Two bombing incidents just ten miles and 30 minutes apart in Louisa County.
That's our lead story on NEWS 7 at SIX.
The first far-flung fans show up for tomorrow's massive outdoor concert in Roanoke.
And we'll take the road in pursuit of a Mayor pursuing a Congressional seat.[Sports-head]
In sports, Bobby Hamilton captures the Bud Pole at Martinsville--Mike Stevens will join us for a live report, the Southern Conference track and field meet hits VMI,
and the ECHL hits the Express and the Admirals with suspensions because of the fight that broke out after Wednesday night's game. Details in sports.
State and federal authorities are wondering if they have a serial bomber on their hands after two separate explosions injured three people in Louisa County this morning.
Today's blasts came just a few months after another explosion killed a pregnant woman in Louisa in December.
Steve Smallshaw tells us the violence has residents on edge.
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[SUPER=01-Ed Yerkes/Resident; 1:07]
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(( The bombings occurred about ten miles and thirty minutes apart.
Around 6:30 a-m, a father and son near the town of Mineral found a tackle box in their yard, which contained an explosive device that partially detonated, burning both men on their arms.
A half hour later, another bomb exploded in the parking lot of the Louisa Pizza Hut.. critically injuring a woman nearby.
Dozens of local, state and federal authorities have converged on the area.
Bomb- sniffing dogs were brought in as FBI and ATF agents scoured the area for clues.
Police won't speculate whether these bombings and December's fatal blast are related.
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((CAPT. KENNY HARPER/LOUISA CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: WE'RE NOT EXCLUDING ANYTHING, HOWEVER THE MATTER'S UNDER INVESTIGATION AND WE REALLY CAN'T GIVE YOU ANY FURTHER COMMENT UNTIL WE HAVE TIME TO INVESTIGATE THIS MATTER TO THE FULLEST.))
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((Not only are police looking for suspects, they're also battling a second enemy and that's fear. Residents say things like this just don't happen in a place like Louisa County, and now they're wondering if and when it might happen again.))
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((CURTIS COOKE/RESIDENT: PROBABLY SCARED, MOST OF THEM. YOU DON'T KNOW WHEN, IF YOU'RE GOING SHOPPING OR NOTHING, WHEN IT'S GOING TO HAPPEN AGAIN, YOU DON'T KNOW NOTHING.))
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((ED YERKES/RESIDENT: IT'S A NICE LITTLE TOWN. IT'S HARD TO FATHOM.))
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Authorities, meanwhile, are urging everyone not to panic.
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((HARPER: THEY SHOULD GO ON AND CONDUCT THEIR LIVES IN AS NORMAL AS POSSIBLE FRAME OF MIND.))
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Something that may be easier said than done.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Louisa County.))[Le-Hi-shooting]
A victim of domestic violence this week in Roanoke has died.
Michelle Saunders died at three o'clock this morning.
She was shot in the head outside her apartment at Lee-Hi Manor Tuesday.
Police had already charged her boyfriend with malicious wounding.
David Lee Mason turned himself in.
The charges will likely be upgraded to murder.
It's an outdoor concert, by far the biggest Roanoke has ever seen.
And it's happening tomorrow, even if it rains.
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Scott Goldberg is on his perch at the site of tomorrow's Dave Matthews concert. Scott, rain and thousand of crazed fans doesn't sound like a very good combination.
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[SUPER=01-Rick Harwood/Dave Matthews Fan; :11]
[SUPER=01-Bobby Melatti/Concert Promoter; :32]
[SUPER=01-George Ellis/Beer Distributor; :48]
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If you thought concert promoters were aiming too high when they said they'd get 30-thousand people to watch a band play at Victory Stadium, you haven't met the sort of people who follow Dave Matthews.
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((RICK HARWOOD/DAVE MATTHEWS FAN: OH YEAH. WE WANNA SEE EM LIKE FIVE TIMES A MONTH, IF POSSIBLE.))
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((JEFF DUNBAR/DAVE MATTHEWS FAN: WE'RE DAVE'S NUMBER ONE FANS, DEFINITELY.))
