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[VO-NAT]

Coming up on News 7 Saturday Morning....... The soldiers of the Greatest Generation are honored today with the dedication of a national memorial.
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AND Four people are arrested for operating a drug ring in Wythe County.
We'll have more on those stories in just a few minutes.
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At least one person was killed in a boating accident on Smith Mountain Lake in Bedford County.
It happened just before 5 last night when police say a boat and sea-doo collided between lake markers R-57 and R-58.
There's no word on other possible injuries at this time.


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Four people are in jail this morning - charged with operating a drug ring in Wythe County.
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[TAKE PERP NAMES FS]
Police say 22 year old Quadir Naiym Smithson of Wytheville, 27 year old Tyree Lamont Hicks of Detroit Michigan, 54 year old Stanley Mathew Black and 31 year old Leon William Carr, both also from Wytheville, were arrested in connection with a crack cocaine distribution ring from Detroit.
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Officals say they used warrants last night to search two homes in Wytheville where they found crack cocaine, marijuana, and ecstasy. Police say more charges will be filed against the men.

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[ANCHOR=Joy]
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A Franklin County man has been found guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the death his brother in law
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Joseph Edison Bridges was also found guilty of shooting into an occupied vehicle.
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co./May 2003;]

The shooting happened last May. Police say Bridges pulled up to his brother- in- law's car and fired a shot hitting Howell Scott in the head. Scott died at the scene.
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[ANCHOR=Joy]
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Bridges later turned himself in and claims he had a mental condition at the time of the shooting. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

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He was CHARGED with murder and child endangerment in the death of five year old Logan Bowan.
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But yesterday Dennis (Skimmer-horn) Schermerhorn was only CONVICTED of simple child neglect. A felony conviction that carries a 12 month jail sentence and a 25-hundred dollar fine.
(Skimmer-horn) Schermerhorn has already served ten months in jail.
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[SOT4:12]
[IN Q=We're dissappointed in a felony conviction]

((WE'RE DISAPPOINTED IN A FELONY CONVICTION OF COURSE, BUT WE ARE PLEASED ULTIMATELY WITH THE OUTCOME THAT WILL RESULT IN MR. SCHERMERHORN BEING RELEASED FAIRLY SOON))
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[OUT Q=fairly soon]
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Logan's father says the verdict is a slap in the face.
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((LOGAN'S GONE AND WE DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO. WE HAVEN;T GOTTEN NO CLOSER TO THE CASE THAN WHAT WE STARTED OUT FOR IN COURT))
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Logan is presumed dead but his body has never been found. Skimmer-horn (Schermerhorn) and Logan's mother were dating at the time of his disappearance. Cynthia Davis was convicted in a plea agreement last month and is serving a 15 year prison term.
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Gunmen in Saudi Arabia have now released several hostages taken captive after an attack today that left at least five people dead.
Three foreigners are believed to be among those killed in the earlier attack at a housing compound for the oil companies in the eastern city of Khobar.


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[ANCHOR=Joy]
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It's a tribute long overdue and twenty years in the making. This weekend, the nation will dedicate its World War Two memorial. Justin McLeod has more from Washington.
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[IN Q=My father]
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[SUPER=01-Anne Hyman/Widow of WW II Veteran; :19]
[SUPER=01-Gen. P. X. Kelley/American Battle Monuments Commission; :33]
[SUPER=01-Darren Zehner/Project Architect; 1:19]
[SUPER=01-Rose Toomey/Widow of WW II Veteran; 1:42]
[SUPER=@Justin1; 1:48]
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[OUT Q=Justin McLeod, News 7 Washington]
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What is Center in the Square worth to you and your family?
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That's what the president of the organization is wondering as he struggles to raise money to keep the non-profit open.
The Center offers rent-free space to other non-profits like the Science Museum of Western Virginia, the Art Museum, History Museum and Mill Mountain Theatre. Like many other arts and cultural organizations, it's been operating without state funding since 2000. A lack of new donors has president Jim Sears questioning the role residents see the Center playing in their lives.
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[IN Q=What about the child that sees real art...]
[SUPER=01-Jim Sears/Center in the Square President;]

((JIM SEARS/CENTER IN THE SQUARE PRESIDENT: WHAT ABOUT THE CHILD THAT SEES REAL ART FOR THE FIRST TIME? OR PARTICIPATS IN A MILL MOUNTAIN THEATRE PERFORMANCE? WHAT VALUE IS THAT TO THE CHILD? AND I WONDER IF PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THAT CENTER IN THE SQUARE IS GROWING CHILDREN IN THIS COMMUNITY IN A POSITIVE WAY.))
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[OUT Q=growing children in this community in a positive way.]
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Sears says Center in the Square can operate only three more years on current emergency funds.
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The 35th annual Festival in the Park successfully kicked off last night at Victory Stadium.
The event was washed out by rain last year, so organizers were forced to make some changes in order to keep things festive.
But as Jennifer Wishon reports, no one seemed to notice.
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[SUPER=01-Brian Lee/Festival Attendee; :26]
[SUPER=01-Stu Israel/Festival Director; :44]
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[SUPER=01-Jerry Prillaman/Festival Attendee; 1:35] QUICK
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[OUT Q=JW, News 7, Roanoke.]
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((20 DOLLARS IS YOUR CHANGE AND RIGHT HERE FOUR BUCKS FOR YOU. THERE YOU GO, HAVE A GREAT NIGHT.)) [RUNS06]
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As the clouds parted thousands of people poured into Victory Stadium to kick off a week long celebration. [COVER FIRST PART OF BITE]
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[IN Q=I think Festival]

