A long-time local lawman makes up with a friend, rehires a lieutenant and gives his blessing to his possible succ
essor, all in one move.
And another winter storm makes for school confusion as well as a messy commute.
Tonight on News 7 sports - more and high school tournament postponements.
The Bridgewater football team hopes to find a pearl in the oyster.
and Roanoke College's Katrina Williams is named the ODAC's player of the year.
It's not just one storm but rather a series of smaller storms that will kept the threat of mixed winter precipitation over us through tomorrow night.
News 7 is next.
Winter Weather's already causing accidents and closing schools.
This weather system is just getting fired up.
Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
And I'm Shannon Young.
Many places in Southwest and Central Virginia already have 2 to 3 inches of snow on the ground.
Others are getting sleet right now. But no matter what form the precipitation's falling in
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Robin Reed says there's plenty more on the way. Robin?
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Slick roads are being blamed for several minor accidents on Interstate 81 this afternoon.
Around milepost 137, a tractor trailer in the southbound lane drove onto the median and got stuck.
Nearby in the northbound lanes, a car hit a guardrail.
Traffic was backed up because of the accidents.
Nobody was injured, but police say you need to exercise caution while driving since snow usually sticks to bridges before roads.
Meanwhile the threat of slick roads meant many school children throughout the area went home early.
Today will NOT count against most schools as they try to make up days in the spring.
But school officials warn that with any more missed days they could have some trouble finding room in the calendar.
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((RIGHT NOW WE'VE MISSED 10 DAYS AND WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO MAKE UP 7 OF THOSE DAYS. THE OBVIOUS CHOICE IS TO TAKE AWAY SPRING BREAK GOOD FRIDAY AND MEMORIAL DAY. THE SUPERINTENDENT HAS NOT MADE AN OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT ON THAT. BUT HE WILL MAKE ONE SOON.))
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VDOT crews have been out on the road since last night.
Officials warn that primary roads are starting to see a light covering of snow, and could get slick before too long.
They add that most weather-related accidents happen in the first few hours of a storm.
Snowstorms have frequently been part of the forecast this winter.
And while you may not be a big fan, they have benefitted to the region, putting an end to a five-year drought.
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New River Valley Bureau Chief Myranda Stephens joins us now with more.
((ROLLCUE:...what we needed .))
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((Just how many snowstorms have we've gotten this year?
((REPORTER: YOU'D SAY ABOUT FOUR? JERRY: YEAH, FOUR OR FIVE. BOUT FIVE I'D SAY 19:10))
((AMY: (PAUSES)MAYBE TEN OR SO OR MORE? I DON'T KNOW A LOT, TOO MUCH I THINK 10:38))
((PAUL: 19:58 MORE THAN I WANTED IT TOO 20:00))
The question even gets a laugh out of the experts.
((MIKE GILLEN/NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE: (LAUGHS) IT SEEMS LIKE THERE'S BEEN ONE EVERY WEEKEND LATELY 911 BUT OVERALL WE'VE HAD AN ABOVE NORMAL NUMBER OF STORMS THAT HAVE AFFECTED THE REGION. 9:17))
Causing schools to exceed their snow days and putting V-Dot over its budget.
But, there has been some good coming out of it.
((MIKE GILLEN/NWS: OVERALL FOR ALL PRACTICAL PURPOSES THE DROUGHT, AND THE PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED, THAT EVERYBODY THINKS ARE ASSOCIATED WITH A DROUGHT, ARE OVER WITH. 11:00))
Gillen says a snowstorm has swept through our region every four to seven days, since the beginning of January.
That, coupled with heavy rains has now put the precipitation level slightly above normal.
Considering how it was BELOW normal for so long, forecasters say that's a lot better than it sounds
((WE'RE STILL NOT OUT OF THE WOODS THOUGH IN THAT IF WE GET BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL DURING THE LATE SPRING AND EARLY SUMMER IT WOULDN'T TAKE VERY LONG A MATTER OF MAYBE TWO TO THREE MONTHS BEFORE WE START FEELING THE IMPACTS AGAIN OF THE DROUGHT 12:05))))
Gillen says the chances of that happening, though, is not likely.
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He says right now, the outlook shows we should remain above normal precipitation through the next 30 to 60-days
Abortion opponents in Virginia say a U-S Supreme Court decision shows that "the pro-life movement is winning the debate."
The court ruled today that abortion protesters cannot be prosecuted under federal racketeering and extortion laws.
Abortion opponents say it is a victory for their side.
They say the ruling is evidence that abortion rights supporters are too extreme.
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Anti-abortion groups say support for their viewpoint is gaining momentum.
Two powerful Roanoke-area delegates won't return to Richmond next year.
Find out who's lining up to replace them when News 7 returns.
Plus, the state puts the brakes on V-Dot's plan to replace roadside memorials like these.
