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Laconia woman loses street-side mailbox to vandalism & P.O. won't deliver to house

LACONIA — When someone or something destroyed a mailbox at 65 Shore Drive on April 29, the fallout created more problems for Hazel Zimmer than she ever imagined.

Not only does she have to replace her mailbox, she can't get her mailed delivered until she does.

Zimmer explained that for years she and her late husband had a mailbox attached to the side of her house. To get to it, the mail carrier would walk up the driveway and deliver the mail to the box. She said that mailbox is still attached to her house.

About seven years ago, Zimmer said their driveway became very icy during a bad winter and her husband installed a mailbox at the end of the driveway as a convenience to the mail carrier.

According to Zimmer, the Laconia Postmaster told her that the U.S. Post Office manual says that once an "improper mode" has been extended by a mail carrier, the service will be withdrawn provided the error is detected in 90 days."

Translated, this means that should the mail carrier deliver Zimmer's mail to the box attached to the house, he or she would be obliged to continue to do so if it continues longer than 90 days. In Zimmer's case, the Post Office won't deliver the mail until she replaces her mailbox at the end of the driveway.

The Daily Sun reached out to the U.S. Post Office for comment but didn't get a reply.

"I've been riding my bicycle every day to the Post Office to get my mail," Zimmer said.

She said she plans on replacing the mailbox by summer's end, however feels that because the Post Office delivers mail to a box attached to the house at a number of homes on Shore Drive, they should deliver her mail to her old box.

"There are people on my street who refuse to put a mail box at the end of their driveways and they still get their mail," she said.

As for the vandalism, Zimmer said her real desire is to have the person or people who damaged her mailbox to step forward and take responsibility.

She said it's going to cost her at least $200 to replace it because her husband had set the post in cement and now the cement has to be dug up and re-poured for her to install a new box.

Last Updated on Saturday, 10 May 2014 12:47

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Correction: Detective Dawson has not received Tilton paycheck since April 9

CORRECTION - Tilton Selectboard Chair Pat Consentino said Thursday that Det. Cpl. Matt Dawson has not gotten a pay check since April 9. That he had been on a paid leave since early November until the present was incorrectly reported in an article that ran on page 1 of The Daily Sun on April 8. Consentino said Dawson is still employed by the Police Department.

Last Updated on Saturday, 10 May 2014 01:38

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Sen. Forrester will recommend N.H. Senate accept House's changes to RV taxation bill

CONCORD — Without debate ,the New Hampshire House of Representatives this week passed a bill that clarifies the taxation of recreational vehicles kept year around on campgrounds while sparing Laconia from decreased assessed valuation, foregone property tax revenue and increased tax rate.
Senator Jeanie Forrester (R-Meredith), the bill's prime sponsor, said that she will recommend the Senate accept the bill as amended by the House.
As originally introduced, Senate Bill 333 would have exempted from property taxation recreational vehicles remaining in any one city, town or unincorporated place for fewer than 45 days as well as recreational vehicles stored or placed on a rented campsite at a recreational campground or camping park no matter for how long.
After the Senate unanimously passed the bill Jon Duhamel, the city assessor, counted 423 recreational vehicles parked at a dozen campgrounds year around with an aggregate assessed value of $9,994,500. They have been taxed for years, but would become exempt from property tax if the bill were enacted. He estimates that the city would forgo more than $220,000 in revenue, which would add 10 cents to the property tax rate.
At the request of city officials the bill was amended by the House Municipal and County Government Committee so as to safeguard the city's tax base. As amended by the committee and passed by the House the bill exempts only those recreational vehicles with a maximum width of eight-feet, six-inches, registered as motor vehicles, bearing a current number plate and located at a campground from property taxation. In other words, so-called "park models," wider than eight-feet, six-inches that cannot be transported without a special permit, and unregistered recreational vehicles less than eight-feet, six inches in width, would be taxed as real estate.
Before April 1 each year campground owners would be required to provide municipal assessors with the name and address of the owners of recreational vehicles at their campgrounds and to identify those exempt from property taxation. Campground owners would not be responsible for the payment of any taxes imposed on recreational vehicles at their facilities.
City Manager Scott Myers said that the amendment mirrors the practice the city has followed since 1999 when the New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled that trailers meeting certain criteria should be taxed as real estate. He said that the amendment addresses the major issues of concern to both the city and campground owners.

Last Updated on Saturday, 10 May 2014 01:35

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Local woman charged with throwing chair at, punching friend

LACONIA — A local woman who police described as transient was charged with breach of bail, criminal mischief, and assault after police said she threw a chair at a friend of hers and punched him in the head Tuesday night.

Affidavits obtained from the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division said Brianna L Blanchard, 23, was visiting a friend of hers on Union Avenue Tuesday at 9:24 a.m.

During an argument with the victim, Blanchard allegedly threw a wicker chair at him. She missed but the chair damaged the sheet rock in his apartment.

Blanchard also allegedly hit him repeatedly with her hands and them punched him with a closed fist.

She fled when the victim threatened to call police. He told them she was "homeless" and he was giving her a place to stay for a few days. He also said he let her use his cell phone and told police he believes she still had it.

Laconia Police also confirmed with Belmont Police that Blanchard has bail conditions issued to her on March 7 stemming from an arrest for the fraudulent use of a credit card.

Blanchard is also facing additional charges from Gilford for driving after revocation also on March 17.

She is also facing charges of prostitution stemming from a Laconia arrest that dates back to October of 2013.

Blanchard was ordered held on $400 cash bail. According to Belknap County Department of Corrections personnel, she has posted it and is no longer incarcerated.

Last Updated on Saturday, 10 May 2014 01:15

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