Sat 23-MAY-2015 11 P.M. News Script

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Good evening, I'm Julie Kelley. We start with the death of Vermont mother Kimberley Willis. Investigators are spending this weekend interviewing people after the St. Johnsbury woman was found dead. Logan Crawford has tonight's developments.

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State Police say, 34-year-old Kimberly Willis of Saint Johnsbury told her two boys that she was going to visit a friend when she left her house Thursday. Two days later, police found her body. (TC 00:06:24:13 Tile 1145) ((Lt. Det. Thomas Hango/VSP "We did discover a body, female body that we believe is who we're looking for, Kimberly Willis." 00:06:32:13)) Investigators say, Willis left her Saint Johnsbury home on Federal Street -- leaving her 12 and 17 year old sons home alone. They say, she told them that she'd be back soon and was visiting a friend in Concord, Vermont. Her family reported her missing Friday -- and on Friday evening police found her car abandoned in Albany, Vermont. ((MAP)) Albany is about an hour Northwest of St. Johnsbury ... The opposite direction of where she said she was going. The St. Johnsbury Police Chief say, this is suspicious, but police are waiting for autopsy results to learn more about how she died. (TC Tile 1145) ((Chief Clem Houde/St. Johnsbury Police " there's a lot of evidence still to collect, to include for example autopsy, toxicology. Continue to do interviews with people who knew her, people that saw her recently." 00:07:47:26)) The New England Canine team and state police search teams discovered the mother's body near her car late Saturday morning. Chief Houde says, her two son's are being taken care of by the state. (TC 00:10:19:18 Tile 1145) ((Chief Clem Houde/St. Johnsbury Police "Department of Children and Family Services assisted yesterday in placing her sons in protective custody." 00:10:28:21)) The victim's body is on its way to Burlington for an autopsy. Police tell us that it will be a couple of days before they know how she died. Logan Crawford, channel 3 news, Burlington. -3-

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As of right now, police don't have any suspects in custody.

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We now know the name of the person who died in a motorycycle crash in Georgia. State Police say, 20-year-old Timothee Morgan of St. Albans lead a deputy on a short chase before crashing on Polly Hubbard Road Morgan died at the scene.

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New video tonight from a major celebration in Brookfield. A marching band was the first to cross the new floating bridge. Crowds of people came out to celebrate this nearly 100 year tradition in these parts. The bridge had been closed since 2008 when it started sinking.

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((Gov. Shumlin : "I am so privileged to be able to clip the ribbon on this 8th floating bridge, but this i am sure of. While there have been plenty of Governors down here to clip ribbons on this bridge, most recently in 1978, I believe firmly that I am the last for at least the next 100 years, and we are proud of that.")) Brookfield's floating bridge is one of only three in the country.

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A special honor for veterans in Essex Junction .... Where 86 floats passed through town. The Essex Memorial Day Parade has been going on for 30 years now.

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(TC 00:13:07:11 Tile 1126) ((Mary Tewarson/Essex Parade Committee "We've been doing the parade for 30 years and we're remembering the veterans, we're remembering people who've been involved for 30 years of doing the parade." 00:13:18:23)) The Essex Junction Lions Club and the Veterans of Foreign Wars organize the Essex Memorial Day Parade every year.

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Tomorrow will be an early day for thousands of runners and watchers at the 27th Vermont City Marathon. Here's a list of roads that will be closed. They include Pearl Street... Church Street...South Willard Street...South Union Street...Main Street ... Park Street... the Beltline... Pine Street... and Battery Street are some of the ones affected. And we will be downtown tomorrow morning with live coverage of the race! Our show starts when the race starts -- at 8 a.m.!

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The marathon is one tradition around this time ... Now lets talk about another one. MAYBE IT'S THE ORANGE ROOF... OR THE ICE CREAM FLAVORS... OR THE FOOD... Now ... You can visit A CLASSIC RESTAURANT FROM THE 70S ... Which just OPENED IN LAKE GEORGE. NICOLE HART takes us there.

