Bridge work begins

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Workers from the New Hampshire Department of Transportation started work Thursday on the bridge over Routes 3 and 11 in Gilford, one of 16 bridges in the state which is on the department's "red list" of bridges whose decks are in poor condition. A contract to install protecive shielding underneath the 16 bridges will be put out to bid this fall. (Roger Amsen/Laconia Daily Sun)



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They've got the score

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The soccer field at Robbie Mills Sports Complex has a new electronic sign, thanks to a cooperative effort between the city of Laconia, Laconia Youth Soccer League and Piche's Ski and Sports. Piche's and LYSL contributed a combined $10,000 to the project, while the city chipped in another $2,000, and the Department of Public Works took care of the installation. The previous electronic sign, which was positioned directly above one of the goals, took a pounding for overzealous shooters and eventually stopped working. The new sign is located at the corner of the field, is illuminated by LED bulbs and can be controlled wirelessly. The soccer field at Robbie Mills is used by both youth teams as well as occasional high school games. Shown here, from left, are Laconia Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Dunleavy, Deanna Guyer, who serves on the Laconia Parks and Recreation Commission; Bob Bolduc from Piche's; and LYSL President Greg Lounsbury. (Adam Drapcho/Laconia Daily Sun)

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Belmont speeder fails field sobriety test, leads chase

BELMONT — A local man faces charges of aggravated driving while intoxicated, disobeying an officer, and reckless operation after being clocked traveling 85 mph in a 50 mph zone on Route 140 and then, allegedly, leading police on a chase.
Patrick T. McMenaman, 28, of 28 Middle Route, Belmont, refused to stop for the police officer, who then called ahead for assistance, according to Lt. Richard Mann. A Gilmanton officer was nearby and took up the chase, and he saw McMenaman turn into a driveway. McMenaman subsequently failed a field sobriety test, leading to his arrest on Aug. 26.
• Aug. 26: Police assisted the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department in arresting George Despres, 48, of 4 Cedar Tree Terrace, Ocala, Florida, on two bench warrants.
• Aug. 27: Police charged Jillisianna Paul, 20, of 43 Fair St., Laconia, with possession of drugs, possession of narcotic drugs, and speeding.
Police charged Wilbrod D. Gravel, 56, of 38 Blue Boar Road, Canterbury, with driving while intoxicated.
• Aug. 30: Police arrested transient Henry Joseph Caruso II, 26, on a bench warrant.
Police charged Nico T. Eisner, 27, of 57 Durrell Mountain Road, Belmont, with four counts of domestic assault and one count of criminal trespass.
Police charged Rodney William Kingston, 58, of 21 Farrarville Road, Belmont, with operating without a valid license.
Police arrested transient Kerri A. Wallwork, 40, on a bench warrant.
• Sept. 1: Police arrested Jason M. MacLeod, 37, of 10 Range Road, Belmont, on two warrants from the Plymouth Police Department.

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