[7E-Cressell]

[ANCHOR=Melanie]

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[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=98-70 33:47]
[GRAPHIC=Emmitt Cressell Jr.]


Jury selection got underway yesterday in the capital murder trial of Emmitt Cressell Junior.
The 37 year old is accused of burning and beheading Garnett "G-P" Johnson more than a year ago.
Six potential jurors have already been chosen- the judge expects to have a jury seated by tomorrow. [Take Graphic Map]
Selection resumes later this morning in Independence.
Teresa Hamilton reports.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Jury selection]
[SUPER=03-Independence; :00]
[SUPER=03-Independence/May 29; :37]
[SUPER=@teresa1; 1:04]
[RUNS=1:15 (approx)]
[OUT Q= "...News 7, Independence."]
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[7E-Mahone]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=djo]
[TAPE#=98-64]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]

A slight technicality leads to sex charges being dropped against a 48- year old Salem man.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem;]


Fred Anthony Mahone is accused of loaning sexually explicit materials to a minor. The state police radio technician allegedly gave the book "Kama Sutra", a sex manual, to a 13-year old girl. But his attorney successfully argued that the indictment against him was defective because a word was left out of it.


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[SOT=14:27:44]
[IN Q=FINALLY GETTING]

((FRED MAHONE/DEFENDANT; FINALLY GETTING IT RESOLVED IN THE LEGAL SYSTEM, MAYBE I CAN GET BACK TO WORK. I'VE BEEN SUSPENDED FROM MY JOB, GET MY NERVOUS SYSTEM BACK IN SHAPE. HOPEFULLY GO ON WITH MY LIFE AND PUT THIS BEHIND ME.))
[SUPER=01-Fred Mahone/Defendant;]
[RUNS=13]
[OUT Q=put this behind me.]
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[VO-NAT]

Mahone cannot be tried for the same case because it would be double jeopardy.
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[7Teel]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=None]
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The Virginia State Bar has publicly reprimanded Christiansburg Attorney Terry Teel.
The disciplinary committee cited incidents where Teel missed deadlines in the course of handling estates and failed to post a bond before acting as a court- appointed guardian.

Contacted yesterday, Teel said simply, "I have nothing to say about that."[7E-Chatham-Issue]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=chu]
[TAPE#98-65 37:30]
[GRAPHIC=Liquor Vote]


Alcohol is causing a big stir with voters in Chatham.
Residents decide next week if restaurants within the town can serve mixed drinks.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=203-Chatham;]


They can already serve beer and wine.
If the referendum passes, these establishments will be allowed to serve mixed alcoholic drinks as well.
Chatham lawyer Victor Millner believes the change might be good for the economy.
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[SOT 23:59:02-:16]
[IN Q=We think that alcohol]

((VICTOR MILLNER/MIXED DRINK SUPPORTER: WE THINK THAT ALCOHOL IS A LAWFUL PRODUCT AND UNDER THE CONDITIONS AT RESTAURANTS THAT IT WILL BE AN INCENTIVE FOR RESTAURANTS TO EXPAND AND HOPEFULLY NEW ONES TO OPEN AND PEOPLE TO COME TO THIS AREA.))
[SUPER=201-Victor Millner/Mixed Drink Supporter;]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=come to this area.]


Maury Moses is against the referendum and says public safety is more important than economic gain.
His son Hal was killed by a drunk driver almost 30-years ago.
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[SOT 2:00:07-:17]
[IN Q=Why if that's what it's]

((MAURY MOSES/MIXED DRINK OPPONENT: WHY IF THAT'S WHAT IT'S GOING TO TAKE TO MAKE CHATHAM MODERN WHY GOODNESS SAKES LET'S STAY OLD FASHIONED. WE'D BE A LOT BETTER OFF.))
[SUPER=201-Maury Moses/Mixed Drink Opponent;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=we'd be a lot better off.]
[VO-NAT]


This is the first time a mixed drink referendum has ever been on the ballot in Chatham.
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[ANCHOR=melanie]
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Taking a look now at your Thursday forecast..
A pleasant day ahead, as skies turn mostly sunny. Some light winds are possible, as temperatures rise to around 70 degrees.
Clear conditions continue overnight, with cooler temperatures.
Look for lows to drop into the low-40s.
The extended forecast...

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[7BIRTHDAYS!] 10/30/98
Friday:

[SUPER=130-/Maxine Williams/Lewisburg]



[SUPER=130-/Sarah Martin/Salem]



[SUPER=130-2/Tyler Seamster/Chase City]



[SUPER=130-1/Britani Dalton/Dry Fork]



[SUPER=130-28/Valencia Dalton/Martinsville]



[SUPER=130-4/Caitlin Seyfried/Radford]



[SUPER=130-9/Kayla Whitaker/Dublin]


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[SUPER=131-/Christine Grisso/Roanoke]



[SUPER=131-8/Caitlin McClure/Dublin]



[SUPER=131-/Norma McClure/Chilhowie]



[SUPER=131-20/Shannon Ashby/Altavista]



[SUPER=131-30/Monica Randolph/Danville]



[SUPER=131-/Randy Oakes/Snow Creek]



[SUPER=131-/Rita Layne/Salem]



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[SUPER=19-Melanie/Moon;][45E-Fire-Danger]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=sta]
[TAPE#=98-69 25:08]
[GRAPHIC=Forest Fire Danger]

[***ANCHOR TAG***]
Beginning tomorrow hunters and hikers camping in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests will have to go without a campfire.
Stacey Martin has more.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Stephen Smith loves hiking]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Stephen Smith/Hiker; :13]
[super=03-Rockbridge Co./April 1997; :45]
[SUPER=01-Woody Lipps/National Forest Service Officer; 1:00]
[super=@Stacey1; 1:18]
[RUNS=1:35]
[OUT Q=SM, News 7, Roanoke County.]

