Mon 24-NOV-2014 11 P.M. News Script
Good evening and thank you for joining us, I'm Keith McGilvery. Tonight there's violence and fire in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri. The action comes as a grand jury decides the police officer who shot and killed a Missouri teenager -- will not face charges -- and President Obama is calling for calm. Omar Villafranca has the details.
THE MOTHER OF MICHAEL BROWN BROKE DOWN MONDAY NIGHT... (SOT) "ya'll wrong.. You know you're all wrong ... ... MOMENTS AFTER PROSECUTORS ANNOUNCED A GRAND JURY'S DECISION *NOT* TO INDICT FERGUSON POLICE OFFICER DARREN WILSON FOR THE SHOOTING DEATH OF HER 18-YEAR-OLD SON. (SOT - McCulloch) "they determined that no probable cause exists to file any charge against officer wilson... And returned a 'no true" bill on each of the five indictments" HUNDREDS OF PROTESTERS TOOK TO THE STREETS OF FERGUSON, SOME SHAKING A POLICE CAR, WHILE OFFICERS RESPONDED WITH TEAR GAS. OFFICER WILSON FATALLY SHOT MICHAEL BROWN AS THE TWO SCUFFLED ON AUGUST NINTH. (NATSOT) NATS PROTESTS THE SHOOTING TOUCHED OFF WEEKS OF SOMETIMES VIOLENT, RACIALLY CHARGED PROTESTS IN FERGUSON, AND OTHER CITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY. (STANDUP BRIDGE:) AS THE GRAND JURY NEARED ITS DECISION FOLLOWING THREE MONTHS OF WORK, MICHAEL BROWN'S FATHER URGED SUPPORTERS TO REMAIN PEACEFUL. (SOT) "keep the protests positive." PRESIDENT OBAMA ECHOED HIS REQUEST. (SOT) "michael Brown's parents have lost more than anybody. We should be honoring their wishes." THE BROWN FAMILY RELEASED A STATEMENT SAYING "WE ARE PROFOUNDLY DISAPPOINTED THAT THE KILLER OF OUR CHILD WILL NOT FACE THE CONSEQUENCES OF HIS ACTIONS." AND THEY ONCE AGAIN CALLED FOR PROTESTORS TO CHANNEL THEIR FRUSTRATION IN WAYS THAT WILL MAKE A POSITIVE CHANGE. OMAR VILLAFRANCA - CBS NEWS.
Investigators are calling it an elaborate poaching scheme. Tonight a Northeast Kingdom couple is facing charges -- tied to a case that's been years in the making. Judy Simpson reports.
Lt Jason Batchelder's job includes tracking down illegal hunting activities. Vermont Fish & Wildlife had been investigating 66 year old Wayne Dion (Dye-on) and his wife Jennie for almost five years for allegedly running an elaborate deer poaching operation at their home in Irasburg. This image from Google earth clearly shows that the Dion's back yard is hidden from sight by a thick hedge row. Wardens say there are well worn deer trails leading from the woods to their back yard. And Wardens discovered a sliding port cut into the back of the house with a gun rest. ((Tile 726_4499_01 js why would deer go to this particular back yard? 00:00:48:02Lt. Jason Batchelder/Vermont Fish & Wildlife " Because of the feed, the bait that has been placed out." js "So in essence they were feeding the deer training them to come to that spot and then what?" Lt. Batchelder "And then they would selectively harvest the ones that they wanted. allegedly." 00:01:02:06)) ***Graphic**** A warranted search of the Dion's (Dye-on) home revealed 91 deer antler plaques, and 15 shoulder mounts, seven chest freezers and several plastic totes containing corn and apples, which wardens believe were used to illegally bait deer. Wardens also discovered a 9 point buck they believed was killed the night before deer season opened. Which allowed them to issue an arrest warrant. Wayne Dion faces a slew of charges. Jeannie Dion faces charges of aiding in a big game violation and possession of big game taken by illegal means. We reached out to the couple for comment. They declined to say anything. ((JS SU tile 726_4520_05 00:13:35:05 Fish and wildlife says the even bigger issue is what this behavior does to the deer herd itself it changes their natural behavior. 00:13:43:18)) Depriving hunters who follow the rules normal access to the herd. ((00:09:09:11Jason Batchelder/Vermont Fish & Wildlife " These deer that are in this one certain locality know nothing other than when they were born there were apples and corn that they could eat any time they wanted these deer were no longer wild it effected the sportsmen it effected the community in this local area and if this is cleaned up i think the folks will see a big change in their deer herd the deer will be more likely to act in their normal wild capacity and they won't be so localized on this one house." 00:09:37:25)) Each charge carries a possible 60-day jail sentence and fines. ((00:06:03:00 Jason Batchelder/Vermont Fish & Wildlife "We do seldom get any type of jail time , Jail time is implied with these convictions but they seldom go to jail especially on first offenses so the deterrents are not always what we would like them to be but some times they are." 00:06:17:24)) The Dions (Dye-ons) are scheduled to be arraigned in Orleans Superior Court on December 29th. JS Channel three news.
