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Fire broke out at Carilion Community Hospital yesterday afternoon, leaving employees and patients unharmed, but in the dark.
Heavy damage was reported to the transformer that started the blaze- which cut off power to about half of the building and closed the E-R. David Johnson reports.
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(( The fire began in a boiler room on the ground floor of the east wing. Before the smoke could make its way through the hospital, officials had evacuated the first and second floor. Smoke rose from the ground level up to the tenth floor. Where the blaze started is what caused problems for firefighters from the start.
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((BETH MYER-BALDWIN/CARILION SPOKESWOMAN; WHAT WAS DIFFICULT FOR THEM IN THE BEGINNING WAS WHERE THE FIRE STARTED IN THE BOILER ROOM. THE CENTER HAS LOTS OF ELECTRICITY THERE SO IT WAS VERY DANGEROUS FOR PEOPLE FROM THE FIRE DEPARTMENT TO GO IN AND START PUTTING OUT THE FIRE.)) [RUNS14]
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Once A-E-P cut off the power, the fire was quickly extinguished. Dr. William Pasley was one of nearly 60 employees and 10 patients evacuated. The physician says he's never seen anything like it in his 24 years.
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((DR. WILLIAM PASLEY/HOSPITAL SURGEON; THEY JUST TRIED TO KEEP US NOTIFIED ABOUT WHAT WAS GOING ON. THEY STARTED GETTING EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE SO THAT IF WE HAD TO GET THE PATIENTS THAT WERE STILL BEING OPERATED ON OUT, THEN WE COULD DO THE BEST JOB THAT WE POSSIBLY COULD.)) [RUNS12]
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No one was injured in the fire and emergency crews were on hand to care for those who needed it. Hospital officials say it's been some time since something of this magnitude has happened at the hospital.
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((MYER-BALDWIN; THERE HAVE BEEN ISOLATED HERE AND THERE INCIDENTS THROUGHOUT THE YEARS OF A PATIENT SMOKING IN BED AND CATCHING THE LINENS ON FIRE. THOSE HAVE BEEN PUT OUT RIGHT AWAY. BUT WHEN IT COMES TO A FIRE OF THIS NATURE, IT HASN'T HAPPENED IN RECENT HISTORY.)) [RUNS15]
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[STAND-UP/23:16:39] ((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; ABOUT HALF OF THE HOSPITAL'S ELECTRICITY WAS PROVIDED BY GENERATORS LAST NIGHT. HOSPITAL OFFICIALS HOPE TO HAVE FULL POWER RESTORED SOMETIME TODAY. AND THE EMERGENCY ROOM, WHICH WAS CLOSED LATE YESTERDAY AFTERNOON AND THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT, SHOULD BE REOPENED SOMETIME TODAY. DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS7.))

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Tommy David Strickler WILL have his case presented before the U-S Supreme Court.
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Strickler's attorney says the justices have agreed to hear oral arguments in Strickler's case.
No date has been set.
Strickler is on death row for the 1990 murder of Salem native Leann Whitlock.
He claims prosecutors withheld evidence during his trial that might have prevented him from getting the death penalty.
Strickler's execution HAD been set to be carried out last month ...before the court intervened.
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We have one school closing to tell you about this morning.
Chilhowie Elementary in Smyth County will be closed today because of some water line problems.
That's Chilhowie Elementary only.


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Taking a look now at your Tuesday forecast...
More cloudy skies today, with a light breeze. Look for high temperatures to range from the mid-60s to about 70 degrees.
Clouds remain in the area overnight. Expect lows in the low-to mid-50s.
The extended forecast...
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[7BIRTHDAYS!] 10/7/98
Wednesday:

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Twins!
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Bedford County authorities say skeletal remains found last week near Moneta are that of a Shenandoah County resident wanted in connection with a stolen car and abduction.
Authorities believe 26 year old Robert Philip Turner ditched the car in Bedford County and then killed himself.
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A dog dragged home Turner's skull last week.
His remains were in the woods near Moneta.
That's the same place police found the stolen car.
It's also where Turner apparently overdosed on pills he stole from his mother.
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((LT. RICKY GARDNER/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF'S OFFICE: THE MOTHER HAS INFORMED US THAT SHE FOUND SOME OF HER MEDICINES MISSING FROM HER APARTMENT, SO WE FEEL LIKE THERE'S PROBABLY A HIGH POSSIBILITY OR HIGH PROBABILITY THAT THIS INDIVIDUAL DIED AS A RESULT OF AN OVERDOSE.))
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Turner was identified from dental records.
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[45-5-Autopsy-Result]


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Autopsy results are also in for a man found murdered Sunday in Danville.
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A medical examiner in Roanoke says 51-year old Elliott Jefferies was fatally shot in the chest.
He was also shot in the legs.
Jeffries' body was discovered in a bed inside his Slade Street home Sunday afternoon.
At this time, Danville police say they do NOT have a suspect in the murder.
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[45E-Tech-Stripper]


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A Virginia Tech fraternity party that apparently got out of hand last month has led to abduction charges.
Police have charged a Tech student with holding an escort service dancer against her will.
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20-year old Ryan Frances Worch was taken into custody yesterday morning.
He's charged with two counts of abduction.
Virginia Tech police say Worch and a group of fraternity members called a Roanoke escort agency.
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An 18-year old woman showed up in lingerie and was prepared to dance for the group.
Police say the students then tried to take the woman's lingerie off and would NOT let her leave the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity.
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((LARRY HINCKER/VIRGINIA TECH SPOKESMAN:IT'S OUR UNDERSTANDING, AT LEAST ACCORDING TO THE CHARGE, WAS THAT THEY ATTEMPTED TO LEAVE, THAT IS THE DANCER AND HER ESCORT ATTEMPTED TO LEAVE AND THE FRAT KEPT THEM AGAINST THEIR WILL FOR A PERIOD OF TIME. ))
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Bond for Worch was set at 30-thousand dollars.
Tech police expect to file charges against other students, as well.

