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Laconia deer hunter rescued from North Country woods

LANCASTER — A Laconia man was able to sleep in a warm bed Saturday night after his hunting companion reported he hadn't returned by dark and a search party located him lost in the woods of this North Country town.

New Hampshire Fish and Game Officers said Norman Colburn, 68, had told his friend that he would be hunting for deer near the beaver ponds near Sugar Camp Road. When he hadn't return by 6 p.m. and the weather started getting bad, Colburn's buddy called the Fish and Game Officers.

Conservation Officer Chris Egan said its was hovering around 34 degrees, snowing, windy, and getting dark. He said he feared that if Colburn was lost, he would develop hypothermia.

Egan said conservation officers used lights, sirens, and air horns beginning in the area Colburn was last seen. Pittsburg Police and a U.S. Border Patrol Agent assisted in the search.

At 10:30 p.m., Egan said Colburn responded when he heard them calling for them. They said he was about one mile from where he was last seen.

Egan said Colburn was cold and wet but other than a few scratches on his face he was unharmed. Colburn was carrying a small pack, a light, a radio and a Global Positioning Sensor but the radio was not working properly.

He told the officers he was preparing to "settle in for the night" when he heard them calling for him.

He told conservation officers he had begun to shiver, which is one of the first signs of hypothermia. He was assisted to an All-Terrain Vehicle and transported to Back Lake Road where he declined medical treatment.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 November 2013 02:11

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Police find man holding snorting straw & drugs unresponsive in Gilford El parking lot

GILFORD — Police charged two Alton residents with a variety of drug possession charges after finding the driver of their car unresponsive in the Elementary School parking lot Saturday morning.

Affidavits obtained in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division said Shane Mitza, 38, of Mount Major Highway is charged with one count of possession of alprazolam — an anti-anxiety drug — and one count of possession of suboxine. He was held on $5,000 cash bail after his appearance in court yesterday.

Tracy Mitza, 38, of the same address, was charged with one count of possession of alprazolam and one count of marijuana possession. She was released on personal recognizance bail and was given a court day in December.

Police said they responded to a call at the Imagination Station and found Mitza slumped over the wheel with a "snorting straw in his hand and a pill container on his lap."

During the investigation, police said they found a bottle with blue pills and Mitza told them they belonged to his father. Mitza's wife, Tracy, told police they were alprazolam.

In arguing for cash bail in court yesterday, Gilford Prosecutor, Sgt. Eric Bredbury said Mitza is on bail while awaiting trial for in Belknap County Superior Court for sale of narcotics.

He also noted Mitza was in the parking lot of a posted safe school zone and Bredbury said police are still reviewing the video cameras at the school to see if he will face additional charges for driving while after being deemed an habitual offender while in the school parking lot.

Affidavits said Mitza is a habitual offender with prior convictions for forgery in 2008, and a variety of misdemeanor convictions from 2002 until 2007.

Public Defender Kate Geraci asked for personal recognizance bail saying Mitza was the caregiver for his wife and two children and also helps care for his father.

She said he was recommended for Recovery Court. "He wants to get the help that he needs," Geraci said, noting he won't get it if he's locked up in the Belknap County House of Corrections.

She also said he is reporting court ordered supervision and will agree to any additional bail restrictions if freed.

In ordering cash bail, Judge Jim Carroll said he was "significantly aware" of the challenges Mitza faces but that he also has real concerns for his own well being as well as that of the people he cares for.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 November 2013 02:08

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LRGHealthcare relocating laundry to O'Shea Industrial Park

LACONIA — Officials at LRGHealthcare confirmed yesterday that their laundry facility will be relocating to the former Cormier Hosiery Mill located in the O'Shea Industrial Park.

Suzanne Stiles, the chief Human Relations officer and senior vice-president of Administration and Support Services, said the hospital expects the relocation to be a long-term arrangement.

"It's the perfect setup," Stiles said yesterday.

On September 22, LRGHealthcare lost its laundry facilities in a three-alarm blaze that gutted a commercial building on the corner of Fair and Court Streets. The hospital company was a tenant in the building and although firefighters were able to save two trucks, Stiles said most of the rest of the equipment was destroyed or damaged beyond repair.

She said LRGHeathcare is still working with their insurance companies to know the exact amount of their losses. Stiles confirmed yesterday that the company lost all of the linen in the building, some of their machines, the conveyor belts, and all of their supplies.

She also said that LRGHealthcare looked at many options including staying with sub-contractors before deciding on keeping the laundry in-house and going to the industrial park, a place she described a "perfect" for the laundry.

In the interim, LRGHeathcare has been sub-contracting their laundry services to Kleen Linen of Lebanon.

The laundry employes eight full-time workers, a number of part-time employees and processes about 1-million pounds of laundry annually said Stiles. She said all of the employees have been kept on the payroll and have been assisting in other departments. All laundry and linen used by Lakes Region General Hospital, Franklin Regional Hospital, and all affiliates is done by the operation.

Stiles said yesterday that now that the ink is dry on the contract with Odilon "Odie" Cormier, her company will be evaluating the building to see what work needs to be done to get the hospital facilities up and running.

She said LRGHealthcare has rented the back potion of the building at 144 Lexington Drive and it is the space that the former hosiery mill used for production. The front of the building is used by Smiths Tubular Systems (Titeflex).

Stiles said the space is ideal however she wanted to thank Mike McCarthy, who is the owner of the Court Street building for being a wonderful landlord. McCarthy said last week that he was still not sure if the portion of the building that housed the laundry will have to be razed. As of yesterday it was still standing.

Fire Chief Ken Erickson said the flames didn't reach the laundry portion of the building during the morning of the blaze but there was significant chemical, water and smoke damage done to the commercial laundry equipment.

Erickson said the fire is suspicious and continues to be one of several recent fires being investigated by city police and the N.H. Fire Marshal's Office.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 November 2013 01:58

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Alton Police say they know who robbed bank on Oct. 10 but no arrest made yet

ALTON — Police said yesterday they have developed a number of leads and have recovered enough evidence to make an arrest in the October 10 armed robbery of the Meredith Village Savings Bank on Wolfeboro Highway (Rte. 28).

Chief Ryan Heath said he is unable to release the names of the two people allegedly involved in the armed robbery at this time but issued a media statement to allay the fears of the general public.

Heath said he was assisted by numerous agencies and wishes to thank all of them for their assistance.

On October 10 at about 4:34 p.m. a lone male entered the MVSB branch and held one employee at gunpoint while he jumped over the counter and emptied the teller drawers.

Heath said he initially fled on foot but police had reason to think he was picked up by someone driving a silver four-door sedan.

The man was wearing a gray pullover sweatshirt and blue jeans. He was carrying a red duffel bag and wearing a mask.

He said he would make the arrest information public as soon as he is able.

Last Updated on Saturday, 02 November 2013 12:49

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