Marine Patrol continues investigation into hit-and-run incident

GILFORD — The New Hampshire Marine Patrol has received some tips to help identify the operator of a boat that struck and seriously injured two teenage tube riders and left the scene last Tuesday, but there had been no arrest in the case as of Monday afternoon.
Lt. Crystal McLane said the agency is continuing to investigate the incident in which a white boat with blue and gray lettering struck a tube with two teenagers aboard, and continued on its way without stopping. One of the teens sustained injuries serious enough that he was transported to Huggins Hospital in Wolfeboro for treatment.
The incident occurred on Aug. 8 around 6:35 p.m. as the vessel towing the tube was making a turn. The white boat, estimated to be 21 feet long, with two men aboard, was coming from the direction of Minge Cove when it struck the tube, ejecting the riders, and it continued on in the direction of Rattlesnake Island, according to witnesses.
McLane said Marine Patrol has identified a person they believe might have been the operator of the white boat, “but haven’t questioned him yet.”
Overall, she said, it has been a busy summer, due to the nice weather. Nonetheless, Marine Patrol has seen mostly just the common problems, such as noise and safe passage violations, as well as waterski violations where there are not the proper number of observers or the boat is towing more than the maximum limits allow.
She said there is a good awareness of the day and night speed limits on the lake, but officers are out there to enforce those limits, especially on Winnipesaukee where there had been problems in the past.

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Tri Festival attracts 106 participants, will return next year


LACONIA — The City on the Lakes Tri Festival drew 106 competitors Sunday, even though it was shortened to a one-day sprint-only event, and was deemed a success by organizer Jan Buitendag.
Buitendag, chief executive officer of Tritanium Sports of Gilford, said he was pleased by the turnout and is looking forward to bringing it back next year as a two-day event which will feature a sprint event on Saturday and 70.3-mile Half Ironman format on Sunday.
The Half Iron Man part of the event, a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride and a 13.1-mile run, had originally been scheduled for Sunday but was postponed until 2018.
“We lost two or three months this year while trying to find a venue, which cost us many competitors who might otherwise have shown up “ he said.
Buitendag said the local event is designed to fill the void left when organizers of the Timberman Triathlon, traditionally held in Ellacoya Park in Gilford, moved that event to Old Orchard Beach, Maine.
He said local authorities were very helpful in support for the event, which was approved in March by the Laconia City Council, and said hat he was grateful for all the volunteers who showed up for Sunday's event, many of whom are involved with the Lakes Region Triathlon Club.
Janet Brough, volunteer coordinator for the event, also thanked the Laconia Parks and Recreation Department and the Meredith and Laconia police departments and the Laconia Fire Department for helping make it a safe event.
Sunday's sprint event featured a 350-yard swim, 17-mile bike ride and 5-kilometer run and saw some good performances by local athletes.
Doug Levens, 47, of Cheshire, Connecticut, who posted the day's best times in both the swimming and running events, was first with a time of 1 hour, 18 minutes and 39.5 seconds. He was followed by Brad Mitchell, 41, of Concord, Thomas Motta, 29, of Manchester and Anthony Scigliano, 15, of Mansfield, Connecticut.
Doug McLelland, 51, of Belmont was sixth and Andrew Grieainger, 62 of Meredith, was seventh,
Top woman finisher was Nora Jones, 30, of Dover, followed by Morgan Ainsworth, 18, of Gilford. Kimberly Ainsworth, 47, of Gilford, was fourth.

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Police arrest Tilton man for possession of heroin in Gilford

GILFORD — Police have charged a Tilton man with possession of heroin.
Deputy Chief Kris Kelley said police were called to the area of the Big Apple on Friday night on a report of a potentially intoxicated person. The investigation led them to a man identified as Anthony R. LeRoux, 31, of 197 West Main St., Tilton, whom they concluded had used heroin, leading to the Class B felony charge. LeRoux was released on $5,000 personal recognizance.
• Gilford police also reported that a brawl at Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion led to the arrest of Michael J. Rogan, 45, of 40 Maple Leaf Lane, Harmon, Maine, on charges of simple assault and disorderly conduct.
• Police on Saturday arrested Joseph Fournier, 56, a transient, with driving while intoxicated-subsequent offense and a violation of the open container law. He also was arrested on a bench warrant with additional charges of violating a protective order and breach of bail conditions.
• On Sunday, police arrested several people on criminal trespass charges after they were found at Kimball Castle. Arrested were Jory L. Hersey, 22, of 18 South Fuchsia Drive, Rochester; Tianna Fermino, 18, of 12 Evergreen Lane, Lebanon; Luis Bates, 20, of 16B North Line Road, Wolfeboro; Austin Downs, 22, of 229 Elm St., Farmington; Daniel Green, 20, of 11 Worcester St., Farmington; and Daniel Green 20, of 11 Worcester St., Farmington.
• Other arrests include:
Thursday, Aug. 10: Brooke R. Johnson, 19, of 8 Chelsea Drive, Bow, was charged with unlawful possession of alcohol.
Ryan M. Duby, 23, of 211 Intervale Road, Gilford, was charged with reckless operation.
Friday, Aug. 11: Timothy Converse, 56, of 24 Arlene Drive, Belmont, was charged with driving after revocation/suspension-second offense.
Brennan J. Salo, 39, of 21 Elizabeth Drive, Millbury, Massachusetts, was charged with driving while intoxicated.
Sunday, Aug. 13: Asia Bixby, 22, of 466 Loudon Ridge Road, Loudon, was charged with driving while intoxicated.

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