Up next on News 7 at Six...
A traffic stop leads police to a major drug bust in South West Virginia...
And a Roanoke firefighter was hurt when part of a burning building collapsed this morning.
In sports, Baseball and shooting highlight this weekends Commonwealth Game activities McGwire hits number 38.
And Jimmy Connors is inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame.
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A routine traffic stop along I-81 in Rockbridge County turned into a major drug bust for police today.
As a result, a former police officer from West Virginia and another man are in jail.
David Johnson is in the newsroom with more on the story.
Eric, it started around 8:30 this morning when state police responded to a possible "road rage" situation in Rockbridge County.
After a 28-mile chase, police caught up with the suspects and found crack cocaine and marijuana in their car.
29-year old Victor Duane Helm and 18-year old Carlos Renaldo Ivy were traveling southbound on I-81 when they apparently began harassing a female truck driver.
The woman called for help, complaining and police caught up with the two men further down the road.
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((SGT. R.A. BLACK/VA. STATE POLICE; THE TROOPER ORIGINALLY STOPPED THE VEHICLE. ONE OF THE PASSENGERS OR THE DRIVER, I'M NOT SURE WHICH, PRODUCED A BADGE AND TOLD HIM HE WAS A POLICE OFFICER AT WHICH TIME, ACCORDING TO THE TROOPER, HE RAN A CHECK TO MAKE SURE HE WAS IN FACT A POLICE OFFICER.))
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Police were forced to let the pair go, after the truck driver refused to press any charges.
But, authorities continued checking the background of the man who said he was an officer.
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((TROOPER DAVID ALBERT/VA. STATE POLICE; INVESTIGATION REVEALED HE HAD BEEN FIRED OR TERMINATED APPROXIMATELY A YEAR AGO AND WAS NOT IN FACT A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER. BUT HE WAS STILL POSSESSING A BADGE AND PHOTO I-D THAT REPRESEBNTED HIM AS SUCH.))
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With the help of the Botetourt County Sheriff's Office, state police caught up with the two men again in Botetourt County.
Officers stopped them at a gas station, searched the car and found two zip lock bags full of crack cocaine and two smaller bags of marijuana.
Now the street value on the crack cocaine was estimated at about 200-thousand dollars.
Helms and Ivy have been charged with drug trafficking and possession with intent to distribute drugs.
Helms was also charged with impersonating a police officer.
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Both men are being held in the Botetourt County jail.
Bond has yet to be set in the case.
Their arraignment is scheduled for Monday.
Two Roanoke firefighters were injured--one seriously --after battling a house fire along Campbell Avenue this morning.
The fire broke out around 4:30.
When firefighters arrived the house was fully engulfed.
Roanoke Fire Chief Jim Grigsby said a fireman was seriously hurt after the home's porch collapsed and fell on him.
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((LIVINGSTON AKERS/WITNESS: IT WAS STARTING TO CAVE IN AND I HOLLERED AS LOUD AS I COULD, WATCH OUT!" BUT, WITH ALL THE MACHINERY AROUND HERE AND ALL THE HOSES--THEY COUDLN'T HEAR ME.))
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The firefighter was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital and is expected to fully recover.
Another firefighter suffered minor injuries.
The fire gutted the home that was vacant at the time.
An investigation is underway.
An eight-month old baby died yesterday after his mother left him in a parked car for almost four hours--
This according to police in Danville.
Authorities say Pamela Susan Walton of Milton, North Carolina, left her son Zakary in the car while she went to work just after eight yesterday morning.
When she returned around noon, the infant wasn't responding.
The baby was prouncounced dead at a nearby hospital.
Police are still investigating.
One man was arrested following a standoff involving Christiansburg police.
It lasted about seven and a half hours.
Police arrived at the Smokey Ridge Apartments around nine last night after getting a call from a woman who said a man held her underwater in the bath tub.
When police arrived, the man, armed with a shotgun, barricaded himself inside the apartment.
After negotiations failed, the
Montgomery County SWAT Team entered the building just after 4:30 this morning and arrested William Coleman.
He's charged with abduction, attempted malicious wounding and possession of a firearm as a convicted felon.
