Tue 19-MAY-2015 11 P.M. News Script

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Good evening I'm Shelby Cashman. And I'm Keith McGilvery. Police are calling a kidnapping case in Rutland sickening. A man is accused of viciously beating and holding his wife captive. Alex Apple joins us tonight with the details on how the alleged victim escaped her husband's captivity. XXXX, since 2010 -- the wife of Rutland native Michael Jokinen allegedly -- couldn't shave, take a shower or even use the bathroom without her husband keeping close watch. I spoke with a clinical psychologist earlier today who explained how a captor can brianwash a victim into accepting such violent abuse.

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Locked in a bedroom, repeatedly hit in the face and forced to go to the bathroom in a bucket ... Police say that was life over the past four years for the wife of this Rutland man, 34-year-old Michael Jokinen. (TC 06:17:08:19 Title 0614)((Det. Sgt. David LaChance/Rutland Police Dept.: "very messy. Very messy." 06:17:10:01)) Jokinen -- 12 years older than his wife -- is accused of locking her in this house. And police say when she was allowed to leave the house -- she always did so with Jokinen or his mother -- and was forced to look at the ground when other men were around. This december -- she escaped -- and now Jokinen faces kidnapping and unlawful restraint charges. (TC 16:17:22:08 Title 0614)((Det. Sgt. David LaChance/Rutland Police Dept.: " I think in this case there are very serious things that occurred as to why she did stay." 06:17:47:06)) ((Tom Powell/Criminal Psychologist: TC 00:03:56:26 Tile 7088 (( "They isolate their victims terribly and by doing so they choke off other sources of information that might be available." 00:04:03:03)) Prosecutors say Jokinen cut off his victim from her family -- and threatened to chop her into little pieces and send each to her relatives. ....Evoking a feeling of isolation that criminal psychologist Tom Powell says is common is domestic abuse cases. ((Tom Powell/Criminal Psychologist: 02:28 Over time, we do see victims begin to incorporate eve the values of their abuser and doing so because that is the way they come to make sense of their captivity.")) The victim accused Jokinen of extreme paranoia -- only made worse by the belief that she was cheating on him. ((Tom Powell/Criminal Psychologist: 04:56 They tend to be impulsive and obsessive. They often times have very fragile egos.)) Jokinen says his wife could have left her upstairs bedroom here -- but police say the window was often boarded up. Alex Apple. Channel 3 News. Rutland.

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Jokinen pleaded not guilty. He is being held without bail here in Rutland. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for later this month.

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South Burlington police are looking for an alleged armed robber. Late this afternoon Investigators released these photos captured by the surveillance system at the Citizens Bank on Shelburne Road. Police say the man showed a gun to a teller and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

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(TC 47.24:27) ((Det. Ron Bliss/South Burlington Police "right now what little we know is that a handgun was displayed. It was not discharged and we are in the process of interviewing the staff now and to find out the exact use or display of weapon.")) Police say the gunmen ran out of the bank. Witnesses didn't see a getaway car.

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A Colchester bank robber will spend time behind bars. 31 year old Erik Weinmann of Newport robbed a Merchants Bank in Colchester last summer. He passed a note to the teller saying he had a gun--and made off with almost 5 thousand dollars in cash. He was found to be in possession of a toy gun. A Judge sentenced Weinmann to almost two years in prison.

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Lebanon police were on the lookout for potential problems following concerns over rival biker groups. Investigators say they learned that one area motorcycle group may try to quote "deal with" another area biker group having a fundraiser at Applebees in Lebanon this evening. Police notified the restaurant. And - it closed this afternoon around 2. Lebanon Police say biker gangs have NOT been a problem in the area. But they posted officer near Applebees - as a precaution. Late tonight Lebanon police told us the evening was incident free.

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Tonight will feature variable cloudiness. It will also be cooler and less humid, with lows reaching 42/52. A weak trough could touch off a quick shower on Wednesday morning, then skies will become partly sunny. It will be a cool, blustery day with highs only reaching 55/62. Thursday looks like a really nice day. After a chilly start highs will recover well into the 60s. Skies should feature a mix of sun and clouds.

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Bellows Falls will continue to have a full time fire department. Last night--voters approved a 1.6 million dollar budget-- to keep the department intact. Some had hoped to cut down on spending by making the department entirely volunteer.

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We have a major recall to tell you about tonight. Tens of millions of vehicles are being recalled following reports of defective airbags that are being blamed for at least 6 deaths. Chris Martinez has the info you need to know.

