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((I JUMPED IN AND I THOUGHT MY GOD, IT'S GASOLINE AND THEN HE TOOK A MATCH AND TRIED TO SET HIM ON FIRE AND HE STARTED SHOOTING. ))
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A disgruntled employee goes on a rampage during a school board meeting last night in Charleston, West Virginia.
Details, coming up.
And L-A Laker star Kobe Bryant should find out today if he'll be charged with sexual assualt.
A nice sunny start to our afternoon but clouds will build in leading to a few scattered thunderstorms. I'll have your weekend forecast.
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
A librarian is shot and two other people are doused with gasoline during a school board meeting in West Virginia.
Authorities say the gunman was a school maintenance worker.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
It began as a routine school board meeting in Charleston, West Virginia last night, until an employee showed up with anger, weapons, and gasoline.
Scott Rapoport has the story.
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[SUPER=01-Scott Rapoport/CBS News; :50]
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NAT SOT: Perp walk
"Did you have anything specific to make you mad?"
WITNESSES SAY 58 YEAR OLD RICHARD DEAN BRIGHT SHOWED UP AT A SCHOOL
BOARD MEETING WITH AN AUTOMATIC RIFLE...3 BUCKETS OF GASOLINE...AND SOME
SOT: - Witness (no name)
"He picked up one of the buckets and tossed it on the administrator
sitting at the administrator's table...then he got out a match and tried
to light the gasoline, which thank God didn't work."
THE HORRIFYING SCENE UNFOLDED LAST NIGHT IN CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA .
BRIGHT...A MAINTENCE WORKER WHO'D BEEN ON SICK LEAVE... ACCORDING TO
SHOCKED ON-LOOKERS...DOUSED TWO PEOPLE WITH GASOLINE...APPARENTLY TRIED
TO SET ONE OF THEM ON FIRE...AND SHOT AND WOUNDED A HIGH SCHOOL
LIBRARIAN WITH A RIFLE HE'D HIDDEN UNDER HIS OVERCOAT...BEFORE BEING
TACKLED BY AUDIENCE MEMBERS.
POLICE SAY IF HE HADN'T BEEN SUBDUED SO QUICKLY...MORE PEOPLE MIGHT HAVE
BRIGHT IS NOW CHARGED WITH MALICIOUS WOUNDING AND ENDANGERMENT. He's
BEING HELD ON 250-THOUSAND DOLLARS CASH BOND.
COPS SUGGEST BRIGHT WAS A DISGRUNTLED EMPLOYEE.. SCOTT RAPOPORT...CBS
Roanoke's city manager wants to know why there is a discrepancy between the way the school board and the police department count incidents of school violence.
In a letter to the board,
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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((GLORIA MANNS/ROANOKE CITY SCHOOL 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;]
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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.
The Virginia Supreme Court will NOT 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.
N-B-A star Kobe Bryant will learn today if he will face charges in an alleged sexual assault.
Jennifer Miller has more from Eagle, Colorado.
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SPORTS FANS WAIT TO LEARN IF ONE OF THEIR BRIGHTEST STARS WILL SOON BE
TARNISHED BY CHARGES OF SEXUAL ASSAULT. LOS ANGELES LAKERS GUARD, KOBE
BRYANT, IS ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING A 19-YEAR-OLD WOMAN WHILE STAYING AT
THIS EXCLUSIVE RESORT IN EDWARDS, COLORADO, LAST MONTH. THIS AFTERNOON,
DISTRICT ATTORNEY MARK HURLBERT IS EXPECTED TO ANNOUNCE WHETHER HE WILL
THE EAGLE COUNTY SHERIFF WAS QUICK TO ARREST BRYANT, WHO TURNED HIMSELF
IN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY AND THEN POSTED 25-THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND.
BUT TO FILE CRIMINAL CHARGES, THE D-A MUST MEET A HIGHER STANDARD. FOR
NEARLY TWO WEEKS HE HAS WAITED FOR DNA TESTS TO COME BACK FROM THE
STATES CRIME LAB AND WARNS THE DELAY DOES NOT INDICATE THE CASE IS WEAK.
IF BRYANT IS CHARGED THE ALL-STAR ACCUSTOMED TO WINNING ON THE
BASKETBALL COURT IS CONFIDENT HE WILL ALSO WIN IN THE LEGAL ONE.
BRYANT MAINTAINS HIS INNOCENCE TELLING THE L-A TIMES, QUOTE, WHEN
EVERYTHING COMES CLEAN, IT WILL ALL BE FINE, YOULL SEE.
