Fri 17-MAY-2013 11 P.M. News Script
Good evening. I'm Kristin Kelly. Is the state footing the bill for heroin dealers? Burlington police say yes - after a bust at a motel. Jennifer Reading explains.
The door to room 118 -- at the Liberty Inn and Suites -- is gone. Busted by police during an early morning drug raid. They say tenant 41 year-old Julie Herron was selling heroin out her room. She was living there with her husband -- 56-year-old Dwayne Herron. ((Det. Thomas Nash/Burlington Police Dept. 00:41:12 "my understanding is that they were there for an extended period of time and they don't have another residence to call home.")) Police say the couple was recently evicted from their Burlington home -- and got state vouchers to stay at this South Burlington motel -- free. Inside police found heroin, crack cocaine -- and two young children sleeping on the floor -- next to uncapped needles. ((Det. Thomas Nash/Burlington Police Dept. 00:42:21 "there's concern being that the children were there. There was no indication whatsoever that the children were being hurt or abused.")) The children were taken into state custody. Police say the Herrons are not their parents -- but they WERE allowed to have contact with them. The couple was arrested and charged with possession and sale of drugs. Crimes they both denied in court. ((NATS)) But police say -- when Julie got out of the cruiser -- they found 13 bags of heroin in the backseat. And according to court paperwork -- police got a search warrant to toss their room -- after a confidential informant -- working with police -- made multiple undercover drug buys. ((Det. Thomas Nash/Burlington Police Dept. 00:43:33 "our obvious concern is that there are drugs being filtered through those hotels or motels.")) ((Jennifer Reading/South Burlington 00:49:01 "Off camera hotel employees said the majority of these rooms are rented to folks like the Herrons - on the state's hotel voucher program. The owners were out of town and unavailable for comment.")) ((Det. Thomas Nash/Burlington Police Dept. 00:45:20 "as far as an owner or a manager concerned, it's kind of tough to determine who might be selling drugs who might be doing drugs in the room.")) ((Jennifer Reading reporting: 3 news South Burlington.))
We know more tonight about a clandestine drug lab -- busted in a quiet Burlington neighborhood. Federal investigators believe Richard and Tonia Hall made meth in their half of a duplex on Sandra Circle. Police say the pair would buy cold meds -- like Sudafed -- at multiple pharmacies along North Avenue -- and combine them with other chemicals to make meth. When police raided their home Wednesday - they also found a marijuana growing operation in the other side of the duplex. That resident -- Anthony Wright - denied marijuana charges in state court today. The Halls face federal charges - and they have not appeared in court.
An arrest in a violent home invasion in Cabot - last year. Police say 32-year-old Nicholas Johnson of St. Johnsbury pretended to have car trouble when he knocked on the door of a home on Route 215 in Cabot. Police say he was wearing a mask and armed with a rifle when he forced his way into the man's home -- tied up the 67-year-old -- and made off with cash. Johnson used to live in Cabot. He faces multiple charges.
Dan Dowling is here with a first check on the weather. Everyone hoping for some nice weather this weekend.
Dozens are injured - after two trains crashed on a busy rail line between Boston and New York. It happened near the Fairfield Connecticut metro station. A Metro North train heading east derailed just after 6PM and crashed into a westbound train. Officials say 60 people were injured. 6 critically. Amtrak suspended service between New York and Boston. The cause of the derailment is under investigation. Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy says there is now extensive damage to the tracks.
He was forced to resign - and today the outgoing head of the IRS was on Capitol Hill -- telling lawmakers the scandal surrounding his agency was not about politics. Danielle Nottingham reports.
The ousted IRS chairman faced nearly four hours of scolding for the tax agency's treatment of conservative political groups. ((sot)) Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) THIS IS ABSOLUTELY AN OVERREACH - THIS IS AN OUTRAGE (CHEERING) ((vo)) Steven Miller apologized for the IRS's conduct and insisted agents who gave tougher treatment to tea party groups applying for tax exempt status did not act out of political bias. Lawmakers on the House Ways & Means Committee wanted to know why Miller wasn't up front with them after he found out about it. ((sot)) Rep Charles Boustany/ (R-LA) "WHY DID YOU MISLEAD THE CONGRESS AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ON THIS?" Miller: "MR CHAIRMAN, I DID NOT MISLEAD CONGRESS OR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE." ((on cam bridge)) Danielle Nottingham/ CBS News/ Washington, DC Some Republicans on the committee tried to link the conduct at the IRS to White House. Democrats pushed back. ((sot)) Rep. Lloyd Doggett/ (D-TX) "IT IS IMPORTANT, THAT IN ADDRESSING AND CORRECTING ONE WRONG, WE NOT COMPLETE AND BE INVOLVED IN OTHER WRONGS." ((vo)) The Inspector General who dug into the problems at the IRS went over his findings with the committee. ((sot)) J. Russell George/Treasury Inspector General "WAS THE IRS USING INAPPROPRIATE CRITERIA IN ITS REVIEW OF ORGANIZATIONS APPLYING FOR TAX EXEMPT STATUS? YES. ((vo)) But he also testified he found no evidence that politics motivated this improper scrutiny. Lawmakers plan more hearings next week.. and say more people must be held accountable for what happened. Danielle Nottingham, CBS News, Capitol Hill.
