News 7 at SIX opens tonight with the story of police pursuing a woman at speeds over 100 miles an hour- -for more than two hours.
We'll tell you what it was all about.
And take you to court where we'll see what happened to the man who was stalking Melanie Moon... an emotional moment for our colleague.
Tonight in sports, NCAA Lacrosse highlights from Roanoke and Washington & Lee plus, the Braves win big
and we'll witness a part of big league history as a rookie pitcher in Chicago strikes out 20 batters today.
Just when you thought it was safe to venture out without an unbrella, wrong. It's another forecast filled with showers just ahead.
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A Roanoke woman who led police on a midnight run through three jurisdictions is now in jail.
Tina Tenret narrates the high-speed chase that lasted more than two hours.
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[SUPER=01-Major R.D. Shields/Roanoke Police; :30]
[SUPER=01-Joel Branscom/Commonwealth's Atty; 1:01]
[OUT Q=TT, News7]
((28-year-old Karen Thompson led police through Roanoke into Botetourt County --at time topping 100 miles per hour on dark highways.
Police had stopped her earlier in Roanoke, thinking she was wanted on drug charges.
When Thompson gave a fake name and fled, police raced after her--though not sure she was the suspect they were looking for.
[IN Q=Police say]
((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: POLICE SAY SOMETIMES THEY WILL STOP CHASING SOMEONE RATHER THAN RISK INJURING AN INNOCENT BYSTANDER. BUT THIS TIME, POLICE CONTINUED THE PURSUIT.))
[OUT Q=CONTINUED THE PURSUIT]
[IN Q=She was a fugitive]
((SHE WAS A FUGITIVE AND IT WAS OBVIOUS IN HER BEHAVIOR THAT GETTING HER THE NEXT MORNING COULD PRESENT THE SAME DIFFICULTY IT WOULD PRESENT THIS PARTICULAR NIGHT. IT WAS APPARENT SHE KNEW THE WARRANTS WERE OUT FOR HER AND SHE DID NOT WANT TO GO TO JAIL.))
[OUT Q=GO TO JAIL]
Karen Thompson finally stopped at the Botetourt County jail.
She was wanted in two counties for not showing up on drug-related charges -- even though her mother had risked her house as bond.
[IN Q=Mrs. Thompson's mother]
((JOEL BRANSCUM/COMMONWEALTH'S ATTY: MRS. THOMPSON'S MOTHER HAS PAID IN TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS TO THE CIRCUIT COURT TO KEEP HER FROM SELLING HER HOUSE. THAT TELLS YOU SOMETHING ABOUT KAREN THOMPSON, THAT SHE'S WILLING TO STICK HER MOTHER WITH THAT BILL.))
[OUT Q=WITH THAT BILL]
Thompson has been convicted in Botetourt County, Roanoke County and Roanoke city for writing fake prescriptions to get drugs.
Now she faces new charges of eluding police, reckless driving, and driving on a revoked licence.
She is scheduled to appear in court on May 20th.
Tina Tenret, News7.))
An accident on the Route 29 Expressway in Lynchburg this morning claimed the life of a Campbell County truck driver.
51- year- old James Winfree Scott was headed north on 29 when the crane he was driving veered off the road and struck the Main Street bridge.
Scott was trapped in the wreckage for more than an hour.. he died shortly after being taken to Lynchburg General Hospital.
Traffic along Route 29 was backed up for miles while emergency crews were on the scene.
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Melanie Moon was on her way to work at four o'clock this morning, when she saw a man out jogging.
Remembering she'd have to appear in court later in the day to face the man who'd been stalking her, the News 7 anchorwoman realized there are limits on what women can do.
[IN Q=This takes away]
((THIS TAKES AWAY EVEN MORE FROM YOUR FEELING OF BEING SECURE AND SAFE. AND I JUST WANT HIM TO SEEK HELP SO THAT HE DOESN'T DO THIS TO ANYONE ELSE.))
[SUPER=01-Melanie Moon/NEWS-7 Anchor]
[OUT Q=anyone else.]
