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Meredith Bay ice was not thick enough to support pick-up

MEREDITH — A pickup truck went through the ice on upper Meredith Bay around 5:30 a.m. yesterday morning while seeking to set up a vending station at the New England Pond Hockey Classic.

The driver, John Ash, 44, of Laconia, was some 100 yards from shore, where the ice was just four inches thick. The moving water from the outlet of Lake Waukewan at Mill Falls kept the ice from forming to a greater thickness. About 10 yards away, authorities say, the ice was 10 inches thick.

When Ash heard the ice cracking, he lowered his window and threw the truck in reverse, but the front end plunged through the ice and settled on the bottom of the lake in approximately six feet of water. Ash squeezed through the window of the truck to escape without harm.

When conservations officers of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department arrived at 6 a.m. Gulbicki's Towing & Auto Repair had begun pulling the truck from the lake with chains and winches.

Sergeant Bradley Morse of the Fish and Game Department cautioned that ice dopes not form consistently or uniformly. In particular, he noted that ice can be dangerously thin in areas with a current such in inlets and near outlets. As a rule of thumb, he said that the United States Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory at Hanover recommends at least six inches of hard ice for foot and between eight and ten inches of hard ice for snow mobiles and all-terrain vehicle travel.

Last Updated on Saturday, 31 January 2015 02:34

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Fuel delivery trucks involved in 2 accidents in Belmont

BELMONT — Police responded to two motor vehicle accidents yesterday, both involving fuel delivery trucks.

The first collision occurred around 12:30 p.m. at Union Road near its junction with Horne Road. A woman driving northbound on Union Road was negotiating the corner when she lost control and crossed into the path of an Irving fuel truck. The driver of the truck sought to avoid a collision by pulling on to the shoulder, but the two vehicles collided.

The Belmont Fire Department transported the woman to Lakes Region General Hospital for observation. No fuel oil was spilled at the scene.

Less than 20 minutes later a pickup truck traveling eastbound on Leavitt Road toward Laconia Road (Rte. 106) could not stop at the intersection and struck a J.P. Nonnan fuel truck. According to police the pickup appeared to be totaled while the fuel truck was damaged and towed away. Neither driver was injured in the collision.

Last Updated on Saturday, 31 January 2015 02:18

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Newfound High responds to threat of violence

By Thomas P. Caldwell
BRISTOL — After two days of increased police presence at Newfound Regional High School, things will return to normal next week, according to Superintendent Stacy Buckley.
Although not deemed a credible threat, a written message about pending violence at the school led to a lockdown with restrictions on students' passage, including use of rest rooms, while authorities made sure there was no real risk.
Initial information said a written threat was discovered on Thursday, leading local police and the N.H. State Police Tactical Team and Explosives Unit to investigate. Police remained at the school Thursday night and Friday.
Buckley said the postponement of the one-act play competition, scheduled to take place Friday night, was due to the weather and not to any lingering fears about a threat of violence. The one-act plays will go on stage Saturday at 7 p.m.
The threat also will not affect the school district's deliberative session, taking place at the high school on Saturday at 10 a.m. A new teacher's contract, a pending tuition agreement with the Hill School District, and a petitioned article to implement full-day kindergarten are among the items on the warrant.
This was the second threat the school has received this academic year. The high school went into a lockdown in September after a student threatened to harm himself, although investigators found no weapons.
"We're hoping the students will talk to their peers and end these kinds of incidents," Buckley said.
Bristol Police Chief Michael Lewis did not immediately return telephone calls seeking information about Thursday's incident.

Last Updated on Saturday, 31 January 2015 02:15

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Walker Street parking lot owner says business is in compliance with all city regulations

LACONIA — Planning Director Shanna Saunders said yesterday that she intends to meet soon with the owners of Laconia Refrigeration, LLC, Steve and Kara Olson, to address the traffic and parking issues at the foot of Walker Street..

The company, doing business as Fat Boy ole, LLC, owns three lots on Walker Street nears its junction with Union Avenue, all of which lie within the commercial district: 0.36-acres at the corner with Butler Street, where the Lakes Refrigeration and Lake City Auto Body operate; 0.18-acres at the corner with Union Avenue, housing the the 405 Pub & Grill; and 0.32-acres across the street with a storage building and parking spaces for the restaurant.

Several residents of the adjacent neighborhoods have complained about the congestion arising from the operation of three businesses. Saunders said that the Planning Department specified that the loading and unloading of trucks, along with on-street parking, was not to obstruct traffic. At the same time, she said that in approving construction of the storage building, the department prohibited outdoor storage on the remainder of the lot, which was to be used exclusively for parking, and required that the lot be screened from the street.

Steve Olson insisted this week that he has complied with the terms of the city's approval. Acknowledging that "it is busy street," he said that trucks are loaded and unloaded on Butler Street in order to keep Walker Street clear for through traffic. He said that a handful of the parking spaces in the lot across the street are used to temporarily store what he called "revolving inventory" and that the 23 spaces designated for the restaurant are always available.

Olson said that with three thriving businesses the street can become congested, but no more so than most other commercial areas in the city, including Union Avenue where delivery trucks often block traffic.

Last Updated on Saturday, 31 January 2015 02:10

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