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The Supreme Court denies Emmet Cressel Junior's appeal. Cressel is one of two men convicted of the burning and beheading of Garnett Johnson in 1997.
Plus bee experts destroy a deadly hive. And a local jail inmate who escaped last night is still on the loose.
News 7 at noon is next.
The Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals says Emmett Cressell, Junior does NOT deserve a new trial.
Cressell was convicted of first degree murder for his role in the death of Garnett "G-P" Johnson.
Cressell argued that two of the Grayson County jurors who heard his case had already formed an opinion about his guilt.
The justices rejected that claim as well as Cressell's arguement that his trial should've been moved out of Independence.
They also found that the evidence against Cressell did indeed support a first degree murder conviction.
A Montgomery County jail inmate who escaped last night is still on the loose.
Deputies say 22-year-old Melvin Leftwich Junior escaped throught the jail's food service dumbwaiter shaft sometime around 11.
He had been a trustee assigned to clean the area near the shaft.
Authorities believe he arranged for someone to pick him up outside the jail.
His jail uniform was found stuffed under a generator outside the kitchen.
Leftwich was serving a two-year sentence for violating probation on grand larceny.
Deputies say he's not dangerous.
The investigation involving a former Vinton police lieutenant and the death of his wife is wrapped up. It will NOT result in any criminal charges.
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Carmel Brown died last August at their Bedford County home on the outskirts of Vinton.
She was sitting in her vehicle inside the garage. She died of carbon monoxide poisoning.
BILL Brown reported her death to the Vinton Police Department- -where he worked at the time.
Because of that, Bedford County authorities weren't notified for hours.
A release from the county prosecutor's office says "no evidence has been found at this time to contradict the findings of the medical examiner."
The M-E ruled Carmel Brown's death was an accident.
Fewer U.S. troops will be receiving anthrax vaccinations.
Defense Secretary William Cohen says the supplies of the vaccine which protect against anthrax are dwindling.
The inoculations would be limited mainly to troops already taking the series of shots and those preparing to deploy to the Middle East and South
The Pentagon considers these areas to hold the greatest threat of
exposure to the deadly virus.
Small numbers of military members refuse to be inoculated for fear
of the vaccine's side effects. The Pentagon, however, insists the
vaccine is safe.
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Plans to move some fire and rescue personnel are leaving some people feeling under-protected. We'll explain, next.
And a women's fitness center considers buying out Cory Eversons. That story is still ahead.
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Roanoke County's plan to move some paid fire and rescue people is creating controversy on Bent Mountain.
Fire and rescue officials want to put the career personnel who now staff Bent Mountain at the Back Creek station.
They say that's because Back Creek answers more calls.
But people on Bent Mountain dispute that, and plan to bring their concerns to the county supervisors this afternoon.
Virginia's new Republican leaders in the House of Delegates are thinking about loosening some of the state's gun laws.
They've put a number of gun bills on the docket for review this summer.
A proposal was floated yesterday to partially repeal a ban on concealed weapons in restaurants that serve alcohol.
Gun rights supporters say permitted weapons should be allowed in restaurants where alcohol is NOT the primary focus.
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((DEL. MORGAN GRIFFITH/R-SALEM: I WAS TALKING TO JEWELER IN SALEM... THEY'VE GOT GANGS OF JEWEL THIEVES THAT ARE ACTUALLY GOING INTO PLACES AND STEALING THE JEWELS. AND WHAT THEY LOOK FOR IS SALESMEN. AND THE LAST ONE HE TOLD ME ABOUT WAS ONE WHERE THEY WENT INTO A RESTAURANT, SHOT THE TWO SALESMEN, TOOK ABOUT A HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS IN JEWELRY AND LEFT.))
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But how should restaurants that serve alcohol and bars be distinguished?
The restaurant industry doesn't like the idea of signs on the doors.
