[7E-Moonshine]

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A man suspected of running a moonshine business killed himself Sunday -- now some neighbors blame federal investigators for his suicide.
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Agents say Ramsey Helms' store - Helms Farmers Exchange - was the biggest seller of moonshine ingredients nationwide.
Ramsey Helms shot himself at home before he could be charged.
Kenneth Dudley -- a former ABC agent -- blames investigators who accused Helms publicly.
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[IN Q=I feel it should]

((I FEEL IT SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN IN THE PAPER OR ON T-V UNTIL A SUBJECT IS ARRESTED OR INDICTED. OTHERWISE HE MAY NOT BE GUILTY OR INDICTED. THE COMMUNITY, THEY'RE ALL TO PIECES ABOUT IT.))
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Ramsey Helms' brother Billy is still under investigation for helping run the store.
A-B-C agents and the Helms family declined to comment on camera.
Agents say many suspected moonshiners will be charged next month.

[7E-Drowning]


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A drowned man's body was recovered last night in Montgomery County.
The victim has been identified as 26-year old Jimmy Gilmore of Christiansburg, a man described by friends as a good swimmer.
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His body was recovered near McCoy Falls.
According to witnesses, he disappeared while trying to help a panicked young woman who apparently couldn't swim.
A couple of bystanders who ran to help the pair were eventually able to help the young woman to shore but could NOT get to Gilmore.
A Lifeguard- 10 helicopter located his body about three hours later.
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((JOHN PEREZ/WITNESS: SHE WAS HYSTERICAL, SHE WAS, JUST COULDN'T BELIEVE THAT THE PERSON THAT WAS TRYING TO SAVE HER WAS IN THE WATER SOMEWHERE AND SHE COULDN'T FIND HIM, SHE KEPT TRYING TO GET UP AND GO BACK IN THE WATER, SHE KEPT FALLING DOWN, SHE JUST WASN'T IN ANY SHAPE TO BE GOING IN THE WATER.))
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The young woman was NOT seriously injured.
She's been identified as 18- year old Jennifer Preston.
Friends say the two did NOT know each other before today.
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[7E-Kosovo]


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Two Serb prisoners of war are getting closer to going home.
United States military authorities say the release process has begun -- but they cite the Geneva Convention in refusing to release details.
Meantime, some Kosovar refugees are closer to making a new home in our area.
Three families will settle in Martinsville, where they'll get a special welcome from a doctor who was once a refugee himself.
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Dr. (Zz-eye Ha-sanee) Xaje Hasanaj fled Kosovo for the U-S nine years ago.
Now, he's a doctor of internal medicine in Eden, North Carolina.
He'll be in Martinsville to greet the refugee families and help them get settled.
26 members of Hasanaj's (Ha-sanee's) own family are in refugee camps in Macedonia and Albania.
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[IN Q=They dream to come here...]

((DR. XAJE HASANAJ: THEY DREAM TO COME HERE. UNTIL THEY GET ESTABLISHED, BUT THEIR GOAL IS TO GO BACK HOME. TO COME HERE IS JUST MORE SO TO KIND OF FORGET THE TRAUMA THEY'VE BEEN THROUGH.))
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Hasanaj (HASANEE) says he will be a translator and help the refugees with medical problems.
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[7weather]


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Taking a look at your forecast for today--
It'll be cloudy this morning, giving way to a partly sunny day--
Day time highs between 75 and 80 degrees.
Tonight will be mostly cloudy with a chance of showers, temperatures in the upper 50s.
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[45-E-City-Water]


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Another request from Roanoke city council for VOLUNTARY water conservation.
But at the same time council is preparing mandatory restrictions that will take effect if the water level at Carvins Cove continues to drop.
Joe Dashiell reports.
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((Last week's rainfall helped just a little. The water level in the reservoir is holding steady at eighteen point four feet below the spillway.
With a hot and dry summer ahead, the city is renewing its call for voluntary conservation. If council approves, mandatory restrictions and penalties would kick in when the level reaches 24 feet below the spillway.
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[IN Q=We still need to ask]

((DAVID BOWERS/ROANOKE MAYOR: WE STILL NEED TO ASK EVERYBODY IN THE ROANOKE VALLEY TO HELP US CONSERVE WATER. WE'RE GETTING INTO A CRITICAL SITUATION. LET'S PULL TOGETHER. LET'S DO THE RIGHT THING AND TRY TO CONSERVE SO WE WON'T BE IN A MORE CRITICAL SITUATION LATER ON.))
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Council members say they are still catching heat from citizens who question why the city is selling water to Roanoke County, at the same time it's calling for conservation.
But members underscored the fact that most of those county residents are in neighborhoods not served by the Spring Hollow Reservoir.
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[IN Q=And if we simply]

((AND IF WE SIMPLY TURNED OFF A PROVERBIAL VALVE AND SAID WELL SINCE CARVINS COVE IS LOW WE WON'T SEND ANY WATER OUT THERE, THEY WOULD GO DUST DRY.))
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City council will vote on the water conservation program at its first meeting in June.
In the meantime, Mayor David Bowers is hoping for some help from a higher power. He's asking the city's churches to observe a day of prayer next Sunday.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Botetourt County))

[45S-Pluma]


