Convicted drug dealer indicted in fentanyl charge


LACONIA – The man who pleaded guilty to helping provide the heroin the caused the overdose death of a 23-year-old city woman in 2011 has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of possessing fentanyl with intent to distribute and conspiracy to possess and sell the drug.

Stephen Marando, 56, most recently of Belmont, was sentenced to 3 to 10 years in prison for conspiracy to distribute heroin, death resulting, and the state agreed to drop a charge of sale of a narcotic drug resulting in death.

A detention hearing for Marando is scheduled to be held Thursday, Dec. 14, in U.S. District Court in Concord. The indictments returned Nov. 1, allege the crimes occurred in mid-April and name Louis Gardner, Heidi Langevin and Robert Saint John, as co-conspirators. The charging documents had been sealed until the defendants were arrested.

Ashley Denty, a native of Natick, Massachusetts, was found dead in her Union Avenue apartment on April 1, 2011, after neighbors heard her toddler crying and couldn't get Denty to respond to first knocks, and then pounding on her door. The New Hampshire Medical Examiner's Office ruled that her death was caused by acute heroin intoxication.

Marando was sentenced to three to 10 years in prison with one year of the minimum suspended upon successful completion of a residential drug treatment program. He was also ordered to make restitution of $5,704 to Edwin Denty for funeral expenses.

Marando additionally pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine, possession of alprazolam and misdemeanor marijuana possession and received suspended or concurrent sentences.

The Prison Classification Board later requested the court grant Marando work release saying that they had considered his background, institutional adjustment and prognosis and believed that the likelihood of rehabilitation would be enhanced by allowing him to be employed while serving his sentence. The request was granted. He completed his minimum sentence in April 2014.

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Fire kills 29 dogs in Bristol, weeks after 7 others died in another blaze


BRISTOL — An early morning fire yesterday killed 29 German shepherd dogs trapped in a cottage on a Chestnut Street property where seven other dogs had died in a similar fire three weeks earlier.
Police say the first fire was caused by a knocked-over heat lamp and yesterday’s fire might also be related to a heat lamp, but they had not completed their investigation to determine the cause.
The first fire killed two adult dogs and five newborn puppies at what police describe as a kennel where German shepherds are bred. That fire also destroyed a home on the property, but there were no human injuries.
The family has been living elsewhere since the fire, but they were continuing to care for the remaining dogs on the property, according to Sgt. Aaron Chappel.
Wednesday’s fire killed three adult dogs and 26 puppies, police say. They found nine other dogs alive when executing a search warrant at the property. Chappel said the warrant was obtained to seize any remaining dogs in light of the “continuous events” on the property.
He would not say that charges are likely, but that they were possible, once police complete their investigation of “the totality of the circumstances.”
The property at 90 Chestnut St. is owned by Jennifer Harlfinger and included a three-bedroom cape as well as the outbuilding which Chappel described as a cottage or camp. The property is slightly under 1 acre in size and is near the end of the street.
Chappel said the town had an issue with the kennel in a residential neighborhood, but he could not speak to the specifics of the matter.



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Laconia police log 11/7-12/7

LACONIA — Police responded to 33 theft calls, seven involving drugs and 10 involving assaults between Nov. 7 and Dec. 7. and recorded 50 arrests.

Nov. 7

Michele G. Tinker, 33, of 164 Morningside Drive, on a bench warrant; Merry Beth Pennellatore, 39, of 242 South Main St., Apt. 1, after a motor vehicle stop.

Nov. 9

Joseph Edwardo Costello, 25, of 277 South Main St., on breach of bail and operating without a license; Nicholas Andrew Berrios-Nedeau, 29, a transient on two charges of domestic violence.

Nov. 10

Marcus James Burke, 39, of 126 Union Ave., Apt. 207, on possession of narcotic drugs and on warrants; Nicholas Eugene Collette, 22, of 64B Lake St., Bristol, on bench warrants.

Nov. 11

Heather K. Rice, 30, a transient, on willful concealment.

Nov. 12

Jordan Christopher Miller, 22, of 579 Meadow Pond Road, Gilmanton, on criminal mischief; Amy Warren, 21, of 123 Court St., on possession of controlled drugs.

