Thu 06-MAR-2014 11 P.M. News Script
Good Evening and thanks for joining us at 11. I'm Keith McGilvery. and I'm Jennifer Reading. It's a real estate deal between UVM and the Queen City -- that could end up kicking some non-profits to the curb. Ali Freeman is live in the newsroom with the details. Ali? Keith and Jennifer -- the burlington school district voted tonight on HALF of the multi-million dollar deal. The city is eyeing the St. Joesph School -- but for current tenants -- they say there is nowhere for them to go.
((nats meeting)) After hours of debate at the Burlington School District meeting -- members voted in favor of the Queen City letting go of the Taft School building. ((3:17:48 Alan Matson/ Burlington School Board Chair "It's an older building -- I don't think we are the best tenant for that space. I think that when you have something like UVM right next door who has an interest -- they become a much better tenant. I think that creates a better use of space across the city.")) It is a deal that Matson says the city has been hoping for -- for 20 years. The Taft building currently houses 2 education programs -- but the board voted on Thursday -- to lease the space to UVM for a 1.6 million dollar down payment -- and then 20-thousand dollars a year. But this transaction is only part one. ((3:18:29 Alan Matson/ Burlington School Board Chair " St. Joesphs is a very good size space for a school -- it's already a school -- it's got a gym- it's got a great performing in it, it's got a cafeteria in the basement.")) Matson says the board is looking to buy the St. Joesph school in the city's north end -- with hopes to turn that space into a Burlington School. But that vote was put on hold at Thursdays meeting because board members say there are too many unaswered questions about total costs, and the future of the programs ALREADY in the building. ((Nats daycare center)) Like Robin's Nest, that has called St. Joseph its home for 28 years. Director Tanya LaChapelle says the non-profit daycare has always served many low-income families -- so their walkable location has always been key. 2:05:28 ((Tanya "They don't have transportation. It really is the walking distance that is essential to this location. And not only for the lower-income needy families -- but our working families too. We have a lot of families that work within a one mile radius of robins nest.")) LaChapelle says as these real estate transactions have developed -- she was at first under the impression that Robins Nest, and several other non-profits in the building would be able to stay. But she says that has changed -- and if sold, she fears they will be given the boot. 2:07:46 ((Tanya "That really is the looming concern here -- that if ultimately the agencies that are housed in this building were displaced... You have multiple agencies that are serving burlington needs and resident needs -- being pushed out."))
Part one of the real estate deal that was voted on today -- will now be sent to the City Council for a vote this Monday. With so many un-answered questions about what will happen to the St. Joseph building -- the board will pick the idea back up in a few months. The city is also considering selling The Ira Allen buildling on Colchester ave to UVM as well. Keith?
The Randolph man -- who admitted to murdering his niece -- in 2008 -- will be sentenced this spring. In August -- Michael Jacques -- struck a deal with federal prosecutors. He gave up his right to an appeal and pleaded guilty to abducting, drugging, raping and killing -- 12-year-old Brooke Bennett. In exchange -- the feds took the death penalty off the table. Now the court has announced Jacques will be sentenced May 20 -- in U-S District Court in Burlington. Prosecutors are calling for him to spend life -- plus 70 years -- behind bars without the possibility of parole.
Milton police say they've nabbed the father and son team behind nearly 100 car break-ins in Chittenden County. Authorities say surveillance video from a number of the crime scenes led them to three suspects. Police arrested 20-year-old Anthony Burbo Jr., 52-year-old Anthony Burbo Sr, and 29-year-old Justin Perkins. The trio is accused of stealing wallets, a snowboard, cash and credit cards from cars in Colchester, Williston, Essex and Milton over the last few weeks. Investigators allegedly recovered much of the stolen goods from the younger Burbo's home -- and say the men used the credit cards in stores around Chittenden County. Perkins was arraigned today. The two Burbo men are due in court next month.
A Warren man who was injured while driving the wrong way on the interstate has died. The crash happened early Saturday morning in Waterbury. That's when police say 38-year-old Brian German of Warren collided with a tractor trailer on I-89. Authorities say German was headed south in the northbound lane. He was hospitalized in critical condition -- and police say he died from his injuries last night.
