Wed 11-DEC-2013 11 P.M. News Script
Good evening and thanks for joining us at 11. I'm Keith McGilvery. And I'm Ali Freeman, in for Jennifer Reading. Police say it was an attempted suicide by car that killed a Vermont couple and their unborn baby. Today -- the suspect-- 53-year-old Robert Dellinger was arraigned on two counts of manslaughter. Authorities say Dellinger was traveling south on Interstate 89 in Lebanon Saturday when he crossed the median and struck the victims' car head on. Police say 29-year-old Jason Timmons and 24-year-old Amanda Murphy were headed north-- literally in the wrong place at the wrong time. Dellinger was hospitalized during the crash and was arrested Tuesday immediately after he was discharged.
((Morrell: " ... Adam Question" In an attempt to take his own life? Morrell: "Yes, in an attempt to take his own life.")) Dellinger did NOT enter a plea at today's hearing-- which was done by video conference. The judge ordered him to undergo a mental health evaluation before his next court hearing December 19th. Dellinger's family indicated they will be able to come up with his 200-thousand dollars bail. He was also ordered to surrender his license and his passport and NOT leave New Hampshire.
Family and friends of victims Amanda Murphy and Jason Timmons -- gathered in Wilder tonight for a candlelight vigil to mourn the loss of the recently engaged couple and their unborn baby. More than 50 people gathered at the Valley Terrace assisted living facility where the two victims worked together. As we've reported -- Murphy was eight months pregnant. Timmons also leaves behind three children. Organizers say tonight's vigil was created for silent reflection on the community's loss. The couple's memorial service is being held tomorrow morning in Wilder.
A Franklin County family is turning its tragedy into an opportunity to help others. Last February carbon monoxide poisoning killed Logan Newell of Georgia. Now his family has started a foundation in his honor to help families in need. Tonight it held "Christmas from Logan" at Taylor Park in St. Albans. The event provided hundreds of gifts to kids from across the community. Guests were treated to sleigh rides -- carolers -- holiday treats -- and of course a visit from Santa. Logan's mom spoke with our Jennifer Reading about her loss and the family's hopes for the future of the foundation.
((Heidi Hughes/Logan's Mom 00:10:24 "Losing a child is...I can't even describe the pain.")) It's been a heartbreaking ten months -- for Georgia mom Heidi Hughes. Her son Logan Newell -- was killed days after his 17th birthday. This will be the family's first Christmas without their youngest son. ((Heidi Hughes/Logan's Mom 00:13:14 "Ohhhh... he was my elf." 00:13:20 "He was always the one to help me carry down presents, just so he could open one to re-wrap so his father didn't know.")) Last February -- police found Logan's body -- at the St. Albans town park and ride -- inside his older model Volkswagon Jetta. Tests revealed two leaks in the exhaust system. One -- by the air intake valve -- caused exhaust to be sucked into Logan's car when the heat was on -- filling it -- almost instantly -- with lethal levels of carbon monoxide. Police say they had spotted Logan there before -- reportedly feeling tired and nauseous. But no one suspected he was being poisoned. ((Heidi Hughes/Logan's Mom 00:11:20 "As a mom I'm supposed to protect my child and I felt I let him down. And I live with that every day.")) Police say Logan's car was properly inspected. But as a birthday gift -- his parents ordered him a new muffler. It arrived the day after Logan died. Now his mom has a warning for other parents. ((Heidi Hughes/Logan's Mom 00:08:35 "I allowed Logan many a times to change a muffler, but they're only kids. They really don't know what they're doing." 00:09:10 "It might be cool and it might look good but that doesn't mean their kid is safe." 00:08:48 "Your kids got a bad muffler, bring it in. If you need money, come to the foundation.")) Logan's family created a foundation -- in his name -- shortly after his death. The goal -- to provide financial assistance to those who need it in Franklin County. The organization doesn't dole out cash -- but will buy food or fuel. And will pay for things like medical expenses -- even Christmas trees. Heidi says her son had two passions -- driving tractors -- and helping others. This foundation allows her to honor his memory. ((Heidi Hughes/Logan's Mom 00:04:25 "I can focus on something rather then just losing Logan." 00:18:18 "We haven't had a lot of people come to us and say hey we need a little help. That's what it's there for.")) And next year -- the foundation plans to tackle carbon monoxide awareness. The colorless, odorless gas -- dubbed the silent killer. ((Lisa Hayden/Logan's Aunt 00:03:43 "we've heard from many people that the tragic loss of Logan has helped at least save a couple kids because we know their parents went and checked their cars and found the same leaks in their mufflers.")) Logan -- continuing to save lives -- after his was taken -- too soon. ((Heidi Hughes/Logan's Mom 00:08:06 "His dad, myself his brother had 17 short years with Logan, but he truly left us with a lifetime of memories and he will always own a place in all of our hearts.")) Hearts that are healing this holiday season -- with every child who receives a gift in Logan's name. ((Heidi Hughes/Logan's Mom 00:15:20 "That's the first time in 10 months that I saw his father excited about anything we have done. And I knew it was the right thing to do." 00:15:40 "if I just see one kid smile that will make my day.")) Jennifer Reading -- channel 3 news -- St. Albans.
