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Zantop daughter: ‘I wish James' family the best and hope that they are able to heal’
04-18-2024 8:06 PM

By JOHN LIPPMAN

HANOVER — One of Susanne and Half Zantop’s two daughters said Thursday that she tries to “compartmentalize” her personal grief over the loss of her parents from her attitude about the fate of James Parker, who was paroled on Thursday after serving the...

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Football helmet maker buys Lebanon’s Simbex
04-17-2024 7:31 PM

By JOHN LIPPMAN

LEBANON — Riddell Sports, which makes the helmets worn by more than 75% of players in the National Football League, has purchased Simbex, a Lebanon-based company that revolutionized the monitoring of head impacts in athletics.The purchase price was...


Starbucks store planned for Route 120 at Centerra
04-15-2024 8:01 PM

By JOHN LIPPMAN

LEBANON — Starbucks hopes soon to be serving from triple grande locations in Lebanon and Hanover.The ubiquitous national coffee chain is working to open its third location in the Upper Valley, this time on Route 120. Construction is expected to get...


Another hiker rescued from Mount Cube
04-12-2024 2:21 PM

By JOHN LIPPMAN

ORFORD — For the fourth time since August, rescue teams were dispatched on Thursday to help evacuate an injured hiker off Mount Cube in Orford; this time, rescue efforts were slowed by having to trek through snow that remained on the mountain after...


Bethel officials under fire for their handling of firefighter’s comments
04-11-2024 7:31 PM

By JOHN LIPPMAN

BETHEL — Supporters of the town’s former fire chief harshly rebuked town leaders this week over their handling of a firefighter whose colleagues want to oust him from the fire department.One vocal supporter pointed at and denounced town officials to...


Eclipse traffic packs Upper Valley roadways, keeps businesses hopping
04-09-2024 8:01 PM

By JOHN LIPPMAN

HARTLAND — As with many things in life, watching Monday’s solar eclipse was as much about the journey as it was the end result.Given that thousands of people spent hours on congested Vermont highways in their cars crawling to and back from their...


Former Claremont officer threatened violence, recently released records say
04-08-2024 8:21 PM

By JOHN LIPPMAN

CLAREMONT — A state legislator who boasts of being “tough on crime” when he was a Claremont cop in the early 2000s openly talked about killing the city’s police chief and raping his wife, and staging a mass shooting at the police station, according to...


Bethel fire chief steps down following firefighter’s controversial social media post
04-02-2024 8:01 PM

By JOHN LIPPMAN

BETHEL — A groundswell of support has emerged for the town’s former longtime fire chief, who quit in protest last week after he was not allowed to remove a volunteer firefighter who made a controversial social media post.The firefighter said he was...


South Royalton family loses home in weekend blaze
04-01-2024 7:01 PM

By JOHN LIPPMAN

SOUTH ROYALTON — A Saturday morning fire rapidly engulfed and consumed a home on Broad Brook Road, displacing the residents who are now sheltering at a hotel in White River Junction.Evan Burnham said that he discovered a fire in the utility...


Before she became a murder victim, Hartford native loved horses
03-29-2024 7:31 PM

By JOHN LIPPMAN

HARTFORD — The last time Amber Dow saw Christina Chatlos she pleaded with her friend to “fight for your life.” “I told her ‘I sure hope you’re not the next friend I see buried from overdosing’,” Dow recalled telling Christina as the two went for a...


Lebanon man sentenced to prison after threatening Hanover restaurant
03-27-2024 4:34 PM

By JOHN LIPPMAN

NORTH HAVERHILL — A 35-year-old New Hampshire man has been handed down multiple, consecutive prison sentences after pleading guilty to threatening to “shoot up” a Hanover restaurant.He could be free by September, however, due to the amount of time he...


Wife of former Newport School Board member accused of witness tampering
03-22-2024 8:02 PM

By JOHN LIPPMAN

NEWPORT — The wife of a former Newport School Board member charged with having sex with an underage teen has now been indicted herself on a charge of witness tampering in an investigation that links two high-profile criminal cases and reveals why the...


Court denies ex-officer’s attempt to block records’ release
03-20-2024 8:31 PM

By JOHN LIPPMAN

CONCORD — In a decision that could ripple across the law enforcement community around the state, the New Hampshire Supreme Court has ruled that a former Claremont officer and current state legislator’s disciplinary records relating to his time as a...


Lebanon school officials, police to review response to lockdown
03-18-2024 8:01 PM

By JOHN LIPPMAN

LEBANON — Students remained in their classroom, activities room, auditorium and even locker room while police detained a 39-year-old man outside Lebanon High School and Hanover Street School on Friday afternoon.The incident, in which police...


Vermont shelves Newbury juvenile facility plan
03-15-2024 8:31 PM

By JOHN LIPPMAN

NEWBURY, Vt. — In a sharp reversal, the state of Vermont has backed off a contentious plan to open a locked juvenile facility in Newbury, as a state commissioner says he is seeking a “fresh start” with the town that bitterly opposed the...


Association seeks support for trooper in ‘critical’ condition following crash
03-12-2024 6:46 PM

By JOHN LIPPMAN

LEBANON — The Vermont state trooper who sustained serious injuries when his vehicle collided into the back end of a fire truck near the Bethel exit on Interstate 89 last week remains hospitalized and the next several days “will be critical in...


VSP: Trooper hit Bethel firetruck while traveling at ‘highway speeds’
03-11-2024 6:30 PM

By JOHN LIPPMAN

The medical condition of a Vermont State Police trooper who sustained serious injuries when his police vehicle crashed into a firetruck on Interstate 89 in Royalton last week was unknown on Monday, but police have identified the officer as Cpl. Eric...


Police: Driver faces charges for allegedly striking Lebanon crossing guard
03-07-2024 7:16 AM

By JOHN LIPPMAN

LEBANON — A 20-year-old West Lebanon woman previously from New Jersey has been charged after a vehicle struck a school crossing guard after failing to stop at a crosswalk near Mount Lebanon Elementary School earlier this week.Atlantis Alpheaus was...


Tunbridge votes to expand policing
03-05-2024 8:02 PM

By JOHN LIPPMAN

TUNBRIDGE — Voters added $40,000 to the budget to pay for expanded policing and gave the Selectboard the green light to draw up a noise ordinance and adopt a “declaration of inclusion” affirming the town welcomes everyone regardless of their race or...


Nonprofit, developer in settlement talks over Lebanon golf course
02-29-2024 7:31 PM

By JOHN LIPPMAN

LEBANON — One of the longest-running legal battles in the Upper Valley may be drawing to a close. But whether people living near the battlefield will rejoice at the peace is another matter.The nonprofit Carter Community Building Association, operator...


Judge rejects South Royalton man’s motion to withdraw guilty plea in wife’s murder
02-28-2024 6:15 PM

By JOHN LIPPMAN

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — A South Royalton man’s bid to withdraw his guilty plea for shooting and killing his estranged wife in front of her nephew and brother has been nixed by a Vermont state judge.Frank Sanville failed to show “that he did not...

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