The end of life bill will become law Monday - when the Governor signs it. Immediately -- doctors will be allowed to prescribe lethal medication to terminally ill patients who request it. But -- Fletcher Allen Healthcare - and other members of the Vermont Hospitals Association will use a provision in the new law - and opt out of participation -- for now. Hospital officials say they want to work with their medical staffs and ethics committees on how to implement the law -- before putting it into practice.
We heard from a lot of viewers this morning - about an earthquake. It wasn't in Vermont -- but in Shawville, Quebec around 9-45. The US Geological Survey says it measured 4-point-4. And then an aftershock was 3-point-6. There were no reports of injuries or damage.
It is a Vermont original - and its celebrating a big birthday. The Round Church in Richmond -- is turning 200. Keith McGilvery takes a look around.
If you've been through Richmond... ((Harriet Riggs, Richmond Town Historian 05:20 "well I consider it the town treasure.)) chances are you've seen this sight... ((Fran Thomas, President, Richmond Historical Society/Chairperson Round Church Bicentennial Committee 12:33 "In Richmond this is sort of our claim to fame.)) That claim to fame is the Richmond Round Church. ((Elise Killian, 7th Grade Campel's Hump Middle School, 01:25 "It's really huge)) ...that this year is turning 200 years old. ((Maygan Thompson, 7th Grade 03:21 "It's just amazing that it is still standing.)) The church was originally designed as a multi-purpose space that held services for many different religious groups --as well as Richmond's Town meetings. ((Maygan Thompson, 7th Grade 02:59 "On the outside it looks like it is not that big then you go inside and it is just huge and there are like 2 floors and it is just so beautiful and amazing that this is part of Richmond.)) A part of Richmond that's perhaps best known for its shape. ((Elise Killian, 7th Grade Camel's Hump Middle School, :57 "It's just very unique how it is 16-sided.)) Town historian Harriet Riggs say there are a number of theories behind the design. ((Harriet Riggs, Richmond Town Historian 07:39 "there are lots of stories, one is to keep the devil out of the corner, another is to keep the enemy from hiding behind the corner and another story is that 17 men built it, 16 each building a side and the 17th adding the belfry.)) ((KM Standup "So what else was happening in 1813 when the building was being completed ...James Madison was President, Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice hit shelves for the first time, and Pineapples made their way to Hawaii.)) ((Harriet Riggs, Richmond Town Historian 05:04 "As the kids would say, awesome, it's great that it has lasted this long and looks so good.)) The church's looks are holding up so well in part do to the hard work of historical society volunteers who regularly welcome school groups and visitors inside. ((Fran Thomas, President, Richmond Historical Society/Chairperson Round Church Bicentennial Committee 12:22 "I think it is pretty special for a small town like this to have a building that old that represents a lot of the history of of the town.)) A history that has this special space at its core- a space it's biggest supporters say has a bright future ahead. ((Harriet Riggs, Richmond Town Historian 05:58 "Well I hope it goes on and on, it will outlast all of us I expect.)) ((Keith McGilvery reporting: .....3 News Richmond.))
Prosecutors say DNA tests are delayed. Whats going on with a testing back up at the state lab? ((00:05:44:01 " we certainly are able to meet any court deadlines)) A bad breakup. Police say he was mad at his ex -- so he burned all of her stuff. ((nats)) Plus -- touring the Queen City -- on a different kind of two wheeler. (26:14:21) ((Rick Sharp/Burlington Segways "gb-have you seen any crazy segway accidents? RS-i've seen them on youtube but we've never had any"))
Prosecutors in a murder case say backups at the Vermont Forensics Lab have slowed their case. But officials at the lab deny there are big delays. Judy Simpson reports.
