Two Roanoke investigators traveled to Nebraska yesterday ...
They're interviewing two men who are being held there in connection with a convenience store killing.
27-year-old Mark Lamont Neamo and his friend, 18-year-old Christopher Brian Krug, were arrested on Wednesday in Fremont, Nebraska, on abduction and firearms charges.
An April grand jury will decide whether they'll be charged with murder as well.
Police believe Neamo and Krug were the masked gunmen who shot two store clerks at a Texaco "Stop In" on February 25th.
Joyce Parrish was killed ... her coworker, Steve Rivera, was injured.
They did not know the two suspects.
Neamo's coworker at the Famous Anthony's on Williamson Road says Neamo disappeared two weeks ago, after police came there looking for him.
An extradition hearing has been set in Nebraska for this morning... to determine how soon Neamo and Krug will return to Roanoke to face the charges.
[NEWSCAST=6 AM Morning]
Police are still searching for the suspect in a Roanoke shooting.
It happened just before four o'clock yesterday afternoon in the eleven hundred block of Melrose Avenue.
Witnesses say a car pulled up, a male passenger got out, and began arguing with the 28 year old John Eugene Williams.
The suspect then allegedly shot Williams once in the upper chest.
Police say the suspect fled west on Melrose Avenue in a maroon four door car.
The victim is listed in stable condition at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Police say the two men knew each other and have had problems in the past.[AM-Fire]
[NEWSCAST=6 Am Morning]
Investigators are trying to determine what started a fire that destroyed a Roanoke County home last night.
The fire broke out just after 7:30 at this home in the 28-hundred block of Timberview Drive.
The call came in as a garage fire, but when firefighters arrived they found the home engulfed in flames.
It took crews more than an hour to get the blaze under control, mainly because of a lack of water.
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[IN Q=The location of the fire]
((MIKE UNROE/ROANOKE CO. FIRE & RESCUE: THE LOCATION OF THAT WE HAD THE FIRE, THE WATER SUPPLY, THERE ARE NO HYDRANTS IN THIS AREA SO WE'VE HAD TO GO TANKER SHUTTLES TO TRY TO GET ENOUGH WATER TO THE FIRE. THE MAGNITUDE OF THE FIRE WHEN WE GOT HERE WAS WELL INVOLVED UPON ARRIVAL SO THAT'S COMPOUNDED THE PROBLEM SOMEWHAT.))
[SUPER=01-Mike Unroe/Roanoke Co. Fire & Rescue]
[OUT Q=the problem somewhat]
More than fifty firefighters worked to put out the blaze.
The family was home at the time, but everyone got out safely.
The home is a total loss.
No word yet on what caused the fire.
The meeting of the minds over the state's redistricting plan is off for now.
Attorney General Jerry Kilgore is now refusing to meet with Governor Mark Warner.
The two were supposed to discuss their differences on the recent court decision overturning the state's redistricting plan ,and Kilgore's intention to appeal.
The Attorney General called off the meeting, saying he wants to avoid a potential conflict of interest.
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[SOT 53:44; 58:28]
[IN Q=We dont know at this point]
((JERRY GILGORE/ATTORNEY GENERAL: WE DON'T KNOW AT THIS POINT WHETHER THE GOVERNOR IS GOING TO COME DOWN ON THIS SITUATION. IF HE WANTS TO SIDE WITH THE OTHER DEFENDANTS AND OVERTURN THIS APPEAL THEN WE ARE GLAD TO SERVE AS HIS ATTORNEY BUT OTHERWISE WE CAN'T ETHICALLY REPRESENT DIFFERENT SIDES ON THE SAME ISSUE.))
((GOV. MARK WARNER: UNDER VIRGINIA LAW, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL REPRESENTS THE COMMONWEALTH AND THE GOVERNOR. I EXPECT HIM TO CONTINUE TO PERFORM HIS DUTIES, BRIEF ME ON THIS CASE AND WE WILL THEN TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION AND MOVE FORWARD.))
[SUPER=01-Jerry Kilgore/Virginia Attorney General]
[OUT Q=and move forward]
The governor says he must be briefed first before deciding whether he supports the appeal.
