Mon 21-JUL-2014 11 P.M. News Script

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Good evening and thanks for joining us at 11. I'm Jennifer Reading. And I'm Keith McGilvery. A New Hampshire teen -- who disappeared nine months ago has returned home. Authorities aren't saying where Abigail Hernandez has been. But they ARE saying they're treating her case as a criminal investigation. Katie Brace -- from our sister station in Boston -- has the story.

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Hernandez was last seen October 9th -- leaving Kennett High School in Conway. Police say she walked her normal route -- sending text messages along the way -- but never made it home. Massive searches were launched. And even expanded into Burlington. Her photo lined shop-windows along Church Street. Investigators did reveal several months ago -- Hernandez had written to her mom. Now -- they're being tight lipped about where she's been. And will only release more information -- once they determine it won't compromise the case. The Hernandez family is requesting privacy. Her mother told investigators, "today we are the happiest people on earth."

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Investigators tell CBS -- Hernandez appears to be unharmed. But they're treating it as a criminal case because they don't believe they teen could have survived all this time on her own.

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A convicted sex offender is back behind bars after South Burlington Police say a little girls weekend trip to the mall--went horribly wrong. Shelby Cashman joins us now with the details. Shelby? Keith--police say a ten year old girl--feared that a restaurant employee--was going to hurt her. And they say what she did next--could have saved her from becoming a victim of a sex crime.

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Police say he set his sights on a ten year old girl--when she went to order a sandwich. And shoppers--are stunned. ((19:51:51 Thomas Bouvier "Especially with a school how far away? Half a mile away? and you have kids everyday Monday through Friday after school coming here" 19:51:59)) 42 year old Ryan Aldrich of Burlington--is charged with aggravated stalking. ((14:44:03 TJ Donovan "Really this is a lesson for everyone that this kind of conduct can happen in a public place." 14:44:08)) Chittenden County State's Attorney TJ Donovan says-- Aldrich was working at Subway --inside the University Mall in South Burlington on Saturday. That's when he says the employee started talking to the child. ((14:42:34 TJ Donovan "he essentially was trying to solicit information about her, about boyfriends, about where her parents were 14:42:39)) Donovan says Aldrich then followed the girl into a mall store numerous times--began filming her with his phone--and touched himself inappropriately. And that's when police say the little girl took matters into her own hands-- fearing for her safety. ((14:43:32 TJ Donovan "The larger story here is that this young girl did everything right. she sensed something was wrong and suspicious. She went to an adult and the adult did the right thing by calling the police." 14:43:45)) This was not Aldrich's first run in with the law. He's a convicted sex offender--and listed on the registry as high risk. He is charged with aggravated sexual assault in Vermont--and has a slew of sex charges in New York. Meanwhile--mall goers wonder--how safe it is for someone with Aldrich's track record--to be employed at a place packed with kids. ((19:51:42 Thomas Bouvier/Mall Goer "I think it's disgusting and atrocious really to allow someone to work somewhere like that with kids everywhere." 19:51:49"))

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Now officials say the reason this was an aggravated stalking charge--was because the victim was under sixteen years old. Aldrich is currently being held for lack of bail. Keith?

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A father and two Clarkson University graduates were killed in Saturday's plane crash near Lake Placid. Investigators are still working to determine what went wrong. Police say 63-year-old Fred Kafka of West Virginia was on a sightseeing tour over Lake Placid -- with his 24-year-old daughter Kathleen Kafka, and her friend, 25-year-old Rees Phillips of Michigan. Eyewitnesses say the small plane swerved to avoid hitting another plane -- as it tried to land at the airport in Lake Placid. Investigators told Channel 3 -- the airport cleared Kafka's plane for landing, and witnesses told them -- what they -- saw next.

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((Investigator Jonathan Garrow/NY State Police 54:46 The plane appeared to circle back around, not completely, but to the other side of the airport and it reached an altitude approximately, from their statements, 200 feet and at some poor appeared to maybe level off, did a sharp dip To the left and did a downward spiral.")) The National Traffic Safety Board is now inspecting the wreckage. Officials say it could take up to seven months before a cause is determined -- but a preliminary report is expected within 10 to 12 days.

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Police say autopsy results will be critical in figuring out what happened to a 51-year-old man in Hartford. David Woodward was found dead Sunday afternoon -- in a wooded area on Hartford Road in White River Junction. Investigators say there were no signs of foul play -- and medical issues could have played a role in Woodward's death. Police are treating the case as suspicious until the autopsy results are in.

