On news 7 at SIX tonight:
The story of a woman charged with killing her baby on Mother's Day.
And the spoils of war on drugs... city police lay out the guns, money and drugs seized overnight.
Tonight in sports, we'll check out a local Lacrosse camp, meet a team of area soccer stars on its way to Europe.
And you may not recognize this guy, but he's another Earnhardt and he's ready to make his Busch series debut later this week in Myrtle Beach.
The air is pretty soupy out there. It may mean heavy rain showers on the way. Details in the forecast just ahead.
She is accused of killing her baby daughter on Mother's Day.
Testimony was heard today in the case of Sharon Alley.
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Christy Hubley is in Henry County for today's preliminary hearing.
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In a Roanoke County courtroom this afternoon, a 48 year old man wept over the loss of his high school sweetheart.
Gary Kitts's wife was killed two and a half years ago by a drunk driver.
Travis Lam was 16 at the time.
He's now 19, the defendant in a two million dollar civil trial.
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((WHEN YOU LOOSE YOUR BEST FRIEND AND YOUR WIFE, IT'S TOUGH TO GET OVER IT. IT'S BEEN A STRUGGLE.))
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Bonnie Kitts and her husband were out on a walk in their own neighborhood,
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part of their nightly routine, when she was struck and killed.
((JIMMY KITTS/VICTIM'S SON: THE NIGHT AFTER MY MOM DIED HE WAS HYSTERICAL. AND REALLY FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR AFTER THAT. I MEAN I WAS 20 YEARS OLD AND I HAD NEVER SEEN MY FATHER CRY. NOW IT JUST HAPPENS SO OFTEN. GARY KITTS/VICTIM'S HUSBAND: IT'S BEEN TOUGH. IT'S BEEN TOUGHER THAN I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE.))
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Though the Kitts family is asking for 2-million, 350-thousand dollars in damages, Kitts and his sons are more intent on pointing up the fact that no one was ever prosecuted for selling Lam the beer. And Lam himself spent just five weeks in a juvenile detention center... performed 100 hours of community service.
((I THINK THAT THIS COMMUNITY NEEDS TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED. I THINK THAT THIS COMMUNITY NEEDS TO BE AWARE AND THAT THE PEOPLE OF THIS COMMUNITY NEED TO SEE WHAT'S BEEN DONE ABOUT IT.))
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The trial resumes tomorrow.
A man was killed in a road construction accident in Lynchburg this afternoon.
It happened around three o'clock near the intersection of Old Forest and Wiggington Roads.
35- year- old Anthony Clark was working for a Lawhorne Brothers paving crew when he was run over by one of his own trucks.
Clark died soon after being transported to Lynchburg General Hospital.
Police are looking into whether mechanical failure or driver error caused the accident.
Seven year old Megan Kanka was raped and strangled to death by a twice- convicted child molester in 1994.
Last week, that little New Jersey girl's legal legacy became law in Virginia.
Ellen Qualls has the details.
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Their mug shots haunt the Internet already.
Florida and a few other states post their sexual predators-- with current addresses, aliases, and convictions.
Virginia sex offenders will be online in January.
((CAPT. LEWIS VASS/VIRGINIA STATE POLICE: WE'VE HAD A LOT OF PHONE CALLS, PEOPLE ASKING QUESTIONS ABOUT IT, HOW THEY CAN GET THE INFORMATION, WHAT THEY HAVE TO DO TO GET IT? IS IT AVAILABLE TO THEM? BUT AS FAR AS THE ACTUAL REQUESTS COMING IN, THEY HAVEN'T STARTED YET.))
What IS available now to anyone in Virginia is access to the State Police database of sex offenders.
And later this month, fingerprints and photos of all six thousand some offenders will be a part of these files.
But there's a limit to what you can learn.
((CAPT. LEWIS VASS/VIRGINIA STATE POLICE: I THINK IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT PEOPLE REALIZE THEY CAN'T JUST GO IN AND SAY I WANT TO KNOW WHO THE SEX OFFENDERS ARE IN CHESTERFIELD COUNTY FOR INSTANCE. BUT IF YOU LIVE IN A NEIGHBORHOOD OR YOU'RE MOVING INTO A NEIGHBORHOOD, AND YOU SUSPECT A NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR OR SOMEBODY WHO LIVES ON THE BLOCK YOU CAN REQUEST BY SUBMITTING THAT NAME AND YOU'LL BE TOLD WHETHER OR NOT THEY'RE A SEX OFFENDER.))
