Tue 21-MAY-2013 Noon News Script
Good afternoon, I'm Roger Garrity. Police say an elderly driver hit and killed a runner last night in Champlain, New York. 27-year old Ashley Poissant of Champlain was running with three other people along Perry Mills Road. Police say 85-year old Ronald Trombly drove up behind them and tried to pass -- but instead struck Poissant. She later died at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington. That accident is still under investigation.
A former Animal Control Officer charged with 2 counts of prohibited acts was arraigned this morning. Gary Francis is accused of asking two women to show him their breasts for money. Francis pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charges as one of the women who reported Francis to police sat in the courtroom.
((Tammy Premo/Victim 05:41 "I hope he actually goes to jail for a while and then gets on supervision." 05:46)) Premo will begin counseling tomorrow to help her overcome the effects of her allegedy encounter with Francis. Francis resigned from his jobs as animal control officer in Winooski, Colchester and Essex
Burlington High School and Police are reaching out to parents -- after a teacher was charged with having sex with a student. Spanish teacher Giovanna Yaranga was arrested earlier this month - for an alleged sexual relationship with one of her male students. The meeting Monday night aimed to open a dialogue about student safety -- as the school starts to re-write policies about proper student and teacher behavior.
((Sue Reardon, Burlington High School Mom 27:37 "As a mom it scared me, I send my child to school everyday thinking oh I hope he is going to be safe, oh I hope he is going to learn.)) ((Amy Mellencamp, Burlington High School Principal KM: Did you miss anything, at the end of the day you are in charge of this building. AM "I am in charge of this building, I can't go into the specifics of the investigation but as soon as I had information, I acted on it.)) Yaranga pleaded not guilty to charges of sexual exploitation. She is on paid leave from her teaching job.
New developments in the murder case of 78-year-old Pat O'Hagan -- killed more than 2 years ago. Sources tell Channel 3 that police have 3 suspects - and they are already in jail for different crimes. O'Hagan disappeared from her home in Sheffield in September of 2010. Her body was found 3 weeks later. Sheffield resident Michael Norrie partially confessed to her death - and is being held on other charges. Now - sources say Richard Fletcher of Sheffield also implicated himself and a third man. They too are in jail on other charges. Court records indicate O'Hagan was sexually assaulted and shot in the head -- because she had discovered a meth operation next to her home.
The Vermont couple charged with killing a Saint Johnsbury teacher -- will be in court today -- and are planning on asking for new lawyers. Prosecutors say Allen and Patricia Prue kidnapped and killed 33-year-old Melissa Jenkins in March of last year. They're being tried separately. Both have plead not guilty. Patricia Prue's attorney has asked to withdraw from her role in the case.
The big story nationally today is the aftermath of the disastrous tornado that struck Moore, Oklahoma yesterday. Search and rescue efforts are taking place all over the devastated suburban community. Dozens upon dozens of homes and businesses were demolished by the giant twister that plowed thru Moore. The official death toll has actually been revised downward today from 51 to 24. Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin issued a statement offering sympathy and support. Shumlin says "just as Vermont appreciated the help from other states (after Tropical Storm Irene), we now stand ready to assist Oklahoma."
Do you know how much time your kids or grandkids spend in Phys. Ed? Where you live in Vermont can make a big difference in answering that question. This week on the Channel 3 News at 6:00 Education Reporter Keith McGilvery is taking a closer look at state standards and which communities are meeting them. He'll also explore how teachers are making the best of their time with students in the gym.
((Brooks Duprey, 3rd Grade 35:47 "He motivates us to stay healthy and he motivate us to have fun.)) ((butted)) ((Lindsay Simpson, Vt. Education Agency, Physical Education Consultant 28:32 "Phys ed happens to be one of the only that kids are active in school and we know that there is an incredible connection between physical activity and cognitive function and behavioral function.)) Part one of our two-part special report called Get Moving -- airs tonight on the Channel 3 News at 6.
Vermont's state parks open for the summer season this coming weekend. Vermont boasts 52 parks around the state -- with a variety of options for camping and day use. Last year was a busy one with the most visitor in 20 years. And parks officials are expecting to match or exceed that this year. You can check out the parks and make reservations online -- and the state's website has some new features, including how-to videos, checklists and othertips for campers. You can find a link in the Infocenter and wcax-dot-com.
New Hampshire residents may want to stock up on bug spray this season. Some mosquito experts are saying the Granite State is in for a challenging season. They say a lack of a hard freeze helped a mosquito species that winters under root systems. That mosquito feeds on birds and plays an important role in the spread of Eastern equine encephalitis, or Triple-E.
Today: Mostly cloudy Showers, t-storms Highs: 68 to 75 Wind: S to N 5 to 10 mph Tonight: Showers, possible t-storms Lows: 53 to 60 Wind: S 5 to 15 mph Wednesday: Mostly cloudy Showers, t-storms Highs: 75 to 82 Wind: SSW 10 to 15 mph Extended: Thursday: Showers, t-storms Lows: 55 to 65 Highs: 70s Friday: Showers Lows: 40s Highs: 60s Saturday: AM showers Then gradual clearing Lows: 40s Highs: 55 to 65 Hyper-Extended: Sunday: Vermont City Marathon! Partly cloudy Lows: 35 to 45 Highs: 60s Monday: Memorial Day! Partly cloudy Lows: 35 to 45 Highs: 60s
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