Mon 03-MAR-2014 11 P.M. News Script
Good Evening and thanks for joining us at 11. I'm Keith McGilvery -- Multiple allegations of animal cruelty in our region tonight -- including at the popular Santa's Land in Putney. But we begin at a farm in the Northeast Kingdom where authorities say they've seized nearly 2 dozen horses and at least one was found dead. Judy Simpson reports.
((Nat sot backing horse out of stall)) Hayden Tanner of Sutton is one of the volunteers who helped remove 21 horses from the Bona Ranch in Lyndonville Saturday night. The rescue was organized by Pat Mitchell of the Elizabeth Brown Humane Society. (( Pat Mitchell/ Elizabeth Brown Humane Sociey 00:12:29:14 Can you feel his ribs? OH yes put your hand on him put your hand right here he is dehidrated 00:12:41:20 he body scores at a 1 you go one to nine,, he is a one. 00:12:45:28)) The ranch had been on the radar of the Caledonia County Sheriff's Department. There were several complaints about a lack of food and water for the horses. The department was working with the owners about those concerns But when a complaint came in Friday night about a dead horse on the grounds , the Sherriffs office got a search warrant for the Bona Ranch. ((Deputy Adam Bergeron/Caledonia County Sherriff's Department 00:00:45:13 On site at about 4:15pm and the owner at that time relinquinshed the 21 horses and we had a vet on site as well as well as 30 0r more volunters and by ten that night we completed that process." 00:01:11:21)) Bergeron says he has personal knowledge of at least three dead horses at the farm and there could be twice that number. The Bona ranch in Lyndonville was owned by Fred Bona and his wife. They were well known for raising quarter horses. BUt Fred passed away about a year ago and his son Bruce Bona took over. And for reasons unknown care for the horses declined. (( Bergeron again 00:02:17:23 the investigation is on going the horses are now in safe places we are going to wait a few more days to relinquish the rights from our custody to the placement of where the horses are now pending different questions still out there to be answered,, )) Bergeron says this is one of several active abuse cases they are working on in the county. He says Bona has not been charged yet, but Criminal charges will most likey be lodged. ((JS SU 00:10:10:01 You might think the numbe rof alleged animal abuse cases would be diescourageing to those who investigate not to deup burgeron. 00:10:17:06)) (( Bergeron again 00:03:51:29 wehn people see this on tv it starts bringin people;s awareness to the forefront adn tis a good thing because people sometinmes wouldnt normally make that call are making those calls and its bringintg things to our attention that may otehrwiose gone overlooked. 00:04:05:14 sos its not discuraging its incourgating that we can look at things we may otherwise not have been able to look at. 00:04:11:23)) Spring Hill Horse Rescue in Clareden was also involved in this rescue. Deb Loring says this is a busy time of year for rescues. ((Deb Loring 00:07:55:05" Our team responds to 50 to 60 compalints per year adn certainly this time of year is the busiesst its the end of the winter obviously peopel have to get in a lot of hay over the course of the winter hay is very expensive so we see people have alot of difficulties managing particulary cases where they have multipul horses." 00:08:23:16 )) In fact these horses were so hungry, they were eating the wooden fencing. (( Pat again 00:14:46:15 They have nothing left to give they have given it all just to stay alive 00:14:52:09)) Judy Simpson -- channel 3 news -- Burlington.
A man who's been cited in an animal cruelty case at Santa's Land is defending himself on Facebook. On Saturday - The Windham County Sheriff's Department executed a search warrant at Santa's Land in Putney. They found 16 dead deer -- but its unclear how they died. Another 17 deer were found alive and well on the property -- where they remain. Santa's Land owner -- 55-year-old Lillian Billewicz -- and caretaker -- 24-year-old Brian Deistler were cited for cruelty to animals. Deistler posted on Facebook that the animals are well cared for and the deer did not die from neglect. Both he and Billewicz said in a statement to Channel 3 that they are confident the truth will prevail.
Vermont's war on opiate dependence continues to gain national attention. President Obama's drug czar was in the state today to take a closer look at the issue. He spoke with Statehouse reporter Kyle Midura.
