Fire/Rescue responds to overdose in restaurant bathroom

LACONIA — As the group America's 1971 pop hit "A Horse with No Name" played in the background, police and firefighters worked feverishly yesterrday in the bathroom of a local restaurant to assist a man who had apparently overdosed on some kind of drug.

Chief Ken Erickson said the man had a piece of tin foil and had apparently been heating and snorting something from it.

He said rescue personnel administered Narcan — an anti-opiate — and the man appeared to recover. He was sitting upright in an ambulance gurney when he was wheeled from the bathroom.

The man, who appeared to be about 30, was taken by ambulance to Lakes Regional General Hospital for evaluation.

The rock group America always said the song was not about heroin although "horse" has long been a nickname for the drug.

Downtown traffic pattern back to normal

LACONIA — As scheduled, the Main Street Bridge was reopened to traffic and the downtown traffic pattern was restored on the eve of Motorcycle Week.

The bridge began carrying southbound traffic from Beacon Street West across the Winnipesaukee River on Thursday, when main Street was reopened to northbound traffic and traffic was no longer detoured through downtown.

Paul Moynihan, director of Public Works, said that during Motorcycle Week, work at the bridge will be limited and afterwards the flow of traffic will be uninterrupted save for occasional lane closures to facilitate remaining work on the railings, drainage, lighting and sidewalks. Construction of the Gateway Plaza — the fifth and final phase of the project — will begin in the middle of June. The project includes landscaping of the areas south of Sawyer's Jewelry and the parking garage, the traffic island between Main Street and the Landmark Inn and the sidewalk between Beacon Street East and Stewart Park as well as improvements to the pedestrian crossings throughout the intersection.

At the same time, tMoynihan said that the final work on the rehabilitation of the bridge will be undertaken with paving and striping expected to extend into late August with completion of the project anticipated in early September.
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Pennsylvania schoolteacher's arrest for sexual assault rippling out to Moultonborough & Camp Tescumseh

MOULTONBOROUGH — A schoolteacher arrested in Pennsylvania this week on charges of sexually assaulting a former student worked at Camp Tescumseh, a summer camp for boys on Moultonborough Neck, where his abuse of the victim allegedly continued.

Matthew Scavitto, 31, a teacher at the Phelps School, a private day and boarding school for boys in Malvern, PA has been charged with institutional sexual assault, corruption of minors, unlawful contact with a minor and endangering the welfare of children by Chester County Attorney Tom Hogan. He is being held in the Chester County Prison in lieu of $250,000 cash bail.

Moultonborough Police Chief Leonard Wetherbee, Jr. said yesterday that he recently became aware of the charges and allegations. "We are reaching out to the authorities in Pennsylvania, adding that "it is way to early to speculate about charges being filed in New Hampshire."

Following Scavitto's arrest he was immediately dismissed from his position at the Phelps School. Doug Knight, the director of Camp Tecumseh, who serves as Associate Director of Admissions and Tuition Assistance.at the Haverford School in Haverford, Pennsylvania, could not be reached for content at press time.

According to a report in the Delaware County Daily Times on June 8, the victim told the Willistown Police that the pattern of sexual assaults began in May 2013, near the end of the victim's junior year at the Phelps School when he was 17, continued while Scavitto and his victim were at Camp Tecumseh in the summer of 2013 and throughout the victim's senior year at school.

The paper reported Willistown Police Chief John Narcise to say that "based upon this defendant's behavior and law enforcement's experience, we are concerned there may be other victims." He encouraged anyone with with additional information to call Detective Sergeant Jeff Heim at his department at 610-251-0222.