Police ID man they were looking for in Laconia apartment house during Tuesday siege

LACONIA — Police have activated an arrest warrant for Robert Audette, 26, who is wanted on a charge of criminal threatening with a deadly weapon, a class B felony.

Police allege that Audette pointed a firearm at another man while they and others were in an apartment at 20 Jewett Street on Tuesday. The incident prompted police to cordon off the neighborhood, evacuate nearby homes and surround the building then spend much of the afternoon urging the suspect to come out of the building with empty hands in the air. Ultimately, a heavily armed team of the Belknap County Special Operations Group entered the building amid a cloud of tear gas only to find no one inside. But, police searching the building found a shotgun and several rounds of ammunition.

Police believe Audette fled before reached the scene.

Anyone with information leading to Audette's whereabouts should call 911 or contact the Laconia Police Department at 524-5252.

Proposal for motocross track off Rte. 140 tabled by ZBA

BELMONT — The Zoning Board of Adjustment has tabled a request from East Coast Militia MX for a special zoning exception to operate a motocross test track in an industrial zone off Rte. 140.
East Coast currently operates a track on Rte. 106 near the Lakes Region Casino and wants to move to a new location, according to Bill McHugh, president of East Coast Militia, who has told the ZBA that they want a bigger site than they currently have.
ZBA Chairman Peter Harris said that the board tabled the request in order to give it time to assess new evidence received at a public hearing for abutters that lasted more than two hours Wednesday night.
It was the second public hearing on the proposal that has attracted a large turnout, according to Harris, who said that one held in late June filled the Corner House meeting room.
''The abutters were still upset,'' said Harris, who said that many of the same concerns raised at the June meeting were brought up again, mostly with regard to noise levels over the weekend and the track's location within an aquifer overlay zone.
The 24-acre site property is located in an industrial zone and races take place on a dirt track with riders jumping over dirt piles.
McHugh told the board in June that there will be between 50 and 60 bikes at most, but usually only 10-15 bikes at one time. McHugh said the riders come and go at different times and there are three classes of riders; the kids class, the weekend warriors class and the racer class.
The application indicates there are substantial vegetative buffers in the area of the proposed track which will be open three days a week. The company will use its own water truck to keep dust to a minimum.
The proposed days of operation are Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and either Wednesdays or Thursdays from 3 to 8 p.m.
Harris said that the board will take up the application again when it meets on November 18.

3 men apply for single 5-year term on Gunstock Area Commission

LACONIA — The Belknap County Convention will interview candidates seeking to fill a vacancy on the five-member Gunstock Area Commission as the first order of business when it meets at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2 at the Belknap County Courthouse.
Three candidates have applied for a five-year term on the commission, Timothy P. Lang, Sr. of Sanbornton, Stephan Nix of Gilford and Scott Dunn of Gilmanton.
Lang is the supervisor of technical services for the New Hampshire Electric Co-op in Plymouth, a position he has held since last year, and was the chief executive officer and founder of the Network Managers, which provides IT services to health care and financial services clients across the Northeast.
He has been a member of the Winnisquam Regional School Board since 2010 and has served on the Sanbornton Budget Committee and Zoning Board.
Nix, a practicing attorney and land surveyor has been a member of the Gilford ZBA and Land Conservation Task Force and has been skiing at Gunstock since he was a young child in the 1960s.
He says that one major task facing the commission is updating the Gunstock Mountain Resort 2011 Master Plan.
Dunn is the town administrator in Gilford and previously served as town manager in Seabrook, NH, and Ogunquit, Maine, and was town administrator in Alton from 1992 through 1999.
He started his career as a recreation director and says that he is a frequent hiker and skier at Gunstock.
Stepping down from the commission after 17 years of service is Chuck Lowth of Meredith, who has served three full terms and an additional two years after having been named to fill a vacancy in 2013.
The commission was established in 1959 to oversee the operations of the county-owned Gunstock Recreation Area in Gilford.
Under the state law that established the commission, no more than two members of the board may reside in the same Belknap County municipality. Laconia is currently the only such municipality currently represented by more than one — Sean Sullivan and Bob Durfee. Other members are John Morgenstern of Gilford and Ruth Larson of Alton.