Authorities are trying to figure out if the Washington- area sniper has struck again.
A man was shot and killed last night while pumping gas near Manassas.
Police haven't linked it to the series of sniper shootings over the past week, but one Maryland official says "everything is very similar."
So far, there have been eight sniper shootings-- six of the victims have died.
Jim Acosta is in Rockville, Maryland this morning and joins us now with the latest on the investigation.
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[SUPER=01-Charlie Deane/Prince William Co. Police Chief; :17]
[SUPER=03-Bowie, MD; :42]
INVESTIGATORS SAY A MAN AT A WASHINGTON D.C. AREA GAS STATION HAD JUST
FINISHED FILLING HIS TANK WEDNESDAY NIGHT WHEN OUT OF NOWHERE HE WAS
SUDDENLY SHOT AND KILLED.
POLICE ARE TRYING TO DETERMINE WHETHER THE ATTACK IN MANASSAS, VIRGINIA
IS CONNECTED TO THE SERIAL SNIPER.
(SOT - Charlie Deane/Prince William County Police Chief)
"at this point we cannot say if this shooting is related."
A WITNESS REPORTED SEEING A WHITE DODGE CARAVAN LEAVING THE SCENE WITH
TWO MEN INSIDE THE VEHICLE.
"we don't know if it is connected"
OUT OF 6 CONFIRMED MURDERS 2 HAVE BEEN AT GAS STATIONS.
ON OCTOBER 3RD IN MARYLAND A CAB DRIVER WAS KILLED WHILE FILLING UP HIS
ON THE SAME DAY A 25 YEAR OLD WOMAN WAS ALSO KILLED AT A MARYLAND GAS
STATION WHILE VACUUMING OUT HER CAR.
INVESTIGATORS ARE STILL LOOKING INTO THE SNIPER ATTACK AT A MIDDLE
SCHOOL ON MONDAY WHEN A 13-YEAR-OLD WAS CRITICALLY WOUNDED.
AFTER SEARCHING GROUNDS AROUND THE SCHOOL OFFICERS MADE AN IMPORTANT
DISCOVERY... A SHELL CASING... BELIEVED TO BE THE FIRST ONE THEY HAVE
SOURCES TELL CBS NEWS... INVESTIGATORS HAVE NOW NARROWED THEIR WEAPONS
SEARCH TO SIX TO EIGHT MODELS THAT CAN FIRE A 223 CALIBER ROUND.
AT THE SAME SITE POLICE ALSO FOUND A TAROT CARD, POSSIBLY LEFT BEHIND BY
SOURCES TOLD CBS AFFILIATE WUSA THE CARD HAS A MESSAGE THAT READS "DEAR
POLICEMAN I AM GOD."
WITH THE SNIPER NOW POSSIBLY LEAVING BEHIND CLUES POLICE ARE RETURNING
TO OLD SHOOTING SITES... RETRACING THEIR STEPS
TO SEE IF THERE ARE ANY MISSED CLUES OR MESSAGES FROM THE KILLER.
He's not a suspect, but he's the "best lead" in a triple-murder investigation.
That's according to authorities.
Today investigators are headed to Canada to interview Garrison Bowman.
Bowman is being held in Yellowknife, Canada, on an immigration violation and faces deportation after a hearing tomorrow morning.
Today, four investigators from Henry County and Rockingham County, North Carolina, will fly there to interview him.
Canadian immigration officials say the fact that he's being sought for questioning in the murders of Jennifer Short and her parents will have no bearing on whether he stays or is sent home... though it's likely he'll be tried on a drunk driving charge there first.
Local investigators also want to search Bowman's van, though it's not clear if they'll be able to bring any items
back to the U-S for analysis.
After analyzing taped statements from Osama bin Laden, the F-B-I is warning of a possible al-Qaida attack on the United States.
The bureau says its concerns are heightened because al-Qaida detainees have interpreted some comments on the tape as a sign of an attack.
The nation's terror- warning level is still code Yellow because there's no specific information on where or when an attack might occur.
German authorities say a Moroccan man is under arrest-- accused of aiding the September 11th hijackers.
They say the 29- year- old man was taken into custody today.
It's alleged that he provided logistical support to the terror cell led by Mohamed Atta.
The man is also accused of attending terrorist training camps in Afghanistan over two years ago.
