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[TALENT=Keith]

A pair of unrelated murders in Martinsville has local, state and federal authorities searching for clues.

That's our top story on NEWS 7 tonight.
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[V/O-NAT]
And we'll hear the anguish of family members who lost five relatives in a single- engine plane crash on their way to Roanoke.
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[Sports-Head]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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Tonight on News 7 sports, everything from NHRA action, to junior golf to the retirement of a legend is on the way.
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[VO-NAT]

Plus, the Hokies hold their final scrimmage before the spring game and guess what - Vick is still on the money.
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[WX-Head]
[TALENT=Andrew]
[SS=None]

A Flood watch is up tonight for small creeks and streams. That's because heavy rain is moving our way. Details coming up.

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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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((I WAS HEARTBROKEN. I COULDN'T BELIEVE IT. I STILL CAN'T BELIEVE IT.))
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[VO-NAT]


A father responds to the murder of his son-- one of two murders in Martinsville that prompted the chief to call on federal and state police for help.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]

Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.

[M'ville-shooting]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sch]
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Martinsville authorities are looking for suspects in two separate fatal shootings over the weekend.
They are conducting intensive searches for the people responsible for these murders.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Surae/Danville Bureau]


Surae Chinn is in our Danville bureau with more on the investigation.
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Keith, these are two separate murder cases but the two victims suffered a similar fate.
Both were shot and left to die in public places...and now Martinsville authorities are tackling these cases with the same intensity until they find the killers.
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[SUPER=01-Michael Rogers/Martinsville Police Chief; :14]
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(( Authorities arrived at Applebees to find Jose Francisco Jimenez dead in the parking lot and another victim seriously. Now there's a manhunt for 38 year old Jose Luis Rendon Garcia.
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((MICHAEL ROGERS/MARTINSVILLE POLICE CHIEF: WE'RE MAKING EVERY EFFORT AT THIS TIME TO LOCATE THE SUSPECT WE HAVE CONCERNS HE IS TRYING TO LEAVE THE COUNTRY.)) [RUNS:10]
Another shooting on 4th street claimed the life of 27 year old Sidney Lloyd Jones.
Two murders on Easter weekend have authorities and family wondering why. That's true especially for Warren Jackson-- The father of Sidney Jones.
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((WARREN JACKSON/JONE'S FATHER: THE HARD THING I'D SAY ....IS LIVING WITH IT. WHY DID IT HAPPEN. I HAVE TO LIVE WITH IT FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE.)) [RUNS:15]
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((MICHAEL ROGERS/MARTINSVILLE POLICE CHIEF: THANKFULLY IT DOESN'T HAPPEN TO OFTEN. BUT I DON'T THINK I CAN RECALL WHERE WE HAD INCIDENTS BACK TO BACK.)) [RUNS:10]
Police Chief Michael Rogers says he's brought in federal agents, state police and all of his investigators to aggressively close these cases. For the families of Jimenez and Jones it can't come soon enough.
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((WARREN JACKSON/JONE'S FATHER: HE'S A FINE DUDE. I LOVE HIM AND I'M GOING TO MISS HIM.)) [RUNS:05]))
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Authorities have not released information about the circumstances of the murders or the motives behind them. Keith.

[Double Boxes=Keith and Surae/Microwave]



[Trout]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6 p.m.]
[WRITER=kmc]
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Roanoke City Councilman Jim Trout is dropping out of the race for re-election after undergoing heart surgery last week.
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[SUPER=04-File Tape;]


Trout's campaign aide says Trout did NOT respond as well to the surgery as the doctors had hoped, and has taken a turn for the worse.
Doctors found and repaired a tear in Trout's aorta.
He was running as an Independent.
Trout's withdrawal from the race leaves six candidates vying for three open seats on council.
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[Childrens-Home]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=mjo]
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Two teenage boys charged with sexually abusing other boys at a Wytheville children's home will be tried as adults.

Jacob Earl Cregger and Jacori Carter -- both 16 -- were staying at the Presbyterian Children's Home for troubled teens.
They're charged with sodomizing two teenage boys there in October.
They're being held in the regional jail in Dublin.

