A downtown thoroughfare in Roanoke is closed this morning for fear the church could collapse into the road.
It is the Solid Rock Pentecostal church, which doesn't look so solid anymore- after a load-bearing basement wall inside the church collapsed around six o'clock last night.
Experts say that's made the whole building so unstable it could fall into Campbell Avenue.
City inspectors will get a closer look at the structure later today.
Until then, Campbell Avenue will be closed between 8th and 9th streets.
The city's building commissioner says the church COULD be repaired, but the area is too dangerous to work in right now.
Some residents in Southwest Virginia are still mopping up water from this week's flooding.
The town of Wytheville is still asking residents to boil water, after the town's treatment plant was flooded from the recent rain.
Most of the hundreds who fled to temporary shelters yesterday are back in their homes.
There are NO reports of deaths or injuries caused by the flooding.
State transportation officials say most main roads in the region re-opened yesterday. But more than 100 secondary roads are blocked by water or mud.
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In Saltville, overflowing creeks and rivers ripped down bridges and trees....forcing about 75-people to evacuate their homes.
Officials say no was injured or killed.
Volunteer firefighters have been working since the rain started on Sunday.
They say cleaning up is now the priority.
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[IN Q=PUMP BASEMENTS]
((STEVE ROUTH/VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER; PUMP BASEMENTS THAT'S ONE OF THE BIGGEST THINGS WE'VE GOT TRYING TO GET THE BASEMENTS PUMPED OUT AND DEAL WITH THE PUBLIC AND HELP THEM ANYWAY WE CAN. ))
((JOHNNY WILSON/VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER; IT TORE MY BRIDGE OUT AND IT TORE THE DRIVEWAY OUT AND I LOST MY WATER ITS JUST, JUST TERRIBLE. ))
[SUPER=01-Steve Routh/Volunteer Firefighter; :00]
[SUPER=01-Johnny Wilson/Volunteer Firefighter; :10]
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Yesterday, state crews worked to contain mudslides and re-opened the heavily traveled Route 91.
Officials say they believe this is the worst flooding the area has ever seen.
The Lotto South "Mystery Winner" is expected to reveal himself or herself in Richmond today .. and claim a prize worth up 21 million dollars.
That ticket became valuable after the March 2nd drawing, but we have not heard anything from the winner until now.
The Virginia Lottery plans to hand over a big check to the winner .. who purchased the ticket a Roanoke County Kroger store.
A big investigation into child pornography on the Internet has led Bedford County authorites to two local suspects.
Steven L. Reynolds of Kenbridge was arrested last month on a total of 17 counts involving the possession and reproduction of child pornography.
He's already pleaded guilty and is serving a 21- month jail term.
Last week, authorities charged Steven Keith Herron of Goodview with twenty counts of possession of child porn.
The arrests follow a nationwide sting that led to charges against more than 130 people in 26 states.
A special prosecutor has been assigned to investigate last month's fatal accident involving a Vinton patrol car.
Officer John Munsey was pursuing a speeding pick-up when a car carrying Audrey St. Clair and Onita (Ah-NEE-ta) Bryant collided with Munsey's vehicle. The two women were killed instantly. There's been no public account of how fast the police car was traveling.
A report from state police was turned over to the County Commonwealth's Attorney, but he has asked his counterpart in Botetourt to consider what should be done. A judge signed the order yesterday naming Joel Branscom Special Prosecutor.
The Appomattox County supervisors and the judges of the Tenth Circuit have NINETY days to get their homework done.
They have that long to complete a new design for the county's new courthouse.
The county says it can't afford to build the kind of facility the judges want.. the two sides are about two million dollars apart in their proposals.
The judges had sued the county over its run-down, unsafe courthouse, and the case was scheduled to go to trial today.
Now, after some last- minute negotiations, both sides have agreed to postpone that trial while architects for the two sides try to hash out a compromise.
They have thirty days to come up with a new design to either renovate the existing courthouse or build a new one.
The supervisors and the judges then have sixty days to approve it.
If they can't, the trial will start no later than June 15th.
State budget cuts are hitting home in Franklin County. Taxpayers can expect a couple of changes in the coming year.
Here are some highlights from the proposed budget unveiled yesterday:
Real estate and property taxes will stay the same, but the county administrator is recommending an increase in the 9-1-1 tax ... from 80 cents to a dollar a month.
The cost of county vehicle decals would go up 5 dollars.
Schools would get a 3 percent INCREASE in funding.
The county administrator also proposes using one-million dollars set aside for the central library to cover the shortfall.
The county would then borrow 1-point-5 million dollars to build the library.
Authorities are on the hunt for 55 people, who are being sought on a variety of drug and firearms charges as part of a county-wide drug sting in Bedford.
A 10-month undercover investigation led to 117 charges against suspects in Bedford County and the Southwest Virginia area.
Authorities have also seized two dozen guns, more than ten thousand dollars in cash and a variety of illicit drugs.
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((MIKE BROWN/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF: IT'S MORE DIFFICULT TO BUY DRUGS IN BEDFORD COUNTY NOW. OUR GUYS HAVE REALLY GOT TO GET OUT AND WORK.. IT'S NOT EASY TO BUY 'EM AS IT WAS AT ONE TIME AND I THINK BECAUSE OF OUR REPUTATION.))
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[OUT Q=because of our reputation.]
Officers with the D-E-A, state police, Franklin County and Roanoke City and County assisted with the operation.
City police came up empty handed after searching Mark Lamont Neamo's apartment last week
for the "scream" mask he was believed to have.
The search warrant indicates sources told police they recognized Neamo's voice from the surveillance tape recorded during the robbery at the Texaco Stop- In on Hershberger Road.
While both suspects wore masks, police cite individuals who say Neamo told them HE was the one who fatally shot store clerk Joyce Parrish.
Some of the same people said they saw a mask- -like the one in the horror movie "Scream"- -in Neamo's apartment. A list filed with the court yesterday indicates the mask was NOT among a dozen or so items seized from Neamo's apartment Thursday.
Some kids in Roanoke were all ears as some local athletes preached about the benefits of good health habits.
As part of the Red Cross's "Kick Butts" day atheletes from Virginia Tech, the Roanoke Dazzle and Roanoke Stars soccer spoke to 8th graders at Andrew Lewis Middle School in Salem yesterday afternoon.
Their message: take care of your body. Don't smoke, dip or chew.
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[SUPER=01-Grant Noel/Virginia Tech Quarterback;]
((GRANT NOEL/VIRGINIA TECH QUARTERBACK: I'M HERE TODAY TO EDUCATE THESE YOUNG BOYS AND GIRLS ABOUT THE DANGER OF SMOKING, USING TOBACCO, AND TRY TO TELL THEM WHERE I COME FROM AND WHAT I'VE LEARNED ABOUT NOT USING TOBACCO AND HOW GOOD IT IS NOT TO USE IT AND WHAT IT CAN DO TO YOUR BODY.))
[OUT Q=and what it can do to your body.]
Yesterday's program was called "Kick, Shoot and Throw Your Way to Health."
Kick Butts day officially falls on April third.
The assembly was held early because of spring break.
(Kimberly tosses to bump)