Mon 05-OCT-2015 11 P.M. News Script
Trouble on the tracks. Good evening and thanks for joining us at 11. I'm Keith McGilvery. It was a dangerous day for the Amtrak Vermonter. Parts of the train with more than 100 people on board went flying off the tracks in Northfield on its way to Washington, DC. Channel 3 cameras caught the scene from the sky. The southbound train hit a rockslide -- in an area off Route 12A near Bull Run Road and fortunately - no one was killed.
We have team coverage of the train deraillment. Ali Freeman spoke with passengers on board the Vermonter when the accident happened -- but we begin with the night team's Alex Apple who is live in Northfield with a look at what went wrong -- and has some good news about a member of the crew who was taken to the hospital. We are learning tonight that -- just one person remains in the hospital after this morning's crash. Amtrak says it is a member of the train's crew whose injuries are described as non-life threatening.
A Monday morning train crash -- will now cause headaches for travelers Tuesday. Vtrans will close Route 12A in Northfield near Bull Run Road TUESDAY MORNING. Then -- they'll bring in heavy equipment -- like cranes -- needed to REMOVE five damaged rail cars and a locomotive FROM THE SCENE. ((41:13 Gov Shum: I just want to emphasize, there's no reason at this time to believe that there was any negligence on anyone's part.")) INVESTIGATORS WANT TO KNOW whether the conductor hit the brakes before colliding with the rocks --THAT DERAILED THE TRAIN -- A DRAMATIC SCENE CAPTURE BY CHANNEL 3 CAMERAS FROM THE SKY. ((NAT RIDER 21:51 We feel it was not the conductors fault. Things can happen like that.)) Six OF THE 102 people on BOARD WHEN THE TRAIN JUMPED THE TRACKS were transported to Central Vermont Medical Center -- and released Monday night. Another was life-flighted to Dartmouth Hitchcock with unknown injuries. ((Ryan McDonald Northfield Country Club 05:42 The DART landed right on the fifth fairway, and we got out there pretty quickly to help them.)) The Vermonter -- travels nearly 60 miles per hour -- through this area. Tuesday the Vermont portion of the Amtrak route will remain closed -- the company is offering bus transportation to folks originally ticketed to be on board. ((Gov. Shum: 43:27 Some of the folks have family members coming to pick them up. They've been through a pretty traumatic experience, but they're doing very very well.)) As most of the people on board walked away, locals pitched in to help when they could. Golf carts transported first responders -- and buses loaded up passengers -- their vacations and travels -- quickly thrown off track. ((Rita Kimble - California resident 20:53 Next thing we knew, we kind of swerved to the left and then to the right and we were all going ugh oh.))
Hazmat responded to cleanup diesel that spilt into a nearby brook. Amtrak is working closely with the NTSB, which is taking the lead in the investigation. The Associated Press reports that more than 50 accidents have occurred along the Vermonter line since 2006, Keith.
More than 100 people from around the country were on board the Vermonter when it went off the rails this morning. Ali Freeman spoke with many of them as they made it to safety.
" I know we've heard about accidents but I think it's a nice way to go -- beautiful smooth ride ... We were just sailing along and all enjoying the views 5 Like many of the 102 people on the Amtrak train -- friends Rita Kimble and Barbara Eslinger were cruising through the Green Mountains for a picturesque tour -- soaking in the scenic views. Rita Kimble / California her first trip 20:24 the other friend found the trip for us and she looked online and found vacations by rail and o thought how exciting to come up here I was really excited 7 But in an instant Monday morning -- that excitement took a turn. Barbara eslinger 18:19 we were kind of rocking and then screeched to a stop 4 Massive chunks of fallen rock ledge on the tracks in Northfield -- drew sightseeing to a dramatic halt. Barbara patten 24:20 shook a Big Bang, bob said we are in trouble we were off the rail -- so we braced 8 That ledge sent the train off the tracks. The engine went down an embankment. Another car left on its side. 29:05 people were panicked to see a train car hanging out the window 4 21:05 we were all going are you okay are you okay were all asking each other 3 24:58 Doors wouldn't open on our car and so we got into the next car and people in there had broken a window out 9 7 passengers were taken to the hospital -- one was flown the Dartmouth by a dart helicopter. For those passengers simply shaken up -- they say they are grateful to be okay. And this accident won't steer them away for taking the train again... One day. 29:14 would probably be my 15th or 16th time taking this train from here back towards Philadelphia so it's not like I wouldn't do it again but I might take a little bit of a hiatus from taking the train for a little bit 10 ALI FREEMAN CHANNEL 3 NORTHFIELD.
