Wed 22-JUN-2016 6 P.M. News Script

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Did a police take-down go too far? Good evening. I'm Darren Perron. And I'm Kristin Kelly. Video of a mentally ill woman -- being cuffed at her home -- prompts a police investigation -- and a lawsuit against the Hinesburg PD. Alex Apple is in the newsroom with more on the allegations. Alex. the incident happened in May when officers were responding to a domestic disburance at the plaintiff's home. The woman -- Lori Ann Carron -- was known to police because of several earlier calls. And her lawyer says officers also were aware that Carron suffers from mental illness.

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((NAT Officer gets out of car)) A federal lawsuit alleges two Hinesburg cops -- shown here on body cam footage -- used excessive force to unlawfully restrain 50-year-old Lori Ann Carron -- who suffers from mental illness. Brooks McArthur is Carron's attorney. ((Brooks MCA 21:43 They walked into the house with the premeditated idea that they had had enough, and they were going to take her into custody.)) Before walking into the house -- one officer acknowledges someone needs to quote -- go away -- that's for sure. End quote. ((NAT officer talking, saying that)) This body cam video from officer Jeremy Hulshof shows officer Jeremy Coltharp grabbing Carron and throwing her to the ground. She strikes her head, causing bleeding. Coltharp then hand-cuffs her behind her back. In the incident -- Carron sustained a broken rib, concussion and elbow damage. ((Brooks McA 21:56 That was clearly unjustified. That use of force was excessive. They had no justification to put their hands on her at all.)) In addition to excessive force, Carron alleges the officers then filed a false report to cover up their actions. In Officer Coltharp's report of the incident, he says Carron "flailed around , her feet came out from under her, causing her to fall." ((Brooks McArthur 22:38 To suggest in their report that she was resisting, it's clear that they were attempting to cover up what it was that they had just engaged in. It's clear that they knew what they did was wrong.)) A Sergeant with the Hinesburg Police Dept reviewed this video after officers got back to the station. McArthur says he believes the video should cause a criminal investigation into the officer's conduct. ((Brooks McArthur 24:15 I believe it was an assault. There was no reason that they had to put their hands on her.))

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The lawsuit, filed today in federal court, seeks unspecified monetary damages for physical, emotional and psychological injuries. Both officers remain on duty. Hinesburg Police Chief Frank Koss said today an internal investigation into the incident is being conducted. Koss is scheduled to meet with Chittenden County State's Attorney T.J. Donovan tomorrow for the possibility of a criminal investigation. Darren?

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Disturbing new details emerge - in the beating death - of a transgender man in a Burlington homeless camp. A fifth person is charged with murder. Amos Beede's family wants justice. Jennifer Costa reports.

