Bridgewater man facing arson charge after fire at his mobile home

BRIDGEWATER — Following a fire at a mobile home at 862 Mayhew Turnpike, lot 6, on Sept. 30, a local man is facing charges including arson.

Tyler J. Prescott, 30, who lives at the site of the fire, was in Plymouth Circuit Court District Division Monday for a probable cause hearing, according to State Fire Marshal J. William Degnan and Fire Chief Don Atwood.

He faces a Class A felony charge of arson, a Class B felony charge of criminal threatening, a Class B felony charge of reckless conduct, and a violation offense of disorderly conduct.

The court found there was probable cause on all charges and bail remains at $100,000 cash or surety. Prescott's case is now bound over to Grafton Superior Court for further court actions. Prescott is currently being held at the Grafton County Jail.

Anyone with information that may assist with the investigation is encouraged to contact Investigator Matt Wilmot of the State Fire Marshal's Office at 603-223-4289.

– Ginger Kozlowski

Convicted burglar who lost shoe near crime scene wants a new trial


LACONIA — Instead of being sentenced Monday for his role in burglarizing the Emerald Street residence of a widow, a local man will be asking a Superior Court judge for a new trial instead.
Michael Regan, 32, claims that because there was no physical evidence putting him inside the home at 51 Emerald St. in August of 2015, and because the case is completely circumstantial, the jury didn't follow the judge's order.
In his jury directions, Belknap County Superior Court Judge James O'Neill told the jury that "If it is reasonable to arrive at two conclusions, one consistent with guilt and one consistent with innocence, then you must choose the reasonable conclusion consistent with innocence."

Regan, through his attorney Mark Sisti, cites three things the jury should have considered, the first being that there was no physical evidence that put his client in the home. There were no fingerprints and no gloves were found on Regan.
Second, he said the victim testified that a small gold bracelet that was broken and stored in a small manila envelope was missing, but the bracelet was not found on Regan.
Third, the victim testified that she woke and saw two intruders in her office and that one of them had dark legs. She also testified that the lights were on in the office and she thought one of the men was dark skinned or black.
Both Regan and Kevin Gobeil, who pleaded guilty, are white.
Regan testified in his own defense and said that he and Gobeil were sitting in his Arch Street apartment when a friend named Marcus, who is Dominican or black, came over and told them they could go to his aunt's house where there was air conditioning and television.
He said the three walked to Emerald Street and "Marcus" told them he had to go around to the back of the house to get the key. He said all three went to the backyard, but when he heard glass break, he "freaked out" and ran away.
While he was running, Regan said he lost one of his shoes and while looking for it, fell into a ditch or ravine about 10 to 15 feet deep, which is where Laconia Police Officer Joseph Tucker found him.
Tucker testified that the person who fell wasn't moving and for a second thought he was dead. Regan, said he struck his head and woke only to hear Tucker tell him to put his hands up or he would send in a police dog.
Regan, 32, was found guilty of one count of burglary by a jury on Aug. 10. While the trial lasted three days, the jury took nearly as long to deliberate and at one point reported they were deadlocked.
O'Neill brought them all back in the court room and gave them "Allen Instructions," which is a generic term for encouraging those in the opposition to reconsider their positions. "Allen instructions" are often called "dynamite" because they have a way of blasting a verdict out of a jury.

Police never arrested a third man.


Centenarian celebrated

10-18 100th Lina Schaefer

Lina Schaefer, left, who celebrated her 100th birthday on Sunday, interacts with her great-granddaughter Kendall Landry, who marked her 16th birthday on the same day. (Bea Lewis/for The Laconia Daily Sun)

Gilford family's four generations fete Lina Schaefer

GILFORD — Lina Schaefer was 6 months old when the first wave of doughboys crossed the Atlantic to join the Allies and face the Central Powers of Germany and Austria-Hungry.
On Saturday, she celebrated her 100th birthday with her extended family that included nine grandchildren and one great grandchild, who traveled from as far north as Canada and as far south as Connecticut to mark the milestone.
While Schaefer has obviously won the genetic lottery – she's outlived three husbands – she credits eating healthy food coupled with maintaining strong friendships with family and friends as helping her stay healthy and spry.
Family members said she was a wonderful cook, making everything from scratch and an especially talented baker. Loraine Borelli of Cambridge, Massachusetts, said her mother was born on Oct. 16, 1916, in Inkerman, New Brunswick, Canada.
"She made wonderful birthday cakes," said Kathy, of Colchester, Connecticut, who married Lina's son, Laurent Landry.
Following her marriage to Maxime Landry, Lina had fraternal twins Laurent and Lorraine, and then a son, Roger. The family initially moved to Montreal, and then Rhode Island. In 1952, they relocated to Lincoln, New Hampshire, where her husband worked as a millwright, making paper until his death in 1965.
"We all spoke French before we spoke English," said Roger, of Wells, Maine, whose wife, Pam, organized Saturday's festivities held at Pheasant Ridge Country Club in Gilford.
The couple's five children, Nick, Stacey, Bill, Angie and David, were among the guests. Lorraine and her husband, Vincent, added two more grandchildren to Lina's roster, Joseph and Anthony. And Laurent and Kathy, who contributed two more, Stephanie and Christopher.
After his father's death, Roger Landry, said his mother who had never worked outside the home, took up waitressing. She also found love for a second time and married Lyman Ware.
"She was always frugal and taught us to save money. We we're a moderate income family but she made sure we never wanted foranything," her youngest son said.
Laurent's wife, Kathy, said her mother-in-law was known for her needlework.
"She was an excellent seamstress and made her own patterns. She made beautiful cable-knit sweaters and crocheted."
Following her second husband's death, she found a third life partner and shared some 30 years of marriage with John Schaefer until he passed away at age 97. For the past three years, Lina has lived at Forest View Manor in Meredith.
Stephanie Barrett, recounted that her daughter, Kendall, is Lina's great-granddaughter and was also born on Oct. 16. But while Kendall celebrated sweet sixteen on Sunday, Schaefer was entering the centenarian club.