Today on News 7 at 5, they will not say why, but authorities raid Micheal Jackson's Neverland Ranch.
Also a judge decides if accused murderer Scott Peterson will stand trial.
Periods of heavy rain in the Wednesday forecast has triggered a flood watch from the NWS. The latest radar pictures just ahead.
Same sex couples in one state could be one step closer to legalized marriages.
Police arrest two men in Amherst County following a chase that hit 90 miles per hour.
Plus Governor Warner warns state lawmakers about tax reform.
News 7 at Five is next.
Police investigators swarm the home of pop star Micheal Jackson in what they say is an ongoing criminal investigation.
While police did not specify the nature of the investigation, broadcast reports said the search warrant stemmed from allegations of sexual abuse brought by a 12-year-old boy against the self-styled King
Kelly Cobiella has more.
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[SUPER=01-Kelly Cobiella/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=CBS News]
((MORE THAN TWENTY OFFICERS SWARMED THE GATES OF MICHAEL JACKSON'S
NEVERLAND RANCH AT 8:30 IN THE MORNING. THE SANTA BARBARA COUNTY
SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT AND DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE SAID THEY
ARE EXECUTING A SEARCH WARRANT.. BUT WOULD SAY LITTLE ELSE: ONLY THAT
IT'S PART OF AN ONGOING CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION.
JACKSON AND HIS THREE CHILDREN ARE IN LAS VEGAS, ACCORDING TO HIS
SPOKESMAN. THE SINGER IS FILMING A MUSIC VIDEO.
THE MAN DUBBED THE KING OF POP HAS MADE MORE HEADLINES FOR HIS BEHAVIOR
OFF THE STAGE THAN ON IN RECENT YEARS.
EARLIER THIS YEAR, CHILD ADVOCATES CALLED FOR A PROBE AFTER JACKSON
REVEALED IN A DOCUMENTARY THAT HE SLEPT IN THE SAME BED WITH CHILLDREN.
THE SINGER SAID THERE WAS NOTHING SEXUAL ABOUT IT.
JACKSON WAS THE SUBJECT OF A CHILD MOLESTATION INVESTIGATION IN 1993.
HE MAINTAINED HIS INNOCENCE AND NO CRIMINAL CHARGES WERE EVER FILED.
A JACKSON FAMILY ATTORNEY TOLD CBS AFFILIATE - KCBS - THAT THIS
INVESTIGATION IS ABOUT CHILD MOLESTATION AND A TWELVE YEAR OLD BOY.
KELLY COBIELLA FOR CBS NEWS....))
Two people are dead following an accident earlier today in Floyd County.
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State police say it happened around 11:40 this morning on Route 221, just north of the town of Floyd.
Officers say 72-year-old Lowell Lawson of Patrick Springs was traveling southbound, when he drifted across the double lines and side-swiped another car driven by Isaac Staples of Floyd County.
Staples then hit another car head-on going in the opposite direction.
The driver of that car, Iris Thompson was taken to Roanoke Memorial, where she later died.
Her husband, Sherman, died at the scene.
Police say Lawson continued driving on the wrong side of the road, and collided with ANOTHER car driven by 16-year-old Brittnay Worrell of Copper Hill.
Lawson, Worrell and Staples were all taken to area hospitals.
There is no word on their conditions.
A high speed chase through central Virginia ended safely with a suspect in custody.. although a few police cars were banged up in the process.
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Steve Smallshaw is in our Lynchburg newsroom.. Steve how did all this get started?
Jean, the car the suspect and another man were driving was stolen from North Carolina.. and when it was spotted in Lynchburg this morning, that's when the chase was on.
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[IN Q=It started here]
[SUPER=03-Amherst Co.; :07]
[SUPER=01-Lt. Bill Dance/Lynchburg Police; :16]
[SUPER=01-Invest. Jeff Rowe/Amherst Town Police; :38]
[OUT Q=wearing handcuffs on one wrist.]
(( It started here on Centerdale Street around 9:45 when Lynchburg P-D tried pulling over a suspicious gray Cherokee with North Carolina plates.
The car took off and eventually headed north on Route 29 at speeds of more than 90 miles an hour.. with a half dozen cops in pursuit.
((LT. BILL DANCE/LYNCHBURG POLICE: WE WERE TAKING THAT INTO ACCOUNT THE WHOLE WAY, THE CIRCUMSTANCES INVOLVED WITH THE SUBJECTS IN THE VEHICLE THAT WAS STOLEN AND WE WERE TAKING THAT INTO ACCOUNT VERY SERIOUSLY. AND WE CAME OUT INTO THE EXPRESSWAY WHERE THE TRAFFIC WAS LIGHTER AT THAT POINT.))
[OUT Q=at that point.]
But when the chase hit a construction area near Sweet Briar College, Amherst Town Police investigator Jeff Rowe decided enough was enough.
