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Three people are now confirmed dead after a Roanoke apartment building goes up in flames.
Others jumped from the windows-
and the infamous Javier Cruz skips town- to avoid time in prison.
Quiet stuff weatherwise. Looks rather warm as we head into Tuesday.
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Tonight on health check -- A North Carolina High School is trying an educational punishment for students caught smoking.
and we'll talk to a group representing children in abuse cases.
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((STEPHENIE MILLER/SUSPECT'S GIRLFRIEND; THERE WERE PLENTY OF DEATH THREATS, PLENTY OF DEATH THREATS AND RIGHT NOW I'M STILL FEARING FOR MY LIFE))
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At least three people are dead and several injured in an early morning fire that may have been set in retailiation of a murder hours earlier.
[LIVE=JOE/ERIC FULL] As police investigate the link between the fire and the shooting, Eric Earnhart spoke with the
shooting suspects girlfriend today...
Joe, Stephenie Miller says her boyfriend, Willie Caldwell, shot Kevin Lee Jones in self defense, after an assault and death threats earlier that evening.
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YOU THINK YOU'RE THE TARGET?
IT WAS MY APARTMENT, SO... YES. ))
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Miller is also one of the residents who lost everything in the fire.
Red Cross officials say as many as 20 people may now be homeless...
For Liza Sowers, wearing bedsheets for shoes, the reality is just starting to set it...
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((LIZA SOWERS/FIRE VICTIM; MY CAT, I JUST GOT A NEW STEREO SYSTEM, THAT WAS GONE AND MY TWO CHECKS THAT I'VE HAD FOR TWO WEEKS WERE BURNED UP, EVERYTHING))
Red Cross officials say area residents are already coming forward to help.
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((MATTIE CASSIDY/RED CROSS; THE VERY BEST THING THEY CAN DO IS PROVIDE FINANCIAL SUPPORT, WE'RE NOT ABLE TO KEEP ANY KIND OF CLOTHING IN THE CHAPTER OR ANY KIND OF FOOD. ))
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Drug dealer and federal informant Javier Cruz has skipped town.
He's told his probation officer that he has fled to Colombia, to avoid a prison sentence.
Cruz pled guilty to cocaine smuggling and distribution charges.
Six co-defendants involved in the Roanoke County drug ring he set up have been sentenced; Cruz was due to be sentenced in July.
Friday, he called a federal probation officer in Miami and said he had fled to South America, because he quote: "could not do ten years in prison."
Federal officials in Roanoke are asking a judge to issue a warrant for his arrest.
So far, no comment from Cruz's attorney, or from the U.S. Attorney's office.[5-Ortiz]
A Roanoke capital murder case has been resolved with a "no contest" plea.
Miguel Ortiz did not dispute the facts presented in court this morning, though he stood on the witness stand and gave the judge a disjointed account of the incident.
He admitted going to the Carew Apartments April first, that he saw the bodies of Sharon and Deborah Casey.
He spoke softly this morning about holding the hand of his dead girlfriend.
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Commonwealth's attorney Don Caldwell did not ask for the death penalty, recognizing that Judge Cliff Weckstein (Weck-STINE) did not impose a death sentence in the Robbie May case.
Weckstein gave Ortiz three LIFE terms, plus 13 years for firearms offenses.[5-Hedrick]
The capital murder trial of a Lynchburg teenager is underway in Appomattox.
19-year old Brandon Wayne Hedrick pleaded "not" guilty this morning to a nine count indictment for the death of Lisa Yvonne Crider last May.
Authorities say Hedrick and a friend abducted, raped, robbed and murdered Crider after a dispute over drugs.
Her body was found in the James River in Appomattox County.
Hedrick and Trevor Jones were captured a week later in Nebraska.
Prosecutor Tommy Lawson is seeking the death penalty for Hedrick.
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Still to come on the newscast,
and the antitrust battle between Microsoft and the U-S Justice Department is heading for court.
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On Health Check, a North Carolina school takes a different approach to getting teens to quit smoking.
We'll have that and Patrick Evans looks at a 100 year old Recreational Vehicle.
It apepars Microsoft's going to court- after all.
Several states and the federal government today filed sweeping anti-trust lawsuits against the computer giant.
The suits claim Microsoft is using unfair tactics to crush competition- and restrict choice for consumers.
Microsoft's founder says the government wants him to help his competitor.
((BILL GATES/MICROSFTO CEO: FORCING MICROSFOT TO INCLUDE NETSCAPES COMPETING SOFTWARE IN OUR OPERATING SYSTEM IS LIKE REQUIRING COCA COLA TO INCLUDE THREE CANS OF PEPSI IN EVERY SIX PACK IT SELLS.))
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But attorney general Janet Reno says Microsoft is trying to put a chokehold on the Internet browser market.
A decade of mandated sex education in Virginia is over.
But some conservative social activists say they won't be pushing to get rid of Family Life Education just yet.
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((ROBIN DEJARNETTE/FAMILY FOUNDATION: I THINK THERE WILL BE A STRONG PROMOTION OF ABSTINENCE-ONLY EDUCATION BROUGHT UP IN SOME OF THE BOARD MEETINGS. I DON'T THINK YOU'LL SEE A BIG EXODUS THOUGH OF PEOPLE ABANDONING FLE ALTOGETHER.))
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The Family Foundation is backing new federal grant money that would use "abstinence-ONLY" instead of "abstinence-BASED" concepts.
Richmond's public health director is rejecting the federal money.
She says the strings attached are "moralistic," like teaching that out of wedlock births are "likely to have harmful consequences for society."
