Garrison Bowman will be in federal court this morning to ask for release from jail on bond.
He's being held as a material witness in the murders of Jennifer Short and her parents and has been called to appear before a federal grand jury on November 12th.
His friend John Beasley says he's certain Bowman will be cleared of any role in the crime ... but in the meantime he worries that his friend's life is being ruined.
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[SOT 37:39 - :50]
[IN Q=It's a little]
((JOHN BEASLEY: IT'S A LITTLE UNNERVING FOR ME TO SEE HIM IN CUSTODY RIGHT NOW. HE'S NEVER BEEN CHARGED WITH ANYTHING. AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED, HE SHOULD BE OUT DOING WHAT HE WANTS TO DO UNTIL THEY DO CHARGE HIM WITH SOMETHING.))
[SUPER=01-John Beasley/Bowman's Friend;]
[OUT Q=charge him with something.]
Bowman's attorneys have said they plan to challenge the warrant that names Bowman a material witness in the case.
Meanwhile, The Short family murder investigation headed back to Canada yesterday.
Detectives from Henry and Rockingham County took a private plane to Inuvik (in-OO-vik), Canada, to search Garrison Bowman's van for forensic evidence.
A Craig County man is behind bars today accused of shooting his wife and firing AT another man.
Kevin Medley was taken into custody around seven- thirty last night after agreeing to turn himself over to the sheriff along Route three-eleven.
Authorities say Medley had been drinking when he shot his wife with a 12-gauge shotgun around five o'clock.
The sheriff says Medley then left his house and later fired his gun at Larry Jones apparently out of jealousy.
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((BILLY MCPHERSON/CRAIG CO. SHERIFF; DOMESTIC, THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR QUITE A WHILE AND JUST LIKE THAT SONG IT JUST KEPT GETTING WORSE AND IT DON'T GET MUCH WORSE THAN THIS YOU KNOW.))
[SUPER=01-Billy McPherson/Craig Co. Sheriff;]
[OUT Q=you know.]
The sheriff doesn't think Jones required medical attention.
Medley's wife, meanwhile, was taken to Roanoke Memorial.
The sheriff says her injuries are NOT life- threatening.
Henry County deputies are also investigating a shooting.
Officers responded to a trailer on Cabin Hill Drive early yesterday afternoon and found Chasity Lananda Dalton shot in the abdomen.
Dalton underwent surgery at Martinsville Memorial Hospital.
There's no word on her condition.
A shotgun was recovered at the scene.
Deputies later arrested 27 year old Karlos Phillip Allen of Ridgeway.
He's charged with aggravated malicious wounding and firearms violations.
Negotiations continue between federal and state governments over who will be the first to prosecute the sniper suspects.
Yesterday, the feds charged John Allen Muhammad with murder.
The federal charges include extortion and the use of a firearm.
Another hearing has been set for next Tuesday.
Muhammad is already facing charges in Virginia, Maryland, and Alabama.
John Lee Malvo was NOT charged in the federal criminal complaint.
Authorities in Florida have to decide what to do with over 200 illegal Haitian immigrants.
The refugees ran into the streets of Miami after landing on the Florida shore.
They had traveled for eight days on a 50- foot wooden boat.
The disturbance forced a major highway to be shut down.
Most were caught by authorities and taken to a detention center.
Immigration experts believe they will not be allowed to stay in the U-S.
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[IN Q=It's very likely]
((PAMELA FALK/IMMIGRATION EXPERT:IT'S VERY LIKELY THAT THESE HAITIANS WILL BE RETURNED TO HAITI BECAUSE THEY HAVE NOT PROVEN A WELL FOUNDED FEAR OF persecution"
[SUPER=01-Pamela Falk/Immigration Expert;]
[OUT Q=fear of persecution.]
The border patrol says if any of the refugees claim political asylum, they'll be processed.
But unlike Cubans who reach dry land, Haitian immigrants are usually denied asylum in the U-S.
Boones Mill wants the car tax back.
Last night, town council unanimously voted to ask Governor Mark Warner to reinstate the car tax and re-hire all the employees laid off due to budget cuts.
In its resolution, council said it's particularly concerned about the loss of the Rocky Mount D-M-V office, as well as the toll the budget cuts will take on education and economic growth.
Meanwhile, a new poll suggests that half of Virginians support Governor Warner's handling of the state's budget problems.
And according to the News 7- Mason-Dixon poll released yesterday, 58 percent believe the state is now "on the right track."
A majority gave Governor Warner a positive job performance rating.
54 percent of those who were surveyed said they believe that Warner is doing an excellent or good job.
The poll also gave high marks to Senator John Warner
76 percent said they will vote for him on election day, and believe his job performance is either excellent or good.
Meanwhile, the two statewide bond referendums appear headed for passage.
