Tue 06-DEC-2016 Early A.M. News Script

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We have developing news this morning after a murder suicide investigation unfolds in Newbury Vermont... St. Johnsbury police responded to a 9-1-1 call to search 340 Welsh Road -- for a welfare check on 80 year old Kenneth Welsh and his 76-year old wife, Barbara... They found two people dead from gunshot wounds inside the home. A relative of the residents told State Police they had received a call from Kenneth indicating he shot his wife. No word on what prompted the incident.

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A father is charged with murdering his young daughter. 43 Year old Roger Dana of Northern New Hampshire was arraigned on second degree murder charges ... On November 27th, police received a call at around 3 PM from a home on York Street in Berlin where 2 year old Madison Dana lived with her parents. An autopsy later found the toddler died of blunt impact injuries. Police say her father assaulted her multiple times.

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A member of the Vermont National Guard will face a judge later today on sexual assault charges. State police say Josh Robbins molested a 14 year old girl at a party in Bethel in September. Robbins lives in Kentucky, but police say he is in Vermont often for his duties with the guard.

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Vermont state poilce warn people about a phone scam that's making the rounds again... They say callers try to get the victims to wire money by lying about a loved one needing help after being arrested for DUI away from home. In the second common scam, callers tell the victims that they've won money and need to pay the taxes on the award.

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President Elect Donald Trump continues his thank you tour today ... First on the agenda... A stop in Fayetteville, North Carolina. It'a all a part of Trump's post-election 'thank-you' tour. Before the event ... he's expected to meet at Trump Tower with Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger ... as well as the Democratic Mayor of D-C Muriel Bowser. Yesterday Trump tapped Ben Carson, to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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New Hampshire dairy farmers will face a huge financial crunch -- after learning there won't be any financial aid from the state before year's end. The Dairy Farmer's Task Force will propose legislation for relief funding -- and it will be presented to lawmakers in January. Low milk prices and drought conditions have left a financial strain on farmers there -- forcing many to spend more on livestock feed.

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A power line project has won a federal permit to run a line under Lake Champlain and link suppliers in Canada with consumers in Southern New England. New York based Transmission Developers Inc. announced yesterday that its TDI New England subsidiary received a presidential permit form the US Department of Energy. Massachusetts may be the key market for the power line which would run under Lake Champlain, across Vermont, and and into the New England Power Grid.

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Quiet day today with a few sunny breaks by this afternoon. The 2 major systems will not hit us head-on, but we'll get clipped by both of them. That means more snow showers late tonight into Wednesday, with a few rain drops mixed in during the day. Not as much snow as on Monday, just a trace - 2", but it will come mainly during the morning commute again on Wednesday morning. The northern system tracking through Canada will clip us with more snow showers on Thursday and Friday, and it will also be pulling in cold air on blustery WNW winds. Things will settle down a bit heading into the weekend, although there could still be a few snow showers in the mountains on Saturday. Sunday will feature some sunshine, but then another system will start to move in late Sunday with more snow, possibly mixing with some rain on Monday.

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We have developing news this morning after a murder suicide investigation unfolds in Newbury Vermont... St. Johnsbury police responded to a 9-1-1 call last night to search 340 Welsh Road -- for a welfare check on 80 year old Kenneth Welsh and his 76-year old wife, Barbara... They found two people dead from gunshot wounds inside the home. A relative of the residents told State Police they had received a call from Kenneth indicating he shot his wife. Police are calling this a murder suicide case...

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A father is charged with murdering his young daughter. 43 Year old Roger Dana of Northern New Hampshire was arraigned on second degree murder charges ... On November 27th, police received a call at around 3 PM from a home on York Street in Berlin where 2 year old Madison Dana lived with her parents. An autopsy later found the toddler died of blunt impact injuries. Police say her father assaulted her multiple times.

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A member of the Vermont National Guard will be in court later today -- facing sexual assault charges. State police say Josh Robbins molested a 14 year old girl at a party in Bethel in September. Robbins live in Kentucky, but police say he is in Vermont frequently for his duties with the guard.

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A financial crunch for dairy farmers in the Granite State... turns out they won't receive financial aid from the state before year's end. The Dairy Farmer's Task Force will propose legislation for relief funding. It will be presented to lawmakers in January. Low milk prices and drought conditions have left a financial strain on farmers there -- forcing many to spend more on livestock feed.

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Quiet day today with a few sunny breaks by this afternoon. The 2 major systems will not hit us head-on, but we'll get clipped by both of them. That means more snow showers late tonight into Wednesday, with a few rain drops mixed in during the day. Not as much snow as on Monday, just a trace - 2", but it will come mainly during the morning commute again on Wednesday morning. The northern system tracking through Canada will clip us with more snow showers on Thursday and Friday, and it will also be pulling in cold air on blustery WNW winds. Things will settle down a bit heading into the weekend, although there could still be a few snow showers in the mountains on Saturday. Sunday will feature some sunshine, but then another system will start to move in late Sunday with more snow, possibly mixing with some rain on Monday.

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Hey everyone, Melissa Sheketoff here. The Humane Society of Chittenden County is back in the studio tomorrow morning. We meet Lexi the dog to find out her Christmas wish this holiday season! See you tomorrow morning starting at 5AM!

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Today: Cloudy start with a few flurries near Lake Champlain. Some sunny breaks by this afternoon.

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Let's get right to the breaking news overnight ... Two people are found dead inside a Newbury Vermont home ... Alex Hirsch is on scene in Orange county and has the latest on this developing story ... that's right Melissa and Rose...We are here on Welch Street in Newbury, where two people were found dead. Police were responding to a 9-1-1 call here to check on 80 year old Kenneth Welch and 76 Barbara Welch...they are presumed to be the two people deceased gunshot wounds. State police say that Kenneth Welch called a relative late last night saying he had shot his wife... the relative called the police and when state troopers arrived ...they found both dead...

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On 12/05/16 at approximately 2308 hours, Troopers from the St Johnsbury barracks responded to 340 Welch road in the town of Newbury to conduct a welfare check on residents Kenneth Welch (80) and Barbara Welch (76). A relative of the residents had contacted State Police advising that they had received a call from Kenneth indicating that he had shot his wife. Upon arrival, Troopers forced entry to the residence and found a male and female who's descriptions matched both deceased of apparent gunshot wounds. Both were pronounced deceased by Woodsville Rescue. The Major Crime Unit and the Crime Scene Search Team have been activated and are in the process of investigating the incident. At this time, investigation has not revealed any third party involved in this incident.

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State police do not believe anyone else was involved Again, two people dead of gunshots in Newbury. 80 year old Kenneth Welch and 76 year Barbara Welch. We will continue to update you with more information throughout the show. Thank you Alex.

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Did a New Hampshire dad kill his 2-year-old daughter? They're chilling allegations. Adam Sullivan brings us the story from a New Hampshire courtroom.

