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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 town manager, Tom Marsh, said in an interview Sunday. What that means to the people who live there depends on whom one …

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 at Vermont’s only locked facility for troubled youths noticed he wasn’t wearing the appropriate clothing. …

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 the mother and daughter are like two peas in a pod. They finish each other’s …

Police Chase That Began in Windsor Crossed Border Into Claremont

Monday, November 17, 2014

Claremont — Windsor police and Vermont State Police were meeting Sunday night following a car chase that appears to have ended in the apprehension of at least one suspect in Claremont. Little official information was available Sunday night. …

Randolph Copes With Arrest Fallout

Friday, November 14, 2014

Chelsea — Two Randolph Union High School students who allegedly made threats against other students and at least one adult were set to appear in Orange Superior Court on Thursday, according to a law enforcement official. Two “juvenile temporary care hearings” were scheduled to take place at the …

Police Seize Herd of Horses in Woodstock, File Cruelty Charges

Friday, November 14, 2014

Woodstock — Police on Thursday confiscated a herd of malnourished horses from a Woodstock woman and cited her with 23 counts of animal cruelty. The charges come after a local humane society alerted authorities to the appearance of the animals on the Skyland Lane farm. “Animals deserve protections,” …

Canaan Man Pleads Guilty to Assault, Rioting at Dartmouth

Thursday, November 13, 2014

North Haverhill — A 26-year-old Canaan man has pleaded guilty to his role in attacking a Dartmouth College student as he crossed the campus green in July and is serving a three- to seven-year sentence in New Hampshire state prison. Mark Ruppel was sentenced Nov. 3 for assaulting …

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 …