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Bieniarz Award goes to Kathy Calvin for service to schools

LACONIA — Kathy Calvin became the 27th recipient of the Debra Bieniarz Memorial Award, bestowed annually in recognition of uncommon service on behalf of children and youth in the Lakes Region. The award is given in honor of of the late Debra Bieniarz, who during her nine years with the Laconia Police Department enhanced, enlivened and enriched the lives of young people.

City Council Armand Bolduc (Ward 6), acting as Mayor Pro-Tem, presented the award when the City Council met last night.

"I was surprised," Calvin confessed. "It has taken my breath away." She said that she was eager to contribute because "Laconia is a community I enjoy." She noted that "here the superintendent of schools was a T-ball coach," a reference to former superintendent Bob Champlin. "When I was a kid I didn't even know who the superintendent was, He was a remote figure. Now people are involved and the kids need these opportunities."

Calvin has been a mainstay of the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation, serving as a trustee, vice-president and president from 2001 to 2009 and as an advisory trustee ever since. In addition, she was among the founders of the Laconia Educational Endowment Foundation.

An active member of the Kiwanis Club of Laconia, Calvin participates in in the KARES reading program in the school system as well as the annual Bicycle Rodeo. At Laconia High School, she works closely with the Key Club and is a staunch supporter of the Band Boosters. She has served as a director and volunteer with the Salvation Army and for many years has enthusiastically and courageously taken the Turkey Plunge.

Each year a committee, consisting of a city councilor, police officer and school board member, selects the honoree from among nominations submitted by members of the community.

After accepting the congratulations from family and friends, Calvin remarked "would you know, I'm going to count money for the Salvation Army tonight."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 December 2014 01:29

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Second psychiatrist to evaluate man accused of murdering his mother and brother

LACONIA – A Belmont man accused in the ax murder of his mother and brother will receive a second mental health evaluation by a second doctor, a Belknap County Superior Court judge has ruled.

Asst. N.H. Attorney General Jeff Strelzin did not object to a second competency hearing for Shawn Carter, 32, who is accused of chopping to death his mother and brother in May 2013 in a home the three shared in Belmont.

Carter is charged with four counts of homicide – two for each victim and each offering a different version of the crime. He is being held without bail in the Belknap County House of Corrections.

The motion says that Carter has been evaluated twice by Dr. Daniel Comiskey of the N.H. Office of Forensic Examiners, who concluded Carter is competent to stand trial.

Carter's attorneys continued to have concerns about his competency and requested the services of Dr. Phillip Kinsler, a forensic psychologist in Hanover, to do a second, independent evaluation. The court agreed to pay $5,000 for the evaluation.

According to court paperwork, Kinsler met with Carter on Dec. 2. However, the interview was cut short and the evaluation could not be completed.

The most recent motion grants an additional $5,000 to the defense team to have Kinsler conduct a second interview.

Carter is indigent and is entitled to a competent defense. Settled case law provides that an indigent defendant is provided with funding for services other than counsel.

Carter is being represented by two attorneys from the N.H. Public Defenders Office.

The hearing on the recently ordered competency hearing is scheduled for Jan. 22.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 December 2014 02:13

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Ossipee woman killed in car crash

MOULTONBOROUGH — An Ossipee woman was killed Saturday night after the car she was driving traveled through a stop sign at the intersection of Routes 109 and 25.

The car traveled through the intersection at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday, continued on to Skyline Drive, struck a culvert and came to rest on its roof in a marshy area.

Alice Dow, 27, of Ossipee was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police Chief Leonard Weatherbee Jr. said the Moultonborough Police and the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit are investigating.

Police said alcohol did not appear to be a factor.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 December 2014 01:52

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Man violates restraining order minutes after being served

LACONIA — A city man is being held on $300 cash bail for allegedly pushing his girlfriend and returning to her apartment within 10 minutes of being served with a restraining order.

According to complaints filed yesterday with the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division, police responded to a call at 735 North Main St. on Dec. 20 for a report of an assault.

The caller said Hector Albelo, 29, of 735 North Main St. allegedly pushed a woman in the face and into a wall. He also allegedly took her cell phone to prevent her from calling police.

Albelo was served with an order of protection at 3:51 p.m., but returned immediately to the apartment.

Police rearrested Albelo and he spent the rest of the weekend in the Belknap County House of Corrections. Albelo appeared by video in court this morning and was ordered held on $300 cash — money he must provided to the court on Jan. 29 or a bench warrant will be issued.

He was also ordered to stay away from the victim and the apartment.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 December 2014 01:49

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