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((judge: state versus Roger Dana)) 43- year-old Roger Dana was noticeably emotional as he was arraigned via-- video conference-- from a Coos County New hampshire jail. He stands accused of the second degree murder of his 2-year-old daughter Madison. ((Jeff Strelzin/ Senior Assistant Attorney General: "She was injured, taken to the hospital, where she eventually died and since the the New Hampshire Major Crimes Unit, the Berlin police department and our office have been investigating the circumstances of her death.")) On November 27th-- around 3 in the afternoon-- police received a 9-1-1- call from this home on York Street in Berlin-- where Madison lived with her father and mother. An autopsy-- later found the toddler died of blunt impact injuries, and the manner of death was ruled a homicide. Dana was arrested Friday. ((Strelzin: "the complaint states that he caused her death by physically assaulting her multiple times so that is what we are alleging at this time.")) According to court documents, Dana has prior arrests that include domestic violence and simple assault. He said very little at Monday's arraignment and was seen wiping away tears several times. ((Judge: Second degree murder is punishable by imprisonment for life.")) Adam Sullivan -- channel 3 news -- from our Upper Valley Bureau.

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We now know how an inmate died in Swanton... Last month, 38 year old Davido Bissonnette was transferred from Northwest State Correctional facility to a hospital where he later died. Police first said he died from a medical condition, but now investigators believe he had a bacterial infection that was caused by intravenous drug use. It's unclear whether Bissonnette had the infection before going to prison.

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A sword wielding Malone man will spend the next decade in prison. Police say in May, 28 year old Scott Hart attacked a man with a medieval type sword. The victim's wrist was nearly severed as he blocked the blow with his arm. Police say the victim also suffered extensive injuries to his arm and other cuts to his torso. Hart was sentenced after a plea deal.

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Troopers have made multiple arrests after investigating a New Hampshire car dealership. State police say workers at Berlin City Ford or Berlin City Chevrolet in Gorham were involved in a car safety inspection scheme. Allen Demers, Alan Moody, Randall Grondin, and Luke McGillicudy were arrested by police. Officials say some of the workers were not authorized by the DMV to perform inspections, and that the dealerships' service managers and supervisors had allowed unauthorized access to the state inspection computer network.

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Quick action from University of Vermont police saved a man from a drug overdose on campus. UVM police say they got a tip at 8:30pm Saturday night that there was an unconscious man in a parking lot on the Redstone campus. Police found the man locked in the car and say he was not breathing. They also found signs of recent drug use. An officer kept him alive until the ambulance arrived and took him to the hospital. He was later released. Police say the man is not a student at UVM, but he was a Vermont resident in his mid to late 20s.

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A Harwood Union educator is the first recipient for a new award by the Vermont Business Roundtable. Rachael Potts received the New Medallion Award yesterday morning for her work as an internship coordinator and employment specialist at Harwood Union High School. The award was created to recognize leadership that prepares students for college and careers. Potts helps students at Harwood land job shadows, internships, and other opportunities. Potts told Channel 3 her success is all thanks to community participation.

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((SOT Rachael Potts, 2016 New Medallion Award Winner 001905 So rarely do I pick up the phone and ask someone to meet with a student or talk with a student or the shadow and they say no. They almost always say yes. 15)) The award comes with five-thousand dollars for Potts to use to help her students. She told us she's not sure yet what that money will go toward.

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((2SHOT)) ((GREEN WALL)) Current: Cloudy with a few flurries near Lake Champlain Local temps: Mainly in the mid/upper 20s and low 30s NE clouds: Still lots of clouds around. NE radar/temps: Nothing on radar, but there are those flurries near the lake. Temps mainly in upper 20s and 30s throughout the NE. U.S. Rad/sat: 2 major storms out there, one in the southeast with severe weather and rain, the other one in the northern plains with blizzard conditions. Forecast clouds/precip: Quiet day today with a few sunny breaks by this afternoon. The 2 major systems will not hit us head-on, but we'll get clipped by both of them. That means more snow showers late tonight into Wednesday, with a few rain drops mixed in during the day. Not as much snow as on Monday, just a trace - 2", but it will come mainly during the morning commute again on Wednesday morning.

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Today: A few flurries near Lake Champlain A few sunny breaks Highs: 33 to 40 Wind: Light & variable Tonight: Cloudy Snow showers developing by morning Lows: 25 to 32 Wind: SSE 5 to 10 mph Wednesday: Snow/rain showers Highs: 35 to 42 Wind: SSW 10 to 15 mph Extended: Thursday: Snow showers Lows: 20s Highs: 30s Friday: Snow showers Turning colder, blustery Lows: 18 to 28 Highs: 22 to 32 Saturday: Mostly cloudy Chance for mountain snow showers Lows: 8 to 18 Highs: 20s Hyper-Extended: Sunday: Partly sunny Chance for snow late Lows: 5 to 15 Highs: 25 to 35 Monday: Chance for snow/rain Lows: 20s Highs: 30s

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Officials say at least 22 of the 36 victims from a deadly fire have been positively identified. The warehouse fire broke out in Oakland, California Friday night where a dance party was happening... Prosecutors say murder charges are possible, and officials are working to preserve evidence on the scene. Investigators say the two story building had no sprinklers or fire alarms inside. City officials say an inspector was unable to get into the building in November after responding to an illegal construction complaint.

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A South Carolina prosecutor vows to re-try a former police officer...charged in the shooting death of an unarmed black man. A judge declared a mis-trial yesterday in the case against Michael Slager ... after the jury reported it was deadlocked. The former North Charleston officer was captured on video last year ... shooting Walter Scott in the back multiple times ... as he was running away. He was facing 30 years to life in prison if convicted.

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A Massachusetts teen is behind bars this morning after being charged with murdering his classmate. Police say 15-year old Mathew Borges stabbed 16 year old Lee Paulino to death and then decapitated him. Authorities found his body last month... Borges charged as an adult for first degree murder is being held without bail. No word on what led to the attack.

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People in North Dakota brave frigid .. Blizzard conditions to continue to protest the pipeline... protestors say they will stay put .. Even after the news yesterday .. That the army corps will look at other routes.. But the company building the pipeline hopes the new president elect will reverse that decision ... A spokesperson for Donald Trump says he supports the construction of the pipeline....

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Demonstrators in Montpelier celebrated the decision by the Army Corps of Engineers not to allow a pipeline to run under a section of the Missouri River in North Dakota. But, they say their work is not done. Vermont's protesters say they want state finances pulled out of TD-Bank -- which has invested heavily in the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline project.

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((Beverly Little Thunder/Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Member and Vermonter "I wanted to remember all of those who are at Standing Rock right now. It's so fitting that we are standing in the snow, and it's so fitting that we stand here with snow flakes falling on the pipe because that is the way our people pray at Standing Rock")) The demonstrations did not lead to any violence -- but police did arrest eight protesters who refused to leave the TD Bank branch at the corner of state and main street.

