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Police: woman slashed at husband after refusal of sex

LACONIA — A local woman was held on $2,500 cash bail Tuesday after she allegedly attacked her husband with a knife because he wouldn't have sex with her the previous night.

Police affidavits obtained from the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division said Kelly Hogancamp, 38, of 16 River St. #4 had argued with her husband who allegedly told her he wasn't in the mood.

The man slept in a chair that night and told police the next morning as he was getting out of the chair she accused him of sending text messages to "whores" and swung at him with a utility knife.

The victim was still wearing the sweatshirt when police arrived, read affidavits, and it had been cut in the front.

Police were able to find the knife that matched the one the victim said was used.

The wife is charged with criminal threatening with a deadly weapon. Affidavits said she has one prior conviction for assault and batter with a dangerous weapon.

If released she must attend a mental health compliance court that convenes weekly at the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 May 2015 11:07

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Laconia native brigadier general donald bolduc heads special operations command africa

LACONIA — Laconia native and 33-year Army veteran Brig. Gen. Donald C. Bolduc took command of U.S. Special Operations Command Africa at a ceremony April 24 at Kelley Barracks, Stuttgart, Germany. Bolduc replaced outgoing commander Maj. Gen. James B. Linder, who is headed for a new assignment at Fort Bragg, N.C.

Bolduc is well-versed in the U.S.'s military efforts on the African continent, having recently served for nearly two years as the deputy director of operations for SOCAF's senior command, U.S. Africa Command, also located at Kelley Barracks. In a brief speech during the ceremony, Bolduc said he was honored to join the SOCAFRICA team. "I hope I'll be able to earn my spot in the formation," he said.

He later added, "The men and women of Special Operations Command Africa are working tirelessly alongside African partner nation military members to promote security and prosperity across the region--it's a privilege to work alongside these warriors on this most vital mission."

Special Operations Command Africa leads, plans, coordinates and executes the full spectrum of Special Operations in U.S. Africa Command's area of responsibility to combat terrorism and advance United States strategic objectives. At any given time, Bolduc will be responsible for Special Operations Forces operating in more than 27 countries in Africa and Europe.

The general is married to the former Sharon M. Whitman, from Lynn, Mass., and they have three children, Joshua, Matthew, and Zachary, and daughter-in-law Heather. They're also the proud grandparents of "Little Jay" and Hadley. The Bolducs are no strangers to the Laconia community, with deep family roots in the community. He is the son of Laconia City Councilman Armand Bolduc. When duty allows, the Bolducs can be found visiting friends and relatives in the area.

Bolduc's career began in 1981, when as a young man he enlisted in the Army, working as a military police officer. He later had the opportunity to go to college as part of a program to promote enlisted military members who served in the Army National Guard while working toward their college degree. Bolduc earned his ROTC commission in 1988, graduating from Salem State College. He also holds a Master of Science in Security Technologies from the United States Army War College.

During his career, Bolduc successfully commanded troops at multiple levels including: Combined Forces Special Operations Component Command, Afghanistan; Combined Joint Special Operation Task Force - Afghanistan; 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, Afghanistan; C Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne); and HHC, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne).

Bolduc's combat experience is extensive and includes six deployments to Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom between 2001 and 2013; two deployments to Kuwait for Operation Desert Spring and Vigilant Warrior in 2002 and 1995; and one deployment to Iraq for Operation Desert Storm in 1991.

Despite his resume of accomplishments, Bolduc says he is most proud of his growing family. "Without them, none of this would have been possible," he said.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 May 2015 11:00

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Man wanted for threatening with gun arrested after eluding police

LACONIA – A local man who allegedly threatened a woman with a gun and then eluded police for four days was apprehended Sunday after a foot chase. Chad O'Connor, 24, who is listed as transient, was ordered held on $10,000 cash bail after his appearance yesterday in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division.
According to affidavits obtained from the court, O'Connor, allegedly went to an apartment at 40 McGrath St. on May 7 and knocked at the door. When the woman occupant didn't answer, O'Connor allegedly waved a gun in front of the camera because he knew she would see it.
O'Connor fled and has been the subject of a manhunt since. Police at one point were on walking beats in the Fair and Bay Streets area because O'Connor lived in that area for a while and is very familiar with it.
Police said they had multiple sightings of O'Connor and once came close to catching him, but he was able to elude them.
He was caught when a person reported at 11:54 a.m. Sunday that he was on the porch at 104 Academy Street. Police said he ran through some backyards heading toward Lincoln Street.
Officer Bryan Moynihan gave chase and was able to catch O'Connor near Webster Street.
Police said no gun was recovered.
O'Connor is charged with one count of criminal threatening with a deadly weapon, two counts of default and breach of bail, and one count of resisting arrest.
In an unrelated case, O'Connor is also charged with one count of domestic violence simple assault for allegedly slapping his girlfriend across the face on May 2 while the two were on the WOW Trail. He was ordered to stay away from her.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 May 2015 01:21

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Water department celebrates completion of treatment plant upgrade with open house

LACONIA — The Laconia Water Department held an open house Saturday morning at its treatment plant off from Stark Street marking the completion of its first major improvement to the facility since it was constructed in 1989.

Superintendent Seth Nuttelman said that improvements included replacement of filters and valves as well as enhancement of the electrical and SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) system at the plant.
The plant has three identical filter units, or trains, each capable of processing between 1,200 and 1,500 gallons of water per minute. Each train consists of a clarifier, which removes 80 percent of unwanted particles, and mixed media filers, containing coal, silica and sand, which polishes the water to remove the remaining particles. The materials were removed from the trains, which were sand blasted and painted before being replenished with fresh materials.
The city's water is drawn from Paugus Bay and pumped up the hill to the treatment facility by two vertical turbine pumps, each powered by 300 horsepower motors and each of which pumps around 4,000 gallons a minute.
When the water reaches the treatment facility the incoming water goes through a static mixer where alum (a coagulant) and chlorine (a disinfectant) are injected. It then flows to one of three trains.
The processed water passes from filters to a 180,000 gallon baffled clear well under the floor where it is treated with sodium hypochlorite for post chlorination, sodium hydroxide for pH adjustment and sodium fluoride for dental care.
The finished water is then pumped from the clear well to two storage tanks at the site, one holding 2 million gallons and another holding 1.3 million gallons. Other holding tanks in the system to meet customer demand and provide fire protection include Briarcrest, 690,000 gallons, and Long Bay, Weirs, Endicott and Lighthouse, all holding 500,000 gallons.
Nuttelman and Water Commission Chairman Greg Page said that the project took three years from start to finish. Originally estimated to cost $1.5 million, the work was undertaken primarily by the staff of the department, which Nuttelman said saved "at least $500,000".
He credited Jason Bordeau and Floyd Dungellman of the department with designing and fabricating an important part of the upgrade which allow the department to recover 95 percent of the water it uses to backwash the filter system twice day and which would have gone to the wastewater treatment plant in Franklin.
"The water has turbidity and is cloudy with suspended particles. But now we're able to recycle it by pumping the water from our waste tank back to the beginning of the system," says Nuttelman.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 May 2015 01:16

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