Mon 09-DEC-2013 11 P.M. News Script
Good evening and thank you for joining us at 11 I'm Keith McGilvery. A Vermont man says he thought he hit an animal and not a person during a fatal crash in Killington. While he admits to drinking the night of the accident he says he was sober when he got behind the wheel. Kyle Midura reports.
(nats) 27-year-old Michael Debellis walked into a Rutland courthouse - shackle-free and out on bond Monday.... (nats - scene) A little more than a day earlier - police say Debellis - while driving his girlfriend's car along the Killington access road - fatally struck 26-year-old Kyle Wilson of Enfield, New Hampshire. The crash occurred shortly after one Sunday morning. Debellis called police 12 hours later. ((12:36 - :38 - Mark Furlan - Defense attorney there's not a lot of dispute about really what happened here)) After pleading not guilty to leaving the scene of a fatal accident, Debellis' attorney told the judge his client didn't see the victim in the middle of the roadway. He said his client had been drinking at the near-by Pickle Barrel but not enough to impact his driving. ((13:29 - :32 Mark Furlan - Defense attorney there's no evidence that he was under the influence at all)) Prosecutor Jane O'Neill says the investigation is on-going and disputed the defense's claim that it's been determined whether Wilson walked in or along the road. ((15:06 - 16 - Jane O'Neill - Rutland County Prosecutor I don't know where Mr. Furlan is getting the information that the decedent was in the middle of the road. I don't see that in nay of the reports that I've received.)) ((KYLE STUP When asked after court, neither the defense nor prosecution would offer any further details of where exactly they believe Wilson was when he was struck)) Court documents reveal Debellis allegedly told officers he thought he hit an animal or traffic cone. He added his girlfriend did express fear they hit a person - though they did not stop. The scene shows no sign of what happened, but blood and tissue found on the car will be tested to see if it's a match with the victim. Kyle Midura -- channel 3 news -- Burlington.
Sick roads may have contributed to a deadly accident in Burlington this morning. It happened on the beltline just south of the intersection of Plattsburgh Avenue -- when a car collided with a school bus taking two kids from Milton to the Burlington Technical Center. Police say the driver -- a 56-year-old man from Chittenden County -- died at the scene.
((Lt. Jason Lawson/Burlington Police Department 00:01:19 "He was trapped in the vehicle and off the roadway. Shortly after that, medical determined that the operator had passed." 00:01:30)) Police have not released the identity of the victim while they work to notify his family. No one on the bus was injured.
Dan is here. Still some snow falling tonight.
A busy night at the Burlington city council meeting -- where redistricting the city was a major discussion. Ali Freeman was there and joins us live from the newsroom with the latest details. Ali? Keith -- population shifts have forced the city to remap Burlington's districts to create more equal representation on the city council. The meeting is still on going -- but so far councilors have voted down all but one of the proposed districts. The city currently has 7 wards with 2 council members from each ward. Just minutes ago the council rejected a different plan for 13 city council members and 7 wards. Also voted down was reducing polling stations from 8 locations to 4. The one plan left standing -- and most likely to be approved -- is to redistrict the city into 8 wards and four districts -- for a total of 12 city council members. And The city council also voted to keep member terms at 2 years -- and not increase to three.
((22:30 Jane Knodell / Council Member "We have not had the opportunity as a council to talk to our neighbors about how they would feel about changing the term of city council from two years to three years. And for that reason I just think its too late to start introducing the idea changing the terms.")) As for the redistricting -- The city council will pick up the discussion next monday for final decisions. During that meeting the city council will also address any changes to the number of school board members for the redistricting.
Also on the agenda tonight were plans for the run-down Moran Plant. For 25 years, the coal-fired power plant has stood empty on the Burlington waterfront. A proposed project -- called the New Moran -- would be a 25-million dollar project that would turn the blighted property into a multi-use public space. Developers say the renovations would include a variety of uses -- including art space, local restaurants, a micro-brewery, and event hall. Being addressed tonight at the city council -- was securing millions dollars in loans for the project
((Peter Owens / 15:09 Director CEDO Office There was a three million dollar federal funding package fro the last moran proposal -- it was a million dollar grant and two million dollar loan. That piece would be advanced that piece would be transferred to the new project if we are successful with our reapplication.")) There are nine different development concepts being considered. The city council will vote in January which one will make it on the ballot in March.
A lightening strike caused problems for a turbine blade at the Lowell wind farm. The strike happened at the end of October. And crews began work -- removing it -- with a crane. Green Mountain Power says the company needs a day of no wind, to re-attach the blade -- to the turbine. The fix will cost about 250-thousand dollars. GMP expects to wrap up work later this week.
Police say a woman swiped two computers from the Wal Mart in Williston today. And they say this is their suspect. The HP Pavilion computers are worth more than a thousand dollars. If you know this woman -- police would like to hear from you.