((INVEST. JEFF ROWE/AMHERST TOWN POLICE: IT WAS GETTING TO THE POINT WHERE IT WAS GETTING DANGEROUS SO I PUSHED HIM IN THE REAR END, FORCED HIM AROUND IN A CIRCLE AND THAT'S WHERE ANOTHER DEPUTY STRUCK HIM AND I MADE SURE HE COULDN'T JUMP OUT THE DOOR.))
[OUT Q=jump out the door.]
Police quickly arrested the two men.. one of whom was already wearing handcuffs on one wrist.))
The driver has been identified as 32-year-old James Edward Sinclair of Greensboro, North Carolina.. he's facing felony charges in Lynchburg and Amherst County..
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Police say a security officer at a Home Depot in Greensboro tried to arrest Sinclair for shoplifting when the man escaped, reportedly stole a car and headed to Virginia.
The second man in that car was apparently a transient who Sinclair was giving a ride.. he's been released from police custody. Jean?
Scott Peterson's preliminary hearing is over. A judge has ruled he will stand trial for the murder of his wife Laci and their unborn son.
After weeks of witness testimony- in what is most a circumstantial evidence case, the judge ruled Peterson must stand trial.
The judge said prosecutors showed enough evidence during the hearing to show probable cause that Peterson committed the murders.
The defense claims police locked in on Peterson as the killer and did not investigate other leads.
Peterson's parents said they expected the decision and his defense team had little reaction.
Will convicted sniper John Allen Muhammad be sentenced to spend the rest of his days in prison or will he pay for his crimes with his life.
The penalty phase of his trial continues today in Virginia Beach.
Jennifer Donelan has more.
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[SUPER=01-Kwang Sz/Victim's Relative; :54]
[SUPER=01-Jennifer Donelan/CBS News; 1:15]
[OUT Q=CBS NEWS Virginia Beach.]
(( ON THIS DAY, JOHN ALLEN MUHAMMAD STOOD IN A VIRGINIA BEACH COURTROOM A
MAN GUILTY OF CAPITAL MURDER AND TERRORISM. HE SHOWED NO EMOTION AS A
BATTLE FOR HIS OWN LIFE OR DEATH UNFOLDED BEFORE HIM
THE GOVERNMENT HAVING ALREADY CONVINCED THE JURY MUHAMMAD
ORCHESTRATED THE SNIPER SHOOTINGS THAT LEFT 10 DEAD TRIED TO PROVE HE
HAS EVEN MORE BLOOD ON HIS HANDS.
THEY BEGAN WITH THE MURDER OF KENYA COOK, SHOT IN THE FACE IN TACOMA
WASHINGTON. THAT, LAWYERS SAY, WAS PAYBACK FOR SIDING WITH MUHAMMAD-S
EX-WIFE IN A BITTER CUSTODY BATTLE FOR THEIR CHILDREN.
NEXT CAME TESTIMONY THAT THE ARMY VET THOUGHT JEWS WERE DIRTY PEOPLE
AND THAT HE ONCE FIRED A SHOT INTO A SYNAGOGUE.
ALL EVIDENCE, LAWYERS SAID, SHOWS MUHAMMAD WAS A HATEFUL AND
VINDICTIVE KILLER AND SHOULD BE EXECUTED.
RELATIVES OF SHOOTING VICTMS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY FILED IN TO WATCH
MUHAMMAD-S ULTIMATE FATE TAKE SHAPE.
Sot Kwang Sz/Relative of victim 05 seconds from feed tape
I want to ask him why he did it. Why did he kill all those people?
What did he gain?
THE DEFENSE PLANS TO ARGUE THAT NOTHING IS GAINED BY PUTTING THEIR
CLIENT TO DEATHTHAT MUHAMMAD WAS A GOOD FATHER AND FRIENDTHAT HIS LIFE
IS WORTH SAVING.
IF JUST ONE OF THE 12 JURORS AGREESMUHAMMAD WILL SPEND THE REST OF HIS
DAYS BEHIND BARS.))
Coming up next on the newscast, lawmakers in Richmond fight over tax reform.
Plus, judges in Massachusetts say that state cannot ban same sex marriages.
Massachusetts is on the verge of becomming the first state to allow same sex marriages-
Today the high court there ruled the state's ban on same sex marriages is unconstitutional and its telling lawmakers to come up with a solution.
Some are hailing the ruling as a victory- others are against it- Scott Rapoport now with more from Boston.
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[SUPER=01-Mary Bunauto/Gay Rights Attorney; (second time she appears) ]
[SUPER=01-Mitt Romney/Massachusetts Governor;]
[Super=01-Sen. John Cornyn/(R) Texas;]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]
Nat/Sot Cheers or Gay couple getting married.
