An outdoor game in Amherst County took a fatal turn last night.
But it was a different picture on Smith Mountain Lake today, where families were out enjoying this Memorial Day weekend.
In sports, major league baseball clubs entertained fans on this memorial day, Jeff Gordon finds himself atop the points race
and speaking of racing, the saturn cup invaded the streets of downtown Roanoke today, the winners in sports.
A window of opportunity to get those grills fired up. Passing showers later tonight. Details just ahead.[open]
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An Amherst County man apparently pulled out a shotgun after a game of horseshoes last night -- killing one man and wounding two others.
Police say 29-year old Kenneth Branham of Monroe killed 43-year old Richard Eubank of Amherst.
They say he also wounded Bobby Beverly of Monroe and Ricky McDaniel of Buena Vista.
Beverly is in critical condition at Lynchburg General Hospital.
McDaniel has been released.
Branham is in the Amherst County jail charged with murder and two counts of malicious wounding.[Danville-Ax]
A five-year old boy is in good condition today after being run over by the pick up truck he was riding in yesterday.
Police say Larnell Hampton backed the truck out of a driveway on Robin Hood Drive and Jerrick Blackstock fell off the back of the truck.
They say Hampton kept driving and hit the child.
Hampton is charged with driving under the influence.
Despite crowds of tourists at Smith Mountain Lake this weekend -- boating businesses still took a beating -- losing thousands of dollars to rain.
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Tina Tenret visited the lake when the sun broke through today.
Jean, the Smith Mountain Lake visitors' center reports a record number of tourists at the lake this weekend.
But marina owners say they could not hit the water until today.
And that hurt holiday moneymaking.
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[SUPER=01-Marc deTournillon/Marina Owner; :00]
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[SUPER=07-Brandon Kincer; :33]
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((ESTIMATED GAS SALES WERE DOWN THREE THOUSAND DOLLARS OVER THIS WEEKEND. ALONG WITH THAT, STORE SALES, YOUR ICE AND YOUR COMMODITIES INSIDE THE MARINA STORE, HAVE SUFFERED.))
[OUT Q=low attendance this weekend]
The sun came out, but that could not replace the last three days of rain.
Or three days of lost profits, for marinas that need good weather to stay afloat.
For most of the weekend boats stayed tied to the dock -- people would not rent them in the rain.
And regulars say even Memorial day was calm, since most people had headed for home by the time the sun came out.
But for those that stuck around, the warmth felt good.
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((IT'S HOT AND IT'S REALLY COOL. THE WATER'S FINE EXCEPT IT'S REAL REAL COLD.))
[OUT Q=real real cold]
Fishermen call it a perfect weekend -- saying they were able to reel in good catches without the usual weekend boat traffic.
And many families with children also welcomed the change of pace.
[IN Q=Four or five years]
((FOUR OR FIVE YEARS AGO IT WAS KINDA LIKE THE FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND AROUND HERE. IT'S INCREDIBLE AROUND HERE. BOATERS ARE NUTTY BUT I FEEL LIKE THEY'VE CRACKED DOWN ON THE DRINKING AND CARRYING ON AT THE LAKE SO I FEEL LIKE IT'S A LOT SAFER THAN IT USED TO BE.))
[OUT Q=IT USED TO BE]))
Facts back that up -- authorities say there were no accidents on the lake this weekend.
[Double Boxes=Jean and Tina/Newsroom]
But many people say the lake will probably get more crowded -- and more crazy -- on the July 4th holiday weekend when the weather's warmer and kids are out of school.
Across the Nation, people are marking this Memorial Day, remembering those who died for our country.
Today, at the War Memorial in Lee Plaza, people all ages gathered for the same purpose.
[IN Q= Its our duty]
((DAVID BOWERS/MAYOR; ITS OUR DUTY TO RESPECTFULLY THANK AND HONOR THEIR MEMORY AND TO GATHER AND SHOW SUPPORT FOR OUR VETERANS WHO ARE STILL ALIVE AND CONTINUE TO LEND SUPPORT TO OUR GREAT NATION))
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[IN Q= I was a ]
((JOE GRANT/VIETNAM VETERAN; I WAS A YEAR IN VIETNAM. LIFE WAS ON THE LINE ALOT. I WAS VERY FORTUNATE TO MAKE IT THROUGH THERE. I LOST SOME VERY GOOD FRIENDS THERE. I REMEMBER THEM TODAY. I REMEMBER THEIR SOULS AND PRAY FOR THEM. BUT I ENJOY THE FREEDOM, WE'VE GOT TODAY. IT'S WONDERFUL.))