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Robbers sometimes find that rural convenience stores make for easy targets.
But, with the help of state police and local law enforcement, many store owners are learning simple safety measures they can take to protect their business.
Denise Allen has more.
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The management of Cannaday's Convenience Store is getting a lesson in crime prevention.
Rural stores are often the target of criminals. Six people have died in robberies of convenience stores in the central Virginia, this year.
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((BUDDY DAVIS/STATE POLICE: WHAT WE'RE DOING IS GOING AROUND TO ALL THE CONVENIENCE STORES IN THE STATE OF VIRGINIA AND MAKING SUGGESTIONS TO THE OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT ON HOW THEY CAN INCREASE THEIR SECURITY.))
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First the state police and local law enforcement case the area looking for trouble spots.
The suggestions maybe be as simple as adding more exterior lighting, making doors and windows more secure, or just cleaning up the trash.
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((TROOPER DAVIS: AND WE FOUND SIMILARITIES IN ALL THE VICTIMS, IT'S EERIE AND THE RURAL STORES SEEM MORE SUBJECT TO THE PROBLEM THAN THE NEWER MORE MODERN STORES.))
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[IN Q=24:25:23 THE STORES]
((DANNY FRALIN/CANNADAYS MANAGER: THE STORES WERE ALWAYS REALLY CLUTTERED, HIGH SHELVES AND IT SEEMS TO ME LIKE THE ICE BOX ALWAYS CAME INTO PLAY AS A HIDING PLACE FOR SOMEONE TO JUMP OUT. THAT'S WHY WE MOVED OURS.))
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((I'VE GOT A LOT OF THINGS IN THE WINDOW. A LOT OF IT WILL BE COMING DOWN.))
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DENISE ALLEN/NEWS7: STATE POLICE WILL ALSO REVIEW MANAGEMENT'S MONEY HANDLING POLICIES DURING THE SAFETY SURVEY.
TROOPER DAVIS SAYS THEY'RE GOING TO KEEP TABS ON THESE STORES TO SEE WHAT SUGGESTIONS WERE TAKEN AND IF THESE IMPROVEMENTS HELPED MAKE CONVENIENCE STORES SAFER.
DENISE ALLEN NEWS 7.
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Straight ahead--we'll see how Virginia's senators voted concerning legislation to overhaul the IRS.
And, it's not the Pony Express.
But, a bit of postal history was remembered today in Montgomery County.
We'll have that story in a few minutes.
But, first let's check in with Patrick Evans --standing by in the weather center.
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Hollins University dedicated a new facility today for people with speech and stuttering problems.
It features new state of the art research labs that may be able to determine whether stuttering is hereditary.
David Johnson has more.
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Since 1973, the Hollins Communications Research Institute has offered a three week program for speech therapy.
One of the first 100-students to successfully complete the course was the wife of space pioneer John Glenn.
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((ANNIE GLENN/SPEECH THERAPY RECIPIENT; I WAS AN 85-PERCENT STUTTERER, WHICH IS VERY, VERY SEVERE. I HAD LOTS OF FRIENDS, I WAS ACTIVE. BUT IF YOU HAD PLACED A MICROPHONE IN FRONT OF ME LIKE YOU'RE DOING NOW I WOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN ABLE TO TALK. 15))
(((D)JOHN GLENN/OHIO SENATOR; PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES, THINGS LIKE THAT THAT OTHER PEOPLE TAKE FOR GRANTED, SHE FOUND MAJOR OBSTACLES. SO LITERALLY, WHEN SHE CAME HERE AND WENT THROUGH THIS WITH RON, IT LITERALLY CHANGED HER LIFE AND SHE HAS TO WORK AT IT STILL, TO THIS DAY.))
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The school now has an off-campus facility that is four times as large as the old one and can offer help to twice as many people.
That should cut down on the year and a half long waiting list.
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((WE'LL PROBABLY BE ABLE TO MOVE MORE PEOPLE THROUGH THE PROGRAM. BUT WE'RE NOT TRYING TO MAKE THIS INTO A WORD FACTORY. WE WANT TO STICK WITH THE CAREFUL ANALYSIS OF WHAT INDIVIDUALS DO. AND AT THIS SCALE WE CAN DO THAT.))