((Stephen Smith loves hiking so much he gave up his day job to do it full-time. And, he's happy officials are stepping-in to protect the trails he treads up to three or four times a week.
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[SOT 10.51.41 - 10.51.51]
[IN Q=If I were to for]

((STEPHEN SMITH/HIKER: IF I WERE TO FOR SOME REASON GET CAUGHT OUT THERE AND HAVE TO HOLD UP FOR THE NIGHT, I'D DEFINITELY TAKE THESE RESTRICTIONS INTO CONSIDERATION. AND, I THINK IT'S GOOD THAT THEY'RE GETTING THE WORD OUT.)) [RUNS10]
[OUT Q=getting the word out.]


Beginning Friday--camp fires, and the use of charcoal, coal or wood-burning appliances will be prohibited on national forest land unless there's a posted exception.
And, smokers are only allowed to light-up in designated areas.
The fall season and extremely dry conditions in the forests are prompting the restrictions to prevent wildfires--like this one-- that scorched nearly 250 acres in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests in Rockbridge County about a year and a half ago.
Since August there have been 21 fires in both national forests-- that's 15 to 20 more than in previous years.
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[SOT 10.20.26 - 10.20.44]
[IN Q=We're beginning to detect]

((WOODY LIPPS/NATIONAL FOREST SERVICE OFFICER: WE'RE BEGINNING TO DETECT A PROBLEM WITH CAMPFIRES EVEN WHERE PEOPLE HAVE TRIED TO PUT THE CAMPFIRES OUT, MAYBE THROWN A LITTLE WATER ON THEM OR SOME DIRT. THEY'RE NOT ABLE TO COMPLETELY EXTINGUISH THE CAMPFIRES WITHOUT A GREAT DEAL OF WORK--MORE WORK THAN THESE FOLKS HAVE BEEN PUTTING INTO IT.)) [RUNS14]
[OUT Q=putting into it.]
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[SOT 12.10.03 - 12.10.21]
[IN Q=National Forest officials plan to]

((STACEY MARTIN/REPORTING: NATIONAL FOREST OFFICIALS PLAN TO POST THESE YELLOW FLIERS IN AREA STORES AND THROUGHOUT THE FOREST AS A REMINDER OF THE RESTRICTIONS. PENALTIES FOR BREAKING THE RULES INCLUDE A MAXIMUM SIX MONTH JAIL SENTENCE AND/ OR A FIVE-THOUSAND DOLLAR FINE. STACEY MARTIN, NEWS 7, ROANOKE COUNTY.)) [RUNS14]
[OUT Q=SM, News 7, Roanoke County.]))
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


Forest officials say it will take a steady, heavy rain to relieve the dry conditions and thus lift the restrictions.


[45Shenandoah-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Brush Fire]


Meantime, the dry conditions have already produced a fire in the Shenandoah National Park in Augusta County.
The flames have charred some 600 acres.
The fire began Sunday and does not threaten any private property.
It was only about a quarter-mile from the Appalachian Trail, but the trail is still open.
The cause is not known.

[45Burning-Ban]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Burning ban]


There are also fire restrictions in place in Southside Virginia.
Several burning bans have been issued.
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[Take GFX Page]
Pittsylvania County has issued an emergency burning ban, effective today. The county-wide ban on outdoor burning is in effect until further notice.
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[45-5-Bob-Vila]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#98-]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Virginia's Executive Mansion is NOT your average fixer-upper.
But Bob Vila will be stepping in with his cameras when the First Family moves out in April.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


America's best-known home renovator joined the Gilmores today to announce 13 episodes of his "Home Again" series will feature the restoration of the mansion.
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[SOT 15:37:49]
[IN Q=We were just]

((BOB VILA/"BOB VILA'S HOME AGAIN": WE WERE JUST LOOKING AT A MANTLEPIECE, THE FIRST LADY AND I, AND THERE ARE A LOT OF LAYERS THAT KIND OF GET BUILT UP ON OLD HOUSES LIKE THIS THAT SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO STOP EVERYTHING AND PEEL THEM AWAY TO GET BACK TO THE ORIGINAL VENEER.))
[SOT 15:27:49]

