Belknap County Grand jury hands up indictments

By THOMAS P. CALDWELL, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — A Belknap County Superior Court Grand Jury handed up the following indictments during its September session:
Caleb Young, 23, a transient, faces two counts of engaging in conduct that could place another person in danger of serious bodily injury for allegedly driving a vehicle into another and continuing to accelerate toward an intersection.
Norman R. Howard, 38, of 261 Wes Locke Road, Center Barnstead, faces a strangulation charge for putting pressure to a woman’s throat, impeding her breathing.
Tirar Tortorello, 48, a transient, faces a charge of selling what he purported to be heroin but which laboratory analysis determined to be fentanyl. He also faces a charge of intimidating a witness by pointing a firearm at the witness’s head and threatening to shoot the person.
Justin Maher, 22, of 718 Endicott St. North, Laconia, faces a charge of pointing a loaded semi-automatic handgun at another person.
Hugo Rodriguez, 57, a Miami, Florida, a transient, faces a charge of threatening murder while holding a knife.
Tyler J. Dodge, 26, of 20 Coe Hill Road, Center Harbor, faces a charge of being a felon in possession of a butterfly knife, a deadly weapon.
Joseph Mazzitelli, 46, of 11 Dock Road, Belmont, faces one count of aggravated felonious sexual assault, three counts of sexual contact, and three counts of unprivileged physical contact.
Angela Trefrey, 37, of 24 Valence Way, New Hampton, faces a charge of facilitating a burglary at Mobil on the Run by transporting and providing her employee number and password to Pedro V. Torres.
Pedro V. Torres, 42, of 260 Highland St., Plymouth, faces a charge of theft at Mobile on the Run.
Caleb J. Phillips, 19, of 46 Concord St., Belmont, faces a burglary charge.
Evan Mercado, 26, of 28 Spring St., Apt. 1, Laconia, faces a burglary charge.
Donna Marie Parenteau, 58, of 568 Court St., Apt. A, Laconia, faces a charge of removing more than $1,500 worth of lottery tickets and a cash deposit from her employer, the Big Apple.
Paris Brannigan, 23, of 1020 Henhawk Road, Baldwin, New York, faces a charge of using other people’s credit cards to obtain between $1,000 and $1,500 worth of merchandise from Walmart.
Tristdonna L. Copp, 37, of 132 Park St., Tilton, faces charges of possessing more than 5 grams of fentanyl, possessing more than 5 grams of fentanyl with the intention of selling the drug, possessing methamphetamine, and possessing methamphetamine with the intention of selling the drug.
Cierra A. Gonyea, 20, of 3 Lyman St., No. 1, Laconia, faces one count of possessing more than 5 grams of fentanyl with the intention of selling the drug and one count of possessing fentanyl.
Richard J. Brue Jr., 37, a Laconia transient, faces charges of possessing the controlled drugs methamphetamine and fentanyl.
Joshua C. Page, 29, a Belmont transient, faces a charge of possessing the controlled drugs buprenorphine, clonazepam, and fentanyl.
Amanda M. Kelly, 36, of 49 Overland St., Laconia, faces a charge of possessing the controlled drug methamphetamine.
Julie D. Moulton, 45, of 43 Gilford East Drive, Gilford, faces a charge of possessing the controlled drug methamphetamine.
Raymond E. Brake Jr., 30, of 16 Kimball Road, Gilford, faces a charge of possessing the controlled drug methamphetamine.
Jonathan D. Hodgman, 37, of 17 Knight St., Concord, faces a charge of possessing the controlled drug fentanyl.
Heather Lowrey, 25, of 12 Lakewood Drive, Belmont, faces one count of possessing the controlled drug fentanyl and two counts of possessing the controlled drug methamphetamine.
Anthony M. Kopycinski, 26, of 112 Church St., No. 3, Laconia, faces a charge of possessing the controlled drug buprenorphine.
David Raymond, 30, of 131 Lake St., No. 306, Gilford, faces a charge of possessing the controlled drug methamphetamine.
Gordon Corrow, 44, of 2074 Dick Brown Pond Road, Bristol, faces a charge of possessing the controlled drug alprazolam.
Donald G. Sanborn III, 44, of 736 Union Avenue, No. 10, Laconia, faces a charge of possessing the controlled drug buprenorphine.
Travis M. Vachon, 30, of 1156 North Main St., Apt. 37, Laconia, faces charges of stealing and receiving more than $1,500 worth of stolen video games and security cases.
Christopher T. Haddock, 45, of 22 Cleveland Place, Laconia, faces a charge of operating a motor vehicle after having been declared a habitual offender.
Thomas E. Theberge, 56, of 68 Fieldstone Drive, Londonderry, faces a charge of operating a motor vehicle after having been declared a habitual offender.

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Inmates move into new jail

Belknap County Corrections Center opens after delays in staffing, telephone system

By ROGER AMSDEN, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — The first 24 inmates moved into the new 18,000-square-foot, 72-bed Belknap County Corrections Center Tuesday afternoon and more will follow in the weeks ahead.
Belknap County Corrections Superintendent Keith Gray said that 14 men and 10 women, all of whom are minimum security inmates, are now housed in the facility.
He said that the transfer of inmates to the new building took longer than originally projected due to nearly two months of delay in the hiring four new corrections officers deemed essential to opening the new facility. In early August the Belknap County Delegation approved a supplemental appropriation of $95,000 to hire the new officers.
Belknap County Commission Chairman Dave DeVoy (R-Sanbornton), who heads the Jail Building Committee which met Tuesday morning, questioned Gray about why it took so long to move the inmates, pointing out that he was under the impression that the inmates would move in right after Labor Day.
Gray said there were no telephones in the new center until just recently and that blending the new addition's control room in with the existing jail's control room has been a difficult task.
The new control room will eventually handle all of the security tasks but Gray said that both will be in operation for a period of time until the second phase of the $8 million project, renovations of the existing jail, has made more progress.
Completion date for the existing project is late October.
DeVoy said he is still hoping that the corrections center project will come in about $600,000 under budget and that he will be able to convince the delegation to repurpose the surplus bond funds to use them to replace the roof of the Belknap County Nursing Home.
“That's a high priority project for the county. We can't work on the roof if it snows and I'm hoping that we can do the work before winter weather arrives,” said DeVoy.

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Airport grows

New, longer taxiway planned at Laconia Municipal Airport

By THOMAS P. CALDWELL, LACONIA DAILY SUN
GILFORD — The Laconia Municipal Airport is moving ahead with plans to build a new taxiway alongside an old runway to serve larger airplanes and provide for additional hangar lots for plane storage.
The expansion is part of a master plan for the airport, sited amidst wetlands on Laconia-owned property within the town of Gilford.
The former runway, which has served as a taxiway for a few tenants, will eventually be torn up and divided into lots for future development, once the new taxiway is completed.
Because of the wetlands, each development has to include a drainage plan to minimize the environmental impact. The taxiway improvements shown on an amended site plan include an extensive drainage system, along with a larger aircraft parking apron to provide access to hangars under construction and those to be proposed in the future.
Laconia Airport Manager Marv Everson said the Laconia airport is seeing a large increase in traffic, including larger turbo jets, as people discover how convenient it is to use.
“We’re nearly 100 percent full with our hangar capacity,” he said.
The airport also has been trimming trees to improve sight along the flight path, and Everson said the airport authority also is doing an environmental assessment of non-airport-owned property along the flight paths to determine whether other trees should be cut.
While the airport has filed plans with the town of Gilford, the Gilford Planning Board has no jurisdiction over the operations, but it can make suggestions. Members asked questions but had no requests of Everson during a presentation on Monday night.

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