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HEADLINES

ANCHOR=Melanie
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VO-NAT


Ahead on News 7 morning, it's Part two of the big storm of 96.
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ANCHOR=Melanie 2 shot


People who barely dug themselves out from the first winter blast have stripped grocery shore shelves in preparation for more of the white stuff. wx-head
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SUPER=15-Patrick Evans;
SUPER=05-Roanoke;

live-head
(larry)

V-DOT
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=bmy
TAPE# 95-104
Doublebox=patrick/beth
LIVE=beth/full
SUPER=@Beth1;
SUPER=11-Roanoke Co.;
SUPER=13-Bill Manning/VDOT Engineer;
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LIVE=beth/full
SUPER=11-Roanoke Co.;
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Supermarkets


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=tal
TAPE#95-103
GRAPHIC=Winter Storm


Bare shelves and long lines are what you'll find at most grocery stores.
The stock was already low from last weekend's snowstorm.
Now the essentials are almost impossible to come by.
Tracy Altizer reports.
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IN Q=Here at Wades
SUPER=03-Blacksburg; 00
SUPER=01-Ricky Hodge/Merita Delivery Driver; :09
SUPER=01-Greg Wade/Wade's Supermarkets; :20
SUPER=01-Rachel Katz/Virginia Tech Student; :46
SUPER=@Tracy1; :52
RUNS=1:04
OUT Q=News 7 Blacksburg.

(( Here at Wade's in the Blacksburg Shopping Center, the Merita Bread delivery man had a hard time getting his loaves TO the shelves, much less ON them.
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SOT 15:43:22

((RICKY HODGE/MERITA DELIVERY DRIVER: YOU GET MOBBED ALL THE WAY BACK TO THE RACK. YOU LOSE ABOUT HALF YOUR LOAD BEFORE YOU GET BACK THERE. ))
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Deliveries of just about everything are way behind from the first snowstorm, leaving supermarkets frantic in their efforts to feed the masses.
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SOT 15:15:42

((GREG WADE/WADE'S SUPERMARKETS: THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS WE'RE PROBABLY TWO OR THREE TIMES OVER NORMAL PROJECTIONS, WHICH THROWS US INTO A BIND. AND THEN TO HAVE THE TRUCKS COMING IN LATE ON TOP OF THAT, WE'RE DOING ALL WE CAN TO KEEP UP.))
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Essentials such as bread and milk are in especially hot demand, but those shelves are pretty well cleared out.
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SOT 15:47:55

((QUESTION: ARE YOU FINDING WHAT YOU NEED? ABOUT HALF. ))
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It's the same story all over.
Take it from this Virginia Tech student who just returned to Blacksburg from Northern Virginia.
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SOT 15:53:38

((RACHAEL KATZ/VIRGINIA TECH STUDENT: WE SHOPPED AT GIANT AT HOME AND THEY WERE OUT OF BREAD AND MEAT. WE'RE JUST HOPING FOR ANYTHING RIGHT NOW. ))
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Here at Wades it only took that load of bread about 15 minutes to disappear. A little while later 80 gallons of milk arrived. It was gone almost just as quickly. Tracy Altizer, News 7 Blacksburg.))
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One-Larry


ANCHOR=Larry
NEWSCAST=Mornin'
WRITER=ldo
TAPE#M96-2 Red Cross
CHROMAKEY=Live/On Record
GRAPHIC=none



SUPER=15-Larry Dowdy;



(Roll cue:) Hurricanes, tornadoes, & heavy rains aren't the only kind of

disasters that you need a Disaster Kit for.
Are you ready for this winter storm?
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IN Q=People without power...
SUPER=13-Carol Brown/American Red Cross; :00
SUPER=12-Roanoke; :20
SUPER=13-Bob Lutjen/American Red Cross; 1:40
RUNS=3:25
OUT Q=donor center itself.
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Snow


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#95-114
GRAPHIC=sequel 96


Round two of the Big storm of '96 didn't sock Virginia as hard as expected.
The snow came late, is expected to leave early, and isn't mixed with any ice.
Original snow total predictions of up to a foot ended up being about half of that, and it's a dry snow.
Len Besthoff was out tracking the snow in the New River Valley this morning and files this report.
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IN Q=(opens with a quick bite)
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.; :06
SUPER=01-Carolyn Swecker/Pulaski Motorist; :18
SUPER=01-Jay Fredericks/Truck Driver; :34
SUPER=@Len1; :48
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=hold


U-S Air says it's still going to try to get the 7am shuttle from Roanoke Regional Airport to Charlotte off on schedule.
Airline officials are hoping that runways will stay clear long enough to keep their regular schedule of flights.

