A judge sets bond for Henry county administrator Sid Clower, as new allegations surface.
We'll have details.
And a subdivision in Rocky Mount has been living without water service since Monday.
Early sunshine has allowed temperatures to soar....but it won't last...I'll have your forecast.....
News 7 at Noon is next.
Charged with embezzlement, Henry County's Administrator will be released from jail if he can make bond.
A Patrick County judge set bond for Sid Clower at one hundred thousand dollars this morning. Clower will be confined to his home until a trial in July.
In today's bond hearing, new details about Clower's alleged crimes were released. The state contends he set up a blind mailbox and had county checks delivered there.
Then Clower allegedly deposited those checks into his own bank account.
His attorney says Clower denies the charges and is anxious to defend himself.
He is expected to make bond in Henry County later this afternoon.
After moving into Bethlehem to search for Palestinian militias, Israeli forces have expanded their campaign into two more towns.
Aleen Sirgany has an update from Washington.
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[SUPER=01-Sen. Arlen Specter/(R) Pennsylvania;]
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THE STANDOFF CONTINUES IN BETHLEHEM WHERE ARMED PALESTINIANS, AS MANY AS
TWO HUNDRED, REMAIN HOLED UP IN THE CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY, CELEBRATED
BY CHRISTIANS AS THE BIRTHPLACE OF JESUS CHRIST.
(SOT) RANAAN GISSIN, ISRAELI GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN
"They are on the run because of our military operation, they return to
their old practice of trying to use, misuse and abuse churches and holy
sites in Bethlehem as a refuge."
AS ISRAELI TANKS AND SOLDIERS MOVED IN, SO DID THIS GROUP OF CATHOLIC
PRIESTS TRYING TO GET MEDICAL TREATMENT TO THE VICTIMS. THEY WERE
STOPPED AT A CHECKPOINT AND TURNED AWAY.
(SOT)Michel Sabbah/ Latin Patriarch
we want to bring a message of peace to the Israeli, to the Palestinians
who are inside.
FORCES HAVE ALSO MOVED IN ON TWO OTHER PALESTINIAN TOWNS, SALFIT AND
JENIN.. WHERE THEY HAVE SURROUNDED A REFUGEE CAMP...A MILITANT
STRONGHOLD. ISRAELI TANKS AND HELICOPTER EXCHANGED FIRE WITH HUNDREDS
OF ARMED MEN. A NURSE AND THREE MILITIAMEN WERE KILLED, INCLUDING A
MILITIA LEADER WHO HAD VOWED TO FIGHT TO THE DEATH.
AS THE VIOLENCE CONTINUES, IT APPEARS AMERICANS ARE DIVIDED. A NEW CBS
POLL SHOWS 44 PERCENT THINK THE U.S SHOULD HELP RESOLVE THE MIDDLE EAST
CONFLICT. 46 PERCENT SAYS NO. BUT SENATOR ARLEN SPECTER WAS IN THE
MIDDLE EAST JUST LAST WEEK AND SAYS THE U.S NEEDS TO TAKE A MORE ACTIVE
(SOT)SEN. ARLEN SPECTER/ (R) PA.
I believe that there ought to be a renewed effort to go back to where we
were a week ago. And then I believe that there has to be an expansion
of administration activity to include the political issues.
EGYPT ANNOUNCED TODAY, EXCEPT FOR DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS THAT COULD HELP
THE PALESTINIANS, IT IS SUSPENDING CONTACT WITH ISRAEL. EGYPT IS ONE
OF ONLY THREE ARAB STATES WITH DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS WITH ISRAEL. AND HAS
BEEN UNDER PRESSURE TO CUT OFF THOSE TIES ALL TOGETHER.))
In Northern Ireland, video has been released of riot squad officers allegedly beating a Catholic mother over the weekend.
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(Shin Fayn) Sinn Fein has also vowed to give the tape to the British, Irish, and U-S governments, claiming the incident was just the latest example of security force attacks on nationalists.
The film was captured by a resident, as police moved in to separate Protestants and Catholics who were fighting in the streets.
Nine officers and a soldier were injured during weekend disturbances.
Pulaski Police have identified a body found near railroad tracks Tuesday.
Authorities say the body of 69 year old Cecil D. Martin was discovered off Route 99.
Detectives believe he died from natural causes, but they're treating the area as a crime scene until the medical examiner can confirm that.
According to police he has a history of medical problems and alcohol may be a factor.
A friend made the initial discovery - friends and family say the man had been missing for days.
The Town of Rocky Mount hopes to restore water to a subdivision there later today.
Portions of the Franklin Heights subdivision have been without water since early Monday.
That's when contractors putting in a new public water system hit an old water line.
The town estimates nearly 100 of the subdivision's 150 homes are without water.
Contractors hope to solve the problem by this evening.
The public water line won't be finished until July.
Southwest Virginia counties hit by floods last month will get federal disaster aid.
