The two suspects in the two day, two state crime spree are hospitalized at this hour. The latest just ahead on News 7 at Noon.
And the father of Elian Gonzalez meets with Attorney Janet Reno to talk about efforts to reunite him with his son.
News 7 at noon is next.
The suspects arrested following a nine hour police standoff in Wythe County remain in the hospital this afternoon.
Twenty-one year old Angela Tanner and 38 year old Dennis Lewis were holed up inside this Wythe County home with three hostages.
They were already wanted in Tennessee for kidnapping, carjacking and attempted murder.
[photos of suspects]
After several hours of negotiating with authorities over the phone, the couple surrendered.
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((LEWIS STROUP/HOSTAGE'S BROTHER-IN-LAW: HE SAID THIS MAY BE THE END FOR ME AND MY GIRLFRIEND BUT HE PROMISED OVER AND OVER HE WOULDN'T HARM EITHER ONE OF THEM.))
[SUPER=01-Lewis Stroup/Hostage's Brother-In-Law;]
[OUT Q=harm either one of them.]
Officials say Tanner and Lewis apparently had each taken a large amount of Valium before giving up.
LT. CURTIS BAILEY/VA. STATE POLICE: DENNIS PASSED OUT AND SHE GOT THE GUNS, LAID THEM ON THE TABLE AND CAME OUT.))
[SUPER=01-Lt. Curtis Bailey/Va. State Police;]
[OUT=and came out.]
[photo again of suspects]
The couple is expected to make a court appearance on Monday.
The father of Elian Gonzalez has met with Attorney General Janet about the procedure to transfer custody of his six year old son.
Reno's plan is facing opposition in the Cuban American community
Talks between the government and Elian's Miami relatives
have broken off and the next step is for the Justice Department to send a letter telling them when and where Elian will be turned over to his father.
Lee Cowan has the latest from Washington.
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[SUPER=07-Juan Miguel Gonzalez;]
[SUPER=01-Greg Craig/Gonzalez Attorney;]
[SUPER=01-Ramone Saul Sanchez/Cuban American Activist;]
[OUT Q=CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.]
It was a moment Fidel Castro could never have imagined, but today a
Cuban security guard walked in the US Justice Department for a meeting.
Juan Miguel Gonzalez along with his wife and infant son, sat down
with the US Attorney General now the familys greatest ally.
When it was over.
NAT/SOT JUAN MIGUEL GONZALEZ
.a faint smile and a brief statement from a father who said he had
received assurances the son he hasnt seen in four months, would be back
with him soon.
SOT/GREG CRAIG, GONZALEZ ATTORNEY 10:28:23
It was a moment and a meeting that had great emotion, and I think was a
very successful meeting.
But Janet Reno had hoped it would be under better circumstances.
With talks in Miami between the INS and Elians relatives breaking
down, a bad situation has gotten even worse.
The family has refused to relinquish custody of the 6-year-old boy
saying they want assurances Juan Miguel Gonzales would not take Elian
back to Cuba until all legal avenues had been explored.
It leaves the Justice Department in a difficult position. At this
mornings meeting in a fifth floor conference room Janet Reno laid out
the game plan.
A formal letter is being sent today to the house in Little Havana,
advising the relatives custody was being legally transferred to the
boys father possibly as early as Wednesday.
A second letter will arrive Monday clearly stating the terms of
If the terms are not met, the INS would have to take more serious
The standoff sets the stage for a bitter fight between the
government and Cuban Americans some of whom have vowed to everything
they can to keep Elian in his new home.
SOT/RAMONE SAUL SANCHNEZ, CUBAN AMERICAN ACTIVIST
Due to the unfortunate ultimatums that have been send and the imminent
danger that Elian will be sent back to Cuba without having his day in
court, we are calling for people to take the first step with a civil
disobedience campaign today.))
Five children are dead and four others in the hospital following an overnight house fire near Detroit.
[SUPER=03-Royal Oak Township, MI;]
[10 newspath NA050]
Police say a woman, her eight children and niece were inside when the fire broke out.
Three boys and two girls, ages six to eleven were killed.
Two others are listed in critical condition.
There is no word yet on what caused the fire.
[GRAPHIC=Steak & Ale]
The Roanoke County Health Department has determined what caused more than 70 people to get sick two weeks ago at Steak and Ale.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Last Week; ]
Four more lab results came back yesterday testing positive for Norwalk virus.
The illness is a gastrointestinal type virus and is highly contagious.
Health Department officials say they are still trying to pinpoint what menu item caused customers to get sick.
But they say they are confident it was spread by a food service employee.
Veterans have won the battle ... for funding the D-Day memorial. Governor Gilmore has approved it.
The board of the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford helped convince the Governor to leave almost four and a half million dollars in the state budget for completing the Memorial.
The Governor even fixed a budget technicality -- making two million dollars in so-called "contingency funds" a direct appropriation instead.