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THE WORLD'S LARGEST AIR BAG MANUFACTURER TAKATA HAS AGREED TO DECLARE NEARLY 34-MILLION OF ITS AIRBAGS DEFECTIVE. THE ANNOUNCEMENT- MADE BY THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION - *DOUBLES* THE NUMBER OF CARS THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN RECALLED IN THE U-S. ((SOT: Anthony Foxx/ US Transportation Secretary)) "This is probably the most complex consumer safety recall in US history." THE NATIONWIDE RECALL COVERS CERTAIN DRIVER AND PASSENGER SIDE AIR BAG INFLATORS... (vid - animation) THAT CAN EXPLODE WITH SO MUCH FORCE THAT IT SENDS SHRAPNEL FLYING THROUGH THE VEHICLE. THE DEFECT IS LINKED TO AT LEAST 6 DEATHS AND MORE THAN 100 INJURIES. ANGELINA SUJATA WAS HURT WHEN THE AIRBAG IN HER HONDA CIVIC EXPLODED. ((SOT: Angelina Sujata/ Victim)) "I had a hole in my chest clear enough to see the bone to the bottom." SUJATA'S ATTORNEY KEVIN DEAN HAS FILED A LAWSUIT AGAINST TAKATA AND HONDA... DEAN AND A FORENSIC ENGINEER HAVE TESTED 100 AIRBAGS. 5 RUPTURED. THE DAMAGE CAN BE SEEN IN THIS SLOW MOTION VIDEO. ((SOT: Kevin Dean/ Sujata's Attorney)) "this is the absolute worst product liabilities defect we've ever seen." THE RECALL EFFECTS 11 AUTOMAKERS...AND SOME OF THE MOST POPULAR VEHICLES ON THE ROAD. Consumers are now being urged to compare their VIN numbers… With a recall list online… And - if effected - make immediate arrangements for free repairs with their dealership. CHRIS MARTINEZ, CBS NEWS, LOS ANGELES.

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An off-duty Army Captain is being called a hero for his actions at the scene of fiery North Carolina car accident. When an explosion sent flames into the air above the two car crash-- Captain Steve Voglezon--who happened to be near the scene and wearing a Captain America T-shirt--rushed toward the fire. Voglezon--and others used fire extinguishers to get to victims that were trapped inside the car. While the three people involved were taken to the hospital--they are expected to recover.

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Still ahead -- Ripped off trying to help cancer patients -- we'll have the details behind the massive charity fraud case. And why you may soon be paying more for health insurance. Plus is Vermont doing enough to keep tobacco products away from kids? Plus some Channel 3 faces get their chance on the Late Show with David Letterman -- see how they did when the Channel 3 News at 11 continues.

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Investigators are looking into a fraud case involving cancer related charity organizations --run by a Tennessee man and his family. The Federal Trade Commission says millions of dollars that were donated never made it to the patients -- and there are victims in all 50 states. It's considered one of the largest charity fraud cases ever. The FTC says between 2008 and 2012 -- the Cancer Fund of America, Cancer Support Services, Children's Cancer Fund of America and The Breast Cancer Society collected $187 million dollars. Officials say the money raised was spent on cars, cruises, vacations, even dating site memberships.

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The two companies providing insurance through Vermont Health Connect -- want to increase their rates. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont has requested an average annual rate increase of 8.4 percent over 2015 rates -- while MVP Health Care has requested an average annual rate increase of 3 percent. Both companies say it's driven by rising costs of medical care and prescription drugs -- and new government mandates.

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Is Vermont doing enough to keep kids from lighting up? Alexei Rubenstein takes a look.

