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LACONIA — Hassan Sapry, the Laconia resident who is facing first-degree murder charges in the brutal killing of a Laconia man, was insane at the time of the death due to emotional trauma he suffered after seeing horrors as a child in Iraq, according to a new court document filed by his attorney.

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LACONIA — Motorcyclists have started rolling into the area, and organizers and businesses are bullish that the next nine days will be busy after the COVID pandemic put a damper on last year’s rally.

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LOUDON — With the 98th Laconia Motorcycle Week pulling up to the starting line, the sentiment of the various stakeholders who coordinate, host, or promote the event is: What a difference a year makes.

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LACONIA — This year's Laconia Motorcycle Week is a return to form, and a strong indication of that will be the first organized ride of the rally, the 15th Annual Peter Makris Memorial Run, which will take place on the morning of Saturday, June 12.

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SANDWICH — The remains found earlier this spring in Sandwich Notch have been identified as belonging to Ronald Rauschnot, an Ossipee man who was reported missing a little more than a year ago.

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LACONIA — As the country eyes this upcoming Fourth of July as “Independence Day” from COVID-19, Laconia is preparing for the return of its annual Fourth of July Parade.

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MEREDITH — Two businesses on Main Street are at odds over how the parcel of land between them should be used this summer, and a town board will meet tonight to determine whether the temporary permit issued to allow a beer and wine garden should be rescinded or amended.

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MEREDITH — Dealing with his daughter’s diabetes was a challenge for his family, said Kevin Morris. Mandy wouldn’t realize that her blood sugar was dropping, and once it got to 70 milligrams per deciliter, she couldn’t get it to recover without a trip to the emergency room.

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LACONIA — City departments ran up more than $200,000 in COVID-related expenses between when the pandemic first hit in mid-March and the end of the year, according to a report released by City Manager Scott Myers on Monday.

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For one person who registered on Friday for a COVID-19 vaccine, the shot means that she can stop worrying about the virus making her seriously ill. For another, it’s hope that life will return to normal. For a third, the vaccine means that he might be able to see his beloved again.

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LACONIA — The majority of the city’s public school students will continue to attend school under a hybrid schedule. But because some school staff members or students have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who has, there are “some pockets” within the scho…

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MEREDITH — On Wednesday, Jan. 13, Hermit Woods Winery & Deli decided to temporarily close due to an employee reporting to have tested positive for COVID-19. The employee had not been present in the winery since Jan. 8. Immediately upon learning of the infection, to ensure the maximum deg…