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Correction: No school board election in Ward 2 this year

During to an editing error, the article published in Wednesday's Daily Sun about Beth Arsenault resigning from the Laconia School Board incorrectly stated that she had filed for re-election to the Ward 2 seat and there would be an election for the seat this year. Rep. Arsenault did file for re-election to her N.H. House seat and her name will appear on the state ballot given to voters in Laconia and Belmont next Tuesday (Sept. 9), Primary Election day and, presumably, again in November. However, there is no school board election in Ward 2 this year — only in Wards 4 and 5 — and no city election ballot will be given to Ward 2 voters on Tuesday. 

Last Updated on Saturday, 06 September 2014 01:10

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Plymouth man charged with Bristol armed robbery

BRISTOL — A Plymouth man was charged with armed robbery after he allegedly forced his way into a home on Timber Lane early Wednesday morning and pointed a loaded firearm at a woman who was sleeping.

Police said David Rothman stole $60 from the victim and the two are known to each other.

Rothman appeared in the 2nd Circuit Court, Plymouth Division yesterday and was ordered held on $20,000 cash or corporate surety.

Last Updated on Saturday, 06 September 2014 01:04

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City Clerk clarifies Tuesday ballot situation; no race for police commissioner & only school votes are in Wards 4 & 5

LACONIA — City Clerk Mary Reynolds clarified yesterday that there is no race this year for the Police Commission and that only voters in Wards 4 and 5 will be getting city ballots at Tuesday's primary election for the purpose of electing a School Board member from each. She was responding to a letter to the editor in Thursday's Daily Sun encouraging voters to write in the name, any name, for Police Commission.

Reynolds said voters in the other four wards will only be getting state ballots on Tuesday.

She also noted that the recent resignation of Ward 2 School Board member Beth Arsenault must be handled by the School Board through the process explained at the School Board meeting last Tuesday because her term doesn't expire until 2015.

Interested candidates should submit their letter of interest to the SAU at 39 Harvard Street, Laconia, N.H. 03246 before October 20. The School Board will interview and decide which candidate will serve until the the next election slated for Ward 2 School Board representative in 2015.

Reynolds said that voter in Tuesday's primary who are getting state ballots only cannot write in any recommendations for a city or School Board office because the electronic readers will reject any ballot that has writing in places where it doesn't belong.

As for the Police Commission, commissioners are elected in odd years. In 2013 Commissioner Armand Maheux ran unopposed for a four-year term as commissioner. In 2015, there will be two openings for Police Commission and it is way too early to know if incumbents Doug Whittum and Warren Clement will seek reelection.

Last Updated on Saturday, 06 September 2014 01:01

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Early morning fire destroys garage next to secluded home in Gilford

GILFORD — The residents of a home at 357 Lake Shore Road are safe after they were able to leave their home during a house fire early Thursday morning.

Captain Rick Andrews said a woman in the home was awakened at 1:39 a.m. but what she described as "popping" sounds. When she went to investigation, she saw that the garage, which is attached to the home by a breezeway, was on fire.

Andrews said she was able to wake everyone in the home and get them outside and in one place after notifying 911. He said she told them that as she and her family were leaving the home, the smoke detectors in the residence were starting to sound.

Andrews said the home is at the end of a long driveway so the first responding truck laid a 4-inch hose and Gilford's tanker truck plus other responding trucks from Laconia, Belmont and Meredith were able to provide a steady stream of water.

He said that when the first firefighters arrived the two car garage, which had lawn equipment and other things but no cars in it, was fully engulfed in flames. He said the first responders concentrated getting water on to the breezeway and the house to stop the spread of the fire.

Andrews said the garage and its contents were destroyed and there was some structural damage to the breezeway. He said there was smoke and water damage to the home but said it is repairable.

Andrews also said that there was sheet rock between the garage and the breezeway and the door between them was closed and this slowed the spread of the blaze.

He said members of the N.H. State Fire Marshal investigated the scene yesterday and though they haven't determined the exact cause, they say it is not suspicious.

The family is staying with other family members.

Last Updated on Friday, 05 September 2014 12:46

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