Roanoke County police are investigating a suspcious death at a local retirement home.
Officers responded just after noon yesterday afternoon to Shenandoah Homes off Williamson Road.
It originally came in as a missing person's case, so police did a room to room search at Shenandoah Homes.
Around 3:30, they found 88 year old Helen O'Dell Cadd dead in a room on the third floor.
Investigators said last night there were no visible signs of trauma, so they called in the medical examiner to determine the cause of death.
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((PHIL PATRONE/ROANOKE CO. POLICE DEPARTMENT: RIGHT NOW WE'RE GOING TO TREAT THIS AS A SUSPICIOUS DEATH. WE'VE CALLED THE MEDICAL EXMAINER OUT, DR. EDDINS DID COME OUT AND HE HAS SENT THE BODY OVER TO THE MEDICAL EXAMINER'S OFFICE AND WE WOULD HOPE TO THAT WE WOULD GET AN AUTOPSY IN THE MORNING AND THEN WE WOULD WAIT OF COURSE FOR THE MEDICAL EXAMINER TO GIVE US A DETERMINATION AS TO CAUSE OF DEATH BUT RIGHT NOW THAT IS TRULY UNKNOWN TO US.))
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We do know the victim, Helen O'Dell Cadd, had been a resident at Shenandoah Homes for thirteen years.
Police say there is a possibility she could have died from natural causes, but she wasn't known to be sick.
The victim was found in someone else's room, but investigators would not say whose room that was.
One other note, police did arrest a man yesterday at Shenandoah Homes on a parole violation out of Chespeake.
Police would not say whether that arrest is related to this case.
Investigators in Virginia and North Carolina have conducted more interviews, but there were no new searches as authorities waited for DNA test results in the Jennifer Short case.
The state lab in Roanoke received additional samples on Wednesday, and the results could be available later this afternoon.
Captain Kimmy Nester says it was a day of routine investigation in Henry and Rockingham Counties as officers continued their search for new evidence.
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Nester would not comment on reports that investigators have searched property just a few miles from the site where the remains of a young girl were discovered last week.
Neighbors say officers have visited the property in recent days, and asked about the man who lived there. He left abruptly soon after Michael and Mary Short were murdered and Jennifer Short disappeared.
The hunt continues for whomever gunned down five people in surburban Washington.
One of the victims was about to become a resident of Blacksburg.
39- year- old James Sonny Buchanan was finishing a landscaping job in the area before moving to the New River Valley.
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The victims were killed, one by one, in a 16- hour span.
All of the murders happened in public places.
Police are collecting video from security cameras that may have captured images of the suspect.
The killer used just one bullet for each victim.
The F-B-I, Secret Service, and A-T-F are also involved in the investigation.
It's sentencing day for John Walker Lindh.
The man known as the American Taliban is expected to get 20 years in prison.
Lindh pleaded guilty after making a deal with prosecutors and agreeing to help investigators.
Sources say Lindh told U-S interrogators that the September 11th hijackings were the first and MILDEST of three planned terrorist attacks.
However, those claims haven't been verified.
The U-N's chief weapons inspectors is meeting today with Bush administration officials.
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Hans Blix has indicated that his team will NOT return to Iraq, until he has the unanimous support of the U-N security council.
President Bush wants the council to back up weapons inspections with a threat of war, IF Saddam Hussein fails to disarm.
Meanwhile, Congress is moving toward giving Bush authority to use U-S military force against Iraq.
It's expected to vote next week, giving final approval.
Former defense secretary William Cohen says the inspections are not about giving Saddam Hussein one last chance.. but *are* about making the United Nations step up and do its job.
The Iraq debate was the focus of Cohen's speech in Lynchburg last night.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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(( He spent more than two decades in Congress and another four years at the Pentagon as President Clinton's Secretary of Defense.
So when Bill Cohen talks about international affairs, people usually listen.
Cohen's speech at Lynchburg College was especially timely as America debates how best to handle Saddam Hussein and the threat Iraq poses to the U-S and the world.
Cohen says we must act multilaterally when we can... unilaterally when we must.
