Fri 18-APR-2014 11 P.M. News Script

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A frightening scene on the Interstate where a plane crashed -- and burst into flames. Good evening and thanks for joining us. I'm Keith McGilvery. It happened on 1-89 -- not far from the Franklin County Airport. As Cat Viglienzoni reports --the pilot was NOT seriously hurt -- but firefighters did have to pull him out of a tree.

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This is all that remains of this single-engine biplane after a fiery crash on Interstate 89 Northbound. Police say shortly after noon on Friday, they got the call that a plane crash-landed -- and burst into flames. They say it's lucky no cars were hit. ((SOT Lt. Garry Scott, VSP 4904 Fortunately it didn't land in the travel, it stayed off to the side 08)) ((Cat Standup: 003522 State police say before the plane crashed right here in Highgate -- someone parachuted out 27)) ((SOT Scott 004741 Something happened to the plane -- he knew something was wrong 43)) That someone was the pilot -- Dan Marcotte. He landed in a tree on the other side of the road a ways away -- and the Highgate fire department had to rescue him. ((SOT Scott 4754 He was very upset, emotionally upset, but no real significant injuries right now. He was able to walk, came back to the scene and spoke with investigators 02)) Many Vermonters are likely familiar with Marcotte -- from the many airshows he has performed in around our region. And this was not Marcotte's first near-miss on I-89. This is video from six years ago when Marcotte made an emergency landing on the highway -- again after experiencing engine trouble. ((nats: interstate)) On Friday -- Marcotte's longtime girlfriend Sarah Jo Willey tells Channel 3 News -- that he was practicing an aerobatic routine -- just before the crash. She says his parachute worked properly -- and she's relieved that he's safe. Police say -- he's lucky to have made it out of that fiery crash alive. ((SOT Scott 004944 He's lucky that he got out, as you can see. That's a pretty significant crash. He didn't hit any traffic coming northbound, these high speeds, we're pretty lucky that no one else was injured and he's able to essentially walk away from this 55)) The F-A-A is investigating this crash to figure out what went wrong. That could determine if any charges will be filed. Cat Viglienzoni, Channel 3 News, Highgate.

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Police say on the clock he's a janitor at Dartmouth College but off the clock he's dealing drugs. 24-year-old Steven Chaput pleaded not guilty today to attempting to sell drugs. The court appearance comes after police say they arrested the Hartford man at gun point in the parking lot of a gas station in Quechee Thursday during the middle of what authorities say was clearly a drug deal. Detectives also arrested 29-year-old Katelyn Mackenzie of Hartford after they say she tried to purchase Percocets in a parking lot. Hartford Police say they believe Mackenzie has been aiding in the sale and delivery of illegal narcotics throughout the Upper Valley. In total Hartford Police say they've busted 8 drug suspects in just the last 2 days.

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A northern New York man found guilty of killing his employers will die behind bars. The state supreme court's appellate division upheld Edward Dashnaw's conviction on two counts of first-degree murder. Dashnaw was found guilty in a second trial back in 2011 for the 2005 murders of David and Lorraine Donivan in Schuyler Falls. He is serving life in prison without parole.

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Governor Shumlin calls her alleged actions "fairly sophisticated deception and long term fraud." Today authorities arrested a state worker suspected of stealing tens of thousands of your tax dollars. Jennifer Reading has the details.

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((Gov. Peter Shumlin /D-Vermont 00:10:20 "as governor there is nothing more disappointing or infuriating to me...")) Late Friday afternoon -- Governor Peter Shumlin -- called a last minute press conference -- to detail the arrest of a state employee. ((Gov. Peter Shumlin 00:11:15 "the charges include 19 incidents.")) 51-year-old Lisa Peduzzi -- a former claims examiner with the Vermont Office of Risk Management -- is charged with falsifying insurance claims -- to buy big ticket items with taxpayer dollars. ((Gov. Peter Shumlin 00:33:06 "it was a fairly crafty and involved scheme. this was not simply putting your fingers in the till and grabbing a couple of bucks.")) It was a scheme that unraveled -- when a whistleblower from Michigan alerted Vermont authorities after Peduzzi allegedly tried to buy his 6-thousand dollar guitar -- online -- with a state of Vermont check. ((Keith Flynn 00:16:05 "There seems to be a common plan or scheme in the way she was approaching these. There appeared to be a fabrication of claims within the risk management area.")) State officials say Peduzzi used her power -- and limited oversight -- to embezzle at least 75-thousand dollars. And authorities say -- it's likely the tip of the iceberg. Investigators ONLY went back as far as 2013 -- and say evidence points to at least 19 fraudulent claims. But she's worked there since 2006. ((Maj. Glenn Hall 00:18:38 "we believe that she created false claims to conceal fraudulent activity.")) ((Keith Flynn 00:16:25 "there have been a number of items that have been purchased by this that we've been able to find. everything from guitars to boats to automobiles to pieces of jewelry.")) But the alleged fraud didn't stop there according to investigators. They say she also fabricated claims to pay her property tax -- on this Plainfield home. Police got a warrant to search the property Friday -- looking for more clues in this elaborate scheme. ((Maj. Glenn Hall 00:18:46 "We have information that she may have sold some or many of these items that she purchased. We asking anyone that has done business with her, either buying or selling property to come forward to state police.")) Peduzzi did not need approval for payouts under 15-thousand. A procedure that's since changed. Investigators say they are now looking into every claim she's processed during her 7 years with Risk Management. She'll likely be arraigned Monday. Jennifer Reading Channel 3 News, Burlington.

