Police in Lynchburg are asking for your help in solving a man's murder.
Witnesses offered a description of the suspect, who they spotted running from the crime scene.
And the man accused in a shooting rampage at the Appalachian School of Law says he doesn't want a mental evaluation.
Hot and humid conditions continue with slight chance for a passing shower or thunderstorm....I'll have your hometown forecast....
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
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Lynchburg police need some help finding a murder suspect.
Last night, authorities found 28-year-old Ronald L. Brooks
lying in the 100 block of Jackson Street, bleeding from a head injury.
Brooks was taken to Lynchburg General Hospital where he later died.
Police searched the area for a stick they say was used to bludgeon the victim.
Witnesses saw a suspect running from the scene.. he's described as a black male, about 30 years old, with dreadlocks and wearing a blue-green shirt with blue jeans.
Anyone with information should call the Lynchburg police.
The man accused of killing three people at a Southwest Virginia law school is refusing to be mentally evaluated or talk with his lawyers.
Jimmy Turk, attorney for 43-year-old Peter O-dig-hizuwa says his client is unstable and mentally ill.
Turk says O-dig-hizuwa believes there is a government plot against him.
A preliminary hearing was supposed be held next week in Grundy.
But now officials say it will be used as a hearing to find another expert to evaluate him.
O-dig-hizuwa faces a possible death sentence for capital murder charges in the shooting deaths of three people at the Appalachian School of Law in January.
A lawmaker from Halifax says more women plan to make claims that House speaker Vance Wilkins sexually harassed them.
In published reports, fellow Republican delegate Clarke Hogan says the women's stories are credible, and as a result he can no longer support Wilkins.
Hogan's comments came one day after Wilkins met privately with the Republican caucus in Richmond.
They're scheduled to meet again next week.
Until then, the House speaker will keep his job.
In Colorado, firefighters are facing the largest blaze in the state's history.
The flames are slowly making their way to the outskirts of Denver.
Jennifer Miller has the latest.
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AS THIS MASSIVE WALL OF BILLOWING SMOKE AND SCORCHING FLAMES INCHES
CLOSER TO DENVER'S SUBURBS...MANY MORE RESIDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO BE SENT
FLEEING FROM THEIR HOMES TODAY.
"IT'S PRETTY SCARY RIGHT NOW, PRETTY CLOSE, JUST A FEW MILES I GUESS. I
GOT EVERYTHING READY EXCEPT FOR THE DOGS."
RIGHT NOW, THE LARGEST WILDFIRE IN COLORADO HISTORY IS HOVERING OUTSIDE
DENVER. OVER 500 FIREFIGHTERS ARE WORKING THE BLAZE AND OFFICIALS ARE
ASKING FOR HUNDREDS MORE. BUT THE 87 THOUSAND ACRE FIRE IS BURNING OUT
OF CONTROL..MAKING IT TOO DANGEROUS TO PUT FIREFIGHTERS ON ITS NORTHERN
FRINGES...BETWEEN THE FLAMES AND A HEAVILY POPULATED AREA.
SOT: A.J. Vanderwerf/firefighter
"I'VE NEVER SEEN A FIRE MOVE THIS QUICKLY."
sot: TONY DIFFENBAUGH/FIREFIGHTER
"WE DON'T WANT TO PUT FIREFIGHTERS OUT THERE IF WE THINK IT'S GOING TO
BE TOO DANGEROUS."
THERE ARE AT LEAST 8 FIRES BURNING ACROSS THE STATE. THE BIGGEST BLAZE
IS BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN SPARKED BY AN ILLEGAL CAMPFIRE. AND WHILE
POLICE SEARCH FOR THE PERSON WHO STARTED IT.... MANY EVACUEES ARE
SIMMERING IN SHELTERS.
SOT: SHIRLEY CHILDS/EVACUEE
"I'M VERY ANGRY, IF I EVER FIND THAT SO AND SO, I'D LIKE TO TEAR HIM
FROM LIMB TO LIMB."
The Radford Arsenal says it'll have to lay off up to 50 people as a result of last week's explosion at the ammunition plant.
The explosion in the Nitroglycerin Pre-mix production area Friday night has prompted the Army to suspend operations in that part of the plant.
While an investigation into the cause of the blast continues, somewhere between 30 and 50 people will be on furlough.
The plant employs about 15-hundred people and the Army says the rest of the plant continues to function normally.
Nearly a week has passed since 14- year- old Elizabeth Smart was kidnapped from her home in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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But the investigation is starting to pay off--
Authorities say they've narrowed the search for her abductor.
