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Jeffrey Allen Thomas' murder trial ends with a recommendation from a Pulaski jury -- they want the death sentence
And ... The international space station gets some visitors ..... a new crew comes on board.
we'll have more on those stories in just a few minutes.
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A Roanoke man charged with killing his girlfriend is back in his home town... behind bars.
30 year old Antonio Garland was arrested last Saturday morning in Richmond.
Police say after Garland was stopped for a traffic offense, he admitted killing his girlfriend.
Based on information from him, Roanoke police found the body of 36- year old Deborah Ann Jackson Jones in her apartment.
Officials say she had been dead several days.
City police went to Richmond yesterday to bring Garland back here.
Roanoke County will soon have 20 new Fire and E-M-S employees. But which stations will get new staffers is causing controversy.
County officials will outline their plan on Tuesday, but they have already informed individual squads how each will be affected.
Residents of Mount Pleasant and Bent Mountain are unhappy with reports that their stations won't get any of the new employees.
Members of the Mount Pleasant Civic League will meet with county officials on Monday night.
Lynchburg police hope a day- long training session will help make them more aware to what constitutes a "hate crime" and how to help its victims.
The training comes at the request of a local gay activist who says the department needs to know how to effectively deal with the gay and lesbian community.
Authorities say they're going into it with open minds.
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[IN Q=Apparently it]
((LT. J.J. STAPLETON/LYNCHBURG POLICE: APPARENTLY IT WAS A CONCERN FOR SOME OF OUR CITIZENS, AND IF IT'S A CONCERN FOR THEM THEN IT'S A CONCERN FOR US. AND IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE PROBABLY NEED SOME ENLIGHTENMENT ON AND WE'RE GOING INTO THIS WITH OUR EYES AND EARS OPEN AND HOPNIG TO LEARN FROM IT AND FIND OUT EXACTLY WHAT'S OUT THERE THAT WE NEED TO KNOW.))
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[OUT Q=need to know.]
The one-day session will be taught by experts from the F-B-I and the Department of Criminal Justice.
More than 30 officers have signed up to attend.
The new crew has arrived on the international space station.
``Alpha'' commander Bill Shepherd followed the etiquette of the
high seas and rang the ship's bell to welcome the three-person
The bell-ringing took place 235 miles above the earth, after the space shuttle ``Discovery'' docked with the station.
Two astronauts and one cosmonaut are replacing Shepherd and two
cosmonauts who have been in orbit since November.
Astronauts Jim Voss and Susan Helms are scheduled to take a
spacewalk tonight to help move a station docking port.
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Right next to Dudley Elementary School in Franklin County sits another school building.
But within the four walls of Hales Ford Academy is an entirely different learning atmosphere than today's students are used to.
Shannon Young explains in this week's Time Off.
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[IN Q=((Nats bell ringing)) grade 6]
[SUPER=01-Lavon Frye/Boones Mill Elementary School; :19]
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[SUPER=01-Kayla Santrock/Boones Mill Elementary School; 1:05 -- QUICK]
[IN Q=((bell rings)) 6th grade!]
((((bell rings)) 6th grade!))
[OUT Q=6th grade!]
School is in session.
But this isn't your typical classroom... it's a scene from a history book come to life.
Here at Hales Ford Academy life moves at the pace of the late 18-hundreds.
[IN Q=Well, it's living history.]
((Well, it's living history. The students actually get to learn what it's like. They get to play the role of students from the 1890's and see what their day was like.))
[OUT Q=see what their day was like.]
From taking on the identity of a child who once attended the Academy to sitting at wooden desks to warming their hands by a fire, students get to experience the olden days first hand.
[IN Q=The copy books...]
((The copy books and the slates and the books are even different.))
[OUT Q=books are even different.]
Dustan Turner is playing the role of John W. Hancock.
Although he says he finds the school day to be slower than he's used to there are some aspects of the one room school house he wishes he could hang on to.
[IN Q=You dind't have to go...]
((You didn't have to go up to the board. You already had something right down here.))
[OUT Q=something right down here.]
Other students say there are some things they'd like to change.
[IN Q=That we have to write...]
((That we have to write in cursive all the time. Reporter: Don't like that? Kayla: Not really.))
[OUT Q=Not really.]
The building itself has undergone some changes.
Built in 1854 to serve as Hale's Ford Baptist Church, the room then served as a public school and private residence before it was moved to the campus of Dudley Elementary School where an arsonist burned it down in 1990.
[IN Q=There're a few things...]
((There're a few things that're in here that were saved. The chimney, I think and the foundation I believe was saved also.))
[OUT Q=believe was saved also.]
Now, after being rebuilt to the original specifications, the school house is open for free tours to anyone who wants to experience a time warp.
[ IN Q=We'll, it's different because...]
((Well, it's different because you've got different things. But it is interesting.))
[OUT Q=But it is interesting.]
Shannon Young, News 7, Franklin County.))
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For more information about Hales Ford Academy... you can log onto our website at www-dot-wdbj7-dot com. Just click on the Time Off icon.
Martinsville still hopes to get a new power plant, despite its owners financial woes.
