LACONIA — City Manager Scott Myers reported that improvements to Morrill Street, Lane Road and Gilford Avenue, originally scheduled for this construction season, will be deferred. He said that unanticipated costs arising from the drainage upgrade required on Mechanic Street as well as the priority of coordinating improvement of Union Avenue between Gilford Avenue and Messer Street with the replacement of the water main along this stretch of roadway in 2014 prompted the decision.
Reclamation of the roadway on Belvedere Street and Mechanic Street has been delayed by extensive study and design of the sewer and drainage systems in the roadway. On Belvedere Street, work on the sewer and drains began last week with the roadway projected to be reclaimed and paved with a base course by the end of the month. On Mechanic Street, after preparing three designs, work to replace the granite box culvert, originally installed a more than a century ago, is scheduled to begin next week and continue through October. Myers said the goal is to complete the sewer and drain work as well as the reclamation and base course paving of the roadway by Oct. 30. He noted the final paving on Belvedere Street will depend on progress achieved on Mechanic Street.
Meanwhile, the replacement of the water main and reclamation of the roadway on Clay Street is expected to be complete by early next month and the final wearing coat of asphalt applied in October.
Last Updated on Thursday, 15 August 2013 03:09
LACONIA — A 19-year-old local man is behind bars today after being charged with one count of forcible rape and one count of statutory rape.
Michael P. Sulloway, 19, of 11C Jewett St. is being held on $30,000 cash-only bail after his video appearance in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division yesterday morning.
Affidavits obtained from the court say the alleged sexual assaults were reported separately to police. There are two female juvenile victims — one (N.C.) who was 14-years-old and one (K.S.) who was 16-years-old at the time they were allegedly raped.
The first alleged assault was reported on July 5 by N.C. who told her therapist that Sulloway "raped" her on May 18, 2013. The therapist reported it to police the same day.
When she was interviewed she said she was at a friend's (M.B.) house and sex was initiated during a game of truth or dare. N.C. told police M.B. was in the room the entire time. When police interviewed M.B. she told them she was sitting on the bed the entire time while they had sex.
When police spoke to the N.C.'s mother, she reported her daughter had told her about the sex with Sulloway and had said she wanted to do it.
Police interviewed Sulloway on Tuesday and he allegedly admitted having sex with N.C. once and that she had initiated the contact. He alleged to police he used a condom.
A second girl (K.S.) also reported to a Laconia Police Officer on July 5 that she had been raped by Sulloway in the bathroom of a home on Dixon Street on July 5 — the same day she reported it.
K.S. told police that Sulloway allegedly locked her in the bathroom twice and the second time he dragged her by her feet.
She said the first time Sulloway kept trying to lift up her shirt and kiss her breasts. She said she tried to stop him about three times. She said he also allegedly put his finger in her and was on top of her. She said she was "struggling" against him.
During his interview with police on Tuesday, Sulloway told police that he kissed her and put his finger in her and "she was okay with him doing that to her."
After his arrest, he told the bail commissioner and the police he was "homeless" and slept "here and there."
While in the booking room police said he threatened to take his own life and was taken to LRGH for evaluation. One of the conditions of his bail as imposed yesterday is that if he gets admitted to the State Hospital the bail reverts to personal recognizance.
Sulloway was convicted on Aug. 27, 2012, in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division for statutory rape for having sex with a girl who was older than 13 but younger than 16.
He was sentenced to nine months in jail — all suspended for two years pending his good behavior. He was also ordered to get a pycho-sexual evaluation within 90 days.
On July 23, Laconia Prosecutor Jim Sawyer asked the court to bring forward the suspended sentence because Sulloway had allegedly not complied with the court order.
Last Updated on Thursday, 15 August 2013 02:40
LACONIA — The 2nd annual Water Ski Boat Classic held at Opechee Point on Saturday offered a chance for veteran water ski racers from the 1960s and 1970s to share their memories of those exciting high speed races.
''We used to race five weekends a summer on Lake Winnipesaukee on Saturdays and Lake Winnisquam on Sundays ,'' said Frank Cook, who brought along some vintage wood water skis to the event. ''We'd go out from the Weirs on Saturday morning and then race on Winnisquam on Sunday.''
He recalled that the first three races of the summer were 32 mile events, followed by a 50 mile race and a final 65-mile race.
''We used to make our own water skis,'' said Cook, who recalled that many of the skis used for racing were actually made right in Laconia at the Northland Ski factory on Fair Street.
The event was organized by Tom Scribner, who said that he's had a lifelong passion for boats and used to water ski all the time during the 1970s.
