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Untimely Belmont death investigated

BELMONT — Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding an unnamed man's death on Arlene Drive late Tuesday evening.

Lt. Rich Mann said police and Belmont firefighters responded to a medical call at 56 Arlene Drive. He said police arrived before the Fire Department and found an adult male in his late 20s suffering from breathing problems.

While police were getting information from the family, the man stopped breathing. Police administered CPR until medics arrived but they were unable to save his life.

Police are withholding the name of the man until his relatives can be notified.

Mann said this is the second untimely death in Belmont in the past three months.

He said an autopsy on the man who died Tuesday was done yesterday.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 February 2014 01:01

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Bristol man sentenced for string of Shore Dr. burglaries

BRISTOL — Michael Roach has been found guilty of guilty of executing three separate burglaries of homes on Shore Drive, according to Police Chief Michael Lewis.

Roach, 25, will serve 2 to 4 year in the N.H. State Prison, with an additional 20 years suspended pending his good behavior after being released. He was also ordered by Superior Court to pay $10,172.29 back to the victims of the burglaries.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 February 2014 02:48

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Moderator could postpone Gilford deliberative session

GILFORD — With five- to 10-inches of snow predicted for the Lakes Region today, Town Administrator Scott Dunn said they would use the Gilford e-mail blast system to notify residents if the Town Moderator chooses to postpone the annual deliberative session of Town Meeting.

Dunn said state law provides that Town Moderator Sandy McGonagle has up until 5 p.m. to decide if she will postpone the session which is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at the High School.

In the unlikely event the deliberative session is postponed, Dunn said it would likely be held the next night or Friday at the latest.

To sign up for the Gilford e-mail blast system, go to www.gilfordnh.com.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 February 2014 02:46

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Divergent views of whether or not county needs to formally appropriate grant money

LACONIA — When the Belknap County Convention met last evening, Rep. Colette Worsman (R-Meredith) called for developing a policy to vest the convention with greater oversight over grants.

The issue arose over a $297,300 grant awarded to the Belknap County Sheriff's Department last year by the United States Department of Homeland Security to replace its communications system. Much of the grant has already been expended. Last week, when the convention considered the budget of the Sheriff's Department, Rep. Frank Tilton (R-Laconia), chairman of the Executive Committee of the convention, openly wondered how the funds could be expended without the convention authorizing an appropriation.

Last night, Curt Magee of Sanbornton reminded the convention of a statute (RSA 24:21-a) that provides that "all moneys to be appropriated by the county must be stipulated in the budget on a 'gross' basis, showing revenues from all sources, including grants, gifts, bequests and bond issues, as offsetting revenues to appropriations affected."

That prompted Worsman's initiative. She said that the grant policy could be "whatever we decide" and in addition to appropriating funds received in the form of grants proposed requiring that county officials seek the approval of the  convention to apply for grants.

County Administrator Debra Shackett explained that the county has a policy governing grants, which was developed in consultation with the independent auditors and all grant applications are posted on the county website.

"That is different from the convention's grant policy," Worsman replied. She described the grant received by the Sheriff's Department as "off-budget" and stressed that "it is very important from my perspective that nothing should be off-budget."

Shackett said that the only means of incorporating grants into the county budget would be to authorize a supplemental appropriation, which she claimed has never been done in the past and is not the practice in other counties.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 February 2014 02:44

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