Belmont officer on paid leave as investigation into shooting continues


BELMONT – A patrol officer who fired a gun on South Road in the early morning hours of Oct. 28 is on paid administrative leave while the New Hampshire State Police Major Crimes Division investigates.

Belknap County Attorney Melissa Guldbrandsen said Wednesday in a written media release that Officer Patrick Riley attempted to arrest 24-year-old Hayden Moon after coming upon his car on the side of the road.

Riley learned that Moon was wanted on a bench warrant for failing to appear in court and attempted to arrest him. Guldbrandsen said Moon "attempted to elude (Riley) and dragged (him) with his vehicle as he escaped custody."

Riley fired his gun in an attempt to arrest Moon. Guldbrandsen said Riley suffered minor injuries but she is now confident in saying that Moon was not injured as a result of the confrontation.

Moon's car was located in Loudon but he remains on the loose. A warrant for his arrest has been issued for felony-level reckless conduct and resisting arrest.

The U.S. Marshal's service is assisting the State Police in searching for him.

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Weirs vandals destroy meters and vending machines

LACONIA — Police are seeking information regarding a vandalism spree in the Weirs Beach section of town during the hours between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

Capt. Matt Canfield said someone or some people used a pipe, a baseball bat or something similar to smash eight parking meters across from the Crazy Gringo on Lakeside Avenue.

He said two vending machines at the Mount Washington pier were also smashed.

Anyone who saw something or who has any information regarding this vandalism is asked to call the Laconia Police at 524-5252.

– Gail Ober

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Meredith fire destroys home

11-09 Meredith house fire

A fire which was reported shortly after 2 p.m. Wednesday destroyed a home located off from Blueberry Hill Road on Meredith Neck. Firefighters from Meredith, Ashland, Moultonborough, New Hampton, Bristol, Gilford and Center Harbor responded to the scene of the fire and refilled their tankers with water drawn from a hydrant on the Meredith Neck Road. There was no word at deadline on the status of residents. (Roger Amsden/ for The Laconia Daily Sun)