A standoff in Salem ends in the death of a three-year old child, the injury and arrest of the boy's father and a police officer with head injuries.
A LIVE report from the scene of the domestic disturbance coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX.
And another woman has left VMI.
Tonight in sports, the Richmond Spiders are set to crawl through South Carolina as the NCAA tournament opens tomorrow.
The Heels are ready to sink Navy.
And the Radford Highlanders left the friendly confines of the Dedmon Center today, hopping on a bus and heading west for their date with Duke.
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A three year old boy is dead tonight following a domestic dispute and a standoff with police at a Salem apartment complex.
One officer was injured and tonight the suspect is in the hospital with serious injuries.
Tina Tenret is standing by in Salem.
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The man convicted of nearly killing a former Christiansburg prosecutor in the 1970's is now living in a half-way house.
Frank DeWease was recently released from prison after serving more than 20- years for planting a dynamite- filled can on the car belonging to the man who was then Commonweath's attorney, Pat Graybeal.
Graybeal had prosecuted DeWease for murder before the blast. He lost both hands in the explosion.
DeWease was said to have been seeking revenge for the murder conviction.
He's scheduled to be released from the half- way house in May.[Ambulance-Ax]
A Bedford County woman was killed and her grandson injured when their car collided with an ambulance this afternoon in Lynchburg.
The wreck occurred at the intersection of Old Forest Road and Lakeside Drive around 2:30.
A Campbell County rescue squad ambulance collided with a Plymouth Horizon being driven by 25- year- old Eric Smith.
Smith's grandmother-- 84- year- old Jean Korn of Forest-- was killed in the collision.
Smith is listed in stable condition.
The ambulance reportedly was "not" transporting a patient at the time.
Police are still investigating.
Two fire extinguishers weren't enough to save a Radford convenience store before fire fighters arrived this afternoon.
Nearly everything inside Cedar Valley General Store on Tyler Avenue was destroyed shortly before one o'clock.
The store's owner says she heard a loud POP that sounded like a light blowing, just before she spotted flames.
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((NANCY MCDANIEL/CEDAR VALLEY GENERAL STORE OWNER:I GOT THE FIRE EXTINGUISHER AND TRIED TO PUT IT OUT AND USED ACTUALLY TWO FIRE EXTINGUISHERS AND BY THAT TIME THE SMOKE WAS JUST SO HEAVY WE HAD TO GET OUT. ))
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The store has been part of the community for 20- years.
McDaniel says she hopes to rebuild.
No one was hurt.
The director of the only day-care center in downtown Roanoke has been let go. The Downtown Learning Center's accreditation is in jeopardy.
And the State agency that licenses the Center is investigating.
The ACTING director says none of that has affected operations.
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The health and safety of the children is not at risk.
But parents have been told that there's money missing and the rent's not been paid.
Now the State Department of Social Services wants to know what's up.
Board Member Johnny Miller confirms the center takes in more than 30-thousand dollars a month, but he says there's not enough money to pay the bills.
Asked directly if money's missing, Miller said: "not sure what the money situation is."
He stressed that there's no reason to believe- -at this point- -that the Downtown Learning Center will close.[Tease
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Kevin Costner and Paul Newman not welcome in one Virginia community?
It's true, and we'll tell you why coming up on News 7 at Six.
Also after a protest and the jailing of a well-known abortion opponent, the Hill City is bracing for another demonstration later this week.
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What if you held a rally and nobody came?
With Operation Rescue director Flip Benham still in jail for trespassing, his supporters are planning a week- long series of protests to begin this Friday.
But support for the cause may not be what its organizers had hoped for.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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(( No matter how many demonstrators do show up, most of Lynchburg seems determined to ignore them.
At Planned Parenthood, it will be business as usual.
Plans for a counter- demonstration have been scrapped.
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((JOAN MACCALLUM/PLANNED PARENTHOOD: THE POLICE HAVE SUGGESTED THAT IT WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA TO IGNORE THEM AND WE CERTAINLY DON'T WANT TO ADD TO ANY OF THE DISRUPTION THAT THEY'RE CAUSING IN OUR COMMUNITY.))
