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7Shoplifter-Shot


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An alleged shoplifter was shot and killed in a scuffle with a Danville police officer yesterday afternoon.
Now state police are in Danville investigating who the victim was, and why he was shot.
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A security guard at Piedmont Mall arrested a man for allegedly shoplifting at Belk Department Store.
The man then allegedly shoved a Danville police officer and ran from the mall.
A second officer confronted the man behind the nearby Schewel's Furniture Store.
Police say the man then took the officer's pepper mace, sprayed him in the face, and tried to grab the officer's gun.
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IN Q=During that confrontation

((NEAL MORRIS/POLICE CHIEF: DURING THAT CONFRONTATION, A SHOT WAS FIRED AND THE INDIVIDUAL IS DEAD. LT. JIM RUHLAND/STATE POLICE: HE HAS NOT BEEN POSITIVELY IDENTIFIED AND HIS NEXT OF KIN HAS NOT BEEN NOTIFIED.))
SUPER=01-Neal Morris/Police Chief;
SUPER=01-Lt. Jim Ruhland/Virginia State Police;
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OUT Q=has not been notified
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Lieutenant Ruhland says the same alleged shoplifter had been arrested for felony charges last week.
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SOT 21:56:59
IN Q=Following the shoplifting charge

((FOLLOWING THE SHOPLIFTING CHARGE, HE GAVE ANOTHER NAME, LOCAL ADDRESS, DATE OF BIRTH, AND AN ADDRESS IN A SECOND STATE. NEITHER TIME COULD HE PRODUCE ANY TYPE OF FORMAL IDENTIFICATION.))
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Ruhland would not say whether the officer fired his gun accidentally or in self-defense.
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7E-Danville-Shooting


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Also in Danville, police are looking for answers after the parents of a seven- month- old baby were found dead in their Danville apartment.
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SUPER=03-Danville;


The bodies of 22- year- old Joyce Fitzgerald Abel, and her 29- year- old husband, James Douglas Abel, were found in their Purdam Woods apartment Wednesday night.
Police think it may have been murder-suicide.
Both were shot in the head.
A neighbor called police to report a child crying in the Abel apartment.
Other neighbors say they never knew the Abels, who mostly stayed to themselves.
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The infant was not injured.
Police say relatives are taking care of the baby.

75-arrests


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TAPE#597-42
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18- year- old Percy Levar Walton faces three capital murder charges after the investigation into the Cabin Creek Condominium murders was concluded by police.
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SUPER=03-Danville/November 1996;


Police say Walton murdered and robbed Jessie and Elizabeth Kendrick shortly before Thanksgiving last year.
Walton is currently in jail, on charges he robbed and murdered 33- year- old Archie Moore that same week.
Police say they were waiting for further evidence before charging Walton with the Kendricks' murder.
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7E-Bedford-Gang


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Two teens were charged with mailious wounding earlier this week after what police are calling a gang brawl.
The men say they were only horsing around.
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SUPER=03-Roanoke;


Nineteen- year- old Jerry Beckner and another teen were arrested Tuesday morning in Bedford County.
Beckner says they were just playing.
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((JERRY BECKNER:WE WAS JUST ALL WRESTLING, JUST HORSEPLAYING, GETTING EACH OTHER IN A HEADLOCK AND STUFF LIKE THAT. JUST ROLLING AROUND ON THE GROUND BASICALLY.))
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Beckner's mother says her son is not in a gang.
She says she's never even seen any evidence of gang activity in Roanoke.
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SOT 12:36:44
IN Q=Only time I hear

((LEANN BOOTH:ONLY TIME I HEAR ANYTHING ABOUT A GANG IS WHEN I READ IT IN THE PAPER ABOUT SOME BIG CITIES OR SOMETHING BUT I HEARD JERRY TALK NOTHING ABOUT NO GANGS NOTHING LIKE THAT))
SUPER=01-Leann Booth/Jerry Beckner's Mother;
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OUT Q=nothing like that.
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Beckner's mother says he has attention deficit disorder and is heavily involved in sports as a energy release.
She says the wrestling with the other men was merely for sport.
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7weather


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Here's a look at your Friday forcast.
For nice as we begin the holiday weekend.
Today will be partly sunny with highs in the upper 70's.
Tonight clear and cool with lows in the low or mid 50's.
And looking ahead tomorrow will be mostly sunny and pleasany with highs around 80.
The remainder of the labor day weekend looks sunny and pleasant and clear at night.
Highs will be in the 80's and lows in the 50's.
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7BIRTHDAYS! 8/31/97
Sunday:

SUPER=130-5/Kaylynn Brennan/Floyd;



SUPER=130-3/Lesley Johnson/Roanoke;


Monday:

