Sat 25-APR-2015 6 P.M. News Script

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Good evening, thanks for joining us, I'm Adam Sullivan. The Vermont State Police -- is investigating one of its own -- for material a trooper allegedly posted to social media. Investigative reporter Jennifer Costa has the latest.

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This is one of the latest Facebook posts from Cpl. Jon Graham's personal page. An article from Right Wing News. A photo of a smashed Virgin Mary Statue. And a comment from the trooper reading: "and these animals will kill you if you speak badly of Mohammed.... tolerance." If you're looking for Cpl. Graham's facebook page -- you won't find it. It was taken down Friday night -- after we reached out to state police for comment. But the questions didn't start with us. A concerned citizen -- allegedly copied several images from Cpl. Graham's timeline -- and posted them to the department's own Facebook page. The whistleblower was upset calling the posts racist and anti-gay. Saturday -- state police issue a statement calling Graham's alleged posts "concerning" and said an internal review has been opened to determine if Graham violated VSP's social media policy. Colonel Tom L'Esperance went on to say: ((GRX--VSP Col Tom L'Esperance)) "We take our commitment to fair and impartial policing very seriously, and I am deeply disturbed by what I read today. These messages do not represent the core values of the state police and will not be tolerated by me." The posts go back years -- seemingly undetected by state police. Some allegedly penning his thoughts -- like this one from 2014: "was just behind a prius with a Bernie Sanders 2016 sticker ...oh how I wanted to spin her vehicle out." Others -- make comments about actual crimes -- "Officer involved shooting in Windsor tonight...officer okay ...scumbag in hospital ...as it should be." Another alleges a winter storm should be given a female name -- because it QUOTE "keeps changing its mind." Graham is a 15 year veteran of the force -- working out of the Rockingham barracks. He's also a member of the U-S Coast Guard. In 2009 -- he was honored with lifesaving award -- at the statehouse -- after rescuing a young girl from drowning. Channel 3 obtained the department's social media policy. It states -- in part -- that members... ((GRX)) "...shall conduct themselves in such a way as to ensure that their speech, which includes all written, spoken, or other multimedia material, does not reflect poorly on the department, impair established working relationships, breach confidentiality, impede performance of duties, violate any section of department Rules and Regulations, or negatively affect the public perception of the Vermont State Police." L'Esperance promises a thorough investigation -- into whether Graham violated the department's social media policies or failed to meet standards of professional conduct. He's also apologizing to anyone who may have been offended by the alleged personal views of the trooper. Saying: ((GRX)) "It is our duty to ensure that Vermonters have an unwavering confidence in the Vermont State Police. We do not condone this type of conduct by any member of the state police." ((Jennifer Costa A spokesperson for Vermont State Police tells us -- an internal affairs investigation will begin on Monday. No other disciplinary action has been taken -- against Cpl. Graham -- at this time. JC CH 3 News))

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We reached out to the trooper for comment. We have not heard back.

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A deadly overdose in Randolph. Police say a 30-year-old man died from an overdose at the Cumberland Farms in Randolph. Police say another man overdosed in Bethel -- and needed 9 doses of Narcan to be revived. Thursday -- the Randolph community will host a forum discussing growing concerns. A Sergeant with the Vermont State Police will be a guest speaker. The forum will be at the Randolph Union High School at 7pm.

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A Morrisville man is accused of possessing child pornography. Police say Cole Hess was using his email account to store the pornography. He pleaded not guilty Thursday and was released on ten thousand dollars bail. If convicted--Hess faces a maximum sentence of 25 years behind bars.

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State police say they've caught a man using bad checks. Grover Pangburn is accused of forging at least five checks in the name of the first National Bank of Orwell--totaling around thirteen hundred dollars--from March 31st to April 6th in the Rutland area. He was arrested Friday- and is facing multiple charges.

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Young hunters are hitting the woods this weekend-- eyeing turkeys. To participate in the two-day hunt -- kids must be 15 or younger, have passed a hunting safety course, have a license and be joined by an unarmed adult who holds a hunting license. The regular spring turkey season starts May 1st.

