Mon 29-SEP-2014 11 P.M. News Script
Good evening, I'm Keith McGilvery. And I'm Jennifer Costa. He was a Vermont soldier who took his own life last week. Today Joshua Pallotta's family invited us to his funeral -- with hopes of sharing his story and helping other soldiers who struggle when they come home. Melissa Howell reports.
((00:18:04 "He was proud to wear the uniform around and he was happy." 00:18:08)) Gregory and Valerie Pallotta remembered their son, Joshua as they celebrated his life Monday morning. ((Valerie Pallotta/Mother 00:17:24 "every picture from when he was a little kid to when he was a 25 year old soldier, he still had that smirk on his face." 00:17:31)) Joshua was deployed to Afghanistan in 2009 with the Vermont National Guard -- and returned home in June of 2010. But he would never be the same. ((Valerie Pallotta/Mother 00:15:34 "He had made statements that he wasn't happy and all of his friends tried to help him but it was too late, they couldn't do anything. Nobody could do anything. The help needed to happen way before." 00:15:44)) Joshua suffered from PTSD. His family says sought help in the months before his death. But - he took his life on September 23rd. ((Valerie Pallotta/Mother 00:13:08 "We want people to know that our son took his life because he was struggling with PTSD that he couldn't get out of, he couldn't see another way out and we just don't want this to happen to another veteran ever again." 00:13:20)) We asked the Vermont National Guard for the latest numbers on suicide - but officials could not provide us with any. Last year -- the Guard confirmed that over the previous decade seven soldiers and one airman with the Vermont National Guard died by suicide. Nationally, the National Guard reported 133 suicides in 2013 alone. ((Brigadier General Michael Heston/Vt. National Guard 00:25:24 "Will it go away? We hope to rid it from our system. Is it possible? I hope so, I just don't think we're going to be able to do it until we have everybody pushing in the right direction." 00:25:35)) This year the VA announced efforts to provide more peer support for veterans, as well as research programs to better technology that will help manage diseases like PTSD. They are also working to detect the signs of suicide and PTSD earlier -- and provide more counseling for veterans and families ((Brigadier General Michael Heston/Vt. National Guard 00:30:26 "We know this is an issue, the army knows this is an issue and we're going to continue to make this, bring out the awareness to all our soldiers so that this doesn't happen to anyone else." 00:30:35)) But for Joshua's parents, the help is coming too late. They say their fight to save veterans from the same fate as Joshua's is far from over. ((Gregory Pallotta/Joshua's Father 00:15:04 "There is help out there. In our case we don't think it was enough."00:15:08)) They hope their son's death with help shed light on the struggles service men and women face everyday -- and serve as a reminder that returning home doesn't mean the battle is over. Melissa Howell channel 3 News, Burlington.
A water rescue in Highgate to tell you about tonight. Authorites say two men went overboard falling out of a sailboat when it capsized this afternoon. One of the men made it to shore on his own. First responders say the second man was in the water for about an hour before they were able to get him safely to land.
State officials are trying to figure out where to house hundreds of Vermont inmates. The Vermont Department of Corrections is looking for a contractor to take about 500 inmates -- who are currently serving sentences in Kentucky and Arizona. The state's contract with the Corrections Corporation of America is set to expire in July. Corrections Commissioner Andy Pallito says there are about 100-thousand inmate beds on the market nationwide. And he says Vermont needs 400 to 600 of those beds.
Nearly 40-percent of violent crime -- last year -- in Vermont -- was tied to domestic violence. Now there's a new push -- to help law enforcement -- handles these types of cases. Alex Apple explains.
It was the cause of 60 percent of Vermont's homicides last year. One in five women experience it. Domestic violence -- it surged into the national conscience with recent cases involving NFL athletes. (4:43 BPD Chief Michael Schirling)(("Recent high profile events with the NFL are emblematic of the scope and depth of the ongoing challenge.")) On Monday -- both state and local police officers unveiled Stop The Violence VT -- a program designed to curve domestic violence. (Chief Trevor Whipple/South Burlington Police Department 1:03)(("The magnitude and the importance of the subject at hand is quite visible in just looking around the room.")) Over 50 officers and advocacy experts filled the South Burlington police department -- to hear the state's multi-step initiative to stop gender-based violence. (5:58 BPD Chief Michael Schirling)(("It would be easy to look at this number and question what can be done.")) The state is taking action in the form of two main steps. (GFX)The first -- increase public education with an emphasis on teaching young males. (12:03 Karen Tronsgard-Scott/VT Network against Domestic and Sexual Violence)(("Often young boys will watch this behavior in their homes and grow up to be offenders.")) (25:27 BPD Chief Michael Schirling)(("The most effective thing that achieves public safety is having an active, engaged community on any particular topic.")) (GFX)The second step -- enhanced training for law enforcement -- emphasizing victim support. (27:04 Michael Schirling)(("It's not about arresting your way out of the problem. It's about how do we prevent things from happening by changing the culture.")) So what's different than past efforts? Police will be trained how to interact with victims so that they feel more comfortable opening up about about an abusive relationship. Burlington Chief Michael Schirling said he was surprised at how much he learned at the new training. (15:23 BPD Chief Michael Schirling)(("When you look at depth of the issue through the lense they're able to deliver in a training this comprehensive, you see all kinds of opportunities to improve.")) Schirling say if the program works -- they'll see an initial increase in the number of reported cases -- as women feel more comfortable to speak out. (Jennifer Morrison Chief colchester 3:12)(("These crimes are complex, under reported, and often misunderstood.")) And when that initial increase hits -- already-taxed support organizations will get even busier. (20:00 Karen Tronsgard-Scott)(("we' re quite concerned about what an uptick in the number of people seeking services will look like. Our shelters are full every night of the week.")) But Chief Michael Schirling says domestic violence advocacy groups will receive priority -- for any extra resources that may become available. Alex Apple Channel 3 news -- Burlington.
