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State budget cuts could be taking a bite out of crime.. prevention.. local sheriffs are wondering how they're going to make ends meet.
Salem police have a suspect in custody after a robbery at a local hotel tonight..
..and we'll head to Danville to check out the old stomping grounds of two sisters who made a name for themselves.
News 7 is next.
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Sheriffs across the region fight for more money in their budgets to help fight crime.
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Good evening, I'm Steve Smallshaw, Teresa Hamilton has the night off.
Their mission is to protect and serve, but some local law enforcement agencies say their efforts are being compromised by state budget cuts.
Justin McLeod has more.
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[SUPER=01-Frank Cassell/Henry Co. Sheriff; :09]
[SUPER=01-George McMillan/Roanoke City Sheriff; :31]
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Here in Henry County, the Sheriff believes desperate times call for desperate measures.
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((SHERIFF FRANK CASSELL/HENRY CO. SHERIFF: HIS MESSAGE AT LEAST TO HENRY COUNTY WAS QUITE MISLEADING. HE MAY NOT LAY OFF ANYBODY BUT HE MAY CAUSE THE COUNTY TO CAUSE ME TO LAY OFF A WHOLE BUNCH OF PEOPLE.))
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Cassell is talking about Governor Warner's recent decision not to cut any funds that pay for deputies.
But sheriff's departments still face a five percent budget cut for the next fiscal year.
[IN Q=What they're going]
((GEORGE McMILLAN/ROANOKE CITY SHERIFF: WHAT THEY'RE GOING TO DO IS REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF REIMBURSEMENTS THAT COME TO THE CITY FOR THE CARE OF THE INMATES.))
[OUT Q=of the inmates]
In Roanoke City, that means a loss of 192-thousand dollars in state aid for the next fiscal year.
Henry County will lose nearly two hundred thousand.
The Sheriff says there that could lead to lay-offs.
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[IN Q=We could be talking]
((FRANK CASSELL/HENRY CO. SHERIFF: WE COULD BE TALKING ABOUT AS MANY AS 20. SERIOUSLY? POSSIBLY. POSSIBLY.))
[OUT Q=possibly, possibly]
The Sheriff's Department is also set to lose several hundred thousand dollars in county aid leading to the possibility of fewer deputies on the road.
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[IN Q=The Botetout County]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THE BOTETOURT COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT HAS ALSO SEEN A CUT IN STATE FUNDS BUT SO FAR THEY'VE MADE NO CUTS IN PERSONNEL. THAT'S BECAUSE THE COUNTY HAS STEPPED IN AND MADE UP THE DIFFERENCE. BUT SHERIFF RONNIE SPRINKLE REALIZES THAT COUNTY HELP MAY BE COMING TO AN END.))
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((NAT SOUND IN ROANOKE CITY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT))
The Roanoke City Sheriff also fears the future.
Right now, the cost of housing federal inmates is helping to make up the difference in loss of state aid.
But Sheriff McMillan wonders how long that can last.
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[IN Q=If the General Assembly]
((GEORGE McMILLAN/ROANOKE CITY SHERIFF: IF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY DOESN'T STARTING LOOKING FOR WAYS TO BRING IN MORE REVENUE, I'M NOT HERE TO TELL THEM HOW BUT IF THEY DON'T COME UP WITH MORE REVENUE THEY MAY END UP NEXT TIME OR NEXT YEAR OR 2005 CUTTING PERSONNEL.))
[OUT Q=cutting personnel]
And for that reason, sheriff's departments across the state will have to fight for survival as they continue to fight crime.
Justin McLeod, News 7.))
Salem authorities have a suspect in custody after an apparent armed robbery outside a local hotel.
It happened a little before eight at the Knight's Inn on Wildwood Road.
Authorities say a man and his wife had just checked in and were outside their room when a man approached them wearing a ski mask.
He told the couple he had a gun and demanded money.
The suspect then fled on foot with a small amount of cash.
A Salem police officer spotted him a short while later jumping into a car and pulled the vehicle over.
