A Roanoke bank becomes the target of robbery again.
This time, police think they've got their man.
And, icy conditions lead to a tanker accident on I- 81 in Roanoke County ,and a multi car pile-up in Montgomery County.
We'll have a live update on how the roads look now.
The winter storm brought snow, sleet, and freezing rain to the region earlier but now some drier air will work in. I'll have your forecast.
Stay with us News 7 at noon, starts right now.
Once again traveling is tricky as the Valley wakes up to slippery, snow- covered roads, but it could have been worse.
Slippery road conditions contributed to a tanker truck accident this morning on Interstate 81. It happened around five near the Glenvar exit.
State police say the tanker was traveling north bound when it hit some deep slush and overturned.
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Myranda Stephens is near the scene with an update.
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State police say when a tanker overturns, you can't just pick it up and haul it off. The reason it has taken so long to clear the accident is because workers have to drill holes in each compartment of the tanker in order to drain the eight thousand gallons of gasoline it was carrying.
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A five car pile-up shut down a portion of route 460 in Montgomery County this morning.
It happened around 9 am on westbound 460 at the Franklin Street exit.
State police say the bridge froze over and the cars lost control.
The road has re-opened and has been treated by V-DOT.
Frozen bridges and exit ramps were the main problem this morning in the New River Valley.
Snow, sleet, and freezing rain created slushy streets and slick driving conditions.
V-DOT crews are still working on the primary and secondary roads in the region.
Officials say side streets and neighborhoods will likely go untouched for most of the day.
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LEO in WX-CENTER
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As they await definitive test results on the white powder found in a Senate office building, authorities have closed that building and two others.
Jennifer Donelan has the latest from Capitol Hill.
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THE DOORS TO 3 SENATE OFFICE BUILDINGS WERE LOCKED...WHILE MORE TESTS
WERE CARRIED OUT. EMPLOYEES TURNED AWAY...FOR THEIR OWN SAFETY. THE
THREAT OF DANGER INSIDE SO FAR APPEARS REAL.
THE MAJORITY OF TESTS SHOW SOMEONE SENT A DEADLY POISON CALLED RICIN
THROUGH THE MAIL. THE ENVELOPE ENDED UP IN THE OFFICE OF SENATE MAJORITY
LEADER BILL FRIST.
Sot - Sen. Bill Frist/(R) Tennessee
"Somebody in all likelihood manufactured with intent to harm, this is a
criminal investigation that will be underway."
WITH THE U.S. CAPITOL STILL OPEN FOR BUSINESS, FRIST WAS BACK AT WORK
ON THE SENATE FLOOR TODAY. HOURS AFTER THE DISCOVERY WAS MADE MONDAY
AFTERNOON...AT LEAST 16 PEOPLE HAD BEEN DECONTIMINATED AND SO FAR NO ONE
IS SICK. AUTHORITIES HAVE BEGUN THE TEDIOUS PROCESS OF REMOVING AND
TESTING ALL OF THE MAIL DELIEVERED TO THE 3 SENATE BUILDINGS WHILE
HAZARDOUS MATERIAL WORKERS TEST THE AIR.
Sot - Sen. Bill Frist/(R) Tennesee
"All air sampling and all environmental studies today are negative with
the exception of what was found in that single office at that site."
ALTHOUGH THE HOMELAND SECURITY DEPARTMENT IS MONITORING THE SITUATION,
AUTHORITIES ARE CALLING THE DELIVERY OF THE DEADLY POISON A CRIMINAL ACT
AND NOT THE WORK OF TERRORISTS.
ADDING TO CONCERNS IS THE DISCOVERY OF A WHITE POWDERY SUBSTANCE AT A
CONNECTICUT MAIL FACILITY, ALSO MONDAY NIGHT. A WORKER FOUND THE POWDER
LEAKING OUT OF AN ENVELOPE ADDRESSED TO THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL
COMMITTEE. PRELIMINARY TESTS ON THE POWDER WERE INCLUSIVE...BUT WITH
"CLOSED SIGNS" IN WASHINGTON...THEY'RE NOT TAKING ANY CHANCES.
Standup - Jennifer Donelan
A Roanoke bank has been robbed for the second time in two weeks.
But this time police have a suspect in custody.
The Wachovia branch in the 14-hundred block of Grandin Road was held up about an hour ago.
The robbery suspect was arrested a few minutes later just around the corner.
Two weeks ago today, a man walked into the bank, demanded money and got away.
So far, no one's been charged in that hold-up.
No one was hurt in either robbery.
A morning house fire is under investigation in Roanoke.
Fire units responded to 418 Walnut Avenue.
Authorities said the fire started in the first floor bathroom but firefighters were able to contain it quickly.
No one was home at the time and no injuries were reported.
Property damage is estimated at over one hundred thousand dollars.
Authorities have not yet determined the cause of the fire.
