Merrimack County indictments for Dec. 14, 2016

CONCORD — A Merrimack County grand jury returned 76 felony indictments and 19 misdemeanor charges against 45 defendants when it met on Dec. 14.

Only charges involving Lakes Region area residents or alleging crimes occurring in The Laconia Daily Sun's readership area are reported. An indictment is not a finding of guilt but rather an indication that an independent jury has voted, after hearing from police, that sufficient evidence exists to warrant a Superior Court trial.

• William Moores, 44, 119 Elkins St.t, Apt. B, Franklin, was indicted for burglarizing a home on Fourth Range Road, Pembroke, on Oct. 1.

• Ryan Thurston, 55 Highview Circle, Gilford, was indicted for possessing methamphetamine in Loudon on Sept. 9.

• Robert Blake, 42, 70 Main St., Ashland, was indicted for possession of methamphetamine in Henniker on July 2.

• James Bryson, 57, 29 Winter St., Laconia, was indicted on three counts of selling cocaine to an under-cover police officer in Franklin on April 4, 2013; April 18, 2013; and March 28, 2013, after previously being convicted of felony drug possession in Belknap County Superior Court in August 2005.

• Thomas Chambers, 28, 276 Province Road, Belmont, was indicted for possessing methamphetamine and the controlled drug buprenorphine in Concord on Aug. 1, after previously having been convicted of a drug crime in Belknap County Superior Court in November 2015.

• Jeffery Connor, 50, 679 Province Road, Gilmanton, was indicted for the sale of less than one gram of what he represented to be heroin on Feb. 23 in Concord. Connor was also indicted for sale of fentanyl on the same date.

• Paul Costella, 43, 318 Cross Mill Road, Northfield, was indicted on two counts of possessing methamphetamine, some wrapped in a $20 bill in his wallet and more in a plastic bag, in Franklin and Boscawen on Sept. 22. He was also indicted on three counts of being a felon in possession of a dangerous weapon, a 12-inch fixed blade knife, with a 7-inch blade and two sets of metallic knuckles.

• Fred Cross III, 46, 605 Central St., Franklin, was indicted for possessing fentanyl in Northfield on June 6. He was also indicted on two counts of receiving stolen property, copper wire, belonging to South Railroad Company, and a sickle rake and lanterns, after previously being convicted of burglary and theft by unauthorized taking.

• Tony Freeman, 29, of Plymouth, who is now being held in the Merrimack County jail in Boscawen, was charged with misdemeanor drug possession for driving a vehicle on Village Street in Concord, while he had the drug in his possession or in any part of the vehicle on Sept. 27. The grand jury also returned misdemeanor charges of possession of fentanyl, driving after suspension or revocation and disobeying a police officer. Freeman was additionally indicted on charges of possession of both fentanyl and methamphetamine.

• Trevor Hoyt, 21, 115 Bean Hill Road, Northfield, was indicted for reckless conduct for driving at a high rate of speed on Concord Road, Northfield, on Aug. 31, and crossing into the opposite lane of travel at an oncoming vehicle, causing the other motorist to swerve to avoid a collision. He was also charged with misdemeanor driving after suspension.

Belmont voters will be polled on the future of the Belmont Mill

By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN

BELMONT — Selectmen have decided to decide the future of the Belmont Mill by polling voters in 2017 and asking them a series of non-binding yes-or-no questions on the March ballot.
The first question will seek to if a voter supports a future renovation of the mill building for use as town offices. The second asks whether the voter is in favor of tearing down the building, while the third asks if the voter is in favor of selling the building.
“We will not be asking for any money (for the mill or the bank),” said Selectman Jon Pike on Friday.
The discussion of the mill’s future was triggered about six weeks ago when selectmen had a discussion with Code Enforcement Officer Steve Paquin about $300,000 in renovations to the former Northway Bank building for a recreation center.
Pike questioned the use, saying that the town offices are overcrowded and some of them should be moved to a renovated bank building. His objection led Selectman Ron Cormier to say that until the town decides what it is going to do with the Belmont Mill, it shouldn’t move any town offices into the bank or spend any money on the bank.
Last March, voters overwhelming rejected a $3 million bond article that would have renovated the Belmont Mill and converted it into town offices.
However, in a series of public meetings held recently by selectmen since then, the board hasn’t gotten any clear direction from those who attended to see in what direction they should go.
The decision to put the three questions on the ballot will hopefully, said Pike, reach enough Belmont voters so the selectmen will know what direction to take.
“Once we know what the majority of people want, we will decide on a path for the future,” Pike said.

Laconia Police Log, Jan. 2, 2017

LACONIA — Police responded to 138 calls between noon on Dec. 30 and noon on on Jan. 2, including six accidents, one of which was a hit-and-run and one of which involved a snow machine. The department also responded to an assault at 72 Batchelder St. and an assault at Vista Foods Grocery Store.

Police arrested the following people:

• Melissa A. Mooney, 32, of 672 Main St., New Hampton, on two outstanding bench warrants.

• Dennis M. Vaughn, 60, of 72 Batchelder St. #1, for violation of a protection order and breach of bail.

• Heather R. Davis, 43, transient, for a bench warrant.

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