Lily Pond Road building that housed seafood store will now host expanded marina & used car outlet

GILFORD — The owner of the building that housed Fin's Seafood at the intersection of Lily Pond Road and Rte. 11 has gotten permission from the Planning Board to expand the showroom for boat sales for one tenant and add a space for car sales in a different part of the building.

The Planning Board approved the request from Wide Open Spaces Rev. Trust owned by Kim Cedarstrom, to have a showroom and an outdoor sales area with a separate outdoor storage area for repaired boats for Miles Marina, which has been operating a marine engine repair shop for years in the same spot.

Cedarstrom said yesterday that he is working with an unidentified possible tenant for the car sales portion of the building.

Last year the town approved changing the land its uses closest to Rte. 11 from industrial use to commercial use in part to allow for the expansion of Walmart. With the zoning change, Cedarstrom did not need a special exception to enlarge the existing showroom.

The board told Cedarstrom he has to abide by the town's sign regulations, install a stop sign and a stop bar at the exit, and plow the snow to a spot that is at least 50 feet from Lily Pond. An additional condition is that no vehicles or watercraft can be washed on the site.

As of yesterday, Miles Marina had a number of boats for sale along the Route 11 portion of the lot.

Hill man charged with alleged sex assualts against related teen in Laconia back in 1984

LACONIA — A Hill man has been indicted by a Belknap County grand jury for allegedly sexually assaulting a close family member who was a minor at the time. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in Laconia over a period of time stretching from August 1984 to February 1991.

The indictments say that Ronald Wayne Martin, 65, of 217 Currier Hill Road first assaulted the female victim on Avery Street in Laconia in August of 1984 when she was 4-years old. The assaults allegedly lasted until February of 1991.

Two of the counts against Martin are for aggravated felonious sexual assault and two of the assaults are for felonious sexual assault — the difference being the first two have an aggravating circumstance such as force or penetration.

Martin was convicted in March of 1993 in Belknap County Superior Court of eight counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault against a different under-age female victim. During the jury trial, the state proved beyond a reasonable doubt that he assaulted his under 13-year-old victim in various different ways.

According to a spokesman for the N.H. Department of Corrections, Martin was sentenced by Judge Peter Fauver to serve three consecutive sentences of 7 1/2 to 15 years each. Five 7 1/2- to-15 year sentences were suspended. All totaled, Martin was incarcerated in the N.H. State Prison for Men from March of 1993 until his final release on July 10, 2006. He was early-released from parole in February of 2007.

After his first convictions, Martin appealed his cases to the N.H. Supreme Court, saying more that six-years or the statute of limitations has expired before his arrest.

"The justices ruled unanimously in 2004 to uphold the convictions saying that "no statute of limitations applicable to the defendant's alleged crimes ever expired prior to the enactment of a longer statute."

The statute of limitations for rape in New Hampshire is that it can be prosecuted up to 22 years after the victim's 18th birthday.

Landlord turns to finely-ground seashells as way to treat bedbug infestations

LACONIA — A local landlord is now using diatomaceous earth to treat the bedbugs that continually pop up in his apartment houses throughout the city.

Diatomaceous earth is extremely finely ground seashells that is placed in electrical outlets and around floors. When and if a bedbug travels through it, the salt clings to its body and it dies.

"Bedbugs are an ongoing problem with every landlord and almost everyone who moves in already has them," said the landlord who didn't want to be identified. "I'm doing everything I possible can to get rid of them."

"You know, I have never, ever gone out and brought bedbugs into my home or my apartments," he said.

He said the city policy is that once bedbugs are reported to Deputy Fire Chief Shawn Riley, who is the city health officer, the landlord has 48 hours to respond and come up with a plan of action.

He said he and his managers spray for five consecutive weeks and use the same chemicals that the professional use.

The landlord said he also been accused of having bedbug in one of his buildings when he didn't. He explained that he has a no pet policy and one of his tenants brought in a cat.

When the tenant refused to get rid of the cat, he began eviction proceedings and within a day of being served the eviction paperwork, the same tenant reported to the city that he had bed bugs and he was forced to treat the apartment.

In previous interviews, Riley suggested that people who discover they have bed bugs should wash all of their linens in hot water as well as any clothing that may have been on the floor after the space has been treated.

He also suggested that people stay away from used furniture, especially that which is seen by the side of the road, because if it carries bud bugs they will gradually gradually travel to every piece of furniture in the house or apartment building.