Man asleep at wheel at stop sign

GILFORD — A man was taken into custody Monday on an allegation of driving while intoxicated after he was found asleep at the wheel of an idling car, police said.

Scott D. Hodgman, 28, of Belmont, was arrested about 9:50 a.m., police Chief Anthony Bean Burpee said.

Hodgman's foot was on the brake and his car was at a stop sign on Stone Road at Gilford Avenue, the chief said.

The initial police call indicated the man might be having a medical emergency.

Burpee said an investigation indicated the man appeared to be intoxicated with drugs or alcohol.

– Rick Green

Fire at Giguere Auto damages Jeep, tools

TILTON — Fire spread through the interior of a garage at Giguere Auto Wholesalers at 968 Laconia Road on Friday evening. Chief Michael Sitar of the Tilton-Northfield Fire Department said that the fire was reported at 8:19 p.m., and Engine 1 from the Laconia Fire Department was the first to reach the scene followed closely behind by a crew from his department.

"It was bang, bang — them and us," he said.

Lt. Chad Vaillancourt of Laconia said the immediate challenge was running a hose line to the interior of the  56-foot by 24-foot wooden building without opening the garage doors, which would have added fuel to the fire. He said that firefighters entered though the rear of the building and quickly knocked down the flames.

He described the damage, which included tools and equipment, as well as a Jeep, as "significant." Sitar said that despite the damage he thought the building is "salvageable."

He said the cause of the fire is not suspicious, but remains under investigation.

In addition to the units from Laconia and Tilton-Northfield, crews from Franklin, Belmont and Sanbornton were also dispatched to the scene, which was cleared two hours after the fire was reported.

– Michael Kitch

Teacher died in Alton crash Friday


ALTON — A collision on Route 28 near Stagecoach Road around 2:30 p.m. on Friday, when the highway was covered with snow, took the life of a local woman driving one vehicle and injured the driver and two passengers in the other.

Kathy Kenny, 52, of Alton, a wife and mother of two who was a longtime para-educator at Kingswood Middle School, was taken to Huggins Hospital in Wolfeboro by Stewart's Ambulance, where she was later pronounced dead. Aaron Bronson, principal of the middle school, informed students and parents of the tragedy on Saturday  and arranged for teachers and counselors to meet with students during the school day on Monday.

A preliminary investigation by police indicated that Kenny was traveling southbound when her Toyota Prius crossed into the northbound lane and struck an oncoming Range Rover, driven by Randall Parker, 70, of Tuftonboro. The vehicles collided in the northbound lane and came to rest in the northbound breakdown lane. Police said that the inclement weather and slick roadway appear to have contributed to collision.

Parker was not seriously injured, but his passengers Katherine Mederios, 67, of Nashua, and Robert Eaton, 64, of Lincoln, Rhode Island, were both transported to Huggins Hospital where they were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Police urge anyone with information about the fatal collision to contact Officer Phillip Hunter of the Alton Police Department.