[7-11County-Ax]

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An accident in Roanoke County sends several people to the hospital after they were trapped inside a car last night.


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It happened on Pitzer Road.
Firefighters say a station wagon went over the embankment and was pinned against a tree.
All five people in the car were juveniles.
Some were able to get out on their own, but crews used the jaws of life to free the others.
All the victims were taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Their conditions and identities have not been released.
Police are still investigating.
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[7-11Pit-Bulls]


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In Franklin County, a disturbing discovery.
Sheriff's deputies found a total of 90 pit bulls in the woods and they say the dogs have been trained to fight.
Tina Tenret has more.
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[SUPER=01-Kyle Pearce/Pit Bull Owner; :21]
[SUPER=01-Tom Garner/Pit Bull Owner; :41]
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[OUT Q=Tina Tenret News7 Franklin County]

(( Some of the pit bulls are puppies. All 90 are caged or chained to trees. Sheriff's deputies found literature on dogfighting -- plus treadmills for training and vet bills for wounded dogs. Kyle Pearce admits he owns 19 of the dogs and ran the fights:
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[IN Q=I'm probably]

((I'M PROBABLY GOING TO PLEAD GUILTY TO IT BECAUSE LIKE I SAY, I DON'T THINK IT'S THE WORST THING IN THE WORLD. I'M NOT LIKE SOME TWISTED CAT THAT GETS HIS JOLLIES ON ANIMALS GETTING TORTURED OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT.)) [RUNS:13]
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The man who owns 71 of the pit bulls says he's breeding them to make them less vicious.
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[SOT 18:45:46]
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((ARE THESE DOGS TRAINED TO FIGHT? ABSOLUTELY NOT. THESE ARE WONDERFUL COMPANION ANIMALS. IF YOU'VE EVER HAD A PIT BULL AS A FRIEND YOU'LL KNOW IT WAS THE BEST FRIEND YOU COULD EVER HAVE.)) [RUNS:09]
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Sheriff's deputies have issued a court summons for Garner for not putting tags on the dogs. They say they don't know yet what they'll do with all these pit bulls. Tina Tenret News7 Franklin County))

[7-11Giles-Drugs]


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Authorities in Giles County are cracking down on crime.
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They've arresting 37 people on more than 230 separate indictments... an amount unsurpassed in county history.
They say it's part of a crackdown on drug and burglary rings.
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((PHILLIP STEELE/GILES CO. COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: I THINK PEOPLE WHO ARE DEALING DRUGS IN GILES COUNTY SHOULD KNOW THAT EVENTUALLY THEY'RE GOING TO GET CAUGHT BECAUSE THE INVESTIGATORS GET ON TO THEM... PEOPLE, WORD OF MOUTH...))
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[OUT Q=word of mouth.]
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Sheriff's deputies worked with several local police departments and state police to make the arrests.
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[7-11M'ville-murder]


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Martinsville authorities now have a murder suspect in custody after he turned himself in.
22-year-old Marcus Leroy Stockton is charged with first degree murder in connection with the shooting death of 29-year old Patrick Allen White.
The shooting happened on Saturday.

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Here's a look at your Thursday forecast.
Partly cloudy and windy with highs in the low 50s.
Tonight, clouds remain and a chance of rain.
Lows in the low 40s.
The extended forecast...

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[45-11Pitts-Fatal]


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Pittsyvania County residents are mourning the deaths of two teenagers.
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Dan River High School student Crystal Gayle Harris and her boyfriend Ronnie Lee Anderson, both 18, died Tuesday in an accident.
Grieving students returned to the scene yesterday.
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Nearly a dozen counselors have been on hand at the school. Ronnie Anderson's uncle talked with News 7.
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((DANNY ALLEN/RONNIE'S UNCLE: KNOWING HE WON'T DRIVE UP OR WALK THROUGH THAT DOOR. OUR FAMILY HAS GONE THROUGH A SIMILAR TRAGEDY 5 YEARS AGO WE LOST OUR DAUGHTER.))
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((CHRIS ALDERSON/VICTIMS' FRIEND: I'LL TELL YOU IT WILL NEVER BE NORMAL. I KNOW SHE WILL NEVER BE COMING BACK.))
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[SUPER=01-Chris Alderson/Victims' Friend; :18]
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A third victim is in critical condition.
Authorities say 18 year old Jerry Lee Trammell crossed the double line hitting the truck carrying the two other victims.
He is a student also at Dan River High School.
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[45-11Cabell]


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A Radford woman will go to prison after pleading no contest to involuntary manslaughter in connection with the deaths of her daughter and another girl.
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45-year-old Terry Lynn (CAA-ble) Cabell claimed NO responsibility for the traffic accident that took their lives.