One dog is dead and police are searching for another following an attack in Colchester. Police say early Saturday night a senior citizen was walking his ten pound Yorkshire Terrier on Wall Street. That's when they say another dog attacked the Yorkie -- and killed it. Police say the attack was unprovoked. The attacking dog and its owner then ran off. The incident has left other dog owners concerned.
(00:20:24) ((Seamus McLaughlin/Colchester Dog Owner "Its pretty messed up I cant believe someone would just run off like that but I think he definitely should come forward you know that would be the right thing to do.")) (00:20:31) (00:01:38) ((Sgt. Michael Fish/Colchester PD "It didn't appear that the dog was leashed. It came up from behind the other dog and essentially grabbed it in the middle, did significant trauma to the other dog which ultimately did kill it." (00:01:53) Authorities are looking for a tan dog with pointy ears, weighing about 50 to 60 pounds. Anyone with information is asked to call police.
A North Hyde Park couple is accused of sexually assaulting a teen. Investigators say Jodi and Jason Earl allegedly had sexual contact with and gave alcohol to a 13-year-old boy last fall. The incident reportedly happened at a home the two shared at the time in Eden. The pair was arrested today and are due to be arraigned tomorrow.
Police in St. Johnsbury want to know who is shooting bbs at people visiting the American Legion. Three people were hit Friday -- It's the second time patrons have reported getting hit there. The first case occurred this summer. The three individuals were walking behind the building when they reported hearing a pinging off cars and then felt the pellets.
((Chief Clement Houde, St. Johnsbury Police Dept. 01:18 "obviously we are concerned about projectiles being fired at people could possibly cause injury, take one in the eye or in closer quarters you can get under their skin and cause damage or maybe even seriously injure somebody.)) The police chief says the shots are coming from a residential area. If you have any info you're asked to call the St Jay Police Department.
More than 15-hundred athletes could see a piece of a 160-thousand dollar settlement with a Texas company. The Vermont attorney general's office says Active Network LLC deceptively signed up athletes for services they did not use when they thought they were registering for races and other activities.
Dan is here. Warm day out there today.
A contentious select board meeting in Morrisville tonight after a request to turn a former recreation center into an auction house. Alex Apple was there. He joins us with the details. Keith over 250 taxpayers in Morrisville signed a petition earlier this year to keep the former gym and skating rink open. But now -- a new owner has other plans. First he must receive a zoning change to open the doors -- of what currently is an empty building -- for an auction house.
((NAT 01:01:15 Shouting)) Going once, going twice -- going back for more debate. That was the result of a contentious Morrisville select board meeting Monday night as attendees discussed turning a former town rec center into an auction house. ((NAT 58:47 There is so much more to this property than just a building.)) The Green Mountain Arena used to be a place for kids to play basketball, soccer or hockey -- but the property's new owner Thomas Hirchak has his sights set on starting an auction. In order for Hirchak to make that change -- the property must be rezoned -- to allow a commercial business to operate there. (John Hollar/Hirchak attorney 16:19)(("This is largely a commercial area.")) Hirchak's company lawyer John Hollar asked the Select Board to approve the rezoning change -- something the select board says they don't have the power to do. (36:53 Todd Thomas/Morrisville Planning Director)(("For any any zoning change, it has to be supported by the town plan.")) Hollar says the town is not being fair -- and the proposed changes even align with the town plan which aims to spur business growth in the town. (John Hollar 30:46)(("It's a matter of common sense. This is a very successful business that intends to bring jobs and more commercial business to the town.")) Hollar also asked the select board chairman Bob Beeman to recuse himself from the process, saying his wife has been a vocal supporter of keeping the property as is. Beeman refused, saying... (Bob Beeman/Select Board Chairman)(("13:12 There is no policy in the town that calls for anything like that.")) Locals argued for both sides at the meeting -- others said the town missed an opportunity. It could have bought the property before Hirchak purchased it last year. ((01:03:45 In my mind, we missed the boat. We did as taxpayers missed the opportunity to do the right thing here. Tom didnt.")) The select board offered no opinion at the meeting -- only telling Hirchak and his attorney they must get the planning commission's approval first before the town can make any zoning change.
Hirchak and his lawyer will have an opportunity to speak at the planning commission in December. Both sides disputed whether Morrisville would need to amend its town plan to enact a zoning change.