Police say a deadly crash on the Burlington beltline -- may have been caused by a deer. 56-year-old Gregory Burt of Colchester was killed when his car collided with a school bus on Monday. Police now say Burt hit a deer -- just prior to the crash -- which caused him to lose control and veer into the path of the bus. Police say it was also icy. And Burt may not have been able to regain control of his car after hitting the animal. No one on the bus was hurt.
Two Plattsburgh State fraternity brothers are facing assault charges - after allegedly attacking another student. Plattsburgh Police made the arrests following an investigation of a fight among students at the Alph-Chi-Rho fraternity in late November. Police say Daniel Colflesh had his jaw broken, and several teeth knocked out. Police say the altercation started when Colflesh went to the fraternity to investigate an alleged sexual assault on a female friend. Police have now charged 20-year-old Nicholas Simmons and 21-year-old Luis Munoz -- with felony assault and robbery for the attack on Colflesh.
(tile 5725 00:17:06:17) ((Chief Desmond Racicot/Plattsburgh Police "Right now, the arrests made are in reference to the first assault of the single male. The investigation with the female allegedly being drugged and sexually assaulted is under investigation." 00:17:18:19)) Plattsburgh police say at least eight other students were involved in a fight outside the frat after the initial attack on Colflesh. Police say more arrests are expected.
Police say the man wanted for three bank robberies in the Upper Valley -- is now behind bars. 30-year-old James Oberfeldt of Claremont is currently jailed in Massachusetts on a drug charge. Police say he's been identified in connection with three stick ups in the last two months. At the Claremont Savings Bank on November 26th -- at the Lake Sunapee Bank in Lebanon on November 20th -- and at the One Credit Union in Claremont on October 11th.
Vermont State Police say they're looking for a thief who made off with 50 gallons of diesel fuel. Authorities say it happened this morning at a farm on Shoreham Depot Road in Shoreham. Authorities say an unidentified suspect pried open a diesel tank box -- and swiped the fuel. Anyone with information on the theft is asked to contact the New Haven barracks.
New Jersey Governor -- and possible presidential candidate -- Chris Christie was is in Vermont tonight. The Garden state governor was the keynote speaker at the Republican Winter Gala in Essex Junction. Tickets to the fundraiser at the Expo cost donors between 50 and 10-thousand dollars. About 650 people were expected at the event that was slated to rake in hundreds of thousands of dollars. Camera's were not allowed inside the gala.
As we reported Tuesday -- Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin will serve another year as Chairman of the Democratic Governors Association. Now we know he won't have to travel very far to meet with his second in command. New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan was elected vice-chair of the DGA. Hassan is currently serving her first term as Governor in the Granite State.
Coming up -- traffic tie-ups on Interstate 89. ((SOT Ted Domey -- Operations Maintenance Paving Manager 3930 There was significant pavement deterioration along the two finger joints along the end of the bridge, plus we have some potholeing 3936)) Some are wondering why crews are STARTING road work in December. Plus could a major industrial wind project get the green light in the N-E-K? And what happened to Rutland's website? ((David A Morgan/Internet and Marketing Professional 07:46:34:06 "Quite a few domain names that have been in the same type of predicament."07:46:40: 01)) How the city lost its dot-com domain. When the Channel 3 News at 11 continues.
Traffic headaches today for some of you travelling along I-89. VTrans was hard at work -- repaving the Winooski bridge. and as Cat Viglienzoni explains -- they hope the repair will make it through the winter.
