A man and child drown in a Campbell County River, while another man drowned last night at a motel pool in Danville.
Details on those stories, coming up.
And, this fall will bring a new man at the helm of Patrick Henry High School.
But he's no stranger to students.
Another beautiful sunny day across the region but some changes head our way for the weekend. I'll have your hometown forecast.
Stay with us. News 7 at noon, starts right now.
A seven year old boy and a 39 year old man drowned yesterday in Campbell County.
Authorities say the boy was playing in the Staunton River at Long Island Park yesterday when he went under.
The man, who had accompanied the child and his parents to the park, jumped in to rescue the boy and never surfaced.
The names of the victims are being withheld until relatives are notified.
Police say both bodies were recovered by a dive team from Halifax County and the State Police.
A man from Ridgeway drowned in a motel pool in Danville last night.
Police say people noticed a man's body at the bottom of the pool at the Travel Inn on West Main Street.
The hotel manager and another bystander got 26-year-old Tarey Wilson out of the water.
The bystander and rescue workers were unable to revive him.
Police do not suspect foul play in Wilson's death.
Students at Roanoke's Patrick Henry High School will start the new year with a new principal.
The school board today introduced Gary Leah as the interim principal for the 2004-2005 school year.
Leah has been a teacher and administrator at P-H for more than 20-years.
While he says he's a "good fit" with the school, he concedes he's not the only one capable of doing the job.
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((GARY LEAH/INTERIM PRINCIPAL, PATRICK HENRY HIGH SCHOOL: I'M JUST ONE OF MANY "GOOD FITS." WE HAVE SO MANY GOOD ADMINISTRATORS HERE. I'M HONORED THEY'VE ASKED ME TO DO THIS BUT LET ME ASSURE YOU, WE'VE GOT A LOT OF STAFF MEMBERS THAT COULD DO THE SAME THING THAT I'M GETTING READY TO DO.))
[OUT Q=that I'm getting ready to do.]
Current Patrick Henry principal, Peter Wonson, recently let the school board know he would be stepping down to take a principal job with Christiansburg Middle School.
One woman is dead following an accident early this morning in Botetourt County.
Officials say 30-year-old Delia E. Rupe was driving her Ford Focus on Blue Ridge Drive shortly before four this morning.
Rupes' car veered to the right, causing her to overcorrect. She then ran off the left side of the road, striking two trees before overturning.
Rupe died at the scene. Police say she was not wearing a seat belt.
Martha Stewart vows she'll be back.
The homemaking mogul was sentenced this morning to five months behind bars-- nowhere near the amount of time predicted.
Jennifer Donelan has more from the federal courthouse in Manhattan.
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CLAD SIMPLY IN BLACK AND SHOWING LITTLE EMOTION , MARTHA STEWART WALKED
UP THE COURTHOUSE STEPS AND...MOMENTS LATER SHE LEARNED THAT SHE IS
GOING TO PRISON
SOT: Martha Stewart
Today is a shameful day...for me and my family and my beloved company....
INSIDE THE COURTROOM STEWART ASKED JUDGE MIRIAM CEDARBAUM TO PLEASE
CONSIDER ALL THE SUFFERING SHE ENDURED OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS...SHE
ASKED HER TO REMEMBER ALL OF THE GOOD SHE'S DONE...AND STEWART SAID SHE
FELT LIKE SHE HAD BEEN SUFFOCATED TO DEATH.
AND THEN JUDGE HANDED DOWN THE SENTENCE...STEWART WILL SPEND 5 MONTHS
AT A MINIMUM SECURITY FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTE, 5 MONTHS HOME
CONFINMENT, 2 YEARS OF SUPERVISED PROBATION AND A FINE OF 30,000.
Nat Sot - (lady yelling)
"Hold your head high,
A JURY FOUND STEWART GUILTY OF MAKING FALSE STATEMENTS AND OBSTRUCTING
JUSTICE AFTER SHE, ACTING A SECRET TIP, DUMPED ALMOST 4-THOUSAND SHARES
OF IMCLONE STOCK JUST BEFORE THE PRICE PLUNGED BACK IN 2001.
MARTHA SOT: I'll be back...whatever I have to face...I'm not
afraid...sorry small personal matter blow out of all proportion with
STANDUP CLOSE; TO COME:
AS STEWART LEFT THE COURT...SHE'S FREE PENDING AN APPEAL...EVER THE
BUSINESS WOMAN SHE ASKED PEOPLE TO KEEP BUYING HER MAGAZINE. JENNIFER
DONELAN ,CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.
The principal of a school in India is under arrest after a fire today killed dozens of students.
Authorities say the principal will be charged with negligence leading to death.
News reports say students inside a burning school were told to stay in class because the fire was being put out.
At least 80 children were killed.
