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7p-williams


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WRITER=tal
TAPE#597-11
GRAPHIC=williams


A Blacksburg woman has been found guilty of drunk driving.
In January, while driving on the Virginia Tech campus Evelyn Williams hit and killed a Tech student.
It took six hours to get a warrant to test her blood alcohol level.
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Twenty- year- old Dan Kelly and Ryane Simpson were walking with their backs to traffic on Virginia Tech's Southgate Drive.
The car Williams was driving hit them from behind.
Kelly died on impact.
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((RYANE SIMPSON/ACCIDENT SURVIVOR: ALL I REMEMBER IS I WAS THROWN, BEING PICKED UP, THROWN IN THE AIR AND THEN LANDING IN THE SNOW ALONGSIDE THE ROAD. THEN I ROLLED OVER AND I SAW DAN LAYING ABOUT 30 FEET FROM ME. ))
SUPER=01-Ryane Simpson/Accident Survivor;
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VO-NAT
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A state toxicologist used a measured rate to estimate blood alcohol level at the time of the accident...saying it was in the neighborhood of POINT One three...above the legal limit of point-oh-eight.
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((HON. THOMAS FRITH/MONTGOMERY CO. DIST. JUDGE: IT'S A REAL CLOSE SITUATION, THAT'S ALL I'VE GOT TO TELL YOU. BUT IN VIEW OF MR. CARPENTER'S TESTIMONY I DON'T FEEL I CAN DO ANYTHING ELSE BUT CONVICT YOU OF DUI. ))
SUPER=01-Thomas Frith/Montgomery Co. District Court Judge;
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out=you of DUI.
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Judge Frith fined Williams 500 dollars and suspended a 30- day jail sentence.
Her license is suspended for a year, or until she completes an alcohol safety course.
The judge also certified an involuntary manslaughter charge to the Montgomery County grand jury.
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7E-Mize


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#97-2
GRAPHIC=Mize


A Campbell County teen receives a lenghty prison sentence for murdering his neighbor.
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Doctors said 17- year- old Lewis "Trey" Mize was suffering from a psychotic disorder when he murdered 19- year- old Roger Vassar Junior in January, 19-96.
But a judge yesterday called it a "cold and calculated assassination" and sentenced Mize to 56 years in prison.
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((NEIL VENER/PROSECUTOR: AS THE JUDGE SAID IT WAS A TOTALLY SENSELESS HOMICIDE, A TOTALLY SENSELESS MURDER, THERE WAS NO REASON FOR IT, AND WE'LL NEVER KNOW WHY THE DEFENDANT DID IT, BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS TO PREVENT THE DEFENDANT FROM HAVING A CHANCE TO DO IT AGAIN.)) ((ROGER VASSAR SR./VICTIM'S FATHER: WE HAVE LOST OUR SON AND THE MIZES HAVE LOST THEIRS TOO, BUT WE DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT HIM COMING OUT AT A YOUNG AGE WHERE WE COULD POSSIBLY DO IT AGAIN.))
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SUPER=01-Roger Vassar, Sr./Victim's Father; :13
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Mize apologized to the Vassar family before he was sentenced.
His attorney says an appeal is likely.
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7E-M'ville-Murder


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=tha
TAPE#97-13
GRAPHIC=Murder Investigation;


Some major developments in Henry County murder investigation.
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SUPER=03-Henry Co.;


Authorities charged 22- year- old Jaquan (Juh kwan) Anderson Ross with first degree murder and illegal use of a firearm.
Sheriff's deputies have also identified the man Ross is accused of killing.
He is 27- year- old Carlton Alfonzo Flash.
Authorities found Flash's body in the road earlier this week. He had been shot several times.
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7E-N-S


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#97-16
GRAPHIC=Norfolk Southern


Some news of Washington should calm fears about potential job losses in Roanoke as a result of Norfolk Southern's purchase of Conrail's assets.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape;


