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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 town manager, Tom Marsh, said in an interview Sunday. What that means to the people who live there depends on whom one …

Inside Woodside Center: A Teen’s Solitary Story

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Essex, Vt. — On Aug. 24, 2011, Sam Ramsey was headed to the gym with nine other teens to play a nightly game of pickup basketball at the Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center. He never made it. A counselor at Vermont’s only locked facility for troubled youths noticed he wasn’t wearing the appropriate clothing. …

Mother, Daughter Bond Over Trials

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Charlestown — There’s no denying Debbie Ferland, 55, of Charlestown and her mother, 80-year-old Beverley Garrapy, live for adventure. And they’re not shy about leaving their husbands behind at home to find it, they say. One could say the mother and daughter are like two peas in a pod. They finish each other’s …

Court: HIV Is A Crime

Sunday, March 1, 2015

New York — When Terrance Williams was 21, he met a man in Syracuse, and the two became friends. Some weeks later, they became sexually involved. Williams and this partner — who, in court papers, is referred to only as “the victim” — used protection in their relationship, …

Behind the Wire at Woodside: ‘Juvie Jail’ for Vermont’s Delinquent Kids

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Essex, Vt. — On a mid-November day, a 14-year-old boy and his 15-year-old friend were loaded into a Randolph police cruiser and driven 60 miles north along Interstate 89. Earlier that day, the two teens had been taken …

The Brutal 1981 Crime That Spawned Woodside

Sunday, February 22, 2015

On a cold, drizzly Friday afternoon in May 1981, two 12-year-old girls from the village of Essex Junction, Vt., set out on their walk home from school. After leaving Lawton Middle School, Melissa Walbridge and Meghan O’Rourke headed toward a narrow path through the woods — a shortcut …

N.H. May Reform Civil Forfeitures

Friday, February 20, 2015

Concord — State lawmakers showed a willingness to consider a previously defeated proposal that would overhaul a longstanding and nationally contested practice in which the government seizes private property that may be connected to a crime. Members of …

Lyme Fire Destroys Historic Cape, Barn Saved

Monday, February 16, 2015

Lyme — A three-alarm fire destroyed a historic cape house on Pinnacle Hill Road Saturday night, beginning near a wood stove in an ell of the building and drawing firefighters from at least nine nearby towns. No one was hurt. The owners, Mark and Martha Tecca, found smoke …

Robarge Juror Says Oil Pan Was Pivotal

Friday, February 13, 2015

Newport — Metal from a punctured oil pan that tied James Robarge’s car to the wooded spot in Unity where his estranged wife’s body was found proved to be a critical piece of evidence in the second-degree murder conviction of the Charlestown man, a juror in the case …

Heroin Operation Alleged: 2 Upper Valley Men Face Trafficking Charges

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

White River Junction — Two Upper Valley residents have pleaded not guilty to felony charges after authorities allege they were transporting 1,100 bags of heroin from Massachusetts when police pulled them over in Springfield, Vt. Walter Emery, 20, …

No Verdict From Jury Yet in Robarge Trial

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Newport — A Sullivan County Superior Court jury will enter into a third day of deliberations this morning in the case of James Robarge, who is accused of killing his estranged wife on the day she filed for …

Medical Examiner Testifies at Trial

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Newport — Deputy State Medical Examiner Jennie Duval testified on Wednesday that injuries seen on a man accused of murdering his wife were consistent with someone who had been scratched and grabbed during a physical confrontation. Duval, who examined photographs of marks on James Robarge that were taken …

Enfield Town Funds Tied Up in SEC Probe

Monday, January 26, 2015

Enfield — About 20 percent of the town’s capital reserve funds were invested in a money management fund that the Securities and Exchange Commission has frozen as part of a complaint against a Massachusetts-based investment company and its principal owner, a Dartmouth College graduate. The fate of the …