More than 100 others were hurt.
Most are said to be between the ages of six and 13.
A witness says some children died in a stampede as they tried to escape the flames.
The main door to the school was reportedly locked when the fire began.
Some encouraging news from wildfire- ravaged Nevada.
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Fire officials say the worst is over.
More than 11- hundred firefighters are working on putting out the wildfire.
They're finally getting some help from Mother Nature, as winds diminish.
The wildfire has burned around nine- thousand acres-- its cause is suspicious.
Investigators say a group of teenagers may have started the fire.
The flames destroyed exclusive homes in the canyon, and at one point burned to within half a mile of the governor's mansion.
Some Bedford County residents are afraid a leaking landfill has made their drinking water unsafe
Last night they took their concerns to the city.
Justin McLeod has more.
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The people in this room say they're living in fear and it all has to do with harmful chemicals that are seeping from the old city landfill.
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((KENNY ANDREWS/BEDFORD RESIDENT: WE'VE WORRIED THE WHOLE TIME ME AND MY WIFE AND WE JUST KEEP WONDERING WHEN ARE WE GOING TO BE AFFECTED.))
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Some already have.
Tests show a half dozen residential wells along Bell Town Road have already been contaminated.
The city has installed a filtration system but that has done little to ease the fears in the neighborhood.
[IN Q=But the city]
((DEBRA LAVOIE/BEDFORD RESIDENT: BUT THE CITY OF BEDFORD DOES NOT CARE BECAUSE YOU KEEP SAYING ARE DRINKING WATER IS SAFE. IT IS NOT SAFE.))
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Bedford wants to change that perception and held this meeting to lay out several options.
They include treating the ground with chemicals or pumping water out of the ground and then purifying it.
Another would allow nature to take its course and fix the problem on its own but that could take thirty years.
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((SAMMY LYNCH/BEDFORD RESIDENT: I'M 64 YEARS OLD. I DON'T HAVE THIRTY YEARS AND MAYBE NOT HAVE UNTIL NEXT YEAR.))
[OUT Q=until next year]
Many of the affected residents would like to see a water line put in.
City officials say that's a strong possibility but admit any option will be costly.
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((CLARKE GIBSON/PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR: OUR ACM REPORTS DOES HAVE ROUGH ESTIMATES ON THE COST OF ALL THESE ALTERNATIVES. WE TALKING THOUSANDS, MILLIONS? HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS.))
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[IN Q=The city will now]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THE CITY WILL NOW TAKE PLUBLIC COMMENT FOR THE NEXT THIRTYDAYS AND THEN IT IS UP TO THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY TO REVIEW THE RECOMMENDATIONS. IT WILL PROBABLY BE EARLY NEXT YEAR BEFORE ANY CONCRETE PLANS ARE IN PLACE. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))
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Coming up next on the newscast, a domestic situation turns into a standoff in Pittsylvania County.
Also a man whose beating was captured on videotape is suing the Los Angeles police department.
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A hostage standoff in Pittsylvania County ended peacefully when the gunman surrendered to police.
The incident yesterday started as a domestic dispute between a man and his ex-wife.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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(( The first deputy was called to Bachelor Hall Farm Road around 3 for a report of a suspicious vehicle in the roadway.
When he arrived, he reportedly found 44-year-old Sean Norton holding his wife Cynthia at gun and knifepoint in the middle of the road.
((MAJOR GARY GOODSON/PITTSYLVANIA CO. SHERIFF'S OFFICE: HE HAD A SHOTGUN AND ALSO A KNIFE. Reporter: To her head? AT TIMES HIS OWN HEAD, HER HEAD. Outside the car? OUTSIDE THE VEHICLE. Did he ever put the knife or shotgun to his own head? AT TIMES HE DID.))
[OUT Q=at times he did.]
Goodson says Norton also was drinking while police tried to negotiate with him.
As heavily-armed deputies and state troopers arrived, they cordoned off the area and kept nearby residents inside.
Finally, after nearly four hours of tense negotiations, Norton released his wife and then surrendered himself.
((GOODSON: THEY ESCALATED AT TIMES AND THEN HE'D COME DOWN AND I THINK IT WENT EXTREMELY WELL, CONSIDERING HE HAD A HOSTAGE AND GETTING HIM TO RELEASE THAT AND ALSO THE TIME FRAME IN BEING SUCCESSFUL TO GET HIM TO TURN HIMSELF IN.))
[OUT Q=turn himself in.]
After Norton was taken away in the back of a patrol car, detectives processed the crime scene, including recovering the shotgun from his vehicle in the roadway.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Pittsylvania County. ))
Norton is now charged with domestic assault, abduction, assault on a police officer and firearms violations.
After a police beating compared to that of Rodney King more than a decade ago, a man has filed a 25- million- dollar lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles.
