Edwards St. home hit by daytime burglar(s)

LACONIA — City police are investigating a burglary that took place during the day yesterday on Edwards Street.

Police said the homeowner reported it at 4:16 p.m. and that the burglar(s) broke a window to access the house.

He said miscellaneous items were taken and that it was mostly small things.

City police have seen a significant drop in the number of burglaries in 2014 and to date in 2015.

At a recent commissioners meeting, Chief Chris Adams credited community policing efforts plus the fact that during 2012 and 2013 there were three people who committed most of the burglaries in Laconia and the surrounding areas.

All three were caught by police — including the two "bedtime burglars" — pleaded guilty in the Belknap County Superior Court and are currently incarcerated in the N.H. State Prison.

Shaker Road home victim of burglar(s)

BELMONT — Police are investigating a burglary on Shaker Road in a seasonal home that was reported to them on the morning of February 20 — a Friday.

Lt. Richard Mann said it appeared the house was "ransacked" and in the process, the burglar or burglars were able to find a key that unlocked a gun safe.

Mann said there are some weapons reported stolen but he declined to say what kind or how many.

He said entry was made through a back door and it appears the burglar(s) used the same footprints made by the person who shoveled off the roof earlier this season.

Since the beginning of the year, Belmont has had at least five home burglaries. Mann said they are all being investigated by the detective bureau.

He declined to say if it appears they are related.

Any one with any information is asked to call Belmont Police at at 267-8350.

Laconia woman died in Belmont crash

BELMONT — The woman who died in a single-car accident on Hurricane Road Monday night has been identified as Angela Chubbuck of Laconia.

Chubbuck was pronounced dead at the scene.

Lt. Rich Mann said Chubbuck was a passenger in her own car when the driver, identified as Peter Colson of Church Street in Laconia, apparently lost control of the car and it rolled over.

There were three others in the car and the four survivors were taken to area hospitals for treatment of non life-threatening injuries. Mann said two were taken to Concord Hospital because crews didn't want to overwhelm the emergency room crews.

Mann said the Belknap Regional Accident Investigation Team is studying the crash and it could be a while before detectives and the team determines what caused it. He said Colson was cooperative with police and voluntarily submitted to a blood alcohol test that showed "no measurable amount of alcohol in his system."

The crash happened at 8:16 p.m. and Mann said Hurricane Road was closed until 1 a.m.

Anyone who may have information about the crash or who may have witnessed it is asked to call Det. Eliza Gustafson at the Belmont Police Department at 267-8350.

Belmont has concerns about DOT's plans for locating fuel depot just off Rte. 106

BELMONT — The Board of Selectmen expressed some concern on Monday night when Ronald Grandmaison of the New Hampshire Department of Transportation (DOT) presented the agency's plan to build a fueling station for state and municipal vehicles at the junction of Rte. 106 and Brown Hill Road.

Grandmaison said that the project is part of DOT's effort to replace underground storage tanks at its fueling facilities to comply with the requirements set by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES). He said that 30 tanks at 19 locations remain to be addressed before the deadline in 2017. The proposed station, on a 1.4-acre lot owned by the state, would eliminate two diesel facilities and the station for gas and diesel on Lily Pond Road in Gilford.

The plan, which Grandmaison described as "conceptual", would provide access to the pumping station from both Route 106 and Brown Hill Road. However, Grandmaison said it has yet to be determined whether vehicles would be entering, leaving or both from either Route 106 or Brown Hill Road. He projected there would be approximately 4,700 transactions a year at the facility and noted that there is not a significant history of accidents at the intersection.

However, Jon Pike said that "this is a challenging intersection," particularly since the shoulder originally intended for this stretch of Route 106 has not been constructed. He noted that Lincare, the medical oxygen supplier that operates from the adjacent lot to the north, generates relatively little traffic and then primarily in the morning and evening when delivery trucks leave and return. Vehicles using the fueling facility would be coming and going at all times of the day. He recommended improving the intersection to ensure proper sight lines as part of the project.

Grandmaison indicated that the department would consider appropriate improvements to the intersection and assured the Selectboard that the final plan will be presented to the Planning Board, though its approval is not required.

NOTE: Town Administrator Jeanne Beaudin told the board that 92 of 236 households slated to have their water meters replaced have not responded to correspondence asking them to arrange times for installation. She suggested sending a letter by certified mail to the remaining households, offering them a reasonable amount of time to reply and explaining if they fail to reply, their water service will be shut off. The selectmen agreed to the approach Beaudin reocmmended. Beaudin said that in setting the deadlines, the weather would be taken into account to spare residents unnecessary hardship.