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Enfield Town Funds Tied Up in SEC Probe

Monday, January 26, 2015

Enfield — About 20 percent of the town’s capital reserve funds were invested in a money management fund that the Securities and Exchange Commission has frozen as part of a complaint against a Massachusetts-based investment company and its principal owner, a Dartmouth College graduate. The fate of the $300,000 in question is uncertain, said Town Manager Steve Schneider, but for now the town has listed it as “unavailable for investment,” …

After Fits and Starts, Thetford Hires Police Chief

Monday, January 26, 2015

Thetford — After several go-rounds and more than seven months of searching, Thetford has found a new police chief: A longtime lieutenant with the Hanover Police Department will start in the position about a week before Town Meeting. The Thetford Selectboard announced this week that it had hired Michael Evans, who has worked …

Daughter, Police Testify In Robarge Murder Trial

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Newport — The elder daughter of James Robarge testified at her father’s murder trial on Tuesday that she witnessed him physically attack her mother during an altercation inside the family’s Charlestown home about a year prior to her mother’s death. Gabriel Robarge Pellerin told the court that it wasn’t uncommon for her parents …

Police Seize Herd of Horses in Woodstock, File Cruelty Charges

Friday, November 14, 2014

Woodstock — Police on Thursday confiscated a herd of malnourished horses from a Woodstock woman and cited her with 23 counts of animal cruelty. The charges come after a local humane society alerted authorities to the appearance of the animals on the Skyland Lane farm. “Animals deserve protections,” …

Canaan Man Pleads Guilty to Assault, Rioting at Dartmouth

Thursday, November 13, 2014

North Haverhill — A 26-year-old Canaan man has pleaded guilty to his role in attacking a Dartmouth College student as he crossed the campus green in July and is serving a three- to seven-year sentence in New Hampshire state prison. Mark Ruppel was sentenced Nov. 3 for assaulting …

Attorneys Want 2 Trials In Fatal Crash

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

North Haverhill — Attorneys for a man facing felony charges in connection with a December 2013 crash that killed a Wilder couple and their unborn daughter are asking for two separate trials in the case. Robert Dellinger’s defense team has asked a judge to “sever” the two second-degree …

Husband Takes Rap in Letter; Confession Would Exonerate Widow, But Prosecutors Cast Doubt

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

White River Junction — The late husband of the woman charged in a 2011 Bethel shooting claimed responsibility for the incident himself in a confessional letter turned over to police earlier this year, following his death and the …

Former Day Care Director Pleads Not Guilty to Embezzlement

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

North Haverhill — The former director of the Children’s Center of the Upper Valley, who is currently charged with possession of child pornography, was arraigned on a count of attempted theft from the day care in Grafton Superior Court on Monday. Judge Lawrence A. MacLeod Jr. entered a …

Forrester Takes Senate District 2

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Grafton — State Sen. Jeanie Forrester, R-Meredith, appeared headed to victory Tuesday night in her Senate District 2 race against first-time Democrat Carolyn Mello, of Holderness. With 18 of 27 towns reporting, Forrester had 64 percent of the vote, according to a tally on NHPR’s website . “I …

Norwich Farm Reports Theft of 70 Pounds of Organic Broccoli

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Norwich — Call it the case of the missing broccoli. Jake Guest, owner of Killdeer Farm on Butternut Road in Norwich, is used to having deer nibble off a few pieces of his harvest, but in 35 years of farming, he’s never seen anything like what workers discovered …

Vt. Man Acquitted In 2010 Shooting

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Chelsea — A jury on Monday acquitted a 45-year-old Thetford man of all charges in connection with a 2010 shooting. The 12 Orange County jurors found Thomas Berecz not guilty of felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and two misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment. Berecz took a …

Documents: Former St. Paul’s Student Negotiating Plea Deal

Monday, November 3, 2014

The 19-year-old St. Paul’s graduate accused of sexually assaulting a freshman this spring could plead guilty to charges in the case as early as this month, according to records filed on Friday in Concord. Attorneys in the case agreed on Friday after hours of apparent negotiations to set …

N.H. Wood Business’ Kiln Burns

Friday, October 31, 2014

New London — Rebuilding a pivotal part of a wood products business that burned in an early morning fire was on the forefront of the owner’s mind on Thursday afternoon. A fire broke out inside the firewood kiln …