Salem man identified in fatal motorcycle crash

GILFORD — Police identified 54-year-old Paul Sambatoro of Salem as the motorcyclist who died in last Friday afternoon in a crash on the Laconia Bypass.

Sambatoro died instantly when he collided head-on with a 2009 Chevy Impala sedan being driven by Brett Covey, 36, of Loudon.

Police closed the bypass for about six hours while the Belknap Regional Accident Reconstruction Team investigated.

Lt. Kris Kelley said the reconstruction team is still processing the crash and has yet to determine a cause.

– Gail Ober

Man stabbed in Sanborn Park

LACONIA — Police are investigating a stabbing at Sanborn Park that occurred near midnight on Tuesday. Sanborn Park is near Mechanic Street in the Lakeport section of town.

Police said the responded to Mechanic Street just after midnight for a report of a 32-year-old man with a stab wound who said he was stabbed by a man who demanded money.

He described the subject to police as a white male with short blond hair, who was wearing a red shirt, blue jean shorts and a baseball-type hat.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact the Laconia Police at 524-5252 or the Greater Laconia Crime Line at 524-1717.

– Gail Ober

Two Laconia men arrested in Florida, one is suspect in Tilton armed robbery

TILTON — Police Chief Robert Cormier said Tuesday he doesn't know when a man who allegedly robbed the Tilton Shop Express will be returned to New Hampshire.

Ryan Cheney, 40, of Merrimac Street in Laconia is accused of robbing the store, fleeing to Concord and renting a U-Haul van. Police in Mississippi and Florida, said Cormier, also believe Cheney was involved in two armed robberies in their state's respectively.

According to, Cheney was arrested June 17 by the Escambia County, Florida Sheriffs Department after an armed robbery at the Raceway Gas Station in Pensacola.

He and Hunter Lafoe, 18, also of Laconia, were found in a hotel room after police located the U-Haul both charged by Florida Police with robbery.

– Gail Ober