Fri 06-DEC-2013 11 P.M. News Script
Good evening, I'm Keith McGilvery. Could a letter help crack the case of a missing New Hampshire teenager? The FBI is sharing new details in the case of Abigail Hernandez as it cites "grave concerns" for her safety. Steve Bottari reports.
After thousands of tips -- authorities said -- they had no solid leads in the search for Abigail Hernandez. ((MISSING 6// ZANYA03//NOV 22nd: "I believe your alive")) The 15-year-old effectively vanished -- walking home from her North Conway school on October 9th. ((NAT SEACH)) Now a glimmer of hope -- in the form of a letter...that investigators say was sent by Abigail to her mother ((FBI 01:41 when we recieved this -- I will tell you it was unprecedented...we have not seen anything like this in recent investigations)) ((GFX CALANDER CIRCLE KEY DATES)) The Attorney General say the letter was written on October 22nd...postmarked on the 23rd...and recieved by her mom some 14 days later on November 6th... But they're not revealing what it said -- or where it came from... ((YOUNG "we think it could jepordize the investigation if we release that :04)) For the first time they're also releasing pictures of a necklace and a purse she most likely has on her -- something they think may re-spark tips ((06:53 YOUNG we are still classifying this as a missing persons case)) Bottom line: Authorities say they think the teen is still alive...and she's not alone... ((YOUNG she has someone who is with her -- whether that be a friend -- or who we fear may be a foe :06)) But the team searching for her is still holding out hope. ((RAMSEY we are mindful of incidents across the country. We've had almost miraculous reunions of women with their family :08)) ((SB NEWSROOM TAG: Investigators say one of their main reasons for releasing this information is that they want Abigail to hear this message... and sends another letter if she's able to. SB, C3N, BTV))
Police say they're received more than a thousand tips --- but they're just now hearing things about this case they say they should have known about months ago. The F-B-I is still offering a 20-thousand dollar reward for information that helps solve the case.
A Claremont, New Hampshire couple is locked-up tonight -- charged with sexually assaulting two children under the age of 5. Police say 25-year-olds Kevin and Ashley Blood -- were arrested following an eleven day investigation into allegations of child sexual abuse. Police say the couple -- knew their alleged victims -- and repeatedly engaged in sex acts -- with a four year old girl -- and an infant. According to court documents -- Kevin Blood -- confessed to police -- and said his wife would film the sexual encounters.
A Connecticut man is charged with a DUI after police say he admitted to overdosing on prescribed Ritalin when he was pulled over. The incident happened on Route 105 in Berkshire late this afternoon. Authorities say 32-year-old Jason Arnold was driving sporadically and crossing the center line when they made the stop. Police say Arnold's prescription bottle had a warning label indicating that the pills may impair one's ability to use machines and that they could cause dizziness.
The longtime bookkeeper at Cold Hollow Cider Mill is expected to plead guilty to embezzling from the business and a local youth hockey program. Authorities launched an investigation last summer into missing money at the popular Waterbury tourist attraction. Now federal court records show 46-year-old Michelle Rutledge is scheduled to enter a plea to charges she embezzled about 120-thousand dollars from the cider mill and the Friends of Harwood Hockey association where she served as treasurer.
Police are looking for the Grinch who stole Christmas trees from a nursery in New Haven. As Cat Viglienzoni shows us the seasonal swiping is unfortunately nothing new.
A Grinch struck in New Haven overnight Wednesday -- swiping a dozen of the Christmas trees that the Werner Tree Farm has for sale at the Green Haven Nursery. ((SOT David Werner, Werner Tree Farm 12709-19 "it is something that happens to us every year. The quantities differ. But I think it's too much of a temptation for some people")) It's so common that David Werner says he builds it into the farm's business plan -- and losing about a dozen trees in a year isn't many. But last year -- about 50 of their trees were stolen from an offsite lot in Lincoln -- a much bigger blow to the family-run operation. ((SOT David Werner 12400-6 "the worst thing is when someone thinks they have a tree reserved and they show up and it's gone")) He says most tree thieves don't steal the pre-cut ones -- they come in and cut their own. And once those trees disappear -- they aren't likely to be found. ((SOT Sgt. Eugene Duplissis, VSP 13350-13401 "we try to patrol the area but it's hard to identify a Christmas tree. So once they're stolen it's pretty impossible to recover unless someone calls it in and helps us that way".)) ((Standup Cat Viglienzoni 13859-11 "Now the Werners' trees that were stolen were from their second location, which actually happens to be right across from the New Haven State Police barracks. State police tell us they will be reviewing footage from their cameras to see if they can possibly catch those thieves.")) Police are now encouraging farmers to install motion-activated cameras -- to deter or help catch tree thieves. But there's little else they can do. ((SOT Sgt. Eugene Duplissis, VSP 13449-54 "just watching the property, using game cameras, and speaking with neighbors. Just Vermonters taking care of Vermonters.")) And Werner says despite the trees that go missing -- he knows most of the people who come looking for a tree are happy to pay for it. ((SOT 13121-9 "I think you just have to have a lot of faith in human beings and people being good. Particularly this time of year -- particularly Christmas")) Cat Viglienzoni, Channel 3 News, Middlebury.