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The Operation Rescue web site is directing rally- goers to the Days Inn, which is offering them a group rate.
But so far, just fifteen rooms have been booked.
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((If rally organizers are going to generate any local support, they may have to look beyond Liberty University. This is one controversy the Reverend Jerry Falwell is determined to stay out of, and it may be difficult getting L-U students to attend. Their spring break begins when classes end on Friday.))
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Events kick off with a press conference at E.C. Glass High School Friday afternoon.
Administrators plan to warn students about it before they leave school that day.. and they'll be keeping a close eye on the sidewalk activities.
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((JIM MCCORMICK/L'BURG SCHOOL SUPT.: AS LONG AS PEOPLE STAY OFF THE PROPERTIES OF THE SCHOOL DIVISION, WE HAVE NO INTEREST IN WHAT'S GOING ON, AS LONG AS WE CAN MOVE OUR CHILDREN SAFELY AND SECURELY.))
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McCormick is asking police to remove and arrest, if necessary, anyone caught trespassing on school property.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))[VMI]
Another woman has left V-M-I.
Though "breakout" is undoubtedly just around the corner- -probably this week or next- -one freshman failed to return from Spring- break Sunday night.
She showed up on Post late yesterday afternoon and was "processed out" last night.
The Institute has not named the woman, but said she was NOT the one involved in an intimate relationship reported last week by the Washington Post.
Mike Strickler says this departure means a total of 69 men and 7 women have left since August.
After weeks of bickering, Virginia's House of Delegates voted unanimously to pass the car tax relief and school construction bill its Finance Commmittee crafted earlier this week.
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Former Governor George Allen's gone... and is Virginia NO longer open for business?
A 60- million dollar feature film has been turned away at the border by the independent-minded citizens of tiny Tangier Island.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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Tangier is a unique place, seemingly frozen in time.
So when the likes of Kevin Costner and Paul Newman come calling with a script for big-time Hollywood movie called "Message in a Bottle," they couldn't find a more picturesque setting.
But Tangier's Town Council voted 6-to-nothing to turn them away.
The town's mayor says "cursing, drinking, and sex" in the script conflicted with the town's values.
(( Virginia tourism officials here in Richmond say Tangier and Chincoteague lose at a minimum 10- thousand dollars a day in food, lodging, and related costs for a feature film crew.))
Over the nine weeks that had been scheduled for Message in a Bottle in Tangier and Chincoteague that's more than 600- thousand dollars.
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((DEL. BOB BLOXOM/R-ACCOMACK CO.: ACTUALLY WE HAD THE SAME PROBLEM WITH CHINCOTEAGE...PIPING PLOVERS...ENDANGERED SPECIES.))
So between the birds and the Islanders... Virginia won't be seduced by Hollywood at least this time..
Ellen Qualls, News 7.))[Stocks]
Thanks to a second straight session without any major companies announcing any bad news, Wall Street was setting records again today.
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The race for Danville city council is a crowded one.
There are ten candidates vying for four at-large seats.
Last week, you met some of the council contenders.
Tonight, Christy Hubley introduces us to more in the second of a three-part report.
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(( George Davis is among the nine men and one woman running for a seat on Danville's city council.
Davis is president of Davis Storage and Warehouse.
With two children, he says improving education can eliminate a lot of Danville's problems.
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((GEORGE DAVIS: THAT WILL REDUCE THE CRIME, THAT WILL BRING NEW INDUSTRY INTO THE CITY, THAT WILL HELP THE INDUSTRY THAT'S ALREADY HERE THAT'S LOOKING FOR A WORKFORCE TO HIRE. YOU HAVE TO EDUCATE THEM IN ORDER TO DO THAT IN ORDER TO SHOW ANY GROWTH IN DANVILLE OR ANYWHERE ELSE.))
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Nick Sapounakes was born and raised in Danville.
He owns Nick's Towing and is a member of Danville's Life Saving Crew.
