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Large percentage of indictments are drug related

BELKNAP COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT — The following people were indicted by a grand jury convened on February 19.

Michael Moraros, 38, of Tilton was indicted for three counts of second-degree assault and one count of felony criminal threatening.

John F. Swain, 34, of Laconia was indicted for four special felony counts of possession of controlled drugs.

Sean Dillon, 34, of Meredith was indicted for possession of heroin and one count of driving while intoxicated in Gilford.

Matthew Kiver, 38, of Belmont was indicted for two counts of second-degree assault.

Kristle Gifford, was indicted for one class B felony of possession of a controlled drug.

Jeremy Pickering, 34, of Laconia was indicted for one special felony count of possession of a controlled drug.

Angela Libbey, 30, of Meredith was indicted for one count of operating a motor vehicle after being deemed an habitual offender.

Matthew Kenney, 39, of Meredith was indicted for one count of operating a motor vehicle after being deemed an habitual offender and one count of disobeying a police officer.

Cameron Lobo, 25, of Charlton, Ma was indicted for one count of sale of heroin in Laconia.

Kenneth Blankenship, 32, of Tilton was indicted for one count of burglary and one count of disobeying a police officer in Gilford.

Hagan Gorgas, 25, of Belmont was indicted for one count of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Nicholas Adel, 29, of Laconia was indicted for four counts of possession of a controlled drug.

Jacobe Swartwood, 25, of Belmont was indicted for one count of possession of controlled drugs with intent to distribute.

Daniel King, 43, of 26 County Drive in Laconia was charged with two counts of exposing himself to a group of juveniles at Opechee Park in Laconia.

Heather Hoyt, 23, on New Hampton was indicted for one count of possession of oxycodone and one count of possession of cocaine in a case investigated by Sanbornton Police.

Edward Chambers, 37, of Pembroke was indicted for one count of driving after being deemed a habitual offender.

Izaish Conway, 19, of Pittsfield was indicted for two counts of sales of heroin in a case investigated by Laconia Police.
Michelle Conley-Rance, 25, of Laconia was indicted for one count of burglary.

Angela M Libbey, 30, of Meredith was indicted for one count of driving after being deemed an habitual offender.

Randy Lee Johnson, 29, of Meredith was indicted for one count of being in possession of a controlled drug – a special felony.

Shawn Cochrane, 44, of Meredith was indicted for two separate counts of issuing bad checks in a case investigated by Laconia Police.

Roberto Roig, 28, of Nashua was indicted for one count of felony level criminal threatening with a deadly weapon and one count of second-degree assault in a case investigated by Laconia Police.

Edward Pawlosky, 27, of Franklin was indicted for one count of theft by deception and one count of theft in a case investigated by Tilton Police.

Robert Gonthier, 39, of Gilmanton was indicted for one count of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

Jonathan Rawlins, 35, of Gilmanton was indicted for four counts of possession of methamphetamine and one count of manufacturing methamphetamine in a case investigate by the N.H. Drug Task Force and Gilmanton Police.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 March 2015 02:13

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Women argue over handicap space

GILFORD — Police were called yesterday to mediate an argument over a handicap parking space between two women after a phone call from one of them reported an assault. The incident occurred in the Wal-Mart parking lot.

Sgt. James Leach said it appears that one woman parked in a handicap spot and a different woman objected and approached her.

While the reports aren't complete, Leach said the woman in the handicap spot apparently began pulling at the complaining woman's jacket and she called the police.

Leach said when officers arrived, the two women were arguing and the police  spoke with them.

He said no one was arrested but the police are still investigating the matter.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 March 2015 01:52

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Burchell charged colleagues are 'apologists for failed system'; DeVoy & Taylor respond

LACONIA — The two Belknap County Commissioners who voted Monday to oust Richard Burchell of Gilmanton as chairman have defended themselves against charges made in a written statement he distributed to members of the Belknap County Convention last month.
Both Dave DeVoy of Sanbornton and Hunter Taylor of Alton took issue with Burchell's characterization of them as ''apologists for a failed system'' because they had not endorsed his plan to restructure county government by eliminating the positions of county administrator, finance director and director of Human Resources.
''Dick Burchell has no education or experience in organizational change. I'm not going to come in and try and start changing everything after just two months on the job," said DeVoy. "When it comes to that kind of change we need to think about it and study it before deciding it's the right thing for the county.''

