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Richard Coleman reacts to being denied bail at his arraignment in Windsor Superior Court in White River Junction, on June 25, 2015. Coleman has been charged with one count of aggravated sexual assault, and two counts of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)
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Windsor Man, 58, Charged With Sexual Assault Pleads Not Guilty, Denied Bail

Friday, June 26, 2015

White River Junction — A 58-year-old Windsor man is being held without bail on charges that he repeatedly sexually abused a girl under the age of 13. Richard J. Coleman faces two counts of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child and one count of aggravated sexual assault. He pleaded not guilty to the three felony charges in Windsor Superior …

Fire Marshal Says Kids Caused Bradford, Vt., House Fire

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Bradford, Vt. — Three young children set the fire that caused an estimated $200,000 damage to the home of a Bradford senior citizen Monday night, state fire investigators determined Tuesday. With more than 53 years in the fire department and 15 years as chief of police, Robert Nutting estimated that he’d seen more …

Former N.H. State Rep. Injured in Home Invasion

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Newport — A New London man charged in connection with an early morning home invasion is being held on $100,000 cash-only bail. Brandon Green, 29, was arraigned in Newport District Court Monday afternoon on a felony count of robbery stemming from allegations that he broke into the Route 11 home of his landlord, …

The Brutal 1981 Crime That Spawned Woodside

Sunday, February 22, 2015

On a cold, drizzly Friday afternoon in May 1981, two 12-year-old girls from the village of Essex Junction, Vt., set out on their walk home from school. After leaving Lawton Middle School, Melissa Walbridge and Meghan O’Rourke headed toward a narrow path through the woods — a shortcut …

N.H. May Reform Civil Forfeitures

Friday, February 20, 2015

Concord — State lawmakers showed a willingness to consider a previously defeated proposal that would overhaul a longstanding and nationally contested practice in which the government seizes private property that may be connected to a crime. Members of …

Lyme Fire Destroys Historic Cape, Barn Saved

Monday, February 16, 2015

Lyme — A three-alarm fire destroyed a historic cape house on Pinnacle Hill Road Saturday night, beginning near a wood stove in an ell of the building and drawing firefighters from at least nine nearby towns. No one was hurt. The owners, Mark and Martha Tecca, found smoke …

Robarge Juror Says Oil Pan Was Pivotal

Friday, February 13, 2015

Newport — Metal from a punctured oil pan that tied James Robarge’s car to the wooded spot in Unity where his estranged wife’s body was found proved to be a critical piece of evidence in the second-degree murder conviction of the Charlestown man, a juror in the case …

Heroin Operation Alleged: 2 Upper Valley Men Face Trafficking Charges

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

White River Junction — Two Upper Valley residents have pleaded not guilty to felony charges after authorities allege they were transporting 1,100 bags of heroin from Massachusetts when police pulled them over in Springfield, Vt. Walter Emery, 20, …

No Verdict From Jury Yet in Robarge Trial

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Newport — A Sullivan County Superior Court jury will enter into a third day of deliberations this morning in the case of James Robarge, who is accused of killing his estranged wife on the day she filed for …

Medical Examiner Testifies at Trial

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Newport — Deputy State Medical Examiner Jennie Duval testified on Wednesday that injuries seen on a man accused of murdering his wife were consistent with someone who had been scratched and grabbed during a physical confrontation. Duval, who examined photographs of marks on James Robarge that were taken …

Enfield Town Funds Tied Up in SEC Probe

Monday, January 26, 2015

Enfield — About 20 percent of the town’s capital reserve funds were invested in a money management fund that the Securities and Exchange Commission has frozen as part of a complaint against a Massachusetts-based investment company and its principal owner, a Dartmouth College graduate. The fate of the …

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 …