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7E-Ironto-Murder


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=jda
TAPE#=97-17
GRAPHIC=Murder Investigation


A Roanoke man was found shot to death yesterday morning at a rest stop on Interstate 81 in Montgomery County.
Published reports say the victim, 57 year old Estel Darnell Singleton, appeared to have been robbed.
Joe Dashiell has the story.
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SUPER=07-Melissa Audick; :00 QUICK!
SUPER=01-Doug Marrs/Montgomery Co. Sheriff; :30
SUPER=@Joe1; :50
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((MELISSA AUDICK: WHEN I WOKE UP HE WAS DEAD.))
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College student Melissa Audick says she saw the victim in the hours before he was shot and killed.
She says he paced around her car, and stared at her until she moved to another parking spot... and fell asleep.
Virginia Department of Transportation Employees discovered the body and called the Montgomery County Sheriffs department around 9:30am.
They're hoping that someone who was passing through the rest area may be able to provide some useful information to investigators.
SOT 12:29:49
IN Q=Anyone that would have been driving

((DOUG MARRS/MONTGOMERY CO. SHERIFF: ANYONE THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN DRIVING BY HERE THIS MORNING THAT COULD HAVE POSSIBLY SEEN OR HEARD ANYTHING, IF THEY WOULD PLEASE CONTACT THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT OR THE VIRGINIA STATE POLICE WITH ANY INFORMATION THAT MIGHT BE HELPFUL, WE WOULD APPRECIATE THAT.))
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State Police stopped a car that was spotted here about the time of the shooting, but that lead apparently did not pan out.
This is the 2nd fatal shooting at a Virginia interstate rest area in the last six months.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Ironto))

7E-Flooding


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=THa
TAPE#97-32
GRAPHIC=Flooding


Good news for residents of Halifax County -- the Dan River crested this morning near Riverdale at EIGHT feet above flood stage.
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VO-NAT
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The water is expected to recede slowly throughout the morning.
Crews began setting up barricades at the intersection of Route 58- and 501- yesterday afternoon.
That's when flood waters began spilling onto the road.
Local business owners began packing up Tuesday-- in preparation for Mother Nature.
Flooding seems to be a yearly occurrence in Riverdale, but that does not make it any easier.
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IN Q=This

((THIS IS LOST BUSINESS FOR YOU ISN'T IT: CALLIE DUNN/RIVERDALE BUSINESS OWNER: OH, YES, YES, IT IS, THREE DAYS WORTH, THREE DAYS, MINIMUM. ))
SUPER=01-Callie Dunn/Riverdale Business Owner; :00
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VO-NAT


Flooding in Riverdale is expected to last into today or tomorrow.
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7P-Wytheville-Fire


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=tal
TAPE#597-15
GRAPHIC=fatal fire


A smoke detector could have been the difference between life and death for a wytheville couple.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Wytheville;


Authorities say 59- year- old Cora Lee Green and her husband Robert Green were died when their house went up in flames early yesterday morning.
The house had a smoke detector, but it did NOT have a battery.
The Green's sons were also in the house and were able to escape and call 9-1-1 at a nieghbor's home.
But they could not fight the heat and smoke to save their parents.
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SOT 14:40:45
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((TRENTON CROCKETT/NEIGHBOR: THEY WAS TRYING TO GO BACK IN AND I TRIED TO STOP THEM BUT THEY WAS PRETTY MUCH HYSTERICAL. I DIDN'T TRY TO STOP THEM AFTER A WHILE, THEY WERE IN MILD SHOCK OR SOMETHING. ))
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VO-NAT


A preliminary investigation shows the fire started in a hallway near a baseboard heating unit.
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7P-C'burg-Fire


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=tal
TAPE#97-18

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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Christiansburg;


In Christiansburg, a family of four escaped safely when THEIR home caught fire on Roanoke Street yesterday morning.
Police say Raymond Patterson, a retired Chicago police officer, lived there with Theo Elliott and their two young children.
Fire Chief Jim Epperly says it appears the fire probably started behind the stove.
The Montgomery County Red Cross is accepting donations to help the family.
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7weather


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WRITER=kmc
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Time now to check the weather forecast--
Variably cloudy, with the possibility of showers today.
Highs in the low 70s, with southwesterly winds 20 to 25 miles an hour.
Turning clear and cool tonight, with lows in the low to mid 40s.
And mostly sunny skies tomorrow, with highs nearing 70.
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7BIRTHDAYS ! 5/2/97
Friday:

SUPER=130-7/Andrew Powers/Roanoke;



SUPER=130-8/Brandon Robertson/Rocky Mount;



