Wed 20-MAY-2015 6 P.M. News Script


Good Evening I'm Kristin Kelly. and I'm Darren Perron. It gives Vermonters -- and illegal immigrants -- living in the Green Mountains -- the legal right to drive. But officials say scammers are also cashing in on the rare type of license. Investigative reporter -- Jennifer Costa -- joins us now with more on Vermont's Driver Privilege Cards. Jennifer? Kristin/Darren -- Driver Privilege Cards met little resistance from the legislature in 2013. They were originally aimed at helping Vermont's 1500 to 3000 migrant workers. But now -- DMV officials say they're fueling fraud across the Northeast.


These foreign language ads are popping up in New York City and New Jersey newspapers -- promising out-of-staters -- easy access to Vermont licenses. The scam is illegal and expensive. ((Capt. Drew Bloom/Vt. DMV 00:31:24 "People have paid brokers upwards of $1,000 to help get a driver privilege card.")) It's a license that requires Vermont residency -- not U-S citizenship. Only a handful of states offer them. They cannot be used for federal identification. But investigators say they are being used to commit fraud. 232 confirmed cases -- so far -- in Vermont. ((Capt. Drew Bloom/Vt. DMV 00:37:12 "Late summer, early fall of 2014 is when we really had a surge of these things.")) Captain Drew Bloom -- says out-of-staters -- apply with Vermont addresses -- connected to vacant lots or abandoned apartments. Some got privilege cards -- but the DMV intercepted most of those fake applications before they were finalized. Officials say the majority of the fraud was traced to the Bennington DMV -- along Vermont's border. ((Capt. Drew Bloom/Vt. DMV 00:27:10 "It's preying on someone and someone is acting as a broker to help someone get a credential that they're not legally entitled to have.")) Bloom discovered the ads -- while investigating those cases. They appear to target illegal immigrants. ((Christian reading ad 20:04:43 "Drive legally in the US without social security, obtain a license for the first time...")) We enlisted the help of Spanish and Russian speakers to figure out what these brokers were offering -- for $1000 when a legitimate license cost just 30-bucks. ((NATS -- Viera "number not in service)) Unfortunately -- the scammers severed ties -- before we could get answers. ((NATS phone ringing 19:47:26 "the number you have dialed has been changed, disconnected or is no longer in service.")) ((Sen. Peg Flory/R-Rutland County 00:27:04 "I have a rough time believing that they're paying $1000 dollars so they can legally drive.")) Critics -- like Senator Peg Flory -- opposed the original legislation. She says the idea -- to help migrant workers -- while well intentioned -- led to a bad law. ((Sen. Peg Flory/R-Rutland County 00:26:29 "I think it definitely it makes Vermont a target.")) ((Rep. Patrick Brennan 00:29:47 "that's pure abuse and I was afraid of that.")) The chair of the House Transportation Committee wants the licenses repealed. He believes people are using them illegally -- for identification or to open bank accounts. ((Rep. Patrick Brennan 00:30:35 "There are so many different types of licenses now that I don't really a bank teller can tell the difference between them.")) ((SIDE BY SIDE GRX)) A red line and a star -- are the only distinguishing marks -- separating Vermont's Real ID from its Privilege Card. ((Gov. Peter Shumlin/D-Vermont 00:01:43 "I'm confident that we can make it work but we want to get it right.")) Gov. Peter Shumlin calls the 200-plus cases of fraud -- "early growing pains" -- and says the DMV is improving internal controls to cut down on crooks exploiting Vermont. If you're caught -- your driving privileges are suspended nationwide. But even DMV officials admit they're having a hard time holding anyone accountable. ((Capt. Drew Bloom/Vt. DMV 00:32:11 "We haven't had any specific prosecutions as of yet." 00:34:49 "We have issued a few tickets, but it's really rare because we don't know where these people are."))


Vermont has issued 40-thousand Driver Privilege Cards -- since 2013. That's 17 times the estimated number of migrant workers in the state. DMV officials say they're not alarmed by the number -- arguing the cards have become the default for Vermonters who don't want to supply the proper paperwork needed for a REAL ID license. Investigators say the vast majority of these applications are legitimate -- and stress that migrant workers have not been connected to a single case of fraud. Kristin


Ten arrests -- at the airport in Montreal. Canadian authorities say the suspects planned to travel to Iraq and Syria to join the terrorist group ISIS. They were taken into custody over the weekend. Authorities say some of them have ties to six OTHER young people from Quebec who are believed to have traveled to Turkey -- en route to Syria -- in January -- to join ISIS.


