Sun 22-JAN-2017 11 P.M. News Script

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Good evening and thanks for joining us, I'm Adam Sullivan. A shooting in Montpelier has left one a state employee dead and police searching for answers. Rose Gomez was at the scene today and brings us the latest.

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At around 4:30am Sunday morning, Montpelier Police received a 911 call that a person had been shot. The victim--33 year old Markus Austin--was found dead in the parking lot of his own apartment building on Barre Street. Chief Anthony Facos says it's the first shooting the city has seen in over 5 years. ((Chief Anthony Facos/Montpelier Police Department 9129 02:43:37 given the complexity and the resources to effectively investigate this type of crime, we requested the assistance of the Vermont State Police Major Crimes Unit." 02:43:50)) Police say Austin suffered at least one gunshot wound, and a male suspect fled in a vehicle. Officials have confirmed that he was an employee of the state department of mental health in Berlin. Governor Phil Scott released a statement saying: "Our hearts go out to the victim; his family, friends and colleagues; and the community affected by this violence." WCAX has also confirmed that Austin was a former player of the Vermont Frost Heaves Basketball Team. He helped deliver an ABA championship to the state in the now disbanded team's first year. ((Stephen Sawyer/Neighbor 911602:40:21 but that's too bad. I heard the guy was real nice. You know he had one kid." 02:40:29)) Vermont state police say his body will be transported to the chief medical examiner's officer for an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death. They say they do not believe the incident was random, and that the suspect knew him. ((Maj. Glenn Hall/Vermont State Police Major Crime Unit 9219 02:45:34 "We are very interested in speaking with anyone who may have number one, witnessed this happen, or anyone that may have had contact with the victim or anyone involved in this." 02:45:46)) ((Rose Gomez/Montpelier 9160 02:58:08 "Vermont State Police say that it is possible more than one person may have been involved. They have not yet stated whether or not they've determined a motive behind the killing. Rose Gomez, Channel 3 News, Montpelier." 02:58:17))

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The other big story of the day-- the New England Patriots are heading back to the Superbowl. Scott joins us now with highlights from tonight's AFC Championship game. Scott Adam--no need for Patrtios fans to be nervous tonight. The Pats beating the Pittsburgh Steelers 36-17. Tom Brady throwing 3 touchdown passes in the game, 2 of them going to Chris Hogan. I think the play that kind of changed the complexion of the game happened in the second quarter, new england runs a flea flicker with Brady handing it to Dion Lewis then gets it back before heaving to Hogan for the score. --- It all comes apart for pittsburgh in the third after a key fumble leads to another Patriots touchdown. New England is headed to the superboal for the 9th time in frnachise history. That's an NFL record, it's the 7th trip to the superboal for the combo of Brady and head coach Belichick. They have 4 titles and in two weeks in houston they'll be looking to make it 5. } The Pats will face the Atlanta Falcons who crushed the Packers today. We'll hear from New England in just a few minutes.

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A big day for Patriots fans -- and four members of the South Burlington Police Department. The department's honor guard was invited to take part in the national anthem at Gillette Stadium this evening. Members of the group say it was an opportunity of a lifetime-- representing their state at the big game.

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(TC - 16:30) ((Detective Corporal Sarah Superneau/SBPD This is huge because it's not just a patriots game, it's the pre super bowl. we've got to win this. so it's absolutely amazing just being able to experience this, but then also to represent south burlington pd amongst the rest of the New England states ... It's thrilling!)) Last week- the Windsor Police Department Honor Guard represented the Green Mountains at Gillette.

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In other news, New York authorities are investigating apparent vandalism on the Champlain Bridge. The bridge -- which connects Addison and Crown Point, New York -- was down to just one lane Sunday as authorities looked into why manhole covers were missing. The Sun newspaper reports some of the metal covers had been thrown into Lake Champlain. The paper reports New York State Police and other agencies were looking into whether other parts of the bridge had been tampered with.

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A horse shot with a bow and arrow could lead to stiffer animal cruelty laws in Vermont. 21-year-old Quinton Walker Clayton is accused of killing Bunny the horse but only faces up to a year in prison for that alleged crime. The case has led to outrage and protests in Central Vermont. State Senator Bobby Starr has sponsored a bill to increase penalties.

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(02:34:55:00) ((Sen. Bobby Starr - D-Essex/Caledonia Counties these people were getting arrested but then very little was happening to them and that we have very lax laws in regards to animal cruelty)) Starr's proposal would increase the maximum prison sentence for a first offense of Aggravated Cruelty to five years and seven for a second offense.

