GILMANTON — Two police officers escaped injury over the weekend after a man in distress sicced his German shepherd on them.
Chief Joe Collins said Officer Chris Gustafson was able to fend the dog off with his night stick and eventually the animal retreated.
Collins said Gustafson and Officer Corey Brennan responded to the home that is in the Sawyer Lake area at 5:35 p.m. Friday for a call for an attempted suicide.
When they arrived, Collins said the home owner initially came out of his house and began yelling at the police and telling them to get off his property.
When police told them they were only there to make sure he was okay, they said he sicced his dog on them.
When the dog retreated, the man picked up a shovel and headed toward police.
One of the officers zapped the man with a Taser gun and police were able to gain control of him. He was taken to the Lakes Region General Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.
Collins said the man won't be criminally charged and he is not releasing his name or address because of the reason police responded.
"Fortunately neither officer was injured and we are hopeful the man will get the care he needs," Collins said.
Last Updated on Thursday, 05 September 2013 03:34
LACONIA — A Center Street man who chased down an alleged burglar who had been in his home had a single count of disorderly conduct placed "on file" in District Court Tuesday.
Michael Gallos, 36, agreed to pay the Cumberland Farms convenience store on Court Street $99.95 for the sun glass display that got broken during his May 14 scuffle with Matthew Andrews, 25, of Sargent Street in Gilford.
Andrews has since been charged with burglary.
According to police reports at the time, Gallos and his wife were at a local sporting event and his 15-year-old niece was home alone. She had left the door open so her younger brother, who was playing outside, could get into the house while she was in her upstairs bedroom.
The girl heard a noise from the kitchen and thought it was her brother. She told police she came down the stairs to yell at him for making so much noise.
Instead, she came face to face with Andrews who told her he was a friend of her uncle's (Gallos) and had permission to be in the house. Andrews left immediately after offering his explanation.
Gallos and his wife returned home within minutes and when his niece described Andrews to him, Gallos said he knew who he was and tracked him down at the convenience store, where the two fought.
Gallos was originally charged with disorderly conduct, simple assault, criminal threatening and criminal mischief. Laconia Police Prosecutor Jim Sawyer didn't prosecute the assault, the criminal threatening or the criminal mischief charges.
Placing the disorderly conduct charge "on file" for six months means that as long as Gallos has no criminal contact with police for six months the charge will be dropped.
After Tuesday's resolution, Gallos said he was grateful to the police, attorney Ted Barnes, and the court for exonerating him and said he wanted to thank his friends and family for being so supportive.
Last Updated on Thursday, 05 September 2013 03:17
ASHLAND — No one spoke at a deliberative session of a special Ashland School District Meeeting Tuesday night, which was called to discuss a three year collective bargaining agreement with the union of teachers at the Elementary School.
The proposed agreement, whose fate will be decided by an official ballot (SB-2) vote on October 1, provides teachers with a 5.5 percent raise over the next three years. Exclusive of seniority step increases, the salary of members of the Ashland Teachers will increase by 1.5 percent in 2013-14 and two percent in each of the following years.
Estimated additional financial impact is $24,168 in the first year of the contract, $41,291 in the second year and $45,754 in the third year. The estimates are based on current staffing levels.
The teachers group represents 21.2 full-time professional staff members, including classroom and special education teachers, guidance, nurse, library and Title 1 teachers.
Health insurance changes, expected to provide $12,000 in savings for the School District in the first year, will see the district pay 87 percent of the cost of the Local Government Center Comp 1000 premiums and they will be responsible for all deductibles and co-insurance. The district had paid a portion of those under its self-insurance program, which will no longer be in effect.
Also offered as insurance option will be a Blue Choice "point of service" plan, for which the district will pay 94 percent, and a Matthew Thornton HMO plan, for which the district will pay 95 percent of the premium.
The same contract proposal failed by eight votes at the March school district meeting according to Mardean Badger, school board chairman, who said ''we thought the teachers deserved a second chance. Many of them have been with the district for 20 or more years and they've been working real hard to make changes in curriculum and adapt to new standards.''
Last Updated on Thursday, 05 September 2013 03:12
LACONIA — Dave Perry, proprietor and chef at Jilly's Bistro, can trace the opening of the city's newest eatery back to an unhappy event that occurred in 2007: an accident that ended his career as a construction worker.
"I had a tree fall on top of me," he said, grimacing. Injuries from the incident required him to hang up his tools for several years while his body healed from both the accident and the several surgeries aimed at relieving the discomfort which he still experiences. However, Perry, who served in the U.S. Army during the Operation Desert Storm, wasn't content with life in a recliner. "I started dabbling in some courses at Lakes Region Community College, next thing I know, I started on my path to getting my degree in culinary arts."
A native of Lowell, Mass. who moved to Ossipee about a decade ago, Perry signed up for a cooking class on a whim. He was shocked by how much he enjoyed the program. "To me, it was more like hanging out and having fun everyday than like going to school... The staff there is just awesome."
"I really didn't think that I would end up hanging around long enough to get my degree," continued Perry. "I was constantly amazed at what I was learning, how much there really is to know, how much is involved in this industry."
While Perry was sharpening his culinary skills, his father happened to pass through Lakeport Square and noticed that the building at 777 Union Avenue was for sale. He decided the price was too good to pass, and so he purchased the property. The building had once been a five and dime store, more recently was an antique shop, and was not ready to be a restaurant when Perry first set foot inside. Since 2008, Perry and his friends from his construction days have been effecting a transformation to what it is now. The polished floorboards and tin ceiling hint at the building's history but Perry's hard work is evident elsewhere. The result is a Boston-themed sports bar, one that Perry said reminds him of his favorite haunts of his younger days.
"When I first started, I really didn't know what I wanted it to be," said Perry. He had spent hours upon hours traveling through Laconia, collecting menus and tallying the various types of eateries nearby. He had interned under chef Scott Ouellette at Canoe in Center Harbor, and with Oullette's O Steak and Seafood restaurant, he knew he didn't want to compete in the fine dining arena. He knew he wanted a hardwood bar in the center of the dining room, though, and it was when he was working on that project that his vision began to take shape. "It got me thinking of places I went to growing up in Lowell, the sports bars there, things I really enjoyed."
The menu he created matches the venue: onion rings, wings, steak and cheese subs. There's some signature touches, too. Perry was stationed in New Orleans for part of his military service, and his muffaletta sandwich and deep-fried pickles came back with him. He expects his hamburger, featuring a patty of chuck mixed with brisket, will become a favorite on his menu. Sandwiches are served with house-made potato chips. At Jilly's, Perry thinks he's offering something that didn't previously exist, a neighborhood spot for a sandwich and a ball game. "I wanted people to feel like they could afford to come in here, watch a game, eat some bar food... It's blue-collar, that's what I like about it. It's not anything fancy, especially with the way the economy is. I want people to be able to stop in and eat with their kids."
Jilly's Bistro, which Perry named after his sister, is open Thursday through Monday, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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Dave Perry, owner and chef of Jilly's Bistro, recently opened his establishment in Lakeport after earning a culinary degree from Lakes Region Community College. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Adam Drapcho)
Last Updated on Thursday, 05 September 2013 03:08
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