Laconia man indicted for drugs after DWI

NORTH HAVERHILL — A Laconia man has been indicted for possessing the drug fentanyl after he was arrested for DWI in Campton late this summer.

Timothy Michael Downing Jr., 27, of 80 S. Main St., was indicted by a Grafton County grand jury when they met on Oct. 21.

Downing is accused of driving a Chevy Equinox on Route 175 while under the influence of drugs and possessing an unspecified quantity of the opiate on Aug. 25. The possession charge is a Class B felony potentially punishable by a 3.5 to 7-year prison sentence upon conviction. DWI is a Class B misdemeanor, subject to a $620 fine and a nine-month revocation of his driver's license.

– Bea Lewis

New Marine Patrol building to open to public Monday

GILFORD — The new David T. Barrett Marine Patrol Headquarters building in Gilford will open to the public on Monday, Oct. 31, at 8:15 a.m.

The new headquarters building is an ADA-compliant facility that offers expanded services allowing customers to perform numerous water-related transactions from a single convenient location and provides available meeting, training and classroom spaces for New Hampshire's boating community as well as other state agencies, and local law enforcement operating in the area.

Based on Lake Winnipesaukee and located in Gilford near the Route 3 and Route 11 corridors, the new facility will serve all boaters who use New Hampshire's public waters, including the Seacoast. By vessel, the new facility is located in Glendale Bay on Lake Winnipesaukee. Marine patrol facilities previously serving the public at 3 Higgins Drive in Belmont and 67 Communications Drive in Laconia will be consolidated into the new Gilford facility. Public services will no longer be offered at the Belmont and Laconia locations.

Staff at the new headquarters will provide boating education classes, commercial boat licenses, moorings permits, boat registrations, law enforcement services, and marine patrol fleet maintenance.

The new facility features storm water filtering by underground drainage, filtered roof run-off drainage, porous concrete, green spaces designed to capture and filter run-off, energy-efficient LED lighting, a modern and efficient HVAC system, and sun tunnels. The building provides ADA compliant accessibility.

Construction of the new headquarters began in September 2015. The facility was built on the site of the former Marine Patrol Headquarters which was built in 1961. A 2011 study of the former building identified numerous issues, including serious structural problems, lack of ADA compliance, excessive energy costs, and poor drainage and run-off containment from the parking lot.

10-28 Marine Patrol building in August

The new Marine Patrol building in Gilford was nearing completion in August. It will open to the public on Monday, Oct. 31. (File photo)

Lemmond facing more charges in kidnap case


LACONIA — The Concord man arrested earlier this week on felony charges of armed robbery and kidnapping arising from an incident that began on Cottage Street last Sunday night faces two further charges of robbery and criminal threatening, both felonies.

10-25 lemmondJames Lemmond, 32, of Holt Street, Concord, waived arraignment in Belknap County Superior Court on Wednesday afternoon and remains in Belknap County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail.
Lemmond is accused of forcing a woman into a GMC Terrain on Cottage Street, threatening her with a handgun and stealing her cash and cell phone in the vicinity of 40 Cottage St. Allegedly holding a gun to her head, he drove to Academy Street, where he forced her out of the vehicle at gunpoint. She fled on foot and was met by her boyfriend, Brian Norris.

The Terrain was found abandoned on Monroe Street in Concord by Concord police. Capt. Matt Canfield of the Laconia Police said that neither a gun nor drugs were found when the vehicle was searched.

Following the report of the incident, which occurred amid what police called a "disturbance" at 40 Cottage St., police began an intensive investigation to identify and locate the victim of the alleged kidnapping. On Monday, Detectives Dan Carsen and Kendra Neri spotted a silver Mazda 6, registered to Norris, in the parking lot at the Landmark Inn, which Neri remembered seeing at a drug house in the city the week before. The detectives confirmed that Norris, who was wanted for a parole violation, was a guest staying room 417. They contacted the Probation Office and together with Probation and Parole Office Seifu Regassa went to the room where they found Norris and a woman, who was the victim of the alleged kidnapping.

A search of Norris and his belongings found a significant amount of methamphetamine along with heroin and prescription pills and drug paraphernalia. Norris was arrested an charged with several drug offenses, including possession of a narcotic drug (methamphetamine) with intent to distribute. Norris, 31, a transient with a last known address of 477 White Oaks Road, Unit 2, Barnstead, is being held in Belknap County Jail in lieu of $50,000 following his arraignment in Belknap County Superior Court on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, police interviewed the woman, whose information led to the arrest of Lemmond at his place of work in Concord on Tuesday morning. On Wednesday, when Lemmond was scheduled to be arraigned, Assistant Belknap County Attorney Roni Karnis asked the court to seal the affidavit containing the details of the investigation leading to his arrest, including the interview with the victim. She told the court that disclosure of the information could jeopardize an ongoing investigation and compromise the defendant's right to a fair trial.

Canfield said on Thursday that police are continuing to investigate drug trafficking associated with the alleged kidnapping and armed robbery as well as the disturbance at 40 Cottage St., explained that police believe the two incidents are related and both involved drugs.