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[7-L'burg-Fire]
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Seven Lynchburg residents say they're lucky to be alive after they escaped their burning home last night.
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Fire crews were called to 113 Federal Street around 11:30.
The two- story building was engulfed in flames when they arrived.
Initial reports that people were still trapped inside the home kept firefighters busy at first searching for possible victims.
No one was found inside the house, and it took about a half hour to bring the blaze under control.
Residents say the fire started on the front porch of the home.. most of the building was gutted.
The fire marshal is still investigating.
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[7-Baby-Microwave]


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The woman accused of killing her newborn baby in a microwave oven will appear in court this morning.
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19 year old Elizabeth Renee Otte (Oh-tay) will be in court for a bond hearing.
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Authorities believe last month Otte put her baby in a microwave oven and turned it on.
The body of one-month-old Joseph Lewis Martinez was found in the microwave oven after a deputy was called to the family's home on a report that the baby was missing.
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[7-C'burg-Hostage]


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It was a tense night for Christiansburg police, as they tried to disarm a man threatening suicide in his home last night.
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Around seven fifteen last night-- dispatchers learned that a man living in an apartment below the Deli Mart on West Main street was threatening to kill himself.
When officers arrived and looked through the window, they saw that he was holding a shotgun to his throat.
At first, a dispatcher tried to talk the man into coming outside.
When that failed-- a Christiansburg officer began negotiating and was eventually able to enter the apartment.
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((CAPT. TOM LAWSON/CHRISTIANSBURG POLICE DEPT.: I SAID LET ME BE YOUR FRIEND, JUST TRUST ME THIS ONE TIME. AND, AT THAT POINT, HE DROPPED HIS HEAD AND STARTED TO CRY AND I SEEN HIM TAKE HIS FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER AND WHEN HE DID HE JUST KIND OF MOVED THE BUTT TOWARD ME AND I REACHED OUT AND GOT IT FROM UNDER HIS CHIN. ))
[SUPER=01-Capt. Tom Lawson/Christiansburg Police Dept.; :00]
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Captain Lawson says it was a situation that could've easily ended negatively-- had it not been for his fellow officers' patience and ability to work together.
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[7-E-581-Ax]


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A four vehicle accident in Roanoke last night caused traffic back ups and sent three people to the hospital.
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The collision between the Elm and Orange Avenue exits left part of I-581 blocked.
The accident happened when Jennifer Ashworth of Lynchburg apparently hit the brakes for an unknown reason.
That sparked a chain reaction: 3 cars behind her smashed into each other.
3 people, including Ashworth, were taken to the hospital.
State police say an investigation into the accident is pending.
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[7Weather]


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Let's take a look now at your Tuesday forecast... It will be a mostly sunny day, with winds reaching 10 to 15 miles per hour. Expect highs today in the upper 60s to low 70s. Lows tonight in the lower to mid 40s.
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[45-Henry-Murder]


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Two separate murders in one day in Henry County.
Authorities have charged 41-year-old Bassett resident Rosa Lee Thomas with one of the murders..
Her arrest comes after 38-year-old Bobby Dale Scott was shot and killed Friday night.
Meantime, 34-year-old Martinsville resident Darryl Carneal Law was arrested over the weekend and charged with capital murder in connection with the Friday death of his uncle.

[45-Baby-Microwave]


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A court appearance is scheduled today for the woman accused of killing her newborn in a microwave.
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19 year old Elizabeth Renee Otte (Oh-tay) will appear at a bond hearing.
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Authorities believe last month Otte put the baby in the microwave and turned it on.
The body of one-month-old Joseph Lewis Martinez was found in the microwave after a deputy was called to the family's home when the baby was reported missing.
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[45-E-Elizabeth-Campus]


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[WRITER=eea]
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Another lawsuit has been filed to stop construction of a water tower on the Elizabeth Campus.
Five Salem residents have filed the suit, including
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Nora Smith who says she doesn't want to see the 12 story structure towering over her house on Lynchburg Turnpike.
She's afraid it will lower property values in the neighborhood.
She and others neighbors say the city should either put the tower at the Civic Center, or find a way to reduce the impact on the community.
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((NORA SMITH/NEIGHBOR; ONE THING WE DON'T UNDERSTAND IS WHY THEY CAN'T BUILD TWO SMALLER TOWERS INSTEAD OF THIS ONE GIGANTIC TOWER. WHY DOES IT HAVE TO BE SO BIG, SO OBVIOUS, AND JUST SO UNNECESSARY.))
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This is the third lawsuit aimed at stopping development at the Elizabeth Campus site.
The City Attorney says his office is still reviewing the suit, and can't comment yet.
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[45-E-Framatome]