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Amber Dennis is accused of dragging -- stomping and leaving Amos Beede for dead. ((Johnson/Public defender 00:00:54:02 "enter a not guilty plea.")) The 29-year-old homeless woman -- is the latest person charged with second degree murder -- in the beating death of a transgender man -- last month. ((Ina McKinney/victim's sister 00:16:05:22 "It causes nightmares. It's just something no one should ever go through.")) Outside the courtroom Beede's mother and sister say -- they want justice. Four other suspects were caught in California. They allegedly fled after the deadly attack. ((00:15:41:25 INA MCKINNEY "I want them to get life in prison. BARBARA BEEDE They deserve life. They took a life. MCKINNEY: They deserve the death penalty ...BEEDE: but we can't do that.")) Beede lived in Milton -- but often stayed with friends -- here. The northern and southern camps just off Pine Street were at war. Feuding over who threw urine on one of the tents. Some say Beede was behind the act. According to the latest court documents -- the five suspects -- got drunk -- and were out for revenge. They allegedly pulled Beede from a tent and took turns punching, kicking and stomping his head. One suspect is even accused of smashing a charcoal grill over Beede's face. They all confessed to "losing control" during the beating. This man -- lives in the camp -- but didn't want to be identified. ((Guy #1/victim's friend 00:00:50:22 "Some of these people were friends. Real good friends. I didn't think that they would be monsters like that.")) During questioning -- court records show the suspects showed varying levels of remorse. Jordan Paul wrote Beede's family a letter saying -- in part -- ((GRX)) "I am so sorry...I hate myself for my part in this unhuman act..." Myia Barber was smiling and laughing -- and told investigators "they were all trying to come up with a plan to cover it up." There is also some indication the violence escalated because Beede was transgender. One suspect told police -- Erik Averill was yelling ... ((GRX)) "you freak...this is what you get for throwing piss on my tent." And repeatedly referred to Beede as an "it." ((Bram Kranichfeld/Chittenden County Deputy Prosecutor 00:11:02:23 "throughout the course of this investigation the evidence has been developing.")) The prosecutor says he does not have enough evidence to file a hate crime enhancement. ((10-20-14 Amy Beede/former inmate 00:33:49 "I don't know why this case has affected me so bad.)) Beede is no stranger to the courtroom. He was known to law enforcement -- and even testified in the high profile murder trial -- of a St. Johnsbury prep school teacher. When Amos was Amy -- she shared a cell with Patricia Prue -- the woman who killed Melissa Jenkins. ((10-20-14 Amy Beede/former inmate 01:47:12 "she told me when she opened that door she grabbed Melissa by the hair and pulled her in the car and was strangling her.")) In a cruel twist of fate -- the murder trial witness -- now a murder victim himself. ((Ina McKinney/victim's sister 00:16:27:10 "we never imagined anyone to hurt him because he would never hurt anyone.")) JC CH 3 News. Burlington.

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Amber Dennis is being held without bail. The other four suspects --are expected back in Vermont by June 30th. They'll be arraigned on murder charges at that time.

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A North Country radio icon has died. The Plattsburgh Press Republican reports that Gordie Little could not be revived after falling into the Saranac River this afternoon. Details on what caused his death were not available. The Morrisonville man was the voice of W-I-R-Y Radio for years with the catchphrase "Gordie Little, who's he?" He was 79 years old. He leaves behind a wife, children, and grandchildren.

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A 15-minute meltdown at Vermont's 9-1-1 system. From 4:35 to 4:50 this afternoon -- no one in Vermont was able to call 9-1-1. Vermont's Enhanced 9-1-1 Board tells us there was an issue with their vendor -- that prevented calls within the state from reaching 9-1-1 operators. The problem has been fixed. The state is working with that vendor to figure out what happened. There is no word on how many calls were affected.

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A sit in - on Capitol Hill -- over gun control. Work in the House ground to a halt just before noon.. When lawmakers - led by civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis sat down - to demand action on gun control. Vermont Congressman Peter Welch was there -- and Senator Patrick Leahy was one of the Democratic Senators joining in. President Obama tweeted support. 4 gun control measures failed to win the 60 votes needed to pass in the Senate on Monday.

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Bernie Sanders nearly concedes defeat - in his pursuit of the presidency. Keith McGilvery is here with more. Sanders spoke at length on CSPAN today. And said he likely would not be the Democratic nominee - when asked if he would be speaking at the Democratic National Convention next month. It is the closest he has come to conceding to Hillary Clinton.

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((VIDEO: WED0270 Q: Have you begun to prepare your speech at the convention? Will you speak at the convention? SANDERS: Well it's hard to say. It doesn't appear that I'm going to be the nominee, so I'm not going to determine the scope of the convention. As you know, a couple of weeks ago I had a meeting with Secretary Clinton. Q: How did that go? Sanders: It was very good. I mean look, I've know Sec. Clinton for 25 years. We served in the Senate together. Where we are right now is what we are trying to do, which is no secret to anybody is a) to create the most progressive platform that we possibly can to reflecting the needs of working families and students and the environment, health care and so forth. And secondly all we're trying to do is nothing less than transform the democratic party. )) Clinton is in the process of vetting VP candidates. And she is increasingly taking on Donald Trump directly. Trump today called her a "world class liar" and also made a pitch for Sanders supporters to join him - saying the current party system is rigged.