Margaret Schwartz Is the director of the Vermont Forensics Laboratory. ((Margaret Schwartz/ 00:01:08:29 "there is currently some backlog yes js and so how long? 00:01:15:06 um that is kind of hard to say if there is a case that requires a result by a certain time we make those happen." 00:01:28:07)) And while she would not talk about any ongoing trials she did say DNA testing takes time. But the process will take a bit longer now, because one of the state's two senior DNA analyst died suddenly last month. ((Margaret again 00:07:15:16 "If we are not functioning under low staff it would be say two weeks to three weeks and it is mostly a process you have to go through extracting the sample you quantify the amount of dna in your sample each of these steps may take a number of instrument hours as well as an analyst's time setting things up so it is not a single day process." 00:07:41:03)) Then all the data needs to be analyzed, and written up in a report. and that report is reviewed by another Senior analyst before it is sent out of the lab. Despite the several week process Schwartz says her team is working as quickly as possible. ((00:05:44:01 " we certainly are able to meet any court deadlines or investigative need deadlines." 00:05:54:02)) Thanks in part to this new 13 million dollar lab that was finished in 2010, giving the department more resources and space to process evidence. There are some types of DNA testing this lab does not do -- LIKE hair samples , and the materials need to be sent out of state. Schwartz says it is up to Prosecutors and Defense attorneys to decide which lab they will send the materials to for the testing. JS Ch 3 news Waterbury.
A Newport woman has admitted she had sex - with a 14-year-old boy. 21-year-old Michelle Deaette pleaded guilty to lewd conduct charges -- and prosecutors dropped a sex assault charge. Under the deal - Deaette was sentenced to time already served - and released. She will be on the sex offender registry for at least 10 years - and on probation for 3.
Police say a breakup turned ugly in Bethel -- when a man torched his ex-girlfriend's belongings --- in a bonfire. 43-year old Rudi Mattson pleaded not guilty to arson charges. Police say Wednesday Mattson and his girlfriend broke up -- so he set her stuff on fire on his front lawn -- everything from clothing to makeup to kitchen appliances. The two had been living together at his house.
A used car dealer - is accused of covering up problems - with the cars he sold. Prosecutors say 40-year-old Douglas Jordan of Wolcott bought high-mileage used cars at auction -- and would disable warning lights -- to hide problems with engines, brakes and airbags. Then -- they say he'd resell the car at his business -- Auto Credit Solutions. Jordan is also accused of rolling back the odometer on one vehicle.
Officials in Rutland are sprucing up a crime-ridden neighborhood. Several 40-foot-long planting beds were installed at the corner of Baxter Street and Park Avenue. They will be divided into 16 plots -- free for the community to use. The garden is located in a neighborhood with high criminal activity, and residents say they hope project will help fuel more community involvement -- transform the area.
People across the country are getting powerball fever. That's because tomorrow's jackpot is now a whopping *600-million dollars*. It's the *largest* prize in the game's history -- and the world's second largest lottery prize. The cash value of a winning ticket would be nearly 377-million dollars. But don't get too excited -- You have better odds of being elected President than winning the jackpot.
Tonight: Becoming mostly clear. Lows: 32/42 Winds: Light Saturday: Partly sunny. (chance of a sprinkle, NEK) Highs: 65/72 Winds: light Saturday Night: Mostly clear. Lows: 38/45 Winds: E 5-10 mph Sunday: Partly sunny. Highs: 65/72 Winds: S 10-15 mph Extended: Monday through Friday. Sunday Night: Lows 45/52 Monday: Increasing clouds. Highs 65/72 Lows 50/57 Tuesday: Chance of showers. Highs 68/75 Lows 50/57 Wednesday: Best chance of showers. Highs 68/75 Lows 50s Thursday: Chance of showers. Highs 60s Lows 45/55 Friday: Partly sunny. Highs 60s
Move over cyclists -- there's a new way to zip around the queen city. Gina Bullard takes a Segway for a spin in Burlington.
Joggers -- walkers -- and bikers flood Burlington's bike path -- but there's a new set of wheels in town. ((nat)) Segways. ((nat)) (24:27:22) ((Rick Sharp/Burlington Segways "you can think about where you want to go and the segway just goes there")) It's a two wheel -- self balancing - electrically propelled - personal transporter. ((nat)) And it's Rick Sharp's preferred mode of transportation. He started Burlington Segways this year -- offering tours of Burlington. (23:33:02) ((Rick Sharp/Burlington Segways "its' easier to ride than bike stops faster than a bike and takes up less space on the bike path than a bike")) But bringing segway tours to the public was an uphill battle. It took Sharp three years to convince parks and recreation commission that segways would work on the bike path. He hopes to make a difference in the city's carbon footprint with this electric mode of transportation. (22:59:07) ((Rick Sharp/Burlington Segways "we have a one year permit from the city if we can show we're compatible with other users of the bike path we can go on from there")) With a top speed of 12-miles-per hour and a zero-turn radius -- segways may seem intimidating -- and look kind of dorky -- but after a quick lesson -- you're ready to ride! (9:55:10) ((Kate Young/Burlington Segways "toes to go forward then stop putting pressure...yah exactly")) (11:01:14) ((gb "3 hours to become one with the machine...")) Turn off turtle mode and you're off for a one or two hour spin around the Queen City. ((nat tour?)) (22:32:12) ((Rick Sharp/Burlington Segways "we concentrate on the history of btv from samuel d champlain all the way to ben and jerrys to phish")) ((nat)) (26:14:21) ((Rick Sharp/Burlington Segways "gb-have you seen any crazy segway accidents? RS-i've seen them on youtube but we've never had any")) It's hard to believe it when you see him zipping around like this -- but Sharp is disabled. A leg injury from a paragliding accident left him longing to do the things he once could. He credits segways with changing his life. (21:19:05) ((Rick Sharp/Burlington Segways "the only way i can reach the waterfront or the bike path is in a wheel chair or segway. the segway gives me a lot more dignity because i'm meeting them face to face rather than sitting in a chair meeting them with my face at crotch level")) ((nat)) Making it easier for anyone to cruise around the queen city. Gina Bullard Chan3 News Burlington.
