Women found sleeping in storage space lead to drug arrest


SANBORNTON — Police charged a man who was renting a space in a Bay Road industrial building with possession with intent to sell methamphetamine after following up on a complaint on Tuesday that two women were sleeping there when they shouldn't have been.

Robert DuPont, 53, of Sanbornton is also charged with possession of methamphetamine and resisting arrest for allegedly trying to get away from the arresting officer.

Police Chief Steve Hankard said an officer went to 31 Bay Road to check out the complaint and found an apartment in an office space near a small auto and motorcycle mechanic shop that DuPont runs.

In the unlawful apartment, police saw a clear plastic bag containing less than an ounce of methamphetamine and packaging materials.

"It was more than just for personal use," said Hankard, who added that while the methamphetamine was all in one package, there were packaging materials as well.

Sanbornton Police received a search warrant and, a New Hampshire State Police K-9, found multiple guns, documentation of drugs sales, and additional packaging materials.

Additionally, Fire Chief Paul Dexter determined that the apartment was unlawfully constructed, according to life-safety codes, and DuPont and the property owners were served notice of the issue.

The property is owned by Allen Michael LLC and is in an industrial zone according to the New Hampshire Secretary of State website and Sanbornton property tax records.

Hankard said the property owners were fully cooperative with police and the two women were visiting DuPont. They were questioned and released.

DuPont was held overnight on $5,000 cash bail. Hankard said he was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon at the Belknap County Superior Court but the Belknap County Attorney's office decided to hold the case for indictment. DuPont is no longer incarcerated in the Belknap County House of Corrections.

Help for crash victims

GoFundMe page set up for family hurt on Monday


GILFORD — A friend of the four people who were injured in a collision Monday night on Lake Shore Road has started a GoFundMe page to raise money to help pay for the family's medical bills.

Kimberly Martin of Center Barnstead said on her page that the family doesn't have any insurance and, because of the severity of the injuries to Brent Stranger and his 2-year-old daughter, Arianna, the family will be hard pressed to pay off the medical bills.

She said Sarah Kunst, who was the passenger in the 2003 Ford Focus, suffered a broken arm and will need surgery, but that she and her newborn son, Aiden, are home. Martin posted that Aiden is fine.

Stranger was driving the car headed east toward their home on Mount Major Highway when it collided with an Ford Econoline van being driven by James Willingham of Pine Street in Laconia, who was headed west toward Laconia.

In her post, Martin said the van swerved into Stranger's lane; however, Gilford Police Chief Anthony Bean Burpee said he could neither confirm or deny that because the accident reconstruction investigation by his department is not completed.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Brent Stranger and Arianna were still at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, where they were flown in the immediate aftermath of the crash.

Police said father and daughter were on the driver's side of the car, which suffered the most damage in the offset head-on collision.

Willingham, Kunst and baby Aiden were taken by ambulance to Lakes Region General Hospital, where all three were treated and released.

In an email sent to The Laconia Daily Sun, Martin said that the page has gotten over 1,000 "hits" and that she thanks everyone for their contributions, thoughts and prayers.

The page may be found at https://www.gofundme.com/help-sarah-brents-family.

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The GoFundMe page for the family involved in a serious collision Monday night in Gilford had gained more than $5,000 by Wednesday afternoon. (Screenshot)

Laconia Police Log, Jan. 4, 2017

Laconia Police responded to 62 calls between the hours of noon on Jan. 3 through noon on Jan. 4 that included two motor accidents, a report of a bad check, a report of a fraud, and disturbances at 735 North Main St Apt. 1, at 101 Baldwin St., and at 58 Breckenridge Way, Apt. 25.

There were no arrests during this time frame.