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Thetford Police Officer Complains About Emails Made Public

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Thetford — Turmoil involving some town officials and the town’s police force has continued to roil this month. Sgt. Bridget Tweedie filed a written complaint with Selectboard member Donn Downey earlier this month, accusing him of “blatant disregard” for Vermont’s public records law when he discussed emails between himself and the interim police chief during a public Selectboard meeting. Tweedie also took issue with Downey providing the emails to the …

Hanover Man Assaulted on Wheelock

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Hanover — Police are stepping up patrols on Wheelock Street after a Hanover man was assaulted there early Sunday morning, marking the second such altercation this month. The victim, Mark Cookson, 53, on Monday said that due to a concussion he didn’t remember much, and couldn’t identify his assailants, though he did remember seeing a man standing in the alley outside 3 Guys …

Schools Weigh Cellphone Search Ruling

Sunday, July 27, 2014

West Lebanon — When David Baker was an assistant principal at Hartford High School about four years ago, he came upon a cellphone that had been left in the school’s auditorium. An announcement was made over the intercom looking for the owner of the phone, but no one claimed it. So Baker and another administrator turned on the phone to try to identify …

Hartford Man Withdraws Guilty Plea in Sexual Assault Case

Saturday, May 17, 2014

White River Junction — A Hartford man who pleaded guilty last fall to two counts of sexual assault has filed a motion to withdraw his plea, following suit with his wife, who also requested to withdraw her plea earlier this year to similar charges. Steven D. Smith, 47, …

Ruling Doesn’t Affect 2nd Suspect’s Charges

Friday, May 16, 2014

White River Junction — The state Supreme Court’s recent decision to overturn a murder conviction in a 2008 shooting death in Chester, Vt., won’t affect the charges against a second defendant in the case, the prosecutor said. Timothy J. Arbuckle, 33, is charged with second-degree murder in the …

Thetford Police Chief Steps Down

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Thetford — The chief of police tendered his resignation to the Selectboard Monday, announcing plans to operate a pizza restaurant on Route 5. Jim Lanctot joined the department in 2003 and became chief in January 2006. His last …

Ex-Stevens Math Teacher Pleads Guilty in Sex Assault of Student

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Newport — Former Stevens High School math teacher Christopher LeBlanc will serve three-and-a-half to seven years in New Hampshire State Prison after pleading guilty Friday to felonious sexual assault and aggravated felonious sexual assault of a 14-year-old student …

Man Pleads Not Guilty In Fatalities

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Concord — A former corporate executive is pleading not guilty to murder in a fatal car crash in Lebanon that he told investigators was a suicide attempt. Robert Dellinger, 54, of Sunapee, had been due to appear Monday …

Jim Kenyon: Mechanic Street Shakedown

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Bone-headed schemes to pump up state coffers are nothing new in New Hampshire. How else do you explain state liquor stores at highway rest areas, Mediscam, and the never-ending push for casino gambling? But the New Hampshire Liquor Commission has sunk to a new low. The commission, which …

N.H. Man’s Attorneys Don’t Want Calls Released

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Newport — In an unusual move, attorneys defending a Charlestown man accused of murdering his estranged wife last summer are trying to block the prosecution’s access to some of his calls from the New Hampshire State Prison, where he is being held until his trial. James R. Robarge, …

D-H Stages Shooter Drill

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Lebanon — Some 15 minutes into Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center’s emergency drill on Wednesday morning, two police officers led a tall, sturdy man out the back of DHMC’s Heater Road facility with his hands cuffed behind his back and …

Local & Regional Briefs: Wednesday, April 30

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Former Stevens High Teacher Indicted On Two Felony Charges Newport — The former Stevens High School math teacher charged with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old student has been indicted on two counts of sexual assault by the Sullivan County grand jury. Christopher LeBlanc, 29, of Claremont, has been indicted …

Hanover Names New Police Chief

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Hanover — The top cop in Reidsville, N.C., has been hired as the town’s next police chief. Charlie Dennis will take over as chief in early June, giving him time to relocate and complete New Hampshire law enforcement …