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AAA says 1 in five fatal crashes involved a drowsy driving. And even missing a little sleep can put you at risk of nodding off behind the wheel. Weijia Jiang reports

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(nats - AAA video) A TIRED DRIVER CAN DOZE OFF QUICKLY, AS SEEN IN DASHBOARD VIDEOS LIKE THIS. (nats) "crash" IN THIS ONE THE DRIVER DRIFTS... AND REAR ENDS ANOTHER CAR. (nats) "crash" FOR KAREN ROBERTS, FALLING ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL ENDED MUCH WORSE. (SOT-Karen Roberts/Fell Asleep While Driving) "all it takes is a second, and you just nod off." (pix of Roberts) IN 1988, ROBERTS WAS A 21 YEAR OLD NURSE WORKING A DOUBLE SHIFT ON CHRISTMAS NIGHT. ON THE WAY HOME SHE DOZED OFF AND SMASHED INTO ANOTHER VEHICLE. THE OTHER DRIVER HAD MINOR INJURIES BUT ROBERTS WAS IN THE HOSPITAL FOR TWO MONTHS WITH A TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY. (SOT- Karen Roberts/Fell Asleep While Driving) "I had to learn again how to walk and talk and feed myself and dress myself, and everything." (GFX IN) A NEW REPORT FROM TRIPLE-A SHOWS DRIVERS WHO MISS BETWEEN 1 TO 2 HOURS OF THE RECOMMENDED 7 HOURS OF SLEEP A NIGHT… NEARLY DOUBLE THEIR RISK FOR A CRASH. (GFX OUT) (nats) TRIPLE A'S JAKE NELSON SAYS NEARLY 1 IN 3 AMERICANS ADMIT TO DRIVING WHEN THEY HAD A HARD TIME KEEPING THEIR EYES OPEN. (SOT- Jake Nelson/AAA Director of Traffic Safety Advocacy & Research) (Jake) "if we've earned only four to five hours of sleep in a night are the same as driving legally drunk due to alcohol" (Weijia) "so the less sleep you get the higher risk you are for getting into a crash" (Jake) absolutely, and this is really the first time we've understood that relationship to the degree that we do now." (SOT-- Karen Roberts/Fell Asleep While Driving) "(Cries) That's why I'm here today, and I want to share my story, so that you guys can learn from my mistake." ROBERTS STILL SUFFERS FROM DOUBLE VISION AND HEADACHES, BUT CONSIDERS HERSELF LUCKY, BECAUSE HER MISTAKE COULD HAVE BEEN DEADLY. WEIJIA JIANG, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.

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The Triple A says taking naps can help reduce your risk of becoming drowsy behind the wheel. If you're on a long trip the group suggests stopping every two hours to take a break.

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A new health study shows over the counter sleep medications could be linked to dementia. Researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine found lower metabolism and reduced brain sizes for people taking sleeping pills. They say the meds could cause cause cognitive problems when taken continuously for at least 60 days.

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One of the largest online retailers... Opens a grocery store with no checkout line! Amazon just unveiled a new brick and mortar store where it sells grocery essentials and pre-made meals. Customers are able to check in at the front of the store using the Amazon Go app. The dot-com giant can track purchases using computer vision and sensor technology. The first store is set to open in Seattle -- and shoppers can hit the store by early next year.

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before you make dinner tonight ... Check your chicken! The U-S Department of Agriculture recalled chickcen because it could be undercooked and could contain bacteria. The affected chicken was produced between August 20th and November 30th and comes from the National Steak and Poultry company. Some of the chicken was sold in five pound bags under the brand name Hormel. Check our website, wcax dot com for more details.

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It's a dream come true for a young Vermonter in California. But even before hopping on the plane -- the 13-year-old got quite the send-off. Scott Fleishman was there.

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((("Do you like surprises?"))) ((("Sort of."))) ((("Were you surprised today?"))) ((("Yes."))) (((Cole Paquette from Baksersfield has known about this day for a couple of weeks. What this 13 year old basketball fan didn't know was that the UVM men's basketball team knew about this day too.))) ((("We're helping him achieve his goal and hopefully inspire him."))) (((This is Cole's make-a-wish send off. His destination, Los Angels where he'll meet the Lakers D'Angelo Russell.))) ((("I think he's going to be the next Michael Jordan."))) (((The real superstar here isn't Michael Jordan or D'Angelo Russell, it's Cole. He's remained positive after learning last September he had a rare, fast moving type of cancer in his abdomen.))) (((Cole Paquette/"I just took the news then started Chemo and I've gotten good test results. I'm playing basketball still."))) (((Jennifer Eccles/"It's an uphill battle, he's in for the fight of his life is what they've told us, but he's got a great support system, rallying around him. He's got leading teams throughtout the U.S. looking at his stuff making sure he's got the absolute best treatment he can possibly get."))) (((But the only team that Cole has on his mind right now is the Lakers. A trip made possible by the folks at Vermont Make-A-Wish Vermont.))) ((("He's been through so much the past few months and it's really exciting for him."))) (((Trey Bell-Haynes/"I can only image what he thinks and how excited he's going to be just to even go to a Lakers game. As a kid, I would've loved for that to happen, so he's probably going to have the greatest day or couple of days of his life."))) (((Cole Paquette's West Coast Wish is coming true. We hope any more surprises this basketball player turned fighter receives, will be good ones just like this. In Burlington, Scott Fleishman, Channel 3 spotlight on sports.)))

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((REAX)) ((TOSS TO GARY))

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Today: Cloudy start with a few flurries near Lake Champlain. Some sunny breaks by this afternoon.

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Breaking news overnight ... Two elderly people are found dead in Newbury Vermont ... Plus the latest on a father charged with killing his 2 year old daughter.... And the president elect continues to criss cross the country today ... Where Trump stops next on his thank you tour ...

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Today: Cloudy start with a few flurries near Lake Champlain. Some sunny breaks by this afternoon.

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Let's get right to the breaking news overnight ... Two people are found dead inside a Newbury Vermont home ... Alex Hirsch is on scene ... Alex What do we know ... that's right Melissa...We are here on Welch Street in Newbury, where 80 year old Kenneth Welch and 76 Barbara Welch are both dead from gunshots. State police say that Kenneth Welch called a relative late last night saying he had shot his wife... the relative called the police and when state troopers arrived ...they found both dead...

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On 12/05/16 at approximately 2308 hours, Troopers from the St Johnsbury barracks responded to 340 Welch road in the town of Newbury to conduct a welfare check on residents Kenneth Welch (80) and Barbara Welch (76). A relative of the residents had contacted State Police advising that they had received a call from Kenneth indicating that he had shot his wife. Upon arrival, Troopers forced entry to the residence and found a male and female who's descriptions matched both deceased of apparent gunshot wounds. Both were pronounced deceased by Woodsville Rescue. The Major Crime Unit and the Crime Scene Search Team have been activated and are in the process of investigating the incident. At this time, investigation has not revealed any third party involved in this incident.

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State police do not believe anyone else was involved Again, two people dead of gunshots in Newbury. 80 year old Kenneth Welch and 76 year Barbara Welch. We will continue to update you with more information throughout the show. Thank you Alex.

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A member of the Vermont National Guard will be in court today facing sexual assault charges. State police say Josh Robbins molested a 14 year old girl at a party in Bethel in September. Robbins live in Kentucky, but police say he is in Vermont frequently for his duties with the guard.

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A father faces charges for allegedly murdering his young daughter. 43 Year old Roger Dana of Northern New Hampshire was arraigned on charges of second degree murder yesterday. He joined the courtroom through a video conference from the Co-Os county jail. On November 27th, police received a call at around 3 PM from a home on York Street in Berlin where 2 year old Madison Dana lived with her parents. An autopsy later found the toddler died of blunt impact injuries. Police say her father assaulted her multiple times.

