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A former President of the Roanoke Bar Association will spend the next six years BEHIND BARS.
That after a judge loses patience with Evans Jessee's probation violations.
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And the prosecution drops its embezzlement case against a former Roanoke Express team manager.
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A few clouds in some locations but everyone else is seeing a nice sunny day....and the tropics get active...I'll have you forecast....
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News 7 at Noon, right after this break.



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Roanoke lawyer Evans Jessee has been sent to the state penitentiary for six years.
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In June, Jessee was placed on probation, though Judge Dow Owens recognized Jessee has an alcohol problem and warned him he'd better not be found with even the SMELL of alcohol on his breath. The 70-year old former President of the Roanoke Bar Association violated that condition and every other one the Judge put on him.
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In court this morning Jessee promised he would immediately get into a treatment program. But Judge Owens sent him to prison. Jessee was found guilty earlier of embezzling funds from former clients.

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The Pittsylvania County Sheriff's office is investigating a suspicious death in Axton. Deputies say they found a Hispanic man dead on Splendor Gate Road from an apparent gunshot wound. The man's identity is not known at this time, and the body has been sent to the medical examiner's office in Roanoke.

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The embezzlement case against former Roanoke Express Hockey team manager Tony Mancuso has been dropped.
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As the trial date approached, the prosecutor says she realized a lot of the team's financial records had been lost or could not be retrieved from the organization's computer files.
Though the criminal case involving embezzlement, obtaining money by false pretenses and grand larceny have been dismissed, CIVIL proceedings against Mancuso are likely to go forward
He has denied any wrong- doing, and has since left the area.
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Charges against assistant G-M James Higginbotham were also dropped.

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A man accused of a Roanoke murder is back in the Star City. Antoine Lamar Thompson was returned to Roanoke from Akron, Ohio yesterday. The 20-year old is charged in connection with the June 10th murder of Ryan Fischer and the robbery of Fischer's friend's car. Commonwealth's Attorney Donald Caldwell says there's evidence the crime grew out of a drug deal gone bad. Thompson is being held in the Roanoke City jail without bond. Another suspect, 21-year old "Droop" Bradburn, recently surrendered to police.


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A real life inferno in Hollywood today.
Fire engulfed a four story hotel, leaving two people dead and several others injured.
Firefighters are calling the blaze "suspicious".
Terisa Estacio reports.
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THE FIRE STARTED IN THE EARLY HOURS OF THE MORNING AND QUICKLY ENGULFED THE 4-STORY PALOMAR HOTEL.

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WITH NO WHERE TO ESCAPE, RESIDENTS DANGLED FROM THE WINDOWS ... AND CLUNG TO FIRE ESCAPES ... AS FIREFIGHTERS TRIED TO RESCUE THEM.
BUT ONE WOMAN WHO HAD MANAGED TO SAVE HER TWO CHILDREN PANICKED ... AND JUMPED TO HER DEATH BEFORE CREWS COULD REACH HER.

SOT: TERRY MANNING/ASST. FIRE CHIEF - LA Fire Department

"Firefighters were probably within five feet of a rescue of that victim. Our ladders would have reached. A few more minutes we could have made a difference. She was faced with extensive heat and smoke and at that time she jumped.
A SECOND PERSON WAS FOUND DEAD INSIDE THE HOTEL. SEVERAL PEOPLE WERE ALSO INJURED -- INCLUDING A FIREFIGHTER WHO FELL THREE STORIES DOWN AN ELAVATOR SHAFT.
FIRE OFFICIALS SAY THE BUILDING DOES HAVE A HISTORY OF FIRES OVER THE PAST DECADE, BUT THEY STILL AREN'T SURE WHAT SPARKED THIS ONE. RIGHT NOW, THEY'RE CALLING IT SUSPICIOUS.
TE, CBS NEWS, LOS ANGELES.

