Coming up on News 7-
Police investigate a deadly fight in Roanoke.
A man is in custody-- after a three year old Roanoke boy accidentally shoots himself in the head.
Local authorities throw their weight behind a good cause today.
And, find out why the Vice President actually assumed power for a brief time today...
News 7 is next.
A Roanoke man is behind bars after a three year old child accidentally takes his own life.
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Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.
Police say three year old Juwan Marcus Smith shot and killed himself shortly before noon.
Police say the child's mother left him in the care of 44 year old Rodney Patterson on Friday at this apartment building on Westside Boulevard.
Police say that's where the three year old picked up the weapon and accidentally shot himself in the head.
They say the 9- millimeter pistol was left beside Patterson's bed---
When authorities arrived, the child was unresponsive and died about a half hour later.
Rodney Patterson is being held at the Roanoke City Jail without bond on felony child neglect charges.
Roanoke City police are handling another investigation... this one involving a fight that's left one person dead.
Police say 41 year old Christopher Swanson McCoy suffered head injuries during a confrontation in front of the Jordan Mart on Cove Road on Friday.
McCoy died early this evening.
Police say they're looking at a surveillance tape from the store to see exactly what happened.
Martinsville police have arrested a man for allegedly killing his estranged girlfriend.
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48 year-old Janice Payne was found lying in the grass at the Rivermont Apartment Complex last Sunday.
Her estranged boyfriend - 49-year old Donatus Voil Hilton - turned himself into authorities last night.
Police believe Payne was assaulted inside her apartment before she either jumped or was thrown from a third story window.
If you're heading to the Post Office next week expect to pay more for postage.
Starting tomorrow rates for stamps will be raised three cents... to 37 cents per stamp.
Justin McLeod explains why.
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[IN Q=Nat sound of people walking into post office]
[SUPER=01-Victoria Smith/Postal Customer; :27]
[SUPER=01-Anne Murray/Roanoke Postmaster; :43]
[SUPER=01-Patrick Leach/Postal Customer; 1:01 (QUICK)]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Roanoke]
((((NAT SOUND OF PEOPLE WALKING INTO POST OFFICE; 2:11:01))
Post offices everywhere are especially busy this weekend.
[SOT 2:12:15; 2:11:27; 2:13:28]
[IN Q=I needed stamps]
((DELORES REED: I NEEDED STAMPS.))
((VICTORIA SMITH: I HAD TO GET SOME NEW STAMPS.))
((GEORGE YATES: I JUST WANT TO MAIL AS MANY AS I CAN FOR 34 CENTS.))
[OUT Q=for 34 cents]
That's because starting Sunday postal rates will increase nearly eight percent.
A first class stamp will go from 34 to 37 cents.
Priority Mail will jump from 3.50 to 3.85. (SHOT OF PRIORTY MAIL; 2:06:22)
And it will cost you 1.20 more to use express mail.
[IN Q=It's really not that bad]
((VICTORIA SMITH: IT'S REALLY NOT THAT MUCH WHEN YOU CONSIDER OTHER COUNTRIES AND THE EFFICIENCY OF OUR POSTAL SERVICE, I THINK IT'S WORTH IT.))
[OUT Q=it's worth it]
The Postal service cites fuel costs, rising health benefits, and additional deliveries as reasons for the rate increase.
September 11th also played a role.
[IN Q=A lot of the businesses]
((ANNE MURRAY/ROANOKE POSTMASTER: A LOT OF THE BUSINESSES CUT BACK ON THEIR MAILING EXPENSES AND CUT BACK ON THEIR MAILINGS AND THAT REDUCED THE AMOUNT OF REVENUE WE HAD COMING THROUGH THE POSTAL SERVICE.))
[OUT Q=postal service]
The customers we talked to understand the need for the hike and are willing to pay more, but they would like to see the postal service go a step further.
[IN Q=Why not just make]
((PATRICK LEACH: WHY NOT JUST MAKE IT FIFTY CENTS AND THEN IT WILL BE FIVE SIX YEARS BEFORE YOU HAVE TO MOVE IT UP AGAIN.))
