Wed 22-JUL-2015 11 P.M. News Script
Good evening, I'm Keith McGilvery. And I'm Shelby Cashman. Tears in the courtroom today as an alleged road rage killer learned his fate. 31 year-old Matthew Webster was found guilty -- Logan Crawford has our top story.
Accused murderer Matthew Webster sat quietly in court waiting to hear his fate. He faced a second degree murder charge -- for killing 31-year-old Anna Alger. Her fiance -- called for justice -- for the woman he loved. The woman he witnessed die. (TC 11:48:48:23 Tile 3916) ((Patrick Dalley/Alger's Fiance "She was a wonderful mother, caring friend. Loved her family to death. Loved going camping. Hanging out with family, loved her grandparents." 11:49:00:26)) A jury of 12 deliberated Tuesday night and Wednesday morning for about 4 hours -- deciding whether Webster was guilty of gunning Alger down during a road rage incident in St. Albans in 2013. It started when Webster ran a red light -- cutting off Alger's car. The Highgate woman confronted Webster -- and prosecutors say Webster fired his gun 11 times -- 7 of those shots striking Alger as she was walking towards him. Webster's defense attorney claimed he was suicidal -- and not aware of what he was doing. On Wednesday morning -- the jury reached a verdict. (TC 11:31:13:03 Tile 3908) ((Nats "regarding count 2, murder in the second degree, we the jury unanimously find the defendant guilty." 11:31:22:10)) ((video of Webster hugging someone... then walking away)) Guilty of murder. And Webster was also found guilty of reckless endangerment and negligent operation of a vehicle. He faces 20 years to life in prison. (TC 11:48:30:07 Tile 3916) ((Amanda Moore/Alger's Friend "Mixture of sadness and happiness for it to finally be over." 11:48:35:12)) (TC 12:14:47:17 Tile 3925) ((Logan Crawford/St. Albans "Attorneys for the prosecution and defense declined to comment on the verdict of the case. Lawyers for Matthew Webster say they plan to appeal after his sentencing." 12:14:55:29)) (TC 11:39:14:05 Tile 3909) ((nats family friends hugging crying 11:39:18:19)) Nearly 2 years after her death -- family and friends of Anna Alger can now start the healing process. (TC 11:49:09:19 Tile 3916) ((Patrick Dalley "Justice has been served." 11:49:12:23)) Logan Crawford -- channel 3 news -- Burlington.
The body of a New York City man last seen in our region--was found today. 39 year old Tristan Metroze--a US Navy veteran--vanished June 4 from the village of Lake Placid. Police say that's where he rented a car and mentioned to staff he planned to go hiking in Vermont. This photo form the Plattsburgh Press Republican shows the car after it was pulled from the lake at the Port Kent ferry dock. New York State Police say Metroze intentionally drove his car off the pier. The car -- and his body -- were found underwater today by a recreational diver. It's unclear when he went into the lake.
Vermont State Police need your help locating a non compliant sex offender. They say 27 year old Greggorie Alexander is no longer living at the Johnson residence listed on the Vermont sex offender registry. He was last seen there at the end of June. Police say he may be living in the Winooski area. Alexander was convicted of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child in 2009. Police do not consider him a high risk under the law but they say he is not in compliance under the sex offender registry. Anyone with any information is asked to call police.
One of Vermont's most outspoken survivors of violent crime was honored today for her work as an advocate for victims. Alex Apple was there. He joins us tonight in the studio. Keith -- that survivor was Sue Russell -- who GATHERED WITH other victims of violent crime to share their stories. For most -- only people with a similar life experiences can understand their struggle.
