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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 came after Wing made his way there for help around 6 p.m. on Saturday, according to a Springfield Police Department news release. …

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, it’s easy to believe the abuse of police power is not something we need to …

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 very sensitive person, but I don’t find any humor in putting a Confederate flag up,” …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …