Meredith Fire will bill man for effort needed to extinguish unauthorized burn

MEREDITH — Officials of the New Hampshire Division of Forest and Lands are investigating an outside fire set without a permit at a residence at 230 Meredith Center Road on Thursday evening. The blaze was extinguished by the Fire Department.

Fire Chief Ken Jones said that two forestry trucks, an engine and a tanker were dispatched to the scene around 7 p.m. and quickly doused the fire. He said that the fire was lit without a permit, which is required for all outside fires unless the ground within a 100 foot radius of the fire is covered with snow. Jones said that with the dry ground and high winds the posted fire danger was "high" on Thursday. Jones said that not only was the fire lit without a permit but also that it contained "illegal material."

Before firefighters reached the scene, neighbors living on Windsong Place reported hearing an explosion. Jones declined to specify what materials were being burned, but said that "some of the materials I saw could very well have started an explosion." State regulations prohibit the burning of "combustible domestic waste," which includes treated or painted wood and composite materials as well as household trash, packaging material, plastics, coated or laminated paper and cardboard, oily rags and animal, vegetable and kitchen refuse.

Jones said that the fire was not the first incident of its kind at the property, which is owned by Al Marceau. Consequently, he said that he will be seeking to recover the costs of extinguishing the fire from Marceau in accord with a state law by which anyone starting a fire without a required permit may be held liable for the costs of extinguishing it.

20-year-old said to have been firing gun in Northfield, arrested after chase near school

NORTHFIELD — After a brief vehicle pursuit in the area of Union Sanborn Elementary School, police responding to a number of reports of gunfire in the vicinity of Granite Street and Elm Street around 2:30 p.m. on Thursday arrested a local man and recovered a firearm, which they believe was involved in the incident.

James E. Zanni, Jr,, 20, of Elm Street refused bail and was held at the Merrimack County Jail on charges of disobeying an office and resisting arrest, both class A misdemeanors, as well as two counts of possession of controlled drugs — methamphetamine and suboxone — and one count of possession with intent to distribute. He was also charged with transporting illicit drugs, a class B misdemeanor, and running three stop signs, a violation.
Zanni was arrested at his home where he returned after leading police on a chase. Officers secured a search warrant and found the the drugs and 9 millimeter pistol in the residence.

Zanni was on probation for prior offenses and will be held for 72 hours following his arraignment for violating his probation. He was arraigned yesterday in the 6th Circuit Court, Franklin Division and held in lieu of $10,000 cash bail on the felony charges and $4,000 personal recognizance bail on the misdemeanor charges pending a probable cause that has yet to be scheduled.

Pretty rainbow caught on first day of fishing season

Cherene Drew, of Laconia, shown here fishing with Gary Berg on the Winnipesaukee River off of Beacon Street East, shows off a rainbow trout she caught on Friday, the first day of open water fishing season. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Adam Drapcho)

Cherene Drew, of Laconia, shown here fishing with Gary Berg on the Winnipesaukee River off of Beacon Street East, shows off a rainbow trout she caught on Friday, the first day of open water fishing season in New Hampshire. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Adam Drapcho)