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((Jeff Strelzin/ Senior Assistant Attorney General" She was injured, taken to the hospital, where she eventually died and since then the New Hampshire Major Crimes Unit, the Berlin police department and our office have been investigating the circumstances of her death.")) Dana has prior arrests that include domestic violence and simple assault. He is being held without bail. A probable cause hearing has been set for december 14th when prosecutors will lay out more details about what they think happened to Madison Dana.

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President Elect Donald Trump continues his thank you tour today ... Rose where is his first stop? Melissa .. First on the agenda... A stop in Fayetteville, North Carolina. It'a all a part of Trump's post-election 'thank-you' tour. before the event ... he's expected to meet at Trump Tower with Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger ... as well as the Democratic Mayor of D-C Muriel Bowser. Yesterday Trump met with Former Vice President Al Gore ... and officially tapped former neurosurgeon, Ben Carson, to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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New York officials may need millions of dollars to protect the President Elect until inauguration. Sources say New York Mayor Bill De Blasio plans to ask Congress and Trump for 35-million dollars to cover the cost of local police -- to pay for overtime and assisting the secret service. The costs are particularly high since Trump lives in the most populated neighborhood in the city.

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A financial crunch for dairy farmers in the Granite State... turns out they won't receive financial aid from the state before year's end. The Dairy Farmer's Task Force is proposing legislation for relief funding. It will be presented to lawmakers come January when the session starts. Low milk prices and drought conditions have left a financial strain on farmers there -- forcing many to spend more on livestock feed.

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A power line project has won a federal permit to run a line under Lake Champlain and link suppliers in Canada with consumers in Southern New England. New York based Transmission Developers Inc. announced yesterday that its TDI New England subsidiary received a presidential permit form the US Department of Energy. Massachusetts may be the key market for the power line which would run under Lake Champlain, across Vermont, and and into the New England Power Grid.

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Police warn people about about a reoccuring phone scam hitting rutland county .... Vermont state police say callers try to get the victims to wire money ... by lying about a loved one needing help after being arrested for DUI away from home. In the second common scam, callers tell the victims they've won money and need to pay the taxes on the award.

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A Montreal man was making money -- smuggling people into the US. Daniel Larmand was in Burlington court yesterday. Investigators say he took a man from Greece close to the border in Alburgh and then drove off. The Greek man then walked into the US and was detained by federal agents. He claimed that Larmand charged one thousand dollars to smuggle people into the US, and Larmand was arrested after attempting to meet up with the Greek man.

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FairPoint communications is sold to a company in Illinois for 1 and a half billion dollars. Faripoints operations in 17 states will all come under the Consolidated Communications name. Since Fairpoint bought Verizon's landline business eight years ago, the company has seen many highs and lows. State regulators say the merger may allow for many concerns to be addressed. It is unclear how the merger will affect Vermont employees.

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Check out these photos! That's a bobcat -- perched on top of a tree! Bobby Therrien told us he was out hunting in Charlotte this weekend when he spotted the cat. He said, after watching it for about 20 minutes -- it climbed down and carried on with its day.

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((2SHOT)) ((GREEN WALL)) Current: Cloudy with a few flurries near Lake Champlain Local temps: Mainly in the mid/upper 20s and low 30s NE clouds: Still lots of clouds around. NE radar/temps: Nothing on radar, but there are those flurries near the lake. Temps mainly in upper 20s and 30s throughout the NE. U.S. Rad/sat: 2 major storms out there, one in the southeast with severe weather and rain, the other one in the northern plains with blizzard conditions. Forecast clouds/precip: Quiet day today with a few sunny breaks by this afternoon. The 2 major systems will not hit us head-on, but we'll get clipped by both of them. That means more snow showers late tonight into Wednesday, with a few rain drops mixed in during the day. Not as much snow as on Monday, just a trace - 2", but it will come mainly during the morning commute again on Wednesday morning.

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Today: A few flurries near Lake Champlain A few sunny breaks Highs: 33 to 40 Wind: Light & variable Tonight: Cloudy Snow showers developing by morning Lows: 25 to 32 Wind: SSE 5 to 10 mph Wednesday: Snow/rain showers Highs: 35 to 42 Wind: SSW 10 to 15 mph Extended: Thursday: Snow showers Lows: 20s Highs: 30s Friday: Snow showers Turning colder, blustery Lows: 18 to 28 Highs: 22 to 32 Saturday: Mostly cloudy Chance for mountain snow showers Lows: 8 to 18 Highs: 20s Hyper-Extended: Sunday: Partly sunny Chance for snow late Lows: 5 to 15 Highs: 25 to 35 Monday: Chance for snow/rain Lows: 20s Highs: 30s

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Many people have a Christmas checklist that includes decking the halls ... But what about decking out your wardrobe? I found a shop that features Made in Vermont Christmas costumes..

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At one shop in Middlebury, costumes aren't just for Halloween anymore ... ((Hannah Hurlburt/Wonderland Boutique: 16:13:28 I think people think it's kind of funky, pretty fun, a little bit eccentric.)) At the back of Wonderland Boutique, owner Hannah Hurlburt transforms her business into a holiday workshop where these two elves get to work. ((Hannah Hurlburt/Wonderland Boutique: 16:13:16 we inspire transformation.)) Transforming her own clothing line under The Good Witch brand -- all hand made, original outfits and sold in the Green Mountain State. ((Hannah Hurlburt/Wonderland Boutique: 16:14:20 we have elves, reindeer, Santa Claus, Mrs. Santa Claus, even ugly Christmas sweaters.)) Hurlburt and her sidekick Rachel crank out dozens of orders every year -- for Christmas. They need about two weeks to get the material, piece the costume together and then for online purchases -- ship them out. ((Hannah Hurlburt/Wonderland Boutique: 16:14:34 a lot of velvet, a lot of fur trim.)) Right up my own alley. It's time for her to put her expertise to the test ... ((Hannah Hurlburt/Wonderland Boutique: 16:36:29 I think this one would be perfect for you... let's do it)) From a simple Santa hat to a full suit, ensembles cost anywhere from 20 to 100 dollars. ((Hannah Hurlburt/Wonderland Boutique: 16:38:35 what do you think? Whoo hoo. It's fine it's good it's perfect.)) Perfect .. for my opportunity to show off one of her seasonal creations. It's the magic of the season and the magic of dress-up that inspires her. Holiday cheer in a costume. ((Hannah Hurlburt/Wonderland Boutique: 16:20:24 And I feel that feeling is universal and it's a great feeling. It can inspire people and bring them together.)) Bring them together through Made in Vermont garb fit for Saint Nick.

