Mon 27-JUL-2015 11 P.M. News Script
Good evening. We begin with breaking news in Burlington tonight. One man has been shot in what witnesses are describing as a drive-by. Alex Apple is just back from the scene. He has the details, Alex? Keith -- Burlington police say one 30-year-old African-American male was wounded outside Jr's Corner Market in Burlington's North End around 9:30-- and at this time, police say there are no suspects. Here you're seeing a shell casing on the ground -- there blood spatter on the sidewalk. An employee at Jr's tells me he was inside the store when a man stumbled inside after getting shot in the leg. The employee tried to help the victim while friends outside called 9-1-1
(patricia nieman witness: I was sitting on my boyfriend's porch with my other two friends and then all of a sudden, we heard this big loud pop so I didn't know of course what the hell was going on. Apple: Was it a gunshot you heard? Oh ya, it was a gunshot not a firework.")) JR's Corner Market is on the corner of North and Rose Street -- across from the Sustainability Academy an elementary school. At this time, police are continuing their investigation at the scene. The Burlington Fire Department also responded, and we'll have more information on our website and social media as it becomes available. Keith.
She was hired to help families with child support -- but investigators say she was dealing heroin from a state office building. Amateur video shows investigators leading Kasey Caprari out of the Child Support office in Bennington this morning. The investigation involved officers from Vermont - New York - and Massachusetts. Police believe she would find potential customers - through her child support work. Caprari is being held on 5-thousand dollars bail -- and is set to be arraigned tomorrow.
The sex charges against a former CVU para educator have been tossed. 25-year-old Julianne Graham was charged in February with sexual exploitation for allegedly having sex with one of her 16-year-old students at Champlain Valley Union High School. But Graham's lawyer Brooks McArthur argued that she was not under contract with the school during the summer - when the police say the incident occurred. Today the judge agreed that under the law - Graham was not technically in a position of power -- and therefore could not exploit the student. Chittenden County State's Attorney TJ Donovan says he's considering an appeal - hoping to get charges reinstated.
A Barnet woman accused of driving with a suspended license now has a new problem on her hands. Police say 27-year-old Amber Bradley was taken into custody for the license problem around 5. Then at about 7-30 they say she went to the tow yard where her car was taken and took it back without getting caught. Police say they found the car at her home. She is due in court in September.
You may soon hear a new voice on the other end of your emergency calls. Changes coming soon to Vermont's 9-1-1 system have some worried while others say they're making smart moves for taxpayers. It's new at 11 and Alex Apple reports.
When you call 9-1-1, there may be a new voice on the other end of the line. ((Keith Flynn/Public Safety commissioner 01:16 Within the next few days, the 911 call answering capability in Derby and Rutland will no longer be there.)) Meaning emergency calls will go to Williston and Rockingham. A cost-cutting measure by the state. When data shows an influx of calls come in -- the state will staff-up. At slow times, the dispatch staff will be smaller. ((Keith Flynn/Public Safety commissioner 11:30 That's using tax payers' dollars in a smart way.)) But the move concerns some who say the call centers in Shelburne, St Albans, Lamoille and Hartford -- which are not run by the state police -- will need more funding. ((Alex Apple standup 18:51 Here in Shelburne, town manager Joe Colangelo says his call center is already answering more calls than they were accustomed to, but public safety commissioner Keith Flynn says that that the call center here in Shelburne still picks up less than 10% of the state's 911 calls.)) But in documents sent to the joint committee on government operations -- Colangelo asked the legislature to increase the 90,000 dollar stipend to handle an increase in calls. ((Keith Flynn 03:41 We're going to recognizes some advances that technology allows us to move toward with this consolidation.)) Like the new technology Shelburne has already acquired called Active 9-1-1. ((NAT James Mack/Dispatcher 20:39 It just gives them another way of receiving the information from us.)) Shelburne dispatcher James Mack said the new program allows dispatchers to use a smart-phone APP to get the closest first-responder to the scene -- something he says is faster than radio technology. ((21:01 James Mack it gives them another option from the areas where they may have cell phone coverage but poor communications coverage from the conventional radio systems.)) ((Keith Flynn 07:17 We're looking at things like automatic vehicle locators.)) Something Flynn says will be possible thanks to savings from call center consolidation. Alex Apple -- channel 3 news -- Shelburne.
An elderly driver is okay tonight after police say his car plowed into Lake Champlain. This was the scene at Hathaway Point after the man told police he fell asleep at the wheel before heading for the water. First responders say some trees on the shore line may have helped to keep things from becoming potentially much worse.
((Capt. Chad Shover, St. Albans Town Fire Dept. 03:32 "he did take out a small tree he did glance a larger ne which actually slowed him down, which probably helped him in the long run otherwise he could have been farther in the lake.)) The crash is still under investigation but authorities say drugs and alcohol do not appear to be factors.