These buddies drove eight hours from Upstate New York .. all for this:
[***QUCIK NATSOUND HERE OF DAVE MATTHEWS FILE FOOTAGE -- LIKE ONE SECOND -- FROM FILE TAPE AT TC 16:54:58]
Matthews and his band from Charlottesville, kicking off a world tour in Roanoke.
And playing to a packed house.
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[IN Q=so if you]
((BOBBY MELATT/CONCERT PROMOTER: SO IF YOU DON'T HAVE A TICKET, PLEASE, DON'T COME. YOU CAN'T GET IN.))
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The big crowd means big bucks for local businesses.
Hotels are booked this weekend.
And vendors say they've worked other events in Roanoke, but none will bring in as much money as this.
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((GEORGE ELLIS/BEER DISTRIBUTOR: WE'RE TALKING ABOUT GOING FROM SELLING 40 KEGS OF BEER TO POSSIBLY SELLING 200 KEGS OF BEER. SO THAT'S A BIG DIFFERENCE.))
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School construction wins out over Virginia musuems and cultural centers.
Governor Jim Gilmore today announced how he'd come up with all 110- million dollars state lawmakers want for school construction.
He's proposing cutting ALL funding for private museums and cultural centers that would get state money in the second year of the new budget.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: AFTER CONSULTATION WITH THE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE AND SENATE, I THINK THAT SOBER RECOGNITION HAS OCCURRED THAT WE HAVE TO DO WHAT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. AND I HAVE MADE IT VERY CLEAR THAT FROM THE TIME OF MY SIGNING HOUSE BILL 30 THAT MY PRIORITY IS 110-MILLION DOLLARS IN SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION.))
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Gilmore would also cut college faculty pay increases to pay for all two- thousand new elementary teachers he'd like in the budget.
Some lawmakers say the changes open up next week's special General Assembly session to more than just car tax and school building dicussions.
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[IN Q=If the Governor]
((DEL. CHIP WOODRUM/D-ROANOKE: IF THE GOVERNOR IS GOING TO THROW THE RESOLUTION OUT THE DOOR AND WE'RE BEING CALLED IN WITHOUT REGARD TO THE RESTRICTIONS IN THE RESOLUTION, THEN NOT ONLY WILL WE CONSIDER THE ISSUES HE WANTS TO CONSIDER BUT OTHER FORMS OF TAX RELIEF, NOT JUST PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX RELIEF BUT THE FOOD TAX WILL BE BACK ON THE TABLE.))
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Delegate Woodrum says he's surprised the Governor is making ANY cuts, when his own revenue projections show a new su
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New claims in a disputed Blacksburg police shooting. We will have that story coming up on News 7 at Six.
Also what's in a name? When it's college versus university, one local school wants to make the distinction clear.
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A witness has come forward with startling information about a shooting involving police in Blacksburg.
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The manager of the drug store where Maurice Taylor was shot and killed three years ago claims the "facts were covered-up."
In a sworn affidavit filed in federal court today, Paul Scarafino says police dragged the body several feet from the spot where the suspect first fell to the floor.
Scarafino says the officers later asked him to clean up the blood.
In the process, he says he noticed two bullet holes in the floor tile.
Within a day or two, he says, town police removed the bullet-damaged tiles and the police had the tiles replaced.
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((IT'S NEVER BEEN REVEALED TO ANYBODY THAT THEY MOVED HIS BODY. OF COURSE THE BULLET HOLES WERE WHERE THEY MOVED HIM FROM.))
[SUPER=01-Bill Cruey/Attorney for Taylor's Family]
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Blacksburg police chief Bill Brown declined comment.[Lilly]
Convicted murderer Ben Lilly did NOT find an ally on the Virginia Supreme Court.
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The court today rejected Lilly's appeal, which means his death sentence still stands.
Lilly was sentenced to death for abducting and murdering Alexander DeFilippis.
The 22- year old Tech student was kidnapped from a Blacksburg convenience store by Lilly and two other men in December of 1995.