57 percent of those polled said they would vote for the education bond issue.... and 53 percent said they would vote yes on the bond issue for parks and recreation.
In business news, An unexpected plunge in consumer confidence incited another wave of profit-taking yesterday, but stocks recovered late in the session.
Ed Crane has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Ed Crane/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=I'm Ed Crane]
((GOOD MORNING...THE DOW MAY HAVE SOMETHING TO BUILD ON TODAY A FURIOUS RALLY
IN THE LAST HOUR OR SO OF TRADING TUESDAY THAT BROUGHT THE DOW BACK FROM A
100 POINT DEFICIT TO A POSITIVE CLOSE. THE OTHER MARKETS RALLIED BUT FELL
THE DOW BARELY IN THE GREEN BUT COMING BACK NICELY FROM A DEFICIT OF MORE
THAN 100 POINTS.
THE NASDAQ RALLIED A BIT BUT LOST 15 ON THE DAY BUT BOUNCING BACK TO THE
THERE ARE A COUPLE OF EXPLANATIONS FOR THE DOW'S LATE DAY RALLY,
ONE OF THEM A FAVORABLE RULING IN A LEAD PAINT LAWSUIT IN RHODE ISLAND THAT
HELPED PUSH UP DOW COMPONENT DU PONT...
EARLIER IN THE DAY INVESTORS WERE DISTURBED BY A NEW REPORT SHOWING
CONSUMER CONFIDENCE FALLING TO THE LOWEST LEVEL SINCE 1993. INVESTORS THINK
THAT LACK OF CONSUMER CONFIDENCE COULD TRANSLATE INTO A LACK OF BUYING OVER
THE HOLIDAYS AND PERHAPS INTO THE FIRST QUARTER.
MOST OF THE DOW STOCKS WERE OFF WITH THE EXCEPTION OF AMERICAN EXPRESS,
BOEING AND HONEYWELL.
AND THE DAYS BIG BRIGHT SPOT
PROCTER AND GAMBLE THIS WAS A STOCK THAT SOLD OFF MONDAY AHEAD OF
EARNINGS. WELL GUESS WHAT THE EARNINGS WERE BETTER THAN EXPECTED AND P-AND G
WAS UP ABOUT 3 PERCENT.
OIL STOCKS WERE HAMMERED ,BP LOST 7 PERCENT, CHEVRON TEXACO AND EXXON MOBIL
WERE EACH DOWN ABOUT 4 PERCENT, AFTER BP CUT IT'S PRODUCTION OUTPUT FOR THE
THIRD TIME IN 2 MONTHS.
.WHILE STOCKS SLIPPED TREASURY BONDS WERE FLYING WITH THE LONG BOND THE 30
YEAR TREASURY JUMPING TO A YIELD OF 5 PERCENT.
GET MORE ON OUR WEB SITE CBS DOT MARKETWATCH DOT COM..
AT THE NASDAQ MARKET SITE I'M ED CRANE ...))
(tape tosses to stocks)
Officials in Vietnam now confirm the death toll from an office building fire in Ho Chi Minh City has climbed to at least 59.
But several reports say that number could go higher.
[SUPER=03-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam;]
The blaze broke out at the International Trade Center, a high- rise building that houses offices, shops, and restaurants.
It's believed about 500 people were inside at the time.
Officials say it's the city's worst fire in terms of loss of
life and property damage.
There's no word that any Americans are among the casualties.
An announcement is expected today from former Vice President Walter Mondale that he'll replace Paul Wellstone on
next week's ballot in Minnesota.
A new poll for the Star Tribune of Minneapolis shows Mondale ahead of Republican candidate Norm Coleman, 47 percent to 39 percent.
Senator Wellstone died in a plane crash last week.
During last night's memorial, Wellstone's son urged the crowd to carry on his father's fight.
More than 20- thousand people attended the service.
Two years ago they were told they should tear it down.
Now Lynchburg city leaders have decided to give an historic structure another chance.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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[IN Q=Its roof leaks]
[SUPER=01-Robert Garber/Lynchburg Council Member; :13 (QUICK!)]
[SUPER=01-Kimball Payne/Lynchburg City Manager; :38]
[SUPER=01-Travis McDonald/Architectural Restoration Expert; :59]
[OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.]
(( Its roof leaks, the exterior walls are crumbling and portions of the inside have collapsed.. under normal circumstances, the owner of this house on Lynchburg's Cabell Street would be facing hefty fines for code violations.
((ROBERT GARBER/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: I THINK IF IT WAS OWNED BY ANYBODY ELSE IT WOULD BE DEEMED A PUBLIC NUISANCE AND A SAFETY HAZARD.))
[OUT Q=safety hazard.]
Unfortunately in this case, the owner is the city of Lynchburg.