A very sticky spill in Keene, New Hampshire. The fire chief tells us -- a truck lost roughly 220-gallons of Vermont syrup -- shortly before one this afternoon. The syrup was being transported in a large shipping bag -- and somehow started leaking -- after shifting inside the trailer. Traffic -- on Route 101 -- was cut back to one lane -- for hours -- as crews cleaned up the mess.
((Chief Mark Howard, Keene Fire Dept 01:16 The simple statement is just when you think you have seen it all, you realize you have not.)) ((Chief Mark Howard, Keene Fire Dept 01:34 "the road had quickly become very slippery to the point where some of the cars that were trying to turn into the alternate lane or to slow down or to stop were having difficulty in doing that.)) The syrup was coming from Bascom Maple Farms in Alstead -- and was heading to a food manufacturer. The owner tells us about 75-hundred dollars worth of syrup was lost. Authorities are working with the trucking company to cover the cost of cleaning up the spill.
A beach closure in Port Henry to tell you about. Officials there say the village beach is off limits because of blue-green algae. It's expected to be closed tomorrow too.
Dan is here. A warm one today.
Vermont's economy is showing some signs of improvement. That's the word from state economists, who delivered the latest revenue projections today. The state is expected to take in about 1 -point -43 billion dollars in the general fund in the current fiscal year -- this includes a forecasted $40 million increase in General Fund revenues -- 3.2% growth over last year. Economists say Vermont's 3.6 percent unemployment rate is driving the positive numbers..
((00:19:43 Jeff Carr/Economist "The number of people that are discouraged and not looking for work has started to trend down as well, and so we're starting to see the types of things that we've kind of been waiting to see the last 2 or 3 years)) (00:39:45 Tile 1785)((Gov. Peter Shumlin/D-Vermont We're finally seeing not tons of red ink, but actually small surplus, small gains and you know it's because hard working vermonters are out there working hard, our jobs are growing, wev'e got the fourth lowest unemployment rate in America and we're starting to see some of the fruits of our labor -- we've got more work to do.)) Areas of concern, the economists say, continue to be shrinking sales and use tax collections -- as retailers lose out to online sellers And stagnation in personal income taxes -- a sign that the jobs bringing down the unemployment rate are lower wage jobs.
Still ahead -- will the flame go out on Boston's bid to host the 2024 Olympics? And -- New information on the future of gay leaders in the Boy Scouts. Plus -- What does newly released surveillance video reveal about the man police say was behind a deadly Louisiana shooting? And wildfires are threatening homes out West -- we'll show you where when we continue.
Wildfires continue to scorch land in California. Crews are scrambling to contain at least 9 wildfires burning across the state, including two major ones in northern California. 17-hundred acres have burned near Sacramento while flames have run through more than 15-hundred acres near Fresno. So far no homes have been burned -- but folks have been told to evacuate. Crews are worried conditions will only get worse as temperatures are expected to top 100 this week.
The funerals for the two women gunned down in a Louisiana movie theater were held today. Meanwhile -- newly released hotel surveillance footage is giving investigators a glimpse of the gunman's final days. David Begnaud reports.
THE SURVEILLANCE VIDEO SEEMS TO SHOW NOTHING OUT OF THE ORDINARY. IN ONE CLIP, JOHN HOUSER CHATS WITH THE FRONT DESK CLERK. IN ANOTHER, HE WALKS TOWARD HIS LINCOLN TOWN CAR. ON THE DAY OF THE SHOOTING, AT 6:41 PM, HE DRIVES OFF TO THE MOVIE THEATER JUST FOUR MILES AWAY. VIKAS PATEL OWNS THE MOTEL 6. HE SAYS HOUSER, WHO CHECKED IN JULY 3, WAS NEVER RUDE OR THREATENING. (Q) What did you think when you realized the man who carried out that movie theater shooting lived here? (SOT VIKAS PATEL/MOTEL OWNER)(:31-:35) (A) I mean it was kind of terrifying. It was something that I wasn't expecting. HOUSER'S ROOM, 129, IS A MESS -- BOTTLES OF ALOCHOL, CLOTHES ALL OVER. POLICE SAY THEY FOUND A WIG AND GLASSES HERE THEY BELIEVE HE USED AS A DIGUISE. (SOT MICHAEL EDMONSON, LOUISIANA STATE POLICE SUPERINTENDENT)(too quick to fomt, covered by video) At 7:15 in this movie theater right here, he decided to go see "Trainwreck." He wrote it down, so we saw that. ACCORDING TO INVESTIGATORS HOUSER VISITED A MOVIE THEATER IN LAKE CHARLES AND BATON ROUGE. BUT HE CHOSE THIS ONE IN LAFAYETTE ... AND APPARENTLY PLANNED ON GETTING OUT ALIVE. (NATS LEAD INVESTIGATOR STEPHEN BAJAT) LEAD INVESTIGATOR STEPHEN BAJAT FOUND THE GUNMAN'S CAR PARKED JUST A FEW FEET OUTSIDE THE EMERGENCY EXIT. (A) His keys were on top of the tire. (Q) Really? (SOT STEPHEN BAJAT/LAFAYETTE PD)(1:12-1:21) (A) Yeah, so they were staged so that he didn't have to reach into his pockets seeing that he could just grab those keys, jump into the car and take off. THE 59 YEAR OLD DRIFTER HAD A HISTORY OF MENTAL ILLNESS... BUT LEGALLY PURCHASED A GUN IN ALABAMA. (STANDUP CLOSE: DAVID BEGNAUD, CBS NEWS, LAFAYETTE, LOUISIANA)(1:28-1:39) POLICE PLAN ON RETURNING TO THE THEATER TODAY, WHICH IS STILL STREWN WITH PURSES, POPCORN AND BLOOD. DAVID BEGNAUD, CBS NEWS, LAFAYETTE, LOUISIANA
