Triathlon competitor dies after being pulled from lake

A man competing in the USA Triathlon in Vermont has died after being pulled from Lake Champlain during the swimming portion of the race.

The Burlington Free Press reported that a man in his 50s was given CPR on the dock for five to seven minutes after being pulled from the water and was then taken to Fletcher Allen Healthcare.

Race organizers confirm the man was pronounced dead at the hospital. They did not release his name.

This is the second straight year Burlington played host to the USA Triathlon.

Saturday’s Olympic-distance race consisted of a 1.5-kilometer swim, a 40-kilometer bike ride and a 10K run.


Bay State soldier killed by blast in Afghanistan

The U.S. Department of Defense said an explosion from an improvised device in Afghanistan has killed a soldier from western Massachusetts.

The department announced Saturday that Pvt. 1st Class Michael Demarsico II died Thursday in Panjwal of wounds he suffered.

Demarsico was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.


All-uphill, 7.6-mile bike race attracts about 600 cyclists

Cameron Cogburn and former Boston University distance runner Marti Shea won the Mount Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb on Saturday. The 7.6-mile, all-uphill race up the highest peak in the Northeast drew about 600 racers.

Cogburn, 26, a former pro rider who returned to amateur cycling, won the men’s division, and Shea won the women’s classification. It was the second-fastest man and woman finish in the race’s history.

World class bicyclists and rank amateurs alike competed in the 40th annual Mount Washington climb. Among the most-watched competitors were 13-year-old cycling marvel Jonah Thompson of Albuquerque, N.M., who first competed in the race when he was 9, and longtime top-10 finisher John Bayley of Watertown, Mass.

Cogburn pedaled to the 6,288-foot summit in 52 minutes 28 seconds to claim the winner’s $1,500 prize.


Motorcyclist dies in crash with culvert Friday night

Police said a 50-year-old motorcyclist died in a crash in Meredith.

Frank Corliss apparently lost control of his motorcycle, which skidded across the road, crashed into a culvert and threw him from the bike, according to police. The accident happened at about 11:30 Friday night.

Corliss was taken to Lakes Region Hospital in Laconia, where he died.


After large manhunt, felon arrested for machine gun

A felon who was barred from possession of weapons has been arrested in New Hampshire for being in possession of a loaded machine gun.

The Portsmouth Herald said Joshua Nieves of Greenland was arrested late Thursday night after a massive manhunt that began in Greenland and ended in Portsmouth. Nieves, whose age was not given, was arrested without incident.

Police said Nieves was convicted in Hillsborough County of armed robbery in 2004 and was in violation of a protective order at the time of his arrest. There were children in the area where Nieves reportedly was seen with the loaded machine gun, police said, which can fire 20 to 30 rounds rapidly with a single trigger pull.

— From news service reports