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The FAMILY'S investigation. Coming up on NEWS 7 one view of what led to English teacher Ron Mayfield's death
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And the loss of three high school students in a single two-vehicle collision.
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[Sports-Head]


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Tonight on News 7 sports - Curtis Blair was a key member on the 1988 PH state title team, but now he's an up and coming college official,
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and the men's Big South basketball tournament opens tonight with LU drawing a home game.
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[WX-Head]
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Many phone calls of robins in the yard, the thermometer reads 60 plus. Can spring really be here early? Details ahead.
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News 7 is next.
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((BOTH GIRLS WILL BE VERY MUCH MISSED...))
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[VO-NAT]
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Two communities grieve over three students killed in a single accident.
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Police say at least two of them were not wearing seatbelts.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


Good evening, I'm Shannon Young.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


And I'm Keith Humphry.
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State police will send an accident reconstruction team back to the scene Thursday morning.
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They hope it will enable them to determine exactly what happened.
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Investigators have learned that 17-year-old "Ginny" Dawn Creasy was driving on route 619 in Bedford County last night, when she ran off the road, overcorrected and hit a Jeep head-on. Creasy and two of her passengers: 16-year-old Barbara "Janae" Mills and 16-year-old Michael A. Williams died at the scene. Two other passengers were taken to the hospital - 21-year-old Timothy Wayne Benge is in good condition, but there's no word 15-year-old Falon L. Worley. The driver of the Jeep, 21-year-old Virginia L. Hoover, is in fair condition.
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[Schools-Reaction]


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The death of the teenagers hit their respective communities hard. "Ginny" Creasy and "Janae" Mills were both juniors at Staunton River High School, while Michael Williams was a sophmore at Patrick Henry in Roanoke. [***BEDFORD ACCIDENT IN MONITOR***]
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Susan Bahorich tells us how students and teachers are coping.
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Keith, This has been tough on both communities. Today, Staunton River High School brought in five-counselors and five-psychologists, and from the time students got off the bus to the last bell those folks were busy.
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((The overcast, rainy day matched the mood here at Staunton River High School as students and administrators mourned the death of two of their students.

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((CHERIE WHITEHURST, PRINCIPAL: THIS IS A TREMENDOUS LOSS FOR OUR SCHOOL. WE ARE GOING THROUGH THE GRIEVING PROCESS RIGHT NOW. )) [RUNS:10]
[OUT Q=... RIGHT NOW.]


"Ginny" and "Janae" were juniors here at Staunton River.
A day after the crash, the scene has returned to normal. It's cleared except for some paint, but friends and family of the victims may have a harder time returning to a sense of normalcy.

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[INQ-You can have..] ((WHITEHURST, PRINCIPAL: YOU CAN HAVE A CRISIS MANAGEMENT PLAN AND HAVE IT ON PAPER WHEN YOU PRACTICE DRILLS IT'S NEVER THE SAME BECAUSE NOW WE'RE DEALING WITH OUR REAL STUDENTS.)) [RUNS:16]
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((prepro)) At Patrick Henry High - Michael Williams was remembered by his principal -as a good kid, who loved school, and had lots of friends. Peter Wonson says anytime someone from the school community passes away it's a time for sorrow and reflection."

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[INQ-Anytime students...] ((SARA STATON, SPECIAL SERVICES: ANYTIME STUDENTS OF SCHOOL AGE LOSE A PEER - I THINK IT'S VERY DIFFICULT FOR OTHER STUDENTS TO MOVE THROUGH THAT PROCESS OR UNDERSTAND HOW THIS CAN HAPPEN.)) [RUNS:15]
[OUTQ=.. THIS CAN HAPPEN.]))
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[LIVE= Susan /FULL NEwsroom]

A viewing for Michael Williams will be at Oakey's Chapel in Roanoke, while the girls will be at the Oakey's in Vinton.

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Keith- at this point, dates and times have not been set.

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Last night's crash adds to the growing number of teen fatalities across Virginia.
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In 2002, nearly 180-teenagers died in auto accidents in Virginia. That's about 30-more deaths than the year before. Organizations like Youth of Virginia Speak Out hope to reduce those numbers, by teaching students to teach each other about traffic safety. The group refers to incidents like last night's as "teachable moments."
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((JESSICA BLAND/YOVASO COORDINATOR; IT'S TRAGIC, IT REALLY IS, AND THAT SCHOOL WILL NOT BE THE SAME FOR A LONG TIME, BUT IF YOU COULD LEARN ONE THING FROM A TRAGIC SITUATION, THEN HOPEFULLY THAT CAN HELP SAVE OTHER LIVES 16))
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One of the group's main goals is to help toughen Virginia's seatbelt laws.
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[Mayfield]


