Tue 27-JUN-2017 11 P.M. News Script

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It's a problem facing our entire region. Good evening, I'm Eva McKend. And I'm Keith McGilvery. Tonight, a Vermont dad fighting addiction is joining forces with Governor Scott to tackle the opioid epidemic. The night team's Priscilla Liguori was at the state's latest effort to address the drug issues in Lamoille County. Priscilla? Tonight, a man from Hyde Park revealed to his community how he left a life of drugs for one of family and hope.

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Dylan Fernald says he's already hit rock bottom. ((Dylan Fernald, Hyde Park 0541 36:42-36:44 "It was oxycodones, methadone, anything I could get my hands on.")) The 25-year-old from Hyde Park is talking about being addicted to opioids. He started using 10 years ago, and says his journey to sobriety began when he got arrested. ((Dylan Fernald, Hyde Park 0541 39:33-41 "I changed my phone number I took out 95 percent of the people I used to associate with I went through peer to peer support.")) His wife admits that years of treatment and relapses has been frustrating. ((Ashley Fernald, Dylan's wife 0542 43:50-44:00 "I was kind of hard on him, like why can't you do this. It's easy just forget about it, move on.")) Fernald tells us that with hard work, he has now been sober for almost 4 years. He shared his story at the Lamoille County Opioid Forum Tuesday night to inspire community members going through the now all-too-familiar battle. ((Gov. Phil Scott, R-Vermont 0557 1:07:04-07 "Opioid related drug deaths are at an all time high.")) According to the Vermont Health Department, the state had 106 opioid-related deaths in 2016. That's up from the 75 fatalities reported in 2015. Lamoille County Sheriff Roger Marcoux says he's looking forward to working with the governor's coordination council to educate children about addiction. ((Sheriff Roger Marcoux, Lamoille County Sheriff's Dept. 0543 47:20-25 "It's all about empowering people through knowledge.")) ((Priscilla Liguori, Standup 0578 1:25:28-1:25:39 "The sheriff says prevention is key in solving the opioid epidemic. Community members here at the forum are able to bring home countless resources about drugs, treatment, and recovery.")) Governor Phil Scott says it's going to take lawmakers, law enforcement, medical professionals, and community members working together to combat the epidemic. ((Gov. Phil Scott, R-Vermont 0557 1:12:11-22 "Change starts at the local level. This includes building strong neighborhoods so that drug markets can't flourish and creating community groups to tackle addiction.")) Fernald and his wife want Vermonters to know that even when addiction brings the darkest of times, there is light at the end of the tunnel. ((Ashley Fernald, Dylan's wife 0542 45:29-34 "Be patient be understanding be there for them and don't give up on them.")) ((Dylan Fernald, Hyde Park 0541 40:17-40:26 "I've got a wife, a child now, I'm buying my first home hopefully next spring I've got a career. I would have had none of that if I didn't decide to make it my turning point."))

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Fernald says it's important to realize that becoming sober doesn't happen overnight, as he continues to seek in-patient treatment. If you or a loved one are looking for resources, you can find a link to the Vermont Health Department's prevention and recovery programs on our website w c a x dot com.

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A member of the Massachusetts Army National Guard is accused of abusing a fellow soldier in Vermont. The alleged victim says that one of her supervisors -- 33-year-old Sgt. Jon Downing -- touched her inappropriately last Thursday -- while they were in formation at the Ethan Allen Firing Range in Jericho. Police say another female soldier witnessed the incident. Downing now faces lewd and lascivious conduct charges.

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It was a chaotic and scary episode that shut down an Essex school. Now police say two people are facing charges in connection with a case of a "swatting" from earlier this year. Tyler Dumont reports.

