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[7E-Leftwich-Guilty]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]

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[TAPE#98-11]
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The death penalty could be the punishment for a Danville man who admits he robbed a North Carolina woman and then killed her last year.
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[IN Q=How say you to this ]

((HOW SAY YOU TO THIS INDICTMENT GUILTY OR NOT GUILTY. GUILTY.))
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[OUT Q=guilty or not guilty? Guilty.]
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Joe Adrian Leftwich pleaded guilty yesterday in Danville Circuit Court to ten charges including capital murder and robbery.
He admits he shot Teresa Anderson Hayes in the head in December 1997.
She was found dead in her car on Chatham Avenue in Danville.
Leftwich faces the death penalty on the capital murder charge and a maximum life sentence on the robbery charge.
His sentencing has been postponed while the case is still being investigated.
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[7E-Police-Chase]


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Police were led on a car chase last night in Roanoke after a man stabbed someone then fled. The suspect crashed his car into a telephone pole before fleeing again on foot.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


City police were responding to a stabbing in the 16-hundred block of Eastern Avenue.
Police pursued the suspect once his car was spotted a few blocks away from the fight.
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[SOT=09:11:57]
[IN Q=IN THE VICINITY]

((VICINITY G.C. HURLEY/ROANOKE CITY POLICE; IN THE VICINITY OF WILLIAMSON AND ORANGE, THE HOOD OF THE CAR FLEW UP AND THE DRIVER COULDN'T SEE WHERE HE WAS GOING. SO HE HAD TO LEAN OUT THE WINDOW AND CONTINUED DOWN ORANGE AVENUE, TURNED SOUTH ONTO 8TH STREET, MADE A LEFT ON MCDOWELL AND ENDED UP WRECKING INTO A TELEPHONE POLE.))
[SUPER=01-Sgt. G. C. Hurley/Roanoke City Police;]
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The man then fled the scene on foot, but was caught a few blocks later.
The stabbing victim was transported to the hospital.
The names of the suspect and victim were not released.
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[7E-Greenfield]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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In Botetourt County, a civic group is fighting to change the name of a local school -- otherwise, it says say, it will try to block development of a business park.
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[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.;]


The Botetourt Countywide League says William Clark Middle School is an important part of its history, built before integration for African-American students.
It was known back then as Central Academy and league members want that name restored.
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((REEDIE WAID: THEY LOVED IT. THEY TOOK CARE OF IT. IT WAS THEIR LIFE. THEY HAD LOTS OF OCCASIONS THERE OF FELLOWSHIP AND IT MEANT A GREAT DEAL TO THEM, MORE THAN ANY SCHOOL I'VE EVER KNOWN.))
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[VO-NAT]


League members say the county is ignoring the school's significance -- so it should NOT preserve slave quarters on the former Greenfield plantation.
They say they have written to the Virginia Historic Society to BLOCK funding for Greenfield which is also slated to include a business park and recreation site.
The county administrator says the league should not tie their school campaign to the future of Greenfield, because the park will benefit all residents. And, the administrator says, the league cannot stop funding for Greenfield.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


The school board says it's willing to compromise with the league.




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It might FEEL like spring today with temperatures climing into the 60s, but skies will remain cloudy for most of today with a chance of showers...
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[7BIRTHDAYS!]3/20/98
Friday:

[SUPER=130-14/Spring Hale/Roanoke;]



[SUPER=130-13/Matt Murphy/Roanoke;]



[SUPER=130-1/Savannah Farris/Roanoke;]



[SUPER=130-12/Matthew Hoke/Union, WV;]



[SUPER=130-12/Brandon Johnson/Vinton;]



(Anniversary)
[SUPER=130-49th/Mr. & Mrs. Walter Marshall/Radford;]



[SUPER=130-50/Gale Bartmess/Roanoke;]



[SUPER=130-35/Terri Leisure/Clifton Forge;]



[SUPER=130-6/Chelsey Booth/Rocky Mount;]



