Quick-thinking High School students get the tag number that helps nab a bank robbery suspect.
And thanks to the soggy forecast Festival in the Park starts off this year as Festival In-Doors.
In sports, the ACC says play ball. Coke 600 qualifying is a wash, UVa lands a top local recruit,
and all eyes in the golfing world were on Annika Sorenstam, how would she do in her first PGA event.
Need a break from the rain? The latest forecast has a sun-ray or two. Details and WeatherSchool ahead.
News 7 is next.
[IN Q=I was pulling up to get a transaction...]
[OUT Q=leaned out and said that there was a robbery.]
Police are commending this high school student on what she did next.
They say she and her friend played "no small part" in the arrest of a bank robbery suspect.
Good evening, I'm Shannon Young.
And I'm Keith Humphry.
Two Northside High School students say they were running on adrenaline when they followed a bank robbery suspect long enough to take down his license plate number.
The teens say it wasn't until the suspect got caught in traffic that they realized they could be in danger.
Kelly Woodford and David Hoops stopped off at the Bank of Botetourt on Peter's Creek Road on the way to a doctor's appointment this morning.
It was about ten-fifteen when they say a teller hollered that the bank had just been robbed.
They say they jumped in their car and chased the suspect out of the parking lot.
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[IN Q=Before coming out we made a split decision...]
((DAVID HOOPS/CHASED SUSPECT: BEFORE COMING OUT WE MADE A SPLIT DECISION TO FOLLOW HIM AND WE FOLLOWED HIM ALL THE WAY DOWN TO COVE ROAD..))
[BUTT BUTT BUTT]
((KELLY WOODFORD/CHASED SUSPECT: HE WAS GOING EXTREMELY FAST , CUTTING OVER LANES BUT WE EVENTUALLY GOT THE LICENSE PLATE AND CAME BACK AND GAVE IT TO THE TELLERS AND THE POLICE WERE HERE AND IT WAS, IT WAS CRAZY.))
[SUPER=01-David Hoops/Chased Suspect; :00]
[SUPER=01-Kelly Woodford/Chased Suspect; :07]
[OUT Q=police were here and it was, it was crazy.]
No one was injured.
The suspect got away with an undisclosed amount of cash but was pulled over and arrested within the hour.
The FBI says 35-year old Jerome Brown of Queens is being held on a federal warrant for four bank robberies in New York.
He has yet to be charged with today's robbery which was the fifth in the Roanoke area in the past month.
When a family of four from Florida stopped in Roanoke a couple of months ago, they could never have imagined the reception they'd get before they even checked in at the Holiday Inn Express.
In General District Court today the prosecutor presented evidence to establish that it was Derrik Wakie Smith who approached the Taboada's as they were getting out of the family S-U-V around 2-A-M.
Detective Scott Altizer says Smith told him, "I know what you want to hear."
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[IN Q=And he stated that]
((SCOTT ALTIZER/ROANOKE POLICE DETECTIVE; AND HE STATED, "I WALKED UP ON THE MAN, I ASKED HIM FOR SOME MONEY, PULLED OUT A GUN, HE SAID, 'NO,' AND I JUST STARTED SHOOTING."))
[SUPER=01-Scott Altizer/Roanoke Police Detective; ]
[OUT Q=just started shooting.]
[Keith on ENG]
Though he was critically injured, Ryan Taboada is recovering from his wounds.
When Smith failed to get money from him, the suspect allegedly drove off in the Taboada's vehicle.
Police gave chase and caught up with Smith as he lost control of the vehicle and plowed through a fence.
((J. H. HICKS/ROANOKE POLICE OFFICER; AS I WAS APPROACHING THE DRIVER'S DOOR, I CAUGHT MOVEMENT IN THE BACK SEAT, WENT FROM THE SUSPECT TO THE BACK SEAT AND IDENTIFIED A THREE- YEAR OLD CHILD IN A CAR SEAT, SUCKING ON A PACIFIER LOOKING AT ME.))