SUPER=130-4/Timmy Baldwin/Appomattox;



SUPER=130-9/R.J. Wells/Martinsville;


No Pictures:

SUPER=130-34/William Taylor/Roanoke;



SUPER=130-/Linda Plybon/Snow Creek;

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55Shoplifter-Shot


ANCHOR=Melanie
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In Danville a reported shoplifting has ended with a fatal shooting.
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SOT 13:25:06
IN Q=It's always

((NEAL MORRIS/POLICE CHIEF: IT'S ALWAYS REGRETTABLE WHEN SOMEONE'S LIFE IS TAKEN AND REGARDLESS OF WHAT THE CIRCUMSTANCES WERE, WE DON'T LIKE TO SEE THAT HAPPEN.))
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SUPER=03-Danville;


A security guard at Piedmont Mall arrested a man for allegedly shoplifting at Belk Department store.
The man then shoved a Danville police officer and ran from the mall.
A second officer confronted the man behind the nearby Schewel's Furniture Store.
Police say the man then sprayed that officer with pepper mace and the two struggled over the officer's weapon.
Morris would not say whether the officer fired his gun accidentally or in self-defense.
Authorities say the same man was arrested for a felony within the last two weeks and gave them a different name.
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At this time, police still do not know his identity for sure.


55E-Danville-Shooting


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TAPE#597-35
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In other news from Danville, police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide.
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SUPER=03-Danville;


The bodies of 22- year- old Joyce Fitzgerald Abel, and her 29- year- old husband, James Douglas Abel, were found in their Purdam Woods apartment Wednesday night.
They were both shot in the head.
A neighbor called police to report a child crying in the Abel apartment.
Other neighbors say they never knew the Abels, who mostly stayed to themselves.
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The infant was not injured.
Police say relatives are taking care of the baby.

555-arrests


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TAPE#597-42
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A Danville 18 year old is now facing three capital murder charges after police wrapped up their into the Cabin Creek Condominium murders.
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SUPER=03-Danville/November 1996;


Police say Percy Levar Walton allegedly murdered and robbed Jessie and Elizabeth Kendrick shortly before Thanksgiving.
Walton is currently in jail, on charges he robbed and murdered 33- year- old Archie Moore that same week.
Moore's body was discovered in the closet of his Cabin Lake apartment two days after the Kendrick's were found shot to death in their condominium.
All three had been robbed and shot in the head.
Police say they were waiting for further evidence before charging Walton with the Kendricks' murder.
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55E-Bedford-Gang


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TAPE#97-52
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Bedford County authorities call it gang violence, but the teens involved in a reported fight are calling it horse play.
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SUPER=03-Roanoke;


Nineteen- year- old Jerry Beckner and another teen were arrested Tuesday morning in Bedford County on malicious wounding charges.
Beckner insists they weren't fighting.
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((JERRY BECKNER:WE WAS JUST ALL WRESTLING, JUST HORSEPLAYING, GETTING EACH OTHER IN A HEADLOCK AND STUFF LIKE THAT. JUST ROLLING AROUND ON THE GROUND BASICALLY.))
SUPER=07-Jerry Beckner;
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Beckner's mother says her son is not in a gang.
She says she's never even seen any evidence of gang activity in Roanoke.
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SOT 12:36:44
IN Q=Only time I hear

((LEANN BOOTH:ONLY TIME I HEAR ANYTHING ABOUT A GANG IS WHEN I READ IT IN THE PAPER ABOUT SOME BIG CITIES OR SOMETHING BUT I HEARD JERRY TALK NOTHING ABOUT NO GANGS NOTHING LIKE THAT))
SUPER=01-Leann Booth/Jerry Beckner's Mother;
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Beckner's mother says her son has attention deficit disorder and is heavily involved in sports as an energy release.
She says the wrestling with the other men was merely for sport.
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55weather


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Time to check on the Friday forecast--
It will be Partly sunny and very comfortable.
Highs will be in the low to mid 80s.
It will be Clear overnight, with temperatures falling back into the upper 50s.
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8Shoplifter-Shot


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TAPE#97-63
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A shoplifting suspect was shot in killed in Danville yesterday when he resisted arrest and reportedly try to harm an officer.
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SUPER=03-Danville;


A security guard at Piedmont Mall arrested a man for allegedly shoplifting at Belk Department Store.
The man then allegedly shoved a Danville police officer and ran from the mall.
A second officer confronted the man behind the nearby Schewel's Furniture Store.
Police say the man then took the officer's pepper mace, sprayed him in the face, and tried to grab the officer's gun.
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SOT 13:24:46
SOT 21:56:40
IN Q=During that confrontation

