Suspended Henry County Administrator Sid Clower is scheduled to appear in court later today.
His attorneys say he's signed an agreement in which he pleads guilty to three counts of embezzlement.
The counts stem from the disappearance of nearly a million dollars from the Henry County Public Service Authority.
The county's board of supervisors is also expected to finalize Clower's termination later today.
We'll have more on this story tonight on News 7 at 5 and 6.
One person is dead and two people are wounded following a dispute in Axton.
[VO -ONLY PRE-PRO MUG SHOT]
The Henry County sheriff's office says 41 year old Larry Junior Carter shot and killed Antonio DeWayne Turner during a dispute that erupted into gunfire between the two men.
Carter, who was shot in the foot, is also accused of shooting his younger sister, Lisa.
The incident happened at the Axton Mobile Home Park shortly after 11:30 Saturday night.
Turner later died at the Martinsville-Henry County Memorial Hospital. Lisa Carter was released with wounds to her legs.
Larry Carter faces 2nd degree murder, malicious wounding, and firearms charges.
He is being held at the Henry County Jail without bond.
The huge wildfire in eastern Arizona is beginning to close in on the town of Show Low.
[SUPER=03-Show Low, AZ;]
Two fires have merged into one blaze, covering 300- thousand acres.
Before they came together, the fires had destroyed 186 homes.
Thousands have fled their homes in Show Low and several other nearby communities.
Fire crews are fighting the blaze on all fronts with fire engines, water tankers and helicopters.
Despite all of the destruction, no one has been killed.
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[IN Q=It's devastating]
((JANE HULL/ARIZONA GOVERNOR: IT'S DEVASTATING AND I HOPE THE MESSAGE GETS ACROSS, CLEAN FORESTS ARE THE WAY TO GO. ))
[SUPER=01-Jane Hull/Arizona Governor;]
[OUT Q=way to go.]
One fire expert says the winds should die down -- giving firefighters a window in which to battle the massive blaze.
Salt Lake City's police chief says it could be a big piece of the puzzle in solving the Elizabeth Smart case.
Authorities say they're questioning a convict who used to work in the missing 14- year- old girl's home.
Jennifer Miller reports.
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[SUPER=03-Salt Lake City, UT;]
[SUPER=01-Ed Smart/Elizabeth's Father;]
[OUT Q=Miller, CBS news, Salt Lake City.]
AUTHORITIES SAY THEY HAVE A MAN IN CUSTODY WHO WORKED AS A HANDYMAN AT THE SMART HOME LAST YEAR.
HE WAS ACTUALLY ARRESTED ON AN UNRELATED PAROLE VIOLATION TEN DAYS AGO AND HAS NOT BEEN CHARGED IN THE KIDNAPPING.
HOWEVER THE CHIEF OF POLICE SAYS INVESTIGATORS HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO PIN DOWN HIS WHEREABOUTS ON THE MORNING ELIZABETH DISAPPEARED.
(NATS OF HOSPITAL)
MILES AWAY ... IN A WEST VIRGINIA HOSPITAL .... DETECTIVES AND FBI AGENTS QUESTIONED A MAN TO FIND OUT IF HE KNOWS ANYTHING ABOUT HER DISAPPEARANCE.
BRET MICHAEL EDMUNDS CHECKED HIMSELF INTO THE HOSPITAL, THURSDAY, AFTER AN APPARENT DRUG OVERDOSE. THE FBI SAYS HE IS COOPERATING, BUT THEY'RE NOT REVEALING WHAT HE HAS TOLD THEM. A DRIFTER ... WHO LIVES OUT OF HIS CAR ... POLICE SAY EDMUNDS IS NOT A SUSPECT. BUT HE WAS SPOTTED IN ELIZABETH'S NEIGHBORHOOD BEFORE SHE DISAPPEARED.
(NATS OF SEARCH)
VOLUNTEERS, POLICE AND RESCUE DOGS HAVE SEARCHED CANYONS AND HILLSIDES ... LOOKING FOR ANY TRACE OF HER IN UTAH.
SUNDAY ... ELIZABETH'S FATHER ASKED FOR PRAYERS ... FOR HIS DAUGHTER ... AND HER CAPTOR.
