[7-Lewis]

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A Roanoke man is in the hospital after being shot by a police officer after a late night car chase.
The officer first noticed a car in the Williamson Road area, travelling without its lights on.
The officer attempted to stop the car, but the driver 38- year- old Wilbert Wesley Lewis of Northwest Roanoke began going faster.
When Lewis did pull over, authorities say he got out of his car, then reached back in and turned quickly to the officer.
That's when the police officer shot him in the abdomen.
Lewis was taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital and underwent surgery.
No word yet on his condition.
He's charged with reckless driving, failure to stop for police, impeding police and driving with a suspended operator's license.
Meanwhile, Officer W-G Boucher will be placed on administrative leave until an investigation is complete.

[7-11Bath-Y2K]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=99-39 1:53:20]
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With the New Year less than 24 hours away, local officials in the highlands of western Virginia say they're ready for any emergencies.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Warm Springs]


Bath County has been working on the Y2K problem for over two years, checking its own computer equipment, and developing contingency plans.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=We are probably more prepared]

((CLAIRE COLLINS/BATH COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR: WE ARE PROBABLY MORE PREPARED THAN SOME OF THE OTHER RURAL AREAS, BECAUSE WE'VE TAKEN IT EXTREMELY SERIOUSLY. WE FEEL THAT WE NEED TO BE PREPARED FOR PUBLIC SAFETY AND PUBLIC SAFETY IS ONE OF OUR NUMBER ONE CONCERNS IN THE COMMUNITY.)) ((TOMMY BLACK/BATH CO. SHERIFF: MOSTLY WHAT WE'RE DOING IN THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT IS JUST TO LET PEOPLE KNOW THAT WE'RE GOING TO BE OUT THERE. WE'RE GOING TO HAVE EXTRA PATROLS. WE'RE GOING TO BE ON THE WHOLE WEEKEND WITH THOSE EXTRA PATROLS. IF YOU NEED ANYTHING JUST GIVE US A CALL.))
[SUPER=01-Claire Collins/Bath Co. Administrator; :00]
[SUPER=01-Tommy Black/Bath Co. Sheriff; :13]
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[OUT Q=just give us a call.]
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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The sheriff's department has a back-up generator that can power the county communications system for up to four days.

[7-11Y2K-Workers]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=99-48 49:08]
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Meanwhile, other area residents will be spending New Years Eve watching out for the Y-2-K bug.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg;]


About 50 workers at First National Bank in Christiansburg will be in the office, working to make sure that the bug doesn't strike.
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[SOT 1:57:37]
[IN Q=We're going to pretend]
[SUPER=01-Danny Watkins/First National Bank President;]

((DANNY WATKINS/FIRST NATIONAL BANK PRESIDENT: WE'RE GOING TO PRETEND SOMEBODY THAT'S GOING TO MAKE A LOAN. WE'RE GOING TO PRETEND SOMEBODY'S GOING TO DEPOSIT. WE'RE GOING TO PRETEND AND SEE IF THE PHONE'S WORK AND THE POWER WORKS.. JUST EVERYTHING THAT WE WOULD DO IN A NORMAL WORKING DAY. ))
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[OUT Q=a normal working day.]
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[VO-NAT]


Extra deputies will be on duty at the Montgomery County Sheriff's department ... patrolling in cars and in the dispatch center.
It's an extra precaution on a night that's typically busy for authorities.
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[SOT 1:40:48 - 1:41:00]
[IN Q=New Year's Eve]
[SUPER=01-Chief Deputy Neil Turner/Montgomery Co. Sheriff's Dept.;]

((CHIEF DEPUTY NEIL TURNER/MONTGOMERY CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: NEW YEAR'S EVE IN LAW ENFORCEMENT HAS TYPICALLY BEEN A BUSY EVENING, A LOT OF PARTIES, A LOT OF CONCERNS ON OUR PART FOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE. ))
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[OUT Q=under the influence.]
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[VO-NAT]


Computer consultants say they're also expecting to spend New Year's evening at work or on call.
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[7Weather]


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Here's a look at your New Years Eve forecast. Mostly sunny today with light winds out of the west. Highs reach the upper 50s to 60. Tonight becomes cloudy with light winds remaining. Lows in the mid 30s. The extended forecast...