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A Colchester police officer charged with drunk driving has been disciplined by his department- but he's not out of a job. Police say 36-year-old Jeremy Wyskiel (WHYS-kull) drove home from a bar in Colchester last month -- with a blood alcohol content nearly three times the legal limit. Today Colchester Police Chief Jennifer Morrison issued a statement saying he violated department rules and received what she called "a substantial discipline package" - but did not say what that is. Wyskiel is on sick leave -- and the chief says she doesn't know when he will return to work.

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A mother and her five-old child are at Fletcher Allen tonight after being hit by a car in Winooski. Police say the accident happened around 8-30 at the intersection of West Spring and North Street. The family's injuries are described as minor. Police have not released the name of the driver or whether he would face any charges. While the investigation is ongoing authorities do not believe drugs are alcohol were a factor in the accident.

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For the sixth month in a row Vermont's unemployment rate continued to fall. The state labor department reports the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for March was 3-point-4 percent. That's three tenths lower than February. The national unemployment rate remained unchanged for March at 6-point-7 percent.

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((Gov. Shumlin: we've got to keep the great momentum that we're making)) Unemployment in the state's 17 labor markets ranged from a low of 2.4 percent in Warren-Waitsfield to a high of 6.6 percent in Newport.

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Dan is here. Some rain moving in tonight.

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If you have plans to visit Atlantic City-- you'll soon be able to fly there from the Plattsburgh airport. Beginning next week - Republic Airways will offer direct charter flights to Atlantic City in New Jersey as part of a contract with the Caesar's World casino.

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(tile 8236 00:02:41:07) ((Garry Douglas/North Country Chamber of Commerce "Once a month, kind of a three day trip, you go down, you spend three days and you get the flight back... through the end of summer. And then we'll see how it's doing. It's possible it might return the next year, it's possible we might get more frequency. So they're testing the market." 00:02:59:15)) In addition to the new flights -- terminal expansion plans are also underway at the airport.

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Still ahead-- A deadly day on Mount Everest. And --hundreds of students are still unaccounted for and arrest warrants have been issued after a ferry goes under in South Korea. Plus -- tackling child abuse in Vermont. ((Brittany Parker 2:26:46:00 Prevention is the key in a community to putting an end to child abuse.2:26:49:17)) Elizabeth Keating show us how folks in Rutland are taking a pro-active approach. And one of music's bright stars stops by channel 3. ((Nelson singing nats)) Nicole Nelson on the :30 stage when we the Channel 3 News at 11 continues!

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An avalanche on Mount Everest has killed at least twelve people -- and three more are still missing. Officials in Nepal say a wall of snow swept down the slopes -- trapping guides who were preparing a trail for climbers. They were working less than 10-thousand feet from the top of the summit when mother nature gave way. The deadly slide is the worst disaster to hit the world's highest peak.

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The captain of the ferry that sank Wednesday off the coast of South Korea has been arrested. 28 are confirmed dead and 270 remain missing -- many of them high school students. The investigation into the disaster has focused on the ferry's sharp turn before it started listing, and on whether a quicker evacuation order by the captain could have saved lives. Investigators are also trying to determine whether the captain had abandoned the ship.

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According to the Child First Advocacy Center, nationally 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be abused by the age of 18 - or has been already. A Rutland organization hopes by increasing conversation about child abuse, those numbers will drop.

