The numbers just don't add up and Roanoke's city manager wants to know why.
In a letter, Darlene Burcham asks the school board to address school violence and the way it's reported.
Darlene Burcham writes "the numbers of offenses were checked, and it was determined that the Police Department's numbers and the Resource Officers' numbers were virtually identical.
Differences in police reports and school reporting will need to be addressed by the board."
The chairman of the school board cannot explain the discrepancy but does offer a possible explanation.
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[IN Q=Probably just a procedural]
((GLORIA MANNS/ROANOKE CITYSCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN: PROBABLY JUST A PROCEDURAL DIFFERENCES, POSSIBLY, I CAN'T SAY PROBABLY, POSSIBLY PROCEDURAL DIFFERENCES, HOW INCIDENTS ARE ADDED UP OR ONE SEES BEHAVIOR BEING TWO OCCURRENCES, ONE SEEING BEING ONE OCCURRENCE SO I REALLY CAN'T EVEN SPECULATE UNTIL I GET THE DATA.))
[SUPER=01-Gloria Manns/Roanoke City School Board Chairman;]
[OUT Q=get the data]
Manns is able to address one of the city manager's concerns.
In her letter, Burcham says statistics indicate an average of four school Resource Officers for cities of Roanoke's population bracket, yet the city employs sixteen.
Gloria Manns responds saying concerns over school safety and community outcry prompted the board to keep the same amount of resource officers for next year.
Police need your help finding who is responsible for a fatal shooting in Roanoke.
One man was killed and two others were injured after a barrage of gunfire erupted in a Northwest neighborhood around 4 0-clock yesterday morning.
22-year-old Darren Jordan says while walking home with his older brother Kevin and their 16-year old cousin they were approached by two men in a car.
He says a man told them to get on the ground ... so they ran. That's when multiple shots were fired from the car.
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[IN Q=I'M ALRIGHT]
((DARREN JORDAN/SHOOTING VICTIM; I'M ALRIGHT, IT'S ALL GOOD, YOU KNOW I GET TO SEE ANOTHER DAY BUT MY BROTHER HE DIDN'T MAKE IT THAT REALLY HURTS.))
[SUPER=01-Darren Jordan/Shooting Victim;]
[OUT Q=REALLY HURTS]
Darren and his cousin are each recovering from two gunshot wounds.
He says he doesn't know the shooter or why someone would do this.
Police have yet to release a description of the man or car they may be looking for in connection with the shooting.
State leaders are considering new ways to combat the growing problem of gang violence.
Even though a gang-fighting tool already in place is not getting much use.
Virginia's youth gang file was set up five years ago as a way for the police to share information on gang activity.
State police estimate there are thousands of gang members in Virginia.
Yet there are only 33 names in the database.
Police officials say the database is a vital law enforcement tool and should be utilized.
[IN Q=IT'S A VERY MOBILE SOCIETY]
((GERALD MASSENGILL/VIRGINIA STATE POLICE SUPERINTENDENT: IT'S A VERY MOBILE SOCIETY WE LIVE IN TODAY. AND MANY OF THESE GANGS THAT WE DEAL WITH ARE MOBILE, SO THEY TRAVEL FROM ONE JURISDICTION TO ANOTHER. AND WE NEED TO KNOW WITHIN THE LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY OF VIRGINIA WHAT IS A PROBLEM IN OTHER REGIONS WE CAN BETTER PREPARE FOR IT.))
[SUPER=01-Gerald Massengill/Virginia State Police Superintendent]
[OUT Q=CAN BETTER PREPARE FOR IT.]
Of the 33 names, none was submitted by a police department in southwest Virginia.
The wildfire season is having a major impact on a former Army base-- and a group of Boy Scouts.
[SUPER=03-Near Clark, WY;]
A growing wildfire in Wyoming's Shoshone (shuh- SHOH- nee) National Forest forced the evacuation of 15 Boy Scouts and their leaders.
They were airlifted by helicopter.
No one was injured during the rescue
The campers had to leave thousands of dollars worth of camping gear behind.
