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Part 1:
CVU shuts out Essex 20-0
Middlebury beats Colchester 27-7
Rice shuts out MAU 12-0
Hartford shuts out BFA-St. Albans 47-0
Hartford holds inaugural "Patriot Game"
Burr and Burton shuts out Burlington 28-0
Mt. Abe/Vergennes beats North Country 28-23

Part 2:
Milton beats BFA-Fairfax 54-6
Woodstock shuts out Spaudling 77-0
U-32 beats Oxbow 56-14
Beekmantown beats Plattsburgh 39-28
Moriah beats Saranac 21-12

Hartford High held their inaugural "Patriot Game" tonight. The Hurricanes honored active service men and veterans for all they've done and continue to do for our countries by literally giving them the shirts off their back. Hartford had special jerseys made for the game with the last names of those they're honoring. After the game, players presented them to the veterans or their families.

"It means a lot, I have known that kid ever since he was small and it means a lot to me for the veterans to come out here and be honored by these kids and I just can't say enough to be honored out here accepting this jersey." said Steve Ward, a member of the US Marine Corps.

Roughly 30 people took part in a peaceful protest at the Winooski roundabout Friday evening, speaking against lives lost to police violence nationwide.

The protest stemmed from the officer-involved shooting death of 29-year-old Jesse Beshaw, who was unarmed, last Friday in Winooski. Vermont State Police says he was unarmed.

"Jesse was a good friend, a good father, and a good dude," says Jesse's friend of 14 years, Chris Sordiff. "He didn't deserve to go out like that at all."

Vermont State Police say Beshaw had an active arrest warrant for burglary and was known to carry a gun. VSP says Beshaw advanced toward Franklin County Sheriff's Deputy Nicolas Palmier, with his right hand behind his back. VSP says Palmier fired multiple times, as Beshaw continued coming toward him.

"Seven shots, your intention is to take that person's life, and he didn't have a weapon," says Sordiff.

At Friday's protest, family, friends, and complete strangers came together, protesting police brutality across the country.

"The family members that contacted me to organize this did not ask for this to be about Jesse per say, but about the greater issue of police violence and to peacefully shine a light on how troubling this situation is," says Peace & Justice Executive Director Rachel Siegel.

Local 22 and Local 44 News spoke with Beshaw's aunt who contacted Siegel to organize the vigil. We also spoke with Jesse's fiance. Both attended the protest, but did not wish to be interviewed.

"Some people want to be out in the public and be loud and that helps them with healing," says Siegel. "Other people need to retreat for healing so, I'm just trying to honor what's best for them."

Sordiff says His friend, Jesse, is one of too many people killed at the hands of law enforcement.

"It's all over the place and I don't know why," says Sordiff. "I don't understand it and I don't think I'll ever understand it but, it needs to stop."

Local 22 and Local 44 News has contacted the Winooski Police Department, requesting body camera video from the night of the shooting. Police have denied that request so far, on grounds that the investigation is ongoing.

The University of Vermont College of Medicine is being re-named following an historic donation.

The school will now be called the Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, after Burlington native Bob Larner and his wife, Helen, gave $66 million to the school on Friday.

Over the course of several years, the couple has donated about $100 million to the school. School officials say this money will help continue to make the College of Medicine innovative.

"Completing all of this, all encompassing transformation, will not be an easy or inexpensive task. That is why the Larners' gift is so important to our college. It will fuel that transformation," Rick Morin, M.D., Dean of the College of Medicine.

The donation is the largest gift to a public medical college in New England.

School official estimate the economic impact local and regionally will be more than $400 million annually in the state.

Students at the University of Vermont are showing their support for the protests going on across the country, but people have mixed feelings about how they're doing it.

Walking around the University of Vermont campus in Burlington Friday, you may have noticed something new flying high.

"I think it's a powerful statement," Freshman Caroline Slack said.

The Student Government Association decided this week to raise a 'Black Lives Matter' flag outside of the Davis Center, the heart of the campus.

The Black Lives Matter movement has grown momentum across the nation, trying to raise awareness about racial issues. SGA is sponsoring the flag over the weekend to recognize recent police shootings in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Charlotte, North Carolina.

School officials say this flagpole has historically flown flags to support members of the community.

The university said in a statement: "UVM supports free expression, and other university groups are welcome to propose flags with information that they wish to express."

Freshman Caroline Slack says it's important the school is supporting the student's political beliefs.

"Also since it's a primarily white university, it's important that the students of color are being shown that they're cared for and that they're welcome here," Slack said.

But others disagree with the decision. Viewers commented Local 22 / Local 44's Facebook page saying they think 'All Lives Matter' in Vermont, and that it's inappropriate to have an organization's flag at the same height of the nation's flag.

