By MICHAEL KITCH, LACONIA DAILY SUN
MEREDITH — Doug Frederick, the owner of the American Police Motorcycle Museum on Daniel Webster Highway (US Route 3) , has announced that the museum will close on July 18, but expressed the hope of reopening at a new location for the start of the motorcycle season next year.
Frederick could not be reached for comment on his decision.
For the past several months, Frederick has complained to local and state officials that ash and odor, which he alleges are carried by emissions from the crematorium at the Mayhew Funeral Home abutting his property, have cast a blight over his property.
In May, Peter Mayhew, who owns and operates the crematorium, filed suit, claiming that Frederick and his wife "maliciously published false and misleading statements, which falsely accuse the Plaintiffs of business conduct that is abhorrent to a civilized society, with ill will, evil motive, intent to injure and wanton disregard for Plaintiffs' rights and the consequences that were likely to follow." He asked the court to forbid the Fredericks from making any statements that are published in a public medium that bear on the character, credibility and reputation of Mayhew, his wife or his funeral home, or that reflect directly or indirectly on the operation of the crematory at the funeral home.
Last month, Frederick brought a counter-claim, asking the court to curtail operation of the crematorium until it can be determined if the alleged nuisance can be abated or alternatively to prohibit cremations between the 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. In addition, Frederick's attorney has charged Mayhew with bringing a "strategic lawsuit against public participation," or SLAPP suit, intended to censor, intimidate and silence a defendant by burdening with the expense of litigation and causing undue aggravation.
Initially filed in Belknap County Superior Court, the litigation was transferred to Carroll County Superior Court when Justice James D. O'Neill, III recused himself. Justice Amy Ignatius has yet to schedule a hearing in the case.