Nov 1, 2016 1:58 PM

Judge delays decision on NH crematorium to allow answer to complaint filed by neighbors

MEREDITH — A judge has delayed her decision to halt a local crematorium from operating until the funeral director is able to respond to allegations from an abutter.

Doug and Leslyee Frederick, neighbors to the crematorium, filed a suit claiming that the building at the junction of Route 3 and Cataldo Road is a public nuisance, according to The Laconia Daily Sun. The Frederick's claim the crematorium produces a sickening smell and emits an ash-like particulate that falls onto their property.

The Mayhews, along with their lawyer, failed to show up at a hearing at Carroll County Superior Court on Oct. 17. The judge allowed the Fredericks, their legal team, and their 17 witnesses, to proceed with their testimony despite the absence of the Mayhews and their attorney.

The Mayhews' attorney allegedly didn't show up due to a miscommunication within his firm, where the date was not written down on his schedule. The court decided to allow the plantiffs to obtain all document copies from the previous hearing in order to file a respond. All filing must be submitted by Nov 2.

The Mayhews previously requested to silence the Fredrick's from making claims regarding their crematorium last May, but it was denied.

A final pretrial hearing is now scheduled for March 31. If the parties are unable to reach agreement following mediation, jury selection is set for April 10.

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