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Correction/Clarification: Only 1 relative of Tilton police officer involved in use of stolen credit card incident

The plural version of the noun "relative" was inadvertently and incorrectly used in a story — "2nd man indicted in credit card theft" — that was published on the front page on November 22. A stolen credit card with $2,000 worth of merchandise credit on it was allegedly sold by Richard A. McNeil to an uncle of Tilton Police Officer Matt Dawson for $600. At the time, Dawson was a detective and McNeil had served as a confidential informant for him. Dawson told investigators from the Merrimack County Sheriff's Office that he put McNeil and his uncle together on the deal but that McNeil had assured him the card was not stolen. The card was used twice, once in Gilford for a small amount and then again in Littleton for $1,900. McNeil has been indicted by a Belknap County Grand Jury for receiving stolen property. Dawson has not been charged with any crime and the only relative of his who has been implicated in any way in the incident is the uncle who bought the card from McNeil.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 December 2014 02:04

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Gilmanton police say man with suspended sentence over his head allowed 10-year-old to drive a car

GILMANTON — A local man who was sentenced to serve a 2-to-4 year prison term for reckless conduct in 2013 was arrested Friday on a warrant for allowing a 10-year-old to drive a car. His original sentence was suspended conditional on five years of good behavior.

Police said Sean Mulcahy Sr. 42, of 15 Spaulding Road is facing one count of allowing an improper person to drive a car and one count of endangering the welfare of a child.

Police alleged Mulcahy allowed a 10-year-old to drive a Saab on the roads of Gilmanton.

Mulcahy was released on personal recognizance bail and was given a count date of January 8, 2015 in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division.

In September of 2013, Mulcahy — a certified habitual offender, according to Gilmanton Police — was arrested after leading a local police sergeant on a high-speed chase through some back roads near Crystal Lake.

The sergeant stopped the chase when he realized there were two small children in the back of Mulcahy's car. During the chase, at one point Mulcahy doubled back on the police car and forced it off of the road.

He also pleaded guilty to one count of operating after suspension.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 December 2014 02:01

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Bicycle Exchange gets $5k donation

LACONIA — The Laconia Area Bicycle Exchange has received a $5,000 donation according to founder John P. Rogers, who says that the money came from generous donors from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and was arranged by Peter Benson.

Rogers says that he is still looking for volunteers to join the advisory board of the exchange, which will meet this Thursday at 4 p.m. at the Laconia Middle School as part of the monthly Better Together meeting. The exchange was formed earlier this year as an initiative of Better Together.

Since it was formed the organization has given out over 90 bicycles, according to Rogers. The exchange, originally located near the Big Banana store on Messer Street, moved to a new location during the fall at 343 Court Street, located in part of the Eased Edges building owned by Brian Flanders.

Rogers says things are relatively quiet at the exchange but there remains plenty of work and planning to do. "I will be sending out a fundraising letter in a the first week of December, to ask for tax deductible donations to help pay the monthly rent and to add to account for publicity costs. Mike Sweet of Laconia has been working on bikes no longer usable, saving parts, and selling scrap metal or aluminum,'' says Rogers.

He says that an important next step for the exchange is to advertise for a volunteer or paid position, and with some grant funding in place the process can begin. "We will be looking for someone who can take over the publicity, advertising, and communications activities of the Exchange. From April to November, I have devoted about 20 hours a week to keep this program moving and serving the community. Your suggestions and input will be greatly appreciated.'' says Rogers.

The purpose of the Laconia Area Bicycle Exchange (LABE) is to provide a means of inexpensive alternative transportation in the form of refurbished used bicycles, made available to people who would benefit with greater mobility as it relates to work, family and personal living. The focus of the exchange is for people who have no means to afford an automobile or who have no valid drivers license.

For more information on the program call Rogers at 603-630-7571 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 December 2014 01:56

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Judge says prosecutors can keep Laconia school's truck at least until December 10

SUPERIOR COURT — The Laconia School District will have to wait until at least December 10 before it can retrieve its plow truck that was stolen from inside the Huot Technical Center in August.

After a hearing in Belknap County Superior Court on Wednesday, Judge James O'Neill conditionally denied the district's request to have the truck returned from state impound.

Dennis Lefebvre, 33, of Florida was indicted last week for one count of receiving stolen property. Police reports at the time said that Belmont Police were alerted to someone recklessly driving a truck. The responding officer saw the truck, allegedly being driven by Lefebvre, and stopped it.

Lefebvre was charged initially with driving under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of an accident (he allegedly drove the truck off Mile Hill Road) and receiving stolen property.

The truck was towed to Rusty's in Tilton and impounded.

Arguing for the release of the vehicle and for the School District was attorney Robert Hemeon, who said the truck was being held illegally because no agency has applied for a search warrant and arresting authorities have had four months to process it.

The state argued that Lefebvre had just been indicted for receiving stolen property and it needs to send the discovery or evidence against him to his attorney.

Lefebrvre's attorney argued he needs some time to process the truck after he gets the state's evidence in order to preserve his client's right's to a fair trial and determine if there is exculpatory evidence in it.

LaFebvre was not alone when he was arrested. A second man, Tyler Marchand, was with him.

In a related case, Lefebvre and Tyler Marchand have each been indicted for one count of burglarizing the high school.

School Business Administrator Ed Emond said the bulk of the plowing at the districts schools is done by the city, however the truck is used for clearing tight areas, salting and sanding. He said the city assisted the school district with the most recent storm.

He also said the district was relieved to learn that the impounding company cannot charge the school district for storage fees and only seeks $150 in towing charges. Emond said the School District has so far spent $500 in legal fees to argue in court for getting back the truck.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 December 2014 01:52

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