Belmont Police make arrest for 2013 armed robbery of Dunkin' Donuts

BELMONT — After an 18-month investigation, police have charged a local man with armed robbery for holding-up the Rte. 3 Dunkin' Donuts store on October 21, 2013.

Travis W. Dickinson, 36, of Belmont was released on $2,000 personal recognizance bail and is scheduled to appear in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division on August 6, 2015.

Police said video surveillance shows Dickinson entered the store about 9:30 p.m. wearing a mask and gloves and brandishing a large knife. He allegedly ordered the two employees to give him money and he fled with about $630. No one was injured.

"It is also satisfying for law enforcement as a result of patient and methodical investigative processes to solve a crime of violence," said Lt. Richard Mann.

Mann went on to say that Belmont detectives engaged in a lengthy and time consuming investigation that involved interviews, warrants for cell phone activity, and interviewing witnesses that culminated in Dickinson's arrest.

According to Concord Police, Dickinson was charged with misdemeanor criminal liability for another for an offense committed Sept. 17, 2012. An on-duty lieutenant contacted yesterday by The Daily Sun did not know the outcome. He said the underlying charge was a theft that was committed by someone who was allegedly a passenger in his car.

2 new bicycles donated for Belmont Police patrols

BELMONT — Donations from Belmont Rotary and MC Cycle and Sport in Laconia have made two new police patrol bicycles available to the Belmont Police Department.

The department will be replacing the older Trek mountain bikes with newly outfitted Felt "Nine 80" mountain bikes.

"This will aid the Belmont PD bicycle officer in the busy summer season and further grow the bicycle unit's capabilities," said Lt. Richard Mann.

Police patrol the village area, the railroad tracks, town recreation areas and campgrounds.

The police also use the bicycles in a variety of ways. They participate in summer activities with the town like parades and Old Home Day.

The department also participates in the Safe Kids 500 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, wellness fairs at Belmont Elementary School and the Belmont Safety Day.

There are two bicycle officers: Patrol Officer Derek Gray and School Resource Officer/Patrol Officer Joe Marcello. Mann said the Belmont Police don't have an official bicycle registry but if a parent wants to call and give a brief description of a bicycle, the department records it in the event the bike is stolen.

Any requests for a bicycle patrol in a specific neighborhood should be made to the Belmont Police at 267-8350.

CUTLINE: (BPD Bikes) From left are Belmont Rotary Club members Ron Mitchell, Nikki Wheeler, and Gerri Mitchell, Belmont Police Officer Derek Gray, Rotary Club member Ken Ellis, Belmont Police Officer Joe Marcello, and Myles Chase of MC Cycle & Sport. (Courtesy photo)

Chafee brings campaign for president to Belknap Democrats

LACONIA — Former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee brought his bid for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination to Lakes Region Community College last night at a meeting of the Belknap County Democrats.
A one-time Republican who left that party in 2007 after losing his seat in the U.S. Senate to Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse, Chafee was the only Republican senator to vote against authorizing the use of force in Iraq in 2003 and said that he is proud of that vote.
''I didn't trust Bush and Cheney and I did my homework. I didn't believe them,'' said Chafee, who pointed out that Democratic frontrunner Hillary Cinton ''had this one wrong".'
Chafee, who comes from a family of liberal Republicans and was appointed to U.S. Senate to complete the term of his late father John Chafee in 1999, while serving as mayor of Warwick, Rhode Island. He won re-election in 2000 but after his defeat in 2006 became an independent and won the Rhode Island governorship in 2010 running as independent.
He supported Barack Obama in both 2008 ad 2012 and in 2013 joined the Democratic Party.
''It took me 30 years to become a Democrat,'' said Chafee, who said that after he graduated from Brown University he went to Bozeman, Montana, where he studied to become a farrier and spent the next seven years working at harness race tracks in Canada and the United States before returning to his home state where he became involved in politics.
He said that his most important political experience was working at the local level as a city councilman and then as mayor where he had to make sure that the streets were plowed and garbage was picked up.
He said that his voting record in the Senate was at odds with most his fellow Republicans but he always maintained good relations with his colleagues in the party. He did not vote for Bush as president in 2004, writing is the name of Bush's father, and opposed eliminating the estate tax and for increasing the top federal income tax rate. He also voted against drilling in the Arctic and supported a minimum wage increase. He is pro-choice and a supporter of same sex marriage.
''I voted against tax cuts and for gun safety,'' said Chafee, who said that as governor his top priorities were schools, roads and bridges and that he was proud of being able to reverse revenue cuts to higher education.
Chafee said that in foreign policy he would look to embrace international agreements, ensure that there was no torture and eavesdropping by the government and seek ways to end costly military involvements overseas so that the money can be brought back home and used for education.
He also said that he would support bringing Edward Snowden home and dropping all charges against him, maintaining that Snowden had not given away secrets but instead had turned the evidence of widespread spying on American people to the New York Times.
He also called for conversion to the metric system, maintaining that it would help American manufacturers to be more competitive in the global marketplace.




Former State Representative Lisa DiMartino of Glford, center, talks with Democratic presidential candidate Lincon Chafee, right, at a meeting of Belknap County Democrats held at Lakes Region Community College Wednesday night. At left is Dave Pollak of Laconia, who was elected as Belknap County Democratic Party chairman at the meeting. (Roger Amsden photo)

Former Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee brought his presidential campaign to a meeting of the Belknap County Democrats at Lakes Region Community College in Laconia Wednesday night. (Roger Amsden photo)

Dartmouth Med chopper makes emergency landing at Laconia Airport

GILFORD — A helicopter on its way to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon with a patient in respiratory distress, made an emergency landing at the Laconia Municipal Airport yesterday after reporting mechanical difficulties.

Firefighters and an ambulance from Gilford responded but the helicopter had already landed safely. The patient was transferred from the DHART LZ to a Gilford ambulance and transported to Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia to await a different DHART LZ to finish the trip to Lebanon.

Deputy Fire Chief Brad Ober said because the chopper landed safely, Laconia firefighters were diverted to LRGH to be on the scene for the second helicopter and Belmont firefighters were sent back to Belmont.

In cases of possible aviation difficulties that include potential landing problems to an actual crash, crews from Laconia and Belmont will automatically respond to the airport.

CUTLINE: Gilford Firefighters transfer an unidentified patient from a DHART LZ helicopter to an ambulance at the Laconia Airport yesterday afternoon. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Gail Ober)