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Heroin overdoes victim found lying on floor of convenience store bathroom

LACONIA — An unnamed man was found laying in the bathroom of the Court Street Cumberland Farms Store yesterday at 3:30 p.m. suffering from what police think was a heroin overdose.

Police said that they found a spoon and a needle next to him but it appears he had injected all that he had.

Responding firefighters said they administered NARCAN to him and transported him to the hospital.

This most recent overdose highlights the dangers of a steady supply of cheap heroin in the Lakes Region and how it is taxing the resources of the community, including those of the police, the fire departments and Lakes Region General Hospital.

Two days ago, emergency responders from the Belmont Fire Department were able to save the life of a man who had overdosed on Brown Road. The man was taken to LRGH by ambulance but left on his own.

Patrick Stitt was charged by police with possession of heroin after they found him walking down Route 107. He appeared in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division yesterday and was ordered held on $2,000 cash only bail.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 May 2014 03:30

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Gilford police investigating report of sexual assault at local hotel

GILFORD — Police are investigating a reported rape of an adult female at an area hotel early Wednesday morning.

A press release issued by the police said the call came in a 12:52 a.m. and Gilford Police were assisted by Laconia Police and the Belknap County Sheriff's Department.

The Sun has learned the alleged rape occurred at the Margate Resort.

At this time the subject has only been identified as male.

Police are asking all residents to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity or cars to the Gilford Police at 527-4737.

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 May 2014 12:46

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Gash on man's head said caused by contact with glass rooster

BELMONT — Belmont Police were called to Brown Hill Road Tuesday night for a report of an alleged assault at 8:33 p.m. that left a man with a bleeding head wound.

Police said it appeared he was struck in the head by a blunt household object — a Lakes Region Mutual Fire Aid radio transmission described it as a glass rooster.

Police believe the assault was the result of a domestic argument, however one person in the home told police that the victim had hit himself in the head in an attempt to have police arrest a different man.

The injured man said he was hit with the object by another person.

No arrests were made, however police continue to investigate. Gilmanton Police assisted Belmont with the investigation.

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 May 2014 12:44

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Planning Board votes to ask City Council to change rules governing electronic signs

LACONIA — The Planning Board last night unanimously endorsed the changes to the zoning ordinance recommended by the Zoning Task Force to address the proliferation of electronic signage.
Following the vote,Suzanne Perley, who chairs the task force, said that she arranged with City Manager Scott Myers to present an explanation of the proposal to the City Council when it meets on Monday, May 12, but was unsure whether the council would take a vote that night or at a later meeting.
The amendment to the ordinance distinguishes between two types of "electronic message center" (EMC) — "static" and "dynamic." Static electronic signs are those on which neither the copy nor pictures change during the message while their dynamic counterparts appear to move or change as they present a stream of images or words that fly in, fade out, rotate and scroll across the face of the sign.
Neither type of electronic sign would be permitted in the six residential districts. Where they are permitted the dimensions and heights of signs must conform to those of freestanding signs in the specific district. Moreover, the electronic portion of the signs must not exceed 75 percent of the total area of the sign, a provision that ensures that all such signs are framed.
EMC-dynamic display signs would be confined to the commercial resort district, which includes the Weirs, and permitted there only by special exception.
EMC-static display signs would be excluded from the downtown riverfront district but permitted in the commercial resort district and permitted by special exception in the professional, business central, business central/industrial, commercial, industrial park, industrial and airport industrial districts.
After some discussion the Planning Board accepted the recommendation of the task force that the display, whether images or words, on EMC-static display signs not change more frequently than every five minutes. Steve Weeks, a longtime realtor who served on the task force, noted that in five minutes a driver traveling at 30 miles-per-hour would cover two-and-a-half miles and suggested the frequency be reduced to one minute.
Ben Barr of Watchfire, one of two domestic manufacturers of EMCs, said that signs on federal highways can change every 15 seconds and offered that one minute was "reasonable." He knew of no data that indicated that signs have caused accidents.
"Our concern is the safety of the person operating the motor vehicle and the person walking on the sidewalk," said board member Jay Tivnan.
Don Vachon, his colleague, said that in seeking greater frequency business owners are "asking for more return on their dollar," adding that electronic signs represent a significant investment.
Planning Director Shanna Saunders reminded the board of the Master Plan, which places a premium on "community character." She said that if the board opted for a frequency of one minute and came to regret its decision, it could not be undone.

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 May 2014 12:40

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