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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Fire destroys house in Gunstock Acres (340) photo

Gail Ober – Laconia Daily Sun

GILFORD — A fire that swept through a chalet type home on Mountain Drive early Sunday morning left nothing in its wake except a chimney and a few smoldering piles of rubble.

Deputy Fire Chief Brad Ober said it appeared the fire had been burning a while before a neighbor noticed and reported it. He said that when the first firefighters arrived, the front wall of the home was already beginning to collapse.

Ober said the owner, who is listed in the Gilford assessment website as Joseph Trevorah, was traveling in Florida in a motor home and was planning on returning sometime next month. Ober said that Trevorah said he had told his plow person to wait until he was returning before cleaning the driveway, but Ober said there wasn't enough snow to hamper any firefighter efforts.

He said it was brutally cold and the wind was blowing up the mountain directly into the faces of the firefighters. He said once the water hit the flames, the steam practically obscured what firefighters could see.

Chief Steve Carrier said water was shuttled from a dry hydrant on Tate Road, but water lines, nozzles and other apparatus were freezing. Ober said that once mist and water gets on firefighters outer clothing, it also freezes and becomes very difficult to move around.

Although there was some icing, there were no slips or falls that resulted in any serious injuries.

The building is assessed by Gilford at $133,000 and Ober said it is a total loss.

As late as Monday morning, puffs of smoke could still be seen coming from under the collapsed debris from the roof. It appears that none of the three family cars that were parked off to the side of the home were damaged.

Fire destroyed this home on Mountain Drive in Gunstock Acres early Sunday. The owner was away at the time, and while the fire caused no personal injuries the bitter temperatures made fighting the fire very difficult. (Gail Ober photo/The Laconia Daily Sun)

Fire destroyed this home on Mountain Drive in Gunstock Acres early Sunday. The owner was away at the time, and while the fire caused no personal injuries the bitter temperatures made fighting the fire very difficult. (Gail Ober photo/The Laconia Daily Sun)

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