Belmont man injured in car crash

BELMONT — A local man was seriously injured in a car crash on Concord Street Saturday at 8:30 a.m. after he allegedly drove his car through a parking lot and into some trees across the street.

Police said Thomas Lassor, 35, had allegedly been arguing with a woman on Concord Street when he left. The woman called the police and said he was "distraught and (was) driving erratically.

Belmont Fire and Rescue had to use an extrication device to get him out of the car and the towing company needed to use a crane to remove the car from the trees.

Police said he was transferred to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center for with many broken bones.

Police say speed and reckless driving could be causes of the crash, but said they are still investigating. Anyone with any additional information is asked to call the Belmont Police Department at 267-8350.

– Gail Ober

05-10 crash

 

5-10 for Franklin arsonist

By MICHAEL KITCH, LACONIA DAILY SUN

FRANKLIN — The woman who set fire to an apartment house on School Street last September, destroying the building and displacing the tenants, was sentenced to 5 to 10 years in New Hampshire State Prison and ordered to pay an estimated $80,000 in restitution o Merrimack County Superior last week.

Amber Rose Cowan, 29, who lived in one of the units at 34-36 School St., pleaded guilty to one count of felony arson.

As firefighters fought the blaze, both Fire Chief Kevin LaChapelle and the Franklin Police received several reports that the fire had been set deliberately. With assistance from the Northfield Police officers from Franklin arrested and charged Cowan, who days before had threatened the landlord after being served with an eviction notice. Witnesses told police that Cowan said that she was going to set fire to the building and asked neighbors for a gas can and money to buy gasoline. Video surveillance at Franklin Shop Express showed Cowan purchasing gasoline and pumping it into a one-gallon can, which was found at the scene of the fire.

The Franklin Fire Department and Police Department, together with officials of the New Hampshire State Fire Marshall's Office, UNited States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Manchester Fire Department conducted a joint investigation of the incident.

In a prepared statement, LaChapelle said that he was pleased with the outcome of the prosecution, adding that "Ms. Cowan placed several occupants and firefighters in great danger that day."

City looking for public input on WOW Trail

By MICHAEL KITCH, LACONIA DAILY SUN

LACONIA — All aspects of the route planned for the second phase of the Winnipesaukee-Opechee-Winnisquam (WOW) Trail, a stretch of 5,000 feet following the railway corridor from the Laconia Public Library to the Belmont town line, will be the subject of a public hearing by the City Council Monday.

The easements, exceptions and permits required to construct the trail are in hand with two exceptions. The WOW Trail committee has requested that the City Council eliminate a dedicated right-turn lane at the intersection of New Salem Street and Main Street and a dozen parallel parking spaces on New Salem Street from below its intersection with Pleasant Street to the Salvation Army Thrift Store.

Eliminating the right-turn lane from New Salem Street onto Main Street is intended to ensure a safe crossing of Main Street, which is required to link the first and second phases of the trail. Allan Beetle, president of the WOW Trail committee, told the council last month that a traffic study found that relatively few motorists seeking to proceed west on Church Street or south through downtown use the turning lane, preferring to enter Veterans Square from Pleasant Street.

The parking spaces on New Salem Street have aroused more controversy. According to Beetle, the engineers designing the trail found there is not enough space between the center line of the street and the track to accommodate both the 12 parking spaces and the 10-foot wide trail. There is 25 feet between the center line of the street and the fencing along the railway, which the New Hampshire Department of Transportation has required to separate the trail from the track room enough for the travel lane and either the trail or the parking, but not both.

In addition, prior to the City Council meeting, which begins at 7 p.m., the School Board will present its 2016-2017 budget to the council at 6 p.m.

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