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Motorcycle stuck by car at top of Tower Street at Weirs Beach

LACONIA — A Massachusetts man suffered minor injuries Saturday afternoon when the motorcycle he was riding was struck by a truck on the top-end of  Tower Street at The Weirs.

Lawrence T. Stanley, 55 of Newton, Mass. was riding eastbound  on Tower Street shortly before 3 p.m. when a truck driven northbound on Warner Avenue by Robert Cox, 28, of Windham, N.H. struck the right side of his bike. Stanley was thrown from the motorcycle and landed on his back.

Emergency medical technicians from the Fire Department transported him to Lakes Region General Hospital where he was treated for injuries to his back, right leg and ribs. He was swearing a helmet when the accident occurred. Cox was not injured in the collision.

The front end of Cox's truck was slightly damaged, but driven from the scene while Stanley's motorcycle was extensively damaged.

The accident remains under investigation.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 September 2014 10:38

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Public hearing on Gilford fireworks change to be Sept. 10

GILFORD — Selectmen have schedule a public hearing for September 10 at 7 p.m. on a proposed fireworks ordinance that would lift a ban on them that has been in place since 1988.

If approved by selectmen, the ordinance will allow fireworks between the hours of noon and 10 p.m.

On New Year's Eve and on July 3 through 5, fireworks will be allowed from noon until 12:15 a.m.

The amended ordinance will clarify that, while it is not unlawful to possess fireworks or transport fireworks permissible by non-professionals in New Hampshire, it will only be unlawful to discharge them unless it is between specified hours.

Any person who discharges fireworks during the prohibited hours will be subject to a $100 fine for the first offense, a $250 fine for the second offense, and a $500 fine for the third or subsequent offense.

The ordinance doesn't not apply to people who are licensed under New Hampshire law to professional display fireworks.

The proposed ordinance has been about a year in the making. The previous Board of Selectmen decided in a two-to one-vote last year to keep the ordinance in place.

With the retirement of former Selectman Kevin Hayes and the election of Selectman Richard A. Grenier, it appears the pro-fireworks votes will be in the majority.

Selectman John O'Brien has always supported the ban while Selectman Gus Benevides has never supported prohibition.

The public hearing will be in the Gilford Town Offices meeting room on the first floor.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 September 2014 10:29

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Gilford Police van involved in minor accident in Laconia

LACONIA — A Gilford Police transport van was involved in a minor accident at about 11 p.m. Sunday night after it was cut off on North Main Street in Laconia by a car that was coming out of Right Way Path.

The officer who was driving the van, that had just transported someone to the Belknap County House of Corrections, was able to avoid the collision but lost control of the van and went down an embankment.

Right Way Path leads into the former Laconia School Property and Ahern State Park.

The officer was unharmed and Laconia Police continue to investigate.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 September 2014 10:26

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Laconia Police go without phones for 5 hours

LACONIA — City police were without telephone service from about 7 p.m. Sunday until shortly after midnight Monday morning.

Capt. Bill Clary said yesterday that, for reasons that haven't been completely explained to him, many customers other the same Portsmouth-based service provider (BayRing) were without telephone services, including the Fire Department.

Clary said a Twitter feed went to all Laconia Twitter subscribers informing them about the problem and telling them if they needed any police services at all to call 9-1-1.

He said 9-1-1 calls were forward to the Gilford Police Department – that does not use BayRing – and those calls were directed to Laconia via Gilford's phone system to a cell phone used by a Laconia dispatcher.

Since the dispatch center was working, Clary said the city was able to direct officers to where they were needed.

He said police responded to a few car accidents however the night was generally not busier than they would have expected.

Laconia Fire Captain Bob Landry said he was only in the fire station briefly Sunday night on a station coverage emergency call back but said the dispatch center at the Lakes Region Mutual Fire Aid was not affected.

He said the the telephone system within the two fire houses was not working property and the department was unable to get a faxes.

The systems was restored just after midnight on Monday but Clary said he wants to know more about why it when down and how future episodes like this can be eliminated.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 September 2014 10:21

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