Brush fire burns quarter-acre on Horne Road

BELMONT — Town fire crews spent the better part of early yesterday afternoon extinguishing a quarter acre brush fire on Horne Road.

Lt. Tom Murphy said that it appears the grass fire was started by improper disposal of smoking materials and spread with help from the wind.

He said that once the snow is gone, "a little bit of sun and an little bit of wind is all it takes."

Murphy added that yesterday was a Class 3 -- or high danger -- fire day for the state.

He said the Belmont Fire Department also responded to an outside fire that started when a pile of brush that had snow on it yesterday caught fire as well.

Murphy said there is still a lot of snow in old snow piles and in the woods, but areas that have no snow are vulnerable because of the wind.

Belmont is issuing burn permits for 5 p.m. and after, and Murphy said people should always use care when disposing of cigarettes and disposing of ashes from their wood stoves.

Barnstead man airlifted to hospital after crashing ATV

BARNSTEAD — An unidentified man was taken by helicopter to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center with serious head injuries after crashing his Off Road Recreation Vehicle Sunday at 7:17 p.m. on Land's End Road.

Barnstead Police and the N.H. Fish and Game Department are investigating the crash, and believe speed and alcohol were contributing factors.

Police said the man was not wearing a helmet and was unconscious when he was found.

Northfield woman faces drug, firearm charges

NORTHFIELD — After a month-long investigation, police from Northfield, Tilton, Andover, Belmont and Laconia -- with the assistance of the Belknap County Sheriff's Department -- arrested a Fellows Hill Road woman for drug and firearm charges on April 10.

The Sheriff's Office said Jennifer Mitchell, 38, of 135 Fellows Road faces multiple drug charges and one felony count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Police allegedly seized methamphetamine, Xanax, Adderall, cash and some drug paraphernalia.

She was held on $5,000 cash over the weekend and is now being held in the Merrimack County House of Corrections on $4,000 cash-only bail.

Police said the investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be forthcoming. 



Pelczar, James appointed to open seats on Meredith Board of Selectmen

 MEREDITH — Michael Pelczar and Jonathan James have been named to fill two open seats on the Board of Selectmen. The decision was made yesterday by the three elected members of the board — Chairman Nate Torr, the lone remaining incumbent on the board, and Ray Moritz and Bev Lapham, who were elected last month.

The board interviewed five candidates, including Miller Lovett, Rosemary Landry, and David Bennett for more than an hour before making its choice. Following the interviews, Bennett, expressing doubt about his qualifications, withdrew his application.

A fourth-generation contractor, Pelczar owns and operates Inter-Lakes Builders Inc., which constructs custom homes. Born and raised in Meredith, he described himself as "a regular Joe" who seeks to perpetuate the character of the community.

James, came to Meredith as a 14-year-old. He served in the Coast Guard, worked as a homebuilder as well as a facilities manager at Freudenberg NOK and the Spaulding Youth Center, and most recently was director of buildings, grounds, housekeeping and security at the Tilton School. In Meredith he has served on the now defunct Water Board and Zoning Board of Adjustment as well as a trustee of the trust funds.

Pelczar and James will serve one-terms until the next election in March 2016.