[11Thomas]

[ANCHOR=Denise]

[NEWSCAST=Sat Am]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=99-57 56:37]
[GRAPHIC=Thomas]

Jeffrey Alan Thomas , a former friend of Tara Munsey's family, is in jail charged with the teenager's murder.
Marya Jones has that story.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=After 23 days,]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jim Davis/Pulaski Co. Sheriff; :18]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski Co./Last Week; :26]
[SUPER=10-Nick Zaroba/Tara's Boyfriend/Last Month; :37 QUICK!]
[SUPER=@Marya1;]
[RUNS=1:21]
[OUT Q=MJN7, Pulaski.]

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[11Munsey-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sun Am]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=00-01 43:56]
[GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe]



(WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE)
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Radford]


On Carter Street in Radford, Thomas' car sits outside the apartment building where he was arrested. Inside, residents who know the suspect say it's difficult to believe he could be responsible for Tara Munsey's murder.
But elsewhere in Radford, news that a suspect was in custody brought a sense of relief and hope that a terrible chapter in this community's history might be coming to an end.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I teach over at Blacksburg High School]

((CAROLYN WILLIAMS: I TEACH OVER AT BLACKSBURG HIGH SCHOOL. AND THIS HAS HAD AN EFFECT ON OUR HIGH SCHOOL. I LIVE IN RADFORD, BUT TEACH THERE AND OUR CHILDREN IN BLACKSBURG HAVE FELT THE EFFECTS OF THIS HORRIBLE THING THAT HAPPENED TO TARA.)) ((EZRA FORD: I HOPE IT'S A SENSE OF CLOSURE. IF THEY'VE GOT THEIR MAN, I HOPE THEY CAN PUT AN END TO THIS FOR THE SALE OF THE FAMILY AND THE COMMUNITY.))
[SUPER=07-Carolyn Williams; :00]
[SUPER=07-Ezra Ford; :15]
[RUNS=:25]
[OUT Q=and the community.]
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[ANCHOR=Denise]
[GRAPHIC=Hold]


Authorities say they expect Thomas to make his first court appearance on the capital murder charge next Tuesday.

Someone speaking for the Munsey family declined to offer us reaction to the arrest.


[Kidnap]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


The Orange County California Sheriff's Department stopped a would be kidnapper.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-911 Tape/Orange Co. Sheriff's Video;]


This dramatic video was recorded by a sheriff's car camera.
Deputies stormed a vehicle and arrested 25-year old Richard Renier of Los Angeles County.
Renier allegedly threatened two women, beating one of them while demanding to be taken to Mexico.
It started early this morning, when Renier called his girlfriend asking for a ride. When he got in the car he allegedly put a knife to the throat of one of the women and said he needed to go to Mexico.
Renier was arrested for kidnapping and assault.
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[81-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat am]
[WRITER=nkr]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=fatal accident]


An early morning car accident on Interstate 81 claimed the life of a Shawsville man.
49-year-old Granville Brinkman Liles, Junior, was driving northbound near exit 1-14, near Christiansburg, just after midnight. Police say he lost control of his vehicle swerving from one side of the road to the other hitting both guard rails.
No word on what caused the accident.


[11First-Union]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat Am]
[WRITER=kmc/chr]
[TAPE#=99-51 1:23:43]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A man who shot and killed himself in a First Union parking lot was NOT an employee of the bank.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Yesterday;]


32-year-old James Michael Greer shot himself in his vehicle at the First Union Customer Service Center on Plantation Road Thursday.
Greer apparently knew someone who worked there.
Police say, however, he did NOT enter the building before his took his own life.
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[11Martinsville-jobs]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat Am]
[WRITER=Sch]
[TAPE#=99-]
[GRAPHIC=New Jobs]


An international company is expanding in Martinsville. That means dozens of job opportunities.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville;]

Trans World Connections, headquatered in Lynchburg, announced its new facility will be in the old Sara Lee building in downtown Martinsville. The company will start recruiting new workers Monday. The manufacturing facility will create about 50 new jobs at first and hopes to expand to more than 200 workers. The company makes cable parts for computers and other technological devices.
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[11Vinton-Police]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat Am]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=00-08 2:47]
[GRAPHIC=Vinton PD Investigation]

