Laconia woman charged with aggravated DWI after crashing car in Lakeport

LACONIA – Police charged a young North Street woman with one count of aggravated driving while intoxicated after she flipped her car Thursday morning on Belvidere Street.

In a written media statement, police said they responded to area of Jefferson and Belvidere Streets at 3:08 a.m. for a report of a woman screaming, getting in her car and driving toward Elm Street.

When they arrived, they saw a car that had struck a tree and had flipped over, landing in the backyard of 222 Belvidere St. After a brief search of the area and checking the registration of the car, police went to the home of Jillian Vallee, 20, of 57 North St., where they found her. She is the registered owner of the car.

She said she was uninjured in the crash and declined medical treatment.

Police said Vallee allegedly registered more than twice the blood alcohol content legal limit of .08. She was released on personal recognizance bail and is scheduled to appear on Jan. 7 in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division.

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City to discuss parking garage repairs and options Monday

LACONIA — The Land and Buildings Committee of the City Council will begin its consideration of how to address the condition of the downtown parking garage when it meets on Monday, Dec. 28, at 6:15 p.m., prior to the regularly scheduled meeting of the council, which begins at 7 p.m.

The ownership of the garage is unique. The ramps and north end of the second and third levels, including the northernmost stairwell, are owned by the city. The ground floor of the garage, except for the ramps, and the south end of the second and third levels, including the southernmost stairwell, along with seven commercial units on the ground level, are privately owned. The city is responsible for maintaining most of the garage, particularly the ramps to access the the second and third levels.

Genesis Behavioral Health has entered a purchase-and-sales agreement to purchase the privately owned portion of the facility, which includes some 36 of the 228 parking spaces and the commercial space on the ground floor. The agency intends to invest $5.5 million in acquiring the property and converting it to house its administrative and clinical services in the 26,000 square feet currently leased to the Grace Capital Church and two vacant units while continuing to rent units to four other businesses.

When the council discussed the future of the garage two weeks ago, Maggie Pritchard, executive director of Genesis, told the councilors that if the city did not repair the garage, Genesis would not acquire the private portion of the structure.

Dubois & King Inc. estimates the cost of repairs required to ensure long-term use of the downtown parking garage at $1.2 million. However, City Manager Scott Myers said that a section of the second level covered by fireproofing material remains to be assessed and suggested increasing the cost of repair to $1.5 million.

Myers said the repairs would extend the life of the ramps between 25 and 30 years and the decks between 30 and 40 years. In addition, he expected annual maintenance costs to average about $10,000 over the life of the facility.

Meanwhile, several downtown property and business owners urged the council to not only repair but also improve the garage by adding an exterior staircase, which would be lighted and glassed, and an elevator while taking steps to make it more welcoming, secure and attractive. Myers ventured that such improvements could raise the cost of the project to between $2 million and $3 million.

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Transient arrested for criminal trespass

LACONIA - Police arrested a transient man after getting a report of burglary yesterday at 159 Union Ave.

Capt. Matt Canfield said Darryl Furnari, 44, allegedly went into the apartment and defecated on the floor. He said officers found a small burn mark on the floor as well but Furnari told them he accidentally dropped his cigarette.

Furnari is charged with one count of criminal trespass and one count of criminal mischief. He refused bail and is scheduled to appear in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division Friday morning for arraignment.

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