Belmont man wanted by three towns arrested over weekend

By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN

LACONIA — A Belmont man is in hot water with three separate police departments for a string of alleged crimes that occurred over the past 60 days and that include possession of narcotics with the intent to sell them, shoplifting and resisting arrest.

According to paperwork obtained from the 4th Circuit Court, Joshua Levesque, 27, of 12 Country Side Circle, first ran into trouble when on March 31 and April 1 he allegedly misrepresented a computer code to pay less for some things he was purchasing at Walmart in Gilford.

Laconia Police charged him with two Class B felony thefts because Levesque has an extensive criminal record and the new charges would be repeat offenses. He was released on $200 cash.

On or about April 30 at 3:30 a.m., court documents said Levesque was driving on Union Road in Belmont when an on duty officer clocked him for speeding. He recognized Levesque as someone who the Tilton Police were seeking for multiple crimes. The charges from Tilton stemmed from an incident at Walmart.

The officer said Levesque was very reluctant to get out of his car and kept making furtive moves toward a pocket in his jacket. As police were removing him from the car, he put up a brief struggle with the Belmont officer as well as other responding police from Northfield and Laconia. Levesque was taken to Tilton by the Northfield officer but not before police noticed two $50 bills, a needle cap, and a bag of rubber bands mixed in with some debris that fell from front seat of his car.

After getting him under arrest, Levesque's car began to roll backwards toward the officer's cruiser as he had left it in gear. When the Belmont officer reached in to grab the hand brake, he saw a second needle cap near the shift handle.

Police towed the car to the Belmont Police Station, sealed it and, applied for a search warrant. Later that afternoon, police obtained a search warrant from a judge in Claremont. In a backpack, police found a locked box that contained methamphetamine, marijuana, Suboxone strips and nine pills of alprazolam.

Police also found a ledger with multiple entries in the back seat of the car, a total of $2,043 in cash, two empty bags with white residue, two capped needles and a black mobile phone, which police said registered 33 new text messages and 17 missed calls.
On May 14 at 4 p.m., Belmont Police received a look out alert for Levesque because he had allegedly fled from Gilford's Walmart after a theft.

Police spotted his car on Brown Hill Road headed toward Route 107 but as they responded, they noticed the car on the side of the road. Belmont, Gilmanton and the New Hampshire State Police formed a perimeter around the area after a resident reported a suspicious man had just run through his yard.

Two Belmont officers spotted him and he allegedly ran from them, for which he was charged with resisting arrest.

Prosecutors from Laconia and Belmont argued for high cash bail because Levesque has convictions from 2010 for burglary and felony level theft. Judge Michael Garner set bail at a total of $3,000 cash only.

Glendale Marine Patrol building taking shape, should open in fall

By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN

GILFORD — After a nearly year-long construction period, the new Marine Patrol Headquarters building is scheduled to be completed in early October.

The new Glendale headquarters will go from a 1960s block cement building to a two-story, 32,000-square-foot building on the same footprint as the old one, which is roughly the area formerly occupied by Goodhue's Boat Yard.

The building, said Sgt. Crystal McLain, will provide the Marine Patrol the ability to store and work on their boats, additional parking, a boat registration area, and training and administrative office space.

Gilford Town Administrator Scott Dunn said the Glendale docks will still have the same amount of parking for Gilford residents but the traffic pattern from the upper parking lot to the lower parking lot will be reversed.

During the rollout of the construction plans in February 2015, Marine Patrol Capt. Tim Dunleavy said once construction is complete, the agency will no longer need to store impounded boats, broken buoys or other lake debris outside of the building.

Additionally, some work has been done to better storm water management.

The legislature appropriated $9,279,313 for the project in the 2013-2015 capital budget.

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Construction on the 32,000-square-foot Marine Patrol building continues apace with a scheduled completion date in October. (Laconia Daily Sun Photo – Gail Ober)

Music pours out of Tilton performer

By BRENDAN SORRELL, for THE LACONIA DAILY SUN

FRANKLIN — If one caught Guydell Powell and his son Xoren's drill-team drumming performance at the end of Saturday's Franklin Community Day Parade, it would only be a glimpse of the talent. Guydell has been making music from a young age, a hobby that has grown with him. His talent is remarkable and varied. He plays skillful renditions of his own original works in genres including, but certainly not limited to, jazz, funk, rock, country, and even some spiritual works he calls "righteous."

"I classify my music and say, 'It's just Guydell,'" he said. "I think of got a little something of everything because that's the way I think. I'm an artist that believes in music – not just category." Guydell is vibrant and engaging when talking about his own music, finding joy and energy from others' interest in his work.
Entering his house in Tilton, you are greeted by a cozy, relaxed atmosphere and are quickly taken to a nook that he refers to as his studio. Drum kit, keyboards and his sound equipment complete the enclosure.

"This is where I do most of my personal creative work," he said. He quickly passed through four CD cases packed with 474 discs made since the turn of the millennium. "These are my original songs," he said.
Hearing Guydell perform is a real treat, although almost any length of session will not allow for the true breadth of his work to be demonstrated. Still, the range he showed in an hour and a half was impressive.
He transitioned from his drum kit to the keyboards, where he does most of his work. In one five-minute period he went from a song "I Knew When I Seen It", a post-9/11 inspired song about seeing the flag, to an upbeat funky number, to a song called "Ride," which he wrote for friends who are bikers. Worried he was only showing his rock voice, he did a couple of a cappella songs that utilized more of his vocal range.
With the sounds from the studio often reverberating through the house, it's obvious that his family is very supportive of his musical endeavors.

"My wife and son are a very much a part of me being this (creative entity,)" he said. His son Xoren joined him on the drums while he was playing dexterously and freely on the keyboards.
As the person who maintains the park in front of the Franklin Hannaford, Guydell has given eight years and countless hours to his community. These days, however, he's looking to break into another kind of community and be distributed to reach a wider audience. Earlier in his life, he was offered different types of production for his work but found that the professional studios impinged upon his originality. He's currently working on putting together his top tracks to be sent off to record labels.
As our time came to a close, the impassioned Guydell said "last song" about five times. For Guydell Powell, there will never be one.

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Music reverberates through Guydell Powell's house in Tilton as he plays one of his countless original songs in his home studio. (Brendan Sorrell/for The Laconia Daily Sun)