Two arrested for drug possession in Wolfeboro

WOLFEBORO — Two people were arrested for drug possession on Thursday after a police stopped a couple driving on South Main Street.

01-21 Thomas McwinnieThomas Mcwhinnie, 54, of 95 Meeting House Road, Gilmanton, was charged with possession of drugs (crystal meth) and transportation of drugs in a motor vehicle.01-21 Nicole Spring

Nicole Spring, 33, or 126 Governor Wentworth Highway, Wolfeboro, was charged with possession of drugs (crystal meth) and possession of marijuana.

Wolfeboro police report that after seeing a motor vehicle infraction, he pulled the pair over on South Main Street at about 9 p.m. Officer Mike Strauch believed drugs were inside the car and got consent to search it.

Both were taken to Carroll County Jail and then released with a court date of Feb. 15 at 8 a.m. at the 3rd Circuit Court in Ossipee.




01-21 crystal meth paraphernalia

These items were confiscated from Thomas Mcwhinnie and Nicole Spring during a motor vehicle stop in Wolfeboro Thursday.

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Officials eye ‘silver tsunami’ impact on county finances as population ages


LACONIA — Belknap County officials expressed concern over the impending "silver tsunami" which is predicted to engulf the county over coming decades as an increasingly elderly population places heavy burdens on local property taxes.
Currently, 44 percent of the money raised by the county through property taxes, some $6.2 million, goes to the Health and Human Services budget line, which is assessed by the state of New Hampshire to pay the local share of costs for Belknap County residents eligible for Medicaid who are in private nursing homes or receiving in-home care.
That number is expected to spike over the next 10 to 20 years, following a trend which has seen the non-federal share of Medicaid paid by the county up by 30 percent since 2010.
Currently the county pays for 155 people receiving in-home care and 206 people in private nursing homes. County Administrator Deb Shackett said that in November the average monthly cost was $820 for those receiving in-home care, and $2,072 for nursing home care.
"It's a large elephant in the room," said Commissioner Hunter Taylor (R-Alton), who said that he has been working with groups like the Community Action Program to try and find ways to enable elderly people to remain in their homes longer.
He estimated that if 25 people a year could remain in their homes with some kind of assistance in home maintenance and repairs and other needed services it could save the county as much as $400,000 a year.
Taylor said that he hopes that within four or five months a report will be prepared which will detail steps the county and the involved agencies can take to help seniors remain in their homes.

Laconia Police log, Jan. 20, 2017

City police responded to 108 calls between noon on Jan. 18 until noon on Jan. 20, including six traffic accidents, a safe-school report of criminal threatening at Pleasant Street School, two non-fatal drug overdoses, and one animal complaint.

Police responded to disturbances at 38 Sheridan St., McDonald's restaurant at 1231 Union Ave., 21 Academy St. #21, 104 Merrimac St. #B, at Screwmatic on Lexington Drive, at 20 Carver St., at 68 Batchelder St., at the Summit at Four Seasons, at 22 Dixon St., at 1156 South Main St. # 38, and at 735 N. Main St. # 4.

Arrested were:

• Ashley Lee Murgatroy, 30, at 1156 Apt. 7 for two counts of possession of narcotic drugs and and bench warrant.

• Jon Daigle, 24, Forest Drive in Belmont on an outstanding warrant.

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