A teenage girl is the sole survivor of a shooting that robbed her of her mother and siblings.
We'll have more on the attack, the suspect and his long list of run-ins with the law.
Tonight on News 7 sports - the Avalanche opens the season tonight at 7.
Missouri may have cheated in recruiting Jason Conley.
and J.J. Redick is among a group of Duke students being investigated for alleged marijuana use.
The weekend brings a wide variety of weather. We will check out the changes coming up.
News 7 at Six is next.
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A family, their friends and a Roanoke neighborhood are in shock from an early morning shooting that left four people dead.
There is already a suspect in custody.
Good evening, I'm Shannon Young.
And I'm Keith Humphry.
A mother and three of her children were shot and killed in their Northwest Roanoke home last night.
Another member of the family is in the hospital tonight and a suspect is in custody.
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Joe Dashiell is outside the home on Madison Avenue with more on the investigation and reaction.
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Joe, 30-year-old Clinton Andrew Brathwaite was arrested by police at the scene this morning.
This is not his first run in with the law. He was released from federal prison less than a year ago and has long history in the court system.
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He's been charged with a number of misdemeanors in Roanoke General District Court including assault and battery, reckless driving and trespassing.
But it was a cocaine distribution charge that sent Brathwaite to federal prison for eight years.
A U-S Attorney says he was convicted by a jury in 19-94 and served about 85-percent of his sentence.
Brathwaite was let out last July and put under supervised release.
As far as his relationship with Angela Arrington and her children, a neighbor who didn't want to give her full name, says Brathwaite hadn't known them long and is new to the neighborhood.
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((I MEAN I DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT HIM I JUST KNOW HE'S BEEN AROUND A COUPLE MONTHS AND HE'S BASICALLY JUST IN AND OUT. ))
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Court papers list his last known address on Chapman Avenue.
Few neighbors in the area remember him or what he was like and friends of Angela Arrington say they have no idea what could have caused this kind of violent attack.
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At this point, charges against him for today's shooting include murder, illegal use of a firearm, and illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
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Keith and Shannon, Roanoke police say further charges are still pending.
A tractor trailer load of untaxed cigarettes was stopped on Interstate- 81 yesterday near the Troutville exit.
Two men inside were apprehended by agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
The truck and its 30 cases of Marlboro cigarettes were impounded.
The cigarettes had been hidden behind a shipment of lemons.
The men were unable to produce documents that would allow them to transport untaxed cigarettes.
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((YOU HAVE TO BE EITHER LICENSED OR HAVE APPROPRIATE TRANSPORTATION DOCUMENTS TO TRANSPORT THEM OR YOU'D ACTUALLY HAVE TO HAVE THE TAX STAMPS ON THEM. YOU'RE CORRECT. Keith Humphry/News 7: And the government alleges they didn't have the paperwork? THAT'S CORRECT.))
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A-T-F also says they were carrying counterfeit tax stamps from New York.
The exact nationality and immigration status of the suspects is unclear. They may be Armenian.
Grigor Marsikyan (mar-SICK-ian) speaks some English. Petrosyan Hrachik (peh-TROH-sian RAH-chick) says he speaks none. They were aided in court by a Russian interpreter.
Four men involved in an interstate drug smuggling ring are headed to federal prison.
42-year-old Wayne H. Wood Junior of Lynchburg was one of six people arrested last summer after a lengthy undercover investigation.
Authorities say Wood and the others were transporting large amounts of drugs into central Virginia on a monthly basis.
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((Reporter: Is there a way to characterize them? Major dealers? Minor dealers? Mid-level? DON WOLTHUIS/ASST. U.S. ATTORNEY: IT REPRESENTED A SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNT OF DRUGS BEING BROUGHT INTO THE LYNCHBURG AREA.))
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Wood was given a two-year prison term today.
46-year-old Michael Edward Cheek will spend 44 months in jail.
The father and son who provided the source for the drugs in Arizona also were in court.
51-year-old Fernando Valenzuela pled guilty to a federal drug conspiracy charge.
His 32-year-old son Ariel was sentenced to time served.
Two other defendants will be sentenced later this spring.
The past winter's been tough on some former presidents.
See how their busts are being repaired in a local park when News 7 returns.
Plus an inside look at a secret cold-war bunker, built right under the noses of college students in Lynchburg
The cause of a fatal Botetourt County house fire may never be known.
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The County Sheriff's Department says a nine-week investigation into the log-cabin fire that killed 36-year old Mycol Street and his two young children found no foul play but also failed to determine a precise cause.
The Sheriff's Office says there was no trace of accelerants and that several possible electrical short-circuits were found.
An electric heater and furnace could also have sparked the flames.
At the time of the fire the outside temperature was fifteen degrees.
A Collinsville woman is charged with a felony for shaking her infant son.
The Henry County Sheriff's Office says the baby was admitted to the hospital for his injuries.
21-year old Andrea Nicoles Oakes is charged with Aggravated Malicious Wounding.
She's being held in the Henry County jail with no bond.
