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Car search leads to meth bust

BRISTOL — Police have charged a Center Harbor man with possession of methamphetamine after he was stopped by a police sergeant while allegedly speeding on Pleasant Street.

Charles Whittlesey, no age given, of Center Harbor is charged with one count of reckless operation, one count of possession of a controlled drug, and one count of possession of methamphetamine.

Police Chief Michael Lewis said in a media release that police began an investigation after Sgt. Joseph Guerfiero stopped Whittlesey on August 13 at 6:45 p.m.

Police obtained a search warrant for Whittlesey's vehicle from Judge Edwin Kelly and allegedly found an undisclosed amount of cash, a scale, and a substance believed to be methamphetamine. Police said other undisclosed items were also taken from the car.

Lewis said the investigation in ongoing.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 September 2013 04:06

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Motorcycle crash in Gilmanton kills Manchester man - 156

GILMANTON — A Manchester man died after the motorcycle he was riding went off the southbound side of Providence Road near Kitchen Lane on Saturday morning.

Sgt. Matt Currier said Tod Borleske, 56, of Manchester and his female passenger were taken by ambulance to Lakes Region General Hospital. He said Borleske was pronounced dead at Lakes Region General Hospital.

He said the woman sustained non life-threatening injuries.

Currier said police and fire were notified about the crash at 11:34 a.m. Saturday and the responding officer found the Harley Davidson motorcycle and the two victims near the guardrail.

He said neither was wearing a helmet although both of them had helmets with them.

Witness statements indicate speed was not a factor, however Currier said Borleske was unfamiliar with the road and there is a fairly sharp curve where he lost control of his motorcycle.

Currier said police closed one half of the road for a few hours while they investigated.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 September 2013 04:03

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Belmont woman celebrates 88th birthday on the racetrack — not at the racetrack, on the racetrack

BELMONT — Francis Anderson celebrated her impending 88th birthday Sunday by driving a 600 horsepower NASCAR race car around the one-mile oval at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, hitting 88 miles an hour on one of her eight laps.
''I wanted to hit 100 but I didn't quite get there,'' said Anderson, who will turn 88 on Thursday and was in the race car by herself.
She said that she hadn't driven a standard shift car in about 60 years but that shifting the car came back to her once she got behind the wheel.
''It was quite an experience. There I was chugging along when this guy right beside me was going well over 100 miles an hour when he passed me,'' said Anderson, who was in contact with her spotter in the tower through the headset she wore.
Anderson received the ride as a birthday present from her daughter, Pat Bushey of Belmont, and her four sons, including Fred, of Campton, who is CEO of the N.H. Electric Cooperative.
''I didn't realize getting to driving a race car was such a big deal. There were a lot of people in line waiting to get out on the track when we arrived,'' said Anderson, who drove a car provided by the Rusty Wallace Race Experience. She waited nearly two hours before getting onto the track.
She's always been an adventurous soul, however, having made it a point to drive her age on the highway on her birthday in recent years, which led to her children to think that it would be better if she did her speeding in a more controlled environment.
''I think my kids had more fun than I did. My biggest worry was getting in and out of the race car. There's no door and you have to climb in through the window,'' said Anderson, who has an artificial hip, two artificial knees and wears a pacemaker.
She grew up in Medford, Mass., worked in the legal department at the Boston and Maine Railroad in Boston where she met and married Fred Anderson, an accountant with First National Stores in Somerville, Mass.. They later moved with their children to Connecticut when First National relocated and after Fred retired moved to Sawyer Lake in Gilmanton 26 years ago.
Her husband died a few years and she now lives in the Heritage Terrace senior housing development on Shaker Road in Belmont.
She said that she's had a full and adventurous life, including white water rafting in Canada, flights over Alaskan glaciers, leaning out over a precipice to kiss the Blarney Stone and hiking up to the historic Masada fortress on a mountain in Israel.
She's an active member of the Elder Friendship Club, which meets in Laconia, and still continues to drive her own car, often providing rides to her friends who no longer drive.
''I've had an interesting life and there are still a lot of interesting things I'd like to do,'' says Anderson.

 

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Francis Anderson of Belmont celebrated her impending 88th birthday Sunday by driving a race car 88 miles an hour on the one-mile oval at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 September 2013 03:53

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Is holding a municipal primary election worth expense?

LACONIA — Next Tuesday, Sept. 10, the city will spend $10,000 and 48 paid volunteers will spend 10 hours at the polls at the primary election, after which one of the three candidates for mayor and for city councilor in Ward 2 will be eliminated from the general election ballot in November.

Laconia, Manchester and Keene, are the only cities among the 13 in the state that hold primary elections, which elsewhere were abandoned when partisan elections were replaced by non-partisan elections.

In Manchester, where a primary election costs $25,000 and requires 156 poll officials, the City Charter stipulates that if there are no more than four candidates for at-large alderman, the city clerk shall declare a primary election unnecessary and the candidates nominated in those wards where there are no more than two candidates for alderman. Of course, if there are more than two candidates for mayor on the primary ballot, the polls would be open in all 12 wards.

In Keene, the charter includes a similar provision. If there are no more than two candidates in the election for mayor and ward councilor as well as no more than 10 candidates for at-large councilors, the clerk shall declare the primary election unnecessary and the candidates nominated.

City Manager Scott Myers said yesterday that he has discussed the need for primary elections with City Clerk Mary Reynolds as well as with several city councilors, who he said expressed "mixed feelings. Some see the cost savings," he continued, "while others see the downside that without a primary a mayor or councilor could be elected without winning a majority."

In Laconia, in the eight primary elections between 1997 and 2011 voter turnout has averaged nine-percent. In 2001, when turnout reached a high of 18-percent there were four candidates for mayor, along with five council candidates in Ward 3, three in Wards 4 and 5 and two in Ward 6. In three of the past eight elections — in 2003, 2009 and 2011 — primary elections were held even though there were not more than two candidates for either mayor or any of the six council seats. In 2011, only 259 of 8,422, or 3percent of registered voters went to the polls, just 21 of them in Ward 2 and another 22 in Ward 5, at a cost to the city of approximately $39 a vote.

 

 

For Tony Felch, who is challenging longtime incumbent Councilor Arman Bolduc in Ward 6, has made the future of the primary elections a theme of his campaign. "It's a waste of time and money, of everything," he said, adding that if he is successful he will urge the council to eliminate the primary.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 September 2013 03:49

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