Alton woman faces several charges after allegedly stabbing man in arm

ALTON – Police charged a local woman with first degree assault, domestic violence assault, possession of marijuana and obstructing the report of a crime after she allegedly stabbed a male friend in the bicep Saturday night.

Teri Marquis, 49, of 88 Larry Drive was ordered held on $7,500 cash only after her video appearance in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division yesterday morning. She has since posted bail.

According to police affidavits, officers were called to the home via 911 for a disturbance. Moments later they were called to the same home for a stabbing. As they were driving past 85 Larry Drive, Marquis came running out of the front door of her home waiving her hands. She was covered in blood and police recognized her.

She said, "help me I'm missing a tooth" to a police officer who said he had gotten a report of someone being stabbed. Marquis pointed to her side and said she had been stabbed but when asked to show police her wounds, there was nothing there.

Police said that as they approached Marquis's front door, a man approached them, also covered in blood, and said, "the crazy [expletive] stabbed me." Police noticed a puncture wound on his left bicep that was bleeding.

Affidavits said they determined the blood on Marquis came from the victim's stab wound.

Police said they found a "very large amount" of blood inside the home spanning from the kitchen to the bathroom through the living room and to the front door. The victim told police the knife was tossed into the bedroom.

Police found a pipe commonly used to smoke marijuana in plain view in the kitchen. After they obtained a warrant, they found several individually wrapped packages of marijuana in the house.

In court yesterday, Judge Jim Carroll found no probable cause for one charge of possession with intent to distribute and said the possession of marijuana charge was "iffy" at best.

Gilmanton Prosecutor Atty. Anthony Estee asked for bail to be continued at $25,000 cash-only because of Marquis's extensive criminal background that included at least three separate cases of assault including one previous first-degree assault.

Public Defender Steve Mirkin said his client had never failed to show up for any court dates and that she would agree to any terms set by the court including no alcohol, drugs, or weapons.

Mirkin also argued that his client had lost a tooth, had a second tooth that was loosened and said there may be much more to the case than what was presented in the police affidavits. He said she could possible post $3,000 cash but requested personal recognizance bail so the incident could be further investigated.

Sgt. Dennis Orbino said yesterday the investigation into the matter is continuing and additional interviews are being conducted.

Marquis is ordered to stay away from the victim who visits a relative in Alton but resides in Massachusetts.

New LRPA-TV Station Manager Stresses Outreach to Community (375) w/cut slugged McNamara

LACONIA — Grace McNamara, new station manager for Lakes Region Public Access-TV, says that she's looking forward to the challenge of her new position and that her first priority will be emphasizing the community part of the station's mission.

"There are so many opportunities here for community involvement,'' said McNamara, adding that she is particularly interested in finding ways reaching out to community, businesses and non-profits to build support for LRPA-TV.
''It's unique. We have our own television station which can offer programs with diverse perspectives which will attract viewers and help us grow,'' she says.

McNamara says that she also wants to reach out to young people and strengthen the relationship between the station and the Huot Technical Center, as well as Lakes Region Community College.

''We want to see more programs produced locally,'' says McNamara.

She brings 20 years of experience in communications, public relations, and management within non-profit organizations to LRPA, according to Chan Eddy, chairman of the board of directors.

Eddy said that McNamara has been hired as a part-time employee and will work 28 hours a week with a yearly pay of $30,000.

She will be handling the day-to-day operations of LRPA-TV, including program scheduling and personnel assignments as well as working within the LRPA communities to bring the advantages of public access TV to the public's attention; work with a number of organizations including the annual Children's Auction; and enhance LRPA's revenue stream, among other duties.

McNamara replaces Shane Selling, who became interim station manager since January when the board of directors fired Denise Beauchaine, who had been station manager for 10 years. At that time Eddy said that the decision was due to declining revenues for the station, which meant LRPA could no longer afford to pay Beauchaine over $50,000 a year in salary and benefits.

McNamara holds a BA from Boston College and an MA from Emerson. She makes her home with her husband and daughter in Gilmanton and formerly worked at Tilton School.

Report of fake I.D. results in traffic stop, arrest for possession of marijuana

WOLFEBORO – Police working a DWI patrol July 10 stopped a car with four men in it after getting a report from a local restaurant that at least one of them had shown a false identification to buy alcohol, resulting three arrests.

Capt. Dean Rondeau said they received permission to search the car and found, in plain view, a mason jar with marijuana and a pot grinder in it. A "goodly" amount of marijuana was found in the occupants' backpacks and well as some paraphernalia.