Wednesday morning commuters were met with a strange sight for mid-December -- paving crews, working on the Winooski River bridge on I-89 -- well past the end of the construction season. CONSTRUCTION NATS Vtrans says it was responding to complaints from drivers that they were feeling a large jolt when they hit the bridge joints -- and they were concerned it could be dangerous -- especially when the weather is bad. The agency says the bridge joint itself was fine. The pavement was the problem -- and doing nothing was not an option. ((SOT Ted Domey -- Operations Maintenance Paving Manager 3930 There was significant pavement deterioration along the two finger joints along the end of the bridge, plus we have some potholeing 3936)) This steaming new pavement is a band-aid approach, designed to let the bridge last until the summer, when it's scheduled as part of a much larger paving project between Richmond and the Burlington area. But there are concerns this quick fix --- may not last until then. ((SOT David Blackmore, Northwest Region District Administrator 5231 obviously the paving temperatures are less than favorable 33 we would love to have warmer weather but this is our last-ditch effort. This week the plants are closing and we have to make a decision 40)) That decision costs about 35-thousand dollars. There isn't an easy comparison to patching up potholes, which costs about 25-hundred dollars each time -- and ties up traffic for the day. Transportation officials say it was the hassle to drivers that pushed them to try what they hope will be a one-time deal. ((SOT David Blackmore, Northwest Region District Administrator 5445 if we can get between now and that paving construction season next year, it will be a success story 5450)) There are no guarantees. And if this doesn't work, Vtrans says it's back to square one -- patching up any holes -- until the project this summer. Cat Viglienzoni, Channel 3 News Winooski.
Voting ends Thursday on a measure that could decide whether a major industrial wind project in the Northeast Kingdom moves forward. The Seneca Mountain project calls for 20 turbines on ridge lines in the Town of Ferdinand -- part of the UTG -- or -- Unified Towns and Gores. With few year-round residents, the UTG extended the vote to all property owners -- including many who live out-of state. The company behind the 60 megawatt project has said they will not move forward without support from a majority of voters. Officials have also advertised 900 dollar annual payments to UTG landowners -- what some have called a blatant effort to buy votes.
((1:13:03 Pete Rodin/Opposes Project "It's just devastating what the ecological value of the area when you do that. It sort of becomes the center or the focus whenever you look at. You no longer are seeing this beautiful lake here.)) ((10:00 Dan Ouimette/Project Land Owner "I've been to hundreds of projects from Maine to California, and everybody that I've spoke to have always been positive about the project after it's up and going. Some of them were kind of iffy at first, but once it was up, it was positive.)) Company officials say given the UTG's small budget, direct payments to landowners makes sense. Although voting ends Thursday, results wont be tallied until mid-January.
Tonight: Evening flurries & squalls. Some clearing late. Lows: 0/10 Wind: NW 5-15 mph Thursday: Increasing clouds. PM snow shower, west. Highs: 12/20 Wind: NW 5-15 mph Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy. Flurries and snow squalls. Lows: 5/15 Wind: W 5-15 mph Friday: Mostly cloudy. Chance of snow showers, especially AM. Highs: 12/22 Wind: NW 5-15 mph Extended: Friday night: Lows: -5/5 Saturday: Mostly cloudy. Snow gradually develops S to N. Highs: 10s Lows: 5/15 Sunday: Cloudy with light snow tapering. Highs: 15/25 Lows: -5/5 Monday: Increasing clouds. Highs: 10s Lows: 5/15 Tuesday: Mostly cloudy. Snow showers likely. Highs: 22/32 Lows: 10s Wednesday: Mostly cloudy. Lingering snow shower. Highs: 20s
A web of confusion over Rutland city's website. Why did the site mysteriously disappear over the weekend? Elizabeth Keatinge takes a look.
By the time the city of Rutland realized its website wasn't working this past weekend - it was already in the hands of someone nowhere near Vermont. ((Henry A. Heck/Rutland City Clerk 07:33:35:21"Unfortunat ely, it was picked up by an entity out there, that quote on quote, apparently hijacks domain names, looking to see if maybe they can sell them back."07:33:46:29)) Rutland officials determined that the original rutlandcity.com website had been registered to the email address of someone who no longer works for the city, and therefore did not get any notices of renewal. They called in IT professionals - ((Henry A. Heck ... 07:39:47:02 They established that the domain name had been purchased by an individual in Panama City, Panama.07:39:54:04)) Internet professionals say snatching up expired websites is big business. ((David Morgan/Internet and Marketing Professional 07:46:54:28 "Usually when a domain name is expired and been released to the public, companies pick up these names because they have been generating traffic.07:47:05:06)) ((Elizabeth Keatinge/Rutland 08:00:29:02 "The city of Rutland's old website already has Vermont related advertisements that one expert tells me is generating income for the new owner.08:00:37:12)) ((David A. Morgan/Internet and Marketing Professional 07:48:00:25 "Those links are basically advertising, so every time someone clicks on one of those links, they generate some income from it.07:48:09:22)) The practice of waiting for websites to expire is fairly common. ((David A Morgan/Internet and Marketing Professional 07:46:34:06 "Quite a few domain names that have been in the same type of predicament."07:46:40: 01)) Rutland residents use the site to order birth certificates and pay taxes and other city fees. One resident coming to pay in person at the office says he doesn't see how the city could lose track of such important online property. ((Raymond Clifford/Rutland Resident 07:43:13:08 "Gee, why aren't they on top of it more, you know, and taking care of things?07:43:18:01)) ((Henry A. Heck/Rutland City Clerk 07:34:56:12 The inconvenience to the general public was minimal, basically all of Monday, part of Tuesday the site was reestablished 07:35:03:10)) Elizabeth Keatinge -- channel 3 news -- Rutland.