Among these flowers they find peace. In these faces -- understanding. Survivors of domestic abuse and violent crimes found serenity and courage to talk about their struggles Wednesday-- in Montpelier's aptly named "Courage in Bloom" garden. ((Deb sherrer/VT Center for Integrative Therapy 09:15 some lives require more courage than others. I don't mean that in a grandiose way I just think it's a really deep truth.)) The Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services gave survivors an outlet to share their struggle with others who understand the good days and the bad. ((Erik Miller/US Attorney 02:50 i'm not worried about us walking out of here feeling good. I think the trick is going to be translating that inspiration into action.)) US Attorney Eric Miller joined in honoring one of Vermont's most influential advocates for victims: Susan Russell. ((Judy Rex/Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services 16:27 every time I hear Sue speak, I am in awe of her ability to speak out so powerfully.)) Russell did not want to be filmed for our story. An inspiration to so many -- she still fights her own battle. The man -- Richard Laws -- who savagely attacked, raped and nearly killed her almost 25 years ago -- was released from prison earlier this year. ((Laws NAT)) But the goal for these men and women: find the strength and support to define themselves as survivors -- victims no longer.
Richard Laws is due in court in October. He was arrested shortly after his release for driving with a suspended license. He checks in daily as part of his obligations on the sex offender registry.
Dan is here. A few more showers around today.
As flood ravaged parts of Central Vermont continue to clean up debris and mud-- they also looked forward to a big weekend celebration. Barre City and Plainfield were hit hard by flash floods Sunday night. But the community is banding together. Beverage Baron in Barre is planning a fundraiser next week--giving proceeds from Heady Topper beer sales to a relief fund for flood victims started by the cities Mayor. Many also say the annual Barre Heritage Festival--which kicked off today--could not have come at a better time.
(00:33:35 1641) ((Casey Harrington/Beverage Baron Vice President "Their homes have been destroyed. I've heard that several homes are gonna have to be torn down. Those are the people that really need this money." 00:33:44)) (00:19:08 1620) ((Mayor Thom Lauzon/Barre "It will just bring a welcome break, you know? Instead of mucking out a basement or raking a lawn, people are going to be able to go downtown for a few days and different areas around the city and just enjoy themselves and take a little break from this misery for a few days." 00:19:22)) The big events -- including a food festival, a parade and fireworks show -- don't take place until the weekend. But there are plenty of other activities and retail sales that started today. You can find full details in the Infocenter at wcax-dot-com.
The story of Carmen Tarleton-- a Thetford woman who was the victim of a brutal attack that left her permanently disfigured--has touched the lives of many across the Globe. Now--her story is up for televisions highest honor. In 2007--Tarleton's estranged husband doused her with industrial lye, burning 80 percent of her body. She bounced back. Tarleton received a rarely performed face transplant surgery--that has helped her regain control over the muscles in her face over time. Her story of courage and survival was featured on ESPN's E-60--which has been nominated for an Emmy this year. Tarleton shared the exciting news with her fans today on Twitter.
Still ahead - Newly released dash-cam video is raising more questions about a jailhouse death And -- low demand for milk has farmers struggling -- we'll take a look at the numbers. Plus how much closer is Burlington to cleaning up the closed Moran Plant? And Hackers can gain access to your computer but how about your car? We'll find out when the channel 3 news continues.
Law enforcement in Texas are under investigation after the dashcam video connected to woman's death was released. Texas Trooper Brian Encinia pulled his stun gun on 28-year-old Sandra Bland after she refused to put out her cigarette and get out of the car. He threatened to use a taser on her. The trooper handcuffs Bland and she is heard off camera. Bland was found dead in her cell, 3 days after she was arrested. Authorities say she hanged herself with a plastic garbage bag. Her family--is now disputing that finding. The FBI is investigating.
A new video shows two computer experts hacking into a leading automakers' vehicle taking control of the radio, air conditioning and even the engine. Kris Van Cleave reports.
