High-speed chase in city

Gilmanton woman upset after credit was denied at Lakes Region Casino

By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN

LACONIA — A Gilmanton woman led three police departments on a wild car chase Sunday before being caught at the drive-up window at McDonald's Restaurant on Union Avenue.

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Police said Sherry Giddis of 543 Meadow Pond Road had gone to the Lakes Region Casino on Route 106 in Belmont but lost her temper around 11:03 p.m. when her credit card was denied for her tab.

Affidavits said she left angry and in a hurry, so the bar manager called the Belmont Police to report the theft.

Lt. Rich Mann said his officer was headed south along Route 106 when Giddis passed him headed north near Concord Street traveling around 90 mph. He said his officer turned around and tried to stop her but quickly turned off his lights because of the danger involved in a high-speed chase.

Belmont Police radioed ahead to Laconia Police and a Laconia officer saw the Ford F-150 speeding near Case 'n' Keg on Union Avenue.

At 11:30 p.m., a Gilford officer radioed to police that he was attempting to stop the truck on Lake Shore Road but she allegedly refused to stop and turned onto Lilly Pond Road.

The Gilford officer reported back to Laconia that Giddis had turned on to Weirs Boulevard.

A Laconia officer saw Geddis as she passed through Lake Street still allegedly traveling at a high rate of speed. They reported that while on Weirs Boulevard, she was allegedly drove so fast that she ran a man off the road.

Giddis refused to stop for the Laconia officer who briefly lost sight of her, but noticed red tail lights entering into McDonald's. He followed her, found her in the drive-up window line and ordered her to get out of the car.

She allegedly responded with expletives.

Laconia's Sgt. Bob Cameron joined others and went to the driver's side and ordered her to get out of the car. When she continued to refuse his requests, he went to the passenger side, broke the glass to the truck and gained entry. She allegedly still refused to get out of the truck, so he “extracted” her and placed her in handcuffs. He said she continued to struggle and fight with him.

Cameron said he noticed a strong odor of alcohol on her breath and when he insisted she be medically checked, she allegedly told him she had taken some prescription Vicodin – or an opiate based pain killer – earlier in the evening.

Giddis is charged with one felony count of reckless conduct with a deadly weapon for allegedly running another motorist off the road on Weirs Boulevard. She also faces charges for aggravated driving while intoxicated for allegedly attempting to elude police, resisting arrest for her allegedly struggle with Cameron, and three counts of disobeying an officer. She was ordered held on $10,000 cash only bail.

Mann said Monday that Belmont Police are preparing the paperwork for a warrant for her arrest for theft.

It is not known if she faces any charges stemming from her brief time in Gilford.

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Navigating Recovery to open soon

By MICHAEL KITCH, LACONIA DAILY SUN

LACONIA — With the opening of Navigating Recovery of the Lakes Region in November, those seeking to overcome abuse of drugs and alcohol will have access to the supportive services and resources that will enable them to get back in recovery what they have lost to addiction.

Modeled on programs like Hope for New Hampshire Recovery in Manchester and Safe Harbor in Portsmouth, Navigating Recovery of the Lakes Region will provide an open door to a setting where those in recovery can come together to shepherd and support one another as they pursue a productive life without drugs or alcohol.

Daisy Pierce, executive director of the program, said it will be housed in downtown Laconia, in 1,600 square feet of space on the third floor of the Greenlaw Building on Main Street, which is being renovated to suit the needs of the program.

"We are seeking to bridge the gap between undergoing substance abuse treatment and returning to the community," Pierce said, along with helping those awaiting placement in a treatment program take their first steps towards recovery. The center will offer peer-to-peer recovery coaching by certified personnel together with health and wellness workshops. Apart from serving those in recovery, the center will also offer resources to families. And the center will host 12-step meetings and social events.

Navigating Recovery of the Lakes Region is a 501(3) charitable organization governed by a board of directors led by Officer Eric Adams of the Laconia Police Department, who Pierce described as "a one-man recovery team." The center is funded entirely by private donations and grants. However, Pierce said the center will offer a "workforce recovery assistance program," consisting of workshops for businesses, in return for annual fees based on the number of their employees.

Pierce said the center is seeking to develop partnerships with private individuals, business firms and civic organizations interested in offering financial support or volunteering services and urged all interested parties to contact Navigating Recovery of the Lakes Region at 603-409-7228, or visit the center's website at navigating recovery.org.

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Gilford Village removes parking barriers

By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN

GILFORD — First you see them, then you don't.

Selectmen have ordered the Public Works Department to remove the concrete barriers on Easy Street that workers installed to stop people from driving over the embankment in the Village Store parking lot and into Gunstock Brook.

According to Town Administrator Scott Dunn, to the best of anybody's recollection, no one has ever done that.

But the real objection to the beige block barriers came from the Gilford Historic District and Heritage Commission, which objected to the look of the barriers and how they were inconsistent with the look of the Historic District.

According to minutes of its Aug. 30 meeting, DPW Operations Manager Mia Gagliardi told the commission that two snowplows almost went into the brook last winter.

When asked if the blocks would get in the way of the plows, Gagliardi said they wouldn't because the drivers can always use a bucket loader to move the snow over them.

Some members of the commission suggested a white picket fence would be more in keeping with the historic content of the village but, above all, Chairman Richard Sonia said he was more unhappy the DPW didn't consult with them before installing the blocks.

When selectmen discussed the blocks last Wednesday, they ordered the the barriers to be removed and for nothing to be put in their place.

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Selectmen ordered these blocks along the side of Gunstock Brook on Easy Street to be permanently removed after members of the Gilford Historic District and Heritage Commission objected to the way they look. They were put them to prevent anyone from accidentally driving off the edge into the brook. (Gail Ober/Laconia Daily Sun)

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