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The sounds of squealing brakes and twisting metal closed down the northbound lanes of Interstate 81 yesterday for almost five hours.
At least five people were injured in a fiery crashery crash in Montgomery County.
Joe Dashiell reports.
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[SUPER=01-Richard Slater/Truck Driver; :00 Quick]
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[SUPER=01-Lettie Minnick/Motorist; :17]
[SUPER=01-Roger Rinehart/Truck Driver; :27]
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[OUT Q=JD News 7 Montgomery County]

(([OPENS W/ INTERVIEW]
[IN Q=In all of my years of driving]

((IN ALL MY YEARS OF DRIVING, I'VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS.)) [RUNS05]
[OUT Q=never seen anything like this.]


Like many others travelling down Christiansburg Mountain, Richard Slater is thankful to be alive.
With the first accident, warnings went out over CB radio, but they weren't enough to stop one tractor trailer.
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[IN Q=It was like]

((IT WAS LIKE IT WAS IN SLOW MOTION TO ME AND THEN I'M THINKING WHERE IS HE GOING. AND THEN I REALIZE HE JUST COULDN'T GET STOPPED. CAR PARTS WAS FLYING EVERYWHERE.)) [RUNS10]
[OUT Q=car parts were flying everywhere.]
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[IN Q=Then it burst into flames]

((SO THEN IT BURST INTO FLAMES AND I DON'T KNOW. I WENT DOWN THERE AND THERE WAS ANOTHER GENTLEMAN DOWN THERE. AND WE HELPED TAKE THE CLOTHES OFF THE DRIVER BECAUSE HE WAS SMOLDERING AND BURNING. IT WAS REALLY BAD. HE WAS HURTING.)) [RUNS11]
[OUT Q=he was hurting.]


Lifeguard 10 touched down on the interstate to carry the most serioulsy injured to the hospital. Others were transported by ambulance.
The accident blocked the northbound lanes, and backed up traffic for several miles, both on Christiansburg mountain and again near Exit 118, where cars and trucks were diverted onto route 11.
It took four and a half hours to clear the wreckage and re-open the highway.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Montgomery County.))

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[ANCHOR=melanie]
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A train struck and killed a teenager yesterday evening near the Roanoke- Montgomery County line.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.;]


The accident happened near Elliston.
Police say the train was travelling westbound when it hit the 17-year old.
Police have not released any more information about the accident.
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[7Moyer]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
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Eight years in prison is the sentence for a man who killed another driver after running a stop sign.
Wayne Lamar Moyer was drunk when the accident happened.
The same jury that handed down the sentence had already convicted Moyer of involuntary manslaughter.
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[VO-NAT Cut from 98-11 ]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/February 20]


The February 20-th crash killed Elwood Lewis Preston.
Authorities said Moyer's blood alcohol level was point-one-seven-- twice the legal limit.
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[7E-Lake-Project]


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A lawsuit is now hanging over the Franklin County supervisors after their vote on a condominium site.
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Allen Wilcox lives on Smith Mountain Lake, right across the water from the future site of a condominium complex.
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Franklin County supervisors approved the controversial complex last month, which will include 96 units, 180 boat slips, a convention hall, community center, and restaurant.
Wilcox's lawsuit charges supervisors broke the law by allowing those facilities in that area.
County planners disagree.
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[SOT 12:59:27]
[IN Q=The Board of Supervisors]

((TIM KRAWCZEL/COUNTY PLANNING DIRECTOR: THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS AMENDED ITS ORDINANCE SEVERAL YEARS AGO TO EXPLICITLY STATE THERE'S FLEXIBILITY IN THE R-P-D DISTRICT.))
[SUPER=01-Tim Krawczel/Franklin Co. Planning Director;]
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Wilcox refused to comment on camera -- but his lawsuit says the condo complex would add extra traffic to the cove and cut his property values.
A court date has not been set for the case.
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[7S-Towers]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[TAPE#=98-65; 13:33:20]
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There may empty spots in the facade, but Towers shopping center is doing a booming business.
That's according to the man who owns it.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


Even though there's empty space where a movie theater just closed ...
And a big hole where Woolworth's used to be...
Gary Rappaport said Towers is turning a profit.
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[IN Q=WE FEEL]

((GARY RAPPAPORT: WE FEEL VERY COMFORTABLE REINVESTING THE DOLLARS BACK INTO THE PROPERTY AND BACK INTO ROANOKE AND WE'RE A FIRM BELIEVER THAT WILL CONTINUE. WE'VE OWNED IT FOR NOW TWELVE YEARS WE EXPECT TO OWN IT FOR MANY YEARS TO COME.))
[SUPER=01-Gary Rappaport/Towers Owner;]
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[VO-NAT]


A new deli-style store, called "Heavenly Ham" is opening today.
Rappaport said he's also recruiting stores to move into the old movie theater and an old gas station on the property.
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Taking a look now at your Friday forecast...
A pleasant day ahead, with lots of sun and a slight breeze. Look for highs to stay around 80 degrees.
Mostly clear overnight, with lows in the upper- 50s.
The extended forecast calls for...

