Wed 22-OCT-2014 11 P.M. News Script
Good evening and thank you for joining us at 11. I'm Keith McGilvery. And I'm Shelby Cashman. The verdict is in. Today a jury found Allen Prue guilty of killing St. Johnsbury teacher Melissa Jenkins. Jennifer Costa has our top story.
They're words Melissa Jenkins loved ones have been waiting 2-and-a-half years to hear. ((Voice of Foreperson 00:03:48 "Guilty, your honor.")) In a rare show of emotion -- convicted killer -- Allen Prue -- cried as the jury found him guilty of 1st degree murder, conspiracy and attempted kidnapping. Jenkins' family shared hugs and expressed relief. ((Linda Gadapee/Melissa's aunt 10:09:06 "well I was getting a little nervous last night at 8 o'clock when they were still in there. But it ended quick this morning.")) Investigators -- who worked the murder case -- call it justice. ((Capt. JP Sinclair/Vermont State Police 10:08:05 "On behalf of the state police we're very, very grateful to this jury for the verdict. This was the culmination of a lot of hard work and I'm very grateful that these 12 jurors saw this case as we did.")) Throughout the nine day trial the prosecution painted Prue -- and his wife Patricia -- as cold-blooded killers who savagely beat, strangled and killed a woman -- who was loved -- by so many. ((10/21/14 Lisa Warren/Caledonia County State's Attorney 03:25:13 "Before she died she fought like hell.")) Allen Prue's lawyer tried to convince jurors -- Patricia was the mastermind. Describing her as a mentally ill wife -- who researched murder and rape -- and ultimately killed Jenkins in a jealous rage. (( 10-21-14 Bob Katims/Prue's lawyer 05:13:15 "Allen Prue didn't plan to kill her, he didn't agree to kill her.")) Bob Katims called a lot of the state's evidence "pure speculation" -- and said savvy cops tricked his dim-witted client into falsely confessing. The prosecution played the entire 7 hour interview for the jury. They didn't buy Katims' defense. ((10/21/14 Lisa Warren/Caledonia County State's Attorney 03:20:16 "Allen Prue was not some timid sideliner.")) Prosecutors and police say they'll now turn their attention to Patricia Prue's case -- and say Allen's conviction will help. She's facing aggravated murder -- because she's also accused of sexually assaulting Jenkins. Her trial is scheduled for February. ((Lisa Warren/Caledonia County State's Attorney 10:10:17 "It's going to be the same evidence and then some, because it's a different defendant and there's a different fact pattern.")) ((Jennifer Costa "Allen Prue now faces 35 years to life in prison. A date and venue for sentencing has not been set. Prosecutor -- Lisa Warren -- would not say if she'll push for the maximum sentence. JC Ch3 News BTV))
Tonight---authorities are trying to figure out if two cases of arson--are connected. Last week in Thetford--an entire fleet of cruisers went up in flames--and police determined it was arson. Back in 2012-- in the neighboring town of Norwich most of its fleet also went up in flames. The fires also something else in common--Chief Doug Robinson is the police chief in Norwich and the interim chief in Thetford.
(00:56:08:24) (( Joe: Does somebody have it out for you, a vendetta? Chief: I would like to think not, I think it more an attack on law enforcement itself. )) A Thetford business owner has donated a 2-thousand dollar reward for information leading to an arrest.
Vermont's largest teachers union is unhappy with Governor Shumlin. The Vermont chapter of the National Education Association represents 12-thousand teachers in the state -- and can exert a lot of influence on the political process. The NEA says teachers are now questioning the governor's commitment to them. At issue is a comment Governor Shumlin made on the first day of the South Burlington strike. With 245 teachers walking the picket line and 23-hundred students home from school -- Shumlin said he thinks teachers strikes should be outlawed -- and that contract disputes should be settled thru binding arbitration.
