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Fire capt. Jim Chamberlain of the Claremont Fire Department aims a hose at a corner of the former St. Mary Convent that was still smoldering about nine hours after the fire was reported in Claremont, N.H., on April 20, 2014. The vacant building lies adjacent to New England Classical Academy, which firefighters worked to protect from heat and embers. (Valley News - Will Parson)

Fire Guts Former Convent; Firefighters’ Fast Action Saves School in Claremont

Monday, April 21, 2014

Claremont — An early morning fire destroyed the vacant St. Mary Convent building on Central Street Sunday, but quick action by firefighters prevented the flames from spreading to the New England Classical Academy, a mere 15 feet away. “It was close,” said Claremont Fire Chief Rick Bergeron regarding the proximity of the flames to the school, which is less than …

Fire Damages Home In West Newbury

Monday, April 21, 2014

West Newbury, Vt. — A fire destroyed a Swamp Road residence on Saturday morning. The West Newbury and Newbury Village fire departments responded to a call from homeowner, Scott Martin, at 3:43 a.m. Saturday morning, the State Police said in a release. Firefighters isolated the blaze to the home’s second floor, which “sustained extensive damage,” amounting to approximately $100,000. The house was a …

Lebanon Cop Fakes Fitness Test Results for Two Other Officers

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Lebanon — In mid-December, Lebanon police officers gathered at a local indoor track to be timed as they ran 12 laps. They needed to finish the 1.5-mile run in 13 minutes and 24 seconds or better to keep their jobs. In New Hampshire, law enforcement officers hired after 2000 are required to pass …

Poultney, Vt., Stepfather Charged in 2-Year-Old’s Death Is Released on Bail

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Poultney, Vt. — A Poultney man charged in the death of his 2-year-old stepdaughter has been released on bail. Dennis Duby, 31, was released on Friday. He is charged in the death of Dezirae Sheldon, who died in February after suffering severe head trauma. Duby has pleaded not …

Gov: Boston Lockdown Was ‘Tough Call’

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Boston — Several days after the Boston Marathon bombing, Gov. Deval Patrick received a call in the pre-dawn hours from a top aide telling him that police officers outside the city had just engaged in a ferocious gun …

Hartford Grad Killed in Accident

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Hartford — When Sean Densmore ran for class president at Hartford High School, he won easily because of his wicked sense of humor, his relaxed attitude and a personality that caused just about everyone he met to immediately …

Mourning a Shooting Death

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Julia West kneels in front of Beach Pharmacy on Laskin Road in Virginia Beach on Tuesday after she and her mom, Gerrie West, placed flowers at a makeshift memorial in front of the pharmacy where owner David Kilgore …

Blaze Devastates Vt. Farm; Fire Officials Still Determining Cause

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Bradford, Vt. — Harold Gravlin’s pit bull isn’t normally a barker. So on Sunday evening when the dog started barking uncontrollably, Gravlin thought something might be wrong. And, indeed, it was. Gravlin, 46, peered out his home’s window …

Windsor Police Probe Killing of Two Pit Bulls

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Windsor — Police are investigating the killing of two pit bulls whose bodies were found on Interstate 91 with small-caliber gunshot wounds to their heads. Windsor police were notified by a passerby on Saturday morning that there were …

Grass Then Home Catch Fire

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Newport — A grass fire that was sparked when a riding lawn mower backfired, spread to a mobile home and damaged one end of the structure Friday, but caused no injuries. The fire was called in around noon …

Former City Cop Hired in Thetford

Friday, April 11, 2014

Thetford — A former Lebanon police officer who was charged with two counts of simple assault after allegedly grabbing a woman’s wrist and pushing her at a local bar while he was off duty in 2011 has been hired as a part-time patrol officer in Thetford. Thetford Police …

Home Destroyed by Blaze; Three Pets Perish in South Royalton Fire

Thursday, April 10, 2014

South Royalton — About 50 firefighters responded to a fast-moving fire that destroyed a South Royalton home Tuesday night, killing three pets. Nobody was injured in the blaze on Pleasant Street, around the corner from the South Royalton …

Blaze Damages The Fort: Compressor Room Cited in Restaurant Fire

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Lebanon — A blaze that broke out in a storage room at The Fort restaurant on Heater Road last night was put to rest less than an hour after it was reported. No one was injured in the …