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A late-night shooting at a Roanoke nightspot leaves one dead - six injured.
Police think it MAY be a hate crime.
And, police release a detailed report they say clears them of any wrong-doing in the death of James Minor.
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It was a scary night in one Roanoke bar after a man opened fire on the crowd - killing one person.
It happened at the Back Street Cafe on Salem Avenue.
Kate Weidaw has been out there all night and joins us with the latest.
It has been a long night for investigators at the Back Street Cafe. This bar is described as a place to shoot pool and get a burger. It's known as a popular hangout for the gay community. That's one reason police are investigating aspects of this incident as a hate crime.
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((Witnesses say 53 year old Ronald Edward Gay walked into The Back Street Cafe on Salem Avenue, ordered a beer and sat at a table drinking it for several minutes. He then reportedly stood up, pulled a 9 millimeter pistol from his coat and fired several shots into the crowd. People in the bar say the scene was chaotic.
((KATHY JARRETT: WE WERE SITTING IN THERE HAVING A BEER THE NEXT THING I KNOW I HAVE THREE FRIENDS SPRAWLED OUT WITH BULLET WOUNDS.))
Officials say when Gay stopped firing he left the bar on foot and was taken into custody a short time later at First Street and Campbell Avenue. Police found the gun they believe Gay used in a trash can near the Transportation Museum.
Back at the bar police found 43 year old Danny Lee Overstreet of Roanoke dead near the front door of the bar. Two other men and four women were taken to Roanoke Memorial with gun shot wounds. ))
Police have interviewed several witnesses who say Gay was saying he was going to shoot some gay people.
At this time he has been charged with one count of first degree murder, he is being held at the Roanoke City Jail without bond. Officials say the first degree murder charge is subject to change and additional charges are anticipated.
The Roanoke City police released its findings from an investigation into a police chase and fatal motorcycle accident.
Before they met with the media, officials discussed the findings with James Minor's family.
The crash victim's family remains skeptical of the city's claim that the officers acted properly when they chased Minor after alleged traffic violations and that the officers called off the chase blocks before the crash.
The local ministers who were called in to review the results of the investigation are supportive of police.
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((REV. EDWARD MITCHELL: FROM WHAT WE'VE SEEN AND FROM THE TAPES WE LOOKED AT, WE'RE PRETTY MUCH SATISFIED THAT IT WAS. AND IT'S GOING TO TAKE HEALING TIME FOR THE FAMILY TO SEE SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WE SAW.))
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Following the meeting, Minor's Aunt, Margaret Patterson, said "we went with empty hands and came back with empty hands."
The Roanoke City Police Department has released a minute by minute report involving the accident that killed James Minor.
The report shows the officer who pursued Minor is not at fault. Kate Weidaw has more on the report.
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Chief Gaskins says the department began a routine investigation into the accident because there was a fatality. That was before the NAACP requested an internal investigation.
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Intermet says it shouldn't have to pay 801-thousand dollars in fines that resulted from a fatal explosion at its New River Castings plant.
The labor department charged the auto parts company with more than 40 safety violations after inspecting the wreckage.
The plant is cited for failing to properly train and protect workers from workplace hazards.
The March explosion killed three workers.
More than 200 are back at work at the plant - renamed New River Foundry.
Intermet says it's working to address safety issues - and has contested the fines.
Attorneys for the victims' families say they plan legal action.
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Keeping your kids safe and healthy is the goal of Kids Day America 2000.
The nationwide event takes place across the country today - it kicks off in Roanoke at 12:30 this afternoon.
Joining me now is Dr. Michael Burgoon (BURR-goon) - whose office is sponsoring the local event - and Nicki Joynes she's with the West End Center - which will benefit from today's activities.
Dr. Burgoon - tell us about the safety measures police are helping with today...
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And the West End Center is benefiting from what's going today. Nicki - tell us a little bit more about that and what the West End Center does...
Dr. Burgoon, Ms. Joynes - thanks for joining us this morning.
If you would like to participate in Kids Day America -
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the festivities take place between noon and 3-pm... at Towers Family Chiropractic in Roanoke.
That's at 2302 Winthrop Avenue Southwest.
Stay with us - News 7 Saturday Morning will be right back.
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Since you last saw Weekend Diner - you've seen some new faces here on News 7.
They're helping us get Weekend Diner back in full swing.
Today - Jacey Birch takes a break from her Live at 5 and Noon duties - to whip up some Smoothies.
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If you want Jacey's Smoothies recipes or any recipe you see on Weekend Diner check out our web site at WDBJ-7-dot com - just click on Weekend Diner.