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Ron Mayfield took his life after he was accused of assaulting a student and placed on leave.
An attorney hired by the teacher's family has completed his investigation and today, Joe Dashiell reports he called for a thorough review of the school system's policies and procedures.
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((ON OCTOBER 13TH HE WROTE, " I'M LOOKING FOR AN ESCAPE FROM THIS WHOLE ORDEAL. THIS IS THE GREATEST HUMILIATION THAT I HAVE EVER SUFFERED. PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHERE I NEED TO GO TO GET THIS NIGHTMARE BEHIND ME.))
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Ron Mayfield was clearly devastated by the allegations, but Frank Rogers said he found no evidence that Mayfield had a history of psychological problems.
Mayfield's torment, Rogers said, was due solely to the allegations against him and the events which followed.
Rogers said he believes three seperate investigations would have cleared Mayfield, but the teacher did not know that when he jumped to his death from the Blue Ridge Parkway Bridge over the Roanoke River.
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((WE DO NOT ADVOCATE CHANGE SIMPLY FOR THE SAKE OF CHANGE AND I STAND BEFORE THE FAMILY THIS MORNING ON THEIR BEHALF ASKING FOR A THOROUGH EXAMINATION OF ALL OF THESE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES. CHANGE SHOULD OCCUR WHERE INDICATED AND EFFORTS TAKEN TO AVOID THE SENSELESS TRAGEDY THAT OCCURRED IN THIS CASE.))
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Rogers says the school system and police department cooperated fully with his review, and two school board members attended the family's news conference.
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((IT IS A TRAGEDY AND I GUESS THE BEST THING WE CAN SAY AT THIS POINT IS WE'VE LEARNED AND WE NEED TO PROVIDE SOME GREATER SUPPORT, REDO SOME POLICIES, HAVE A GREAT DEAL OF COMPASSION FOR SITUATIONS SUCH AS THIS.))
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Rogers believes the case will bring better communication among schools, police and social services.
But the family also hopes the school system will review a policy that isolates teachers, when the vast majority of complaints are unfounded.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))

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A proposed shopping center and office park is attracting a lot of attention... much of it negative.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


More on the proposal and tonight's public hearing when News 7 returns.
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[1st-Wx]
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The budget debate in Richmond over higher taxes is heating up.
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House Republicans issued an ultimatum today.
Governor Warner is calling the move "the latest gimmick."
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Richmond Bureau Chief Meghan Muldoon joins us from the State Capitol with more on this war of words.
Keith and Shannon, the different sides of the tax increase debate
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are digging in and its looking less likely that they will be able to dig themselves out any time soon. ((ROLLCUE:...))
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(( House Republican leaders drew a line in the sand.
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((HOUSE SPEAKER BILL HOWELL: IT'S AS FAR AS THE HOUSE WILL GO. STARTING TODAY, THE CHOICE IN THE BUDGET BECOMES VERY CLEAR, IMPASSE OR REFERENDUM. :01)) [RUNS:07]
But moments later, Governor Warner had an equally strong message for House Republicans.
He says if a voter referendum measure on tax increases were sent to his desk, he would veto it.
And he accused the House leadership of playing games and throwing in the towel before budget negotiations have even started.
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((GOVERNOR MARK WARNER: THIS ACTION COMING 49 DAYS IS EXTREMELY IRRESPONSIBLE.)) [RUNS:05]
Senator John Chichester, whose plan increases taxes by nearly four billion dollars, not only blasted the idea of a referendum but said that passing the buck to voters would kill any hope of keeping the state's coveted AAA bond rating

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((SENATOR JOHN CHICHESTER: IF I SAW A CORPORATION NOT WILLING TO MAKE A DECISION BUT ASK STOCKHOLDERS AND I THINK THAT WOULD CAUSE A DOWNGRADE.)) [RUNS:13]
But Speaker Howell disagreed.
He said conditioning part of the state budget on a voter referendum is, at this point, the only alternative.
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((SPEAKER HOWELL: I CAN'T THINK OF A WORSE MESSAGE TO THE RATINGS AGENTS THAN ADJOURNING WITHOUT ANY KIND OF BUDGET BUDGET ON MARCH 13.)) [RUNS:14]
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Only have eleven more days before they are scheduled to adjourn.
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A Christiansburg man faces more than a dozen charges after a high speed chase through Giles County.
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[TAKE MORRIS PINNACLE]
Police say 51 year old Charles Edward Morris Junior was going too fast in Pearisburg and kept going east on Route 460 when they tried to pull him over.
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Police say Morris fired a shotgun round at them as he drove.
The chase ended after Morris crashed into two police cruisers and was pepper sprayed.
Pearisburg Police Chief Jackie Martin says Morris has no criminal history and won't tell officers why he wouldn't pull over.