[SUPER=03-Fort Ord, CA;]
And in California, a wildfire is setting off un- exploded shells at Fort Ord on the Monterey Peninsula.
The former Army base was used by the military for training.
Firefighters say the blaze sounded like rapid gunfire as some of the shells started exploding.
Home video that has surfaced shows that Wednesday's deadly crash at an open- air market in Santa Monica, California wasn't the first time 86- year- old Russell Weller lost control of his vehicle.
In 1993, Weller crashed through a retaining wall during a birthday party, but no one was injured.
But for Wednesday's incident, Weller could face manslaughter charges.
Experts say setting an age limit for elderly drivers may NOT be the answer to preventing accidents like this one.
Statistics find older drivers tend to be as safe as other age groups until they hit 75.
By the time drivers are 85, they're about as likely as a teen-ager to be involved in a fatal crash.
But a top researcher at the institute says setting an age limit is
The Virginia Supreme Court has refused to hear the final appeal of death row inmate Bobby Wayne Swisher.
Yesterday's decision sets the stage for Swisher's execution next week for the 1997 rape and murder of an Augusta County woman.
Swisher's first scheduled execution was postponed on July First when Governor Mark Warner granted a three-week stay for defense
attorneys to mount a final appeal.
Warner's office said yesterday it likely would NOT intervene again.
In business news, Microsoft released its earnings report.
And, Stocks were down for the third straight day.
Alexis Christoforous has those stories and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=I'm AC.]
((> A DISAPPOINTING PROFIT REPORT FROM A H I-TECH POWERHOUSE COULD MAKE FOR
> ANOTHER ROUGH DAY FOR TECH STOCKS.
> AFTER THE CLOSING BELL, MICROSOFT MISSED THE PROFIT MARK. THE SOFTWARE
> GIANT SAID SALES IN THE FOURTH QUARTER TOPPED FORECASTS.. BUT PROFIT CAME
> IN A PENNY SHY OF ESTIMATES.
> YESTERDAY NOKIA AND IBM ISSUED CLOUDY BUSINESS OUTLOOKS, SENDING THE
> NASDASQ DOWN MORE THAN 3 PERCENT....
> IN THE LAST SESSION:
> THE DOW SANK 43POINTS
> WHILE THE NASDAQ PLUNGED NEARLY 50.
> IT'S OFFICIAL, THE RECESSION IS OVER. THE NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC
> RESEARCH SAYS THE RECESSION THAT BEGAN BACK IN MARCH 2001 ENDED JUST EIGHT
> MONTHS LATER IN NOVEMBER...But unemployment remains at a nine year high
> and the millions of people out of work may disagree with the committee's
> ACCORDING TO A CBSMW POLL 52 PERCENT OF THE RESPONDENTS SAID WE ARE STILL
> IN A RECESSION..
> the housing market was certainly one of the sectors that helped pull us
> out of recession and it continues to be a bright spot. New home
> construction shot up 3.7 percent in june to the highest level since
> mortage rates moved up again this week.
> Freddie Mac puts this week's rate on a 30 year mortgage at
> five-point-67 percent -- up
> from five-point-52 percent a week ago.
> The average for a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage is five percent vs
> four-point-85 percent last week.
> track all the premarket action at cbs.mw.com.. in new york i'm ac))
(tape tosses to stocks)
Authorities have recovered the body of a missing fisherman.
A rescue crew found Graham Smith's body around 10:30 yesterday morning about a mile from where he was last seen along the Maury River in Lexington.
Smith and his brother, both in their 70's, were fishing together when he disappeared Monday.
Authorities say he must have slipped into the rough water.
An autopsy is being conducted to determine the exact cause of death.
Meanwhile, Roanoke authorities have given up the search for a capsized boat on the Roanoke River.
U-S Army engineers have discovered and dismantled a three-pound bomb on a highway near the Baghdad International Airport. The device was wrapped in a burlap sack , in the same spot where a soldier was fatally attacked on Monday.
