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Police say an attempted shooting in Northwest Roanoke last night was domestic in nature.
Authorities arrested a 31-year-old man who allegedly opened fire with an assault rifle.
His intended victim reportedly led police to the suspect.
Eric Earnhart has more.
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(( When police arrived at the 800 block of Center Avenue, they heard more gunfire... they blocked the street and waited.... fifteen minutes later the suspect came out onto a porch unarmed.
Police say the suspect, 31 year old Jesus (HAY-zeus) Perez, fired several shots at a woman a few blocks away, and fled in a car... Investigators called it a domestic assault, and are not identifying the woman involved.
Perez told the arresting officers he hadn't done anything wrong. When they searched hom, they found a live cartridge in his pocket.
When they searched the house, they found an SKS semi-automatic assault rifle in an upstairs bedroom, along with spent cartridge casings. They also confiscated a large capacity ammunition clip for the weapon, and a handgun.
Perez was charged with attempted malicious wounding, and discharging a firearm in the city.
Police are still investigating the incident.
Eric Earnhart, News 7))
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Murder charges against Willie Caldwell were sent to the grand jury this morning.
Caldwell is accused of shooting Kevin Jones last month.
Today Kerrin Tisdale testified Caldwell came over to his apartment with a gun and started arguing with Jones.
He didn't see the shooting, but testified he saw both men struggling for the gun afterward.
The judge denied a defense request to reduce the charge to second degree murder.
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((DENNIS NAGEL/ASSISTANT COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY; FIRST DEGREE MURDER WOULD BE A WILLFUL, DELIBERATE, PRE-MEDITATED ACT, AND THE COMMONWEALTH'S THEORY OF THE CASE WOULD BE THAT MR. CALDWELL CAME OVER TO THE APARTMENT UNINVITED TO TAKE REVENGE FOR AN EARLIER CONFRONTATION))
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A few hours after the shooting, Caldwell's apartment building burned, killing six people.
Nagel says THAT investigation is continuing, but so far the fire is NOT connected to the murder case.
A suspect has been charged in connection with a shooting yesterday in Roanoke.
Police have charged Frankie L-Steelman with malicious wounding.
Police say Steelman shot 41-year-old James Reddicks in the Lincoln Terrace housing complex.
Reddicks was found on the sidewalk in the 100 block of Whitten Avenue.
He was suffering from a gunshot wound to the stomach. He is in critical condition.
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A Roanoke teenager has been charged in the weekend shooting death of a man.
City police say they do NOT have the 17-year-old boy in custody, but they do know his identity and continue to search for him.
22-year-old Keith E- Sandifer of Roanoke died after he was shot in the chest Saturday night.
Police found Sandifer lying in a parking lot when they responded to a disturbance call at 1232 Jamison Avenue, Southeast.
Witnesses tell police the shooting was caused by an argument over a mutual girlfriend.
President Clinton has arrived at the next stop on his China tour -- Shanghai.
Earlier in a speech at Peking University in Beijing, Mr. Clinton said the struggle for freedom in China is worth it.
He told students that human rights are ``the birthrights of people
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THE RIGHT TO BE TREATED WITH DIGNITY. THE RIGHT TO EXPRESS ONE'S OPINIONS, TO CHOSE ONE'S OWN LEADERS, TO
ASSOCIATE FREELY WITH OTHERS, TO WORSHIP OR NOT FREELY. HOWEVER, ONE
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Meantime, the White House isn't commenting on a Newsweek report that says Monica Lewinsky talked of intimate touching and sexual phone calls with President Clinton.
The information comes from a friend of Lewinsky, who told her story last week, to the grand jury.
Tomorrow, grand jurors will finally hear from Linda Tripp, a former
friend of Monica Lewinsky's who secretly recorded phone conversations
between them--then gave the tapes to independent counsel Kenneth Starr.
The 20 hours of recorded conversations will no doubt be a focus of tomorrow's testimony.
The largest scientific gathering on AIDS is underway in Geneva.
Some 13-thousand scientists, doctors, advocates and journalists
are hearing the latest on new treatments, insights into the basic
workings of the virus and how the disease affects everyone from
pregnant women to prostitutes.
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ROBIN GORNA, CHAIRMAN, COMMUNITY PLANNING CENTER:
TWO YEARSAGO, GLOBAL ACCESS TO DRUGS WAS UNTHINKABLE//BUT HERE WE ARE BEGINNING TO SEE REAL HOPE, HOPE THAT WE CAN RAISE THE AVAILABLE STANDARD OF CARE. HOPE THAT, IN THE WORDS OF NEW YORK ACT UP, WE CAN GET DRUGS INTO
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Doctors are also discussing encouraging news on preventing the
spread of H-I-V from infected mothers to their newborns.
The risk can be virtually eliminated by using the drug A-Z-T and delivering by Caesarean.
Approval of airstrip construction plans in Rockbridge County has landed the county's Board of Supervisors in legal hot water.
Several county residents have filed a lawsuit stemming from the construction plans.