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You know him from hit comedies like Superbad and The Interview. But why did Seth Rogen--spend his day--in Vermont? Shelby Cashman--found out.

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(0:31) ((NATS YouTube video "look new neighbors!")) (0:32) In the comedy Neighbors--Seth Rogen plays a dad whose quiet Suburban life--takes an unexpected turn. (0:36) ((NATS "is that a fraternity?")) But the 24-7 party portrayal of the frat in the film-- (1:04) ((NATS YouTube "are you ready to go?")) (1:06) Is the complete opposite of what Rogen encountered at the University of Vermont--Saturday. (00:05:05) ((Seth Rogen/Actor "It's unbelievable it's crazy how motivated these young people are.")) (0:05:10) (00:07:57) ((Seth Rogen " when I was 18/19 years old. I was going to say charity was low on my list but I don't think it was on my list.")) (00:08:04) For the second year in a row-- UVM's Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity--partnered this year with the Alpha Chi Omega sorority--raised the most money of any college in the country for Hillarity for Charity--a movement created by Rogen and his wife Lauren to benefit Alzheimer's research. The comedic pair came to the Burlington campus--to say thanks. (00:06:22) ((Seth Rogen "they raised like a brand new Prius more than the other schools.")) (00:06:25) Over thirty thousand dollars--to be exact. For Pi Kappa Alpha member John Fox--Hillarity for Charity's message--was personal. His late grandfather--suffered from the disease. Saturday--Fox was joined by his grandmother. (00:24:57) ((Allice D'Amanda/Grandmother "he would have loved it and he would have been so proud of his grandson.")) (00:25:02) Fox says--he and his brothers are big fans of Rogen--and are thankful for the opportunity to meet him. But--that's not why they worked so hard to bring in the benjamins. (00:25:55) ((John Fox/UVM Student The prize is great but the bigger prize is where the money is going. That's really what matters.")) (00:25:59) So--how did they raise all that money? (00:26:14) ((John Fox/UVM Student "this year we did cookies for a cause. On are Friday and Saturday nights we baked cookies Grandma: you back cookies? (Laugh) John: kind of let the girls handle it but.. ")) (00:26:27) Comedy--for a common cause. SC Channel three news BTV

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Dave is here now with the weather... We're still stuck in the same old weather pattern. Scattered showers will continue on Sunday, though temperatures will be slightly warmer.

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still ahead tonight ... Authors celebrate books in Rutland.... plus.. Made in Vermont items on display at Sugarbush ...

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Over 20 authors were at the Rutland Free Library's first ever Vermont book author event today. The day is in honor of Julie Teta (TAY-TAH) -- a former programming librarian who passed away recently. Her colleagues say she was a true bibliophile -- or a person with a great love for books -- and they thought putting on this event would be a nice tribute to her. The free event was a chance for authors to promote -- sign -- and sell books. Fiction -- non-fiction -- children's books -- and graphic novels.

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(TC 16:42:19:19 Title 1641)((TC Abby Noland/Rutland Free Library: "so the opportunity to just uphold the talent we have here. I mean a lot of these people are right here from this area. So it's just such a pleasure to mix those two." 16:42:32:29)) Although it is the first time the Rutland Free Library has put on this event -- they plan on hosting more book author events in the years to come.

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Hundreds are celebrating Made in Vermont products this weekend. The second annual WCAX Made in Vermont Weekend at Sugarbush resort kicked off today. Over forty local vendors set up shop---to exhibit and sell their Green Mountain goods. From free samples of local fare--to handmade clothing. Sarah Durant from the 7th generation family owned business- Independent Vermont Clothing-- says the event is great way to showcase the Vermont brand.

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(00:38:57) ((Sarah Durant/Independent Vermont Clothing "The one thing that's really been a great nets for us he's really the state of Vermont everybody loves vermont, it's just such a wonderful part of the world and everybody wants to take a piece with them whether they live here or they travel from hundreds of miles away.")) (00:39:12) Made in Vermont weekend continues tomorrow from ten to four--at the resort's Gatehouse Lodge.

