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Judge says prosecutors can keep Laconia school's truck at least until December 10

SUPERIOR COURT — The Laconia School District will have to wait until at least December 10 before it can retrieve its plow truck that was stolen from inside the Huot Technical Center in August.

After a hearing in Belknap County Superior Court on Wednesday, Judge James O'Neill conditionally denied the district's request to have the truck returned from state impound.

Dennis Lefebvre, 33, of Florida was indicted last week for one count of receiving stolen property. Police reports at the time said that Belmont Police were alerted to someone recklessly driving a truck. The responding officer saw the truck, allegedly being driven by Lefebvre, and stopped it.

Lefebvre was charged initially with driving under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of an accident (he allegedly drove the truck off Mile Hill Road) and receiving stolen property.

The truck was towed to Rusty's in Tilton and impounded.

Arguing for the release of the vehicle and for the School District was attorney Robert Hemeon, who said the truck was being held illegally because no agency has applied for a search warrant and arresting authorities have had four months to process it.

The state argued that Lefebvre had just been indicted for receiving stolen property and it needs to send the discovery or evidence against him to his attorney.

Lefebrvre's attorney argued he needs some time to process the truck after he gets the state's evidence in order to preserve his client's right's to a fair trial and determine if there is exculpatory evidence in it.

LaFebvre was not alone when he was arrested. A second man, Tyler Marchand, was with him.

In a related case, Lefebvre and Tyler Marchand have each been indicted for one count of burglarizing the high school.

School Business Administrator Ed Emond said the bulk of the plowing at the districts schools is done by the city, however the truck is used for clearing tight areas, salting and sanding. He said the city assisted the school district with the most recent storm.

He also said the district was relieved to learn that the impounding company cannot charge the school district for storage fees and only seeks $150 in towing charges. Emond said the School District has so far spent $500 in legal fees to argue in court for getting back the truck.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 December 2014 01:52

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Governor speaks of state's 'particular genius' at Taylor Community appearance

LACONIA — Governor Maggie Hassan, who will begin her second term in the new year, yesterday paid a visit to the Taylor Community, where she received a standing ovation when Bob Selig, chief executive officer of the retirement complex, introduced her to nearly a hundred residents.

Hassan recalled that earlier this year she was invited to mark the opening of Opechee Harbor, the Taylor facility serving seniors with memory loss and dementia, but was unable to fit the visit into her schedule. However, she said that she had not forgotten and looked forward to touring the facility.

Noting that as the number of elderly grows, the governor said that the need for care and services for those with dementia will increase. She said that in May she signed legislation establishing a permanent sub-committee of the health and human services oversight committee devoted exclusively to Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. At the same time, the law directs the Department of Health and Human Services, in association with the state chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, to prepare an educational program about the disease and other dementias for both the general public, interest groups and government departments, especially law enforcement agencies.

Hassan said that since she was first elected in 2012 her biggest surprise has been "how much I love being governor." As if anticipating the challenges of her second term, when she will face Republican majorities in both the House and Senate, she said that the hallmark of the state and its democracy is that it "brings more and more people from the margins into the heart and soul of the community. As you do that, you get stronger," she continued. "It's hard work and New Hampshire has a particular genius for it."

As the mother of a 26-year-old son with cerebral palsy, who cannot speak or walk, Hassan said she learned about inclusion from all those who opened their arms to him and offered to help.

In New Hampshire, the governor explained "people are engaged at every level." They hold down jobs and raise their families, she said, then volunteer to serve in the citizen legislature for $100 a year or on the planning board for nothing at all. "And they expect the same of their elected leaders," she remarked.

Without offering any specifics, Hassan referred to the fiscal challenges facing the state, which she expected would be overcome by "continuing to talk to each other and work together in a bipartisan manner" during her second term as they were in her first.

Following her relatively brief remarks the governor went throughout the room, offering her hand and making conversation with virtually everyone.

CAPTION: Governor Maggie Hassan chatted with Barbara Miles (right) after speaking to residents of the Taylor Community yesterday. The governor came to tour the newest addition to the complex on Union Avenue, Opechee Harbor, a facility for caring for seniors with impaired memory and other dementias. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Michael Kitch).

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 December 2014 01:48

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Brush dump opens again because of storm damage

LACONIA — The Department of Public Works will open the city's brush dump on Hilliard Road at the Weirs on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week, December 2, 3 and 4 — and if necessary on Friday, December 5, to enable residents to dispose of limbs and branches fallen during last week's snow storm.

This week the DPW has waived all restrictions on size and will accept all limbs and branches regardless of their length and diameter.

The brush dump will be open from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. today, tomorrow and Thursday and, if necessary Friday. To reach the brush dump, go to the roundabout at the Weirs, turn north on Endicott Street (Rte. 3), and past the Meredith Bridge Condominiums turn left on to Hillard Road. The dump is one mile down the road on the right.

