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[7abduction]


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There's a local connection in last weekend's abduction and rape of a young North Carolina girl --A man awaiting sentencing in Danville for sexually assaulting 2 children has been arrested in that case.
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The 12 year old was lured away from her Church in Charlotte Sunday and found bound and gagged several hours later on the side of the road.
Charlotte police arrested 41-year-old Robin Wayne Martin yesterday after receiving a tip.
At the time of last weekend's assault, Martin was out on bond.
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In September he was convicted ofsexual assault and taking indecent liberties with a minor.
The case involved children ages six and eight.


[7E-Fire-Folo]


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A community rallies around fire victims in Roanoke.
David Johnson has the story.
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(( Emma Jones and her 103-year old mother, Gertrude Jumper have begun piecing their lives back together. The two have not given up, determined to focus on the positive.
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[IN Q=WELL ANYWAY]

((EMMA JONES/FIRE VICTIM; WELL, ANYWAY, WE'RE THANKFUL TO BE ALIVE. THAT'S THE ONLY THING THAT I'M GRATEFUL FOR. I MEAN YOU CAN ALWAYS GET MORE FURNITURE AND THINGS LIKE THAT.)) [RUNS12]
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The family is trying to salvage what they can. Friends have come to their aid, offering gifts of food and clothing to get the family back on its feet.
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((GERTRUDE JUMPER/FIRE VICTIM; I CAN'T COUNT THEM, BUT I'VE HAD WHAT YOU CALL TWO GOOD FRIENDS. EACH ONE OF THEM GAVE ME TWENTY DOLLARS A PIECE. THAT'S MORE THAN I HAD. SO I CALL THAT A BLESSING.)) [RUNS13]
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And while "abandoned houses" appear to the the target in a recent string of house fires, people living in the community are worried about their safety.
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((SHANNON DAVIS/RESIDENT; SO I THINK EVERYONE SHOULD BE CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR HOUSE. IF THEY KNOW WHO DID IT, THEY SHOULD SPEAK UP AND SAY WHO DID IT.)) [STAND-UP/18:44:32] ((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; THE FIRE IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION AND THE INSURANCE ADJUSTER HAS YET TO DETERMINE JUST HOW EXTENSIVE THE DAMAGE WAS. MRS. JONES AND MRS. JUMPER, WHO HAVE LIVED IN THIS HOUSE FOR THE PAST 30-YEARS SAY IF THEY CAN'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE. THEY'LL JUST HAVE TO PICK THEMSELVES UP AND START OVER. DAVID JOHNSON NEWS 7.)) [RUNS16]))

[7MontCo-Blaze]


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In Montgomery County, firefighters responded to a structure fire in Riner around 11 o'clock last night.
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The rear of the two story structure on childress Road was fully involved when help arrived.
It took about an hour to get the blaze extinguished.
Fire officials suspect A.C. Duncan's home caught fire because of a kerosene heater he had left in the bathroom when he went to bed.
They say the heater either malfunctioned or was near something and sparked the blaze.
Duncan escaped the fire unharmed.
No one else was in the house with him.
Damage estimates to the home have not been disclosed.
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[7Prison-Release]


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A man convicted in the bombing that mutilated a Christiansburg prosecutor is headed home.
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Frank Dewease has been living in a halfway house after being released from prison.
He was convicted in 19-73 of planting a dynamite filled can on the car belonging to then Commonwealth's attorney Pat Graybeal.
Graybeal had prosecuted DeWease for murdering his wife before the blast.
He lost both hands in the explosion. Dewease admits to killing his wife but says he's innocent in the bombing.
He now plans to return to Montgomery County.
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((FRANK DEWEASE: I'M NOT GOING TO STAY AWAY JUST BECAUSE I WAS WRONGLY CONVICTED. I KNOW WHEN I GO BACK I STAND A CHANCE OF GETTING SET UP AGAIN. BUT I'M GOING ANYWAY. You want to see Mr. Graybeal? YEAH I WANT HIM TO SEE ME EVERYDAY.
Why? SO HE CAN SEE WHAT HE DID TO ME. ))
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DeWease is referring to Graybeal who he says is the one responsible for setting the bomb.
But Graybeal is unlikely to ever see Dewease becasue he just moved out of state.
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[7Ecstacy]


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Four men may have thought they were selling the drug Ecstacy -- but the pills turned out to be cold medicine.
Nathan Beasley, Robert Erickson, Richard Gluth and (KI) Kai Safran were charged in February with distributing Ecstacy to Botetourt County and James Madison University.
Prosecutors say three of the men admitted to selling the pills for about twenty dollars each, but new lab tests showed the pills were actually cold medicine disguised as Ecstacy.
The men may face new felony charges of distributing an imitation drug.

