Laconia Police Log, May 17-June 12

LACONIA — The Laconia Police Department responded to 1,880 calls between May 17 and June 12, including 16 involving thefts, eight involving drugs and seven involving assaults.

A total of 27 people were arrested, including:

Timothy K. Converse, 56, of 24 Arlene Drive, Belmont, on a charge of driving after suspension; Tyler James Marchand, 24, a transient, on a bench warrant; Dawn Marie Dragon, 48, of 79 Warren St., on warrants.

Chad Brooks, 19, of 20 Jewett St., Apt. B, on a bench warrant and a charge of possession of controlled drugs. Evan R. Mercado, 26, of 28 Spring St., Apt. 1, on a warrant.

Javon Raheen Sage, 37, of 20 Grove St., on a bench warrant; Mary E. Pratt, 59, of 1156 North Main St. Apt 36, on a charge of misuse or failure to display plates; Carl H. Shaw, 62, of 686 Union Ave., Apt. 2, on a bench warrant.

Michael Grollimund, 28, of 1 Rice Ave., Apt 1A, on a charge of driving after suspension; Rachael L. Mount, 39, of 2 Center St., Apt. 1, on bench warrants; Michael J. Carter, 29, of 59 Weirs Blvd, Apt. 10, on a charge of willful concealment (theft); Bryon Thomas Hilliard, 25, a transient, on charges of default or breach of bail conditions.

Jasmin Sanchez, 36, a transient, on a warrant; Joshua C. Joyce, 20, of 92 Timberlane, Gilford, on charges of first-degree assault and criminal threatening (use of a deadly weapon).

Gordon M. Corrow, 44, of 2074 Dick Brown Pond Road, Bridgewater, on charges of driving after revocation, disobeying an officer, possession of controlled drugs and bench warrants; Allan Spencer Fish, 20, of 26 Summer St., on a charge of default or breach of bail conditions.

Sonya Katherine Spooner, 38, of 129 Cotton Hill Road, Belmont, on a judge's order; Delaney A. Barrett, 24, a transient, on a bench warrant; Allan Spencer Fish, 20, of 26 Summer Street, on a charge of default or breach of bail conditions.

Paul J. O'Connor, 32, of 75 Perkins Road, Belmont, on charges of criminal mischief; Timothy M. Dearborn, 32, a transient, on a charge of drinking in public.

Joanne M. Gage, 37, of 187 Gage Road, Athol, Mass., on a charge of driving under the influence; Kyle H. Nadeau, 21, of 273 Steele Hill Road, Sanborton, on a charge of possession of controlled drugs.

Richard J. Brue Jr., 36, a transient, on warrants; Eric Wayne Otis, 39, a transient, on bench warrants;
Jessica Lorette, 23, of 57 Blueberry Lane, Apt. 26, on a charge of driving after revocation; Matthew A. Stark, 28, of 51 Howard St., Apt. B, on a charge of possession of narcotic drugs and on a bench warrant.

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Local building expert writes 'Roofing Ripoff' book

By RICK GREEN, LACONIA DAILY SUN

MEREDITH — Tim Carter decided to research the deficiencies of modern asphalt shingles when he noticed the roof on his home in Meredith was starting to fail just nine years into a life span that was supposed to last 30 years.

“Three years after I first noticed deterioration, the entire roof suffered a catastrophic failure over a harsh winter that left the shingles delaminating as the snow and ice melted,” he writes in a 92-page book, “Roofing Ripoff,” which suggests his experience is not unusual.

“My guess is you're one of the many homeowners that's dismayed, frustrated and furious because your asphalt shingle roof is falling apart,” he writes in the book, which looks into the history of the product and how its made.

He decided to use a “a virgin polymer synthetic slate” to replace his roofing material, but notes this isn't a choice for everyone.

“What you’ll discover if you decide to abandon asphalt shingles as I did is that just about every option is quite expensive,” he writes. “That’s a deal breaker for most people and it’s understandable.”

