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56-year-old woman caught in Bristol drug bust

BRISTOL — A 56-year-old woman one count of possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute after police executed a search warrant at her Sugar Hill Road home.

Chief Mike Lewis said yesterday that Elizabeth French was arrested on Monday at 8:30 p.m. and appeared before Judge Thomas Rappa of the 2nd Circuit Court, Plymouth Division yesterday.

He said she is being held in the Grafton County Jail on $25,000 cash-only bail Should she post bail, Lewis said there must be a hearing to determine the source of the money.

Lewis said French's arrest comes after a lengthy investigation. He said two pound of marijuana, equipment commonly associated with packing drugs, an undisclosed amount of cash, and some oxycodone were seized. He said police also confiscated cells phones and computers.

Lewis said the investigation is still ongoing and he said French could face additional charges and there may be more arrests.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 October 2013 02:58

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To date, Gilford has paid over $20k to suspended police chief & officer

GILFORD – It's been nine weeks since Police Chief Kevin Keenan went on a paid administrative leave and as of yesterday, town official continue to stay mum about the issue.

The Selectboard placed Keenan on leave on August 28. Town Administrator Scott Dunn said Keenan is paid a weekly amount of $1,597.17.

In addition to Keenan being on paid administrative leave, Patrol Officer Holly Harris has also been on leave since the middle of September. Dunn said she is paid $24.33 per hour and the approximate amount Harris has been paid, thus far, during her absence has been $6,812.

The current police department roster, said Dunn, has 17 full-time sworn police officers and three part-time officers. In the course of their budget preparation, selectmen have approved an 18th officer although the Budget Committee has not acted yet on the request.

During Keenan's leave, Lt. James Leach has been acting chief and according to Dunn, is being paid a 5 percent differential while acting above his rank. Acting Deputy Chief Kris Kelley (also a lieutenant) is also being paid a 5-percent differential. Dunn said the 5 percent pay differential is part of the town's policy for when an employee is working a job about his or her typical pay grade.

One of the part-time officers is acting as the School Resource Officer, which is Harris's position during the school year.

Dunn also said that as of September 30, the Police Department has spent $92,281.52 in overtime. He said the budgeted amount for 2013 is $97,970.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 October 2013 02:56

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Flamingos for hire in Meredith

A flock of 48 plastic flamingos arrived in Hesky Park in Meredith Friday morning to mark the start of a fundraising drive for the Inter-Lakes Elementary School Living Classroom Greenhouse Initiative. The school is planning  to build a 24 foot by 48 foot greenhouse on school grounds as a hands-on learning venue and needs to raise $65,000 for the project. The flamingos can be placed on the lawn of a friend or neighbor for a fee and that person will then have to pay to have them moved to another location. For more information,  contact the Inter-Lakes Elementary School or visit the Inter-Lakes greenhouse home page. (Roger Amsden photo for The Laconia Daily Sun)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 October 2013 02:39

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Sneeze said to have caused entrapment crash on Mechanic Street

LACONIA — A woman escaped serious injury yesterday around noon after the car she was driving smashed into a utility pole on the flat portion of Mechanic Street, near the Hillside Cemetery and landed on its side.

She told police she sneezed and briefly lost control of her car.

With the shattered telephone pole along with live wires barely staying upright, firefighters worked to free the woman, identified as Helen Y. Brown, and her dog from the wreck.

Making yesterday's rescue particularly difficult was that the car landed on its drivers side, making it impossible for the victim to free herself.

Emergency crews initially used wooden supports to anchor the silver Subaru Legacy Outback so it wouldn't roll onto its roof. After opening the rear hatch, firefighters were able move the rear seat.

Rescuers then broke the seal on the windshield and pried it away from the car. At that point the were able to free Brown and take her from the vehicle through the rear hatch.

Brown was able to stand upright after being freed from the car and, with minimal assistance, was able to get on the gurney that took her to the ambulance where she was transported to Lakes Region General Hospital.

While being rolled on the gurney, she was talking on her cell phone and was making arrangements to have someone pick up the dog.

The woman's dog was unharmed, said Fire Chief Ken Erickson, and was taken by police who will hold it until one of her relatives comes to get it.

Police Sgt. Gary Hubbard said the portion of Mechanic Street near Hillside Cemetery will remained closed until Public Service of New Hampshire crews can make the area safe. He said the utility pole is close to the road on that part of the street.

Hubbard said that neither speed nor alcohol were factors in the crash.

CAPTION (crash on Mechanic Street) Firefighters work to reach a woman who was trapped in her car after it hit a utility pole and flipped onto its side. In one shot they are working on the rear hatch and in the other they are removing the windshield. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Gail Ober)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 October 2013 02:35

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