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Cryans enjoys almost 2 to 1 advantage in funds raised

CONCORD — Democrat Michael Cryans of Hanover continues to raise more money from more contributors than Republican Joe Kenney of Wakefield, his rival for the Executive Council in District 1, according to the latest report of receipts and expenditures filed with the New Hampshire Secretary of State.

Cryans, who has served as Grafton County Commissioner since 1997, and Kenney, a retired colonel in the United States Marine Corps who spent 14 years in the Legislature and was the Republican nominee for governor in 2008, are vying to succeed the late Ray Burton in a special election.

Since January 29, Cryans collected $38,747 from some 325 contributors, almost three times more than the $13,756 that Kenney raised from 60 donors.

Cryans has raised $108,901 from more than 740 contributors, more than 90-percent of them residents of New Hampshire, since he announced his candidacy in November. So far he has spent $28,973, leaving him with $79,927 for the last three weeks of the campaign.

Altogether Kenney has collected $69,471 from some 150 donors, of which loans from the candidate and his wife represent $40,000 and in-kind contributions account for another $8,200. Unlike Cryans who had no primary opponent, Kenney spent $21,739 running a victorious primary campaign against Christopher Boothby of Meredith and has since spent another $3,207 for a total of $24,946, which leaves him with a balance of $44,525.

District 1 sprawls across more than two-thirds of the land area of the state, reaches into seven of its ten counties — Coos, Carroll, Grafton, Belknap, Strafford, Sullivan and Merrimack — and includes four of its 13 cites — Laconia, Berlin Claremont and Lebanon — 109 of its 221 towns and most of its unincorporated places.

The election will be held on Tuesday, March 11, town meeting day across the state.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 February 2014 02:07

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Barnstead police connect brothers to burglaries

BARNSTEAD — Two brothers have been charged with two counts each of criminal trespass and one count each of receiving stolen property after an alert citizen reported some suspicious activity to the police yesterday.

Acting Chief Joseph McDowell said the Terince Belanger, 27 of Farmington and Kyle Belanger, 25 of Manchester were apprehended by a N.H. State Police sergeant and his officers on Pitman Road.

McDowell said items consistent with those reported stolen from area vehicles were found by police in their pickup truck.

He said Kyle Belanger also had an outstanding electronic bench warrant from Concord District Court.

McDowell said the Belanger's are well known to police in both Alton and Barnstead and the investigation into their recent activities continues. He said both will likely face additional charges.

McDowell added that he really appreciated the efforts of the people of Barnstead who are watching their neighborhoods for suspicious activity and reporting it to police when they see it.

"We need to work together to keep this community safe," he said, noting the Pitman Road caller had noticed a suspicious truck on his road and had called them.

He said the Belanger brothers were released on personal recognizance bail and both have been given court dates in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 February 2014 02:04

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Barnstead man said to have breached bail conditions by contacting minor girl 4 times

LACONIA — A former Barnstead man was ordered held on $10,000 cash bail yesterday for failing to appearing in Belknap County Superior Court on Tuesday and for four counts of breach of bail.

Tyler Root, 32, was indicted by a Belknap County grand jury in August of 2013 for statutory rape for allegedly having sex with a girl who was older than 13 and less than 16.

Investigating officers learned Root had allegedly been in touch with the victim four times since his being indicted in August, with three of those contacts being in January of 2014, by examining the cell phone the girl was using that belonged to her mother.

In January, the girl's mother in January reported she had information that Root was in the area, possibly on Merrimac Street

Affidavits said city police learned from a different woman that Root has met with the girl while he was on Merrimac Street visiting a friend.

A Laconia Police officer spoke with Root on the phone and he denied having any contact with the girl. At that point, police applied for and secured an arrest warrant.

Sometime yesterday, police arrested Root — it is unclear if he turned himself in or if police found him in Laconia — and he appeared by video in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division yesterday.

He is scheduled to appear in the Belknap County Superior Court today for matters relating to his felony rape charge.

The four bail violations are still in the Circuit Court's jurisdiction.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 February 2014 01:59

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Inability to tax RVs permanently parked at campgrounds as real estate would cost Laconia $200k

LACONIA — City Manager Scott Myers said yesterday that a bill that would exempt recreational vehicles from property taxation could cost the city approximately $200,000 in annual property tax revenue.
Senate Bill 333, sponsored by Senator Jeanie Forrester (R-Meredith), exempts recreational vehicles that do not remain in any one town, city or incorporated place for more than 45 days, unless they are stored or placed on a rented campsite, from property taxation. The statutory definition of a recreational vehicle includes motor homes, vans, pickup campers and tent trailers as well as recreational trailers of 400-square-feet or less. The bill stipulates that recreational vehicles shall be deemed personal, not real, property and not liable to property taxation.
Myers estimated that as many as 400 properties in the city with an aggregate value of about $10 million would be exempted from property taxation if the bill succeeds. The bill carried the Senate by a unanimous vote of 24 to 0, but has not yet been introduced in the House of Representatives. Myers said that he intended "to put our local representatives on notice that this is a concern."
The issue arose from a court decision in 1999, which was reaffirmed in 2002, the New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration began advising cities and towns to tax recreational vehicles as real property. The result was what Forrester called a "crazy quilt" as recreational vehicles parked at campgrounds were treated differently by different municipal assessors. Some are taxed as real property while others are not. Some municipalities bill the owners of the recreational vehicles while others bill the owners of the campgrounds.

In a prepared statement issued after the vote in the Senate, Forrester said that "the inconsistent application of our tax code causes confusion for businesses across our state, and the patchwork of laws that have applied to campground owners in recent years has been among the worst. By clarifying the legislature's intent on these laws," she continued, "it is my hope that the owners of the state's 117 private campgrounds will have the stability and clarity they need to operate their businesses without undue burdens from state government.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 February 2014 01:52

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