Other Catamounts say the flying this flag pushes forward the growing ideas in the nation, drawing attention to racial injustice.

"Obviously, it's pretty clear to anyone in the country, especially youth there are still race issues that are very predominate in our culture. People try to ignore them," Isaac Merritt, a junior at the school, said.

School officials say the flag will fly over the weekend.

Vermonters can now start voting for their choice for president.

On Friday, Williston town clerk Deb Beckett was busier than usual.

"These are some of the requests that have come in this morning," says Beckett.

She's sending out ballots to registered voters at their request now that it's September 23rd.

"It's the official start of our early vote period, it's 45 days before the election," says Vermont Secretary of State, Jim Condos.

You can pick up a ballot directly at your town clerk's office, request by phone or email, or go directly to the Vermont Secretary of State's website.

"It's really a matter of convenience," says Condos.

Condos says the presidential race and competitive statewide races should draw plenty of Vermonters.

"I think the turnout should be good, typically it will be between 65 and 60 percent for a presidential year."

More than a dozen registered voters cast their vote at the Williston Town Office by mid-afternoon.

Some ballots were sent out farther than you might expect.

"Quite a few to Denmark, Switzerland, Germany, England and Canada."

Many of them were sent to students overseas.

The last day to request or receive an early ballot is November 7 th , the day before Election Day.

But you'll want to make sure you're sure about your vote before sending in your ballot early.

"Once you vote and turn your ballot in, it's done and you can't change it so that's the one caveat," says Condos.

The deadline to register vote is Wednesday, November 2nd.

Grand Isle County Sheriff Ray Allen says he is waiting for a Federal Aviation Administration investigation to dictate whether federal investigators want the state of Vermont to press charges against two off-duty Air National Guardsmen.

Sheriff Allen says 30 people, or more, were dispatched to Savage Island in Grand Isle County Monday after reports of a plane crash.

Allen says the response effort involved multiple marine vessels, volunteer firefighters and a U.S. Customs & Border Protection helicopter. The island is not accessible by any roadway.

"The volunteers, they're taking time away from their families, they're volunteering their time to do out," said Sheriff Allen.

When they got there, they found a destroyed Piper PA-11. Nobody was with the plane.

"Rather surprised that nobody had reported the incident," said Sheriff Allen. "It was probably about 6 hours prior when the crash actually occurred. The pilot or anybody, never reported it to the proper authorities as required to do so."

Sheriff Allen believes the plane crashed around noon Monday.

The Vermont Air National Guard confirmed earlier this week, two airmen were on board.

Sheriff Allen told Local 22/Local 44 News the pilot is John Rahill.

In an email Friday requesting information on Rahill's rank, Guard spokesperson Capt. Tracy Morris responded: "We don't release information on members without their consent. It's for their own safety and operational security."

Sheriff Allen says the two Guardsmen were taken off the island by boat and brought back to the Burlington International Airport by the island's caretaker.

As for the crash, pilots are required to immediately contact the National Transportation Safety Board following a crash.

NTSB Investigator Adam Gerhardt says the Board was notified about the incident but he is unsure of the timeline, saying "We are aware and we are investigating."

"What is your reaction when you hear that they are Air National Guardsmen?" asked Local 22/Local44 News' Staci DaSilva to Sheriff Ray Allen.

"A little surprised," he responded. "I know the Guard, federal pilots, have very strict regulations and are up to date on all the requirements of the FAA and National Traffic Safety Bureau. I was stunned that they didn't ever notify anybody of the incident."

Sheriff Allen says the case, for now, is in the hands of the FAA.

"We're following the investigation out of the FAA and the NTSB and waiting to hear from them what they're going to do be doing or if they want to see any charges from the state of Vermont," he said.

Major Chris Gookin with the Vermont National Guard says the Guard has not been contacted, at this time, by the FAA.

In a statement sent Tuesday, Major Gookin wrote: "We appreciate the concern from the community and are happy that neither of our Airmen were injured and are currently back at work.

Due to the ongoing FAA investigation into this matter, we have no further details to release at this time."

An emotional ceremony took place on Friday at the Vermont State Police New Haven barracks.

A memorial was unveiled to remember Vermont State Trooper Kyle Young.

Trooper Young passed away from heat exhaustion a year ago, while trying out for the tactical support unit.

On the Vermont State Police Facebook page, Vermont State Police said it vows to never forget the spirit in which Trooper Young Performed his duties, the friendship he displayed for fellow troopers and the service he rendered to the citizens of Addison County and Vermont.

State Police encourage people to stop and visit the memorial.

