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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 …

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 …

Martin William Rose

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Charlestown, N.H. — Martin William Rose, 81, of Charlestown, formerly of Quincy, Mass. passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday, April 14, 2014, at the White River Junction VA Hospital after a long battle with heart disease. Born July 9, 1932, in Orleans, N.Y., he is predeceased …

Fort at No. 4 Plans Two Archeology Talks

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Charlestown — The Fort at No. 4 will host two archaeology talks this month. The events, set for April 19 and April 26, at 6:30 p.m., are part of New Hampshire Archaeology Month. On Saturday, Kris Damon will present “Historical Archaeology in New England,” a look at local …