A police chase ends in a fatal accident this morning in Roanoke.
Authorities tell us it started when the victim passed through a sobriety checkpoint at the Roanoke County-Botetourt County line around 1:00.
Officials say when he was asked to pull over, he fled the scene - causing deputies to go into pursuit after him.
Police say the chase reached speeds up to 74 miles-an-hour and took them little over five miles into Roanoke City.
The driver apparently attempted to cause the pursuing officer to wreck by slamming on his breaks and then swerving into the path of the deputy's vehicle.
It ended when the man crashed into another car and a steel signpost at Orange Avenue and Williamson Road.
The driver died instantly.
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And this accident will cause some traffic delays for the next several hours.
West bound traffic on Orange Avenue is being re-routed to Plantation and Kimball, while east bound lanes are closed at Gainsboro... including the North and South bound exit ramps from Interstate 5-81.
Police still haven't released the names of the two people involved in a deadly shooting at the headquarters of Advance Auto in Roanoke County.
Authorities are still trying to notify the next of kin.
As Justin McLeod discovered, yesterday's attack was apparently a deliberate shooting of an employee followed by a suicide.
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[SUPER=01-Jack Lynch/Neighbor; :11 (QUICK BITE)]
[SUPER=01-Phil Patrone/Roanoke Co. Police Department; :33]
[SUPER=01-Larry Castellani/Advance Auto Parts CEO; 1:02]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Roanoke County]
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It all happened just before noon here in the parking lot of Advance Auto on Airport Road.
Jack Lynch heard the gunfire.
[IN Q=I just heard two]
((JACK LYNCH/NEIGHBOR: I JUST HEARD TWO SHOTS, BANG, BANG, AND THEN I SAW THE NEWS AND IT SAID ONE WAS KILLED.))
[OUT Q=one was killed]
The one who was killed is still unknown.
Police will only say the person is a former employee of Advance Auto.
A current employee was also shot and remains in serious condition at a local hospital.
Authorities have confirmed a man and a woman were involved but they won't say which is which.
[IN Q=It appears right now]
((LT. PHIL PATRONE/ROANOKE CO. POLICE DEPT.: IT APPEARS RIGHT NOW THAT WE HAVE A SHOOTING AND UNTIL I CAN FIGURE OUT THE DETAIL AND HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO NOTIFY NEXT OF KIN I REALLY THINK I OWE TO THEM ONCE WE GET THAT DONE THEN WE WILL BE ABLE TO COMPLETE THE INVESTIGATION.))
[OUT Q=complete the investigation]
The investigation was chaotic in the beginning.
For several hours, employees were kept inside until investigators could interview all potential witnesses.
Late Friday afternoon, a visibly shaken CEO came out and addressed the media.
[IN Q=The thoughts and prayers]
((LARRY CASTELLANI/ADVANCE AUTO PARTS CEO: THE THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS OF THE ENTIRE ADVANCE AUTO PARTS FAMILY ARE WITH THE VICTIMS AND THEIR FAMILIES.))
[OUT Q=and their families]
Families police are still trying to notify.
A police spokesperson says it involves finding family members who live in different time zones and therefore could take days.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Roanoke Co.))
A hostage situation in Danville early this morning leaves one man dead.
67 year old Rennie Hunt was killed in an altercation with police.
Authorities are releasing few details about the shooting, but do say Hunt was holding his girlfriend hostage at his residence on Main Street in Danville.
Virginia State Police are investigating the incident.
Two people suspected of committing a double murder in Lynchburg last month are in jail, being held on unrelated charges.
Anthony and Rhonda Robinson were gunned down in their home on Sussex Street April 19th.
Police are waiting for lab results before charging two people for the murders.. but they're releasing few other details.
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[IN Q=And if we]
((LT. DANNY VIAR/LYNCHBURG POLICE: AND IF WE COULD TELL YOU MORE WE WOULD. WE WOULDN'T HOLD BACK, BUT UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES THIS IS KIND OF UNUSUAL. NORMALLY WE WOULDN'T EVEN DO THIS, BUT WE FELT WE OWED IT TO THE FAMILIES AND OWED TO THE TO PUBLIC TO LET THEM KNOW WHAT WAS GOING ON.))
[SUPER=01-Danny Viar/Lynchburg Police Department]
[OUT Q=what was going on.]
Police would "not" discuss a possible motive for the murders.
Later today, the Appalachian School of Law will hold its first graduation- since a deadly shooting there in January.
Crews are preparing the school's courtyard for this morning's ceremony.
32-students will receive diplomas.
School officials are expecting a larger crowd than usual this year.
The School's president says during his remarks, he'll ask for a moment of silence.
