Coming up on News 7--
A Montgomery County school bus overturns during a field trip this morning.
And, an Alleghany county man is found with a fatal gunshot wound.
His wife is charged with murder.
A mix of sun and clouds, throw in a few showers and storms we have our Tuesday afternoon forecast. I have all the details.
Stay with us. News 7 at noon, starts right now.
A Montgomery County school bus flips over with nine teenagers on board.
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No one was seriously injured in the accident.
The bus was taking kids from Auburn High School on a field trip when it overturned.
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New River Valley Bureau Chief Rachel DePompa was first on the scene this morning.
Rachel, what happened?
Kimberly, the accident happened around 8:15 on Camp Carrybrook Road in the Riner section of Montgomery County.
Camp Carrybrook Road is a dirt road that's seen a lot of rain in the last few days. It was muddy and slick.
The driver, 61 year old Bradford Charles Grems of Blacksburg says he was maneuvering to go around a blind curve when he says the road just gave way and the bus slide down an embankment and landed on its side.
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((TROOPER TIM STUART: THE SHOULDER WAS SOFT, IT GAVE WAY, HE WAS UNABLE TO CORRECT THE VEHICLE BACK TO THE ROADWAY AND BUS BASICALLY JUST OVERTURNED.
ANTHONY GENNOSA: I COULD FEEL IT START TO LEAN OFF AND GO OFF THE ROAD AND I JUST KIND OF GRABBED ONTO MY SEAT AND HELD MYSELF UP. I WAS OKAY BUT TWO PEOPLE GOT HURT REALLY.))
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Most of the kids were able to climb out of the back emergency exit of the bus.
Two had to be helped off the bus and are said to have a shoulder and back injury.
All the teenagers were taken to area Hospitals.
At last check Radford says it has six patients from the accident and all but one has been released.
The bus driver, Bradford Grems, has been charged with reckless driving, a class one misdemeanor.
He's been driving school buses for three years and has a clean driving record in Montgomery County.
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Kimberly, no word from the school system yet if they will take any action against Grems.
Everyone involved just says they are thankful no one was seriously injured.
The state is just a few votes away from closing the book on the budget impasse.
Within the hour, the Senate is expected to pass a bill that would generate 984 million dollars in new taxes over the next two years.
The measure also places a cap on the state's car tax reimbursements.
The Senate measure is similar to one passed by the House two weeks ago.
It contains the same half-penny increase in the sales tax and an increase in the cigarette tax.
But it removes a House provision to phaseout the estate tax.
And it restores a hike in the real estate recording tax.
The House is scheduled to vote on the tax package later this afternoon.
Alleghany County authorities are investigating a fatal shooting.
The Sheriff's office reportedly received a 9-1-1 call around 8:30 last night.
The Sheriff says officers responded to 112 Hallie's Road in the Clearview Subdivision and found 43 year old Ronnie Eugene Sorrels with a single gunshot wound to the head.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
An autopsy will be performed later today at the State Medical Examiner's office in Roanoke.
The victim's wife, Janet Gail Sorrels, was arrested and charged with first degree murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.
She's being held at the Alleghany Regional Jail and will be arraigned tomorrow.
A motive has not been disclosed.
A search is under way for an Army helicopter that disappeared during a training flight with three soldiers on board.
The Blackhawk was flying from Fort Bragg, North Carolina when it was reported
missing last night.
In Iraq, a top U-S commander calls it a ``one-sided fight.''
U-S forces killed nearly 60 enemy fighters in a fierce battle outside the holy city of Najaf.
But in Fallujah, all is calm for now.
Teri Okita reports.
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(LOCATOR: Najaf, Iraq)
TRACK: AMERICAN TROOPS FOUGHT THROUGH THE NIGHT AGAINST REBEL SHIITE
MILITIAMEN IN THE HOLY CITY OF NAJAF. IT APPEARS THE U-S IS STARTING TO
PUT MORE PRESSURE ON SHIITE CLERIC, MUQTADA AL-SADR, TO SURRENDER OR
FACE BEING KILLED. AL-SADRS FOLLOWERS ARE BELIEVED TO BE BEHIND MANY
OF THE ATTACKS AGAINST COALITION TROOPS.