The man.. whose identity has "not" been released.. is being held on unrelated charges from another jurisdiction.
Salem police are still questioning him about tonight's robbery.
An unusual accident in Henry County is still under investigation.
It happened just after six last night on U.S. 220 near the Jim Mills Lincoln Mercury dealership.
Troopers say a driver heading southbound hit the median sending debris flying into the air.
A large rock then hit a car northbound, killing the driver.
He has been identified as 35 year old Martin Young of Rocky Mount.
Investigators are calling the death an accident. No charges have been filed.
For the second time in more than a week residents in the Northeast are digging out of a major snowstorm.
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One meteorologist from New York says he can't remember anything like it.
Residents across the region saw up to two feet, which meant good business for those who depend on snow removal work.
Here in Maine fourteen to twenty inches of snow fell.
Powerful winds and rough seas caused problems in some coastal towns-- Kennebunkport was evacuated.
At least four deaths are being blamed on the storm and tens of thousands of customers are without electricity.
More than one-hundred C-S-X transportation workers have been laid off.
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The one-hundred-six layoffs hit the C-and-O division which serves Virginia, West Virginia and Ohio, with a majority of the layoffs coming from Russell County and Huntington, West Virginia.
A C-S-X spokesperson says the layoffs are partially due to a slowdown in coal business.
Meanwhile, Norfolk Southern has hired 23 conductor trainees in Huntington and Portsmouth, Ohio.
Duke Energy has begun condemnation proceedings to build its controversial pipeline.
Duke wants to build a 95-mile natural gas pipeline called the Patriot Extension.
It will begin in Wythe County and end in Rockingham County North Carolina.
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Out of 383 landowners, Duke has secured 70-percent of the necessary rights of way.
The energy company now plans to head to court to get the remaining land.
A Spokesperson says typically ten-percent of landowners will go through and complete the condemnation process.
Duke hopes to begin construction on the pipeline by the end of the month.
Teachers and students have something to be proud about in one area school system.
80-percent of Henry County's schools are now fully accredited.
The state average is just 64-percent.
To achieve full accreditation, a school must meet or exceed state achievement goals in four core academic areas on the Standards of Learning tests.
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[IN Q=The numbers show]
((SHARON DODSON/SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS: THE NUMBERS SHOW THAT THE STUDENTS AND THE TEACHERS AND THE PARENTS HAVE TAKEN THE CHALLENGE OF SUCCESS IN SCHOOL VERY SERIOUSLY AND HAVE RISEN TO THE CHALLENGE.))
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None of the county's schools are accredited with warning.
Schools are required to meet learning and achievement objectives in the four core subject areas by 2007 or lose accreditation.
Still to come on News 7 at 11, sometimes owners of exotic animals realize they can't care for their rare pets. We'll see who takes care of the animals nobody else can keep.
and none of these aspiring singers are lonsome tonight. Hundreds of Elvis impersonators gather in Las Vegas to decide who can croon the most like the King.
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One Roanoke high school student is hitting all the right notes.
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[IN Q=NAT SOUND OF HIM PLAYING THE VIOLIN]
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17-year old Daniel Jenkins of Roanoke plays the violin for the orchestra at Patrick Henry High School.
He can play everything from celtic (Kel-tic) , bluegrass, to classical.
One thing he can't do is actually see the music.
That's because Daniel has been blind all his life.
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((BETSY JENKINS/DANIEL'S MOM: YOU'RE SUPPOSE TO CARRY A BABY FOR 40 WEEKS, I CARRIED HIM FOR 24 WEEKS SO HE WAS ONE POUND AND 5 THREE QUARTERS OUNCES. THE TEAM AT ROANOKE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL WAS REALLY GOOD. THEY HAD HIM THERE FOR 3 1/2 MONTHS AND A LOT OF PEOPLE TOLD US HE WOULDN'T LIVE BUT HE DID ANYWAY.))
