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Weare police chief John Velleca chats with residents following his swearing in ceremony at Weare Middle School on Saturday, October 26, 2013. 

(JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)

Weare: Woman Accuses Police Chief of Assault

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A judge has granted a new restraining order against Weare police Chief John Velleca, days after his assistant claims he assaulted her at her Hillsboro home. In a petition filed yesterday and released this morning in Hillsboro’s district court, 40-year-old Jennifer Posteraro alleges that she and Velleca had a brief “sexual relationship” this summer, and that Velleca, who is married …

Defense Questions Police Account in Fatal I-89 Crash

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Haverhill — Court documents suggest that defense attorneys for Robert J. Dellinger are scrutinizing the police account of what Dellinger told them at the hospital after a head-on collision on Interstate 89 last December that killed a Wilder couple and their unborn child. Dellinger, who was living in Sunapee at the time of the car crash, pleaded not guilty in May to two …

R.I. Man Pleads Guilty To Hartford Robbery

Friday, September 12, 2014

White River Junction — A Rhode Island man was sentenced this week to 12 years in prison for robbing three banks — including People’s United Bank in White River Junction — within 22 days, federal prosecutors in Rhode Island reported Tuesday. Joseph Petrarca, 50, of Cumberland, R.I., pleaded guilty in March to robbing a Cumberland, R.I.,-based Citizens Bank branch of $1,764 and a …

Diverted Traffic Ties Up Streets While Lines Fixed

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Lebanon — Problems along Interstate 89 because of downed utility lines near Exit 19 and a fatal accident at Exit 18 were felt throughout Lebanon. Traffic was diverted along feeder roads such as Route 4, and several merchants in Miracle Mile Plaza lost Internet and phone service because …

Woman Dies in I-89 Rollover; Downed Utility Lines, Brush Fires Blocked Highway Traffic at Time

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Lebanon — An unidentified woman died in a rollover accident on Interstate 89 on Wednesday when she lost control of her car while approaching standstill traffic that was backed up due to utility lines that had been brought …

Ex-Thetford Police Chief Blasts Selectboard on Interim Hiring

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Thetford — A strongly worded email from former police chief Jim Lanctot to the townwide email Listserv sheds light not just on his lingering resentment toward the Selectboard but on a debate about the way the police department …

Teens Charged With Roles in Vt. Shooting

Saturday, June 28, 2014

White River Junction — Two Windsor County teenagers pleaded not guilty Friday to felony charges in connection with a shooting in Springfield, Vt., earlier this month that left a convicted drug dealer hospitalized following what authorities have said was a dispute over drug money. One teen is charged …

Norwich Chief To Help Out In Thetford

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Thetford — Norwich police chief Doug Robinson has agreed to fill in as Thetford’s interim chief while the town looks to replace Jim Lanctot, who stepped down as chief last month after 11 years with the department. When …

27 Young People Charged With Underage Drinking in N.H.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Lyme — Police cited 21 men and women between the ages of 17 and 20 for underage drinking on Saturday at Dartmouth Skiway and another six people on Thursday for drinking underage in the Ray School parking lot. Lyme police officer Anthony Swett was doing his regular patrol …

Hartford Police Arrest Four on Prostitution-Related Charges

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Hartford — Police responding to online ads arrested four women on charges of prostitution this week. Det. Sgt. Michael Tkac said police received a tip about women offering “escort” services at White River Junction motels. Police located the advertisements online and posed as clients to set up appointments. …

News Briefs: Friday, June 20

Friday, June 20, 2014

S. Royalton Man Pleads Not Guilty to Embezzlement White River Junction — A South Royalton man pleaded not guilty to embezzling from the Corner Stop Mini Mart in Royalton, where he worked as a night shift manager. Police allege that 55-year-old Gregory Manning stole more than $10,000 from …

Norwich Unlikely to Pave Over Parking Lanes

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Norwich — While the Norwich Fencing Club crossed swords on the ground floor of Tracy Hall Wednesday night, concerned residents were in the basement hashing out the Selectboard’s plans to repave Main Street. Nearly all those in attendance …

Two Men Arrested After Reports of Erratic Driving

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Thetford — Two Thetford men were arrested Tuesday after a report of an erratic driver allegedly led to a struggle between officers and the two men. State Police began receiving complaints around 6 p.m. Tuesday about a driver in Vershire who was driving erratically and running cars off …