A Botetourt County man who tried to run from a murder charge is also being sought for questioning in a South Roanoke arson.
47-year-old Milen Rube Goins is being held in the Botetourt County jail without bond.
He told a judge yesterday morning that he's going to hire a lawyer to represent him and wouldn't talk to investigators.
Goins is charged with first degree murder in the shooting death of his cousin.
He may also face charges for allegedly trying to attack an officer who was driving him from North Carolina to Fincastle.
Yesterday, we learned that investigators in Roanoke also want to talk to Goins about a fire in the city.
They say Goins was painting a historic house that burned down on Cornwallis Avenue in South Roanoke in July.
The home's owner, Ed Walker, says Goins was a great painter, but that he apparently had a fight with his foreman shortly before the fire.
No one was injured in a fire that destroyed a mobile home in Salem.
The blaze broke out before 10 o-clock last night at Rameys Trailer Park, just off Route 419.
Two people were home at the time and got out safely.
Investigators believe the fire started in the bathroom, but they're not yet sure how.
Vice President Dick Cheney will be in Roanoke next week.
He's the guest of honor at a private Republican fundraiser that'll be held at the home of a Roanoke businessman.
The one-thousand-dollar-a-head dinner will raise money for the
Bush-Cheney re-election campaign.
State Attorney General Jerry Kilgore is expected to attend.
Governor Mark Warner will unveil details of his "Education for a Lifetime" program today.
The plan is an effort to reform the state's educational system.
Warner has said it will focus on keeping good teachers, helping children prepare for school and overhauling the high school
The program will also include a proposal to enable high school seniors to earn up to a full semester of college credit before graduation.
Roanoke's Municipal Auditor says a new audit would help restore public confidence in the city schools.
Yesterday, members of city council encouraged the school board to take his advice.
Joe Dashiell has the story.
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[IN Q=A new task force]
[SUPER=01-Drew Harmon/Municipal Auditor; :27]
[OUT Q=Joe Dashiell, News 7 Roanoke.]
((A new task force is just beginning its review of school safety and the school resource officer program.
And that was on the agenda as city council sat down with the school board.
[IN Q=We've got a lot]
((we've got a lot of work ahead))
The discussion took a different turn a short time later, when members of council convened a meeting of the city's audit committee.
Municipal Auditor Drew Harmon said he believes a new audit is needed to determine the extent of the under reporting problem, and consider whether mistakes were intentional.
[IN Q=And my sense is]
((AND MY SENSE IS THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION REVIEW WAS NOT DESIGNED TO ANSWER THOSE QUESTIONS. AND IN THE END DID NOT. AND THAT IT WOULD BE BETTER, SOONER THAN LATER, TO TRY TO ANSWER THOSE QUESTIONS.))
((WE NEED TOG ET OUR MUNICIPAL AUDITOR INVOLVED IN THIS PROCESS OF LOOKING AT THE REPORTING OF VIOLENCE ION OUR SCHOOL SYSTEM AND GIVING THE PUBLIC SOME SENSE OF CONFIDENCE THAT CITY COUNCIL AS WELL AS THE SCHOOL BOARD WANTS ANSWERS AND WANTS THEM SOON.))
[OUT Q=wants them soon.]
The school board's audit committee meets next Tuesday, before the regular school baord meeting. We should find out then, if school board members will support the call for another audit.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))[Congress-Blackout]
Today Congress opens hearings on last month's massive blackout that affected 50- million people.
It took only nine seconds for power to fail across 34- thousand miles of high voltage line.
Congress hopes to shed some light on what went wrong and why in the first of two planned hearings.
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[IN Q=We have already]
((SPENCER ABRAHAM/ENERGY SECRETARY: WE HAVE ALREADY SEEN MANY THEORIES ABOUND ABOUT WHAT MIGHT HAVE LED TO THE OUTAGE, AND BEEN FACTORS IN IT.))
[SUPER=01-Spencer Abraham/Energy Secretary/August 19;]
[OUT Q=been factors in it.]
Investigators believe the problem MIGHT have started when transmission lines in Ohio failed, leading to a domino effect.
First Energy Corporation, which owns the Ohio plant, has dismissed that theory.
But utility companies in neighboring states plan to tell Congress that First Energy didn't warn them of the problem until it was too late.
Meanwhile, Congress is under increasing pressure to impose new standards on the national power grid.
With continued death and destruction in Iraq, the Bush administration is ready to ask the United Nations for help.
A senior administration official says the U-S will ask the world body to transform the U-S led force to a multi- national force.
It'll also ask the U-N to play a leading role in forming an Iraqi government.
White House officials will begin bouncing the idea off security council members in the coming days.
In business news, Stocks soared yesterday.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=in New York.]
((SEPTEMBER IS HISTORICALLY A TOUGH MONTH FOR THE MARKETS.. . The Stock
Trader's Almanac notes that both the Dow s and the S&P 500 posted their
biggest percentage losses in September over the past 52 years.
BUT IF THE FIRST TRADING DAY OF THIS SEPTEMBER IS ANY INDICATION.. THE
TIDE MAY BE TURNING
STOCKS BLASTED HIGHER THANKS TO UPBEAT ANALYST COMMENTS ON THE TECH
SECTOR AND A ANOTHER STRONG REPORT ON THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR..