The system that alerts people about child abductions -- was put to the test in Vermont today. The system sends emergency messages to road signs, broadcasters, and the Vermont Lottery -- among others -- providing details about suspects -- and vehicles. It was tested around 1 o'clock today. The system has been used in Vermont several times -- most recently last year. That case ended in the successful arrest of a mother who allegedly abducted her 12 year-old son from a foster home in Sunderland.


( 00:06:10 )((Sgt. Greg Campbell/Vt. State Police someone had seen the Amber Alert notification and recognized them and called the local authorities in New Hampshire and said I think I saw them. They overheard a discussion about where they were staying, and the law enforcement in New Hampshire did an investigation and located them in a local inn not too far away from where they had originally been spotted in Hanover. AR: They saw it on tv or on the highway? I believe it was on Television. I believe it was actually WCAX.)) In that case state police admitted that internal email glitches prevented details from getting out as fast as they had hoped -- and Investigators were also missing critical information. Officials say that was part of the reason for today's test. The system was named for a 9-year-old Texas girl -- Amber Hagerman -- who was abducted and murdered back in 1996.


The legislative session is over, but the work is not complete. After today, dozens of bills passed by the two chambers will still require the green light from the Governor before they become law. Statehouse reporter Kyle Midura has the story.


(00:12:12:00) ((Here we go)) Gov. Peter Shumlin signed a law Tuesday Morning that will preserve the current version of Vermont's two year-old end of life law, which allows terminal patients with sound minds to secure a fatal prescription. Doing so prevents provisions protecting patients from expiring next year. The sunset clause helped secure critical votes at the time of the law's original passage in 2013 -- but two years later Senators and Representatives felt confident scrapping it. (00:09:28:00) ((Rep. Ann Pugh - D-South Burlington we have laid this to rest, and now Vermotners will have a choice as they approach the end of life)) The Governor and House Speaker Shap Smith took a short-drive across town to meet with Canadian officials following the signing. (00:15:23:00) ((Gov. Peter Shumlin We're thrilled to announce this new partnership)) A yet-to-be-signed economic development bill grants 100-thousand dollars to business promotion groups. They'll use funds to increase efforts to convince companies North-of-the-border to expand South into Vermont. Once signed into law the measure will also create a first-time home-buyer tax credit, loosen lending laws, and tweak a state incentive for employers. (00:35:07:00) ((Tom Torti -- Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce President I've been a large critic of what's been happening during the session in Montpelier, and I'm probably now the biggest cheerleader for the outcome of the session)) Along with the economic development bill -- 41 bills passed by the House and the Senate are awaiting the Governor's signature. They include money bills, regulating companies like Rent-a-Center, a hands-free driving change, new child-protection standards following the deaths of two toddlers last year, education reform, removing the state's philosophical exemption to mandatory vaccination, and a bill banning revenge porn. Most will not take effect until July regardless of when he signs them, but his pen will surely get a workout over the next month.


A spokesperson for Governor Shumlin says no vetos are anticipated, but the governor still needs to review all the bills passed by the legislature.


A 27 year-old from Vermont -- lost his life -- from a little-know danger -- while diving. Now -- a non profit -- was created -- to prevent other tragedies. And the state dedicated this month to spread awareness in his honor. Rose Spillman reports.