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We're still stuck in that same old weather pattern this weekend, but we have some improvements on the way for next week. A few mountain flurries are possible tonight, mainly north. It will be cold with lows in the mid 20s to low 30s. Sunday will have scattered showers, though temperatures will be slightly warmer than today. Scattered showers will continue on Monday. However, this will be the last day we have to deal with this pesky low. A change finally arrives for Tuesday, with partly sunny skies. Wednesday will be partly sunny, though showers will arrive by evening. Thursday will be back to the familiar unsettled weather, with mostly cloudy skies and the chance for showers. This low, however, is not expected to last as long as the one now. Friday is looking halfway decent, with partly sunny skies and just a few showers, and it looks like the weather will be cooperating for Saturday.

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Folks over in Williston are continuing Earth Day celebrations -- dedicating a whole day to learning about and having fun with composting. Our Eliza Larson tells us more.

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A celebration -- of dirt? Well -- not exactly. On Saturday -- Green Mountain Compost hosted CompostFest -- a day packed with gardening workshops -- kids activities -- food trucks -- tours -- prizes -- and -- of course -- compost. (TC 13:46:01:16 Title 1345)((Dan Goossen/Green Mountain Compost Manager: "it's kind of the culmination of the big four day sale we had in honor of earth day -- which was wednesday. And we're celebrating with free workshops on composting and gardening and tons of kids activities. We've got a big sand pile. We've got plant your own seeds for the kids. Some face-painting. Ice cream sundaes. Compost ice cream sundaes too." 13:46:21:05)) Compost is decayed organic material used as a plant fertilizer (TC 13:45:33:08 Title 1345)((Dan Goossen/Green Mountain Compost Manager: "our mission is to divert organic material that would otherwise go to landfill and make high quality organic soils." 13:45:38:29)) (TC 14:25:44:11 Title 1423)((Eliza Larson/Williston "this pile next to me is in one of the stages it takes to reprocess the composted soil. In fact, the people here at Green Mountain Compost say it takes 7 to 12 months." 14:25:54:23)) Last year -- Vermont passed a law phasing in mandatory recycling and composting of food and organic waste -- eventually banning those materials from landfills. Green Mountain Compost in Williston diverts about four thousand tons of food a year that would otherwise go to landfill. (TC 13:58:32:27 Title 1356)((Nate Scarpa/Connecticut: "you can compost a lot more than I thought. My dad's garden really runs off of compost really well and it's just better for the environment." 13:58:40:15)) (TC 13:57:13:28 Title 1356)((Kate Guillemette/South Burlington: "what I learned today was that you shouldn't throw your food away. You should just compost it because it will help the earth." 13:57:22:18)) Learning -- mixed in with a lot of fun. Eliza Larson. Channel 3 News. Williston.

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The UVM men's lacrosse team is headed to the America East Tournament. The Cats clinching their spot with a 14-13 win at binghamton today. Ian Mckay with 5 goals including the game winner with 10 seconds to go. UVM meets Stony Brook in the Conference semis on thursday in Albany. The UVM women's lacrosse team can punch a ticket to the conference tournament with a senior day win over UNH this afternoon. --- A big day for Catamounts senior, Jessica Roach, 3 goals and 2 assists on the day. She sets the program's single season points record with 75. Cats up 2-1 in the first. --- Vanessa VanderZalm scoring both of her goals early in the first half. Danielle Seifert with an assist on this one. It's 3-1 Cats. --- Seifert then scores back to back goals. As Vermont wins it 12-10. The Cats are America East tournament bound. It's the first time since 2003, both teams have secured spots in conference playoffs.

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The Middlebury women hosting Amherst today in the NESCAC quarterfinals. --- The Panthers rally from a 2 goal deficit late in the first half, Katie Ritter with one of her two goals on the day to make it a one goal game. --- Then with 3 minutes before halftime, Hollis Perticone with a nice move here. She had a team high 3 goals. Middlebury advances with a 9-8 win. The Panthers head to Trinity next weekend for the NESCAC semifinals against Bowdoin. The Middlebury men beat Williams, 14-13 in the NESCAC quarters and will face tufts in the semis next saturday at Amherst.

