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DeVoy hopes community corrections center tour will sway legislators

By ROGER AMSDEN, for THE LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — County Commission Chairman Dave DeVoy (R-Sanbornton) said he hopes that a tour of the Community Corrections facility will convince members of the Belknap County Delegation that the proposed $28 million county budget should not be cut by over $1 million as has been suggested by some members of the delegation.
The delegation is scheduled to tour the facility, which is under construction and scheduled to open in September, at 5 p,m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21, prior to its 6 p.m. meeting to again take up the county budget.
At the last budget meeting held by the delegation, DeVoy reacted strongly to a suggestion by Belknap County Delegation Chairman Herb Vadney (R-Meredith) that the delegation set a budget of slightly under $27 million and that commissioners then decide which line items should be cut.
DeVoy said that the knife wasn't going to be in his hand and that it was up to the delegation to specify what budget lines it wants to cut. He has maintained that the cuts suggested by some delegation members could leave the county without enough money to staff the corrections facility.
He says that all members of the delegation who voted for the $8 million bond issue in 2015 were aware that there would be additional costs for staffing and that it is imperative that the budget not be cut.
Vadney, who said at the time that the bond issue was passed that the county should look at cuts in other departments to offset the increased personnel costs in the Corrections Department, says that the current delegation is more conservative than the one which passed the bond issue and expects that it will still insist on cuts.
Rep. Ray Howard, delegation vice chairman, proposed that the budget be set at $26.8 million, which he said represents an increase of about 4 percent over what actual spending was in 2016.
His proposal calls for cutting at least $220,000 in funding for outside agencies but other cuts were not specified.
Also supporting cuts to the proposed budget are Rep. Michael Sylvia (R-Belmont) and , Rep. Norm Silber (R-Gilford), who said he won't support any increase in county taxes.
Commissioners have proposed a $28,034,331 budget this year, which will see the amount to be raised by property taxes revert to the $13,837,174 raised in 2015, which is about $875,000 more than was raised last year. In order keep the increase to that level, the commissioners agreed to use $2,183,657 from the undesignated fund balance.
The proposed amount to be raised by taxes is 6.31 percent higher than last year's $12,963,440, a 6.74 decrease from 2015. The bulk of that decrease came in the form of using an additional $605,000 of fund balance to reduce taxes which the delegation adopted over objections by commissioners, raising the amount of the surplus used to reduce taxes to $2,380,000 last year.
The proposed budget numbers will change by the time the delegation meets as the commission will add some $136,000 to budget lines which department heads have asked for in recent weeks, as well as the $17,000 estimated impact of a contract with Teamsters Local 633 which the delegation approved recently.
Members of the delegation have been critical of the budget prepared by commissioners, noting that commissioners only recently announced $850,000 in additional operational savings in 2016, after initially having only $250,000 in that line in the budget.

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Friendship Club thanks police

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The Laconia Friendship Club hosted a Law Enforcement Appreciation Day when it met Wednesday at Leavitt Park in Lakeport. Taking part in the event were Paula Merigan, Laurette Purcell, Capt. Matt Canfield, Lt. Al Graton and Pat Masters. (Roger Amsden/for The Laconia Daily Sun)

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Belknap County Indictments - Jan. 12, 2017

LACONIA — A Belknap County grand jury returned 48 indictments and two misdemeanor charges against 34 defendants when it met on Jan. 12. An indictment is not a finding of guilt but rather an indication that an independent jury has voted, after hearing from police, that sufficient evidence exists to warrant a Superior Court trial.

• Brian Watson, 52, formerly of 202 Hodgdon Road, Northfield, was indicted for possession of the narcotic fentanyl within 1,000 feet of a school zone with intent to distribute on May 8, 2015, in Tilton. On Jan. 18, Watson was convicted of sale of heroin, death resulting and awaits sentencing.

• Bob A. Ely, 60, 83 Blake Road, New Hampton, was indicted for aggravated felonious sexual assault charging that he engaged in a pattern of sexual assault against a girl under age 16 over a period of time of two months and within five years between Feb. 2, 2004, and Feb. 1, 2009, in New Hampton.

• Scott Angers, 21, 180 Union Ave., #3, Laconia, was indicted for receiving stolen property a black trailer, property of New Hampshire Electric Motor, worth more than $1,500 on Nov. 24, 2016, in Laconia.

• James Lemmond, 32, 7 Holt St., Concord, was indicted for armed robbery for committing a theft while putting a woman in fear in that Lemmond "reasonably appeared" to be armed with a deadly weapon on Oct.
23, 2016, in Laconia. Lemmond was also indicted for criminal threatening, alleging that he pointed the gun at the woman and threatened to shoot her.

The grand jury also returned an indictment charging Lemmon with robbery for using physical force against the same victim by pulling her hair.

A fourth indictment charges Lemmond with kidnapping for forcing the woman into his sports utility vehicle and pointing the gun at her while he was driving.

• William R. Kimball, 28, 55 Gilford Ave., Laconia, was indicted for forgery for publishing or using a $20 bill with the words "For Motion Picture Use Only" written in the upper right hand corner of the bill, on Aug. 20, 2016, in Laconia.