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((Donald Trump/ Republican For President: "The insiders wrote the rules of the game to keep themselves in power and in the money. That's why we're asking Bernie Sanders' voters to join our movement: so together we can fix the system for all Americans, so important." applause)) Recent polls have shown as many as 1 in 5 Sanders supporters say they would vote for Trump or not at all. Sanders is expected to give a speech in New York tomorrow -- about where his campaign goes from here. Kristin and Darren.

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Radar: The heaviest batch of rain came through this morning, but we've seen some scattered showers this afternoon. Highs today: Temperatures held in the 60s today. A few low 70s in the south. Temperature graph: Temperatures in the Champlain Valley will climb in the days head, becoming quite warm again this weekend. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Patchy fog. Lows: 45/55 Wind: Light Thursday: Partly sunny. Shower possible, mainly north. Highs: 72/78 Wind: NW 5-10 mph Thursday Night: Becoming mostly clear. Lows: 45/55 Wind: NW 5-15 mph Friday: Mostly sunny. Highs: 75/82 Wind: Variable 5-10 mph

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Starting Friday - you can vote -- in Vermont's primary. The actual primary election day is still 7 weeks away. But -- under Vermont's early and absentee voting law, any registered voter will be able to request a ballot from their town clerk beginning June 24th. And this year there are contested races for governor on both sides of the aisle. Lining up for the Democrats are former state senators Matt Dunne and Peter Galbraith -- and former transportation secretary Sue Minter. On the Republican side -- outgoing Lt. Governor Phil Scott is up against retired Wall Street exec Bruce Lisman.

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And those contested races - have some candidates spending to get their message out. Campaign ads are out. Kyle Midura joins us with more. Kyle. Darren and Kristin - candidates' ads have aired more than 900 times already. With early voting beginning Friday expect to see more as the summer campaigns heat up.

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(nats) Whether you're watching the big game or the news -- if you turn on your T.V. this summer, chances are you'll catch a campaign ad during the commercial break. Three of Vermont's candidates for Governor have already spent nearly a quarter million dollars getting their names out to voters. Political Analyst Chris Graff says it's unclear if candidates will get their money's-worth. (00:04:31:00) ((Chris Graff - Political Analyst No one really knows how effective they are. They reach a big audience, but you don't know if they reach the right people and that's especially true in a primary)) (nats - Minter ad) Democrat Sue Minter released a new ad this week -- introducing herself and reminding Vermonters of her role in Tropical Storm Irene recovery efforts. Fellow Dem Matt Dunne's piece paints him as the candidate who bears the closest resemblance to Bernie Sanders -- at least politically. (nats - continue what Bernie started) Republican Bruce Lisman has been on the air the most... (nats) -- running spots since February, and spending more than twice the other candidates combined -- 170-thousand dollars for 527 commercial spots. (nats - Phil went along with Governor Shumlin's budgets...) Lisman's latest qualifies as an attack ad in Vermont (00:07:39:00) ((Chris Graff - Political Analyst People consider almost anything that is slightly negative a BIG negative ad in Vermont)) Spokespeople for Lisman say they're running an issues-based campaign -- and the ad is meant to be provocative and informative. The ad's target has a different perspective. (00:00:52:00) ((Phil Scott - Republican for Governor He's billing himself as being not the typIcal politician, but it sure seems, or sure appears that he's doing the D.C. typical things)) Graff says ads are a necessity for Lisman -- who while well-financed trails Scott in name recognition. He says typically they can only swing a small percentage of voters -- but that small percentage made a difference for then-candidate Peter Shumlin in his first run for Governor. (00:05:46:00) ((Graff those TV ads in that primary in 2010 made the difference))

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Graff says the general election campaign that year also provides another example of ads making a difference. He says negative spots backfired on Republican Brian Dubie in his race against Shumlin. This year, neither Republican Phil Scott, nor Democrat Peter Galbraith have aired ads yet. - Kristin

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A Brandon Vermont woman is among hundreds of people arrested today in a medicaid fraud sting. Federal prosecutors say 36-year-old Misti Baker submitted false claims for her three children totalling more than 77-thousand dollars. Baker was targeted in a nationwide health care fraud takedown. About 300 people were arrested for alleged schemes totalling more than 900 million dollars.