DeVoy was selected as the new chairman on Monday in an election that Burchell disputes.
Taylor said that Burchell's characterization of him as an apologist is simply wrong. ''No one was more of an outspoken critic of the previous regime than I was,'' he said, pointing out his strong opposition a costly jail plan proposed by the former commissioners as well as his criticisms of them for not following the budget transfer law and not doing something to curtail rising health insurance costs for the county.
''I've learned that if you disagree with Mr. Burchell you better be ready to be criticized,'' said Taylor, who said that the criticism comes in the form of exaggerations of an opponent's positions.
Burchell's statement was distributed to convention members at their Feb. 17 meeting.
Frank Tilton, chairman of the convention, said that he recalled reading it and said it lacked specific recommendations that could be considered during the 2015 county budget process, as did a brief one page description of Burchell's budget plan which was distributed a week later to the Laconia City Council.
The written statement was distributed to the convention four days after Burchell refused to participate with his fellow commissioners and county officials in a day-long meeting to address the budget and come up with an additional $400,000 in budget changes to meet Tilton's target of a $1.1 million cut in the amount to be raised by property taxes.
It cited ''the divisive personalities which were rife in the two years I served as a member of the delegation'' and claimed that not making the changes he recommended would ''leave the same personalities in place which helped to create a distrustful and punitive work environment,'' an apparent reference to Belknap County Administrator Debra Shackett and Finance Director Glen Waring.
DeVoy has said that Burchell is using the prospect of diminished revenues as leverage to shrink and restructure the county administration, an agenda he nurtured as a member of the convention for the two years before his election to the commission. Alluding to the tension between Burchell and county officials whose positions he would eliminate, DeVoy suggested his plan smacks of "retribution".
Taylor has said that Burchell lacks the temperament to be chairman and can't deal with differences of opinion.
Burchell was apparently ousted as chairman in a chaotic meeting of the commissioners Monday morning in which he tried to prevent them from removing him by constantly rapping a gavel and declaring loudly that they were "out of order. DeVoy and Taylor continued to make and pass motions to overrule the chairman and, after they replaced him, adjourned the meeting.
Burchell later in the day filed a motion in Belknap County Superior Court seeking ex parte relief from the action of the other two commissioners, claiming that there is no statutory basis for his removal as chairman, which he maintains will be ''an invitation to chaos". He had unsuccessfully sought an injunction before the meeting to prevent the other commissioners from taking action. He says he still considers himself chairman and will only step aside if ordered to do so by a judge.
A hearing on the motion is scheduled for March 11 at 1:30 p.m.
DeVoy will be represented by Attorney Paul Fitzgerald at the hearing while Taylor, who is a lawyer, will represent himself.

All three commissioners are Republicans, as are all members of the current convention.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 March 2015 01:43

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Weirs zoning changes would prohibit auto sales & self storage

LACONIA — Planning Director Shanna Sauders this week presented the recommendations of the city's Zoning Task Force to redraw the boundaries and revise the uses of the Commercial Resort District to the Planning Board.

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 Rte. 3 to the Meredith town line. It also includes property along both sides of Route 11-B, including the former Surf Coaster property. 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, after the Zoning Board of Adjustment granted a special exception to operate a used car lot at the north end of the district then denied two requests to do the same in the eastern part of the district, the City Council asked the Planning Board to review the permitted uses in the district.

Saunders said that the task force recommends adding the southernmost part of the Commercial Resort District, from the Bayside Cemetery to the junction of Weirs Boulevard and White Oaks Road, to the commercial district that extends southward along Union Avenue. She explained that because many of the motels and cottages on Weirs Boulevard have been converted to condominiums, the task force recommends rezoning the eastern shore of Paugus Bay northward to the Naswa Resort from commercial resort to shorefront residential. The remaining boundaries of the district would remain unchanged.

The task force recommended changing 10 land uses in the Commercial Resort District. Accessory apartments and greenhouses, which are not permitted, would be permitted, but would require a conditional use permit.

Granted by the Planning Board, conditional use permits require that the use will not endanger public health or safety, adversely affect the value of abutting properties, is compatible with the neighborhood and nearby uses and will not impair either vehicular or pedestrian safety or natural resources.

Storage of trailers, campers and boats on residential properties, sexually oriented businesses, car washes and detailing, nightclubs and dance halls and agricultural uses, all of which are currently permitted by right, would require a special exception.

Special exceptions are granted by the ZBA, which must find the use will not create traffic congestion or impair pedestrian safety, not overburden water, sewer or drainage systems, generate excessive demand for emergency or disposal services, pose hazards to pubic health, safety and welfare, is suited to the location and consistent with the Master Plan.

Bed and breakfast establishments, which currently require a conditional use permit, would be permitted by right. Indoor self-storage, which is currently permitted, would no longer be permitted in the district. Automobile sales and service, which is permitted by special exception, would also be prohibited.

After reviewing the recommendations of the task force, the Planning Board will propose amendments to the zoning ordinance to the City Council for its approval.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 06 March 2015 01:18

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