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Neighbor’s call thwarts apparent break-in on Anthony Dr.

LACONIA — A Tilton man is being held without bail after allegedly being caught trying to break into to a home on Anthony Drive yesterday morning.

In a media statement released yesterday, police said a neighbor called police to say she was watching a man trying to get into a house by kicking the front door and then cutting a screen and breaking the window of a side door.

Police said Derek S. Camerato, 19, of Tilton was confronted by a second person in the neighborhood just as police arrived and was taken into custody.

Camerato is charged with once count of attempted burglary, one count of possession of a controlled drug, and one count of default or breach of bail.

He is scheduled to appear in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division, this morning.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 11:53

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Union Ave. man accused of threatening man with a 16-inch knife

LACONIA – A local man was released on personal recognizance bail after allegedly threatening a local man Tuesday at 7 p.m. with what police described as a 16-inch knife.

Jason Thomas, 30, of Union Avenue is charged with one felony complaint of criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon.

Affidavits obtained from the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division said police responded to the intersection of Beacon Street East and Church Street for what was reported as a disturbance with a knife.

Police Chief Christopher Adams was the first responding officer and he was able to convince Thomas to drop the knife and put his hands on his head. A second officer placed Thomas in handcuffs.

Affidavits said Thomas told them that he and one of his friends were invited to the victim's apartment to drink beer, and during that time, Thomas allegedly pulled the knife out of his backpack and allegedly threatened to kill the victim three or four times.

Thomas and his friend left the apartment and the victim followed them down Church Street. Once outside, Thomas allegedly pulled the knife out again and threatened to kill him.

Affidavits and Thomas' attorney Justin Littlefield told the court that Thomas was not mentally stable because he had run out of his medications, and suffers from anxiety, depression and mood disorders.

Thomas allegedly admitted to police that he lost his temper and advanced toward the victim with the knife.

He told Judge Jim Carroll that he meets weekly with his counselor at Genesis Behavioral Health, but the counselor was sick on Tuesday and his meeting had been canceled. He told the court that he had a meeting scheduled for yesterday morning at 11 a.m. and Carroll released him on personal recognizance bail so his aunt could get him to his session on time and get him his medications.

As part of his ruling, Carroll stipulated that Thomas could remain free on personal recognizance bail if he continued with his weekly sessions with Genesis and reported to the court every Tuesday and presented evidence of his sessions and of his progress.

Thomas is not to go anywhere near the victim or his apartment building and is not allowed to drink alcohol or take any non-prescribed drugs. He agreed to allow the police to take all of his knives.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 11:59

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City Council asks Planning Board to review Commercial Resort Zone uses

LACONIA — The City Council this week asked the Planning Board to review the various uses to which property may be put in the commercial resort zoning district and report any recommendations it chooses to offer to the council.

The commercial resort district begins on Lake Street, just south of its junction with White Oaks Road, extends northward along Weirs Boulevard, includes the center of The Weirs and runs either side of Route 3 to the Meredith town line. The zoning ordinance describes the district as intended to accommodate dining, lodging and recreation entities for both occasional tourists and seasonal residents as well as apartments and condominiums.

The council requested the Planning Board to schedule a public hearing and sound members of the public on appropriateness of the various permitted and non-permitted uses within the zoning district.

The resolution was offered in response to decisions of the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) to deny special exceptions to John Ganong of 355 Weirs Boulevard, and Charles Gulbicki of Gulbicki's Towing and Auto Repair at 1193 Weirs Boulevard, both of whom sought to sell used vehicles on their property. "Vehicle dealership, sales and service" is only permitted in the commercial district by special exception. Earlier the ZBA granted a special exception to Benson's Auto Inc. of Franklin to sell vehicles from a lot at the corner of Rollercoaster Road and Route 3 in the commercial resort district.
The request marks a retreat from an earlier resolution, which the council withdrew, asking the Planning Board to recommend amending the zoning ordinance to designate a permitted use in the commercial resort district, which includes almost all of the Weirs. "We are here for one person," Councilor Brenda Baer countered.

In 2007, when consultants sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency considered the future development of the city, they noted that 85 percent of The Weirs is zoned for commercial uses and only 15 percent for residential uses. Their report recommended "refining" the zoning by replacing the one district — commercial resort — with a number of smaller districts, each with defined uses.

The Planning Board has yet to act on this recommendation.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 11:43

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Weirs park a dream come true that was 38 years in the making

LACONIA — The Weirs Community Park Association celebrated a dream come true and a job well done with a luncheon and ribbon-cutting at the city's newest park, 27 wooded acres riven by walking trails and featuring an amphitheater, playground and picnic pavilion.

"It's just amazing," said City Councilor Ava Doyle (Ward 1), whose ward includes the park. "I look at this and think weddings, family reunions, graduation parties and winter bonfires."

City Councilor Armand Bolduc (Ward 6), whose ward abuts the park, said, "I've been fighting for this since 1976 when I voted to purchase the land. The people up here never gave up, and it's just wonderful that it has finally happened."

Although Bolduc said, "I take my hat off to Don Richards," Richards himself generously paid tribute to the many steadfast volunteers who pursued the project for many years, insisting "it took a lot of hands." But, Richards conceded "I designed it — the ideas, what went into it and where."

Alongside a sketch of the park lay two drawings of residential communities planned for the property, one a faux Swiss village of homes planned in 1892 and the other, Interlaken Heights, consisting of 232 two-bedroom condominiums divided among 21 buildings and which was proposed in 1974. "Think what could have been here," said Kevin Dunleavy, director of parks and recreation.

Joe Driscoll of the Cozy Inn and Cottages described the park as "unique, a true park that offers a different experience." He expected it would a popular attraction for visitors to The Weirs as well as residents. "I expect a big response from our guests," he said. "This is here for them, too."

For Pat O'Hearn, a member of the Weirs Community Park Association, the celebration was bittersweet, since Ed, her husband and fellow volunteer, passed away before the park was completed. "He would have loved to see this," she said, and assured he was looking down from above, agreed, "I'm sure he is."


Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 11:31

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