Police / Fire / Courts

Ferguson Rumble Felt in Twin States

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

West Lebanon — Racial profiling is alive and well in the United States, African-American men in the Upper Valley say, though whether they agree that police bias played a part in recent events in Ferguson, Mo., is another matter. Following a grand jury’s decision not to indict the police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teen this summer in the St. Louis suburb, the Valley News asked black …

Claremont Grand Jury Extended

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Claremont — The deadline for a possible Sullivan County grand jury indictment against a former Claremont police dispatcher charged with aggravated sexual assault has been extended to mid-January, according to documents on file in Superior Court. An agreement to extend the deadline was reached earlier this month between the Sullivan County Attorney’s Office and the attorney for James Boisclair, who was arrested on …

Robbery Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

White River Junction — A 27-year-old man who was recently released from the hospital after his father-in-law shot him in late August in Newport faces felony charges of impeding a police officer and accessory after the fact to an armed robbery. Meanwhile, law enforcement officials say they are continuing to investigate the shooting in Newport; no charges have been filed in the incident. …

Former Day Care Director Pleads Not Guilty to Embezzlement

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

North Haverhill — The former director of the Children’s Center of the Upper Valley, who is currently charged with possession of child pornography, was arraigned on a count of attempted theft from the day care in Grafton Superior Court on Monday. Judge Lawrence A. MacLeod Jr. entered a …

Forrester Takes Senate District 2

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Grafton — State Sen. Jeanie Forrester, R-Meredith, appeared headed to victory Tuesday night in her Senate District 2 race against first-time Democrat Carolyn Mello, of Holderness. With 18 of 27 towns reporting, Forrester had 64 percent of the vote, according to a tally on NHPR’s website . “I …

Norwich Farm Reports Theft of 70 Pounds of Organic Broccoli

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Norwich — Call it the case of the missing broccoli. Jake Guest, owner of Killdeer Farm on Butternut Road in Norwich, is used to having deer nibble off a few pieces of his harvest, but in 35 years of farming, he’s never seen anything like what workers discovered …

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 …