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((TILE 1568 01:06:27--01:16:12 Chief Brad LaRose: "Today I can inform you that the people responsible for this incident have been identified and will face criminal charges.")) More than two months after a phoned in threat against Essex High School -- police say two juveniles have been arrested. One of the suspects is a 14-year-old boy from Vermont. ((TILE 1575 10:17:05--10:20:22 Eugenia Cowles/Acting U.S. Attorney: "This individual was involved with another juvenile in another state.")) Because their ages are under 18, authorities offered limited details on their identities, alleged role in the crimes, and the charges they now face. ((TILE 1568 01:55:09--02:01:29 Chief Brad LaRose: "The incident in Essex is connected to a larger, national investigation.")) The alleged threat in Essex to harm students and staff inside the high school was made on April 12th. Multiple law enforcement agencies responded with heavily armed officers -- to search inside and outside the school. ((TILE 1576 13:09:17--13:10:26 Chief LaRose: "We took it seriously.")) The school went into lockdown -- as worried parents gathered outside. At a press conference Tuesday, police confirmed it was a hoax case of "swatting" -- or, the reporting of a false threat to law enforcement. ((TILE 1569 06:06:27--06:26:00 Sarah George/Chittenden County State's Attorney: "I want to warn our community, and especially our youth in this community, about the dangers of engaging in swatting - as it has resulted in the victims of swatting being seriously injured and a massive spending of resources, and terror amongst those that are victimized.")) Local and state officials teamed up with the FBI in the investigation - and now, the county's top prosecutor is sending a warning message. ((TILE 1569 06:35:17--06:52:05 Sarah George/Chittenden County State's Attorney: "Despite what you may think, your social media is not entirely private - and if you engage in swatting, or other forms of threats to people or schools via social media, it will be discovered and we will be prosecuting those involved.")) Tyler Dumont channel 3 news.

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A Burlington murder suspect is due in court Thursday. Right now federal prosecutors are pushing to keep Richard Monroe behind bars as he waits for trial. Monroe is accused of killing the fellow Queen City College student Kevin DeOliviera inside a Greene Street apartment in 2015. Prosecutors say the victim was a cocaine supplier and he was killed because Monroe did not want to pay him for 6-thousand dollars worth of drugs.

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A Brownington man accused of killing his ex-wife's husband -- is now suing HER -- for the house. Jeffery Ray is suing Brenda Vreeland claiming her late husband Rick Vreeland falsified records to take his home. Vreeland and her family deny the claims. Police say Ray told family members before the 20-15 Memorial Day killing that he wanted to shoot Vreeland because of that -- and a dispute about seeing his children. He pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail.

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Dan is here. Some stormy weather out there this evening. Widespread storms across the region this afternoon and evening. Reports of small hail and gusty winds. Improving conditions tonight with a better day ahead tomorrow. ((radsat)) A few lingering showers, but otherwise drying out tonight. ((daypart)) A nice start to Wednesday. Temperatures will still run a little cool with highs in the upper 60s and low 70s.

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New at 11 --we have special election results to share with you from Burlington. Voters picked democrat and progressive Ali Dieng to fill an open Ward 7 seat on city council. The husband and father beat out three others for the post.

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We're learning about potentially phony safety records at Vermont Yankee. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says a senior radiation technician deliberately falsified safety records for eight months last year. The commission says the former technician failed to test employees working the night shift -- for radiation exposure. It's unclear how many employees were involved.

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The elk are no longer on the run. Well -- most of them at least. We learned today that the majority of the escaped elk from Derby HAVE returned to the Nelson's Farm at this point. Of the 16 elk that the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department believes got out -- only three are still on the loose. We also learned that Vermont Fish & Wildlife and the Agency of Agriculture will be talking to the Nelsons about management of the elk.

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Still ahead tonight -- three Chicago officers charged in connection with a shooting death that set of a firestorm of controversy in the Windy City. Plus -- were there phony safety records passed off at Vermont Yankee? And health administrators are pushing forward with a reform unique to Vermont. Also -- a grandmother takes on a bobcat in her own backyard all i kept .. attacking me. (:05) when the channel 3 news at 11 continues ....

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Three Chicago police officers were charged with conspiracy today in the 2014 shooting death of a teen boy. They were at the scene when 16-year-old Laquan McDonald was shot 16 times by officer jason van dyke ... who has pleaded not guilty to murder charges. Dashcam video contradicted their official accounts of the incident. It showed McDonald walking away from police as he held a four-inch knife... not lunging toward officers as police had said. Police said other individuals may be part of the conspiracy, but it's not yet clear if they will also be indicted.

