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Police are treating the death of a Roanoke woman as suspicious.
Authorities discovered the body of 82-year old Edna Dooley inside her home early Friday.
Police were answering a domestic call.
When officers got there, they say Dooley's son and daughter were involved in a fight.
The death is being treated as a homicide-- but police are still waiting for some lab results.
A suspect is in custody in the murder of a Henry County man.
Clifford Daniel Jamison (JAME-ih-son) was found lying outside a home on New Hope Drive in Bassett Saturday morning.
The 48-year old had apparently been shot.
Yesterday morning, 20-year old Frank Tyrone Ziglar turned himself over to Henry County authorities.
He's being held with no bond on charges including first degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Another pipe bomb has been found-- this time in a small Colorado town.
That brings the total to 17.
Federal authorities say the second Colorado pipe bomb-- discovered out in a field-- doesn't fit the characteristics of other devices found across the Midwest.
But they say one found earlier in Colorado DOES resemble them.
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((MARK MERSHON/F. B. I.:THE DEVICE IS CONSISTENT IN ITS DESCRIPTION AND APPEARANCE WITH THE 16 OTHER DEVICES WE RECOVERED SINCE FRIDAY IN IL, IO, AND NE." ))
[SUPER=01-Mark Mershon/F. B. I.;]
[OUT Q=and Nebraska.]
A resident found the device in a sandwich bag with a piece of
folded paper, and alerted authorities.
It did not explode, and no injuries were reported.
So far, pipe bombs have injured six people throughout the Midwest.
Kennedy cousin and accused murderer Michael Skakel goes on trial today in Connecticut for killing a teenage neighbor 27 years ago.
Skakel is accused of fatally beating Martha Moxley with a golf club in 19-75.
Both were 15 at the time.
The victim's mother is expected to be the prosecution's first witness.
The defense list has a total of about two-dozen witnesses.
The trial could last five weeks.
Skakel is the nephew of Ethel Kennedy, the widow of late Senator Robert Kennedy.
It's national Tourism Week, and the Arts Council of the Blue Ridge says travelers should go to the mall.
More specifically, Valley View Mall.
The two have partnered to promote site-seeing in South West Virginia.
Right now, tourism generates more than 300 million dollars, and supports six thousand jobs in our area.
By advertising at the Mall what there is to do in Roanoke, the Arts Council hopes people will stay longer and spend more, especially in light of the state's budget cuts.
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((BARBARA SACCO/FAISON PROPERTIES MARKETING DIRECTOR; ONE THING OBVIOUS TO US WHEN PEOPLE WERE PANICKING AND NOT KNOWING WHERE THE MONEY WAS COMING FROM, WAS TO SUPPORT THE ARTS.))
[SUPER=01-Barbara Sacco/Faison Properties Marketing Director]
[OUT Q=support the arts.]
"Leonard Bear-stein" (bear steen) and his orchestra have added a summer appearance at the mall in an effort to spark up musical interest in children.
Leonard himself will be making appearances in local schools to promote the arts.
Governor Mark Warner and Senator George Allen got a first hand look yesterday at the devastation left behind by last week's floods and tornados.
Steve Smallshaw travelled with them in Central Virginia and has more.
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Warner and Allen actually started out their day looking at flood ravaged areas in southwest Virginia where two counties have been declared federal disaster areas.
The two got a first hand look at Buchanan and Tazewell County earlier yesterday.
The regions are the hardest hit in Virginia by last week's flash flooding.
Allen and Warner talked with flood victims and National Guard troops in the town of Hurley.
It's where two people died.
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((GOV. MARK WARNER/(D) VIRGINIA; MANY MANY HOMES AND BUSINESSES WERE UTTERLY DESTROYED BUT WHAT WE SAW THERE WAS A GREAT COMMUNITY SPIRIT THERE WASN'T A PERSON WE TALKED TO THAT DIDN'T HAVE A STORY ABOUT A FRIEND OR NEIGHBOR OR SOMEBODY THAT CAME IN TO HELP.))
((SEN. GEORGE ALLEN/(R) VIRGINIA; PEOPLE FEEL FORTUNATE THAT THE FLOOD HIT DURING THE DAY AS OPPOSED TO NIGHT THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN MANY MORE LOSS OF LIFE HAD IT HIT AT NIGHT, IT WAS VERY RAPID FAST.))
[OUT Q=VERY RAPID FAST.]
Senator Allen says the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Small Business Administration will be in the region today.
Meanwhile, a Roanoke Valley group is collecting bottled water to send to Buchanan County.
The Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project will be collecting bottled drinking water and liqud bleach at the Higher Education Center tomorrow from 10 a-m to 2 p-m.
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
A grand jury indicted the federal agent accused of killing a Roanoke man.
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A week has been set aside in September for the trial of Timothy Workman-- who made a brief court appearance in Roanoke General District court earlier this year.
The off duty D-E-A agent is accused of shooting Keith Bailey three times in the chest after a scuffle in a restaurant parking lot in February.
Workman has previously pled NOT guilty to the murder and weapons charges returned yesterday.
Last month, he went free on a technicality...
But now a Franklin County man AGAIN faces charges of murder and drunk driving stemming from a deadly accident.
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A grand jury indicted William Fitzgerald on charges of SECOND degree murder and driving under the influence.
Last month, a judge threw out those charges because of a clerical error.
But prosecutors say that's now been corrected.
Last November, Fitzgerald struck Ellen Marie Shenker head on ... killing her and injuring her son, Tommy.
