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7Pitts-Murders

ANCHOR=Melanie
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The search continues today in Danville for a suspect in yesterday's fatal shooting.
29-year old Sandra Deshazo was found lying in the street near a car.
She had been shot once in the chest.
Meanwhile, police did make an arrest in a murder Wednesday night in the town of Hurt.
17-year old Margueritte Whitfield was shot with a small caliber handgun, at the Pine Acres Trailer Park.
22-year old David Lee Jones was charged with her murder.

7Fire


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Mornin'
WRITER=jmo
TAPE# edit of 96-35
GRAPHIC=Brush Fire


Roanoke County firefighters battled a brush fire last night on Buck Mountain.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Last Night;


The blaze broke out just before dark behind the Brandon Woods Subdivision and burned several acres.
Property owner Donnie Blankenship credits firefighters with their quick response time.
The wind caused problems for firefighters-- and the location of the fire made it difficult to reach.
Using a bulldozer, the Department of Forestry surrounded the blaze with a fire line.
A bottle of butane reportedly was found at the scene although it has NOT been determined as the cause of the blaze.
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7Deputies


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=jmo
TAPEedit of #96-21
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D-N-A test results show twins born to a Roanoke woman were not fathered by either of two Roanoke Sheriff's deputies the woman claims raped her.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke/May 1995;


In May of last year, Larry Dean Neighbors the Second, and David Keith Bell were charged with sexual assault.
Ronlyn Eaton says she was raped by the two men after they gave her a ride home from a bar.
Both deputies were off duty.
In December, Eaton gave birth to twins.
The case was scheduled to go on trial this week but was delayed awaiting the paternity test results.
A new date has been set.
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7Philip-Morris


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=equ
TAPE#96-32
GRAPHIC=Philip Morris


The world's biggest cigarette maker brought its key shareholders to the heart of Virginia yesterday.
But they were not alone.
Some of their single share stockholders were there-- demanding a say in the industry they criticize.
Philip Morris C-E-O Geoffrey Bible was not fazed.
He says business is booming and the company is "morally right" and will prevail.
As Ellen Qualls reports, we can't show you what he said, because cameras and microphones were banned from the meeting.
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SUPER=03-Chesterfield Co./Yesterday; :00
SUPER=01-Anne Morrow Donnelly/Anti-Smoking Shareholder; :11
SUPER=01-Greg Connolly/Anti-Smoking Shareholder; :27
SUPER=01-Helen Erwin/Shareholder; :52
SUPER=01-Frank Trevillian/Shareholder; :57
SUPER=@Ellen1; 1:04
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(( The protestors were at the front gate.
But behind the dark glass, more were inside.
Having bought one share of stock, they annually attend these meetings and speak out.
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((ANNE MORROW DONLEY/ANTI-SMOKING SHAREHOLDER: IT'S ALWAYS INTERESTING TO ME WHEN A PRESIDENT OF A COMPANY TRIES TO SAY THAT HE IS NOT HIDING BEHIND ANYTHING, BUT THEN HE REFUSES TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS AS HE DID TODAY. REFUSES TO PROVIDE ANY VIDEOTAPE TO THE PRESS OR TO THE PUBLIC.))
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((GREGORY CONNOLLY/ANTI-SMOKING SHAREHOLDER: I WAS SURPRISED BY THE HARDNESS AND THE HARD LINE OF MR. BIBLE. I THINK THE COMPANY HAS SERIOUS PROBLEMS WITH THE PUBLIC, WITH FEDERAL AUTHORITIES, WITH LITIGATION. AND HE'S DIGGING THE TRENCHES IN.))
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But by and large, the other shareholders are proud of the company.
The world's most popular cigarette just keeps cranking out the profits.
So they don't really mind the health activists who dominate the meetings.
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((HELEN ERWIN/SHAREHOLDER: NO THAT'S JUST PART OF THE PAGEANTRY OF THE MEETING. PART OF THE FUN OF IT.))
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sot 03:38:21

((FRANK TREVILLIAN/SHAREHOLDER: I'M IN IT FOR MONEY. SAME REASON EVERYBODY ELSE IS IN IT. NOW SOME PEOPLE WOULD LIE TO YOU.))
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As for the recent Philip Morris whistleblowers, Geoffrey Bible says it's foolish to respond anywhere but in the court room.
The retired scientists who worked just next door at the research center are telling federal prosecutors that the company routinely regulates nicotine levels to keep smokers addicted.
Bible says he won't be baited into over-reacting.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Chesterfield County.))

7Weather


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Taking a look now at the forecast -
Your weekend is going to get off to a wet start.
Today will be cloudy and breezy, with possible thunderstorms throughout the day.
Highs will be in the mid to upper 70s.

