Meredith man charged with raping ex-wife


LACONIA — A Meredith man is being held on $1,000 cash bail after New Hampton Police said he tried to sexually assault his former wife Thursday morning with a wire brush.

05-10 Alan Marceau

Alan Marceau, 61, of 230 Meredith Center Road is charged with one count of felonious sexual assault, two counts of simple assault, and one count of criminal mischief.

According to affidavits obtained from the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division, Marceau went to where the alleged victim was house sitting and tried to assault her around 10:30 a.m. on Thursday. When she realized how much damage had been done to her body, she went to Lakes Region General Hospital the next day and hospital staff called the New Hampton police to report the assault.

Police said the woman told them she awoke when Marceau allegedly tried to insert a wire brush into her. When she realized what was happening, she was able to stop the sexual assault.

During the course of the attack, police alleged he held her down, threw her over a kitchen counter, and took her cell phone away when she tried to call 911. She told police she ran into the bedroom and locked the door. Police allege he put his foot through the door and put a hole in it. The woman was able to get to safety at some point.

While investigating, police learned Marceau had been transported to LRGH for a foot injury. After helping the victim secure a temporary emergency order of restraint, the officer returned to the hospital and found Marceau in the emergency room.

The officer described him as angry, and when she told him that he was under arrest and would be held on $5,000 cash only for the weekend, she said he became very upset.

This is at least the third time Marceau has run afoul of local law enforcement in the past two months. In March he accidentally shot himself in the big toe with a B.B. gun, and about two weeks later he ignited a fire on his property with some kind of combustible material that caused an explosion. The Meredith Fire Department extinguished the fire and said they are seeking to recoup their costs from him.

Gunstock Mountain Resort gets nearly $1M loan from county


LACONIA — After a tough winter, the Gunstock Area Commission needed nearly $1 million to tide the resort over until next year.

The Belknap County Delegation unanimously approved a request by the Gunstock Area Commission for a $950,000 revenue anticipation note following a public hearing held last night at the Belknap County Complex.
The amount approved was $300,000 more than last year ‘s and the increase was due to what Gunstock Mountain Resort General Manager Gregg Goddard said was the poorest ski season in recent memory. He said that the area drew only a little over 120,000 skier visits during the season, down from the 185,000 high of two years ago.
Total revenue from all operations, including skiing, dropped to $9,096,039, down by over $2.35 million from last year, with about $1 million of that loss coming during the Christmas vacation period, normally Gunstock’s busiest time of the entire ski season.
Goddard said that last year Gunstock’s net revenue was close to a half million dollars but that it was nearly a negative one million this year, necessitating the use of reserve funds in order to maintain operations.
Gunstock still receives more than 70 percent of its total revenue from skiing operations in a 100-day period from mid-December to late March, despite the addition of new summer attractions such as its longest in North America zip line and treetop adventure park. Goddard said those attractions raised over $2 million in revenue, which is just 22 percent of the entire revenues for the county-owned resort.
The revenue anticipation note provides a short-term cash flow for Gunstock and is to be repaid by April 1 of next year from profits made during the ski season. Goddard said that $300,000 of the revenues would be drawn down in June, another $300,000 in September and the remaining $350,000 in October.
He also presented the 2017 budget adopted recently by the commission which project 170,000 skier visits next winter with a $12.1 million on total revenues and a net profit of $1.3 million.
Work is progressing at the resort on its newest attraction, a mountain coaster which will carry riders in carts running on rails up to 30 feet above the ground, relying solely on gravity for speed, 2,660 feet downhill, around two circles and through sharp curves, at speeds up to 25 mph.
Originally projected to open in the middle of July, Goddard said that with the short winter and early spring he hopes that it will be up and running by the Fourth of July.

Laconia bank robber escapes prison, caught

CONCORD — A man who pleaded guilty of robbing the Bank of New Hampshire downtown Laconia branch in January of 2013 and who escaped this past weekend with another inmate from the New Hampshire State Prison is now being held in a special housing unit within the prison said Department of Corrections spokesman.

Johnathan Ellinger, 45, formerly homeless in Laconia, and Dale Clark, 43, formerly of Franklin, escaped from a minimum-security section of the state prison on May 7 at 9:30 p.m.

State Police alleged the men stole a pickup truck from a business in a Concord area and were captured in Chesterfield just before they crossed into the Vermont border the next day.

Ellinger pleaded guilty to armed robbery in June 2013 and was sentenced to 3 to 6 years.

After Ellinger's brazen robbery, it took city police about 3 ½ hours to find him. When he was arrested, he told them that he "did what he had to do" and surrendered to them without incident.

Although bank robbery is a federal crime, at the time Laconia Police said the FBI was not going to investigate because of the work Laconia had already done in finding him. He made away with less than $1,000.

Department of Corrections spokesman Jeff Lyons said both will be charged with felony escape. He said the State Police continue to investigate and additional charges are forthcoming.

– Gail Ober