Cement truck involved in 3-vehicle crash on Rte. 106 in Belmont

BELMONT — Early morning ice on Route 106 led to a collision of three vehicles, including a fully loaded cement truck, and left the three drivers with non-life threatening injuries yesterday.

According to the Belmont Police, the driver of the cement truck lost control while traveling northbound and drifted into the southbound lane just past the Lakes Region Casino. The truck struck a 2013 Chevy Equinox then left the road, slid down an embankment and rolled over as a 1999 Mercury Sable hit the Equinox. The drivers of the truck and the Equinox were both trapped in their vehicles and removed by police officers and firefighters from Belmont and Laconia.

Michael John, 62, who was driving the cement truck, was transported to Concord Hospital. Deborah Valliere, 60, the driver of the Equinox, and James Dupont, 79, the driver of the Sable, were both taken to Lakes Region General Hospital.

The Equinox and Sable were taken from the scene to the Lakes Region Casino while crews from Rusty's Towing worked throughout the morning first to right then to remove the cement truck, which was severely damaged in the crash. The mixer came apart from the truck and emptied some of its seven yards of cement at the foot of the embankment. The road was closed for a spell and after it was reopened traffic was confined to the northbound lane during much of the morning.

Police believe that neither speed nor alcohol contributed to the collisions, which were primarily caused by the icy conditions. The incident remains under investigation and police urge anyone with information about to contact the Belmont Police Department at (603) 267-8350.

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Volunteers prepare new room at Carey House

LACONIA — With the smell of homemade lasagna wafting up the stairs, volunteers from the Mountainview Church in Sanbornton painted a new room at the Carey House homeless shelter, which will now be able to house an additional family.

According to former deacon Wayne Blackey, church members do volunteer work year long but recently decided to do another program and called it "40 Days of Community."

"Amanda (Lewis) is part of our small group and our service project was to redo this room," Blackey said.

Other "40 Days of Community" projects included cleaning a recent widow's yard in Sanbornton, providing meals for a woman who recently had surgery and hosting a baby shower for a woman with no family.

Lewis is the Carey House director. She works with various local social service programs and provides temporary housing for the homeless. With the additional family room, Lewis said they can now house four families, 14 individual men, and six women.

The new room can house a small family of three and used to be Lewis's office. She said she moved downstairs and the Mountainview Church redid all of the electricity and communications systems with Monday's night's painting and homemade dinner being the final chapter.

She said one of the former tenants donated some bedroom furniture and the house will be working with Ippolito's Furniture of Meredith with getting mattresses.

"They have helped us in the past and we are very grateful to them," Lewis said.

Owned and operation by the Salvation Army, the Carey House is the only year-round homeless shelter for people in the Lakes Region, although the new, seasonal Belknap House is scheduled to open sometime this winter.

Carey House is a sober and drug free home and it's mission is to provide temporary housing for people while they get back on their feet.

"Unless they're coming back to say "hello," we hope they don't ever have to come back," she said.

"Recently, one of our men was able to get his own apartment," Lewis said, noting how proud everyone was of him.

Lewis said that with the cold weather, the demand for Carey House services increases and they have recently had to turn away a lot of people.

"I imagine that this new room will be filled within a few days of us finishing it," Lewis said.

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Police have 'solid' suspect in burglary of Lakeport vapor shop

LACONIA — City police said they have a solid suspect in the Monday into Tuesday burglary of the Great Northern Woods Electronic Cigarette Store at 57 Elm Street that was reported Tuesday morning.

Police said that the person forced his or her way into a wooden bulkhead into the basement of the building and worked his or her way up into the store. They said some smoking flavors and an undisclosed amount of cash were taken. They said he also that the person was able to disarm the alarm and the inside video cameras, but there are other videos police have obtained.

Anyone who may have additional information is asked to call the Laconia Police at 524-5252 or the Laconia Crime Line at 524-1717.


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