A man who once headed fire and rescue in Franklin County is shot and killed as lawmen try to take him into custody.
Claude Webster's violent death and what led up to it.
Another man is shot and killed on 12th street in Roanoke.
Tonight on News 7 sports - the ACC baseball tournament is headed to Salem in a month.
Roanoke & Lynchburg are battling in the ODAC lacrosse semis this afternoon.
And UVa's Almondo "Muffin" Curry is found innocent of assault and battery charges.
Decreasing clouds tonight with a beautiful sunny day tomorrow. I'll have your forecast.
News 7 is next.
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((RICHARD HUFF/FRANKLIN CO ADMINISTRATOR: AND IT'S JUST A TRAGIC EVENT, AND ONE I WOULDN'T WISH ON ANYONE. ))
((SGT. BOB ROSS/VIRGINIA STATE POLICE: THE WARRANT WAS CHARGING STALKING.))
((CLIFF HAPGOOD/FRANKLIN CO COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: VERY SAD DAY FOR EVERYBODY, JUST A TERRIBLE SHOCK.))
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Two Franklin County lawmen try to arrest former public safety director Claude Webster.
He comes to the door with a gun. Both officers open fire.
Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
And I'm Shannon Young.
State police are investigating the shooting.
It'll be about a week before their findings are turned over to a Special Prosecutor. But here's what we know so far:
Webster had been dating a woman who lived across the street from him. Liz and Claude Webster's divorce became final last October. But the couple remarried. Deborah Lawless broke up with Webster, though at the time she didn't realize the Websters had remarried. And in fact the Websters were NOT living together.
In the criminal complaint she signed last night, Lawless said he'd been stalking her since February 19th.
County lawmen set out to serve the warrant as soon as it was issued.
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((SGT BOB ROSS/VIRGINIA STATE POLICE: WARRANTS FOR STALKING, FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, THOSE TYPES OF THINGS, THEY NEED TO BE SERVED RIGHT AWAY. BECAUSE YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT THAT INDIVIDUAL IS GOING TO GO OR WHAT STATE OF MIND THEY'RE IN. So there would be some urgency in getting it served? ABSOLUTELY. Was this an arrest warrant? YEAH, HE WOULD HAVE BEEN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY.))
[SUPER=01-Sgt. Bob Ross/State Police]
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Sheriff's deputy Todd Maxey and County Animal Control Supervisor Marvin Woodson are on leave WITH pay, while state police examine what happened.
Sergeant Ross says it's common practice for two officers to serve an arrest warrant.
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((YOU WANT TO HAVE TWO PEOPLE THERE IF POSSIBLE. JUST IN CASE SOMETHING HAPPENS. LIKE THIS? (NOD)))
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Deborah Lawless says Webster refused to leave her alone after she broke up with him, and had threatened "consequences she would never imagine."
He left a package at her home on Easter Sunday. She returned it. And yesterday, when he drove his S-U-V into her garage door, Lawless said that's when she knew she had had enough.
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Joe Dashiell spoke with Lawless this afternoon, and is here tonight with more from her perspective.
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Keith, Lawless says she didn't want webster arrested... but felt she had no choice but to swear out a warrant... when the threatening calls and e-mails wouldn't stop.
She says Webster was affected by the news coverage of two previous incidents, in which he was charged with brandishing a firearm and driving under the influence.
Lawless said, "He needed help and I think he was crying out for help. and I couldn't help him."
Today, friends and former colleagues reacted with shock and sadness.
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(( IT'S CERTAINLY A SAD DAY FOR THE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNITY, FOR THE LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY. CLAUDE IS GOING TO BE MISSED.))
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Claude Webster was a familiar presence whenever firefighters were called to battle a major blaze, or other incidents threatened public safety in Franklin County.
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He served as the county's public safety director for almost ten years. Despite well-publicized problems in recent years, he was well-liked and well- respected.
[IN Q=Claude was good]
((CLAUDE WAS GOOD AT WHAT HE DID. HE GAVE IT HIS ALL. HE GAVE IT 110 PERCENT ALL THE TIME AND HE'S BEEN MISSED EVEN SINCE HE LEFT HIS EMPLOYMENT WITH COUNTY GOVERNMENT. AND IT CONTINUES TO BE A DIFFICULT SITUATION.))
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At the Franklin County courthouse and on the streets of rocky mount, friends and former colleagues said the news of Webster's death was a terrible shock, the circumstances bizarre and disturbing.
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((EVERYBODY KNEW CLAUDE. I THINK THEY RESPECTED THE JOB THAT HE DID. I THINK THAT WE REALIZED THAT CLAUDE RECENTLY HAD HAD SOME PROBLEMS, BUT IT WASN'T IN ANYBODY'S MIND THAT THIS WOULD BE THE RESULT.))
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Friends and former colleagues say they had tried to reach out to Webster, and those who had spoken with him recently felt he was getting his personal life in order.
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Today, they're at a loss to explain what happened.