Young's family was also in attendance.

Well, the 80s are gone and a feeling of fall continues to spill into the northeast. Temperatures Friday hung out in the 50s & low 60s under mostly cloudy skies. It was a solid 15-25° colder than Thursday! We'll clear out through early Saturday morning and have a huge taste of fall around all weekend. We start with Saturday morning temperatures in the 30s & low 40s. Areas right long Lake Champlain will be warmest near 40°, away from the lake, temperatures will fall farther into the low and mid 30s. Despite increasing sun, highs Saturday afternoon will struggle to get into the low 60s; many in the north country outside the Champlain Valley will stay stuck in the 50s. Burlington, you'll get to 62° but really, we're splitting hairs.

Saturday night, we get another hit of lows in the upper 30s and low 40s with another shot of frost possible away from Lake Champlain. Meanwhile, highs on Sunday, even under a sunny sky, will be on the struggle bus into the upper 50s. If/when Burlington doesn't get to 60°, it'll be the first time since June 9 and only the second time since May 16th! Hey, if you're joining us at the Vermont Heart Walk at Oakledge Park in Burlington, bring a coat! The walk starts at 8:15, it'll be bright but chilly in the 40s. We'll warm slowly under sunny skies and eventually be in the low 50s by the end of the walk. We'll start next week with lots of sun and highs in the low to mid 60s on Monday. Tuesday and Wednesday, another cold brings another couple rounds of rain. Temperatures will be back close to normal in the 60s with overnight lows in the 50s.

Have a great weekend!

-Meteorologist Sean Parker

The Vermont Health Department has proposed new rules on prescribing opioids, the rules are designed to cut down on opioid addiction.

According to the documents the doctor would have to lay out the risks of opioids to patients. A consent form is needed, and other alternatives considered.

The documents say there will also be a limit on the number of pills prescribed.

The Health Department is accepting the public's comments about the proposal through email. Or by mail to Lillian Colasurdo, Vermont Department of Health, PO Box 70, 108 Cherry Street, Burlington, VT 05402. Folks have until October 28 to comment.

A public hearing is scheduled for October 21 in Burlington at 108 Cherry Street at 1 p.m.

You can read the rules proposal below.

The smell of death will soon be wafting through the air at Dartmouth College's greenhouse.

A corpse flower named "Morphy" has started to bloom at the college's greenhouse.

If you are wondering how this flower got its name, it's because it gives the smell of rotting flesh once it opens up.

The flower only lives a few days after blooming, the plant at Dartmouth is 7 feet tall.

For those who want to see the flower in person can visit the greenhouse on Friday until 7 p.m. and will be open for visitors on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The greenhouse is located on the 4th floor, Class of 1978 Life Sciences Center.

You can watch the Corpse Flower on the college's greenhouse live cam by clicking here.

Colchester Police are looking for a man who is suspected to be connected to robberies that have happened in the Colchester area.

According to the release officials have issued an arrest warrant for Shawn Carter, 32, for connections in the robberies of Rite Aid Pharmacy on September 12, and Simon's Four Corners Store on September 18.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Colchester Police Department at 802-264-5555.

The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation says this is a great year for Vermonters to get out and enjoy the fall foliage.

"We expect this year's foliage to be spectacular," said Michael Snyder, VTFPR's Commissioner.

"The deep reds, bright oranges, and yellows will bring people from all over New England, the United States and beyond. Vermont is world famous for our changing leaves," added Snyder.

Officials expect that popular hiking trails will be busy this fall and suggest those who'd like to find a place less traveled can check out Vermont's Trail Finder Website to find different trails in the area.

The department also wants to remind folks to follow parking signs and to drive carefully through hiking areas. Also, there are people who live in those areas that hikers should be considerate of.

One last tip is to be mindful of the shorter days and cooler nights, it's recommended that you bring food, water, and a light with you on the trails.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, New York State Police, and the Massachusetts DEA Task Force announced on Friday the indictment of more than two dozen people for their roles in an alleged national heroin smuggling ring.

According to the release the investigation, "Operation Dirty Dope," seized more than 33 kilos of heroin and 2 kilos of Fentanyl, with a total street value of more than $13 million.

Officials say the operation which began with the New York State Police Troop L Narcotics Enforcement Unit in April 2015 and netted alleged dealers and traffickers in New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Arizona, and New Jersey - is one of the largest heroin seizures ever in New York and is the single largest single seizure in the 46-year history of the state's Organized Crime Task Force.

The release also said that 300 grams of cocaine, two semi-automatic handguns, and eight vehicles were seized.

