Woman sentenced to 1 year for neglecting elderly woman


LACONIA — A local woman has been sentenced to one year in the Belknap County Corrections facility after pleading guilty to a felony charge of criminal neglect of an older adult.

Rachel Newton, 25, was sentenced Tuesday in Belknap County Superior Court.

Newton was charged in March 2016 with failing to give medicine and/or medical care to an 88-year-old woman who was suffering from a serious skin ulcer.

In addition to being incarcerated, Superior Court Justice James D. O'Neill III sentenced Newton to two years probation and ordered to participate in counseling and work programs, such as the CORE program, which provides courses dealing with decision-making skills, parenting, anger management, employment readiness and career and technical education. She was also given credit for 51 days of pretrial confinement.

Newton, who according to court records is variously listed as homeless or living at addresses on Pine Street and Cotton Hill Road, in Laconia, also pleaded guilty to possession of fentanyl — another felony. O'Neill handed down a concurrent sentence on the drug possession charge.

Court records show that if the elderly neglect charge had gone to trial the prosecution was prepared to call 24 witnesses, including four physicians and a nurse practitioner with expertise in wound care. The documents containing statements and records of interviews with the witnesses exceeded 1,000 pages, according to court documents.

Records show that 21 months after Newton had been indicted on the elderly neglect charge she was arrested on two charges of criminal trespass. While she was being booked at the county corrections facility on Dec. 24, 2017, she was found in possession of a suspicious substance, later determined to be fentanyl, according to records. She was released on personal recognizance bail two days later.

When Newton failed to appear for a Jan. 23 court appearance, the court issued a warrant for her arrest. She was subsequently arrested on Feb. 8, and has been held at the corrections facility since then.


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Rachel Newton

Spirit of Hope and Kindness Award looking for compassionate kids


LAKES REGION — Laura Brusseau and Andrea Condodemetraky were chatting earlier this winter when they noticed that they both have made the same observation: young people in the Lakes Region have shown commendable compassion to others, usually without any recognition.
“We thought, why not acknowledge them,” said Condodemetraky.
That’s how the idea for the Spirit of Hope and Kindness Award was founded, and on May 6, at Church Landing in Meredith, the first of such awards will be given to three young people.
The Spirit of Hope and Kindness Awards will be given out in four categories: pre-school, grade school, middle school and high school. Brusseau and Condodemetraky, along with fellow organizers Caryl Falvey and Krysten Adel, are accepting nominations for the event through the end of March.
To nominate a child, fill out a brief questionnaire at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DWYZM8P. Anyone may nominate a child, and any child in the Lakes Region is eligible.
After April 1, a secret committee will evaluate the nominations and identify the finalists for each category. The finalists will be invited to the awards event, which will be held from 4-6 p.m. on May 6. The winners will receive an award and a gift bag, as well as a monetary donation to the charity of their choice.
“We are looking for kids who are doing good things, helping others in the area,” said Condodemetraky. “We have already had a few nominations, and they are awesome ... They’re coming from all over and they’re coming from all different kinds of people, which is awesome.
“Just reading through them, it’s so inspiring. It’s so fun to read.”
The idea has proven popular, as sponsors AutoServ, Bank of New Hampshire, All Bright Cleaning and the Laconia Kiwanis Club have already signed on to underwrite the the event. The general public is invited to attend the event, which will feature a dessert bar.
Tickets will cost $15 per person or $100 for a table of eight. Only 150 tickets will be sold. Proceeds from the ticket sales will fund the donations to the winners’ chosen charities.
There are already a lot of good things being done by young people, said Condodemetraky, and she’s excited to celebrate a few of them.
“It’s going to be really cool and hopefully inspire others to do good things,” she said.
For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit The Spirit of Hope and Kindness page on Facebook.

Gilford, Laconia teams win in Francoeur/Babcock tournament


GILFORD — Teams from Gilford and Laconia won in the 25th Annual Francoeur/Babcock Memorial Basketball Tournament held over the weekend.

Gilford won the junior division with a 30-23 win Sunday over Laconia’s Lou Athanas team.

The Lou Athanas senior division boy’s team defeated Gilford 44-30 Sunday and the Lou Athanas senior division girls’ team topped Gilford 31-26.