((ROXANE GILMORE/FIRST LADY OF VIRGINIA: AND I'M EXCITED ABOUT THIS: HIS WEBSITE, BOBVILA.COM, WILL REALLY HELP US WELCOME THE WORLD TO THE THRESHOLD OF MORE THAN 185 YEARS OF VIRGINIA HISTORY.))
[SUPER=01-Bob Vila/"Bob Vila's Home Again"; :00]
[SUPER=01-Roxane Gilmore/First Lady of Virginia; :12]
[RUNS=:24]
[OUT Q=Virginia history.]
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[VO-NAT]


Virginia's Executive Mansion is the oldest continuously-occupied governor's residence in the nation.
The Gilmores are still looking for a temporary residence.
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[ANCHOR=melanie]
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Time again to check the forecast--
Becoming mostly sunny and breezy today, with highs around 70.
Mostly clear and a bit cooler tonight, with lows falling into the 40s.
And in the extended outlook, dry weather lingers throughout the Halloween weekend.
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[SUPER=19-Melanie/Moon;][8E-Speed-Limit]



[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=98-71]
[GRAPHIC=None]


You'll no longer be able to "Drive 55" on one stretch of Route 220 in Roanoke county.
V-DOT says a 55-mile-an-hour speed limit is too fast for the curvy road.
Eric Earnhart has details.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Traffic flies by]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :01]
[SUPER=01-Ralph Mingee/Carriage House Antiques; :12]
[SUPER=01-Laura Bullock/VDOT; :35]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./August 20; :49]
[SUPER=@Eric1; :58]
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[OUT Q=E.E., News 7]

(( Traffic flies by the Carriage House on 220... where co-owner Ralph Mingee sometimes feels more like a rescue-squad worker than an antique dealer... helping accident victims outside the store.

[SOT 03:11:12]
[IN Q=there've been some]

((RALPH MINGEE/CARRIAGE HOUSE ANTIQUES; THERE'VE BEEN SOME HORRIBLE ACCIDENTS OUT HERE, ESPECIALLY PEOPLE TURNING INTO DRIVEWAYS, REAR-END COLLISIONS, A VEHICLE TURNED OVER DOWN HERE THAT PULLED OUT IN FRONT OF SOMEONE, AND I THINK IT'S DUE TO SPEED. )) [RUNS12]
[OUT Q=due to speed]



And that's why V-DOT is laying down the law, and dropping the speed limit to 45 on the entire stretch of Route 220, between the Roanoke City limits and Route 715 in Roanoke County.

[SOT 3:01:55]
[IN Q=there are 24]

((LAURA BULLOCK/VDOT; THERE ARE 24 CROSSOVERS IN ROANOKE COUNTY, THAT'S 24 OCCASIONS WHERE VEHICLES COULD CROSS PATHS, SO THAT'S NOT THE SAFEST CONDITION.)) [RUNS09]
[OUT Q=safest condition]



The typical accident scenario is a motorist pulling into the path of an on coming vehicle.
That's what police say happened to Sherry Ann West, who was killed two months ago.
Now THESE signs are also going up, warning motorists to watch out for each other.
STANDUP 3:17:03 Of course all the signs in the world won't make a difference if no one follows them, the signs are up right now and as you can see from the traffic going by my, very few people are going 45 miles an hour, residents here are hoping for some vigorous enforcement

And that will come soon... County police will give motorists a little time to get used to the new limits, and then start writing tickets. Eric Earnhart, News 7 ))

[8-81-Ax-Suit]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
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A million- dollar lawsuit has been filed against the estate of a Buena Vista man killed on Interstate 81 on July Fourth.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./July 4]


Kevin Chittum, five passengers in his car and tractor-trailer driver Jerry Gregory were all killed when Chittum's car crossed the rain-slicked median and ran into the path of Gregory's fuel truck.
The suit filed this month in Botetourt County claims Chittum was negligent when he passed a tractor trailer in the rain and his car hydroplaned.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


Published reports indicate that Gregory's sons filed the suit.
After the crash, it was discovered that the girl being raised by Chittum and his fiancee Whitney Rogers, who was also killed in the crash, had been switched with another child at birth.

[8E-581-Ax]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=98-55 1:55:02]
[GRAPHIC=Accident]


Three lanes of Interstate 5-81 in Roanoke were brought to a halt yesterday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


State police say a van traveling on the entrance ramp pulled into traffic to avoid hitting two other cars stopped on the ramp.
The van then hit another car. The driver, 18 year old Jeremy Smith of Blue Ridge was charged with drinking underage, but his blood alcohol was below the legal limit of point-zero-eight.
One person was taken to the hospital.
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[8S-Wasena-Rocket]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=98-]
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Roanoke's rocket has been out of sight for several weeks, but soon it will be part of the city's skyline once again.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The jupiter rocket was removed from its old perch near the Wasena Bridge in August.
It's now in a Roanoke warehouse, where it's being repaired and repainted.
Built in 1959 and brought to Roanoke in '65, it will take its place near the Virginia Museum of Transportation and the Second Street Bridge in a couple of weeks.
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[8WEATHER]


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Turning your attention now to weather--
Becoming mostly sunny, with northwesterly winds at 15 miles an hour.
Highs around 70.
Mostly clear and cooler overnight, as lows fall into the lower 40s.
The four day forecast is partly to mostly sunny, with highs in the 60s and 70s.
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