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Man Sentenced to 12 Months for Claremont Store Robbery

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Newport — The Claremont man charged with robbing the E-Z Mart Convenience store on Maple Avenue in Claremont at knife-point last May pleaded guilty in Sullivan County Superior Court on Monday and was sentenced to 12 months in the county jail. The sentence for Martinio Bailey, 19, for armed robbery was imposed by Judge Brian Tucker and fell between the prison time recommended by Sullivan County Attorney Marc Hathaway and …

Fire Levels Remote Vt. Cabin

Monday, November 9, 2015

Weathersfield — A fire that destroyed a disused cabin on Little Ascutney Mountain on Sunday night posed difficulties of access to firefighters who hiked up an abandoned logging trail to contain the flames. At least nine departments responded, and firefighters made use of tankers, off-road vehicles, a backhoe and roughly 1,800 feet of …

Massachusetts Considers Cruelty Registry

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Boston — Lawmakers in Massachusetts and several other states are weighing proposals to create registries of animal abusers as a means for ensuring that pets wind up in the care of responsible and humane owners. A bill, heard last week by a Massachusetts legislative panel, would require those convicted of an animal cruelty crime provide their name, address and a photograph to an …

Bill Tweaks Rules for Plate Readers

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Montpelier — Sen. Dick Sears was stunned. The head of the Vermont chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union was surprised, too. Sears, a Bennington County Democrat, and Allen Gilbert said they were shocked when prosecutors and public defenders, who typically are at odds over judicial matters, agreed …

Judge Says Labrie Must Register as Felony Sex Offender

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Concord — A judge denied Owen Labrie’s attempt to evade lifetime sex offender registration by upholding his lone felony charge for using a computer to solicit his victim. Labrie’s attorneys said they’ll appeal the decision to the Supreme Court and potentially seek a pardon from Gov. Maggie Hassan …

Labrie’s Attorneys Say Penalty ‘Absurd’

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Concord — Owen Labrie’s attorneys said a literal reading of the lone felony he was convicted of leads to an “absurd result” in his case, including an unconstitutionally severe punishment of lifetime sex offender registration, in a motion filed Friday. The St. Paul’s School graduate who stood trial …

Teen Faces Charges After Police Chase Through Vermont, N.H.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Lebanon — A juvenile in a stolen vehicle led police on a high-speed chase through two states on Friday night that ended only after the vehicle the boy was driving rammed two police cruisers, Vermont State Police said in a news release issued Saturday. Vermont State Police say …

Prosecutor Responds To Witty Case Filing

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Nashua — Prosecutors have objected to attempts by the legal team of Kyle Witty, the Cornish motorist charged with reckless manslaughter, to dismiss the case based on obscured visibility the morning he allegedly caused a fatal accident. Documents filed last month with the county’s superior court reveal that …

Jim Kenyon: A Fine State of Affairs

Sunday, September 27, 2015

I happened to be at the Lebanon courthouse one morning earlier this year when Second Circuit Judge Thomas Bamberger issued an ultimatum to two defendants: Pay the $500 or so that they each owed in unpaid fines and court fees, or the state would provide them with a …

Jim Kenyon: A Falsely Accused Windsor Grandfather’s 5-Year Fight for Justice

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Windsor — In October 2010, Ernie Simuro was arrested on charges of sexually abusing his 7-year-old learning disabled grandson, who lived with him in Windsor. A Vietnam War veteran with no criminal record, Simuro was placed on the …

Church Vandalism Case in Court

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Newport — A Charlestown man charged with vandalizing St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Claremont in August pleaded not guilty to two felony charges at his arraignment in Sullivan County Superior Court on Wednesday. Zachary Underwood, 18, was in court but did not go before Judge Brian Tucker …

Man Pleads Guilty to Shaking Baby

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Newport — A Sullivan County man on Tuesday was sentenced to seven to 15 years in state prison after pleading guilty to shaking his 5-month-old son because the infant wouldn’t stop crying while the man was playing video games. Jerry Carrier, 26, pleaded guilty to a felony charge …

Newport, Sunapee Get DUI Checkpoints

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Newport — New Hampshire State Police on Thursday announced they will conduct sobriety checkpoints in Newport and Sunapee at the end of this month or in early September, due to “the increasing incidents of drinking and driving” in the area. Authorized by a Superior Court judge and funded …