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Public defender Elizabeth Kruska, right, talks with Dale Vodden, of White River Junction, during his arraignment in Windsor Superior Court in White River Junction, Vt. Friday, May 29, 2015. Vodden plead not guilty to allegedly attempting to lure a child for sex. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)
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Man Pleads Not Guilty to Luring

Friday, May 29, 2015

White River Junction — A 56-year-old man from Michigan who has been living in the Upper Valley since the fall pleaded not guilty on Friday to charges of attempting to lure a child for sex at a church earlier this month. Dale Vodden, who attorneys said moved to the area in November to work as a janitor for the White …

White River Junction Man Charged With Luring Children

Friday, May 29, 2015

White River Junction — A White River Junction man has been arrested on allegations that he attempted to solicit sex from children. Dale Vodden, 56, was arrested by Hartford police in the parking lot of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Thursday, according to Hartford police Sgt. Jay Pedro. He is charged with …

Man Faces Charges After Police Chase

Monday, May 25, 2015

Lebanon — Following an extended chase on Routes 12 and 12A, police on Saturday apprehended a man wanted for the theft of a truck in Colorado. Just after 8 p.m., Lebanon police attempted to stop a Ford F-150 driven by Robert Leibensperger, of Clifton Park, N.Y. Leibensperger, 37, refused to pull over. The truck had been reported stolen earlier this month in Black …

After Fits and Starts, Thetford Hires Police Chief

Monday, January 26, 2015

Thetford — After several go-rounds and more than seven months of searching, Thetford has found a new police chief: A longtime lieutenant with the Hanover Police Department will start in the position about a week before Town Meeting. …

Daughter, Police Testify In Robarge Murder Trial

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Newport — The elder daughter of James Robarge testified at her father’s murder trial on Tuesday that she witnessed him physically attack her mother during an altercation inside the family’s Charlestown home about a year prior to her …

Local & Regional Briefs for Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Bethel Woman Killed After Thrown From Snowmobile Bethel — A 67-year-old Bethel woman has died from injuries she sustained in a snowmobile crashed in Bethel on Sunday. Dorothy Wilson, of Sanders Road, lost control of her snowmobile at 3:30 p.m. on a difficult section of trail near her …

High Court To Reconsider Gay Marriage

Saturday, January 17, 2015

The Supreme Court announced Friday it will decide a historic question about whether the Constitution requires that same-sex couples be allowed to marry no matter where they live or whether states are free to limit wedlock to its traditional definition as a union only between a man and …

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., …