Three weeks after family members report her disappearance, a Botetourt county woman re- surfaces and faces charges.
Details on that story, coming up.
And Governor Gilmore announces a new task force to investigate the two fatal shark attacks that occurred over the holiday weekend.
A mix of sun and clouds will be the story for the rest of the work week and then we could see a few minor changes...I'll have your forecast...
News 7 at noon is next.
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A missing woman from Botetourt County turns up and is promptly arrested.
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Betty Jo McNeil disappeared from her Botetourt County home without a trace in August.
At the time family members said there was no evidence of foul play or any indication that she ran away.
But yesterday, McNeil went to the Sheriff's office in Orange County and turned herself in.
She told officials she was listed as a missing person and requested her family be notified.
McNeil was apparently not aware that she was also wanted on a felony warrant for allegedly embezzling funds from a local equestrian club.
McNeil was returned to Botetourt County last night. She has since been released on bond and should be arraigned later today.
Two fatal shark attacks in two days along the Virginia - North Carolina coastline has spurred Governor Jim Gilmore to action.
The Governor appointed a task force today to study how to find sharks near shore, prevent attacks, provide the quickest emergency response, and educate the public.
Marine biologists are confessing amazement about the first fatal attack in Virginia's recorded history coming just 48 hours before the first North Carolina shark fatality since 1957.
But the Governor sees one link.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: WELL, AGAIN, AS GOVERNOR, I DON'T KNOW THAT I'M QUALIFIED TO GIVE PEOPLE ADVICE. I CERTAINLY WOULD NOT SWIM AT DUSK MYSELF. AND I WISH I WERE BETTER QUALIFED, BUT AT THIS POINT I WANT TO GET PEOPLE WHO ARE BETTER QUALIFIED.))
[OUT Q=get people who are better qualified.]
The shark task force expects to report back to the Governor in 30 to 60 days.
Gilmore says he sees NO need for immediate state action.
Meanwhile, the survivor of the Labor Day shark attack off North Carolina's Outer Banks is on the road to recovery.
Natalia (sloh-bohd-SKY'-uh) Slobodskaya was wading in the surf with her boyfriend in the Avon community, when a shark attacked.
Her boyfriend died of massive blood loss.
Doctors in Norfolk say they're pleased with (sloh-bohd-SKY-uh) Slobodskaya's progress.
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((DR. JEFFREY RIBLET/NORFOLK GENERAL HOSPITAL: SHE'S DONE WELL POST OPERATIVELY AND THIS MORNING WE'RE LOOKING TO GET
HER BREATHING TUBE OUT, GET HER OFF THE VENTILATOR AND LIGHTEN UP HER
SEDATION SERIOUSLY. THIS IS GOOD NEWS .))
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[OUT Q=this is good news.]
This attack came just two days after a 10- year- old David Peltier was fatally attacked by a shark in Virginia Beach.
Family and friends held a memorial for the Richmond boy last night.
Firefighters may get just the help they need today to battle a huge wildfire at Glacier National Park-- rain and cooler temperatures.
Lightning sparked the blaze in Montana, which is only five- percent contained.
Vince Gonzales reports.
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As the gusting winds that fueled this fire on the west end of Montana's
Glacier National park died down...
Crews moved back in on Tuesday, repairing fire breaks and hunting down
hot spots the out-of-control blaze left behind.
(SOT: JOHN MICHELOTTI, HOMEOWNER)
I DON'T THINK I'LL EVER SEE ANYTHING LIKE IT IN MY LIFE EVER AGAIN.
This store and nearby cabins were evacuated but saved...a dangerous
propane tank spared by wrapping it in foil.
NATSUP: "THE VIEW WE HAD BEFORE WAS OF A FOREST"
Tom Sluiter lost his home to a forest fire here in 1988 and he's keeping
a wary eye on the growing smoke cloud this time.
(SOT: TOM SLUITER, HOMEOWNER) IT CONCERNS ME. I'VE SEEN IT GO OVER
THAT RIDGE. IT'S MOVING CLOSER.
Officials won't predict when the fire might be under control and say
they often can't predict what it will do next.
(SOT: CHADEEN PALMER, FIRE INFORMATION OFFICER)
WE REALLY CAN'T BECAUSE IT'S ERRATIC FIRE BEHAVIOR AND WE JUST CAN'T
GUESS WHERE IT'S GOING TO GO.
(ON CAM CLOSE:) RIGHT NOW THE FIRE IS LESS THAN FIVE PERCENT CONTAINED
AND EVERYONE HERE IS HOPING FOR RAIN BUT NONE IS FORECAST FOR THE NEXT
WEEK OR TWO. VINCE GONZALES, CBSN, GLACIER NATIONAL PARK.
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More people are injured as the violence continues in Northern Ireland. We'll have the details after this break.
and a Richmond man says he killed his girlfriend in Roanoke earlier this year because she wanted to break up with him.