[SUPER=01-J. H. Hicks/Roanoke Police Officer; ]
[OUT=looking at me.]
Smith's already been indicted for attempted capital murder... in addition to the eight felonies certified today.
Attending Festival in the Park concerts is a long standing tradition for many in the Star City.
Over the years, rain has been a tradition as well, and this year the weather means a major change in plans.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon & Richard/Microwave;]
Richard Lesko has more.
When the Doobie Brothers hit the stage to kick off Festival in the Park tomorrow night,
[LIVE= Richard /FULL Microwave]
they will NOT be playing at Victory Stadium, but here at the smaller capacity Roanoke Civic Center instead.
The reason for the move? The threat of rain that seems to come almost every year.
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[SUPER=01-Stu Israel/Festival in the Park; :00]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/June 1993; :16]
[OUT Q=inclement weather location.]
[INQ=Could be good...]
((STU ISRAEL/FESTIVAL IN THE PARK; COULD BE GOOD, COULD BE BAD. IT'S GOOD THAT PEOPLE WILL BE ABLE TO ENJOY THE CONCERT IN A NICE CLIMATE CONTROLLED ARENA, BUT IT WILL BE LIMITED TO THE FIRST 10,500 FOLKS.))
Perhaps memories of 1993's event made the decision to head for the great indoors easier. At that concert, the weather almost literally blew away the crowd before the band even got a chance.
Now, the turf at Victory Stadium would be perfect for mud football, but would probably turn into a swampy mess for thousands of spectators. That combined with the possibility of flooding made organizers concerned about the site.
When the change was announced, Civic Center employees quickly went to work, preparing a stage on which the Doobie Brothers will play, and clearing the floor for thousands of people.
However, one thing that won't change is that beer will still be sold during the concert, even though the city's request for an expanded A-B-C license has not received final approval yet.
[INQ=I'm not sure about...]
((STU ISRAEL/FESTIVAL IN THE PARK; I'M NOT SURE ABOUT THE CIVIC CENTER'S LICENSE, BUT WE ALREADY HAD A LICENSE FOR VICTORY STADIUM. WHEN WE CALLED THE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL YESTERDAY, HE WAS WILLING WITH CERTAIN RESTRICTIONS TO GIVE US THE CIVIC CENTER AS OUR INCLEMENT WEATHER LOCATION.))
[OUTQ=inclement weather location.]))
Because of the move, just 10-thousand buttons will be sold before tomorrow's concert, and they are available only at the Roanoke Civic Center Box Office.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon & Richard /Microwave;]
And Shannon, for now all of the other Festival events are still going on as planned.
Although Victory Stadium will be replaced by another venue for tomorrow night's concerts, some Roanokers say the site has too much history to be permanently replaced.
"Citizens for a Sensible Stadium Decision" today announced plans to seek a referendum on the issue of building a new stadium- amphitheater to replace Victory Stadium.
The grassroots group wants to gather the signatures of 10- percent of registered city voters in support of the referendum.
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[IN Q=We believe that it]
((BRIAN WISHNEFF/CITIZENS FOR A SENSIBLE STADIUM DECISION: WE BELIEVE THAT IT IS A MAJOR MAJOR MISTAKE TO BUILD THE NEW FACILITY WHERE IT IS. IT'S IN A POOR LOCATION ALONG THE INTERSTATE, TRAFFIC TO IT IS TERRIBLE. THERE'S LITTLE TO NO ONSIGHT PARKING.))
[SUPER=01-Brian Wishneff/Citizens for a Sensible Stadium Decision;]
[OUT Q=no onsight parking]
Wishneff says renovating Victory Stadium would cost about half of what the city plans to spend on a new facility.
We'll hear from city leaders on the issue tonight News Seven at Eleven.
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The child who fell dozens of feet down a Roanoke County embankment is being called a "miracle girl".
Tessa Milliner suffered severe head injuries after slipping off a path along the Roanoke River earlier this month.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./May 11;]
She was taken to UVA Medical Center in Charlottesville for treatment.
