Fri 07-MAR-2014 Noon News Script
A major development today in the Pat O'Hagan murder case in the Northeast Kindgom. Authorities say they are now ready to move forward with charges against three men suspected of killing the beloved grandmother during a burglary at her Sheffield home in 20-10 Jennifer Reading has more.
Vermont State Police confirm to WCAX investigators believe they have probable cause to charge three men who they believe were involved in O'Hagan's murder. They are filing documents at the courthouse today detailing what they believe allegedly happened. State police say Keith Baird, 33, will be charged with first-degree murder, burglary and kidnapping. Richard Fletcher, 27, will also face first-degree murder, kidnapping and burglary. A third individual, not named by police yet, will also face charges. All three men are already behind bars for other crimes. Police say they will be arraigned Monday in St. Johnsbury. According to court documents in an unrelated federal firearms case, all three suspects made partial confessions in connection with O'Hagan's killing, but due to conflicting stories and a lack of evidence, state prosecutors had not filed state murder charges against the men. Until now. At this point, it's not clear what prompted the change. O'Hagan was 78 years old when police say she was abducted from her Sheffield home and killed. Her body was discovered weeks later in Wheelock. Michael Norrie told investigators he, Baird and Fletcher were high on crystal meth the night of the killing and wanted more money for drugs. That's when authorities say the men killed O'Hagan during a robbery attempt. JR, Ch3, St. Johnsbury
The Randolph man who admitted to murdering his niece will be sentenced this spring. Last August -- Michael Jacques -- struck a deal with federal prosecutors -- pleading guilty to abducting, drugging, raping and killing -- 12-year-old Brooke Bennett. In exchange -- the feds took the death penalty off the table. Now the court has announced Jacques will be sentenced May 20.. Prosecutors are calling for him to spend the rest of his life behind bars.
Vermont police have accused a Quechee woman of embezzling over 126-thousand dollars from a research firm in Wilder. Police say 50-year-old Jayne Concialdi was a former employee of New England Research. She's accused of embezzlement, forgery, false personation and grand larceny over the course of two years. Police say she turned herself in at the Hartford Police Department Thursday.
Milton police say they've caught the father and son team behind nearly 100 car break-ins in Chittenden County. Authorities say surveillance video from several crime scenes led them to three suspects. Police arrested 20-year-old Anthony Burbo Jr., 52-year-old Anthony Burbo Sr, and 29-year-old Justin Perkins. The trio is accused of stealing wallets, a snowboard, cash and credit cards from cars around Chittenden County. Investigators say they recovered many of the stolen goods from the younger Burbo's home.
Investigators say a late-night fire at the old Burlington Free Press building was an act of arson. A fire alarm went off in College Street property at 11:20 last night. Fire crews found a small fire and evidence of vandalism on the third floor. Damage is estimated at 40-thousand dollars. The building was the long-time home of the Burlington Free Press -- but was sold last Fall to the Handy family.
The Burlington school board voted last night to go forward with leasing an old school building to UVM -- but decided to hold off on a deal to buy a closed Catholic school. School officials have been pushing for the purchase of the old St. Joseph's catholic school as way to accommodate the districts growing student population.
((3:18:29 Alan Matson/ Burlington School Board Chair " St. Josephs is a very good size space for a school -- it's already a school -- it's got a gym- it's got a great performing in it, it's got a cafeteria in the basement.")) But some board members balked at the two million dollar price tag on the heals of this week's school budget defeat. Others worried about the fate of a daycare and other programs currently using St. Joseph's.
That purchase had been linked to a plan to lease the old Taft School to UVM. The board DID decide to move forward with that deal independently. It calls for the university to pay one-point-six million dollars to the city for a lease lasting up to 160-years. Previous efforts to sell the Taft school had me with legal challenges. That's because of a covenant that requires the school to be turned into a home for old men if it stops being used as a school. District officials believe the long-term lease to UVM will pass legal muster.
Today: Mostly sunny Breezy & warmer Highs: 32 to 38 Wind: S 10 to 20 mph Tonight: Increasing clouds Lows: 12 to 22 Wind: S 5 to 15 mph Saturday: Mostly cloudy Chance for a few snow showers Highs: 33 to 40 Wind: SW to N 5 to 15 mph Extended: Sunday: Daylight Saving Time! Partly sunny Lows: 5 to 15 Highs: 20s Monday: Mostly cloudy Snow showers Lows: 10 to 20 Highs: 30s Tuesday: Mostly cloudy Chance for snow showers Lows: 15 to 25 Highs: 30s Hyper-Extended: Wednesday: Mostly cloudy Chance for snow Lows: 5 to 15 Highs: 20s Thursday: Mostly cloudy Chance for snow Lows: 5 to 15 Highs: 20s
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