Mon 15-DEC-2014 11 P.M. News Script


Good evening and thanks for joining us. I'm Keith McGilvery. He admitted to starting a fire that killed a Milton grandmother and her three grandchildren. Eric Williams is already serving time for the crime so why is he being sentenced again? Alex Apple has our top story at 11.


((1999 Eric Williams: "the fire extinguisher is out dated. The detectors didn't go off and things like that. It really hurts.")) That was Eric Williams in 1999. Just hours after he set fire to the Sarah Marie Apartments in Milton. Days later he would confess to police. But now -- Williams is getting a new sentence. And the victim's family is -- once again -- reliving the death of a grandmother and her three grandsons. (22:57 Lt. Steve Burke/Milton Fire Dept.)(("Q: Do you have an understanding of where fire investigators concluded the first started? A:I was told it occurred in a wicker basket in one of the downstairs apartments)) The first person to take the stand was Lieutenant Steve Burke of the Milton Fire Department. Burke was one of the first to enter the burning apartments -- and the one that first found the bodies. (40:45 Lt Steve Burke/Milton Fire Dept)(("I went into an area like a living room. I think it had a bed in it. And there was two more victims there.")) Burke's recounting of that day left the victims' family in tears. (52:00 Lt. Steve Burke)(("52:00 Something I'll always remember. He was so kind and gentle particularly to the one in diapers.)) The judge also heard testimony from a Department of Corrections employee who reviews offender's sentences. (1:34:35 Sarah Systo/Department of Corrections)(("Whateve r the sentence imposed, will be reduced by a 1/3 determining what date he can be released from the facility, correct. )) The defense first called Williams' aunt. (1:53:10 Beverly Richards/Williams' aunt)(("1:53:10 Always very helpful. Always wanted to work and do something.")) Richards says Eric Williams never knew his father -- spent much of his childhood in a foster home -- and had to take care of his brothers and sisters at a young age. Then the man Williams calls dad -- Ken Rusin with whom Williams lived as a young teen -- took the stand and pledged to help him upon release. (02:25:20 Ken Rusin/Person Williams calls dad)(("He wants to come back home. He could come stay with us. That would be something I'm comfortable with.)) Williams was originally given a 40 year sentence -- the hearing will continue Tuesday and Judge Samuel Hoar will weigh evidence and testimony from the victim's family before deciding how much more time Williams must serve. Alex Apple Channel 3 news -- Burlington.


A gas pipeline protester's found guilty of assaulting a Vermont Gas employee. Police cited 37-year-old Willy Levitt of Hardwick in May -- following this protest at the company's headquarters in South Burlington. Members of the activist group Rising Tide were demonstrating against the pipeline being built between Chittenden and Addison counties. During the protest a Rising Tide member was chained to the building's front door. In the process, an employee was allegedly pushed and hit with the chain.


State police want to know who's missing some rare stolen property. Investigators in Middlesex say they recently recovered a collection of coins and tokens. This is a photo of some of the loot. Now police are looking for the owner. Call police -- if you have any information.


Police are on the hunt for a stolen ski area sign in Marlboro. It happened at the old Hogback Ski Area -- in the last few days. The sign was posted at the base of the ski grounds along Route 9. If you have any information -- call Vermont State Police.


If you or someone you know lights up on Church Street don't get use to it. Darren Perron reports on a new smoking ban that goes into effect Wednesday.


