An armed robbery suspect is at large--
Roanoke police say he held up the First Virginia bank on Colonial Avenue just after it opened this morning.
And a former N-B-A star turns himself in to authorities on manslaughter charges.
A lot of sunshine this afternoon will allow the temperatures to soar into the 60s all across the region...but big changes are heading our way...I'll have that in your hometown forecast...
Roanoke Police are hoping surveillance video from one bank will help them catch the man who robbed another.
Roanoke Police are searching for a man who robbed the First Virginia bank on Colonial Avenue shortly after 9 this morning.
Police say he held up the bank at gun point then took off.
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Jennifer Miele is at the bank where police are still interviewing witnesses.
Kim, we know there were at least two customers inside the bank when the robber entered but no one was harmed.
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[SUPER=01-Shelly Alley/Roanoke City Police Spokesperson;:07]
[OUT Q=older tennis shoes.]
(( It was only a few minutes after the First Virginia Bank opened on Colonial Avenue, when police say the robbery happened.
((SHELLY ALLEY/ROANOKE CITY POLICE SPOKESWOMAN: A MAN ENTERED THE BANK AND WAS ARMED WITH A SILVER HANDGUN. HE DID FLEE THE BANK WITH AN UNDETERMINED AMOUNT OF MONEY.))
He fled on foot. Police believe he made his way around the back of the building, crossed Colonial Avenue and may have passed by the First Union Bank at Towers Shopping Center.
They are hoping bank surveillance video may have captured his image.
Police describe the suspect as a White Male, 5-8 to 5-9 weighing approximately 200 pounds. Witnesses say the man looked to be between the ages of 25 and 35. He was wearing a green army jacket, a black ski mask, and older tennis shoes.))
The F-B-I has joined the Roanoke City Police Department in the search for the bank robber.
They ask that you call if you have any information related to the robbery.
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An anti-war demonstrator continues to challenge Lynchburg's protest permit law.. and he has the A-C-L-U on his side.
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Jack Payden-Travers was fined 50 dollars for organizing this peace demonstration last November without getting the proper permit.
Lynchburg's ordinance requires a permit for any gathering of more than five people.. it's a law the A-C-L-U says is too arbitrary and restricts free speech.
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[IN Q=The law says]
((DAVID BAUGH/DEFENSE ATTORNEY: THE LAW SAYS THAT IF YOU'RE GOING TO SET A MAGIC NUMBER, THE MAGIC NUMBER MUST BE SUCH THAT IT DOESN'T PROHIBIT FREE EXPRESSION, PERIOD. SO I THINK FIVE IS UNNECESSARILY LOW AND IT'S A RIDICULOUS STANDARD.))
((ED LUSTIG/PROSECUTOR: THE GREAT HALLMARK ABOUT THIS COUNTRY IS THAT WE FIND A WAY TO BALANCE.. WE'RE A SOCIETY THAT CHERISHES OUR FREEDOMS BUT RESPECTS THE RULE OF LAW AND I THINK THAT THIS ORDINANCE MEETS THAT BALANCE PERFECTLY.))
[SUPER=01-David Baugh/Defense Attorney; :00]
[SUPER=01-Ed Lustig/Prosecutor; :15]
[OUT Q=meets that balance perfectly.]
Judge Mosby Perrow heard arguments this morning and took the case under advisement.
If they lose, Payden-Travers' lawyers say they may appeal to the state Supreme Court or sue the city over the constitutionality of the law.
Former N-B-A star Jayson Williams has surrendered to authorities to face charges in the deadly
shooting of a limousine driver at Williams' New Jersey mansion.
The driver's nephew says Williams will face manslaughter charges.
Williams walked through a back entrance into the New Jersey state police barracks today.
Officials have scheduled a news conference for this afternoon to discuss the February 14th shooting.
Published reports have quoted unidentified law enforcement sources as saying Williams was holding a shotgun when it went off accidentally.
Williams retired from the New Jersey Nets in 2000 and now works for N-B-C Sports as an analyst.
The F-B-I reportedly has a main suspect in its anthrax investigation.
"The Washington Times" reports that federal authorities are focusing on a former U-S scientist.
They believe the scientist learned how to make a weapons- grade form of anthrax at a government lab.
Sources say he was fired twice from government jobs, and had reportedly made a threat to use anthrax following the 9-11 attacks.
Five people died from anthrax discovered in letters last fall.