[OUT Q=move it up again]
[IN Q=You won't see one]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: YOU WON'T SEE ONE MAJOR INCREASE TO 40 OR EVEN 50 CENTS BECAUSE THE POSTAL SERVICE SAYS YOU SHOULD NOT PAY MORE THAN IS NECESSARY. THEY ALSO STRESS THAT MOST POSTAL CUSTOMERS BUY THEIR STAMPS IN BULK RATHER THAN SINGLES SO PENNIES ARE USUALLY NOT INVOLVED.))
[OUT Q=usually not involved]
((NAT SOUND OF RIPPING TAPE; 2:05:49))
Customers hope the new rates will stick around for awhile.
[IN Q=It's kinda hard]
((GLORIA LUCAS: IT'S KINDA HARD TO KEEP UP WITH THIS UNLESS YOU WRITE IT DOWN.))
[OUT Q=you write it down]
They'll probably be plenty of people writing it down (SHOT OF WRITING 2:07:17) when post offices re-open Monday morning.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Roanoke.))
You can't drink it, but the City of Roanoke has come up with a way for residents to wash their cars or water their gardens without getting in trouble.
The city has placed rented, seven thousand gallon water tanks at two new locations.... one at Wasena Park, the other at the Brown Robertson Park.
The tank at Wasena park will pull water from the Roanoke River-- while the tank at Brown Robertson will pull water from Lick Run.
Each tank has two water hoses attached to it, and will be available to residents 24- hours a day.
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[IN Q=I'M NOT MAD]
[SUPER=01-Ralph Patterson/Roanoke Resident]
((I'M NOT MAD ABOUT IT BUT I THINK THE VALLEY SHOULD HAVE A REGIONAL WATER SUPPLY AND I DON'T REMEMBER WHEN THEY TALKED ABOUT IT BUT THEY SHOULD HAVE DONE IT YEARS AGO THAT'S MY OPINION ANYWAY.))
[OUT Q=MY OPINION ANYWAY.]
The water is UN-treated... so it cannot be used for drinking or for filling swimming pools.
President Bush has been given a clean bill of health today after having a routine colonoscopy.
He transferred the power of the presidency to Vice President Cheney during the procedure... which has only been done by one other president.
Aleen Sirgany reports from Washington.
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[IN Q=For two hours]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC; :00]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Richard Tubb/White House Physician; :30]
[SUPER=01-Ari Fleischer/White House Spokesman; :42]
[SUPER=01-Al Gonzales/White House Counsel; 1:11]
[OUT Q=AS, CBS News, Washington]
(((nats...cheney arrives at white house)
FOR 2 HOURS AND FIFTEEN MINUTES SATURDAY MORNING, VICE PRESIDENT DICK
CHENEY ASSUMED THE DUTIES OF PRESIDENT.
... AS PRESIDENT BUSH UNDERWENT A ROUTINE COLONOSCOPY.
WITH A HISTORY OF BENIGN POLYPS IN PREVIOUS EXAMS -- THE PRESIDENT SAID
FRIDAY, HE FELT IT NECESSARY TO TRANSFER POWER BECAUSE THE NATION IS AT
SOT - PRESIDENT BUSH/(FRIDAY) "And I just want to, you know, be super
THE PRESIDENT WAS SEDATED FOR THE COLON SCREENING..
... PERFORMED IN THE MEDICAL FACILITY AT CAMP DAVID.
SOT - DR. RICHARD TUBB/WHITE HOUSE PHYSICIAN
"The procedure lasted for 20 minutes and was completely uncomplicated,
no polyps were found and no abnormalities were found."
DOCTORS SAY THE PRESIDENT WOKE UP 2 MINUTES AFTER THE EXAM.
.. AND AFTER RESTING FOR A BIT IN THE RECOVERY ROOM...
SOT - ARI FLEISCHER/WHITE HOUSE SPOKESMAN
"The power of the presidency was returned to President Bush at 9:24 this
SHORTLY AFTER, THE PRESIDENT FELT WELL ENOUGH TO TAKE A 4 AND A HALF
.. THEN HE HEADED TO THE GYM FOR A LIGHT WORKOUT.
THE 25TH AMENDMENT ALLOWS THE TRANSFER OF PRESIDENTIAL POWER.
... IT HAS HAPPENED ONLY ONCE BEFORE IN THE NATION'S HISTORY.
