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Police say they've identified 'tagging' suspects

LACONIA — Police said yesterday that they have had some breakthroughs in the recent spate of spray painting vandalism or "tagging" throughout the city.

A police spokesman said that they believe the "tagging"is being done by a group of people in their late teens — some of whom are juveniles and some of whom are adults.

He said police found three people with empty spray paint cans on them within the past few day and are working to put a criminal case together.

Along with some spray painting of local businesses and schools, someone defaced one of the murals along the WOW Trail last week.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Laconia Police at 524-5252 or 524-1717.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 May 2014 12:52

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Traffic stop leads to methamphetamine bust

BELMONT — A Northfield man and a New Hampton woman are being held on $500 cash bail each after police found methamphetamine in their possession after a traffic stop Saturday night.

According to affidavits, Franchesca Pecoraro, 29, of Main Street in New Hampton was driving near Church Street when a patrol officer realized the brake lights above the trunk was out.

When he checked Pecoraro's license he found it had been revoked he asked her to step out of the car. When he checked to see if her passenger, Jamie Judkins of 318 Cross Mill Road in Northfield could drive her car, he learned his license was also suspended.

While waiting for the car to be towed, he allowed both to wait unhandcuffed while he conducted an inventory of the car prior to the tow.

Affidavits said Judkins asked for a pack of cigarettes and his backpack from the back of the car. The officer retrieved them but noticed that the backpack was unusually heavy and asked Judkins what was in it because it felt like it was in the shape of a firearm.

Judkins said it was a wrench and a cursory inspection indicated it was a plumbers wrench. The bag and its contents were turned over to Judkins.

While Judkins and Pecoraro were smoking cigarettes and waiting for the officer to complete his inventory, the officer found a large leather box type shaving kit that contained "empty gram-baggies" of an unknown substance.

He said Judkins admitted the shaving kit was his and said the baggies weren't his but he knew they were there. The officer said that he thought the substance was heroin.

The officers asked Judkins if he could check his arms and Judkins agreed, showing his arms that had old marks but nothing fresh.

When he asked Pecoraro to look at her arms, he said she had fresh track marks and one was still "oozing."

Pecoraro agreed to talk to the officer and when he asked if there were any needle or other sharp objects that could cause him harm while he was doing his inventory, she told him he could find some items under the front seat of the car.

The officer found a baggy with four hypodermic needles, a straw, a cotton ball and a piece of tinfoil. He also found a bag with unused needles.

He said there was also a large chunk of white powder in the bag with the needles that he recognized as methamphetamine.

Because both Pecoraro and Judkins are both on probation the officer arrested both of them for a probation violation and one count each of possession of methamphetamine.

As of yesterday and according to the Belknap Cocunty House of Corrections inmate locator, they are both still incarcerated.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 May 2014 12:49

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Jim Pickering celebrates 82nd b-day in house he lived in as child — now Mame's restaurant

MEREDITH — Friends and family helped Jim Pickering of Loundon celebrate his 82nd birthday on May 18 at Mame's restaurant in Meredith. The restaurant occupies the same building where he lived for the first six years of his life and he was returning to it for the first time.

The party of 11 was hosted by restaurant owner John Cook, who provided a tour of the historical building, which is now a virtual museum filled with historical artifacts. All in attendance marveled at Pickering's extensive memories growing up in Meredith in the 1930s in general and of the house in particular.

 Although aware that his family was taking him to dinner after church on that Sunday, the true destination was a surprise until, after passing Hart's Turkey Farm as a final other possibility, Jim commented, "I think I'm going home today". With that, he reenter a place where he had not set foot for nearly eighty years.

Pickering by his daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl and David Rice, and many members of his Loudon Congregational Church, including Pastor and wife Dick and Patton Carter of Ashland, Deacon Joe Watson and wife Jenny of Laconia, Deacon Mark and Vicki Whittemore, church organist Shirley Preston, and Loudon neighbor and friend Rodman Booker.

In addition to the great food and fellowship, special complimentary birthday cake, and personal historical tour, appreciation was also expressed for the gracious hospitality of Mame's Kayleigh Sargent who coordinated the festivities, and helped bring about a most wonderful day.

CAPTION: Jim Pickering of Loudon (center) celebrated his 82nd birthday on May 18 at an unexpected location — Mame's restaurant in Meredith. The restaurant is located in the same historic home where Pickering lived as a young boy. Flanking him are his daughter and son-in-law, David and Cheryl Rice of Loudon. (Courtesy photo).


Last Updated on Friday, 30 May 2014 12:47

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Preserving deveopment potential around key Meredith intersection becomes priority

MEREDITH — When the Advisory Committee convened to address traffic congestion downtown met yesterday, it broadened its perspective from easing the flow of vehicles through the Rte. 3/Rte. 25 intersection to ensuring the redevelopment of the properties on the northern corners of the junction.

Last month the committee learned that nothing less than replacing the signaled intersection with a two-lane roundabout offered the most promising means of hastening the flow of traffic along the south and east corridor. However, a majority of the panel appeared to share concerns expressed by Rusty McLear of Hampshire Hospitality Holdings that a roundabout of sufficient size and appropriate configuration would severely limit if not altogether foreclose development of the adjacent lots.

The committee asked Gene McCarthy of McFarland Johnson, Inc., project manager for the New Hampshire Department of Transportation (DOT), to assess the prospects of enhancing the traffic signals at the intersection. Yesterday McFarland reminded the committee that it had earlier rejected signalization, primarily because to maximize its effectiveness, Rte. 25 would require two additional lanes.

Nevertheless, McCarthy said that "this does work," explaining that the results of adjusting the traffic signals and widening the roadway would be superior to one-lane roundabout, but inferior to a two-lane roundabout. "It's not terrible, but it's not great," he remarked.

McLear pointed out that all the roundabout plans, except for the one-lane roundabout, would encroach of on lots surrounding the intersection. In particular, he said that the town would forego development worth between $6 million and $8 million if the lot on the northeast corner of intersection owned by Meredith Village Savings Bank were consumed by a roundabout. This, he indicated, would be a steep price to pay for alleviating congestion on summer weekends.

The committee then returned to an option it had previously rejected consisting of three one-lane roundabouts and a by-pass. The junction of Rte. 25 and Pleasant Street would be converted to a roundabout and a second roundabout would be built on Rte. 3, north of its intersection with Rte. 25. The two roundabouts would be connected by a roadway crossing Hawkins Brook and by passing the busy intersection, where the third, single-lane roundabout would be built.

John Edgar, director of Community Development, suggested this option might improve the flow of traffic without hindering development at the center of town. At the same time, he said it could improve the flow of local east-west traffic.

However, the price tag for the by-pass option is estimated at more than twice the $5 million DOT has allocated to the project.


Last Updated on Friday, 30 May 2014 12:40

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