Up next on News 7 at 6: a small plane crashes in Floyd County near a residential area. One person is seriously hurt. We will have the latest.
And what happened to the couple that owns a Campbell County convenience store? They haven't been seen in more than a week and neighbors are worried.
Tonight in sports, Steve Mason takes us for pickup ride at the Bristol Motor Speedway, two more Bath County athletes sign college papers, Dan River's baseball team is still flying high.
And John Elway says he's not yet ready to retire, and will be back for one more season with the Broncos.
First cooler and drier, then scattered showers tomorrow night. The fast changing weather story and our June alamanc
are just ahead.[Phoner]
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A small plane has crashed near a residential area in Floyd County. Teresa Hamilton joins us from the scene with more.
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Their store, it seemed, was always open.. even in bad weather and on holidays.
That's what makes the disappearance of a Campbell County family so mysterious.. and now the F-B-I has in joined the search.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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[SUPER=01-Angela Gutierrez/Neighbor; :23]
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(( Customers continue to pull into the lot of the Timbrook Food Mart, only to find the store is still closed.. seven days AFTER the owners took Memorial Day off, but never came back.
42- year-old Jagjeet Singh, his wife and their three daughters lived just around the corner in this single story brick home.
Except for the uncut grass in their yard, police say nothing's amiss.
But neighbors are getting worried.
[IN Q=Something bad]
((ANGELA GUTIERREZ/NEIGHBOR: SOMETHING BAD HAS HAPPENED, THAT'S WHAT I THINK, BECAUSE THEY WOULD BE THERE. OR THEY WOULD NOTIFY SOMEONE AROUND HERE, BECAUSE THEY KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE, I SEEM TO THINK.))
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[IN Q=But police say]
((But police say, for now, there's no reason to be concerned. Investigators admit it's very much out of character for the family to have disappeared without telling anyone, but for the time being they do NOT suspect foul play.))
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Police also say it's possible the Singhs don't WANT to be found.
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((INVEST. L.T. GUTHRIE/CAMPBELL CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: I WOULDN'T THINK THE NEIGHBORS IN THE AREA HAVE ANYTHING TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT. LIKE I SAID, WE DON'T HAVE ANY REASON TO SUSPECT FOUL PLAY AND THEY COULD BE MISSING OF THEIR OWN VOLITION.))
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[IN Q=To me that]
((ANGELA GUTIERREZ: TO ME THAT DOESN'T SOUND LIKE THEM, BECAUSE LIKE I SAY, WHY WOULDN'T THEY NOTIFY THEIR EMPLOYEES. I THINK THERE'S A COUPLE OF PART- TIME EMPLOYEES THAT WORK AT THE STORE AND I WOULD THINK SOMEBODY WOULD KNOW SOMETHING.))
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Anyone who MAY have information about the family is asked to call Campbell County authorities.
Steve Smallshaw, News7.))[Long]
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A woman who drove drunk with four children in the car will spend three months in jail.
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34-year old Patricia Long's blood alcohol content was more than double the legal limit -- when she crashed into a tree on Route 614 near Arcadia last October.
Her three children and a friend's son were in the back seat.
She got a 30-day suspended jail sentence plus a $100 fine and 40 days community service for driving drunk.
She was also charged with child endangerment and must serve three months in jail.
Long says she has been a victim of domestic abuse -- the judge said that was not an excuse for her crime.
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Hurricane season starts today, and forecasters say the storms will be back this year.
Only one storm hit the U-S coast last year because El Nino, a stretch of warm water in the pacific, kept them from forming.
El Nino is almost gone, and forcasters at the National Weather Service in Blacksburg are expecting a normal hurricane season this year.
NEXT year, things could get worse, because of something that's REPLACING El Nino.
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((MICHAEL EMLAW/NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE; THIS IS CALLED LA NINA AND IT'S THE ACTUAL OPPOSITE OF EL NINO AND IT'S ACTUALLY COOLER THAN NORMAL WATER TEMPERATURES IN THAT AREA.
