Sachem boys one win away - lacrosse team tops Hopkinton 11-8, will play for title Saturday


LACONIA — The Laconia High School boys lacrosse team defeated Hopkinton 11-8 Wednesday evening and advances to the state Division III championship game Saturday when it plays Pelham in a 2:30 p.m. game in Exeter.
The Sachems remained undefeated with the hard-fought victory over a scrappy Hopkinton team which took an early 2-1 lead and then battled back from a four-goal deficit early in the third quarter to keep the outcome in doubt until the final minutes of the game.
Tyler Roy, Jordan Audet and Jake Ellis scored three goals apiece to pace the Laconia offense, which came to life early in the third quarter to extend the Sachems 4-3 halftime lead to 7-3 and then 8-4 before Hopkinton scored two straight goals while Laconia was short-handed due to penalties.
Brenden Mooney for the Laconia offense moving with a goal just 51 seconds into the game but Hopkinton's Sam Schuster scored two of his game high four goals in a span of a little over two minutes to give the Hawks a 2-1 lead at the 7:34 mark of the first period.
The Sachems replied with two goals of their own from Roy and Audet, both on passes from Mooney, to take a 3-2 lead going into the second period.
Schuster scored at the 8:59 mark of the second period to knot the score at 3-3, Laconia retook the lead at the 4:28 mark when Ellis connected after taking a pass from Trevor Weeks.
Laconia's offense came on strong early in the third period, when, thanks in large part to the face off skills of Tyler Mitza, they were able to get and maintain control of the ball for long periods of time.
Audet scored at the 10:47 mark on a pass from Mooney and against the 9:45 mark on a pass from Weeks and Ellis scored just 32 seconds later to push the lead to 7-3.
During that offensive surge the Sachems played an aggressive defense and were knocking Hopkinton players off the ball to keep momentum on their side.
Joe Cullinan scored for Hopkinton to cut the lead to 7-4 at the 5:21 mark but Ellis made it 8-4 a little over a minute later.
Hopkinton was able to take advantage of two penalties later in the third period, getting goals from Liam Flanagan and Prince Mansah to make it 8-6 as the third period ended.
Laconia struck early in the fourth quarter with Roy taking a pass from Ellis and putting it home just 34 seconds into the frame making it 9-6 and the score stayed that way for the next five minutes until Schuster scored his fourth goal of the game, making it 9-7 at the 6:17 mark.
Laconia responded with a goal by Roy on a pass from Weeks less than a minute later but Cullinan punched home his second goal to bring the Hawks within two goals at the 3:52 mark.
Hopkinton pressed their attack for the next two minutes but Stephen Towers came up with a couple of key stops in goal and Laconia got possession of the ball with 1:24 left. The Sachems moved it quickly around their offensive perimeter with some quick passing and put the game out of reach with a goal from Parker Minor on a Weeks pass with 58.3 seconds left.
The Sachems face seventh-ranked Pelham at 2:30 Saturday afternoon at Billy Ball Field in Exeter.
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Laconia’s Jakob Steele gets around Hopkinton’s defender Prince Mansah during NHIAA Division III Semi Final round action on Wednesday evening.  (Karen Bobotas/for the Laconia Daily Sun)

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Laconia’s Parker Minor and Hopkinton’s Jacob Ashcraft go for a ground ball during Division III semi final action on Wednesday evening.  (Karen Bobotas/for the Laconia Daily Sun)

Gilmanton crash slows traffic on Route 106 (142)

GILMANTON — A Belmont woman was taken to Lakes Region General Hospital by ambulance Tuesday at noon after she collided with a pickup making a U-turn on Route 106.

Gilmanton Police said it appears Raymond Oliver, 56, of Pembroke was headed south near Allens Mill Road when he pulled to the side of the road to take a phone call. He was evaluated by ambulance personnel at the scene and declined to be transported.

After he finished, police said he took a U-turn and a car driven by Lori Ann Hayes, 53, collided with the side of his pickup. Hayes was taken to LRGH with what police said were non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said the crash is still under investigation and citations could be forthcoming.

Route 106 was closed to one lane until about 1 p.m.

Gilmanton Police and Fire were assisted by Belmont Police and Fire.

– Gail Ober

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A U-turn on Route 106 led to this crash in Belmont Tuesday. (Gail Ober/Laconia Daily Sun)

Charges dropped in home invasion


LACONIA — Charges have been dropped against a former Concord man accused of participating in a home invasion in 2014 where one of the occupants was shot.

Tyler Twombly, 32, had been indicted for two counts of burglary, one count of conspiracy to commit burglary and one count of armed robbery. Last week, the Belknap County Attorney's Office dropped the charges.

Police alleged that Twombly was one of two men who entered a home at 54 Harvard St. in June of 2014 and robbed one of the people there of some illegal drugs. A gun was fired and the victim suffered either a glancing gun shot wound to the head or was struck by the weapon.

After a 15-month investigation, Twombly was indicted in September of 2015.

In the intervening months and after a number of hearings in the Belknap County Superior Court regarding who would be given immunity in exchange for their testimony, the state was only able to provide a few witnesses and none of them actually witnessed the crime.

Neither the victim nor a second man in the house appeared at their immunity hearings and the state has not been able to produce either of them. A third man in the house was upstairs when he heard the gun fire and jumped out a window and ran to safety, according to court records.

After a number of delays granted by Judge James O'Neill to give the state a chance to find the key witnesses and produce them in court, he ruled they couldn't testify.

A fourth man in the home, Joshua Pike, 29, of Laconia, was charged in April of this year with conspiracy to commit burglary, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and conspiracy to commit first -degree assault.

Pike has yet to be indicted and has said he was in the home and would testify that Twombly was not one of the two men who committed the shooting and the robbery. Twombly's attorney, Mark Sisti, repeated argued that Pike should be given immunity to testify for the defense but the County Attorney's Office refused.

Pike remains in the Belknap County House of Corrections on a total of $35,000 cash-only bail. Along with the charges that stemmed from the home invasion, Pike faces additional and unrelated charges for drug possession and robbery.

Twombly still faces one count of assault by prisoner for a fight he was allegedly involved in while incarcerated, but is now free on bail. Sisti continues to represent him.

Pike is represented by Public Defender Steve Mirkin.