An apparent double murder last night in Bedford County has ended with a suicide in the city of Roanoke.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Kim /Joe Dashiell at MB Set;]
Joe Dashiell has followed this story on both fronts and he's in the studio this morning with more information
Kimberly... this all began about 7 last night with the report of a shooting in the Goodview section of Bedford County...
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[IN Q=We have a pretty good description]
[SUPER=01-Mike Brown/Bedford Co. Sheriff; :00]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co./Last Night; :11]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/This Morning; :]
[OUT Q=fired a single shot.]
[IN Q=We have a pretty good]
((WE HAVE A PRETTY GOOD DESCRIPTION OF THE SUSPECT AND WE HAVE VERY GOOD DESCRIPTION OF THE VEHICLE AND WITH THAT WE'RE PURSUING ALL LEADS.))
[OUT Q=pursuing all leads.]
That was at midnight, as Sheriff Mike Brown and Bedford County investigators were pressing their search for the suspect.
Earlier in the evening, a call to 911 alerted authorities and they found the bodies of two females who had been shot and killed in the home on Morgan's Mill Road.
Three hours later, police officers in Salem spotted the vehicle... State Police and Roanoke officers joined the chase onto I 581... and they surrounded the SUV in a rolling roadblock near Colonial Avenue. As the vehicle slowed, officers say the man raised the gun to his head and fired a single shot.))
With all the information we have, there are still questions to be answered. Authorities have not revealed the identity of the victims or the suspect... or a motive for the shootings.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Kim /Joe D. at MB Set;]
But Kimberly, we are expecting more information from Bedford County investigators later today.
Police in New Jersey say a veteran police officer is responsible for a shooting rampage that left five people dead.
[SUPER=03-Dover Township, NJ;]
The shooting suspect, Edward Lutes, is believed to have fled in a car.
Authorities in the seaside community of Dover Township say two of the victims were shot in a house next to the suspect's home.
The other three were in a house across the street.
Investigators say Lutes later went to a nearby town and
shot and injured the police chief inside his home.
No word on any motive for the shootings.
The latest violent chapter is unfolding in the Middle East this morning.
[SUPER=03-Near Haifa, Israel;]
A Palestinian suicide bomber blew up a commuter bus in northern
Israel during rush hour.
Israeli reports say at least 10 people are dead.
Authorities say another 14 are injured.
Also in the Middle East, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon says he'll continue the West Bank offensive to root out Palestinian militants-- calling it quote "a battle for the survival of the Jewish people."
The leader of Virginia's Republican party resigned after he was indicted on charges of illegally listening in on two Democratic conference calls.
A Richmond grand jury charged Ed Matricardi with four felony counts of violating Virginia's wiretap laws.
The indictments allege that Matricardi recorded two calls in which Democratic legislators, including the Governor, discussed strategy on the state re-districting case.
Prosecutors say he passed the information to others, who could also be charged.
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((RANDALL JOHNSON, JR./ASST. COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: THERE'S A CONSPIRACY STATUTE... AND WHENEVER SOMEBODY COMMITS A CERTAIN OFFENSE, WHOMEVER PARTICIPATED IN THE CRIME CAN BE CONSIDERED A CONSPIRATOR.))
[SUPER=01-Randall Johnson, Jr./Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney;]
[OUT Q=a conspirator.]
Matricardi and his attorney declined to comment.
He was arraigned and released without bond.
Each count of monitoring a phone call without consent is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.
Authorities in Roanoke County are reporting more progress on the tire dump fire.
They hope to have one portion of the burning dump extinguished by the end of the week.
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Yesterday, fire officials briefed county supervisors on their efforts.
They say work on the front ravine is moving forward and may be complete in a few days.
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((CHIEF RICK BURCH: THEY BEGAN THE FIRE SUPPRESSION ACTIVITIES LAST THURSDAY AND IT CONTINUED THROUGH THE WEEKEND AND HAVE MADE VERY GOOD PROGRESS ON THE INITIAL FIRE, THE RAVINE FIRE WE CALL ITRIGHT IN FRONT OF THE PROPERTY. THEY'VE MADE VERY GOOD PROGRESS WITH PULLING THAT APART EXTINGUISHING IT, WITH VERY LITTLE OR NO RUN-OFF.))
[SUPER=01-Rick Burch/Roanoke Co. Fire & Rescue Chief]
[OUT Q=little or no runoff.]
County officials acknowledge that residents have been frustrated by a lack of information. They are working on a website and a government access television program.
But they also say it will be some time before officials can answer all of their questions including, how much the clean-up is likely to cost county taxpayers.
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For more than 30 years Roy Stanley set the standard for sports reporting at your Hometown Station.
Early yesterday morning- he passed away at age 51.
Mike Stevens looks back at the life and career of our colleague and friend.
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[OUT Q=...HAVE A GOOD DAY EVERYBODY."]
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(( That trademark laugh and his outgoing personality were as much a part of what made Roy Stanley so special as anything else.
He was the state of Virginia's dean of sportscasters with more than 30 years of air experience at Your Hometown Station.
The weekends were his place to shine as he anchored the sports each Saturday and Sunday nights for more than two decades.
((NAT SOUND OF ROY:))
Anchoring the sports desk at WDBJ-7 hardly seemed possible when he arrived in Roanoke looking for a job in February of 1972.
