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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 Sunapee at the time of the car crash, pleaded not guilty in May to two charges of second-degree murder in the deaths …

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 guilty in March to robbing a Cumberland, R.I.,-based Citizens Bank branch of $1,764 and a …

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 at the burned out building all day Wednesday afternoon but said they could offer no …

Tunbridge Teen Charged With Sexual Assault

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Concord — An 18-year-old graduate of St. Paul’s School in Concord has been charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old fellow student, as part of what the police said was a competition with other students to have sexual contact …

All Safe After River Mishap

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Hartland — A Grafton man with special needs is safe and has been released from the hospital after numerous police agencies responded to Sumner Falls on Monday for a man who had left his caretakers and entered the …

Connecticut River Mishap Involves 3

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Hartland — Emergency workers canvassed the Connecticut River Monday afternoon after police said an autistic man jumped from the rocks at Sumner Falls into the water and his two caretakers jumped in after him. The three men were …

Local News Briefs: Friday, July 11

Friday, July 11, 2014

Claremont Police Dispatcher Charged With Sex Crimes Claremont — A city police department dispatcher is being held on $100,000 cash bail following his arraignment Thursday on two felony sex crime charges. James Boisclair, 53, of Claremont was arraigned …

Resources Affect Strategies; Police Say They Do Their Best to Warn Motorists on Interstates

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Lebanon — A fatal crash that killed a Vermont woman last week on Interstate 89 raised questions about how authorities notify motorists of upcoming traffic hazards, especially when police forces are strapped for resources. New Hampshire State Police …

N.H. Fire Marshal Considers Banning Reloadable Mortar Fireworks

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Concord — William Degnan has seen 38 July Fourth celebrations come and go since he began his career in fire services. He took over as state fire marshal 10 years ago, and recently he has become more convinced that certain types of fireworks should no longer be legal. …

Reflecting on Independence

Saturday, July 5, 2014

West Lebanon — About halfway through a year in which Russia annexed Crimea, America’s wars wound down in Afghanistan and tensions rose in Iraq, and the Supreme Court extended religious rights to privately held businesses, the Valley News …

Police Identify Victim in I-89 Rollover

Friday, July 4, 2014

Lebanon — Police have identified the driver in Wednesday’s fatal Interstate 89 crash that occurred while emergency workers were dealing with downed communications lines as a 24-year-old woman from Colchester, Vt. Their attempts to identify who was driving the vehicle that brought down the lines, however, have proven …

2 Charged In Dartmouth College Campus Mugging

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Hanover — Two Upper Valley men are being held on robbery and assault charges after allegedly attacking a 23-year-old Dartmouth College student as he crossed the campus green early Wednesday morning. Mark Ruppel, 26, and Troy C. Schwarz, …

Diverted Traffic Ties Up Streets While Lines Fixed

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Lebanon — Problems along Interstate 89 because of downed utility lines near Exit 19 and a fatal accident at Exit 18 were felt throughout Lebanon. Traffic was diverted along feeder roads such as Route 4, and several merchants in Miracle Mile Plaza lost Internet and phone service because …