Northfield man injured in motorcycle crash on Elm St.

LACONIA — A Northfield man who crashed his motorcycle on Elm Street just before 3 a.m. Thursday was taken to Lakes Region General Hospital for what police said may be serious injuries.

Police said they are investigating the crash and ask that anyone with any information to call the Laconia Police at 524-5252 or 524-1717.

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Trump visits Laconia

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Mary Ann Logsdon of Laconia shows off her “Deplorables for Trump” sign to Ruthie Reingold at Laconia Middle School last night. (Karen Bobotas/for The Laconia Daily Sun)


Middle school is filled with locals supporting candidate


LACONIA — "I'm a messenger," Donald Trump told a capacity crowd of more than 2,000 filling the gym at Laconia Middle School last evening, then began by offering an apocalyptic vision of a country on the brink of ruin before turning to a bright promise of a roseate future of prosperity and security without limits across the land. "It will be a beautiful sight to see," he said.

"We're going to stop all the problems you have," Trump said. We're going to stop them." He recalled that the day before he went to Flint, Michigan "to address the water crisis." He said once the people of Flint made automobiles while the water in Mexico was undrinkable, but now the people of Mexico make cars and the people of Flint cannot drink the water. "That's what's happening to our country," he said, then reassured the crowd that "everything that is broken today can be fixed."

Trump vowed to replace "a policy of globalism with Americanism," touching off chants of USA, USA, USA. He said that he would turn bad trade deals into great trade deals, lower taxes for all Americans, reduce government regulation and allow every family to choose where to school their children. "There will be no limit to the number of jobs and prosperity," he said. "I will fight for every neglected part of this nation."

Trump repeated his promise to build a wall on the southern border, sparking another round chanting "Build That Wall," and added that "Mexico will pay for it, they just don't know it yet, but they will be happy to do it."

Liz Dingolo of Bridgewater, who has worked at Titeflex Aerospace for 33 years, said that as a Christian her first choices were Ben Carson and Ted Cruz, but then she was taken by Trump's message. "I believe in making America great again and our government should be working for us," she said. "Nobody else can do it."

Lori Benoit of Laconia was eager to hear the message. "We belong to the basket of deplorables," she remarked. "I really am and I'm proud of it." She said that Trump was her first choice from the outset, because "I like his policies, especially bringing the country back and not losing our heads to ISIS."

Jack Leonard, a retiree from Belmont was for Trump from the beginning. "He likes America and he's for the people," he said. "Half the country's not working and making more money than they were." Trump, he believed, would change that.

Fran Wendelboe of New Hampton, a veteran Republican activist and former state legislator, said that she first supported Cruz, but since has joined the Trump campaign as a volunteer. "I'm pleased to see the campaign coming together and becoming a traditional grassroots campaign."

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Donald J. Trump speaks to the crowd. (Karen Bobotas/for The Laconia Daily Sun)


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Moyer edges Wright for sheriff by 66 votes


LACONIA — Former Laconia Police Chief Mike Moyer won a closely contested race for the Republican nomination for Belknap County Sheriff by edging out Sgt. William Wright of the Belknap County Sheriff's Department by 66 votes.

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"It was a very hard campaign," said Moyer, who said that Wright called him around noon on Wednesday to concede and congratulated him on his victory. Moyer said that Wright told him that he would not be asking for a recount, even though the margin of victory was less than 1 percent of the 7,136 ballots which were cast in the race
The final tally showed Moyer with 3,601 votes and Wright with 3,535.
Moyer praised Wright for "running a very professional campaign," and expressed thanks to the voters who had supported his campaign.
Moyer's margin of victory came from Laconia, where he served as a police officer for over 30 years and was chief from 2007 into 2011. He carried Laconia by over 400 votes, 1,095 to 621, and also scored big margins in Gilford, 596-387, and Meredith, 593-401.
Wright carried Belmont, where both he and Moyer live, 460-305, and racked up big margins in Gilmanton, 293-145, Alton, 400-240, and Barnstead, 310-106.
Moyer said during his tenure as Laconia's police chief the department became one of a handful of New Hampshire police departments that became a credentialed law enforcement agency – a status it maintains today.
He said he has the necessary experience to lead the department and would like to work cooperatively with agencies like the Laconia Police Department in helping combat the county's opioid crisis.

"The Laconia Police have become a model for dealing with the crisis and I think we can work well with them," said Moyer.
Moyer says he isn't looking to expand the department and wants to make certain that it fulfills the duties it is charged with, such as delivery of subpoenas, prisoner transport and courtroom security, in an efficient manner.
He said he will continue the special operations group.
Moyer said he plans to play an active role as sheriff and get out of the office as often as possible to meet with local law enforcement officials and the general public in all communities in the county.
The last primary contest for sheriff in Belknap County was in 1990 when Deputy Sheriffs Stephen Hodges and Tom Alden faced off, and Hodges won.

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