Tue 04-MAR-2014 11 P.M. News Script
Good evening and thanks for joining us at 11. I'm Jennifer Reading. We begin our coverage of Town Meeting Day results with a look at school budgets. The polls have closed and towns are busy tallying up the votes -- with many unofficial numbers already coming in. And some big school budgets did NOT pass. Ali Freeman has been speaking with town clerks and school board members across the state. She joins us with the latest. Ali? Jennifer, In some towns -- a modest increase in the school budget could lead to a double-digit hike in property taxes, which is what many voters said today on why they would NOT support their local school budgets. We begin with unofficial numbers for school budgets that did NOT pass.
DID NOT PASS: Burlington: 4,118 NO vs 3,424 YES It was down to the wire in Rutland -- 1,290 NO vs. 1,192 YES Montpelier was another close one with -- 1,211 NO vs. 1,130 YES In Colchester, it was 1,757 NOs to a little more than 1000 YESes And for St. Johnsbury: 834 NO vs. 547 YES Now for School Budgets that DID PASS: South Burlington: 1,567 YES vs. 1,434 NO St. Albans BFA: 1,008 YES vs. 781 NO Mt. Anthony: 1,888 YES vs. 1,607 NO
We have results for other school budgets on our website -- which we will continue to update as soon as more information becomes available. Jennifer
Another hot issue tonight -- Gun Charter Changes -- and all three measures passed in the Queen City. Burlington voters said yes to a change thats allows for the Seizure of Weapons during Domestic Abuse by a vote of 5,579 to 2,066 Also approved -- a ban on guns in Liquor Establishments by 5,194 to 2,517 and the 3rd meassure -- requiring folks to lock up their guns at home -- was the closest of the votes -- but did pass -- 4,351 to 2,971 Those in favor of the laws say they are glad to see the city take action.
((00:18:06:08)) Nathaniel Kelner- Burlington I really think this is a no brainer legislation its nothing too infringing on peoples rights and it seems like its just going to make the community a safer place. ((00:18:15:19)) ((00:24 Evan Hughes / Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs "Our primary concern is that the ordinances that would be enacted - attack our Vermont sportsmans Bill of rights.")) Evan Hughes of the Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs says the changes will create a patchwork of conflicting gun rules across the state
In Montpelier -- capital city voters re-elected their mayor. Incumbent John Hollar defeated mayoral challenger Gwendolyn Hallsmith -- with a vote of 1,525 to 782.
In Waterbury -- voters gave the green light to a municipal office complex project.The 2.95 million dollar bond passed with a vote of 809 to 617. It will fund the construction or renovation of space for the Waterbury Municipal Office, library, community room and historical society.
In South Burlington -- two of the five city council seats were up for grabs. Voters re-elected current City Councilor Pam Mackenzie for another three year term. With 1,427 votes she beat out challengers Paul Engels and Tracey Harrington. In the race for a 2 year city council seat -- Meaghan Emery defeated Michael Simoneau with a vote of 1,512 to 1,439.
and we'll continue to monitor the polls and update the results as soon as we get them. Tune in tomorrow morning -- starting at 5am -- for the latest results.
Dan is here. A chilly day for Town Meeting.
A Williston man is facing a drunk driving charge after police say he nearly struck an off-duty officer. It happened early yesterday morning on Route 105 in Sheldon. The Swanton police officer says he was headed home when 18-year-old Paul Shortsleeves almost hit him head on. The officer was able to stop Shortsleeves on Rice Hill Road -- near Route 78. Police say Shortsleeves was more than twice the legal limit. He was charged with DUI and taken to detox.
New Hampshire authorities say they've seized dangerous designer drugs. Local police and federal Drug Enforcement Agents confiscated close to 2-thousand dollars in synthetic cannabinoids from a Littleton business. The designer drugs -- commonly known as Spice or K-2 -- are marketed with a disclaimer that they're not for human consumption. But police say these marijuana alternatives have become popular with teens and can cause anxiety, paranoia and hallucinations. Police did not release the business' name but said the owner was not aware the drugs were illegal.
The FTC reports -- identity theft -- tops the list of consumer complaints in 2013. And law enforcement in Vermont are getting educated on how to catch and prevent fraud. The FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association or LEEDA and LifeLock--an identity theft protection company-- held a summit in South Burlington today for state and local officials. They were presented with real cases, demonstrations of the newest preventative software and information on the latest scams.
IN: 00:25:46 OUT: 00:25:59 ((Paige Hanson/LifeLock Education Manager "Then you have the other side of the spectrum which is tax fraud, driver's license fraud, medical fraud where people use your information, pretending that they're you, having surgeries in your name and it can become a huge hassle")) IN: 00:27:01 OUT: 00:27:12 ((Sherrif Kevin Mclaughlin/Chittenden County "from what we're learning our state is not a huge state of identity theft but because it's a growing issue for us in the united states, it's coming, and there's a lot of that around")) Experts say Vermont ranks 45th in identity theft in the nation.
