Sun 08-DEC-2013 6 P.M. News Script
Good evening and thanks for joining us, I'm Adam Sullivan. And I'm Ali Freeman. Its been deadly weekend on highways -- with two separate accidents. And there are still many questions about what caused a dramatic crash on Interstate 89 in Lebanon-- that killed a two people from Vermont. Officials identified the victims as 24-year-old Amanda Murphy and 29-year-old Jason Timmons-- both of Wilder. Police say the accident happened just after 1:15 p.m. Saturday. A pickup truck driven by 53 year old Robert Dellinger of Sunapee, N.H., was headed south when police say he lost control, drove into the median, and crossed into the northbound lane, striking the victims' car. Police say Murphy and Timmons died at the scene. Dellinger was hospitalized with minor injuries. The cause of the crash is still under investigation and police are seeking information from anyone who may have witnessed the accident.
Police are also investigating a fatal accident in Irasburg. It happened just before 9 o'clock last night. Police say 28-year-old Gerald Begin (BEEgin) of Coventry rolled his car on Route 5. He was thrown from the vehicle. Officials say he was taken to the hospital where he died. He was not wearing a seatbelt.
A Bennington man visiting the Chittenden County jail now facing charges himself. Police say he used an infant to smuggle drugs. Police say they were tipped off last week that 27-year-old David Willette might try to make his move during a scheduled Saturday visit. Armed with a search warrant, police say they did find drugs on the child. Willette faces several charges including Reckless Endangerment of a child. An inmate-- 35-year-old Julea Larsen-- is also facing a conspiracy charge. The child is in state custody.
As shoppers hit the stores this holiday season-- so too are the shoplifters. Elizabeth Keatinge has the latest crook caught on camera.
Police are looking for this man who they say fulfilled his holiday wish list by taking what he wanted - and going on his merry way without paying. The surveillance video shows the suspect stealing expensive headhones from the Barnes and Noble in South Burlington. ((Sue Hallock/Barnes and Noble Manager 21:53:54:16 "We had seen him in the music department the day before, basically we found out he was scoping us out, checking out our merchandise. 21:54:01:10)) Hallock says she believes he returned to swipe the items. ((Sue Hallock "21:54:07:09 He came in again, when the department was very busy and grabbed two Dr. Dre beats headphones and took off out the department.21:54:16:07 ")) Several weeks later, the thief struck again-- targeting the same merchandise. ((21:54:29:00 We were missing some again, nobody even saw them, checked CCTV and he was in and out of the department in less than 11 seconds.21:54:36:25)) The South Burlington Police Department says retail thefts are common, but this time of year brings out even more crime. Police are increasing patrols at the University Mall and surrounding areas. ((Sargent Gregg Jager 22:37:05:20" There's an added spike around the holiday seasons for various reasons." 22:37:11:07)) The most recent annual report from the Vermont Department of Public safety says total property loss due to theft was $21 million in the state Law enforcement officials say when it comes to what thieves will take, they don't discriminate. ((Sargent Gregg Jager "22:37:27:07 Anything, anything really that they can get their hands on... groceries from electronics to clothing.22:37:34:07") ) The South Burlington Police Department say they are looking for a male suspect in his 20s regarding the Barnes and Noble robbery. The thief made out with approximately $800 worth of merchandise, just below the $900 mark, which in Vermont constitutes a felony. Store employees say they are beefing up security measures. ((Sue Hallock/Barnes and Noble Manager 21:56:59:00 The company is taking precautions, we thought we had too, but now we are going to the next level. 21:56:03:09)) That means moving things around at the store to deter thieves. ((Sue Hallock/Barnes and Noble Manager 21:55:03:20 We relocated the display at this point, they are already secured with what we call spider wraps which is supposed to deter theft.21:55;12:08)) Thefts, that are on the rise this holiday season. Elizabeth Keatinge, Channel Three News, Burlington.