Today the House could give President Bush what he wants--
Lawmakers are expected to vote on a resolution giving Bush authority to use military force against Saddam Hussein.
The Senate may also be close to giving Bush the green light.
Things are NOT going so well at the United Nations.
France, China, and Russia still oppose the President's call for the same type of resolution on the international front.
Organizers and police are preparing for every contingency when Lynchburg hosts its first "gay pride" festival later this month.
The event is being sponsored by the gay rights group Soulforce, whose founder Mel White moved to Lynchburg last month.
White has invited the Reverend Jerry Falwell and his supporters to a picnic on October 27th to discuss their differences.
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[IN Q=We're hoping that]
((MEL WHITE: WE'RE HOPING THAT JERRY AND 200 OF HIS PEOPLE WILL SIT DOWN WITH US, GAYS, GAY-AMERICAN CHRISTIANS, MUSLIMS AND TALK TO US AND HEAR OUR STORIES AND BECOME MORE SENSITIZED TO THE FACT THAT WHAT HE SAYS ABOUT US ON TELEVISION LEADS TO SUFFERING AND DEATH AND RIOTS IN INDIA AND WE NEED HIM TO KNOW THAT.))
[OUT Q=to know that.]
The anti-gay Reverend Fred Phelps has indicated his group will picket the Soulforce event.
In business news, Stocks tumbled yesterday.
But the news wasn't all bad. Yahoo! announced it beat Wall Street estimates.
Ed Crane has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Ed Crane/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=I'm Ed Crane in New York.]
((ANOTHER NOSE DIVE FOR THE DOW. HOW ABOUT THE LOWEST LEVELS SINCE 1996. LET'S
SHOW YOU THE NUMBERS:
THE DOW FELL 215 POINTS WEDNESDAY..THE NASDAQ WHICH MADE A BRIEF FLING INTO
POSITIVE TERRITORY FELL BACK 21 POINTS.
TWO FACTORS AT WORK WEDNESDAY. A LOT OF INSTITUTIONAL SELLING-- MUTUAL FUNDS
SELLING STOCKS TO RAISE CASH, AND WE HAD A DOWNGRADE OF 3 KEY STOCKS... ALL
DOW COMPONENTS. ANALYSTS TURNED SOUR ON G-M AND G-E AND MOODY'S INVESTORS
SERVICE IS CUTTING THE DEBT RATING OF J-P MORGAN CHASE.
IS THAT RETURN OF THE DOCKWORKERS COMING TOO LATE TO SAVE THE HOLIDAY SEASON
FOR RETAILERS. THE NATIONAL RETAIL FEDERATION IS VOICING CONCERN THAT
BECAUSE THERE IS SUCH A BACK LOG OF SHIPS WAITING TO GET INTO THOSE WEST
COAST PORTS, A LOT OF MERCHANDISE MAY BE LATE IN GETTING TO THE MALL---THE
SHOP LATE IN THE SEASON FOR THE BEST SELECTION. YOU DON'T HEAR THAT VERY
FORD'S TRADING AT AROUND 7 DOLLARS A TEN YEAR LOW AND IT'S HAVING MORE
QUALITY PROBLEMS. RECALLING 400 THOUSAND FORD TAURUS AND MERCURY SABLE CARS
BECAUSE OF A PROBLEM WITH PEDALS...
THEY'RE APPARENTLY TOO CLOSE TOGETHER AND SOME MOTORISTS HAVE BEEN MISTAKING
ONE FOR THE OTHER, WITH SOME DAMAGING RESULTS.
MOST OF THE DRUG STOCKS WERE SLAMMED BUT THERE WERE SOME BRIGHT SPOTS.
ABBOTT LABS ANNOUNCED A 14 PERCENT PROFIT BOOST FOR THE 3RD QUARTER ALONG
WITH THE LAYOFF OF 2 THOUSAND WORKERS. AND MERCK CLOSED HIGHER AFTER
REPORTING BETTER THAN EXPECTED NUMBERS FOR THE THIRD QUARTER.
YAHOO HAD SOMETHING TO SHOUT ABOUT. THE INTERNET PORTAL REPORTED A NICKEL A
SHARE FOR THE THIRD QUARTER BEATING THE STREET AND MORE THAN DOUBLING LAST
YEARS THIRD QUARTER.