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((DR. ANTRONETTE YANCEY/RICHMOND PUBLIC HEALTH DIRECTOR: HOW AM I GOING TO SAY THAT WHEN NEARLY 70-PERCENT OF THE YOUNG PEOPLE THAT I WOULD BE DIRECTING THAT TO WERE IN FACT THEMSELVES BORN OUT OF WEDLOCK? I MEAN, WHAT THAT DOES IS IT STIGMATIZES THEM, IT MARGINALIZES THEM.))
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The state is reviewing proposals to use 828-thousand dollars of the federal money for pilot abstinence-only programs
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Patrick Evans is on the road again checking out what's old and what's BRAND NEW in recreational vehicles.
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Recreational Vehicles, better known as "RVs", have been around longer than most people think.
Patrick Evans takes a look back at RV history today, and also forward to new technologies and innovations.
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They're getting ready for some championship soft ball over in Salem.
and in Health Check, a North carolina School is trying a new approach to getting students to quit smoking.
and we'll meet a group of people the courts turn to come to the aid of neglected and abused children.
The case of a Henry County mother accused of killing her infant daughter on Mother's Day after being arrested on previous child abuse charges has raised questions about the legal system.
News 7's Sarah Santoriello (San-tor-ee-elo) introduces us to a Roanoke Valley volunteer group that takes on the challenge of protecting the children.
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((In more than ten years on the bench, Roanoke County Juvenile Court Judge Philip Trompeter has seen thousands of cases of child abuse and neglect.
Trompeter works closely with a group of volunteers called CASA's.
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((Judge Philip Trompeter/Juvenile Court Judge: THERE IS LITERALLY A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE WHEN A CASA VOLUNTEER IS INVOLVED IN A CASE, AND THAT IS WITHOUT EXCEPTION.))
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CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates- a group of volunteers assigned by the court to represent the interests of children.
CASA's are assigned to cases where kids have been removed from their home because of allegations of abuse or neglect.
Their mission- to investigate the child's situation, and make a custody recommendation to the judge.
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((Carol Key/CASA Director: THEY FIND OUT AS MUCH INFORMATION AS POSSIBLE ABOUT THE FAMILY, ABOUT THE CHILD. THEY WILL GO TO SCHOOLS. THEY MAY TALK TO PHYSICIANS THAT ARE INVOLVED, OR COUNSELORS. AND THEIR GOAL IS TO PREPARE AS MUCH INFORMATION FOR THE COURT, TO ASSIST THE COURT AND THE JUDGE IN MAKING THE BEST DECISION.))
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Judge Trompeter praises the "devotion" of CASA volunteers in a hectic court system.
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((JUDGE PHILIP TROMPETER/JUVENILE COURT: I THINK THE PUBLIC HAS TO REMEMBER THAT WHEN WE HAVE A CASE OF ABUSE OR NEGLECT, THE JUDGE WHO HEARS THE CASE HEARS HUNDREDS OF CASES IN A WEEK, THE SOCIAL WORKER ASSIGNED TO THE CASE MAY HAVE 30-40 CASES PER WEEK.))
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((Sarah Santoriello/Reporting: Key says CASA exists to actually protect children against the beaucracy of the juvenile court system. In an adult world full of overloaded dockets and overworked attorneys, many say it's all too easy for a child to just slip through the court system.))
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CASA volunteer Tom Conn says a few hours a month can make the difference in the life of a child.
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((Tom Conn/CASA Volunteer: I don't think there's anything worse than a child in trouble, whether it's abuse or neglect. But they can't help themselves. They need someone to help them, to stand up for them.))
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They say that's what CASA is all about. Sarah Santoriello, News 7.))))
A school deep in tobacco country is offering its students a stop smoking class.
Student's at North Davidson High School in Welcome, North Carolina have a choice if they are caught smoking: attend the class or be suspended.
Officials hope the four day class will teach students how to stop smoking.
The classes are also catching on at other schools throughout the state.
The Los Angeles Lakers are gearing up for there next playoff game.
With that and more, here's Mike Stevens[S5-NCAA]
Welcome folks to the Monday ticker that features the end of the road and the crowning of a champion at this year's NCAA division three softball championships in Salem.
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Chapman University forced the Division Three tourney into an extra game, but Wisconsin Stevens Point recovered to claim the championship this afternoon at the Moyer Complex.
The Pointers came out ready to take title and by high noon they would have the game at hand.
With the 2-1 lead Stevens Point gets an insurance run in the sixth, Cari Briley brings home Kelly Rutta for the three-one advantage.
In the seventh, Chapman had one opportunity left to take the game but Cindy Bemis hits it straight to Kelly Blaha and the Pointers take the trophy three to 1.
Jill Kristof hit a first inning two run homer to ignite Wisconsin.
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Next weekend Salem will host the N-C-Double-A Division Three Baseball Tournament.[S5-NBA]
The NBA playoffs resume tonight in the West with the Utah Jazz trying to take a two games to none lead on the Lakers in the western conference finals.
The Lakers may find a fired up Karl Malone waiting for them.
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This afternoon the reigning MVP in the league was dethroned as Michael JOrdan received this year's Most valuable player award.
Bill Russell presented Jordan with the honor, and he was more pleased that than he was with winning the trophy.
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Jordan and the Bulls lead the Pacers one game to none in their best of seven eastern conference final.
Already this afternoon in the big leagues the Braves, Marlins, Mariners and A's have picked up wins.
Jean is coming back with more News 7 at Five.
Have a good night folks.
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Great Britain says thanks for the memories to Bob Hope.
Hope was made an honorary Knight of the British Empire last night at the British Embassy in Washington.
The Queen wanted to recognize Hope for his work in film and as a longtime entertainer for the armed forces.
Hope was born in a London suburb in 1903.
His family came to America when he was just four years old.
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Hope's granddaughter, Miranda, says the honor is a proud moment
for the family.
Hope turns 95 next week.