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New debate over landing F-35 fighter jets in Vermont -- and whether South Burlington will sue. Eliza Larson is at the airport with more. Eliza? A lawsuit over the military planes' environmental impact is set to go to trial very soon -- and South Burlington is running out of time to decide if they want to join in. The Vermont Air Guard was chosen to be one of the first units to fly the F-35 beginning in 2019 -- but opponents say the new jets will have adverse impacts on residents living near the airport. Earlier this month -- South Burlington City councilors planned to vote on a resolution which would state that while the city still supports bringing the F-35s -- they want the Air Force to address noise and public safety concerns -- and will join a legal battle against the secretary of the Air Force. But Councilors got heated with each other over their positions on the jets -- and they haven't been able to reach a decision yet.

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((TC 03:56:11 Kevin Dorn/City Manager: "there are folks who feel strongly on both sides of this issue tonight, but that's how government and representative democracy works so its on display here always but tonight in particular." 04:08:03)) The lawsuit is scheduled to go to trial July 5th. So far -- the "Stop the F35 Coalition" and the city of Winooski are the two other parties going against the secretary of the Air Force. Tonight at a special city council meeting -- South Burlington will try to reach a decision if they'll join in or not. We'll have a full report from the meeting later at 11. Darren?

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Officials have released the name of the 15 year old boy whose body was found in the Connecticut River yesterday. After more than 24 hours searching, crews found the body of Casey Smith Jr. near the Vermont, New Hampshire border. Investigators say the Lunenburg teen was swimming with his two sisters and friends when he got swept up in the current. One of the other swimmers also got caught in the current -- but was rescued in time.

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In New York -- patients can now only get a week's worth of opiate painkillers after their first visit to a doctor. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the measure into law today. Cuomo says it's among four significant measures designed to tackle the addiction crisis across the state with opioids and heroin. He says his own daughter was prescribed a 30-day supply of painkillers after a tonsillectomy -- far more than a person needs for that procedure. Vermont lawmakers passed a bill this session allowing the Health Commissioner to set opiate prescription limits for some procedures.

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Someone's pilfering peonies -- and lifting lilies -- in Burlington. Dozens of gardeners say their plants have been stolen. They told Channel 3's Cat Viglienzoni -- they've had enough.

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Burlington gardeners are on alert for a flower prowler. ((SOT Linda Tierney, Flowers stolen 000411 It makes us feel very upset and vulnerable. And really sad that someone would take something that gives joy to everybody who sees the gardens, including the gardener 24)) Linda Tierney has lived on Lakeview Terrace for 40 years -- and says she's never seen this many plants go missing. She and several of her neighbors -- have had flowers uprooted from their yards. ((SOT Linda Tierney, Flowers stolen 000512 we've had one or two things happen over the years, but nothing like this 17)) The list of complaints is growing on community website Front Porch Forum. Since June 8th, at least 26 gardeners reported their trees -- flowers -- or hanging baskets were swiped... mostly in the Old North End, but also in the Five Sisters neighborhoods, and hill section. POLICE SAY THERE HAVE BEEN SIX FORMAL COMPLAINTS -- AND AN OFFICER IS NOW INVESTIGATING. THEY TOLD US THESE ARE TRICKY CASES DUE TO THE LACK OF EVIDENCE LEFT BEHIND, BUT THEY HAVE POSSIBLE LEADS THAT THEY ARE PURSUING. NATS? Just down the road on Lakeview Terrace -- Barbara Zucker's (Zooker) garden is in bloom -- but missing her favorite flower... a peach iris. ((SOT Barbara Zucker, Flower stolen 000720 It was so beautiful. Sort of knocked everything out of the garden -- just blew everything away 25 And it made three flowers, and every morning I'd come out and say 'God, that is so beautiful'. And then one morning I came out and it was gone 33)) ((SOT Barbara Zucker, Flower stolen 000743 Cat: How do you feel? How does that make a homeowner feel? 47 Violated 49)) ((BUTTED)) ((SOT Linda Tierney, Flowers stolen 000522 people put such love and joy and work into their gardens -- it just seems so sad to me that somebody needs to do this 31)) Tierney says she and her neighbors are now brainstorming other ways -- like cameras or rewards -- to catch the green-thumbed thieves -- red-handed. Cat Viglienzoni, Channel 3 News, Burlington.