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[45-11City-Council]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=99-49 38:13]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke Council Pay Raise]


Roanoke City Council will take another look at the pay raise it approved for itself last week.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke/December 20;]


The vote to increase the salaries of the mayor and council members came after all other business had been conducted.
And it wasn't listed as an agenda item.
It also passed by one vote, four to three. And there's some question that it may have needed at least five votes to be legal.
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[anchor=Kimberly]
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Bowers has called a special meeting for this morning to discuss the issue.


[45-11Howard]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=99-59 6:21]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2000]


Mayor Bowers will have some competition if he decides to run for re- election.
Neighborhood activist E. Duane Howard has announced his candidacy for Roanoke's top job.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Howard is a resident of Old Southwest, active in community organizations.
He announced an independent campaign for mayor yesterday.
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[SOT 09:19:25]
[IN Q=I'm running for mayor]

((E. DUANE HOWARD: I'M RUNNING FOR MAYOR BECAUSE I FEEL OUR CITY HAS FAILED TO MEET THE SIMPLE, BASIC ISSUES NEEDS AND RESOURCES FOR OUR CITIZENS.))
[SUPER=01-E. Duane Howard/(I) Candidate for Mayor]
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[OUT Q=for our citizens.]
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Republican Ralph Smith is also expected to run for mayor... and incumbent David Bowers may have Democratic opposition if he runs for re-election as expected.

[45-11Airport]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=99-47 50:45]
[GRAPHIC=None]


For Virginia Tech fans making the trip to the Big Easy...the best advice is to arrive early at the airport.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

Airport managers say Hokie fans can expect long lines and crowds at the airport. To avoid parking headaches, they suggest forming carpools or catching a ride to the airport. Tech fans can also park at the old terminal and ride a bus to the airport, but you've got to pay cash in advance. Parking will cost two to five dollars a day.
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[SOT 3:27:54]
[IN Q=Sunday what we normally]

((SUNDAY WHAT WE NORMALLY ... ON SUNDAY.))
[SUPER=01-Jacqueline Shuck/Airport Director;]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=on Sunday]
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[VO-NAT]

35 charter planes will land at Roanoke Regional Airport on Sunday and Wednesday with Sugar Bowl passengers.
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[45-11Jubilee-Center]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-50 55:33]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A generous gesture has a Lynchburg youth center ringing in the new year with some peace of mind.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


The Jubilee Family Development Center had been facing a January 1st deadline to pay back a 200- thousand dollar construction loan.
This week, One Valley Bank extended that deadline six months.. and contributions continue to pour in.
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[SOT 10:50:42]
[IN Q=So many letters]

((STERLING WILDER/JUBILEE CENTER DIRECTOR: SO MANY LETTERS, I MEAN HUNDREDS HAVE COME IN, AND SOMETIMES YOU GET A CHECK AND A LITTLE NOTE SAYING `KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK, WE'RE THINKING ABOUT YOU' OR `I WISH IT COULD BE MORE'. ONE PERSON CAME BY, IT WAS A MOTHER WITH THREE KIDS CAME IN YESTERDAY WITH 27 DOLLARS AND SAID `THIS IS ALL THAT WE HAVE, WE WANT TO GIVE IT TO YOU FOR YOUR LOAN, AND GIVE IT TO YOU FOR THE CENTER' AND THAT MEANS A LOT.))
[SUPER=01-Sterling Wilder/Jubilee Center Director]
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[OUT Q=means a lot.]
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[VO-NAT]


Jubilee still needs to raise another 50- thousand dollars.
It wants to pay off that loan so construction on a new gymnasium can start later this year.
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[45Weather]


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[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
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Taking a moment now to check the forecast...
Lots of sunshine expected for this last day of 1999.
Expect high temperatures in the mid upper 50s.
Increasing clouds tonight with lows in the mid 30s.
The five day outlook is pretty pleasant as we head into the new year...maybe some showers by Monday.

