It's a food-poisoning mystery. A Roanoke Valley restaurant shuts down while health officials investigate.
That's our top story tonight.
And this archaeological dig has significance far beyond the local tribe of Monacan Indians. We'll follow the money trail.
In sports, the Express readies for a huge battle with Richmond, Winston Cup drivers invade Texas for the DIRECTV 500
And Steve Mason has an exclusive interview with Virginia Tech Quarterback Michael Vick as spring football arrives in Blacksburg.
Whether you like a sunny weekend, or a rainy one, we've got the forecast to please everybody. I'll go over it in fu
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[IN Q=I had ordered a steak]
[OUT Q=it tasted rancid.]
A Roanoke County restaurant is closed till Monday, after dozens of customers get sick.
Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
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The Roanoke County Health Department is trying to find the bug that may have infected dozens of people last week at the Steak and Ale on Electric Road.
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Tonya Flory is outside the restaurant ... that is closed for now.
Keith -- the sign on the door signed by the General Manager of the restaurant says they are closed because of in service training and will reopen Monday.
But the Health Department says Steak and Ale voluntarily closed for sanitation reasons because several people got sick after eating there.
[SUPER=01-Jerry Mofield/Steak & Ale Customer; :00]
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[IN Q=Each of us had something]
((JERRY MOFIELD/STEAK & ALE CUSTOMER: EACH OF US HAD SOMETHING DIFFERENT, SOME OF US ATE FROM THE SALAD BAR, SOME OF US HAD CAESAR SALAD, BUT WE ALL ATE DIFFERENT FOOD ITEMS.))
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Mofield says he's not upset with the restaurant because he got sick, but because of the way he was treated by the restaurant manager.
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[IN Q=I inquired]
((JERRY MOFIELD/FOOD POISONING VICTIM: I INQUIRED AS TO WHETHER OR NOT THERE HAD BEEN ANY PROBLEMS AND SHE RESPONDED TO ME THAT THERE HAD NOT BEEN ANY PROBLEMS AT THE STEAK AND ALE, AND SUBSEQUENT TO THAT I FOUND OUT FROM TALKING TO THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT THAT THEY HAD ALREADY BEEN OVER THERE ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY AND THERE HAD BEEN OTHER PROBLEMS.))
[OUT Q=other problems.]
Steak and Ale President Bob Mandes says at Steak and Ale food safety is clearly the first concern for the guests.
He says they've served Roanoke for 22 years and the restaurant is in the process of re-training the entire staff on health and sanitation practices.
They expect to open as early as Monday.))
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Radford's School Board Chairman committed suicide this morning.
Police officers found Christopher Harrison at his office around 8:30, with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Harrison was also a businessman in Radford.
Police say they do not suspect foul play.
Lewis-Gale Clinic has come to terms with the family doctors who resigned in a dispute with the PhyCor management group.
The eleven physicians will become part of the Lewis-Gale Medical Center.
They will continue to practice at the main clinic and five satellite offices.
The agreement announced today means two other offices will be shut down... Fort Lewis and New Castle.
Negotiations continue with several other doctors who have quit, and with PhyCor.
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[IN Q=The PhyCor negotiations]
((JON NESS/LEWIS-GALE CLINIC EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: THE PHYCOR NEGOTIATIONS WITH LEWIS-GALE CLINIC ARE SEPARATE FROM THE SETTLEMENT WITH THE FAMILY PRACTIONERS. THE PHYCOR NEGOTIATIONS ARE PROGRESSING VERY WELL AND IT IS STILL CONTEMPLATED THAT THAT TRANSACTION WILL OCCUR SHORTLY.))
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[OUT Q=will occur shortly.]
The president of the clinic's board of directors says that could be as soon as next week.
The doctors' contract with PhyCor included a non-compete clause and a financial penalty for violating it.
Ness says that's been resolved, though he won't say how.
A Martinsville judge has decided to send a capital murder case to the grand jury.
Michael Jerome Hairston faces murder charges for fatally shooting a mother and her daughter last October.