One of the three defendants accused in a double homicide in Pittsylvania County has pled guilty.
Rodney Fuller of Danville has entered into a plea agreement that will spare his life.
In return, he has apparently agreed to testify against Teresa Lewis and Matthew Shallenberger.
All three were charged with the October murders of Julian Lewis Jr. and his 25 year old son Charles at their Keeling home.
Lewis' wife Teresa allegedly hired Fuller and Shallenberger to kill her husband so she could collect insurance money.
Lewis and Shallenberger will go to trial this summer.
A man who robbed a Lynchburg convenience store at gunpoint last night is still at large.
The suspect walked into the Quik-E store on Fort Avenue around 11:30, showed a gun and demanded money.
He then ordered the two employees onto the floor before running from the scene.
He's described as a black man about 50 years old, six feet tall with a medium build.
He was wearing a wig and had gray facial hair.
No arrest has been made.
A mixed end to the week on Wall Street.
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The DOW gained 37 points.
NASDAQ dropped 13.
Heads are cracking in Buena Vista after a long wet winter.
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The giant bust of William Henry Harrison looks like he has taken one on the chin, but the portrayals of Abraham Lincoln and Zachary Taylor have fared better this winter than they did in office.
Now maintenance workers will have to get cracking on repairing the plaster in spots.
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((RONNIE COFFEY/DIRECTOR OF PARKS AND RECREATION; WE DO HAVE TO KEEP UP SOME MAINTENANCE, AND WE HAVE PERMISSION FROM THE OWNER TO DO THAT. IT'S NOT A LOT, BUT AS YOU CAN SEE THEY STILL LOOK PRETTY GOOD AFTER 3 YEARS. WITH VIRGINIA WEATHER IT'S HOT COLD, SNOW, WET. THEY LOOK GOOD, ESPECIALLY MR. LINCOLN THERE IN THE MIDDLE, HE ALWAYS LOOKS GOOD.))
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The heads were originally supposed to stay at Glen Maury Park for three months, but that was three YEARS ago, and there's no word on how much longer the heads will reside in Buena Vista.
Repairs will be made before Park's Easter celebration the weekend of April 19th.
Coming up tonight on News 7 sports - former VMI star Jason Conley and J.J. Redick are making news for the wrong reasons tonight.
and the Salem Avalanche gets set to fire up a brand season of Carolina league baseball tonight at Salem Memorial.
The VMI men's basketball team lost it's all-american this past season when Jason Conley announced he was transfering to Missouri.
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Now there are reports that Missouri coach Quin Snyder and his staff may have broken NCAA rules while recruiting him.
The St. Louis Post Dispatch obtained phone records that indicate the Missouri staff called Conley's mother at least six times before he told VMI he wanted to be relased from his scholarship.
That's called tampering with another's school's players.
VMI athletic Director Donny White says if the calls were made - Missouri should be held accountable.
Snyder contends his staff did nothing wrong.
J.J. Redick is making headlines in Durham for the wrong reasons today.
According to the Duke newspaper, the Daily Chronicle, and WRAL-TV in Raleigh, Redick is among five students facing an investigation into alleged marijuana use.
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The police report was filed Monday morning and it says that Redick, two Duke soccer players and two other students were found in a Blackwell dormitory room where police say there was a very strong smell of marijuana.
The police searched the room and did not find any drugs, but did find a homemade bong.
Neither Redick nor any of the other students were charged at the time, instead police referred them to the office of the Dean of Students.
The Duke athletic department says it will not comment until the judicial process is completed.
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The Final Four teams all worked out in Superdome this afternoon.
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The national semi-final fun gets started here on Your Hometown Station tomorrow at four with a two hour pregame show, and then at six Kansas takes on Marquette.
The second final four game has Texas and Syracuse.
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And if you are able to tune in tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 - you will see Tech's Rayna Dubose receive her United States basketball writer's association "Most Courageous Award."
From 3:30 to 4pm CBS will air its College basketball "Plays and Players of the Year award."
The Salem Avalanche is just over a half hour away from the first pitch in its season opener.
Travis Wells checks in now to give us a preview of this year's club.
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[SUPER=01-Stan Boroski/Avalanche Pitching Coach; :59]
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((The Houston Astros have quite a history of developing prospects for the big leagues. Billy Wagner, Phil Nevin and Lance Berkman have all experienced success in the show, and the next big thing could be playing at Salem Memorial Stadium this summer. Avalanche Manager John Masserelli says that this year's club will certainly be exciting to watch.
Masserelli may not be a baseball purist, but his team's real strengths appear to be pitching and defense.
Barrett and his teammates host the Potomac Cannons in a three game weekend set. The Cannons have 5 of the Reds top 30 prospects on the roster. In Salem, Travis Wells, News 7 Sports.))
The Roanoke Express is back in Greensboro tonight looking to even up the team's best of five playoff series with the Generals.
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Roanoke's needs to put last night debacle in the back of its mind as soon as it hits the ice. The Express gave up five second period goals last night and lost game one 7-to-2.
Game three is tomorrow night back here in Roanoke.