A former Bedford County supervisor could have received 30 years in prison-- instead, he'll serve 30 DAYS for forging public documents.
And after eight months, it all comes down to 60 pages--
A task force releases its suggestions for improving safety in Roanoke City schools.
The warm and humid conditions continue witha chance for some pop up thunderstorms. I'll have your warm weekend forecast.
Stay with us. News 7 at noon, starts right now.
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A former Bedford County Supervisor is heading to jail for his role in the forgery of public documents to get a controversial road project approved.
Kirby Richardson was sentenced this morning in Bedford County circuit court.
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Steve Smallshaw joins us from Bedford. Steve, did Richardson offer any explanation for what he did?
((ROLLCUE:..no one seemed to want.))
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[SUPER=01-Charles Dudorfer/Bedford Co. Resident;]
[SUPER=01-Barbara Barnes/Bedford Co. Resident;]
[SUPER=01-Bruce Boteler/Richardson Supporter;]
[OUT Q=who the friends are.]
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After eight months of meetings, surveys, and interviews a task force looking into safety concerns in Roanoke City Schools has issued its findings to members of City Council, the School Board and police.
Members of the task force unveiled the 60 page report this morning.
It cited a lack of consistency in discipline, tension between socio-economic groups, and bullying as areas that need work immediately.
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[IN Q=The type of incident...]
((NELSON HARRIS/ROANOKE CITY MAYOR ELECT; THE TYPE OF INCIDENT WAS AROUND WHEN I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL, BUT MAYBE NOT TO THE DEGREE THAT IT IS TODAY. AND SO I THINK THAT'S WHAT WE'RE AFTER.))
((GLORIA MANNS/ROANOKE CITY SCHOOL BOARD CHAIR; SOME OF THESE ISSUES ARE GOING TO BE INHERENT BECAUSE OF THE AGE AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE STUDENTS, BUT I THINK THE KEY WORD WE HEARD HERE TODAY IS CONSISTENCY AND DISCIPLINE OF STUDENTS, AND I THINK IF WE LET STUDENTS KNOW WHAT'S GOING TO BE TOLERATED AND WHAT'S NOT GOING TO BE TOLERATED, THEY WILL BEHAVE ACCORDINGLY.))
[SUPER=01-Nelson Harris/Roanoke City Mayor-Elect;]
[SUPER=01-Gloria Manns/Roanoke City School Board Chair;]
[OUT Q=will behave accordingly. ]
The task force recommended more guidance counselors, and possibly redrawing the attendance zones for all levels to encourage diversity in the classrooms at an earlier age, and alternate programs for problem students.
Members of the task force will meet with City Council and the School board again in July.
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Authorities are investigating a house fire in Bedford County.
Crews responded to the Stone Mountain community of Moneta early this morning.
Four adults and one child were inside the home when fire started on the second floor.
All made it out safely.
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[IN Q=The homeowners...]
((Ricky Tuck/Chief of Moneta Volunteer Fire Dept.: The homeowners stated the child was upstairs. They were without power and using candles. They thought they had all the candles out. The child came downstairs and said the house was on fire.))
[SUPER=01-Ricky Tuck/Moneta Volunteer Fire Department Chief]
[OUT Q=...was on fire.]
Firefighters say the blaze was contained to the second floor.
The cause has not been determined.
Former Virginia Tech football player Michael Hinton will spend four months in jail for assault.
Hinton was convicted and sentenced yesterday for misdemeanor assault and destruction of property.
The charges stem from a fight at a Blacksburg McDonald's last month.
Witnesses said Hinton cut in line in front of them.
After an argument, he knocked out another customer.
He and several other men ran from the restaurant.
Hinton testified he was in his dorm room, and was not at the McDonald's.
He was thrown off the football team after the arrest.
In Iraq today, four people were detained in the beheading case of American Nick Berg.
Two of them were released.
An Iraqi security official says the killers were led by a relative of Saddam Hussein's -- who remains at large.
Meanwhile, more brutal images of Iraqi prisoner abuse have surfaced.
Teri Okita reports.
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A deadly incident involving firecrackers in Colombia--
Two firecrackers exploded in a high- traffic area, killing three people and injuring more than a dozen others.
One of the devices exploded in front of the main assembly hall of a local university-- just a short distance away from the local police headquarters.
Authorities say they don't yet know who's responsible, but they suspect left-wing rebels or far- right paramilitaries.
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Up next on the newscast, a developer wants to turn a South Roanoke parking lot in condominums.
Also we'll see what one woman is doing to help people who have lost limbs during the Iraqi war.