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If you can't make it to Middlebury... You can find a link to Hurlburt's costumes online on our website, WCAX dot com. ((REAX))

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((TRT: 1:22 ... OC: MIKE MCCUNE)) (( It was a down to the wire night on Monday for the Boston Bruins and Boston Celtics. The Bruins beat Florida 3-2 in overtime at TD Garden on David Pastrnak's 15th goal of the season. The Celtics fell 107-106 to the Rockets in Houston with Al Horford missing a lay in the final seconds that would have won the game. ---------------- Monday was also the start of the baseball winter meetings and Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski announced that the team has picked up to 2018 option for manager John Farrell. Which means the Sox skipper will be around for two more years. The team didn't have to make a decision on that option until after the 2017 season, but will now avoid having Farrell go through the entire season as a lame duck. Throughout his four seasons as Red Sox manager, critics have complained about what they say problems Farrell has with in-game decision making, like his handling of the pitching staff. But, in explaining his decision to pick up the manager's 2018 option, Dombrowski said he was impressed with Farrell's "solid presence" and the players' response to his leadership. After back-to-back last place seasons in 2014 and 2015, Farrell led the Red Sox to the A-L East pennant this past season before the team was swept out of the playoffs in the division series by Cleveland. ---------------------- ---- As far as moves to help the Red Sox on the field, Dombrowski said yesterday that the team's priority is finding a strong set up man to pitch the eighth inning in front of closer Craig Kimbrel. ))

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The next Star Wars films opens next week ... And one group of Vermonters are showing their enthusiasm for the movie ... by giving back. The Green Mountain Squad is a 20-member contingent of the worldwide costuming group known as the 501st Legion. They craft replicas of outfits seen in George Lucas' films. This group of storm troopers -- as well as a few jawas -- helped out with a toys for tots drive at Williston's Killer Rabbit Games and Comic store last night.

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((TC 04:54:01 Title 5173 Andrew Liptak/Green Mountain Squad Leader: "its nerdy its fun, but earlier in the groups history we started to develop this social mission where we try to give back to the community." 05:03:17)) Rogue One hits theaters NEXT friday ... and the Green Mountain Squad plans to be dressed up and standing by at two Vermont Theaters in Essex and Springfield.

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still ahead... New York officials claim millions of dollars will keep the President Elect safe in the city... Plus we are live in Newbury Vermont where police investigate a murder suicide... And can over the counter drugs lead to dementia... A new study says yes. We'll have that health update and more, ahead.

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We are following breaking news overnight... Two people found dead inside a home in Newbury. St. Johnsbury police responded to a 9-1-1 call to search 340 Welsh Road -- for a welfare check on 80 year old Kenneth Welsh and his 76-year old wife, Barbara... They found two people dead from gunshot wounds inside the home. A relative of the residents told State Police they had received a call from Kenneth indicating he shot his wife. We have a crew assessing the scene and speaking to State police right now. Stay with us for updates.

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A father is charged with murdering his young daughter. 43 Year old Roger Dana of Northern New Hampshire was arraigned on second degree murder charges ... On November 27th, police received a call at around 3 PM from a home on York Street in Berlin where 2 year old Madison Dana lived with her parents. An autopsy later found the toddler died of blunt impact injuries. Police say her father assaulted her multiple times.

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A member of the Vermont National Guard will be in court today facing sexual assault charges. State police say Josh Robbins molested a 14 year old girl at a party in Bethel in September. Robbins live in Kentucky, but police say he is in Vermont frequently for his duties with the guard.

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A financial crunch for dairy farmers in the Granite State... turns out they won't receive financial aid from the state before year's end. The Dairy Farmer's Task Force proposes legislation for relief funding. It will be presented to lawmakers in January. Low milk prices and drought conditions have left a financial strain on farmers there -- forcing many to spend more on livestock feed.

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Quiet day today with a few sunny breaks by this afternoon. The 2 major systems will not hit us head-on, but we'll get clipped by both of them. That means more snow showers late tonight into Wednesday, with a few rain drops mixed in during the day. Not as much snow as on Monday, just a trace - 2", but it will come mainly during the morning commute again on Wednesday morning. The northern system tracking through Canada will clip us with more snow showers on Thursday and Friday, and it will also be pulling in cold air on blustery WNW winds. Things will settle down a bit heading into the weekend, although there could still be a few snow showers in the mountains on Saturday. Sunday will feature some sunshine, but then another system will start to move in late Sunday with more snow, possibly mixing with some rain on Monday.

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Today: Cloudy start with a few flurries near Lake Champlain. Some sunny breaks by this afternoon.

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Let's get right to the breaking news overnight ... Two people are found dead inside a Newbury Vermont home ... Alex Hirsch is on scene in Orange county and has the latest on this developing story ... that's right Melissa...We are here on Welch Street in Newbury, where 80 year old Kenneth Welch and 76 Barbara Welch are both dead from gunshots. State police say that Kenneth Welch called a relative late last night saying he had shot his wife... the relative called the police and when state troopers arrived ...they found both dead...

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On 12/05/16 at approximately 2308 hours, Troopers from the St Johnsbury barracks responded to 340 Welch road in the town of Newbury to conduct a welfare check on residents Kenneth Welch (80) and Barbara Welch (76). A relative of the residents had contacted State Police advising that they had received a call from Kenneth indicating that he had shot his wife. Upon arrival, Troopers forced entry to the residence and found a male and female who's descriptions matched both deceased of apparent gunshot wounds. Both were pronounced deceased by Woodsville Rescue. The Major Crime Unit and the Crime Scene Search Team have been activated and are in the process of investigating the incident. At this time, investigation has not revealed any third party involved in this incident.

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((...quite a few hours of work there to do."))

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State police do not believe anyone else was involved Again, two people dead of gunshots in Newbury. 80 year old Kenneth Welch and 76 year Barbara Welch. We will continue to update you with more information throughout the show. Thank you Alex.

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Did a New Hampshire dad kill his 2-year-old daughter? They're chilling allegations. Adam Sullivan brings us the story from a New Hampshire courtroom.

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((judge: state versus Roger Dana)) 43- year-old Roger Dana was noticeably emotional as he was arraigned via-- video conference-- from a Coos County New hampshire jail. He stands accused of the second degree murder of his 2-year-old daughter Madison. ((Jeff Strelzin/ Senior Assistant Attorney General: "She was injured, taken to the hospital, where she eventually died and since the the New Hampshire Major Crimes Unit, the Berlin police department and our office have been investigating the circumstances of her death.")) On November 27th-- around 3 in the afternoon-- police received a 9-1-1- call from this home on York Street in Berlin-- where Madison lived with her father and mother. An autopsy-- later found the toddler died of blunt impact injuries, and the manner of death was ruled a homicide. Dana was arrested Friday. ((Strelzin: "the complaint states that he caused her death by physically assaulting her multiple times so that is what we are alleging at this time.")) According to court documents, Dana has prior arrests that include domestic violence and simple assault. He said very little at Monday's arraignment and was seen wiping away tears several times. ((Judge: Second degree murder is punishable by imprisonment for life.")) Adam Sullivan -- channel 3 news -- from our Upper Valley Bureau.

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We now know how an inmate died in Swanton... Last month, 38 year old Davido Bissonnette was transferred from Northwest State Correctional facility to a hospital where he later died. Police first said he died from a medical condition, but now investigators believe he had a bacterial infection that was caused by intravenous drug use. It's unclear whether Bissonnette had the infection before going to prison.

