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An undercover drug buy in Salem ended with gunfire last night.
One suspect was wounded when a police officer's gun discharged, and a second suspect was taken into custody for questioning.
Joe Dashiell has more on the incident.
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[SUPER=01-Melinda Payne/Salem Spokesperson; :19]
[OUT Q=JD News 7 Salem]
((It happened shortly after eight p-m in the parking lot between the Lee Hi Lanes bowling alley, and the Pancake House Restaurant.
Salem Police say they were making an undercover drug buy when the two suspects ran.
One of them tripped and fell, and the officer moved in to make the arrest.
[IN Q=He had his gun]
((HE APPROACHED THE SUSPECT, ASKED THE SUSPECT TO STOP AND SHOW HIS HANDS. AND THE SUSPECT REACHED FOR THE GUN AND THAT'S BASICALLY WHAT HAPPENED.))
[OUT Q=basically what happened.]
Melinda Payne says the suspect's hand bumped the weapon, and the gun discharged.
Hit in the abdomen, he was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital where he underwent surgery.
State Police are now investigating.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Salem))
Authorities have not released the names of either suspect or the officer whose gun discharged.
There's no word this morning on the condition of the man who was wounded, but authorities did not believe his injuries were life threatening.
Danville Police are looking for two sisters who have apparently run-away.
They say the girls are probably heading to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
[TAKE FS ASHLEY BARLEY BOARD 100 ESSC]
16 year old Ashley Michelle Barley is described as a white female, 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 120 pounds.
[TAKE FS Melinda Gayle Barley Board 101 ESSC]
Her sister, 14 year old Melinda Gayle Barley, is described as a white female, 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 140 pounds.
Both girls reside at 792 Holland Road in Danville.
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If you see these girls, you are asked to call the Danville Police Department at (434) 799-5111.
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Water service has been restored in the Hollins Road area of Roanoke.
City officials say the break near the intersection of Hollins Road and Whiteside Street was repaired around 11:45 last night.
Crews will finish the work later today.
50 to 75 customers were affected and may still experience low water pressure.
A Blacksburg man charged with second-degree murder was convicted of a lesser charge.
Yesterday, a jury found 27-year-old Michael Parks guilty of voluntary manslaughter, for the death of Marika Cooper, a woman he was dating.
Cooper was found strangled in her Clayton Estates home July 12th.
Parks admitted to choking Cooper following a heated argument that morning, but, says he never meant to kill her.
He was given the maximum punishment for voluntary manslaughter, 10-years in jail, and placed on three years probation.
Making national news this morning,
Some advisers to President Bush are telling him to declare Saddam Hussein in violation of the U-N resolution to disarm.
They say Iraq's weapons declaration is full of holes, but they DON'T think it's cause to go to war right away.
President Bush is scheduled to be briefed as early as
today on the options for a response to the declaration.
One U-S official calls the Iraqi document "an incredible joke."
Their campus is downtown, but soon student-athletes at Roanoke Catholic School will find their home field advantage in Roanoke County.
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The County Supervisors have approved a plan that will allow the school to develop an athletic complex in Vinyard Park.
Roanoke Catholic will contribute almost 200- thousand dollars toward improvements. And in return, the school's football, softball, baseball and soccer teams will use the facility as their home field.
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((WE'RE VERY EXCITED WE'RE REALLY ARE. THE VINTON BOOSTER, ROANOKE CATHOLIC PARKS AND RECREATION FOLKS WE'VE WORKED TOGETHER. WE FEEL THIS IS A TREMENDOUS OPPORTUNITY.))
[SUPER=01-Ray Correia/Roanoke Catholic School President]
[OUT Q=TREMENDOUS OPPORTUNITY.]
It was just two years ago that Roanoke Catholic tried to make a similar agreement with Roanoke City. But the plan to use Washington Park raised objections from some residents who complained the facilities would not be available for neighborhood children.
Roanoke Catholic will use Vinyard park weekday afternoons between 3:30 and 5:30, a time period that doesn't conflict with other activities. The Vinton Booster Club has given its okay.
The park improvements will include a football field, lights, scoreboards, restrooms, concessions and expanded parking.
In business news, Wall Street's Monday rally proved to be a one-day-wonder.
Ed Crane has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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[OUT Q=I'm EC, CBS Marketwatch, NY.]
DESPITE SOME GOOD NEWS ON THE ECONOMY, INVESTORS SOLD EARLY AND OFTEN TUESDAY. LET'S SHOW YOU HOW THE MARKETS FINISHED:
THE DOW ERASED MOST OF MONDAYS GAIN WITH A 92 POINT LOSS, THE NASDAQ SUFFERED A MILDER LOSS OF 8 POINTS IN LIGHT HOLIDAY SEASON VOLUME.
AMONG THE STOCKS DRAGGING DOWN THE DOW---MC DONALD'S, WHOSE INVESTORS WERE QUARTER POUNDED TUESDAY. THE STOCK FELL TEN
PERCENT AFTER THE COMPANY REPORTED THIS QUARTER WILL BE IT'S FIRST LOSING QUARTER EVER. MC DONALDS HINTS IT WILL CLOSE SOME RESTAURANTS NEXT YEAR.
OTHER RETAILERS GETTING HIT HARD INCLUDED TARGET AND BEST BUY, BOTH REPORTING DISAPPOINTING HOLIDAY SALES LAST WEEK.
THE MARKETS IGNORED TWO GOOD ECONOMIC REPORTS. ONE SHOWS INFLATION VIRTUALLY FLAT AT THE CONSUMER LEVEL, THE OTHER SHOWS THE HOUSING BOOM IS CONTINUING WITH NEW HOME SALES UP 2 PERCENT IN NOVEMBER.
