Children’s Auction picks up steam on second day, donations come in

LACONIA — The pace picked up on the second day of the 33rd annual Children's Auction which saw brisk bidding, including a lot of bids which were higher than the listed price of the items being auctioned. More than $33,000 was raised Tuesday.
And donations of items to be auctioned also picked up according to Mike Seymour, chairman of the board of trustees of the Greater Lakes Region Charitable Fund for Children, a nonprofit corporation which earlier this year took over ownership of the auction.
"We can still use more auction items, but if things flow as they usually do, we'll see a lot more donations over the next couple of days," said Seymour.
He said that while the auction is being run by a new organization, it is still essentially the same as it was in the past, with many familiar faces and volunteers and has the same format as in the past.
Above all, he stressed that the proceeds from the auction will be distributed among organizations within the communities whose members, both individuals and businesses, volunteer and donate to the auction.
He said that the change in ownership of the auction from NH 1 Media to the locally-run nonprofit opened up new possibilities for the auction, which for the first time ever has a presenting sponsor, CruCon Cruise Outlet of Moultonborough.
"Sandy Cleary and CruCon came up big for us. They gave us a big check as the presenting sponsor and the company's employees have donated hundreds of items which will be auctioned," said Seymour.
He encouraged people who want to make donations to stop by the Opechee Conference Center studio or call 293-4700. The auction is being telecast by Lakes Region Public Access Television on TV Channel 25 Metrocast. It is also being carried by Channel 12 Metrocast and broadcast live on FM stations, 104.9 The Hawk and WZEI 101.5, the auction's new radio partners.
Some 61 charities have applied for support from the auction with requests totaling $580,000.
Last year the auction raised $486,575, with nearly half of that coming from Pubmania, which gets underway at 9 a.m. at Patrick's Pub in Gilford today.
The auction runs through Saturday Dec. 12; from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. on weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, visit the auction's website at www.childrensauction.com.

Four Newfound High School students sent to hospital after accidental pepper spraying

BRISTOL – Six students from a Newfound Regional High School classroom were taken by ambulance to two area hospitals for observation after a female student's pepper spray accidentally discharged at 11:30 a.m. yesterday.

Four of the students were taken to Speare Memorial Hospital and two were taken to Franklin Regional Hospital.

Police Chief Michael Lewis said the department's investigation showed the discharge of the pepper spray was accidental and there would be no criminal charges.

Laconia duo indicted for burglary of occupied home

LACONIA — A Belknap County grand jury indicted two city men who allegedly broke into a home on Emerald Place on Aug. 23 while the homeowner was inside, sleeping.
Kevin Gobeil, 21, formerly of 322 Union Ave. #2, and Michael Regan, 32, formerly of 46 Arch St #1, are both charged with a Class A felony of burglary.
That the burglary was committed in the night means the charge is upgraded from a Class B felony to a Class A one felony, according to the state criminal code.
According to police reports at the time, a female resident woke to find two men in her house. They both fled when they realized she was awake.
Police responded after the woman called 911 and were able to local Gobeil about 300 feet into the tree line. After officers told him they were sending in the K-9, police said Gobeil came from the woods with his hands up. He allegedly told police he was alone and had gone into the woods when he saw the police because he had had drugs on him.
Police also found a single white and black shoe and a backpack. Gobiel denied owning them.
A State Police K-9 tracked the Regan and allegedly found him laying in the mud nearby.