Mon 20-MAY-2013 11 P.M. News Script
Good evening. I'm Kristin Kelly. And I'm Darren Perron. It is a case that terrified the Northeast Kingdom -- 78-year-old Pat O'Hagan -- murdered more than two years ago. But now - progress in solving the case. Sources tell Channel 3 there are 3 suspects - and they are already in jail. O'Hagan was last seen alive at her home in Sheffield in September of 2011. She was found murdered a few miles away -- 3 weeks later. Sheffield resident Michael Norrie partially confessed to her death - and is being held on other charges. Now - sources say Richard Fletcher of Sheffield also implicated himself. And a third man - is also considered a suspect in the plot. They too are in jail on other charges. A court filing shows Fletcher says that the 3 men participated in O'Hagan's death -- and the disposal of her body. The filing indicates she was shot in the head. It is not clear why no one has been charged in the grandmother's death.
A Burlington High School teacher stands charged with having sex with one of her students. And weeks after the allegations surfaced -- Burlington parents are talking about whether their kids are safe at school. Keith McGilvery was at the public meeting at BHS tonight. Parents came with a lot of questions tonight- some were answered and some were not -- but it's clear the conversation is far from over.
Burlington High School spanish teacher Giovanna Yaranga was charged with having sex with one of her students -- many BHS parents thought the worst. ((Sue Reardon, Burlington High School Mom 27:37 "As a mom it scared me, I send my child to school everyday thinking oh I hope he is going to be safe, oh I hope he is going to learn.)) Sue Reardon is not only a Burlington High School mom but she's also been in education for decades -- and says there's no excuse. ((Sue Reardon, Burlington High School Mom 28:35 "The teachers, educators, they know, I can not believe that there would ever be an educator that says gee I didn't know that wasn't appropriate.)) Monday Reardon joined parents and teachers at BHS to talk about their safety concerns with Principal Amy Mellencamp in the wake of the allegations. Mellencamp could say little about the ongoing investigation. ((Amy Mellencamp, Burlington High School Principal KM: Did you miss anything, at the end of the day you are in charge of this building. AM "I am in charge of this building, I can't go into the specifics of the investigation but as soon as I had information, I acted on it.)) Mellencamp used the hour-long back and forth to start a dialogue with parents over what can be done to do a better job protecting students. She says district policies on appropriate teacher-student behavior are being reviewed - and she's accepting suggestions. She reminded parents that there are mandatory reporting laws for her staff and that often uncovering a problem takes help from students. ((Amy Mellencamp, Burlington High School Principal 02:44 "What I have learned is that students coming forward is really important, that's the only way sometimes that we get knowledge of a situation and we do our best work when we are told something is wrong.)) Parents urged administrators to be honest with students about their safety and to make sure that BHS teachers are getting the support and attention they need as well. Reardon says the open conversation could go a long way to preventing future problems. ((Sue Reardon, Burlington High School Mom 30:11 "even though it might only have been one person, that has stepped over the bounds, maybe there have been more, maybe this will be a wake up call.))
Yaranga denies the allegations -- and has pled not guilty to having a sexual relationship with her student. She is on paid administrative leave and is due back in court July 9th.
At least 51 people are dead after a massive tornado tore through the suburbs of Oklahoma City this afternoon. The storm leveled two schools and countless homes. Marlie Hall is on the scene in Moore, Oklahoma.
NEIGHBORS AND FIRST RESPONDERS DIG FOR SURVIVORS THROUGH PILES OF DEBRIS IN WHAT WAS A MOORE, OKLHAHOMA SCHOOL. HOURS EARLIER, A POWERFUL TORNADO DESTROYED MUCH OF THE TOWN. AT LEAST TWO SCHOOLS WERE HEAVILY DAMAGED BY THE STORM, WHICH STRUCK JUST ABOUT 3 PM, LOCAL TIME. (SOT) "our hearts are just broken for the parents that are wondering the state of their children that have been in the schools that have been hit today." COUNTLESS HOMES WERE DAMAGED... MANY, REDUCED TO RUBBLE. (SOT) "our cars are where our house was. Everything's gone." THE STORM FORMED JUST SOUTH OF OKLAHOMA CITY, AND QUICKLY GAINED STRENGTH AS IT MOVED EAST. BY THE TIME IT HIT MOORE, IT WAS A MILE-WIDE, E-F-4 TORNADO, WITH WINDS UP TO 200 MILES AN HOUR. (SOT) "this has turned into a massive tornado, as you can see in these live pictures." FROM THE AIR, YOU CAN SEE THE PATH THE TWISTER CARVED THROUGH THIS NEIGHBORHOOD. ITS TRACK IS COLORED LIGHT-BROWN FROM ALL THE DIRT AND SPLINTERED WOOD. (STANDUP BRIDGE) HERE ON THE GROUND, THE DESTRUCTION IS OVERWHELMING. THERE IS DEBRIS EVERYWHERE YOU LOOK... FROM PIECES OF HOMES TO ENTIRE CARS. SURVIVORS WERE STUNNED. (SOT) "My house is just gone man. And I was in there. I don't know how to put in in words." THE TORNADO WAS ON THE GROUND FOR ALMOST AN HOUR, BEFORE SPINNING ITSELF OUT. THOMAS EARSOM WAS ONE OF THE FIRST TO RESPOND. (SOT) "we were pulling houses off of people.. People were crawling out from anywhere and everywhere." CLEANUP IS ALREADY UNDERWAY AS HEAVY EQUIPMENT IS USED TO CLEAR ROADS AND TURN FIELDS OF DEBRIS INTO PILES. IT'S A PROCESS THAT WILL TAKE MONTHS. RECOVERY WILL TAKE FAR LONGER. MARLIE HALL FOR CBS NEWS, MOORE, OKLAHOMA.