55Serial-Killer


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=cro
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More information about possible serial killings in Richmond.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports four women killed since the start of the year were strangled.
The newspaper also says that at least three of 19 women killed since 19-90 were found in their bathtubs.
All of the women were aged 55 or older.
A special task force has been set up to investigate.

55Edwin-Plunkett


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#96-25
GRAPHIC=Police Shooting


No criminal charges will be filed against two Roanoke policemen involved in a fatal shooting.
Prosecutor Don Caldwell says the officers were justified when they shot and killed Edwin Plunkett in March.
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VO-NAT


35 year old Plunkett was fatally shot on the night of March 24th.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/March 24;


Police officers were sent to a home on Cherry Hill Circle to investigate a complaint of domestic abuse.
Plunkett had been drinking and he resisted the officers' attempts to arrest him.
When Plunkett pulled a rifle from behind the front door, Caldwell says the officers had reason to fear for their lives.
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IN Q=I don't know of course

((DON CALDWELL: I DON'T KNOW OF COURSE WHAT MISTER PLUNKETT'S TRUE INTENTIONS WERE, BUT WHEN YOU BRANDISH A WEAPON AT POLICE OFFICERS, YOU TAKE A TREMENDOUS RISK. AND I DON'T BELIEVE AND I DON'T THINK THE GENERAL PUBLIC BELIEVES THAT IT'S INCUMBENT UPON THE POLICE OFFICERS TO GUESS AS TO WHAT MR. PLUNKETT'S INTENTIONS WERE.))
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OUT Q=Mr. Plunkett's intentions were.
ANCHOR=Melanie
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Plunkett's family or fiancee could pursue a civil case, but there was no indication yesterday whether they plan to do so.

55Liberty-Beating


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#96-30
GRAPHIC=legal scales


Two teens charged with beating a fellow student in Bedford County made a court appearance yesterday.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Bedford/Yesterday;


Witnesses testifying gave conflicting accounts of the fight that took place at Liberty High School April 4th.
Prosecutors argued to have the 17- year- old charged in the assault tried as an adult, but a judge refused to transfer the case to circuit court.
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((DIRK PADGETT/BEDFORD CO. ASST. PROSECUTOR: NATURALLY SOME DISAPPOINTMENT WITH THE COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY'S OFFICE, BUT I UNDERSTAND THE JUDGE IN THIS CASE HAS TO BE MORE OF A SOLOMON. AND HE HAS TO LOOK AT THE JUVENILE AND HE HAS TO LOOK AT THE FACTS OF THE CASE, AND I CAN'T DISAGREE WITH THIS DECISION, WHICH IS NOW THE PARAMETERS OF THE LAW THAT WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH. ))
SUPER=01-Dirk Padgett/Bedford Co. Asst. Prosecutor; :00
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OUT Q=have to deal with.
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VO-NAT


Judge Phillip Wallace also agreed to release both teens on bond until their cases are heard on June 18th.
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55Quibell


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#96-34
GRAPHIC=Quibell


Some operation problems for the Quibell Corporation, headquartered in Roanoke.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@File;


Lately it's run into some hard times.
Andrew Goldstein, the company's attorney, says Quibell's production has come to a halt because of a disagreement with the supplier that makes the unique bottle Quibell uses.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Wednesday;


Right now Quibell has only a skeleton staff, down from its seasonal high of about 40 people.
But its president says this is only a temporary problem.
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((RONALD QUIBELL/QUIBELL PRESIDENT: THERE'S NOTHING GOING ON. WE'RE STILL CONTINUING WITH THIS BUSINESS. So you're gonna stay in business? QUIBELL: OH YES!))
SUPER=01-Ronald Quibell/Quibell President;
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OUT Q=Oh yes!
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VO-NAT


Quibell says backlog orders for its products have actually never been higher.
Goldstein says there's enough inventory in the hands of its distributors to keep its shelf space full in stores.
The company expects to be in full operation and shipping again by early next month.
Goldstein says Quibell anticipates increasing employment to its previous level or even higher than it was before.
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55Weather


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Taking a look now at the forecast -
Your weekend is going to get off to a wet start.
Today we'll get some rain with gusty winds.
Gusts could reach 60 miles per hour in places this morning.
Highs will be in the mid to upper 70s.
Tonight will remain cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms in the evening.
Lows will be in the mid 40s.
The remainder of the weekend is going to be sunny though.
Highs tomorrow will be in the lower 60s with breezy conditions.

