A source confirms the discovery of a disturbing message near the site of a Washington- area sniper shooting.
Meanwhile, authorities are warning that media reports could actually hamper the investigation.
And a Clifton Forge man is charged with capital murder in the death of his girlfriend.
Another cool cloudy day with a chance for a few passing sprinkles....What does the rest of the week hold...I'll have your forecast....
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
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The sniper is still on the loose--
Now police are focusing their search in a park behind a school in Maryland after reports of a suspicious person.
Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
The manhunt for a serial sniper continues in Maryland.
But if police have any conclusive leads in the investigation, they're trying to keep them under wraps.
Montgomery County police chief Charles Moose has asked the media not to hinder the investigation.
Meanwhile, a source confirms that a Tarot card with a
disturbing message was found near the middle school, where a 13- year- old boy was shot and wounded.
The card read, "Dear Policeman, I am God."
Aleen Sirgany is in Rockville, Maryland this afternoon with an update on the investigation.
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THE LATEST TIP HAS BROUGHT POLICE AND ATF AGENTS TO THIS WOODED PARK
..AFTER A REPORT OF A SUSPICIOUS PERSON IN THE AREA....THERE IS MASSIVE
POLICE PRESENCE...AND THE SEARCH IS STILL ON-GOING.
INVESTIGATORS ARE REFUSING TO COMMENT ON REPORTS THAT A TAROT CARD,
...WITH THE WORDS "DEAR POLICEMAN, I AM GOD"...WAS FOUND OUTSIDE THE
SCHOOL WHERE THE MOST RECENT SNIPER VICTIM WAS SHOT.
THE MAN IN CHARGE IS TALKING HOWEVER ABOUT THE LEAK OF THIS
INFORMATION...AND THE FACT THAT IT COULD COMPROMISE THE INVESTIGATION.
SOT: CHIEF CHARLES MOOSE/MONTGOMERY COUNTY POLICE
If MY TEAM FEELS ITS IMPORTANT TO PUT THINGS OUT THERE, THAT'S SAD AND
IF THE MEDIA FEELS ITS THEIR JOB TO PUT THINGS OUT THERE SO THAT THEY
CAN BE PROMOTED, THEN THAT IS ALSO SAD."
MEANHWILE, NEARLY 200 INVESTIGATORS CONTINUE TO TRACK SOME 16 HUNDRED
A SHELL CASING FOUND AT THE SCENE OF THE SCHOOL SHOOTING... IS BEING
CHECKED AGAINST A NATIONAL BALLISTICS IDENTIFICATION NETWORK DATABASE.
IF AUTHORITIES HAVE ANY STRONG LEADS..THEY ARE NOT TALKING ABOUT THEM AT
THIS POINT . AND ARE APPEALING DIRECTLY TO THE SNIPER.
CHIEF MOOSE - "Rethink what you're doing, turn yourself into law
More than a decade after she murdered six men along Florida's highways while working as a prostitute, a serial killer has been executed.
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46- year- old (Eye-leen) Aileen (WOHR-nohs) Wuornos was given a lethal injection this morning.
(WOHR-nos) Wuornos was one of the country's few FEMALE serial killers.
She was sentenced to death six times for killing middle- aged men in 19-89 and 19-90, and spent 10 years on Florida's death row.
For years, she claimed she shot the men out of self-defense, but later recanted her claim.
Her story was the basis for two movies, an opera, and several books.
Here in Virginia, a Clifton Forge man accused of killing his girlfriend is now charged with capital murder.
The body of 24-year old Shanna Wright was found in her trailer at the High Acres trailer park in Covington Saturday.
Her boyfriend, 29-year old John Matthew Beverly, Jr. was arrested Sunday and charged with first degree murder.
But the Commonwealth's Attorney says a conversation with the medical examiner convinced him to upgrade the charge and add another of sexual assault.
Beverly is being held in the Alleghany Regional Jail without bond.
Tomorrow is the day investigators plan to leave for Canada .. to question a North Carolina man about the murders of Jennifer Short and her parents.
Garrison Bowman is described only as a possible witness.
But during a detention hearing Monday, Bowman told officials he is a suspect in the family's murders.
He says that's because someone lied to authorities.
According to search warrants, his landlord told investigators Bowman had threatened to kill a Virginia man who refused to move his mobile home.
Canadian immigration officials say they'll hold a hearing later this week to decide if Bowman will be deported.
Meanwhile, Jennifer Short's relatives are making funeral arrangements.
Visitation will be held Friday at 6.
The funeral is Saturday at 1.
Both services will be held at the Martinsville Church of God.
Felony charges are dropped against a local sheriff caught on the wrong side of the law.
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A grand jury did NOT indict Giles County Sheriff Larry Falls yesterday for breaking and entering.
The grand jury felt there was not enough evidence to support the charges against Falls, who WAS convicted last month of assault and battery against his sister-in-law.
Falls allegedly forced his way into his sister-in-law's home, looking for his estranged wife, Margaret.