ED SMART/ ELIZABETH'S FATHER
"I don't know what his problem is, but I really feel that he is going to have a softening of his heart and that he is going to let Elizabeth go."
SUNDAY ELIZABETH'S FAMILY RELIED ON PRAYERS TO BRING HER BACK.... WHILE DETECTIVES HOPE THEIR INVESTIGATION WILL.
DETECTIVES SEARCHED EDMUND'S CAR BUT AREN'T SAYING WHAT, IF ANYTHING, THEY HAVE FOUND.
JENNIFER MILLER, CBS NEWS, SALT LAKE CITY
The brakes could be put on Amtrak unless the company gets some federal funding.
Governor Mark Warner is urging Congress to provide the money in the name of rural Virginia.
The railroad could shut down as early as Wednesday because of a 200 million dollar shortfall.
New Amtrak President David Gunn says Amtrak will start turning away passengers and moving trains to storage if it doesn't get more federal dollars.
Governor Warner says a shutdown could hurt places like Clifton Forge and Staunton which depend on their Amtrak stops for tourism revenue.
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[IN Q=My concern is if Amtrak]
((GOV. MARK WARNER: MY CONCERN IS IF AMTRAK GOES UNDER WHETHER SOME OF THE RURAL COMMUNITIES THAT ARE CURRENTLY BEING SERVED ARE GOING TO BE SUDDENLY LEFT OUT SO MY HOPE IS CONGRESS WILL STEP UP AND MAKE THE INVESTMENT IN AMTRAK SO WE CAN KEEP THAT TRAIN SYSTEM RUNNING PARTICULARLY IN RURAL VIRGINIA.))
[OUT Q=in rural Virginia]
Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta said this weekend he'll consider providing emergency financial aid to keep Amtrak going past Wednesday's threatened shutdown date.
In business news, A very busy week is in store on the economic
Trish Regan has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Trish Tegan/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=CBS Marketwatch.]
((INVESTORS WILL BE HOPING FOR A FRESH START MONDAY AFTER ANOTHER TOUGH WEEK
ON WALL STREET.
ON FRIDAY, INVESTORS WERE IN A SELLING MODE DESPITE A BULLISH
FORECAST FROM QUALCOMM. EARNINGS CONCERNS AS WELL AS A WEAK DOLLAR CONTINUE
TO PLAGUE THE MARKET.
THE DOW ENDED THE DAY OFF 177 POINTS.
THE NASDAQ CLOSED DOWN 23.
WATCH SHARES OF IBM today. They traded down 3.1 percent after an analyst
at SoundView Technology lowered estimates on the company while reiterating
its "outperform" rating. At least 6 analysts have cut their estimates on
Big Blue since the start of the month.
RITE AID is ANOTHER ONE TO KEEP AN EYE ON.
ON FRIDAY, THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION CHARGED THREE FORMER
SENIOR EXECUTIVES OF THE DRUG STORE CHAIN WITH CRIMINAL ACCOUNTING
FRAUD...ACCUSING THEM OF INFLATING PROFITS BY ROUGHLY 1.6 BILLION DOLLARS.
Proctor and Gamble could get a boost when trading begins. Late Friday, a
Food and Drug Administration advisory panel endorsed the company's
application to market blockbuster heartburn remedy Prilosec without a
The FDA is expected to rely heavily on the recommendation in making the
A BUSY ECONOMIC WEEK AHEAD INVESTORS ARE WATCHING FOR FOUR ECONOMIC REPORTS
June consumer confidence,May durable goods orders, May new homes sales and
personal income and spending numbers
AND finally, FORBES MAGAZINES HAS RELEASED ITS CELEBRITY 100 LIST FOR 2002.
THE LIST IS DETERMINED BY QUANTIFYING EARNING POWER WITH STAR POWER:
THIS YEAR'S WINNER, BRITNEY SPEARS.
THE 20 YEAR HAS THREE MULTIPLATINUM ALBUMS TO HER CREDIT ALONG WITH A
RECENT FILM CREDIT...AND A NEW RESTAURANT.
FOR MORE MARKET NEWS GO TO CBS - DOT-MARKETWATCH-DOT-COM.
IN SAN FRANCISCO, I'M TRISH REGAN, CBS MARKETWATCH.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
The forest fire in Rockbridge County and the fires that continue to run wild in Colorado and Arizona prove that fire-fighters and emergency personnel are in high demand.
