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By way of comments about messages and phone numbers, it appears police investigating the sniper shootings MIGHT be using the media to communicate with the sniper.
Authorities won't say for sure, even as they continue to make cryptic statements over the airwaves.
Meanwhile, fears about the sniper shootings will keep schools in and around Richmond closed today.
One school superintendent says information from police and parental concerns played a role in that decision.
Jim Acosta has the latest now from Rockville, Maryland.
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[SUPER=01-Charles Moose/Montgomery Co., MD Police Chief;]
[SUPER=01-Tom Shumate/Henrico Police Spokesperson;]
[OUT Q=back to you.]
FIRST POLICE ASKED FOR A CALL.... NOW AUTHORITIES WANT A CALL BACK.
(SOT- CHIEF CHARLES MOOSE/MONTGOMERY CO. POLICE)
"the person you called could not hear everything that you said. The
audio was unclear, and we want to get it right. Call us back so that we
can clearly understand"
THE PLEA COMES AFTER SATURDAY NIGHT'S SHOOTING IN ASHLAND, VIRGINIA.
SOURCES TELL CBS NEWS AT THE SCENE INVESTIGATORS FOUND A "LENGTHY",
"MULTI-PAGE" NOTE ALONG WITH A PHONE NUMBER.
BUT EXACTLY WHO POLICE ARE TALKING TO REMAINS A MYSTERY.
MANY EXPERTS BELIEVE IT IS THE MURDERER OR AT LEAST SOMEONE CLOSELY
CONNECTED TO THIS CASE.
AND ALTHOUGH AUTHORITIES ARE USING THE MEDIA TO BROADCAST THESE CRYPTIC
MESSAGES.... THEY HAVE NO INTENTION OF TELLING REPORTERS WHO THEY'RE FOR.
"unfortunately I will not be able to discuss the issue regarding or
answer any questions regarding attempts to communicate it would just be
inappropriate and detrimental to our investigation"
AND JUST WHERE THIS MYSTERIOUS PHONE NUMBER LEADS IS ANOTHER MAJOR
ON MONDAY IT LOOKED LIKE A POSSIBLE BREAK IN THE CASE WHEN DOZENS OF
OFFICERS AND A-T-F AGENTS SURROUNDED A WHITE MINI-VAN PARKED NEAR A PAY
PHONE IN THE RICHMOND, VIRGINIA AREA.
BUT FROM ALL INDICATIONS IT APPEARS THE TWO MEN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY ARE
(SOT-TOM SHUMATE/HENRICO POLICE SPOKESPERSON)
"these men have been turned over to representatives of the Immigration
and Naturalization services for further action"
Six New York men indicted yesterday on charges of supporting al-Qaida terrorists will be arraigned today in Buffalo.
Four of the six men deny ever going to Afghanistan or to an al-Qaida training camp.
The government says the group formed a sleeper terrorist cell awaiting instructions for an attack against the U-S.
But a federal prosecutor says there's no evidence of an "immediate threat" to western New York.
The U-S has high hopes for a new Iraqi resolution regarding weapons inspections.
The White House says the new draft allows for a zero tolerance policy for cheating on inspections.
Officials hope the United Nations will approve the new proposal.
So far, France, Russia, and China have disagreed with any security council resolution that threatens force.
President Bush says he'll try diplomacy "one more time," but he doesn't think Saddam Hussein will disarm.
Three people are in custody charged in connection with the fatal shooting of a Lynchburg man.
26-year-old Eugene Peyton Davis was shot during an argument in the parking lot of Smitty's Restaurant near Amherst around two o-clock yesterday morning.
Authorities have charged 22-year-old Terrence Leman (LEE-man) Durden with murder and 22-year-old Brendan Draper Reid with being an accessory after the fact.
Both men are from Charlottesville.
A 17-year-old boy also faces firearms charges in the shooting.
He's a Bedford County church youth director...now he's behind bars, facing six felony charges of taking indecent liberties with a minor.
23-year-old Courtney Lee DeLong was arrested last week after authorities investigated a complaint from a girl.
They say DeLong met the girl through his work at Flint Hill Baptist Church, but that the alleged offenses did "not" take place during church-sponsored activities.
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[IN Q=We don't intend]
((JOHN HUDDLESTON/FLINT HILL BAPTIST CHURCH: WE DON'T INTEND TO LET IT BE A SETBACK. WE INTEND TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE YOUTH PROGRAM AND CONTINUE TO TRY TO REACH THE LOST FOR CHRIST.))
[SUPER=01-John Huddleston/Flint Hill Baptist Church]
[OUT Q=lost for Christ.]
Authorities seized a church computer they say may contain graphic images.
