Abenaki water meeting set for Sunday afternoon at Briarcrest

LACONIA — The meeting of customers of the Abenaki Water Company to discuss the company's proposal to increase its rates for water and sewer services provided to residents of Belmont will be held on Sunday, Sept. 20, beginning at noon, at the Briarcrest Community Center on Diamond Road.

State Senator Andrew Hosmer (D-Laconia) will attend the meeting to hear and address the concerns of residents.

The company has asked the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission to approve its request to raise its water rates by 21 percent and its sewer rates by 47 percent as well as impose a $1.75 surcharge on sewer bills for 12 months.

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Man who made himself hard to find sentenced to 1 year

LACONIA — A city man who allegedly threatened a McGrath Street woman by waving a gun in front of her security camera was pleaded guilty to one reduced count of misdemeanor criminal threatening Monday morning. The gun portion of the indictment was dropped as part of the plea bargain.

Chad O'Connor, 24, whose last known address was on Garfield Street was sentenced to serve 12 months in the Belknap County House of Corrections. Four months of his sentence was suspended and he was credited with 128 days of time served.

Judge James O'Neill also agreed O'Connor would be eligible for work release immediately. Since he is scheduled to be released on October 14, O'Neill ordered that he be on probation for one year after his release and the suspended portion of his sentence is conditioned upon three years of good behavior.

After the event on May 7, O'Connor eluded police for four days before he was caught by a city patrol officer after a foot chase through the Academy Street area of town. No gun was ever recovered.

During the time police were looking for him, police had many sightings but he managed to elude capture each time. At one point, police said he was in an apartment on Fair Street and the occupant at the time, allegedly hindered the police long enough for him to escape through a back window.

At one point, police were on foot patrol in and around the Fair Street area where O'Connor was known to frequent.

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Hillary to visit Boys and Girls Club in Laconia on Thursday

LACONIA — Former First Lady, United States Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will bring her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination to Laconia on Thursday, September 17.

Clinton will host a community forum on substance abuse at the Boys and Girls Club of the Lakes Region at 876 North Main Street at 3:30 p.m. Doors will open at 2:30 p.m. and those wishing to RSVP may do so at www.hillaryclinton.com

Clinton will be making her ninth visit to New Hampshire in the current campaign season and will be offering her proposals to reduce the incidence of substance abuse and the cost of college tuition during her three-days in the state.

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