"Operation Dirty Dope is another step in our multi-faceted effort to curb the heroin crisis that is destroying our communities," Attorney General Schneiderman said.

"Our message to dealers and traffickers is simple: we will not tolerate anyone smuggling death into our state. I want to thank all of our law enforcement partners across the country, especially the New York State Police and the Massachusetts DEA Task Force, who helped bring these defendants to justice," added Schneiderman.

According to the release the indictments, unsealed in Bronx County Court, detailed a sophisticated distribution ring that allegedly moved most of the drugs from Mexico to Tucson, Arizona.

From Arizona, the drugs were allegedly moved in hidden compartments in cars from Arizona to the Bronx, Washington Heights, and Pennsylvania.

From there, traffickers moved the drugs to sell in Suffolk County and the central Massachusetts town of Leominster.

The investigation utilized confidential informants, wiretaps, and physical and video surveillance.

In the wiretaps, the defendants can allegedly be heard discussing plans to mix other chemicals -- including chicken anesthetic, Novocain, acetone roach killer, fentanyl.

Officials say during bail arguments, it was also alleged that traffickers used people addicted to heroin as human guinea pigs to test the quality of the cut heroin, flagrantly disregarding whether the laced heroin would kill them or not.

Those charged as major traffickers include:

Daniel Abascal Pena Argenis Grullon, a/k/a "Alpha" or "Hanley" Reymon Rivera Ortiz, a/k/a "Dioco" Francisco Martinez Reyes, a/k/a "Viejo" Edwin Nunez Sierra, a/k/a La Papa Carlos Almonte, a/k/a Luis Rivera Carlos Hierro-Mata Luis Aude-Mora

Others indicted include:

Manuel Castillano a/k/a "Cuñado" Manuel Amparo, a/k/a "Cacu" Tomas Salinas Hector Diaz, a/k/a "Shorty" Gisette Hernandez Jandhel Restituyo Vasquez Yeimy Matias Ryan Martinez Fernando Suero Oscarhyl Martinez Aude Manuel Torres, a/k/a "Raul" Amauris Sanchez Domingo Pena Juan Miguel Marte Javier Carlos Alberto Borges Perez Jose R. Rodriquez a/k/a "Rafa" Luis Martinez, a/k/a "Majimbe"

The release says those charged as major traffickers could face life in prison if convicted. All others could face 8 to 25 years if convicted.

Laboratory B in Burlington is one of many groups that will be at the Champlain Mini Maker Faire! On September 24 and 25 members of the lab, and many other groups, will bring robots, gadgets, tools and so much more to the Shelburne Farms Coach Barn.

All ages are welcome to join the fun. Doors open at 10am on Saturday and 11am on Sunday, the entire schedule can be viewed, here. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for kids, and kids under 10 years old get in free. More information about the Mini Maker Faire can be found, here and below.

If you're interested in joining, or learning more about, Laboratory B you can visit the Facebook Page or website.

The schedule below is courtesy of Champlain Mini Maker Faire and can be found on the website.

Saturday, September 24, 2016 TIME TOPIC LOCATION 10:00 am Come explore/talk/learn with 50+ Makers Shelburne Farms 10:15 am Drone Demo Drone Raceway 10:30 am Rockets Launch Courtyard 11:00 am Presentation Main Stage 11:30 am Workshop: Learn to Solder Solder Station 1:00 pm Robot Battle League Courtyard 1:30 pm Presentation Main Stage 2:00 pm Drone Demo Drone Raceway 2:30 pm Rockets Launch Courtyard 3:30 pm Presentation Main Stage Sunday, September 25, 2016 TIME TOPIC LOCATION 11:00 am Come explore/talk/learn with 50+ Makers Shelburne Farms 11:15 am Drone Demo Drone Raceway 11:30 am Rockets Launch Courtyard 12:00 pm ChampBot Challenge Shelburne Farms Waterfront 12:30 pm Drone Airshow Drone Raceway 1:00 pm Road Pitch Main Stage 1:30 pm Rockets Launch Courtyard 2:00 pm Adopt a Maker Main Stage 2:15 pm Drone Demo Drone Raceway 3:00 pm CMF Closing Ceremony Main Stage 3:45 pm CMF Maker Of The Year Presentation Main Stage

Good morning! TGIF!

On Friday, it's cool and cloudy as temperatures hover in the upper 50s to low and mid 60s nearly all day long. There will be scattered rain throughout the morning and early afternoon, in all totaling less than or near one-half inch. Highest rainfall totals will be found in northern New York and northern Vermont. By mid to late afternoon, showers will begin diminishing from north to south with partial clearing possible before sunset. That means there may be just a few moments or an hour or two of sunshine to cap off the work week.

