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Richard Coleman reacts to being denied bail at his arraignment in Windsor Superior Court in White River Junction, on June 25, 2015. Coleman has been charged with one count of aggravated sexual assault, and two counts of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)
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Windsor Man, 58, Charged With Sexual Assault Pleads Not Guilty, Denied Bail

Friday, June 26, 2015

White River Junction — A 58-year-old Windsor man is being held without bail on charges that he repeatedly sexually abused a girl under the age of 13. Richard J. Coleman faces two counts of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child and one count of aggravated sexual assault. He pleaded not guilty to the three felony charges in Windsor Superior …

Fire Marshal Says Kids Caused Bradford, Vt., House Fire

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Bradford, Vt. — Three young children set the fire that caused an estimated $200,000 damage to the home of a Bradford senior citizen Monday night, state fire investigators determined Tuesday. With more than 53 years in the fire department and 15 years as chief of police, Robert Nutting estimated that he’d seen more …

Former N.H. State Rep. Injured in Home Invasion

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Newport — A New London man charged in connection with an early morning home invasion is being held on $100,000 cash-only bail. Brandon Green, 29, was arraigned in Newport District Court Monday afternoon on a felony count of robbery stemming from allegations that he broke into the Route 11 home of his landlord, …

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 …

Man Dies in Springfield, Vt., Shooting

Monday, April 20, 2015

Springfield, Vt. — The victim of a shooting near Jake’s Market on Saturday evening has died, as police on Sunday night continued to search for the shooter. Police said Wesley Wing, 37, died at 2:30 a.m. Sunday after being shot near the South Street store. A 911 call …

Jim Kenyon: Hiring a Police Prosecutor Is Just the First Step

Sunday, April 12, 2015

I think it’s safe to presume that trust in law enforcement, nationally, isn’t extremely high at the moment. After the cellphone video of the police shooting in North Charleston, S.C., surfaced last week, how could it be? But from a thousand miles away, in the idyllic Upper Valley, …