((01:17:39:11 Gov. Peter Shumlin, D-Vt. "It's really destructive when kids cant go to school. And when parents cant go to work because they thought their kids were going to be in school, so I think legislation of that nature has made sense in the past and it makes sense now)) The NEA says the governor missed the mark by blaming teachers -- since the union is also on record in support of binding arbitration. The NEA says school boards have repeatedly rejected that approach. The governor responded with a statement today -- saying he doesn't take sides on contract disputes, but believes a strike is a good time to remind people that there are other ways to accomplish the same goals without negatively impacting students.
More rain will move in later tonight and tomorrow...as a storm spins to our south. The rains will be locally moderate to heavy at times tomorrow too. Looking ahead, the pattern remains active. Your 7 day is coming up in a bit.
A new car service in Burlington is under fire as city officials question how it's working. Melissa Howell joins us live with the details. Melissa? Uber is one of the latest companies on the scene here in Burlington offering vehicles for hire -- but the city attorney -- and one local business -- are crying foul.
It's a company aimed at making getting around easy -- but Uber may soon find it harder to operate in Burlington. ((Mayor Miro Weinberger/ D-Burlington 10:12:41 "If they are operating right now, without getting licenses and without their drivers getting licenses, they are not operating consistently with the law and that's a problem." 10:12:50)) Since beginning operations in Burlington on October 9th, Uber -- AND it's drivers -- haven't sought necessary business licenses from the city. A letter to the company from the city attorney says without the licenses the company is in violation of the city's Vehicle for Hire Ordinance. It's a violation that has Charlie Herrick -- the owner of Uber competitor -- Green Cab Vt. -- Fired up. ((Charlie Herrick/Green Cab Owner 00:03:13 "If they undergo the same background checks, the same vehicle inspections, the same licensing procedures, and the insurance requirements, they are welcome." 00:03:21)) The city is currently working with Uber to address issues like public safety, consumer protections and permit fees. The letter -- issued October 21st -- says: GRAPHIC "the taxi licensing board or police shall have authority to remove and impound any unauthorized taxicab ...and a fine of three hundred dollars shall be due from the registered owner of the vehicle." ((Charlie Herrick/Green Cab Owner 00:06:43 "I believe that the letter is an excellent first step and now it is on the people who enforce the ordinance to do their job." 00:06:54)) But the letter does acknowledge Uber's innovative approach PROVIDING FAST SERVICE WITH A TAP ON YOUR SMARTPHONE -- and the need for updates to the ordinance that will take advances in technology into account. ((Mayor Miro Weinberger/ D-Burlington 10:13:47 "Do those laws need to be modernized, do they need to be changed so that, to improve Burlington's transportation system? I'm very open to the possibility that they do need to change." 10:13:56)) Uber tells Channel 3: "We look forward to continuing productive conversations with local officials, working together on a temporary agreement, and moving towards a permanent solution for ridesharing in Burlington." But Herrick isn't sure those changes are on the horizon. ((Charlie Herrick/Green Cab Owner 00:07:21 "Based on the track record of this administration and the fact that they welcomed an organization into the town that was clearly in violation, I have no confidence." 00:07:31))
We did try to see if Uber was still offering rides here in Burlington but the app says service is not available. The mayor hopes to be able to meet an agreement soon but says changes to the ordinance could take months. Shelby?
Attention shoppers -- WalMart has opened a Supercenter in Berlin. The store has been a part of the Berlin Mall since 1999 -- but has now added nearly 30 thousand square feet to accommodate more grocery items and produce. In the process, Walmart hired more than 140 new employees. Other local grocery stores say the megastore moving into town has their attention.
(38:42 Kari Bradley/General Manager Hunger Mountain Co-Op)(("It definitely has our attention. It's a new competitor in Central Vermont, and that's not something we've had at all recently.")) (23:00 Gerry Hanifin/Berlin Mall Employee)(("I'm a single dad. I have two young kids. Looking at the prices for the grocery stuff. It's just unbelievable. It's a significant savings. Every penny counts these days.")) Hunger Mountain Co-Op may not be as hard hit as grocery chains like the nearby Shaw's. The co-op distinguishes itself from Wal Mart because 33 percent of its sales are from Vermont products.
