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A soccer ball is entangled in barbed wire that lines the outdoor recreation area at the 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>

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 into custody for allegedly making threats on Facebook against other Randolph Union High School students. In Essex, the police cruiser veered onto …

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 that Essex Junction schoolchildren had used for years. Louie Hamlin, 16, and Jamie Savage, 15, …

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 the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday acknowledged several improvements in the newest iteration of the …

Fire Destroys Newport Home

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Newport, n.h. — A Church Street couple was displaced Tuesday morning when a two-alarm electrical fire gutted their home. Nobody was injured in the blaze, which was reported around 9:50 a.m. Homeowner Mary Bullis said she had been …

N. Korea Proposes Hacking Probe

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Seoul, South Korea — North Korea proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, warning of “serious” consequences if Washington rejects a probe that it believes would prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with the cyberattack. The proposal was seen by …

Local & Regional Briefs for Monday, Dec. 15, 2014

Monday, December 15, 2014

Train Strikes Car Stuck On Tracks, No One Injured South Royalton — A car that got stuck on ice at railroad crossing Saturday night was struck by an Amtrak train but the occupants of the vehicle were not …

Judge Denies House Arrest for Man Accused in Toddler Death

Thursday, December 11, 2014

White River Junction — A judge has denied a request from a 31-year-old Hartford man who wanted to live at his apartment while he waits for a trial on charges that he allegedly killed his girlfriend’s young son. …

Lawyers Spar Over Dellinger Details

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

North Haverhill — A bail hearing on Tuesday for the Sunapee man accused in a collision that killed a Wilder couple had the air of a trial, as the lead state police investigator testified for more than three …

Man Will Face Charges in Claremont Robberies

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Claremont — A Claremont man indicted last year for armed robbery at two city banks could soon be returned from Massachusetts to face those charges, Sullivan County Attorney Marc Hathaway said Tuesday. James Oberfeldt had not been publicly …

I-91 Accident

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Emergency crews responded to an overturned box truck on Interstate 91 north on Friday afternoon in Hartland. Andy Vinopal, a lieutenant with the Windsor fire department, said he was the first to arrive on scene and that the …

In Hanover, Demand for Reform

Friday, December 5, 2014

Hanover — More than 50 demonstrators briefly blocked a downtown intersection last night as part of a protest against police brutality in the Upper Valley and nationwide, as a slew of police killings of unarmed men has elicited …

Utilities, Communities Report Better Performance in Outage

Saturday, November 29, 2014

At 3:04 p.m. Tuesday, Public Service of New Hampshire tweeted: “We’re getting ready for the season’s 1st snowstorm.” The advisory included a phone number to call for outages. At 10:10 a.m. the following day, shortly before the snow …

Ferguson Rumble Felt in Twin States

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

West Lebanon — Racial profiling is alive and well in the United States, African-American men in the Upper Valley say, though whether they agree that police bias played a part in recent events in Ferguson, Mo., is another matter. Following a grand jury’s decision not to indict the …