In August of 2014, Sandy and Dean Haller were shocked when their 27 year old son Benjamin Haller, an experienced swimmer, sailor, and diver -- drowned. His death was caused by a little known danger called Shallow Water Blackout. (00:04:10 2345) ((Dean Haller/Live Like Benjo Foundation "It has amazed me over the last 8 months how many individuals, even in the world of aquatics, are not aware of shallow water blackout." 00:04:19)) Shallow water blackout is caused by overbreathing or hyperventilating before diving under water. The breaths throw off the body's system for signaling a person to breathe. A swimmer missing this signal can lose consciousness due to lack of oxygen and quickly drown. (00:21:00 2362) ((Dean Haller/Live Like Benjo Foundation "There aren't a lot of statistics about shallow water blackout deaths, because unless the coroner knows what that individual was doing just before they went under water, there's no way of knowing that that's what caused it." 00:21:14)) Now -- the Hallers are hoping to save others. They created a non-profit called the "Live Like Benjo Foundation" to raise awareness about the danger. ((nats Shumlin)) On Wednesday, Governor Peter Shumlin declared June "Shallow Water Blackout Awareness Month" in honor of Benjamin Haller. Many speakers talked about precautions you can take - before heading into the water. (00:23:01 2365) ((Tracy Dolan/VT Deputy Commissioner of Health "So making sure kids know how to swim, and then the swimming with a buddy is important, and then among young adults making sure that we don't partake in drug taking and particularly in drinking when we're out swimming." 00:23:15)) Health officials say that 20 people have drowned in Vermont in the past five years. Though Shallow Water Blackout can happen to any swimmer, many experienced divers like Haller are at an even higher risk because common breath holding techniques involve hyperventilation. (00:35:00 2387) ((Rose Spillman/Burlington "Some organizations such as the YMCA in Burlington have already been raising awareness amongst their swimmers, putting signs up to warn of the dangers of holding your breath under water." 00:35:10)) In addition to raising awareness about Shallow Water Blackout, the Live Like Benjo Foundation raised money for sailing scholarships for young Vermonters. (00:28:09 2368) ((Dean Haller/Live Like Benjo Foundation "Wanted our son's name to be synonymous with Lake Champlain because he loved it so much and had so much pleasure out of it. And he died from a tragedy that could have been avoided, so to make people aware of it and in his name today." 00:28:23)) They plan on distributing scholarships through the International Sailing Center in Colchester this summer. Rose Spillman, Channel 3 News, Colchester.


Credit reporting agencies are paying up -- for credit reporting errors. Vermont is one of 30 states to strike a deal with Equifax - Experian and Trans Union -- to give consumers better protection - and better accuracy in their credit reports. The agencies will increase oversight of data they rely on for credit reports - to make sure its correct - among other changes. The agencies are also paying Vermont 85-thousand dollars.


The Republican lawyer accusing Attorney General Bill Sorrell of campaign finance violations -- is adding to his list of complaints. Brady Toensing, a lawyer and vice chairman of the Vermont Republican Party, says Sorrell used a Burlington Attorney as his personal lawyer to deal with the initial complaints -- and Toensing calls that a conflict of interest. Sorrell has previously denied any wrongdoing, but has not responded to the revised complaints.


Governor Peter Shumlin wants Hillary Clinton to be the next President of the United States. In April -- the governor told Channel 3 News he wouldn't endorse a candidate until he knew who was running. But today Shumlin announced his support for Clinton -- in a tweet from his campaign site. And it came on the same day Senator Bernie Sanders announced the big kickoff to his campaign for President. Sanders announced his candidacy last month with a series of interviews in Washington. But he wants to share the excitement with his home town crowd. The kickoff event will be held next Tuesday, starting at 5:00 p.m. In Burlington's Waterfront Park. It will include live music -- and free Ben & Jerry's ice cream. Channel 3 News will have special coverage of the event -- with live reports, reaction and analysis. And follow our coverage thru-out Sanders' pursuit of the presidency -- on air and online at wcax-dot-com.

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What a difference a day or two makes! It is much cooler now and there will be the chance for some frost tonight, mainly away from the Champlain Valley. Thursday, we'll see a mix of sun and clouds, and it will be a little milder with highs in the 60s to near 70. Then Friday another disturbance will bring a few clouds and possibly a passing shower and temperatures will tumble once again Friday night. Lows will be in the 30s. Saturday after that chilly start, bright sunshine will only be able to push those temperatures into the upper 50s and low 60s. It will be a little milder Sunday and Monday, but there will also be the slight chance of a passing shower on Sunday afternoon, and a chance of showers on Monday.


College students are on summer break - and that means tons of furniture is headed for Burlington's sidewalks as they move out of town. Logan Crawford takes a look.


