[7-Crime-Prevention]

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The elderly are often victims of criminals trying to scam them out of their money.
But local police, along with some citizens, are trying to stop it.
Kate Weidaw has the story.
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((Four years ago Carol and Michael Savo started a neighborhood crime watch in their Salem neighborhood. They were tired of seeing juvenile crime and they wanted their neighbors to join in the efforts. Carol Savo says four years ago the elderly in the neighborhood were being targeted but now everything has changed.

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((CAROL SAVO: THERE ARE A LOT OF ELDERLY PEOPLE WHO FEEL A LOT SAFER BECAUSE THEY KNOW THEIR NEIGHBORS WILL BE LOOKING OUT FOR THEM.))
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300 homes in the area are invited every three months to the neighborhood watch meetings. There, residents learn what to keep an eye on.

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((MICHAEL SAVO: PEOPLE ARE NOW AWARE OF THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF SCAMS THAT ARE GOING ON AND THEY ARE WATCHING OUT FOR DOOR TO DOOR, THEY'RE WATCHING OUT FOR FALSE SOLICITATIONS, PEOPLE HAVE AN IDEA OF WHAT'S GOING ON WHERE THEY DIDN'T BEFORE.))
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While residents know to watch out for crime in their neighborhoods, officials warn: watch out for crime over the phone.


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((DAVID RORER/SALEM POLICE CRIME PREVENTION SPECIALIST: THERE IS A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF VICTIMIZATION OF PEOPLE GIVING OUT INFORMATION OVER THE TELEPHONE, PEOPLE ASKING FOR ACCOUNT NUMBERS, PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION NUMBERS NEEDS TO STOP.))
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During a crime prevention forum earlier this week - officials talked about Medicare fraud, identity theft, and credit card scams. Lerline Brown says these meeting made her more aware of scams. Now, she plans to be more cautious with her credit card.


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((LERLINE BROWN: I THINK WE OUGHT TO BE MORE CAREFUL WITH OUR CREDIT CARDS AND NUMBERS I WOULDN'T WANT TO USE MINE ANY MORE THEN I'D HAVE TO.))
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KATE WEIDAW/REPORTING: THE SALEM POLICE DEPARTMENT HOLDS THESE MEETINGS ONCE A YEAR BUT IF YOU WANT TO GET MORE INVOLVED IN CRIME PREVENTION SEE IF YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD HAS A CRIME WATCH PROGRAM OR CALL YOUR LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENT. KATE WEIDAW NEWS 7.
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[7-S-Factory-Illness]


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Fifty Martinsville plant workers suffered carbon monoxide poisoning yesterday.
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It happened inside this building at Professional Distribution Services.
Workers say they started having headaches, nausea and shortness of breath.
Firefighters believe a forklift inside the plant was responsible for the carbon monoxide fumes.
All 50 of the workers were treated and released from Martinsville Memorial Hospital.
The forklift has been removed... and fire officials say air at the plant is now safe.
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[7Weather]


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Here now is a look at your Thursday forecast.
Expect a sunny and plesant fall day with high temperatures in the upper 60s.
Tonight will be clear and cool with lows around 40.
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[45-S-Buford]


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He tried to fight extradition but a Roanoke murder suspect is back in the city.
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Timothy Buford is being held in the city jail without bond.
He's accused of shooting and killing 19-year old Prentice Jordan at Easley's Restaurant in August.
Buford was arrested last month in Raleigh, North Carolina.
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[45-E-Farmer]


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A Bedford County couple sold drugs in a home where they also operated a day care center.
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Yesterday 36- year- old Monica Farmer pleaded guilty to possession of L-S-D.
So did her 19- year- old son David Underwood.
Authorities say the pair were coerced into selling drugs by Monica Farmer's husband, Tony.
Both were given two- year suspended sentences.
Tony Farmer will be sentenced in December.
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[45-E-Fluvanna-Guard]


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A prison guard at the Fluvanna Correction Center
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could find himself locked up.
Richard Keith Robinson has been charged with indecent exposure for allegedly exposing himself to an inmate.
He has since been fired.
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Robinson was indicted yesterday - just a few weeks after Virginia's Secretary of Public Safety announced an investigation into several complaints of widespread sexual abuse in women's prisons.
Also this week, a former jailer in Washington County was indicted on charges of having sex with a female inmate.