Long-time Campbell County sheriff Robert Maxey is hanging up his gun and badge after twenty years on the job.
As Steve Smallshaw reports, Maxey's long-time friend and colleague is hoping to replace him.
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(( It was perfectly legal, but still not the thing a friend might do to someone he's known for 27 years.
When Lieutenant Terry Gaddy told Sheriff Robert Maxey he would challenge him for his job this fall, Maxey fired him.
((ROBERT MAXEY/CAMPBELL CO. SHERIFF: AND WITH TWO PEOPLE WITHIN THE SAME DEPARMENT RUNNING FOR THE SAME JOB, PEOPLE IN THE DEPARTMENT ARE TORN BETWEEN THE TWO, THAT CREATES A FRICTION.))
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But a day later, Maxey reconsidered.
He says his heart was never in a bid for a sixth term and given his long-term friendship with Gaddy, retiring seemed the right thing to do.
((MAXEY: SINCE I WAS NOT ONE HUNDRED PERCENT COMMITTED TO RUNNING IN THE FIRST PLACE, I HAD TO ASK MYSELF IS THIS THE RIGHT THING FOR ME TO DO IF I'M NOT COMMITTED TO IT? AND THE ANSWER IS NO, IT'S NOT THE RIGHT THING FOR ME TO DO.))
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So Gaddy is free to seek the Republican nomination this spring.
Party insiders say had Maxey stayed in the race, he was no lock to be renominated.. many activists are still angry over his endorsement of Shelton Miles against Delegate Kathy Byron two years ago.
The sheriff's election is one he intends to steer clear of.
((MAXEY: I HAVE NO INTENTIONS AT THIS TIME OF ENDORSING ANYBODY. I WILL NOT CAMPAIGN AGAINST LT. GADDY, AND I'M NOT CAMPAIGNING AGAINST OR FOR ANYBODY ELSE, AS I SAID, I'LL STAY OUT OF IT.))
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Now Gaddy has his job...
((AND I HAVE THIS BACK...))
And he's already made his first campaign promise..
((LT. TERRY GADDY/CAMPBELL CO. SHERIFF'S CANDIDATE: I WILL NEVER, NEVER TERMINATE A DEPUTY FOR HIS POLITICAL AMBITIONS.))
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Steve Smallshaw, News7, Campbell County. ))
With the expected retirement of Delegates Vic Thomas and Chip Woodrum, voters in the Roanoke Valley will have two open House seats to fill in November.
And the candidates are starting to line up.
Roanoke attorney Onzlee Ware is one of the first. He says he will seek the Democratic nomination in Woodrum's district.
So will Brian Shepard, who has served as legislative aide to both Woodrum and Thomas.
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((ONZLEE WARE: I'M READY TO RUN. I'LL BE OUT ASKING PEOPLE TO VOTE FOR ME AND I'LL DO WHATEVER'S NECESSARY TO SEEK THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION.))
((BRIAN SHEPARD: I THINK PEOPLE GET TO KNOW US AS WE GET OUT THERE. GET OUT THERE AND DO SOME WORK AND KNOCK ON A BUNCH OF DOORS, YOU CAN BUILD NAME RECOGNITION, ONE FRONT PORCH AT A TIME.))
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The field is likely to become more crowded soon. Roanoke City Democrats are scheduled to meet Thursday night to discuss the nomination process in both House districts.
Other Democrats considering bids include David Bowers, Linda Wyatt and Bill White.
Republican William Fralin is considered a likely candidate for Vic Thomas' seat, if Thomas goes through with plans to retire.
Rising oil prices pressured Wall Street and sent stocks sharply lower.
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The DOW fell 102 and a half points.
NASDAQ lost 25.
"Time's Up." That's the way Richard Burrow's lawyer figures it.
He filed a motion in federal court today, asking the judge to dismiss fraud charges against the former D-Day Memorial President.
Government attorneys have said they were counting on having 70 BUSINESS days to decide whether to re-try Burrow.
Burrow's first trial ended December 16th in a hung jury.
By Defense Attorney John Lichtenstein's count, the 70 days were up Monday.
The government has already asked for an extension of time, but there's been no ruling from the court.
A set of rosary beads dangling from her rear view mirror could cost Josephina Bueno- Duarte ten years to life in prison.
The beads would be considered a distraction under state law, and that gave Trooper Gary Meredith probable cause to stop the 49-year old Mexican immigrant. Hidden in her van he found about 15 pounds of cocaine.
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Bueno-Duarte pled guilty today to transporting the drug. She'd told the trooper she met a man in a Chicago car wash who asked her to deliver a package to North Carolina. She was pulled over in Wythe County last July.
Sentencing day today for the man who brought in hundreds, if not thousands, of fake Oakley sunglasses for sale in Southwestern Virginia.
Po Hong Wu was the supplier of counterfeit goods sold at "Happy's Flea Market," and at retailers in Salem, Basset and Chilhowie.