For those who use standard asphalt shingles, Carter offers advice on best practices.

The book is kind of a natural for Carter, who is in the advice business. The former contractor offers do-it-yourself tips to people in a nationally syndicated column and on his AsktheBuilder.com website.

In “Roofing Ripoff,” Carter describes reaching out to the asphalt industry with specific questions about manufacturing techniques and durability of modern shingles, but notes he didn't get specific answers in response. A call to the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association for this story was not immediately returned.

He describes how a homeowner can know if a roof is in bad shape: “excessive loss of the colored ceramic granules, curling edges, cupping, cracking, brittleness and ugly black streaks or stains.”

Some roofs carry a 30-year warranty, but navigating warranty claims and getting companies to perform on such claims can be difficult. Also, since most homes have multiple owners before a roof begins to have problems, warranty claims are frequently never made.

Carter advises readers that shingles containing a material known as “SBS polymer” may be worth consideration as a product with enhanced capabilities.

He also advises that placement of copper stripping at the top of roofs appears to be helpful. A chemical reaction that starts when rain hits the copper allows the asphalt to remain flexible and retain ceramic granules. Asphalt shingles tend to curl when they loses flexibility. Copper also inhibits black algae formation, he said.

Carter is up-front that he has a financial interest in use of copper on roofs. In a section titled, “Full Disclosure,” he states he has partnered with a company to sell copper stripping.

“Remember, you can purchase copper from many other sources,” he said. “You don't need to buy it from me and that's not why I wrote this book. As with any purchase, just do your due diligence and make sure you're purchasing the best copper that will work.”

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Time to ride – 94th running of Motorcycle Week kicks off