And Warner says the two must work together on the issue, even though he is a Democrat and Kilgore is Republican.
The man accused of masterminding the kidnapping and murder of "Wall Street Journal" reporter Daniel Pearl has been indicted in the U-S.
Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh is in custody in Pakistan, and the U-S is seeking his extradition.
But U-S authorities are concerned that Pakistani officials might release him first.
If convicted here, he could get the death penalty.
The mother of murdered seven- year- old Danielle van Dam answered some tough questions yesterday, during a hearing for the man accused of the killing.
Jennifer Miller has the latest from San Diego.
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[SUPER=03-San Diego, CA; :00]
[SUPER=01-Brenda Van Dam/Victim's Mother; :21]
[SUPER=01-Damon Van Dam/Victim's Father; 1:14]
[SUPER=01-Jennifer Miller/Reporting; 1:44]
[OUT Q=Miller, CBS News, San Diego.]
LESS THAN A MONTH AFTER HER DAUGHTER WAS FOUND DEAD...THE MOTHER OF
DANIELLE VAN DAM TOOK THE STAND AT A PREMLIMINARY FOR HER DAUGHTER'S
(NATZ OF BRENDA VAN DAM CRYING ON STAND)
DURING HER EMOTIONAL TESTIMONY, BARBARA VAN DAM TALKED ABOUT SEVERAL
RECENT ENCOUNTERS SHE HAD WITH THE DEFENDANT...INCLUDING A VISIT TO
WESTERFIELD'S HOME WHILE SELLING GIRL SCOUT COOKIES.
SOT: BRENDA VAN DAM/MOTHER OF VICTIM
"HE ASKED ME TO WRITE MY NAME ON A PIECE OF PAPER... HE SAYS HE HAS
PARTIES, ADULT PARTIES."
VAN DAM SAYS SHE NEVER ATTENDED ANY OF WESTERFIELD'S PARTYS, BUT SHE DID
RUN INTO HIM AT A LOCAL BAR...THE WEEKEND BEFORE AND THE NIGHT DANIELLE
sot: VAN DAM
"HE SAID LADIES DON'T BUY DRINKS AND THREW SOME MONEY ON THE BAR."
WESTERFIELD'S ATTORNEY QUESTIONED VAN DAM EXTENSIVELY ABOUT HER USE OF
MARIJUANA.... PARTICULARLY ON THE NIGHT DANIELLE DISAPPEARED.
SOT: BRENDA VAN DAM
RE: SMOKING POT...
VAN DAM'S FATHER ALSO TOOK THE STAND TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT HIS
LIFESTYLE, AND HOW MUCH MARIJUANA HE SMOKED THE NIGHT DANIELLE WAS LAST
SOT: DAMON VAN DAM/FATHER OF VICTIM)
WESTERFIELD IS ACCUSED OF SNATCHING 7 YEAR OLD DANIELLE FROM HER BEDROOM
....KILLING HER AND THEN DUMPING HER BODY IN THE WOODS OUTSIDE OF SAN
AFTER A THREE WEEK INVESTIGATION, HE WAS ARRESTED WHEN POLICE FOUND
DANIELLE'S BLOOD ON HIS CLOTHING AND IN HIS VEHICLE.
WESTERFIELD HAS PLEADED NOT GUILTY...HIS ATTORNEY APPEARS TO BE BUILDING
HIS DEFENSE BASED ON SLOPPY POLICE WORK AND TAINTED EVIDENCE.
SUPER: JENNIFER MILLER/CBS NEWS
In business news, stocks ended mixed as investors made
modest purchases of blue chips yesterday.
Trish Regan has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Trish Regan/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=I'm Trish Regan]
((INVESTORS HOPE TO CLOSE OUT THE WEEK IN POSITIVE TERRITORY.
> YESTERDAY, WAS A MIXED SESSION...THE DOW DID MANAGED TO HOLD ONTO SOME
> MODEST GAINS.
> IT CLOSED UP 15...
> WHILE THE NASDAQ CLOSED DOWN 8 POINTS.
> IT'S A BIG DAY FOR ECONOMIC NEWS.