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In the wake of the uranium leak last week in Japan, President Clinton wants all American nuclear fuel plants to re- evaluate their safety procedures.
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Seven U-S companies are involved in uranium fuel processing and recycling.. two of those are located just outside Lynchburg.
But officials at Framatome Cogema (co-JEM-uh) Fuels say their work only involves the use of dry uranium pellets, and NO chemical reactions.
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((JOHN MATHESON/FRAMATOME V.P. OPERATIONS: IT'S INHERENTLY SAFER FROM EVERYTHING THEY WERE DOING IN JAPAN FROM WHAT I'VE READ. EVEN IF WE HAD A PROCESS LIKE THAT WE WOULD NEVER HANDLE MATERIAL IN THAT WAY HERE. WE WOULD HAVE A VOLUME METRICALLY CONTROLLED PROCESS, SO WE'VE NEVER HAD A CRITICALITY EVENT.))
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B-W-X Technologies DOES process uranium for the nuclear fuel it makes for the U-S Navy.
But officials say the U-S nuclear industry is much more heavily regulated than Japan's, and the likelihood of a similar accident here is "extremely remote."
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[45Weather]


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Let's take a look now at your Tuesday forecast... It will be a mostly sunny day, with winds reaching 10 to 15 miles per hour. Expect highs today in the upper 60s to low 70s. Lows tonight in the lower to mid 40s. For your five day forecast, look for sunny days with highs in the 60s. Temperatures will dip down into the 40s overnight.
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[8-E-City-Council]


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The renovation of Henry Street is about to begin after years of controversy and delays.
Still questions remain.
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The city has committed money to the project, and the Roanoke Neighborhood Development Corporation is working to complete the financing that will allow construction to begin.
But at a meeting of city council, three architects questioned whether the current plan is the best vision for the community.
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((CRAIG BALZER/ROANOKE ARCHITECT: A LOT OF OPPORTUNITY FOR SHOPS AND RESTAURANTS AND NIGHT ENTERTAINMENT IS PRECLUDED BECAUSE OF THE SIZE OF THE OFFICE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT AND NOW THE PARKING GARAGE THAT WILL CERTAINLY BRING CONVENIENCE TO THOSE COMING TO HENRY STREET, BUT AT THE SAME TIME FORCE OUT A LOT OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR SMALL INVESTORS TO CREATE SMALL VENUES FOR THE AREA.))
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The plan developed by the Roanoke Neighborhood Development Corporation is anchored by an office building.
Advocates say the project will bring workers to the area during the day, and others seeking food or entertainment at night.

[8-E-Deputy-Shooting]


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A Martinsville deputy has been cleared of criminal charges in the accidental shooting of a fellow deputy.
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Deputy Bobby Branch and his longtime friend and coworker Deputy David Floyd walked out of the courtroom together. Both men were pleased that the judge decided Branch was NOT guilty of reckless handling of a firearm.
The two bailiffs say they were just horsing around when the shooting occurred outside a Circuit courtroom in July.

Floyd says he pointed a stun gun at Branch. Branch jokingly drew his gun. Then, his shoulder hit the wall, and he shot his friend in the hip.
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((BOBBY BRANCH/MARTINSVILLE DEPUTY: WHATEVER IT WAS, IT WAS AN ACCIDENT.... DAVID FLOYD/MARTINSVILLE DEPUTY: I WAS A VERY FORTUNATE PERSON. I'M GLAD TO BE BACK HERE. BACK TO WORK. AND EVERYTHING'S WORKING PROPERLY AND I'M WALKING. IT'S GOOD. EVERYTHING TURNED OUT GOOD. ))
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Both men were suspended for 20 days and have a year-long probationary period.
They're still good friends... and say they'll never engage in horseplay on the job again.

[8-L'burg-Fire]


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A fire forced seven people from their home in Lynchburg last night.
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Fire crews were called to 113 Federal Street at about 11:30.
By the time they arrive the two story home was already engulfed in flames.
Initial reports that people were still trapped inside kept firefighters busy searching.
But no one was found inside.
It then took about a half hour to bring the blaze under control.
Residents say the fire started on the front porch.
The fire marshal is investigating.
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[8-Baby-Microwave]


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A bond hearing is scheduled today for the teenager accused of killing her newborn in a microwave oven.
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[VO-NAT]


Authorities believe, last month 19 year old Elizabeth Renee Otte (Oh-tay) put the baby in the microwave and turned it on.
[SUPER=03-Lanexa/File Tape]


The body of one-month-old Joseph Lewis Martinez was found in the microwave after a deputy was called to the family's home when the baby was reported missing.
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[8Weather]


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Let's take one last look now at your Tuesday forecast... A mostly sunny day, with winds reaching 10 to 15 miles per hour. Expect highs today in the upper 60s to low 70s. Lows tonight in the lower to mid 40s. The rest of the week promises to be sunny with highs in the upper 60s. Overnight lows in the chilly 40s.
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