(NATSOUND/WIRED VIDEO) "We're killing the engine." I actually can't accelerateit says 46 miles an hour, but I'm not going that fast." THIS VIDEO HAS GRABBED THE ATTENTION OF THE AUTOMOTIVE WORLD AND CONGRESS. CYBER SECURITY EXPERTS CHARLIE MILLER AND CHRIS VALASEK SHOWED THEY CAN REMOTELY HACK THIS JEEP DRIVEN BY A REPORTER FOR WIRED, WHO PRODUCED THIS VIDEO AND POSTED IT ON THEIR WEBSITE TUESDAY. (SOT-Chris Valasek/Ethical Hacker) "We were able to access the Jeep Cherokee over its 3G connection." THE PAIR WHO WORK AS ETHICAL HACKERS WERE MILES AWAY USING THE INTERNET TO GET INSIDE THE JEEP'S INFO-TAINMENT SYSTEM CONTROLLING THE RADIO AND NAV SYSTEM. (NATSOUND/WIRED VIDEO) "Oh my god - there's a picture of Charlie and Chris in track suits? That just appeared on the dash board." (VALASEK SOT) "From there we were able to move to a different processor that was involved in in-vehicle communication, so things like braking, steering, transmission." THE WIRED VIDEO SHOWS THE HACKERS DISABLING THE JEEP'S BRAKES - LEAVING IT to SLIDE INTO A DITCH. THEY ESTIMATE AS MANY AS 471-THOUSAND VEHICLES - INCLUDING JEEPS - USING FIAT-CHRYSLER'S U-CONNECT SYSTEM COULD BE VULNERABLE. (NATSOUND/MARKEY & KVC) (KVC) "How concerned are you that hackers may go after our cars?" (MARKEY) "Unfortunately I think we have to anticipate that they will." MASSACHUSETTES SENATOR ED MARKEY IS INTRODUCING NEW LEGISLATION TO REQUIRE CYBER SECURITY AND PRIVACY PROTECTION BE APPLIED TO CARS (MARKEY SOT) "We have to begin to build the protections in now, give the warnings now to American families. THE HACKERS IN THE VIDEO TOLD FIAT CHRYSLER WHAT THEY DID. (gfx) IN A STATEMENT THE COMPANY SAYS IT HAS RELEASED A SOFTWARE UPDATE THAT OFFERS CUSTOMERS IMPROVED VEHICLE ELECTRONIC SECURITY AND COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM ENHANCEMENTS. KRIS VAN CLEAVE, CBS NEWS WASHINGTON.
Plans for a makeover of one of Burlington's eyesores are moving forward. What to do about the vacant Moran Plant has been debated since it closed in 1986. The New Moran project aims to turn it into a three-level space for shops, an indoor venue for events, and an innovation space for small businesses and startups. But transforming the space won't be cheap. It comes with a 34-million dollar price tag.
((SOT Tad Cooke, New Moran, Inc. 003056 I think we've gotten to the point -- I know we've gotten to the point -- where there's this tension that either it's going to happen or it's not. So it's the last good shot at redeveloping this building, otherwise we're going to take it down 003106 And in that light, we have this motivation to finish it and make it happen 003111)) The first open houses -- with tours of the plant -- are from 5:30 to 8:30 tomorrow and Friday -- and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cat Viglienzoni will take an in-depth look at the plans -- and a tour of the plant -- coming up Saturday morning on 'The Weekend".
Milk prices are on the rise -- but they still fall short from this time last year. The price of milk in May was $18-dollars per hundred weight -- according to the U-S Ag Department. That was up 20 cents from April. But down more than 8 dollars from a year ago. The Government says there are 132-thousand cows being milked in Vermont. That's 1000 more than last year at this time. The demand for milk has not kept up with the supply -- and that's created a challenge for farmers. This year, some milk handlers have been forced to dump skim milk because they couldn't find a market for their product.
A Vermont non-profit is honoring a woman who died from breast cancer through art. It's using empty walls in hospital rooms across the state to share unique creations with patients.
