Thu 25-SEP-2014 11 P.M. News Script

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Good evening and thanks for joining us. I'm Keith McGilvery. And I'm Jennifer Costa. Today marks the one year anniversary of the murder of a Highgate mom. Anna Alger was killed last September when a driver allegedly shot her following a road-rage incident. Tonight friends and family gathered to honor her memory. Alex Apple is live in the newsroom tonight with the story. Alex? Keith -- Friends and family gathered at a somber vigil as they remembered a life they say was taken far too early. But just like the woman WHO inspired them, that somber occasion quickly focused on celebrating life and laughter.

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Like a lantern lights up the night sky, Anna Alger lit up the lives of those WHO loved her. (Nate Thompson/Half-Brother 56:00)(("She was like a fire throwing gas on it.")) Never one to let a good joke go unreciprocated -- Alger had an open-hearted personality. (56:06 Nate Thompson/Half Brother)(("The smiles got bigger. Her laugh got louder. There is nothing about her that couldn't bring joy to someone's life.")) But for all the smiles Anna Alger's life inspired, her passing invoked an equal amount of tears. Alger was killed a year ago Thursday when police say a raging driver got out of his car -- and shot the 31-year-old Highgate mother. Lt. Ron Hoague -- a veteran of the St. Albans Police Department... (Lt. Ron Hoague/St Albans PD SEPT 2013)(("It's pretty shocking. I've been a police officer for 23 years now and I've seen violence of all different kinds, but even after all that it's still shocking to see something like that happen to two people who seemed not to know each other until they met.")) They say time eases pain -- but those WHO came to St. Albans Bay Thursday still feel the raw emotion that came from Alger's death. (46:30 Amanda Moore/Best friend)(("yOU WOULD think time would take away the pain of losing Anna, but it has only made it worse." )) Alger was allegedly shot by Matthew Webster of Swanton who reportedly told police he slipped into a rage as a side effect of medication. But Those who felt Anna's touch remember not how her life was taken -- but rather the gift of knowing her that they were given. (47:27 Anne Morris/Step-mother)((" Her love still carries on today inside of each of us.")) Family members say they hope -- through a candlelight vigil, sending lanterns and balloons into the sky -- Anna Alger somewhere can feel the love they have for her. (48:26 Amanda Moore)(("we love you and will forever hold you in our hearts."))

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Matthew Webster is still awaiting trial. We're told that would likely start either this month or sometime in October.

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A day after shots rang out at a Morrisville gas station -- the alleged gunman tells police the he went into a "red tunnel of rage" following a fight in the parking lot. 39-year-old Chris Burnor pleaded not guilty to attempted first degree murder and reckless endangerment. Police say he fired three shots -- hitting Tommy Zapantis in the hand and abdomen. Police nabbed Burnor in Johnson after a nine hour manhunt. He allegedly told police he came out of his rage and realized he'd made a mistake -- and chucked his gun into the river.

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(judge Dennis Pearson 36:38)(("Pending a further hearing, there are no conditions of release which could give the court confidence he could be released and not present a risk to the community.")) (21:05 Kelly Green/Burnor's attorney)(("We would agree with the state's motion to hold him without bail for now.")) Burnor knows Zapantis. And says he felt disrespected after their argument in the parking lot. Zapantis remains in stable condition.

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A fight in Wilmington ends with one man having his throat slashed. Now three others are facing charges. Elizabeth Keatinge has the details.