[anchor tag!!!]
A report from the Special Grand Jury that investigated the VINTON Police Department is out.
Among the findings, a police Lieutenant who destroyed drug evidence in a burn barrel at his own home.
And the gun the CHIEF of Police turned in along with his badge turns out to have been stolen.
Keith Humphry has more.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=For many years]
[SUPER=03-Vinton/December 1995; :00]
[RUNS=:48]
[OUT Q=KH News7]

(( For many years Vinton Police raised money for needy families in town. Anyone who wanted to qualify for toys or assistance had to fill out an application and meet certain requirements.
The Grand Jury report says Vinton Police Department Employees did not have to meet the same requirements for assistance. Some got loans out of the fund, others got outright gifts.
Lieutenant Bill Brown had 48-hundred dollars in cash from the fund stashed in his locker rather than in one of the seven bank accounts designated for the Needy Families Fund.
More than 3-thousand dollars is missing, on top of 524 dollars missing from a fund fed by fingerprint fees.
Chief Ricky Foutz told the Grand jury he never reviewed the books on the Needy Family Fund. Keith Humphry NEWS 7.
[OUT Q=KH News7]))
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[ANCHOR=Denise]
[graphic=Hold]


The report cited 90 weapons in the evidence room without any indication of WHY they were there... and drug evidence frequently destroyed without witnesses or proper authorization.

[Supporters-Reax]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=sat.am]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]


Some Vinton residents say there are still standing behind former Police Chief Ricky Foutz -- despite the findings in the special grand jury's report.
Joy Sutton has the story.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Vinton;06]
[SUPER=01-Sherry Beckner/Foutz Supporter;12]
[SUPER=04-November 13, 1999;22]
[SUPER=04-November 19, 1999;38]
[SUPER=04-Tuesday Night;49]
[SUPER=@Joy1; 1:10]
[RUNS=1:21]
[OUT Q=news 7]

(( Sherry Beckner says she was among the first at Roanoke County Courthouse to see first-hand the special grand jury's 24 page report on its investigation of the Police Department.
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[SOT 7:23:15]
[IN Q=I don't feel that we've]

((SHERRY BECKNER/FOUT SUPPORTER: I DON'T FEEL THAT WE'VE GOTTEN HONEST ANSWERS FROM TOWN COUNCIL, THE TOWN MANAGER OR THE TOWN ATTORNEY. SO I DIDN'T WANT TO TAKE THEIR WORD FOR WHAT'S IN THE REPORT)) [RUNS8]
[OUT Q=the report]


Beckner says despite what she read -- she still is supporting former Chief Ricky Foutz.
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[SOT 7:26:30]
[IN Q=I honestly did not]

((SHERRY BECKNER/FOUTZ SUPPORTER: I HONESTLY DID NOT BELIEVE HE INTENTIONALLY DID ANYTHING WRONG. I THINK IT MAY HAVE BEEN SOME POOR RECORD KEEPING. BUT I CERTAINLY DON'T THINK THERE WAS ANY CRIMINAL ACTIVITY WHERE HE WAS INVOLVED)) [RUNS8]
[OUT Q=was involved]


Beckner has supported Foutz throughout the special grand jury's investigation -- from protesting outside town hall to speaking out at town meetings with her son Brent -- who wears his police uniform because he wants to be an officer like Foutz.
Beckner says the fact that NO criminal charges have been brought against him is proof that Council has been unfair.

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[SOT 7:27:56]
[IN Q=I think they should ]

((SHERRY BECKNER: I THINK THEY SHOULD CERTAINLY COMPENSATE HIM FULLY, AFTER THE YEAR HE'S SERVED THE TOWN. YOU CAN'T JUST TURN AROUND AND SAY A PERSON HAS NOT DONE THEIR JOB AFTER ALL THE YEARS)) [RUNS11]
[OUT Q=all the years]
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]

((JOY SUTTON/REPORTER: BECKNER SAYS SHE - ALONG WITH SOME OTHER RESIDENTS - ARE STARTING A CITIZEN COMMITTEE TO OVERSEE COUNCIL.
THEY PLAN TO HAVE A REPRESENTATIVE AT EVERY TOWN COUNCIL MEETING TO MONITOR ITS DECISIONS. JOY SUTTON, NEWS 7.))

