Lemmond facing more charges in kidnap case


LACONIA — The Concord man arrested earlier this week on felony charges of armed robbery and kidnapping arising from an incident that began on Cottage Street last Sunday night faces two further charges of robbery and criminal threatening, both felonies.

10-25 lemmondJames Lemmond, 32, of Holt Street, Concord, waived arraignment in Belknap County Superior Court on Wednesday afternoon and remains in Belknap County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail.
Lemmond is accused of forcing a woman into a GMC Terrain on Cottage Street, threatening her with a handgun and stealing her cash and cell phone in the vicinity of 40 Cottage St. Allegedly holding a gun to her head, he drove to Academy Street, where he forced her out of the vehicle at gunpoint. She fled on foot and was met by her boyfriend, Brian Norris.

The Terrain was found abandoned on Monroe Street in Concord by Concord police. Capt. Matt Canfield of the Laconia Police said that neither a gun nor drugs were found when the vehicle was searched.

Following the report of the incident, which occurred amid what police called a "disturbance" at 40 Cottage St., police began an intensive investigation to identify and locate the victim of the alleged kidnapping. On Monday, Detectives Dan Carsen and Kendra Neri spotted a silver Mazda 6, registered to Norris, in the parking lot at the Landmark Inn, which Neri remembered seeing at a drug house in the city the week before. The detectives confirmed that Norris, who was wanted for a parole violation, was a guest staying room 417. They contacted the Probation Office and together with Probation and Parole Office Seifu Regassa went to the room where they found Norris and a woman, who was the victim of the alleged kidnapping.

A search of Norris and his belongings found a significant amount of methamphetamine along with heroin and prescription pills and drug paraphernalia. Norris was arrested an charged with several drug offenses, including possession of a narcotic drug (methamphetamine) with intent to distribute. Norris, 31, a transient with a last known address of 477 White Oaks Road, Unit 2, Barnstead, is being held in Belknap County Jail in lieu of $50,000 following his arraignment in Belknap County Superior Court on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, police interviewed the woman, whose information led to the arrest of Lemmond at his place of work in Concord on Tuesday morning. On Wednesday, when Lemmond was scheduled to be arraigned, Assistant Belknap County Attorney Roni Karnis asked the court to seal the affidavit containing the details of the investigation leading to his arrest, including the interview with the victim. She told the court that disclosure of the information could jeopardize an ongoing investigation and compromise the defendant's right to a fair trial.

Canfield said on Thursday that police are continuing to investigate drug trafficking associated with the alleged kidnapping and armed robbery as well as the disturbance at 40 Cottage St., explained that police believe the two incidents are related and both involved drugs.

Fire on Belvedere Street displaces four


LACONIA — Fire that swept through the apartment on the first floor of a two-story building at 38 Belvedere St. around 1:20 p.m. Thursday displaced a family of four from their unit on the upper story.

The woman living upstairs with her partner and two teenagers said she saw smoke rising through the baseboard heaters in her apartment , encountered heavier smoke when she went downstairs, and immediately called 911.

Deputy Fire Chief Kirk Beattie, the first firefighter to reach the scene, said that when he arrived there was no sign of smoke coming from the building, but the situation turned quickly as smoke began appearing from the windows on both floors as well as from the vent in the attic. The first crew on the scene broke down a door at the rear of the building and ran a hose line to the fire and soon firefighters ran a second hose, drawing from a hydrant across the street, through the front door.

Beattie said the fire brought under control before it reached beyond the first floor. He said that fire damage was confined to the first floor, but there was smoke damage on the second floor and in the attic. He said that the prompt reaction of the resident, who was alone in the building, spared further damage. The cause of the fire has not been determined. Beattie said the investigation will include the hot water tank, which was repaired Thursday morning, not long before the fire started.

The Red Cross was called to provide shelter, food and clothing for the family displaced by the fire.

10-29 fire on Belvidere st

Deputy Fire Chief Kirk Beattie feeds hose to firefighters working inside to contain and extinguish a fire on the first floor of a two-story multi-family residence at 40 Belvedere St. in Laconia, which displaced a family of four. (Michael Kitch/Laconia Daily Sun)


Meet the candidates for state Senate District 7 Nov. 2

LACONIA — Meet the candidates for New Hampshire Senate District 7, Democrat Andrew Hosmer and Republican Harold French on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at the Belknap Mill. District 7 serves the people of Laconia, Andover, Belmont, Boscawen, Canterbury, Franklin, Gilford, Northfield, Salisbury and Webster.

The Laconia Daily Sun is hosting the event, with support from the Belknap Mill Society. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with a moderated forum beginning at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend and urged to bring questions for the candidates with them. This is your chance to ask the candidates their thoughts on state taxes, the minimum wage, the state budget, education issues, drug issues, Medicaid expansion and more.

Laconia Sun Managing Editor Ginger Kozlowski will moderate the event, presenting the audience's questions to the two candidates.

The Belknap Mill is located at 25 Beacon St. East in downtown Laconia, next to City Hall. Parking is available in the City Hall lot.

Lakes Region Public Access television will record the event for later viewing.