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A man from Richmond has pleaded guilty to murdering his girlfriend in Roanoke.
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Prosecutors say 31-year-old Antonio John Garland told police that he killed Debra Ann Jackson Jones because she tried to break up with him.
Jones' estranged husband called police on February 26-th after she failed to turn up at his house.
About a week later, Garland confessed to police after he was pulled over on suspicion of driving drunk.
The judge convicted Garland of first-degree murder.
Under the terms of a plea agreement, Garland could get life in prison when he is sentenced November 13th.
A special prosecutor says he will NOT bring charges against the second-in-command of the Martinsville Police Department. The announcement follows a month-long investigation into drunk driving allegations.
State police say 40 year old Major Clarence Simmington (SIME-ing-ton) was found asleep inside his severely-damaged pickup truck early in the morning of August 8th.
Prosecutor Don Caldwell says he could not pursue charges against Simmington without witnesses or "proof of a collision".
Simmington remains on administrative leave from the Martinsville Police Department, pending the results of an internal investigation.
It's the third straight day of violence in Northern Ireland--
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A bomb injured a police office who was guarding the entrance to a Catholic grade school in Belfast.
None of the female students was hurt.
Protestant protesters vow to continue harassing the students until Catholics stopped attacking their homes.
Today's blast follows a night of disturbances between young gang members and riot police.
41 officers were injured when the youths attacked them with bricks and gasoline bombs.
President Bush is welcoming Mexican President Vicente Fox to Washington for the first official state visit since Bush took office.
Immigration issues top the agenda, and both sides seem determined to come up with a new agreement-- soon.
Teri Okita has more.
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TRACK: MEXICAN PRESIDENT VICENTE FOX AND HIS WIFE, MARTHA, WERE GREETED
WITH AN ELABORATE WELCOMING CEREMONY ON THE WHITE HOUSE SOUTH LAWN THIS
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TRACK: THE FIRST OFFICIAL STATE VISIT KICKED OFF WITH MUCH POMP AND
CIRCUMSTANCE BEFORE THE TWO MEN GOT DOWN TO BUSINESS.
a mexican proverb tells us, he who has a good neighbor has a good
friend. today both countries are committed to being good neighbors and
good friends )
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Vicente Fox/Mexican President:
together let us defend values of democtudR MVS ERS ,NTSELL IN CONGRESS.
Residents of central Virginia are giving a proposed natural gas-fired power plant a mixed reception.
The project could boost the region's economy...but some neighbors say it will destroy their quality of life.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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[SUPER=01-Linda Evans/Concerned Resident; :41]
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(( After months of public hearings and neighborhood meetings, at least one resident seemed resigned to the fact his new neighbor would be a 550- megawatt power plant.
((KEN TOWLER/CONCERNED RESIDENT: WE KNOW THE COUNTY NEEDS THE MONEY, AND FOR WHAT CAN BE BUILT THERE, THIS IS THE LEAST.. THIS IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE BETTER SOLUTIONS.))
[OUT Q=better solutions.]
Colorado- based Kinder Morgan wants to spend 300 million dollars building a gas- fired power plant just off Route 501 in northern Campbell County.
In addition to electricity, the plant would generate about a million dollars in new revenue each year, and 25 new jobs once it's up and running.
But neighbors along Eastbrook Road are worried about construction noise, traffic and dropping property values.
((LINDA EVANS/CONCERNED RESIDENT: AS A LICENSED REAL ESTATE AGENT, I ALSO UNDERSTAND WHAT IT'S GOING TO DO TO THE VALUE OF THE PROPERTIES AND IT WOULD BE NEXT TO IMPOSSIBLE TO SELL A HOME ADJACENT TO A POWER PLANT.))
[OUT Q=a power plant.]
Kinder Morgan says it's done all it can to address the residents' concerns.
((CARMINE IADAROLA/KINDER MORGAN POWER CO.: GOD HASN'T COME DOWN TO ME AND WHISPERED IN MY EAR ABOUT HOW TO DO THINGS PERFECTLY, NOR HAS HE COME TO RICHARD KINDER OR ANYBODY ELSE THAT WAY. WE ARE HUMAN BEINGS, THERE ARE POTENTIAL PROBLEMS, ALL WE CAN DO IS EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO MITIGATE AND ALLAY THOSE CONCERNS.))
[OUT Q=allay those concerns.]
((Getting Campbell County's okay was just a first step.. Kinder Morgan still needs to clear several state hurdles before it can break ground. The company also must nail down exactly where it will get the up to five million gallons of water per day the plant will need to operate.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Campbell County.))
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A proposed downtown expansion has some residents pressing their case at city hall. We'll have the details after this break.
and it has been nearly 65 years since one of the world's most famous aviators disappeared. Now one woman is trying to recreate one of her most famous flights.
