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Wed. storm uprooted 6 trees on Gilford Town Beach

GILFORD — Although the Department of Parks and Recreation hasn't gotten any official notice that there was a "micro burst" or similar weather event Wednesday evening, a storm did knock down six trees at the town beach on Lake Winnipesaukee.

Department Manager Herb Greene said the safety crew had heard the lightning reports and had already closed the beach about an hour before the storm blew through.

He said the crews were still there and took refuge in the beach house about 100 yard from the old playground. He said six trees all fell after being blown in the same direction. He said they landed on some playground equipment.

Greene said the equipment is fairly sturdy and he doesn't expect there to be any permanent damage.

Department of Public Works Operations Manager Mia Gagliardi said town crews are slated to remove the trees but have been kept busy taking care of trees that blew down in the same area of town — some of which knocked out power and damaged some houses on Varney Point.

A resident of the Varney Point area said yesterday that his neighbor's gutter was knocked off by a tree that blew down and there were branches and limbs strewn around his neighborhood.

Gagliardi said that if the property owner wants the trees for burning, they can have them but the ones that fell at Gilford Beach will be chipped up using the town chipper.

CAPTION ( tree blow down Gilford BEach) Six trees that were blown down last Wednesday night in a brief but powerful storm that slammed through the area remain on Gilford Beach yesterday morning. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Gail Ober)

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 July 2014 12:49

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Public welcome to comment on Bike Week on July 23

LACONIA — City officials from various departments will host a public meeting to review the 91st running of Motorcycle Week on Wednesday, July 23 at City Hall, beginning at 1 p.m.

Property owners, itinerant vendors, city residents and anyone else with concerns or questions about the rally are invited to attend have their voices heard.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 July 2014 12:42

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Woman wanted for identity theft & forgery in New Mexico arrested after Gilford traffic stop

GILFORD — A Laconia woman who was a passenger in a car being driven by a person accused of driving while intoxicated is being held on $2,000 cash bail on a charge of being a fugitive from justice.

Police affidavits obtained from the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division said Melissa Bossier, 39, formerly of Albuquerque, New Mexico but now of 735 Main Street in Laconia was indicted in the "Land of Enchantment" on December 9, 2013 for one count of identity theft, and two counts of forgery.

She had been freed on cash or surety bond of $5,000 and the warrant said New Mexico authorities would extradite her from anywhere.

Once learning this, police arrested Bossier.

While doing a physical inventory of the car before it was towed, police found a broken glass pipe inside a black purse.

While Bossier was in the booking room at the Gilford Police Department, she allegedly admitted that the glass pipe was used for smoking methamphetamine and was charged with one count of possession of the banned drug.

In an additional Gilford arrest over the weekend, police charged Shelley Anderson, 33, of 8 Cumberland Road #24 with theft by unauthorized taking for allegedly selling an $1,800 television to three guys for $150.

According to police affidavits, Anderson had been staying at the home of a friend but the two had a falling out and the male who had rented the television from Rent-A-Center had left the home temporarily while she found another place to live.

While he was gone, she allegedly took the television to a Laconia pawn shop whose owner declined to buy it from her. The pawn shop owner said he saw her sell it to three men who were outside his shop.

The pawn shop owner reported to police that he got a phone message the next day from Anderson who, he said, seemed upset. He told police he had already gotten a phone call from the manager of the Laconia Rent-A-Center, who was also looking for the television.

Around the same time, Gilford Police got an e-mail from a Laconia Police Officer who said a Gilmanton man had spoken to her about a stolen Rent-A-Center television so she passed it on to Gilford. He admitted to taking Anderson to the pawn shop but said he didn't know the television wasn't hers.

The Gilmanton man also said he saw her sell the television to the three men but said he didn't know who they were.

Judge Jim Carroll told Anderson that he would release her on personal recognizance bail for the theft but was going to hold her on $250 cash bail for violating his previous order that she refrain from all alcohol.

Gilford police said when they went to arrest her for the theft of the television, she had been drinking, however she didn't appear to be drunk.

He told her he was disappointed in her and said she needed to start making some efforts at getting sober and responsible.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 July 2014 12:39

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Chemical treatment of Lake Opechee milfoil set for July 15

LACONIA — Almost 22 acres of Lake Opechee — 16.55 acres at the northeast corner and 5.25 acres below the Lakeport Dam — will be treated with a chemical herbicide to control the growth and spread of invasive milfoil. Weather and conditions permitting, the treatment will be undertaken on Tuesday, July 15.

Aquatic Control Technology of Sutton, Massachusetts, the same firm that has treated the lake in recent years, will apply the herbicide as well as deploy divers to harvest remaining plants by hand.

Altogether, the treatment is projected to cost $22,435, of which the the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services will contribute 40 percent, or $8.974. The remainder of the cost will be shared evenly between the city and Lake Opechee Preservation Association, with each contributing $7,702.50.

For the 24 hours following the treatment there will be no swimming within 200 feet of the treated areas. The lake water should not be used for drinking or irrigation until further notice. This restriction applies to intakes within 1,200 feet and wells within 50 feet of the treated areas.

For any questions or further information, contact Marc Bellaud at Aquatic Control Technology, ( 508) 865-1000 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 July 2014 12:34

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