Police / Fire / Courts

Jim Kenyon: Hiring a Police Prosecutor Is Just the First Step

Sunday, April 12, 2015

I think it’s safe to presume that trust in law enforcement, nationally, isn’t extremely high at the moment. After the cellphone video of the police shooting in North Charleston, S.C., surfaced last week, how could it be? But from a thousand miles away, in the idyllic Upper Valley, it’s easy to believe the abuse of police power is not something we need to worry about. Still, when a community is …

Confederate Flag Flown in Lebanon Puzzles Authorities, Community

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Lebanon — A Confederate flag that flew outside the Upper Valley Senior Center on Saturday morning, apparently without the consent or knowledge of any officials there, has mystified police and offended some residents and officials. “I’m not a very sensitive person, but I don’t find any humor in putting a Confederate flag up,” …

Jim Kenyon: Uniform Improvements at Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Forget about orange being the new black. Three years ago, Vermont’s sole prison for women was in such sorry shape that inmates weren’t even issued uniforms, orange or otherwise. Inmates at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility in South Burlington had to supply their own clothing, which could be problematic if they didn’t have family or friends on the outside to outfit them. Or …

Lyme Fire Destroys Historic Cape, Barn Saved

Monday, February 16, 2015

Lyme — A three-alarm fire destroyed a historic cape house on Pinnacle Hill Road Saturday night, beginning near a wood stove in an ell of the building and drawing firefighters from at least nine nearby towns. No one was hurt. The owners, Mark and Martha Tecca, found smoke …

Robarge Juror Says Oil Pan Was Pivotal

Friday, February 13, 2015

Newport — Metal from a punctured oil pan that tied James Robarge’s car to the wooded spot in Unity where his estranged wife’s body was found proved to be a critical piece of evidence in the second-degree murder conviction of the Charlestown man, a juror in the case …

Heroin Operation Alleged: 2 Upper Valley Men Face Trafficking Charges

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

White River Junction — Two Upper Valley residents have pleaded not guilty to felony charges after authorities allege they were transporting 1,100 bags of heroin from Massachusetts when police pulled them over in Springfield, Vt. Walter Emery, 20, …

No Verdict From Jury Yet in Robarge Trial

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Newport — A Sullivan County Superior Court jury will enter into a third day of deliberations this morning in the case of James Robarge, who is accused of killing his estranged wife on the day she filed for …

Medical Examiner Testifies at Trial

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Newport — Deputy State Medical Examiner Jennie Duval testified on Wednesday that injuries seen on a man accused of murdering his wife were consistent with someone who had been scratched and grabbed during a physical confrontation. Duval, who examined photographs of marks on James Robarge that were taken …

Enfield Town Funds Tied Up in SEC Probe

Monday, January 26, 2015

Enfield — About 20 percent of the town’s capital reserve funds were invested in a money management fund that the Securities and Exchange Commission has frozen as part of a complaint against a Massachusetts-based investment company and its principal owner, a Dartmouth College graduate. The fate of the …

After Fits and Starts, Thetford Hires Police Chief

Monday, January 26, 2015

Thetford — After several go-rounds and more than seven months of searching, Thetford has found a new police chief: A longtime lieutenant with the Hanover Police Department will start in the position about a week before Town Meeting. …

Daughter, Police Testify In Robarge Murder Trial

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Newport — The elder daughter of James Robarge testified at her father’s murder trial on Tuesday that she witnessed him physically attack her mother during an altercation inside the family’s Charlestown home about a year prior to her …

Local & Regional Briefs for Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Bethel Woman Killed After Thrown From Snowmobile Bethel — A 67-year-old Bethel woman has died from injuries she sustained in a snowmobile crashed in Bethel on Sunday. Dorothy Wilson, of Sanders Road, lost control of her snowmobile at 3:30 p.m. on a difficult section of trail near her …

High Court To Reconsider Gay Marriage

Saturday, January 17, 2015

The Supreme Court announced Friday it will decide a historic question about whether the Constitution requires that same-sex couples be allowed to marry no matter where they live or whether states are free to limit wedlock to its traditional definition as a union only between a man and …