He says the city council needs to look at realistic ways to draw in new business.
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((NICK SAPOUNAKES: WE NEED JOBS. WE NEED SOME TYPE OF INCENTIVE PROGRAM TO DRAW INDUSTRIES TO DANVILLE. WHETHER IT BE A TAX CUT BREAK OR SOME TYPE OF BREAK WITH UTILITIES.))
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R. Wayne Williams, Junior wants to follow in his dad's footsteps.
The senior Williams spent 8-years on Danville's city council, two as mayor.
The junior Williams is a doctor and airforce veteran who says Danville isn't reaching its full potential.
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((R. WAYNE WILLIAMS, JR.:YOU KNOW I THINK DANVILLE IS FERTILE FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH AND THAT WE NEED TO BE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THAT AND WE NEED TO BE AGGRESSIVE IN GETTING NEW BUSINESSES, ESPECIALLY SKILL-ORIENTED INDUSTRY, INTO DANVILLE.))
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These three candidates will face seven others at the polls in May.
Only four of the ten will be victorious when the votes are counted.
Christy Hubley, News 7, Danville.))
Meet the final three Danville City Council Candidate when our special report concludes next Wednesday.[Sports Tease]
Coming up tonight in sports, let the Madness begin!
We'll check in with the Tarheels, the departing Highlanders, Tech women's ace Lynette Nolley and
the Richmond Spiders, who are looking to rekindle the magic of 1991, their last NCAA appearance, and the year they made a little tournament history.
The biggest dance in college basketball begins tomorrow afternoon as the NCAA men's tournament tipoff across the country.
Appropriately, the number one team in the nation, North Carolina plays the first game of the day against Don Devoe's Midshipmen of Navy.
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The Heels game with Navy should tip off at 12:20 tomorrow afternoon and right after that you can catch South Carolina and Richmond right here on WDBJ-7.
The Richmond Spiders battle with South Carolina marks the program's first trip back to the NCAA tournament since 1991.
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The Spiders earned their automatic berth by disposing of UNC Wilmington in the Colonial Conference championship game.
Sunday night the players got word that they would play the Gamecocks in DC at the MCI center.
It's a matchup they honestly think they can handle.
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Remember back in 1991, the then 15th seeded Spiders made history by beating 2nd seeded Syracuse.
This year Richmond is a 14th seed.[S-Evening]
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And be sure to join us tomorrow night as the March Madness day one action continues into the evening hours.
UNLV takes on Princeton at 7:40 and then you can catch Fairleigh-Dickinson and U-Conn tipping off right around 10 minutes after 10 tomorrow night.
Plus, bonus coverage for all the other games of the day.
The Radford Highlanders journey begins Friday night against Duke.
This afternoon in front of the Dedmon center a group of family, Friends and fans showed up to give the Highlanders a champions sendoff.
The oddsmakers give the Highlanders little chance to knock off the Blue Devils in the first round game.
But the challenge has the team excited about its first ever appearance in the N-C-A-A tournament.
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Radford and Duke will tip it off Friday night at 10 and you can see it right here on your Hometown Station.
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The Tech women play their opening NCAA game Friday night at six in Gainesville, Florida.
It will no doubt be another big event in what has already been a momentous senior season for Tech forward Lynnette Nolley.
Here's part of Denise Allen's conversation with the former Floyd County star.
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(( Lynette is a starter for the Lady Hokies but that wasn't the case this the season.
DENISE ALLEN/NEWS 7 REPORTER: THE U-MASS GAME RIGHT HERE IN THE CASSELL WAS THE TURNING POINT OF LYNETTE'S SEASON.
COACH HENRICKSON SAYS LYNETTE UPPED HER INTENSITY AND THAT WORK ETHIC SPREAD THROUGH THE TEAM.
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Lynette is hoping to get an N-C-Double-A championship to go along with Tech's A-10 Tournament Title.
Lynette will finish out her career as a STUDENT next year when she gets a degree in hospitality and tourism.
Denise Allen News 7 Sports.))[Wx-Tape]
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