Up next, Roanoke Police say a woman is using young twin girls to shoplift at a local supermarket.
The incident is captured on this surveillance tape.
And, an autopsy reveals ANOTHER reason why the plane carrying singer Aaliyah crashed in the Bahamas last summer.
Another hot one across the region. Temperatures reaching the mid-90's...I'll have your forecast coming up.
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
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A body found last night in California could be that of a kidnapped five-year-old girl.
Authorities will soon reveal the identity.
Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Police in Orange County, California have called a news conference today.
They're expected to announce whether a body found last night is that of a little girl who was kidnapped in broad daylight just outside her home.
Chris Lawrence has the latest.
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NO POSITIVE IDENTIFICATION HAS YET BEEN MADE...BUT AUTHORITIES BELIEVE
THE CHILD'S BODY FOUND YESTERDAY ... COULD BE THE REMAINS OF 5 YEAR OLD
SOT: MICHAEL CORONA/ORANGE COUNTY SHERIFF
"WE DO HAVE A YOUNG GIRL, AGED BETWEEN 4 AND 6, IT WOULD MEET THE
DESCRIPTION OF SAMANTHA."
THE NUDE BODY WAS FOUND IN A FIELD ABOUT AN HOUR AWAY FROM SAMANTHA'S
HOME. JUST TWO DAYS AGO, THE YOUNG GIRL WAS PLAYING A BOARD GAME IN
FRONT OF HER APARTMENT...WHEN ACCORDING TO A PLAYMATE....A LATINO MAN
DROVE UP IN A CAR, ASKED FOR HELP IN FINDING A DOG.. AND THEN SNATCHED
SOT: UNIDENTIFIED FRIEND
"SAMANTHA'S...SHE'S SCREAMING, SHE SAID, HELP, HELP, SO I DID HELP."
SOT: JIM AMORMINO/ORANGE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPT.
"STOPPED HIS CAR, GOT OUT, THREW HER IN THE CAR. IT WAS OVER IN MATTER
SAMANTHA'S MOTHER BEGGED FOR HER SAFE RETURN.
SOT: ERIN RUNNION/SAMANTHA'S MOTHER
"PLEASE LET HER GO, SHE IS SUCH A SWEET CHILD, WE DON'T WANT VENGEANCE,
WE JUST WANT OUR BABY BACK."
AT THE SITE WHERE THE BODY WAS FOUND, HOMICIDE DETECTIVES SEARCH FOR
CLUES...WHILE BORDER PATROL AGENTS HAVE BEEN ALERTED IN CASE THE
KIDNAPPER TRIES TO ENTER MEXICO.
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Roanoke Police say a woman is using young twin girls to shoplift.
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This surveillance video from Kroger on Rutgers Street shows the woman and two kids in the background, picking out D-V-Ds and videotapes and placing them in the store basket.
A few minutes later, the twins walk out of the store -- one of them carrying the basket.
The woman exits moments later.
In another case, police are asking for help identifying this man.
They say he bought a 4-thousand-dollar diamond ring at Frank L. Moose Jewelers, using a stolen credit card.
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If you recognize any of these people, you can call Crimeline at 344 - 8500.
Since it opened in 1991, the Gator Aquatic Center has produced championship athletes, but it has also struggled to build the facilities that supporters envisioned.
This week, the successful swimming program has a new lease from the city of Roanoke, and new hopes for a stronger partnership.
Joe Dashiell has the story...
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((After three hours of morning practice, and an afternoon in the weight room, the Virginia Gator senior swimmers are back in the pool before dinner...
And many of the athletes who've put in their laps here, are making waves in regional, and national competitions.
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((JAMIE SPRADLIN: I COULD BARELY SWIM WHEN I FIRST CAME HERE AND NOW I'M ON A FULL RIDE AT TECH, SO I THINK IT'S A GOOD PROGRAM THAT'S HELPED ME A LOT THROUGH THE YEARS.))