They're focusing the investigation on people who live in, or have visited Elizabeth's upscale neighborhood.
They add that the suspect may still be in the area.
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((RICK DINSE/SALT LAKE CITY POLICE CHIEF:WELL, WE BELIEVE THAT HE STALKED HER, THAT HE TARGETED HER AND IT IS POSSIBLE THAT HE KNEW HER." ))
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Police have interviewed hundreds of people, and have received thousands of leads.
They say Elizabeth's father, Ed Smart took what they called a "routine" polygraph on Sunday.
Authorities say it furthured their investigation, but they did not say exactly how.
Nearly 100 U-S citizens-- many of them children-- have been kidnapped and are being held against their will in Saudi Arabia.
That's according to the state department.
Congress is holding hearings today on the issue, an action many families say is long overdue.
Thalia Assuras reports.
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"I was treated like dirt."
(vo) HER PARENTS DIVORCED, DRIA DAVIS WAS 11 WHEN HER FATHER KHALID
SHALHOUB STOLE HER AWAY TO HIS NATIVE SAUDI ARABIA AND WHERE, SHE SAYS,
HER CHILDHOOD FRIENDSHIPS AND FUN ENDED.
"He would physically hit me with his shoe, with anything he could find.
He he made me eat on the floor. I couldn't go outside and play, there
was nobody I could talk to, I was just alone.
(VO) DESPERATE, SECRET PHONE CALLS TO HER MOTHER... LED TO DESPERATE
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phone and text drawn in over it)
Dria in Saudi Arabia: "I can't stay here anymore"
Miriam, Dria's Mom, in U.S. : "I know."
Dria in Saudi Arabia: "I would rather die than stay here"
(VO) TWO YEARS LATER IN A PLOT PARTLY PAID FOR BY THE SALE OF HER
GRANDMOTHER'S HOUSE, DRIA WAS BACK IN FLORIDA - NO THANKS TO THE U.S.
GOVERNMENT THEY HAD PLEADED WITH FOR HELP.
"Dria was an American citizen and had every right to be protected under
the constitution. They failed us."
(VO) IT'S A SITUATION ALL TOO FAMILIAR TO PAT ROUSH, WHOSE DAUGHTERS
ALIA AND ALISHA WERE ALSO TAKEN TO SAUDI ARABIA BY THEIR FATHER -- IN
1986 WHEN THE GIRLS WERE SEVEN AND THREE YEARS OLD. SINCE THEN, ROUSH
HAS WORKED TIRELESSLY TO GET THEM BACK ... BUT IN ALMOST TWENTY YEARS,
SHE HAS SEEN THEM ONLY ONCE.
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WOMEN AND GIRLS IN SAUDI ARABIA MUST HAVE PERMISSION FROM A MALE
RELATIVE TO LEAVE THEIR HOMES, LET ALONE LEAVE THE COUNTRY. CRITICS
HERE CONTEND THE U.S. HAS FAILED TO HOLD THE SAUDI GOVERNMENT
ACCOUNTABLE FOR ITS LAWS, AND WORSE YET HAS FAILED TO UPHOLD U.S. AND
INTERNATIONAL LAWS AGAINST KIDNAPPING.
(STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN)
"There are a lot of things we can do for people, but there are also some
things we can't do for people and there are you know, civil matters and
things the courts need to decide."
(VO) DRIA AND HER MOTHER COULD NOT WAIT.
"I would have killed myself, by now. I was already supposed to be
getting married to somebody I didn't even know, that I didn't even love."
(VO)... A FATE MANY OTHER AMERICAN WOMEN HAVE NOT ESCAPED. THALIA
ASSURAS, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.
Authorities arrested five people today outside Paris.
They're accused of helping suspected shoe bomber Richard Reid while he was staying there.
Police say the five are known to have sympathies with radical Islam.
They're identified as two Pakistanis and three North Africans, and are being questioned in Paris.
Richard Reid has been in U-S custody since December, after allegedly trying to ignite explosives hidden in his shoes on a trans-Atlantic flight.
The fight against bio- terrorism is now taking the form of a new bill--
In a Rose Garden ceremony this morning, President Bush signed bio- terrorism legislation.
It sets aside over four-and-a-half- BILLION dollars for stockpiling vaccines, improving food inspections, and boosting security for water systems.
The President said last year's anthrax attacks served as a "wake-up call" for the federal government.
