Two arrested in Laconia drug sweeps facing additional charges or jail time


CONCORD — A local woman who had been targeted by Laconia Police for arrest in an early May 2016 drug sweep has been rearrested by the state Drug Task Force for sales of methamphetamine.

Myranda Clifton, 31, no address given, was also charged with possession of Suboxone and methamphetamine when she was arrested by the drug task force Tuesday.

Clifton was held on $5,000 cash bail and was arraigned Wednesday morning in the 6th Circuit Court, Concord Division.

She is also scheduled to appear for arraignment on a Laconia drug sales charge Thursday morning.

Clifton is one of 33 people for whom police had arrest warrants for drug sales in May. She was not arrested in the initial sweep of May 6 but was taken into custody at a later date.

A second person arrested by Laconia Police during a different drug sweep in August of 2015 was sentenced Wednesday to two consecutive 12-month terms at the Belknap County House of Corrections - one for sales of drugs in June of 2015 and one for driving after being deemed an habitual offender.

James York, 32, formerly of 11 Jewett St., Apt. E, was also sentenced to two to four years in state prison for a second count of sales of heroin in July of 2015. That sentence was suspended on the condition he remain of good behavior.

Prepare for race day traffic changes

LOUDON — Through the cooperative efforts of the New Hampshire Department of Transportation, local officials, New Hampshire State Police and New Hampshire Motor Speedway, a comprehensive traffic control plan will once again be implemented on Sunday, July 17, for over 100,000 spectators and 37,700 vehicles expected to attend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
The race starts at 1:30 p.m. with the period of maximum traffic congestion occurring in the late afternoon and early evening hours.
Many of the changes will take place in the I-93, I-393 area of Concord and will not directly affect the Lakes Region.
On race day morning, Route 106 will be two lanes northbound and one lane southbound from I-393 in Concord to the intersection of Shaker Road in Loudon. There will be three lanes northbound and one lane southbound from there to the NHMS south access road. As traffic builds up in the three northbound lanes, traffic control personnel will extend the three northbound lanes southerly to approximately Sheep Rock Road.
Between 2:30 p.m. and approximately 9:30 p.m., Route 106 will be closed to northbound traffic from I-393 in Concord to NHMS. During this time, three temporary southbound lanes will be provided on 106.
Route 106 in Belmont will again be open to two-way traffic on race morning. During the late afternoon, after the race is completed, a section of Route 106 in Belmont, will be made one-way northbound between the Concord Street/Route 106 intersection and the intersection of Route 140 and Route 106. This section of roadway will be converted to a temporary two lane one-way northbound roadway between approximately 4 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. On 106, two northbound left turn lanes and one through/right lane will be provided at the 140 intersection. Southbound 106 traffic will be detoured onto 140 west to Concord Street, and then back onto 106. North Main Street will be temporarily closed. All other streets in Belmont will continue normal operations.

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Stand Up Laconia to host open mic coffee house Thursday night

LACONIA — Stand Up Laconia will be holding an open mic night coffee house as part of its five-year celebration on Thursday, July 14, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Pitman's Freight Room in Laconia.
All members of the community are welcome to attend and perform during the evening. Any form of creative expression including poetry, instrumental pieces, songs, short stories and more can be shared during the event. A light meal and refreshments will be provided by the Soda Shoppe. Entry is free but donations are appreciated.
Stand Up Laconia is a grassroots coalition working to raise awareness and prevention around the issue of substance misuse. The mission of the organization is to effectively and compassionately confront the causes and consequences of substance misuse by advocating for prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery.
For more information, call Clare Persson at 387-4270 or visit