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Moose struck by 2 vehicles on Parade Rd.

LACONIA — Occupants in two vehicles escaped injury Monday night after colliding with a moose on Parade Road (Route 106) near the intersection with Turner Way.

Stanley Piper, 86, of Gilford said he and a friend were heading south on Parade Road at about 9 p.m. returning from an outing in Moultonborough heading south when a truck headed north from Laconia struck the moose.

Unable to stop, Piper said he then hit the moose.

"He was quite big," said Piper who said he's lived in New Hampshire all of his life and this is only the second moose he's ever seen. He said he never really saw the animal until he hit it. "(The impact) threw us against our seat belts," he said.

Prior to Monday night, the closest Piper had come to such an incident was nearly hitting a deer on Interstate 93.

Piper said he was lucky because the vehicles behind him weren't following too close and so were able to stop and help them.

He also said the man who first hit the moose — identified by police as Carl Peterson, 66, of Meredith — was driving a big pickup truck.

"It was a 'two-tonner' anyway. A real big truck," said Piper. "I'm glad for him the truck was big enough to handle it."

Police said the moose was killed and a New Hampshire resident who wanted the meat and was able to remove the moose from the middle of Parade Road took it away. The road was closed to traffic for a short time.

Piper said he was very grateful to the others on the road who stopped to help him and his friend. He also said the police were very comforting and kept them from getting too upset.

Police said the damage to both vehicles was considerable and both had to be towed. Piper said his car needs a new radiator and is already in the shop.

A state Fish and Game officer said it's not unusual to see an occasional moose in the Lakes Region, although moose strikes are more common further north.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 August 2014 11:16

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School district official says stolen truck was taken from inside Huot Center building

LACONIA — School District officials said yesterday that the Ford F-350 pickup allegedly stolen by a Florida man with ties to the area was locked in the automotive section of the Huot Technical Center before it was stolen.

Business Administrator Ed Emond said the building is checked daily throughout the weekend and was locked. He said the school district is working to see how the two men who allegedly stole the truck got into the building.

Dennis LeFebvre, 33, of 14188 44th Court in Summerville, Fla., has been charged with one felony count of receiving stolen property, driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident.

Laconia Police, who arrested LeFebvre on an outstanding warrant, gave his address in its police log as 14 Kimball Road, #27 in Gilford.

Belmont Police said yesterday it appears LeFebvre was with a second man, who has not been identified.

Emond said he saw pictures of the truck, and said there appears to be about $2,000 damage done to the undercarriage.

Lt. Rich Mann said his department’s investigation shows the truck apparently went off the road on Mile Hill Road and struck an embankment, then returned to the road.

He said a resident called the police and a Belmont officer saw the truck and stopped it on Dutile Road.

LeFebvre is being held on $750 cash only bail in the Belknap County House of Corrections.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 August 2014 11:53

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Van Sluyter Named Interim President & CEO at LRGH

LACONIA — An interim management specialist has been named interim president and chief executive officer of LRGHealthcare, the organization's Board of Trustees announced yesterday. Charles Van Sluyter's appointment to  succeed Tom Clairmont, who announced his retirement last week after 43 years, takes effect immediately, said Scott Clarenbach, chairman of the Board of Trustees.

Van Sluyter specializes in interim management situations and will serve under a one-year contract with his employer, HealthTech Management Services of Brentwood, Tenn. During his 30-year career, Van Sluyter has served as chief executive officer or chief operating officer on an interim basis in at least 15 community hospitals and academic medical centers in 10 states.

"We are fortunate to be able to benefit from the broad experience provided by Mr. Van Sluyter from his many previous Interim CEO roles, experience that should serve him well as with LRGHealthcare," Clarenbach said in a prepared statement. "Chuck has an impressive track record of working collaboratively with all stakeholders in improving quality of services and ensuring strong financial performance. He is noted for his commitment to a collaborative culture drawing upon the knowledge and professionalism of the healthcare personnel with whom he serves."

Clarnebach said under the terms of its contract with HealthTech Management Services, LRGHealthcare can draw not only on Van Sluyter's knowledge, experience and skills, but also on the resources of the corporation, which has similar arrangements with some 40 other hospitals, and directly manages nearly that many.

Explaining that the trustees were in the midst of a strategic planning process, Clarenbach said that although renovations of the emergency department at Lakes Regional General Hospital in Laconia and a restructuring of electronic medical record keeping were being contemplated, LRGHealthcare would not undertake any major initiatives in the interim. He anticipated that nine months would be required to seek and appoint a permanent president and chief executive officer. Clarenbach said that while Van Sluyter would not participate directly in that decision, the board would likely seek his guidance and counsel.

A graduate of The Ohio State University, Sluyter earned a master's dregree in hospital administration at the University of Minnesota. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 August 2014 12:30

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Man accused of burglarizing neighboring homes

BARNSTEAD – A local man is being held on $750 cash-only bail after allegedly burglarizing two homes on Dam Site Road.

Officer in Charge Joe McDowell said Adam Jenna, 34, came to the attention of local police when a witness identified him and his vehicle as being in the area of the two burglaries.

McDowell said his department worked with police from Gilmanton, Bristol, and Pittsfield, and executed a search warrant at Jenna's home on Andover Road.

He said they found items consistent with items reported stolen from two Barnstead homes.

McDowell said police are continuing to investigate, and said additional charges against Jenna could be forthcoming.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 August 2014 12:44

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