Sun 24-MAY-2015 11 P.M. News Script

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Good evening, thanks for joining us, I'm Cat Viglienzoni -- Adam has the night off. A Troy, New York couple are dead following a motorcycle crash in Bennington County. Police say 41-year-old Dennis Haughney Junior and his wife Kathy were riding their motorcycle on Route 9 in Woodford at around 4:30 this afternoon when they lost control and hit a guardrail. Both were wearing their helments. The road was closed for several hours while the scene was cleared -- but it's back open now.

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Now to an update in the untimely death of a St. Johnsbury mother. State police say -- there is no indication of foul play. They 34-year-old Kimberly Willis told her two sons that she was going to visit a friend when she left her house Thursday. She was reported missing the next day -- and yesterday, police found her body near her car in Albany, Vermont. Police say an autopsy today showed no signs of foul play -- but they haven't yet said how she died.

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And now to our other lead story... as runners took over the Queen City for the 27th annual Vermont City Marathon in Burlington... Yes there was lot of sun, even a little rain, but that didn't stop fans from coming out and cheering for the near 8-thousand runners on the 26.2 mile course. It was a brisk at the start of the 27th annual vermont city marathon. 3-thousand runners going the distance, while about 5-thousand more running in relays. -- Rhode Island's Matt Pelletier wins for the 5th time. Gives a little love to his parents. Pelletier and North Carolina's Blair Teal were going head to head for the first 16 miles or so. Just 12 seconds separating the 2 runners with Pelletier's unofficial time 2 hours, 19 minutes and 12 seconds. --- Kasie Enman won in 2012, took a couple of years off to have her second child, then today she reclaimed her crown as the top Female and top female Vermonter. 2 hours, 49 minutes and 3 seconds unofficially. While Enman wasn't too thrilled with her time. Pelletier enjoyed the battle he was having with Blair Teal.

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(((Matt Pelletier/"My whole thing was if I let him catch me, I get second place. If I shut it down and it fell apart, I still get second place So I just kept going for the win."))) (((Kasie Enman/"I was just surprised that I was holding on to the place, but you know once I got into those final miles I was feeling a little more confident. It was very important to be to be a Vermont runner and come out with a win again."))) Coming up in sports, we'll have more from the Marathon and the 53rd annual Memorial Day classic at Thunder Road...

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Police in New Hampshire are looking for the pair of suspects who they say held up a hotel early this morning. They say both are armed -- and dangerous. Police say a black man walked into the White Mountain Hotel in North Conway just before 4 a.m. -- pointed a gun at the clerk -- and demanded money. He was dressed in all dark clothing, wearing a dark hood, a camouflaged face mask and gloves. Police believe a second suspect was also in on the heist.

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It's a very wet holiday weekend for parts of the midwest and plains. Emergency responders have had to make daring rescues as record rainfall has forced hundreds from their homes. Hena Daniels has the latest.

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AN EF 1 TORNADO WITH WIND GUSTS UP TO 100 MILES PER HOUR DESTROYED THIS APARTMENT COMPLEX IN HOUSTON, RIPPING OFF THE ROOF, TOPPLING TREES AND LEAVING A PATH OF DESTRUCTION BEHIND.. NEAR SAN MARCOS,TEXAS A BLACK HAWK HELICOPTER SWOOPED IN TO RESCUE TWO MEN TRAPPED BY THE RISING RIVER - INCLUDING HANNAH PULLEN'S FATHER (SOT: Hannah Pullen/Father in Flood Waters) "I kept calling him over and over and I was like, 'Are you okay? Are you okay?' and he was like, 'I don't know if I'm going to make it,' but he was like, 'I love you,' A MANDATORY EVACUATION REMAINS IN PLACE FOR HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE IN CENTRAL TEXAS. FAST MOVING FLOOD WATERS CONSUMED HOMES, TURNING ROADS INTO RIVERS. (sot: No SUPER/Wimberley, TX) I'm looking for my mother. She's 91 years old and she lives by herself. PARTS OF OKLAHOMA CITY ARE SUBMERGED UNDER FLOOD WATERS AFTER THE WETTEST MAY ON RECORD. THE FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS RESPONDED TO ALMOST 70 RESCUES SINCE SATURDAY. IN CLAREMORE, OKLAHOMA, FIREFIGHTER Capt. Jason Farley'S BODY WAS RECOVERED AFTER BEING SWEPT AWAY DURING A HIGH WATER RESCUE. (SOT: Sean Douglas, Claremore Fire Chief) He got caught on in the storm drain itself. THIS FAMILY INCLUDING THEIR TWO DOGS WERE RESCUED BY BOAT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT. (Nats Good boy) FORECASTERS EXPECT ANOTHER ROUND OF HEAVY RAIN MONDAY WITH MORE THREATS OF FLASH FLOODING. IN NEW YORK, HENA DANIELS FOR CBS NEWS.