In Washington, President Bush met with British Prime Minister Tony Blair yesterday.
Both defended pre- war intelligence on Iraq.
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[IN Q=I take responsibility]
((I TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR PUTTING OUR TROOPS INTO ACTION. I DID SO BECAUSE SADDAM WAS A THREAT.))
[OUT Q=was a threat.]
It seems that even Saddam Hussein has taken up the issue.
A new audiotape, claiming to be the former dictator, says President Bush and the Prime Minister "tricked" their people to justify the war.
U-S officials still haven't confirmed whether it was actually Saddam.
For the kids in America, life is pretty good.
New research shows the children are living longer and smoking less.
They're also taking more honors courses and having
But the Federal Inter- agency Forum on Child and Family Statistics also finds that many are being born too small, and growing up to become obese.
At least 15 percent of kids ages six to 18 are overweight.
The Emmy nominations are out.
Eric Philips has a look on whose in the running.
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[SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA; :00]
[SUPER=01-Tom O'Neill/The Touch Weekly; :28]
[OUT Q=I'm Eric Philips reporting.]
((SOME MIGHT CALL THIS AN H-B-O YEAR WITH MORE THAN A HUNDRED EMMY NOMINATIONS, LED BY "SIX FEET UNDER" WITH 16..."THE SOPRANOS" ALSO MAKING AN IMPRESSIVE SHOWING, RAKING IN 13 EMMY BIDS -- BOTH SHOWS IN THE RUNNING FOR BEST DRAMA.
"EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND" AND "SEX AND THE CITY" TIED AS THE MOST NOMINATED COMEDIES, LANDING IN 13 CATEGORIES EACH, INCLUDING BEST COMEDY.
sot-The biggest headline of all is the snub of all the new shows of the past tv season.
BUT EVEN ONE EMMY VETERAN GOT SNUBBED THIS YEAR. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 11 YEARS, "LAW AND ORDER" RECEIVED ZERO NOMINATIONS.
FOR BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA...LAST YEAR'S WINNER MICHAEL CHIKLIS OF "THE SHIELD" IS UP AGAINST FAVORITE JAMES GANDOLFINI FROM "THE SOPRANOS".
EDIE FALCO OF "THE SOPRANOS" IS EXPECTED TO WIN FOR BEST DRAMATIC ACTRESS.
sot-If there's a shoo in, slam dunk, can't lose this year, it's edie falco for best actress in the drama series.
JANE KACZMAREK OF "MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE" KISSED THE FLOOR AFTER LEARNING OF HER THIRD STRAIGHT NOMINATION FOR BEST COMEDIC ACTRESS.
AMONG THE SIX NOMINEES FOR BEST COMEDIC ACTOR, WERE RAY ROMANO OF "EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND" AND BERNIE MAC FOR "THE BERNIE MAC SHOW". NOTICEABLY MISSING..KELSEY GRAMMER FROM "FRASIER".
TAG-I'M ERIC PHILIPS REPORTING.))
The emmy awards will air on September 21.
(Kim tosses to bump)
The suspect in a shooting spree last year in Grundy may now be competent to stand trial.
Peter Odighizuwa faces capital murder charges for the shooting deaths of three people LAST January at the Appalachian School of Law.
Odighizuwa was being treated in a state hospital for schizophrenia, after a judge ruled he was incompetent to stand trial.
But, a clinical psychologist now says Odighizuwa's mental capacity has been restored.
Another competency hearing has been scheduled for September Ninth.
In business news, Microsoft reported its fourth quarter earnings after the closing bell yesterday.
The software maker posted net income of 18 cents per share. That's up 26 percent from a year ago. However, the company fell short of analysts expectations.
In other news, it was another down day on Wall Street.
Stan Case has more in today's business brief.
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[SUPER=01-Stan Case/Reporting; :]
[OUT Q=I'm Stan Case.]
((LOSSES AMONG TECH STOCKS SENT THE NASDAQ REELING THURSDAY.
ONLY SOLID RESULTS FROM CATERPILLAR AND COCA-COLA SAVED THE DOW FROM AS DRASTIC A DECLINE.