A Pakistani judge has delayed charges against three Islamic militants accused in the kidnapping and murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl.
Richard Roth has the latest.
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[SUPER=01-Richard Roth/CBS News; :00]
[SUPER=03-Karachi, Pakistan; :11]
[OUT Q=Roth, CBS News, Islamabad.]
NARR: WITH THEIR HEADS HOODED, SHEIK OMAR SAEED AND TWO OTHERS WERE
LED INTO THE KARACHI COURT. THE HEARING WAS CLOSED, BUT A DEFENSE
LAWYER SAID THE MEN COMPLAINED THEY'D BEEN FORCED BY POLICE TO SIGN
BLANK SHEETS OF PAPER AS PART OF COERCED CONFESSIONS. THE JUDGE ORDERED
THEM HELD FOR TWO WEEKS MORE, PENDING FORMAL CHARGES -- AND ACCORDING TO
THE PROSECUTOR, TO GIVE POLICE MORE TIME TO FIND PEARL'S BODY.
SAEED HAS ALREADY ADMITTED RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE KIDNAP...BUT IN A CASE
CLOUDED IN MYSTERY, AUTHORITIES BELIEVE THERE'S MUCH MORE HE COULD
U-S OFFICIALS HAVE KNOWN OF HIM FOR SOME TIME, AMBASSADOR TO PAKISTAN
WENDY CHAMBERLAIN TOLD BRYANT AT SEVEN OH THREE THIS MORNING...
SOT WENDY CHAMBERLAIN / U-S AMBASSADOR TO PAKISTAN: (bite about him
being a nasty guy...)
sheikh omar is a nasty character and he has been a suspect involving
crimes against American citizens for many years, he's someone that we've
had our eye on for many years and we say and this has been an ongoing
ROTH LIVE ON CAMERA: ACCORDING TO A SUBMISSION IN COURT TODAY, POLICE
BELIEVE AT LEAST SEVEN MORE MEN ARE INVOLVED IN THE CRIME....AND STILL
RR, CBS NEWS, ISLAMABAD
State police have completed their investigation .. but Vinton police still have plenty of work ahead .. after an accident involving a Vinton police cruiser killed two sisters over the weekend.
In keeping with normal procedure, state police conducted the accident reconstruction work, and the results of that investigation have been forwarded to the Commonwealth Attorney's office for review.
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[IN Q=We called State Police Saturday night...]
[SUPER=01-Chief Herb Cooley/Vinton Police;]
[OUT Q=where we go from there.]
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Here's what State police are making public: Officer John Munsey was attempting to pull a speeding motorist over late Saturday night .. when his cruiser collided with another car.
72- year old Audrey Bryant St. Clair was making a left hand turn INTO her driveway--- when she was struck by the offic
St. Clair and her sister, 67 year old Mary Onita Bryant, later died at Roanoke Memorial.
Officer Munsey and a U. S Marshall also in the car suffered minor injuries.
Munsey is on administrative leave.
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Still to come on the newscast, the state needs more money to fight forest fires,
and rescue workers are searching for four men after two tug boats collide in the Chesapeake Bay.
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More details are surfacing about this morning's boat collision in Maryland.
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Officials say a cargo ship collided with a tugboat that was towing a barge.
The tugboat capsized and sank within seconds.
Two crew members were reportedly thrown into the water during the crash, and two others were said to be missing.
The Coast Guard and rescue crews from several jurisdictions are out looking for them.
Meanwhile, authorities say there's an oil slick on the river.
Diesel fuel is streaming into the river where the tug boat went down.
Israeli tanks have withdrawn from Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's compound in the West Bank.
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But angry Palestinians say the move is meaningless, because of continuing Israeli restrictions on Arafat's movements.
Israeli troops shot and killed two Palestinians in two separate confrontations at military checkpoints.
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In one incident, a Palestinian man was killed while taking his pregnant wife to a hospital.
She was slightly injured--but later gave birth.
The daily bombings are over in Afghanistan, and the television updates are fewer.
For many Americans, the war against terrorism is waning.
But for a group of women in Erie, Pennsylvania, the war is far from over.
Their husbands are still fighting in Afghanistan and they wonder daily when they will return home.
Gretchen Carlson has more.