The Obama administration is ratcheting up international pressure on Russia to withdraw troops from southeastern Ukraine. Craig Boswell has more on the volatile situation -- from the White House.
(( pkg )) Nats of shots fired Just hours after Russian soldiers fired warning shots during a standoff with unarmed Ukrainian troops in Crimea - President Obama accused Russia of violating international law. (SOT Obama) "President Putin seems to have a different set of lawyers making a different set of interpretations, but I don't think that's fooling anybody." The White House and Kremlin are going back and forth over Russia's occupation of the southeastern Ukrainian region. (NATS Putin) In his first extended comments since his troops seized Crimea.. Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted Ukraine's acting president was installed in a coup and says Russia will take all measures to protect the rights of Russian speaking citizens - if asked. Secretary of State John Kerry pushed back. (SOT John Kerry/Secretary of State) "I think that it is clear that Russia has been working hard to create a pretext for being able to invade further." (Stand-up Bridge/Craig Boswell/CBS/Washington ) "PRESIDENT OBAMA SAYS HE WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE CALLS TO INTERNATIONAL LEADERS TO DEESCLATE THE SITUATION... AS HIS ADMINISTRATION WEIGHS SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA. (SOT Kerry) "This is not something we are seeking to do. This is something Russia's choices may force us to do." (NATS) During his stop in the Ukrainian capital, Secretary Kerry visited the memorial to dozens of civilians killed during street the protests that ousted President Viktor Yanukovych. Kerry presented a billion dollar US aid package to help the acting government. Craig Boswel,l for CBS News the White House.
Still ahead -- Keith McGilvery is in Boston -- visiting a Chester child fighting for her life. ((02:55 Lindsey Sturtevant, Bone Marrow recipient "Everyday you are sick and you can't get comfortable and you can't do a lot of things that you want to.)) Lindsay and her family talk to us as she tackles her second bone marrow transplant. And -- could it be the end of an era for town meeting day as we know it in Ferrisburgh? (tile 0726 00:28:57:01) ((Lisa Dulsky-Watkins "If you really have to struggle with childcare then it's going to be an issue. I think it could change the demographics in the room, but we'll find out next year." 00:29:06:16)) Plus -- calling it quits after four decades on the job. ((Harrington: "I think it is the time. I am getting older and my memory is getting worse you know and I think it is just time.")) We'll have Hazel Harrington story when the channel 3 news at 11 continues.
A little girl from Chester is in a Boston hospital bed tonight. She's fighting to get well after her first bone marrow transplant started to fail. Now doctors have tried again. My co-anchor, Keith McGilvery has been following her story for months and was at her bedside today. He's live in Boston with her story. Keith -- what's the latest? Lindsey Sturtevant says she is in this fight to win it. She just had her second bone marrow transplant at Boston Children's Hospital and she already has her eye on coming home.
((PKG)) Sixth grader Lindsey Sturtevant is ready for war - and her battlefield is decked out in all her favorite things. ((Lindsey Sturtevant, Bone Marrow recipient "A lot of pink and purple, and dogs and animals."))4 The 12 -year old is suiting up more than 120 miles from home at Boston Children's Hospital. ((02:12 Lindsey Sturtevant, Bone Marrow recipient "My first bone marrow was rejecting so I had to get a new one.)) 4 For weeks she's been getting ready -- undergoing chemo here at Boston Children's Hospital. ((02:55 Lindsey Sturtevant, Bone Marrow recipient "Everyday you are sick and you can't get comfortable and you can't do a lot of things that you want to.)) At 5 she was diagnosed with a type of pre-leukemia called acute myelodysplastic syndrome. ((Dr. Christine Duncan, Boston Children's Hospital 18:45 "You can have lower blood counts and need for transfusions, but also unfortunately it puts you at higher risk of developing leukemia later in life.)) While her condition is in remission the first bone marrow transplant Lindsey received to help her blood cells rebound is failing - so over the weekend doctors went in for transplant number 2. ((Dr. Christine Duncan / Dana-Farber Cancer Institute 20:55 "our goal is that Lindsay is that Lindsay has a very long and healthy life without any risk of disease reaccurance and that she can grow up to do whatever her dreams are and fulfill them.")) 8 Dr. Christine Duncan is overseeing Lindsay's care and is optimistic - about her recovery. ((Dr. Christine Duncan Dana/Farber-Boston 21:33 I am not sure that she will be at camp this year but if she is not she will be at camp next year and I have no doubt in clinic she'll be asking how soon she'll get back to camp.)) 9 Lindsey's parents are taking turns living in her hospital room as she recovers. ((Sue Willis, Lindsey's mom 33:06 Little things make a big difference 32:47 "If you know somebody in that situation, step up, a kind word, an email, we're thinking about you, it can go a long way.)) 11 Her mom Sue says hometown help from Chester has been huge during the ups and downs, ((Sue Willis, Lindsey's 33:18 "We are very fortunate that this is our second time around and our family has stayed in tact that does not happen all the time and I honestly think that's because of the support we got from the community.)) 