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You'll need a raincoat as you head out the door this morning -- the rain has finally arrived. Look for lingering showers todays with a chance of thunderstorms. Highs reaching the mid-60s to low 70s...
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[45E-PH-Search]


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The Roanoke Valley's newest weapon in the war on drugs was tested out yesterday on a Roanoke high school.
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The first drug dog search took place at Patrick Henry High School. Officials were not surprised by the end result.
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((ANNIE HARMON/STUDENT SERVICES-ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS DIRECTOR; WE FOUND NO DRUGS. I WANT TO MAKE THAT PERFECTLY CLEAR THAT WE FOUND ABSOLUTELY NO DRUGS ON THAT CAMPUS.))
[SUPER=01-Annie Harmon/Student Services;]
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The search took place on the outside grounds-- perimeters of the buildings and cars in the parking lot. Patrick Henry principal Elizabeth Lee says the procedure went smoothly.
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((ELIZABETH LEE/PATRICK HENRY PRINCIPAL; AS I MOVED ABOUT CAMPUS, STUDENTS SEEMED TO UNDERSTAND WHAT WAS HAPPENING AND THEY WERE VERY RESPONSIBLE. THEY JUST SORT OF MOVED TO THE AREA THEY WERE SCHEDULED TO BE AND JUST OBSERVED WITH CURIOSITY.))
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The searches are random and unannounced. More will be conducted at P-H, William Fleming, the Noel C. Taylor Learning Academy and the Governor's School when the students return from spring break.

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They thought they were selling ecstacy but instead the pills turned out to be cold medicine.
Nathan Beasley, Robert Erickson, Richard Gluth and (KI) Kai Safran were first charged in February with distributing Ecstacy to Botetourt County and James Madison University.
Prosecutors say three of the men admitted to selling the pills for about twenty dollars each, but new lab tests showed the pills were actually cold medicine disguised as Ecstacy.
So the men may now face new felony charges of distributing an imitation drug.

[45Halifax-Nurse]


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A former intensive-care nurse at Halifax Regional Hospital says she was under the influence of prescription medication when she treated some patients.
Kimberly Elgin received a five-year suspended sentence for fraudulently obtaining morphine.
She was also put on two years' probation -- which will include random drug testing.

[45S-L'burg-Fire]


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Fire has left a Lynchburg man without a home.
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The fire broke out just after three, in the 700 block of Cabel (CAB-ill) Street downtown.
The owner, Fred Calloway, wasn't home when the fire started.
Authorities believe it began in the basement, where Calloway works on gas engines.
No one was hurt.
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[45Prison-Release]


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In the 70's he was convicted of setting the bomb that severly wounded a a Christiansburg prosecutor.
Now Frank DeWease is headed home.
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[SUPER=03-Washington DC;]


Dewease has been living in a halfway house after being released from prison.
He was convicted in 19-73 of planting a dynamite filled can on the car belonging to then Commonwealth's attorney Pat Graybeal.
Graybeal had prosecuted DeWease for murdering his wife before the blast.
He lost both hands in the explosion. Dewease admits to killing his wife but says he's innocent in the bombing.
He now plans to return to Montgomery County.
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((FRANK DEWEASE: I'M NOT GOING TO STAY AWAY JUST BECAUSE I WAS WRONGLY CONVICTED. I KNOW WHEN I GO BACK I STAND A CHANCE OF GETTING SET UP AGAIN. BUT I'M GOING ANYWAY. You want to see Mr. Graybeal? YEAH I WANT HIM TO SEE ME EVERYDAY.
Why? SO HE CAN SEE WHAT HE DID TO ME. ))
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DeWease is referring to Graybeal who he says is the one responsible for setting the bomb.
But Graybeal is unlikely to ever see Dewease becasue he just moved out of state.
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[45Weather]


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Turning your attention now to weather--
Cloudy today, with showers and thunderstorms.
Highs in the mid to upper 60s.
The showers will linger into tonight, as lows cool into the upper 40s.
In the extended outlook, some clouds on Good Friday, otherwise partly sunny through the holiday weekend..
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He was already a convicted sex offender in Danville--
And yesterday, the same man was arrested in connection with last weekend's abduction and rape of a North Carolina girl.
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[SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/Sunday;]


The 12 year old was lured away from her Church in Charlotte Sunday and found bound and gagged several hours later on the side of the road.
Charlotte police arrested 41-year-old Robin Wayne Martin yesterday after receiving a tip.
At the time of last weekend's assault, Martin was out on bond.
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In September he was convicted of sexual assault and taking indecent liberties with a minor.
The case involved children ages six and eight.