Duff had already pled guilty to stalking.
This afternoon he told the judge he's taken steps to "turn his life around," going to counseling once a week, taking psychiatric medication.
His sister, Deborah, promised the judge that she would see to it that Duff continues to get help.
Judge Jackie Talevi placed Duff on probation for six months, calling for "intense supervision."
A former Giles County teacher is under investigation for allegedly having sex with two students.
At this time-- NO charges have been filed against former high school science teacher and assistant football coach Jarrod Hines.
The alleged incidents occurred at Hines home in Monroe County, West Virginia.
Sheriff's officials say three other students were allegedly propositioned at school.
Hines recently resigned.
His attorney says Hines denies the allegations.
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Will the Democratic sweep bring major changes on Roanoke City Council?
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Joe Dashiell is asking that question tonight and he joins us now from City Hall.
(Joe ad lib)
(rollcue: a major change of direction)
[IN Q=There are some]
[SUPER=01-Bill White/Roanoke City Council; :00]
[SUPER=01-Nelson Harris/Roanoke City Council;:24]
[OUT Q=we'll be fine]
[SOT BILL WHITE UB]
[IN Q=There are some issues]
((BILL WHITE/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: THERE ARE SOME ISSUES, EVEN THOUGH WE HAVE ALL DEMOCRATS THAT WE'RE GOING TO DISAGREE ON AND I THINK THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH A GOOD CLEAN FIGHT AS LONG AS YOU DON'T INJURE PERMANENT RELATIONSHIPS.))
[OUT Q=injure permanent relationships.]
Bill White isn't planning to pull any punches, now that Democrats will fill every seat on city council.
Other council members say disputes have rarely fallen along party lines...
The man who lead the voting on Tuesday, and will become Roanoke's vice-mayor, says the election won't change the direction of cuty council.
[SOT HARRIS UB 20:53:18]
[IN Q=I don't see any dramatic changes]
((NELSON HARRIS/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: I DON'T SEE ANY DRAMATIC CHANGES. I THINK COUNCIL HAS A HISTORY OF WORKING WELL TOGETHER. WE'LL CONTINUE ON THAT PATH. I'VE NEVER FELT THAT LOCALG GOVERNMENT ESPECIALLY CITY COUNCILS ARE PARTISAN BODIES. SO I THINK WE'LL BE FINE.))
[OUT Q=so I think we'll be fine.]))
(Joe ad lib)
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What is being done to protect students against violence at school?
We'll have that story, coming on News 7 at Six.
And a historic Lynchburg building is once again in jeopardy.
Those trying to revitalize the Hill City's waterfront say it's a real setback.
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Blacksburg's "Smart Highway" is just months from completion as a world class automated car test facility.
But today it was tested again in federal appeals court in Richmond.
((THOMAS LINZEY/COMMUNITY ENVIRO. LEGAL DEFENSE FUND: WHETHER THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT WAS DONE COMPLETELY OR NOT-- THAT'S WHAT THE FIRST SUIT WAS ABOUT. THIS SUIT IS ABOUT SEGMENTATION, WHICH IS WHETHER IT WAS CUT UP OR CHOPPED UP INTO DIFFERENT ELEMENTS TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR THE PROJECT TO BE CONSTRUCTED AND TO GET PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR IT, WHICH IS A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT ISSUE.))
[IN Q=It was]
((PAUL JOHNSON/VDOT SALEM DISTRICT: IT WAS CERTAINLY POSSIBLE ON THE PART OF THE PLAINTIFF TO BRING THIS ARGUMENT FORWARD WHEN THE FIRST LAWSUIT WAS FILED.))
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[OUT Q=was filed.]
Opponents say the recent dissolving of the National Automated Highway System Consortium means there's NO demand for smart road technology in the U-S anyway.
[IN Q=Ray Pethtel]
((SHIREEN PARSONS/SIERRA CLUB: RAY PETHTEL, WHO'S VIRGINIA TECH'S LOBBYIST FOR THE SMART ROAD SAYS THAT THEY'RE GOING TO BE THE PROTOTYPE ANYWAY. FROM OUR POINT OF VIEW, THAT'S KIND OF LIKE HAVING A PARTY WHEN YOU KNOW NOBODY'S COMING.))