''In the 1950s water skiing was the fastest growing recreational sport in the entire country and the Lakes Region was right in the thick of it. The 1954 national water ski championships were held right at Opechee Point and thousands of people showed up to watch. This is really a big part of our local history,'' says Scribner.
There were two major water ski clubs at that time, the Weirs Ski Club and the Winnisquam Boat & Ski Club, which organized the events.
Larry Brown was the president and organizer of the Weirs Ski Club and ran Cove Craft, whose products included water skis.
A New Hampshire Profiles magazine article from 1953 said the club would put on 13 shows during the summer and attracted audiences of thousands to Weirs Bay, Alton Bay, and Meredith, where they staged exhibitions both during the daylight hours and at night.
Club members competed at Lake Placid in the 1952 nationals where Bill Goodhue won the Veterans' Class in jumping, for men over 35, and was third in the Veterans' Overall Championships. Jack Beattie and Dick Binette placed high in Junior Boys' jumping, and Bill Trudgeon jumped off a tie for third place with Dick Pope Jr., in the Senior Men's Division. One of the club's girl skiers, Colleen Gallant, was chosen Miss New Hampshire, and went to the Atlantic City Beauty Pageant where she demonstrated water-skiing in the talent division, by means of color movies taken on Lake Winnipesaukee.
In the 1960s the emphasis shifted to high speed long-distance races with skiers like Brad Thompson and Gretchen Schwartzwelder leading the pack and those kind of races remained popular into the late 1970s when the sport gradually died out.
Scribner says that the increasing boat traffic on the lakes and liability insurance concerns led to its demise.
But the boats which were used like Magnums, Sidewinders and a Hydrostreams are still around, mostly 16 footers with 150 horsepower engines, although some had 200 horsepower according to Scribner.
Ron Lien of Gilford, who was on the same race team as Frank Cook, says that he and Cook switched off on the Winnipesaukee and Winnisquam races from year to year and that he once reached 94 miles per hour on water skis while towed by a boat with a blown drag engine.
On July 20 this year about a dozen water skiers got together for a run which took them from the Winnipesaukee Yacht Club dock in Gilford and around Parker Island, a 15-mile run, and Gary Cook, also a water ski racer, who was out with his Black Magnum race boat, saw his boat sink in 47 feet of water between Diamond Island and Tuftonboro Neck.
''I was lucky. A passing boater picked me up and stayed with the sunken boat. We got a crew together from Lakeshore Park and I dove down with others and we recovered it. It only took 45 minutes after we got it out of the water before we had the engine running,'' said Cook.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 August 2013 03:25
MOULTONBOROUGH — Josh Bartlett, who with fellow member of the Planning Board Judy Ryerson faces a public hearing convened by the Board of Selectmen to determine if there is cause to remove them from office, has requested a record of the non-meeting at which the Selectboard decided to initiate of the proceedings.
After the selectmen adjourned their regularly scheduled meeting on July 18, at the request of town administrator Carter Terenzini they entered a so-called non-meeting, at which Town Counsel Peter Minkow was present. Under the "Right-to-Know" law, Bartlett has requested the minutes of the meeting together with any notes or recordings, written or electronic, of any discussions associated with the meeting.
A week after the non-meeting, Bartlett was summoned to a meeting with Terenzini and Minkow. Acting on instructions from the selectmen they offered him the opportunity to resign from the Planning Board or face removal proceedings. When the selectboard met a week later, on Aug. 1, Bartlett asked for an explanation of the charges against him. Terenzini claimed that he was informed of the circumstances when they met the week before and steadfastly declined to discuss the specifics of their meeting in public. However, Terenzini revealed that the selectmen decided, in part, to act on information presented by "outside people," whose identity he has refused to disclose.
According to the Memorandum of the New Hampshire Attorney General on the application of the "Right-to-Know" law, consultation with legal counsel does not qualify as either a meeting or a non-public meeting under the statute. "Minutes," the memorandum reads, "are not required or appropriate for consultation with legal counsel." But, the memorandum continues "deliberation about the matter on which advice is sought may not occur during consultation with legal counsel." Instead, any deliberation must take place in public session, unless the subject is among those that may be addressed in non-public session.
Of the nine matters that may be considered in non-public session, those "which, if discussed in public, likely would adversely affect the reputation of any person, other than a member of the body or agency itself, unless such person requests an open meeting" appears to apply. In other words, the decision whether to discuss sensitive matters publicly or privately rests with those whose reputations may be at stake, not with the selectboard.
There is no record of the selectboard discussing and deciding to begin removal proceedings in pubic session. Nor did the board offer to meet with Bartlett or Ryerson either privately or publicly at their discretion. They only learned their conduct was in question when they were confronted with the choice to tender their resignations or undergo a public hearing a week after the non-meeting on July 18.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 August 2013 03:24