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No vote this week on the health care plan by republican senators. The congressional budget office says the bill would force 22-million off insurance. In the wake of that news -- Five GOP lawmakers pulled their support -- another major blow to the seven-year-old effort to repeal and replace Obama care. Any vote on this GOP plan will be held after the July 4th recess.

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Its Trumpcare versus Obamacare in Washington - but here in Vermont - health administrators are pushing forward with a reform unique to this state. the idea is to pay health care providers to keep patients healthy, not for every poke, prod, and test. About 140-thousand Vermonters would be covered completely under the plan in 2018 -- in Bennington, Berlin, Brattleboro, Burlington, Middlebury, Springfield, and St. Albans.

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(00:32:29"00) ((Dr. Mark Depman - Central Vermont Medical Center My peers across the country mostly practice in fee-for-service environments. They're highly incentivized to see patients, treat them, get them out, rack up as many charges as you can. In their jargon, they treat em and streat em)) The plan hinges on convincing patients to follow doctors' advice... making follow-up checks critical to its success. If savings don't materialize, hospitals will largely be on the hook for cost overruns. Leaders of the umbrella organization -- known as OneCare -- say federal Medicaid cuts and other changes could wreak havoc on their efforts.

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A freak injury. And now the son of a former professional baseball player is fighting for his life. Jason Lockhart was hit by a ball -- and broke his nose. Then days later -- his nose started bleeding uncontrollably -- and surgeons had to block arteries to get it to stop. The family and surgeons hope it works -- and are in the process of easing him off life support. Jason is the son of former Atlanta Braves player Keith Lockhart.

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If you're getting your driver's license in Washington DC you no longer have to pick a gender. Today the city began allowing residents to choose "X," the gender-neutral identifier. Residents had previously been given only male and female as choices for gender identifier. Any resident seeking a license can request the gender-neutral identifier, but the city says in a statement that the new option is anticipated to immediately benefit the transgender community.

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A bizarre traffic stop caught on camera. An Ohio sheriff's deputy conducting a traffic stop forgot one small thing -- he forgot to stop his car. The deputy's vehicle was caught on camera rolling away from him ...while he talked with a driver he had just pulled over -- once he noticed the runaway cruiser, he ran away after it. Stopping it in the middle of intersection. No one was injured in the incident.

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((surfacemap)) Stationary front will exit the region tomorrow, giving us a break from the pop up showers. A warm front moves through late Thursday that will bring another round of rain and thunder for the end of the week. ((radsat)) Mostly cloudy skies this evening with just a few lingering showers. Drier skies tomorrow. ((current)) Mostly cloudy in Burlington. Patchy fog developing tonight. ((temps)) A little cooler today, and likely to stay a bit below normal tomorrow. Warming back up late week. ((forecastmap)) Storms head out tonight and mostly dry tomorrow. Still the chance of a passing shower. Dry start to Thursday with increasing clouds. Rain moves in by late in the day and continues into Friday.

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Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Lows: 48/55 Winds: S 5-10 mph Wednesday: Partly sunny. Chance of a passing shower. Highs: 68/75 Winds: SW 5-10 mph Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy. Lows: 50/58 Winds: S 5-10 mph Thursday: Increasing clouds. Showers and thunderstorms developing. Highs: 68/75 Winds: SE 5-10 mph Extended: Friday through Tuesday. Thursday Night: Lows 55/62 Friday: More humid. Showers and thunderstorms. Highs 75/82 Lows 58/65 Saturday: Showers and thunderstorms. Highs 75/82 Lows 60s Sunday: Showers and thunderstorms. Highs 75/82 Lows 55/65 Monday: Partly sunny, chance of showers. Highs 75/85 Lows 50s Tuesday: Partly sunny, chance of showers. Highs 75/85

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A brazen bobcat goes on the attack in New Hampshire, But somehow a grandmother was able to fight the creature off. KEN MACLEOD reports.