A gunman's shot dead in the halls of Canadian Parliament. ((MCCAY: "literally I was taking off my jacket to go into caucus, I hear this pop pop pop, possibly 10 shots)) And -- President Obama meets with his new Ebola Czar as the number of cases worldwide nears 10-thousand. Plus finding ways to get fresh vegetables to families in need. And high school playoffs are in full swing -- The Channel 3 Sports team has your highlights when the news at 11 continues.
The area around Canada's Parliament building is re-opening to the public after today's shooting that left the gunman and a Canadian soldier dead. Kris Van Cleave reports.
SCRIPT:) nats GUNFIRE ECHOED THROUGH CANADA'S PARLIAMENT BUILDING WEDNESDAY MORNING AS GUARDS CHASED A GUNMAN THROUGH OTTAWA'S HALLS OF POWER. POLITICIANS BARRICADED THEMSELVES INSIDE MEETING ROOMS. (SOT - McKay) "I was just taking off my jacket to go into caucus, I hear this pop, pop, pop." (GFX) THE ASSAULT BEGAN JUST BEFORE 10AM, ACROSS THE STREET AT CANADA'S NATIONAL WAR MEMORIAL. POLICE CONFIRM THE SUSPECT DROVE UP AND SHOT THE SOLDIER STANDING GUARD AT POINT BLANK RANGE. (NATSOT) "there is a shooter on the loose - please move back!" THIS AMATEUR VIDEO IS BELIEVED TO SHOW THE MAN LEAVING THE SCENE AND GETTING BACK INTO HIS CAR. THE GUARD, 24-YEAR-OLD NATHAN CIRILLO, WAS TAKEN TO A HOSPITAL, BUT SOON DIED OF HIS INJURIES. THE AREA AROUND PARLIAMENT WAS LOCKED DOWN. THE GUNMAN, WEARING A SCARF OVER HIS FACE, WAS FINALLY SHOT AND KILLED. HE'S IDENTIFIED AS MICHAEL ABDUL ZEHAF-BIBEAU - A 32-YEAR-OLD CANADIAN CITIZEN, AND RECENT CONVERT TO ISLAM. (STANDUP BRIDGE:) THE ATTACK CAME A DAY AFTER CANADA RAISED ITS NATIONAL THREAT LEVEL TO MEDIUM BECAUSE OF ANOTHER INCIDENT IN WHICH A CANADIAN SOLDIER WAS KILLED. POLICE LINKED MONDAY'S HIT-AND-RUN IN QUEBEC TO A TERRORIST ACT BY A SUSPECTED JIHADIST. (SOT) "this week's events are a grim reminder that Canada is not immune to the types of terrorist attacks we have seen elsewhere around the world.." SO FAR, THERE'S NO WORD ON ANY MOTIVE FOR WEDNESDAY'S ATTACK OR WHETHER THE SUSPECT HAD ANY TIES TO KNOWN TERROR GROUPS. KRIS VAN CLEAVE, CBS NEWS, OTTAWA.
President Obama met with the new "Ebola Czar" - Ron Klain today. This comes as the total number of cases in the world approaches the 10-thousand mark... with about half of those resulting in death. Starting today - travelers at some of the nation's airports will see new restrictions. Passengers arriving from countries with Ebola outbreaks must fly into one of five airports with enhanced medical screening. And every passenger coming from West Africa will be monitored for 21 days looking for Ebola symptoms.
The coastal storm responsible for our recent wet weather will intensify tonight and Thursday. As this happens we'll see periods of rain, possibly heavy at times. Northerly breezes at 10-15 mph will add a chill to the air. That storm will finally begin to pull away on Friday, but we will still see cloudy skies and a few lingering showers. We'll get a brief break on Saturday morning. Then a clipper system will work in with some afternoon showers. This clipper will linger around into Sunday, with the chance for more showers. It will also turn cooler; in fact some of the higher peaks could see a few wet snowflakes on Sunday. After that, we'll tend to warm up and dry out into early next week. Then a cold front may catch up with us on Wednesday, with a few more showers.
