Leak at Laconia HIgh School

LACONIA — The high school dodged a bullet Monday afternoon when a water pipe in an unheated storage closet near the front entrance burst, spewing water all around the main entrance.

Principal Jim McCollum said the ceiling in the small storage room was destroyed and some paper products and other storage items were lost, but said the overall damage isn't that bad.

"We're very fortunate this happened at 5 p.m. while there were still plenty of people in the building," he said, noting that if the water had run all night it could have been catastrophic.

He said custodial crews assisted by some Laconia firefighters mopped up the water and were drying the carpet just outside the main offices.

LACONIA - The high school dodged a bullet yesterday afternoon when a water pipe in an unheated storage closet near the front entrance burst, spewing water all around the main entrance.  Principal Jim McCollum said that the ceiling in the small storage room was destroyed and some paper products and other storage items were lost but said the overall damage isn't that bad.  "We're very fortunate this happened at 5 p.m. while there were still plenty of people in the building," he said, noting that if the water had run all night it could have been catastrophic.  He said custodial crews assisted by some Laconia firefighters mopped up the water and were drying the carpet just outside the main offices.  CUTLINE: A burst pipe left a storage closest at the high school in dire straits yesterday afternoon but quick work from the administration, the custodial staff, and the fire department prevented more serious damage. (Laconia Daily Sun Photo - Gail Ober)

A burst pipe left a storage closest at the high school in dire straits yesterday afternoon but quick work from the administration, the custodial staff, and the fire department prevented more serious damage. (Laconia Daily Sun Photo - Gail Ober)

 

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Man severely beaten in Northfield, Tilton man charged with assault

NORTHFIELD — A unidentified man remains in critical condition in Dartmouth Hitchcock Memorial Hospital in Lebanon after being seriously injured in some kind altercation either late Friday night or early Saturday morning.

Police said Hunter Pescinski, 22, of Tilton was arrested and is charged with first-degree assault and possession of drugs. Pescinski is scheduled to appear by video at 10 a.m. in the 6th Circuit Court, Franklin Division Tuesday.

Police Chief John Raffaelly said the investigation is active and ongoing and the New Hampshire State Police Division of Major Crimes is assisting. Raffaelly said the victim appears to have been severely beaten but declined to release any additional information other than the assault took place out of doors and in Northfield.

He said the victim was taken to Franklin Regional Hospital by a woman and it was hospital personnel who notified the police.

– Gail Ober

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Center Harbor fugitive found, arrested

LACONIA —  The Belknap County Sheriff’s Department has arrested fugitive Danielle Lavorgna of Center Harbor.

 Lavorgna, 31, was being sought on an outstanding arrest warrant for escape – failure to report. 

Lavorgna was sentenced to serve 30 days of weekend confinements at the Belknap County Jail, stemming from a 2015 possession of a controlled drug case, through the Belknap County Superior Court, when she failed to surrender as ordered.  After an intensive investigation, Lavorgna was located at her residence by members of the Belknap County Sheriff’s Department and was arrested without incident.

Members of the Belknap County Sheriff’s Department were assisted by the NH Probation Parole, Center Harbor Police Department and the Belknap County Department of Corrections.    

Lavorgna is currently being held at the Belknap County Jail on $5,000 cash bail, after a not guilty plea was entered.  A probable cause hearing is scheduled for Feb. 22, in the 4th Circuit Division Court in Laconia.

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