Couple wants to turn castle into events center
GILFORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire couple wants to convert a crumbling castle with views of Lake Winnipesaukee into a place to celebrate weddings and charitable events.
ALTON, N.H. (AP) — Authorities investigating a shooting at a home in Alton, New Hampshire, have someone in custody.
Details of the shooting were not released, but Belknap County Attorney...
Police: Body recovered on New Hampshire road
GILMANTON, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire State Police say they found a man's body on a road over the weekend.
Police say the body was found in Gilmanton Saturday and an autopsy was completed...
New Hampshire court upholds women’s topless conviction
New Hampshire's highest court upheld Friday the conviction of three women who were arrested for going topless on a beach, finding their constitutional rights were not violated.
In a 3-2 ruling, the court decided that Laconia's ordinance does not discriminate on the basis of gender or violate the women's right to free speech.
Couple pleads guilty to animal cruelty, fined over $18K
NEW HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — A man and a woman who said they ran an animal rescue operation have each pleaded guilty to 15 complaints of animal cruelty after police said they found malnourished dogs, cats, reptiles, rabbits and birds a their New Hampshire home.
Mayor: City needs to approve $900K to help restore theater
LACONIA, N.H. (AP) — The mayor of Laconia, New Hampshire, has asked the City Council to approve $900,000 to help restore a 104-year-old theater.
The Laconia Daily Sun reports if the council approves the request made by Mayor Ed Engler, it would bring to $5.1 million the city's ultimate investment in the Colonial Theatre.
Portsmouth team wins high school automotive tech competition
LACONIA, N.H. (AP) — A team from Portsmouth High School had the fastest fixers at an annual automotive competition and will be moving on to the national finals this spring.
Students from 10 schools competed Saturday in the 2019 High School Automotive Competition in Laconia. The teams faced multiple stations with different makes and models of cars they had to repair, with points awarded based on accuracy and speed.
Program to support kids in trauma expands beyond Manchester
LACONIA, N.H. (AP) — A program that helps police connect social workers with children who have witnessed traumatic events is expanding in New Hampshire.
Police recruit accused of threatening graduation shooting
LACONIA, N.H. (AP) — A police recruit spoke to fellow officers about participating in a suicide pact or killing other officers at their graduation ceremony at New Hampshire's police academy, a court document released Thursday alleged.
Noah Beaulieu told one recruit that "all it would take was one shot fired in the air and all the crossfire from responding officers would be what killed everyone," according to an affidavit.
More public forums on changes to Medicaid program
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire health officials are planning more public meetings to explain changes to the state's expanded Medicaid program.
The state Department of Health and Human Services has been holding forums around the state, and recently scheduled several more.
Settlement reached in wrongful death suit at nursing home
LACONIA, N.H. (AP) — Court records show a wrongful death lawsuit against a New Hampshire nursing home brought by the estate of a resident who was killed by another resident has been settled.
The Laconia Daily Sun reports the terms of the settlement involving Golden View Health Care Center in Meredith weren't disclosed.
Judge says no to work-release for driver in fatal crash
LACONIA, N.H. (AP) — A judge has rejected a request from a driver who caused a crash that killed a teenager and seriously injured another to be transferred from prison to a halfway house for a work-release program.
In May, Judge James O'Neill denied 57-year-old Amy Lafond's request for a shorter sentence. She's served 4 ½ years of a six-to-14-year term. Her attorney described her as a model inmate.
State School to likely house unmarked graves
MEREDITH, N.H. (AP) — The granite grave plaques at Chemung Cemetery were covered with several inches of snow Wednesday, the only bit of color a pink pinwheel marking the final resting place of a woman who was born in 1960 and died in 1978.
Located on Chemung Road near Wickwas Lake, the cemetery was created in 1941. Buried there are the remains of about 170 people who resided at the Laconia State School, which was founded in 1901 to care for people referred to in those days as "feeble-minded."
Judge considering work-release for driver in fatal crash
LACONIA, N.H. (AP) — A judge is considering whether to allow the driver who caused a crash that killed a teenager and seriously injured another to be transferred from prison to a halfway house, but the victims' families object.
