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Flooding today strands a Bedford County subdivision.
A Lynchburg jury returns the death penalty tonight for the first time in four decades.
A woman is jailed for six days, in an international case of mistaken identity.
And evidence of the West Nile virus turns up in Southside.
News 7 is next.
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[IN Q=No, we're stuck. We can't...]
((No, we're stuck. We can't even get to our homes this evening.))
[OUT Q=to our homes this evening.]
They can't get in or out.
Dozens of Bedford County residents are stranded after their road washed away.
I'm Shannon Young in for Jean Jadhon.
The only road leading into the Fairdale subdivision in the Shady Grove section of Bedford County today gave way under heavy rain.
The collapse left the nearly 100-residents with only one option for entering and leaving the neighborhood: crossing a narrow concrete wall by foot.
That's how Mike Duncan of Roanoke had groceries delivered to his pregnant daughter.
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[IN Q=My daughter and her busband...]
((MIKE DUNCAN/FATHER: MY DAUGHTER AND HER HUSBAND... DIFFICULT GETTING HER OUT OF HERE.))
[OUT Q=difficult getting her out of here.]
Fairdale Rroad is privately maintained meaning neither the county nor the state has to take responsibility for repairs.
But residents say local governments should help anyway.
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[IN Q=We've lost this bridge twice.]
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((STEPHEN DECILLES/FAIRDALE SUBDIVISION RESIDENT: WE'VE LOST THIS BRIDGE TWICE. THAT'S ALL I'M ASKING FOR. THANK YOU.))
[OUT Q=asking for. Thank you.]
Shady Grove Fire and Rescue personnel were scheduled to meet tonight to come up with a plan for delivering emergency services to the area.
Don't be surprised if this story sounds a little familiar.
Back in February, floodwaters took out another private road leading into a Bedford County subdivision.
In that case, it was Oakcrest Hills.
A local church provided some of the funds to restore the roadway.
Residents tell us tonight their road has been back in use for about a month.
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For the first time in four decades, a Lynchburg jury has handed down a death sentence to a convicted murderer.
Leon Jermain Winston is headed to Death Row
for his role in a double murder last year.. a verdict and a sentence prosecutors hope will send a message to the community.
Steve Smallshaw has the story.
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(( 22-year-old Leon Jermain Winston's criminal career began at age 11 when he was caught selling a drug-like substance in school.
It ended Friday night when a Lynchburg jury decided Winston posed a continuing threat to society and sentenced him to death for the murders of Anthony and Ronda Robinson last year.
The Robinsons were gunned down inside their Sussex Street home.. Ronda Robinson was shot three times as her two young daughters watched in horror.
That fact apparently played heavily on the minds of the jury.
((BILL PETTY/PROSECUTOR: I DON'T SPECULATE ON WHY JURORS DO WHAT THEY DID, BUT I THINK ALL OF THEM, JUST LOOKING AT THEIR FACES DURINGN CLOSING ARGUMENTS, ALL OF THEM WERE REVOLTED BY WHAT THEY HAD HEARD OVER THE PAST WEEK.))
[OUT Q=the past week.]
Relatives of the Robinsons shared hugs and smiles outside the courtroom after the sentence was handed down.
They are only half-way through their ordeal though.. Winston's alleged accomplice, Kevin Eugene Brown, will stand trial in September.
((In all, Leon Winston was convicted on twelve charges.. he was given three death sentences, plus 73 years in prison and 400-thousand dollars in fines. But for the victims' families, the only price they want Winston to pay is with his life.))
[OUT Q=with his life.]
((FONTAINE ROBINSON/VICTIM'S BROTHER: I'M GLAD WHAT HE GOT. Reporter: Why? ROBINSON: I WAITED A YEAR FOR THIS. HE WAS MY LITTLE BABY BROTHER. IF THEY DIDN'T DO IT, I WAS GOING TO DO IT THEN.))
[OUT Q=do it then.]
Winston will officially be sentenced later this summer.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg. ))
Concerns over SARS have moved to nearby North Carolina, where employees at a hospital are being tested for the disease.
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The University of North Carolina Hospital at Chapel Hill today set up screening tents to check workers for the virus.
Employees complained about the disease's possible spread after a worker in a UNC physician's clinic came down with it earlier this month.
Some of the employee's co-workers were quarantined.
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[IN Q=We do think it is a significant...]
((We do think it is a significant problem and that is why we are providing all of these resources, something that I haven't seen in the
20 years I have been at the UNC Health Care Systems, we have never had to do before.))
[OUT Q=had to do that before.]
Employees are especially concerned about the results of tests conducted on two isolated workers.
The results are expected to be released Monday.
Back in Virginia, Southside claims the newest evidence of the West Nile Virus.
