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Terry Wing embraces Springfield police officer Doug Johnston during a community vigil held in memory of Wing's son, Wesley, on South Street in Springfield, Vt., on Sunday, April 26, 2015. Wing was shot on South Street on April 18, 2015, and later died from his injuries. (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>

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 semicircle less than 30 yards from where …

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 Kristin Walsh, of Keene, N.H., was arrested Tuesday night and charged with felony counts of …

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 …

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 …