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Drug use suspected to have caused death of 50 year-old woman found on Tuesday morning

LACONIA — Emergency responders suspect drugs played a role in the death of a 50 year-old woman, whose body was found inside a parked motor home on Kingsley Avenue at 5:30 a.m. on Nov. 18. Officials have not yet identified the name of the woman who died.

A press release, issued by Laconia Police yesterday evening, reported that police as well as members of the city fire department responded to 30 Kingsley Ave yesterday morning for the report of an unresponsive person. Upon arrival, police found the deceased woman and interviewed two people on the scene. The release states, "The case remains under investigation and appears to be drug-related." An autopsy was scheduled to determine the case of death.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the police at 524-5252, the Laconia Crimeline at 527-1717 or to leave an anonymous tip at laconiapd.org.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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Suspected drunk driver airlifted to hospital after hitting New Durham cruiser head-on

NEW DURHAM – State Police say it appears alcohol may have been factor in a head-on crash early yesterday morning that resulted in minor injuries to a New Durham police officer on patrol and serious injuries to the driver of the second vehicle.

State Police said the cruiser was traveling east on Old Bay Road when the driver, Patrol Officer Michael Joy, saw a pickup truck being driven by Christopher Bean, 28, of New Durham headed toward him and driving erratically.

Police said Joy pulled off to the right and onto the shoulder, but was unable to avoid the crash.

Bean was taken by helicopter to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center with what police described as serious injuries. Joy was taken by ambulance to Frisbee Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

Police from Alton, Farmington and Milton assisted at the scene as well as rescue crews from Farmington and New Durham.

State Police said it appears alcohol was a factor in the crash. They are asking anyone with any information to call N.H. State Trooper Christopher Storm at 223-8607.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 November 2014 12:34

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Gilford rescuers search woods after cries for ‘help!’

GILFORD — Police, fire and N.H. Fish and Game searched in the Weeks Woods area yesterday for what was reported as a person crying for help.

Police Lt. Kris Kelley said a hunter told them he was in the woods and heard what sounded like someone calling for help. The hunter left the woods and called police.

Kelley said after interviewing the hunter, police accompanied the man back to the spot where he reported hearing the cries. He said police did a cursory search and then called Gilford Fire and Rescue for assistance.

"If there is someone out there, we need to try and find him or her," he said, saying he's not sure what the hunter heard, but said police believe he was being truthful to them.

He said police have not had any reports of anyone being missing. He said they went to houses in the area to see if anyone was missing and said no one said anyone was missing.

Kelley said Fish and Game took over the search and Gilford Police and Gilford Fire and Rescue stopped their portion of the search.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 November 2014 12:42

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Suit over awkward burial situation at Bayside Cemetery leads to lawsuit

LACONIA — A Tilton man is suing the Bayside Cemetery Association and a Massachusetts family for breach of contract because he claims the cemetery sold one of the plots in his family's site a second time to the Massachusetts family who buried one of their relatives there.

According to pleadings filed in the Belknap County Superior Court, Kenneth Dame purchased two grave sites, one for himself and another for his wife, in 1987 for their interment when the time came. Eleven other members of the Dame family are buried in the family plot and two additional plots are reserved for other Dame family members.

On Aug. 30, 2013, Michael Girardi died and arrangements were made for his burial in Bayside Cemetery.

Dame claims that the administrator of the cemetery sold Girardi's family one of Dame's lots. The administrator died about two weeks later and the error was discovered almost immediately However, Girardi's family will not give permission to have him disinterred and reburied at a different plot – even at the cemetery's expense.

According to the paperwork, Dame was offered a second double plot but it is 60 feet away from his family's lot with "dozens" of reserved or used spaces between the two.

The proposed solution, "...is much too far for him to agree too," wrote Dame's lawyer.

Dame claims that while the courts have determined that "good and substantial reasons must be shown before disinterment is to be sanctioned... the right to have a dead body remain unmolested is not an absolute one," but must be granted where reasons of the public good or the demands of justice require it.

He claims the cemetery breached its contract with him and was negligent in its administration of its affairs. Dame is demanding that the court order the remains of Girardi be moved and reburied at a suitable site.

Dame is also asking the cemetery and Girardi's family to pay for his attorney's fees.

Cemetery Trustee Edwin Burliegh said he hadn't read the court paperwork and declined to comment.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 November 2014 02:07

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