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Woman reports purse lost or stolen in downtown Laconia

LACONIA — Police are investigating a report of a Berlin woman who said that her wallet that contained a large amount of cash and four Red Sox tickets was either lost or stolen somewhere in downtown on May 23.

Police described the wallet as a black and silver one and said last time the woman remembered having it while she was at the Goodwill store.

Police said they have contacted many downtown merchants who said they have not seen the wallet and so far a lost wallet has not be turned in to them.

Anyone who may have any information is asked to call the Laconia Police at 524-5252 or the Greater Laconia Crime Line at 524-1717.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 May 2014 12:55

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Police say they've identified 'tagging' suspects

LACONIA — Police said yesterday that they have had some breakthroughs in the recent spate of spray painting vandalism or "tagging" throughout the city.

A police spokesman said that they believe the "tagging"is being done by a group of people in their late teens — some of whom are juveniles and some of whom are adults.

He said police found three people with empty spray paint cans on them within the past few day and are working to put a criminal case together.

Along with some spray painting of local businesses and schools, someone defaced one of the murals along the WOW Trail last week.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Laconia Police at 524-5252 or 524-1717.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 May 2014 12:52

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Traffic stop leads to methamphetamine bust

BELMONT — A Northfield man and a New Hampton woman are being held on $500 cash bail each after police found methamphetamine in their possession after a traffic stop Saturday night.

According to affidavits, Franchesca Pecoraro, 29, of Main Street in New Hampton was driving near Church Street when a patrol officer realized the brake lights above the trunk was out.

When he checked Pecoraro's license he found it had been revoked he asked her to step out of the car. When he checked to see if her passenger, Jamie Judkins of 318 Cross Mill Road in Northfield could drive her car, he learned his license was also suspended.

While waiting for the car to be towed, he allowed both to wait unhandcuffed while he conducted an inventory of the car prior to the tow.

Affidavits said Judkins asked for a pack of cigarettes and his backpack from the back of the car. The officer retrieved them but noticed that the backpack was unusually heavy and asked Judkins what was in it because it felt like it was in the shape of a firearm.

Judkins said it was a wrench and a cursory inspection indicated it was a plumbers wrench. The bag and its contents were turned over to Judkins.

While Judkins and Pecoraro were smoking cigarettes and waiting for the officer to complete his inventory, the officer found a large leather box type shaving kit that contained "empty gram-baggies" of an unknown substance.

He said Judkins admitted the shaving kit was his and said the baggies weren't his but he knew they were there. The officer said that he thought the substance was heroin.

The officers asked Judkins if he could check his arms and Judkins agreed, showing his arms that had old marks but nothing fresh.

When he asked Pecoraro to look at her arms, he said she had fresh track marks and one was still "oozing."

Pecoraro agreed to talk to the officer and when he asked if there were any needle or other sharp objects that could cause him harm while he was doing his inventory, she told him he could find some items under the front seat of the car.

The officer found a baggy with four hypodermic needles, a straw, a cotton ball and a piece of tinfoil. He also found a bag with unused needles.

He said there was also a large chunk of white powder in the bag with the needles that he recognized as methamphetamine.

Because both Pecoraro and Judkins are both on probation the officer arrested both of them for a probation violation and one count each of possession of methamphetamine.

As of yesterday and according to the Belknap Cocunty House of Corrections inmate locator, they are both still incarcerated.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 May 2014 12:49

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Jim Pickering celebrates 82nd b-day in house he lived in as child — now Mame's restaurant

MEREDITH — Friends and family helped Jim Pickering of Loundon celebrate his 82nd birthday on May 18 at Mame's restaurant in Meredith. The restaurant occupies the same building where he lived for the first six years of his life and he was returning to it for the first time.

The party of 11 was hosted by restaurant owner John Cook, who provided a tour of the historical building, which is now a virtual museum filled with historical artifacts. All in attendance marveled at Pickering's extensive memories growing up in Meredith in the 1930s in general and of the house in particular.

 Although aware that his family was taking him to dinner after church on that Sunday, the true destination was a surprise until, after passing Hart's Turkey Farm as a final other possibility, Jim commented, "I think I'm going home today". With that, he reenter a place where he had not set foot for nearly eighty years.

Pickering by his daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl and David Rice, and many members of his Loudon Congregational Church, including Pastor and wife Dick and Patton Carter of Ashland, Deacon Joe Watson and wife Jenny of Laconia, Deacon Mark and Vicki Whittemore, church organist Shirley Preston, and Loudon neighbor and friend Rodman Booker.

In addition to the great food and fellowship, special complimentary birthday cake, and personal historical tour, appreciation was also expressed for the gracious hospitality of Mame's Kayleigh Sargent who coordinated the festivities, and helped bring about a most wonderful day.

CAPTION: Jim Pickering of Loudon (center) celebrated his 82nd birthday on May 18 at an unexpected location — Mame's restaurant in Meredith. The restaurant is located in the same historic home where Pickering lived as a young boy. Flanking him are his daughter and son-in-law, David and Cheryl Rice of Loudon. (Courtesy photo).


Last Updated on Friday, 30 May 2014 12:47

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