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7Hostage-Situation

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An overnight hostage drama has ended in Bedford County.
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Late Sunday evening dispatchers received a call that a Bedford County resident, Chester Hickman, had barricaded himself and three other people in a house on Route 8-0-5 in the Moneta section of the county.
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((KENT ROBEY/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: HE BROKE INTO THE HOUSE. APPARENTLY AN OLD GIRLFRIEND OR SOMETHING. TO THAT EXTENT. HE HAD 'EM HOSTAGE AND HE TURNED THE GAS ON TO THE HOUSE. WHEN WE GOT DOWN HERE, THE HOSTAGES HAD FLED FROM THE AREA.))
SUPER=01-Kent Robey/Bedford Co. Sheriff's Dept.;
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Bedford County deputies then blocked part of route 8-0-5.
They were concerned about the potentially explosive situation Hickman may have created, and the fact that they believed he was armed.
By one o'clock this morning, police secured the home, discovered no gas leak, and learned that Hickman was no longer there.
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The Sheriff's Department is still searching for Hickman.
Lieutenant Kent Robey characterizes Hickman as a drifter who has several warrants out for his arrest.
Robey also believes Hickman had been drinking.
No one was hurt in the incident.

7Bedford-Fire


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Meantime, Bedford County fire officials are labeling a late night trailor fire arson.
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Just before midnight, members of the city of Bedford's volunteer fire department were called out to a fully involved fire in the Whispering Pines Trailer Park along route 460.
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((DONALD HALE/BEDFORD VOL. FIRE CHIEF: AND I'D SAY THE TRAILER IS A TOTAL LOSS. JUST BY LOOKING AT WHAT'S BURNT INSIDE AND THEN ALL THE HEAT AND SMOKE DAMAGE.))
SUPER=01-Donald Hale/Bedford Vol. Fire Chief;
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The man who lived in the trailer, John Goode, was not in his home at the time.
In spite of all the damage it caused, the city of Bedford's volunteer fire department had the fire under control in less than 10 minutes.
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7Memorial


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Hundreds gathered yesterday in Roanoke County to remember the Vinton Pilot killed in a plane crash last week.
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SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;


A memorial service was held at Valley Word Ministries for Praveen Bhaskaran
(Bus-kair-in).


He died Tuesday when his small plane crashed into Catawba Mountain in Roanoke County.
Those attending the service say they will remember Bhaskaran (Bus-kair-in) for his enthusiasm and faith.
SUPER=04-Last Week;

Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the crash, but they have ruled out engine failure.
Meantime a retired air traffic controller says the crash may have been avoided had controllers been on round the clock duty at Roanoke Regional Airport.
The crash occured shortly after one a-m.
24 hour tower duty was cut in 1981, but airport officials say there is no evidence the lack of air traffic controllers contributed to the crash of Bhaskaran's (Bus-kair-in's) plane.
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7Robb-Dole


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Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole is planning more campaigning this week with his running mate, Jack Kemp in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida.
Meantime, Dole's speech at the Republican Convention last week drew mixed reaction from Virginia Senator and Democrat, Chuck Robb.
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((SEN. CHUCK ROBB/D-VIRGINIA: IT WAS A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYBODY'S BOB DOLE. MOST OF US WHO KNOW AND HAVE WORKED WITH BOB DOLE OVER THE YEARS LIKE HIM PERSONALLY, HAVE ENORMOUS RESPECT FOR HIM. BUT RECOGNIZE THAT HE WAS COMPELLED BY CIRCUMSTANCES TO CHANGE TO A MESSAGE THAT WAS IN MANY RESPECTS, PARTICULARLY ECONOMICALLY AND PARTICULARLY WITH RESPECT FOR FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY, IS DIRECTLY OPPOSED TO WHAT HE'S BEEN CHAMPIONING ALL OF HIS LIFE.))
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Robb says Dole's campaign will be interesting to watch from here on out because he's never had success selling an idea he didn't believe in.
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Robb gives the GOP convention high marks for what politicians call controlling the message.
He says he hopes Democrats do as good a job in Chicago.

7weather


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Turning now to the forecast - it's going to be another sunny day today.
Highs will be in the mid to upper 80s.
Expect clear conditions tonight with lows around 60 degrees.
7BIRTHDAYS ! 8/20/96

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SUPER=130-40/Margaret Bergloff/Roanoke;


55Brandon-Ax


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SUPER=19-Melanie Moon;


Roanoke Police continue to investigate yesterday's three vehicle accident that took the life of an 84-year-old man.
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Authorities say George Hall was driving his Honda west toward Salem on Brandon Avenue when he crossed a double line, apparently to pass the car in front of him.
Jamie Muse and his family were in the car that was being passed.
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((JAMIE MUSE/ACCIDENT VICTIM: AS WE COME AROUND THIS CURVE RIGHT HERE, THE GUY WAS BEHIND US, AND I DON'T KNOW IF HE TRIED TO SWITCH LANES, OR WHAT HE THOUGHT IT WAS A TURNING LANE OR WHATEVER,))
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Roanoke Police say Hall pulled back into the right lane when he saw a third car headed his way in the eastbound lane.
He sideswiped Muse's car, and then hit the third car head-on.
Traffic on Brandon Avenue was blocked in both directions for well over an hour as emergency crews tried to save the man.
No one else in the accident was seriously injured.
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55VMI