> ON TAP: THE PRODUCER PRICE INDEX, INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION NUMBERS, AND
> WATCH SHARES OF ORACLE TODAY. THE COMPANY COULD SEE SOME ACTION ON
> THAT IT MET LOWERED EXPECTATIONS AFTER YESTERDAYS CLOSING BELL.
> ANOTHER ONE TO KEEP AN EYE ON: ROCHESTER, NEW YORK EASTMAN KODAK. THE
> PHOTO COMPANY TRADED HIGHER AFTER IT SAID IT WILL MAKE AS MUCH AS
> THOUGHT IT WOULD IN BOTH THE COMING QUARTER AND THE COMING YEAR.
> LESS THAN A WEEK BEFORE THE SHAREHOLDER VOTE ON WHETHER OR NOT TO
> HEWLETT PACKARD'S PROPOSED ACQUISITION OF COMPAQ COMPUTER...THERE'S
> GROWING OPPOSITION TO THE WORLD'S BIGGEST TECHNOLOGY MERGER.
> ONE OF THE LARGEST U-S PENSION FUNDS SAID TODAY IT WILL VOTE AGAINST
> THE CALIFORNIA TEACHERS' RETIREMENT SYSTEM OWNS 3-POINT-THREE MILLION
> SHARES OF H-P...AND 5-POINT-FIVE MILLION OF COMPAQ.
> SHAREHOLDERS VOTE NEXT TUESDAY ON THE MERGER.
> TRACK ALL THE PREMARKET ACTION AT CBS-DOT-MARKETWATCH-DOT-COM.
> IN SAN FRANCISCO, I'M TRISH REGAN.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
Eight candidates, three seats and six weeks.
As Joe Dashiell reports, those numbers add up to a spirited Roanoke city council campaign.
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[IN Q=With petitions, paperwork and nomination battles]
[SUPER=01-Rev. Nelson Harris/(D) Roanoke City Council Candidate; :12]
[SUPER=01-Jack Parrott/(R) Roanoke City Council Candidate; :27]
[SUPER=01-Rupert Cutler/(D) Roanoke City Council Candidate; :42]
[SUPER=01-Don Hogan/(I) Roanoke City Council Candidate; :53]
[SUPER=01-Doug Trout/(I) Roanoke City Council Candidate; 1:08]
[SUPER=01-Mark Hurley/(R) Roanoke City Council Candidate; 1:18]
[SUPER=01-Steve Mabry/(R) Roanoke City Council Candidate; 1:32]
[SUPER=01-Alfred Dowe/(D) Roanoke City Council Candidate; 1:43]
[OUT Q=JD News 7 Roanoke]
((With petitions, paperwork and nomination battles behind them, the candidates are now on the campaign trail... A visit with the Retired Teachers Association was the first of many candidate forums...
[IN Q=I do consider my seat]
((REV. NELSON HARRIS: I DO CONSIDER MY SEAT ON ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL TO BE A PUBLIC TRUST. IT IS NOT MINE. IT IS YOURS, SO I WOULD BE HUMBLED TO RECEIVE YOUR VOTE.))
[OUT Q=humbled to receive your vote.]
And they provided a glimpse of the issues they will emphasize in the council race.
Issues such as the city's water supply...
[IN Q=I have learned to get along]
((JACK PARROTT: I HAVE LEARNED TO GET ALONG WITH PEOPLE AND TO WORK WITH SURROUNDING GOVERNMENTS, WHICH IS ONE THING THAT WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO DO, BECAUSE WE'VE GOT TO HAVE A SOURCE OF WATER.))
[OUT Q=go to have a source of water.]
the state of its neighborhoods...
[IN Q=If you ask]
((RUPERT CUTLER:AS AN ENVIRONMENTALIST, WHAT MY PRIMARY CONCERN ABOUT THE ROANOKE ENVIRONMENT IS, IT'S THE DETERIORATED NEIGHBORHOODS IN THE CITY. THEY NEED TO BE FIXED UP. THEY NEED TO BE SAFE.))
[OUT Q=they need to be safe.]
