Franklin woman indicted in cartfentanyl case

FRANKLIN — A Franklin woman has been indicted after allegedly being found in possession of fentanyl and carfentanyl.

New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald and Franklin Police Chief David B. Goldstein yesteerday announced the indictment of Jillian Broomstein for acts prohibited relating to the possession of the controlled drugs carfentanil and fentanyl.
On April 11, Broomstein was arrested for possession of a controlled drug which was discovered by members of the Franklin Police Department inside her Central Street apartment. Police were in her apartment on an unrelated matter when the drugs were discovered.
The New Hampshire State Police Forensic Lab tested the drugs and confirmed they were carfentanil and fentanyl. Broomstein was indicted on June 16 by the grand jury sitting in Merrimack County for possessing both carfentanil and fentanyl inside her apartment when the drugs were discovered on April 11.
Broomstein is expected to be arraigned at the Merrimack County Superior Court on July 12.
The New Hampshire Office of the Attorney General has been actively investigating and prosecuting the sale and possession of carfentanil cases throughout the State for the past several months.

Sen. Morse: ‘Sky’s the limit’ for State School

Bill to establish development commission for property in Laconia heads to governor’s desk


LACONIA — State land where a school for the developmentally disabled once operated could become the catalyst for economic growth and new jobs in the city, the region and the state under a bill heading to the governor.

Lawmakers adopted a conference committee report Thursday on legislation involving the Laconia State School property, which commands dramatic views and adjoins a park with sweeping lakefront property.

Gov. Chris Sununu is expected to sign House Bill 340, which would establish a seven-member Lakeshore Redevelopment Planning Commission. The panel would investigate development options, including potential public-private partnerships.

The bill would appropriate $250,000 to fund the commission's duties. Another $115,000 would be appropriated for consultants, title work and other preparations.

Senate President Chuck Morse, R-Salem, said he is confident the property will be developed.

“I believe there is a huge opportunity on this land,” he said. “We’ve had all kinds of people interested. The sky’s the limit. A lot can be done. It’s a beautiful piece of property.”

Laconia Mayor Ed Engler said the legislation recognizes that this is far more than just surplus property and holds strong potential for boosting the economy.

“This is the most positive development for that property in forever,” he said.

The 200-plus-acre hillside parcel is bounded by North Main Street and Meredith Center Road. It has views to the east of Lake Opechee and Gunstock Mountain and to the west of Lake Winnisquam.

“As an added bonus, the property is contiguous to Ahern State Park and all the amenities that go with that, including 3,500 linear feet of spectacular waterfront property on Lake Winnisquam,” Engler said.

Possibilities for development could include light manufacturing, offices and tourist-oriented businesses, including a hotel.

The Lakeshore Redevelopment Planning Commission will look into whether a state organization should be established to develop the land for commercial purposes along the lines of the Pease Development Authority, which became an economic engine for the state's Seacoast Region after Pease Air Force Base transferred from military to civilian control in 1991.
The governor and executive council would appoint three commission members with business or real estate development experience. They would also appoint one member with business experience who is a resident of Belknap County.

The Laconia mayor and City Council would appoint one member. The speaker of the New Hampshire House and the Senate president would each appoint one member with business experience. The governor would appoint a member to serve as chairman of the commission.

State school property aerial

With over 200 acres of land, two dozen buildings, water frontage and mountain views, the state school land is a prime piece of Laconia real estate. (Courtesy photo/Bill Hemmel Aerial Photo NH)

Gilford rep called ‘bully’

Silber wants Belknap County Administrator Shackett terminated, commissioners say his tactics are ‘rude,’ ‘nasty’