School's out. Students move out. And as they head home for summer vacation -- they leave a lot of furniture behind. Most of it can be used by others. (TC 00:22:22:05 Tile 7129) ((Jack Gower/Burlington "You know a futon or a dresser, and I just heard about this, and it's free." 00:22:29:26)) Jack Gower found himself the perfect futon for his new apartment at the Spring Move Out Project in Burlington. (TC 00:22:53:16 Tile 7129) ((Jack Gower/Burlington "I looked at one real similar to this, it's got springs inside the mattress, it's comfortable but it's also small and my place is going to be small so it's going to work out well." 00:23:04:19)) It's an annual tradition for students in Burlington to leave their college apartment furniture for others to use. Students leave unwanted couches, clothing, books, and more at either of the 2 drop off points in Burlington. (TC 00:11:07:09 Tile 7108) ((Meagan Sheridan/UVM Student "We have a couch, there's like some chairs that we have, like a desk. It's convenient because it's right outside of our house." 00:11:15:23)) The event was started by UVM and the city of Burlington 15 years ago to solve the problem of students abandoning old property on the sidewalk. Over the years -- the event has grown to include Champlain College and an additional drop-off location. (TC 00:06:01:18 Tile 7100) ((Bill Ward/Burlington Code Enforcement Director "Sort of divides the mass of people that would be overwhelming this one site. It's worked really well." 00:06:07:20)) (TC 00:41:31:26 Tile 7168) ((Logan Crawford/Burlington "Items in poor condition can be tossed into the dumpster on site for a fee. After the event -- usable items not claimed will be donated to local charities." 00:41:40:27)) (TC 00:29:39:21 Tile 7146) ((Jacob Schumann/ReSource "We'll take it and resell it at our store." 00:29:42:11)) ReSource is a nonprofit in Burlington -- Barre -- and Morrisville that works with people who can't afford to buy new furniture. It sees a big benefit from this day -- countless donated household goods. (TC 00:32:19:03 Tile 7146) ((Jacob Schumann/ReSource "Just to give you some ballpark figures maybe 10 couches, 5 mattresses, 15 tables, some dressers, things like that." 00:32:26:06)) Organizers say the event is successful every year -- but with limited volunteers adding more drop-off sites would stretch them thin. (TC 00:34:53:20 Tile 7147) ((Gail Shampnois/UVM Office of Student and Community Relations "We're finding that the 2 sites both Buell Street and Loomis Street work out really well, and the majority of students can get there by car or by walking and I think that's a real benefit so I think we would probably keep it to those 2 sites." 00:35:05:28)) Many of the SMOP volunteers come back to help year after year. Lisa Kingsbury plans to lend a hand again. (TC 00:38:34:17 Tile 7153) ((Lisa Kingsbury/Volunteer "Anybody that has the time to spend an hour should come down and help out." 00:38:37:25)) Organizers say between 7 to 12 tons of furniture is swapped at the event ... That otherwise would be clogging city streets and the landfill. Logan Crawford, channel 3 news, Burlington. -3-


Veterans who make it home - can face challenges many of us don't think about. For many - just getting around can be tough. Eva McKend is here tonight with her special report, Honor and Sacrifice. Eva? Darren, retired army sergeant Mark Abel has seen so much life but not all of it has been easy. He represents thousands of veterans in Vermont who need help as they still struggle years after coming home.


