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Diaz pleads the Fifth, then testifies


copyright the Chronicle February 1, 2017   by Elizabeth Trail   NEWPORT — Immediately after she took the witness stand in Orleans County Superior Court on Monday, Cynthia Diaz invoked the Fifth Amendment. “Hadn’t you better hear the questions first?” Judge How... More »

Former addicts discuss routes to recovery


copyright the Chronicle February 1, 2017   by Joseph Gresser   NEWPORT — A panel of a dozen people, all with experience in the field of opioid addiction and treatment, engaged in a freewheeling discussion Monday night. The two-hour conversation, moderated by J... More »

Diaz ignores order to hand over documents and cash


copyright the Chronicle January 4, 2017   by Elizabeth Trail   NEWPORT — Last Friday’s court-imposed deadline has come and gone, and so far Coventry Town Clerk and Treasurer Cynthia Diaz hasn’t turned over town documents that the select board and auditor Jeff ... More »

More charges stem from Barton meth lab raid


Copyright the Chronicle June 22, 2016 by Joseph Gresser NEWPORT — The other shoe dropped Tuesday for Terry A. Parson, 33, of Bellows Falls. He was brought into the Criminal Division of Orleans County Criminal Court Tuesday where five more charges were added to... More »

DUI formula too simplistic


copyright the Chronicle April 27, 2016 by Joseph Gresser NEWPORT – State forensic experts will have to rewrite their manuals if the Vermont Supreme Court upholds a decision issued by Judge Howard VanBenthuysen Monday. The judge, sitting in the Criminal Divisio... More »


Barton woman given deferred sentence for arson


copyright the Chronicle January 29, 2014 by Joseph Gresser NEWPORT — A Barton woman pled guilty to first degree arson Tuesday in the Orleans Criminal Division of Superior Court. Rebecca R. Ray, 21, apparently settled the score with an informant who helped poli... More »