THE DOW CLOSED DOWN 43 POINTS...
AND THE NASDAQ PLUMMETED NEARLY 50.
THE NUMBER OF AMERICANS REGISTERING FOR FIRST TIME UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS WAS LOWER LAST WEEK.
THE LABOR DEPARTMENT SAYS 412-THOUSAND PEOPLE FILED--DOWN FROM 441-THOUSAND A WEEK EARLIER.
MOST ANALYSTS AGREE THE REDUCTION WAS PRIMARILY THE RESULT OF A SEASONAL ADJUSTMENT.
UNEMPLOYMENT STANDS AT 6-POINT-4 PERCENT.
DOW COMPONENT I-B-M REPORTED LATE WEDNESDAY THAT EARNINGS WERE UP 11-PERCENT IN THE SECOND QUARTER.
AT 97-CENTS PER SHARE, EXCLUDING CHARGES, THE FIGURE WAS JUST SLIGHTLY HIGHER THAN ESTIMATES.
TWO MORE DOW LISTINGS REPORTED THURSDAY:
COCA-COLA REPORTED AN 11-PERCENT JUMP IN THE SECOND QUARTER.
THE WORLD'S NUMBER ONE SOFT DRINK MAKER POSTED EARNINGS OF 55-CENTS A SHARE.
THATS UP FROM 48-CENTS A YEAR AGO.
THE COMPANY POINTED TO A 20-PERCENT GROWTH IN NORTH AMERICAN SALES OF JUICES, WATERS, AND OTHER NON-CARBONATED BEVERAGES.
AND... CATERPILLAR POSTED EARNINGS OF A DOLLAR-15 PER SHARE--UP FROM 58-CENTS A YEAR EARLIER.
THE HEAVY EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURE ALSO UPPED ITS SALES AND EARNINGS OUTLOOKS FOR THE YEAR.
THE COMPANY SAYS A REBOUND IN MACHINERY SALES IS UNDERWAY.
WITH THE BUSINESS BRIEF, I'M STAN CASE.))
[TAPE TOSS TO STOCKS]
Hundreds of Lynchburg residents can expect a knock on their door sometime within the next week.. but it won't be a salesman or someone looking for a handout.
Instead, thousands of teenagers are flocking to the Hill City to perform random acts of kindness.
It's all part of the Brethren National Youth Conference that's getting underway at Liberty University.
Organizers say the teens will be performing short, simple tasks for people as part of their mission education.
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[IN Q=These are random]
((JOHN EVERETT/BRETHREN NATIONAL YOUTH CONFERENCE: THESE ARE RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS, THESE ARE NOT THINGS WE'RE DOING FOR MONEY OR DONATIONS OR ANYTHING. THESE PEOPLE THAT COME TO YOUR DOOR WILL COME IN A SHIRT SIMILAR TO THIS, THEY'LL KNOCK ON YOUR DOOR, THEY'LL ASK IF YOU WANT ANYTHING DONE.))
[SUPER=01-John Everett/Brethren National Youth Conference;]
[OUT Q=want anything done.]
Teens will also be holding free car washes and helping city staff clean litter off the streets.
(toss to Steve for weekend preview)[Weekend-Preview]
(Steve adlibs intro)
[OUT Q=be right back..]
(Tape tosses to bump)
In business news, a Blacksburg company is expanding its operations, bringing more jobs to the area.
Yesterday, Kriskell L-L-C and E-S-S Technologies announced its plans to build another facility in the Blacksburg Industrial Park--its current location.
Officials say the 700-thousand dollar expansion will create 10-new jobs over the next three years.
E-S-S Technologies designs and manufactures custom packaging equipment.
The company currently employs 13-people.
Meanwhile, Wachovia is setting quarterly profict recoreds, even with the costs of merging with First Union.
The company reported a one-Billion dollar profit for the second quarter
Meanwhile, the company says the merger of branches in the Carolinas is complete and work is going on now in Virginia.
(Kim tosses to bump)