Teen killed in Sandwich crash

SANDWICH — A Tamworth teenager has died after crashing his car into a tree.

Police said Jake Davison, 19, of Tamworth was driving on Route 25 in Tamworth on Monday at about 10:40 p.m. when a state trooper tried to stop him.

Davison refused to stop and police said he accelerated to a high rate of speed and headed onto Route 113. Police report that Davison turned off his lights during the chase. The officer stopped the chase, turning off his  emergency lights, but Davison lost control of a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta and hit a tree on the north side of the road in the area of Foss Flats Road.

Police said he was severely injured and died at the scene.

The State Police Collision Analysis & Reconstruction Unit is investigating.

Officers from Sandwich and Moultonborough as well as rescue crews from Stewarts Ambulance and Moultonborough Fire and Rescue assisted at the scene.


Two injured in Lake Winnisquam crash


LACONIA — A 7-year-old boy and a 69-year-old man were injured Friday night at 10:30 after a powerboat being driven by a 15-year-old boy collided with a powerboat that was adrift between Pot Island and Shore Drive on Lake Winnisquam.

Marine Patrol said three people were on a 24-foot Four Winns powerboat that was being piloted by a 13-year-old when it crashed to the rear of a 21-foot Moomba power boat with four people aboard.

The owner of the Moomba, Brian Jackes of Belmont, and a 13-year-old passenger were able to jump out before the collision. A 7-year-old boy on the Moomba sustained facial injuries. There was no information as to the fourth passenger at press time.

The owner of the Four Winns power boat, Wayne Balcom of Nashua, sustained serious injuries. There was no information on the condition of the driver and second passenger.

After the crash, the Moomba began to take on water and capsized, putting all four people into the water. Those people were wearing life jackets before their craft capsized.

There was no information as to the three boaters on the Four Winns and whether they were wearing life preservers.

Marine Patrol said firefighters were initially assisted by a "Good Samaritan" who took them to the scene.

Neither drugs or alcohol appear to have contributed to the collision.

The crash is being investigated by the New Hampshire Marine Patrol. Anyone who has any information or who may have seen it is asked to call the Marine Patrol at 293-2037.

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This boat was pulled from the water Saturday after a collision Friday night on Lake Winnisquam. (Courtesy state Marine Patrol)

Dog and cat rescued from fire, Gilmanton home is destroyed


GILMANTON — A three-alarm fire heavily damaged a one-and-a-half-story ranch home off from Middle Route late Monday morning, rendering the home uninhabitable, according to Captain Dennis Comeau of the Gilmanton Fire Department.
He said firefighters were able to rescue a dog and a cat from the basement of the home after quickly knocking down the fire, which he said was burning through the front of the house when firefighters arrived.
The fire was reported at 10:35 a.m. by a neighbor of the 952 Middle Route home, who told dispatchers that the fire was coming through the roof. Comeau said a second alarm was called when firefighters en route to the scene could see smoke coming from the area before they arrived.
"It was well involved when we arrived. We were able to get a two-and-a-half-inch hose into the building through the front wall and blocked the fire from spreading to the rest of the building. Once we got water on it, we were able to knock it down quickly," said Comeau.
Gilmanton Police were the first to arrive at the scene and found the house totally involved in flames. Also responding to the initial call along with Gilmanton firefighters were units from Barnstead and Belmont.
Comeau said no one was at home when the fire broke out and that the owners of the property, whom he was unable to identify, were making plans for staying temporarily in an RV on the property.
No cause has yet been determined for the fire.

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Gilmanton Police were first on scene of a fire on Middle Route in Gilmanton late Monday morning and found the house fully involved. (Photo Courtesy Gilmanton Police)

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Firefighter Chris Griffin carries a dog which was found in the basement of a home which was heavily damaged by fire on Middle Route in Gilmanton Monday morning. (Photo Courtesy Gilmanton Police)