Dan is here. Some clouds today, but still another nice Fall day.
There's no vacancy--on Burlington's Church Street Marketplace as national brands scoop up spots once held by local retailers. But is that a good thing? Shelby Cashman joins us now with what she found out. Shelby? Keith--the last two open storefronts on the marketplace--are now occupied. And--they are national retailers. While some say the full capacity shows that business is booming--others wonder how the influx of national stores--will effect--Vermont's own.
Kara Alnasrawi wanted to open a clothing boutique--in downtown Burlington. Church Street was her top pick. Then sticker shock set in. (00:01:13) ((Kara Alnasrawi/Owner, Liebling "The rent was twice the amount")) (00:01:16) So Alnasrawi opened up shop -- on College Street -- directly off the Marketplace. (00:01:25) ((Kara Alnasrawi "The side streets are becoming a really vibrant area of Burlington. A lot of mostly locally owned businesses, very creative unique ones.")) (00:01:32) But Church Street Marketplace still boasts a mix--of nationally and locally owned businesses. And now--you won't find any empty storefronts. Athleta -- a Gap owned fitness apparel company -- will open Tuesday. Its parent company -- is leaving Burlington Town Center Mall -- to move next door -- within the next couple months. (00:15:29) ((Becky Cassidy/Church Street Marketplace Commission "We're so excited to have the marketplace fully occupied. It's wonderful for us and wonderful for all the retailers and restauranteurs. The marketplace obviously is a destination for shopping and for dining.")) (00:15:40) Economist Art Woolf says the marketplace has become such a destination -- in part -- because of its mix of national and local businesses. He says the fact that national stores want to bring their business to Burlington -- is a sign of a healthy economy. (00:28:47) ((Art Woolf "so the fact that rents are high is a good thing. It's a sign that there's a big demand for location there and you've got to sell a lot of product to justify that rent.")) Woolf says competition is inevitable -- and it's what ultimately drives success. (00:25:50) ((Art Woolf "so what it really gives the retailer is an incentive To try to figure out what their customers want instead of just sitting there. If they're the only one there They are not gonna have much desire to do that.")) Alnasrawi thinks the influx of national stores on the marketplace will drive more local business owners to side streets. She says shoppers can find national chains anywhere. But it's the local vendors that make the Queen City unique. (00:02:52) ((Kara Alnasrawi "The tourists have all those stores already in their towns. They have the Gap, the Banana Republic, all those places. 00:02:58 and I think when you travel and you come to a new area and you're discovering a new town you're more drawn to locally owned businesses, unique businesses, things you wouldn't see in your own hometown.")) (00:03:10)
The Church Street marketplace -- and the Burlington Town Center Mall are separate entities. No word yet on how the mall will fill the storefronts vacated by Gap. Keith.
Still ahead -- There's new information about the intruder who made his way into the White House. And Governor Cuomo heads to Afghanistan -- We have the details behind his trip. Plus -- Could drones soon be off limits for hunters in Vermont? And one feathered friend is fitting right in at a Ferrisburgh daycare. ((NAT SOT GOBBLE)) Judy Simpson introduces us to Jake when the Channel 3 News at 11 continues.
The director of the Secret Service is scheduled to testify before Congress tomorrow about a number of security breaches at The White House. In one of the most recent cases -- a knife-wielding intruder jumped the fence -- and made it well inside the executive mansion. Craig Boswell reports.
