Man charged with drunk driving after teenager is hurt in rollover

BELMONT – A local man is charged with one count of aggravated driving while intoxicated and one count of endangering the welfare of a minor after he crashed a car at 4 a.m. Saturday on Seavey Road near the intersection of Wildlife Boulevard.

Police said Tevin A. Mitchell, 21, no address given, apparently lost control of the 2000 Toyota Celica he was driving and struck a stone wall and a few trees before the car came to a rest on its roof. Mitchell and two passengers were trapped inside the car.

A 17-year-old female passenger from Gilford was determined to have serious bodily injuries, while Mitchell and a 22-year-old adult male passenger were both treated for minor injuries.

Police said neighbors reported hearing a loud crash and notified the police. One of the neighbors said that it appeared to him Mitchell was coming from the Route 106 side of Seavey Road and lost control on a sharp curve near Wildlife Boulevard. He said he appeared to have overcorrected and struck a stone wall and a few smaller trees before landing in the field on the south side of Seavey Road.
The neighbor said he didn't go to the crash site but heard a helicopter land at the Belmont High School, which is right across the street from the crash site.

Police said the Belknap Regional Accident Investigation Team reconstructed the crash while on scene assistance was provided by Northfield, Canterbury and Gilmanton Police. Seavey Road was closed from 4 a.m. until 11 a.m. Saturday while the reconstruction team completed its investigation.

Police said they are working with the owner of the Celica to see how it came to be in Mitchell's possession.

Mitchell is free on bail. No further information is available.

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Laconia Police investigate burglary at Coldwell Banker office Friday

LACONIA — Police are investigating a burglary at the Coldwell Banker Real Estate Office on Court Street that was reported to police at 8:44 a.m. Friday.

Capt. Matt Canfield said there doesn't appear to be any forced entry to the building and laptops, computer cords and memory devices were some of the items taken.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Laconia Police at 524-5252 or the Laconia Crime Line at 527-1717.

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Criminal threatening charges dropped, rooster's owner pleads guilty to disorderly conduct

LACONIA — A Lakeport woman who kept a pet rooster at her home on North Street pleaded guilty yesterday in 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division, to a charge of disorderly conduct in connection with a confrontation with her neighbors that took place at a Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting in June, at which the board confirmed its earlier decision barring her from keeping the animal in a residential zone.
Two charges of criminal threatening against Bridgette Leroux, 44, of 58 North St., brought in connection with the same incident, were nol prossed, or dismissed, by the Laconia Police Department prosecutor James Sawyer.
Leroux was fined $1,000, with $750 of the fine suspended by Judge James Carroll, on the condition of one year of good behavior.
In 2014, Jeffrey Leroux purchased the rooster, a bantam - or smaller - breed, as an ornamental bird, at the Sandwich Fair as pet for his wife, who dubbed him "Pecker." When neighbors complained about his crowing to the Planning Department, Director Shanna Saunders ruled the Lerouxes could not keep poultry in a residential zone. The Lerouxes sought a variance, which was denied by the ZBA in April.
When the zoning board members met at the Belknap Mill in June, they reaffirmed the original decision, prompting Bridgette Leroux to turn in anger on her neighbors, Dan and Amanda Ouelette, who were seated several rows behind her. Seeking to restore order, Steve Bogert, chairman of the zoning board, warned Leroux if she persisted he would have her removed. In the meantime, Saunders called the police.
In July, the Ouelettes were granted a temporary restraining order forbidding the Lerouxes from contacting or communicating with them. In seeking the order, they recalled the confrontation at the zoning board meeting, alleging that Jeffrey Leroux threatened to damage their property and Bridgette Leroux threatened to physically harm them. Moreover, they told the court they had spoken with the police about the incident at the mill as well as another incident two nights later, when they called 911 to report disruptive behavior on the part of the Lerouxes.
Bridgette Leroux was then charged by police with disorderly conduct and she was also charged with criminal threatening.
Jeffrey Leroux said at the hearing on the restraining order sought by the Ouelettes that Pecker had been moved to Center Harbor, where he is living on the 57-acre farm owned by his father.

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