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Governor Warner's office says nine counties have been declared eligible for government help recovering from the damaging rain and mudslides.
It will include help in finding temporary shelter, and low interest loans to individuals and businesses.
Grants for home repairs may also be available.
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Still to come on the newscast, the Vatican has to deal with more allegations of sexual abuse at the hands of priests. We'll have the details,
and voters in a small Colorado town headed to the polls yesterday...They had to decide if they wanted to keep their ex-stripper mayor amid new charges of inappropriate behavior.
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The Roanoke City Police Department received an illuminating gift today.
I-T-T Night Vision is lending a disaster pack for police homeland defense use.
Included are a dozen night vision goggles, lenses, and illuminators that will allow police to literally see in the dark.
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((CHIEF JOE GASKINS/ROANOKE CITY POLICE; IT CERTAINLY ENHANCES OUR CAPABILITIES. WE'RE PUTTING OUR HOMELAND DEFENSE PACKAGE TOGETHER, AND ONE OF THE THINGS WE'RE DOING IS PUTTING A DISASTER PACKAGE TOGETHER, AND THIS CERTAINLY WILL ENHANCE THAT EFFORT.))
((NEIL GALLAGHER/ITT INDUSTRIES NIGHT VISION PRESIDENT; WE'VE BEEN FOR THE LAST 10 YEARS MAKING THIS EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE FOR POLICE FORCES, AND WE'RE HOPING THIS WILL HELP WITH HOMELAND DEFENSE INITIATIVES.))
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[SUPER=01-Neil Gallagher/ITT Industries Night Vision President; 11]
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I-T-T will also make a 40 foot trailer available for training purposes.
The night vision equipment will be available for other local police departments around the area to use as well.
The ice could be breaking between the U-S and North Korea.
North Korea says it'll resume talks with the U-S, but warns it'll call them off again if Washington "slanders" the communist country.
The country's official news agency is reporting the announcement.
It comes after U-S officials proposed renewed dialogue during a recent meeting with North Korean delegates to the United Nations.
President Bush has described North Korea as being part of ``an axis of evil'' with Iran and Iraq.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair says the Queen Mother united Britain, and spoke of her "total and self-less" devotion to duty.
His praise comes at a special session of Parliament to honor the
royal matriarch, who died Saturday.
After observing a minute of silence, Blair spoke of how the Queen Mother spanned the generations.
Most of those in attendance wore black to mark their mourning period.
More charges against Catholic priests accused of molesting children.
Today, the Vatican is expected to be named in a couple of sex abuse lawsuits.
Vince Gonzales reports.
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Lori Haigh says she was just 14 when years of sexual abuse began...at
the hands of her parish priest.
(SOT) WHEN I WAS 16 YEARS OLD, FATHER JOHN GOT ME PREGNANT, WHEN I TOLD
HIM ABOUT THE PREGNANCY HE TOLD ME THAT I HAD TO GET AN ABORTION. (8)
FATHER JOHN DROVE ME TO HIS BANK, WITHDREW THE MONEY AND GAVE IT TO ME
TO PAY FOR THE ABORTION. (15)
The Orange County Diocese settled with her for $1.2 million dollars. The
defrocked priest is being investigated by police. But Haigh also accused
two monsignors of assaulting her when she went to them for help.
(SOT/Father Lawrence Baird THIS ACCUSATION IS ABSOLUTELY WITHOUT
Across the country, allegations of sexual abuse by Catholic Clergy are
mounting almost daily. In Los Angeles, a hotline set up by police rings
off the hook.
(SOT) MOST OF THE CALLS COME FROM ADULTS WHO WERE ABUSED AS CHILDREN.
There are also growing calls for the church to fully confess its
(SOT/CHESTER GILLIS, GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY, PROF. OF THEOLOGY IF PEOPLE
SEE THESE REVELATIONS CONTINUE AND KIND OF DRIBBLE OUT FOR A LONG, LONG
PERIOD THAT WILL BE INCREASINGLY DAMAGING TO THE CHURCH. (6)
Later today, two new lawsuits will be filed in Florida and Oregon. For
the first time-- the Vatican will be named as a defendant in an alleged
conspiracy to protect pedophile priests by moving them across state and
national borders. Vince Gonzales CBS News, Los Angeles.
A former exotic dancer- turned- mayor of Georgetown, Colorado was STRIPPED of her power yesterday.
Koleen Brooks lost a recall election by a two to one vote.
She says she accepts the results, but will ask for a recount to ensure they're accurate.
She was elected mayor of the small town, 45 miles west of Denver last April.
The recall election was ordered after Brooks allegedly bared her breasts in a bar, and told reporters that she smoked marijuana.
She also faces criminal charges for faking an attack.
But Brooks says she is not through with politics.
She promises to be on the ballot again next year.
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If you are a fan of the new generation of movie house, you will want to stay tuned...Up next we will see what is the latest thing coming to a theater near you,
and we will tell you if the 100 MILLION dollar Big Game Jackpot will get any bigger.
