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Hearing on appeal of dismissal of nursing home administrator postponed

LACONIA — A public hearing on the dismissal of Belknap County Nursing Home Administrator Mathew Logue, which was scheduled to be held Monday evening by the personnel committee of the Belknap County Convention, has been postponed until October 6 at 10 a.,m.
Logue had requested the hearing after having been terminated two weeks ago by the Belknap County Commissioners..
The members of the county personnel committee are Representatives Colette Worsman (R-Meredith), who chairs the convention, Bob Greemore (R-Meredith) and Richard Burchell (R-Gilmanton), the clerk.
The notice of the hearing reads that Logue's request for a hearing "is related to a negative employment action taken against him by the Belknap County Commissioners" and was made in accord with RSA 28:10-a, the state statute bearing on the discharge or suspension of county employees.
Logue was hired by the commissioners to run the home in December 2012, after a nationwide search. For the six months prior to accepting the position he had been serving as administrator at the Wolfeboro Bay Care and Rehabilitation Center. For 15 years he had been employed by National Healthcare in the Ft. Myers, Florida area.
He succeeded Courtney Marshall, who died in September of 2012 at his home in Grantham after an apparent heart attack. Marshall served as Belknap County Nursing Home administrator for five years.
Charlotte Flanagan of New Hampton, who had overseen staff development, infection control and quality assurance at the county nursing home since 2007, is serving as interim administrator.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 01:07

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Geary indicted on 4 felonies for lemonade stand incident

HAVERILL — A Grafton County grand jury has indicted a former Laconia man for two felony counts of indecent exposure, two felony counts of attempted felonious sexual assault, two misdemeanor counts of simple assault and one count of public urination for his alleged actions at a lemonade stand in Holderness on June 7.

Christoper Geary, 45, formerly of 9 Harrison Ave., is already serving a three- to six-year prison sentence after pleading responsible for two probation violations for having contact with police.

To date, Geary, a registered sex offender, had not been charged in connection with the allegations that he approached two young girls who were operating a lemonade stand on Route 175 and exposed himself.

The indictments claim that Geary took a substantial step toward felonious sexual assault when he asked the two girls to touch his penis after allegedly exposing himself to them.

He faces two felony counts of indecent exposure for allegedly buying a cup of lemonade, emptying it, and peeing in the cup in front of the two girls.

The two counts of simple assault stem from allegations that he attempted to grab the two girls.

They ran away from him and were able to tell their father, who then called police.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 12:03

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Laconia Airport not likely to find replacement before manager departs

LACONIA — Outgoing Laconia Airport Authority Manager Diane Terrill said her departure on Oct. 17 for an airport manager position in Naples, Fla., was "not an easy decision."

"I love this airport, I love this community," said Terrill, who answered questions at a media conference yesterday morning about her role in her 24 years with the airport.

Terrill, who became Laconia Airport manager in 1999, said of all the accomplishments during her 25-year tenure the one she is most proud of is the $16-million in infrastructure improvements that were done to the airport under her guidance. That project involved the reconstruction of the airport's 5,800-foot runway.

She also said she was pleased with the relationships she has enjoyed with the two fixed based operators, the small aircraft service businesses, based at the Laconia Airport.

"It's an important asset, education center and economic center," Terrill said.

Laconia Mayor and Chairman of the Laconia Airport Authority Edward Engler said that while the board is seeking a full-time manager, it is "not likely we will have a replacement before she goes."

He said the board is working on an interim plan that could involve a consultant until a permanent manager can be hired.

The average operations budget for the Laconia Airport is $300,000 annually and the facility is self-sustaining. The primary income is from a surtax on fuel sold at the airport, and the lease and rental fees for hangars and for the fixed-base operators.

Both Terrill and Engler said the airport is an asset to the Lakes Region, while its location is such that it has very little negative impact on the area's residents. Terrill noted that having an airport that can accommodate jets that can fly from coast to coast is a real economic advantage to the Lakes Region, and many business leaders who have interests in Lakes Region businesses make very good use of it.

Terrill said there's very little air traffic noise, adding that a commercial airline at the airport is not feasible for the foreseeable future, mostly because of the costs of security now required by the federal government.

The airport has a capital master plan – about 95-percent of which is financed by the FAA and the state of New Hampshire.

Engler said the board is in the beginning stages of creating an operational master or business plan.

Right now, Terrill said there are several ongoing smaller infrastructure projects, such as the fencing around some of the property, some navigational aids and some equipment purchases.

As for her future, Terrill will be working on a noise reduction plan for the Naples (Fla.) Municipal Airport and will become the third manager for that facility.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 12:55

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M’boro police find ‘large quantity’ of pills and cash in N.Y. man’s hotel room

MOULTONBOROUGH — A New York state man has been charged with possession of oxycodone after police searched his room at a Route 25 motel recently.

After getting a warrant, police on Sept. 5 searched a hotel room occupied by Jude Posy, 42, of Laurelton, N.Y., and discovered what they describe as a "large quantity" of oxycodone and a "large quantity" of cash.

Posy was additionally charged with one count of possession of a narcotic drug with intent to distribute it.

He posted $5,000 cash bail is scheduled to appear in the 3rd Circuit Court, Ossipee Division, on Oct. 15.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 01:10

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