Testing confirmed that a dead crow found in the Dry Fork area of Pittsylvania County WAS infected.
So far this year, the state has received no reports of West Nile in humans.
It's one of the oldest courthouses in Virginia.
It is even a National Registry Landmark.
Regardless, the old Henry County courthouse is in danger of falling apart.
Justin McLeod has more on efforts to save it.
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When you walk into the old Henry County courthouse in uptown Martinsville, you quickly realize you are surrounded by history.
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[IN Q=This courthouse]
((CARL deHART/COURTHOUSE SUPPORTER: THIS COURTHOUSE HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE CENTER OF ALL ACTIVITY HERE WHETHER IT'S POLITICAL, SOCIAL, OR ENTERTAINMENT OR WHATEVER IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE CENTER OF THIS AREA.))
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A center that dates back to 1823.
For nearly two centuries, all court activity took place here in the courthouse.
But this historical structure has sat empty since the new county courthouse was built six years ago.
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[IN Q=Of course being]
((DESMOND KENDRICK/ARCHIVIST OF HENRY COUNTY: OF COURSE BEING CLOSED UP A NUMBER OF YEARS AND IT BEING A BRICK BUILDING IT ALREADY LEAKING IT HAS CAUSED EXTENSIVE DAMAGE ON THE INSIDE.))
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Damage that includes peeling paint, rotten floors, and water damaged ceilings.
The worst is in the annex which some believe is structurally unsafe.
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The Martinsville Henry County Historical Society is now raising money to make millions of dollars worth of repairs.
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[IN Q=This project is more]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THIS PROJECT IS MORE THAN JUST ABOUT RENOVATING AND RESTORING AN OLD BUILDING. SUPPORTERS BELIEVE THIS COURTHOUSE CAN KEEP HELP REVITALIZE THE ECONOMY FOR AN AREA THAT HAS SEEN THOUSANDS OF LAY-OFFS IN THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS.))
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((NAT SOUND OF GUY OPENING DOOR AND SAYING THESE RESTROOMS ARE AT 7:56))
Supporters would like to turn some of these rooms into offices, restaurants, and gift shops.
There are even plans to build an ampitheater.
But to do this takes money and the group realizes that won't be easy especially in these tough economic times.
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[IN Q=Our idea is to]
((JANICE HAMLIN/COURTHOUSE SUPPORTER: OUR IDEA IS TO GET AS MANY PEOPLE INVOLVED AS POSSIBLE, TO GET THEIR INPUT AND THEN REALLY DO AN ASSEMENT OF WHAT IT IS POSSIBLE, WHAT WE CAN RAISE MONEY FOR AND START MOVING IN THAT DIRECTION.))
[OUT Q=in that direction]
It is a direction they hope will help preserve the past and help shape the area's future.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Martinsville.))
Two more American soldiers are killed in Iraq. The details are still ahead.
And when a shoplifting attempt goes wrong, three women make a run for it, and ditch a seven year old girl
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((Hey, everybody. Travis Wells here in the News 7 Sports Office. Coming up later, we'll pick up the Carolina League race in the Hill City. Roger Clemens goes for number 300 for the fourth time, and the Spurs and Nets square off in Game five of the NBA Finals. Plus, Vijay and Furyk raise the bar in the US Open, and Bobby Labonte flexes some muscle in Michigan. All that and more on the way in sports.))
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The U-S military reports two more American deaths in Iraq.
One is a soldier found dead in a lake at a military compound near the town of Fallujah (fuh-LOO-juh).
The second died after an armored vehicle rolled over.
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The deaths follow fierce fighting that killed 27 Iraqis over the last 24 hours.
The defense department released this video showing some of the troops in action.
There were no American casualties reported in this fire-fight.
Israel is targeting leaders of the terrorist group Hamas in the latest round of violence in the Gaza Strip.
Today, Israeli forces fired missiles near the home of the Hamas founder in Gaza City.
The strike came just hours after another Israeli air attack destroyed a car, killed a Hamas member and wounded at least 25 people.
Israel vowed to wage "war to the bitter end" against Hamas when a suicide bomber killed 17 people aboard a Jerusalem bus on Wednesday.
The death toll since President Bush's Mideast summit is up to 36 Palestinians and 24 Israelis.
Back in the U-S, drag racing in the streets of Miami claimed two lives this week.
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In the latest incident, 17-year-old William Lacoste Junior was believed to be racing his Corvette early this morning when he lost control while changing lanes and hit a light pole in Miami-Dade County.
Lacoste was killed -- this is all that's left of the Corvette.
Police say at least two other cars were involved, possibly late model Mitsubishis.
A Miami newspaper says the two cars pulled up beside Lacoste just after midnight and flashed their lights, indicating they wanted to race.
