Upper Valley Dispatch

Roaring 20s Blog: Sarah Laros: Reflecting on Addiction and Addicts

Wilder — The next installment of our Roaring 20s series profiling folks ages 20-29 appears this weekend in the Sunday Valley News and features Sarah Laros, 27, of Hartford. As you’ll read, Laros traveled a long, hard road in her early 20s while fighting addictions to drugs and alcohol. A piece of our conversation that didn’t fit in print, though, is this: Laros says that while she has left that life behind, she wants people to know that addicts are human and can be generous,

Ex-Hartford Town Manager Hunter Rieseberg Now Working on River Park Project in West Lebanon

Former longtime Hartford Town Manager Hunter Rieseberg has landed a new job across the Connecticut River from his old office in White River Junction. Rieseberg is now chief operating officer of Lyme Properties, the West Lebanon-based company overseeing the River Park mixed-use development along Route 10 and the Connecticut River. Find a full report in Saturday’s ‘Valley News.’ ∎ Posted online Friday at 4 p.m. Find a full report in an upcoming edition of the Valley News and follow the Valley News on Facebook, Twitter

Father-Daughter Duo Pull Claremont Man From Burning Car

Springfield, Vt. — Two passersby from Maryland rescued a 66-year-old Claremont man from a fiery crash on Interstate 91 northbound in Springfield early this morning, according to a news release from Vermont State Police. Gene Farnham was pulled from his burning car by father and daughter Michael and Marie Lajoie “moments before it became fully engulfed in flames,” police said. “Marie and Michael Lajoie’s quick thinking and selfless actions placed themselves in harm’s way and undoubtedly saved Farnham’s life,” the release stated. The pair pulled

One Dead in Newport Car Crash

Newport — A driver died this morning in a single-vehicle accident in Newport when the eastbound vehicle on John Stark Highway crossed the westbound lane and struck a tree, igniting into flames. In a news release, Newport police said the driver was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which was reported about 12:15 a.m. just west of Barton Whitney Road. Police have not yet released the driver’s name. Police said they also found a deceased dog in the vehicle, and another dog was

Halloween-Themed Events in the Upper Valley: Oct. 23-28

Halloween may be more than a week away, but the Upper Valley is celebrating the holiday early with a slate of events coming up this week. Most of the events are family friendly (though we might advise against taking the younguns’ to see The Rocky Horror Show in Woodstock) and a good portion of them are free. This week, we’ve included events from this Friday to next Wednesday, Oct. 28. Look for Halloween weekend event listings in the Oct. 29 edition of the Valley News

Video: Time Capsule Discovered at Lebanon City Hall

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Police: Juvenile With Hatchet Does Extensive Damage to Planned Parenthood Office in Claremont

Claremont — Police say a vandal has struck the Planned Parenthood office on Pleasant Street for the second time this month. Claremont police said they arrested a juvenile in the Planned Parenthood office early this morning and found the juvenile with a hatchet and can of spray paint. Police said damage to the Planned Parenthood office was extensive, including smashed computers and plumbing fixtures, office and medical equipment and broken windows. Flooding from the vandalism damaged a business next door. Police are trying to determine

Murder Charge Dismissed in Hartford Toddler’s Death

White River Junction — Windsor County prosecutors have dismissed a second-degree murder charge against a 32-year-old Hartford man who was accused of killing his girlfriend’s toddler in 2013. Documents filed in Windsor Superior Court today show the lone charge dropped against Luke Theriault in the death of Jamaal Jayden Turkvan. Theriault, who was charged and pleaded not guilty in August 2014, was released on home detention a year later after prosecutors acknowledged that there was no longer “a great likelihood of conviction” once defense attorneys

Video: Multiple Departments Battle Quechee Fire

Multiple departments responded to a structure fire at Pheasant Trace in Quechee this morning. By 9:30 a.m., flames were no longer visible but large amounts of smoke continued to billow from a home on the short road off Quechee Main Street. Responding departments included Hartford, Hanover, Hartland, Lebanon, Norwich, Windsor and Woodstock. UPDATE AT 12:20 P.M.: Hartford Fire Chief and Interim Town Manager Steve Locke, who was commanding the scene, said the home was unoccupied and nobody was injured. It was declared under control around

Police Say Bikers’ GoPro Camera Shows Them Going 160 MPH

Ashland, N.H. — Two New Hampshire men are accused of reaching speeds of 160 mph on their motorcycles in Grafton County this week after police secured a search warrant for their GroPro video camera. A trooper patrolling Interstate 93 northbound in Ashland on Monday afternoon observed Christopher Grant, 26, of Manchester and Brandon Clark, 25, of Weare, N.H., approaching at 118 mph in a 70 mph zone, according to a news release. Grant was operating a 2014 Ducati Model 1199 and Clark was operating a