[SUPER=01-Joe Grant/Vietnam Veteran;:15]
[OUT Q=today its wonderful]
Jim Maye gave the Memorial Address.
He spoke about a lieutenant who gave his life for his country.
Ceremony participants said a prayer for peace and placed a wreath by the memorial.
Family members also left flowers next to the names of their loved ones.
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The rights of criminals versus the rights of their victims...
Is there a better way for Virginia to notify crime victims the location of criminals without stepping on privacy rights?
And do you feel like a victim every time you get a high phone bill?
Long distance phone calls could be costing you more if someone has changed your carrier without your permission.
Up next, we'll tell you the best defense against slamming.
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If it hasn't happened to you, it's probably happened to someone you know.
"Phone slamming" is one of the fastest growing scams in America.
It's when somebody changes your long-distance company without your permission.
It could cost you a lot of money.
But as Scott Goldberg reports, there are ways you can protect yourself from getting "slammed."
[SUPER=01-Karl Vandegriff/Slamming Victim; 24]
[SUPER=01-Julie Wheeler/Better Business Bureau; 49]
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(([Scott and Karl at table]
Earlier this year, Karl Vandegriff was going through his company's phone bills when he noticed something didn't look right.
[close up of ATT logo on bill]
Someone switched his long-distance carrier.
And he owed about three times as much as usual.
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[IN Q=it would be]
((KARL VANDEGRIFF: IT WOULD BE RIDICULOUS TO MAKE A CHANGE LIKE THAT WHEN WE DO A LOT OF BUSINESS OVER THE PHONE.))
[OUT Q=OVER THE PHONE]
[nat sound -- dialing at 10 49 45; shot moves up to vandegriff]
Vandegriff insists nobody in his office authorized that change.
He said, like thousands of other Americans, he got slammed.
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((KARL VANDEGRIFF: TELEMARKETERS WILL CALL AND GET THE NAME OF SOMEONE IN THE OFFICE OR JUST WHOEVER ANSWERS THE TELEPHONE AND THEN WILL TURN AROUND AND SLAM THE LONG DISTANCE BY SAYING THAT JACKIE HALL OR CARL VANDEGRIFF AUTHORIZED THE CHANGE.))
[OUT Q=authorized the change]
[IN Q=WHAT HAPPENED]
((SCOTT GOLDBERG: WHAT HAPPENED TO HIM COULD HAPPEN TO YOU AT YOUR HOME. AND IT CAN HAPPEN EVEN YOU'RE THE TYPE OF PERSON WHO HANGS UP WHENEVER A TELEMARKETER CALLS.))
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[IN Q=A LOT OF TIMES]
((JULIE WHEELER/BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU: A LOT OF TIMES YOU'RE NOT EVEN CONTACTED. JUST ALL OF A SUDDEN YOUR BILL SHOWS UP AND YOU HAVE A DIFFERENT LONG-DISTANCE CARRIER.))
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Roanoke's Better Business Bureau gets between 20 and 30 calls a week from people who got slammed.
Executive Director Julie Wheeler said most consumers don't see it coming.
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[IN Q=you may not]
((JULIE WHEELER/BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU: YOU MAY NOT HAVE DONE ANYTHING THAT YOU KNOW OF. YOU COULD'VE FILLED OUT A SWEEPSTAKES FORM AND ON THAT YOU AUTHORIZED A CHANGE OF YOUR LONG-DISTANCE SERVICE.))
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Bell Atlantic says the best way to avoid getting slammed is by putting a freeze on your phone line.
That makes it hard to change the long distance carrier without your permission.
Also, check your phone bill carefully each month.
And read the fine print whenever you sign your name on a sweepstakes, raffle or credit card application.
As Karl Vandegriff found out, you're not necessarily responsible for paying inflated phone bills.
But it's a major hang up trying to sort it all out.
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[IN Q=this has been]
((KARL VANDEGRIFF: THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON SINCE FEBRUARY. WE'RE AT MAY NOW. IT'S GOING TO BE AT LEAST JUNE OR JULY BEFORE IT RESOLVES. ))
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Scott Goldberg, News-7, Roanoke.))
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If you have a tip that would make a good consumer story, you can call Scott at area code 5-4-0, 9-8-5, 3-6-0-9.
Or send an e-mail to "s-goldberg at wdbj-7-dot com.
Virginia is now keeping crime victims posted on the whereabouts of criminals in the prison system.