A New Hampshire woman was busted in Newbury for allegedly driving drunk with two kids in the car. Vermont State police say they stopped 25-year-old Jacquelyn Martindale of Acworth for speeding and later suspected she was under the influence. It happened yesterday at the Intersection of I-91 and Route 302 in Newbury. Martindale was released and cited into court for DUI, careless and negligent operation, and reckless endangerment.
You probably don't need a reminder of how bitterly cold it is -- but it you commute you'll painfully aware of how this winter has wreaked havoc on the state's roads. Our Shelby Cashman is on pothole patrol.
((nats)) Tis the season .......as winter winds down......frost heaves and pot holes arrive ... The ups and downs of the 2014 winter can be seen and felt... No route or road is spared...and just adding to the frustration...the lingering cold spell has just made it all harder to take. (IN: 00:04:39 OUT: 00:04:43) ((Dan Champney/Vtrans "Warming up and getting cold, warming up and getting cold... that's the worst thing we're dealing with")) Potholes are a huge problem in any kind of weather-but especially in winter. Vtrans says they work hard to try and cover them up-but once the snow plows are out on the roadways, that work is lost. (IN: 00:04:58 OUT: 00:05:04) ((Dan Champney/Vtrans "Unfortunately with packs, the next day you get a storm, you plow them back out... it's a battle")) (STANDUP) (tile? tc) ((Shelby Cashman/3 News "Vtrans has been working on filling the potholes with this temporary fix, but says the more permanent solutions won't be available until Spring")) and the roller coaster rides...can get pricey for those who rely on a car to get to and from work ....the rough ride can really do damage to your vehicle... (IN: 00:13:25 OUT: 00:13:36) ((Shelby: "so for example, something like this, if you didnt put the patch... this would blow out a tire?" Vtrans: "oh absolutely, but if we put mix in this hole, it will stay")) and some are in the hole when it comes to paying for heat.... The cost of staying warm is getting old and costly ...and some who rely on wood pellets are on edge....a nationwide pellet short has affected people trying to heat their homes... (IN: 00:16:47 OUT: 00:16:58) ((Chad Merrill "I would say there's an over consumptionis what I would say. Nobody could predict this winter would be as cold as it is. The pellet mills could not plan for this much usage")) Chad Merrill knows the business of wood pellets-he and his father and brother own The Stove Depot, which has four locations all across Vermont. He says this winter, supplies are bare. (IN: 00:25:30 OUT: 00:25:44) ((Chad "This would be filled, double stacked just like these all the way across..and out back is full of pellets too, we rent the building out back, all the grounds. There's some stacked behind the buildings too. That would be full of pellets completely, normally.")) Shelby Cashman -- channel 3 news -- Richmond.
Dan is here. It's been a cold week.
This week voters rejected school budgets in large communities like Burlington, Montpelier, Colchester and Rutland. Here's a look at the numbers from Town Meeting Day. Of the 253 budgets voted on, 35 were defeated. The highest number rejected -- in more than a decade. It seems voters were sending a message to school boards and Montpelier that school budgets -- and property taxes -- are too high. Tonight on the Channel 3 News at 6 Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott said he's open to exploring new ways of funding education in the state.
((Lt. Gov. Phil Scott "I know that there are many that feel we should disband Act 60 and Act 68 all together and I am in favor of looking at another formula in terms of trying to have some sort of education funding formula that works from everyone that's more equitable and so forth.)) The Lieutenant Governor says the state has to tackle per-pupil spending costs that are much higher than other states. He says simply rearranging the deck chairs does not fix the whole issue.
A consumer alert on sweepstakes scams tonight. Attorney General Bill Sorrel was on The :30 with the story of an elderly Chittenden County couple swindled out of tens of thousands of dollars. Both are in their 90s and on a fixed income. Several years ago they began receiving sweepstakes offers. The wife responded - sending in about 20-dollars a day. More and more mailings poured in and she kept sending money out. Sorrel says seniors easily fall victim to these scams and that once one is able to pull them in -- others follow.
