Downtown biz owner seeks restoration of Business Rte. 3 signs along Union & Court

LACONIA — The City Council has referred the proposal presented by downtown business owner Charlie St. Clair to erect signage designating Court Street and Union Avenue, from one end of the city to the other, as Business Route 3 to the Department of Public Works (DPW).

St. Clair noted that the corridor is designated as "Business 3" on Google maps.

Since the 1990s St. Clair has sought to add the signage along the stretch of roadway through the city, which prior to the construction of U.S. Route 3 and NH Route 11 Bypass was designated at Route 3 but since has been designated as NH Route 11A and NH Route 107. He contends that visitors unfamiliar with the area would be more likely to travel into the city knowing that they would ultimately be routed back to U.S. Route 3. Motorists are directed to business route in other parts of the country and the state, he said, particularly where bypasses circumventing downtowns have been constructed.

Authority over signage within the so-called "urban compact zone," the area where the city maintains, manages and polices state highways, rests with the city. However, the New Hampshire Department of Transportation (DOT) has jurisdiction at the beginning of the bypass on Route 3 in Belmont and at the junction of Route 3 and Route 107.

In the past St. Clair appealed to city officials, who have consulted with the DOT. In March, 2007 when city and state officials discussed the issue, representatives of the DOT explained that the agency's policy is to minimize the number of designations for a single roadway, but indicated they would consider signage directing motorists to Route 3.

Now St. Clair has urged city officials to circumvent the DOT by confining the signage within the urban compact zone. He has suggested erecting 19 signs at seven locations along the corridor defined by Court Street and Union Avenue between the Belmont town line near the entrance to the bypass to the east and McInyre Circle, where Union Avenue, Lake Street and Lakeshore Road intersect at the Gilford town line, to the north. Signs would be erected at the east end of Court Street, the Court Street Main Street intersection, the intersections of Union Avenue with Church Street, Gilford Avenue, Messer Street and Elm Street and at McIntyre Circle.

The council has asked the DPW to report on the cost of making or buying the signs as well as erecting them. Councilor Brenda Baer (Ward 4) suggested that the cost of the signage could be met by the Downtown and Lakeport Tax Increment Financing (TIF) funds.

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Fisherman's body recovered from big lake

GILFORD — The New Hampshire Marine Patrol has recovered the body of Domenic Tringale, 63, a fisherman from Chelmsford, Mass., from the waters of Lake Winnipesaukee.

Tringale's remains were found through the use of a side-sonar devise from the Maine Warden Service and by a team of N.H. Department of Fish and Game divers. The team made the recovery in 62-feet of water at 11:55 a.m. on Wednesday.

Teams from Marine Patrol, Fish and Game, the Maine Warden Service and the Laconia Fire Department, which used its own sonar Monday morning, have been searching for Tringale since his 17-foot boat was found circling off the east side of Governor's Island with only a dog aboard Saturday morning.

Marine Patrol officials said Tringale's family told them he usually left in the early morning on his boat to go fishing and would return around 9:30 or 10 a.m.

According to the Lowell Sun, Tringale was a widower with two adult sons.

A Marine Patrol sergeant said their supposition was that a steering cable could have snapped and pitched him into the water. The cause of the accident is still being investigated by Marine Patrol.

Belmont Police make arrest for 2013 armed robbery of Dunkin' Donuts

BELMONT — After an 18-month investigation, police have charged a local man with armed robbery for holding-up the Rte. 3 Dunkin' Donuts store on October 21, 2013.

Travis W. Dickinson, 36, of Belmont was released on $2,000 personal recognizance bail and is scheduled to appear in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division on August 6, 2015.

Police said video surveillance shows Dickinson entered the store about 9:30 p.m. wearing a mask and gloves and brandishing a large knife. He allegedly ordered the two employees to give him money and he fled with about $630. No one was injured.

"It is also satisfying for law enforcement as a result of patient and methodical investigative processes to solve a crime of violence," said Lt. Richard Mann.

Mann went on to say that Belmont detectives engaged in a lengthy and time consuming investigation that involved interviews, warrants for cell phone activity, and interviewing witnesses that culminated in Dickinson's arrest.

According to Concord Police, Dickinson was charged with misdemeanor criminal liability for another for an offense committed Sept. 17, 2012. An on-duty lieutenant contacted yesterday by The Daily Sun did not know the outcome. He said the underlying charge was a theft that was committed by someone who was allegedly a passenger in his car.