By Roger Amsden

GILFORD — A freshman state legislator who has called for Belknap County Commissioners to fire County Administrator Debra Shackett denies that emails he sent her constitute bullying.
Norman Silber (R-Gilford) called for Shackett to be fired in a letter published in Friday’s Laconia Daily Sun in which he said Shackett lacked a college degree when she was hired as Belknap County Administrator nine years ago. He was critical of her performance during this year’s budget process, in which he says numbers kept changing in the budget worksheets she provided.
He also maintained in the letter that there was no waiver of the minimum educational experience for the position. He said “This is a scandal which has been swept under the rug too long.”
Silber sent an email to Shackett on June 15, after she had emailed him saying that his request for information under the state’s Right to Know law is being referred to legal counsel. Because he copied all members of the delebation when he sent the email, the contents of the communication are public. Silber’s email read:
“Just so you know, if the counsel advises you that you do not have to provide the requested information, and you actually do not provide the requested information, I will see you in Court.
“Fortunately, I have the personal financial wherewithal to take you to court on this very important matter, and I have many years of experience in cross-examination and asking leading questions of hostile witnesses.
“I am sure the public spectacle of this being heard in Belknap County Circuit Court will be most informative to our citizens.
“So, delay all you want, but at the end of the day I will get my answers.”
On June 20 Belknap County Commissioners sent Silber an emailed letter, in which they wrote:
“First, your position ‘as a duly elected member of the Belknap County Convention’ is not a license for rudeness and bullying. No county employee should ever be subjected to the nasty threats, the boorish incivility and the gratuitous disrespect exhibited in your emails to the County Administrator. It is particularly inappropriate when it comes from one holding himself out as acting under color of his official position.”
The letter also said the county would not create documents beyond those it has which are subject to the Right to Know law.
It concludes by saying:
“Third, because of your recent conduct and previous similar rude and bullying conduct toward the County Administrator, we have directed her to have no further communications with you on the subject areas of your recent emails. Any further communications from you should be directed to the Board of Commissioners.
“By copy of this letter which is being transmitted to the entire delegation, the Belknap County Board of Commissioners request that the Belknap County Convention take appropriate action to insure against future rude, threatening and/or bullying conduct by any delegation member.”
Silber maintains that he was not bullying Shackett and that all she has to do meet his request is to provide the information he has requested. He said he has been conducting his own investigation into the hiring of Shackett and an employment agreement which she signed with the county in 2014.
His letter said, “With a brief investigation, I learned that the present County Administrator was hired by prior County Commissioners and without requiring her to meet their own specifically defined ‘minimum qualifications,’ namely holding a bachelor’s degree from a recognized college or university with a major in accounting. Her own resume indicated that while she attended ‘Plymouth State College’ from 1981- to 1984, she did not indicate that she (has earned) any type of degree, whether a bachelor’s or anything else. Most people’s resumes that indicate college attendance indicate the type and date of award of any degrees or certificates, if any were actually awarded.”
Shackett earned a college degree while working as Belknap County administrator, and, at a 2015 meeting of the County Commissioners during which Gordon Blais of Meredith called for her ouster, defended herself against charges that the county had paid for education, said that she had “paid every penny” for the courses she took.
Two of Silber’s colleagues have questioned his references to his position as state legislator during his investigation.
Tim Lang (R-Sanbornton) wrote on June 15:
“So can I ask why these requests are not going through the chair and made as part of our regular meetings? In every other elected board I have been a member of, when general request for information is requested by an individual board member, in the role and authority of being a board member, it is asked for as part of a general meeting and usually through the chair.
“These emails, since they have a back and forth nature to them and involve all delegates, seem to be treading close to a ‘meeting.’
“While I know under a 91-A for a personal request that might not apply, when invoking the ‘convention’ I would think it should be done as part of a public meeting.”
David Huot (D-Laconia) wrote on June 21:
“I am under the impression that Ms. Shackett was hired before any of the current commissioners were elected.  I know that state law gives exclusive authority to hire employees to the county commissioners.  While you are free to investigate anything or anyone you choose,  and to hire whatever attorneys or other consultants you choose, at your own expense, official investigations can only be initiated by majority vote of the county convention.”
Silber said that he would not bring the Shackett matter up at Tuesday night’s meeting of the County Delegation, whose only agenda item will be filling the County Attorney’s position, that he may bring it up a future meeting of the delegation.