Wed 03-FEB-2016 Noon News Script
Good afternoon, I'm Roger Garrity. Prison escapee David Sweat today received more time behind bars -- on top of the life sentence he is already serving. Rose Spillman was in court in Plattsburgh this morning. She joins us live with the details. Roger, David Sweat has been back in prison since last summer -- serving his life sentence for murder. Today he was sentenced for escape and promoting prison contraband. Sweat and fellow inmate Richard Matt cut their way out of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora with saws smuggled to them by a prison worker. They were on the run for three weeks before Matt was shot and killed and Sweat was captured. Earlier this year, Sweat pleaded guilty to the escape -- and today the prosecutor asked for a maximum sentence on each charge of 3-and-a-half to seven years in prison.
(19:40ish)((Andrew Wylie/District Attorney: "The expenses that the state incurred and that fear had set in, I think it's very important for this court to impose the maximum sentence, even though it would be imposed on a life without parole sentence.")) ((Defense Attorney: "Mr. Matt threatened to take hostages, to kidnap people and to kill people. And it was Mr. Sweat who talked down Mr. Matt from doing that. So I would say that Mr. Sweat saved some lives.)) The defense plea for leniency -- and David Sweat's apology -- did not sway Judge Patrick McGill who gave Sweat the maximum sentence -- and also ordered him to pay nearly 80-thousand in restitution. District Attorney Andrew Wylie said in a press conference that even though Sweat was already serving life in prison, it was important for him to be charged with these new sentences in order to send a message to prisoners across the country that justice would be served.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was campaigning for President in the Upper Valley today, as he looks to bounce back from a poor showing in Iowa. Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman introduced Christie to the crowd at the Salt Hill Pub in Lebanon. Christie has spent a lot of time in New Hampshire and needs to have a strong showing in the Granite State to keep his presidential hopes alive. This morning-- he was on the offensive going after Marco Rubio- who placed third in Iowa, behind Ted Cruz and Donald Trump.
((Chris Christie/Republican: "because Marco gets protected every day. His staff circles him, they don't let the press ask him questions. He does 40 minute town hall meetings. Man, 40 minutes, I'm just getting warmed up.//You don't want somebody on that stage, who looks good when they are in a controlled situation in a T.V. Studio, but when the mud starts getting thrown is all of a sudden going to look like a deer in the headlights.")) The Republican field got a little smaller today. Senator Rand Paul announced that he is suspending his presidential campaign.
The city of Burlington has billed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign for expenses incurred from his rally last month. Trump spoke to a sold-out crowd at the Flynn Theater in December. His speech drew a throng of protesters -- and hundreds of supporters who could not fit into the theatre. City police closed streets and set-up barricades to prevent and clashes between the opposing groups. Now the city wants Trump to pay for the drain on city resources. They've sent his campaign a bill for about 85-hundred dollars.
(2:22-2:33)((Mayor Miro Weinberger: "It was a big fuss ... communitcated about it )) No response from the Trump campaign about the bill.
Hardwick Police are looking for an armed robber who held up a convenience store last night. Investigators released this surveillance photo. They say it shows a white man -- about 5-foot-6 -- robbing D&L Beverage Mart on Route 16 -- just before 9. Police say the suspect -- wore a dark hoodie, white mask and threatened the clerk with a weapon. He then fled on foot. Police are investigating whether this robbery is connected to the one at the Cabot Village Store Monday night.
A malfunctioning furnace filled a Littleton, New Hampshire home with carbon monoxide -- killing an elderly woman. 94-year old Catherine Braun died Saturday in the single family home on Badger Street. Investigators say when her furnace failed -- the house filled with smoke and soot -- and there were no working smoke or carbon monoxide detectors to alert Braun.
A kitchen fire destroyed an apartment building in Hartford -- injuring one man and leaving several homeless. It happened yesterday afternoon on Maple Street. Firefighters say a man taken to the hospital with burns on his arms -- told them the blaze started in his kitchen. No other injuries were reported. The building is considered a total loss. At least eight people need to find a new place to live.
There was an emergency landing at the Burlington International Airport tonight. The airport's director says one of the engines on a military cargo plane went out and that the pilot contacted the tower to make the unexpected landing. The C-130 with 6 people on board made it to the ground safely. No flights were delayed.
Something we haven't seen much of this winter -- school closings for bad weather. Some slick roads around northern New York this morning led about a dozen schools in the Plattsburgh area to keep their doors closed today. Only two schools in Vermont were reported to our closing list.
Today: Rain tapering to showers Windy Highs: 40 to 50 Wind: S 15 to 25 mph Tonight: Mostly cloudy A few showers Lows: 33 to 40 Wind: SW 10 to 20 mph Thursday: Mostly cloudy Highs: 38 to 45 Wind: W 10 to 15 mph Extended: Friday: Partly sunny Lows: 18 to 25 Highs: 25 to 35 Saturday: Increasing clouds Chance for snow showers late Lows: 15 to 25 Highs: 30s Sunday: Snow showers, mainly early Then gradual clearing Lows: 20s Highs: 22 to 32 Hyper-Extended: Monday: Partly cloudy Lows: 5 to 15 Highs: 25 to 35 Tuesday: Mostly cloudy Chance for snow Lows: 12 to 22 Highs: 22 to 32
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