Woman in jail after missing court appearance

LACONIA — A local woman is being held in lieu of $1,000 bail after being arrested for failing to appear in court on a felony neglect charge.

Rachel L. Newton, 25, was sent to the Belknap County Corrections facility Friday after bail was set at $1,000 cash or corporate surety.

Newton was arrested Thursday on a warrant issued by the Belknap Count Superior Court after she failed to appear for a hearing on Jan. 23 related to a charge against her for criminal neglect of an elder adult.

Newton was indicted last March for failing to give medicine and/or medical care to an 88-year-old woman in March 2016 who was suffering from a serious skin ulcer.

At the time of her arrest Newton, who court documents list as homeless and whose last known residence was on Pine Street in Laconia, had been free on personal recognizance bail on two charges of criminal trespass.

– Michael Mortensen


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City orders repair of dilapidated home

LACONIA — It doesn't happen often, but sometimes a home is in such bad condition that the city tells the owner to repair it or knock it down.
If the owner doesn't take action, a court will be asked to allow the city to repair it or knock it down, with expenses billed back to the order.
This is the scenario playing out at 173 Franklin St., about a half mile northwest of the intersection of Union Avenue and Elm Street. The house stands out like a sore thumb in an otherwise tidy neighborhood of homes near Opechee Bay.
Paint is peeling off the structure, trees and bushes are overgrown, the exterior is damaged.
The city is trying to rectify the situation under a state law, RSA 155-B, Hazardous and Dilapidated Buildings.
City Manager Scott Myers said that about every five years, the city embarks on such an action after approval from the City Council. The matter is on the council's Monday agenda.
“The city has had numerous conversations with neighbors regarding the condition of this property,” a city report said. “Several attempts of outreach to the property owner have resulted in limited to no success, resulting in the need to address the situation in this manner.”
The city has prepared a letter to send to the owner, Rebecca Morse, pending City Council approval.
“You are hereby ordered to repair the building within 45 days of the date of this order,” the letter states. “Fully repair all holes in the roof, the sidewalls and soffits.”
Morse does not have a listed phone number. The home at 173 Franklin St., appears vacant.

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The city is planning to order the owner of this home at 173 Franklin Ave. to fix it or tear it down. (Rick Green/Laconia Daily Sun)

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Belmont police log Jan. 26-Feb. 2, 2018

BELMONT — Christopher A. Ladnay, 32, of Parade Road, Meredith, is facing charges of violating a protective order, stalking, and default of bail conditions following his arrest by Belmont police on Jan. 26.

Police on Jan. 28 charged Jordan C. Stacey, 32, of Grant Street, Laconia, with displaying a false inspection or registration sticker.

On Jan. 29, police charged Stacy L. Hurst, 33, of Concord Street, Belmont, with simple assault.

They charged Matthew S. Tapley, 39, of Deerwood Lane, Amherst, with driving after suspension or revocation.

On Jan. 30, police charged Ashley N. Medas, 23, of McMurphy Road, Alexandria, with wrongful conduct after an accident.

On Jan. 31, police arrested Timiah L. Wilkins, 20, of Spring Street, Belmont, on a police warrant and a bench warrant, also charging Wilkins with resisting arrest.

Police charged Joshua Ripley, 24, of Sawtooth Road, Gilmanton, with a violation of a protective order.

On Feb. 1, police charged Kenneth David Malone, 62, of Concord Street, Belmont, with domestic assault.

Police charged Sebastian A. Corneau, 23, a transient, with driving after suspension or revocation and disobeying an officer.

Police arrested Nathaniel William Moore, 29, of Brown Hill Road, Belmont, on a bench warrant.

On Feb. 2, police arrested Allan Fish, 21, of Summer Street, Laconia, on a bench warrant.

Police arrested Francis D. Marden II of Deer Drive, Gilmanton, on a warrant for driving while intoxicated.

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