A dramatic scene in Dorset this morning where a car crashed into a bank. The car jumped the curb in front of the Berkshire Bank -- taking out a railing -- and getting hung up on the front steps. The damage was minor. Police say the elderly driver was parking in front of the bank when he mistook the gas for the brake. The driver was not hurt.
Dan is here. Some snow falling tonight.
We've been hearing from many of you about spotting snowy owls in your travels and today our Channel 3 cameras found one too! We spotted this one in a neighborhood off of Dorset Street in South Burlington. They are Arctic birds, but when their populations spike -- or food is scarce, they often have to fly south -- and end up here. And that means a treat for local bird watchers and others in their paths.
((SOT Scott Morrical, Bird Enthusiast 14844-14902 " There's something so wild and so accessible about them. It's the snowy owl. First, owls I think are just really exotic creatures in people's minds and snowy owls are so unusual because they're white and they're so conspicuous when they're around. It's kind of the call of the wild, but here it is in a neighborhood.")) Bird enthusiasts say a few snowy owls are seen in the U-S each year, but this year has been particularly good. We'll talk with Vermont researchers about what this means -- and why the owls are showing up -- tomorrow morning on "the Weekend" -- starting at 8.
President Obama says Nelson Mandela now "belongs to the ages" we'll look back at the life of the global icon. Plus bringing new life to a piece of Burlington's history. ((Jeff Potash/Archivist 06:00:22:15"It's priceless, it literally is one of a kind. 06:00:27:06)) And when there's no snow for a ski and snowboarding challenge- truck it in yourself! Gina heads to a Rail Jam.
Tonight countless people around the globe are morning the loss of freedom icon -- Nelson Mandela. Tara Mergener reports.
((roll pkg)) Outside Nelson Mandela's Johannesburg home, South Africans are celebrating his life. ((nat pop band)) At his former home in Soweto, mourners praised him with song and dance. ((nat pop dance)) They are remembering the man who led the struggle against apartheid.. became the country's first black president.. then fought for peace. ((vo)) In Capetown- thousands gathered for an interfaith service. ((sot)) Ludwe Dapo/ Mourner "I'VE COME TO SEE WHAT'S HAPPENING AND JUST PAY MY RESPECTS TO SOMEONE WHO HAS DONE THE COUNTRY A GREAT SERVICE." ((vo)) Across the world tributes are pouring in. In Paris, the French President stood in silence with African leaders, including South Africa's first lady. The memorial is growing at the Mandela statue outside the South African embassy in Washington. ((sot)) Walter Bryant, DC Resident AFTER 27 YEARS OF IMPRISONMENT HE COMES OUT BETTER NOT BITTER Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shared her memories of attending Mandela's Presidential inauguration. ((sot)) Hillary Clinton/ Fmr Secretary of State "NELSON MANDELA WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR MANY THINGS, HE WILL BE CERTAINLY REMEMBERED FOR THE WAY HE LEAD. ((vo)) The Clintons, Former President George W Bush and President Obama are all expect to travel to South Africa to honor Mandela. Tara Mergener, for CBS, News Washington.
Winter weather and frigid temps continue to impact much of the country. Many dubbed today "Ice Friday." Millions of Americans from the Midwest to the Southeast battled snow and ice that coated roadways. Hundreds of flights have been canceled and authorities are warning drivers to stay off the roads. Downed power lines have cut electricity to thousands. Weather-related deaths have been reported in Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma. There's also a deep freeze on the west coast -- Four people have died in the San Francisco Bay area of hypothermia.
Meanwhile -- folks in our region are still waiting for a good snowfall. But that didn't stop people in Burlington -- from having a little winter fun -- at the Rail Jam. Gina Bullard was there.
