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Investigators take blood samples from a man who may be linked to Tara Munsey's murder. We'll have the latest.
Convicted killers are featured in one clothing store's ads. Now the victims' families speak out.
And not many make it in this situation, but one baby seal beat the odds.
News 7 is next.
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Investigators move forward in their search for the person who killed Tara Rose Munsey.
Sources tell NEWS 7 that investigators, at least for now, are concentrating much of their energy on one person.
This week, investigators secured search warrants in the case.
A judge has sealed the documents but sources close to the investigation say... they've impounded the man's car... this gold Nissan.
Investigators have also taken blood samples from him.
Investigators have also searched a residence in FLOYD County looking for a weapon.
All of the evidence retrieved has been sent to the state crime lab in Roanoke.
Sources confirm that Tara Munsey was shot in the head and -- though she was NOT sexually assaulted -- her shirt was found nearby.
It was a Giles County man who provided authorities with the first break in the case when he found Tara Munsey's body last week.
Marya Jones has that story.
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(( Greg LaFon used to walk in these woods for recreation. But from now on, he'll be haunted by what he found here last Thursday.
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((GREG LAFON: I WAS EITHER IN THE WRONG PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME OR THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE WRONG TIME, ONE OF THE TWO.))
Out taking a walk near the New River, the Vietnam veteran found himself thinking about Tara Munsey. She'd been missing for two and a half weeks. And was the daughter of an old friend, Billy Munsey.
That's when he spotted something about 50 yards away in a ravine. At first he didn't think much of it.
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((AS I WAS WALKING AWAY, I FELT LIKE I OWED IT TO HER FATHER TO GO BACK AND SOMETHING JUST TOLD ME I NEEDED TO GO BACK AND LOOK AND, OF COURSE, THERE WAS SOMETHING.))
It was Tara Munsey, shot several times in the head and dumped in the ravine.
Authorities say evidence indicates she was shot at the scene.
And sources say she was found with the shirt from her Taco Bell uniform lying beside her in the ditch.
LaFon's discovery confirmed a community's worst fears and gave authorities their first big break in the case.
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((JIM DAVIS: NOW HAVING A CRIME SCENE WILL PROVIDE CLUES.))
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((AT THE TIME IT DIDN'T ENTER MY MIND BUT LATER ON, I WAS GLAD. YOU HAVE FEELINGS OF HELPLESSNESS AT TIMES ABOUT NOT BEING THERE WHEN IT WOULD HAVE COUNTED.))
((MARYA JONES/NEWS7: PULASKI COUNTY AUTHORITIES SAY THEY'RE GRATEFUL FOR THE WAY LAFON HELPED MOVE THE CASE FORWARD, BUT THEY'RE KEEPING A TIGHT LID ON THE INVESTIGATION. THEY URGE ANYONE WITH INFORMATION TO CONTACT THEM. MARYA JONES, NEWS 7.))
A man walking on a Roanoke street was hit by a car tonight.
Police say the man was crossing Rutgers Street Northwest near Crossroads Mall just after 7 this evening when he was hit by a Cadillac.
He was taken to the hospital with head injuries.
No word yet on the extent of his injuries.
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The Roanoke City Police Department has cleared one of its officers of any wrong doing, after he shot an unarmed man in the stomach.
The news is not sitting well with the N-double-A-C-P. Kate Weidaw has more.
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((JOE GASKINS/ROANOKE POLICE CHIEF: AS FAR AS THE SHOOTING ITSELF GOES, I BELIEVE OFFICER BOUCHER ACTED REASONABLY UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES.))
After an internal investigation Officer W.G. Boucher is back on duty after being placed on administrative leave for shooting 38 year old Wilbert Lewis.
Martin Jeffrey with the NAACP is outraged by the announcement.
((MARTIN JEFFREY/NAACP: THIS POLICE DEPARTMENT IS TOTALLY OUT OF CONTROL THERE IS NO ACCOUNTABILITY AND WHAT THEY ARE DOING IS THUMBING THEIR NOSES UP AT THE REST OF US THE WHOLE COMMUNITY WHITE AND BLACK SAYING WE WILL DO WHATEVER WE WANT TO DO.))
This all comes after Boucher attempted to pull Lewis over in December because his lights were not on . Police say Lewis sped off and drove through a residential neighborhood at a high rate of speed before he stopped his car on Patton Avenue. Authorities say Lewis got out of his car, but reached back in and would not show his hands. That's when Boucher shot Lewis once in the abdomen.
Martin Jeffrey says that's not the whole story.
