[7E-School-Threats]

[ANCHOR=Melanie]

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[TAPE#=99-19 3:54]
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Whether it's actually criminal behavior or just a childish prank, police and educators have no choice but to treat EVERY threat seriously.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


The Colorado school shootings HAVE made children more willing to report unusual behavior on the part of their peers.
School resource officers say what used to be just playground banter now must be analyzed in terms of a potential threat.
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((OFFICER STEVE CLARK/SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER: I THINK IN OUR SOCIETY TODAY WE'RE STARTING TO SEE THAT NOW LONGER CAN WE JUST TAKE PEOPLE, TAKE CHILDREN AND SAY THAT THEY'RE NOT GOING TO FOLLOW THROUGH ON WHAT THEY SAY THEY'RE GOING TO DO. THINGS LIKE JONESBORO AND WHAT HAPPENED IN COLORADO ARE A SHOCKING REMINDER THAT WE NEED TO TAKE THINGS SERIOUSLY, AND REALLY GET INSIDE THE HEADS OF THE KIDS THAT ARE SAYING THEM AND FIND OUT JUST WHAT THEIR INTENT REALLY IS.))
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[VO-NAT]


These students at Dunbar Middle School in Lynchburg taped a school-wide television program today, discussing how the Colorado shootings have affected them.
School psychologists are encouraging children to sit down with a teacher or counselor to talk things out.
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[7E-Pitts-School]


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[TAPE#=99-10 1:23:26]
[GRAPHIC=Bomb Threat Charges]


A fake bomb threat forced Gretna High School to evacuate yesterday.
One of their students is in jail this morning and may be held responsible.
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[VO-NAT]


Pittsylvania County deputies arrested 18-year-old Robert Desaay ("Duh-SAY") Davis in connection with the bomb threat. It was called in from a payphone inside the school early this morning.
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Davis is being held without bond at the Pittsylvania County Jail. Police say they expect to arrest two other students in connection with the same bomb threat.
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((MAJOR GARY GOODSON/PITTSYLVANIA CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: WE WOULD LIKE TO SEND A VERY STRONG MESSAGE THAT WE WILL NOT TOLERATE BOMB THREATS IN PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY AND THAT IT WHOWS WITH THIS INDIVIDUAL AND THE OTHER INDIVIDUALS THAT THEY WILL BE PLACED IN JAIL WITH NO BOND UNTIL THEY CAN BE BROUGHT BEFORE THE JUDGE.))
[SUPER=01-Major Gary Goodson/Pittsylvania Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :00]
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[VO-NAT]


No explosives were found, but police say there will be officers at the school again today.
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[7E-Wilson-arrest]


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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Monday]


In Roanoke a seventh- grader was arrested for an incident that prompted officials to evacuate Woodrow Wilson Middle school on Monday.
The 13-year old student is charged with placing a device in the boys room that may have been designed to look like a bomb.
It was actually a couple of batteries wrapped in duct tape.
The arrest was made Wednesday, based on information provided by other students at Woodrow Wilson.
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[7E-Lake-Water]


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[NEWSCAST=Morn]
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[TAPE#=99-14 31:51]
[GRAPHIC=Smith Mtn. Lake]


One women made the suggestion last summer and now 23 experts and lake residents agree with her idea - Smith Mountain Lake needs a full-time professional to check the water quality.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.;]


The Water Quality Task Force issued a report saying the lake must be monitored regularly for debris, silt and animal waste.
They say volunteers are NOT enough -- a professional should be paid to do these jobs.
But when Hilde Hussa, who directs the lake's policy advisory board, suggested this idea last summer, business leaders said she gave the lake a bad image and should be fired.
Hussa is NOT on this water quality task force.
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Turning your attention now to weather...
Friday promises partly sunny skies, but still cool temperatures.
Highs in the mid 50s.
Partly Cloudy overnight, with lows around 40.
The weekend outlook is sunny and much warmer....with highs in the 70s.
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[45E-School-Threat]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=99-7 1:29:31]
[GRAPHIC=Rampant Rumors]


