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7Logging-Accident

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A man from Blue Ridge was killed yesterday in a remote section of Bedford County.
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Authorities say 49- year- old Samuel Nelms died when a tree he was cutting fell on him near the Woodshire subdivision on Route 774.
Sheriff's deputies had to use a Forestry Department HummVee to navigate the narrow logging trail to get to Nelms' body.
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((LT. JOHN MCCANE/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: IT APPEARED THAT A LARGE TREE THAT HE WAS TRIMMING THE BRANCHES OFF OF, BROKE, STRUCK HIM, HE WAS PINNED UNDERNEATH IT. HE HAD NOT SHOWN BY DARK, FRIENDS AND FAMILY MEMBERS WENT TO THE GENERAL AREA, FOUND HIM, THEN NOTIFIED THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT AND THE CREW.))
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Authorities believe Nelms died shortly after he began work Monday morning.
They say his death appears to have been accidental.
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7Police-Shooting


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A Roanoke prosecutor will determine whether two city police officers used reasonable force when they shot and killed a man Sunday night.
Plunkett was holding a loaded rifle when the officers fired their guns, but the woman who called police says the shooting was not justified.
As Joe Dashiell has the story.
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((HE WAS THE NICEST PERSON IN THE WORLD WHEN HE WAS SOBER AND WHEN HE WAS DRINKING, PEOPLE HAD, I HAD, ENOUGH KNOWLEDGE TO GET AWAY TO JUST WALK AWAY AND COME BACK THE NEXT DAY.))
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But Ed Plunkett wasn't sober on Sunday night, and when officers responded to the call and confronted him in his doorway, he reached for a loaded hunting rifle.
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IN Q=As he moved his right hand

((M. DAVID HOOPER/ROANOKE POLICE CHIEF: AS HE MOVED HIS RIGHT HAND TO THE TRIGGER ON THE RIFLE BOTH OFFICERS DREW THEIR WEAPONS SIMULTANEOUSLY AND FIRED.))
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When the department completes its investigation, it will be up to Commonwealth's Attorney Don Caldwell to decide if legal action or further investigation is required.
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IN Q=A person has a right

((DON CALDWELL/COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: A PERSON HAS A RIGHT TO USE DEADLY FORCE WHEN THEY REASONABLY BELIEVE THEMSELVES TO BE IN IMMINENT DANGER OF DEATH OR SERIOUS BODILY INJURY. AND THAT'S THE LEGAL ISSUE. OF COURSE, THE APPLICATION OF THE FACTUAL QUESTIONS TO THAT LEGAL ISSUE REALLY BECOMES THE KEY TO THE RESOLUTION.))
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Caldwell says it may be several weeks before all the lab results are in... and his review of the case is complete.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))

7Roger-Beidler


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A fifteen year prison term was handed down yesterday to a former Amherst
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laundering charge in connection with a drug gambling ring in central Virginia.
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Prosecutors say Roger Beidler took more than 100- thousand dollars from ringleader Wendell Wood, and invested it in a real estate development.
Beidler also received a five-thousand dollar fine and two year probation.
He reports to prison in a few weeks.
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7Brzonkala


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The Justice Department says it will defend the constitutionality of a federal law being used by a former Virginia Tech student to sue her alleged attacker.
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Christy Brzonkala alleges two Hokie football players raped her in 1994.
According to a federal court filing, the Justice Department has decided to intervene Brzonkala's ten-million-dollar lawsuit.
It says it decided to act after defendant Tony Morrison challenged the Violence Against Women Act on constitutional grounds.
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7Weather


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Taking a look now at the forecast -
It's going to be a sunny and breezy day today - but a little cooler than yesterday.
Highs will be in the mid 50s.
Tonight wil be clear and cold with lows dropping into the 30s.
For tomorrow, expect sunny skies in the morning, turning cloudy by the afternoon.
Highs will be cool in the 40s.

55Regional-Jail


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Bedford County wants back in the Blue Ridge regional jail project.
By a 4-to-3 vote last night the board of supervisors decided to re-enter the 43- million dollar project.
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That means Bedford and the other participatating localities will get matching state funds to expand their local jails.
Also a new 450 bed regional facility will be built in Lynchburg.
Bedford had hoped to stay out of the project and build their own jail, but a state moratorium on local jail funding put the county in a financial bind.
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The other localities still must vote if they will allow Bedford BACK in the project.

