T-intersection proposed for Potter Hill Road

By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN

GILFORD — After viewing Potter Hill Road as a board, selectmen decided last week that the town should create a T-intersection at the Cherry Valley Road intersection and fix the drainage along the steep side of the road.

What the board has yet to decide is whether the town will remove the the pavement along the steep side of the road and return it to gravel.

Public Works Director Peter Nourse said Tuesday that his goal is to make Potter Hill Road safer and had originally planned to rebuild it and repave it in 2017 at an estimated cost of $250,000.

He said the $250,000 didn't include the T-intersection.

Selectmen are reconsidering the entire project because the residents of Potter Hill came to them and said they don't want the road rebuilt in 2017 because once the pavement is smoother, people we drive even faster along the road than they do now.

Speaking for the residents, Gary Kiedaisch told the board about two months ago he would be just fine if the existing pavement were to crumble into gravel and stay that way.

Nourse said he walked the steep section that leads to Cherry Valley Road Tuesday with Busby Construction Company engineers who will design a plan for a T-intersection and drainage so he can report back to the selectmen.

He said there is also the possibility that some of the road near the top will be excavated so people don't have a big lip down to access some of their driveways and barns.

Nourse said he hopes to have some solid numbers to report to the board at one of its upcoming meetings.

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Man who allegedly beat another in apartment being held on $5,000

LACONIA — A Tilton Street man who allegedly broke down the door of a Dixon Street man's apartment, beat him and stole his cellphone early Wednesday morning is being held on $5,000 cash or $10,000 corporate surety.

Jeremiah J. Brewer, 32, of 23 Tilton Ave. is charged with one count of burglary, one count of second-degree assault and one count of robbery.

Police affidavits said that shortly after midnight Brewer and his friend Venise Lyons, 26, of Concord went to the victim's apartment about an iPad Lyons believed the victim stole from her. The victim was able to identify both of them.

When no one answered the door, Brewer allegedly broke it in two with his foot and assaulted him. The victim told police Brewer punched and kicked him until he went to the floor. After he went down, he told police Brewer choked him and hit him in the head with a skateboard and a box fan.

Police said they observed that the door was broken such that the top part was held by its hinge and the bottom part was pushed into the apartment from the stairwell.

Police said the victim has abrasions to his right arm and torso.

Brewer and Lyons were spotted by a city police officer at 1:43 a.m. in the parking lot at Cumberland Farms on Court Street.

Brewer was taken into custody and Lyons was taken to the police station where she made a statement that she and Brewer went to the apartment and that he kicked open the door. She said the two of them assaulted the victim.

Lyons, according to the Laconia Police log, is charged with one count of simple assault.

– Gail Ober

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Local rapist sentence to 10 to 20 years

LACONIA — A former local man pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault for having sex during the summer of 2011 with a girl who was under 13 at the time.

Carl Smart Jr., 38, formerly of 65 Gilford Ave., agreed to spend 10 to 20 years in prison in exchange for having two additional counts dismissed.

On the first charge, Smart was sentenced to a 10- to 20-year sentence, all of which is to be served with the exception of six months off the minimum, which is suspended pending his completion of sexual offender course.

On the second charge, he is sentenced to serve a consecutive 10- to 20-year sentence, all of which is suspended pending his good behavior.

Smart will also have to register as a Tier 3 lifetime sex offender and is ordered not to have any unsupervised contact with anyone under the age of 16.

– Gail Ober

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