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Gun Scare at Claremont School Was Bogus, Police Say

Friday, November 21, 2014

Claremont — Police have said a reported sighting of a man with a handgun that prompted a temporary lock down Monday of Maple Avenue Elementary School was false, leading the district superintendent to put the staff member who made the report on paid administrative leave while the investigation continues. Police Chief Alex Scott and Superintendent Middleton McGoodwin declined to release the name of the staff member, who works as a …

Vt. Man Arraigned On Sex Charges

Thursday, November 20, 2014

White River Junction — A 51-year-old man pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to allegations that he molested three young children, all under the age of 10, while they were in his care at different points earlier this year. John J. Sughrue, most recently of Windsor, was arraigned in Windsor Superior Court on five felony charges of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child. …

Barnard Man Pleads Not Guilty to Lewd Conduct Charge

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

White River Junction — A 67-year-old Barnard man pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to allegations that he groped a teenage girl last month. Thurston Twigg-Smith was arraigned in Windsor Superior Court on a felony charge of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child and released on several conditions, including an order that he …

Vt. Man Acquitted In 2010 Shooting

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Chelsea — A jury on Monday acquitted a 45-year-old Thetford man of all charges in connection with a 2010 shooting. The 12 Orange County jurors found Thomas Berecz not guilty of felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and two misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment. Berecz took a …

Documents: Former St. Paul’s Student Negotiating Plea Deal

Monday, November 3, 2014

The 19-year-old St. Paul’s graduate accused of sexually assaulting a freshman this spring could plead guilty to charges in the case as early as this month, according to records filed on Friday in Concord. Attorneys in the case agreed on Friday after hours of apparent negotiations to set …

N.H. Wood Business’ Kiln Burns

Friday, October 31, 2014

New London — Rebuilding a pivotal part of a wood products business that burned in an early morning fire was on the forefront of the owner’s mind on Thursday afternoon. A fire broke out inside the firewood kiln …

Local & Regional Briefs for Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Tractor Driver Charged Following Collision on I-89 Off-Ramp Lebanon — A pickup truck struck and knocked over a Department of Transportation tractor at the interchange of Route 4 and Interstate 89 in Lebanon earlier this week. The accident …

N.H. Man Indicted on Theft Charge

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Lebanon — The former director of the Children’s Center of the Upper Valley, who is currently facing child pornography charges, has been indicted on a count of attempted theft from the day care. Michael Whelton, 53, of Enfield, allegedly deposited nearly $4,000 of the center’s funds in his …

Heroin Sample Was Laced With Fentanyl

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Hartford — Police said a heroin sample tied to a suspected overdose tested positive for Fentanyl, a narcotic drug that is more powerful and more life-threatening than heroin itself. Two suspected overdose deaths and seven other heroin-related overdoses in the Upper Valley this month led Hartford police to …

Fatal Accident in Windsor

Monday, October 27, 2014

A 59-year-old Keene, N.H., woman died Friday after her car ran into some ledge off Interstate 91 in Windsor. Officials said Nancy Ann Southwell was driving north near mile-marker 55 around 9:50 a.m. when the accident occurred. Authorities …

Thetford Board: Police Coverage Will Continue as Before

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Thetford — The town’s police force will use a borrowed vehicle and continue to provide residents with the same level of police coverage that was in effect before Friday’s suspicious fire, which destroyed the department’s entire fleet of …

Cop Cars Burn in Thetford

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Thetford — Following a suspicious overnight fire Friday that destroyed Thetford’s three police cruisers, a state fire investigator said he is “absolutely” interested in reviewing a 2012 case in which Norwich’s three-car fleet was destroyed by flames that …

Suspect in WRJ Stabbing Says He Doesn’t Pose a Threat

Friday, October 17, 2014

White River Junction — After being accused of stabbing a neighbor early Tuesday, Henry Chalmers, 46, was charged with aggravated assault on Wednesday morning, ordered by a judge to undergo a psychiatric evaluation on Wednesday afternoon, and returned …