Straight ahead on News 7 at Six: a late night confrontation with Roanoke Police is caught on tape. One man is arrested, charged with
shooting at his girlfriend.
And the Salem Avalanche treat some special youngsters to a night at the ballpark.
Tonight in sports, day one of the all-stars football camp here in Roanoke as many former Friday Football Extra stars lend a hand to the cause.
Plus, the Express is closing is on a new head coach.
And the NBA is closing in on another lockout.
Meaning that this kind of pickup game may be the only way to see NBA stars in the near future.
Temperatures return to normal but the rains continue for many areas. We will check the latest radar pictures in just a moment.
Roanoke police went on high alert last night when they recieved a report that a man was shooting an assault rifle in a Northwest neighborhood.
The search became a standoff when officers found the man in his house.
Eric Earnhart has details.
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((The standoff at 828 Center Avenue lasted no more than fifteen minutes...
Surrounded by police with guns drawn, the suspect came out unarmed and was arrested...
((Get down on the ground, get down on the ground, get down))
Police went looking for 31 year old Jesus Perez, after his girlfriend called and told them he shot at her...
32 year old Tracy Turpin said she was at another house when Perez pulled up in a black vehicle and pulled out a gun... she said he shot at her as she ran away.
Perez told police he didn't know anything about the incident... but police found a bullet in his pocket....
Then they searched house and discovered an SKS semi-autmoatic rifle in an upstairs bedroom, along with a loaded large capacity clip for the weapon, and spent cartidges....
Perez was charged with attempted malicous wounding, and discharging a firearm in the city.
Eric Earnhart, News 7.))[Roanoke-Murder]
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A teen-age murder suspect is in custody tonight.
Police haven't released his identity.
The 17-year old turned himself in after his family contacted police.
He was charged in connection with the shooting death of 22-year old Keith E-Sandifer.
It happened Saturday night in Southeast Roanoke.
Witnesses say Sandifer and his killer had been arguing over a woman.
Sandifer was lying in a parking lot when police found him.
He died at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Police have not said whether the suspect will be charged as an adult.
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According to a witness, nobody actually SAW Willie Caldwell shoot Kevin Jones at a Roanoke apartment last month...
Caldwell and Jones had been involved in a fight earlier that day...
At a preliminary hearing today, Kerrin Tisdale testified Caldwell came to the apartment with a gun.
But he left the room as Caldwell and Jones fought.
He said he came back after he heard a shot and saw the men struggling over the gun.
Last month Caldwell's girlfriend told News 7 the shooting was a case of self defense.
((DENNIS NAGEL/ASSISTANT COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY; I THINK WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO WAIT FOR TRIAL, THERE ARE MANY FACTORS THAT WOULD NEGATE MR. CALDWELL'S ABILITY TO CLAIM SELF DEFENSE IN THIS CASE.))
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Investigators still haven't found any connection between the shooting and the fire that burned Caldwell's apartment building hours later, killing six people.
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New H-I-V cases levelled off in Virginia last year, and new AIDS cases actually declined.
But the news is NOT all good.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
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(( Saturday was HIV Testing Day.
But since NO national statistics on H-I-V are kept separately from AIDS, we know more about what's going on right here in Richmond.
At 43 percent of all new AIDS cases in Virginia, men having sex with men is still by far the leading way AIDS spreads.
But 1997 data show heterosexual activity has finally outstripped I-V drug use as the number two method of transmission for AIDS.
On the frontline of the disease, at the point of HIV infection, the gap is closing even more quickly in Virginia.
Men with men make up 31-percent of new HIV cases... while heterosexual transmission of HIV accounted for a full 23 percent of all new cases last year.
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((SUSAN POLLARD/VIRGINIA DEPT. OF HEALTH: WOMEN NOW ACCOUNT FOR 30-PERCENT OF THE HIV CASES IN VIRGINIA.))
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In 1995, heterosexual transmission accounted for just 15 percent of new AIDS cases in Virginia.
In 1996, that number was 17 percent. In 1997, 20 percent of all new AIDS cases in the state came as a result of heterosexual sex.
[IN Q=There still]
((SUSAN POLLARD/VIRGINIA DEPT. OF HEALTH: THERE STILL IS NO CURE. YES WE HAVE THESE WONDERFUL COMBINATION THERAPIES THAT ARE KEEPING PEOPLE HEALTHY LONGER, LETTING THEM LEAD MORE PRODUCTIVE LIVES. HOWEVER, IT DOESN'T MEAN THEY'RE CURED.))
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Since Virginia began reporting AIDS cases in 1983 and HIV cases in 1989, 17-thousand cases have been recorded.
Seven thousand have died.