[SUPER=130-34/Johnny Lawson/Buchanan;]



[SUPER=130-29/James Walker/Snow Creek;]



[SUPER=130-9/Dustin Ritter/Roanoke;]



[SUPER=130-3/Alex Taylor/Roanoke;]



[SUPER=130-20/Michelle Moon/Christiansburg;]



[SUPER=130-99/Claudia Wood/Roanoke;]



(Anniversary)
[SUPER=130-21st/Mr. & Mrs. Roberts/Hurt;]



[SUPER=130-9/Tyler Clark/Roanoke;]



[SUPER=130-1/Joseph Hill/Danville;]



[SUPER=130-8/Kyle Gibson/Roanoke;]



[SUPER=130-9/Chelsea Reich/Durham, NC;]


No Pictures:

[SUPER=131-60/Paul Moore, Sr./Danville;]



(Anniversary)
[SUPER=131-33rd/Gerald & Betty Kirk/Snow Creek;]



[SUPER=131-/Janice Moore/Gladstone;]



[SUPER=131-/Davy Mitchell/Snow Creek;]



[SUPER=131-/H. J. Childress/Gladstone;]



[SUPER=131-/Stevie Mitchell/Snow Creek;]



[SUPER=131-/Colton Brown/Monroe;]



[SUPER=131-/James Walker/Snow Creek;]



[SUPER=131-/Renae Harris/Lynchburg;]



[SUPER=131-/Mike Bradley/Glasgow;]



[SUPER=131-/Scott Harris/Lynchburg;]



[SUPER=131-/Joyce Southens/Richmond;]



[SUPER=131-/Hilda Cole/Rocky Mount;]



[SUPER=131-/Virgie Bagby/Pearisburg;]

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[TAPE#98-7]
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A 29 nine year old mass murderer has been put to death in Jarrett after the Supreme Court denied a stay of execution.
Douglas Buchanan was sent to death row killing of his father, stepmother and to stepbrothers ten years ago in Amherst County.
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[45E-Greenfield]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=98-2]
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In Botetourt County, a civic group is fighting to change the name of a local school.
It says without the change it will attempt to block development of a business park.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.;]


The Botetourt Countywide League says William Clark Middle School is an important part of its history, built before integration for African-American students.
It was known back then as Central Academy and league members want that name restored.
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((REEDIE WAID: THEY LOVED IT. THEY TOOK CARE OF IT. IT WAS THEIR LIFE. THEY HAD LOTS OF OCCASIONS THERE OF FELLOWSHIP AND IT MEANT A GREAT DEAL TO THEM, MORE THAN ANY SCHOOL I'VE EVER KNOWN.))
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League members say the county is ignoring the school's significance -- so it should NOT preserve slave quarters on the former Greenfield plantation.
They say they have written to the Virginia Historic Society to BLOCK funding for Greenfield which is also slated to include a business park and recreation site.
The county administrator says the league should not tie its school campaign to the future of Greenfield, because the park will benefit all residents. And, the administrator says, the league cannot stop funding for Greenfield.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


The school board says it's willing to compromise with the league.




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Turning to your Thursday forecast, staying fairly cloudy for this last full day of Winter.
There's a chance of rain, with highs warming into the 60s.
Cloudy tonight, with lows in the mid to upper 40s.
The four day forecast is calling for rain on Friday...

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[8E-Cressell]


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Attorneys for defendant Emmett Cressell, Junior are asking for some extra time before he goes on trial for murder.

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[SUPER=03-Grayson Co./January 1998;]


Cressell is one of two suspects accused of burning and decapitating a black man in Grayson County last summer.
His attorneys, Jeff Dorsey and Mark Claytor, say they'll ask a judge tomorrow to delay the case in order to investigate last week's search of their client's jail cell.
Officials were reportedly looking for marijuana.
But Dorsey, after meeting with his client, says several things don't add up.
Dorsey says the lead investigator in the murder case was involved in the search.
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He also says a box containing legal letters was taken from Cressell's jail cell and when it was returned Cressell was convinced someone had been rifling through it.
Dorsey is also suspicious of the search because of it's close proximity to Cressell's trial date.

