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NH- Man killed in Lakes Region crash faced trial

4-25-2009 New Hampshire:

SANDWICH – A man who died in a single-vehicle crash on Squam Lake Road Friday morning was facing trial on four charges of equipment theft later this year in Carroll County Superior Court.

State Police said that Andrew Alimonti, 52, of Moultonborough, was a passenger in a 1991 Pontiac Firebird being driven by Scott Condit, 39, of Conway, which was westbound and went off the right side of the roadway shortly after 7 a.m. and collided with a tree.

Police said Alimonti died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash, which took place less than a half mile east of the Sandwich town beach on Squam Lake. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Medical Examiner Will Bartels.

Condit was transported to Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia where police say he is being treated for serious, but non-life threatening injuries.

Police said the accident is still under investigation but it does not appear that excessive speed or alcohol contributed to the crash.

Alimonti was indicted last year on four counts of receiving stolen property according to Carroll County Attorney Robin Gordon, who said the cases had not yet been scheduled for trial.

She said Alimonti had also been arrested in 2008 for failure to register as a sex offender with the Moultonborough Police Department.

Three weeks ago Moultonborough Police recovered a SUV belonging to Alimonti from a 15-foot-deep hole on his property on Dufault Road property.

Lt. Thomas Dawson of the Moultonborough Police Department said that the SUV belonged to Alimonti but police did not believe he was the person who buried it.

Dawson said Friday that the investigation into the incident is continuing.

Police were alerted to the buried vehicle following an incident at Alimonti’s property on March 31 in which a tenant, Michael Salsman, 34, allegedly beat his wife, Alacea Dyer Salsman, 23, and attempted to stab her with a butcher knife.

According to police, Alimonti took the knife away from Salsman, who faces five felony charges, including attempted murder, and is currently being held on $25,000 cash bail at the Carroll County House of Corrections.

Alimonti was arrested in April 2008 on charges of receiving stolen property after police found a stolen Caterpillar front end loader, which had been reported missing from the parking lot at the Steeplegate Mall in Concord, in his driveway.

The vehicle identification plates and decals had been removed and the exterior company decals had been scraped off the loader and the surface painted over.

Police said that the loader was seized and with assistance from the State Police- Highway Enforcement Division and was positively identified as the one which had been stolen in Concord in early 2008.

In addition to the front-end loader, which was valued at $40,000, police also recovered a 1987 Case backhoe loader valued at $18,000, a John Deere bulldozer valued at $40,000, a Bobcat loader valued at $14,000, and a 2001 Ski-Doo snowmobile, which had been reported stolen. Police said the total value of all of the stolen equipment, some of which had been missing for 10 years, was over $150,000. ..Source.. by ROGER AMSDEN, New Hampshire Union Leader Correspondent

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