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A chain reaction wreck on Interstate 81 left five people injured.
It happend when a tractor trailer hit a line of traffic that had stopped for an earlier accident.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.]


The pileup involved more than a dozen vehicles and tied up traffic for hours.
The first accident blocked traffic... and though warnings went out over CB radio... one trucker was unable to stop in time.
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[SOT GREG TAPE #1 UB 16:59:15]
[IN Q=All the traffic down here]

((ALL THE TRAFFIC DOWN HERE WAS STOPPED. EITHER HE DIDN'T HAVE HIS RADIO ON OR HIS RADIO WASN'T WORKING. I HAVE NO IDEA, YOU KNOW THAT EVERYTHING DOWN HERE WAS AT A STANDSTILL.))
[SUPER=01-Richard Slater/Truck Driver;]
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[OUT Q=down here was at a standstill.]
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[VO-NAT]


One person was flown to the burn center at the University of Virginia.
Another was admitted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Three others were treated at Lewis Gale Hospital and released.

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[TAPE#=98-57; 1:05:14]
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There is some speculation that the legal victory by Danville firefighters regarding unpaid meal breaks will spark similar court battles elsewhere.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville/Last Week; :00]


That's the belief of the Danville city attorney.
Timothy Spencer believes other municipalities will now find themselves at odds with their firefighters.
He says there are one hundred other fire departments that handle meal break compensation the way Danville did.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Yesterday; :14]


But Ed Crawford disagrees.
He is the Vice President of the Virginia Professional Firefighters Association.
Crawford says Danville's fire department is the last to fall in line with paid mealtime.
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[SOT 1:24:54-:07]
[IN Q=To our knowledge]

((ED CRAWFORD/VA PROFESSIONAL FIREFIGHTERS: TO OUR KNOWLEDGE THIS IS THE ONLY FIRE DEPARTMENT IN THE STATE OF VIRGINIA AS FAR AS OUR ORGANIZATION GOES THAT WAS ACTUALLY DEDUCTING TIME FROM THE FIREFGHTERS FOR THEIR MEAL TIME WHICH IS A VIOLATION OF THE FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT.))
[SUPER=01-Ed Crawford/VA Professional Firefighters;]
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[OUT Q=labor standards act.]
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[VO-NAT]


Danville's city council was briefed on the firefighter litigation tonight during a closed-door executive session.
The mayor says no one is permitted to comment on what was discussed.
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[45S-Panther's-Knob]


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[TAPE#=98-55; 1:11:28]
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Panther's Knob is Floyd County's highest spot.
And this morning the home that sits atop it has a new owner.
Teresa Hamilton takes us to yesterday's auction.
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[IN Q=150 is bid]
[SUPER=03-Floyd Co.; :08]
[SUPER=01-Bob Walters/Top Bidder; :39]
[SUPER=07-Kathryn Patrizzi; 1:05]
[SUPER=@Teresa1; 1:23]
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((
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[IN Q=150- is ]

((150 IS BID, 175, AT A 175, 200-THOUSAND DOLLARS. )) [RUNS05]
[OUT Q=thousand dollars.]


That's how the bidding war began...with 18- people vying for the secluded estate.
Less than 30- minutes later, the tense monetary battle was over...
With the highest bid coming from a retired Blacksburg aerospace businessman.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Close the bidding]

((CLOSE THE BIDDING AT 380 THOUSAND DOLLARS SUBJECT TO ACCEPTANCE OF THE I-R-S. )) [RUNS04]
[OUT Q=of the I-R-S.]


Bob Walters thought the Floyd County estate would be the perfect place for his wife to raise horses.
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[2:07:19]
[SOT]
[IN Q=So what ]

((TERESA SPEAKS: SO WHAT ARE YOU FEELING NOW? YOU ARE SHAKING I CAN SEE. BOB WALTERS/RETIRED BUSINESSMAN:YEAH, I KNOW, I'M NERVOUS, A LOT OF EMOTIONS, I'M HAPPY, I'M JUST CONFUSED ABOUT WHAT PLACE I'LL STAY IN BECAUSE LIKE I SAY I HAVE ANOTHER REALLY NICE PLACE BUT WE'LL PROBABLY COME HERE. )) [RUNS15]
[OUT Q=come here.]


