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Marine Patrol HQ reconstruction to cost $9 million

GILFORD — The Department of Safety is hoping that construction on the new $9 million Marine Patrol headquarters will begin around the middle of next year.

The facility, which was included for in the state Capital Budget passed by the Legislature earlier this year, would be constructed on the site of the present Marine Patrol operations base in Glendale, which has deteriorated significantly over the years.

"It is slowly sinking into the lake," Assistant Safety Commission Earl Sweeney said of the two-story building located on the shores of Smith Cove of Lake Winnipesaukee. "This is something that definitely had to be done."

Sweeney said Friday that the Department of Safety was reviewing three bids for constructing the new headquarters which has been designed by architect Ward d'Elia of the Samyn-D'Elia architectural firm in Ashland.

He said two of the bids were submitted from New Hampshire contractors, while the third was from a Maine firm. He said that two of the bids were within the $9 million price tag, and while the third bid came in slightly higher, he said that all three were "within the doable range" for serious consideration.

Sweeney pointed out that the contract for the project still needs to go the Executive Council for action. He said that once Department of Safety officials have finished examining the bids they will be forwarded to the state Attorney General's Office which reviews all proposed contracts before they are submitted to the council. He hoped the council would be able to vote on the contract at its Dec. 3 meeting.

Once the Executive Council has given its approval Sweeney said that Marine Patrol will begin to move its offices and operations center to a building on the old Laconia State School campus adjacent to the building where the state 9-1-1 facility and Lakes Region Mutual Aid dispatch center are located. Once in their temporary quarters, demolition of the current Marine Patrol facility will begin. Sweeney said that the hope is that construction of the new headquarters building could begin early next summer. He said the new facility should be ready in mid-2016. He added that use of the Glendale boat launch will not be disrupted during construction.

Sweeney said that the new headquarters, in addition to having administrative space for Marine Patrol staff and officers, would house the office where the public can go to apply for mooring permits. Classrooms for those taking the mandatory boater education safety course will also be in the new facility.

Money for project will be paid out from dedicated Marine Patrol funds and will be funded through a 20-year bond, Sweeney said.

He added that the Department of Safety is currently negotiating with Glendale Marine to purchase their building and land which abuts Marine Patrol.



Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 November 2014 12:35

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Nominations sought for 2014 Debra Bieniarz Award

LACONIA — Each year the City Council recognizes a resident for his or her efforts on behalf of the young people of the city with the Debra Bieniarz Award.

This annual award honors the legacy of the late Officer Debra Bieniarz, who served the city and its youth with uncommon devotion, dedication and distinction during her nine years with the Laconia Police Department before her premature death.

Chosen from among a field of nominees exemplifies, the recipient of this award is the person who best exemplifies the generous contribution and unselfish commitment to Laconia's youth made by Officer Bieniarz. .

To find that special person for 2014, the City Council is asking residents to nominate the person they believe is most deserving. Please send or deliver your nomination by November 14th to the City Manager's Office, 45 Beacon St. East, Laconia, NH 03246, or e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last Updated on Saturday, 08 November 2014 02:53

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911 call leads to Laconia drug overdose recovery

LACONIA — Police on Friday were investigating the possible crimes of destruction of evidence and possession of narcotics at a North Main Street apartment. A drug overdose victim had been successfully attended to at the same location at 3:45 p.m. on Thursday.

Police say there were three other people at the 1156 North Main Street address when they arrived in response to a medical call but all refused to cooperate or offer assistance in the investigation. 

A search warrant was then obtained for the apartment.

Captaiin Bill Clary said police continue to encourage people to not hesitate to call 911 in response to similar situations. "Without this call, things would have turned our differently, most likely a death," he said.

Anyone who has information on this case is encouraged to call 524-5252 or the Laconia Crime Line at 527-1717. Tips may be also be made anonymously on the Laconia Police website (Laconiapd.org)


Last Updated on Saturday, 08 November 2014 02:50

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Stolen tools & copper recovered; Laconia man charged

BELMONT — A Laconia man has been arrested and charged with burglary and the theft of power tools and cooper. Heath O'Connell, 30, of Weirs Blvd. was later released on his own recognizance bail and is scheduled to be arraigned on a pair of felony charges in 4th Circuit Court - Laconia Division on December 18.

Police report that on October 1 they received a report of the theft from a contractor's work site on Plummer Hill Road. $1,600 worth of commercial saws and blades and $2,500 worth of copper was missing.

Using a property tracking system known as "leadsonline", officers learned the saws had been pawned at a shop in Manchester. The dealer had submitted the serial numbers of the saws to the registry and the online database also identified O'Connell as the person who pawned the items.

The saws were positively identified by the contractors as the ones stolen in Belmont and they were recovered from the shop inventory.

The stolen copper was tracked to a Manchester metal business and that businesses records identified O'Connell as the seller.

O'Connel was arrested on November 6.

Commenting on the case, Lt. Richard W. Mann said, "Time and time again we have seen that it is invaluable to have both photographs of your tools, as well as a record of the model, color and serial numbers. Have key information readily available increases the odds that missing property can then be positively identified and recovered.


Last Updated on Saturday, 08 November 2014 02:46

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