Have your say on changes to Lakes Avenue

LACONIA — City officials are hosting a public meeting Thursday, May 12, to provide information and answer questions about the reconstruction of Lakeside Avenue, which is scheduled to begin this fall.

The meeting will be held at the Weirs Community Center beginning at 7 p.m. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m., when representatives of the Department of Public Works, Laconia Water Works and Parks and Recreation Department will be on hand to discuss the project. There will also be displays depicting the scope and design of the improvements and enhancements to be undertaken.

As outlined in the 2016-2017 city budget, the project will include reconstruction of 2,200 feet of Lakeside Avenue, together with improvements to the water, sewer and drainage systems. In addition, information about the prospect of burying the overhead utilities will be presented at the meeting.

– Michael Kitch

Police continue search for missing Laconia man

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LACONIA – Police continue their search for David Demers, who was last seen three days ago after he left his home on Jewett Street and headed to the Laconia Spa on Church Street.

Detective Sgt. Kevin Butler said Thursday that he has heard third-hand from some of Demers' friends that he may be in the Manchester area and said he has notified Manchester Police.

Demers is 26 years old, is 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs about 160 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black Monster energy drink sweatshirt, a black T-shirt, black jeans and work boots.

Police said he has been entered into the National Crime Information Center as a missing person.

Anyone with any information about Demers' whereabouts is asked to call the Laconia Police Department at 524-5252.

– Gail Ober

Crane collapses, operator injured

LACONIA — A crane operator suffered severe lower body injuries Thursday morning on Province Street after the boom of his crane collapsed during the setup at 9:21 a.m.

Laconia Fire Chief Ken Erickson said the man was taken to Lakes Region General Hospital and later airlifted to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon. Two other employees escaped injury.

City Police Officer Lindsey Legere was on patrol in the area and saw the boom collapse and immediately responded to assist, notifying the fire department that there were injuries, said Erickson.

Erickson said all three men were on the ground blocking the tracks when the boom, which was vertical, appeared to fall forward. It struck the victim on the way down but didn't land on him.

"The boom formed a triangle as it fell and he was under it," said Erickson. "Something caused it to break."

Erickson said the area is sealed off while the New Hampshire State Police and OSHA investigate.

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City Police Officer Lindsey Legere stands by as city firefighters take away a man who was seriously injured when the boom of a crane collapsed Thursday morning. (Photo courtesy Laconia Fire Department)