Tue 28-JUL-2015 Noon News Script


Good afternoon, I'm Roger Garrity. A prison employee who helped two killers escape -- admitted her guilty this morning. Just about an hour ago -- 51-year-old Joyce Mitchell pleaded guilty to a felony charge of promoting prison contraband and a misdemeanor charge of criminal facilitation. Mitchell was a tailor shop instructor at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora. Police say she provide hacksaw blades, chisels, a punch tool and a screwdriver that Richard Matt and David Sweat used to break out of the prison. Mitchell now faces a sentence ranging from 2 to 7 years in prison


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Alex Apple was in the courtroom this morning. He joins us live on the phone with more on the story Alex. (alex talks about what happened in court -- and what district attorney andrew wylie had to say) Alex there are other criminal charges still pending -- including against the surviving escapee -- David Sweat. What you can tell us about that? (alex answers -- tosses back) Joyce Mitchell has also agreed to cooperate with the state investigation into HOW the escape occurred. Alex will have more on today's developments tonight at 5:00 and 6:00.

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A man was wounded in Burlington last night by what police describe as a drive-by shooting. Police say a 31-year-old male was struck in the thigh -- on the corner of North and Rose Streets in Burlington's North End. An employee at J-R's Corners Store says he was inside when a man stumbled in after getting shot. The employee tried to help the victim while friends outside called 9-1-1


(patricia nieman witness: I was sitting on my boyfriend's porch with my other two friends and then all of a sudden, we heard this big loud pop so I didn't know of course what the hell was going on. Apple: Was it a gunshot you heard? Oh ya, it was a gunshot not a firework.")) Police have not identified the victim -- but say his wound was not life threatening. Police are looking for the shooter -- no word on if they have any suspects or whether they think the victim was intentionally targeted.


Vermont state police are searching for a missing woman. 57-year-old Lynn Perry reportedly walked away from her home in Andover sometime after midnight last night. Police say her family is concerned because she suffers from Alzheimer's. Perry is described as five-foot-five, 140-pounds. And was last seen wearing blue pajamas -- and no shoes. If you've seen her, you're asked to call state police in Rockingham.

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An elderly man lucky to be alive this morning -- after driving his car into Lake Champlain. This was the scene at Hathaway Point in St. Albans Monday afternoon -- after 82-year-old Horace Riley told police he fell asleep at the wheel. First responders say some trees on the shoreline may have slowed his car as it went toward the water.


((Capt. Chad Shover, St. Albans Town Fire Dept. 03:32 "he did take out a small tree he did glance off a larger one which actually slowed him down, which probably helped him in the long run otherwise he could have been farther in the lake.)) Riley was able to make it out of the car on his own -- and only had minor injuries.


The Lt. Governor is sending signals he is getting set to run for Governor. In a fundraising letter that started arriving in mailboxes this week, Phil Scott says he is "preparing to step up and lead." The Republican does not specify if he is raising money for re-election or a run for Governor. But he is one of several people -- in and outside government -- who are consideing whether to run. Incumbent Governor Peter Shumlin is not seeking re-election.


In the presidential race -- a new poll in New Hampshire shows Donald Trump has opened a sizable lead over the crowded field of Republican candidates. The Monmouth University survey of likely GOP primary voters -- puts Trump out in front a 24-percent -- double the showing of second place Jeb Bush. Everyone else is in single digits. Trump's campaign surged after controversial comments about illegal aliens -- and has not been hurt by his attack on Senator John McCain's military service.


If you've been trying to connect with the state of Vermont thru the internet -- you may have run into some road blocks. The Shumlin administration says they've been having network problems since about 6:30 last night. That has left some state agency websites unaccessible. The administration says it also is effecting email. The problems started the same day of the state's switch to the new email domain -- at vermont dot gov. But the state says the problems are not related to that switch.


Today: Partly cloudy Chance for a few, isolated t-storms Highs: 83 to 90 Wind: Light & variable Tonight: Partly cloudy Chance for an isolated t-storm Lows: 62 to 68 Wind: Light Wednesday: Hazy, hot, humid Slight chance for an isolated t-storm Highs: 85 to 92 Wind: SW 5 to 10 mph Extended: Thursday: Mix of sun & clouds Showers, t-storms, some possibly strong Lows: 62 to 72 Highs: 83 to 90 Friday: Partly cloudy Lows: 58 to 65 Highs: 78 to 85 Saturday: Partly sunny Chance for a few showers, t-storms Lows: 55 to 65 Highs: 80s Hyper-Extended: Sunday: Partly sunny Chance for showers, t-storms late Lows: 55 to 65 Highs: 75 to 85 Monday: Partly sunny Chance for showers, t-storms Lows: 55 to 65 Highs: 75 to 85

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