SUPER=130-5/Desirae Jamison/Rocky Mount;



SUPER=130-28/Linda Reynolds/Jefferson City TN;



SUPER=130-4/Kaleigh King/Stone Mountain GA;



SUPER=130-2/Brendan Burton/Roanoke;


Saturday:

SUPER=130-1/Dustin Rice/Glasgow;



SUPER=130-/Stephen Floyd/Rockbridge Baths;



SUPER=130-6/Brittany Dickens/Max Meadows;



SUPER=130-68/Kathleen Cregger LeFew/Salem;



(Twins - Brother & Sister)
SUPER=130-78/Edgar Duncan & Ester Grippith/Riner;



SUPER=130-6/Angela Adams/Hurt;



(Twins)
SUPER=130-2/Johnathan & Nathan Palmer/Huddleston;


No Pictures:

SUPER=130-53/William Snider/Blacksburg;



SUPER=130-22/Christie May/Huddleston;



SUPER=130-19/LaShawn Robertson/Bedford;



SUPER=130-38/Richard Hall/Pulaski;



(Twins)
SUPER=130-36/Bernadeane & Bernadette Cooper/Roanoke;



SUPER=130-/Ruth Simpkins/Newbern;



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55p-ironto-murder


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=amo
TAPE#597-11
GRAPHIC=murder inv.


Authorities still have no suspects in connection to yesterday's murder at an Interstate 81 rest stop in Montgomery County.
The Associated Press is reporting 57 year old Estel Darnell Singleton was shot death it what may have been a robbery.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Ironto;


His body was found lying face down in a grassy area just south of the restroom pavilion about 9:30.
So far, investigators don't have any witnesses.
One woman says she saw the victim ALIVE some four hours earlier.
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IN Q=Just pacing around the car

((MELISSA AUDICK: JUST PACING AROUND THE CAR STARING RIGHT AT ME, SO I MOVED THE CAR OVER HERE. WE STAYED AWAKE FROM ANOTHER 45 MINUTES OR AN HOUR. THEN WHEN I WOKE UP THIS TRANSPIRED.))
SUPER=07-Melissa Audick; :03
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VO-NAT


The Sheriff wants anyone who has any information to contact his office or the state police.
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55TAXES


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#
GRAPHIC=


It's tax day in Virginia.
Virginians have until midnight tonight to send in their state income tax forms.
Taxpayers who aren't ready can ask for an extension of up to six months.


55P-Confederate-Rallies


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=equ
TAPE#597-17
GRAPHIC=none


In Richmond, Virginia's Confederate History and Heritage Month was the focus of two separate rallies.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Richmond;


The N-double-A-C-P and Southern Christian Leadership Conference kicked things off.
Speakers chided Governor George Allen for what they called a "foolish" summary of Civil War history in his proclamation.
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((LINDA BYRD-HARDEN/VA. NAACP: IT'S A THING WHERE WHITE PEOPLE KILLED EACH OTHER OVER THE RIGHT TO OWN AND BREED SLAVES.))
SOT 12:16:00

((HOW CAN YOU STRIVE TO DO BETTER WHEN YOUR PEOPLE AT THE TOP SEAT OF GOVERNMENT ARE TRYING TO OPPRESS YOU WITH NEGATIVISM LIKE THE PROCLAMATION?))
SUPER=01-Linda Byrd-Harden/Va. NAACP; :00
SUPER=01-Paul Gillis/Va. NAACP; :09
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VO-NAT


Then the Confederate re-enactors took the field to celebrate.
Reporters heard talk of understanding.
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SOT 14:23:00
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((RICK REID/CONFEDERATE RE-ENACTOR: COMING FROM MY PERSPECTIVE, I SAW NOTHING WRONG WITH IT. BUT LISTENING TO THEIR POINT OF VIEW TODAY ABOUT IT, AND I CAN'T REMEMBER THE GENTLEMAN'S NAME, BUT HE SAID "LIBERTY FOR WHO?" WELL IT CERTAINLY WASN'T LIBERTY FOR THEM. AND I AGREE A HUNDRED PERCENT WITH HIM.))
SUPER=01-Rick Reid/Confederate Re-enactor;
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VO-NAT


Both rallies went off peacefully.
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55weather


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NEWSCAST=cut-in
WRITER=kmc
TAPE#
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Focusing our attention on weather--
Expect variably cloudy skies today, along with some passing showers.
Southwesterly winds will gust from 20 to 25 miles an hour.
Highs warming into the low 70s.
Clear and cool tonight, with lows in the 40s.
And mostly sunny skies tomorrow, highs close to 70.
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8Taxes


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cut-in
WRITER=mel
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Yet another Tax Day is upon us.
This time it's STATE taxes.
Virginians have until midnight to send in their tax forms.
Taxpayers who aren't ready can ask for an extension of up to six months.

