Police / Fire / Courts

Ferguson Rumble Felt in Twin States

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

West Lebanon — Racial profiling is alive and well in the United States, African-American men in the Upper Valley say, though whether they agree that police bias played a part in recent events in Ferguson, Mo., is another matter. Following a grand jury’s decision not to indict the police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teen this summer in the St. Louis suburb, the Valley News asked black …

Claremont Grand Jury Extended

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Claremont — The deadline for a possible Sullivan County grand jury indictment against a former Claremont police dispatcher charged with aggravated sexual assault has been extended to mid-January, according to documents on file in Superior Court. An agreement to extend the deadline was reached earlier this month between the Sullivan County Attorney’s Office and the attorney for James Boisclair, who was arrested on …

Robbery Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

White River Junction — A 27-year-old man who was recently released from the hospital after his father-in-law shot him in late August in Newport faces felony charges of impeding a police officer and accessory after the fact to an armed robbery. Meanwhile, law enforcement officials say they are continuing to investigate the shooting in Newport; no charges have been filed in the incident. …

Residents Outraged at Theft of Hand-Painted Irene Sign, Missing in West Hartford

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

West Hartford — Residents expressed outrage at the theft of a hand-painted sign that served as a symbol of Vermonters’ resilience. The 6-foot-long wooden sign had foot-high letters reading “Goodnight Irene,” a reference to the destructive 2011 tropical …

Fire Damages Claremont Restaurant

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Claremont — A fire broke out at the former Dimick’s Restaurant, now Joey’s On The River, on lower Main Street Tuesday night, causing significant damage to the building overlooking the Sugar River west of downtown Claremont. The fire was called in around 8:30 p.m. and heavy flames could …

Fire Damages Apartment In Downtown Claremont

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Claremont — A late-night fire in the attic of a downtown apartment displaced a family of three on Friday, fire officials reported. No one was injured. A news release from the Claremont Fire Department said the blaze was likely caused by old electrical wiring, which failed and ignited …

Shooting Victim Speaks Out

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Newport — Police are trying to determine whether a Laurel Street homeowner was justified when he shot his son-in-law at his front door. Meanwhile, the son-in-law said in an interview that he was trying to return his wife’s purse to her following an argument earlier in the day …

Claremont Man Pleads Guilty, Gets 25 to Life in Sex Assault

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Newport — A 26-year-old Claremont man pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault against two young children and was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. In Sullivan Country Superior Court on Wednesday …

Police Charge Springfield, Vt., Man With Rape

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Claremont — Police have charged a Springfield, Vt., man with one count of aggravated felonious sexual assault in connection with an alleged attack last month in a secluded area off River Road. Zachary Jones, 30, was arraigned in Circuit Court in Claremont on Tuesday and was being held …

Bail Reduced in Dispatcher’s Alleged Sex Case

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Newport — The former police dispatcher charged with two counts of felonious sexual assault had his bail reduced from $100,000 cash to $25,000 personal recognizance by Superior Court Judge Brian Tucker at a hearing Tuesday after his defense …

Hartford Man Pleads Not Guilty in Death of Girlfriend’s Son

Friday, August 29, 2014

White River Junction — A 31-year-old Hartford man pleaded not guilty on Thursday to a charge of second-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend’s young son last summer. At the end of the arraignment, a judge ordered …

Hartford Man Charged With Murder in 2-Year-Old’s Death

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hartford — A 31-year-old Hartford man faces charges of murder in the first degree and aggravated domestic assault stemming from the death of his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son last summer, police said in a news release late Wednesday night. …

Plea Deal Dropped for Springfield, Vt., Man

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

White River Junction — After announcing that plans for a plea deal had crumbled, lawyers made plans in court Tuesday to move toward a trial in the case of a Springfield, Vt., man charged in connection with a 2008 shooting death in Windsor County. Timothy Arbuckle, 33, pleaded …