News 7 at Six is coming up with news of a rabid bobcat, a tearful shooting suspect...
Fifty years of fish and politics.... a LIVE report with Ellen Qualls in Wakefield for the Shad Planking.
Tonight in sports, lots of baseball for your this afternoon as we check out highlights from the Tech-UVa game and the battle of Botetourt high school showdown that was waged in Salem.
And tonight in Norfolk, the Express goes for the clincher against Hampton Roads on the Admirals home ice.
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A bobcat that attacked a Roanoke County man had rabies.
William Martin was scratched and mauled this past weekend by the cat before he shot it.
Tests done on the animal show it was rabid.
Health officials now say the bobcat also attacked some pets in the Back Creek area.
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Roanoke County Police say they don't want to worry pet owners, but it's important to get the word out.
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((RILEY MEADOR/COMMUNITY SERVICE OFFICER:I DON'T THINK IT'S GOTTEN TO THE POINT OF BEING AN OUTBREAK, BY NO MEANS, WE JUST WANT FOLKS TO BE AWARE...IT COULD ESCALATE INTO SOMETHING, WE'RE JUST TRYING TO HALT THAT.))
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Meador says pet owners who believe their animal may have been infected should contact the Public Health Department immediately.
As for William Martin, he will soon begin a series of rabies treatments.[Lee-Hi-Shooting]
Prosecutors expect to file homicide charges against a Roanoke man accused of shooting his girlfriend yesterday.
David Lee Mason held his head in his hand and cried during a hearing this afternoon.
He got a court- appointed attorney and was sent back to jail without bond.
Mason allegedly shot Michelle Saunders in the head as she entered her apartment, leaving her in extremely critical condition.
Saunders children were following behind her, but didn't see the attack.
Police say she's currently on life support with no brain activity, and if nothing changes, her family will probably turn off the life support system within the next two days.
[IN Q=Mr. Mason]
((WES NANCE/ASSISTANT COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY; MR. MASON'S STILL CHARGED WITH MALICIOUS WOUNDING, AND THAT'S THE STATUS OF THE CRIME RIGHT NOW AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE PROCEEDING UNDER. THE STATUS OF THAT COULD CHANGE AND IS ACTUALLY EXPECTED TO. DON'T KNOW WHEN THAT CHANGE WILL OCCUR, BUT AT THE APPROPRIATE TIME WE'LL CARTAINLY TAKE THE STEPS.))
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Nance says Mason has a violent criminal history that includes a manslaughter conviction in 1993, and series of assault charges that go back a decade.
But there are no past domestic violence charges involving Saunders.
A Botetourt County man involved in a fatal shootout with sheriff's deputies last month was apparently drunk at the time.
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The medical examiner says 28-year-old Leonard Brent Jenkins was driving drunk when he was pulled over early March first.
The sheriff says Jenkins shot Deputy Ernest Spiva twice, then shot himself.
Backup deputy Greg Hepler fired a shot that hit Jenkins in the back of the head.
Jenkins died--both deputies are now back at work.
State police are still investigating the incident and will not release Jenkins' blood alcohol content.
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No new taxes and no increase in existing taxes.. that's the word from Lynchburg leaders who unveiled the city's operating budget for the next fiscal year.
The BAD news is Lynchburg faces about a million dollar shortfall between available revenue and requests for new services.
City leaders say that means some departments won't get that extra money they're looking for.
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((BOB DAVENPORT/LYNCHBURG VICE MAYOR: I DON'T WANT THIS TO COME OUT TO BE SOMETHING THAT'S DISCOURAGING OR SHOCKING. WE WILL NOT COMPROMISE ON BASIC SERVICES AND I DON'T THINK IT'S THE SORT OF THING THAT OUR CITIZENS ARE GOING TO SEE ON A DAY TO DAY BASIS. BUT IT MEANS THAT WE WON'T BE ABLE TO DO SOME PROGRAMS THAT WE'D REALLY LIKE TO DO.))
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[OUT Q=like to do.]
The 103- million dollar plan does provide an average three percent raise for city employees.
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Five decades of politics and salty fish in the woods of Eastern Virginia.
It's the 50th anniversary of the Wakefield Ruritan Club's annual Shad Planking.
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Ellen Qualls is there.
What's the political scene like this year Ellen?
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(Keith question---Is Governor Gilmore there?)[Roanoke-Plane]
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A mishap at the Roanoke airport this afternoon.
A twin engine plane veered off a runway as it was landing, ending up in the grass.
Airport officials say the plane's nose gear collapsed without warning.
There were three men aboard, flying in from Kentucky.
No one was hurt.