The Boy Scouts of America has officially ended its ban on gay scout leaders and employees today. The national executive board formally passed a resolution --adopted earlier this month-- that would change the long-standing policy. It allows each local chapter to make its own decisions on leaders. 79-percent of board members supported the change. The group voted in 2013 to lift a separate ban and allow gay youths into the organization.
Boston is out as a contender for the 2024 Summer Olympics The city and the U-S Olympic committee severed ties today. The Boston bid had a lot of strong opposition from the start. The final tipping point likely came earlier today when Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced he would not be pressured into signing the host city contract that puts the city on the hook for any cost overruns.
SOT Mayor Marty Walsh, D-City of Boston: "I refuse to mortgage the future of the city away." SOT Robeert DeLeo, MA House Speaker: "And most importantly, I think everyone involved in this process said no taxpayer money." The US Olympic Committee says is now working on finding a back up city to submit for the games.
It's like something out of a movie -- buried treasure -- discovered off the coast of Florida. (1:00ish) ((Oh Man! OHHH look at that! )) You can hear the excitement from the treasure hunter there -- as the gold coins were unearthed. Queens Jewels -- a historic shipwreck salvage company -- announced today that it has recovered 60 gold artifacts from the The Treasure Fleet that sank 300 years ago. The stash included 51 gold coins and 40 feet of gold chain -- valued at more than a million dollars. The centerpiece of the find is a single coin called a ROYAL made for the King of Spain.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Chance of an evening Tstorm. Lows: 60/67 Winds: Light Tuesday: Partly sunny. Warm and humid. Chance of Tstorms, some strong. Highs: 83/90 Winds: Light Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy. Muggy. Lows: 63/70 Winds: Light Wednesday: Partly sunny. Hot and humid. Highs 85/92 Winds: W 5-10 mph Extended: Thursday through Monday. Wednesday Night: Lows 63/70 Thursday: Partly sunny, chance of showers/tstorms. Highs 83/90 Lows 55/62 Friday: Mostly sunny. Highs 75/82 Lows 58/65 Saturday: Partly sunny. Chance of a shower. Highs 75/85 Lows 55/65 Sunday: Partly sunny. Highs 75/85 Lows 55/65 Monday: Partly sunny, chance of shower. Highs 75/85
Want a garden -- but don't want to do all the work? Gina Bullard has an idea.
((nat in garden)) It's hard to beat -- ((nat)) The satisfaction of reaching down and picking something fresh out of your garden. ((nat)) But lets face it -- not all of us have green thumbs. Neither does Cam Mackugler -- that is -- until now. This 28 year old invented the Seed Sheet. No gardening knowledge -- no gardening experience -- no problem. (00;24:13:10) ((Cam Mackugler/Cloud Farm "the seed sheet is an optimally designed pre-fab garden embedded with non gmo soil and non gmo seeds")) Water soluble pods of seeds are mixed with soil. He sources both from Vermont. The seed and soil pods are attached to a woven cloth -- designed to prevent weeds from popping up. But water -- can still get to the soil. There are 41 different varieties of plants embedded within the 16 different sheets the company offers. Vegetables, herbs, flowers and tomatoes galore. (00:22:21:05) ((Cam Mackugler/Cloud Farm "people like the idea of planting your garden in 30 seconds")) Just lay the seed sheet on tilled soil -- add water -- and voila -- you'll have a garden without weeds in no time. (00:21:12:01) ((Cam Mackugler/Cloud Farm "i wondered how i can condense the process of gardening into a product that enabled anybody anywhere to do so ")) Mackugler created the Middlebury business Cloud Farm after house sitting for a friend -- where he was paid in fresh veggies from their garden. (00:21:01:25) ((Cam Mackugler/Cloud Farm "at that point i was a recent college grad had a small apartment had no land ")) He also didn't know much about gardening -- that's when the idea popped into his head. (00:21:23:20) ((Cam Mackugler/Cloud Farm "the first seed sheet was toilet paper, newspaper paper towel")) After raising 30-thousand dollars through a KickStarter campaign -- Mackugler raised another half-million from investors. He opened the business just last week. You can only buy seed sheets online for now -- Mackugler says they hope to be in big box stores by next spring. Seed sheets come in a variety of sizes -- from the perfect windowsill or fire escape size to big enough to have a summers worth of harvest. Prices range from 35-dollars to 250. (00:24:27:16) ((Cam Mackugler/Cloud Farm "open it up roll it on prepared soil and water for the perfect garden that's planted in 30 seconds")) A Made in Vermont invention taking the pain out of gardening so you can enjoy the fruits of your labor without much labor at all. Gina Bullard channel 3 news Middlebury.