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Some residents of downtown Roanoke are opposed to an expansion at the Roanoke Times.
The newspaper wants to build the 60- thousand square foot printing plant near its current building.
On Friday-- the board of zoning appeals will take up the company's request which has touched off debate.
Last night-- several downtown residents met to go over their strategy for Friday.
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((ROGER ROBERTS/PROPERTY OWNER: I DON'T THINK THAT DESIRABILITY TO LIVE THERE WILL BE VERY NICE WHEN YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU WALK OUT ON THE BACK PORCH AND LOOK AT A BRICK WALL OR LISTEN TO TRUCKS ALL NIGHT.))
((ERIN MONTGOMERY/DOWNTOWN RESIDENT: I THINK THERE'S A MUCH BETTER POTENTIAL FOR DEVELOPING THAT AREA RIGHT WHERE I LIVE FOR OTHER USES, LIKE RESIDENTIAL HOUSING, WE'VE TALKED ABOUT LOFT APARTMENTS OVER IN WAREHOUSE ROW.))
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[SUPER=01-Erin Montgomery/Downtown Resident; :13]
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The paper says it needs the plant and the press will keep 400 jobs downtown.
The newspaper has said without a new facility-- it may have to move out of downtown to build.
A daredevil attempt-- marking a significant event in aviation history-- gets off the ground today in New York.
A California dentist is re- tracing the cross- country, record- breaking flight Amelia Earhart made in 19-28.
Doctor Carlene Mendieta flies a 19-27 Avro Avian airplane, the same model Earhart flew.
The 47- year- old plans to fly to California, making the same pit stops Earhart made during her 43- day trip.
Mendieta is scheduled to return to New York October 12th.
Roanoke's Festival in the Park is set to name its new executive director this afternoon.
News-7 has learned that it will be Stu Israel.
Israel has been involved in non-profit organizations for several years, including Virginia Amateur Sports, the group that runs the Commonwealth Games.
He's also worked for Trust and Good Samaritan Hospice.
Israel will be replacing longtime festival director Wendi Schultz
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW has dropped ten points.
Nasdaq has lost 24 points.
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Still to come .. the lady Spartans battle it out on the hardwood with the Blue Ridge District's newest addition.
And Rick Mast invites some big names in racing to help bring in some big money for the Rockbridge Area free clinic.
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The Salem Avalanche battled the Kinston Indians in game two of their three- game Carolina League playoff series last night.
Kinston turns the tables on Salem, and blanks the Avs, 6-nothing.
Indians pitcher Mike Segal had six strikeouts in six innings.
The third and final game that will decide the series is tonight.
In girls high school hoop action last night .. Salem took on new Blue Ridge District rival William Fleming.
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In the second quarter Fleming's Kadeja Wittington takes the pass from Sharita Mayo, hits the shot, and picks up the foul.
Then, Salem answers when Jessica Bass drives the floor and nails the shot from in close, to make it 18-14, Salem out in front.
In the third period, Chanel Craighead gets the rock under the iron, and finishes the easy shot for Fleming.
The Spartans' Laura Stone is gonna steal the ball.
She then makes the long pass to Chassity Martin who scores, but Fleming wins 42-39.
Roanoke's favorite son K-J Hippensteel is heading back to Stanford this season to begin his senior year.
Ranked number 13 in the country last year .. Hippensteel is as hungry as ever to prove he's number one this year.
Last night KJ, was in town helping to promote the game.
He joined Brenda Schultz McCarthy, who was ranked as high as 8th in the world in women's tennis, at an exhibition at Hunting Hills Country club.
KJ's former coach and mentor John Barker planned the event that was a hit for everyone.
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[OUT Q=....bad out there"]
Rick Mast-- along with some of his "fast" friends-- geared up for the 8-th straight year of his Charity Classic yesterday.
The Virginia Horse Center once again played host to the Classic, as several thousand fans stood in line for hours to meet some of their racing heroes.
Mast founded this event in the mid 90s to raise money and awareness for the Rockbridge Area Free Clinic.
300- thousand dollars have been raised to date.
And as a result, Mast is a finalist for this year's "True Value Man of the Year" award.
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[SUPER=01-Bobby Labonte/2000 Winston Cup Champion; :20]
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[OUT Q=...back every year."]
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This year's two day event, that wraps up with a golf tournament at the homestead today is expected to net $80 thousand dollars.
One of Franklin County's favorite sons is getting some recognition from the Commonwealth.
Musician Dan Tyminski was commended in a resolution from the General Assembly presented last night by Rocky Mount Delegate Allen Dudley.
Dudley said he planned to present the musician with the resolution during the General Assembly session last winter, but Tyminski was too busy recording.
Among other projects, Tyminski supplied the singing voice for George Clooney in the movie Oh Brother Where Art Thou.
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