The conservation patrol prowls city streets in search of water restriction violators.
On NEWS 7 tonight, we'll tag along to see what happens.
And take you to place within our coverage area where they've actually been getting too MUCH rain.
in sports, Mike Stevens says golfer Chip Sullivan has a new vision after going under the knife, Two Virginia hoopsters are going international,
and look who is back in the ECHL. We will tell tyou where frank Anzalone will be coaching next season in sports.
Temperatures creeping up, chances of rain still low. More July weather stuff in a moment.
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Water Conservation Officers hit the streets in Roanoke, as the city tries to persuade residents to cut back.
Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
With the mandatory restrictions that were imposed yesterday, Roanoke is sending water conservation officers into city neighborhoods, to inform the public and issue warnings to violators.
Joe Dashiell followed one of the patrols today, and he's in south Roanoke tonight with more details on what they found.
Keith, it isn't always easy to tell if someone is watering the flowers, or filling a hot tub in the backyard... but Larry Beheler was on the road this morning, looking for signs that water was being wasted.
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((WE'RE ON MANDATORY RESTRICTIONS. I SAW THE WATER, SO I JUST STOPPED TO MAKE SURE YOU WEREN'T FILLING INSTEAD OF DRAINING.))
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Some stops found everything in order.... but as Larry Beheler toured the streets of south Roanoke, he also found other yards with obvious violations of the city's mandatory water restrictions.
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((IF I DO CATCH SOMEBODY DOING IT, I TRY TO GET OUT AND TALK TO THEM AND TELL ABOUT THE CITY'S POLICY AND GIVE THEM A WARNING TICKET AND HOPEFULLY THEY WON'T DO IT AGAIN.))
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The city's water conservation officers say they are planning random visits, around the clock, to all of the city's neighborhoods. And while they're only issuing warnings at the moment, they hope their patrols will encourage everyone to comply with the conservation plan.))
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The city has been fielding many questions and concerns about the mandatory restrictions. The telephone hotline received almost 200 calls yesterday alone. For anyone who needs it, that number is 853-6621.
Larry Beheler says he believes the vast majority of Roanoke residents will comply with the mandatory restrictions.
And Keith the city is hoping a little nudge from the water conservation officers will make a difference with the rest.
Roanoke is not the only city now imposing mandatory water restrictions.
Clifton Forge has also placed restrictions on outdoor water use.
The city is asking residents to cut back by watering lawns, washing cars, and filling pools only between the hours of seven and nine in the evening.
City Manager Dick Magnifico says the city wanted to be pro-active, before a serious shortage occured that could jeopardize fire safety reserves.
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((Dick MAGNIFICO/CLIFTON FORGE CITY MGR.: IF YOU DEPLETE YOUR WATER RESERVE TOO QUICKLY YOU MAY LOSE SOME PRESSURE. YOU MAY HAVE SOME FIRE CONCERNS AS FAR AS HAVING A VERY STRONG WATER PRESSURE AT THE FIRE HYDRANTS AND THE ABILITY TO TAKE FROM THOSE HYDRANTS))
[SUPER=01-Dick Magnifico/Clifton Forge City Mgr.]
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Since the city does not have water meters, Magnifico says residents have no way of monitoring their water consumption.
For July consumption had increased by 225-thousand gallons a day.
The city also supplies water to Alleghany County, but Magnifico says the county will not face restrictions because its residents do have meters to monitor water usage.
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Believe it or not -- there are actually parts of our viewing area that are dealing with the effects of too much rain.
Cabbage growers in Carroll and Patrick counties actually hope the precipitation will slack off.
Initially -- growers there were dealing with drought.
But extension agents say over the past two weeks the area along the crest of the Blue Ridge has received five to seven inches of rain.
The sudden change has caused much of the cabbage in the fields to grow too large to supply to grocery stores.