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Folks in Arlington are looking for a copper thief who allegedly went after their community garden. Selectboard member Cynthia Browning says someone sawed off the water pipe at the Yellow Barn Farm late Sunday night. The hookup is what allowed gardeners to water the vegetables at the site on Route 313 West. Browning says the incident is particularly disturbing because a portion of what's grown at the plot helps provide summer meals for kids who need them. Today people had to truck buckets of water to the property to care for the plants.

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Police hope surveillance footage will help them find a man allegedly tied to a Burlington arson. Someone set fire to the Whiting Hall dorm at Champlain College earlier this month. Police say the incident caused 25-thousand dollars in damage. 26-year old Theodore Bowen was arrested the next day. But police say this man is another suspect - and they want your help figuring out who he is. A 5-thousand dollar reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.

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A dog owner is offering big bucks to find her stolen terrier. This is Maggie. Police say -- on Friday -- the dog was nabbed from outside the Hannaford Supermarket in Bradford. The terrier is about 25 pounds -- and was wearing a black collar and red harness. Her owner is now offering a 5-thousand dollar reward for Maggie's safe return. Call the state police in Bradford -- if you have any information.

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Vermont's Attorney General is suing the makers of a popular energy drink. Bill Sorrell says 5 Hour Energy violates the Vermont's Consumer Protection Act by making deceptive claims about its benefits -- like its ability to help users focus and be more alert. Sorrell says the only ingredient in 5-hour ENERGY that has any effect is its concentrated shot of caffeine.

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Nick Borelli is here with first a check of our forecast ... A nice evening on tap with just a few clouds. Temps are still on the mild side. Tomorrow is looking very warm and humid, with a storm possible in southern spots during the afternoon. After that more widespread storms return on Wednesday. More details on that a bit later...

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The summer travel season -- means more people are renting cars. But before you shell out cash -- for extra insurance -- at the checkout counter, Omar Villafranca has a few tips.

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LINDA TAYLOR RENTS A CAR ABOUT TWICE A MONTH. EACH TIME, SHE'S ASKED IF SHE WANTS INSURANCE FROM THE RENTAL COMPANY. (Linda Taylor/Business Traveler) "Do you accept the insurance or decline it? I have insurance on my credit card so I use that insurance." WHICH IS SOMETHING MANY CONSUMERS DON'T REALIZE. RENTAL CUSTOMERS OFTEN SAY YES TO THE EXTRA INSURANCE AT UP TO 40-DOLLARS A DAY BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT SURE IF THEY'RE COVERED ELSEWHERE. IN FACT, IF YOU'RE CHARGING THE RENTAL TO YOUR CREDIT CARD, YOU MIGHT BE OKAY. (Jill Schlesinger/CBS News Business Analyst) "American Express, Visa, Mastercard and Discover all offer some sort of rental car coverage. You should check with them before you go on your trip but it may be far cheaper than buying that supplemental coverage." DIFFERENT CREDIT CARDS OFFER DIFFERENT LEVELS OF COVERAGE AND DIFFERENT LIMITATIONS, SO YOU'LL WANT TO CHECK THE DETAILS. THE OTHER PLACE TO CALL IS YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY. IF YOU HAVE YOUR OWN CAR AT HOME, YOUR AUTO POLICY MAY EXTEND TO RENTALS. DARIUS NELSON DID HIS HOMEWORK. (Darius Nelson/Business Traveler) "DO YOU GET THE CAR RENTAL INSURANCE? I don't. HOW COME? It's covered on my credit card. YOU KNOW THAT? I know that." MORE EXOTIC CARS OR OFF-ROAD VEHICLES MIGHT BE EXCLUDED - SO IF THAT'S A PART OF YOUR TRAVEL PLAN, MAKE SURE TO READ THE FINE PRINT ON YOUR POLICY BEFORE YOU HIT THE ROAD. OMAR VILLAFRANCA, CBS NEWS, DALLAS

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Coming up-- they've been buried in ice for decades in Greenland .... ((1:58 - :03 Mitchell Zuckoff - Author 'Frozen in Time' PHONER the great hope is that this is the year that these three men are brought home for repatriation )) Kyle Midura show us how a team of Vermonters is working hard to bring a group of American heroes home. And do you know what your elected officials are doing and how they're spending your tax dollars? Plus a special trip to the White House -- this 10 year-old from Essex won't forget. Still ahead on the Channel 3 News at 11.

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Campaign For Vermont--wants to make sure you know what the government is up to. The advocacy group is launching a new speaker series called For Vermont--at the Shelburne Museum. Tonight's topic--government transparency--and a push for open data. Data expert Waldo Jaquith--spoke about the importance of government sharing documents relating to issues like campaign finance--and employee salaries--with the public.

