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Roanoke Police are not sure what led up to a man's death.
They're hoping the public can provide some information.
A man was found dead of a gun shot wound in this green pick-up truck at Norfolk Avenue and 12th Street Southwest yesterday evening.
The victim's identity is not being released until family notification.
At the scene, in order to preserve evidence from rain showers, police covered the area with a tarp, processed the actual crime scene and then transported the vehicle with the body still in it.
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[IN Q=we'll move]
((SHELLY ALLEY/ROANOKE POLICE SPOKESPERSON; WE'LL MOVE THE TRUCK TO A LOCATION A COVERED LOCATION SECURE LOCATION IN ORDER TO CONTINUE TO PROCESS THE EVIDENCE INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF THE TRUCK))
[SUPER=01-Shelly Alley/Roanoke City Police Spokesperson;]
[OUT Q=OUTSIDE OF THE TRUCK.]
This case marks the 12th murder in the City of Roanoke this year. Anyone with information should call Roanoke police.
State police are investigating the shooting of a former public safety director in Franklin County.
We already know this much about Claude Webster's death:
[SUPER=03-Boones Mill/Monday Night]
His ex-girlfriend had sworn out a warrant against him for stalking.
When officers arrived at Webster's mother's home, he wouldn't come to the door.
The County dispatcher called and told him the officers were there to arrest him.
He went to the door with a gun in his hand, and the two officers shot him.
Deputy Todd Maxey and Animal Control Supervisor Marvin Woodson were placed on leave WITH pay.
Deborah Lawless had broken off her relationship with Webster in February, but says he continued to threaten her with phone calls and e-mail.
Lawless says he told her he would die before he let her go.
Lawless says she didn't want Webster to be arrested, but decided to swear out the warrant after he drove his car into her garage door on Monday.
Speaking with News 7 yesterday afternoon, Lawless said "He needed help and I think he was crying for help, and I couldn't help him."
At the Franklin County Courthouse and on the streets of Rocky Mount, friends and former colleagues reacted to news of the shooting with shock and sadness.
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[IN Q=Claude was good at what he did]
((RICHARD HUFF/COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR: 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 YES IT CONTINUES TO BE A DIFFICULT SITUATION.))
((CLIFF HAPGOOD/COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: 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.))
[SUPER=01-Richard Huff/Franklin Co. Administrator; :00]
[SUPER=01-Cliff Hapgood/Commonwealth's Attorney; :19]
[OUT Q=that this would be the result.]
Webster served as Franklin County's public safety director for almost ten years, before he resigned last year.
In separate incidents, he faced charges of brandishing a firearm and driving under the influence.
Friends and former colleagues say they had tried to help Webster, and some who had spoken with him recently said he appeared to be putting his personal problems behind him.
Danville Regional Health System is eliminating 70-positions.
The move is part of an overall reduction in expenses that will save the facility about three-million dollars.
Hospital officials blame the cuts on Medicaid changes passed by the General Assembly this year.
Danville Regional is reducing the number of Medicaid beds at its nursing facility and it's eliminating the outpatient pediatric rehab program.
Of the 70-jobs cut, 26 were already vacant. Officials say the nurse to patient ratio is NOT being affected.
The chief U-N weapons inspector says his team is ready for a return trip to Iraq.
But so far, the U-S says it doesn't want the inspectors there.
Meanwhile, the Iraqi people are taking advantage of their newfound religious freedom.
Aleen Sirgany has the latest.
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[SUPER=201-Scott Ritter/Former U. N. Weapons Inspector;]
[SUPER=201-Aleen Sirgany/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=Sirgany, CBS News, Washington.]
TODAY MARKS THE HEIGHT OF THE SHIITE MUSLIM PILGRAMIGE TO KARBALA.
WITH SADDAM HUSSEIN GONE WORSHIPPERS CAN NOW BEAT THEIR CHESTS AND CRAWL
ON THEIR ELBOWS.
AND WHILE IT IS PAINFUL... IT IS ESSENTIAL... FOR MOURNING THE MURDER OF
AN ANCIENT SAINT.
IT IS A NEW FOUND FREEDOM FOR THE SHIITES ALONG WITH THE FREEDOM OF
SPEECH WHICH THEY ARE NOT HESITATING TO EXERCISE.
"to the American and English army, when they leave they will make all of
us very happy"
BEFORE THEY LEAVE THE U-S WANTS TO FIND WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION.
