Early morning Belmont crash sends one to hospital

BELMONT — Police and firefighters responded to a collision that involved three vehicles at the intersection of Route 3 and Ladd Hill Road Thursday at 5:55 a.m.

Belmont-Laconia Fire Chief Ken Erickson said that Laconia was first to arrive and found a woman in a black Lincoln who was trapped in her car because her driver's door had been crushed.

He said it took firefighters from Laconia and Belmont about a half an hour to free the woman by using an extrication device. He said the airbags deployed but the car's crumple zones and airbag system functioned well and she was not seriously injured.

She was taken to Lakes Region General Hospital for treatment.

Erickson said this was one of the first times that the combining of the resources of the two departments came into play since Belmont and Laconia decided to share a chief a few months ago.

With Laconia responding immediately to the Route 3 section of Belmont he said help was able to get there faster than before the new arrangement.

He also said the two departments have been training together for extrication and the operation was seamless.

Police said there were three vehicles involved in the crash and no one was seriously injured.

— Gail Ober

Woman arrested on drug charges


LACONIA — A local woman is being held on $500 cash-only bail after police arrested her on two outstanding warrants and allegedly found methamphetamine and heroin/fentanyl in her possession.
Affidavits said police were watching Dawn M. Dragon, 48, of 11 Kentfield Court while she conversed with someone outside of Cumberland Farms on Court Street around 1:45 a.m. Wednesday.
After learning she was wanted on two warrants, police asked her step out of the car and place her purse on the car. The officer put her in handcuffs.
Once she was in the rear of the cruiser, police said she was taken to the police station to be processed, where the officer searched her purse for weapons. In her wallet, he found two packages, one of which had a substance that looked and field tested positive for methamphetamine. The second package had material that field tested as inconclusive for heroin.
Police said they also found a hidden needle in her wallet that was confiscated and destroyed.
Police said they sought cash bail because Dragon had a long history of skipping court, which was the reason for the two recent bench warrant. Affidavits said she also had a history of probation and parole violations.
After her video appearance in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division, the court ordered a review on July 6 and asked Horizons Counseling Center in Gilford to provide an evaluation.

Moultonborough Police seek missing man

MOULTONBOROUGH — Police are searching for a 19-year-old Maine man who was last seen walking along Moultonborough Neck Road in the direction of Route 25.

Police Chief Leonard Wetherbee said Gabriel "Gabe" Nodarse of Saco was visiting one of the camps in the area and was last seen at 108 Geneva Point Road at 12:30 p.m. on June 27. All of his belongings were left at the place he was staying.

One hour later, residents of Moultonborough Neck Road reported seeing a man walking along that fits that description near Jo Jo's Country Store.

Wetherbee said his officers took all of the cruiser video footage they had of Route 25 during the course of that day and didn't spot anyone who fit Nodarse's description. He said that the state Fish and Game conducted an extensive search of Geneva Point Road but found nothing. No foul play is suspected at this time.

Nodarse is white, 5 feet 11 inches tall, slim, and has short curly brown hair.

Anyone with any information or who may have seen Nodarse is asked to call the Moultonborough Police at 476-2400.

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Police are searching for Gabriel Nodarse of Maine, missing since Monday. (Courtesy photo)