Wednesday, May 22 2013 9:30 AM EDT2013-05-22 13:30:21 GMT
An agreement has been reached between the state of New York and the St. Regis Mohawk tribe. The tribe will have exclusive rights to the casino gambling in the North Country. It also means they will haveMore >>
An agreement has been reached between the state of New York and the St. Regis Mohawk tribe. More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 8:35 AM EDT2013-05-22 12:35:35 GMT
FBI agents shot and killed a suspect they believe may have known the Boston bombing suspects in an apartment complex in Florida. ABC News reports while law enforcement officials were asking about the suspect'sMore >>
FBI agents shot and killed a suspect they believe may have known the Boston bombing suspects in an apartment complex in Florida.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 8:09 AM EDT2013-05-22 12:09:42 GMT
A Burlington restaurant did some tipping of their own to help out a local charity. The Scuffer Steak and Ale House on Church Street donated 15% of their profits last night to the Humane Society of ChittendenMore >>
A Burlington restaurant did some tipping of their own to help out a local charity.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 7:18 AM EDT2013-05-22 11:18:54 GMT
With gas prices rising rapidly, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) wants to see federal regulators follow the lead of Europeans and investigate oil and fuel price manipulation. Sanders also proposed a 30 dayMore >>
With gas prices rising rapidly, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) wants to see federal regulators follow the lead of Europeans and investigate oil and fuel price manipulation.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 9:56 PM EDT2013-05-22 01:56:07 GMT
People in Pat O'Hagan's small hometown of Sheffield say there is a bit a closure. That this week's developments end some of the two-and-a half year old mystery. Friends and neighbors say all this beginsMore >>
People in Pat O'Hagan's small hometown of Sheffield say there is a bit a closure.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:29 PM EDT2013-05-21 23:29:47 GMT
Chittenden Solid Waste District general manager Tom Moreau says the chemical aminopyralid is the herbicide found in Green Mountain Compost that ruined up to five hundred gardens last year including his. "We'reMore >>
The herbicide likely came from hay that came to the compost through manure.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:23 PM EDT2013-05-21 23:23:32 GMT
For the first time in more than a year, we're hearing from the couple accused of brutally killing a popular St. Johnsbury teacher, Melissa Jenkins. Both Allen and Patricia Prue spoke in court today -More >>
For the first time in more than a year, we're hearing from the couple accused of brutally killing a popular St. Johnsbury teacher, Melissa Jenkins. Both Allen and Patricia Prue spoke in court today - requesting new attorneys. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:25 PM EDT2013-05-21 22:25:01 GMT
Voters across the state of New York headed to the polls on Tuesday to vote on their school districts budgets and elect school board members. For voters in Peru, NY the reaction to the proposed budget isMore >>
Voters across the state of New York headed to the polls on Tuesday to vote on their school districts budgets and elect school board members. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:10 PM EDT2013-05-21 22:10:06 GMT
South Burlington fire fighters say they had to close off some streets Tuesday to repair a gas leak. It happened around 2 on Hayes Avenue, as construction crews were working on a street project. FirefightersMore >>
South Burlington fire fighters say they had to close off some streets Tuesday to repair a gas leak.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 5:44 PM EDT2013-05-21 21:44:30 GMT
For more than two and half years we haven't heard much from police about the death of Pat O'Hagan. That changed Tuesday when we received these federal documents that connects Michael Norrie, 22, KeithMore >>
Even with confessions of three people regarding the death of Pat O'Hagan, state prosecutors say there isn't enough evidence to charge them. Instead, federal prosecutors are hoping to use that information to lock at least one of them behind bars for a longer time.More >>
After a nearly six-year long journey, a Thetford, Vermont woman is finally getting a new lease on life.
Carmen Tarleton, 44, is recovering from a rare and complicated full face transplant surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. The surgery happened sometime in February but the date is not being released to protect the identity of the donor.
On Wednesday, the hospital announced the surgery.
"I'm happy to report that the team has achieved tremendous success in providing Carmen with a full face transplant," Dr. Elof Eriksson, Brigham and Women's Hospital.
Doctors say the surgery involved up to 40 people and took 15 hours. Tarleton had been on the transplant waiting list for 14 months.
"We had a plan...a plan that had been developed over months of research. Everyone executed their plan perfectly," says Eriksson.
The mother of two had been left badly disfigured with burns over 80-percent of her body after her estranged husband doused her with industrial-strength lye. Since then she has endured more than 50 surgeries.
Doctors transplanted the facial skin, including the neck, nose, lips, facial muscles, arteries and nerves. They say Carmen is almost in the final stage of recovery.
"Carmen is recovering very well. She's in great spirits. She's working hard to get stronger," says Dr. Bohdan Pomahac, Brigham and Women's Hospital. "She is without a doubt one of the most inspirational people I have ever met."
She'll need a year to heal and doctors expect she will regain about 80-percent of her facial functions.
Staff at the hospital say Tarleton, who is still recovering, watched online the press conference announcing the transplant. With the wait and surgery over, Tarleton wrote on her blog she can already freely move her head.
"I cried with such a deep appreciation for the persons truly responsible for giving me this gift: this new physical freedom," wrote Tarleton.
While Tarleton is expected to return to Vermont soon, her family has asked for privacy.
Her ex-husband Herbert Rodgers is serving 30 to 70 years behind bars. On February 11, 2009, he had pleaded guilty.
In May of 2009, Tarleton regained some of her sight, following a surgery in Boston.
More than two years later, she was added to the face transplant list.
Carmen's story is now captured in a recently released book, "Overcome: Burned, Blinded and Blessed."
She also released a statement Wednesday:
"I feel great appreciation and gratitude for the tremendous gift that I've been given. This greatly improves my quality of life and physical comfort level. My spirits are high, I feel really good and happy. This is a momentous opportunity in my life and I want to convey to the donor's family what a great gift they've given to me. And though there's much more to go, I feel strong, and I am confident that I have the strength to deal with whatever comes my way. I want all who have supported me to know that I will do everything in my power to ensure a successful outcome.
I want to thank every member of my care team at the Brigham for the superb care I have been given. Their focus and attention and how personally caring all of staff here is, including the public relations staff, is remarkable.
I have been so touched and am so grateful for all that the community, both locally and globally, has done for me. Your words of encouragement and gestures of support have meant so much.
I want to acknowledge my family for their support and love, and the support of my good friend, Sheldon. My sister and my mother have been especially dedicated to my well-being. My daughters Hannah and Liza believe in me fully and have been my inspiration. We're all excited to move into this new chapter of our lives together."