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[8-Lewis]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]


A late night car chase lands a Roanoke man in the hospital after being shot by a police officer.
The officer first noticed a car in the Williamson Road area, travelling without its lights on.
The officer attempted to stop the car, but the driver 38- year- old Wilbert Wesley Lewis of Northwest Roanoke began going faster.
When Lewis did pull over, authorities say he got out of his car, then reached back in and turned quickly to the officer.
That's when the police officer shot him in the abdomen.
Lewis was taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital and underwent surgery.
No word yet on his condition.
He's charged with reckless driving, failure to stop for police, impeding police and driving with a suspended operator's license.
Meanwhile, Officer W-G Boucher will be placed on administrative leave until an investigation is complete.

[8-11Bomb-Scare]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Bomb Threat]


Postal workers in the town of Pulaski had an "alarming" experience yesterday.
The post office received a suspicious ticking package and called in authorities.
Pulaski police, the Virginia State police bomb squad, and postal inspectors came to check it out.
Authorities say the ticking parcel turned out to be an alarm clock.

[8-11Y2K-Workers]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=99-48 49:08]
[GRAPHIC=Hold]


New Year's Eve is typically a time to celebrate, but some area residents will spend the evening at work.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg;]


About 50 workers at First National Bank in Christiansburg will be in the office, working to make sure that the Y2K bug doesn't strike.
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[SOT 1:57:37]
[IN Q=We're going to pretend]
[SUPER=01-Danny Watkins/First National Bank President;]

((DANNY WATKINS/FIRST NATIONAL BANK PRESIDENT: WE'RE GOING TO PRETEND SOMEBODY THAT'S GOING TO MAKE A LOAN. WE'RE GOING TO PRETEND SOMEBODY'S GOING TO DEPOSIT. WE'RE GOING TO PRETEND AND SEE IF THE PHONE'S WORK AND THE POWER WORKS.. JUST EVERYTHING THAT WE WOULD DO IN A NORMAL WORKING DAY. ))
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=a normal working day.]
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[VO-NAT]


Extra deputies will be on duty at the Montgomery County Sheriff's department ... patrolling in cars and in the dispatch center.
It's an extra precaution on a night that's typically busy for authorities.
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[SOT 1:40:48 - 1:41:00]
[IN Q=New Year's Eve]
[SUPER=01-Chief Deputy Neil Turner/Montgomery Co. Sheriff's Dept.;]

((CHIEF DEPUTY NEIL TURNER/MONTGOMERY CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: NEW YEAR'S EVE IN LAW ENFORCEMENT HAS TYPICALLY BEEN A BUSY EVENING, A LOT OF PARTIES, A LOT OF CONCERNS ON OUR PART FOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE. ))
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=under the influence.]
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[VO-NAT]


Computer consultants say they're also expecting to spend New Year's evening at work or on call.
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[8-11Promo]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=chr]
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[GRAPHIC=2000]

You can celebrate the year 2000 right here on your Hometown Station. News 7 will spend New Year's Eve and New Year's Day working to bring you the latest news in our area and around the globe as the new year begins.
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[TAKE FULLSCREEN]
Our coverage starts at 11 o'clock tonight ... Then continues with a special broadcast at 11:35 p-m through the start of 2000.
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[8Weather]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Let's take a quick peek at your New Year's Eve forecast...
Mostly sunny and mild today, with highs in the mid and upper 50s.
Tonight features increasing clouds and lows in the mid 30s.
The five day outlook is pretty pleasant as we head into the new year...maybe some showers by Monday.

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