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Upper Valley Dispatch

Explosion in Northfield, Vt., Injures 4; Police Suspect Homemade Pipebomb

Northfield, Vt. — Vermont State police say four people have been hurt in an explosion caused by what appeared to be a homemade pipe bomb. Police tell the Burlington Free Press that one person was seriously hurt and the others suffered minor injuries from the apartment explosion in Northfield Wednesday night. They were taken to a hospital. Seven to eight people were evacuated in the area. WCAX was also at the scene. Police later said the evacuated residents could return home and the scene was

Former Cornish Road Agent Acquitted in Fatal Crash

Nashua, N.H. — A jury today found former Cornish road agent Kyle Witty not guilty in a July 2014 crash in Merrimack, N.H., that left one person dead. Witty was acquitted of a negligent homicide charge in the death of 60-year-old Nashua resident Elizabeth “Liz” McQuinn, according to the Nashua Telegraph. Witty’s defense argued an overgrown tree branch, which was removed within weeks after the fatal accident, had obscured his view. The jury deliberated for less than an hour. Find a full report in Thursday’s

What Happens in Vegas Comes to Cornish

Cornish — Folks at the Cornish Fair next year might notice a new addition on the fairgrounds: a green, black and yellow John Deere Gator, a four-wheel-drive utility vehicle valued at about $10,000 that will help to cut down on the time that workers are moving around the fairgrounds to get their jobs done. It’s all thanks to the good luck of fair director and lifelong Cornish resident Leland Atwood, who has worked at the fair for some 30 years. He was the lone Cornish

Life After the Paris Attacks: Finding the City’s Heartbeat

Editor’s Note: This post, originally published to Emma Delaney’s Popping Around Paris blog on Friday, is cross-posted to the Upper Valley Dispatch blog with permission. Delaney, who is from Hartland and attended Hanover High School, graduated from New York University with a degree in English and politics in May. She is working in Paris as an English teaching assistant in two elementary schools with the French government’s Teaching Assistant Program in France initiative. Read her earlier posts at the bottom of this page. ∎ Dec.

Weekend Picks: Santa Claus in the Valley, Plus Non-Holiday Events

It’s the first weekend in December and the list of holiday-based events in the Upper Valley continues to grow. In addition to the many craft fairs and sales that are taking place, Santa Claus is set to visit three locations in the Upper Valley on Saturday: Santa Visit in Tunbridge: 10 a.m.-noon, Tunbridge Library, 289 Route 110. Includes seasonal stories and opportunity to interview and have photographs taken with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Free. 802-889-9404. Santa Visits in Windsor: 3-4 p.m., Windsor House, 54 Main

State Police Bomb Squad Responds to White River Junction (Updated 4:45 p.m.)

The Vermont State Police bomb squad has responded to both the courthouse and high school in White River Junction today. Officials have released few details. About 11 a.m., a courtroom in the Windsor Superior Courthouse was abruptly cleared for about 45 minutes, according to people who were inside. About 10 minutes later, the court was closed for the day. A short time after that, the bomb squad arrived on scene. This afternoon, the bomb squad responded to Hartford High School. Police on the scene said

I-89 Northbound Reopened at Exit 15 in Enfield Following Crash

UPDATE: The crash has been cleared, according to the New Hampshire Department of Transportation Twitter account. Enfield — New Hampshire State Police are diverting traffic off Interstate 89 northbound at Exit 15 in Enfield following an accident. A state police dispatcher said additional details were not available, but the detour was still in effect about 9 a.m. Traffic was significantly backed up on I-89 about 8 a.m. The Department of Transportation and Hanover dispatch reported the accident as a jackknifed tractor trailer. ∎ Posted online

‘Armed Bandit’ Robs Mascoma Savings Bank in Charlestown

Charlestown — Mascoma Savings Bank officials have said an “unknown armed bandit” robbed the Charlestown branch on Main Street this afternoon. The person “left with an undetermined amount of cash,” according to a news release from Pete Begin, the bank’s vice president and security and fraud prevention officer. Find a full report in Wednesday’s VALLEY NEWS. ∎ Posted online Tuesday at 4:45 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @VNewsUV.

Officials Urge Caution as Multiple Accidents Reported on Icy Roads (Updated 5:35 p.m.)

White River Junction — The National Weather Service is advising drivers to use caution as this season's first major round of freezing rain hits the Upper Valley. Vermont State Police have reopened Interstate 91 southbound in Fairlee between exits 14 and 15 about 5:15 p.m., according to a news release. The road had been closed there since at least 3:30 p.m. Police scanner transmissions reported multiple accidents on roadways throughout the region, especially in the Rutland area. A news release from a Vermont State Police

Friendsgiving in France Helps Hartland Woman Connect, Heal After Attacks

Editor’s Note: This post, originally published to Emma Delaney’s Popping Around Paris blog on Thanksgiving day, is cross-posted to the Upper Valley Dispatch blog with permission. Delaney, who is from Hartland and attended Hanover High School, graduated from New York University with a degree in English and politics in May. She is working in Paris as an English teaching assistant in two elementary schools with the French government’s Teaching Assistant Program in France initiative . Read her earlier posts at the bottom of this page.