Police / Fire / Courts

Gun Scare at Claremont School Was Bogus, Police Say

Friday, November 21, 2014

Claremont — Police have said a reported sighting of a man with a handgun that prompted a temporary lock down Monday of Maple Avenue Elementary School was false, leading the district superintendent to put the staff member who made the report on paid administrative leave while the investigation continues. Police Chief Alex Scott and Superintendent Middleton McGoodwin declined to release the name of the staff member, who works as a …

Vt. Man Arraigned On Sex Charges

Thursday, November 20, 2014

White River Junction — A 51-year-old man pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to allegations that he molested three young children, all under the age of 10, while they were in his care at different points earlier this year. John J. Sughrue, most recently of Windsor, was arraigned in Windsor Superior Court on five felony charges of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child. …

Barnard Man Pleads Not Guilty to Lewd Conduct Charge

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

White River Junction — A 67-year-old Barnard man pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to allegations that he groped a teenage girl last month. Thurston Twigg-Smith was arraigned in Windsor Superior Court on a felony charge of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child and released on several conditions, including an order that he …

Shooting Victim Speaks Out

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Newport — Police are trying to determine whether a Laurel Street homeowner was justified when he shot his son-in-law at his front door. Meanwhile, the son-in-law said in an interview that he was trying to return his wife’s purse to her following an argument earlier in the day …

Claremont Man Pleads Guilty, Gets 25 to Life in Sex Assault

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Newport — A 26-year-old Claremont man pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault against two young children and was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. In Sullivan Country Superior Court on Wednesday …

Police Charge Springfield, Vt., Man With Rape

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Claremont — Police have charged a Springfield, Vt., man with one count of aggravated felonious sexual assault in connection with an alleged attack last month in a secluded area off River Road. Zachary Jones, 30, was arraigned in Circuit Court in Claremont on Tuesday and was being held …

Bail Reduced in Dispatcher’s Alleged Sex Case

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Newport — The former police dispatcher charged with two counts of felonious sexual assault had his bail reduced from $100,000 cash to $25,000 personal recognizance by Superior Court Judge Brian Tucker at a hearing Tuesday after his defense …

Hartford Man Pleads Not Guilty in Death of Girlfriend’s Son

Friday, August 29, 2014

White River Junction — A 31-year-old Hartford man pleaded not guilty on Thursday to a charge of second-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend’s young son last summer. At the end of the arraignment, a judge ordered …

Hartford Man Charged With Murder in 2-Year-Old’s Death

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hartford — A 31-year-old Hartford man faces charges of murder in the first degree and aggravated domestic assault stemming from the death of his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son last summer, police said in a news release late Wednesday night. …

Plea Deal Dropped for Springfield, Vt., Man

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

White River Junction — After announcing that plans for a plea deal had crumbled, lawyers made plans in court Tuesday to move toward a trial in the case of a Springfield, Vt., man charged in connection with a 2008 shooting death in Windsor County. Timothy Arbuckle, 33, pleaded …

Sawmill Open After Sunday Night Fire

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Weathersfield — A fire that broke out Sunday evening at a Perkinsville sawmill was confined mostly to the interior of the building. The cause of the three-alarm fire and the extent of the damage are still under investigation. …

Perkinsville Sawmill Fire

Monday, August 11, 2014

Firefighters responded to a three-alarm fire at Sheehan & Sons Sawmill on Stoughton Pond Road in Perkinsville on Sunday. Several area fire departments helped battle the blaze, which broke out Sunday evening. No further information on the cause …

Thetford Town Truck Accident Spills Hazardous Material

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Thetford — Cleanup crews spent about 11 hours working to contain a hazardous material spill Thursday after a town dump truck rolled over into a ditch on Stevens Road and lost some of its hydraulic oil, officials said Friday. The 10-wheeler truck, which was carrying a load of …