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A cold front is bringing some relief to firefighters out West--
But the front could also mean higher winds, causing the wildfires to spread even more.
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Right now, the biggest fire problems are in Washington State and Oregon.
Fire officials have issued a Level Five alert, meaning firefighters are getting short on resources.
Nearly 6- thousand acres have gone up in smoke along the Oregon- California border.
More than 12- hundred firefighters are battling that particular wildfire.
They're also getting some help from helicopters dousing the flames.
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Still to come on the newscast, there could be a problem developing on the International Space Station,
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Also, we'll tell you how you can buy a piece of Soviet space history...if the price is right.
But first, we'll see if we can buy any more pleasant summer forecasts like we've had this week---
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The man who sexually assaulted a woman in a Roanoke parking garage last January will spend the rest of his life in prison.
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Lawrence Blevins abducted and beat the victim almost unconscious.
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If it had not been for Keith Weltens, she probably would have died. He foiled the attack and was honored by City Council in March.
Weltens sensed something was wrong as he drove past the victim's car in the parking garage, got her away from Blevins and to the hospital in time to save her.
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Blevins had been convicted of aggravated sexual battery of an 11 year old girl in 1983, served 17 years of a 20-year prison term. He got out less than a month before he abducted the 56-year old Roanoke County victim in this case.
The jury sentenced Blevins to life in prison for abduction, plus 40-years for malicious wounding and a sexual offense.

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A solemn send- off today for the remains of 13 U-S Marines killed during World War Two.
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They left Hawaii's Hickam Air Force Base on a plane headed to Arlington National Cemetery.
The remains of the 13 Marines were among 19 from the Second Raider Battalion killed during an August 1942 raid.
The other six are already buried.
The remains were recovered in December, 1999 after a renewed search by U-S military investigators.
Many of the families will be in Virginia on Friday, when the remains will be buried in a common area in Arlington.
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Russian space officials are denying reports of a computer glitch on the international space station.
Mission control says the station is running smoothly, despite news reports that said Space Shuttle Discovery had to take control because of a Russian computer failure.
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Meanwhile, two Discovery astronauts began a six-and-a-half-hour spacewalk today.
It's the first of two planned this week, while the shuttle is hooked up with the international space station.
The shuttle's main mission is to swap-out crews on the space station.
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Meanwhile, internet users can BUY a large piece of Russia's space history.
The only surviving Russian space shuttle is for sale on E-Bay.
Donald Forbes has the story.
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A Lynchburg blues musician is getting a little recognition in his hometown.
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Singer- guitarist Luke Jordan died in 1952.. he was one of just a few black Virginians who recorded music in the 1920's, including his best- known song "Pick Poor Robin Clean".
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Jordan's place in local music history is now being honored with a V-DOT historical marker along the Lynchburg riverfront.
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((JAN RAMSEY/JAMES RIVER BLUES SOCIETY: BUT BACK IN THE '20'S WHEN HE PLAYED, THE STREET CORNER WAS A VERY POPULAR VENUE SO TO SPEAK.. WAREHOUSES WERE PROBABLY DOWN HERE IN THAT ERA AND THAT'S PROBABLY WHERE HE MADE MOST OF HIS MONEY, PLAYING FOR PEOPLE, PLAYING FOR A NICKEL A SONG OR PLAYING ON STREET CORNER FOR LOOSE CHANGE.))
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The James River Blues Society raised 12- hundred dollars to place the marker.
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Coming up next on the newscast, we'll have an update on the snow leopard cubs at Mill Mountain Zoo,
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and then a little later, we see a mother fight nature as she nutures some adopted babies.
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Residents living near Lynchburg College say they will be patient a little while longer as the school tries to settle down of its rowdier students.
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The college has several hundred students living off campus.. neighbors have complained about students being loud, drinking and trash problems for years.
At a neighborhood meeting last night, residents said they're willing to give the school one year to bring the students in line.
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((BEVIN ALEXANDER/NEIGHBORHOOD SPOKESMAN: AS SOON AS I SEE THEM LOSE INTEREST, I WILL BE FOMENTING THE RIOT AS RAPID AS ANYBODY ELSE. BUT I THINK DURING THIS NEXT YEAR IT IS INCUMBENT ON US TO MAKE OUR POSITION CLEAR AND TO GIVE THE COLLEGE SUPPORT FROM US.))
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City officials told the group they're cracking down on code violations in student rental housing.
They also urged residents to report any problems to the police.
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Mill Mountain Zoo's snow leopards are living together as a family for the first time.
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Last Thursday, the zoo released father Boris into the pen to join his mate, Tasha, and their two cubs. While most American zoos shy away from integrating snow leopard families, Mill Mountain took a tip from European zoos and gave it a try. It was the first time the cubs had been able to roam freely with their dad, but was not th efirst time they'd seen him.
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((DAVE WOOD/MILL MOUNTAIN ZOO: WE'VE ALWAYS HAD AN INTRODUCTIONO DOOR SO THEY'VE BEEN INTERACTING WITH EACH OTHER SINCE THE DAY THEY'VE GONE ON EXHIBIT. SO THEY'RE FAMILIAR WITH EACH OTHER.))
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The cubs were born in May. Zoo officials estimate the male and female weigh about 14-pounds but aren't certain because the cats are now too big to be checked. The cubs will stay at Mill Mountain Zoo for at least a year.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 39 points.

