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Authorities were aware of suspect in Northern California wildfire

Lakeport - The man suspected of starting this week's Northern California wildfire that devastated a Lake County town and displaced thousands of nearby residents had been an inmate firefighter while serving a five-year prison sentence on drug and firearms charges.

Boy writes letter asking judge to keep his mother in prison

Middletown - A boy who watched his mother fatally stab his father in the chest with a knife has written a letter to a judge asking him to to keep her behind bars. Little Bradyn Takach, 10, was only four when he saw his mother, Shannon Smith, stab his dad to death.

Firefighters gaining control over deadly Northern California fire

San Francisco - Firefighters in Northern California say they have reached 50 percent containment of the deadly Valley Fire that has killed at least five people and destroyed hundreds of homes in rural Lake, Napa and Sonoma counties.

Famed California hot springs retreat destroyed by Valley fire

Middletown - The New Age church that owns and operates Northern California's famed Harbin Hot Springs resort is promising to rebuild after Saturday's devastating wildfire that completely destroyed the historic retreat.

Sorrow and survival in wildfire-ravaged California

Middletown - An air tanker cut across the sky as Paula Chaves and Eve Meland loaded a pickup truck with supplies to survive wicked wildfires yet to be vanquished.

Gunman opens fire in lobby of Upstate New York courthouse

Middletown - There was panic inside Middletown City Court in Orange County on Wednesday, when a man armed with a shotgun opened fire, wounding a court officer. The man Timothy Mulqueen, 43, of Middletown, was killed when security officials returned fire.

Parents outraged over 'scream room' in Connecticut school

Middletown - An investigation is being conducted after outraged parents in a Connecticut town complained how one elementary school was dealing with students who exhibit behavioral issues in class.

Five killed in Connecticut power plant explosion

Middletown - An explosion in Middletown, Connecticut has rocked the town. Initial reports are that about a dozen people have been injured. Five people have been reported killed. The explosion took place at 11:30 am Sunday.

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The  scream room  at Farm Hill School  courtesy of The Middletown Press
The 'scream room' at Farm Hill School, courtesy of The Middletown Press
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DESTRUCTION: Only the chimney and hot-water heater remain of this fire-ravaged home in Middletown  C...
DESTRUCTION: Only the chimney and hot-water heater remain of this fire-ravaged home in Middletown, Calif., after the Valley Fire burned through the Lake County community on Sept. 18.
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