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((19:20:55 Cyrus Patten/Executive Director "The idea of open data is publishing government data that we can access analyze, research compute, do whatever we'd like to do with it so it is pushed at citizens rather than them having to request it." 19:21:09)) The series will continue throughout the year around the state--and will address Campaign For Vermont's other advocacy areas--such as education reform and government accountability.

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Their military plane crashed into a glacier in Greenland during World War II. Decades later a team from Vermont is part of an effort to bring the bodies of the American servicemen and the plane home. Kyle Midura reports.

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A team of military and civilian personnel are back on this Greenland glacier in what has become a summer tradition. ((1:28 - :30 - Mitchell Zuckoff - Author 'Frozen in Time' PHONER we call it the 'Duck Hunt' )) Their goal: recover an amphibious plane buried below 40 feet of snow and ice. The Duck as it's known, crashed here on November 29th, 1942 during a rescue mission for a downed B-17. In World War II, U.S. planes flew to Newfoundland, on to Greenland, and over to Iceland en route to war-torn Europe. (( 4:24 - :35 Mitchell Zuckoff - Author 'Frozen in Time' PHONER *** pilots would have no idea whether they were up or down :27 and couldn't tell how high they were over the ice cap :30 and so almost as soon as we started flying over Greenland, planes started flying into Greenland :35)) Boston University Journalism Professor Mitchell Zuckoff wrote the book on the recent search efforts for the B-17 and Duck following expeditions in 2012 and 13. He says the Duck's crew - Lt. John Pritchard and Radioman Benjamin Bottoms - as well as rescued airman Corporal Loren Howarth are likely still on-board. ((1:58 - :03 Mitchell Zuckoff - Author 'Frozen in Time' PHONER the great hope is that this is the year that these three men are brought home for repatriation )) In 2012, Vermont civilian Robert "WeeGee" Smith manned the machine that bored into the ice - finally locating the plane - capturing this video believed to show pieces of it. But Zukoff says in 2013, the team ran into weather and mechanical problems - leaving the plane frozen in place. This year, the Vermont Air National Guard carried over WeeGee's newest machine to melt it out. If succesful, the return E-T-A for the Duck and its crew is unclear. ((2:46 - :55 Nancy Pritchard Morgan - Lt. Pritchard's Sister - PHONER to think that this country is willing to go to great lengths to rescue and bring home, and have closure for families is absolutely fabulous :55 )) 91-year-old Nancy Pritchard Morgan is the sister of Lt. John Pritchard. She says her brother is scheduled to be honored at the Coast Guard Academy in November and she hopes to have his remains back home by then. ((3:52 - :59 Nancy Pritchard Morgan - Lt. Pritchard's Sister - PHONER it would be more than closure, it would be just beautiful :57 I can't think of anything that would be nicer :59 )) ((Kyle About 83-thousand American service men and women are unaccounted since American involvment in World War II began. Lt. Pritchard and Radioman Benjamin Bottoms represent the only two remaining for the Coast Guard though. Their recovery would represent a significant milestone for the military branch. KM Channel 3 News Burlington.))

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Tonight will be partly cloudyt. Lows will range from 55/65. Tuesday is looking partly sunny, very warm and humid. Highs will be well into the 80s, and the humidity will make it feel even hotter. While most of us will be dry, there could be an isolated t-storm in southern areas. After that a strong cold front will move in on Wednesday, with developing showers and t-storms. Some of the storms could be on the strong side, with locally strong winds and heavy rain. Once the front passes, cooler, less humid air will return late in the week. Skies are looking partly cloudy. There are some signs we could turn a bit unsettled again later Sunday and Monday.

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One little girl from Essex will have quite the story to tell when she heads back to school. The 10-year-old was invited on a special trip to the White House. Judy Simpson found out why.

