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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 “total loss,” said West Newbury Fire Chief …

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 guilty to murder charges. In response to the toddler’s death, the state has set up …

New Allegations Against Ex-Teacher

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Newport — A second person has come forward with allegations against the former Stevens High School teacher who was charged last month with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old student. At hearing in Newport on Tuesday, Sullivan County Attorney Marc Hathaway said after Christopher LeBlanc was arrested last month, a …

Bus Driver Had Previous DUI

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

White River Junction — The Butler’s Bus Service driver who has been charged with operating a bus full of schoolchildren while having a blood alcohol level above the legal limit had a prior DUI conviction in 2006, and …

Woman, 19, Killed in Accident

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Ascutney — A Claremont woman died Sunday evening when the vehicle she was riding in overturned on Route 131. Vermont State Police said Monday that Scotlynn Silfies, 19, was transported to Valley Regional Hospital where she died. The driver of the vehicle, Seth Smith, 20, was treated for …

Upper Valley Embezzlers Take $2.4 Million

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Lebanon — At least $2.4 million has been embezzled from more than 20 small businesses, government agencies and nonprofit organizations in the Upper Valley over the last decade. In least one case, the theft contributed to a bankruptcy. Most of the crimes have taken place in Vermont and …

Gather Around the Table

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Dismas House board members and residents give thanks before their meal at the new facility in Hartford Village earlier this week. Dismas of Vermont is a family-style home meant mainly for furloughed inmates readjusting to life outside the …

Rape Trial Ends in Acquittal

Friday, March 28, 2014

North Haverhill — The foreman of the jury that found Parker C. Gilbert not guilty of sexually assaulting a Dartmouth College classmate said jurors were not swayed by the accuser’s account, which they found implausible. Rick Rogers, of …

Police Identify Enfield Girl’s Day Care Provider

Friday, March 28, 2014

Enfield — Police have identified the Lockehaven Road resident who was the day care provider responsible for a 4-year-old girl who died after her jacket became snagged on a branch, causing her to choke and stop breathing. Police said Thursday that the incident occurred at the home of …

Mixed Reaction on Dartmouth Campus; Some Outraged, Others See Justice

Friday, March 28, 2014

Hanover — Reaction on the Dartmouth College campus to the acquittal of Parker C. Gilbert was mixed, ranging from outright denunciation to a belief that the verdict was just. On Thursday afternoon after the verdict was announced, students appeared to be going about their regular routines, traveling to …

Girl, 4, Dies Of Injuries At Day Care

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Enfield — A 4-year-old girl who was choked accidentally by her own coat while at an unlicensed day care on Monday has died. Willa Clark died late Wednesday afternoon, her parents, Cara and Michael Clark, of Enfield, said in a statement issued through Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. “Willa Shine …

Rape Trial Deliberations Begin

Thursday, March 27, 2014

UPDATE: The jury reached a verdict Thursday afternoon. Read more at this link. ∎ North Haverhill — The jury began deliberations late Wednesday afternoon in the trial of Parker C. Gilbert, the former Dartmouth College student accused of …