ACCUSED WHITE HOUSE FENCE JUMPER OMAR GONZALEZ MADE IT MUCH FARTHER INSIDE THE EXECUTIVE MANSION THAN WAS PREVIOUSLY REVEALED. SOURCES TELL CBS NEWS THAT AFTER ENTERING THE PORTICO DOORS, GONZALEZ RAN THROUGH THE ENTRANCE HALL TO THE CROSS HALL... PAST THE STAIRCASE LEADING TO THE FIRST FAMILY'S RESIDENCE. A FEMALE SECRET SERVICE AGENT CONFRONTED GONZALEZ, BUT HE OVERPOWERED HER. HE THEN RAN INTO THE EAST ROOM. AGENTS FINALLY STOPPED HIM JUST OUTSIDE THE GREEN ROOM DOOR. THAT'S VERY DIFFERENT FROM THE ORIGINAL REPORT, WHICH SAID THAT GONZALEZ WAS "ULTIMATELY APPREHENDED BY OFFICERS INSIDE THE NORTH PORTICO DOORS OF THE WHITE HOUSE." (STAND UP BRIDGE:) THE SECRET SERVICE DECLINED COMMENT ON THE REPORT, CITING AN ONGOING INVESTIGATION. BUT THIS WAS NOT THE ONLY SERIOUS BREACH HERE AT 1600 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE. IN NOVEMBER 2011, OSCAR ORTEGA-HERNANDEZ FIRED SHOTS AT THE WHITE HOUSE, STRIKING THE BUILDING AT LEAST SEVEN TIMES. LEAVING BULLET HOLES AND BROKEN GLASS. ONE OF THE PRESIDENT'S DAUGHTER, SAHSA, WAS HOME AT THE TIME. (SOT) "One secret service agent that I talked to said we just keep getting lucky, well we cant rely on luck." THE PRESIDENT WAS NOT AT THE MANSION DURING EITHER OF THE INCIDENTS. CRAIG BOSWELL, CBS NEWS, THE WHITE HOUSE.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is in Afghanistan. He's with a bipartisan delegation of governors -- visiting soldiers from New York -- now deployed overseas. There are about 2-hundred-70 members of the New York National Guard, and some 9-hundred soldiers from Fort Drum's 10th Mountain Division -- now there. Cuomo says he is also receiving counterterrorism briefings.
In other New York news -- the state wants to import marijuana -- to help kids with epilepsy. Therapy from a strain of pot grown in Colorado - where the drug is legal - has shown great results in calming dangerous seizure disorders in young people. But importing the special strain of marijuana is illegal under federal law. So right now only patients in Colorado are benefiting. New York is launching its own medical marijuana program in 2016. But authorities are asking the US Justice Department to be able to treat young people before then.
Aerial drones could soon be off limits for hunters in Vermont. The Fish and Wildlife department is considering a proposal that would prohibit people from using drones -- or manned aircrafts --- to find game animals -- or direct them toward hunters waiting on the ground. A number of states have already enacted similar bans.
Tonight: mostly cloudy. Lows: 52/58 Winds: Light Tuesday: Mostly cloudy. Chance of showers, NY Tuesday Night: Cloudy skies. Lows: 50/57 Winds: Light Wednesday: Mostly cloudy. Highs: 63/70 Winds: Light Extended: Thursday through Monday. Wednesday Night: Lows 45/52 Thursday: Partly sunny. Highs 63/70 Lows 45/52 Friday: Increasing clouds late, showers likely Friday night. Highs 63/70 Lows 45/52 Saturday: Mostly cloudy. Showers likely. Highs 58/65 Lows 40s Sunday: Partly sunny. Highs 50s Lows 30s Monday: Mostly sunny. Highs 50s
There's a special guest at one Vermont daycare. He's a hit with the kids -- and that means the owner has a tough choice to make -- come Thanksgiving. Judy Simpson explains.
You expect to see busy children and lots of toys at a daycare center, but at Tots on the Go in Ferrisburgh, there is something more. ((NAT SOT GOBBLE)) Meet Jake, the Daycare turkey. (( Lisa Brace/DayCare and turkey owner Tile JOE_1824_01 00:10:08:03 "Like I said we went and visited him on Monday at the barn and then after that he started showing up at the playground the kids and I tried to bring him back to the barn and he just followed us back to the playground so then he struts around the fence."00:10:28:20)) It seems this turkey can't get enough of the children. He is obsessed. ((Lisa Brace/DayCare and turkey owner Tile JOE_1824_01 00:10:49:00 "He will hang out with us until we go inside for lunch." "then he goes to the daycare window and taps on the window with his beak he struts and gobbles, the sound he is making now is spitting he is just trying to get our attention."00:11:05:25 )) And its working. ((nat sot of kids yelling GOBBLE GOBBLE)) ((Tile JOE_1845_01 00:24:18:00 JS SU "While the children seem to have made a big impression on on the turkey Lisa has also noticed that the turkey has had an amazing effect on the children. "00:24:25:15)) ((Tile JOE_1825_01 00:12:27:13 Lisa Brace/ Daycare and turkey owner "last week the kids were really just mellow because their focus was on this crazy turkey , they all just want to interact with the turkey talk about the turkey and the little guy that cried for his Mom all day long didn't cry at all,, js,, well maybe you have found the secret,,I know,, a turkey! "00:12:45:29)) But there is trouble in this paradise, you see Jake was raised to be the Thanksgiving Day meal main attraction. It is something Lisa has explained to the children. (((Tile JOE_1825_01 00:09:28:02 Judy says "so this is very much farm to plate education" DefinItely that's how I grew up that is the way we raise our three kids." )) And yet, there is something endearing about Jake, who might just be strutting his stuff as a ploy. ((Lisa Brace/DayCare and turkey owner Tile JOE_1824_01 00:11:21:14 "I think he might be protesting its already bought him a day so its working so far. 00:12:00:07 ya, we haven't really made a final decision yet, js says,,Well there is always Christmas,, Right ."00:12:11:19)) Whatever his fate, you have to admire this turkey's pluck, becase soon, he may be out of luck. JS Channel three news Ferrisburgh.