(((***NAT***))) Vietnam veteran Mark Abel's wartime injuries are extensive. ((Mark Abel, 00:56:36:17 - 00:56:47:12, I have a head injury. I have a plate in my neck. I broke my back. I have a gun shot wound in my rear and my stomach and I was in four helicopter crashes.)) The decorated retired army sergeant went to war as a very young man and then even though many called him crazy, after seeing so many of his friends die, he volunteered for a second tour. ((Mark Abel, 01:18:07 - 01:18:19:12, If you see a vet, just give them a big hug because we gave our lives in that awful jungle. If the booby trap and the enemy didn't kill us, the snakes would.)) There are approximately 48,602 veterans in Vermont and of those Senator Bernie Sanders office estimates about 7,000 are disabled. The 65 year old has always had trouble getting around (((***NATS***))) but that all changed (((***NATS***))) when a group of high school students from the Hannaford Career Center in Middlebury pitched in to rehab a wheelchair accessible van. ((Mark Abel, 00:55:40:28 - 00:55:45:00, I can't tell you how grateful I am to these guys.)) ((Patrick Covell, Eleventh Grader, 00:33:02:15 - 00:33:04:10, It'll definitely get him where he needs to go.)) (((***NAT***))) cover sound bite with video ((Mark Abel, 00:54:12:09 - 00:54:15:22, Today is one of the best days of my life.)) Abel says he's now receiving the welcome home he never got decades ago. ((Mark Abel, 01:17:56:20 - 01:18:03:26, This one here says, Vietnam, if you haven't been there ...shut your mouth and I mean that politely.)) Learning of his experience gave newfound perspective to the young people who gave him a helping hand. ((Britney Ramsey, Eleventh Grader, 00:36:20:00 - 00:36:29:01, There was an air conditioner in the back and we took that out and we put in a brand new back window in it and we sealed it all up so it didn't leak anymore and we got it legal and it runs and drives now.)) ((this SOT can be trimmed, as along she makes it in there)) ((Brandon Mansfield, 12th Grader, 00:40:41:17 - 00:40:47:09, He gave to our country and we can kind of help by giving him back something. It definitley means a lot.)) The Disabled American Veterans Department of Vermont estimates they transport more than five thousand local vets to medical appointments and other critical destinations each year. It's a number that's on the rise. The year before the DAV transported about one thousand fewer vets. ((Jeffrey Snow, DAV VA Hospital Service Coordinator, 01:10:30:19 - 01:10:44:07, Some of the Vietnam veterans are getting a little older and are not driving back and forth like they used to, so they are using our services a little more and we are getting the younger veterans that are coming in and using the services now too.)) New veterans with injuries all too familiar to Abel, even the emotional wounds, unseen. ((Mark Abel, 01:14:22:00 - 01:14:32:00, For 10 years, I didn't come out of my house. I had PTSD so bad I had tried suicide twice and I was in very bad shape.)) The most pressing need facing veterans in Vermont continues to be access to employment but transportation issues runs a close second. The DAV is constantly in need of volunteer drivers. They are currently down about 20. Learning this served as a real eye opener to the students. ((Hayden Thomsen, Automotive Technology Instructor, 01:06:10:04 - 01:06:21:22, ...We are use to having car after car come in but you never really think about really what it means to someone that doesn't have the ability to get around ...)) ((Matthew Mullin, Eleventh Grader, 00:41:41:00 - 00:41:42:17, I'm really happy to see where it's going.)) Now, Abel can make it to all of his doctors appointments with ease but his real hope is that he'll continue to get invited to speak throughout the state and across the country about the challenges vets face when they come home. ((Mark Abel, 01:15:40:18 - 01:15:54:20, I love America and it's been my honor to continue to remind America that they have an obligation because we were soldiers. We would have went to the North Pole if we were ordered. That's what soldiers do.)) So if you see a Vermont license plate with a purple heart, it just might be retired sergeant Abel testing out his new set of wheels. Don't be surprised if he gives you a wave, (((***NAT***))) now that he's back on the road. Eva McKend, Channel 3 News, Middlebury.


If you'd like to connect with retired sergeant Abel or learn more about becoming a volunteer driver for the Disabled American Veterans Department of Vermont, you can go to our website at


What a difference a day or two makes! It is much cooler now and there will be the chance for some frost tonight, mainly away from the Champlain Valley. Thursday, we'll see a mix of sun and clouds, and it will be a little milder with highs in the 60s to near 70. Then Friday another disturbance will bring a few clouds and possibly a passing shower and temperatures will tumble once again Friday night. Lows will be in the 30s. Saturday after that chilly start, bright sunshine will only be able to push those temperatures into the upper 50s and low 60s. It will be a little milder Sunday and Monday, but there will also be the slight chance of a passing shower on Sunday afternoon, and a chance of showers on Monday. As we all head back to work and school on Tuesday, wet weather will return with a frontal system stalling out over the area for the next couple of days.


Tonight: Becoming mostly clear. Patchy frost. Lows: 32/42 Winds: NW 10-15 mph Thursday: Partly sunny. Highs: 63/70 SW 5-10 mph Thursday Night: Partly cloudy. Lows: 35/45 Winds: SW 5-10 mph Friday: Sun and clouds. Breezy. Chance of a passing shower. Highs: 55/62 Winds: NW 10-20 mph Extended: Saturday through Wednesday. Friday Night: Chilly. Lows 30/40 Saturday: Chilly start. Mostly sunny. Highs 58/65 Lows 38/48 Sunday: Partly sunny. Highs 68/75 Lows 40s Monday: Partly sunny. Chance of showers. Highs 65/75 Lows 50s Tuesday: Showers likely. Highs 65/75 Lows 50s Wednesday: Chance of showers. Highs 60s



Memorial Day weekend is just days away - and it also marks the opening of Vermont parks for the summer season. 52 parks will open for day use activity and camping. And in general -- the most popular parks book up fast for the summer season. You can reserve a site online. And you can find a link in our infocenter -- at wcax-dot-com.