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((JAMES LIGHT/CARROLL CO. FARMER: EVERYBODY IS PUSHING TO MOVE THEM BEFORE THEY GET HOT, YOU KNOW, WHEN THE WEATHER IS GETTING HOT LIKE IT IS, THEY NEED TO MOVE THEM AND MOVE THEM QUICK, AND IT SLOWS THE MARKET DOWN, IT DROPS THE PRICE AND IT JUST, THEY'RE JUST HARD TO GET RID OF.))
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James Light has 45- acres of cabbage.
He says he'll try to sell the larger cabbage to restaurants.
Virginia is riding a wave of full employment, with record numbers of people in the work force.
But there's one Southside community that doesn't get that.
Marya Jones looks at the impact of record high unemployment in the Danville area.
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[SUPER=01-Ralph Price/Virginia Employment Commission; :51]
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(( When Sheena Ball graduated from high school, she thought job opportunities would await her.
[shot of her filling out application]
Instead, she's at the employment office, filling out an application for help getting work.
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((SHEENA BALL/RECENT HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE: I REALLY HAVEN'T HAD MUCH LUCK, SO I'M STILL LOOKING.))
[shot of G.W.H.S. students from school bond story]
Ball is one of hundreds of local students flooding the Danville job market...
[Shot of the job bulletin board at VEC]
but finding a small pool of available jobs.
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((SHEENA BALL: I FEEL LIKE IF I MOVE TO A BIGGER CITY, THEN I HAVE MORE JOB OPPORTUNITIES THAN IN DANVILLE. ))
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VIRGINIA AVERAGE 2.9%
NATIONAL AVERAGE 4.0%
DANVILLE/PITTSYLVANIA CO. 7.5%
Virginia is enjoying a record low unemployment rate of 2.9%, well below the 4 percent national average.
But Danville and Pittsylvania County saw a combined 7-point-five percent of workers unemployed last month... the most in the state.
The Virginia Employment Commission says that's mainly due to student job seekers and
[exterior of Pluma Chatham] recent plant layoffs like the one at Pluma's Chatham facility.
Officials say that sends many residents to work in other counties and states.
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((RALPH PRICE/VIRGINIA EMPLOYMENT COMMISSION: THEY CAN'T FIND THOSE JOBS WITH THOSE SKILLS IN THIS AREA, SO THAT THEY DO HAVE TO GO TO MAYBE THE TRIAD AREA OR MAYBE THE RALEIGH-DURHAM AREA.))
But the high jobless rates aren't all bad news.
Employment officials say those numbers helped reel in eToys.
The internet-based toy retailer announced in May that it would bring 330 news jobs here.
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((GERARD EL CHAAR/eTOYS: VIRGINIA'S STRATEGIC LOCATION, ITS HIGHLY-SKILLED WORKFORCE AND ITS DEDICATED OFFICIALS...THESE WERE THE MAIN INGREDIENT IN THE SELECTION PROCESS.))
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((MARYA JONES/NEWS 7: OFFICIALS HERE SAY THAT VIEWED OPTIMISTICALLY, THE HIGH JOBLESS RATE IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR DANVILLE AND PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY TO SELL THEMSELVES TO PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYERS. THAT'S SOMETHING THAT OFFICIALS SAY THEY'LL CONTINUE TO DO AGGRESSIVELY. MJN7.))
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Norfolk Southern has a gift worth thousands for some of its employees.
Details coming up.
Some death penalty opponents in Virginia are now -card carrying capital punishment foes with a message:
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((KATHLEEN KENNEY/CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF RICHMOND: THAT WE DO NOT WANT SOMEONE ELSE KILLED IN OUR NAME.))
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The story, when News 7 returns.
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Virginians who oppose the death penalty cringe each time the state executes another killer.
But there's a new way they can make their voices heard.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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(( What if, in the most grisly murder case you can remember, the victim had opposed the death penalty?
Would a statement from the victim -- say on a card carried in the wallet -- matter, as the Commonwealth metes out justice?
