Mon 27-OCT-2014 Noon News Script


Good afternoon, I'm Roger Garrity. State police are investigating a fire that destroyed an abandoned home in Rutland. The is what's left of the house at 13 Pine Street after the early morning blaze. The fire was so hot -- it spread to two neighboring buildings -- and about a dozen people were evacuated. There are no reports of any injuries.


Police have identified the teen driver killed in a car crash in Brattleboro Saturday. 17-year-old Kyle Aubert was pronounced dead at the scene on Bonnyvale Road. His passenger -- 15-year-old Baily Strange -- was airlifted to Dartmouth-Hitchcock, where she is being treated for her injuries.


And people in the Vermont racing community are mourning the death of another teenager. 17-year-old Joey Laquerre (la-Care) was killed Saturday in an ATV accident in Washington. Laquerre was a senior at U-32 high school in East Montpelier. He was also a rising star in the world of auto racing. He was a regular on the track at Thunder Road -- at times, competing alongside his legendary grandfather, Joey Laquerre Senior. This is the second tragedy for the family. Joey Laquerre Junior was killed in a snowmobile accident in 1991.


Heroin laced with the painkiller Fetanyl is in the Upper Valley. Hartford police had a heroin sample tested after several overdoses in the area. Police say Fetanyl is approximately 80 to 100 times more potent than morphine. Police say the heroin-fetanyl mixture is extremely dangerous -- and can lead to overdose and death.


The Brattleboro Retreat will not lose its federal funding. The psychiatric hospital says the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has accepted its plan to fix some problems or risk losing federal funding. Brattleboro Retreat was required to submit its plan after it failed a survey conducted earlier this month. The plan includes both administrative and operations changes. The retreat has private patients but has also been providing care for patients under state supervision -- since the state hospital in Waterbury closed three years ago.


The hospital in St. Johnsbury is nearly back to normal after a malfunctioning sprinkler head dumped water onto a portion of the hospital three weeks ago.The water poured out for about 30 minutes until a maintenance worker deactivated the sprinkler. Hallways and a handful of patient rooms were damaged. Repairs are just about complete -- and the hospital isn't sure yet about the cost of the cleanup.


Concerned community members confronted the Burlington School Board last night. ((01:25:25 "it is time that respect returns." 01:25:28)) Parents voiced their frustrations -- after the interim administration team resigned on Friday -- claiming they were disrespected by the board. The board held a emergency meeting last night -- and endorsed a four-point plan, including efforts to smooth things over with the interim team -- find another interim superintendent -- and improving how the board functions.


((Patrick Halladay/ Chair 01:52:36 "We have made a committment to further conversations and to better our role and what our rights and responsibilities are and what our commitments to the larger community are." 01:52:49)) ((Alison Segar/Parent 00:41:57 "I've been very active in issues to do with the school, I think there's some fantastic people on the school board so for it to get to this point it's just deeply concerning." 00:42:09)) The board is still working on plans to hire a permanent superintendent. The job has been open since Jeanne Collins left under pressure back in June.


Carmen Tarleton is back in the news-- this time-- thanks to the sports channel ESPN. For those of you who do not know Carmen, she was the victim of a brutal domestic assault in 2007. The Thetford woman was burned over 80 percent of her body which changed her appearance forever. Last year she underwent a full face transplant at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Carmen has been traveling the world sharing her story and has become an inspiration for domestic assault survivors. ESPN's weekly news magazine show-- called E-60-- profiled Carmen for an upcoming piece.


((Carmen Tarleton/Domestic Violence Survivor: "I feel like life gives you what you need and if I get certain opportunities through channels I wouldn't think of like ESPN of all stations, then I really believe there is a reason for that. And my story can help people in so many ways and it certainly can help the viewers of ESPN as well.")) The piece is scheduled to air tomorrow night at 8pm. But, even bigger news than that, Carmen is about to be a grandmother. Her daughter Hannah is expecting a baby boy any day now.


Police in Central Vermont are looking for a robber who they say targeted two stores last night. They say around 8 o'clock a heavyset white woman tried to rob the Shaws in Montpelier -- and then fled on foot, possibly with a man. Then -- just after 9 o'clock, police in Barre City got a call about a robbery at the Champlain Farms on South Main Street. Police say the woman handed the cashier a note demanding money -- and left with cash. Police say she's in her early 20s with sandy brown hair -- and if you know who she is... contact them.


Years of bridge work comes to a close this afternoon in Bristol. A new bridge on Route 116 is scheduled to open at one o'clock . Travelers have been using a one-lane temporary bridge during construction. Work on the new bridge will continue into spring -- but it will remain open to traffic the entire time.


Today: Gradual clearing Highs: 47 to 54 Wind: NW 5 to 15 mph Tonight: Partly cloudy Lows: 32 to 38 Wind: S 5 to 10 mph Tuesday: Partly sunny Breezy Highs: 57 to 64 Wind: S 10 to 20 mph Extended: Wednesday: AM showers Then gradual clearing Lows: 45 to 55 Highs: 50s Thursday: Partly cloudy Lows: 30s Highs: 48 to 58 Friday: Halloween! Increasing clouds Showers developing Lows: 28 to 38 Highs: 42 to 52 Hyper-Extended: Saturday: Rain/snow Blustery Lows: 28 to 38 Highs: 30s Sunday: Partly sunny Snow showers, mainly mountains Lows: 20s Highs: 30s

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