Two attempted burglaries in 2 days at antique center

LACONIA – Police are investigating two attempted burglaries at the Laconia Antique Center at 601 Main St.

Store owner Charlie St. Clair said yesterday that the first attempt happened at 4:15 a.m. on Wednesday morning and the second attempt happened sometime after 2 a.m. yesterday.

In both cases, St. Clair said the attempted burglaries involved someone smashing out the window in the steel door on the Hanover Street side of the building.

"I think the first night the hole was too small," said St. Clair who said his cameras captured images of the suspect "wailing" on the door with something in his or her hand.

He said he hasn't completely finished reviewing the footage of the second attempt but knows it happened after 2 a.m. He said police are reviewing all the footage.

He said the damage to the glass in the door was greater the second time so he thinks someone or something interrupted the would-be burglar.

St. Clair said he has no idea if it was the same person who made the attempts to get into his store.

Barnstead police arrest Maine fugitive

BARNSTEAD – A Maine woman was arrested without incident Thursday after local police received word from the Jay, Maine Police Department that they had good reason to think she was driving a certain car and living in Barnstead.

Samantha Benvie, 27, of Suncook Valley Road was wanted by Jay Police for felony burglary and two misdemeanors for criminal mischief and theft by unauthorized taking. In New Hampshire she is being held on $2,500 cash-only bail and is charged with being a fugitive from justice.

Chief Joe McDowell said the burglary was reason to extradite her because it is a felony. He also said the Jay, Maine police were willing to come to the Belknap County House of Corrections.

Jay, Maine is a town of about 4,000 people about 20 miles northwest of Augusta.

LWSA Dedicates Dave M. Adams Memorial Sailing Center

GILFORD — The Lake Winnipesaukee Sailing Association dedicated the Dave M. Adams Memorial Sailing Center in a gathering held at its new facility on Smith Cove on Wednesday afternoon.
The facility is named in memory of David Adams of Alton, a sailing enthusiast who was a student and later instructor in the association's programs, who died at the age of 25 in 2006 after a 10-year battle with various illnesses, including complications associated with a bone marrow transplant.
Adams was a graduate and instructor of the association's Youth Sailing Academy who raced competitively at the University of New Hampshire and claimed several Junior National and Junior Olympic titles.
Former LWSA President Tom Mullen read from a plaque celebrating Adams' life during the ceremony, which was attended by Adams' parents and sister.
The association purchased the David Road property last year as a permanent home for the LWSA's programs. LWSA President Kevin Hayes praised Mullen as the driving force in obtaining the .64 acre property on Davis Road which has 160 feet of shorefront on Smith Cove.
The property is located next to a plot of land on Smith Cove owned by the Winnipesaukee Yacht Club, which along with nearby Fay's Boat Yard have been among the chief supporters of the non-profit sailing association since it was first formed in 1988 as a nonprofit corporation.
The LWSA operates instructional, recreational and competitive sailing programs for youths between six and 16 each summer.
Anthony Sperazzo, the sailing school's program director, who is also the principal at Gilford High School, said he has been involved in the school for seven years and that it ''has been amazing to see it grow.''
He said that this summer the school, which offers youth sailing lessons from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, has had about 30 students signed up for each of the eight weeks in which the school operates. It has a fleet of 26 boats, ranging from single passenger prams to collegiate 420 racers as well as two keel boats.
''We've had 220 student weeks this year as well as offering half day programs for younger kids as well as adult and private lessons,'' says Sperazzo, who introduced sailing school staff members, many of whom have had between six and 10 years experience as students and as instructors.