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Dismissal of murder charge sought

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copyright the Chronicle January 17, 2018   NEWPORT — According to a motion filed by Jon Valsangiacomo, the lawyer representing Ryan P. Bacon, 32, of Point Pleasant, New Jersey, the state cannot prove his client committed second-degree murder or voluntary mansl... More »

Man sent to prison for seventh DUI conviction

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copyright the Chronicle September 27, 2017   by Paul Lefebvre   NEWPORT — As he sifted through the records of a 49-year-old alcoholic who had recently been convicted of driving while under the influence for the seventh time (DUI-7), Judge Robert Bent appeared ... More »

Broken family wants case resolved

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copyright the Chronicle September 13, 2017   by Joseph Gresser   When Katrina McCullough of Newport called police last December and accused her husband of bending her fingers back, she had no idea what the consequences of her actions would turn out to be. Toda... More »

Judge says impaired murder suspect understood rights

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copyright the Chronicle August 30, 2017   by Paul Lefebvre   NEWPORT — Can an inebriated murder suspect understand the rights he has given up when consenting to talk to police at the time of his arrest? In a 12-page ruling following hearings and expert testimo... More »

Man charged in Newport knife fight

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copyright the Chronicle August 23, 2017   by Paul Lefebvre   NEWPORT — A knife-swinging melee in downtown Newport Saturday night has led to charges here this week in Orleans County Superior Court. As the only suspect cited for his role in the fracas, Everett W... More »

Defendants can have long jail wait before trial

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copyright the Chronicle July 26, 2017   by Joseph Gresser   NEWPORT — According to the U.S. and Vermont constitutions, anyone charged with a crime is entitled to a speedy trial by a jury of his or her peers. But that basic promise can’t be kept in Orleans Coun... More »

Murder charge reduced to second-degree

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copyright the Chronicle May 31, 2017   by Joseph Gresser   NEWPORT — Orleans County State’s Attorney Jennifer Barrett lowered the charge against the man accused of shooting Ron-Lou Schneider in 2015 from first-degree to second-degree murder Tuesday afternoon. ... More »

Diaz pleads the Fifth, then testifies

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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 »

DUI formula too simplistic

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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 »

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Dions plead innocent to deer poaching charges

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copyright the Chronicle January 14, 2015 by Joseph Gresser NEWPORT — State game wardens staking out the Irasburg home of Wayne R. Dion, 66, and Jennie A. Dion, 61, say they heard a gunshot during the night before hunting season opened. They say their investiga... More »