[Otte]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=jmc]
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A judge has set a trial date for a woman charged with putting her baby in a microwave oven and turning it on.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New Kent Co./March 6, 1999;]


Elizabeth (OH-tay) Otte will go on trial this September, a year after the one-month-old baby was found dead in her home.
Otte's lawyers have indicated they plan to use an insanity defense.
She's gone through testing and counseling to determine her state of mind. But the judge has ordered the results kept under seal.
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[Plane-Crash]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=jsu]
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It was supposed to be a family gathering for Easter -- but now relatives are mourning the loss of five loved ones killed in small plane crash near Norton.
[Double Boxes=Kieth and Joy/Microwave]


Joy Sutton is the newsroom with more on this story and how the family is coping.
[Live=Joy Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=@joy1;]


Keith,
Scott McCulley -- says the last few days have been extremely difficult.
And he says one the hardest moments was hearing on the news-- and not from officials -- that the plane had crashed and there were no survivors.
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((SCOTT MCCULLEY: IF THERE IS ANY PART OF A SILVER LINING, IT'S THAT.... THE FACT THAT THE WERE FAMILY AND THEY WENT AS A FAMILY)) [RUNS09]
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William Lewis McCulley, his wife Cindy Walden McCulley, and their two children Ryan and Meagan, and Cindy's father Ira Walden planned to Celebrate Easter in Moneta with family.
Scott McCulley -- William's younger brother says they were also planning to celebrate his son's first birthday.
McCulley says his brother was supposed arrive Friday afternoon.
But the single engine aircraft disappeared from radar -- and was not found until Saturday afternoon near High Knob about five miles south of Norton.
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((SCOTT MCCULLEY: WE DON'T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO THE PLANE, WHETHER OR NOT IT WAS ICING OR SOMETHING ELSE MECHANICAL))

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McCulley says he doesn't believe it was a pilot error, because Ira Walden was an experienced pilot and had flown in that area before.
Now he and other relatives are trying to cope with the loss of their loved ones -- and he would give these words of advice to others.
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[IN Q=Take the time now to hug your family]

((TAKE THE TIME NOW TO HUG YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR WIFE, AND YOUR KIDS. LIFE IS FRAGILE AND CRUEL IT CAN SNEAK UP ON YOU AND HIT YOU ACROSS THE FACES WITH A TWO BY FOUR)) [RUNS16]
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[Live=Joy Full/Microwave]


McCulley says this has been a life changing experience.
He hopes the F-A-A will investigate the Nashville to Roanoke flight path to make sure it's safe for travel in any weather condition.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Joy/Microwave]



[Meningitis]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=jmc]
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A Radford University freshman who came down with meningitis is out of the hospital.
The 19-year-old was released yesterday.
So far, no new cases of the bacterial infection have turned up.
And health officials have decided to stop the special clinics they've been holding the last few days to provide vaccinations.

[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Still ahead, hundreds of volunteers get in the Christmas spirit a little early.
We'll explain.
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[VO-NAT]


And we'll join one man's cross-country walk to fight cancer.
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[Cancer-Walker]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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400 miles down and three thousand more to go, that's how many miles a Virginia man is walking to raise money for children's cancer research for the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Kate/Microwave]


Kate Weidaw is in Salem tonight where Kevin Looney is making a stop.
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[Parkway-Fatal]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Authorities are trying to identify a person killed in an accident on the Blue Ridge Parkway this weekend.
A vehicle caught fire after running off the road early Sunday morning in Botetourt County.
The victim's body was sent to the medical examiner in Roanoke for an autopsy.

[Flying-J]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-06 TC51:04]
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The investigation into a deadly explosion at a Wytheville travel plaza has resulted in a fine.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Wytheville/October, 1999;]


Flying J Travel Plaza was fined more than 27-thousand dollars by the Department of Labor in connection with the gas pump fire.
Employee Ernest Osborne was changing a gas pump filter when the explosion occurred.
The labor department cites Flying J for exposing employees to danger and not training them properly.
Labor department officials say Flying J plans to appeal.
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[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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More talk about a Microsoft break-up forced technology stocks down today. [TAKE DOW, NASDAQ & BLOOMBERG PAGE ]
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The DOW gained 62-points, but NASDAQ lost 161.
The Bloomberg News 7 Index gained about three-quarters of a point.
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[CHRISTMAS-APRIL]