General-Assembly


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=cro
TAPE# edit of 95-105 (xgr)
GRAPHIC=general assembly


Democrats and Republicans have reached a landmark deal on how to share power in the deadlocked state Senate.
And Republicans say the deal favors them.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Richmond/Yesterday;


Under an arrangement hammered out early this morning, Republicans will:
-- get outright control of three of eleven committees in the Senate -- a first in Virginia,
-- chair a Democrat- majority committee,
-- and share the chairmanship of the powerful Finance Committee, which gains two new members in the shuffle.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=hold


Norfolk Senator Yvonne Miller also becomes the first woman to chair a Senate Committee in state history.
Democrats lost their stranglehold on the Senate for the first time this century when the November elections left the chamber with 20 Democrats and 20 Republicans.

Allen


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=cro
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Governor Allen has fired the director of the Virginia Employment Commission.
The "Richmond Times-Dispatch" reports today that Kenneth Bolles was fired because he opposed Allen's proposal to merge the V-E-C into a new Department of Business Assistance.
A source close to the Administration says Bolles was fired because he was quote "a horrible manager."
SS=bell, brandon


Former Roanoke Senator Brandon Bell had applied for the ABC Commissioner position but was NOT appointed.

Buster-Brown


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=cro
TAPE# none
GRAPHIC=layoffs


Buster Brown Apparel will close a Smyth County sewing plant this spring, laying off more than 200 employees.
The Tennessee-based children's clothing manufacturer says the decision to close the plant was based on poor back-to-school and Christmas sales.
Officials in Smyth County are talking with the Virginia Employment Commission and other agencies about retraining and job placement programs for employees at the facility.

2-scores


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=cro
TAPE# none
GRAPHIC=nba logo


In sports --
Detroit ended a four-year drought in Charlotte and topped the Hornets last night.
For that score and more, let's go to the scoreboards.
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SUPER=#C-200;
SUPER=96-Detroit/=95/Charlotte/=93//Phoenix/111/Golden State/106;
SUPER=96-Atlanta/=87/Toronto/=79//Indiana/=96/Milwaukee/=88;
SUPER=96-LA Clippers/109/Minnesota/=89;



SUPER=103-Boston/==7/Anaheim/==2//NY Islanders/==4/Toronto/==3;
SUPER=103-Washington/==6/Ottawa/==1//San Jose/==2/New Jersey/==1;
SUPER=103-St. Louis/==4/Philadelphia/==4;



SUPER=97-Kansas/=69/Florida/=54//Cincinnati/=75/S. Mississippi/=70;
SUPER=97-Memphis/=74/DePaul/=55//UCLA/=64/Stanford/=56;
SUPER=97-Penn State/=76/Minnesota/=61;



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Two-Larry


ANCHOR=Larry
NEWSCAST=Mornin'
WRITER=ldo
TAPE#M96-2 Winter Tires
CHROMAKEY=Live/On Record
GRAPHIC=none



SUPER=15-Larry Dowdy;



(Roll cue:) When you hit the road in winter time, you need good tires with

tread.
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IN Q=You need to think...
SUPER=13-Gerard Mitchell/Brad Ragan Tire; :00
SUPER=12-Roanoke; :18
RUNS=1:57
OUT Q=on rear wheel drive.
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2HEADLINES


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=NOON
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#
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Here's a look at today's top stories.
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VO-NAT


For the second time in less than a week another winter storm is bearing down on Virginia.
The storm has dumped several inches of snow on the region but isn't packing quite the punch of storm number one.
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VO-NAT


Folks who barely dug themselves out from the first winter blast ventured out long enough yesterday to strip grocery shore shelves.
But some found already empty shelves, making essentials hard to come by.
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VO-NAT


And while the snow is falling in Richmond, the ice is melting in the General Assembly.
Democrats and Republicans have reached an agreement on how to share power in the deadlocked Senate.
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ANCHOR=Melanie


And that's what's making news on this Friday, January 12th.
Stick around News 7 Mornin will be right back. V-DOT
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=bmy
TAPE# 95-104
Doublebox=patrick/beth
LIVE=beth/full
SUPER=@Beth1;
SUPER=11-Roanoke Co.;
SUPER=13-Bill Manning/VDOT Engineer;
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VO-NAT
RUNS=1:00
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LIVE=beth/full
SUPER=11-Roanoke Co.;
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Markets


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=tal
TAPE#95-103
GRAPHIC=Winter Storm


If you plan on running out for some last minute supplies this morning, good luck.
Shelves are bare at most grocery stores.
Tracy Altizer has that story.
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IN Q=Here at Wades
SUPER=03-Blacksburg; 00
SUPER=01-Ricky Hodge/Merita Delivery Driver; :09
SUPER=01-Greg Wade/Wade's Supermarkets; :20
SUPER=01-Rachel Katz/Virginia Tech Student; :46
SUPER=@Tracy1; :52
RUNS=1:04
OUT Q=News 7 Blacksburg.