A new Interim Director -- named for the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. Charlie Smith takes over for Alan Jordon. Smith was recently at Vermont P-B-S -- and has a long history of leadership in state government and banking. He will head the VSO until a new executive director is named.


A suspect paralyzed after being shot by police - says he should be allowed to live at home in Lyndon while he waits for trial. Police fired multiple times at Eric Jackson last year. The 27 year old allegedly stole cars, led police on a chase -- and then rammed two state police cruisers in Barton. He's being held at the Springfield prison - awaiting trial on 17 charges. But Jackson argues he should be allowed to be on home detention - living with his mom - because he's in a wheelchair and needs assistance.


No New trial for the former Rutland city attorney convicted of a fatal hit-and-run crash. Christopher Sullivan had pleaded not guilty to leaving the scene of the crash in 2013 and driving under the influence with death resulting. The crash killed 71-year-old Mary Jane Outslay. A jury convicted Sullivan in March. But his lawyers argued the judge made several errors during the trial. Judge Theresa DiMauro denied the motion for a new trial. Sullivan can still appeal the decision. He remains out on bail awaiting sentencing.


Two South Burlington police officers say they were attacked during a drug investigation. Police say they found two men in parked car -- along with 29 bags of heroin. Police arrested 27-year-old Nathan Remillard from Milton on drug charges. Police say the other man -- 22-year-old Matthew Shepardson of Burlington -- tried to walk away from the scene -- and when the officers tried to stop him -- he struck two of the officers in the face. Shepardson is charged with two counts of assault on a police officer.


Redevelopment plans for the Baslams resort in Dixville Notch -- now has the backing of Governor Maggie Hassan. The Balsams is best known as the first place to cast presidential ballots in the nation. It closed in 2011. Hassan is signing a bill today that creates a special taxing district allowing the state to back 28-million in bonds for The Balsams. The total price tag for redeveloping the resort is 143-million dollars. That's news around the region.


Starting Line Sports ...the Middlebury women's lacrosse team continues it's preparations for this weekend's Division Three Final Four, which will take place Saturday and Sunday in Philadelphia. It will be the second straight weekend the team has spent in Pennsylvania. Middlebury is coming off wins over Hamilton and York in the NCAA regional semifinals and final this past Saturday and Sunday in Gettysburg. After playing just one tournament game each of the two previous weeks, the Panthers can look at challenges they overcame in those back-to-back matchups and hope that experience will help carry them to two more wins and a national championship.


((TRT: 24 ... OC: NEXT WEEKEND)) ((Catherine Fowler/ "This weekend was really helpful for us in a lot of ways. Being able to play two games in a row in the heat down in Pennsylvania was helpful heading into the Final Four weekend. And just having tight games. I think we had a situation where we were ahead by a lot and they stared creeping up on us. We had to stall and keep them out and I think this past weekend was very beneficial and will help us a lot next weekend."))


Following a record breaking career at Castleton, senior Zach Davison will compete in the U-S Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association D-3 All Star Game Friday at Cabrini College outside of Philadelphia. Davidson is one of 32 players named to the North squad for the game and the only player from the North Atlantic Conference. The former South Burlington standout finished his Castleton career third all-time in NCAA Division III history with 400 points after scoring 206 goals and dishing off 194 assists. He ranked in the top-ten nationally in points per game each of his four seasons and was also a three-time NAC Player of the Year.


Plattsburgh State midfielder James Read was also named the the North roster for Friday's All-Star game. Davidson and Norwich face off specialist Andrew Bracy will also complete in the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association East-West All-Star Game, which will take place a week from Friday at Springfield College.


Getting a dental check-up means more than having your teeth cleaned. Dentists are also screening for cancer. Holly Firfer reports.