Megan's Law is a federal mandate.
But since July first in Virginia, no citizen has actually taken advantage of the rights Megan's death inspired.
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((IT'S NOT FREE. EACH REQUEST COSTS 15 DOLLARS. STATE POLICE SAY THEY HAVE NO IDEA HOW MUCH MANPOWER WILL BE REQUIRED TO HANDLE THEM. FROM A STAFFING STANDPOINT, THEY ARE GLAD VIRGINIA'S GENERAL ASSEMBLY SCRAPPED A PROPOSAL TO PROVIDE DOOR-TO-DOOR COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION WHEN A SEX OFFENDER MOVES INTO YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD. ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7, RICHMOND.))
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Harley power at the Transportation Museum in Roanoke--that story is coming up on News 7 at Six.
And a new advancement in fighting fires comes from a Lynchburg company--a chemical that actually eliminates heat. It's helping fight the Florida wild fires, and we'll have more on Pyrocool.
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Roanoke police have located nearly half of 141 drug suspects.
61 of the arrests were made during a drug raid yesterday at the Lincoln Terrace Housing Complex--the result of a six month sting operation.
The investigation was prompted by complaints from neighborhood groups.
Authorities point out most people in the community are honest hard working people.
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((LT. R.E. CARLISLE/ROANOKE POLICE; WE FIND THAT MOST OF THE PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH DRUG TRAFFICKING IN THAT COMPLEX ARE CASUED BY OUTSIDERS.))
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More than two dozen guns were seized during the raid, including semi-automatic handguns, sawed-off shotguns and rifles.
Crack cocaine and marijuana with a street value of about 56-hundred dollars was also confiscated.
Carlisle says police continue to look for the remaining suspects.
They wanted to open an independent eye surgery center.
But a group of Roanoke Valley eye doctors was opposed by Carilion -- the Valley's dominant health-care company.
And today the doctors ran into more opposition from Richmond.
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Scott Goldberg has been following this story.
Scott, what do the doctors want, and what are their chances of getting it?
Keith, the Roanoke opthalmologists want a place they can perform eye surgeries outside of the big hospitals, where the doctors say it costs too much and sometimes patients have to wait too long.
But a division of the state department of health has virtually ended the doctors' quest,
saying an independent eye surgery center would take too much business away from the hospitals.
Tonight the doctors are questioning the state's analysis.
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((DR. JOHN WOOD/VISTAR EYE CENTER: WHAT THE ANALYSIS DID NOT ADDRESS WAS THE COST SAVINGS TO OUR PATIENTS. AND WE DEMONSTRATED THOSE COST SAVINGS WOULD BE SIGNIFICANT -- ALMOST $250 A CASE.))
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The doctors thought they had a pretty good chance of winning state approval.
A local board of health directors overwhelmingly voted in favor of the eye center in May.
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But apparently the state saw things Carilion's way.
The health-care giant argued it would lose three-million dollars a year if the eye doctors took their business elsewhere.
Today the state agreed Carilion depends on that income, and without it, service would suffer everywhere -- including the emergency room.
The doctors haven't decided whether they'll keep pressing for the eye center.
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If they do, they face a costly legal battle against the state and Carilion.
A revolutionary new product is helping fire crews in Florida AND it's putting Lynchburg on the map.
Steve Smallshaw introduces us to a company called "Pyrocool", which hopes to change the way firefighters around the world do their job.
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(( Istanbul, Turkey March, 1994.. an oil tanker fire has been raging out of control for days.
Then firefighters begin mixing a chemical known as Pyrocool into the water.. the flames are extinguished within twelve minutes.
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((ROBERT TINSLEY/PYROCOOL TECHNOLOGIES: BUT I THINK IT'S FAIR TO SAY IT'S A SIGNIFICANT ADVANCEMENT IN FIREFIGHTING.))
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Pyrocool was developed eight years ago by a New York scientist.
Where most products smother a fire, Pyrocool uses a chemical reaction to eliminate the heat.. one gallon of the product can treat about a thousand gallons of water.
Mike Hagar is a Lynchburg firefighter AND part owner of the company.. he says it's like "water on steroids".