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The jackpot in the Big Game lottery drawing has grown to $115 million.
None of the tickets sold for Tuesday's $92 million drawing matched all five lotto numbers and the Big Money Ball.
The next drawing will be this Friday, April 5.
Nine second-prize winners won $150,000 in Tuesday night's drawing.
65- players matched four of the five lotto numbers, plus the Big Money Ball number.
Those tickets are each worth $5,000.
A trip to the movies used to be a relaxed affair. Now with
multi-plexes..long lines and no guarantee of a good seat...it can turn
into a real pain. Chris Lawrence takes us to one Hollywood theater
that's trying to bring sanity back to a night at the big screen. Patrons
are giving it two thumbs up.
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((It's a Saturday night in Hollywood, and no one's rushing. And why should
they? Everyone has assigned seats waiting for them.
Do you know already where you want to sit?
New luxury theaters are trying to win back business after a wave of
overbuilding. Many operators went bankrupt and closed hundreds of
The Arclight Hollywood is the latest to go after affluent moviegoers,
who don't mind paying more for plush seating and premium sound.
(SUE BAKER/MOVIE FAN)
It was absolutely fabulous! It brought the awe of Hollywood back."
At Arclight, the walls are pitch-black, so your eye stays on the screen.
And ushers walk you to an assigned seat.
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One of the biggest changes are these double-wide armrests, which means
no more fighting for space with the guy next to you.
(SOT CHRISTOPHER FORMAN/PACIFIC THEATRES)
No one in our industry catered to the movie lover.
Christopher Forman says these people will spend $14 if it means they
won't put up with the annoyances of a normal multiplex.
(SOT JIM PLANNETTE/MOVIE FAN)
I'm very particular about where I want to sit, so I was able to sit
exactly where I wanted to sit.
Even the first row won't leave you staring straight up at the screen.
And no one arrives late, because Arclight won't sell a ticket once the
Today's feature is ET, starring a young Drew Barrymore.
For years, moviegoers have had to rush to grab a good seat.
(SOT JONATHAN COLE/MOVIE FAN)
By the time you finally get into the theater and sit down, you're so
exhausted you can barely enjoy the movie.
But since people were already going to dinner and a movie, new theaters
have figured out ways to grab a piece of both businesses. Arclight
offers a full restaurant and bar, and even sells movie paraphernalia
related to the films you'll see. Chris Lawrence CBS News Hollywood.))
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 70 points.
The NASDAQ has lost 16.
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Coming up in sports...The Salem Avalanche falls out for the new season, but WITHOUT some of last year's champion players...
.....And we'll see how a local high school is preparing to fly with the eagles.
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The Salem Avalanche players arrived here in the valley yesterday afternoon, all set to begin defending their Carolina League Championship.
The players met the media during the team's annual player luncheon at Mac and Bob's in Salem.
The roster, as expected, has only a handful of returnees from the championship team.
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[SUPER=01-Stu Cole/Avalanche Manager; :00]
[SUPER=01-Greg Catalanotte/Avalanche Outfielder; :22]
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The Avalanche opens the season Friday night at Salem Memorial Stadium against the Potomac Cannons.
The season is also getting underway at local high schools and the Franklin County eagles are expected to soar again on the diamond.
Steve Mason has more.
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[SUPER=01-F. L. Slough/Franklin Co. Head Coach; :12]
[SUPER=01-Jesse Bowles/Eagles Pitcher & Third Baseman; :33]
[SUPER=01-Travis Hundley/Eagles Shortstop; :58]
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((The Eagles resume is as long as it is rich in baseball tradition. Five district titles a regional title, regional runner up, and two state quarterfinals under ninth year head coach F.L. Slough.
But the Eagles finished 9 and 12 last season. Five starters are back and the pitching staff returns starters Jesse Bowles Bowles, Chris White, Early Page and Ben Hutton.
Bowles is the Eagles top player with a bigtime name. His cousin is former eagle and Tech star Larry Bowles, now rehabbing an injured knee in the Anaheim Angles organization.
The Eagles are gunning for their first state tournament appearance since 1997. In Rocky Mount Steve Mason News 7 sports.))
Cave's Spring's J.J. Redick - a McDonald's All-American-- showed New York how he's earned his sharpshooter rep.
The talented player is in the midst of the exciting city - soaking up the thrills that go along with being a McDonald's All-American star player.
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The McDonald's three point shooting contest is part of the preliminary events leading up to the game itself on Thursday.
JJ had just five points after two racks of balls, but then started shooting lights out.
He hit nine of his next 10 shots, including both of the red, white, and blue bonus balls that count double.
JJ finished with 19 points out of a possible 30 to win the Sprite three point shootout.
He actually had it won before he arrived at the final rack of balls.
But he finished strong to clearly win the three point title.
FINAL LOOK AT THE WEATHER
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