The suspect in a double murder in Northwest Roanoke held police at bay for
almost two hours last night.
Authorities responded to a gunfire call at East Caru apartments off Melrose
That's when they found 23- year- old Sharon Casey and her mother Deborah
Casey shot to death.
The suspect, 23- year- old Miguel Angel (Orteez) Ortiz was reportedly Sharon
Casey's ex- boyfriend.
Ortiz threatened suicide, before he was overcome by police.
SOT good nat sound of standoff
The standoff ended when police shot Ortiz in the stomach.
Hospital officials are not releasing Ortiz' condition, but they say he is
Eric Earnhart has been following the story this morning.
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He joins us from the apartment complex with an update.
Eric, you talked to neighbors, what do they think about how police handled
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A hostage situation inside a Danville juvenile detention home ended
Danville police say two juveniles took staff members hostage around one-
thirty this morning.
Authorities were alerted to the situation when someone inside the home
Staff members were apparently locked in a room for about an hour before
authorities entered the home.
No one was hurt-- police say they expect to file charges against several
juveniles for abduction and use of a firearm.
Schoolchildren in 15 states may have been exposed to Hepatitis- A by eating
Neither Virginia, nor West Virginia is among the states believed to have
received the tainted shipment of strawberries in their school systems.
Jason Carroll reports.
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SUPER=01-Pilar Mendoza/Student; :13
SUPER=01-Jason Carroll/Reporting; :45
SUPER=01-Dr. Helen Duplessis/District Spokeswoman; 1:01
OUT Q=for CBS News
Continued violence this morning in the Middle East--
A bus carrying Israeli soldiers took a tumble after being hit by a firebomb
near a Palestinian refugee camp.
The Army reports 13 people were injured.
The soldiers were travelling in the West Bank when a Molotov cocktail was
thrown at it.
Israeli sources say the bus then caught fire and turned over.
Today's incident comes one day after two failed suicide bombings by
Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.
As jury selection continues in the Oklahoma City bombing trial, Timothy
McVeigh's father is speaking out about his son.
Bill McVeigh told a reporter his son "used to despise it when Janet Reno or
Clinton came on TV."
McVeigh says he believes Timothy developed anger toward the government after
serving in the army.
IN Q=Do you believe
((Do you believe your son is this monster that the government has made him out
to be? BILL MCVEIGH/TIMOTHY MCVEIGH'S FATHER: NO. You just don't want to
believe it, or? BILL MCVEIGH: THAT'S A TOUGH QUESTIONS TO ANSWER-- IF HE'S A
MONSTER, IT'S JUST IN THE LAST FEW YEARS. ))
SUPER=01-Bill McVeigh/Timothy McVeigh's Father;
OUT Q=last few years
McVeigh went on to say he has NOT discussed the bombing trial with his son.
The family of a man charged with involuntary manslaughter following a car
crash says he was not the only one to blame.
Tests show both Scotty Chaffin and victim Steve Burton were legally
A Montgomery County judge convicted Chaffin of driving under the influence,
Chaffin's blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit of
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./January 23; three hours after the January 23rd crash.
But Burton also tested above the limit, at point one-oh.
Chaffin's wife believes her husband may be taking the fall for something for
which he may not have been fully to blame.
((MISSY CHAFFIN/SCOTTY CHAFFIN'S WIFE: NOBODY SEEN THE ACCIDENT SO NOBODY
REALLY KNOWS WHAT HAPPENED. BUT SEE, I WOULD SAY THAT SCOTTY WAS NOT ALL AT
FAULT FOR THIS, BECAUSE IF EITHER ONE OF THEM HADN'T OF BEEN DRINKING IT
WOULDN'T HAVE HAPPENED.))
SUPER=01-Missy Chaffin/Scotty Chaffin's Wife;
OUT Q=wouldn't have happened.
Montgomery County prosecutor Phil Keith says the crash was thoroughly
investigated, and the evidence is clear that Chaffin crossed the center line
into Burton's lane.
Firefighters continue to fight hot spots this afternoon following Monday's
A patrol is trying to keep any remaining hot embers from escaping the
Len Besthoff reports.
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SUPER=03-Craig Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Dean Kelley/Firefighter; :09 very quick
SUPER=01-David Olson/U.S. Forest Service; :27 quick
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
Even with the fire contained, crews must still babysit 80- plus acres of
scorched national forest along the Roanoke County/Craig County line.
IN Q=Just check
((Just check, check, and check again? DEAN KELLEY/FIREFIGHTER: YEAH, A LOT OF
OUT Q=of checking.
