LACONIA – My Coffee Shop owner John Morin said yesterday his restaurant will be hosting the first Coffee with a Cop community meeting on Monday, April 20, from 9 to 10 a.m.
During that time, Police Chief Christopher Adams and Sgt. Gary Hubbard will be available to talk to and answer questions from area residents about policing, particular problems they have in their neighborhood, and how they can help police make their neighborhoods safer.
"It is a simple concept," said Adams. "Police and community members come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships and drink coffee."
The Coffee with a Cop program was announced at a Police Commission meeting at the beginning of this year as one of the department's goals for 2015.
As a outreach tool to the community, the program has been used successfully by police departments across the nation to remove the physical barriers and crisis situations that can typically define the relationship between the police department and its citizens.
"Instead it allows for relaxed, informal, one-on-one interactions in a friendly atmosphere," said Adams.
Coffee with a Cop and programs like it are being used by other local police departments. Belmont Police Chief Mark Lewandoski has been going to various neighborhoods for years and talking to residents and Gilford Police Chief Anthony Bean Burpee has begun his department's program with a coffee session at the Gilford Library.
My Coffee Shop is located at the intersection of Court and Academy streets.
Last Updated on Thursday, 09 April 2015 01:25
GILMANTON — A Belknap County grand jury has indicted two men for allegedly burglarizing an Allens Mill Road and stealing a number of items including four firearms.
Heath Wilkins, 33, formerly of Concord, faces one count of burglary and four counts of theft of a firearm.
Jeromy Woodey, 32, of Pearl Street in Laconia faces one count of burglary.
Police Chief Joe Collins said the two were literally caught red-handed by one of hisl officers who was on routine patrol around 11 p.m. on March 20 when he saw a pickup truck parked but still running on Allens Mill Road.
Collins said the officer walked around the pickup and saw four firearms and a compressor on the ground near the truck. He said he saw other items that had already been loaded into the pickup.
He said the home was occupied but there was no one home the night of the burglary.
The officer secured the firearms and walked around the garage and saw Woodey, whom he arrested at gunpoint. Once Woodey was in custody, Wilkins allegedly fled into the woods.
Collins said other officers from Gilmanton and Belmont, including a K-9, searched the woods for Wilkins but were unable to find him. Collins said he alerted nearby police departments.
He said he learned that Wilkins got a ride from Gilmanton to Laconia where he tried to go to Woodey's parent's home but was told by them to leave.
He said Wilkins was "freezing" so around 3 a.m. he went to the Laconia Police Station where he asked officers if he could sit in their lobby while he warmed himself. Laconia officers had already been notified by Gilmanton Police about Wilkins.
"Well of course they invited him in," said Collins, who said he went down later to pick up Wilkins for booking purposes.
Collins said the two were charged and held on cash bail originally, but have both been bailed since their arrest.
Both will be scheduled for arraignment in Belknap County Superior Court within the next few weeks.
Last Updated on Thursday, 09 April 2015 01:18
LACONIA — A Belknap County grand jury has indicted a Plymouth man and a Laconia woman for their alleged respective roles on Dec. 13, 2014, in the unarmed robbery of D'Angelo's Restaurant on Union Avenue.
Brian Moore, 35, of Plymouth is facing one felony count of robbery for using physical force to overcome an employee who exited a rear door to take out the garbage. Police contend that he entered the store through that door and robbed it.
Moore is also charged with one felony count of witness tampering for trying to get his alleged female accomplice to lie about his whereabouts during the robbery.
Skyla Farquharson, 21, of Morrill Street in Laconia, an employee at the restaurant at the time of the robbery, is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit robbery for telling Moore how the operations of the store worked and one count of accomplice to robbery for allegedly telling Moore when the coworker was taking out the garbage.
The indictments against the pair were issued Thursday.
Police affidavits said the two had talked about how to rob the store in what Farquharson told them were initially just casual conversations that took a more serious turn just before Moore allegedly robbed it.
Affidavits said Moore allegedly parked across the street, donned a face mask to conceal his identity, and entered the store by grabbing the employee who was taking out the garbage and entering the store.
Moore fled, but police say he later returned to D'Angelo's to give Farquharson a ride home because she was working that evening. Police alleged she told Moore that the restaurant had been busy that day.
Moore has been in the Belknap County House of Corrections since his arrest by Laconia Police in January and is being held on $5,000 cash bail.
Farquharson is free on personal recognizance bail.
Last Updated on Thursday, 09 April 2015 01:13
GILFORD — Selectmen learned yesterday that the company doing the excavation for the town's police station expansion have removed 220 yards of ledge and the cost of ledge removal has exceeded the budgeted amount by $17,500.
Town Administrator Scott Dunn said everyone involved knew there was ledge at the site of the planned expansion, however he said even keeping the excavation at a bare minimum led to the cost overrun.
"So where does (the money) come from," Dunn asked.
Selectman Gus Benevides said the budget was very tight to begin with but he wanted to know how the town could "ethically, legally, and morally" spend more than the budgeted amount.
Dunn said he didn't have an answer but offered some ideas such as taking the money from a different department or going back to the voters in 2016 to get additional money to cover the overrun.
He explained that in the time that elapsed since voters passed the $1.213-million warrant article until the time the contract was actually signed by the town and the contractor, the cost of raw materials including cement mix, steel and lumber has risen – effectively eliminating the 10-percent contingency built into to project.
Selectmen decided not to do anything, meaning the project should continue with the expectation that there will be savings from the rest of the construction.
Selectman Chan Eddy said he learned there have been some modifications to the original plan and they will now pin the building and allow a wall to be poured directly on to the ledge, instead of excavating the ledge to make space for a poured foundation.
Additionally, Dunn said he also learned that it will cost $14,520 to have a materials test. The contract has $3,500 built into it for that and Dunn described it as an insurance-type test.
He said the testing included a long list of material including soils, sieves, steel, concrete and asphalt and not just the test of the strength of the concrete.
When asked, Public Works Director Peter Nourse said he rarely saw contracts without materials testing.
Initially Selectmen Richard Grenier and Benevides were against paying for the materials test however Benevides said he would support the materials test and would not be voting with them if they chose to forgo it.
The selectmen told Dunn to approve the materials testing as requested.
Last Updated on Thursday, 09 April 2015 01:09
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