Wed 30-NOV-2016 Noon News Script


A peaceful ending to an all-day standoff in Newport. Early this morning police say 41 year old Daniel Kelley surrendered at the All Seasons Motel. Police responsed at about noon yesterday after Kelley reportedly pointed a gun at three people at the hotel where he lives. A long standoff began -- and other guests were evacuated.


((9:15:19 Chief Seth DiSanto/Newport Police Dept.: "actually the publics been really great about the whole incident. We didn't have any issues with any of the other residents of the motel we evacuated them here to the municipal building." 09:24:02)) Pleasant Street was finally reopened later this morning and residents were allowed to return. Kelley faces charges of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and committing a felony with a firearm.


The co-owner of two historic inns in Vermont has been charged with shooting a bullet through a former employee's truck. 51-year-old Kenneth Lucci pleaded not guilty to charges that include aggravated stalking with a deadly weapon. Lucci is the co-owner of the Sumner Mansion Inn in Hartland and the Windsor Mansion Inn in Windsor.


Police are looking for an armed robber who targeted a Swanton convenience store this morning. State police say the man demanded money -- and partially showed a handgun to the clerk. The suspect was wearing a dark-colored sweatshirt, with his face partially exposed. He fled on foot -- and a border patrol K9 wasn't able to track him. If you know who he is -- contact state police.


Doctors in New Hampshire are prescribing fewer painkillers. That's according to new stats on the state's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program that was launched 2 years ago. The data shows forty percent of controlled substances dispensed in New Hampshire are opioids. But the numbers also indicate that doctors and nurses have changed the way they prescribe and advise patients about opiods. Just in the last year -- prescriptions in New Hampshire for narcotic painkillers dropped 13-percent. And suspected cases of "doctor shopping" dropped by almost two-thirds. That's when patients go from doctor to doctor trying to get a prescription.


If you've wanted to learn more about how police do their jobs -- you can -- next month. Starting in January -- the Burlington Police Department is holding its 4th annual Community Police Academies. There's a 6-week series for adults -- and a 4-week one for kids. People will be able to see what goes on behind the scenes at the department -- and see and touch police equipment. Police say, these seminars help foster understanding about what their officers do on a daily basis.


((SOT Cpl. Kevin Wilson, Burlington Police 000215 some of our community members have bad experiences with us, but they only see that side. But it's also nice to have them come in on a good note and meet us and know who we are on a personal level and not just what goes on for those brief seconds that we deal with them 32)) Applications for the programs can be found on the Burlington police department's website -- and are due by December 19.


Vermont court workers will get a pay raise under a new contract settled today. The Vermont State Employees Union says it reached a deal with the Vermont Judiciary after 11 months of negotiations. The union had been waging a public campaign in support of the 175 docket clerks and court officers. They say those positions had seen a 25-percent turnover rate because of low pay. VSEA is not yet releasing details of the agreement, pending a ratification vote by the jucidiary.


It was a record breaking Black Friday for outdoor outfitter Patagonia -- and that will translate into big donations to environmental groups. (***VO***) The retailer pledged its profits from Black Friday to about 800 environmental groups around the world -- including Burlington-based One Percent For The Planet. The organization connects businesses that want to give one percent of their profits, to non profit groups working to improve the environment. The say governments alone can only do so much to improve the environment, and there is a really important role for the private sector to play.


(***SOT***) ((Kate Williams/CEO for 1% For The Planet " And that was a large part of Patagonia's effort on Black Friday was really heightening the awarness and commitment to the roll of the private sector in driving impact for the environment. And we are really committed to that every day and work with our member companies all over the world to deliver on that." 01:31:51:01)) Since 2002, One Percent for the Planet says it has generated more than $150 million to support nonprofit partners around the world.


While Killington just got done with the women's skiing World Cup -- Lake Placid is gearing up for another one! And it'll feature high-flying acts. The U-S Ski and Snowboard Association announced that the Freestyle World Cup will be held in Lake Placid on January 13 and 14. The best international moguls and aerials athletes will be competing at Whiteface Mountain -- and the Olympic Jumping Complex.


Today: Rain developing in afternoon, moving S to N Highs: 43 to 50 Wind: SSE 5 to 15 mph Tonight: Periods of rain, heavy at times Lows: 37 to 44 Wind: SE 10 to 15 mph Thursday: Scattered showers Highs: 42 to 48 Wind: S to W 10 to 15 mph Extended: Friday: Scattered rain/snow showers Lows: 30s Highs: 37 to 44 Saturday: Scattered rain/snow showers Lows: 28 to 35 Highs: 30s Sunday: Mostly cloudy Lows: 20s Highs: 30s Hyper-Extended: Monday: Mostly cloudy Lows: 18 to 28 Highs: 30s Tuesday: Partly sunny Lows: 15 to 25 Highs: 30s

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