THE I-DO'S AND DON'TS OF GAY MARRIAGES TOOK ANOTHER SEISMIC SHIFT TODAY.
Mary Bunauto / Gay Rights Attorney "Wow. This is a very big
THE HIGHEST COURT IN MASSACHUSETT' S...RULING THAT SAME SEX COUPLES ARE
LEGALLY ENTITLED TO MARRY UNDER THE STATE'S CONSTITUTION...
Mary Bunauto / Gay Rights Attorney "And now finally these couples who've been together years...if not decades...will finallly have the chance to be treated equally and fairly by their governnment and have the right to join in civil marriage."
BUT...AND IT'S A BIG BUT...
THE COURT STOPPED SHORT OF ALLOWING THE 7 GAY COUPLES WHO SUED THE
STATE... TO RECEIVE LEGAL MARRIAGE LICENSES.
INSTEAD...PASSING THE BUCK ON THAT TO THE STATE LEGISLATURE -- GIVING
LAWMAKERS 6 MONTHS TO COME WITH A LAW THAT WILL ALLOW GAYS TO MARRY.
STILL...THE SUING COUPLES SAY TODAY WAS A VICTORY.
Gloria Bailey / Plaintiff "Whatever comes ahead...in the rest of our lives...we now know we can be at each others sides."
BUT THERE IS OPPOSITION TO THE RULING AND POWERFUL PEOPLE ARE CHOOSING
Mitt Romney / Mass. Governor "Marriage is a special institution
between a man and a woman and our constitutional laws should reflect that."
Sen. John Cornyn / (R) Texas "The traditional definition of
marriage between and man and a woman is best for civilization, is best for families and best for children."
AND WITH A POLITICAL FIGHT SHAPING UP... AND SO MUCH AT STAKE ...THE WHOLE COUNTRY WILL BE WATCHING. SCOTT RAPOPORT...CBS NEWS...NEW YORK.))
It is the first full day on the job for California's new Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
He called the state legislature into special session this afternoon.
Schwarzenegger promised not to take a salary for his new job, even so, the state faces an enormous deficit.
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((GOV. ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER/CALIFORNIA: RECKLESS OVERSPENDING HAS BROUGHT OUR STATE TO THE BRINK OF FINANCIAL DISASTER.))
[SUPER=01-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger/(R) California;]
[OUT Q=of financial diaster.]
[VO-NAT 16 PLUS PAD]
The Governor already repealed the car tax increase within a few minutes of his inauguration.
Drivers will save money, but that fee could hurt local counties The Governor though says he will not raise taxes or cut education. Many wonder if borrowing will be the state's way out of debt.
It may be a longer year than usual for members of the General Assembly.
Governor Mark Warner today says he will call a special session if lawmakers do not tackle tax reform.
Warner said that if lawmakers don't agree on reforms to the state's tax code before they adjourn in March, he will call them back to Richmond to finish the job.
The governor says that without tax reform, the state faces annual budget shortages through the end of the decade.
Some Republican lawmakers say that if the governor had presented his tax reform plan sooner, there would be no need for a special session.
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((DELEGATE MORGAN GRIFFITH/R-SALEM: THE GOVERNOR PROMISED IN HIS CAMPAIGN HE'D HAVE THAT OUT BY 02, 03 IS ALMOST GONE AND WE'RE
STILL WAITING FOR THE GOVERNOR'S PLAN.GOVERNOR MARK WARNER: MY HOPE IS THE LEGISLATURE WILL BE ABLE TO DEAL WITH THIS DURING THE GENERAL SESSION. I'VE SAID ALL ALONG, WE'VE GOT TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE DURING THIS BUDGET CYCLE IF IT TAKES LONGER IT WILL TAKE LONGER. MY HOPE IS LEGISLATORS WILL ROLL UP THEIR SLEEVES AND GET TO WORK.))
[OUT Q=ROLL UP THEIR SLEEVES AND GET TO WORK.]
Warner says he will unveil his tax reform ideas later this month.
Kroger is making the holidays healthier for those who benefit from the Second Harvest Food Bank.
The company today dropped off 100-thousand pounds of fruits and veggies in its annual Produce Frenzy.
It took three tractor trailers to haul all the boxes into the donation center.
The food bank's executive director says the holiday season isn't the only one in which families need help putting food on the table.
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[IN Q=We have found that one in seven...]
[SUPER=01-Pamela Irvine/Second Harvest Food Bank;]
((PAMELA IRVINE/SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK: WE HAVE FOUND THAT ONE IN SEVEN CHILDREN GOES TO BED HUNGRY EVERY NIGHT. WE'VE GOTTEN LETTERS FROM ELDERLY WHO SAY THEY JUST CAN'T MAKE ENDS MEET. AND SO WE'RE SEEING REAL PEOPLE WITH REAL STORIES WHO SAY THEY JUST CAN'T MAKE IT AND NEED HELP.))
