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City councilor arrested in confrontation with Loudon police officer

LOUDON — David Bownes, a Laconia attorney who represents Ward 2 on the City Council, was arrested here on Friday, May 2 on a charge of simple assault arising from a confrontation with Cpl. Jason Fiske of Loudon Police Department.

Loudon Police Chief Robert Fiske declined to comment on the circumstances that led to the arrest.

Bownes was released on $2,000 personal recognizance bail and scheduled for arraignment in Sixth Circuit Court — Concord Division on June 9.

Bownes said yesterday that he has retained legal counsel, will enter a plea of not guilty, waive arraignment and await a trial date.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 May 2014 12:39

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Sanbornton's Jane Goss retires after 26 years in clerk-tax collector office

SANBORNTON — For 26 years Town Clerk-Tax Collector Jane Goss has been the smiling face who greets town residents as they entered town hall for assistance with everything from car registrations to death certificates.

Now close to her 65th birthday, Goss has decided its time to retire — leaving the Town Clerk-Tax Collector Office in what she described last week as the capable hands of her assistant Marla Davis.

For Goss the journey from being Ann Inguemundsen's assistant that began in 1988 to where she is now has been a long and pleasurable one — peppered with some very short learning curves.

"When I started we were hand-writing all posting of bills," she said laughing as she pointed to all the computer equipment in the tiny two-roof office. "We would hand-write it in an old book."

Goss said she worked as Inguemundsen's assistant for almost seven years before she fell ill and passed away in the middle of their transition to computers.

"I learned them from the bottom up," she said, noting that when she first came to Sanbornton, the two women took the car registration money for the town but sent all of the state taxes and license plate work to Tilton.

"Now we do everything," she said.

"And the voting machines. I just love the voting machines," Goss said noting how they used to have to hand count all of the ballots and during presidential elections the count could take hours after the polls closed.

Goss said one of the most enjoyable things she ever did as Town Clerk-Tax Collector was to join the Sant Bani School students with the Sanbornton Central School students and hold a mock election.

"We went through the whole procedure," she said, saying the children got to register, choose a party if they wanted, and cast their votes just like their parents were going to do in a few days.

She said that rules surrounding children's privacy changed quite a few years ago and she hasn't been able to host her mock elections for the last two presidential cycles.

One of Goss's proudest moments was when she was recently recognized by federal, state, and local law enforcement for her role in breaking up an illegal car export business being operated in part out of Sanbornton. Just last week, she received a second commendation from State Sen. Jeanie Forrester.

Goss has also had some recently life changes that helped her confirm her decision to retire.

Her daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer and was recently told she had passed her one-year cancer-free mark.

Since the diagnosis, Goss and other members of her family have begun dedicating a large portion of their life to fund-raising for cancer research. Goss is participating in a 5K race this weekend in Concord as well as an upcoming Relay for Life.

Last year she walked in the 60-mile Susan G. Komen three-day race in Boston and is planning on walking in the same race in Philadelphia next year.

"My husband and I walk all the time," she said.

Goss also said her husband Larry is now retired and is looking forward to traveling with him. She said they don't have any major plans to go anywhere but said there was a weekend at a beach in Rhode Island where they will go after this year's town election.

When asked what she would miss the most, without hesitation she said the residents and the town employees.

"They've kept me in office for 26 years and its been my pleasure to help them," she said. "I've always been told that if you bend over backwards to help people, they will repay you with kindness."

"Life is good," she said.


CAPTION: (Goss) Sanbornton Town Clerk-Tax Collector Jane Goss in her office about one week beforeretirement. Goss has been Town Clerk-Tax Collector for 19 years and was the assistant for seven years previous to that. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Gail Ober)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 May 2014 11:42

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Heroin antidote saves Belmont man but now he's under arrest

BELMONT — A local man is charged with one count of possession of heroin after emergency responders went to a home on Middle Route yesterday at 8:47 a.m. and found him unresponsive and suffering from breathing difficulties.

Patrick Stitt, 40, shares the home with his elderly mother and his girlfriend.

Emergency responders learned Stitt may have overdosed on heroin and administered NARCAN, which immediately reversed the effects of the heroin. Stitt was able to walk to the ambulance.

While he was being transported, police were able to gather enough evidence to charge  him with possession of the narcotic drug.

When police went to Lakes Region General Hospital to arrest him, they said they were "surprised" to learn he had left on his own and was last seen walking away from the emergency room.

Sgt. Adam Hawkins found Stitt walking along Rte. 107 and arrested him without incident. He is being held in lieu of $2,000 cash bail and is schedule to appear in the 4th Circuit Court Laconia Division this morning.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 May 2014 11:37

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Laconia man said to have threatened girlfriend with an axe

LACONIA — A Merrimac Street man was ordered held on $5,000 cash-only bail for allegedly threatening his girlfriend with an ax during an argument early Tuesday morning.

William E. Fort, 30, appeared in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division yesterday and entered no pleas to one count of felony criminal threatening and one felony count of second-degree assault.

He pleaded not guilty to one count of simple assault for allegedly biting her nose.

Police affidavits said they were called to Merrimac Street at 3:05 a.m. by the victim who said Fort had allegedly pinned her to the floor with his legs to the point where she had trouble breathing and then bit her nose.

Police said he also picked up an ax and said, "I'll jut use it to take off your head."

Affidavits said the argument was precipitated when Fort awoke from sleeping, left the bedroom and urinated in the living room.

Judge Jim Carroll also ordered Fort to not possess any dangerous weapons, not to drink any alcohol or consume any drugs and to stay away from the victim and Merrimac Street should he post bail.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 May 2014 01:26

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