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[OUT Q=N7]))
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[Statement]


[ANCHOR=denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat Am]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=net pre pro]
[GRAPHIC=Hold]


In a statement released yesterday - Vinton's Town Manager says
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[TAKE FS Pre Pro] "town council believes it acted in the Town's best interest once the allegations of impropriety were first revealed and thereafter the special ground jury report bears out this view."
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[ANCHOR=Denise]
[ss=none]


Foutz say he and his attorney are reviewing the report and plan to make a statement sometime early next week.
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[Campaign-2000]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2000]


The polls are now open in South Carolina for the GOP primary.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Heavy absentee balloting is prompting political pontiffs to predict record voter turnout.
Some of the heaviest absentee balloting was in upstate South Carolina, a traditionally Republican area where George W. Bush -- the favorite of the G-O-P establishment -- would be expected to be strong.
Counties that tend to vote Democratic also saw heavier-than-normal absentee voting. John McCain is counting on crossover Democrats and independents if he's to win the open primary.
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[Letterman]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Fans of David Letterman got a little something to take home in remembrance of the comedian's first day back on the job.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]


Tee shirts reminding them where he's been the last five weeks...recovering from quintuple heart bypass surgery.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I've never]

((PAUL SCHAFFER/BAND LEADER: I'VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE IT IN ALL MY YEARS IN THE BUSINESS. THIS GUY IS FUNOMINAL, DAVID LETTERMAN. HE DID THE MOST WONDERFUL SHOW.))
[SUPER=01-Paul Schaffer/Late Show Band Leader;]
[RUNS=11]
[OUT Q=WONDERFUL SHOW]
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[VO-NAT]


Regis Phelban was the first guest to welcome Dave back.
Jerry Seinfeld also made a guest appearance. And comedian-actor Robin Williams was on hand for the show.
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[Danville-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat am]
[WRITER=nkr]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=fatal accident]

A Dry Fork man died just after midnight following a car accident in Danville. Police say 34-year-old Early Lloyd Hensley hit an embankment and then a utility pole on the 800 block of Mount Cross Road.
Hensley died later at the hospital. No word on what caused him to loose control of the car.


[11Howard]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=sat Am]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=99-60 1:06:46]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2000]


One candidate has dropped out of the race for Roanoke City Mayor.
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[VO-NAT]

[99-59 4:27]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/December 30, 1999]


Independent E- Duane Howard says he's bowing out.
Howard says now that former city councilman
[super=03-Roanoke/February 16]

[99-50 1:52:16] Mac McCadden's entered the race as an independent, he wouldn't have the resources to compete.
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[anchor=Denise]
[graphic=Hold]

And he's afraid two independent candidates challenging Mayor Bowers could help Republican Ralph Smith win.
Howard says that would not be in the best interest of Roanokers.


[11Pyramid-Scheme]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat Am]
[WRITER=Sch]
[TAPE#=99-56 1:03:00]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Hundreds and maybe thousands of people in Pittsylvania County could be breaking the law because of a "pyramid scheme."
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[VO-NAT]

Participants call it "The Winners Team" and it's become the talk of the town.
They say it's legal but authorities are calling it a classic case of a "pyramid scheme," where people put up two-thousand dollars and hope to get 16-thousand in the end.
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[SOT 1:20:43]
[IN Q=Eventually there are]

((1:20:43 DAVID GRIMES/PITTSYLVANIA COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: EVENTUALLY YOU'LL RUN OUT OF PEOPLE TO CONTRIBUTE 1:32:54 RICHARD PELLETIER/PARTICIPANT: PEOPLE GIVE FREELY IT'S LIKE A CHARITY))
[SUPER=01-David Grimes/Commonwealth's Attorney;]
[SUPER=02-Richard Pelletier/Participant;]
[RUNS=:15]
[OUT Q= in return.]
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[VO-NAT]

Violators could be fined 25-hundred dollars and spend up to one year in jail.
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[Booker-T-Washington]


[ANCHOR=Andrew]
[NEWSCAST=Saturday AM]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=Time Off]
[GRAPHIC=Time Off]


The Booker T- Washington Monument is a poignant reminder of slavery in our area.
Washington spent his first nine years of life as a slave, then rose to prominence as an educator, author, and spokesman.
Kimberly McBroom visits his childhood home in this week's "Time Off".
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Tim Sinclair/Park Ranger; :13]
[SUPER=@Kimberly1; 2:01]
[RUNS=2:16]
[OUT Q=McBroom, News 7, Franklin County.]


