ALTON — A Belknap County sheriff's deputy seized several ounces of marijuana at 12:45 a.m. Thursday morning after he spoke with two people who were in a "potentially disabled" car on Main Street.
Jeffrey G. Boucher, 27, of 12 Meadowview Drive in Newton, N.H. was charged with one misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled drug, one felony count of possession of a controlled drug, and one count of felony possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute. Boucher is the owner and was the driver of the car.
Patrick E. Hanlon, 29, of 3 Patriot Drive in East Hampstead, N.H. was a passenger in the car and was charged with one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana.
Deputy Justin Blanchette said he went up to the car when he saw it by the side of the street and detected evidence of marijuana. He said he discovered marijuana and psilocybin mushrooms in plain view.
Police towed the car back to the Belknap County Sheriffs Department where it was impounded and searched after sheriff's obtained a search warrant. Along with the marijuana,, police allegedly found a digital scale and packaging equipment.
Both men were released on personal recognizance bail and given an August 22 appearance date at the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division.
Last Updated on Saturday, 20 July 2013 03:21
Use words associated with Laconia Bike Week on a product you're selling & you must now pay fee to rally promoters
LACONIA — This year, for the first time, "Laconia Motorcycle Week" became a registered trademark, conferring exclusive rights to prevent the unauthorized use of the trademark on its owner, the Laconia Motorcycle Week Association.
Charlie St. Clair, executive director of the association, said that he was moved to register the trademark by the experience of Sturgis, South Dakota and Daytona, Florida, which host the other two largest U.S. rallies. After trademarking its event, Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Inc. gained exclusive rights to "Sturgis" and "Black Hills" was ultimately able to prevent the Chamber of Commerce in Sturgis, Kentucky from using the phrase "Little Sturgis Rally and Races for Charity". After a private company sought to register "Daytona Bike Week," the Chamber of Commerce only prevailed in protecting the identity its rally it had taken since the 1930s after lengthy, costly litigation. "We didn't want to go through anything like that," St. Clair said.
At the same time, St. Clair noted that while the local rally traces its origin to 1916, the event would not be what it has become without the efforts of the association, for the registered trademark represents an asset.
By registered the phrase "Laconia Motorcycle Week," along with "Laconia Bike Week," "Laconia Motorcycle Rally" and other similar phrases, as a trademark, the Laconia Motorcycle Week Association is entitled to license its use of those words on products and services. St. Clair said that some Rally Patrons, who pay $200 for the designation, are exempt from the licensing fee. The fee for wholesalers is $500 while the fees for retailers at the rally are $500 for one booth, $800 for two booths and $2,000 for three or more booths. Authorized products — T-shirts, patches, pins and the like — may be designated "licensed by the Laconia Motorcycle Week Association."
The fees collected by the association are over and above fees vendors must pay the city to set up shop in the city during Bike Week.
The association, St. Clair explained, retains 70-percent of the revenue from licensing the trademark. Good Sports, Inc. of Manchester, Connecticut, whose subsidiary Hot Leathers is a major sponsor of the rally, receives 30-percent and in return assumes the responsibility of defending infringements of the trademark. St. Clair said that the revenue from licensing fees from this year's rally have yet to be tallied.
St. Clair said that the association is also entitled to withhold the use of its trademark from products it deems in appropriate. "We obviously don't want the rally associated with images obscene images or offensive messages," he said, "or anything else that is in bad taste or would cast the event in bad light."
Last Updated on Saturday, 20 July 2013 03:03
CONCORD – A physician who lives in Center Harbor and practices medicine in Wolfeboro has been charged with one count of obtaining a prescription by fraud.
Dr. Hasan Duymazlar, D.O. was criminally charged on July 17. An emergency hearing of the N.H. Board of Medicine was held on July 18 and he voluntarily surrendered his license to practice medicine yesterday.
According to documents made available from the medical board, on July 8, 2013 an Ossipee pharmacist "A" told a N.H. State Police investigator that one of his customers, S. F., appeared to be getting a large quantity of oxycodone — an opiate used to kill pain.
State police were told that when one of his pharmacists asked the patient for identification he didn't provide it and left. Pharmacist "B" across the street said he had also refused to fill a prescription for S.F. who he thought resembled a different customer named M.S.