Or you can send us a self-addressed, stamped envelope at... ( Ad lib address -- toss to break)
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Police say it MAY be a hate crime...
They're investigating last night's shooting at a gay bar that killed one and injured several other people.
And, A U-S Ambassador is accused of compromising top-secret material.
A man walked into a Roanoke bar last night and opened fired, killing one person and injuring six.
It happened at the Back Street Cafe on Salem Avenue.
That's where we find Kate Weidaw, what's the latest?
It was a scary night for folks who came to the Back Street Cafe. No one expected a man to walk in, pull out a gun, and start shooting randomly.
Police say they are investigating this as a hate crime because this hangout is known as a gay bar.
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((Witnesses say 53 year old Ronald Edward Gay told them he was looking for a gay bar so he could go shoot some gay people. Around 11:50 last night - he walked into the Back Street Cafe on Salem Avenue ordered a beer, sat down, then pulled a 9 millimeter pistol from his coat and started shooting.
((SHELLY ALLEY: THE GENTLEMAN WHO PASSED AWAY WAS THE FIRST PERSON HE SHOT DIRECTLY IN THE CHEST THEN AFTER THAT HE SHOT RANDOMLY AROUND THE ROOM.))
After the gun fire stopped - 43 year old Danny Lee Overstreet of Roanoke was dead, two other men and four women were injured and taken to Roanoke Memorial with gun shot wounds. A short time later police took Gay into custody at First Street and Campbell Avenue.
((SHELLY ALLEY: WE HAD WITNESSES WHO ACCOMPANIED THE OFFICERS AND WE TOOK HIM INTO CUSTODY WITHOUT INCIDENT HE WAS VERY COOPERATIVE.))
Police found a 9 millimeter they believe Gay used in the shootings in a trash can near the Transportation Museum.))
Investigators have spent much of the night inside the bar collecting bullet casings, taking pictures, and video taping the area. Right now Gay is being held in the Roanoke City Jail without bond on charges of first degree murder.
Kate, did police say where Ronald Gay is from?
Police say he has been living in Roanoke for the last year but his identification lists his home address in Citrus Springs, Florida. Officials say he rented a room at the Jefferson Lodge yesterday.
Roanoke police held a news conference last night regarding the accident that killed James Minor.
At the conference - they released a report and dispatch tapes they say show an officer is NOT at fault for Minor's death.
According to the police report - Officer Fuller radioed into dispatch at 5-18am. He said he saw a motorcycle traveling at a high rate of speed - then he said he was ending the chase.
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((UNIT: SIX IS 10-80 ON 25TH STREET NORTHBOUND TURNING ONTO HANOVER ON A RED HONDA. SUBJECT HAS A GREEN SHIRT, A RED HELMET. OFFICER FULLER: ON 10TH. DISPATCH: ON 10-TH. OFFICER FULLER: THE CURRENT SPEED IS 68. SIX IS GOING TO TERMINATE TAKING THE STOP SIGNS TOO FAST.))
According to the report Officer Fuller stopped pursuing Minor at 5-19, but continued to follow him with his lights off... Then at 5-21 - Sergeant Harmon came upon the crash.
The report also stated when emergency personnel were cutting off Minor's clothing to treat him they found a small bag of marijuana in his sock.
Police Chief Joe Gaskins says the department investigated the accident because it was a fatality.
Police are still asking anyone who witnessed the accident to come forward.
The U.S. Ambassador to Israel is in hot water.
The State Department says it's pulled Martin Indyk's security clearance while it investigates alleged security violations.
A spokesman says there's no indication of espionage, or that intelligence information has been
A source from outside the State Department says Indyk is accused of using a non-secure laptop computer to handle secret material.
Not everyone is singing President Clinton's praises for his decision to dip into America's Emergency oil reserve.
Britain's prime minister -- who's dealing with his own country's skyrocketing fuel prices -- praised Clinton's move.
However, a Saudi government official called it ``an election ploy'' designed to help out his vice president, Democratic presidential nominee Al Gore.
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Republican Presidential Candidate George W. Bush told the CBS Early Show's Jane Clayson dipping into the reserves is a mistake.
He says the reserves should only be used for emergencies and not to manipulate prices.
30 million barrels will be released from the government's stockpile.
Oil was last released from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in 1991 during the Gulf War.
Higher fuel prices come winter - are a concern close to home this weekend.
Energy conservation - and saving money - is the focus of a two-day fair at Virginia Tech.
It features energy-saving tips, devices and demonstrations...