While the damage done to the popular Dragon's Tooth trail is a big loss for
hikers, the U-S Forest Service says it could have been worse.
There was no loss of life or property, and the fire serves as a warning that
the spring forest fire season is here.
((DAVID OLSON/U.S. FOREST SERVICE: DEFINITELY ADHERE TO THE STATE BURNING
LAWS, WHICH WOULD BE NO FIRES PRIOR TO FOUR O'CLOCK.))
OUT Q=four o'clock.
((Investigators have nailed down what they believe to be the origination of
this forest fire. It was this campsite here, not even a mile from route 311.
And now their job is to try to figure out who may have been careless.))
OUT Q=been careless.
IN Q=It does
((OLSON: IT DOES APPEAR TO BE A CASE OF NEGLIGENCE WHERE THERE WAS A CAMPFIRE
THAT WAS LEFT BURNING OR ABANDONED.))
The Forest Service says investigators have leads on who was around when the
Len Besthoff, News-7.))
A Roanoke cardboard box plant is part of a multi- million- dollar deal on
The Chesapeake Corporation has agreed to sell its Roanoke facility and four
other operations for five- hundred- and- eight- million- dollars.
Chesapeake has a little more than 200 employees in Roanoke.
Chesapeake says the move represents a major step forward in its strategy of
focusing on its faster growing operations.
The company buying the plants is St. Laurent (SAN-lore-ONT) Paperboard of
St. Laurent told Chesapeake it likes the way the plants are run, and
anticipates no significant personnel reductions.
Roanoke residents may soon have the chance to choose their electric company.
American Electric Power has filed a report with the State Corporation
Commission examining de-regulation.
At this point A-E-P officials are viewing competition as a good thing...
both for the company and its customers.
But they say it's still too early to tell how de-regulation might affect
individual electric bills.
IN Q=Being able
((BARRY THOMAS/AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER: BEING ABLE TO KNOW EXACTLY HOW MARKET
FORCES AND COMPETITION WILL SET PRICES FOR THE FUTURE... CERTAINLY WE'RE TRYING
TO FIGURE THAT OUT... BUT WE REALLY DON'T KNOW AT THIS TIME. ))
SUPER=01-Barry Thomas/American Electric Power;
OUT Q=at this time
The S-C-C is expected to submit a rough draft of the de-regulatory process
during the next legislative session.
If you're waiting tables, you won't be getting a raise anytime soon,
At least, NOT if Attorney General Jim Gilmore has anything to say about it.
Gilmore's finally issued a legal opinion on how last October's minimum wage
increase affects Virginia's "tipped workers."
Gilmore says they will stay at four-25 an hour, where the federal law froze
them when it upped other workers' wages to four-75 an hour.
And that four-25 can include tips... making the actual paid wage from the
employer much lower.
Some Roanoke College students did what lawmakers is Washington have yet to
They balanced the federal budget.
The exercise was sponsored by the Concord coalition, which is a grass roots
organization concerned about the growing national debt.
Former Congressmen Jim Olin is a member.
IN Q=WE'RE TRYING
((JIM OLIN/CONCORD COALITION: WE'RE TRYING TO SEE IF WE CAN'T GET THE GENERAL
VOTERS TO UNDERSTAND THIS SITUATION, AND TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.))
SUPER=01-Jim Olin/Concord Coalition;
OUT Q=something about it.
The students teamed up with faculty in an effort to trim 700 million dollars
from the budget by the year 2002.
The students DID balance the budget. Mostly by cutting entitlement programs
and raising taxes.
IN Q=we'd said
((TOM POWELL/STUDENT: WE'D SAID THE HEAD START, WE'D RATHER CUT THAT, SO AS
CONGRESSMEN, WE'D RATHER GET REELECTED AS WELL. ))
((KARL JANSON/ROANOKE COLLEGE STUDENT: IT'S HARD TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM,
SOMETIMES YOU WANT TO DO SOMETHING, BUT YOU KNOW CAN'T BE REELECTED AND THAT'S
USUALLY THE THING THAT DOES IT. NOT WORK OUT. ))
SUPER=01-Tom Powell/Roanoke College Student; :00
SUPER=01-Karl Janson/Roanoke College Student; :09
OUT Q=work out
The Concord Coalition says young people should learn about the deficit now--
because they will be paying the bills later.
The Richmond Department of Motor Vehicles is trying to give a red light to
long lines and perpetual waiting.