Police learned from pharmacist "B" that the prescription was issued by Duymazlar and when pharmacist "B" looked on Duymazlar's (unnamed) hospital's Website to see what he looked like, he recognized him as the man who just tried to fill the prescription.
He printed the photo and showed it to pharmacist "A" who also allegedly recognized Duymazlar as S.F.
Pharmacist "A" told police he had previously spoken to Duymazlar on the telephone, and telling police he had an English accent. He remembered S. F. has an English accent.
The next day, police contacted the pharmacy where M.S. typically fills his prescriptions and were told he has an English accent, is in his early 50s, and speaks with an accent.
Police also learned that on July 6 a man with reddish hair and an English accent had gone to a North Conway pharmacy and filled a prescription for 120 oxycodone pills. Police took the surveillance video of the transaction.
Investigators contacted the Director of Risk Management at the (unnamed) hospital that employs Duymazlar who told them that several fraudulent prescriptions had been reported to them and all had been written on the hospital's emergency room prescription paper. The administrator told them S.F. And M.S. were never patients in its emergency room.
Police compared the video surveillance from the North Conway pharmacy to a known photo of Duymazlar. He was charged two days later.
In November of 2009, Duymazlar entered into a settlement agreement with the Board of Medicine and agreed to to pay a $3,000 fine and take 36 hours of continuing medical education for prescribing controlled and non-controlled substances for his ailing father, for not documenting them, and for writing them in his nurse's name.
Last Updated on Saturday, 20 July 2013 02:53
LACONIA — Local Republicans were quick to condemn remarks of Belknap County Commissioner Ed Philpot of Laconia, who while speaking to fellow Democrats at the county committee's annual picnic on Thursday evening called the Republican leadership of the Belknap County Delegation "bad people looking to do bad things."
Alan Glassman of Barnstead, chairman of the Belknap County Republican Committee, promptly issued a statement calling on Philpot to make a public apology "acknowledging that his public comments were unprofessional, inflammatory, and inappropriate." Others, including two members of the delegation — Representatives Jane Cormier of Alton and Richard Burchell of Gilmanton — immediately sent letters to this newspaper reproaching Philpot.
In his statement, Glassman said that he was "appalled" to read Philpot's remarks, adding that his reaction was "exacerbated by the fact that The Daily Sun's headline at the top of page 1 was "Philpot takes aim at 'bad people' leading GOP delegation". He noted that The Citizen, which also reported on Philpot's remarks, headlined its story "County Democrats Looking to 2014 Elections."
"If Commissioner Philpot really feels that publicly uttering such a statement is going to help improve the strained relationship between the commissioners and the Republican delegation," Glassman continued, "he undoubtedly doesn't have a good understanding of human nature. Speaking on behalf of all Republicans in Belknap County, " he said, "I want to see the commissioners and the entire delegation able to work together on such critical matters as the county budget and the county prison." But, he closed, "to do so, at this juncture requires a public apology from Commissioner Philpot."
"I was very shocked to say the least," Glassman said yesterday. He said that he sent an e-mail directly to Philpot urging him to apologize quickly and publicly to put the matter to rest. He copied his e-maill to Philpot's colleagues, Commissioners John Thomas of Belmont and Steve Nedeau of Meredith — both Republicans — as well as to Representative Colette Worsman of Meredith, who chairs the convention, and Representative Frank Tilton of Laconia, the chairman of the Executive Committee of the convention.
Philpot's differences with the delegation began last December, shortly after the commission presented its budget, when the delegation claimed authority over the budget he believed was vested in the commission. The breach widened as the delegation prepared its budget, choosing to reject the commission's suggestions for reducing the amount to be raised by property taxes in favor of stripping stripping employee benefits from the budget.
After the commission shuffled money within the budget to fund the benefits, the dispute fell to the hands of attorneys. Meanwhile, the commissioners have spent much of the past year planning to replace the county jail with a new facility. The project has scant support among the delegation, some of whose members have challenged the process followed by the commission and openly rejected its findings and recommendations.
Last Updated on Saturday, 20 July 2013 02:34
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