Still ahead tonight --- A major shakeup --President Obama is making changes at the defense department. And -- the digging out continues -- we have the latest on the winter weather that's blasted Buffalo. Plus -- after months of turmoil in Vermont's largest school district -- a new man is hoping to get things back on track. ((04:42:00 Howard Smith "When somebody in that situation comes in you can be brutally objective.)) And is the state of Vermont getting out of the liquor business? Details when the Channel 3 News at 11 continues.
He's charged with getting the state's largest school district back on track -- after ongoing financial trouble and a series of resignations. Today was interim superintendent Howard Smith's first day at the helm of the Burlington schools and he says he's up for the challenge.
Burlington's new interim school superintendent arrived in town Sunday. ((Howard Smith 00:40:07 "I asked Siri this morning where my office was and she was not very helpful so I finally went on Google maps and figured it out.)) And by Monday afternoon he was on the job -- and making it clear he won't be playing favorites. ((04:42:00 Howard Smith "When somebody in that situation comes in you can be brutally objective.)) Smith comes to the Queen City with 24 years as a superintendent under his belt -- most recently in Tarrytown, New York. He says sorting out the districts finances -- and a roughly 67-million dollar budget is where he'll start. (04:43:29) ((Howard Smith/Interim Superintendent Burlington Schools "Key term that keep arising is this notion of financial stability.)) Smith comes to Burlington after month's of turmoil between school leadership and the school board. Former Superintendent Jeanne Collins resigned last spring following allegations of budget errors under her watch. And the district's first interim superintendent -- Stephanie Phillips -- quit this fall after failed relationships with the school board. ((Patrick Halladay, Burlington School Board Chair 00:49:35 I think everyone understands the importance of tone and how to disagree without being disagreeable and I think that's continuing to come forward.)) School board chair Patrick Halladay admits that lessons were learned. He says the district is in better shape now -- with a finance director in place -- and temporary leadership no longer having to divide time between multiple jobs. ((Patrick Halladay, Burlington School Board Chair 04:49:49 No longer do we have the senior administration who is overwhelmed trying to do two jobs, the job of interim superintendent as well as the jobs that they were hired for.)) Smith acknowledged the district's tumultuous past -- but says board members have convinced him they're ready to look forward. ((Howard Smith 04:38:38 "Whenever there are difficulties there's also opportunities that those difficulties create because it means you kind of have to put your heads together in different ways and try to solve problems.)) The long-time administrator says his time out of retirement is temporary and that he's not interested in taking the post permanently. ((04:42:14 Howard Smith "Ultimately the whole mission of an interim superintendent is to hand the keys over to the permanent superintendent to a district that's functioning on all cylinders to to greatest extent possible.)) Smith is expected to serve in the interim post through the end of the school year. The financial terms of the deal are expected to be released Tuesday.
School board chair Patrick Halladay says the search for a permanent replacement is underway.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down. Hagel leaves at a time when the president's national security team has been battered by crises including the rise of Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria and Russia's provocations in Ukraine. Republicans who take control of the Senate next month have been extremely critical of President Obama's foreign policy. Hagel says he will stay on until a successor is in place.
Folks in Buffalo are waiting -- and watching -- as the snow continues to melt. Officials there say so far there has been minor to moderate flooding from several streams, and sewers in Buffalo and elsewhere are handling the runoff from the area's 7 feet of snow. The latest threat is from high winds that could knock down trees and power lines.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Breezy and mild. Chance of showers. Highs: 38/45 Winds: SW 15-25 mph Tuesday: Partly sunny. Not as warm. Highs: 43/50 Winds: SW 10-15 mph Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy and colder. Lows: 23/30 Winds: SW 10-15 mph Wednesday: Cloudy skies. Snow developing, south to northeast. Highs: 30/37 Winds: N 5-10 mph Extended: Thursday through Monday. Wednesday Night: Snow, winding down towards morning. Lows 23/30 Thursday: Chance of lingering snow showers, AM. Highs 30/37 Lows 15/22 Friday: Partly sunny. Highs 23/30 Lows 13/20 Saturday: Partly sunny, chance of snow showers, late. Highs 25/32 Lows 15/25 Sunday: Chance of rain or snow showers. Highs 33/40 Lows 15/25 Monday: Partly sunny. Highs 30s
Vermont's auditor has a plan -- to get the state out of the liquor business. Kyle Midura explains.
