Wed 22-JUN-2016 Noon News Script

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Good afternoon, I'm Roger Garrity. The fifth person charged in a Burlington murder case denied the allegations in court. 29-year-old Amber Dennis pleaded not guilty this morning to second degree murder. She's accused -- with four other people -- of stomping Amos Beede -- and leaving him for dead -- at a homeless camp in Burlington last month. Beede died at the hospital one week later. Prosecutors say police developed new evidence proving Dennis not only witnessed the beating -- as she initially said -- but also actively participated in the attack. Beede's mother and sister say they're heartbroken by the gruesome details -- and they want justice.

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((00:15:41:25 INA MCKINNEY "I want them to get life in prison. BARBARA BEEDE They deserve life. They took a life. MCKINNEY: They deserve the death penalty ...BEEDE: but we can't do that.")) Dennis has six failures to appear in court for other crimes. The judge ordered her temporarily held without bail. The other four suspects -- who were captured in California -- are expected back in Vermont by June 30th. They'll be arraigned on murder charges at that time.

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Four people are facing charges for a burglary that police say netted over nine thousand dollars in property. Burlington police say one of the suspects is this man -- 19-year-old Sharmarke Adan of Burlington. Police say he and three others broke into a Front Street apartment yesterday. The victim tracked down the group and called police Also arrested were 18 year-old and Sara Lamphere and two 17-year-old girls whose names have not been released.

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A Bristol man was busted for a second time for suspicion of drugged driving while operating a small tractor. Police say 67-year-old Claude Spaulding was stopped Monday operating his John Deere along Route 116. Police say Spaulding showed signs of impairment and was screened for driving under the influence of drugs. Spaulding was busted for the same offense just last week.

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The debate over bringing refugees to Rutland continues. Mayor Chris Louras is working with the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program to welcome 100 people fleeing the war in Syria. But as Lynzi DeLuccia reports, some residents have concerns and questions.

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((William Notte 56:21-56:28: "how and when are refugees vaccinated? Are they subject to the same vaccination exemptions as other Vermonters?")) These were just a few of the questions posed at Tuesday night's special board of aldermen's meeting at the Rutland City Hall Chambers. ((William Notte 17:47-17:55: "I think most people could agree that the information rollout has left a bit to be desired, and that's what we're trying to rectify tonight.")) No solid answers were provided at Tuesday's meeting - the point instead was to culminate economic, demographic and health-related questions and to figure out who could provide specific answers. ((Mayor Chris Louras 51:23-51:28: "What this issue is becoming increasingly about is about who we are as a community...)) The city was recently met with more than one thousand signatures on a petition this week requesting that the resettlement issue be voted on in a special election - but Louras says there is no legal purpose to put the issue on the ballot, and doing so would quote, put the community back a generation. ((Mayor Chris Louras 46:48-46:55: "I don't believe that voting on who gets to live in our community is necessary for the public good.")) But some residents still disagree. Besides a right to vote on the issue, they're searching for immediate and accurate answers to many of the questions brought up. ((Dave Trapeni//Rutland VT: 36:12-36:20: "you get the answers, we'll give you three or four days, we'll give you the answers we come up with because we've done more research than you guys have.")) Lynzi DeLuccia -- Channel 3 news -- Rutland.

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Vermont Yankee has received a green light to build more nuclear waste storage at the shuttered Vernon plant. The Vermont Public Service Board this week approved a request to build a second dry fuel storage pad to hold so-called dry casks. It's for the long-term storage of radioactive waste that will be tranferred out of the reactor's spent fuel pool to allow for the eventual dismantling of the plant.

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This might not even be on your radar screen -- but the Vermont primary is less than two months away -- and starting Friday, you can cast your ballot. The actual primary is on Tuesday, August 9th and you can go then to vote. But under Vermont's early and absentee voting law, any registered voter will be able to request a ballot from their town clerk by phone, mail, or online and cast their vote for the election. State primaries can be snoozers, but with both the governor and lt. governor's seats opening up -- there are competitive contests on both sides of the aisle. Former state senators Matt Dunne and Peter Galbraith -- and former transportation secretary Sue Minter are vying for the Democratic nomination for governor. On the Republican side -- outgoing Lt. Governor Phil Scott is up against retired Wall Street exec Bruce Lisman. And there are three Democrats hoping to replace Scott as Lite Gov -- House Speaker Shap Smith, state Senator David Zuckerman and Burlington Representative Kesha Ram. Voters must register by August 3rd to be eligible to vote in the primary.

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Works of art are setting sail in Burlington. The community Sailing Center unveiled the creations of six different artists who used fully-functioning sails as the canvas for their talents. The creations will be on display whenever the organization's sailboats hit the water. The program is designed to share public art with the community along the waterfront.

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((Mark Naud, Community Sailing Center 17:07 "the sails are out every time someone is out sailing, whenever we can, so that way it really is a floating gallery, it's public art on the waterfront, and we've got the only floating gallery, the only floating billboards in the state.)) Organizers say this year's creations are designed to capture the cultural diversity and spirit of the waterfront community.

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oday: Mix of sun & clouds Scattered showers Highs: 65 to 72 Wind: S to W 5 to 15 mph Tonight: Partly cloudy Lows: 48 to 55 Wind: Light Thursday: Partly cloudy Chance for a few showers Highs: 68 to 75 Wind: NW 5 to 15 mph Extended: Friday: Mostly sunny Lows: 45 to 55 Highs: 75 to 82 Saturday: Mostly sunny Lows: 48 to 58 Highs: 80s Sunday: Mostly sunny Lows: 52 to 62 Highs: 82 to 92 Hyper-Extended: Monday: Partly cloudy Lows: 55 to 65 Highs: 82 to 92 Tuesday: Partly sunny Chance for showers, t-storms Lows: 60s Highs: 75 to 85


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