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. …

Thetford Board: Police Coverage Will Continue as Before

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Thetford — The town’s police force will use a borrowed vehicle and continue to provide residents with the same level of police coverage that was in effect before Friday’s suspicious fire, which destroyed the department’s entire fleet of …

Cop Cars Burn in Thetford

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Thetford — Following a suspicious overnight fire Friday that destroyed Thetford’s three police cruisers, a state fire investigator said he is “absolutely” interested in reviewing a 2012 case in which Norwich’s three-car fleet was destroyed by flames that …

Suspect in WRJ Stabbing Says He Doesn’t Pose a Threat

Friday, October 17, 2014

White River Junction — After being accused of stabbing a neighbor early Tuesday, Henry Chalmers, 46, was charged with aggravated assault on Wednesday morning, ordered by a judge to undergo a psychiatric evaluation on Wednesday afternoon, and returned …

Competency Evaluation Ordered

Thursday, October 16, 2014

White River Junction — The 46-year-old White River Junction man who allegedly stabbed a neighbor Tuesday night was ordered to undergo an inpatient competency evaluation during his arraignment in Windsor Superior Court on Wednesday. A mental health screener …

Thetford Picks Vt. Sergeant As New Chief

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Thetford — The town has its new police chief — almost. Richard A. King, a Springfield, Vt., resident and a longtime sergeant with Ludlow, Vt., police, is expected to take the top spot in Thetford on Nov. 2, pending a standard background check by an outside firm to …

White River Junction Man Suspected in Assault

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

White River Junction — Apartment residents who were woken by the sounds of yelling outside their downtown building early Tuesday morning said they went back to sleep without realizing that a neighbor had been stabbed just yards away. As of Tuesday night, Hartford police were still searching for …

Child Porn Charges Prompt Info Session

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Lebanon — The ongoing investigation into allegations that the former director of the Children’s Center of the Upper Valley possessed child pornography on a work laptop has prompted the organization to hold a question and information session later this week. Individuals with the Child Advocacy Center and the …

Prison’s Alert System Failed

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Windsor — The community-wide alert system meant to notify residents of emergencies at Southeast State Correctional Facility — such as Monday morning’s inmate escape — did not function as intended this week because prison staff did not know how to deploy it, according to the state’s top corrections …

Sex Offender Escapes Prison; Windsor Facility Has Minimum Security

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Windsor — State and local police canvassed parts of rural Windsor for nearly eight hours on Monday before apprehending a 23-year-old sex offender who escaped from Southeast State Correctional Facility earlier that morning. State Police Capt. Ray Keefe …

Escapee Wasn’t Allowed Outside Grounds

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Windsor — The inmate who used gardening “clippers” to escape from prison in Windsor on Monday was not part of the group of inmates allowed to participate on work crews outside the campus, but he was afforded the …