8p-ironto-murder


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=amo
TAPE#597-11
GRAPHIC=murder inv.


Police have no suspects yet in the murder of a Roanoke man yesteray at an Interstate 81 rest stop.
State Police say Fifty seven year old Estel Darnell Singleton was found shot death during a possible robbery.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Ironto;


His body was found lying face down in a grassy area just south of the restroom pavilion about 9:30.
So far, investigators don't have any witnesses.
One woman says she saw the victim ALIVE at a few hours earlier.
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SOT 47:36 597-14
IN Q=Just pacing around the car

((MELISSA AUDICK: JUST PACING AROUND THE CAR STARING RIGHT AT ME, SO I MOVED THE CAR OVER HERE. WE STAYED AWAKE FROM ANOTHER 45 MINUTES OR AN HOUR. THEN WHEN I WOKE UP THIS TRANSPIRED.))
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VO-NAT


The killing is the second at a roadside rest stop in Virginia in four months.
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8E-Wytheville-Fire


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=tal
TAPE#97-21
GRAPHIC=Fatal Fire


A Wytheville couple may have survived a morning fire at their home, if their smoke detector had a battery.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Wytheville;


The blaze gutted the home at 415 East Liberty Street yesterday.
By the time Cora Lee Green realized it was on fire and yelled for her family to get out, it was too late.
She and her husband Robert A. Green the third were overcome by smoke and died inside.
Their sons escaped and ran to a neighbor's for help.
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SOT 14:40:34
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((TRENTON CROCKETT/NEIGHBOR: CAME OUTSIDE AND TRIED TO HELP THEM OUT AS BEST I COULD, BUT THERE WAS NOTHING THAT COULD BE DONE. THE HOUSE, IT WAS JUST TOTALLY ENGULFED IN FLAMES, A LOT IF IT SHOOTING OUT THE FRONT DOOR. ))
SUPER=01-Trenton Crockett/Neighbor;
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VO-NAT


Authorities say the fire burned for some time before it was discovered.
They suspect it started in a hallway around an electric baseboard heater.
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8P-C'burg-Fire


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=tal
TAPE#97-18

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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Christiansburg;


Meanwhile, a SAFE escape for a family of four when their Christiansburg home caught fire early yesterday.
Police say Raymond Patterson, a retired Chicago police officer, lived there with Theo Elliott and their two young children.
Fire Chief Jim Epperly says it appears the fire probably started behind the stove.
The Montgomery County Red Cross is accepting donations to help the family.
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8E-Radford-Arsenal


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=tal
TAPE#=97-25
GRAPHIC=layoffs


89 people at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant will likely be affected by planned layoffs of temporary employees.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./File Tape;


News-7 reported Monday cutbacks were on the horizon, but contract operator Alliant Techsystems had not made it official.
The affected workers were all previously laid off and REHIRED in January to fill an increased number of orders.
Now production has returned to normal, and a new contract the arsenal was seeking went to a manufacturer in Canada.
The Plant manager says the fact that international competitors got the contract is especially disappointing- considering the contract to produce propellant is funded through U-S military aid.
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8E-Flooding


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=THa
TAPE#97-32
GRAPHIC=Flooding


This week's heavy rain is expected to cause some flooding problems in Halifax county.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Riverdale;


The Dan River crested this morning in Riverdale at EIGHT feet above flood stage.
Crews began setting up barricades at the intersection of Route 58- and 501- yesterday afternoon.
That's when flood waters began spilling onto the road.
Local business owners began packing up Tuesday-- in preparation for Mother Nature.
Flooding seems to be a yearly occurrence in Riverdale, but that does not make it any easier.
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SOT
IN Q=This

((THIS IS LOST BUSINESS FOR YOU ISN'T IT: CALLIE DUNN/RIVERDALE BUSINESS OWNER: OH, YES, YES, IT IS, THREE DAYS WORTH, THREE DAYS, MINIMUM. ))
SUPER=01-Callie Dunn/Riverdale Business Owner; :00
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VO-NAT


Flooding in Riverdale is expected to last into today or tomorrow.
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8weather


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NEWSCAST=cut-in
WRITER=kmc
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Turning to the Thursday outlook--
Variably cloudy today, with some scattered showers.
Windy today, with southwesterly gusts 20 to 25 miles an hour.
High temperatures in the low 70s.
Becoming clear overnight, with lows in the 40s.
And Friday looks mostly sunny, with highs near 70.
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