Wed 27-AUG-2014 11 P.M. News Script
Good evening and thanks for joining us, I'm Keith McGilvery. New at 11 -- A Hartford man is charged with first degree murder. Authorities say 31-year-old Luke Theriault ((TERRY-O)) killed his girlfiend's two year-old in July of last year. The charge comes after more than a year-long investigation into the toddler's death. Hartford police have not said how the baby died. Theriault is being held without bail and is due in Windsor County Superior Court tomorrow.
Meanwhile -- The Department for Children and Families is responding tonight to a new lawsuit alleging it failed to respond to allegations of abuse of two Ludlow children. Alex Apple spoke with the DCF Commissioner about the suit. Alex, what can you tell us. Keith, the lawsuit alleges that two children were abused for years at the home of Krista and Robert Hudson in Ludlow, VT. Both were convicted of charges stemming from abuse in 2012 -- and now come allegations that DCF handled calls to the residence inadequately.
((krista Hudson June 2012: I have a really big heart and I don't like to see someone homeless.)) That was Krista Hudson's answer to why she invited dozens of disabled adults into her home to live with her. At the time, Hudson was facing domestic assault charges -- she was later convicted after police told a Windsor County court that Hudson routinely punched, kicked and choked the people she was supposed to care for. A lawsuit filed Wednesday against the Department for Children and Families alleges that DCF failed to respond to reports of abuse of two children that lived with Hudson. The suit alleges that Krista -- who lived with her husband Richard -- abused the children for more than four years before police intervened. According to Ludlow Police -- who brought the charges against the couple in 2012 -- Krista Hudson used the internet to invite disabled adults into her home and bussed them from out-of-state to Vermont. When the people arrived -- police say the Hudson's abused them and wouldn't let them leave. DCF commissioner Dave Yacavone confirmed he found out about the new lawsuit today. (2:21 Dave Yacavone/DCF Commissioner)(("We always take very seriously our responsibility to respond to valid reports of suspected child maltreatment and I believe the facts will bear out that we did that in this case too.")) Ludlow police Sergeant Richard King told us DCF employees responded to more than 30 calls to the house -- yet the children and adults remained in the Hudson's home. Yacavone said he cannot comment on the specifics of the Hudson case -- it's now turned over to the attorney general's office for review. (1:58 Dave Yacavone)(("Of course, DCF will fully cooperate with the Attorney general's office in looking into and responding to the claim made by the plaintiffs.")) (Dave Yacavone)(("5:54 For every time there is a person who said you didn't act fast enough or you weren't aggressive enough, there is another one that says you're overreaching."))
Richard Hudson was released last month after serving his two-year prison sentence. Krista Hudson could be released as early as next year. The plaintiff in the lawsuit has not been named, Keith.
A sad end to the search for a missing boater. Colchester police say they found Brian Webb's body in the waters off West Lakeshore Drive this morning. The 65-year-old Montpelier man disappeared Sunday. Earlier this week Webb's dinghy was found about a mile from his sailboat -- but both were empty. Police are still investigating but Webb's death is not considered suspicious.
Littleton Police need your help to crack a case. On Sunday night police say two people broke into "That Dam Pit Stop" store on Monroe road. In surveillance video you can see two suspects ransacking the place, stealing cash -- and tobacco products. If you know who they are -- call Littleton Police.
Dozens of people are out of work at Rutland Plywood tonight. They're searching for new jobs as some raise questions about conditions at the facility. Elizabeth Keatinge has the details.
