Pulaski authorities are investigating a murder that happened this morning--
A woman was found shot to death.
Details, coming up.
And health officials are reporting more PROBABLE human cases of West Nile Virus in Virginia.
Another cool damp day across the region...will this weather pattern continue...I'll have your forecast.....
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
A local woman is found apparently shot to death early this morning.
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Police are investigating this morning's murder in Pulaski.
New River Valley Bureau Chief Myranda Stephens is in Blacksburg now with the details...
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and from what I hear, Myranda, police aren't saying much about what happened?
That's right, Kimberly, police aren't answering too many questions at this point.
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Police say they responded to a call around four this morning... of shots fired and malicious wounding at 37-68 Newbern Road.
Officers say when they arrived on the scene, they found the body of a white female in the front yard of the home.
The victim has been identified as 24-year-old Amanda Killen.
Killen was pronounced dead on the scene and police say it appears she was shot.
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Officers say Killen's husband, Jerry, was the one who discovered her body and called police.
But, right now, they have not identified him or anyone else for that matter as a suspect...
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We will continue to follow this story and bring you the latest information beginning tonight at five.
Evidence in a Campbell County murder trial could shed some light on the unsolved disappearance of a Nelson County man four years ago.
48 year old Elizabeth Farinacci is standing trial for killing her husband last winter. Frank Farinacci was found shot to death in the couple's home on Candler's Mountaint Road February 13th.
Prosecutor Neil Vener says Elizbeth Farinacci told a state trooper she killed her husband to cover up her involvement in the 1998 murder of Jeffery Quick.
Elizabeth Farinacci allegedly told the officer her husband killed Quick
and she helped dispose of the body. Police say Elizabteth later killed Frank Faranacci because he was going to go to the police and confess. The jury is now hearing testimony in the case. The trial is expected to last at least two days.
Health officials say there are now two more probable HUMAN cases of the West Nile virus in Virginia.
One case involves a 42 year old Hanover County Man.
He remains hospitalized in stable condition.
The other is a 65 year old man from Fairfax County.
He has already been released from the hospital.
This brings the total number of probable human cases in the state to three.
Health officials say the best way to avoid getting the virus is to protect yourself from the mosquitos, which spread the virus to humans.
Health officials have been testing mosquitos in our area.
So far, Lynchburg has reported one positive sample with West Nile.
A handyman police say is a possible suspect in the disappearance of 14- year- old Elizabeth Smart is in critical condition after a four-hour surgery.
Richard Ricci was taken to the hospital last night, aftter experiencing breathing problems in his prison cell.
Authorities say 48- year- old Ricci suffered either an aneurism or a stroke.
He's still on life support.
Doctors don't know whether he'll have brain damage if he survives.
Ricci has NOT been charged in Elizabeth Smart's disappearance in early June.
But he is charged with taking items from the Smart home.
It's happened again-- another child has been abducted at gunpoint from a California home.
This time it's a nine- year- old boy.
Aleen Sirgany has more on this still- developing story.
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IT IS THE LATEST CHILD ABDUCTION TO ROCK SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA.
9 YEAR OLD NICHOLAS FARBER WAS TAKEN AT GUNPOINT EARLY THIS MORNING.
POLICE SAY THE KIDNAPPERS FORCED THEIR WAY INTO THE FAMILY'S HOME --
BEAT UP THE BOY'S FATHER, THEN TOOK OFF WITH NICHOLAS..
SOT - JOHN KAISER/RIVERSIDE SHERIFF'S DEPT.
"Two dark colored males, possibly hispanic, maybe black, entered the
location forcefully, assaulted the father, then abducted 9 year old
NICHOLAS HAS BROWN HAIR WITH BLONDE HIGHLIGHTS -- AND WAS LAST SEEN
WEARING ONLY FRUIT OF THE LOOM UNDERWEAR.
AUTHORITIES SAY ONE OF THE ABDUCTERS WORE A NYLON OVER HIS FACE, WHILE
INVADING THIS PALM DESERT HOME, SOUTHEAST OF PALM SPRINGS.
SOT - KAISER
"The suspects left the area in what appears to be a light colored suv,
possible a chevy yukon type vehicle."
THE BOY'S FATHER, STILL RECOVERING FROM THE BEATING, TOLD AUTHORITIES HE
SAW AS MANY AS FOUR PEOPLE INSIDE THE SUV WHEN THE GUNMEN STORMED OUT OF
POLICE SAY WEAPONS WERE LEFT AT THE SCENE..
BUT THE BOY'S FATHER MAY HOLD SOME OF THE STRONGEST CLUES, AS THE
STATEWIDE SEARCH CONTINUES FOR THIS LITTLE BOY...ALEEN SIRGANY...CBS
The city of Martinsville is giving another thousand dollars to the reward for information about the kidnapping of Jennifer Short.
City Council approved the measure last night.
Meanwhile, Thousands of posters bearing Jennifer's picture are on display across the community and the state.
The 18- thousand posters were printed for FREE by Collinsville Printing in Henry County.
