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Johnson moving from LMS to Woodland Heights, Ennis will move up to top job at middle school

LACONIA — School Superintendent Terri Forsten announced yesterday that current Middle School Principal Eric Johnson will take over as the principal at Woodland Heights Elementary School beginning next year.

Johnson, whose roots are in elementary education, was the principal at Pleasant Street School before being shifted to the Middle School two years ago. He will replace current Principal Dennis Dobe. Johnson has been with the Laconia School District for seven years.

Taking over at helm of the Lacona Middle School will be current Asst. Principal Chris Ennis, who has been in the district for 18 years. For the past 15 years, Ennis has been at the Middle School and is also one of the team that designed the school's security plan.

The school district is currently reviewing application for a principal spot at Elm Street School.

Last Updated on Friday, 04 April 2014 01:21

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Gilmanton man falls from ladder

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

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Former road agent's lawsuit withdrawn

BARNSTEAD — Former Road Agent Chris Carazzo has withdrawn his suit in Belknap County Superior Court against the town for unlawful termination and the town had agreed not to seek to recoup its legal fees for defending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

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Laconia man appealing court's order to pay legal fees of Governors Island Assoc.

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

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