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Open for recreational swimming, the pool also hosts high school teams and provides a place for kayaking and dive classes, and swimming instruction.
But ten years after the Gator Aquatic Center was built on city property beside James Madison Middle School, its boosters say it could be so much more.
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((VISION IS, OUT ON THE OTHER SIDE, ON THE BACK SIDE, IS TO PUT A WARM WATER TEACHING POOL.))
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Bingo provides most of the Center's 250- thousand dollar budget, and 75 families form the core of support...
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((IT TAKES A LOT OF WORK AND WE'RE BURNING PEOPLE OUT, AND WHAT I WANT TO DO IS EXPAND THAT BASE.))
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This week, Roanoke City Council voted to extend the group's lease, and the gators are hoping the new contract will lead to a stronger partnership with the city...
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((I'VE LOVED IT HERE AND IN TWO WEEKS WE'RE GOING TO NATIONALS AND HOPEFULLY WE'LL BE ABLE TO WIN ALL THREE OF THE CHAMPIONSHIPS.))
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a stronger partnership that will benefit both.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
Some residents in the Sierra Nevadas are breathing a little easier now than an 86- hundred- acre wildfire is no longer approaching their doorstep--
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The blaze is located on the California-Nevada state line.
It HAD been threatening about 250 homes.
But fire officials say the flames are now heading into the wilderness, and away from the populated area.
Fire officials say dry and windy conditions have made the fire difficult to fight.
Drugs and alcohol may have played a role in the plane crash that took the life of singer Aaliyah last August.
Officials say an autopsy of the pilot showed traces of cocaine and alcohol in his body.
The plane crashed shortly after take-off in the Bahamas, killing Aaliyah and eight others.
Authorities also say the aircraft showed evidence that routine maintenance may not have been performed.
Investigators say the plane was also at least 700 pounds overweight.
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Still to come on the newscast, we will hear some suggestions on how to keep your cool during the next heat wave,
Plus we will see what you should do to deal with serious bad breath.
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As expected, the attorney for three men convicted in the kidnapping and murder of Daniel Pearl has filed an appeal.
Attorney Rai Bashir calls the prosecution's case ``false and baseless.''
His clients have been sentenced to 25 years in prison for their roles in the death of the American reporter.
Meanwhile an appeal will be filed Friday for chief defendant Omar Saeed, who was sentenced to hang.
Bashir says the evidence presented in the case is neither authentic nor consistent.
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The appeals process could last for months.
Once something people only whispered about, bad breath is now a multi-billion- dollar commercial industry.
An estimated 85- million Americans have bad breath.
It's a condition that affects people regardless of their age, weight, or gender.
Gretchen Carlson has more.
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America is awash in breath freshening products. But many people need
more than a mint or swig of mouthwash to keep bad breath at bay.
SOT: Pete Thompson / Breath Clinic Patient
"We went to the men's room and he told me that I had a breath problem,
he said, I'm a good friend, that's why I'm telling you."
At the Richter Center in Philadelphia..one of a growing number of breath
disorder clinics in this country..patients like Pete Thompson can kiss
halitosis good bye forever.
SOT : Alan Richter, DDS
"The mouth is the seat of knowledge and the seat of one's personality.
And if that part of your personality is objectionable to other people
than that leaves the impression they are objectionable."
Contrary to what many people think bad breath does not come from your
stomache. It's caused by a type of bacteria that live on the soft
tissues of the mouth, where they produce sulfur gasses that smell like
Patients undergo three tests to determine if the bacteria are present.
In the first step patients breathe into a machine called a halimater
which meaures the sulphur compounds. Next and we're not kidding is the
sniff test and finally swabbing the back of the mouth.
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"The swab is then put into a container like this one to see if the
bacteria that causes bad breathe is actually present. Now if the
container turns a yellowish brown like this one, well, it means that you
have pretty bad breath."
