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Defense Prods Trooper in Murder Trial

Friday, January 23, 2015

Newport — The defense had its chance Thursday to challenge a New Hampshire State Police detective about the approach his team took to seizing evidence at key sites in the case against a Vermont man accused of killing his wife. Prosecutors called Trooper William M. Bright to the witness stand Tuesday afternoon and he remained there until mid-day Thursday. His testimony came as the murder trial of James Robarge, 45, …

Jury Views Evidence Video in Murder Trial

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Newport — Members of Kelly Robarge’s family grabbed a box of tissues and held one another close on a court bench Wednesday as they braced themselves to watch a video police took while walking an old logging trail that led to her badly decomposed body on the day it was found. Kelly Robarge’s …

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 …

Robert Newell Eames

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Charlestown, N.H. — It is somehow fitting that Bob at age 69, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2015, shortly after his idol, Joe Cocker, who had also succumbed to lung cancer. In 1958 Bob moved to Springfield, Vt. from Mansfield, Mass. with his parents, Leonard and Shirley …

State OKs School Merger; Bethel Among Towns Affected

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

South Royalton — The Vermont State Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to dissolve the Windsor Northwest Supervisory Union and fold its five member districts into the Orange-Windsor Supervisory Union, but not before hearing an eleventh-hour plea for …

Charlestown Ordinance Fate Up to Board

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Charlestown — At Town Meeting last March, voters overwhelmingly approved the creation of a Historic District Commission as the first step toward the adoption of stiffer regulations aimed at preserving and protecting many of the buildings on the town’s historic Main Street. But the next step in that …

A Life: Donald Hart, 1951-2014; ‘He Was a Role Model’

Monday, January 19, 2015

Charlestown — Upbeat. Empathetic. Mischievous. Those words pop to mind for many when they think of Don Hart, a longtime teacher and principal at schools in Claremont, Weathersfield and Newport before his death in November at age 62. …

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 …

Murder Case in Charlestown Woman's Death Approaching Trial

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Newport — Physical evidence taken by police from murder defendant James Robarge and his attempt to flee from the Claremont police station while being detained are among the pieces of evidence that will be admissible at Robarge’s upcoming trial. The rulings Sullivan County Superior Court Judge Brian Tucker …

Ayotte: Let’s Solve Problems

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Charlestown — U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., long an opponent of the Affordable Care Act, said Monday she is optimistic about prospects for amendments to improve it in the Republican-controlled Congress this year. During a town hall-style meeting …

Murder Trial to Take Weeks; Jury Selection Begins in Slaying of Charlestown Woman

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Newport, n.h. — Sullivan County Superior Court Judge Brian Tucker told a packed courtroom of potential jurors on Monday that the murder trial of James Robarge, who is accused of killing his estranged wife, will begin no earlier …

Engagement: Tarbell — Russell

Sunday, January 4, 2015

North Springfield, Vt. — Martha and Troy Tarbell, of North Springfield, Vt., have announced the engagement of their daughter, Meegan A. Tarbell, to Derreck Russell. The bride-to-be graduated from Springfield High School in 2007 and earned a bachelors …

The Year in Photos: Witnessing Memories in the Making

Thursday, January 1, 2015

I am not surprised that most of my favorite photos in 2014 were taken outdoors; much of my time in the Upper Valley was spent exploring a landscape that was entirely new to me. Among several other personal …