Coming off last night's dramatic ninth inning comeback against Tampa, the Red Sox look for a third straight win for the first time since late April tonight in Minnesota. Let's jump to the seventh...Boston down 2-1...Jacoby Ellsbury with a hot shot back up the middle that skims off the tip of the glove of Pedro Florimon...Johnny Gomes scores to tie the game at 2... --- Clay Buchholz gave up a two run homer in the third but was otherwise outstanding ...seven innings, four hits, nine strikeouts ... this one is going into extra innings tied at two...
The Yankees have placed pitcher Andy Pettitte on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained muscle in his upper back. Pettitte, who suffered the injury in last night's loss to Seattle, says he expects to return as soon as he is eligible. The Yanks hosting Toronto tonight in the Bronx...Hiroki Kuroda stepping up in Pettitte's absence.... eight shutout innings ...just two hits allowed...and five strikeouts... --- his teammates come through with a three run seventh...Austin Romine gets things started with an RBI double... as New York blanks Toronto 5-0.
Coming off a course record 10 under par 60, Keegan Bradley came back to reality a bit in today's second round of the Byron Nelson Championship at TPC Four Seasons in Irving, Texas...after two birdies and two bogeys on the front nine, Keegan birdied the tenth to get to one under... --- then following five straight pars, Bradley would birdie the par-5 16th. The Woodstock native would bogey 18 for a round of one under 69 to maintain his three shot lead heading into the weekend. You can watch the final two rounds of the Byron Nelson Championship tomorrow and Sunday right here on Channel Three.
The Middlebury women's lacrosse team is in Maryland where they will take on Salisbury tomorrow morning at 10:30am in the Division Three Final Four. This is the Panthers' 16th appearance in the national semifinals.
Boys lacrosse this afternoon...7-2 Middlebury visiting 8-3 CVU... --- This was a defensive battle early. 1-0 Redhawks in the second, Nevin DiParlo trying to add to it but a great save by Tigers goalie Nathan LaLonde --- Still 1-0 in the third, a great chance for Middlebury. Cullen Hathaway on the breakaway but Owen Hudson stands his ground for the save. --- A few minutes later. Lalonde trying to clear the ball but CVU's Elliot Mitchell steals it and finds the back of the net for the big goal. and the Redhawks go on to a 6-0 win.
9-1 Colchester hosting 10-1 Lamoille ...a showdown between the top teams in Division Two... --- Exciting finish to this one. Lancers up 9-7 with six to play. A chance to ice it but Marcus Wadlington hits the pipe. --- New life for the Lakers and they use it. Garrett Swan to Henry Butler for the goal. Now 9-8 with under two remaining. --- Butler would get one last shot as he creates space but Lamoille goaltender Thomas Myer with the clutch game-winning save. As Lamoille holds off Colchester in a thriller, 9-8 on the road.
The American Canadian Tour continues it's visits to our local short tracks this weekend. After earlier stops at Thunder Road and Devil's Bowl the ACT Tour hits Airborne Speedway tomorrow night. Dylan Scott has our preview from Plattsburgh.
(((TRT:1:27 OC: STANDARD))) ((Thanks Mike, what a start to the racing season it's been. From a photo finish to young racers moving up the field, there is plenty to be excited about in ACT competition. Now after a week off, the tour returns right here to Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh Saturday, for a 100-lap feature race with plenty of bragging rights and points on the line. <(Brian Hoar) I'm excited to go back there, it's where I started and I won my first title there in 1999. I've had a great start and can't wait until Saturday. Despite his great start, Hoar announced that after this race, he'll be taking a hiatus until July to spend more time with his family. <(Brian Hoar) After the fifth race. I'll probably be asking myself why I did this, it won't be easy. With the No. 37 car off the track, expect upstart tour drivers like Jimmy Hebert and Bobby Therrien to take advantage from this race forward. <(Bobby Therrien) We want to win, that's the goal. The goal is a top five finish and continuing to put together great races. That's our goal heading into Plattsburgh. The forecast calls for sun Saturday, which should sit well with the fans in the stands awaiting the 5:00 post time. In Plattsburgh, Dylan Scott Channel 3 Sports.))
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