A Roanoke Grand Jury considers the case against 82-year old Hallis Jamison and decides NOT to indict him for murder.
And the suspect in The Appalachian Law School shootings is back in court.
Tonight on the Big 7, Steve Mason checks in with the banged u Roanoke Express.
We'll check out the All-ACC teams released tonight.
And the Dazzle loses to North Charleston this afternoon at the Roanoke Civic Center.
The roller coaster temperature ride continues as we go from teens to 60 in a matter of 48 hours. Forecast details coming up.
News 7 at Six is next.
A Grand Jury refuses to indict Hallis Jamison for murder.
The 82-year old Roanoke man may NOT be completely off the hook, though.
Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
And I'm Shannon Young.
It's the case of the group of teenagers taunting an elderly resident.
After police say he fired his hunting rifle through the front door, fatally injuring a 15-year old girl, the Commonwealth's Attorney decided to seek a murder indictment.
This afternoon the Grand Jury sent it back, "Not a True Bill." It's unusual, but not unheard of, for Grand Jurors to reject an indictment, but it leaves open the question of what happens now.
Police initially charged Jamison with "malicious wounding," not knowing whether 15-year old Charlotte Brown would live through the night.
That charge is still set for a preliminary hearing April 16th in Juvenile and Domestic Relations court. The Commonwealth's Attorney could wait until then to publicly lay out the case against Jamison.
The Chief Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney says she's considering that, among various options. Betty Jo Anthony emphasizes that no decision has been made, but that the Commonwealth could present the case again to the next Grand Jury. In the meantime, Jamison remains in jail, though his attorney is likely to renew the motion to have him released on bond.
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The man accused of the January shooting at the Appalachian School of Law will be evaluated by a specially appointed psychiatrist.
Attorneys for Peter Odighizuwa today requested the evaluation in Buchanan County Court.
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That's where we find Rachel Cannon.
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Additional charges are filed against a Roanoke man accused of throwing gasoline on his roommate and threatening to set him on fire.
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A grand jury today indicted 46- year old Clyde Earl Jordan on arson and two related charges.
Jordan's roommate, Victor Maurice Williams remains hospitalized with to over 25- percent of his upper body.
Police say the two men were fighting at the time of the incident.
Two men are injured today in an accident at Intermet's Radford Foundry.
Fire officials say Matthew Sutphin suffered second and third degree burns and is being transferred to the UVA burn center.
The other man-- Dean Akers, suffered minor injuries and is expected to be released from the hospital this evening.
An official with the Intermet Corporation says it appears the men were burned when some molten iron came into contact with water and exploded.
Incidentally, tomorrow marks the two year anniversary of the accident at Intermet's New River Foundry in which three people were killed.
If the state doesn't pay up for schools and transportation, the city of Roanoke may go to court.
That's according to a resolution passed by council today.
Local leaders are worried that the state's budget crunch will affect its ability to pay an adequate share to Roanoke.
They plan to press the Governor to hand over enough funding, and work with him to develop legislation that gives localities flexibility in generating additional revenue.
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((DARLENE BURCHAM/ROANOKE CITY MANGER: IT'S POSSIBLE THAT THE ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION BY ALL MEMBERS OF THE FIRST CITY COALITION, WE'LL Begin to SHOW OUR STRENGTH AND IDENTIFY THE NEED FOR THE GOVERNOR TO LOOK MORE CAREFULLY AT URBAN ISSUES.))
[SUPER=01-Darlene Burcham/Roanoke City Manager]
[OUT Q=urban issues.]
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The city plans to study the feasibility of legal action to obtain adequate funding.
It's official.. all three of the incumbent at-large city council members in Lynchburg say they'll be seeking re-election.
The latest announcement came today when local businessman Bert Dodson told supporters he wants another four years in City Hall.
Dodson says he wants to continue putting his experience to work for the citizens of Lynchburg.
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[IN Q=I think you]
((BERT DODSON/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: I THINK YOU NEED EXPERIENCED PEOPLE, PEOPLE WHO HAVE A CONTACT WITH THE COMMUNITY TOO. YOU JUST DON'T NEED PEOPLE ON CITY COUNCIL THAT GO TO CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS, READ THE INFORMATION AND MAKE A DECISION. YOU'VE GOT TO HAVE INTERACTION.))