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((CHICK JORDAN/VIRGINIA HOSPITALITY & TRAVEL ASSOC.: THAT SOUNDS PRETTY CONFUSING TO US. AND WE'RE NOT SURE THAT'S A GREAT MARKETING TOOL FOR A RESTAURANT.))
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Some gun control advocates say alcohol and guns should never mix -- especially in restaurants where children are dining.
The debating over the debates is starting to work itself out.
Both Chuck Robb and George Allen have now agreed to a new debate, on September 24th.
Former Governor Doug Wilder will moderate.
Both candidates have also agreed to an October 22nd debate moderated by U-V-A political analyst Larry Sabato.
Danville police are into day six of looking for a murder suspect.
40-year old Clyde Scott Pruitt is charged with the shooting death of Chris Gill of Danville.
Investigators say Pruitt kicked in the door of the Gill's home on Westover Drive and shot him in the chest last Thursday.
Gill was friends with the suspect's estranged wife.
Cory Everson members are still waiting to see if their Fitness Club for women reopens.
The owner says it will, but another gym across town says it's negotiating to buy out Everson's.
Cory Everson's locked the doors a little more than a week ago when the air conditioner failed.
No warning to the customers except a note on the door, blaming the landlord for not paying for a new unit.
But the lease clearly says it's the tenant's responsibility.
The landlord says he will not renew the lease with Cory Everson's when it runs out in September.
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((I'D LIKE TO APOLOGIZE ... GOOD CITIZENSHIP.))
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Meantime -- another Roanoke ladies' gym is welcoming the new business.
The owners of New Fitness say they've been approached by Cory Everson's owner -- to talk about buying him out.
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((RIGHT NOW WE'RE IN NEGOTIATIONS ... WORK OUT))
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We said in earlier newscasts the New Fitness was the "only" other club just for women in the Roanoke area.
That is not the case. There are at least two others operating in the area. [5Ragazzis]
A former restaurant worker faces criminal charges for credit card fraud. He was nabbed by his own employer.
A waiter at Ragazzi's Italian Restaurant on Electric Road in Roanoke County was apparently caught red-handed when he tried to overcharge customers.
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((FORTUNATELY WE CAUGHT THE PROBLEM BEFORE IT BECAME A BIG PROBLEM AND CREDITED IT BACK TO THE ACCOUNTS. OF COURSE, WE LOSE MONEY DOING THAT, NOT THE CONSUMER. AND IT TOOK ABOUT TWO DAYS, WE FILED CHARGES, AND THE POLICE ARE TAKING CARE OF THE REST.))
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The Better Business Bureau says the restaurants' policies which call for daily and nightly audits, or checks on credit card uses, may have saved its customers from being charged.
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((I THINK THE FACT THAT THEY HAD AN AUDIT PROCEDURE IN PLACE AND WERE ABLE TO RECOGNIZE IMMEDIATELY THAT THEY HAD A PROBLEM, CONTACTED THE CUSTOMERS, MADE SURE THE CHARGES DIDN'T GO THROUGH; IT THINK THAT WAS PROBABLY BEST CASE SCENARIO.))
[SUPER=01-Julie Wheeler/Better Business Bureau]
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The waiter's name is not being released, but he is being charged with credit card fraud by Roanoke County authorities.
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Coming up, Duke Medical Center makes heart plans for Southside. That story is still ahead.
...and virtual reality is getting a little closer to real reality. We'll have details after the break.
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Duke University Health Systems may be bringing open heart surgery to Southside, thanks to a new agreement with Danville Regional Medical Center.
Right now, Danville patients like Vestal Dillard often to travel to Duke whenever a major heart procedure is done.
Hospital officials are proposing a six million dollar state of the art cardiac facility to be built next to Danville Regional.
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[IN Q=The patient]
((WILLIAM ISEMANN/DANVILLE REGIONAL INTERIM PRES.: THE PATIENT WON'T HAVE TO TRAVEL THAT FAR AND THIS WILL ENHANCE THE PROGRAM HERE.))