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[SUPER=03-Erie, PA; :00]
[OUT Q=CBS NEWS]
(In the small industrial town of Erie, Pennsylvania a new sense of trust
has taken hold (NAT - I pledge of allegiance to the flag ) trust
these women and children cling to that their husbands and daddies will
be coming home soon.
(SOT - 33:55) Sandy Benacci
After September 11th, it was a whole different thing.
They're wives of men in the Army Reserves private citizens now
soldiers. In November their unit left for Afghanistan ... a farewell
that could last as long as 2 years.
(SOT - 34:22) Dianna Kuhar
I never heard one soldier say I DONT want to go.
These 6 women now come together once a week to share in the same
experience running their households and raising their children alone.
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GRETCHEN: I know you said for you its one day at a time but what is it
like for the kids?
(SOT - 16:31) Rhonda Kaltenbaugh
I tell my kids all the time that they miss him because he is a good
(SOT - 1:11:02) Hannah Kaltenbaugh
I really love him too much!
(NAT) For Ellie Supinski, its been especially tough.
(NAT - 53:40)
She has a little dimple in her chin just like Franks.
On Christmas Day, she gave birth to her 4th girl.
(SOT - 14:21) Ellie Supinski
When he says things like show Sofia my picture so she knows she has a
daddy out there, I can tell its breaking his heart.
Its those little things ... simple requests from half a world away ...
that mean so much.
(SOT - 36:54) Rhonda Crist
Lucky charms something with marshmallows!
(SOT - 35:40) Sandy Benacci
"Will you spray your letters with perfume?"
As these women gain strength by coming together, they say their husbands
are changing too.
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Hes been so much more expressive now than he's ever been. I don't
know if any of you have had that happen.
Oh ya, he says he's a changed man!
6 women ... waiting and wondering how many more months will pass before
their trust in a safe return comes true. Gretchen Carlson, CBS News
By law the Department of Forestry must put out all forest fires at any cost.
But this year that is not easy.
The department is already more than a million dollars over budget and things may get worse, before they get better.
Justin McLeod has more.
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[SUPER=01-Chris Thomsen/Dept. of Forestry; :12]
[SUPER=01-Charles Hutsell/Regional Forester; 1:05]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7]
((((NAT SOUND OF FIRES FROM AMHERST COUNTY))
If this week's forest fire in Amherst County is any indication, we are in for a long and dangerous spring fire season.
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((CHRIS THOMSEN/DEPT. OF FORESTRY: WE NEED THE REST OF OUR TWO FEET OF SNOW OR WE NEED TROPICAL FRONT TO COME THROUGH HERE WITH 9 INCHES OF TROPICAL MOISTURE. WE NEED SIGNIFICANT MOISTURE.))
[OUT Q=significant moisture]
Moisture that so far is hard to find.
The state's chief climatologist said this weekend we could be looking at a record breaking drought this year.
That could lead to more forest fires that last longer and with stronger intensity.
[IN Q=Fighting forest fires]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: FIGHTING FOREST FIRES IS A COSTLY ONE. TYPICALLY, THE FORESTRY DEPARTMENT WILL SPEND ROUGHLY 400-THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR FIGHTING FOREST FIRES. THIS FALL ALONE, THE DEPARTMENT SPENT A MILLION DOLLARS AND COULD SPEND EVEN MORE THIS SPRING.))
[OUT Q=this spring]
By the end of this year, the Department of Forestry expects to be more than three million dollars over budget.
This comes at a time when the Governor is asking the agency to cut its budget by nearly eight percent.
Regardless, forestry officials say fighting fires will not be compromised.
[IN Q=The bottom line is]
((CHARLES HUTSELL/REGIONAL FORESTER: THE BOTTOM LINE IS WE WILL PUT THE FIRES OUT AND WE WILL CONTINUE ON LIKE WE HAVE IN THE PAST.))
[OUT Q=in the past]
But in the future, the department may have to cut positions, programs, and not replace worn equipment.
The Department of Forestry has applied for a FEMA grant to help pay for this year's fire season.
But in the end, the federal and state governments cannot provide what they need the most, that's rain, and only mother nature can provide it.
Justin McLeod, News 7.))
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Coming up next on the newscast,
we'll see why one California driver is making is own carpool lane.
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A fast food restaurant in Lynchburg was destroyed by fire yesterday.
Firefighters responded just before 1:30 yesterday morning to the Hardees on Wards Road in Lynchburg.
They arrived to find flames shooting from the roof.