If the bacterias are detected as in Pete's case, Dr. Richter performs a
short sand blasting like procedure to remove them.
"Pete let me just check your breath, breath out for me, that's great we
got all the odor out."
That was Gretchen Carlson reporting.
With today's highs expected to soar into the 90s, you're probably sitting in airconditioning right now.
But fighting the latest heat wave can put a major dent in your wallet.
Today the technical director of the Trane Home Comfort Institute, Robert Helt will offer some advice on saving those energy dollars.
Good Afternoon, Robert.
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Thanks for joining us today, Robert.
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Next on the newscast, Brent Watts will have the hot forecast,
Plus we will tell you why Senator Allen is coming to the aid of some fishermen who think they are up the creek without a paddle.
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Senator George Allen is joining in the fight to keep sections of the New River open to fishermen.
The army wants to close part of the river to help protect the Radford Arsenal.
The Arsenal has proposed shutting down four and half miles of the river to the public near its facility.
Officials say it's for security reasons.
Local outdoorsmen have spoken out against the idea .... saying it restricts their recreation activities.
In a letter released yesterday, Senator Allen asks the Secretary of the Army to drop the proposal. Allen says the plant would be no more secure under the plan than it is now.
A public hearing on the matter is already scheduled for July 24th at Blacksburg Middle School.
While American corporations have been the focus of negative headlines recently-- there is some positive news today.
Ford is reporting its first profit in the past five quarters.
The automaker says it earned 570- million dollars in the second quarter, well exceeding analyst expectations.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 77 points. The NASDAQ has gained 30.
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Coming up next in sports-- we will have highlights from Salem Memorial as the Avalanche looks for a win...
Plus- the new and improved Roanoke Express shows off what fans are in store for in the upcoming season....
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The Avalanche was looking to end its five-game losing streak last night in game two with the Potomac Cannons...
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In the top of the first, Potomac starts off hot again.
Billy Munoz hits a home run over the right field wall.
And here we go again.
The Cannons take a one to nothing lead.
But in the bottom of the second, the Avs came out swinging.
Edmund (Mew-th) Muth singles sharply to right field, and Brad Hawpe scores on the play from second.
Still in the second, Justin Lincoln will double off the wall in centerfield on the shot.
Two runs come home on the play, and the Avs take the lead at 3-to-1.
Then Cory Sullivan will lift a sacrifice fly to shallow right field.
But it is deep enough for Jeff Winchester to score.
Salem beats Potomac 8- to- 3.
Game three of the series is tonight.
Earlier yesterday, Greg Catalanotte was traded by the Rockies organization to the Red Sox organization.
The Express is doing everything it can to make its 10th anniversary season a memorable one.
Yesterday, the team unveiled a brand new, much improved look for the upcoming season.
Mike Stevens gives us a preview what's to come.
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(( The brand new 419 West restaurant in south Roanoke County served as the back drop as Express management literally did an out with the old and in with the new.
The purple, green and gold is history - replaced by red, black, and gray - and the 611 train is back.
The logo and new color scheme will also be represented on brand new home and away sweaters.
After braking out new jerseys and new colors the team announced two new affiliates.
This coming season the Express will join forces with the Chicago Blackhawks and the Norfolk Admirals.
Florio spent last week on vacation with his family in Myrtle Beach - but the heat on the grand strand was nothing compared to the criticism the coach and general manager has received in the off-season from Express fans and some booster club members.
In one other Express note - the team's entire schedule in the 2002-2003 season will be broadcast on radio station 3WR.))
There is football frenzy in Blacksburg this week as Virginia Tech's annual camp is underway...
Almost six hundred players ranging in ages from 12- to- rising high school seniors came out to learn from some of the nation's best.
The coaching staff is careful to give individual attention to develop the young players, but it also emphasizes off- the- field attitudes and having fun.
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FINAL LOOK AT THE WEATHER
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