Artist Harald Aksdal finds his inspiration in the great outdoors. ((15:31 Harald "Oh Vermont nature, I love trees, nature, the natural world.)) 5 And it was images like those that helped him find peace during his time in the hospital. 15:59 Harald, I have been in a hospital several times, I have looked at walls and it is nice to not watch tv and get lost in a piece of artwork, just allow your mind to forget about your situation and get lost in a painting.)) 14 That's why he's been eager to work with the Susan Sebastian Foundation -- an organization - with a simple goal - to bring art to bare hospital rooms across the state -- to transport patients beyond the walls that confine them. ((Gilbert Myers, Susan Sebastian Foundation 14:12 "You want to help them feel that they want to get out of the room and get back to home.)) 5 Wednesday Aksdal joined doctors, patients and artists at Central Vermont Medical Center to unveil the foundation's latest gift - $20-thousand dollars worth of one-of-a-kind- creations. Maureen O'Connor Burgess 06:26 Hospital care is usually medical and this is spiritual 3 Maureen O'Connor Burgess works at the hospital and got to criss-cross the state looking for the pieces that would fill the medical center - she kept her eye out for the familiarů 07:51 Things that people in Vermont will recognize and they were talking about landscpes and barms and canoe trips and typical farmyards and so I went and searched out all of that.)) 9 she says there is no way the hospital would have been able to pay for work like this on it's own. ((Maureen O'Connor Burgess 06:13 Absolutely not, I don't think any hospital does now, no and this provides a diffrenet kind of comfort.)) 9 Aksdal is just one of more than a dozen artists from across the state whose pieces makes up the collection unveiled Wednesday - but he hopes together the dozens of creations can play a small role in helping make things a little easier for people who are sick. ((Aksdal 17:12 Just having a change of scenery within a technical room like that is in my view important.)) 8 The Susan Sebastian Foundation plans to have art in all of Vermont's hospital by the end of the year.
The artwork in Berlin will be on display for the public in the Central Vermont Medical Center Lobby for the next month.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows: 50/57 Winds: W 5-10 mph Thursday: Partly sunny, Chance of showers. Highs: 70/77 Winds: SW 5-10 mph Thursday Night: Partly cloudy. Lows: 50/57 Winds: SW 5-10 mph Friday: Mostly cloudy. Chance of showers. Highs: 65/72 Winds: NW 5-10 mph Extended: Saturday through Wednesday. Friday Night: Lows 48/55 Saturday: Partly sunny. Highs 70/77 Lows 55/62 Sunday: Chance of showers.tstorms. Highs 73/80 Lows 60s Monday: Chance of showers. Highs 75/82 Lows 55/65 Tuesday: Partly sunny. Highs 78/85 Lows 60s Wednesday: Partly sunny. Highs 78/85
Technology continues to amaze -- and get this -- In Japan, there is a hotel staffed by robots. Seth Doane checked in to see what this hotel of the future is all about.
ITS NOT YOUR TYPICAL HOTEL CHECK IN EXPERIENCE.... BUT THE "HENN'NA HOTEL" - WHICH TRANSLATES TO "STRANGE HOTEL" IN JAPANESE - LIVES UP TO ITS NAME. JUST MEET THE FRONT DESK STAFF: (SOT - dinosaur robot front desk staff - 4:51) (Dinosaur robot:) "Please ask me your request - but don't ask me a difficult question because I am a robot." ALSO AT RECEPTION: AN ALMOST CREEPY HUMANOID .... THERE'S A ROBOTIC BAG-CHECK EVEN A ROBOT CONCIERGE. NATS - (robot:) what do you want to know? Check-in? Check-out? Breakfast? (Seth:) Breakfast (robot:) Breakfast is a buffet style - it's open from 7am until 10am HIDEO SAWADA (hee-day-oh sah-wah-dah) IS THE MAN IN CHARGE. (SOT - 28:09 / 28:44 CEO, Hideo Sawada, CEO, Huis Ten Bosch Theme Park) (Seth:) Isn't hospitality about connecting with people? (Sawada, in Japanese:) For five star hotels human staff are essential, HE TOLD US, but