Tue 10-DEC-2013 11 P.M. News Script
Good evening and thanks for joining us at 11. I'm Jennifer Reading. And I'm Keith McGilvery. Can Governor Peter Shumlin keep his pledge to bring cell phone and high-speed internet service to every corner of Vermont before the end of the year? As Kyle Midura found out -- the state will barely miss one of those coverage goals -- but the other may be years from reality.
((11:15 - :28 - Shumlin - Inauguration today I am proud to launch Connect Vermont, an initiative to deliver by 2013 - my promise of high-speed internet access and cell service to every corner of our state)) Upon taking office in 2011 - Governor Peter Shumlin repeated his campaign pledge to make all of Vermont compatible with mobile phones and high-speed internet by the end of THIS year. (nats - keyboard or mouse) Ninety-nine percent of Vermont households can currently receive broadband service. Secretary of Commerce and Community Development Lawrence Miller says the effort has transformed the state from one of the least connected in the country to one of the best-connected. But, providing access for the final one-percent -- generally in remote locations -- may take crews into 2015. ((4:18 - :24 Lawrence Miller if you're the Vermonter whose got the last project, that's the only date that matters to you)) The universal cell service goal has been out of reach for some time, but a couple of weeks ago the governor denied initially setting the bar so high. ((4:08 - :15 - Shumlin on VPT I never promised cell service to Vermont, because I knew we couldn't get that done by 2013 or '14)) ((7:56 - :02 Rep. Michael Marcotte - PHONER it's not surprising to me or my committee that didn't come through)) Rep. Michael Marcotte of Coventry says the promise seemed impossibly lofty even at the time. He says a sped up approval process for cell towers is accelerating growth and should be continued... though Vermonters shouldn't expect four bars to become the norm soon. ((5:22 - :28 Michael Marcotte - PHONER we're not going to be anywhere close to having ubiquitous service throughout the state on cell)) The state has 296 approved cells - many attached to pre-existing structures; 25 more are in the works. Miller says fast approval and strong communication with providers are the state's two strongest available options. ((8:35 - :40 Lawrence Miller we are wholly-reliant on those carriers performing)) Between 2010 and 2012, residents added about 90-thousand wireless subscribers. Administrators and legislators say that demand means they can't wait for every connection to be made before they start worrying about capacity as well. Kyle Midura -- channel 3 news -- Burlington.
Police in St. Albans say they nabbed a nurse with hundreds of pill before he left town. Christopher Stewart was arrested early this morning with 245 pills. Police say Stewart was planning on moving to his next work site -- in Oklahoma. He's being held on 10-thousand dollars bail.
And Police say they've caught a University of Vermont student cashing in on prescription pills. 18-year-old Christian Devaul was arrested yesterday -- after police say he was selling Xanax from his dorm room on UVM's Trinity Campus. Police searched his room and say they found -- more than 300 Xanax pills -- a small amount of marijuana -- and more than 8-hundred dollars in cash.
And a UVM employee is also facing criminal charges -- after police say he stole thousands of dollars from students. 47-year-old Daniel Austin of Jericho is charged with embezzlement -- for allegedly stealing nearly 10-thousand dollars from inactive student spending accounts. UVM was tipped off -- this summer -- after a South Burlington convenience store reported suspicious transactions -- from the university's debit-style "cat Cards." Police say Austin worked for the Cat card office -- and withdrew the money for his personal use. He was arraigned today.
An Orleans woman was arrested -- after her boss allegedly caught her siphoning cash from the register at the Jay Country Store -- where she worked. Police say it took 21-year-old Miranda Chaput less than a week to steal at least a thousand dollars. She's due in court in February.
The voters have spoken in St. Albans town -- and they don't want the sheriffs department to take over for city police. With a vote of 460 to 281 -- St. Albans town voters rejected a plan to have the Franklin County Sheriff's Office patrol the area instead of St. Albans City Police. The selectboard will have the final say -- but tonight the chairperson told Channel 3 News -- he plans to stick with the voters.
A New Hampshire man is facing charges after a deadly crash on Interstate 89 that claimed the lives of a Vermont couple. Police say 53-year-old Robert Dellinger crossed over the median -- and collided with a car -- killing 29-year-old Jason Timmons, 24-year-old Amanda Murphy and their unborn baby. Late this afternoon, New Hampshire authorities announced that Dellinger is being charged with two counts of manslaughter for recklessly causing their deaths.
We now know the name of the man killed in this crash on the Burlington beltline Monday. Police have identified the victim as 56-year-old Gregory Burt of Colchester. Authorities say Burt was driving north when he crossed into the path of a southbound schoolbus and died at the scene. Investigators suspect icy conditions at the time contributed to the crash.
