GILFORD — Fire Chief Steve Carrier said yesterday that the department revoked the assembly permit of the Lakes Region Cafe and Tavern, the restaurant and bar at 15 Kimball Road that features exotic dancing, because the conditions posed an risk to life safety.
Carrier said that Deputy Chief Brad Ober has been working with Will Drew, the owner of the property, and Tom Lyons, the owner of the business, since June to overcome deficiencies. "We wanted to help them get the business up and running," he said.
However, although a number of minor problems were corrected relatively quickly, Carrier said that the owner was told to submit a plan for addressing the remaining issues with a schedule for completing the work. He said that the plan they submitted bore no signature and no timetable.
Carrier said that the building, best known as the King's Grant Inn, is old and has undergone a number of conversions and renovations. Both the electrical system and gas piping, he noted were sources of concern because of questions about the qualifications of those who installed and maintained them. Carrier said that the department was especially troubled by the fire alarm system since they have no record of its being serviced.
"This is strictly a life safety issue," Carrier emphasized, explaining that the condition of the building presents a high risk of fire. He flatly dismissed suggestions that his decision to revoke the assembly permit was prompted by Drew's decision to file suit against the town, alleging that local officials violated his constitutional rights by wrongfully hindering his use of the property. "There is no retribution here," Carrier insisted.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 November 2014 12:27
LACONIA — Retired local businessmen Abe Dadian, who was dubbed "Sergeant" by his fellow Marine and Rotarian Frank DeNormandie, himself a lieutenant colonel. Dadian served in the Marine Corps from 1952 until 1958, including a tour in Korea.
His daughter, Christine St. Cyr, recalled that her father visited the Korean War Memorial on the Mall in Washington, which consists of a walled triangle intersecting a circle. Sandblasted onto the polished black granite walls are the images of more than 2,500 soldiers — infantrymen, sailors and airmen — who fought in the conflict, while within the triangle 19 larger-than-life, stainless steel statues represent a squad on patrol, its members, drawn from each branch of the armed forces, dressed and equipped for combat.
St. Cyr remembered that as her father scanned the images on the wall "much to his surprise he found himself looking at himself on the wall." She said that in 2010, she and her son, Devon, then a lieutenant and now a captain in the Marine Corps and who pilots Cobra attack helicopters, visited the memorial. There they found their father and grandfather pictured, toting supplies to the front.
This Veterans Day St. Cyr chose to mark the occasion by celebrating her father's service by sharing his face in the crowd.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 November 2014 01:01
LACONIA — Following a number of investigations into drug trafficking, police, with assistance from their counterparts in Gilford and Belmont, arrested seven people, four in the city and one each in Gilford and Belmont, early yesterday morning. In addition, warrants were issued for five others, whose whereabouts are unknown to the police.
Susan M. Weeks, 37, of 24 Summer St., Laconia is charged with one count of sale of controlled drugs. She refused bail and is being held in Belknap County Jail in lieu of $2,000 cash bail following her arraignment in Fourth Circuit Court, Laconia Division, yesterday.
The remaining five suspects were all released on personal recognizance bail and scheduled for arraignment in Fourth Circuit Court, Laconia Division, on Jan. 8.
Steven Fereshetian Jr., 25, of 130 Mechanic St., Laconia is charged with three counts of possession of controlled drugs.
Alexis L. Morin, 21, of 378 Elm St., Laconia, is charged with one count of sale of controlled drug
Paul A. Young Jr., 46 of 18 Fair St., Laconia, is charged with one count of sale of controlled drugs.
Christine Fowler, 30, of 7 Breton Road, Gilford, is charged with one count of possession of controlled drugs.
Scott Hodgman, 25, of 31 Church St., Belmont, is charged with one count of possession of controlled drugs.
Matthew Boynton, 19, of 82 Batchelder St., Laconia, one of five other individuals for whom warrants were issued, turned himself into police without incident. He is charged with one count of sale of a controlled drug and was released on $1,000 personal recognizance bail pending his arraignment on Jan. 8.
Police Capt. Bill Clary said the described the arrests as the "annual drug roundup," resulting from information gathered by police, particularly Detectives Chris Noyes and Dan Carsen, during the past 10 months. He said that all the suspects had been told that warrants would be obtained for their arrest and were encouraged to turn themselves into police.
Warrants have also been issued for the arrest of Jarod Leroux, 35, Jordan Manning 24, David Paul, 47, and Cameron Lobo, 25 on charges of selling or possessing controlled drugs.
Police urged anyone with information about the whereabouts of these individuals to contact the Laconia Police Department at 524-5252.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 November 2014 12:20
GILFORD — The Department of Safety is hoping that construction on the new $9 million Marine Patrol headquarters will begin around the middle of next year.
The facility, which was included for in the state Capital Budget passed by the Legislature earlier this year, would be constructed on the site of the present Marine Patrol operations base in Glendale, which has deteriorated significantly over the years.
"It is slowly sinking into the lake," Assistant Safety Commission Earl Sweeney said of the two-story building located on the shores of Smith Cove of Lake Winnipesaukee. "This is something that definitely had to be done."
Sweeney said Friday that the Department of Safety was reviewing three bids for constructing the new headquarters which has been designed by architect Ward d'Elia of the Samyn-D'Elia architectural firm in Ashland.
He said two of the bids were submitted from New Hampshire contractors, while the third was from a Maine firm. He said that two of the bids were within the $9 million price tag, and while the third bid came in slightly higher, he said that all three were "within the doable range" for serious consideration.
Sweeney pointed out that the contract for the project still needs to go the Executive Council for action. He said that once Department of Safety officials have finished examining the bids they will be forwarded to the state Attorney General's Office which reviews all proposed contracts before they are submitted to the council. He hoped the council would be able to vote on the contract at its Dec. 3 meeting.
Once the Executive Council has given its approval Sweeney said that Marine Patrol will begin to move its offices and operations center to a building on the old Laconia State School campus adjacent to the building where the state 9-1-1 facility and Lakes Region Mutual Aid dispatch center are located. Once in their temporary quarters, demolition of the current Marine Patrol facility will begin. Sweeney said that the hope is that construction of the new headquarters building could begin early next summer. He said the new facility should be ready in mid-2016. He added that use of the Glendale boat launch will not be disrupted during construction.
Sweeney said that the new headquarters, in addition to having administrative space for Marine Patrol staff and officers, would house the office where the public can go to apply for mooring permits. Classrooms for those taking the mandatory boater education safety course will also be in the new facility.
Money for project will be paid out from dedicated Marine Patrol funds and will be funded through a 20-year bond, Sweeney said.
He added that the Department of Safety is currently negotiating with Glendale Marine to purchase their building and land which abuts Marine Patrol.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 November 2014 12:35
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