((VESTAL DILLARD/HEART PATIENT: I'D LIKE TO SEE IT DONE HERE. IT WOULD BE BETTER TO GET ANGIOPLASTY OR BYPASS HERE NOT JUST FOR ME BUT FOR EVERYBODY.))
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The proposed program still needs state approval. If the hospitals get that, it will be between two and three years before the new facility will see its first patient.
When most people think of the high tech world.. places like Silicon Valley immediately come to mind.
But the digital world knows no bounds..
As Maureen Maher found out when she explored the world of virtual reality.
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[SUPER=01-Jim Bernard/Iowa State University; :28]
[SUPER=01-Laura Arns/Engineering Student; :40]
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IN THE MIDDLE OF IOWA, CORN ISN'T THE ONLY THING SPROUTING THIS SUMMER.
ON THE CAMPUS OF IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY, THE WORLD OF VIRTUAL REALITY IS
SOT - JIM BERNARD/IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY
"Right out here in the middle of prairie by gosh, we're leaders in
IT'S CALLED THE C-6 AND UNLIKE ANY OTHER VIRTUAL REALITY THEATRE IN THIS
COUNTRY, IT PROJECTS IMAGES ON ALL FOUR WALLS, THE FLOOR AND THE CEILING
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"its what we call very highly immersive, it'll make you think you're
there, for sure. "
...ITS TAKING THESE ENGINEERING STUDENTS NOT ONLY TO THE VIRTUAL WORLD
BUT THE REAL WORLD.
SOT - LAURA ARNS/DOCTORATE STUDENT
I worked on a project sponsored by John Deere to work on air flow in
tractor cabs and I worked on another project sponsored by Shell oil to
look at subsurface under the earth and how they might better find oil."
FOR AN INEXPERIENCED USER, THE EXPERIENCE CAN BE....DISORIENTATING AS I
SOON FOUND OUT WHEN IT WAS MY TURN TO SUIT UP...
"do I click three times"
THERE ARE NO CABLES OR HELMETS, ONLY A TRANSMITTER AND OF COURSE 3-D
ALLEN THEN TOOK ME ON A VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL.
NAT SND "ooh hey watch the pillars"
" 'now I'm flying us up to the ceiling so we can look at the detail"
MM " that's unbelievable, I mean it is as if your floating through the
center of the cathedral."
AND NOT ONLY CAN YOU FLOAT UP TO THE CEILING, YOU CAN FLY OUTSIDE AND
LOOK IN THE WINDOW
THE CATHEDRAL TOUR IS JUST ONE OF MANY TRIPS YOU CAN TAKE IN THE VIRTUAL
WORLD -BUT RIGHT, NOW YOU'LL HAVE TO COME TO IOWA TO BEGIN YOUR JOURNEY
MM, CBS NEWS
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 126 points.
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An all-pro Redskin says he might not be on the field for training camp. That's just ahead in sports.
...and the Salem Avalanche begins a four game series with Kinston at Memorial Stadium. We'll have highlights coming up next.
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The Washington Redskins have signed third-round draft pick Lloyd Harrison to a four-year, one-point-seven million dollar contract.
The cornerback from North Carolina State was the 64th overall selection in April's draft.
He's expected to contribute on special teams this season.
Redskins first round draft picks LaVar Arrington and Chris Samuels remain unsigned.
A representative of Pro Bowl tailback Stephen Davis says he will not sign the Redskins offer of a one year contract worth over three-and-a -half million dollars, but says Davis is looking for a multi-year deal with a signing bonus significantly larger than the 5-million-dollars the Redskins have offered.
He will most likely miss the opening of training camp.
Over at Roanoke College Bill Pilat and his staff held their annual lacrosse goalies camp.
Former maroon, all american goalie and our own Steve Mason was one of the coaches helping the young campers.
100 goalies from 12 states are taking part in the 4 day camp for kids 10 to 18.
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[SUPER=01-Bill Pilat/Roanoke College Lacrosse Coach; :]
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