Coming up on News 7,
Local sheriff's departments say less money from the state this year COULD mean fewer deputies on the road.
and investigators are still trying to find out who killed Patty Jo Pulley.
News 7 at 6 is next.
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[IN Q=We were worried]
((GEORGE McMILLAN: WE WERE WORRIED WE WERE GOING TO LOSE A LOT OF PERSONNEL OF COURSE IF I HAD LOST THE PERSONNEL I DON'T KNOW HOW WE WOULD KEEP ALL THESE INMATES IN JAIL.))
[OUT Q=inmates in jail]
Area sheriff's departments wonder how long they can continue to dodge the bullet.
[GRAPHIC=News 7 at 6]
Good evening, I'm Steve Smallshaw. Teresa Hamilton is off tonight.
When you need help, you expect law enforcement to be there.
But some area sheriff's believe meeting that need could become difficult.
Justin McLeod tells us why.
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[SUPER=03-Henry Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Frank Cassell/Henry Co. Sheriff; :09]
[SUPER=01-George McMillan/Roanoke City Sheriff; :31]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7]
((((NAT SOUND OF TURNING PAGE AT 14:50:57))
Here in Henry County, the Sheriff believes desperate times call for desperate measures.
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[IN Q=His message at least]
((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.))
[OUT Q=bunch of people]
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 less 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.))
[OUT Q=to and end]
((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.))
State Police are investigating a bizarre accident in Henry County.
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.
Investigators are pursuing several new leads in a case involving a Pittsylvania County woman who had been missing for nearly three years.
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37-year old Patty Jo Pulley disappeared in May of 1999 when she left her home to go shopping in Danville.
Two weeks ago, a passerby found her remains near a bridge in Caswell County North Carolina.
The Caswell County sheriff says investigators have talked to Pulley's husband, Rick.
Sheriff Mike Welch says he is not considered a suspect but he also said no one is being ruled out either.
The Sheriff declined to say whether any other family members have been interviewed.
The State Medical Examiner is still trying to determine how Pulley died.
Sheriff Welch says foul play "was" involved but he would not elaborate.
The Ohio State Buckeyes are kings of the college football world for the seventh time. The Bucks forced 5 Miami turnovers, knocked Willis McGahee out of the Fiesta Bowl with torn knee ligaments, and battered Canes quarterback Ken Dorsey on their way to a 31-24 double overtime win.
[SUPER=03-Tempe, AZ/ABC Sports; :00]
Miami needed a late field goal just to force the extra time.
The Hurricanes scored first when Dorsey found tight end Kellen Winslow over the middle for a touchdown.
Then it was OSU's turn. And Jim Tressel's club got some help from the zebras on this questionable pass interference call that setup a score, forcing a second extra session.
Ohio State cashed in on its next opportunity when Maurice Clarett found the zone from just a couple yards out.
The Buckeyes defense then turned up the heat on Dorsey and Ohio State claims its first national title since 1968.
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[SUPER=01-Jim Tressel/Buckeyes Head Coach; :05]
[SUPER=01-Will Smith/Buckeyes Defensive End; :16]
[SUPER=01-Larry Coker/First Loss as Head Coach; :23]
[OUT Q=plus the overtime."]
The final polls of the season have been released. Virginia Tech checked in at number 14 in the Coaches Poll and
18th in the A-P. Virginia cracked the Coaches poll at Number 25 and the Cavs were 22nd in the A-P.[S-Maroons]
To hoops where the Roanoke College Maroons tried to move to two and oh in the ODAC today with a win over Virginia Wesleyan.
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A decent crowd was on hand at the Bast Center, minus the student body, which was still on winter break.
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. The home team led it by 7.
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.
[WIPE to ENG!!]
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In Blacksburg, the Hokies welcomed ACC foe Florida State to the Cassell, and the Seminoles were rude visitors.
Trevor Harvey works down low against Tech's Terry Taylor. Harvey gets the hoop and the hack to put FSU on top 21-16.
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Carlos Dixon answered by burying a long three late in the first half, but Tech trails 71 to 57.