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Grand jury returns assault indictments against Sanbornton & Laconia men

SUPERIOR COURT — A Belknap County grand jury has indicted a Sanbornton man who allegedly shot his son repeatedly in the lower extremities during an argument at his home on August 10.

Lloyd Steven Barnard, 61, of 228 Steele Hill Road was indicted last week on one count of first-degree assault, one count of second-degree assault and one count of reckless conduct.

Police said the altercation happened in the drive way of Barnard's home and the victim was struck by bullets from two guns — a .22 caliber handgun and a .45 caliber handgun.

During his initial hearing in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division, Barnard's attorney indicated there was a potential self-defense claim. During his appearance Barnard had injuries to his head and face.

The grand jury also indicted a Laconia man for one charge of first-degree assault and two counts of second-degree assault.

Police said Carroll Akerman, 44, had been drinking on High Street with his alleged victim when the two got into a fight about 8 p.m.

Akerman allegedly struck the victim multiple times with the victim's own cane until a third man on the property was able to wrest it from him.

Police indicated Akerman has been drinking.

The grand jury also indicted Joseph Bavis, Jr. for possession of a controlled drug and three counts of theft by deception in Laconia; Judith Bayly was indicted for prohibited acts, Public Welfare; Daniel Brochu was indicted for theft by deception for an incident in Sanborton, and Kenneth Brosnahan was indicted for motor vehicle penalties after an arrest by the N.H. State Police.

Euclid Cantin was indicted for motor vehicle penalties for an incident in Laconia: Jeremy Carter was indicted for two counts of possession of narcotics and two counts of possession of narcotics with intent to distribute them for an incident in Belmont and Michael Carter was indicted for violation of the controlled drug act following an investigation by the Belknap County Sheriffs Department.

Caleb Catalano was indicted for possession of narcotics after being arrested by Laconia Police; Robert Celata was indicted for possession of controlled drugs after being arrested by Belmont Police; and Jon Daigle was indicted for possession of controlled drugs after his arrest by Belmont Police.

Amanda Fortin was indicted on three counts of possession of controlled drugs after a Belmont investigation; Philip Gross was indicted for one count of burglary and one count of theft by unauthorized taking after an Alton Police investigation; Brian Hardwick was indicted for one count of theft by deception after a Tilton Police investigation and Keith Lafoe was indicted for one count of violating the controlled drug act in Laconia.

Matthew Perkins was indicted for two violations of the controlled drug act after a Laconia investigation; Douglas Peters was indicted for three violations of the controlled drug act after an investigation by the Belknap County Sheriff's Department; Suzanne Richards was indicted for theft by unauthorized taking after an arrest by Gilford Police and Crystal Smith was indicted for two counts of violating the controlled drug act after an investigation by the Belknap County Sheriff's Department.

Henry Stanley was indicted for two counts of theft by unauthorized taking after an investigation by Tilton Police, Wendy Stevens was indicted for one count of theft by deception and one count of violation of Public Welfare; Bradley Swinton was indicted for one count of theft by unauthorized taking after his arrest by Gilford Police, and Scott Tripp was indicted for three counts of sales of a controlled drug.

Last Updated on Monday, 13 October 2014 11:21

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Marina's 30 year lease of city property running out

LACONIA — The City Council will weigh the future of a strip of land along Union Avenue owned by the city and leased to the Lakeport Landing Marina when it meets on Tuesday night.

The property, 0.81 acre, lies between Union Avenue and the parallel railroad tracks and runs from Elm Street northward to halfway between Harrison Street and Walnut Street. In 1987 Lakeport Landing constructed a 35,284-square-foot building on the lot. The property has an assessed value of $331,400, of which the building represents $263,200.

The property was leased to Lakeport Landing in 1985 for 10 years with two ten 10-year renewal periods, which have been exercised. The lease expires on November 1, 2015 and cannot be renewed or extended. At the termination of the lease all buildings and improvements on the lot become the property of the city. In a memorandum to the council, Purchasing Officer Jonathan Gardner explained that the owner of Lakeport Landing had asked about the city's intentions in anticipation of the expiration of the lease.

Gardner explained that the council may choose to sell, lease or hold the property. To sell the property the city manager would be required to certify that it has no immediate or foreseeable use and declare it surplus. Then a public hearing would be held, after which the council may reconsider or reaffirm its decision to proceed with a sale.

Gardner recommended that the council chooses to lease the property that a public advertisement, including the terms of the lease, be placed and the city seek the highest rent for the property.

Last Updated on Monday, 13 October 2014 11:16

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Fried dough aside, fair stays close to its agricultural roots

