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Diesel leak quickly contained at Belmont Elementary School yesterday

BELMONT — Fire and Shaker Regional School District officials said a diesel leak from a school bus temporarily created a hazardous situation at the elementary school at 12:52 p.m. yesterday

According to Lt. Fred Greene and Superintendent Maria Dreyer, the spill came from a broken fuel line on a school bus, but fire officials were able to contain the fuel before any of it ran into the storm drains.

Dreyer said none of the children were in any danger, and the hazardous material drills that the school, the Fire Department and the Police Department routinely practice really paid off yesterday.

"The fire department was very supportive and the state (Department of Environmental Services) was right there," Dreyer said, adding the police directed traffic.

She said the spill was completely contained by fire officials.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 September 2013 02:09

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Bob Kingsbury dies at 87; always a gentleman, he ran for state & local office 18 times and only won once

LACONIA — When, Bob Kingsbury was elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives in 2010 after running for governor, congressman, mayor, city councilor, state senator and state representative 16 times without success, he explained his both his earlier defeats and ultimate victory with a characteristic twinkle in his eye and wry smile on his lips by remarking, "I give credit to the voters for having good judgment."

Kingsbury passed away last weekend at the Maple Leaf Health Care Center in Manchester at the age of 87, following a brief illness.

While Kingsbury will be remembered for his many forays into politics — sometimes as a Republican and sometimes as a Libertarian but always with a very conservative position — he took greatest pride in his military service, which stretched over nearly three decades. Drafted in 1944 soon after finishing at Cleveland East Technical High School, he served as a rifleman in the Third Army commanded General George S. Patton. He fought in the Battle of Bulge as well as subsequent drive across Germany, earning a Purple Heart.

"My buddy and I were the only ones in our squad to survive," he recalled. "Most only lasted a day."

Discharged as a private first class, Kingsbury enrolled at the University of Maryland, graduating shortly after the outbreak of the Korean Conflict. He noted that his graduating class included a number of second lieutenants, commissioned after completing the Reserved Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program, who he doubted were prepared to lead men in combat."I knew I could do a better job," he said, "so I re-enlisted and went to officer candidate school." Although he quickly earned command of an infantry company, he was never posted to Korea, but remained in the reserve. In 1979, he retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel.

As a civilian, Kingsbury worked in sales and marketing, for B.F. Goodrich, the tire manufacturer, the Ethyl Corporation, a petroleum company and the American Collloid Company, a distributor of clay.

A exemplary marksman throughout his military career, Kingsbury said that he became interested in politics in 1962 by a proposal to replace the 30 caliber military rifle with a 22-caliber weapon. "It was haywire," he said.

Prior to his election, Kingsbury ran as Libertarian, but eventually left the party when he believed the national leadership was seeking to "dominate and control" the local organization. "Offically," he said, "I was always a Republican. In order to vote you must register as either a Republican or a Democrat. You can't register as a Libertarian." s

Meanwhile, he was active in the Coalition of New Hampshire Taxpayers and Gun Owners of New Hampshire as well as a longtime member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and John Birch Society.

After losing his seat in the House in 2012, Kingsbury pursued his suspicions of voter fraud by personally writing, addressing and mailing letters to the 1,395 voters who registered of Election Day along with another 2,700 registered voters in the city. When 175 were returned as "undeliverable, " he conceded that the numbers would not have changed the outcome of the election. But, he claimed that for $2,000 in the cost of stationary, postage and copies of the checklist, to say nothing of his time and effort, "what I have done is to get it recorded that there is voter fraud."

A graveside committal with military honors will be held today at 10:30 a.m. at the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetary in Boscawen, where Kingsbury will be buried.

Services will be held on Wednesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Laconia Ward (1242 Old North Main Street) at 11 a.m.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 September 2013 03:54

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Gilford Police investigating thefts from vehicles parked at trail head

GILFORD — Police are looking for a man in connection to a string of thefts from vehicles parked in the lot for Lockes Hill Trail. The man, whom police are seeking for questioning, is described as white, in his late 20s or early 30s, tattooed on both of his arms and driving a dark blue Toyota Camry.

Over the past two weeks, according to police, nine incidents have been reported of thefts from vehicles parked in the Lockes Hill Trail lot. Several of the vehicles had been vandalized in order to gain entry. Police urge anyone parking in that are to not leave valuables in their vehicle and to report suspicious activity to police.

Anyone with information regarding these thefts is asked to contact Officer Adam VanSteensburg at (603) 527-4737.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 September 2013 02:28

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Gilford police chief on paid administrative leave

GILFORD — Town officials are being tight-lipped about why Police Chief Kevin Keenan is on paid administrative leave.

Town Administrator Scott Dunn said yesterday that Keenan, who has been chief for the past two years, was placed on leave after a discussion held in a non-public session. He declined to say when the non-public meeting was held. Keenan has been on leave since Aug. 29

When asked yesterday if anyone else in the Gilford Police Department was on administrative leave, Dunn said, "That's a good question. Not at the moment."

When asked if Keenan still has his department-issued car, Dunn said, "All of the municipal vehicles are available for the use of on-duty personnel." Dunn said he wouldn't comment on whether Keenan still had his department-issued badge and gun.

Keenan earns $83,053 annually, Dunn said.

Keenan was in uniform and at the most recent selectmen's meeting on Aug. 28.

Selectmen met in non-public session on Aug. 28 from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. when they convened the regular portion of the meeting. After the regular meeting, selectmen re-entered a non-public session that draft minutes say ended at 8:40 p.m. Reasons for the non-public session were given as protecting the reputation of someone other than a board member and consideration of the purchase, sale or lease of real estate.

Minutes of both non-public sessions were sealed by a unanimous vote of the board.

Dunn said Keenan became a Gilford Police Officer on Nov. 24, 1994, and was named chief on Oct. 2, 2011. Prior to joining the Gilford Police, Keenan was a N.H. Marine Patrol Officer.

Dunn said yesterday that Lt. James Leach will be acting chief in Keenan's absence.

Dunn said he cannot comment on whether or not there are any investigations regarding Keenan or how long Keenan will be on paid administrative leave.

Attempts to reach Keenan were unsuccessful.

Selectmen Chairman Kevin Hayes was unavailable for comment and Selectman Gus Benavides didn't return the Sun's phone calls. Selectman John T. O'Brien declined to comment.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 September 2013 01:56

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