Alton Police charge Gilmanton man with burglarizing unoccupied home

ALTON — A Gilmanton man was ordered held on $1,500 cash-only bail in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division yesterday after his arrest for allegedly burglarizing an unoccupied home in the early morning hours of December 30, 2014.

Brandon Prue, 32, of 6 Old Town Road is charged with one count of burglary, two counts of criminal trespass and one count of theft.

Police affidavits filed with the court said at 4:22 a.m. dispatch at the Belknap County Sheriff's Department sent Alton Police to 1349 Mt. Major Highway for a possible burglary in progress.

The officer saw flashlights moving around in the home and an open front door. Brue and a female came out of the house and told the officer they were there at the request of the owner, who wanted the home boarded up.

When the officer asked why it was so important to secure the house at 4:22 a.m. the woman disregarded his question and said they were checking to see if anyone was inside.

In a separate incident on January 1, dispatch advised police that a man had reported a burglary in progress at the same house. Two officers headed for the house but were advised a vehicle had left the property and was headed east on Mt. Major Highway. Dispatch said it was a 2002 Toyota Tacoma and gave police the plate number.

Police checked the highway and some side roads but were unable to find the truck. The male caller said he followed the truck that he said began making "S" turns on the highway and traveling at speeds of nearly 80 miles per hour.

The caller said a male got out of the passenger side and started to approach his car. After an encounter with the caller, he reported to police that there was something big and red in the rear of the pickup and the truck was loaded with stuff.

Police contacted the owner of the house who said he didn't give permission to anyone to be in the home. After police told him what the caller saw in the back of the truck, the home owners told them that it was probable his tool box that had been in the front yard.

On January 26, police interviewed a second man who said that Prue had asked him for a ride to his own place so he could show him the toolbox that he claimed was his.

Prue was arrested at the Belknap County House of Corrections where he has been since an earlier arrest for a probation violation.

Judge Jim Carroll ordered Prue held on $1,000 cash for the burglary, $500 in cash for the three misdemeanors. Prue was also held on $1,000 cash for the probation violation.

Police said yesterday that the investigation is continuing and additional charges could be forthcoming.

Belmont still looking for candidates for March vote

BELMONT — Incumbent Selectman Ruth Mooney is running for a second term. To date she is unopposed.

As of yesterday afternoon, incumbent Dave Dunham is seeking election to the Planning Board and John Froumy is seeking re-election to the board.

There are four openings on the Budget Committee and so far only Mark Roberts has signed up for re-election. Other incumbent are Vice Chair Ward Peterson, Tina Fleming, and Tonyel Mitchell-Berry who said last month that she likely would not seek a fourth term because of professional commitments.

Sharon Dunham is seeking a term as Library Trustee.

The town is still looking for candidates for the cemetery trustee, and for two people for the Zoning Board of Adjustments. The filing period for March town elections closes on Friday afternoon.

Josh Bartlett making bid for Selectboard in Moultonborough

MOULTONBOROUGH — With the decision of chairman Jon Tolman and vice-chairman Joel Mudgett not to seek re-election, voters will fill two open seats on the Board of Selectmen in March.

Josh Bartlett, who currently serves as chairman of the Planning Board, was the first candidate to file for election. A resident of the town since 1978, he has been a trustee of the library and is a member of the Capital Improvements Program (CIP) Committee and the Village Vision Committee. Bartlett chairs the trustees of the Moultonborough United Methodist Church and has also chaired its Building Committee through two major projects.

In announcing his candidacy, Bartlett said that his "two guiding principles will be transparency in your government and assuring that the rules are the same for everyone."

In 2013, Bartlett, together with his colleague Judy Ryerson, overcame an effort initiated by Town Administrator Carter Terenzini to remove them from the Planning Board when, after a dramatic public hearing, the Board of Selectmen unanimously rejected a motion to dismiss Bartlett and to abandon proceedings against Ryerson. The charges arose when the two changed their votes, enabling the Planning Board to approve after-the-fact construction of an observation tower on Red Hill, which was built without the requisite permits. To approve the project, the board was required to find that it satisfied 11 criteria.  Two of the 11 criteria failed when the board split evenly — three-to-three — with Bartlett abstaining and Ryerson voting no. However, neither believed it was the best interest of the town to require the structure be dismantled. Ryerson changed her "no" to "yes," breaking the stalemate,  and Bartlett offered a motion to grant the CUP, which carried five-to-two.

Karen Ober seeking re-election but Jeff Jenkins is not

SANBORNTON — Selectman Karen Ober is seeking re-election and is, so far, running unopposed, said Town Clerk Marla Davis.

Craig Davis is seeking a seat on the Budget Committee, as is incumbent Earl Leighton, who said Wednesday he hadn't sign up yet but was getting ready to do so.

After 13 years, Jeff Jenkins is not seeking re-election. He said yesterday that after 13 years on the Budget Committee and his service on a number of other boards and committees in town, that he wants a break for a year or so.

Lynn Chong is seeking her first election as Trustee of the Trust Fund. Chong was appointed by selectmen to fill a vacancy.

Steve Ober is seeking a one-year spot as Library Trustee and Kristen Rathgen is seeking election to the three-year spot.

Tim Lang is seeking a term as Town Moderator. Marla Davis said as of now there is no moderator. Former selectmen Patsy Wells, who died over the summer resigned for health reasons, and in May, Susan "Andy" Jepson was elected but sold her home, moved to another community and resigned.

Lang served as moderator for last year's town meeting.

Marla Davis said the Town Clerk's Officer will be open until 5 p.m. Friday for any residents who would like to sign up for a spot on the March ballot.