AND THAT COULD HAVE THE OPPOSITE EFFECT ON THE HURRICANE SEASON?
RIGHT, IT WOULD END UP RESULTING IN LESS WINDS IN THE JET STREAM AREA DOWN THAT FAR SOUTH._))
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That could allow more hurricanes than normal to form next year. THIS year, the National Hurricane Center in Miami is expecting about ten storms.
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He found selling cocaine to be quite profitable in Halifax County--but now the man described as a drug kingpin will pay the price. That's one of the stories coming up on News 7 at Six.
And the latest on the Roanoke River's sewage problems. Some parents living nearby want the city to give them more warning when there's a spill.
First though we check in with Meterologist Robin Reed.
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Parents and environmentalists want the city to keep a closer eye on the Roanoke River -- after last week's sewage spill.
But the city says sewage leaks are inevitable.
Tina Tenret reports.
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[SUPER=01-Linda Scott/Parent; 1:15]
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((For now -- this manhole is quiet.
Last week it pumped thousands of gallons of raw sewage into the Roanoke River.
And it could erupt again.
Heavy rains and too many customers are overloading sewer pipes -- causing sewage to gush into the river.
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((IT HAD RAINED TWO DAYS BEFORE AND THE GROUND WAS SATURATED. OUR SEWAGE PLANT WAS DESIGNED FOR 35 GALLONS A DAY. ON THE DAY WE GOT THE REPORT WE WERE TREATING 55 OR 60.))
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The city is building a 30-million-dollar replacement sewer facility, with larger pipes to handle more customers.
And it has raised this manhole four feet to hold more water.
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((IT WOULD BE ASSININE FOR ME TO SAY WE WILL NEVER HAVE ANOTHER SEWAGE OVERFLOW. I THINK THE APPROPRIATE THING TO SAY IS THIS WILL GREATLY IMPROVE IT.))
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((But some say the city is not doing enough. A canoeist noticed sewage leaking from the same spot a month ago. The city says there was nothing to do but wait for the rain to stop.))
Now-- health department officials say swallowing this water could make you sick
They say it's not smart to fish, and the river is too polluted for swimmers.
[IN Q=Well it's really]
((WELL IT'S REALLY A SHAME THAT THE CHILDREN CAN'T USE THE RIVER. IT'S RIGHT THERE IN YOUR BACKYARD AND THEY SHOULD KEEP IT CLEAR FOR US. AND WHEN IT'S NOT THEY SHOULD TELL US IMMEDIATELY TO KEEP THE CHILDREN OUT OF THE RIVER, INSTEAD OF WAITING FOR MONTHS TO BRING IT OUT AND LET PEOPLE KNOW.))
[OUT Q=let people know]
The city says the Easter spill had stopped by the next day-- and they warned people of the danger.
Tina Tenret News7 Roanoke.))
He bought drugs in New York and sold them in Halifax County for twice what he paid.
Kenneth Traynham, in the blue T-shirt, pleaded guilty to drug charges today in federal court.
He is said to have been the ring leader in a major crack cocaine operation in Halifax County.
Five other people pleaded guilty to various charges including conspiracy and drug distribution.
These convictions come after a year-long investigation involving undercover drug agents.
Several of these defendants could receive life in prison when they are sentenced in August.
The stock market was mixed in fairly light trading.
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The Dow gained 22 points to close at 89 hundred 22.
NASDAQ dropped 32 points.
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Roanoke has completed its search for drums buried at the City's Public Works Center.
The number now stands at more than one thousand, but officials say most of them were empty.
A dig in December turned up more than 40 drums, and subsequent testing led to the latest excavation.
Crews uncovered a substantial amount of scrap metal during the four-day dig, but most of the drums were located in an area 70 feet by 90 feet.
Workers have now removed one thousand sixty eight drums. All but 16 were empty, and officials say they're confident they've found them all.
