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West Weathersfield Deputy Chief, Mychael Spaulding gives directions to a driver at exit 8 on I-91 south in Ascutney, Vt., on July 25, 2015. The interstate south of exit 8 was closed due to a car accident. Cars were backed up on the roadway about a mile and a half before exit 8.  (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)
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Multiple Crashes, 1 Fatality, on I-91

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Weathersfield — A 22-year-old New York man was killed Saturday morning when the car he was riding in hit a tree on the west side of Interstate 91 near mile marker 48, Vermont State Police said in a news release. Trent Costello, of Kingston, N.Y., was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, police said. The driver of the …

Citizens on Patrol: N.H. Civilians Guard Recruiters

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Concord — Brian Blackden showed up at the Concord Armed Forces Career Center on Monday morning with a sniper rifle and a solo mission: To protect the unarmed staff inside in the wake of last week’s deadly shooting rampage in Chattanooga, Tenn. By midday Tuesday, however, what began as a modest act of solidarity had transformed into something more. Three others had joined …

Cornish Plea Deal Pulled Back

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Newport — A Cornish man appeared to reject a plea deal Tuesday on a charge of sexual assault against a girl under the age of 13. Curtis Wyman, 65, had previously filed a notice of intent to plead guilty in Sullivan Superior Court in exchange for a 61/2- year prison sentence, less than …

Jim Kenyon: Uniform Improvements at Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Forget about orange being the new black. Three years ago, Vermont’s sole prison for women was in such sorry shape that inmates weren’t even issued uniforms, orange or otherwise. Inmates at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility in South Burlington had to supply their own clothing, which could be …

Feds Prosecute Robbery Suspect

Friday, April 3, 2015

Concord — The Claremont man indicted by a Sullivan County grand jury following two armed bank robberies in Claremont in the fall of 2013 is being prosecuted by federal authorities in at least one of the cases. James …

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. …

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. …

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. Public safety officials received a 911 call about a potential …

Local News Briefs: Tuesday, March 24

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Police Investigating Durst, Missing Middlebury S tudent Middlebury, Vt. ( ap ) — A Vermont police department said it’s investigating a link between the 1971 disappearance of a Middlebury College student and millionaire murder suspect Robert Durst. The Middlebury Police Department said Monday investigators have been aware for …

Claremont Man, 36, Faces Two Felony Charges After Search

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Claremont — A 36-year-old Claremont man faces two felony charges after city police and members of the New Hampshire Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at a Myrtle Street home on Friday night. Jason Hollywood, 36, of 47 Myrtle Street, was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and being …

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 …