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Cat poop chronicles continue in Barnstead, judge order contempt investigation

BARNSTEAD — A Belknap County Superior Court Judge determined yesterday that one the parties involved in a cat feces battle in Locke Lake Colony has likely committed involuntary contempt of court.

Judge James O'Neill directed that the Belknap County Attorney investigate whether or not Victoria Bednarski and her husband violated the terms of a restraining order issued in June of 2013 by Judge Kenneth McHugh.

The Bednarskis were ordered to keep their three cats off of the Gilles Dube's property and the Dube's were ordered to stop firing (pellet) guns and lighting fireworks at odd hours of the night.

The Dube's, who have represented themselves throughout the nearly 18 month-long battle, claim that the Bednarskis cats have damaged the beach area of their property by continually defecating there.

Yesterday was the second time the Dube's have come to court to say that the Bednarskis have not complied with McHugh's order. He offered pictures to the court dated August 14 that he said showed the damage to his beach however he said that the wildlife camera he bought to capture images of her cats was inconclusive.

Dube said just last week he was on his deck when one of her cats joined him.

He said the Barnstead Police have been involved and that one officer told them they have the right to protect their property using means that included pellets guns.

Police Chief Joe McDowell confirmed the police have been involved but declined to comment on what now appears to be a possible criminal and not a civil matter.

The Bednarskis are represented by attorney Emily McLaughlin, who said that her clients don't ever let their cats out of the house because they are afraid of what the Dubes will do to them.

She provided a list of signatures from people who says that every time they have been to the Bednarski's home, the cats are inside and there is no evidence that they go outside.

McLaughlin also noted that the Locke Lake area is filled with wildlife including Canadian geese, ducks, raccoons and other wildlife that could also have defecated on the Dube's beach. She also noted that other people in Locke Lake Colony have cats too.

McLaughlin described the Dube's two claims of contempt as "vexatious litigation" and asked that the court award the Bednarskis legal fees.

She said her clients are terrified to be in their own home and that Bruce Bednarski's health has suffered as a result.

Conversely, the Dubes asked the judge to award them $4,000 in damages for the money they have spent on court costs, emotional distress and remediation of the beach area of their property.

The Dube's also want the Humane Society to take the cats from the Bednarski's and put up for adoption.

O'Neill ruled that the cross-restraining order remains in full effect while the county attorney's office investigates. He withheld any ruling on any financial demands until the investigation is complete. He also ordered that if any of the parties are determined to be in "inadvertent contempt" they could be jailed for up to six months.

Last Updated on Saturday, 06 September 2014 12:50

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Sachems drop opener when 2-point conversion attempt fails in last minute

LEBANON — Following what could have been a tying touchdown with 22 seconds remaining, Laconia last night elected to try for a 2-point conversion and the win but came up short and dropped its football season opener here last night by a score of 22-21. Kyle Chiasson piled up 193 yards on 38 carries to lead the Sachems offense.

The Sachems went 3-6 last season, missing the playoffs. One of their three wins came against Lebanon, 20-17.

Laconia's offense is returning quarterback Matt Swormstedt and running back Chiasson. Both players were key contributors last season. Linebackers Cody Yale and Keith Schultz will be the anchors of the defensive side.

The Sachems have a bye in week two and will return to action on September 19th when they host Manchester West, new to NHIAA Division II, at Bank of New Hampshire Stadium.

Lebanon will head to Plymouth next Saturday to face the defending Division II champion Bobcats in their season opener.

Last Updated on Saturday, 06 September 2014 01:35

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Correction: No school board election in Ward 2 this year

During to an editing error, the article published in Wednesday's Daily Sun about Beth Arsenault resigning from the Laconia School Board incorrectly stated that she had filed for re-election to the Ward 2 seat and there would be an election for the seat this year. Rep. Arsenault did file for re-election to her N.H. House seat and her name will appear on the state ballot given to voters in Laconia and Belmont next Tuesday (Sept. 9), Primary Election day and, presumably, again in November. However, there is no school board election in Ward 2 this year — only in Wards 4 and 5 — and no city election ballot will be given to Ward 2 voters on Tuesday. 

Last Updated on Saturday, 06 September 2014 01:10

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Plymouth man charged with Bristol armed robbery

BRISTOL — A Plymouth man was charged with armed robbery after he allegedly forced his way into a home on Timber Lane early Wednesday morning and pointed a loaded firearm at a woman who was sleeping.

Police said David Rothman stole $60 from the victim and the two are known to each other.

Rothman appeared in the 2nd Circuit Court, Plymouth Division yesterday and was ordered held on $20,000 cash or corporate surety.

Last Updated on Saturday, 06 September 2014 01:04

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