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((Lisa Sullivan/Wilmington Works 01:11:11:03 It is frustrating. It's saddening :13)) For Wilmington residents, a scene like this on East Main Street is tough to see. They've been working hard to rebuild their town since it was hit hard by Tropical Storm Irene. ((Lisa Sullivan/Wilmington Works 01:10:25:24 We have struggled with economic development in the area for a while and I think that, we had thought that we were turning the corner. :32)) Police say it all started -- as a fight outside the Wilmington Village Pub Wednesday night. Officers say four people were involved: 22-year-old Joseph Arsenault of Wilmington, 29-year-old Joseph Beaton Jr. of Wilmington, 29-year-old William Roy of Dover and 24-year-old Josh Heroux of Waterveliet (WATER-VLEET), New York. By the time officers arrived, the group was gone. But -- investigators say the fight continued...at a new location...Arsenault's East Main Street home, where Beaton allegedly stabbed Roy in the neck. ((Police Chief :There's no danger to the public. :58)) What caused the argument is still unclear. Police say a crime like this is rare in this small community of just more than 22-hundred. ((Chief Joseph Szarejko/Wilmington Police Dept. 01:03:16:04 An isolated incident, that all parties knew each other.:19)) Officers tell us there have been other incidents recently in Wilmington, but their town is not rampant with crime. 5 burglaries in the last 3 months. ((nats box)) Still, some residents aren't taking chances. Christian Engel owns Ratu's Liquor and Market down the street from the crime scene. Thursday he was getting a $700 dollar security system delivered to his business. ((Christian Engel/Ratu's Liquor and Market 01:19:52:06 This is like, the town is finally on its feet, from Irene and better than ever in my opinion and then now you got all this other stuff, now it's just another concern for the community. 01:20:01:22)) In spite of these new challenges -- residents say their town is strong. ((Lisa Sullivan/Wilmington Works ((01:11:13:10 I think that we can just continue to do the best work that we possibly can. We have a lot of faith. :19)) Now charges are forthcoming. Beaton will face charges of aggravated assault and burglary. Heroux faces a burglary charge and Arsenault will get a charge of aggravated assault. EK CH3 NEWS RUTLAND.

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An Altona man is behind bars -- facing allegations he sexually molested a child. New York State Police arrested 67-year-old Francis Jarvis. They say he sexually abused an 11-year-old boy. Jarvis was charged with engaging in multiple sex acts and endangering the welfare of a child. He's being held at the Clinton County jail for lack of bail -- and is due in court next month.

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The man accused of killing a Shelburne toddler is out of jail. 26-year-old Joshua Blow left the state prison in St. Albans last night -- after a judge agreed earlier this week to set bail at 25-thousand dollars. Blow is charged with killing 2-year-old Aiden Haskins back in July. Murder defendants are often held without bail -- but Judge Michael Kupersmith agreed to allow bail -- after finding that the state's evidence against Blow is "paper thin."

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A Bennington man is facing animal cruelty charges for allegedly abusing a group of pit bulls. Police seized the dogs from 37-year old Dereck Jensen's home - police say many showed serious injuries like bitten necks and missing body parts. Five dogs were euthanized.

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What started as a traffic stop -- led to a big pot bust in Colchester. Wednesday afternoon police got a report of two men -- carrying large backpacks -- trespassing on a property in the area of 34-36 Roosevelt Highway. The responding officer spotted the suspects in a vehicle -- stopped them -- and say an overpowering odor of marijuana was coming from the car. 44-year-old Nam Le of Burlington and 47-year-old Frank Owen of South Burlington consented to a search. Police say they found 6-and-a-half pounds of pot in the car. The men were cited for felony possession of marijuana.

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A former Lyndon State College baseball coach -- is off the hook for embezzlement. A Vermont judge dismissed the charge -- against Edward Poland -- ruling prosecutors couldn't prove he stole 10-thousand dollars from the team -- or misused the money. The 48-year-old Essex man previously pleaded not guilty to the felony charge. Prosecutor Lisa Warren says she can refile if more evidence is uncovered.

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Dan is here. A little cloudy out there today.

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We are celebrating a special anniversary here at Channel 3. ((Vermonter I have had it a few months now and after watching it for some time I would not trade it for the best cow I have in my barn.)) Tomorrow marks 60 years that people have been tuning into WCAX. For the last eight months our team here at the station has been working on a documentary exploring the history of Channel 3. The piece includes interviews with some of the faces you see here everyday as well as journalists from our past -- and power players from across Vermont.

