Sat 19-APR-2014 6 P.M. News Script

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Good evening, thanks for joining us, I'm Elizabeth Keatinge. And I'm Adam Sullivan.... A Poultney man accused of murdering a Vermont toddler - has been released from prison. Officials confirm 31-year-old Dennis Duby was let out on $250- THOUSAND dollars bail. Today, for the first time, the baby's mother spoke with us.

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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 then 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))

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Eastman says she has filed for divorce from Duby and has not spoken to him. He is due back in court April 28th.

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A Winooski woman is in jail after police say she robbed a convenience store last 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.

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A mother and her five-old child were hit by a car in Winooski. The accident happened around 8-30 last night at the intersection of West Spring and North Streets. Luckily, police say the mom and her kid were treated at the hospital for ONLY minor injuries. Police have not released the name of the driver or said whether charges will be filed.

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A janitor at Dartmouth College is accused of dealing drugs. 24-year-old Steven Chaput pleaded not guilty to attempting to sell drugs. Police arrested the Hartford man at gun point in the parking lot of a gas station in Quechee Thursday during a drug deal. Detectives also arrested 29-year-old Katelyn Mackenzie of Hartford. Police say, she has been helping to sell and deliver drugs throughout the Upper Valley.

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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 car and moose collided in Searsburg last night. 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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A new study in the Adirondacks shows that certain bird species are on decline. 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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The ski season is continuing in our region. 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... a candy maker is making kids smile at the Vermont Children's Hospital... plus... Celebrating six years of success in Rutland... First.. Here's Dave with the weather...

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The Easter weekend is one of the busiest days of the year for bakeries and chocolate shops, and in Barre it was no different. In addition to her regular customers, Maureen Morey, owner of Maureen' Sweet Treats-- has decided to bring sweets to some 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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One Rutland restaurant is celebrating its success - by giving back to the community employees say they owe for their longevity. Table 24 is celebrating six 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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With the snow melting away, people in Central Vermont were thinking about getting out into the woods on their four wheelers. Joe Carroll caught up with a group who is ready to roll.

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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 program best start 10-2, the Vermont women's lacrosse team has cooled off a bit lately dropping their last three... A win at home today against Binghamton would certainly do wonders in getting the Cats back on track. To Virtue Field for a big America East Conference matchup... UVM up 6-3 at halftime, they blow it open in the final 30 ... --- A sweet duet from upperclassman Sydney Mas and Jessica Roach ... First Roach to Mas, 12-4 Vermont... Hug it out. --- One goal later, the pair 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 smacking the RBI single for 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 with two aboard but Rachel Cleary 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 in Colchester as these two teams also meeting in baseball.. --- Mt. Abe jumps out to a 5-0 lead and they hold it thanks to the arm of Sawyer Kamman 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 wasn't the series opening start the Red Sox wanted, John Lackey touched up for 6 runs in 5-plus as Boston fell to Baltimore 8-4 Friday at Fenway... So, how would Saturday go? Second game of the three 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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And just for kicks, former Middlebury Kicker turned super bowl champion steven hauschka wrapping up his 2 day trip in Middlebury last night. After a question and answer session at Middlebury high school, Hauschka stuck around to sign autographs and take pictures. It's been a whirlwind couple of days, but a time he won't soon forget.

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