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President Donald Trump's administration continues to take shape as he prepares to meet with global leaders this week. Kenneth Craig has more from the White House.

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PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP HELD A SWEARING IN CEREMONY FOR 30 ASSISTANTS TO THE PRESIDENT IN THE EAST WING OF THE WHITE HOUSE SUNDAY. DURING HIS REMARKS, MISTER TRUMP HELD UP THE LETTER THAT FORMER PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA LEFT IN THE OVAL OFFICE. (TRUMP) we won't even tell the press what's in there. SATURDAY, THE PRESIDENT'S PRESS SECRETARY SLAMMED THE MEDIA'S COVERAGE OF INAUGURATION TURNOUT DURING HIS FIRST WHITE HOUSE BRIEFING. (sot SEAN SPICER, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY) its the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration. period. ALTHOUGH MANY EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS SAY THE CROWDS WERE NOT AS BIG AS THEY HAVE BEEN DURING PAST INAUGURATIONSOFFICIAL ATTENDANCE ESTIMATES ARE NOT TAKEN ANYMORE. COUNSELOR TO THE PRESIDENT, KELLYANNE CONWAY, ATTEMPTED TO CLARIFY SPICER'S CLAIM SUNDAY. (SOT - KELLYANNE CONWAY MEET THE PRESS) What-- You're saying it's a falsehood. And they're giving Sean Spicer, our press secretary, gave alternative facts to that. But the point remains-- CHUCK TODD: Wait a minute-- Alternative facts EARLIER, MISTER TRUMP POSTED DUELING TWEETS ON THE WOMEN'S MARCH IN WASHINGTON THAT EXCEEDED ATTENDANCE EXPECATIONS. FIRST... TWEETING '... WATCHED PROTEST YESTERDAY WAS UNDER THE IMPRESSION THAT WE JUST HAD AN ELECTION! WHY DIDN'T THESE PEOPLE VOTE.' BUT LATER, HE SHIFTED HIS TONE CALLING THE PEACEFUL PROTESTS A 'HALLMARK OF OUR DEMOCRACY.' BRIDGE: PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS A FULL SCHEDULE IN THE DAYS AHEAD MEETING WITH WORLD LEADERS HERE AT THE WHITE HOUSE. AIDES SAY MISTER TRUMP SPOKE WITH ISREALI PRIME MINSTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU BY PHONE SUNDAY AND DISCUSSED WAYS TO advance peace and security in the region. THE PRESIDENT IS ALSO SCHEDULED TO MEET WITH LEADERS FROM CANANDA AND MEXICO TO DISCUSS NAFTA ...AND HE'LL HOST BRITISH PRIME MINISTER THERESA MAY LATER THIS WEEK. KENNETH CRAIG CBS NEWS WASHINGTON

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Senator Bernie Sanders continues to criticize the President. Both at a surprise appearance at Saturday's Women's Rally in Montpelier -- and on the airways Sunday. Speaking on CBS' Face the Nation this morning, Sanders says he found Trump's shots at the "establishment" during his inaugural address "somewhat amusing."

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((SANDERS - I found it somewhat amusing that Mr. Trump, President Trump, was punching the establishment, but right behind him, John, sitting in the VIP section, were billionaire after billionaire after billionaire, some of the most powerful people in this country, who over the last ten, 20 years have become much, much richer while the middle class has shrunk.)) Sanders also repeated his criticism that repealing Obamacare without a replacement is unacceptable -- and said the GOP has no plan. Trump Advisor Kellyanne Conway said today that no one will lose their health insurance as Republicans put their plan in place.

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A cloudy and quiet weekend, but now more active weather is on the way. RADAR/SATELLITE: Just a few snow showers and/or freezing drizzle in southern parts of the region. Looking farther south, a strong storm system is bringing more severe weather to the Southeast. This storm will bring a messy mix of snow and sleet, and possible freezing rain, to our region starting Monday evening. WINTER WEATHER ALERT: Winter Weather Advisory for New York and Vermont from 7 PM Monday to 10 PM Tuesday, with the possibility of 2 to 6 inches of snow and sleet. The brunt of this will occur Monday night and early Tuesday morning. WAKEUP WEATHER: Cloudy. Possible snow shower or patchy freezing drizzle south. Low: 25/33. Remaining unsettled for most of the week.

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coming up on tonight's news... A dispute over an Orange County election continues... plus... Senator Schumer is calling out airlines once again ....

