A teenage mother charged with murder in the microwave baby case. A LIVE report on that tops NEWS 7 at Six tonight
And a privately- owned sewage treatment plant- -known for backing up in homes and an entire neighborhood- -may get some help from local government.
Tonight on News 7 sports, we'll meet the real winner from yesterday's Taco Bell 300.
The Mac Daddy hits number 61. JMU and UT are making headlines.
And UVa hopes it doesn't get "Moore" than it is bargaining for this Saturday night at Scott Stadium.
Some like it wet but others wish it wouldn't fall so fast. Details ahead.
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((IT CERTAINLY IS UPSETTING AND I HOPE IT DOESN'T REFLECT ON NEW KENT AS BADLY AS IT SOUNDS.))
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New Kent County authorities have charged a 19- year old woman with first degree murder .. for allegedly cooking her baby to death in a microwave oven.
Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
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Elizabeth Renee Otte (OH-tay) checked herself into a secure mental facility over the weekend.
Today, she was arrested at that facility, but remains there tonight... with NO bond set for her release.
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Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom with the latest in a case that's garnering international attention.
Keith, the Commonwealth's Attorney in New Kent expects to ask for a psychiatric evaluation at an arraignment that is now scheduled for Wednesday morning.
He says he's also preparing to consult epilepsy experts after hearing that Otte allegedly told friends last Thursday's incident was the result of her having a severe epileptic seizure.
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Otte allegedly has said she was confused after an epileptic seizure and thought she was placing a bottle of milk in the microwave to warm it.
It was her sister-in-law who found the baby's dead body in the microwave, after sheriff's deputies had arrived to search for the reported missing child.
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Again, we must emphasize the only statement Otte has made directly to police is that her baby was missing.
The nature of this case is so disturbing, the sheriff asked for a crisis intervention team to talk to his staff.
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((FARRAR HOWARD/NEW KENT CO. SHERIFF: ANY OF THE PEOPLE...TO THE CASE.))
So Elizabeth Otte may be transferred to Central State Hospital because she has been criminally charged.
Her family members are apparently NOT talking to the media about why they checked her in to a mental facility over the weekend.
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Q&A KEITH: Any word on the medical examiner's report?
A gentle rain for the most part, but enough serious rainfall in places to push a few creeks to the warning level. The water subsided. Warnings have expired. But there's more rain in the forecast.
Let's get Robin Reed 's take on it.
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There was a problem in Henry County around the noon hour. Nearly 2 inches of rain set some streams and creeks out of their banks and threatened some businesses.
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Help may be on the way for customers of a private sewage treatment plant in Henry County.
They've complained about raw sewage backing up in their homes, and flowing through their neighborhood.
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Tonight Joe Dashiell reports the problem is receiving closer scrutiny from state and local officials.
Keith, these problems aren't new... residents along Saddle Ridge Road have been complaining about the Fairway Acres sewage treatment plant for years... but within the past few weeks, the Department of Environmental Quality found a dangerous level of contamination in Blackberry Creek
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((LORI KENDRICK/HENRY CO. RESIDENT: WE ARE WHAT YOU MIGHT SAY BEGGING, WE ARE BEGGING THE PSA TO TAKE THIS OVER.))
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Residents such as Lori Kendrick say they are desperate for a solution...
Their complaints include raw sewage backing up into their homes, flowing from manhole covers, and contaminating Blackberry Creek.
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((PAM RHODES/HENRY CO. RESIDENT: IT COMES UP OUT OF THE COMMODE, AND THEN IT COMES UP IN THE BATHTUB, AND THEN THE KITCHEN SINK. AND THIS MAKES A GREAT BIG MESS. IT'S MESSED UP THE BATHROOM FLOOR. WE'RE GOING TO END UP REPLACING IT BECAUSE OF ALL THE STUFF THAT'S BEEN DUMPED ON IT.))
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The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality is investigating,, and county officials are considering the possibility of declaring an emergency that would allow the public service authority to operate the treatment plant.
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((SAM PILSON/BLACKBERRY DISTRICT SUPERVISOR: AT LEAST THE PEOPLE WILL HAVE THE CONFIDENCE THAT OUR DISCHARGES WILL BE SAFE AND THEIR HEALTH IS NOT IN DANGER, WHILE WE RUN THAT AND THE DEQ AND THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT DECIDE WHAT THEY'RE GOING TO DO ABOUT IT.))