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((KATHLEEN KENNEY/CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF RICHMOND: THIS IS A RECOGNITION OF THE BASIC SACREDNESS OF ALL OF LIFE. AND EVEN SOMEONE SOMEONE WHO HAS COMMITTED A TERRIBLE CRIME HAS A VALUABLE LIFE. WHICH DOESN'T MEAN THAT WE SHOULD NOT BE PROTECTED FROM THEM.))
The Declaration of Life card is the brainchild of a group of New England nuns -- picked up by the Catholic Diocese of Richmond.
A new group called Virginia People of Faith has a goal to sign up 2000 by the year 2000.
((I HAVE PASSED OUT... 15-HUNDRED OF THESE CARDS.))
What would prosecutors think of such a card?
Campbell County Commonwealth's Attorney Neil Vener says it would be a factor -- he certainly takes into account what the victim wants.
But he says prosecutors must also worry about the future dangerousness of the defendant, in case politics or parole boards or an escape set a killer free.
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Virginia has executed eight men this year.
Four more are on the calendar between now and September.
There is no evidence of their victims' wishes.
Ellen Qualls, News 7.))
The Roanoke man charged with setting off a pipe bomb at his own home last year has made a deal with the government... and will avoid going to trial.
Norvell West, the Third, is now set to enter a guilty plea Tuesday.
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On the Friday before Labor Day, a bomb went off beneath West's truck behind his home in South Roanoke.
When A-T-F agents questioned West, they determined it was just the latest in a number of incidents staged to look like violent attacks against him. HE blamed a former lover.
West was indicted on four counts- -including: possession of a pipe bomb and making false statements to investigators.
He'll most likely admit to just one felony.
A former secretary in the Montgomery County prosecutor's office admits she warned a man he was about to be arrested.
47- year old Linda Hodges Helm will spend 30- days in jail for obstruction of justice.
In court -- she admitted encouraging a local man to flee the area, because he was about to be indicted on drug charges.
Randal Duncan was brought in as SPECIAL prosecutor, because Helm worked for Commonwealth's Attorney Phil Keith when she supplied the information.
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(RANDAL DUNCAN/SPECIAL PROSECUTOR: I THINK THAT ANY JAIL SENTENCE WOULD BE APPROPRIATE UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES, DUE TO
THE FACT THAT SHE DISSEMINATED CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION FROM THE COMMONWEALTH ATTORNEY'S OFFICE, PRIOR TO INDICTMENT.)
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[OUT Q=prior to indictment.]
Helm and her husband, Richard, also admitted to having somebody buy cocaine for them.
But the charges will be dismissed, after a year, if they both complete a drug rehabilitation program.
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((BEV DAVIS/RICHARD HELM'S ATTORNEY: WE THINK THAT THE PROBLEM THAT COULD POSSIBLY ARISE IF IT WENT TO TRIAL--- THAT IT
WOULD BE A GOOD COMPLETE SITUATION TO TAKE THE PROGRAM AND AVOID FELONY CONVICTIONS IF THAT COULD BE THE CASE.))
[super=01-Bev Davis/Richard Helm's Attorney]
[OUT Q= the case.]
Linda Helm began serving her 30- day jail sentence today.
Norfolk Southern is offering all union employees a summer bonus ... and they don't even have to work to get it.
All they have to do is say they're willing to stay on call during weekends...
And N-S will give each worker bonuses worth as much as three-thousand dollars.
The general chairman of one union called the offer "uncharacteristic."
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((TOM McCOY/GENERAL CHAIRMAN, BORTHERHOOD OF MAINTENANCE WAY EMPLOYEES: I'VE BEEN DEALING WITH THE RAILROAD COMPANY AND N AND W FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS NOW. THEY'RE JUST NOT IN A CATEGORY WHERE THEY GIVE THEIR MONEY AWAY WITHOUT A FIGHT.))
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Norfolk Southern announced the incentive plan knowing it will need cooperation from unions this summer.
