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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 …

Man Dies in Claremont Fire

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Claremont — A veteran of the Vietnam war who died in a fire at his home Sunday evening was remembered by family members as a man who appeared rough on the edges but had a big, generous heart …

Police Look Into Break-ins Along I-89

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Newport — State police are investigating a string of break-ins early Monday morning from at least five convenience stores along the Interstate 89 corridor, but officials at two of the stores said that the perpetrators made away with almost nothing. “He came in, tried to get what he …

Plainfield Property a Hard Sell

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Plainfield — As the auction date nears for the sale of the compound on Center of Town Road that once belonged to Ed and Elaine Brown — the anti-government activists who took part in a nine-month standoff with …

Thetford Police Officer Complains About Emails Made Public

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Thetford — Turmoil involving some town officials and the town’s police force has continued to roil this month. Sgt. Bridget Tweedie filed a written complaint with Selectboard member Donn Downey earlier this month, accusing him of “blatant disregard” for Vermont’s public records law when he discussed emails between …

Hanover Man Assaulted on Wheelock

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Hanover — Police are stepping up patrols on Wheelock Street after a Hanover man was assaulted there early Sunday morning, marking the second such altercation this month. The victim, Mark Cookson, 53, on Monday said that due to a concussion he didn’t remember much, and couldn’t identify his …

Schools Weigh Cellphone Search Ruling

Sunday, July 27, 2014

West Lebanon — When David Baker was an assistant principal at Hartford High School about four years ago, he came upon a cellphone that had been left in the school’s auditorium. An announcement was made over the intercom looking for the owner of the phone, but no one …

Man in Springfield Shooting Charged After Note Found

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

White River Junction — One of the men involved in the June 11 Springfield, Vt., shooting that injured a convicted drug dealer has been charged with writing a letter in jail to one of his accomplices in an attempt to have him change his statement to police. Leon …

South Royalton Blaze

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

South Royalton Fire Chief Paul Brock said a garage fire Tuesday morning on New Street, near Vermont Law School, likely started when a hot lawnmower was placed too close to a can of gasoline. The white paneled garage …

In Norwich, A Push for Route 5 Site

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Norwich — Town officials on Friday published an open letter recommending that the fire and police departments move to the ABC Dairy property on Route 5, despite the Selectboard’s decision earlier this month not to investigate the site …

Claremont Man Draws Prison For Convenience Store Robbery

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Newport — A Claremont man with a lengthy criminal record was sentenced to two to five years in New Hampshire State Prison after pleading guilty in Sullivan County Superior Court Friday to robbing a convenience store in Claremont …