The responsiveness of city government
[IN Q=We need a city council]
((DON HOGAN: WE NEED A CITY COUNCIL THAT'S UNITED, THAT WORKS TOGETHER, NOT AS DEMOCRATS , REPUBLICANS OR INDEPENDENTS, BUT FOR EVERY PERSON THAT WORKS.))
((DOUG TROUT: YA'LL ARE THE PEOPLE. WE OWN THE CITY. WE PAY THE BILLS, BUT THEY DON'T TREAT US THAT WAY. THEY TREAT US LIKE SECOND CLASS CITIZENS.))
[OUT Q=like second class citizens.]
Experience in business and civic affairs...
[IN Q=As a successful business owner]
((MARK HURLEY: AS A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS OWNER, I WOULD LOOK AT THE BUDGET OF THE CITY TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE SPENDING THE MONEY CORRECTLY AND EFFECTIVELY.))
[OUT Q=correctly and effectively.]
And the need to take a long-range view of the city's problems.
[IN Q=These are serious issues...]
((STEVE MABRY: THESE ARE SERIOUS ISSUES FOR CITY COUNCIL AND THEY REQUIRE CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS WHO ARE GOING TO DO THEIR HOMEWORK TO DEVELOP SOLUTIONS.))
((ALFRED DOWE: I WANT TO ADD MY PERSPECTIVE TO THE PLANS AND POLICIES WE MAKE FOR THE FUTURE OF OUR CITY, WHICH INCLUDES NOT ONLY YOU, NOT ONLY YOUR CHILDREN BUT YOUR GRANDCHILDREN AS WELL.))
[OUT Q=but your grandchildren as well.]
And that's just the beginning. The candidates will be on stump until Roanokers head to the polls May 7th...
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
Hundreds of telecommunications workers in Lynchburg are apparently headed for the unemployment line.
State officials say they've been told Sanmina-(san-MEE-nuh) S-C-I plans to lay off at least two hundred people from its Candlers Mountain Road facility today.
The plant makes cell phone base stations and wireless infrastructure for companies like Ericsson.
Sanmina and S-C-I merged last fall, a move that led to layoffs in September and December.
Fewer than 700 people are still employed at the plant.
At the opposite end of the employment spectrum, they are crawling into Roanoke County and bringing 25 new jobs with them.
These microorganisms are engineered by Novozymes Biologicals.
They can do everything from grow better tomato plants, to clean spots off the floor.
Novozymes' biotechnology has been so successful that the company has outgrown its Salem facility and is
building a new one in Roanoke County.
At the Center for Research and Technology, the company will build new labs, offices and a manufacturing plant over the next five years.
Novozymes has two new patents pending, and is launching its latest fertilization product in two weeks.
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[IN Q=We're really in]
((TED MELNICK/NOVOZYMES: WE'RE REALLY IN THE EYE OF THE STORM. THERE'S SO MUCH STUFF GOING ON AND THINGS ARE HAPPENING THAT IS JUST SEEMS LIKE ITS SWIRLING AROUND US.))
[SUPER=01-Ted Melnick/Novozymes Biologicals, Inc.]
[OUT Q=around us.]
Novozymes currently employs 65 people in the Valley and plans to hire 25 more.
The Denmark-based company is currently expanding in Europe, Asia and South America as well.
The Arthur Andersen accounting firm says it may as well have been given the "death penalty," after being charged with obstruction of justice in connection with the collapse of Enron.
Attorneys for the firm may seek to have the indictment thrown out.
The government accuses the firm of shredding trunkfulls of documents, and deleting computer files associated with Enron's questionable deals.
The firm admits some of its employees in Houston destroyed Enron documents but says top managers in Chicago didn't know about it.
Andersen accuses prosecutors of ``a gross abuse of governmental
[GRAPHIC=Mornin Health Check]
In medical news, researchers say an ASPIRIN a day may keep the doctor away.
And some new information about diabetes and children.
Melissa McDermott has those stories and more in this morning's Health check.