Employees will work overtime to clear up congestion caused by the takeover of Conrail.
The bonuses will go directly into workers' 401-k plans in the form of Norfolk Southern stock.
Mixed news from Wall Street today -
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The Dow dropped 60 points.
But Nasdaq was up 29.
A clarification to a story we aired last night about death row inmate Tommy David Strickler.
In an interview with Strickler's wife-- Antoinette-- we implied she claims co-defendant Ronald Lee Henderson abducted and murdered Roanoke resident Leann Whitlock.
In fact, Antoinette says her husband does NOT KNOW whether Henderson killed Whitlock.. only that her husband remained in the car while Henderson and Whitlock walked into a nearby cornfield.
Henderson WAS convicted for his part in the crime and is serving three life sentences.
Strickler also was convicted and is scheduled to die July 21st.
Authorities in Montgomery County are looking for an elderly Elliston man who's been missing for about three weeks.
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78-year-old Samuel Mallory was last seen driving a gold-brown Mazda pickup truck.
Mallory had been having memory problems and may be suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
Former Express coach Frank Anzalone is returing to the ECHL, a Northside softballer makes the Sports Illustrated grade,
and there's a reason that golfer Chip Sullivan sees things a lot differently these days.
Former Roanoke Express head coach Frank Anzalone will be introduced as the new head coach of the ECHL's Pee Dee Pride in a news conference tomorrow.
Analone has signed a three year contract with Pee Dee. Frank arrived in Florence, South Carloina today and began looking for a house for he and his family. He will also be director of hockey operations.
It will be Anzalone's third job in the coast and he wil be reunited with former Express scorer Chris Lipsett. Pee Dee set an ECHL record with 51 wins last season and won the Southeast Division.
Roanoke's adopted golfing son, Chip Sullivan, may be a little hard to recognize these days.
No! He hasn't put on any weight, but he has taken off his glasses.
Mike Stevens has more on the change and an update on the new Ashley Plantation course.
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((Last week Chip, a life long wearer of eyeglasses, ventured to Northern Virginia and became the latest athlete to have lasik surgery. Lasers reshaped his cornea and corrected his vision problems in a ten minute procedure.
((CHIP SULLIVAN/ASHLEY PLANTATION PRO:))
These are the first golf balls Chip has hit since having the surgery. He's pleased with the results and hopes life without glasses will eventually pay big dividends on the putting green.
Look for that opening to take place near the start of Fall. The club house is nearing completion and the seed is taking nicely on the back nine.
In Botetourt County Mike Stevens News 7 sports.))
One of the area's top high school softball players from this past season is about to get some big time national recognition.
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Northside's Brandy Bailey, who pitched nine no-hitters as a sophomore last season received her share of local notoriety in 1999 by appearing on News 7 sports, in the Roanoke Times and on the cover of the Roanoke Valley Sports Journal.
But next week, the rising junior will be featured in Sports Illustrated's Faces in the Crowd section for her achievements last season.
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[OUT Q=...COOL THOUGH."]
One of the area's top high school sports' fans "Big" Al Hall from Radford is responsible for submitting Brandy's stats to Sports Illustrated.
This summer she's playing on a traveling all-star team from the valley to stay in shape for next season.
Univeristy of Virginia men's basketball players Chris Williams and Adam Hall have made the USA Junior World Championship Team.
The rising sophomores names were on the final 12 man roster list that was released today. That's Williams there. The team and Hall, leave for Portugal tomorrow where competition begins in the 16 team FIBA men's junior world championships July 15th through the 25th.
As of today, Charlie Casserly is still a Redskin. The new owners reportedly will change his role and its up to Casserly if he wants to remain with the team.
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Meantime, It looks like Ken Harvey's days as a Redskin are over. The linebacker will likely be told not to report to training camp later this month.
Harvey hasn't recovered from knee surgery back in November.
The Skins may use the 2 million dollars for his departure to sign defensive end Charles Haley.
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