06 09 Weirs Beach sign and riders

By THOMAS P. CALDWELL, LACONIA DAILY SUN
Charity rides and laps around the racetrack are among the many activities taking place during the 94th Laconia Motorcycle Week which gets underway this weekend.
The 11th annual Peter Makris Memorial Ride takes place on Saturday, beginning with a gourmet breakfast at the Naswa Resort. Riders then will take a police-escorted trip along scenic roads in the Lakes Region and have an opportunity to do a lap around the “Magic Mile” at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. That will be followed by a lunch buffet back at the Naswa, which also will offer entertainment by the James Montgomery Band.
The ride honors the memory of Peter Makris, founder of the Naswa, who loved to ride motorcycles and was quick to support local charities. A U.S. Marine who served during World War II, Makris was the first to step forward in support of a fundraiser for a water rescue boat for the Laconia Fire Department after one of its members, Mark Miller, died during water rescue training. Makris wrote a $5,000 check to help kick off the fundraiser.
After his death, his daughter, Cynthia, now president of the Laconia Motorcycle Week Association, launched the memorial ride which, over the years, has raised more than $345,000 for charities, including the Laconia Fire Department Lifesaving Fund, Easter Seals NH’s Veterans Count program, and the area’s Community Emergency Response Team.
Also taking place at the Loudon racetrack today and tomorrow are featured events by the FIM North America United States Classic Racing Association, the oldest vintage motorcycle road racing organization in the country. They will be on the 1.6-mile road course between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day.
On Sunday, there will be a charity motorcycle ride and breakfast to benefit the Lakes Region Children’s Auction. The breakfast at Berkshire Hathaway Verani Realty in Belmont will begin at 9 a.m., followed by the charity ride.
The Ride to Benefit Special Olympics of NH will leave from Heritage Harley-Davidson in Concord at 10 and arrive at Ellacoya State Park in Gilford where there will be a barbecue with Special Olympics athletes. There will be raffle prizes and a free T-shirt for every rider.
The Mae West Memorial Pet Ride will take place on Monday, with proceeds benefitting the N.H. Humane Society. Riders will meet at Rally Headquarters at 10:30 a.m., make a stop at the N.H. Humane Society on Meredith Center Road, and take a scenic tour of the Lakes Region, ending at the speedway where there will be a raffle and music. Riders will receive custom Sick Boy Motorcycle T-shirts and have a chance to win a variety of raffle prizes, including the top prize, a guitar autographed by members of Guns N Roses.
There will be a special Motorcycle Week cruise aboard the MS Mount Washington Monday afternoon, departing from the Weirs Beach boardwalk at 4:30.
The Gypsy Tour on Tuesday takes riders on a 70-plus-mile scenic ride to Arundel, Maine, leaving Rally Headquarters at 10:30 a.m.
There will be a Covered Bridge Gypsy Tour on Wednesday, traveling more than 170 miles to visit six covered bridges in New Hampshire. The tour leaves Rally Headquarters at 10:30 a.m.
Also on Wednesday, there will be a Ladies Ride, led by Winnipesaukee HOG Chapter 2529 Ladies of Harley, leaving from Laconia Harley-Davidson at 9 a.m. The Nam Knights Benefit Ride From Coast to the Mountains leaves from Makris Lobster and Steak House in Loudon at 9 a.m.
The popular AMA-sanctioned hillclimb will take place at Gunstock Mountain Resort on Wednesday. Opening ceremonies will take place at 9 a.m., competition will begin at 10 a.m.
The Naswa will be the host for the 94th Rally Anniversary Celebration from 3 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday.
The two-hour We (Heart) Laconia Gypsy Tour, led by Laconia Mayor Ed Engler, will leave from Rally Headquarters at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, taking riders through the Monadnock Region. The entry fee provides a custom T-shirt, patch, VIP parking, live music, catered lunch, swag bag, and merchant discounts.
Also on Thursday is the Ride to the Sky motorcycle ride on the Mount Washington Auto Road, weather-permitting.
The 24th annual POW/MIA Freedom Ride to the Rock will begin Thursday at 6 p.m., honoring those who remain prisoners of war or are missing in action, and their families. Riders will meet at 5 p.m. at Winnipesaukee Crossing.
Friday will bring Brenda’s Ride, a fundraiser to benefit patients undergoing cancer treatment at Lakes Region General Hospital. Riders will leave from Faro Italian Grille/Laconia Roadhouse in The Weirs on Friday at 11 a.m., traveling to Waterville Valley and back.
Also on Friday is Wolfeboro’s Moonlight Madness Motorcycle Ride, leaving at 5 p.m. from JP China in Alton Bay.
The seventh annual Jesus Ride through Weirs Beach will leave from Lowe’s parking lot in Gilford on Saturday, June 17, at 11 a.m.
The week culminates with the 94th annual Loudon Classic at N.H.Motor Speedway on June 16 - 18. There will be more than 30 races, including the LRRS Supermoto, USCRA Side Cars, and the 12-lap Loudon Classic, taking place that Saturday.