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It's a big day in the Democratic presidential campaign as candidates face tests in multiple states. We'll have the details after the break.
Also it seems like something out of a television show as police try to stop an out- of- control car on a busy freeway.
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An Amber Alert is out for a missing Florida girl, whose abduction may have been caught on tape.
Authorities in Sarasota say this surveillance tape shows 11- year- old Carlie Brucia being confronted by an unidenti
fied man Sunday at a car wash.
Carlie was walking home from a friend's house and went through the car wash parking lot as a short cut.
Police fear the man, who can be seen grabbing her forearm and leading her away, was abducting her.
Her mother, who's seen the tape, says she doesn't believe her daughter knew the man or went with him willingly.
The chorus of apologies continues, following the Super Bowl Half-time controversy.
Janet Jackson says the decision to tear part of her costume was made "after final rehearsals" and that M-TV was unaware of it.
Meanwhile, the chairman of the F-C-C says the entire production offended him and he still wants an investigation.
Lee Cowan has more.
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Janet Jackson now says she PLANNED to surprise MTV officials and
allow Justin Timberlake to rip off part of her costume on national
television Sunday night....
"I want you naked by the end of this song."
But it wasn't supposed to go THAT far.
Timerlake called it a "wardrobe malfunction" but seemed to laugh it
off during an interview with "Entertainment Tonight.'
"ET reporter: you got nasty with Ms. Jackson? JT: hey man, its every
Accident or not -- it's got the nation talking --
"No one's talking about the game, they're talking about the Sleeze Bowl."
Even on sports talk radio -- which can't settle too well with
either the Panthers or the Patriots who offered one of the best Super
Bowls in years.
In fact -- according to the folks at Tivo -- the service that gives
viewers a chance replay live television events -- the Timberlake/Jackson
"moment" drew almost twice as many viewers as the most thrilling moments
on the field.
Perhaps it's no surprise the late night comedy giants wasted no time
jumping on the taudry before the talent.
But for both the NFL and CBS -- it was no laughing matter -- the NFL
called the stunt:
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"Offensive, embarrassing to us, our fans, and inappropriate."
And CBS echoed that statement -- with Network President Les Moonves
insisting CBS knew nothing of Jackson's plan.
Still, the FCC announced there were so many complaints, it's
launching a formal investigation.
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"To have this bust into your living room is shocking."
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"It's not that sex and the Super Bowl haven't collided before -- just
take a look at the commercials. For any critic of those -- a half naked
half time, even by accident -- seemed only a matter of time. Lee Cowan,
CBS News Houston."
It could be make or break day for some of the Democratic Presidential candidates--
There are primaries or caucuses in seven states.
Stacy Case has the latest from one of those states-- the political battleground of South Carolina.
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LOCATOR: COLUMBIA, SC
NAT: poll worker talking to voter
TRACK: FIRE STATIONS, VFW'S AND CHURCHES TUESDAY OPENED UP THEIR DOORS
TO THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS, IN WHAT WILL BE A DECISIVE DAY IN THE RACE
FOR THE WHITE HOUSE.
SUPER: SENATOR JOHN KERRY/DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE
"We're gonna show America that the one person in the United States who
deserves to be laid off is George W. Bush (wild applause) and that's
exactly what we're gonna do!."
TRACK: IN SEVERAL POLLS LEADING UP TO PRIMARY DAY--- MASSACHUSETTS
SENATOR JOHN KERRY IS LEADING AT LEAST 5 STATES HOLDING CONTESTS. HE'S
VIRTUALLY TIED IN TWO OTHERS--- OKLAHOMA--WHERE WESLEY CLARK IS SHOWING
SUPER: RET. GENERAL WESLEY CLARK/ DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE
I'm the solution to the Washington problem
TRACK: AND SOUTH CAROLINA-- WHERE JOHN EDWARDS IS LEADING.
SUPER: SEN JOHN EDWARDS/DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE
"You must give me a shot at George Bush - you give me George Bush and
I'll give you the white house!" (applause)
SUPER: CORKY ROBINSON/SOUTH CAROLINA VOTER
"I think if John Kerry wins, I think he's a very good candidate, but I
wanted to show my support for John Edwards."
STAND UP BRIDGE: STACY CASE/REPORTING
NATIVE SON JOHN EDWARDS HAS STAKED HIS BID ON THIS SOUTHERN STATE.
FORMER VERMONT GOVERNOR HOWARD DEAN HAS ALL BUT BYPASSED TODAY'S 7
TRACK: DEAN HAS NOT ADVERTISED IN THE SEVEN STATES--- HE'S ALSO LAID
OFF CAMPAIGN STAFF. HE SAYS HE'S FOCUSING ON OTHER CONTESTS IN THE WEEK
MEANWHILE--- EDWARDS AND CLARK ARE COUNTING ON ONE WIN A PIECE--ANYTHING
TO SLOW JOHN KERRY'S SWEEPING MOMENTUM. STACY CASE CBS NEWS COLUMBIA, SC
He won the election, then lost it in court.. and then lost a chance to serve on an interim basis on Bedford County's board of supervisors.