((MARTIN JEFFREY/NAACP: WHAT THEY DON'T TALK ABOUT IS THAT HE GOT OUT OF THE CAR WITH THE DOG, MR. LEWIS SAID THE DOG CAME AT HIM AND THAT'S WHY HE JUMPED AND TRIED TO GET BACK INTO THE CAR, WHEN THE OFFICER ORDERED HIM OUT OF THE CAR THAT'S WHEN HE SHOT HIM.))
((KATE WEIDAW/REPORTING; BUT THE CHIEF OF POLICE SAYS
BOUCHER USED SOUND LAW ENFORCEMENT PRACTICES AND ACTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH PROCEDURES.
MARTIN JEFFREY SAYS THE LEWIS FAMILY IS PLANNING TO FILE A LAWSUIT AGAINST THE DEPARTMENT. KATE WEIDAW NEWS 7.))
Inmate Michael Fulcher may finally get to tell his story to a jury.
Fulcher says he was just gathering evidence... when he, his wife and mother were convicted of running a drug ring at Bland Prison.
Today - all three were granted new trials.
It all comes down to the word of Drug Enforcement Agent Don Lincoln.
Though Lincoln HAD said he specifically told Fulcher there wasn't enough marijuana involved to justify a federal investigation, Lincoln changed his tune after Fulcher was convicted.
Lincoln wrote the judge, saying he may have led Fulcher to believe he wanted the inmate's help.
Prosecutors then turned on their own agent, suggesting the Fulchers must "have something" on Lincoln, and that they blackmailed him into recanting.
Judge Jackson Kiser says: Lincoln "stuck his neck out" by writing the letter, saying it "enhances Lincoln's credibility."
Just what happened inside Easley's restaurant August 21st- Lawyers say they're getting conflicting accounts.
Timothy Buford's accused of killing a teenager inside the restaurant in what some say was a gang-related murder.
His attorneys today asked the court to approve the cost of a private investigator.
Because of what they say are so many different stories about what happened, Jeff Dorsey and Greg Phillips want a Private Investigator to help them sort it out, maybe even testify, if witnesses' stories change by the time Buford's tried in April.
Some new Benetton Ads are causing an uproar-
The ads feature convicted murderers on death row-
Now the victims families are protesting.
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((TASTELESS IS AN OVERSTATEMENT THIS IS TERRIBLE.
Donata Nelson's 17- year old son and a friend were killed when they got lost on the way to a football game.
The boy's killer Victor Taylor beat, sodomized and fatally shot the two- Now he's featured in a Benetton ad.
DONATA NELSON/MOTHER OF MURDER VICTIM: I KNOW THEY HAVE STRANGE ADS FOR BENETTON, BUT THEY ALWAYS USED MODELS, OR ANIMALS OR SOMETHING DIFFERENT, BUT MURDERERS ON DEATH ROW, HOW LOW CAN YOU GO, THEY'VE SUNK ABOUT AS LOW AS THE MEN ON DEATH ROW.
Cindy Finley is holding an ad showing her son's killer- Conan Hale-
He was sentenced to death for his role in the 1995 murders of three teens in Oregon.
The victims' families say the ads are glorifying the murderers on death row.
CINDY FINLEY/MOTHER OF MURDER VICTIM: BENETTON IS FORGETTING ABOUT THE FAMILIES OR THE VICTIMS.))
The Ad campaign called We on Death Row includes interviews with convicted killers.
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Today Sears announced it is pulling Benetton products from its stores.
Sears Chairman says he was outraged by the ads from the Italian Clothing company.
Meanwhile, The State of Missouri is suing saying Benetton deceived them.
State officials say they thought inmates were being interviewed for a project by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
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Some people in Vinton thought they could speak before a judge in support of former Police chief Ricky Foutz- but they won't be able to.
Residents say they were misled by the town's attorney.
It was last night that the public spoke out to town council- after learning that a grand jury would not hand up charges against former Police Chief Ricky Foutz and his Lieutenant, Bill Brown.
Some residents support Foutz and would like full restitution for him.
Last night town attorney Buck Heartwell stated -- Judge Diane Strickland would hear from the town and from attorneys for Foutz and the town before making a decision on whether to make the grand jury report public.
But Heartwell says he didn't mean the public could make statements.. but that HE would be speaking on BEHALF of the town.
Strickland says she NOT hear from the public. Instead - she will listen to attorneys and make her decision tomorrow at four.
As the fuel prices skyrocket - help is on the way from Washington for some-
We'll tell you how - coming up.
And... Some local folks say they got a bum deal when they bought horses from a Texas man.
Today - he's sentenced.
