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[7Hit-And-Run]


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One person was killed in a hit- and run accident this morning in Henry County.
Few details are available at this time, but state police say one person died after being struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Main and Ridgeway.
Police received the call around 1:15 a-m.

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The U-V-A Medical Center now says the I-D bracelets worn by a newborn girl 3 years ago WERE loose enough to slip off her wrist and ankle without being cut.
This possible violation of hospital policy could be the reason that two infants were sent home with the wrong mothers.
It will be at least another week before the families of Rebecca Chittum and Callie Johnson can confirm through DNA tests whether they were the two switched at birth.
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Yesterday, members of the Chittum family spoke publicly about their meeting with Callie's mother, Paula Johnson.
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((MARK CHITTUM; THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF LOSS WITH ALL THE FAMILIES INCLUDING PAULA JOHNSON'S FAMILY, AND I THINK WHAT'S HAPPENED IS THE LOVE FROM THEM AND FROM US HAS BEEN GREAT AND IT'S HELPED US..))
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The Chittum's lawyers say until the results of the DNA tests are revealed, there's not much more the families can do.
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((MICHAEL IRVINE/CHITTUM ATTORNEY; I THINK WE DO NEED TO WAIT TO SEE WHAT THOSE RESULTS ARE, TO CONFIRM WHAT THE SUSPICION IS, BUT AT THIS POINT AS FAR AS INTRODUCING THE CHILDREN INTO THE SITUATION OR PLANNING OTHER MEETINGS AMONG THE LAWYERS AND THE FAMILIES WOULD PROBABLY BE PREMATURE..))
[super=01-Michael Irvine/Chittum Attorney]
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Irvine says the Commonwealth's Attorney's office in Charlottesville told him DNA test results won't be ready until next week.
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[7E-Willow-River]


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A juvenile court judge denied bond yesterday for a 10-year old boy police believe is responsible for one of seven fires at the Willow River apartments in Salem.
Meantime, residents of the complex continue to lose sleep, and have now taken to patrolling the area during those sleepless nights.
Scott Goldberg reports.
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(( It might be too little too late.
Some residents and lots of police have begun patrolling the fire-torn complex.
But there are many who are too tired and too scared to join the search for whoever may be starting these fires.
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((SHAMESHA CUSTER: I WORK AND GO TO SCHOOL. WHEN DO I HAVE TIME TO LOOK OUT AND SEE WHO'S SUSPICIOUS? I CAN'T EVEN LET MY KIDS COME OUTISDE AND PLAY NOW.)) [RUNS07]
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Shamesha Custer, like her neighbors, is leaving.
Even if it means going to court to get out of their leases.
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((VIRGINIA VASSEY: AND IF I HAVE TO I'LL PUT IT IN THE NEWSPAPER. VIRGINIA VASSEY IS LEAVING. I DON'T GIVE A FLIP IF YOU SUE ME. WHATEVER YOU WANT TO DO I AM LEAVING. )) [RUNS07]
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They've run out of patience.
Police are saying very little about the investigation.
And because these residents think an arsonist is on the loose, they don't want to spend another sleepless night at Willow River.
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((SCOTT KINNEY: WE JUST DECIDED WE'RE GOING TO LEAVE BECAUSE WE CAN'T LIVE UNDER THESE CONDITIONS.)) [RUNS05]
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Salem police realize they gave people a false sense of security after they announced on Friday that everything would be O-K.
But they believed that, after arresting a 10-year-old suspect, the risk of another fire was gone.
And they never would've guessed such a destructive fire would break out Sunday.
State police have taken over the investigation into that fire.
Scott Goldberg, News-7.))

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Taking a look now at your Tuesday forecast..
Expect partly cloudy skies today, with some light winds. Highs could reach 90 degrees.
Temperatures will drop a bit overnight, lows will range from the mid-60's to about 70.
The extended forecast...
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[7BIRTHDAYS!] 8/12/98
Wednesday:

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Anniversary:
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New River Health District authorities are investigating a possible E-Coli outbreak at a Floyd County day care facility.
Health officials have not identified the day care center, but they say they ARE evaluating all children and staff members.
This strain of E-Coli causes diarrhea with stomach cramps.
Symptoms usually appear two to four days after being exposed to the bacteria.
E-Coli can occasionally be found in some raw foods.
The bacteria can be transmitted from person to person within families or child care centers.

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A Christiansburg man was spared a ten year prison term yesterday in connection with an auto accident that killed a seven-year old girl.
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Christopher Lee Fisher told the judge he's been clean and sober since the accident.
So instead of ten he was sentence to a little more than TWO years for involuntary manslaughter, D-U-I and possession of marijuana.
Samantha Rentch was killed last May when Fisher's truck collided with a car in Shawsville.
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The seven-year old was riding in the bed of the truck and was thrown onto the road.
Her older brother was also in the bed of the truck but was NOT injured.
Yesterday the little boy testified he often wakes up at night crying about what happened.
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((DANNY RENTCH/SAMANTHA'S FATHER: IT'S HIT HIM HARD, BUT HE'S IMPROVING EVERY DAY. REPORTER SPEAKS: WHAT ABOUT THE REST OF THE FAMILY? DANNY SPEAKS: YEAH, IT'S HARD, BUT TODAY'S SET TO REST A LOT OF FEELINGS. ))
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Fisher does NOT think the beers he consumed before the accident impaired his driving ability.
He told the judge he did everything he could have to avoid the car.

