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 …

Testimony Underway; Jury Hears Opening Arguments in Robarge Trial

Friday, January 16, 2015

Newport — No one, including James Robarge, knows how Robarge’s estranged wife, Kelly, died in June 2013, a defense attorney said in opening statements at Robarge’s murder trial on Thursday. The defense team said the last time their …

Justices Weigh Punishment in Cop Killing

Friday, January 16, 2015

The New Hampshire Supreme Court inched closer to determining the fate of the state’s lone death row inmate Thursday, hearing arguments on whether Michael Addison’s 2008 sentence is fair compared to similar cases across the country. But the …

Jury Visits Murder Scene in Charlestown Slaying; Opening Statements Begin Today

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Newport — Fifteen jurors traveled by school bus on Wednesday on a tour of key locations in the case of James Robarge, the Charlestown man accused of killing his estranged wife in June 2013. The jury of nine …

Police Get Military Gear: Upper Valley Agencies Use Defense Program

Sunday, January 11, 2015

West Lebanon — At least 12 Upper Valley law enforcement agencies are beneficiaries of the Pentagon military-surplus program that provided Ferguson, Mo., police with some of the tactical gear deployed during protests there in August. The Department of …

Subzero Temperatures Hamper All-Day Firefighting Effort as Former Ascutney Lodge Burns

Friday, January 9, 2015

Brownsville — Dozens of firefighters braved subzero temperatures on Thursday to fight a fire that gutted the base lodge of the former Ascutney Mountain Resort. Frigid weather froze hoses and wore down firefighters, hindering efforts to extinguish the …

Local & Regional News Briefs: Jan. 8

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Three Hospitalized Following Accident in Enfield on Tuesday Enfield — Three people involved in a two-car collision on Route 4 Tuesday were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, according to Police Chief Richard Crate. Crate said that around 5:53 p.m., …

Hartford Couple Withdraws Pleas in Sex Assault Case

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

White River Junction — Pretrial hearings in the case of a Hartford couple accused of sexually assaulting two children are moving ahead after the pair successfully petitioned to have earlier guilty pleas withdrawn. Steven D. Smith, 48, and …

Hanover Police Back Off Drinking Arrests

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Hanover — Police Chief Charlie Dennis says his department will no longer intervene when intoxicated students are transported from the Dartmouth College infirmary to the hospital, a partial reversal of a long-controversial policy of following ambulance calls that has landed many students in court or in diversion programs. …

Owner Hopes to Rebuild Georges Mills Jake’s Market Location

Monday, January 5, 2015

Georges Mills — A fire early Sunday morning gutted the Jake’s Market on Route 11, drawing firefighters from five different departments. No one was hurt, since the combination convenience store and gas station had closed long before 12:23 …

Weathersfield Home a Loss Following Five-Alarm Fire, but Attached Structures Preserved

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Weathersfield — The assistance of 18 area fire departments, from both sides of the Connecticut River, at a fire Friday night on South Mountain Road and Route 131 helped firefighters contain the flames to the farmhouse where it …