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[7Fire]


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A suspicious early morning fire destroyed a Roanoke apartment building this morning.
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The blaze broke out shortly before 3 am at West Creek Manor apartments on Westside Boulevard.
Firefighters arrived to find the entire roof of one building in flames.
7 families were living in the building, but firefighters say it looks like no one was injured in the blaze.
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Firefighters had to maneuver around several live power lines to put out the blaze.
Crews will remain on the scene throughout the morning to investigate the cause for the fire.
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[7Banks]


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An 18 year old Roanoke man stands charged with the arson of a Rutherford Avenue house in northwest. David Lamont Banks was apprehended by Roanoke police at his Clifton Street home over the weekend. Banks was also charged with burglary and grand larceny in connection with a robbery of the same house. Police suspect Banks did not act alone and are continuing their investigation. Additional charges are pending.

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A seven-year-old boy was sent to the hospital, along with three others, after a head-on collision yesterday in Roanoke County between a car and a pickup truck.
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Witnesses say the driver of a pick-up truck, 78-year-old Thomas Joyce, pulled out onto West Main Street and head-on into a small car.
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((DON COMBS/WITNESS; WE SEEN IT WHEN IT HAPPENED. WE WALKED UP TO IT AND TRIED TO LEND SOME ASSISTANCE. THE LITTLE BOY WAS IN MORE BAD SHAPE THAN HIS MOM.))
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Seven year old Laquin Khalil was airlifted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Police say he suffered a broken right leg and a wound on his head. The boy's mother, Carmelita R-King, the driver of the pickup and another passenger were also taken to R-M-H.
They suffered minor injuries.
Investigators say Joyce will be charged with failure to yield the right of way.
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[7E-Bassett-Walker]


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A Carroll County textile plant will close it's doors this summer.
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It's a decision that will impact 203 workers at Bassett Walker knitwear in Hillsville.
Company officials say they're closing the plant to stay competitive.
They say more and more of their competitors are relying on cheap overseas labor.
So the company says it's decided to transfer more of its work to Mexico.
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((MONIQUE SURRATT/EMPLOYEE: IT'S LIKE, IT'S JUST NOW THAT YOU'VE, YOU KNOW FOR SURE, YOU DON'T HAVE TO, EVERY DAY, WE HELD ONTO, WELL MAYBE IT'S JUST A RUMOR, BUT NOW, WE KNOW FOR SURE SO IT'S KIND OF LIKE WHAT DO WE DO FROM HERE. SHIRLEY SUMNER/EMPLOYEE: OH GOODNESS GRACIOUS, I WILL MISS EVERYONE OF THEM BECAUSE THEY'RE JUST LIKE BIG FAMILY. ))
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The Bassett Walker knitwear plant in Hillsville will close July 31st.
The company is also closing its textile plant in Bakersville, North Carolina.
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Taking a look at your Tuesday forecast...
Look for partly sunny skies, with a chance of showers. Highs will rise into the low-70's. Skies will continue to clear throughout the day. Expect patchy fog late tonight. Overnight lows will range from the low-50's down into the upper-40's.
In the extended forecast...
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[7BIRTHDAYS!] 5/6/98
Wednesday:

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Anniversary:
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Anniversary:
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[45ELECTIONS]


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Roanoke and Lynchburg voters head to the polls today to elect city council members.
Seven men are vying for seats on Roanoke's city council.
Nelson Harris, Jack Parott and Bill White are seekin re-election.
Challengers include Bill Bestpitch, Alvin Hudson, Chris Muse, and Joe Nash. In the Hill City the candidates include independants John Trent, Tim Dirr (derr), Carl Hutcherson, Bert Dodson, Stuart Hobbs and Jane Thurber.
Three Republicans also are in the running for the three at- large seats: Kevin Clauson, Schaefer Oglesby and Kevin Helgeson (HELL-guh-son).
Incumbent councilman Ed Barksdale is unopposed in his bid for the Ward Two seat.

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A possible arson fire has left seven Roanoke families homeless this morning.
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This blaze broke out shortly before 3 am at the West Creek Manor apartments on Westside Boulevard.
Authorities describe the fire as suspicious, and say the building was fully involved when they arrived.
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Clean-up and investigation into what sparked the blaze will continue throughout the morning.
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[45E-Wade]


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Six VMI cadets who were expelled last week will be allowed to take final exams as they await the outcome of their appeal.
Meantime, three more VMI upperclassmen were indicted on hazing charges in Rockbridge County yesterday.
Jonathan Eugene Gonzales, Thomas Michael Upshaw, and Charles Travers Clemons are accused of beating a fellow cadet.

