He was the longtime Public Safety Director for Franklin County.
Last night, Claude Webster was shot and killed as officers attempted to serve him with a warrant.
And an un- identified white powder is discovered at a postal facility in Washington state.
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
A former official with Franklin County is killed after a confrontation with police.
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Franklin County's former Public Safety Director Claude Webster was shot and killed as a deputy and a county public safety officer tried to serve him with a warrant.
The incident happened around 9:45
last night at the home of Webster's mother off Route 220 near Boones Mill.
Deputy Todd Maxey and Animal Control Officer Marvin Woods were trying to serve Webster with a warrant for stalking a woman.
Sheriff Quint Overton says Webster pulled a gun and both officers fired at Webster.
He was hit in the chest and died at the scene.
Investigators don't know if bullets from both officers' guns struck Webster.
The State Police department will take over the investigation.
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Webster was well known in Franklin County.
He served as county Public Safety Director for nine years, but resigned after being arrested for drunk driving in August.
In February of last year, Webster was convicted of threatening a customer of a Wendy's drive- through with a handgun.
At that time, he was ordered to pay a 200 dollar fine and turn in his weapon.
It may have been a false alarm.
Officials in Tacoma, Washington say four of the tests conducted on a suspicious powder at a mail handling facility have come back
negative -- while the results of a fifth test aren't in yet.
The initial tests conducted by firefighters at the scene indicated the powder might contain a toxin -- either the plague or
the toxin that causes botulism.
A postal inspector says the facility will be closed until the final results come in -- possibly within the next couple of hours.
He's expecting the building to reopen at mid-day.
They say an apple a day can keep the doctor away, but a papaya could help ward off the deadly SARS virus.
That's according to a scientist who pioneered AIDS research.
He says a treatment using papaya extract may be effective in stemming the spread of SARS.
The extract is said to contain anti-oxidants and stimulators for the immune system.
Meanwhile, schoolchildren in Singapore are helping themselves avoid catching SARS.
The ministry of education says it's going to distribute as many as a half - million thermometers to students there.
That way, they'll be able to check themselves for fever twice a day.
A prosecutor says there's ``plenty'' of evidence that Scott Peterson killed his wife, Laci and his unborn child.
At his arraignment yesterday, Peterson pleaded not guilty to the murders.
Peterson's claims of innocence have been consistent since his wife's disappearance Christmas Eve.
In an exclusive interview last January, Scott Peterson spoke with reporter Gloria Gomez.
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ARE YOU IN ANY WAY CONNECTED TO LACI'S DISAPPEARANCE?
I had nothing to do with Laci's disappearance. If people out there question that, if they would look at their hearts and make the effort to bring her home to her family, I don't care what you think of me.
SOURCES OF MINE HAVE MENTIONED THAT WHEN YOU CAME HOME ON THE 24TH, YOU DID SOME LAUNDRY. YOU WASHED YOUR CLOTHES, DO YOU UNDERSTAND WHY THAT MAY LOOK A LITTLE SUSPCSIOUS TO THE AVERAGE PERSON?
WHY WOULD HE COME HOME AND DO HIS LAUNDRY?
Well, the average person who goes fishing gets some salt water on him and comes home wet.
TRACK: WHEN IT COMES TO TRACES OF BLOOD POSSIBLY FOUND IN HIS PICK UP, SCOTT SAYS THAT IS NOT A BIG SURPRISE TO HIM.
Take a look at my hands, you can see cuts here on my knuckles. I work on farm and I work on machinery. I know I cut my knuckle on that day.
ON WHAT DAY?
On Christmas eve.
Reaching in the tool box of my truck and then in the pocket of the door.
I cut my knuckle and there is a bloodstain on the door.
TRACK: AT ONE POINT SCOTT TEARED UP WHEN HE TALKED ABOUT LACI AND THE AGONY OF THE PAST MONTH.
DO YOU THINK THAT SHE IS STILL ALIVE?
YOU ARE SURE OF THAT?
Yes. Laci is still alive, she is out there and someone is holding her.
And these are critical days we have left until the due date of February 16 and we need all of your help.
YOU HAVEN'T SAID ANYTHING ABOUT YOUR BABY.
It's entirely too difficult to speak about.
Gloria Gomez, for CBS News, Modesto, California
Roanoke City Manager Darlene Burcham says a 204- million dollar budget proposed yesterday will minimize the impact of state funding cuts.
Still the budget would trim services and raise some taxes and fees.
While local revenues are on the rise, the city will receive less state money.
Burcham has proposed increases for a number of city charges, including the E-911 tax, a short-term rental tax on videos and equipment, and sewage treatment fees.
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Proposed increases did bring some complaints, and city residents will have an opportunity to offer their opinions at a public hearing May first.