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Nasdaq has dropped 30 points.


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Still to Come .. A U-V-A basketball player is going to play in the World University Games .. in China.
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And Frank Beamer's Hokies may be a top ten team .... but that doesn't give them any reason to slack off at practice.
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The Salem Avalanche is doing its best to hold on to that elusive playoff spot in the southern division. Last night the Avs beat Potomac, 9-to-4.
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This was "Smokey Bear Reading Challenge Night" at Salem Memorial.
Kids of all ages picked up some goodies from the forestry department. Potomac would make things interesting in the top of the fifth-- Jamie Pogue crashed this solo homer out of the yard to tie the game up at 1-run, all.
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But it basically was all Salem the rest of the way.
In the bottom of the frame, Javier Colina gets the RBI single to center.
The Avs erupt in the late innings to take the 9-to-4 win.
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Every preseason poll in the nation this summer has ranked the Virginia Tech football team somewhere in the top ten. But Frank Beamer doesn't let that fact get to him .. he still remembers what it was like to be 2-and-9.
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And for that reason he will not put up with any type of lackadaisical play from his kids this preseason. Yesterday in practice the defense was working, but the offense was loafing.
And the big boss man was less than thrilled with what he was seeing.
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A U-V-A player has made the cut .. now he's packing it up and going overseas.
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U-V-A's Roger Mason, Junior has been named to the 12- man final roster for the USA team in the World University Games.
The six foot five inch Mason will be a junior this coming season. He and his teammates leave for China this Saturday. He'll have two Terrapins as teammates in Lonnie Baxter and Juan Dixon.
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Meanwhile in the pro ranks, a lot of local fans are excited about Friday night's Atlanta Falcons game. While most want to see Michael Vick in action, ANOTHER former Tech player wants his share of the limelight.
Steve Mason has more.
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((The Falcons offense was rated 15th in the NFC, last in the division a season ago and Chris Chandler was sacked 40 times. Stats that open the door for players like Dave Kadela. ((DAN REEVES/FALCONS HEAD COACH:)) ((:)) ((STEVE MASON:)) ((:)) While Buffy, who was one of the Big East Conference's and Tech's top swimmers, could not attend Falcons training camp, her father and mother live a half hour from Furman University in Spartanburg, South Carolina and were there. Buffy was on the phone with mom a good bit getting updates on husband to be. ((:))
The Falcons discovered Kadela after watching hours of tape of his quarterback at Tech. ((MICHAEL VICK:)) ((:))
The Falcons make first cuts August 28th. Steve Mason News 7 sports.))

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The Star City's N-B-D-L team - The Roanoke Dazzle - has announced its schedule for the team's first season.
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[GO TO PINNACLE 4714] The Dazzle has 26 home dates with the season opener set for Sunday night, November 18th. The team hopes to bring a festive atmosphere to the Civic Center.
To that end, games are scheduled for the afternoon of Christmas Day and Valentine's Day night. And that Christmas game will be the Dazzle's very first on TV.
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The Roanoke Express has hooked another player for the upcoming season. Rookie Bret (DE-CHECK-OH) DeCecco signed yesterday, but will attend training camp with the Hampton Roads Admirals in the AHL. In his four seasons in the Canadian Junior Leagues, (de-CHECK-oh) DeCecco has averaged nearly 40 goals a year.

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And finally today,
A female cat living at a Texas animal shelter has taken on a couple of new responsibilities.
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She's nurturing two baby SQUIRRELS.
It all started when a group of firefighters found the young squirrels last month after they'd fallen out of a tree.
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((MICHAEL BARNHART/FIGHTER:WHEN WE FOUND THEM THEY WERE TRYING TO DIG A HOLE I GUESS TO TRY AND KEEP WARM, AND STAY SAFE. WE BROUGHT THEM BACK TO THE STATION, FED THEM. ))
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But they soon found out they needed some help.
Workers at the local animal shelter tried to bottle- feed the squirrels, but it didn't work.
A stray cat, who had lost two kittens in her litter, became a substitute mother.
Now that the squirrels are getting nourishment, the shelter hopes to someday return them to the wild.
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