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Over at Saint Michael's, senior day for the Men's lacrosse team against Assumption, 5 seniors recognized before the game. --- And the seniors stepping up early, Mark Yetter hits Matt Dromeshauser in front. Knights up 1-0.. --- Assumption finds the equalizer less than a minute later. Peter Gersbeck drives, fires and scores. --- But the Purple Knights take off from there. Brian Loughlin finding Yetter who goes low for the goal. --- Loughlin continues to spread it around, finding Dromeshauser and putting in another one of his three goals onm the day. St. Mike's take down Assumption on senior day 8-7 to finish the year 7-7 overall. The Purple Knight women won at Pace today and will travel to Adelphi Wdnesday for the NE-10 quarterfinals.

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One field over, the Purple Knights baseball team hosting Stonehill for a double-header today.. ------- Tied at 5 in the 5th of game 1, Eddie Bowler hits one off of the end of the bat, a slow roller to third. Bowler is safe at first, a run scores. St, Mike's down 6-5.. ------- Same score in the 6th, Stonehill's Brian Campbell lining this one just over the first baseman's head. That brings another run across. The Knights fall in game one, 7-5. Stonehill also wins game 2, 9-1.

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The Dartmouth baseball team already punched a ticket to the IVY League championship series. So for now, the Big Green can sit back, play ball and look to extend its 10 game win streak. Dartmouth at home today for a double-header with Harvard and the Big Green bats coming up big in game 1. --- 1-1 in the bottom of the second, with two on, Dartmouth's Dustin Shirley sends it right back up the middle, past the diving short stop. Two runs come home as the Big Green take a 3-1 lead.. --- Same score in the 3rd. Dartmouth's Nick Lomabardi hammers this one into the gap in left center. Joe Purritano on his horse scores all the way from first. It's an RBI double. 4-1 Big Green. --- Kyle Holbrook adds to the damage in the bottom of the fifth, sending this one deep to right field for a three run shot. Dartmouth wins game one, 8-1 and wins game two, 4-3. A 12 game win streak for the Big Green the regular season finale is Tuesday against Amherst.

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To the high school diamond, Milton hosting Rice this afternoon.. ------ And Milton wasting no time getting on the board, first inning... Logan Bear hammering this one deep to left and over the left fielder's head...One run comes across... YellowJacket take an early 3-1 lead.. --- But the Rice bats catch fire in the 2nd inning...Sean Remillard lining this one down the left field line...two runs will cross the plate and we are tied at 3 ... ------- Few batters later, Rice now up 4-3... Austin Purinton hitting this one deep to center field and it goes just over the center fielder's glove ..another run comes in and the Knights are up 5-3.. ------- And continuing the onslaught...Chris Jansen smoking this one to the gap in left center, one more run coming home... Knights march past the Jackets, 15-5 the final...

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A good crowd at BFA-Fairfax to watch the Bullets softball team take on Lake Region. --- Top of the first, with a runner at third, Lake Region's Kiana Royer goes deep to center. Fairfax's Julia Stergas makes a great catch. Katie Menard tags and scores giving her team a 1-0 lead. --- Fairfax ties it in the bottom of the first, Chloe White to center. Kayla Nester scores and we are tied at one. --- The Bullets break out the bats in the second inning, with a runner on Nester goes deep to center right past our camera for a 2-run shot. BFA Fairfax goes on to the 8-4 win.

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The Yankees and Mets are currently playing game 2 of their series in the Bronx. In the 7th the Mets have a 7-1 lead. We'll have highlights at 11. The Red Sox and Orioles play game two of their series tonight at 7 in Baltimore. --- Boston broke out the bats in last nights 7-5 win. the big blast in the game came off the bat of Brock Holt. With the game tied at 4 in the 8th Holt deposits this one into the seats in right for a three run shot. It's his first homer of the season. He's currently hitting 424 with 8 RBI. Justin Masterson gets the start on the hill for the Sox tonight.

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The Ottawa Senators have forced a game 6 tomorrow night with their 5-1 win over Montreal last night at the Bell Centre. --- Ottawa scoring two goals in the first period, setting the tone in this one. The Sens grabbed a 3-0 lead in the second period and never looked back. Tomorrow's game gets going at 6. This is Montreal's third chance to close out the series.


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