McCormack offically hired as Laconia's interim superintendent

LACONIA – After a brief non-public session, the School Board last night announced that Dr. Philip McCormack will be the interim superintendent of Laconia Schools beginning on June 26.

McCormack will work up to 29 1/2 hours per week and will be paid $80 per hour- the standard rate for interim superintendents in New Hampshire.

McCormack retired as superintendent of the Inter-Lakes School District in 2012, and before coming to Inter-Lakes worked for 11 years as the superintendent of the Keene School District. He was called from retirement by the N.H. School Boards Association to take over for the late Marie Ross in the Newfound Regional School District after she became ill in October of 2012 and died later early the next year.

Currently, McCormack is an adjunct professor at Plymouth State University working with graduate students in education administration. A Holderness resident, he is also a member of the Pemi-Baker Regional School District School Board.

McCormack replaces Superintendent Terri Forsten who will be the new superintendent in the Concord School District.

County now expects $300k more in Medicaid money than budgeted

LACONIA — Belknap County Commission Chairman Dave DeVoy (R-Sanbornton) says that the county has learned that it will receive $1,280,686 in Proshare Medicaid revenue from the state this year, nearly $300,000 more than the county anticipated it would receive in the budget which was passed by the county convention in March.
DeVoy recalled that he and fellow Commissioner Hunter Taylor (R-Alton) were sharply criticized during the budget process when they increased the Proshare revenue estimate from $750,000 proposed by the previous commissioners to $1 million.
''I was pretty confident when I looked at the history and saw that we had averaged nearly $1.2 million in Proshare funds over the last several years that we could safely increase our estimates,'' said DeVoy.
The county commissioners will meet this morning at 9 a.m. at the Belknap County Complex where they will take up several items, including the cost projections for the proposed community corrections center and a private-pay rate increase at the Belknap County Nursing Home.
DeVoy said commissioners were recently made aware of a communication from Nursing Home Administrator Mathew Logue which calls for a $10 per day hike in those rates, from $290 to $300, and that commissioners were not informed of the proposed rate hike.

Alton police officer praised by U.S. Attorney for Maine for aiding capture of armed bank robbers

ALTON — Police Det. Jason Tremblay has been honored by the United States Attorney's Office of Maine for his work in solving a series of five armed bank robberies in Maine and New Hampshire.

Along with the robbery of the Meredith Village Savings Bank in Alton on October 10, 2013, there were four others — one in Somersworth and three in Maine all within weeks of each other.

Two of the Maine robberies were "take over" robberies — one in which one of the robbers brandished a large revolver and one in which the armed robber jumped over the teller counter threatening the people working behind it.

Tremblay worked with federal, state, and local police to determined who committed the robberies. All four people, three men and a woman were apprehended and the two revolvers used in the robberies were confiscated.

All of those involved were each sentenced to more than 35 years in federal prison and a total of $65,000 was ordered as restitution.

"This case is a superior example of how cooperation and coordination of investigation by law enforcement at the federal, state, and local levels from multiple jurisdictions will bring violent criminals to justice and remove them from our street for the protection of the citizens in Maine and New Hampshire," said Asst. U.S. Attorney Donald E. Clark of the Maine District.

"As chief, I am proud to have Det. Tremblay as part of the Alton Police Department, " said Chief Ryan Heath. "He exemplifies the hard work and dedication the citizens of Alton expect and deserve in a police officer."