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Laconia councilor will fight police officer assault charge

LOUDON — Laconia City Councilor David Bownes, who was charged with assaulting a police officer on Friday, says he will fight the charges.

A prominent city lawyer, Bownes is a Ward 2 city council member.

“I have an attorney and I am awaiting my trial,” Bownes said Wednesday.

“They claim that I assaulted an officer, but I have not seen a criminal complaint yet, so I don’t know what I’m dealing with here,” he said.
Loudon Police Chief Bob Fiske confirmed Tuesday that David Bownes was arrested Friday morning, but would not give further details.

Bownes said it was the chief’s son, Cpl. Jason Fiske, who was involved in the incident that led to the arrest.
“Officer Fiske said I committed an assault,” Bownes said.

“My lawyer has requested discovery in the case, and he has advised me that it wouldn’t be a wise thing for me to comment on this at this point. I don’t even know what the complaint is going to say.”
Bownes would not comment further on the case, and neither the Loudon chief nor his son were available for comment on the case on Wednesday.

According to court officials, Bownes was released on $2,000 personal recognizance bail and scheduled for arraignment on June 9, in Concord District Court.
Bownes was elected to the council last fall, having served previously many years ago as a councilor, city officials said.

From 1982 to 1986, he was a public defender in Laconia.

He opened his law office in Laconia in 1986, specializing in criminal law, workers’ compensation law, civil and personal injury cases, and administrative law.
Laconia City Manager Scott Myers said the city council has not taken any action related to Bownes’ arrest.

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