Ice 'in' on Big Lake but still very dangerous

LACONIA — Emerson Aviation declared "ice in" on Lake Winnipesaukee effective Monday, based on an overflight on Tuesday to confirm it.

"Be careful out there. Just because I've called it doesn't mean its safe, just that there is soild ice throughout the M/S Mount Washington route," reported Dave Emerson.

Emerson referred to "dramatic ice formation," but added, "The ice is very thin and dangerous as tragically we saw with the deaths of three snowmobilers this past weekend."

Three people died — a young man from New York and two men from Massachusetts — when their snowmobiles plunged through the ice of Lake Winnipesaukee in separate incidents Saturday. On Saturday afternoon, a father and his 15-year-old son were riding snowmobiles in the Alton area, off of Rattlesnake Island near The Broads, the deepest part of the lake, when they both went through, officials reported. The father, Arnaud Remy, 48, of Mamaroneck, New York, survived, but his 15-year-old son, Arthur Remy, died in the accident, officials said.

In a separate incident, around noon Saturday, three snowmobilers from Westboro, Massachusetts, plunged into the water between Moultonborough and Sandy Island, officials said. Sole survivor was Steven Weiss, 66, while David Crosier, 68; and Mark O’Connell, 62, both died in the accident, officials reported.

Emerson reported, "Lake Winnipesaukee with its springs and currents is very variable and unpredictable in ice thickness. If you venture out please be vigilant and check thickness often." The aviation company now looks toward spring and the calling for "ice out."

Last year, "ice in" was declared on Feb. 15. "Ice out" was declared on the record early date of March 18.

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Mass. man said doing 98 on I-93 in snowstorm

NEW HAMPTON — After allegedly passing a state trooper at 98 mph in the snowstorm and nearly hitting another vehicle, a Massachusetts man was arrested following a Sunday chase.

Trooper First Class Sean Faherty of the New Hampshire State Police was responding to a call for a collision on I-93 when he saw a vehicle come from behind at a high rate of speed and passed him, according to a police press release. As the vehicle passed Faherty, it came upon another vehicle and nearly struck it from behind, so the driver slammed on the brakes, lost control, and careened to the right in front of Faherty and hit a snowbank, sending the vehicle back into the left lane. The offending driver regained control and sped off. Faherty gave chase, clocking the driver at 98 mph. Despite the officer's flashing lights and siren, the driver continued driving northbound, away from the crash scene it has been forced to slow down for. After driving another mile and a half, the driver finally pulled over, ending what the release calls "menacing driving behavior."

During the roadside investigation, Faherty determined the driver was impaired by alcohol and that his operating privileges in New Hampshire had been suspended.

William G. Mullen, 58, of Peabody, Massachusetts, was charged with disobeying a police officer, driving while intoxicated - subsequent offense, reckless operation, operating after suspension, and open container.  He was schedule to appear in Laconia District Court on March 9 to answer to the charges.

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Loaded gun recovered from vehicle involved in bypass crash; driver charged


LACONIA — Although both drivers escaped without serious injury when their cars collided near the Rte. 107 interchange on the Laconia Bypass shortly before 9:30 p.m. on Friday, one of the men was arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated, and carrying a firearm without license, as well as being issued a summons for straying into into the left-hand lane.

According to witnesses at the scene, Christopher Burns, 32, of Belmont, driving a 2013 Ford Focus, veered across the double yellow line into the path of a 2007 Hyundai Sonata driven southbound by Thomas Dube, 51, also of Belmont. The two cars collided in the southbound lane then came to rest off the roadway.

Burns, who was found with a loaded .45 caliber handgun in his vehicle, was arrested and subsequently released on personal recognizance bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned in the Fourth Circuit Court, Laconia Division on Feb. 23.

Capt. Matt Canfield explained that it is a misdemeanor to carry a loaded handgun either in a vehicle or concealed on one's person without a license. However, Senate Bill 12, which would repeal the licensing requirement, has carried the New Hampshire Senate by a vote of 13 to 10 and the New Hampshire House of Representatives by a vote of 200 to 97. Gov. Maggie Hassan twice vetoed similar bills, but Gov. Chris Sununu has indicated he will oppose repealing the licensing requirement and sign this year's bill. Senate Bill 12 would take effect upon its passage.

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