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[OUT Q=nobody's coming.]
But Virginia Tech says the road's unique all-weather simulator towers, road lighting poles, and wireless communications equipment are already generating strong international interest.
The two mile test bed should be done in October.
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For a century and a half, it has withstood floods and the ravages of time, but one of Lynchburg's historic riverfront buildings may soon have a date with a wrecking ball.
Steve Smallshaw tells us city officials are wondering what they can do to save it.
[IN Q=For the second]
[SUPER=01-Steven Conner/Conner Real Estate; :25]
[SUPER=01-Lynn Cunningham/Architect; :42]
[SUPER=01-Rachel Flynn/L'burg Economic Develop. Director; 1:02]
[OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.]
(( For the second time in less than a year, the 150- year- old Piedmont Mills building found itself on the auction block.
((THIRTY SEVEN THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED.. LOTS OF POTENTIAL RIGHT HERE FOLKS, YOU TELL US.))
But no sooner had Appomattox developer Steven Conner bought the building when he announced plans for its demolition.
Conner wants to salvage the valuable timber beams inside, then clear the lot and re-sell the property.
[IN Q=Yeah I regret]
((STEVE CONNER/CONNER REAL ESTATE: YEAH, I REGRET IT, BUT SOMEBODY'S LETTING IT GO. IT'S TOO FAR GONE FOR ME. I MEAN, I AM JUST NOT IN THE CONTRACTING BUSINESS, I GUESS SOMEBODY COULD HAVE OUTBID ME. I MEAN I HATE TO SEE THEM GO, BUT I JUST DON'T HAVE A USE FOR IT.))
[OUT Q=use for it.]
Some see the demolition as another blow to the city's efforts to revitalize its riverfront.
If the Piedmont Mills building goes, preservationists are wondering what's next.
[IN Q=It's just sickening]
((LYNN CUNNINGHAM/ARCHITECT: IT'S JUST SICKENING REALLY TO SEE SOME PLACE LIKE THIS GO. WE WERE JUST HOPING THAT SOMEONE WOULD COME AROUND AND REALLY WANT TO DO SOMETHING WITH THIS BUILDING.))
[OUT Q=this building.]
[IN Q=The deed]
((The deed of trust Steven Conner signed specifically allows him to tear down the building. But he will still have to apply to the city for a demolition permit.. and city officials say that process may be the last chance they have to save the old mill.))
[OUT Q=old mill.]
[IN Q=I don't know]
((RACHEL FLYNN/LYNCHBURG ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR: I DON'T KNOW. I NEED TO LOOK FURTHER INTO THE MATTER TO FIND OUT WHERE THIS FITS INTO THE LARGER SCHEME OF THINGS. BUT WE'LL DEFINITELY REVIEW THAT.))
[OUT Q=review that.]
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))[Danville-Airport]
A new airport runway extension could help draw business and commercial air service to Danville.
Lieutenant Governor John Hager was one of the many dignitaries on hand today for a dedication ceremony at the Danville Regional Airport.
The new runway extension is 15-hundred feet-- making the total length of the runway 65-hundred feet.
The seven-million dollar project has been in the works since the mid-80's.
The airport commission says there are many advantages that come with a longer runway.
[IN Q=You can bring a much]
((SCOTT: YOU CAN BRING A MUCH LARGER SIZED AIRCRAFT IN WITH AN EXTRA 1500 FEET OF RUNWAY TO WORK WITH. IT INCREASES THE SAFETY FACTOR. IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM, THERE'S MORE OPPORTUNITY TO STOP THE AIRCRAFT, TO GET IT DOWN.))
[SUPER=01-Charles Scott/Airport Commission Chairman;]
[OUT Q=to get it down.]
Right now, there is no commercial air service at the Danville Regional Airport.
But the airport commission hopes the longer runway will attract an airline.