As Alex reported -- This is not the first time Amtrak has had problems on Vermont tracks. In 1984 -- A section of track in Williston was washed out following heavy rains - and the engineer of the Amtrak Montrealer had no warning when the train rolled into the broken track. Several cars went down an embankment. 278 people were on board. Five people were killed in that derailment -- another 150 were injured.
Dan is here. Great fall day today.
New at 11 -- Authorities are investigating a reported assault and robbery in Colchester. Police say it happened just after 7 at the Finnelis' convenience store on Roosevelt Highway. Investigators say the suspect demanded money and showed what was thought to be a gun before he was chased out of the store by a customer. The suspect is described as about 5-7 weighing between 120 and 150 pounds.
A state worker is charged with sexually assaulting a child. The Orange County Special Investigations Unit arrested 42-year-old Perry Thompson of Barre Friday. The Agency of Education employee is accused of sexually assaulting a boy over a three year period starting when the child was 13. Today in court -- Thompson pleaded not guilty.
(TC 00:05:12:12 Tile 3417) ((Dickson Corbett/Orange County Deputy State's Attorney "Mr. Thompson was charged today with felony aggravated sexual assault of a child. The filing of information and the finding of probable cause are not evidence of his guilt. He is presumed innocent and remains so throughout the process unless and until he's proven guilty at trial." 00:05:29:05)) A spokesperson for the Agency of Education says Thompson has been relieved of his duties. Thompson's next court date is scheduled for December. He's out on bail.
A Colchester business is being investigated for alleged prostitution. Colchester authorities tell us they are looking into the alleged criminal behavior at the King Spa on Porters Point Road. This afternoon Colchester police used a warrant to search the property with help from Homeland Security -- and say that they are also looking at potential human trafficking as part of the investigation.
((02:57 Doug Allen, Colchester Police Dept. "we as part of obtaining information for the warrant did some surveillance here and did obtain some surveillance here that allowed us to obtain the warrant.)) Colchester police tell us there were three people inside the spa when they arrived and that the property has been shut down by the health department. So far no arrests have been made.
Authorities say he supplied tools to the a pair of escaped murderes -- a former Dannemora prison worker is facing charges. Plus -- Why New Hampshire's governor says she's running for the U.S. Senate. Craig tease Also -- life after abuse -- we check back in with some four-legged friends with a new lease on life -- When the Channel 3 News at 11 continues.
Authorities say he helped two killers escape from Dannemora prison -- now the former worker is facing charges. Gene Palmer of Cadyville -- is accused of supplying pliers, a screwdriver, and paint -- to David Sweat and Richard Matt -- who broke out of the prison. Palmer will be arraigned Friday. Another prison worker -- Joyce Mitchell -- was sentenced to two to 7 years in prison -- for her role in the escape. Matt was shot and killed while the men were on the run. Sweat was captured by authorities.
The candidate pool in the race for Vermont governor got a little deeper today. Matt Dunne is an executive with Google and a former state senator. Dunne has been in the race for months -- but today was his kick-off event in Barre.
(TC 01:06:16:08 Tile 3393) ((Matt Dunne/Candidate for Governor "Helping a business grow to over 100 employees here in Vermont. In the last 5 years I've led a team that has helped to bring gigabit speed internet to communities around the country." 01:06:30:05)) If elected -- Dunne says he wants to reduce Vermont's carbon footprint -- connect all Vermonters to high speed internet -- and fight the state's opiate crisis. Dunne is one of three democrats in the race so far.
New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan is running for the U.S. Senate. In an online video released this morning, the Democratic governor says she's running to get a response from Washington -- that matches the progress New Hampshire has made promoting business innovation and expanding economic opportunity.
((Maggie Hassan/Democrat for NH Gov.: " ... against the middle class.")) The second-term governor is the first Democrat to announce she's in the race -- and challenging Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte. Ayotte was elected in 2010. She says she expects a "very spirited campaign."
Are you fed up with fees when you head to the ATM? Kenneth Craig reports on steps you can take to avoid paying to access your cash.