(( Here at Wade's in the Blacksburg Shopping Center, the Merita Bread delivery man had a hard time getting his loaves TO the shelves, much less ON them.
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SOT 15:43:22

((RICKY HODGE/MERITA DELIVERY DRIVER: YOU GET MOBBED ALL THE WAY BACK TO THE RACK. YOU LOSE ABOUT HALF YOUR LOAD BEFORE YOU GET BACK THERE. ))
RUNS=:05


Deliveries of just about everything are way behind from the first snowstorm, leaving supermarkets frantic in their efforts to feed the masses.
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SOT 15:15:42

((GREG WADE/WADE'S SUPERMARKETS: THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS WE'RE PROBABLY TWO OR THREE TIMES OVER NORMAL PROJECTIONS, WHICH THROWS US INTO A BIND. AND THEN TO HAVE THE TRUCKS COMING IN LATE ON TOP OF THAT, WE'RE DOING ALL WE CAN TO KEEP UP.))
RUNS=:11


Essentials such as bread and milk are in especially hot demand, but those shelves are pretty well cleared out.
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SOT 15:47:55

((QUESTION: ARE YOU FINDING WHAT YOU NEED? ABOUT HALF. ))
RUNS=:03


It's the same story all over.
Take it from this Virginia Tech student who just returned to Blacksburg from Northern Virginia.
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SOT 15:53:38

((RACHAEL KATZ/VIRGINIA TECH STUDENT: WE SHOPPED AT GIANT AT HOME AND THEY WERE OUT OF BREAD AND MEAT. WE'RE JUST HOPING FOR ANYTHING RIGHT NOW. ))
RUNS=:05


Here at Wades it only took that load of bread about 15 minutes to disappear. A little while later 80 gallons of milk arrived. It was gone almost just as quickly. Tracy Altizer, News 7 Blacksburg.))
(mel toss to patrick)

Birthdays
TALENT=Larry
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Three-Larry


ANCHOR=Larry
NEWSCAST=Mornin'
WRITER=ldo
TAPE#M96-2 Sports Utility
CHROMAKEY=Live/On Record
GRAPHIC=none



SUPER=15-Larry Dowdy;



(Roll cue:) Since we're stuck with winter, many drivers DON'T want to be stuck

in the snow.
The hottest roadshow, right now, on any car dealers lot is the sport utility vehicle.
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IN Q=Well, we sell about....
SUPER=13-Robert Harper/General Manager, Berglund; :00
SUPER=12-Roanoke; :10
SUPER=13-Les Smallwood/Brambleton Imports; 1:10
SUPER=12-Roanoke Co.; 1:22
SUPER=24-File Tape; 1:40
RUNS=1:51
OUT Q=thousand next year.

((ROBERT HARPER/GENERAL MANAGER, BERGLUND: WELL, WE SELL ABOUT FIFTY JEEPS A MONTH. THERE ARE THREE DIFFERENT MODELS THAT MAKE THAT UP. THE BLAZER, AROUND TWENTY OR TWENTY-FIVE A MONTH. THE TAHOE IS THE GREATEST DEMAND AT THIS POINT AND TIME.))
Some call them the replacement to the station wagon. But when the snow piles up, there are a number of road advantages. ((I THINK FIRST OFF, IT HAS SOME STATION WAGON VALUES, YOU CAN GO ON VACATION, AND HAVE ADDITIONAL STORAGE ROOM, RIDES NICE AS CARS HAVE, PLUS THE LOOKS ARE JUST GREAT.))
Each sport utility vehicle comes with its own rugged name and competitive price. ((THE TRACKER WOULD START AS LOW AS THIRTEEN OR FOURTEEN THOUSAND. IF YOU WANTED TO GO TO THE NICEST VEHICLES MADE YOU COULD SPEND AS MUCH AS THIRTY TO THIRTY-FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS. WE HAVE A VARIETY OF VEHICLES ANYWHERE IN BETWEEN.))
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Crash Test ranks the Montero, Jeep Cherokee, and Ford Explorer as popular favorites. With the Ford Bronco leading the way in the driver and passenger ratings.
But, the used car business benefits from the four by four too. ((LES SMALLWOOD/BRAMBLETON IMPORTS: THE YOUNGER GO FOR THE SPORTIER LOOK. THE OLDER FOR THE MORE CONSERVATIVE. THE SOFTER RIDE. ALL OF THEM WANT SEOMTHING THEY CAN PUT IN FOUR WHEEL DRIVE.))
Not only are they rugged, but they hold their value on the used car lot. ((IF YOU WANT TO GET IT AS A SECOND, WHICH YOU CAN GO BACK FIVE OR SIX YEARS, BUT IF ITS YOUR PRIMARY VEHICLE, PROBABLY TWO OR THREE YEARS OLD.))
Whether its the Jeep, Toyota, Chevrolet, Ford or other four by fours on the road, you may be holding out for the ultimate in luxury.
Mercedes-Benz just unveiled its AAV--All activity vehicle.
It will have a price tag of about thirty-five thousand next year.))
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LIVE=Larry/Full