(Super: Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt/Coalition Joint Task Force)
SOT: As a result of that engagement and the enemy surrounding that,
there were somewhere in the order of 57-enemy killed in that vicinity.
TRACK: IN FALLUJAH, THE STREETS WERE QUIET TODAY AFTER A DEADLY GUN
BATTLE MONDAY ... WHERE THE U-S SAYS MARINES CAME UNDER ATTACK FROM
GUNMEN TAKING COVER IN A MOSQUE.
(Super: NO NAME GIVEN FOR THIS MARINE)
SOT: It was pretty intense. It was pretty intense. The Marines fought
like lions. It was a team effort.
(Super: NO NAME GIVEN FOR THIS MARINE)
SOT: I had an RPG land about five feet from my head, knocked me off my
TRACK: TODAY, IRAQI POLICE STARTED MANNING THE STREETS TO TRY TO RESTORE
ORDER. A JOINT PATROL BETWEEN IRAQI POLICE, THE CIVIL DEFENSE CORPS, AND
MARINES COULD START AS EARLY AS THURSDAY, BUT INSURGENTS WANT THE U-S
OUT OF THE AREA COMPLETELY.
(Super: Teri Okita/Reporting)
STANDUP: The Red Cross visited Saddam Hussein to check on his
condition. He remains in an undisclosed location as a prisoner-of-war.
The Red Cross last saw him in late February and does not speak publicly
about what conditions it finds but will share the information with the
coalition. Teri Okita, CBS News, Washington.
They lost their sibling in Iraq, now two sisters from Wisconsin are expected to announce later today whether they'll return to the battlefield.
Specialist Michelle Witmer was killed earlier this month during an ambush in Baghdad.
Her twin sister and an older sister are also soldiers serving in the Wisconsin National Guard.
The Guard is permitting Rachel and Charity Witmer to decide for themselves whether they'll return to their units in Iraq, or seek re- assignment.
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Still to come on the newscast, a dispute between Bedford County Supervisors and its School Board could cost teachers part of their raises.
Also police arrest a priest in a 24 year old murder in Ohio.
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A man found dead in the woods of Craig County is believed to have died of natural causes.
Sheriff Clifford Davidson says the 74-year-old man from Salem was found around nine o'clock last night, just North of the Paint Bank Fish Hatchery.
His name has not been released pending family notification, but the Sheriff says the man would come to Craig County to hunt and fish.
Workers from the hatchery saw the man's car, became concerned, and called police.
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The Bedford County Supervisors passed a budget last night that cut the real estate tax rate by a penny, but county teachers aren't happy about it.
Justin McLeod has more on the dispute between the Board of Supervisors and the school board.
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You would think residents would be happy to see a cut in their property tax but for some in Bedford County that's not the case especially for teachers.
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((FRED GLOVER/BEDFORD CO. EDUCATION ASSOCIATION: WE FEEL LIKE WE'VE BEEN UNDERCUT AT THE VERY LAST MINUTE AND WE HAVE NOTHING TO DO ABOUT IT TO SAY NO RECOURSE.))
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The school board wants to give teachers a four to seven percent raise and administrators as much as eleven percent.
But some believe the increase for administrators is too high.
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((BOBBY POLLARD/BEDFORD CO. SUPERVISORS CHAIRMAN: I'VE BEEN HEARING FROM THE PUBLIC OUT THERE THEY ARE OUTRAGED ABOUT THE ADMINISTRATIVE RAISES.))
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So the Board of Supervisors asked the school board to trim the raises, it refused.
As a result, the county decided to cut the tax rate from 66 cents to 65 cents and pay for it by reducing the school system's budget by 425-thousand dollars.