A very happy birthday to one of televisions most-beloved cartoon characters! Today is Bugs Bunny's 75th birthday. On July 27, 1940, Bugs Bunny made his "official" debut in the Warner Brothers animated cartoon "A Wild Hare."
After four days of great competition, three teams were left standing at the American Legion baseball state championship, Hartford, Rutland and Colchester. Today at Castleton University...Rutland and Colchester meeting in the first game with the winner taking on Hartford for the championship... ---- Cannons wasting no time getting on the board..2nd inning, with two aboard, Ian Machia ((May-she)) sending this one high and deep to left...a great diving effort by the left fielder but can't make the grab... Jared Rylant will score with Tyler Lamphere charging in behind him and Colchester takes a 2-0 lead.. ---- Next batter, Luke Covey lining this back up the middle..Machia ((May-she)) crosses the plate...Colchester would take a 4-0 lead .. ---- Rutland just trying to keep it close..with a runner on third, Skylar Laferriere grounding this one to short...the throw to first pulls the first baseman off the bag and a run scores to make it a three run game.. ---- But the Cannons fire back..now up 8-2.. Rylant sending this to center and it will drop in...Cannons go up 9-2.. ---- To the 9th..Rutland mounting a huge comeback, down now 9-7 ...with runners on the corners, Laferriere grounding this one to second..they flip for one but he will beat the throw to first and a run will score and it's now a one run ball game.. ----- But Rutland now down to their final strike ..and Derek Sanderson gets the strike three call.. Colchester holds on for a 9-8 win to advance to the Legion tournament championship game with Hartford...
that meant it was the Cannons who would face Hartford in the championship game later in the afternoon ... --- Hartford getting on the board in the first ...Jordy Allard lining this one the opposite way to right..Tyler Hamilton will score and it's 1-0 Hartford .. -- Stays that way until the 5th..Cannons tie the game at 1...then Jared Rylant sending this one through the right side...Brandon Arel will score, Ian Machia (May-She) behind him and Colchester takes a 3-1 lead.. -- Hartford not backing down..Codi Smith shooting this back up the middle..Hamilton scores and it's a one run ball game.. -- But the Cannons come up with the big hit in the 7th..with two aboard...Rylant sending this one high and deep to right field and it drops in ..Machia and Derek Sanderson score on the triple and it's a 5-2 Colchester lead.. --- To the 9th..Hartford down 5-3...but down to their final out... Jacob Perkin popping this one to right and the catch is made..Let the dog-pile at the mound begin Colchester wins 5-3 ...fourth Legion title for the Cannons in the past seven years after winning in 2009, 2011 and 2013.
(TRT: 21...under the belt)
The Major League Baseball trade deadline is Friday, but Boston isn't waiting around. Earlier this evening, the Red Sox set outfielder Shane Victorino to the L-A Angels for 26-year-old infielder Jeff Rutledge, who is currently in Triple-A. Boston will pay $3.8 million of the $4.9 million left on Victorino's contract. Victorino played just 63 games over the past two seasons while battling, but he will forever be remembered in Red Sox Nation for his contributions in Boston's run to the World Series in 2013, including delivering the game winning RBI in the clinching game of all three postseason series.
Boston opening a four game series with the Chicago White Sox tonight at Fenway... and this was a wild, back and forth match, with Chicago picking up a 10-8 win. Joe Kelly was, once again, awful. Five runs on seven hits in three and a third... --- and the A-L East leading Yankees in Texas...Alex Rodriguez celebrates his 40th birthday with his 24th home run of the season and Didi Gregorius goes 3-for-4 with four RBI in a 6-2 Yankees win.
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