2 more instances of drive-by vandalism & 2 drug overdoses keep police busy

LACONIA — Police said yesterday that two of instances of vandalixm reported to them Saturday morning are related to he recent spate of crimes committed by someone who pops out of a four-door sedan and uses a slingshot or similar devise to shoot golf balls or golf-ball shaped rocks at people's cars.

Sgt. Gary Hubbard confirmed that there was an attack on Dolloff Street and on Clinton Street that mimic the rash of attacks that took place late last week. Dolloff Street is in the south end while Clinton Street is in Lakeport.

In other area public safety news, police and firefighters responded to two drug overdoses Monday night — one on Brigham Street and one on Messer Street. Both victims were revived by Narcan that was administered by EMTs or Paramedics with the Laconia Fire Department.

Gilford Police and fire official also saved a victim in Sargent Park from an overdose yesterday afternoon. That person was administered Narcan by Gilford Fire and Rescue Personnel.

Belmont Police continue to investigate an attempted burglary at the Belmont Firearms and Range early yesterday morning.

Anyone with any information about any of the above are encouraged to call the Laconia Police at 524-5252, the Belmont Police at 267-8350 or the Gilford Police at 527-4737.

Public safety enjoying quiet Motorcycle Week so far

LACONIA — Law enforcement officials say that the 92nd anniversary Laconia Motorcycle Week has been uneventful and quiet so far but that there will be an increased police presence in the Lakes Region in the days ahead in expectation that he crowds will grow as the weekend approaches.
''There have been no incidents. We've had a quiet few days'' said Sgt. Charles Johnson of the New Hampshire State Police at the daily Laconia Motorcycle Week Association press conference held Tuesday morning at the Naswa Resort.
Captain William Clary of the Laconia Police Department agreed. ''Monday was an uneventful day, probably due to the bad weather,'' he said. Clary said that the department had its normal amount of downtown activity Monday and will also be increasing its presence in the Weirs area in the days ahead.
Kirk Beattie, assistant chef of the Laconia Fie Department, said that the department will be ''appropriately staffed'' in the coming days and observed that the cyclists who have shown up at the event so far ''are doing well and behaving themselves.''
Laconia Motorcycle Week executive director Charlie St. Clair said that about 80 riders had shown up Tuesday morning for a Gypsy Tour ride which left rally headquarters on the Weirs Beach boardwalk for a scenic ride to Bentley's Saloon in Arundel, Maine.
He said that despite Monday's rain which cut the turnout for he second annual Mae West Memorial Run, which benefits the New Hampshire Humane Society, he expects that proceeds from this year's event will exceed the $5,700 raised last year.
He said that a couple of hundred people took part in the annual MC Week cruise on the M/S Mt. Washington Monday and that many were intrigued by the summer homes they saw on islands in Lake Winnipesaukee.
''They wondered how police and firefighters responded when there were situations on the islands,'' said St. Clair.
Beattie observed that the annual Peter Makris Memorial Run which was held Saturday helps support the efforts of the Laconia Fire Department to provide services to the island dwellers.
Wednesday will see a covered bridge Gypsy Tour leaving rally headquarters at 10:30 a.m. for a 200 mile scenic ride which will take in at least 10 covered bridges in New Hampshire.
On Thursday there will the annual ''Ride to the Sky'' up the Mt. Washington Auto Road, which is open only to motorcycles and the 22nd annual POW/MIA Freedom Ride from Lowe's parking lot in Gilford to the POW/MIA monument at Hesky Park in Meredith. The ride gets underway at 6 p.m.

Sale of Laconia State School property remains in state budget as House & Senate negotiate

CONCORD — As members of the House of Representatives and Senate thrash out their differences over the 2016-2017 state budget, Governor Maggie Hassan's proposal to sell the former Laconia State School property on North Main Street has been endorsed by both chambers.
When the governor broached the sale of the property in February, Ed Engler, the mayor of Laconia has said that he would advocate for acquiring the property if it were offered to the city for its appraised value or less. Yesterday he reaffirmed his commitment to pursue the acquisition of the property when, as the law stipulates, it is offered to the city.
The governor directed the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) to sell the property and included $2 million in proceeds from the transaction, the apparent selling price of the property, among the revenues in her proposed budget. Although some members of the House have opposed selling the property in the past, the provision was included in the budget adopted by the House in April. The Senate, where the proposal to sell the property originated in 2011, concurred.
The terms of the proposed transaction are stipulated in House Bill 2, the companion bill to the budget, which directs the commissioner of the DAS to execute the sale. The transaction would be subject to the requirements of RSA 4:40, the statute governing the sale or lease of state property, which stipulates that it must be first be offered to the municipality or county where it is located. But, the transaction would be exempt from the review and approval of both the Council on Resources and Development, a panel representing executive departments and agencies, and the Long Range Capital Planning and Utilization Committee, consisting of four members of the Senate and four members of the House of Representatives, as the law requires.
In 2012 an appraisal prepared for the state by the Bureau of Right-of-Way of the New Hampshire Department of Transportation placed the value of the site at $2.16 million. In April, 2012 the Laconia City Council offered to purchase the property, together with the Robbie Mills Sports Complex, an abutting 10.2-acre parcel owned by the state and leased to the city for 99 years, for $2.16 million. The state did not respond to the offer.
The property consists of 202 acres bounded by North Main Street to the east, Meredith Center Road and Eastman Road to the north and Ahern State Park to the west and south and divided roughly in half by Right Way Path. Among the 26 buildings on the site, the appraiser found less than a handful salvageable and estimated the cost of demolishing the rest at more than $2 million.
An initial assessment of the site by Credere, LLC of Westbrook, Maine in 2010 indicated that there were typical but significant environmental concerns, most of them confined to the 75 acres housing the buildings. Soils and groundwater are likely contaminated by petroleum products and possibly other hazardous materials while asbestos, lead paint and other contaminants are present in the buildings.

McCormack offically hired as Laconia's interim superintendent

LACONIA – After a brief non-public session, the School Board last night announced that Dr. Philip McCormack will be the interim superintendent of Laconia Schools beginning on June 26.

McCormack will work up to 29 1/2 hours per week and will be paid $80 per hour- the standard rate for interim superintendents in New Hampshire.

McCormack retired as superintendent of the Inter-Lakes School District in 2012, and before coming to Inter-Lakes worked for 11 years as the superintendent of the Keene School District. He was called from retirement by the N.H. School Boards Association to take over for the late Marie Ross in the Newfound Regional School District after she became ill in October of 2012 and died later early the next year.

Currently, McCormack is an adjunct professor at Plymouth State University working with graduate students in education administration. A Holderness resident, he is also a member of the Pemi-Baker Regional School District School Board.

McCormack replaces Superintendent Terri Forsten who will be the new superintendent in the Concord School District.