The 50-year old Chinese American from New York will be on probation for the next five years, and he'll have to pay a fine of 10-thousand dollars.
In addition to the sunglasses, Wu and his minions were flooding the market with counterfeit trade mark clothing... some bearing two different brand names on the same article of clothing.
V-DOT's proposed roadside memorial program for victims of traffic accidents is a no-go.
The Commonwealth Transportation Board voted last week to replace private makeshift memorials with black-and-gray markers paid for by the state.
Official markers would have cost about 250 dollars each.
The General Assembly expressed its feeling about the program by not funding it.
Governor Mark Warner says he agrees that things should stay the way they are.
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The program was intended as a safety measure for those putting up memorials along busy roads.
Coming up tonight on News 7 Sports - more postponements on the high school front.
Katrina gets a big award, while Kordell gets his walking papers.
And one college player in New York is getting a lot of attention for playing with her back to more than the basket.
For the second straight night - regional and in some cases state tournament basketball and volleyball has been postponed due to the weather conditions.
All of tonight's regional basketball action from Bluefield to Blacksburg to Lynchburg is on hold.
Technically, the schools have rescheduled the games for tomrorow night, but that occurrance seems highly unlikely.
To give you an idea of the problems schools are facing - Martinsville has to get a school bus to Bluefield, Bland Co. has to somehow get to Radford, Amherst must make it to Alleghany County and Prince Edward in Farmville must travel to Blacksburg.
Don't be surprised if the title games in Regions C, 3, and 4 aren't pushed back until early next week.
While the high school is on hold - the college action in on schedule for this evening. Virginia Tech hosts Pittsburgh tonight in a seven o'clock tip-off at Cassell Coliseum.
The Panthers will be looking for their 20th win of the season.
Tech comes in 10-and-15.
The Virginia Cavaliers step out of conference tonight for a road game at Ohio University. The Cavs have lost four games in a row and are now just 14 and 11 on the season.
And the Roanoke Express is appropriately home on this icy night taking on Trenton.
Faceoff is set for 7 at the Roundhouse.
Stay at home - we'll have highights of all three games for you tonight on News 7 at 11.
This year's Oyster Bowl in Hampton will have a division three flavor to it.
After hosting the likes of Virginia Tech and VMI over the years,
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this year's game will feature Old Dominion Athletic Conference members Bridgewater and Catholic.
The game will serve as the season-finale for the Eagles on November 15th at 1:30 at Darling Stadium.
The game benefits the Shriner's hospital and has been sponsored the Shriners since 1946.
NFL teams are moving and shaking this week in an effort to get below the salary cap before the free agency period opens on Friday. That includes the Pittsburgh Steelers, who this afternoon, cut Kordell Stewart loose.
Stewart's release has been a foregone conclusion for weeks. He led the Steelers to the AFC title game twice, but the club was perplexed by his inconsistency.
Slash is now an unrestricted free agent and could likely end up in Dallas.
And the Detroit Lions have trimmed their roster this week, cutting kick returner Desmond Howard and receiver Germane Crowell.
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Crowell, the former Virginia Cavalier played in just 10 games last season and was plagued by knee injuries. He caught 22 passes for 201 yards and a touchdown. Crowell has spent 6 years in the league. His most productive year was 1999 when he had over 13 hundred yards receiving and 7 TD's.
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Finally, the Redskins have parted ways with running back Stephen Davis. Davis is the Skins 3rd all time leading rusher. He is the only player in franchise history to rush for a thousand yards in three straight seasons. The team also released Sam Shade and Walter Rasby.
Last weekend, the ODAC Men's Basketball Tournament invaded the Salem Civic Center. Tomorrow, it will be the ladies' turn. Roanoke College plays Eastern Mennonite in the nightcap at 8 o'clock.
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Today the Maroons Katrina Williams was named the leauge's player of the year. She becomes the first Maroon to win the award since Amy Athey in 1997. Williams leads Roanoke in scoring at 16 and a half points per game. She's also the team's leader in assists, steals, and three pointers made.
Hollins and top seeded Guilford will get the tournament started tomorrow at 12-30. That one is followed by Lynchburg and Randolph-Macon at 2-30. The night session gets underway at 6 o'clock with Emory & Henry playing Bridgewater. The semifinals are Friday afternoon at 1 and 3. The championship game is Saturday at 2pm. All games are at the Salem Civic Center.
Finally tonight, sports and politics have often made strange bedfellows in the past.
Now, the a possible war with Iraq looming - they are again hand in hand.
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Toni Smith a senior at Manhattanville College in the New York has spent this entire season refusing to face the American flag during the national anthem.
She refuses to comment on her actions other than to say she is upset with what she perceives as inequities embedded in the American system and the possibility of war.
Veterans and others are upset, not with her right to protest, but with the lack of respect she is showing the flag and(------------)
what it represents.