A suspect is arrested in the murder of a Bedford County woman six years after it happened.
Her ex-husband is in custody.
And... families of Tara Munsey and Jeffrey Thomas converge on a Pulaski County court to see if the judge will uphold the death penalty for her killer.
Some sunshine breaks out leading to a hot and humid afternoon.... which could lead to some thunderstorms....I'll have your forecast....
News 7 at noon is next.
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Convicted murderer Jeffry Thomas should learn today if he will die for the murder of a Radford teenager last year.
In March, the jury that convicted Thomas recommended he die for killing 16 year old Tara Munsey.
Today he will learn if a judge will agree with that sentence.
New River Valley Bureau Chief Rachel Cannon is at the courthouse with the latest.
((ROLLCUE:...emotional day for Thomas as well.))
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Six years after she was found shot to death in her Bedford County home, authorities have charged Loria Sluder's ex-husband with her murder.
42 year old Roy Denver Sluder was arrested Friday at his home in High Point North Carolina.
He is charged with first degree murder in the June 1995 death of his 32-year-old estranged wife.
Roy Sluder had originally told police his wife committed suicide -
but new testing on evidence taken from the crime scene convinced police she had been murdered.
Sluder waved extradition from North Carolina and is being held without bond in the Bedford County Jail.
The teenager charged with abducting Jennifer Barker June 28-th was in a Roanoke courtroom this morning.
The judge said 15 year old Lee Summerlin needs to be evaluated by mental health professionals before he is released to his uncle.
Jennifer Barker told News 7 that Dewy Summerlin's son Lee was driving the red van the day she was abducted.
Lee's sister says her brother was as much of a victim in this crime as Barker because Dewy was extremely controlling and abusive.
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((ANGIE HARMON: HE WAS VERY SCARED OF HIM AND HE WOULD DO ANYTHING HIS FATHER SAID BECAUSE HE HAD TO DO IT, HE WOULD NEVER TALK BACK TO HIS FATHER AND SAY NO I'M NOT DOING THAT HIS FATHER WOULD BE REALLY ROUGH ON HIM AND YEAH I GUESS HE WOULD HIT HIM.))
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Summerlin continues to be under suicide watch at the Corner Springs Juvenile Detention center.
The family hopes to have him released on Wednesday.
We'll hear more from Angie Harmon tonight on News 7 at 5 and 6.
A man from Stuart faces murder charges for allegedly driving his pickup truck into a group of people in Woolwine late last month.
Twenty eight year old Anthony Eugene Lambert will be charged for the death of 47 year old Benjamin Gilbert Hylton.
The incident allegedly happened following an argument at a birthday party June 24th. Lambert reportedly drove off before turning his truck on a group of four people.
All four were injured. Hylton died from his injuries Saturday night.
Lambert is being held without bond.
Israeli bulldozers have razed a dozen Palestinian homes on the edge of Jerusalem.
The bulldozers were backed by hundreds of Israeli police.
Officials say the Palestinians did not have permits to build in the refugee camp.
Hundreds of camp residents rushed to the scene in protest.
Some were screaming and crying ...
Others threw stones at police.
Jerusalem's mayor defended the demolition, saying he's just enforcing the law.
Police say California Congressman Gary Condit is NOT a suspect in a Washington intern's disappearance.... even after he reportedly admitted having an affair with her to investigators.
Chandra Levy has been missing now since April 30th.
Lee Cowan has the latest.
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That was Lee Cowan reporting.
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Still to come on the newscast, we'll have an update on a boy in Florida who had his arm bitten off by a shark,
and former Beatle George Harrison says he is feeling fine after reports he has suffered a bout of brain cancer.
But first, let's check in with Leo.
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Doctors say an eight-year-old boy who was attacked by a shark is getting better... in spite of kidney problems.
Jessie Arbogast is in critical but stable condition at a Pensacola, Florida, hospital.
The boy was attacked Friday evening at a beach on the Florida panhandle.
His uncle wrestled the shark ashore.
Then, a ranger shot it and pried its jaw open.
The boy's arm was severed, but reattached later at the hospital.
Doctors say he had lost almost all his blood.
Former Beatle George Harrison says he's feeling fine after two months of treatment for a brain tumor.
Harrison released a statement confirming he underwent treatment in Switzerland... and apologizing for worry caused by reports of his tumor.
The 58-year-old has a history of cancer. In May, he had a cancerous growth removed from his lung.
He was also treated for throat cancer in 1997.
Harrison has blamed his bouts with cancer on smoking... a habit he picked up in the 60s as one of the Fab Four.
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Officials are still searching for a missing Alzheimers patient.
They say the man wandered from a nursing home in Lexington.
The Mayflower Nursing home called police Saturday morning saying 86 year old Herman Bennett was missing.
Officials say they've searched extensively for him and now they're starting to worry.
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Herman Bennett was last seen wearing a green-striped shirt, tan slacks, and a tan-colored hat that says New Jersey.
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People gathered last night on the lawn of Roanoke's Virginia Heights Baptist Church to remember the life of Jessika Lewis.
The teenager died Friday from injuries she sustained when the church van she was riding in flipped a week ago.
Kate Weidaw has more.
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((NELSON HARRIS: OUR HEARTS PRAYED THAT SHE MIGHT RETURN TO US WE KNOW THAT SHE HAS BEEN CALLED INTO YOUR PRESENCE.))
Jessika Lewis was remembered by many as a friend and as a girl that loved to play softball.
((EMILY NUTT/FRIEND: THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER LIKE HER NO ONE CAN TAKE HER PLACE AND THE THING WE REMEMBER MOST ABOUT HER IS SHE ALWAYS HAD A SMILE ON HER FACE.))