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Current Temps: Temperatures are a little on this chilly side, only in the 60s in most locations. Temperature departure: That is even a little cooler than it was at this time yesterday, and yesterday was certainly cooler than the day before. RPM: There may be a few more spinkles overnight tonight, but most of us will remain dry. Temperatures will be warmer tomorrow, and warmer than that on Friday. National Temperatures: Still a lot of heat in the middle of the country, although not quite as scorching in the southwest still plenty warm. Surface Map: We still see a few weak troughs of low pressure swinging across the area, so we can't rule out the possibility of a shower or two tomorrow in the north.

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Forecast: Tonight: Partly cloudy. Patchy fog. Lows: 45/55 Wind: Light Thursday: Partly sunny. Shower possible, mainly north. Highs: 72/78 Wind: NW 5-10 mph Thursday Night: Becoming mostly clear. Lows: 45/55 Wind: NW 5-15 mph Friday: Mostly sunny. Highs: 75/82 Wind: Variable 5-10 mph Extended: Friday night: Lows: 50s Saturday: Mostly sunny. Highs: 80s Lows: 55/65 Sunday: Mostly sunny. Highs: 85/92 Lows: 55/65 Monday: Partly cloudy. Chance showers, t-storms PM. Highs: 80s Lows: 60s Tuesday: Partly sunny. Chance showers, t-storms. Highs: 70s Lows: 50s Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Highs: 70s

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An airshow is set to return to Burlington this summer -- after 10 years. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Vermont Air Guard -- and the Air Force Thunderbirds will be headlining the celebration. "Wings Over Vermont is expected to draw thousands to the Burlington's waterfront in August. The chairman of the air show spoke with morning news anchor -- Melissa Sheketoff -- this morning.

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(14:30) ((Phil Murdock/Air Show Chmn.: It's our opportunity for the community to thank the military members for their service and thank the families for their sacrifices and to basically have a great weekend of celebration for the 70th anniversary.)) The two day air show is free. It will be held on the Burlington Waterfront August 13th and 14th.

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A former Rutland attorney convicted of a fatal hit-and-run put his case before the state Supreme Court yesterday. Christopher Sullivan was convicted in the 20-13 hit-and-run that killed a 71-year-old Mendon woman. He was found guilty in March of 20-15 of DUI with death resulting and leaving the scene of an accident. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison. In his appeal, Sullivan's attorneys claim the trial court allowed an allegedly unqualified doctor to state that his intoxication caused the crash.

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Four people are facing charges for a burglary that police say netted over nine thousand dollars in property. Burlington police say one of the suspects is this man -- 19-year-old Sharmarke Adan of Burlington. Police say he and three others broke into a Front Street apartment yesterday. The victim tracked down the group and called police Also arrested were 18 year-old and Sara Lamphere and two 17-year-old girls whose names have not been released.