First they were facing arson charges. Now police say two Morrisville women were plotting murder. Police upped the charges against 35-year-old Leola Bell and 40-year-old Tina Cole to attempted murder. Investigators say they set the fire at a home on George Street last Tuesday morning. Four adults and two kids were inside. No one was hurt. But police say the women also called in a fake fire elsewhere to divert rescue crews. Police say the women set the fire -- hoping to stop the people in the house from telling authorities about alleged welfare fraud.
One of the five suspects linked to a St Albans man's death -- pleaded guilty today to assault and robbery charges. Police say 24-year-old Travis Bugbee and another man, Brian Ross, lured the victim to the St. Albans pool last year. Today, Bugbee pleaded guilty to assaulting and robbing 22-year-old Chris Davis, whose body was found in the pool. The medical examiner was not able to determine his cause of death -- so the men were not charged with murder. Ross is expected to plead guilty to similar charges next month. If that happens, both men will be sentenced in July.
She was PTO treasurer - AND a first grade teacher. And today she was in court for embezzlement. Police say 36 year-old Shawna Steinhour embezzled thousands from the Richford Elemementary PTO - and spent the money on herself. She denied the charges. According to court records -- Steinhour and her husband put some money back into the PTO account, but the PTO president estimates the account is still 35 hundred dollars short.
Don't bring a backpack to the Vermont City Marathon on Sunday. That's just one of the extra security measures planned -- following the Boston bombings. There will be fewer trash cans available - and more plain clothes officers on patrol. Police are asking folks to leave coolers, backpacks and boxes at home. They suggest people carry their items in clear plastic bags - to make it easy to see what's inside.
((Det. Art Cyr, Burlington Police Dept. 01:16 "we're realistic to that fact that even though we are asking people not to, it's still going to happen, we're going to remind folks that if you leave those things unattended that there is a chance they will be confiscated and damaged and possibly destroyed.)) And police say you can expect random searches -- and big traffic tie ups -- so plan ahead.
Vermont doctors can now help patients end their own lives. After years of debate -- the end of life choices bill -- is now law. Deanna LeBlanc reports.
((30:57 "so here we go" shumlin signs bill)) For many in the large crowd gathered in the Governor's Ceremonial Office -- this is a moment a decade in the making. ((31:11 go team -- it's law.)) As he signed end-of-life choices into law today -- Governor Shumlin lauded a healthy debate and active participation by citizens as what sets vermont apart from other states. ((SHUMLIN: 21:07 we have conversations about difficult issues where we disagree. And we have those conversations with good judgement, fairness, and inclusiveness. 21:17)) The new law -- which allows physicians to prescribe lethal doses to terminally ill patients -- is the first ever passed by state legislators in the nation. Similar bills have been passed in a handful other states, but by referrendum. Advocates say the number of Vermonters who will actually take a lethal dose will be much smaller than the number who fill the prescription or who ask their doctors about their options. ((Diana Barnard/End of Life Choices Vermont: 37:39 a lot of patients express an interest in having access to the possibility that they might be able to access this law if they need it. 37:46)) But those who oppose the law say it lacks strict oversight once a person fills the prescription. ((Carolyn McMurray/True Dignity Vermont: 41:57 we vigorously oppose this bill and we did everything in our power to keep it rom being enacted.42:02)) McMurray and the group True Dignity Vermont say they are transitioning from lobbyists to watch dogs now that the bill has become law. ((McMurray: 42:10 . we have setup a hotline to receive reports of abuse, either from people who are afraid themselves or who know somebody they think is being abused. 42:20)) The law allows physicians and hospitals to opt out of participating -- Many hospitals have implemented temporary policies against allowing admitted patients to take lethal doses -- until new policies can be created. ((1:49 Dr. Stephen Leffler/Fletcher Allen Health Care: We have to meet with our committees and decide if this is something that makes sense for us to do in the hospital or is it something that should eb done in the patient's home with their provider2:01 )) Leffler says that's a process that could take between six and nine months. ((39:08 we've been waiting 10 years for this law to pass and we very much want to have people feel comfortable with the way that it is unfolding, and it will take as much time as it takes. 38:17)) Deanna LeBlanc -- channel 3 news -- Burlington.
