Sat 19-APR-2014 11 P.M. News Script

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Good evening, thanks for joining us, I'm Adam Sullivan... A grieving mother is speaking out today for the first time after her estranged husband-- who is accused of murdering the women's 2-year-old daughter-- was released on bail. Elizabeth Keatinge reports.

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((Sandra Eastman/Dezirae Sheldon's mother 03:11:28:29 She was always a happy baby, always. she always had a big grin on her face, I'm sure you've seen pictures of her, she was beautiful. (crying) 03:11:36:00)) 31-year-old Sandra Eastman says her heart is broken after losing her 2-year-old daughter Dezirae in February. Her estranged husband, Dennis Duby- is charged with the murder and Eastman says he should pay for the crime. ((SE 03:34:56:20 I don't think there's a great enough punishment for him. I really don't. 03:35:01:17)) Eastman is furious that the man accused of crushing her daughter's skull is out of prison after posting bail early Saturday morning. She claims Duby had her fooled during the eight years she has known him, and the 11 months they were married. She always believed he had nothing to do with Dezirae's death - until she says she talked to police. ((SE 03:37:19:24 The detectives came in and they told me, he did not do so well on his polygraph tests, that's when I knew for sure, he was the one that did it.03:37:32:15)) She claims she never saw signs of Duby exhibiting aggressive behavior towards Dezirae - but now she believes he was jealous of her friendship with Dezirae's father. ((SE 03:14:43:19 I think that's what fueled the fire, he took it out on her that's what I feel.03:14:47:05)) Eastman has also been in trouble with the law. She was convicted of abusing Dezirae last year and admits to lying to the Department of Children and Families about it. ((SE 03:18:28:21 So I panicked and I started making things up because I didn't know, ya know, and I didn't want to lose my baby.03:18:36:05)) But now, she says, if official HAD removed to the child, things may have been different. ((SE 03:21:57:06 She would be here today if that was done, you know, she woudn't have been back with me, but I would rather her be alive somewhere else.03:22:09:09)) ((03:33:16:26 Reporter ? How does it feel when people blame you? SE: it really hurts, because people don't even know me, like I've never abused my children ever, they are everything to me. 03:33:30:28)) A grieving mom who misses her daughter terribly. ((03:10:46:18 She was, she was beautiful. She had the biggest personality of anyone than anyone I've ever seen in my life. (crying) 03:11:04:00)) Eastman says she has filed for divorce from Duby and has not spoken to him. He is due back in court April 28th. Elizabeth Keatinge, Channel 3 News, Rutland.

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A Winooski woman is in jail after police say she robbed a convenience store Friday night. Police say 38-year-old Heather Casey walked into the Fast Stop on Main Street -- and indicated she had a gun by placing her hand in her jacket pocket and pointing it at the clerk. Police used surveillance video to identify the man who entered the store with her -- and tracked Casey to her home. Police say she admitted to the robbery. Police also arrested 22-year-old Dylan Wright of Winooski for helping to plan the robbery.

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A bad crash in Johnson Saturday evening This was the scene on the Hogback road when police arrived. Witnesses say at least one person-- who was treated at the scene-- was in and out of consciousness. At this time we do not know the driver's condition or what caused the crash.

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A fire in Milton this evening. It broke out around 6:15 on the McMullen Rd. Fire fighters say someone passing by noticed smoke coming from the garage and called firefighters. The fire spread to the roof but fire fighters were able to control it before it spread to the house. Investigators say the fire may have been electrical in nature but that has not been confirmed. No one was home at the time.

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Multiple arrests after a large fight broke out at a party in Irasburg. Vermont State Police say four people are facing charges including-- unlawful mischief, disorderly conduct, and under age consumption of alcohol. A neighbor's window was also smashed during the incident. The U.S. Border Patrol assisted police on the scene.

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A driver walked away after colliding with a Moose in Searsburg. Police say the New Jersey driver was travelling east on Route 9 when the moose ran out in front of his car. He couldn't stop in time and hit the moose. The driver is doing fine -- but the moose was killed. The meat from the animal was donated to a local family. Drivers are being reminded to use caution on the roads.

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Bad news for certain bird species in the Adirondacks. The study was based on data collected between 2007 and 2011. It was recently published in the journal-- Northeastern Naturalist. It reports that the olive-sided flycatcher and rusty blackbird showed "high extinction probabilities in Adirondack wetlands." Researchers are still trying to figure out what's leading to the decline. On a positive note, the study found the yellow palm warbler was growing in numbers.

