Belmont police arrest alleged cigarette thief

BELMONT – Police said an alert shopper in Shaw's Supermarket called the police yesterday after recognizing the man whose picture ran in the Dec. 5 edition of the Daily Sun.

Donald Adams, 23, no address given except Belmont, was photographed on his way into the Route 106 Irving Station where he allegedly stole a carton of cigarettes when the clerk became distracted.

After several people recognized him from the photo, police learned who he was and had already sworn out a warrant for his arrest when they received a call last night from Shaw's.

Lt. Richard Mann said yesterday that there were 11 outstanding warrants for Adams, primarily for theft. The arrest warrants had been issued to police from Laconia, Gilford, Tilton and Belmont as well as bench warrants from circuit courts in Concord, Laconia and Franklin.

Gilford Lt. Kris Kelley said Adams had been arrested twice recently – both times for stealing cigarettes from convenience stores. Kelley noted that because of Adams previous convictions, Gilford's two outstanding warrants were for felony theft.

Adams appeared in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division yesterday and was order held in lieu of $6,500 in a combination of unpaid fines and bail.

CruCon Cruise Outlet donates hundreds to Children’s Auction

MOULTONBOROUGH — Sandy Cleary, owner and president of CruCon Cruise Outlet, has helped kick off the 33rd annual Children’s Auction by gathering employees to join in the effort to help the community. The group donated hundreds of items to be sold at the auction. Employees also created themed Christmas trees in each department, vying for first-place bragging rights, under which they placed their donations for the auction.
“The Children’s Auction is a tremendous way to share in the holiday cheer while giving back to the community,” said Cleary. “My team and I are proud to be the presenting sponsor this year and we challenge our fellow businesses within the Lakes Region to join CruCon Cruise Outlet in supporting this heartfelt and important event which we all look forward to being a part of each and every season!”
The auction runs from Dec. 8 to 12. Bid on items at

City narrows choices for superintendent

LACONIA — The search for a new superintendent of the city's schools has been narrowed to three.
According to a document from the school board's Monday night meeting, Russell Holden, Brendan Minnihan and Mary Moriarty made the list of candidates to be interviewed for the position next week.
Holden is the current superintendent of the Sunapee School District, and once served as principal at Belmont High School and Alton Central School. Minnihan is superintendent for the ConVal School District and was also superintendent for the Sunapee School District. Moriarty is the current assistant superintendent at the Rochester School District, and was also an assistant principal and mat teacher for the Gilford School District.
Richard Coggon, who attended the meeting, said the board interviewed 15 candidates, half of them from New Hampshire, none from with the city school district. He said the board expects to interview the three finalists next week.