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[IN Q=THIS GRADUATION]
((LOU ELLSWORTH/ASL PRESIDENT; THIS GRADUATION WILL PERHAPS BE A LITTLE MORE BITTERSWEET. THIS WILL BE A COMMENCEMENT AND GRADUATION WHERE EACH OF US REMEMBER THE TRAGEDY OF JANUARY 16TH, OUR DEPARTED FRIENDS.))
[SUPER=01-Lou Ellsworth/Appalachian School of Law President;]
[OUT Q=DEPARTED FRIENDS]
Ellsworth says two positive things have come from the tragedy.
He points to a new, stronger sense of community and a major jump in applications.
Twelve other schools across the commonwealth will also be having commencement exercises today.. including Virginia Tech, Liberty, Old Dominion and Mary Washington.
Virginia Tech continues its winning run in the Big East Conference Softball tournament.
Just a day after downing top seeded Notre Dame, the Lady Hokies beat the tournament's second seed, Vill-a-Nova yesterday afternoon.
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The Hokies and Wildcats advanced to the winner's bracket game by posting wins in Thursday's first round.
No score in this one until the 6th, when Tech scores all three runs. Megan Evans slaps a liner off the fence in right-center field, scoring a pair of runs, for a three-to-nothing Tech lead.
Tech pitcher Ashley (Dough-BEE) did the rest. (Dough-BEE) pitches a four-hit, shut-out and sets a school record for victories in a season with 30.
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The Lady Hokies advance to the final with a 3-to-nothing win and have the luxury of being able to lose once today in the double elimination tournament.
The Lady Hokies will face Notre Dame in the Championship round.
Tech needs just one victory to secure the title. Notre Dame will have to win twice to claim the Championship.
Now here's a look at last night's scores.
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[SUPER=0096-/Detroit/64/j/Boston/66//Celtics Lead Series 2-to-1/j/Los Angeles/99//San Antonio/89//Lakers Lead Series 2-
[SUPER=0103-j/Ottawa/4//Toronto/2//Senators Lead Series 3-to-2/;]
[SUPER=0092-j/St. Louis/4//Cincinnati/2///j/Colorado/9//New York/5///;]
[SUPER=0091-j/Baltimore/6//Tampa Bay/5///j/New York/5//Minnesota/3///;]
[SUPER=0094-j/Rural Retreat/7//George Wythe/5//Jonathan Harmon 3 for 3/j/Jefferson Forest/1//Amherst Co./0//D. Tanner -
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Depression affects more than 12 million women in the United States each year.
And contrary to popular belief, clinical depression is not a normal part of being a woman.
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[SUPER=01-Dr. Linda Lee/Carilion Behavioral Health]
Here to tell us about recognizing the signs of depression is Dr. Linda Lee with Carilion Behavioral Health.
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If you have any health topics you would like for us to discuss here on News 7 Saturday Morning, drop us a note at News 7, care of Focus on Health, PO Box 7, Roanoke, Virginia 24022-0007 or you can send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Celtics take control in the end and the Hornets find a new home ... away from Charlotte.
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[toss to Brent for Weekend Calendar]
The Local Colors Festival is coming up May 19th, but I've got a sneek peek of two Puerto Rican dishes that will be featured at the event. Here's Weekend Diner.
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The college student accused of planting pipe bombs in the Midwest is being held without bond in an Iowa jail.
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Last night, 21 year old Luke Helder made his first court appearance.
He's charged with using pipe bombs to blow up a mailboxes in rural Iowa.
During his 10 minute appearance in court, Helder did not speak.
The judge appointed him a public defender.
He still faces charges in Illinois and Nebraska.
Helder's accused of putting a total of 18 bombs in mailboxes in five states.
His preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 22nd.
Prosecutors want to drop the wire-tapping charges against the former head of Virginia's G-O-P.
But that still won't get the politician of the hook.
An official close to the case says prosecutors will likely ask that charges against Ed Matricardi be dropped.
The decision may have been made because the federal court system has broader investigative powers than state courts.
Earlier this week, U-S Attorney Paul McNulty said that his office and the F-B-I would join state and local authorities in the investigation.
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The former V-M-I instructor convicted of having sex with a minor may get to serve his time on Hilton Head Island.
Paul (pier- PAUL- lee) was sentenced to 12 months in jail.
The 40-year old professor solicited two young men on the Internet. When they met in a double wide in Goshen, it turned out one of them was an adult. The other was 14.
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[IN Q=Paul claims to have]
((ROBERT ARMSTRONG/PIERPAOLI'S ATTORNEY: PAUL CLAIMS TO HAVE HAD A SEXUAL ENCOUNTER WITH THE ELDER OF THE TWO AND DENIES HAVING ANY OF A SEXUAL NATURE WITH THE MINOR. GORDON SAUNDERS/PROSECUTOR: ONE OF THE KEYS: THE BOYS TESTIFIED HE WAS SEARCHING FOR A 13 YEAR OLD. THERE WAS A MASSIVE AMOUNT OF MATERIAL ON HIS COMPUTER ABOUT THAT.))