Some have worried that hundreds of jobs at N-S's East End shops are at risk, because Conrail has a similar facility in Altoona, Pennsylvania.
Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte met with Norfolk Southern's Chief Executive David Goode yesterday.
Goode says he believes N-S WILL get the Altoona shops.
But he assured the Congressman that this will NOT effect the Roanoke operations.
Goode went on to say that the deal could end up creating more jobs in Roanoke, at places like its downtown offices.
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7weather


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Time now to take a look at today's forecast--
Patchy morning drizzle and fog-- otherwise mostly cloudy.
Highs will reach the upper 50s.
Tonight looks variably cloudy, with lows near 40.
Mostly sunny and warmer tomorrow, with highs nearing 70.
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7BIRTHDAYS! 3/21/97
Friday:

SUPER=130-20/Calvin George Jr./Gretna;



SUPER=130-6/Lucian Prestn-Black/Boones Mill;



SUPER=130-3/Danielle Crump/Nathalie;



(Twins! - Cute!)
SUPER=130-2/Jordan & Jasmine Banks/Roanoke;



SUPER=130-2/Carolyn Wisser/Roanoke;



(Twins!)
SUPER=130-5/Ethan & Kacie Horton/Willis;



(Anniversary)
SUPER=130-10th/Lennie & Brenda Smith/Roanoke;



SUPER=130-18/Carrie Caldwell/Roanoke;


Saturday:

SUPER=130-7/Kenny Moses/Shawsville;



SUPER=130-13/Anthony Janney/Goodview;



SUPER=130-/Crystal Stump/Christiansburg;



SUPER=130-12/Stephanie Lytton/Christiansburg;



SUPER=130-50/Linda Slate/Claytor Lake;



SUPER=130-40/Kathy Hatcher/Roanoke;



SUPER=130-7/seth Sigmon/Ferrum;



SUPER=130-20/Kristel Jenkins/Vinton;



SUPER=130-6/Cierra Kidd/Rocky Mount;



SUPER=130-2/Ryan Odell/Martinsville;


No Pictures:

SUPER=130-/Rumile Pannell/Bassett;



(Anniversary)
SUPER=130-39th/Joseph & Almela Claybrooks/Bassett;



SUPER=130-22/Melanie Daniels/Forest;



SUPER=130-66/Evelyn Gordon/Roanoke;



SUPER=130-48/Connie Moore/Roanoke;



(Anniversary)
SUPER=130-34th/Zebedee & Alma Cook/Roanoke;

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55P-Abed


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=KHu
TAPE#597=04
GRAPHIC=abed


The key figure in a major rackteering case in the Roanoke Valley could be set free on Bond today.
Yesterday a federal magistrate set bond at a quarter of a million dollars for Joe Abott.
However, a District Judge may try to (----------------)
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block Abott's release.
Meantime, Abott's son, Rod Abed was DENIED bond yesterday.
The government has pinpointed Abott as the head of a Palestinian crime family in Roanoke.
Another son- -who is NOT a suspect the racketeering case- -says it's simply UNtrue, that There is no crime family.
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((WE GET UP AND GO TO WORK EVERY MORNING JUST LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE, AND WE HAVE THIS PRESSURE ON US. IT'S GETTING UNBEARABLE. AND WE WOULD LIKE TO ASK THE MEDIA TO PLEASE TONE IT DOWN. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS THE ABED CRIME ORGANIZATION. ))
SUPER=01-Robert Abed/Joe Abbott's Son
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VO-NAT
SUPER=04-January 13, 1995


The indictment charges Robert's brother, Rod, set TWO fires on 13th Street the same day.
Two people DIED in the second one... possibly because they might have seen who set the first fire.
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55P-Georgia-Pacific


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#97-12
GRAPHIC=None


Georgia- Pacific's container-board mill in Big Island has stopped production for the rest of the week due to soft demand.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Big Island/File Tape;


Close to 400 people work at the plant.
Nearly all of them have the week off without pay.
There is a handful of salaried, maintenance, and security employees still working.
The plant reopens Monday.
Georgia Pacific has closed several other facilities across the U-S for the same reason.
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The last furlough at the Big Island plant took place in 19-95.

