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Fire Damages Home In West Newbury

Monday, April 21, 2014

West Newbury, Vt. — A fire destroyed a Swamp Road residence on Saturday morning. The West Newbury and Newbury Village fire departments responded to a call from homeowner, Scott Martin, at 3:43 a.m. Saturday morning, the State Police said in a release. Firefighters isolated the blaze to the home’s second floor, which “sustained extensive damage,” amounting to approximately $100,000. The house was a “total loss,” said West Newbury Fire Chief …

Lebanon Cop Fakes Fitness Test Results for Two Other Officers

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Lebanon — In mid-December, Lebanon police officers gathered at a local indoor track to be timed as they ran 12 laps. They needed to finish the 1.5-mile run in 13 minutes and 24 seconds or better to keep their jobs. In New Hampshire, law enforcement officers hired after 2000 are required to pass …

Poultney, Vt., Stepfather Charged in 2-Year-Old’s Death Is Released on Bail

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Poultney, Vt. — A Poultney man charged in the death of his 2-year-old stepdaughter has been released on bail. Dennis Duby, 31, was released on Friday. He is charged in the death of Dezirae Sheldon, who died in February after suffering severe head trauma. Duby has pleaded not guilty to murder charges. In response to the toddler’s death, the state has set up …

2 Charges Dismissed at Rape Trial

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

North Haverhill — A judge has dismissed two of the seven felony charges against the former Dartmouth College student charged with raping a fellow student last spring. After prosecutors had concluded their case on Tuesday, the defense team made a motion to have all the charges against Parker …

Stevens Fires Accused Teacher

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Claremont — A Stevens High School algebra teacher was fired Monday after being arraigned earlier in the day on four counts of felonious sexual assault against a 14-year-old student, including at least one instance alleged to have occurred …

Ex-Oxbow Coach Pleads Guilty

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Chelsea — A former physical education teacher at Oxbow Union High School has been convicted of sexually assaulting a student he coached while she was living at his Topsham home in the late 1990s. Brian H. Musty, 44, …

Nurse Gives Testimony at Rape Trial

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

North Haverhill — The nurse who examined the Dartmouth College student who alleges she was raped by a classmate last May testified on Monday about the results of the evaluation. Monday was the sixth day of the trial of former Dartmouth student Parker C. Gilbert, who is charged …

Stevens High Teacher Charged With Sex Assault of Minor Girl

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Claremont — A 29-year-old math teacher at Stevens High School is facing sexual-assault charges after having an “inappropriate relationship” with a 14-year-old girl, police said Friday. Christopher LeBlanc, who also works part-time at the Claremont Community Center, was …

Roommate Takes Stand At Rape Trial

Friday, March 21, 2014

North Haverhill — The roommate of a Dartmouth College student who alleges she was raped by a classmate last spring took the stand on Thursday and testified she was in the adjoining bedroom on the night in question and overheard sexual activity, but not the sounds of an …

Defense Lawyers Question Accuser

Thursday, March 20, 2014

North Haverhill — Defense attorneys continued Wednesday to attempt to undercut the account of the woman who alleges she was raped by a former Dartmouth College student, pointing out discrepancies between what she told a Hanover police detective, her parents and friends. During cross-examination, lawyers for Parker C. …

Accuser Testifies at Rape Trial

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

North Haverhill — The former Dartmouth College student who alleges she was raped in a dorm room last spring testified Tuesday that she vomited after seeing her alleged attacker a few days after the incident. Meanwhile, the defense …

Three Claremont Firefighters Recovering

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Claremont — While they don’t expect to jump on wailing red trucks anytime soon, Andrew Stevens and Scott Kenniston cheered their fellow Claremont firefighters just by showing up at the station on Tuesday. A little more than three …

Campus Rape Trial Underway: Jury Begins With Visit to Dartmouth Dorm

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

North Haverhill — The trial of the former Dartmouth College rugby player charged with raping a female student began with jurors visiting the Hanover dormitory where the incident allegedly occurred last May. Parker C. Gilbert has been charged …