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Yet another car-bicycle collision just north of Lakeport Square

LACONIA — A bicyclist was taken by ambulance to Lakes Region General Hospital for treatment of minor injuries yesterday after colliding with a car on Union Avenue at 4 p.m. The accident occurred just north of Lakeport Square.

The bicyclist, identified by police as Cameron Lobo, 24, of Gilford was riding on Union Avenue when he collided with a southbound automobile that was turning left on to Harrison Street. The driver of the car was identified as Samantha Farricy, 24, of Harrison Street.

Fire Lt. Jason Bean said a Lifeline ambulance — a private ambulance company — happened to be on Union Avenue at the time and said their people kept the man still until crews from the Laconia Fire Department arrived.

The front end of the man's bicycle was damaged and the tire appeared to be bent.

This is the third bicycle-car accident in that area of Union Avenue in recent months.

Police said speed and alcohol do not appear to have been factors in the accident. Laconia Police are continuing their investigation and ask that anyone who may have information about the incident call 524-5252.


CAPTION (Bicyclist hit by car) Laconia Fire Fighters and a crew from Lifeline Ambulance tend to a bicyclist who collided with a car yesterday afternoon at the intersection of Harrison Street and Union Avenue around 5 p.m. yesterday. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Gail Ober)




Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 September 2013 02:37

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Police say heroin found on man who ran from downtown traffic stop

LACONIA — A local man was arrested by the Belknap County Sheriff's Department yesterday afternoon and charged with two counts of possession of narcotics after he fled from a car involved in a routine traffic stop at 4 p.m.

Sheriff Craig Wiggin said Joseph D. Morrissette, 23, of 205 Court Street ran from the sheriff's deputy who chased after him. The driver of the car apparently drove away.

He said Deputy Justin Blanchette caught up with Morrissette in the municipal parking lot off Main Street and Morrissette refused to obey his commands to stop.

Morrissette resisted arrest and Blanchette used pepper spray to try and subdue him. When Morrissette refused to cooperate, Blanchette zapped him with his Taser stun gun.

Police said they found heroin and cocaine in Morrissette's possession.

Morrissette is charged with one count each of possession of heroin and cocaine, one count of possession of narcotics with intent to distribute, resisting arrest, and simple assault. He is also charged with breach of bail.

During the arrest procedure, Blanchette suffered a scrape to his left knee and a small cut on his chin. Morrissette also had some scrapes to his arms.

Both men were evaluated by Laconia Fire Department personnel.

At the time of his arrest yesterday afternoon, Morrissette was free on $15,000 personal recognizance bail for an arrest on April 19.

In that incident he was stopped for allegedly driving on the wrong side of the road at 3 p.m.

When police stopped him, they noticed a strong smell of marijuana coming from the car. A K-9 from Gilford was requested and police allegedly found between one and two ounces of marijuana packaged for sale as well as a significant amount of money.

Morrissette was indicted by a Belknap County grand jury for possession of marijuana with intent to sell and for possession of marijuana. The case is still pending.

He was also charged with one count of driving while intoxicated.

Wiggin said that after his arrest yesterday, Morrissette refused the services of a bail commissioner and will appear this morning for arraignment in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division. Wiggin said the sheriff's prosecutor will be requesting some amount of "high cash bail."

CAPTION:(Morrissette) Belknap County Sheriff Sgt. William Wright escorts Joseph Morrissette into the back seat of his cruiser. Morrissette is charged with possession of narcotics with intent to distribute. He was arrested by a Belknap County Sheriff's deputy yesterday afternoon on Main Street in Laconia after a routine traffic stop. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Gail Ober)

CAPTION: (Morrissette2) Belknap County Sheriff Craig Wiggin catalogs the things taken by police from Joseph Morrissette yesterday afternoon after his arrest for possession of narcotics with intent to distribute. Inside the blue rubber glove is evidence, some of which Wiggin said will be forwarded to the N.H. Crime Lab for further testing. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Gail Ober)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 September 2013 02:12

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'Bury the lines!': Mostly anti Northern Pass crowd turns out for hearing in Plymouth

PLYMOUTH — A crowd comprised largely of opponents to Northern Pass urged federal officials last night to reject the $1.6 billion electric transmission line project that would run 186 miles through the state, including parts of the picturesque and largely unspoiled North Country.
Elected officials and private citizens commented at the public hearing about the project's impact on the state's economy and scenic beauty. The 635-seat Hanaway Theater at Plymouth State University was filled almost to capacity for the first part of the hearing. But more than half left after the first hour of public input.  
State Sen. Jeb Bradley had a blunt recommendation for officials from the federal Department of Energy and other agencies. "The clear message in this (environmental impact statement) needs to be this: Bury the lines," the Wolfeboro Republican said to thunderous applause.
Many of the Northern Pass opponents who spoke last night called for the entire line to be buried, and not just 8 miles in northernmost Coos County as Northern Pass officials are now proposing.
Northern Pass supporters said the project would benefit the state's economy by bringing in jobs, creating additional tax revenues in communities through which the line would run, and would provide an environmentally acceptable way to meet growing electrical demand.
"If consumers want power when they most need it, then Northern Pass is certainly part of the answer," said state Rep. Leigh Webb of Franklin. "The demand for energy will never decrease."

There is significant support for Northern Pass in Franklin because a relay/conversion facility is planned for that community that would add considerably to the property tax base.
Two other public hearings on the project are scheduled — one this evening in Whitefield and another on Thursday evening in Colebrook.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 September 2013 03:45

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Thieves target restaurant's fundrising jar Laconia 4th grader set up for Humane Society

LACONIA — One day this past summer, fourth-grader Jet Wang was at Shang Hai Restaurant while his mother and restaurant owner Hong Yan was working.

He said he was visiting with his "Auntie Annie" — one of Yan's friends — and "I was dead-on bored" so she suggested the two of them go to the New Hampshire Humane Society in Laconia to see some of the animals.

Jet said when he returned to the restaurant he told his mother he wanted to adopt a dog. Yan explained that the family works 12 hours a day, every day in their restaurant so a dog was out of the question.

"We just don't have the time," she said.

Undeterred, Jet came up with the idea of raising money for the Humane Society by putting a "swear jar" on the bar. Every time one of his mother's patrons curses, he or she has to put some money in the jar for the Humane Society.

The goal was to raise $200 for the Humane Society and one of Yan's regular customers said he would match up to $200 if Jet and his "swear jar" could raise that much money.

Yan said she too would match Jet's $200.

Last Sunday night, some young people stole the money from Jet's "swear jar."

Jet said he was visiting with some of his mother's patrons and saw the two men, who he said were accompanied by a young woman, hovering near the jar. The next thing he knew, the folding money was gone from the jar and so were the three customers. The jar was clearly marked as a fund-raiser for the Humane Society.

"I was angry, mad, and kind of sad," said Jet when asked how he felt about the theft.

Yan said she reported the theft to the police but all she really wants is for the two men who took the money to return it.

"We just want the money for the animals," she said. "And to give back to Laconia."

Yan said her family has been in Laconia for 25 years and the community has been so good to them that they wanted to do something for Laconia and the Humane Society.

Yan also said she wants her son to understand the idea of helping others and giving back to society. She said winter is a particularly hard time for the Humane Society and the money was going to buy blankets, paper towels, food and toys.

Jet, who is a fourth-grader at Holy Trinity School, said he also learned a lesson about honesty.

"The teachers tell me to be honest and these people were not honest," he said.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 September 2013 01:51

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