Man stabbed in hand during drunken argument

BELMONT – A Massachusetts man was stabbed in the hand early Sunday morning after he and another intoxicated man got into an argument.

Police went to 955 Laconia Road at 2:55 a.m. and found a 55-year-old man with a serious lacerations to his left hand. Police followed a blood trail to the apartment of William Doody, 55, of 955 Laconia Road.

Police determined the two men were drunk and had been arguing when Doody allegedly stabbed the other man.

The knife was recovered and the victim was taken by ambulance to Lakes Region General Hospital for treatment for the laceration which emergency room personnel closed with staples.

Doody was charged with one count of second-degree assault and one count of reckless conduct. He was arrested at the scene was later freed on $2,000 personal recognizance bail.

He was taken to the Belknap County Jail where he was held until he was sober enough to be released, said a jail official.

Doody is known to the Belmont Police. In November 2014 he was charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct and plead guilty to a violation level charge in January, said a Belmont Police official.

Doody is scheduled to appear in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division on Aug. 6.

Public safety officials respond to 5 overdoses, burglary, vandalism & near drowning over weekend

LACONIA – Police and fire responded to five drug overdoses in the city in the three days between Friday at noon and Monday at noon.

All five were non-fatal and fire department personnel used Narcan – an anti-opioid – to counter the effects of the drugs.

One of the overdoses occurred in a McDonald's restaurant bathroom, one occurred in the Vista Foods parking lot, another on Estates Circle, one on Winter Street, and one in the Colonial Theater building.

It doesn't appear any of the overdoses had anything to do with Motorcycle Week which began last Friday afternoon.

Police also responded to one attempted burglary on Opechee Street. Sgt. Thomas Swett said it appeared someone tried to force entry into the home, but was either unable to do so or was interrupted. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Laconia Police at 524-5252.

Police also investigated three additional cases of vandalism at three homes in the South End of the city. Swett said he didn't know if the newest reports were related to last week's rash of vandalism attacks that appear to be coming from someone riding in a dark-colored Camry and emerging from the sunroof to shoot either golf balls or rock-sized golf balls from some type of slingshot at parked cars.

Deputy Fire Chief Shawn Riley said firefighters responded to a call for a woman who nearly drowned in Paugus Bay Sunday afternoon. Riley said the woman apparently had some kind of medical problem while she was swimming. He said people near by, stayed on the phone with a 9-1-1 operator who guided them to giving the woman CPR. He said she was breathing and had a pulse when firefighters arrived.

Belmont motorcross company wants to move to Depot St.

BELMONT – A group calling itself East Coast Militia MX has asked the Zoning Board of Adjustment for a special exception to operate a motorcross test track in an industrial zone on Route 140.

Motorcross tracks are allowed in the zone with a special exception, meaning zoning ordinances have not banned them outright but that each individual applicant must meet certain standards before opening.

The property at 512 Depot Road, is owned by Pike Industries and is assessed at $216,200. It is not known if East Coast Militia plans on buying or leasing the property from Pike Industries. However, the proposal package includes an agreement with Pike to allow East Coast to use the property.

The proposed track is a test track, said Town Planner Candace Daigle. She said this means that there are no races, but people with their own motorcycles could come to the track and test them.

She said the same company has been operating at the Lakes Region Casino, but is looking to relocate. She said that in the three years the business has been there, there have not been any unusual demands on public resources, like police and fire.

Daigle said the hearing for the special exception is scheduled for July 24 at 7 p.m. and the board's determination will likely depend largely on what the abutters have to say.

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.