Police continue search for missing Laconia man

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LACONIA – Police continue their search for David Demers, who was last seen three days ago after he left his home on Jewett Street and headed to the Laconia Spa on Church Street.

Detective Sgt. Kevin Butler said Thursday that he has heard third-hand from some of Demers' friends that he may be in the Manchester area and said he has notified Manchester Police.

Demers is 26 years old, is 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs about 160 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black Monster energy drink sweatshirt, a black T-shirt, black jeans and work boots.

Police said he has been entered into the National Crime Information Center as a missing person.

Anyone with any information about Demers' whereabouts is asked to call the Laconia Police Department at 524-5252.

– Gail Ober

Crane collapses, operator injured

LACONIA — A crane operator suffered severe lower body injuries Thursday morning on Province Street after the boom of his crane collapsed during the setup at 9:21 a.m.

Laconia Fire Chief Ken Erickson said the man was taken to Lakes Region General Hospital and later airlifted to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon. Two other employees escaped injury.

City Police Officer Lindsey Legere was on patrol in the area and saw the boom collapse and immediately responded to assist, notifying the fire department that there were injuries, said Erickson.

Erickson said all three men were on the ground blocking the tracks when the boom, which was vertical, appeared to fall forward. It struck the victim on the way down but didn't land on him.

"The boom formed a triangle as it fell and he was under it," said Erickson. "Something caused it to break."

Erickson said the area is sealed off while the New Hampshire State Police and OSHA investigate.

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City Police Officer Lindsey Legere stands by as city firefighters take away a man who was seriously injured when the boom of a crane collapsed Thursday morning. (Photo courtesy Laconia Fire Department)

Steve O's Subs

GILFORD — After spending several weeks taking orders for Steve O's Subs, a dozen students in Steve O'Riordan's business class spent the morning yesterday making 430 sandwiches, packaging them with potato chips, condiments, brownies and soft drinks, and delivering the lunches to businesses and schools in Gilford, Laconia, Belmont, Meredith and Tilton. The students are not preparing for jobs at Subway, but instead learning the fundamentals of operating a profitable business, the proceeds from which will be donated to the Got Lunch! program in Gilford.

"We do this every year," O'Riordan said, explaining that each member of the class pursues a practical commercial project while the whole class mounts the grinder operation.

This year, he said, the class smashed the record by selling 430 lunches, easily eclipsing the 305 sold by a class of 20.

Steve O's Subs offers a choice of turkey, ham, salami or roast beef with different cheeses and vegetables on fresh baked bread. The ingredients are purchased from Hannaford Supermarket, which donates the condiments.

O'Riordan said that the production costs amount to $5 or $6 for each sub, depending on the meat, and the entire lunch sells for $8, with roast beef costing an extra dollar. With no labor costs, he projected a profit of between $1,000 and $1,200.

The students began preparing and packaging the lunches at 7 a.m. and making deliveries around 11 a.m.,  and returning to school for classes at 1 p.m.

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The students of the business class at Gilford High School, taught by Steve O'Riordan, arrayed themselves as an assembly line making a record number Steve O's Subs, the centerpiece of lunches sold to schools and businesses in the region to benefit the Got Lunch! program in Gilford. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Michael Kitch)