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When the sewage treatment plant was built almost thirty years ago, owner Richard Anthony says he thought he was doing what was best for the community, but now he says he is unable to operate the plant, and cannot afford to make costly repairs.
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So Keith, residents will be watching the progress of state and local officials, waiting for some indication that their problems are being addressed.
Twelve acres beside Roanoke's main water supply are now permanently shielded from developers.
The land overlooks Carvins Cove, and it is now a permanent conservation area.
It's Bill Tanger's backyard. He's on vacation right now, but preservationists say there are long- term benefits to the deal.
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The deal applies to anyone who acquires the land. Tanger gets a tax break for conserving his land.
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Shoney's is cutting back. Still ahead, one of the oldest chains in the South closes restaurants in Roanoke, Lynchburg, and beyond.
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((8 CENTS A MINUTE DAY AND NIGHT.--BUTT--ALL CALLS UP TO 20 MINUTES ARE JUST 99 CENTS.))
Next, long-distance rates could soon fall even more. And we'll show you an easy way to see which service might be cheapest for YOU.
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Someday- -before too long- -your long distance telephone service may be free.
Experts say recent price cuts are only the beginning.
Eric Earnhart shows us what's behind all this and how it could pay off for you.
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The dizzying drop into single digits began a few weeks ago... MCI and Sprint offering 5 cents a minute during certain times of day, ATT, down to 7 cents all the time...
Everybody's after one thing... your business.
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((RANDY BILLINGSLY/VA. TECH ECONOMIST; MOST OF THE PROVIDERS, YOU HAVE THE SAME BASIC QUALITY, YOU HEAR THE SAME THING, AND SO THEY ARE COMPARED ON THE BASIS OF PRICE, AND THEY'RE HAVING TO CUT THINGS TO THE BARE BONES. ))
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Virginia Tech economist Randy Billingsly says five cents a minute is pretty close to the bone... it costs phone companys about 2 cents a minute to provide long distance. But to win your FUTURE business, they may cut even deeper, making long distance practically free...
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(( RANDY BILLINGSLY/VA. TECH ECONOMIST; IF THEY CAN GO AHEAD AND DRAW PEOPLE IN WITH, MAYBE, NEXT TO NOTHING PRICES ON LONG DISTANCE, THEN THEY CAN GET THEM INTO THINGS THAT HAVE HIGHER MARGINS, LIKE WIRELESS, INTERNET SERVICE PROVISION ))
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Its called bundling... they get you in the door with cheap long distance, and make money by selling you paging service, or internet access.
And you always have to keep an eye out for hidden charges and monthly access fees.
Remember what you SEE is often not what you GET on the final bill when it comes to long distance service, especially the 10-10 varieties...This one, 10-10-502 advertises 5 cents a minute, but if you use this to talk for a hour a month, the monthly fees and service charges push the cost up to more tha 15 cents a minute.
To protect yourself, you can read the fine print, or check the web.
10-10phone-rates-dot-com keeps track of the latest changes in 10-10 plans, and lists the hidden charges.
The right plan for you depends on your calling pattern.
At phone-rate-caculator-dot-com, you can compare the cost of a typical call among the various available plans.
Expect the number of avaible plans to decrease eventually... as rates keep dropping, companies who can't make money from other communication services may drop out.
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((RANDY BILLINGSLY/VA. TECH ECONOMIST; ALL COMPANIES WILL NOT BE ABLE TO OFFER THAT BUNDLE, AND BUNDLING I THINK WILL BECOME INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT AND PEOPLE WILL CHOOSE ON THE BASIS OF, CAN I ONE STOP SHOP ))
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And the more you shop around, the better your chances of lowering your next phone bill.
Eric Earnhart, News 7.
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For a direct link to the telephone rate calculator web site, just log onto our home page at WDBJ7-dot-com, and click "Webwatch".
The low-cost breakfasts were a hit.
But Shoney's low turnout at lunch and dinner was a problem.
The company announced today it's closing three restaurants in our area:
Two in Roanoke -- on Hershberger and Electric Roads -- and one in Lynchburg.