The Wytheville native, who attended Scott Memorial before integration, graduated from George Wythe high school in 1969.
He was officially hired at WDBJ on Valentines' Day of 1972.
He quickly established himself as a strong supporter of sports throughout the valley.
And no one knew how to work a room or establish relationships with athletes and coaches like Roy Stanley.
((ROY STANLEY NAT SOUND:))
He won the prestigious Marshal Johnson Award from the Virginia High School coaches association recognizing his outstanding contributions to high school athletics - his true love.
During the 2001 Friday Football Extra season Roy proudly watched a kid whose diapers he once changed earn player of the week honors.
((ROY WITH JERMAINE:))
Roy Stanley was "Old school" and took pride in as he liked to put it "Keeping It Real."
He did just that in the year 2000 - when the N Double A CP honored Roy with that year's Image Award.
Family was also extremely important to Roy. He is survived by his wife and two grown children, his dad and a sister.
His extended family here at WDBJ-7 will find it very hard to walk the halls without his boisterous blasts of laughter - the thousands and thousands of viewers who grew up and changed their hair styles right along with Roy Stanley will no doubt also find something missing in their own homes.))
((ROY STANLEY- NAACP:))
Roy anchored his last newscast March 30th- A day later he was admitted to the hospital- where several days later doctors discovered Liver Cancer.
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Roy's family will receive visitors Friday, from 2 until 9, at the Hamlar and Curtis Funeral Home in Roanoke.
On Saturday, the family will receive visitors at the Pilgrim Baptist Church at 12-30. Funeral services begin at the church at 1-30.
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Health Officials are still trying to figure out why dozens of students at Randolph-Macon Woman's College became ill last week.
About 60 students contracted a gastro-intestinal illness.
At this point health officials believe a food-borne illness is to blame and that all of the students contracted it from the same source.
Later today, the Health Department expects lab results that should help determine the cause.
All of the students who got sick live on campus.
The judge who presided over Davey Reedy's arson and murder trial 15 years ago has rejected Reedy's appeal for a new trial.
Judge Clifford Weckstein found "precious little substance" to support Reedy's claim he did not set the fire that killed his two toddlers.
Reedy is serving two life terms plus 10 years in prison. In the ruling filed only yesterday, the judge concluded Reedy "utterly failed to demonstrate" his innocence.
Ear infections are a part of childhood.
But in persistent cases, antibiotics or surgery may not help . They may not even be necessary.
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In this week's Early Years segment, Charley Stellick reports on an alternative treatment for ear infections.
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[SUPER=03-Hastings, MN; :00]
[SUPER=01-Lori Dick/Mother; :08]
[SUPER=01-Melissa Millner/Chiropractor; :44]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Sam Levine/Ear, Nose & Throat Specialist; 1:11]
[SUPER=01-Charley Stellick/Reporting; :]
[OUT Q=This is Charley Stellick reporting.]
(( THIS IS OLIVIA, AND SHE'S ONE HAPPY BABY... BUT HER MOTHER
WILL TELL YOU EAR INFECTIONS MADE HER FIRST MONTHS ANYTHING BUT
LAUGHTER AND SMILES.
(SOT DICK "She pulled on her ears quite a bit. She didn't eat very
well, just very fussy.")
DOCTORS TRIED TO TREAT HER WITH DRUGS.
BUT NOTHING SEEMED TO WORK.
(SOT DICK "The antibiotics weren't helping Olivia at all and they
were upsetting her stomach.")
THEN LORI HEARD ABOUT A TREATMENT THAT SEEMED TOO GOOD TO BE
TRUE... A TREATMENT THAT DIDN'T NEED MEDICATIONS OR SURGERY.
CHIROPRACTOR MELISSA MILLNER FOUND OLIVIA'S NECK WAS OUT OF
ALIGNMENT, PUTTING PRESSURE ON A KEY NERVE.
(SOT MILLNER "That's the nerve that comes from the brain and goes
directly to the ear. That's why your child's ear is not draining
properly. In the case of an ear infection the medicine usually kills
the bacteria that's there, but leaves the source of the problem.")
MILLNER STARTS BY GENTLY ADJUSTING OLIVIA'S NECK WITH A DEVICE
CALLED AN ACTIVATOR.
(SOT- MILLNER "Once we get the bones back into place, that nerve flow
is restored and their health is restored.")
OLIVIA GOT POSITIVE RESULTS AFTER SEVERAL WEEKS OF CHIROPRACTIC
BUT AN EAR, NOSE AND THROAT SPECIALIST URGES PARENTS TO CONSIDER
THEIR OPTIONS CAREFULLY BEFORE CONTACTING A CHIROPRACTOR.
(SOT LEVINE "There are lots of alternative methods of treatment
besides chiropracty that are being advocated in the United States. I
think that traditional groups of medicine practitioners have advocated
for a long time using this with extreme caution and I would still be
in that group.")
LORI ADMITS IT WAS A BIG CHANGE TO SWITCH TO A CHIROPRACTOR FOR
OLIVIA'S EAR INFECTIONS...
BUT HER CHILD'S SMILING FACE TELLS HER IT WAS THE RIGHT CHOICE.
(SOT DICK "And now, she's great, she's a great kid to be around." )))
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