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(Courtesy Counterbalance - Youtube video) When young people walk up to a counter at a convenience store -- or many pharmacies -- advocates say the first thing they see is often a barrage of of cigarette an other tobacco advertising. (NAT HIT VIDEO) In addition to PSA's like this, the health department's Counter Balance campaign this past year deployed volunteers and local organizations to visit nearly 80 percent of Vermont retail outlets around the state to document what advertising looks like -- and what it's doing .. (00:02:20 Tile 6566 )((Dr. Harry Chen/Vt. Health Commissioner "We know that every year there are 400 Vermonters -- kids -- that are starting to smoke )) Cathy Hazlett's team visited nearly 80 stores in Windsor and Orange Counties. Besides basic advertising, they looked for less obvious trends. (00:23:55 Tile 6596)(( Cathy Hazlett/Health Conections of the Upper Valley "If there were toys or candy near tobacco products. Were there displays in a store, on the floor, at eye level of a young person. So it was really taking a scan of the environment within a store)) Some key findings: 65-percent of retailers sold single-packaged cigarillos -- short cigar like smokes that come in flavors -- are often available right on the counter, and are thought to be a gateway product for kids. Another finding -- a large number of chain-pharmacies continue to sell tobacco products -- often with advertisements at eye level for a child. And -- many of the retailers are within close distance of schools and parks. In addition to serving in the state Senate, Dick Mazza's family has runs a general store in Colchester for years -- and while they do sell tobacco, Mazza says they've made a point of avoiding advertising. 00:21:17 Tile 6595 Sen. Dick Mazza It's something my dad established in 1954 when we started the business. He was a non-smoker and just never wanted to promote tobacco products.)) Mazza says most retailers are doing it for pure profit -- and that education -- not legislation -- is the key. And Health officials agree. (00:25:05 Tile 6596)((Cathy Cathy Hazlett/Health Conections of the Upper Valley "When we can help them understand that flavored tobacco is attractive to kids, a single cigarillo for under a dollar is attractive to kids, maybe they will take the initiative to say I dont need to sell those products. I don't need to keep those products in my store..)) The Counterbalance campaign will conduct surveys over the summer. And begin an education campaign targeting retailers later this year. Efforts to snuff out the next generation of Vermont smokers before they're hooked. Alexei Rubenstein -- Channel 3 News -- Winooski

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This weekend racers will line up for the start of the 27th annual Vermont City Marathon - in Burlington. But for one runner, crossing the finish line is not the main reason for taking part in the race. Christian Avard is training for his first marathon-- in the memory of a little girl. Campbell Hoyt was diagnosed-- at the age of 3-- with a rare form of brain cancer. Last August-- the 8-year-old passed away. Avard and Campbell's mom grew up together in New Hampshire. He's using the Vermont City Marathon to help Campbell's memory live on. Avard's race is supporting Christopher's Haven-- a home away from home for families with kids receiving care at Mass General in Boston.

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((Christian Avard: "this is one way to promote awareness of childhood cancer and how it affects families and how it affects young children.")) Fore more information -- go to our website -- WCAX -DOT- COM.

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Tonight will feature variable cloudiness. It will also be cooler and less humid, with lows reaching 42/52. A weak trough could touch off a quick shower on Wednesday morning, then skies will become partly sunny. It will be a cool, blustery day with highs only reaching 55/62. Thursday looks like a really nice day. After a chilly start highs will recover well into the 60s. Skies should feature a mix of sun and clouds. The holiday weekend will start out very chilly on Saturday morning. But partly cloudy skies will get temps back to around 60 on Saturday afternoon. Sunday should start out dry for the Vermont City Marathon. However, a weak front could touch off a few showers during the afternoon. Highs will range from 65/75. It will warm back into the 70s for Memorial Day Monday. An approaching frontal system could touch off some showers and thunderstorms later in the day. We'll keep the risk for some showers and thunderstorms around on next Tuesday too.

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Can you name the Channel 3 anchor who was the first to welcome David Letterman to late nights here on Channel 3? Or the member of our weather team who was part of his top 10? As Letterman gets ready to sign off this week we're looking back at some WCAX connections to his show!!

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In August of 1993 -- a familiar face at Channel 3 took the helm of our 11pm broadcast. ((file)) ((Good evening, I'm RG)) But Roger Garrity wasn't the only new addition to late nights on WCAX that summer. ((Roger Garrity 18:36"I remember when we heard we were getting David Letterman it was pretty exciting because I'm thinking I got to hold on to this job, but David Letterman, that's big.)) At 11:35 on August 30th funnyman David Letterman brought his comedy to The Late Show on CBS. ((Roger Garrity 03:20 "It is what the world has been waiting for, Late Show with David Letterman makes it's world premiere in just a few short minutes.)) A premiere that left some thinking Roger and Letterman shared a similar style. ((Roger Garrity 19:31 "The hair was bad, I don't know how I got on the air with hair like that.)) While Roger had the honor of welcoming Letterman after our news -- The comic has also welcomed some of our own to his show!! In 1997 -- Photographer Lance MacKenzie was pulled off the streets of Manhattan and treated to a Big Broadway Welcome. ((LANCE on Letterman)) And in 2001 Sharon Meyer got her late night shot. ((Sharon Meyer, I hope all this rain does not uncover all of those bodies I buried.)) Sharon was among a handful of weather folks from across the country picked to provide funny forecasts as part of Letterman's Top 10. ((Sharon Meyer, 15:26 "The Top 10 is huge, it is such a big deal so to be able to say that I was actually on Letterman's Top 10 is a highlight of my career right?? )) The appearance had Sharon hearing from viewers across the country. ((Sharon Meyer, 15:46 "This was like my 15 seconds of fame across the country so my cousin from Ohio, people in California, I saw you, my cousin from Ohio said the kids stayed up late to watch it, they went Ape.)) Sharon and Roger agree it will be hard to see Letterman go -- ((Sharon Meyer, 16:25 "He's picking a good time to retire, retire when everybody still wants more.)) ((Roger Garrity 19:55 "It's going to be a big change, that's been a part of the late-night lineup on Channel 3 for a long time.)) Sharon's just hoping the Late Show star -- sticks to his on-air promise ((LETTERMAN -- WE HAVE TO GET HER DOWN HERE!!)) But she's not holding her breathe! ((Sharon Meyer, 17:46 "At the end Dasve and Paul said they were going to call me, I'm still waiting by the phone, I'm beginning to think I should give up on that, If they haven't called me by now, they probably aren't going to.))

