[E-Internet-Crime]

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Blue Ridge Thunder shook Capitol Hill.
Bedford County sheriff Mike Brown took his internet crime-fighting unit to Washington to brief lawmakers on the dangers the Internet poses to children.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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They've been used across the country to help police keep an eye on crime.
And as Joy Sutton reports the Roanoke City Police Department is using them in our area.
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[SUPER=03-Wilmington, OH/Feb. 15, 1997; :08]
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[SUPER=01-Sgt. D.R Boyer/Roanoke City Police; :33]
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(( It's a small camcorder mounted inside a police car.
When things go wrong it can be a police officer's best eye witness.
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((NAT SOUND OF SHOOTING))
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This shooting in Wilmington, Ohio was caught on tape by a video camera in an officer's car.
The Roanoke City Police Department is among several police forces across the country using the hi-tech help to record evidence, and identify suspects.
Cameras are installed in every Roanoke district vehicle -- and police say there are several benefits.
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((SGT. D.R. BOYER/ROANOKE CITY POLICE:WE'VE HAD AT LEAST TWO INSTANCES WHERE THERE WERE ALLEGATIONS OF OFFICER MISCONDUCT, WHERE THE CAMERA WAS ABLE TO EXONERATE THE OFFICER))
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The camera starts recording automatically when an officer turns on the blue lights.
The officer can also trigger the camcorder with a remote - which has a mic attached to record sound up to 1500 feet away.
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((JOY SUTTON/REPORTER: AND THE CAMERA CAN ALSO BE TURNED AROUND INSIDE THE VEHICLE SO THE OFFICER CAN RECORD AND MONITOR THE PERSON IN CUSTODY))
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The camera records the date, time, and vehicle number.
Every tape is categorized and held as evidence.
And once something is recorded - only a supervisor has access to the tape.
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((SGT. DR BOYER/ROANOKE CITY POLICE: THE INDIVIDUAL OFFICER OR ANYBODY ELSE WHO WOULD BREAK INTO THE CAR DOES NOT HAVE THE ABILITY WITHIN THE VEHICLE TO TAPE OVER OR TO ALTER OR TO EJECT THE TAPE))
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The camcorder may not be as good as a partner - but with many Roanoke officers traveling the streets alone, Sergeant Boyer says these cameras are welcome assistants.
Joy Sutton, News 7, Roanoke.))












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Two separate accidents backed-up traffic on I-81 southbound for several miles.
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One wreck happened at the main Roanoke exit and involved six vehicles.
A car having trouble merging from Interstate 5-81 stopped suddenly, causing a chain reaction.
One driver in that accident has been charged with improper stopping.
And another driver has been charged with reckless driving.
The other wreck was near exit 140 near Salem.
A northbound car was knocked in the median by a tractor trailer and into the southbound lanes, causing the car to hit a tractor trailer.
One person was transported from that accident.
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The on-going Rubatex strike could end up costing some of the strikers their jobs.
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The United Steelworkers local 240 has been walking picket lines for almost three weeks.
Now, the company's chief negotiator says there's a good chance some of the strikers will never get called back.
Rubatex is using temporary workers.
And the company says its production levels haven't dropped -- even though the strike has cut its workforce in half.
Rubatex will not say how many strikers might lose their jobs.
Meanwhile ... there's no end in sight to the strike.
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Roanoke based Advance Auto Parts has entered a partnership with the state community college system. It will offer jobs and internships to train workers for the company. It's the first agreement of its kind in Virginia. The program will begin in Hampton Roads but eventually will be statew

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For years they've complained of raw sewage backing up in their homes.
But those headaches may be over soon for about 200 customers of a private Henry County sewage plant.
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[VO-NAT]
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Henry County declared a state of emergency for the Fair Acres sewage treatment plant and the Blackberry Creek area.
That allows the county to take control of the plant and clean it up.
Residents say they've complained for years...
The Department of Environmental Quality began investigating after it found dangerous levels of contamination in Blackberry Creek.
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((PAM RHODES/HENRY CO. RESIDENT: I THINK IT'S ABOUT TIME BECAUSE I'VE LIVED THERE FOR ABOUT FOUR YEARS AND IT'S REALLY NEEDED TO BE TAKEN CARE OF A LONG TIME AGO. I DON'T KNOW WHAT TOOK DEQ SO LONG AND ALL THESE OTHER HIGH OFFICIALS SO LONG TO GET IT DONE.))
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Henry County officials say it will take at least one month and seven-thousand dollars to clean up the facility and get it running again.

