Laconia Police deal with fake bomb on Academy Street

LACONIA — City police, working with an explosives technician from the N.H. State Police, determined a device found smoking near the intersection of Academy and Pearl streets on Saturday at 9 p.m. was not a bomb.

The device appeared to be a crude, homemade device made from three cylindrical objects duct-taped together.

It was viewed by a robot with a camera and later destroyed.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Laconia Police at 524-5252.


Doorbell ringing altered neighbors & police to underage drinking party

GILFORD — Police broke up an under-aged drinking party Sunday morning at 1 Doris Drive 3:54 a.m. after neighbors reported kids were ringing their doorbells.

Police found eight youths at the home and two of the 17-year-old were charged with internal possession of alcohol. The homeowners were away and it was their son who was holding the party. He is charged with one count of facilitating an under-aged party.

Police said this is the second under-aged party they have stopped in as many weeks, however this party was being attended by local students and local school resource officers have been notified and are working with all high school students.

Kelley said that as graduation nears, students are more likely to have parties and he said it's illegal for minors to to have alcohol and, most importantly, the police really don't want to see anyone get hurt.

McCormack is pick to lead Laconia schools during interim year

LACONIA — The School Board last night voted unanimously to offer Dr. Philip McCormack the position of interim superintendent.

It also voted unanimously to give Chair Joe Cormier the right to negotiate a one-year contract that will be brought back to the full board for possible approval in two weeks.

The decision came after a 45-minute non-public session and following an hour-long interview with McCormack last week by a board subcommittee named to review candidates recommended by the N.H. School Boards Association.  McCormack was the only one interviewed.

McCormack served as the Inter-Lakes School District superintendent for eight years before his retirement in 2012. Before that he served as the superintendent of the Keene School District for 14 years.

Earlier in his career, he was the principal of the Inter-lakes High School and also the principal of Plymouth High School.

In 2003 he was named the New Hampshire Superintendent of the Year.

Most recently, McCormack served as interim superintendent in the Newfound Regional School District in Bristol during the illness and after the subsequent death of Dr. Marie Ross.

Should contract negotiations with McCormack be successful, he will guide the Laconia School District during the next year while the board searches for a permanent replacement for Superintendent Terri Forsten, who will assume the helm of the Concord School District on July 1.