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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 himself and the interim police chief during a public Selectboard meeting. Tweedie also took issue with Downey providing the emails to the …

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 assailants, though he did remember seeing a man standing in the alley outside 3 Guys …

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 …

Shooting Locks Down Springfield: 1 Person Shot; 2 Others Injured

Thursday, June 12, 2014

UPDATE: Read the Thursday morning update at this link. ∎ Springfield, Vt. — Two people were in custody and a third “person of interest” was being questioned following a shooting incident on Summer Street on Wednesday afternoon. Of …

Judge Rejects Plea Deal on Ex-Windsor Guard’s Smuggling Charge

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

White River Junction — A Windsor Superior Court judge rejected a plea agreement that would have allowed a former correctional officer charged with smuggling marijuana into a Windsor prison to pay only a $500 penalty and spend no …

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 …