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Coming up on News 7 Saturday Morning.......
The wind and rain are hampering rescue efforts for crews trying find a man who they believe drowned early this morning
And police are investigating the fatal shooting of a Danville officer.
We will have more on those stories in just a few minutes.
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Today's weather conditions are making things tough for rescue crews looking for a man they believe drowned this morning at Carvin's Cove.
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Police say two men were swimming toward an island near the reservoir's dam around three.
That's when one of the men started struggling to stay afloat .. his friend tried to pull him along - but wasn't able to help him.
When the apparent victim went under, the second swimmer searched, but could NOT find him.
Several area rescue teams are searching by boat for the 23-year old missing man and dive teams are expected to enter the water soon.
Lifeguard 10 was NOT able to do an air search because of the rain.
Investigators still won't say if they've made an arrest in a shooting that killed a Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Deputy.
Deputy Frankie Betterton was shot and killed yesterday afternoon during what the sheriff says was a routine traffic stop.
The incident happened on U-S Route 58 just west of Danville.
Justin McLeod has more on the investigation and the fallen officer.
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What started as a "hit and run" accident apparently ended with an assault on a police officer and a medic.
Police say 31-year old Mark Atkins of Roanoke ran a red light at the intersection of Brandon and Edgewood, hit another car and kept going.
A cab driver who witnessed the accident flagged down an off-duty Roanoke County police officer who then gave chase.
Atkins was finally stopped by Roanoke City officers in the parking lot of Towers mall.
While being taken into custody, police say Atkins spit on an officer and later spit on a civilian medic at the Roanoke City Jail. That's landed him two assault charges.
He's also charged with felony hit and run and eluding police.
Roanoke Police still have not charged the 62-year old man who admitted he shot another man yesterday.
The shooting happened at a home on Aspen street.
Police say Paul Davis McCoy shot Daryll Wayne Waller after Waller tried to force open a gate and enter the house.
Waller came to the house to visit McCoy's niece-
Apparently McCoy told Waller to leave and that started an argument.
Authorities are still deciding whether to charge McCoy.
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In today's focus on health,
We take a look at one of the eight branches of Chinese Medicine. While acupuncture has been around for thousands of years, some who practice Western medicine are just beginning to realize its potential.
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Registered nurse Noelle Woods was the first health professional to try acupuncture at Radford University's 4th annual Cameo Institute.
The conference gives future health professionals and those already in the medical field exposure to alternative medicine.
Woods says she felt a slight pinch at first --but then the sensation was unlike any she had ever experienced.
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((THEN AS SHE WOULD TAKE IT OUT REAL QUICKLY IT WAS KIND OF LIKE A RUSH OF ENERGY THROUGH MY TOES, THROUGH MY LEGS... ALMOST LIKE A WARM SENSATION OF YOUR BLOOD MOVING THROUGH YOUR BODY))
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((VICTORIA TAYLOR/LICENSED ACUPUNCTURIST: IT'S LIKE DOING ELECTRONICS YOU'RE PUTTING A METAL INTO A CURRENT.. AND TELLING IT TO DO SOMETHING))
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Licensed acupuncturist Victoria Taylor says there are 365 points on the used on the body to treat a variety of conditions by tapping into the body's energy.
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((THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS IT JUST WORKS SO WELL ON. THOSE THINGS IN MENTIONED EARLIER, HEADACHES, MUSCLE-SKELETOL PAIN, REPRODUCTIVE DISORDERS, ALLERGIES, THINGS THAT BEING DEPENDENT ON CHEMICALS ISN'T WORKING FOR PEOPLE))
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The needles usually go in about a quarter of an inch -- and they are round on the ends so they don't cause tissue damage. But it does cause a sensation.
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((VICTORIA TAYLOR: I WOULD DESCRIBE IT AS A STRONG SENSATION IT CAN BE LIKE A SHOCK TO AN ACHE, TO NUMBNESS TO BUZZING))
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But the sensation only lasts a few seconds. Woods says she wishes more health professionals were open-minded to alternative therapies.
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((I THINK IT'S VERY IMPORTANT ESPECIALLY WHEN MODERN MEDICINE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO HELP YOU))
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In Virginia the Board of Medicine licenses acupuncturists.
But still this therapy is not covered by insurance.
Police are still searching for a second suspect in a drive-by shooting that killed a Martinsville High School student.
Meanwhile, friends of the victim are remembering a good friend.
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19-year old Delvin Hairston was killed by gunshot on Wednesday night.
Funeral services are set for 2-o'clock on Sunday at Martinsville Middle School.
The high school has put up a memorial wall for students to write poems and memories about one of the school's well-liked students.
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((TOM FITZGIBBONS/MARTINSVILLE HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL; DELVIN, HE'S JUST ONE OF THOSE KIDS THAT EVERYBODY KNEW. HE WAS LIKE A FAMOUS PERSON THAT EVERYBODY KNEW BY JUST ONE NAME. HE WAS JUST DELVIN. DIDN'T USE TO HEAR DELVIN HAIRSTON, JUST DELVIN, AND EVERYBODY KNEW WHO YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT.))
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Meanwhile, Martinsville police are searching for another suspected gunman. An arrest warrant has been issued for 19 year old Curtis Robertson Junior on first degree murder charges.
Authorities have arrested one person in relation to the shooting. A 17-year old Laurel Park High School student was arrested at his home on Thursday night in Axton. He is being held at the Moore Detention Center in Danville.
Public schools in Virginia will soon be required to post the national motto, "In God We Trust."
Yesterday, Governor Mark Warner signed the legislation despite concerns about the cost.
Warner said he's been assured that private donations will pay for the signs.
Last month, lawmakers rejected the governor's changes to nine bills and sent them back to his desk.
He has now signed all of them, including the Open Container Bill that makes it illegal to possess an open alcoholic beverage in the passenger area of a motor vehicle.
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Still to come on News 7 Saturday Morning.......
The Clones have attacked the big screen - and we'll find out how they rank in this week's movie review...
Daytime TV's big night had some big blunders... we'll have highlights of last night's Emmy awards coming up.
But first if you are traveling today........
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With local elections in our area over and done with...one local woman is celebrating over 40-years working at the polls.
Christiansburg resident Julia Bratton started as an election worker in 19-61.
She has seen her voting precinct in Montgomery County grow from 1-hundred voters to about 16-hundred.
Bratton says that while the days of counting ballots are over...modern machines are work too.
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((JULIA BRATTON/VETERAN ELECTION WORKER; THE PAPERWORK IS MORE THAT'S ONE PROBLEM I THINK WE CAN'T GET HELP TOO MUCH THEY KEEP AFTER ME IN THE OFFICE, OH YOU HAVE TO WORK ANOTHER YEAR (YOU'RE GOING TO KEEP DOING IT) AS LONG AS I'M ABLE I GUESS.))
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Bratton has missed only one election year in her over 40-years of service but it may have been the most controversial.
She was unable to work in 2000 during the presidential recount.
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She talks more about that tomorrow in our Virginia Profile.
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