Forrester to decide on run for governor

By MICHAEL KITCH, LACONIA DAILY SUN

MEREDITH — State Sen. Jeanie Forrester, a Republican from Meredith who first disclosed she was weighing a run for governor last summer, said Tuesday that she will announce her decision at the Wicwas Grange on Wednesday, March 30, at 6 p.m.

Forrester is serving her third term in the Senate, where she represents 27 towns in Belknap, Grafton and Merrimack counties as well as chairs the Finance Committee and serves on the Capital Budget Committee.

A native of Michigan, Forrester came to New Hampshire in 1985 and, after graduating from the University of New Hampshire, became a aide to Gov. John H. Sununu. She has served as a town administrator in Tuftonboro and New Durham and as the executive director of Main Street Programs in Meredith and Plymouth. With her husband, Keith Forrester, she is co-owner of a small environmental firm.

Forrester quickly rose to prominence in the Senate as a staunch opponent of the Northern Pass project, which would bear more heavily on her district than any other. As chairman of the Finance Committee Forrester, a strict fiscal conservative, was in the thick of the struggle to reach settlements with Gov. Maggie Hassan over the state budget and Medicaid expansion last year.

Forrester has held her Senate seat easily. But, should she enter the governor's race and Sen. Gerry Little, the incumbent senator in District 8, be appointed Bank Commissioner, at least two of the 14 seats in the 24-member Senate would fall open. In a presidential election year that finds the Republican Party in disarray, contesting the open seats could increase the risk to the GOP's majority in the Senate.

Gilford police and community mourn death of K-9 Agbar

By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN

GILFORD — The entire community is mourning the passing of K-9 Agbar, the beloved police dog who won the hearts of everyone, with a few exceptions, while working with handler Sgt. Dustin Parent from 2005 until the dog's retirement in 2014. He was about 13 years old.
Agbar od Alocha, his official name, came to the Gilford Police Department from The Czech Republic when he was 18 months old and was assigned to Parent, who was the first canine officer in the department's history.
Parent, who was only 22 years old, remembered Agbar as a "hard" dog to train and said that working with him taught him patience and perseverance – traits Parent has used throughout his career as a police officer.
"Agbar was a very vocal dog," said Parent, adding that every time the lights and sirens went on, Agbar began barking. "I lost the hearing in my right ear but it was worth it."
Parent said he never doubted that Agbar had his back and proved it to him on several occasions, including one that made national news when in 2006 Agbar fell from a second-story window in an attempt to capture a man who had pulled a knife on a woman and stole her purse.
Despite his plummet, Agbar led police to the location of the man.
Agbar had a special place in the dispatch room of the old police station where he would wait by the feet of the dispatchers while Parent was in the officers room doing paperwork, said Dispatcher Timothy Doris yesterday.
"I used to share my supper with him," Doris said, adding that he knows Agbar loved pot roast and carrots.
"He was just a big pile of mush, until he had to go to work," Doris said. "Then his ears would stand straight up and there was no stopping him."
For as much as he loved barking while at work, Parent said Agbar was very quiet at home and rarely barked unless it was at the lawnmower.
"The evil lawnmower had the way of bringing out the work in him," Parent said.
Parent said that "Agbar had no quit in him." He noted that he survived the odds twice, once in 2006 and once in 2010 when only emergency surgery saved him from a stomach problem common in German shepherds. Parent said the dog came back better and stronger after each of his close calls.
"It was a privilege to be Agbar's handler," said Parent who said the dog gave him the opportunity to learn a lot about himself as a person and as a police officer. "I loved that meat head."

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Case and Keg robbed by man with knife

LACONIA — Police are seeking information abut a man who robbed the Case and Keg Store at 855 Union Ave. at 11:38 p.m. Saturday.

Police said a white man showed a knife to the clerk and left with an undisclosed amount of money.

He was wearing a black sweatshirt with red sleeves and had the hood up. He was also reported wearing black-and-while checkered pajama bottoms.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Laconia Police at 524-5252 or the greater Laconia Crime Line at 524-1717.

– Gail Ober