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((Andrick Deppmeyer, WCAX Creative Services"the idea is just to condense the rich history of WCAX into 30 minutes and that takes you back pre 1954 to the 1930's Vermont and what it was like and how the station was founded.)) You can tune in tomorrow night at 5:30 for the full half-hour 60th anniversary special right here on Channel 3.

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Do Islamic militants have their eyes on US subway systems? And a member of the Obama administration is calling it quits. Plus first responders in Vermont are charged with serving others. Find out why many are hoping for some help themselves. And this week's super senior is sharing his love of history with people a fraction of his age. (00:39:09:17) (( What is it? Kids: A sled, a sleigh. A tub! Charlie: Bathtub!. )) Meet historian Charlie Nye -- when the Channel 3 News at 11 continues.

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Iraq's prime minister delivered a disturbing surprise today in New York. He told reporters of an alleged plot by Islamic State militants to strike subway systems in the U.S. and Paris. Marlie Hall has the details.

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IRAQI PRIME MINISTER HAIDER AL-ABADI'S OFF-CAMERA COMMENTS ABOUT A THREAT TO U.S. AND FRENCH SUBWAYS CAME AS NEWS TO THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION AND THE LEADERS OF AMERICA'S LARGEST CITIES. BUT FEDERAL AND STATE OFFICIALS SAID IT WAS NOT CREDIBLE. (SOT) "there is no specific, credible information about any specific threat to the New York City subway system." (SOT) "we can be vigilant without being fearful." NEW YORK MAYOR BILL DI BLASIO SAID THE CITY WITH THE NATION'S LARGEST SUBWAY SYSTEM IS PREPARED EVERY DAY. (SOT) "a high state of vigilance and readiness is normal for all of us in NYC government, it's normal for the NYPD, it will continue. AL-ABADI SAID THAT IRAQ HAD RECEIVED 'CREDIBLE' INTELLIGENCE THAT ISLAMIC STATE MILITANTS PLANNED TO ATTACK RAIL SYSTEMS IN PARIS AND THE U.S. AND THAT THE PLOT HAD NOT BEEN THWARTED. BUT U.S. INTELLIGENCE COULD FIND NO EVIDENCE. (STANDUP BRIDGE:) NEW YORK HAD ALREADY INCREASED ITS POLICE PRESENCE IN THE CITY BECAUSE OF ALL THE WORLD LEADERS GATHERED FOR THE U-N GENERAL ASSEMBLY. RIDERS SAY THEY FEEL SAFE. (SOT) "i feel that police do their job, and I feel very content with traveling." (SOT) "I mean, you can't let it ruin your day-to-day life, you just have to keep doing what you do." MAYOR BI BLASIO SAID AMERICANS WILL NOT BE HELD HOSTAGE. (SOT) "terrorists want us to live in fear. We refuse to live in fear." MARLIE HALL, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.

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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is resigning. President Obama announced the move this afternoon. The White House says the President has not made a final decision on a replacement for Holder -- who was one of the most progressive voices in his Cabinet. Holder -- the nation's first black attorney general -- grappled with the worst financial crisis in decades, and the debate over the handling of captured terrorism suspects. Holder held the post since 2009.

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Congressman Peter Welch says he's fighting to improve reimbursements for Vermont's ambulance providers. Welch says ambulance services in rural areas like Vermont face financial uncertainty when it comes to getting money from Medicare. The congressman is backing legislation in Congress that hopes to improve the process. The bill establishes permanent funding for the ambulance activity and aims to weed out fraudulent charges.

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((Dep. Chief Joe Aldsworth, Barre Fire Dept. 00:49:56:00 What that means to us is that budgeting wise, revenue wise, it just makes it more consistent from the feds down to the municipalities and the private services.)) Without the legislation Barre's deputy fire chief says his department could see an 8-10 thousand dollar cut to its budget. The bill is currently working its way through Congress.