For many of us it's exactly what nightmares are made of. A South Burlington couple -- came face to face -- with an intruder lurking in their bedroom. And now -- they're calling for tougher punishments for repeat offenders. Jennifer Reading has their story.
((Linda Zeno/break-in victim 00:26:38 "It's nothing you ever expect to ever happen to you.")) Steve and Linda Zeno have lived in this South Burlington home for three decades -- and always felt safe. Until an early morning break-in -- last month -- shattered their sense of security. ((Steve Zeno/wrestled intruder 00:25:38 she hollers that there's someone in the house. I jumped out of bed.")) Police say 36-year-old Leonard Holbrook was not only inside their home -- but crouching next to the couple's bed. ((Linda Zeno/home invasion victim 00:40:33 "When I got out of bed, if I had literally taken two steps this way, I would have touched this man.")) Steve tackled the intruder -- pinning him to the ground until police arrived. ((Steve Zeno/wrestled intruder 00:29:03 If someone comes in, it's my house. It's not his.")) Holbrook is behind bars -- awaiting a hearing -- but the Zenos say the damage is done. ((Linda Zeno/break-in victim 00:27:00 "Materials things, yeah they can be replaced. What can't be replaced is the loss of security. What can't be replaced is what he did. He forever changed our lives that night.")) Their terror flipped to frustration when Linda found Holbrook's criminal record. ((Linda Zeno/break-in victim 00:27:17 "Our prosecutors, our judges, our defense attorneys are letting these guys off.")) ((GRX)) Holbrook's been charged with 28 crimes since 1994. 24 misdemeanors. 8 were dismissed. He pleaded guilty to 15 and no contest to another. When it comes to felonies -- his record reveals 4 felony charges -- 2 convictions and 2 dismissals. …and that doesn't even include the latest felony burglary charge. ((T.J. Donovan/Chittenden County State's Attorney 00:53:54 "He really has been an unmitigated disaster, not only for himself, but for our community.")) Chittenden County prosecutor T.J. Donovan -- admits Holbrook slipped through the legal cracks -- for nearly two decades -- starting a life of crime at 16. ((T.J. Donovan/Chittenden County State's Attorney 00:59:41 "this is a failure of the system, myself included, everybody in this system because for over 20 years he continued to commit crime, often times petty crime, but crimes that should have raised enough red flags to have a meaningful response.")) Donovan says the mission of the criminal justice system is to correct people's behavior -- by striking a balance between punishment and rehabilitation. ((Andy Pallito/Vt. Corrections Cmsr. 00:47:18 "this is part of the push and the pull between the administrative branch and the judicial branch, is who's responsible? We work with that the court gives us.")) Corrections can keep criminals behind bars for their maximum sentences -- a challenge when lawmakers are pushing the department to cut costs. ((Linda Zeno/break-in victim 00:34:19 "I just want to see our justice system start protecting the victims. Yeah, we're overcrowded in jails. I don't care. It's not a luxury hotel we're putting them in. Do the crime. Do the time.")) ((JR 45:56 "what happened to 3 strikes and you're out? Andy Pallito: "so 3 strike and you're out or what Vermont calls the habitual offender law only pertains to certain cases.")) And Holbrook's isn't one of them. In Vermont, someone -- with three felonies -- is eligible for up to life in prison on their fourth felony conviction. There are less than 10 inmates -- out of more than 2100 -- currently incarcerated as habitual offenders. ((Linda Zeno/break-in victim 00:29:12 "before you make a decision about letting somebody out or dismissing the charges from the state, picture your family and what we went through.")) The Zenos say they're speaking out on behalf of all victims -- and vow to refuse any plea deals that come their way. JR CH 3 News South Burlington.
An equipment fire kept crews busy in Middlebury tonight. Thirty firefighters responded to a blaze at the Champlain Valley Equipment facility on Exchange Street. The Middlebury fire chief tells us there's significant smoke damage to the back shop but expects the business to open Tuesday. He does not think the fire is suspicious.
A child playing with a lighter was responsible for a Champlain, New York apartment fire. That's according to the Champlain Fire Department. Firefighters arrived at this apartment complex at 25 Spruce Street earlier tonight to find fire and smoke in the bedroom of one of the units. Damage was contained to a single apartment. No one was injured in either fire.
Coming up-- The world remembers a global icon. America's presidents past and present prepare to honor Nelson Mandella. ((Singing nats)) Plus move over America's Got Talent -- One woman with Vermont ties is finding success on Arabs Got Talent! And could a computer program at Colchester High School become a model for the rest of the state? ((Ashley Church/ CHS Senior 00:02:32:00" I think it is an important skill because almost our entire lives this generation revolves around some sort of technology.)) Judy Simpson checks it out when the Channel 3 News at 11 continues.
