Belmont police save two with Narcan


BELMONT —Belmont Police and medical personnel have responded to two nearly fatal drug overdoses in the past two weeks.

Lt. Rich Mann said the first was a report of an 18-year-old female on April 5 at 1:32 a.m. who had been found unresponsive by friends. The friends reported to 911 that the suspected a drug overdose.

Belmont Fire Department members evaluated the woman and administered multiple doses of Narcan in order to save the her life. She was taken to the Lakes Region General Hospital where further treatment was administered.

At 11 p.m. on April 12, police officers and Belmont Emergency crews responded to a 28-year-old male who was found by his girlfriend suffering the effects of an apparent drug overdose. Doses of Narcan were administered which also saved this young man's life. He was taken to the hospital for follow treatment.

Although these two events are unrelated and the persons involved are unknown to each, they are common to each other in that the presence of unknown chemicals or cutting agents in illegal drugs can pose a problem to the user and often times leads to an overdose.

Both of these matters are under investigation.

"The Police Department remains committed in our efforts to take a stance against the surge of drug activity in our community. Two serious drug incidents are very troubling to us," said Mann.

Anyone with any information about suspected drug activity their neighborhood is asked to contact local police. Callers can remain anonymous.

The Belmont Police can be reached at 267-8350.

Signed up - Laconia High School senior Meya Minor to play lacrosse at Franklin Pierce College


LACONIA — Laconia High School senior Meya Minor signed a national letter of intent to play women's lacrosse at Franklin Pierce College in Rindge in a ceremony held Thursday afternoon at the Meredith Village Savings Bank restaurant at the Huot Technical Center.
Minor says that she is looking forward to the challenge of playing college sports but her immediate goal is to try and help the LHS girls' lacrosse team repeat as Division III champions, a goal they pulled off last year by beating Derryfield School of Manchester 12-10 to record the first ever state lacrosse championship for the Sachems.
"I'm really happy for her and proud of her," said her coach, Keri Howe, who said that she has talked with the women's soccer coach at Franklin Pierce and feels that the program there is perfectly tailored for Minor.

"The program is just right for her," said Howe.
Minor said that she is grateful for the support she has received from her parents, Tim and Sheri Minor, and the opportunity to play lacrosse with a talented group of players "who make me look better."
Co-coach Bob Howe said that he remembers Minor starting to play lacrosse when she was in the third or fourth grade and that he was her coach.

"We had a terrible team that year," said Howe, adding that over the years many players from that same team put in a lot of hard work to turn themselves into champions.
Minor said that she remembers those early years of playing lacrosse and how the girls who are in the same class as her worked over the years to build themselves into a competitive team.
She said she plans to major in physical therapy at Franklin Pierce, which is a career she has always wanted to pursue.
Minor, who has been an All-State lacrosse selection since her sophomore year, also stars on the basketball court and was a member of the Sachem team which made it to a Division III championship game this year before losing to undefeated Gilford High School.
Craig Kozens, Laconia High School athletic director, said that Minor is one of a large number of scholar-athletes at Laconia High School whose excellence in the classroom matches their performance on the playing field.
"They set an example for younger students that is very important and shows that it is possible to do well in school and have an opportunity to compete in sports at the college level," said Kozens.

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Laconia High School senior Meya Minor signs a national letter of intent to play women's lacrosse at Franklin Pierce College Thursday afternoon. Minor signs the letter as her parents, Sheri and Tim, look on. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)

No challenge - Toplessness at Gilford beach won’t be fought in court but is still not going to be tolerated, say selectmen

GILFORD — Toplessness by women at the town beach will not be legally challenged, said Town Administrator Scott Dunn said yesterday, but is still not going to be allowed.

Selectmen will not fight a ruling made by 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division Judge Jim Carroll regarding the legality of its ordinance banning female toplessness at the town beach, said Dunn.

He said the only place the town could have gone to appeal the ruling is to the New Hampshire Supreme Court and that it would have cost about $10,000 in legal fees to do so.

Dunn said that, at this point in time, selectmen are not changing the ordinance and that female toplessness will not be allowed at Gilford Beach. When asked how the town was going to enforce it, he declined to speculate.

The town of Gilford was brought into the Free the Nipple campaign on Labor Day in 2015 after a group of women sunbathed for the day at Weirs Beach in Laconia but left for Gilford Beach after Weirs Beach closed early to set up the fireworks display.

While there were no complaints from Laconia, once in Gilford, the women were met with immediate rebukes and the Gilford police were called.

Police cited two of the women, Heidi Lilley and Barbara McKinnon, with violating the town ordinance. The two challenged the citations, and Carroll determined that because there is no law banning female toplessness in the state criminal code, there could be no local ordinances that criminalize exposing female nipples in public. The town asked Carroll to reconsider his ruling, but he declined.

A bill sponsored by three Belknap County state representatives to ban female toplessness statewide was killed in a New Hampshire House subcommittee after its members learned that, as written, a second offense would be a felony and could require those convicted to register as sex offenders.

Free the Nipple is an equality movement based on a movie by the same name that wants women to have the same rights as men when it comes to toplessness.

The city of Laconia also has an ordinance that forbids female toplessness and theo encouragement or harassment of women into going topless that was enacted more as a safety measure for the annual Motorcycle Week.