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Another shooting in Roanoke -- this time a man was shot in his home overnight.
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Police are still looking for the suspect who entered this home on 407 Patton Avenue Northwest and shot a resident there early this morning.
Police say the injuries sustained in the shooting do NOT appear to be life-threatening.
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A woman who police say was shot by her boyfriend Tuesday is still in critical condition this morning, but is *not* expected to survive.
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28-year old Michelle Saunders of Roanoke was shot in the head as she entered her apartment Tuesday.
Police say she's on life support, in extremely critical condition. She has no brain activity, and if nothing changes, family members are expected to terminate life support within the next day.
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Saunder's boyfriend, 37-year old David Lee Mason was arraigned on malicious wounding charges yesterday afternoon
Prosecutors say they're prepared to upgrade those charges if the victim dies.
They say Mason has a long criminal history, including a manslaughter conviction in 19-83.
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Saunders has two young children.
They were following behind here when she was shot, but did't see the attack.
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A Botetourt County man involved in a shootout with sheriff's deputies last month was drunk. 28-year old Leonard Brent Jenkins killed himself
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after shooting at two officers. The medical examiner confirms Jenkins was driving drunk on the morning of March first.
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Deputy Earnest Spiva pulled him over -- the sheriff says Jenkins shot the deputy twice in the chest then fatally shot himself.
Backup deputy Greg Hepler also shot Jenkins once in the back of the head.
Jenkins died almost immediately -- Spiva was not seriously injured and both deputies are back at work.
State police are investigating the shootout.
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Even though the medical examiner says Jenkins WAS drunk, he will NOT release the man's blood alcohol content.

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The first rabies case of the season has hit Roanoke County.
Health Officials have confirmed that a bobcat that attacked a man and some pets in the Back Creek area was rabid.
William Martin was mauled by the infected animal in his yard over the weekend.
Officers shot and killed the animal.
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Police say look for the signs of the virus in your pet, but also stay away from wild animals.
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Health Department Officials say pet owners should look for warning signals like staggering, listlessness or any abnormal behavior.

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Your Thursday forecast includes clouds and a chance of showers today, possibly a thunderstorm. Daytime highs reaching the mid to upper 70s, overnight lows in the upper 50s to low 60s.
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A Roanoke man is hospitalized in the intensive care unit this morning at Roanoke Memorial after being shot by an intruder overnight.
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According to police, 25-year-old Glen Anderson, Jr was shot in his home on 407 Patton Avenue Northwest.
Police say a masked gunman shot Anderson twice in the stomach when he got out of bed after hearing the intruder.

Authorities say Anderson was not able to provide a suspect description.
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A Roanoke man may soon be facing murder charges following the Tuesday shooting of his girlfriend.
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David Lee Mason held his head in his hand and cried during a hearing yesterday afternoon.
He got a court- appointed attorney and was sent back to jail without bond.
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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 day.
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((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.
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With only a few congressional races on this year's election calendar, politicians concentrated on the sunny weather and cold beverages instead of campaigning at the annual Shad Planking.
A Virginia political institution is celebrating half a century.
As Ellen Qualls reports the Virginia political event is celebrating half a century.
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Taking a break from the news to check the weather--
Today's outlook promises a mixture of clouds and sun, with a good chance of showers and thunderstorms.
Highs in the upper 70s.
Staying cloudy, with more rain overnight.
Lows around 60.
Looking ahead to Friday, there's still a threat of showers...
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An overnight shooting sent a Roanoke man to the hospital where he is listed in intensive care this morning.
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According to police, 25-year-old Glen Anderson, Jr was shot in his home on 407 Patton Avenue Northwest.
Police say a masked gunman shot Anderson twice in the stomach when he got out of bed after hearing the intruder.

Authorities say Anderson was not able to provide a suspect description.
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Henry County authorities are investigating a weekend homicide.
Authorities discovered the body of 63 year old Bessie Marie Amos at her home Sunday after receiving a report from worried family members.
Autopsy results yesterday revealed she died of multiple head injuries.
Authorities aren't sure when she died, she was last seen alive Friday afternoon.
There is no word yet on a suspect.
Authorities are asking that anyone with information about the crime contact the Henry County Sheriff's department.

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It is NOT likely a woman who was allegedly shot by her boyfriend earlier this week will survive.
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28-year old Michelle Saunders of Roanoke was shot in the head as she entered her apartment Tuesday.
Police say she's on life support, in extremely critical condition. She has no brain activity, and if nothing changes, family members are expected to terminate life support within the next day.
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Saunder's boyfriend, 37-year old David Lee Mason was arraigned on malicious wounding charges yesterday afternoon
Prosecutors say they're prepared to upgrade those charges if the victim dies.
They say Mason has a long criminal history, including a manslaughter conviction in 19-83.
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A man in the Back Creek area of Roanoke county was attacked over the weekend by a rabid bobcat in his yard.
Officers killed the animal and tests show it WAS infected.
William Martin will begin a series of rabies shots.
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Officers say there have also been reports the cat may have attacked some pets in the area.
Now they're urging pet owners to look for the warning signs.
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Health officials say infected animals must be quarantined and advise everyone to have their pets vaccinated.

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Newer, more powerful guns are now in the hands of the Virginia State Police.
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They just recieved new 3-57 caliber, semi-automatic pistols to replace the old nine millimeter guns they were using.

Many of those weapons were six years old.
Officers say the new bullets are faster and can knock a person down more effectively.
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The trade-off is these guns are two ounces heavier with a harder kick-back.
Reports put the cost at 250-thousand dollars for roughly 2000 guns, but state police would not confirm this price tag.
They say troopers are scoring higher in fire arms training, because they have more confidence in their new pistols.


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Turning your attention now to the Thursday forecast--
Variable cloudiness today, with showers and thunderstorms likely.
Highs warming into the upper 70s.
Mostly cloudy overnight, with more rain possible.
Lows near 60.
The extended forecast stays damp into tomorrow...but dries out this weekend.
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[7BIRTHDAYS!] 4/17/98
Friday:

[SUPER=130-50/Linda McCray/Buena Vista]



[SUPER=130-8/Corey Hall/Christiansburg]



[SUPER=130-1/Hanna Crigger/Rich Creek]



[SUPER=130-90/Elsie Turner/Burnt Chimney]



[SUPER=130-8/Suzanne Rothgeb/Salem]



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[SUPER=130-3/Dante William Hairston/Spencer]



[SUPER=130-62/Theron Hall/Pelham, NC]


No Pictures:

[SUPER=131-35/Lisa Dunford/Pulaski]



[SUPER=131-//Geraldine Moore]

[SUPER=131-/47/Hue D. Manns]