There's no space left on their utility-belts - but Col. Tom L'Esperance says in about six weeks - every trooper will find a way to carry one of the latest tools in the fight against crime. It's a drug called naloxone -- also known by its brand name Narcan. ((6:02 - :06 - Col. Tom L'Esperance - Vermont State Police this was by far the easiest decision I've ever had to make as the director of the state police )) ((9:44 - Dr. Harry Chen - using as nat hit it's three pieces... )) The drug is given to opiate addicts in the midst of an overdose. Health Commissioner Dr. Harry Chen says the delivery mechanism takes about 15 seconds to assemble. Once administered nasally, it can revive an unresponsive and blue patient in less than a minute. ((9:24 - :30 Dr. Harry Chen - Vt. Health Commissioner so literally, this is a life-saving drug :27 it does save lives, it has saved lives :28 and will save more )) Healthcare organizations began distributing doses of the drug to addicts' family members in January. Of the 500 available - about 140 have been given out. Gov. Peter Shumlin credits those doses with saving seven lives already. ((27:45 - :51 Gil Kerlikowske - Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy for the White House in a state the size of Vermont you can serve as a model and a blueprint, and I think you already have )) Gil Kerlikowske is President Obama's Drug Czar. Monday he congratulated Vermont's officials for acknowledging and addressing opiates as a major health and safety issue. He says prescription drugs and heroin don't discriminate - and ruin the lives of people from all backgrounds. ((22:48 - :58 - Gil Kerlikowske - Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy for the White House in the rural and and the more suburban areas :50 I think you probably feel it more painfully :53 because everybody knows somebody :56 whose family has been impacted )) Kerlikowske prefers to treat rather than incarcerate drug users. He's also made it clear in his time as Drug Czar he's skeptical of a growing national acceptance of marijuana. Gov. Shumlin has stated he's open to a legalization debate in the coming years. We asked the Czar if that could affect efforts to fight opiate abuse. ((30:29 - :31 KM Gil Kerlikowske, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy for the White House I think I'm going to dodge that question )) Kyle Midura -- channel 3 news -- Burlington.
Serious burns for two Claremont firefighters following a house fire Sunday night. The fire on Cherry Hill Road started in a chicken coop and spread to the back of the house. All firefighters made it out -- but Lt. Andrew Stevens was flown to Brigham and Womens Hospital in Boston, with burns to his hands, arms and torso. The hospital will not release his condition. And firefighter Scott Kenniston suffered second degree burns. He is in good condition at Fletcher Allen in Burlington. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
It was quite a scene in Waterbury today -- as demolition crews took down the entrance sign of the old Vermont State Hospital. Crews have been tearing down a total of 22 buildings in the old state office complex since the fall-- many damaged by flooding in Tropical Storm Irene. All but the historic central core of the complex is being removed. Crews are expected to start work this Spring -- on a new 124-million dollar two-story Agency of Human Services building on the Waterbury site -- along with restoration of the older building.
Is a Vermont public elementary school -- going private? That was the topic of discussion at town meeting in Westford tonight - Ali Freeman was there and joins us now with more. Keith -- although the community thought they would be voting on keeping Westford Elementary doors open -- the night became a larger discusison about options for keeping the local school afloat. It was a packed house at the Westford Elementary School on Monday night. The original petition last month -- suggested closing the public school to re-open privately. Tonight though people voted that a decision be put on hold -- and instead create a committee to look at a vartiety of options for the schools future. Many who spoke in favor of the petition -- say increasing property taxes and declining student enrollment -- add to a list of factors that making it hard for the school to make ends meet. Those in opposition -- say the public school should stay that way to ensure equal education for every child in town.
((Sue Conklin / Supports Petiton "The petition was started to see if there was broad support for looking at alternatives, looking at changes, looking at anything we can do. Because we are committed to having a school in Westford and that's how this started.")) ((Chris O'Donnell / Opposes Petition "This petition that showed up was surprising, it came at the very last minute before the town report was printed. It was shocking I think to everyone in the community. And at first it was disturbing because it appeared that they would be able to close the school.")) The town voted to form the committee in the next 6 months -- to begin researching what is working and not working for the school -- and what options are out there. It is important to note that this item was passed as NON-BINDING -- meaning the school board isn't required to make this committee -- it is only a suggestion from the community.