Last month, police stopped Stanley Miller after a 30- minute car chase.
He was suspected of stealing a car.
A video camera captured what happened next.
Miller was tackled by officers after he jumped out of the car and appeared to be voluntarily surrendering.
He was then struck eleven times with a metal flashlight by an officer while he was on the ground.
Miller says the beating left him with brain damage and other injuries, as well as emotional distress.
Medicare is doing an about- face and says it'll now recognize obesity as an illness.
That may allow millions of Americans who are overweight to make medical claims for diet programs and other treatments.
The government says obesity is a critical health problem, but critics say there's an ``exaggerated fear'' of higher- than- average weight.
While Medicare and Medicaid programs cover sicknesses caused by
obesity, the previous policy meant that weight-loss therapies were often denied coverage.
Some high profile animal cases have some people questioning the way authorities deal with wild animals.
It happened with the bear in Franklin County and more recently with Bobo the tiger in Florida.
Instead of tranquilizing wild or escaped animals, they're often killed.
But Virginia's wildlife officials say the vast majority of those decisions is justified.
Officials at the department of game and inland fisheries say most of their wildlife cases end with the animal captured alive.
But they say the public often forgets that wild animals are unpredictable- They say bears and tigers pose risks to the responding officer and the public.
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((MAJOR MIKE BISE/VA DEPT. OF GAME AND INLAND FISHERIES: IT'S A DECISION MADE CASE-BY CASE BASED ON THE CIRCUMSTANCES. WE ALWAYS GO IN WITH THE THOUGHT THAT WE'RE GOING TO TAKE ANIMAL OUT ALIVE SOMETIMES IT JUST DOESN'T WORK THAT WAY.))
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[OUT Q=JUST DOESN'T WORK THAT WAY.]
Officials say shows like "The Crocodile Hunter" perpetuate the misconception that wild animals are easy to handle.
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Coming up after the break, Leo will have our weekend forecast,
also we'll see a man who thinks his mustache can get him a spot in the record books.
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He may wish he had a "Pencil Thin Mustache."
But it wouldn't be enough to get a Pakistani man into the record books.
Mohammad Aslam is trying to earn a spot in the record books for having the longest mustache in his country.
He claims to have a mustache nearly four feet long.
The 46- year- old Pakistani man started growing his mustache when he was 26.
It's a lot tougher than it looks--
He says he combs, dresses and applies mustard oil regularly to his moustache every morning before going to work.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 15 points. The NASDAQ was down seven.
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Coming up after the break, Nascar officials change a controversial rule.
And Kobe Bryant decides if he will stay with the Lakers.
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Kobe Bryant's not going anywhere.
The Los Angeles Lakers say Bryant's told them he will stay with the Lakers and sign a new contract.
He signed a contract with the team late yesterday worth 136 million dollars for seven years.
Bryant's already been with the team for eight years -- since he was 18 years old.
He's won three N-B-A titles with them.
The decision came one day after the Lakers traded fellow superstar Shaquille O'Neal.
NASCAR says its changing the rule that allows a race to finish under caution for Nextel Cup and Busch series events.
The new rule takes effect with the races next weekend at New Hampshire International Speedway.
The procedure will suspend the final lap and keep the cars moving under yellow until the track is clear and the cars can race.
The drivers will restart under a green flag after the track is deemed ready for competition and take the white flag for one lap left to go.
The new format will not mean a race can't finish under yellow.
If there is another caution after the green-flag restart, the race will end immediately.
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The Women's City-County Golf Championship finished up its 54th hole event yesterday at the Botetourt County Club.
Travis Wells has details of another Dot Bolling win.
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[SUPER=01-Dot Bolling/13th City-County Title; :45]
[SUPER=01-Sara Cole/Finished 2nd; 1:08]
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[SUPER=01-Cathi Carter/Finished 5th; 1:33]
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Starting today, nearly 10 thousand athletes roll into town for the fifteenth annual Commonwealth Games.
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The Games' director Pete Lampman and his staff were have been busy getting set for tonight's opening ceremonies, and the arrival of the athletes and coaches.
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Last night, the guest speaker for the opening ceremonies, Kerri Strug, took a few moments to address the corporate sponsors of the games at a reception at the Holiday Inn Tanglewood, and give them a small taste of her speech.
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The opening ceremonies start tonight at 7:45 at the Roanoke Civic Center.
Lance Armstrong finished the first major mountain stage in second place today -- bringing him up to second place overall.
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The American didn't really contest Ivan Basso (Ee-VON Boss-O) near the end, but he did gain some time where it counts.
With today's finish, Armstrong closed a big part of the time gap between him and the overall leader.
He's also several minutes ahead of his main rivals, who didn't handle today's stage as well.
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