BACK IN 1985, WHEN PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN HAD AN OPERATION FOR COLON
CANCER, PRESIDENT BUSH'S FATHER - THEN VICE PRESIDENT - HELD THE REINS
OF POWER FOR ABOUT EIGHT HOURS.
AL GONZALES/WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL
"I think the American people should be reassured that we have a process
in place so that when the president is unable to discharge his powers
and duties, the presidency is not disabled."
(STANDUP) ALEEN SIRGANY/REPORTING
WHITE HOUSE AIDES SAY PART OF THE REASON THE PRESIDENT HAD THE EXAM WAS
TO UNDERSCORE THE IMPORTANCE OF COLON SCREENING.
THE PRESIDENT, WHO TURNS 56 NEXT WEEK, IS RECOMMENDING THE EXAM FOR
ANYONE OVER 50.
ALEEN SIRGANY, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.))
There's more talk from Al Gore about a possible run for president in two- thousand four.
The former vice president told top Democratic fund- raisers today that if he runs again, he'll speak from the heart and quote "let it rip".
Gore says he won't decide on whether he'll be a candidate until after the first of the year-- but he did make some presidential sounding comment about the budget crisis going on in his home state of Tennessee.
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[IN Q=Under our current]
[SUPER=01-Al Gore; ]
((UNDER OUR CURRENT NATIONAL ECONOMIC POLICIES ALL 50 STATES HAVE BEEN SUFFERING MASSIVE DEFICITS. SO PART OF THE SOLUTION IS TO CHANGE OUR NATIONAL ECONOMIC POLICY.))
[OUT Q=national economic policy.]
According to one Democrat who attended the retreat, Gore told the crowd that the 2000 campaign had ''too much strategy, too
many consultants giving too much advice.''
Still to come on News 7 at 11, we'll introduce you to the new Miss Virginia...
And, we'll take you to another competition... but to win this one, you'll need to make sure everything is just purr-fect. Stay with us, NEWS 7 will be right back.
Some area kids learned about building strong bones while sporting milk mustaches today.
The Got Milk? Mustache campaign made a stop today at the Valley View Mall.
Contestants donned a milk mustache and then had their picture taken for a chance to be featured in an ad in Rolling Stone Magazine.
Other activities took place inside the mall including the "Mix it with Milk Contest."
The goal of the campaign is to educate kids on the importance of drinking at least four, 8-ounce glasses of milk every day.
A similar event will take place tomorrow at the Food Lion Supermarket on Starkey Road in Roanoke from one until four.
It's a grueling 24- hour- long relay and it's taking place in West Virginia.
Today thousands of mountain bikers began the "Snowshoe relay".
Riders form teams to bike over some of the rockiest terrain in the COUNTRY.
This year the event is being dedicated to an American soldier who was killed in Afghanistan last month.
Sergeant Gene Vance was a West Virginia native and finished 42nd out of 250 participants in last year's race.
Bikers observed a moment of silence in his memory.
Some people in Oregon were awoken by an earthquake this morning.
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The quake registered 4 point 5 on the Richter scale.
Officials say the epicenter was about three miles south of Mount Hood and was the biggest earthquake the mountain has seen in 30- years.
Residents in a town a few miles from the mountain say they felt the shock but no damage has been reported.
The mountain has suffered a series of small earthquakes lately but seismologists say there is no evidence they are linked to a possible eruption...
However, they say they'll continue to monitor the area.
Still to come on News 7 at 11, open wheeled racing roars into the Richmond International Raceway...
and the Roanoke Steam was in town trying to tame the Augusta Stallions. Travis Wells will have more coming up in sports.
Some local police, firefighters and rescue personnel put their weight behind a good cause today.
The State Police and the Roanoke County Police Department held an event at Green Hill Park this morning to raise money for Special Olympics.
Teams from police, fire, and rescue agencies competed to pull a fire truck for a set distance.
The Roanoke County Police Department came in first followed by the Roanoke City officers.
Today's event raised nearly 46-hundred dollars for Special Olympics Virginia.
If you ever wish you could step into a more modest time then Ferrum College has just the place for you.
In this week's Time Off, Shannon Young drops by the Blue Ridge Institute where the folks there like doing things the old fashioned way.