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Candace Munson owns and operates Head over Heels gymnasium in Rutland. With thousands of children coming through her gym annually - educating her staff about spotting the signs of child abuse - is crucial. She requires all employees to enroll in Rutland's Child First Advocacy Center's Darkness to Light program. ((Candace Munson/Head over Heels 2:40:25:00 We're very committed to the safety of the kids in our gym, one hundred percent committed, and it was additional education that our instructors were able to receive to make sure they had the information they needed.2:40:38:20)) Head over Heels and The Child First Advocacy Center recently partnered on an open gym day to raise funds to help combat child abuse. The center sees about 130 to 150 cases annually in Rutland County and the event brought in almost $1000 in one day to help kids who are in recovery from abuse participate in confidence building athletic activities. Brittany Parker is a case worker and victim advocate with Child First. ((Brittany Parker/Child First Advocacy Center 2:19:43:18 The child is the most important thing to every person involved in investigating these abuse cases and first and foremost we want the safety of the child to be our top priority.2:19:57:00)) Child abuse and the role of investigators was spotlighted earlier this year with the death of 2-year-old Desirae Sheldon of Poultney, who police say died of blunt force trauma to the head. The investigation is ongoing - her stepfather, 31-year-old Dennis Duby is charged with second degree murder. For advocates, dialogue about how to prevent more cases like this is ongoing and the best case scenario is to not have abuse occur in the first place. ((Brittany Parker 2:26:46:00 Prevention is the key in a community to putting an end to child abuse.2:26:49:17)) She says that means increasing conversation about a subject that many don't want to talk about - and educating people on how to spot the signs of a child who may be getting abused. Munson is a busy business owner herself - and sees parents with fast- paced lives daily. ((Candace Munson 02:44:06:03 I believe, we move so fast, that we forget to take a look at our children. 02:44:10:22)) Munson and Parker join others trying to put an end to child abuse in thinking that although April's Child Abuse Awareness month is a great time to highlight the issue - we can always use reminders to stop, take a moment - and talk to children about what is going on in their world. The advocate I spoke with tells me some signs of possible child abuse are changes in behavior, sleeping more, sleeping less or regressive behavior - like an older child wetting their bed. Child First offers free programs to educate anyone who is interested on fighting child abuse. You can find more information on our website, WCAX.com. EK Channel 3 News.

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Tonight: Mostly cloudy. A few rain/snow showers, mainly north. Lows: 30/37 Winds: S 10-15 mph Saturday: Partly sunny and cooler. Chance of AM rain/snow showers, north. Highs: 48/55 Winds: NW 15-20 mph Saturday Night: Mostly clear. Lows: 20/28 Winds: NW 10-15 mph Sunday: Mostly sunny and warmer. Highs: 55/62 Winds: SW 5-10 mph Extended: Monday through Friday. Sunday night: Lows 35/42 Monday: Partly sunny. Highs 58/65 Lows 38/45 Tuesday: Chance of showers. Highs 53/60 Lows 38/45 Wednesday: chance of showers. Highs 48/55 Lows 30s Thursday: Partly sunny. Highs 50s Lows 30s Friday: Partly sunny. Highs 50s

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Adjusting to life in a new country as a refugee can be difficult. Shelby Cashman caught up with some college students who are helping make the transition a little easier.

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((NATS of Adhieu learning to read)) English is just one of the many new things Adhieu is learning-- 03:05:02 03:05:06 ((Maria "If you get hurt like "ow"...out. O,U")) Since coming to the United states from South Sudan 6 months ago. 02:47:19 02:47:30 ((Maria Rengucci/St. Michaels Student "Well first when she got here, she'd never experienced snow so we took her to get some boots and that was interesting cause they were clunky and she wasn't having it.")) Maria Rengucci became Adhieu's Conversation Partner--a program that started at the Community College of Vermont to help refugee students from around the world assimilate to American life--and has since expanded to St. Michael's College. 02:47:42 02:47:51 ((Maria "We use workbooks, and flashcards, and we teach English and math and we have conversations, we talk about our families.")) And they cook together-Adiheu shows Maria how to make an authentic Sudanese dish--similar to pancakes. ((NATS of them cooking and talking??)) Tuipate Mubiay--a refugee of the Congo and creator of Conversation Partners -says many refugees come to America with no friends, family or connections--an overwhelming experience that can often lead to loneliness and isolation. But with the help of their Conversation Partner--they are not alone. 02:43:00 02:43:06 ((Tuipate Mubiay/Conversaion Partners Creator "Its different from a mentoring , from coaching, its about the friendship its about building the relationship.")) And when St. Michael's Anthropology Professor Adrie Kusserow began integrating Conversation Partners into her class requirements last year --she quickly realized that her students were not in it for just the grade. 00:36:02 00:36:13 ((Adrie Kusserow/St. Michaels Professor "Even after the course has ended, there's number of them who still are in a lot of contact with the conversation partner who they were assigned and thats amazing.")) Will and Joyce are a pair that have developed a lasting friendship beyond the classroom. 00:45:09 00:45:16 ((Joyce Ajah "Trusting someone from a different country, a different world and it's just been like we grew up together.")) And for them--the learning goes both ways. Joyce says she has been trying to teach Will her native language--Swahili. 00:48:13 00:48:23 ((Joyce "Every time we meet so I try to teach him." Will: And French is my first language for me so I try to teach her sometimes Joyce: So we do the same thing")) With these acts of friendship--home is not so far away. Shelby Cashman Channel 3 News Colchester

