Man held for threatening two with knife on Church Street


LACONIA — A Merrimac Street man was ordered held on $2,000 cash only bail after allegedly threatening people who were walking down Church Street at 11:15 p.m. Monday with a knife.

According to affidavits obtained from the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division, Ryan Cheney, 40, was in a silver car that passed four people, including a child, who were walking along the street.

The two alleged victims told police they were having fun and making some noise, when Cheney, who was a passenger in a silver Volkswagen that made a U-turn near Busy Corner, then pulled alongside of them.

The woman said Cheney started yelling at them and came at them brandishing a knife. She said he threatened to kill one of the men she was with, then her, her child, and finally a second man who was with them.

One of the men said Cheney got out of the vehicle, so he asked him if he had a cigarette. He said Cheney pulled the knife and said, "Does it look like I have a cigarette?"

Once called, police affidavits said they recognized the car as one that had been involved in an earlier disturbance, was detained and told not to return to the area. He faces an additional charge of default or breach of bail.

Affidavits said Cheney is a convicted felon and also faces one count of being a felon in possession of a dangerous weapon and allegedly using that weapon in a threatening manner.

Belmont selectmen’s meetings now stream live online


BELMONT — Selectmen moved into the brave new world of technology Monday when their first meeting was streamed live over the internet.

Live streaming allows people at home and/or with computer access and a free live streaming account to be able to watch and listen to the selectman's meetings as they are happening.

Beaudin said that for a long time the town has had the physical means to record their meetings, transfer them to a DVD, and bring them to Lakes Region Public Access Television for replay. The hold up was finding a volunteer to record the meetings and convert them to a form LRPA could use. For lack of a volunteer, this hasn't been done in a few years.

Beaudin told selectmen Monday night that the town is able to purchase the live streaming subscription from Lakes Region Public Access for $49 a month, which will be paid from a nearly $1,400 technology grant given annually by Metrocast as part of Belmont's annual agreement with them.

She said that the stream will also be broadcast on Channel 25 as part of a loop that includes other subscribing communities public meetings.

Beaudin said she watched the stream Monday evening and said both the audio and visual quality were good. One of the issues with the old system of recording to DVD was that often the sound quality wasn't that good.

For those wishing to view the live stream for Belmont, go to and follow the directions to establish an account. Meetings are also available on demand at the site if one wishes to watch at a later time.

In other Belmont business, former Selectmen Brian Watterson was named as an alternate to the Heritage Committee.

Sachem girls seek to repeat as Division III lacrosse champs

LACONIA — The defending Division III champion Laconia High School girls lacrosse team will play tonight against third-ranked Kearsarge for the division title in a 5 p.m. game at Bedford. The Sachems broke open a close game Saturday night in Bedford to post an 18-11 win over Derryfield to earn a shot at the title.
Helen Tautkus scored seven goals to lead the way for the Sachems, while Gabby Smith and Mackenzie Howe each scored four.
In Division III softball second-ranked Franklin will face sixth-ranked Berlin in a 5 p.m. semifinal game at Plymouth State University today. The Golden Tornadoes rallied to beat Conant 7-4 Monday afternoon in a game played at Odell Park in Franklin.
In a 7 p.m. game at PSU tonight, top-ranked White Mountains will face fourth-ranked Mascenic. White Mountains beat Belmont 4-1 Monday afternoon. Berlin beat third-ranked Prospect Mountain 5-1 Monday to advance to tonight's game against Franklin.

The Laconia boys lacrosse game was rained out last night and will be played tonight at 5 p.m.

– Roger Amsden