Teresa Miele shows us where her human resources office at Rutland Plywood used to be. Miele was one of 170 employees affected when the almost 85,000 square foot building was destroyed in a fire that started early Thursday morning. ((Teresa Miele/Rutland Plywood 12:38:40:27 It was heart wrenching to see employees who had been here for so many years watch the place that they'd come to every day burn. 12:38:49:14)) Some of the seventy full-time workers had been at the plywood manufacturing plant for years. For some, working there was a second - or third chance. ((Chief James Baker/Rutland Police Dept. 11:38:30:00 A lot of those individuals may not be able to find comparable work in the area.:39)) Rutland Plywood tells us that as part of its partnership with Project Vision and other community programs, the company employed many people who were in recovery or had a criminal past. ((Teresa Miele/Rutland Plywood 12:23:07:25 People who maybe wouldn't be eligible or able to be hired due to you know, their history, have been welcomed at Rutland Plywood. :17)) Some people who say they worked at Rutland Plywood told us off camera that the working environment was messy and disorganized. This is a 60 page report from Vermont's Occupational Safety and Health Administration. It outlines, with photos included, VOSHA violations at the facility after an inspection in July of last year. ***GFX--- According to VOSHA ... Five of those were labeled "serious". VOSHA states that the employer, quote, "did not provide a safe and healthful work place free from recognized hazards." VOSHA lists those violations as serious injuries and amputations as a result of faulty drive belts, not protecting employees from sprockets and chains, and broken and bent parts on machines "caused by overheating."*** Miele says any concerns had all been addressed well before the building caught fire - and VOSHA's report indicates that there was a settlement agreement in March of this year. ((Teresa Miele/Rutland Plywood 12:41:29:07 That issue has all been resolved. It's been resolved months and months ago.12:42:34:00)) She says the focus now is getting employees counseling and other services they need to get through such a difficult situation. ((Teresa Miele/Rutland Plywood 12:38:54:20 That was really hard. 12:38:57:00)) Miele tells us the community has been very generous in offering services - and some of the employees already have new jobs. The investigation into what caused the fire is ongoing. Miele told us any employees who have questions or who are in need of services, can contact her directly. Her information is on our website, WCAX.com. EK CH 3 News Rutland.
A warning tonight if you hike the Lincoln Gap Trail. State police say someone broke into multiple cars at the trail head around lunchtime today. Authorities say the car windows were smashed while the victims were out hiking. Anyone with any information should contact state police in New Haven.
New details about a salt shed collapse in Williston that injured multiple people. A state report says the incident was the result of the contractor not installing appropriate bracing on the structure. It also says the contractor failed to have the required license engineer design the supports. The shed crashed to the ground earlier this month. Four people who were working on the project were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Fairly quiet tonight ...with partly cloudy skies. Cooler air is working in, with overnight lows in the 50s. Forecast details coming up.
Vermont's largest city is in legal trouble. Burlington is in violation of state election law -- following yesterday's primary. As Midura reports the city was late submitting final tallies to the state.
Burlington is Vermont's most-tech savvy city. Only a couple of hours after polls closed, results from Tuesday's primary posted automatically to the city's website. But city election staff could not get those results to the Secretary of State's office before the legally-mandated midnight deadline. ((37:56 - :06 Mayor Miro Weinberger - D-Burlington: We had staff working on the election until 1:30 last night, and they did get a good amount of the results up. They did not get it all up. We're trying to figure out why, what went wrong. )) When we asked the city's top election official what went wrong Wednesday afternoon, he said the state's new election portal is not designed to handle the complexity of Burlington's results. He also referenced the differences in political boundaries within the city for local and state representation, and noted that the city website's results automatically generated. That's not the case with the state system. The mayor's office canceled our on-camera interview with THAT official -- though before it took place. We asked the mayor about those explanations. ((39:23 - :28 We haven't really figured out what happened last night, why we weren't able to get all the data into the state system)) He says the explanations are possible, but that determination wouldn't be made until they meet with the Secretary of State. In an email, a spokesperson for the Secretary of State said the portal is not the problem adding... "this is not a systems issue but an issue of timely entry into the system" ((41:07 - :14 Mayor Miro Weinberger - D-Burlington we had a learning experience last night and it's certainly goign to be a high-priority to make sure this doesn't happen again)) The mayor says the problem will be resolved for the next election round in November. The mayor says he cancelled our interview so that election staff can focus on getting official results into the Secretary of State's office by Thursday's late-afternoon deadline. Top officials for the Secretary of State's office also cited heavy work volume as the reason they could not be available for an on-camera interview. They also said about 31 other precincts -- mostly small towns -- did not meet the midnight deadline. KM, Ch.3 BTV
Still ahead -- a little girl shoots and kills her shooting instructor. ((Sam Scarmardo, Range Operator - "We really don't know what happened.)) We have the latest from New Jersey. And things turn deadly for one long-running reality show. Plus a Middlebury grad returns home after being held hostage in Syria. And it's a project that's been decades in the making. ((00:20:15 Marie Boisverd "Well its been a long time coming, its a good thing I haven't held my breath." 00:20:19)) Now Burlington says the Champlain Parkway has the green light. Details when the Channel 3 News at 11 continues.