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If you are interested in becoming a Conversation Partner- contact the Community College of Vermont--their information is on our website, wcax.com

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She wowed judges on the singing competition The Voice -- and we were lucky enough to have her perform for us today on the 30. Take a listen. ((...MUSIC...))) That was Nichole Nelson and her partner in life and music Dwight Ritcher -- and they sat down with us to tell us all about their upcoming album.

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((It's called "Shine On" and it was actually just about finished before the whole voice this happened, so we were like oh my gosh this is a different direction but you can't say no to that kind of opportunity.)) The 30 airs right here on Channel 3 Monday through Friday at 5:30.

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Bruins fans had to be really fired up before tonight's game, they've had to wait longer than anyone to get their first round playoff series going. Game 1 of the best of seven series against detroit tonight in Boston. --- Scoreless game in the third period, what a sequence of events here, Boston's Jerome Iginla puts a shot on, Milan Lucic tips it, it goes off jimmy howard and through the crease. --- From there, check out Detroit's Pavel Datsuk what a move to control the puck he breaks in and snaps one past Tuuka Rask with about 3 minutes to go in regulaion. Detroit wins, 1-0 and take a 1-0 series lead with game 2 Sunday in Boston.

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Game 2 in Tampa between the Canadiens and Lightning. --- This one not nealry as close as that last game. Montreal pretty much dominant. Rene Bourque scoring 2 goals. This first one in the second period to give the Habs a 2-0 lead. --- third period Brendan Gallagher picks off the pass, and fires the wrister home The Canadiens win 4-1 to take a 2-0 series lead. Game 3 is Sunday.

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Tough night for both the Red Sox and Yankees. Boston dropping its series opener at home to Baltimore, 8-4. The Yankees lose game 2 of their series with the Rays, 11-5 in St. Petersberg.

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College softball today, St. Mike's hosting assumption in a double header. The Knights falling 3-0 in game one. --- Game 2 saw some great defense from Knights second baseman Amanda Brigante. The Colchester native with the diving grab in the second. --- Trailing by a run in the bottom of the second, St. Mike's freshman jessica carroll with the hard shot up the middle. Judi Barcavage scores followed by Bethany Falls from Essex. 2-1 Saint Mike's. --- Assumption comes right back with 2 in the top of the third, an RBI triple here. The Knights are swept today 6-3 the final.

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the Colchester and CVU girls using the St. Mike's lacrosse field to get their game in this afternoon. --- The Redhawks score 11 seconds into the game. Molly Dunphy getting it to go. CVU takes a 1-0 lead. --- Colchester answers with 2 straight, first Molly Carver breaks down the field untouched and puts it home. --- Then Ali Davis comes out from behind the net and gives the Lakers a 2-1 lead. --- Back comes CVU, Anthea Weiss (WICE) gets the pass in front and scores, getting a hit to the head for her troubles. {***VO*** She was fine, so were the RedHawks, 8-6 the final.

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A big day at the Vermont State house for 2 high school coaching legends. Former U-32 boys basketball head coach Dan Gandin and former Northfield baseball coach Frank Pecora were honored by state lawmakers this morning with a resolution marking their respective accomplishments. Gandin, who announced his retirement a couple of weeks ago, became the state's all time leader in basketball wins this season while Pecora is about to become the first Vermonter ever inducted into the National High School hall of fame.

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(((trt :26))) (((Frank Pecora)"It's an honor to be recognized by the state legislature. Its been a great event."))) ((((Dan Gandin)"It's awesome to have my former players here, my brother and my dad, this is a great end to it. With one career closes, another opens.")))

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Finally tonight, former Middlebury Kicker turned super bowl champion steven hauschka wrapping up his 2 day trip in Middlebury tonight. After a question and answer session at Middlebury high school, Hauschka stuck around to sign autographs and take pictures. It's been a whirlwind couple of days, but a time he won't soon forget.

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(((the community too ...:15)))

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Amongst the crowd to get autographs from Hauscka, the head coach of the Middlebury high school D1 state champion football team, Dennis Smith. Smith had hauschka sign his football, "from one champion to another." The 2 have something in common, both had dominant seasons and won championships in convincing fashion.

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(((AS YOU EXPECTED ...:24)))


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