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The stage is being set for the Dave Matthews Band concert this weekend in Roanoke--we will have an update coming up tonight on News 7 at Six.
And an effort is underway to preserve a piece of black history in the Hill City--and in the process bring back a city block which has a proud past.
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Perhaps no other city block has contributed more to Lynchburg's history.
But the city's Pierce Street neighborhood is not exactly a well- known tourist destination.
Steve Smallshaw tells us a local group is trying to change that.
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(( For more than a hundred and thirty years, the 13- hundred block of Pierce Street in Lynchburg has seen a lot of firsts..
The city's first black vice mayor and its first minority doctor resided here.. and the first minority- owned business, the Calloway store, opened in 1867.
Now William Calloway's great- great- granddaughter is trying to save the old building.
[IN Q=So this is]
((CAROL SPENCER READ/ANNE SPENCER FOUNDATION: SO THIS IS ONE OF THE REASONS WHY WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO RESTORE THE STORE, SHOW THAT THIS COMMUNITY WAY BACK IN THE CIVIL WAR, THIS NEIGHBORHOOD MADE HISTORY.))
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((Some of the history is not so tangible. This vacant lot behind the old store was once called Camp Davis.. this is where Confederate soldiers came to enlist to fight in the Civil War. Like the store and the Anne Spencer home up the street, it too has historical value.. and Carol Spencer Read says it ALL needs to be preserved.))
[OUT Q=be preserved.]
((AND THIS WOULD BE THE EDEN CRAWL AREA OR THE GARDEN HOUSE..))
Eight thousand people a year visit the Anne Spencer home and gardens.
The house is a shrine to the Harlem Renaissance writer and her equally famous family.
Carol Spencer Read envisions a day where a tourist can spend hours on this city block.. learning about the important role it played in Lynchburg's history.
[IN Q=The Pierce Street]
((CAROL SPENCER READ/ANNE SPENCER FOUNDATION: THE PIERCE STREET AREA HAS A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT HAVE DONE A LOT OF THINGS, WHETHER IT'S HERE IN LYNCHBURG OR OUTSIDE OF LYNCHBURG AND THIS IS WHAT WE WANT TO DO.))
[OUT Q=want to do.]
To do that, the foundation needs close to 40- thousand dollars to buy the property and stabilize the building.
If they're successful, a museum gift shop and community meeting rooms are all in the works.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))[Dave-Matthews]
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The final touches for the Dave Matthews Band concert will be hammered out over the next three days.
And we mean that literally-the stage for the Victory Stadium event will be under construction the rest of this week.
Those helping to organize the event say it usually takes about a day or less to prepare for an indoor concert.
But this show will not take place indoors and it definitely is not average.
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((JIM EVANS/ROANOKE CIVIC CENTER; IN A SITUATION LIKE THIS THEY HAVE TO BUILD A MASSIVE STAGE. IT HAS TO HAVE A ROOF ON IT. IT WILL BE QUITE AN ORDEAL JUST GETTING THE STAGE BUILT AND THAT WILL TAKE A LONG TIME AND A LOT OF PEOPLE TO CONSTRUCT.))
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The concert is sold out and about 30-thousand people are expected at the stadium this Saturday.
This will be the biggest-ever one day event in the history of Roanoke.
Dave Matthews is starting an international tour here in the Star City.
The stock market set new records today.
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The Dow gained 52 points to finish at 91 hundred 62.
NASDAQ was up 20 points.
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There's a new service center in Roanoke, but it doesn't sell gas.
It's offering a helping hand to many different parts of the community.
David Johnson explains.
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((Full Faith Gospel Ministries reaches out to people who don't know where to turn when they want to turn their lives around.
The fledgling agency's services are free.
Reverend Lenard Hines started the agency--he says it's in response to a sense of hopelessness in the community.
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((REV. LENARD HINES/FULL FAITH GOSPEL MINISTRIES; PEOPLE GOING DOWN DEAD END STREETS. THERE SEEMED TO BE NO HELP AVAILABLE. NO CARING. AND ALL THE PEOPLE NEEDED WAS A REASON TO HOPE.))
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The agency wears many hats.
Besides providing listings for jobs and other social service agencies, it also helps small businesses with organizational skills.
Full Faith also serves as a counseling center for youth.
((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; SINCE THE CENTER OPENED AND BEGAN HELPING COMMUNITIES LIKE THIS ONE, THE ATTITUDES OF THE CHILDREN HAVE CHANGED.))
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((DOMINIQUE KIRKLAND; WE TALK ABOUT PROBLEMS THAT KIDS HAVE THESE DAYS AND THE PROBLEMS I HAVE TOO. SO IT HELPS ME OUT.))