A 9 year old girl from New Jersey accidentally shot and killed a shooting instructor at a gun range in Arizona. The girl's parents were with her at the range where she was being taught how to fire an Uzi, sub-machine gun. Vinita Nair reports.
(pkg TRT 119) (video of the girl shooting, then broll of the gun range) IN THIS VIDEO RELEASED BY THE MOHAVE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE, THE GIRL IS SHOWN MOMENTS BEFORE THE INCIDENT, STANDING NEXT TO THE INSTRUCTOR AS HE SHOWS HER HOW TO USE THE WEAPON. NATS OF VIDEO - YOU DO IT JUST LIKE THAT, GIVE ME ONE SHOT HEAR NATS OF GUN FIRE (still of range/.press release gfx) IN A PRESS RLEASE THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAID THEIR INVESTIGATION DETERMINED THAT "THE GIRL PULLED THE TRIGGER ON THE AUTOMATIC UZI, THE RECOIL SENT THE GUN OVER HER HEAD AND THE VICTIM WAS SHOT." (stills of vacca) 39 YEAR OLD CHARLES VACCA, FATHER AND WAR VETERAN, WAS AIRLIFTED TO A LAS VEGAS MEDICAL CENTER BUT DID NOT SURVIVE HIS INJURIES. (bullets and burgers broll) THE BULLETS AND BURGERS GUN RANGE HAS BEEN IN OPERATION FOR 12 YEARS. ITS OPERATOR, SAM SCARMARDO SAID THEY'VE NEVER HAD ANY TYPE OF INCIDENT LIKE THIS BEFORE. (sot from tues442) Sam Scarmardo, Range Operator - "We really don't know what happened. Our guys are trained to basically hover over people when they're shooting. If they're shooting right-handed, we have our right-hand behind them ready to push the weapon out of the way. And if they're left-handed, the same thing." (more broll of gun range) INVESTIGATORS SAY NO LAWS WERE BROKEN. IN ARIZONA, IT IS UP TO THE GUN RANGE TO PERMIT MINORS TO FIRE A GUN. BULLETS AND BURGERS SAYS IT HAS ALREADY CHANGED ITS REGULATIONS SINCE THE INCIDENT, AND THAT SHOOTERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO BE 5 FEET TALL OR 12 YEAR OF AGE. VINITA NAIR, CBS NEWS.
Police in Omaha, Nebraska say that a member of the production crew for the television show "COPS" was accidentally shot and killed by an officer during a robbery investigation. It happened at a fast food restaurant last night -- police say an audio technician was killed as police opened fired on an armed suspect exiting the building. The shooting also left the suspect dead. Police say the suspect was armed with a realistic looking pellet gun
A Middlebury College graduate is back in the U-S after being held hostage for two years in Syria. Islamic rebels released Peter Theo Curtis Monday. Family members say, the freelance journalist was abducted in 2012 and held by a group affiliated with al-Qaida. The former Vermont resident spoke about his relief outside his mother's home in Massachusetts.
(Sot 10:10:03) ((Peter Theo Curtis/Free Journalist: I had no idea that so much effort was being expended on my behalf and now having found out I am overwhelmed by emotion. I'm also overwhelmed by one other thing and that is that total strangers have been coming up to me saying glad you're home, welcome home, glad you're back.)) Curtis also writes under the pen name Theo Padnos.
Tonight will be partly cloudy and comfortable with lows of 48/58. Cooler air will return on Thursday, with highs around 70. A little bit of upper-level energy working through could trigger an isolated shower, mainly in the mountains. After that high pressure will work overhead on Friday. This means we'll see plenty of sunshine to round out the workweek. Unfornately the forecast goes downhill for the holiday weekend: A frontal system will be catching up to us and stalling out. Warmer, more humid air will be moving in on Saturday. Most of Saturday should be okay, but there could be a few showers and t-storms later in the day and evening. Sunday looks like it will be the most active day, especially later in the day, with showers & t-storms. Some heavy downpours are possible. A few showers and t-storms could also linger into Labor Day. Another front will come our way late Tuesday with more showers & t-storms. We may finally begin to quiet down next Wednesday.
