LACONIA — A Gilford man and former pharmacist pleaded guilty yesterday in the Belknap County Superior Court to five felony counts of controlled drug possession, one count of falsifying evidence and one misdemeanor charge of possession of a defaced firearm.
Kyle Harriman also faced a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana that was dropped as part of a negotiated plea deal yesterday that will send him to the N.H. State Prison for a minimum of 2 years, minus credit for 127 days he served while waiting for trial.
When questioned about the sentence by Judge James O'Neill, Harriman's attorney said his client has been an upstanding member of the community until three years ago when he "ran straight into a criminal abutment".
Atty. Mark Sisti said Harriman will loose a lot more than that two years of his life. His career has been at least suspended for three years with what Sisti said will be an uphill battle to get his license reinstated and he has to comply with all of the orders of the court, including getting drug and alcohol treatment and paying about $1,600 in court fines.
Harriman also has a "tremendous hammer" hanging over his head, Sisti said. Should he not be of good behavior or run afoul of the law upon his release, he faces up to an 21 additional years in prison.
Asst. Belknap County Prosecutor Roni Karnis said the prosecution would prove that on October 2, 2012, a Laconia Police Officer stopped Harriman after he drove over a yellow line on Gilford Avenue.
When she approached his car she smelled marijuana and told him she was calling for a drug K-9 and handler to assist her.
Harriman produced some marijuana and was arrested. His car was towed to the Laconia Police Department where it was searched after a warrant was obtained.
Police found methamphetamine, clonazapan, buprenorphine and a handgun with the serial number filed away.
Once at the Belknap County House of Corrections, Harriman took some blue pills, later identified as oxycodone, and tried to swallow them. The officer was able to hold his jaw open and retrieve the pills. A further search revealed more blue pills in his shoe.
On July 10, 2014, a Belmont Police officer stopped Harriman because his registration has been suspended for littering. Police found 8 strips of buprenorphine.
O'Neill initially seemed reluctant to accept the plea, however when he asked Harriman what he had to say for himself, Harriman said he "had worked hard" (to get through pharmacy school) and that he pushed himself real hard to do it.
He said he knew he had to work his way back and acknowledged how his drug activity and arrests had "affected his parents deeply. I know they didn't expect that kind of thing from me."
Harriman's mother and father sat behind him in the courtroom, his mother crying softly throughout the entire 45-minute sentencing.
O'Neill said the plea agreement was reasonable but ordered Harriman to "look at his mother".
"Remember that face," O'Neill said to Harriman as he watched his mother openly weep. "I don't want you putting her through that again."
As a final matter of business, O'Neill agreed with both Karnis and Sisti that an anonymous letter asking the court to impose a stiff sentence would not be allowed because it didn't meet court protocols for sentencing.
O'Neill ordered the anonymous letter sealed and had his deputy clerk read Harriman's sentences to him.
Last Updated on Friday, 06 February 2015 01:21
LACONIA — The city's Zoning Task Force has proposed that zoning along Weirs Boulevard, which is currently zoned for its entire length as a commercial resort area, be changed to shorefront residential from the Naswa Resort resort south to the intersection with White Oaks Road.
The task force will present the proposed change to the Planning Board in March, according to task force Chairperson Suzanne Perley, who said that once the board holds a public hearing on the proposal it will provide the kind of input needed to fine tune zoning changes, which will ultimately have to have City Council approval.
The commercial resort district begins on Lake Street, just south of its junction with White Oaks Road, extends northward along Weirs Boulevard, includes the center of The Weirs and runs either side of Route 3 to the Meredith town line. It also includes property along both sides of Rte. 11-B, including the former Surf Coaster property, which would remain zoned as commercial resort according to a map prepared by Planning Director Shanna Saunders.
The zoning ordinance describes the district as intended to accommodate dining, lodging and recreation entities for both occasional tourists and seasonal residents as well as apartments and condominiums.
Last fall, the City council asked the Planning Board to review the table of uses permitted in the commercial resort zone, and to consider whether all of the land currently included in that zone should remain so.
