Tue 19-MAY-2015 Noon News Script


Good afternoon, I'm Roger Garrity. A Rutland man is facing charges after police say he held his wife captive in their home. Police say the 22-year-old woman was padlocked into a second-floor bedroom of this house on Cleveland Avenue -- withthe windows boarded shut. She told police she was physically and emotionally abused during her four year marriage to 34-year-old Michael Jokinen. Police say she escaped from the home in December -- after making contact with her family thru Facebook. \ Jokinen pleaded not guilty yesterday to charges of kidnapping and unlawful restraint. According to a police affidavit, Jokinen admitted to locking her up while he was at work -- and leaving her with a bucket to go to the bathroom in. He told investigators he was driven by extreme jealousy and fear that she was seeing other men. But he also told police his wife was always free to leave -- and that she has overstated the alleged abuse.


Vermont's out of state inmate population will soon be moving to a different state. Currently, 318 Vermont inmates are housed at privately-run prisons in Kentucky and Arizona. But with that contract expring the Corrections Department has reached a new arrangement with a prison in Baldwin, Michingan. Under the two year, Vermont can house up to 675 inmates at the North Lake Correctional Facility operated by the GEO Group. The new contract will save the state about two thousand dollars per person -- or about 653-thousand dollars per year. The corrections department has housed inmates out of state for two decades -- because there is not enough room in Vermont prisons.


A new report says Vermont has more kids in non-relative foster homes than the national average. That's one of the findings of the annual Kids Court report. It found that 20 percent of Vermont children in family care were placed in non-family settings in 2013. That compares with a national average of 14 percent. The report emphasizes the importance of children making and keeping a lifelong connection to a family.


The two companies that provide insurance through the state health exchange are seeking rate increases. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont has requested an average annual rate increase of 8.4 percent over 2015 rates -- while MVP Health Care has requested an average annual rate increase of 3 percent. The two companies provide a variety of plans thru Vermont Health Connect -- coverage that some Vermonters are required to purchase. Both companies say the higher rates are driven by rising costs of medical care and prescription drugs -- and new government mandates.


St. Johnsbury has agree to pay a former town manager 175-thousand dollars to settle a wrongful termination lawsuit. Ralph Nelson was hired in 20-10 -- but the former Major League Baseball executive only last 19 months before the select board fired him. Nelson went to court to get his job back -- and the case was headed to trial when the settlment was reached.


Residents of a Vermont town will vote yet again on whether to close their community's small high school of just 65 students. Towns people voted last month to close the school, but residents petitioned for a re-vote. Superintendent Brian Rayburn says if the school stays open, new contracts would have to be negotiated with teachers. A public meeting is scheduled for June 13th. The revote will take place on the 16th.


Late-night funny man David Letterman is retiring -- he last show scheduled to air tomorrow night here on Channel 3. This week we are looking back at some WCAX connections to the show. Nothing tops September 9th 1997 -- when Channel 3 News Photographer Lance MacKenzie was in New York City. And while outside the Ed Sullivan Theater -- David Letterman showed up on the sidewalk and encouraged Lance to answer a nearby payphone -- He did -- and what happened next Letterman called Lance's "Big Broadway Welcome."


((LANCE ON LETTERMAN 9/9/97 08:00 "it is my pleasure to introduce .... Balloons drop and cheering.)) 17:26:00 ((Lance MacKenzie, Channel 3 Photographer "The curtains go up and I really can't see anything, but I could see Paul and the band ere jamming like mad, it was just so awesome, flashes and balloons and stuff, it was a lot of fun.)) Lance tells us people still come up to him recognizing him from the show -- and we still have a lot of laughs watching that video here at WCAX.


Today: AM showers Then aftn. showers, t-storms some possibly strong Highs: 73 to 80 Wind: SSW 10 to 20 mph Tonight: Variable clouds Cooler, less humid Lows: 45 to 52 Wind: W 5 to 15 mph Wednesday: A few AM showers Then partly sunny Windy & cool Highs: 55 to 62 Wind: NW 15 to 25 mph Extended: Thursday: Partly sunny Lows: 33 to 43 Highs: 60s Friday: Partly sunny Chance for a few showers Lows: 38 to 48 Highs: 52 to 62 Saturday: Partly cloudy Lows: 30s Highs: 55 to 65 Hyper-Extended: Sunday: Partly cloudy Chance for late day shower Lows: 35 to 45 Highs: 60s Monday: Memorial Day! Partly cloudy Lows: 40s Highs: 70s

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