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IT WAS DUSK WHEN ELSIE DABROWSKI MADE HER NIGHTLY TRIP TO LOCK UP THE CHICKEN COOP... AND DECIDED SHE WOULD DO A LITTLE BIT OF WEEDING IN THE GARDEN. i still .. it happened. TONIGHT... THE 80 YEAR OLD GRANDMOTHER SHOWED US THE ROSE BUSH WHERE SHE WAS HACKING WEEDS WITH HER SICKLE... WHEN THIS BOBCAT POUNCED ON HER AND SUNK ITS TEETH INTO HER FACE. sot- elsie dabrowski. all i kept .. attacking me. (:05) SHE TURNED HER SICKLE ON THE BEAST... AS SOME OF HER FIVE DOGS SCRAMBLED OVER TO HELP. sot- elsie dabrowski. he just kept .. chased him off. BY THEN... THE BOBCAT HAD RIPPED INTO HER IN FIVE PLACES... CAUSING WOUNDS THAT WOULD TAKE 60 STITCHES TO CLOSE. HER ADULT SON HEARD THE COMMOTION FROM HIS YARD NEARBY. sot- elsie dabrowski. he heard .. came down. CAME DOWN... AND KILLED THE BOBCAT WITH A SHOTGUN BLAST. TODAY... IT TESTED POSITIVE FOR RABIES... BUT ELSIE STILL CONSIDERS HERSELF LUCKY. sot- else dabrowski. coulda got my eye .. very fortunate. ELSIE... HER SON... AND HER DOGS... ARE NOW ALL GETTING RABIES SHOTS. BUT SHE HARBORS NO ILL WILL TOWARDS THE BOBCAT... WHICH ALREADY HAD A FACE FULL OF PORCUPINE QUILLS BEFORE IT ATTACKED HER. sot- elsie dabrowski. the animal .. came here. SHE'S HAD CLOSE ENCOUNTERS BEFORE ON HER 90 ACRES... WITH BEARS, MOOSE, AND COYOTES -- BUT NEVER EVEN SEEN A BOBCAT. AND THE ONLY CHANGE IN ROUTINE SHE PLANS -- IS TO FINISH HER CHORES BEFORE DARK. sot- elsie dabrowski. it's gonna be fine. STATE WILDLIFE EXPERTS SAY THIS IS THE FIRST RABID BOBCAT CONFIRIMED IN NEW HAMPSHIRE SINCE 2013. BUT THE BOBCAT POPULATION HERE HAS GROWN STEADILY SINCE 1989... WHEN HUNTING THEM WAS OUTLAWED. IN SUNAPEE, NH... KM ... WBZ NEWS.

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((Ron Philo: "the goal is to let it happen and to really just be present in each and every shot. I've played golf for about 50 years and this is something that I do routinely, but there's nothing routine about a National Championship."))

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The schedule has been released for the UVM men's soccer team for the 2017 season this fall. It gets underway with a pair of exhibitions versus Holy Cross and Siena on August 13th and 17th at Virtue Field and includes non conference home matchups with Florida Gulf Coast, Niagara and Yale. Florida Gulf Coast is an interesting matchup, as the Eagles will be led by former UVM head coach Jesse Cormier, who left Vermont after 13 seasons this winter to take the top spot at FGCU. UVM will be led by Cormier's former assistant, Rob Dow, who was promoted to head coach in February and will be looking to build off one of the most successful seasons in program history. Last fall, the Cats won 14 games, the second most in program history, earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, hosted a first round game, a 4-1 win over Rider, and took nationally ranked Virginia to overtime in the second round of the NCAA's falling 2-1 to the Cavaliers in Charlottesville. However, that team was also led by an 11-player senior class, headlined by the highest scoring tandem in program history: All-American Brian Wright and Bernard Yeboah.

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Four pitchers taken by the Oakland A's in the Major League Baseball draft are expected to join the Vermont Lake Monsters when they return home tomorrow night to open a five-game homestand ...including former Dartmouth standout Michael Danielak. Danielak was selected by the A's in the 19th round of the draft. As a senior with the Big Green this spring, Danielak was second team All-Ivy and third team All-New England, posting a 7-2 record and a 2.64 ERA...the third lowest in the Ivy League. He struck out 55 and walked just ten in 58 innings of work. The other pitchers set to join Vermont...a pair of top ten picks...sixth rounder Logan Salow and seventh rounder Parker Dunshee, as well as 22nd round pick Bryce Conley.


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