[8S-PH-Search]


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It's a controversial idea, but so far, it seems to be working. NOTHING turned up on day one of searches for Roanoke City school's newest drug prevention unit.
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The first drug dog search took place at Patrick Henry High School. Officials were not surprised by what they found.
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((ANNIE HARMON/STUDENT SERVICES-ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS DIRECTOR; WE FOUND NO DRUGS. I WANT TO MAKE THAT PERFECTLY CLEAR THAT WE FOUND ABSOLUTELY NO DRUGS ON THAT CAMPUS.))
[SUPER=01-Annie Harmon/Student Services;]
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[OUT Q=THAT CAMPUS.]
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The search took place on the outside grounds-- perimeters of the buildings and cars in the parking lot. Patrick Henry principal Elizabeth Lee says the procedure went smoothly.
[SOT=16:05:39]
[IN Q=AS I MOVED]

((ELIZABETH LEE/PATRICK HENRY PRINCIPAL; AS I MOVED ABOUT CAMPUS, STUDENTS SEEMED TO UNDERSTAND WHAT WAS HAPPENING AND THEY WERE VERY RESPONSIBLE. THEY JUST SORT OF MOVED TO THE AREA THEY WERE SCHEDULED TO BE AND JUST OBSERVED WITH CURIOSITY.))
[SUPER=01-Elizabeth Lee/Patrick Henry Principal;]
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[OUT Q=WITH CURIOSITY.]
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The searches are random and unannounced. More will be conducted at P-H, William Fleming, the Noel C. Taylor Learning Academy and the Governor's School when the students return from spring break.
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After losing their Harrison Avenue home to fire, two women are finding out who their friends really are. Meantime fire investigators and neighbors are still concerned about the possibility of arson in northwest Roanoke.
David Johnson has the story.
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(( Emma Jones and her 103-year old mother, Gertrude Jumper have begun piecing their lives back together. The two have not given up, determined to focus on the positive.
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[IN Q=WELL ANYWAY]

((EMMA JONES/FIRE VICTIM; WELL, ANYWAY, WE'RE THANKFUL TO BE ALIVE. THAT'S THE ONLY THING THAT I'M GRATEFUL FOR. I MEAN YOU CAN ALWAYS GET MORE FURNITURE AND THINGS LIKE THAT.)) [RUNS12]
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The family is trying to salvage what they can. Friends have come to their aid, offering gifts of food and clothing to get the family back on its feet.
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((GERTRUDE JUMPER/FIRE VICTIM; I CAN'T COUNT THEM, BUT I'VE HAD WHAT YOU CALL TWO GOOD FRIENDS. EACH ONE OF THEM GAVE ME TWENTY DOLLARS A PIECE. THAT'S MORE THAN I HAD. SO I CALL THAT A BLESSING.)) [RUNS13]
[OUT Q=A BLESSING.]

And while "abandoned houses" appear to the the target in a recent string of house fires, people living in the community are worried about their safety.
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[IN Q=I DON'T KNOW.]

((SHANNON DAVIS/RESIDENT; SO I THINK EVERYONE SHOULD BE CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR HOUSE. IF THEY KNOW WHO DID IT, THEY SHOULD SPEAK UP AND SAY WHO DID IT.)) [STAND-UP/18:44:32] ((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; THE FIRE IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION AND THE INSURANCE ADJUSTER HAS YET TO DETERMINE JUST HOW EXTENSIVE THE DAMAGE WAS. MRS. JONES AND MRS. JUMPER, WHO HAVE LIVED IN THIS HOUSE FOR THE PAST 30-YEARS SAY IF THEY CAN'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE. THEY'LL JUST HAVE TO PICK THEMSELVES UP AND START OVER. DAVID JOHNSON NEWS 7.)) [RUNS16]))

[8Weather]


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Let's now take a moment to check Thursday's forecast--
Clouds, showers, and thunderstorms are expected throughout the day.
Highs in the mid to upper 60s.
Tonight, lows will cool into the upper 40s with showers continuing.
Drier weather is ahead for Good Friday and the rest of the Easter weekend....
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