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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Identity Theft Talk Scheduled for Royalton Royalton — A free talk about protecting against scams, fraud and identity theft is set for Sept. 25, 7 p.m., at Royalton Memorial Library, 23 Alexander Place. The program will be led by Amy Schram, a community outreach specialist with the Better Business Bureau serving eastern Massachusetts, Maine, and Rhode Island and Vermont. It will cover “the most common scams currently circulating the community, …

Weare: Woman Accuses Police Chief of Assault

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A judge has granted a new restraining order against Weare police Chief John Velleca, days after his assistant claims he assaulted her at her Hillsboro home. In a petition filed yesterday and released this morning in Hillsboro’s district court, 40-year-old Jennifer Posteraro alleges that she and Velleca had a brief “sexual relationship” this …

Defense Questions Police Account in Fatal I-89 Crash

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Haverhill — Court documents suggest that defense attorneys for Robert J. Dellinger are scrutinizing the police account of what Dellinger told them at the hospital after a head-on collision on Interstate 89 last December that killed a Wilder couple and their unborn child. Dellinger, who was living in Sunapee at the time of the car crash, pleaded not guilty in May to two …

R.I. Man Pleads Guilty To Hartford Robbery

Friday, September 12, 2014

White River Junction — A Rhode Island man was sentenced this week to 12 years in prison for robbing three banks — including People’s United Bank in White River Junction — within 22 days, federal prosecutors in Rhode Island reported Tuesday. Joseph Petrarca, 50, of Cumberland, R.I., pleaded …

Claremont Restaurant a ‘Total Loss’ After Blaze

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Claremont — State fire investigators will return today to the scene of a fire that destroyed Joey’s on the River Restaurant on Main Street Tuesday night. Tom Schutzius and Eric Berube with the state fire marshal’s office were …

Police: Man Shot in Newport Had Been Arrested Day Before

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Newport — A 27-year-old man who was shot two weeks ago by his father-in-law on his in-laws’ porch had been arrested the day before at the Laurel Street home, according to police records. Jay Handy was charged on Aug. 27 with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and other charges …

Residents Outraged at Theft of Hand-Painted Irene Sign, Missing in West Hartford

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

West Hartford — Residents expressed outrage at the theft of a hand-painted sign that served as a symbol of Vermonters’ resilience. The 6-foot-long wooden sign had foot-high letters reading “Goodnight Irene,” a reference to the destructive 2011 tropical …

Fire Damages Claremont Restaurant

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Claremont — A fire broke out at the former Dimick’s Restaurant, now Joey’s On The River, on lower Main Street Tuesday night, causing significant damage to the building overlooking the Sugar River west of downtown Claremont. The fire was called in around 8:30 p.m. and heavy flames could …

Fire Damages Apartment In Downtown Claremont

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Claremont — A late-night fire in the attic of a downtown apartment displaced a family of three on Friday, fire officials reported. No one was injured. A news release from the Claremont Fire Department said the blaze was likely caused by old electrical wiring, which failed and ignited …

Shooting Victim Speaks Out

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Newport — Police are trying to determine whether a Laurel Street homeowner was justified when he shot his son-in-law at his front door. Meanwhile, the son-in-law said in an interview that he was trying to return his wife’s purse to her following an argument earlier in the day …

Claremont Man Pleads Guilty, Gets 25 to Life in Sex Assault

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Newport — A 26-year-old Claremont man pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault against two young children and was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. In Sullivan Country Superior Court on Wednesday …

Police Charge Springfield, Vt., Man With Rape

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Claremont — Police have charged a Springfield, Vt., man with one count of aggravated felonious sexual assault in connection with an alleged attack last month in a secluded area off River Road. Zachary Jones, 30, was arraigned in Circuit Court in Claremont on Tuesday and was being held …

Bail Reduced in Dispatcher’s Alleged Sex Case

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Newport — The former police dispatcher charged with two counts of felonious sexual assault had his bail reduced from $100,000 cash to $25,000 personal recognizance by Superior Court Judge Brian Tucker at a hearing Tuesday after his defense …