THE DOW JUMPED 107 POINTS TO A NEW 14 MONTH HIGH
THE NASDAQ RACED AHEAD 31 POINTS TO ITS HIGHEST CLOSE IN 17 MONTHS.
IT APPEARS NBC IS THE LAST ONE STANDING IN THE BIDDING WAR FOR VIVENDI'S
SHARES OF VIVENDI UNIVERSAL RALLIED 6.5 PERCENT AFTER AGREEING TO TALK
EXCLUSIVELY WITH GENERAL ELECTRIC'S NBC UNIT ON THE POSSIBLE SALE OF ITS
UNIVERSAL FILM, TELEVISION AND THEME PARK BUSINESS. NBC has been the
only major broadcast network that hasn't had a connection to a film
studio. FOX, WALT DISNEY'S ABC AND VIACOM'S CBS ALL HAVE CONNECTIONS TO
LARGE STUDIOS. VIACOM IS AN INVESTOR IN MARKETWATCH.COM.
The Securities and Exchange Commission is questioning the New York Stock
THE 140 MILLION DOLLAR ONE TIME PAYOUT THE EXCHANGE GRANTED ITS CEO DICK
GRASSO.The sec's letter requests a response from the NYSE by Tuesday
AT&T IS SUING ITS BANKRUPT RIVAL MCI.. ACCUSING MCI OF SCHEMING TO
IMPROPERLY ROUTE CALLS THROUGH CANADA AND ONTO AT&T'S NETWORK TO AVOID
EXPENSIVE CONNECTION FEES.
TRACK ALL THE PRE MARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM... I'M AC IN NY.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
The first man to face execution in the U-S for killing an abortion doctor has just hours to live.
But he says the sooner, the better.
Paul Hill is scheduled to die by lethal injection today at six P-M in Florida for the 19-94 crime.
The 49- year- old former minister says the government will make a martyr out of him.
Meanwhile, several Florida officials connected to the case received
threatening letters last week, but Governor Jeb Bush says he won't be ``bullied.''
A Lynchburg judge has refused to move the trial of a double murder suspect out of the Hill City.
Kevin Eugene Brown is accused of helping to kill Anthony and Rhonda Robinson in their Sussex Street home last year.
His co-defendant.. Leon Jermain Winston.. has already been convicted and sentenced to death for the crime.
Judge Leyburn Mosby yesterday denied a defense request to move the trial because of pre-trial publicity.
He did appoint another medical examiner whom the defense hopes will testify that Brown's single gunshot did not kill Anthony Robinson.
Brown's trial starts September 15th.
Paroled child molester Tony Leyva is back in the custody of U-S Marshals.
Leyva was captured in Haiti over the weekend, more than a month after disappearing from Roanoke.
Marshals say Leyva was being brought to Miami yesterday and will likely be returned to the federal prison system after a court hearing.
He'll then likely have to serve the remaining 9 years of his federal sentence.
Authorities know who was struck and killed by a train in Franklin County yesterday morning.
State police have identified the man as 25- year old Christopher Michael Coe of Callaway.
According to Norfolk Southern, the was turning a corner when engineers saw Coe lying beside his bicycle on the tracks.
They tried to stop the train, but were unable to, and it struck Coe.
The incident happened on a stretch of tracks beneath a small private bridge on Blue Street near Boones Mill.
Coe died at the scene.
If you are one of the 400-thousand Virginians behind on your state taxes, a letter could be headed your way.
In it, you will find information on the state's new tax amnesty program.
The program started yesterday and runs through November third.
For the next nine weeks, delinquent taxpayers can avoid all penalties AND pay only half of the owed interest.
State officials say those who don't pay now will pay stiffer penalties later.
And they created a character called Tax Letter Man to help get that message across.
[IN Q=WHEN TAX LETTERMAN ]
((KEN THORSON/STATE TAX COMMISSIONER: WHEN TAX LETTERMAN SAYS HE KNOWS WHERE YOU LIVE HE'S NOT KIDDING. HE KNOWS WHERE TAX DELINQUENTS LIVE BECAUSE WE AT THE TAXATION DEPARTMENT TOLD HIM WHERE YOU LIVE. THE DEPARTMENT HAS A LONG AND KEEN MEMORY AND LIKE TAX LETTER MAN WE DO NOT LIKE BEING IGNORED.))
[SUPER=01-Ken Thorson/State Tax Commissioner]
[OUT Q=DO NOT LIKE BEING IGNORED.]
State officials are expecting the amnesty to raise 48 million dollars.
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
Classes at Hollins University begin today.
But hundreds of freshman got a lesson outside the classroom yesterday.
Shannon Young has the story.
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[IN Q=Who knew college orientation could be so filthy...]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Alexandra Schlichd/Hollins Freshman; :05]
[SUPER=01-Lindsey Cress/Hollins Sophomore; :12]
[SUPER=01-Lynda Calkins/Day of Service Coordinator; :32]
[SUPER=01-Elizabeth Brown/Hollins Freshman; 1:04]
[OUT Q=News 7, Roanoke County.]