Officials from Burlington Electric say power from a proposed wind farm in Maine will bring them closer to their renewable energy goals. Boston-based First Wind runs the Sheffield project in Vermont. The company plans to build a new 18-tower project in Hancock, Maine. Under a proposed 10-year agreement, they would sell 25-percent of that power to Burlington Electric. Utility officials say the deal would bring their total power portfolio to 92-percent renewable.
The Adirondack Park Agency will hold talks later this week on the future of thousands of acres of former timberland in the central Adirondacks. The Agency is considering recommendations for the land in the towns of Indian Lake, Minerva, and Newcomb. Some of those include labeling 33-thousand acres as motor-free wilderness areas and a new snowmobile trail. Those discussions are Wednesday through Friday in Ray Brook.
A Burlington family is remembering the life of a young teen--through artwork. Emily Lyman died of Leukemia at just fifteen years old, in December of last year. This weekend her family organized an art exhibit inspired by Emily's poetry. Family members got emotional when talking about what they loved most about the young girl.
((Monica Lyman/Emily Lyman's Mom 06:25:22:02 Emily was just a real thinker, she loved to read and she did a lot of poetry with my mother.who is here today 06:25:34:17)) ((Karen Bradley/Emily Lyman's Aunt 06:31:22:01 She was always in life, even though she couldn't participate, where other kids might say poor me, she participated where she could.06:31:29:11)) ((Marcus Roberge/Emily Lyman's Classmate 06:49:26:17 What I can remember the most is her voice, because she had such a clear voice a really beautiful voice that really sticks in my mind.06:49:34:20)) Some of the artwork will be collected and made into a book. Other pieces will be sold to benefit the Emily M. Lyman Foundation.
How do you spread holiday cheer? For decades, one Vermont family has kept up a tradition to throw a christmas party for hundreds of families in need.
((54:25 Ann Cunningham / Burlington "It was always a lot of fun. It was a great way to dress up and have a fancy party -- something that we usually didn't get to go to, big fancy events.")) Burlington native Ann Cunningham -- says as a girl her parents would take her to the annual Pomerleau Holiday Dinner for families in the community. And now, for the 33rd annual event -- she is continuing the tradition and bringing her daughter. ((47:41 Emily Cunningham / 9 Years Old "Well it makes me feel happy. And plus this big place -- it's an honor to be here.")) The mother and daughter were among hundreds of families invited to the event in Burlington on Sunday morning. Although Santa Claus was there -- the biggest gift came from Tony Pomerleau -- who has funded this event for more than 3 decades. At 96 -- the successful businessman says he has been fortunate over the years, and wants to spread the holiday cheer. ((nats)) With help from 50 volunteers, the Burlington rec department organizes the day of festivities. ((30:21 Maggie Leugers / Rec. Superintendent "So we work with all the non-profits in town and what they do is they give us the list of families that really could use an additional boost for the holidays.")) ((32:13 Mayor Miro Weinberger / Burlington City "What I enjoy seeing is the kids and how happy they are. And the great range of activities that they are able to enjoy this morning.")) And this year, more than 500 people showed up for the holiday party -- where plenty of activities could get anyone in the holiday spirit. The free event included a catered dinner, Santa's workshop with gifts for the kids, face painting and more. 57:52 ((Chauntel Barcomb / Burlington "It feels really good to know that there's people out there that do care -- it feels really really good.")) Chauntel Barcomb says this is the first year she has brought her two kids to the dinner -- but says that times are tough and they wouldn't have been able to celebrate like this on their own. Organizers say over the years they have seen an increase in families who could use the extra help during the holidays. 26:35 ((Maggie Leugers / Rec Superindent "We are seeing families that are starting to come and I don't know if that will change in the future, but we have more families -- and families that we haven't seen before. So that really is a change over the last couple years.")) As more families look for ways to make ends meet -- this holiday tradition gives everyone something to celebrate.
It was a great turnout for a great cause. still ahead on tonight's news... a community comes together on the ice.... Plus... a congregation walks together to it's new home... First.. Here's Dave with the weather...
It's out with the old and in with the new -- An ice skating rink in Stowe has replaced the old Jackson Arena -- Melissa Howell was there for the grand opening.