In May, Judge James O'Neill denied 57-year-old Amy Lafond's request for a shorter sentence. She's served 4 ½ years of a six-to-14-year term. Her attorney described her as a model inmate.
2 outcomes changed in New Hampshire recounts
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Recounts have wrapped up at the New Hampshire Statehouse, with outcomes changed in two races.
The secretary of state's office recounted ballots for 20 races after the Nov. 6 election — 19 House seats and one state Senate seat. The outcome changed in two races.
In Hillsborough County's District 5, which serves Mont Vernon and New Boston, initial results showed Republican Gerald Griffin beating Democrat Donna Mombourquette by 22 votes. But in the recount, she won by eight votes.
Home invasion investigated, arrest made
LACONIA, N.H. (AP) — Police in Laconia, New Hampshire, say they're investigating a home invasion.
WMUR-TV reports that one person has been arrested and they are searching for other suspects who fled.
Police say the incident happened Sunday night and people inside the home were targeted. Minor injuries were reported.
Building to provide affordable housing for seniors
LACONIA, N.H. (AP) — Construction has started on a 16-unit apartment building in New Hampshire that will provide affordable housing for people with disabilities age 62 and older.
The apartments will transform a vacant office building in Laconia. They're scheduled to be ready by August 2019.
The rent includes heat, hot water, electricity, and air conditioning. Laconia Housing will provide lunch and dinner daily.
Dog electrocuted after jumping in water, owner gets shocked
LACONIA, N.H. (AP) — Police in New Hampshire say a dog that jumped into Lake Winnipesaukee was electrocuted and its owner also suffered an electrical shock when she tried to rescue her pet.
The dog, a 13-year-old black Labrador retriever, died. The woman was taken to a hospital for evaluation. Authorities said she was walking the dog when it got away from her went into the water Sunday.
McAuliffe in New Hampshire to campaign for Kelly
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Terry McAuliffe, a former Virginia governor and potential 2020 presidential candidate, will be in New Hampshire to campaign for several candidates.
McAuliffe will start his day Saturday campaigning with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Molly Kelly in Laconia along with a state senate and executive council candidate. He then heads to Manchester and Nashua and will conclude his trip with a visit to a phone bank in Salem.
Ruggles Mine, Laconia institution on ‘Seven to Save’ list
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A mica mine that closed as a tourist attraction in 2016 and the site of a institution for children with developmental disabilities are among the properties featured on the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance's latest "Seven to Save" list.
Officials: No injuries when small plane crashed
GILFORD, N.H. (AP) — Fire officials say no one was injured when a small plane crash landed at a municipal airport.
WMUR-TV reports that the pilot of the plane had trouble landing his plane on Saturday afternoon at Laconia Municipal Airport. Gilford fire officials said that the pilot struck signs and market lights before ending up landing in the grass next to the runway.
School resource officer being added in Laconia
LACONIA, N.H. (AP) — Laconia, New Hampshire, is the latest community to have a school resource officer.
The Laconia Daily Sun reports that starting next year, the Laconia Police Department will have an officer embedded in the middle school. The position was to be discussed at Thursday's school board meeting.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man has been sentenced to more than four years in federal prison for methamphetamine trafficking.
Court documents say 45-year-old Peter Dauphin, of Laconia, sold meth five times last year to someone who was cooperating with law enforcement officers. The U.S. Attorney's office says all of the transactions took place at Dauphin's automotive repair shop in Gilford.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man has been sentenced to four years in federal prison for robbing seven banks in 2017.
WMUR-TV reports 43-year-old Chaka Meredith, of Laconia, said Wednesday he was deeply ashamed of his actions.
He had been arrested in February 2017 in Lawrence, Massachusetts.
Public invited to tour air monitoring stations
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services is inviting the public to tour air monitoring stations and test out electric-powered lawn and garden equipment.
Staff will talk about the statewide air-monitoring network.
The department recently held a tour at the air monitoring station in Concord. Remaining tours are scheduled for July 18 in Laconia on Green Street; July 25 in Portsmouth, on 20 Pierce Island Road; and Aug. 1 in Keene, on 140 Water Street.
Police: 1 man killed in fatal motorcycle crash
LACONIA, N.H. (AP) — Police are investigating a fatal motorcycle crash that left one man dead in New Hampshire.