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An accident has closed a northbound lane of Route 220 in Franklin County.
State police say the driver of a tractor-trailer lost control of his vehicle near Rocky Mount, causing the trailer to turn on its side.
Police charged the driver with failure to maintain a proper lane of travel.
No one was hurt.
Officials say the road should be clear in about an hour.
About 55- hundred telephone workers in Connecticut started their strike early this morning-- along with thousands of others across the country.
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The four day strike began in New Haven at 4:30 A-M ,and will likely continue until late Monday night.
Employees of SBC Communications are protesting the latest contract offer, which they say falls short when it comes to health care costs and keeping jobs in America.
Nearly 100- thousand SBC employees are now walking the picket line.
The company says managers and contract workers will take over key duties while the strike's going on.
A New York woman has begun a mission like no other in Iraq.
She's trying to bring children who've lost their limbs in the war to the U-S for treatment.
And as Kelly Cobiella reports, it all began with a letter from Bosnia.
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[SUPER=01-Elissa Montanti/Global Medical Relief Fund Founder; :17]
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Elissa Montanti lives by the motto, one child at a time. It's what
started her on the path to this hospital in southern Iraq... and what
inspired her eight years ago to answer a desperate letter from a young
boy named Kenan...a continent away.. in Bosnia.
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"IT SAID, I'M ASKING ALL GOD AND MERCIFUL PEOPLE FOR SOMEONE OUT THERE TO
HELP ME GET NEW ARMS AND LEGS. (kelly) AND YOU THOUGHT, WHEN YOU READ
THAT?... OH MY GOD. OH MY GOD AND THE NEXT THOUGHT WAS I'M GONNA DO IT."
She had no money, no connections. But Elissa had this Bosnian boy's
story. Kenan Malkic was reaching for a soccer ball when a land mine
(nats kenan showing arms)
It was enough to convince a prosthetics company and a doctor to donate
sot: KENAN Malkic
"I'M HAPPY SHE DID. 'CAUSE I'D PICTURE MYSELF IN A WHEELCHAIR SITTING
NEXT TO A WINDOW JUST WATCHING MY FRIENDS PLAY OUTSIDE. 'CAUSE I
HAVE GOTTEN ANY HELP IN BOSNIA."
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"ELISSA HAS COME A LONG WAY SINCE READING THAT FIRST LETTER EIGHT YEARS
AGO. SINCE THEN, SHE'S BROUGHT 35 CHILDREN TO THE U-S FOR TREATMENT, AND
SOON, WITH THE HELP OF THE COMMUNITY, SHE'LL HAVE A PLACE FOR THOSE
CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES TO STAY."
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This old orphanage is being converted to a living space for the children
who need to return for more treatment.
They have come from Liberia.. Niger.. El Salvador.. and if Elissa has
her way... from Iraq.
More than a dozen children from this Basra hospital are on her list...
but Elissa now fights mountains of red tape just to get them out of the
"Here you are entering a hospital and they're screaming from pain,
there's no pain killers, lack of water, and you wanna do more, but you
just do the best you can."
If success comes one child at a time... Elissa may be on the verge. She
plans a trip to Kuwait this month... hoping to return with an Iraqi boy
named Ali. Kelly Cobiella, CBS News, New York.
A developer wants to build a dozen condos in South Roanoke.
Westwin of Roanoke wants to purchase a Carilion parking lot at the corner of South Jefferson Street and Yellow Mountain Road.
The company would then build 38 to 40 units on the property.
Developers Jim Body and Winter Hodges say there's demand for more condos in South Roanoke.
They're the same developers who built the Cherry Hill complex, just a few blocks away.
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Coming up after the break, Leo will have our detailed weekend forecast.
Plus a Florida woman grabs her camera after her car becomes gator-bait.
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Some fishermen off North Carolina's Outer Banks have QUITE a tale--
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They spotted a rare Great White shark 13 miles offshore, when it circled their boat.
The shark kept its distance, though, and DIDN'T attack the fishermen.
For years, scientists have been studying the predators, hoping to better understand their behavior and ecology.
The sharks grow so large that they're eventually able to eat sea lions, elephant seals, and small- toothed whales.
Not a fish tale-- but a story about an alligator-- and it's all caught on home video.
A Florida woman called wildlife officials earlier this week after spotting a seven- foot alligator under her car.
Carolyn Christian held her composure well enough to grab her video camera, as the state wildlife worker quickly got down to the business of trapping the reptile.
But the gator wasn't going away quietly--
Alligator encounters are extremely common in Florida this time of year.
