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At right, Gabriel Robarge Pellerin, James Robarge's oldest daughter, speaks with Assistant Attorney General Diana Fenton in Sullivan County Superior Court in Newport, N.H., on Jan. 15, 2015. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)<p><i>Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.</i></p>

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 mother’s death. Gabriel Robarge Pellerin told the court that it wasn’t uncommon for her parents to argue and “slam doors,” often leading …

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 home, struck a log and was thrown from the machine, according to a statement from …

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 a woman. The court accepted cases from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee, where restrictions about …

Heroin Sample Was Laced With Fentanyl

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Hartford — Police said a heroin sample tied to a suspected overdose tested positive for Fentanyl, a narcotic drug that is more powerful and more life-threatening than heroin itself. Two suspected overdose deaths and seven other heroin-related overdoses in the Upper Valley this month led Hartford police to …

Fatal Accident in Windsor

Monday, October 27, 2014

A 59-year-old Keene, N.H., woman died Friday after her car ran into some ledge off Interstate 91 in Windsor. Officials said Nancy Ann Southwell was driving north near mile-marker 55 around 9:50 a.m. when the accident occurred. Authorities …

Thetford Board: Police Coverage Will Continue as Before

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Thetford — The town’s police force will use a borrowed vehicle and continue to provide residents with the same level of police coverage that was in effect before Friday’s suspicious fire, which destroyed the department’s entire fleet of …

Cop Cars Burn in Thetford

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Thetford — Following a suspicious overnight fire Friday that destroyed Thetford’s three police cruisers, a state fire investigator said he is “absolutely” interested in reviewing a 2012 case in which Norwich’s three-car fleet was destroyed by flames that …

Suspect in WRJ Stabbing Says He Doesn’t Pose a Threat

Friday, October 17, 2014

White River Junction — After being accused of stabbing a neighbor early Tuesday, Henry Chalmers, 46, was charged with aggravated assault on Wednesday morning, ordered by a judge to undergo a psychiatric evaluation on Wednesday afternoon, and returned …

Competency Evaluation Ordered

Thursday, October 16, 2014

White River Junction — The 46-year-old White River Junction man who allegedly stabbed a neighbor Tuesday night was ordered to undergo an inpatient competency evaluation during his arraignment in Windsor Superior Court on Wednesday. A mental health screener …

Thetford Picks Vt. Sergeant As New Chief

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Thetford — The town has its new police chief — almost. Richard A. King, a Springfield, Vt., resident and a longtime sergeant with Ludlow, Vt., police, is expected to take the top spot in Thetford on Nov. 2, pending a standard background check by an outside firm to …

White River Junction Man Suspected in Assault

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

White River Junction — Apartment residents who were woken by the sounds of yelling outside their downtown building early Tuesday morning said they went back to sleep without realizing that a neighbor had been stabbed just yards away. As of Tuesday night, Hartford police were still searching for …

Child Porn Charges Prompt Info Session

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Lebanon — The ongoing investigation into allegations that the former director of the Children’s Center of the Upper Valley possessed child pornography on a work laptop has prompted the organization to hold a question and information session later this week. Individuals with the Child Advocacy Center and the …

Prison’s Alert System Failed

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Windsor — The community-wide alert system meant to notify residents of emergencies at Southeast State Correctional Facility — such as Monday morning’s inmate escape — did not function as intended this week because prison staff did not know how to deploy it, according to the state’s top corrections …