Police / Fire / Courts

Gun Scare at Claremont School Was Bogus, Police Say

Friday, November 21, 2014

Claremont — Police have said a reported sighting of a man with a handgun that prompted a temporary lock down Monday of Maple Avenue Elementary School was false, leading the district superintendent to put the staff member who made the report on paid administrative leave while the investigation continues. Police Chief Alex Scott and Superintendent Middleton McGoodwin declined to release the name of the staff member, who works as a …

Vt. Man Arraigned On Sex Charges

Thursday, November 20, 2014

White River Junction — A 51-year-old man pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to allegations that he molested three young children, all under the age of 10, while they were in his care at different points earlier this year. John J. Sughrue, most recently of Windsor, was arraigned in Windsor Superior Court on five felony charges of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child. …

Barnard Man Pleads Not Guilty to Lewd Conduct Charge

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

White River Junction — A 67-year-old Barnard man pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to allegations that he groped a teenage girl last month. Thurston Twigg-Smith was arraigned in Windsor Superior Court on a felony charge of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child and released on several conditions, including an order that he …

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 …

Chief: Arrests Not Yet Made in Sunapee Shooting

Friday, October 3, 2014

Sunapee — Police continue to gather evidence and conduct interviews to determine who fired shots at a residence in Sunapee earlier this week. Sunapee Police Chief David Cahill said nobody was injured in Sunday’s shooting, but the incident damaged a two-story house at 17 Bradford Road. Authorities didn’t …

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 …

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 …