[ANCHOR=KEITH]
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Christmas is coming early this year for 15 local homeowners.
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Homes selected on the basis of need and level of disrepair will be renovated this weekend, thanks to the people of "Christmas in April."
The weekend blitz will bring repairs to fifteen aging homes throughout the city, ranging from exterior painting to replacing roofs, floors and ceilings.
Hundreds of volunteers and skilled laborers will take part in the Saturday event.
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Repair and renovation costs have been underwritten by local businesses and other organizations.
In addition to the fifteen homes being worked on this weekend, another dozen or so have been targeted for repair later this year.
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[Sports Tease]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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Coming up tonight on News7 sports, the Hokies work out in the rain as spring practice winds down. We'll hear from Kenny Bernstein as the NHRA rolls into the Commonwealth later this week.
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Plus, we'll catch up Martinsville junior golfer Becky Poindexter as she gets set for big summer of competitive play.
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[S-Tech]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[WRITER=mst]
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The Virginia Tech football wraps up spring practice this Saturday afternoon at two o'clock at Lane Stadium with the annual maroon and white game. This afternoon,
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/This Afternoon;:00]

Frank Beamer's club took part in its final scrimmage before Saturday's game. Michael Vick is off limits this spring, and that means NO one is allowed to hit him. But he can certainly still hit his receivers. This afternoon in the rain, the rising sophomore was throwing darts. The Hokies are giving a number of running backs a look this spring including Keith Burnell. And Carter Warley out of Richmond did nothing to hurt his chances to kick this fall. He drills this field goal in drizzle. We'll have more on the scrimmage tonight on News 7 at 11.
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[S-Becky]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-70 :22TC]
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The heart of the golf season for most folks is all set to begin just as soon as the rain ever stops. One of the rising stars to keep an eye on this summer is a rising senior at Martinsville high school.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville; :00]

Becky Poindexter was recently named the Virginia State Golf Association's Junior player of the year for all of her accomplishments in 1999. Last year she was junior medalist at the Women's amateur championship, and runner-up at the Virginia Junior girl's championship. She was able to accomplish all of this despite losing her coach, her mentor and her father, Wayne who died last July.


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Poindexter first caught our eye in 1998 when she won medalist honors in both district and regional competition while playing on the Martinsville high school boy's team.
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[VO NAT CON'T] But starting next month her competition will be other girls her age as she continues to catch the eye of college coaches around the mid-atlantic.
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[TALENT=MIKE]
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This year's 18th annual Scott Robertson Memorial Tournament is set for May 18th through the 21st at the Roanoke Country Club. Again, many of the top juniors in the nation are expected to take part in the event.


[S-ECHL]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[WRITER=mst]
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The fifth and deciding game in the ECHL's eastern conference semi-final between the Hampton Roads Admirals and the Trenton Titans will be played tonight in Tidewater. But don't bother heading to the Scope to watch the game. A military music convention is booked in the Norfolk's Scope's coliseum and as a result the Admirals and Titans will have to play tonight's game at Admirals practice facility in Chesapeake. Accordion style bleachers are being brought in for the crowd, but less than 500 fans will actually have a seat.


[S-MLB]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-60 11629tc]
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In the big leagues today the Dodgers beat the Mets 1-to-nothing while the Twins topped the Yanks 7-to-3.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY/MLB-Yanks; :00]

Roger Clemens would fall to 1-and-2 on the season as Matt LeCroy gets the game winning hit by driving in Jacques Jones with with the seeing eye single down the third base line. Twins win 7-3
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Nolan Ryan is in stable condition tonight following emergency bypass surgery. The 53 year ols hall of famer experienced chest yesterday while walking with his wife. Doctors say he did not have a heart attack, but the double bypass did clear an arterial blockage.
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[S-NHRA]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
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The folks in Richmond are hoping that the weather will clear by the end of the week when the NHRA Winston drag racing invades the Virginia Motorsports Park in Dinwiddie omn Thursday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-NHRA; :00]

More than 600 machines of all shapes and sizes ranging from the top fuel dragsters to the pro stock trucks will be competing for nearly $2 million dollars in prize money. One of the veterans in the crowd will be Kenny Bernstein. The 55 year old driver of the Bud-King dragster says when it comes to power NASCAR can't touch this gang.
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Bernstein was the first driver to ever top the 300 mile an hour barrier. He did so back in 1992 in Gainesville, Florida.
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[talent=mike]
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The pro qualifying sessions begin this Friday afternoon. Final eliminations are set for Sunday afternoon.