((WILLIAM COHEN/FORMER DEFENSE SECRETARY: THE BEST WAY TO PREVENT WAR IS FOR ALL OF THESE COUNTRIES TO SAY WE DID PASS THESE RESOLUTIONS, HE HASN'T COMPLIED, HE THREW THE INSPECTORS OUT.. MAKE ALL OF THEM STAND BEHIND THE RULE OF LAW. AND IF THEY'RE UNWILLING TO ENFORCE THEIR OWN RULES, THEN WHAT DOES THAT LEAVE IN THE WAY OF OPTIONS FOR THE UNITED STATES?))
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Living in a free and open society has its benefits and its burdens, says Cohen.. 9-11 showed us that.
The question Americans now face is how best to live our lives while preparing for the worst.
((COHEN: THAT WE TALK ABOUT IT OPENLY AND TRY TO ALERT PEOPLE WITHOUT ALARMING PEOPLE. THIS HAS TO BE DONE, WE HAVE TO PREPARE OURSELVES FOR THIS, BECAUSE THIS IS THE THREAT WE'RE GOING TO FACE IN THE FUTURE WITH THE SPREAD OF WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. ))
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And it matters not who's wielding those weapons, Cohen says, because everyone is a potential target.
((COHEN: WE HAVE TO DO A BETTER JOB IN TALKING TO OUR ALLIES THAT THIS IS NOT A WAR BY AL QAEDA OR THE TERRORIST GROUPS AGAINST THE UNITED STATES, THIS IS A WAR AGAINST OUR WAY OF LIFE, OUR COLLECTIVE CIVILIZATIONS AND THEY HAVE TO BE IN THIS WITH US.))
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Military force should be a last resort says Cohen.. and even then we may never know if we've won the war on terrorism.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
In business news, a biotech company is producing some of its newest technology out of Roanoke County.
Novozymes' new 12-million dollar facility is in the County's Center for Research and Technology
The company develops products using microbes.
One promising discovery is a microbe lawn fertilizer which has made Novozyme's grass quite green ... despite the drought.
Novozymes officials say they also considered Raleigh, North Carolina as the base of the microbe research before choosing the Roanoke Valley.
The September unemployment numbers are due out later today.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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INVESTORS ARE WAITING FOR THE RELEASE OF A KEY ECONOMIC REPORT LATER THIS MORNING - THE UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES FOR SEPTEMBER... MOST ECONOMISTS EXPECT A RISE IN THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE TO 5.9 PERCENT, FROM 5.7 PERCENT IN AUGUST. THEY EXPECT A MODEST 20-THOUSAND JOBS TO HAVE BEEN ADDED TO THE ECONOMY.
WALL STREET'S WATCHDOGS SAY THEY'LL DEVELOP A PLAN WITHIN WEEKS TO LESSEN THE SECURITIES INDUSTRY'S CONFLICTS OF INTEREST INVOLVING RESEARCH AND INVESTMENT BANKING. NEW YORK STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL ELIOT SPITZER, SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION CHAIRMAN HARVY PITT AND THE INDUSTRY'S SELF-REGULATORY ORGANIZATION WILL ALSO WORK TOGETHER TO WRITE NEW RULES GOVERNING HOW FIRMS DOLE OUT SHARE OF INITIAL PUBLIC OFFERINGS.
AFTER A SEE-SAW DAY OF TRADING, STOCKS FINISHED WITH MODEST LOSSES DESPITE SOME UPBEAT NEWS ON THE ECONOMY.
THE DOW SLIPPED 37 POINTS
THE SP 500 FELL ABOUT 9
WHILE THE NASDAQ GAVE BACK 21 POINTS
MARTHA STEWART RESIGNED TODAY FROM HER PROMINENT POST AS BOARD MEMBER OF THE NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE. THE HEAD OF THE NYSE SAID HER RESIGNATION WAS VOLUNTARY AND CAME IN THE FORM OF A LETTER.
SHARES OF MARTHA STEWART LIVING OMNIMEDIA SANK ANOTHER 9 PERCENT ON THAT NEWS.
STEWART HAS BEEN UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR POSSIBLE INSIDER TRADING IN THE IMCLONE STOCK SCANDAL. JUST YESTERDAY THE TWO BROKERS INVOLVED IN THAT CONTROVERSIAL STOCK SALE WERE FIRED FROM MERRILL LYNCH.