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(Jonathan LaRock/Owner, Howard Johnsons) "I used to work here years ago and I loved the place and I didn't want to see it get bulldozed, so we're going to keep it going :07" JONATHAN LAROCK IS NOW THE OWNER OF THIS HISTORIC BUILDING... RUNNING THE SAME PLACE HE BEGAN AS A COOK AND A DISHWASHER IN THE 1970'S. IT'S THE SMILES, MEMORIES AND NOSTALGIA THAT KEEP THE DOORS OPEN... AND KEEP PATRONS COMING BACK FOR MORE. (Jonathan LaRock/Owner, Howard Johnsons) "one guy came in here crying from New Jersey and you know, he's really sad to see all the rest of them close, but on the other hand, he was glad to see this one still open. (Steven Appelbaum/Patron) "I came here for 15 years with my children." MEMORIES SWIRLED IN WITH THE ICE CREAM AND MILKSHAKES... ALL FORMED UNDER THE ORANGE ROOF THAT CAN BE SPOTTED FROM MILES AWAY ON ROUTE NINE IN LAKE GEORGE. MANY PATRONS, FROM NEAR AND FAR, WALK BACK INTO THE PLACE THAT HOLDS SO MANY MEMORIES. (Nicole Hart/Reporting) "driving by, what caught your attention?" (Jonathan LaRock/Owner, Howard Johnsons) "the orange roof... had to stop in and take pictures. Then I thought, I can't believe this place is open! That's when I went inside and said let me take pictures of the buffet and all the things that we used to do and then... it's alive and well."

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A pleasant but rather cool day today. There were a few sprinkles this evening. The weather is looking good for the Vermont City Marathon. An isolated shower or thunderstorm is possible north on Sunday.

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Still ahead on Channel 3 ... One of the largest off road trail systems in the country is open and it's right in our neck of the woods ... and later ... Fishing is a tradition for many families and some folks guarantee a good catch if you fish with them!

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It's a great weekend for off road riders who enjoy the trails in New Hampshire. Northern New Hampshire's "Ride the Wilds" network is back open. There are more than a thousand miles of off roading trails. Last August, the final segment of the network's phase 1 was opened, enabling riders to travel from Lancaster to Pittsburg. Ride the Wilds leaders anticipate opening phase 2 early this summer, to connect Northumberland, Star, and Milan.

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The summer is Vermont's biggest season for tourists. Experts say, its when the state brings in the most money from the tourism industry. Many of those visitors are from nearby states -- but Vermont's tourism department is making a push to attract visitors from farther away.

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((SOT Cook 015733 Our average visitor stays about 2.5-3 days. We hope to increase that to five days over the coming years, if we can 43 and the best way to do that is to look to a distant visitor or an international visitor who tends to stay longer and spend more while they're here 53)) The state is also working to attract younger demographics -- with the goal of creating repeat visitors.

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A story for dog lovers in New York state. New York is considering whether to join a growing number of states that allow dogs at open-air restaurants. Health groups oppose it. States including California, Florida and Maryland have opened restaurant patios to dogs within the last decade.

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We had a pleasant though rather cool day. Tonight won't be as cold as last night, with lows in the upper 30s to mid 40s. Sunday will be partly sunny and much warmer, with highs in the 70s. A weak cold front in Canada may touch off an isolated shower or thunderstorm north. For the start of the Vermont City Marathon, temperatures will be in the upper 40s to mid 50s, then warm up quickly during the race. A warm front will then approach the region on Memorial Day, with mostly cloudy skies and scattered showers, especially during the afternoon. This front will usher in warmer and more humid weather starting on Tuesday. A few showers and thunderstorms are possible. Wednesday will be warm and humid, with scattered showers and thunderstorms. The chance will be reduced a bit on Thursday, but more showers and thunderstorms will be scattered about on Friday and Saturday. It's getting a bit dry out there again, so we could use some rain.

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Whether you're a seasoned pro and a newbie to fishing ... it's always fun to get a guarantee that you'll catch one! Nick Borelli met a guy who's making that promise!