Everything from electric cars with high fuel economy to energy-saving fluorescent light bulbs.
Conservationists say using just a few of these devices can go a long way toward saving money and the environment.
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Two rabies cases are reported in the New River Valley -
That story, still ahead.
Cameron Crowe's film about rock 'n' roll, Rolling Stone, and the '70s hits theaters in our area this weekend.
Anna Wentworth checks out "Almost Famous" - her review is still ahead.
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How much do you really know about the world around you?
From physics to geology, weather to the workings of the human body, you can have your questions answered at the Science Museum of Western Virginia.
Shannon Young takes us on a tour in this week's "Time Off".
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((On the fourth floor of a building hugging downtown Roanoke's Market Square you'll find a museum that offers more than photographs and artifacts...
It's a little bit zoo...
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((This is one of our more popular creatures. It's a horseshoe crab.))
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A little bit school...
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((Like charges repel and so they're trying to get away from each other and the best way to get out is through your hair.))
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And a whole lot of fun...
Stephanie Garst is the marketing manager for the Science Museum of Western Virginia.
Her mission is to draw attention to the museum's many attractions.
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((The museum is a fun place for kids of all ages. It's one of those kinds of places where you learn without knowing you're learning because you're having so much fun.))
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Your tour will take you through the Science Gallery, where you can explore a realm of light, sound and color, to the Weather Gallery, where you can walk through a real tornado, to the Body Tech room, where you can act as a human heart and send "blood" through artificial veins.
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((If you're standing here doing this every day, seven days a week, twenty-four-seven, that's how hard your heart's pumping.))
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In the Geology Gallery, venture into an eerie world of fluorescent rock and learn about the long, turbulent history of the earth through interactive exhibits and displays including real dinosaur bones.
Then round the corner to the Supernet Gallery and fast forward into the age of technology where you can practice your typing skills on the newest in ergonomic keyboards.
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((You can learn by doing. Some people choose to do it that way, primarily children. Adults come in and try to read label copy, which is next to it, and learn.))
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((Most of the exhibits here at the Science Museum are permanent, but some are rotating. What does the future hold? A journey where no man's gone before.))
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((Our exhibit coming up is going to be "Star Trek: Federation Science", so get ready. It's going to be alot of fun.))
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((You can sit at the bridge and look out into space. There'll be the sickbay, the transporter room, the weigh stations... It's phenomenal.))
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((The exhibit uses the TV show and the movies to teach about alot of science aspects... things from physics and astronomy all the way to medicine.))
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The "Star Trek" exhibit will start October seventh and run through the end of the year.
Admission to the Science Museum is 6-dollars for adults.
4-dollars will cover kids ages 3 through 12.
Toddlers get in free.
And don't forget to budget a few extra dollars for a large format film in the Megadome Theater or chance to star gaze in the Planetarium.
Shannon Young, News 7, Roanoke.))
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You can find directions to the Science Museum on our homepage at WDBJ-7-dot-com.
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The New River Valley Health District has seen TWO confirmed cases of rabies this week.
One involved a domestic cat in Narrows.
After it bit its owner, the cat was taken to the vet where it later died.
Two people are now being treated with rabies shots.
The second case involves a skunk in Floyd County.
The skunk came in contact with a dog, but the dog had been vaccinated.
It will still be confined for 90 days.
Rabies can be fatal. It's spread through saliva from an infected animal.
Construction of a new motel and restaurant complex in Roanoke is on hold - because a woman says developers cheated her elderly parents to get the land.
Pat Davis refuses to turn over land that would be in the middle of a motel and restaurant complex on Route 220 next to Wal-Mart.
Developers bought her parents' house for 212-thousand-dollars, more than seven times its assessed value.
But Davis thinks the agents cheated her 100-year-old mother.
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Davis lost a lawsuit last year against the developers and her father, but she doesn't have to sign over the land until her appeal.
That means the restaurants and motel could be a couple of years away.
Before we leave you this morning - we want to revisit our top story.
Kate Weidaw joins us at the Back Street Cafe in Roanoke - where a man opened fire on the crowd last night - killing one.
Kate - what's the latest?
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Getting your pizza hot and fresh doesn't mean going to the restaurant or the store.
This trailer can bring it right to you.
It's called Vito's Pizza Mobile Restaurant.
It's equipped with everything from an oven, to a refrigerator, and booths.
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Business has taken off for the new pizza shop on wheels.
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In this week's Virginia Profile - we'll introduce you to the man who makes it all possible - and tell you more about this mobile restaurant.
That's tomorrow on News 7 Sunday Morning.