Surae Chinn has more on today's preliminary hearing.
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[SUPER=01-Shawanna Hairston/Witness; :20]
[SUPER=01-William Massello/Medical Examiner; :50]
[SUPER=01-Josephine Hairston/Defendant's Sister; 1:07]
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(( 38 year old Michael Jerome Hairston never made eye contact with witnesses. Hairston is charged with capital murder and first degree murder for the alleged shooting of his girlfriend Eyvonne Hairston and her daughter Melveena last October.
Another daughter, Shawanna, described what she saw after hearing gunshots.
((SHAWANNA HAIRSTON/WITNESS: I SAW MY MOTHER AND MELVEENA LYING ON THE FLOOR BELOW THE BED.))
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At one point the judge had to stop the hearing because Shawanna was too emotional.
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In other testimony, the medical examiner, told the court how the victims died.
((WILLIAM MASSELLO/MEDICAL EXAMINER: THE CAUSE OF DEATH WERE GUNSHOT WOUNDS TO THE CHEST AND ABDOMEN THERE WERE 5 TO 9 BULLETS MAXIMUM.))
Later the defendant's sister provided her testimony.
((JOSEPHINE HAIRSTON/DEFENDANT'S SISTER: I SAID WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT HE SAID I THINK I SHOT EYVONNE. I THINK I DON'T KNOW.))
The defense cross examined some witnesses about the defendant's behavior after the shooting.
((GREG SAWYER/WITNESS: HE WAS JUST BABBLING ON HE WAS UPSET.))
Defense attorneys did not enter any evidence. The grand jury will consider this case for trial May first. Surae Chinn News 7, Martinsville.))
A special federal grand jury looking into moonshining in western Virginia has uncorked its first indictments.
Three men from Pittsylvania County have been charged with making illegal whiskey.
Authorities raided their still a few weeks ago.
Four other men and a woman are accused of lying to the grand jury.
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The indictments come out of Operation Lightning Strike, a crackdown on suspected moonshiners that began last year.
The struggle between the families of two little girls switched at birth is over.
A judge signed off on a custody agreement today.
The settlement dictates that Callie Conley and Rebecca Chittum will remain with the families that have been raising them.
But both sides will have regular visitation with the girls.
We all get those envelopes in the mail -- the ones that say we've won millions of dollars.
But one Gretna man says he's sick of the sweepstakes company's lies -- so he's suing.
Leonard Turner filed a complaint against Publisher's Clearinghouse in federal court, because he says the company cheated him out of 12 million dollars.
He says he's filled out their paperwork for two years now and still never gotten the prizes that the company promises.
He paid the 150-dollar filing fee yesterday to have his case heard by a federal judge, and he'll probably get at least a preliminary hearing.
It hasn't happened in years, but taking a ride in a Yellow Cab may cost a little more.
That's one story still ahead on News 7 at Six.
And we'll get a look at 200 years of missing Monacan Indian history.
For years, the Monacan Indians of Amherst County have been pushing to receive federal recognition as an official Native American tribe.
But there's been one stumbling block: The tribe couldn't prove it existed between the years 1500 and 1700.
Steve Smallshaw tells us a recent discovery has changed that.
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[IN Q=For centuries]
[SUPER=03-Albemarle Co.; :15]
[SUPER=01-Jeffrey Hantman/Archaeologist; :33]
[SUPER=01-Ken Branham/Monacan Indian Chief; 1:02]
[SUPER=01-Diane Shields/Monacan Tribe Member; 1:25]
[SUPER=01-Sue Elliott/Monacan Tribe Member; 1:33]
[OUT Q=News7, Albemarle County.]
(( For centuries it existed only on maps.. like this one drawn by Captain John Smith in 1612.
((AND HERE, IN OLD ENGLISH.. MONASUKAPANOUGH..))
UVA archaeologist Jeffrey Hantman had long suspected this property along the Rivanna River near Charlottesville might be the site of a 17th century Monacan village.
When plans were announced for a soccer complex here, Hantman did some test diggings.