The snow came Friday in Burlington -- ((nat)) and it showed up on a flat bed truck. ((nat)) Loads of the white stuff were smoothed down and shaped up to create an arena for the USASA Rail Jam. (1:13:13) ((Paige Manning/USASA "its a national organization called the national united states snowboard and free ski association ")) Riders will bring their coolest tricks to the free style competition. (4:12:23) ((Paige Manning/USASA "we've set up scaffolding kids will come down those like they're ont he mountain then they'll perform whatever tricks them have in their bag of tricks")) USASA gets kids as young as 2 and as old as 90 involved with the competitive side of the sport. Many of the athletes get a competitive edge and ride on to bigger things -- like the Olympics. (1:52:03) ((Paige Manning/USASA "pretty much every US rider has been involved in the usasa and has come up the ranks")) This is the organizations first event of the season -- and organizers said Burlington was the perfect location to draw attention. (2:58:25) ((Paige Manning/USASA "people who dont come to the mountains dont see it and know what its all about and its great exposure for the kids who are out here riding")) Gina Bullard -- channel 3 news -- Burlington
Tonight: Cloudy skies. Chance of snow, mainly south (of Rutland, Rt 4) Lows: 18/25 Winds: NW 5-10 mph Saturday: Morning clouds. Becoming partly sunny. Highs: 25/32 Winds: NW 10-15 mph Saturday Night: Partly cloudy. Lows: 8/18 Winds: NW 5-10 mph Sunday: Partly sunny. Highs: 23/30 Winds: Light Extended: Monday through Friday. Sunday Night: Snow beginning. Lows 15/22 Monday: Snow, may mix. Highs 30/37 Lows 18/25 Tuesday: Mostly cloudy. Highs 23/30 Lows 8/15 Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, chance of snow showers/squalls. Highs 18/25 Lows 0/10 Thursday: Partly sunny. Highs 15/25 Lows 0/10 Friday: Partly sunny. Highs 20s
Work is underway to restore a historic gem in the Queen city. Elizabeth Keatinge has more on the big project.
In Burlington's Old North End there are still hints of what used to be a bustling Little Jerusalem years go. But one symbol of the area's past is not so obvious. ((Jeff Potash/Archivist 06:00:22:15"It's priceless, it literally is one of a kind. 06:00:27:06)) Jeff Potash and Aaron Goldberg are working to restore the Lost Shul Mural, a rare piece of synagogue folk artwork painted on the wall of what used to be the Chai Adam synagogue in 1910. ((Jeff Potash 05:58:38:00 "At the time this was painted it would have been literally one of thousands of works of it's type, it's now a unique survivor.05:58:47:00)) The work has special features characteristic of synagogue folk art. ((Elizabeth Keatinge 6:13:24:27 Art historians say that symbols such as the lion of Judah, the ten commandments and the crown of torah are unique to only this type of folk art. 06:13:33:22)) The work was a labor of love in many ways. The artist Ben Zion Black was known for his murals throughout Europe in the early 20th century and was brought from Lithuania to Burlington to create a special work for the synagogue. ((Jeff Potash 05:56:49:28 The artist was a fascinating individual. 05:56:52:00)) But he had another reason to come to Vermont. A girl he had courted in Lithuania was whisked away to Burlington by her parents because they disapproved of her dating the artist. Black came to Burlington to find her. He eventually married Rachel Black and they settled in the area. ((Aaron Goldberg/Archivist 05:52:44:00"Hope over despair, it's symbolic of freedom over oppression. 05:52:51:00)) Years later the synagogue was converted to an apartment building and the work deteriorated to it's current state. Goldberg and Potash coordinated with the landlord to lease the unit and begin the restoration process. They say the piece is an important memento of Burlington's history. ((Aaron Goldberg/Archivist 05:54:31:15 A symbol of the Jewish people and all people who have come to immigrants to the United States.05:54:39:14) Former Gov. Madeleine Kunin has endorsed the project and says what it symbolizes is close to her heart. (( from video clip Former Gov. Madeleine Kunin1:07"I can connect to that immigrant experience, many years later I came to the United States as an immigrant from Switzerland.1:15)) Art historians say the work could enrich Burlington's attractiveness to art enthusiasts. ((William Mierse/ UVM Professor of Art History 06:19:36:12"Oh I think it adds immeasurably to the richness of Burlington because it offers us a chance to explore the whole role that art plays in immigrant communities.06:19:49:0 4)) When it is fully restored, the project will sit in the lobby of the Ohavi Zedek synagogue and will be free to the public to enjoy. Elizabeth Keatinge Channel Three News, Burlington.