Players named to the All-Tournament Sportsmanship Team included:

Junior co-ed: Henry Sleeper of Gilford, Kelton Wilson of Gilmanton, Brendan Dee of Lou Athanas and Jacoby Keith of Sanbornton.

Senior Girls: Abby Vaughn of Belmont, Olivia Hagan of Gilford, Maddie Mousseau of Lou Athanas and Vanessa Powers of Sanbornton

Senior Boys: Jake Michaelson of Belmont, Cooper Perkins of Gilford, Caden Tucker of Lou Athanas and Jacob Twombly of Sanbornton

Opening round games on Friday

Junior Division

Gilford defeated Sanbornton 30-12 with Henry Sleeper scoring 16 for the winners.

Lou Athanas defeated Gilmanton 30-11. Ryan Walsh scored seven points for the winners.

Senior Girls Division

Gilford defeated Lou Athanas 30-12. Olivia Keenan had 10 points.

Sanbornton defeated Belmont 23-4.

Senior Boys Division

Gilford defeated Belmont 51-21. Isaiah Reese scored 16 for Gilford. Ryan Greer had 12 for Belmont

Lou Athanas defeated Sanbornton 47-32.

Dylan Ellsworth had 14 for the winners. Caleb Robdau had 14 points and Alex Nichols 13 for Sanbornton.

Saturday Games

Junior Division

Gilmanton defeated Sanbornton 21-19 in overtime.

Timothy Maciaone scored nine pints for Gilmanton.

Colin Flanders had for Sanbornton.

Gilford defeated Lou Athanas 30-23.

Jackson Gelo scored 10 for Gilford. Jake Tryon had 16 for Lou Athanas.

Lou Athanas defeated Gilmanton 31-10.

Jake Tryon scored 10 for the winners.

Senior Girls Division

Lou Athanas defeated Belmont 45-0

Maddie Mousseau had 11, Renee Bergeron, 10,  and Felicity Faller, eight points for the winners.

Gilford defeated Sanbornton 28-13.

Olivia Keenan had seven points for Gilford and Isabella Sargent and Sophia Braun each scored six for Sanbornton.

Lou Athanas defeated Sanbornton 29-15.

Felicity Faller  had nine points and Renee Bergeron and  Maddie Mousseau both tallied eight for the winners

Senior Boys Division

Sanbornton defeated Belmont 53-17.

Caleb Robdau had 18, Jackson Flanders 10 and Alex Nichols  nine for the winners.

Lou Athanas defeated Gilford 38-30.

Keaton Beck had 11 for the winners and Gavin Clark scored 11for Gilford.

Gilford defeated Sanbornton 47-40

Isaiah Reese led Gilford with 16 points Alex Nichols had 22 and Caleb Robdau 14 for Sanbornton.

Sunday Games

Junior Division Final

Gilford defeated Lou Athanas  30-23.

Henry Sleeper scored 13 and Mark Uicker 11 for the winners. Jake Tryon scored eight for Lou Athanas.

Senior Girls Division Final

Lou Athanas defeated Gilford 39-28 forcing and extra game. Renee Bergeron had 17 points and Maddie Mousseau added 10 for the winners. Olivia Keenan had 12 for Gilford.

Lou Athanas defeated Gilford 31-26.

Renee Bergeron and Felicity Faller both scored 10 for the winners and Maddie Mousseau had eight. Ryan Guyer had five for Gilford.

Senior Boys Division Final

Lou Athanas defeated Gilford 44-30.

Brady Stevens and Logan Sanchez both had 11 for the winners. Isaiah Reese led Gilford with 14 points.

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Members of the All Tournament Sportsmanship Team for the 25th annual Francoeur/Babcock Memorial Basketball Tournament hold trophies they were presented with. Shown are, back row, left to right: Cooper Perkins, Caden Tucker, Maddie Mousseau, Jacoby Keith, Vanessa Powers, Olivia Hagan and Abby Vaughn; front row; Jacob Twombly, Kelton Wilson, Henry Sleeper, Brendan Dee and Jack Michaelson.   (Courtesy photo)