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[OUT Q=got to have interaction.]
Mayor Carl Hutcherson and vice- mayor Stewart Hobbs also are seeking re-election.
Joan Foster is the only outside candidate in the race.
Independent candidates have until tomorrow to file their petitions.. the deadline for party candidates is next Monday.
It's supposed to help keep your kids off drugs... but the face of DARE is changing.
We'll see how next on News 7 at Six.
And a strange sight on the area's roadways... as a big part of Lexington's skyline rolls north.
It "dares" to keep your kids off drugs.
But even the people behind the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program admit "Just Say No" just doesn't work.
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So then why are school systems across our region continuing to teach it?
Justin McLeod went searching for answers in part one of "Truth or Dare."
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[IN Q=Nat sound of Bonnie walking into classroom]
[SUPER=01-Bonnie English/Roanoke D.A.R.E. Officer; :15 QUICK!!!! ]
[SUPER=01-Tod Burke/Radford University Professor; :55]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Roanoke]
((((NAT SOUND OF OFFICER ENGLISH WALKING INTO CLASSROOM))
Officer Bonnie English walks a much different beat from most cops.
Keeping kids off drugs.
She's one of 14 D.A.R.E. officers here in the city of Roanoke.
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[IN Q=A lot of kids]
((BONNIE ENGLISH/ROANOKE POLICE OFFICER: A LOT OF KIDS JUST LOVE IT. I'LL GET HERE AND THEY ARE AUTOMATICALLY WANTING TO KNOW IF WE ARE GOING TO HAVE D.A.R.E. SO THEY REALLY ENJOY THE PROGRAM.))
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It is a program that is now in 80-percent of our nation's school systems, reaching more than 36 million young people each year.
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The D.A.R.E. program has a simple mission, to teach kids about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.
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[IN Q=So I know not]
((VINNYSA GILKES/HURT PARK ELEMENTARY: SO I KNOW NOT TO DO DRUGS OR DO ANYTHING THAT WILL HURT ME.))
((EDWARD DAY/HURT PARK ELEMENTARY: I LEARNED HOW NOT TO DO DRUGS AND HOW IT CAN TAKE AWAY YOUR SELF ESTEEM.))
[OUT Q=your self esteem]
But researchers have found that while D.A.R.E. may feel good, it doesn't do much good to prevent drug use among teens.
Just ask criminologist professor and former Maryland police officer Tod Burke.
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[IN Q=If you're looking]
((DR. TOD BURKE/RADFORD UNIVERSITY: IF YOU'RE LOOKING AT IT AT THE POINT OF VIEW OF D.A.R.E, THE STATISTICS AND THE RESEARCH SHOWS THAT IT REALLY IS NOT WORKING.))
[OUT Q=is not working]
Research that prompted the U.S. Dept. of Education to pull its funding of the D.A.R.E. program.
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[IN Q=A year ago, this month]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: A YEAR AGO THIS MONTH, D.A.R.E ADMITTED THE PROGRAM IS FLAWED. SO RECENTLY THEY LAUNCHED A NEW ONE. GONE ARE THE JUST SAY NO LECTURES. IN ITS PLACE ARE MORE REAL LIFE SCENARIOS AND ROLE PLAYING SESSIONS. THE TARGET AUDIENCE IS ALSO MUCH OLDER.))
[OUT Q=also much older]
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D.A.R.E. is usually taught at the fifth grade level.
The new program will target seventh and ninth grades when kids are most likely to experiment with drugs.
But you won't see this new and improved D.A.R.E. program in any school system in our region anytime soon.
D.A.R.E first wants to test the program for five years.
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[IN Q=We're not going]
((DR. TOD BURKE/RADFORD UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR: WE'RE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO TELL RIGHT OFF THE BAT AND WE CAN'T BE TOO QUICK TOO JUDGE ON THAT.))
[OUT Q=judge on that]
That's why Roanoke city schools and other school systems across the region plan to stick with the current D.A.R.E. program at least for now.