IT WAS THE ORIGINAL REASON FOR THIS WAR AND CRITICS POINT OUT THAT THE
BUSH ADMINISTRATION HAS YET TO PROVE ITS CLAIMS.
(SOT-Scott Ritter/Former UN Weapons Inspector)
"if they don't find weapons of mass destruction constitutes a massive
violation of international law, waging aggressive war, putting the
United States in the same category as Saddam Hussein when he invaded
Kuwait in 1990."
CHIEF U-N INSPECTOR HANS BLIX SAYS HIS PEOPLE NEED TO RETURN TO IRAQ TO
GIVE CREDIBILITY TO THE INSPECTIONS PROCESS.
AND THE UNITED NATIONS SAYS IT MUST CERTIFY THAT IRAQ IS WEAPONS FREE
BEFORE ECONOMIC SANCTIONS CAN BE LIFTED.
THE WHITE HOUSE'S WAY AROUND THAT IS BY OFFERING UP A NEW RESOLUTION
THAT LIFTS SANCTIONS OUTRIGHT.
STANDUP:(Aleen Sirgany/CBS NEWS/Washington, DC)
SURPRISINGLY IT'S FRANCE THAT IS SOMEWHAT SUPPORTING THE U-S CASE BY
SAYING SANCTIONS SHOULD BE SUSPENDED.
THE PROPOSAL SEEMED TO CATCH RUSSIA AND GERMANY OFF-GUARD... FRANCE'S
CLOSEST ALLIES IN OPPOSING THE WAR.
ALEEN SIRGANY, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.
In business news, The blue light may soon shine brighter.
Kmart expects to come out of the largest retail bankruptcy in U-S history on or around May fifth.
A federal court has approved a reorganization plan, paving the
way for the retail giant to emerge from bankruptcy.
As part of its efforts to return to profitability, the company
shut down 600 stores nationwide, but is still operating more than
Ebay released its first quarter earnings report after yesterday's closing bell.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=in New York.]
((EARNINGS WILL ONCE AGAIN DRIVE THE MARKET ACTIVITY ON WALL STREET.. AND
THERE'S WAS PLENTY OF IT AFTER THE CLOSING BELL.
AMONG THE HEADLINERS: EBAY SAID PROFIT MORE THAN DOUBLED TO BEAT ANALYSTS
ESTIMATES BY A NICKEL A SHARE - THE ONLINE AUCTION SITE ALSO RAISED ITS
REVENUE ESTIMATES FOR THE YEAR...
CORNING SAID ITS FIRST QUARTER LOSS WIDENED
BUT RAISED ITS GUIDANCE FOR THE SECOND QUARTER
AND AMGEN'S FIRST QUARTER PROFIT WAS BETTER THAN EXPECTED RISING 31 PERCENT
COMPARED TO THE SAME TIME LAST YEAR.
ON WALL STREET: STOCKS RALLIED AS INVESTORS APPLAUDED BETTER THAN EXPECTED
PROFITS FROM COMPANIES INCLUDING LOCKHEED MARTIN
THE DOW RAN UP 156 POINTS.. FOR THE YEAR IT'S UP 1.7 PERCENT
THE NASDAQ CLIMBED ABOUT 27 POINTS, BRINGING ITS YEAR TO DATE GAIN TO NEARLY
PRESIDENT BUSH SAYS FED CHAIRMAN ALAN GREENSPAN SHOULD BE REAPPOINTED TO
ANOTHER TERM AS THE NATION'S TOP CENTRAL BANKER NEXT YEAR. 77 YEAR OLD
GREENSPAN TOOK OFFICE AS FED HEAD IN 1987.. HIS CURRENT TERM RUNS OUT IN
JUNE OF 2004. THE PRESIDENTIAL ENDORSEMENT CAME A FEW HOURS BEFORE GREENSPAN
WAS TO UNDERGO SURGERY FOR A NON-CANCEROUS ENLARGED PROSTATE. GREENSPAN IS
EXPECTED BACK AT WORK LATER THIS WEEK.
VIACOM, THE PARENT COMPANY OF CBS RALLIED AFTER REPORTING BETTER THAN
EXPECTED PROFITS. VIACOM IS ALSO BUYING AOL TIME WARNER'S 50 PERCENT STAKE
IN THE CABLE CHANNEL COMEDY CENTRAL FOR 1.2 BILLION DOLLARS IN CASH.
TRACK ALL THE PREMARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM AT THE NASDAQ I'M AC IN NEW
(tape tosses to stocks)
Scientists investigating the Columbia tragedy say they have a good idea what brought down the shuttle.
