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19-year-old charged with reckless driving after crash

BELMONT — Three young people were taken by ambulance to Lakes Region General Hospital after the car they were in left the road yesterday morning and hit a stone wall.

Police said Trevor M. Partridge, 19, no address given, of Belmont was driving along Province Road (Route 107) at an alleged high rate of speed when his car struck the stone wall at Dow Cemetery near the intersection of Hoadley Road. He was charged with one count of reckless driving and one count of driving without a valid license.

Partridge, passenger Scott Coburn, 21, no address given, and a second juvenile passenger were all taken by Belmont Fire and Rescue by ambulance to Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia with what fire officials described as non life-threatening injuries.

Police said the front end of the small 4-door sedan was heavily damaged.

Fire officials said two of the men needed to be helped from the car while one was able to get out on his own. They said they didn't need to use extrication tools.

Partridge was given a court date of September 19 in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 August 2013 02:02

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Chaotic scene in Laconia as foot chase ends with tasering in front of victim's relatives; police say they confiscated heroin, cocaine & oxycodone after arrest

LACONIA – A local man who was zapped by police with a Taser twice Wednesday night is being held on $30,000 cash bail after his appearance by video in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division on Thursday.

Matthew Tusi, 30, of 9 Isabella St. faces three counts of possession of narcotics, one count of possession of a narcotic (oxycodone) with intent to sell, one count of disobeying an officer and one count of resisting arrest.

Police affidavits obtained from the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division yesterday said Tusi had two bags of brown heroin, two bags of cocaine, and 89 blue bills identified by poison control as oxycodone on him or with him at the time of his arrest.

Paperwork filed with the court indicates the brouhaha with Tusi began around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday when Sheriff Deputy E. Justin Blanchette drove toward the Sheriff's Department on County Drive to get something he had left in his office.

He said while headed north to his office he noticed a black Infinity in front of him that headed past County Drive. Blanchette said saw the same car on County Drive a short time later as it was pulling in to the parking lot of the Belknap County House of Corrections and thought it was "unusual."

He said he stopped to talk to the driver to see if he could be of assistance and Tusi allegedly told him he was going to the jail to post bail for a woman. Blanchette said he thought she had been sentenced and told Tusi he would check for him.

Blanchette's affidavits said Tusi swore at him and announced he would leave.

Blanchette said he told him to wait a second and he would check with the jail about the woman but Tusi said, "I'm out of here."

"The entire time he was reaching around the inside of the driver's side door and was staring right through me," wrote Blanchette noting he feared Tusi had a weapon so "I kept my distance."

Blanchette learned the woman had been sentenced and was not expecting anyone to bring her any money. He decided to follow the car, calling Laconia police for support.

Once Blanchette had a Laconia Police officer traveling behind him, he said he turned on his his lights to stop Tusi who was by then on Union Avenue, in front of Sacred Heart Church and not far from his home off Gilford Ave. He said Tusi continued slowly for about 25 feet and stopped but didn't put the car in park.

Blanchette said he ordered Tusi on his bullhorn to put the car in park and he complied.

And then, the officer reported, Tusi ran.

Blanchette pursued alleging Tusi kept swearing and placing his hand in his waist band, putting Blanchette in fear of a weapon so he drew his and ordered him to stop. Blanchette said Tusi yelled, "Bring more guns, bring more guns" so he deployed his Taser but said he didn't hit him squarely and his suspect kept running.

Tusi ran down a driveway next to a wooden stockade fence running perpendicular to Gilford Ave. and witnesses (including this reporter) heard a considerable amount of yelling before a second Taser shot was heard. Blanchette described the second shot fired from his electric stun gun as "more successful".

Tusi began screaming, "I can't walk. I can't walk" when police ordered him to get to his feet. He also yelled that he wanted them to call the state police and then hollered that he wanted an ambulance.

Multiple police officers, including an off-duty Gilford Police officer and an off-duty New York Police officer were standing around Tusi, who was wearing white sweatpants and a red long-sleeved T-shirt with a white front. He was handcuffed from behind and alternated between sitting and laying on the ground.