Laconia police say they responded to the crash before midnight Tuesday. Police are asking any witnesses to come forward.
LACONIA, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire city is preparing to kick off its 95th invasion of bikers during a motorcycle rally.
Laconia Motorcycle Week begins Saturday with an annual run in honor of Peter Makris, the patriarch of a popular Lakes Region resort. The memorial run has raised $380,000 over the past 12 years for various local charities.
Motorcycle Week is held annually in June for nine days, ending on Father's Day on June 17.
LACONIA, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire aerospace company is playing a role in a NASA project that ultimately hopes to send people to Mars.
On Thursday, NASA representatives visited Titeflex Aerospace, located in Laconia, to highlight the work they are doing in manufacturing parts for the Space Launch System. The agency says the SLS will be the most powerful rocket they have ever built, and will pave the way for travel to Mars.
LACONIA, N.H. (AP) — A judge has denied a New Hampshire woman's request to be let out of prison early and ordered her to finish her sentence for a crash that killed a teenage girl.
WMUR-TV reports the judge denied 57-year-old Amy Lafond's request.
Her attorney described her as a model inmate during the 4½ years she has spent in prison. She was sentenced in 2014 to serve 6½ years in prison.
LACONIA, N.H. (AP) — A woman who previously admitted she crashed into two teenage girls at a crosswalk in New Hampshire and killed one of them now wants out of prison.
Amy Lafond was in court in Laconia Tuesday to ask a judge to suspend her remaining sentence. WMUR-TV reports the judge said he would take the case under advisement, but did not indicate when a decision would be made.
Police: Man drove 106 mph in 55-mph zone
RANDOLPH, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire State Police have charged a man with driving 106 miles an hour in a 55-mile-an-hour zone in Randolph.
Twenty-three-year-old Scott Steiger Jr., of Laconia, was stopped and arrested on Sunday afternoon on Route 2. The trooper had gotten out of the way to avoid being hit as he saw Steiger's car accelerating to pass another vehicle.
Man indicted in crash that seriously injured man and toddler
GILFORD, N.H. (AP) — A grand jury has indicted a Laconia man more than a year after authorities say he caused a head-on crash that seriously injured a man and his toddler.
WMUR-TV reports that James Willingham is charged with three counts of assault and three counts of aggravated DWI.
Health organization cuts baby deliveries, operating rooms
LACONIA, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire health care organization has announced some cuts, including an end to the delivery of babies, the closing of operating rooms and 16 layoffs.
The Laconia Sun reports LRGHealthcare's board said it was merging and consolidating facilities and programs to address unexpected financial challenges.
Skiers evacuated from chairlift after mechanical problem
LACONIA, N.H. (AP) — About three dozen skiers were evacuated from a chairlift at New Hampshire's Gunstock Mountain.
Women taking their right to go topless to state’s high court
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — In a case that pits freedom of expression and equality against public decency, three women are challenging a New Hampshire city ordinance prohibiting public nudity and taking it to the state's highest court.
Heidi Lilley, Kia Sinclair and Ginger Pierro were ticketed in 2016 in Laconia after they went topless at Weirs Beach over Memorial Day weekend. Pierro was doing yoga, while the other two were sunbathing.
3 police departments to share $500K in federal funds
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Police departments in three New Hampshire communities are sharing $500,000 in federal funds from the Department of Justice to retain and hire positions in community policing.
Lebanon is receiving $250,000, and Farmington and Laconia both are getting $125,000.
In Farmington, Police Chief John Drury says the grant should guarantee at least four more years of providing a school resource officer to help students, faculty and others discuss drug addiction and other subjects.
New Hampshire group gets $1.6 million for affordable housing
LACONIA, N.H. (AP) — A project that plans to build housing for senior citizens in New Hampshire has received $1.6 million in funding.
The mix of grants, loans and interest rate subsidies from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston will go to the Sunrise House project in downtown Laconia which is being sponsored by Laconia Housing. The monies will go to help fund the 16-unit, fully-accessible development.
Keno can now be played in some New Hampshire cities
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The electronic bingo game keno can now be played in some New Hampshire cities.