The turmoil continues in Ukraine -- we will have the latest. And -- here at Home -- Governor Shumlin is slated to meet with President Obama Wednesday- find out why. Plus Olympic announcer Peter Graves is back in Vermont. ((Peter graves/Olympic Announcer: "I have come back with a strong sense that these were extraordinary games.")) Adam Sullivan talks with him about his time in Sochi. And what's this Vermonter doing with discarded placentas -- it's a story that might make you squeamish -- When the Channel 3 News at 11 continues.
Secretary of State John Kerry is heading to Ukraine tonight. The trip comes as the U.S. suspends upcoming trade and investment talks because of the situation in Ukraine. The crisis also has the full attention of the United Nations. Alexis Christoforous has more.
16-THOUSAND RUSSIAN TROOPS ARE BELIEVED TO BE IN UKRAINE'S CRIMEA REGION, HAVING EFFECTIVELY TAKEN CONTROL OF ITS GOVERNMENT AND MILITARY INSTALLATIONS. THE BUILDUP OF FORCES THERE OVER THE WEEKEND HAS TURNED THE REGION INTO ONE THE BIGGEST U-S/RUSSIA CONFLICTS SINCE THE COLD WAR. THE U.S. HAS DISPATCHED SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY TO KIEV TO EXPRESS SUPPORT FOR THE NEW UKRAINIAN GOVERNMENT. WHILE PRESIDENT OBAMA IS CONSIDERING SANCTIONS AGAINST MOSCOW. (SOT) "we are examining a whole series of steps - economic, diplomatic - that will isolate Russia" THE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL HELD A THIRD EMERGENCY SESSION MONDAY. RUSSIA SAID THE TROOPS WERE SENT AT THE REQUEST OF UKRAINE'S OUSTED FORMER PRESIDENT TO PROTECT ETHNIC RUSSIANS. THE U.S. BEGGED TO DIFFER. (SOT - Samantha Power/U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations) "russian military action is not a human rights protection mission. It is a violation of international law, and a violation of the sovereignty and terrItorial integrIty of the independent nation of Ukraine." WITH NO U.S. MILITARY HARDWARE IN PLACE, ECONOMIC SANCTIONS MAY BE ITS ONLY OPTION. THOSE WHO HAVE STUDIED VLADIMIR PUTIN SAY THE RUSSIAN PRESIDENT HAS LITTLE TO LOSE. (SOT - Michael Morell/Former Deputy Director, CIA) "He does not believe that win-win is possible he only believes in winning and he will pay considerable short term costs in order to win." SECRETARY KERRY WILL MEET WITH HIS RUSSIAN COUNTERPART ON WEDNESDAY. ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.
Governor Peter Shumlin is meeting with President Obama this week. On Wednesday the two will discuss raising the minimum wage -- with the governors of Connecticut and Rhode Island. Governor Shumlin is chair of the Democratic Governors Association. He says boosting the hourly rate -- will raise working people out of poverty. And that discussing the issue with the region's governors -- will mute critics who argue businesses -- trying to avoid a higher minimum wage -- will flee to neighboring states.
Fresh off his trip to Sochi -- Olympic Annoucer Peter Graves is back home in Vermont -- and he spoke with our Adam Sullivan about his experience at the Winter Games.