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A familar face is returning to Roanoke City Council.
Members have selected Bev Fitzpatrick to succeed Bill Carder who is stepping down to take a job in South Boston.
Fitzpatrick served on city council from 1988 to 1993 including two stints as vice mayor.
Roanoke Mayor Ralph Smith says council members were lobbied hard, and considered many qualified candidates.
In the end however, Fitzpatrick was their unanimous choice.
Fitzpatrick says his top priority is to continue to move the area forward and he believes it takes regional cooperation to achieve that.
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Fitzpatrick is expected to take his seat on May 19th.
He'll serve on city council until July of 2004.
He says he has no definite future plans beyond that but will keep the option open for running for the seat again.
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Coming up next on the newscast, dozens of people are killed in two boat accidents.
Also a troubled automaker says it is doing away with some well known car lines. We'll tell you which ones are driving off into the sunset.
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The death toll is rising in Bangladesh after two boats capsized during tropical storms.
Authorities have found more than 100 bodies in the river, where the larger of the two boats sank.
At least 200 people still are missing from the double- decker ship.
Meanwhile, a capsized ferry was carrying a wedding party.
60- people, including the bride, are missing from THAT accident.
Officials are having trouble getting an exact number of possible victims because ferry boats in the area don't usually keep a list of passengers.
Freedom of speech and worship is now a reality in Iraq.
But as Aleen Sirgany reports, the country is far from stable.
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REVELING IN THEIR NEW-FOUND FREEDOM, HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF SHIITE
MUSLIMS PARADED THROUGH THE STREETS OF KERBALA. AS THEY JOINED IN A
LONG BANNED PILGRIMAGE, PROHIBITED UNDER SADDAM HUSSEINS REGIME, OTHER
SHIITES IN BAGHDAD CELEBRATED WHAT THEY SAID WAS THE RELEASE OF THEIR
LEADER FROM U.S DETENTION.
BUT EVEN AS SOME IRAQIS REJOICED.OTHERS GRIEVED. JUST OUTSIDE BAGHDAD,
IRAQI FAMILIES MADE THE GRUESOME DISCOVERY OF THEIR LOVED ONES IN MASS
GRAVES. IT IS BELIEVED THE VICTIMS WERE KIDNAPPED AND KILLED BY
SADDAMS REGIME JUST WEEKS AGOEVEN AS U.S TROOPS ROLLED INTO IRAQ.
IN ANOTHER DISCOVERY. U.S FORCES HAVE COME ACROSS 6-HUNDRED MILLION
DOLLARS STASHED AWAY BEHIND A FAKE WALL IN AN IRAQI PALACE. THE
QUESTION IS, IS THE MONEY FAKE AS WELL.
(SOT) Brig.Gen. Vincent Brooks/Central Command 9:38:28 These are 100...
IRAQI CITIZENS CONTINUE TO TIP OFF U.S FORCES, LEADING THEM TO
CONVENTIONAL WEAPONS...AND EVEN SUICIDE VESTS.
BUT SO FAR THERE IS LITTLE EVIDENCE OF WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION.
CHIEF WEAPONS INSPECTOR HANS BLIX WANTS HIS TEAMS TO GO BACK INTO
BAGHDAD TO CONTINUE THEIR SEARCH......BUT THE WHITE HOUSE DOESN'T LIKE
AND WITH THE WAR WINDING DOWN, PRESIDENT BUSH DID NOT CONVENE A MEETING
OF HIS NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL THIS MORNING. HE'S HAD THE MEETINGS
ALMOST EVERY DAY SINCE EVEN BEFORE THE WAR BEGAN. ALEEN SIRGANY,
It soared high for a while, but FORD is grounding the Thunderbird again.
The automaker says production of the retro-styled T-bird convertible will end after the 2005 or 2006 model year.
It got off to a fast start when it was reintroduced into the market in 2001 after a three-year absence.
It was so popular dealers were getting ten-thousand dollar premiums on top of the car's 30-thousand sticker price.
But the T-Bird isn't flying out of showrooms today.
Ford says it has sold only about four- thousand this year.
But Ford is not the only company having trouble selling cars.
Anthony Mason has more.
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((HE'D HEARD ABOUT ZERO PERCENT FINANCING, OF COURSE:
DOMHOFF: "The financing appears to be as good as its ever gonna get."
NARR: BUT LAST WEEK, GM SWEETENED ITS INCENTIVES...LETTIING CUSTOMERS
LIKE VIC TAKE MOST GM MODELS HOME FOR 24 HOURS OR 100 MILES:
nast sot/salesman: "You basically have a rent a car for a day."
