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Heroin antidote saves Belmont man but now he's under arrest

BELMONT — A local man is charged with one count of possession of heroin after emergency responders went to a home on Middle Route yesterday at 8:47 a.m. and found him unresponsive and suffering from breathing difficulties.

Patrick Stitt, 40, shares the home with his elderly mother and his girlfriend.

Emergency responders learned Stitt may have overdosed on heroin and administered NARCAN, which immediately reversed the effects of the heroin. Stitt was able to walk to the ambulance.

While he was being transported, police were able to gather enough evidence to charge  him with possession of the narcotic drug.

When police went to Lakes Region General Hospital to arrest him, they said they were "surprised" to learn he had left on his own and was last seen walking away from the emergency room.

Sgt. Adam Hawkins found Stitt walking along Rte. 107 and arrested him without incident. He is being held in lieu of $2,000 cash bail and is schedule to appear in the 4th Circuit Court Laconia Division this morning.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 May 2014 11:37

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Laconia man said to have threatened girlfriend with an axe

LACONIA — A Merrimac Street man was ordered held on $5,000 cash-only bail for allegedly threatening his girlfriend with an ax during an argument early Tuesday morning.

William E. Fort, 30, appeared in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division yesterday and entered no pleas to one count of felony criminal threatening and one felony count of second-degree assault.

He pleaded not guilty to one count of simple assault for allegedly biting her nose.

Police affidavits said they were called to Merrimac Street at 3:05 a.m. by the victim who said Fort had allegedly pinned her to the floor with his legs to the point where she had trouble breathing and then bit her nose.

Police said he also picked up an ax and said, "I'll jut use it to take off your head."

Affidavits said the argument was precipitated when Fort awoke from sleeping, left the bedroom and urinated in the living room.

Judge Jim Carroll also ordered Fort to not possess any dangerous weapons, not to drink any alcohol or consume any drugs and to stay away from the victim and Merrimac Street should he post bail.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 May 2014 01:26

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LHS renovation project can be expanded because of savings in sprinkler project

LACONIA – The School Board got some good news last night when it learned that part of the sprinkler installation project at the High School would cost less than anticipated and the savings would allow for additional circulation and ventilation in some interior classrooms.

As part of the initial engineering for a $1.8-million QZAB, or Qualified Zone Academy (interest-free) Bond project, the school thought the glass in the main entry way would have to be removed and retrofitted with fire-safe glass or a wall.

The retrofit of fire-safe windows would have cost at least $100,000.

This area is where the old Huot Technical Center was added to the eastern building of the high school. The former outside wall became an inside wall with windows that open into the foyer for some air.

Business Administrator Ed Emond said after reviewing state fire code with the local fire department and the N.H. State Fire Marshal, the district learned the foyer needs only to be a "smoke-free" barrier and not a fire barrier. He said the cost would be a few thousand dollars as opposed to the six-figures the district had anticipated.

Emond said the savings will be redirected toward adding some ventilation and air circulation to the class rooms in the same area that do not have windows that open to the outside.

The QZAB project will add sprinklers to the High School, improve the air-handling and circulation within the buildings, install air conditioning in the gymnasium and repair the air conditioning in the auditorium.

The School Board also voted unanimously to have the city issue the bond in the aggregate principal amount of $1,828,000 and sell it to Bank of New Hampshire at the price of par, with the length of the term to be 25 years.

In other school board news, Superintendent Terri Forsten said that kindergarten registration opened one week ago and so far 116 children have registered for the 2014-2015 school year.

She said the district plans on having eight full-day kindergarten classes next year instead of the nine they have now.

She anticipates 2014-2015 enrollment will be around 150 to 160 kindergarteners. This year there are 173 kindergarteners.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 May 2014 01:22

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Gilford & Belmont high schools to field cooperative football team

GILFORD — The Gilford and Shaker Regional school districts have agreed to negotiate an agreement for establishing a cooperative football team, starting this fall.
A memorandum of understanding which calls for a two-year program, contingent upon approval by the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association (NHIAA), was approved by the Gilford School Board Monday night.
It calls for Gilford to be the lead school district in the partnership and retain regulatory decision making-power over the cooperative program. Superintendent of Schools Kent Hemingway said that the two school districts currently operate a cooperative high school hockey program in which the Shaker School District is the lead district.
The Shaker District agreed to commit $7,500 for year one with junior varsity level player opportunities and $15,000 for year, two to include both JV and varsity play.
Future agreements between the two school districts on the cooperative football team will be based on a 50-50 cost sharing basis according to the memo.
Hemingway said that between five and 15 Shaker District students are expected to take part in the program this fall based on participation by Belmont players in the Gilford Youth Football League, which fields teams in two leagues and has about a dozen players from Belmont.
The memo calls for the Shaker District to fund its share of the operating costs beginning in the 2016 fiscal year budget. Costs for the 2015 fiscal year, while not in the approved budget, will be funded through the district's athletic special revenue fund.
The Friends of Belmont Football, a group of parents who joined together two years ago in an effort to find a way for their sons to be able to play football at the high school level, have raised over $10,000 towards that goal, according to Eric Shirley, one of the founders of the group.

Inter-Lakes High School in Meredith and Moultonborough  Academy operate the only current cooperative high school football program in the Lakes Region. They also field a joint ice hockey team.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 May 2014 01:10

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