Four youths, 12 to 14 years old, charged for Pleasant Street mischief


LACONIA – Police charged four youths ages 12 to 14 Wednesday afternoon with criminal mischief for damage done to a house on Pleasant Street.

The victim said yesterday that it appears this week someone entered a shed in the back of his property.

"There's just junk in there," he said, adding he doesn't think there's anything worth taking.

But what has him upset is that last Monday a rock was thrown through a plate glass window, and that on Thursday he came home to find all of the lights on in his cellar.

He said he never bothered reporting the shed incident but is grateful that someone apparently saw the youths and reported them to police. The homeowner said he hadn't spoken to police as of Wednesday, and didn't know arrests had been made.

The homeowner said police recommended installing cameras, but he said that, with all of the windows in his home, he was "thinking about Cecil B. DeMille," whose films were distinguished by their epic scale.

He said it was bad enough when he was victimized by drug addicts last year, and said it is very disheartening for him, personally and as a citizen, that the suspected vandals were so young.

Man held on domestic violence charges


LACONIA — A former Belmont man faces multiple felonies and misdemeanors related to an alleged confrontation he had with his former girlfriend on April 24 and 25.

Thomas Kasperian, 29, who is a transient, is charged with five counts of domestic violence assault, one count of robbery, one count of endangering a child, one count of cruelty to animals, two counts of criminal threatening, one count of second degree assault, one count of criminal mischief, and one count of theft by unauthorized taking for beating her when she allegedly caught him shooting heroin in her home.

Affidavits submitted by police yesterday in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division said Belmont Police were contacted by the Franklin Police Department to conduct a welfare check at the woman's home after her mother went to Franklin to report the assault.

Police said the victim told them that Kasparian had just returned from Florida and was staying at her house. She said the first argument began on April 24 when she heard him making phone calls and thought the calls were for some drugs.

She said on that night he pushed her into a hallway heating vent but because he apologized she let him stay. The next day the alleged victim told police she saw him injecting heroin and asked him to leave. She said he refused so she tried to call them with her flip-phone but he took it away and allegedly "shoved him to the floor."

She told police she was able to get up and Kasperian grabbed her by the head and forced it into a flat-screened television after which he allegedly threw a ceramic bowl at the TV. Affidavits said evidence collected from the scene supports he story.

The alleged victim said he threw her to the floor and kicked the right side of her body after which he allegedly kicked her three times in the stomach. She told police he knelt on her throat and she kicked him in the privates to get him off of her.

She said he grabbed her dog "Harley" and threw him against a wall and threatened to kill the dog according to affidavits.

She told police to tell him to leave but when he wouldn't and came after her again, she grabbed a bowl filled with milk but when she went to splash him with it, he picked up his 3-year old child and used him to block the milk so the boy was splashed, not him.

Affidavits said she decided to get away and grabbed her purse and the dog. She said he then poured vinegar over her bed. The alleged victim was able to leave but realized he had taken $170 from her wallet.

A police detective said the victim had bruising consistent with her story.

Kasperian was ordered held on $5,000 cash bail and given standard bail conditions.

Plans for WOW Trail on display now, public hearing will be Monday


LACONIA — The City Council will hold a public hearing on the second phase of the Winnipesaukee-Opechee-Winnisquam (WOW) Trail between the Laconia Public Library and the Belmont town line on Monday, May 9, beginning at 7 p.m.
The proposed route of the trail would require eliminating a dozen parking spaces and a dedicated right-turn lane on New Salem Street.
The plan of the trail will be on display from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. through Saturday at the Raw Fitness center at 7 Pleasant St. In addition, the plans, together with representatives of H.E. Bergeron Engineers, Inc., the firm that designed the trail, will be at City Hall an hour before the meeting to address questions about the project.
"We want to make sure that all interested parties have the chance to review this project," said John Morierty, who chairs Laconia Main Street. "The project will contribute to the economic vitality of our community, " he added. He said that a presentation to the City Council by Alllan Beetle, president of the WOW Trail committee , will be available at www.LaconiaMain and more information can be found This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..