10-thousand are still living.
An additional 15-thousand Virginians are estimated to be affected and unaware of their HIV status.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))[Tease#1]
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The number of new home owners in the Roanoke Valley is on the rise. We'll tell you why the experts say now is a good time to buy a house.
And teenage drivers in the area react to tougher laws that take effect later this week.
That story is coming up on News 7, but first let's check in with Robin in the weather center.
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Dan River Incorporated says a new merger will make it stronger and more competitive.
The Danville company announced today it is acquiring The Bibb Company-- which is based in Atlanta Georgia.
The buyout exceeds 250-million dollars.
The acquisition will increase Dan River's sales 50-percent-- making it the third largest bedding manufacturer in the country.
Dan River's Vice President of Finance says most employees with The Bibb Company will keep their jobs.
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((SCOTT BATSON/DAN RIVER VICE PRESIDENT: THERE WILL BE SOME DUPLICATE ADMINISTRATIVE AREAS IN THE CORPORATE OFFICE AND SUCH WHERE THERE WILL BE SOME HEAD CUTS IN THAT REGARD BUT IN TERMS OF PRODUCTION IN THOSE EMPLOYEES WE DON'T EXPECT ANY CHANGES.))
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The acquisition is expected to be completed by this September.
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The number of people who want to buy homes in the Roanoke area is up 15 percent from last year.
That's the first big increase in many years.
So why the recent demand for homes?
Intern Reporter, Aleesha Chaney, explains.
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((All over Roanoke people are looking to buy a new home. Bev Linn is one of many shopping around to see what's on the market. She's been encouraged by how well the economy is doing.
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((JEAN THOMAS/WALDROP REALTY: INTEREST RATES ARE REALLY GOOD, AND THERE ARE A LOT OF REALLY GOOD PROPERTIES OUT THERE.))
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Interest rates are now running as low as 7 percent---making monthly payments more affordable. There are other incen
tives as well.
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((JANIE WHITLOW/WALDROP REALTY: THERE ARE A LOT OF SPECIAL FINANCING PROGRAMS RIGHT NOW SOME WITH NO DOWN PAYMENTS OTHERS WITH LOW DOWN PAYMENTS.))
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((ALEESHA CHANEY/NEWS 7: NOW SEEMS TO BE THE PERFECT TIME TO BUY IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR A HOME, BUT FIRST THERE ARE A FEW KEY THINGS YOU SHOULD KEEP IN MIND IF YOU WANT TO GET THE BEST BARGAIN FOR YOUR DOLLAR.))
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((JANIE WHITLOW/WALDROP REALTY: THEY NEED TO DECIDE WHERE THEY NEED TO BE AND TALK TO A LENDER TO SEE WHERE THEY ARE QUALIFIED TO BUY AND THEN ITS JUST A MATTER OF GETTING WITH THEIR AGENT AND GOING TO SEE THE PROPERTIES THAT FIT THEIR NEEDS.))
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The market for new homes is expected to look favorable until the end of the year. Aleesha Chaney, News 7.))[Interstat
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A new interstate highway is coming to the Piedmont region of Virginia and North Carolina.
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Route-29 from Danville to Greensboro will soon be renamed Interstate-785.
New signs were unveiled this morning at the state line.
Community leaders in both states believe this designation will encourage economic development.
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((LINWOOD WRIGHT/DANVILLE MAYOR: OUR ECONOMIC PROFESSIONALS NOW HAVE A BETTER OPPORTUNITY TO MARKET OUR COMMUNITIES, OUR PROPERTIES, AND OUR INDUSTRIAL PARKS.))
((AND THOUGH WE'RE HERE TO RECOGNIZE NEW PAVEMENT, WIDENING, AND EXPANSION, IT'S ABOUT PEOPLE. WITHOUT PEOPLE THIS WOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED.))
[SUPER=01-Linwood Wright/Danville Mayor]
[SUPER=01-Rep. Richard Burr/(R) North Carolina]
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The 40-mile stretch of highway won't officially become an interstate until upgrades are made in North Carolina.
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Beginning later this week, teenage drivers in Virginia face tougher penalties for speeding and other moving violations. What do area teens think?
Washington and Lee University journalism professor Claudette Artwick has the story for News 7.
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((School's out for area teens, but in a few days, many young drivers may find themselves back in class. Moving violations--from speeding to driving without a seat belt--mean eight hours in a driver improvement clinic for offenders under age 18.
It's a class some would rather not have to take.
((JARED STRUCHTEMEYER: WE WATCHED A LOT OF VIDEOS, JUST THE BASIC RULES ALL OVER AGAIN. STUFF I ALREADY KNEW, I JUST DIDN'T OBEY THE FIRST TIME))
And first-time offenders will only be allowed to carry three under-age passengers in their cars.
