Belmont Police warn people to take care if discarded needles are found

BELMONT — Police said since January of 2015 the department has responded to 29 calls about discarded needles. The needles were reported by citizens observing them discarded along roads, in public places and by business owners who find them and other drug paraphernalia discarded in their rest rooms and trash bins.

While state and local police departments as well a other community groups battle a surge in the use of heroin and other intravenous drugs, discarding of used needles in public places is becoming common place.

Police said discarded needle presents a danger to people who find them and are warning them not to touch them. A further suggestion to parents of younger children is for adults to check public rest rooms before their children use them.

If someone sees a discarded needle, they should immediately notify the police who will employ local fire officials who are trained and equipped to dispose of them. Police ask that pet owners also keep an eye out for needles so their pets are not accidentally harmed.

Anone accidentally stuck by a used needle should immediately wash the exposed area right away with water and soap or use a skin disinfectant (antiseptic) such as rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer and seek immediate medical attention by calling a doctor or a local hospital.

If you come across a discarded needle, notify your local police department of it and mark the area so police and fire officials know where to find it.

Business or restaurant employees who find needles should report them immediately to a supervisor who will notify authorities.

Police said the purpose of this media statement is not to alarm residents but to inform them of the dangers inherent in discarded needles and to encourage them to call police immediately.

– Gail Ober

Golden Eagles face Sachems Saturday for Division III title


It will be an all Lakes Region contest in Saturday's Division III girls' state basketball tournament championship game at Southern New Hampshire University when undefeated Gilford (21-0) faces off against Laconia (18-3).
Laconia upset top-ranked Conant (20-1), the defending Division III champions and winners of 42 straight games, 55-45 Wednesday night, while Gilford advanced to its second straight title game with a 53-46 win over sixth ranked Fall Mountain (17-4).
It will be the fourth time the two squads have met this year with Gilford winning all three games, the last of which was a triple overtime affair last month.
Gilford trailed Fall Mountain 41-39 early in the fourth quarter Wednesday before staging a strong finish to put away the victory. Jordan Dean tied the score with two free throws and Brooke Beaudet scored on a fast break play in which she was fouled and converted the foul shot to put Gilford up by three. Beaudet later scored another three points when she stole the ball and was fouled as she made another basket, putting Gilford up 50-43.
Maddie Harris led Gilford with 18 points and Beaudet had 14.
Laconia jumped out to a 22-9 lead in the first quarter against Conant which battled back the rest of the way and took a 38-37 lead going in to the final quarter, which was a back and forth affair until Natalie Compton hit a three-pointer with 1:29 left, putting the Sachems up by four.
Kailey Nute led Laconia with 19 points.
Gilford and Laconia will meet at 4 p.m. Saturday at Southern New Hampshire University.

City police arrest two men wanted for unarmed robbery

LACONIA — Both men who allegedly robbed a man in his Batchelder Street home Tuesday night have been apprehended by Laconia Police.

Laconia Police affidavits obtained from the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division said Joshua Pike, 29, who told the court today that his address would be 231 Old Lake Shore Road in Gilford, punched his male victim in the face numerous times and stole about $700 to $800 and a pocket knife from him in the process.

Pike is charged with one count of unarmed robbery. He also faces a felony charge for possession of methamphetamine from Meredith where police arrested him on Jan. 26. He is being held on $10,000 cash-only bail.

In making his cash bail argument, Laconia Prosecutor Jim Sawyer said Pike has a lengthy criminal record that includes burglary and robbery convictions, assault convictions and two convictions for bringing contraband in to jails and prisons.

Laconia Police said they arrested Farris, 24, no address given, was arrested in the late morning on Thursday at the Laconia Public Library. He is charged with one count of unarmed robbery and is scheduled to appear in court Friday morning.

Affidavits said the victim was able to identify Pike and Damon Farris, 24 and police made contact with Pike and his girlfriend shortly thereafter. Pike has $160 on him and his girlfriend had the black pocket knife telling police Pike gave it to her. Police said Pike seemed shocked that she had the knife.

A second officer made contact with Farris that evening at the Dunkin Donuts of South Main Street. As employee told the officer that just before he walked in the shop, Farris said he needed to use the bathroom.

The officer found $202 in the rest room trash can.

– Gail Ober