Fri 27-MAR-2015 11 P.M. News Script


Good evening I'm Shelby Cashman. Under Vermont's hands free driving law--drivers can still use devices while stopped--say for example at a red light. Well--some lawmakers want to get rid of such exemptions. Statehouse reporter Kyle Midura explains.


(Nat 00:43:20:00) ((Lt. Gov. Phil Scott - R-Vermont please listen to the second reading of the bill)) As Senators wrapped up the week's work Friday - they gave one of the final required greenlights to a measure with dozens of changes to vehical regulations. (nat 00:43:24:00) (( an act realting to miscellaneous corrections to laws governing motor vehicles, motorboats, and other vehicles)) Tucked into the measure is a change to the state's hands-free driving law, erasing an exemption allowing drivers to pick up a phone or music player when stopped. (01:07:41:00) ((Sen. Dick Sears - D-Bennington it's going to pass)) Bennington Senator Dick Sears represents one of the only voices of opposition to the move. He's okay with being able to call or text when the vehicle is not moving; Sears argues that soon-to-be-banned activity is not dangerous. (01:08:19:00) ((Sen. Dick Sears - D-Bennington County that was my biggest concern about it, I think sometimes we go a little too far here)) (nats girl crash - AAA video) A recent triple-A (AAA) study of teen drivers in Iowa found cell phones may be behind more accidents than reflected in traffic data. (nats boy crash - oh sh** - curse not audible) The study found that loud conversations proved to be more common distractions with groups in a car, but cell phones are the biggest distraction when the driver is alone. Vermonters received more than 750 tickets and warnings from October through December of last year for hands-free violations. Motorists are split on the new issue -- though not everyone even knew of the loophole. (01:09:18:00) (( - Christina McSweeney - St. Albans Resident - KM: Did you know that you could use your device at a stop light? CM: No idea)) (01:08:56:00) ((Christina McSweeney - St. Albans Resident I don't see a problem with people using their cellphones at the stoplights)) (01:13:12:00) ((Casey Osborne - UVM Student I definitely think you shouldn't be doing your makeup or anything either, so yeah, just cover all your bases when you're driving, you should be driving)) Other say they don't always follow the current law, even if they support it. (1:12:23:00) ((Alexander Miller - UVM Student I definitely am a person who takes the call, I'm not going to lie about that one)) Kyle Midura -- channel 3 news -- Burlington.


The Vermont House passed a nearly 1.5 billion dollar budget. Lawmakers set out with the goal of closing a $113 million gap between projected spending and revenues for fiscal 2016--which starts July 1. This was accomplished mainly with $35 million in higher taxes and fees--and $53 million in spending cuts. The budget would also put part of any extra money at the end of the fiscal year into a low-income heating aid. The proposal also rejects a pay cut for lawmakers. The budget and tax packages now go to the Senate.


Could pot production plants be coming to the Green Mountains? Former Chittenden County State Senator Hinda Miller spent 11 years in the legislature. Miller -- representing the Vermont Cannabis Collaborative -- says marijuajna legalization is inevitable here, and the state should do everything to properly prepare. She says if Vermont innovates as it has in so many other industries -- it will become an East Coast Center for excellence.


(00:24:15:00) ((Hinda Miller - Vermont Cannabis Collaborative with any product - or any part of the production - we do it well, we've done it before, it's in our lineage, and it's research, science and technology based, and Colorado cannot say that)) Miller suggested the creation of multiple study committees this summer -- with business, education, health and legal expertise -- to explore the challenges and opportunity of marijuana legalization. She says that while the economic opportunity will be greater if the state moves quickly -- the key is to move intelligently.


He's a suspect in the Pat O'Hagan murder. But was in court today--for a different crime. Prosecutors say Keith Baird will spend 12 to 17 years behind bars for 30 felony counts of violating an abuse prevention order. He will get credit for time served. Baird is also one of three suspects arrested in connection with the 20-10 kidnapping and killing of 78-year-old Pat O'Hagan in Sheffield. Yesterday -- his co-defendant -- Richard Fletcher -- cut a deal with prosecutors -- agreeing to testify against Baird -- and the third suspect -- Michael Norrie -- in exchange for a 15 year prison sentence. Dates have not been set for Baird and Norrie's first degree murder trials.


A St. Albans daycare worker is accused of cruelty to children. Police say 55 year old Michelle Zick of Sheldon had several interactions at the daycare this month--that lead to the charges of cruelty to children under 10. The investigation began after the Department for Children and Families notified police. If you have any information about Zick--contact state police.