12 It's a community that sent Lindsey off to Boston with cheers on her last day of school. ((NATS OF SEND OFF)) And one this little girl is eager to get back to as soon as possible. ((Lindsey Sturtevant, Bone Marrow recipient 08:08 "Because I want to see my friends again and be with my dog again and be with my family.)) 12 For now she's just hoping the second time's the charm. ((Lindsey Sturtevant, Bone Marrow recipient 09:29 Thank you and I really hope it works, because I am not coming in again.))6
Lindsey's mom says if she continues to improve she could be heading home to Chester sometime this spring -- where she would then face an additional 7 month recovery period. Many folks have been sharing their well wishes for Lindsay on social media since we joined you from the hospital at 6. @tayowellz "You're a strong girl. Keep it up!" @shingler34 "You inspire me!!! I wish you a speedy recovery and know that all of Vermont is thinking of you" Facebook Lindsey Bourbeau: "You can do it! Sending hugs and lots of luck your way. I love your hat :)" If you want to send a note to Lindsey you can do so on Facebook or use the hashtag WCAX Lindsey on Twitter. And of course we are wishing her all the best-Jennifer.
Back to our Town Meeting Day Coverage -- another topic decided by voters -- is Town Meeting day itself -- some want it moved to a different day. Logan Crawford explains.
(tile 0725 00:27:03:18) ((nats "Shall the voters of the town hereafter start its annual town meeting on the Saturday before the first Tuesday in March" 00:27:11:02)) The next Ferrisburgh town meeting will be on a Saturday. (tile 0722 00:25:20:27) ((nats "All those in favor say aye... aye. Opposed. The ayes have it." 00:25:29:01)) ((nats old video of town meeting)) For more than two centuries -- Vermont communities have gathered on the first Tuesday in March. Debating the issues facing the town. Approving or rejecting budgets - town personnel - even sending messages to Montpelier. But a Tuesday gathering is not always the way anymore. Communities are getting together the Monday evening - or Saturday before Town Meeting Day. Ferrisburgh residents believe Saturday might increase attendance for future town meetings. (tile 0726 00:28:44:28) ((Lisa Dulsky-Watkins "Looked around the room and realized that many people in the room were either retirees or have children that are grown and are able to take time away from work to be part of this process." 00:28:55:28)) Some residents raised concerns about switching the day. (tile 0723 00:25:41:17) ((nats "already relatively full. If there's a maximum occupancy on this room, if we reach that what's the contingency for shutting people out of town meeting or moving it to a different spot." 00:25:52:29)) Holding Town Meeting on Saturday would give those who work during the week a chance to attend - in theory. (tile 0730 00:30:37:18) ((Donald Bicknell/Ferrisburgh Town Moderator "Secretary of State has done studies on this and shows that the attendance is about the same so probably won't make a lot of difference in attendance." 00:30:45:28)) Most attendees of the Ferrisburgh town meeting hope holding meetings on Saturdays will not only bring a larger crowd, but a more diverse one. (tile 0726 00:28:57:01) ((Lisa Dulsky-Watkins "If you really have to struggle with childcare then it's going to be an issue. I think it could change the demographics in the room, but we'll find out next year." 00:29:06:16)) Logan Crawford -- channel 3 news -- Burlington.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Scat'd snow showers. Lows: -5/10 Wind: Light Wednesday: Mostly cloudy. Scattered snow showers. Some clearing, late. Highs: 15/25 Wind: N 5-15 mph Wednesday Night: Clearing skies. Very cold. Lows: -5/-20 Winds: Light Thursday: Mostly sunny. Highs: 18/28 Wind: Light Extended: Thursday night: Lows: 5/-10 Friday: Partly sunny. Highs: 30s Lows: 15/25 Saturday: Partly sunny. Mtn flurries. Highs: 30s Lows: 5/15 Sunday: Mostly cloudy. Passing snow shower. Highs: 20s Lows: -5/10 Monday: Increasing clouds. PM snow showers. Highs: 25/35 Lows: 10/20 Tuesday: Increasing clouds. PM snow showers Highs: 30s
A bittersweet town meeting day in Pomfret. It was the last day of work -- for a fixture in the community. Adam Sullivan explains.