[OUT Q=can't make it and need help.]
The produce will be divied up among more than 350-local non-profit agencies that, along with the Food Bank feed about 15-thousand households a month.
Coming up next, Robin Reed says some heavy rain is coming to the region.
And later in Sports, we'll see if Barry Bonds can keep his M-V-P streak alive.
Coming up next, one N-F-L team's best known star is told to go home and stay there.
and we'll see why actor Tom Cruise is experiencing a clash of cultures.
Good afternoon everybody and welcome to the Tuesday ticker that begins with another selfish act from a professional athlete.
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Keyshawn Johnson was deactivated today by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and will NOT play with the team the rest of the season.
Johnson has made it clear he wants to leave the team at season's end, and the Bucs say his actions are having a negative affect on the team and that he is a distraction.
The 8 year pro likely will be traded at season's end.
Baseball's final postseason honor was handed out today.
Barry Bonds takes home the National League's Most Valuable player award for the sixth time in his career.
And he is now the only player to win it three years in a row.
He got 28 of the 32 first place votes cast by the Baseball Writer's of America to easily win the award over Albert Pujols and Gary Sheffield.
The Martinsville Speedway completed one of the most amazing economic feats in motorsports earlier today.
The track announced that it has secured sponsorship for each and every one of its 2004 events.
The final piece of the puzzle was put in place today when Bailey's Tobacco, a Virginia based family owned company in southside stepped up to sponsor the super bowl of Late Model stock car racing.
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[SUPER=01-Clay Campbell/Martinsville Speedway President; :03]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville/October 6th; :12]
[SUPER=01-Mac Bailey/Bailey's CEO; :37]
[OUT Q=...THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT."]
The Roanoke Dazzle will take on Gary Williams and the Maryland Terps in an exhibition game tonight at the Comcast Center before opening the regular season Saturday at Fayetteville.
The team is getting used to the new red, white, and blue Spalding Infusion ball that will be used league wide this season.
Kent Davison doesn't care what color the rock is as long as his team can put it in the hole.
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[SUPER=01-Kent Davison/Dazzle Head Coach; :06]
[OUT Q=last couple of years."]
We will hear from Frank Beamer tonight on News 7 at Six.
Jean will be right back with the rest of News 7 at Five in a moment.
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One of the big holiday movies this year is part Gettysburg and part Shogun.
But Tom Cruise says he could not pass up his role in "The Last Samurai."
Manuel Gallegus has more.
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[SUPER=01-Ken Watanabe/Actor; 1:19]
[SUPER=01-Tom Cruise/Actor; 1:32]
[OUT Q=CBS News Hollywood.]
((HONOR COMPASSION AND THE DOWNFALL OF A LEGENDARY CULTURE...
IN THE LAST SAMURAI, TOM CRUISE IS A BITTER AMERICAN CIVIL WAR HERO
SENT TO JAPAN TO TEACH SOLDIERS HOW TO FIGHT WESTERN STYLE AGAINST THEIR
OWN NOBLE WARRIORS THE SAMURAI
BUT THE AMERICAN SOON FINDS HES NO MATCH FOR THE MASTERS OF THE ART OF
-SOT-CLIP FIGHT SCENE
-SOT- Ive Got to say, I kind of enjoyed seeing you get your butt
kicked for a change? Oh you enjoyed that? Was that a little satisfaction
for you? Tom cruise big hero spends a lot of time in the mud it
CRUISE TRAINED AND REHEARSED FOR CLOSE TO A YEAR BEFORE SHOOTING THE
-SOT-BEHIND THE SCENES FIGHT BATTLE.
-SOT-It was a lot of funbeautiful surroundings with great actors
IT WAS THE FIRST FILM EVER SHOT IN THE SMALL JAPANESE TOWN OF HIMEJI
THE HUGE PRODUCTION ALSO USES SEVERAL OF JAPANS LEADING ACTORS IN
PROMINENT ROLESIN FACT HIROYUKI SANADA IS THE TOM CRUISE OF JAPAN.
-NAT SOT-CLIP HIRO
CRUISES GOOD NATURE SURPRISED KEN WATANABE WHO PLAYS THE LAST SAMURAI.
-SOT-KEN WATANABE, THE LAST SAMURAI
he was always so casual and open minded.
IN THE MOVIE CRUISES CHARACTER CHANGES THROUGH SAMURAI TEACHINGSIN
REAL LIFE CRUISE PUTS HIS FAITH IN SCIENTOLOGY.
In this film the reason I wanted to make it is because it aligns very
strongly with what I believe as a man in terms of honor integrity and
THEMES CELEBRATED BY THE LAST SAMURAI.
MANUEL GALLEGUS, CBS NEWS HOLLYWOOD. ))