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Upper Valley Dispatch

Windsor Police Officer Pleads Not Guilty to Charges Related to November Shooting

White River Junction — A Windsor police officer this morning pleaded not guilty to charges that he unlawfully injured a man when he shot him during an undercover drug sting in November. Ryan Palmer, 28, was indicted this week on charges of felonious aggravated assault with a weapon and a misdemeanor count of reckless endangerment. Following his hearing in Windsor Superior Court, he was released on conditions, including that he not possess a firearm. Palmer has been on duty since the Nov. 16 incident. His

Fourth of July Festivities and Events in the Upper Valley

JULY 3 4th of July Fireworks in Brownsville: 6:30 p.m., Mount Ascutney Resort, Ski Tow Road. Live music, children’s activities and food. Fireworks at dusk. Free. 802-484-1223. Celebration in Fairlee: 6:30-9:30 p.m., Town Common. Live music, food and children’s activities. Free. 802-333-9653. JULY 4 Pancake Breakfast in Plainfield: 7:30-9 a.m., Community Church, 1094 Route 12A.  Donation. 603-298-8913. Fourth of July in Plainfield: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Events held at various locations in downtown Plainfield, Route 12 A. Includes barbecue and art show. Parade begins at 11

Hillary Clinton to Campaign in Hanover

Hanover — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton plans to campaign in the Upper Valley at the start of the Fourth of July weekend. Clinton will attend a “grassroots organizing party” in Hanover Friday afternoon, according to her campaign. She also plans to attend an event in Glen, N.H., and march in the Fourth of July parade Saturday in Gorham, N.H. Find a full report in Wednesday’s Valley News. ∎ Posted online Tuesday at 12:40 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.

Athletes Honored at ‘Valley News’ Banquet

West Lebanon — What do you get when you put the Upper Valley’s best high school athletes in one room? A buzz of energy, proud parents, family members and coaches that appreciate the recognition that was bestowed on the recipients of the Valley News Athletes of the Year Wednesday night at The Fireside Inn. Awards were presented to 23 athletes by staff sports reporters Tris Wykes and Greg Fennell as they briefly talked about each deserving recipient. Two other athletes who were not able to

Vermont State Police Say Fire in Bradford, Vt., Started by Kids

Bradford, Vt. — Vermont State Police today determined that a fire that destroyed a South Main Street home Monday night was started by a group of kids. A news release issued this afternoon said the fire at 172 South Main St. “was a result of three juveniles starting small fire(s) in the garage and surrounding property.” The fire caused about $200,000 damage to the home of Robert Nutting, a town official who runs Robert’s Thrift Store. No one was injured in the blaze. Follow this

Vermont Heart Attack Victim Meets Hanover Man Who Helped Save Him With CPR

Remember when Hanover resident Weiping Liu happened upon a collapsed bicyclist on Route 120 and helped save his life by quickly administering CPR? (If you do not remember, here’s the story.) The bicyclist, Doug Tifft, of Fairlee, said this week that his recovery is well on track — he’s been back at work at the University Press of New England for 30 hours a week since May 21, with plans to go full-time next week — and that he, Liu and others involved in the

Picture This: Graduation 2015 Photo Galleries

Photo galleries created by the Valley News staff photographers and freelancers can be found at the links below: Dartmouth College Hanover High School Hartford High School Kearsarge Regional High School Kimball Union Academy Lebanon High School Mascoma Valley Regional High School Newport High School Oxbow Union High School Rivendell Academy Sharon Academy South Royalton School Stevens High School Thetford Academy Whitcomb High School Windsor High School Woodstock Union High School Woodsville High School A full list of graduation stories is at this link. ∎ Posted

Coming Sunday: Series on 20-Somethings Kicks Off with Hartford's Becca White

Tomorrow's Sunday Valley News will include the debut of a new series, Roaring 20s. Every month for a year, photographer Sarah Priestap and I will profile a 20-something resident of the Upper Valley, a project that Sarah conceived a while ago and that we've been plugging away on together since March. (You may remember our call for subjects — and yes, we're still taking suggestions of people to write about and photograph!) The first installment of Roaring 20s will feature Becca White, a recently elected

Police: Windsor Woman Was Going to Court for Restraining Order When She Was Killed (Update)

White River Junction — The 23-year-old Windsor woman who police say was slain by her estranged boyfriend was planning on getting a restraining order from court the day she was killed, according to court documents. A Vermont State Police affidavit unsealed today says family members of Molly Helland told police after she was shot and killed that Jason Kendall had held a gun to her head three days earlier while she tried to move out of his apartment. Helland’s father said she was on her

Trailing Toward Summer

Nearly every early June for the last nine years, I’ve covered the Vermont Division III high school track and field state championship meet at Chester’s Green Mountain Union High School. It’s an enjoyable assignment, and I’ve come to consider it a sort of right of passage into the summer season. With 36 events — 18 each for the boys and girls teams — and many with multiple heats, it’s a long day. Inevitably, there comes a time when a reporter simply needs to step away