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A Malone man will spend the next decade in prison. Police say in May, 28 year old Scott Hart attacked a man with a medieval-type sword. The victim's wrist was nearly severed as he blocked the blow with his arm. Police say the victim also suffered extensive injuries to his arm and other cuts to his torso. Hart was sentenced after a plea deal.

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Troopers arrest four people at a New Hampshire car dealership. State police say workers at Berlin City Ford or Berlin City Chevrolet in Gorham were involved in a car safety inspection scheme. Allen Demers, Alan Moody, Randall Grondin, and Luke McGillicudy were all arrested. Officials say some of them were not authorized to perform inspections, and the dealership allowed unauthorized access to the state inspection computer network.

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Quick action from University of Vermont police saved a man from a drug overdose on campus. UVM police say Saturday night they were called to an unconscious man in a parking lot on the Redstone campus. Police found the man locked in the car and say he was not breathing. They also found signs of recent drug use. An officer kept him alive until the ambulance arrived. Police say the man is not a student at UVM, but he was a Vermont resident in his mid to late 20s.

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A Harwood Union educator is the first recipient for a new award by the Vermont Business Roundtable. Rachael Potts received the New Medallion Award yesterday morning for her work as an internship coordinator and employment specialist at Harwood Union High School. The award was created to recognize leadership that prepares students for college and careers. Potts helps students at Harwood land job shadows, internships, and other opportunities. Potts told Channel 3 her success is all thanks to community participation.

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((SOT Rachael Potts, 2016 New Medallion Award Winner 001905 So rarely do I pick up the phone and ask someone to meet with a student or talk with a student or the shadow and they say no. They almost always say yes. 15)) The award comes with five-thousand dollars for Potts to use to help her students. She told us she's not sure yet what that money will go toward.

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((2SHOT)) ((GREEN WALL)) Current: Cloudy with a few flurries near Lake Champlain Local temps: Mainly in the mid/upper 20s and low 30s NE clouds: Still lots of clouds around. NE radar/temps: Nothing on radar, but there are those flurries near the lake. Temps mainly in upper 20s and 30s throughout the NE. U.S. Rad/sat: 2 major storms out there, one in the southeast with severe weather and rain, the other one in the northern plains with blizzard conditions. Forecast clouds/precip: Quiet day today with a few sunny breaks by this afternoon. The 2 major systems will not hit us head-on, but we'll get clipped by both of them. That means more snow showers late tonight into Wednesday, with a few rain drops mixed in during the day. Not as much snow as on Monday, just a trace - 2", but it will come mainly during the morning commute again on Wednesday morning.

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Today: A few flurries near Lake Champlain A few sunny breaks Highs: 33 to 40 Wind: Light & variable Tonight: Cloudy Snow showers developing by morning Lows: 25 to 32 Wind: SSE 5 to 10 mph Wednesday: Snow/rain showers Highs: 35 to 42 Wind: SSW 10 to 15 mph Extended: Thursday: Snow showers Lows: 20s Highs: 30s Friday: Snow showers Turning colder, blustery Lows: 18 to 28 Highs: 22 to 32 Saturday: Mostly cloudy Chance for mountain snow showers Lows: 8 to 18 Highs: 20s Hyper-Extended: Sunday: Partly sunny Chance for snow late Lows: 5 to 15 Highs: 25 to 35 Monday: Chance for snow/rain Lows: 20s Highs: 30s

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Officials say at least 22 of the 36 victims from a deadly fire have been positively identified. The warehouse fire broke out in Oakland, California Friday night as an electric dance party took place. Prosecutors say murder charges are possible, and officials are working to preserve evidence on the scene. Investigators say the two story building had no sprinklers or fire alarms. City officials say an inspector was unable to get into the building in November after responding to an illegal construction complaint.

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A South Carolina prosecutor vows to re-try a former police officer...charged in the shooting death of an unarmed black man. A judge declared a mistrial yesterday in the case against Michael Slager ... after the jury reported it was deadlocked. The former North Charleston officer was captured on video last year ... shooting Walter Scott in the back multiple times ... as he was running away. He was facing 30 years to life in prison if convicted.

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A Massachusetts teen is behind bars this morning after being charged with murdering his classmate. Police say 15-year old Mathew Borges (BOR-JUS) stabbed 16 year old Lee Paulino to death and then decapitated him. Last month ... Authorities found his body near the Merrimack River... Borges charged as an adult for first degree murder is being held without bail. No word on what led to the attack.

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People in North Dakota brave frigid .. Blizzard conditions to continue to protest the pipeline... protestors say they will stay put .. Even after the news yesterday .. That the army corps will look at other routes.. But the company building the pipeline hopes the new president elect will reverse that decision ... A spokesperson for Donald Trump says he supports the construction of the pipeline....

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Demonstrators in Montpelier celebrated the decision by the Army Corps of Engineers not to allow a pipeline to run under a section of the Missouri River in North Dakota.. But, they say their work is not done. Vermont's protesters say they want state finances pulled out of TD-Bank -- which has invested heavily in the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline project.

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((Beverly Little Thunder/Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Member and Vermonter "I wanted to remember all of those who are at Standing Rock right now. It's so fitting that we are standing in the snow, and it's so fitting that we stand here with snow flakes falling on the pipe because that is the way our people pray at Standing Rock")) The demonstrations did not lead to any violence -- but police did arrest eight protesters who refused to leave the TD Bank branch at the corner of state and main street.

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AAA says 1 in five fatal crashes involved a drowsy driving. And even missing a little sleep can put you at risk of nodding off behind the wheel. Weijia Jiang reports

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(nats - AAA video) A TIRED DRIVER CAN DOZE OFF QUICKLY, AS SEEN IN DASHBOARD VIDEOS LIKE THIS. (nats) "crash" IN THIS ONE THE DRIVER DRIFTS... AND REAR ENDS ANOTHER CAR. (nats) "crash" FOR KAREN ROBERTS, FALLING ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL ENDED MUCH WORSE. (SOT-Karen Roberts/Fell Asleep While Driving) "all it takes is a second, and you just nod off." (pix of Roberts) IN 1988, ROBERTS WAS A 21 YEAR OLD NURSE WORKING A DOUBLE SHIFT ON CHRISTMAS NIGHT. ON THE WAY HOME SHE DOZED OFF AND SMASHED INTO ANOTHER VEHICLE. THE OTHER DRIVER HAD MINOR INJURIES BUT ROBERTS WAS IN THE HOSPITAL FOR TWO MONTHS WITH A TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY. (SOT- Karen Roberts/Fell Asleep While Driving) "I had to learn again how to walk and talk and feed myself and dress myself, and everything." (GFX IN) A NEW REPORT FROM TRIPLE-A SHOWS DRIVERS WHO MISS BETWEEN 1 TO 2 HOURS OF THE RECOMMENDED 7 HOURS OF SLEEP A NIGHT… NEARLY DOUBLE THEIR RISK FOR A CRASH. (GFX OUT) (nats) TRIPLE A'S JAKE NELSON SAYS NEARLY 1 IN 3 AMERICANS ADMIT TO DRIVING WHEN THEY HAD A HARD TIME KEEPING THEIR EYES OPEN. (SOT- Jake Nelson/AAA Director of Traffic Safety Advocacy & Research) (Jake) "if we've earned only four to five hours of sleep in a night are the same as driving legally drunk due to alcohol" (Weijia) "so the less sleep you get the higher risk you are for getting into a crash" (Jake) absolutely, and this is really the first time we've understood that relationship to the degree that we do now." (SOT-- Karen Roberts/Fell Asleep While Driving) "(Cries) That's why I'm here today, and I want to share my story, so that you guys can learn from my mistake." ROBERTS STILL SUFFERS FROM DOUBLE VISION AND HEADACHES, BUT CONSIDERS HERSELF LUCKY, BECAUSE HER MISTAKE COULD HAVE BEEN DEADLY. WEIJIA JIANG, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.