They say it was the seal on the left wing that was struck by foam during liftoff and fell off the next day.
That created a gap that let in enough scorching gases during re- entry to rip the shuttle apart.
Seven astronauts were killed when Columbia broke apart February first.
Martinsville wants to give its employees a raise.
City council unveiled its budget proposal last night which includes a 2 point 25 percent pay increase for city employees.
Overall, the budget spends more than one million dollars less than the current fiscal year.
In order to generate revenue, the budget calls for a 20 cent per pack cigarette tax and a two percent lodging tax.
It also plans increases in garbage collection fees, the vehicle tax and the meals tax.
City council will review and amend the total budget during work sessions starting on May first.
Meanwhile, Roanoke County administrators are sending a balanced budget to the Board of Supervisors.
Officials say the 127-million dollar budget for the general fund accomplishes many things in the County without raising taxes.
The plan adds fire and rescue personnel, four sheriff's deputies and includes a regional storm water program.
One of the biggest budget challenges this year was the loss of 570-thousand dollars in state funding.
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[IN Q=it really was]
((ELMER HODGE/ROANOKE CO. ADMINISTRATOR; IT REALLY WAS A DIFFICULT BUDGET YEAR FOR EVERYONE BUT WE CAME OUT BETTER THAN WE THOUGHT WE WERE WHEN WE STARTED THE PROCESS. HIGHLIGHTS, WE WERE ABLE TO BALANCE THE BUDGET, NO TAX INCREASES WE DID INCREASE THREE FEES.))
[SUPER=01-Elmer Hodge/Roanoke Co. Administrator;]
[OUT Q=THREE FEES.]
Those are ambulance and sheriff's fees.
With a public hearing on the budget held last night, the Board is expected to adopt it at its first meeting in May.
Work to add turn lanes to an intersection near Smith Mountain Lake is on hold after Bedford County Supervisors found dozens of public comments about the project were forged.
In 1998, Bedford County Supervisors added the turn-lane project for the White House area of Routes 608 and 626 to their 6-year plan.
Before the vote was reaffirmed late last year, Supervisors took into consideration dozens of public comment cards, many of which turned out to be fake.
The county is requesting a police investigation.
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((BILL ROLFE/BEDFORD COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR: WE DON'T FEEL THAT THIS KIND OF BEHAVIOR IS PROPER AND WE'RE GONNA BE LOOKING AT WHAT KIND OF PROCEDURE WE CAN DEVELOP TO MAKE SURE THAT WHEN PEOPLE MAKE WRITTEN COMMENTS THAT WE'RE GETTING COMMENTS FROM PEOPLE THAT ACTUALLY EXIST.))
[SUPER=01-Bill Rolfe/Bedford Co. Administrator;]
[OUT Q=from people that actually exist.]
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A spokesperson for VDOT says she doesn't think a crime has been committed.
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[IN Q=The comment sheets are looked at closely...]
((LAURA BULLOCK/VDOT SPOKESPERSON: THE COMMENT SHEETS ARE LOOKED AT CLOSELY BUT WHAT WE LOOK FOR IS CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM THAT WOULD HELP US MAKE THE PROJECT BETTER.))
[SUPER=01-Laura Bullock/Virginia Department of Transportation;]
[OUT Q=help us make the project better.]
The Bedford County Commonwealth's Attorney did not return our call for comment.
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
The state of Rhode Island is expected to fight the first federal lawsuit filed over a deadly nightclub fire that killed nearly 100 people last February.
It's filed on behalf of two survivors and names several defendants, including the club's owners, the state of Rhode Island and the band Great White, whose pyrotechnics ignited the fire.
Meanwhile survivors of the tragedy came together last night for a benefit concert to remember the victims.
Performers ranged from church groups to Southern rock bands.
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[IN Q=Just a token ]
((BILLY GILMAN/ENTERTAINER: JUST A TOKEN OF OUR APPRECIATION, THEIR STRENGTH, YOU KNOW, TO BE ABLE TO COME OUT AND JUST BE IN THE THOUGHT OF WHO THEY LOST.))
((VANESSA OLIVAREZ/FORMER "AMERICAN IDOL" CONTESTANT: IT REALLY SADDENED ME TO HEAR WHAT HAPPENED AND ALSO THE DEATH TOLL, IT WAS SO ENORMOUS.))
[SUPER=01-Vanessa Olivarez/Former "American Idol" Contestant; :09]
[OUT Q=it was enormous.]
Proceeds from the show will go to the families of the victims.
(Kim tosses to bump)