LYNDA HUTZLER KNOWS THAT A VISIT TO THE DENTIST IS NOT JUST ABOUT CAVITIES AND GUM DISEASE. IT CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE. (Lynda Hutzler/Dental Patient) "I started having this burning sensation in the tongue area and the back of the throat." WHEN THE SYMPTOMS LASTED MORE THAN A FEW WEEKS, HER DENTIST SUSPECTED IT MIGHT BE ORAL CANCER. (Lynda Hutzler/Dental Patient) "She did a thorough exam and sent me immediately to the hospital." IF CAUGHT EARLY ORAL CANCER HAS A VERY GOOD SURVIVAL RATE. THIS TYPE OF CANCER OFTEN AFFECTS LONG TERM TOBACCO USERS, BUT DR. JANE PUSKAS SAYS YOUNG PEOPLE ARE GETTING DIAGNOSED MORE AND MORE, OFTEN BECAUSE OF THE HPV, THE HUMAN PAPILLOMAVIRUS. (Dr. Jane Puskas/President, Hinman Dental Society) "The research has shown that there is a relationship between HPV and cervical cancer and there is a similar relationship between HPV and oral cancers." MOST BUMPS OR SORES IN THE MOUTH ARE NOT CANCER, BUT IF YOU NOTICE ANY CHANGES IN YOUR ORAL HEALTH TELL YOUR DENTIST, ESPECIALLY IF THE PROBLEM DOESN'T GO AWAY. (Dr. Jane Puskas/President, Hinman Dental Society) "It could be a sore spot on the gum, or cheek, or on your tongue//is it a red patch, is it a white patch. Is it an ulcer that's just not healing." THEY DON'T KNOW THE CAUSE OF LYNDA'S CANCER, BUT THEY DO KNOW THAT EARLY DETECTION WAS KEY. (Lynda Hutzler/Dental Patient) "I feel so grateful and I'm so thankful." FOR TODAY'S HEALTH MINUTE, I'M HOLLY FIRFER.


For more information about Oral Cancer -- we have a link on our website -- wcax - dot - com. That's health watch. lhealth/oral_cancer/



Some of us walk -- some of us use a cart when we're out on the golf course. But if you're Gina Bullard -- you try something new.


At West Bolton Golf Club -- see a golf cart and you don't think twice. ((nat)) But see one of these zipping by... ((nat)) and it's hard to look away. ((nat)) (01:12:17:23) ((Jeff Brown/West Bolton Golf Club "everyone that walks by is like wow this is crazy")) This is a golf skate cart -- it's sort of a mix between a skateboard -- a segway and a golfcart. (01:09:49:04) ((Jeff Brown/West Bolton Golf Club "you get to go your own way, carve down the fairway it just a fun way to get people to get out and enjoy golf")) After seeing them at the PGA trade show Jeff Brown purchased four of the electric-powered carts for the course this year. No other course in Vermont has them. One caddy costs five thousand dollars - that's about the price of a regular golf cart. He hopes these innovative fun fast carts bring a new group of players in -- like me. ((nat gina and jeff)) After a quick training video -- skate caddy riders go for a quick practice run before teeing off. If you skateboard surf or snowboard you may have an advantage here. (01:16:37:15) ((Jeff Brown/West Bolton Golf Club "g-this is not very sturdy ha")) To steer you lean to one side or the other and you can only hold on with one hand because you'll need your other to operate the cart. A wireless remote that looks more like a water gun starts and stops the cart. (01:16:44:21) ((Jeff Brown/West Bolton Golf Club "here's the trigger - put it in forward. g-wait we're ready to go already? that's my whole lesson??")) The Golf Skate Caddy has four modes. Let's start with one -- training. Nice and slow...then you move your way up. (01:17:40:12) ((Jeff Brown/West Bolton Golf Club "g-AHHH")) Each level gets a little faster. Hills can be a challenge at first -- but people tend to catch on quick and in no time are carving the fairways with ease. (01:19:41:25) ((Jeff Brown/West Bolton Golf Club "woahhhhhh oh boy")) (01:34:16:20) ((GB "the skate caddy has all the bells and whistles including a seat so you can watch your friends and a conveniently located cooler")) The golf skate caddys cost 20-dollars to rent for 18 holes -- a regular cart will cost you 16-dollars per-person. ((nat)) Get ready to surf on turf -- these babies are quick. (01:22:07:14) ((Jeff Brown/West Bolton Golf Club "let's go come on gina! let's race g-oh i forgot we're in 3 ahh")) In mode 4 you can go up to 20-miles per hour -- a regular golf cart goes about 10. If you haven't noticed -- it's a lot of fun. You almost forget you're there to play golf. ((Nat)) A speedier way to get around the links this summer that's energizing the game. ((gina and jeff laughing)) Gina Bullard Channel 3 News Jericho.