The doors are finally open -- and skaters couldn't wait to hit the ice. (( Jeffery Philipov/ Stowe Vacationer 01:58:47 "It's perfect, it's what we need." 01:58:49)) The Stowe Arena's grand opening celebration invited locals and tourists to the dedication of the new building. ((NATS)) After the old Jackson arena was taken down, planning for the 6.5 million dollar facility began in 2012. ((Matt Frazee/Parks and Recreation Director 02:01:17 "It was really only last February when we knew for sure this was absolutely going to happen so just about eight months later, to be standing here, it's pretty amazing." 02:01:28)) The new indoor rink features expanded bleacher seating and more locker rooms -- and a few other perks the to keep visitors a little warmer during the winter. ((Charles Safford/Stowe Town Manager 01:31:59 "The sidewalk's heated and we're reusing a lot of what would otherwise be waste energy to reuse it in the facility." 01:32:07)) ((NATS)) ((Charles Safford/Stowe Town Manager 01:29:27 "The community is very excited, hopefully you see a lot of smiling faces today." 01:29:32)) ((Rachel Vandenberg/Stowe Resident 01:54:44 "it's warm, it was very cold before that helps and it's just a very nice new facility." 01:54:53)) The new skating rink will also offer a learn to skate program and hockey initiation programs for all ages .. ((Matt Frazee/Parks and Recreation Director 02:05:57 "it's a great thing to expand the program and offering for the community but also to have this valuable resource for the town to help bring in more people to our town." 02:06:09)) And for those visiting the new rink -- knowing HOW to skate isn't a requirement. ((Jeffery Philipov/ Stowe Vacationer 01:58:52 "I haven't been on skates in several years, my kids will be jealous I'm doing it and I think I'm gonna fall. You can film that too." 01:58:57)) Open just in time for the winter season, the town looks forward to the new arena driving the local economy -- and giving more visitors a chance to learn a thing or two on the ice... Melissa Howell Channel 3 News.
A local congregation-- searching for a new building-- ended that search today. The Christ Presbyterian Church has leased property from the University of Vermont for the last 35 years. But now, UVM has decided not to renew it's lease. Today, members marched through downtown to their new home of worship. The Cathedral Church of Saint Paul has opened it's door to allow the congregation to use the lower level of their building.
((02:33:25 "This is part of making it real for ourselves, this kind of pilgrimage. It makes it concrete. Today there are a number of people who have probably never been in this space before so this gives them a chance to get used to it a little bit." 02:33:40)) The Christ Presbyterian Church will hold it's first service in itsw new space on January 5th.
TONIGHT: Cloudy. Light snow after midnight. T-1" possible. Low: 17/25 Wind: SE 10-15 mph MONDAY: Snow, sleet & possible freezing rain, tapering to PM snow showers. 2-5" accumulation. High: 30/38 Wind: S 10-20 mph MONDAY NIGHT: Snow showers early, then partly cloudy. Low: 17/25 Wind: SW 10-20 mph TUESDAY: Partly sunny. High: 20/28 Low: 12/20 Wind: W 10-15 mph WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny. Chance for PM snow showers. High: 15/25 Low: 0/10 THURSDAY: Partly sunny & cold. High: 10/20 Low: 0/10 FRIDAY: Partly sunny. Chance for flurries. High: 20s Low: 5/15 SATURDAY: Partly sunny. Chance for flurries. High: 15/25 Low: 5/15 SUNDAY: Partly sunny. High: 15/25
The 5th annual Festival of Trees is wrapping up In St. Albans But there's still plenty to see.. 30 decorated trees are on display in City Hall. Some of the trees have been auctioned off, and the rest will be given away at a raffle. The festival began last weekend with slay rides and a craft show. Nearly 7-thousand dollars have been raised from this year's event. All of the proceeds will go to benefit Martha's Kitchen- the local food pantry.
((Linda Lothian/Martha's Kitchen 02:20:10 "Martha's Kitchen is the only soup kitchen in Franklin County which feeds 35 to 50 people on a daily basis, breakfast and lunch. That money will just go for everyday running of Martha's Kitchen expenses." 02:20:24)) Organizations throughout the state are invited every year to decorate a tree to be auctioned off.