It is already Tuesday morning in South Africa, where in just a few hours, President Obama will join other world leaders in a memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Tina Kraus reports.
SOUTH AFRICA'S NATIONAL SOCCER STADIUM WILL BE THE CENTER OF THE WORLD TUESDAY AS DOZENS OF LEADERS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE GATHER TO REMEMBER NELSON MANDELA. (SOT - Zelda la Grange/Mandela's Former Private Assistant) "That's exactly what he did in life - and that's what he's doing in death. He's bringing people together." PRESIDENT OBAMA WILL BE ONE OF THE FEATURED SPEAKERS. WHILE THE HE AND MANDELA MET ONLY ONCE IN 2005, THEY KEPT IN TOUCH BY TELEPHONE SINCE THE PRESIDENT FIRST TOOK OFFICE IN 2008. FORMER PRESIDENTS GEORGE W. BUSH, BILL CLINTON AND JIMMY CARTER WILL ALSO ATTEND THE MASSIVE MEMORIAL. (STANDUP BRIDGE) THIS STADIUM HOLDS UP TO 100-THOUSAND PEOPLE, BUT THOUSANDS MORE WANT TO BE THERE. THEY'LL WATCH FROM SURROUNDING STREETS ON BIG SCREENS. NATS BEFORE TUESDAY'S PUBLIC MEMORIAL, FAMILY AND CLOSE FRIENDS PAID THEIR RESPECTS IN PRIVATE. MANDLA MANDELA - ELDEST GRANDSON AN LEADER OF THE MANDELA CLAN - JOINED THE CROWD IN A DANCE OUTSIDE THE FAMILY HOME. NATS MUSIC AND FLOWERS FILLED THE STREETS AS SOUTH AFRICANS SOUGHT TO TURN GRIEF INTO OPTIMISM. (SOT - MOS) "I just hope that the young people of today will continue with his legacy and hope that we just go forward in peace." (VO of little kids signing condolence wall) IT'S A MESSAGE THESE YOUNG SOUTH AFRICANS KNOW WELL. TINA KRAUS, CBS NEWS, JOHANNESBURG.
Our coverage of the memorial begins right here on CBS at 4 - am
A singer with ties to our region -- is gaining recognition overseas on a reality show called Arabs Got Talent. Jennifer Grout has emerged as the unlikely singing sensation on the show. Unlikely because while the 23-year-old has plenty of talent -- she is not Arab. She fell in love with Arabic music -- while studying it in college -- and then moved to Morocco. Her parents -- Daryl and Susan Grout -- are from Randolph, Vermont ...
((Daryl Grout// Jennifer's Father "Jenny first discovered this music and that was her first comment, why aren't more people singing this beautiful music.)) ((Susan Grout//Jennifer's Mother "I think what she's doing is amazing..... proof that you can cross these cultural barriers through any type of art is what I think we need a lot more of in this world.")) Jennifer was one of three finalists on the show Saturday night. A Syrian dance troupe was the winner.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Chance of flurries. Lows: 20/28 Wind: W 5-15 mph Tuesday: Mostly cloudy. Chance snow showers, Mainly south. Highs: 22/30 Wind: NW 5-15 mph Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy. Chance for a flurry or snow shower. Lows: 10/18 Wind: W 5-15 mph Wednesday: Blustery. Mostly cloudy. Flurries & snow showers. Highs: 20/28 Wind: W 10-20 mph Extended: Wednesday night: Lows: 0/10 Thursday: Mostly cloudy. Passing flurry or snow shower. Highs: 10/20 Lows: 0/10 Friday: Mostly cloudy. Passing flurry or snow shower. Highs: 15/25 Lows: 10/20 Saturday: Mostly cloudy, flurries. Snow possible at night. Highs: 20s Lows: 10/20 Sunday: Cloudy with a chance of snow. Highs: 20s Lows: 0/10 Monday: Becoming partly cloudy. Chance snow showers, mtns. Highs: 15/25
Vermont's largest union is touting its "agenda for student success." The Vermont NEA's plans were announced today -- and they showcased a new computer education program at one high school -- as the type of learning -- kids need. Judy Simpson reports.