The nine year old's family had quoted doctors as saying her chances of healing were slim to none.
But now, her mother, Shannon Mabry (MAY-bree) , says Tessa has been talking, laughing, playing and even walking with help.
Tessa is back in intensive care after undergoing her second surgery today.
But Mabry says doctors are calling Tessa's progress so far "unbelievable."
Asian students studying at Virginia Tech are doing what they can to fight the spread of SARS.
Details when News 7 at Six returns.
Plus it's one of the highest-paying entry-level jobs, but Virginia still has a shortage of qualified pharmacists.
We'll find out why next.
Pharmacists are in short supply these days, so scarce there aren't always enough of them to keep the drug stores open.
Last week C-V-S temporarily closed one pharmacy in Salem for lack of a pharmacist.
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[IN Q=That part of the]
[SUPER=01-Tim Lucas/Pharmacist; :09]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.; :21]
[OUT Q=or doctor of pharmacy.]
(( That part of the Ridgewood Farms store was closed for about four hours, until an independent pharmacist could get there to complete the evening shift.
((YOU CAN'T EXPECT ONE PHARMACIST TO WORK 80 HOURS A WEEK. SO WHEN THE STORES ARE OPEN AND SOMETHING HAPPENED, WE CERTAINLY TRY TO HELP AS MUCH AS WE CAN.))
Tim Lucas has his own pharmacy. He worked for C-V-S when he first graduated from pharmacy school, and has maintained a good relationship with the chain. After putting in a full day at his own store in Cloverdale last Thursday, he agreed to help out in Salem.
He got another call from CVS this week, asking if he could fill in at Towers Mall.
((AND YOU WANT TO GIVE YOUR PHARMACISTS AS MUCH RELIEF AS YOU CAN, BECAUSE YOU DON'T WANT TO BURN THEM OUT, TO WORK TOO MANY HOURS.))
There are a number of reasons for the shortage.
Drug companies are boosting demand by promoting their products directly to consumers.
Baby boomers are demanding more drugs.
Doctors are writing more prescriptions.
The chains are building more stores.
Virginia has three pharmacy schools, but there are none in this area. And it's now a six-year degree program.
((A LOT OF IT STEMS FROM THE FACT PHARMACISTS ARE GOING FROM A FIVE-YEAR B.S. PHARMACY DEGREE TO A SIX-YEAR PHARM-D DEGREE, SO ALL YOUR GRADUATES ARE GOING TO BE PHARM-D OR DOCTOR OF PHARMACY.))
So there's a year there when the pharmacy schools weren't producing any new graduates.
It's one of the highest-paying entry-level jobs, at 80-to-90-thousand dollars a year.
Some students from China studying in this area hope to raise money and awareness to prevent the spread of SARS in their country.
The Virginia Tech Association of Chinese Students and Scholars is collecting donations, to go toward finding a cure for the disease.
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[IN Q=to let]
((CHENGQIU WU/ACSS: TO LET AMERICANS OR CHINESE STUDENTS KNOW THAT WE WANT TO DO THIS THING. WE WANT TO CALL FOR DONATIONS TO SUPPORT THE FIGHTING AGAINST SARS IN CHINA.))
[SUPER=01-Chengqiu Wu/Association of Chinese Students & Scholars;]
[OUT Q=SARS in china.]
[INSERT SARS VIDEO HERE!!]
The students say they are particularly concerned about the threat of SARS in rural China, where most of the people can not afford proper medical care.
Drop off sites for donationswill be set up around campus beginning next week.
A former Botetourt County deputy convicted of sexual battery will avoid prison.
A circuit judge today gave Tracey Alan Cornwell a suspended sentence for fondling an 11-year-old girl.
The 39-year-old man admitted that he removed the child's bra one night last August.
But he denied touching her in any improper way.
Cornwell had been a resource officer at Read Mountain Middle School.
He did NOT know the girl through his work at the school.