• Nicholas Perriera, 29, 22 Chestnut Avenue, Gilmanton, was indicted for sale of methamphetamine on June 2, 2016, in Laconia. He was also indicted for being an accomplice to sale of meth in Laconia on June
6, 2016, in Laconia by taking the drug from Tirar Tortorello and handing it to a confidential informant.

• Tirar Tortorello, 47, transient, was indicted on two counts of sale of methamphetamine on June 3, 2016, and June 6, 2016, in Laconia.

• Tyler W. Cady, 26, transient, was indicted for domestic violence criminal threatening for pointing a gun at an intimate partner and threatening to shoot them on Nov. 5, 2016 in Laconia. He was also indicted on two counts of duty to inform for failing to notify Laconia police within five days of his change of address as a Tier II registered sex offender, and of his change in employment.

• Christina Conley, 37, 65 Perkins Road, Gilmanton Iron Works, was indicted for possession of the controlled drugs buprenorphine and oxycodone in Gilmanton on Dec. 24, 2015 in Gilmanton.

• Arika Hanson, 27, 103 Blueberry Lane, #57, Laconia, was indicted for being an accomplice to sale of methamphetamine in Belknap County on June 6, 2016.

• Robert W. St. John Jr., 30, 770 Laconia Road, #1, Belmont, was indicted on five counts of sale of the controlled drug buprenorphine on May 25, 2016, June 2, 2016, June 6, 2016, June 16, 2016, and June
27, 2016, in Laconia.

• Rianna Martin, 30, 24 Winter St., Laconia, was indicted on separate counts of possession of methamphetamine and fentanyl in Tilton on Nov. 21, 2016.

• Micah D. Niles, 40, 22 Strafford St., Laconia, was indicted for forging a check for $683 on another person's bank account on Sept. 22, 2015, in Laconia.

• Dennis Vaughan, 60, 88 Fair St., Laconia, was indicted on two counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a deadly weapon, "nunchucks," a Japanese martial arts weapon consisting of two hardwood
sticks joined together by chain, on Nov. 6, 2015, in Laconia.

• Caitlin Gallagher, 25, 71 Annie Drive, #20, Gilford, was indicted for reckless conduct for driving her vehicle at a high rate of speed on Endicott Street and colliding into the side of another vehicle on June 27, 2016, in Laconia.

• Roy Leach, 54, 9 Huntington Place, Hampton, was indicted on three counts of possession of one of more tablets containing the controlled drug tramadol, possession of alprazolal and the drug MDMA, on Nov. 14,
2016, in New Hampton. The grand jury also returned misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession and circumvention of an alcohol ignition interlock device against Leach.

• Bryce Eason Fall, 21, 390 Jamestown Road, Belmont, was indicted for theft of more than $1,500 belong to the Pac Sun Outlet Store at Tanger Outlets in Tilton, between July 14, 2016, and Sept. 25, 2016. The
California-based retail chain filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in April.

• Michael Regan, 33, 46 Arch St., #1, Laconia, was indicted for delivery of articles prohibited for bringing the drug buprenorphine into the county jail on Aug. 16, 2016.

• Tasha Sargent, 34, 275 Victory Drive, Franklin, was indicted for sale of heroin to a cooperating individual working with the Drug Task Force on Sept. 28, 2016, in Tilton.

• Mark B. Billings Jr., 35, 102 Veasey Shore Road, Meredith, was indicted for reckless conduct with a deadly weapon for driving a vehicle while intoxicated and striking a building on Nov. 8, 2016, in Gilford.

• Anthony Conley, 40, 65 Perkins Road, Gilmanton Iron Works, was indicted on two counts of possession of the controlled drugs oxycodone and buprenorphine, on Dec. 24, 2015, in Gilmanton.

• David Pryzby, 48, 24 Farmer Drive, Gilford, was indicted for domestic violence second-degree assault charging that he placed his hands around a woman's neck and or throat, pinning her to the bed, causing her to experience impeded breathing on Nov. 11, 2016, in Gilford.

• Richard P. Dooley, 55, 10 Morrison Avenue, Tilton, was indicted for possessing the narcotic fentanyl on Aug. 23, 201,6 in Tilton.

• Patrick Dooley, 31, 10 Morrison Avenue, Tilton, was indicted for possessing methamphetamine on Aug. 23, 2016 in Tilton.

• Anthony Conley, 40, 65 Perkins Road, Gilmanton Iron Works, was indicted for possession of the narcotic fentanyl on Nov. 12, 2016, in Belmont.

• Paul W. Hewitt, 54, 32 Appleton St., Laconia, was indicted for driving on Union Avenue in Laconia on Halloween after being declared a habitual offender by the Director of Motor Vehicles.

• Roger Carter, 46, 197 Main St., #3, Tilton, was indicted for driving in the Circle K parking lot in Laconia, on Sept. 24, 2016, after being declared a habitual offender by the Director of Motor Vehicles.

• Megan O'Connell, 38, New Hampshire State Prison for Women, Goffstown, was indicted for driving on Carver Street, Laconia, on July 1, 2016, after being declared a habitual offender by the Director of Motor Vehicles.

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