Nov. 13

William Butterworth, 33, of 43 Ingalls Road, Pittsfield, on a warrant.

Nov. 14

Daniel McDonald, 25, of 197 Town Pound Road, Alexandria, on a bench warrant; Safet Dinarica, 28, of 26 Morrill St., on domestic violence.

Nov. 17

Aaron Scott Rae, 28, a transient, on criminal threatening, domestic violence, false imprisonment and domestic violence.

Nov. 18

Aaron Akers, 19, of 765 North Main St., on a warrant.

Nov. 19

Jordan T. Smith, 19, of 293 Mechanic St., Apt. 3, on a bench warrant.

Nov. 20

Jade Markham, 20, of 81 Bowman Road, Alton, on a bench warrant.

Nov. 21

Elizabeth A. Maglio, 21, of 7 Sargents Place, Apt. 26, Gilford, on willful concealment (theft).

Richard Allen Guidi Jr., 19, of 33 Howard St., on bench warrants.

Nov. 23

Tyler Michael Wardner, 18, of 322B South Main St., on driving after revocation.

Marcia A. Foss, 45, of 238 N. Main St., Concord, on a habitual offender charge.

Nov. 24

Gage R. Jewett, 18, of 24 Estates Circle, Apt. 24, on driving after revocation.

Rachel Lynn Newton, 25, of 116 Cotton Hill Road, Gilford, on criminal trespass.

Paul Woodbury Hewitt, 55, of 32 Appleton St., on a habitual offender charge.

Nov. 27

Jared Riley, 35, of 1035 North Main St., on driving after revocation.

Nov. 28

Amy M. Canterbury, 33, of 23 Liscomb Circle, Apt. 5, Gilford, on a charge of domestic violence.

Arthur H. Gilman, 55, of 371 Union Ave., Apt. 1, on failure to pay court order judgments.

Izaiah Joseph Conway, 20, of 22 Windsong Place, Meredith, on charges of breach of bail, domestic violence and criminal mischief.

Nov. 29

Aaron Scott Rae, 28, a transient, on breach of bail.

Johnathan S. Olisky, 38, of 206 Washington St., Apt. 1, on a bench warrant.

Joseph G. Cote, 27, of 35 Joliet St., on a bench warrant.

Nov. 30

Jason S. Cram, 25, of 918 North Main St., Apt. 5, on a bench warrant.

Dec. 1

Roger E. Pendleton, 54, a transient, on a bench warrant.

Cameron R. Lobo, 28, a transient, on a conspiracy charge.

Michael J. Gentile, 31, of 123 Union Ave., Apt. 4, on possession of marijuana.

Dec. 2

Michael Ventola, 55, of 138 Mechanic St., Apt. C, on conduct after an accident and aggravated driving while intoxicated.

Dec. 3

Adam J. Collins, 28, of 243 Endicott North St., Apt. 431, on bench warrants.

Joshua A. McNeil, 35, of 18 Winter St., driving after revocation.

Leo M. Hanson Jr., 51, of 21 Chestnut St., Gilmanton, violation of protective order.

Dec. 4

Donald C. West Jr., 45, of 36 Merrimac St., Apt. 5, Penacook, on a habitual offender charge.

Davie L. Stebbins, 41, of 103 Blueberry Lane, Apt. 49, on a warrant.

Dec. 5

Mindy L. Bolduc, 36, of 81 Pine St., Apt. 3, on a bench warrant.

Dec. 6

Brandy S. Tuttle, 29, of 23 Saltmarsh Pond Road, Gilford, on misuse or failure to display plates.

Jee Timm, 32, of 123 Mechanic St., Apt. A, on a charge of change of name or address (license)

Mariah A. Vetrone, 26, of 135 Pleasant St., on a warrant.

Timothy A. Haddock, 26, of 57 Blueberry Lane, Apt. 34, on a warrant.

Mark W. Tatro III, 26, on a bench warrant.

Dec. 7

Steven Anctil, 33, of 6 Chestnut St., Apt. B, on driving after suspension.

Julie D. Moulton, 45, of 43A Gilford East Drive, Gilford, on possession of narcotic drugs and possession with intent to distribute.

Thomas M. McNeil, 29, of 15 Johnson St., Belmont, on a warrant.

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