Also from Florida, despite a DNA test to the negative, authorities in Europe think a woman arrested in Miami this week may be a fugitive.
Nona Cason was mistakenly identified as fugitive Nadine Tretiakoff, who kidnapped her two children from their father in France six years ago.
Cason was arrested at gunpoint at jailed for six nights.
The 39-year old was even identified as Tretiakoff in court by the woman's ex-husband.
A DNA test proved Cason is who she claimed to be.
Her lawyer says the federal agents that have been tailing Tretiakoff for the past year should have noticed the mistake.
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((NONA CASON/FORMER KIDNAPPING SUSPECT: WOW HOW CAN THIS BE HAPPENING TO ME. WOW THIS COULD HAPPEN TO ANYBODY.))
[OUT Q=could happen to anybody.]
Despite the DNA results, French authorities have doubts about Cason's innocence.
The search for fugitive Nadine Tretiakoff and her two kids continues.
Moving to Texas, police say three women ditched a seven year old girl when they were caught trying to shoplift.
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Surveillance tape shows the child getting out of a car at this store in Sugar Land Texas, and a woman follows her in.
Police say two females actually went inside and put about 90 dollars' worth of merchandise in a carry basket, then left it near the exit.
The girl was supposed to grab the basket on her way out, but couldn't find it.
The video shows one of the adults pointing out the basket's location... seconds later the girl leaves with the basket and a manager right behind her.
The manager tries to stop the women, but they drive away, abandoning the 7 year old girl.
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[IN Q=PRETTY MUCH ]
((SERGEANT EDWARD GORDON/STAFFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT-PRETTY MUCH WHAT THEY'RE DOING, THEY'RE USING A CHILD A REASON TO COMMIT CRIME AND STUFF LIKE THIS. CAUSE THEY KNOW THAT A CHILD AT THAT AGE CANNOT BE PROSECUTED FOR A CRIME))
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Police believe the incident may be related to another in Texas about two weeks ago.
Police look for a woman who walked away from a nursing home tonight. That story is just ahead.
And if you missed this one earlier, you have to stick around to see the Dancing Dads. They're fathers making all the right moves.
South Boston police are looking for a nursing home patient who walked away early this evening and hasn't been seen since.
She is identified as Myrtle James, 74 year old white woman with silver hair who wears glasses. She was last seen wearing navy blue pants and a white blouse.
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She walked away from the Woodview Nursing in South Boston around 7-20 tonight. Anyone with any information is asked to call South Boston Police at (434) 575-4271.
Some state Republican leaders want VDOT to put the pedal to the metal on plans to widen Interstate 81.
At a press conference today, Congressman Bob Goodlatte and Delegate Morgan Griffith called for VDOT to pick a design now instead of 3 to 5 years down the road.
They said the U-S House Transportation Committee is working on a bill that could give the state up to a billion dollars if the design calls for separate lanes for cars and trucks.
State Transportation Secretary Whitt Clement says V-DOT is looking for ways to speed up the process and meet federal funding requirements as quickly as possible.
Teachers at Montvale Elementary School say they didn't have much of a choice but to take their students outside and into a thunderstorm.
The maintenance staff worked all morning to repair a faulty cooling valve in the air conditioning unit.
But when a part started to smoke, the school's fire alarm system sounded.
That's when teachers led students outside.
Firefighters tested the air and found nothing harmful.
The school's principal says no one was hurt, but a handful of students complained of upset stomachs and were sent home with their parents.
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Coming up, the Hillcats and Kinston battle in the Hill City, Vijay Singh and Jim Furyk go low at the Open, plus the Nets and Spurs try to execute a winning gameplan in Game Five of the NBA Finals, but first in tonight's extra point,
Former Virginia running back Thomas Jones was traded tonight from the Arizona Cardinals to the Tampa Bay Bucs. Jones was the 7th overall pick in the 2000 draft, but has floundered in three seasons with the Cards. Jones will likely replace Michael Pittman in Tampa. Pittman has been indicted on charges of aggravated assault against his wife.
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The Lynchburg Hillcats began the night a game behind Wilmington with two to play in the first half of the Carolina League season. Wilmington won 5-1 over Winston-Salem so
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the Hillcats would still be a game back even with a win over Kinston.
In the bottom of the second, Lynchburg's Jeremy Harts grounded to the shortstop who fumbled the ball allowing Walter Young to score to make it 1-nothing Hillcats.
Lynchburg pounded out 14 hits tonight, and got an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth from Chris Shelton to win it 3-2.
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In the big leagues tonight, Roger Clemens reached two milestones against the Cardinals. He struck out the 4,000th batter of his career, Edgar Renteria in the 2nd inning. Clemens is the third pitcher to reach the mark.
