Nine of Doctor Cecil Knox's patients died of drug overdoses. His attorney says that's nine out of 2-thousand in a hig
And the school bus driver involved in an accident yesterday has a history of driving infractions.
Tonight on News 7 sports Antonio Freeman is back with the Pack, a high school football coach faces drunk driving charges.
and Maurice Clarett's season is officially over at Ohio State before it ever starts.
The weather pattern is just fine thank you. Let's see how long it will last.
News 7 is next.
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Especially in the HIGH-risk practice of pain relief. That's one of the key points offered in defense of pain specialist Cecil Knox.
Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry. Shannon is off tonight.
It was offered as the OxyContin abuse trial got underway today in federal Court.
The prosecution displayed photographs of several of the nine patients who DIED under Doctor Knox's care.
The defense points out those nine were among 2-thousand patients Knox was seeing during the same 5-year period.
It's part of a group of charges involving the distribution of narcotics, mostly OxyContin- -cases where patients overdosed on the drug.
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((UP FLASHED A PICTURE OF A MAN CALLED EDDIE O'BRIEN. AT THE TIME OF HIS DEATH IT HAD BEEN 18 MONTHS SINCE HE HAD SEEN DR. KNOX.))
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The prosecutor declined to summarize his case on camera.
A sales rep for the drug company Perdue Pharma testified that it was Doctor Knox who suggested the company adopt a system designed to keep third parties from obtaining narcotics prescribed for particular patients.
A Perdue Pharma manager from the home office in Connecticut said of all the doctors in the country who write prescriptions for OxyContin, Knox was number 11. When asked whether she'd been called to testify in criminal cases against any of the top ten, Alicia Graziano said, "no."
The government's lead witness was a convict called to testify that he'd once traded marijuana for OxyContin and that he'd seen Knox smoking pot with others.
When asked to identify Knox, inmate Edwin Showmaker couldn't pick him out of the crowded courtroom, nor could he identify the doctor from a photograph of Knox when he had long hair.
Radford photographer Robert Shell has now been charged with murder.
A grand jury indicted Shell this afternoon on nine charges, including felony homicide, defilement of a dead human body, forcible sodomy and distribution of drugs.
The 56-year-old photographer had already been charged with object sexual penetration, in connection with the death of his model and assistant, Marion Franklin of North Carolina.
Police found the 19-year-old model dead in Shell's studio June 3rd. The prosecution will NOT release results of an autopsy.
Franklin's family released a statement today, saying Shell was a much older man who took advantage of a young girl's desire to better herself and for that there must be justice.
Shell will remain on house arrest if he is able to make a 75-thousand dollar bond and show proof that his wife will allow him to stay with her.
A judge also allowed Shell to visit his office once a week to finish work on a book.
Some Montgomery County parents say the school bus driver involved in yesterday's accident has a history of bad driving.
Police say Joan Moses was traveling west on McCoy Road yesterday afternoon, when she crashed her bus into the back of a pickup truck.
Two children and the driver of the truck, Frank Harrison were hurt.
Although Harrison was charged in the crash, many parents say their children have complained about Moses' driving in the past.
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Court documents show Moses has had at least four traffic violations in the last THREE years, including speeding and following too close.
School superintendent Fred Morton says he can't address Moses' driving history, but that he was unaware of any complaints.
Moses has been placed on leave while school officials investigate.
She would not repond when News 7 called her about this story.
A proposed tire burning power plant in Henry County has cleared another hurdle.
Last night, Martinsville city council unanimously voted to sell city-owned property to Tire Energy Corporation.
The company wants to build the plant in the Martinsville Industrial Park.
Some nearby residents oppose the project, concerned about the environmental impact.
The Department of Environmental Quality must now issue a permit and a spokesperson says it will most likely be granted within the next two weeks.
Southside Virginia is moving into the fast lane in hopes of a better- prepared workforce.
With the Martinsville Speedway as a backdrop, state and local officials today announced an initiative called "Race to G-E-D."
It is made possible thanks to a 443-thousand dollar grant by the West Piedmont Workforce Investment Board.
The program is designed to help Virginians get their high school diploma which they hope will then lead to a well- paying job.
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((DIANE BERNARD/FRANKLIN CO. RESIDENT: IT IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR PEOPLE LIKE ME. I AM 48 AND I'M LOOKING FOR A BETTER JOB AND ONE OF MY BIGGEST GOALS IS I'VE ALWAYS TO BE A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA, HAVE MY G-E-D AND I'M DETERMINED TO DO THAT.))
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The program is open to residents in Danville and Martinsville, as well as the counties of Henry, Patrick, Pittsylvania, and Franklin.
Late-Model Stock Car Driver Peyton Sellars has agreed to advertise the program on his race car.
The YMCA of the Roanoke Valley reaches the finish line in its race for funding.
More on the victory and its new facilities when News 7 returns.
Plus one city tries to keep its new golf course out of the rough amid rising costs.
They may not be counting votes yet, but candidates are now counting the days until November fourth.
Today three who are waging campaigns for the General Assembly tackled the state budget, domestic violence, and interstate 81.
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Joe Dashiell is in the newsroom with a whistle-stop tour of the day's campaign news.
Keith, we're now fewer than 60 days away from the November elections.
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Here in the Roanoke Valley, candidates for the General Assembly are gearing up.
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((Independent Gary Bowman is running against Democrat Linda Wyatt and Republican William Fralin in the 17th House District.
Getting a handle on state spending, and what he considers a dysfunctional budget process is his pre-eminent issue.