((NEAL MORRIS/POLICE CHIEF: DURING THAT CONFRONTATION, A SHOT WAS FIRED AND THE INDIVIDUAL IS DEAD. LT. JIM RUHLAND/STATE POLICE: HE HAS NOT BEEN POSITIVELY IDENTIFIED AND HIS NEXT OF KIN HAS NOT BEEN NOTIFIED.))
SUPER=01-Neal Morris/Police Chief;
SUPER=01-Lt. Jim Ruhland/Virginia State Police;
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Lieutenant Ruhland says the same alleged shoplifter had been arrested for felony charges last week.
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IN Q=Following the shoplifting charge

((FOLLOWING THE SHOPLIFTING CHARGE, HE GAVE ANOTHER NAME, LOCAL ADDRESS, DATE OF BIRTH, AND AN ADDRESS IN A SECOND STATE. NEITHER TIME COULD HE PRODUCE ANY TYPE OF FORMAL IDENTIFICATION.))
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OUT Q=formal identification
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Ruhland would not say whether the officer fired his gun accidentally or in self-defense.
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8E-Danville-Shooting


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TAPE#597-35
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In other news from Danville, police are invesitigating what the believe is a murder suicide.
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SUPER=03-Danville;


The bodies of 22- year- old Joyce Fitzgerald Abel, and her 29- year- old husband, James Douglas Abel, were found in their Purdam Woods apartment Wednesday night.
They both had gun shot wounds to the head.
A neighbor called police to report a baby crying in the Abel apartment.
Other neighbors say they never knew the Abels, who mostly stayed to themselves.
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The couple's infant was not injured.
Police say relatives are now taking care of the baby.

8E-Bedford-Gang


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Bedford County authorities say gang activity is on the rise in the county.
But a teen who was arrested Tuesday following a brawl, insists he and the other men involved were not fighting just play wrestling.
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SUPER=03-Roanoke;


Nineteen- year- old Jerry Beckner and another teen were arrested and charged with malicous wounding.
Beckner says they were just horsing around.
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SOT 12:29:32
IN Q=We was just

((JERRY BECKNER:WE WAS JUST ALL WRESTLING, JUST HORSEPLAYING, GETTING EACH OTHER IN A HEADLOCK AND STUFF LIKE THAT. JUST ROLLING AROUND ON THE GROUND BASICALLY.))
SUPER=07-Jerry Beckner;
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OUT Q=ground, basically.
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Beckner's mother says her son is not in a gang.
She says she's never even seen any evidence of gang activity in Roanoke.
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SOT 12:36:44
IN Q=Only time I hear

((LEANN BOOTH:ONLY TIME I HEAR ANYTHING ABOUT A GANG IS WHEN I READ IT IN THE PAPER ABOUT SOME BIG CITIES OR SOMETHING BUT I HEARD JERRY TALK NOTHING ABOUT NO GANGS NOTHING LIKE THAT))
SUPER=01-Leann Booth/Jerry Beckner's Mother;
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OUT Q=nothing like that.
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Beckner's mother says her son has attention deficit disorder and is heavily involved in sports as an energy release.
She says the wrestling with the other men was merely for sport.
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8E-Arrest


ANCHOR=Kimberly
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TAPE#97-57
GRAPHIC=murder inv.


An 18- year- old man charged with murder in Danville now faces two more murder charges in connectin with the murder of an elderly couple Thanksgiving day.
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SUPER=03-Danville;


Percy Lavar Walton is charged with capital murder charges for allegedly robbing and killing Jessie and Elizabeth Kendrick.
SUPER=04-November 1996;


Walton is already in jail for allegedly killing 33- year- old Archie Moore that same holiday week.
Police say they waited nine months to charge Walton with the Kendrick murders because they needed more evidence.
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IN Q=He has been

((NEAL MORRIS/POLICE CHIEF: HE HAS BEEN A SUSPECT SINCE EARLY ON IN THE INVESTIGATION. BILL FULLER/COMMONWEALTH'S ATTY: THE POLICE INVESTIGATION HAS INVOLVED FORENSIC WORK AND IT TAKES QUITE A LONG TIME WHEN YOU HAVE A LOT OF MATERIAL TO GET ALL THAT ANALYZED.))
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SUPER=01-Bill Fuller/Commonwealth's Attorney; :05
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OUT Q=analyzed
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All three victims were Walton's neighbors in the Cabin Creek area of North Danville...
and all three bodies were found wrapped in sheets.
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ANCHOR=Kimberly
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Walton's trial date has not been set--authorities have NOT said whether they will seek the death penalty.

8weather


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Turning to Friday's outlook--
Partly sunny skies and very pleasant, with highs in the low to mid 80s.
Clear and chilly tonight, with lows in the mid to upper 50s.
Continued sunny and mild throughout the Labor Day Weekend.
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