With winter in full swing the DPW reminds residents not to plow or shovel snow on to city streets and sidewalks.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 December 2014 01:41

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79 indictments handed down by local grand jury

SUPERIOR COURT — Seventy-nine indictments were handed down in 45 separate cases by a Belknap County grand jury this past session.

George C. Beaton Jr. was indicted for one count of theft by unauthorized taking. The case was investigated by the Tilton Police.

Mark D. Carpenter was indicted for four counts of manufacturing methamphetamine and one count of possession of of a controlled drug. The Meredith case was investigated by the Belknap County Sheriff's Department.

Parker Cathcart was indicted for one count of reckless conduct and one count of violation or probation or parole. The case was investigated by Laconia Police.

Joseph M. Clark was indicted for four counts of manufacturing methamphetamine in a Meredith case investigated by the Belknap County Sheriff's Department.

Sean Connelly was indicted for one count of sale of a controlled drug from a case investigated by the Tilton Police.

Corey Cromwell was indicted for two separate counts of possession of a controlled — one investigated by Belmont Police and one investigated by Tilton Police.

Andrew Currier was indicted for two counts of conspiracy to possess a controlled drug and one count of being an accomplice to possession of a controlled drug. The case was investigated by Meredith Police.

Tyler Demond, was indicted for one count of possession of a narcotic drug in a case investigated by the Laconia Police.

Stephen Donahue was indicted for one count of receiving stolen property in a case investigated by the Laconia Police.

Christopher Erickson was indicted for four counts of possession of controlled drugs in a case investigated by the N.H. State Police.

Richard L. Fielders III was indicted for one count of theft by unauthorized taking in a case investigated by the Tilton Police.

Joshua A. Fox was indicted for one count of possession of a narcotic drug in a case investigated by the Tilton Police.

Shane Goss was indicted for one count of theft by unauthorized taking and one count of being an accomplice to criminal mischief in a case investigated by Tilton Police.

Zachary Gouette was indicted for one count of burglary in a case investigated by the Meredith Police.

Kyle Harriman was indicted for four count of possession of narcotic drugs, one count of possession of drugs, and one count of falsifying physical evidence in a case investigated by Laconia Police.

Norma Hernandez was indicted for two counts of sales of controlled rugs and once count of possession of narcotic drugs in a case investigated by the Belmont Police.

Randy Lee Johnson was indicted for four counts of forgery in a case investigated by Meredith Police.

Richard A. Kelley Jr. was indicted for motor vehicle penalties and once count of driving while intoxicated in a case investigated by Gilmanton Police.

Eric V. Lanigan was indicted for one count of theft by unauthorized taking in a case investigated by Belmont Police.

Dennis Lefebvre was indicted for one count of receiving stolen property in a case investigated by Belmont Police and for one count of burglary in a case investigated by the Laconia Police.

Jarod C. Leroux was indicted for one count of burglary in a case investigated by Laconia Police.

Eric J. Lewis was indicted for one count of possession of a narcotic drug in a case investigated by Belmont Police.

Tyler Marchand was indicted for one count of burglary in a case investigated by Laconia Police.

Mitchcell J. Martel was indicted for one count of receiving stolen property in a case investigated by N.H. State Police.

Joseph McCormick was indicted for one count of accomplice to theft by unauthorized taking in a case investigated by Gilford Police.

Tracy McGuire was indicted for one count of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of a controlled drug in a case investigated by the Belknap County Sheriff's Department.

Evan Mercado was indicted for two counts of theft by unauthorized taking in a case investigated by the Tilton Police.

Adrian Merced was indicted for one count of second degree assault in a case investigated by the Laconia Police.

Paul Mullaney was indicted for one count of possession of a narcotic drug in a case investigated by the Belknap County Sheriffs Department.

Kelsey Naroian was indicted for two counts of forgery in a case investigated by Tilton Police.

Klifford T. Owens was indicted for one count of acts prohibited by the Controlled Drug Act in a case investigated by the Belknap County Sheriffs Department.

Catherine Plaia was indicted for one count of theft by unauthorized taking in a case investigated by Laconia Police.

Aaron S.Rae was indicted for one count of bail jumping in a case investigated by the Belknap County Sheriffs Department.

Joseph Richardson was indicted for reckless conduct in a case investigated by Laconia Police.

Raymond Richford was indicted for one count of possession of a controlled drug in a case investigated by Tilton Police.

Samantha Romney was indicted for one count of possession of controlled drugs and one count of possession of controlled drugs with intent to distribute in a case investigated by Gilford Police.
Joshua Russell was indicted for motor vehicle penalties in a case investigated by Belmont Police.

Cody Ryan was indicted for one count of possession of a narcotic drug in a case investigated by Laconia Police.

Adam Scarsilloni was indicted for one count of theft by unauthorized taking in a case investigated by Tilton Police.

Derek Taylor was indicted for two counts of forgery in a case investigated by Meredith Police.

Thomas Ware was indicted for one count of receiving stolen property in a case investigated by Tilton Police.

John E. Woodbury was indicted for one count of arson in a case investigated by Laconia Police.

Last Updated on Saturday, 29 November 2014 12:35

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