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It's not time to put away those skies just yet. The Vermont Ski Areas Association says five ski resorts will remain open this weekend, with three planning to offer skiing and riding into May. The mountains include Sugarbush, Jay Peak, and Killington. Sunday will be the last day for Smugglers Notch and Stowe . Other bigger resorts closed last weekend.

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still ahead on tonight's news...how these sweets are helping sick kids at the Vermont Children's Hospital... plus... A restaurant in Rutland is giving back... Here's Dave with the weather...

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Sick kids at the Vermont's Childrens Hospitals got a special treat Saturday. In addition to her regular customers, Maureen Morey, owner of Maureen' Sweet Treats-- decided to bring sweets to sick children. Saturday morning, she was preparing to deliver over 4 dozen bunny and easter egg cookies to the Vermont Children's Hospital at Fletcher Allen in Burlington.

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((29:57 Maureen Morey/Maureen's Sweet Treats, So we thought it would be a really good deed and a way to give back to the community, are business really focuses on kids, families, we do a lot of events.)) And of course, they got into the holiday spirit as well. Wearing bunny ears while passing out cookies to the kids.

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A Rutland business is giving back. Table 24 is celebrating 6 years of operation in the Marble City, by raising funds for Project Vision. That's a program developed by city and community leaders to address the many issues related to drug abuse.

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((Stephen Sawyer/owner table 24 03:02:20:22 Rutland's a great place, you know, it's been very successful, we've been successful here, the community has always supported us since we got here. There's a heck of a lot more good than bad here.03:02:29:18)) Table 24 will be hosting a golf tournament June 9th at Green Mountain National golf course in Killington. For more information you can go to our website, WCAX.com

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TONIGHT: Mainly clear & cold. Low: 17/25 Wind: Light EASTER: Mostly sunny. High: 50/58 Wind: S 5-10 mph SUNDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy. Low: 32/40 Wind: S 5-10 mph MONDAY: Partly sunny. Chance for a PM shower north. High: 60/68 Low: 37/45 Wind: SW 5-10 mph TUESDAY: Showers likely. High: 60s Low: 30s WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy. Few showers. High: 40s Low: 25/35 THURSDAY: Partly sunny. High: 45/55 Low: 25/35 FRIDAY: Partly sunny. Showers overnight. High: 55/65 Low: 35/45 SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy. Chance for showers. High: 55/65

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ATV's were the focus of a rally in Montpelier today. Joe Carroll was there.

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Fathers and sons, mothers and daughters came to Montpelier on Saturday. It was a time to show off their four wheelers at the first annual Show, Shin and Brag get- together. Even a few Grizzlies came out of hibernation on this early spring event. (10:15) ((Adam Lane/Lost Nation ATV Club, Is this a growing sport? Yes absolutely, I believe every club has experience growth, every year.)) Adam Lane help organize the gathering, it's part celebration, part awareness of a sport that in the past hasn't been view favorably by some Vermonters who think ATV's are bad for the environment. (7:23) ((Adam Lane/Lost Nation ATV Club, we do a lot when it comes to erosion control, making sure that we keep the trails clean, most every clubs work with towns on Green-Up Days, we do a lot of events like that. )) (16:18) ((Joe Carroll/WCAX, Organizers hope this Show, Shine and Brag event will help promote the 800 miles of trails in the state of Vermont.)) It was also a way to publicize the Vermont All Terrain Vehicle Sportman's Association. VASA has 2600 members in the state. It's similar to VAST the snowmobile group where for a 70 dollar fee you can use those 800 miles of trails on private property around the state. The money is used for trail upkeep. Some towns allow riders on Class 3 and 4 roads, but right now they are not allowed on State or Federal land. (3:58) (( Tim Celley/East Calais, This about everything you need to be on the road.)) Tim Cilly was there to show off his machine, he is well aware of the negative image some people have of the riders. (2:42) ((Tim Celley/East Calais, I like them to be more opened minded I would say, I think we should be given a chance.)) A growing sport revving it up in the Green Mountains. Joe Carroll, Channel 3 News Montpelier.

