Laconia police charge Tilton felon with possession of loaded handgun

By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN

LACONIA — A Tilton man has been charged with one count of being in possession of a firearm after a city police officer saw him in his car near Stark Street at 7:34 p.m. and knew there was a warrant for his arrest.

Police affidavits said Izaiah J. Conway, 19, of 957 Laconia Road in Tilton headed up Stark Street and was stopped just over the town line by a second city police officer.

He was arrested for an outstanding bench warrant issued by the Division of Probation and Parole on April 1 for failing to report his new address, for failing to allow the probation officer to enter his home after she learned where he was living, and for admitting that he used methamphetamine on March 8 and heroin on March 9.

Police said when Conway pulled over his car, he was parked halfway over the fog line and was alone, so police ordered that the car be towed.

While conducting a non-investigatory inventory search, the officer found a black backpack in the trunk. When he looked inside, he allegedly saw a pipe with burned residue and a black pouch. The officer seized the backpack so he could bring it to the police station and apply for a warrant to complete the search.

The inventorying officer also noticed the glove box "was jammed and zip-tied" shut. He said he was able to slightly pry open the glove box and noticed a black, textured item that appeared to be the grip of a handgun with a magazine inserted. Affidavits said Springfield Armory was stamped on the bottom of the gun.

Police told the tow company they were impounding the vehicle and arranged for it to be towed to the Laconia Police Department impound.

After getting a warrant, police found a .45 caliber Springfield Armory .45 that was loaded with a full clip and a bullet in the chamber. A second, loaded magazine was found in a tactical belt.

In the backpack, police found several needles, and some 1-inch by 1-inch clear plastic bags. He also found two small bags, one containing a substance that appeared to be heroin and the other containing a substance that appeared to be Suboxone.

After appearing before a 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division judge Friday morning, Conway was held on $10,000 for the receiving stolen property and $5,000 for the parole/probation violations.

Conway, said police, had a prior felony drug conviction in December of 2015.

Jury selection for man charged in 2014 home invasion postponed

By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN

LACONIA — Jury selection for accused armed robber and burglar Tyler Twombly, 31, of 76 County Drive has been continued from this Monday until May 16.

Twombly is accused of being one of two masked men who entered a home on Harvard Street in 2014 and shooting or hitting one of four other men who were there while he robbed him.

He was identified as one of the men, said court documents, after his DNA was found on a red bandana that was located by a police K-9 shortly after the indicted was reported.

The case has been slowed by the number of witnesses identified by the state who have said they need immunity in order to be able to testify. To date, there are five possible witnesses who have asked for immunity including the three men who were in the home at the time of the robbery. One of the three was injured by either a gunshot or some kind of blow to his head and the homeowner's son has already been granted immunity.

Hearings for the other two men are scheduled for Monday at 1:30 p.m.

Assistant Belknap County Attorney Carley Ahern recently identified two women who could also be witnesses against Twombly but may have Fifth Amendment issues regarding their testimony.

Additionally, Twombly's attorney, Mark Sisti, has identified one witness whom he would like indemnified but who has recently been charged as being an accomplice to the robbery and burglary.

He has filed a motion to compel the state to grant immunity to Joshua Pike, 29, of or formerly of 103 Blueberry Lane so he can testify on behalf of Twombly.

Pike has told police on two separate occasions that he was in the home and was the one who answered the door, allowing Twombly and a second, as yet unidentified man, to enter. He has told police that the man holding the gun had initially pointed it at him and that he is also a victim.

City police believe Pike is a co-conspirator of Twombly's and have charged him with one count of conspiracy to commit burglary, one count of conspiracy to committee robbery and one count of conspiracy to commit first-degree assault. He has not been indicted by a grand jury for these allegations.

Ahern has objected to giving Pike immunity, saying criminal defendants do not have a right to immunity if they are defense witnesses while Sisti has argued that in this case the evidence Pike would provide is exculpatory and presents a highly material variance from the state's case.

She noted that Pike believes that Twombly has "put out a $10,000 'hit'" on him and she doesn't feel he should be compelled to testify. Pike is not a prosecution witness.

Ahern said Sisti has failed to offer any new information that varies widely from the state's case and he doesn't need immunity.

Police recover items stolen from Sanbornton home, two arrested

SANBORNTON — Police arrested two people after finding them in possession of what were allegedly items stolen from a home on April 1.

Jamie Judkins, 42, was charged with burglary, a Class A felony, and Tristdonna Copp, 36, was charged with conspiracy to commit burglary, a Class A felony. Both live at 125 Renihan Meadows, Lebanon.

Police were called to 307 Calif Hill Road to take a report of items stolen, including a television and BluRay player. An officer had checked on the property the previous night due to an alarm activation. After checking with Franklin police, it was discovered that one of their officers had stopped a vehicle after midnight that night that appeared to contain the missing items. After comparisons with evidence found at the scene, warrants were issued for the two.

Most of the stolen items were recovered. Judkins was released on $25,000 personal recognizance bail, with a date set for May 9 at Franklin District Court. Copp was releeased on $5,000 personal recognizance bail, also with a date set for May 9 at Franklin District Court.