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[7E-Roanoke-Fire]


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The search for victims in a Roanoke apartment building destroyed by fire has been called off.
As Eric Earnhart reports, rescue workers exhausted all their resources before calling off the search.
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((Search dogs prepresent the final stage of the body recovery operation. Hoping the dogs could smell what rescue workers can't see, handlers walked them around and through the depris, trying to pick up a scent. Initial results were incluclusive.

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((CHRIS HOLLEYMAN/DOG HANDLER; IT'S HARD TO SAY HERE, THEY FOUND FIVE BODIES HERE YESTERDAY, IT'S HARD FOR ME TO SAY WHETHER OR NOT IT WAS A RESIDUAL SCENT OF THOSE PEOPLE OR IF HE WAS ACTUALLY PICKING UP ON SOMEBODY ELSE.)) [RUNS14]
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The Mechanical part of the search, called an excavator, has been on the scene from the beginning. Firefighters give credit to the operator, Mark Amos. His deft touch allowed them to recover bodies intact, and uncover pieces of possible evidence.

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((MARK AMOS/HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR; WE JUST TRY TO BE CAREFUL NOT TO CRUSH ANYTHING, JUST PICK IT UP WITHOUT CRUSHING, AS MUCH AS YOU POSSIBLY CAN. WE JUST TRY TO PICK STUFF UP ADN MOVE IT OUT OF THE WAY FOR THEM.)) [RUNS14]
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Working together they found pieces of flooring and took samples, two electrical panels and a gas meter. no more bodies.
Firefighters acknowlege it's possible for a fire this intense to completely destory a fire victim's remains.

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((DEPUTY CHIEF WINSTON SIMMONS/ROANOKE FIRE CHIEF; IF THAT'S THE CASE, WE WOULD NEVER FIND THAT INDIVIDUAL, WE WANT, HOPEFULLY, AST LEAST IN OUR MINDS WEKNOW WE DID EVERYTHING WE COULD.))
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Rescue workers were driven to continue the search through the day by an unconfirmed report that a woman, unaccounted for, may have been visiting a family here. Now they say, they've done all they can.
Eric Earnhart, News 7,))
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The identity of one of the victims has now been confirmed.
48-year old Percy Junior McClease's body was pulled from the rubble.
Three tenants are still missing: Willie Mae Green, Walter Bernard Green and Summer Green.
Authorities say a a few possible visitors cold also be missing.

[7E-Caldwell]


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The man accused of fatally shooting another man prior to the blaze says all of his witnesses were killed in the fire.
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Willie Caldwell is accused of shooting Kevin Lee Jones on Gilmer Avenue shortly before the fire.
[SUPER=04-Monday;]


Caldwell lived in the building.
During his arraignment yesterday he said anyone who would have spoken up for him died in the fire.
The judge set a preliminary hearing in June and appointed an attorney to represent Caldwell.
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[7E-Prison-Surplus]


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A deal to ship out-of-state prisoners to Virginia was reached yesterday.
Virginia does not have enough prisoners to fill all of the available prison space.
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Virginia's Department of Corrections has just reached an agreement with the District of Columbia to take in some of D-C's inmates.
The extra space would be worse if state lawmakers had NOT forced Governor George Allen's administration to pare down plans three years ago.
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((DEL. CHIP WOODRUM/D-ROANOKE: WE NOW HAVE 36-HUNDRED EXTRA BEDS. WE WOULD HAVE HAD 72-HUNDRED. BUT WE KIND OF CUT THEIR PRISON BUILDING PROGRAM WAY BACK.))
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The surplus prison space means about 150-million dollars was spent four years before it was needed.
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Taking a look now at your midweek forecast.. Expect partly sunny skies, with a chance for a thunderstorm. Highs will remain in the upper-80's and low-90's.
Tonight, some clouds move in, with storms a possibility. Lows drop into the upper-50's.
Checking the extended forecast...

