Okay all here are my findings.
1. Remove the battery: Did nothing.
2. Delete messages from Handheld through Desktop Manager\Backup & Recovery: Got a communication error when attempting to clear. Message is "The data was not recognized by the handheld."
I found that I couldn't delete anything!
So I downloaded the newest handheld software from verizon, wiped it and started over. Works good now
Thank you all for your help on this.