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New York's senior Senator is trying to make it harder for identity thieves to target kids. Senator Charles Schumer says it's a growing trend that targets children younger than 18. Next week -- he plans to introduce legislation in the Senate that would freeze credit cards for kids -- and prevent people from opening accounts for them -- unless they can prove they're parents or guardians.

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One day to go until Senator Bernie Sanders makes it official. On Tuesday, the Vermont Independent is expected to formally kick off his presidential campaign in Burlington's Waterfront Park. Sanders says he will lay out what he calls his "Agenda for America."

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((05:59 John McClaughry, Ethan Allen Institute: Bernie will draw crowds to their feet by making the argument that you're being robbed of your patrimony. The expropriators have taken what's rightfully yours, put me in power and I'll turn this around.")) Sanders will travel to New Hampshire on Wednesday and then head to Iowa on Thursday. On Tuesday -- Channel 3 News will have special coverage of Sanders' campaign celebration in Burlington... starting at 5 a.m.

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A great day for the Vermont City Marathon. Just a few showers tonight, then showers become more likely on Memorial Day. We need the rain.

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Up next -- riding to remember those who gave their lives to serve their country... Plus -- they served together... and died just hours apart. The story of two World War two veteran brothers -- when we come back.

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Bikers -- from near and far -- helped kick off Memorial Day observances this weekend. The ride -- organized by Vermont Thunder -- honors the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces. Traffic was shut down in Milton as hundreds of riders cruised through town this afternoon. The annual ride begins at the Vermont Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Sharon -- and wraps up in Enosburg Falls.

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And there will be other Memorial Day parades around the state Monday... including the annual one in Vergennes. More than 10-thousand spectators -- from across Vermont -- line the streets. There are dozens of floats... and marching bands. For many families -- and politicians -- it's a time honored tradition.

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On this Memorial Day weekend, a New York family gathered to remember the lives of two brothers -- both World War II army veterans. Last week they died on the same day -- just hours apart. Torie Wells spoke to their surviving brother at the funeral today.

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"We were very close the three of us." FROM THE START - MIKE MACICA SAYS THE BOND BETWEEN BROTHERS WAS STRONG. THE TWINS - MIKE AND ANDY. THEIR YOUNGER BROTHER JOE. (Mike Macica/Brother) "We all worked together all helped each other." (nats) DURING WORLD WAR TWO ...ANDY LEFT HOME. SO DID JOE. BOTH SERVING IN THE ARMY. ANDY IN THE PHILIPPINES. JOE IN AFRICA AND EUROPE. MIKE STAYED HOME, TO HELP TAKE CARE OF THE FAMILY AND THE FARM. "You must have been so proud of them oh yes. I wrote to them all the time." THE BROTHERS MADE IT HOME SAFELY. THEY STARTED FAMILIES TOGETHER. BUILT A LIFETIME TOGETHER. ON SATURDAY - ANDY PASSED AWAY. SO DID JOE. MIKE, WAS LEFT BEHIND. "We lost Andy first and then later on in the evening Joe went." (nats) TODAY A FUNERAL WAS HELD FOR BOTH BROTHERS, TOGETHER. (nats) MILITARY HONORS GIVEN TO BOTH. (Jim Macica/Joe's Son) "I'm very glad we had joint services for them I think they'd be really happy about that." JOE'S SON, ANDY'S SON - TOLD ME STORIES ABOUT THEIR CHILDHOOD. (Jim Macica/Joe's Son) "He didn't do a lot of war stories unless we poked and prodded it's called the greatest generation and I think it's typical that they are quietly proud." (Andy Macica/Andy's Son) "He was a good man he had good values all his life and to this day that's the most valuable thing he ever gave me." THEIR MEMORIES -- ARE OF THEIR FATHER'S AS INDIVIDUALS. BUT OFTEN -- AS THEIR FATHER'S AND UNCLES, TOGETHER. THAT BOND, LOVE OF FAMILY, AND SERVICE ARE THE LEGACY THEY'RE LEAVING BEHIND. AND A BROTHER, TO HELP THE FAMILY, REMEMBER THEIR STORIES. "We had a good live together all of us."

