Belknap County indictments - March 2016

LACONIA – The following people were indicted by a Belknap County grand jury on March 31. An indictment is not a finding a guilt but a statement by a grand jury that enough evidence exists to warrant a criminal trial.

Michael Scaranari, 40, of or formerly of 30 Roberts Road in Gilford was indicted on one count of deceptive forestry business practices.

Ryan W. Streitenberger, 35, of or formerly of 634 Bendon Drive in Laconia was indicted for one count of being a felon in possession of an dangerous weapon – a dagger.

Daniel Lavorgna, 31, of or formerly of 94 Daniel Webster Highway was indicted for one count of failure to report, deemed escape.

Adrienne King, 39, of or formerly of 149 Valley St. #1 was indicted for two counts of making a false statement to public welfare for amounts between $100 to $1,000; and three counts of making a false statement to public welfare for amounts greater than $1,001.

Rebekah Johnson, 38, of or formerly of 1462 US Route 4 in Danbury was indicted with prohibited public welfare acts for amounts greater that $1,001.

Donald Adams, 24, of or formerly of 13 Tiffany Road in Salem was indicted for one count of assault by prisoner – simple assault.

Julie D. Moulton, 44, of or formerly of 6 Old Town Road #24 in Gilmanton was indicted for one count of witness tampering.

Kenneth Gibson, 45, of or formerly of 377 W. Main St. #2 in Tilton was indicted for duty to report his address after being determined to be a Tier III sex offender.

Christopher Grant, 26, of or formerly of 66 Carpenter St., Manchester was indicted for two counts of felony reckless conduct.

Nicholas A. Godbout, 26, of 3 Winnisquam Shores in Tilton was indicted for one count of reckless conduct – domestic violence and one count of falsifying physical information.

Gerald Woodruff, 38, of or formerly of 72 Batchelder St. #1 was indicted for one count theft by deception $1,001 to $1,500.

Joshua Jackson, 34, of or formerly of 254 Bumfagon Road in Loudon was indicted for one count of theft by deception.

Guy Ahart, 53, of 15 Brenton St in Dorchester, Massachusetts was indicted with one count of receiving stolen property – a 2003 Honda Element.

Brandon Heacox, 21, of or formerly of 6 Cumberland Road #34 was indicted with one count of being a felon in possession of a dangerous weapon – a stiletto knife.

Beth-Anne Gregory, 33, of or formerly of 171 Kearsarge St. in Manchester was indicted for one count of theft by deception.
Ki Perryman, 26, of 15 Brenton St. in Dorchester, Massachusetts was indicted for possession of crack cocaine.

Kyrstal Sanborn, 33, of or formerly of 195 Bridge St. in Manchester was indicted for one count of operating after being deemed a habitual offender.

Carroll R. Thompson, 44, was indicted on two counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault or forcible rape.

Kristine Patten, 44, of 21 Chestnut St. #2 in Tilton was indicted for selling fentanyl in a school zone.

James E. Smith, 36, of 25 Chestnut St. in Tilton was indicted for one count of possession of fentanyl.

One of 10 charges against former Belknap County Deputy dropped

LACONIA — One of the 10 charges of rape against former Belknap County Sheriff's Deputy Sgt. Ernest Justin Blanchette has been dropped.

Belknap County Attorney Melissa Guldbrandsen said Friday that the single charge of aggravated felonious sexual assault against a female inmate "C.C." will be dropped.

"I thinks it's fair to say we are still investigating but are unable to go forward at this time," she said.

Blanchette, 36, of Epping faces nine separate charges in Belknap County and two charges of rape in Hillsborough County in which the state alleges that he coerced multiple prisoners to engage in sex acts with each other while he transported them to and from various jails, prisons and courtrooms in the state.

Jury selection is scheduled for a single charge of rape in the Hillsborough County North Superior Court on Monday. Legal arguments regarding what evidence the jury should be allow to hear will take place on Monday afternoon.

Blanchette is free on $100,000 cash bail.

