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Gun fired during middle-of-night home invasion

LACONIA — Police continue to investigate a shooting at a Harvard Street home that occurred at 3:23 a.m. yesterday.

Capt. Bill Clary said an unidentified male victim called 911 and reported he had been shot in what he said was a robbery.

Clary said the victim was taken to Lakes Region General Hospital with a minor head wound but police aren't sure yet if he was shot or hurt some other way. He has since been released.

"We do know a gun was discharged," Clary said.

He declined to say if police recovered a bullet.

"We believe there was a robbery or an attempt at a robbery," Clary said, adding that police do not believe this was a random crime.

Preliminarily, police said there were four men in the home at 48 Harvard St., directly across the street from the headquarters of the Laconia School District, when two men who were wearing bandanas and hooded sweatshirts entered. One of the men had a gun.

Clary said all four men remained in the home and police have spoken with the three who were witnesses.

He said one of the two males who allegedly invaded the home was reported to have fled on foot down Dartmouth Street, to the north.

Clary also said that some of the clothing that witnesses reported as being worn by the two men has been recovered by police but he declined to say where.

Police remained at the home until 1:30 p.m. yesterday when detectives left the house carrying two paper bags containing what is presumably evidence gathered after a search warrant was granted.

Clary said it appears the home is being renovated and is in a state of disarray, making the search for a spent round difficult.

Neighbors told The Daily Sun there was one male staying in the house and that he drives a "loud Dodge". "That car comes and goes at all hours of the night," said one woman.

Another neighbor named said he didn't hear anything during the night or early morning but noted his bedroom is on the second floor and he had his air conditioner on while he slept.

He described the shooting as unsettling and said he has two children who live with him and doesn't like the idea of it.

Other neighbors said a lot of people come to the brown-shingled home at all hours of the night.

Property tax records say the house is owned by KMH Realty Corp. which is a property maintenance company owned by Kevin Hutchinson. KMH purchased the home in 2013. Clary said Hutchinson's son is thought to be renovating the home.

 

CUTLINE: Crime scene tape surrounds a house at 48 Harvard St. Police are investigating a shooting that occurred at 3:23 a.m. Wednesday morning. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Gail Ober)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 10:44

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'Empty' propane tank explodes on Northfield man

NORTHFIELD — A Granite Street man suffered severe burns on the top part of his body after a propane tank exploded behind his home Monday night.

Police said Keith Dame was cutting empty propane tanks into scrap metal with a grinding wheel at 9:30 p.m. when one of them exploded.

He was taken by helicopter to a Boston Hospital where as of yesterday morning he was in very serious condition said police.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 01:07

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Homemade bombs found in Barnstead

BARNSTEAD — Police found three homemade bombs in Locke Lake Colony yesterday morning, one of which had been detonated in the middle of a public roadway.

In a written media statement, police said they were called to Halfmoon Bay Drive at 7:16 a.m. for a report of a suspicious device.

When police and fire arrived, they found debris scattered on both sides of the road and determined the home-made bomb had exploded. Police and firefighters shut down the road and called the N.H. State Police who sent a bomb unit.

At the same time, a Barnstead Police officer found a second homemade bomb had been detonated on a beach at the end of Dalton Road, which is near Halfmoon Bay Drive.

Police also learned a third bomb had been detonated in the same area on Monday.

No description was provided as to the exact nature of the devices.

The state bomb squad gathered the remnant of all three and took them into evidence.

The case remains under investigation by both Barnstead Police and the N.H. State Police Bomb Squad.

Anyone with any useful information is asked to call the Barnstead Police at 269-4281. Police also ask that if anyone finds any suspicious deices to call 911 and leave the area immediately.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 01:04

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Request to allow Curtis Hill Road farm home to be used as tax exempt church tabled at Gilford ZBA

GILFORD — The Zoning Board of Adjustment last night tabled a special exception/change of use request from Arbo Ministries to operate a Curtis Road farm house as a church.

The action came at the request of the applicant after two ZBA members recused themselves saying they have friends or have had clients who are abutters and don't believe they could be fair.

With only four members left to hear the application, Arbo Ministries, represented by Laconia attorneyPatrick Wood, said it preferred to wait until there was a full board present, as was their right. A four-member board can hear and decide a case but it would require still require three positive votes to grant the request.

Last night's meeting was packed with abutters and others from the community who have an opinion on whether or not the special exception should be granted. Many had prepared statements but since the matter was tabled, no one spoke and no presentation was given.

Arbo Ministries has its historical roots in Fort Worth, Texas. Barbara and Steve Arbo purchased the former farm at 14 Curtis Road in March of 2013 and said they want to use the property as a place where others in the ministry can go for retreats, prayer, Bible study and contemplation.

The property on Curtis Road was purchased from the Katrina Carye Trust for $450,000. Katrina Carye said she donated a 6.8-acre parcel directly across Cherry Valley Road to the Arbos.

The former farm is in a limited residential use zone where churches are allowed by special exception.

Should the ZBA grant the special exemption, the property would be considered a church and would not be taxable. The two parcels combined pay $12,000 in annual taxes — $10,000 for the farm and $2,000 for the property across the street.

As it stands now, the Gilford ZBA has only six members — five regular members and one alternate. With attorney Steven Nix and realtor Ellen Mulligan recusing themselves, the selectmen will have to appoint at least one person to sit on the ZBA for it to convene a full board of five members.

The special exception request will be heard on August 26. Although the ZBA will meet in July, Chair Scott Davis will not be able to attend,  meaning that the first time the ZBA can convene with five non-conflicted members is August.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 01:01

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