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Safety and Permits Compliance Officer Becky Eastman, of Fairlee, Vt., embraces Sawmill Dry Kiln Manager Tom Fulton, also of Fairlee, Vt., by the remains of the sawmill building at Britton Lumber Company in Fairlee, Vt., on Sunday, March 29, 2015. "It's like losing a member of the family," Fulton said. A four-alarm fire leveled the building on Saturday night. (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>

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. “It’s still hard to believe. It’s just…” said the owner, Robert Moses, trailing off. “We have millions of dollars invested in this. …

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. Partek Ski Lifts, based in Pine Island, N.Y., advised ski resort operators using Borvig and …

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. The blaze was called in at 8:38 p.m. by Chad Whitcomb, chief of the Thetford Volunteer Fire Department, who was the first to arrive on …

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 …

After Fits and Starts, Thetford Hires Police Chief

Monday, January 26, 2015

Thetford — After several go-rounds and more than seven months of searching, Thetford has found a new police chief: A longtime lieutenant with the Hanover Police Department will start in the position about a week before Town Meeting. …

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 …