AIRLINE STOCKS CAME IN FOR ANOTHER HARD LANDING. AMERICAN FELL 16 PERCENT,
CONTINENTAL WAS OFF 15 PERCENT, DELTA FELL TEN PERCENT
FOR THE YEAR, THE DOW 'S OFF ALMOST 30 PERCENT, THE NASDAQ OFF 43 PERCENT.
GET MORE ON OUR WEBSITE, CBS DOT MARKETWATCH DOT COM.
I'M ED CRANE IN NEW YORK.))
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Since January-- domestic violence has claimed nearly a dozen victims in the city of Roanoke.
That's according to the TAP Women's Resource Center, which organized a candlelight vigil last night to remember those killed as part of Domestic Violence Awareness month.
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[IN Q=In Roanoke city]
[SUPER=01-Ellen Brown/TAP Women's Resource Center;]
((IN ROANOKE CITY WE HAVE LOST EIGHT OR NINE PERSONS DUE TO FAMILY VIOLENCE BY MAY OF THIS YEAR SO BETWEEN JANUARY AND MAY OF 2002... WE HAD AT LEAST NINE DEATHS, WE ARE COUNTING ONE UNBORN CHILD, A WOMAN WHO WAS PREGNANT WAS MURDERED IN ONE OF THOSE SITUATIONS.))
[OUT Q=one of those situations.]
Counselors and victims of domestic violence attended last night's vigil, as well as people who've lost loved ones to abuse.
Democrats in the House and Senate want to shorten next year's legislative session and work weekends to save some money.
The proposal would save the cash-strapped state about three-million dollars.
The leaders also recommend putting an end to out-of-state travel and reducing the number of pages working for the General Assembly.
The state is struggling with a budget shortfall approaching two-billion dollars.
Governor Mark Warner is scheduled to announce deep cuts in his administration and layoffs statewide in a televised address on Tuesday.
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In this morning's health check,
If you're cat or dog is overweight it could be at risk for diabetes.
And just like humans there are two types of diabetes.
Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton has details.
[IN Q=Bear is getting his blood sugar tested]
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[SUPER=01-Dr. Karen Bowman/Hanging Rock Animal Hospital; :13]
[OUT Q=for News 7 Mornin'.]
(( Bear is getting his blood sugar tested, something he will have to have monitored the rest of his life. He was recently diagnosed with diabetes, and has already developed cataracts because of it.
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[IN Q=It's actually pretty common]
((IT'S ACTUALLY PRETTY COMMON. WE SEE IT IN OLDER OT MIDDLE AGE ANIMALS, BUT DOGS AND CATS, BOTH CAN GET DIABETES. IF YOU LOOK AT THE STATISTICS THEY'LL SAY ABOUT ONE IN A HUNDRED))
[OUT Q=about on in a hundred]
Some of the symptoms of diabetes that dogs or cats exhibit are similar to humans.
They will start drinking more, urinating more often, and having accidents in the house or outside the litter box.
While veterinarians don't know what causes diabetes..they do believe obesity is a factor.
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[IN Q=Preventive measures would be]
((PREVENTIVE MEASURES WOULD BE ONE, WATCH THEIR WEIGHT MAKE SURE THEY DON'T GET TOO HEAVY. ESPECIALLY WITH YOUR DOGS AVOID TABLE SCRAPS, ESPECIALLY THE FATTY ONES THAT MIGHT LEAD TO PANCREATITIS, DESTRUCTION THAT HAPPENS TO THE PANCREAS))
[OUT Q=that happens to the pancreas]
Dogs and cats usually only have to have their blood sugar level checked one or twice a year, but most will require insulin shots once or twice a day.
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[IN Q=Diabetes can be fatal]
((DIABETES CAN BE FATAL IF IT'S NOT TREATED. THEY'RE CONTINUALLY TRYING TO EAT TRYING GET NUTRIENTS INTO THE BODY. THEY START BREAKING DOWN FAT AND BREAKING DOWN MUSCLE))
[OUT Q=breaking down muscles]))
While most dogs will have to take insulin for the rest of their lives, that's not always the case with cats. Cats who are significantly overweight, can get to the point where the won't need insulin, if they get on a high fiber diet, and drop the weight.
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
Blue Ridge Parkway police have summoned local police in their attempt to put an end to "cruising" by gay men on the Parkway.
