[Hager-Ax]

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Hello, I'm Tonya Flory, sitting in for Melanie Moon.
Lieutenant Governor John Hager been pushing a measure to restrict teen driving and last night it was a teen driver who almost sent him to the hospital.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-January;]


Hager was not hurt when his car was slammed in the rear by another vehicle in downtown Richmond.
Police estimated the other vehicle, which was stolen, was going 90 miles per hour.
But Hager wasn't hurt.
An aide said he'll be checked by a doctor today as a precaution.
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[ANCHOR=Tonya]
[SS=NONE]


The 17-year-old boy driving the other vehicle is in satisfactory condition at a Richmond hospital.

[Jordan]


[ANCHOR=Tonya]
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[WRITER=tfl]
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More questions today for Vernon Jordan. President Clinton's longtime friend arrived at the federal courthouse this morning to testify for a second day before a grand jury investigating the Monica Lewinsky case.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC]


Jordan went through a first round of grilling last Tuesday.
The "Washington Post" is reporting President Clinton acknowledged talking to Jordan about efforts to find former White House intern Monica Lewinsky a job.
The President also reportedly said that it was his secretary Betty Currie who initiated the job search efforts.
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[Evenflo]


[ANCHOR=Tonya]
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A major child car-seat maker is ordering one of the largest recalls for child safety seats.
Evenflo is taking 800-thousand of its popular "On My Way" seats off the market.
The manufacturer says a locking mechanism on the handle can slip, causing the seat to flip forward and toss the baby on the ground.
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[Pre-pro-101essC]
The recall is for model number 2-0-7, a car seat and carrier -- and model 4-9-2 which also includes a stroller.
The Ohio-based company says it will provide customers with a free repair kit with redesigned latch buttons that make the handle stronger.

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[ANCHOR=Tonya]
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Puerto Ricans are cautiously welcoming a move by Congress to allow them to decide their future.
It was a first step -- but a big one for Puerto Rico.
From commonwealth to possibly the 51st state in the union.
Gary Taw-man-in reports.
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[SUPER=03-Washington, DC;:00]
[SUPER=01-Gary Toumain/Reporting;]
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[OUT Q=CBS News, Washington]




[E-Dairy-Farms]


[ANCHOR=Tonya]
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Consumers may be milking low prices for all they're worth, but some dairy farmers say they're the ones getting soaked.
They're trying to pool their resources to earn more money.
Tina Tenret has the story.
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[IN Q=You won't see]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.; :05]
[SUPER=01-Van Flora/Dairy Farmer; :12]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.; :31]
[SUPER=01-Jerry Henderson/Dairy Farmers of America; :49]
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(( You won't see this everyday.
Young dairy farmers are a rare breed -- older generations say there's just not enough money making milk in Virginia.
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[SOT 10:48:24]
[IN Q=About six months ago]

((VAN FLORA/DAIRY FARMER: ABOUT SIX MONTHS AGO, I GOT THE LOWEST AMOUNT FOR MILK THAT I'VE EVER GOTTEN SINCE I'VE BEEN IN THE DAIRY BUSINESS. AND ALL OF OUR OTHER PRICES HAVE GONE UP: VEHICLES, HOUSING, INSURANCE, TRACTORS, EVERYTHING HAS GONE UP BUT WE'RE GETTING THE SAME FOR OUR MILK -- OR EVEN LESS.)) [RUNS:16]
[OUT Q=OR EVEN LESS]


California farmers are flooding the market with milk, driving prices down.
So local farmers are putting the squeeze on the General Assembly -- to approve a Southern Compact.
That would allow farmers AND consumers in the South to set their own prices for milk.
Jerry Henderson has been farming for 40 years -- now he's counting on the Southern Compact to keep his family afloat.
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((JERRY HENDERSON/DAIRY FARMERS OF AMERICA: IT'S LIKE STANDING ON A STREET CORNER WITH A TIN CAN BEGGING. EITHER WE LET SUPPLY DROP TO WHERE THERE'S A SHORTAGE OF MILK -- WHICH IS HARD TO DO -- OR WE GO THE ROUTE WE'RE GOING.)) [RUNS:18]
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((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: THERE'S ONLY ONE COMPACT SO FAR IN THE UNITED STATES. NEW ENGLAND STATES BANDED TOGETHER IN 96 -- AND JERRY HENDERSON SAYS THEY'RE ALREADY MAKING MORE MONEY FOR MILK.)) [RUNS:10]
[OUT Q=FOR MILK]


Farmers say shoppers would pay only pennies more per gallon, at most.
But if they don't EARN more soon -- many farmers say they'll go bust -- sending a large chunk of the local economy down the drain.
Tina Tenret, News7.))

