Fri 06-DEC-2013 Early A.M. News Script
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Vermont state employees are getting a raise. The State Employees' Association say workers will see two-and-a-half percent pay increased each of the next two years. The tentative deal also includes increased dental coverage.
Prosecutors are calling for stiffer probation penalties for a Vermont publisher who swindled retirees out of their life savings. Last April Peter Campbell-Copp pleaded guilty to more than a dozen felony charges involving fraudulent financial schemes. Prosecutors say the Manchester man preyed on the elderly and disabled -- collecting their money -- but never publishing their books. Police say he even stole 28-thousand dollars from another victim to pay for his lawyer. In October -- Campbell-Copp was released from jail -- on the condition he not publish books. But prosecutors say that's not enough to keep the public protected. They want the the court to ban him from using the internet -- and from soliciting money.
The Grinch has struck in New Haven. State police say sometime between Wednesday night and Thursday morning, someone stole about a dozen Christmas trees from Werner Tree Farm. The farm was selling them at the Green Haven Nursery -- which is located right next to the state police barracks. And police say those trees probably won't ever turn up.
((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".)) ((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")) Troopers recommend tree farm owners install motion-activated surveillance cameras to get pictures of the thieves. Cat Viglienzoni will have more on how tree farms deal with theft -- tonight at 6.
The holidays also mark the season of giving. and in Rutland they hope you will consider giving blood to help them top a world record for one day donations. We are talking gift of life marathon on Monday.
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New developments this morning -- in the search for a missing teen...The F-B-I now confirms that the mother of 15-year-old Abigail Hernandez -- has had contact with her daughter since she vanished two months ago. But Agents are warning -- they still have -- quote -- GRAVE concerns about the safety of the north conway teen. Authorities say the contact between Abigail and her mother -- wasn't recent...but it WAS after October 9th -- that's the day she disappeared...last seen walking home from school. They also won't give any more details as to how she contacted her mom...or what was said. But the F-BI says it wants to make clear -- that they don't know where she is or if she's safe. Law enforcement officials say they plan to discuss new details about the search for Abigail later this morning.
A welfare check turned into a fight in Brattleboro. Officers were called to Valley Street Thursday to check on a 39-year-old woman. While on the scene -- police say the woman -- grabbed a large kitchen knife and threatened to kill herself. Police say they had to use force -- to subdue her. The woman was taken to the hospital. The officers were not injured. No criminal charges were filed.
New regulations mean changes for Vermont's liquid gold. Beginning next year, Vermonters will no longer be buying maple syrup categorized by letter grades. Starting January 1st the syrup will be graded by color and taste - The five varieties will include Golden Color-Delicate Taste, Amber Color-Rich Taste, Dark Color-Robust Taste, Very Dark Color-Strong Taste and Processing Grade.
((Henry Marckres/Agriculture Agency Maple Specialist 00:46:08 "Most of the producers have come to understand that in order to compete in order to compete in the global market, we have to be on the same footing as everywhere else." 00:46:15)) ((Burr Morse/Morse Farm Maple Sugar Works 01:00:33 "Our job will be a little harder, because we're going to have to use all these words attached, descriptive words." 01:00:40)) Producers in Vermont will have until January of 2015 to fully implement the new grading rules.
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