The Norwich men's hockey team trying to find some momentum and the back of the net this weekend. The Cadets have scored just one goal in their last 2 games. Number 5 Norwich hosting Skidmore tonight at Krietzberg Arena. --- The Cadets fall behind 1-0 early but respond here, Nich Pachette throws it on net and it finds its way in. We're tied at 1 after 1. --- Norwich takes its first lead 3 minutes into the second, Paul Russell cleans up in front. 2-1 Cadets aftter 2. --- Same score, under 6 to play in the third, Norwich turns it over, It leads to Skidmore's Brian McQuillian putting it home in front We head to overtime tied at 2. --- Just 13 seconds into OT, The Cadets Travis Janke steals it and finds a wide open Shane Gorman for the game-winner. Norwich takes it, 3-2 in Overtime.
(((TRT: 09 OC: SHOOT AT)))
Norwich hosts Rival Castleton tomorrow, those same Spartans visitng St. Mike's tonight at Cairns Arena. --- It's 2-0 Castleton after one, in the second, the Spartans Charles Bando with a great move here for the score. 3-1 Castleton. --- Third period, St. Mike's on the power play, How about this period blast from AJ Pieprzak. We're going to overtime tied at 3. --- A minute 20 into OT, Castleton's Will Laking with a little wrist shot that does the trick. Castleton beats St. Mike's 4-3 in Overtime.
Here's the rest of the local men's hockey games tonight. Number one plattsburgh a 4-0 win at Cortland in a SUNYAC match-up. Middlebury falls at number 12 Amherst, 4-1. Head coach Bill Beaney is still 2 wins away from 500 for his Panthers career. And in Division one tonight, Dartmouth with a 4-1 win against Yale. UVM is off this weekend.
At Cairns Arena this afternoon, the St. Mike's women's hockey team hosting SUNY-Potsdam. --- first period, Potsdam on the board. A scrum in front, Jessica Silveira in the right place at the right time. 1-0 Bears. --- St. Mike's had its chance. A 2-on-1 in the second, Amanda Kempainen to Fernanda Saavedra who can't finish. St.. Mike's stays winless, falling to Potsdam 2-0.
Tomorrow, the Boston Bruins will release the MRI results on defenseman Johnny Boychuk. Boychuck had the procedure today on his lower back following this hit in last night's loss to the Candaiens. He's not expected to play tomorrow at Pittsburgh, neither is Adam McQuaid, which means former Catamount Kevan Miller should see the ice.
regardless of the outcome today, it has been a historic season for the Middlebury Women's soccer team. The Panthers making their first trip to the NCAA Semifinals one game away for a chance to play for the national championship. The Panthers hosting Trinity of Texas in the national semi final game this afternoon in San Antonio Texas. Just one loss all season between the 2 teams and it belongs to Middlebury. --- 16 minutes in, Trinity on the attack, Emily Jorgens to Michelle Lanier who gets it past Middlebury keeper Elizabeth Foody. It's 1-0 Trinity. --- Middlebury answers with about 11 minutes left in the first half and it's who else Scarlett Kirk. Her sixth goal in 4 playoff games, putting home the Adrianna Gildner feed. It's 1-1 at the half. --- 5 minutes into the second half, Foody comes out to try and make the save, but she loses the ball it goes to Trinity's Hannah Hommel for the score. --- Middlebury sees its season come to an end in the national semis, 2-1 Trinity is the final. The Panthers end the year, 17-2-3.
Back to Norwich, The Cadet women's hoop team hosting Maine-Augusta on the opening night of the Ed Hockenbury Classic. --- Norwich making quick work of the Moose, adding to an 18 point first half lead, Kelsey Lotti nails the jumper for two of her 12 points --- Then off the miss, Heather LeBlanc puts back the rebound for two. Nine points, nine rebounds for LeBlanc. As Norwich coasts past Maine-Augusta, 72-55. The Cadets meet Bridgewater state tomorrow at 3 in the championship game.
CVU star runner and state champ Autumn Eastman is in Portland Oregon for tomorrow's Nike cross country national championships. In this event last year, Richford grad Elle Purrier finished 17th while Eastman's former Teammate Taylor Spillane was 42nd.
Mike Napoli is returning to the Red Sox. The first baseman signing a 2 year deal worth 32 million dollars. Napoli hit .259 with 23 home runs and 92 RBI in his first season with the Red Sox. Napoli tweeted that quote-The beard is coming back to Boston!!! Couldn't be happier!!"
What a day for the Yankees, they lose Robinson Cano to the Mariners, but tonight have signed outfielder Carlos Beltran to a 3 year, 45 million dollar deal. The 36 year old hit .296 with 24 homers and 84 RBI. Cano left the Bombers for seattle where he signed a 10 year 240 million dollar contract.
Top of Script
Last Update: Fri 06-DEC-2013
© copyright 1996-2012 WCAX-TV