55Danville-Housing


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Plans to assign two full- time police officers to Danville's five public housing communities have hit a snag.
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The Danville Redevelopment and Housing authority was recently awarded a 140-thousand dollar federal grant to hire the extra officers.
The officers are on the payroll but housing officials say they were UNAWARE the men would require up to a year's training-- in another part of the city.
Housing officials are concerned they'll lose the grant because of the delay.
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((ALVIN STEINGOLD/HOUSING AUTHORITY EXEC. DIR.: I HAVE ASKED OUR SAFETY AND SECURITY MANAGER, KEN WIGGINS, TO BETWEEN NOW AND NEXT TUESDAY TO COME UP WITH SOME POSSIBLE ALTERNATE USES OF THE MONEY, TO PROVIDE THE SAME SAFETY AND SECURITY WITHOUT USING THE DANVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT. ))
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Danville Police Chief Neil Morris says Housing officials were told the officers would require up to 12- months training and that there must have been a misunderstanding.

55Prosecutor-exchange


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One of Roanoke's federal prosecutors switched jobs with a prosecutor from Hawaii for six months.
The experience was so rewarding that the Justice Department is now considering a job exchange program.
Keith Humphrey has the story.
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SUPER=03-Honolulu; :00
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SUPER=01-Sharon Burnham/Assistant U.S. Atty. from Hawaii; :27
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SUPER=01-Ken Sorenson/Assistant U.S. Atty. from Western VA; 1:17
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(( That's what Ken Sorenson did. A federal prosecutor- -based in Roanoke for the past decade... he engineered a six- month swap with another Assistant U-S Attorney in Honolulu.
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((IT'S JUST A WONDERFUL PLACE TO BE.))
An avid skier, Sorenson insists he actually regrets missing the near-record snow fall we had here.
And the other half of this equation- -the woman who took his place in the U-S Attorney's Office in Roanoke- -insists she's just as happy she came when SHE did.
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((IT'S BEEN FASCINATING. I'VE ENJOYED THE TIME HERE. I ARRANGED TO COME IN WINTER TIME. I KNOW EVERYONE THINKS I'M CRAZY FOR DOING THAT. BESIDES, IT WAS EASIER TO CONVINCE KEN TO GO TO HAWAII IN WINTER.))
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The U.S. Justice Department approved the swap as long as it didn't cost the government anything.
Sharon Burnham literally traded places with Sorenson.
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((WE TRADED HOUSES, TRADED CARS, TRADED CASE LOADS. OBVIOUSLY THAT WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT ASPECT FROM THE DEPARTMENT'S POINT OF VIEW.))
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((YOU KNOW LIKE YOU SAY, SHARON AND I SWITCHED EVERYTHING. IN FACT, THIS IS HER ALOHA SHIRT, SO....))
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Assistants to the U-S Attorney in Hawaii typically wear aloha shirts in the office- -though they keep more "suitable" apparel handy for court appearances.
But there are more fundamental differences between U-S Attorneys Offices in Roanoke and Honolulu.
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((THEN THERE'S JUST A WHOLE LOT OF DIFFERENT PROCEDURES, DIFFERENT METHODS, DIFFERENT PROSECUTOR PRIORITIES. SO IT'S JUST BEEN A REALLY GREAT LEARNING EXPERIENCE.))
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While Sorenson has filled his free time snorkling and SCUBA diving, Burnham says Roanoke fairs well in comparison to the island paradise she left behind.
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((I FEEL THAT THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE EXPRESSED SUCH SURPRISE, "WHY WOULD I COME TO ROANOKE?" DON'T APPRECIATE WHAT THEY HAVE HERE. ))
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Burnham has three more weeks to enjoy what she calls a "charming town with a 'sense of place.'"
She and Sorenson have apparently started something.
The Justice Department may create an exchange PROGRAM, based on their experience.
Keith Humphry, NEWS 7.))

55Weather


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Turning to the forecast -
A sunny and breezy day today with highs in the mid 50s.
For tonight, expect lows to drop into the 30s.

