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2 Weirs Beach businesses hit by burglars

LACONIA — Police are investigating a burglary at the Winnipesaukee Pier that occurred sometime between midnight and 6 a.m. Friday morning.

Police said an alarm sound at the restaurant at 2 a.m. and two officers went to investigate. They called the person listed as someone who can respond to an alarm but said the person declined to come down.

Officer said they checked the building to make sure no one was in the building and all the doors and windows were secured.

Police said an undisclosed amount of cash and change was taken.

Laconia Police logs also recorded a second burglary at the Weirs Beach Water Slide that was reported to them at 9:33 a.m. Friday morning.

Police said they do not know if the two burglaries are related.

Anyone with any information about either burglaries is asked to call the Laconia Police at 524-5252 or the Greater Laconia Crime Line at 524-1717.


Last Updated on Saturday, 03 August 2013 03:33

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Muskrats forced into 4th place playoff game on Saturday after dropping season finale to Sanford, 5-2

LACONIA — Needing a win or at the very least some good luck to clinch a NECBL Eastern Division playoff spot on the last night of the regular season, the Mustangs got neither. The combination of Friday's 5-2 loss to Sanford at Robbie Mills Field and a 5-1 Mystic win over Plymouth (Mass.) secured a third place finish for the Connecticut team and a fourth place tie between Laconia and Sanford.

Mystic finished at 22-22, while the Muskrats and the Mainers deadlocked at 21-23.

A one game play-in game is now necessary and it will be played Saturday night in Sanford at 6:30.

The winner of the Laconia-Sanford game will open a best of three, first round playoff series at division winner Newport (30-14) on Sunday. Second place Ocean State (24-20) will host Mystic in the other Eastern Division first round series.

The second game in each series will be played on Monday night on the home field of the lower seeded team. Scores and other information about game times will be available online at www.necbl.com.

Laconia took a 2-1 lead into the eighth inning against Sanford last night but the Mainers tied the game in the next to last frame and then pushed across 3 more runs in the top of the 9th.

Evan Rahn (Wheaton) pitched 7 and 2/3 innings for Laconia, scattering 8 hits and giving up just one earned run. He was relieved by Jacob Moody, who took the loss.

Moody got two outs in the ninth before Robert Wayman reached on a throwing error by shortstop Carter White (U Memphis), who is primarily a catcher, and Nate LaPointe scored the go-ahead run from second base.  Troy Black then doubled home the second run of the inning and an error on left fielder Taylor Drake (McNeese St.) allowed the third run to score.

Laconia managed just 5 hits. Right fielder Eddie Macaluso (listed on the roster as a pitcher) had 2 hits and drove in a run.

All Star second baseman Joe Torres (Iona) scored Laconia's first run a a fielders choice in the fourth. Third baseman Nick Freeberger (Hartford CC) led off the seventh inning with a single and later scored on a single by Macaluso.

Last Updated on Saturday, 03 August 2013 03:28

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Ceremony marks progress is restoration of Belmont's Province Road Meeting House

BELMONT — A ceremony at the The Province Road Meeting House Thursday morning marked the completion of exterior renovations to the historic structure, built in 1792 and by far the oldest church in town.

Built when Belmont was still a part of Gilmanton (the township was separated by an act of the Legislature in 1859 and adopted the name Belmont in 1869), the church also served as the site of a town meeting in 1796.
Wallace Rhodes, president of the Belmont Historical Society, said that the meeting house was constructed to serve the needs of the northern part of Gilmanton, a huge town at that time which extended all the way from Barnstead to the Weirs, around the same time that another meetinghouse was built on Gunstock Hill in Gilford.
He said that the Province Road Meetinghouse was used by residents of Upper Gilmanton, and what would later become Laconia, until a meeting house was constructed there in 1815.
As was the style of churches then, it was fitted with box pews and contained a gallery on three sides and a high pulpit. The church was cut down to one story in 1836 and in 1854 the pulpit was rebuilt. Over the years the church served about 75 families, but by 1981 the Third Free Will Baptist Meetinghouse Society of Upper Gilmanton had dwindled to three members, who turned the building over to the Belmont Historical Society in 1981.
Rhodes recalled that when he first toured the building in 1968 he noticed that the roof was in poor condition and that was indeed one of the major challenges faced by the Historical Society once it took over the building.
He said that work was completed on the exterior renovations to the building last fall, a $117,000 project which was helped by a $50,000 grant from the state's Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) and that the society is now looking to raise at least $50,000 to complete interior renovations, which will allow the group to use it for meetings and rent it to community groups.
Amy Dixon, historic resource specialist with LCHIP, presented a plaque to Rhodes and the historical society for their efforts in restoring the meetinghouse.
She noted that LCHIP in 2007 had funded a building assessment study which led to the restoration project.
Also unveiled at the ceremony was a new sign for the building and a plaque which will be placed inside the building in memory of Meredith Bergeron, who worked to help preserve the meeting house and who died in an automobile crash in Meredith in March at the age of 22.
Linda Frawley of the Belmont Heritage Commission said a garden at the Meeting House will be named in Bergeron's honor. Her parents, Richard and Jean Bergeron, were present for the ceremony.
The Bergerons were also presented with an American flag, courtesy of U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte, by Kelly Hayes of Belmont Girl Scout Troop #21532, which had worked on many beautification projects at the meeting house.


Linda Frawley of the Belmont Heritage Commission shows a plaque to Richard and Jean Bergeron honoring their daughter, Meredith, who worked to help preserve the Province Road Meeting House and died in an automobile crash in Meredith in March. A garden at the meeting house is named in her honor. (Roger Amsden/for The Laconia Daily Sun)


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Theft of 75 used car batteries nets man 1 year in jail

BELMONT — A local man was sentenced to 12 months in the Belknap County House of Corrections Thursday for being in possession of 75 used car batteries stolen from MetroCast Cablevision on July 17.

Dean LaPlante, 20, of 129 Lamprey Road pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of receiving stolen property in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division yesterday. A count of breach of bail was not prosecuted.

Six months of the 12-month sentence were suspended and LaPlante was given credit for 12 days served.

LaPlante took 75 used batteries that had been stored on pallets by MetroCast and were slated to be recycled by the company that provides the cable company with its batteries, said Belmont Prosecutor David Estes.

Estes said the batteries are a lead-acid type about the size of a standard car battery and are used to power the cable and phone line grid during outages. He said MetroCast valued each of the used batteries at about $12. A new one, he said, costs the company about $160.

According to affidavits submitted to court by Belmont Police, one of MetroCast's neighbors heard some loud banging outside her window around 1 a.m. on July 17, looked out and saw an unfamiliar pickup.

Police questioned LaPlante and Stephen Cote, 31, of 62 Randlett Drive and Cote told them LaPlante had brought the batteries to his home because he said he couldn't store them at his own.

Estes said the batteries were taken into evidence and are stored at the Belmont Police Station. He said Cote is also charged with one count of receiving stolen property and is scheduled for arraignment in late August.


Last Updated on Saturday, 03 August 2013 02:57

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