GILMANTON — An unidentified local man was taken by helicopter to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Memorial Hospital in Lebanon last night after falling from a ladder around 7 p.m.
Police Sgt. Matt Currier said the man was working on a tarp on a house he owns on Mallard Road when the "ladder kicked out on him."
Currier said the man was alert but in pain and the decision was made for the helicopter to land at the Gilmanton Public Safety Building on Rte. 140 West. He said the helicopter was on the ground for about one-half hour and that Gilmanton Firefighters prepared him for the flight while waiting.
At press time there was no further information.
Last Updated on Friday, 04 April 2014 01:11
BARNSTEAD — Former Road Agent Chris Carazzo has withdrawn his suit in Belknap County Superior Court against the town for unlawful termination and the town had agreed not to seek to recoup its legal fees for defending the suit.
Carazzo was fired in September 0f 2013 by selectmen for refusing to co-operate with town officials and provide records of his transaction with two metals recycling companies.
Selectmen had launched an investigation after a complaint was made that he sold the recyclables and kept the money for himself.
Selectmen said he was specifically terminated for refusing to cooperate with them not for misappropriation of town resources.
Carazzo had filed suit against the town however after a lengthy court battle that he agreed in writing on Monday that he would not file any additional complaints against the town regarding his dismissal.
Judge James O'Neill ruled Monday to dismiss the case with prejudice and said no further action is required.
Last Updated on Thursday, 03 April 2014 02:04
LACONIA — A city resident whose property is included by deed in the Governors Island Association is appealing the court's decision to award legal fees to the club after a prolonged dispute about what he could do with his property.
Belknap County Superior Court Judge James O'Neill awarded the association $45,713 and earlier this week ordered an $50,000 attachment on any property Richard Homsi owns in the state.
The war between Homsi and the Governors Island Association began in 2012 when Homsi decided to add a cottage to the top of a garage he wanted to build on his property, which is located just on the Laconia side of the bridge that leads to the island, which is in Gilford.
Although the garage and cottage were allowable under Laconia's zoning ordinances, the unattached structure was not allowed according to the deed restrictions and covenants associated with belonging to the Governors Island Association.
The decision to include the property in the GIA was made by a previous owner but, typically in law, deed restrictions trump zoning ordinances.
Unable to present the governing board of the GIA an acceptable plan for a garage and a cottage, the GIA took him to court, initially getting a cease and desist order on the construction and later an order to tear down what he had already built.
The final judgment also granted $45,713 in legal fees to the association.
Homsi has appealed the decision to award legal fees to the N.H. Supreme Court, asking the court to decide whether or not the trial court committed a reversible error by finding the petitioned had no duty to mitigate its damages that led to the legal fees and whether or not the trial court had an obligation to inform Homsi that even though he belongs to the GIA he was still subjected to paying the legal fees incurred by his actions and the subsequent suit they filed against him.
Last Updated on Thursday, 03 April 2014 02:02
BELMONT — If one of the town's newest residents has her way, Leslie Roberts Town Beach could be hosting a "aquathon" in the summer of 2015.
Organizer Corina Cisneros, who brought her plan to the Belmont Application Review Committee, said her proposal is still in the development phase but she is meeting with selectmen Monday to see if she can use the beach for a day.
"Lake Winnisquam is a beautiful lake but nobody's doing anything one it," Cisneros said, directing her remarks toward major events like the Timberman on Lake Winnipesaukee and the Marshmallow Man Triathalon held on Lake Opechee.
She said she knows the beach size is limited but feels a smaller competitive swim event would be perfect for Belmont.
Cisneros said the event is sanctioned by the World Open Water Swimming Association and would be paid for by entry fees and sponsorships. She said the reason she is targeting 2015 is because she wants it to be a good and well-organized event and it will take that long to get her sponsors organized.
She said WOWSA has set standards for open water swimming events and her organization would provide kayaks for safety around what would be a .6-mile loop demarcated by buoys.
A .6-mile swim is the equivalent of swimming 40 lengths (or two laps) in a swimming pool.
Cisnero said that if the BRATT hike and bike trail was finished, the event could add a running component that would include a run to the Tilton line and back.
"It would be great with all the spectators able to line the trail," she said.
She added that she was in discussions with some local school districts to add a friendly competition between schools that could include relays for both swimming and running or some combination of the two.
So far, the suggestion has been met with enthusiasm from department heads in Belmont.
While each department has its own issues that must be addressed — like traffic and parking for the police and water safety and hydration for the Fire Department — minutes from the ARC meeting indicated that if Cicneros could satisfy the requirements, the department head would love to see Belmont get an event like the one she is planning.
She said Town Planner Candace Daigle has been particularly helpful to her in helping her navigate the waters for her first effort and all of the department heads have helped her by offering her suggestions for hosting a successful event.
Last Updated on Thursday, 03 April 2014 01:56
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