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Roanoke schoolchildren have been in the audience this week for a dance theater production at Center in the Square.
While the performance has received good reviews... it has also generated complaints from some parents.
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Third- graders from nineteen Roanoke elementary schools have been visiting Mill Mountain Theatre for "Gathering Stones," a joint production with the Roanoke Ballet Theatre.
Inspired by Native American traditions, the production focuses on man's stewardship of the earth, but Anne Blackwell objects to what she considers religious content.
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((ANNE BLACKWELL/ROANOKE PARENT: ANY PRODUCTION NEEDS TO BE STRICTLY OFF LIMITS TO RELIGIOUS BELIEFS OF ANY NATURE, AND THAT WAS MY CONCERN. I WANT MY SON TO BE EXPOSED TO THINGS, BUT I WANT TO EXPOSE HIM TO THAT SORT OF THING.)) ((JERE LEE HODGIN/MILL MOUNTAIN THEATRE: YEAH, I'M A LITTLE SURPRISED, BECAUSE I THINK IT'S JUST ANOTHER WAY, THE PIECE ITSELF IS AN ARTISTIC EXPRESSION AND ANOTHER WAY THAT WE CAN LOOK AT THAT ALL IMPORTANT THING OF HOW WE ARE ALL INTER-RELATED.))
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Public performances of "Gathering Stones" continue through the weekend on Mill Mountain Theater's main stage.
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[SUPER=#4049; Morning Headlines]
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Here's a look at today's top stories.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


On Capitol Hill, lawmakers heard from members of the Bedford County Sheriff's department.
Sheriff Mike Brown briefed congressional members about its internet crimefighting unit designed to protect children from sexual predators.
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[Anchor=MELANIE]


Japanese officials are sounding the all-clear following the country's worst nuclear plant accident.
The government says hundreds of thousands of people living near the plant can now safely go outdoors. Three workers are hospitalized, two in critical condition.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Mexico is assessing the damage from the powerful earthquake that rattled through the state of Oaxaca
(wah-HAW'-kah) yesterday.


Officials say the quake killed at least 15 people and damaged hundreds of buildings.
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And that's what's making news on this Friday October 1st.
News 7 Mornin' will be right back.

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In central Japan, officials say it's safe to go home.
Tens of thousands were forced to evacuate yesterday following an accidental nuclear chain reaction at a Uranuim plant some 70 miles north of Tokyo.
But the Japanase government says radiation levels are now back to normal.
Lee Cowan has the story.
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LOCATOR: TOKAIMURA, JAPAN

More than 300-thousand people who live within a 6 mile radius of
the plant were ordered to stay indoors after a worker's error
sent radiation leaking into the atmosphere - an atomic reaction --
producing radiation levels 10 thousand times the level considered safe
for human exposure-- not brought under control until the wee hours of
the morning.

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At least three workers were rushed to a nearby hospital wrapped in
plastic -two near death from severe radiation sickness.
More than two dozen others followed -- all treated for radiation
exposure. An evacuation order was in effect for neighborhoods all
around the site.

The accident -- called 'unprecedented' by Japanese standards -
is so bad the government is considering asking for help from the U-S
military.
The White House says it's more than willing.

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"We will do whatever --- as possible."))


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North Carolina authorities say 5 people have been found dead in a home near Waynesville, NC .
Haywood County Chief Deputy Jimmy Parton couldn't- say whether in fact they died from gunshots.

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Mexican officials say 15 people were killed in yesterday's massive earthquake.
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[4:01:33]
The seven point five magnitude quake hit Mexico's pacific coast shortly before noon.
The epicenter was in the resort city of Oaxaca (wah-HAW'-kah).
But it could be felt in Mexico City, some 280 miles away.
Hundreds of buildings in both city's were damaged or destroyed.
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[2E-Internet-Crime]


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Bedford County sheriff Mike Brown took his internet crime-fighting unit to Washington to brief lawmakers on the dangers the Internet poses to children.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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They've been used across the country to help police officers gather evidence and identify suspects.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


