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Ashland voters say no to buying school for library

ASHLAND — Voters re-elected Normand DeWolfe and chose Steve Felton for the other three-year selectman's seat in Ashland on Tuesday, with the candidates polling 302 and 172, respectively. Jamie Lyford received 90 votes, John Hughes 83, and Miriam Brown 58 in Tuesday's elections. For the one-year selectman's position, Frances Newton garnered 160 votes to Harold Lamos' 91, Ron Niles' 90, and Anthony Hoerter's 48 votes. In the other contested race, for two seats on the budget committee, voters chose Harold Lamos, 222, and Sandra Coleman, 199, while Ingrid Heidenreich received 171 votes.
With the budget committee having opposed a petitioned article to purchase the former elementary school at 41 School Street for use as the town library, passage of the article would have been illegal, as it would exceed the budget committee's recommended budget by more than 10 percent. Accordingly, voters defeated the article on a 149-299 vote.
Voters also defeated the proposed operating budget of $6,210,871 which will result in a default budget of $6,130,645. They also defeated articles for the purchase of a transfer station mini-loader and a pickup truck for the public works department, and turned down several other requests to set aside money in capital reserve funds.
They did approve articles allowing the town to sell or lease the Squam Lake Dam Hydroelectric generating facility and to adopt a procedure whereby the town might sell its electric, water, or sewer utility assets.
Also passed, on a 330-120 vote, was a zoning ordinance providing for local control of any proposed large wind energy systems.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 01:35

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Sticht attracts 185 write-in votes but Seeger gains 518

MEREDITH — Hillary Seeger, the lone candidate on the ballot was elected yesterday to the seat on the Board of Selectmen opened by the retirement of Herb Vadney. Seeger received 518 while 185 voters wrote in David Sticht, who insisted he was not running, but agreed to serve if elected.

Voters approved all four amendments to the zoning ordinance, among one that to loosen restrictions on the permitted uses in the Business and Industry District, which would allow Erica Duncan and Janine Page, the owners of Skate Escape, to develop an indoor sports complex, with a roller skating rink and full-sized turf fielkd, on a 5.24 lot on Reservoir Road.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 01:30

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2 local women charged with trading sex for pot

LACONIA — Two area women are scheduled to be arraigned this morning in the Fourth Circuit Court, Laconia Division on one count each of prostitution for allegedly engaging in sexual acts with a local man in return for marijuana.

Police complaints that are dated January 4, 2014 say Courtney L. Hirtle, 19, of Province Street allegedly performed fellatio on Peter Colson, Sr. on October 1, 2013 at 7 Church St. in exchange for $20 worth of marijuana.

A second woman, Brianna Blanchard, 21, of Sherwood Forest Road in Weare, but formerly of Gilford Avenue, allegedly had sex with Colson on the same date in the same place in exchange for $35 worth of marijuana.

Colson was arrested and charged with sales of marijuana in December of 2013 for allegedly standing at Busy Corner and peddling marijuana.

Police said Colson had 10 bags of marijuana and $500 in cash on him at the time. Police allegedly found scales and packaging materials in his apartment.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 01:19

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Gilford police say Tilton man had to be Tasered twice to execute DUI arrest

GILFORD — A Tilton man is charged with operating under the influence of alcohol – subsequent offense – and disorderly conduct after alegedly becoming violent and aggressive after being stopped by police Tuesday night.

Police said two officers responded to Patrick's Pub when an employee called them for an unruly patron — identified by police as Dana Hadlock, 45, of 846 Laconia Road.

Lt. James Leach said Hadlock had been "shut off" by the club and became belligerent, leaving the club and driving west on Route 11 in a tan van.

Officers located the car but once Hadlock was being transported to the Belknap County Jail, he became unruly and told police he was having a seizure.

The officers called Gilford Fire Rescue and emergency workers arrived with an ambulance. Police said once Haddock was on the stretcher he continued to struggle with police, EMTs, Lakes Region General Hospital security officers and emergency room nurses.

At one point, Haddock allegedly assaulted one police officer and second officer used a Taser to stun him twice in the leg.

He was released for the hospital about 30 minutes after being zapped and was taken to Belknap County Jail. Police said he was kept there in protective custody until yesterday morning when he was released.

Gilford Police said additional charges are expected.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 01:16

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