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Robert J. Dellinger

Indicted Driver Issues Statement

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Lebanon — The Sunapee man charged with second-degree murder in a Dec. 7 accident that killed a Wilder couple has released a statement offering his “heartfelt and deepest condolences” to the couple’s families. Robert J. Dellinger, 53, was indicted by the Grafton County grand jury late last week on two second-degree murder charges and a second-degree assault charge. Dellinger said in a statement through his attorney on Wednesday that he hopes the families eventually will be able to offer him “spiritual forgiveness.” The statement reads in full: “I offer my heartfelt and deepest condolences to the families of Amanda Murphy and Jason Timmons. Their tragic …

Sunapee Man Faces Second-Degree Assault in I-89 Crash

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

North Haverhill — A Sunapee man who authorities allege intentionally drove his truck across the median of Interstate 89 and struck another car, has been indicted by the Grafton County grand jury on two second-degree murder charges and a second-degree assault charge relating to the stillbirth of a fetus. Robert J. Dellinger, 53, was previously charged with two counts of second-degree murder in …

Fire Guts Former Convent; Firefighters’ Fast Action Saves School in Claremont

Monday, April 21, 2014

Claremont — An early morning fire destroyed the vacant St. Mary Convent building on Central Street Sunday, but quick action by firefighters prevented the flames from spreading to the New England Classical Academy, a mere 15 feet away. “It was close,” said Claremont Fire Chief Rick Bergeron regarding the proximity of the flames …

Vt. Park Owner Charged With Animal Cruelty

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Putney, Vt. — The owner of Santa’s Land and the caretaker of the animals at the holiday-themed amusement park have been cited to appear in court on animal cruelty charges. Windham County Sheriff Keith Clark said Monday that law enforcement officers, armed with a search warrant, found 16 …

Firefighters Recovering: Two Suffered Burns While Trapped by Claremont Blaze

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Claremont — Two Claremont firefighters were recovering Monday from burns they suffered Sunday night while narrowly escaping a blaze that destroyed a house on Cherry Hill Road. A spokeswoman at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital described as “good” …

3 Charged in Connection With Norwich Burglaries

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

White River Junction — Three Upper Valley residents are facing charges in connection with burglaries of several homes in Norwich. Benjamin Kendall, 24, of Vershire has been charged with three felony counts of burglary and one misdemeanor count of petit larceny. Kendall pleaded not guilty to all four …

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 …