Cinergy Corporation announced plans to build a power plant back in December.
But yesterday the Wall Street Journal revealed the company is headed for a merger and carrying nearly three billion dollars of debt.
Martinsville's City Manager says the potential merger will not affect plans for the power plant.
He's convinced the million dollar tax base will take shape.
The threat of a possible lifeguard shortage this summer has local pool managers concerned.
That's why they've teamed up with the American Red Cross to start recruiting.
Local pool managers say if they can't find enough life guards they may be forced to cut back pool hours or not open.
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[IN Q=The public wants to come to the pool]
((MARY BETH LAYMAN/VINTON SPECIAL PROGRAMS COORDINATOR:THE PUBLIC WANTS TO COME TO THE POOL AND WE WANT THEM TO BE ABLE TO BUT IF WE CAN'T PROPERLY SUPERVISE THE POOL SAFELY IN A FUN ENVIRONMENT WE CAN'T OPEN))
[SUPER=01-Mary Beth Layman/Town of Vinton]
[OUT Q=fun environment then we can't open]
The American Red Cross has already started offering life guard training courses.
You must be at least 15 years old --and meet certain prerequisites to qualify for the classes.
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[IN Q=Traditionally we're looking at ]
((BETTY WHITTAKER/AMERICAN RED CROSS: TRADITIONALLY WE'RE LOOKING AT 200 FOLKS TRAINED IN LIFE GUARDING THAT WE NEED TO DO THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE POOLS))
[SUPER=01-Betty Whittaker/American Red Cross]
[OUT Q=the private pool]
Most pools will open Memorial Day weekend.
In sports, Maryland upped its win streak to six games last night by devasting Wake Forest in the night cap of the ACC Tournament.
Two of the Terps last six wins have come at the expense of the Demon Deacons.
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Maryland gets the steal then works the ball to Steve Blake. Blake downs the three he had nine points and nine assists on the night.
The Terapins hit the boards. Byron Mouton with the rebound and the putback for two more Maryland points.
Lonny Baxter scored a double-double with 11 rebounds and 14 points. His last two right here. And the Terps earn the chance to meet Duke with the 71-52 win over Wake Forest.
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Here's today's schedule. The double header starts at 1:30 with North Carolina taking on Ga. Tech. Tech a winner over UVA yesterday.
Following that game is the Duke-Maryland match up. Both games are right here on WDBJ7.
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Coming up on News 7 Saturday Morning .. The 9-1-1 tapes of monday's school shooting in California are released.
and .. Parents aren't just keeping an eye on their children at home anymore. One local school has them patrolling the halls.
we will have more on those stories coming up in just a few minutes.
The 9-1-1 tapes of Monday's school shooting in California were released yesterday. As Manuel Gallegus reports, they provide a chilling account of the first few minutes.
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How many people have been shot? Uh, a friend of mine has been shot I
think a few others have. Do you think theres a couple people been shot?
A PHONE CALL TO 9-1-1 FROM A DESPERATE AND FRIGHTENED SANTANA HIGH
SCHOOL STUDENT, WHOSE FRIEND HAD JUST BEEN SHOT.
I know youre really afraid, but were on our way-- OK honey--dont
is there someone there that can stop the bleeding?
EARLY ON, THE FRANTIC CALLS CAME-IN FROM SEVERAL PLACES AROUND THE CAMPUS
so we dont know where the shooter is no I have no idea, students just
came running into came running to the office saying that a student had
Yes hes in the counseling office right now. But you dont know where
the shooter is no I have no idea.
15 YEAR OLD ANDY WILLIAMS IS ACCUSED OF KILLING TWO STUDENTS AND
WOUNDING 13 OTHERS--HE IS CHARGED AS AN ADULT.
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WHEN WILLIAMS FIRST ARRIVED IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY, HE MADE A VIDEO FOR
HIS FRIENDS BACK HOME IN MARYLAND. HE APPEARS HAPPY.
BUT, HIS OLD FRIENDS SAY EVENTUALLY HE DIDNT LIKE HIS NEW SCHOOL, AND
THAT THE SHOOTINGS HAPPENED BECAUSE HE HAD BEEN, TEASED, BEATEN -UP AND
ROBBED OF HIS SKATEBOARD BY SANTANA HIGH BULLIES.
WILLIAMS OLD FRIENDS SAY HE MUST HAVE CHANGED BECAUSE BACK IN 1999 HE
WAS SADDENED AND HORRIFIED BY THE SHOOTINGS AT COLUMBINE HIGH SCHOOL.
MANUEL GALLEGUS, CBS NEWS))[E-Mail-Arrest]
Another arrest has been made in the aftermath of the Santee, California, school shooting.
This one on the other side of the country.
Maryland and California authorities arrested 18 year-old Patrick Smith at
his Walkersville, Maryland, home last night.
He's charged with first-degree
assault, email harassment and making threats against a school.
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He also faces two counts of making terrorist threats in California.
Police say Smith threatened two Santana high school students over the
internet to "finish what was started."
Schools across the country have been dealing with a rash of violence and students bringing guns to school.