JENNIFER MILLER, CBS NEWS, EAGLE, COLORADO.
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Coming up next on the newscast, authorities say the man behind the Iraq intelligence controversy is found dead.
Also a psychologist decides if the man accused of killing three people at a Grundy law school is mentally competent to stand trial.
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While wildfires continue to be a threat in the western U-S, flames are also leading to evacuations in France.
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Fanned by strong winds, a forest fire has swept through nearly 15- thousand acres.
About five thousand people, including many vacationers, had to evacuate late last night as homes became encircled by fire.
So far, no one's been seriously injured, but several houses and dozens of cars were destroyed.
Some fire officials say it's the biggest blaze they've seen in the area in over a decade.
More violence today against American forces in Iraq.
The military says a U- S soldier died when a bomb was set off under a military convoy that was crossing a bridge.
The soldier was from the Third Infantry division.
Meanwhile, U-S troops have sealed off part of a neighborhood west of Baghdad and blocked a highway after a landmine was found there.
The highway is known to be used frequently by American troops.
Authorities believe they've solved the case of a missing official in Great Britain, who's at the center of the controversy surrounding pre- war intelligence about Iraq.
Police have tentatively identified a body as 59- year- old Defense Ministry Advisor David Kelly.
He's the official who was named a possible source for a disputed B-B-C news report that said the government had doctored intelligence about Iraq's weapons programs.
The body was found in a wooded area about five miles from Kelly's home.
No word on the cause of death.
Kelly's family reported him missing late yesterday when he didn't return from a walk.
As police try to determine whether to charge the 86- year- old man who ran over a crowd of a people at an outdoor market in California, there's surprising new evidence that may show he should n't have been behind the wheel in the first place.
Vince Gonzales explains.
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[SUPER=01-Dwight Helmick/California Highway Patrol Commissioner; :40]
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The date on this amateur video tape is wrong. It's actually 1993. Weller
apparently lost control of his brand new car at a party and crashed into
a retaining wall. It's the same car he would drive into the crowd at the
Farmers Market ten years later.
Weller, seen here walking with a cane, was 76 at the time
In the wake of Wednesday's accident, shocked residents of this beach
community are mourning the dead and cleaning up...while authorities try
to piece together exactly what happened.
Weller isn't facing charges yet but officials say the crash is reason
enough for the state to toughen requirements for elderly motorists.
(SOT/104322/DWIGHT HELMICK, CHP COMMISSIONER) I THINK MOST OF THEM
HOPEFULLY WOULD BE WILLING TO BE TESTED MORE FREQUENTLY JUST TO BE SURE
THAT THEIR SKILLS HAVE NOT DETERIORATED.)
(nats driving lesson) SLOW TURN, SLOW TURN!!
Just a few miles from the accident scene, 73-year-old Laurel Bettendorf
failed her driving test Thursday. She worries losing her license means
losing her independence.
(SOT, 1:21:13) "IT IS PURELY MY INDEPENDENCE WITHOUT IT I'M TOTALLY
DEPENDENT ON EXPENSIVE MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION AND THE GOOD WILL OF
Nick Nickles shares her fear. He's taking a class with other seniors to
keep his road skills sharp.
(SOT/Nick Nickles/91914) I'D BE LOST WITHOUT DRIVING
(GFX: SHOW U.S. map and SHOW STATES with restrictions, source insurance
institute for highway safety)
But across the country, only 11 states mandate extra testing or
requirements for elderly drivers.
(HIGHLIGHT: NC and TN)
In North Carolina, the laws actually require the standard road test be
made easier for motorists over 60. In Tennessee licenses issued to
people over 65 NEVER expire.
(oncam close: But the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says, while
"some older drivers do pose an increased risk" on the road...not
surprisingly, they are more likely to be involved in SLOW-SPEED crashes.
And when there is a fatality-- it's usually the elderly driver who dies.
Vince Gonzales CBS Nws Santa Monica California.
It's been six months since a five-year-old Grayson County boy disappeared from his home.
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Cynthia Davis and Dennis Schemerhorn (Skim-er-horn) were charged with child neglect in connection with the disappearance of Davis' son, Logan Bowman.
The two are scheduled to be tried separately. Davis in October, Schemerhorn in November.
Meanwhile, authorities say the chances of finding Logan alive are fading everyday.
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((JERRY WILSON/GRAYSON CO. SHERIFF: WE HAVE SMALL SEARCHES WE'VE HAD INFORMATION FROM DIFFERENT PEOPLE ABOUT DIFFERENT LOCATIONS TO LOOK AND OF COURSE WE FOLLOW UP ALL LEADS AND TRY TO FIND SOMETHING, BUT SO FAR WE HAVEN'T RECOVERED ANYTHING.))