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[7BIRTHDAYS!] 5/21/98
Thursday:

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Anniversary:
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[SUPER=130-42/Tina Sims/Radford]



[SUPER=130-50/Clelon Berry/Rustburg]
(pronounced - Klee-lun)


No Pictures:
Anniversary:
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[7Movie-review] 5/30 "The Horse Whisperer"
One of the best things that can be said about "The Horse Whisperer" is that it provides a drastic contrast to mega-movies like "Godzilla" and "Armageddon". In this quiet little film, a horse has been badly injured in an accident. Its young rider, Grace,(played by Scarlett Johnson) is maimed physically and damaged emotionally. Her mother, a hard driving editor (Kristen Scott Thomas) decides she must save Grace's horse and searches out Tom Booker, (Robert Redford) a man with a gift for helping difficult horses. Scott Thomas is fully believable as the tough, decisive editor, but in the Montana wide open spaces where she is supposed to bloom, she isn't convincing. The supposed romance between Annie and Booker seems contrived and empty; although scenes between Redford and young Grace have a genuine feel. So much time is given to lovingly photographing the Montana scenery, not much time in this over-long movie is spent getting to know the characters well enough to really care about them. (Chris Cooper and Dianne Wiest have very little to do) "The Horse Whisperer" gets a B-. Those desperate for a romantic movie may find it in this pallid offering; but those looking for passion, other than for horses, will have to look elsewhere.
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[45FIRE-LATEST]


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Roanoke fire investigators say it could be weeks before they know if arson is to blame in Monday's deadly apartment fire.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Monday;]


Firefighters removed the bodies of three men and two women from the ashes and debris of the gutted building Monday afternoon.
But a search dog was brought to the scene yesterday following an unconfirmed that one woman was still unaccounted for.
Firefighters acknowledge it's possible for a fire this intense to completely destroy a fire victim's remains.
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((DEPUTY CHIEF WINSTON SIMMONS/ROANOKE FIRE CHIEF; IF THAT'S THE CASE, WE WOULD NEVER FIND THAT INDIVIDUAL, WE WANT, HOPEFULLY, AST LEAST IN OUR MINDS WEKNOW WE DID EVERYTHING WE COULD ))
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Only one of the victims has been identified, 48 year old Percy Junior McClease.
Identities of the others are being withheld until autopsies can be completed and relatives notified.
Two residents remain hospitalized, one in critical condition.
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[45E-Caldwell]


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So far, police say they've been unable to find a connection between the Fire and a fatal shooting that happened the same night several blocks away.
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Willie Caldwell, a resident of the building, was charged yesterday with murder in the shooting death of Kevin [SUPE
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Lee Jones on Gilmer Avenue.
It happened just a few hours before the fire.
During his arraignment yesterday Caldwell said all of his witnesses died in the fire.
The judge set a preliminary hearing in June and appointed an attorney to represent Caldwell.
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[45S-Fire-History]


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The downtown blaze is one of the deadliest in the Roanoke Valley.
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[SUPER=04-January 21, 1996]


You'll recall the fire that killed four children and their grandmother on Stewart Avenue two years ago.
Officials traced the cause of that blaze to a short in an extension cord.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./December 1989]


Fire at the Shenandoah Homes retirement center in Roanoke County killed four people in 1989.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/1976]


About twenty years ago, three people died in a fire at the Spanish Trace apartments.
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[45Bedford-Zoning]


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Some Bedford County residents are speaking out against proposed development near Route 8-11.
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[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.;]


There opposed to a possible townhouse development because of the extra traffic it would generate.
A developer proposes to put 48-units between the Waterlick and Cameron Roads near Route 811, now called Thomas Jefferson Road.
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((CARL HUTCHERSON/LYNCHBURG CITY COUNCILMAN; I'M CONCERNED THAT THE NEIGHBORHOOD IN ITSELF WOULD BE AFFECTED BY THE PROPOSED BUILDING OF 96 BEDROOMS. A TOWNHOUSE DEVELOPMENT IN AN AREA WHICH IS PRIMARILY SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENTS. ESPECIALLY ALONG THE 811 CORRIDOR.))
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[OUT Q=811 corridor.]
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Forest is considered the primary area of the county's designated growth. Last night was the last chance for residents to voice their concerns about the development before the Board of Zoning Appeals makes its decision on the matter. That decision will be made soon.
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[45E-Blair]


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A Roanoke man has his puppys back.
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Robbie Blair was re-united with his puppies.
The mom, Red Dog, and her puppies spent the last three-and-a-half weeks in the pound.
Their owner had been charged with violating a city ordinance: selling the puppies before they were seven weeks old.