New charges for a Hardwick mom--accused in the August death of her disabled son. State police say just before midnight Thursday Melissa Robitille was stopped on Memorial Drive in St. Johnsbury -- with a blood alcohol content of point-113. She's charged with DUI. The 39-year-old and her boyfriend, Walter Richters both pleaded not guilty to second degree murder in the death of Robitille's 13-year-old son. Richters allegedly told police he poured vodka in the boy's I-V to quiet him. Robitille was free on bail -- after a judge said the evidence against her didn't support a second-degree murder charge.


Police are searching for a Vergennes bank robber. Investigators say just before 4:30 this afternoon, a man walked into the Vermont Federal Credit Union on Panton Road and demanded cash. He fled in a gray, four-door sedan, possibly a Toyota. He's described as a white man, about 5-feet-6-inches tall, with a medium build. If you recognize him, call Vergennes police.


Police say seven arrests in Ferrisburgh--may be linked to a string of burglaries and vandalism around the region. Police say they were investigating break-ins at seven camps on Sleepy Hollow Lane -- where they found the four men -- and three juveniles -- in one of the camps. They were arrested for trespassing. Three of the adults -- shown here -- along with Brian MacKenzie are in jail pending their arraignment -- the juveniles were cited and released to their parents. Inside the camp -- police found firearms and pellet guns -- and investigators believe they're linked to vandalism to storefronts and car windows in Addison and Chittenden counties.

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Dan is here. Back to some colder weather today.


A former Alabama police officer is charged with violating the civil rights of an Indian man during a violent confrontation in February. Teri Okita reports.


MADISON, ALABAMA POLICE OFFICER ERIC SLOAN PARKER'S VIOLENT TAKEDOWN OF AN INDIAN MAN LAST MONTH HAS TURNED THE NOW-FORMER COP INTO A FEDERAL CIVIL RIGHTS DEFENDANT. (SOT) "parker's actions deprived the man in madison the right, under the U.S. Constitution, to be secure from unreasonable seizures, which includes the right to be free from unreasonable force by someone acting under color of law." (SOT) "what's going on, sir?" ON FEBRUARY 6TH, PARKER AND HIS PARTNER WERE RESPONDING TO A CALL ABOUT A SUSPICIOUS PERSON. THEY STOPPED SURESHBHAI (soo-RESH-bye) PATEL, WHO WAS WALKING ON THE SIDEWALK. (SOT) "what's your address? Where do you live?" PATEL, WHO IS 57, DOESN'T SPEAK ENGLISH. (SOT) "do you understand what I'm saying to you? Do not jerk away from me again." THAT'S WHEN PARKER TOOK HIM DOWN. (NATSOT) "STOP! Trying to jerk away from me!" PATEL IS PARTIALLY PARALYZED AND HAS FILED A CIVIL LAWSUIT. PARKER WAS FIRED. (SOT) "maximum sentence is ten years, of course, he'll be sentenced under the advisory sentencing guidelines." PARKER IS ALSO FACING A STATE ASSAULT CHARGE. HIS ATTORNEY SAYS HE WILL PLEAD NOT GUILTY, SAYING, "... WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING THE INDICTMENT AND HAVING OUR DAY IN COURT." TERI OKITA, CBS NEWS.


Here in Vermont--law enforcement officers are learning to avoid personal bias on the job. Eliza Larson has this story.


