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Planning Board approves Titeflex expansion plan

LACONIA — The Planning Board this week approved the site plan of Titeflex Aerospace to double the manufacturing space of its facility at 93 Lexington Drive in the O'Shea Industrial Park.
Titeflex, which manufactures flexible hose and rigid tubing for a variety of applications in the aerospace industry, currently occupies 431,000-square-feet on a 9.9-acre lot, but rents space in an adjacent building as well as a parking lot. The new addition will add 46,994-square-feet to the north end of the facility. Beyond the addition, a 37,000-square-foot lot will provide on-site parking for 123 vehicles.
Project manager Brandon Prudhomme said that the addition will enable the firm to bring all its operations under one roof as well as reduce its production costs. "We're looking to do a lot of positive things at once," he explained, adding that with LED and natural lighting energy costs will be trimmed and by recycling all its water discharge will be cut to zero. Prudhomme said that with the additional space and lower costs Titeflex will position itself to increase output and add employment in the future.
The parking area will be surfaced with porous pavement, the first large commercial application of the technology in the city. A filtering media directly beneath the surface will cleanse the water of contaminants before it reaches the groundwater and a network of under drains will disperse rising water during heavy rainfall to prevent flooding.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 March 2015 02:16

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Large percentage of indictments are drug related

BELKNAP COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT — The following people were indicted by a grand jury convened on February 19.

Michael Moraros, 38, of Tilton was indicted for three counts of second-degree assault and one count of felony criminal threatening.

John F. Swain, 34, of Laconia was indicted for four special felony counts of possession of controlled drugs.

Sean Dillon, 34, of Meredith was indicted for possession of heroin and one count of driving while intoxicated in Gilford.

Matthew Kiver, 38, of Belmont was indicted for two counts of second-degree assault.

Kristle Gifford, was indicted for one class B felony of possession of a controlled drug.

Jeremy Pickering, 34, of Laconia was indicted for one special felony count of possession of a controlled drug.

Angela Libbey, 30, of Meredith was indicted for one count of operating a motor vehicle after being deemed an habitual offender.

Matthew Kenney, 39, of Meredith was indicted for one count of operating a motor vehicle after being deemed an habitual offender and one count of disobeying a police officer.

Cameron Lobo, 25, of Charlton, Ma was indicted for one count of sale of heroin in Laconia.

Kenneth Blankenship, 32, of Tilton was indicted for one count of burglary and one count of disobeying a police officer in Gilford.

Hagan Gorgas, 25, of Belmont was indicted for one count of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Nicholas Adel, 29, of Laconia was indicted for four counts of possession of a controlled drug.

Jacobe Swartwood, 25, of Belmont was indicted for one count of possession of controlled drugs with intent to distribute.

Daniel King, 43, of 26 County Drive in Laconia was charged with two counts of exposing himself to a group of juveniles at Opechee Park in Laconia.

Heather Hoyt, 23, on New Hampton was indicted for one count of possession of oxycodone and one count of possession of cocaine in a case investigated by Sanbornton Police.

Edward Chambers, 37, of Pembroke was indicted for one count of driving after being deemed a habitual offender.

Izaish Conway, 19, of Pittsfield was indicted for two counts of sales of heroin in a case investigated by Laconia Police.
Michelle Conley-Rance, 25, of Laconia was indicted for one count of burglary.

Angela M Libbey, 30, of Meredith was indicted for one count of driving after being deemed an habitual offender.

Randy Lee Johnson, 29, of Meredith was indicted for one count of being in possession of a controlled drug – a special felony.

Shawn Cochrane, 44, of Meredith was indicted for two separate counts of issuing bad checks in a case investigated by Laconia Police.

Roberto Roig, 28, of Nashua was indicted for one count of felony level criminal threatening with a deadly weapon and one count of second-degree assault in a case investigated by Laconia Police.

Edward Pawlosky, 27, of Franklin was indicted for one count of theft by deception and one count of theft in a case investigated by Tilton Police.