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[SUPER=01-Bren Huggins/Environmental Consultant;]
[OUT Q=we'd have to look elsewhere.]
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The city must now determine if there is any soil or ground water contamination at the site.
If there is any contamination, Huggins believes, it will be an isolated problem.[Sports Tease]
Coming your way tonight in sports, Elway says he's coming back for one more year.
Steve Mason and photographer Lynn Eller takes us for a wild pickup ride tonight in Bristol, two Bath Countu athletes ink scholarship papers.
And the folks at Dan River high school are still celebrating the high school first ever state title, brought home Saturday night by the baseball team.
A record setting quarterback is returning for another season.
John Elway has guided his team to more victories that any other quarterback in N-F-L history.
Today he announced he will play a 16th season with Denver.
Elway is 22 T-D's shy of 300 and he needs just over 13-hundred passing yards to reach 50-thousand in his career.
Dan Marino is the only other Q-B to throw for that many yards.
Elway says a talk with baseball great Johnny Bench helped him make the decision.
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Professional athtletes and the media often disagree on what happens and what is reported.
But today, Craftsman Truck Series stars Stacy Compton and Jay Sauters were difinitely on the right track...or should we say same track. Steve Mason has more for the Bristol Motor Speedway.
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[SUPER=01-Lynn Eller/WDBJ Photographer; :23]
[SUPER=01-Rob Nelson/WCYB Sports Reporter; :33]
[SUPER=01-Stacy Compton/Ford #86 Royal Crown Driver; :55 ]
[SUPER=01-Jay Sauter/GM Goodwrench #3 Driver; 1:04]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Byrd/Bristol Speedway Vice President; 1:12]
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The Winston Cup circuit rolls into Richmond this Friday for Bud Pole qualifying for Sunday Pontiac Excitement 400.
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Jeff Gordon returns to the Commonwealth on top of the points race with a 47 point cushion over Jeremy Mayfield.
Gordon's lead would be a little bigger had he not had to give up the lead and get a splash of gas yesterday at Dover. He led 375 of the 400 laps but to settle for third.
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Before Saturday night the Dan River high school had never won a state championship in any sport. Now the folks in Ringgold aren't likely to stop celebrating their first championship anytime soon.
Students and teachers whooped and hollered today for the baseball team members they now call heroes of the town.
At an assembly this afternoon, the champs presented their region and state trophies to the Dan River administration.
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The Wildcats picked up the Group Two A state title this weekend with a 5-to-4 win over perennial power Virginia High thanks to a great group of seniors and some pretty good underclassmen
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[SUPER=01-Jay Pyron/Dan River Senior; :00]
[SUPER=01-Sam McCormick/Dan River Head Coach; :11]
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In one other baseball note tonight, Bath County pitcher Philip Neff, the two time Pioneer district player of the year who hit 306 and had an earned run average of 0 point 78 this past season, signed with Emmanuel College today.
The Emmanuel Lions are an NAIA school in the Georgia Athletic conference.
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Also, this afternoon Bath County football star Brandon Woodard has signed to continue his education and football career next year at Ferrum College.
Woodard, who is a former Friday Football Extra player of the week, rushed for 18 hundred and 6 yards and scored 19 touchdown this past season.
During his career at Bath he rushed for more than 34 hundred yards.
The May weather numbers are now in the book. Roanoke, Lynchburg and the New River Valley were all above normal in rainfall. Temperatures were just slighly above normal. But the really warm stuff starts this month along with hurricane season. Here's our June almanac.
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A small plane has crashed near a residential area in Floyd County.
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Teresa Hamilton joins us now with more.
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That's News 7 at Six. Coming up tonight--
Virginia's drug court program has been in operation for three years.
Tonight, a ceremony honoring those nonviolent drug abusers who have successfully received at least one year of treatment.
The cost of the drug court program is one fifth of the cost of sending someone to jail.
[Jean ad lib byes] We'll have that story and more tonight on News 7 at 11.