A train-the-trainer course - teaching Vermont's police officers new methods of dealing with bias while out policing. (TC 00:07:20:03 Title 5180)((Deputy Chief Brad Vail/Hartford Police Dept. "They're giving us techniques where we draw upon our own experiences and we draw upon things that are relevant to Vermont and how to incorporate that into the training." 00:07:30:15)) (TC 00:01:24:17 Title 5179)((Anna Laszlo/Fair and Impartial Policing: "all of us as human beings have implicit biases that are often unconscious. We don't even know if they are operating in our system. And that those implicit biases can impact our perceptions and our behaviors." 00:01:38:03)) Put on by the organization Fair and Impartial Policing -- the three-day course uses data to teach officers how to address -- and avoid -- personal biases about things like race, gender or age while on patrol. (TC 00:04:32:19 Title 5179)((Anna Laszlo/Fair and Impartial Policing: "the consequences for policing can deadly on both ends. Dangerous to an innocent citizen and clearly cost the life of a police officer." 00:04:41:01)) UVM economics professor -- Stephanie Seguino (Say-GWEE-no) studied race disparities in Vermont policing. Her report found that Vermont state police search hispanic drivers at more than 5 times the rate of white drivers. And she says when looking at arrests of blacks and whites in Burlington -- for every 1-thousand drivers - 243 blacks are arrested compared to about 67 whites. (TC 00:33:35:28 Title 5198)((Robert Appel/Attorney: "state public accomodations act prohibits discrimination based on membership in categories protected by law: race, color, religion, national origin, age, mental or physical handicap." 00:33:46:24)) Robert Appel is a civil rights attorney and former director of Vermont's Human Rights Commission. He says the police workshop is a step in the right direction. (TC 00:26:56:03 Title 5198)((Robert Appel/Attorney: "I think there's a committment by some leaders to improve the picture. I think most Vermonters want to think it doesn't happen here. But it happens here." 00:27:09:15)) It is something these officers say they don't want to happen. And that this training will help them teach colleagues to face bias head on. ((Deputy Chief Brad Vail/Hartford Police Dept. "i'm looking forward to getting it out not only to my own agency but to all the surrounding agencies. And hopefully the state of Vermont will be proactive and be leading the charge in that." )) Eliza Larson. Channel 3 News. Burlington.

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(plane tease) And Marathon space mission -- astronauts prep for a year in space. And the US Senate Minority leader won't run for re-election.


Investigators now say a the Germanwings co-pilot who deliberately -- flew a passenger plane into a mountain -- had just been declared unfit to work. Prosecutors aren't saying what kind of illness he had -- but they say he clearly hid it from his employers. Kris Van Cleave reports.


THERE'S GROWING EVIDENCE CO-PILOT ANDREAS LUBITZ HID AN ILLNESS AND MEDICAL TREATMENT FROM HIS EMPLOYERS AT GERMANWINGS. INVESTIGATORS SEARCHING HIS APARTMENT IN DUSSELDORF DISCOVERED A TORN UP DOCTORS NOTE EXCUSING HIM FROM WORK THE DAY AUTHORITIES SAY HE INTENTIONALLY CRASHED A JETLINER INTO THE FRENCH ALPs. A LOCAL HOSPITAL CONFIRMS LUBITZ VISITED IN FEBRUARY AND MARCH FOR A 'DIAGNOSTIC INVESTIGATION' . BUT THE HOSPITAL WILL NOT SAY WHAT WAS WRONG. ((Kris Van Cleave Standup Bridge)) (:26-:33) Aviation experts say pilots are required to tell their bosses if they are having problems. But if that doesn?t happen, the airlines can't access medical records. ((SOT)) Mark Rosenker/Former NTSB Chairman/Special Contributor to CBS News (:34-:44) The debate of how far can doctors share information with employers. That is something the medical community is struggling with right now. RECOVERY TEAMS ARE SCOURING A DEBRIS FIELD 10 ACRES WIDE ON A RUGGED MOUNTAINSIDE. THEY'RE using red flags to mark human remains. THE FATHER OF ONE OF THREE AMERICANS KILLED IS OFFERING CONDOLENCES TO THE CO-PILOT'S FAMILY. ((SOT)) Robert Oliver Calvo/Victim's Father (:56-1:08) "I don't feel angry. I'm really sad for the father, for the parents of that young pilot. I can't imagine what they're going through right now. MANY FAMILIES ARE TRYING TO GET AS CLOSE TO THE CRASH SITE AS POSSIBLE. SOME ARE LEAVING FLOWERS AT A MEMORIAL STONE THAT'S ENGRAVED IN FRENCH, GERMAN AND SPANISH. KRIS VAN CLEAVE CBS NEWS SIN-LAY-ZALP, FRANCE.

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This is the last term for Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid. The 75 year old says instead of focusing on his re-election campaign in Nevada, he wants to focus on bringing Democrats back to power in the Senate. Reid is backing New York Sen. Chuck Schumer to succeed him as Democratic leader. Schumer is currently the Senate Democrats' third-in-command, behind Dick Durbin of Illinois.


Astronaut Scott Kelly has embarked on quite a mission -- spending a whole year on board the International Space Station. Kelly and a fellow Russian astronaut launched their marathon mission today -- taking off from Kazikhstan after years of preparation. Kelly is the twin brother of astronaut Mark Kelly, the husband of former congresswoman Gabby Giffords. It's his fourth trip into orbit. Only four humans, all Russians, have spent a year or more in space on a single mission.

