Frozen river

12-19 frozen boat

Favian Stroud and Dennis Jackes had a struggle to get their boat removed from Lake Winnisquam River to the public boat ramp after the water froze this weekend. Normally, the river doesn't freeze because the dam lets water flow consistently, but this year for the first time, the dam was closed without notice. (Courtesy photo)

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‘Grinch’ strikes city

Winter Street man’s home is ransacked, Christmas presents for daughter stolen


LACONIA — The Christmas Grinch struck an apartment on Winter Street over Thanksgiving weekend when the residents went away for that holiday, only to find their other holiday ruined by a thief.

George Nesbitt, who is a close friend of the victim, said that while his friends were visiting elsewhere someone took the television, the X-box, a Play Station, 183 movies, the rent money and other items, including the resident's Christmas presents for his daughter. City police confirmed the burglary and said it is an active and ongoing investigation.

"He (the victim) spent a year on layaway saving stuff for his daughter," said Nesbitt.

The victim in this case is a dishwasher at the Union Diner who walks to work and back every day. According to his friends, he is a well-loved friend and a valuable employee of the popular diner.

Nesbitt said the burglar(s) ripped the 42-inch television screen off the wall, ransacked the bedroom and found $1,500 in savings, much of which was for his rent, and took the presents that were already wrapped.

When asked if they unwrapped the presents, Nesbitt said there was no wrapping paper discarded on the floor so he presumes that the thief or thieves took them in their wrapped form.

Nesbitt said he had been staying there for a few days and he lost some things too, but that they were minor when compared to what the resident lost.

"He lost a whole computer," Nesbitt said.

Nesbitt said the police have a list of everything that was stolen, including the names of the movies, including recent Batman and Superman movies, and that police have been back to his friend's apartment as part of their investigation.

"This whole thing is very upsetting, and at this time of the year, too," said Nesbitt. "He is such a good guy and for someone to do this to him is just hurtful."

Capt. Matt Canfield said Monday that anyone who may have any information about the burglary of Apt. 7 at 12 Winter St. sometime on Nov. 28 is urged to call the Laconia Police at 524-5252. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the Laconia Crime Line at 524-1717.

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Victim of Gilford assault airlifted to Dartmouth


GILFORD — A local man was charged with second-degree assault Friday night after allegedly punching an acquaintance in the face and throat. The victim was airlifted to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon where he was listed in critical condition.

Police affidavits said Danny Osbon, 30, of 9 Sargent Place #122 and the 66-year old victim were invited to a woman's home at 5 Sargent Place to "drink some beers."

She told police that the victim apparently "ran his mouth" and Osbon punched him. The victim was allegedly sitting on the host's couch at the time of the assault.

She told police that that "young kid (Osbon) beat the s___ out of him" and then dragged him outside and left him in a snow pile.

Police contacted Osbon who allegedly told them that "someone got in his face and he put them out of his face." When Osbon was asked by police how many time he punched the victim, Osbon said about two or three times.

The victim was taken to Lakes Region General Hospital and needed to the intubated. He was later airlifted to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. No update on the victim's medical status was available at press time.

Osbon is being held on $150,000 cash only bail.

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