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A Bristol man was busted for a second time for suspicion of drugged driving while operating a small tractor. Police say 67-year-old Claude Spaulding was stopped Monday operating his John Deere along Route 116. Police say Spaulding showed signs of impairment and was screened for driving under the influence of drugs. Spaulding was busted for the same offense just last week.

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The debate over bringing refugees to Rutland continued last night. Mayor Chris Louras is working with the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program to welcome 100 people fleeing the war in Syria. But as Lynzi DeLuccia reports, some residents have concerns and questions.

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((William Notte 56:21-56:28: "how and when are refugees vaccinated? Are they subject to the same vaccination exemptions as other Vermonters?")) These were just a few of the questions posed at Tuesday night's special board of aldermen's meeting at the Rutland City Hall Chambers. ((William Notte 17:47-17:55: "I think most people could agree that the information rollout has left a bit to be desired, and that's what we're trying to rectify tonight.")) No solid answers were provided at Tuesday's meeting - the point instead was to culminate economic, demographic and health-related questions and to figure out who could provide specific answers. ((Mayor Chris Louras 51:23-51:28: "What this issue is becoming increasingly about is about who we are as a community...)) The city was recently met with more than one thousand signatures on a petition this week requesting that the resettlement issue be voted on in a special election - but Louras says there is no legal purpose to put the issue on the ballot, and doing so would quote, put the community back a generation. ((Mayor Chris Louras 46:48-46:55: "I don't believe that voting on who gets to live in our community is necessary for the public good.")) But some residents still disagree. Besides a right to vote on the issue, they're searching for immediate and accurate answers to many of the questions brought up. ((Dave Trapeni//Rutland VT: 36:12-36:20: "you get the answers, we'll give you three or four days, we'll give you the answers we come up with because we've done more research than you guys have.")) Lynzi DeLuccia -- Channel 3 news -- Rutland.

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Vermont Yankee has received a green light to build more nuclear waste storage at the shuttered Vernon plant. The Vermont Public Service Board this week approved a request to build a second dry fuel storage pad to hold so-called dry casks. It's for the long-term storage of radioactive waste that will be tranferred out of the reactor's spent fuel pool to allow for the eventual dismantling of the plant.

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Starting Line Sports ...the Vermont Lake Monsters open a three game series at Tri-City tonight and to the relief of all involved they hit the road without a goose egg in the win column. The Monsters trying to avoid a three game sweep at the hands of the Connecticut Tigers last night at Centennial Field... --- and the Monsters get off to a strong star as Luis Barrera and Steven Pallares open the game with back-to-back singles ...and ground out moves them up a base and Johnny Rodriguez lifts a fly ball to right scoring Barrera on the sac fly for a 1-0 lead... ------- Vermont starting pitcher Xavier Altamirano was lights out...five shutout innings, just two hits and he strikes out six ...including striking out the side in his final inning of the game... --- Connecticut would tie the game in the top of the eighth, but Vermont answers in the bottom of the frame... with two on and one out, Miguel Mercedes sends a single to right...Pallares scores to make it 2-1 ... --- another run comes home on a wild pitch, then with the bases loaded, James Terrell hits a chopper to the third baseman who airmails the throw to second... the Tigers walk in another run...a four run frame for Vermont as the Monsters final get that first win of the season 5-1 the final.

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And coming up later, what better way to celebrate that victory than with the season premier of Meet the Monsters.

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Big Blue has selected the UVM Health Network to help train its Watson health program -- one of just 15 sites in the world. Although Watson is aimed at tackling cancer, diabetes, eye health and brain disease -- UVM doctors will specifically work with IBM in the area of cardiovascular care. Watson is a super computer designed to gather data from multiple sources -- including medical trials, health records, imaging and genetic data -- and synthesize it into a manageable summary for physicians. Doctors believe Watson will ultimately change the course of health care -- by giving providers better information when diagnosing and treating patients.

