Center Harbor fugitive found, arrested

LACONIA —  The Belknap County Sheriff’s Department has arrested fugitive Danielle Lavorgna of Center Harbor.

 Lavorgna, 31, was being sought on an outstanding arrest warrant for escape – failure to report. 

Lavorgna was sentenced to serve 30 days of weekend confinements at the Belknap County Jail, stemming from a 2015 possession of a controlled drug case, through the Belknap County Superior Court, when she failed to surrender as ordered.  After an intensive investigation, Lavorgna was located at her residence by members of the Belknap County Sheriff’s Department and was arrested without incident.

Members of the Belknap County Sheriff’s Department were assisted by the NH Probation Parole, Center Harbor Police Department and the Belknap County Department of Corrections.    

Lavorgna is currently being held at the Belknap County Jail on $5,000 cash bail, after a not guilty plea was entered.  A probable cause hearing is scheduled for Feb. 22, in the 4th Circuit Division Court in Laconia.

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Fire destroys house in Gunstock Acres (340) photo

Gail Ober – Laconia Daily Sun

GILFORD — A fire that swept through a chalet type home on Mountain Drive early Sunday morning left nothing in its wake except a chimney and a few smoldering piles of rubble.

Deputy Fire Chief Brad Ober said it appeared the fire had been burning a while before a neighbor noticed and reported it. He said that when the first firefighters arrived, the front wall of the home was already beginning to collapse.

Ober said the owner, who is listed in the Gilford assessment website as Joseph Trevorah, was traveling in Florida in a motor home and was planning on returning sometime next month. Ober said that Trevorah said he had told his plow person to wait until he was returning before cleaning the driveway, but Ober said there wasn't enough snow to hamper any firefighter efforts.

He said it was brutally cold and the wind was blowing up the mountain directly into the faces of the firefighters. He said once the water hit the flames, the steam practically obscured what firefighters could see.

Chief Steve Carrier said water was shuttled from a dry hydrant on Tate Road, but water lines, nozzles and other apparatus were freezing. Ober said that once mist and water gets on firefighters outer clothing, it also freezes and becomes very difficult to move around.

Although there was some icing, there were no slips or falls that resulted in any serious injuries.

The building is assessed by Gilford at $133,000 and Ober said it is a total loss.

As late as Monday morning, puffs of smoke could still be seen coming from under the collapsed debris from the roof. It appears that none of the three family cars that were parked off to the side of the home were damaged.

Fire destroyed this home on Mountain Drive in Gunstock Acres early Sunday. The owner was away at the time, and while the fire caused no personal injuries the bitter temperatures made fighting the fire very difficult. (Gail Ober photo/The Laconia Daily Sun)

Fire destroyed this home on Mountain Drive in Gunstock Acres early Sunday. The owner was away at the time, and while the fire caused no personal injuries the bitter temperatures made fighting the fire very difficult. (Gail Ober photo/The Laconia Daily Sun)

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Resign! Alton residents protest school leadership

Alton residents rallied in protest of budget cuts and more at the Alton School Board meeting Monday night. (Courtesy Photo)

Alton residents rallied in protest of budget cuts and more at the Alton School Board meeting Monday night. (Courtesy Photo)

By ROGER AMSDEN, LACONIA DAILY SUN

ALTON — A petition calling for the resignation of the superintendent of schools in Alton as well as the Alton Central School principal and special education director was presented to the Alton School Board Monday night.
The petition, signed by 242 people, was presented to the board by Linda Wilman, former principal of Alton Central School, following a show of support for Alton teachers by a half dozen people carrying signs at the entryway to the school before the meeting got underway.
The petition read that what was being presented to the board was a “Letter of No Confidence” in Superintendent Dr. Maureen Ward, Principal Cris Blackstone and Special Education Director Jennifer Katz-Borrin.
It charged them with “Public untruths, attack on the Children in Need food program, removal of students’ academic projects, personnel management including dismissal and hiring practices, hostile management style, budget cuts, and unfair and unreasonable demands on the teachers’ time.”
It further read “The parents and families of Alton are extremely upset and unhappy with the deterioration we have observed in our school community. We are stating that the teachers of Alton Central School have endured very poor working conditions, along with a rock bottom climate and culture which the named administrators have created. The lack of leadership, and inability to make sound decisions which affect our community are constant and numerous.”
School Board Chairman Stephen Miller said the board will discuss the concerns raised by the petitioners when it meets on April 4.
“Anytime the community expresses concerns it also concerns us and we want to address the issues they raise,” said Miller.
He said that much of the dissatisfaction can be traced to cuts in the teaching staff due to declining enrollment. At the deliberative session of the Alton School District Meeting on Jan. 30, voters added $250,000 to the proposed school district budget and urged that the board use the money to continue programs and retain teachers who are being cut, including Sarah West, the school district’s 2016 Teacher of the Year nominee.
Andrew McLeod, chairman of the town’s budget committee and a father of children in the Alton school system, said he signed the petition and faults the school board for what he says is a lack of communication with parents.
“It’s difficult to tell what the school board wants to cut. They say that we’ve had drop in the number of students, but the number they used of 491 shows enrollment is up, not down,” said McLeod. “The school board does not communicate in a way that makes people with children in the school system feel comfortable. We need a higher level of communication than we presently have.”
McLeod said that he doubts that the petition will result in any resignations but said that he hopes it sparks a conversation between the school board and parents.
Superintendent of Schools Ward was hired last June by the school board and signed a one-year contract which runs until July 1 of this year. In December, the school board hired Pamela Stiles, assistant superintendent of Kearsarge School District, as the new superintendent starting July 1 and agreed to pay her $115,000 a year for the first two years of her contract.
Ward will remain as a part-time consultant with the school district.

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