The results confirmed this IS Monasukapanough.. the first Monacan site from the colonial era to be discovered.
((JEFFREY HANTMAN/ARCHAEOLOGIST: THE NEW INFORMATION IS THAT THIS WILL BE DATA THAT WILL ALLOW US TO ANSWER THE QUESTION: HOW DID THE MONACANS INTERACT.. DID THE MONACANS TRADE WITH THE ENGLISH?))
[OUT Q=with the English?]
((More importantly, this discovery fills in what had been a missing link in the Monacan tribe's history. Until now, there really had been no solid evidence that the tribe even existed around the year 1600.. finding this village has changed all that.))
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((KEN BRANHAM/MONACAN INDIAN CHIEF: WE HAD PRETTY MUCH DOCUMENTATION COVERING THE OTHER PERIODS OF TIME, BUT THIS WILL DEFINITELY HELP IN OUR QUEST FOR FEDERAL RECOGNITION.))
[OUT Q=federal recognition.]
It also helps fill an emotional void for these modern- day Monacans, most of whom now live in Amherst County.
This was the first time they'd seen the property and strolled through the same fields their ancestors had centuries before.
((DIANE SHIELDS/MONACAN TRIBE MEMBER: IT'S AN AMAZING FEELING.. IT'S LIKE YOU JUST WANT TO LAY DOWN ON THE GROUND, I THINK YOU CAN FEEL THE SPIRITS OF OUR PEOPLE HERE. IT'S A BEAUTIFUL PLACE.))
[OUT Q=beautiful place.]
((SUE ELLIOTT/MONACAN TRIBE MEMBER: I CAN SEE WHY THEY'D WANT TO BE HERE, THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE HERE.. LIKE I SAID, I HAVE REALLY GOOD FEELINGS.))
[OUT Q=good feelings.]
The site will be preserved.. developers are willing to scale back their soccer project and allow the village to be excavated.
The Monacans plan to bless the site this spring.. and give thanks for its discovery.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Albemarle County.))
Virginia Attorney General Mark Earley's new Patient Abuse and Neglect Squad has its first conviction-- and it's against a nursing assistant in Henry County.
Wennifer G- Pyron was convicted of assaulting an 87- year old Alzheimer's patient at the King's Grant Retirement Community Nursing Home.
[IN Q=In this ]
((RANDY DAVIS/ATTORNEY GENERAL'S SPOKESMAN: IN THIS PARTICULAR CASE THERE WAS A CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT WHO HAD BEEN OBSERVED SLAPPING AN ALZHEIMER'S PATIENT ABOUT THE FACE. AND THERE WERE A COUPLE OF WITNESSES WHO REPORTED THAT TO THEIR SUPERVISORS, AND THE SUPERVISORS REPORTED IT TO THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PROFESSIONS, WHO TURNED IT OVER TO US.))
[SUPER=01-Randy Davis/Attorney General's Spokesman;]
[OUT Q=over to us.]
This year's General Assembly approved four additional positions for the new squad.
The Attorney General's office says several more abuse cases are being investigated and prosecuted right now.
A man was found dead in his apartment in Gretna last night.
Authorities say a relative found the body of 38-year-old William Troy Meadows at the Grandview Apartments.
The body was sent to Roanoke for an autopsy. That won't be done until tomorrow.
Martinsville police have charged two more people with an apartment complex shooting last weekend.
(TIE-ee) Tyiee Devon Hamlett and Latoya Monique Gravely both live in the Rivermont Apartment complex .. where Jamel Harris was shot several times on Sunday.
Hamlett and Gravely are charged with malicious wounding and weapons violations.
Harris was released from the hospital on Wednesday.
A mixed day on Wall-Street.
[TAKE DOW, NASDAQ & BLOOMBERG PAGE ]
The DOW lost 58 points, closing at 10-thousand- 921.
Nasdaq gained 115 points but still suffered its worst-ever one-week point loss.
The Bloomberg News-7 Index gained a point and a half.
Roanoke's largest cab company is asking city council for a rate hike... its first in more than nine years.
