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Dennis Dundas listens to his arraignment proceedings at Windsor Superior Court in White River Junction, Vt., on April 27, 2015. Dundas pleaded not guilty to the charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the shooting of Donald Giovanella of East Bethel, Vt. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap) <p><i>Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.</i></p>

Shooter Argues Self Defense in East Bethel Altercation

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

East Bethel — A 66-year-old East Bethel man was released on bail after pleading not guilty to shooting and injuring his friend during a fight that ensued over a bottle of brandy, according to court documents. Dennis Dundas told police he was acting in self-defense when he shot Donald Giovanella, 47, also of East Bethel, three times on Sunday night, …

Residents Still in Fear After Vigil Held for Springfield, Vt., Shooting Victim

Monday, April 27, 2015

Springfield, Vt. — Residents on Sunday evening held a vigil near the site of last week’s fatal shooting on South Street, lending support to the family of Wesley Wing and pledging to address the challenges of drugs and violence facing their town. About 200 people lit candles in the twilight, assembled in a …

Shooting in East Bethel

Monday, April 27, 2015

Bethel firefighters and Vermont State Police watch as DHART airlifts a shooting victim from the scene in East Bethel Sunday night. A male suspect was taken into custody by Vermont State Police. The victim’s condition was not immediately known. Vermont State Police later stretched crime scene tape across the driveway of the home …

Springfield, Vt., Shooting Suspect’s Girlfriend Arrested

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Springfield, Vt. — Police have arrested the girlfriend of a Springfield man accused in a fatal weekend shooting on charges that she helped him evade capture. In a joint news release, Springfield police and Vermont State Police said …

Man Dies in Springfield, Vt., Shooting

Monday, April 20, 2015

Springfield, Vt. — The victim of a shooting near Jake’s Market on Saturday evening has died, as police on Sunday night continued to search for the shooter. Police said Wesley Wing, 37, died at 2:30 a.m. Sunday after being shot near the South Street store. A 911 call …

Jim Kenyon: Hiring a Police Prosecutor Is Just the First Step

Sunday, April 12, 2015

I think it’s safe to presume that trust in law enforcement, nationally, isn’t extremely high at the moment. After the cellphone video of the police shooting in North Charleston, S.C., surfaced last week, how could it be? But from a thousand miles away, in the idyllic Upper Valley, …

Confederate Flag Flown in Lebanon Puzzles Authorities, Community

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Lebanon — A Confederate flag that flew outside the Upper Valley Senior Center on Saturday morning, apparently without the consent or knowledge of any officials there, has mystified police and offended some residents and officials. “I’m not a …

Jim Kenyon: Uniform Improvements at Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Forget about orange being the new black. Three years ago, Vermont’s sole prison for women was in such sorry shape that inmates weren’t even issued uniforms, orange or otherwise. Inmates at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility in South Burlington had to supply their own clothing, which could be …

Feds Prosecute Robbery Suspect

Friday, April 3, 2015

Concord — The Claremont man indicted by a Sullivan County grand jury following two armed bank robberies in Claremont in the fall of 2013 is being prosecuted by federal authorities in at least one of the cases. James …

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. …

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. …

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 …

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 …