[8E-Police-Chase]


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[WRITER=djo]
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A man suspected of a stabbing last night led police on a car chase along Eastern Avenue. The suspect eventually crashed into a telephone pole before fleeing on foot.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


City police were responding to a stabbing in the 16-hundred block of Eastern Avenue.
Police pursued the suspect once his car was spotted a few blocks away from the fight.
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[SOT=09:11:57]
[IN Q=IN THE VICINITY]

((VICINITY G.C. HURLEY/ROANOKE CITY POLICE; IN THE VICINITY OF WILLIAMSON AND ORANGE, THE HOOD OF THE CAR FLEW UP AND THE DRIVER COULDN'T SEE WHERE HE WAS GOING. SO HE HAD TO LEAN OUT THE WINDOW AND CONTINUED DOWN ORANGE AVENUE, TURNED SOUTH ONTO 8TH STREET, MADE A LEFT ON MCDOWELL AND ENDED UP WRECKING INTO A TELEPHONE POLE.))
[SUPER=01-Sgt. G. C. Hurley/Roanoke City Police;]
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[OUT Q=A TELEPHONE POLE.]
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The man then fled the scene on foot, but was caught a few blocks later.
The stabbing victim was transported to the hospital.
The names of the suspect and victim were not released.
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[8E-Postal-Service]


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Concerns about mail- tampering spread throughout a Northwest Roanoke neighborhood recently.
But residents' fears were put to rest after the postal service explained IT was actually responsible.
David Johnson reports.
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[SUPER=01-Jacqueline Brown/Northwest Resident; :14]
[SUPER=01-Billy Martin/Roanoke Postmaster; :46]
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[OUT Q=NEWS 7.]

(( A Barberry Avenue resident didn't know what to think when she witnessed the mail carrier make his usual delivery, only to have another individual, who didn't live in the neighborhood, drive up behind him and start going through the mail.
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[IN Q=I NOTICED HOW]

((JACQUELINE BROWN/NORTHWEST RESIDENT; I NOTICED HOW HE WAS LOOKING THROUGH THE MAIL AND IT REALLY CONCERNED ME. SO I CAME OUT FOR HIM TO SEE ME AND MY GRANDDAUGHTER CAME OUT. THAT WAS THE REASON WHY I DIDN'T GET HIS LICENSE NUMBER, BECAUSE I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT WAS GOING ON.)) [RUNS:16]
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With the news of a recent scam involing people who go through the mail of others, stealing pre-approved credit cards and making purchases, the community grew alarmed.
But the post office says this time it was nothing more than STREET SUPERVISION.
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[IN Q=THE SUPERVISOR WAS]

((BILLY MARTIN/ROANOKE POSTMASTER; THE SUPERVISOR WAS CHECKING THE STREET TIME FOR THIS PARTICULAR ROUTE AND ALSO WAS CHECKING FOR THE ACCURACY OF THE MAIL THAT WAS DEPOSITED IN THE MAILBOX TO ENSURE THE RIGHT MAIL WAS GOING TO THE RIGHT BOX.)) [RUNS:16]
[OUT Q=THE RIGHT BOX.]


Postal route inspections are conducted on a regular basis.
Martin says mail theft in the Roanoke area is actually pretty uncommon.
Still citizens who fear their mail is being stolen or tampered with are advised to call the police or local post office.
David Johnson, News 7.))

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Shifting your attention now to the forecast--
Springlike temperatures today, with highs climbing into the 60s.
Skies will remain mostly cloudy, with a chance of rain.
Cloudy overnight, with lows dropping into the upper 40s.
Looking ahead, rain and possibly thunderstorms are on the way for Friday...
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