Belmont Police arrest one in alleged car theft

BELMONT — Police charged a Shaker Road man with a number of Class A misdemeanors yesterday after determining he was the person who allegedly took a car that was parked on Concord Street on Jan. 13, crashed it, and then reported it, allegedly without disclosing his role in the theft.

Paul Noyes, 21, was charged with conduct after an accident, which is for leaving the scene of an accident; driving after his license has been revoked or suspended; taking a motor vehicle without the owner's consent; filing a false report of an accident, which is that he reported the crash as something that happened on his road; and for filing a false report to law enforcement.

Noyes is also charged with criminal mischief, which means that if he is convicted the court can order restitution to be paid to the owner or the insurer of the car.

Lt. Richard Mann said Noyes was released on personal recognizance bail and is scheduled to appear in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division on March 3.

McDonald's honoring gilford volleyball champions (476)

GILFORD — Members of the undefeated Gilford High School volleyball team will be treated to a free breakfast at McDonald's on Union Ave. in Laconia this Saturday morning.
The volleyball team finished with a 20-0 mark, marking its 15th Division II state title in the last 21 years under coach Joan Forge.
"The team is very excited about being treated. We feel like celebrities," said Forge, who says that the team will arrive at the restaurant at 8:30 a.m. wearing their championship shirts and jackets.
Radio station WEMJ will be on hand to broadcast its weekend sports program starting at 9 a.m. and will interview Forge and players on the team.
Forge, who has been coaching at Gilford since 1984, said it was the first time that Gilford has ever had to go five sets to win a championship game and credited a core group of seniors, including Capt. Jordan Dean, Maddie Harris and Brooke Beaudet with providing the focus and determination Gilford needed to win.
''We came really close last year and the team put in a lot of off-season training to prepare for this season,'' said Forge.
She said it was good battle against Somersworth and the team proved its true mettle after the Hilltoppers tied the match at two sets apiece.
''We had to play a lot of defense, but we were perfect in serving, going 115 for 115 in five games,'' said Forge, whose team won the fifth set 15-8 as Maddie Currier served up six straight points.
Gilford volleyball won nine straight state championships from 1999 to 2007.
Forge was selected as Division II coach of the year and Jordan Dean was named Division II player of the year.
McDonald's spokesman Larry Johnston said that the restaurant is pleased to to be able to honor the Gilford girls and is inviting people from the community to take pictures with the team and give them their personal congratulations.
Forge said that on Sunday, January 24 she will be running the 5th Annual Amy Annis Volleyball Tournament. Annis was a member of the 1995 state championship team and died four years ago at the age of 32 to breast cancer.
"I have organized this tournament each year as a promise to Amy and her family. Amy attended the first tournament five years ago. All proceeds go to the Amy Annis Scholarship, which awards $1,000 to a Gilford graduating senior every year, and also to the American Cancer Society," said Forge.
She said 16 teams enter the tournament each year and each pay a $100 entry fee in the event which is a co-ed recreational tournament for players high school age and adults and is played on four courts in the Gilford Middle School and High School gymnasiums.
She said that many alumni come home for the weekend to play in the tournament and that Saturday's breakfast is a good way to kick off the weekend.

Budget battle - Gilford School Board threatened with legal action over determination of default budget

GILFORD — When Budget Committee member Norman Silber threatened to ask for a criminal investigation into the school district's default budget, he said it was because the budget was presented and sworn as accurate and then signed by the members of the School Board under penalties of perjury. Now the district has called an emergency meeting to address the accusations.

Calling the default budget "false" and "misleading," Silber said if the one-time expenditures identified by the Budget Committee are not remedied, or removed from the budget, he would ask the state Attorney General's Office and/or the Belknap County Attorney's Office to look into it.

His possible criminal allegations are based on state law RSA 641, which defines "unsworn falsification" and provides penalties for it.

Silber, an attorney and member of the New Hampshire and Florida Bar Associations, made his statements near the end of the Jan. 14 Budget Committee's public hearing for the town budget and not during the committee's public hearing for the Gilford School District that was held on Jan. 12.

Gilford School District Superintendent Kent Hemingway responded to Silber's threat yesterday, saying the School Board would be meeting on Monday at 6 p.m. at the elementary school to "consider" the default budget.

Hemingway said at the end of the final Budget Committee meeting on Jan. 7, he and Budget Administrator Scott Isabelle spent an hour after everyone else had left, other than committee members, while Chairman Kevin Leandro and member David Horvath Sr. repeatedly demanded that Isabelle go back and change the default budget.

Hemingway went on to say that the Budget Committee agreed to establish a co-committee with the School Board to work on future default budgets.

"My first point of business on Jan. 25 will be to request a motion that the School Board approve joining the committee," Hemingway said. He also said he and Isabelle will present a 10-year history of how default budgets have been prepared since the adoption of  the Official Ballot Law, commonly called SB2.

Silber said the Budget Committee asked in writing if all one-time expenditures have been removed from the default budget and was told they were. He said he and other members of the committee have questioned about $300,000 in line items that they believe were one-time expenditures and not removed during the default budget preparation.

One of the biggest single items questioned by the Budget Committee has been the $100,000 "seed" money for the destruction and rebuild of the Imagination Station at the elementary school.

Hemingway said that money is designated as a continuing pool of money for "special projects" and is in every budget, not a one-time expense. For example, he said, three school years ago the seats in the high school auditorium were replaced with that money and two years ago the elementary school parking lot was paved with the same special projects line. Last year, it was Imagination Station. He said that all special projects are selected from the capital improvement plan.

A default budget is basically last year's budget, increased by items like contracts and health insurance costs, and decreased by the amount of one-time expenses. The default budget was determined to be higher than the district's proposed operating budget, spurring the concerns, and would go into effect if voters do not approve the proposed budget. The default budget was set this year at $25,688,824, while the proposed budget is $25,667,251, a difference of $21,573.