Winooski police are investigating a car vs. pedestrian crash. It happened this evening just before six -- outside the Chuck's Mobil on East Allen Street. Police say the man was wearing dark clothing -- and did not use a crosswalk. The driver who hit him -- called police to report the crash. The victim was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries. Police are asking anyone who witnessed the crash to call them.
Dan is here. Pretty blustery tonight.
Expect delays if you plan to travel Southbound on I-89 through Winooski tomorrow. Both the passing and driving lanes will be closed from 9 AM to 3 PM -- for paving work on the Winooski River Bridge just south of Exit 15. That means just the acceleration lane will be open for southbound traffic. Drivers are being encouraged to plan accordingly or to seek another route.
Voters in Vergennes are giving the green light to natural gas. Today residents endorsed the city council's support for Vermont Gas to expand to the city with a 345 to 173 vote. Supporters say the Addison-Rutland Natural Gas project will cut heating costs in half for homeowners and reduce emissions. Opponents argue that the move would be bad for the environment and future generations. Vermont Gas is still awaiting approval for the project from the state's public service board. That decision could come by the end of the year.
Have you heard of a kitchen incubator? It's a place for chefs with dreams of opening their own restaurants to test their ideas before breaking out on their own. A new incubator has opened up in Burlington. Tonight Ali Freeman went to see how it's working, she joins us live in the newsroom -- Ali? Jennifer, opening a restaurant can be tricky and expensive -- so a local joint has made it its mission to help chefs looking to start their own businesses -- get a foot in the door.
((nats kitchen)) After working as a professionAL Chef for 15 years, Jeff Egan says HE'S LOOKING TO START HIS OWN RESTAURANT AND IS USING A NEW "INCUBATOR KITCHEN" AT ARTS RIOT IN BURLINGTON TO TEST OUT HIS MENU-- TO SEE IF IT STICKS BEFORE BRANCHING OUT ON HIS OWN." 19:19 ((Jeff Egan / Chef "It's awesome. It's really nice to have an opportunity to bring to the table my food without anyone else's vision.")) The mix of food, music, and art is located on Pine Street -- and owners say it was created for people just like Egan -- who are looking for a chance to make their longtime dreams of opening a restaurant come true. 15:50 ((Jeff Egan / Chef "I've been really lucky to work with some great restauranteurs in the state and it's always been a dream of mine to have my own restaurant. The popup restaurant with ArtsRiot as Cauldron, is the incubator for that dream.")) Co-owners Felix Wai and PJ McHenry say this concept all started as a blog highlighting local food and art happenings in the neighborhood. But they said earlier this year, they wanted to make their website a reality. After purchasing the former Fresh Market building -- the team renovated the space to meet the needs of chefs and say customers have been coming steadily though the doors ever since. 43:35 ((PJ McHenry / Co-Owner "You order at the counter, take a seat, and we run the food right out to you -- business as usual. The way that it's different, is every night there is a different menu and a different chef.")) 33:58 ((Felix Wai / Co-Owner "You can come for dinner, you can come for a drink, you can come for an event, you can come to see the art -- we just have a multi-functional space.")) Arts Riot currently has 6 local chefs who have their one night to shine at the restaurant. Egan says he has the passion to open his own eatery, but didn't have the space to get started. Until now. 21:59 ((Jeff Egan / Chef "With this, like this infrastructure is the biggest barrier to getting to a restaurant. So I think the most awesome thing about this is having all this infrastructure, walking in, bringing ingredients, and being able to have a restaurant 5 hours later.")) The chefs bring their own ingredients and pay Arts Riot an small percentage of their sales to use the kitchen space and showcase their food. But Egan says even if he breaks even to cover his costs -- the value of gaining a customer base is worth it. 56:21 ((Beth Robinson / Customer Colchester "Their food is really fantastic, and its great to come down and check out the different chefs that are working on the different days and just check out different food that is going on here."))
ArtsRiot also has an event space and art gallery. Chef Egan says he is learning a lot about his menu and running a restaurant. He hopes to open his own place in about a year. Jennifer?
Saying goodbye to Nelson Mandela. (SOT - PRESIDENT OBAMA) "It took a man like Madiba to free not just the prisoner, but the jailer as well." ((From Nottingham 3:30)) The world remembers the global icon. And did a former CIA director reveal secret information about Osama Bin Ladin to a Hollywood script writer? Plus two Vermont governors are making headlines for very different reasons. And why's one New York hospital turning to dogs to help patients recover? We'll explain when the Channel 3 News at 11 continues.
