Coming up on News 7-
A man is in custody after a nine-hour standoff with police in this region.
Roanoke police are under fire by some minorities.
And the Tinseltown Tale of the missing Oscars is over - the stolen statues turn up.
A recall of some jogging strollers-
News 7 is next.
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A Henry County man wanted for writing bad checks fires at police... and holds them at bay for 9 hours.
A tense day for Henry County authorities and state troopers came to a peaceful end today.
Deputies say it all started when Raymond Eaton shot at them - after officers tried to serve him a warrant. Surae Chinn has more.
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(( After an all-day standoff, Henry County authorities drive the suspect Raymond C. Eaton Junior away. Following behind him are the two cars he allegedly shot.
Before the standoff ended... authorities brought in an armored vehicle, more than 30 officers
and negotiated with Eaton by phone.
In the ninth hour they used tear gas. And it worked.
((FRANK CASSELL/HENRY COUNTY SHERIFF: FINALLY HE HOLLERED AND ASKED WHAT HE WANTED. WE ASKED HIM TO CLIMB DOWN THE LADDER, WHICH HE DID.))
Eaton allegedly shot about 10 bullets when deputies tried to serve a warrant on misdemeanor charges.
((FRANK CASSELL/HENRY COUNTY SHERIFF: WHEN HE FOUND OUT THE OFFICERS WERE AT THE BASE OF HOUSE HE FIRED SHOTS. THEY WERE DIRECTED AT THE OFFICERS YES.))
Until shots rang out, residents say Eaton was a quiet neighbor.
((ERNEST BRAY/NEIGHBOR: RAYMOND WAS NOT AN UNFRIENDLY PERSON. HE KEPT TO HIMSELF. HE'S JUST ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE YOU DIDN'T SOCIALIZE WITH.))
Eaton originally faced 2 misdemeanor charges for writing bad checks. Now he has 6 felony charged on top of that... including 2 attempted capital murder charges. Surae Chinn News 7, Henry County.))
More shots fired tonight near Baltimore where a hostage standoff has been going on for days.
An armed fugitive has been holding two adults and a child hostage since Friday night.
Cathy Moss has the latest.
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((THIS IS THE MAN WHO IS HOLDING POLICE, THE FBI, EVEN SWAT TEAMS AT BAY.
31-YEAR OLD JOSEPH PALCZYNSKI, A LOCAL MAN WHO FRIENDS AND FAMILY
DESCRIBE AS MANIC DEPRESSIVE WITH A HISTORY OF DOMESTIC ABUSE.
MARIE NARDONE, SUSPECT'S GRANDMOTHER, WITHOUT HIS PILL THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS.
PALCZYNSKI HAS BEEN ON THE RUN FOR TWO WEEKS. HE IS A SUSPECT IN FOUR
MURDERS AND ALLEGEDLY ABDUCTED HIS GIRLFRIEND. SHE MANAGED TO ESCAPE AND IS NOW BELIEVED TO BE IN POLICE PROTECTION. BUT FRIDAY NIGHT,
PALCZYNSKI SHOT HIS WAY INTO HER MOTHER'S SUBURBAN BALTIMORE HOME AND HAS BEEN HOLDING THE WOMAN, HER BOYFRIEND AND THEIR SON HOSTAGE SINCE THE WEEKEND. POLICE ARE HOPING FOR A PEACEFUL END BUT SAY THE KEY IS
KEEPING IN CONSTANT NEGOTIATIONS.
BILL TOOHEY, SPOKESMAN, BALTIMORE CO. POLICE, HE'S NOT ANSWERING
THE PHONE, BETTER WHEN WE'RE TALKING TO HIM.
MICHAEL ADAMS, NEIGHBOR, THIS IS JUST OVERWHELMING.. NEVER SEE
ANYTHING LIKE THIS.
MEANWHILE, RESIDENTS IN THIS WORKING CLASS NEIGHBORHOOD HAVE BECOME
PRISONERS IN THEIR OWN HOMES. POLICE ARE ORDERING THEM TO STAY INDOORS AND AWAY FROM THEIR WINDOWS BECAUSE PALCYZNSKI HAS BEEN FIRING SPORADICALLY FROM INSIDE THE HOUSE.))
The Roanoke police department is treating minorities poorly -- that's according to a group of citizens that came before Roanoke City Council tonight.
It's asking for a citizen's review committee of the police department.
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Kate Weidaw was at tonight's meeting and joins us with more.
This is an issue that was prompted by the shooting of Wilbert Lewis late last year.
Now minorities are coming forward saying they've been treated poorly and they want some changes made.
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((Dozens of minority Roanoke residents came before city council asking for a citizen's review committee.