8Logging-Accident


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A logging accident in a remote section of Bedford County yesterday killed a 49- year-old man from Blue Ridge.
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SUPER=03-Bedford Co./Last Night;


Authorities say Samuel Nelms died after a tree he was cutting fell on him near the Woodshire subdivision on Route 774.
Sheriff's deputies had to use a Forestry Department HummVee to navigate the narrow logging trail to get to Nelms' body.
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SOT 23:26:45
IN Q=It appeared that

((LT. JOHN MCCANE/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: IT APPEARED THAT A LARGE TREE THAT HE WAS TRIMMING THE BRANCHES OFF OF, BROKE, STRUCK HIM, HE WAS PINNED UNDERNEATH IT. HE HAD NOT SHOWN BY DARK, FRIENDS AND FAMILY MEMBERS WENT TO THE GENERAL AREA, FOUND HIM, THEN NOTIFIED THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT AND THE CREW.))
SUPER=01-Lt. John McCane/Bedford Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :00
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Authorities believe Nelms died shortly after he began work yesteday morning.
They say his death appears to have been an accident.
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8Police-Shooting


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TAPE#96-15
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An investigation is underway to determine if two police officers used reasonable force when they shot and killed a man Sunday night.
35-year-old Edward Plunkett was holding a loaded rifle when the officers fired their guns - but the woman who called police says the shooting was not justified.
Joe Dashiell has more.
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SUPER=01-Billie Patton/Plunkett's Fiancee; :09
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Sunday Night; :15
SUPER=@Hooper;:25
SUPER=@Caldwell; :47
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((HE WAS THE NICEST PERSON IN THE WORLD WHEN HE WAS SOBER AND WHEN HE WAS DRINKING, PEOPLE HAD, I HAD, ENOUGH KNOWLEDGE TO GET AWAY TO JUST WALK AWAY AND COME BACK THE NEXT DAY.))
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But Ed Plunkett wasn't sober on Sunday night, and when officers responded to the call and confronted him in his doorway, he reached for a loaded hunting rifle.
SOT HOOPER
IN Q=As he moved his right hand

((M. DAVID HOOPER/ROANOKE POLICE CHIEF: AS HE MOVED HIS RIGHT HAND TO THE TRIGGER ON THE RIFLE BOTH OFFICERS DREW THEIR WEAPONS SIMULTANEOUSLY AND FIRED.))
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OUT Q=and fired.


When the department completes its investigation, it will be up to Commonwealth's Attorney Don Caldwell to decide if legal action or further investigation is required.
SOT CALDWELL
IN Q=A person has a right

((DON CALDWELL/COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: A PERSON HAS A RIGHT TO USE DEADLY FORCE WHEN THEY REASONABLY BELIEVE THEMSELVES TO BE IN IMMINENT DANGER OF DEATH OR SERIOUS BODILY INJURY. AND THAT'S THE LEGAL ISSUE. OF COURSE, THE APPLICATION OF THE FACTUAL QUESTIONS TO THAT LEGAL ISSUE REALLY BECOMES THE KEY TO THE RESOLUTION.))
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Caldwell says it may be several weeks before all the lab results are in... and his review of the case is complete.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))

8Brzonkala


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The Justice Department will intervene in a 10- million- dollar lawsuit against two Virginia Tech football players.
That's according to a federal court filing.
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Former Tech student Christy Brzonkala alleges two Hokie football players raped her in 19-94.
The Justice Department says it will defend the constitutionality of a federal law that is being used by Brzonkala to sue her alleged attackers.
Brzonkala has asked that stories about her case include her name.
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8Carroll-Offices


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TAPE#96-21
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A 13- million- dollar loan from the federal government will help Carroll County build its new administrative complex.
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The site work is already under way for the facility, which will house all county offices and court services under one roof.
Congressman Rick Boucher has announced the federal Rural Housing Service is providing two loans.
One is for six million dollars, and is the agency's largest GUARANTEED loan in Virginia.
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((REP. RICK BOUCHER/D- NINTH DISTRICT: AND THAT IS AN INVESTMENT THAT I THINK IS WELL WORTHWHILE, IN VIEW OF THE TREMENDOUS GROWTH THAT'S OCCURRED RECENTLY IN CARROLL COUNTY'S ECONOMY. AS NEW EMPLOYERS HAVE BEEN ATTRACTED HERE, AS NEW JOBS ARE BEING PROVIDED FOR CARROLL COUNTY RESIDENTS, NOW GOVERNMENTAL SERVICES WILL BE ABLE TO KEEP PACE.))
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The Carroll County Industrial Development Authority is funding the remaining 500 thousand dollars.
The complex is expected to open in 1998.
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8Weather


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Turning to the forecast -
It'll be sunny and breezy today - but a little cooler than yesterday. Highs will be in the mid 50s.