Admitting he divulged privileged into, Gilmanton selectman resigns

vivGILMANTON — Selectman Steve McCormack resigned last night after hearing from two members of the audience at a Selectboard meeting that they had lost their trust in him.

He told the small audience that he had felt badly since the June 30 meeting and has carefully reviewed the laws and the 138-page Attorney General's report on the state's Right-to-Know law.

"I'm not going to see this town destroyed," he said. "After this meeting, I will resign."

McCormack said he would continue to help the town anyway he could but that he would never seek another public office.

During the public comment section of the meeting, School Board member Adam Mini and resident Brenda Currier both said they felt McCormack violated the town's trust when he told at least two people about Police Chief Joe Collins's retirement in December.

"Revealing (the content) of sealed non-public minutes erodes the trust - especially with our employees," said Mini, calling McCormack's transgression "cavalier."

"I would vote for an investigation, a blood-letting, whatever," Mini said, adding that employees need to feel they can come to the selectmen and not have their confidences violated.

Currier echoed Mini's feelings saying that it's not the content that was released but the fact that he broke the oath he took when he became a selectman in 2014.

On June 30, McCormack admitted to telling Brett Currier and Wayne Ogni that Collins was retiring at the end of the year. Both mentioned it at the June 30 meeting after which selectmen unanimously agreed that the town should ask the State Attorney General Office for an independent review.

Town Administrator Arthur Capello said he heard from the AG's investigator yesterday that there was no criminal offense and the office would not likely investigate it.

Collins said in a letter to the editor printed in today's paper that he wasn't upset when his retirement was made public but was very upset when he learned that the news could have been used by a selectman to influence the process of hiring a new chief to further someone's agenda.

Sgt. Matt Currier has been named as the next chief in a unanimous decision by the board. In the interests of transparency, Brenda and Brett Currier are his parents.

After being ejected by large wake, two hit by boat when it circles back

WOLFEBORO — Two boaters were hit by boat after they were tossed from their craft when it hit the wake of a much larger boat.

Marine Patrol said Patrick, Christine and Eric Curry were riding in a 14-foot aluminum boat behind a larger boat that was generating a considerable wake.

When the Currys' boat hit the large wake, all three occupants were ejected. The boat didn't stop and swung around and struck Christine in the right leg and Erin on the left hip.

Marine Patrol officers said the boat was equipped with an emergency lanyard that, if worn properly, would have stopped the boat when they were ejected.

Patrick Curry was able to reach into the boat and shut it off by pulling on the lanyard.

The two women were taken to Huggins Hospital for treatment.

Alton woman faces several charges after allegedly stabbing man in arm

ALTON – Police charged a local woman with first degree assault, domestic violence assault, possession of marijuana and obstructing the report of a crime after she allegedly stabbed a male friend in the bicep Saturday night.

Teri Marquis, 49, of 88 Larry Drive was ordered held on $7,500 cash only after her video appearance in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division yesterday morning. She has since posted bail.

According to police affidavits, officers were called to the home via 911 for a disturbance. Moments later they were called to the same home for a stabbing. As they were driving past 85 Larry Drive, Marquis came running out of the front door of her home waiving her hands. She was covered in blood and police recognized her.

She said, "help me I'm missing a tooth" to a police officer who said he had gotten a report of someone being stabbed. Marquis pointed to her side and said she had been stabbed but when asked to show police her wounds, there was nothing there.

Police said that as they approached Marquis's front door, a man approached them, also covered in blood, and said, "the crazy [expletive] stabbed me." Police noticed a puncture wound on his left bicep that was bleeding.

Affidavits said they determined the blood on Marquis came from the victim's stab wound.

Police said they found a "very large amount" of blood inside the home spanning from the kitchen to the bathroom through the living room and to the front door. The victim told police the knife was tossed into the bedroom.

Police found a pipe commonly used to smoke marijuana in plain view in the kitchen. After they obtained a warrant, they found several individually wrapped packages of marijuana in the house.

In court yesterday, Judge Jim Carroll found no probable cause for one charge of possession with intent to distribute and said the possession of marijuana charge was "iffy" at best.

Gilmanton Prosecutor Atty. Anthony Estee asked for bail to be continued at $25,000 cash-only because of Marquis's extensive criminal background that included at least three separate cases of assault including one previous first-degree assault.

Public Defender Steve Mirkin said his client had never failed to show up for any court dates and that she would agree to any terms set by the court including no alcohol, drugs, or weapons.

Mirkin also argued that his client had lost a tooth, had a second tooth that was loosened and said there may be much more to the case than what was presented in the police affidavits. He said she could possible post $3,000 cash but requested personal recognizance bail so the incident could be further investigated.

Sgt. Dennis Orbino said yesterday the investigation into the matter is continuing and additional interviews are being conducted.

Marquis is ordered to stay away from the victim who visits a relative in Alton but resides in Massachusetts.