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Tonight: Mostly cloudy. A few snow showers. Low 13/20. Wind N 5-10 mph. Saturday: Partly sunny and chilly. High 23/30. Wind N 10-15 mph. Saturday Night: Partly cloudy. Low 8/15. Wind N 5-10 mph. Sunday: Mostly sunny. High 33/40. Wind light. Monday: Cloudy skies. Rain and snow showers likely. High 38/45. Low 30/37. Tuesday: Partly sunny. High 30s. Low 15/25. Wednesday: Partly sunny. High 30s. Low 20s. Thursday: Mostly cloudy. Chance of rain and snow showers. High 40s. Low 25/35. Friday: Mostly cloudy. Chance of rain and snow showers. High 40s.

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Getting around campus can be tough. But a new ap -- is helping UVM students -- hitch a ride. Logan Crawford explains.


For a college kid--getting a ride at times is key. Amanda Leslie uses the new carpooling website for college students "Wheeli." (TC 01:03) ((Amanda Leslie/UVM Student "I've been involved for about a month or 6 weeks now I'd say." 01:06)) She's been sharing rides with fellow students since Wheeli came to UVM in January. You just log on to the site -- create a profile -- and once you find other students going your way -- you're off. (TC 00:12:22:29 Tile 0539) ((Kelsey Stoll/UVM Student "In the cold months a lot of people have trouble motivating themselves to walk downtown to different cafes and restaurants, so definitely gives a lot more opportunities for students around here." 00:12:33:10)) You might be asking --- isn't this like the popular ride sharing service Uber? The founder and CEO of Wheeli says -- it's much different. (TC 00:01:06:23 Tile 0485) ((Jean-Pierre Adechi/Wheeli Founder "They're not really a ride sharing service, because you're not sharing a ride with your taxi driver right. The idea with Wheeli is that it's a community of student drivers and student passengers that are looking for rides going places." 00:01:16:27)) (TC 00:24:30:14 Tile 0514) ((Logan Crawford/Burlington "The Wheeli app is expected to launch this September. Soon students at UVM will be able to use their phones to request a ride going downtown or somewhere even further." 00:24:44:01)) (TC 00:01:53:29 Tile 0485) ((Jean-Pierre Adechi/Wheeli "Essentially drop a couple bucks for gas to your driver. So it could be for shorter distances to go downtown or go to class. Or it could be for longer distance, to get to Stowe, to get to Boston or New York City." 00:02:04:10)) Adechi says Wheeli fills a need for college students. GFX: According to UVM -- out of 13-thousand undergrad and grad students -- only 17-hundred applied this year to park their cars on campus. (TC 00:17:12:14 Tile 0548) ((Elliot Diana/UVM Student "Not a lot of people have cars and it's good not to use as much gas. Everyone gets in the same car and goes." 00:17:17:05)) Wheeli creators say it not only helps students get around -- but it's also environmentally friendly. (TC 00:03:02:26 Tile 0485) ((Jean-Pierre Adechi/Wheeli "We reach out to university but we also reach out to student entrepreneurs, student ecological and sustainability groups, and essentially work with them on the ground to get the word out and get students involved behind it." 00:03:13:26)) Adechi says there are a number of safety factors he's taken into account. GFX: To use Wheeli you need a college email address -- so it's only for college students. There needs to be at least 2 passengers. Drivers and passengers all have their own profile -- so users a can screen and rate fellow Wheeli-ers. Wheeli rides can also be gender specific -- for those who want to ride with someone the same gender. The makers of Wheeli hope in Vermont it will be a big thing students use to hit the slopes. (TC 00:15:32:05 Tile 0547) ((Kristi Benoy/UVM Student "It's definitely something I'd be interested in using to go skiing, maybe a ride from the airport which would be really nice too." 00:15:38:09)) Similar to Uber -- passengers pay for rides with a debit or credit card so there's no cash involved. (TC ) ((Amanda Leslie "I think my favorite part of Wheeli as a driver is that wheel handles all the financials so before someone can even get in my car they've signed up and agreed upon a price they're gonna pay for it.")) Nearly 200 UVM students are already hitching rides with Wheeli. Logan Crawford, channel 3 news, Burlington. -3-


Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy may be fighting crime with Batman again -- at least according to the movie's star Ben Affleck. ((SOT Ben Affleck 1:36-1:47 "And to Senator Leahy -- I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge my costar in Batman. His role is marginally smaller than mine - I understand you're quite good.")) Affleck let that spoiler slip -- Thursday -- during a Senate hearing on foreign aid and international diplomacy. Senator Leahy has made cameos in four previous Batman films -- including 2008's "The Dark Knight." When we asked about a potential cameo in next year's "Batman vs Superman" -- the senator told us QUOTE "I know that others have speculated about this, and so far I have not. But I would never contradict Ben Affleck, or Batman."


