Mon 29-JUN-2015 Noon News Script


Good afternoon. I'm Bridget Barry Caswell. North Country residents slept a little easier last night -- after the exhausting three week manhunt for two prison escapees finally came to a close late Sunday afternoon. The search ended when police shot and captured David Sweat in Constable, New York -- just south of the Canadian border. And as Cat Viglienzoni reports, those involved in that effort arrived home to a hero's welcome in Dannemora last night.

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NATS HONKING AND CHEERING Sunday evening was a time to celebrate outside the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora. More NATS For three weeks, Dannemora and the surrounding communities have been on edge --wondering if killers Richard Matt and David Sweat were still in the area. Now -- they don't need to wonder anymore. SOT Heidi Miller, Dannemora Resident 44 we have been waiting patiently for these men to be caught. So we're very happy 49 Happy to know that their families are safe -- and also happy to have the thousands of searchers home too after more than three weeks of a nonstop manhunt. NATS TRUCK FAMILY CHEERING This family made their own signs which -- by the end of a rainy evening -- were soaked and tearing. But they -- and others -- braved the weather to show their support. 418 Cat: Did you make this one yourself? Girl: Yes. Cat: What does it say? Girl: Thank you law enforcement 23 Roger Favreau has family working inside the prison. He made t-shirts to show his support. SOT Roger Favreau, Morrisonville 207 These guys all busted butt and boots on the ground and they all deserve recognition 212 They got that recognition late last night -- when a group of corrections officers returned to the prison where it all began. NATS photo Posing for a group photo -- NATS woman thanking them And shaking hands with grateful residents who say they didn't doubt that the men and women in uniform would track down and stop the escapees. SOT Roger Favreau, Morrisonville 228 I've always believed that no one was going to get hurt and time was on their side. They just had to wait and they did everything correct 37 CV, ch3 news


It was a dramatic close to the three week manhunt. The first escapee - Richard Matt - shot and killed just two days prior. The second, David Sweat, shot and captured -- as I said, in a rain-soaked field about a mile and a half from the Canadian border. Sweat was shot by New York State trooper -- Sgt. Jay Cook -- after being spotted on a road in Constable -- and attempting to flee in a nearby field. He's now listed in critical but stable condition at a hospital in Albany. More than a thousand local, state and federal law enforcement officers had been searching for the two convicted murderers since they escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora on June 6th.


Now this afternoon -- the prison guard accused of giving the Dannemora escapees the tools, and other items that helped them escape -- is due in court. Gene Palmer admits he gave Matt and Sweat the materials -- but says he did not know they would be used for the elaborate getaway scheme. Palmer will be formally arraigned late today -- and is expected to plead not guilty to promoting prison contraband and tampering with physical evidence.

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Vermont State Police say a 15 year old has died in an ATV accident that involved three teens. Dawson Perley of Enosburg died Sunday at UVM Medical Center as a result of his injuries. And 14 year old Carter Paradee is still in critical condition at UVM. The crash happened Friday on King Road in Bakersfield. According to police they were all riding on one ATV when it crashed. The third rider is in stable condition. State police say the cause of the crash is still under investigation.


Vermont correctional officials are creating new rules to cut down on the amount of drugs and other contraband making their way into the state's seven prisons. The Corrections Department is drawing up a new policy on searches --hoping to cut down on drugs in prisons. Commissioner Andy Pallito told Vermont lawmakers the searches of prison staff may involve pat downs and metal detectors, with prisoners possibly subject to a full strip search.


A former Vermont police officer has pleaded guilty to drug and neglect-of-duty charges. 42-year-old Gary Harrington of Bennington had served on the Manchester and Winhall police departments -- and the Bennington County Sheriff's Department. He pleaded guilty Friday to distribution and possession of narcotics -- and will not be allowed to serve in a law enforcement role again.


A near majority of state Senator Norm McAllister's colleagues say they'd vote to oust him from the Vermont Senate. A survey by the Associated Press shows 14 of 29 would remove McAllister -- based on what they now know about the criminal sex charges he's facing. Five said they'd vote no, nine were undecided and one could not be reached. The Republican from Franklin County was arrested last month -- before pleading not guilty to the charges in court the next day.


Burlington Police are looking for a suspect involved in a home invasion over the weekend. They say it happened on Greene Street shortly before 5 a.m. A 20 year-old woman reported being woken by an unknown man -- standing next to her bed and shining a light on her. Police say the suspect -- in his late 20's -- made lewd and lascivious demands -- before taking off with the victim's cell phone. They say no physical assault took place. The suspect is described as clean cut in his late 20s, with short dark hair, tan skin, and a medium build. He was wearing a dark colored sweatshirt and dark shorts.


Finally this afternoon, a traffic alert for those heading out the door. Travelers can expect more delays on interstate 89 at Exit 10. That's in Waterbury. Crews are installing a radar speed feedback sign -- and they are replacing some markers. The work could take a day or two.


Today: Mostly cloudy A few, scattered showers Highs: 63 to 70 Wind: SW 5 to 10 mph Tonight: Partly cloudy Areas of fog Lows: 52 to 58 Wind: Light Tuesday: Some AM sun Showers, possible t-storms by afternoon Highs: 72 to 78 Wind: S 5 to 15 mph Extended: Wednesday: Mostly cloudy Showers, t-storms Lows: 58 to 65 Highs: 70s Thursday: Chance for an AM shower Then partly sunny Lows: 50s Highs: 70s Friday: Partly cloudy Lows: 50s Highs: 75 to 82 Hyper-Extended: Saturday: 4th of July! Partly sunny Chance for showers Lows: 50s Highs: 75 to 82 Sunday: Partly sunny Lows: 55 to 62 Highs: 75 to 82

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