After more than 100 years, a standard of the Roanoke shopping scene may be disappearing.
And Roanoke Police step their efforts to find a murderer... 14 years after the crime.
In sports, high school tournament hoops from the Holiday Hoopla and the Northside Invitational, Redick and his Blue Devils take on Davidson
and who will replace UVa quarterback Matt Schaub? the senior has some ideas in sports
Warmer than usual for late December. Now some passing showers are just around the corner. We will check that out in a moment.
News 7 is next.
[IN Q=I thought Heironimus]
((I THOUGHT HEIRONIMUS WAS TO STAY IN ROANOKE FOREVER, LIKE THE RAILROAD.))
[OUT Q=like the railroad.]
The lease expires at the end of February and the company that owns Heironimus says it will not be renewed.
Good evening. I'm Keith Humphry. Shannon is off tonight.
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A century-old shopping tradition may be drawing to a close.
The parent company won't discuss it, but local property managers confirm Heironimus intends to discontinue operating in Virginia.
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[OUT Q=history, I think.]
((I HADN'T HEARD THAT, BUT I WOULDN'T DOUBT IT. Why do you say that? SO MANY STORES ARE CLOSING, THE OLDER STORES.))
Heironimus is one of the oldest.
Heironimus and Brugh opened the first store in Roanoke in 1890.
The customer base has aged along with the company.
Regulars will tell you they find a refuge here from the huge chain stores.
((I THINK HEIRONIMUS HAS ALWAYS BEEN ORIENTED TOWARD THE OLDER GENERATION OF CUSTOMERS.))
In 1993, the Dunlap Company bought out Heironimus. Less than three years later Dunlap closed the store downtown and one in the New River Valley. Just this year the company consolidated two stores at Towers Mall into one.
There are only four left... the two in Roanoke- -at Towers and Towne Square- -one in Salem, another in Lynchburg.
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Dunlap operates 50 department stores in nine states under 18 different names.
Yahoo Finance says the company lost 15 million dollars last year.
(CORRECTION. EDITOR'S NOTE: THIS CORRECTION APPEARED IN NEWSCASTS 12/31: "When NEWS 7 broke this story Monday we inco
rrectly reported that the Dunlap Company lost money last year. Revenues were off by 11-and-a half percent from the year before, according to Yahoo Finance, but not in the red.")
((I ENJOY SHOPPING HERE, GOOD VALUES AND GOOD QUALITY CLOTHING. I'D MISS IT IF IT WAS GONE.))
((I WOULD REALLY MISS THEM. A PART OF ROANOKE'S HISTORY, I THINK.))
Late today the owner of Spartan Square, Luke Waldrop, said there is a remote possibility that the situation could be turned around.
He says he will do his best to keep Heironimus open, if there's any room for negotiations with the parent company in T
Roanoke police are using a new technique to solve an old murder case.
They've enhanced the suspect's original photo to show what he may look like 14 years later.
Thomas Paige, Junior is accused of killing two women and wounding two other people in an apartment on Staunton Avenue.
A few weeks after the shootings, Paige was indicted on capital murder and other charges, and police released this picture.
The new photo uses computer progression to add some age and weight.
Over the years, people have reported seeing Paige in Atlanta and Washington.
A man who got into a scuffle with a couple of Roanoke police officers has been caught.
This time they had no trouble arresting Willard Wayne Hale.
Police found him just after midnight at a home in the 700 block of Montrose Avenue.
They'd been looking for him since Friday night, when he fought with officers at a house on 14th Street southeast.
The officers had come to arrest him on a charge of stealing a firearm in Botetourt County.
During the struggle, a police officer's gun went off. No one was hit.
Hale faces a variety of charges, including three counts of assault and battery.
There are 100-thousand fewer delinquent taxpayers in Virginia thanks to the tax amnesty program.
It was the state's first amnesty offer in 13 years and it really paid off.
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Richmond Bureau Chief Meghan Muldoon is here to tell us how much.
State officials estimated that this latest amnesty offer
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would add 48 million dollars to the state's treasury.
But the program raised over twice that amount.
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((GOVERNOR MARK WARNER: WE WILL FACE SHORTFALLS EVEN WITH NO NEW PROGRAMS OR COMMITMENTS.))
After months of budget shortages, the state has a surplus to celebrate.
Virginia's tax department collected 98 million dollars in back taxes during the state's nine week amnesty program.
That is 33 million dollars over and above original projections.
((KEN THORSON/VIRGINIA TAX COMMISSIONER: THIS WAS AN OFFER THAT ONCE YOU FOUND OUT ABOUT IT YOU REALLY COULDN'T TURN IT DOWN IF YOU COULD GATHER THE MONEY TO PAY FOR IT. BECAUSE PEOPLE WERE ABLE TO HAVE ALL OF THE PENALTY EXCUSED AND ONE HALF OF THE INTEREST.))
Close to one hundred thousand tax dodgers found the offer too good to refuse.
State officials credit the program's success to the public relations campaign featuring tax letterman.
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Still, many waited until November 3rd, the program's final day, to settle up with the state.
