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Dale Vodden

White River Junction Man Charged With Luring Children

Friday, May 29, 2015

White River Junction — A White River Junction man has been arrested on allegations that he attempted to solicit sex from children. Dale Vodden, 56, was arrested by Hartford police in the parking lot of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Thursday, according to Hartford police Sgt. Jay Pedro. He is charged with luring a child and will be arraigned at 12:30 p.m. today in Windsor Superior Court, according to a Hartford police news release announcing the arrest. Vodden’s arrest is the culmination of an investigation into incidents earlier this month that spurred Hartford police to issue a safety warning to residents. On May 7, …

Man Faces Charges After Police Chase

Monday, May 25, 2015

Lebanon — Following an extended chase on Routes 12 and 12A, police on Saturday apprehended a man wanted for the theft of a truck in Colorado. Just after 8 p.m., Lebanon police attempted to stop a Ford F-150 driven by Robert Leibensperger, of Clifton Park, N.Y. Leibensperger, 37, refused to pull over. The truck had been reported stolen earlier this month in Black …

Three Hartford Police Officers Complete Basic Training Class

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Hartford — Three Hartford police officers graduated from the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council’s 99th Basic Training Class Friday at the Vermont Police Academy in Pittsford. Randy St. Peter, 38, served with the Vermont Department of Corrections for nine years before being hired by the Hartford Police Department. He most recently worked as …

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, …

Confederate Flag Flown in Lebanon Puzzles Authorities, Community

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Lebanon — A Confederate flag that flew outside the Upper Valley Senior Center on Saturday morning, apparently without the consent or knowledge of any officials there, has mystified police and offended some residents and officials. “I’m not a …

Jim Kenyon: Uniform Improvements at Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Forget about orange being the new black. Three years ago, Vermont’s sole prison for women was in such sorry shape that inmates weren’t even issued uniforms, orange or otherwise. Inmates at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility in South Burlington had to supply their own clothing, which could be …

Feds Prosecute Robbery Suspect

Friday, April 3, 2015

Concord — The Claremont man indicted by a Sullivan County grand jury following two armed bank robberies in Claremont in the fall of 2013 is being prosecuted by federal authorities in at least one of the cases. James …

After Fire, Fairlee Sawmill's Future Uncertain

Monday, March 30, 2015

Fairlee — In the aftermath of a four-alarm fire that destroyed the Britton Lumber Company sawmill on Saturday night, the fate of 20 workers’ employment is uncertain, and damages could be in the millions, according to its owner. …

Ski Lift Firm Issues Warning After Chairlift Accident

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Portland, Maine — A chairlift company is warning U.S. ski resorts to check about 170 lifts for potential problems after engineers announced that a design flaw likely contributed to a weekend accident that injured seven skiers in Maine. …

Blaze Levels Britton Lumber Sawmill in Fairlee

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Fairlee — A four-alarm fire leveled the sawmill building at the Britton Lumber plant at 7 Ely Road off Route 5 on Saturday night. No injuries were reported. Public safety officials received a 911 call about a potential …

Local News Briefs: Tuesday, March 24

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Police Investigating Durst, Missing Middlebury S tudent Middlebury, Vt. ( ap ) — A Vermont police department said it’s investigating a link between the 1971 disappearance of a Middlebury College student and millionaire murder suspect Robert Durst. The Middlebury Police Department said Monday investigators have been aware for …

Claremont Man, 36, Faces Two Felony Charges After Search

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Claremont — A 36-year-old Claremont man faces two felony charges after city police and members of the New Hampshire Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at a Myrtle Street home on Friday night. Jason Hollywood, 36, of 47 Myrtle Street, was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and being …

Norwich Chimney Fire

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Norwich firefighter Theresa Moore-Poston reunites Molly with her owner, Dan Cook, outside Cook’s Union Village Road home on Friday night after a chimney fire damaged the home. The dog, who appeared unharmed, was hiding behind a door in …