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7McCane


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As of January 15th, the Bedford County Sheriff's Department will be looking for a second in command.
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Lieutenant John McCane has tendered his resignation and will step down in two weeks, according to sources in the department.
McCane currently is the subject of a state police investigation into the possible embezzlement of sheriff's department funds.
He also has been charged with stalking a friend of his estranged wife.
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McCane stated in his resignation that he did not want the negative publicity about his personal life to reflect badly on the department.
Bedford sheriff Mike Brown is on vacation and could not immediately be reached for comment.

7Armed-Robbery


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In Lynchburg last night, there was another armed robbery - the twenty-first in the area over the last few months.
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Just before ten, a masked gunman entered the Harbor Inn Seafood restaurant on Old Forest Road and demanded money.
Police at first were concerned the suspect was holding employees hostage.
A SWAT team was called in to search the building but the gunman apparently fled without any money.
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((LT. EUGENE WINGFIELD/LYNCHBURG POLICE: IT'S NO QUESTION WE JUST MISSED HIM, BECAUSE WE'VE BEEN DOING SOME THINGS IN ORDER TO COMBAT THESE ROBBERIES AND WITHOUT GOING INTO THEM. THERE'S NO QUESTION IN THIS PARTICULAR INCIDENT WE JUST MISSED HIM AND WE JUST WEREN'T ABLE TO GET ENOUGH UNITS HERE IN TIME TO SEAL THE AREA AS WELL AS WE WOULD HAVE LIKED, BUT I THINK CONSIDERING THE CIRCUMSTANCES WE WERE ABLE TO DO PRETTY WELL.))
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Wingfield says he does NOT know whether last night's robbery is linked to twenty other armed robberies in the area in recent months.
A special task force has been set up to help solve those crimes.
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7S-First-Union


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The economic outlook for Virginia is bright for the new year, according to an economist with First Union.
Mark Vitner says business in the Southeast should outperform the rest of the nation.
He's predicting three-point-four percent growth in Virginia, and says the state will add nearly 80-thousand new jobs.
Vitner says cutbacks in defense and government are a thing of the past in the Old Dominion.
But he says most of the growth will be in northern Virginia, Richmond, and Hampton Roads.

7E-Zoo


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Children weren't the only ones enjoying the snow left behind by the recent storm. Animals took to frolicking too.
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Theodore was as busy as ever at Mill Mountain Zoo yesterday.
He and his colleagues, like Nina the outgoing llama, seemed like they were enjoying themselves yesterday afternoon.
Zookeepers say only a few animals retreat after big snowstorms.
The rest come out and play.
That means zookeepers need to be extra careful because big piles of snow give some animals escape routes.
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((LAURIE SPANGLER/MILL MOUNTAIN ZOO: SOME ANIMALS WOULD BE ABLE TO CLIMB OUT IF THE SNOW GOT HIGH ENOUGH. SO WE HAVE TO CHECK ALL OUR FENCES AND MAKE SURE IT'S NOT DRIFTED AROUND THE PERIMETERS. ))
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The zoo was closed to visitors yesterday.
But it normally stays open no matter what the weather's like.
Zookeepers say if you are planning a trip up the mountain, it's a good idea to call first -- just to make sure roads and walkways are clear.
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7weather


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The recent wintry weather is causing one school delay--
The Radford Child Care Center will run on a delayed schedule.
It'll be open from eight A-M to four P-M.
Partly cloudy and chilly today, with highs in ther lower 30s.
Clear and very cold as we ring in the new year...overnight lows dropping into the teens.
The four day forecast does warm up, though.
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45Armed-Robbery


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A restaurant in Lynchburg was the latest target for the city's twenty-first armed robbery last night.
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Just before ten last night, a masked gunman entered the Harbor Inn Seafood restaurant on Old Forest Road and demanded money.
Police at first were concerned the suspect was holding employees hostage.
A SWAT team was called in to search the building but the gunman apparently fled without the money.
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((LT. EUGENE WINGFIELD/LYNCHBURG POLICE: IT'S NO QUESTION WE JUST MISSED HIM, BECAUSE WE'VE BEEN DOING SOME THINGS IN ORDER TO COMBAT THESE ROBBERIES AND WITHOUT GOING INTO THEM. THERE'S NO QUESTION IN THIS PARTICULAR INCIDENT WE JUST MISSED HIM AND WE JUST WEREN'T ABLE TO GET ENOUGH UNITS HERE IN TIME TO SEAL THE AREA AS WELL AS WE WOULD HAVE LIKED, BUT I THINK CONSIDERING THE CIRCUMSTANCES WE WERE ABLE TO DO PRETTY WELL.))
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Wingfield says he does NOT know whether last night's robbery is linked to twenty other armed robberies in the area in recent months.
A special task force has been set up to help solve those crimes.
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45S-Heat-Pump


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The big snowstorm this week can mean big trouble for those keeping warm with heat pumps.
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Technicians recommend clearing ice and snow from the top and sides of your unit.
That's because heat pumps need air to run efficiently.
If your unit isn't running properly there ARE signs to look for.
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((BOB MARTIN/BLUE RIDE HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING MGR.: YOU'LL NOTICE THAT YOUR THERMOSTAT, YOUR AUXILIARY LIGHT ON YOUR THERMOSTAT IS GOING TO BE ON A LOT WHEN IT SHOULDN'T BE ON AND IN WEATHER LIKE THIS A HEAT PUMP SHOULD PRETTY MUCH TAKE CARE OF THE HOME, IF IT'S SIZED CORRECTLY. ))
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Homeowners should NOT be alarmed about frost-- but ice inside your heat pump should be taken seriously.
Martin says you can turn the unit off and pour warm water inside it to clear the coil and fan blades.
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45S-Mortar


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Two boys struck not gold, but a piece of history with a metal detector in Winchester.
Micheal and Andrew Zimmerman discovered a mortar shell from the Civil War near a soccer field.
They called police who decided to detonate it.
The blast left a large crater.
Civil War historian Allan Tischler said the shell was probably left over from the Battle of First Kernstown.
Police are searching to see if there are more mortar shells in the area.

