Sachems beat Hanover 35-14

HANOVER — Laconia scored touchdowns on its first three possessions and cruised to a 35-14 win at Hanover last night. The victory moved the Sachems record to 2-1 in the NHIAA Division II football rankings.

Quarterback Matt Swormstedt connected on 8 -15 passes for a total of 159 yards and 3 touchdowns to lead Laconia's offensive effort. On the other side of the ball, Cody Greenwood had two interceptions for the visiting Sachems.

Laconia will host an undefeated St. Thomas Aquinas on Friday, Oct. 3. Going into last night's action, the Saints had out-scored their opponents 120-12, with two shutouts in the first three games. The 3-0 start has the team sitting atop the NHIAA Division II East Conference standings. The Sachems were one of three teams with one loss looking up to Lebanon (2-0) and Kennett (3-0) in the North Conference going into last night.

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Woman staying at New Hampton home allegedly assaults woman & child & then makes 4 fake 911 calls

CIRCUIT COURT — A former Florida woman was ordered held on $1,500 cash bail yesterday morning in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division after allegedly violating the terms of a five-day old protection order.

Police are also seeking additional arrest warrants for Paula Horne, 43, that will alleged she made four false reports to law enforcement Tuesday night.

According to New Hampton Police affidavits, the problems with Horne allegedly started on September 19 when police responded to 9 Riverwood Drive for a domestic assault. Horne allegedly kicked a female resident and her daughter.

She was charged with two counts of simple assault and told not to have any contact with the two alleged victims.

Police said Tuesday night's activities began at 4:49 p.m. when a female placed a call to 911 alleging there was a domestic disturbance at 9 Riverwood Drive. When the officer arrived, there was a lone man in the house and he was in the shower. He told the officer that it must have been "his crazy girlfriend" and identified Horne.

The man said he didn't know where Horne was so the officer contacted the number from which the 911 call was generated.

Affidavits said a female who sounded drunk answered. When the officer identified himself, she allegedly swore at him.

The officer learned from 911 who owned the phone and traced it to 20 Commercial Street in Concord. The 911 supervisor also said they "pinged" the call to an area around Commercial Street.

At 6:28 p.m. a 911 operator said a woman called from a different phone number and reported a knife attack at 9 Riverwood Drive.

During his second visit to the home, the officer learned from the original assault victim that Horne had called her cellphone a number of time using multiple phones and had made various statements to her. The female told police that she recognized Horne's voice.

At 7:53 p.m. 911 got a third call about a domestic violence report at 9 Riverwood Drive. The officer was still at the home with the residents and told all involved that there was no problem at the home. He issued a Be On the Look Out Alert for Horne for the protection order violation.

At 8:24 p.m. 911 got a fourth call for a domestic disturbance at 9 Riverwood Drive but this time Horne allegedly identified herself as the assault victim and said she was at Rite Aid in Laconia. Affidavits said Laconia Police responded but found nothing.

Concord Police made contact with Horne at 11 p.m. and delivered her to New Hampton Police where she was charged with two counts of violating a protection order. She was held overnight on $5,000 cash bail.

In court yesterday, Sgt. Prosecutor Monica Cunningham asked for $10,000 cash-only bail, saying Horne was a flight risk. She said Horne has no home, no job, and no reason to stay in New Hampshire. She said she would be seeking arrest warrants for the four false reports to law enforcement.

She noted that Horne's alleged actions on Tuesday used the resources of the New Hampton Police, the 911 Emergency Dispatch Center, the Laconia Police, the Concord Police and the New Hampton Fire Department.

Cunningham said Horne has an extensive criminal record from Florida with arrests dating back to 1999. Her most recent conviction in Florida was in 2012 for prostitution.

Horne's public defender said her client has no money to post bail and no money to flee the jurisdiction. She said Horne can stay at 20 Commericial Drive in Concord and had told her she has some mental health issues.

Judge Jim Carroll ordered her held on $1,500 cash bail, $10,000 personal recognizance bail and ordered her to stay away from 9 Riverwood Drive and the people who live there. He also ordered her to sign a waiver of extradition.

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Council asks county to target $15M to $20M for jail project

LACONIA — The City Council this week unanimously adopted a resolution setting several criteria it believes should be met in renovating or reconstructing the Belknap County Jail.

City property taxpayers bear approximately 20 percent of the county's annual operating budget and an equivalent share of its annual debt service to fund capital projects.

Councilors agreed that the county jail must comply with all state and federal regulations and standards required of correctional facilities in order to eliminate any liability to the county arising from litigation initiated on behalf of inmates.

The council specified that a compliant facility should be built for between $15 million and $20 million, either by renovating some or all of the existing facility, constructing an entirely new jail or some combination of the two. The term of a borrowing to fund the project should be as long as possible considering the projected useful life of the facility in order to minimize the annual principal and interest payments.

Finally, the council proposed that the annual cost of additional personnel or programming at a new facility should, from a budgeting standpoint, be incorporated into the debt service carried by the municipalities. In other words, the higher the cost of constructing a new facility, the lower the cost of additional personnel and programming.

The positions were proposed by Councilor Henry Lipman (Ward 3).

Since 2006 the city has budgeted within the bounds of a property tax cap, which limits the annual increase in the amount to be raised by property taxes to the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index and the property tax value of new construction. If the increase in the county apportionment exceeds the limits on the county apportionment set by the tax cap, it must be offset by corresponding reductions in city and/or school expenditures.

The council also agreed to invite all current members of the Belknap County Convention and candidates for those same positions to attend a council meeting in October to discuss the jail issue. Invitations will also be sent to current members of the Belknap County Commission and all candidates for those same positions, as well as State Senator Andrew Hosmer of Laconia and his opponent, Kathy Lauer-Rago of Franklin.

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With union negotiations behind them, police commissioners adjust benefits for non-union staff

LACONIA — After meeting in a non-public session last week, Police Commissioners publicly voted to change the compensation and benefits programs for their non-union staff.

The Laconia Police Officers Association agreed to terms on a new three-year collective bargaining agreement earlier this month and that contract was approved by City Council.

To bring the sergeants in line with the rest of the patrol staff, the maximum number of compensation hours or "comp time" that can be accumulated has increased by the commisisoners from 50 hours to 80 hours.

Civilian staff will remain at 50 hours.

Shift differentials for patrol officers and sergeants went to 60 cents per hours for the 4 p.m. to midnight shift and to 80 cents per hour for the midnight to 8 a.m. shift.

Dispatchers' shift differentials were set at rates half of the above with evening dispatchers earning 30 cents per hour and midnight dispatchers earning 60 cents per hour.

Commissioner Warren Clement voted against this provision because he felt dispatchers should earn the same shift differential, said Capt. Bill Clary.

Sworn officers earn five weeks of vacation beginning in their 20th year. Civilian employees are capped at four weeks. In addition, sworn officers must be employed for six years to earn a third week of vacation while civilian staff must be employed seven years to earn the third week.

For those employees hired after 2014, their severance package is limited to the value of 50 percent of their unused sick time. For those hired before July of 2014, the severance package includes 100 percent of the value of their unused sick time.

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