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Safety and Permits Compliance Officer Becky Eastman, of Fairlee, Vt., embraces Sawmill Dry Kiln Manager Tom Fulton, also of Fairlee, Vt., by the remains of the sawmill building at Britton Lumber Company in Fairlee, Vt., on Sunday, March 29, 2015. "It's like losing a member of the family," Fulton said. A four-alarm fire leveled the building on Saturday night. (Valley News - Sarah Shaw) <p><i>Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.</i></p>

After Fire, Fairlee Sawmill's Future Uncertain

Monday, March 30, 2015

Fairlee — In the aftermath of a four-alarm fire that destroyed the Britton Lumber Company sawmill on Saturday night, the fate of 20 workers’ employment is uncertain, and damages could be in the millions, according to its owner. “It’s still hard to believe. It’s just…” said the owner, Robert Moses, trailing off. “We have millions of dollars invested in this. …

Ski Lift Firm Issues Warning After Chairlift Accident

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Portland, Maine — A chairlift company is warning U.S. ski resorts to check about 170 lifts for potential problems after engineers announced that a design flaw likely contributed to a weekend accident that injured seven skiers in Maine. Partek Ski Lifts, based in Pine Island, N.Y., advised ski resort operators using Borvig and …

Blaze Levels Britton Lumber Sawmill in Fairlee

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Fairlee — A four-alarm fire leveled the sawmill building at the Britton Lumber plant at 7 Ely Road off Route 5 on Saturday night. No injuries were reported. Public safety officials received a 911 call about a potential fire at the Fairlee sawmill at 8:29 p.m. Saturday, and Thetford Volunteer Fire Chief Chad …

Local News Briefs: Tuesday, March 24

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Police Investigating Durst, Missing Middlebury S tudent Middlebury, Vt. ( ap ) — A Vermont police department said it’s investigating a link between the 1971 disappearance of a Middlebury College student and millionaire murder suspect Robert Durst. The Middlebury Police Department said Monday investigators have been aware for …

Claremont Man, 36, Faces Two Felony Charges After Search

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Claremont — A 36-year-old Claremont man faces two felony charges after city police and members of the New Hampshire Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at a Myrtle Street home on Friday night. Jason Hollywood, 36, of 47 Myrtle Street, was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and being …

Norwich Chimney Fire

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Norwich firefighter Theresa Moore-Poston reunites Molly with her owner, Dan Cook, outside Cook’s Union Village Road home on Friday night after a chimney fire damaged the home. The dog, who appeared unharmed, was hiding behind a door in …

Woman Accused in 2011 Bethel Shooting Charged With Release Violation

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Royalton — A local woman facing attempted second-degree murder charges in connection with a 2011 shooting in Bethel was arrested on Saturday and charged with violating the conditions of her release, Vermont State Police said in a news …

St. Paul’s Rape Suspect Remains Free on Bail, Hires Former Bulger Attorney

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Owen Labrie, the 19-year-old Tunbridge resident accused of raping an underclassman last year, will remain free on bail despite soliciting cash for legal assistance from students and faculty — an alleged violation of his release conditions. Attorneys on …

Jim Kenyon: Closing the Windsor Prison Farm Is Shortsighted

Sunday, March 8, 2015

When a new inmate arrives at the Southeast State Correctional Facility in Windsor, one of his first stops is Paul Brosseau’s office. Brosseau, the prison’s work crew supervisor, asks each inmate what he did for a job prior to being incarcerated. “I didn’t do anything,” responded a twenty-something …

Fire Destroys Orford Garage

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Firefighters from at least four departments responded to a garage fire at 8 River Road in Orford yesterday morning. There were no injuries in the 11:15 a.m. blaze and no damage to the home of Nathan and Carole-Ann …

Why Is Tsarnaev on Trial at All?

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Boston — Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyer startled a packed courtroom during opening statements at his federal death penalty trial by bluntly admitting that he committed the 2013 attack with his brother, raising some thorny questions, mainly: …

Use of Plate Scanners Up in Vt.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Montpelier — Vermont law enforcement officers expanded their use of Automated License Plate Recognition systems in 2014, according to a new report. Police more than doubled the number of searches of the statewide license plate database in criminal investigations. The annual report to the state legislature comes as …

Neighbors of Windsor Prison See Pros and Cons to Possible Closing

Monday, March 2, 2015

Windsor — With a state budget deficit threatening the closure of the Southeast State Correctional Facility, residents and town leaders on Sunday offered their views on the prison’s place in Windsor. “There has been a prison in Windsor almost as long as there has been a Windsor,” the …