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Plainfield Property a Hard Sell

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Plainfield — As the auction date nears for the sale of the compound on Center of Town Road that once belonged to Ed and Elaine Brown — the anti-government activists who took part in a nine-month standoff with federal authorities — Plainfield officials continue to worry if the property will attract a buyer. The sale of the property is of …

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 …

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 …

Brooke Bennett’s Loved Ones Confront Killer at Sentencing: ‘Hell Is Waiting for You’

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Burlington — It’s been nearly six years since 12-year-old Brooke Bennett was raped and murdered. In that time, her mother, Cassandra Adams, filled five notebooks scribbling the words she might say to her daughter’s killer when given the …

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 …