Belmont police issue warnings on car break-ins

By THOMAS P. CALDWELL, LACONIA DAILY SUN
BELMONT — Several weekend thefts from unlocked cars and trucks along Durrell Mountain Road prompted the Belmont Police Department to issue a warning to residents and pledge to step up its patrols on the Route 107 side of town.
Lt. Richard Mann said all of the thefts occurred early Saturday morning, and one victim’s security camera recorded two people wearing hooded sweatshirts and backpacks as they entered the property. One of them rummaged in the truck’s interior while the accomplice paced the driveway, acting as a lookout.
Mann said that theft involved a handgun that now has been entered into the nationwide stolen handgun database.
The theft reports started coming in as residents left their homes to run errands on Saturday morning.
“I know we are a rural state and feel very safe in our homes and communities, but it is essential that we realize the criminal element is not usually that far away from our doorsteps,” Mann said.
He urged residents to lock away valuable items and to make sure their vehicles are locked, as well.
“A locked vehicle will usually sound an alarm if the window is broken and if the door is opened from within without the use of a key or alarm fob,” Mann said. “Homes with motion-activated lights are a deterrent to thieves, along with security systems that alert you in real time when people enter your property.”
He also urged residents to arrange with a neighbor to keep an eye on each other’s property and to report any suspicious people or vehicles to the police department.
He asked that anyone with information on the weekend break-ins call the Belmont Police Department at 603-267-8350.

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Sanbornton holds steady on tax rate

By THOMAS P. CALDWELL, LACONIA DAILY SUN
SANBORNTON — The New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration has set Sanbornton’s 2017 property tax rate at $23.63 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, the same rate as last year.
The municipal tax rate of $8.99 is 17 cents, or 1.9 percent, higher than the 2016 rate of $8.82.
The county rate of $1.41 is 7 cents, or 5.2 percent, higher than in 2016 when it was $1.34.
The state education rate of $2.42 is down from $2.43 in 2016, and the local education rate is $10.81, down 23 cents, or 2.1 percent, from the 2016 rate of $11.04.
Town Administrator Katie Ambrose said the preliminary tax rate for 2017 was $23.85.
“The Board of Selectmen decided to allocate $6,000 for overlay which funds any abatements, and utilize $93,000 of the town’s unassigned fund balance to stabilize the rate at $23.63,” she said.
The town’s net assessed valuation increased by $1,325,462 since last year, from $393,052,930 to $394,378,392.
Changes in the tax rate do not necessarily equate to changes in the homeowner’s tax bill. Changes in property values and homeowner exemptions also can affect what appears on the total tax bill.
Payment of taxes is due by Dec. 21.

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Sanbornton taxes have been set at a rate of $23.63 per $1,000 of property value. A home valued at $250,000, for example, would pay a tax bill of $5,907.50. (Courtesy graphic)

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Campton man dies in I-93 crash in snow squall

By THOMAS P. CALDWELL, LACONIA DAILY SUN
MEREDITH — A 46-year-old Campton man died early Monday morning when his van slid off Interstate 93 and crashed into a tree.
State Police Troop D reported that Robert Chamberlain was southbound in his 2004 Chevrolet van between exits 23 and 22 when snow squalls passed through the area, leaving roads slippery. Several other cars and trucks also slid off the roadway in the area around New Hampton, police said.
Responders to the 6:10 a.m. van crash deemed poor weather conditions and unreasonable speed as contributing factors to the crash.
State Police Trooper Eric Shirley asks that anyone with information about the crash contact him at 603-271-3636.

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