Police investigate home invasion in the Weirs

LACONIA —Police are asking for help from anyone who may have information on a home invasion that took place on Centenary Avenue Thursday at a two-family home.

Police said one man was seen entering the house at 2:04 p.m. but fled shortly after he realized someone was at home. No one was hurt.

The man fled in a red SUV that was being driven by a second man, according to police.

If you  have information or were in the area around that time Thursday afternoon, you are encouraged to call the Laconia Police at 524-5252 or the Laconia Crime Line at 524-1717.

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MC Cycles to move in March

LACONIA — MC Cycle & Sport, which opened on Canal Street in 2005 and expanded to Main Street in 2010, will move to 574 Main St., alongside Bootleggers and Rent-A-Center at the corner of Main Street and Pleasant Street, in the new year.

"We're looking to grow our business," said Myles Chase, who owns and operates MC Cycle & Sport, "and we've kind of maxed out our space here."

With the move, the shop, which wraps around the corner of Main Street and Canal Street, with access from both, will expand by a third, from about 2,000 square feet to about 3,000 square feet.

Chase said that he will "broadening the inventory" by adding to its selection of bicycles for children and families to complement its stock of performance road, trail and mountain cycles.

"We'll have a more well-rounded inventory," he said, "and our service department will also be growing."

The space is being configured and outfitted during the winter and Chase expects to complete the move in March.

The space, which once housed Cherry, Webb & Touraine, a video rental store and most recently the Laconia Antique Center,before it acquired the former Bloom's Variety Store, has been vacant for the last five years. Kevin Sullivan of Weeks Commercial, owns the building and leases the space.

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Gilford warrant article would prohibit churches in residential zones

GILFORD – Thirty people, primarily from the Curtis Road and Cherry Valley section of town, have petitioned a zoning warrant article for the 2016 ballot that would prevent churches from locating in the town's four residential zones.

As it stands now, churches are not allowed by right in three of four residential zones, but are allowed by special exception in the limited residential zone where many on the signatories reside.

Led by Adrian and Susan Curtis of Curtis Road, the zoning request is likely a backlash against the Planning Board for allowing a change of use for the former Guild Farm at 14 Curtis Road to become a religious sanctuary operated by Barbara and Steve Arbo of Arbo Ministries.

The Arbos initially approached the Zoning Board of Adjustments for the special exception but changed course and appeared before the Planing Board instead for a change of use.

The Curtises, along with many of the neighbors, opposed the change, saying in public meetings that they fear additional traffic, noise, reduced parking and outdoor activities.

After a site plan visit, the Planning Board allowed the the change of use with some strict restrictions on the number of people, excluding family, who could stay there overnight, on outdoor activities, and on parking. They were also requested to re-establish the driveway directly onto Cherry Valley Road.

A yes vote on this petition means that the voter is against having churches in limited residential zones.

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