The mourning continues in South Africa where the body of former President Nelson Mandela will lay in state through Friday. President Obama and three other U.S. Presidents were among dozens of world leaders paying respects. Danielle Nottingham reports.
TRT: 1:25 CGS: 10-17 Gathryn Watkins/Johannesburg 44-52 Danielle Nottingham/CBS News/Johannesburg, South Africa NATS UP....MEMORIALS (LOCATOR: JOHANNESBURG) EVEN AFTER DARK - AND IN THE RAIN - THE TRIBUTES KEEP COMING. GATHRYN WATKINS BROUGHT HIS YOUNG SONS TO NELSON MANDELA'S HOUSE TO PAY THEIR RESPECTS. MOS "the turnout we see today is just a reflection of who he was.. The stature... He was a giant humanitarian, if you can call him that." SOUTH AFRICANS ARE HONORING MANDELA AFTER A MASSIVE MEMORIAL SERVICE AT A SOCCER STADIUM TUESDAY MORNING. NAT SOT - OBAMA 06:49:51 we will miss him deeply PRESIDENT OBAMA THANKED SOUTH AFRICANS FOR SHARING NELSON MANDELA WITH THE WORLD. (SOT - PRESIDENT OBAMA) 6:48:30ish while i will always fall short of madiba's example, he makes me want to be a better man. MOURNERS CAME FROM ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO REMEMBER THE ANTI-APARTHEID LEADER AND TO KEEP HIS LEGACY ALIVE. (STANDUP BRIDGE) (DANIELLE NOTTINGHAM/JOHANNESBUR G) SOUTH AFRICANS WILL SOON BE ABLE TO SEE THEIR THEIR FORMER LEADER. MANDELA'S PUBLIC VIEWING BEGINS WEDNESDAY IN THE COUNTRY'S CAPITAL, PRETORIA. ON ROBBEN ISLAND, WHERE MANDELA WAS JAILED FOR FIGHTING SOUTH AFRICA'S RACIST GOVERNMENT - A CANDLE BURNS IN HIS FORMER PRISON CELL. GATHRYN WATKINS SAYS IN DEATH, AS IN LIFE, MANDELA IS SOUTH AFRICA'S BRIGHTEST LIGHT. (SOT) "the world is watching. And to be able to walk here, and share the soil with Bill Clinton and Barack Obama... It's a true testament to just who Madiba really was." DANIELLE NOTTINGHAM, CBS NEWS, JOHANNESBURG.
President Obama -- also made headlines at the ceremony --- but not because of what he said about Mandela. It's because of this -- look here -- as the President was making his way into the stands at the soccer stadium he greets cuban leader Raul Castro -- the two leaders shook hands -- before Obama moved on -- greeting other dignitaries at the funeral. The move is being criticized by both countries -- who are geographically close -- but worlds apart politically.
New documents show former CIA Director Leon Panetta accidentally leaked classified information to a hollywood scriptwriter. The documents show Panetta was making a speech at CIA headquarters -- detailing the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. But little did he know -- "Zero Dark Thirty" scriptwriter Mark Boal -- was allowed to attend. Panetta later said he had no idea Boal was in the room. The CIA says it has since overhauled it's policy's to prevent future leaks.
Governor Peter Shumlin will serve another year as Chairman of the Democratic Governors Association. The DGA held it's annual meeting in Washington D-C Monday -- where the governor was uncontested in his bid. It's his second year in the role. Not everything stayed the same though. During the meeting -- the DGA also voted to replace most of its previous officers.
and Former Governor Jim Douglas is making headlines for hitting a deer with his car. State police say Douglas was driving North on Interstate 89 in Colchester Saturday evening when he hit the animal. Douglas notified police -- saying he and his wife were not hurt -- but their car suffered significant front-end damage and had to be towed from the scene. We reached out to Governor Douglas about the incident. He said he's delighted he and Governor Shumlin now have something in common -- and he's glad it's not a bear in the back yard. Shumlin of course recently shot a 6-point buck during rifle season. And as for the bear -- if you remember last year -- Governor Shumlin was chased by 4 bears in the buff -- in his own backyard -- after trying to scare them away from his bird feeders. Luckily in both cases -- the Governors ended up just fine.
The University of Vermont is turning to a big name in politics for this spring's commencement speaker. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power will address graduates at the 2014 ceremony. Power has served as ambassador since August. Before taking on the post she served as a special assistant to the president, as well as a journalist and professor.
A stay in the hospital isn't anyone's idea of a good time. Certainly not -- but patients at one hospital -- are getting some special visitors -- to help brighten up their day. Logan Crawford explains.