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((ALMAZETTA ANDERSON/CARU APTS. TENANT COORDINATOR; I THINK WE CAN SAY THIS IS A VERY UNIQUE APPROACH TO THE PROBLEMS OF HOW DO WE HELP OUR CHILDREN HELP THEMSELVES. FULL FAITH GOSPEL MINISTRY IS THE ONLY COLLECTIVE THAT I HAVE WITNESSED COME OUT INTO THE COMMUNITY AND SAY TO THE YOUTH LET US HEAR WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY.))
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The agency also offers bible studies and will soon have a computer lab for educational programs.
David Johnson, News 7.))[Sports Tease]
Coming your way tonight in sports, the Express goes for the clincher tonight in Norfolk.
We have highlights from this afternoon's Tech-UVa baseball battle in Blacksburg,
plus we'll check out this afternoon's Botetourt-James River baseball game at Salem Memorial stadium.
The Virginia Tech Hokies got the best of their bitter rivals, the University of Virginia this afternoon on the diamond.
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We pick up the action with the Hokies on top 1-to-nothing in the second and UVa coming back. Josh Bowling smacks a two run homer over the left center field fence. It's 2-to-1 Hoos.
Later in the second, Mark Rueffert gets a base hit in the gap in the left field that score Tim Lavigne from second to make it 3-to-1.
Tech would close the gap in the bottom of the inning as Matt Lichtel lifts the pitch out of English Field.
The solo shot cut the Cavs lead to 3-to-2.
The Hokies kept their bats going in the third. With two men on, Barry Gauch nails a shot to center field scoring Gray Hodges from third to tie it at 3.
Later in the inning with two runners on, Nick Perlozzo hits a shot to second that is bobbled. Eric
Shiflett scores from third, and after the throw to first sails into the dugout Tech scores again.
And the Hokies win it 10-to-5.
The Avalanche takes on Wilmington in the second game of their three game series at 7:00 tonight.
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But pro baseball isn't the only action at Salem Memorial Baseball Stadium today.
The Lord Botetourt and James River baseball teams got together with the Avalanche to raise money for their respective schools in a charity baseball game this afternoon at the ballpark.
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((GEHRIG FERGUSON/JAMES RIVER HEAD COACH: ))
((JIM PHILLIPS/LORD BOTETOURT HEAD COACH:))
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Let's pick it up early in the game as Cavalier Brandon Hendricks drills this double into right field scoring Dusty Patterson and Dan Campbell giving them a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the first.
But the James River bats were not silent. Watch Freddie Wilson crank this two run shot over the left field wall scoring Justin Paxton and closing the gap to 5-2 in the top of the second.
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But Botetourt wins it 13-to-3.
The Kelly Cup playoffs between the Express and the Admirals resumes tonight in Tidewater with game three.
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Roanoke leads the best of five series 2-nothing and can advance to the Northern Conference championship with a win tonight at the Scope.
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Face off is at 7:05 and we will have the highlights tonight at 11. That's it for five; have a great day.[S-Draft]
The NFL draft is set for this weekend, and once again a number of area college star will be on pins and needles waiting for the phone to ring.
Among those is three time Friday Football Extra player of the week Marcus Parker.
The former high school tailback, turned fullback at Virginia Tech.
Parker is rated the 34th best running back in the draft by Pro Football Weekly, but he thinks he will get a chance to play in the pros.
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[SUPER=01-Marcus Parker/Former Va. Tech Fullback; ]
[OUT Q=...too much."]
Marcus says he's been dreaming of playing in the NFL since his days at Salem, but does that mean he will be watching the draft on TV?
[IN Q="No, I won't...]
[OUT Q=...came about."]
As the week continues, we'll hear from Tech Ken Oxendine and UVa's Germaine Crowell.
In a couple of lacrosse notes from today, the Roanoke College game with Randolph Macon is on hold. The Yellow Jackets bus broke down on Afton Mountain on the way to Salem.
But tonight at the River's Edge you can catch VMI and Radford at 7:30 in the Star City Classic.
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And don't forget this Saturday night at 6:30 be sure to join Your Hometown Station for a special half hour preview of this weekend's Goody's 500 Winston Cup race a the Martinsville Speedway. This Saturday night at 6:30.
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That's News 7 at Six. Coming up tonight at 11,
the clock is ticking for procrastinators.
You have until midnight to mail your federal tax returns.
We will tell you about the last minute rush, and have some advice for those who need more time--how to file for an extension with Uncle Sam.
[Keith ad lib byes] Jean Jadhon have the story and more tonight on News 7 at 11.