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((I'M STEVE MASON AND COMING UP IN SPORTS, CAVE SPRING HITS A MILESTONE NEVER EVER REACHED BEFORE, THE COMETS FIZZLE OUT AGAINST FLEMING WHILE DAYTONA WAS SIZZLING WITH HEATED TEMPERS. TECH HAS A FOE FOR THE BCA CLASSIC AND YOU WILL GET A FIRST HAND LOOK AT WILL SMITH'S 76ERS MUSIC VIDEO, ALL OF THIS IN SPORTS.))
A Texas man who swindled at least three local families walked free today.
(Bow-dee) Bodee Baldwin faked medical papers for horses, then sold them by the truckload at Smith Mountain Lake.
Jim Garrison was one of his victims.
He paid more than two thousand dollars for a horse Baldwin said was seven years old.
The horse was really almost 30.
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((JUST ONE OF THOSE DEALS. THE PAPERWORK WASN'T RIGHT. WASN'T PAYING ATTENTION.))
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Baldwin pled guilty to fraud to escape time behind bars.
A judge put him on probation and fined him ten thousand dollars.
Baldwin must repay Garrison 23-hundred-dollars and can no longer sell horses outside Texas.
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Have you noticed it costs more to gas up your car and heat your home- and it doesn't look like prices are coming down anytime soon.
AS Bobbi Harley reports the President and his top energy official are taking action.
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((FROM DETROIT TO CHICAGO TO SEATTLE AND LOS ANGELES THE COST OF
GASOLINE IS GOING UP. BUT IN THE NORTHEAST THE PRICE OF ANOTHER KIND
OF FUEL HAS BEEN SKY HIGH FOR WEEKS ALREADY.
HOME HEATING OIL SOARED AS MUCH AS TWO HUNDRED PERCENT FROM LAST YEAR
THANKS TO THIS WINTERS DEEP FREEZE AND LAST YEAR'S CUT IN PRODUCTION BY
THE COUNTRIES THAT SHIP US OIL. ITS SO BAD POLITICAL AND INDUSTRIAL
LEADERS HELD AN ENERGY SUMMIT IN BOSTON AND THE PRESIDENT ALLOCATED
MORE MONEY TO HELP LOW-INCOME FAMILIES COPE.
BUT THAT WONT HELP EVERYONE WHOS HURTING - TRUCKERS CLAIM THE COST
INCREASE OF DIESEL FUEL HAS PUT SOME OF THEM OUT OF BUSINESS.
And if you think these prices are high, get ready, the experts say it may get a lot worse.
BILL FELMY/AMERICAN PETROLEUM INSTITUTE : As long as you have strong demand and limited supply it creates upward price pressure.
WITHOUT SOME RELIEF SOON, ITS A SITUATION THAT COULD DRIVE RIGHT INTO
THE SUMMER TRAVEL MONTHS AND THE HIGHEST GAS PRICES IN YEARS. BH, CBS
Mac McCadden served on Roanoke City Council from 1992 until 1996.
He hopes to return later this year as mayor.
McCadden gathered family and friends outside the Roanoke Public Library for today's announcement.
Though it's now a four-way race, McCadden believes he has the message and the public profile to run a competitive Independent campaign.
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((I THINK PEOPLE KNOW THAT I'M A PERSON OF ACTION. IF I SAY I'M GOING TO TRY TO DO SOMETHING, I'M DEFINITELY GOING TO TRY. THEY KNOW I'M A LISTENER. I LIKE LISTENING TO IDEAS AND OPINIONS AND APPROACHING THINGS FROM DIFFERENT POINTS OF VIEW. AND I BELIEVE THOSE ARE THE TYPES OF THINGS THAT ARE GOING TO MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE IN THIS ELECTION.))
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In addition to McCadden, Democratic Incumbent David Bowers, Republican Ralph Smith, and Independent E. Duane Howard are running for mayor.
A former Lynchburg mayor got out of politics in 1994, after "overdosing" on city government.. now he's ready to get back in the ring.
Car dealer Julian Adams announced today he's seeking the Ward One seat on Lynchburg city council.
Adams spent ten years in City Hall, two of them as mayor.. but says that may not help his campaign.
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((JULIAN ADAMS/I- LYNCHBURG COUNCIL CANDIDATE: IT COULD BE A PLUS, IT COULD BE A MINUS. IF FOLKS DIDN'T LIKE WHAT I DID BEFORE THEN IT WOULD MAKE IT REAL EASY FOR THEM TO VOTE `NO' THIS TIME. I THINK THE EXPERIENCE IS WORTHWHILE. LIKE MOST OF THE OTHER THINGS I'VE DONE IN LIFE, I'VE LEARNED BY THE THINGS I DID ON COUNCIL AND AS MAYOR.))
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Adams describes himself as a free- spirited, fiscal conservative who's concerned about quality of life issues in the city.
Current Ward One councilman Pete Warren is "not" running for re- election.
A baby seal pup beats the odds at a California marine reserve.