Yesterday at the NFL owners meetings in San Francisco, Patriots owner Robert Kraft announced that his team would not appeal the penalties handed down to it by the league in regards to the deflategate controversy. That leaves New England quarterback Tom Brady and his four game suspension still on the table. Today, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell spoke with the media for the first time since that punishment was handed down. He is slated to hear Brady's appeal. Part of the reason behind the length of Brady's suspension was the league's contention he did not fully cooperate in the investigation that led to the Wells report, and Goodell seemed to indicate that cooperation is what he's looking for when that appeal takes place. ((TRT: 51 ... OC: AHEAD OF EVERYTHING.)) ((Roger Goodell/ "I look forward to hearing directly from Tom, if there's new information or there's information that can be helpful to us in getting this right I want to hear directly from Tom on that. Anytime anyone's suspended from a game that they love it's difficult so any player or coach that we're involved with suspending that decision comes after a great deal of thought, consideration and recognizing that that's a difficult decision and we're very careful with it and we're very thoughtful with it and I have great admiration and respect for Tom Brady but the rules have to be enforced on a uniform basis and they apply to everybody in the league. They apply to every club, every individual coach, every individual player and that is something we put the game ahead of everything."))


The Boston Bruins have elevated Don Sweeney to become the eighth general manager in the team's history. Sweeney, who spent 15 seasons as a player with the Bruins, was the B's assistant general manager the past six years and takes over for his former boss, Peter Chiarelli, who was fired last month after the team missed the playoffs for the first time in eight years. Sweeney's first order of business will likely be the future of coach Claude Julien. When asked today about Julien's status by reporters, Sweeney would only say, 'He's the coach of the Boston Bruins as of today, for sure."


It was a marathon game two of the NHL's Western Conference Finals last night in Anaheim. The Ducks hosting the Chicago Blackhawks. This one would go into triple overtime, and in what turned out to be the longest game in the history of the Chicago franchise, Blackhawks forward Marcus Kruger batted home a Brent Seabrook shot with less than three minutes to go in that third OT to give Chicago a 3-2 win and even the series at a game apiece. Corey Crawford made 60 saves for the Blackhawks. Frederick Anderson stopped 53 shots for Anaheim. Game Three is tomorrow night in Chicago. Tonight, it's game three of the East finals in Tampa Bay. The Lightning hosting the New York Rangers. That series is also tied at one game apiece.


The ping pong balls bounced the right way for the Minnesota Timberwolves last night at the NBA Draft Lottery. The T-Wolves became the first team since 2004 that finished with the worst record in the NBA to actually win the lottery. The L-A Lakers will pick second, Philadelphia third. The New York Knicks had the second best chance of winning the top overall pick, but they fell to fourth. The NBA draft will be held on June 25th.


MVP Steph Curry scored 34 points to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 110-106 win over the Houston Rockets in Game One of the NBA's Western Conference Finals last night in Oakland. Houston was able to build a double digit second quarter lead despite losing Dwight Howard to a sprined left knee. Howard hoped to play in Game Two tomorrow night. Golden State closed the second quarter on a 25-65 run and held Houston at bay the rest of the way. Tonight, the Eastern Conference Finals get underway, with the Atlanta Hawks hosting the Cleveland Cavaliers.


The Red Sox opened a six game home stand with a 4-3 win over the Texas Rangers last night at Fenway Park. David Ortiz and Mike Napoli each homered and drove in two runs, while Wade Miley allowed two runs over seven innings and struck out seven to earn his third win of the season. Game two of the series is tonight, with Joe Kelly getting the ball for Boston.


The Red Sox apparently dodged a bullet when third baseball Pablo Sandoval was hit in the knee by a fastball in the bottom of the seventh inning. Sandoval was helped off the field, but after the game, manager John Farrell said all scans of Sandoval's knee came back clean and that he was sore as a result of being hit. Sandoval said it wouldn't be a long term injury, but he isn't in the starting lineup for tonight's game against the Rangers.


The Yankees ran into the red hot Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals last night, falling 8-6 to the Nats in D-C. Harper hit one of four Nationals homers, he leads the National League with 15...and Ryan Zimmerman won the game with a two run blast in the bottom of the tenth innings. Washington improved to 13-4 in the month of May. The Yankees lost their second straight and sixth in their last seven games. New York also lost center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, who left the game in the fourth with a sprained right knee and has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.



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