But one school in Roanoke County is putting parents on patrol to make sure violence doesn't happen.
Kate Weidaw reports.
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(([NAT SOUND KIDS WALKING THE HALLS]
It's not just students who fill the halls at Hidden Valley Junior High School when the bell rings. Parents are there too.
((NANCY GREEN/PARENT: WE'RE CERTAINLY ALERT TO ANYTHING THAT MIGHT BE OUT OF THE ORDINARY.))
[NAT SOUND KIDS WALKING THE HALL]
((PRISCILLA WOODSON/PARENT: AS A PARENT, IT GIVES YOU A CHANCE TO GET IN THE SCHOOL AND TO SEE WHAT IS GOING ON AND WHAT YOUR KID DOES DURING THE DAY.))
Priscilla Woodson is just one of 50 parents who are taking part in the school watch program. Parents volunteer their time to walk the halls keeping a watchful eye and open ear to what's happening.
((JULIE BECKER/PARENT: JUST OBSERVE WHAT'S GOING ON, CHECK THE ENTRANCES AND EXITS LISTEN AT THE BATHROOMS TO SEE IF THERE IS ANY UNUSUAL NOISE WATCH THE KIDS AS THEY ARE GOING THROUGH THE HALLWAYS.))
((KATE WEIDAW/REPORTING: WHILE VIOLENCE HAS NEVER BEEN A PROBLEM IN THE HALLS OF HIDDEN VALLEY JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL, THE STUDENTS SAY THEY FEEL MUCH MORE COMFORTABLE KNOWING THE PARENTS ARE HERE.))
((KAITLIN JOHNSON/STUDENT: IT MAKES ME FEEL SAFER NOW KNOWING THERE ARE MORE PARENTS IN THE HALLWAY MAKING SURE THAT NO GUNS OR ANYTHING.))
It also makes parents feel they're making a difference.
((PRISCILLA WOODSON/PARENT: WHEN THINGS HAPPEN THAT MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE SCHOOL ISN'T A SAFE PLACE FOR YOUR KIDS IT GIVES YOU SOMETHING THAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP YOU FEEL LIKE YOU'RE MAKING IT A SAFE PLACE FOR THEM.))
((NANCY GREENE/PARENT: WE'RE FORTUNATE TO HAVE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT HERE WE JUST WANT TO KEEP IT THAT WAY.))
And with parents on patrol they hope to keep Hidden Valley Junior High School violence-free. Kate Weidaw News 7 Roanoke County.))
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A member of Roanoke City Council is hoping to raise more money for tourism promotion. But it would be a tax most Roanokers would never see.
Bill White has proposed a one percent increase in the city's lodging tax... a move that would raise more than 300- thousand dollars a year.
He wants to earmark that money for the Roanoke Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau.
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[IN Q=Additionally it's my hope]
((ADDITIONALLY, IT'S MY HOPE THAT THE OTHER JURISDICTIONS, BEING ROANOKE COUNTY, SALEM AND I BELIEVE BOTETOURT COUNTY WOULD FOLLOW OUR LEAD AND PROVIDE ADDITIONAL FUNDING SO THAT WE ALL BENEFIT FROM ADDITIONAL REVENUE.))
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[OUT Q=benefit from additional revenue.]
There are now about 52- hundred hotel rooms in the Roanoke Valley, and most nights less than 60 percent of them are occupied.
That figure is well below the state and national averages.
A long-time Bedford County station manager and radio personality will serve the next seven months in jail .. for taking indecent liberties with a child.
James Patterson was convicted last year for offenses involving young boys... some of the cases dated back 20 years.
Patterson came in contact with the boys between 1981 and 1985 through internships at W-B-L-T radio and the local Boy Scouts group.
Patterson was sentenced to a total of 30 years, but he won't serve that time.
All but seven months were suspended. He'll be on probation for ten years.
The prosecutor says he and the victims were pleased with the sentence.
And finally today, a shocking sight in Australia as a hot air balloon explodes over the capital city of Canberra.
Luckily, no one was seriously injured when this balloon caught fire during a flight.
The pilot managed to land it in a suburban area.
An explosion forced him and the passengers to jump before the basket was actually grounded.
Seconds later another explosion sent the burning balloon and basket back into the air and out of control across nearby suburbs.
It finally landed more than a half a mile away after one of the gas cylinders fell through the roof of a house.
Cheerleading is thought of as a sport for girls, but one Montgomery County boy is doing his best to change that...
Nine-year-old Zach Weller is the only boy on the 12-member pee-wee team of Christiansburg Spirit Explosion.
Zach watched his big sister cheer and decided to join.
His coach says he adds a new dimension to their routines - and in the six months that he has been with the squad it's been lots of work...
[IN Q=we stretch]
((WE STRETCH SO WE WON'T PULL OUR MUSCLES OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT THEN WE WORK ON OUR CHEER THEN IF WE HAVE TIME LEFT THEN WE DO NEW STUNTS.))
[OUT Q=new stunts]
But as you may imagine - being the only boy on the team isn't easy....
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Tomorrow morning in our Virginia Profile we take a look a closer look at Weller's experience on the team.