[45E-BV-Taxes]


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Some Buena Vista resident say its too expsensive to live in the town following recent real estate re-assessments.
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Less than two weeks ago, a four year reassessment of the area was completed. The average assessment jumped up nearly 31 percent. "Citizens for Affordable Government" met last night in protest. The group wants an appraisal that would give citizens fair market value on there homes for at least the next six months. It was suggested that Buena Vista's government would have to turn back the clock to 1976 for that to happen.
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((RALPH HAMILTON/CITIZENS FOR AFFORDABLE GOVERNMENT; THEY SAID THAT WAS A VALUE THAT WE COULD LIVE WITH IF WE HAVE IT AT 72 CENTS ON THE HUNDRED APPRAISED. THAT SHOULD GIVE THE CITY APPROXIMATELY 330-THOUSAND DOLLARS LESS INCOME THAN WHAT THEY HAD. BUT THEY HAD A SURPLUS THIS YEAR. AND WE'RE ASKING THAT THE SURPLUS GO BACK TO THE CITIZENS OF BUENA VISTA.))
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About 50 people signed a petition requesting lower taxes. Hamilton plans to meet with the Buena Vista City Manager today about taxes. He says he will attempt to present the petition at Thursday's city council meeting.
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[45E-HAZMAT]


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In Roanoke, Hazmat crews still don't know the identity of a mysterious black fluid contaminated found in Peter's Creek yesterday.
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Roanoke's fire chief says the liquid is killing fish, but it is non-toxic and should pose no danger to people.
Crews don't know where the liquid came from.
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Turning your attention now to weather--
Partly cloudy skies today, with highs in the upper 80s.
Variably cloudy overnight, with lows in the mid to upper 60s.
The four day forecast will stay partly cloudy with highs staying in the 80s.
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An early morning hit- and- run accident claimed a life in Henry County.
Few details are available at this time, but state police say a person WAS killed when he or she was struck at the intersection of Main and Ridgeway.
Police received the call around 1:15 a-m.

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The arson investigation at Salem's Willow River Apartment complex is now being handled by state police.
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In the last two weeks some seven fires have been set at the complex.
The most destructive was on Sunday.
Salem police realize they gave residents a false sense of security after arresting a 10- year old boy on Friday in connection with at least one of the blazes.
The police are now patrolling the complex but that's not easing the fears of some residents.
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((SCOTT KINNEY: WE JUST DECIDED WE'RE GOING TO LEAVE BECAUSE WE CAN'T LIVE UNDER THESE CONDITIONS. SHAMESHA CUSTER: I WORK AND GO TO SCHOOL. WHEN DO I HAVE TIME TO LOOK OUT AND SEE WHO'S SUSPICIOUS? I CAN'T EVEN LET MY KIDS COME OUTSIDE AND PLAY NOW.))
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The ten year old charged with arson was denied bond in court yesterday.
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One of two baby girls switched at birth was wearing I-D bracelets loose enough to slip off her wrist WITHOUT being cut.
That's according to the U-V-A Medical Center.
This possible violation of hospital policy could be the reason that two infants were sent home with the wrong mothers.
Meanwhile, it will be at least another week before the families of Rebecca Chittum and Callie Johnson can confirm through DNA tests whether they were the two switched at birth.
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Yesterday, members of the Chittum family spoke publicly about their meeting with Callie's mother, Paula Johnson.
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((MARK CHITTUM; THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF LOSS WITH ALL THE FAMILIES INCLUDING PAULA JOHNSON'S FAMILY, AND I THINK WHAT'S HAPPENED IS THE LOVE FROM THEM AND FROM US HAS BEEN GREAT AND IT'S HELPED US..))
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The Chittum's lawyers say until the results of the DNA tests are revealed, there's not much more the families can do.
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((MICHAEL IRVINE/CHITTUM ATTORNEY; I THINK WE DO NEED TO WAIT TO SEE WHAT THOSE RESULTS ARE, TO CONFIRM WHAT THE SUSPICION IS, BUT AT THIS POINT AS FAR AS INTRODUCING THE CHILDREN INTO THE SITUATION OR PLANNING OTHER MEETINGS AMONG THE LAWYERS AND THE FAMILIES WOULD PROBABLY BE PREMATURE..))
[super=01-Michael Irvine/Chittum Attorney]
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Irvine says the Commonwealth's Attorney's office in Charlottesville told him DNA test results won't be ready until next week.
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[8E-Civil-War]


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A 13- year- old boy probably won't soon forget his recent fishing expedition on the Maury River.
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Christian Bell didn't snag a live one, instead he reeled in 200 years of history.
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((CHRISTIAN BELL/; I WAS FISHING WITH THIS LURE RIGHT HERE AND I HIT A SNAG. WHEN I WALKED DOWN THE RIVER, I FOLLOWED MY LINE AND IT WAS HOOKED LIKE THIS ON THE SWORD. I DIDN'T SEE IT 'TIL I PICKED IT UP. IT WENT BACK DOWN AND I PICKED IT UP AND IT WAS A SWORD AND I WALKED HOME.))
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The sword was taken to Virginia Military Institute. There, officials confirmed it to be a "Light Artillery Saber". Authorities say the single edged specimen was made around 18-10 and is the same type of weapon used by Lieutenants in the Civil War. The sword's value was not determined.
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Time now to look at the Tuesday forecast--
Expect partly cloudy skies with highs warming into the upper 80s.
Variably cloudy overnight, with lows cooling into the upper 60s.
The four day outlook stays partly cloudy, with highs in the 80s and lows in the 60s.
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