It's where Peter Graves feels most at home-- in front of a microphone. He helped kick off the Junior National Cross Country Skiing Championship in Stowe over the weekend. Thousand of miles away from were he spent most of the month of February-- Sochi Russia. ((Peter graves/Olympic Announcer: "I have come back with a strong sense that these were extraordinary games.")) Sochi was the Thetford resident's 8th Olympic Games-- and he says-- it will go down in the history books as one of the best. ((Graves: "I think the Russian people were incredible open and friendly, security was very very tight there. And I have to say I never felt unsafe there.")) Graves usually announces cross country skiing and ski jump events-- but in Russia-- he was assigned to the alpine ski hill. Calling the racers runs as they happened for the thousands gathered to watched. ((Graves: "they were incredible to call for me. Maybe some of the most exciting PA announcing I have ever had the chance to do.")) ((photos)) He announced Andrew Weibrecht's silver medal winning race-- as well as Bode Miller's bronze. And on the women's side-- Mikaela's Shiffrin's historic Gold medal in the slalom. An experience-- for a man who has made a career with words-- that left him speechless. ((Graves: "I was probably holding my breath at that point. So I probably just took a pause.")) Graves says the hardest part a was NOT coming across too biased for his home town favorites. Giving ALL the athletes their due credit. And now that is his back on familiar soil, this Vermonter-- who grew up skiing in Bennington-- has a moment to reflect. ((Graves: "to witness it, just to be there, let alone call it was very exciting and I know that I had tears in my eyes with those U.S. Finishes. They were really powerful.")) Like the Winter Olympics as a whole. A international contest that comes around every four years that this announcer says he is blessed to be apart of. ((Graves: "I think the Games bring the best out in all of us. We think about it bringing the best out in the athletes. We know what it is like to strive for international excellence and go for gold silver and bronze but I think it also brings the best out in people too.")) Graves says he is already thinking ahead to the next Winter Olympics in South Korea. But, he says Sochi-- will always hold a special place in his heart. Adam Sullivan channel three news, from our Upper Valley Bureau.
Tonight: Clear and cold. Low -5/-20. Wind light. Tuesday: Increasing clouds. Chance of snow showers, late. High 13/20. Wind light. Tuesday Night: Cloudy skies. Snow showers, trace-2". Low -5/10. Wind light. Wednesday: Partly sunny. Skies. Chance of morning snow showers. High 15/22. Wind N 5-10 mph. Thursday: Partly sunny. High 23/30. Low 5/15. Friday: Partly sunny. Chance of snow showers, late. High 30/37. Low 15/22. Saturday: Partly sunny. High 30/37. Low 10/20. Sunday: Partly sunny. High 25/35. Low 10/20. Monday: Partly sunny. Chance of snow showers. High 25/35.
After giving birth most women never see their placenta. It's usually discarded. But as Gina Bullard reports -- one woman is turning placenta -- into pills. We should warn you that the video is graphic.
At first glance it's hard to tell if Tara Carpenter is a chef -- or a medical examiner. ((nat)) But she's a certified placenta encapsulation specialist. Carpenter turns a woman's placenta into pills -- post birth. (26:53:22) ((Tara Carpenter/Happy Bellies "i have more of a nutritional background which brought me to this work")) The placenta provides nutrients to an unborn baby and eliminates waste in the womb. Carpenter believes that new moms can recover from births faster by eating their own placenta pills. (20:51:06) ((Tara Carpenter/Happy Bellies "the woman's body is the most receptive in the first weeks of birth. the hormones take 2-3 weeks to start producing hormones again after birth")) Carpenter says ingesting your own placenta pills replenishes vitamins, like B6 and B12, and hormones after giving birth -- and increases milk production. Physicians say they're not aware of any evidence it's effective -- but add that postpartum women can be anemic and the placenta is rich in iron. Doctors also note it can contain bacteria and viruses. ((nats: )) Carpenter starts the encapsulation process right after women give birth -- and right in the new mom's kitchen. (27:08:03) ((Tara Carpenter/Happy Bellies "there's a lot of science behind it all")) After massaging the blood out -- Carpenter steams the placenta with traditional chinese herbs to take away the smell. Then cuts it up, dehydrates and grinds it -- before putting it into capsules. (29:17:20) ((Tara Carpenter/Happy Bellies "gb-why dont more people do this if there are so many benefits? T- ohh i think many women don't even know yah")) With the 250-dollar encapsulation fee you receive as many pills as your placenta makes -- which Carpenter says averages around a few hundred. They can be frozen. And used years later -- during stressful times or menopause. She also offers placenta art prints for 25-dollars. (43:51:18) ((Tara Carpenter/Happy Bellies "i know the hardship of being a new mother and i see how much help this gives to women, i can't say no, my life is shaped by this work")) She was trained by the company Placenta Benefits. She has to follow OSHA food guidelines and is trained to handle blood-borne pathogens and medical waste. Encapsulation may not be for the squeamish. But Carpenter says once the pills are made, you'd never know the process. (28:07;11) ((Tara Carpenter/Happy Bellies "many mothers don't know what they're taking they just feel great")) Carpenter is busy -- making placenta pills for around 12 new moms a month. She says her clients are diverse -- and not just new age hippies like some people might think. (35:44:25) ((I feel like I was made to do this work, I feel ungrounded if I don't have a placenta in my hands at least once a week)) Not your usual job. But one she believes in. Hoping her made in Vermont pills -- help new moms. Gina Bullard Channel 3 News Stowe.
