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April 13, 2005

Continuance in Hunting License-revocation Hearing

CONCORD, N.H. -- The New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission has issued a continuance in the license-revocation hearing of Steven R. Laro, which began at 10:00 on April 13, 2005. The hearing will resume on April 21, 2005, at 8:00 a.m., at New Hampshire Fish and Game Department headquarters in Concord.

The hearing is being held before the New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission and Executive Director in accordance with Title XVIII, RSA 214:18. This statute states, "The executive director may order the suspension of the license of any person in his discretion, and without hearing, and may order the license delivered to him or his representative whenever he has reason to believe that the holder thereof is physically or mentally an improper or incompetent person to carry firearms, or is handling firearms improperly, or so as to endanger human life or property, or for any other cause that he may deem sufficient; but such suspension shall not be for a longer period than 30 days unless the executive director and the commission, after investigation and hearing, so determine. The executive director may order any license to be revoked after due hearing for any cause that he may deem sufficient."

N.H. Fish and Game is conducting the hearing based on Laro's involvement in a fatal hunting-related incident in January 2004 in which he shot and killed his hunting companion, Robert H. Proulx. In December of 2004, a jury acquitted Laro of negligent homicide and of felonious use of a firearm.

During today's hearing, sworn testimony was given before the Fish and Game Commission and Fish and Game Executive Director Lee Perry relative to the fatal incident, hunter safety, and Mr. Laro's competency to carry firearms.

Following the conclusion of the hearing and a period of deliberation of unknown length, Director Perry and the members of the Fish and Game Commission will render a decision, which will be announced when available.

No further information is available at this time.

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