Belmont man tased after struggle with officers

BELMONT – A Horne Road man managed to grab an officer's radio and Taser during an altercation this weekend and now faces a variety of charges.

James H. Mooney, 60, of Horne Road is charged with two counts of simple assault - domestic violence, one Class A misdemeanor for resisting arrest and one Class A misdemeanor assault on a police officer.

According to a media release, police arrived at the home and escorted Mooney to a police cruiser. Mooney allegedly twisted around on the detaining officer, and continued to lunge at and yell at the victims while they were speaking to a second officer.

Mooney grabbed the restraining officer's radio and threw it on to the ground. When the second officer went to assist, Mooney allegedly grabbed his Taser and ripped the holster from the officer's belt. He never got control of it, said police, because it remained in its safety-locked holster.

A third officer secured the purloined Taser, deployed his own to rein in the still struggling Mooney and handcuffed him.

After a bit of time, Mooney met with a bail bondsman, who released him on $6,000 personal recognizance bail with multiple conditions.

– Gail Ober

Memorial to Lilyanna Johnson to be dedicated Tuesday

LACONIA — A memorial to Lilyanna Johnson, the teenage girl whose life was taken when she was struck by a car near the Messer Street Bridge, will be dedicated Tuesday, April 19, at the scene of the tragedy at 5 p.m.

Susan Fleming, Lilyanna's grandmother, said that "three years today we are presenting a memorial to the community and to my daughter." She expressed her appreciation to City Manager Scott Myers for his assistance in arranging for the memorial to be placed at the site.

Alyssa Miner, Lilyanna's close friend, was severely injured in the collision.

Often throughout the past three years flowers, mementoes and messages have graced the spot where the tragedy occurred, fleeting yet lasting reminders of the sorrow and grief to be forever marked by the permanent memorial.

Courses ready for the season

Jade Trace Golf, a 9-hole, par-3 course in Laconia, is offering an invitational tournament during the week of the Amateur Championship at Laconia Country Club. Since LCC members have agreed to relinquish access to their course that week, Jade Trace is inviting those members to play in a tournament, which will feature the use of the Balata ball, a type of golf ball played with until the 1970s.

Jade Trace is also offering a progressive hole-in-one prize, eligible for golfers playing in a foursome. The prize will start at $1,000, and each day that the prize isn't won, 10 percent of the day's green fees will be added to the jackpot.


Den Brae Golf Course in Sanbornton is focusing on improving its virtual presence this season, working on an overhauled website that will have more information, as well as the ability to book tee times and purchase gift certificates through the site.

There will be improvements to the offline Den Brae experience, too. A large section of woods was removed from the seventh hole, making that area a grassed rough hazard. All the greens are now hand-mowed, which offers a faster, truer roll for the golf ball.


Lochmere Golf & Country Club in Tilton will host a qualifying tournament in June for the New Hampshire State Amateur Tournament, as well as several senior golf events, the Lakes Region Tourism tournament and other charity events. Gerald Chaille, part of the family that owns the club, said improvements are made every year to the course. This year, golfers will encounter freshly revamped and redesigned sand traps, with new sand and contouring. He added that the Greenside Restaurant is offering lunch and dinner service in its gazebo.