[E-Akers]


[ANCHOR=Tonya]
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[TAPE#=98-7]
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"Edgemont Parents Taking Action" is sponsoring an awareness and self-defense class tonight to teach children and their parents ways of protecting themselves.
The parents mobilized to get a twice-convicted sex offender to move away from their children's school.
Randall Akers is now finding a new home.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@File]


Akers was convicted of statutory rape and video-taping girls in the bathroom of a teen night club in 19-90.
Parents in Covington began protesting in January after finding out that Akers was living near the Edgemont Primary School playground.
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[IN Q=Our intention never]

((DAVID KIDD/EDGEMONT PARENTS TAKING ACTION: OUR INTENTION NEVER WAS TO RUN HIM OUT OF THIS AREA. PERSONALLY, AS A SPOKESMAN FOR MY OPINION. IT WAS NEVER TO RUN HIM OUT OF THIS AREA. IT WAS TO HAVE HIM IN AN AREA WHERE WE FELT SAFE.))


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[OUT Q=we felt safe.]
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[VO-NAT]


"Edgemont Parents Taking Action" also started a letter-writing campaign to change the law to allow officials to contact parents when a sex offender moves into town.
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[E-Boxing-Club]


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The Roanoke Boxing Association will not get any help from the city in paying off thousands of dollars of debt.
The city cut off grant payments to the association after an audit turned up questionable financial transactions.


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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


The gym at Victory Stadium is locked up, a sign on the door says it will reopen when it gets the proper insurance.
[SUPER=@File]


But the city has suspended the Association's rental agreement.
The audit found several hundred dollars unaccounted for.
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[IN Q=There's about ]

((WIL DIBLING/CITY ATTORNEY; THERE'S ABOUT 22 HUNDRED DOLLARS IN QUESTIONS EXPENDITURES, THERE ARE ABOUT 440 DOLLARS OF REIMBURSEMENT FOR UNAUTHORIZED EXPENDITURES.))
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[OUT Q=expenditures]
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[VO-NAT]


Brad Minter trained at the Gym, he says he worries about the kids who worked out there after school.
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[IN Q=It was a free]

((BRAD MINTER/BOXER; IT WAS A FREE PLACE TO TRAIN, IT WAS GOOD FOR THE KIDS AND A LOT OF THEM KIDS THEY CAN'T AFFORD THAT STUFF AND THEY CAME DOWN THERE TO LEARN AND WORK OUT, AND NOW THEY AINT GOT A PLACE FOR THAT.))
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[VO-NAT]


Rick Hawkins, the executive director of the association could not be reached for comment.
The Commonwealth's Attorney's office is investigating the discrepancies in the group's finances.
Don Caldwell says he hasn't decided if charges are warranted in the case.
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[E-Wall-Collapse]


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[TAPE#98-8]
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In a city full of historic buildings... Lynchburg officials say an incident like Tuesday's partial building collapse should not happen again.
Meanwhile inspectors still don't know why the downtown wall collapsed.
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[VO-NAT]
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The brick veneer at 11-15 Main Street crashed to the ground Tuesday afternoon, crushing seven cars parked next to the building.
[SUPER=04-Yesterday; :07]


Crews were back out yesterday, cleaning up the site and removing loose bricks from the top of the structure.
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[SOT 5:31:04]
[IN Q=I think one]

