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Trial postponed for Meredith man accused of selling fatal heroin dose

LACONIA – The trial of a former Meredith man accused of selling heroin to a man who later died of an overdose was postponed Monday because one of the key witnesses in the case is hospitalized.

Andrew Currier, 51, now of Laconia, is charged with one count of sales of heroin – death resulting was scheduled for trial yesterday morning. He is accused of selling the heroin that caused the death of Moultonborough resident Jason Dostie.

Dostie was found dead in the back seat of his father's pickup truck. However, the subsequent investigation by Meredith Police determined the sale of the heroin allegedly took place in Meredith.

Multiple sources said that the ailing key witness is Dostie's father, John, who found his son's body in the back of his pickup.

The prosecution has tried to limit John Dostie's testimony by saying it doesn't want the jury to know that when John Dostie couldn't initially find his son, he called the Meredith Police to see if he had been arrested.

Prosecutors have said that the senior Dostie's notion that his son could have been arrested was speculative on his part and could prejudice the jury against the victim.

At the time of his death, Jason Dostie was on probation, and defense counsel has argued that the jury has the right to know this, and that is why when his father couldn't find him he assumed he had been arrested.

According to other motions filed by the state, Dostie was at work when he allegedly exchanged text messages with Currier – telling him to leave the drugs in his parked truck and take a leaf blower that was in the truck as collateral.

The state has also sought to present testimony from three people who worked with Jason Dostie who they said will testify that he had asked them to alert him if they saw someone come to his truck and take the leaf blower. He allegedly told them that he was selling the leaf blower for some cash which would be left for him in the truck.

Currier's trial is tentatively scheduled for January.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 11:55

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Tax rate drops by 8% in New Hampton

NEW HAMPTON — The New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration has set the town's 2014 property tax rate at $17.62 per $1,000 of assessed value, $1.55, or 8 percent, less than the rate of $19.17 in 2013.

The total assessed valuation rose $6,046,081 or 2 percent, from $297,682,371 to $303,728,452, and the amount to be raised by property taxes decreased by $354,171, or 6.4 percent, from $5,573,811 to $5,219,640.

The town portion of the property tax rate increased from $6.29 to $6.34 while the school portion fell from $8.70 to $7.49, the state education tax from $2.82 to $2.49 and the county tax from $1.36 to $1.30.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 02:38

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Gilford property tax rate rises by 0.7%

GILFORD — The state Department of Revenue Administration has set the town's 2014 property tax rate at $18.30 per $1,000 of assessed value, an increase of 14 cents, or 0.7 percent, over the 2013 rate of $18.16.

The total assessed valuation rose $36,163,744, or 2.4 percent, from $1,535,175,840 to $1,571,339,584, and the amount to be raised by property taxes increased by $925,147, or 3.3 percent, from $27,624,686 to $28,549,833.

The town portion of the property tax rate dropped from $5.25 to $4.96, the state education tax from $2.59 to $2.53, and the county tax from $1.47 to $1.46. The local school tax was the only portion which went up. It rose from $8.85 to $9.35.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 02:19

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Meredith to see tax increase of 2.9%

MEREDITH — The town's 2014 property tax rate has been set at $14.83 per $1,000 of assessed value, an increase of 42 cents, or 2.9-percent, over the 2013 rate of $14.41, according to figures from state Department of Revenue Administration.

The total assessed valuation increased by $4,477,709, 0.25 percent, from $1,741,033,913 to $1,745,511,622 and the amount to be raised by property taxes increased by $801,650, or 3.2 percent, from $24,845,120 to $25,646,770.

The town portion of the property tax rate rose from $4.55 to $4.77, the school portion from $5.76 to $6, and the state education tax from $2.59 to $2.65, while the county tax dropped from $1.51 to $1.41.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 02:31

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