TRACK ALL THE PRE MARKET ACTION AT CBSMW.COM IN NEW YORK I'M ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROS.))
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It might look like a scene from a T-V show, but this was real life--
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California Highway Patrol officers were led on a high- speed chase last night, at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour.
Police tried to pull the car over for reckless driving.
As the car attempted to exit the Interstate, it swerved to avoid another vehicle.
The car hit a wall, and slid about 400 yards down the freeway.
The driver walked away from the accident, but his passengers weren't as lucky.
Local Virginia Army National Guard units called into active duty began their training yesterday.
They'll soon join Operation Enduring Freedom, America's response to the September 11th terrorist attacks.
Meghan Muldoon reports.
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(( Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 116th Infantry division reported for processing and training at Fort Pickett.
They will begin active federal duty on November 1st and will be away from their families for at least one year and possibly two.
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After preparing their wills, getting their shots and taking the oath, they headed to the firing range for training.
The citizen soldiers found out on Tuesday that they would be leaving soon, but they don't know where they'll be sent and it could be anywhere.
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Joe Corriveau, is a teacher and baseball coach at William Campbell High School.
He, like many of the soldiers, is leaving behind a job and young children.
Specialist Warren Wooten is taking a 75% pay cut in order to serve his country.
He says he doesn't regret signing up in the days following September 11th despite leaving a young son at home.
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That sentiment was echoed by many of the soldiers.
They say the sacrifices they're making are worth it.
Meghan Muldoon, News 7, Blackstone.))
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The Reverend Jerry Falwell is standing behind his statement that the founder of Islam was a quote- "terrorist.''
Falwell made the comment about Mohammad during an interview with "60 Minutes'' scheduled to air Sunday.
C-B-S released a partial transcript yesterday.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Falwell says he was asked directly if he thought Mohammad was a terrorist, and that he tried
to answer honestly.
Falwell says it's not something he would ever put in a sermon or a book.
He says he's often said that most Muslims abhor terrorism, and want peace and tranquility for their families.
A spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relation says anyone is free to be a bigot.
Virginia Tech police say what appears to be a prank... has two students in jail.
Freshmen Corey Cameron and Kyle Pruett were arrested around one-o-clock yesterday morning...
after a witness told police he saw them place a homemade bomb inside a newspaper box.
Police later recovered three more bombs around campus... after students reported they heard a loud boom.
Officers say the bombs were made out of plastic bottles, some type of liquid substance and aluminum foil.
Both men are charged with four counts of manufacturing an explosive device.
Virginia Blood Services has lifted a quarantine that it imposed on a portion of its blood supply after a surgery patient died at the University of Virginia Medical Center.
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At least one other patient experienced a mild fever after a transfusion.
The blood bank now says its investigation shows there is NO evidence of any contamination in the blood supply.
The service says the problem is an isolated incident and that it may never know the cause.
Virginia Blood Services supplies blood for hospitals in Lexington, Staunton, Waynesboro, Charlottesville and Farmville.
The Virginia State Bar has suspended the law license of a lawyer in Salem.
Mac Chambers says he's being held responsible for the actions of his paralegal.
The State Bar says Chambers admits he neglected certain cases: a personal injury action, a worker's comp case and a criminal appeal. He is in the middle of a nasty divorce and says he has severe health problems.
His one-year suspension began Tuesday.
In business news, One airline is replacing regional jet service at the Roanoke Regional Airport.
U-S Airways is replacing its jet service to Charlotte, North Carolina with Dash-8 Turboprop flights.
They will increase the number from five to seven each weekday.
Airport officials say they're disappointed but that it's a cost effective move for the airline .... part of a restructuring plan since filing for bankruptcy in August.
The number of seats flying to Charlotte remains the same but officials say regional jet service has a better reputation.
The University of Virginia may hike tuition to help offset statewide budget cuts.
President John Casteen says he'll ask the university's board of visitors today to approve a midyear tuition increase of up to 200 dollars.
The University also says it will begin to cut spending by 15 percent.
Casteen says U-V-A will continue its hiring freeze but won't have any layoffs, furloughs or forced early retireme
nts with the latest cut.