This comes after Wilbert Lewis was shot by a Roanoke City police officer on December 31-st of last year. Officer W-G Boucher was pursing Lewis after he didn't pull over -- when the car did stop, Boucher thought Lewis had a gun and shot him in the stomach. Authorities discovered Lewis was unarmed. Boucher was put back on the job a short time later - and that upset residents.
((MARTIN JEFFREY: MR. LEWIS HASN'T BEEN ABLE TO WORK A DAY OR ENJOY A MEAL SINCE THAT INCIDENT YET THE OFFICER NEVER MISSED A PAY CHECK OR A MEAL.))
That's why these citizens say the police are not being held accountable for their actions.
((WAYNE JONES/CONCERNED CITIZEN: HOW MANY WILBERT LEWISES WILL IT TAKE FOR YOU TO RECOGNIZE THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE ISSUES THAT EXISTS WITHIN THE ROANOKE CITY POLICE.))
One resident says the situation is not just affecting adults but young people as well.
((MICHAEL HOLLAND/CONCERNED CITIZEN: WHEN I ASK YOUNG BLACK MALES OR FEMALES WHO ARE CLOSING IN ON GRADUATION WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO I MAINLY GET THE RESPONSE TO GET AWAY FROM ROANOKE THERE IS NOTHING HERE FOR ME.))
City Council voted unanimously to have the city manager review the idea of a citizen's review committee for the police department
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and report back to the council at a later date.
Carvins Cove is where Roanokers get their drinking water- but it may soon be the place some people go to hike, bicycle and ride horses.
Tonight Roanoke City Council moved a plan forward that would allow light recreation at Carvins Cove.
A citizen's committee came up with the plan - tonight dozens came out to support it.
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((WE RESPECT THE FACT THAT WATER IS THE NUMBER ONE PRIORITY BUT WHAT WE'VE SAID IS SOME RECREATION IS OK.))
((RIGHT NOW PEOPLE BIKE AND HIKE AND IT'S ACTUALLY ILLEGAL CAUSE THE CITY CODE ONLY ALLOWS FISHING AND PICNICKING.))
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The plan would make light recreation legal at the cove.
The plan now goes to the City Manager who will then make a recommendation back to city council.
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An encouraging report today from Roanoke officials... on the state of the city's water supply.
The umbrellas were out in downtown Roanoke, as a steady rainfall soaked the city... but there were no complaints at the municipal building.
At this time last year, the water level at Carvins Cove was 18 feet below the spillway. This morning it was eight and a half feet... and rising.
The city has signed a water sharing agreement with Roanoke County, and has started developing more wells. Utilities Director Kit Kiser says he believes the reservoir will be close to normal within several weeks.
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The bomb threat policy at Halifax County Schools has changed.
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No longer are students kept in the classroom during a bomb threat. Now students will be evacuated. The school board announced the decision tonight at its regular meeting. The change comes after much criticism by parents and students about the original "stay put" policy. The school board made its decision after meeting with a task force last week.
A jury today awarded the estate of a Roanoke woman more than two- million dollars.
Dianne Sizemore, who was in her mid 50s, went in for a surgical tuck in August of 1994.
She died several days later from liver damage.
The jury ruled against Doctors James Kelly and George Shumate, who performed the procedure at Lewis Gale Medical Clinic.
Tommy Williams, who represented Sizemore's family, says the death could've been prevented had timely blood tests been done following surgery.
A Virginia Tech student who left her newborn baby's body in a Blacksburg dumpster was arrested today... then released on two-thousand dollars bond.
21-year old Rosetta Elizabeth Clark was charged with improperly disposing of the baby's body... a misdemeanor.
Police found the baby boy wrapped inside several plastic bags in a dumpster more than a week ago.
Last week, a medical examiner ruled that the baby was dead at birth.
Just about this time LAST night a Rockbridge County man was desperately trying to get four children out of their burning home.
He managed to save his three-year old twins, but two OTHER children perished.
Keith Humphry talked with the parents.
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The house on Grassy Ridge Lane was destroyed, along with virtually everything in it.
Kenny Higgins was minding the four children while Frances Chittim was at work. The school kids were in bed asleep. Higgins and the twins had dozed off in front of the T-V.
He got the three year olds out...
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((I TRIED TO KEEP THE TWINS... THEY WERE TRYING TO GET BACK IN, SCREAMING FOR THEIR SISTERS. I JUST COULDN'T GET TO 'EM.))
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He couldn't reach seven- year old Kassidy Higgins, a second- grader at Central Elementary School and her 12-year old half sister, Rebecca Chittum, a Maury River Middle School Sixth grader.
Their mother learned the girls had died, when she got to the hospital.
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((EVERYBODY'S SHINING STAR. KASSIDY WAS DADDY'S LITTLE GIRL. 'BECKA WAS JUST SPECIAL... THAT PRE-TEEN 12-YEAR OLD.))
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The preliminary investigation indicates this was an accidental fire. The exact cause has yet to be determined.