[IN Q=Last year,]
((DEL. MORGAN GRIFFITH/R-SALEM: LAST YEAR, THERE WERE A WHOLE LIST OF CONTINGENCIES. AND IT WOULD HAVE BEEN DIFFICULT TO PULL ONE OUT AND SAY WELL WE'RE GONNA FUND THIS ONE AS OPPOSED TO THE OTHER ONES. THIS YEAR HE'S GOT ONE CONTINGENCY AND HE BELIEVES IT'S IMPORTANT ENOUGH, SIGNIFICANT ENOUGH TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE THE MONEY TO DO THE WHOLE PROJECT. WHICH IS A SUBSTANTIAL SUM OF MONEY.))
[OUT Q=sum of money.]
Lawmakers credit Bedford Delegate Lacey Putney with helping win the Governor's support.
The Overlord Arch is to be dedicated on Memorial Day this year.
Bedford suffered the most casualties per capita on June 6, 1944.
A pilot trying to land at the Roanoke Regional Airport may have some more explaining to do today. He forgot to use his landing gear last night.
The single-engined Cessna landed on its belly just after six P.M.
Pilot James Woltz and a business associate were taking aerial photographs before the accident happened.
No one was hurt, but the plane was heavily damaged.
[HARD MUSIC UNDER]
The Winston Cup couldn't come at a more welcome time. Still ahead, NASCAR brings big bucks to Martinsville.
And what will some people do for Britney Spears tickets tonight! Still ahead, just add nuts and a cherry.
[music up full]
It's qualifying day at the Martinsville Speedway.
This weekend's NASCAR race already qualifies as a much-needed economic boost to an area hit hard by shutdowns and layoffs.
The major race is this Sunday but events are happening all week long.
150-thousand people will pour into Henry County hotels and restaurants.
They'll spend about 30 million dollars during their stay ... money that's especially welcome this year.
((STEVE GRODENSKY/HOTEL OWNER: THE RESERVATIONS THEY'RE COMING IN AT ABOUT THREE MONTHS PRIOR TO THE RACE BUT WE HOLD ROOMS FROM RACE TO RACE FOR THE EXACT GROUPS.))
((MIKE HATCHETT/RESTAURANT OWNER: YOU HAVE TO ORDER EXTRA FOOD OF COURSE. WE START ABOUT WEDNESDAY GETTING PREPARED FOR THE STAPLES WE NEED. WE CUT STEAKS EARLIER. HIRE EXTRA HELP GET THEM TRAINED AND READY TO GO.))
[SUPER=01-Steve Grodensky/Hotel Owner; :00]
[SUPER=01-Mike Hatchett/Restaurant Owner;:12]
[OUT Q=ready to go.]
The next Winston Cup Race is scheduled for this fall. That brings another 30 million dollars to Henry County.
A former Martinsville television personality faces probation time .... but none in jail.
Yesterday a judge, gave former Cable Six talk show host Bob Sharp three years probation for a welfare fraud conviction.
Sharp will also have to pay nearly 350 dollars in court costs.
Last December, a Judge found Sharp guilty of lying on a welfare application.
A recent U-S Supreme Court ruling on tobacco almost crushed out an effort to fight teen smoking in Virginia. The ruling declared that the Food and Drug Administration cannot regulate tobacco.
The F-D-A had been giving the state money to run undercover tobacco sting operations-- where A-B-C agents checked to see if stores would sell tobacco to kids.
[IN Q=With the federal]
((JENNIFER FARINHOLT/VIRGINIA ABC: WITH THE FEDERAL MONEY...HOW MANY VISITS WE'RE GOING TO DO.))
[SUPER=01-Jennifer Farinholt/Virginia ABC;]
[OUT Q=going to do.]
A-B-C does underage sting operations for alcohol sales already.
So the agents will continue to check tobacco sales.
The state will continue education efforts to end teen smoking-- just finding new money to pay for it.
[GRAPHIC=Britney Spears-Tough Ticket]
A lot of people had a hard time getting tickets to tonight's Britney Spears concert in Roanoke.
But none of them had to do what Phyllis Hodges did.
She said she'd become a real live banana split, to win tickets from Q-99.
So she sat in a tub outside Tanglewood Mall, and let the dee-jays dump ice cream, bananas and all the fixings on top of her.
Things got a bit sticky when it came time to add the chocolate syrup.
After a few sprinkles of nuts and dollops of whipped cream, she was on her way to the concert.
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[IN Q=Ladies and gentleman]
((VOICE OF Q-99 DISC JOCKEY: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, PHYLLIS HODGES HAS JUST WON BRITNEY SPEARS TICKETS. APPLAUSE AND CHEERS.))
[OUT Q=applause and cheers.]
One reminder for Phyllis and everyone else attending the concert tonight.
You still have to pay to park at the civic center.
The new policy dropping the parking fee doesn't take effect until later this month.
The Britney Spears concert comes one night after the Red Hot Chili Peppers took the same Civic Center stage.
