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A 2007 Santa Cruz guitar and another guitar were taken from the car of Richard Brodsky, of Newtown, Conn., at the Jenny Brook Bluegrass Festival in Tunbridge, Vt. (Courtesy photograph)

Treasured Guitars Stolen At Tunbridge Festival

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Tunbridge — A father-son bluegrass duo are seeking the return of their precious guitars following an apparent theft early Sunday morning at the Jenny Brook Bluegrass Festival. Rick Brodsky, 50, of Newtown, Conn., and Korey Brodsky, 16, are missing a McKenna dobro-style resonator and a Tony Rice-model Santa Cruz, a classic steel-string acoustic. “I love that guitar,” Rick Brodsky said …

Vt. DOC Awaits Details on Inmate Death

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Montpelier — Six weeks after the death of a Vermont inmate, the Department of Corrections is still awaiting a final report on the cause of death. James Nicholson died May 18 while incarcerated at a Kentucky prison run by the Corrections Corporation of America. He was convicted of two counts of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child, lewd and lascivious conduct and …

Windsor Man, 58, Charged With Sexual Assault Pleads Not Guilty, Denied Bail

Friday, June 26, 2015

White River Junction — A 58-year-old Windsor man is being held without bail on charges that he repeatedly sexually abused a girl under the age of 13. Richard J. Coleman faces two counts of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child and one count of aggravated sexual assault. He pleaded not guilty to …

Court: HIV Is A Crime

Sunday, March 1, 2015

New York — When Terrance Williams was 21, he met a man in Syracuse, and the two became friends. Some weeks later, they became sexually involved. Williams and this partner — who, in court papers, is referred to only as “the victim” — used protection in their relationship, …

Behind the Wire at Woodside: ‘Juvie Jail’ for Vermont’s Delinquent Kids

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Essex, Vt. — On a mid-November day, a 14-year-old boy and his 15-year-old friend were loaded into a Randolph police cruiser and driven 60 miles north along Interstate 89. Earlier that day, the two teens had been taken …

The Brutal 1981 Crime That Spawned Woodside

Sunday, February 22, 2015

On a cold, drizzly Friday afternoon in May 1981, two 12-year-old girls from the village of Essex Junction, Vt., set out on their walk home from school. After leaving Lawton Middle School, Melissa Walbridge and Meghan O’Rourke headed toward a narrow path through the woods — a shortcut …

N.H. May Reform Civil Forfeitures

Friday, February 20, 2015

Concord — State lawmakers showed a willingness to consider a previously defeated proposal that would overhaul a longstanding and nationally contested practice in which the government seizes private property that may be connected to a crime. Members of …

Lyme Fire Destroys Historic Cape, Barn Saved

Monday, February 16, 2015

Lyme — A three-alarm fire destroyed a historic cape house on Pinnacle Hill Road Saturday night, beginning near a wood stove in an ell of the building and drawing firefighters from at least nine nearby towns. No one was hurt. The owners, Mark and Martha Tecca, found smoke …

Robarge Juror Says Oil Pan Was Pivotal

Friday, February 13, 2015

Newport — Metal from a punctured oil pan that tied James Robarge’s car to the wooded spot in Unity where his estranged wife’s body was found proved to be a critical piece of evidence in the second-degree murder conviction of the Charlestown man, a juror in the case …

Heroin Operation Alleged: 2 Upper Valley Men Face Trafficking Charges

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

White River Junction — Two Upper Valley residents have pleaded not guilty to felony charges after authorities allege they were transporting 1,100 bags of heroin from Massachusetts when police pulled them over in Springfield, Vt. Walter Emery, 20, …

No Verdict From Jury Yet in Robarge Trial

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Newport — A Sullivan County Superior Court jury will enter into a third day of deliberations this morning in the case of James Robarge, who is accused of killing his estranged wife on the day she filed for …

Medical Examiner Testifies at Trial

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Newport — Deputy State Medical Examiner Jennie Duval testified on Wednesday that injuries seen on a man accused of murdering his wife were consistent with someone who had been scratched and grabbed during a physical confrontation. Duval, who examined photographs of marks on James Robarge that were taken …

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 …