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Police / Fire / Courts

Schools Weigh Cellphone Search Ruling

Sunday, July 27, 2014

West Lebanon — When David Baker was an assistant principal at Hartford High School about four years ago, he came upon a cellphone that had been left in the school’s auditorium. An announcement was made over the intercom looking for the owner of the phone, but no one claimed it. So Baker and another administrator turned on the phone to try to identify the owner. Once the phone was on, …

Man in Springfield Shooting Charged After Note Found

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

White River Junction — One of the men involved in the June 11 Springfield, Vt., shooting that injured a convicted drug dealer has been charged with writing a letter in jail to one of his accomplices in an attempt to have him change his statement to police. Leon Jiggetts, 26, of Newark, N.J., is charged with attempted second-degree murder and three other felonies …

South Royalton Blaze

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

South Royalton Fire Chief Paul Brock said a garage fire Tuesday morning on New Street, near Vermont Law School, likely started when a hot lawnmower was placed too close to a can of gasoline. The white paneled garage was a total loss, Brock said. Richard Button, who maintains the grounds at the property …

In Norwich, A Push for Route 5 Site

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Norwich — Town officials on Friday published an open letter recommending that the fire and police departments move to the ABC Dairy property on Route 5, despite the Selectboard’s decision earlier this month not to investigate the site …

Claremont Man Draws Prison For Convenience Store Robbery

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Newport — A Claremont man with a lengthy criminal record was sentenced to two to five years in New Hampshire State Prison after pleading guilty in Sullivan County Superior Court Friday to robbing a convenience store in Claremont …

Claremont Woman Convicted In Sexual Assault of Minors

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Newport — A Claremont woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault against two children who had been in her care and was sentenced to 25 years to life in New Hampshire State Prison …

Tunbridge Teen Charged With Sexual Assault

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Concord — An 18-year-old graduate of St. Paul’s School in Concord has been charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old fellow student, as part of what the police said was a competition with other students to have sexual contact …

All Safe After River Mishap

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Hartland — A Grafton man with special needs is safe and has been released from the hospital after numerous police agencies responded to Sumner Falls on Monday for a man who had left his caretakers and entered the …

Connecticut River Mishap Involves 3

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Hartland — Emergency workers canvassed the Connecticut River Monday afternoon after police said an autistic man jumped from the rocks at Sumner Falls into the water and his two caretakers jumped in after him. The three men were …

Local News Briefs: Friday, July 11

Friday, July 11, 2014

Claremont Police Dispatcher Charged With Sex Crimes Claremont — A city police department dispatcher is being held on $100,000 cash bail following his arraignment Thursday on two felony sex crime charges. James Boisclair, 53, of Claremont was arraigned …

Resources Affect Strategies; Police Say They Do Their Best to Warn Motorists on Interstates

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Lebanon — A fatal crash that killed a Vermont woman last week on Interstate 89 raised questions about how authorities notify motorists of upcoming traffic hazards, especially when police forces are strapped for resources. New Hampshire State Police …

N.H. Fire Marshal Considers Banning Reloadable Mortar Fireworks

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Concord — William Degnan has seen 38 July Fourth celebrations come and go since he began his career in fire services. He took over as state fire marshal 10 years ago, and recently he has become more convinced that certain types of fireworks should no longer be legal. …

Reflecting on Independence

Saturday, July 5, 2014

West Lebanon — About halfway through a year in which Russia annexed Crimea, America’s wars wound down in Afghanistan and tensions rose in Iraq, and the Supreme Court extended religious rights to privately held businesses, the Valley News …