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LRCC student arrested in aftermath of Keene riot

LACONIA — As yet officials at Lakes Region Community College (LRCC) have taken no disciplinary action against one of its students who was arrested by Keene police after the rioting amid the annual Pumpkin Festival on October 18 and 19.

Scott Kalicki, president of the college, speaking through his assistant Tanya Lindquist, said yesterday that  officials would await the outcome of the adjudication of the criminal charges brought against the student, who has not been identified, before contemplating disciplinary action.

Police arrested 84 individuals during the rioting and another 16, including the student from (LRCC), afterwards following an investigation that drew heavily on pictures posted on social media, especially Facebook and Twitter. At the same time, 170 students of Keene State College were disciplined for their conduct during the rioting.

Last Updated on Friday, 05 December 2014 02:36

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Region will have 2 senators on vital finance committee

CONCORD — Senator Andrew Hosmer (D-Laconia) has been named to the Senate Finance Committee, joining Senator Jeanie Forrester (R-Meredith), who chairs the panel, to assure the Lakes Region a strong presence on the committee during the 2015 session of the New Hampshire Legislature.

The Finance Committee will play a huge role in the development of a new, biannual state budget

Hosmer, who served on the Ways and Means Committee during his first term in the Senate, said yesterday that he requested a seat on the Finance Committee following his re-election in November. He noted that the retirement of Senator Sylvia Larsen of Concord, created an opening for a Democrat on the committee. He described the budget as "the nuts and bolts of state government" and anticipated it would be the "biggest challenge of the session. The budget affects the interests of everyone," he continued. "This is an opportunity to represent all my constituents."

Forrester, who was named to the Finance Committee in her second term, last year succeeded Senator Chuck Morse (R-Salem) as chairman when he became president of the Senate. She also serves on the Public and Municipal Affairs Committee.

Last Updated on Friday, 05 December 2014 02:31

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Tilton man charged with misdemeanors relatingto what Sanbornton police believe was 'road rage' incident

SANBORNTON — A Tilton man has been charged with one count of misdemeanor vehicular assault and one count of misdemeanor reckless operation for his alleged role in a crash on Bay Road in October that put one man in a coma.

Adam M. Jones, 20, of Ash Road in Tilton turned himself into Sanbornton Police last week and is free on personal recognizance bail.

According to police, Jones and a second man, Scott Marcotte of Sanbornton, were both allegedly traveling at high rates of speed in the same direction along Bay Road at 6:43 p.m. on October 15 when Marcotte, who was riding a motorcycle, lost control of his bike and crashed.

Police said Jones "locked up his brakes and swerved" to avoid hitting Marcotte and rolled his car in the process.

Lt. Kevin McIntosh said the two didn't collide on Bay Road, however a subsequent investigation led them to believe the two had some kind of earlier encounter minutes before the crash at the lights near Shaw's supermarket in Belmont.

McIntosh said that it appears this could be a case of road rage. During an interview, Jones allegedly told investigators that he and Marcotte had some kind of incident and that he was trying to follow close enough to the back of his motorcycle to read the plate number.

He said a witness told them that he saw a motorcycle with a car right behind it traveling at a high rate of speed on Bay Road. The witness said he heard the crash and that those were the only two vehicles he had encountered on the road.

McIntosh said Marcotte suffered a serious head trauma and, to date, police have not had an opportunity to interview him. Marcotte is expected to recover.

Jones has a scheduled appearance in the 6th Circuit Court, Franklin Division on December 8.

Last Updated on Friday, 05 December 2014 02:28

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Mayor Morgan Johnston presides over Christmas Village

LACONIA — "It looks like everyone is having fun," remarked Ernie Bolduc, who as an elf called "Tinsel", last night welcomed scores of children to the opening of Christmas Village for the 39th year. "It never changes," he smiled.

The Bolducs, Ernie and his brother Armand, the elf "Twinkle," along with their friend Bob Hamel have been the mainstays of Christmas Village since the festival began in 1975. Each year they oversee the transformation of the Community Center from a basketball court to an enchanted land, alive with the spirit of Christmas.

For the next three days nearly 3,000 children will pass through the village, beginning in the basement where they wait turn through the attractions upstairs while face painting, playing games, learning crafts and watching movies under the watchful eyes of some of the 60 or 70 elves. Upstairs they will share a moment with Santa and savor pink lemonade and cookies at his sidewalk cafe amid the lights and decorations of the Christmas season.

Every child will leave with a personalized ornament, a special gift and a personal letter from Santa bearing the postmark "Christmas Village, Laconia NH 03246-1/2. And for $3 they can have their picture taken with Santa and his wife.

Morgan Johnston and her brother Jack began coming to Christmas Village as young children. This year, her 13th as a volunteer, she is the mayor of the village, while Jack, as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, gambols about entertaining her visitors. Morgan, a sophomore in college preparing to become a veterinarian, said that she began in Santa's House and has since played every role in the village. Jack, a high school senior, was the first toy soldier. "We went through as little kids," Johnston said, "and when my mother saw they were looking for help we volunteered. "

For some years many of those among the first to enjoy the Christmas Village have been bringing their children to share the joy they experienced at what has become one of the city's most enduring traditions and popular spectacles.

The Christmas Village will open this evening from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m.

Last Updated on Friday, 05 December 2014 02:24

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