During the week, the Loudon track will offer daily demo rides featuring Indian, Yamaha, Slingshot and Ducati motorcycles. There also will be food and merchandise vendors, with bands playing at 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. on June 14 - 17.
The rides and special activities are just part of what will be taking place during Motorcycle Week, with vendor tents offering merchandise and entertainment, bikini and wet T-shirt contests, motorcycle demos, and more. The complete schedule, which will be updated daily, is posted at www.laconiamcweek.com.
The next few days will see:
Saturday
Cornerstone Outreach Ministries Safety Food Stop, Route 9, open 24 hours.
Loudon Motorcycle Swap Meet, N.H. Motor Speedway, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rally Kickoff Breakfast, Hart’s Turkey Farm Restaurant, Meredith, 8 a.m.
Pancake Breakfast, American Legion Riders Chapter 72, Claude R. Batchelder Post 72, Alton, 8 - 11 a.m.
T-6-D Stunnas Motorcycle Stunt Team, Heritage Harley-Davidson, Concord, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Free Coffee House, White Church, Tower Street, Weirs Beach, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; AA meetings at noon and 6 p.m.
Sport Bike Show, Broken Spoke Saloon, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Half-price admission to American Police Motorcycle Museum in Meredith for those arriving on a motorcycle. Day includes unveiling of Laconia Motorcycle Week sculpture. Open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
BBQ & Meat Raffle by the American Legion Riders Chapter 72, Claude R. Batchelder Post 72 in Alton, noon to 5 p.m. Proceeds benefit the American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund.
Big Air Jumps and Stunt Show, Makris Lobster & Steak House, noon to dusk.
Rally in the Valley, Tuckerman’s Ravine, Intervale, 4 - 8 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday
Cystic Fibrosis Northern New England Charity Trail Ride starts and finishes at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and rides approximately 100 miles per day.
Sunday
Cornerstone Outreach Ministries Safety Food Stop, Route 9, open 24 hours.
Loudon Motorcycle Swap Meet, N.H. Motor Speedway, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
FIM North American Vintage Championships, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Charity Bike Ride & Breakfast to benefit the Lakes Region Children’s Auction, Berkshire Hathaway Verani Realty in Belmont, 9 a.m.. A ‘Tiny House’ will be on site for tours.
Free Coffee House, White Church, Tower Street, Weirs Beach, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; AA meetings at noon and 6 p.m.
Winnipesaukee HOG Chapter 2529 leads ride to Bentley’s Saloon in Arundel, Maine, leaving from Laconia Harley-Davidson at 10 a.m.
Half-price admission to American Police Motorcycle Museum in Meredith for those arriving on a motorcycle, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
AMA Gypsy Tour to N.H. Motor Speedway in Loudon, 10:30 a.m.
Antique Bike Rally at Makris Lobster & Steak House in Loudon, noon to 4 p.m. Special guests include Houly from Grateful Sleds, David Gamlin from Way back Wheels, and John Reardon from JR’s Cycles.
Great Legs Contest, Makris Lobster & Steak House in Loudon, 4 p.m.
Monday
Half-price admission to American Police Motorcycle Museum in Meredith for those arriving on a motorcycle, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Mae West Memorial Pet Ride leaves Rally Headquarters at 10:30 a.m.
Cruise on M/S Mt. Washington, leaving Weirs docks at 4:30 p.m.
Motorcycle Week Historic Talk featuring K. Peddlar Bridges at Hall Memorial Library in Northfield, 6:30 p.m. Win a prize for “Librarian’s Favorite Motorcycle.”
Rider & Rally Trivia at Patrick’s Pub in Gilford, 7p.m.
Best of the Bikers Pool Tournament, Shooter’s Tavern, Route 3, Belmont, 7 p.m.
Tuesday
Ride to Benefit Special Olympics of NH leaves Heritage Harley-Davidson in Concord at 10 a.m. and travels to Ellacoya State Park in Gilford for a barbecue with Special Olympics athletes.
Vintage Motorcycle Show at Broken Spoke Saloon, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Half-price admission to American Police Motorcycle Museum in Meredith for those arriving on a motorcycle, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Gypsy Tour to Bentley’s Saloon in Arundel, Maine, leaves at 10:30 a.m. Rain date: Thursday.
Cycle Source Pin Up of the Month Contest at Broken Spoke Saloon, noon to 5 p.m. Cash prizes and a chance for a photo shoot with Cycle Source Magazine.

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Autumn Urena, from Easton, Pennsylvania, sets up a T-shirt display for the American Iron shop on Lakeside Avenue on Thursday. (Adam Drapcho/Laconia Daily Sun)

06 10 Bike Week patch vendor

Junaid Tahir, from Daytona, Florida, arranges patches on a rack at the American Iron shop on Lakeside Avenue on Thursday. (Adam Drapcho/Laconia Daily Sun)

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