Keith Humphry, NEWS 7.))
A man escapes police custody on I-81 - and is killed in traffic.
The story, ahead.
Plus... the Hollywood mystery of the missing Oscars is solved.
We'll have the details.
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((Steve Mason with you tonight and we got game as Notre Dame and Xavier battle in NIT action, the Lady Vols knock Arizona out in Knoxville, and now have a date with Debbie Ryan's Lady Cavaliers. The Express net minders are approaching an ECHL record, Roanoke Catholic is honored at City Council tonight, and former Martinsville great PJ Preston is back in the news, all of this coming up in sports.))
A Virginia Tech degree just got a lot more popular... and -- admissions counselors say -- a lot more prestigious.
Virginia Tech is reporting a record year in the number of freshman applicants ... a 12-percent INCREASE over last year.
This year, there are more than 18-thousand applicants vying for just over 4-thousand spots.
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((KAREN TORGERSEN/DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS: WELL, NOT ONLY IS THE APPLICANT POOL INCREASING, BUT THE QUALITY OF THE APPLICANT POOL IS INCREASING. STUDENTS BEING OFFERED ADMISSION AT VIRGINIA TECH THIS YEAR ARE SOLID B-PLUS STUDENTS. AND THAT'S VERY EXCITING FOR US.))
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Admissions counselors say the applications boom is the result of a strong technology curriculum... a leap up the rankings in U-S News and World Report ... AND a winning football season.
Tech officials say the typical student being offered admission has a 3-point-7 grade point average and about a 12-hundred SAT score.
A man who escaped from a sheriff's car and ran into traffic on Interstate 81 was killed today.
State police found 31-year old James Patrick Looney of Charlottesville praying along Interstate 64 in Alleghany County.
He was picked up, and en route to the UVA Medical Center for a mental evaluation, when he escaped from the sheriff's vehicle.
State police say Looney ran across traffic on I-81 and was run over by a tractor trailer.
Tens of thousands of strollers are recalled.
The story, straight ahead.
And... the Material Girl likes motherhood so much - she's trying it again.
We'll have the scoop, coming up.
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Some jogging strollers and pull toys could be dangerous to small children.
Now the Consumer Product Safety Commission is ordering a recall involving 44 thousand strollers and 49-hundred pull toys.
Affected strollers are the single and double models of the InSTEP and Healthrider jogging stroller- The strollers ar
e made by Minnesota Based INSTEP- L-L-C.
The Government warns the brakes may fail on the strollers causing runners to lose control and endanger the children riding in them.
The pull toy recall involves the Wooden Pull Along Bead Coaster made by Maxim Enterprise of Massachusetts.
The C-P-S-C says a part may fall off causing a choking hazard.
A Hollywood Who-Dunnit is apparently over.
Police have arrested two men charging them with stealing 55 Oscar statues-
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The suspects are employees of the shopping company that received the goods- Roadway Express- and the company that offered a 50 thousand dollar reward for the safe return of the statues.
It's this man who hopes to get the reward money-- Willy Fulgear found the Oscars while rummaging through a trash dumpster.
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((WILLY FULGEAR: I'M GONNA GET OUT OF ONE ROOM AND GET ME SOME LITTLE OLD HOUSE WHERE I CAN LIVE IN THE COUNTRY SOMEWHERE.))
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The motive police say was money- one of the suspects thought the Oscars could be re-sold.
The Oscars by the way... will be released from Police Custody just in time for Sunday's telecast.
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Lots of sports coming your way tonight, but first our extra point.
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Motorcycle lovers headed to Cobb County, Georgia over the weekend for
the International Motorcycle Show. Stunt men scaled over nine foot walls and popped wheelies to the delight of on-lookers.
The show highlighted the latest in motorcycles for the new millennium.
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Let's start with hoops. Xavier and Notre Dame met in the second round of the NIT last night.
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David Graves was the story for Notre Dame in the first half. Graves gets two of his 21 first half points off the steal.
Maurice McAfee kept the Musketeers within range with his marksmanship and the Irish led 41-38 at the break.
David West played tough inside for Xavier. West in the paint uses the pivot move to get the score.
But Big East player of the year Troy Murphy gets the bucket and the foul, he had 21. Notre Dame wins 76-to-64.
In women's NCAA tournament action, defending national champion Purdue lost to Oklahoma 76-74 last night.
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Second ranked Tennessee took on 20th ranked Arizona. Watch Michelle Snow rip rope from near the baseline to put the Lady Vols up by 12 with 3:30 left in the first half.
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This Saturday in Memphis, UT will meet the Virginia Lady Cavaliers. UVa has reached the sweet 16 for the 12th time in the last 14 seasons.
