Wed 30-JUL-2014 Noon News Script


Three state employees who claim they were paid less than a male counterpart for the same work are getting their day in court. The Vermont Human Rights Commission investigated the case three years ago -- finding that a male employee at the state prison in Rutland was paid 10-thousand dollars more than a female colleague with equal experience. The commission found two other women employees also received lesser pay. The women are suing the Vermont Department of Corrections and Department of Human Resources under Vermont's Equal Pay Act.


A former school superintendent is suing a state police officer for malicious prosecution and defamation. Caledonia Central School superintendent Martha Tucker was charged last year with failing to report allegations of child abuse and neglect under the state's mandatory reporting law. The charges against Tucker were later dismissed. Now Tucker is suing state police Detective Lyle Decker -- claiming he mischaracterized witness statements and lied in his report. Tucker says she suffered significant harm to her reputation and that has impacted her ability to land a new job.


A former elementary school principal in Vermont has pleaded guilty to diverting $4,000 in grant money to his personal use. 41-year-old Michael Heller of Fairfax was principal of Readsboro Elementary School for two years. Police say he used more than 4-thousand dollars of grant money for personal things like hotels, meals, and shopping. This week Heller agreed to accept an 18-month deferred sentence as part of a plea agreement. He has to complete 100 hours of community service and pay the school back.


A date is finally set for the re-sentencing of Eric Williams -- the Milton man who killed four people in an arson fire. The fire in 1999 killed a grandmother and her three grandsons. Williams pleaded guilty to the crime and was sentenced to 40-to-60 years in prison. Two years ago, a judge ruled that Williams had received ineffective counsel during sentencing -- and was entitled to a new sentencing hearing. That is now scheduled to take place on October 6th.


St. Albans police officers rescued a man from his burning home early this morning. 72-year-old Thomas Page called 9-1-1 saying his apartment on Main Street was on fire -- and that he couldn't get out with his wheelchair. Police officers were first on the scene and were able to carry Thomas out. They also evacuated 11 other people from four other apartments. Officers' had to smash windows out and kick in doors to evacuate some of the sleeping occupants. 50 firefighters from three departments fought to save the building.


((The fire as you can see penetrated pretty deeply up into the second floor and got into the rafters. And we had to open the ceilings in the north and south end to get up in there to make sure we knocked it all out...)) Page was taken to the hospital with serious burns to his back and arms and is in critical condition. Police say among the other evacuee's is a family of five, with three young children. Investigators are still trying to determine how the fire started.


A family is homeless after their home caught fire in St. Albans Town. The bedroom of this trailer on Kellogg Road caught fire Tuesday afternoon and spread throughout the home. The fire department was called and quickly doused the flames. Only one person was home when the fire started. She was checked by paramedics and released.


A Vermont ranch owner is appealing the state's seizure of his horses to the state Supreme Court. Bruce Bona of Lyndon pleaded not guilty in May to animal cruelty charges after police said they found dead and emaciated horses on his property in March. A judge later ordered the forfeiture of 21 horses found at the ranch. Bona is appealing that ruling -- saying the state failed to prove the animals didn't receive adequate food or water or were neglected.


Govenor Peter Shumlin says the sun is shining on the Vermont green economy. The Governor touted solar's role in Vermont's second-lowest in the nation unemployment rate - while announcing nearly half-a-million dollars in solar grants. The cash will help fund solar projects for schools and towns. Shumlin says Vermont leads the nation in solar jobs per capita.


((1:28:28 - :39 Gov. Peter Shumlin - D-Vermont if more states would do what Vermont is doing, getting off our addiction to oil, moving to renewables, our kids and our grandkids would live in a more prosperous plantet )) The Governor toured Northern Reliability and Suncommon as part of the event.


Today: Partly sunny Chance for an isolated t-storm Highs: 72 to 78 Wind: SSW 5 to 15 mph Tonight: Variable clouds Lows: 50 to 57 Wind: S 5 to 10 mph Thursday: Mix of sun & clouds A few scattered showers, t-storms Highs: 70 to 77 Wind: SSW 5 to 15 mph Extended: Friday: Partly sunny Chance for a few showers Lows: 50s Highs: 75 to 82 Saturday: Partly sunny Chance for a few showers Lows: 55 to 62 Highs: 75 to 82 Sunday: Partly sunny Chance for a few showers Lows: 55 to 62 Highs: 75 to 82 Hyper-Extended: Monday: Partly sunny Scattered showers, t-storms Lows: 58 to 65 Highs: 75 to 82 Tuesday: Partly sunny Showers, t-storms Lows: 55 to 62 Highs: 75 to 82

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