Seven cities out of the state's 13 can now have "Keno 603" at designated bars and restaurants. They approved it in November.
Play starts Friday in Manchester, Nashua, Laconia, Berlin, Franklin, Somersworth and Claremont.
The Latest: Keno approved by 6 communities in New Hampshire
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The Latest on the New Hampshire election (all times local):
A half-dozen New Hampshire communities are betting on keno.
Residents in Berlin, Claremont, Somersworth, Laconia, Manchester and Nashua all voted Tuesday to approve the electronic bingo game keno in bars and restaurants in an effort to raise money for full-day kindergarten.
In Rochester, keno appeared to have passed by a single vote. Several other communities rejected keno: Concord, Dover and Keene.
Man pleads guilty to meth-trafficking charge
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man has pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
Court documents say postal inspectors intercepted a parcel intended for delivery for Robert Golden, of Laconia, last year. They found 56 grams of methamphetamine. They removed most of the drugs, re-wrapped the parcel and notified the 37-year-old Golden it was available for him to pick up at the post office. He was arrested after taking it.
Female passenger killed in rollover crash
GILFORD, N.H. (AP) — Police are investigating a crash that left one person dead in Gilford.
Police arrest 16 on drug charges, sought 39
LACONIA, N.H. (AP) — Police in New Hampshire have arrested 16 people in a drug raid that sought 39, and a police chief says it's getting harder to find the suspects.
Chief Matt Canfield in Laconia tells The Laconia Sun police are seeing more people suspected of using and dealing drugs at the same time. He said they are more transient.
Police say 2 used fake dough to buy fried dough
LACONIA, N.H. (AP) — Police say a man and woman used fake money to buy fried dough at an annual pumpkin festival.
Laconia Police charged 24-year-old Christopher Greene and 23-year-old Holly Solans with forgery and resisting arrest. The two refused bail and are being held at Belknap County Jail ahead of a Monday arraignment.
Pumpkin Festival will try to break jack-o-lantern record
LACONIA, N.H. (AP) — Organizers of a New Hampshire pumpkin festival have launched a new effort to break the world record number of illuminated jack-o-lanterns.
The city of Laconia is celebrating the pumpkin festival on Saturday night three years after violence forced its cancellation in Keene. Saturday's festivities began at noon.
Man, 80, using walker, struck, hurt by vehicle at crosswalk
LACONIA, N.H. (AP) — Police in new Hampshire say an 80-year-old man using a walker at a crosswalk was struck and hurt by a vehicle.
The man was crossing the street in Laconia at about 4:45 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of South Main Street and Union Avenue.
Police said the man suffered head and leg injuries and was taken to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. His condition wasn't immediately known and his name hasn't been released.
Man crossing street with walker struck by vehicle, injured
LACONIA, N.H. (AP) — An 80-year-old man who was crossing the street with a walker has been struck by a vehicle and injured in New Hampshire.
Police say the unidentified man was hit while he was walking in a crosswalk Wednesday afternoon in Laconia.
He was taken to a hospital with leg and head injuries. His condition was not immediately available.
Police ask to destroy guns collected from crimes, suicides
LACONIA, N.H. (AP) — Police in a New Hampshire city have asked a judge to allow them to destroy about two dozen guns, some of which were used in crimes, some in suicides, and others abandoned.
The Laconia Daily Sun reports (http://bit.ly/2z921AK) Police Chief Matt Canfield says the department could sell some of the shotguns, pistols and bolt-action rifles, but would rather cut them up. He said police are concerned they could later be used in a crime.
Drive-in movie sale falls through amid possible artifacts
LACONIA, N.H. (AP) — One of New Hampshire's last drive-in movie theaters is back on the market after the state archaeologist said there may be Native American remains or artifacts buried there.
Steamboat enthusiasts rally in New Hampshire
MOULTONBOROUGH, N.H. (AP) — Years ago, David Thompson went to an antique boat rally in Laconia, and it led him to organize an annual steamboat rally in Moultonborough that today draws as many as 1,000 people on the weekend.
Thompson grew up around steamboats. His father and grandfather took care of lights and buoys, and they used a steamboat to navigate the lake.
"They've got pictures of me running around on some of the steamers my grandfather had when I was still in diapers," he said.