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((DEBBIE RYAN/UVA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL COACH:WELL I DON'T REALLY THINK ABOUT WHAT WE'VE DONE IN THE PAST, I JUST THINK ABOUT WHAT WE ARE DOING NOW. WE'RE GONNA TRY AND WIN THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. I DON'T THINK IN TERMS OF BLOCKS LIKE THAT I THINK ABOUT WINNING THE NEXT GAME AND THAT'S IT. I'M NOT REALLY THINKING ABOUT WHETHER WE WERE IN THE SWEET 16 LAST YEAR OR THE YEAR BEFORE OR THE YEAR BEFORE, THAT'S REALLY NOT IN MY MINDSET. I WILL THINK ABOUT THAT AFTER THE SEASON, NOT NOW.))
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On the professional hardwood a couple of Virginia natives led the 76ers in Charlotte last night.
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Roanoke's own George Lynch comes up with the steal for Philadelphia. The Sixers on the move and Hampton native Allen Iverson finishes.
On the very next trip down the court Lynch finds his range downing the long jumper to give Philly the lead.
Then, David Wesley with the look and ally-oop pass to Eddie Robinson and Robinson puts the exclamation point on the game.
Derrick Coleman is called for the flagrant foul for hitting Toni Kukoc. Coleman was thrown out of the game. [supe
The 76ers win on the road 102 to 96.
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In high school hoops, Roanoke City Council honored Roanoke Catholic's boys basketball team last night. The Celtics won the Virginia Independent Schools state championship recently.
The team was on hand form the special ceremony. Each player had a chance to shake Mayor Bowers hand.
Mayor Bowers then presented the team and Roanoke Catholic head basketball coach Dick Wall with a key to the city in front of a packed house at City Council.
The Express is back in the Round House Friday after a four game road swing. Roanoke could break the ECHL record for fewest goals allowed in a season.
The Express has allowed 162 goals and the ECHL record is 180. Roanoke has six games remaining and if Berthiaume and Gagnon give up less than three a game, they break it.
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((SCOTT GORDON/EXPRESS HEAD COACH:I THINK THERE IS A SENSE OF PRIDE ON THEIR BEHALF TO BE ABLE TO SAY THEY ARE THE BEST GOALTENDING DUO TO EVER PLAY IN THE EAST COAST LEAGUE AS FAR AS GOALS AGAINST AVERAGE, BUT I THINK IF YOU LOOK AT THE BIGGER PICTURE THESE GUYS HAVE BEEN HERE FOR TWO OR THREE YEARS AND HERE WE ARE IN A SITUATION WHERE WE HAVE THE BEST DEFENSE AND YOU CAN SAY IT'S THE GOALIES BUT THE GUYS IN FRONT OF THEM HAVE TO DO THE JOB AND WHETHER IT BE ON THE PENALTY KILLING OR KEEPING THE SHOTS DOWN, WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO DO IT.))
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Former Friday Football Extra player of the week and one time Virginia Tech standout linebacker P.J. Preston is returning to football.
The former Martinsville star has been named an assistant coach at William Campbell High School under Brad Bradley. Preston, who is an administrative assistant at the school, will work with linebackers and running backs.
The man who has kept his finger on the pulse of high school athletics for the Roanoke Times since 1983 is retiring at the end of this month.
Bob Teitlebaum came to Roanoke after working for two newspapers in the state of Tennessee.
The Vanderbilt grad says he knows his departure will draw mixed reviews from coaches and players.
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((BOB TEITLEBAUM: I'M NOT LIKED BY EVERY COACH. I'M SORT OF A HARD PERSON TO DEAL WITH BECAUSE I ALWAYS INSIST ON DOING IT THE NEWSPAPER'S WAY. THERE ARE COACHES OUT THERE WHO ARE NOT MY BEST FRIENDS AND I'M NOT THEIR BEST FRIEND. I'M SURE THEY ARE SAYING WE'RE GETTING A NEW PERSON IN THERE AND MAYBE WE WILL HAVE BETTER LUCK. I SEE A LOT OF MY OTHER FRIENDS WHO HAVE JUST RETIRED AND NOW I'VE JOINED THEM. ))
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Teitlebaum says he hopes to still do some writing and this summer he will help with the official scoring at the Salem Avalanche's home games.
March Madness rolls on later this week right here on Your Hometown Station.
Thursday night we have the two sweet 16 matchups from the Midwest region here on WDBJ-7 as Michigan State and Syracuse battle at 7:30 - followed by Iowa State against UCLA.
And Friday night, North Carolina battles Tennessee in the South followed by Duke and Florida from the east. The action begins at 7:30.
Papa Don't Preach... but Madonna's doing it again...
having a baby, that is.
Entertainer Madonna is pregnant.
Three months along already... the father is British film director Guy Ritchie... Both parents have confirmed the expected arrival.
This will be Madonna's second child.
Her first is a little girl she calls Lola.
Lola's dad is Madonna's former personal trainer.
Madonna is 41. She says she might marry Ritchie.
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