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After a red hot start, the Vermont women's lacrosse team has cooled off a bit lately dropping their last three... Maybe a return to their virtuous ways would get them back in the win column... UVM hosting Binghamton in an America East showdown at Virtue Field... Cats up 6-3 at halftime, they blow it open in the final 30 ... --- An upperclassman effort from... Sydney Mas and Jessica Roach ... First Roach to Mas, 12-4 Vermont... Hug it out. --- One goal later, the pair flip it and reverse it... as Roach finds the back of the net... She had a career-high 11 points ... --- Then some history, with this tally. Sydney Mas ties Lyn Jordan for the most goals in a single season at UVM with 57 ... Five in the game for the senior... --- Vermont gets back on track with the 19-7 win over Binghamton, on another big day for Sydney Mas.

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(((TRT: 12 OC: THOSE AROUND ME)))

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Thanks to some shrewd scheduling it was a loaded day of high school sports across the state... Let's start right here in South Burlington... Boys lacrosse... The Rebels hosting Middlebury. --- Pick it up in the fourth... The Tigers fighting back from 8-2 down... Connor Quinn right to the tin... Now a 5-goal game... --- Then it's Quinn with the feed to Bobby Ritter who chucks it in... Three straight for Middlebury as they tighten it up... --- South Burlington would settle down and hit the ground... Cam Nolting picks up the loose ball and returns it to sender... As the Rebels keep rolling, topping the Tigers, 9 to 6.

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Bad field conditions forcing Milton to travel to South Burlington as the home team this afternoon... Inside the circle we go... --- Bottom 2, YellowJackets adding to a 4-3 lead, Kara Donaldson getting a hold of one to knock in a runner... 5-3 Milton. --- Back come the Rebels in the 3rd... Sienna Eisenhardt with the RBI base hit to right ... Part of four in the frame for SBHS... --- After Milton ties it at 7... South Burlington takes the last lead in the top of the sixth... Morgan Mahar plating the go ahead run... The Rebels down Milton, 10-7.

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To Colchester for softball action... The Lakers hosting Mount Abraham... --- The Eagles jump out a 7-2 lead, Colchester looking to respond with runners on in the 3rd but Rachel McCormick freezes the batter to end the inning... --- Top 4, now it's Mt. Abe with a chance to build on their lead but Rachel Cleary with the big K to get out of the jam... --- In the fifth, the bats back out for the Eagles... Ashley Boise dunks an RBI single to center... Madi Wood, hits it a little harder... The booming RBI double to left.... As Mt. Abe bests the Lakers, 16-8.

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Let's switch over to the diamond... as these two teams also meeting in baseball.. --- Mt. Abe with a quick 5-0 lead and they hold it thanks to the arm of Sawyer Kam-man who was straight dealing ... --- Lakers finally get onto the scoreboard in the 6th as Hunter McSweeney goes the other way for the RBI single... Now a 5-1 game.. --- Bottom 7, last chance for Colchester with a runner on... Kamman, going to close the book on this one as he goes the distance... Mt. Abe gets the road win at Colchester, 5-1...

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Let's go two exits over... South Burlington hosting Milton in America's pasttime... --- The Rebels the away team and they get it going in the top of the first... Connor Bradley reaches out and finds the open hole for the RBI... --- Later in the inning, Jake Levan goes the opposite way for another run-scoring hit... 5-0 South Burlington after the smoke clears... --- 28 runs in this game ... Including a bunch from Milton too... In the 6th, Logan Bean drops in a hit to score Tyler Skinner... 11 usually enough. Not today though. Rebels top Milton, 17-11.

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It was yet another inconsistent performance from the Red Sox Friday in their 8-4 series opening loss to Baltimore.. Boston clearly still trying to find its identity early this season. So, how would Saturday go? Second game of the four-game set. Tied at 1 in the 4th, David Ortiz changes that with the solo homer to right... His third of the year ... --- To the 7th, tied at 2 ... Just called up, Brock Holt... Giving his team a jolt, the go-ahead RBI triple to plate Mike Carp. 3-2 Boston... The Red Sox bullpen holds from there as they top the Orioles, 4-2.

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To the Trop... Yankees and Rays in the third game of their series... --- Ivan Nova, left this one in the fifth inning with right elbow soreness... That was after he let a career-high four homers leave the park ... --- Tampa Bay's Will Myers with two of them ... Pinstripe killer Evan Longoria hit one of the catwalk in this one... 8 Runs given up by Nova in Four plus innings... --- Yankees quickly turning the page on this one... As they get stung by the Rays, 16-1.


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