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Police are trying to figure out what caused a Giles County accident last night that killed three people.
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[TAKE MAP GILES ACCIDENT]
It happened on route 219 near the West Virginia line.
State police say 54 year old Kelly Lee Martin of Christiansburg and two other people were traveling in a motor home that crossed the double line and hit a car head-on.
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Martin and two people in the car, 26 year old Melissa Raye Mann and 6 year old Lexi R. Thompson of Peterstown, West Virginia were killed. Police still don't know who was driving the motor home.

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A Virginia Tech student is held without bond for an alleged sexual assault on campus. 19 year old Kwad-wo Yed-oah- -Kan-kam is charged with attempted rape and attempted forcible sodomy.
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A 19 year old woman told police she met Kankam through a website. She says they met in person outside her dorm and then again at his Pritchard Hall room last Tuesday. The victim tells police Kankam tried to assault her while in his room, but didn't she report it until last Friday.
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[Stocks]


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Wall Street saw most of yesterday's gains dissappear. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW lost 87 points today.
NASDAQ fell 18.
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[Keagy-Road]
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Many already oppose it and tonight the public will have its say on a proposed shopping center in Roanoke County.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

A large number of nearby residents is expected to turn out for the Planning and Zoning Comission meeting.
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Justin McLeod is live outside the county administration building with a preview. Justin, how many are they expecting?
Keith and Shannon, it could be several hundred people.
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[SUPER=@Justin1]
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So many in fact the county has had to set up an overflow room for the first time in recent memory.
But despite strong opposition, the county's chief planner is recommending this project move forward.
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((((NAT SOUND OF CARS DRIVING BY AT 16:17:35))
It is here at the corner of Route 419 and Keagy Road where a South Carolina company wants to build a retail and office complex.
But it first needs the county to rezone the property for retail.
Many nearby residents oppose the project believing it will bring too much traffic in the area and will ruin the natural buffer for the neighborhood.
County leaders disagree.
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((JANET SCHIED/CHIEF PLANNER FOR ROANOKE COUNTY: WE DON'T FEEL IT WILL HAVE A NEGATIVE IMPACT ON THE COMMUNITY. WE UNDERSTAND THEIR CONCERNS AND WE'VE ADDRESSED THOSE CONCERNS WITH THE DEVELOPER.)) [Runs07]
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The developer has already agreed to put up more fencing to cut down on the noise and make changes to the roadway to improve traffic in the area.
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Keith and Shannon, it could be a long night but we hope to have a decision for you by eleven o'clock.

[Sports Tease]


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Coming up tonight on the Big 7 - the men's Big South tournament opens tonight - and Liberty University is home,
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and we'll get caught up with former Patrick Henry star Curtis Blair - a referee on the fast track to the big time.
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The Big South Tournament opens tonight for the men with top seeded Liberty leading the way. The Flames won the regular season with an 11 and 4 record, but they were just a game above 500 overall - a mark that is a bit deceiving.
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Tonight, LU hosts Charleston Southern in the opening round of play.
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That game tips-off tonight at 7, VMI is on the road for its quarterfinal game at High Point.
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Radford is also a road warrior at Coastal Carolina.

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The Virginia Cavaliers are home tonight at University Hall taking on 11th ranked Wake Forest. The Cavs have all of a sudden won three of their last four games and have improved their overall record to 15 and 10.


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Also, tonight the Tech women play their final home game of the regular season. Bonnie Henrickson's club hosts St. John's. Both games tip-off at 7.


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Back in 1988, Curtis Blair was part of the greatest high school team to ever play in the Roanoke Valley - the Group Three A state champion Patrick Henry Patriots. Like so many players off of that team, Curtis has gone to have a successful life in the business world. But as you're about to see - he's still trying to earn his stripes.
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(( He is a Wachovia Banker by day and an aspiring basketball official at night. At the age of 33 - Curtis Blair is working arenas in the Big South, Colonial Conference and the NDBL as he tries to reach his goal of becoming an ACC referee. ((CURTIS - 529:)) Officiating may not be hard for the former Patriot, but returning to some of his former haunts including the Roanoke Civic Center can be a little weird. ((CURTIS:)) On his return trips to the Star City he often is forced to observe fellow PH graduate Curtis Staples a member of the Roanoke Dazzle. ((CURTIS:)) People forget that Curtis scored over 16 hundred points in his college career at the University of Richmond and that he was a second round pick of the Houston Rockets. In fact, there are nights as an official where he's still the best player on the court.)) ((CURTIS:))

[Read-America]
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There were cats in hats walking the halls and green eggs and ham served for breakfast at dozens of schools in our region today.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]
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They were celebrating Dr. Seuss's 100th birthday and "Read Across America" day.
Schools such as Eastern Elementary in Giles County held events to show kids the importance of reading.
Eastern Elementary also held a book drive for the Women's Resource Center of the New River Valley.
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