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Id. man dives from canoe to avoid approaching motorboat

ALTON – An Idaho man escaped serious injury after he dove out of his canoe to avoid being hit by a motor boat on Lake Winnipesaukee.

Marine Patrol said Robert Johnson, 74, of East Bridgewater, Mass., was "on plane," traveling about 30 mph between Rattlesnake Island and Sleepers Island Friday afternoon when he collided with a 16-foot canoe being paddled by Robert Cavallaro of Driggs, Idaho.

Cavallaro saw the crash coming, and was able to jump from his canoe.

Marine Patrol officials said charges are pending. However, alcohol did not appear to be a factor, they added.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 01:10

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Two injured in Sat. motorcycle crash on Weirs Blvd.

LACONIA — A man and woman were injured when they were thrown from a motorcycle after it collided with the rear of car on Weirs Boulevard on Saturday afternoon.

According to police, the accident occurred around 4:30 p.m. near the Ship Ahoy Condominiums where a Volvo sedan, driven southbound by Mary Clark, 65, of Monson, Mass., stopped to allow several pedestrians to cross the street. A Triumph motorcycle, ridden by Mickey Beall, 49, of Concord and carrying Zandra Fillmore, 47, of Canterbury, collided with the rear of the sedan. Both riders, neither of whom was wearing a helmet, came off the motorcycle. They were transported to Lakes Region General Hospital by the Laconia Fire Department and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Police said alcohol was not a factor in the collision.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 01:08

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Third person charged with manufacturing methampetamine stemming from raid in Meredith last week

LACONIA — A third person has been charged with manufacturing methamphetamine following a raid at two homes in Meredith last week.

Joseph Clark, 36, of 906 Stinking Creek Road in LaFollette, Tenn., appeared in the 4th Circuit Court (Laconia Division) by video yesterday.

He is alleged to have conspired with Mark Carpenter, 58, of 388 Daniel Webster Highway, to manufacture methamphetamine. He is being held on $50,000 cash-only bail.

Paperwork filed with the court yesterday said state drug enforcement agents told the Belknap County Sheriff's Department he had been purchasing "unusual high amounts" of psuedo-ephedrine.

Affidavits said Clark made 21 purchases while Carpenter made 12 purchases between May 21 and July 13.

Carpenter and Tracy McGuire, 48, of 230 Meredith Center Road, were two of four people arrested in a two-pronged bust in Meredith on July 23. Douglas Peters, 53, and Crystal Smith, 28, of 9 True Road, were also arrested by police and charged with possession of a controlled drug.

Police said Clark had been seen at the apartment.

During the initial raid, police found a one-pot cook in progress as well as some finished product at Carpenter's home.

During the search of Carpenter's home, police said they found a meth lab inside the workshop portion along with Clark's non-driver Tennessee identification.

Affidavits said Clark was also seen on video purchasing Psuedoephederine.

Belknap County Sheriff Sgt. William Wright said in court yesterday that Clark has an extensive criminal record that includes assault, three convictions for burglary, and fraudulent use of a credit card.

Wright said Clark had a history of not following court orders and, in his opinion, was a danger to the community.

Clark, who was not represented by a lawyer yesterday, didn't argue his bail, but only said that he wasn't going anywhere. He said he had been staying a friend's house.

In a separate but related hearing, Carpenter waived his probable cause hearing for the manufacturing methamphetamine charge and had his bail reduced by agreement from $50,000 cash only to $10,000 cash or corporate surety.

The Sheriff's Department filed an additional charge of possession of heroin against McGuire. She waived her probable cause hearing on the manufacturing methamphetamine charge and her bail was reduced to $10,000 cash or corporate surety.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 01:05

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Infrared pothole repair system demonstrated at Briarcrest

LACONIA — Mark Twin once quipped "This is the only place in the world where the pavements consist exclusively of holes with asphalt around them. And they are the most economical in the world," he continued, "because holes never get out of repair."

Yesterday a number of public officials and curious residents gathered at Briarcrest Estates got a close look at infrared technology, a technique for repairing potholes, cracking, cuts, manholes joints, drains and other defects in asphalt surfaces in less time and at less cost than conventional methods.

Don Vachon, the operations manager of the Lakemont Cooperative, which purchased the Briarcrest manufactured housing park earlier this year, invited Roger Filion, president of Kasi Infrared Corporation of Newport, N.H., to demonstrate the technology on a steep slope riven with cracks. Vachon explained that after 30 years the roads in the park are showing signs of wear and, bound by a tight budget, he sought an alternative to paving.

Kasi Infrared has been manufacturing the equipment and applying the technology for the past 15 years. The first step in the process is to clean the area being repair of standing water, loose asphalt and dirt. Then the 48-square foot infrared chamber, attached to rear of the truck, is positioned over the area to be repaired so that its edges are at least six inches from the damage. It takes between five and eight minutes to heat the asphalt to 325 degrees Fahrenheit to a depth of two inches.

The infrared chamber is lifted and the damaged area is scarified with a rake, leaving a shallow trough at the edges. A six inch perimeter of heated asphalt is left undisturbed to ensure that when the repair is rolled the hot asphalt in the restored area is fused to the heated roadway to eliminate any seam. Asphalt, carried in the hot box on the truck, is raked over the site, which smoothed and leveled with a lute. Finally the restored area is rolled with at least 2,000 pounds per square inch of pressure.

Filion said that repairs can be made with a crew of two and one truck, which carries the infrared chamber, hot asphalt, roller and tools. He stressed that the infrared technology can be applied throughout the year and unlike cold patching "once you've made a repair, it's done. You're not going back."

Paul Moynihan, diretcor of Laconia Public Works, said that "we think it has its applications. Not in all places, but where there are a lot of potholes, like Court Street."

John Neal, general foreman of the Department of Public Works, who has worked with the technology, said that early this spring on Court Street alone some 50 tons of material was used to patch potholes, many of which washed out with the next storm. He said that each pothole had to dug out to the gravel, then filled. A crew of five or six, including flaggers, was required. He suspected infrared technology, with a cost of $4.50 a square foot or a daily rate, might offer a more effective and less expensive alternative.

The difference between infrared technology and conventional methods, Filion explained, "is that they're going to be going back, and back and back. Once this is done, it's done. It's going to save everybody money in a big way."

Fillion and his crew were in Briarcrest at the invitation of Vachon, who is one of a number of residents now charged with the running of their community, where all the roadways are owned by the cooperative.

Last Updated on Saturday, 26 July 2014 12:48

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