55E-N-S


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#97-16
GRAPHIC=Norfolk Southern


Some positive news out of Wasington for Roanoke's Norfolk Southern workers, concerning N-S's partial acquisition of Conrail.
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SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape;


Some have worried that hundreds of jobs at N-S's East End shops are at risk, because Conrail has a similar facility in Altoona, Pennsylvania.
Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte met with Norfolk Southern's Chief Executive David Goode yesterday.
Goode says he believes N-S WILL get the Altoona shops.
But he assured the Congressman that this will NOT effect the Roanoke operations.
Goode went on to say that the deal could end up creating more jobs in Roanoke, at places like its downtown offices.
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55WEATHER


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Turning now to weather--
Early morning fog today, and lingering clouds this afternoon.
Expect milder temperatures in the upper 50s.
Variably cloudy tonight, with lows around 40.
Mostly sunny and warmer tomorrow, with highs nearing 70.
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8E-Williams


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=tal
TAPE#97-7
GRAPHIC=Williams


A Blacksburg woman who's car hit and killed a Virginia Tech student in January was found guilty of drunk driving.
The judge also moved felony charges of involuntary manslaughter onto a grand jury.
Tracy Altizer reports.
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SUPER=01-Ryane Simpson/Accident Survivor;:58
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(( Dan Kelly and Ryane Simpson were walking, with their backs to traffic, on Tech's Southgate Drive.
Evelyn Williams hit them from behind.
Kelly was killed on impact.
A Tech police officer testified Williams slipped up in several field sobriety tests.
But six hours passed before officers could get a warrant to test her blood.
It registered point-oh-four, well below the legal limit of point-oh-eight.
But a state toxicologist used a measured rate to estimate blood alcohol level at the time of the accident.
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((IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF O.13. ))
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Though judge Thomas Frith struggled with his verdict, he couldn't ignore the scientific testimony.
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((IT'S A REAL CLOSE SITUATION, THAT'S ALL I'VE GOT TO TELL YOU. BUT IN VIEW OF MR. CARPENTER'S TESTIMONY I DON'T FEEL I CAN DO ANYTHING ELSE BUT CONVICT YOU OF DUI. ))
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Frith fined Williams 500 dollars and suspended a 30- day jail sentence. Her license is suspended for a year, or until she completes an alcohol safety course.
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((RYANE SIMPSON/ACCIDENT SURVIVOR: WE MISS HIM A WHOLE LOT AND I KNOW THIS IS NOT GONNA BRING HIM BACK BUT I'M GLAD THAT AT LEAST SOME JUSTICE IS SERVED. WE'RE WAITING TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THIS. ))
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A Montgomery County grand jury will now consider whether Williams should stand trial for involuntary manslaughter. Tracy Altizer, News 7.))

8S-Green-Animals


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=spr
TAPE#97-10
GRAPHIC=Valery Green

**Note**Anchor Tag
A judge has given the Franklin County Humane Society approval to either sell or adopt- out the animals taken from animal breeder Valery Green.
More than 100 dogs and cats are needing new homes.
In the meantime, Scott Prince reports some of them have found FOSTER homes.
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A spokesperson from Franklin County Humane Society says the organization will not be responding to telephone inquiries involving the Valery Green animals.
Instead, volunteers will be posting adoption instructions at various veterinary clinics throughout Franklin County, as well as the Roanoke Valley.

8weather


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Taking a look at today's forecast--
Patchy fog and drizzle will give way to mostly cloudy skies this afternoon.
Look for highs in the upper 50s.
Variably cloudy tonight, with lows near 40.
Plenty of sunshine and warmer temperatures tomorrow, with highs in the upper 60s.
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SUPER=#555; reset Wind/38-42;