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The Triple A says taking naps can help reduce your risk of becoming drowsy behind the wheel. If you're on a long trip the group suggests stopping every two hours to take a break.

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A new health study shows over the counter sleep medications could be linked to dementia. Researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine found lower metabolism and reduced brain sizes for people taking sleeping pills. They say the meds could cause cause cognitive problems when taken continuously for at least 60 days.

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One of the largest online retailers... Opens a grocery store with no checkout line! Amazon just unveiled a new brick and mortar store where it sells grocery essentials and pre-made meals. Customers are able to check in at the front of the store using the Amazon Go app. The dot-com giant can track purchases using computer vision and sensor technology. The first store is set to open in Seattle -- and shoppers can hit the store by early next year.

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before you make dinner tonight ... Check your chicken! The U-S Department of Agriculture recalled chickcen because it could be undercooked and could contain bacteria. The affected chicken was produced between August 20th and November 30th and comes from the National Steak and Poultry company. Some of the chicken was sold in five pound bags under the brand name Hormel. Check our website, wcax dot com for more details.

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NE clouds: Still lots of clouds around. NE radar/temps: Nothing on radar, but there are those flurries near the lake. Temps mainly in upper 20s and 30s throughout the NE. Today: Cloudy start with a few flurries near Lake Champlain. Some sunny breaks by this afternoon.

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Breaking news overnight ... Two elderly people are found dead in Newbury Vermont ... Plus the latest on a father charged with killing his 2 year old daughter.... And the president elect continues to criss cross the country today ... Where Trump stops next on his thank you tour ...

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Today: Cloudy start with a few flurries near Lake Champlain. Some sunny breaks by this afternoon.

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Let's get right to the breaking news overnight ... Two people are found dead inside a Newbury Vermont home ... Alex Hirsch is on scene in Orange county and has the latest on this developing story ... that's right Melissa...We are here on Welch Street in Newbury, where 80 year old Kenneth Welch and 76 Barbara Welch are both dead from gunshots. State police say that Kenneth Welch called a relative late last night saying he had shot his wife... the relative called the police and when state troopers arrived ...they found both dead...

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On 12/05/16 at approximately 2308 hours, Troopers from the St Johnsbury barracks responded to 340 Welch road in the town of Newbury to conduct a welfare check on residents Kenneth Welch (80) and Barbara Welch (76). A relative of the residents had contacted State Police advising that they had received a call from Kenneth indicating that he had shot his wife. Upon arrival, Troopers forced entry to the residence and found a male and female who's descriptions matched both deceased of apparent gunshot wounds. Both were pronounced deceased by Woodsville Rescue. The Major Crime Unit and the Crime Scene Search Team have been activated and are in the process of investigating the incident. At this time, investigation has not revealed any third party involved in this incident.

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(("... Specializes in cases like this."))

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State police do not believe anyone else was involved Again, two people dead of gunshots in Newbury. 80 year old Kenneth Welch and 76 year Barbara Welch. We will continue to update you with more information throughout the show. Thank you Alex.

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A member of the Vermont National Guard will be in court today facing sexual assault charges. State police say Josh Robbins molested a 14 year old girl at a party in Bethel in September. Robbins live in Kentucky, but police say he is in Vermont frequently for his duties with the guard.

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A new hampshire father is charged in the death of his young daughter... 43 Year old Roger Dana of Northern New Hampshire was arraigned on second degree murder charges yesterday. On November 27th, police received a call from a home on York Street in Berlin where 2 year old Madison Dana lived with her parents. An autopsy later found the toddler died of blunt impact injuries. Police say her father assaulted her multiple times.

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((Jeff Strelzin/ Senior Assistant Attorney General" She was injured, taken to the hospital, where she eventually died and since then the New Hampshire Major Crimes Unit, the Berlin police department and our office have been investigating the circumstances of her death.")) Dana has prior arrests that include domestic violence and simple assault. He is being held without bail. A probable cause hearing has been set for december 14th when prosecutors will lay out more details about what they think happened to Madison Dana.

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President Elect Donald Trump continues his thank you tour today ... Rose where is his first stop? Melissa .. First on the agenda... A stop in Fayetteville, North Carolina. It'a all a part of Trump's post-election 'thank-you' tour. before the event ... he's expected to meet at Trump Tower with Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger ... as well as the Democratic Mayor of D-C Muriel Bowser. Yesterday Trump tapped Ben Carson, to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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New York officials may need millions of dollars to protect the President Elect until inauguration. Sources say New York Mayor Bill De Blasio plans to ask Congress and Trump for 35-million dollars to cover the cost of local police -- to pay for overtime and assisting the secret service. The costs are particularly high since Trump lives in the most populated neighborhood in the city.

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A financial crunch for dairy farmers in the Granite State... turns out they won't receive financial aid from the state before year's end. The Dairy Farmer's Task Force is proposing legislation for relief funding. It will be presented to lawmakers come January when the session starts. Low milk prices and drought conditions have left a financial strain on farmers there -- forcing many to spend more on livestock feed.

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A power line project has won a federal permit to run a line under Lake Champlain and link suppliers in Canada with consumers in Southern New England. New York based Transmission Developers Inc. announced yesterday that its TDI New England subsidiary received a presidential permit form the US Department of Energy. Massachusetts may be the key market for the power line which would run under Lake Champlain, across Vermont, and and into the New England Power Grid.

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Police warn people about about a reoccuring phone scam hitting rutland county .... Vermont state police say callers try to get the victims to wire money ... by lying about a loved one needing help after being arrested for DUI away from home. In the second common scam, callers tell the victims they've won money and need to pay the taxes on the award.

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A Montreal man was making money -- smuggling people into the US. Daniel Larmand was in Burlington court yesterday. Investigators say he took a man from Greece close to the border in Alburgh and then drove off. The Greek man then walked into the US and was detained by federal agents. He claimed that Larmand charged one thousand dollars to smuggle people into the US, and Larmand was arrested after attempting to meet up with the Greek man.

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FairPoint communications is sold to a company in Illinois for 1 and a half billion dollars. Faripoints operations in 17 states will all come under the Consolidated Communications name. Since Fairpoint bought Verizon's landline business eight years ago, the company has seen many highs and lows. It is unclear how the merger will affect Vermont employees.

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Check out these photos! That's a bobcat -- perched on top of a tree! Bobby Therrien told us he was out hunting in Charlotte this weekend when he spotted the cat. He said, after watching it for about 20 minutes -- it climbed down and carried on with its day.

