Despondent man arrested after swinging pole at local woman and police

LACONIA – A local man is being held on $5,000 cash bail after allegedly swinging a pole at a local woman and a police sergeant who was trying to arrest him.

Police said Eric Sleeper, whose last known address was 188 Union Ave., went to a nearby residence in violation of a recently issued bail order.

The sergeant was the first to respond and allegedly found Sleeper with a 4-foot pole in his hand. When the sergeant told him to drop the pole, Sleeper allegedly told the officer to kill him. After repeating his instructions to drop the pole, Sleeper eventually did, but charged at the sergeant. Sleeper was taken into custody by the sergeant and a second officer, but continued to ask them both to kill him.

Prior to this, police learned that Sleeper had allegedly pushed the woman down with his arm and held her there until she told ambulance crews she had trouble breathing. She told police Sleeper was upset because she told him to stop drinking in her presence. She said her friends had to pull Sleeper off of her.

Sleeper is charged with one count of resisting arrest – a Class A misdemeanor, one count of breach of bail – a Class A misdemeanor, one count of criminal threatening – a Class B felony, and one count of second-degree assault – a Class B felony. Class A misdemeanors carry the possibility of jail time should Sleeper be convicted.

Judge Jim Carroll ruled that if Sleeper could be admitted to a secure mental health or or detoxification center, his bail would be reduced to personal recognizance.

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Car stolen from Laconia, crashed into Gilford ATM

Police in Laconia and Gilford are working together to determine who stole a red Dodge Neon from the area near St. Joseph's Church at 8 a.m. Sunday morning.

The car thief apparently drove the car to Gilford Village at One Country Club Road where the male driver allegedly deliberately backed into the Bank of New Hampshire ATM.

After the crash, the man ditched the car and fled on foot.

Gilford Police responded with a State Police K-9 that was able to track the person back to Church Street in Laconia.

Laconia Lt. Rich Simmons said the car was stolen while the owner was attending Mass, and the car was crashed into the ATM before she knew it had been taken.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Gilford Police at 527-4737, the Laconia Police at 524-5252 or the Greater Laconia Crime Line at 524-1717.

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Quigley leaves Gunstock to join Speedway

LOUDON — After a decade as director of marketing and sales at Gunstock Mountain Resort, Bill Quigley has left the ski slopes for the magic mile to become vice president of marketing an events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to stay in the Lakes Region and expand my relationships with the tourist industry," Quigley said. "And my commute has only risen from 12 minutes to 19 minutes."

Quigley is no stranger to the speedway, where he has served as an original member of the board of the New Hampshire Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities for the past six years.

"Bill brings more than 30 years of senior level marketing experience to the table and we couldn't be more excited to add him to our team," said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of the speedway. "Bill has a proven record track record of developing strong promotional initiatives, cultivating a strong and motivated staff, and increasing sales, all of which will serve him well as head of our marketing and events teams."

Quigley said "My job has been to turn things around," and looked forward to drawing on the relationships he developed during his spell at Gunstock as the speedway strengthens its partnerships with other entertainment, recreation and hospitality venues in the Lakes Region.

"Going from an iconic ski facility to the center of racing in New England, I cherish the opportunity that I have to continue building on the community relationships I have with the same vendors who are also near and dear to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway," he said.

Quigley will be responsible for virtually everything fans experience on a race weekends, including FanFest to kick off the festivities and competition, the NASCAR show before the green flag drops and the celebration in victory lane.

A graduate of Babson College, Quigley joined Gunstock in 2005 after serving on the senior management teams of several retail corporations and chief executive officer of Wisp Mountain, a golf and ski resort in Deep Creek, Maryland.

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