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((NATS: Captain Gil preparing boat)) Captain Gilbert Gagner has been giving fishing tours for about 20 years-- He's the owner of Bronzeback Guide Service in Highgate. (01:30:46:00-01:30:56: 00) ((Gilbert Gagner/Bronzeback Guide Service Captain: My father got me into fishing when I was young and it was kind of an escape for us because we used to run a farm and our only time off was to get down to the river and fish a bunch.)) His love of the sport means he's spent a lot of time casting his line. (01:28:39:00-01:41:00 NATS: Casting line) On this day I joined Captain Gil -- for a fishing tour in St. Albans Bay. ((NATS: Boat taking off)) (00:23:38:00-00:23:41: 00) ((Gil: Nick are you ready to fish today? Nick: I'm ready to fish! Gil: Let's do this!)) Captain Gil knew exactly where to go, and the best technique for catching fish. He says chilly waters right now -- make the fish slow. That meant keeping the lure moving along the bottom of the lake -- was our best bet. (00:26:49:00-00:26:53: 00) ((gil: You are seeing it drag over the bottom and over the bumps, and then reel your slack in.)) Within minutes that advice it worked. (00:28:03:00-00:28:05: 00) ((Nick Borelli: I got my first hit!)) I didn't set the hook hard enough so the first one got away. But Captain Gil had a bass in the boat moments later. (00:29:12:00-00:29:19: 00) ((Nats: fishing coming in --> Nick: Hey wow! It took you less than 5 minutes! Not even.)) Captain Gil released his catch -- back into the water. Then it was my turn to land my first of the day. He guided me every step of the way. (00:35:11:00-00:35:17: 00) ((gil: Hold the rod here. Put your hand here and bring it up in the boat and put it in the boat. There you go. Nick: Not bad!)) Captain Gill picked the perfect spot. ((00:43:41:--00:43:43: 00 NATS: Lure dropping)) The fish kept coming. (00:37:57:0000:37:59:0 0) ((Nick (holding fish): Just a little guy!)) (00:39:34:00-00:39:00) ((Gil (holding fish): That's about a 2 and a half pounder. That's kind of average for lake Champlain.)) After that it was time to explore other parts of the Lake. The captain's boat moved us around at speeds of up to 70 mph. ((01:18:56:00-01:19:00 NATS: Going fast in boat)) Captain Gil says part of Lake Champlain's beauty -- is you never know what you'll reel in. Soon I found that out firsthand. (01:26:55:00-00:27:06: 00) ((Nick: Wow this is crazy! I've never had a Northern Pike. Oh really?! So close. Gil: The problem with Northern Pike is they have teeth on them.)) Even though I lost the northern pike; I felt like a kid again. Then another big one came along. This time it wasn't on my line. (01:27:39:00-01:27:43: 00) ((NATS: Fish jumping around in water, while being reeled in.)) Captain Gil got the beefy bass in the boat. (01:27:55:00-01:28:02: 00) ((Gil: That's one we like to bring to the scales at weigh in time. Nick: What does he come in at? Gil: Oh 3 and half, 3 and 3 quarters.)) With spawning going on, we had to put the bass back in the lake. (01:28:18:00-01:28:02) ((Gil: We'll let her swim back. And away she goes.)) On this tour Captain Gil guarantees you'll catch fish. (01:35:51:00-01:35:33: 00) ((The secret is to go fishing and spend a lot of time doing it)) For him, watching people's reactions when they reel fish in is priceless. (01:31:20:00-01:31:26: 00) ((Gil: My favorite part about going fishing is teaching people how to catch fish. That's my absolute favorite thing to do)) ((Tracked for later use: Nick Borelli. Ch 3. Highgate))

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The Middlebury women's lacrosse team entered Saturday 2 wins shy from sending out retiring head coach Missy Foote as a 6 time NCAA Champion. The Panthers facing Cortland in the NCAA national semifinals this afternoon in Philadelphia. --- All Middlebury from the start. Middlebury's own Katie Ritter gets her team on the board scoring her 40th goal of the season. --- then Laurel Pascal scores 2 goals 58 seconds apart and just like that the Panthers have a 3-0 lead. 4 goals on the day for Pascal. --- Mary O'Connell gets into the scoring call a little later, following up on her first shot. It's 4-0 Middlebury. --- Cortland answers back and scores three straight late in the first half... Cortland would take an 8-6 lead heading into the break .. --- The Red Dragons score 3 straight to start the second half as well. Ashley Gentile with another one of her 5 goals Middlebury falls in the NCAA semifinals, 19-12. The Panthers season ends with a 16-4 record and Missy Foote's career is offcially over after 35 years, 422 wins and 5 NCAA titles.

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Today was also the first championship Saturday in Vermont, as the first of the high school spring sports titles were handed out. Before the team tennis tournament begins next week, individuals were looking to take medals this afternoon. We'll start with the Boys over at Leddy Park in Burlington.. --- It's an all south burlington rebel's singles final..Trent Newman facing Gabe Katz. Katz lost in the finals last year, his shot here a little too long. Newman wins the first set 6-3. --- Katz comes back with a vengence in set two. First getting the ace, then Katz putting this right down the line...Katz wins set 2, 6-1. --- Katz won the first game in set three, but that seemed to get Newman fired up. Katz tracks it down in the corner, but Newman smashes it for the point....(Newman)... --- later in the set, the 2 with a good volley, but Newman with great placement on the forehand winner. He is your state champ, 6-3 1-6 6-2. --- The doubles final, Marsh Palin and Dylan Garcia of Essex taking on David Huber and Stephen Asch from CVU. Palin won the doubles state title last year with a different partner. No chemistry issues here as Palin with the beautiful placement. --- Palin and Garcia win set 1, 6-0. Huber and Asch do win a couple of games in the second set, off the high lob, the nice forehand smash. --- But there was no stopping Palin and Garcia. The ball is lofted up, so Garcia comes and lays the hammer down... --- Then check out another great placement from Palin. Putting this one right in the corner....Marsh Palin and Dylan Garcia are your doubles state champs, 6-0 6-2. A different partner for Palin, but the same result.

