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Meredith firm was called in to investigate event(s) that led to Gilford police suspensions

GILFORD — The Daily Sun has learned that an independent company was hired to do an investigation into the Police Department after Chief Kevin Keenan was placed on paid administrative leave.

An official who did not wish to be identified said yesterday that Municipal Resources Inc. of Meredith has interviewed both Keenan and School Resource Officer Holly Harris, who is also on a paid administrative leave.

The official said other members of the Gilford Police Department have been interviewed as well and that MRI will be issuing a report of its findings sometime in the near future.

MRI's role is to offer an unbiased view of the as yet unspecified reasons for both to be on paid leave. Keenan has been on leave since August 29 and Harris has been on leave since the middle of September.

Keenan has been with the Gilford Police Department since 1994 and Harris has been there since 2005. Keenan makes $83,000 annually and Harris makes around $52,000 per year.

Last Updated on Saturday, 05 October 2013 02:42

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Little girl who fell down stairs removed from life support

BELMONT — The 2-year-old girl who fell down a flight of stairs at her Concord Street home Wednesday morning is in grave condition at Dartmouth Hitchcock Memorial Hospital in Lebanon.

At a candle-light vigil in Belmont Village last night, family and friends told the nearly 100 people who had gathered to pray for Havana O'Flarherty, for she has been removed from a life-support device.

First Baptist Church Pastor James F. Smith asked the many friends and supporters who had joined the family to help them get through this terrible time.

Smith said this Sunday's service at the First Baptist Church at 49 Church Street will be dedicated to Havana. The service begins at 10 a.m.

Smith said Havana attended the Heavenly Sonshine Pre-School at the church and that her mother was a church member.

Police stood a respectful distance away from last night candle service on the village green.

Lt. Richard Mann has confirmed that police are investigating the circumstances surrounding Havana's death but declined any further comment.

In a previous media release, Mann said that Belmont Police investigate all instances where a person has died or suffered a serious injury.

He said the police wish to extend their sincerest sympathy and prayers to the family.

Crystal O'Flarherty is the little girl's mother.

Last Updated on Saturday, 05 October 2013 02:34

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200 petitioners ask Moultonborough to find new town adminstrator

MOULTONBOROUGH — Nearly 200 petitioners have urged the Board of Selectmen not to renew the contract of Town Administrator Carter Terenzini when it expires next year and to immediately convene a committee to search for his replacement.

Apart from Selectman Chris Shipp, who asked how many had signed the petition, the board accepted the petition in silence, while Terenzini jotted down notes. Speaking almost under his breath, Chairman Joel Mudgett said that the board would take the petition "under advisement".

Jordan Prouty, longtime trustee of the trust funds, presented the petition to the selectmen when they met last night. Reading from a prepared statement he described the town administrator as "the face of the town to the public," whose "actions, values, demeanor and character reflect who we are as a community. When citizens find that his conduct and values and actions do not reflect positively on our community," he continued, "they are left with no recourse, but to appeal to the body that made the decision to employ Mr. Terenzini."

Prouty said that petitioners share "a firm faith that a change will make for a better future." Noting "we wish Mr. Terenzini no ill will," he claimed that "his actions have created animosity and divisiveness both in and out of town hall" and concluded "we have lost confidence in his ability to properly represent the citizens of Moultonboro." The petitioners, he said, "do not take this action lightly," but believe a change is required to "move forward in a positive manner that better reflects our values."

The signatories to the petition, Prouty said, "are making a clear, fair request for a more harmonious future," which requires a town administrator "with natural leadership skills and values matching those exemplified by our many long term volunteers."

Terenzini has been unpopular among a section of the community for much of his five-year tenure and questions about his renewing his contract have arisen before.
But, the petition is the first open effort to oust him. It began to circulate about the time the Selectboard pursued removal proceedings against two members of the Planning Board — Josh Bartlett and Judy Ryerson — which after much prevarication and dissembling was ultimately revealed to have begun with a recommendation from Terenzini.

In 2010, Terenzini applied for a town administrator's position in Palmer, Massachusetts. A year later he was interviewed for a similar position in Kingston, Rhode Island and in 2012 he was among three finalists for an opening in Wareham, Massachusetts.

Last Updated on Friday, 04 October 2013 01:49

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Belmont Police continuing to investigate circumstances to led to 2-year-old falling down stairs

BELMONT — Police continue to investigate the reason a 2-year-old child fell down a flight of stair at a Concord Street apartment building Wednesday morning. She was apparently seriously injured by the fall.
Lt. Rich Mann said police have removed the yellow tape from the front door of Apartment 3 in Building 2 in the Belmont Village Apartments.
"This is an open and active inquiry," Mann added. "Members of the detective bureau are looking in to circumstances surrounding this event."
Public safety officials said yesterday the child was found at the bottom of the stairs breathing but unconscious. She was in the care of an adult while her mother was a work.
After being transported by ambulance to Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia, she was stabilized in the emergency room and flown by helicopter to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon. He condition is not known and police are not releasing the identity of the family.
In a written statement, Mann said that, "anytime someone is injured in our community we make every effort to determine how and why it occurred."

Last Updated on Friday, 04 October 2013 02:40

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