Roanoke County and the surrounding area recently graduated some of its own.
News 7's Jennifer Wishon has the story.
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[IN Q=We need a lot]
[SUPER=01-Crystal Olson/EMT Graduate;:00]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :07]
[SUPER=01-Chief Rick Birch/Roanoke Co. Fire and Rescue; 1:06]
[SUPER=19-Jennifer Wishon/Reporting; 1:24:]
[OUT Q=JW, News 7]
[IN Q=We need a lot]
((CRYSTAL OLSON/EMT GRADUATE: WE NEED A LOT OF PEOPLE TO HELP, BUT YOU HAVE TO WANT TO DO IT...IT'S PRETTY STRENUOUS.))
[OUT Q=pretty strenuous]
Strenuous is a good word to describe the work firefighters and emergency medical technicians do each day.
But, 32 graduates from Roanoke County and city as well as Montgomery County can't wait to get started.
[IN Q=This is what]
((CRYSTAL OLSON/EMT GRADUATE: THIS IS WHAT I WANT TO DO...I LOVE IT.))
[OUT Q=I love it]
Crystal just graduated from her EMT training class and won an award for her outstanding efforts.
But when she signed up for classes she had no idea how different her life would be at graduation.
[IN Q=A week before]
((A WEEK BEFORE THE CLASS STARTED I FOUND OUT I WAS PREGNANT AND I WAS LIKE FOUR MONTHS ALONG. SO I TOLD JIMMY THE TEACHER AND JUST TOOK IT FROM THERE. I WENT TO CLASS, HAD MY KID AND CAME BACK.))
[OUT Q=and came back]
Former Roanoke County fire fighter Fuzzy Minnix says there are many times that duty will take the graduates away from family and friends, but they are answering to a higher calling.
[IN Q=It's obvious to]
((FUZZY MINNIX/ROANOKE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS: IT'S OBVIOUS TO ME THAT THERE'S DEDICATION IN EACH ONE OF YOU OR YOU WOULDN'T BE DOING THIS TO BEGIN WITH.))
[OUT Q=to begin with]
And it was dedication that got the graduates through their programs.
[IN Q=On the firefighters]
((CHIEF RICK BURCH/FIRE AND RESCUE: ON THE FIREFIGHTERS SIDE THERE'S ABOUT 180 HOURS THAT THEY HAVE TO COMPLETE OF BOTH CLASSROOM SKILLS AS WELL AS PHYSICAL SKILLS OR FIRE FIGHTING SKILLS. AND THE SAME THING ON THE EMS SIDE. THEY HAVE CLASSROOM AND THEY HAVE PRACTICAL SKILLS CONSISTING OF OVER 400 HOURS IN THE CARDIAC TECH CLASS.))
[OUT Q=cardiac tech class]
[IN Q=The roles of]
((THE ROLES OF EMERGENCY RESPONSE PERSONNEL TOOK ON A NEW MEANING DURING THE EVENTS OF SEPTEMBER 11TH...ESPECIALLY AS THE GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO RELEASE NEW TERROR WARNINGS. AND WITH THE REGION'S RECENT DROUGHT THE ADDITION OF NEW FIREFIGHTERS AND EMS STAFF COULDN'T COME AT A BETTER TIME. JENNIFER WISHON, NEWS 7.))
[OUT Q=JW, News 7]))
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
There's new information involving the murder of a Martinsville woman.
Police received a call shortly before eight o'clock yesterday morning saying a body had been found lying on the grass
at the Rivermont Apartment complex---
The victim has been identified as 48- year old Janice Payne--
Police say it appears she was assaulted inside her apartment just before either jumping from or being thrown from the third story window of her apartment.
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[IN Q=We're in the ]
[SUPER=01-Mike Rogers/Martinsville Police Chief; ]
((WE'RE IN THE PROCESS OF INTERVIEWING ALL OF THE FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND NEIGHBORS, EVERYBODY HAS BEEN VERY COOPERATIVE WITH US AND SHARING WHAT INFORMATION THEY'RE AWARE OF AND WE HOPE TO MAKE AN ARREST.))
[OUT Q=to make an arrest.]
Police want to question Payne's estranged boyfriend.
They're currently searching for 49- year old Donatus Hilton.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Martinsville police department.
