Mon 10-MAR-2014 Noon News Script
Good afternoon, I'm Roger Garrity. For nearly four years -- family and friends of a murdered Northeast Kingdom woman have wondered if the culprits would ever be caught. Today -- two of the three men accused of the crime -- will be charged. 27-year-old Richard Fletcher and his brother -- 33-year-old Keith Baird -- are scheduled to appear at the Caledonia Superior Court in St. Johnsbury this afternoon. Police say the men abducted -- and killed -- Pat O'Hagan in what appears to be a botched burglary at her home in September of 20-10. The 78-year-old's body was discovered by hunters weeks later in Wheelock. 23-year-old Michael Norrie is the third suspect in the case. He's being returned to Vermont from a federal prison in Pennsylvania and will be arraigned separately. Jennifer Reading is in St. Johnsbury today following this case, and she'll have the latest developments starting at 5 tonight.
A Plattsburgh man is facing a slew of charges in connection with a car accident last Fall. The crash happened October 24th on Mason Street in Schuyler Falls. Investigators say 31-year-old Brad Rovito was going 71 in a 35 mile per hour zone when he lost control and struck another vehicle. Police say their investigation revealed Rovito was under the influence of drugs -- and because he had a child in his car, that bumps the charge up to aggravated DWI -- a felony. That's among the ten criminal charges and traffic violations filed in the case.
Vermont police and policy-makers are gathering today to discuss the problem of drugged-driving. Under current Vermont law, it's easier to convict a driver accused of being drunk behind the wheel than stoned. For those under the influence of drugs, there is no simple standard or field test -- like the common blood-alcohol content measure. Gregory Nagurney is a traffic-focused prosecutor for the state and is in constant conversation with similar officals in other states.
((17:33 - 17:44 Greg Nagurney - Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor The one thing I have learned from all of these is that states that have amended marijuana laws either with decriminalization or legalization have seen a measurable increase in drugged-driving crashes)) Experts say they're also finding more drivers under the influence of multiple drugs, which can make inebriation standards even tougher to properly define. State lawmakers have been reviewing the drugged driving laws this year. They are considering changes to eliminate the disparity between driving under the influence of alcohol versus other drugs.
Authorities in northern New York are reminding the public about a missing teenager -- two years after his disappearence. 18-year-old Colin Gillis vanished on March 11th. 20-12. He was last seen walking along State Route 3 -- between Tupper Lake and Piercefield after leaving a party. Now -- two years after his disappearance -- friends and family are still searching for answers about what happened to him. They're offering a 25-thousand dollar reward for information that helps solve the mystery.
Fire destroyed an abandonned shopping plaza and motel in Center Rutland.. Fire crews responed to Flory's Plaza at about 4:30 Sunday afternoon. As flames spread thru the structure, fire officials brought in an excavator to take down a portion of the building to stop the flames from spreading to a neighboring property. The Flory's complex has not been in use for decades -- and fire crews have asked the state police to investigate the cause.
A long-time Vermont judge has died. Judge Franklin Billings Junior, died Sunday morning at the age of 91. Billings started is public service in the legislature -- and became speaker of the House. In 1966, he became a superior court judge. In 1975 he was appointed to the Vermont Supreme Court -- and briefly served as chief justice -- before being appointed a federal judge by President Reagan.
The city of Montpelier wants to become the nation's first state capital that gets all its energy from renewable resources. Montpelier officials this morning announced a project that they hope will help them achieve that goal by 20-30. The majority of the funding, they say, will come from investors and partnerships and not from taxpayer money. Green Mountain Power, one of the partners on the project, says their three main goals are for a solar array at their building, encouraging people to move towards heat pumps, and installing more charging stations for electric vehicles.
Senator Bernie Sanders is among a group of Senators set to hold an "all-nighter" in Washington to tak about climate change. Members of the group calling themselves -- the Senate Climate Action Task Force -- nearly two dozen in all -- will take to the Senate floor tonight and stay there through Tuesday morning. Sanders says the action is designed to serve as a wakeup call to Congress about the dangers of climate change. The Vermont Senator has introduced a bill would tax carbon and methane emissions.
Students at Dartmouth College say the school needs to do more to embrace diversity on campus. The group of students sent administrators what they call a freedom budget -- decrying racism, classism and sexism on campus. They made 70 demands of the school -- including hiring more minority faculty and enrolling more minority students. Administrators say they agree diversity is a cornerstone of Dartmouth's mission and they plan to set aside a million dollars to hire faculty with diverse perspectives.
Monday: Mostly cloudy. Scat'd snow showers taper. Trace-2" Highs: 33/40 Wind: S 5-10 Tonight: Increasing clouds. Snow showers develop. T-3". Lows: 23/30 Wind: Bec W 5-10 mph Tuesday: Lingering snow showers. Then partly sunny. Highs: 35/45 Wind: NW 5-15 mph Extended: Tuesday Night: Lows: 20s Wednesday: Snow develops. Highs: 25/35 Lows: 0/10 Thursday: Snow showers. Blustery Highs: 12/22 Lows: -10/5 Friday: Partly sunny Highs: 28/38 Lows: 20s Saturday: Mostly cloudy. Chance rain/snow showers. Highs: 30s Lows: 15/25 Sunday: Partly sunny. Highs: 30s
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