((EARL TAYLOR/LYNCHBURG CITY INSPECTOR: I THINK ONE OF THE MAIN THINGS IS MAKING SURE THAT THE BUILDING IS SAFE AS FAR AS SIDEWALK TRAFFIC, THAT STREET TRAFFIC IS OKAY RIGHT NOW, BUT BEFORE WE OPEN THE SIDEWALK, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT AREA IS SECURE.))
[SUPER=01-Earl Taylor/Lynchburg City Inspector; :00]
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[OUT Q=area is secure.]
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[VO-NAT]


Taylor says the century-old building appears to be sound, inside and out.
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[School-Openings]


[ANCHOR=Tonya]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=lba]
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The tourism industry and educators are battling head-to-head over whether Virginia's schools should end summer break before Labor Day.
A bill to clamp down on school systems that open before the September holiday has passed the Senate and is headed for a final vote in the House.
The tourism industry says it needs students to run roller coasters and guard swimming pools until the vacation season is over.
The Virginia Education Association says education shouldn't be put on the back-burner for tourism.

[E-Pulaski-Ball]


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A costly face-lift is on the way to Pulaski's minor league ball park.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski;]


Town council recently approved 610-thousand dollars in improvements to Calfee park.
Mayor John Johnston says the upgrade was necessary to secure a four year minor league deal with the Texas Rangers.
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[IN Q=We felt]

((JOHN JOHNSTON/PULASKI MAYOR:WE FELT LIKE IT WAS A QUALITY OF LIFE ISSUE MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE BECAUSE THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE, IN PULASKI, THAT LIKE BASEBALL. ))
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[OUT Q=like baseball.]
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[VO-NAT]


The decision to upgrade the ball park comes at a sensitive time.
The town recently paid 30-thousand dollars for a study that examined ways the town could save money.
One recommendation was to cut the number of police officers.
Pulaski has 29-officers on its force.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I don't]

((HERB COOLEY/PULASKI POLICE CHIEF:I DON'T THINK THAT'S TOO MANY OR TOO LITTLE, I THINK IT'S A GOOD AMOUNT, I THINK WE'RE ABLE TO PUT OUT THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF PEOPLE TO COVER THE TOWN EFFECTIVELY. WE'RE ABLE TO DO CRIME PREVENTION, WE'RE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DRUG TASK FORCE AND DO INVESTIGATIVE WORK. ))
[SUPER=01-Herb Cooley/Pulaski Police Chief; :06]
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[OUT Q=investigative work.]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski/December 1997;]


The study also suggested cutting the number of paid firefighters.
At this time-- a decision regarding the cuts has not been made.
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[E-Allergies]


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[TAPE#=98-4]
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Some Virginians may be thanking El Nino for the early taste of spring... But chances are allergy sufferers aren't enjoying the warm weather as much as many.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; ]


The mild winter is having an impact on those who suffer from allergies, triggering sinus problems ahead of schedule.

Doctors say allergy sufferers should start their medication now, but caution people taking over the counter remedies about side effects.
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[SOT 00:16:04]
[IN Q=The non-drowsy]

((DR. GEOFF HARTER/EAR, NOSE & THROAT:THE NON-DROWSY FORMULAS ACTUALLY MAY HAVE NO ANTIHISTAMINE WHATSOEVER MAY HAVE A DECONGESTANT AND PATIENTS WHO HAVE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE NEED TO BE VERY CAUTIOUS ABOUT USING THEM, SO IF THEY HAVE ANY QUESTIONS AT ALL THEY SHOULD CHECK WITH THEIR PHYSICIAN OR THEIR PHARMACIST WHERE THEY GET THEIR MEDICATION.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Geoff Harter/Ear, Nose & Throat; ]
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[OUT Q=their medication.]
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[VO-NAT]


Harter says the elderly should be especially careful when buying non-prescription brands. He notes many warning labels have small print that can be tough to read.
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[Allen-Baby]


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[WRITER=lba]
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Former Governor George Allen's family grew last night.
Susan Allen gave birth to a seven-pound, eight-and-a-half-ounce girl.