A corporate spokeswoman said the Shoney's branches weren't drawing big crowds in the afternoons or evenings.
Nationwide, Shoney's is closing 72 stores in 14 states.
Stocks began the week with modest gains.
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The Dow rose 24 points. NASDAQ was up 21.
A new era is beginning at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant.
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This afternoon, Lieutenant Colonel Rodney (All-ston) Alston officially assumed command of the Arsenal.
Alston took over for Lieutenant Colonel Armando Lopez, Junior who left to work at the Pentagon, in the office of the secretary of defense.
When you think about butterflies you probably think about their beauty more than anything.
What you may NOT realize-- is that they're also quite durable.
Just ask Frank Taylor and the students who've passed through his biology class at Radford High School.
For several years, Taylor's students have been rearing and tagging butterflies as part of a nationwide research project.
Just recently, Taylor found out that one of the butterflies tagged last September was recovered in Mexico--- having
traveled some 17 hundred miles in five months.
For this year's students-- the discovery has brought new meaning to their work.
((FRANK TAYLOR/ BIOLOGY TEACHER: EACH ONE HOPES THAT MAYBE THE ONE THEY'RE RELEASING, THAT MAYBE, THAT UNIQUE TAG NUMBER IS MAYBE GOING TO BE SOME OF THE ONES THAT WILL GET TO MEXICO AND IN TURN BE FOUND AMONG THE 30- MILLION BUTTERFLIES.))
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The goal of the research project is to help scientists learn more about the monarch migration--- which has been cal
led an "endangered phenomenon".
Coming up tonight on News 7 sports, Steve Mason checks in from Charlottesville as our week long hype leading up the Tech-UVa game gets started.
McGwire hits his 61st homer.
And we'll show you why the Taco Bell 300 is a dangerous proposition for crew members as well as drivers.
The 81st meeting between Virginia Tech and Virginia kicks off Saturday at six in Charlottesville.
The 24th ranked Cavaliers are coming off a heart stopping 45-to-40 win over Brigham Young but Steve Mason says the Wahoos know it only gets tougher this weekend.
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Don't look now, but the James Madison University Dukes have been on a tear since their opening week loss to the Hokies.
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The Dukes have won three straight games including Saturday's victory over then- 7th ranked Delaware.
As a result the Dukes are now ranked 24th in the nation in the new Division One Double-A poll. James Madison entered this week's Division
One-Double-A football poll.
The Dukes are 3-and-0 in the Middle Atlantic division of the A-10.
It's been a rough 72 hours for Tennessee football fans. First, they barely beat Memphis on Saturday night, then one of their co-captains senior Dwayne Goodrich, was arrested. Police say he was drunk and threatened to hurt them.
Also, four Tennessee redshirt freshman have been suspended
indefinitely due to an ongoing academic fraud investigation at the
Tutors are alleged to have written papers for the four players in question.
Mark McGwire has caught Sammy Sosa in this year's homerun race.
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McGwire hit his 61st homer of the season this afternoon against the Reds to put the Cardinals in front by five runs.
But the Reds came back to win the game 9-to-7 and they now have a one
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and a half game lead for the wildcard spot in the national league over the Mets.
The Martinsville Speedway is now gearing up for this coming's weekend's Winston Cup road show, the NAPA Auto Care 500.
But it may take some time for the 16 thousand fans in attendance to digest what transpired at the Taco Bell 300.
South Carolina's Robert Powell won the race and $25 thousand bucks, but thanks to more than 30 cautions on the day in the heats races and the main event many cars were devoured.
But no one crunched the competition like Eric Hockett, he won the pit crew competition by eating an entire Taco Bell Grande Meal in two minutes and 27 seconds. That's 10 tacos, a Mexican Pizza and an order of Nachos Bell Grande.
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Preventing school violence is a top priority for school administrators, teachers, and parents. Tonight a state trooper will talk to parents about spotting warning signs.
Jean Jadhon joins us with more.
Keith, it's not foolproof, but experts say there are signs that frequently show if a child has the potential for violence.
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And after last year's wave of school violence, students, parents, and teachers across the country are on high alert...
and that includes people in our area.
Tonight's meeting begins in 30 minutes at Cave Spring High School.
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We'll have the full story on News 7 at 11.
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