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Belmont dealer says they didn't offer a penny for truck

BELMONT — The Seavey Road car dealership had nothing to do with the alleged attempt by Gilmanton resident Tony A. Hartford's to sell his father's truck. According to the owners of Kelso's Auto Sales, when Hartford first came to their dealership on October 25, the salesman on duty knew something was not right about Hartford and his offer to sell a 2008 GMC pickup and sent him on his way.

Relying on police affidavits filed with circuit court, The Daily Sun reported on Tuesday that the dealership paid Hartford $4,000 for the truck, which was registered in his father's identical name.

Kelso's owner John Caravona, however, said Wednesday that was not the case.  He said that a third man on the car lot that day apparently overheard the conversation between Hartford and the salesman and offered to buy the truck directly from Hartford. 

Caravona said he was not aware that any money exchanged hands but if it did, his dealership didn't participate in the transaction or have any knowledge of it.

Hartford has been charged with auto theft in Gilmanton and receiving stolen property in Belmont. He entered non-guilty pleas in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division on Monday.

Last Updated on Thursday, 31 October 2013 01:43

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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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