– Gail Ober

Whitten Woods is now yours to explore

Whitten Woods is easily accessed off of Highland Street in Ashland. Those who visit this summer can take a survey to help shape how the property is managed in the future. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Adam Drapcho)

Whitten Woods is easily accessed off of Highland Street in Ashland. Those who visit this summer can take a survey to help shape how the property is managed in the future. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Adam Drapcho)

By ADAM DRAPCHO

ASHLAND — Residents and visitors to Ashland have a new amenity to enjoy this summer, the recently-conserved 453-acre Whitten Woods property, easily accessed off of Highland Street, with trails that offer views of the Squam watershed from two different peaks, each within about a mile from the parking area.

Those trails only access about a third of the property. The Squam Lakes Association wants to enhance public access to the property, and those who visit this summer will have a unique opportunity to shape how the property is managed for years to come.

"Whitten is a property that we've been tracking for a decade," said Roger Larochelle, executive director of the Squam Lakes Conservation Society, a land trust organization that partnered with the Squam Lakes Association and the New England Forestry Foundation to purchase the property in October of last year. The Forestry Foundation will own the land, while the Conservation Society will hold the conservation easement and the Squam Lakes Association will manage the trail system so that the public can enjoy the property.

According to E.B. James, executive director of the Squam Lakes Association, Whitten Woods is the first public trail system in the town of Ashland. Only about a mile from the village, and with wide, grassy trails, he hopes many people will make the trip up Highland Street to visit the property, and to take a survey and help shape the future of recreation and access to the property.

"It will be community-driven," said James. "What it will turn out to be is still unwritten."

Whitten Woods represents a shift in conservation in the Squam region. The Conservation Society and Squam Lakes Association have many partnerships, where the SLA's trails run across lands owned by the SLCS. This is the first instance, however, that the two organizations have joined together to target conservation of a property up for sale.

The property also marks a change in focus, away from waterfront property, where much progress was made in previous years, toward upland property. While the shoreline is critical for its own attributes, the uplands offer their own compelling reasons for conservation. That's where tributaries for the Squam watershed originate, it's where the ridges that define the viewshed are, it's where many habitats are found, and it's where humans can go to hike, mountain bike, snowshoe and bird watch.

All of those values were in jeopardy at Whitten Woods, though, as the property was on the real estate market, valued at about $1 million and marketed to developers as as place to build homes with views over Little Squam Lake, Squam Lake and to the mountains beyond. The environment was already disrupted once, about 18 years ago, when the property was aggressively logged. Fortunately for the conservationists, more recent owners, Nancy and Bill Dailey, were sympathetic to the cause and agreed to part with the property at a steep discount. A purchase price of $600,000 was agreed upon, which was compiled using a $50,000 grant from the state's LCHIP program, $100,000 from the Forestry Foundation and the rest from private donations.

While the town of Ashland didn't directly contribute to the purchase price, Larochelle said the town was "wildly supportive," with many Ashland boards and organizations writing letters encouraging the fundraising campaign. Ashland residents, he said, were well-represented among the more than 100 individuals who donated to the cause. The purchase was announced in October of last year.

After the property was transferred, the Squam Lakes Association undertook, and completed, a $50,000 "Climb to the Top" campaign, which has allowed for the development of the initial trail system and a small parking lot. Restaurateur Alex Ray provided a $25,000 matching grant to spur fundraising. James expects that the parking lot will be expanded to accommodate more cars as popularity rises.

Whitten Woods, named after Reuben Whitten, who lived near the property and saved many townspeople from starvation during the 1816 "Year Without Summer," will likely become as well-regarded as its namesake among Ashland townspeople. It's just a short drive, or moderate walk, from the downtown, trails suitable for everything from a casual walk to a trail run or mountain bike ride, with a rich habitat for wildlife and a layover spot for migrating birds, and great views of the Squam waterway.

Now that the difficult work of conservation is completed, the property is available for the public to use.

James said, "We encourage that use, we're going to see how people are using it, what's going on. We're going to actively solicit people's feedback."

After visiting the property, go to: http://www.squamlakes.org/what-whitten-woods to take the online survey.