A funeral was held yesterday for a Christiansburg police officer who was killed in the line of duty.
More than one thousand people paid their respects at funeral services for Scott Hylton.
The 43-year-old was fatally shot last Friday by a shoplifting suspect.
Hylton's law enforcement family is showing their support with representatives attending from around the state and beyond.
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((CAPT. KELLY WALTERS/CHRISTIANSBURG RESCUE SQUAD; IT'S UNBELIEVABLE TO LOOK OVER THE CROWD AND SEE PEOPLE FROM VIRGINIA BEACH INTO MOUNT AIRY NORTH CAROLINA.))
((CHIEF TONY WEDDLE/FLOYD CO.VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT.; SCOTT HYLTON WAS THE SAME GUY WHETHER HE WAS IN UNIFORM OR JUST MEETING HIM ON THE STREET OR AT THE STORE HE WAS THE SAME JUST A FINE FELLOW.))
[SUPER=01-Kelly Walters/Christiansburg Rescue Squad; :00]
[SUPER=01-Tony Weddle/Floyd Co. Fire Department; :07]
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Hylton joined the Christiansburg Police Department last year but has been in law enforcement for 20-years.
He leaves behind a wife and four children.
As Christiansburg honors Officer Hylton, a state senator from Southside says the lawman's FAMILY should be revered, as well.
Senator Roscoe Reynolds spoke yesterday morning at a memorial service in Martinsville to remember the 8 officers killed in that area over the past century.
The officers served with the Henry County Sheriff's Department, Fieldale and Bassett Police and Virginia State Police.
Reynolds says those who love an "officer of the law" make their own kind of sacrifice.
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((SEN. ROSCOE REYNOLDS/(D) MARTINSVILLE: BECAUSE OF THE GIVING THAT THE FAMILY HAS TO DO IN ORDER FOR ONE TO SERVE AS A POLICE OFFICER. I THINK ALL OF US NEED TO BE MORE AWARE OF THE STRESS AND STRAIN BEING A POLICE OFFICER PUTS ON THE FAMILY.))
[SUPER=01-Sen. Roscoe Reynolds/(D) Martinsville;]
[OUT Q=being a police officer puts on the family.]
Henry County and the city of Martinsville yesterday proclaimed May 13th and May 15th, respectively, as Law Enforcement Memorial Day.
Some Roanoke-based National Guard troops are getting an early release from active federal service next month.
About 120 members of the 229th Chemical Company rolled out of Roanoke in late February, prepared for a deployment of one full year.
But the Army National Guard said yesterday the group will complete its active service June 7th.
There's no word yet on exactly when the unit might return to its home base in Roanoke.
The Roanoke City school board is looking into eliminating some resource officers who patrol the city's high schools.
But some parents are speaking out against the move.
Andthe leader of one parent teacher group has accused the school system of not reporting every violent incident.
The comments came at the end of a lengthy school board meeting last night.
The president of the Patrick Henry P-T-S-A said the discipline, crime and violence report submitted to the Virginia Department of Education does not reflect the actual number of incidents.
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((ALICE HINCKER/PATRICK HENRY PTSA PRESIDENT: IN CLOSING I DO INTEND TO SHARE THE FACTUAL BASIS FOR THE ALLEGATIONS I AM MAKING DR. HARRIS, BUT HOPEFULLY YOU WILL NOT BE THE ONLY INDIVIDUAL CONDUCTING THE INVESTIGATION.))
((MARSHA ELLISON/ROANOKE CITY SCHOOL BOARD: THIS IS WHAT CAUSES PARANOIA AND FEAR IN OUR COMMUNITY, WHEN SOMEBODY COMES
UP HERE AND STANDS UP AND PUTS DOWN ALL OUR GOOD PEOPLE IN OUR SCHOOLS.))
[SUPER=01-Alice Hincker/Patrick Henry PTSA President; :00]
[SUPER=01-Marsha Ellison/Roanoke City School Board; :11]
[OUT Q=puts down all our good people in our schools.]
The school superintendent and chief of police are now discussing the role of the resource officers, and their future in the two high schools.
Wayne Harris said he expects to bring a recommendation back to the school board next month.
Meanwhile, STATE educators are taking a closer look at a program that is helping Roanoke students improve their reading skills.
Virginia's Superintendent of Public Instruction, Jo Lynne DeMary (de-MEHR-ee) visited Hurt Park Elementary School yesterday morning.
Hurt Park is one of five Roanoke schools that have found success with a mentoring program called Hosts.
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[SUPER=01-Chuck Ayling/Mentor; :13]
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Students at Hurt Park have shown significant improvement in their reading skills, and Roanoke officials say they believe the program may have potential for schools across the state.
New information is out concering this week's lockdown at Patrick Henry High School.
Roanoke Police say reports of gunfire came from an adult, not a student.
The call was placed Monday from somewhere on campus.
The unidentified person reported hearing two gun shots from the woods behind the school.
A search by police turned up nothing.
For about an hour and a half, students were kept in their classrooms and no one was allowed on or off school grounds.
Some of the state's elected officials are raising questions about the future of security in Virginia's airports.
The Transportation Security Administration is laying off six-thousand airport security screeners around the country.
Under the current plan, thirteen screeners at Roanoke Regional Airport and ten screeners at Lynchburg will lose their jobs.
Virginia's lawmakers are concerned that fewer screeners may jeopardize security at the state's airports.
They want to know how the lay-off decisions were made.
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((CONGRESSMAN ERIC CANTOR: WE DIDN'T COME HERE TO BEAT UP ON A GOVERNMENT AGENCY. WE JUST WANT CLEAR ANSWERS FROM THE TSA ABOUT WHY THEY DECIDED TO MAKE THESE CUTS.))
((JON MATHIASEN/CEO, RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: IT SEEMS LIKE IT'S BEEN ARBITRARY. IF THERE'S BEEN A MODEL. THE MODEL DOESN'T WORK.))
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[SUPER=01-Jon Mathiasen/Richmond International Airport CEO; :09]
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The agency says it plans to stick with the number of announced cuts in spite of the outcry.
It won't be far from the current building, but a new YMCA will be opening next year in downtown Roanoke.
Dignitaries manned the shovels for yesterday's groundbreaking in an empty lot across Fifth Street from the current building.
The new 54- thousand square foot facility will double the number of people the Downtown Family YMCA can serve.
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((CAL JOHNSON/YMCA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: WE'VE ALWAYS BEEN PROUD OF OUR PROGRAMS, AND WHAT WE DO. NOW WE'LL HAVE THE FACILITIES TO BACK UP THOSE PROGRAMS AND ACTUALLY OFFER MORE TO MORE PEOPLE, THAN WE HAVE IN OUR PRESENT LOCATION.))
[SUPER=01-Cal Johnson/YMCA Executive Director]
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The building campaign has raised nine point six million dollars of the ten-point four million dollar goal.
The Y must raise the rest by September to qualify for a 500- thousand dollar grant from the Kresge (KREZ-gee) Foundation.