8Bedford-Officer


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=cro
TAPE#none
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A Bedford man is charged with attempted capital murder after allegedly getting into a scuffle with a police officer and taking his gun.
Thirty -three year old Carl Evans was arrested during the incident yesterday at the intersection of Franklin and South Streets.
Police say Officer B.T. Smith was attempting to arrest the nephew of Carl Evans, who was wanted for malicious wounding.
Evans allegedly approached the officer from behind and put him in a choke hold.
Police say Officer Smith blacked out and when he came to, Evans had Smith's gun pointed at him.
Evans surrendered the gun after other officers arrived.
His nephew Andre fled the scene.

8Pitts-Murders


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=jmc
TAPE#None
GRAPHIC=Murder


Danville police are looking for a suspect in a fatal shooting yesterday.
29-year old Sandra Deshazo was found lying in the street near a car.
She had been shot once in the chest.
Meanwhile, police did make an arrest in a murder Wednesday night in the town of Hurt.
17-year old Margueritte Whitfield was shot with a small caliber handgun, at the Pine Acres Trailer Park.
22-year old David Lee Jones was charged with her murder.

8Fire


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=jmo
TAPE# edit of 96-35
GRAPHIC=Brush Fire


Several acres of land on Buck Mountain in Roanoke County are charred this morning.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Last Night;


A brush fire broke out just before dark yesterday behind the Brandon Woods Subdivision.
Property owner Donnie Blankenship credits firefighters with their quick response time.
The wind caused problems for firefighters, and the location of the fire made it difficult to get to.
Using a bulldozer the Department of Forestry surrounded the blaze with a fire line.
Blankenship says a bottle of butane was found at the scene.
No word yet whether investigators believe that started the fire.
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8Bell-Neighbor


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=jmo
TAPE#96-21
GRAPHIC=None


D-N-A tests show twins born to a Roanoke woman were not fathered by either of two Roanoke Sheriff's deputies.
The woman claims the two raped her last May.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke/May 1995;


Larry Dean Neighbors the Second, and David Keith Bell were charged with sexual assault in May of 1995.
Ronlyn Eaton says she was raped by the two men after they gave her a ride home from a bar.
Both deputies were off duty.
Bell's attorney says this will only strengthen his client's case.
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IN Q=I think this

((TONY ANDERSON/BELL'S ATTORNEY: I THINK THIS IS JUST ANOTHER OBSTACLE SHE WILL HAVE IN TERMS OF HER CREDIBILITY. IT'S ANOTHER AREA WE WILL USE TO ATTACK HER CREDIBILITY. IT'S WHAT WE'VE SAID FROM DAY ONE IN THE DEFENSE OF MR. BELL AND MR. NEIGHBORS.))
SUPER=01-Tony Anderson/Bell's Attorney;
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OUT Q=and Mr. Neighbors.
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VO-NAT


In December, Eaton gave birth to twins.
The case was scheduled to go on trial this week but was delayed awaiting the paternity test results.
No new date has been set.
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8Chernobyl


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=cro
TAPE#96-38
GRAPHIC=none


The president of Ukraine today promised to close the rest of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
The pledge comes on the tenth anniversary of the world's worst nuclear disaster.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@File;


The World Health Organization says five million people were affected by the disaster.
The anniversary was punctuated yesterday by the accidental release of a small amount of nuclear material by a worker.
SUPER=04-Amateur Video;


Meantime, a minister from Lynchburg says he's been to Chernobyl 14 times.
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((GEORGE JONES/MINISTER:THE PLACE AT FIRST SEEMS TO BE QUITE NORMAL. THERE'S NO 500-POUND CRICKETS OF 200-POUND CHICKENS OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT, BUT THERE IS THIS SENSE OF DEATH ALL AROUND YOU. THIS SENSE OF BEING DESERTED. IT'S A VERY LONELY QUIET PLACE, PARTICULARLY THE CITY OF PRIPIA, WHICH ONCE HELD 67-THOUSAND PEOPLE-IS NOW A GHOST TOWN AND SOME OF THE WORKERS OF THE ZONE-THEY'RE SOME 12-THOUSAND OF WORKERS STILL IN THE ZONE. THEY REFUSE TO WORK IN THE PLACE BECAUSE THEY SAY IT'S HAUNTED.))
SUPER=01-George Jones/Christian Fellowship Ministries Int'l; :05
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OUT Q=IT'S HAUNTED.
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VO-NAT


Jones will talk more about his experiences in Chernobyl during a special interview today on News 7 at Noon.
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8Weather


ANCHOR=Melanie
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Looking at the forecast -
It's going to be rainy and very windy this morning, with a chance of thunderstorms throughout the day. Highs will be in the mid to upper 70s.