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Upper Valley Dispatch

Hartford Man Pleads Not Guilty in Death of Toddler

White River Junction — A 31-year-old Hartford man pleaded not guilty this afternoon to charges of second-degree murder in connection with the death of his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son. Luke Theriault was ordered held without bail during his arraignment in Windsor Superior Court. Theriault was arrested this week following a year-long investigation into the July 4, 2013, death of Jamaal Jayden Turkvan, who lived in White River Junction. ∎ Posted online Thursday at 3:20 p.m. Find a full report in an upcoming edition of the Valley

Official: Malaysian Plane Shot Down Over Ukraine (Updated 2:30 p.m.)

Grabovo, Ukraine — Ukraine said a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down today as it flew over the country, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the plane. As plumes of black smoke rose up near a rebel-held village of Grabovo in eastern Ukraine, an Associated Press journalist counted at least 22 bodies at the crash site 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Russian border. The plane appeared to have broken up before

Eaglet Sighting Excites Windsor Birder

Windsor — Traffic has been known to slow down for good-looking chicks, but what happened on Route 5 in Windsor last week was a little bit different. Luckily, with the help of a passerby and various law enforcement officials, the bald eaglet casually snacking in the middle of the road avoided a tragic fate. Marianne A. Blake, of Windsor, was driving home from work on July 8 when she thought she saw an eaglet in a tree branch near Route 5. She turned her car

Can You Identify the Twin States in Lego Form?

I noticed this one on Seven Days’ “Daily 7,” the email newsletter the alternative weekly puts out every weekday with a roundup of stories about the Green Mountain State. Lego enthusiast Jeff Friesen, who is based in Nova Scotia, has created visual representations of all 50 states using only the Legos available in his daughter’s collection. The colorful, sometimes tongue-in-cheek creations are fun to flip through — but can you identify the states he’s referring to? (Click on each image to see the state name.)

Public Participation at School Board Meetings: Read the Policies Being Discussed in Cornish (Updated Friday)

Cornish — Earlier this week, the Valley News reported that residents will meet tonight to discuss a draft policy on public participation at Cornish School Board meetings written by resident Peter Burling, a former town moderator and state senator. Burling’s version is an alternative to a Cornish School Board proposal, created using language from the New Hampshire School Board Association, according to Superintendent Middleton McGoodwin. Residents have expressed concerns about rules governing public comment. ∎ Here is the Cornish School Board’s current policy on public

Editor's Note: Production Error in July 10 Newspaper

Due to a production error, a page from a previous edition was printed in some copies of today's Valley News. As a result, the continuation of a story about the Claremont City Council's discussion of the seizure of Roy Hunter's home for nonpayment of taxes did not appear in some of those copies. The story will be republished in Friday's Valley News. Read the full story online at this link.

Felled Tree Causes Traffic Backup on I-89 North; All Lanes Now Reopened (Updated 5:20 p.m.)

UPDATE AT 5:20 P.M.: According to the New Hampshire Department of Transportation Twitter feed, all lanes are now reopened.  ∎ Lebanon — A tree has fallen across both northbound travel lanes of Interstate 89 just north of Exit 18. Vehicle traffic was reduced to one lane around 4:30 p.m. as cars maneuvered around the felled tree on the road’s shoulder. Emergency responders were on scene. ∎ Posted online Wednesday at 4:40 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.

Weather Dampens July 4 Fireworks Plans in Hartford, Claremont

The stormy weather blowing through the region has led Hartford and Claremont to postpone their fireworks displays. Hartford’s festivities have been rescheduled for Saturday, July 5, at 5:30 p.m., at Kilowatt Park. Claremont’s celebration also has been moved to Saturday, at Monadnock Park, beginning at 6 p.m., with fireworks starting at about 9:15. The scheduled musical performer, Brooks Hubbard, has prior commitments for July 5. Efforts are underway to secure a replacement act.

Motorist Dies in I-89 Rollover After Traffic Backs Up Due to Downed Wires, Fire (Updated 1:20 p.m.)

Lebanon — One motorist is dead following an accident that occurred in traffic backups on Interstate 89 in Lebanon this morning.  State Police have not released the name of the driver, whose car rolled over and fell down an embankment along I-89 northbound near exit 18. Police said she had swerved to avoid traffic that was backed up on the interstate.  I-89 had been closed around 10 a.m. at exit 19 due to a brush fire caused by downed wires, according to the New Hampshire Department of

Dartmouth College Fires Men's Lacrosse Coach

Hanover — Dartmouth College has fired Andy Towers, its head men's lacrosse coach and a part of the program for the past 10 years. The 45-year old Towers, a former All-American player at Brown, had been with the Big Green for five years as an assistant before ascending to the head job in 2009. He had a year remaining on his contract. Towers said the decision to make a change came from athletic director Harry Sheehy and executive associate athletic director Brian Austin and that