((Joan Shannon/Burlington City Council President: 23:49 This gives people who are irritated by smoke the right to ask somebody to not smoke.)) Signs say it all. Smoking on Burlington's Church Street Marketplace -- no longer allowed starting Wednesday. ((2:34 Shannon: It turns out no one really enjoys inhaling someone else's second hand smoke.)) The city calls it a public health concern. And says passage of the ban will benefit people. ((Ron Redmond/Church Street Marketplace: 1:20 The response from the public has been amazing. Absolutely amazing.)) ((Steve Myers/Burlington: 25:50 I think it's kind of stupid really.)) But clearly, no one asked longtime Burlington resident, Steve Myers. ((26:30 Steve: I can see at the bars and stuff like that. But if you're outside ** you should be able to smoke. )) He doesn't smoke. He chews tobacco. But he has friends who do. And they like to meet and hang out on the Marketplace. ((26:55 Steve: They want to have a cigarette and they cant. The ordinance includes the use of lighted tobacco -- and tobacco substitutes -- like electronic cigarettes. At all times. ((Aunnah Guzman/Burlington: 30:30 Got to remember that smoke rises and we are outside. 32:10 It's a big wide open space I don't understand why it's a problem)) But city officials -- and state health officials say it is a problem. ((Ron Redmond: 19:25 Burlington has a reputation as one of the healthiest cities and aspires to be more. 19:32 We are actually late to the game getting a smoking prohibition.)) Burlington plans to politely enforce the ban to begin with. Simply asking smokers to snuff them out. But violators could face $50 fines. $100 bucks -- if you light a butt a second time or more. ((Chief Mike Schirling/Burlington Police Dept.: 21:03 It's a municipal ticket. Civil violation. Not an arrestable offense. 21:57 The hope is we won't need to use tickets often.)) ((Darren Perron: Right now -- the ban only covers Church Street. But the city council may consider side streets -- down the road. DP Channel 3 News BTV))


Body art will soon be off limits for pets in New York. A new law bans piercings and tattoos for companion animals anywhere in the state. The bill was signed today by Governor Andrew Cuomo and takes effect in 120 days. There's an exception for markings done under a veterinarian's supervision for a medical reason or identification.

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Dan is here. Another cloudy day out there.


A veteran owned and operated business in our region-- is helping the community. Shelby Cashman joins us now with the details. Shelby? Keith--the name is your first clue--Grunts Move Junk. But--thats not all they do. These vets are putting their muscle--to good use.


((NATS moving)) These Grunts--will move your junk-- ((NATS)) Shovel snow off your roof--and help you make your big move. (00:07:59) ((Chris Jablonski/Grunts Move Junk "Couple of us came back from Afghanistan and Iraq and decided its kind of tough to get back into the work force cause you're so used to doing this other thing then all the sudden you come home and you're like, what do I do?")) (00:08:11) So Jablonski joined Grunts Move Junk--an entirely veteran owned and operated business--this past Spring. (00:09:14) ((Chris Jablonski "The idea is to employ as many veterans as we can because in the long run we want to help them get back on their feet.")) (00:09:20) He says the kind of demanding physical work the Grunts endure--can help with the often challenging process--of returning home. (00:10:50) ((Chris Jablonski "If you're doing stuff all the time, you dont have time to think. You're doing everything all at once and its great. You know cause you're no focused on something or thinking about something that happened that you probably dont want to be thinking about.")) (00:11:02) (00:25:10) ((Shelby Cashman "The grunts are using their muscle to help another veteran owned business expand their craft.")) (00:25:16) (00:16:57) ((Steven Gagner "Jobs like this with grunts move junk was kind of a marriage made in heaven.")) (00:17:03) Steven Gagner--a 19 year military vet owns 14th Star Brewery--in Saint Albans. ((NATS grunts moving into new brewery)) Grunts Move Junk--is helping to move 14th Star-into its new location. Gagner says--its important for veterans--to support each other. (00:17:20) ((Steven Gagner "Helping the folks left and right of you it doesn't really matter what uniform they're wearing, or what industry they're in, you know that makes every bodies life a little bit easier, a little bit safer, and the mission is accomplished more effectively.")) (00:17:34) ((NATS grunts)) Grunts Move Junk--donates a majority junk collected--to those in need around community. Allowing workers to add a little generosity--to their resumes. (00:11:13) ((Chris Jablonski "The army has given us a duffel bag full of skills and we just try and put them to use here.")) (00:11:17)


For more information on Grunts Move Junk-- look for this story on our website wcax dot com. Keith?