[SUPER=01-Robert Armstrong/Pierpaoli's Attorney; :00]
[SUPER=01-Gordon Saunders/Prosecutor; :11]
[OUT Q=computer about that.]
(pier-Paul-lee) says he doesn't know where that came from.
Though Judge George Honts sentenced him to serve 12 months in jail- -and (pier-Paul-lee) was taken into custody for processing.
He was to be released on bond, pending appeal of his conviction.
If the conviction is upheld, the judge may let (pier-Paul-lee) do his time under house arrest at his parents' Hilton Head home.
A Bedford County man who says he's the rightful president of a state civil rights group hopes a circuit court judge will soon agree with him.
Jack Mills was nominated as president-elect of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in January.
But his position is being challenged by other leaders in the traditionally black-led organization.
Mills says he's the victim of racism and he's going to court to fight it.
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[IN Q=Our lawyer has]
((JACK MILLS/VA SCLC PRESIDENT-ELECT: OUR LAWYER HAS ASKED FOR AN INJUNCTION TO STOP THEM FROM USING OUR NAME, STOP THEM FROM COLLECTING DUES AND TAKING OUR MONEY TO GEORGIA. WE WANT TO HELP POOR PEOPLE HERE IN VIRGINIA, WE WANT TO HELP NEEDY CHILDREN AND ELDERLY PEOPLE AND WE WANT THE COURT SYSTEM TO TREAT ALL OF US THE SAME.))
[SUPER=01-Jack Mills/Virginia SCLC President-Elect]
[OUT Q=all of us the same.]
Mills says an S-C-L-C group from Georgia has taken over the state convention that's underway this weekend in Danville.
He hopes to get a court ruling sometime next week.
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Meanwhile, dozens of people took to the streets in Lynchburg hoping to promote racial harmony between black and white residents.
This was the 10th anniversary of the Y-W-C-A's National Day of Commitment to Eliminate Racism.. it's an event that was first organized in response to the riots in Los Angeles following the Rodney King verdicts.
Community leaders walked several blocks through downtown to demonstrate their commitment to diversity.
Organizers say Lynchburg is already a community that enjoys racial harmony.
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Tomorrow is a day just for mom... but for those who are still searching for the perfect gift.. we have just the thing.
And they are not just great for this holiday.. they also help make shopping easier for future occasions.
Here to talk about some popluar collectibles is Denise Durham, owner of Black Forest Gifts here in Roanke.
[SUPER=01-Denise Durham/Black Forest Gifts]
Thanks for joining us this morning.
((Brent ad libs questions about gift ideas))
And if you would like to see more, you can find information on the stores website at www.black forest gifts.com.
Don't Go away - News 7 Saturday Morning will be right back.
The people who brought you "Fatal Attraction" are releasing a new suspense thriller,
But will it keep movie-goers on the edge of their seats.
Here's Brent and Anna with details.
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MB Monitor -- FS Movie Review
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((Movie Review "Unfaithful"
20th Century Fox
"Unfaithful" is a cautionary tale for anyone
considering adultry. In other words, don't.
Richard Gere and Diane Lane are a couple, Edward and
Constance, who have been married for eleven years.
They have a son, Charlie, soon to be nine.
There is no evidence that there is anything wrong with
the marriage, they seem perfectly happy; but when
Constance bumps into a sexy French book dealer on a
windy day in Manhattan, it isn't long until she is
involved in a lust-filled affair with him.
Her deception begins to take a toll and Edward soon
senses something is up. He hires a detective to follow
Connie, and discovers her secret.
This sets in motion events that will end, as another
character predicts, in tragedy. To say any more about
the plot would be to say too much.
"Unfaithful" is based on a French film and it keeps a
lot of that foreign film quality, both the good
elements and the not so good. There are intense
scenes, the actors are by turns quietly desperate, and
overwrought, one scene is unintentionally comic, there
is a slowness to the pacing; and the ending avoids any
attempt at a Hollywood style neatly wrapped package.
Overall, the sensation is one of strangeness.
"Unfaithful" is rated R for steamy sex scenes and some
violence. Grade C+.
MB Monitor -- FS N7 Movie Review
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And just a reminder that you can get more information on the movies we review here on News 7 Saturday Morning
by visiting our website at wbdj7.com and click on the weekend morning icon.
Tech is in line to take the Big East title and several racing stars visit the New River Valley.
Mike Stevens has those stories and more in sports.
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[OUT Q=great weekend]
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