Beer and wine are easy to find in Vermont -- filling coolers and lining shelves in grocery and convenience stores across the state. But, Vermont is one of 17 states that sells its own liquor. The state buys from producers, and stocks shelves at 78 agencies. Operators get a commission. (00:01:35:00) ((Doug Hoffer we literally own and sell those bottles, :37 when you go to that store, that store doesn't own that liquor, we do :41 it's very curious, and we control the price, sales and marketing, all of that is controled by the state :47 )) A team from State Auditor Doug Hoffer's office released its audit of Vermont's department of liquor control Monday. The auditor says they examined how the state could get out of the liquor business because policymakers have debated the issue before here - and debates are on-going elsewhere. Right now the state makes 20 million dollars annually selling liquor. Hoffer's review found that going private would mean consumers would likely pay 10-15 percent more -- as the state raises taxes to avoid losing the 20 million it makes in sales. (04:15:21:00) ((George Berfin - Winooski Beverage There's definitely some benefits to the system that we have )) George Bergin runs Winooski Beverage. He says state purchasing means stores big and small offer the same prices -- and adds that customers don't like to swallow price hikes. (04:14:31:00) ((George Bergin I worry about it, I think a certain amount of control is needed )) The state's Liquor control commissioner says state control - means promotion is not gaudy and done responsibly. He fears loosening rules will lead to an increase in worse habits -- like drunk driving and binge drinking. (00:02:58:00) ((Mike Hogan - DLC Commissioner it's kind of a balanced approach between public safety and giving the consumer what they need in the marketplace )) But Hoffer sees that dual role as a potential conflict of interest -- with Liquor Control responsible for both promotion and regulation. He says data suggests prevention of bad drinking habits have nothing to do with the cash register. (00:03:02:00) ((Hoffer - the most successful way to deal with that is through enforcement, it has nothing to do with whether you're a control state or not )) Along with looking into privatization - the report offered suggestions. Hoffer recommends the department use data to analyze how many stores they should have, pricing, and if a new warehouse is needed. Those ideas and have come up in the past. Commissioner Hogan says implementation hinges on tapping funds to do so though. KM, Ch.3 BTV
After splitting their weekend Hockey East road trip the UVM men's hockey team fell back two spots to #12 in this week's USCHO national poll... Vermont dropped a tough 2-1 decision at Uconn Friday night but stormed back Saturday in Amherst with an 11-1 drumming of Umass ... The scoring output was the IceCats largest since 1979... 9 Players lit the lamp in the win with 18 registering points... Fitting enough, the two teams meet again tomorrow night, 7pm at Gutterson... However, after humiliating the Minutemen on the road, UVM is preparing to face a much tougher team...
(((TRT: 32 OC: LIKE WE'VE BEEN PLAYING... They're going to come out a totally different team... If you know those coaches, it was embarrassing for them. They're going to come out with a lot of intensity and be ready to go from the start ... I think they're going to come out hard, any time you lose a game like that, the coach is going to be pretty made. I think their intensity will be high, just need to keep playing like we've been playing...)))
Here's your "Man Crush Monday" our Mike McCune live on the NESN pregame show before the Bruins hosted the Penguins... --- Boston down 1 in the second... Check out the passing... Ends on the stick of Milan Lucic... Pretty finish we're tied at 1... --- 35 seconds later... Rookie Joe Morrow throws it on net... B's take a 2-1 lead... --- Evgeni Malkin ties it late in the period... And then in overtime, Malkin at it again... The snipe beats Tuuka Rask across the net... There's your game-winner, as the Penguins outlast the Bruins, 3-2 in overtime.
The UVM men's basketball team returns to action Wednesday night at 7 when they host Bryant at Patrick Gym... Following Saturday's 68-60 loss at A-10 power Saint Joseph's the hoopcats are now 2-2 through their first 4 games of the season... With a mixture of youth and veterans, it's to be expected that Vermont would have some growing pains early on in the year... That showed again in Philadelphia over the weekend, where an early lead quickly evaporated thanks to 18 UVM turnovers.. While Vermont clearly wanted to beat the Hawks, they say they left feeling like they've made progress ... A key concept for a team heading into a tough non-conference stretch.
(((TRT: 31 OC: IN MARCH...It's encouraging, we've done a lot of good things on the court, it's just a matter of cutting down the turnovers and learning to play together... It's encouraging... Coach Becker told us it's a process, we just need to learn from our mistakes and growing... We're going to watch film today from St. Joseph's and hopefully going forward we're learning from this and practice it... So in the end we're playing our best basketball in March.)))
And to the hot stove .... Reports out of Boston today confirming that the Red Sox has signed coveted infielders Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez to multi-year contracts.. While a deal with pitcher Jon Lester could be close behind ... The deal for Sandoval is in the ballpark of 5 yrs/$100 million... Ramirez a similar offer... 4yr/$88 million with an option for a fifth... The move fills a huge hole at third base for Boston, which was among the worst offensively at the position last season ... However, with both signees slotted at the corner, it's likely Ramirez moves to the outfield... With 5 players at the position, look for the Red Sox to deal a Yoenis Cespedes or Allen Craig for pitching help... Even if the Lester deal does come through, more on this in the coming days.
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