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George Wade, Junior testified before a grand jury yesterday.
He told investigators he was hit by belts and a coat hanger.
He left the school after the incident, but continued to pursue criminal charges.
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VMI officials say the incident was a serious offense, which warranted the suspension of three cadets, but was NOT hazing because they found NO evidence of bodily injury.
Special prosecutor Michael Irvine (ER-vin) says that decision should be up to the court.


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Another staff member representing a homeowner's association at Smith Mountain lake has been convicted of stealing thousands of dollars.
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Former treasurer Mary Lou Fisher has pleaded guilty to embezzling 30 thousand dollars in dues.
Prosecutors pin the number at 60 thousand dollars.
Apparently she was writing fake checks for five years, taking money meant for roads and common areas.
Fisher resigned last June.
Residents are looking for change.
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((I'M HOPING WE'LL SEE OPEN MEETINGS, OPEN BOOKS, ENCOURAGEMENT TO ALL THE RESIDENTS THAT LIVE HERE AND ENCOURAGEMENT TO THE PEOPLE THAT OWN LOTS. (INSERT REACTION SHOT HERE PLEASE AND JUMP TO 8:57:53) I'M HOPING WE'LL SEE A TIGHTER COMMITMENT WITH THE RESIDENTS TO HAVE THE ROADS AND THE GROUNDS TAKEN CARE OF.))
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[use tape 91-15 for John Meteney]
Seven years ago, Smith Mountain Lake developer John Meteney embezzled 15-thousand-dollars from the Lynville on the Lake homeowners' association.
[use tape 91-51 for Dwight Dean]
His partner Dwight Dean stole five thousand dollars from residents.
At that time Mary Lou Fisher was the person to report the missing funds.
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Turning your attention now to the Tuesday outlook--
Patchy fog this morning, otherwise partly sunny skies.
Just a slight chance of showers today, with highs in the lower 70s.
Clearing tonight, with patchy fog developing late.
Lows around 50.
Looking ahead...tomorrow should be warmer..
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[8eLECTIONS]


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Roanoke and Lynchburg voters head to the polls today to elect city council members. Seven men are vying for seats on Roanoke's city council.
Nelson Harris, Jack Parott and Bill White are seekin re-election.
Challengers include Bill Bestpitch, Alvin Hudson, Chris Muse, and Joe Nash. In the Hill City the candidates include independants John Trent, Tim Dirr (derr), Carl Hutcherson, Bert Dodson, Stuart Hobbs and Jane Thurber on the ballot.
Three Republicans also are in the running for the three at- large seats: Kevin Clauson, Schaefer Oglesby and Kevin Helgeson (HELL-guh-son).
Incumbent councilman Ed Barksdale is unopposed in his bid for the Ward Two seat.

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Seven families lost their home when a suspicious fire ripped through an apartment building this morning in Roanoke.
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The blaze broke out shortly before 3 am at West Creek Manor apartments on Westside Boulevard.
Firefighters arrived to find the entire roof of one building in flames. They say it looks like no one was injured in the blaze.
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Firefighters had to maneuver around several live power lines to put out the blaze.
Crews will remain on the scene throughout the morning to investigate the cause for the fire.
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Four people, including a small child, were injured in a head-on collision yesterday in Roanoke county.
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Witnesses say the driver of a pick up truck, 78-year-old Thomas Joyce, pulled out onto West Main Street and head-on into a small car.
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Seven-year old Laquin Khalil was airlifted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Police say he suffered a broken right leg and a wound on his head. The boy's mother, Carmelita R-King, Joyce, and another passenger were also taken to R-M-H.
They suffered minor injuries.
Investigators say Joyce will be charged with failure to yield the right of way.
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Another traffic accident sent a man to the hospital yesterday--
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A sports utility vehicle and a tractor trailer collided near the intersection of Hollins Road and Old Mountain Road.

Police are not releasing the condition of the driver of the S-U-V.
Charges are pending.
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A former Lexington rescue squad member says he's innocent, and is appealing his conviction of sexually assaulting two adolescent girls.
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Donald Paxton Grant was accused of fondling the girls, ages 16 and 17, at an accident scene.
He was found guilty yesterday morning.
Grant says he was only doing his job and did NOT touch the girls inappropriately.
He was suspended from the squad after police began an investigation.
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Before we wrap up this morning, here's one more look at the forecast.
Partly sunny skies, with a small chance of showers.
Highs climbing into the lower 70s.
Clearing overnight, with patchy fog.
Lows near 50.
The four day forecast features warm high temperatures in the 70s...
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