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Still ahead -- A week without power. (TC 00:21:51:29 Title 4686) ((Louis Bennett/Starksboro Resident "As I can remember, we've never lost it for this long." 00:21:54:12)) What it takes to get folks hooked back up. Plus -- How will the state pay for the mounting costs of cleaning up? And why changes at UVM Medical center have hopeful parents heading across state lines? Also the fight against unwanted phone calls -- when the channel 3 News continues.


Governor Peter Shumlin is hoping FEMA can help foot the bill for last week's storm. The initial request is for Chittenden, Franklin, Lamoille and Orleans counties. If costs top a million dollars -- counties and utilities could get federal money. V-Trans says just dealing with the roads alone -- cost the state -- 2-point-2 million dollars during the storm.


Meanwhile -- a week later -- and some folks are still in the dark-- nearly 650 are out of juice tonight. Eliza Larson has more from Starksboro.


((nats)) Louis Bennett has farmed here for 60 years. His farm lost power last Wednesday. (TC 00:21:51:29 Title 4686) ((Louis Bennett/Starksboro Resident "As I can remember, we've never lost it for this long." 00:21:54:12)) And then... Suddenly Monday morning... There was light. (TC 00:21:26:17 Title 4686) ((Louis Bennett/Starksboro Resident "Well it was kind of a shock. I was up, getting ready to come down here you know and all of a sudden, everything lit up." 00:21:31:13)) Bennett's electricity returned early Monday morning ... Thanks to Vermont Electric Co-op crews working in Starksboro -- the hardest hit town in the co-op's service territory. (TC 00:10:13:04 Title 4674) (Craig Vance/Charles Curtis "We're going around trying to get poles set for the linemen who are following behind to put the wires back up to get the power restored." 00:10:19:21)) Many residents here... like Bennett ... Have not had power for almost a week. (TC 00:13:31:01 Title 4860) ((David Hallquist/CEO, Vermont Electric Co-op "We really left this area to the end because there was so much damage and we knew we had to focus a lot of work, but we prioritized our outages. And this was really - unfortunately these folks are at the end of the storm." 00:13:49:02)) C-E-O of Vermont Electric Co-op, David Hallquist said Starksboro had some of the most extensive damage they've seen. ((nats)) Crews Monday attempted to free downed power lines from the wet heavy snow...broken poles... and trees that had fallen on lines. Workers are not sure how long they'll be out there. (TC 00:11:52:11 Title 4674) ((Craig Vance/Charles Curtis "You never know, you never know. Like I said if the snow unloads it could be a short one but if it does we could be here a while." 00:11:58:06) (TC 00:28:21:25 Title 4701) ((Eliza Larson/Channel 3 "A week after the nor'easter storm hit Vermont and crews are still out here in Starksboro working on power lines. Vermont Electric Co-op says it could cost millions of dollars, but who's paying for it?" 00:28:33:24)) (TC 00:16:21:29 Title 4680) ((David Hallquist/CEO of Vermont Electric Coop "We're estimating that we're going to have a three and a half to four million dollar storm here as well. And that's pretty significant considering prior to last year our our prior storms were about one and a half million dollars. So these new storms are really causing a lot of damage." 00:16:51:18)) VEC says that... so far... this storm has cost them 2 million dollars. They predict it to be the co-op's second most expensive storm... after last year's ice storm that hit just before Christmas. That one cost 6.3 million dollars. (TC 00:14:23:00 Title 4680) ((David Hallquist/CEO of Vermont Electric Coop "We've had 50,000 member outages last year, so far we've had 35,000." 00:14:46:21)) Green Mountain Power estimates that it will cost the state's largest utility 15 million dollars. But even if companies get some relief from FEMA... as VEC expects to... (TC 00:21:58:26 Title 4686) ((Louis Bennett/Starksboro Resident "But they don't worry about charging us." 00:22:17:06)) Storm costs could get passed along -- so customers like Louis Bennett could be paying some too. Eliza Larson... Channel 3 News... Starksboro.