On Monday, a 74-year old Florida man was arrested at the Stewart's Knob overlook.
Undercover Roanoke County police officers had been there only 15 minutes, they say, when Robert Skolrood arrived, exposed himself, approached one of the officers and grabbed his "groin area."
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[IN Q=The majority]
[SUPER=01-Ed Clark/Park Ranger]
[OUT Q=in the Roanoke Valley, yes sir.]
Skolrood did not contest the charges in court yesterday. The judge convicted him of "disorderly conduct" and fined him 115-dollars.
Robert Skolrood is listed as a member of the Roanoke- area law firm of Scogin and Skolrood, though he is NOT one of the principal partners.
Organizers of Center in the Square's largest fundraiser of the year are concerned a misunderstanding may be costing them ticket sales.
Affair in the Square is an annual, formal event that's scheduled for this Saturday.
Ticket prices have gone from 45-dollars to seventy, prompting some to accuse the Center of discrimination.
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[IN Q=Center in the Square has always been interested...]
((JIM SEARS/PRES., CENTER IN THE SQUARE: CENTER IN THE SQUARE HAS ALWAYS BEEN INTERESTED IN SERVING THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY. AFFAIR IN THE SQUARE IS OPEN TO ALL PEOPLE. WE WOULD NEVER KNOWINGLY DO SOMETHING THAT WOULD DISCRIMINATE AGAINST OR DISCOURAGE PEOPLE FROM ATTENDING ANY OF OUR EVENTS.))
[SUPER=01-Jim Sears/Center in the Square President;]
[OUT Q=attending any of our events.]
Sears says prices went up because the number of tickets being sold was cut from 15-hundred to 12-hundred.
He says, in the past, patrons have complained that the event wasn't "intimate" enough.
Tickets can be purchased at the Mill Mountain Theatre box office and Ginger's Jewelry.
If you want a job done right, sometimes you have to do it yourself.
That's essentially what the owners of Mountain Lake are doing to restore the lake's water level.
Right now, it's at 50-percent, due to the lack of rain.
But, officials say they have come up with a way to use the water from a nearby pond drain to refill it.
The idea came from a retired biology professor at Virginia Tech, who has researched the lake for over 30-years.
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[IN Q=if they]
((BRUCE PARKER/VA TECH PROF. OF BIOLOGY EMERITUS; IF THEY DRILLED A RELATIVELY SHALLOW WELL, THEY COULD BE ESSENTIALLY TAPPING THE WATER SOURCE THAT'S NATURALLY COMING OUT OF THE LAKE AND SIMPLY PIPING IT BACK INTO THE LAKE 56:19))
[SUPER=01-Bruce Parker/Virginia Tech Professor of Biology Emeritus;]
[OUT Q=Back to the lake]
Officials say if all goes as planned, they could begin drilling as early as next week.
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 on Saturday.
Her boyfriend, 29-year old John Matthew Beverly, Junior, 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.
A guilty plea in a bizarre federal drug case.
The man who oversaw the marijuana concession at Bland Prison in the 1990's will serve no more than 10 years in prison.
Michael Fulcher pled guilty to conspiracy and money laundering, rather than go to trial again next month.
Though a federal jury found Fulcher guilty in 1999 of running a "continuing criminal enterprise" inside Bland Prison, that conviction was thrown out by judge Jackson Kiser.
Now the government has agreed to drop that charge.
The "criminal enterprise" charge alone carries a minimum mandatory THIRTY YEARS in prison. The plea agreement calls for a range of punishment between five and ten years, the exact amount of time to be decided by Judge Kiser later.
Fulcher's mother, Ethel, will not have to serve any time under the deal struck yesterday.
This puts to rest an unusual defense, where the 45-year old one-time government informant claimed he was still working for the D-E-A inside the prison.
After the trial D-E-A Agent Don Lincoln came forward and said Fulcher might have had good reason to believe that.
The agreement reached yesterday means Agent Lincoln won't have to testify against the government.
A new man is officially in charge of the Commonwealth's prison system.
Governor Mark Warner is appointing Gene Johnson as Director of the Virginia Department of Corrections.
Johnson has been acting Director since September 17th.
His 36-years of experience in the corrections department included work as a warden and regional administrator in prisons around the state and as a deputy director.
Also appointed yesterday ... Maurice Jones as Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Social Services.