Spring is mating season, and Florida is home to as many as one and a half- million alligators.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 81 points. The NASDAQ was UP 17.
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Coming up next in sports, The Avalanche played catch- up last night as it took on Winston-Salem.
And we'll tell you why Hokies fans may need a map the next time the go to Lane Stadium.
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The Salem Avalanche and Winston-Salem Warthogs played two games last night at Salem Memorial- making up for Wednesday night's wash-out.
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The Avs would dominate game one as Jon Helquist hits a double to center field.
That shot will bring in Gavin Wright, and the Avs take a four to nothing lead.
Wade Robinson, the lead-off hitter then got Helquist home with a single.
The Avs win game one, 5-to-nothing.
In game two, Salem would win again 2-to-nothing. Potomac comes to town today for the weekend.
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The next time you head to Lane Stadium in Blacksburg it will be a whole different ballgame.
The stadium is currently undergoing a major expansion on the west side.
Once completed, it will house among other things a state of the art press box, 23 new luxury suites, and for the first time a hall of fame.
The project is costing more than 52 million dollars and Virginia Tech says it's worth every penny.
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((TOM GABBARD/ASSOCIATE AD FOR FACILITIES: I THINK IT REALLY HELPS FRANK AND HELPS THE SCHOOLS IMAGE AND YEAH IT'S A BIG TIME FOOTBALL PROGRAM AND LET'S PUT IT IN A BIG TIME STADIUM AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO.))
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Construction is currently on schedule, but with a completion date of August 2005 Virginia Tech says football fans will have to be patient during the season.
They'll have to go through several makeshift walkways to get to the entrances on the west side.
Norwood Wooding has been working on cars since he was a kid in Covington.
Today, he owns a body shop and builds award winning hot rods.
Wooding is featured along with other car builders in a new exhibit at Ferrum College, but Joe Dashiell caught up with him recently at his shop in southeast Roanoke.
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((He could kick back in his office, but Norwood Wooding is more comfortable getting his hands dirty in the cab of a vintage truck.
He's been tearing cars apart, putting them back together since he was a young man in Covington. His grandfather was a blacksmith. His father operated a body shop in back of the family's home.
[IN Q=I think I painted my first car]
((I THINK I PAINTED MY FIRST CAR WHEN I WAS THIRTEEN. I THINK IT WAS A LITTLE OLD CORVAIR MONZA. I NEVER WILL FORGET THAT CAR, HAD RUNS DOWN THE SIDE OF IT. YOU DON'T FORGET THAT FIRST CAR DO YOU? NO YOU DON'T FORGET THAT FIRST ONE.))
[OUT Q=you don't forget that first one.]
If the paint was a little heavy on that first one, Wooding has had plenty of practice since.
His shop has produced national award winners featured in publications such as Hot Rod Magazine.
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((COLLISION REPAIR IS WHERE YOU MAKE YOUR LIVING, WHERE YOU TRY TO MAKE A LIVING, BUT MY LOVE IS JUST DOING THOSE OLD CARS. I LIKE TO TAKE A CAR YOU DRAG OUT OF THE JUNKYARD, OUT OF SOMEBODY'S GARAGE OR BACKYARD, ALL RUSTED UP AND THEN REDO IT AND MAKE IT LOOK BRAND NEW.))
[OUT Q=make it look brand new.]
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((IT'S A TRADITION THAT'S BEEN HANDED DOWN WITHIN THE FAMILY AND IT'S INTERESTING TO SEE THREE GENERATIONS OF METAL WORKERS AS TIMES HAVE CHANGED FROM A BLACKSMITH TO THE BODY MAN. AS HE WAS SAYING HIS FATHER WORKED WITH LEAD WHERE TODAY HE USES A BONDO FILLER. THEY'VE CHANGED WITH THE TIMES, BUT THE QUALITY WORK HAS NOT.))
[OUT Q=the quality work has not.]
And for Wooding, the greatest pleasure is in the work, not the finished product.
[IN Q=I like to do a car]
((I LIKE TO DO A CAR, LIKE MY WIFE SAYS, THE THRILL OF THE BUILD. I LIKE GOING THROUGH ALL OF THE STEPS, BUILDING A CAR, SANDING THEM AND BUFFING THEM AND PAINTING THEM AND PUTTING THEM ALL TOGETHER AND WHEN I'M FINISHED WITH IT, I'M READY TO SELL THEM AND GET ON WITH SOMETHING ELSE.))
[OUT Q=get on with something else.]
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
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