Mount Anthony won it's 27th straight wrestling state title earlier this month. This weekend, several Patriots are part of a contingent of about 20 Vermonters in Virginia Beach for the high school national championships. MAU is still in search of it's first national champ. Last year, heavyweight Jesse Webb came as close as you can get, finishing with the silver medal. As a junior last year, Troy Gassaway finished sixth at 120 pounds. After winning the Vermont state title at 126 pounds this winter, Gassaway is in Virginia Beach and today he did make a bit of history. Troy won his first two matches at 126 and, in doing so, now has 235 career victories, which ties him with Webb for the most in Vermont high school history. Unfortunately, late in the afternoon, Gassaway lost in his round of 16 matchup, which drops him out of the winners bracket. The best he can now finish is third. The high school nationals run through Sunday in Virginia Beach.


On Thursday, former UVM men's hockey captain Mike Paliotta signed a two year contract with the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks, the team that drafted him back in the third round in 2011. With UVM's season done, Paliotta is now in Chicago, immediately joining the Blackhawks, which means the final 9 regular season games this season and the playoffs will count as the first year of his contract. Paliotta will wear number 47 for Chicago... Today, Paliotta met with the Chicago media for the first time and looked back at his time in Vermont.


(TRT: 25...Was there.) (Paliotta:"It's crazy that was four years ago, it really went by really quickly. I had a great time playing at Vermont, a great career there. But at the same time, I'm excited to get started here. You certainly look forward to a day like this and now that it's actually here it's obviously surreal. Our D coach Kevin Patrick really, when he came in he helped me out so much as far as just getting pucks down to the net and just kind of keeping things simple. But at the end of the day I was creating offense for our team. I'm obviously happy the way things progressed while I was there.")


Staying on the ice, Cadet sophomore William Pelletier and senior Captain Alec Thieda have been named All-Americans by the American Hockey Coaches Association. ---- Pelletier was named to the First Team after scoring 17 goals and picking up 27 assists ...Pelletier ranked 2nd in the country in points per game, averaging 1.83 a game this season.. ---- Thieda was named to the 2nd team...the senior defenseman notching 3 goals and 17 assists. Thieda lead a Cadet defense that ranked 1st in all of Division 3, allowing just 1.33 goals per game... --- The two became the 43rd and 44th All-American selections in Norwich history


Celtics at Madison Square Garden tonight taking on the last place New York Knicks ... Boston in control early...Evan Turner fading away and finding nothing but net...C's up 9-4.. But here come the Knicks..Langston Galloway gets the steal but turns into a circus performer, juggling act and loses this one...But ring leader Lance Thomas there to clean it up.. It's a one point Boston lead.. C's turn to Isaiah Thomas and this man must have a cold cause he is sick...Just throws this one up and banks it in as he's fouled...a four point play... Then Jae Crowder knocks this one loose ...Brandon Bass picks it up and well, he'll do the rest...Coast to coast for the lay in ... Celtics take down the Knicks on the road tonight, 96-92


And the count down to opening day continues ...the Red Sox in Kissimmee, Florida to take on the Atlanta Braves this afternoon ... --- Clay Buchholz on the mound...making his next to last start before getting the ball on opening day... bottom two, bases full of Braves and he'd like this one back.. Former Red Sox Pedro Ciriaco lines this one over the head of Daniel Nava and to the wall in left...a 3 run bases clearing double for Ciriaco...Braves up 3-0... --- But the Sox get some of it back in the fourth thanks to Mookie Betts...he sends a line drive to left and over the wall for a two run home run to pull Boston within a run... --- but in the sixth, Kelly Johnson answers ...Kiss this one goodbye, a solo shot to right-center... Buchholz goes five plus innings, giving up 12 hits and four runs... But the skies would open in the top of the seventh, so this one is called due to rain ...Braves win 4-2.

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