They're small camcorders mounted inside police cars.
The Roanoke City Police Department has installed all of its district vehicles with one them.
And police say it gives them an edge when it comes to fighting crime.
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((SGT. D.R. BOYER/ROANOKE CITY POLICE: NATIONALLY WE'VE HAD MANY DIFFERENT INSTANCES WHERE IN LAW ENFORCEMENT WHERE OFFICER HAVE BEEN KILLED OR SEVERELY INJURED BY SUSPECTS AND HAD NO EVIDENCE. NOW WITH THE CAMERAS IN THE VEHICLES WE HAVE THE EVIDENCE AND THE PERPETRATORS OF THESE CRIMES HAVE BEEN CAUGHT))
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The camera records the date, time and vehicle number.
Every tape is categorized and held as evidence.
Once something is recorded only a supervisor has access to it.
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There is a big celebration underway in Beijing.
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China is celebrating the 50th anniversary of communist rule.
If nothing else, it was a mammoth demonstration designed to showcase the nation's growing military might and its rapid economic progress.
A two mile military parade featured tanks, armored personnel carriers and trucks carrying surface-to-air missiles, and 10-thousand soldiers in brand new uniforms.
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He helped a Campbell County woman dispose of her husband's dead body.
Now he's been convicted of the crime.
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[Shots of Tidwell, from 99-44]
Curtis Tidwell had been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of Nick Olivarri last fall.
But the prosecutor decided there wasn't enough evidence to convict him,
So he went for two lesser charges, including illegal disposal of a body.
Tidwell was convicted on those counts yesterday. He'll be sentenced in December.
Olivarri's wife, Sandra, is still awaiting trial for the murder.
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A 16 year old Roanoke boy has been convicted of making a bomb threat at Patrick Henry High School.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Jason Woodson made the threat one week after the shootings at Columbine High.
He was suspended from school for a year but is still earning credits toward graduation.
He has also been in counseling and is on medication for depression.
Woodson's felony conviction include 64 hours of community service, a 250 dollar fine and restriction of his driver's license for 3 months.
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[E-Wells]


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[wipe wipe wipe]
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[SUPER=03-Pulaski;]


A former substitute teacher in Pulaski County will spend at least four years in prison when sentenced for smoking marijuana with students.
34 - year old Andrea Lynn Wells pleaded guilty to two felony charges yesterday.
The incident happened last spring while Wells was working as a substitute at Pulaski County's Alternative school.
In court-- she admitted to leaving school property during lunch, and smoking a marijuana cigarette with two teenage students.
A sentencing date has not yet been set.
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[Local-Recap]
[SUPER=#4059;Local Recap]
[2-Shot=Mel/Kmc]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


For years, residents say they've complained of raw sewage backing up in their homes, but the problem will soon be fixed.
Henry County declared a state of emergency for the Fair Acres sewage treatment plant and the Blackberry Creek area.
That allows the county to take control of the plant and clean it up. Henry County officials say it will take at least one month and seven-thousand dollars to clean up the facility and get it running again.

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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


The Roanoke City Police Department has installed all of its district vehicles with small camcorders.
They're used to help police officers gather evidence and identify suspects.
The camera records the date, time and vehicle number.
Every tape is categorized and held as evidence.
Once something is recorded only a supervisor has access to it.

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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Rubatex's chief negotiator says there's a good chance some of the strikers will never get called back to work. The United Steelworkers local 240 has been walking picket lines for almost three weeks.
Rubatex will not say how many strikers might lose their jobs.
Meanwhile ... there's no end in sight to the strike.


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Cyrus McCormack was known for inventing the reaper...but he's also remembered for building a grist mill in Steeles Tavern.
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The Osceola Mill hasn't operated in 30 years, but has since been transformed into a bed and breakfast inn.
Its owner says the big wheel stopped turning for good when Hurricane Camille came tearing through in 19-69.
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((PHILIP CLAYTON/OSCEOLA MILL INN OWNER: THAT WAS DESTROYED. THE OPERATION WAS DESTROYED BY CAMILLE, BASICALLY WHICH SHUT DOWN QUITE A FEW OF THE MILLS ALONG THE CREEK AND THE OTHER WATERWAYS IN THE COUNTY. THAT WAS THE TURNING POINT, THE DEATH KNELL, IF YOU WILL, OF THE WATER- POWERED GRIST MILLS IN ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY.))
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Kimberly McBroom will take you on a tour through BOTH guest houses...including one that's said to have a ghost.

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That's in "Time Off" tomorrow on News 7 Saturday Morning. [GRAPHIC=TIME OFF FS]