It’s French by 17

French-Hosmer Recount 11.16.2016

 People were busy at the Hosmer-French recount Wednesday, held at the New Hampshire State Archives Research Room in Concord. Gary Gilmore, a member of the Secretary of State staff, standing right, led the recount of Laconia Ward 1 ballots.
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Incumbent state Sen. Andrew Hosmer loses in recount to Harold French


LACONIA — Republican Harold French will be the next state senator for District 7, representing Laconia, Franklin, Andover, Belmont, Boscawen, Canterbury, Gilford, Meredith, Northfield, Salisbury and Webster, unseating incumbent Democrat Andrew Hosmer.
A recount showed that French won the race by 17 votes, 13,880 to 13,863.
While the initial recount seemed to indicate that 31 ballots in Ward 5 were missing, Deputy Secretary of State David Scanlan said Thursday that was not the case.
“We counted the ballots that were given to us by the city of Laconia,” Scanlan said, “and they were represented to be the ballots counted in the election. Though they were different from the return of votes, those are the only ballots we had to count.”
In the recount, Hosmer picked up four votes, while French added five. The recount ended about 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Hosmer served two terms as the representative for state Senate District 7. French has served one term as a representative in the state House of Representatives for Merrimack District 2.
Also, the recount of votes for Belknap District 4 (Sanbornton and Tilton) did not change the result, with Republican David Lang beating Democrat Ian Raymond 1,530-1,513.


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Truck fire spreads to garage

NORTHFIELD — Firefighters extinguished a garage fire at 46 Forrest Road early Friday morning that started in a truck that the home owners were working on at the time.

Chief Michael Sitar said the call came in to them at 1:31 a.m. but Tilton-Northfield crews were were already at the scene of a cardiac arrest.

He said the Franklin was the first arriving engine followed shortly by a second crew from Tilton-Northfield.

"The crew from Franklin did an outstanding job," said Sitar, crediting them with saving the home with an aggressive attack.

He said the occupants of the home were in the garage working on the truck when it caught fire so were outside of the house and uninjured.

Sitar said the cause of the fire is accidental and was declared under control at 2 a.m.

Sitar said companies from Belmont also assisted at the scene while trucks from Sanbornton and New Hampton covered the Tilton-Northfield Fire Department.

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3 juveniles arrested for Belmont-home burglary

BELMONT — Police arrested three juveniles for a home burglary Friday after a K-9 Vito and his handler Master Patrol Officer Evan Boulanger tracked them to a nearby neighborhood.

As police were beginning to ask residents if they saw or heard anything, a contractor told them he saw "several juveniles" carrying some electronics and a guitar.

The two minors were found about a mile away from where the contractor saw them and they admitted to participating in the burglary. The investigation continues as police seek a third minor and as they process the home on High Street for evidence.

Police said the homeowners told them they left the home to shop at a grocery store but when they returned an hour later, the noticed to door was open and their home had been rummages through. They were quickly able to identify the stolen items for police.

Lt. Rich Mann said they will face various charges through the juvenile justice system.

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