Thu 30-OCT-2014 Noon News Script


Good afternoon. I'm Bridget Barry Caswell in for Roger today. We're learning more about the Vermont man now under quarantine in Rutland after returning from West Africa. Reporter Jennifer Costa spoke to Peter Italia Wednesday. He returned to the state earlier this week and is now under daily observation at an undisclosed location. Italia has written extensively about his trip to Guinea and Sierra Leone -- posting notes and photos on his Facebook page. He says he spent more than a month there "to investigate the size and scope of the Ebola? epidemic."


((Peter Italia/quarantined 00:20:59 "I did this out of concern for everybody and I did it for the good of everybody, to go there and actually find out what was going on and report it to everybody hoping it would make the whole situation better for everybody all around.")) Italia claims to be a medical doctor, but the medical practice board says he is not a licensed physician in Vermont.

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Illness among inmates means some new temporary restrictions at the prison in South Burlington. Officials at the Chittenden Regional Correctional facility tell us about a dozen inmates became suddenly ill last evening with a gastrointestinal illness. As a precaution - movement of inmates is being restricted in some cases - to prevent the possible spread of disease. No inmates are seriously ill. The Health Department has been notified.


Bail has now been set for a Hardwick man charged with second degree murder in the death of his girlfriend's disabled son. 38-year-old Walter Richters is now being held for a lack of $100-thousand dollars bail -- accused of killing 13-year-old Isaac Robitille in August. Authorities say Richters added vodka to the boy's I-V line to quiet him down. Earlier this week, Richters' 39-year-old girlfriend, Melissa Robitille, was freed from jail after a judge set a $25,000 unsecured bond and questioned prosecutors' decision to file a murder charge in the case -- rather than manslaughter. Robitille and Richters have both pleaded not guilty in her son's death.


A judge has granted a request by three Vermont investigators and a prosecutor for more time to prepare -- in a lawsuit filed by John Grega. Grega is the New York man who spent nearly 18 years in prison before his conviction for killing his wife was overturned. His wife, Christine, was found dead in a Dover condominium where they were vacationing in 1994. Grega is suing the Vermont authorities who investigated the case. The defendants have asked for for dismissal. Judge Geoffrey Crawford says he'll decide on that request no later than January 21st.


Burlington police are investigating a home invasion in the city's hill section Wednesday afternoon. They say a resident on Deforest Heights reported someone broke a window and entered her residence while she was inside. There was no interaction between the resident and the suspect -- who fled immediately once realizing someone was home. Neighbors told police they noticed a white male, about 20 years old with shoulder length brown hair riding a BMX style bicycle. He reportedly approached other residences claiming to be looking for a friend in the area. Anyone with information is asked to call Burlington Police.


A 22-year-old Vermont man is accused of using a knife to try to break in to a suite of offices at the University of Vermont. University police say surveillance video from inside the Waterman Building Monday night led them to Jesse Howard. Investigators say he did not make it into the suite but did steal other items from around the building.


Police arrested a 29-year-old Shoreham man following a high speed chase last yesterday. Police say say Gemmar O'Connor was first spotted just before six Wednesday -- driving 74 miles-per-hour on Route 74. That's say he refused to pull over -- and sped away, travelling up to over 90-miles per hour. He eventually came to a stop on Route 22-A. O'Connor was arrested -- charged with attempting to elude and careless and negligent operation.


If you've gone hunting for the perfect pumpkin to carve before Halloween -- you've probably discovered a bit easier to find this year. Adams Apple Orchard and Farm Market in Williston says they still have plenty of pumpkins -- though there will be a rush of last-minute carvers who come looking for one right before the big day. But -- they've sold fewer pumpkins than last year. And that's because this year, the pumpkins are not hard to find.


((Scott Adams, Adams Apple Orchard & Farm Market 01413800: We were inundated by people scrambling for pumpkins at the last minute because they were having a hard time finding them, whereas this year I've seen a lot more pumpkins at different locations 48 So it seems like the sales are similar to a couple years ago -- 52 Where there wasn't the shortage that we experienced last year. 56)) Adams says it will quiet down a bit after Halloween -- before the pie-pumpkin rush for Thanksgiving begins.


Today: A few sunny breaks Highs: 45 to 52 Wind: N 5 to 10 mph Tonight: Partly cloudy Increasing clouds by morning Lows: 28 to 38 Wind: Light Friday: Halloween! Mostly cloudy Highs: 45 to 52 Wind: Light & variable Extended: Saturday: Chance for a few rain/snow showers Turning blustery Lows: 30s Highs: 38 to 48 Sunday: Partly sunny Chance for a few AM snow showers in mountains Cold & blustery Lows: 20s Highs: 30s Monday: Partly cloudy Lows: 18 to 28 Highs: 40s Hyper-Extended: Tuesday: Partly sunny Chance for showers late Lows: 28 to 38 Highs: 45 to 55 Wednesday: Partly sunny Chance for showers, mainly AM Lows: 35 to 42 Highs: 45 to 55

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