Thurston Marine burglarized

LACONIA — Police are investigating a burglary in a marine building at Thurston's Marina that happened sometime Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

Police said one of the buildings on Channel Lane was forcibly entered and the thief or thieves stole some lawn equipment and some boat mechanic tools.

Police ask anyone with information to call 524-5252 or the the Crime Line at 524-1717.

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Three Republicans seek State House seats in Alton, Gilmanton

ALTON and GILMANTON— Three Republican candidates – incumbent Peter Varney and newcomers Gerald Theodora and Michael Maloney – are running for the GOP nomination for the two seats in the New Hampshire House of Representatives representing Alton and Gilmanton.

Peter Varney
Varney has devoted 32 years to the fire and ambulance services in Alton, Farmington and New Durham, where he has served as fire chief, code enforcement officer and building inspector for the past six years. Trained as an electrician and electrical engineer, he also has owned and operated Applied Technical Services, an electrical contracting business specializing in high voltage installations that has taken him to Europe and Asia, for 27 years. And, since 2013 he has operated Granite State Armory, a machine shop and gunsmith alongside his home in Alton.
An outspoken conservative, Varney said that accelerating economic growth and promoting small business are his top priorities. High business taxes and energy costs, he said, are the primary deterrents to attracting new businesses and expanding existing businesses. “Young people are moving out of New Hampshire for higher wages and more challenging jobs,” he said. “We’ve got to make it more attractive for them by creating more opportunities.”
Varney voted against the expansion of Medicaid, concerned that those receiving subsidized health insurance were not required to contribute sufficiently to it cost and indicated he would oppose reauthorizing the program if these concerns were not addressed. “Those who are capable of working should be required to find employment,” he said.
He also had misgivings about the appropriation to support “Granite Hammer,” an initiative to strengthen law enforcement’s hand in curbing drug trafficking, which he claimed placed the cost of policing Manchester on the entire state. He said that treatment, recovery and, above all, a good job are the strongest antidotes to addiction.
Describing himself as a fiscal conservative, he said he was especially pleased that the Belknap County Convention trimmed the county budget and returned $750,000 to the county taxpayers.

Gerald Theodora
After vacationing in New Hampshire, Theodora said, “I fell in love with it and moved here in 1997.” He owns and operates The Rock Hog LLC, a hydro-fracking firm, an alternative to explosive blasting that which the pressure of water boosted by a propellant charge to fracture and break ledge and boulders.
“I’m very conservative,” he said, explaining that he lived and worked in California and was troubled by changes that overtook the state. “I saw a lot of the same games being played here,” he said. “I know there are 400 members of the House, but if I can make a small difference, I’ll be very happy.”
Theodora stressed the importance of making New Hampshire “a business-friendly state.” He said taxes and regulation are stifling small businesses and despite the low employment rate “There are too many people who are not working.” Recalling that once the high-tech sector of the New Hampshire was the envy of other states, today it is generating fewer well paid jobs.
Lowering taxes and easing regulation, he said, would be at the top of his agenda, along with security.
He noted the impact of illegal immigration on California and expressed support for Donald Trump’s promise to build a wall. “Jobs and security are huge issues for me,” he said.

Michael Maloney
The third candidate, Michael Maloney, could not be reached for an interview.

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Barnstead man who fired shots at family in July sentenced

LACONIA — A Barnstead man will serve 2 ½ to 7 years in the New Hampshire State Prison for firing a hunting rifle in the direction of a family member and her three children and for threatening them in the same manner.

Paul Tasker Jr. also pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of being a felon in possession of a deadly weapon because he was convicted of a similar crime, also in Barnstead, in 2009.

Though eligible for parole in 2 ½ years, should he not be of good behavior after his release, Tasker could not only be returned to state prison to complete his sentence, he could spend an additional 14 years there.

Tasker and his girlfriend had been camping in the woods behind his family's property on Province Road on July 5 when he allegedly came out of the woods with a rifle, loaded a bullet into it, and threatening to "take all of them out" while they were barbecuing on back deck.

They ran toward the neighbors house and Tasker fired a shot in their direction.

Tasker remained loose for two days while police from Belknap and Merrimack Counties searched for him in and around the Barnstead and Pittsfield area.

Police learned that he was staying in the woods behind his home and with some sense of where in the woods he was, they amassed a SWAT team, surrounded the area and began looking for him.

When police found his girlfriend and her two children at the campsite, they learned he had left.

Tasker was apprehended with the assistance of a State Police K-9 shortly thereafter.

The court also found Tasker chargeable for multiple probation violations from his conviction for criminal threatening with a deadly weapon in 2009. In that case, he went to J.J. Goodwins in Barnstead with a gun and threatened to "take everyone out."
Tasker's probation violation records showed he failed to report to them in 2010, failed to comply with court orders that he participate in an anger management program and tour the State Prison and that he had admitted to and tested positive for cocaine and oxycodone in 2010.

Before his incident in July 2016, Tasker was wanted on outstanding warrants and had been the subject of a search by the Joint Belknap County and U.S. Federal Marshal's Task Force.

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