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In April, the Board voted to allow Harold Hottinger to operate a private airstrip on his property with some restrictions.
In their lawsuit, 19 county residents maintain the airstrip will lower their property values.
However, the Board's attorney has asked that the lawsuit be dismissed because residents don't have any facts to justify their concerns.
A date for a hearing about the matter has not been set.
At least 19 people are dead or missing from storms that have struck the Midwest and East.
In West Virginia, a baby and a blind man are among the missing after being swept away by floodwaters.
The flash flooding has also forced hundreds from their homes.
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Ohio is among the states hardest hit.
Parts of the state received more than a foot of rain and the forecast calls for more.
In Iowa, its tornadoes wreaking havoc.
Twisters touched down in the northern end of the state.
One was caught on home video.
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DOROTHY NICOLET: "ALL OF A SUDDEN WE HEARD A LITTLE NOISE AND
EVERYTHING TURNED WHITE. WE LOOKED OUT AND THE MACHINE WENT, THE DRYER
VENT WENT, THE LP TANK WENT, AND THE SIDES OF THE HOG HOUSE WENT. JUST
IN A FLASH, IT WAS OVER."
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In southern Minnesota, they're sandbagging after rain caused creeks to rise.
Fierce thunderstorms also damaged homes and downed trees and power lines.
Vice President Gore is in Florida today viewing the fire damage and talking with residents and firefighters.
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Crews have been making gains on the state's east coast, but new fires
broke out over the weekend in north and central florida.
Over one thousand fires have scorched more than 200 thousand acres of woodlands with little to no rain in the immediate forecast.
Residents in Buena Vista and Lexington who own cell phones will soon face addtional taxes.
Councilmembers in both localities this month approved a tax on cellular phones.
Lexington officials felt the tax was fair considering taxes already placed on other telephone services.
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((JON ELLESTAD/LEXINGTON'S CITY MANAGER: OUR CITY COUNCIL FELT IT WAS AS MUCH OF AN EQUITY ISSUE AS ANYTHING ELSE. FOR YEARS, WE HAD CONSUMER UTILITY TAX ON LOCAL LAND LINE TELEPHONE SERVICE AND THEY DIDN'T UNDERSTAND WHY CELLULAR PHONES SHOULD BE EXEMPT.))
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Officials in Lexington estimate the tax will generate about five thousand dollars more in revenue.
Buena Vista officials estimate the tax will bring in an extra 12 thousand dollars.
Residents there with cell phones can expect to pay about two dollars more per month.
The cell phone tax in both areas goes into effect July first.
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Residents and officials in Buchanan celebrated a recent addition to the town yesterday.
The new high tech library is located in what used to be a furniture store on Main Street.
It now has ten times the space of the original library.
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((TERRY AUSTIN/BOTETOURT CO. SUPERVISORS CHAIRMAN; NOT ONLY WAS THE ORIGINIAL LIBRARY SMALL AND NOT LOCATED IN THE MAIN BEATING PATH, BUT ALSO IT WAS IN THE FLOOD PLANE OF THE JAMES RIVER. IN 1985 WE LOST ALL OF THE VOLUMES AS A RESULT OF THE FLOOD. AT THAT TIME WE DECIDED TO GO AHEAD AND INCORPORATE THE BUILDING IN ANOTHER LOCATION.))
((STEVE VEST/LIBRARY DIRECTOR; TAKING AN OLD BUILDING LIKE THIS AND RESTORING IT TO ITS ORIGINAL CONDITION. OUR CEILING TILES ARE ORIGINAL AND THE FLOORS ARE THE ORIGINAL FLOORS. SO HOPEFULLY IT WILL BLEND IN WITH THE REST OF THE DOWNTOWN AREA.))
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The library has room for more than 20-thousand books.
Its computers also provide access to Roanoke and Botetourt County's web sites.
Renovations to the facility cost 530-thousand dollars.
Construction on it is expected to wrap up within the next two weeks.
Investors are making the mutual fund a popular option these days.
But not everyone is aware that investing in one means additional fees.
Scott Goldberg has details in this week's Common Sense.
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((If you're a rookie investor, you've probably heard the terms "load" and "no-load" describing mutual funds.
But do you know what they mean?
Here's stockbroker Ben Hartman.
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((BEN HARTMAN/EDWARD JONES STOCKBROKER: SIMPLY MEANS THAT WHEN THE INVESTOR BUYS A LOAD FUND, THERE WILL BE A CHARGE ASSESSED WHEN THE INVESTOR BUYS INTO THE FUND, VERSUS A NO-LOAD FUND, THERE'S NO CHARGE TO BUY INTO THE FUND. BUT ALL FUNDS HAVE WHAT'S CALLED MUTUAL OPERATING EXPENSES SO THEY'RE ALL ASSESSED ANNUAL FEES. THE QUESTION IS WHETHER THE FUND CHARGES AN UPFRONT FEE OR NOT. ))
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You can avoid upfront fees if you buy your fund directly from the company.
That's this week's Common Sense.
I'm Scott Goldberg.))