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.

Big crowds for start of Bike Week

LACONIA — The opening weekend of the 92nd anniversary Laconia Motorcycle Week saw a larger than usual turnout of bikers in the area as warm weather held sway.

That was the message city safety officials brought to the Laconia Motorcycle Week Association press conference held Monday morning at the NASWA Resort.

''It was a good weekend. There was lots of traffic and we had large, well-behaved crowds,'' said Capt. William McClary of the Laconia Police Department.

Laconia Fire Chief Ken Erickson said, ''There were lots of people and lots of traffic which was really intense for an opening weekend.''

Erickson said that the ninth annual Peter Makris Memorial Run on Saturday morning drew 160 riders and ''went off without a hitch.'' He thanked State Police, Laconia Police and police from the University of New Hampshire for providing an escort for the ride around Lake Winnipesaukee, which benefits the Laconia Fire Department Lifesaving Fund and Water Rescue Team and the Easter Seals NH Veterans Count program.

''We don't have the final count yet but I know that it puts the run at over $300,000 raised for charities since it was started,'' said Erickson, who said that following the ride around the lake a big crowd gathered at the NASWA.

Rain which fell Monday didn't put a damper on another charity ride which got under way at mid-morning, the the second annual Mae West Memorial Run, which benefits the New Hampshire Humane Society. It is run in honor of a cat named Mae West that Laconia Motorcycle Week executive director Charlie St. Clair adopted from the Humane Society and was his pet for 14 years.

The event, sponsored by Sick Boy Cycle, was the highest attended tour of last year's rally when it drew 180 riders and raised $5,700, according to Jennifer Anderson, director of the Laconia Motorcycle Week Association.

Today at 10:30 a.m. a Gypsy Tour ride leaves rally headquarters on the Weirs Beach boardwalk for a scenic ride to Bentley's Saloon in Arundel, Maine.

Wednesday will see a covered bridge Gypsy Tour leaving rally headquarters at 10:30 a.m. for a 200 mile scenic ride which will take in at least 10 covered bridges in New Hampshire.

On Thursday there will the annual ''Ride to the Sky'' up the Mt. Washington Auto Road, which is open only to motorcycles, and the 22nd annual POW/MIA Freedom Ride from Lowe's parking lot in Gilford to the POW/MIA monument at Hesky Park in Meredith. The ride gets under way at 6 p.m.