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Victorious Joe Kenney did well in the Lakes Region

LACONIA — In the special election for the Executive Council in District 1, Republican Joe Kenney of Wakefield topped Democrat Michael Cryans of Hanover in the city of Laconia and all seven of the towns in Belknap County within the electoral district.

Kenney won Laconia by 594 to 417, carrying all six wards: Ward 1 by 105 to 82, Ward 2 by 92 to 63, Ward 3 by 121 to 107, Ward 4 by 77 to 50, Ward 5 by 61 to 33, and Ward 6 by 138 to 82. Altogether 1,014 of the 9,533 registered voters in the city , or 11-percent, cast ballots.

Kenney recorded his widest margin in Alton, where he polled 659 votes to 278 for Cryans while Cryans made his strongest showing in Sanbornton, where he fell five votes short, 155 to 159. Kenney carried Center Harbor by 139 to 87, Gilford by 539 to 390, Meredith by 473 to 327, New Hampton by 232 to 156 and Tilton by 198 to 141.

Kenney also ran strongly elsewhere in the Lakes Region. He won Moultonborough by 579 to 285, Tuftonboro by 436 to 271 and Wolfeboro by 969 to 697.

Cryans carried Tamworth 219 to 165, Holderness 179 to 126 and Plymouth 387 to 195, but was beaten in Ashland 269 to 178 and Bristol 418 to 238.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 01:09

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Gilford nighting new 10 year deal with MetroCast

GILFORD — Selectmen last night unanimously agreed to a 10-year franchise contract between the town and MetroCast Cablevision. The vote came after a brief public hearing where one person spoke in favor of the renewal.

The contract, said Town Administrator Scott Dunn, has no effect on the two things most MetroCast customers care about the most — the cost of cable television and the programming and channels.

"We squeezed everything we could," Dunn said saying the town will still get a three-percent franchise fee that amounts to about $90,000 annually.

Dunn was Gilford's negotiator and served as the chairman of the negotiating committee.

He said 11 other cable communities negotiated the same contract with MetroCast and the terms of the agreement are the same for Gilford as they are for them.

"It probably won't change anybody's life in any way," Dunn said.

Chan Eddy served as a technical adviser to the committee and he said that this contract was the "best the town was going to get at this point."

"Everybody is equally displeased," he said.

In other Gilford news, the roads have been posted for weight and selectmen said the police are taking notice. Selectmen said exemptions will be granted by the Department of Public Works on a case-by-case basis and are largely contingent on the air temperature at the time of the exemption.

Selectmen, in their capacity as Trustees of the Kimball Wildlife Forest Trust Fund gave permission for the committee to pay up to $3,500 from the trust fund to pay for a private appraisal for the castle and its 20 acres.

The goal of the Kimball Wildlife Forest Committee is to get the appraisal and seek money from grants and private donations to buy the land from the private owner and it to the 280 currently maintained for wildlife and hiking.

They hope to put a protective fence around the castle and let it fall naturally into ruins.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 01:05

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Meth lab charges against Gilford man dropped

LACONIA — A Country Club Road man has pleaded guilty to one count of possession of marijuana in Belknap County Superior Court as part of a plea deal that saw the state drop charges against him for two counts of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

Steven Simoneau, 58, of Country Club Road will serve a 12-month sentence in the Belknap Corrections. But instead of being incarcerated, he will be confined to his home and wearing a monitoring bracelet.

Judge James O'Neill initially refused the plea, saying he wanted to see some kind of professional drug therapy incorporated into the plea.

Simoneau, his attorney Matt Lahey, and County Prosecutor Roni Karnis returned to court after a brief meeting with the drug therapy component in the plea.

Karnis told O'Neill that she was not prosecuting the methamphetamine charges because she likely did not have enough evidence for a conviction. She told O'Neill that the Belknap County Sheriff's Department, which led the investigation, and the Gilford Police did not want the methamphetamine charges dropped.

Karnis said police initially got a warrant to search for evidence of methamphetamine production and found, in Simoneau's bedroom, a wooden pipe that had a dark residue that tested positive for THC — the active ingredient in marijuana.

Simoneau said that other people had used his property, but had no knowledge of what they were doing.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 12:51

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3 young men connected to Bristol burglary now charged with robbery in Northfield

NORTHFIELD — Police have charged the same three men who allegedly attempted to burglarize a home in Bristol with conspiracy to commit armed robbery for allegedly confronting a man who was walking to work — holding a gun to his head, and taking his wallet.

The victim was able to give police a description of the three alleged assailants.

The three, identified as Chance Griffin, 20, of Winchester, Jeremy Jewell, 20, of Laconia, and Edward Esty, 18, of Northfield, were all arraigned yesterday in the 6th Circuit Court, Franklin Division.

Police also recovered items that had been reported stolen from the Northfield victim as well as items from two other incidents.

All were held on $20,000 cash bail.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 12:45

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