Rollover on Parade Road holds up traffic

MEREDITH — A man was uninjured despite rolling over his Subaru wagon Monday on Parade Road around 11 a.m.

Police at the scene said the man told them he had pulled over to the side of the road to look at a boat that was for sale. He said he got back into his car, put it in gear and the car took off, crossing Parade Road and rolling over off to the side. He told police that it felt as though his accelerator was stuck.

Police said the car was still running and the driver was out of the car, standing next to it, when they arrived.

Parade Road was closed to about one lane while a wrecker removed the car.

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Wrecker crews and firefighters bring a Subaru to the road from where it landed after going off the road Monday morning. (Gail Ober/Laconia Daily Sun)

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Fire damages garage on Valley Street, thought to be arson

LACONIA — Police continue to investigate a fire believed to be arson that damaged the rear siding of a home at 175 Valley St. early Saturday morning.

Heat from the fire did some minor damage to a garage that sits at the end of a driveway that belongs to the neighbor.

Police said they found that a wood pallet was stacked up to the house and that it had been doused by gasoline.

Capt. Matt Canfield said Monday that police also learned of a few acts of minor vandalism in the area but don't know if they are related.

One of the neighbors said Monday that she woke up around 3:30 to 4 a.m. to what she thought was the sound of a car door slamming and then heard a female tenant scream several times to someone inside the house to call 911.

She said she saw woman was outside the house with a garden hose and talking on a cell phone.

The neighbor said she was watching because if the woman didn't call 911, she was prepared to.

She said the new owners of the home had gutted and renovated it, and that from what she understood it was really nice inside.

This is the second fire in 10 years at this address. In September of 2008, a ceiling and light fixture malfunction caused an electrical fire in one of the units that cost about $50,000 to repair.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Laconia Police Department at 524-5252 or the Laconia Crime Line at 524-1717.

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Police crime scene tape blocked off an area Monday that goes behind a house, left, on Valley Street and includes the neighbor's garage. (Gail Ober/Laconia Daily Sun)

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Paugus Bay Marine golf tournament raises $20,000 for Make-A-Wish

LACONIA — Paugus Bay Marina's 5thh annual charity golf tournament, which was held at Laconia Country Club on Aug. 29, raised $20,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Hampshire.
It brought the total raised in golf tournaments sponsored by the business over the last five years to $76,000.
"We decided to hold our first tournament in 2012 as a way of thanking the Laconia Fire Department for the great job they did in putting out a fire on Memorial Day that year that could have destroyed the entire marina," says Paugus Bay owner Kevin Keenan.
That tournament was held at Lochmere Country Club and raised $10,000, according to Laurie Fox, general manager of the marina.
Since then, the Paugus Bay Marina tournaments have been held at Laconia Country Club and raised $15,000 for the Laconia Police Department in 2013, $15,000 for Lakes Region Disabled Sports in 2014 and $16,000 for Central New Hampshire VNA and Hospice last year.
"This was a life-changing experience for me. I can't say enough about what wonderful things the Make-A-Wish Foundation does," said Keenan. Make-A-Wish brought two of their "Wish children," Emily Ledger and Molly Dunleavy, to Paugus Bay's annual Customer Appreciation Day in late August, where they were big hits with the customers.
Nikki Lyon of the Make-A-Wish Foundation said the organization grants wishes for children of New Hampshire facing life-threatening illnesses. She said that last year the organization granted 84 wishes and is hoping to grant 90 this year.
Fox said there is a core group of supporters who help her with the tournaments each year, including Linda Knott of LPL Financial. The Bank of New Hampshire and Meredith Village Savings Bank are major sponsors for the tournament, along with Paugus Bay Marina.

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Paugus Bay Marina's fifth annual charity golf tournament which was held at Laconia Country Club on Aug. 29 and raised $20,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Hampshire. Shown at the check presentation are Kory Keenan, marina manager; Laurie Fox, general manger of the marina; Linda Knott, owner of LPL Financial, a volunteer who helped organize the tournamen; Kevin Keenan, Paugus Bay Marine owner, and Taryn Smith of Gilford, whose child was granted a wish to be a puppeteer by the foundation last May.  (Roger Amsden/for The Laconia Daily Sun)

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