Tonight, skies continue to clear as temperatures tumble into the upper 30s across the higher terrain and mid 40s in broader valleys. Breezy north winds (10-20 mph plus an occasional stronger gust) from throughout Friday, will subside overnight.

On Saturday, it's mostly sunny aside from some lingering, stubborn clouds east of the Green Mountains. But don't expect that sunshine to really warm us up all that much! High temperatures reach the upper 50s to low 60s, both days this weekend! At night, temps will bottom out near 40 degrees in Champlain Valley, and well into the 30s (possibly even upper 20s) away from the lake. Areas of frost are likely, so be sure to take a few moments at night and cover those sensitive plants you want to save for a few more weeks.

For the Heart Walk on Sunday morning, bundle up! No short sleeves like last year! There will be plenty of sunshine, but expect an AM temp in the 40s.

Early next week, quiet but cool weather continues through around Wednesday. We return to more seasonable weather with highs just shy of 70 degrees and lows in the upper 40s.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Stay warm!

-Skytracker Meteorologist Amanda Lindquist

Sports Director Erin Cofiell participates in the Richard Petty Experience and gets behind the wheel of a race car at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Migrant Justice members are protesting, yet, again, for the release of one of their own. U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement confirmed ICE officers took 23-year-old Miguel Alcudia into custody Wednesday morning, on charges he overstayed a lawful visit to the U.S.

"Immigrants are welcome here and milking a cow is not a crime," says Migrant Justice Leader Will Lambek.

Lambek was one of about a dozen people protesting peacefully outside Vermont's ICE headquarters Wednesday afternoon in St. Albans. Lambek says Alcudia has lived and worked in Vergennes for the last two years as a dairy farmer. He is originally from Mexico.

"There are over 1,500 immigrants working in the state of Vermont, sustaining our dairy industry, yet they're targeted, harassed, detained, and deported," says Lambek.

"I received dozens of text messages of people asking about him and how he's doing today," says Director of the Vermont Workers' Center Kate Kanelstein. "We're not going anywhere, we're going to be by Miguel's side and work with him so this injustice happens no longer, to anybody."

Alcudia is the second publicized arrest of a migrant worker since April. The other was Victor Diaz, who Lambek says is still going through deportation proceedings.

In a statement. an ICE spokesman says "As a recent immigration violator, Mr. Alcudia is an ICE enforcement priority. He will be entered into removal (deportation) proceedings and will remain in ICE custody, pending the outcome of those proceedings."

Lambek says his group is concerned for Alcudia's family members, who are still in Vermont. He says Migrant Justice is providing them and Alcudia's co-workers who are at risk with information about their rights.

Vermonters spoke out against the on-going killing of African Americans at the hands of law enforcement.

Justice for All hosted a gathering at the state house to pay respects to several African Americans who lost their lives this week, the latest being Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Justice for All is a non-profit organization striving to end racial injustice.

"We are at a tipping point and it is time to act, and our complicity, our complicity in this matter makes us no better than those who oppress us," says Justice for All Co-founder, Mark H ughes.

Justice for All says one in 14 A frican A merican males are incarcerated in V ermont .

Three candidates for Governor under Vermont's golden dome debated women's issues on Thursday.

"Issues that aren't just important to women," says Democrat Sue Minter. " They are important to our families and they are important to our economy."

One issue to come up was tackling the wage gap.

"I support equal pay for equal work, and that's because some of the strongest people in my life have been strong, independent women," says Republican Phil Scott.

Minter says it's time Vermont raised its minimum wage to a livable one, eventually to $15 dollars an hour.

"In Vermont, 43 percent of women who work full time still can't make their basic needs," says Minter.

Liberty Union candidate and retired Red Sox Pitcher Bill "Spaceman" Lee was also in attendance. He touted an even higher wage benchmark.

"37 is a good number, I wore it my whole career, and I come from a group of strong women," says Lee.

Minter says women shouldn't have to choose between work and caring for their children and she wants to require paid family leave.

"I am going to be working with Vermont businesses and employees to create a state-administered insurance program so everyone can have access to paid family leave."

"I agree, no one should have to choose between caring for their family and making a living in Vermont," says Scott.

He says businesses would need time to absorb the new costs.

"I think the idea of a new insurance option has merit, as long as it's voluntary, and helps make Vermont more affordable," says Scott.

But all three candidates could agree, it's time women and men are equal.

"It's impossible to be a dad today and not see there there is still work to do," says Scott.

"We need to change this story, we need to do better," says Minter.

The forum was hosted by by several women's organization, including the League of Women Voters of Vermont and the Vermont Commission on Women.

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