Pictures of Jessika's smile brought tears to the ones who knew her best.
Banners were laid out for messages to be written to Jessika's family as well as the three other teens who are still hospitalized from the July first accident. It all happened after the van 12 teens and two adults were riding in blew a tire on their way back from Myrtle Beach. The van rolled several times throwing Jessika along with three other teens from the vehicle.
((NELSON HARRIS: WE PRAY SPECIFICALLY FOR BEN WHEELER.))
((LORD WE THANK YOU THAT HE IS PROGRESSING AND THAT HE IS IMPROVING.))
((NELSON HARRIS: LORD WE PRAY SPECIFICALLY FOR MARELLA AT MOSES CONE WE PRAY FOR HER INJURY TO HER BACK.))
((LORD WE PRAY FOR HELEN VANDERGRIFT.))
((THOUGH HELEN REMAINS IN CRITICAL CONDITION WE KNOW THE FAMILY HAS BEEN ENCOURAGED THIS WEEKEND.))
To say good bye to Jessika the group let balloons float into the sky as a way of letting go.
((NELSON HARRIS: WE DO ALL WE CAN BUT ULTIMATELY THESE CHILDREN AND JESSIKA'S FAMILY ARE IN THE ARMS OF GOD.))
Jessika will be laid to rest on Tuesday. Kate Weidaw News7 Roanoke.))
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Coming up next on the newscast, we'll see why it takes an ultralight plane and a crane to help save an endangered species,
also we'll tell you why the box office competition turned into a real cat fight this weekend.
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For decades, scientists have worked to save a bird that's hovering on the brink of extinction.
Whooping cranes have become rare... because so few of the birds migrate.
This week, the government is taking 10 whooping crane chicks on the longest human-led migration ever.
As Sharyl Attkisson reports, scientists hope this flight is one that helps return the birds to the skies... permanently.
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((Rarer than any gem...and arguably more precious...a 60-day-old
whooping crane trains for the day it will follow an ultralight plane to
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IT'S A GREAT EXPERIMENT, WE BELIEVE IT'S AN EXPERIMENT THAT HAS A
TERRIFIC CHANCE OF SUCCESS, BUT NOTHING'S GUARANTEED.
(NARR) For decades government scientists have worked to save the
whooping crane from extinction. From a low of just 21 birds in
1941...captive breeding and legal protection have raised the population
to about 400.
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(NARR) But there is still only one migratory flock. This audacious
project seeks to create another one.
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THIS IS WHAT I USE TO GET THE BIRDS FOLLOWING THE ULTRALIGHT.
(NARR) Biologist Dan Sprague is in his ninth breeding season at the
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center near Washington, DCTERMS. His birds are
hatched in captivity and fed by puppets. And to keep them wild, they
never see a human form...just Sprague and the other handlers disguised
in white cloaks.
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WE DON'T WANT BIRDS HANGING AROUND GOLF COURSES, WE WANT THEM LIVING IN,
YOU KNOW, LIVING IN NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGES, OFF WHERE THEY'RE
(NARR) Last year, scientists used sandhill cranes -- a bird similar to
whoopers, but not endangered -- to see if captive birds could learn to
migrate by following an ultralight. 12 birds followed the plane south
for the winter...11 returned north on their own in the spring.
(NARR OVER GRAPHIC) This fall ten young whooping cranes will leave the
Necedah (nih-SAH-dah) National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin, following
an ultralight plane on a 12-hundred mile journey through seven states,
ending up in Florida's Chassahowitzka (chassa-how-ITZ-kah) National
Wildlife Refuge for the winter.
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ONCE IT WORKED WITH SANDHILLS THEN WE WERE PRETTY CONFIDENT, BUT NEVER
SURE, TILL YOU DO IT, THAT WE COULD DO IT WITH WHOOPING CRANES.
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(NARR) Next spring they'll know. And if the whoopers do fly north, the
birds will be even closer to a permanent return to the skies. Sharyl
Attkisson, CBS News, Washington.))
Things got scary at the box office this weekend as the two top contenders fought like "Cats and Dogs."
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But once the fur quit flying, "Cats and Dogs" scratched out a narrow victory over "Scary Movie Two."
The family film about household pets fighting for world domination brought in 21-point-7 million dollars over the weekend.
That is added to the 15-million dollars it has made since it's debut on the Fourth of July.
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Scary Movie Two finished just a whisker behind with 21 million dollars.
Last weekend's top film, "A-I" drops to third.
Jet Li's (LEEZ) Kiss of the Dragon brought in 13-point-six million dollars, which was good for fourth place.
"The Fast and the Furious" takes the fifth spot.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP three points.
Nasdaq has gained 18.
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Still to come on News 7 at Noon -today's Men's Final at Wimbledon turns into a real wild card affair,
And Venus serves up a win to hold on to her title- Don't go away - News 7 will be right back.
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Croatia's Goran (ee-van-EE'-seh-vich) Ivanisevic has become the first wild card entry ever to win the men's title at Wimbledon.
(ee-van-EE'-seh-vich) Ivanisevic powered past Australian Patrick Rafter in today's final.
It's his first singles title in 14 trips to Wimbledon.
It's a sweet victory for Ivanisevic, who had been to the final in the All-England Championships three previous times, but lost to Andre Agassi in 1992, then to Pete Sampras in '94 and '98.
Shoulder problems had sent him into a slump last year, and his ranking dropped as low as 129 at the end of last year. He had been ranked as high as number two in 1995.
In women's play - Venus Williams successfully defended her title. CBS News Correspondent Richard Roth reports.
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