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City's Motorcycle Week revenue was off 14%

LACONIA — Despite the fine weather during Motorcycle Week, city revenues from fees from vendor licenses and site plans shrank 14 percent, from $164,007 in 2013 to $140,935 this year.

City Manager Scott Myers told the City Council this week that some vendors may have been confused because this year the rally began rather than ended on Father's Day. He estimated that approximately 40 fewer licenses were issued this year than last and said that the Weirs Beach Drive-In, the Heat (restaurant) and Funspot, as well as the site of the former water slide, all appeared to have less vendors than in the past.

Since 2007, Motorcycle Weeks has operated as a city enterprise fund by setting the revenues against the expenses and applying the net income to purchases of equipment for the police, fire and public works departments that service the event. Over those years, revenues have totaled $1,338,453, expenses $1,108,492 and net income $279,961, of which $148,911 has been spent to leave a blance of $131,050.

Revenues reached $226,615 in 2007 and $185,399 in 2008. then averaged $167,100 between 2009 and 2013. Meanwhile, expenses, after topping $172,000 in 2008, have averaged $127,350 since.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 12:41

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Correction: Joshua Fox never lived at 918 North Main Street

Based on police and court records, The Daily Sun on Friday, July 11 reported that accused purse snatcher Joshua Fox is a resident of 918 North Main Street in Laconia. The person who does live at that address has informed the newspaper that Mr. Fox does not live at the location and never has.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 12:36

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Clarification: Laconia Shoe at S&W from 1972-1987

An article published on Thursday, July 10 edition about a group of volunteers who have cleaned up a portion of the Winnipesaukee Riverbank in Laconia included a reference to "Shoe Shop Beach" because the Laconia Shoe Company was once located in the large building nearby that is usually referred to as the Scott & Williams building (today, it is owned by the Laconia Housing Authority and is known as Normandin Square). The article noted the term "Shoe Shop Beach" dated to the  1960s and 1970s but that reference was off by a decade. The Laconia Shoe Company operated in the building from 1972 to 1987.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 12:34

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Gilford man alleged to have hit girlfriend wiht car

CIRCUIT COURT — A Gilford man was ordered held on $3,000 cash bail for allegedly hitting his girlfriend with his car after an argument the two had on Elm Street in Laconia, near the Laconia Country Club.

Eric W. Dow, 22, of 122 Yasmin Drive is charged with one count of second degree assault, one count of simple assault, one count of conduct after an accident, one count of felony reckless conduct, one count of criminal threatening and one count of driving after revocation.

According to affidavits filed in 4th Circuit Court-Laconia Division, police responded to Elm Street at 9:22 p.m. Monday for a disturbance. The callers said they heard some yelling and saw a blond girl walking away from a car whose driver was blowing the horn at her. They said they saw a man get out of car, run up to her, grab her, push her and yell at her to get in the car.

One of the witnesses said he went to help the girl and Dow, who was driving the car, allegedly put it in reverse and nearly hit him. Dow then is said to have left the area.

Police said the victim had a laceration on her big toe. She told them she got it when Dow allegedly hit her from behind with the car and she fell to her hands and knees. She said her toe dragged on the pavement.

She told police the two were at Ahern State Park and had an argument. She said he threatened to hit her so she left the park and began walking. She said he allegedly followed her but when she got back into the car he allegedly slapped her across the face.

The city prosecutor asked for $5,000 cash only bail saying Dow has a previous conviction for DWI in 2nd Circuit Court, Plymouth Division.

Dow's public defender said requested personal recognizance bail arguing that the facts of the case are in dispute and that Dow has no previous incidences of violence.

Judge Jim Carroll ordered him held on $3,000 cash bail. He is also ordered to stay away from the victim and not to drive.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 12:31

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