Fugitive sex offender arrested in Laconia

LACONIA — Fugitive sex offender Arthur "AJ" Liesner, 31, was arrested Thursday without incident at the home of a relative on Gilford Avenue in Laconia by deputies from the Belknap County Sheriff's Department.
Liesner was wanted on a warrant issued by Belknap County Superior Court for his failure to appear the previous day, Wendesday, April 27, for a hearing. Liesner was indicted by a grand jury in December of 2015 for duty to report (a new phone number), duty to inform (change of address) and four counts of registration of online identifiers, all requirements of his status as a Tier III Sexual Offender residing in New Hampshire.
Acting on information obtained through the investigation of the Belknap County Sheriff's Department along with the assistance of the Boscawen Police Department, it was determined that Liesner could be found at the Gilford Avenue address where Belknap County Sheriff's Deputies apprehended him.
Liesner was transported to the Belknap County Jail where he will be held without bail pending a hearing at Belknap County Superior Court.

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Pathway to health

04-29 paving Pleasant Street School path

While the pupils were enjoying their spring vacation this week, a paving crew from GMI Asphalt was busy this week ringing the playing field at Pleasant Street School with an asphalt walking path in time for their return. With the inspiration of the first-grade pupils and the generosity of GMI Asphalt, the path will enable the students to sustain their commitment to regular exercise and sound nutrition that earned the school the title of healthiest in the state. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/ Michael Kitch).

New state liquor store opens in New Hampton

NEW HAMPTON — The New Hampshire Liquor Commission opened a new store Wednesday at 325 on NH Route 104, near Exit 23 on I-93, in the space next to the Dunkin' Donuts that formerly housed the Tedeschi Food Shop.
Joseph Mollica, chairman of the commission, said that the store replaces the outlet on Lake Street in Bristol, which closed the same day. The store, one of 21 the commission has relocated or renovated in the last four years, is expected to generate more than $2.5 million in annual sales.
With 12,000 square feet of space, the store will offer an expansive inventory of of more than 4,000 wines and spirits, including premium products, among them wines stored in temperature and humidity controlled vaults. It will also feature iPad kiosks to enable patrons to browse the inventory or match wines with foods.
The commission is also building a new 9,000-square-foot store at the Riverside Landing on Ridge View Lane in Plymouth that will replace the store on Tenney Mountain Highway.

– Michael Kitch

04-29 NH Liquor Outlet New Hampton

The New Hampshire Liquor Commission opened a new Liquor & Wine Outlet on Route 104 in New Hampton on Thursday. The new 12,000-square-foot store features state-of-the-art upgrades and more than 4,000 varieties and sizes of wines and spirits. This new Liquor & Wine Outlet replaces the existing Liquor & Wine Outlet (#44) on Lake Street in Bristol. Since 2012, the state has  relocated or renovated 21 New Hampshire Liquor & Wine Outlets across the state. (Courtesy photo)