[SUPER=01-Melissa McDermott/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]
((A DAILY DOSE OF ASPIRIN MAY DO MORE FOR OLDER MEN THAN JUST KEEP THEIR
A NEW STUDY SUGGESTS, MEN WHO TAKE CERTAIN PAINKILLERS, LIKE ASPIRIN AND
IBUPROFEN ON A DAILY BASIS, MAY BE LESS LIKELY TO DEVELOP PROSTATE
IN THE MAYO CLINIC STUDY, MEN IN THEIR SEVENTIES WHO TOOK A DAILY DOSE
OF PAINKILLERS, REDUCED THEIR CANCER RISK BY 83 PERCENT.
ONE IN FOUR OBESE CHILDREN IS ALREADY SHOWING EARLY SIGNS OF DIABETES.
IN FACT, NEW RESEARCH SHOWS ALMOST HALF OF CHILDREN DIAGNOSED WITH
DIABETES, HAVE THE TYPE 2 FORM OF THE DISEASE, WHICH IS STRONGLY LINKED
TO OBESITY AND LACK OF EXERCISE.
THE FINDINGS ARE PUBLISHED IN THE MARCH 14TH ISSUE OF THE NEW ENGLAND
JOURNAL OF MEDICINE.
A NEW BABY FORMULA MAY HELP IMPROVE YOUR INFANT'S EYESIGHT.
ENFAMIL LIPIL CONTAINS DHA AND ARA, TWO NUTRIENTS NATURALLY FOUND IN
RESEARCHERS FOUND THAT A BABY'S VISUAL DEVELOPMENT CAN BENEFIT
SIGNIFICANTLY FROM THE FORMULA, BEYOND THE FIRST SIX WEEKS OF LIFE.
THE STUDY IS PUBLISHED IN THIS MONTH'S AMERICAN JOURNAL OF CLINICAL
(BACK ON CAM)
THOSE ARE SOME OF TODAY'S TOP HEALTH STORIES.
I'M MELISSA MCDERMOTT, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))
A bio-tech company broke ground in Roanoke County.
Novozymes is building a new laboratory, manufacturing facility and administration offices in Roanoke County's Center for Research and Technology.
It's the first firm to move into the park... and dozens of county officials came out to show their support.
Executives say the Denmark-based company outgrew its Salem facility.
They have designed the new building to fit in with the scenic landscape of county.
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((CRAIG BALZER: THE BUILDING HAS BEEN SITED ON THE PROPERTY TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ALL THE MOUNTAIN VIEWS, AND THE SETTING BECAUSE ITS SOMETHING TYPICAL OF A DENMARK COMPANY -- TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF DAY LIGHT AND OUTDOORS WHERE THEY HAVE VERY LITTLE DAYLIGHT IN THEIR COUNTRY.))
[SUPER=01-Craig Balzer/Balzer & Associates Architect]
[OUT Q=their country.]
Novozymes develops products like Green Relief -- a chemical free fertilizer that contains naturally occurring micro-organisms.
It employs 65 people and plans to hire 25 more.
A Campbell County woman charged with killing her husband says she can't afford to hire her own attorney.
48- year- old Elizabeth Michael Farinacci (fair-uh-NAH-chee) made a brief appearance in circuit court yesterday morning.
She was indicted Monday on murder and firearm charges for the shooting death of her husband, Frank Farinacci, last month.
Farinacci told Judge Samuel Johnston she had little to no assets and was unable to hire an attorney.
Scott DeBruin was appointed to represent her.
She'll be arraigned in May.
"Would you like OxyContin with that?" That's essentially what waiters at a Pulaski restaurant were asking patrons.
"Confidential sources" tell the F-B-I they saw customers at Tom's Drive-In served OxyContin tablets with their food.
Court papers unsealed yesterday allege that some of the employees were paid only minimally... that most of their wages came in the form of OxyContin.
The F-B-I indicates owner Melvin Chrisley told employees to throw any OxyContin tablets in the deep fryer in the event of a raid by police. The place WAS raided December 30th.
At least some of the pills were allegedly prescribed by Cecil Knox, the Roanoke pain Doctor indicted last month. The
affidavit made public yesterday claims Knox prescribed more than 360 tablets for one patient in just two days.