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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wednesday morning New Hampshire news update

Town postmaster accused of school theft

CLAREMONT (AP) - The head of the postal office in Claremont, New Hampshire, has been accused of taking more than $2,000 from a school Parent/Teacher Organization savings account. ...

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Town postmaster accused of school theft

CLAREMONT (AP) - The head of the postal office in Claremont, New Hampshire, has been accused of taking more than $2,000 from a school Parent/Teacher Organization savings account.

The Eagle Times reports ( Rebecca Remick, a former member of the Claremont Middle School PTO, has since paid back the money back. She blamed tough financial times for what happened, saying, "I had to feed my kids."

Claremont Police Chief Alex Scott said detectives were alerted in April after the school found some financial discrepancies.

Remick, who has worked for the postal system for 16 years, said she never did anything illegal in postmaster job. Police have alerted the United States Postal Service about Remick's arrest and investigation.

Remick is free on personal recognizance bail. She's scheduled to be arraigned on Aug. 25.

Man pleads guilty, gets prison for setting fires

LACONIA (AP) - A New Hampshire man has pleaded guilty to three counts of arson and has been sentenced to one to five years in prison after reaching a plea deal with prosecutors.

Jason Clairmont of Gilmanton was scheduled for a hearing Tuesday on his upcoming trial. The Citizen reports ( Clairmont admitted he set fire to two cars and part of a porch in Laconia earlier this year.

He also has to pay more than $21,000 in restitution.

Mother, daughter rescued in interstate crash

MANCHESTER (AP) - Police say a good Samaritan removed a 6-year-old girl from a burning car and a trooper broke a window to rescue her mother to save them from a highway crash off of Interstate 93 in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Police said 35-year-old Michelle Maslanka of Laconia was trapped inside the car as it was catching fire Tuesday. Police said the car was traveling north on I-93 when it veered to the right across the median at the Exit 7 on ramp, then went off to right, where it struck a rock ledge and rolled over.

Maslanka suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was admitted to a hospital for treatment. Her daughter was treated and released for minor injuries.

New Hampshire to celebrate 100 years of primary

CONCORD (AP) - New Hampshire has established a committee to mark the centennial of its presidential primary.

Gov. Maggie Hassan signed the measure into law on Tuesday, calling the state's first-in-the-nation" primary one of New Hampshire's "most cherished traditions."

The law establishes a 16-member commission to plan and coordinate activities marking the 100th anniversary of the primary.

The first primary was March 14, 1916 when voters cast ballots not for presidential candidates but for delegates to attend the national party conventions.

It was to have been the third Tuesday of May, but frugal leaders in New Hampshire thought it was wasteful to light the town hall twice so moved it to coincide with town meeting day.

New Hampshire didn't stake its claim to the nation's first primary until 1920.

New Hampshire university posts record fund-raising

DURHAM (AP) - The University of New Hampshire raised a record $49.2 million in private donations last year, with the largest gift accounting for about 40 percent of the total.

The results for the fiscal year ending June 30 were 35 percent above the previous year's record of $35.8 million.

The largest gift was a $20 million donation in September from television producer Marcy Carsey, a 1996 UNH graduate. That money is being used to create the Carsey School of Public Policy that is opening this fall.

Roofing company owner sentenced for theft

BRENTWOOD (AP) - The New Hampshire attorney general says the owner of a roofing business has been sentenced to three to six years in prison for stealing from customers.

Timothy Currier, the owner of Green Home Energy Systems, was convicted in March of having entered into contracts to provide new roofs to three customers, taking more than $18,000 in deposits and purposefully not providing materials, services or refunds.

Authorities say Currier told the victims that he was replacing a roof on a church and if they signed contracts immediately and gave him a deposit he could give them discounts on materials. But authorities say the story was false.

Currier was sentenced on Tuesday in Rockingham County court and ordered to pay back the victims.