Traffic to be slowed during sewer line maintenance

LACONIA — The city of Laconia Department of Public Works is replacing a section of sanitary sewer lines along North Main Street from the Central Fire Station to Opechee Cove Beach. Local contractor John H. Lyman and Sons Inc. will be performing the work.

This construction will cause traffic restrictions daily, including two-way alternating traffic in one open lane and temporary road closures. Traffic delays will occur, especially during commuting hours. Commuters are asked to seek alternate routes, such as Church Street, Union Avenue, Elm Street and various side streets.

The work is expected to finish by Nov. 4.

10-21 sewer work map

Grand Prize contest nears end, prize is not on private property

LACONIA — The Laconia Daily Sun's first Grand Prize contest will end soon, when one intrepid investigator follows the clues to a certificate redeemable for $1,000. The 18th clue will be released today, and will be found on posters in several stores in the region.

Clue posters can be found in Hannaford stores in Meredith, Plymouth, Bristol, Gilford and Concord; in Wine'ing Butcher shops in Gilford and Meredith; at Sanborn's Auto Repair in Laconia; and at the Gilford Mobil Mart.

The 18th clue will conclude the nine-week run of clues, which were printed in the newspaper on Tuesdays and posted in the above stores on Wednesdays. By press time on Tuesday night, no one had come forward with the certificate. If there's no winner by Monday, Mark Brady, who has crafted each of the four-line, rhyming clues, will release an additional clue for next week.

While it's up to prize-seekers to deduce the prize's hiding spot from Brady's clues, he stated yesterday that the prize won't be hidden near a home, nor will it be on land that is clearly private property.

"It's on property that is clearly accessible to the public," he said.

This will be Brady's 36th year running his Grand Prize contest, which has appeared in newspapers throughout New England. Brady conceived the contest for a group of radio stations he was operating in the Middlebury, Vermont, area, and has adapted the game for print media.

Over the years, he has operated the contest in many different markets.

When the winner has been announced, Brady will reveal the meaning hidden behind each of his clues.

"It's great fun. No matter where I go, the contests are customized for you area's geographic and historic points. It's a lot of fun to put it together."

Suspect arrested in Cottage Street kidnapping, meth bust made


LACONIA — Police have arrested one man suspected of the reported kidnapping that occurred in the vicinity of 40 Cottage St. late last Sunday night, and arrested another man on drug charges after seizing a "significant amount" of methamphetamine, heroin and pills in relation to the kidnapping case.

10-25 lemmondJames Lemmond, 32, whose last known address is Monroe Street in Concord, was arrested by Concord Police at his place of work on Tuesday morning on charges of kidnapping and armed robbery. He refused bail and is being held in Belknap County Jail pending his arraignment in Belknap County Superior Court this afternoon.

Capt. Matt Canfield of the Laconia Police said that Lemmond was identified as the suspect on the strength of information provided by the victim of the alleged kidnapping, who was only found after much searching late Monday afternoon at the Landmark Inn. She had not been harmed.

The arrest followed an intensive investigation that began with a report that a man had dragged a screaming woman into a black GMC Terrain by her hair in the vicinity of 40 Cottage St. around 11:30 p.m. on Sunday. The witness who reported the incident told police he attempted to follow the vehicle and recorded its plate number. He said that he heard a shot fired as the Terrain reached Baldwin Street. The vehicle was later found abandoned in Concord.

Canfield said the woman told police that after being forced into the Terrain, Lemmond took a small amount of cash from her purse and her cell phone and, while holding a gun to her head, drove to Academy Street, where she was able to escape from the vehicle and flee.

Canfield said that when the incident occurred on Sunday, there was what he called a "disturbance" at 40 Cottage St., which police believed was related to the reported kidnapping. But, he said that after speaking with a number of individuals on Monday, officers found their statement so inconsistent that they began to question everything that happened, including the reported kidnapping. However, once the victim was located, a suspect was identified and a warrant was issued, leading to the arrest of Lemmond on Tuesday morning.

10-25 Brian NorrisBrian Norris, 31, a transient with the last known address of 477 White Oaks Road, Barnstead, was arrested Monday afternoon at the Landmark in, suspected of trafficking in drugs. He is being held in Belknap County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail following his arraignment on charges of possession of a narcotic drug with intent to distribute (methamphetamine), possession of a narcotic drug (heroin) and two counts of possession of a controlled drug (buprenorphine and clonazapram)in Belknap County Superior Court on Tuesday.

Capt. Matt Canfield said that officers found Norris while searching the hotel for the victim of the alleged kidnapping on Cottage Street on Sunday night.

Police estimated the street value of the drugs in Norris's possession, which included 42 grams of methamphetamine, at $9,000.

Police urge anyone with information bearing on this case to contact the Laconia Police Department at 524-5252 or the Laconia Crimeline at 527-1717.