But the state Crime Commision will look into whether there's a better way to do it.
One model is a Kentucky phone center that handles inmates in the Chesapeake jail.
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((DEL. CHIP WOODRUM/D-ROANOKE: WE'RE TRYING TO COMPARE WHETHER OR NOT THIS WOULD BE MORE EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE THAN THE PROGRAM THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS STARTED AND WE MAY NEED TO HAVE SOME ADJUSTMENT TO THE LAW TO MAKE SURE THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS IS DOING THIS LEGALLY.))
Some commission members are concerned that Virginia law may NOT be keeping up with the movement toward more public i
nformation about criminals -- even after they've served their time.[Police-Translators]
If you're bi-lingual, you might have a future in law enforcement.
State police are putting out a call for people who speak Spanish to serve as volunteer translators.
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((CAPT. CHARLES COMPTON/VIRGINIA STATE POLICE: WE HAVE SITUATIONS WHERE TROOPERS MAY BE INVOLVED INVESTIGATING AN ACCIDENT, OR IT MAY BE A CRIMINAL COMPLAINT WHERE WE NEED TO HAVE SOMEONE TO SERVE AS A TRANSLATOR, PRIMARILY SPANISH TRANSLATORS.))
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Compton says the need is greatest in the Martinsville and Henry County areas.
He says volunteers would be on-call, and may, at times, have to appear in court.
They also must be fluent in both English and Spanish, and are subject to a background check.
If you'd like to become a volunteer translator, you can contact Captain Compton at state police division headquarters in Salem.
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The stock market is closed today in observance of Memorial Day..
Virginia's Health Secretary got a first hand look at the needs of a local hospital patients.
Students at Virginia Tech are designing and building a three bedroom home for less than 35-thousand dollars.
It's a college class in house building and community service..
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Virginia's Secretary of Health, Claude Allen, stopped in town last week.
He spent a day at the Catawba Hospital, touring the facility and talking with staff members and patients.
Allen visited the hospital to find out first hand what needs to be done to provide quality mental health care to the patients in the Roanoke Valley.
Staff members said they enjoyed the visit.
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((JIM REINHARD/DIRECTOR-CATAWBA HOSPITAL; WE THINK WE HAVE A VERY FINE HOSPITAL HERE AND WE THINK WE SERVE THE ROANOKE VALLEY PUBLIC MENTAL HEALTH VERY WELL AND ITS A PLEASURE TO BE ALBE TO SHOW THAT OFF IN A SENSE.))
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[OUT Q= in a sense]
Before leaving town, Allen spoke briefly on mental health care at the Blue Ridge Community Services in Tanglewood Mall.
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Habitat for Humanity and Virginia Tech are teaming up to provide affordable housing for low income families.
The College of Architecture and Urban Studies has agreed to design and build a house on this piece of land, in Blacksburg.
Much of the work will be done by students enrolled in a course, this fall.
The students will be divided into several teams that will EACH design a three bedroom home for less than 35-thousand dollars in materials.
One of the designs will be selected for the home in Blacksburg which is expected to be constructed, this spring.
[IN Q=The other]
((JACK DAVIS/VT DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURE:THE OTHER HOUSE DESIGNS THAT WE WILL GENERATE WILL BE CONSTRUCTED THROUGHOUT OTHER AREAS AND SITES WE HAVE IN THE TON OF PULASKI AND GILES COUNTY AND IN RADFORD. SO, ALL OF THE HOUSE DESIGNS WILL BE CONSTRUCTION AT SOME POINT AND TIME.
TERRI FITZWATER/NRV HABITAT FOR HUMANITY:IT'S IS A PROCESS THAT DOES TAKE TIME, WE LOOK AT THREE BASIC REASONS FOR HOME OWNERSHIP, THE NEED FOR ADEQUATE SHELTER, THE ABILITY TO PAY A MORTGAGE AND THE WILLINGNESS TO PARTNER, THE FAMILIES ARE SELECTED FOR THOSE THREE REASONS, DENIED FOR THOSE THREE REASON, HABITAT IS NOT A HAND OUT IT'S A HAND UP. ))
[SUPER=01-Jack Davis/VT Department of Architecture; :00]
[SUPER=01-Terri Fitzwater/NRV Habitat For Humanity; :15]
[OUT Q=hand up.]
Applications for the Blacksburg Habitat home are currently being accepted.
The saturn festival cup bike race produces a wide array of winner today, we will recap the main event, the Bulls and the Pacer are fighting it out,
and Mission McGuire continues today as the St. Louis slugger makes mincemeat out of another ball.