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[IN Q=He only has teeth on the bottom.]
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[SUPER=01-Jackie Evans/Girl Scout; :57 (QUICK)]
[SUPER=01-Brittany Whitman/Girl Scout; 1:08]
[SUPER=01-Julia Peltier/Girl Scout; 1:54 (quick)]
[IN Q=He only has teeth on the bottom...]
((HE ONLY HAS TEETH ON THE BOTTOM. NOT ONLY THAT, HE'S A VEGETARIAN.))
[OUT Q=not only that, he's a vegetarian.]
Come sink *your* teeth into a day at the farm at Ferrum College.
Today, the Blue Ridge Institute's living history museum is hosting a group of girls scouts.
The fifth and sixth graders are experiencing German-American farm life as it was in 1800, complete with bonnets, aprons and a long list of chores.
[IN Q=They take a rotation of helping in the kitchen...]
((REBECCA: THEY TAKE A ROTATION OF HELPING IN THE KITCHEN, WORK IN THE GARDEN, BLACKSMITHS SHOP, THIS YEAR WE'RE WORKING WITH THE OXEN.))
[OUT Q=we're working with the oxen.]
Did she say "work"?
That's not how the girls see their duties.
[IN Q=We get to do alot of fun stuff...]
((WE GET TO DO A LOT OF FUN STUFF WE WOULDN'T GET TO DO IF WE WEREN'T HERE.))
[OUT Q=if we weren't here.]
And learn skills they might not otherwise have even known existed like, how to wash butter...
[IN Q=After you made it and churned it...]
((BRITTANY: AFTER YOU MADE IT AND CHURNED IT YOU PUT IT IN A BOWL WITH WATER... PUT IT IN A BOWL WITHOUT WATER.))
[OUT Q=put it in a bowl without water.]
Of course, their efforts pay off at meal time.
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Interpretors, like Philip, explain how it hasn't always been easy to hammer out a living.
They hope, by literally wearing the hat of a 19th century farmer, that visitors will more fully appreciate those who came before.
[IN Q=I think we have to have an understanding...]
((REBECCA: I THINK WE HAVE TO HAVE AN UNDERSTANDING OF WHERE WE CAME FROM IN ORDER TO APPRECIATE WHERE WE ARE NOW.))
[OUT Q=where we are now.]
One thing's for certain.
The experience whetted the girl scouts' apetite for knowledge, along with a hunger for much more than history.
[IN Q=Uh, yeah, probably get my mom...]
((JULIA: UH YEAH, PROBABLY GET MY MOM TO BAKE REAL BREAD INSTEAD OF USING HER BREAD MAKER.))
[OUT Q=using her bread maker.]
Shannon Young, News 7, Franklin County.))
The Blue Ridge Farm Museum is open by appointment only Monday through Friday.
You can drop by unannounced on summer weekends.
They're cute and cuddly, but it's serious business for some cats in Roanoke this weekend.
The annual Star City Cat Fanciers competition got underway today at the Roanoke Civic Center.
This year's show features more than 300 cats from 35 different breeds.
Many of the cats are also taking part in a competition where they are judged on beauty, confirmation, and show presence.
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[IN Q=This is not fun and games]
((NORMAN AUSPTIZ/CAT SHOW JUDGE: THIS IS NOT FUN AND GAMES. THIS IS VERY SERIOUS. MOST OF THESE CATS ARE PETS AT HOME BUT THEY'RE ALSO SHOW CATS AND WE REALLY WORK WITH THEM TO GET THEM USED TO THE CHAOS HERE AND THE CATS ENJOY IT.))
[SUPER=01-Norman Auspitz/Cat Show Judge]
[OUT Q=the cats enjoy it]
Contestants are earning points for a final national competition which will take place later this year.
You can catch the show again tomorrow from 10 until four.
Entering tonight's contest with Augusta, the Roanoke Steam still had a mathematical shot at making the post season. The club will need some help, but they need to win out first.
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Roanoke was looking for its second straight win at home.
But the visitors got on the board first. Quarterback Glenn Gauntt calls his own number and scoots in from ten yards out and just like that the Stallions were on the board.