The UVM women's basketball team home today against Central Connecticut. The Cats have won 3 of its last four games. They've scored a total of 175 points in their last 2 games but had just 28 points at halftime today. --- Vermont down by as many as 18,but make a comeback in the second half, Kylie Butler with the steal and easy lay-in. --- Then Kayla Burchill comes off the bench and goes to work, a three, then a lay-up, followed by another 3. 8 points for Burchill, all in the second half. The Cats cut it to 1. --- But Central Connecticut's Jessica Babe with a big game, 24 points and this pretty no look pass to Tejahne Malone. UVM falls 82-68 as the cats go cold from the floor.
(((TONIGHT WE DIDN'T ...:17)))
Hey let's check in on Brad Stevens' Celtics. A sunday afternoon game at Madison Square Garden. --- This one is all Boston, Jordan Crawford to Jeff Green, nice catch and a slam. 16 for Green. Boston out to a 25-3 lead! --- Crawford doing it with the pass, but he also led the game in scoring with 23 points. Celtics win 114-73 and are still in first place in the atlantic division.
The undefeated Plattsburgh men's hockey team should still be ranked number one in the country when the polls are released tomorrow. The Cardinals with a 4-0 win Friday at Cortland and skating to a 3-3 tie at Oswego Saturday.
Norwich got back on the winning track this weekend picking up victories over Skidmore Friday and rival Castleton Sarturday. Chris Dusinski scoring a hat trick against the Spartans. Norwich enters the winter break unbeaten in the conference at 6-0-1, Castleton is 4-3-1 in the ECAC east. While their records are different, both teams are looking for more consistency in the second half of the season.
(((VERY GOOD TEAM... :31)))
The Boston Bruins are in Toronto tonight, but they'll be without Chris Kelly for that one and for the foreseeable future. The Bruins forward reportedly suffering a broken ankle in Boston's win over Pittsburgh yesterday. That game last night in Boston had a fantastic finish but an ugly beginning. The Penguins James Neel knees Boston's Brad Marchand in the head while Marchand was down on the ice. That set off Bruins enforcer Shawn Thornton who when after Brooks Orpik. Orpik had laid out the B's Louis Erickson earlier. Well, Thornton returns the favor, hitting Orpik while he's down on the ice, knocking him unconscious. Orpik was taken to the hospital where he was awake and alert. Thornton is certainly going to hear it from the league.
NFL today, Patriots and Browns in a wild one at Gillette Stadium, bad news for Pats fans, third quarter tight end Rob Gronkowski takes a shot to the knee. He reportedly suffered a torn ACL. --- New England down 12 with 2 and a half minutes to go, Tom Brady hits Julien Edleman in the back of the endzone. 26-21 Browns lead. Claeveland also commits a penalty on the touchdown. ---- With no timeouts and a minute to go, The Pats go for the onside kick, Stephen Gostkowski executes it perfectly, the ball hits a browns player and is recovered by New England's JR Arrington. --- The Pats take over, get a pass interference call, then Brady hits Danny Amendola for the touchdown and New England has a 27-26 lead with 30 seconds left. --- Cleveland has a chance to win it with a 58 yard field goal in the final seconds, but Billy Cundiff's kick is short. New England another dramatic comeback, 27-26 the final.
The Bills visiting the Tampa Bay Bucs. --- The Bills with 5 turnovers, 4 of those were EJ Mannuel interceptions. It was a 4 point game in the first quarter, but that's as close as this one gets. Buffalo falls, 27-6. The Bills drop to 4-9. The Chargers lead the Giants 24-6 in the third, highlights of that game at 11.
Finally, Division 1 cross country state champ CVU senior Autumn eastman will return to Vermont tonight. Eastman is heading back from Portland Oregon where she finished 16th out of 198 in Saturday's Cross Country national championships. Her time of 17:56 was 2 minutes better than Richford Grad Elle Purrier's 17th place finish a year ago. The future Georgetown Hoya earning all american status for her performance.
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