LACONIA — A Belmont man who was riding a motorcycle near Lexington Drive on North Main Street and allegedly ran from a state trooper who had stopped him for a violation on Tuesday at 7:15 a.m. was charged with resisting arrest, driving after being deemed a habitual offender, and disobeying a police officer.
Lt. Kevin Duffy said yesterday that Jared Reed, 37, of Belmont was also wanted on an order from the court to take him into custody for non-payment of child support.
Duffy said Trooper Chris Huse was on routine patrol in the Laconia area Tuesday morning when he noticed Reed didn't have a valid inspection sticker on the motorcycle he was riding.
Huse pulled Reed over and reported that Reed initially gave him the name of the person who owned the motorcycle. As the conversation continued, Huse said he learned Reed's real name and when he went back to his cruiser to verify the information, Reed allegedly ran off into the trees.
Huse chased him for a short time and then called Laconia Police for assistance.
Duffy said with the "excellent" cooperation of police, the nearby Belknap County Sheriff's Department and a K-9 unit from Gilford Police, Reed was located in the woods. He also said some troopers from the truck enforcement division and officers from the Department of Fish and Game offered assistance.
He said the dog found Reed hiding in the woods. Duffy said he was taken into custody without further incident and within two hours of the initial stop.
Reed was initially held on the order for non-support and was released on personal recognizance bail for the three newest charges. He has since posted bail.
Last Updated on Thursday, 01 August 2013 01:38
Laconia multicultural in sense that many nations are represented in the population but city is still 95% 'white'
LACONIA — During the 12 years since Multicultural Market Day, the city's annual celebration of ethnic and national variety now called the Multicultural Festival, debuted in 2001 the city has grown more diverse, but not by much.
In 2000, the population numbered 16,211, of whom 15,885, or 96.8-percent, were counted as "white" while 10 years later, the population had shrunk to 15,951 with the 15,073 "whites" representing 94.5-percent of the total.
Race, however, is only one measure of diversity, which masks the variety of ethnic groups and nationalities. For instance, the number of Asians in the city increased more than threefold between 2000 and 2010, from 120 to 391 while the number of Hispanics rose from 162 to 250.
Meanwhile, several groups of political refugees have been resettled in Laconia, most under the auspices of Lutheran Social Services. Carol Pierce, who chairs the Refugee Connections Committee, said that resettlement began with Laotians, Cambodians and Vietnamese escaping the turmoil in Southeast Asia and the Bosnians escaping the ethnic cleansing following the collapse of Yugoslavia in the 1990s.
In 2005, more than a dozen Meskhetian Turkish families, orphaned, harassed and persecuted when the Soviet Union fell to pieces, were settled in the city. In 2007 and 2008, some 1,600 Bhutanese Nepalis, driven from Bhutan, after being branded illegal immigrants, denied gainful employment and stripped of political and property rights were resettled in New Hampshire, about 100 in Laconia.
Pierce said that a significant share of the resettled refugees have left the city, primarily to reunite with relatives, pursue employment opportunities or even seek warmer climes. Many of the Turks migrated to Kentucky where work, especially for the men, was more plentiful. The Bhutanese Nepalis, she said, have congregated in Concord. Consequently, said Pierce, immigrants — individuals who have emigrated to the United States through the conventional channels — now outnumber refugees in the city.
"We are still a resettlement community," Pierce said, adding that she anticipated New Hampshire would next become host to refugees from Myanmar, formerly Burma. "Most will likely be resettled in Nashua," she said, "but we may get some."
Refugees have traditionally been relocated in New Hampshire's cities, as opposed to in rural townships, because of the relative availability of affordable housing.
Altogether the Mayor's Human Relations Committee, which sponsors and stages the Multicultural Festival, counts people from 34 countries among the residents of the city: Turkey, Rwanda, Bhutan, Bosnia, Burundi, Columbia, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Peru, China, Philippines, Laos, Palestine, Morocco, Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico, Pakistan, Brazil, Guatemala, Sierra Leone, Malaysia, Thailand, Dominican Republic, Argentina, Croatia, Japan, Sudan, Lithuania, Albania, Spain, Puerto Rico and Cuba.
This years Festival will be held on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in an around Rotary Park.
Last Updated on Thursday, 01 August 2013 01:22
LACONIA — It's WOW Trail Wednesday at the Muskrats game tonight! Laconia will play Keene at Robbie Mills Field, starting at 6:30 p.m.
The WOW Trail is a paved, multi-use recreational trail, built alongside the active railroad bed in the City of Laconia. Presently 1.3 miles long, the Trail spans from Elm Street in Lakeport to North Main Street near Downtown Laconia. 41,000 people currently use the Trail annually.
Design and fundraising is currently underway to extend the Trail another 1.1 miles from North Main Street to the Belmont town line. When completed, the WOW Trail will connect the Laconia communities of Weirs Beach and Lakeport with Downtown via a safe and convenient passageway, all while providing outstanding scenic and recreation opportunities.
The WOW Trail is a not-for-profit 501 (c) 3 organization dedicated to building and maintaining a nine- mile recreational path through the City of Laconia as a part of the regional Winnipesaukee Trail network that will connect Meredith to Franklin. For more information, please visit: www.wowtrail.org.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 July 2013 03:21
GILFORD — The company that owns Kimball Castle has submitted a draft legal pleading that would have the town in its capacity as trustee of the Kimball Castle Trust ask Superior Court to alter the terms of the trust and allow the company to tear it down.
On yesterday's front page, The Daily Sun ran an incorrect story that said the town has already filed the pleading in Belknap County Superior Court and that is not the case. Rather, the Selectboard has announced it will hold a public hearing on the matter at Town Hall on August 14.
Late Monday afternoon, town officials directed an e-mail "blast" relative to the Kimball Castle to subscribers that featured an announcement of the pubic hearing. Attached were legal documents The Daily Sun mistook for papers the town had already filed with the court. Town Administrator Scott Dunn said on Tuesday, they were "draft" legal documents prepared by attorneys for Kimball Castle Properties, LLC that have been submitted to the town for review and consideration.
The draft "cy pres" pleading would have the town, as trustee, tell the court that Kimball Castle Properties, LLC would continue to provide public access to the 220 acre lot but the company should be allowed to tear the castle down because the original terms of the deed restrictions cannot be met.
Cy pres means "next to" and in law it means that this is the next closest solution because original deed restrictions as the typically apply to gifts and charitable donations cannot be met.
According to the draft pleading, the conditions of the deed restrictions of the charitable trust cannot be met because Kimball Castle Properties, LLC was never able to raise the capital needed to restore the historic structure to a restaurant and lounge. The town's building inspector has condemned the property, which has deteriorated significantly because of weather and vandalism, and ordered the owner to tear it down or install a fence surrounding it to reasonably prevent access.
The first cy pres change to the original charitable donation was made in 1999 when the court allowed the property to be sold to a private party, Historic Inns of New England, LP. The owner of Kimball Castle Properties, LLC is one of the original owners of the limited partnership.
The first change provided the money from the sale be used to maintain most of the property for wildlife observation and recreation trails.
Should the court grant the pleadings in the owner's suggested language, the area will remain open to wildlife observation, emergency access, and recreation, however it may not be subdivided and will be limited to a single family residence.
In an e-mail sent to The Daily Sun, Dunn said the selectmen, in their official capacity as trustees, have not reviewed the suggested pleading. And, to the best of his knowledge, the office of the Attorney General, Division of Charitable Trusts has not reviewed it either.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 July 2013 02:15