The Steam likes to play from behind though. Michael Thomas launches a bomb to Tacoma Fontaine who hauls it in for a touchdown, his fourth in two weeks.
A little later, Thomas hands off to Russell Benditt who bulls his way through a crowd for another score and Roanoke led it 12-7.
Mike Volaravich then hands to James Everage who gets some help from his teammates.
That score made it 24-7 at halftime but Augusta comes back to win it 54 to 44.
The game turned ugly late with a bench clearing brawl that included eight ejections.
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To the track, where Sam Hornish used some late race heroics to pull off his third IRL win of the season tonight at Richmond International Raceway.
This marked the second straight year for the Indy Cars in the state capital.
Points leader Helio Castroneves kept his cushion despite this wreck early in the race. Castroneves finished 17th, 147 laps down.
There were some tense moments for Buddy Lazier tonight as a fuel fire ignites in his pit. Lazier was pulled from the car by safety workers. He and his crew were O-K and the fire was brought under control.
With just two laps to go, Sam Hornish slides right past pole sitter Gil de Ferran and Hornish hangs on for to win the Sun Trust Indy Challenge.
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[OUT Q=Panther team is awesome."]
While the Winston Cup drviers rested up for Daytona next week, the Nascar Craftsman Truck Series rolled on today at the Milwaukee Mile.
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Terry Cook started from the pole and led 129 laps, but he had to use this late move to get past Jason Leffler for the win. The two traded a little paint, but then Cook pulled away for his 2nd win this season and his 3rd overall in the GNC Live Well 200. Leffler was second and Coy Gibbs third. Stuart's Jon Wood came home 9th.
Former Cave Spring standout athlete Tom Hagan might just feel like he's running a race this summer. That's because Hagan's plate is pretty full over the next month or so. Intern reporter Bekkah Warburton caught up with the future Virginia Cavalier earlier this week at Tiki and Ronde Barbers' NFL Twins Camp.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Tom Hagan/Future Virginia Cavalier; :45]
[SUPER=01-Bekkah Warburton/News 7 Sports; :55]
[OUT Q=News 7 Sports."]
((You have seen his face everywhere. We have followed him from the baseball diamond through numerous Friday Football Extra clips, to the basketball court where he was a member of the state championship team, and even to the barber shop. These past few years have been encompassed with this 6'2" All-State preformer. While the community has appreciated Hagan's phenominal skills on the playing field, many have enjoyed following his various accomplishments in other realms of high school, as well. Graduating as one of Cave Spring's valadictorians and receiving the elite B'nai B'rith award have only added to Hagan's appeal.
And he's not slowing down either. With high school behind him, Hagan is now focusing on what's to come: playing football for Coach Al Groh's UVA Wahoos.
Two weeks ago, Hagan headed up to Penn. where he was coached by Bill Renner, a nationally acclaimed punting instructor.
Renner and staff ranked Hagan seventh out of the top 29 punters in the counrty. An honor not taken very lightly.
Next up for Hagan is the Virginia high school football all-star game in Hampton. Proud to be chosen for the West Team, Hagan also looks forward to meeting up with some future Cavalier teammates.
This local celeb will be taking off for Charlottesville July 26th for pre-season practice. UVA's first game will be Aug. 22nd against Colorado State. In Roanoke County, Bekkah Warburton, News 7 Sports.))
The first week of action at Wimbledon is winding down and 6 of the 16 remaining players on the women's half of the draw are Americans. But it's a different story on the men's side where
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today the lone Yank left was beaten in straight sets. West Virginia native Jeff Morrison, seen in the far court, lost to number 18 Scheng Schalken, which means for the first time in 80 years, no American men's player advanced to the round of 16.
Meet Miss Virginia 2002. She was crowned just a few minutes ago.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Miss Virginia Pageant; ]
[OUT Q=Miss Apple Blossom Festival.]
Jennifer Pitts, Miss Apple Blossom Festival was crowned as Miss Virginia tonight at the Roanoke Civic Center.
As her talent, she showed off her ballet skills, and ran on a platform of volunteering.
She will now go on to Atlantic City and compete for the Miss America crown.
You can hear from Miss Virginia 2002 tomorrow on News 7 Sunday Morning beginning at 8 o'clock