((DANIEL JENKINS/ROANOKE MUSICIAN: I'VE NEVER USED MY BLINDNESS AS AN EXCUSE I ALWAYS JUST TRY TO GET BETTER.))
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[OUT Q=to get better]
Daniel does have braille books to help him learn the music.
But he prefers to do it another way.
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We'll tell you all about it in this week's Virginia Profile tomorrow on News 7 Sunday morning.
Stories of abuse and abandonment are common when it comes to exotic animals.
But as Jim Walker reports, a Texas woman has dedicated her life to caring for felines no one else wants.
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[OUT Q=JW, for CBS News.]
(((("Who took that straw out-of that den?"))
WITHIN SECONDS... YOU KNOW VICKY KEAHEY LOVES BIG CATS. NOT JUST KIRO
AND TACOMA... BUT A VIRTUAL ZOO ON THIS PROPERTY EAST OF WYLIE CALLED
Vicky Keahey/FELINE KEEPER
(("Four years ago... all I had was two cougars..."))
TODAY... THAT'S GROWN TO NINE TIGERS... TWO LIONS... FOUR COUGARS, AND
ONE BOBCAT...NOT TO MENTION... "CUBBY" AND EIGHT OTHER HOUSECATS.
((TIGERS GROWL...THEN "oh you boys... behave..."))
BESIDES THEIR BEAUTY... ALL OF THESE ANIMALS HAVE SOMETHING ELSE IN
COMMON... THEY'VE ALL SUFFERED. KIRO CAME FROM A BREEDER SHUT-DOWN FOR
UNSANITARY CONDITIONS. THESE LIONS WERE RESCUED FROM A CAGE ONLY 500
AND THE MAN WHO OWNED CAMI THE COUGAR TOLD VICKY TO TAKE HER OR HE'D PUT
A BULLET IN COUGAR'S HEAD.
(("Exactly... these are the animals that no one wants..."))
BUT VICKY'S EFFORTS TO SAVE THESE FELINES AREN'T CHEAP. THE CATS EAT 100
POUNDS OF MEAT A DAY... 31-HUNDRED DOLLARS WORTH A MONTH... PLUS
VITAMINS AND VET CARE. BEYOND THAT...
(('I want to do four cages over here... make them ten foot tall... they
THE FACILITY HAS AN ADOPTION PROGRAM BUT IS ALWAYS ON THE FINANCIAL
EDGE. DESPITE THE CONSTANT STRUGGLE... VICKY LOVES HER CATS TOO MUCH TO
(("The fact that they all come from abusive situations... the fact they
all have sad stories... and they've been beaten, mistreated or
malnourished and for to be able to take them in and give them a safe
place to live... that's all I need."))
NEAR WYLIE, JIM WALKER, FOR CBS NEWS.))
Still ahead, the Jets and Falcons fly high in the wild card round of the N-F-L playoffs. We'll have highlights in sports.
but before that, we'll take a trip to the home of two recognizable sisters from Danville. Stay with us, there's much more to come on News 7 at 11.
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It's a house in Danville that has a history almost as grand as those who lived there.
In this week's Time Off, Shannon Young takes us to the Langhorne (LANG-ern) House, where Lady Astor and the Gibson Girl spent their humble beginnings.
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((It's been renovated and moved since it was built in 1870s but the Langhorne House still holds the history of two of Danville's most famous residents.
Irene and Nancy Langhorne, sisters who went on to become known around the world.
[IN Q=Irene was noted, of course...]
((PATRICIA: IRENE WAS NOTED, OF COURSE, FOR HER BEAUTY, CHARM, WIT. SHE WAS A DELIGHTFUL LADY, VERY ADMIRED, MORE THAN JUST A PRETTY FACE.))
[OUT Q=more than just a pretty face.]
Ironically, it's her face that she's most remembered for.
Irene Langhorne eventually became known as the Gibson girl after marrying artist Charles Dana Gibson.
[IN Q=He was already drawing pretty ladies...]