It certainly feels like hockey season doesn't it? Let's start in Hanover tonight, the Vermont and Dartmouth women's hockey teams facing-off in their yearly local showdown. The Catamounts riding a four-game win streak into Thomposon Arena ... But that doesn't phase the Big Green, who have won all 16 meetings in this series.. --- 42 shots on goal in this game, only one would go in... A flurry of chances for both in the second ... UVM can't beat Lindsay Holdcroft or the post, as Brittany Zuback with the ringing denial... --- On the other end, Dartmouth's Laura Stacy on the breakway but she's denied by IceCat goalie Roxanne Douxville. --- We would head to overtime... Where Barre's Amanda Pelkey ends it... Off the great feed from Gina Repaci, she goes backhand for the game-winner. Her 27th goal ties a program record, and gives the Catamounts the 1-0 win. Their first ever over Dartmouth.
High school hockey tonight...the Rutland girls visiting Middlebury... --- First period, great chance for the Raiders, Kristina Bellomo with the strong shot but she's denied by the glove of Tigers goalie, Baily Ryan... --- No score after 1, Middlebury gets it going in the second. Timmy Ka-Rown, on the breakway.. What a move as she lights the lamp, 1-0 Tigers.. --- A Few minutes later, it's her sister, Angela Ka-rown, throwing it on net... It's deflected in for the goal... Middlebury adds two more as they top Rutland at home, 4-1 the final.
to the Essex rink... Mount Mansfield girls hosting Burr & Burton ... --- This one gets exciting in the final minute of the first... Aggie Bisselle goes upstairs for the pretty goal. 1-0 Bulldogs. ---- Less than 30 seconds later, the Cougars respond. Lauren Hagerty's shot gets blocked in front but it's putback by Molly Burke, we're tied at 1 after 1. --- There'd be one more goal in this one... It comes in the second.. After the puck is chipped forward, it lands on the stick of Burr & Burton's Hanna Johnson who goes the length of the ice for the beautiful game winner... As the Bulldogs hold off Mount Mansfield on the road, by a 2-1 score.
to Cairns Arena and boys hockey...Harwood facing Milton... --- Yelloejackets up 1-0 in the second, they add to it... Andrew McQuinn feeds Zach Rabtoy, he snipes it home. 2-0 Milton. --- The Highlanders looking for an answer, Ryan Garrand with the excellent chance... That's all it is thanks to Milton keeper Brandon Rhodes ... --- Yellowjackets took the 2-0 lead into the third, and then they put it away... Watch Rabtoy, do all the work in front and he's rewarded with another goal... They add two more... As Milton goes on to shutout Harwood, 5-0 ...
Just call it the reunion tour for the Boston Celtics. Last night, their first regular season meeting with KG and Paul Pierce. In Brooklyn.. Tonight, Doc Rivers returning to TD Garden. Huge ovation for one of the best in their storied history, nine years two finals appearances and a 2008 championship. --- Those are real tears of joy... Probably not as happy here. Celtics with a great first half... Jordan Crawford the jam, 20 for him... --- Then Jeff Green unloads on the rim... A game high 29 for Green... 45-39 Boston at the break... --- But just like last night, a star point guard does them in... In the second half, Chris Paul.. The lay-in, 22 for CP3. Part of a 57- 43 second half run for the Clippers. As Doc gets the win in his return to Boston. As the Celtics fall 96-88.
Middlebury senior quarterback McCallum Foote has been named one of the four finalists for the 2013 Gagliardi Trophy... given to the nation's most outstanding Division Three football player. It's the D-3 version of the Heisman Trophy. Foote earned NESCAC offensive player of the year honors for the second straight season while leading Middlebury to a 7-1 record and a share of the conference title. He also led the conference in Passing yards, touchdowns and completions for the third straight year... The award banquet takes place next Wednesday, December 18th in Salem, Virginia
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