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Shots fired call ends in domestic violence arrest

HINSDALE, N.H. — A report of shots fired early Sunday morning resulted in the arrest of a Hinsdale man.

According to Hinsdale Police Chief Todd Faulkner, around 2 a.m., dispatch received a call of shots fired in the area of 23 Canal St. Officers from Hinsdale and Winchester as well as game wardens from N.H. Fish and Game responded to the scene and were able to identify the location and arrested Paul Spaulding Jr.

"Spaulding is a known member of the Iron Militia Motorcycle Club, which has a chapter in Vernon [Vt]," said Faulkner.

Upon his arrest, Spaulding, 55, was found to be in possession of two firearms and a large knife. Because he is a convicted felon, said Faulkner, he was prohibited from possessing firearms.

Spaulding was charged with reckless conduct for discharging a weapon inside a dwelling in a residential area, a felon in possession of a firearm, domestic violence and simple assault.

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95th pilgrimage: World-renowned gathering of motorcycle enthusiasts returns with Bike Week

There are two warm-weather traditions "unlike any other" — the Masters golf tournament in April — and Laconia Bike Week in June.

An annual rite of summer for motorcycle enthusiasts throughout the northeast, the 95th pilgrimage of untold legions of weekend warriors to Lake Winnipesaukee began on Friday, June 8 and will conclude on Sunday, June 17. In years past, the event has drawn as many as 300,000 people.

Around the Granite State, scores of local bikers have revved the engines of their choppers, sport bikes, fatboys and sidecars up Interstate 93 to meet other enthusiasts, and enjoy all the week has to offer, including demo rides, vendor displays, live entertainment and on-track racing and off-track stunt shows at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon.

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Hells Angels Member Sentenced in Manchester Meth Trafficking Case

A member of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club​ was sentenced today in federal court for dealing meth in Manchester and Merrimack.

CONCORD, N.H. - A member of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club was sentenced today in federal court for dealing meth in Manchester and Merrimack.

According to a release from United States Attorney Scott W. Murray, James Cunningham, 61, of Laconia, was sentenced to serve 39 months in prison for methamphetamine trafficking in a federal court.

According to court documents, Cunningham, who is a member of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, sold quantities of methamphetamine on four separate occasions in 2013 to an individual who was cooperating with the FBI. Three of the drug transactions took place in Manchester and one occurred in Merrimack.

Cunningham, who pleaded guilty on January 25, 2018, will be on supervised release for three years following his release from prison. He also was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.

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Hell’s Angel to forefeit gun and cash in plea deal

LACONIA - A man believed to be affilliated with the Hell's Angels motorcycle club has agreed to forfeit $6,472, a handgun and ammunition as part of a federal plea agreement.

Timothy D. Raxter, 53, was arrested last year by local police after a search of his pickup turned up a loaded .40 caliber Smith & Wesson semi-automatic, the cash, and 13.5 grams of what field tested positive as methamphetamine.

The investigation began with a reported domestic assault of a woman on Church Street. The victim told police Raxter was a member of the Hell's Angels and that she'd seen him carry a black handgun that he'd stash behind the seat of his truck. She also told police she'd seen him carry sums of money and drugs in a Royal Crown bag in his 2006 GMC pickup, according to police.

Laconia police issued a statewide alert for police to be on the lookout for Raxter, who was then only wanted for domestic assault and criminal mischief.

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Laconia Hells Angel pleads guilty to federal drug charges

LACONIA — A Laconia man who allegedly belongs to the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to four counts of distributing methamphetamine, federal prosecutors said.

James Cunningham, 61, sold 26.6 grams (.94 ounce) of methamphetamine on four occasions in 2013 to an individual who was cooperating with the FBI, according to a statement released by acting U.S. Attorney for New Hampshire John J. Farley.

Three of the transactions took place in Manchester and one in Merrimack.


Cunningham was one of four men arrested and charged by federal authorities with drug trafficking crimes last June 9.

The other three were Timothy Raxter, 52, of Tilton, who also was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm; Harry Bolton, 63; and Kenneth Bailey, 52, both of Weare.

They pleaded guilty to the charges last fall and are awaiting sentencing.

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U.S. attorney: Two biker gang members among those arrested on federal drug charges

CONCORD - Two motorcycle gang members are among four men arrested on federal drug trafficking charges, Acting U.S. Attorney John J. Farley announced Friday.

According to federal criminal complaints filed in U.S. District Court on Friday:

Alleged Hells Angel Motorcycle Club member James Cunningham, 60, of Laconia, is charged with distributing and possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Alleged Milford & Company Motorcycle Club President Harry Bolton, 63, of Weare, is charged with distributing and possessing with intent to distribute cocaine.

Kenneth Bailey, 52, of Weare is charged with distributing and possessing with intent to distribute cocaine and methamphetamine.

Timothy Raxter, 52, of Tilton is charged with possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

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Hell’s Angel held on $50,000 bail for alleged domestic assault after standoff

LACONIA — A local man who police say is a Hell's Angel was held on $50,000 cash-only bail or $200,000 corporate surety after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend on two separate occasions in his home on Weirs Boulevard. He must also provide a source of funds should he post bail.

11-15 James Patrick CunninghamBelknap County Attorney Melissa Guldbrandsen didn't mention the local motorcycle club affiliation when she asked the court to set 60-year-old James Cunningham's bail at $100,000 cash-only or $200,000 corporate surety.

Guldbrandsen also asked for a source-of-funds hearing should Cunningham post bail. The judge asked her why and she said the multiple assaults, coupled with his refusal to exit his home when ordered to by police, make him dangerous.

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Motorcycle Week attendees carrying guns, feel safe in large crowd despite Orlando massacre

(video)--LACONIA — The 93rd annual Motorcycle Week is well underway, but Sunday's attack in Orlando was a reminder that anywhere can be a target for those looking to do harm.

The annual rally is expected to bring hundreds of thousands of people to the Lakes Region, and local authorities are taking this weekend’s events very seriously when planning their security detail.

“We’ve been planning motorcycle week for many, many years,” said Matthew Canfield, Laconia Police Captain. “We look at it, we evaluate it every year, and we certainly combine that with the ever-changing times, threats across the country, and actually across the world. We assess those events on a continual basis and then we use that as a base for what to do next year.”

Attendees at the rally on Monday said they were horrified to learn what happened in Florida, but they were not concerned about anything like that happening this week in Laconia.