Sanbornton seeks new town administrator

SANBORNTON — After contracting with Municipal Resources Inc. for the services of an interim town administrator for the past year, town officials are seeking to make a permanent appointment before the contract expires at the end of July.

Charlie Smith, the interim town administrator under contract who said Thursday that he has applied for the position, is among 11 applicants for the position. The candidates have been screened by a committee composed of Fire Chief Paul Dexter, Police Chief Stephen Hankard, Treasurer Karen Cobb and Selectman John Olmstead and a short list of six will be interviewed in July.

The Board of Selectmen chose to contract with Municipal Resources, Inc.last year following the departure of town administrator Bob Veloski after the selectboard failed to renew his contract.

– Michael Kitch

Early morning Belmont crash sends one to hospital

BELMONT — Police and firefighters responded to a collision that involved three vehicles at the intersection of Route 3 and Ladd Hill Road Thursday at 5:55 a.m.

Belmont-Laconia Fire Chief Ken Erickson said that Laconia was first to arrive and found a woman in a black Lincoln who was trapped in her car because her driver's door had been crushed.

He said it took firefighters from Laconia and Belmont about a half an hour to free the woman by using an extrication device. He said the airbags deployed but the car's crumple zones and airbag system functioned well and she was not seriously injured.

She was taken to Lakes Region General Hospital for treatment.

Erickson said this was one of the first times that the combining of the resources of the two departments came into play since Belmont and Laconia decided to share a chief a few months ago.

With Laconia responding immediately to the Route 3 section of Belmont he said help was able to get there faster than before the new arrangement.

He also said the two departments have been training together for extrication and the operation was seamless.

Police said there were three vehicles involved in the crash and no one was seriously injured.

— Gail Ober

Woman arrested on drug charges


LACONIA — A local woman is being held on $500 cash-only bail after police arrested her on two outstanding warrants and allegedly found methamphetamine and heroin/fentanyl in her possession.
Affidavits said police were watching Dawn M. Dragon, 48, of 11 Kentfield Court while she conversed with someone outside of Cumberland Farms on Court Street around 1:45 a.m. Wednesday.
After learning she was wanted on two warrants, police asked her step out of the car and place her purse on the car. The officer put her in handcuffs.
Once she was in the rear of the cruiser, police said she was taken to the police station to be processed, where the officer searched her purse for weapons. In her wallet, he found two packages, one of which had a substance that looked and field tested positive for methamphetamine. The second package had material that field tested as inconclusive for heroin.
Police said they also found a hidden needle in her wallet that was confiscated and destroyed.
Police said they sought cash bail because Dragon had a long history of skipping court, which was the reason for the two recent bench warrant. Affidavits said she also had a history of probation and parole violations.
After her video appearance in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division, the court ordered a review on July 6 and asked Horizons Counseling Center in Gilford to provide an evaluation.