((MIKE HAGAR/PYROCOOL TECHNOLOGIES: UNFORTUNATELY ONE OF THE LARGEST CAUSES OF FATALITIES AMONG FIREFIGHTERS AROUND THE COUNTRY IS HEAT AND STRESS. SO WHEN WE FIRST SAW THE TECHNOLOGY WE WERE VERY EXCITED TO SEE AN AGENT THAT WOULD COOL AS RAPIDLY AS PYROCOOL DOES.))
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((For now Pyrocool's headquarters are still inside these small offices in Lynchburg, but the company continues to grow. Every major fire around the world gives them another chance to put their product to the test.))
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And every "trial by fire" has helped Pyrocool sell itself.
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((ROBERT TINSLEY/PYROCOOL TECHNOLOGIES: IF YOU DON'T PUT OUT A FIRE, IF YOU DON'T DO WHAT YOU SAY YOU'RE GOING TO DO, PEOPLE ARE NOT GOING TO TALK TO YOU ANYMORE, MUCH LESS BUY YOUR PRODUCT. SO YOU'VE GOT TO BACK UP THE SALES TALK, THE PROMOTIONAL TALK WITH ABSOLUTE RESULTS AND FORTUNATELY WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO DO THAT.))
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Pyrocool shipped 140 gallons of its product to Florida last week.
A half dozen products for HOME use should hit the market in about two months.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
Not much movement in the stock market.
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The Dow was off seven points to close at nine thousand 85.
NASDAQ lost a point.
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Harley Davidson is celebrating its 95th anniversary and the Transportation Museum in Roanoke is throwing the party.
A few vintage Harleys are on display, along with memorabilia like Harley Davidson coffee and even a special edition Christmas card set.
Harleys like this one helped to win World War Two, and over the years Harleys have stood the test of time.
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The Hogs and associated items will be on display at the Transportation Museum through July. Regular admission applies.
Coming up tonight in sports, another Earnhardt is moving up the stock car ranks, an area youth soccer team is ready to make its mark in Europe.
The all-star game is set for this evening in the big leagues.
And some area youngsters are finding out what it's like to be in the cage this week over at Roonoke College.
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THe talk is tonight's All Star Game is going to be a home run bonanza.
But forget about Mark McGwire's 37 long balls and Ken Griffey Junior's 33.
One major leaguer has been named to the all star game for the past 16 years.
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The game stars tonight at eight.
Dale Earnhardt Senior's oldest son is ready to make his move into the Busch Grand National series.
Kerry Earnhardt, Dale's son by his first wife, will try to make his first Busch race this Saturday in the Myrtle Beach 250.
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The former late model rookie of the year is a splitting image of his dad, at least off the track.
At 28 he is just making his Busch debut, but he will have a good car as he fills in for Kevin Lepage in the ChannelLock Chevrolet.
Ironically, Kerry's half brother, Dale Earnhardt Jr. made his Busch debut in this same race two years ago.
Kerry has been working has a race shop fabricator for this team.
The Roanoke Star 15 and under boys soccer team leaves for Europe this week for 25 days of soccer. Steve Mason says these 16 players are better prepared than ever before.
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((They will play nearly 20 games and compete in three tournaments in Germany, Sweden and Denmark. And a dismal United States showing in the World Cup has only fueled their fire.
The tale of the tape favors the Europeans, but the premiere Roanoke Star team is better prepared than the seven teams that have made this trip before them. One reason?...Tait Duus. The former product, Cave Spring star, and University of Richmond standout spent four months playing in Europe and is training with the team.
Getting used to the physical style of play hasn't been the only training objective. Coach danny beamer has made sure his 16 players minds are in shape as well.))
The ninth annual Roanoke lacrosse camp is in full swing over in Salem this week.
Over 200 athletes age 10 to 18 are participating. There are 30 coaches making the counselor/camper ratio 1 to 7 and the pace of the camp is very fast and organized.
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The camp atmosphere centers around developing the lacrosse fraternity. Rob Quinn and Byron Collins are two former Maroon assistant coaches that have moved on to college head coaching jobs but have come back to help out this week.
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Kids from 12 states are on hand ranging from Michigan to Florida. Despite different backgrounds, all agree the individual attention and instruction make learning the game fun.
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Would you like a say in who serves as principal at your child's school?
Parents in northwest Roanoke have that chance tonight.
They can question the candidates for principal
of William Ruffner Magnet school. The most recent principal, Lynda Bigger-Brown, has retired.
19 applicants have applied for the the job and the finalists will take part in a public meeting tonight.
(Keith ad lib byes) Join Jean Jadhon for that story and more tonight on News 7 at 11.