She even disputes that she drove the pickup.
The crash threw her 13-year-old daughter, Leslie Ann Cole, and her friend, 12-year-old Eden Hall, out of the truck.
Drunk driving charges were dropped.
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((AL MORTON/VICTIM'S FATHER: SHE SHOULD HAVE BEEN FOUND GUILTY OF ALL CHARGES BROUGHT AGAINST HER. BECAUSE ONE CHARGE LED TO ANOTHER WHICH CAUSED THE DEATH OF MY DAUGHTER... AND THERE'S NOTHING JUSTIFIABLE FOR THAT.))
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[OUT Q=justifiable for that.]
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Cabell is out on bond until she's sentenced in July.
She could receive up to 20 years in prison.
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[45-11Turkey]


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A tiny vandel is no longer on the loose in a Buena Vista neighborhood.
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Authorities captured a very aggressive turkey, yesterday, using a decoy and a net.
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((NAT SOUND OF CANNON))
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The turkey was NOT hurt and was later released in Rockbridge County.
Authorities decided to capture the bird because it was damaging (Yvonne) Uvon Lawhorne's backdoor and vehicle.
It's mating season and the gobbler was apparently seeing his reflection in the car.
Sometimes he would peck so hard he would leave blood on the car.
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[IN Q=The main]

((WAYNLEE ZOLLMAN/ASST. WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST: THE MAIN OBJECTIVE OF THIS WHOLE THING IS TO PUT HIM IN A SUITABLE HABITAT WHERE HE BELONGS. UVON LAWHORNE: NO, I DON'T MISS HIM, I'M GLAD HE'S GONE.))
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The gobbler had been visiting Lawhorne's yard for about two years but only recently began damaging her property.
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[45Weather]


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Let's take a look at today's forecast now...
Partly cloudy with a northeasterly breeze and highs near 52.
Turning mostly cloudy tonight with lows in the lower 40s.
The five day forecast stays cloudy over the next few days, with showers likely this weekend.


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[8-11Salem-Candidates]


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Salem's City Council election is drawing near.
Interstate 81 and the Salem Civic Center were just a few of the issues candidates talked about last night.
Kate Weidaw reports.
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[SUPER=01-Alex Brown/(I) Salem City Council Candidate; :16]
[SUPER=01-Allen Walker/(I) Salem City Council Candidate; :23]
[SUPER=01-John Kelly/(I) Salem City Council Candidate; :31]
[SUPER=01-Howard Packett/(I) Salem City Council Candidate; :45]
[SUPER=01-Ben Lockhart/(R) Salem City Council Candidate; :50]
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((Seven men and one woman are on the ballot for the three open seats on Salem city council. Howard Packett and Alex Brown are the only two incumbents running. One of the issues on voters minds is, is the football stadium utilized enough?

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((ALEX BROWN: IT'S AN EXPENSIVE PROPOSITION TO REPLACE THE FIELD, I DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH PLAYING OTHER SPORTS IN THERE.))
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Widening interstate 81 was also an issue.

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((ALLEN WALKER: THE INTERSTATE IS DEFIANTLY A PROBLEM AND WIDENING IS NECESSARY EVEN IF THEY TAKE MY PROPERTY AT LEAST THEY PAY FOR IT.))
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((JOHN KELLY: I BELIEVE SOMETHING HAS TO BE DONE TO INTERSTATE 81 IT HAS TO BE WIDENED HOPEFULLY THEY WON'T SPEND 25 YEARS DECIDING HOW TO DO IT.))
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Some voters wanted to know why the Salem Civic Center is losing money and if something be done about it.

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((HOWARD PACKETT: THAT CIVIC CENTER IS A CATALYST FOR THE WHOLE COMMUNITY THAT'S WHERE THINGS HAPPEN.))
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((BEN LOCKHART: THERE ARE SOME OPPORTUNITIES THERE, THERE ARE SOME TIMES THE CIVIC CENTER IS NOT UTILIZED IT COULD CREATE SOME CONTRACTS TO BUSINESSES SO WE COULD RENT ROOMS.))
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One of the main issues surrounded developing a pool or a golf course. George Givens said he thought the pool would be utilized more then the golf course while Gerald Pace believes the YMCA already has a suitable pool and the golf course could make a profit.
Stella Reinhart says she believes council should spend more time listening to the concerns of residents.
And with the election less than a month, voters have a lot of issues to consider. Kate Weidaw News 7 Salem.))





[8-11Culture-Summit]


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South Carolina's state Senate voted yesterday to remove the Confederate flag from atop the state council.
The 36-to-7 vote has the support of Governor Jim Hodges.
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Charleston's mayor Joseph Riley made an appearance at yesterday's Cultural Summit at Hollins University.
Riley kept his speech on the topic of arts and culture, and how they've benefited his city.
But afterward, he voiced his opinion about the flag issue.
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((JOSEPH RILEY/CHARLESTON MAYOR: I BELIEVE STRONGLY, CLEARLY THE MAJORITY OF THE CITIZENS OF OUR STATE, OVERWHELMINGLY WHITE AND BLACK, YOUNG AND OLD, FEEL THAT THE CONFEDERATE FLAG SHOULD NOT BE ATOP THE STATE CAPITOL.))
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Riley says he's been vocal about wanting the flag moved for a long time now.
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[8Weather]


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Let's take one more look at the forecast...
Partly cloudy today and cooler, with highs only in the lower 50s.
Becoming mostly cloudy overnight, with a chance of rain.
Lows in the 40s.
Looking ahead...the five day forecast stays cloudy over the next few days, with showers likely this weekend.


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