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Man convicted of lewd conduct at Belmont beach said to have violated terms of suspended sentence

LACONIA — A man who was given a suspended sentence for indecent exposure at Roberts Beach in Belmont is due back in court next week for refusing to cooperate with the terms of the suspension.

Merrill Fitts, 64, of Belmont was sentenced to serve 12 months in the Belknap County House of Corrections for inappropriately touching himself while seated in the front seat of his car at 2:36 p.m. on March 23, 2013.

Police said they received a report of a man acting suspiciously and Fish and Game Sgt. Mike Eastman responded and found Fitts sitting in his car naked and masturbating.

Eastman didn't indicate whether or not there were other people around Fitts when he arrived and Fitts was charged with misdemeanor indecent exposure.

On July 11, 2013 Fitts was given a suspended sentence provided he seek a mental health evaluation and follow up with the recommendations.

According to the Division of Probation and Parole, Fitts has refused to comply with the aftercare and recommendation of the mental health evaluation.

His sentenced was suspended for two years meaning the judge could impose the entire 12 months in the house of corrections should Fitts continue not to cooperate.

Last Updated on Saturday, 26 July 2014 12:32

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Man charged with stealing Rx from veterinarian accused fo violating his bail terms

LACONIA — A former Gilford man accused of stealing animal anesthetics from his former employer was ordered back into court for failing to observe the conditions of his bail.

Bruce Sanborn, 42, formerly of 41 East Gilford Drive had been released on $25,000 personal recognizance bail after being indicted in April by a Belknap County grand jury for one count of felony possession of a controlled drug and one count of theft by unauthorized taking.

Sanborn is accused of taking Telazol from his employer, a Gilford veterinarian, who had given him a job as a handyman and a place to stay.

According to the request for revocation of bail, Sanborn allegedly failed to report to probation in May of 2014 where he would be subject to drug and alcohol urinalysis.

On July 7, Judge Larry Smukler ordered that he post $100 cash bail that was posted.

The probation department reported to the Belknap County Attorney that he also failed to show up on July 23 so on July 24, Asst. Belknap County Attorney Carley Ahern requested and was granted an emergency bail review hearing to be held on July 29.

As of yesterday, Sanborn is schedule for trial in October.

Last Updated on Saturday, 26 July 2014 12:28

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Gilford planners OK siting of cell tower off Start Street; ZBA next up

GILFORD — After nine months of planning, three separate balloon tests, and two public hearings, the Planning Board has accepted a site plan for a 150-foot monopole cell tower on the property of the Traditional Catholics of New Hampshire, about 500-feet off Stark Street.

The proposal comes from New Cingular Wireless, PCS, doing business as AT&T and will be built by construction manager American Tower Corporation, LLC. Representatives said Monday that the additional tower will fill in the gaps of coverage along Lake Shore Road and parts of Laconia, including some dead spots along the Laconia Bypass.

Company representative Will Dodge said the new site will host a 150-foot monopole with 12 antennas. He said the company is "adamant" that the pole in the new location cannot be shorter. The said the tree canopy averages 100 feet in the area but there are no steep slopes.

He said there would be an 8-foot fence around the property and the company is not proposing any landscaping because there is a 100-foot buffer.

He also said it was too far the Laconia Municipal Airport to be a hazzard and the FAA said it doesn't need a light. However, Dodge said they would put a shielded intermittent flashing red light on it.

The new site is just to the west of the Public Service of New Hampshire power-line corridor. He said the closest residence in on the east side and is 550 feet away.

The cell tower approved by the Planning Board will be most visible from the Morningside Drive, Edgewater Street, Elm Street and Paugus Street area in Laconia in Ward 1 and the Lake Shore Road commercial district in Laconia.

Selectman Representative John O'Brien asked why they weren't proposing one of the tall, tree-like poles but most, including Dodge, said it would look "awful" in this location.

The company initially proposed a 100-foot monopole off nearby David Lewis Road but the request was met by opposition from neighbors who said it was too close to their homes and would devalue their property.

The request must now go to the Zoning Board of Adjustment for a special exception and is scheduled for July 29 at 7 p.m.