DOMHOFF: "I've never really heard about a nationwide campaign to do
NARR: BUT WITH AUTO SALES SLUMPING IN THIS YEAR, DOWN NEARLY FOUR AND
A HALF PERCENT, DETROIT IS DOING EVERYTHING IT CAN TO GET YOUR
nat sot: "Glad to have you in Ford Country today..."
NARR: AT THE NEW YORK AUTO SHOW, FORD ANNOUNCED IT WILL BE PHASING OUT
THE TAURUS, (graphic) BACK IN 1996 IT WAS THE COUNTRY'S NUMBER ONE
SELLING CAR. BUT THE JAPANESE SPED PAST THE TAURUS, WHOSE SALES HAVE
FALLEN BEHIND TOYOTA CAMRY AND HONDA ACCORD:
JEAN JENNINGS / editor, Automobile Magazine: "Honda Accord just knocked
'em right in the ditch."
ON CAMERA: "WHY DID THE ONCE MIGHTY TAURUS RUN OUT OF GAS? SOME SAY THE
DESIGN BECAME 'DULL.' AND IN THIS HIGHLY COMPETITIVE AUTO BUSINESS, YOU
CAN'T AFFORD TO BE BORING."
NARR: IT'S REPLACEMENT....
Steve Lyons/Ford V.P.: "...the new Ford Futura, which goes on sale in
2005. Watch this!"
nat sot: music
NARR: FORD IS ALREADY PROMOTING THE FUTURA'S CUTTING EDGE DESIGN. AND
DESIGN MAY BE MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER, SAYS AUTOMOBILE MAGAZINE'S JEAN
JENNINGS (walking): "If cars last forever, you don't need a new car.
What you have to do is make people want a car they don't need."
FLOOR SHOW LADY: "It's designed and built to exceed your
NARR: FORD, GM AND CHRYSLER CAN ONLY EXPECT MORE FOREIGN COMPETTITION:
KEITH CRAIN /publisher, Automotive News: "Detroit's gonna have to get
smarter. They're gonna certainly have to get leaner." "And they're gonna
have to have cars that you and I wanna buy."
NARR: SO DETROIT IS TRYING TO RACE YOUR MOTOR..
GUY IN CAR (at auto show): "It's a nice car."
NARR: TO KEEP FROM SPINNING IT'S WHEELS. ANTHONY MASON CBS NEWS, NEW
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Coming up next, a famous Hollywood couple welcomes a new member to the family.
Plus two astronauts are about to make the first flight to the space station since February's shuttle disaster.
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They'll be the first astronauts to head into space since the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.
Edward Lu and Yuri Malachenko have made a final inspection of their rocket before launch, which is scheduled for Saturday.
For cost and logistical reasons, they'll be the first two- man crew to operate the International Space Station.
The pair will replace the three man Russian-American crew, which has been stranded in orbit for several additional weeks because of the grounding of NASA's shuttle program.
It's a girl for Hollywood power couple Catherine Zeta- Jones and Michael Douglas.
The 33- year- old Oscar winner gave birth Sunday morning to daughter Carys (KEHR-ihs) Zeta Douglas.
The newborn weighed six pounds, 12 ounces.
Both mother and baby are said to be doing "fantastic."
Carys has an older brother, two and a half- year old Dylan Michael.
She also has a half- brother, Cameron, who's 24.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 34 points. The NASDAQ has gained 10 points.
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Coming up in sports,
the long wait is just about over for some Virginia Tech Hokies as they eagerly anticipate this weekend's N-F-L draft.
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The Boston Red Sox hosted the Toronto Blue Jays yesterday.
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The Jays would spoil Boston's annual Patriots Day.
Toronto led five nothing in the top of the third, when Chris Woodward cranks out a two- run hit to left center field.
It was his first of the year, and it gave his Jays a seven- nothing cushion.
The Jays won the game with a final score of 11-6.
In Minnesota, the Yankees pounded the Twins 15-to-1.
Alfonso Soriano hit a grand slam.
New York has beaten the Twins 13 straight times over the past two seasons.
The stop watches have been put away, the weigh in s are over and the stats have all been compiled. The NFL draft is just days away. Travis Wells checks in on a few Hokies and their draft status.
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((NFL combine now in the books, the waiting game begins for draft hopefuls. If nothing else, the pre draft process has been a huge learning experience over the past 6 to 8 weeks.
Former Tech receiver Shawn Witten hasn't had to go through the process on his own. He's had his younger brother to share plenty of ideas with. Jason Witten is expected to be the first tight end selected after spending just three seasons at Tennessee.
The seven round draft gets underway Saturday afternoon. Travis Wells, News 7 Sports.))
The Virginia Tech baseball game at UVa was cancelled yesterday due to weather,
the only thing that seems to be able to stop the Hokies these days.
Tech is 26 and 11.
And while the bats are sounding again, it is this young pitching staff that continues to impress.
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