Martinsville police have arrested the 18-year old they believe shot a school bus with a b-b gun.
Dekey Trevor Penn was arrested this afternoon.
He's charged with shooting at an occupied vehicle, which is a felony.
No one on board the bus at the time of the shooting a week ago was hurt.
Hope that a compromise tax cut will boost the economy put investors in a buying mood.
[TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
The DOW rose 78 points.
NASDAQ gained 18.
Environmental conservation is a priority for one candidate hoping to win the 11th district seat in the Virginia House of Delegates.
Starting with the Roanoke River, Democratic hopeful Brian Shepard says the city's natural resources need better protection.
With all the recent rain, it's easy to forget about last year's drought, but Shepard says the time to prepare for a drought is when you least expect it.
If elected, he says he'll push for legislation that addresses statewide water issues.
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[IN Q=The environment in Roanoke]
((BRIAN SHEPARD/(D) HOUSE OF DELEGATES CANDIDATE: THE ENVIRONMENT IN ROANOKE IS SO IMPORTANT TO WHO WE ARE TO THE KIND OF COMMUNITY WE ARE. FROM THE MOUNTAINS AROUND US TO THE RIVER THAT RUNS THROUGH THE HEART OF THE COMMUNITY. THAT'S REALLY SHAPED THE KIND OF PEOPLE THAT WE'VE GROWN UP TO BE AND I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE PROTECT THAT.))
[SUPER=01-Brian Shepard/(D) House of Delegates Candidate;]
[OUT Q=that we protect that.]
Shepard will face Onzlee (AHNZ-lee) Ware in the Democratic primary June 10th.
Qualifying for the Coke 600 is rained out, the ACC baseball tournament begins play, UVa snags a bigtime local recruit
And if the Big East coaches and athletic directors were stressed out this week - it wasn't because of their environment.
The rain has disrrupted racing. Qualifying for the Coca-Cola 600 tonight at seven has been postponed until tomorrow at one o'clcok. A steady rain fell on Lowes Motro Speedway all day long. Qualifying for the cup cars will begin immediately after Busch qualifying.
[GRAPHIC=acc baseball tournament]
The ACC baseball tournament finally got underway today. In the opener, UNC beat Clemson 10-2 and Florida State blanked Duke 13-nothing.
[SUPER=03-Salem/Demon Deacons vs. Yellow Jackets; :00]
In the third game of the day, fans brought out there umbrellas to watch the Demon Deacons of Wake Forest battle Georgia Tech.
Then, Clifton Remole connects on a double off the wall in right field and that plates the runner from second, 1-nothing Georgia Tech. The game is still going on, highlights at 11.
[graphic=ACC baseball tourney]
One other note. a veteran and a family of four can come out to the ACC baseball tournament for free, whether you are in the reserves, active duty or national guard come on out to Salem Memorial Stadium.
Friday Football Extra player of the week and William Campbell all state running back Cedric Peerman verbally committed to the University of Virginia today.
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[SUPER=01-Cedric Peerman/Verbally Commits to UVa; :00]
[SUPER=01-Brad Bradley/William Campbell Head Football Coach; :11]
[OUT Q=....real comfortable"]
Annika Sorenstam proved she can play on the PGA tour, at least in one round of golf.
[SUPER=03-Fort Worth, TX; :00]
The L-P-G-A's top player posted a 1-over par 71 in the opening round of the Colonial. She carded one birdie, two bogies and 15 pars. Sorenstam missed just one fairway and two greens. She's in position to make the 36 hole cut after tomorrow's round.
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[SUPER=01-Annika Sorenstam/First Round 71; :00]
[OUT Q=.....than usual"]
If the Big East Conference - as we now know it - did truly die this week in Northern Florida - Mike Stevens says we can at least take comfort in knowing that no one suffered!
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[IN Q=IF THE HISTORIC....]
[SUPER=03-Ponte Vedra, FL; :00]
[SUPER=01-Andy Radovic/Ponte Vedra Inn Marketing Director; :34]
[OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."]