((KEN THORSON/VA TAX COMMISSIONER: PEOPLE WAITED UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE WE KNEW THAT THEY WOULD THAT SOME WOULD BUT WE GOT 29 THOUSAND CALLS ON THE LAST DAY WE HAD PEOPLE ON THE PHONE AFTER MIDNIGHT UNTIL ABOUT ONE THIRTY IN THE MORNING TRYING TO GET THIS RESOLVED.))
Despite tax letterman's best efforts, only one in four eligible Virginians participated in the program.
So what about the remaining 300-thousand Virginians who still haven't paid their taxes?
(( WE KNOW WHO THEY ARE AND WE WILL BE GOING AFTER THEM.))
[OUT Q=BE GOING AFTER THEM.]))
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The state's tax commissioner says the oldest tax bill paid was from 1973.
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He also says don't expect amnesties to become a regular thing.
For many Virginians, Governor Warner's tax plan is adding interest to his web site.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/November 25; QUICK!!!]
They're using the on-line calculator designed to show how Warner's proposals would affect them.
The governor's office says some two-thousand calculations were done a day during the first week the site was up.
To use the site, you enter your taxable income for 2003.
The calculator estimates what that would be in 2006, when most of the plan would take effect.
That's if the legislature approves.
Once again a big auto dealer has its cars on the move... to avoid a costly parking spot.
This is the sixth straight year Shelor Automotative has moved its cars out of Montgomery County to beat the County Merchant's Tax. That's a tax on all inventory on hand as of New Years Day.
Dealers have been complaining about it for years. So much so, the county even lowered the tax by 25-percent this year, but Shelor says that wasn't enough.
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[IN Q=If every]
((LARRY SHELOR/SHELOR AUTOMOTIVE: IF EVERY CAR DEALER IN THE COUNTY PAID THEIR FAIR SHARE, WHAT WAS ACTUALLY ON THEIR LOTS AND DIDN'T MOVE ANY CARS. THEY'D WOULD BE PAYING 80-70 PERCENT OF THE TAX LIABILITY AND BASICALLY IT'S A CAR TAX))
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[OUT Q=a car tax.]
County officials were unavailable for comment today, but in the past have said, "the tax is NOT a shot at Shelor, but a fair compromise for all businesses, big and small."
For the first time ever, inventory will be assessed again in August and the county will take an average of the two days.
Shelor says he may still move his cars again in August, but he's hoping for a better solution.
Fire causes thousands of dollars in damage to an local church.
More on that when News 7 returns.
Plus this is no camping trip. Find out why a Lynchburg man's pitching a tent in protest.
Government officials now believe they know how a cow in Washington State may have been infected with mad cow disease.
They say it was born shortly BEFORE a ban on cattle feed that included certain animal parts.
Today, Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte praised the US Department of Agriculture for its effort to inform the public and trace the infected animal.
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This afternoon in Roanoke, the Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee told Joe Dashiell the incident has NOT shaken his confidence in the U-S meat supply.
Keith, Goodlatte received a briefing from Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman on Christmas Eve,
[LIVE= JoeD /FULL NEwsroom]
the day after she announced the discovery of the infected cow .
He says committee staff members have been in close contact with USDA officials, and so far he believes federal officials have handled the situation very well in two respects.
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((I THINK THEY'VE DONE A GOOD JOB INFORMING THE PUBLIC AND THEY'VE DONE A GOOD JOB INVESTIGATING THIS, GETTING TO THE HEART OF IT.))
[OUT Q=getting to the heart of it.]
Goodlatte says he remains convinced that the meat supply in the United States remains very safe... with very little risk to consumers.
He does expect the House Agriculture Committee to hold hearings on recent developments and the government's reponse.
And he says members will want to know more about continuing efforts by the government and the beef industry to improve the system for tracing infected animals.
[IN Q=Certainly we're going to be]
((CERTAINLY WE'RE GOING TO BE INTERESTED IN IN HOW WELL THEY ARE ABLE TO TRACE WHERE THE ANIMAL CAME FROM AND THAT IS GOING TO MEAN A REVIEW OF THAT WHOLE SYSTEM AND WHETHER THAT NEEDS TO BE IMPROVED.))
[OUT Q=that needs to be improved.] ))
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Because other countries have banned imports of U.S. beef, Goodlatte says consumers here will benefit from lower prices.
But the situation will be hard on cattle farmers
in the sixth district, and around the country, keith..
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unless officials are able to convince the Japanese and other international customers that U-S beef remains safe.
A congressman backing John Edwards for president says it's hard to compete with Santa Claus.
Representative Bob Etheridge campaigned in Martinsville and Vinton today for the North Carolina senator, one of nine candidates for the Democratic nomination.
He says once the holidays are over Edwards' message will start winning people over.
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((REP. BOB ETHERIDGE/D-NORTH CAROLINA: IOWA AND NEW HAMPSHIRE ARE WITHIN 3-4 WEEKS AND SOUTH CAROLINA IS BEHIND THAT. ALL OF A SUDDEN PEOPLE ARE GOING TO START PAYING ATTENTION AND FOCUSING AND I THINK THEY'LL SEE JOHN'S NUMBERS START TO CLIMB AS PEOPLE PAY A LOT MORE ATTENTION TO HIM.))