Elle Berger and her dog Curry started visiting patients at CVPH five years ago... In hopes of brightening someone's day. (tile 5660 00:01:25:06) ((Elle Berger/Pet Therapy Volunteer "It just gives them a chance to cuddle, and have something furry and warm and lovely with them." 00:01:31:14)) CVPH has gone to the dogs - or rather the dogs come to them - for "Pet Therapy," a program where volunteers certify their pets, and bring them to visit patients at the hospital. (tile 5669 00:20:55:23) ((Frank Ashline/Patient "This is the first time I've been involved, but I like dogs." 00:21:04:07)) To become a Therapy pet, a dog must undergo a series of obedience tests. They then get certified. These pets visit any and all patients. Special requests can also be made. (tile 5662 00:08:49:04) ((Margot Zeglis/CVPH Pet Therapy Coordinator "People who request through the nurses stations for us to have special visitations when families come here and they miss their dogs. They will send an email out to us asking us to visit a certain patient in a certain room." 00:09:04:27)) (tile 5672 00:24:54:18) ((Logan Crawford/Plattsburgh "This Border Terrier, Curry, is 1 of 18 dogs in the Pet Therapy Program. CVPH is hoping to expand the program so more dogs can visit more patients." 00:25:04:12)) (tile 5662 00:10:19:03) ((Margot Zeglis/CVPH Pet Therapy Coordinator "There are therapy programs in the schools, in the nursing homes, and some dogs have more of a rapport with different patients and different age groups." 00:10:29:09)) Doctors say the program is working. Patients visited by these furry friends report feeling less pain - or no pain at all. The Pet Therapy helps patients take their mind off their illnesses. (tile 5663 00:17:21:13) ((Dr. Michael Kanevsky/CVPH Hospital "Dogs, among many different therapeutic modalities, may be one of the most perfect tools that have minimal harm, and significant potential benefit." 00:17:30:10)) And Berger says her dog Curry gets a high a level of job satisfaction. (tile 5660 00:0:09:18) ((Elle Berger/Pet Therapy Volunteer "Yapping and screaming and jumping around, and pulling me to get into the hospital. She simply loves her work." 00:03:17:00)) Pet Therapy... A way for man's best friend to lend patients -- a helping a paw. Logan Crawford, channel 3 news, Plattsburgh. -3-
Red hot off back to back series sweeps, it seems like the only thing holding back the Vermont men's hockey team, is their schedule. After a week-off the IceCats return to game preparation... Setting their sights on a non-conference tilt with always tough Saint Lawrence Saturday night at Gutterson Field House. It will be first of two games for UVM before the team heads home for the Holidays. The other, a Hockey East home matchup with Northeastern on Tuesday night. For a team playing their best hockey with four straight wins, having to sit out last week was tough... But also a blessing with so many players banged up after the UMass and Maine series. Earlier today, the Catamounts said they're motivated, refreshed and re-focused on coming up with a pair of wins ... As they head into 2014.
(((TRT: 30 OC: WORKING TOWARDS)))
He's their all-time leader in goals and points... Maybe the greatest Flame in the organizations history. Tonight, Jarome Iginla making his first appearance in Calgary, wearing as opposing uniform, one with a Big old B on the front. The banged-up Bruins on the road to take on the Flames... Huge ceremony for Iginla before the game... Standing ovation at the Saddledome --- First period, Bruins with a great chance... It's who else, Iginla on the doorstep but Reto Berra throws up the glove to deny him the goal... --- Only one goal through two periods, it comes in the second for the Flames... Sven Baertschi steals the Boston pass, and feeds it to Jiri Hudler, who goes the length of the ice and beats Tuuka Rask for the goal. --- That's it thus far, heading into the third, Bruins trails 1-0, recap for you tomorrow at 6.
Back in Montreal... The Canadiens off to a nice start hosting Los Angeles... Despite being on the road, the Kings making the Bell Centre into their Castle. Five different LA players scoring in the first 1 1/2 periods to chase Carey Price... Who gave up four goals on just 16 shots. No need to show you anymore tonight, as Montreal gets blasted at home by the Kings, 6 to 0.
A different kind of chest pains in Brooklyn tonight. For the first time in the regular season, the Boston Celtics playing "against" Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. --- Opening minutes, the C's shooting it well ... Avery Bradley 3 of his 22... Then Jeff Green with the 3, 19 for him.. 5 Celtics in double figures as they lead by 7 early... --- But it only lasts a minute... The Nets get hot thanks to Deron Williams.. 25 points in his return... Brooklyn never trailed after the first... KG with 11 points and 9 rebounds... Paul Pierce adds 4 points against his former team... --- As the duo get the win over the Celtics, 104-96.
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