DeLong had been Flint Hill's youth director since January of 2001.
He's been placed on unpaid leave.
A Roanoke fixture is back in business.
The Grandin Theater closed nearly a year ago for renovations but the landmark re-opened this week.
Yesterday afternoon, the Grandin welcomed its first movie-goers.
A little more than 80- people purchased tickets for the 5:15 and 7:15 showings.
And-- those we spoke to said they were impressed with the atmosphere and renovations.
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[SOT 00:48:55 00:49:59]
[IN Q=I'm thrilled ]
((MICHAEL VICK: I'M THRILLED, ALMOST TO THE POINT OF SPEECHLESSNESS, I WAS HERE FOR THE VERY FIRST PUBLIC SHOWING AT 5:15.))
IT'S REALLY EXCITING FOR ME, I HAVEN'T BEEN HERE IN A REALLY LONG TIME, IT'S PROBABLY BEEN THREE YEARS AND I COULDN'T BE HERE FOR THE LAST SHOW SO I'M REALLY GLAD TO BE BACK AT THE OPENING. ))
[SUPER=01-Michael Vick/Movie Patron; :00]
[SUPER=01-Star Shoemaker/Movie Patron; :09]
[OUT Q=AT THE OPENING.]
The Grandin will hold its OFFICIAL grand opening, this Friday.
In business news, the holiday season means jobs for one local area...
[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./File Tape;]
K-B Toys is once again hiring seasonal employees at its Pittsylvania County warehouse.
Officials say they need one THOUSAND people to help with the holiday rush at the Blairs fulfillment center.
Workers there process and ship Internet and phone orders for K-B, E-Toys and new this year.... toys from Sears.
Officials say available positions are full and part time and vary from customer service representatives to warehouse workers.
On average, the warehouse can ship about 190-thousand toys a day at the peak of the season.
In other business news, Martha Stewart may soon face civil charges.
And, The Wall Street rally goes on.
Ed Crane has those stories and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Ed Crane/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=I'm Ed Crane]
MARTHA STEWART'S REPORTEDLY ON THE S-E-C'S RADAR SCREEN THE WALL STREET
JOURNAL REPORTS THE DOMESTIC DIVA'S BEEN TOLD THE S-E-C INTENDS TO FILE
CIVIL CHARGES AGAINST HER IN CONNECTION WITH THEIR ALLEGED INSIDE SALE OF
THE MARKETS STARTED THE WEEK WITH A BANG.CAN WALL STREET'S OCTOBERFEST
CONTINUE?BOTH THE DOW AND NASDAQ WERE FLYING AS THE CLOSING BELL SOUNDED SO
THERE MAY BE MORE BUYING AT THE OPEN. HERE'S HOW THINGS WRAPPED UP MONDAY.
THE DOW SHOT UP 215POINTS CROSSING BACK ABOVE THE 8500 MARK...
THE NASDAQ CROSSED BACK ABOVE 13 HUNDRED WITH A GAIN OF ABOUT 22
DRIVING THE DOW HIGHER, COCA COLA, PHILLIP MORRIS AND MC DONALDS, WHICH
MOVED UP ON WORD THAT THE COMPANY'S VALUE MENU IS BEGINNING TO BRING A LOT
OF EXTRA TRAFFIC INTO MICKEY D'S.AND THIS RALLY CAME IN SPITE OF SOME
SELLING IN MICROSOFT AFTER COMMENTS FROM C-E-O STEVE BALLMER THAT THE 26
PERCENT GROWTH RATE OF LAST QUARTER WILL BE VERY TOUGH TO SUSTAIN..
STOCKS TO WATCH INCLUDE LEXMARK, THE MAKER OF COMPUTER PRINTERS AND RELATED
IT'S UP ABOUT 2 PERCENT ON STRONG THIRD QUARTER SALES. THE BETTING ON WALL
STREET NOW IS THAT IF LEXMARK IS SELLING MORE PRINTERS, OTHER COMPANIES WILL
BE SELLING MORE COMPUTERS.
UTILITY AND AIRLINE STOCKS WERE STRONG ALL DAY...A COUPLE OF BEATEN DOWN
SECTORS THAT SOME INVESTORS VIEW AS LONG TERM BARGAINS.
DRUG STOCKS SUCH AS MERCK AND PFIZER, THE MOST ACTIVE STOCK ON THE BIG
BOARD CLOSED LOWER, REACTION IN PART TO PRESIDENT BUSH'S CALL FOR CHEAPER
BOTH FORD AND G-M HAVE DROVE HIGHER. FORD GAINED ABOUT 13 PERCENT AFTER AN
UPBEAT WEBCAST FROM FORD C-E-O WILLIAM CLAY FORD TO INVESTORS AND G-M
ENJOYED A 6 PERCENT GAIN.