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Tonight skies will become mostly clear for all of us, with some areas of fog. Overnight lows will be mainly in the 40s. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are looking awesome! High pressure will bring us sunshine and warmth. Highs will be well into the 70s, and even a few lower 80s. With some great foliage already out there, especially in our north-central areas, Northeast Kingdom, northern NH, and the higher elevations of the Green Mountains & Adirondacks, it will look like fall, but feel like summer. Looking ahead, a weak front may roll in later on Monday into Tuesday with just a couple of showers, but it's not looking like a big deal.

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Charlie Nye loves Highgate and the history that comes with it. and he's been making sure -- anyone can learn all about the town he grew up in. Joe Carroll has more with this week's Super Senior.

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Highgate is a typical Vermont town. There's an old cemetery, a park and a convenience store. But as Charlie Nye sees it, there is so much more. (00:01:50:00) ((Charlie Nye/Super Senior, It was a thriving business, there were all kinds of business going on. )) He's talking about a community in the early 20th century that was once booming with sawmills, foundries and even tourists coming for it's mineral water. Charlie is the town historian. (00:03:36:00) ((Charlie Nye, Yes, There has been a lot of changes.)) Charlie loves the history of the town so much that just across the street from his home. (00:08:03:15) ((nat sot, taking the closed sign off.)) Is the Highgate Historical Society Museum. (00:08:09:21) ((nat sot, Open for business.)) It's Charlie's pride and joy. (00:56:15:10) (( Joe: Sounds like you have fun over here. Charlie: I do, I do, I have learned too. )) The museum opened in this location in 1997, Charlie and a group of people including his wife Louise and son Doug have raised money through bake sales and other fund-raisers to keep the place running. Most of the artifacts have been donated. (00:54:35:28) ((Charlie Nye/Super Senior, The first group that came in the building, historical members stood at the door upstairs and said my land, whatever are we going to put in here. )) Now the museum is chock full of memories of a bygone era. (00:09:31:10) ((Charlie Nye/Super Senior, some of the things are...show how hard it was for our ancestors to cope a living.)) Every fall the 4th grade class from Highgate Elementary makes a trip to see Charlie and learn about their heritage. (00:27:49:11) ((Nat sot, Hi there! )) (00:29:02:17) ((Nat sot, Charlie and JoAnn hugging.)) Retired teacher JoAnne Campbell started the field trips about the same time the museum opened. The kids have been coming ever since. (00:29:14 :20) ((Nat Sot, Good morning Mr. Nye, good morning children.)) (00:29:40:22 ) ((Nat sot, It's quite a thing to see all your smiling faces this morning.)) The kids pepper him with questions. (00:32:12:21) ((Charlie Nye/Super Senior, Highgate was founded in August 17th 1763. )) (00:32:28:10) ((Charlie Nye/Super Senior, The Highgate Manor was the home of Doctor Baxter in 1818.)) (00:41:38:00) ((JoAnne Campbell/Retired Teacher, This museum talks about so many things that have been here and that perhaps aren't here any longer. )) Joe Carroll (01:06:50:24) ((Joe Carroll/WCAX, For example, most people in town have no idea that this was the location of the Manor Mayfair until the 50's. They were burning brush when it got out of control engulfing the whole building )) Back at the museum, the kids are questioned by the 83 year old history buff about other things from the past. (00:39:09:17) (( What is it? Kids: A sled, a sleigh. A tub! Charlie: Bathtub!. )) And every group that comes to the museum becomes history with a lasting image. (00:27:50:18) ((Charlie Nye/Super Senior, Stand right here and we will get a picture of all you smiling children this morning. )) Learning that almost a hundred year earlier a group of students posed on the same porch, also full of hopes and dreams. (00:48:25:24) ((Nat Sot, thank you Mr. Nye. Thanks for coming. )) A lesson learned. Joe Carroll, Channel 3 News, Highgate Center.