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He also picked up career win number 300 on the fourth try, scattering 6 hits over 6 and 2 thirds innings of work, and striking out 10. The Yankees beat the Cardinals 5 to 2.
The NBA Finals haven't won any points for artistic quality, but the series that was expected to be a lopsided affair has at least been competitive with each team posting two wins.
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Game Five proved to be another low scoring defensive contest.
Speaking of defense the Spurs' Manu Ginobli gets out in the passing lane and comes up with the steal. The check out Ginobli glide in for the jami jam and a 7 point lead.
David Robinson will retire after the series and he's going out in style. Robinson finishes off the break for two.
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But Tim Duncan was the man for San Antonio. He finished with 29 points and the Spurs take a 3-2 series lead by winning 93 to 83. The series shifts to San Antonio and bad news for the Nets--no team has ever won games 6 and 7 on the road.
School is out but summer sports camps are about to get cranked up starting with the Twin Cord Camp run by Roanoke natives Damon and Ramon Williams. The camp begins this Monday at Addison Middle School.
The twins are in their seventh year of running the CORD camp which has been in the Roanoke Valley for over 25 years.
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[OUT Q= "... three weeks"]
The twins hope offering three sessions instead of just one camp enables today's young athlete to keep up with an ultra competitive basketball arena.
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[OUT Q= "... in that sense"]
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Through two rounds of the U-S Open, Olympia Fields hasn't played very tough, especially for a major championship. In fact, 26 golfers are under par headed to round three.
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Among them is Jim Furyk who lit things up in the morning round. Furyk's four birdies enabled him to follow up yesterday's 67 with a round of 66, good for a share of the lead at 7-under par.
He's tied with Vijay Singh who had an eventful afternoon which included a heckler at the 14th hole. The guy only fired Vijay up. Singh birdied 6 of his final nine holes to get to 7-under after a 63. The two day total of 133 for both Furyk and Singh is a US Open record. Tiger Woods is lurking just 3 shots off the pace.
To the track where Stacy Compton won his first Busch Series pole tonight at the Kentucky Motor Speedway clocking in at 176.38 miles per hour for a track record.
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Bobby Labonte grabbed the Winston Cup pole in Michigan with a smokin lap at 190.36 miles per hour. It's Labonte's 3rd pole this season, and he leads a brigade of four Chevys in the top five spots.
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[SUPER=0107-36. Christian Fittipaldi//37. Ricky Craven/Prov/38. Dave Blaney/Prov/39. Jamie McMurray/Prov/40. Jimmy Spen
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It's the type of event that gives new meaning to the phrase "Time is money".
Hundreds of clock enthusiasts from all over the country are expected to attend an antique clock auction in Blacksburg this weekend.
The clocks belonged to the former president of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Bill Simmons of Eagle Rock, who suffers from Lou Gehrig's disease.
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[IN Q=and he actually]
((REPORTER: AND HE ACTUALLY HAD ALL OF THESE IN HIS HOUSE? LARRY LINKOUS/AUCTIONEER: HE SURE DID IN HIS HOUSE AND HE HAD A LITTLE BUILDING BESIDE OF HIS HOUSE ALMOST LIKE A CLOCK MUSEUM THAT HE HOUSED THEM ALL, RIGHT IN HIS HOUSE.))
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More than a thousand clocks and clock parts will be on sale, some date back to the17-hundreds.
The auction begins tomorrow and ends Sunday.
Some local dads are going the extra mile to stay in step with their daughters.
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((NATS: AH, AH, AH, AH, STAYIN' ALIVE, STAYIN' ALIVE.))
[OUT Q=Stayin' Alive.]
They're called the "Dancing Dads."
These dads got tired of just watching their daughters from the sidelines.
So, five years ago, a few of them started performing at recitals as a joke.
But the group got bigger ... and the dancing got better.
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[IN Q=The best part]
((BILL WARNER/DANCING DAD: THE BEST PART, I GUESS, IS THE RELATIONSHIP WITH MY DAUGHTER AND THE FUN WE HAVE TOGETHER. AND WE TRAVEL A LOT WITH THE TEAMS.))
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((NATS: SONG: Everybody in the house, come on and let me hear you say ho, ho, ho. Ho, ho, ho. Get raw with the fever on the dance floor. :29))
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((MARY HANNAH GARBER/DAUGHTER: I KNOW HE LIKES TO DANCE AND IT MAKES ME FEEL GOOD. ))
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[SUPER=01-Mary Hannah Garber/Daughter; ]
[OUT Q=makes me feel good.]
Several dads are now taking lessons.
They've also won first place in regional competitions.
They may not be 'N Sync, but as far as their kids are concerned, these dads have all the right moves.
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