GET MORE AT CBS DOT MARKETWATCH DOT COM.
AT THE NASDAQ MARKETSITE, I'M ED CRANE.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
The government is cracking down on decorative contact lenses.
The F-D-A says lenses sold without prescriptions can cause injuries that lead to blindness.
Officials say they'll seize un-authorized lenses sold in convenience stores, flea markets and other locations.
While they've become popular at Halloween, the F-D-A says its warning is NOT connected to the upcoming holiday.
Next Saturday, the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival will showcase regional traditions.
Joe Dashiell has a preview of the event... with a profile of one local craftsman.
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[IN Q=NAT SOUND OF SHED DOOR OPENING]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Harry Arrington; :39]
[SUPER=01-Roddy Moore/Blue Ridge Institute; 1:17]
[UT Q=Joe D News 7 Franklin County]
(([NAT SOUND OF SHED OPENING]
Harry Arrington raises the door to a shed, and reveals his latest work to visitors.
The room is packed with wooden miniatures, including a replica of the Hofauger House at Virginia's Explore Park.
[NAT SOT 13:35:37]
[IN Q=It's built plumb and level]
((IT'S BUILT PLUMB AND LEVEL, BUT YET THE LOGS ARE BIG ON SOME ENDS AND YOU SEE, THAT'S HOW THE OLD HOUSES WAS.))
[OUTQ=that's how the old houses was.]
Arrington knows old houses. As a young man he helped his father build and repair log structures.
And he knows wood... As a 17- year- old, he went to work in a furniture factory.
But it wasn't until his retirement from General Electric that he decided to try his hand at homebuilding on a smaller scale.
[IN Q=I growed up]
((I GROWED UP IN THE DEPRESSION YEARS AND WE LIVED IN A LITTLE LOG HOUSE LIKE THAT. IN FACT WE LIVED IN TWO DIFFERENT ONES.))
((THAT JUST INSPIRED ME WHEN I QUIT G-E, I HAD TO HAVE SOMETHING TO DO, YOU KNOW. I COULD GO FISH AND DIFFERENT THINGS, BUT THAT GETS OLD AFTER A WHILE.))
[OUT Q=but that gets old after a while.]
He's learned through trial and error... learned it takes plenty of patience, placing each individual shingle by hand. But Arrington says he enjoys the work, and a finished product that takes him back to his roots.
[SOT RODDY 03:59:17]
[IN Q=He talked about]
((RODDY MOORE/BLUE RIDGE INSTITUTE: HE TALKED ABOUT THE AXES AND THE LOGS AND HE CHOPPED A LOT OF WOOD AND HE USED THE CROSSCUT SAW.))
((AND I THINK WITH A LOT OF THESE TRADITIONAL CRAFTS, PEOPLE SEARCH AND REACH BACK INTO THEIR PAST, AND IT'S SOMETHING THEY DECIDE TO BRING. IT'S LUGGAGE THEY DECIDE TO BRING ALONG WITH THEM.))
[OUT Q=decide to bring along with them.]
Arrington's customers apparently feel the same way... whether his subject is Mabry Mill, or a log home that exists only in his mind's eye.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Franklin County))
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
More Hokie fans were turned away at Lane Stadium Saturday... after police found another batch of fake tickets.
Police say they discovered six counterfeit tickets during Saturday's homecoming game against Rutgers.
They say the people who bought the tickets were able to get past the gates, but, soon discovered their seats didn't exist.
Officers say they paid more than 200-dollars for the tickets, and, warn that is the risk you take when you buy them off the street.
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[IN Q=you know]
((DEBRA DUNCAN/VA TECH POLICE CHIEF: YOU KNOW YOU FEEL SORRY FOR PEOPLE LIKE THAT. YOU FEEL SORRY THAT THEY WERE DEFRAUDED AND BILKED OUT OF MONEY, BUT, THEN WE TRY TO TELL PEOPLE DON'T BUY THOSE TICKETS AND IF YOU DO BUY THOSE TICKETS YOU'RE TAKING A CHANCE AND THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED THIS TIME, THEY BOUGHT THE TICKETS, TOOK A CHANCE AND THEN LOST.))
[SUPER=01-Debra Duncan/Va. Tech Police Chief;]
[OUT Q=then lost]
Duncan says she believes the people who sold the tickets are the same ones behind the 30-found last month during the Marshall game.
They're described as two black men, one tall and thin--the other, short and heavy-set.
Duncan believes they are working together.