Stocks fell as renewed interest rate jitters and troubling
developments in Asia cast a pall over Wall Street.
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The Dow fell 93 points to close at nine thousand 55.
NASDAQ dropped eight points.
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The Roanoke Education Association, a teachers group, has been pushing for a study of violence and discipline in city schools.
The study has been completed and results are due out TOMORROW--
In the meantime, schools throughout the Roanoke Valley are taking their own pre- emptive strikes to keep school violence under control.
[DISSOLVE FULLSCREEN "SAFE AT SCHOOL?"]
Kimberly McBroom has more in the final part of her special report "Safe at School?"
[IN Q=For more than a year]
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[SUPER=01-Michael Rayl/William Fleming Resource Officer;:24]
[SUPER=01-Linda Wright/Penn Forest Principal; :57]
[SUPER=01-Jo Ann Burkholder/William Byrd S.A.P. Counselor; 1:17]
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(( For more than a year now, Resource Officer Tim Miles has helped keep the peace at Northside High School.
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((EMILY FERRELL/NORTHSIDE JUNIOR: I FEEL PRETTY SAFE HERE, KNOWING THAT WE HAVE OFFICER MILES HELPS, SO IF ANYTHING DOES GO BAD, THEN THERE'S PEOPLE HERE TO TAKE CARE OF THE PROBLEM.))
William Fleming High School also has its own man in uniform.
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((MICHAEL RAYL/WILLIAM FLEMING RESOURCE OFFICER: BUT OUR MAIN JOB IS NOT TO WALK THE HALLS. WE WILL BE IN THE CLASSROOMS, WE'LL TALK TO STUDENTS WITH PROBLEMS. WE'LL DO LUNCH DUTY, BUS DUTIES. ))
The changing times have schools demanding more protection from threats of all kinds. Officers Miles and Rayl both carry guns.
Roanoke city school buses are now equipped with surveillance cameras and two- way radios.
But even schools without many outbreaks of violence are prepared.
At Penn Forest Elementary School, a color- coded emergency system is in the works.
[SOT TAPE 3 10:09:45]
((LINDA WRIGHT/PENN FOREST PRINCIPAL: LET'S SAY, IF WE HAD AN INTRUDER IN THE BUILDING AND WE WANTED THE STAFF TO KNOW THAT, WE WOULD GET ON THE INTERCOM AND SAY, "BLUE CARD ALERT".))
But schools aren't just arming themselves with security measures, but with PREVENTIVE ones like the Student Assistance Program.
[SOT tape 9 (fleming tape) 10:07:32 ]
((JOANN BURKHOLDER/WILLIAM BYRD HIGH COUNSELOR: PART OF OUR HOPE IS TO HELP STUDENTS HAVE A BETTER PERSPECTIVE AND BELIEF IN OPTIONS OF DEALING WITH A MULTITUDE OF SITUATIONS.))
And at Patrick Henry High School, the PRIDE team uses performance to keep students on the right path--relating to their peers the dangers of drugs, drunk driving and violence.
[SOT TAPE 7 15:40:55]
((AFREEKIA EDWARDS/PATRICK HENRY SENIOR: WHEN YOU SEE THE KILLINGS IN KENTUCKY AND IN ARKANSAS, THEN ADULTS HAVE A NEGATIVE OPINION OF KIDS AND WE HAVE TO SAY, YOU KNOW, WE'RE ACTUALLY DOING SOMETHING GOOD.))
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.))[Sports Tease]
Coming your way tonight in sports, the Cubs and Braves look like world beaters this afternoon.
The Washington & Lee men and women are trying to advance in the NCAA lacrosse tournament.
And so are the Roanoke College men.
Highlights from all three games coming up in sports.
The Opening round of the NCAA division three lacrosse championships opened this afternoon at a variety of campus sites including Roanoke College.
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Bill Pilat had his tournament tested Maroons ready to go this afternoon over in Salem.
Roanoke break bad in the first period as Bill Siciliano tosses the ball to number 16 Gregg Fasanaro and the Maroons are on top 1-to-nothing.
