Man stabbed in Sanborn Park

LACONIA — Police are investigating a stabbing at Sanborn Park that occurred near midnight on Tuesday. Sanborn Park is near Mechanic Street in the Lakeport section of town.

Police said the responded to Mechanic Street just after midnight for a report of a 32-year-old man with a stab wound who said he was stabbed by a man who demanded money.

He described the subject to police as a white male with short blond hair, who was wearing a red shirt, blue jean shorts and a baseball-type hat.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact the Laconia Police at 524-5252 or the Greater Laconia Crime Line at 524-1717.

– Gail Ober

Two Laconia men arrested in Florida, one is suspect in Tilton armed robbery

TILTON — Police Chief Robert Cormier said Tuesday he doesn't know when a man who allegedly robbed the Tilton Shop Express will be returned to New Hampshire.

Ryan Cheney, 40, of Merrimac Street in Laconia is accused of robbing the store, fleeing to Concord and renting a U-Haul van. Police in Mississippi and Florida, said Cormier, also believe Cheney was involved in two armed robberies in their state's respectively.

According to, Cheney was arrested June 17 by the Escambia County, Florida Sheriffs Department after an armed robbery at the Raceway Gas Station in Pensacola.

He and Hunter Lafoe, 18, also of Laconia, were found in a hotel room after police located the U-Haul both charged by Florida Police with robbery.

– Gail Ober

Karagianis to be honored Thursday at Belknap Mill ceremony

LACONIA — Tomorrow morning, June 23, Laconia will celebrate the life of Peter S. Karagianis in the shadow of the Belknap Mill, a monument to the industrial heritage of the city that still stands today thanks to his vision, energy and generosity.

The walkway from Beacon Street East to the footbridge over the Winnipesaukee River will be named Peter Karagianis Way to forever mark his place in the forefront of the effort that spared the oldest, unaltered, brick mill in the nation from demolition.

Karagiani was called "Mr. Laconia" in 1985 by Edwin Chertok, a former mayor of the city, in recognition of his many contributions and unstinting service to the community. Today, on what would have been Karagianis's 100th birthday, Peter Karagianis Way will be dedicated to the memory of one of the city's most beloved and revered citizens, who passed away last month.

The celebration will begin at 9 a.m. with a public presentation delivered by New Hampshire State Senator Andrew Hosmer, Mayor Ed Engler, and members of the Karagianis family. They will commemorate the naming of Peter Karagianis Way and present the plaque designating the Belknap Mill as a property on the National Register of Historic Places.
Following the ceremony and throughout the day, the Mill will be open for cake and will feature a special exhibit devoted to Peter Karagianis' remarkable commitment to save the Belknap Mill.

– Michael Kitch