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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 …

Attorneys Want 2 Trials In Fatal Crash

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

North Haverhill — Attorneys for a man facing felony charges in connection with a December 2013 crash that killed a Wilder couple and their unborn daughter are asking for two separate trials in the case. Robert Dellinger’s defense team has asked a judge to “sever” the two second-degree …

Husband Takes Rap in Letter; Confession Would Exonerate Widow, But Prosecutors Cast Doubt

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

White River Junction — The late husband of the woman charged in a 2011 Bethel shooting claimed responsibility for the incident himself in a confessional letter turned over to police earlier this year, following his death and the …

Former Day Care Director Pleads Not Guilty to Embezzlement

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

North Haverhill — The former director of the Children’s Center of the Upper Valley, who is currently charged with possession of child pornography, was arraigned on a count of attempted theft from the day care in Grafton Superior Court on Monday. Judge Lawrence A. MacLeod Jr. entered a …

Forrester Takes Senate District 2

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Grafton — State Sen. Jeanie Forrester, R-Meredith, appeared headed to victory Tuesday night in her Senate District 2 race against first-time Democrat Carolyn Mello, of Holderness. With 18 of 27 towns reporting, Forrester had 64 percent of the vote, according to a tally on NHPR’s website . “I …

Norwich Farm Reports Theft of 70 Pounds of Organic Broccoli

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Norwich — Call it the case of the missing broccoli. Jake Guest, owner of Killdeer Farm on Butternut Road in Norwich, is used to having deer nibble off a few pieces of his harvest, but in 35 years of farming, he’s never seen anything like what workers discovered …

Vt. Man Acquitted In 2010 Shooting

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Chelsea — A jury on Monday acquitted a 45-year-old Thetford man of all charges in connection with a 2010 shooting. The 12 Orange County jurors found Thomas Berecz not guilty of felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and two misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment. Berecz took a …

Documents: Former St. Paul’s Student Negotiating Plea Deal

Monday, November 3, 2014

The 19-year-old St. Paul’s graduate accused of sexually assaulting a freshman this spring could plead guilty to charges in the case as early as this month, according to records filed on Friday in Concord. Attorneys in the case agreed on Friday after hours of apparent negotiations to set …

N.H. Wood Business’ Kiln Burns

Friday, October 31, 2014

New London — Rebuilding a pivotal part of a wood products business that burned in an early morning fire was on the forefront of the owner’s mind on Thursday afternoon. A fire broke out inside the firewood kiln …

Local & Regional Briefs for Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Tractor Driver Charged Following Collision on I-89 Off-Ramp Lebanon — A pickup truck struck and knocked over a Department of Transportation tractor at the interchange of Route 4 and Interstate 89 in Lebanon earlier this week. The accident …

N.H. Man Indicted on Theft Charge

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Lebanon — The former director of the Children’s Center of the Upper Valley, who is currently facing child pornography charges, has been indicted on a count of attempted theft from the day care. Michael Whelton, 53, of Enfield, allegedly deposited nearly $4,000 of the center’s funds in his …