In Montgomery County the old has become new again...
The county government has a new state of the art home and NEWS 7's Justin McLeod took a tour.
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[IN Q=Nat sound of car driving by]
[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Mary Biggs/Board of Supervisors; :33]
[SUPER=01-Ila Agee/County Resident; 1:18]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Montgomery County]
((((NAT SOUND OF CAR DRIVING BY; 21:34:27))
Looks can be deceiving here in Montgomery County.
On the outside, this building looks like an old factory.
But take a look inside, it's actually the county government's new home.
[IN Q=Thats part of the]
((ROBERT PARKER/PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER: THAT'S PART OF THE UNIQUE CHARACTER OF THE BUILDING. IT'S STILL LOOKS LIKE A FACTORY.))
[OUT Q=like a factory]
A sewing factory in fact.
For nearly forty years, this building housed the Imperial Reading Corporation.
The county then came along in the early nineties and acquired the property.
Shortly there after, county leaders decided to renovate the building rather than build a new government center.
[IN Q=It worked out really]
((MARY BIGGS/BOARD OF SUPERVISORS: IT WORKED OUT REALLY REALLY WELL, TO KEEP THAT HISTORICAL ASPECT OF IT AND AT THE SAME TIME MAKE IT INTO A VERY MODERN GOVERNMENT COMPLEX.))
[OUT Q=modern government complex]
A modern complex that cost nearly ten million dollars.
The offices are bigger and more convient.
Before county services were scattered throughout the area, now they're all under one roof.
[SOT 21:32:32; TAPE 2]
[IN Q=The county is especially]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THE COUNTY IS ESPECIALLY PROUD OF THIS ROOM. THIS IS WHERE YOU'D COME TO PRAISE OR AS THEY SAY FIGHT CITY HALL. IT IS CALLED THE MEETING ROOM AND IT HAS JUST ABOUT EVERY TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCE YOU CAN THINK OF FROM CLOSED CIRCUIT TV TO A STATE OF THE ART SOUND SYSTEM.))
[OUT Q=art sound system]
((NAT SOUND OF BOB AND I TALKING))
But not all of it has a modern touch.
The county restored a lot of the old building using the original hardwood floors and brick interior.
[IN Q=Renovation I mean its beautiful]
((ILA AGEE/COUNTY RESIDENT: RENOVATION, I MEAN ITS BEAUTIFUL NOW. AND I DON'T BELIEVE THEY COULD EVER BUILD A BUILDING AS GOOD AS THIS ONE IS.))
[OUT Q=as this one is]
Just around the corner, the county is already preparing for the future.
Another 30-thousand square feet remains untouched ensuring this old building will bring new services to the area for many years to come.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Montgomery County.))
Israel is expanding its control of the West Bank.
[SUPER=03-Ramallah, West Bank;]
Today, tanks entered the city of Ramallah and surrounded Yasser Arafat's compound.
The Palestinian leader and his aides were inside at the time.
Meanwhile, hospital workers in the Gaza Strip say an Israeli helicopter fired missiles at two cars-- killing six people.
A father and son were killed in an accident on Interstate 81.
[VO-NAT - :18]
The tractor-trailer crashed just after seven thirty yesterday morning in Rockbridge County.
State Police say 31 year old John Charles Patterson of Winston-Salem, North Carolina was killed along with his 11 year old son, John Junior.
Patterson apparently lost control of his truck just North of Route-11 near Natural Bridge.
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[IN Q=NB tractor trailer]
((SGT. PAUL DULANEY/STATE POLICE: NB TRACTOR TRAILER RAN OFF THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE ROAD AND STRUCK THE BRIDGE, CAUGHT ON FIRE. THE TRUCK AND THE TRAILER SEPARATED. THE TRAILER FLIPPED OVER AND THE TRUCK CAUGHT IN FIRE AND WENT OFF THE RIGHT SHOULDER DOWN INTO THE MEDIAN.))
[SUPER=01-Sgt. Paul Dulaney/Va. State Police]
[OUT Q=into the median]
[VO-NAT - :13+]
Both northbound lanes of Interstate 81 were finally re-opened around 6:30 yesterday evening.
The accident also caused some bridge damage-- so an inspector was called in to make sure the bridge is still structurally sound.