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(2:44) ((Dr. David Schneider/UVM Health Network: This is a first step, but if we fast forward several years down the line, and I don't really know how far down the line, the idea would be that a patient comes into the physician and the doctor ha more information summarized in an easily digestible fashion to help them make the best decisions for that patient. So it really is all about helping patients do better by enabling their physicians to make better decisions.)) Schneider says Watson already has the data. UVM's job now is to teach it how to process the information with different patient scenarios -- be it a heart attack or some other cardiovascular illness or event -- and then test the outcomes.

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Radar: We did see some rain this morning and there have been a few more showers this afternoon. Precip: That added up to about a half an inch here in Burlington, we could use some more. Pollen: That was enough to wash some of that pollen out of the air, it's still in the high category but down by about 2/3rds which is a help. Lake: Winds tomorrow will be from the North at about 5-10 knots. Water temperatures is 68. Mountain: Highs will be in the 60s in the mountains tomorrow afternoon, with a few showers possible. Weekend: And the weekend weather is still looking hot and dry.

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North Country officials say they want to see new life at a historic camp in Duane. It was once a lavish destination -- but it has been empty for years. Rose Spillman reports.

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The Debar Pond Lodge today sits quietly in Adirondacks, but officials say this 17 room log home was once filled with life. Built over 70 years ago, it was one of the North Country's great camps. ((Ned Lemieux/Duane Town Supervisor 0603 01:01:43 "they were fitted with all the newest, fanciest stuff you could get. The wealthy people from New York made this their summer getaway so they could get out of the cities and most often the whole family would move up. They'd come up on the train." 01:02:00)) The property ended up in the hands of the state in 1979, which took full possession of it in 2004. Though the buildings were used for a period of time by state workers, they are now empty. Adirondack Architectural Heritage officials hope that will one day change. ((Mary-Nell Bockman/Communications Director AARCH 0602 00:35:17 "It's a building that's in very good shape, relatively speaking. IT's a treasure owned by the state, and so we really believe that the opportunity is there to make it into a destination and to preserve it, because it both represents the past but also the future 00:35:34 for revitalizing the Adirondacks 00:35:37)) The land is within the state's forest preserve, and at one time the lodge was at risk of being demolished. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation manages the property. ((Rose Spillman/Debar Pond 0642 01:26:01 "Town officials say this property connects to multiple trails, and they hope that a private owner could come and buy it, and rent it out to guests. They say that would put their little town back on the map." 01:26:12)) Town supervisor Ned Lemieux says he reached out to North Country reps in the hopes that it might be brought up for discussion in the capitol. ((Ned Lemieux/Duane Town Supervisor 0603 01:08:36 "The constitution says that property owned by the state can never be sold. There are precedents in the past where the state has sold property within the park, and that may be something to work in our favor." 01:08:49)) In a town with only a few hundred residents, Lemieux says it could be a huge benefit to preserve and revitalize the once great camp. Rose Spillman, Channel 3 News, Duane.

