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Broken elevator at Normandin Square apartments puts handicap residents in a bind

LACONIA — A 24-hour elevator break down caused a little bit of a stir at the large Normandin Square Apartments building (22 Strafford Street) when some of the handicap residents couldn't get up or down the stairs to their apartments.

Building manager Julie Moore of the Laconia Housing Authority said the elevator broke on Monday morning but by late yesterday morning the critical part had been shipped overnight and elevator repair people were there by 8 a.m.

She said she sent out notices that in the case of extreme emergencies, tenants were to call the Fire Department for assistance getting in or out of the building.

Chief Ken Erickson said firefighters assisted two people who really needed assistance but fielded a number of phone calls from other residents — one of whom wanted firefighters to go to the store and buy him beer and cigarettes.

"I'm sorry, we're just not going to do that," Erickson said.

He said there were a few people who said they were a little disappointed in the Fire Department but Erickson said he had met with everyone involved and all of the hitches have been addressed.

There is only one elevator for the building.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 12:11

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Man denies medical opinion he was stabbing victim, says he fell on a stick

LACONIA — Police are seeking the public's help in investigation what medical officials are calling a stabbing that occurred late Monday night.

Police said a male who is in his 50s came to the Lakes Region General Hospital Emergency Room at 12:08 a.m. and told emergency personnel he was walking along the railroad tracks when he fell and impaled himself on a sharp stick.

Capt. Bill Clary said the hospital called the police because they believed the man was a stabbing victim and that his wound couldn't have been caused by a stick.

Clary said the man refuses to cooperate with police so at this time there's "no crime." He said the man told responding police that he walked to the hospital and didn't know he was injured until he felt the blood on his stomach.

He said the man was treated and released.

In anyone has any information can call the Laconia Police Department at 524-5257 or the Greater Laconia Crime Line at 524-1717.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 12:07

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State alleges abuses at New Hampton day care center

NEW HAMPTON — Annie's Place Children's Learning Center was ordered closed by the state agency charged with licensing child care facilities, according to a Tuesday report by WMUR (Channel 9) television. Inspectors charge a 1 to 3 p.m. nap time at the center was enforced by pinning babies down with tightly tucked-in sheets.

Other allegations detailed in a 16-page report by the N.H. Bureau of Licensing and Certification include incidents of corporal punishment.

Annie's Place, owned by Ann Mitchell, is located at 81 Riverwood Drive, west and north of the I-93, Rte. 104 intersection.

Channel 9 reports that 18 children who range in age from 6-weeks to 12 years are registered at the day care center.

Mitchell will have an opportunity to refute the report at a May 5 hearing.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 12:02

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Practices enforcing nap time major issues surrounding New Hampton day care center

NEW HAMPTON — Details made available about Annie's Place-Children's Learning Center on 81 Riverwood Drive show children as young a eight-months old were allegedly placed in cribs under four-cornered fitted sheets in order to get them to sleep.

Affidavits provided to the N.H. Child Care Licensing Unit said at least one seven-month old child was dressed in a one-piece winter fleece snowsuit with the hood drawn tightly around her head and face.

During an unannounced visit on March 11, state licensing coordinators found one 12-month old child laying in a "pack and play" and tucked in so tightly that only the top of her head was showing".

Staff members told the licensing coordinators that owner Ann E. Mitchell had told them that tight bed clothing was like swaddling and it helped them settle down so they could sleep at nap time.

State investigators also reported seeing one 10-month old "repeatedly struggling to move beneath the tightly tucked blanket, unable to free her arms or legs. They said the child continued to struggle without any response from staff.

The state board ordered Annie's Place closed on Friday, in wake of their findings. Mitchell is scheduled to appear at a hearing on May 5.

The 16-page report details numerous issues of using tight sheets to restrain children during a two-hour nap time, a practice which violates rules against corporal punishment.

Affidavits from employees indicate that some of the older children were yelled at and the owner would use force to make them sit. One employee said she saw a 27-month old child hit her head on the wall when she was forcibly seated in a chair.

Other violations included not allowing parents to visit without announcing their visit and not allowing visitors between the hours of 1 and 3 p.m. — which is nap time.

Licensing coordinators also documents a number of paperwork and record keeping violations.

Police Chief Doug Salmon said he has never gotten any complaints from parents about the Annie's Place. He said police had been there twice in the past few years as part of planned community events but never in reference to any reported criminal activity.

He said since the news of the forced closing he has heard from a few parents but declined to comment on the nature of their complaints.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 11:57

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