Roanoke police are investigating a fatal shooting reported less than 90 minutes ago.
Police say they were called at 4-45 this afternoon to 12th Street and Norfolk Avenue on the city's southwest side. A man was found dead in a truck, the apparent victim of a gunshot wound.
Police are canvassing the neighborhood. No further details are available at this time.
A police chase in Montgomery County ended in a crash today.
Officers say the chase started around three o-clock and ended almost a half hour later when the suspect's car hit a pickup in front of the Huckleberry Inn in Christiansburg.
No other information is available at this time.
A woman involved in a fatal accident in southwest Roanoke County last winter nwo faces a wrongful death suit.
Elizabeth Broughton (BRAW-tun) is being sued by the husband of the victim for 3-point-3 million dollars.
The motion for judgment filed today blames Broughton for the collision at Pleasant Hill Drive and Brambleton Avenue that killed 54-year-old Jo An Burton.
Broughton ran through a red light and hit Burton's car broadside last January.
Broughton was convicted of reckless driving and fined 250 dollars.
A Lynchburg man is headed to prison for twenty years for his role in the beating death of another man last spring.
24-year-old Shamaine Lamont Horsley is one of five men charged with the beating death of 28-year-old Ronald L. Brooks Junior June 11th.
Brooks was attacked in the 100 block of Jackson Street after he reportedly had gone there to buy crack cocaine.
Prosecutors called the attack a "savage, evil" beating that had no provocation.
Horsley's attorneys say it was difficult for the jury to separate what each of the attackers did and decide who was more responsible for Brooks' death.
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((JOSEPH SANZONE/DEFENSE ATTORNEY: IT'S A DIFFICULT CONCEPT BECAUSE WHERE DOES IT END?... ...BE REVISITED AND CLARIFIED.))
((MICHAEL BROOKS/VICTIM'S SON: IT'S REAL TOUGH BECAUSE I DON'T HAVE DADDY NO MORE.. GO ON WITHOUT HIM.))
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[SUPER=01-Michael Brooks/Victim's Son; :19]
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Sanzone says Horsley will appeal his conviction and sentence.
One other defendant has already pleaded guilty and is testifying against the others in exchange for a reduced charge.
The other three men will be tried separately later this year.
As if V-DOT didn't have enough on its plate, now it's trying to find more licensed engineers.
Find out why that could be an expensive prospect next on News 7 at Six.
And cattle-farming is usually though of as a traditional occupation.
But Virginia Tech's about to move it into the internet age.
A shortage of licensed engineers at V-DOT is raising questions about the agency's credentials.
Most of the engineers required to have a professional license, don't have one.
V-DOT says it needs professional engineers in 277 jobs...but that 170 of those are held by unlicensed workers.
State officials say they are working to change the numbers.
The agency has until 2010 to meet the requirement imposed by the General Assembly.
But V-DOT officials say hiring licensed engineers may be expensive.
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((MALCOLM KERLEY/VDOT CHIEF ENGINEER FOR PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT: I WOULD IMAGINE IT WOULD COST US MORE MONEY IN THE FUTURE BUT HOPEFULLY WE'LL HAVE IMPROVED THE QUALITY OF PLANS WE PRODUCE WHICH WOULD IMPACT OUR COSTS ONCE WE GET OUT TO CONSTRUCTION. ))
[SUPER=01-Mal Kerley/VDOT Chief Engineer for Program Develop.]
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V-DOT has sent letters to 252 of its employees telling them they must get their license or lose their job.
Officials in Bedford County want to be able to guarantee that comments offered during public hearings are, in fact, from the public.
At issue is a road project slated for the White House area of Routes 608 and 626 Near Smith Mountain Lake.
The Board of Supervisors added the VDOT project to its 6-year plan in 1998 and reaffirmed it in a vote last December.
Administrator Bill Rolfe says that vote was made in part because of dozens of written comments in support of the project, comments eventually found to be falsified.
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[IN Q=When the Board of Supervisors is trying to make decisions...]
((BILL ROLFE/BEDFORD COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR: WHEN THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS IS TRYING TO MAKE DECISIONS THEY TRY TO MAKE IT BASED ON THE BEST INFORMATION, FACTS AVAILABLE TO THEM AND THIS CASE, THAT MAY BE FLAWED.))
((LAURA BULLOCK/VDOT SPOKESPERSON: WHERE THE COMMENT CAME FROM IS REALLY NOT AS IMPORTANT AS THE FACT THAT A PIECE OF ADVICE OR A SUGGESTION HAS BEEN GIVEN THAT WILL MAKE A ROAD PROJECT MORE SUITABLE TO THE COMMUNITY.))
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[SUPER=01-Laura Bullock/VDOT Spokesperson; :13]
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Administrators hope Virginia State Police will investigate the incident.
Today, Rolfe met with the Bedford County Commonwealth's Attorney who did not return our call for comment.
Roanoke police need help finding a missing woman.
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35 year old Clarissa E. Noland was last seen yesterday morning by her husband.