The proposal from the Yellow Cab Company would raise the average fare about 17 percent.
Council approved the last increase in October, 1990, and the owners say many of their expenses have doubled since then.
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[IN Q=The cost of cars have doubled]
((STEVE ROBERTS: THE COST OF CARS HAVE DOUBLED. OUR INSURANCE HAS GONE UP SIGNIFICANTLY. MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR HAVE GONE UP AT LEAST 100 PERCENT IN THAT PERIOD OF TIME.))
((BILLY ROBERTS: IF YOU FACTOR IT OUT, BASED ON THE PRECENTAGE OF INCREASE WE SOUGHT TEN YEARS AGO, WE'RE NOT EVEN KEEPING UP WITH INFLATION.))
[SUPER=00-Steve Roberts/Yellow Cab Co.; :00]
[SUPER=08-Billy Roberts/Yellow Cab Co.; :10]
[OUT Q=keeping up with inflation.]
The company will share the increase with its drivers, who have been feeling the pinch from rising gasoline prices.
A judge's decision has cleared the way for Danville to bring in a new baseball team.
The city sued the Danville Braves for failing to pay about 40 thousand dollars in stadium rent fees and 50 cents of each paid admission.
Danville City attorney Tim Spencer says officials are pleased with the judge's ruling and the city can now enter negotiations for a new baseball team.
Spencer will not say if the new team will be affiliated with the Atlanta Braves.
Coming up, Steve Mason checks in with an exclusive interview with Virginia Tech's Michael Vick as spring practice begins for the Hokies. Drivers are qualifying for DIRECTV 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway
and the Roanoke Express is preparing for a huge matchup with the Richmond Renegades. We'll hear from the Express after the break.
Michael Vick and the Virginia Tech Hokies begin spring ball tomorrow. Vick is the pre-season odds on favorite for the Heisman. Steve Mason caught up with the media swamped, super sophomore today.
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Winston Cup drivers went through first round qualifying at The Texas Motor Speedway this afternoon.
Terry Labonte won the pole with a speed of 192.137 miles per hour. Texas Terry Labonte won last year's race at the one and a half mile track, he will now here's the top 25
[go to qualifying]
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[SUPER=0107-1. Terry Labonte/192.137/2. Kevin Lepage//3. Scott Pruett//4. Dale Earnhardt Jr//5. Dale Jarrett//;]
[SUPER=0107-6. Steve Park//7. Jeff Fuller//8. Jerry Nadeau//9. Ward Burton//10. Mark Martin//;]
[SUPER=0107-11. Mike Skinner//12. Joe Nemechek//13. Matt Kenseth//14. Bobby Labonte//15. Stacy Compton//;]
[SUPER=0107-16. Chad Little//17. Dale Earnhardt//18. Ed Berrier//19. Rusty Wallace//20. Ricky Rudd//;]
[SUPER=0107-21. Bill Elliott//22. Jeff Gordon//23. Dave Blaney//24. Brett Bodine//25. Johnny Benson//;]
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The Northeast Division and the Northern Conference titles are Roanoke's if the Express can beat the Renegades tonight in Richmond at 7:30.
Dating back to last season, the 99 playoffs and this year, the Express had lost nine straight to the Gades. But the Express is 3-OH and 1 against them in the last four.
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((TRAVIS SMITH/EXPRESS DEFENSEMAN:))
((SCOTT GORDON/RXPRESS HEAD COACH:))
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The Women's NC-Double-A Final Four tips off tonight.
Rutgers faces Tennessee. Scarlet Knights coach C. Vivian Stringer has led three different schools to the final four.
Tennessee has won six titles.
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Connecticut and Penn State meet in the late game. It's the Lions first ever final four appearance and UCONN's four
th. The Huskies last trip was in 1996.[S-Men]
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The men's Final Four is right here on WDBJ Saturday afternoon.
Wisconsin and Michigan State tip off at the RCA Dome at 5:42.
UNC and Florida then battle at 8:17.
Steve Mason will have a preview of the action tonight at 11.