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Sen. Charles Schumer is taking aim at the growing trend of airlines charging for overhead bins. The New York Democrat says passengers who purchase new "basic" fares offered by United Airlines and American Airlines won't be able to store carry-on without an extra fee. He says he worries other airlines will follow suit. The airlines argue that the new "basic" fares give passengers a cheaper alternative to standard fares.

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Lawmakers in Vermont returned to work weeks ago, but one of the state's races is STILL unsettled two months after election day. Kyle Midura reports.

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The election results say the race is over. After November's vote, and a recount, Vermont's Secretary of State certified Republican Robert Frenier's victory over incumbent Progressive Susan Hatch Davis. But nearly 20 days after Frenier assumed the Orange-1 House seat, Davis and her attorney aren't conceding defeat. (01:10:00:00) ((Vince Illuzzi - Lawyer for Susan Davis leaves us no alternative but to come here to the statehouse and ask that all the ballots be counted and that a recount be done by hand)) Seven votes separated the two candidates in the court's final recount tally. But Illuzzi - a long-time Republican Senator and Essex County attorney by day -- says election officials from different towns treated similar ballots differently. He also raises concerns that folded or stapled ballots could be misread by machine tabulators (01:12:04:00) ((Vince Illuzzi - Lawyer for Susan Davis we have absolutely no confidence in the recount process and believe there are a number of ballots that have never been counted that should be counted)) Illuzzi and Davis made their case to a select group of representatives. They'll issue a report later this week, and the whole House will serve as the final judge in the matter. Frenier is also relying on a FORMER state lawmaker to argue his side. (02:31:14:00) ((Tom Koch - Lawyer for Robert Frenier the essential argument is that the votes have been counted and recounted)) Tom Koch (pron. COTCH) says where ballots went uncounted -- election officials cast them aside appropriately and in-step with the law. (02:32:00:00) ((Tom Koch - Lawyer for Robert Frenier there are a few we don't know about, but the few are not enough to change the result of the election)) A preliminary decision is expected Tuesday. Based on historical records presented to lawmakers - Davis' case is a long-shot. Neither the House nor the Senate has changed the outcome of a race since 1977. KM, Ch.3, Mont.

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CURRENT: Cloudy. Mid 30s. RADAR/SATELLITE: Another cloudy night, with just a few snow showers and/or patchy freezing drizzle south. This map will be more active 24 hours from now, when a mix of snow and sleet (and possible freezing rain) moves in. RADAR/TEMPERATURES: Another relatively mild night, with temperatures ranging from the upper 20s to mid 30s. SATELLITE/RADAR USA: The strong storm system is continuing to bring severe weather to the Southeast. That's the storm that will bring messy weather to us. CLOUDS/PRECIP FORECAST: Snow and sleet will begin Monday evening, and continue into Tuesday. It will taper off Tuesday afternoon. The morning commute on Tuesday will be slippery. Allow extra time traveling.

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FORECAST: MONDAY: Cloudy. Snow, sleet and possible freezing rain by evening. High: 30/38. Wind: E 10-15 mph MONDAY NIGHT: Snow and sleet likely. Possible freezing rain. Windy. Low: 22/30. Wind: E 15-25 mph and gusty. TUESDAY: Snow, sleet and possible freezing rain, especially AM. High: 27/35. Low: 20/28. Wind: NE 10-15 mph WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy. PM rain/snow showers. High: 30s. Low: 25/35 THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy. Few rain/snow showers. High: 30s. Low: 20s FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy. Scattered snow showers. High: 25/35. Low: 15/25 SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy. Few flurries. High: 20s. Low: 15/25 SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy. Scattered flurries. High: 20s

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A successful weekend for the 25th annual Yankee Sportsman's Classic. Thousands of outdoor enthusiasts walked thought the doors at the Champlain Valley Fairgrounds for the 3-day event.

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If you love the outdoors, then, this show is a must see. For 3 days every year, hundreds of vendors pack the fairgrounds in Essex Junction. ((Ed Boll/EBI: "to get into the public. Show our new products, how they work personally and we do very well at shows like this.")) Artwork, clothing, and equipment are for sale-- along with anything else a hunter or fishman might need heading into the woods. Jessica Owens works for a hunting lodge in Quebec. ((Jessica Owens/Pavillon Richer: "vermont is a close distance from our lodge so obviously it helps us. And this is a good show. A lot of people come.")) Vermont's new arena football team-- which is about to take the field March 1st- also got into the action promoting the upcoming season. ((Ervin Bryson/Vermont Bucks: "hunting, fishing, bucks. Everything goes hand in hand.")) But organizers say- the show is really focused on the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts. ((John Laberge/Show promoter: "we really have to bring the kids along because the state is getting older.")) Kids get to fish for trout in the pond and shoot a targets with pellet guns and even build bird houses with mom and dad. ((Jackson Fletcher/Saxtons River: "oh I like the fur and all the fish.")) Proceeds from a lot of attractions are given to Camp Ta-Kump-Ta-- which benefits kids with cancer. That's an organization Spencer White is is happy to support-- when he's not working the fishing reel at his dad's booth. ((Spencer WHite/Ferrisburg. You get to be out in nature and get away from all this technology and stuff.")) Getting out into nature-- a a huge indoor exhibition.