The UVM men's hockey team plays its one and only preseason game Sunday afternoon at the Gut against the Royal Millitary College of Canada. The first u-s college hockey online poll is out and while the Cats aren't in the top 20, they're certainly knocking on the door. Vermont sits at number 25 in the poll, receiving 51 votes. Last year's national runner-up, Minnesota, is ranked first. Last week, the Cats were picked to finish 8th in hockey east in the preseason coach's poll. All 7 of the teams picked to finish ahead of the Cats in the conference are also ahead of UVM in this U-S college hockey online poll. Vermont wants to build off that NCAA Tournament appearance from last season, and they'll try to do it with 11 of its first 13 games against Hockey East opponents.
((Brody Hoffman/" I think the next step is to go there and make noise. We obviously want to have a better regular season, try to get home ice in the playoffs. That's a big thing, especially in our conference.")) ((Mario Puskarich/"First two games of the year, that could affect your ranking at the end of the year. Coming out of the gates...getting all four points in a weekend...and really just rolling right out. You don't want a slow start because then you're playing catch up the whole year.")))
Middlebury College quarterback Matt Milano is the NESCAC Offensive Player of the Week. In his second career start Saturday, Milano threw for 290 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-7 win at Colby. The 1-1 Panthers host Amherst Saturday at 1:30.
Just one more race at Thunder Road this season this weekend. Over 10-thousand dollars is up for grabs at The 52nd Annual Milk Bowl Sunday. East Montpelier native Emily Packard will be competing at the Milk Bowl, but then the 17 year old will pack her bags for Hampton, Virginia. Packard is one of 20 finalists to compete in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine late next month at Langley Speedway. The Drive for Diversity program helps with the development of minority and female drivers and crew members. The Combine will test Packard's physical fitness, media skills, communication, knowledge, and overall driving skills.
((Emily Packard/" It's such a great experience to be able to go down there, not only to be able to do it for myself, but for the New England racers. To have somebody down there to be able to represent them. It really means a lot to me, means a lot to the team, to be chose for such a great thing. I'm really excited."))
The New England Patriots played the Chiefs on Monday night football, but I think no one told the Patriots. New England falling 41-14 in Kansas City. Tom Brady was pulled after throwing a pick sixth midway through the fourth. The Pats drop to 2-2 on the season.
A couple of High School Boys soccer games today, first in Montpelier, a great one between the Solons and Stowe. --- Montpelier goalie Zach Vanden Bergh was terrific. First half, off the lead pass Cam Taylor with a crazy shot, but it's turned away by Vanden Burgh. --- A few minutes later, Blake Duffy breaks in, but Vanden Burgh gets a hand on it as it sails across the crease. We're scoreless at the break. --- Second half, Duffy tires again, but Vanden Bergh is there to cut him off. --- The save of the night coming a little bit later, Vince Van Patten point blank shot, but Vanden Bergh tips it up over the crossbar. --- Finally, with 33:31 left in regulation The Stowe Corner kick is headed by Taylor off a Montpelier defender and in. That's your only goal of the game as Stowe takes it, 1-0 over the Solons.
Let's head to Northfield, the Marauders hosting Lamoille. --- 15 minutes left in the first half, check out Northfield's Nick Medow, in the corner he fights off a couple of defenders and finds a the corner of the net. It's 1-0 Marauders. --- About 3 minutes later, Medow the touch pass to Garrett Bean. Watch his long shot, it sneaks by the inside post of the score. Northfield had been struggling lately, certainly not today, a big 2-1 win over Lamoille.
The Boston Bruins were joined by a couple of familiar faces for the first time since the start of training camp. Defenseman Tory Krug and forward riley smith were resigned to one year contracts Monday. Both deals are in the 1.4 million dollar range. In his first full NHL season, Smith scored 20 goals for the Bruins. Krug is coming off a 14 goal and 40 point rookie season.
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