Young Gilford man seriously injured in late night rollover on Rte. 11-A

GILFORD — A 23-year-old Gilford man was transported to Dartmouth Medical Center in Lebanon after losing control of his car before it rolled over several times on Cherry Valley Road at 1:10 a.m. Saturday morning.

Police said Andrew Legace, 23, was ejected from the 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer. A spokesperson for Dartmouth Hitchcock said yesterday his condition is satisfactory.

His two passengers, Tanya Hicks, 22, of Laconia and Nick Briggs, 22 of Belmont were transported to Lakes Region General Hospital with non life-threatening injuries. Both were out of the car when first responders arrived.

The Belknap Regional Accident Investigation Team was called and spent several hours attempting to reconstruct the crash. A section of Cherry Valley Road was closed until 7:30 a.m.

Police said initially it appears speed was a factor and the investigation continues as to whether there were other contributing factors and whether or not any of the people in the car were wearing seat belts.

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Belmont BBQ pit can't be razed without fed's permission

BELMONT — Selectmen learned last night that to relocate the site of a public barbecue pit from Sergant Park to the new pavilion next to the Belmont Mill, the plans must be submitted to the National Park Service for consideration and approval.

The town and the N.H. Division of Parks and Recreation agree the barbecue pit is obsolete in its current location just behind the Police Station parking lot, but because it was built with federal money as part of the federal Land Water Conservation Fund that built Sargent Park in the late 1970s, the National Park Service must approve.

Beaudin said part of the reason it is obsolete is because the Police Department built a fence along the Sargent Street side of the lot.

Town Administrator Jeanne Beaudin said last night the old pit would be demolished and a new one would be built behind the new pavilion at town expense.

The pit is about 10 to 12-feet long and about three-feet wide and is used almost exclusively by the Fire Department during the tradional Old Home Day chicken barbecue.

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Man set to admit he brutally raped resort guest

LACONIA — A former resort employee has tentatively agreed to plead guilty to three counts of allegedly raping a female guest in the early morning hours of May 7, 2014.

If the plea is accepted by Belknap County Superior Court Judge James O'Neill, Douglas Fisher, 55, former of 15 Lake Street Apt. A in Gilford could serve a minimum of 18-years in the New Hampshire State Prison. He is scheduled to enter his plea Thursday.

Fisher is accused of breaking into a guest's room at The Margate Resort, tying her up and and repeated raping her. He allegedly threatened to kill her if she said anything and allegedly stole money from her before leaving.

Along with four courts of aggravated felonious sexual assault (forcible rape), he was also indicted for one count of burglary, one count of robbery, one count of false imprisonment, one count of sexual assault, and one count criminal threatening.

Fisher has agreed to serve 10 to 20 years with the maximum portion of the sentence suspended — stand committed, a second sentence of 8 to 20 years for a second count of rape to be served after his first sentence is finished — stand committed, and a third sentence of 10 to 20 years to be served at the same time as the first sentence that will be suspended on conditions of good behavior.

The state agreed not to prosecute the fourth charge of aggravated felonious sexual assault.

Fisher agreed to plead guilty to one count of burglary with a 7 1/2 to 15 year sentence that will be suspended pending 20 years of good behavior and one count of robbery to which he will be sentenced to 3 1/2 years to 7 years that will all be suspended, again pending good behavior for 15 years.

Charges of false imprisonment, sexual assault, and criminal threatening will not be prosecuted if O'Neill accepts Fisher's plea.

The alleged victim reported the assault and Gilford Police were able to make their arrest after Fisher's DNA matched on the Combined DNS Index System (CODIS). Fisher was arrested in December of 2014 and indicted in March of 2015.

He has been held in the Belknap County House of Corrections on $100,000 cash-only bail since his arrest.

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