Big bucks - New school superintendent to make $140,000 annually


LACONIA — School officials said yesterday that incoming Superintendent Dr. Brendan Minnihan will earn $140,000 for school year 2016-2017. School administrators were responding to a Right to Know request from The Laconia Daily Sun.

Minnihan was chosen in December to take over the helm and replace interim Superintendent Phil McCormack, who has a one-year contract to head the district. He was named interim after the departure of Superintendent Terri Forsten who left Laconia to take over as the head of the Concord School District.

During her last year in Laconia, Forsten earned $122,238 and officials said the budget for superintendent for this year was $127,000. McCormack will earn nearly that much as an interim but without a benefit package.

Former Superintendent Bob Champlin, who retired in 2013, earned $115,232.

By means of comparison, Laconia's Town Manager Scott Myers earns $120,000 annually while other Laconia Department heads like the police chief and the fire chief earn around $90,000 per year.

Minnihan, who is finishing his final year as Superintendent at Connecticut Valley, or ConVal, Regional School District, is slated to begin on July 1.

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Propane gas leak at Four Seasons condos forces evacuation

LACONIA — Residents smelling a strong odor of propane promptly evacuated their units in the Four Seasons Condominiums at 177 Mentor Ave. shortly before 11 a.m. on Sunday.

Firefighters from the Weirs Beach and Central stations arrived to find residents leaving the building and a powerful smell of propane at the front door way. Acting Lt. Deb Black sent a firefighter to the rear of the building to shut off the gas supply. Inside the building meters registered propane at 5 percent of the lower flammable limits and also detected high levels of carbon monoxide. Crews opened windows, which reduced the risk of the propane igniting while the fresh air dispersed the gas altogether. In about 20 minutes, residents were able to return to the building.

Fire Chief Ken Erickson said the caller who reported the gas leak called the Weirs Beach Fire Station, not 911. He stressed the importance of dialing 911 to report an emergency, explaining that if the crew at the station had been responding to a call for service, the call would have transferred to voice mail and delayed the response to the emergency.

– Gail Ober

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‘Opechee flasher’ convicted after exposing self at park


LACONIA — A former Concord man was convicted by a Belknap County jury yesterday of two counts of felony indecent exposure following a trial that lasted the better part of six days.
Daniel King, 54, who was considered transient, exposed himself in front of a group of juveniles at Opechee Park on Sept. 1, 2015.
He is a convicted sex offender who is required to register for life. King was convicted of three counts of indecent exposure and lewdness in 2006 as well as one count of aggravated felonious sexual assault involving a child younger than 13 in 1991.
Laconia Police initially tracked King to Concord after viewing camera footage and having one of the children who was at the park pick him out of photo array of eight men. She told police he was manipulating his genitals with one hand while exposing them with the other. He had left the area before the children notified police but they were able to give police a decent description of his car.
King was interviewed about the incident at the Concord Police Department on Sept. 19. He initially denied being in Laconia that day but when he was shown footage of his car from the middle school cameras, he remembered passing through the city that day.
King left the Concord area at some point after that interview. About a month after the incident, Laconia Police obtained a warrant for his arrest.
He was found by U.S. Federal Marshals in Garland, Arkansas, and arrested on Dec. 10, 2015. Police found him by pinging his burner cell phones. He had abandoned his car in Maryland.
No date has been set for sentencing.
King was also convicted in U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire for failing to register as a sex offender in New Hampshire and Arkansas. He has yet to be sentenced on those charges.

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