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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 …

Fire Destroys Lebanon Home

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Lebanon — A single-family home was gutted on Wednesday by a late afternoon fire that was well underway by the time firefighters arrived. The cause remains under investigation. Firefighters responded shortly after 3 p.m. to reports of smoke …

Local & Regional Briefs for Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Identity Theft Talk Scheduled for Royalton Royalton — A free talk about protecting against scams, fraud and identity theft is set for Sept. 25, 7 p.m., at Royalton Memorial Library, 23 Alexander Place. The program will be led by Amy Schram, a community outreach specialist with the Better …

Weare: Woman Accuses Police Chief of Assault

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A judge has granted a new restraining order against Weare police Chief John Velleca, days after his assistant claims he assaulted her at her Hillsboro home. In a petition filed yesterday and released this morning in Hillsboro’s district …

Defense Questions Police Account in Fatal I-89 Crash

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Haverhill — Court documents suggest that defense attorneys for Robert J. Dellinger are scrutinizing the police account of what Dellinger told them at the hospital after a head-on collision on Interstate 89 last December that killed a Wilder couple and their unborn child. Dellinger, who was living in …

R.I. Man Pleads Guilty To Hartford Robbery

Friday, September 12, 2014

White River Junction — A Rhode Island man was sentenced this week to 12 years in prison for robbing three banks — including People’s United Bank in White River Junction — within 22 days, federal prosecutors in Rhode Island reported Tuesday. Joseph Petrarca, 50, of Cumberland, R.I., pleaded …

Claremont Restaurant a ‘Total Loss’ After Blaze

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Claremont — State fire investigators will return today to the scene of a fire that destroyed Joey’s on the River Restaurant on Main Street Tuesday night. Tom Schutzius and Eric Berube with the state fire marshal’s office were …

Police: Man Shot in Newport Had Been Arrested Day Before

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Newport — A 27-year-old man who was shot two weeks ago by his father-in-law on his in-laws’ porch had been arrested the day before at the Laurel Street home, according to police records. Jay Handy was charged on Aug. 27 with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and other charges …

Residents Outraged at Theft of Hand-Painted Irene Sign, Missing in West Hartford

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

West Hartford — Residents expressed outrage at the theft of a hand-painted sign that served as a symbol of Vermonters’ resilience. The 6-foot-long wooden sign had foot-high letters reading “Goodnight Irene,” a reference to the destructive 2011 tropical …

Fire Damages Claremont Restaurant

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Claremont — A fire broke out at the former Dimick’s Restaurant, now Joey’s On The River, on lower Main Street Tuesday night, causing significant damage to the building overlooking the Sugar River west of downtown Claremont. The fire was called in around 8:30 p.m. and heavy flames could …

Fire Damages Apartment In Downtown Claremont

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Claremont — A late-night fire in the attic of a downtown apartment displaced a family of three on Friday, fire officials reported. No one was injured. A news release from the Claremont Fire Department said the blaze was likely caused by old electrical wiring, which failed and ignited …