Thu 17-APR-2014 Noon News Script


Good afternoon, I'm Roger Garrity. Police say two bodies found at a home in Stowe are believed to have died in a murder-suicide. Police are still not releasing their names -- or the cause of death. But they say the victims are adults. Stowe police say a friend called for a welfare check of the people who lived at 262 Cady Hill Road. -- after they hadn't heard from them for a few days. And that's when police made the discovery.


((Chief Donald Hull/Stowe Police Dept.: "treating it as and untimely suspicious death until we get more from the investigators at the scene, the ME's office and we will be able to determine more what happened" )) Police are awaiting autopsy results before releasing more information. They do say they believe the deaths are an isolated incident and the public is not at any danger.

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The Vermont man accused of crushing seven sheriffs' vehicles with a farm tractor will stand trial in June. Police say 35-year-old Roger Pion of Newport was angry about an earlier arrest for marijuana possession when he drove his father's tractor over six police cruisers and a transport van owned by the Orleans County Sheriffs' Department back in 2012. The rampage caused about 300-thousand dollars in damage. Pion at one point was deemed incompetent to stand trial and was hospitalized for mental health treatment in January. But a later evaluation found him to be competent.


A 79-year-old woman accused of causing the death of a motorcyclist in Vermont last year has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of careless and negligent driving. Police say Anne Lyons of Hyde Park, New York made a left hand turn on Route 5-A in Westmore -- turning into the path of a motorcycle driven by 37-year old Daniel Sanderson of Sutton. Lyons' lawyer says his client misjudged the speed of the motorcycle -- calling the accident a tragic mistake. Under the plea deal, Lyons received a suspended sentence of six to 12 months.


A teenager has been arrested for making a bomb threat in St. Albans. Police say the threat was made to Project SOAR -- and alternative school -- yesterday morning. The building was searched -- and no bomb was found. The investigation led police to a 17-year-old female student at the school. The case has been referred to family court, so her name is not being released.


A missing elderly woman from Rutland has been found -- in Burlington. Police say 88-year-old Grace Maddaloni disasppeared yesterday after what they called a "disagreement." Because of her age and being in the early stages of dementia, police began a search. They suspected she had left the city by bus -- and that proved to be the case. She was found safe at a hotel in the Burlington area this morning.


Darn Tough appears to be making a darn good profit. The high-end sock manufacturer out of Northfield reports the first quarter of this year was its best ever -- with revenues up almost 80-percent over the first quarter of last year. Darn Tough says its success could mean a big expansion of operations in Vermont -- including a bigger mill, more knitting machines and more employees. CEO Ric Cabot points out that every Darn Tough sock is Made in Vermont.


Major flaws have been uncovered in the Burlington School Budget that failed at the polls. An audit has discovered that the district has been making huge errors when budgeting for next year -- resulting in repeated deficits over the past few years. School board members say the budgets were being built on previous budgets and NOT actual spending. In the current fiscal year alone, there is a 2-point-5 million dollar deficit that needs to be made up. It's left the school board in a position where they actually need more money than the budget that was rejected by voters on town meeting day.


((20:05 Patrick Halladay / Chair "Yah we have concerns. I have concerns as a parent, I have concerns as an educator, I have concerns as a board memeber, I have concerns as a citizen and as a taxpayer. What do I imagine will happen? I dont' want to guess.")) School officials also revealed this week that they were late in making payroll tax payments to the federal government -- apparently stemming from problems with a computer software upgrade. School officials say they will likely be charged a penalty by the IRS -- that could reach into six figures.


The Vermont Principals Association has named it's principals of the year for 2014. Rutland High School's William Olsen was named the high school principal of the year. Rosemary Fitzsimons of Wardsboro Elementary was named Vermont's elementary Principal of the Year. And William Anton of Dover Elementary School, is the winner of the National Distinguished Principal Award.


A hunter education instructor in Vermont is one of six finalists for a national conservation award. Kevin Hoyt of Bennington was nominated by the National Youth Hunting Association for the ninth annual "Heroes of Conservation" award. The award honors individuals involved in habitat restoration, protecting threatened species and inspiring a new generation of hunters. Hoyt started a television program for youth called "The Future of Hunting."


Today: Mostly sunny Warmer Highs: 45 to 52 Wind: SSE 10 to 15 mph Tonight: Mostly clear Lows: 18 to 28 Wind: SE 5 to 10 mph Friday: AM sunshine Increasing clouds Breezy Highs: 52 to 58 Wind: S 10 to 20 mph Extended: Saturday: AM rain/snow showers Then clearing Lows: 28 to 38 Highs: 48 to 58 Sunday: Easter! Partly sunny Lows: 22 to 32 Highs: 50s Monday: Mix of sun & clouds Chance for a few showers Lows: 30s Highs: 55 to 65 Hyper-Extended: Tuesday: Mostly cloudy Chance for showers Lows: 35 to 42 Highs: 58 to 65 Wednesday: Mostly cloudy Chance for showers Lows: 38 to 45 Highs: 50s

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