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New Hampton voters say 'no' only to vehicle for fire department

NEW HAMPTON — Voters here on Tuesday passed all of the warrant articles except one to purchase an emergency operations command vehicle for the fire department. They did agree to enter into a $350,000 lease-purchase agreement for a fire pumper/tanker, and agreed to purchase a thermal imaging camera and a defibrillator for the fire department. Also passed was a lease-purchase agreement for a $290,000 bucket loader and the purchase of a four-wheel-drive vehicle for the police department at a cost of $39,396, along with two in-car cameras for the police department which will be 50 percent grant-funded, leaving the town to pay $4,600.

There were no contested races.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 March 2014 01:27

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Jessica Hatch elected selectman by Danbury voters

DANBURY — Voters chose Jessica Hatch, 178, in the three-way Danbury selectman's race on Tuesday, with Mickey McIver polling 129 and Dale Cook with 96. David Suckling, 264, won as police chief, over Bill Kennedy with 136. For library trustee, Judy Peterson, 259, defeated John Crawford, 79; Twila Cook, 241, won over Stephanie Carucci for treasurer; and Alan Huntoon won re-election as road agent, 249-153 over Jeremy Martin.
During the business meeting, voters defeated an article for a new police cruiser but approved, 200-190, the purchase of a $149,000 highway truck, and they approved the budget committee's operating budget of $1,032,480. The town also approved a petitioned Community Bill of Rights ordinance; an article asking the selectmen not to negotiate a payment in lieu of taxes agreement with any renewable energy facility; an article requiring wind energy facilities to post a bond to cover the cost of removing all facilities when they cease operation; and one requiring industrial wind developers to provide a property value guarantee to all property owners within a three-mile radius of any turbine.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 March 2014 01:24

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Belknap lawmakers divide along party lines on taxing non-profits vote

CONCORD — The Belknap County Delegation divided strictly along long party lines when the New Hampshire House of Representatives last week rejected legislation to levy the Business Enterprise Tax on some non-profit organizations, including most hospitals, and lower the rate of the tax.

The House voted to kill the bill by just ten votes, 173 to 163.

Twelve of the 13 Republican members from the county voted in favor of the proposal — Reps. Richard Burchell of Gilmanton, Guy Comtois of Barnstead, Jane Cormier and Stephen Holmes of Alton, Dennis Fields of Sanbornton, Bob Greemore, Herb Vadney and Colette Worsman of Meredith, Bob Luther and Frank Tilton of Laconia, and Charles Fink and Michael Sylvia of Belmont. Rep. Don Flanders of Laconia was absent and did not vote.

The five Democrats on the delegation — Reps. Beth Arsenault and Daviud Huot of Laconia, Lisa DiMartino of Gilford, Ruth Gulick of New Hampton and Ian Raymond of Sanbornton — voted with the majority to kill the bill.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 March 2014 01:22

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Grand jury returns indictment against alleged bank robber

LACONIA — A Belknap County grand jury has indicted the man who allegedly robbed the main branch of Bank of New Hampshire at gunpoint on January 3.
Jonathan Ellinger, 43, whose was a transient, was caught by police three-and-a-half hours after allegedly robbing Pleasant Street bank on a Friday at 3:24 p.m. of an undisclosed amount of cash.
Ellinger allegedly approached a teller and demanded money and then fled on foot. A surveillance camera released to the media pictured him leaving through the doorway off Pleasant Street.
Police did not specify what kind of weapon he was carrying or claimed to be carrying.
The bank was closed immediately after the incident as detectives and officers, with the assistance of Belknap County Sheriff Craig Wiggin, mounted an investigation and search for Ellinger who was arrested by 7 p.m. that same night.
An indictment is not a finding of guilt or innocence. It is a statement by an independent grand jury that the state has presented enough evidence to warrant a criminal trial.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 March 2014 01:19

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