The council's request was made in the aftermath of decisions by the city's Zoning Board of Adjustment to deny special exceptions to John Ganong of 355 Weirs Boulevard, and Charles Gulbicki of Gulbicki's Towing and Auto Repair at 1193 Weirs Boulevard, both of whom sought to sell used vehicles on their property. "Vehicle dealership, sales and service" is only permitted in the commercial district by special exception. Earlier the ZBA granted a special exception to Benson's Auto Inc. of Franklin to sell vehicles from a lot near the corner of Rollercoaster Road and Route 3 in the same zoning district.
A number of Weirs Beach business owners told City Council last year they didn't want to see cars being sold anywhere in the area.
The proposed change of most of Weirs Blvd. from commercial resort to shorefront residential would prohibit vehicle dealership, sales and service in, which would include Ganong's property, but not Gulbicki's.
Members of the task force spent more than an hour Thursday morning attempting to define the limits of the proposed SFR district and whether or not it should start at the Weirs traffic circle or further south before settling on the Naswa property as the demarcation line.
Planing Board Chairman Warren Hutchins, who has noted that the boulevard has become largely residential due to the transition from cottage colonies to condominiums, said that the change was part of a concerted effort for residents of the area as well as to protect the shorefront strip along the water.
Board members discussed the fate of the Christmas Island Steakhouse, which has been closed for several months, but agreed that they couldn't do ''spot zoning'' to preserve options for the restaurant.
It was noted that all existing businesses in the CFR zone would have their uses grandfathered under the proposed change.
The task force is also considering changes in permitted uses in the commercial resort district which would include require nightclubs and dance halls, currently permitted, to requiring special exemptions. Indoor storage, self-service also currently permitted, would be prohibited while car-wash, detailing, currently permitted, would only be allowed by special exception.
A 296-unit self-storage units project on a 6.8-acre parcel fronting Endicott Street North (Rte. 3) is before the Planning Board for approval at this time.
Last Updated on Friday, 06 February 2015 01:17
LACONIA — Following a public hearing this week, the Planning Board unanimously agreed to amend the site plan plan regulations to clarify and expedite the process for accepting newly built, private roadways as city streets.
Until a roadway — constructed to serve a residential subdivision, for example — can be maintained and plowed by the city and its residents served by trash collection and school buses, it must be accepted as a city street. To be accepted as a city street, the roadway must be built to municipal standards.
The process begins with the Department of Public Works (DPW), which determines that streets are built to the required standards., then proceeds to the Planning Board. The Planning Board makes a recommendation to the City Council, which is vested with the authority to accept a street.
The current subdivision regulations prescribe that a newly built street must undergo a "performance observation period" of one year after the base pavement is laid before it can be accepted. During the year, the street goes through a complete cycle of freezing and thawing, which reveals any deficiencies in its construction, which can be corrected before its acceptance. At the same time, approximately half the house lots must be developed and occupied prior to acceptance to provide the tax base to support the extension of municipal services.
The proposal approved by the Planning Board would retain the 12-month "performance observation period" and require that certificates of occupancy be issued for 20 percent of the proposed homes on the roadway before the DPW could evaluate the street for acceptance. However, the board provided that a developer could expedite the process by retaining a third party inspector reporting to the DPW. Likewise, the Planning Board retains the authority to grant a waiver of the requirements.
The Planning Board acted in response to a request by the City Council to expedite the process, which included a recommendation to reconsider the year-long "performance observation period". As an amendment to the site plan regulations, the process falls within the jurisdiction of the Planning Board and does not require approval of the council.
Last Updated on Thursday, 05 February 2015 02:49
CANTERBURY — A town employee who works at the Canterbury Transfer Station and who is a register sex offender was charged by N.H. State Police yesterday for allegedly touching a female town employee in 2008 and a town volunteer in 2010.
The simple assaults were allegedly committed by Warren Hardy, 63, of Canterbury and were reported to N.H. State Police on December 30, 2014.
Police said an investigation led them to believe there was probable cause for the charges and he was arrested at his home and released on $5,000 personal recognizance bail. He is scheduled to appear in the 6th Circuit Court, Concord Division on March 23.
According to the N.H. Sex Offender registry website, Hardy, who is also known as Warren Bushey, was convicted in 1983 of felonious sexual assault on a victim who was younger than 16 but older than 13.
Hardy was also convicted in 2003 of being a felon in possession of a weapon and three counts of simple assault.
Last Updated on Thursday, 05 February 2015 02:44
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