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For the first time in four years, the Fishing League Worldwide Tour is making a stop in Lake Champlain. Anglers from all across the United States and Canada have converged on the area, hoping a good haul of large and small mouth bass can catapult them to a tour victory and earn valuable points towards the "Angler of the Year" title at the end of the season. Our Jack Fitzsimmons caught up with one of the fishermen to get an idea of the challenges Lake Champlain poses. ((Lake Champlain is a long way from Conway, Arkansas, the home of FLW Tour Angler Cody Kelley. Kelley: "I left Arkansas three days ago, four days ago, and the water was creeping up in the 80-82, that area. Here, I've seen 61 this week." In addition to the long distance, the lake provides a very different environment for bass fishing than what Kelley is used to. The unfamiliarity will be an issue Kelley will have to overcome to make an impact in the four-day competition. Kelley: "they say a bass is a bass, and that's somewhat true, but where I'm from, I fish the Arkansas River. We have current, rocks, mud... up here it's just a completely different type of reservoir." But even with the environmental differences, there are some things that don't change: both large and small mouth bass have specific areas of a body of water they like to hang out. Kelley: "champlain has a lot of weeds and stuff, and typically that's where your large mouth are gonna be found. The small mouth, they like that rocky environment. They'll spawn on pea-gravel rocky stuff and they'll hang out on the chunk rock stuff." With the competition getting started on Thursday and running through the weekend, Kelley has had a few days to practice. Kelley: "it gives somebody a chance, you know, if you have kind of a bad day, you can recoup and change it up and kinda analyze the conditions, your situation, and everything else and figure out how to catch them good the next day." And that can happen. In about an hour and a half in Mallett's Bay, we were unable to hook any bass, of the small or large variety. But the seemingly obvious solution presents its own issues. Kelley: "something that's going to make this tournament interesting: a lot of these guys that are gonna be out offshore, you can see the wind's picking up. We're in a nice little bay here, but the wind out on the main lake now, you're talking 4 and 5 foot waves." In any event, Kelley and his fellow anglers will have to figure out a way to catch plenty of fish, because they don't get any mulligans on the tour. Kelley: "every single tournament is super important for us because there are 6 tournaments a year, 6 chances and there are no drops, no averages or anything. It's just a straight up accumulation of points. The four-day competition has a closed field, but there is an opportunity for kids interested to get involved. Kelley: "every stop this year, we've had an FLW unified fishing derby, a free derby for as many kids want to come out. The first 50 kids get everything free and this year we're having it over on the New York side over at Wilcox dock and beach area from 9 til 11 on Saturday." The FLW Tour competition on Lake Champlain begins first thing tomorrow morning. From Colchester, Jack Fitzsimmons, Channel Three spotlight on sports.))

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Plattsburgh is the host city for the Tour stop. Weigh-ins tomorrow and Friday will be held at the Plattsburgh City Marina. Weigh-ins on Saturday and Sunday will be at the Crete Memorial Civic Center.

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As you saw in Starting Line Sports ...the Vermont Lake Monsters picked up their first win last night against Connecticut. Tonight, the team opens a three game set at Tri-City and they are getting reinforcements. Four college players taken in this year's draft will join the team tonight including catcher Sean Murphy, a third round selection, and infielder JaVon Shelby, a fifth round pick. Now, it's time for the season premier of Meet the Monsters. Here's Scott Fleishman. ((("This week, we're at Rutland Rec field with team Alderman and they love homeruns."))) ((("1, 2, 3 Dingers!"))) (((These 5th and 6th graders had a great regular season finishing as the second seed in the league and are actually playing in the first round of the playoffs tonight. Here's question number one for the Lake Monsters.))) ((("My name is Eli. I'm 11 years old and I play first base. When do you like to swing at the first pitch?"))) (((Steven Pallares/"Hi Eli. I like to swing at the first pitch at any time. Whenever it's a good opportunity, runners in scoring position. I think there's no bad time to swing at the first pitch. I'm always hunting the fastball, so if there's a fastball in the zone first pitch, you should be swinging. I know I am."))) ((("My name is Jevin. I'm 11 and I'm a pitcher. How do you throw a sinker?"))) (((Heath Bowers/"That's a great question, Jevin. So, the way I do it, is I put my fingers together, between the two seams and my thumb under the ball and make sure that I'm on top of it and I throw it hard."))) ((("My name is Trey. I'm 12 years old and I play shortstop. My question is, what's the farthest homerun you ever hit and when did you do it?"))) (((James Terrell/"Hey Trey. The farthest homerun I've even hit was when I was 13. It was a 400 foot homerun and it was with an old eastman beazer bat, which you can't use anymore, because I hit a 400 foot homerun when I was 13. Thanks you."))) ((("Thanks again to team Alderman in Rutland for some great questions. More great questions next week on ..."))) ((("Meet the Monsters!")))

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The Vermont Mountaineers are hosting Ocean State tonight in Montpelier. We'll have highlights at 11pm.

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