It took them half a day to get there, but investigators from two area sheriff's departments are in Canada.
They're hoping to interview Garrison Bowman, the man who has described himself as a suspect in the Short family murders.
Tracey (Gray-zhur) Grayzer traveled with investigators and has more from Yellowknife.
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[SUPER=19-Tracey Grayzer; :00]
[SUPER=03-Yellowknife, Canada; :21]
[SUPER=01-J. V. Thomas/Rockingham Co., NC Sheriff's Dept.; 1:05]
[OUT Q=Tracy Grayzer, News 7.]
Investigators have called Gary Bowman a possible witness in the Short murder investigation.
But one of Bowman's good friends says investigators are wasting their time.
Justin McLeod has more on that part of the story.
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[SUPER=03-Stokes Co., NC; :00]
[SUPER=01-Danny Sizemore/Bowman's Friend; :12 (QUICK)]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7]
((((NAT SOUND OF DANNY TALKING))
If you anyone knows Gary Bowman well, it would be this guy.
His name is Danny Sizemore and he's known Bowman for more than 8 years.
[IN Q=He was a goodhearted]
((DANNY SIZEMORE/BOWMAN'S FRIEND: HE WAS A GOODHEARTED MAN, IF YOU NEEDED HELP, HE'D HELP YOU.))
[OUT Q=he'd help you]
Sizemore says Bowman never mentioned Michael Short.
But Bowman's landlord told investigators he had threatened to kill a Virginia mobile home mover after a business deal went sour.
Sizemore says he saw Bowman the day of, and the day after the Short's murders and noticed nothing out of the ordinary.
[IN Q=No different, no different]
((DANNY SIZEMORE/BOWMAN'S FRIEND: NO DIFFERENT, NO DIFFERENT, NO DIFFERENT, SAME GARY.))
[OUT Q=same Gary]
Sizemore says Bowman had planned to move to Canada for more than a year.
He was in Bowman's house the day after the Short's murders and says he didn't see any maps or children's clothing.
Bowman did own a gun but Sizemore claims Gary gave it to him several months ago.
Sizemore describes Bowman as a caring individual not someone who would kill a nine year old girl.
[IN Q=They need to know him]
((DANNY SIZEMORE: THEY NEED TO KNOW HIM. THEY NEED TO, THE MAN TAKES A DOG ALL THE WAY BACK TO PENNSYLVANIA TO BURY IT BESIDES ITS MOTHER WHEN IT GOT RUN OVER HAS TO HAVE A HEART.))
[OUT Q=have a heart]
[IN Q= ]
((JUSTIN McLEOD: SIZEMORE SAYS HE TALKED TO BOWMAN TWO WEEKS AGO IN CANADA. HE SAYS BOWMAN TOLD HIM NOT TO WORRY, HE DIDN'T KILL THE SHORTS, AND THAT HE WISHES TO RETURN TO THE STATES TO CLEAR HIS NAME. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))
Sizemore admits Bowman is an alcoholic but claims Bowman was never known to get violent when he drank.
President Bush has thanked Congressional leaders for giving him broad authority to wage war against Iraq.
He says the overwhelming vote sends Saddam Hussein a clear message to disarm, or face the consequences.
Overnight, the U-S Senate approved a resolution giving Bush authorization to use military force against Iraq.
The House had approved the same measure earlier yesterday.
Meanwhile, opponents remain vocal.
Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia says Bush now has un- checked authority.
Tension and fear are growing in the Washington area after a serial sniper claims a seventh life.
Authorities have confirmed that Wednesday night's shooting at a gas station in Manassas IS connected to other sniper shootings in the area.
53- year- old civil engineer and Vietnam veteran Dean Meyers was the latest victim.
Yesterday, police searched the gas station for clues.
While witnesses say they saw a white mini- van leaving the scene, investigators appear to be ruling it out.
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[IN Q=We're in the process]
((CHARLES DEAN/PRINCE WILLIAM CO. POLICE CHIEF: WE RE IN THE PROCESS OF INTERVIEWING SOMEONE WHO MAY HAVE BEEN OPERATING THE VAN, AND WE SEEM TO BE GETTING A REASONABLE EXPLANATION. ))
[SUPER=01-Charles Dean/Prince William Co. Police Chief;]
[OUT Q=reasonable explanation.]
Not knowing when the serial killer is going to strike next has police worried about major events in the area, such as Sunday's upcoming Washington Redskins football game.
Authorities in our area say they are on the lookout for any vehicle that's suspected in the case.
[VO-NAT - :18+]
Virginia State Police are receiving briefings from authorities in Maryland about what to look for.
Authorities here are focusing on the major highways in our region like Interstate 81.
State police say there is NO evidence the shooter or shooters may be heading this way, but they are keeping an eye out just in case.