((In 18-56, Booker T- Washington was born on this tobacco farm...
He served as one of 10 slaves here, until the Emancipation Proclamation released him into life of freedom.
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[SOT 10:16:45 ]

((TIM SINCLAIR/PARK RANGER: IT'S A LITTLE UNIQUE. MOST OF THE TIME WHEN YOU HAVE A PLANTATION AS A NATIONAL PARK OR ON A HISTORIC SITE, IT'S BECAUSE THE OWNER WAS AN IMPORTANT FIGURE.)) [RUNS:11]
Unlike the sprawling "Tara" from the movie, "Gone with the Wind", James and Elizabeth Burroughs' 207- acre homestead was more typical of the time period.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 10:29:22 ]

((TIM SINCLAIR/PARK RANGER: BASICALLY, WHAT YOU'RE SEEING RIGHT NOW IS THE FOUNDATION OF WHAT WE BELIEVE THE BURROUGHS HOUSE IS. JAMES AND ELIZABETH BURROUGHS WERE THE OWNERS OF THE FARM WHERE BASICALLY, BOOKER T. WASHINGTON SPENT THE FIRST NINE YEARS OF HIS LIFE. AND WE CAN SEE, IT'S NOT THE SIZE OF THE HOUSES THAT YOU WOULD IMAGINE AS A PLANTATION.. IT DIDN'T HAVE THE HUGE WHITE PILLARS AND THIS IS ONE OF THE TESTAMENTS THAT SLAVERY WAS DIFFERENT EVERYWHERE YOU WENT.)) [RUNS:29]
Although worlds apart in social status...the slaves' cabin was believed to be located just a few feet away from the owner's home.
But the smokehouse was perhaps the most symbolic structure on the farm.
To the owners, it was said to represent self- sufficiency...but to the slaves, it was a place of torment.
It's said that an often hungry Booker T- Washington could smell the meat inside the smokehouse, but the door was always locked...
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[SOT 10:34:23]

((TIM SINCLAIR/PARK RANGER: BOOKER TALKED ABOUT HAVING TO GO DOWN TO THE FARM AREA, DIGGING IN THE TROUGH WHERE THEY WOULD FEED THE PIGS A BOWL OF CORN AND HE WOULD TAKE SOME OF THAT CORN SO HE'D HAVE ENOUGH FOOD TO SURVIVE. IMAGINE JUST SMELLING THAT MEAT AND HOW THAT WOULD MAKE SOMEONE FEEL. THAT RIGHT THERE IS REALLY THE HARDSHIP OF SLAVERY.)) [RUNS:23]
It's this message that Sinclair and the other park rangers try to get across to children, like these fifth grade students from Lynchburg.
And every February, in honor of Black History Month, the museum hosts an art contest for children.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT standup here 10:52:21 ]

((KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7: IT'S ALSO IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THE NATIONAL MONUMENT ISN'T JUST A PLACE TO REFLECT ON THE PAST, BUT TO DISCUSS CURRENT ISSUES LIKE RACE RELATIONS. THE PARK HOSTS EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS ALL YEAR ROUND, NOT JUST DURING BLACK HISTORY MONTH. KIMBERLY MCBROOM, NEWS 7, FRANKLIN COUNTY.)) [RUNS:17]))
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[ANCHOR=ANDREW]
[GRAPHIC=FS WEB ADDRESS]


You can tour the national monument daily, year round.
For directions, check our web site at W-D-B-J-7-DOT-COM and click on "What's New".

[Sunday-Promo]


[ANCHOR=Denise/Andrew]
[NEWSCAST=Sun Am]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 Sunday morning]


Coming up tomorrow on News 7 Sunday Morning.....
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Duke Univ. Medical Ctr.]


Sophisticated DNA research is helping researchers at Duke University unlock the secret of autism.
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[SOT tc 15:43:05]
[IN Q=This research]

((CHANTELLE WOLPERT/GENETIC COUNSELOR: THIS RESEARCH, IF ANYTHING, SHOWS POOR PARENTING STYLE DOES NOT CAUSE AUTISM.))


[Super=01-Chantelle Wolpert/Genetic Counselor;]
[RUNS=:05]
[OUT Q=cause autism.]



[Anchor=Andrew]


and in 1962, the world watched as John Glenn soared into the record books as the first American to orbit the earth. We'll look at the historic day in this week's Virginia Newsreel.
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[ANCHOR=Denise]
[GRAPHIC=TAKE FS SUNDAY MORNING BOARD 9403]


Those stories plus the latest news, sports, and weather tomorrow on News 7 Sunday Morning beginning at 8.
[2-shot] We hope you will join us.......