Lilly's attorneys argued to have the death sentence overturned based on a number of factors-- including the way the jury was selected and the fact they were not granted a change of venue.
But the court found no reversible errors.
((CHRISTOPHER TUCK/LILLY'S ATTORNEY:OBVIOUSLY, I WAS DISAPPOINTED WITH WHAT THEY DID BUT WE KNEW ALL ALONG WHEN WE WERE APPEALING THIS CASE THAT THE FEDERAL COURTS WERE WHERE WE WERE GOING TO GET OUR RELIEF. ))
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Tuck say the entire appeal process could take as long as seven years.
The mayor of Roanoke has announced candidacy for Congress -- blazing a campaign trail through the smaller towns in the sixth district.
Tina Tenret followed him to Buena Vista.
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((THE SUN SHINES.))
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Democrat David Bowers says he's hitting the small cities to hear concerns of people he doesn't know.
He kicked off his campaign at midnight in Monterey -- by morning he was in Buena Vista.
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((I GOTTA COMPLIMENT YOU. YOU'RE ON TIME.))
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About 15 supporters were waiting for Bowers, including the Buena Vista mayor.
He says HIS agenda doesn't matter.
It's up to the people -- and he thinks everyone is ready for a new Congressman.
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((DAVID BOWERS/(D) CANDIDATE FOR CONGRESS: SOMETHING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO WASHINGTON. BOB GOODLATTE WENT UP THE INTERSTATE AND TOOK A SHARP RIGHT AND ENDED UP AS THE WHIP OF NEWT GINGRICH. I WANT YOU TO KNOW I'LL NOT VOTE WITH THE FAR RIGHT AND I'LL NOT BE THE WHIP OF NEWT GINGRICH.))
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Bowers is running as a Democrat in a largely republican district.
And his oppenent has owned the seat for the past six years.
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((REP. BOB GOODLATTE/(R) 5TH DISTRICT: I WAS PLEASED YESTERDAY TO GET THE ENDORSEMENT OF ALL NINE OTHER CITY MAYORS IN THE DISTRICT.))
((DAVID BOWERS/CANDIDATE FOR CONGRESS: SO WHAT DO YOU THINK? .. SUPPORTER: YOU'VE GOT AN UPHILL BATTLE BUT I THINK YOU CAN MAKE IT.
TINA TENRET/NEWS7: MAYOR BOWERS ADMITS MANY PEOPLE OUTSIDE ROANOKE DON'T EVEN KNOW WHO HE IS. AND ON THE STREETS OF BUENA VISTA PEOPLE WILL TELL YOU THAT RIGHT OFF THE BAT.
JIM HUMPHRIES: WHO IS HE? TINA TENRET: DAVID BOWERS FROM ROANOKE. HE'S THE MAYOR. JIM HUMPHRIES: I DON'T EVEN KNOW HIM.
Bowers says he will cut down on his law firm work to make time for campaigning -- but says it will NOT interfere with his duties as mayor.
Tina Tenret News7 Buena Vista.))))
Wall Street ends the week with yet another set of records.
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The Dow gained 91 points to close at 91 hundred 68.
NASDAQ was up eight points.
Critics have labelled it as nothing more than pork barrel, but Smart Road supporters are still pushing Washington for more dollars for the project.
Senator John Warner was greeted by project supporters at the Virginia Tech airport before attending an opening ceremony for a nearby business.
The first mile of the road is expected to be completed soon, for research purposes.
Last year-- environmentalists labeled it one of the worst highway projects in terms of tax dollars and environmental damage.
But Warner has a different outlook.
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((SEN. JOHN WARNER/R-VIRGINIA: I'VE SUPPORTED IT ALL ALONG IN FINANCING , WORKING VERY CAREFULLY WITH THE ORGANIZERS AND THOSE WHO HAD THE CONCEPT MANY YEARS AGO. AND, I DON'T MIND CONTROVERSY, CALL IT WHAT YOU WANT, I JUST SAW THE CHART WHICH CLEARLY SHOWS THIS RESEARCH CAN SAVE LIVES. ))
[OUT Q=save lives.]