But nearly all have been distributed-- which has Henry County investigators searching for a way to get more printed.
Teresa Hamilton reports.
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((THE SHERIFF AND I AND ALL THE EMPLOYEES WANT TO GIVE IT OUR BEST.))
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Captain Kimmy Nester is determined to find nine year old Jennifer Short and the person who killed her parents.
He's convinced the case can and will be solved.... and is hopeful the 13- thousand dollars in reward money being offered for information will help solve the case.
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Nester is also working to keep Jennifer's name and picture in the public eye.
So far, approximately 18- thousand posters bearing the little girl's photo and description have gone out-- but more need to be printed.
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Nester says he and his investigators need all the help they can get... because until Jennifer is found, he says, none of them will be able to rest easy.
((I WAS ASKED THIS WEEK HOW MANY OF THE OFFICERS HAVE BROKEN DOWN AND CRIED ABOUT THIS. ACTUALLY IT KIND OF SHOCKED ME BECAUSE NONE OF US HAVE. WE HAVEN'T HAD A CHANCE TO YET. OUR TIME COMES AFTER WE FIND HER.))
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((NOBODY REALIZES SOMETIMES HOW MUCH THESE MEN AND WOMEN DEDICATE THEMSELVES TO THEIR JOB BUT WE'VE NEVER HEAR NOBODY COMPLAIN ABOUT THE HOURS AND MOST OF THEM WE'VE JUST HAD TO SEND THEM HOME TO GET IN A BREAK.))
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Captain Nester says investigators are still sorting through leads and tips-- but says so far none of the information has lead them to Jennifer or the person who killed her parents.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Henry County.
If anyone is interested in helping with the cost of printing more posters they can contact the Henry County sheriff's office.
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One of the nation's largest school districts has to make a decision that balances student health against economics.
We'll have that story after the break.
Also a convicted child murderer will learn today if he will be put to death for his crimes.
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The penalty phase in the David Westerfield trial opens today.
Prosecutors want the maximum sentence for the man convicted of killing seven- year- old Danielle van Dam.
They plan to present testimony on the impact Danielle's death has had on her family.
Sandra Hughes reports.
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Nats up Video of Danielle Van Dam
PROSECUTORS HOPE THESE IMAGES WILL HELP BRING DANIELLE VAN DAM TO LIFE
AND PERSUADE JURORS TO SENTENCE DAVID WESTERFIELD TO DEATH FOR HER
MURDER. JUST THIS WEEK, THE JUDGE RULED THE TAPE WILL BE ALLOWED DURING
THE PENALTY PHASE OF WESTERFIELD'S TRIAL:
(SOT: Laurie Levenson, Prof., Loyola Law School) "It's a big boost to
the prosecution because the prosecutors can now present a very emotional
videotape taken at home of Danielle when she was alive and remind jurors
of what really happened in this case.
EMOTION IS WHAT THE DEFENSE FEARS MOST AS IT TRIES TO ARGUE THAT LIFE
IN PRISON IS WHAT WESTERFIELD DESERVES.
(SOT: Steven Feldman, Defense Attorney) I think it is appropriate that
the court tell the jury that all their job at this point is, is not to
become emotional that their job is to become rational and dispassionate.
THE JUDGE DENIED THAT MOTION...HE ALSO RULED THAT ALTHOUGH WESTERFIELD
HAS NO PREVIOUS FELONY CONVICTIONS, JURORS WILL BE ABLE TO HEAR ABOUT
PAST ACCUSATIONS OF ABUSE. THE DEFENSE WILL TRY TO HUMANIZE WESTERFIELD
THROUGH HIS FRIENDS AND FAMILY, LOOKING FOR ONE SKEPTICAL JUROR:
(SOT: Levenson) it took a long time for this verdict to come in and say
to that juror, if you have lingering doubt, certainly don't vote for his
FOR A DEATH SENTENCE, JURORS MUST BE UNANIMOUS IN THEIR DECISION. SH
CBS NEWS LA.
A sentencing hearing is now under way in Connecticut for Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel.
41- year- old Skakel was convicted of fatally beating teenage neighbor Martha Moxley in 1975.
Defense attorneys have filed more than 100 pages of documents, which could extend the proceeding.
They say Skakel was abused by his father and nannies, and should receive leniency.
Skakel could receive a minimum sentence of 10 years to life in prison and a maximum sentence of 25 years to life.
A controversy is bubbling over at the nation's second largest school district.
Los Angeles is banning sugary sodas, even though the soft drink companies subsidize many school programs.
As Stacy Case tells us, school officials say the decision is all about the health of the students.
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SELL SODA IN SCHOOLS AND AS SOME SAY -- WATCH STUDENTS GET BIGGER--
OR REMOVE THE MACHINES AND LOSE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS.
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Keep the sodas
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THE ISSUE IN LOS ANGELES--- A BALANCED BUDGET VS A BALANCED DIET.
AS NEW GOVERNMENT RESEARCH SHOWS A LINK BETWEEN SOFT DRINKS AND OBESITY.