Those charges were dropped yesterday.
The commonwealth's attorney didn't have enough evidence to prove Blair was peddling the puppies.
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((ROBBIE BLAIR/PROUD PAPA: ACTUALLY, I WASN'T SELLING THEM. I WAS JUST GIVING THEM AWAY. AND I WAS ACCEPTING DONATIONS. AND I WOULDN'T CALL THAT SELLING THEM. I'D CALL THAT GIVING THEM AWAY AND ACCEPTING DONATIONS.))
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Now the pups ARE old enough to be sold.
And that's exactly what Blair says he'll do.
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Turning your attention now to weather--
Partly sunny skies and a chance of scattered thunderstorms.
Highs around 90.
Partly cloudy skies overnight, with the possibility of more thunderstorms.
Lows in the upper 50s.
The extended outlook cools off a little..
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Whether or not it was an arsonist who started Monday's fatal apartment fire in Roanoke could take WEEKS to determine.
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Firefighters removed the bodies of three men and two women from the ashes and debris of the gutted building Monday afternoon.
But a search dog was brought to the scene yesterday following an unconfirmed that one woman was still unaccounted for.
Firefighters acknowledge it's possible for a fire this intense to completely destroy a fire victim's remains.
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((DEPUTY CHIEF WINSTON SIMMONS/ROANOKE FIRE CHIEF; IF THAT'S THE CASE, WE WOULD NEVER FIND THAT INDIVIDUAL, WE WANT, HOPEFULLY, AST LEAST IN OUR MINDS WEKNOW WE DID EVERYTHING WE COULD ))
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Only one of the victims has been identified, 48 year old Percy Junior McClease.
Identities of the others are being withheld until autopsies can be completed and relatives notified.
Two residents remain hospitalized, one in critical condition.
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Those who could have spoken on his behalf all died in the fire--
That's according to the Roanoke man accused of committing murder right before the fatal blaze..
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Willie Caldwell is accused of a fatal shooting on Gilmer Avenue a few hours before the fire.
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Caldwell lived at 502 Church Avenue, and during his arraignment yesterday morning he briefly talked about the fire.
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((WILLIE CALDWELL/MURDER SUSPECT; THAT'S WHAT I WAS GOING TO TELL YOU, EVERYBODY THAT I WOULD HAVE FOR A WITNESS GOT BURNED UP IN THAT HOUSE, AND I HAVE... JUDGE; WAIT A MINUTE MR. CALDWELL...))
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Judge Jacqueline Talevi (tuh-LEV-ee) advised Caldwell not to discuss the fire yesterday in court.
She set a June date for a preliminary hearing and appointed an attorney to represent him.
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[8E-Bedford-Zoning]


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Some Bedford county residents believe Route 8-11 already has too many vehicles passing over it.
And they say a proposed new development will just make traffic problems worse.
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[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.;]


Steven Tolley wants to place his townhouses on a 7-and-a-half acre site between Waterlick and Cameron Roads off of Route 811.
But residents say having multi-family units in the same area as single family dwellings will create several problems.

The community of Forest is the primary area the county has designated for growth.
At the top of the list of issues is the potential for more traffic along Route 811, now known as Thomas Jefferson Road.
Right now there are no plans to widen that road to alleviate traffic.
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((H.F.GARNER; IT WOULD LEGALLY CONSTITUTE RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT TO ALL 811 DRIVERS AND WOULD BE UNWORTHY OF BEDFORD COUNTY PLANNERS TO ALLOW OR CONDONE THIS MAJOR DEVELOPMENT AT THIS 811 BOTTLENECK UNTIL V-DOT HAS MADE DRASTIC CHANGES.))


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Other opponents say a buffer zone between the proposed development and the rest of the neighborhood would help.
Last night was the final public hearing before the Board of Zoning Appeals makes a decision on the project, which will be soon.
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[8Water-main]


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A water main break has left businesses in the 1300 to 1900 block of Orange Avenue East without water this morning.

Meanwhile, the inside eastbound lane of Orange Avenue is closed to traffic as the break is being repaired. [8WEATHER]
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Before we wrap up this morning--
Here's a final check on your mid- week forecast.
Partly sunny with some scattered thunderstorms today.
Highs around 90.
Temperatures will be comfortable tonight, with lows in the upper 50s.
The four day forecast is sunny, but milder..
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