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Superbowl 51 is set. It will the the Atlanta Falcons and New England patriots in Houston 2 weeks from tonight. If you were looking for any nail bitters in the two conference championship games, you're out of luck. The Pats put up a quick 10 points in the first quarter on a field goal and this 16 yard Tom Brady touchdown pass to Chris Hogan. He was so open , I could've thrown him the ball. --- Pittsburgh hangs around in the first half, even after this play from the Pats, Brady hands it to Dion Lewis who gives it back to Brady. He throws a 34 yard touchdown pass to Hogan. That's called a flea flicker. --- It comes apart for Big Ben and company in the third, Eli Rogers makes the catch, but he loses the ball, recovered by Rob Ninkovich for New England. --- Brady then throes his third touchdown pass of the game to Julien Edleman The Patriots advance to their 9th Super Bowl in team history, that's an NFL record. 36-17 the final. New England will be going for a 5th title in 2 weeks.

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((Tom Brady: "it was a good day. We're going to the Super Bowl man. You've got to be happy now. This didn't start at 6:40 tonight. This thing started in April. It really started in Free Agency when we're picking up guys like Hogan and picking up guys like Malcom Mitchell and guys were in rehab like LG, D-lou and Dev, Nate and all those guys. So, it's a lot of hard work. There's only 2 teams standing. I'm happy we're one of them. That's what our goal is. It's nice we could achieve that."))

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The Falcons crushed aaron rodgers and the green bay packers 44-21. It really wasn't even that close. The Packers couldn't stop the Falcons offense led by quarterback Matt Ryan. Ryan throws for 392 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran for a TD. Julio Jones making nine catches, 2 of them for touchdowns. The play of the game was a 73 touchdown connection between the two. The Falcons advance to the 2nd Super Bowl in franchise history. They lost in Super Bowl 33.

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Colchester's Lindsay McNall competed in her final 2 home meets for the St. Mike's swim and diving team this weekend. McNall won 1 race on Saturday. Today against St. Rosse, she won the 100 Butterfly and was a part of the winning 400 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams. She now has 98 career victories and has a chance to get to the century mark in the team's regular season finale next Sunday at St. Lawrence.

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((Lindsay McNall: "I love winning and that's the best part of racing. But, the other part of racing is just trying to beat the other person next to you and that's really what I keep in mind, the number isn't a huge motivation for me, but it's be nice to hit that number 100. Just nice, round.")) ((Eileen Hall: "she has demonstrated that hard work and really sticking to what your goals are, does pay off. She's a constant example of doing things right. So, as a coach, when I'm out rectuiting, I talk about the successful athletes in my program, she's one that comes to mind.")) After next week in St. Lawrence, the Knights will participate at the NE10 championships in mid February. McNall's goal is to become the first swimmer in St. Mike's history to make the NCAA Tournament. She can probably get there if her times in the Butterfly or freestyle qualify for the top 20 nationally. McNall is a three time New England Champion and holds 7 school records. Not bad for someone who was debating swimming in college during her senior year of high school.

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(("I'm really happy that I decided to swim in college. It's been absolutely incredible. The best experience. Being able to be part of a team and doing something bigger than myself and I couldn't have chosen a better team or coach to have done it with."))

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It all hoop this week with some jams, slams and a last second swish. ((At number 3, in New Hampshire on Monday, The Cats Anthony Lamb pokes the ball away, Trae Bell Haynes gets it back to Lamb for the jam. --- At number 2 In Middlebury Tuesday night, the Panthers Rachel Collins lets it fly. Nothing but net as the third quarter buzzer sounds. --- and at number 1 staying at Middlebury the Panther men showing what up temp basketball is all about. Twice during the game, Adisa Majors dunks it right after Green Mountain maes a basket. Then to cap it off, Jake Brown with a terrifc pass up court to Jack Daly. Middlebury men's hoop couldn't be stopped as it claims the top spot in the top 3 on 3. ))


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