On Saturday, the Vermont girls high school basketball season came to a close with the four number one seeds all claiming state championships.
tonight, the boys semis getting underway in Barre...the top seed in Division two ...U-32...facing number five Mill River ... --- early action here...a back and forth first quarter...Chris Collins sticks the top of the key jumper...he had 14...Raiders by two... --- at the other end, Omari Brown drives and beats the buzzer... Mill River leads by two after a quarter... --- second quarter, Mark Goyette inside...two of his team high 13... the Minutemen still up two... --- but U-32 slowly takes control and pulls away ...Ryan Booth leading the way with 25 points ... the Raiders win 60-37 to return to the D-2 title game for the first time since 2010.
earlier in the evening...Division Four's top seed...Twin Valley...met fourth seeded Chelsea... --- Chelsea led by one with two and a half minutes left in the first...but Twin Valley closes the quarter on a 9-3 run ...Colin Lozito stops and pops...Wildcats up five after one... --- the Red Devils fighting to stay close in the second... Brandon Poulin with the acrobatic finish off the Brayden Benasera feed... --- Chelsea was down eight at the break... and Twin Valley kept them at bay in the second half...Dal Nesbitt the steal... Sam Molner with the putback... --- then it's Nesbitt from downtown... Twin Valley wins 61-46 to reach it's first D-4 state final ...
To Patrick Gym, Division 1 boys hockey semis. Number 4 Colchester and top seed CVU. --- Second period, CVU's Thomas Samuelsen with the shot. Teammate Cam Rivard in front falls down but is able to get his stick on it for the score. 1-0 CVU. --- 2 and a half minutes later, Ryan Keelan feeds Rivard for his second goal of the game. 2-0 CVU after two. --- Colchester gets one back early in the third, the pass in front is deflected right to Ryan Francis. It's 2-1 Redhawks. --- The Lakers pull the goalie late, but are unable to get anything through. CVU beats Colchester, 2-1 advancing to Thursday's State title game against 2 seed Essex.
opening day of the high school alpine championships at the Middlebury snow bowl ...new format this year, both the boys and girls competing in the GS today...with the slalom races Wednesday at Burke... --- South Burlington's Annika Nielson with the fastest girls run of the day, 51 point 47 seconds. That was on her first run. Run number two was off that pace so Nielson ends up in third overall. --- Jessie McNeill from Rutland was in second place after the first run. And after run number 2, she stays in second place. A total time of 1 minute, 45 point 34 seconds. --- Mt. Mansfield's Ali Chivers entered the second run in third place, but she comes through with the fastest second run time of the day, 52 point 71 seconds to claim a second straight G.S. state championship.
(((GO FOR IT... :14)))
On the boys side, Woodstock's Ian Clarke was second after the first run, be faltered on his second run allowing Mt. Mansfield's Kyle Polson to slide into the top three. Polson ends up third. --- Burr and Burton's Ben Alexopolous was under 50 seconds on his first run and comes through with the second-fastest second-run time to take second overall. --- But the event belonged to Rutland's Andy Kenosh. His first run time of 48 point 16 seconds was the fastest overall time of the day. Combine that with the fastest second run time of the day and that means a second straight Giant Slalom state title.
(((was pretty good... :16)))
Here are the top 5 girls teams heading into Wednesdays Slalom. Mt. Mansfield in the lead, followed by Burr and Burton, Woodstock, Rutland and South Burlington is 5th. --- Here are your boys Standings after today. Burr and Burton leading the way, a 15 point lead over second place Woodstock. Mount Mansfield, South Burlington and Lyndon round out the top 5.
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