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It was a great day for the Vermont City Marathon, with just a few light showers around. Clouds will increase tonight, with a few showers possible. A warm front will move into the region on Memorial Day, with showers, especially during the afternoon and evening. There is the chance for a thunderstorm. Though the timing isn't great, it's been dry and we need the rain. The warm front will clear the region Monday night, allowing much warmer air to move in for Tuesday. It will be more humid as well. There may be an isolated shower or thunderstorm, but that's about it. Wednesday will have a better chance for showers and thunderstorms, as a cold front moves through. This will cool us down a bit for Thursday, though showers are still possible. We'll have a quiet day on Friday, with temperatures warming up again. Another cold front is expected to bring showers and thunderstorms on Saturday, and a few showers lingering into Sunday morning. Have a great week!

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Middlebury college graduates walked away with more than just diplomas today. Logan Crawford tells us about the longtime commencement tradition.

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((nats)) As the Middlebury Class of 2015 stepped onto campus Sunday morning -- it was the last time as students. (TC 00:31:32:15 Tile 1216) ((Andrew Theobald/Middlebury Graduate "Feels amazing to be on this campus where I spent 4 years and to be celebrating with all my friends." 00:31:38:02)) The three hour Commencement featured singing the Middlebury Alma Matar -- ((nats)) -- and honorary speeches. Acclaimed novelist and poet Julia Alvarez delivered the commencement. The Middlebury grad said life is a journey. (TC 00:17:31:01 Tile 1194) ((Julia Alvarez/Commencement Speaker "Traveler there is no path, the path is made by walking." 00:17:35:25)) A student also got his say up on stage. (TC 00:07:03:07 Tile 1189) ((Adam Milano/Student Commencement Speaker "I can't help but think how incredibly grateful I am to have had the privilege to live in a community of smart, driven, motivated, and exemplary young adults. I always considered college like being an adult but this this massive safety net underneath you. Well today, we have decided to remove the safety net." 00:07:19:13)) And leaving with the class of 2015 is the college's president Ron Liebowitz -- who is stepping down and being replaced by Laurie Patton. One thing students agree is unique about Middlebury's graduation -- graduates get to walk away with more than just a diploma. (TC 00:33:40:00 Tile 1217) ((Sarah Crepps/Middlebury Graduate "Gamaliel Painter's cane.)) ((nats of canes in the air)) Middlebury grads each recieved a 4-foot-long cane. (TC 00:33:47:25 Tile 1217) ((Sarah Crepps/Middlebury Graduate "One of the founders of the college had a cane, and he left the cane with the college when he died, and so that same cane is passed around at convocation, and then everyone gets a replica of it when they leave." 00:34:01:14)) ((nats of caps in the air)) The 552 graduates of Middlebury College now turn the page and begin the next chapter of their lives. (TC 00:31:45:01 Tile 1216) ((Andrew Theobald/Middlebury Graduate "I'm going to Boston I'm going to work for an executive search firm called Isaacson-Miller. SO I'm moving there tomorrow and have got a lease on an apartment. I'm excited to start the next step." 00:31:55:18)) (TC 00:35:56:12 Tile 1220) ((Logan Crawford/Middlebury "The class gift from the 2015 graduates was a fund for abroad experiences. They raised more than 62-thousand dollars for underclassmen to study abroad. Logan Crawford, Channel 3 News, Middlebury." 00:36:09:13))

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Call it beginners luck... For a first-time fisherman visiting from Poland! Henryk (HEIN-RICK BEAR-EH-ZOW-SKEE) Berezowski was reportedly out on the water for only a few minutes before he reeled in this monster Sheepshead Fish -- also known as a drum fish -- earlier today on Lake Champlain. It weighs in at over 22 pounds -- and we're waiting to hear from the state if it's a record-breaker.

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For the second time this year, the Late Models headed out to the quarter mile track at Thunder Road...as today was the 53rd annual Memorial Day classic A few clouds early but otherwise a Beautiful day at Thunder Road for the 100 lap feature race.. Barrre's own Nick Sweet on the pole to start this race..Sweet would have the lead until lap 8.. On the back straight away, New Hampshire's Derrick O'Donnel making his move on the outside of sweet and will take first coming around turn 4... And not much drama the rest of this one, zero cautions in this race ...O'Donnel holds on to the lead the remaining 91 laps... taking home the checkered flag

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(TRT: 11...we're happy) (O'Donnell/"Think we're in good shape for this year. We just need to keep digging. Means a lot to come out of the gate strong. In the past it really helped me to be able do that. It sets you up for the rest of the season, so we're happy.")

