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[7Vinton-Fatality]


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A cigarette fire apparently burned and killed an elderly woman last night in the Clearview Manor apartment complex.
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Fire investigators say evidence indicates 63-year old Sadie B-Jones was smoking in her second floor apartment.
Her cigarette apparently flared, catching her clothing on fire shortly after 7 p-m.
Fire damages were contained to Jones' apartment, although the rest of the retirement community was temporarily hampered by smoke damage.
All of the other 100 or so residents were evacuated from the building until the smoke was cleared.
Fire fighters ruled the cause of the blaze an accident.
Counseling is being made available to help residents of the home and firefighters deal with the fatality.
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Two people were able to escape an early morning fire this morning in southwest Roanoke.
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The blaze broke out around three o'clock in a duplex on Berkley Avenue in the Virginia Heights neighborhood.
It spread through the upper level of the house and got into the walls and eaves, making it hard for firefighters to get it under control.
It took more than an hour to put it out.
Two people were inside when the fire started--the owner and his upstairs tenant.
The tenant says he was asleep when he woke up, smelled smoke and got out of the house.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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No one was hurt when a fire broke out in a Montgomery County home last night.
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Crews from Blacksburg and Christiansburg worked to bring the fire under control.
It broke out around nine p-m at this house in the Preston Forest community, near Blacksburg.
The roof and second floor were destroyed.
Jim Wang and his family were at home at the time and believe it started in the flue.
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((JIM WANG/HOMEOWNER:I SUSPECT THAT WHAT HAPPENED IS THAT POSSIBLY THE FLUE BROKE OR SOMETHING ALLOWED OXYGEN TO GET TO
THE CREOSOTE WHICH IGNITED AND APPARENTLY THAT HOLE ALLOWED THE FLAMES TO JUMP OUT ONTO THE WOOD, THAT'S THE ONLY THIN

G THAT I FIGURE COULD HAVE HAPPENED. ))
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The Wangs and their two children moved into the house in August.
They plan to stay with neighbors.
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9-1-1 calls are supposed to alert emergency crews of a crisis. But limited resources are preventing the Montgomery County Sheriff's department from being truly efficient.
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That's one reason-- sheriff's officials are frustrated with the large number of 9-1-1 hangups.
The department has logged nearly one thousand, since August and most are NOT actual emergencies.
The majority are children playing on the phone or adults who've dialed the wrong number and simply hang up.
Whatever the case-- the dispatcher is required to call the person back to confirm everything is OK.
If the caller doesn't answer or the line is busy-- a sheriff's deputy is immediately dispatched.
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((NEAL TURNER/MONTGOMERY CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: A 911 HANG UP IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS A 911 CALL WHERE A PERSON INDICATES MY HOUSE IS ON FIRE, A CHILD IS SICK, SOMEONE IS BREAKING INTO MY HOME BECAUSE WE DON'T KNOW IT'S EVEN MORE OF A CONCERN FOR US TO FIND OUT WHAT THE PROBLEM IS AS QUICKLY AS WE CAN. ))
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Turner says the problem is so serious he's now tracking the number of 9-1-1 hang ups and says the sheriff's department intends to prosecute serious repeat offenders.
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Taking a look at your Monday forecast...
We'll have sunny skies, but temperatures will only reach the mid-60's. Tonight, clear and cold conditions continue. Look for scattered frost across the area again as nighttime temperatures drop into the mid- to upper-30's.
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[7BIRTHDAYS!]4/29/98
Wednesday:
Sam's Daughter!
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A cigarette is to blame for starting a fire that killed an elderly Vinton woman.
The fire broke out at the Clearview Manor Retirement Community and forced the evacuation of about 100 residents.
David Johnson has more.
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Danville authorities haven't said yet what new charges will be filed in connection with the death of an elderly Florida man.
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76-year old Everett Till was stabbed Wednesday, allegedly by his son.
He died Saturday.
The stabbing took place at the Hunters Run Apartments where 43- year old Michael Till lived.
So far the younger Till has only been charged with malicious wounding.
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Some long hours for State Polie in Franklin County due to a shortage of troopers.
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Eleven troopers normally work in Franklin County but now there are only eight.
Three were recently promoted, and new recruits will not be available until July.
Sergeant B-G Ratliff says it may take up to 45 minutes to respond to a wreck but sheriff's deputies are helping them out.
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((SGT. B.G. RATLIFF/STATE POLICE: WE HAVE 220 AND FRANKLIN COUNTY MANNED 24 HOURS A DAY. IT MAY NOT BE MANNED EVERY SQUARE INCH BUT WE HAVE SOMEONE WHO CAN REACT 24 HOURS A DAY DOWN THERE.))
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The sergeant expects more traffic accidents on Memorial Day and says troopers will have to work on their days off.
But he says Franklin County is at the top of the list to receive new troopers, when the State Police Academy class graduates in July.
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Shifting your attention now to weather--
Lots of sunshine out there today, with temperatures in the mid 60s for highs.
Staying clear overnight, with scattered frost again a possibility.
Lows in the mid to upper 30s.
The four day outlook begins clouding up tomorrow...
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The main campus of George Washington High School in Danville is closed today due to a major power outage.
The Langsston Focus Center will operate on a testing schedule.

