No voices raised against police rifles grant

By MICHAEL KITCH, LACONIA DAILY SUN

LACONIA — Following a public hearing at which no one spoke, the City Council this week unanimously authorized the City Manager to accept and expend a federal grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance to purchase 15 Colt M4 semi-automatic .223 caliber rifles, along with slings, magazines and mounts.

A small group gathered outside City Hall before the council to protest what they called the militarization of the police at the expense of taxpayers. Some said the weapons are unnecessary. Others said if the residents of Laconia want to arm their police officers with rifles, city taxpayers should pay for them. Still others expressed concern about what they called the militarization of the police. However, none spoke at the public hearing, which opened at 7:32 p.m. and closed before a minute passed.

Laconia Police Capt. Matt Canfield said the rifles are intended for use in the event of of an active shooter situation or when police are confronted by a shooter similarly armed. The rifles will be kept at the Police Station and with each shift will be assigned to officers, who will stow them in a locked mount between the seats of the cruiser. When the shift ends, the rifles will be returned to the station.

Each rifle is sighted and assigned to a particular officer and cannot be shared. The department already has 21 rifles and with the additional 15 will have one for each sworn officer.

Undefeated Sachem lax team honored

By MICHAEL KITCH, LACONIA DAILY SUN

LACONIA — The City Council honored the Laconia High School Boys' Lacrosse Team Monday, which capped its perfect season with an unblemished record of 18 consecutive victories without a loss by winning the Division III State Championship for the fourth time in the school's history.

No fewer than seven Sachems were chosen for the All-State Team by the New Hampshire Boys' Lacrosse Coaches' Association — Brendan Mooney, Kyle Chiasson, Jacob Filgate and Drew Muzzey to the first team, Trevor Weeks and Jordan Audet to the second team, and Stephen Towers earned honorable mention. Mooney, who with Chiasson captained the team, was named Offensive Player of the Year.

Playing on their home field, the Sachems whipped Hopkinton 11 to 8 in the semi-final game then topped Pelham 11 to 7 to capture the crown.

Mayor Ed Engler read a proclamation celebrating the achievement of the team and its coaches, Andy Paronto and Steve McDonough, which brought a championship banner to the high school and immense pride to the community.

08-10 Boys lax champs honored

Six members of of the Laconia High School Lacrosse Team, Division III State Champions in 2016, were on hand when the City Council celebrated their undefeated season. From left are Garrett Whitney, Noah Shastany, Drew Muzzey, Bailey Moore, Riley Roy and Jakob Steele with their coaches Steve McDonough, right, and Andy Paranto, left, joined Mayor Ed Engler, center. (Michael Kitch/Laconia Daily Sun)

Teen killed in Sandwich crash

SANDWICH — A Tamworth teenager has died after crashing his car into a tree.

Police said Jake Davison, 19, of Tamworth was driving on Route 25 in Tamworth on Monday at about 10:40 p.m. when a state trooper tried to stop him.

Davison refused to stop and police said he accelerated to a high rate of speed and headed onto Route 113. Police report that Davison turned off his lights during the chase. The officer stopped the chase, turning off his  emergency lights, but Davison lost control of a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta and hit a tree on the north side of the road in the area of Foss Flats Road.

Police said he was severely injured and died at the scene.

The State Police Collision Analysis & Reconstruction Unit is investigating.

Officers from Sandwich and Moultonborough as well as rescue crews from Stewarts Ambulance and Moultonborough Fire and Rescue assisted at the scene.