New Hampton tax rate increases 3.2 percent

NEW HAMPTON — The New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration has set the 2016 property tax rate at $18.19 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, an increase of 57 cents, or 3.2 percent, over the 2014 rate of $17.62.

That translates to a tax bill of $5,457 for the owner of a property assessed at $300,000, $171 higher than last year's bill of $5,286.

The amount to be raised by property taxes increased by $282,839, or 5.4 percent, from $5,219,640 to $5,502,479. The total assessed valuation grew by $6,556,810, or 2.1 percent, from $303,728,452 to $310,285,262.

The town tax rate increased from $6.34 to $6.51, the local school tax from $7.49 to $8.06, while the state education tax fell from $2.49 to $2.38 and the county tax from $1.30 to $1.24.

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Sanbornton crash kills one; County Attorney investigating


SANBORNTON – A local man died in a single-car roll-over accident on Burleigh Hill Road at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday after he was thrown from a car being driven by another local man.

Jared Grenier, 24, died at the scene, according to his mother. The 23-year-old male driver was taken by helicopter to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center where he was last reported in critical condition.

Police Chief Steve Hankard said the Belknap County Attorney Office is assisting his department in the investigation.

Hankard said the Belknap Regional Accident Investigation Team is investigating the crash along with his department. He said it appears likely the car rolled more than once, possible up an embankment and back down again. Burleigh Hill Road was closed for about five hours.

"The car was in the road when we got there," said Hankard, who noted the final report would be forthcoming.

Sanbornton Police were also assisted by emergency crews from the Sanbornton, Tilton-Northfield and Franklin Fire Departments and the New Hampshire State Police.


Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect the changes in the status of the driver and passenger in this crash, which were incorrectly reported earlier.

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Key witness in Tilton fatal overdose case given immunit

LACONIA – The girlfriend of man who allegedly sold or provided the heroin/fentanyl to a 21-year-old lifelong resident of Tilton has been given immunity from prosecution so she can testify against her boyfriend.
Teanna Bryson, who is the girlfriend of Brian Watson, 50, of Northfield, is described in Belknap County Court paperwork as an "essential" witness in the case had threatened to invoke her Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination.
In exchange, Judge James O'Neill ordered that she will testify in court against Watson.
Bryson has never been formally charged in the case against Watson, but according to police affidavits obtained from the Sixth Circuit Court, Franklin Division, was the one who reached out to Seth Tilton-Fogg to allegedly provide him with heroin when she learned he was using it. The two knew each other from high school, said affidavits.
Watson remains free on $15,000 cash bail that was posted by Adeline Watson of Hooksett, according to bail documents. He is facing a bail revocation hearing tomorrow for violating the terms of his release by continuing to be in Bryson's company and "repeatedly discussing the case with her."
According to the motion to revoke bail, the state seeks to revoke his bail because he was stopped by a police officer and Bryson was allegedly hiding in the back seat under some cloths. Prosecutors also claim that Watson continued to engage in drug activity with her and would procure for her $20 bags of heroin when he was driving her home from her daily Narcotics Anonymous meetings in Manchester.

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