Former Lakeview Center in Belmont sued over charges of rape by patient

LACONIA – A Merrimack man has filed suit in the Belknap County Superior Court against the former Lakeview Neurorehabilitation Center at the Meadows facility on 57 Horne Road in Belmont, saying his late wife was sexually assaulted there by another resident.

The suit says that on April 28, 2014, the man's wife, who had previously been hospitalized at Elliot Hospital in Manchester, was found in her room with her pajama bottoms on backward and pulled down to her ankles. She told the nurse that she had been raped.

The victim's obituary in The Union Leader said she was 50 and died on June 8, 2014, from complications of ALS – Lou Gehrig's Disease – and dementia.

According to the suit, the victim was taken to the home in Belmont on April 25, 2014, and her medical records accompanied her, detailing that she often engaged in greeting men with some movements that could be interpreted as sexual advances.

Her treatment plan, said her late husband in the complaint, called for one-to-one care and an educational program on the appropriate means of sexual expression and behavior.

The suit claims she was assaulted by the male resident, who allegedly had a proclivity to being "sexually opportunistic" after meeting him for the first time earlier that day. Her husband claims that despite the staff being aware of the proclivities of both his wife and the other resident, they were both placed on the same floor.

On the night of the assault, the suit claims there were three staff members there – one for each floor and a nurse who floated between floors. It contends that the staff member who took over at 10:30 p.m. on Sept. 27 had a responsibility to do laundry and the victim's room wasn't visible from the laundry room.

Sometime in the early morning hours she was allegedly raped.

The assault was reported by the then director to the state Bureau of Development Services and an investigation conducted pursuant to state regulations determined that the victim's rights were violated.

The suit asks for an unknown amount of damages for negligence and loss of consortium as the victim allegedly became fearful of all men including her husband, who, following the assault, was unable to visit her, hold her hand or comfort her.
Lakeview has since sold the Belmont facility to a different company that's in the same business, and last December, Gov. Maggie Hassan ordered that no further placements be made there or in their Effingham facility.

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Gunstock shoots for Dec. 4 opening

GILFORD — "We're still shooting to open on Friday, Dec. 4," said Greg Goddard, general manager of Gunstock Mountain Resort. "We'll open the first day we're able,"

"We've made a fair amount of snow already," Goddard remarked. "We started last Sunday night and made snow Monday and Tuesday and at least got something then shut down when it turned warm. We've been through this before," he continued, explaining "that's why we've invested so much in our snowmaking capacity. We never plan on the natural stuff."

Goddard said that with colder temperatures forecast this weekend, snowmaking will resume Sunday with an eye to having some trails open by the end of the week.

Meanwhile, a half-dozen ski areas — Bretton Woods, Cranmore Mountain, Loon Mountan, Waterville Valley, Wildcat Mountain and Mount Sunapee — had some trails open during the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Shoppers seek holiday bargains on Black Friday

GILFORD — Holiday shoppers were out looking for Black Friday bargains around the Lakes Region yesterday, even though many of them, like Susan St. Pierre of Laconia, who shopped at Wal-Mart in Gilford, have already done a lot of their shopping online.
St. Pierre said she was looking for gifts for her 16-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter, and for the special Black Friday items which can only be bought in stores.
''I've already done most of my shopping online,'' said St. Pierre, who works at Fluett Engineering in Laconia.
Also looking for bargains at Wal-Mart was Nicole Doherty of Laconia, who was looking for computers and iPads for her kids. She said she had also gone shopping late Thanksgiving afternoon at the Steeplegate Mall in Concord after having had a turkey dinner.
At Tanger Outlets in Tilton, Amanda Avery of Center Harbor was shopping along with her mother. Crystal, and sister, Jessica, for Christmas presents with a lot of the shopping focused on her month-old daughter, Vera.
''We found some cute clothes for her,'' said Amanda, who was also looking for gifts for her boyfriend.
Also shopping at the Tilton mall was Joan Fedan of Moultonborough, who was there with several people, includinhg her son, Joe, and Chanel Brown of Massachusetts.
Fedan said shopping at the mall is a family tradition on Back Friday after a celebration of the holiday held at her home on Moultonborough Neck on Thanksgiving Day.
That same tradition holds true for Rich and Carol Walter of Quincy, Massachusetts, who were shopping along with Cynthia Demos of Watertown Massachusetts, Melissa Walter of Quincy and her boyfriend, George Demos of Watertown.
Rich Walter said the group had spent the holiday at the Mills Falls in Meredith and enjoyed a Thanksgiving meal at Hart's Turkey Farm in Meredith.
''We come here to get away from our relatives,'' joked Melissa Walter, who said the holiday shopping at the mall was a family tradition.
In downtown Laconia, Reggie and Sherryl Caldwell of Belmont were doing their shopping with locally owned businesses, and chose All My Life Jewelers on Main Street as one of their destinations. Local businesses promoted the day as Plaid Friday, encouraging shoppers to buy local.

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