Hidden in a sea of faces, a staple in town government in Pomfret Vermont, inconspicuously sits on the sides lines this town meeting day. Four decades earlier, back in 1973, Hazel Harrington was first voted in as Town Clerk. ((Hazel Harringtom/Retiring: "I need to get out of the house after raising the kids so it worked.")) For 30 years- she held the position of both clerk and treasurer. A job she was elected to every single year. For the last 10 years-- managing the books has been her sole responsibility. But as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. ((Harrington: "I think it is the time. I am getting older and my memory is getting worse you know and I think it is just time.")) Town meeting was Harrington's last day as an elected official. And as she steps down, she's says the relationships she has formed over the years is what she will miss most. ((Harrington: "well the best part is getting to know all the people.")) People like Lynne Leavitt-- who served beside Harrington as town as town clerk for 7 years. ((Lynne Leavitt/Former town clerk: "her knowledge, her kindness, her respect for people. She is irreplaceable.")) ((Daphne Gratiot: "she did the job, she did it well and people trusted her.")) ((nats: flowers)) Trusted, and admired. The town's gratitude showed through with gifts to mark her tenure and a standing ovation as a community said thanks. ((Gratiot: "it changes the town and hopefully it will continue just the same.")) Change on this day was apparent through the election of a NEW town clerk. Advice for her to follow-- the example Harrington set many years before. ((Peter Fox Smith/Pomfret: "always ready with the information that was needed. She was the building blocks, the foundation in many ways for the last forty years of Pomfret Vermont.")) And this Grandmother-- who plans to spend more time in her son's greenhouse-- gives some words of wisdom of her own. ((Harrington: "go with the flow I guess. Things change over the years, and you have to change with them.")) A woman -- not looking to stand out. But this town says she will never be forgotten. Adam Sullivan channel three news in Pomfret.
The Division 1 boys basketball state championship game is all set for Saturday. Let's go to Patrick gym for the 2 D-I boys semifinal games. First up, fifth seed Mt. Mansfield taking on the top seed Burr and Burton. --- A three point contest breaking out in the first quarter between MMU's Sean Springer and BBA's Joey Shehadi. Both players end up with team highs, 20 points. Cougars by 2 after one. --- Mt. Mansfield starts to pull away in the second quarter, it's Springer again for three. This time he gets the foul as well. It's a 12 point Cougars lead at the half. --- That lead extends to 19 in the third quarter, Tinga Adiang for 2 and the foul. He had 17. 43-24 Mt. Mansfield on top. --- but the Bulldogs start to show why they were the top seed, going on a 17-3 run. Fourth quarter, Tyeshawn Gadson for the steal and 2. He had 12 before fouling out. Burr and Burton cutting the lead to 2 with 30 seconds left. --- It comes down to free throws where MMU's Nick Bergeron goes 4 for 4 in the final seconds to put it out of reach. Mt. Mansfield survives for the 60-56 win. The Cougars have been a giant killer so far in these playoffs having gone through number 4 saint J and now the top ranked Bulldogs.
Game number 2, third seed Rice memorial taking on second seed Burlington. --- Rice with some great defense in the first half. Tommy Fitzgerald with the first quarter steal. He then finds Ferran Lopez for three. 13-4 Knights after 1. --- Second quarter, Kendrick Gray takes it to the basket. Misses the first attempt but on the putback gets 2 and the foul. He had 19. It's 24-9 Rice at the break. --- Burlington trying to get something going in the third quarter, Josh Hale misses, Asmin Mostarlic misses the putback, but hale stays with it for 2 and the foul. He had a team high 11. --- But this game was never in doubt in the second half, Fitzgerald for 2 of his 9 points. Rice will get a chance to defend that D-1 state title, 44-35 the final. Rice and MMU meet Saturday at 1 in Patrick Gym.
The UVM ski team will look for its second national title in 3 years this week in Park City, Utah. The 4-day event starts with the Giant Slalom tomorrow. The Cats Jonathan Nordbotten is the defending men's GS champ. Dartmouth is also sending a full team of 12 to the NCAAs.
The top ranked Plattsburgh State women's hockey team opens up post season play this weekend hosting Utica Saturday at 3:30. One of the big reasons for the Cardinals near flawless record has been the play of ECAC west player of the year Sydney Aveson. In 19 games this season, she's got 17 wins, 13 of those have been shutouts. She's only allowed 7 goals all season. Her school record setting numbers have earned the senior numerous honors including a spot in Sports Illustrated's "faces in the crowd."
(((Sydney Aveson/"Everything seems to slow down right now. i can see the puck coming off the shooters stick. after i make the save it all speeds up again, it's unreal."))) (((kevin houle/"I don't think a Division I women's hockey player or Division I men's or women's has had the kind of season she has statistically. she has been phenomenal."))) (((chelsea vanglahn/"It seems like the puck is headed in and then oh wait, it's sydney aveson making another big save.")))
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