Mon 20-MAR-2017 Noon News Script

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This morning -- a man faced a judge after police say he attempted to carjack a vehicle full of teenage girls this weekend. Police say 29-year-old Michael Perry tried to get into several homes before he was spotted clinging to the hood of a moving car in Berlin Saturday night. The driver's family sent us photos. Police say, Perry smashed the windshield trying to get into the car. They say, it all started when he flagged down the car and then climbed on top. Perry, who police say is a transient from Barre, is facing a slew of charges including assault, resisting arrest and heroin possession.

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Also in court this morning -- the woman who police say was suffering from a mental health crisis -- that led to a standoff in South Burlington. Police say she was acting erratically and had apparently just gotten into a fight with her mom-- who lives at the home on White Street. The mother was not home when police got there.

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((Chief Trevor Whipple/ South Burlington Police "At one point the window was open and our officers realized their was a very strong smell of gasoline -- some sort of petroleum product coming from inside the house. Fortunately with some good work from the officers they were able to convince the women to exit the house on her own. She came out, she's been taken to the hospital)) Police believe the woman doused the home with the fuel. How they're going to clean that up remains unclear.

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Happening right now -- the funeral for a New York State Trooper... who died from cancer he got while responding to 9/11. Today -- fellow troopers -- friends and family are remembering Trooper Brian Falb at St. Peter's Church in Plattsburgh. He passed away last week. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says his death was from an illness Falb contracted -- during his assignment at the World Trade Center -- after the attacks. He served his entire 18 year-career -- with Troop B based in Ray Brook -- and lived in Morrisonville. Speakers -- including his daughter -- remembered his dedication to his work.

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((SOT Daughter )) Falb leaves behind a wife and four children. Channel 3's Rose Gomez is at the service -- and will have more on Trooper Falb's legacy -- tonight at 5 and 6.

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Last night -- friends and investigators came together to remember Brianna Maitland on the anniversary of her disappearance. There was a candlelight vigil in Enosburg Falls. Maitland was last seen in Montgomery when she left work at the Black Lantern Inn. Police believe she was a victim of foul play. Loved ones at the vigil say they are not losing hope - they want to bring Brianna home.

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((Mark Harper, Investigated Brianna Maitland's Case, MJA Inc Investigations 5045 11:53:41-11:53:54 Very heartbreaking. We thought this would be over by now, and we just haven't come up with anything solid.")) ((Kira Trombley, Brianna Maitland's Friend 5017 11:45:45-11:46:04 "I wish there was more that we can do to search for her and as of now all we can do is keep the voice of her story as much as we can and by having her vigil, that's one thing that we're trying to do, and we always hope that she will be found.")) Investigators say they will start searching again in the spring -- and plan to keep expanding their search grounds until they find Maitland.

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AirBnB is on the rise here in Vermont. The company says 140-thousand guests stayed in Vermont last year through the online home-sharing service, earning Vermonters more than $17 million dollars. That's an 87-percent increase over 2015. The state and Airbnb have an agreement where the company collects the state's rooms and meals tax to level the playing field with traditional hotels and motels. Some towns in Vermont also charge a local tax.

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A group of volunteers from the Northeast Kingdom are stepping up to help survivors of a fire at a Guatemalan shelter for girls. The Lyndonville United Methodist Church members just returned from the orphanage where 20 survivors have been moved. Now, they are trying to raise money for that orphanage. But, one church member is worried about the impact on the orphanage.

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(12:14:03:00) ((Jim Proctor/Lyndonville United Methodist Church those kids are going to have some serious issues that the simple fact is they are going to disrupt the life at shadow of his wings orphanage,)) Some local volunteers will be heading back down next month in order to help with the transition.

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Spring has sprung! To be exact, the new season officially began at 6:29 this morning. That was the exact moment of the vernal equinox.

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Today: Spring begins! Partly sunny Highs: 35 to 42 Wind: NNW 5 to 10 mph Tonight: Mostly cloudy Chance for a few snow showers Lows: 22 to 28 Wind: Light Tuesday: Mix of sun & clouds Chance for a few rain/snow showers Highs: 38 to 45 Wind: SW 5 to 10 mph Extended: Wednesday: Early AM snow showers, squalls Then partly sunny Cold & blustery Lows: 5 to 15 Highs: 10 to 20 Thursday: Partly cloudy Lows: 0 to 10 Highs: 20s Friday: Mostly cloudy Chance for rain/snow showers Lows: 8 to 18 Highs: 35 to 45 Hyper-Extended: Saturday: Mostly cloudy Chance for rain/snow showers Lows: 25 to 35 Highs: 40s Sunday: Mostly cloudy Chance for rain/snow showers Lows: 15 to 25 Highs: 30s


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