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2 new buildings planned for Rte. 3 Belmont: Goodwill & Dollar Tree

BELMONT – A Massachusetts leasing company has filed a site plan request with the Planning Board to tear down the former Profile Subaru building at 95 Daniel Webster Highway (Rte. 3) and replace it with two new retail commercial ones. The Belknap Mall is located directly across the highway.

Town Planner Candace Daigle said yesterday that one of the proposed buildings will be 13,000-square-feet and will house a Goodwill Industries store and an 8,400-square-foot building will house a Dollar Tree.

Water Street Retail, LLC of Andover, Mass also proposed 90 parking spaces and the development will be served by town water.

The company is proposing as two-to-four foot high retaining wall along the Right 3 right of way however the existing easements will not be disturbed.

To build Goodwill Building, the company plans on cutting into the existing slope with a 10-foot site across access between the building and bottom of the slope face.

Right now there is a vacant commercial building and a parking lot on the site.

The property is owned by Dan Fitzgerald.

Water Street Retail is slated to appear before the Application Review Committee and then at the July 28 Planning Board meeting for a site plan review.

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 June 2014 12:31

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SUV crashed into 20 bikes on busy Rte. 3

MEREDITH — A motorcycle rider was being treated for a severe left leg injury Friday evening after an SUV apparently crossed over the Rte. 3 centerline in the vicinity of Watermark Marine Construction and struck a pair of oncoming motorcycles. The accident happened about 4 p.m. and the primary roadway between Weirs Beach and Meredith Village was closed. Heavy Laconia Motorcycle Week traffic was re-routed to Parade Road via Rollercoaster Road.

Fire Chief Ken Jones said the female driver of the SUV as northbound at the time of the accident and was apparently trying to avoid hitting traffic in front of her when she veered into the southbound lane. He said two riders were injured and transported to Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia. One sustained what appeared to be minor injuries and the man with the leg injury was going to be transported via helicopter to a larger facility.



Last Updated on Saturday, 21 June 2014 12:26

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LRGHealthcare says 'co-opetition' will define its relationship with ClearChoiceMD

LACONIA — In response Vermont-New Hampshire based urgent care provider ClearChoiceMD's application to put a medical facility in the Belknap Mall, the administration of LRGHealthcare issued the following statement on Friday.

"ClearChoiceMD made LRGHealthcare aware of their plans to open a facility in Belmont before it was announced publicly. Like we would any other practice, we welcome ClearChoiceMD to the community. We see this as an example of "co-opetition" (a combination of co-operation and competition), where we expect to establish a working relationship that includes referrals.

Through continued communication with ClearChoiceMD, we anticipate our two organizations to work well together to achieve the best outcomes for Lakes Region area patients. We realize we'll be competing in some aspects, however the health of our community is our first and foremost priority."

The application is before the Belmont Planning Board and involves a site plan review. ClearChoiceMD is scheduled to appear at its July 28 meeting.

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 June 2014 01:34

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Trail of Meredith man accused of supplying Heroin overdose delayed

LACONIA — Jury selection in the case of a former Meredith man who allegedly sold heroin to a Moultonborough man who died of an overdose is now scheduled for October.

Andrew Currier, 51, formerly of 100 Blueberry Hill Road is charged with two counts of selling heroin with death resulting to Jason Dostie on May 29, 2013. Each count represents a different explanation of the same crime.

Dostie died on May 29 in Meredith after allegedly taking the heroin. His body was found in his father's truck in Moultonborough but the subsequent police investigation determined he died while he was in Meredith.

The case was investigated by the Meredith Police. Currier was indicted by a Belknap County grand jury on October 3, 2013.

Jury selection was initially scheduled for May 29 but Currier's lawyer, Steve Mirkin, filed an assented-to motion to continue saying he had gotten nearly 1,000 pages of supplemental discovery that included a "forensic" file compiled by a lab in Pennsylvania.

Most of the file, wrote Mirkin, consists of charts, diagrams, and other scientific test data that must be examined by an expert witness.

In addition, three weeks before the proposed date of jury selection, the prosecution added Dr. Edward Barbieri of Willow Grove, Pennsylvania its witness list. Mirkin expects that once an expert for Currier has examined the new data, he will want to depose or interview Barbieri under oath.

In order to prove to charge of sales of heroin — death resulting, the state has to prove not only that Currier sold Dostie heroin but that the heroin Currier sold him was the heroin that killed him.

The difference in sentences between the proving one element (the sale) as opposed to proving both elements (sale and death resulting) is the difference between a sentence for a Class B felony and life in prison for Currier.

Mirkin said any lack of ability to prepare for a trial that could result in a life sentence would be prejudicial and he said he would need at least 60 days to review the new data.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 June 2014 12:53

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