Southwest Virginia has been plauged with bomb threats and rumors of violence.
School officials are trying to calm the fears of parents and students.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]


At Hidden Valley Junior High, the principal held a series of assemblies.
He told students their school is safe.
And he said there's absolutely no truth to the rumor that there's a website threatening disaster at the school.
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((DAVID BLEVINS: SINCE TUESDAY WE HAVE HAD SEVERAL STUDENTS SEARCHING FOR THAT WEBSITE THAT ARE VERY COMPUTER LITERATE PEOPLE. WE HAVE HAD A SYSTEMS ENGINEER WITH GE LOOKING FOR IT WHO'S A PARENT AND SAID THEY WOULD SEE IF THEY COULD FIND IT AND THEY CAN'T FIND ANYTHING AND THE REASON THEY CAN'T FIND IS, I BELIEVE, BECAUSE IT'S NOT THERE.))
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[VO-NAT]


Administrators say any student caught spreading those rumors will suffer severe consequences.
Two Roanoke County students already have been arrested.
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[45E-Pitts-School]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=99-10 1:23:26]
[GRAPHIC=Bomb Threat Charges]


Another student faces charges in Pittsylvania county, following a fake bomb threat that forced students to evacuate yesterday Gretna High school yesterday.
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[VO-NAT]


County deputies arrested 18-year-old Robert Desaay ("Duh-SAY") Davis in connection with the bomb threat. It was called in from a payphone inside the school early yesterday morning.
[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.]


Davis is being held without bond at the Pittsylvania County Jail. Police say they expect to arrest two other students in connection with the same bomb threat.
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[SOT 1:33:20]
[IN Q=We would like to send]

((MAJOR GARY GOODSON/PITTSYLVANIA CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: WE WOULD LIKE TO SEND A VERY STRONG MESSAGE THAT WE WILL NOT TOLERATE BOMB THREATS IN PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY AND THAT IT WHOWS WITH THIS INDIVIDUAL AND THE OTHER INDIVIDUALS THAT THEY WILL BE PLACED IN JAIL WITH NO BOND UNTIL THEY CAN BE BROUGHT BEFORE THE JUDGE.))
[SUPER=01-Major Gary Goodson/Pittsylvania Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :00]
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[VO-NAT]


No explosives were found, but police say there will be officers at the school again today.
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[45E-Wilson-arrest]


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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Monday]


And in Roanoke a seventh- grader was arrested for an incident that prompted officials to evacuate Woodrow Wilson Middle school on Monday.
The 13-year old student is charged with placing a device in the boys room that may have been designed to look like a bomb.
It was actually a couple of batteries wrapped in duct tape.
The arrest was made Wednesday, based on information provided by other students at Woodrow Wilson.
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[45E-Cole]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=99-]
[GRAPHIC=Murder Investigation]


25 years ago he spent eight years in prison for kidnapping a Roanoke real estate agent.
Larry Gene Cole is now accused of murdering an Oregon park ranger and trying to kill another.
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[VO-NAT 10:29:29 Wednesday ]
[SUPER=03-Manzanita, OR;]


The two rangers were checking a restroom at a state park earlier this week when Cole allegedly shot and robbed them.

Cole was arraigned yesterday on aggravated murder, attempted murder and first-degree robbery charges in the Oregon case.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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Cole made the F-B-I's ten most wanted list in 1974 when he was wanted for the kidnapping.
The victim was released when her husband paid a 25-thousand dollar ransom.

[45E-Bedford-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=99-17]
[GRAPHIC=Fire Aftermath]


Fire investigators are still trying to figure what sparked a blaze that destroyed a Bedford County produce stand and flea market.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.;]


The Yard Sale House on Route 24 in Stewartsville caught fire yesterday morning.
The nearest water hydrant was three miles away.
Firefighters from several departments struggled for two hours to gain control.
No one was hurt.
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Shifting gears now to weather--
Partly sunny, but still rather cool today with highs in the mid 50s.
Partly cloudy tonight, with a northeast breeze and lows near 40.
The weekend forecast is calling for mostly sunny skies and a steady warm-up...featuring temperatures in the 70s.

