Serious crash in Gilford traps 3, including baby

By BEA LEWIS, for THE LACONIA DAILY SUN

GILFORD – Lakes Region Mutual Aid Fire Dispatch had called for two air rescue transport helicopters to respond to the scene of a motor vehicle accident tonight, Jan. 2.

The crash which was reported at 8:11 p.m. on Lakeshore Road near the intersection of Locke's Hill reportedly involving a car that had rolled over on its roof. Initial reports from the scene indicated there were three people trapped in the wreckage, including a month-old baby and a 3-year-old child, and the adult female driver. A fourth person was outside the vehicle.

A first-alarm mass casualty was toned at 8:25 p.m. and LRMFA requesting two ambulances from Laconia, as well as ambulances from Belmont and Tilton. The 3-year-old child was taken by ambulance to Laconia Airport to meet the DHART helicopter. The second helicopter was directed to land at Lakes Region General Hospital.

Update:
The scene is under investigation, with Gilford and state police reconstruction specialists working to analyze what happened. The road is unlikely to reopen until 2 or 3 a.m.
There were two vehicles traveling in opposite directions, a white van with one adult and a Ford Focus with two adults and two children, near the intersection with Belknap Point Road.
Gilford Police Lt. Chris Kelley said all involved were taken to area hospitals, but at this writing there are no deaths.

 

Three injured when snowmobile collision throws people into lake

LACONIA — Fire officials reported that three people on a snowmobile ride were injured late Saturday morning after a collision near the railroad tracks behind 581 Scenic Drive caused two of the people to roll into frigid Lake Winnipesaukee.

According to WMUR-TV, Fire Chief Ken Erickson said that one of the drivers didn't realize the group ahead of him had stopped to do a head count and he collided with the snowmobile ahead of him.

The collision, said Erickson to WMUR, sent him and his passenger rolling down a steep embankment into still open Lake Winnipesaukee.

Three people were transported to Lakes Region General Hospital, including one man who suffered a broken leg, reported WMUR.

Erickson told WMUR that all were expected to recover.

Police use tear gas to subdue man wanted in Franklin incident

By ROGER AMSDEN, for THE LACONIA DAILY SUN

FRANKLIN — A man who had eluded police for three days after allegedly firing a handgun while being pursued by police Wednesday morning, was arrested Saturday morning at a trailer park in Concord.

12-28 Philip BrouillardRyan Phillip Brouillard, 33, was taken into custody around 4:30 a.m. Saturday, according to Franklin Police Chief David Goldstein, who said police used tear gas to force him out of a home on Manchester Street after he refused to surrender.
He said that SWAT teams from state police and the Central New Hampshire Special Operations Unit assisted Concord police at the scene and that police attempted to talk Brouillard into surrendering. Other people who were inside the home did leave, but Brouillard refused to come outside, until after the tear gas was used.
Brouillard is being held at the Merrimack County Jail in Boscawen and will be arraigned Tuesday in 6th Circuit Court in Franklin on multiple felony charges, including being a felon in possession of a firearm, felony reckless conduct, two felony counts of criminal threatening, resisting arrest, parole violation, and being a habitual offender. Goldstein said additional charges may be filed in connection with the Concord incident.
The incident began around 2 a.m. Wednesday when police were called to a home on Prospect Street in Franklin for a reported a domestic disturbance. Brouillard left the home and went to his home on Pleasant Street.
When police arrived there, Brouillard allegedly fired a handgun and fled. Homes in the area were evacuated and a SWAT team was deployed to the area. Police also used canines to search and a state police helicopter spent most of Wednesday morning searching for Brouillard.
Goldstein said that two men who were involved in the original incident in Franklin Wednesday suffered minor injuries but were not hospitalized.

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