Up next. A new law lets Vermont farmers grow hemp. ((nats: old video)) But will they run into trouble with the feds? Hand-made -- high end furniture. ((nats: plane wood)) She's building usable art. And breaking barriers. And mega merger. Can Yahoo reinvent itself -- by buying Tublr? Next.
Watch out for rabies in the Upper Valley Police in Hanover New Hampshire were recently notified about two raccoons that came into contact with family pets. The raccoons were euthanized and sent to the state lab. In both cases, the animals tested positive for rabies. The pets however -- were both vaccinated.
Vermont is about to legalize growing hemp -- but farmers could still get into trouble with the feds. That's because the federal government says the plant is still illegal to grow-- even though a variety of hemp products are sold legally in the U.S. Farmers -- planning to plant hemp -- worry their operations could be shut down -- and their land -- seized.
((Allen: "we want to learn how to grow hemp because down the road, we think it is going to be a really important crop. In the short term it might be a legal nightmare.")) ((We don't know exactly what the federal enforcement would be, and farmers would have to grow it at their own risk. 19:25)) Hemp is in the same family as marijuana-- but lacks potent levels of the chemical THC -- which gets people high.
Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy's Senate Judiciary Committee is considering hundreds of proposed amendments to the immigration reform bill. Lawmakers today voted for an amendment tightening asylum rules -- citing the Boston Marathon Bombing suspects whose family sought asylum in the U-S. The committee also added an amendment that would require foreigners leaving the country through the nation's busiest airports to be finger printed. A vote is expected Wednesday.
A big buy for Yahoo. The company has bought microblogging site "tumblr" for just over 1 billion dollars. Tumblr allows users to quickly post pictures, text and video. Yahoo hopes tumblr will help it attract more traffic and advertisers on smartphones and tablets. The companies say Tumblr will remain independently operated.
Meanwhile tech giant Apple is accused of using a loophole -- to avoid paying billions of dollars in taxes A new Senate report shows Apple has a group spinoff companies outside the country it uses to avoid paying income taxes in the U.S. Officials say two-thirds of the company's 145-billion in cash are held overseas. Apple is not the only company guilty of this -- many multinational corporations use similar tactics -- but lawmakers are concerned about the loopholes in the tax code.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Few showers. Lows: 53/60 Wind: Light Tuesday: Cloudy. Showers likely. PM storm. Highs: 68/75 Wind: S 6-12 mph Tuesday Night: Cloudy. Showers likely. Lows: 53/60 Wind: S 5-10 mph Wednesday: Mostly cloudy. Chance showers. PM storm. Highs: 75/82 Wind: S 6-12 mph Extended: Wednesday night: Lows: 58/65 Thursday: Showers likely. PM storm. Highs: 70s Lows: 45/55 Friday: AM shower? Becoming partly cloudy. Highs: 55/65 Lows: 30s Saturday: Partly cloudy. Highs: 55/65 Lows: 30s Sunday: Partly cloudy. Highs: 60s Lows: 35/45 Monday: Mostly sunny. Highs: 60s
A Vermont woman has carved out quite a name for herself. She's crafting unique furniture at her Burlington workshop -- Gina Bullard checks it out.
((quick nat)) In this Burlington workshop... ((quick nat)) wood is transformed .... ((quick quick nat)) ... into functional art. ((love wood working)) And it's not only the furniture that's unique -- but also the person making it. ((nat)) Erin Hanley is going against the grain. She's a woman in a predominately man's world. She is the only woman in the Guild of Vermont Furniture Makers. (11:05:12) ((Erin Hanley/Erin Hanley Fine Furniture "its intimidating")) She creates custom pieces for her business Erin Hanley Fine Furniture. (8:33:17) ((Erin Hanley/Erin Hanley Fine Furniture "sometimes i'll get people saying..so does your husband help yoU?")) But it's all Hanley. She creates one of a kind pieces that range from industrial to modern to something you could have seen in 16th century England. (7:04:19) ((Erin Hanley/Erin Hanley Fine Furniture "its different than anything else you can buy out there because it comes from the mind of one person. the craftsmanship is something you can really appreciate")) Hanley credits her creative -- crafty parents for exposing her to woodworking and the arts growing up. She apprenticed for a cabinet maker when she was 19... then a fine furniture maker. But Hanley was young -- and wanted to explore her options -- so she left wood. She sewed clothing for a company -- then even became a para-legal for a few years -- before farming for a decade. (5:11:11) ((Erin Hanley/Erin Hanley Fine Furniture "there's a similarity in furniture making i'm making some tangible and i have a relationship with the people who are buying it")) She loved farming but after starting a family -- decided it was too physically demanding -- and went back to her first love -- furniture making. Hanley attended a traditional craft school in Boston. She was the only woman in her class. Hanley does not like to draw attention to being a pioneer -- and instead prefers to let her pieces speak for themselves. (17:02:17) ((Erin Hanley/Erin Hanley Fine Furniture "gb-what is your favorite part about woodwoorking? EH- i think the tactile part getting the plain humming and a beautiful shaving coming off is satisfying")) Hanley says she's a perfectionist. Paying attention to grain -- color -- and getting the perfect fitting joint. Pieces average around 2000-dollars. (2:05:14) ((Erin Hanley/Erin Hanley Fine Furniture "its a level of craftsmanship that we're talking about and attention to detail ")) A woodworker cutting her own path. Gina Bullard Channel 3 News Burlington.