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((DAVID BLACK/BEDFORD CO. SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN: WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO IS PROBABLY PROPOSE THAT WE TAKE THE EIGHT POINT NINE PERCENT OF THE PROPOSED INCREASES AND CUT THAT.))
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That would affect not only administrators but teachers as well.
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((TEACHER: EXCUSE ME BUT WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO GET AND UNDERSTAND THE CONNECTION BETWEEN BETTER SALARIES, BETTER TEACHERS, AND BETTER EDUCATION FOR THE CHILDREN OF THE COUNTY.))
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((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: IN THE END THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS AGREED TO MAKE THE CUTS BUT NOT FROM INSTRUCTION. SUPERVISORS HOPE THAT WILL KEEP THE TEACHER RAISES IN TACT BUT THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SCHOOL BOARD SAYS THAT IS FAR FROM A DONE DEAL. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))
Deliberations are under way in the manslaughter trial of former N-B-A star Jayson Williams.
The jury has heard from dozens of witnesses since February.
Closing statements lasted five hours yesterday.
The defense said the fatal shooting of a hired driver was an accident. But prosecutors contend that Williams acted recklessly, and should be convicted of aggravated manslaughter, along with seven other charges.
If convicted on all charges, Williams could face a 55- year prison sentence.
There's been a break in the case of a nun, who was murdered nearly 25 years ago.
Authorities in Ohio have charged a priest with the crime.
He's being held on 200- thousand dollars' bond.
Cynthia Bowers has details.
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When Toledo police announced the suspect in a 24 year old murder case... (Sot/Mike Navarre Toledo Police Department) FATHER GERALD ROBINSON, A FORMER CATHOLIC PRIEST." Longtime parishioners were stunned. (Sot/ MOS ) I WAS SO SHOCKED I COULDN'T BELIEVE IT. I SAT ON MY COUCH AND CRIED. Fr. Robinson is accused in the 1980 killing a 71 year old nun. Sr. Margaret Ann Pahl's body was found on Easter weekend in the chapel of Mercy Hospital where they both worked. She'd been strangled and stabbed dozens of times--draped in an altar cloth and surrounded by candles. Even though he was a suspect Fr. Robinson said the Pahl's funeral mass. Time passed and no charges were filed. (Sot/Catherine Flegal Sr. Pahl's sister) YOU ALWAYS WONDER WHO DID IT. I DIDN'T THINK THEY'D EVER FIND OUT WHO IT WAS. (stand up) And they may not have! if a woman hadn't come forward last year to church investigators with bizarre stories of her own childhood abuse at the hands of priests performing Satanic rituals. Her claims are still under investigation, but her mention of Fr. Robinson got the attention of cold case detectives. (Sot/steve forrester Toledo detective) WE HAVE FOUND SOME OF THE OLD EVIDENCE WASN'T THOROUGHLY INVESTIGATED... Raising the question: Was evidence over-looked by accident or design? A question that may linger long after the case against Fr. Robinson is resolved. Cynthia Bowers cbs news Chicago))
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Up next, a charity in the New Valley prepares for a lean year after donations drop.
Plus the Supreme Court takes up a case involving the Vice President today. After the break we'll tell you why some people want a justice to step aside in the case.
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The Montgomery, Radford and Floyd United Way has fallen short of its fundraising goal.
For the first time in 12 years the agency has raised less money than the year before.
It's about 120-thousand dollars short of its goal. That's a 6-percent decrease from last year's campaign.
Agency officials say money is tight and the losses to local programs could be far-reaching.
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((KYMN DAVIDSON HAMLEY:IT WILL IMPACT US HERE, WE'RE TRYING TO KEEP OUR COSTS AS LOW AS POSSIBLE. WE HAVE CUT BACK IN EVERY AREA THAT WE POSSIBLY COULD. GOING FORWARD INTO THE NEXT WE DO NOT EXPECTE A BUDGET WITH ANY INCREASES. :47))
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The goal was to raise a little more than a million dollars.
Officials say it's not too late to help out.
The United Way is still accepting donations for it's 2003-2004 campaign through the end of June.
