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4 tires slashed; Laconia man charged

LACONIA — A Dixon Street man is charged with criminal mischief for allegedly slashing all four tires of a Mitsubishi Lancer while it was parked on Batchelder Street.

Robert Huffer, 27, of 6 Dixon St. is charged with going to the Batchelder Street home, slashing the tires, and then sending threatening text messages to a woman who is friends with the victim.

When the woman reported the threats to city police, an officer went to Batchelder Street and saw the Lancer with all four tires slashed. The owner of the car said he arrived at Batchelder Street just before 11 p.m. and noticed the tires were flat at 3 a.m. that morning, when police arrived.

Huffer is also charged with one count of stalking for allegedly sending repeated text messages on August 4 and August 5 to the woman regarding the victim's car.

Police arrested Huffer on Monday at the Belknap County House of Corrections where he is incarcerated for an unrelated charge.

He appeared by video in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division on Tuesday. Judge Jim Carroll told him to have no contact with the tire-slashing victim and to only have contact with the female victim if she agrees to visit him in jail. He was ordered held on $200 cash bail.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 04:08

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Tilton police send out alert regarding Green Dot Money Pak Card scam

TILTON — Police here are warning residents of a scam involving Green Dot MoneyPak Card and callers who purport to be a loan company.

In a media release sent yesterday, Police Chief Robert Cormier said one local victim was told that she had been approved for a loan from a company called Loans of America for $3,000 but needed to put the initial payment of $278 on a Green Dot MoneyPak card so the company could verify that at lest the first payment could be made.

Once the card was purchased, the victim was told to call the company at a specific phone number and give the person who answered the PIN number of the back so they could verify the number.

Cormier said the caller told the victim that no money would be taken from the card and once they could verify the card amount, $3,000 would be deposited into her bank account.

Police said Green Dot MoneyPak card can be purchased in nearly 50,000 retail store throughout the country. According to their Website MoneyPak is a way to send money to where you need it. They are commonly used to make Internet purchases.

Anyone who believes they have been victims of this scam are asked to call their local police department.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 04:05

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New Huot Center program to focus on hospitality & tourism administration

LACONIA — A program specializing in Hospitality and Tourism Administration is in the works for the Huot Regional Technical Educaiton Center, said Director Dave Warrender at last night's School Board meeting.

Warrender said he has been working with community partners about developing the new program and is working to get approval from the State Department of Education.

The Law Enforcement Program is close to gaining state approval, he said, and although it is one one class offered for one semester this school year, with approval it will expand to two classes — one in each semesters.

This is Warrender's first year as Huot Center director and last night was the first time he had made any presentations to the full board. Along with getting the existing program ready, he said he is examining other possible programs for the future including Fire/EMT and welding.

With school scheduled to begin on August 27, the Huot Center has 568 students enrolled — up from 420 students last year.

Of those, about one half are from Laconia while Belmont, Gilford, Inter-Lakes Regional School District, Winnisquam Regional School District and Franklin — in that order of enrollment percentage — comprise the balance.

Automotive is the most popular program with Health, Mechanical Engineering and Multimedia coming in at two, three and four.

He said interest in the Law Enforcement, Pre-Technical, and Bio-Technical programs are growing but for this year they'll only be offered for one semester.

New classes include Medical Billing and Coding and Warrender said it was practically full within days of the center telling students and parents about it.

"I have 24 students in a class designed for 20," Warrender said.

In other business, the board approved filling the Court Liaison position and a Behavioral Specialist at the high school. Both are being filled using money transfers from other line times including savings from teacher retirements from the entire district and savings in special education.
Superintendent Teri Forsten said the district added one kindergarten class to Woodland Heights Elementary School, bringing the total number of kindergarten classes to eight.

She said the class sizes at Woodland Heights average 16 to 17 students while the Elm Street School kindergarten classes average 22 students per class. She said parents with children at Elm Street who would like to transfer their children to Woodland Heights should contact the school district.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 04:02

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ZBA grants variance so 2-unit apartment building can be constructed overlooking Weirs yacht club

LACONIA — The Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) this week granted a zoning variance that will permit Richard Mailloux, the owner and operator of the Akwa Marina Yacht Club doing business as Brick House, LLC, to construct a residential building with two units alongside an existing residence overlooking the Weirs marina.

The 0.32-acre (14,077) lot lies in the commercial resort zone where six units per acre are allowed and the three units proposed — the two new units and the existing home — would require half-an-acre (21,780). The project required a variance from the density requirement.

Before the Maillouxs acquired the property the previous owner had poured a foundation, 50 feet by 28 feet adjacent to the brick residence, which plans depicted as intended for an addition. A review of records in the Planning Department determined that in 2003 the Planning Board approved plans for an addition to house a commercial use, and the Code Enforcement Officer granted a building permit, but the project was never completed. In light of the prior approvals, the ZBA granted the approvals.

The Maillouxs told the board that they intend to construct a building of 7,0000square-feet to a heigh of 35 feet, the maximum permitted, resembling a barn. John Gentile and Mike Ames, whose homes abut the property on the other side of upper Lakeside Avenue objected to the dimensions of the building, which they would obscure their views of the lake and diminish the value of their properties.

However, Planning Director Shanna Saunders explained that without easements safeguarding their views, Maillouxs were entitled to build to the permitted dimensions. The variance, she said pertained only to the number of units. she said that had they chose to simply expand the existing brick residence, a variance would not have been required.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 03:58

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