Mon 26-JAN-2015 Noon News Script


Good afternoon, I'm Roger Garrity. Fire destroyed a home in East Fairfield early this morning. Crews were called to the home on Whiteland Drive at about 4:00 a.m. The fire chief says children were awakened by the noise of the fire burning in the walls. They got their parents up and everyone got out safely.


(24:35-:49 Chief Tim Corey: "The fire just got thru the walls, ceilings and we thought we had it out and went everywhere. It was already going before the homeowner even realized it. It was burning in the walls and stuff.")) The chief believes the fire started in the chimney. The house is considered a total loss.


Police have identified the two victims in a deadly three-car crash on Interstate 91 in St. Johnsbury Friday night. Police say a car went out of control and came to rest in the highway. That car was then struck by a tractor trailer -- and a second car plowed into the back of the truck. The driver of the second car 29-year-old Justin Stephenson and his passenger 38-year-old Ryan Nadeau were killed. Both were from Essex Junction. Police say speed and road conditions WERE factors in the crash -- and that neither Stephenson nor Nadeau was wearing a seatbelt. The accident was the second in Vermont in less than a week in which two people were killed. Last Monday, two drivers died in a head-on crash on the Circ highway in Essex. That crash also involved slippery conditions -- and neither person was wearing a seatbelt.


Police in St. Albans are searching for three men accused of robbing and assaulting a man. The victim and a woman told police they were walking on Catherine Street on Friday night when they were approached by the attackers. Police say the man was repeatedly kicked and punched, and his money and cellphone were taken. The man was treated at a hospital for minor head injuries. Police are looking for three black men in their 20s.


What's new and making a difference in Vermont schools? We are going to find out -- as the Channel 3 News team visits 30 schools in 30 days. We start today at the Folsom school in South Hero where they are implementing the SWIFT program -- or school-wide integrated framework for transformation. One area of focus is closing the gap between general education and special education. Randy Gonyo says his daughter Sierra is already benefitting from the program since enrolling at Folsom in the Fall.


(TC - 00:14:20:00) ((Randy Gonyo/Parent: "They really do a great job making sure that the kids are getting what they need, providing them the correct education for their needs.)) (TC - 01:40:00:00) ((Debbie Lesure/SWIFT Co-Coordinator/VT Agency of Education: "There's a lot of research showing that children who are educated within the core classroom achieve at higher levels than children who are pulled out and provided services in a resource room setting.)) Folsom is one of 11 Vermont schools using the federally-funded SWIFT approach. Julie Kelley will have more on the program tonight -- as we kick off 30 Schools in 30 Day -- tonight at 6:00.


A strong finish for Rutland Raiders at the High School Cheerleading Nationals in Dallas. Early Thursday morning -- Rutlanders came out to wish their high school squad good luck -- as they boarded a bus for Texas. They competed in the Advanced Small Co-ed division this weekend -- and came in second behind Radford High School of Honolulu. And more kudos. The Rutland team also won two specialty awards in its division -- Best Use of Stunts and Superior Showmanship. Congratulations!


The northeastern part of the country is bracing for what could be a record-setting winter storm. The snow is already beginning to fall in Maryland -- and by the time it reaches New York City and southern New England it likely will have reached blizzard conditions. Communities in the path of the storm are preparing for major shutdowns of transportation and power outages.


((Bill de Blasio/New York City Mayor: "The early projections for this storm is that it would be easily be up as much as 2ft of snow- potentially pushing up to 3 feet of snow. // So my message to all New Yorkers is to plan for something worse than we have seen before.")) ((Mayor Martin Walsh, Boston: "Our crews are trying to prepare for any type of incidents, so we don't have serious impacts to our residents here in the city of Boston.")) Ahead of the storm, airlines have already canceled more than three-thousand flights scheduled for today and tomorrow. It could have a ripple effect on air travel that lasts thru the end of the week. People trying to fly out of Burlington are already feeling the impact.

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((Greg Mu/North Carolina: This is my 5th itinerary in the last 12 hours. Originally I was arriving in Raleigh around 11. Then the second, third didn't work out...... OUT QUE: The forth itinerary was cancelled))


Vermont road crews are also preparing for the storm. It's expected to hit hardest in the southern part of the state -- with the Champlain Valley and northern Vermont only likely to get a few inches of snow. The state transportation agency plans to have 250 trucks on the road for tomorrow morning's commute. But VTrans warns that the average plow route takes two hours to complete -- so if the snow is coming down heavily, roads will not be clear -- and drivers should use caution.


Today: Increasing clouds south to north Highs: 13 to 20 Wind: N 5 to 10 mph Tonight: Snow developing south, moving north Lows: 5 to 15 Wind: N 5 to 15 mph Tuesday: Snow, blowing snow, heaviest south Highs: 13 to 20 Wind: N 15 to 25 mph Extended: Wednesday: AM snow showers Then clearing Lows: 2 to 12 Highs: 12 to 22 Thursday: Mostly cloudy Chance for snow showers late Lows: -5 to 10 Highs: 20s Friday: Mostly cloudy Snow showers Lows: 10 to 20 Highs: 20s Hyper-Extended: Saturday: Partly cloudy Lows: 0 to -15 Highs: 5 to 15 Sunday: Mostly cloudy Chance for snow showers Lows: 5 to -10 Highs: 10 to 20

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