A second offense will bring a 90-day license suspension. And after a third--it's one year without a license.
((STEVEN MITCHEN: IT'LL MAKE ME DRIVE MORE CAREFULLY AND OBEY THE SPEED LIMIT A LITTLE MORE. I'VE ONLY HAD ONE SPEEDING TICKET SO FAR. I'M THANKFUL I DON'T HAVE ANY MORE AND HOPE I DON'T GET ANY MORE.))
But some say they don't need a new law to get them to slow down.
((SAMANTHA WEBB: I JUST RECENTLY GOT A TICKET GOING 20 OVER, AND I JUST PAID IT OFF. IT WAS A $90 TICKET. I LEARNED MY LESSON. I STOPPED SPEEDING.))
Claudette Artwick, News 7.))
And a note to our viewers-- Claudette Artwick is a Washington and Lee journalism professor working in the News 7 newsroom this summer.
Stocks were climbing across-the-board today in
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The Dow gained 53 points to close at 89 hundred 97.
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For the past few weeks players from the Salem Avalanche baseball team have been going to Roanoke's Community Hospital to visit sick children.
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Today some of the patients came out to the park to see the players.
Tonya Flory is at the stadium tonight.
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(Rollcue: illness beat them.)
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Coming up tonight in sports, the NBA owners are ready to lockout the players, the latest on the head coaching situation with the Express is straight ahead.
Plus, day one of the all-stars football clinic in the Star City.
Steve Mason takes us to the kids right after this break.
The possibility of a lockout labor dispute in the NBA is now virtually a reality.
The league says it will impose the move at midnight tomorrow night, because talks are at standstill with the players union over a new collective bargaining agreement.
In essence, the players want more money than the owners are willing to pay.
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((RUSS GRANIK/NBA DEPUTY COMMISSIONER:))
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Dell Curry is one of the many players around the league in search of a new contract, but one of the many who will not be able to determine his future if a last minute agreement can't be reached before tomorrow night.
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[SUPER=01-Dell Curry/Hornets Guard; :00]
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Last night we had the unfortunate duty of reporting the news that Former William Fleming and Liberty high school basketball standout Rodney Morris had died.
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Rodney, shown on the right of the screen was staying at a relative's house and apparently had a seizure from which he never recovered, although the actual cause of death has not yet been determined.
The 6'4" forward, who wears Number 30, played two years at Fleming and then two years at Liberty.
He graduated with his fellow minutemen two weeks ago and was headed to Concord College on a basketball scholarship. He was an a good student, who made honor roll a few times and played on the Roanoke Hawks AAU teams. Rodney Morris was just 18 years old.
The Roanoke Valley All Stars football clinics kicked off today at Rivers Edge.
And Steve Mason says the practice dummys were definitely the minority amongst some smart counselors and kids.
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Day one objective, tackle the fundamentals and the myth sports is the only ticket to success.
The Tampa Bay Cornerback, William Fleming standouts Lee Suggs and J.R. Word along with a pair of Roanoke Valley District coaches, among others, took about 70 kids through six stations ranging from linebacker to offensive line.
This volunteer staff has had to absorb dictionary size NFL play books, years of major college practice regimes as well as teach a high school game becoming more complex every year. But even the top football minds learn from their pupils.
The All-Stars clinic resumes Tuesday morning with the 9 and 10 year old division. In Roanoke, Steve Mason, news 7 s
The Roanoke Express still hopes to name Frank Anzalone's replacement as head coach by the end of this week.
This past weekend at the NHL draft, team general manager Tony Mancuso interviewed the three finalists.
One of the three is former Huntington Blizzard coach Grant Sonier, who is currently an assistant with the Fort Wayne Comets in the IHL.
We learned today, however, that he will not be getting the job, and that the man who does will not have any ties to the area or the ECHL.
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Germany scored twice in the last 15 minutes to shoot past Mexico in World Cup Soccer action.
In the second half the score tied at one, Germany's Oliver Bierhoff uses his head to net the 2-to-1 win.
Germany faces either Croatia or Romania in Saturday's quarterfinal.
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The Winston Cup scene now shifts back to Daytona as the stars hed from California back to the Florida sand for this coming Saturday night's Pepsi 400
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This will be the first race ever under the lights at Daytona as Dale Earnhardt tries to make it two in a row at the beach this season.
You can watch the race LIVE Saturday at eight right here on Your Hometown Station.
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Plus, join for a half LIVE prerace show from the track Saturday night at 7:30. Daytona at Dusk.
It's all coming up this Holiday weekend right here on WDBJ-7.
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