[45-E-Highway-safety]


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When it comes to Insterstate 81 most would agree something needs to be done about making it safer.
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But there may be less agreement on exactly how to fix a system that's so widely-used every day.
The head of the Federal Highway Administration says expanding and rebuilding the roadbed is just part of the equation... though he concedes it's a key element.
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((CERTAINLY AS WE REHABILITATE AND RECONSTRUCT OUR INTERSTATE, BE SENSITIVE TO THE GEOMETRICS- -THE TIGHTNESS OF THE TURNS IN A CLOVERLEAF, THE SIGNS, SIGNALING, GUARDRAILS, MERGING LANES, TURNING LANES, ACCESS- -ALL THOSE ARE ENGINEERING-TYPE FACTORS TO BE CONSIDERED.))
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Wykle (WHY-kull) says it's just as important to educate drivers and enforce speed and weight limits.
Wykle made his comments last week after addressing the annual Transportation Conference at Virginia Military Institute.
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[45-UVA-Admissions]


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U-V-A is admitting what other colleges may try to hide.
Officials acknowledge that the school gives a special review to undergraduate applicants with wealthy parents who may donate money.
The same goes to applicants who get influential recommendations.
One school official said as long as an applicant is otherwise qualified, it's legitimate to consider the family's ability to financially help U-V-A.

[45-Tech-LSATs]


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It's the case of the missing test scores for some Virginia Tech students.
Prospective law students spent six hours taking the L-SATs on October second.
But the tests appear to be lost in the mail.
Administrators of the L-SAT say if they don't show up in a couple of days the 280 students will have to retake the test.

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Taking a break from the news to check the forecast...
Sunny and pleasant today, with temperatures nearing 70 for the high.
Staying clear tonight, with lows near 40.
The five day outlook stays partly to mostly sunny...with highs in the 70s...lows in the 40s.


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[8-E-Meningitis]


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College students are susceptible to a potentially fatal disease, especially college freshman.
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Meningitis affects about 100 to 125 college students annually and 5 to 15 die as a result.
But Virginia Tech health officials are making sure students are protected with vaccinations.
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((DAVID BASS STUDENT: SOME PEOPLE THAT MY BROTHER WENT TO HIGH SCHOOL WITH DIED FROM MENINGITIS THAT THEY ACQUIRED AND THERE WAS A CASE HERE WHERE THEY HAD TO QUARANTINE A DORM.))
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This is the first time Tech is offering meningitis vaccines with the flu and hepatitis B immunizations.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently issued recommendations that all college students be vaccinated for meningitis.
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[8-E-Factory-Illness]


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Fifty Martinsville workers went to the hospital yesterday after getting carbon monoxide poisoning.
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It happened inside this building at Professional Distribution Services.
Workers say they started having headaches, nausea, and shortness of breath.
Firefighters believe a forklift inside the plant was responsible for the carbon monoxide fumes.
All 50 of the workers were treated and released from Martinsville Memorial Hospital.
The forklift has been removed... and fire officials say air at the plant is now safe.
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[8-S-Buford]


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A murder suspect is back in Roanoke, even after fighting extradition.
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Timothy Buford is being held in the city jail without bond.
He's accused of shooting and killing 19-year old Prentice Jordan at Easley's Restaurant in August.
Buford was arrested last month in Raleigh, North Carolina and had been fighting extradition ever since.
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[8-E-Farmer]


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She helped her husband sell drugs out of their Bedford County home that is also a daycare.
But Monica Farmer will not serve jail time.
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Farmer pleaded guilty to possession of L-S-D yesterday.
So did her 19-year-old son David Underwood.
Authorities say they were coerced into selling by Farmer's husband, Tony.
Both were given two-year suspended sentences.
Tony Farmer will be sentenced in December.
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[8-E-WW2-Planes]


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A piece of World War Two history is visiting the Lynchburg airport.
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A B-24 and a B-17 bomber are in town for a visit sponsored by the non- profit Collings Foundation.
The two planes tour the country each year, giving thousands of people a close- up look at history.
The crowds always include several veterans who used to fly the planes themselves.
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((ROB COLLINGS/COLLINGS FOUNDATION: SOMETIMES WHEN THE VET WALKS DOWN THAT BACK LADDER, THAT'S THE FIRST TIME HE'S BEEN OUT OF THE AIRPLANE SINCE HE JUMPED OUT OVER GERMANY AND SPENT TWO YEARS IN A PRISONER OF WAR CAMP, SO IT'S VERY EMOTIONAL FOR MOST OF THEM.))
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Although 18- thousand were made, the B-24 is the only one of its kind still flying.
The planes will be available for tours through Friday.. and for 350 dollars, you can take a short flight in one yourself.
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[8Weather]


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Time again to look at the Thursday forecast...
Sunny and pleasant today with light winds and highs in the upper 60s.
Clear skies tonight, with lows near 40.
The five day outlook is calling for sunshine through Saturday, with a few clouds by Sunday.
Highs in the 70s...lows in the 40s.
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