The accident happened just 7 hours after Fitzgerald had been released from jail on a D-U-I.
Prosecutors say Fitzgerald was impaired by alcohol and prescription drugs.
His attorneys have said he passed out a the wheel because he was improperly medicated.
The Reverend Paul Shanley will be arraigned this morning in a Massachusetts courtroom on three charges of raping a child.
The retired priest was taken from California to Boston last night while wearing a bullet- proof vest.
Prosecutors allege Shanley raped a boy over a seven-year period.
The alleged victim is now 24.
Documents show Shanley was allowed to continue serving as a
parish priest, despite past allegations of abuse.
A Pakistani court has adjourned the trial of four men accused of the kidnapping and murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl.
Trial will resume tomorrow, in order to give a defense attorney enough time to get to court.
The move came just after Pakistan's Supreme Court said
the trial can continue in Hy-DER-abad until it rules on a defense
request to move it back to Karachi.
That's where the Wall Street Journal reporter was abducted and
where the trial had opened.
The high court will hear arguments on that request Thursday.
Meanwhile, the chief prosecutor is accusing the defense
Hospital patients in Alleghany County will soon be able to bridge 108 miles in just a few seconds.
Technology will link Alleghany Regional Hospital in Low Moor with the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville.
It's called "telemedicine" -- and it allows patients to see U-VA specialists using video conferencing technology.
Doctors will also use it to share X-rays, CAT scans and lab slides ... speeding up diagnoses and cutting back patient travel time.
Congressman Rick Boucher kicked off the project with a 25-thousand dollar federal grant.
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((REP. RICK BOUCHER/(D) 9TH DISTRICT: THIS OPENS UP A THIS OPENS UP A NEW ERA OF CONVENIENCE AND LACK OF EXPENSE FOR PATIENTS IN RURAL SETTINGS WHO CAN NOW GET THE FOREMOST IN DIAGNOSTIC CARE.))
[OUT Q=in diagnostic care.]
U-VA says that 85 percent of the time, patients can be successfully treated using telemedicine.
It will be up and running at Alleghany Regional Hospital in September.
Amherst County deputies say they've cracked a 1999 murder case.
20-Year old James Bradley Floyd was arrested last week and yesterday was charged with murder.
Herman Michael Branham was doused with gasoline and set on fire in the yard of this home in 1999.
Branham was still on fire when he walked more than a half mile to his mother's home and collapsed.
He died five days later.
Deputies say new information obtained over the last four weeks resulted in Floyd's arrest.
It's hard to describe the grief felt by the family of 25- year old Alice Jackson.
The Roanoke woman and her two young sons died after police say their apartment was deliberately set on fire.
Last night, we spoke with Jackson's mother about her loss.
Teresa Hamilton has more.
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[OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS 7, Roanoke.]
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((She was a great mother, she was fun loving.))
[OUT Q= she was fun loving.]
Brenda Raver is coping with the death of her daughter, Alice, and her two young grandsons the only way she knows how-- by relying on the support of friends, family and prayer.
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((THEY WERE TWO BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN AND MY DAUGHTER WAS BEAUTIFUL AND I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY OR HOW ANYBODY COULD DO ANYTHING LIKE THIS.))
[OUT Q = anything like this.]
Early Sunday morning-- police say someone set fire to Alice Jackson's Roanoke apartment.
Jackson was pronounced dead at the scene-- her two young sons were still alive but would later perish at the hospital.
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((IT DOESN'T SEEM REAL, YOU KNOW, IT SEEMS LIKE OFF OF AMERICAN'S MOST WANTED TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH.))
[OUT Q= to tell you the truth.]
Raver says her daughter did not have any enemies but wants the person responsible to spend life in prison--
Raver does NOT believe in the death penalty.
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((THAT'S UP TO THE JUDGE AND THE JURY, YOU KNOW, ME, PERSONALLY, I DON'T REALLY BELIEVE IN IT, BECAUSE THEY BIBLE DOES SAY, JUDGE NOT LEST YOU BE JUDGED AND THAT GOD WILL TAKE HIS REVENGE ON WHOEVER DID IT.))
[OUT Q= whoever did it.]
In the meantime, Raver will be relishing the memories of their daughter and two young grandsons...
The boys were just two and three years old.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Roanoke. ))
In business news, A different kind of factory is coming to town.
It's called Burlington Coat Factory, and it's set to open an 80 thousand square foot store on Hershberger Road in September.
About 90 people will be hired to staff the store.
Roanoke City Council has filled two seats on the school board.
Yesterday afternoon, council members selected William Skeen and Robert Sparrow from among five finalists.
Skeen and Sparrow will replace Charles Day and Brian Wishneff, who are leaving the School Board at the end of June.
A Roanoke woman is accused of embezzling from a local P-T-A.
45- year old Dawn Mays-Johnson was indicted today for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars from the Lincoln Terrace elementary school P-T-A.
Mays-Johnson allegedly embezzled as much as 98- hundred dollars while serving as the group's president.
The discrepancy was found when the Lincoln Terrace P-T-A began bouncing checks.
The Blue Ridge Institute Farm Museum at Ferrum College got a temporary reprieve...
The college's Board of Trustees decided this weekend to hold off on a proposal that would have replaced the museum with a grocery store.
A supermarket chain -- said to be Food Lion -- has expressed interest in the site.
Trustees said they would wait until the college's new president Jennifer Braaten takes office in July before moving forward.
The board backed a plan to sell or lease HALF the college's land to commercial developers... but said it would seek more input from the college and community.