Wrecks, cuts, scrapes and one heck of an exciting finish were all components of the 10th annual Saturn Festival Cup Bike Race that took over the streets of downtown Roanoke today.
[IN Q=first audio]
[SUPER=01-Dede Demet/Women's Cardinal Race Champion; :15]
[SUPER=01-Scottie Weiss/Radford Native; :45]
[SUPER=01-John Lieswyn/Saturn Cup Winner; 1:20]
[SUPER=01-Norm Alvis/Finished Second; 1:37]
[OUT Q=...did a good job"]
((The saturn Cup began shortly after Dede Demet had won the Cardinal Bycicle Professional women's race, She quickly switched gears and entered the saturn men's race as the only female in the field.
Dede dropped out after only five laps, and although the Raonoke streets were decorated with all the patriotic unity memorial day offers, the indivudual competition ran high. 1990 Pulaski County high school graduate and now pro cyclists Scottie Weiss, who lead the first twenty minutes, found out the hard way.
Weiss joined nearly 80 cyclists chasing the 41 hundred dollars in prize money; a pot that drove riders to speeds in access of 40 miles an hour on the tracks fast six corners. Fans watched the cylcist make 45 laps around the 1 kilometer course which took a beating from the occassional premes or lap sprint for prize money.
A chess match finish between John Lieswyn and Team Saturn's Norm Alvis capped off the race. Lieswyn's win results in a 528 dollar payday.
While Alvis finished second, he was the omnium winner or the overall pro champion after a solid two days of racing.))
The Bulls and the pacers went back and forth in a down to the wire game four of their Eastern conference playoffs today.
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] to market Square arena we go where the Pacers were trying to even the series at two games a piece.
Mark jackson was hot early as he snaps the nylon from near the top of the key.
Michael Jordan was roughed up a bit in this one
As Rik Smits blocks his shot, Jordan is cut under the eye and had to leave the game temporarily.
But the Bulls couldn't stop Reggie Miller. He hits a three pointer with one second on the clock and the Pacers win it 96 to 94.
Memorial day always means lots of major league baseball for fans of america's favorite past time. lets start i the AL with the Tigers and the Indians.
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Detroit would tale the early lead in this one as Tony Clark connects on the one bagger that plates Bobby Higginson to give the Ttiger s 1-nothing lead in the top of the first.
Then, Travis fryman cooks up a hit of his own and Manny Ramirez is gonna scott on in and we are tied [SUPER=35-C
leveland/7/Detroit/4;]at 1-all in the bottom of the second inning.
Ramirez evens the count again in the bottom of the fourth with this solo homer and the Indians out last the Tigers by the score of 7-4.
On to the national league where mark McGuire has et a major league record for homeruns before June first; he now has 25.
[SUPER=03-St. Louis, MO/Rockies vs. Cardinals; :00]
Today, His Cardinals battled Colorado and it was the Rockies who took the early lead. Dante Bichett brings in a trio
of runs on this hit. Larry Walker, Vinny [SUPER=35-Colorado/6/St. Louis/1;]Castilla and Todd Helton come on down fora 3
-nothing Colorado advantage.
But in the bottom of the first, Mcguire says goodbye to this pitch, a solo shot that gets to the left field wall in a hurry, his 25th of the season, but the Rockies win this one 6 to 1.
The Charlotte Motor Speedway proved to be the track Jeff Gordon would take the Winston Cup points lead from Jeremy Mayfield.
The wonder boy also captured his third career win at Charlotte in the Coca-cola 600, which is also his 3rd win of the season.
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Gordon and his crew chief Ray Evernham redeemed themselves from empty gas tanks and missed practices with a perfectly calculated four tire change on the race's final pit stop. Most other drives took only 2. Gordon passes Rusty Wallace to record his 32nd career winston Cup victory. He's now 27 points a head of mayfield. dale Earnhardt finished 39th after Randy Lajoie forced him into the wall. But Gordon pit stop was the key.
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[OUT Q=...best we can"]
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That's News 7 at Six. Coming up tonight--
Henry County officials have their eyes on race fans' wallets.
The county budget is calling for a new admissions tax on Martinsville Speedway events.
We'll tell you how that extra money might be spent.
Plus we'll take you to Roanoke's Festival in the Park...
Some wet weather may have dampened part of the weekend, but the festival is still going strong.
We'll have those stories, plus the latest sports and weather tonight on News 7 at 11.
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