[7Metcalf]

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Roanoke County has reportedly reached a settlement with former officer Russell Metcalf, who was removed from the police force after pepper-spraying a 77- year old woman.
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A court hearing was held last month, but according to the Roanoke Times, the two sides have reached an agreement that considers Metcalf's removal a resignation-- not a termination.
According to the report, the agreement will be signed later today.
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[7S-Smyth-Murder]


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A decade- old murder mystery is being cracked in Smyth County.
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[SUPER=03-Smyth Co./October 1990]


State police and county investigators now suspect 36- year old Michael Reeves abducted, raped and murdered Betty Shumate in July of 1989.
Reeves is currently on death row in North Carolina.
At one time, Shumate's estranged husband was suspected of killing his wife.
But that charge was later dropped.

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Investigators in Wythe County say two people who robbed a motel are probably not from this area.
But yesterday, they released a surveillance video, in hopes the public can help identify the pair.
Teresa Hamilton reports.
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(( It was shortly before eight o'clock when the two entered the Comfort Inn Motel just off Interstate 81 in Fort Chiswell.
The man was carrying a shotgun and reportedly told the clerk he would NOT harm her if she agreed to hand over the cash.
Sheriff's investigators believe it's a crime the pair has committed before-- based on the fact they remained so calm and the robbery itself lasted less than two minutes.
And while the two did NOT conceal their identity-- they did wear gloves.
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((KEITH DUNAGAN/INVESTIGATOR:IT MAKES ME THINK THAT THEY'RE PROBABLY NOT FROM HERE BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT CONCERNED ABOUT BEING IDENTIFIED AND PROBABLY THAT THEY DON'T PLAN ON REMAINING IN THE AREA TO BE IDENTIFIED.))
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[OUT Q= to be identified.]

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Another reason investigators are convinced the two aren't from this area is the close proximity of the motel to the interstate. [END SU]
Sheriff's officials say it would've been easy for someone passing through to commit the robbery and then quickly leave the area-- via Interstate 81 or 77.
As for the clerk-- she wasn't seriously injured.
But before the couple exited the motel the female suspect did spray the clerk in the eyes with pepper spray. Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Wythe County. ))

[7Monty-Fire]


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An out-of-control chimney fire seriously damaged a Montgomery County home.
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[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.]


The fire broke out just before nine last night on Gardner Road in Lafayette.
Flames quickly spread from the chimney to the walls and attic.
About half of the house was damaged.
Firefighters believe the cause was accidental.
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[7Child-Support]


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A man who owes more than 68-hundred dollars in child support to nine women, has begun serving a 202-day jail sentence for failing to pay.
Authorities said the 31-year-old Michael Quinerley may be eligible for work release -- but most of any money he ea

rns will go toward paying off his support debts to his nine children.[7WEATHER]


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Taking a look now at your Thursday forecast..
Sunny and breezy today, with some northerly winds. Look for temperatures to rise into the mid-40s.
Clear skies stick around overnight, with lows falling into the 20s.
The extended forecast...
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[45Davidson]


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Southside Virginia will now have a voice to advise Governor Gilmore on Education issues.
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[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.]


With her husband and son at her side, Audrey Davidson became the newest appointee to the State Board of Education at a cermony last night.
Davidson teaches family studies classes at Blairs Middle School in Pittsylvania County.
State Senator Charles Hawkins recommended her for the position.
Davidson is one of only three classroom teachers on the nine-member board.
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[IN Q=I went into education]

((I WENT INTO EDUCATION BECAUSE I WANTED TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN CHILDREN'S LIVES BUT I NEVER DREAMED I'D HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY LIKE THIS AND I FEEL LIKE WITH THIS APPOINTMENT I REALLY WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN MANY CHILDREN'S LIVES))
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[OUT Q=many children's lives.]
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[VO-NAT]


Davidson will serve on the State Board of Education for a four year term.

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Some Roanoke parents are getting some expert advice on talking to their teens about sex in the '90s.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Night;]


Dr. Victor Strasburger spoke to a group of parents at Patrick Henry High School.
He's written eight books about issues facing teenagers.
One of his latest about sexuality is called "Getting Your Kids to Say No in the 90s When You May Have Said Yes in the 60s".
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[INQ=Sex is different]

((DR. VICTOR STRASBURGER:SEX IS DIFFERENT. WE KNOW MORE ABOUT THE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH CHLYMIDIA AND HUMAN PAMPOLOMA VIRUS AND OTHER STD'S AND HIV AND AIDS SIMPLY DIDN'T EXIST IN THE '6OS.))
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Dr. Strasburger said telling children to "just say no" may work with eight year olds.
But, he discouraged parents from telling their TEENS not to have sex.
He said it's more helpful to encourage them to postpone it until they're older.
He added that studies have shown teaching teens about sex will not make them more sexually active-- just better informed.
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[45S-Speed-Crackdown]


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The Wednesday State Police crack down on Interstate 81 resulted in tickets for hundreds more drivers than usual.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Wednesday]


But then again, there were three times as many troopers patrolling the highway.
They blanketed the Interstate from Winchester to Bristol... this time without warning, as part of the stepped up enforcement plan ordered by Governor Gilmore.
In the area between Christiansburg and Lexington, they handed out more than 300 traffic tickets during an eight-hour shift.
That compares to 35 or 40 tickets on a normal day.
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[45Airport-Security]