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Letterman sent Sharon a thank you note and a t-shirt she still has! She also told me she actually would get tiny, tiny residual checks from the show for her appearance when it aired in repeats!!

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After a rough 5-5 road trip, the Red Sox returned to Fenway Park tonight, opening up a three game series with the Texas Rangers .. Wade Miley on the bump for Boston, just 2-4 to start the season...but looked good in this one.. getting the strikeout to end the 1st...Miley goes 7 innings, giving up two runs and striking out seven.. And he got some help early..first inning, runner on second, David Ortiz, shooting this one past the diving first baseman and into right... Dustin Pedroia will come in and score.. it's 1-0 Sox.. Same score in the 4th ..the ice cold Mike Napoli breaking out of his slump, deep and gone into the monster seats for a solo shot ...Boston up 2-0.. Same score in the 5th ..Big Papi, you know it can get a little boring in the bullpen so Ortiz trying to keep the relievers entertained, sending this one to the Sox bullpen and Robbie Ross making the grab with his hat..it's a solo shot for Ortiz.. hats off to you sir Red Sox defeat the Rangers tonight, 4-3 ...

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Yankees in Washington for a two game series against the Nationals .. 9 innings not enough for these two so we'll pick it up in the 10th, game tied at 6.. with a runner on first ...Ryan Zimmerman saying you don't have to go home but you can't stay here...to right field and off of the pole and gone...a two run walk-off shot .. Yankees fall in a heartbreaker tonight, 8-6..

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On the high school diamond today, CVU hosting Middlebury.. The Redhawks red hot today..Already up 7-0 in the 2nd inning and with two on...Kyle Hinsdale lining this one to center...Shea Ireland and Dan Poodiack will come in and score...Redhawks take a 9-0 lead.. And more of the same in the 3rd..with one on, Rayne Supple blooping this one the opposite way to right, right fielder slides but can't make the grab..another run comes in.. CVU cruises past Middlebury, 12-0 in 5 innings..

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Right up the hill, the Lady Redhawks also hosting Middlebury, but the opposite of the baseball game as the Tigers were all over CVU.. Redhawks bats silent thanks to sophomore Payton Buxton, giving up only 1 run in the first 5 innings, here getting the strikeout to end the 4th.. And getting more than enough run support... already up 11-1.. bases loaded in the 5th..Jordan Hubbell grounding this one up the middle, shortstop stretches but can't get it and the ball squirts into center.. Janelle Mandigo scores ..but look about behind you, Maegan Mitchell on her horse and she scores as well ..Middlebury up 13-1.. and CVU not helping themselves whatsoever, here walking in a run ...They would walk in 3 runs in the inning with the bases loaded .. Tigers claw past the Redhawks, 19-3..

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For the 17th time in program history, the Middlebury College women's lacrosse team will be traveling to the NCAA Final Four. The senior class will be making it's third trip to the semifinals, although they fell in their last two appearances in 2012 and 2013. But the senior class is looking for redemption .. ((Katie Ritter/ "Being a senior and knowing its my last weekend of lacrosse is definitely motivation in itself. Playing for Missy in her last season, but also not being in a national championship game and falling falling twice in the last three years, really is that extra boost to really try and get past that first game and get to that national championship game.")) ((Catherine Fowler/ "There's extra drive, not only because I'm in the senior class and Missy in her last season, but just not getting to that final game. I think that drive is there and we're really excited and happy that we're playing out our full season.")) ((Missy Foote/ "Our first years and our sophomores have no idea what they're about to see, and I love that innocence where they just go into it completely open hearted. And I also love the experience and savvy of our upperclassmen who are going to lead and carry the rest of the team on their shoulders.")


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