Gilford doctor reprimanded, fined for actions in Conway


CONCORD — The New Hampshire Board of Medicine has reprimanded and fined a physician employed by Hillside Medical Park in Gilford for failing to treat a patient appropriately while practicing emergency medicine at Memorial Hospital in Conway.

Dr. James Clifford, 69, a family practitioner, agreed to a settlement to resolve allegations of professional misconduct following the suspension of his privileges at Memorial Hospital and an investigation undertaken by the Board of Medicine. Under the terms of the settlement Clifford was fined $1,000 and ordered to undergo 12 hours of continuing education.

In January, a female patient, who had lost her left kidney, came to the emergency room at Memorial Hospital complaining of severe pain in her right side and nausea. Clifford treated her with intravenous fluids and several medications then discharged her with instructions to see her primary care physician. The next day the patient returned with pain, vomiting and signs of acute kidney failure, and underwent surgery. The board found that Clifford's decision to discharge the patient and failure to promptly place a stent resulted in "acute renal failure."

Clifford ended his employment at Memorial Hospital less than two weeks after the incident.

The board determined and Clifford acknowledged that if disciplinary proceedings were pursued it would be proven that Clifford "has displayed medical practice which is incompatible with the basic knowledge and competence expected of persons practicing emergency medicine."

In March, Clifford was charged with driving while intoxicated after losing control of his car on Route 11A near Gunstock Mountain Resort then veering off the road and sliding down an embankment. He pleaded not guilty and the charge was dismissed, but also pleaded guilty to reckless operation. He was fined $1,120, with $500 suspended on condition of good behavior for one year, and surrendered his driving license for 60 days. He was also ordered to complete a therapeutic program.

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Gilford shooting a puzzle


GILFORD — Although police have arrested a suspect who allegedly fired shots at an SUV in the vicinity of 108 Young Road on Monday afternoon, Lieutenant Kris Kelley said yesterday that they have yet to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident.
Ryan Thurston, 35, of 55 High View Circle, was arrested without incident shortly after the shooting and charged with reckless conduct with a firearm, a Class B felony. On Tuesday Thurston waived arraignment in Belknap County Superior Court and is being held in Belknap County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash or corporate surety bail.
Officers responded to a report of shots fired around 4 p.m. on Monday. According to police, witnesses reported hearing at least three shots and said that a man aboard a motorcycle had fired at an SUV then fled. No one was injured. When Thurston was apprehended nearby, he told police that someone in the moving SUV had shot at him.
“He was very reserved in what he told us.” Kelley said.
Kelley said that three 9 mm shell casings were recovered near the site of the shooting. One round struck a residence and broke a window. He said that a spent bullet was found inside the home, but the firearm itself has not yet been located. While police believe a driver and passenger were in the SUV when the shots were fired, Kelley said, “We’re not positive there were only two people in the vehicle.” He indicated that officers had interviewed people in the Concord area they suspect may have been in the SUV at the time of the shooting, who were less than cooperative.
Police urged anyone who witnessed the incident or with information about to contact the Gilford Police Department at 527-4737.



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Fire N’ Stone opens new showroom Friday after accidental fire in August


TILTON — Aug. 2 was a bad day for SAF Fire N' Stone, the full-service stove, hearth and chimney business that has been located on Laconia Road for six years. On that day, a delivery truck knocked down the power lines, which landed on the showroom building and started a fire that has rendered the building unusable.

The end of summer is the beginning of the heating season, so there was no time to sit idle while a new building could be constructed. So, while their employees were busy servicing customers with installation of new stoves and chimney repairs, owners Angelo and Sarah Farruggia scrambled to construct a showroom space within the warehouse, located at the same Laconia Road address.

Fire N' Stone will be hosting a grand opening of its new showroom this weekend.

"It's not as grand as we're used to," Angelo Farruggia said, looking around the space, but the renovated warehouse serves its role as a place to display a range of wood, gas and pellet stoves, both free-standing and wall inserts. The showroom is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The grand opening weekend kicks off on Friday, Sept. 30, and will mark the beginning of a 10-day sale, featuring discounts on stoves, parts and installation.

It took a Herculean effort to convert half of the warehouse into a space welcoming for customers. Carpentry, gas lines, painting – the list of tasks kept Farruggia busy for most of his waking hours since the fire. It was far more than he could handle himself, and with his crew busy around the clock with service calls, he said he owes his grand opening to the willingness of local contractors to work Fire N' Stone into their schedules.

"What made it possible, beyond my own guys' work, was the local contractors who stepped up," he said, naming Joe Boxer Plumbing, Total Security, Absolute Electrical, Steve Buy Heating and Cooling, and Same Day Computers as especially helpful in his predicament. "Without them, we'd be dead in the water."

Farruggia said he and Sarah plan to rebuild the burned-out building, which will take about a year to complete. Until then, Fire N' Stone will be able to serve customers out of the warehouse-turned showroom.

"We are still trucking along – we're still here to serve everybody, and make sure they're warm and safe this winter," he said.

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Angelo and Sarah Farruggia are hosting a grand opening of their new showroom, located at 539 Laconia Road in Tilton, on Friday and Saturday. The showroom was fashioned out of a space in the business's warehouse after a fire, caused by a delivery truck, destroyed the original showroom. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Adam Drapcho)

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The new fireplace and stove displays at the store. (Laconia Daily Sun photos/Adam Drapcho)


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