We'll show you.
And... you may have heard that more and more Americans are overweight...
Coming up.. that doesn't just apply to the humans.
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A new survey reports pets in American are getting too fat.
Vets suggest pet owners put their cats and dogs on a diet if they want them to live longer.
Roanoke veterinarian Dr. Linda Jennings says it's easy to evaluate your pets body weight.
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((DR. LINDA JENNINGS/VETERINARIAN: WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO DO IS STICK YOUR HANDS ON EITHER SIDE OF THEIR RIB CAGE AND YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO FEEL THE RIBS WITHOUT PUTTING VERY MUCH PRESSURE ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE BODY WALL. IF YOU GO LIKE THIS AND YOU DON'T FEEL THE RIBS AND YOU HAVE TO PRESS IN TO FEEL THEM THEN YOU KNOW YOUR DOG IS PROBABLY OVERWEIGHT.))
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Doctor Jennings says a high fiber diet, exercise and cutting back on treats will help pets lose weight.
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The Chicago Bulls traded Toni Kukoc to the Philadelphia
76ers in a three-way deal involving the Golden State Warriors.
The other key players in the deal are 76ers Larry Hughes and Billy Owens, who go to the Warriors. Golden State sends No. 1 draft pick and guard John Starks to Chicago.
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For the first time in school history, Cave Spring's boys basketball team has complete a perfect 8 and OH season in the Roanoke Valley District.
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Tonight, Pulaski was in town and the Cougars would put up a fight.
Watch Mike Tilley knock down this baseline shot late in the first half to keep the Cougars close.
Tilley wasn't through yet. He then makes the nice cut and scores off the glass but no one could stop J.J. Reddick.
A 10 point halftime lead for Cave exploded in the third.
[SUPER=33-Cave Spring/77/Pulaski Co./46;]Ron Mickens find J.J. on the wing and he buries one of his 6 three's on
the night, he had 28 points. He has 18 threes in the last three games.
Reddick can also pass, finding Daniel Payne for two, Cave wins 77-46.
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The William Fleming Colonels welcomed the Halifax Comets to town tonight for an out of district contest. Fleming lead by 10 early in the second period.
[SUPER=33-William Fleming/ 47/Halifax/45 ;]The Comets would not quit. Fred Price passes inside to William Jenning
s and he scores using the soft tough and he draws the foul.
The Colonels answer. Jermaine Hardy with the bullet pass to Daray Waller and that made it 20-14 Fleming still in the first half.
Halifax's Jennings then gives to Terez Garland. He nails the shot but Fleming wins it 47-45 in double ot
On to the NBA where Toronto and Indiana hooked up in a battle of the stars.
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The Pacers Jalen Rose was hot early, ripping rope with this three pointer. Rose was smellin pretty good, scoring a game high 32 points.
[SUPER=32-Indiana/109/Toronto/101;]But not even his output could over shadow the antics of Reggie Miller. Watch him,
at the buzzer of a quarter, bank this shot off the glass from half court. Miller time indeed.
Vince Carter paced the Raptors with 21 but Indiana wins 109-101.
The heat got the best of two drivers at Daytona yesterday. Mike Stevens has more on the Tony Stewart/Robby Gordon incident, plus all of the happenings from the beach.
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Just a reminder, catch our half hour special on your Hometown Station.
NASCAR 2000, the Daytona 500 airs on WDBJ this Saturday night at six. It will be filled with all of your facts and features.
Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech will meet in the Black Coaches Association Football Classic.
The game kicks off at Lane Stadium Worsham Field in Blacksburg on August 26th or 27th at a time yet to be determined. This should mark the return of former
Virginia Tech athletic director Dave Braine, now the Yellow Jackets A.D. Georgia Tech was ranked 21st in the final AP poll.
Speaking of Virginia Tech, the Roanoke Steam has signed another former Hokie.
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Running back Dwayne Thomas has signed. He is projected as both a defensive back and a wide receiver. From 92 through 95, Thomas rushed for two thousand, 696 yards while at Tech.
In late January, News 7 sports brought you the stories of some Roanoke City kids, George Lynch, his 76ers, pop artist Will Smith and his new music video.
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He shot the video "Freakin' It" at the First Union Center in Philadelphia in late January. We were there for the actual shooting.
The finished product was released just last week. Take a quick listen to the sounds.
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San Diego has one new addition to add to its population. Their seal population...that is.
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It's the video of the day... coming from a marine mammal reserve on the La Jolla (hoy-a) coast where a seal was born today.
Workers at the reserve have been waiting for the seal pup's arrival.
It's the first newborn seal to survive at the reserve this year.
They don't know what gender it is yet... but they're calling it Valentine.
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