Police also found "several hundreds of dollars worth" of butane honey oil – a highly condensed version of marijuana made from butane and fresh marijuana. Once finished, said Rondeau, it looks like melted peanut brittle and is usually smoked in a pipe or a bong. They also found a can of beer.

Three men were arrested are Max Kaklins, 19, of Brookline, Mass., Peter Shanahan, 19 of Boxford, Mass., and Zachariah Butler, 18, from Bethesda, Md. All were released on personal recognizance bail. All have court dates of Aug. 5 in the 3rd Circuit Court, Ossipee Division.

Kalkins was charged with one count of possession of marijuana, Butler was charged with possession of a false identification and attempting to purchase alcohol.

Shanahan is charged with unlawful transportation of alcohol in a motor vehicle, unlawful transportation of drugs in a car, and one count of possession of marijuana.

The fourth male, said police, was an impaired minor who was released to an adult.

The car was impounded for 24 hours and then released to the owner.

"BHO represents a new danger in our community," said Rondeau, who said that with an ever increasing supply of marijuana some drug users are seeking a different way to increase its potency and effect. "It is a real threat in that it is very potent and a novice user of marijuana may finds its effects too strong."

He said one of the real dangers of any marijuana use is driving while impaired, and noted the town of Wolfeboro has taken advantage of many state and federal grants to help police with detecting and arresting impaired drivers.

Council passes city budget without making further cuts

LACONIA — With one dissenting vote, the City Council on Monday night adopted the 2015-2016 municipal budget, which with a grand total appropriation of $63,989,938 represents an increase of $1,679,516, or 2.7 percent, over the budget for the fiscal year that ended on June 30.

Only Councilor Brenda Baer (Ward 4), voted against the budget, primarily because it funded the positions of four firefighters who were originally funded for two years with federal funds. Councilors Ava Doyle (Ward 1), David Bownes (Ward 2), Henry Lipman (Ward 3), Bob Hamel (Ward 5) and Armand Bolduc (Ward 6) all backed the budget.

The council trimmed $184,600 from the budget recommended by City Manager Scott Myers, with $42,500 to replace radios and $50,000 to reduce overtime at the Fire Department representing the largest reductions to city appropriations. At the council's direction, the School Board agreed it could live with having its appropriation cut by $100,000 by elimination one full-time position at the middle school, a part-time position in the elementary schools and deferring a program intended to provide every student access to a computer.

The total amount to be raised by property taxes is projected to $41,699,930, which includes $4,402,329 from the state education tax, an increase of of $1,105 032, or 2.7 percent over the tax commitment in 2014-2015. The property tax rate, including the state education tax rate of $2.43, is projected to rise from $22.40 per $1,000 of assessed value to $22.59, an increase of 19 cents.

Before the council turned to the budget Mike Persson of the School Board, who stressed that he was speaking as "a resident, business owner and taxpayer," urged the council not to reduce the city manager's budget. "These cuts are unlikely to catastrophic impacts on city services this year," he said. "However, these cuts will carry forward to future budgets and will erode the amounts that can be raised by taxes in future years."

Persson explained that the mechanics of the property tax cap limit the annual increase in the amount to be raised by property taxes to the percentage increase in inflation and taxable value of new construction. When both significantly limit the allowable increase, he warned, the council will face the choice of reducing municipal services or overriding the tax cap.

"All indications are that next year is likely to be such a year, " he continued, alluding to the negative rate of inflation that has prevailed in the first five months of this year.

Persson calculated that the budget reductions proposed by the council will spare the owner of an average home, priced at $146,000, about $16 in property taxes — "the cost of a burger and a beer at the Holy Grail."

Bownes, offered a motion to restore $50,000 to the school budget. Lipman seconded the motion "for discussion", then referred to Persson's statement only to discount his concerns. "We can manage through a zero percent inflation rate," he said. "I'm comfortable we can work together to overcome next year's financial challenge."

Lipman's reference to the undesignated fund balance or accumulated surplus prompted Mayor Ed Engler to ask Lipman if he intended to compensate for any shortfall by drawing from it. This year the city applied $835,000 from fund balance to supplement revenue and next year will apply $935,000. In response, Lipman suggested the fund balance could be part of a package to address a shortfall. "I think we can get through this," he repeated.

With that Bownes's proposal failed five-to-one and the budget was adopted by the same margin.