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Weare police chief John Velleca chats with residents following his swearing in ceremony at Weare Middle School on Saturday, October 26, 2013. 

(JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)

Weare: Woman Accuses Police Chief of Assault

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A judge has granted a new restraining order against Weare police Chief John Velleca, days after his assistant claims he assaulted her at her Hillsboro home. In a petition filed yesterday and released this morning in Hillsboro’s district court, 40-year-old Jennifer Posteraro alleges that she and Velleca had a brief “sexual relationship” this summer, and that Velleca, who is married …

Defense Questions Police Account in Fatal I-89 Crash

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Haverhill — Court documents suggest that defense attorneys for Robert J. Dellinger are scrutinizing the police account of what Dellinger told them at the hospital after a head-on collision on Interstate 89 last December that killed a Wilder couple and their unborn child. Dellinger, who was living in Sunapee at the time of the car crash, pleaded not guilty in May to two …

R.I. Man Pleads Guilty To Hartford Robbery

Friday, September 12, 2014

White River Junction — A Rhode Island man was sentenced this week to 12 years in prison for robbing three banks — including People’s United Bank in White River Junction — within 22 days, federal prosecutors in Rhode Island reported Tuesday. Joseph Petrarca, 50, of Cumberland, R.I., pleaded guilty in March to robbing a Cumberland, R.I.,-based Citizens Bank branch of $1,764 and a …

Hartford Man Charged With Murder in 2-Year-Old’s Death

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hartford — A 31-year-old Hartford man faces charges of murder in the first degree and aggravated domestic assault stemming from the death of his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son last summer, police said in a news release late Wednesday night. …

Plea Deal Dropped for Springfield, Vt., Man

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

White River Junction — After announcing that plans for a plea deal had crumbled, lawyers made plans in court Tuesday to move toward a trial in the case of a Springfield, Vt., man charged in connection with a 2008 shooting death in Windsor County. Timothy Arbuckle, 33, pleaded …

Sawmill Open After Sunday Night Fire

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Weathersfield — A fire that broke out Sunday evening at a Perkinsville sawmill was confined mostly to the interior of the building. The cause of the three-alarm fire and the extent of the damage are still under investigation. …

Perkinsville Sawmill Fire

Monday, August 11, 2014

Firefighters responded to a three-alarm fire at Sheehan & Sons Sawmill on Stoughton Pond Road in Perkinsville on Sunday. Several area fire departments helped battle the blaze, which broke out Sunday evening. No further information on the cause …

Thetford Town Truck Accident Spills Hazardous Material

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Thetford — Cleanup crews spent about 11 hours working to contain a hazardous material spill Thursday after a town dump truck rolled over into a ditch on Stevens Road and lost some of its hydraulic oil, officials said Friday. The 10-wheeler truck, which was carrying a load of …

Barn Fire in Hartland

Saturday, August 9, 2014

From left, Paul Potwin, Tyler Frink, and Ted Bjorkman, all of Hartland, move a barbed wire fence away from a barn that was destroyed by fire in Hartland on Friday. The wooden and sheet metal barn was being …

Gang Member Found Guilty in Prison Murder

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Concord — William Edic, the 32-year-old accused of fatally assaulting a fellow Concord inmate at the behest of his white supremacist prison gang, was found guilty last week of reckless second-degree murder. He was also convicted of falsifying …

Local & Regional Briefs for Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Lebanon Man Charged In Hanover Assault Hanover — The police department on Monday charged a Lebanon man in the assault of a 53-year-old Hanover resident early in the morning on Sunday, July 27. The suspect, Sean Merrihew, 23, …

Claremont Man Can’t Leave Jail

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

White River Junction — A Claremont sex offender who is eligible to be released from prison will remain incarcerated because he does not have any appropriate housing arrangements available. Craig A. Jasper, 32, pleaded guilty in May to a felony count of lewd and lascivious conduct for sexually …

Lebanon Man Pleads Guilty in Sex Assault

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

North Haverhill — A 73-year-old Lebanon man will spend at least 10 years in prison for sexually assaulting three young girls. Donald S. Hamel pleaded guilty to six counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault on Monday in Grafton …