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A guilty plea in Montgomery County from the former Shawsville wrestling coach charged with having consensual sex with three female students.
Two of the girls attended school in Shawsville.
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The third girl was a student of Michael Blevins at Rural Retreat.
The 35-year old man has already pleaded guilty to having sex with the girl in Wythe County, as well as Smyth County where her parents lived.
He was charged in Montgomery County because the two continued their relationship after he moved to Shawsville.
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Under the plea agreement, Blevins must serve seven years in prison to run at the same time with a recommended seven year sentence in Smyth County.
He did NOT sign an agreement in Wythe County.

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One school closing to report in Smyth County.
Chilhowie Elementary will be closed today because problems with the water line.
That's Chilhowie Elementary in Smyth County.


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Taking a look now at your Tuesday forecast...
Cloud cover continues today, with the possibility of some very light rain. Look for breezy conditions through this afternoon, as highs climb to around 70 degrees.
Mostly cloudy overnight, with lows expected to drop into the low to mid- 50s.
The extended forecast calls for rain for much of the work week. The precipitation should move out by Friday, but clouds will stick around. Look for highs in the low-70s and lows in the upper-50s...
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Several patients and employees at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital were evacuated yesterday when a fire broke out in a ground floor boiler room.
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It happened just before four P-M. At this point, officials only know the fire's point of origin.
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((BETH MYER-BALDWIN/CARILION SPOKESWOMAN; THE TRANSFORMER IS IN THE BOILER ROOM AND THE FIRE WAS IN THAT TRANSFORMER, BUT WE DON'T KNOW WHAT CAUSED IT TO HAPPEN.))
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The power had to be cut off before firefighters could extinguish the blaze. Fire authorities say the smoke that spread throughout the building was the largest safety threat. No one was injured, but hospital officials had to evacuate the first and second floors. More than half of the hospital is still running on limited power, and the emergency room remains closed. Two back-up generators are being used until full power is restored.
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[8E-Bedford-Body]


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A positive I-D on the skeletal remains discovered last week in Bedford County.
Authorities say it was 26 year old Robert Philips, who allegedly kidnapped his girlfriend three weeks ago and then stole her car.
Officials believe Turner ditched the car in Bedford County and then killed himself.
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A dog dragged home Turner's skull last week.
His remains were found in the woods near Moneta.
That's the same place police found the stolen car.
It's also where Turner apparently overdosed on pills he took from his mother.
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((LT. RICKY GARDNER/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF'S OFFICE: THE MOTHER HAS INFORMED US THAT SHE FOUND SOME OF HER MEDICINES MISSING FROM HER APARTMENT, SO WE FEEL LIKE THERE'S PROBABLY A HIGH POSSIBILITY OR HIGH PROBABILITY THAT THIS INDIVIDUAL DIED AS A RESULT OF AN OVERDOSE.))
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Turner was identified from dental records.
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Danville authorities know what killed a man found dead in his home on Sunday.
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A medical examiner in Roanoke says 51-year old Elliott Jefferies was fatally shot in the chest.
He was also shot in the legs.
Jeffries' body was discovered in a bed inside his Slade Street home.
At this time, Danville police say they do NOT have a suspect in the murder.
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[8S-I77-Accident]


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Foggy conditions contributed to 40 care pileup yesterday on Interstate 77, and authorities say it's foggy again this morning.
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The accident forced state police to shut down 13 miles of northbound I-77... just above the North Carolina border ...all the way to the Hillsville interchange.
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State police say only minor injuries were reported.
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[8S-Cabin-Lake]


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It was last Thanksgiving that fire destroyed three Danville apartment buildings, and now the homes are being demolished.
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A demolition crew got to work yesterday at the Cabin Lake Apartments.
It is expected to take about a month to finish the work.
Danville fire investigators were never able to determine the cause.
Nearly 100-former tenants are suing the owners and operators of the Cabin Lake complex.
There are NO plans to rebuild the apartments.
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Students at one school in Smyth County will not report to classes today.
Chilhowie Elementary will be closed because of a problem with the water line.
That's Chilhowie Elementary in Smyth County.


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Taking a look now at your Tuesday forecast...
Another cloudy day, with some light winds. Highs are expected to range from the upper-60s to around 70.
More cloudy skies overnight. Look for lows in the low-to mid-50s.
The extended forecast calls for rain throughout the week, before giving way to just mostly cloudy skies on Friday.
Highs in the 70s, lows in the 50s...
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