Charlestown

Robarge Trial: Wife’s Blood Found on Husband

Friday, January 30, 2015

Newport — Much of the blood found inside the Robarge family’s Charlestown home belonged to Kelly Robarge, an expert witness said Thursday as the murder trial of James Robarge continued in Sullivan County Superior Court. Katie Swango, a criminalist with the New Hampshire State Police Forensic Laboratory, also told jurors that another man’s blood was found in the home’s foyer, where the majority of the blood was located. Prosecutors allege …

Jurors Hear Police Interview in Robarge Trial

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Newport — The voice of accused murderer James Robarge crackled over courtroom speakers Monday, as jurors listened to an hour-long interview two state police detectives conducted with him on the evening of his wife’s disappearance. The lights in the courtroom dimmed as jurors leaned forward in their chairs to follow along with a …

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 …

Helping to Keep Their Promises: 31 Sharon Academy Graduating Seniors Reflect Back

Monday, June 16, 2014

Click here for a photo gallery.  ∎ Sharon — Michael Livingston, The Sharon Academy’s head of school, began Sunday’s commencement ceremony by painting a picture of “the joy we experience here on such a regular basis.” To do so, …

Vt. Shooting Suspect Held Without Bail

Saturday, June 14, 2014

White River Junction — A New Jersey man is being held without bail after pleading not guilty to four charges relating to a violent altercation Wednesday in Springfield, Vt., that police say involved a dispute over heroin and resulted in one man being shot and injuries to two …

Sullivan County Outlays Up $600K

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Newport — County commissioners will present a $29.8 million proposed budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 at a public hearing next Monday . If the Sullivan County delegation of state representatives approves the spending plan as recommended, county officials anticipate a 3 cent increase in the …

Joan Mary Thomas Hodgman

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Charlestown, N.H. — Joan Mary Thomas Hodgman died on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. She was born on Sept. 5, 1924, in London, England of a Scottish mother, Jessie (Ritchie) Thomas, and a Welsh father, William O. Thomas. She attended St. Mary Abbot’s School in Kensington. In September, 1939, …

Sides Spar Over N.H. Prisoner’s Call Records

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Newport — Defense attorneys for a Charlestown man who is charged with allegedly killing his estranged wife argued for a protective order in court on Wednesday that would prevent prosecutors from accessing phone recordings from jail. Sullivan Superior Court Judge Brian Tucker did not make a ruling on …

Friends of Frogs, Savers of Salamanders: A Helping Hand for Amphibians Crossing the Road

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Whether they’re carrying toads across busy streets or tracking down vernal pools, for those trying to protect amphibians and their habitat, timing is key. “Big nights,” when the animals migrate en masse, are difficult to predict. But on …

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, …

Stolen Bracelet Lands Businessman in Trouble

Saturday, April 26, 2014

North Haverhill — A precious metals dealer pleaded guilty Friday to accepting a stolen bracelet valued at more than $1,500 and leading investigators to believe he had sent it away when it in fact was in his West …

Shirley Ann Branch

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Charlestown, N.H. — Shirley Ann Branch, 73, of South Hemlock Road in Charlestown died on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at her home. She was born in Brighton, Vt. on Feb. 24, 1941, the daughter of Girard L. and Myrtie (Bumps) Menard. Shirley had worked for Tambrands, Peterson Plastics …

4-H Fashion Revue Attracts 50

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Claremont — A recent 4-H fashion revue at Claremont Middle School attracted more than 50 4-H members, some of whom will go on to represent Sullivan County at a statewide 4-H event next month. About 190 friends and …