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Introductory Meeting Scheduled For Emergency Response Team

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Royalton — A community emergency response team is being reestablished in east central Vermont, with an introductory meeting set for Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Royalton Academy Building, 1482 Route 14. The CERT program “is a method to organize, train, equip, and then utilize citizen volunteers during times of need,” organizer Brad Salzmann said in a news release. In Vermont, the teams follow the service areas of local …

Man Sentenced to 12 Months for Claremont Store Robbery

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Newport — The Claremont man charged with robbing the E-Z Mart Convenience store on Maple Avenue in Claremont at knife-point last May pleaded guilty in Sullivan County Superior Court on Monday and was sentenced to 12 months in the county jail. The sentence for Martinio Bailey, 19, for armed robbery was imposed by Judge Brian Tucker and fell between the prison time recommended …

Fire Levels Remote Vt. Cabin

Monday, November 9, 2015

Weathersfield — A fire that destroyed a disused cabin on Little Ascutney Mountain on Sunday night posed difficulties of access to firefighters who hiked up an abandoned logging trail to contain the flames. At least nine departments responded, and firefighters made use of tankers, off-road vehicles, a backhoe and roughly 1,800 feet of …

Man Pleads Not Guilty to Luring

Friday, May 29, 2015

White River Junction — A 56-year-old man from Michigan who has been living in the Upper Valley since the fall pleaded not guilty on Friday to charges of attempting to lure a child for sex at a church …

White River Junction Man Charged With Luring Children

Friday, May 29, 2015

White River Junction — A White River Junction man has been arrested on allegations that he attempted to solicit sex from children. Dale Vodden, 56, was arrested by Hartford police in the parking lot of the Veterans Affairs …

Man Faces Charges After Police Chase

Monday, May 25, 2015

Lebanon — Following an extended chase on Routes 12 and 12A, police on Saturday apprehended a man wanted for the theft of a truck in Colorado. Just after 8 p.m., Lebanon police attempted to stop a Ford F-150 driven by Robert Leibensperger, of Clifton Park, N.Y. Leibensperger, 37, …

Three Hartford Police Officers Complete Basic Training Class

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Hartford — Three Hartford police officers graduated from the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council’s 99th Basic Training Class Friday at the Vermont Police Academy in Pittsford. Randy St. Peter, 38, served with the Vermont Department of Corrections for …

Police Arrest 17 At Dartmouth

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Hanover — Police reported 17 arrests last week between Wednesday night and Sunday at Dartmouth College, the period known as Green Key Weekend. The weekend is one of the college’s most popular social occasions, and the majority of detainments involved underage consumption or possession of alcohol, according to …

New Hampshire High Court Upholds Decision Striking Down 2012 Voter Registration Law

Friday, May 15, 2015

Concord — The New Hampshire Supreme Court has ruled that a 2012 law linking voter registration to getting a driver’s license is unconstitutional and could discourage people from participating in the electoral process. The justices on Friday said the language of the law is confusing and inaccurate, and …

Jim Kenyon: Detecting an Odor in Lebanon Pot Busts

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Shortly before 1 a.m. on a recent Saturday, Tom and Kari Orkney were awakened by a knock on the door to their second-floor apartment in Lebanon. Standing on the other side were two or three Lebanon police officers. While responding to a “domestic issue” in another apartment, police …

Jim Kenyon: Hartford’s New Top Cop

Sunday, May 3, 2015

I met Hartford’s new police chief at a community forum on substance abuse at the Wilder Center last Tuesday evening. I liked what I heard and what I saw — literally. Phil Kasten wasn’t projecting the image of a tough-guy, I’m-in-charge cop. No black boots or oversized Smokey …

Jumping Right In

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Firefighters from Hartford, Rutland, Burlington, South Burlington and Colchester, Vt., practice safely entering moving water during Vermont State Urban Search and Rescue’s training on the Ottauquechee River in Quechee on Wednesday. Valley News — Sarah Shaw …

Shooter Argues Self Defense in East Bethel Altercation

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

East Bethel — A 66-year-old East Bethel man was released on bail after pleading not guilty to shooting and injuring his friend during a fight that ensued over a bottle of brandy, according to court documents. Dennis Dundas …