THEY'RE DESIGNED FOR CONVIENIENCE... (NAT, WITHDRAW, ATM) ...BUT AT ATMS ACROSS THE COUNTRY.. SOME CONSUMERS ARE PAYING A HEAVY PRICE TO GET THEIR MONEY. (Sandhi Santini, ATM User) No one likes their own money ripped away like that. (gfx) A NEW REPORT FROM BANKRATE DOT COM SHOWS THE AVERAGE OUT-OF-NETWORK ATM FEE IS NOW $4.52. RATES ARE UP 21 PERCENT IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS. (Sandhi Santini, ATM User) That's really highway robbery. That's highway robbery (gfx) AND THE FEES VARY FROM CITY TO CITY. THE STUDY FOUND ATLANTA, NEW YORK AND PHOENIX HAVE THE HIGHEST IN THE COUNTRY KANSAS CITY, CINCINNATI AND SAN FRANCISCO WERE AMONG THE LOWEST. (Greg McBride/Bankrate.com Chief Financial Analyst) it's easier than ever to avoid paying those fees GREG MCBRIDE FROM BANKRATE.COM URGES PEOPLE TO USE ATMS WITHIN THEIR BANK'S NETWORK AND RECOMMENDS JOINING A BANK THAT REIMBURSES OUT OF NETWORK CHARGES. (Greg McBride/Bankrate.com Chief Financial Analyst) and If you're really at a pinch for cash you can use your debit card at the point of sale and get cash back BANKS NEED FEES TO MAINTAIN THE ATMS BUT MCBRIDE SAYS CONSUMERS *ARE* GETTING BETTER AT AVOIDING THEM. (Joseph Mercado, ATM User) It's annoying you know to pay the fees, obviously. AND EXPERTS EXPECT THE FEES WILL CONTINUE TO RISE. KENNETH CRAIG, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows: 35/42 Winds: Light Tuesday: Partly sunny. Highs: 60/67 Winds: Light Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy. Lows: 40/47 Winds: Light Wednesday: Partly sunny. Highs: 58/65 Winds: W 5-10 mph Extended: Thursday through Monday. Wednesday Night: Lows 33/40 Thursday: Mostly sunny. Highs 53/60 Lows 35/42 Friday: Showers. Highs 53/60 Lows 35/42 Saturday: Mostly sunny. Highs 50/57 Lows 30s Sunday: Partly cloudy, chance of rain showers. Highs 50s Lows 40s Monday: Partly sunny. Highs 50s
There's some good news for beer lovers in our region. A new brew house is in the works for Otter Creek in Middlebury. Officials broke ground on the 8-thousand square foot expansion. The company says it will make Otter Creek the largest brewery -- by volume -- in the state.
There have been a number of cases of alleged animal abuse in Vermont recently. And while we often get updates on the people charged -- , we don't always know what happens to the animals that have been seized. Judy Simpson caught up with two lucky dogs.
In February, Humane workers converged on a home in Eden, following reports of suspected animal abuse. ((Erika Holm/ Central Vermont Humane Society 00:07:21:12" When we arrived at the home it was shocking," )) Erika Holm was one of the rescue agents on the scene. ((Erika Holm/ Central Vermont Humane Society 00:07:26:00" The first thing that hits you is the smell you don't have that many animals living in a home uncared for or properly without an overwhelming smell of feces and urine and garbage. "00:07:42:19)) Russell Goodell and Carol Merchant surrendered about 90 animals. Goodell was the caretaker for two dogs. Here is a picture of one of them. This is that some dog today. ((nats)) He was adopted in March by Heather Henry and her husband, and they named him Gibbs. ((Heather Henry/Adopted Gibbs the dog 00:01:41:13" I just saw Gibbs.he was laying in the furthest kennel and he was just curled up into a ball just laying on the floor all curled up and it was just tearing up my heartstrings I was like look at this little guy 00:01:56:28 So we asked to see him and we just fell in love immediately with him."00:01:00:10)) The animals at the time were divided among local humane societies Including North Country Animal League in Morrisville. ((Sallie Scott/NCAL 00:16:20:01" We took in 8 of them there were a few that were here a little longer because they did have pretty severe medical issues and they were in foster, our last one just left after she had been with us for 5 months.")) But there is one dog that was adopted by her foster parents. This is what she looked like when she was rescued, you can barely see her in the crate at the bottom of the picture. She was the other dog cared for by Goodell. Her new home is with Sallie Scott and her husband. After fostering her for months, they just had to keep her. (( Sallie Scott/NACAL 00:15:07:06 "We fostered her, couldn't give her up She is what they call a pocket pitt so she looks like a pitt bull but she is tiny.")) Her new name is Mary Katherine, and she is still very shy. That can be a common trait for a rescued dog. And can be a challenge for potential owners. ((Erika again 00:11:19:00" Patience and love and then there can be a lot of happy endings but no, some of them it just doesn't work out that way.00:11:30:11)) The good news is, most of the dogs rescued from Eden have been adopted out to families who are prepared to deal with some possible personality quirks. JS channel three news, Montpelier.
