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A "wet" room in the Intensive Stabilization Unit contains a toilet and sink in addition to the mattress at Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center in Essex, Vt., on November 10, 2014. (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>

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. The counselor, Sandra Hoffman, ordered Ramsey to …

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, at first. But one night, Williams’s partner reached for a condom, and Williams removed it …

Daughter, Police Testify In Robarge Murder Trial

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Newport — The elder daughter of James Robarge testified at her father’s murder trial on Tuesday that she witnessed him physically attack her mother during an altercation inside the family’s Charlestown home about a year prior to her …

Local & Regional Briefs for Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Bethel Woman Killed After Thrown From Snowmobile Bethel — A 67-year-old Bethel woman has died from injuries she sustained in a snowmobile crashed in Bethel on Sunday. Dorothy Wilson, of Sanders Road, lost control of her snowmobile at 3:30 p.m. on a difficult section of trail near her …

High Court To Reconsider Gay Marriage

Saturday, January 17, 2015

The Supreme Court announced Friday it will decide a historic question about whether the Constitution requires that same-sex couples be allowed to marry no matter where they live or whether states are free to limit wedlock to its traditional definition as a union only between a man and …

Testimony Underway; Jury Hears Opening Arguments in Robarge Trial

Friday, January 16, 2015

Newport — No one, including James Robarge, knows how Robarge’s estranged wife, Kelly, died in June 2013, a defense attorney said in opening statements at Robarge’s murder trial on Thursday. The defense team said the last time their …

Justices Weigh Punishment in Cop Killing

Friday, January 16, 2015

The New Hampshire Supreme Court inched closer to determining the fate of the state’s lone death row inmate Thursday, hearing arguments on whether Michael Addison’s 2008 sentence is fair compared to similar cases across the country. But the …

Jury Visits Murder Scene in Charlestown Slaying; Opening Statements Begin Today

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Newport — Fifteen jurors traveled by school bus on Wednesday on a tour of key locations in the case of James Robarge, the Charlestown man accused of killing his estranged wife in June 2013. The jury of nine …

Police Get Military Gear: Upper Valley Agencies Use Defense Program

Sunday, January 11, 2015

West Lebanon — At least 12 Upper Valley law enforcement agencies are beneficiaries of the Pentagon military-surplus program that provided Ferguson, Mo., police with some of the tactical gear deployed during protests there in August. The Department of …

Subzero Temperatures Hamper All-Day Firefighting Effort as Former Ascutney Lodge Burns

Friday, January 9, 2015

Brownsville — Dozens of firefighters braved subzero temperatures on Thursday to fight a fire that gutted the base lodge of the former Ascutney Mountain Resort. Frigid weather froze hoses and wore down firefighters, hindering efforts to extinguish the …

Local & Regional News Briefs: Jan. 8

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Three Hospitalized Following Accident in Enfield on Tuesday Enfield — Three people involved in a two-car collision on Route 4 Tuesday were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, according to Police Chief Richard Crate. Crate said that around 5:53 p.m., …

Hartford Couple Withdraws Pleas in Sex Assault Case

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

White River Junction — Pretrial hearings in the case of a Hartford couple accused of sexually assaulting two children are moving ahead after the pair successfully petitioned to have earlier guilty pleas withdrawn. Steven D. Smith, 48, and …