A new partnership means some Vermont fertility patients are travelling to New Hampshire for care. In Vitro Fertilization -- or I-V-F -- is the process of harvesting eggs from a woman. They are then fertilized with sperm in a lab -- and then several days later -- the fertilized egg is implanted in the woman. Until recently -- the UVM Medical Center offered that procedure -- but it's been without a doctor who can do it since mid-November. So for the time being many -- I-V-F patients are traveling to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center for part of the process.


((Dr. Misty Blanchette Porter at 25:49:10 there is a process of when they enter into care, cycle monitoring, blood work -- all of that can be done at the university medical center. and then if they need to come here for egg harvest or embryo transfer, they will be here for those specific procedures. but then any future care like ultrasounds, monitoring for nice pregnancy outcomes or perhaps frozen embryo transfers, they can have their embryos transported to the lab that's there and have care on site. 26:21:18)) The UVM Medical Center stresses this arrangement is temporary. It hopes to be fully staffed and offering all I-V-F services again by next summer. I-V-F costs thousands of dollars and is not typically covered by insurance. Nationwide about 22-percent of I-V-F cycles result in a live birth. The two hospitals are also developing a long term alliance to limit duplication of highly specialized and rare fertility procedures - not including IVF - meaning that those rare procedures would only be offered at one of the hospitals. And that could mean people traveling back and forth between Lebanon and Burlington.

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Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Becoming partly cloudy after midnight. Low 15/25. Wind light. Tuesday: Some morning sun. Increasing afternoon clouds. High 33/40. Wind S 5-10 mph. Tuesday Night: Cloudy skies. Rain showers, mixing with some snow and sleet. Low 28/35. Wind SE 5-10 mph. Wednesday: Cloudy skies. Rain showers likely, mixing with some snow and sleet. High 35/42. Wind light. Thursday: Cloudy skies. A few snow showers. High 28/35. Low 20/27. Friday: Mostly cloudy. A few snow showers. High 25/32. Low 12/22. Saturday: Partly sunny. High 25/35. Low 12/22. Sunday: Mostly cloudy. Chance of snow showers. High 25/35. Low 15/25. Monday: Mostly cloudy. High 25/35.

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More than 200 million people are on the do-not-call list. But many of them say they're still getting calls from telemarketers. Julie Watts found out why.


(nats -ring, ring!!) HE'S BEEN ON THE NATIONAL DO-NOT-CALL LIST SINCE IT BEGAN ..... (nats -Hello?) BUT: LIKE MANY PEOPLE, FRED PARKES SAYS ... SOMEWHERE ALONG THE LINE.... IT STOPPED WORKING.. (natsot) "alex from JDI, a tree service" THE RETIRED ENGINEER GETS AT LEAST TWO SALES CALLS A DAY... MOST FROM LOCAL AREA CODES. (SOT-Fred Parkes/On do not call list) "they're violating the law because they are calling my number which is on the federal do not call list." WELL NOT EXACTLY... BECAUSE MANY OF HIS CALLS ARE COMING FROM LOCAL NUMBERS... TURNS OUT THEY MAY NOT ACTUALLY BE ILLEGAL. (SOT-Bikram Bandy/Federal Trade Commission) "The do not call registry... only applies to phone calls that travel between states" THE FTC's BIKRAM BANDY SAYS THE FEDERAL LAW ONLY APPLIES TO INTERSTATE COMMERCE .... SO THEY GENERALLY CAN'T GO AFTER TELEMARKETERS CALLING FROM WITHIN YOUR OWN STATE. AND AS FOR THOSE VIOLATING FEDERAL LAW? (SOT-Bikram Bandy/Federal Trade Commission) "we get several hundred thousand complaints per month and obviously we don't have the resources to investigate each of those complaints individually" IN FACT IT'S ONLY TAKEN ACTION AGAINST 600 ILLEGAL TELEMARKETERS SINCE THE LIST'S INCEPTION IN 2003. (SOT-2BOX) Bikram: if you didn't have a do not cal list you'd probably see even more calls coming into consumers." AND THEN HE SAYS.... WHILE HIS AGENCY "DOES" GO AFTER THE WORST OFFENDERS.... TELEMARKETERS -- ARE USING TECHNOLOGIES, LIKE SPOOFING, AND VOICE OVER INTERNET PROTOCOLS.... THAT ALLOW THEM TO MAKE "MILLIONS" OF CALLS ...... CHEAPLY..... AND WITHOUT LEAVING A TRAIL... JULIE WATTS, FOR CBS NEWS, SAN FRANCISCO.