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If V-M-I wants to get information on how to integrate women into the all-male military college, it first will have to get approval from the U-S Justice Department first.
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The Justice Department has demanded that any contact with the U-S Military Academy, the U-S Naval Academy, the U-S Air Force Academy or the Defense Department must be cleared beforehand.
V-M-I says it doesn't know why the Justice Department has instituted the policy.
The department would only say that the request is consistent with past practices.
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WIPE/WIPE/WIPE

55Hampden-Sydney


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Meantime, V-M-I isn't the only all-male school in the state that is considering admitting women.
The Board of Trustees at Hampden-Sydney College is considering the same issue this week.
Unlike V-M-I, Hampden-Sydney is a private school.
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The college has been working for some time on a coeducation plan.
The board plans to announce its decision tomorrow.
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55Weather


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Turning now to the forecast - it's going to be another sunny day today.
Highs will be in the mid to upper 80s.
Expect clear conditions tonight with lows around 60 degrees.
Tomorrow, much of the same - sunny skies with highs in the mid to upper 80s.

8Hostage-Situation


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A hostage situation involving four people is over this morning in Bedford County.
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SUPER=03-Bedford Co.;


Late last night, dispatchers received a call that Bedford County resident, Chester Hickman, had barricaded himself and three other people inside a house on route 8-0-5 in the Moneta section of the county.
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((KENT ROBEY/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: HE BROKE INTO THE HOUSE. APPARENTLY AN OLD GIRLFRIEND OR SOMETHING. TO THAT EXTENT. HE HAD 'EM HOSTAGE AND HE TURNED THE GAS ON TO THE HOUSE. WHEN WE GOT DOWN HERE, THE HOSTAGES HAD FLED FROM THE AREA.))
SUPER=01-Kent Robey/Bedford Co. Sheriff's Dept.;
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Bedford County deputies then blocked part of route 8-0-5.
They were concerned about the potentially explosive situation Hickman may have created, and the fact that they believed he was armed.
By one o'clock this morning, police had secured the home, discovered no gas leak, and learned that Hickman was no longer there.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
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The Sheriff's Department is still searching for Hickman.
Lieutenant Kent Robey characterizes Hickman as a drifter who has several warrants out for his arrest.
Robey also believes Hickman had been drinking.
No one was hurt in the incident.

8Bedford-Fire


ANCHOR=Melanie
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Investigators suspect arson a in trailer fire last night in Bedford County.
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SUPER=03-Bedford Co.;


It happened just before midnight, when members of the City of Bedford's volunteer fire department responded to a fully involved fire in the Whispering Pines Trailer Park along route 460.
The man who lived in the trailer, John Goode, was not in his home at the time of the fire.
His trailer was totally destroyed.
The city of Bedford's volunteer fire department had the fire under control in less than 10 minutes.
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8Bhaskaran


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A Vinton pilot who died in a small plane crash last week was remembered at a memorial service in Roanoke County yesterday.
Denise Allen has the story.
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((Friends remembered Praveen Bhaskaran(bus-kair-in)--
They knew him as Talex.
Tuesday the plane he was flying crashed near MacAfee's Knob.
But the crash was not the topic of this memorial service.
The hundreds in attendance were there to remember how he lived. ((TOM GLASGOW: HE WAS A SHARING PERSON, A GIVING PERSON BECAUSE OF THE LIFE HE LIVED AND THE EXAMPLE HE SET. HE GAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE HOPE. JODY LYONS: THE REASON HE WAS FLYING THAT PLANE WAS TO EARN HIS GREENCARD. TALEX AT 28 YEARS OLD WAS VERY SUCCESSFUL.))
Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the crash, but they have ruled out engine failure.
That night the Vinton man aborted one landing attempt at Roanoke Regional Airport because of fog.
Investigators say he crashed when he was circling for a second attempt.
Talex was relying on his flight plan and radar information from the Washington Air Traffic Control Center. DENISE ALLEN/NEWS 7 REPORTER: A RETIRED AIRTRAFFIC CONTROLLER SAYS THE CRASH MAY HAVE BEEN AVOIDED HAD CONTROLLERS BEEN ON DUTY.
THE AIRPORT'S 24 HOUR TOWER DUTY WAS CUT IN 1981.
AIRPORT OFFICIALS SAY THE F-A-A DETERMINES WHETHER AN AIRPORT NEEDS OVERNIGHT CONTROLLERS BY THE NUMBER OF FLIGHTS THAT COME IN BETWEEN MIDNIGHT AND SIX A-M.
MARK COURTNEY ALSO SAYS HE BELIEVES EVERYONE AT THE ROANOKE REGIONAL AIRPORT WOULD LIKE TO HAVE 24 HOUR SERVICE, BUT IT'S NOT A DECISION MADE AT THE LOCAL LEVEL.
There has been no evidence that the lack of air traffic controllers lead to the deadly plane crash.
And for the hundreds gathered at Valley Word Ministries, they choose to remember Talex Bhaskaran as he lived--full of enthusiasm and faith.
Denise Allen News 7.))

8Weather


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Turning now to the forecast - it's going to be sunny today with highs in the Expect clear conditions tonight with lows around 60 degrees. mid 80s.