Now District Five candidate Steve Arrington says he'll be back.
Arrington actually beat incumbent Tony Ware last November, but a court overturned the election because 56 people voted in the wrong precinct.
The board appointed Ware to keep his seat until a special election in November.. a race Arrington intends on running.
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((STEVE ARRINGTON/BEDFORD CO. SUPERVISOR CANDIDATE: I REALLY DON'T KNOW HOW TO SPEAK TO THAT, ALL I DO KNOW IS THAT I'VE HAD SO MANY CALLS, SO VERY MANY CALLS, THAT I JUST HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO TAKE THEM ALL, AND THEY'VE BEEN COUNTYWIDE.))
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Arrington's announcement was met with applause from a crowd of supporters at last night's board of supervisors meeting.
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Coming up after the break, we may have dodged the ice today, but Leo says we may not be so lucky later in the week.
Also we'll tell you why police officers were on the lookout for a moose on the loose.
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You may remember the old T-V show, "Chips"--
A couple of real- life police officers were apparently big fans of it.
And what they saw on one episode may have saved a woman's life.
On Friday, Angel Eck was driving on a highway near Denver, when she realized that she couldn't stop her car.
The real- life drama played out on a police radio call.
Denver police officers managed to surround the car with their
cruisers-- stopping the vehicle and quite possibly saving the driver's life.
Eck says she hopes to send her car back to the dealership to find out exactly what went wrong under the hood...
From a runaway car to a runaway MOOSE--
In Salt Lake City, Utah, even the wildlife is trying to escape winter weather.
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Yesterday a large moose made its way into the mayor's neighborhood. It was spotted hanging around in the front yards of several homes.
Police closed off the area and wildlife officers used a tranquilizer gun so they could take the moose out of the neighborhood and back to his own stomping grounds.
This is the 18th moose that has made an appearance in Salt Lake City, and wildlife officers say there will probably be more as the season progresses.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP NINE points. The NASDAQ has gained three.
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The A-C-C schedule is out. We'll see what it has in store for the Hokies and the Cavaliers.
Also the Huskies crush the Orangemen. We'll have the highlights.
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The Virginia Tech men's team had its problems with U-Conn last week.
Last night the 5th ranked Huskies crushed the 18th ranked Syracuse Orangemen.
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The defending national champions were right in the game for the first six minutes, but after that, it was all U-Conn.
Emeka Okafor finished the night with 25 points and 11 rebounds.
And he got plenty of support from Ben Gordon - the junior guard also hit in double figures.
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Syracuse suffers its worst loss ever to a Connecticut team, losing 84-to-56.
U-Conn hosts West Virginia on Saturday.
The Virginia Tech men return to the Cassell Coliseum tomorrow night against a very good Providence team.
Tip-off for is set for 7pm.
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Meanwhile, former Hokie head coach Don DeVoe announced that he's stepping down at the Naval Academy at the end of this season.
The Midshipmen are 3-and-17 and in the midst of an eight- game losing streak.
De Voe is in his 12th season at Navy where he's won 182 games and three Patriot League tournament titles.
He is one of only 29 active coaches to lead three different teams to the NCAA Tournament, and he says he's not just resigning, but retiring.
He has also coached at Tech, Tennessee, Wyoming and Florida.
In his career he's had 510 wins - including that 1973 N-I-T title with the Hokies.
On the women's side, the Tech women return to the Cassell tonight to host Seton Hall.
The Hokies are up to number 20 in the new Associated Press top 25 poll that was released earlier yesterday.
The much anticipated football schedule for the new ACC has been released.
The season will cover 15 weeks and 78 games, including 44 conference matchups.
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The season will begin on Saturday, August 28th at Fed Ex Field in Landover, Maryland as the Hokies take on Southern Cal in the BCA Classic.
The Hokies have 7 home games - and besides the trip to Fed Ex Field- will only make four road trips this coming season, but it is another drawn out season.
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It begins in August and won't end until December at Miami.
Tech has two Thursday night dates - one at Georgia Tech and another at home on November 18th against Maryland.
The Hokies also will again play UVa the Saturday after Thanksgiving in Blacksburg.
Speaking of Al Groh's Cavaliers - UVa will only play 11 games this season, and the Cavs' schedule for 2004 includes two Big East foes.
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UVa will open its season on the road at Temple on September the 4th, and later in the opening month of the season - the Cavaliers will welcome the Syracuse Orangemen to Charlottesville.
UVA also have a Thursday night date with at home for the first time since 1997 against Clemson.
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Virginia has five games on the road, including a tough finishing stretch, as well.
The Cavs close out the year with Maryland, Miami, Georgia Tech and the Hokies.
That Miami game on November 13th will be in Charlottesville.
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