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Police Arrest 17 At Dartmouth

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Hanover — Police reported 17 arrests last week between Wednesday night and Sunday at Dartmouth College, the period known as Green Key Weekend. The weekend is one of the college’s most popular social occasions, and the majority of detainments involved underage consumption or possession of alcohol, according to Hanover police Lt. Bradford Sargent. Two of the 17 arrests were not directly related to Green Key, he said, and only seven …

New Hampshire High Court Upholds Decision Striking Down 2012 Voter Registration Law

Friday, May 15, 2015

Concord — The New Hampshire Supreme Court has ruled that a 2012 law linking voter registration to getting a driver’s license is unconstitutional and could discourage people from participating in the electoral process. The justices on Friday said the language of the law is confusing and inaccurate, and could sway an otherwise qualified voter not to register in the state. “We hold that, …

Jim Kenyon: Detecting an Odor in Lebanon Pot Busts

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Shortly before 1 a.m. on a recent Saturday, Tom and Kari Orkney were awakened by a knock on the door to their second-floor apartment in Lebanon. Standing on the other side were two or three Lebanon police officers. While responding to a “domestic issue” in another apartment, police “detected the strong odor of freshly burnt marijuana in the common hallway,” officer Adam Fisher …

Testimony Underway; Jury Hears Opening Arguments in Robarge Trial

Friday, January 16, 2015

Newport — No one, including James Robarge, knows how Robarge’s estranged wife, Kelly, died in June 2013, a defense attorney said in opening statements at Robarge’s murder trial on Thursday. The defense team said the last time their …

Justices Weigh Punishment in Cop Killing

Friday, January 16, 2015

The New Hampshire Supreme Court inched closer to determining the fate of the state’s lone death row inmate Thursday, hearing arguments on whether Michael Addison’s 2008 sentence is fair compared to similar cases across the country. But the …

Jury Visits Murder Scene in Charlestown Slaying; Opening Statements Begin Today

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Newport — Fifteen jurors traveled by school bus on Wednesday on a tour of key locations in the case of James Robarge, the Charlestown man accused of killing his estranged wife in June 2013. The jury of nine …

Police Get Military Gear: Upper Valley Agencies Use Defense Program

Sunday, January 11, 2015

West Lebanon — At least 12 Upper Valley law enforcement agencies are beneficiaries of the Pentagon military-surplus program that provided Ferguson, Mo., police with some of the tactical gear deployed during protests there in August. The Department of …

Subzero Temperatures Hamper All-Day Firefighting Effort as Former Ascutney Lodge Burns

Friday, January 9, 2015

Brownsville — Dozens of firefighters braved subzero temperatures on Thursday to fight a fire that gutted the base lodge of the former Ascutney Mountain Resort. Frigid weather froze hoses and wore down firefighters, hindering efforts to extinguish the …

Local & Regional News Briefs: Jan. 8

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Three Hospitalized Following Accident in Enfield on Tuesday Enfield — Three people involved in a two-car collision on Route 4 Tuesday were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, according to Police Chief Richard Crate. Crate said that around 5:53 p.m., …

Hartford Couple Withdraws Pleas in Sex Assault Case

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

White River Junction — Pretrial hearings in the case of a Hartford couple accused of sexually assaulting two children are moving ahead after the pair successfully petitioned to have earlier guilty pleas withdrawn. Steven D. Smith, 48, and …

Hanover Police Back Off Drinking Arrests

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Hanover — Police Chief Charlie Dennis says his department will no longer intervene when intoxicated students are transported from the Dartmouth College infirmary to the hospital, a partial reversal of a long-controversial policy of following ambulance calls that has landed many students in court or in diversion programs. …

Owner Hopes to Rebuild Georges Mills Jake’s Market Location

Monday, January 5, 2015

Georges Mills — A fire early Sunday morning gutted the Jake’s Market on Route 11, drawing firefighters from five different departments. No one was hurt, since the combination convenience store and gas station had closed long before 12:23 …

Weathersfield Home a Loss Following Five-Alarm Fire, but Attached Structures Preserved

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Weathersfield — The assistance of 18 area fire departments, from both sides of the Connecticut River, at a fire Friday night on South Mountain Road and Route 131 helped firefighters contain the flames to the farmhouse where it …