But lengthy waits at the D-M-V could soon be 30 seconds shorter per customer
thanks to a new 20-million dollar computer system.
D-M-V signed a contract yesterday to expand the 15-year old system.
Among the innovations: scannable bar codes on department paperwork.
IN Q=When you
((RICHARD HOLCOMB/DMV COMMISSIONER: WHEN YOU ARE CALLED TO THE SPECIFIC
WINDOW, YOUR INFORMATION WILL ALREADY BE IN FRONT OF THAT CUSTOMER SERVICE REP.
THAT COULD SAVE A GOOD 20 TO 30 SECONDS PER TRANSACTION. AND CERTAINLY THAT
ADDS UP WHEN YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT THE 31- THOUSAND CUSTOMERS ON A DAILY BASIS
THAT WE SERVE.))
SUPER=01-Richard Holcomb/DMV Commissioner; :08 INTO BITE!!!
OUT Q=we serve.
All 81 D-M-V branch offices will have the new systems by late next year.
On a clear night, you may have gotten a glimpse of the atmosphere's newest
spectacle, the Comet Hale-Bopp.
But a British airline offered its passengers a closer view.
British Midland brought 135 commuters a chance to see what's called the
comet of the century from the air.
The comet flight took off from Leeds, England.
Prior to take- off, an astronomer briefed passengers on what to expect.
Once in the air, the cabin lights went off, allowing the comet's glow to
shine for its viewers.
About two hundred people fell victim to an April Fools joke yesterday.
They showed up at Salem Memorial Field for a casting call for extras for the
sequel to the 19-87 movie Bull Durham.
In the film Kevin Costner returns to coach the Durham Bulls.
Both Costner and costar Susan Sarandon were expected at the ballpark
At least they were expected by the people who failed to realize that it was
all an April Fool's Day joke planned by radio station W-R-O-V.
The station had been promoting the event all weekend. It was expecting a
larger crowd but yesterday morning the newspaper spilled the beans.
Still even the gullible received their rewards, everyone who came out to the
ball park received two tickets to Sunday's game with the real Durham Bulls AND
they got to dance the Macarena.
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Cave Spring High School hosted some international athletes last night as
some area players took their Russians counterparts to the hardwood.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
The Virginia Gold team's Rodney Morris gets the steal and feed to Peanut
Arrington who led the way with 25.
The Russians were not intimidated. Alexander Miloserdov shoots and scores on
the driving hoop to tie it he had a team high 19.
Blacksburg Indian Phillip Klaus would score for the A-A-U team, and Roanoke
Gold Select win its in overtime 86-to-83.
The two teams play again tonight in Martinsville.
The Atlanta Braves opened their 19-97 season last night on the road in
Houston inside the Astrodome.
SUPER=03-Houston, TX/Braves vs. Astros; ;00
Chipper Jones would give the Braves a big boost in the third with this
massive solo homer to straight away center field. But it would not be enough.
Billy Wagner came on in the ninth and got the save as he preserved the Astros
2-to-1 win. John Smoltz went the distance and gave up just 8 hits but takes
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Albert Belle helped the White Sox bring home their first 19-97 season win.
SUPER=03-Toronto, Canada/Orioles vs. Blue Jays;
He was outstanding - hitting a double and homer and driving in three runs to
lead the Sox to a 6-to-5 win in 10 innings.
SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD; :00
It wasn't nearly as pleasant in Baltimore.
High winds, some overnight snow and ice, and temperatures in the upper 30's
forced yesterday's Royals/Orioles game to be called off.
Over on the senior circuit the Reds beat the Rockies with the help of a
former area minor league star.
SUPER=03-Cincinnati, OH/Rockies vs. Reds; :00
All this season players are wearing patches on their uniforms to commemorate
Jackie Robinson's 50th anniversary of breaking the color barrier.
And it was a former Salem Buccaneer that got the party started for Cincinnati
fans yesterday as Willie Greene nails a two run homer over the right
The Big Red Machine rolls to the 11-to-4 win over the Rockies.
We'd like to remind you about News 7 Prime Time, every week night on W-E-F-C
Check your local cable listings for the station in your area.
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Spring is here and what a more fitting sight than a mallard duck and her
SUPER=03-San Diego, CA;
But this is NOT exactly a puddle from an April shower.
These feathered friends are stuck in a construction pit.
The mother won't fly out because her little ones can't.
City workers came to the rescue.
Six of the feathered babies made it safely out, but number seven had to be
netted to safety.