Russell Goodell entered a plea agreemnt to two animal cruelty charges last week. He will serve five years probation with a suspended sentence of up to a year in Jail. Carol Merchant has pleaded not guilty to felony charges.
A Vermont State Police K9 is is getting some new tools to keep him safe. Maximus is the new owner of a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to the non-profit Vested Interest in K9s and the generosity of Vermonter Judith Douglass. The vest is valued at more than a thousand dollars. Maximus works with his handler Trooper Nicholas Arlington out of the Royalton barracks.
Dartmouth quarterback Dalyn Williams was recognized by College Sports Madness on Sunday, named their Ivy League Offensive Player of the week... and the honors kept rolling in this morning... On Monday, Williams was named the Co-Offensive Player of the week by the Ivy League...Dartmouth cruised past Penn on Saturday 41-20, and Williams had a lot to do with that, throwing for 336 yards and four touchdowns, and rushing for two more scores...Williams completed 23 of his 25 pass attempts, setting a new school record, completing 92 percent of his passes... Dartmouth hosts Yale this Saturday in a game that will air nationally on Fox College Sports.
Norwich picked up it's first win of the season Saturday, topping Becker 31-14 on homecoming weekend and the Cadets earned a pair of ECFC honors in the process. Norwich senior linebacker Sir Michael Finney was named the ECFC defensive player of the week, while junior kicker Wes Medeiros (me-day-roos) was the special teams player of the week. Medeiros went 4-for-4 on extra points and hit a 40-yard field goal. Finnney had a team high ten tackles and a key forced fumble at the goal line. Norwich, now 1-3 overall, visits Gallaudet this Saturday.
Another honor being handed out for a different type of football, this one on the pitch in Dartmouth ...For the second straight week, keeper Stefan Cleveland has been named the Ivy League player of the week..Dartmouth opened conference play Saturday against Princeton and Cleveland held the Tigers out of the net, recording his 2nd straight shut-out and fourth of the season behind 5 saves Saturday...Cleveland will try and make it three straight shut outs tomorrow as the Big Green welcome UVM to town, that game is at 7 in Hanover...
Let's head to the pitch in Milton...the Yellow Jackets hosting Vergennes tonight... --- Jackets sting first... after a Vergennes hand ball, Milton with the penalty kick and Colby Gay firing a rocket off the post and in... Milton takes a 1-0 lead... --- Just about 10 minutes later, Jackets with the corner...this one headed around a bit and up for grabs in the box, keeper can't secure it and Brandon Button buries it in the back of the net... Milton takes a 2-0 lead.. --- But they weren't done ...a few minutes later, Elliot Hanna beautiful ball up field into the box and Ryan Brown able to lift this over the keeper and in... Jackets would add two more as they take down Vergennes tonight, 5-0
Bryan Smith of Jay, Vermont reached the final 64 and the match play portion of the U-S Mid-Amateur golf championship in Vero Beach, Florida. He was seeded 11th today, squaring off against Michael Pearson of Atlanta. Pearson however, would shoot one hole better than Smith, so Smith will not make the round of 32...
The Yankees are in the playoffs. But today they got some big news that will affect their rotation ...veteran pitcher C-C Sabathia, announced he is entering an alcohol rehabilitation center and will miss the postseason. The Yankees are set to face Houston tomorrow night in a one-game American League Wild Card playoff..In a statement, Sabathia says he took the step to "receive the professional care and assistance needed to treat my disease." It's obviously a big blow to New York the day before their wild card game, but New York manager Joe Girardi said he and the team support Sabathia's decision.
((TRT: 22 ... OC: HE DID THE RIGHT THING.)) ((Girardi/ "He was the guy that was extremely competitive. 'Give me the ball on 3 days rest, I'll do whatever it takes to win.' And he always showed courage then, and he always showed an inner strength... and I'm probably more proud of the inner strength he showed yesterday than any day that I've had him as a manager. He did the right thing."))
While New York is getting ready for their playoff game tomorrow, the Red Sox were cleaning out their lockers...Boston fell to Cleveland 3-1 on Sunday in their season finale..Boston finished with a 78-84 record, worst in the AL East.. It's their second straight last place finish in the division. It's the first time the Sox have posted consecutive losing seasons since 1993-1994.
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