He continued to holler and at one point said he wanted to see his mother. Other onlookers, including his grandmother, kept screaming at police that Tusi didn't do anything, repeating the suspect's cry for medical attention. Police told him an ambulance was on the way.

About seven to 10 minutes later a Laconia ambulance arrived and Tusi was put on a lifting board and raised to a gurney.

As he was being wheeled to the ambulance, he continued to moan and cry but as he was being lifted into the emergency vehicle he began to struggle again. One of his relatives, identified by witnesses as his uncle, kept tying to tell Tusi to go in the ambulance and yelling at police for hurting him. He also kept telling Tusi not to say anything.

"We'll sort this out later," the uncle said to Tusi and other male relatives who had gathered by the rear of the ambulance.

Once the ambulance doors closed, Tusi, who is about 6-feet tall and weighs about 200 pounds, apparently began struggling and attendants could be seen through the windows trying to restrain him. His relatives kept telling police that the ambulance drivers were hurting him but nearest officer wasn't looking through the ambulance windows.

At his video arraignment in court yesterday, Tusi walked in to the video room and didn't appear to have any injuries. Wearing the same red shirt with the white front, he made the sign of the cross as he waited for Judge Jim Carroll to decide on whether he should be held on $20,000 cash only bail. Carroll decided on $30,000.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 August 2013 01:55

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It's official: LRCC students will learn restaurant biz at amazing Shaker facility

CANTERBURY — Recalling the lyric of "Simple Gifts," the enduring Shaker song, for both Lakes Region Community College and Canterbury Shaker Village and their partnership to house the college's Culinary and Pastry Arts and Restaurant Management programs at the historic site: "'Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be."
Yesterday, when Scott Kalicki, president of the college, and Funi Burdick, executive director of Canterbury Shaker Village, inc. signed the lease both spoke of their "shared educational mission," which Kalicki said they would pursue "in sophisticated and synergistic ways."
Kalicki recalled that the idea of locating the programs in Canterbury sprang from a suggestion by the former president of the college Mark Edelstein. Meanwhile, Burdick said that the village, in seeking "to stay vibrant and relevant," was offering workshops, including those in culinary arts, and "encouraging people to get their hands dirty." When she learned that the college was looking for a new home for Culinary Arts she remembered the Shaker motto — "we make you a kindly welcome."
The college will occupy a three-story building, reconstructed and furnished in the Shaker manner but fitted with a commercial kitchen, where it will conducts its classes and operate a restaurant. For the college the village provides a home for two popular programs that have been adrift since last spring when, after structural issues forced them to leave the Belmont Mill, they shuttled between the technical centers at Laconia and Concord high schools. For the village, the presence of the programs and the restaurant enriches the offerings at the historic site and serves its mission to sustain the Shaker legacy, while providing annual revenue of $40,000.
The production and preparation of food, Burdick noted was prominent strain among the Shakers. She said that the village has hosted chefs from around the state to conduct workshops and prepare meals drawing on Shaker recipes. "Lots of restaurants have wanted to lease the space," she said, "but, we don't want to be a landlord." The college, she continued, represents an opportunity "to integrate education and hospitality with our mission to 'rethink tradition, rethink Shaker Village."
Burdick anticipated that the students would be matched to the "Shaker Box Lunch" offered at the village. Furthermore, she said that the village also intends to develop a farming program, reviving a significant element of the Shaker community, as part of an initiative to encourage organic agriculture and sustainable living.
Patrick Hall, coordinator of the Culinary and Pastry Arts program, was excited at the prospect of what he called "food-to-table. It's the big thing and it's what the public wants," he said. He said that learning in an environment where the ingredients are grown and harvested would enhance the experience of students. Hall is eager to open the restaurant that is expected to serve its first diners in October.
William Walsh, chief instructor of the program, expected the setting would add to the popularity of the program. The commercial kitchen, along with storage and office space, is on the ground floor. What he called an "a la carte kitchen" and dining room, which seats 40, is on the floor above. A function room stretches across the top floor.
Walsh said there were 11 students when he joined the program seven years ago and he expects 110 when classes begin in the fall. The kitchen, he said, will accommodate classes of 10 to 12, which approximates the student-teacher ratio of the program. With the restaurant, Walsh stressed that the venue provides an ideal environment to teach everything from waiting tables to preparing deserts in elegant surroundings.