All nine members of the Supreme Court will hear arguments today in a case involving Vice President Dick Cheney.
The case deals with Cheney's closed door sessions on energy policy.
The Bush administration is asking the Justices to let it keep private the records of Cheney's work on a national energy strategy.
Justice Antonin Scalia has refused to sit this one out-- even though the Sierra Club asked him to recuse himself because he recently went on a hunting trip with the Vice President.
It's strike two for actress Halle Berry--
Her publicist confirms that Berry has filed for divorce from her second husband, R and B singer Eric Benet.
The Oscar winner was previously married to former major league baseball player, David Justice.
Berry has been married to Benet for three years.
The two separated in October.
Tabloids have speculated about Benet's faithfulness from nearly the moment the two were married in January of 2001.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 67 points, while the NASDAQ has gained three.
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Coming up, UVA's football team is already starting to get some pre-season hype.
And the "new ACC" cleans up during the NFL draft by having more than a dozen players chosen.
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UVa football team's spring practice wrapped up 9 days ago, and now the preseason hype for the Cavaliers is just starting to crank up.
It won't be long before the preseason college football magazines flood newsstands.
And despite the influx of Tech and Miami into the conference - UVa will grace the regional cover of Athlon's preseason ACC guide with Wali Lundy on the front.
The Cavaliers are picked 25th in the nation in the preseason, and their linebackers are voted number one in the ACC.
The magazine hits stores the first week of June.
The Cavs' Heath Miller has been named a first- team preseason All- American by Athlons.
The NFL draft this past weekend served as a good barometer for how the new members of the ACC will change things on the football front.
39 players from the "New ACC" were picked.
Newcomers Miami and Tech contributed a total of 14 picks for the conference, with the Hurricanes landing a gaudy 9 in the pros.
Florida State, Ga. Tech and Maryland joined the Hokies with 5 players being drafted.
Carolina and NC State each had three, while Clemson chipped in with two.
UVa and Duke had one player a piece selected, and Wake Forest had none.
Yesterday, five more Hokies signed free agent contracts.
And two players are headed to the Green Bay Packers, including tight end Keith Willis, who should have a shot at earning a roster spot.
Also, headed to Green Bay is receiver Chris Shreve.
The Carroll County native hopes to impress the Pack with his speed.
If not, at least he'll be able to tell his grandchildren he caught passes from Brett Favre at training camp.
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Cols Colas is headed to the Ravens, Doug Easlick signs with the Dolphins.
Former Hokie Garnell Wilds became the fifth Tech player to sign a free agent deal when he signed a contract with the Redskins.
The 10th annual Civitan women's sportsmanship Award ceremony was held yesterday, and the Northside basketball team took home this year's honor.
The awards banquet was held at the Patrick Henry Hotel, and then the Civitan Club presented the award to the Northside team.
The award is given to the girl's team that exemplifies the highest sportsmanship, and is voted on by the officials.
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The Civitan Club also gave out a scholarship to a deserving student athlete, and this year's winner was Northside Guard Megan Kanode.
She will be attending Virginia Tech this fall, and leaves Northside with a 3.7 grade point average.
The Civitan's scholarship is 500 dollars, which is designated for the recipient's college education.
The 2004 all-ODAC softball team has been announced.
Roanoke College first baseman Kim Rowe is the ODAC player of the year, batting a .454 with 5 homeruns.
Lynchburg's Jen Overstreet is the conference pitcher of the year.
She compiled a 23 and 7 record, which is second in the nation.
She finished the season with a 1.86 ERA, with 136 strikeouts in 192 innings.
The Hornets cleaned up the honors with coach Dawn Simmons earning coach of the year honors, and Caroline Cubbage getting the freshman of the year award.
Emory & Henry's Sarah Caldwell was named the ODAC Softball Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the 2004 season.
Caldwell, is a senior from Blue Ridge, who led the conference with a 0.89 earned run average and a league- high six shutouts.
She also has a 3 point 7 GPA in chemistry.
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