More than 10 percent of Vermonters do NOT get enough to eat. But help is out there for low income families to get local produce. Judy Simpson has the story.
Each week, for the past 16 weeks, 110 low income households in the Burlington area, picked up free fresh locally grown food thanks to the Intervale Gleaning and food Rescue. All of the food was a result of gleaning efforts by volunteers or donations from local farms.This was the final pick up for the year. ((Tile JOE_2496_01 Jessica Sanford/ The intervale Gleaning and Food Rescue 00:02:41:20" Gleaning definition is the act of rescuing food from the fields of farmers that would otherwise go to waste" 00:02:58:26 )) This is the fifth season of the program which partners with five farms on the Intervale and several outside the area. Some of the vegetables are not perfect, but that does not effect their taste. ((TILE JOE_2498_01 00:08:45:11 js says I see what you mean by unusual looking vegetables, things that wouldnt be prize winners at the fair . Jessica again "Right so we get a lot of those. 00:09:08:04 Maybe its not quite a round beet but it still tastes just as wonderful,")) Richard Rotunno(Row-TUNE-oh) and his partner Evelyn look forward their share, every week. ((TILE JOE_2531_01 Richard Rotunno/ Food Recipient 00:21:59:18" Its good, real good its a big help to, a lot of the stuff because of my income my doctor you know he wants me to take vitamins and stuff and it is hard because of my income and this helps me out a lot. 00:22:14:14not to mention Evelyn is a great cook she utilizes everything we take from here." 00:22:21:18)) (TILE JOE_2505_01 Anna Kaufman/Hunger Free Vermont 00:12:20:07 "We have been working with the Intervale to provide some nutrition education at these community pick up events so essentially what happens is we partner with the Intervale so as they increase access to fresh produce for the participants we provide some recipes and a bit of education so they can utilize that produce when they go home and recreate recipes with their families." 00:12:42:20)) Jessica has also prepared a recipe, for Butternut Squash and black bean tacos. This food Gleaning program provides 4 to 8 pounds of food each week to the families. It also supplies 10 different organizations with 25-50 pounds a week. ((Tile JOE_2496_01 00:06:07:00 JS says "So this is a pretty popular program." Jessica "It is" JS "You have a waiting list." Jessica "We have a waiting list" JS "That's hard." Jessica "I wish we didn't it's hard,)) A waiting list even though the program was expanded this year from 50 members to over 100 members. ((Tile JOE_2496_01 00:06:57:00 Js says "It seems like a lot of work." Jessica responds "ya it is a lot of work and its a complete joy. 00:07:09:22 at the same time.")) The hope is this program will expand again in the future, So folks like Richard and Evelyn may be able to have access to this food year round. JS Ch 3 news Burlington.
iT will be a fun weekend for hockey fans in Catamount Country, as the UVM men's and women's teams will play a total of three games in just over 24 hours Friday and Saturday at Gutterson. The Vermont men, now 3-0 and ranked 17th in the country, will play their Hockey East home opener Saturday night at 7pm at Gutterson against newbie Connecticut. The Cats are coming off an impressive home and home sweep of Clarkson this past weekend. After battling to a 2-1 victory at home Friday night, the IceCats went to Potsdam Saturday night and pounced on Clarkson, scoring twice in the first en route to a 3-0 shutout win. Vermont is off to it's best start since 2005, when the Cats opened the season with seven straight victories. But with a long season ahead of them, the team is trying to keep its hot start in perspective.
((TRT: 18 ... OC: COMPLACENT WITH THAT)) ((Mike Santaguida/ 3-0 is a big confidence boost, but I think we all know in the room that we can't settle. From Friday there were definitely some things we needed to work on and put into our game on Saturday. We are going to get too complacent with that.))