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Wilson says since Logan's disappearance in January, he's gotten calls as far away as Florida and Chicago but still has no strong leads.
The suspect in a shooting spree in Grundy last year may now be competent to stand trial.
Peter Odighizuwa faces capital murder charges for the shooting deaths of three people in January 2002 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 is scheduled for September Ninth.
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Coming up -Leo has your weekend forecast coming up -
and how does it "steer" those things? This cow is setting records with its horns.
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He's named after Lurch from T-V's "The Addams Family."
But it's not the size of his FRAME that earned him the moniker-- it's the size of his HORNS.
Lurch is a world champion Watusi cow.
He's SO unique that he won the Guinness Book of World Records for having the world's largest horns.
Lurch has been featured in a number of publications, making him a celebrity.
People come from all over, just to get a peek.
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((JANICE WOLF/PET OWNER: I PRETTY MUCH PLAN MY WEEKENDS NOW TO STAY HOME BECAUSE PEOPLE COME UP DRIVING REAL SLOW UP THIS ROAD AND THEY GO UP HERE AND THEY LOOK AND I KNOW WHAT THEY'RE LOOKING FOR SO I GO OUT AND I SAY BY ANY CHANCE ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A COW AND I SAY COME ON. ))
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They're 37- and- a- half inches around-- larger than the average man's waist.
Each horn weighs 100 pounds.
But they can't be cut because Wolf says they have blood in them and cutting them would be like cutting off a leg.
A Blacksburg company is bringing more jobs to the area.
Kriskell L-L-C and E-S-S Technologies announced today its plans to build another facility in the Blacksburg Industrial Park.
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.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 42 points. The NASDAQ has gained one point.
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Coming up.. the british open gets off to a strange start- we'll explain why...
and the Salem Avalanche holds a summer baseball camp for young players.
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One can only hope Friday's play at the British Open isn't as bizarre as yesterday's was for the sport's royalty.
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To add the strangeness of the day - Tiger Woods hit his first shot of the round into the high, thick rough at Royal St. George's.
It would be tough enough to hit it out - but the problem was that not a single person could find the ball.
About 25 people looked for it, but after the five minute search limit expired - no one found it.
So Tiger had to head back to the tee and start over.
He finished the hole with a 7.
He ran into more problems on hole number 12, when his shot out of this deep pot bunker ricocheted left, and led to the first of three straight bogeys on the back side.
Woods finished with a 2 over par round of 73 and really has to feel fortunate to be there.
He's five shots behind South African Hennie Otto - who shot a 68 in some very windy conditions.
One shot behind him is a Shark.
Greg Norman, at the age of 48 is right in the mix after playing just as he did a decade ago, when he won the Open on the same course at St. George's.
Norman is joined a shot back by Davis Love the 3rd.
David Toms shot and 80, Ernie Els the defending champ is at 7 over 78.
It's another short season for Ken Griffey Junior.
The Cincinnati Reds outfielder will miss the rest of the year after rupturing a tendon in his right ankle in Thursday's loss to
Houston. Griffey was injured while running out a double in the sixth inning.
Griffey was once considered a serious threat to break Hank Aaron's record of 755 career home runs. But he's played in only 234
of a possible 418 games since the start of the 2001 season. He's made seven trips to the D-L during that time.
Many of the Salem players also took care of business on the field yesterday morning.
The Avalanche/Rip City baseball camp is closing in on a decade of teaching young baseball players the game.
And Steve Mason says the education process is working both ways.
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[SUPER=01-Josh Canales/Avalanche Infielder; :55]
[SUPER=01-Todd Self/Avalanche First Baseman & Outfielder; 1:24]
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((Hard to miss a fly ball at Salem Memorial Stadium this week. 120 kids ages seven to 12 spread themselves out among nine different stations.
from pitching mechanics with Salem hurler Mark Hamilton to infielding with first baseman/outfielder Todd Self, the kids are instructed on proper techniques.
Of course the name of the game is fun and the counselors, like Virginia Tech bound baseball star Nate Parks didn't hesitate to dive right in.
To hot outside, well then how about a locker room tour from Avs infielder Josh Canales. Lots of cool stuff to do, like some question and answer with a Salem player and you could even like smell an Avalanche players bat.
((TODD SELF/AVALANCHE FIRST BASEMAN, OUTFIELDER:))
The three day camp wraps up Friday afternoon, in Salem, Steve Mason news 7 sports.))
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