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Police / Fire / Courts

Claremont Death Likely a Suicide

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Claremont — A woman found dead Tuesday morning on a cement abutment at the edge of the Sugar River took her own life, according to police. Authorities have not released any details about the woman, whose body was discovered by a passer-by who was walking upstream of the Puksta Bridge on Broad Street at midmorning on Tuesday, Police Chief Alex Scott said. The woman was deceased when police arrived, Scott …

Suspect Appeals Denial of Bail

Thursday, September 25, 2014

White River Junction — A 31-year-old Hartford man is appealing a judge’s ruling that there is enough evidence to hold him without bail pending trial in the death of his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son. Luke Theriault pleaded not guilty last month to a charge of second-degree murder in the July 2013 death of Jamaal Jayden Turkvan. “We’d like to appeal and get a decision …

Fire Destroys Lebanon Home

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Lebanon — A single-family home was gutted on Wednesday by a late afternoon fire that was well underway by the time firefighters arrived. The cause remains under investigation. Firefighters responded shortly after 3 p.m. to reports of smoke and heavy flames on the second floor of the house at 6 Chambers Circle, off …

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 …

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 …