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The Federal Aviation Administration is taking a closer look at airport security after a survey of five airports found security problems.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The Roanoke airport is also checking its security safequards.
Earlier this week, auditors told a House committee they were able to board 51 planes and enter 46 security doors unchallenged.
Roanoke Regional Airport officials say they expect an F-A-A security check here sometime soon.
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((JACKIE SHUCK/DIR. ROANOKE REGIONAL AIRPORT: AT THIS POINT I KNOW THE F-A-A IS CONSIDERING WHAT THEY CAN DO IN THE FUTURE TO HELP INCREASE SECURITY OR TIGHTEN UP SECURITY, PROBABLY NOT SO MUCH INCREASE IT AS TIGHTEN IT UP, BUT WE HAVE NOT RECEIVED ANY SPECIFIC INFORMATION RIGHT NOW, BUT PROBABLY OVER TIME THAT WILL BE FORTHCOMING.))
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[OUT Q= will be forthcoming.]
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For the next six weeks, the F-A-A will look into the compliance of the nation's 78 largest commercial airports to see how well they control secured areas.

[45WEATHER]


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Checking your Friday weather outlook again...sunny and breezy today, with highs a touch warmer, near 50 this afternoon.
Clear and chilly tonight, with lows dropping into the mid 20s.
The weekend outlooks turns cloudier tomorrow, with rain likely on Sunday and the possibility for some snow again by Monday.
Highs mainly in the 40s.
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[8Metcalf]


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A published report says former Roanoke county officer Russell Metcalf has reached a settlement with the police department over a pepper-spraying incident involving a 77-year-old woman.
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./February 25]


A court hearing was held last month, but according to the Roanoke Times, the two sides have reached an agreement that considers Metcalf's removal a resignation-- not a termination.
According to the report, the agreement will be signed later today.
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[8-5-Motel-Robbery]


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A videotape showing the armed robbery of a motel may help Wythe County investigators solve the crime.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Wythe Co.]


The camera captured a man and woman as they entered the Comfort Inn at Fort Chiswell.
After the clerk handed over the money, the female suspect placed the cash inside a bag.
Before exiting the motel, the female suspect sprayed the woman in the eyes with pepper spray- but the clerk was NOT seriously injured.
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((KEITH DUNAGAN/WYTHE CO. INVESTIGATOR:I THINK IT WAS TO KEEP HER FROM BEING ABLE TO, WHEN YOU'RE SPRAYED IN THE EYES WITH PEPPER SPRAY, IT MAKES YOUR EYES TEAR UP, SO IT WOULD'VE PROBABLY MADE IT HARD FOR HER TO USE THE PHONE, TO FEEL AROUND, TO SEE IF THEY GOT IN A VEHICLE.))
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[OUT Q=in a vehicle.]
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Investigators don't believe the pair is from the area because they did NOT take any measures to conceal their identity.

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A new Buena Vista high school is again under construction now that the contents of a nearby landfill are known.

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The landfill dates back to the 19-50's.
It's located about 500 feet from the school site.
Concern that the materials were toxic prompted school officials to hire a company to conduct 37 tests.
But, the tests revealed the materials were not harmful.
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[INQ=We have not found]

((DR. JAMES BRADFORD/SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT:WE HAVE NOT FOUND ANY TOXINS AND WE'VE BEEN WORKING ON THE ENVIRONMENTAL ASPECT OF THIS SINCE 1988.))
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[OUTQ=this since 1988.]
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[VO-NAT]


Bradford said plans also call for construction of a new football field and baseball diamond on the 65 acre site.
The entire project is costing the city about 12 million dollars.
Once the new high school is built, Parry McCluer High School will become the area's middle school.
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[8S-Legacy-Museum]


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A successful fundraising effort means Lynchburg's black heritage will be honored in a new museum.
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Armed with hammers, supporters of the Legacy Project helped kick off the renovation of this century- old home on Monroe Street.
The museum will commemorate the contributions of Lynchburg's black population over the years.
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[IN Q=It'll mean to]

((JOE BERRYMAN/LEGACY MUSEUM: IT'LL MEAN TO THE COMMUNITY THAT A PERSON WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE WHAT HAS GONE ON IN THE PAST, WHAT CONTRIBUTIONS ALL PERSONS HAVE MADE TO THE LYNCHBURG AREA IN ITS DEVELOPMENT, BOTH IN THE CULTURAL AND COMMERCIAL AND EDUCATIONAL, ALL THOSE SIDES.))
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Renovations are expected to take four months to complete.
The board has raised nearly 75 percent of its 300- thousand dollar goal.
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[8Bowers-married]


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In a hush-hush ceremony that even his RELATIVES didn't know about...David Bowers got married yesterday.
His honor, the Mayor of Roanoke, wed long-time girlfriend Marjorie McKibbin in a simple civil ceremony at the court house in Rocky Mount.
She's from Franklin County... a 40-year old Probation and Parole officer based in Roanoke.
It's the third marriage for both of them.


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Let's look at the Friday forecast once more this morning--
Sunny skies today, with strong northwesterly winds.
Highs around 50.
Clear and chilly overnight, with temperatures falling into the mid 20s.
The extended forecast looks cloudy tomorrow, with rain and snow likely for the latter half of the weekend.
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