[IN Q=Nat Sound]
The Peppers greeted a packed crowd waiting to see how "red hot" they really are.
The performance got off to a slow start when one of the opening groups, "The Foo Fighters", wasn't permitted to take to the stage until fans backed away.
Once that was all settled, the concert went ahead with no further problems.
[SOFT MUSIC UNDER]
There's a big cleanup tomorrow and you're invited to help. We'll explain how just ahead on News 7 at Noon.
And the N-Double-A-C-P presents its "Image" awards. We're proud to say "The Dean" is on the list.
[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #2]
A long-time leader in revitalizing a Roanoke neighborhood now holds a Lifetime Achievement Award from the N-Double-A-C-P.
Florine Thornhill helped found the Northwest Neighborhood Environmental Organization.
She was one of more than a dozen people to receive "Image" Awards last night. They highlight contributions of people and organizations that uplift themselves and those around them.
Long-time comedian and civil-rights activist Dick Gregory was the featured speaker.
Among last night's award recipients ... our own Roy Stanley.
He's been on the air at News 7 since 1972.
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((I FILLED OUT THE APPLICATION BUT I DID NOT THINK I WOULD GET THE JOB AND THAT'S THE WAY I LEFT. IT WAS REALITY TO ME... YOU'RE NOT GOING TO WORK HERE. AND THREE DAYS LATER, I GOT A PHONE CALL FROM THE NEWS DIRECTOR.))
[OUT Q=from the news director.]
Roy's the dean of Virginia sportscasters, but he told the audience that's only because he's the oldest.
People from all across the valley will spend their Saturday picking up after litter bugs.
It's part of Clean Valley Day... a volunteer neighborhood and river clean up project.
[2-SHOT Melanie AND Guest On-Record]
Ann Masters of the Clean Valley Council joins us now with more.
[SUPER=01-Ann Masters/Clean Valley Council;]
(Good afternoon, Ann, how many folks are taking part in the clean up?)
(What areas are you targeting?)
(What can someone do if they're watching and want to get involved?)
Thank you Ann for joining us today.
[FS Pre-Pro Board 1000 ESS C]
Again Clean Valley Day is tomorrow from 9 to noon.
For more information call 345-5523.
[Melanie tosses to Patrick][Stocks]
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 20 points.
[SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
Still to come in sports, qualifying at NASCAR today in Martinsville. We'll hear from the drivers.
And the Cardinals make a run for it, while Mark McGwire mostly walks in his season debut. Patrick returns with highlights.
[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #3]
Qualifying for the Goody's Body Pain 500 begins today in Martinsville.
Winston Cup drivers are making the switch from the one a half mile Texas track to the half mile speedway this weekend.
Here's what Dale Earnhardt Junior and Matt Kenseth had to say.
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[SUPER=01-Dale Earnhardt Jr./Leads Rookie Points; :00]
[SUPER=01-Matt Kenseth/Second in Rookie Points; :14]
[OUT Q=.....most of the day"]
The Salem Avalanche opened the two thousand Carolina League Season with a loss.
The Avs fell to Winston Salem 4 to 1.
Salem had only four hits on the night.
St. Louis had little trouble with the Chicago yesterday. The Cards spanked the Cubbies without help from slugger Mark McGwire.
[SUPER=03-St. Louis, MO/FOX; :00]
Big Mac spent most of the day walking the bases.
But J.D. Drew picked up the [SUPER=35-St. Louis/13/Chicago/3;]slack, crushing two homers on the day, including a grand
slam in leading the Cards to a 13-3 win. St. Louis sweeps the Cubs thanks to a seven run third inning.
Radford baseball is holding strong this season.
The Highlanders have welcomed back one of their favorite sons.
Former star infielder and Northside graduate Kelly Dampeer is back in uniform as a graduate assistant coach.
Kelly was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 22nd round in 1997.
He played two and a half seasons in the minors and reached single A. He was released by Cleveland and is now finishing up his degree at R-U.
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[SUPER=01-Kelly Dampeer/Radford Baseball Grad. Ast. ; :00]
((KELLY DAMPEER/RADFORD BASEBALL GRAD. ASSISTANT:))
[OUT Q=....i'll do it"]
May 10th Kelly leaves for spring training for the Elmira Pioneers, an independent team in New York. Dampeer has also been teaching kids at Rip City.
[GRAPHIC=Virginia Tech Basketball]
Virginia Tech basketball officials say three players plan to transfer.
Shooting guard Tony Dobbins has decided to transfer to another division one basketball program.
The six-four freshman started 16 games last season. He averaged five points a game.
Junior forward David Waley is also transferring.
Whaley played in 17 games this past season and averaged about 3 points during Tech's 16 and 15 season. He has yet to decide where he will transfer.
And sophomore forward Rodrigo Viegas is also leaving the program.
Head coach Ricky Stokes says "We wish them well in their future endeavors."