Man charged with choking woman

LACONIA — A Bowman Street man who allegedly slammed a woman against a wall and choked her during an argument at 7:08 p.m. Wednesday is being held on $6,000 cash-only bail.

Trevelyn Lawrence, 35, of 80B Bowman St. is charged with one count of simple assault and one count of second-degree assault.

The alleged victim told police that after Lawrence slammed her against the wall and choked her it was very difficult for her to breathe. She also told police he twisted her arm.

Police affidavits said the woman's neck didn't show any marks that were consistent with choking; however, a witness to the event confirmed her statements.

At her request, the woman was granted an emergency order of protection Wednesday night.

After Lawrence's appearance yesterday, Judge Jim Carroll ordered the no-contract order to continue until the matter is resolved.

– Gail Ober

Nearly 500 people pour into area for New England Music Festival hald at Gilford High School this weekend (446)

By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN

GILFORD — Since 9 a.m. Thursday morning, some of the top student musicians from the New England states have been pouring into the the area to compete in the New England Music Festival being hosted by the school district. The festival brings together high school students from around New England under the direction of a nationally reknowned conductor, culminating in concert performances.

According to Chorus Director Denise Sanborn, about 430 musicians, including eight from Gilford, and 75 directors and/or parents will be staying in various hotel motels and as guests in local family homes through Saturday night into Sunday morning.

"I have four boys staying at my house," Sanborn said with a laugh adding that her husband will be doing all the work because she is consumed by her activities at the high school.

She said the Margate Inn and Resort is the headquarters hotel and many of the parents and music directors are staying there. She noted that though Gilford is the northernmost school in New Hampshire that participates in the festival, any student who qualifies from any school can participate and those children have brought along parent/directors.

Sanborn said that the Sutton House in Center Harbor is hosting 12 girls and Superintendent Kent Hemingway will be chaperoning them. She said the Fireside Inn in Gilford is also hosting a number of girls and the will be a local chaperone for them as well.

She said the school district employees have been reaching out to about 120 potential host families for about a year and many from Gilmanton, Belmont and Laconia volunteered to take some of the students into their homes.

"We had a year to plan this and we are so grateful for the community for stepping up and helping us," Sanborn said.

Sanborn also wanted to recognize Scott Piddington, who is the technical director for the production and who has been with the Gilford School District since the school was built.

She said he has set up all of the risers for the chorus, put the signs up outside the school and set up all of the lighting and sound board for the auditorium where the festival will be held.

"He did just everything," she said.

The students have been working on their performance pieces since qualifying for the festival and Sanborn said rehearsals begin Friday and continue into Saturday.
The choral performance will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. and the orchestral and band performance will be at 4 p.m. at Gilford High School.

Tickets are available online at http://www.nemfa.org/concert_current.php but will likely sell out, so administrators are asking people to get them as early as possible. Tickets are $11 online and $15 at the door Saturday.

Bulldogs in Division III hockey championship game

03-17 Belmont-Gilford Bulldogs hockey

The Belmont-Gilford Bulldogs (14-6), defending Division III hockey champions, beat top-ranked John Stark/Hopkinton (14-4-1) Wednesday night at the Everett Arena in Concord by a 2-0 score and will advance to the title game Saturday at the Verizon Center in Manchester at 12:15 p.m. The game will be a rematch of last year's championship with the Bulldogs taking on the Berlin-Gorham Mountaineers, who advanced to the title game with a 4-0 win over Kennett. Belmont-Gilford took a 1-0 lead in the second period with a power play goal by freshman Alex Muthersbaugh on a pass from Dylan Treamer, who scored a short-handed goal for the Bulldogs in the third period on a pass from Caleb Drouin to extend the lead. Belmont-Gilford goalie Bailey Defosie recorded 18 saves in the shutout victory. Above, Bulldogs sophomore Hunter Dupuis gets upended behind the net in Wednesday's game. (Alan MacRae/for the Laconia Daily Sun)