(([SOT nats of shaking trash bag.]
Who knew college orientation could be so... filthy?
[SOT 1:46:17 - 1:46:24]
[IN Q=It's really gross...]
((ALEXANDRA SCHLICHD/HOLLINS FRESHMAN: IT'S REALLY GROSS. THERE'S A LOT OF GARBAGE AND I'M SO GLAD WE'RE DOING THIS 'CAUSE IT'S REALLY A SHAME ITS SO DIRTY.))
[OUT Q=a shame it's so dirty.]
[BUTT BUTT BUTT]
[SOT 1:43:20 - 1:43:26]
[IN Q=We're finding coke bottles...]
((LINDSEY CRESS/HOLLINS SOPHOMORE: WE'RE FINDING COKE BOTTLES, WE'RE FINDING BEER BOTTLES. JUST ALL SORTS OF DIFFERENT STUFF.))
[OUT Q=sorts of different stuff.]
Alexandra and Lindsey are students at Hollins University.
But Tuesday found them picking up trash at Explore Park.
They are two of nearly two hundred participants in annual Hollins Day of Service.
[SOT 1:22:25 - 1:22:32]
[IN Q=I think it's part of...]
((LYNDA CALKIN/DAY OF SERVICE COORDINATOR: I THINK IT'S PART OF THEIR OVERALL EDUCATION, IT TAKES THE CLASSROOM AND PUTS IT INTO REAL-LIFE EXPERIENCES..))
[OUT Q=into real-life experiences.]
Most of these young women are required to volunteer as part of their freshman orientation.
But many are new to the Roanoke Valley.
For these two, picking up a paint brush means picking up new friends.
[SOT 1:27:39 - 1:27:48]
[IN Q=I personally didn't know...]
((LYDIA BERESFORD/HOLLINS FRESHMAN AND CANDICE DALTON/HOLLINS FRESHMAN: 1:27:39 - 1:27:48
I PERSONALLY DIDN'T KNOW ANY OF THE GIRLS IN MY GROUP BUT WE ALL MET ON THE WAY OVER AND... LYDIA.... AND WE FOUND WE HAVE DIFFERENT THINGS IN COMMON. CANDICE.... IT'S BEEN A REAL BIG HELP.))
[OUT Q=it's bee a real big help.]
They're also finding that once they're off campus everyone's on equal ground.
[SOT 1:1:49:10 1:49:18]
[IN Q=We've come out here and...]
((ELIZABETH BROWN/HOLLINS FRESHMAN: WE'VE COME OUT HERE AND WE'RE SWEATY AND WE'RE HOT, WE'RE DIRTY AND WE'RE REALLY NOT JUDGING EACH OTHER.))
[OUT Q=really not judged each other.]
It's a lesson that rarely needs a touch up.
[SOT 1:47:10 - 1:47:14]
[IN Q=I like the whole teamwork...]
((ALEXANDRA: I LIKE THE WHOLE TEAMWORK OBJECTIVE AND IT REALLY FEELS GOOD TO BE HELPING.))
[OUT Q=really good to be helping.]
[BUTT BUTT BUTT]
[SOT 1:28:22 - 1:28:30]
[IN Q=We're just doing it Tom Sawyer...]
((LYDIA AND CANDICE: WE'RE JUST DOING IT TOM SAWYER STYLE... WHITE PICKET FENCE... YEAH, IT'S BEEN A LOT OF FUN... IT'S BEEN A LOT OF FUN.))
[OUT Q=a lot of fun (second time).]
But the hard work starts soon enough.
Classes at Hollins start Wednesday.
Shannon Young, News 7, Roanoke County.))
[Tape tosses to bump]
Sid Clower's served his time in prison, but he still has a debt to pay.
The former Henry County administrator left the Rustburg Correctional Unit yesterday.
He'll spend the next three months in a work-release program in Chatham.
Clower served 400 days for embezzling more than 800-thousand dollars from the county Public Service Authority.
He's repaid about a quarter of it, by selling his house and handing over his county pension.
County officials say they don't expect to recover much more.
After work release, Clower still has 20 years of supervised probation in Henry County.
[WIPE WIPE WIPE][11Soering]
[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE]
No parole for Jens Soering, the man convicted of killing his girlfriend's parents in Bedford County more than 10 years ago.
The 37-year-old says the Virginia Parole Board notified him last week that his parole was denied and that he won't get another hearing until 2006.
Soering was sentenced to two life terms for the murders of Derek and Nancy Haysom.
His girlfriend Elizabeth Haysom pleaded guilty to conspiring to kill her parents and was sentenced to 90 years in prison.
(I'll ad lib intro)
[IN Q=The Senior]
[SUPER=01-Barbara James/L.O.A.; :10]
[SUPER=01-Vivian Carpenter/Senior Companion; 1:25]
[SUPER=01-Elanora Toney/L.O.A. Client; 1:44]
[OUT Q= a grandparent]
[SUPER=16-(540) 985-9600/Senior Companion Information;]
(Steve ad lib toss to bump)
((Archive: LOA Foster Grandparent Program))