"When students complete this program here," he said, "they can step right into places like Church Landing."
Kalicki said that that ultimately the college intends to return the programs to the Laconia campus, but quickly added that he expected to pursue the partnership with the village "as far as we can take it." He said that the 2013-2014 state budget includes $3.3-million for construction of a new building to house the automotive program at the college and design the renovation of the space it will vacate.
Burdick is looking forward to an ongoing partnership. "Potential and integration are the key words," she said. "We're just going to joy the ride and hope it lasts for a long time."


CAPTION: Scott Kaliicki, president of Lakes Region Community College, and Funi Burdick, executive director of Canterbury Shaker Village, Inc., yesterday signed the lease that will provide the college's Culinary and Pastry Arts and Restaurant Management programs with a new home at the National Historic Landmark where students will operate a restaurant. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Michael Kitch).

Caption: Scott Kalicki, president of Lakes Region Community College, and Funi Burdick, executive director of Canterbury Shaker Village, Inc. are flanked by Patrick Hall (right), program coordinator, and William Walsh (left), chief instructor, of the college's Culinary and Pastry Arts and Restaurant Management programs, which will be housed at the village. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Michael Kitch).

Last Updated on Friday, 09 August 2013 01:41

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59-year-old Laconia woman identified as victim of Gilford crash

GILFORD — Police have identified Laconia resident Kay E. Sawyer, 59, as the woman killed in Wednesday's three-car accident on Route 11 next to the scenic overlook of Lake Winnipesaukee.

The Daily Sun has learned that Sawyer lived at 1156 North Main Street at the Opechee Gardens.

Det. Sgt. Chris Jacques said Sawyer was driving a silver Toyota and was headed toward Alton or east. He said her two passengers were Theresa Burgado, 29, of New York, N.Y. and a 2-year-old child who was not identified.

Burgado remains at Lakes Region General Hospital while the child was treated and released.

A second car, which was a Honda sedan, was also headed east and was being operated by Brendon J. Lefavor-Hanson, 22, of Gilford.

Jacques said Lefavor-Hanson's car made contact with the car driven by Sawyer who in turn collided with an Ford SUV being driven west-bound by Martin Leary, 62, of Gilford. Leary was also treated and released from LRGH.

Police said they are not releasing the details of what happened on the road up to the collision because of the ongoing investigation, although Jacques said there were witnesses. He said the passenger side of the car Sawyer was driving was most heavily damaged although all three cars sustained significant damage.

The initial call to the fire department broadcast over the scanner said there was multiple cars involved in a crash on Route 11 near Brookside Crossing with a possible fatality.

Jacques didn't say if the witnesses were other people involved in the crash or different people who actually saw what happened. He said to the best of his knowledge, there was no one stopped at the overlook area at the time of the crash.

Jacques said some of the people involved in the crash were wearing seat belts and some were not. He confirmed Fire Chief Steve Carrier's statement that the child was secured in a car seat that appeared to be correctly installed.

Jacques said the road is straight in that area and is reasonably level when one considers Gilford's hilly terrain. "It isn't an area I go to for frequent accidents," he said.

He said that stretch of roadway has two lanes. There is passing allowed, as indicated by a dashed yellow center-line, line but declined to say if it was a factor in yesterday's crash.

Sandy Aldrich was in a car accident in February near where Wednesday's accident occurred.

Aldrich, who lives in Brookside Crossing and drives on Route 11 daily, said in her opinion there are three things that cause many accidents and near-misses along that stretch of road – speed, alcohol and, most importantly inattention.

She said the road gets a lot of travelers who aren't familiar with the curve just west of the scenic area. She also said people like to look at the view without pulling into the scenic area.

"It's a beautiful road," she said, meaning it's well maintained and plowed. But because it is so nice she said she thinks people drive too fast on it. She also said people are prone to passing when they shouldn't because drivers often think they have more room than they really have because they can't see beyond the Gilford-side curve or the Ellacoya State Park Curve.


Last Updated on Friday, 09 August 2013 01:35

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