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His final game will likely be this Sunday in Boston, but the game that really matters is tonight. The final game at Yankee Stadium for Derek Jeter. Even Mother Nature wanted to see this one ...the rains leaving the area as this one would start on time... Baltimore scored two in the top of the first on a pair of solo home runs...then in the bottom of the inning, with a runner on...Jeter gets into that one...deep to left...just misses a two run home run, but it turns into a RBI double...he would later score on an error to tie the game at two... --- New York extends the lead to 5-2...but Baltimore scores three in the ninth to tie... and with one out and a runner on second... Jeter comes to the plate in the bottom of the ninth...and are you kidding me...Jeter lines a single to right...pinch runner Antoan Richardson comes around from second and scores... and Derek Jeter closes out his Yankee Stadium career with a game winning, walk off single as New York wins it 6-5. We'll hear from the Captain tomorrow night at 6pm.

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With week five of the Vermont high school football season arriving tomorrow night, things are starting to take shape. With all twelve teams having at least one loss, Division Three looks as wide open as it has been in years. But in Division's One and Two ...defending champs Middlebury and Rice, both 4-0, still look like the favorites in their respective divisions. Who in Division One can step up and challenge the Tigers. It just might be St. Johnsbury this year. The Hilltoppers are technically 3-0...but hold a 28-3 lead late in the third quarter of their lightning delayed game at BFA-St. Albans that they will finish playing next month. St. Johnsbury has only won two football state titles, the last coming in Division Two back in 1994...and last year lost to Middlebury in the D-1 quarterfinals 48-6. But this season, St. J has been the surprise of Division One, making a statement with an opening win over Rutland...and overcoming a game CVU squad this past weekend 52-40 to remain unbeaten. Middlebury and St. Johnsbury don't meet in the regular season, so if both stay perfect, they would only collide in the state final. There's a lot of football left before then, but for now, St. J coach Rich Alercio is proud of the effort his players have given him.

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((TRT: 30 ... OC: UP UNTIL NOW)) ((Rich Alercio/ We've changed the culture. All the work that they've put in is justified. When we tell kids we're going to lift three times a week, we're going to train all summer long, we're going to lift in early hours during the school year, if you don't have these results, they start to question the justification of why you are doing all that. So it validates everything that we've been doing. We talk to the kids that the wins are a byproduct of everything that we do. We don't win on Saturdays and Friday nights. We win by everything that we've done since the season ended last year up until now.))

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In Division Two, there is only one unbeaten team left in the state other than Rice...and that's Burr & Burton. The Bulldogs are 3-0... their game at North Country two weeks ago being cancelled following a disease outbreak that impacted the North Country football team. Burr and Burton picked up a victory over Division One Mount Anthony this past weekend. They travel to face a good Bellows Falls club Saturday, host Rice in two weeks, and close out the regular season against Fair Haven, so the Bulldogs know they'll be tested but they still feel good about the team they have.

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((TRT: 28 ... OC: IN DIVISION TWO)) ((Tyler Pearce/ We try to get pumped up, but at the same time we have to take a step back and really focus on what we need to get better on. We have five turnovers against MAU. We have the offense, we have the defense, so if we can fix those turnovers, fix those penalties, we've got them.)) ((Griffin Stalcup/ Bellows Falls is one of the better teams in D-2. We don't really know where we are in the state. We're 3-0, Rice is 4-0. Whoever wins this week will be one of the best teams in Division Two.))

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There are eight games on the schedule for tomorrow night, including St. Johnsbury making the long trip down to Brattleboro to face the Colonels. Burr and Burton will be in action Saturday, visiting Bellows Falls. And we'll be here tomorrow night at 11pm, covering all the action in Week Five of the Friday Football Frenzy.


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