Robert Gonthier, 39, of Gilmanton was indicted for one count of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

Jonathan Rawlins, 35, of Gilmanton was indicted for four counts of possession of methamphetamine and one count of manufacturing methamphetamine in a case investigate by the N.H. Drug Task Force and Gilmanton Police.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 March 2015 02:13

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Women argue over handicap space

GILFORD — Police were called yesterday to mediate an argument over a handicap parking space between two women after a phone call from one of them reported an assault. The incident occurred in the Wal-Mart parking lot.

Sgt. James Leach said it appears that one woman parked in a handicap spot and a different woman objected and approached her.

While the reports aren't complete, Leach said the woman in the handicap spot apparently began pulling at the complaining woman's jacket and she called the police.

Leach said when officers arrived, the two women were arguing and the police  spoke with them.

He said no one was arrested but the police are still investigating the matter.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 March 2015 01:52

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Burchell charged colleagues are 'apologists for failed system'; DeVoy & Taylor respond

LACONIA — The two Belknap County Commissioners who voted Monday to oust Richard Burchell of Gilmanton as chairman have defended themselves against charges made in a written statement he distributed to members of the Belknap County Convention last month.
Both Dave DeVoy of Sanbornton and Hunter Taylor of Alton took issue with Burchell's characterization of them as ''apologists for a failed system'' because they had not endorsed his plan to restructure county government by eliminating the positions of county administrator, finance director and director of Human Resources.
''Dick Burchell has no education or experience in organizational change. I'm not going to come in and try and start changing everything after just two months on the job," said DeVoy. "When it comes to that kind of change we need to think about it and study it before deciding it's the right thing for the county.''

DeVoy was selected as the new chairman on Monday in an election that Burchell disputes.
Taylor said that Burchell's characterization of him as an apologist is simply wrong. ''No one was more of an outspoken critic of the previous regime than I was,'' he said, pointing out his strong opposition a costly jail plan proposed by the former commissioners as well as his criticisms of them for not following the budget transfer law and not doing something to curtail rising health insurance costs for the county.
''I've learned that if you disagree with Mr. Burchell you better be ready to be criticized,'' said Taylor, who said that the criticism comes in the form of exaggerations of an opponent's positions.
Burchell's statement was distributed to convention members at their Feb. 17 meeting.
Frank Tilton, chairman of the convention, said that he recalled reading it and said it lacked specific recommendations that could be considered during the 2015 county budget process, as did a brief one page description of Burchell's budget plan which was distributed a week later to the Laconia City Council.
The written statement was distributed to the convention four days after Burchell refused to participate with his fellow commissioners and county officials in a day-long meeting to address the budget and come up with an additional $400,000 in budget changes to meet Tilton's target of a $1.1 million cut in the amount to be raised by property taxes.
It cited ''the divisive personalities which were rife in the two years I served as a member of the delegation'' and claimed that not making the changes he recommended would ''leave the same personalities in place which helped to create a distrustful and punitive work environment,'' an apparent reference to Belknap County Administrator Debra Shackett and Finance Director Glen Waring.
DeVoy has said that Burchell is using the prospect of diminished revenues as leverage to shrink and restructure the county administration, an agenda he nurtured as a member of the convention for the two years before his election to the commission. Alluding to the tension between Burchell and county officials whose positions he would eliminate, DeVoy suggested his plan smacks of "retribution".
Taylor has said that Burchell lacks the temperament to be chairman and can't deal with differences of opinion.
Burchell was apparently ousted as chairman in a chaotic meeting of the commissioners Monday morning in which he tried to prevent them from removing him by constantly rapping a gavel and declaring loudly that they were "out of order. DeVoy and Taylor continued to make and pass motions to overrule the chairman and, after they replaced him, adjourned the meeting.
Burchell later in the day filed a motion in Belknap County Superior Court seeking ex parte relief from the action of the other two commissioners, claiming that there is no statutory basis for his removal as chairman, which he maintains will be ''an invitation to chaos". He had unsuccessfully sought an injunction before the meeting to prevent the other commissioners from taking action. He says he still considers himself chairman and will only step aside if ordered to do so by a judge.
A hearing on the motion is scheduled for March 11 at 1:30 p.m.
DeVoy will be represented by Attorney Paul Fitzgerald at the hearing while Taylor, who is a lawyer, will represent himself.

All three commissioners are Republicans, as are all members of the current convention.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 March 2015 01:43

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