The Red Sox have been Red Hot latley and they've been doing it away from Fenway Park. The Sox looking for their sixth straight win tonight as they open a series with the White Sox in Chicago. NESN's Jerry Remy told us earlier tonight that the White Sox have really struggled to hit the ball. Maybe the Chicago players heard that, becasue they went to work on Boston Ace Jon Lester. Bottom of the first, Adam Dunn taking Lester deep to right for a three run shot. 3-0 White Sox. --- It's 5-0 White Sox in the third, when Boston gets on the board thanks to Jarrod Saltalamacchia. It's a 2 run homerun. His second homer of the season, Boston down 5-2. --- Chicago gets one of those runs back in the 5th Dayan Viciedo with the RBI single. 6 runs and 7 hits in 6 innings for Lester Boston falls, 6-4, as they're 5 game win streak comes to an end.
The Yankees and Oriloes going back and forth in the series opener tonight in Baltimore. --- Trailing by a run in the top of the ninth, the Yankees Travis Hafner with 1 out goes up and out. It's a solo shot. We are going to extra innings knotted at 4. --- Top of the 10th, after a leadoff double by Ichiro, Vernon Wells sends this double to left. Ichiro scores. Hafner adds an RBI single. The Yankees go on to the 6-4 win in 10 innings.
The Bruins and Rangers eastern conference semifinal series has shifted to New York. Game 3 is tomorrow night at Madison Square Garden as the B's have a 2-0 series lead. Bruins defenseman Wade Redden and Dennis Seidenberg both skated this morning and made the trip to New York. Neither one may be ready to go tomorrow, but that may not be such a bad thing. The Bruins are playing three rookies on the blue line and all three have contributed to the wins. Torey Krug, Matt Bartkowski and Dougie Hamilton have combined for 2 goals and 5 assists in the first two games of the series and are a plus two.
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Patrtios tight end Rob Gronkowski had a fourth surgery on his broken forearm today. According to reports, doctors say the prior infection in the arm is gone. Gronkowski is also going to have back surgery, but it's expected that he will be ready for training camp.
High School lacrosse today. The South Burlington boys visiting rival Burlington. --- second quarter. Cam Nolting with the pass to Jack Dwyer and the co-captain gives the Rebels a 3-0 lead. --- About 2 minutes later, Charles Hall gets it to Nolting who waits, shoots and scores. South Burlington up 4-0. --- The Seahorses get on the board with 7 minutes to go before the break, Jack Breen takes the hit in front and puts it home. Burlington down 4-1. --- But it's South Burlington that maintains control throughout. How about this rocket from Nate Carter. The Rebels go on to the 12-5 road victory.
On the girls side, A good one at Rice today, the Knights hosting Woodstock. --- Late first half, Rice's Jillian Varin with the free position goal. The Knights taking a 10-4 lead. --- Woodstock answers with a free position goal 2 minutes later. Sam Harrington doing the honors. The Wasps down 10-5. --- Not for long, 30 seconds later, Lauren Kaya comes out from behind the net and puts it home. Rice's lead is now 10-6 at the break. ---- The Green Knights score the first 2 goals of the second half, Katy Ranaldo fakes the pass moves in and scores. Rice hangs on for a 16-15 win.
Finally, we don't cover the sport of competivite eating a lot here...ok, not at all, but this story is particularly sweet. Jamie the Bear Mcdonals a 36 year old personal trainer from Sacramento Caliofrinia breaking 2 world records the most amount of pie eaten in 6 minutes and most amount of pie eaten total. That's right this guy scarfed down an 11 plus pound apple pie. He celebrated by hitting he resort buffet, he skipped the desert table.
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