A FORMER TYCO BOARD MEMBER WILL PAY 22 MILLION DOLLARS TO SETTLE CHARGES THAT HE HID A 20 MILLION DOLLAR FINDERS FEE, FOR BROKERING THE TYCO ACQUISITION OF C-I-T LAST YEAR. FRANK WALSH ALSO HEADED THE TYCO COMPENSATION COMMITTEE, FROM WHICH TENS OF MILLIONS FLOWED TO CHAIRMAN DENNIS KOZLOWSKI AND TOP EXECS.
BANKRUPT WORLDCOM HAS A FEW KEY OPENINGS. 6 BOARD MEMBERS RESIGNED TODAY. A SEVENTH AND QUIT EARLIER. ALL WERE ON THE CASE WHEN WORLD COM MANAGED TO OVERSTATE 4 BILLION DOLLARS IN EARNINGS.
WITH THE DOLLAR SINKING TO A 35 MONTH LOW AGAINST THE EURO, GOLD HAS HIT A 5 AND A HALF YEAR HIGH.
AND OIL IS STILL TRADING IN THE VICINITY OF 30 BUCKS A BARRELL, A FIFTY PERCENT INCREASE FROM A YEAR AGO...
GET MORE AT CBS DOT MARKETWATCH.COM
I'M ED CRANE CBS MARKETWATCH.))
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The death toll has climbed to 13 in the wake of severe storms along the West Coast.
Forecasters predict more bad weather is on the way.
Among the victims of the stormy weather, three women, who died when their car flipped into a creek.
With more rain forecasted, the big fear now is mudslides.
Throughout California, the storm has left nearly 100- thousand customers without power.
In Venezuela, a massive strike has all but shut down the world's fifth largest oil exporter.
National guardsmen and police struggled to control thousands of protesters who are demanding that President Hugo Chavez step down.
While Chavez is still popular with those who elected him, the middle class is afraid he's driving the economy into the ground.
They've weathered a criminal investigation, a fraud trial and a declaration of bankruptcy.
Now officials at Bedford's D-Day memorial figure things can only get better from here.
The monument is still nearly four million dollars in debt and is working out a payment plan with its creditors.
A federal jury yesterday couldn't reach a verdict in the fraud case against the foundation's former president Richard Burrow.
Officials say all the negative publicity has hurt the memorial's fundraising efforts.
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((WILLIAM MCINTOSH/D-DAY FOUNDATION PRESIDENT: WE HAVE HAD A NUMBER OF SIGNIFICANT GIFTS THAT HAD BEEN COMMITTED TO US ORALLY THAT PEOPLE HAVE DECIDED TO WAIT ON DISBURSING UNTIL THE VARIOUS LEGAL PROCEEDINGS HAVE COME TO A CONCLUSION.))
[SUPER=01-William McIntosh/D-Day Foundation President]
[OUT Q=come to a conclusion.]
Prosecutors have not decided whether to try Burrow on federal fraud charges again.
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More jets will fly into and out of Roanoke starting next Spring.
Starting in April, Northwest Airlines will replace two of its four turbo-prop planes with Regional jets.
The jets hold 50-passengers, 16-more than the prop planes.
The upgraded service will apply to flights between Roanoke and Detroit only.
Pinnacle Airlines, an affiliate of Northwest Airlink, will operate the flights.
Currently, 11 jets provide departure flights from Roanoke each day.
The additional jet service will take off April 6th.
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
A fourth grader suspected of taking a gun to Colonial Elementary School last year may still have a case against the Sheriff's Deputy who questioned her.
It turned out Meghan Dickson did NOT have a gun, but District Judge Jackson Kiser cited a Supreme Court ruling that says students are protected from unreasonable search and seizure even in school.
The Judge also pointed out yesterday that school boards delegate wide latitude to school officials when it comes to safety concerns.
So he dismissed the claims against the principal and assistant principal.
Some changes are in store for Virginia's mental health care policy.
Governor Mark Warner wants to transfer 22-million dollars from state mental wards to community service boards.
Warner is proposing closing wings at five of Virginia's mental hospitals.
He says the money saved will go toward community-based care programs.
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((GOVERNOR MARK WARNER: THE ANSWER IN TERMS OF HOW WE PROVIDE SERVICES SHOULDN'T BE DEFINED SIMPLY BY THE NUMBER OF BEDS. IT'S ABOUT THE QUALITY OF CARE.))
((MARYANN BERGERON/VA ASSOC. OF COMMUNITY SERVICE BOARDS: NOT EVERYONE IN A FACILITY EVEN RIGHT NOW NEEDS THAT LEVEL OF CARE AND YET THERE MAY NOT BE THE EXACT SERVICE IN THE COMMUNITY THAT THEY NEED.))
[SUPER=01-MaryAnn Bergeron/Virginia Community Service Boards; :07]
[OUT Q=THAT THEY NEED.]
Mental health care advocates say the change is long overdue.
But they are not happy that Warner's plan does NOT provide any new money for mental health services.
The governor cut about 30 million from those programs in October.
A proposed natural gas pipeline through Southwest Virginia has cleared another hurdle.
Virginia's Marine Resources Commission gave the Patriot Extension the green light yesterday.
The 95 mile pipeline would cross 25 streams in the commission's jurisdiction.
The company also agreed to pay the state Department of Game and Inland Fisheries for any fish that are killed.
East Tennessee Natural Gas already has federal approval for the project.
The N-B-A has chosen billionaire Robert Johnson as the owner of the new expansion
franchise in Charlotte.
The founder of Black Entertainment Television will become the first black majority owner in major sports.
A news conference is scheduled for later today in New York.
The new Charlotte franchise will begin play in the 2004- 2005
It will replace the Hornets, who moved to New Orleans
earlier this year.