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Public defender Elizabeth Kruska, right, talks with Dale Vodden, of White River Junction, during his arraignment in Windsor Superior Court in White River Junction, Vt. Friday, May 29, 2015. Vodden plead not guilty to allegedly attempting to lure a child for sex. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)
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Man Pleads Not Guilty to Luring

Friday, May 29, 2015

White River Junction — A 56-year-old man from Michigan who has been living in the Upper Valley since the fall pleaded not guilty on Friday to charges of attempting to lure a child for sex at a church earlier this month. Dale Vodden, who attorneys said moved to the area in November to work as a janitor for the White …

White River Junction Man Charged With Luring Children

Friday, May 29, 2015

White River Junction — A White River Junction man has been arrested on allegations that he attempted to solicit sex from children. Dale Vodden, 56, was arrested by Hartford police in the parking lot of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Thursday, according to Hartford police Sgt. Jay Pedro. He is charged with …

Man Faces Charges After Police Chase

Monday, May 25, 2015

Lebanon — Following an extended chase on Routes 12 and 12A, police on Saturday apprehended a man wanted for the theft of a truck in Colorado. Just after 8 p.m., Lebanon police attempted to stop a Ford F-150 driven by Robert Leibensperger, of Clifton Park, N.Y. Leibensperger, 37, refused to pull over. The truck had been reported stolen earlier this month in Black …

Three Hartford Police Officers Complete Basic Training Class

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Hartford — Three Hartford police officers graduated from the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council’s 99th Basic Training Class Friday at the Vermont Police Academy in Pittsford. Randy St. Peter, 38, served with the Vermont Department of Corrections for …

Police Arrest 17 At Dartmouth

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Hanover — Police reported 17 arrests last week between Wednesday night and Sunday at Dartmouth College, the period known as Green Key Weekend. The weekend is one of the college’s most popular social occasions, and the majority of detainments involved underage consumption or possession of alcohol, according to …

New Hampshire High Court Upholds Decision Striking Down 2012 Voter Registration Law

Friday, May 15, 2015

Concord — The New Hampshire Supreme Court has ruled that a 2012 law linking voter registration to getting a driver’s license is unconstitutional and could discourage people from participating in the electoral process. The justices on Friday said the language of the law is confusing and inaccurate, and …

Jim Kenyon: Detecting an Odor in Lebanon Pot Busts

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Shortly before 1 a.m. on a recent Saturday, Tom and Kari Orkney were awakened by a knock on the door to their second-floor apartment in Lebanon. Standing on the other side were two or three Lebanon police officers. While responding to a “domestic issue” in another apartment, police …

Jim Kenyon: Hartford’s New Top Cop

Sunday, May 3, 2015

I met Hartford’s new police chief at a community forum on substance abuse at the Wilder Center last Tuesday evening. I liked what I heard and what I saw — literally. Phil Kasten wasn’t projecting the image of a tough-guy, I’m-in-charge cop. No black boots or oversized Smokey …

Jumping Right In

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Firefighters from Hartford, Rutland, Burlington, South Burlington and Colchester, Vt., practice safely entering moving water during Vermont State Urban Search and Rescue’s training on the Ottauquechee River in Quechee on Wednesday. Valley News — Sarah Shaw …

Shooter Argues Self Defense in East Bethel Altercation

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

East Bethel — A 66-year-old East Bethel man was released on bail after pleading not guilty to shooting and injuring his friend during a fight that ensued over a bottle of brandy, according to court documents. Dennis Dundas …

Residents Still in Fear After Vigil Held for Springfield, Vt., Shooting Victim

Monday, April 27, 2015

Springfield, Vt. — Residents on Sunday evening held a vigil near the site of last week’s fatal shooting on South Street, lending support to the family of Wesley Wing and pledging to address the challenges of drugs and …

Shooting in East Bethel

Monday, April 27, 2015

Bethel firefighters and Vermont State Police watch as DHART airlifts a shooting victim from the scene in East Bethel Sunday night. A male suspect was taken into custody by Vermont State Police. The victim’s condition was not immediately …

Springfield, Vt., Shooting Suspect’s Girlfriend Arrested

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Springfield, Vt. — Police have arrested the girlfriend of a Springfield man accused in a fatal weekend shooting on charges that she helped him evade capture. In a joint news release, Springfield police and Vermont State Police said …