A judge suspended his 30-day sentence on that charge, but, Falls is still appealing the conviction.
Governor Mark Warner will present a statewide address to the commonwealth next Tuesday evening at 7.
The governor will announce spending reductions he is prepared to accept .. to deal with Virginia's current budget shortfall.
We will carry that address live. Again, it is next Tuesday at 7 PM.
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The war games are back on in Kuwait, following yesterday's shooting that killed one U-S Marine and left another wounded.
Meanwhile, Kuwaiti officials say they've arrested dozens of people suspected of helping the two gunmen in what's being called a terrorist attack.
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((SHEIKH MOHAMMAD AL-SABAH/KUWAITI MINISTER OF STATE: WE CONSIDER THIS AS AN ATTACK AGAINST KUWAIT NATIONAL INTEREST. SO, THIS IS A TERRORIST ATTACK THAT WE CONDEMN WITH THE STRONGEST TERMS. ))
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[OUT Q=strongest terms.]
It happened during a routine military exercise on a Kuwaiti island.
U-S forces killed the two assailants when they tried to flee in a truck.
A Kuwaiti newspaper has linked the attackers to al- Qaida, but a U-S intelligence source says no terror link has been found.
A professor at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond has won the Nobel Prize.
John Fenn is one of three scientists sharing this year's prize in chemistry.
The winners were announced this morning in Sweden.
Fenn's work is credited with revolutionizing the development of new medicines, and showing promise in early diagnoses of ovarian, breast, and prostate cancer.
85- year- old Fenn will share the one- million-dollar prize with a Swiss researcher and one from Japan.
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A prison drug smuggler may make a deal. Still ahead, the case could head for a Roanoke courtroom this afternoon.
And Robert Blake's attorneys wonder why the actor can't get bail, to get out of jail. That story is next.
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A bail hearing is scheduled today for actor Robert Blake.
The hearing comes after the California Supreme Court asked Los Angeles county authorities to explain why they're keeping Blake behind bars without a chance for bail.
Blake's been in jail since his arrest in April.
He's charged with murdering his wife.
His attorney says bail should be granted, because prosecutors want to have an edge by keeping Blake incarcerated.
Meanwhile, prosecutors say they have plenty of evidence against him.
Prison drug smuggler Michael Fulcher is scheduled to enter a guilty plea this afternoon in federal court.
There's been no plea agreement filed yet .. but attorneys say they're close to reaching one.
They caution, however, that things could still fall through.
Fulcher was convicted three years ago of running a continuing criminal enterprise at the Bland Correctional Center .. but a judge threw out that conviction.
The reversal came after D-E-A Agent Don Lincoln acknowledged that he may have let Fulcher think that he had Lincoln's approval to work undercover inside the prison.
Lincoln was prepared to testify on Fulcher's behalf at the trial next month.
Lynchburg's minor-league ballpark dates back to just before World War Two .. and it's about to get a major-league facelift.
Ground was broken yesterday on a 5-point-4 million dollar renovation project at City Stadium.
The 62-year-old ballpark will be brought up to modern minor league standards by adding seating, skyboxes and improving the concessions and handicapped access.
Coleman- Adams construction was awarded the bid for the project.. renovations should be finished by next July.
Virginia Tech athletes will have more than sports on their minds when the Hokies take on Rutgers later this month.
Before, during and after the game, student-athletes will be collecting money for a basketball player stricken with menin-go-coccal meningitis.
Freshman Rayna (Dew-bohs) DuBose was hospitalized in May of last year... she ended up having parts of all four limbs amputated.
Athletes will station themselves around Lane Stadium a week from Saturday to collect for a fund to help with her medical expenses.
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((RUSS WHITENACK/VA. TECH MONOGRAM CLUB DIRECTOR; I'VE HEARD FROM AN AWEFULL LOT OF PARENTS WHO SAID IT HAPPENED TO MY SON OR DAUGHTER. IT WASN'T AS SEVERE, BUT HERE'S FIFTY DOLLARS BECAUSE I WANT TO HELP. AND I DON'T KNOW THE YOUNG LADY, BUT I WANT TO SEE HER GET BETTER.))
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[OUT Q=see her get better.]
Rayna Dubose will attend the game. She plans to return to school.
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Cargo ports set to resume unloading, and local businesses give thanks. The details are still ahead.
And quite a sight in the western sky .. but what was it? Later on, we'll tell you what we know.
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A ten-day backlog or cargo at West Coast ports may take a while to clear up. A judge ordered the ports to re-open yesterday .. at President Bush's request.
The order should help businesses in our area avoid trouble that could have occurred if the ships remained away from port much longer.
Local dealers say the supply of new cars in our area could be affected within a month if the lockout continued.
Many lots work with only a small inventory base ... called "just in time" delivery.
Honda is one of the many companies waiting for shipments sitting off the west coast.