[IN Q=If they remember]
((BONNIE ENGLISH/D.A.R.E OFFICER: IF THEY REMEMBER WHAT WE'VE TALKED ABOUT IN THE 17 WEEK D.A.R.E. PROGRAM I THINK IT WILL WORK FOR EM. THIS IS A GOOD PROGRAM. IT'S AN AWESOME PROGRAM. KIDS LOVE IT.))
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Love it or hate it, D.A.R.E. is not a complete failure.
Kids do learn how to deal with peer pressure and other stressful situations.
But when it comes to the most important lesson of all, the message of "Just Say No" is not getting through.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Roanoke.))
There is an alternative program to D.A.R.E., one that is showing positive results.
And it's being taught in one area school system.
We'll take you there in part two of Truth or Dare, tomorrow on News 7 at six.
Three former Rite-Aids will soon become Advance Auto Parts Stores.
Advance will open a new store at the former Melrose and Peters Creek Rite Aid by mid-April.
The company will re-locate its store on 24th street to Orange Avenue.
The same goes for the store on 9th street -- it will move to 13th street.
Advance says all three are convenient locations, and that the company is excited about having the opportunity to lease the buildings.
Advance Auto Parts is one of a handful of publicly-traded companies headquartered in the Roanoke Valley.
It has 24-hundred stores in 38 states.
A powerful rally has sent the Dow Jones industrials to a closing level not seen since last July.
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The DOW climbed 217 points.
NASDAQ rose 56.
Lexington's skyline is one step closer to looking like it did before the Lexington Presbyterian Church was destroyed by fire.
Part of a new steeple made the trip up the Interstate 81 corridor from Montgomery County today.
Richard Lesko followed the steeple's journey.
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At around 10- o'clock in the morning, part of a 75 foot tall steeple left the Blue Ridge Timberwrights shop in Shawsville, bound for its new home at the Lexington Presbyterian Church.
On its side the steeple checks in at more than 16 feet tall, too high for several bridges, power lines and low hanging branches.
Detours around those obstacles turned the 78 mile trip into a more than four hour venture.
The builder of the steeple took all of the travelling hiccups in stride.
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((AL ANDERSON/BLUE RIDGE TIMBERWRIGHTS; MURPHY ALWAYS GETS INVOLVED IN THESE THINGS. HE'S SHOWN HIS FACE BUT HE HASN'T KICKED US, SO WE'RE DOING GOOD.))
[OUTQ=so we're doing good.]
After months of construction, transportation turned out to be one of the most challenging parts.
Organizers had to get V-DOT, communities along the way and the trucking company on the same page.
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[INQ=It's been more of...]
((AL ANDERSON/BLUE RIDGE TIMBERWRIGHTS; IT'S BEEN MORE OF A PROJECT OF TRYING TO FORSEE WHAT YOU MIGHT BUMP UP AGAINST AND YOU MAY NOT HAVE ALL THE SOLUTIONS, BUT AT LEAST KEEP THINGS SLIPPERY SO YOU CAN SLIDE AROUND A BIT.))
[OUTQ=slide around a bit.]
Despite the hard work and transit headaches the builder says it will all be worth it, once the spire is delivered, and the steeple is in place.
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((AL ANDERSON/BLUE RIDGE TIMBERWRIGHTS; IT'S GOING TO BE WONDERFUL TO SEE THE STEEPLE AND THE LEXINGTON SKYLINE BACK THE WAY IT WAS.))
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Barring a kick from Murphy's law, that should come on Tuesday morning.
Richard Lesko, News 7.))
If you bought a Lotto South ticket at the Kroger store on Brambleton Avenue you could be the Commonwealth's newest millionaire.
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Virginia Lottery officials are waiting for the person who won this weekend's drawing to come forward.
He or she won the 20-million dollar prize in Saturday's Lotto South drawing, beating out hopefuls in three states.
The regional lottery office says it's not unusual for winners to take their time turning in their ticket.
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[IN Q=Usually, when it's this large amount of jackpot...]
