Wed 22-JUN-2016 Early A.M. News Script

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A fifth person is behind bars this morning in connection to the killing of a transgender man last month. Amos Beede was beaten and left to die at a Burlington homeless camp. Four arrests have already been made in the case, but yesterday 29-year old Amber Dennis was arrested. Police accused her of lying and said she was too inconsistent with her testimony of the case. They also found that Dennis had victim's cell phone. She is being held without bail.


A New Hampshire mother feels a sense of peace this morning after her ex-husband was charged with second degree murder. Prosecutors say 52-year-old Wendell Noyes killed 11-year old Celina Cass in 20-11 -- by submerging her in the Connecticut River. Investigators found her body 6 days later. Yesterday, Celina's mother, Louisia Cass was at the arraignment. She says while she is glad to see justice was served--she struggles with why it took so long to get to this point.


((Louisia Cass/Victim's mother: " Finally an arrest-- exactly. Finally after 5 years we're going to get justice. It's been 5 years, I didn't think it was ever going to come. Trying to come to the reality and face all that's been going on and trying to make steps forward instead of backward.)) Noyes is being held without bail. All documents related to this case are sealed.


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.


An already pricey Vermont gas line has a price tag that's going up. State officials say the Vermont pipeline estimates the cost is expected to hit 165-MILLION dollars -- thanks to overruns and protests. Vermont Gas first received state approval for an 85 million dollar pipeline. A deal with regulators means Vermont Gas shareholders will pick up everything above 134-million. Company leaders pledged to place any costs above that onto share-holders, not rate-payers.


A particular flower in Northfield is catching the eye of many Vermonters and out of state visitors. The Countryman Peony Farm is back open and reached its peak for blooming this week. The farm has a history in the area -- dating back decades -- but has been closed for many years. New owners bought the property a few years ago -- and decided to resurrect the farm.


Scattered showers today, mainly first half of day. One last disturbance could bring a few showers on Thursday, but that bigger system in the midwest will stay well to our south on Thursday. Then clearing out and heating up as we head into the weekend. Next chance for showers is Monday night into Tuesday with a cold front.

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