A home and home sweep of St. Lawrence has the UVM men's hockey team off to it's best start in over 25 years and inching even higher up the national polls. The Cats earned a 2-1 win over the Saints Friday at Gutterson and followed that with a 2-0 shutout Saturday in Canton, New York. Now 13-3-1 Vermont remained tenth in this week's U-S College Hockey Online poll, out today, but moved up to ninth in the USA Today/USA Hockey poll. In Saturday night's 2-0 win, goalie Mike Santaguida made 35 saves for the shutout and earned Hockey East defensive player of the week honors for the second time this season. The Cats now go on their holiday break, returning to action at the end of the month when they host the Catamount Cup.


two teams desperate for a win clashed last night at Gutterson, the Vermont women's hockey team hosting Dartmouth... --- losers of their last five, Vermont jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one on a pair of power play goals, but it was all Dartmouth after that. The Big Green, who were 0-6-1 in their prior seven games, erupted for six unanswered goals, three in the second and three in the third to win 6-2. That's now six straight losses for Vermont and a frustrating end to the 2014 portion of their schedule.


((TRT: 18 ... OC: BACK OF OUR NET))


As part of yesterday's doubleheader sweep of Wagner, the UVM women's basketball team earned their second straight victory, 82-75 in overtime. Down three points with six seconds to go, standout freshman Sydney Smith drained a deep three to send the game to overtime. Smith finished with a team high 25 points, the sixth straight game where she set a new career scoring mark, and was named America East rookie of the week for the second week in a row. In OT, senior Niki Taylor, who took over, scoring ten of her 16 points in the extra session. After starting the year with seven straight losses, the team has now won two straight and the confidence is building.


((TRT: 21 ... OC: WITH A WIN.))


high school hoops tonight...BFA St. Albans boys visiting Mount Mansfield... --- Fans pumped up... As were the Cougars... First quarter, Ryan Morse and Kyle Adams showing the range from downtown... MMU quickly up double figures... --- Bobwhites trying to stay in it by running the court... Chris Myers-Tinney with the great feed to Matt Sanders... Count it and the foul... --- Too little too late though... Mount Mansfield with a lot of firepower this year ... Will Bowen splits a pair of defenders and throws up the wild circus shot... Cougars up 14 after one and they run away to a 90-59 win.


The Yankees made their first big splash in the free agent market today, resigning third baseman Chase Headley to a four-year deal worth a reported $52 million. Headley came to New York prior to the trade deadline last season from San Diego. He hit .262 in 58 games for the Yankees with six home runs and 17 RBI.


The Chicago Cubs introduced Jon Lester today. Lester signed a monster six-year $155 million dollar contract with the Cubs last week. The lefty joining the team run by Theo Epstein, who was Boston's GM when Lester made his Sox debut as a rookie in 2006. Now, the 31-year-old hopes to help turn around the fortunes of a club that hasn't won a World Series since 1908.


((TRT: 17 ... OC: FOR ME))

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