45Better-Attendance


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The Roanoke Express is hoping to attract more fans in the New Year.
The hockey team's management plans to make changes in its
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marketing strategies, and will include more local businesses in its efforts to draw more fans to weekday games.
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((PIERRE PAIEMENT/EXPRESS GENERAL MANAGER; WE SWITCHED THE FAMILY NIGHT INTO FRIDAY NIGHT. SO IT'S NOW FRIDAY FAMILY NIGHT AND WE HAVE REPLACED THE TUESDAY WITH WHAT WE CALL THE MARKET MARDI GRAS.))
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Paiement says, to help with such plans, the team wants to have a new marketing director by February.
One other front office seat to fill will be Paiement's General Manager position.
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((NOTHING HAS BEEN DONE SPECIFICALLY TO FIND A CANDIDATE. WE HAVE RIGHT NOW A COUPLE OF RESUMES ON THE TABLE. I GUESS BECAUSE OF THE HOLIDAYS, WE HAVEN'T LOOKED TOO INTENSIVELY FOR A REPLACEMENT FOR ME. ))
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Paiement announced earlier this month he will not renew his contract when the season ends.
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45weather


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There is one school announcement to tell you about this morning--
The Radford Child Care Center will operate on a delayed schedule.
It'll be open from eight A-M until four P-M.
As for your New Year's Eve forecast--
Partly cloudy, breezy and chilly today, with highs in the lower 30s.
Clear and very cold overnight, as lows fall into the lower teens.
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8McCane


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Personal problems have apparently led to the resignation of the second officer in command of the Bedford county Sheriff's department.
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Lieutenant John McCane will step down as of January 15th, according to a press release released last night.
McCane currently is the subject of a state police investigation into the possible embezzlement of sheriff's department funds.
He also has been charged with stalking a friend of his estranged wife.
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McCane stated in his resignation that he did not want the negative publicity about his personal life to reflect badly on the department.
The press release states Bedford sheriff Mike Brown has accepted his resignation.

8Storm-Cleanup


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Conditions are smoother for travel this morning--
But for winter weather fans, the recent snowfall amounted to LOTS of fun.
Eric Earnhart reports.
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(( The irresistible pull of the snow-covered hill brought kids and adults out of the house to enjoy the snow while they can...

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((SLEDDING KIDS; IT'S GREAT, IT'S AWESOME MAN... IT'D BE BETTER IF WE WERE IN SCHOOL CAUSE WE DIDN'T GET OUT OF SCHOOL))
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Tuesday was business as usual as Roanoke sanitation workers disposed of leftover holiday trash...
Trash collection in Roanoke County will resume Wednesday....
For Department of Transportation workers, the battle moved off the main roads.
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((LAURA BULLOCK/VDOT; MOTHER NATURE IS HELPING US OUT, THE SUN HAS KICKED IN A BIT AND WE'RE SEEING SOME MELTING, THAT DOESN'T MEAN WE'VE QUIT WORK THOUGH, OUR CREWS ARE CONCENTRATING ON THE SECONDARY ROADS, THOSE NUMBERED 600 AND ABOVE, FOUND PRETTY MUCH IN THE NEIGHBORHOODS))
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But VDOT officials say they can't do much about this... the construction bottleneck that backed up traffic on highway 220 south.

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((LAURA BULLOCK/VDOT; OBVIOUSLY WE'D LIKE TO GET OUT OF THERE AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE, THE KIND OF LANE CLOSURE THAT'S SET UP YOU CANNOT TEAR DOWN AND TAKE IT OUT SO THE TRAFFIC CAN FLOW THROUGH... IT WOULD HAVE BEEN AN UNSAFE SITUATION, THERE IS NOT ANOTHER ROAD THERE FOR TRAFFIC TO USE.))
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And construction here is not scheduled for completion until spring, so if snow returns, be prepared for another slow trip south. STANDUP
And remember, even though roadways may be fine during the day, patches of snowmelt can still re-freeze overnight and cause dangerous driving.
In Roanoke, Eric Earnhart, News ))

8S-First-Union


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Economists are toasting Virginia's success this year, and one First Union expert says the boom should continue well into 19-98.
Mark Vitner says business in the Southeast should outperform the rest of the nation.
He's predicting three-point-four percent growth in Virginia, and says the state will add nearly 80-thousand new jobs.
Vitner says cutbacks in defense and government are a thing of the past in the Old Dominion.
But he says most of the growth will be in northern Virginia, Richmond, and Hampton Roads.

8E-Mann


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Its not a sticker- price, but a FINE of 18- hundred dollars for a Clifton Forge car dealer charged with selling cars without titles.
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In court Monday, Dave Mann was convicted on two misdemeanor counts of failing to obtain a title.
He was also found guilty of improperly using temporary and dealer plates.
One-third of his fine was suspended, on the condition one of the customers involved getting his title by January 16th.
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8weather


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Only a few flurries on the way today-- but Monday's heavy snow is creating one school delay.
Turning to today's weather--
Partly cloudy and breezy, with highs in the lower 30s.
The year will wind down with clear skies and very cold temperatures tonight, with lows in the lower teens.
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