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((MIKE COYLE/RICK WOODSON HONDA GENERAL MANAGER: EVEN IF A CAR IS 97-PERCENT BUILT IN THE UNITED STATES IT ONLY TAKES ONE PART TO HOLD UP PRODUCTION ON THE WHOLE CAR. SO IT COULD BE ANY CAR THAT YOU'RE DRIVING A FORD OR CHEVROLET OR A HONDA OR TOYOTA.))
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Coyle says service on older model cars shouldn't be affected because parts are already in warehouses.
Some spectacular sky shows this week over parts of the Western U-S, as meteors raced through the earth's atmosphere--
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Just after sunset last night, it looked like another meteor was making an appearance, and residents started videotaping what they saw.
Scientists say while it was impressive to look at, last night's event wasn't a meteor.
They say the object was moving too slowly to be a meteor plunging to earth, and was most likely just an airplane.
On Wall Street at Noon,
the Dow was DOWN 115 points. Nasdaq was UP 4 points.
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Coming up in sports... car violations cost Rusty Wallace points in the NASCAR championship race...
And the run for title is on in the major leagues, as the Twins and the Angels hit the diamond to start the American League Championship Series...
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The Minnesota Twins are off to good start after capturing a win over the Anaheim Angels last night in game one of the
American League Championship Series.
Twins pitcher Joe Mays threw for eight solid innings to secure the key win.
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The Twins strike first when A.J. (pur-ZIN'-skee) Pierzynski hit a sacrifice fly in the second for Minnesota's first ru
Anaheim's lone run came with two outs in the third, when Adam Kennedy scored an [SUPER=35-Anaheim/1/Minnesota/2;]
un-earned run on Cristian (GOOZ'-mahnz) Guzman's error at short.
But the Twins regained the lead in the fifth on Koskie's second hit of the game, a go ahead single.
The Twins topped the Anaheim Angels 2-to-1.
Virginia Tech fullback Josh Spence will miss this week's game at Boston College after being suspended one game for violation of a team rule.
And the pressure is on former Friday Football Extra player of the week Nic Schmitt, who will kick for the Hokies against Boston College. Mike Stevens has more, as the team prepares for the match up.
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An unapproved spoiler on Rusty Wallace's car in Talladega cost him 25 points in the NASCAR championship race...
His crew chief was also fined 25-thousand dollars for the infraction, and car owner Roger Penske was penalized 25 owner points. NASCAR discovered the illegal spoiler before last Friday's first practice at Talladega Superspeedway and confiscated it.
He finished 13th with a legal spoiler.
Finally, K-9 units from all over the eastern seaboard are in Roanoke this week, learning to trust their nose .. more than 60 dogs in all, and their handlers.
As Shannon Young reports, they're literally honing their animal instincts.
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((Dig it up! Dig it up! Dig it up! Yoo hoo! Good boy!))
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It sounds like play time and, in a sense it is, but this workshop is also where Police K-9s learn to earn their keep.
Today's lessons are in narcotics and explosives detection, two seperate skills that require two different kinds of dogs.
[IN Q=What it is is natural drives in the dog...]
((M. V. MOORE/VIRGINIA STATE POLICE: WHAT IT IS IS NATURAL DRIVES IN THE DOG. SOME DOGS HAVE NATURAL DRIVES IN THEM AND THEN YOU CAN TRAIN THEM.))
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Narcotics dogs are the more impatient of the two.
They're trained with a toy that smells like a particular drug and then led to a room that could hide that drug.
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((JOE WRIGHT/MASTER TRAINER: ANYTHING THAT HAS A SEEM LIKE THIS, THAT ODOR WILL COME OUT AND WE'LL DETAIL IT AND THE DOG WILL PUT HIS NOSE ON IT.))
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Once they've sniffed, the dogs scratch, and are rewarded with their toy.
Narcotics dogs are all about instant gratification.
Explosives dogs, however, are more patient.
They have to be.
Any wrong move could cost lives.
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((MASTER TROOPER M. V. MOORE: THE REASON THE DOG SITS IS 'CAUSE THIS COULD BE EXPLOSIVES AND WE DON'T WANT IT GOING WILD ON IT.))
[OUT Q=going wild on it.]
But, contrary to popular perception, the pooch doesn't necessarily sit next to the suspicious object.
That's where it's up to the handler to decipher the dog's body language.
[IN Q=What's important is that the handler's watching...]
((MASTER TROOPER M. V. MOORE: WHAT'S IMPORTANT IS THAT THE HANDLER'S WATCHING THE DOG AND SEES WHEN THE CHANGE IN BEHAVIOR OCCURS, WHICH WE CALL AN ALERT.))
[OUT Q-which we call an alert.]
Once the dog sits, it's led away from the object and, like it's canine counterparts in narcotics, rewarded.
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((JOE WRIGHT: DOGS LOVE THIS. THEY LOVE TO PLAY LIKE THIS AND IT'S THE ONLY THING THEY WORK FOR. A PAN OF FOOD, A PAT ON THE HEAD AND THIS PLAY TIME, THAT'S IT.))
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Shannon Young, News 7, Roanoke.))
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