Laconia Police Log, Jan. 27, 2017

Laconia Police responded to 257 calls from noon on Jan. 27 until noon on Jan. 31.

Included in those calls were eight motor vehicle accidents, including one hit-and run, an armed robbery at Petro Mart, a burglary at Sunrise Towers on Union, a burglary at Lakes Region Community College Avenue, an assault at Lakes Region General Hospital, an animal complaint, and multiple medical calls.

Police responded to two suicidal subjects.

Arrested were:

• Joseph Antonio O'Flaherty, 34, transient, for criminal trespassing and receiving stolen property.
• Austin J. Carbone, 18, 33 School St. # 1 for operating without a license.
• Chelsea K. Looney, 21, transient for six outstanding bench warrants.
• Seth T. Dubois, 24, 8 Livingston Road in Meredith on a bench warrant.
• Benjamin Kelso, 22, 117 Rand Road for armed robbery.
• Bradley Charles Cyr, 25, transient for conspiracy to commit burglary and burglary.
• Shaine Beaulieu, 23, 21 Gilbert St. for burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary and breach of bail.
• Jason David Labonville, 21, 47 Merrimac St. Apt. 1 for burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary.
• John Benjamin Bixby, 27, transient for driving after suspension – subsequent offense and a bench warrant.
• Mark Leman Forsythe, 25, of 24 Dock Road in Gilford for willful concealment.
• Lucas M. Randlett, 23, of 42 Pine St. for an outstanding warrant.

Older couple escape home during grease fire


LACONIA — A man who threw a burning pan of grease into a sink was lucky to escape his Academy Street home without injury Sunday afternoon.

Chief Ken Erickson said that when the man realized the pan was afire, he threw it into the sink, which caused the grease to splatter up the wall and begin burning in various places.

He said the man and his wife, who both use wheelchairs for mobility on a regular basis, needed to be helped from the smoky apartment by firefighters but neither required treatment or transportation to the hospital.

Erickson said that the only way to extinguish a grease fire is to smother it, either with a lid that is at least as large as the burning pan or with a dry chemical agent like baking soda or that which comes in a kitchen-fire extinguisher that he recommends for every home.

He said people should not try to smother a grease fire with anything flammable like a dish towel and should absolutely not throw water on it.

He said the fire was starting to spread into the walls when firefighters first arrived, but that they were able to extinguish it very quickly.

Most of the damage was confined to one apartment but he said it could cost as much as $20,000 to clean because of the dark, heavy nature of a smoke from grease fire.

He said the building manager found a place to stay for the couple while their apartment was being cleaned.

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City firefighters assist an older man from his home on Academy Street after a grease fire began to spread on Sunday afternoon. (Gail Ober/Laconia Daily Sun)


MVSB robbers believed to have hit 5 more banks

LACONIA – Laconia Police said yesterday that the search for two people who robbed the Meredith Village Savings Bank two weeks ago continues.

Det. Sgt. Kevin Butler said police in Laconia, Massachusetts and the FBI have reason to believe that Chaka Meredith, 41, of Laconia and his companion Kristi Riley, 31, also of Laconia have robbed two more banks in Lawrence, Massachusetts, one in Plaistow, one in Boston and one in Pepperell, Massachusetts. is reporting the FBI is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading the Meredith and Riley's arrest.

Riley is believed to have robbed the South Main Street branch of MVSB around 10 a.m. on Jan. 11. Meredith is believed to have accompanied her and waited at the back door.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to call the Laconia Police Department at 524-5252 or leave an anonymous tip at the Laconia Crime Line at 524-1717.