((Bill Sorrell, D-Vt. Attorney General 09:41 "Once you get taken in by one, your name gets put on a list and sold to other scammers, then you start to hear from other sweepstakes offers and you start to get telephone calls.)) Sorrel calls these scam artists "pros." He says if you're suspicious about a mailing or phone call you receive at home you can call his office-- and that it's important to speak with older friends and family members about these financial dangers.
He's facing life in prison. Why a high-ranking military official allegedly threatened to kill one woman's family. And what could the pending closure of Vermont Yankee mean for Vernon's police department? Plus if you take the bus to work or school in Burlington you could soon be out of a ride. ((We've been very clear about what our priorities are in terms of finding a way to have more 40 hour jobs for our drivers.)) The latest on a possible bus drivers strike. And more than 100 soldiers and airmen headed to Jericho to show off their skills. Who will claim victory is this year's The National Guard biathlon Championships? The answer when the Channel 3 News at 11 continues..
There were an estimated 54-hundred reports of sexual assault in the military last year. Today there were two new developments surrounding the issue - one played out in congress and the other could end up in a military court. Craig Boswell reports.
Lt. Colonel Joseph Morse is in charge of the Army prosecutors who handle sexual assault cases. But now he is under investigation for sexual assault. So far there are no charges but he has been suspended after a female army lawyer recently accused him of trying to grope her in a hotel room three years ago during a legal conference on - sexual assault. The revelations come on the same day the emotions ran high in the Senate over what to do about the overall problem. (SOT-Gillibrand ) "The people who do not trust the chain of command are the victims!!" The Senate came 5 votes short of passing New York Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand's amendment that would have stripped commanders of authority over sexual assault cases and turn it over to military trial lawyers. South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham voted no. (SOT-Graham ) "You're indicting the whole chain of command here folks and that's why I'm so emotional about this." The debate was the culmination of an almost yearlong push to curb sexual assaults in the ranks. Craig Boswell for CBS News Washington.
One Vermont town may be losing its police department. Vernon residents narrowly voted to dissolve their police department on Town Meeting Day. And were given 40-thousand dollars to find police coverage elsewhere -- as of July 1st. State Police say that would buy the town 12 hours of coverage a week. But now -- some residents say the plan won't work. And are circulating a petition that calls for a special meeting to reconsider the town budget -- and police spending. Selectboard members say they were forced to slash the town's budget in anticipation of Vermont Yankee's closure.
We're less than week away from a possible bus drivers strike in Burlington. Unionized drivers for the Chittenden County Transportation Authority -- or CCTA -- are threatening to walk off the job next Monday morning -- if a new contract is not reached by then. Among the issues dividing the two sides are -- the length of split shifts -- and the use of part-time drivers. CCTA says if the strike happens -- most of its services would shut down.
((IN: 00:02:36 Bill Watterson/General Manager CCTA "certainly from our point of view we've always been ready willing and able to sit down and disucss matters. We've been very clear about what our priorities are in terms of finding a way to have more 40 hour jobs for our drivers, to have an effective way to have part-timers be a part of the solution to cover our peak hour work")) More negotiations are planned for Saturday.
Tonight: Clear skies. Continued cold. Low 5/-10. Wind light. Friday: Partly sunny. Breezy and warmer. High 32/38. Wind S 10-20 mph. Friday Night: Partly cloudy. Not as cold. High 18/25. Wind S 5-15 mph. Saturday: Mostly cloudy. A few flurries. High 32/38. Wind W 5-10 mph. Sunday: Partly sunny. High 23/30. Low 13/20. Monday: Partly sunny. Chance of snow showers. High 33/40. Low 18/25. Tuesday: Partly sunny. Chance of snow showers. High 33/40. Low 5/15. Wednesday: Partly sunny. High 20s. Low 0/10. Thursday: Mostly cloudy. Chance of snow showers. High 25/35.