Kathryn Bonanno- Patrizzi is a native of Floyd County and was one of the folks bidding against Walters.
The rare gem dealer currently divides her time between New York and Switzerland.
But there's no place like home.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=A little ]

((A LITTLE DISAPPOINTED, I TOLD MYSELF I WAS GOING TO BE TOTALLY UNEMOTIONAL IF I GOT IT GREAT, IF I DIDN'T LIFE WOULD BE LESS COMPLICATED. )) [RUNS10]
[OUT Q=less complicated.]


The estate was put on the auction block by the government-- after determining marijuana sales were used to buy the property. [TAKE SU]
Proceeds from the sale of the house and property will go toward other crime fighting operations. Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Floyd County.))

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Turning to your Friday forecast--
Expect mostly sunny skies today with warmer high temperatures around 80.
Staying mostly clear tonight, with lows in the upper 50s.
Looking ahead to the weekend, mostly sunny with highs staying in the 80s....
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At least five people were injured and more than a dozen vehicles were involved in a pile-up yesterday afternoon on Interstate 81.
The accident happened when a tractor trailer slammed into a line of traffic that was stopped for ANOTHER accident.

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.]


It happened about 4:30 P- M near the base of Christiansburg Mountain.
The first accident blocked traffic... and though warnings went out over CB radio... one trucker was unable to stop in time.
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[SOT GREG TAPE #1 UB 16:59:15]
[IN Q=All the traffic down here]

((ALL THE TRAFFIC DOWN HERE WAS STOPPED. EITHER HE DIDN'T HAVE HIS RADIO ON OR HIS RADIO WASN'T WORKING. I HAVE NO IDEA, YOU KNOW THAT EVERYTHING DOWN HERE WAS AT A STANDSTILL.))
[SUPER=01-Richard Slater/Truck Driver;]
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[OUT Q=down here was at a standstill.]
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[VO-NAT]


One person was flown to the burn center at the University of Virginia.
Another was admitted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Three others were treated at Lewis Gale Hospital and released.

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[ANCHOR=melanie]
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A teenager was struck and killed by a train yesterday evening near the Roanoke- Montgomery County line.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.;]


The accident happened near Elliston.
Police say the train was travelling westbound when it hit the 17-year old.
Police have not released any more information about the accident.
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[8Moyer]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=Net]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


Wayne Lamar Moyer will spend eight years in prison for killing another driver after running a stop sign.
Moyer was drunk when the accident occurred.
The same jury that handed down the sentence had already convicted Moyer of involuntary manslaughter.
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[VO-NAT Cut from 98-11 ]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/February 20]


The February 20-th crash killed Elwood Lewis Preston.
Authorities said Moyer's blood alcohol level was point-one-seven-- twice the legal limit.
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[8S-Delta-Star]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
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[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=98-64; 17:10]
[GRAPHIC=Business News]


Lynchburg's largest employer will be purchaased by a Minneapolis company.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg/File Tape]


Sigma-7 Products yesterday announced its intention to aquire Delta Star Incorporated.
Sigma is offering Delta Star stockholders 15 dollars and 50 cents per share.. the total value of the deal is close to 15-million dollars.
Delta Star employs about 250 people in its Lynchburg facility.. they make electrical transformers for power companies.
Its headquarters are in California.
No one with Delta Star could be reached for comment about the offer.
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[8S-White-Ribbons]


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[WRITER=chu]
[TAPE#98-51; 2:00:03]
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Some Southside Virginia residents are seeking guidance from religion to help them cope with the President Clinton sex scandal.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Chatham;]


Members of the Watson Memorial United Methodist Church in Chatham are tying hundreds of white ribbons.
They hope people will wear them next week as a symbol of peace and healing for the nation.
The church believes God may help people find a positive light somewhere in the White House scandal.
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[IN Q=We've got to have]

((REV. CHARLES WICKHAM/WATSON MEMORIAL U.M.C.: WE'VE GOT TO HAVE SOMETHING TO ALL THE PEOPLE TO GOD BECAUSE IN MY VIEW HE IS THE ONLY ONLY SOURCE OF RECONCILIATION OF BRINGING ABOUT SOME SENSE OF ALL THIS MESS THAT'S GOING ON.))
[SUPER=01-Rev. Charles Wickham/Watson Memorial U.M.C.;]
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[OUT Q=that's going on.]
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[VO-NAT]


Church members are making 500-white ribbons-- to hand out at this Sunday's service.
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Before we finish the morning updates, let's take one more look at the forecast.
Mostly sunny today, with a high near 80.
Tonight looks mostly clear, with lows falling into the upper 50s.
The four day outlook is mostly sunny, with highs in the 80s...
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