Students at Virginia Tech are hoping for a big turnout later today .. when they demonstrate against any further budget cuts to Virginia's state universities.
They'll meet on the Drill Field, in the center of campus, this afternoon .. in hopes of sending a message to Richmond.
The students are worried that more cuts could affect class sizes and course offerings .. and reduce the university's ability to offer them the best education possible.
In business news, American Electric Power says it's reducing this year's earnings forecast because of weakness in the economy and wholesale energy markets.
The announcement came a day after A-E-P fired five employees for providing inaccurate price information indexes compiled and
published by trade publications.
News of the firings caused A-E-P's stock to fall nearly 23 percent yesterday. It regained some ground yesterday.
In other business news, A complete turn-around on Wall Street yesterday with the Dow bouncing back from a 5 year low.
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.]
(tape tosses to stocks)
It was terrorism--
[SUPER=03-Gulf of Aden, Yemen;]
That's the conclusion of U-S and French officials investigating last Sunday's explosion aboard a French oil tanker docked in Yemen.
The blast killed one crew member, and send 90- thousand barrels of oil pouring into the sea.
American investigators say it was probably the work of terrorists linked to al-Qaida.
A U-S source says the attack is similar to the suicide attack on the U-S-S Cole in Yemen two years ago.[Chechnya-Bl
In the war- ravaged capital of Chechnya, at least 10 people died in an explosion at a police station.
The blast reduced what was once a four- story building to a pile of rubble.
While the death toll stands at 10, officials say there are still more people trapped in the debris.
More than a dozen others are being treated for life- threatening injuries.
Authorities say the bomb was probably planed by Chechen separatists.
Would Smith Mountain Lake residents be better served living in a town?
[SUPER=03-Smith Mountain Lake;]
Members of the Lake Association say its an idea they'll consider.
These residents say because the lake is in three counties ... Bedford, Franklin and Pittsylvania ... it lacks a community with one voice.
A meeting is being held next Wednesday to discuss the pros and cons of incorporating to a town.
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[IN Q=change is]
((DICK MURPHY/LAKE ASSOCIATION; CHANGE IS ALWAYS A DIFFICULT THING TO GET STARTED SO WHETHER IT WILL HAPPEN OR NOT WE THINK OUR CONTRIBUTION IS TO HAVE THE TOWN MEETING PRESENT THE IDEA EXPLORE THE IDEA WE'RE NOT TAKING A POSITION AS THE LAKE ASSOCIATION.))
[SUPER=01-Dick Murphy/Lake Association; :]
[OUT Q=LAKE ASSOCIATION.]
To start the incorporation process they need to get 1-hundred registered voters signatures.
A representative from the state will be at the meeting to discuss the entire process.
House Republicans had some harsh words for Governor Mark Warner and his handling of the state's budget crisis.
Republican lawmakers accused Warner of moving too slowly in announcing cuts to state agencies.
Salem Delegate Morgan Griffith says Warner's lack of leadership on the budget is making the situation worse.
Griffith challenged the governor to come forward with a comprehensive plan to cover the state's two billion dollar shortfall.
[IN Q=HE NEEDS TO STOP DANCING AROUND]
[SUPER=01-Ellen Qualls/Governor's Press Secretary; :04]
[OUT Q=ABOUT THESE CUTS.]
House Republicans gathered yesterday to announce more than one million dollars worth of cuts to the General Assembly's budget.
Governor Warner is scheduled to outline his cuts of at least 700 million dollars next week during a statewide television address.
A happy ending to a dangerous situation just across the state line in Monroe County, West Virginia... where two sewer workers were trapped inside a hole.
[SUPER=03-Monroe Co., WV;]
It happened around ten yesterday morning... just across the state-line near Peterstown.
The two men were working at a construction site, when the dirt collapsed, trapping them about five feet underground.
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[IN Q=they were]
((KENNY MILLER/ESCAPED COLLAPSE: THEY WERE JUST DOWN IN THE DITCH LAYING A PIPE DOWN THERE AND IT JUST "KAPOOEY"...IT JUST SLID OFF.))
[SUPER=01-Kenny Miller/Escaped Collapse;]
[OUT Q=just slid off]
About 50-rescue workers were able to save the first man, Will Thomas, around 12-30--and the second man, Leroy Ballard, about an hour later.
Both men were taken to a hospital in Bluefield and then airlifted to Roanoke.
Thomas is in stable condition- there's no word on Ballard's condition.
She's been president of Mary Baldwin College in Staunton longer than anyone else...
but Cynthia Tyson is stepping down in June.
College officials announced her retirement yesterday.
Tyson has been president of Mary Baldwin for 18 years.
College trustees are forming a committee to replace her.