((BRIAN LEE: I THINK FESTIVAL IN THE PARK HAS BEEN A GREAT COMMUNITY GATHERING IF YOU WILL... IT'S A BIG POTPOURI OF WHAT ROANOKE REPRESENTS.)) [RUNS14]
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((NAT SOUND POP OF MUSIC))
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Last year Festival was plagued by heavy rains and lost thousands of dollars forcing organizers to cut costs.
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[IN Q=We're just being a little]

((STU ISREAL: WE'RE JUST BEING A LITTLE MORE CONSERVATIVE. WE WOULD HAVE TWEAKED THE EVENT A LITTLE BIT THIS YEAR HAD WE HAD A GOOD YEAR LAST YEAR SO WE HAVE A GREAT MUSICAL LINE- UP.)) [RUNS11]
[OUT Q=great musical line- up]

This year festival goers will notice more corporate sponsors. That's because ALL Festival in the Park events are being underwritten by an area business for extra security.
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[IN Q=Earlier in the week]

((JENNIFER WISHON/JWISHON@WDBJ7.COM: EARLIER IN THE WEEK A GROUP CALLED CONCERNED CHRISTIANS FOR THE ROANOKE VALLEY ACCUSED THE FESTIVAL OF VIOLATING ABC REGULATIONS. THAT'S SOMETHING THE THE FESTIVAL DENIES - IN FACT ORGANIZERS SAY THEY WORK HARD TO MAKE SURE THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN.)) [RUNS14]
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[COVER WITH VIDEO OF PEOPLE MARKING HANDS AT THE BEER GARDEN]
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((STU ISREAL: WE HAVE A GOOD SECURITY PLAN AND WE'RE BEING EXTRA CAUTIOUS BECAUSE OF THE CONTROVERSY WE HAD EARLIER IN THE WEEK, BUT WE'VE ALWAYS BEEN VERY CAUTIOUS.)) [RUNS08]
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Nearly 90 uniformed and plain clothes security officers patrolled the stadium, but party goers didn't seem to mind - they just wanted to hear the music.
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((JERRY PRILLAMAN: I'VE COME TO SEE MY NUMBER ONE BAND WHICH IS KANSAS.)) [RUNS03]
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((BRIAN LEE: WE CAME OUT TO SEE KANSAS. WE'RE 80'S MUSIC FANS AND SHE MADE ME COME.)) [RUNS08]
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Festival in the Park continues through Sunday, June 6th. Jennifer Wishon, News 7, Roanoke. ))


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[ENG#1]
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Coming up on News 7 Saturday Morning....... a number of soldiers from our area are in the nations capitol to take part in the ceremonies.

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[ANCHOR=Joy]
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Many veterans and their families from our area are travelling to Washington for the dedication. Keith Humphry rode along with them and has their story.
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[SUPER=01-John Kessler/WW II Veteran; :18]
[SUPER=01-Richard Burrow/Former D-Day Memorial Director; 1:00]
[SUPER=01-Lucille Boggess/Former D-Day Memorial Board Member; 1:24]
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An accident killed one person in Pittsylvania County last night. Police say a Ford Escort, driven by 17 year old Steven Deel Matthew of Keeling, drove into a series of S-curves on Route 841 too fast. The car ran off the right side of the road, down a three foot bank, and rolled several times. Matthew was thrown from the car and killed. Three other passengers were taken to Danville Regional medical center with non life threatening injuries.

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A Henry County man is behind bars after allegedly shooting two people in Martinsville. Police responded to a call of multiple shots fired on 110 Echols Street around 3:30 Friday morning.
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[TAKE KOGER FS] That's where they found John Andrew Koger Jr. holding an assault rifle. Koger is being held on an outstanding warrant for assault and battery, while the shooting is investigated.
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One shooting victim was treated and released, the other is still in the hospital.

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Several foreigners are among the dead, killed in an attack today at a housing compound for oil companies in the eastern city of Khobar.
The gunmen also took several hostages --but later released them. At least five people were killed in the attack.



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An area company hopes its new headquarters will sparkle as much as its products.
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Fink's Jewelers opened its newest store and company headquarters in Roanoke County today. The Fink family has lived in Roanoke for more than 70 years and believed the valley would be the perfect place for the new addition. After the ribbon was cut , the crowd headed inside for a tour of the facility and of course to gawk at the goods. The new site will house 50 employees, a 27-thousand pound vault and extravagant jewerly.
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The national World War Two Memorial will be dedicated in about five hours.
[anchor=Joy]


But people are already filing in to get a look at the much anticipated monument.


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And News 7's Justin McLeod is in Washington for today's event.

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