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Fire Damages Home In West Newbury

Monday, April 21, 2014

West Newbury, Vt. — A fire destroyed a Swamp Road residence on Saturday morning. The West Newbury and Newbury Village fire departments responded to a call from homeowner, Scott Martin, at 3:43 a.m. Saturday morning, the State Police said in a release. Firefighters isolated the blaze to the home’s second floor, which “sustained extensive damage,” amounting to approximately $100,000. The house was a “total loss,” said West Newbury Fire Chief …

Lebanon Cop Fakes Fitness Test Results for Two Other Officers

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Lebanon — In mid-December, Lebanon police officers gathered at a local indoor track to be timed as they ran 12 laps. They needed to finish the 1.5-mile run in 13 minutes and 24 seconds or better to keep their jobs. In New Hampshire, law enforcement officers hired after 2000 are required to pass …

Poultney, Vt., Stepfather Charged in 2-Year-Old’s Death Is Released on Bail

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Poultney, Vt. — A Poultney man charged in the death of his 2-year-old stepdaughter has been released on bail. Dennis Duby, 31, was released on Friday. He is charged in the death of Dezirae Sheldon, who died in February after suffering severe head trauma. Duby has pleaded not guilty to murder charges. In response to the toddler’s death, the state has set up …

Gas Leak Causes Evacuation in Lebanon

Monday, March 3, 2014

Lebanon — Two downtown apartment buildings were briefly evacuated on Saturday night after a propane tank at the AVA Gallery and Art Center began to leak, fire officials said on Sunday. Expanding ice caused the 1,000-gallon underground propane tank’s main valve to open and leak propane gas, according …

Firefighters Hurt in Claremont: Three Injured in House Fire That Started in Chicken Coop

Monday, March 3, 2014

Claremont — Three Claremont firefighters were injured in a fast-moving fire that destroyed a single-family home Sunday evening. All of the occupants of the home escaped unharmed. The identities of the three firefighters were not available late Sunday …

Plea Bargain Angers Family: Man Pleads No Contest in Wreck That Killed 84-Year-Old

Thursday, February 27, 2014

White River Junction — An Enfield man will serve 10 days in prison and spend three years on probation after pleading no contest to misdemeanor negligent operation in a Route 4 collision that killed a Bridgewater woman last …

Father Puts Up House to Secure Bail for Daughter Charged in Bethel Shooting

Friday, February 21, 2014

White River Junction — The father of the woman charged in the attempted murder of a South Royalton woman has agreed to deed over his property to Windsor Superior Court in order to secure the release of his …

Police Say Slow Down

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Vermont State Police Capt. Ray Keefe examines a cruiser that was hit by another vehicle on Interstate 89 in Sharon on Wednesday, sending a trooper to the hospital. State Police said Trooper Christopher Blais had stopped on the …

Woodstove Fire Damages Home: W. Hartford Residence Deemed Uninhabitable

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

West Hartford — A stack of wood sitting too close to a woodstove was the cause of a fire that left a West Hartford home uninhabitable Tuesday afternoon. Fortunately, the homeowner, Michael Wood, is temporarily out of the …

Man Confesses in Murder: Dorchester Native Admits He Killed Woman 23 Years Ago

Saturday, February 15, 2014

North Haverhill — A Grafton County native twice convicted of murdering women pleaded guilty to a third murder on Friday, bringing to a close a case that has been unsolved since 1991. Craig Conkey, 47, received a mandatory …

New London Looks Past Chief Scandal

Saturday, February 15, 2014

New London — Newly released details about alleged inappropriate behavior — much of it sexual — by the town’s former police chief point to how women are vulnerable to men who abuse their power, said anti-sexual violence advocates this week. But the issue is not one that town …

Woman Pleads Guilty to a Lesser Charge in Fatal Accident

Thursday, February 13, 2014

White River Junction — A Springfield, Vt., woman pleaded guilty Thursday to a downgraded charge of negligent operation in a February 2012 accident that left another Springfield woman dead. Ling Wang, 50, had previously been charged with gross …

4 Face Charges in Hartford Raid

Thursday, February 13, 2014

White River Junction — A Hartford woman and three men from Massachusetts entered not guilty pleas in Windsor County Superior Court Thursday on several drug-related charges stemming from a drug bust earlier this week in Hartford. Hartford police …