Last Updated on Saturday, 26 July 2014 12:16

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WEEKEND - 80 classics expected for 41st Annual New England Antique and Classic Boat Show

MEREDITH — As many as 80 classic boats will be on display at the Meredith Town Docks Saturday for the 41st annual New England Antique and Classic Boat Show, an event which draws hundreds of spectators from all over the Northeast and features classic wooden boats from earlier eras, including Chris Crafts, Garwoods, Hackercraft and Century.
The show has its roots in the Roaring Twenties and those years in which pleasure boating really started to come of age. There were literally hundreds of boats that came to Lake Winnipesaukee and in the 1930s organized racing among the high-powered runabouts on the lake became big events, attracting national news media and thousands of spectators. Speedboat rides were big business by the late forties, and it was during that time many of those attending the show experienced the thrill of their first ride in one of these mahogany beauties. The Miss Winnipesaukee speedboats, which made daily trips out of Irwin's Winnipesaukee Gardens were some of the 20's vintage craft offering "thrill rides" on the lake.
The Winnipesaukee Antique and Classic Boat Show began because Jim Irwin of Irwin Winnipesaukee Gardens and Irwin Marine and Vince Callahan, owner of Channel Marine at the Weirs, business competitors and friends for years, attended the Clayton New York Antique Boat Show in 1973. It was clear to them that the preservation of old boats was an exciting thing that could best be achieved through a boat show. They started planning that summer and fall and the result was the first annual national Northeastern Antique and Classic Boat Show in 1974.
Jim Irwin wrote of that first show: ''Under sunny skies on beautiful lake Winnipesaukee, nestled at the Foot of the New Hampshire White Mountains, the dream of two Local boat dealers came true. The Show displayed over 50 power boats,creating all the color and nostalgia of yesteryear. Vince Callahan and I put together an "in the water" show that delighted thousands of spectators and old boat lovers. Working directly with city officials, the public docks at the Weirs became the stage for a wide variety of beautiful wooden boat masterpieces.''
In 1976 the New England Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society was formed as a result of gathering at the Boston Boat Show when a group of wooden boat enthusiasts gathered in admiration around a couple of show winning woodies: Ted Larter's "Scotty Too" Goldcup Racer and Ray Hawe's prized possession, 18' Garwood "Norma Jean"
In the years following the formation of the chapter, the boat show became its major event, with Jim and Vince providing valued direction and support. The show was a competitive one from the beginning, with numerous classes, a panel of judges, and sometime had special featured race boat events. Consequently it developed a prestigious reputation. Only one year in its history, 1980, did it try a new approach—no judging.
Despite dire predictions of failure without judging and awards, 85 boats registered and the quality was as good as ever. A truly successful event, proving that giving antique boat owners a chance to shine up their prize and show it to 10,000 people will get them every time.
In 2003 the show moved to the public docks at Meredith and has continued to be one of the premiere classic boat shows in the entire country.
Last year some 80 boats and about two dozen antique and classic cars gathered at the Meredith docks oft the show, which was the first year for Scott Robinson as boat show chairman.
''It is my second year as show chair, and as my pal, Don Minor said, 'another 20 years and you will get it right' Robinson wrote in a message to the club membership on the organization's website.
He noted that the show does not have a Marque Class this year and urges all those who own different-from-wood boats to attend. "Please bring your classic fiberglass, metal, birch bark, and any other material that your boat was constructed with to the show. Remember, there is a non-wood classic boat class among the judging criteria...class 'P'," notes Robinson.
The schedule for this year's show calls for boats to dock between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. with the show itself running from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a meet and greet for participants at 6 p.m. at Giuseppe's Pizzeria and Ristorante at 6 p.m. On Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon there will be brunch and awards ceremony at the Chase House Restaurant across from the Town Docks.
The New England Chapter hosts numerous other events during the course of the year, both for members and for the public. Activities usually begin in early June with a lakeside picnic and swap meet. Since 1994 it has sponsored a boat show on Long Lake in Naples Maine, which includes dinner/dancing on the Songa River Queen and an island cookout after the show for participants and guest. And each fall starting in 1995 it has sponsored the Wolfeboro Antique and Classic Boat and Car Rendezvous, which has become a very popular event, especially for the "leaf peepers." Held against a backdrop of brilliant fall foliage and crisp air, it is New England at it best.


Boat show 1:

Triple cockpit runabouts with gleaming surfaces are among the many varieties of wooden boats which will take part in the 41st annual New England Classic and Antique Boat Show at the Meredith Town Docks Saturday. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)

Boat show 2:
The 41st annual New England Classic and Antique Boat Show will be held at the Meredith Town Docks Saturday. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)

Boat Show 3:
Bob Kidder of Franklin comes ashore at the Hesky Park launching ramp in Meredith with his Amphicar, an amphibious vehicle equally at home on land and in the water, during the 39th annual Antique and Classic Boat Show. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)

Last Updated on Saturday, 26 July 2014 01:37

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