You may have seen it in Sochi -- a biathlon combining skiing -- and marksmanship. Well today hundreds of military members from around the country were in Vermont -- competing in a biathlon championship. Photographer Lance MacKenzie was there.
(( TRT 2:14 // OUT QUE: we should be really proud of them.))
Last night, Essex and Middlebury earned state championships in girls high school hockey. Tonight, both those schools were back at Gutterson for the boys state finals. Essex facing CVU... and this one was all Redhawks thru two periods...Thomas Samuelson gives CVU a 1-0 lead after one... --- and second period goals from Drew Pitcher and Kaleb Godbaut make it 3-0 Redhawks --- Essex gets life early in the third...Jacob Gaboriault scores thirty seconds in to make it 3-1... --- but five minutes later, Elliott Mitchell answers and puts this one out of reach... after falling in last year's final, CVU wins 4-2 for it's second D-1 championship in four years.
(((TRT: 21 OC: TEAM EFFORT)))
The D-2 final... Middlebury and Stowe ...both teams here for the first time since 2011 when the Tigers beat the Raiders 2-1 for the state title... --- no score in the second when the puck is cleared off the glass right to Nick Audet who fires high and scores...1-0 Middlebury... --- late in the period. Stowe answers...Chad Haggerty's shot deflects in to send this to the third tied at one... --- and with under seven minutes to go...it's Haggerty again...off the face off...that's your game winner... Stowe takes it 2-1 to earn it's first state championship since 1999.
(((TRT: 22 OC: CAN PLAY)))
D-Three boys hoop semis in Barre...top seed Williamstown facing number five Rivendell in the nightcap... --- early action from this one...Hunter McLaughlin...great athleticism...tips the rebound to himself and finishes inside... --- at the other end... Rivendell's Nathaniel Eastman drills a very tough fadeaway jumper ... --- but the Blue Devils put the hammer down late in the second and never look back... Garret Poulin for three... Williamstown wins it's 49th straight... 67-41 and will play for a third straight state title Saturday night.
a 2-3 matchup in the early semifinals... second seed Randolph versus number three Lake Region... --- big man Ross Caswell a force inside for Randolph...twenty points, ten rebounds ... --- Clint Provoncha leading the way for Lake Region...the steal and the finish ...a game high 24... --- Randolph beating the pressure with some nice passing...Nathan Gray the finish...Levi West a team high 23... this was close throughout, but Randolph pulls away in the closing minutes to win 70-59 and reach it's first state final since 1999. They'll face Williamstown Saturday night at 7:30 back at the Aud.
Killington is the host site for this year's two day Vermont high school snowboarding state championships. Yesterday in the halfpipe Matthew O'Leary of Essex and Black River's Ginger Brown earned individual event wins, while the Black River boys and girls teams held of lead in the team competition. Today, the championships wrapping up with both the giant slalom and slopestyle events... --- The North Country girls win the slopestyle event, but it's Tarilyn Brooks from Lyndon Institute here that wins the slopestyle individual title. LI placing 2 in the top four. --- The Black River girls are the overall state champs with great showings in all three disciplines. We told you ginger brown won the halfpipe, here she is on the slopestyle course. --- The Girls overall individual title belongs to Caroline Kepler from Burr and Burton. How about this for consistency. She finishes third in 2 events, 4th in another. --- On the boys side, Matt O'Leary from Essex wins the slopestyle. With his halfpipe victory yesterday, he captures the overall state championship. --- BFA st. Albans is your team Slopestyle and overall boys team champ. Charlie Richardson with the best Bobwhite finish in the slopestyle placing third, Quinn Lumsden finished second behind o'leary for the overall title.
Day two of the NCAA Ski Championships in Utah... The nordic classic races today. In the women's 5K, Vermont's Anja Gruber defends her national title, winning by nine seconds, but she was the only local skier in the top ten. In the men's 10K, Dartmouth's Silas Talbot was the top local finisher, coming in 14th. Overall, Denver leaps past Utah into the lead. Vermont is in fifth... Dartmouth sixth... Middlebury falls to eleventh.
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