22, of Laconia Country Club, Jim Cilley of Ridgewood Golf Club in Moultonborough, who was the 2011 champion; Ryan Tombs of Manchester Country Club and John DeVito of Passaconaway Country , Country Club in Litchfield.
James McKee of Windham is in eight place with a 71, tied with Jabe Felch of The Oaks Golf Links.
Former champions Danny Arvanitis, 2001; of Derryfield; Craig Steckowych of Portsmouth Country Club, 1990 and 1998 champion; and Phil Pleat of Nashua Country Club, 1981, 1985, and 1997 champion, are tied for 19th with scores of 74.
Laconia Country Club, established in 1922, has hosted the State Amateur six times prior to this year. The course is a great layout for match play, especially the last four holes which could decide a lot of matches, according to Laconia Head Golf Professional, Todd Rollins. There is no doubt that Tom DiFonzo, Laconia Country Club Superintendent, and his staff have the entire course and greens in great shape, giving good putters the opportunity to rise to the top.
The New Hampshire Amateur Championship is a six-day event, beginning with 36-hole of stroke play qualifying on Monday and Tuesday to determine the 64 players who will be advancing to the match play rounds beginning on Wednesday. One round of matches will be played Wednesday, two rounds of matches will be played both Thursday and Friday, and the championship concludes with a 36-hole final match on Saturday.
This is the first time the State Am has been held at Laconia since 2004, when Rochester Country Club's Derek MacAllister defeated Steve Lane to win the championship. The State Am has been played at Laconia five other times: 1981 (Phil Pleat), 1965 (Steve Robbins), 1958 (Stan Hickin), 1954 (Arthur F. Butler) and 1930 (Harold A. Nute).