She was wearing a white shirt and blue jeans and could be driving a 1992 teal green Honda.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call Crimeline at 344-8500.
Better-than-expected earnings reports brought the bulls back to Wall Street.
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The DOW jumped 156 points.
NASDAQ rose 27.
You could call it a bovine-version of E-bay.
The Virginia Tech Dairy Club is taking the cattle industry to a whole new level. [ANCHOR=Keith]
Members are hosting an on-line cattle auction this week.
New River Valley Bureau Chief Myranda Stephens shows us.
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[SUPER=01-Rena Johnson/Virginia Tech Dairy Club; :51]
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the cattle business is going high-tech.
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((BASICALLY WE'RE GOING TO SELL 60-CATTLE AND WE'RE GOING TO HAVE THE AUCTION HELD ON-LINE 5141))
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Starting Wednesday, the Virginia Tech Dairy Club will host its first online-cattle auction, one of the largest of its kind.
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Through an online CATALOG, no pun intended...buyers can place bids on cattle from all over the country, from mature cows to ones not even born.
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The auction is completely run by the students, who will by the way, get a piece of the sales.
But, aside from getting a herd of money, the students say there are other benefits.
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The auction will end Friday, but the students say that's when the real task will begin.
As they work with the buyers to make sure their cows, literally come home.
Myranda Stephens, News 7, Blacksburg.))
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The auction will begin tomorrow morning at eight.
There's still time to register.
You can find a link to the auction website on our homepage at wdbj7.com
Coming up tonight on News 7 Sports - ODAC lacrosse highlights from Salem.
A victory in court for UVa captain Almondo Curry.
And the ACC and the City of Salem are joining forces for the upcoming conference baseball tournament - today the hype officially began at Taliferro Complex.
The ACC baseball tournament is coming to Salem for the first time in the event's history May 20th through the 25th.
In order to welcome the conference to the area, the city hosted a luncheon with ACC assistant commissioner Dee Todd. The tournament will be held at Salem Memorial Stadium, the home of the Salem Avalanche.
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[SUPER=01-Delores "Dee" Todd/Assistant ACC Commissioner; :00]
[SUPER=01-Stan Macko/Salem Avalanche General Manager; :26]
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UVa's baseball program should add to the excitement. The host school is 23 and 15 on the season and has beaten three ranked teams. The Cavaliers are also appreciative of Salem for hosting the event in the commonwealth.
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[SUPER=01-Carey Harveycutter/Salem Civic Center Manager; :23]
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You can but a reserved ticket book for the entire tournament for $65 dollars, or individual game tickets for as little as $3.50.
Tickets are available at the Salem Civic Center box office at Taliferro Sports Complex.
The ODAC men's lacrosse tournament faced off today in Salem as Roanoke played host to Lynchburg.
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Bill Pilat and his Maroons entered the game with an 11 and 4 record.
The Hornets led much of the first half and when Kip Campbell finds the back of the net on this shot it was 8-5 Hornets with a few minutes left to play in the first half.
But the third quarter would be all Roanoke. Dan Reed closes Lynchburgs' 9-6 first half lead to two goals on this tally 45 seconds into the third.
Lynchburg's Charlie Enman then shoots point blank for the goal. 10-7.
Roanoke's Andy Bonasera finds Kris Davis in front of the goal and he finishes with the goal.
Bonasera then ties it at 10. But the Horneys advance to the ODAC championship Saturday with the 13-to-10 win.
Three ODAC coaches, two in softball and one in basketball have resigned this week.
Basketball coach Mike Dunavant the head coach of the Eastern Mennonite women's team is stepping down in controversial fashion after two seasons.
He is being accused of inappropriate behavior with one of his players. Something he denies.
Another ODAC fixture may be on the move.
Tony Shaver, the head coach at Hampden-Sydney College for the past 17 seasons, is considered to be one of the top candiates for the vacant head coaching position at William & Mary.
Shaver admits he is interested in the job.
One of UVa's football captains for the upcoming season has been cleared by the courts.
UVa cornerback Almondo "Muffin" Curry has been found innocent on a misdemeanor assault and battery charge.
Curry was charged January 19th after an incident involving another U-V-A student. Cavaliers' guard Elton Brown also was charged with misdemeanor assault, but the case against him was dismissed April first.
Virginia's coach staff believed all along that both Curry and
Brown would be cleared, and both participated in spring practice
The Virginia Tech golf team won the Big East championship for the third straight year today with the help of a wicked comeback.
The Hokies entered the final round trailing Notre Dame by four shots on the Fighting Irish's home course. Tech trailed by 9 shots with just three holes to play - but Tech completed the comeback as Notre Dame played the final hole at 5 over par.
Tech's Brendon De Jonge (De Young) won medalist honors.
As we reported earlier in this newscast, Roanoke police are investigating an apparent shooting death.
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Rachel Cannon is at 12th Street and Norfolk Avenue Southwest with the latest information.
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