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In Salem, Delegate Morgan Griffith gathered with local prosecutors and victim witness coordinators to discuss legislation aimed at domestic violence.
Griffith proposes tougher penalties for individuals who violate protective orders.
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Earlier this week, Griffith's opponent in the 8th House District, Democrat Mark Emick, received the endorsement of Roanoke and Salem firefighters associations.
The day's final stop was the Virginia Museum of Transportation, where Democrat Stephen Emick stood in front of vintage steam locomotives to tout a 21st century transportation plan.
Facing Republican Brandon Bell in the 22nd Senatorial District, Emick called for major rail improvements to address congestion on Interstate 81.
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Three candidates and three different issues today...
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And there's much more to come as the candidates try to connect with the voters.
A man was shot and wounded in Carroll County early today.
The sheriff's office says 21-year-old Glen McMillian of Cana went to a neighbor's house after he was shot in the face.
He's in stable condition at a North Carolina hospital.
Deputies arrested a suspect a few hours later.
19-year-old Kyle Travis Snow, also of Cana, is charged with malicious wounding and illegal use of a firearm.
Officials did not say what led to the shooting.
Stocks finished lower for the second straight day.
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The DOW fell 87 points.
NASDAQ dropped 50.
Even though the greens and fairways are still brown, excitment is growing over Buena Vista's municipal golf course.
It's designed to bring in more dollars to that area, and keep the city out of the economic rough.
Richard Lesko has more.
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((After four years of planning, and five months of construction, Buena Vista's latest multimillion dollar project is looking more like a golf course. There have been a few setbacks though, in fact the main road will likely cost double what was expected.
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The project is costing the city 7 million dollars, but the course is expected to bring in 1 million a year, and could generate 33 million in new construction.
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While the greens and fairways are taking shape, there is still much work to be done. Grass seed needs to be spread, and the clubhouse design still must be finalized. Even though the first drive is months away, people are already talking about the course.
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Coming up in sports - trouble for a college star and a veteran Friday Football Extra coach.
And we'll visit with the nationally ranked Roanoke College Maroons soccer team.
Maurice Clarett is done at Ohio State for this season - and probably for good.
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Clarett and his mom met with Ohio State athletic director Andy Geiger earlier today at which time he was informed that he would not play for the Buckeyes this season.
His scholarship is in tact, but most expect Clarett to transfer.
Yesterday, he was charged with a misdemeanor after providing false information in a police report.
Clarett and his Mom say they are keeping their options open.
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Tunstall high school head football coach Buddy Brown has been charged with Driving While Intoxicated.
His arrest came almost a month ago on August 14th according to court records.
Brown also refused to take a breathalyzer or blood test at the time of the arrest.
He is scheduled to appear in Danville General district court on October 27th.
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He has continued to coach the Tunstall team while waiting for his hearing next month.
Brown, who has taught driver's education at the school, has been the Trojans' coach for the past 18 years. This Friday night his team plays at Gretna.
Former Hokie Antonio Freeman is back in Green Bay.
Freeman signed a one year deal with the Pack today a year after he caught 46 passes with the Eagles.
He is the Packers' fifth all time leading pass catcher, but left the town and the team after Green Bay decided he wasn't worth his salary.
It's amazing what you'll do when you find yourself unemployed.
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And it's a doubleheader NFL weekend on WDBJ-7.
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On Sunday the Chiefs and Steelers play at one followed by the Patriots and Eagles at four. The NFL Today gets things started at Noon.
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And this Saturday at three the Georgia Bulldogs play host to the South Carolina Gamecocks fresh off their win over UVa. It's all right here on Your Hometown Station.
The East Coast Hockey League's commissioner, Brian McKenna, released a statement this afternoon saying that this league will be submitting a new collective bargaining agreement to the player's association before the end of the week.
The goal is still to start the season on time next month.
The Roanoke College men's soccer team is off to a four and OH start this season and Steve Mason says even though the national rankings don't add up for the Maroons, nothing has can been able to derail this team, so far.
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((Go figure. The Maroons beat two opponents last week yet dropped from 10th to 11th in the NCAA Division III national poll.
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One thing Allison has been able to figure out is how to win with a team whose make up is half freshman. Of course it helps to have former Blacksburg star Harper Thorsen in net. The goalie transferred in from Division I Radford and in four games, the Maroons have yet to allow a goal.
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And finally, the Florida Marlins are in the lead in the National League wild card race.
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The fish beat the Mets this afternoon 7-to-3 and now have a half game lead over the Phillies.
The Marlins have now won 11 of their last 13 games.
The Mets have lost 7 straight.
The YMCA is saying thanks for a capital campaign that exceeded expectations.
The Y raised ten and a half million dollars, surpassing its goal by more than 100- thousand dollars.
This morning at the Jefferson Center, YMCA officials celebrated that milestone, and the receipt of a 500- thousand challenge grant from the Kresge (KREZ-gee) Foundation.
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((CAL JOHNSON/YMCA OF ROANOKE VALLEY; JUST A BIG THANK YOU TO THE VALLEY. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT IS THE CULMINATION OF THREE YEARS OF EFFORT AND IT SAYS SOMETHING ABOUT OUR VALLEY AS A CAN-DO PLACE, WHEN PEOPLE HAVE A VISION AND GET AFTER DOING IT.))
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New buildings are now under construction in Roanoke and Salem.
Officials announced today that the Downtown Y will be named after the Kirk family, to recognize the family's financial support and volunteer leadership.