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(((Palin & Garcia/"We both knew that our games, we didn't have to do anything special. We didn't have to outplay ourselves to win. We just played the way we knew how we could play and really had fun together in our last tournament together. We've always had good team chemistry, our whole team and Essex has been really close together and so we've always been able to work together and be able to play together very well, so I think that was a plus.")))

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The Girls individual championships were held in Montpelier this afternoon. For the third straight year, CVU's Kathy Joseph in the near court meeting St. Johnsbury's Ayame Yazawa for the title. Joseph is the defending champ and she was on her game this afternoon with forehand winners like that. --- Yazawa the state champ 2 years ago, giving Joseph all she can handle. Here with the backhand down the line ... Yazawa though lost the first set, 6-3 but had a 3-2 lead in set 2. --- However, Joseph takes over from there, the backhand smash at the net into the corner. --- Then Match point for Joseph, Yazawa's return on the serve is long. Kathy Joseph wins her second straight State title, 6-3, 6-3. --- Two courts over, it's an all South Burlington doubles final. Defending Champs Jasmina Jusufagic (YUSA-FAJIC) & Anna Wulfson taking on Vaish Andra and Amanda Anderson. Wulfson's forehand smash is returned by Andra, Wulfson has to go way back for it, and her shot isn't returned. --- Wulfson and YUSA-FAJIC winning the first set 6-1, but there fellow rebels didn't go away quietly in set 2, Nice shot here by Andra for the point. --- But late in the set, check out the winner by YUSA-FAJIC. Splitting her two opponents. --- Good volley on match point, but Andra hits it into the net and Wulfson and YUSA-FAJIC win 6-1, 6-2. All repeat winners in Montpelier. While the doubles winners had to go through their own teammates, Joseph overcame a familiar opponent.

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(((Kathy Joseph/"It feels great. I think I played pretty well. I'm just happy with how I played. I try to take every match that I don't underestimate my opponents or overestimate how I will play, so I always try to stay focused."))) (((Wulfson/Jusufagic/" It's been wonderful working with Jazz for these two years. I'm a senior so I won't be here next year, but it was fun to play these girls in the championships."))) ((("I think it adds to the fun and playing eachother it's just more upbeat and it's a lot more fun, that's all I can say about it.")))

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Lyndon State College looked like the oscars tonight, with nicely dressed guests and a red carpet..as they hosted the first ever Northern New Hampshire and Northeast Kingdom Yearly High School sports awards...Awards handed out included athletes of the year, athlete scholars of the year and sportmanship awards... and some big names handed out those awards...Former UVM star Taylor Coppenrath and Burlington High basketball stand-out Joe O'Shea were a few of the award presenters tonight, but the big key note speaker was sports writing legend, Bob Ryan, who spent over 40 years as an award winning writer for the Boston Globe...Ryan has visited the Green Mountain State many times in his life, but it was his first trip to the Kingdom...

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(TRT: 26...you forever) (Ryan/"This is my first experience on this half of the state. My experience is generally over in the Burlington area, mostly because of the friendship I developed over the years with Coach Brennan. I really just want to congratulate (the athletes) and just maybe remind them they're going to treasure these days and to really appreciate the experience of having competed and the friendships you make and be assured that these are friendships that are going to matter to you forever."

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Thunder Road Speedbowl is set to host the Memorial Day Classic tomorrow in Barre. The grandstands will open at 10. The Late model stars will be competing with super late models of the Pro All Stars Series for the first time. Jason Corliss is your defending champ.

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Of course tomorrow morning is the running of the Vermont City Marathon. It looks like we have new overall winners as last year's men's and women's top finishers aren't expected to be in the field. --- One man to keep an eye on is from Saxtons River. Josh Ferenc is looking to become the top Vermont male to finish first for the fourth straight year.


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