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[8E-Pitts-School]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=99-10 1:23:26]
[GRAPHIC=Bomb Threat Charges]


After making a fake bomb threat yesterday morning, a Gretna High School student is in jail.
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[VO-NAT]


Pittsylvania County deputies arrested 18-year-old Robert Desaay ("Duh-SAY") Davis in connection with the bomb threat. It was called in from a payphone inside the school early yesterday morning.
[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.]


Davis is being held without bond at the Pittsylvania County Jail. Police say they expect to arrest two other students in connection with the same bomb threat.
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[SOT 1:33:20]
[IN Q=We would like to send]

((MAJOR GARY GOODSON/PITTSYLVANIA CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: WE WOULD LIKE TO SEND A VERY STRONG MESSAGE THAT WE WILL NOT TOLERATE BOMB THREATS IN PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY AND THAT IT WHOWS WITH THIS INDIVIDUAL AND THE OTHER INDIVIDUALS THAT THEY WILL BE PLACED IN JAIL WITH NO BOND UNTIL THEY CAN BE BROUGHT BEFORE THE JUDGE.))
[SUPER=01-Major Gary Goodson/Pittsylvania Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :00]
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[VO-NAT]


No explosives were found, but police say there will be officers at the school again today.
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[8E-Wilson-arrest]


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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Monday]


Meanwhile, a Roanoke City seventh-grader was arrested after an incident Monday at Woodrow Wilson Middle School.

The 13-year old student is charged with placing a device in the boys room that may have been designed to look like a bomb.
It was actually a couple of batteries wrapped in duct tape.
The arrest was made Wednesday, based on information provided by other students at Woodrow Wilson.
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[8E-Roupas]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=99-15]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


A Roanoke judge dismissed the case against landlord Frank Roupas for alleged housing code violations.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Roupas owns a house on Centre Avenue that was condemned in December after an inspector found a faulty wood stove, falling plaster and other problems.
Roupas failed to complete the repairs in 21 days as the city required, but a contractor testified the most serious problems were corrected quickly, and all the repairs were finished within 60 days.
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((FRANK ROUPAS/ROANOKE LANDLORD: YOU CAN TELL MR. BRANSCOM HATES ME, BUT I WANT HIM TO KNOW THAT I LOVE EVERYBODY AND I LOVE MR. BRANSCOM, BUT I DON'T LIKE WHAT HE DOES TO HURT ME AND OTHER LANDLORDS.)) ((ERIC BRANSCOM/PROSECUTOR: WE WILL CONTINUE TO BE LOOKING FOR THESE TYPES OF VIOLATIONS OUT IN THE CITY AND WE WANT TO SEND A MESSAGE TO ROANOKE CITY LANDLORDS THAT WE WILL CONTINUE TO BRING THESE CASES AND TAKE THEM SERIOUSLY AND TO PURSUE THEM IN COURT.))
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[SUPER=01-Eric Branscom/Prosecutor; :14]
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Roupas was accused of maintaining an unsafe property, but Judge Jacqueline Talevi (tuh-LEH-vee) dismissed the charge.

[8E-Lake-Water]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=99-14 31:51]
[GRAPHIC=Smith Mtn. Lake]


An eight-month effort among dozens of experts and Smith Mountain Lake residents resulted in the same conclusion one woman reached last summer.... that the lake is in need of a full- time professional to keep tabs on water quality.

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.;]


The Water Quality Task Force issued a report saying the lake must be monitored regularly for debris, silt and animal waste.
They say volunteers are NOT enough -- a professional should be paid to do these jobs.
But when Hilde Hussa, who directs the lake's policy advisory board, suggested this idea last summer, business leaders said she gave the lake a bad image and should be fired.
Hussa is NOT on this water quality task force.
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[8WEATHER]


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Let's take one more look at the Friday forecast before we wrap up this morning...
Partly sunny skies today and unseasonably cool again.
Highs in the mid 50s.
Partly cloudy overnight, with lows around 40.
The extended forecast is mostly sunny and much warmer.
Highs in the 70s...lows in the 50s.
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