STAND UP: STACY CASE/CBS LOS ANGELES
ACCORDING TO THE U-S DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE A 20 OUNCE BOTTLE OF SODA
HAS THE EQUIVALENT OF NOT ONE, NOT TWO, BUT 15 TEASPOONS OF SUGAR.
AND THE AVERAGE STUDENT HERE DRINKS 2 A DAY.
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this country right now is facing an epidemic of obesity among its
BUT SCHOOLS SIGN CONTRACTS WITH SOFT DRINK COMPANIES WHICH PAY SCHOOLS A
HEFTY SUM FOR HOUSING THESE MACHINES. WITHOUT THEM, SOME FEAR STUDENT
PROGRAMS WILL DRY UP.
SOT: (ALEKSANDER DANIELYAN/LOS ANGELES STUDENT)
It's many reasons, it's junk food, it's chips it's many factors. Why
concentrate on these particular issues soft drinks. Soft drinks are not
the main cause of obesity and that's the point they should understand.
SOT: (GREG VALLONE/LOS ANGELES PRINCIPAL)
This is an ethical issue and you don't hurt kids ever to make a buck.
SOFT DRINK COMPANIES SUCH AS COCA COLA, SAY THEY'RE WILLING TO OFFER
MORE JUICE AND BOTTLED WATER INSTEAD-- AND THEY'LL HAVE TO BECAUSE
SCHOOL LEADERS HERE PUT THEIR MONEY WHERE THEIR MOUTH IS,
VOTING TO PULL POP FROM MACHINES IN 2004. LOS ANGELES IS FIRST TO TAKE
A STAND, OTHERS ARE EXPECTED TO FOLLOW SUIT-- AND WHAT WAS ONCE
COMMONPLACE IN MANY AMERICAN SCHOOLS COULD EVENTUALLY FIZZLE OUT. STACY
CASE CBS NEWS LOS ANGELES.))
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Next on News 7 at Noon, Leo will join us with the detailed forecast.
Plus, we will tell you why Roanoke County is asking its residents to conserve water, even though the reservoir is 70 percent full.
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Roanoke County is the latest government to ask its residents to voluntarily cut back on their water usage.
The Spring Hollow Reservoir is still at more than 70 percent of its capacity... a normal level for this time of year.
But county officials say the severity of the statewide drought persuaded them to consider voluntary measures.
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((ELMER HODGE/ROANOKE COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR: WE THINK IT'S APPROPRIATE TO TAKE THIS STEP AT THIS TIME OR ON A VOLUNTARY BASIS TO AVOID GETTING INTO A MORE SERIOUS SITUATION.))
((HARRY NICKENS/VINTON SUPERVISOR: WE CANNOT GET BY WITHOUT WATER, SO ANYTHING WE CAN DO ON A VOLUNTARY BASIS OR EVEN MANDATORY, I THINK WE JUST HAVE TO DO IT, UNTIL WE GET BEYOND WHAT IS NOW APPROACHING CRISIS STAGE.))
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The county is distributing conservation tips to its water customers.
Officials hope if they educate and encourage residents- it'll make a difference.
They're also tapping into existing wells, and plan to drill new ones to supplement the water supply.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 146. The NASDAQ has lost 26.
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Coming up next in sports... several local football players are cut from the N-F-L,
And Grant Noel has the quarterback job for another week, but some questions about the rest of the line- up remain a mystery...
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NFL teams reduced rosters to 65 yesterday.
The Falcons cut former Hokie offensive lineman Dave Kadela yesterday.
The Carolina Panthers released former UVa star reciever Patrick Jeffers, as well.
He had been out since the 2000 season with a knee injury, as well as former Hokie lineman T-J Washington.
Former Cavalier Germane Crowell was placed on the injured list by the Lions.
He'll miss the first six weeks of the season with a nagging knee injury.
The Virginia Tech and Louisiana State University matchup this weekend is not the only thing out of the ordinary going on in Blacksburg.
Mike Stevens says there are lots of questions about the Hokie lineup.
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(( Senior Grant Noel will start at quarterback against LSU - but that's all coach Frank Beamer will say about his signal callers.
Beamer was unusually tight lipped about the Tech quarterback situation at his weekly newconference. In fact, Noel seemed to be unaware that he was he was the tabbed starter until the media informed him of the fact.
The Hokies are favored by a touchdown to beat the Tigers. To a man - the Tech players are anxious to start playing the LSUs instead of ASUs.
In one final Arkansas State note - the 63 points scored in that win are the most scored by the Hokies in a season opening game since 1905 when Tech beat Roanoke College 86-to-nothing.
In Blacksburg, Mike Stevens News 7 Sports.))
As V-M-I gears up for the season opener this weekend... new defensive coordinator Johnny Burnett is beefing up a defense that
ranked near the bottom of the Southern Conference in nearly every statistical category last season.
Burnett hopes several local products can contribute to the Keydets effort this fall.
Former Heritage star Derik Screen, Jefferson Forest grad Mike Bradley, and Sophomore Brad Miller from Cave Spring would all like to make some noise in Burnette's new 4-3 scheme.
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