The UVM women's hockey team will host Union in a two game set this Friday night and Saturday afternoon at Gutterson. Friday night's game will be the second annual 'Pack The Gut' Challenge. Last year, the Cats set a new Hockey East regular season attendance record, drawing over 2,000 fans for their game against Boston College. Friday's game also serves as a fundraiser for Meals on Wheels. Off to a 3-2-1 start, the Cats are playing well and excited to take the ice in front of another big crowd.
((TRT: 15 ... OC: FRIDAY NIGHT) ((Madison Litchfield/ I think the main goal of Pack the Gut is just to get people out, watching women's ice hockey, and hopefully promote our game so that they come out to them again in the future. So we're just trying to get people to come out and watch, trying to improve on last season and get a big win Friday night.))
30 high school playdown games on the docket this afternoon. Look for you score on the ticker at the bottom of your screen. Back on the field after a tough week... The South Burlington boys soccer team... top seeded in Division One, hosting Middlebury... --- opening minute...the Rebels Ismail Tem-irov fires one on net but Middlebury keeper Wilder Pererra makes a great save... --- but just two minutes later...in a scramble after a corner kick, Temirov's header slips past Pererra...1-0 South Burlington... --- Later in the half... More Temirov... takes the lead pass...cuts toward net and fires a laser...no stopping that one... 2-0 South Burlington and the Rebels roll to a 6-0 win.
Essex is seeded third ...highest seeding for the Hornets since 2009 ...fourteenth seed Lyndon looking for the upset... --- Quiet day for Hornets keeper Ben Wood... His offense doing all the work... Noah Ferris to Liam Donahue for the long range strike... 1-0 Essex... Pretty... Pretty.. --- Later in the half, Ferris doing the scoring this time... Beats the keeper as he's falling down... Essex adds two in the second half... They blank Lyndon, 4-0.
CVU has been to the last three D-1 finals ...and won the title in 2012...the fifth seeded Redhawks hosting Burlington.. --- opening minute of the second half...some beautiful CVU passing leads to a goal by Ollie Chioniere (SHE-A-NEER) and a 3-0 Redhawks lead... --- just four minutes later...the senior has his shot blocked... but the ball goes to Max Brown and the captain's shot sneaks in...4-0... --- later, it's Elliot Mitchell...great individual move to get into the space and he finishes... CVU off to a fast start...they win 6-0 ...
Colchester knocked off CVU in last year's state title game 2-1 ...the Champs facing Brattleboro this afternoon... --- Second half, all Lakers up 4-0... Adnan Pasic (PASS-IC) hungry for more but Colonels (KERNELS) keeper Braxton Lynn makes the strong stop... --- Colchester's offense though, full go... Pasic to Brennan Fitzpatrick, he fires it behind the keeper for the goal.. --- And then off the free kick, Pasic finishing in front of the net for another.. Colchester cruises past Brattleboro, 6-0 the final.
switching gears to girls soccer... Division Two playdown ...second-seed Middlebury facing No. 15 Springfield... --- The Tigers offense trying to heat up in the chilly first half conditions, Andrea Boe breaks in, but Springfield's Grace Morvan makes the save. --- a couple minutes later, the Cosmos Lizzie Mackenzie makes a nice move to get past the defender, but her shot is stopped by Tigers keeper, Molly Campbell. Scoreless first half but the Tigers with 4 in the second to win it 4-0. They'll face green mountain valley school Saturday at 2.
A rivalry game in Bristol...third seed Mount Abe taking on No.14 Vergennes in another D-2 playdown ... --- The Eagles add to a their 1-0 lead midway through the second half, Juniper Nardiello-Smith to Ernesta McIntosh... The fruits of their labor working... 2-0 Mt. Abe. --- a few minutes later, McIntosh with the corner kick... Teammate Amy Nault (NALT) gets knocked down in the box. A penalty shot is called. --- McIntosh gets the nod and she makes good for her second straight goal. Mt. Abe goes on to the 3-0 win and will meet Mill River Saturday at 2.
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