((PATRICIA: HE WAS ALREADY DRAWING PRETTY LADIES BUT THEY DIDN'T HAVE ANY PERSONALITY. BUT ONCE HE MET IRENE, THE LADIES THEN HAD DEPTH AND CHARACTER.))
[OUT Q=ladies then had depth and character.]
Two qualities Irene's sister also had in spades.
Nancy Langhorne married Charles Astor, a member of Britain's House of Commons.
When he vacated the seat to move to the House of Lords, Nancy took his place, becoming the first woman ever seated in Parliament.
[IN Q=She was ery successful.]
((PATRICIA MAURAKIN/LANGHORNE HOUSE: SHE WAS VERY SUCCESSFUL. SHE REMAINED IN OFFICE FOR 25 YEARS.))
[OUT Q=in office for 25-years.]
In the 1920's the sisters returned to their girlhood home, and helped pin down at least one of the facts of their childhood.
[IN Q=At the time, irene commented...]
((PATRICIA: AT THE TIME, IRENE COMMENTED, "NANCY, YOU WERE BORN IN THIS ROOM!" SO WE KNOW EXACTLY WHERE LADY ASTOR WAS BORN.))
[OUT Q=where Lady Astor was born.]
The house boasts just one piece of furniture that can be traced back to the family, a sideboard taken from their home in Charlottesville, and a dress belonging to Lady Astor.
But pictures and drawings help tell the rest of the story.
Maurakin says the house will eventually feature a gallery of the sisters who helped put Southside Virginia on the map.
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((PATRICIA: AND IT'S JUST ONE MORE THING DANVILLE CAN BE PROUD OF, THAT WE HAVE THIS VERY INTERESTING, EXCITING FAMILY THAT LIVED HERE.))
[OUT Q=exciting family that lived here.]
Shannon Young, News 7, Danville.))
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There's a whole lotta shake, rattle, and rollin' going on in Las Vegas this weekend.
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Sin City is hosting the Elvis Extravaganza Impersonator Contest National Finals and Elvis Presley Fan Club Convention.
The contest features Elvis impersonators from the U-S, England, Germany, Japan, and Canada portraying every era of the king. They will be competing for cash, prizes, and the industry's most prestigious title "The World's Finest Elvis Impersonator."
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((WHEN YOU STEP ON THE STAGE, YOU ARE A WINNER, YOU GIVE YOUR ALL, YOU PRESENT AN IMAGE AND HOPEFULLY THEY HEAR OR SEE OR FEEL THE IMAGE YOU'RE PRESENTING.))
[OUT Q=the image you're presenting.]
Contestants qualified for the national finals during regional rounds of competition held throughout the year at state fairs, casinos, and major festivals coast to coast.
The grand prizewinner will receive 25-hundred-dollars in cash and prizes.
Tonight in sports, quarterbacks dominate this wildcard Saturday in the NFL playoffs, we'll have hoops highlights from Blacksburg, Salem, and Roanoke, plus the Express looks for its second win of the new year, but first in tonight's extra point,
Beamer's will be open for business in just a few more days. The restaurant in Blacksburg was formerly the Gobblertown Tavern owned by the Hokies radio announcer Bill Roth. Now it's under the ownership of--you guessed it, Coach Frank Beamer. Tonight the Coach threw a kickoff party for friends, family and former players, and the Diamond Walnut Bowl trophy was on display, along with several other pieces of Hokie memorabilia.
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Chad Pennington is a Knoxville, Tennessee native. Peyton Manning went to college in Knoxville. The similarities stopped there though because the two QB's were worlds apart today in the NFL playoffs.
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To the Meadowlands we go where Pennington put on a show.
The former Marshall star tossed 3 TD passes including this one to Richie Anderson. Anderson did most of the work on his way to a 52 yard score and the Jets were on their way.
Later, Pennington went to Santana Moss in the endzone. The Jets rolled past Indy 41 to nothing.
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In Green Bay, Michael Vick and the Falcons also had a few tricks up their sleeve.