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[OUT Q=attention to him.]
Virginia Democrats hold their presidential primary February 10th.
An early morning fire caused extensive damage to a church near Covington.
Damage to the sanctuary of Mallow Presbyterian Church is estimated at about 300-thousand dollars.
Covington's fire chief says investigators don't know yet how the blaze started.
Share prices closed solidly higher on Wall Street.
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The DOW climbed 125 points today.
NASDAQ rose 33 and closed above the two-thousand mark for the first time in nearly two years.
A Lynchburg man who's been living in a tent for almost a week hopes the city will soon let him back into the house he's owned for nearly ten years.
David Johnson and his roommates were forced out of their home on Park Avenue after housing and fire inspectors condemned the property.
So Johnson erected this tent and sign on his front lawn to protest what he says was the city's heavy-handed manner of dealing with the violations.
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[IN Q=They insisted that]
((DAVID JOHNSON/HOMEOWNER: THEY INSISTED THAT I CANNOT OCCUPY THE STRUCTURE AS IS, SO I REFUSED TO BE REMOVED FROM MY OWN PROPERTY SO I JUST WENT AHEAD AND PITCHED A TENT AND STAYING OUT THERE JUST TO MAKE 'EM HAPPY.))
[OUT Q=to make 'em happy.]
Johnson says he's already fixed what were mostly minor violations.
A city inspector is due back at the house tomorrow.
J.J. Redick and his Blue Devils try and make it 17 in a row against Davidson, Marquis Hagans gets Matt Schaub's endorsement to take his place
and high school tournament action from Salem to Northside high school
The Northside Invitational boys basketball tournament rolled on today. Jefferson Forest topped Glenvar 59-46 in the second losers bracket semifinal.
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Liberty coach John Patterson would match wits with William Byrd's David Culcicerto in the losers bracket championship bracket.
Byrd strikes first when Kyle Allen takes the inside bounce pass and hits the shot, the bucket puts the Terriers up by two.
Liberty's Ryan Oler rips rope on the short turn around and he draws the foul and the Minutemen would go up [SUPER=3
4-Liberty/44/William Byrd/71;]by 1.
But Byrd is gonna go on a run. Tim Moore tickles the twine and the Terriers extend their lead to 10 points first period.
The Minutemen chop off some of that lead thanks to the inside job. Jon Coffey gets the deuce. But Byrd cruises to a 71-44 victory.
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The Salem Civic Center set the stage for a Cave Spring/ Roanoke Catholic match up.
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The Knights were ready for the Celtics in this contest for fifth place in the tourney.
Orlando Walker takes the nice all y oop pass that he converts with the bucket and we are tied in first quarter.
The Knights go to the perimeter to do their damage as Brian Thompson hits from behind the arc and Cave's [SUPER=33-
Roanoke Catholic/ /Cave Spring/ ;]lead was 8.
Roanoke Catholic's Paulius Morkeliunas scores on the inside but his Celtics still trailed by 8.
Cave Spring's Matthew Mull puts the Knights up by 11 with yet another three pointer that drops and ___ wins __to____.
J.J. Redick and his Duke Crew would chase their 17th straight win against Davidson today.
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To Cameron indoor Stadium we go. Redick would rip rope on his first three pointer from long distance early in the first half.
J.J. would also nail this pull up J for his fifth point on the afternoon. He had a game high 22. Davidson would pull to within one
[SUPER=33-Duke/88/Davidson/54;]but the Blue Devils go on a run led by Loul Deng. Deng takes the pass from Chris Duhon
and greets the Wildcats with the one handed jam.
Deng and Duhon hook up again on the ally oop, Duke improves to 9 and 1 with the 88-54 win.
Virginia Tech's Kirby Copeland is the Big East rookie of the week. The Freshman helped Tech to an 83-70 win over Furman in the Lady Luck Classic first round with nine points, four rebounds and four assists. The Hokies go for their sixth straight Lady Luck title tonight at seven against Wake Forest. Highlights at 11.
The 5 and 4 Virginia Lady Cavaliers battle 9 and OH Minnesota tonight at seven in the Cavalier Classic Championship a
t University Hall.
While his Hokies did not finish strong, Lee Suggs certainly put an exclamation point on the end of his NFL season.
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The rookie rushed for 186 yards on 26 carries in just his second NFL start for the Cleveland Browns who beat Cincinnati 22-14. So is Suggs the Browns back next season?
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The two time Continental Tire Bowl champion Virginia Cavaliers will soon start focusing on next season.
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Obviously the biggest shoes to fill will be Matt Schaub's who broke UVa's records for career TD passes with 56 and yards passing in a career with 7, 502. One option UVa has is back up signal caller and receiver Marquis Hagans who has been Schaub's roomate for the last two years.
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[SUPER=01-Matt Schaub/2,592 Yards passing, 18 TD's This Season; :10]
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