Brooke Victoria Brown Allen is the third child for the Allens.[Space-Woman]


[ANCHOR=Tonya]
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[WRITER=tfl]
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One giant leap for womankind today -- For the first time in the history of U-S space flight, a woman is being named to head up a space mission.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC]


Eileen Collins was promoted to space shuttle commander at a White House ceremony with President and Mrs. Clinton in attendance.
Collins has already flown on two shuttle missions. And in December of 1995, she became the first woman to pilot the craft.
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[Lunar]


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Meantime, NASA is releasing the initial results of the Lunar Prospector.
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[VO-NAT]


The U-S space agency is expected to confirm that the prospector has found water on the moon.
The Lunar Prospector probe has been circling the moon since January looking for ice in craters close to the poles.
As the prospector passed over the south pole, particles kicked up by radiation steamed into its detectors and gave a measure of what was down there.
Some scientists believe there could be a billion tons of ice hidden beneath the surface.
The discovery could revolutionize space exploration.

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On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN 61 points.[UVa]


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[WRITER=Mike]
[TAPE#net (edit of VB98-1)]
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The 45th annual A-C-C tournament tips-off tonight at the Greensboro Coliseum and Virginia and Florida State were the first teams to practice at the coliseum last night.
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[VO-NAT eng#]
[SUPER=03-Greensboro, NC; ;00]


It was a homecoming of sorts for Fleming and Radford University graduate Steve Robinson, who led his Seminoles through a brief workout on the coliseum hardwood.
The Noles open with N.C. State tonight at seven, in Robinson's ACC tournament debut.
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((STEVE ROBINSON/FLORIDA STATE HEAD COACH:))
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[OUT Q=...DAY BEFORE THE GAME."]
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[VO-NAT con't]


Virginia got its turn on the floor at six last night.
The conference's last place team faces the nation's number one team, Duke.
The Blue Devils swept the Cavs during the regular season.
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((JEFF JONES/UVA HEAD COACH:))
[SUPER=01-Jeff Jones/UVa Head Coach; :00]
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[WIPE WIPE WIPE][ACC]


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[PINNACLE 99001]
Again don't forget, the UVa-Duke game tips-off around nine o'clock later tonight right here on WDBJ-7.
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[pinnacle 99002]
And here's the quarterfinal schedule of games you can watch on Your Hometown station on Friday.
At Noon, Maryland takes on Ga. Tech and at two the FSU-State winner battles the Tarheels.
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[pinnacle 99003]
Then tomorrow night join us at seven, as Wake Forest takes on Clemson in the final game to determine Saturday's semi-final slate.
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[Tech]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=Mike]
[TAPE#TB98-1]
[GRAPHIC=A-10 TOURNEY]


The basketball season is over for Tech's men's team.
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[VO-NAT eng#]
[SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA/Minutemen vs. Hokies; :00]


The Hokies lost to Massachusetts 64-to-58 despite 21 points from all-rookie selection Rolan Roberts, who gets free and throws down this slam.
The Hokies were worried about the U-Mass inside game and their fears became reality as Lari Ketner and Charleton Clarke each scored 21 points for the Minutemen.
[SUPER=33-Massachusetts/64/Va. Tech/58]


The Hokies finish the season at 10 and 17.

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[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=Mike]
[TAPE#S7-17]
[GRAPHIC=NBA]


An arbitrator ruled in favor of NBA badboy Latrell Sprewell yesterday.
On December 4th of last year, the league suspended him for one year without pay for attacking his head coach P.J. Carlesimo.
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[VO-NAT eng#]
[SUPER=04-NBA; :00]


The arbitrator shortened Sprewell's suspension by five months allowing him to return to the Warriors roster in July.


The season will be over by then, but Sprewell will be allowed to return to the active roster meaning the team must honor the final two years of his contract worth more than 17 million dollars.


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[ANCHOR=Tonya]
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[WRITER=lfi]
[TAPE# net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


In Spokane, Washington, a piece of pie was all it took to catch a thief.
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[SUPER=03-Spokane, WA]


This downtown cafe was the scene of a burglary yesterday morning but the thief was apparently not JUST money-hungry.

After breaking in, the suspect helped himself to a piece of pie, then fell asleep. When police arrived, the man was arrested for burglary and malicious mischief.
As far as stolen merchandise, the pie was as far as he got. (BUH-Bye)(----------------)