But Washington College, the Shoreman would answer with Tyler Gilbert going from one end to the other through the defense for the score to keep it close.
The Shoreman would continue to make life tough on the Maroons ad Kevin Dorst comes in the back door and slams one in the net to tie things up at 2-apiece.
But Roanoke would light up the board on its own end with Tim Fleming making the one on one sprint for the goal.
The Maroons trailed by three at that point and the
Roaonoke loses in amild upset 11-to-7.
Up in Lexington the Washington and Lee Generals played host to Denison in their first round division three NCAA contest.
[SUPER=03-Lexington/Denison vs. W&L; :00]
The Generals were back in the big tournament for the first time since 1993 and they would make it count.
But it was the Big Red of Denison that got the upper hand first. Shawn O'Brien finds Steve Hettrick who blows one by Scott Jackson for a 2-to-1 lead.
W&L senior captain, Rob Greenfield, the long stick midfielder then surprised the Denison defense by going the distance and scoring on the slam dunk. It's tied at 2 in the first.
W&L trailed at half-time but scored nine goals after intermission with the some inspired play.
Ed Dougherty ties the up at 8-a piece in the third with this unassisted goal.
And Ben Lucas put the Generals on top for good with
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W&L wins it 16-to-13 to advance to the second round.
The Generals host top ranked Ohio Wesleyan on Saturday.
[SUPER=01-Jim Stagnitta/W&L Head Coach; :00]
[SUPER=01-Rob Greenfield/W&L Senior Captain; :07]
[OC=...THAT WAS THE DIFFERENCE]
[VO-NAT WIPE TO ENG!!!!!!!!!!]
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Just up the hill from Wilson feild the Lady Generals opened the NCAA women's tournament against St. Mary's, a team that beat W and L 13-1 back in April.
Pick it up in the first as Seahawk Kari Meyer tied up the game early with this unassisted goal.
Check out W and L goalie Ginny Jernigan who robs this St. Mary's player with the great save.
And W and L senior Whitney Parker battles through with this shot giving the Generals a 2-1 lead.
[SUPER=34-St. Mary's/11/W & L/8/ ]
The Seahawks went on to win this one 11-to-8 and move on to the second round where they will face the College of New Jersey on Sunday.
It was a history making day at Wrigley Field in Chicago this afternoon as 20 year old rookie pitcher struck out 20 batters.
[SUPER=03-Chicago, IL/Astros vs. Cubs; :00]
Texas native Kerry Wood tied the major league record of 20 K's when he got Derek Bell to go down swinging for the final out of the game.
The Cubs won the game 1-to-nothing as he tosses a one hitter and did not walk a single player.
He ties Roger Clemens for the all-time big league record.
The Braves beat up the Dodgers this afternoon 7-to-nothing as Greg Maddux got the win
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thanks in part to a big inning at the plate from Chipper Jones who whacked this solo homer out of the yard. It's his 11th homer of the season.
Then still in the fourth, Michael sent a two run shot into the seats.
The Braves beat the Dodgers 7-to-nothing.
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One of the area's greatest, and possibly Roanoke's best high school team of all-time lost one of its key members this week.
[SUPER=04-1987-88 Season; :00]
Melvin Davis, a starting forward and key member of the 1988 state championship basketball team from Patrick Henry died Monday of an apparent heart attack.
Davis, who was just 28, played along side George Lynch, Curtis Blair, Russell Turner, Percy Covington and Bernard Basham.
That team disposed of Alonzo Mourning's school, DeMatha and everything else that got in its way.
Melvin had a smooth shot, explosive and a great smile. He was 28.
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(toss to Jean)
A group of eye doctors is taking on the area's largest hospital system.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom]
Jean Jadhon has a preview of that story.
Keith, the doctors want to open a surgery center in Salem.
But that plan is opposed by Carilion, which says it would lose about three million dollars a year if the surgery center is approved.
Tonight the Southwest Virginia Health Systems Agency takes up the debate.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom]
[Keith ad lib byes] We'll have that story and more tonight on News 7 at 11--Keith?