((MARK MERRITT/VIRGINIA LOTTERY: USUALLY, WHEN IT'S THIS LARGE AMOUNT OF JACKPOT PEOPLE SEEK FINANCIAL ADVICE. IF THEY HAVEN'T WE USUALLY ASK THEM TO GET SOME 'CAUSE IT'S A LOT OF MONEY AND IT CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE SO, WE WANT THEM TO BE PREPARED FOR THAT.))
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[OUT Q=want them to be prepared for that.]
The winner also gets a one million dollar bonus for hitting the jackpot in Virginia.
He or she has a choice of taking either a lump sum payment or receiving annual checks for the next 30-years.
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If you have one, double check your ticket.
The winning numbers are:
21 - 26 - 27 - 32 - 33 - 34.
The Kroger store will claim 25-thousand dollars for selling the winning ticket.
Coming up tonight on the Big 7, we'll check out the all-ACC teams announced this afternoon.
The Dazzle plays this afternoon.
And Steve Mason checks in with the Express in tonight's edition of Roundhouse Wrapup.
The 49th ACC tournament opens up later this week in Charlotte for the men, but tonight the league's sports writers have released their All-ACC picks for the season.
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Duke has made a little ACC history by placing three players on the first team squad.
Jason Williams, Mike Dunleavy and Carlos Boozer are joined by Maryland's Juan Dixon and N.C. State's Anthony Grundy.
Dixon and Williams were the top vote getters.
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UVa's talented Roger Mason Junior - the team's most consistent player landed a spot on the second team squad.
He is joined by junior Travis Watson - who led the Cavs and the ACC in double-doubles.
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Mason and Watson have some good second team company in Lonny Baxter, Darius Songaila and Tony Akins. The quarterfinals begin Friday afternoon right here on WDBJ-7.
The Roanoke Dazzle's hopes of reaching the 500 mark and making the playoffs suffered a setback today as the team lost to North Charleston 83-to-77 in a matinee at the Roanoke Civic Center.
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The Dazzle came into this contest with 10 fewer wins than North Charleston.
Watch Roanoke's Andre McCollum take matters into his own hands, he steps up and hits the three pointer from near the top of the key. 14-10 dazzle in the first.
But the Lowgators would go on an 11-OH run and leading the charge was Fred House. He hits a couple of three pointers in a row and it's 28-19 North Charleston.
The Dazzle's answer is former NBA forward Johnny Taylor who connects on this shot to cut North Charleston's lead to 5, 30-25 in the second.
The Lowgators would again go to the outside for some offense. North Charleston led by 8 at the half.
Roanoke got within 5 late, but the Dazzle loses it 83-to-77.
The Virginia High school League's two week long state tournament begins this coming Saturday night.
And today all of the first round game sites and tip-off times were formalized.
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Two games are set for Friday night. Radford hosts the powerful Council Cobras at 7 at the Dedmon Center, while Altavista takes on Franklin at 7 in a game being played at Appomattox.
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Saturday night defending state champ Martinsville takes on Jefferson Forest in a seven o'clock tip-off at Bassett, while Laurel Park and Blacksburg will hook up Saturday night at Christiansburg high school.
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The Cave Spring Knights will play Heritage out of Newport News Saturday at 7 at Northside Middle School. And George Wythe will have to travel to Castlewood to play Honaker Saturday, as well.
The Roanoke Express is on the road Wednesday night to battle Atlantic City.
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Steve Mason tells us about a team that has developed some nomadic characteristics over the last month in Round House Wrap up.
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[SUPER=01-Stefan Brannare/Express Left Wing; :38]
[SUPER=01-Rick Kowalsky/Express Right Wing; 1:15]
[OUT Q=....round house wrap up"]
((The Express will not play another game at the Roanoke Civic Center until March 15th and the team's last home game was February 18th. College students are on spring break and the Express has had it's own version of vacation having played just one game in the last seven days.
36 year old goalie Daniel Berthiaume said Monday morning that he intends to play next season. Floiro does have some decisions to make with seven veterans. The league allows a team to keep four. Florio said Monday that veterans Mike Peron and Rod Taylor, both out with MCL injuries, could return by the end of the regular season.
The next five games for the Express are all Divisional contests. Steve Mason Round House rap up.))