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Man Faces Charges After Police Chase

Monday, May 25, 2015

Lebanon — Following an extended chase on Routes 12 and 12A, police on Saturday apprehended a man wanted for the theft of a truck in Colorado. Just after 8 p.m., Lebanon police attempted to stop a Ford F-150 driven by Robert Leibensperger, of Clifton Park, N.Y. Leibensperger, 37, refused to pull over. The truck had been reported stolen earlier this month in Black Hawk, Colo., according to a police news …

Three Hartford Police Officers Complete Basic Training Class

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Hartford — Three Hartford police officers graduated from the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council’s 99th Basic Training Class Friday at the Vermont Police Academy in Pittsford. Randy St. Peter, 38, served with the Vermont Department of Corrections for nine years before being hired by the Hartford Police Department. He most recently worked as …

Police Arrest 17 At Dartmouth

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Hanover — Police reported 17 arrests last week between Wednesday night and Sunday at Dartmouth College, the period known as Green Key Weekend. The weekend is one of the college’s most popular social occasions, and the majority of detainments involved underage consumption or possession of alcohol, according to Hanover police Lt. Bradford Sargent. Two of the 17 arrests were not directly related to …

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 …

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 …