Tue 01-SEP-2015 Noon News Script


Good afternoon, I'm Roger Garrity. Fire struck where you would least expect it -- a fire station. A blaze this morning heavily damaged the home base of the Randolph Village Fire Department. This is a photo from a viewer -- taken before fire crews arrived on scene. We go live now to Randolph, where Adam Sullivan has been surveying the aftermath. Adam what can you tell us? Roger -- usually firefigheters are responding to scenes -- they themselves were victims responding to their own fire station. Crews have been cleaning up all morning. Since the call came in around 6-19 this morning. Fire station located in village was fully involved -- when they first arrived on scene. Multiple depts responded. Fire officials believe it started near the primary engine --but state police investigators are here to determine exactly what happened. That engine a rescue truck a tanker truck and all of the stations' equipment has been damaged or destroyed in the fire. Luckily the stations second engine was not in the building when the fire broke out.


((chief The truck up there is going back here today. Right now all I need to do is find turnout gear for my folks to wear and we could be operational by days end. We are looking for a place to put the truck. Right now we will put it at the village garage. So we have a place to report to. That's the plan. )) Good new is -- no injuries. As I said the fire is being investigated but we also know crews were using equipment for training and investigators say that COULD have played a role in the fire but that has not been determined at this time. I'll continue to work this story. I've talked to the town manager. Assessing. More tonight at 5 and 6.


A judge today rejected a plea deal in the murder case of Walter Richters of Hardwick. Richters was in court in St. Johnsbury this morning -- prepared to plead guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter for the death of 13-year-old Isaac Robitille. Police say Richters and Isaac's mother Melissa Robitille administerd a fatal dose of alcohol into Isaac's feeding tube. The plea deal called for a sentence of four to 15 years -- but with only 18 months to serve in prison. Judge Robert Bent rejected the deal -- saying that sentence was too light.


There is now a Republican in the race for Vermont Governor. Bruce Lisman informed GOP leaders yesterday that he will seek the party's nomination -- and he confirmed that to Channel 3 News this morning. Lisman is a former Chairman of the UVM Board of Trustees and a retired Wall Street executive. Since returning to his native Vermont, Lisman has led the political advocacy group -- Campaign for Vermont -- pushing an agenda of government accountability and transparency. He plans to take those ideas to the campaign for governor.


(tc 8:10) ((Bruce Lisman/Republican for Governor "What I bring us some extensive experience in complex organizations not only building them but managing them and if you will recasting them. ")) Lisman joins Democrat House Speaker Shap Smith as official candidates. Democrat Matt Dunne has filed to run but hasn't formally announced. Republican Lt. Governor Phil Scott is also expected to announce his candidacy soon -- setting up a primary battle with Lisman.


Town officials in Haverhill, New Hampshire are pushing for the release of video showing a fatal police shooting. These are still photos from that incident in the town of Bath last month, when police shot 42-year-old Hagan Etsy-Lennon of Canterbury. Police say they were forced to shoot because Etsy-Lennon lunged at them with a knife. The town wants the full video released to support that contention. A judge delayed the release after an objection from Etsy-Lennon's family.


Burlington's new police chief starts his job today. Brandon del Pozo is scheduled to be sworn in about an hour from now. Del Pozo is coming to Vermont from the New York City Police Department, where he served for 18 years. He is replacing retired chief Michael Schirling.

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Starting tonight -- you can get the chance to see what it's like to go to med school. The University of Vermont College of Medicine is launching its Fall Community Medical School program. The series of lectures will allow people to learn more about a number of topics including using medical data to make good decisions about your health.


((Dr. Christopher Jones, UVM College of Medicine 01:43 "I want to find a way to communicate what we are able to bring using big data analytics to the person, to personalize their treatments in a way that's meaningful to them.)) The lecture series kicks off tonight in Burlington with the presentation on medical data and runs through December.


A big bubble of high pressure remains in control today, which means more sunshine. Despite today being the first day of meteorological fall, is sure won't feel like it; highs will be around 80/87. Dewpoints just above 60 will make it feel a bit sticky too. Tonight is shaping up to be mostly clear with more patchy fog forming. Lows will range from 52/62. Wednesday will likely be the hottest day this week. Highs will bump up to 83/90 under mostly sunny skies. By late afternoon areas near the Canadian border could see a few more clouds. It will also be more humid with dewpoints in the mid 60s. A weak backdoor cold front will move through Wednesday night into Thursday, with a few showers and possibly a thunderstorm or two. Any showers will tend to sink south during the day on Thursday. Highs on Thursday will reach the low to mid 80s. Behind that front we'll clear out all over again on Friday. It will be a bit cooler and less humid, with highs of 75/82. That same old upper-level ridge will nose back in for Saturday, Sunday, and Labor Day. Temperatures will tend to warm up all over again. It will also become more humid again. The good news is that if you have any outdoor plans over the holiday weekend it's looking dry and mostly sunny.

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