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Mass. man pleads guilty to disobeying Gilford police officer after Sat. arrest

LACONIA — A Waltham, Mass., man pleaded guilty yesterday to one count of disobeying an officer after he gave false information to a Gilford Police officer who was trying to arrest him Saturday night.

Fourth Circuit Court Judge James Carroll sentenced Jeffrey Redfern, 43, of 63 Plymtom St. to serve 30 days in the Belknap County House of Corrections with all of it suspended and to pay a $1,000 fine with $500 of it suspended. A $120 fee was added to the $500 fine.

Carroll gave Redfern until July to pay the fine.

According to the complaint, Redfern was wanted on a bench warrant, but when police went to 366 Old Lakeshore Road where he was staying, he gave them a false name, Social Security number and initially refused to come out of the trailer.

He was wanted on a bench warrant out of Littleton.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 May 2014 01:19

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ATV rider okay after hitting trees

SANBORNTON — A man riding an all-terrain vehicle on Caulback Road escaped serious injury Friday afternoon when he lost control on some soft sand and struck some trees.

N.H. Fish and Game Officer Ron Arsenault said the man was riding on a trail very near the Meredith line and his daughter was riding a separate machine behind him. Arsenault said the man turned around to look at her and lost control of his ATV.

The man struck some trees, but Arsenault said he was wearing a helmet and aside from a nasty bruise on his stomach and some cuts and bruises, he was okay.

The man's daughter — an adult — went to a nearby home to call for help.

Arsenault said that the Fish and Game Department wants to remind people to register their ATVs — he said this man's was registered and legal — and to wear a helmets

"Without a helmet, this guy could have been seriously injured," he said.



Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 May 2014 01:13

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Meredith Code Enforcement Officer Bill Edney dies suddenly at age 65

MEREDITH — Town officials and residents were sorrowed and stunned by the sudden passing of Bill Edney, 65, who served as the Code Enforcement Officer for the past 13 years, who suffered a fatal heart attack while splitting wood on Saturday.

Wrestling with her emotions, Carla Horne, who chairs the Board of Selectmen, asked for a moment of silence before the board met yesterday. "He was definitely Bill," she said afterwards. Herself a building inspector, she said "I rode shotgun with him many times. He was terrific to work with, easy going, never got riled up. He knew his stuff, she continued. "You could always call him at any time with a question and if he didn't know the answer, he'd find [out] and get back to you in five minutes."

Upon settling in Meredith in 2001, Edney quickly became a fixture in the community, known for his generous spirit and friendly manner. John Edgar, Director of Community Development, said that "his passion was playing music." An accomplished guitar player, he enjoyed a wide circle of fellow musicians, both acoustic and electric, who shared his skill and enthusiasm. He also delighted in sharing his proficiency in the kitchen. "When ever there was a pot-luck supper," recalled Karin Nelson, who worked alongside Edney, "we couldn't wait to see what he would bring."

Professionally, Edney was held in high esteem by his peers. He served on the Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Building Officials Association for 15 years and initiated its annual golf tournament to benefit the organization's scholarship fund. In 2006, Edney was honored as "Inspector of the Year" for his outstanding service in promoting safety and welfare through education and code enforcement. Apart from code enforcement, Edney's responsibilities included building inspections and zoning administration while serving as the health officer in Meredith.

People soon began paying their respects on the Winnipesaukee Forum when an obituary was posted yesterday, Pine Island Guy remembered Edney's "wry sense of humor" and noted that "he helped this homeowner to keep myself from getting into a pickle!" The Phantom Gourmand described Edney as "a real gentleman," who made "what could have been a very painful situation a lot less difficult."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 May 2014 02:42

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Graphic description of teen sex in assigned reading sends Gilford High School parent through the roof

GILFORD — William Baer, who recently moved his family here from New Jersey, said yesterday he is "outraged" to find what he described as a "pornographic" passage in a book, "Nineteen Minutes" by Jodi Picoult, assigned to his 14-year-old daughter, by the teacher of her 9th grade honors English class at Gilford High School.

Baer said that he intends to appear before the School Board when it meets on Monday evening and ask the members to read the passage in question. "I'd like to see them read this. To see them squirm," he declared.

Picoult, who lives in Hanover, is a popular author known for her topical tales. The 2007 book's title refers to the duration of a school shooting at a fictitious New Hampshire high school, which is portrayed through a series of flashbacks recalling schoolyard bullying and sexual aggression. The passage Baer objects to describes two teens, Josie, once a friend of the shooter who abandons him for the popular clique, and her boyfriend Matt, who abuses her and bullies the shooter, engaging in intercourse — aggressive on his part but resigned on hers. The language is graphic.

"I'm outraged that Gilford High School would require my daughter to read this kind of material," Baer said, adding that he was all the more troubled by the failure of the school to notify parents that the book had been assigned and offer them an opportunity to request an alternative. "I feel that I'm in the process of being violated by the state of New Hampshire's education system," he continued. "It's not there place to dictate."

Baer said that he "stumbled" on the passage when a friend leafing through the book randomly happened upon it. "He read it and asked ''have you read this?'' he said. "Then I read it and my wife read it. We were outraged."

Baer asked that The Daily Sun print the passage. Otherwise, he expected readers would dismiss his response as that of "an uptight, over-protective, over-reacting parent."

Editor Ed Engler declined, saying he thought some of the description rendered were not suitable for publication in 99 percent of daily newspapers in America, "Maybe 100 percent".

Baer noted that the (Manchester) Union-Leader, too, flatly refused to print it, asking "it's not fit to print, but it's okay for my daughter to read it and discuss it? My goal is to have everyone in the United States read what's on page 313 of that book," he declared, "except my daughter."

Soon after discovering the passage, Baer said that he e-mailed the principal, Peter Sawyer, to request a meeting, only to be informed one could not be arranged yesterday.

Meanwhile, later in the day, Kent Hemingway, the Superintendent of Schools, Sue Allen, who chairs the School Board and Sawyer issued an "informational statement" to local media. They said that students in English classes at the high school were assigned "Nineteen Minutes" on Monday, April 28 and explained it has been a selection open to high school staff since 2007, the year it was published. They describe the book as of "thematic importance," noting that it contains scenes of physical and sexual violence.

The statement reminds parents of the school district's policies, which refer to the procedures bearing on controversial material.

The officials said that when "Nineteen Years" was assigned in past years, parents were notified for their approval and concede this procedure was not followed this past Monday. However, they assured parents that notification will be sent to the parents of all students who have been assigned the book.

Baer suggested the notice include the passage on page 313. "If the text were not included, do you know any parent ,or student, for that matter, who could reasonably expect such content to be in a 9th grade assigned book?" he asked. "I think if they put that text in the notice, the vast majority of parents and possibly students would opt out."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 May 2014 01:32

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