Fri 11-APR-2014 Noon News Script
Good afternoon. I'm Roger Garrity. We now know which officer fired the shot that killed a Brattleboro man. Vermont State Police say Sgt. Mark Carignan killed 35-year old Michael Santiago last week at America's Best Inn on Putney Road. Police say Brattleboro Sgt. Carignan was executing a search warrant during a drug raid -- and shot Santiago as he entered the room. Carginan is on administrative leave. The case is in the hands of the prosecutor in neighboring Bennington County. Windham County State's Attorney Tracy Shriver recused her office from the case -- since they regularly work with the Brattleboro Police Department.
A Burlington murder case stalled by legal challenges came is coming to an abrupt end today. 28-year-old Daniel Whalon is expected to plead guilty to second degree murder. He's accused of stabbing 54-year-old Ralph Bell -- in the neck and chest -- on a railroad bridge between Burlington and Winooski back in 20-11. Initially there was a move to by Whalon's lawyers to test his competency. Then they won a fight to have his confession to police thrown out. The state is pushing for 25 years to life in prison -- but prosecutors say the defense will ask the court for less jail time.
A Bristol man is facing charges after police say he fired a gun multiple times toward a neighbor's home. Police say 21-year-old Dusty Grace was drunk and and fighting with people outside a home on Carterville Road. Witnesses told police Grace repeatedly fired a gun toward a nearby home in an attempt to pick a fight with the residents. Arriving officers were able to take Grace into custody without incident. So far he's charged with disorderly conduct.
A former grocery store manager is the latest person in Vermont to be charged with embezzlement. Federal prosecutors say 36-year-old Deborah Williamson -- who until recently lived in Wheelock -- is facing a charge of mail fraud for allegedly stealing 70-thousand dollars from White's Market in Lyndonville. Prosecutors say Williamson took cash from the store safe and tried to cover the thefts in the store's computerized accounting records.
Some good news about a little girl who was struck by an SUV in Middlebury two weeks ago. Two year-old Charlotte McConnell suffered brain trauma and multiple broken bones -- when she ran out in front of the vehicle on Weybridge Street. Family members say Charlotte regained full consciousness for the first time this week. She still needs extensive rehab -- and her parents are hoping to get her care at a specialize facility in Boston. They have launched a go-fund-me site to raise money for her care.
A big mess after a crash in Enosburgh this morning. A tractor trailer with a load of grain went off the Tyler Branch road -- rolling onto its side -- and dumping a huge pile of feed pellets on the ground. Police say the driver swerved to avoid deer in the road. He was not hurt in the crash.
Former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown is running again -- but this time he's doing it New Hampshire. Brown formally announced his decision last night to seek a second term in the Senate by way of the Granite State. He is appealing to independent voters -- and says if he goes back to Washington -- he will be nobody's yes man. Brown is also making his opposition to ObamaCare very clear.
((Scott Brown "It forces us to make a choice - live free, or log on. Right? Live free or log on. And guess what? Guess what? In New Hampshire, guess what we choose? We choose freedom.")) The republican is taking on incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen. Brown accused Shaheen of being a rubber stamp for the Obama administration. Shaheen's campaign responded to Brown's announcement saying he cares only about himself and big corporate interests.
Fishing season opens this weekend in Vermont. Anglers can fish rivers and streams for brook, brown and rainbow trout. The early season can be a great time to catch large fish on their spring spawning runs. Catch-and-release bass fishing season in lakes also starts tomorrow.
Dogs in the Upper Valley have a friend on their side! By day Anthony Bonnier keeps the streets of Lebanon, New Hampshire safe as a police officer-- but by night he helps rescue lost and stray animals. Thursday SAVES -- or Small Animal Veterinary Emergency Services -- in Lebanon -- awarded Bonnier its first annual citizen of the Year Award for his efforts. Bonnier says it's the animals that keep him motivated.
02:42:47 02:43:00 ((Bonnier "Its just an animal. You know that night when I first tried to catch Maggie, thinking about her outside in the woods and you know its like 5 below zero and knowing that the poor dog is outside without companionship and a family, it was kind of motivating for me.")) For more information on the SAVES organization -- you can visit the info center at -- wcax.com
A sure sign of spring -- is the arrival of baby chickens at farm stores around our region. West Lebanon Feed and Supply in New Hampshire got its first shipment of the season -- 2 thousand baby chicks. The store's owner says he expects to sell around 11 thousand chicks this year -- almost double last year's record.
00:13:27 00:13:34 ((Curt Jacques/Owner West Leb. Feed & Supply "More people are getting into raising their own birds, they love the eggs, the fresh eggs and their meat that they know they raise themselves.")) The store says these baby chicks already have owners -- but additional batches are coming throughout the spring and summer.
We had a special visitor this morning at Channel three. A snowy owl landed right on our front lawn. It was being harassed by several crows. The Northeast saw an invasion of this bird this winter. It usually lives on the tundra for the winter. Some wildlife experts say there was a population explosion of these owls up north, prompting more to head a bit south looking for food. After a few moments, the owl flew off .
Today: Mostly sunny Highs: 55 to 562 Wind: W 10 to 15 mph Tonight: Partly cloudy (slight chance for early showers, south) Lows: 30 to 37 Wind: Light Saturday: Mostly sunny Highs: 58 to 65 Wind: SW 5 to 15 mph Extended: Sunday: Mostly cloudy Showers, mainly north Lows: 35 to 45 Highs: 60s Monday: Partly sunny Windy & warm Lows: 45 to 55 Highs: 70s Tuesday: Rain, heavy at times Lows: 45 to 55 Highs: 50s Hyper-Extended: Wednesday: AM rain/snow showers Then clearing Blustery & colder Lows: 30s Highs: 35 to 45 Thursday: Partly sunny Lows: 18 to 28 Highs: 40s
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