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Coming up next on the newscast, we will speak live with the reigning Miss U-S-A as she discusses living with diabetes,
Also a local company says it is buying out one of its competitors.
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Nearly a million people are diagnosed with diabetes each year.
While there's no cure, those who live with the illness still manage to live full lives, and accomplish some pretty lofty goals.
Miss U-S-A Shauntay Hinton is a diabetic... She joins us now, along with Doctor James Gavin, who's the Dean of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
Thanks for joining us today.
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(Dr. Gavin, let me start with you. Since so many people have diabetes, what are some of the challenges they face?)
(Is it easier nowadays for people with diabetes to take care of themselves?)
(Shauntay.... as Miss U-S-A, you're a very public person battling this disease. When were you first diagnosed with it?
(You're also a spokesperson for the Lilly for Life awards honoring the achievements of diabetics... Can you tell us abo
Thanks to both of you for talking with us today...I'm sure you've inspired a lot of people.
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Still to come on the newscast, some local residents want to keep a proposed gas line from crossing their neighborhoods.
Also we'll tell you why one of heavy metals biggest names is producing a family friendly album.
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A Salem Bio-technology company announced today it's buying another area bio-tech firm.
Novozymes Biologicals will take over the Salem-based George A. Jeffreys company.
Together, the two firms hope to become a world leader in environmental and agricultural biological products.
Novozymes employs 85 people in Salem and the 17 Jeffreys' employees will be integrated into that company.
Product applications include odor control, drain line and septic tank maintenance, grease removal, carpet cleaning and fabric care.
Some residents of Henry County want to stop a proposed natural gas pipeline that would run from West Virginia to North Carolina.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission held a public hearing at Bassett High school last night.
Dominion wants to build the pipeline from West Virginia-- through seven Virginia counties before entering North Carolina.
Dominion says the pipeline is needed.... but some residents argued it would hurt small communities such as Sandy Level.
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((HENRY COUNTY IS REALLY IS NOT GETTING ANYTHING OUT OF THIS PIPELINE GOING ACROSS US AND I THAT THE THOUGHT THAT EMINENT DOMAIN WILL ALLOW SOME COMPANY TO COME ON ALONG AND ACTUALLY TAKE OVER OUR PROPERTY AND FORCE THEMSELVES UPON US.))
((BOB FULTON/DOMINION SPOKESPERSON: IT'S IMPORTANT FOR PEOPLE TO BE A PART OF THE PROCESS FOR THEM TO KNOW THAT WE'LL BE GOOD CORPORATE NEIGHBORS BRINGING THE GREENBRIER PROJECT INTO THIS AREA AND IT WILL BE A BENEFIT NOT ONLY FOR PEOPLE IN THIS AREA AND OTHERS ALONG THE PIPELINE WHO'LL HAVE ACCESS TO NATURAL GAS.))
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Dominion is currently in what's referred to as the prefiling process....
It plans to submit an official certificate of need with federal officials next month.
Another public hearing will be held tonight in Riner.
The T-V family that's taken the nation by storm has put together a new album.
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The Osbourne Family Album has arrived in stores.
It's being released in both clean and un- censored versions, and features old and new songs.
Yesterday, the Osbourne family signed copies of the album at Time Square's Virgin Mega- store in New York.
Each one was hand- picked by family members including dad Ozzy, mom Sharon, and their kids Jack, Aimee, and Kelly.
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((KELLY OSBOURNE/OZZY'S DAUGHTER:ON BEHALF OF THE REST OF THE OSBOURNES WE JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMING DOWN. WE HEARD SOME OF YOU WERE HERE SINCE LAST NIGHT. IT MEANS A LOT TO US. THANK YOU. ))
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By the way, the Osbournes are returning for a second season on M-TV this fall.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW has lost 37 points. The NASDAQ is down 16.
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Coming up after the break-...
we'll meet a local golfer who is on a roll on the greens...
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A local golfer has made it big on the greens.
51- year- old golfer Jeff Lynch may call the Roanoke Country Club home...
But yesterday- he earned a spot in the U.S. Senior Open.
Lynch shot a 73 to finish first in the Senior Open qualifier at the Cascades Golf Course at the Homestead.
He was one of 49 who attempted to make the senior event.
He is one of 45 who will get to play in the U.S. Senior Open.
Four thousand tried to qualify.
The Senior Open is June 24-th through the 30-th in Owings Mills, Maryland.
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Golfer Bill Deck is Roanoke's version of the ageless wonder.
Travis Wells has more on one incredibly hot seven- year streak.
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