Supporters are asking the Senator for seven million dollars to complete the project.
Say goodbye to Hollins College.
As of July First, the 156-year- old school will be known as Hollins University,
[IN Q=We are now]
((JANET RASMUSSEN/HOLLINS PRESIDENT; WE ARE NOW ABLE TO DECLARE FOR THE WORLD IN A CLEAR WAY THE EXTENT OF OUR PROGRAMMING, PARTICULARLY AT THE GRADUATE LEVEL.))
[SUPER=01-Janet Rasmussen/Hollins President]
[OUT Q=the graduate level]
Rasmussen says the new name is part of a plan to expand community outreach, increase enrollment and add academic programs.
We will go over the ECHL suspensions handed out to the Express and the Admirals, the Chance Crawford softball tourney begins in salem tonight, and qualifying at Martinsville took center stage today. Mike Stevens is track side.
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The Winston Cup drivers are in Martinsville this weekend for the Goody's 500. And while there's been much made of the 30 thousand fans expected at the Dave Matthews concert tomorrow, that pales in comparison to the 80-thousand heading to the Speedway on Sunday.
Mike Stevens is there with today's qualifying results.
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[SUPER=01-Rusty Wallace/Outside Pole Winner; :49]
[SUPER=01-Bobby Hamilton/Pole Winner; 1:12]
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[SUPER=0107-1. Bobby Hamilton/93.175/2. Rusty Wallace//3. Jeff Gordon//4. Ricky Rudd//5. David Green//;]
[SUPER=0107-6. Ken Schrader//7. Bill Elliott//8. John Andretti//9. Joe Nemechek//10. Bobby Labonte//;]
[SUPER=0107-11. Rich Bickle//12. Ted Musgrave//13. Jeremy Mayfield//14. Darrell Waltrip//15. Jeff Burton//;]
[SUPER=0107-16. Kyle Petty//17. Kenny Wallace//18. Mark Martin//19. Brett Bodine//20. Ward Burton//;]
[SUPER=0107-21. Sterling Marlin//22. Ernie Irvan//23. Dale Jarrett//24. Lake Speed//25. Hut Stricklin//;]
[OUT Q=....last driver.]
ECHL vice president of Hockey operations Andy Van Hellamond has suspended Express players Daniel Berthiaume and J.F. Tremblay ; along with Hampton Roads coach John Brophy and one of his players for three games. The penalties were handed out today at 1pm.
[SUPER=03-Norfolk/Wednesday Night; :00]Accoding to league officials; Admirals coach John Brophy instigated a fight with
Express coach Frank Anzalone and he allegedley head butted Roanoke's coach. Anzalone was not penalized. Berthiuame was suspended for instigating with brophy and Tremblay and Admiral Jeff Corbet will miss tthree games for their fight.
The four participants, who will miss tonght's game 4 in Norfolk, were fined an undisclosed amount. Both franchises have also been fined.
Roanoke leads the sereies 2 games to 1. highlights of tonight's game to come at 11. [S-Police]
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the Blacksburg police department and the New River Valley Bar Association play tonight to benefit the Special Olym
pics. The game tips off at 7 at Blacksburg high school. admission is a buck.[S-Track]
The Southern Conference Men's and Women's Track and Feild Championships got underway in Lexinton today.
The hosts looked to defend their title in day one despite some damp weather conditions.
After one day of competing; the VMI men lead the meet. On the womens side of the track;
Kelly Sullivan became the first woman ever for VMI to place in the southern conference championships with her third place hammer throw. Densie Allen will have more on her story on News 7 Sunday Morning. competition wraps up tommorrow.
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VMI's Darius Jackson won the long jump competition.[S-Softball]
In addition to the thousands in the area fir racing and Dave Matthews, hundreds are on hand for the 18th annual Chance Crawford Softball Tournament.
Last year the tournament raised more than 20-thousand dollars for the needy and scholarship funds.
238 teams will play this year making it the largest ever in the Roanoke Valley.
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The Moyer Sports Complex is one of 20 locations for the softball games.
Games start tonight and run through Sunday.[Forecasts]
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