Thetford

Thetford Ups Budget for Chief

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thetford — The Selectboard Monday night voted to increase the salary range that the town could offer its police chief by about $2,000 by altering part of the “wage matrix” that determines employees’ salaries based on years of experience. Selectman Donn Downey said during the meeting that the committee of residents searching for a new police chief have identified “4 or 5” candidates, mostly sergeants or lieutenants with 5-8 years …

Treasure Island Caretakers Urge Town to Maintain Role

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Thetford — The live-in, year-round caretaker model used to maintain a town-owned access point to Lake Fairlee has been called into question by the recreation director, who has suggested that converting a caretaker house at Treasure Island into health and safety accommodations for a children’s summer camp could be a better use of …

Interim Chief Stays On in Thetford

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Thetford — The Selectboard voted Monday night to extend the town’s contract with its interim police chief through the end of the year and to buy a pair of new cruisers, replacing two of the cars that were lost in an intentionally set fire last month. Four members of the five-person board voted unanimously to keep Norwich Chief Doug Robinson on board for …

Sharon, Oxbow Runners Shine at Vt. Championships

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Thetford — Even before setting foot on the soccer pitch Saturday, the Sharon Academy’s Chris Gish was a winner. While the dual-sport junior’s soccer teammates were preparing to host Whictomb in a Vermont Division IV quarterfinal Saturday afternoon, …

Thetford Loses Choice for Chief

Friday, October 24, 2014

Thetford — The Ludlow, Vt., police sergeant the Selectboard wanted to hire as the town’s next police chief has withdrawn his acceptance of a conditional offer, just over a week after his planned hiring was announced. The board announced on Oct. 13 that a job offer had been …

Local & Regional Briefs for Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thetford Will Continue Talks With Police Chief Candidate Thetford — The Selectboard voted during a special meeting Wednesday to continue discussions with the candidate for police chief, meaning there likely will not be any updates on the hiring process before Monday’s regularly scheduled Selectboard meeting, a selectman said. …

Investigators: Fire That Torched Police Cars Was Intentional

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Thetford — State fire investigators have determined that the fire that destroyed Thetford’s three police cruisers last week was set intentionally. The cause of the fire, which was reported around 2:30 a.m. on Friday, has been officially identified as “incendiary/arson,” according to a State Police statement distributed Tuesday …

Attorneys Debate Evidence In Thetford Rifle Case

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Chelsea — The prosecution and defense in the case of a Thetford man who allegedly fired rifle rounds into an occupied car debated Tuesday what evidence should be introduced at a trial slated to start next week. During a motion hearing in Orange Superior Court, defense attorney Daniel …

Thetford Board: Police Coverage Will Continue as Before

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Thetford — The town’s police force will use a borrowed vehicle and continue to provide residents with the same level of police coverage that was in effect before Friday’s suspicious fire, which destroyed the department’s entire fleet of …

Local Roundup: Long Memories Carry Mascoma Past Franklin

Sunday, October 19, 2014

West Canaan — Andrew Cashe set the tone from the opening kickoff for the Mascoma football team, returning the kick for a touchdown to help the Royals beat visitng Franklin 38-18 on Saturday afternoon. Cashe didn’t stop there …

Orange Senate District Race Offers Stark Policy Choices

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Randolph — A campaign battle is raging between state Sen. Mark MacDonald, D-Williamstown, and Republican Bob Frenier, of Chelsea, two colorful and aggressive personalities who sharply disagree on health care, education, and even the best way to reach …

Cop Cars Burn in Thetford

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Thetford — Following a suspicious overnight fire Friday that destroyed Thetford’s three police cruisers, a state fire investigator said he is “absolutely” interested in reviewing a 2012 case in which Norwich’s three-car fleet was destroyed by flames that …

Neil Robert Swift

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Walpole, N.H. — Neil Robert Swift departed this life on Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, at Cheshire Medical Center, Keene, N.H. He left to be reunited with his beloved wife Marcia and did so on his own terms-which will be no surprise to those who knew him. Neil was …