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10 year old Iris Hsiang(Shung) is settling in at summer camp. She just arrived back in Vermont this past weekend after a trip to the White House. She wasn't a tourist, she was an invited guest. ((NAT SOT CBS "introducing Iris Hsiang")) Iris was Vermont's winner in a national healthy recipe competition spearheaded by First Lady Michelle Obama. The latest event in her ongoing campaign to get kids to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. Iris' recipe was for a stir fry. ((Iris Hsiang 00:00:57:06" I made a Chinese vegetable stir fry and I made it because , so my Dad's parents are Chinese so I wanted to put part of our heritage into it and in Vermont we have so many vegetables I wanted to use alot of vegetables."00:01:14:0 8)) She admitted that she and her dad were kind of speechless when meeting the First Lady, but Iris said she seemed very kind. ((Iris again 00:01:50:20 "She said I have a beautiful smile and its young people like you that keep us going."00:01:56:29)) And Mrs Obama issued a challenge to the culinary kids. ((Iris again 00:01:59:23 "She wanted us to think about what we could do to pay it forward and use it to help people eat healthy.")) It is a theme that will carry through all summer long for this fresh food lover. ((JS SU 00:15:22:25"And it should come as no surprise that at this summer camp called Farm and Wilderness the kids grow, harvest and eat all their own vegetables.")) The camp is celebrating its 75th anniversary, and the emphasis has always been on simplicity and self-reliance. ((Rebecca Geary/Farm & Wilderness Executive Director 00:08:32:22" The nice thing is the children are actually gardening and getting to see the fruits of their labor, they are producing it, they are creating the salads and from the ages of 4, 14, 17 they are actually asking for seconds on their garden goods, carrots and salad greens.")) ((Nat sot pop of JS and Iris)) And there are more plans for Iris in the future, according to the White House. ((Iris again 00:30:42:17 "They were telling me they are going to hook me up with a chef in Burlington and so they are going to make my dish.")) In the meantime, It will be a busy summer season for this young lady. ((00:11:11:26 "most of these are vegetables that we eat,,,,,,,)) Who will be busy with traditional camp activities, ((00:12:35ish "Its fun to learn about where your food comes from,,,")) but will never be far from the garden. JS Channel three news, Plymouth.

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For almost the first time this season, the Red Sox are showing signs of playing like the squad that went all the way to the World Series last year. After sweeping the Royals at Fenway Park this weekend, the Sox have won seven of their last eight heading into a big four game set with Toronto. Game one of that series tonight and this turned into batting practice for the BoSox...top of the third, already 2-0 Boston...two on for Steven Drew and sends a frozen rope to right ...a three run home run...part of a four run inning as the Sox build a 6-0 lead... --- it's 6-1 in the fourth when Big Papi gets in on the fun... David Ortiz...high, deep and gone to center...a two run blast...and an 8-1 lead... --- and this one gets really out of hand in the fifth, when the Sox plate six runs, including another two run homer from Ortiz ...that was number 453 of Papi's career... passing Boston legend Carl Yaztrezemski for 36th on the all-time list... seven Red Sox starters get at least two hits...and John Lackey allows just two hits in seven innings ...Boston wins 14-1 to make it five straight and eight of nine overall...

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The Yankees, coming off their own home weekend sweep of Cincinnati, hosting the struggling Texas Rangers... --- rookie pitcher Shane Greene won his first two starts, giving up just two runs in 13 and a third innings... rings up Adrian Beltre in the first... --- tied at one in the fourth...Jacoby Ellsbury sends one over the short porch in right...a solo shot ...his eighth home run of the season...2-1 Boston... --- but the Rangers get to Green for three runs in the top of the sixth...including back-to-back-to-back RBI singles... as Texas snaps New York's three game win streak, downing the Yanks 4-2.

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The Vermont Mountaineers have the day off, after four players took part in yesterday's NECBL All-Star Game, a 4-3 win for the North in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Vermont visits the Mystic Schooners tomorrow night. With eleven games left on their schedule, the Mountaineers hold a two and a half game lead over Sanford in the Northern Division.

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The Vermont Lake Monsters close out a six game homestand with a 3-2 loss to Hudson Valley tonight at Centennial Field. Jose Brizuela hitting a solo home run for Vermont, his third of the season. The Monsters are on the road for the next eight games, starting tomorrow night at Lowell.

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The New York Giants open training camp tomorrow, but a longtime Big Blue stalwart won't be there. Offensive lineman Chriss Snee announced his retirement today. The 10-year veteran was having a hard time recovering from offseason elbow surgery and felt he wasn't physically ready to return for an 11th NFL season. A second round draft pick in 2004, Sneed 152 of 158 games for the Giants between 2004-2012, including their two Super Bowl victories over New England. He missed the final 13 games of last season with elbow and hip injuries.

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The Celtics have signed small forward Evan Turner...the terms of the deal have not been announced. A former second overall pick in 2010 by Philadephia, he was sent to Indiana at the trade deadline, but struggled with the Pacers and wound up playing only sparingly in Indiana's Eastern Conference Finals loss to the Miami Heat. Overall, Turner has averaged 11 points, five rebounds and three assists over his young career. Turner is still just 25-years-old, and will be looking to revitalize his career in Boston.

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Last year, Essex Junction's Evan Russell had quite the summer...winning his first Vermont Amateur Championship...and becoming just the third Vermonter to win the New England Amateur. Battling to a one shot win to claim the title at Green Mountain National in Killington. Two weeks ago, Russell repeated as Vermont state Am champ...and tomorrow, he begins his quest for the double double, when he tees off in the first round of the 85th New England Amateur Championship at Winchester Country Club in Winchester, Massachusetts. Russell is one of 19 Vermonters in the over 150 player field.


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