It's been on hold for years -- but now a major highway project in Chittenden county could be moving forward. Shelby Cashman has more.
((00:20:15 Marie Boisverd "Well its been a long time coming, its a good thing I haven't held my breath." 00:20:19)) Marie Boisverd has lived in Burlington's South End--for more than fifty years. And she says the Champlain Parkway--is a project she has been hearing about--for almost that long. ((Marie: I was on the mayor's committee in the 70s and all they do is talk talk talk.)) Now--the project--which will link the end of Interstate 189 with downtown Burlington finally has an Act 250 permit--after construction was halted years ago. A hurdle Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger says--is significant. ((00:30:48 Mayor "This has been a real focus of ours for sometime, and we're pleased to get over another milestone, and we're going to keep pushing to get over the remaining hurdles." 00:30:56)) Some of those include detailed design work--right of way issues--and construction logistics. But Mayor Weinberger says--the project will be well worth the wait. On top of alleviating traffic concerns in residential neighborhoods--he says the parkway will create an easier route to downtown Burlington. ((00:34:18 Mayor "This is adding to the total capacity of the burlington transportation system, this is adding for travelers who are headed south out of town or who are trying to come in from the south this is adding another outlet." 00:34:30)) The Champlain Parkway--an estimated 30 million dollar project--is mostly federally funded. Mayor Weinberger says--only about two percent--is coming from taxpayers pockets. But even if residents aren't shelling out extra cash--some like Boisverd still feel the parkway is taking traffic away from one part of the city--and dumping it onto another. ((00:21:23 Marie "I don't really feel its going to alleviate a traffic problem in Burlington. I really feel its going to dump it into a congested, residential neighborhood." 00:21:33)) As far as timeline goes--Mayor Weinberger told me that for years--Mayor's before him have said groundbreaking on the project is two years off. This time--he says he's confident--thats actually true. Shelby Cashman -- channel 3 news -- Burlington.
T\he Vermont high school football season kicks off this weekend with eight games around the state both Friday night and Saturday afternoon. In Division One, Middlebury is coming off an undefeated season and it's first D-1 state title since 2002. As with any high school team, some key contributors were lost to graduation, impact players like running backs Sam Smith and Jakob Trautwein and several seniors on the offensive line. But one player still around is quarterback Austin Robinson. Now a senior, Robinson will be a player coach Dennis Smith looks at to be the leader both on and off the field as the Tigers being their quest for back-to-back titles Friday night on the road at Essex.
((TRT: 34 ... OC: DOWN THE ROAD.))
The Woodstock Wasps faced a ferocious fight in last year's D-3 title game, but managed to edge Mill River 20-19 in overtime. Throughout the season leading up to that championship game, the Wasps were a runaway train...and the engine that pulled that train along was star senior running back Oliver Kaija. Kaija and the Wasps capped what has been an amazing three year run for the program... three straight Division Three state championships, and 31 straight wins and counting. But he's gone and with each successive game, the pressure to keep that streak alive builds, but the returning Woodstock players, led by senior quarterback Nehemiah Wood, are eager to keep that winning tradition going.
((TRT: 22 ... OC: THIS YEAR))
Tomorrow night at 6pm, we'll visit with the other returning state champions from last season...the Division Two title holders at Rice...and remember, year two of the expanded, Friday Football Frenzy kicks off this Friday night at 11pm.
Many people both inside and outside of the NFL were surprised by yesterday's trade between the Patriots and Tampa Bay. New England sending six time Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins to the Bucs in exchange for tight end Tim Wright and a fourth round draft pick. It appears Mankins' contract, which will pay him over $6 million dollars each of the next three seasons, played a major roll in the Pats decision to move him. It's no surprise that Bill Belichick would not confirm that when asked about the trade. In his statement on the deal, Belichick said, 'Logan Mankins is everything we would ever want in a football player. He is one of the all-time great Patriots and the best guard I ever coached. Unfortunately, this is the time of year when difficult decisions have to be made -- and this is one of the most difficult we will ever make -- but like every other decision it was made for what we feel is in the best interests of the team." The Patriots play their preseason finale tomorrow night against the Giants. You can see that game right here at 7:30 on WCAX. Now, the Pats will have to go into that game, and the new season, without a player that had been one of team's captains and locker room leaders.
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