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The other big feature today, the 150 lap Pro All Star Series Super Late Model race...The PASS North racers making their first trip ever to Thunder Road...and it's the first time in 20 years, that Super Late Models had hit the highbank... Maine's Joey Doiron (Doe-I-ron) starting on the pole for this one...keeps the lead until lap number 17... Glen Luce out of Maine, making a move on the back straightaway, and he moves into first place around turn 4.. Doiron, would recapture the lead after a restart on lap 42...but then Dover, New Hampshire's Wayne Helliwell Jr. Making a move outside on turn one and he will take over the lead.. Helliwell holding that until lap 93, when he gets loose on turn two and Doiron will move back into the lead.. And he will hang on the remaining 57 laps as he takes home the checkered flag and the first win ever for the PASS North racers at Thunder Road..

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(TRT: 14...big deal) (Doiron/"About six years ago I raced ACT and I fell in love with this place and then we ended up going in a different direction and I never thought I'd get the opportunity to come back here, never mind win. When they had the race on the schedule, I was real pumped. To come here and win, it's definitely a big deal.")

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Lots of drama in the Tiger Sportsman feature.. lap 26...68, 64 and 94 all neck and neck... Jason Woodard is bumped into the wall, that spins Chris Pelkey and he smokes the barricade...a piece of it flying of ...Brendan Moodie losing his front end.. They head to the pits ..Eric Johnson and Caleb Nelson now at front of the pack on the restart...but before the green flag is waved, they're tangled and Johnson is flipped onto his roof ...He would be just fine, but not a great start to this race.. And it got even worse at the finish..three laps remaining, Doug Crowningshield in the 14 in the lead, Stephen Donahue in the 26 behind him...Mike Martin spins out on turn one...the leaders cross the finish line as the white flag waves just before the yellow caution flag comes out...remember that...now they see the caution coming around the back straight away so they slow down...Joe Steffen however, does not, he zooms by and he will capture the checkered flag..What?! Because the first few racers crossed the line before the yellow flag came out, they are allowed to finish their current lap, so Steffen picks up a crazy win...

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That wasn't the only racing today...with the Vermont City marathon bright and early this morning and It was a marathon that saw everything... a little rain, plenty of sun and familiar names adding to their collection of first place medals. It all starts at 8am from battery Park, 26 point 2 miles later we wind up at waterfront park. In between there's just a huge mass of runner. About 3-thousand of them going the distance with another 5000 participating in relays. Nearly all of last year's top winners weren't in the field this year. --- Rhode Island's Matt Pelletier has run Vermont 7 times, today he won for the 5th time. A kiss for mom and dad before crossing the finish line. Pelletier's time 2 hours, 19 minutes and 12 seconds. Waitsfield's David Sinclair was the first Vermont male to cross coming in third overall. --- Kasie (casey) Enman is the first overall women to cross and the first Vermont woman to cross. The Huntington resident won in 2012, then took a couple of years off to have a child. Her time, 2 hours, 49 minutes and 3 seconds. --- South Burlington's Charlotte Merle-Smith was the first female handcyclist to finish at 2:18:33. Springfield's Larry Nadeau (neigh-do) is the top male handcyclist. He was flying down church street and he keeps up the pace the rest of the way, al time of 1 hour, 34 minutes and 49 seconds.

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(((Larry Nadeau/"I was just trying to get to the finish hoping nobody would pass me. I feel good still. The crowd pushes you all the way through everything, so it was a lot fun."))) (((Kasie Enman/"I'm psyched that I somehow held on for the win. I wasn't sure that I was going to be able to do that. Once I got into the final miles I was like, keep going you know."))) (((Matt Pelletier/"Five is a good number. I like five. And Jen Savis and Jess Cover promised me they're paying for a Vermont City Marathon tattoo, so I'm going to hold them accountable for that."))) We also had an olympic medalist out on the course today as well. Deena Kastor holds American records in the marathon and half-marathon she also won bronze at the 2004 Olympics. Kastor was part of a relay team with 3 local high school students, CVU's Carly Neal, St. J's Caroline O'Shea and South Burlingtion's Megan Cook. They finished in about 2 hours and 50 minutes.


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