It took crews more than three hours to put out the blaze.
The restaurant was closed when the fire started.
The building is a total loss and the cause is still under investigation.
This show is Britain's answer to the Oscars--
Many of show biz's biggest stars came out to the Orange British Academy Film Awards, despite the heavy rain.
Russell Crowe won the Best Actor award for his role as a schizophrenic mathematic genius in the film, "A Beautiful Mind."
The Best Actress nod went to Judi Dench, who played another damaged genius in the film, "Iris."
But it was the movie, "Lord of the Rings" that dominated the British Awards-- earning the title of Best Film of the Year.
Now the actors and directors will set their sights on next month's Academy Awards in Hollywood.
It gives new meaning to the term, "carpool."
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In a Los Angeles suburb yesterday morning, a man believed to be drunk nearly plunged his car into a swimming pool.
The car was gunning for the pool, which had been drained.
Fortunately for the driver, the car did NOT hit the bottom of the pool.
Instead, it somehow ended up STRADDLING it.
The crash was an unexpected wake-up call for the homeowner.
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[IN Q=I was in bed already]
((LARRY PONCE/HOMEOWNER:I WAS IN BED ALREADY AND I HEARD A BIG BOOM AND THEN I HEARD THE CAR
HORN AND I WAS SURPRISED TO SEE A CAR IN MY POOL HERE. AND I HELPED THE GUYS OUT I DIDN'T KNOW IF THE CAR WAS TO FALL DOWN." ))
[OUT Q=was to go down.]
There's no word on any injuries to the driver, who now faces a misdemeanor drunk driving charge.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 82 points.
The NASDAQ has gained 19.
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Coming up next, Roanoke Catholic wins another state championship...
And the Winston Cup drivers were Rollin' at the Rock yesterday. We'll have the highlights after the break.
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The Roanoke Catholic Celtics are state basketball champs.
J.R. Reynolds got an amazing 35 points as
[SUPER=03-Salem/Catholic vs Benedictine; :]
Catholic beats Benedictine 90 to 86.
The Celtics come out J.R. Reynolds gets the pass on the break but pulls up and hits the three pointer.
The Cadets go outside when Patrick Hill hits his own three pointer,
Then off the inbound pass Tadas Mankevicius hits the mid range jumper for the Celtics.
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Then Vernon Hamilton drives down court, pulls up from the foul line, and hits the jumper.
But Roanoke Catholic goes on to win it 90 to 86 in overtime.
A technical foul cost 20th ranked Wake Forest a loss yesterday.
Juan Dixon hit a technical foul shot with one point three seconds left,
[SUPER=03-College Park, MD/RAYCOM; :]
to give second ranked Maryland a 90 to 89 comeback win...
Wake's Craig Dawson hits the three pointer, and the Deacons maintained a 2 point lead.
But the Terps come back--
Bryon Mouton drives and scores off the glass, but the Terps trailed by 10 at the half.
Maryland rallied in the second half.
Steve Blake drives to the hoop and scores to tie it at 68 to 68, with 10 minutes left.
Wake Forest answered that basket.
Dawson pulls up and hits the three pointer.
The Deacons led by 3.
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The score was tied when the time- out was called.
Dixon hits one of 2, and the Terps win it 90 to 89.
Matt Kenseth has won his second race of his career after taking the Subway 400 yesterday.
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Last week's Daytona 500 winner Ward Burton was chasing Jeff Green for second place with 316 laps to go.
But the point man was Ricky Craven.
He was leading the race with 301 to go, running up on traffic on the track.
Burton was second.
Dale Jarrett pulled to the front, but he blew an engine while he was leading with 250 laps to go in the race.
Then several laps later, Jeff Gordon taps Casey Atwood in the rear.
It causes several cars to crash, bringing out the third caution of the day.
Jeff GREEN, who was running up front early, was the leader just past the half way mark of the race.
Jeff GORDON was making a move on the track.
He got all the way to 11-th, with 122 to go.
But the Caution came out with 4 to go, and Matt Kenseth rolls across the line winning the Subway 400.
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[IN Q="That last....]
[SUPER=01-Matt Kenseth/Subway 400 Winner; :]
[OUT Q=.....our way."]
Sterlin Marling was second, Bobby Labonte third, Tony Stewart fourth and Rick Craven fifth.
Jeff Burton was sixth, Jeff Gordon seventh, and Ward Burton 13-th.
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