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2Snow


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Mornin'
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#=95-107
GRAPHIC=Sequel 96


The latest winter storm to hit the region may not have dumped as much snow as was predicted, but it has still created some hazardous driving conditions this morning.
Len Besthoff has the story.
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SOT
IN Q=I'm calling
SUPER=03-Christiansburg; :06
SUPER=01-Carolyn Swecker/Pulaski Resident; :18
SUPER=01-Jay Fredricks/Truck Driver; :34
SUPER=@Len1; :48
RUNS=1:07
OUT Q=LB, News-7, Christiansburg.

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SOT
IN Q=I'm calling it

((JAY FREDRICKS/TRUCK DRIVER: I'M CALLING IT QUITES HERE. I'LLJUST WAIT TIL THEY GET THE ROAD WORKING AND TAKE OFF.))
RUNS=:04
OUT Q=and take off.


You don't have to ask a trucker to know that the driving conditions are pretty treacherous along Interstate 81 right now.
At best you can go about 35 miles an hour, with visibility as low as an eighth of a mile in some spots.
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SOT
IN Q=I can remember

((CAROLYN SWECKER/PULASKI RESIDENT: I CAN REMEMBER SNOWS ALMOST AS BAD WHEN I WAS GROWING UP BUT NOT ALL THIS MUCH AT ONE TIME.))
RUNS=:08
OUT Q=this much at one time.


Needless to say, nearly every motorist has become sick of all this snow.
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SOT
IN Q=I've been stuck

((JAY FREDRICKS/TRUCK DRIVER: I'VE BEEN STUCK IN JERSEY UP THERE FOR DAYS, THEY GOT TWO AND A HALF FEET OVER THERE WHERE I WAS STUCK, SO I'VE SEEN MY SHARE OF IT, I'M FROM TEXAS AND I DON'T CARE NOTHIN' ABOUT THIS STUFF, Y'ALL HAVE A GOOD ONE, Y'HEAR?))
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OUT Q=y'all have a good one, you hear?
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SOT
IN Q=But believe

((But believe it or not, there is some good news for drivers. If the forecast is correct, this will be the last run in with Mother Nature for at least three or four days, and the temperatures are supposed to go up so maybe some of this white stuff we've become so fond of on our roadways will finally begin to melt. Len Besthoff, News-7, Christiansburg.))
RUNS=:00
OUT Q=LB, News-7, Christiansburg.

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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=hold


U-S Air says it's still going to try to get the 7am shuttle from Roanoke Regional Airport to Charlotte off on schedule.
Airline officials are hoping that runways will stay clear long enough to keep their regular schedule of flights.
And Valley Metro is running on snow routes and hourly schedules this morning. 2V-DOT
doublebox=mel/beth
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=bmy
TAPE# 95-104
LIVE=beth/full
SUPER=@Beth1;
SUPER=11-Roanoke Co.;
(beth ad lib)
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VO-NAT
RUNS=1:00
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LIVE=beth/full
SUPER=11-Roanoke Co.;
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Assembly


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=cro
TAPE# edit of 95-105 (xgr)
GRAPHIC=general assembly


In other news this morning --
Democrats who had a century-long dynasty in the Virginia Senate have entered an unprecedented power-sharing arrangement that puts the G-O-P on nearly equal ground.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Richmond/Yesterday;


Under an arrangement hammered out early this morning, Republicans will:
-- get outright control of three of eleven committees in the Senate -- a first in Virginia,
-- chair a Democrat- majority committee,
-- and share the chairmanship of the powerful Finance Committee, which gains two new members in the shuffle.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=hold


Norfolk Senator Yvonne Miller also becomes the first woman to chair a Senate Committee in state history.
Democrats lost their stranglehold on the Senate for the first time this century when the November elections left the chamber with 20 Democrats and 20 Republicans.

Saul


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=KHu
TAPE#96-03
GRAPHIC=Murder


The man accused of killing a Roanoke garage mechanic alledgedly told a police informant he needed the victim's car because his own was in the shop.
The car was found two days later- -100 yards from the suspect's home.
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VO-NAT


Christopher James Saul is charged with capital murder and robbery.
According to a search warrant affidavit, Saul says Chris Wilson picked him up, hitchhiking
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./January 2;


He says they went to General Imports on Brambleton Avenue where Saul allegedly admits he struck Wilson in the head with "some type of bar."
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=HOLD


The affidavit says Saul tried to use Wilson's A-T-M card. The bank's security camera caught Saul and the informant at the A-T-M machine at 1:09 A-M, the affidavit says.