Man arrested in Gilford after being found asleep in former friend’s apartment

GILFORD — A Laconia man who entered into an apartment on Woodlawn Drive Tuesday night and passed out on the living room floor has been charged with resisting arrest and simple assault.

Police said they were called to the home by a former friend of Jeffrey Goodale, 33, who found Goodale at her apartment. Once police arrived, they found him sleeping in a different apartment's living room and woke him.

Police said he was quite intoxicated and fought with police before trying to run. He was zapped with a Taser and arrested without further incident.

Goodale was evaluated by ambulance personnel from Laconia and then taken to Belknap County Corrections.

He was held overnight for protective custody and released Wednesday just after 11 a.m.

Gilford Police were assisted at the scene by Laconia Police.

Lt. Kris Kelley said this is not the first time they have arrested Goodale at this location.

– Gail Ober

Man who allegedly stole car and hit tree held on $7,000 cash bail

LACONIA — A Belmont man who allegedly stole a woman's car on Lyford Street Tuesday after telling her he had a gun is being held on $7,000 cash bail.

Attorneys for Ronald P. Johnson, 31, have also asked for a competency hearing.

Affidavits said Johnson told the victim he had a gun and wanted her car. After he got into the car, he allegedly threw her pocketbook at her. He is charged with one count of robbery and one count of criminal threatening.

She told police that it appeared he was having a hard time getting the car out of gear but when he began driving, he crashed the Jeep Liberty into a tree.

Police said he was not driving very fast.

Johnson is also charged with driving without a proper license, which is a violation.

– Gail Ober

Two arrested in Laconia drug sweeps facing additional charges or jail time


CONCORD — A local woman who had been targeted by Laconia Police for arrest in an early May 2016 drug sweep has been rearrested by the state Drug Task Force for sales of methamphetamine.

Myranda Clifton, 31, no address given, was also charged with possession of Suboxone and methamphetamine when she was arrested by the drug task force Tuesday.

Clifton was held on $5,000 cash bail and was arraigned Wednesday morning in the 6th Circuit Court, Concord Division.

She is also scheduled to appear for arraignment on a Laconia drug sales charge Thursday morning.

Clifton is one of 33 people for whom police had arrest warrants for drug sales in May. She was not arrested in the initial sweep of May 6 but was taken into custody at a later date.

A second person arrested by Laconia Police during a different drug sweep in August of 2015 was sentenced Wednesday to two consecutive 12-month terms at the Belknap County House of Corrections - one for sales of drugs in June of 2015 and one for driving after being deemed an habitual offender.

James York, 32, formerly of 11 Jewett St., Apt. E, was also sentenced to two to four years in state prison for a second count of sales of heroin in July of 2015. That sentence was suspended on the condition he remain of good behavior.