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Schools Weigh Cellphone Search Ruling

Sunday, July 27, 2014

West Lebanon — When David Baker was an assistant principal at Hartford High School about four years ago, he came upon a cellphone that had been left in the school’s auditorium. An announcement was made over the intercom looking for the owner of the phone, but no one claimed it. So Baker and another administrator turned on the phone to try to identify the owner. Once the phone was on, …

Man in Springfield Shooting Charged After Note Found

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

White River Junction — One of the men involved in the June 11 Springfield, Vt., shooting that injured a convicted drug dealer has been charged with writing a letter in jail to one of his accomplices in an attempt to have him change his statement to police. Leon Jiggetts, 26, of Newark, N.J., is charged with attempted second-degree murder and three other felonies …

South Royalton Blaze

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

South Royalton Fire Chief Paul Brock said a garage fire Tuesday morning on New Street, near Vermont Law School, likely started when a hot lawnmower was placed too close to a can of gasoline. The white paneled garage was a total loss, Brock said. Richard Button, who maintains the grounds at the property …

In Chester, Vt., Shooting, Bail for Bolaski Still Unclear

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

White River Junction — Kyle Bolaski is likely to spend another couple of weeks in jail, but his parents are still hopeful that their son, who is charged with second-degree murder but has said the shooting was in …

Seven Killed in Plane Crash

Monday, June 2, 2014

Bedford, Mass. — Lewis Katz, 72, co-owner of The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Daily News and Philly.com, died Saturday night in the crash of a private jet at a Massachusetts airfield. All seven people, including three crew members, were …

Canaan Woman Identified in Fatal Crash

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Canaan — Police identified the victim in Tuesday’s Route 4 car accident as Luana Heikes, a 66-year-old Canaan woman who moved to the Upper Valley about two years ago to live near her daughter and two grandchildren. Heikes was driving eastbound Tuesday on Route 4 when a tractor …

Orange Co. Sheriff’s Dept. Settled $15K Profiling Lawsuit

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Montpelier — The Orange County Sheriff’s Department last year paid a Danville, Vt., man $15,000 after he accused officers of unfairly targeting him based on his skin color, according to a lawsuit filed in court. A sheriff’s department captain in 2011 pulled over Jamaican-American Bentley Morgan for failing …

Wilder Man Charged With Criminal Threatening After Flashing Handgun

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Lebanon — A 25-year-old Wilder man was arrested and charged with criminal threatening Wednesday morning after he allegedly displayed a firearm during a road incident with another motorist, police said. Nicholas J. Downey was released on $5,000 cash bail and will be arraigned June 30 in Lebanon District …

Police: Woman Killed in Canaan Crash

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Canaan — An unidentified woman died in a car crash on Tuesday in a collision that closed a section of Route 4 in Canaan for several hours and knocked out electricity to more than 1,100 customers. Police had …

Vt. Supreme Court Orders New Bolaski Bail Hearing

Friday, May 23, 2014

White River Junction — The state Supreme Court has ordered a new bail hearing for Kyle Bolaski, who is awaiting a new trial after the Supreme Court overturned his second-degree murder conviction last month. Bolaski, 30, of Springfield, …

Brooke Bennett’s Loved Ones Confront Killer at Sentencing: ‘Hell Is Waiting for You’

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Burlington — It’s been nearly six years since 12-year-old Brooke Bennett was raped and murdered. In that time, her mother, Cassandra Adams, filled five notebooks scribbling the words she might say to her daughter’s killer when given the …

Hartford Man Withdraws Guilty Plea in Sexual Assault Case

Saturday, May 17, 2014

White River Junction — A Hartford man who pleaded guilty last fall to two counts of sexual assault has filed a motion to withdraw his plea, following suit with his wife, who also requested to withdraw her plea earlier this year to similar charges. Steven D. Smith, 47, …

Ruling Doesn’t Affect 2nd Suspect’s Charges

Friday, May 16, 2014

White River Junction — The state Supreme Court’s recent decision to overturn a murder conviction in a 2008 shooting death in Chester, Vt., won’t affect the charges against a second defendant in the case, the prosecutor said. Timothy J. Arbuckle, 33, is charged with second-degree murder in the …