Man admits he was intruder in woman's Emerald Stret home, will serve 2 to 4

LACONIA — A former Union Avenue man has pleaded guilty to burglarizing an occupied home on Emerald Street on Aug. 23, 2015.

Kevin Gobiel, 21, whose last known address was 322 Union Ave. #2, has been sentenced to serve two to four years in the New Hampshire State Prison for men. He is credited with 35 days of pre-trial incarceration.

The case against his alleged co-defendent, Michael Regan, who police say was arrested with him shortly after the burglary, continues to trial. His jury selection date is Aug. 1.

According to police at the time, the woman woke to find two men in her house and called 911.

The first responding officer said he heard sounds coming from a heavily wooded area about 300 feet from the victim's house. He said he got out of his cruiser and yelled that he was a Laconia Police Officer with a K-9 and ordered who ever it was to come out of the woods. Gobiel came from the woods with his hands up.

Gobiel initially told police he was walking along the street and jumped into the woods when he heard the police coming because he had drugs on him. Affidavits from the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia District said police found a back pack and one white shoe but Gobiel said they weren't his.

Regan was found in the mud by a State Police Officer and a K-9. At the time police said he was wearing one black and one white shoe. He said the back pack was his.

Tilton-store robbery suspect on the run

TILTON — Law enforcement agencies are continuing to search the man suspected of robbing the Tilton Shop Express on Laconia Road at gunpoint around 7:30 p.m. on Thursday evening after recovering his getaway vehicle at a Concord hotel later than same night.

After pursuing an investigation through Thursday night and into Friday morning, Tilton Police obtained an arrest warrant for Ryan Cheney, 40, of Laconia, believed to be the man captured by surveillance cameras, dressed in black clothing and wearing a black baseball cap, leveling a handgun at the store clerk and demanding the cash in the register.

The suspect fled in a 2001 red Ford Expedition, which Tilton Police Chief Bob Cormier said was found to be registered his son. Cormier said that a Concord police officer spotted the vehicle parked at the Residence Inn on Hall Street around 10 p.m. Thursday.

Police from Tilton and Concord, assisted by New Hampshire State Police, established a perimeter around the hotel as well as deployed a Bearcat armored vehicle and K-9 units in mounting a search for Cheney, who was not to be found.

Cormier described Cheney as "definitely a dangerous suspect," adding that he had indicated to others that he would resist arrest rather than return to jail. He said he should be considered "armed and dangerous" and not approached. Cheney is a member of the Latin Kings gang, which originated in Chicago in the 1950s and has had a presence in the northeast, including Lawrence and Lowell, Massachusetts.

ON Monday, three days before the robbery in Tilton, Cheney was arrested in Laconia after threatening several individuals with a knife on Church Street. He was charged with two counts of criminal threatening with a deadly weapon along with breach or default of bail. He was released after posting $2,000 cash bail.

Cormier urged anyone with information about the whereabouts of Cheney to contact the Tilton Police Department at 603-286-4442.


06-08 Gilford accident

A two-car accident at the intersection of School House Hill Road and Cherry Valley Road Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. sent one person to the hospital and closed the road for about an hour. Police have not identified the injured person but said the injuries were not life-threatening. The crash remains under investigation. (Gail Ober/Laconia Daily Sun)