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Vick wasted no time in getting the Dirty Birds on the board. He drops back and finds Shawn Jefferson for a ten yard TD giving Atlanta a 7-nothing lead early.
Vick threw for 117 yards and ran for another 64 in the game.
On the Pack's next series, Brett Favre was picked off by former Hokie Keion Carpenter. It was that kind of night for Brett Favre and the Pack. The Falcons
then blocked a punt for a touchdown. Atlanta rolls into the next round with the shocker 27 to 7 over Green Bay.
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And the NFL future is apparently now for Florida Gator quarterback Rex Grossman. Grossman has declared for the pro draft after just three seasons in Gainesville. He leaves as the number 3 all time passer at Florida throwing for over 9100 yards which included over 3 thousand this season. Grossman was the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy a year ago.
On the ice, Roanoke's Jason Jaffray has been named the ECHL's Rookie of the Month. Tonight, Jaffray and his mates laced up the skates to take on Charlotte.
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Perry Florio has preached consistency to his team in recent days.
The Express outshot the Checkers 19 to 18 through two periods, but Jeff Salajko was stone cold between
the pipes. He tallied 26 saves on the night. The Checkers led 2-1 after 2, but the Express rallied to win it 4-3 in overtime.
It was a busy day for the staff at the Roanoke Civic Center with both hoops and hockey. In between games, the arena was transformed from a basketball court to an ice rink. The Dazzle got the party started this afternoon with a matinee against the Asheville Altitude.
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Former Iowa star Luke Recker was a recent acquisition of the Altitude, who trailed the Dazzle 37-33 at the half.
In the second half, Jamal Robinson added to the cushion by knocking down the pull up jumper from 17 feet.
The Dazzle then opened up a 14 point advantage later in the quarter. Mikki Moore started the break with the big block. Robinson tried to finish at the other end off the pass from Corey Alexander, but can't get it done. However, Terrence Shannon was there for the jami-jam follow.
Later, more Shannon. This time he welcomed Recker to the D-League with another flush. The Dazzle went on to win it 83 to 71.
In the college ranks, Virginia Tech welcomed ACC foe Florida State to the Cassell for an afternoon matinee.
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The Hokie Bird was trying to fire up the crowd with the tomahawk choppers in town.
Tech trailed by 16 at the half, and things didn't get much better. FSU's Adam Waleskowski puts in the stickback from close range to pad the visitor's advantage.
Brian Chase then fed Carlos Dixon for the spot up three. That goes down and Tech trimmed the deficit to just nine.
Bryant Matthews did his part scoring fifteen points this afternoon including these two, but Florida State
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hung on down the stretch to win it 76 to 69, dropping the Hokies to 6 and 6 on the year.
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The Tech Ladies followed that one up with their first Big East game of the year against Syracuse.
Halfway thru the first half, former Carroll County star Erin Gibson grabs the board and puts it back up and in plus gets the foul. She finished with 16 points.
The Orange turned to Julie McBride who nailed the ten footer for 2 of her 29 points on the day.
Later Ieva Kublena got the rock down low and finished off the glass to give the Lady Hokies a six point cushion and Tech went on to win it 73 to 63.
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In Salem, Roanoke College battled Virginia Wesleyan in an ODAC tussle.
Andrew Crowder got the Maroons off on the right foot, making the dish to Heath Puckett who lays in the deuce.
Roanoke's Robby Pridgen was doing his thing as well--between the legs and then bombs away for three. Pridgen led the Maroons with 24 points.
Later, Jarrod Butler takes the outlet pass off the Wesleyan miss. Butler goes coast to coast for the easy lay-in, but Roanoke falters down the stretch. Wesleyan comes back to win it 69 to 63.
We finish up on the track tonight and Jimmy Spencer is happy to know that he'll be back on the track in this upcoming Nascar season.
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Mr. Excitement was fired by Chip Ganassi following last season, but has signed a one year deal to drive the #7 Dod
ge co-owned by Jim Smith of Ultra Motorsports and Ray Evernham. That ride was free because Casey Atwood's contract was(------------)