Police use tear gas to subdue man wanted in Franklin incident

By ROGER AMSDEN, for THE LACONIA DAILY SUN

FRANKLIN — A man who had eluded police for three days after allegedly firing a handgun while being pursued by police Wednesday morning, was arrested Saturday morning at a trailer park in Concord.

12-28 Philip BrouillardRyan Phillip Brouillard, 33, was taken into custody around 4:30 a.m. Saturday, according to Franklin Police Chief David Goldstein, who said police used tear gas to force him out of a home on Manchester Street after he refused to surrender.
He said that SWAT teams from state police and the Central New Hampshire Special Operations Unit assisted Concord police at the scene and that police attempted to talk Brouillard into surrendering. Other people who were inside the home did leave, but Brouillard refused to come outside, until after the tear gas was used.
Brouillard is being held at the Merrimack County Jail in Boscawen and will be arraigned Tuesday in 6th Circuit Court in Franklin on multiple felony charges, including being a felon in possession of a firearm, felony reckless conduct, two felony counts of criminal threatening, resisting arrest, parole violation, and being a habitual offender. Goldstein said additional charges may be filed in connection with the Concord incident.
The incident began around 2 a.m. Wednesday when police were called to a home on Prospect Street in Franklin for a reported a domestic disturbance. Brouillard left the home and went to his home on Pleasant Street.
When police arrived there, Brouillard allegedly fired a handgun and fled. Homes in the area were evacuated and a SWAT team was deployed to the area. Police also used canines to search and a state police helicopter spent most of Wednesday morning searching for Brouillard.
Goldstein said that two men who were involved in the original incident in Franklin Wednesday suffered minor injuries but were not hospitalized.

Dog saves family from fire in Tilton

TILTON — A family dog alerted residents of a Tilton home to a fire in the basement Friday night.
“My dog started barking loudly, and then all of the smoke detectors started sounding,” said owner Jody Pelletier. The family was able to safely exit the home and call 911.
Tilton-Northfield Fire & EMS were called to 114 Dunlop Drive just after midnight. As firefighters arrived, they saw a two-story single family home with fire and smoke coming from the basement. Help was immediately requested due to the minimal water supply in the area.
Tilton-Northfield Engine 3 quickly deployed a hand-line and knocked back visible fire from a basement window before making an aggressive interior attack. Interior crews were able to quickly locate the main body of the fire and extinguish the remaining flames. Overhaul of the area was performed confirming that the fire did not extend to the main floor of the home.
“Basement fires are always dangerous due to their limited access. The crews did an excellent job of knocking the fire down from the outside before entering through the basement bulkhead” said Lieutenant Jonathan Powell.
There were no reported firefighter or civilian injuries.
The fire was declared under control at 1:04 a.m.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
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Bill would exclude courts from school funding debates

House Bill 174 would leave little recourse for public on adequacy

By MICHAEL KITCH, THE LACONIA DAILY SUN

CONCORD — Amid growing concern among municipalities and school districts across the state at the prospect of reduced state aid to education, legislation has been introduced to limit the jurisdiction of the courts over the statutes defining the content of an adequate education and distributing state funds to provide for it.
House Bill 174 would specifically exempt RSAs 193-E and 198, the statutes originally enacted in 1999 to address the New Hampshire Supreme Court’s ruling in so-called Claremont suit, from the jurisdiction of the Superior Court. “This would take the courts out of the school funding business,” said newly elected state Sen. Harold French (R- Franklin), one of the sponsors of the bills. “The final word would be with the Legislature.”
The legislation was filed on the heels of a court decision that found legislation that capped state aid distributed to school districts with enrollment unconstitutional and just as cities, towns and school districts have begun to urge the Legislature to reverse its decision to phase out so-called stabilization grants.
The grants were introduced in 2012, when lawmakers rewrote the formula for distributing state aid, reducing reimbursements for special education students and funding for districts with relatively less property value per student. The grants were intended to offset the diminished funding, which weighed most heavily on property poor municipalities. For example, in fiscal year 2016 the stabilization grant to Laconia amounted to $1,463,505, or more than a fifth of all its state aid. In Franklin the stabilization grant represents about half of its $8 million in state aid. In Coos County, the city of Berlin and 17 towns receive more than $14 million in stabilization grants.
However, beginning in fiscal year 2017, the stabilization grants will be reduced 4 percent a year for the next 25 years until they are eliminated altogether. In October, officials in Franklin and Northfield approached 45 municipalities at risk of foregoing at least $1 million a year when the stabilization grants are phased out “to explore legislative and/or legal solutions needed to protect the fiscal integrity of our schools and communities.”
House Bill 174 would would appear to foreclose a legal solution. “It would leave the responsibility for funding education to the Legislature,” French said. “The Legislature could work more effectively without having to refer to the court.” At the same time, French said that the sponsors of the bill “are working on the stabilization issue” as well as seeking to eliminate mandates the state imposes on local school district but fails to fund.
House Bill 174 is sponsored by Rep. Greg Hill (R-Northfield) and co-sponsored by Rep. Dan Itse (R-Fremont) and senators French, Bob Giuda (R-Warren) and Kevin Avard (R-Nashua).

 

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