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Public defender Elizabeth Kruska, right, talks with Dale Vodden, of White River Junction, during his arraignment in Windsor Superior Court in White River Junction, Vt. Friday, May 29, 2015. Vodden plead not guilty to allegedly attempting to lure a child for sex. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)
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Man Pleads Not Guilty to Luring

Friday, May 29, 2015

White River Junction — A 56-year-old man from Michigan who has been living in the Upper Valley since the fall pleaded not guilty on Friday to charges of attempting to lure a child for sex at a church earlier this month. Dale Vodden, who attorneys said moved to the area in November to work as a janitor for the White …

White River Junction Man Charged With Luring Children

Friday, May 29, 2015

White River Junction — A White River Junction man has been arrested on allegations that he attempted to solicit sex from children. Dale Vodden, 56, was arrested by Hartford police in the parking lot of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Thursday, according to Hartford police Sgt. Jay Pedro. He is charged with …

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 …

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 …