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Pluma is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
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The announcement comes only weeks after the company reported it would close two sewing plants in Chatham and Alta Vista.
More than 330 workers from both plants will be laid off by July.
Chapter 11 bankruptcy allows the company to reorganize its debts, while protecting it from creditors.
It does not mean that Pluma will close.
The company lost 36-million dollars in 1998.
It maintains a plant in Martinsville that employs 450 people.
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[45e-Drowning]


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Witnesses say he died trying to save another life.
The body of 26 year old Jimmy Gilmore was recovered last night
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near McCoy Falls.
According to witnesses, he disappeared while trying to help a panicked young woman who apparently couldn't swim.
Some bystanders who ran to help the pair were eventually able to help the young woman to shore but could NOT get to Gilmore.
A Lifeguard- 10 helicopter located his body about three hours later.
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((JOHN PEREZ/WITNESS: SHE WAS HYSTERICAL, SHE WAS, JUST COULDN'T BELIEVE THAT THE PERSON THAT WAS TRYING TO SAVE HER WAS IN THE WATER SOMEWHERE AND SHE COULDN'T FIND HIM, SHE KEPT TRYING TO GET UP AND GO BACK IN THE WATER, SHE KEPT FALLING DOWN, SHE JUST WASN'T IN ANY SHAPE TO BE GOING IN THE WATER.))
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[OUT Q=in the water.]
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The young woman was NOT seriously injured.
She's been identified as 18- year old Jennifer Preston.
Friends say the two did NOT know each other .
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[8E-Bryant]


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A former Roanoke antiques dealer is in jail after a judge revoked his bond.
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54-year old Clyde Bryant has been out on bond- -since shortly after his arrest in North Carolina last September.
But the judge ordered his bond revoked, after Bryant has pleaded guilty to two new felonies: money laundering and wire fraud.
The F-B-I says Bryant handled more than 10-thousand dollars in fraudulent transactions between 1993 and 1996.
Bryant is likely to get five years to serve, as part of the plea agreement entered today.
He owes at least 2-and-a half million.
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[8Missing-Person]


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A 37-year-old woman from Ringgold has been missing since the weekend.
Authorities say Patty Jo Pulley went to Danville friday night to shop.
Her Ford pickup was found across the state line in North Carolina Saturday afternoon.
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[TAKE Full Screen Board]
She's descibed as 5-foot-7, 135-pounds, with dark blond hair and green eyes.
If you have any information, please call Crimestoppers at 1- 800 - 791 - 0044.
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[8star-wars]


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The force is showing its strength today Roanoke.
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Star Wars fans raced to be the first in line for tickets today outside the Carmike 10 Cinema at Tanglewood mall.
While advance tickets for the Episode One: The Phantom Menace went on sale last Wednesday in most parts of the country they don't go on sale until noon in the Roanoke valley.
Dozens of fans have been in line since early this morning, some showing up before 3 a-m.
The film premieres just after midnight.
Eric Earnhart has the story of some fans who have been camped out in front of one theatre for nearly a week.
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wipe/wipe/wipe[8E-Campers-Starwars]


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[IN Q=Brian Davenport and]
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(( Brian Davenport and Brian Austin are on a pilgrimage to the other side of the galaxy...
Six days camping in the rain, roasting in the sun, waiting across the street from the Salem Valley Eight for star wars tickets..

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[IN Q=it's totally worth ]

(( BRIAN DAVENPORT/STAR WARS FAN; IT'S TOTALLY WORTH IT, I'VE BEEN READING A LOT OF ARTICLES IN MAGAZINES AND STUFF AND WE'VE BEEN WAITING 15 YEARS FOR THIS, THIS IS JUST, AS SOON AS IT STARTS GETTING BORING YOU THINK, IT'S AMAZING, FIFTEEN YEARS, THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST MOVIES EVER MADE, I BELIEVE. ))
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And camping out, they say is fun... after all they have a pool.... they've been getting a lot of attention from radio stations...
And they're being fed... by the force...

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[IN Q=a lot of people]

(( BRIAN AUSTIN/STAR WARS FAN; A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE BROUGHT US FOOD, JUST FROM HEARING US ON THE RADIO, A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE COME BY AND SAID HELLO, WE'VE MADE A LOT OF NEW FRIENDS.))
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[OUT Q=new friends]



Don't underestimate the power of the force... it's enough to turn Super Star singers like 98 degrees... in Roanoke two weeks ago... into giggling groupies.

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[IN Q=DREW STILL PLAYS]

((98 DEGREES; DREW HE STILL PLAYS WITH THOSE LITTLE ACTION FIGURES... I DO! HE JUST LOST YODA... HE'S ACTUALLY ONE OF THE ORIGINAL EWOKS...))
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Back to the tent.... with one day left to wait... Brian and Brian continue contemplating the complexities of the cosmos.

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[IN Q=I'm definitely at one]

((BRIAN AUSTIN/STAR WARS FAN; I'M DEFINITELY AT ONE WITH THE FORCE AFTER SIX DAYS, SOMETIMES I'M TOO AT ONE WITH THE FORCE I THINK... ))
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[OUT Q=with the force I think]


ERIC EARNHART, NEWS 7.)) NOTHING A NICE HOT SHOWER WON'T CURE..