When it comes to education, teachers say they know what it takes to motivate students, and also what doesn't work including standardized testing, cookie cutter curricula and what NEA President Martha Allen says is punitive evaluation systems. But the number one issue teachers say they need, is more time. ((Martha Allen / Vermont NEA President 00:07:59:20" I think what is important is that teachers have the time to do their professional work during that day not necessarily with students but with their colleagues or on their own so that needs to be put into the classroom into the school day and honored." 00:08:17:23)) Meaning, rather than having teachers pull lunchroom and playground duty, let them use that time for collaboration. The union also wants to expand the ability of local schools to come up with innovative programs to help students thrive. And in some schools, that is already happening. ((Judy Simpson/Colchester 00:14:08:01" Colchester High School has just launched a new initiative called an hour of code. The goal is to give each student the opportunity to write their own computer code." 00:14:16:07)) The school won 10 thousand dollars worth of computer hardware and accessories to be used to give each student in the school at least one hour of experience writing code, using on-line tutorials featuring facebook father Mark Zuckerberg and Khan Academy and Angry Birds. ((Will Warren/ CHS Science & Health Team Leader 00:07:41:02" So this is like a fantastic way for us to see if there are kids who would not even know if they have aptitude or interest or find it exciting so hopefully we can get in touch with those kids after this and see what their interest level is do they want to learn more and we can hopefully give them outlets to pursue that stuff." "00:08:04:29)) Exactly the kind of program Vermont's Teachers Union would like to see more of. (( Martha again 00:10:01:21" Those kinds of programs working with other businesses we would like to work more closely with businesses to provide those kinds of opportunities for kids hopefully we will get some more computer programmers out of that." 00:10:14:27)) Students we spoke with were happy with the experience. ((Ashley Church/ CHS Senior 00:02:32:00" I think it is an important skill because almost our entire lives this generation revolves around some sort of technology so we are using code all the time, you just don't know it ."00:02:42:25)) ((Hytham Mohamed/CHS Junior 00:00:35:06" I haven't really considered code before so right now it seems fun being able to have that control in your hands in order to make programs and operate them." 00:00:47:15)) Teaching these students they can learn the basics when it comes to becoming a creator and innovator. JS CHannel three news, Colchester.
In the late 1990's mount mansfield's Erin Sullivan won 2 cross country national championships. Since the event became the nikecross nationals in 2004 Richford grad Elle Purrier had the best result, a 17th place finish. That is until Saturday when CVU's autumn eastman took to the course in Portland, Oregon. (((Autumn Eastman/"It's been extremely overwhelming. Nike Cross Nationals is the biggest experience I've ever had in my whole high school career. It's just a once and a lifetime experience that any athlete can receive, so I'll hold it true to my heart forever for sure."))) ((("You get back to Vermont and of course there's snow on the ground. When you got to Oregon there was snow on the ground and it was even colder. I don't think you were expecting that."))) ((("No, we weren't expecting that. The conditions were really hard. The ground was really solid on any year we've ever experienced in Oregon, but yeah I think it was an advantage for the Northeast people just having to deal with the snow conditions. Coming from a nordic background, I think I had an advantage with the snow."))) ((("Has it hit you that you were the fastest Vermonter to ever preform out there?"))) ((("It just hasn't hit me, I crossed and I didn't even know my time. I crossed not even knowing my place either. I was somewhere in the top 30, wasn't sure where. But I was just excited to be there and excited to race with the best people in the country, it was just amazing.")))
Olympic gold medalist Joan Benoit Samuelson will be apart of the 2014 Vermont City Marathon. She'll be here marathon weekend to meet with runners and will be the Welcome Speaker and Honorary Starter for the big event on May 25.
The UVM men's basketball team is back in action on Sunday at home against Qunnipiac. The Cats are closer to getting big men Ethan O'Day and Ryan Pierson back into the lineup. Both guys have started practicing with the team. Pierson recovering from a broken leg, O'Day a broken thumb. While we may not see them both back Sunday having them day to day, is a great sign.
(((FEELING GOOD... :22)))
Guard Dre Wills will be ready to go for the guys Sunday. The UVM women visit Rhode Island Saturday. The team is still being cautious with guard Sam Simononis. She's missed a month of the season, 5 games, after suffering a concussion at the end of the Cats loss to Dartmouth November 11th. Vermont had won 2 straight before falling to Central Connecticut, 82-68 yesterday at Patrick Gym, it's a game the team could've really used its sharp shooting senior.
(((MAKING PLAYS... :12)))
Nothing has changed atop the Division 3 hockey polls. The Plattsburgh men and women's teams are still ranked first in the country.
As expected, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is done for the season. Gronkowski tearing both the ACL and MCL in his right knee yesterday and will have to have season ending surgery. He could be out anywhere from 8 months to a year. It happened in the third quarter of New England's 27-26 win in Foxboro when Gronkowski was hit in the knee by cleveland's TJ Ward.
former long time Yankees yankees manager Joe Torre will be inducted into the baseball hall of fame this summer. He will go in with a couple of other retired managers, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox. Each of the inductees won more than 2,000 games in managerial careers that spanned more than four decades.
The Norwich women's rugby team arrived back in Northfield tonight with some new hardware. The team capturing its first ever Division 1 15s national title yesterday in Florida. The Cadets won their third straight USA Rugby College 7s title two weeks ago. They also won the Division 2 15s title in 2012.
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