SANDWICH — There were 184 yoke of oxen exhibited at the very first Sandwich Fair back in 1886 and that tradition continues today with agriculture and farm animals still at the heart of the fair, which features competitions involving every imaginable kind of farm creature, from sheep, pigs, goats and chickens to draft horses, oxen, milking cows and beef cattle.
Mike Brooks of Chocorua View Farm in Madison had his Angus beef cattle at this year's Sandwich Fair, which he's been attending as an exhibitor for over 30 years. He watched from the stable area as his 6-year-old daughter Alyssa hitched a lead line to a three-month old calf, Missy, and led up her up and down between the buildings.
Alyssa had to give Missy a tug to get her to leave the comfort of her mother's side at first but showed composure and command as she led Missy back and forth.
And while she was a bit too young to show an animal on her own she did get to get into the beef cattle show ring with her 13-year-old brother Jonathan as he showed one of the farm's 16 cattle in the 4-H Beef Show.
Nearby, members of the Torsey family from Breezy Ridge Farm in New Hampton continued their 48 year tradition of showing milking shorthorns at Sandwich Fair.
Family matriarch Patricia Torsey, 81, said that the family had done well in Sunday's open dairy show and that her nephew, Stephen Uhlman, 23, of Ashland, had handled the farm's cattle.
Her late husband, Ken, who died in 2011 and who was honored by having that year's Sandwich Fair booklet dedicated to him that same year, drove the family of five all the way to northern Maine in 1966 to pick up a milking shorthorn calf because there none in New Hampshire at that time. That was the start of the family tradition.
At the oxen barn Tyler Enos, 13, of Jaffrey had his team of Brown Swiss, Willey and Jack, entered in the under 2,500 pound class in the Oxen and Steer Cart Obstacle Course. He's been showing oxen at the fair for seven years and hopes to compete in future years in the over 2,500 pound class as they're a little over a year old and still have lots of time to get bigger.
Jenna Brown of Strafford had a pair of Holstein oxen, Snoopy and Peanut, taking part in the same competition. She's been showing oxen for Willey Pond Farm for over 10 years and says that it's fun getting the large animals to cooperate with each other and pull at her command.

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Alyssa Brooks, 6, of Madison shows her calf handling skills by leading Missy, a three-month-old Angus, through the cattle barn area at the Sandwich Fair. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)

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Jenna Brown of Willey Pond Farm in Strafford with her team of oxen, Snoopy and Peanut, took part in the Ox and Steer Cart Pulling competition Monday at the Sandwich Fair. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)

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A competitor urges his team on in the oxen pulling matches Sunday at the Sandwich Fair. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)

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A judge hands out grades in the 4-H sheep show at the Sandwich Fair Sunday. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)

Last Updated on Monday, 13 October 2014 11:13

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Public Access throws up 'Hail Mary' to stay on air

LACONIA — The board of directors of Lakes Region Public Access television, faced with the prospect of going out of business at midnight on Wednesday, October 22, elected to throw a Hail Mary pass at an emergency meeting held Saturday morning at the station's studio at Laconia High School.
Directors voted unanimously to send out bills to member communities requesting the original amounts that would have been paid rather than those adopted as part of a new business plan the board had hoped to implement earlier this year.
''We really needed more time to put this together. I pushed for a shorter schedule and I was wrong,'' said Chan Eddy of Gilford, chairman of the LRPA board of directors.
It is expected that the bills, with a cover letter from Eddy explaining the stations' financial problems, will be mailed to member communities today.
LRPA has an annual operating budget of about $130,000 and employs five people: station manager Denise Beauchaine as well as one full-time and one part-time worker and two contractors.
LRPA has been drawing from its reserves to sustain operations since July 1, when member municipalities entered a new 10-year contract with MetroCast Cablevision. Under the new contract each municipality will operate educational and governmental channels (24 and 26), which broadcast only to the municipality where the programming originates while LRPA would provide public access on channel 25, airing programs from individuals and organizations from the member municipalities. However, the municipalities, which had contributed to funding the operation of LRPA, withdrew their support. and, at the same time, MetroCast withheld its annual $30,000 grant to LRPA, leaving the station without a revenue stream.
At Saturday's meeting Beauchaine said there was only $14,000 left in LRPA's checking account and that $4,000 plus an additional $1,000 cable tax is required for each pay period.
Former LRPA board chairman Ken Curley of Northwood said ''time is running out and we haven't gotten any support from some of the towns,'' and added he hoped that sending out the bills would generate enough funds to help the station get to the point where it can get through until the new business plan can be implemented.
As early as February, the board of directors of the LRPA anticipated that its funding would be eroded when the new contract was signed and began drafting a new business plan, with the goal of generating $300,000 in income the first year. Sponsorships from between 50 and 100 businesses at between $1,000 and $2,000 a year were projected to provide much of the revenue with fees for service accounting for the balance. But the plan has never been implemented.
''I have to take responsibility for this. We needed another year to put it together,'' said Eddy, who said that the board of directors are as individuals too busy to be able to market the new plan to potential sponsors and donors.
Laconia City Councilman Bob Hamel, a member of the LRPA board, said ''we all kind of knew this was coming when LRPA was left out of the new contract. We lost a tremendous amount of money and now we have a real mountain to climb. We need someone full-time to work getting the new plan into place but don't have the funds to hire anyone.''
The impending closure of the station has already caused concern over how the popular WLNH Children's Auction will be handled this year. Binnie Media, new owner of the local radio station, had a cameraman at Saturday's meeting from WNIN-TV.
Beauchaine said she had been approached by Binnie Media over what it would cost to get LRPA TV through December, when the auction is broadcast.
She said that it costs about $10,000 a month to operate the station and said that the potential funds which would be available if all communities paid the bills which were sent out would be about $129,000.
Eddy said that the station would also be appealing to local banks to help them weather the current storm and help stabilize the revenue stream until the new business plan can take effect.

Last Updated on Monday, 13 October 2014 11:07

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