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A cigarette is believed to be the source of a fire that killed an elderly resident of the Clearview Manor apartment complex.
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Fire investigators say evidence indicates 63-year old Sadie B-Jones was smoking in her second floor apartment.
Her cigarette apparently flared, catching her clothing on fire shortly after 7 p-m.
Fire damages were contained to Jones' apartment, although the rest of the retirement community was temporarily hampered by smoke damage.
All of the other 100 or so residents were evacuated from the building until the smoke was cleared.
Fire fighters ruled the cause of the blaze an accident.
Counseling is being made available to help residents of the home and firefighters deal with the fatality.
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Meanwhile, an early morning fire in Southwest Roanoke occurred WITHOUT injuries.
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The blaze broke out around three o'clock in a duplex on Berkley Avenue in the Virginia Heights neighborhood.
It spread through the upper level of the house and got into the walls and eaves, making it hard for firefighters to get it under control.
It took more than an hour to put it out.
Two people were inside when the fire started--the owner and his upstairs tenant.
The tenant says he was asleep when he woke up, smelled smoke and got out of the house.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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A fire last night damaged the home of a Montgomery county family.
Crews from Blacksburg and Christiansburg worked to bring the blaze under control.
It broke out at about nine o'clock at this house in the Preston Forest community, near Blacksburg.
The roof and second floor were destroyed.
Jim Wang and his family were at home at the time and believe it started in the flue.
The Wangs and their two children moved into the house in August.
They plan to stay with neighbors.
No one was hurt.
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Although three of its members are charged with abducting two Sweetbriar College Students, a Washington and Lee fraternity will NOT receive any punishment.
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Police say the women were abducted by three W-and-L students after they shaved one of the student's pubic area after he passed out during a party last week.
A University spokesman says the fact that all three men belonged to the same fraternity is an "unhappy concidence".

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((BRIAN SHAW/UNIVERSITY SPOKESMAN; WE'LL HANDLE IT AS AN INDIVIDUAL CASE, ALL THREE INDIVIDUALS WHO WERE MEMBERS OF THE FRATERNITY WILL GO BEFORE THE STUDENT JUDICIAL SYSTEM AS INDIVIDUALS, WE DON'T LOOK AT THIS AS BEING A VIOLATION OF ANY INTRA-FRATERNITY COUNCIL RULES OR THINK OF IT AS A FRATERNITY PROBLEM. ))
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The two women were charged with aggraved sexual battery. All five were released on bond.
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Let's now take a moment to look at the Tuesday forecast--
Sunny and slightly breezy today, with highs in the mid 60s.
Clear and cold tonight, with lows again falling into the mid and upper 30s.
The extended forecast is calling for increasing clouds by tomorrow....
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