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Thetford Selectboard members Mike Pomeroy, left, Donn Downey, Selectboard Chairman Stuart Rogers, and assistant to the Selectboard Kim Edgar, listen as John Cramer, front, makes a point during a special Selectboard meeting on Oct. 18, 2014, at Town Hall in Thetford, Vt., to discuss what to do after the town's three police cruisers burned on Friday. (Valley News - Ariana van den Akker)

Thetford Board: Police Coverage Will Continue as Before

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Thetford — The town’s police force will use a borrowed vehicle and continue to provide residents with the same level of police coverage that was in effect before Friday’s suspicious fire, which destroyed the department’s entire fleet of three cruisers, the Selectboard said Saturday. The Selectboard told residents that the search for replacement cruisers will begin this week, and that …

Cop Cars Burn in Thetford

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Thetford — Following a suspicious overnight fire Friday that destroyed Thetford’s three police cruisers, a state fire investigator said he is “absolutely” interested in reviewing a 2012 case in which Norwich’s three-car fleet was destroyed by flames that were ultimately written off as accidental. “I didn’t actually cover that case back in Norwich, …

Suspect in WRJ Stabbing Says He Doesn’t Pose a Threat

Friday, October 17, 2014

White River Junction — After being accused of stabbing a neighbor early Tuesday, Henry Chalmers, 46, was charged with aggravated assault on Wednesday morning, ordered by a judge to undergo a psychiatric evaluation on Wednesday afternoon, and returned to his apartment on Wednesday evening. On Thursday, Chalmers — who suffers from the debilitating …

Barn Fire in Hartland

Saturday, August 9, 2014

From left, Paul Potwin, Tyler Frink, and Ted Bjorkman, all of Hartland, move a barbed wire fence away from a barn that was destroyed by fire in Hartland on Friday. The wooden and sheet metal barn was being …

Gang Member Found Guilty in Prison Murder

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Concord — William Edic, the 32-year-old accused of fatally assaulting a fellow Concord inmate at the behest of his white supremacist prison gang, was found guilty last week of reckless second-degree murder. He was also convicted of falsifying …

Local & Regional Briefs for Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Lebanon Man Charged In Hanover Assault Hanover — The police department on Monday charged a Lebanon man in the assault of a 53-year-old Hanover resident early in the morning on Sunday, July 27. The suspect, Sean Merrihew, 23, …

Claremont Man Can’t Leave Jail

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

White River Junction — A Claremont sex offender who is eligible to be released from prison will remain incarcerated because he does not have any appropriate housing arrangements available. Craig A. Jasper, 32, pleaded guilty in May to a felony count of lewd and lascivious conduct for sexually …

Lebanon Man Pleads Guilty in Sex Assault

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

North Haverhill — A 73-year-old Lebanon man will spend at least 10 years in prison for sexually assaulting three young girls. Donald S. Hamel pleaded guilty to six counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault on Monday in Grafton …

Man Dies in Claremont Fire

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Claremont — A veteran of the Vietnam war who died in a fire at his home Sunday evening was remembered by family members as a man who appeared rough on the edges but had a big, generous heart …

Police Look Into Break-ins Along I-89

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Newport — State police are investigating a string of break-ins early Monday morning from at least five convenience stores along the Interstate 89 corridor, but officials at two of the stores said that the perpetrators made away with almost nothing. “He came in, tried to get what he …

Plainfield Property a Hard Sell

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Plainfield — As the auction date nears for the sale of the compound on Center of Town Road that once belonged to Ed and Elaine Brown — the anti-government activists who took part in a nine-month standoff with …

Thetford Police Officer Complains About Emails Made Public

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Thetford — Turmoil involving some town officials and the town’s police force has continued to roil this month. Sgt. Bridget Tweedie filed a written complaint with Selectboard member Donn Downey earlier this month, accusing him of “blatant disregard” for Vermont’s public records law when he discussed emails between …

Hanover Man Assaulted on Wheelock

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Hanover — Police are stepping up patrols on Wheelock Street after a Hanover man was assaulted there early Sunday morning, marking the second such altercation this month. The victim, Mark Cookson, 53, on Monday said that due to a concussion he didn’t remember much, and couldn’t identify his …