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((2SHOT)) ((GREEN WALL)) Current: Cloudy with a few flurries near Lake Champlain Local temps: Mainly in the mid/upper 20s and low 30s NE clouds: Still lots of clouds around. NE radar/temps: Nothing on radar, but there are those flurries near the lake. Temps mainly in upper 20s and 30s throughout the NE. U.S. Rad/sat: 2 major storms out there, one in the southeast with severe weather and rain, the other one in the northern plains with blizzard conditions. Forecast clouds/precip: Quiet day today with a few sunny breaks by this afternoon. The 2 major systems will not hit us head-on, but we'll get clipped by both of them. That means more snow showers late tonight into Wednesday, with a few rain drops mixed in during the day. Not as much snow as on Monday, just a trace - 2", but it will come mainly during the morning commute again on Wednesday morning.

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Today: A few flurries near Lake Champlain A few sunny breaks Highs: 33 to 40 Wind: Light & variable Tonight: Cloudy Snow showers developing by morning Lows: 25 to 32 Wind: SSE 5 to 10 mph Wednesday: Snow/rain showers Highs: 35 to 42 Wind: SSW 10 to 15 mph Extended: Thursday: Snow showers Lows: 20s Highs: 30s Friday: Snow showers Turning colder, blustery Lows: 18 to 28 Highs: 22 to 32 Saturday: Mostly cloudy Chance for mountain snow showers Lows: 8 to 18 Highs: 20s Hyper-Extended: Sunday: Partly sunny Chance for snow late Lows: 5 to 15 Highs: 25 to 35 Monday: Chance for snow/rain Lows: 20s Highs: 30s

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Many people have a Christmas checklist that includes decking the halls ... But what about decking out your wardrobe? I found a shop that features Made in Vermont Christmas costumes..

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At one shop in Middlebury, costumes aren't just for Halloween anymore ... ((Hannah Hurlburt/Wonderland Boutique: 16:13:28 I think people think it's kind of funky, pretty fun, a little bit eccentric.)) At the back of Wonderland Boutique, owner Hannah Hurlburt transforms her business into a holiday workshop where these two elves get to work. ((Hannah Hurlburt/Wonderland Boutique: 16:13:16 we inspire transformation.)) Transforming her own clothing line under The Good Witch brand -- all hand made, original outfits and sold in the Green Mountain State. ((Hannah Hurlburt/Wonderland Boutique: 16:14:20 we have elves, reindeer, Santa Claus, Mrs. Santa Claus, even ugly Christmas sweaters.)) Hurlburt and her sidekick Rachel crank out dozens of orders every year -- for Christmas. They need about two weeks to get the material, piece the costume together and then for online purchases -- ship them out. ((Hannah Hurlburt/Wonderland Boutique: 16:14:34 a lot of velvet, a lot of fur trim.)) Right up my own alley. It's time for her to put her expertise to the test ... ((Hannah Hurlburt/Wonderland Boutique: 16:36:29 I think this one would be perfect for you... let's do it)) From a simple Santa hat to a full suit, ensembles cost anywhere from 20 to 100 dollars. ((Hannah Hurlburt/Wonderland Boutique: 16:38:35 what do you think? Whoo hoo. It's fine it's good it's perfect.)) Perfect .. for my opportunity to show off one of her seasonal creations. It's the magic of the season and the magic of dress-up that inspires her. Holiday cheer in a costume. ((Hannah Hurlburt/Wonderland Boutique: 16:20:24 And I feel that feeling is universal and it's a great feeling. It can inspire people and bring them together.)) Bring them together through Made in Vermont garb fit for Saint Nick.

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Snowfall: Snow amounts from Monday. Sunrise, sunset: We have now slipped below 9 hours of daylight.

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Let's get right to the breaking news overnight ... Two people are found dead in Newbury ... Alex Hirsch is on scene... that's right Melissa...We are here on Welch Street in Newbury, where 80 year old Kenneth Welch and 76 Barbara Welch are both dead from gunshots. State police say that Kenneth Welch called a relative late last night saying he had shot his wife... the relative called the police and when state troopers arrived ...they found both dead...

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A father is charged with murdering his young daughter. 43 Year old Roger Dana of Northern New Hampshire was arraigned on second degree murder charges ... On November 27th, police received a call at around 3 PM from a home on York Street in Berlin where 2 year old Madison Dana lived with her parents. An autopsy later found the toddler died of blunt impact injuries. Police say her father assaulted her multiple times.

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A member of the Vermont National Guard will be in court today facing sexual assault charges. State police say Josh Robbins molested a 14 year old girl at a party in Bethel in September. Robbins live in Kentucky, but police say he is in Vermont frequently for his duties with the guard.

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Vermont state poilce warn people about a phone scam that's making the rounds again... They say callers try to get the victims to wire money by lying about a loved one needing help after being arrested for DUI away from home. In the second common scam, callers tell the victims that they've won money and need to pay the taxes on the award.

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President Elect Donald Trump continues his thank you tour today ... First on the agenda... A stop in Fayetteville, North Carolina. It'a all a part of Trump's post-election 'thank-you' tour. Before the event ... he's expected to meet at Trump Tower with Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger ... as well as the Democratic Mayor of D-C Muriel Bowser. Yesterday Trump tapped Ben Carson, to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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New York officials may need millions of dollars to protect the President Elect until inauguration. Sources say New York Mayor Bill De Blasio plans to ask Congress and Trump for 35-million dollars to cover the cost of local police -- to pay for overtime and assisting the secret service. The costs are particularly high since Trump lives in the most populated neighborhood in the city.

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A financial crunch for dairy farmers in the Granite State... turns out they won't receive financial aid from the state before year's end. The Dairy Farmer's Task Force proposes legislation for relief funding. It will be presented to lawmakers in January. Low milk prices and drought conditions have left a financial strain on farmers there -- forcing many to spend more on livestock feed.

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A power line project has won a federal permit to run a line under Lake Champlain and link suppliers in Canada with consumers in Southern New England. New York based Transmission Developers Inc. announced yesterday that its TDI New England subsidiary received a presidential permit form the US Department of Energy. Massachusetts may be the key market for the power line which would run under Lake Champlain, across Vermont, and and into the New England Power Grid.

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Gary? How's the weather?

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Quiet day today with a few sunny breaks by this afternoon. The 2 major systems will not hit us head-on, but we'll get clipped by both of them. That means more snow showers late tonight into Wednesday, with a few rain drops mixed in during the day. Not as much snow as on Monday, just a trace - 2", but it will come mainly during the morning commute again on Wednesday morning. The northern system tracking through Canada will clip us with more snow showers on Thursday and Friday, and it will also be pulling in cold air on blustery WNW winds. Things will settle down a bit heading into the weekend, although there could still be a few snow showers in the mountains on Saturday. Sunday will feature some sunshine, but then another system will start to move in late Sunday with more snow, possibly mixing with some rain on Monday.

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Quiet day today with a few sunny breaks by this afternoon. The 2 major systems will not hit us head-on, but we'll get clipped by both of them. That means more snow showers late tonight into Wednesday, with a few rain drops mixed in during the day. Not as much snow as on Monday, just a trace - 2", but it will come mainly during the morning commute again on Wednesday morning.


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