In business news this morning, There's time to save on holiday airfare, if you act quickly.
And just what is organic food?
Here's Kirk Gallup with a look at the morning's top business stories..
[SUPER=01-Kirk Gallup/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=I'm Kirk Gallup, reporting.]
(( THERE ARE DEALS TO BE HAD IF YOU'RE LOOKING TO TRAVEL THIS
THAT'S ACCORDING THE MANY IN THE AIRLINE INDUSTRY WHO SAY
COMPETITION FOR PASSENGERS IS DRIVING AIRFARES DOWN. BUT A
REDUCED NUMBER OF FLIGHTS MEANS THOSE SEATS WILL LIKELY GO FASTER THAN
STILL, ANALYSTS SAY THERE'S A GOOD CHANCE TO GET A GOOD FARE, AS
LONG AS PASSENGERS STAY FLEXIBLE ABOUT TRAVEL DATES AND TIMES.
THERE SHOULD BE NO QUESTION ABOUT WHAT'S IN ORGANIC FOOD ANYMORE.
THE U-S DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE HAS JUST PLACED A NATIONAL
STANDARD ON ALL FOODS LABELED ORGANIC.
IN ORDER FOR FOOD TO RECEIVE THE ORGANIC SEAL, A COMPANY MUST
PROVE THAT IT WAS PRODUCED WITHOUT PESTICIDES, ANTIBIOTICS, OR GROWTH
THAT MEANS A GOVERNMENT-APPROVED CERTIFIER MUST INSPECT THE FARM
WHERE THE FOOD WAS GROWN TO MAKE SURE IT ADHERES TO U-S-D-A
OFFICE DEPOT IS LAUNCHING A PROGRAM FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS AND
STARTING TODAY, THE COMPANY IS HOSTING SIX WEEKS OF ONLINE
SEMINARS CALLED WEB CAFES...WHICH FOCUS ON GIVING BUSINESS ADVICE AND
THE OFFICE DEPOT WEB CAFES WILL BE HELD EACH TUESDAY FROM FOUR TO
FIVE P-M EASTERN STANDARD TIME.
THE SEMINARS WILL BE HELD THROUGH THE END OF NOVEMBER.
YOU CAN CHECK THEM OUT ONLINE AT OFFICE-DEPOT-DOT-COM.
AND THAT'S A LOOK AT TUESDAY'S BUSINESS NEWS,
I'M KIRK GALLUP, REPORTING. ))
(tape tosses to stocks)
Some special visitors at Lane Stadium this past weekend - managed to make their way into this week's Tech 2002 Report.
Here's Mike Stevens.
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[IN Q=FIRST AUDIO]
[OUT Q=....a nice day."]
(( This morning's Tech 2002 Report touches on what happens to the Hokies if they and Notre Dame continue winning.
Plus, Suggs not only gets some Big East props, but some big words of praise from top brass in the NFL.
Lee Suggs' career high 197 yard rushing performance this past Saturday against Rutgers made the Roanoke native an easy selection for this week's Big East offensive player of the week honor.
Suggs averaged nine and a half yards a carry and picked a most opportune time to have a career best game.
Charley Casserly, the executive vice president and general manager of the NFL's Houston Texans came all the way to Blacksburg this past Saturday to get an eyeful of the three-time Friday Football Extra player of the week.
Suggs is an obvious talent, but in his 23 years with the Redskins and now with the Texans, Casserly has always been known as a man who could find the diamond in the rough prospect and make him an NFL contributor and many times a star. That's partially why he has such an appreciation for the way Tech has built its program.
Two members of the Sugar Bowl selection committee also took in the Rutgers' game.
They say if Tech wins every game on its schedule and then loses to Miami - they do NOT believe the Hokies will be left out of the BCS equation as they were in 2000 - when Notre Dame forced them to the Gator Bowl.
In two other Tech 2002 notes - linebacker Vegas Robinson is OUT for the Temple - he has the dreaded high ankle sprain on his left ankle.
And defensive teammate DeAngelo Hall is this week's big East special teams player of the week.
His 51 yard punt return for a TD in the fourth quarter provided the final margin of victory in the 35-to-14 win.
The Temple game this week kicks off at one - NO TV. The November 2nd Pitt game will kick off at 7pm.))
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Transporting children to and from school is all in a day's work for Roanoke City bus drivers.
More than 13- thousand students ride city buses each day.
Bus drivers undergo twice as much training than they're required to by state law.
Students are kept up to speed, as well.
Transportation officials hold bus safety classes for pre- school through third- grade students once a year.
Sunday kicked off National School Bus Safety Week and local officials hope to remind motorists to use caution when sharing the road with buses.