Andruzzi announces run for Carroll County Attorney

By Daymond Steer

WOLFEBORO — Michaela Andruzzi of Wolfeboro, a former Deputy Carroll County Attorney, has announced she will be running for Carroll County Attorney this November as a Democrat.

M-AndruzziMichaela Andruzzi of Wolfeboro is a former Deputy Carroll County Attorney. (COURTESY PHOTO)In her announcement, Andruzzi said: "As a career prosecutor, I know first-hand how important the office of County Attorney is, and I have the trial experience and leadership ability to ensure that the office operates at the highest level of competence on behalf of the citizens of Carroll County."

Previously, Andruzzi was chief prosecutor and a unit chief over domestic and sexual violence in the District Attorney's Office in Salt Lake County, Utah, as well as the Deputy County Attorney here in Carroll County under Robin Gordon.

She also provided assistance to the office at the request of the current county attorney, Thomas Dewhurst (R-Bartlett).

She has been a prosecutor 16 years out of the 19 years she has practiced law, handling a wide variety of felony cases, including drug distribution, sexual assault, domestic violence and even homicide. She has prosecuted thousands of cases, taking approximately 200 to jury trial. Many cases resulted in prison terms for violent offenders.

Andruzzi has believes in working closely with law enforcement and the community to address issues which affect all of us.

She served as the Unit Chief/Duty District Attorney in Utah from February 2007-May 2012. She served as Deputy Carroll County Attorney from March 2014-August 2014 and then took a position with Turning Point Justice, a restorative justice company that focuses on minimizing the impact of first-time shoplifters.

 Andruzzi has drawn support from former County Attorney Gordon. She has been a resident of Wolfeboro for just over two years and is the mother of two sons.

"I would welcome the citizens of Carroll County to join me in bringing experience, leadership skills and community outreach to the office of county attorney," she said.

She can be contacted at www.MichaelaAndruzzi.com. Fiscal Agent: Keith Simpson, 69 Camp School Road Wolfeboro NH 03894.

Memorial Day weekend fun family activities

As the unofficial start of summer, Memorial Day weekend offers a variety of fun activities. Some of them are:

• Memorial Day Weekend Craft Show on Saturday and Sunday, May 28-29, at the new North Conway Community Center in North Conway. More than 75 exhibitors will be inside the new building and outside, including alpacas owned by Gordon and Robin Long, who will be selling alpaca products. Other exhibits will include: fine jewelry, New England photography, hand knits, pottery, maple syrups, kettle corn, cedar furniture, quilts, whoopie pies, pillow quilts, hand-poured soaps, homemade jams and jellies, country primitives, seasonal decor, wood carvings, ribbon accessories and gourmet food. Music will be provided by Tim Janis. Free admission. Leashed pets welcome. For information, call (603) 528-4014 or email www.joycescraftshows.com.

2016 Memorial Day observances

By Tom Eastman

CONWAY — Parades, concerts and services are planned to remember fallen armed services members on Memorial Day Weekend.

One highlight will be the 10th annual performance by the Seacoast Wind Ensemble at Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center in Fryeburg, Maine, on Sunday, May 29, at 7 p.m. A 50-piece band will provide a musical salute to include several Sousa marches and the Armed Forces Medley, saluting the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard.

Memorial Day kicks off summer season in the Valley

By Tom Eastman

CONWAY — Memorial Day weekend offers an opportunity to honor the nation's military and all they have given to this country, and there will be no shortage of observances throughout Mount Washington Valley this weekend (see accompanying story).

5-26-Memorial-day-2015-3Jackson marks Memorial Day with a parade each year. (JAMIE GEMMITI PHOTO)And while summer doesn't technically begin until June 21, this weekend — typically the fourth busiest for tourism in the state —  is the unofficial start to the summer season with many White Mountain attractions opening. One highlight is the annual Wildquack Duck Race and Festival on Sunday in Jackson.

More than 600,000 people are expected to visit New Hampshire this weekend, spending about $95 million, 5 percent more than last year. The growth is forecast to continue into the summer season, with the number of travelers expected to reach 16.5 million, a 6 percent increase from 2015. These visitors will spend an estimated $2.16 billion, 4 percent more than last summer.

According to the Institute for New Hampshire studies, a favorable regional economy and lower gas prices are fueling the anticipated increases.

Nationally, AAA Travel predicts this Memorial Day to be the busiest since 2005 nationwide, forecasting that 38 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more between May 26 and 30 — an increase of 700,000 over last year.

It's when many of the local attractions which had yet to open for the season will do so, with Attitash, Cranmore and Story Land opening this weekend (operating weekends-only through early to mid-June, when daily operations will commence).

Widespread relief as Kibby embarks on long prison sentence

By Daymond Steer

CONWAY — The whole state seemed to breathe a sigh of relief now that Nathaniel Kibby, the man who kidnapped a young Conway teen and assaulted her for months, has received a decades-long prison sentence.

kibby-reading-0526Nathaniel Kibby reads a document held by public defender Allison Schwartz on Thursday in Laconia. (JIM COLE/ASSOCIATED PRESS)Kibby, 35, pleaded guilty Thursday evening to seven indictments — knocked down from over 200 — that included kidnapping, witness tampering, aggravated felonious sexual assault and second-degree assault.

The pleas were accepted by Judge Larry Smukler.

Investigators rejoiced that their hard work culminated in a long sentence. And readers expressed their thoughts on the Sun's Facebook page, including the following:

"Thank God this beautiful young lady can finally stop worrying about having to face him in a trial," said Cyndi Mason Caulkins. "Hopefully she and her family can continue to move on with their lives."

Kibby wasn't smiling as he was led out of the room, headed for 45-to-90-year sentence. He may be eligible for parole in about 28 years.

In exchange for the plea, the state agreed that Kibby would serve his sentence outside of New Hampshire, that the federal government would not prosecute him on any federal charges, that he would disclose the location of several ounces of marijuana and that he would be eligible for parole once two-thirds of his minimum sentence was served.