for three or four star hotels - you need comfortable lodging, and a basic level of communication at a reasonable price. SAWADA SAYS HAVING ROBOTS FILL JOBS CAN HELP REDUCE LABOR COSTS BY ABOUT 70-PERCENT. (NATS:) enjoy your reasonably priced stay THERE WERE SOME SOFTWARE HICCUPS BUT EVENTUALLY I WAS OFF (NATS - 13:04) (Seth:) "I can probably carry this on my own - but why not try another robot" PUNCH IN A ROOM NUMBER AND IT'LL TAKE YOU THERE... ALBEIT, SLOWLY. NATS (15:07) (Seth:) "You wouldn't want to be in a rush to your room" HERE, FACIAL RECOGNITION, IN THEORY, REPLACES A ROOM KEY. BUT IT TOOK A FEW TRIES (SETH:) Reject? Ah, there were go. I don't even need a room key I GOT IN ONLY TO FIND ANOTHER ROBOT (SOT - 20:49 - seth sitting on bed) (Seth:) Oh - this robot is speaking Japanese and it's a little confusing" THANKFULLY, THERE WAS A "CHEAT SHEET" TO HELP WITH THE WORDING BUT IT COULDN'T DO MUCH FOR MY PRONUNCIATION: (SOT - 23:07) (Seth:) (sruggles) Akari kashite (robot:) karari kashimas (lights go off) UNBELIEVABLY, IT DECIPHERED MY JAPANESE AND TURNED OUT THE LIGHTS. BACK AT RECEPTION... THERE'S NO NEED FOR A SHIFT CHANGE. SETH DOANE, CBS NEWS, NAGASAKI, JAPAN.
Not only were the Lake Monsters trying to snap a three game losing streak tonight, the team was just looking to get on the scoreboard having been shutout one night ago. It's military appreciation night for game 2 of the series at Centennial. --- 2-2 bottom of the fifth, 2 on for Chris Iriart. He lines one to center. Richie Martin scores. Mikey White, who drove in the first 2 runs of the game, slides or rolls in safely. 4-2 monsters. --- The next batter, Seth Brown, nearly the same location. Iriart trots home. The Monsters back on track with the 6-2 win.
Joe Brown's first place Vermont Moutnaineers hosting North Adams tonight. --- A great outing by Neers starter Casey Brown. 2 on in the fourth innings, but Brown gets the strikeout to end the threat. Brown pitches 6 and 2 third scoreless innings. Vermont pitching hasn't allowed a run in its last 34 and one-third innings. --- Vermont getting all the offense in it would need in the bottom of the fourth, First it's joe Dudek sending one to left field. It hits the bottom of the wall. Dudek slides in safely with a double. He goes 3 for 3. --- The next batter is Ridge Smith. And that one is high and deep to center it lands in the basketball court beyond the fence for the 2 run shot. That's the difference in this one as the Mountaineers take it, 2-0.
Over two hundred of the top high school anglers in the country are in Tennessee for the 2015 Bassmaster High School National Championship. And Vermont is represented in the field. Max Bellinghiri of South Hero and Rudd Rexford of Grand Isle are representing the state and South Burlington High School at the second annual national championship tournament. Today was opening day of the four day competition. The pair reeled in two fish with a total weight of four pounds. The maximum you can catch on any day is five fish. Bellinghiri and Rexford currently sit in 74th place heading into day two of the championship tomorrow.
There are 11 golfers representing Vermont at the New England amateur this week in Newbury, New Hampshire. After 2 rounds, Evan Russell is the top Vermonter, shooting a combined 140, 3 shots off the lead. Vermont amateur champ, Alex Rainville is 14 back.
The US men's soccer team with a disapointing showing today in the gold Cup semifinals against Jamaica. --- 31st minute Giles Barnes scoring on the free kick, 2-0 Jamaica. --- 48th minute, Aron Johannsson's shot bounces off the keeper, Clint Dempsey goes down, but there's Michael Bradley to sneak it in. It's a 2-1 game. --- The US has a chance to tie it later, Alejandro Bedoya with the cross to Alan Gordon, but his shot is stopped by Ryan Thompson. Jamaica advances to the gold cup finals, 2-1.
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