405 Cabell has been city property since 1980, but little has been done to keep the house from falling into disrepair.
Now the city, which has confiscated and torn down other properties for code violations, finds itself stuck in an embarrassing situation.
((KIMBALL PAYNE/CITY MANAGER: THIS IS A VERY ACTIVE COMMUNITY IN TERMS OF HISTORIC PRESERVATION AND OUR CODE ENFORCEMENT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN VERY ACTIVE OUT HERE IN TELLING PEOPLE TO FIX THEIR HOUSES AND FIX THEIR BUILDINGS AND THIS IS AN EXAMPLE WHERE WE HAVEN'T FOLLOWED THROUGH WITH WHAT WE ASK THE CITIZENS TO DO.))
[OUT Q=citizens to do.]
Council members got a first-hand look at the building Tuesday and heard while things may look bad, this 150-year-old structure is still worth preserving.
((TRAVIS MCDONALD/ARCHITECTURAL RESTORATION EXPERT: IT'S GOT PROBLEMS OBVIOUSLY, AND IT'S DUE TO LACK OF MAINTENANCE AT THE PROPER TIME BUT ITS' STILL A BUILDING THAT WILL STAND HERE INDEFINITELY AS LONG AS YOU MOTHBALL IT.))
[OUT Q=mothball it.]
So council voted to spend 77-hundred dollars to stabilize the building until its future can be worked out.
Historic preservation groups say they're willing to work with the city to find grants and tax credits that could pay for its restoration.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
Arena football is over in the Star City.
Civic Center officials say the Roanoke Steam will not return for a 4th season.
The arena football team has struggled with finances and ticket sales in its three years on the field.
Last May, the team's owners filed for bankruptcy - - putting the team's future in Roanoke into question.
While the arena-2 football league took control of the team during efforts to find a new local owner ... those were unsuccessful.
Civic Center officials say ticket sales for the Steam increased each year they played but that a strong fan base was never established.
In business news this morning, Trick or Treaters will see more of the same old good stuff this Halloween.
Here's Mike Johnson will a look at the morning's top business stories
[SUPER=01-Mike Johnson/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=I'm Mike Johnson.]
(( DON'T EXPECT TO SEE A BRAND NEW ARRAY OF CANDY ON STORE SHELVES
CANDY-BUYERS SAY KIDS AND PARENTS ALIKE ARE STICKING TO THE
TRADITIONAL CANDY FARE.
AND CANDY MAKERS SAY 80-PERCENT OF HOUSEHOLDS STOCK UP ON THEIR
FAVORITE CANDY A WEEK IN ADVANCE... LEAVING PLENTY OF TIME TO DIP INTO
THE STASH BEFORE HALLOWEEN.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT TO SEE MORE OF IS BAGS THAT MIX THE MOST
LOOKING FOR FUEL EFFICIENCY ON THE LOT THIS FALL...AND YOU WON'T
A MAJORITY OF THE 2003 MODEL VEHICLES AVERAGE ABOUT 20-MILES PER
THAT'S COMPARED TO THE 22-MILES PER GALLON THAT VEHICLES GOT ON
AVERAGE IN THE MID-1980'S.
CAR BUYERS SAY FUEL PRICES ARE STEADY ENOUGH TO MAKE OTHER
FEATURES A HIGHER PRIORITY THAN FUEL EFFICIENCY.
GENERAL MOTORS IS ANNOUNCING IT'S CONTINUING IT'S INCENTIVE
FOR OVER A YEAR, G-M HAS OFFERED ZERO-PERCENT FINANCING PROGRAMS
ON MOST VEHICLES.
NOW THE INCENTIVES ARE RUNNING INDEFINITELY.
THE REASON FOR THE MOVE?
G-M SAYS WHEN IT ENDED THE INCENTIVE PROGRAM BACK IN SEPTEMBER,
THE COMPANY SAW A 13-PERCENT DECLINE IN SALES.
FORD AND DAIMLER CHRYSLER ARE EXPECTED TO FOLLOW SUIT WITH
EXTENDED INCENTIVE PROGRAMS.
WITH A LOOK AT BUSINESS NEWS, I'M MIKE JOHNSON. ))
(tape tosses to stocks)
Attorneys for death row inmate Earl Bramblett were back in federal court yesterday.
Bramblett is appealing his 1997 conviction for the murder of Blaine and Teresa Hodges and their two children in Vinton.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./October 1997;]
Bramblett's attorneys argued before the U-S Court of Appeals that their client was wrongly convicted based on the false testimony of jail inmate Tracy Turner.
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[IN Q=WE'D LIKE A CHANCE]
[SUPER=01-Will Lindsey/Bramblett's Attorney]
[OUT Q=EARL WOULD BE CONVICTED.]
The state argued that there was enough evidence without Turner's testimony to convict Bramblett of capital murder.
A decision by the U-S Court of Appeals on Bramblett's petition could take several months.