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In addition to therapy, the institute now also has room to do research.
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((WE'RE WORKING NOW WITH THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH ON THE GENETIC ANALYSIS OF STUTTERING. WE MAY BE ABLE TO FIND THE GENES THAT CAUSE THE PROBLEM. SO IF THAT TURNS OUT, WE'LL HAVE SOME LANDMARK WORK TO POINT TO.))
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((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; The program has a pretty good success rate. Over the first six to 12 months, about 90-percent of the participants stop stuttering. In the long term, about 70 to 75 percent. David Johnson, News 7, Roanoke County.))
Going from high school to college is a big adjustment for many new students.
About 100 students are getting help with the transition from the Summer Scholar's Program at Washington and Lee Univeristy.
Most of the students are academically above-average.
They participate in the program to get used to the extra responsibilities and tougher academic standards they'll face at college.
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((CHRISTOPHER STEPHAN/SUMMER SCHOLAR STUDENTS: IT'S AN INTRODUCTION TO COLLEGE LIFE AND MAINLY LIVING ON YOUR OWN AND TIME MANAGEMENT AND FINDING YOUR OWN TIME IN THE DAY TO BE ABLE TO SOCIALIZE AND TALK TO OTHER PEOPLE BECAUSE IT'S PRETTY HARD. IT'S A STEP UP EDUCATIONALLY THAN WHAT WE'RE USED TO.))
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((MIMI ELROD/OFFICE OF SPECIAL PROGRAMS: THEY TAKE THREE COURSES--COLLEGE LEVEL COURSES. AND, IT HELPS THEM LEARN. THE TEACHERS EXPECTATIONS ARE DIFFERENT. COLLEGE TEACHERS HAVE DIFFERENT EXPECTATIONS THAN DO THEIR HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS.))
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[SUPER=01-Mimi Elrod/Office of Special Programs;:15]
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The students come from 32 states and three foreign countries including Thailand and Switzerland.
Most of the students end up applying to Washington and Lee.
The university, on average, accepts about half of those applicants.
The Senate this week took up bills on the I-R-S, and Taiwan
Here's how Virginia's lawmakers voted.
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The Senate gave final approval to the new rules --
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under which the Internal Revenue Service will have to operate.
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The vote was 96 to two, with both Chuck Robb and John Warner endorsing the bill.
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The Senate also approved a resolution--
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that Taiwan's future be worked out by peaceful means.
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That measure passed unanimously, with Robb's and Warner's approval.
The Pilot Postal Service was established 100-years ago today in Pilot, Virginia.
And, many people say since it's been around, a lot has changed.
The service was once handled by local grocers who were just a few blocks apart.
All that's left of the first pilot post office are these pictures.
The most recent facility was constructed nearly 40-years ago.
Part of Pilot's centennial celebration included dressing the part.
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((GARY RIDDLE/PILOT POSTMASTER; THIS PARTICULAR BUILDING, BACK WHEN IT WAS A COUNTRY STORE WITH THE POST OFFICE HAVING THE BARS THAT YOU HAD TO GET YOUR MAIL THROUGH. AND WE ALSO HAD SOME OLD ANNTIQUE CARS HERE.))
((WADE EANES/FORMER POSTAL CARRIER; I ONLY HAD A MILE AND A HALF OF HARD TOP THAT I TRAVELED TWICE. AND I HAD 13 OPEN STREAMS UP AND DOWN THE MOUNTAINS. AND I STARTED OUT WITH A JEEP AND EVEN WITH A JEEP I HAD TROUBLES SOMETIMES.))
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[SUPER=01-Wade Eanes/Retired Postal Carrier; :12]
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There are plans for a new post office that will be about three times as big.
A groundbreaking ceremony should take place by the fall.
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When the news continues, Roy Stanley will be here with highlights from the Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox game.
And, Patrick Evans will have your complete weekend weather forecast.
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The world wide web puts all kinds of information at your fingertips... helpful, entertaining, and just plain strange.
We have examples of each in tonight's WebWatch...
[IN Q=Whether you're new]
Whether you're new to diabetes, or not, you could find important information at the Joslin Diabetes center website.
For new patients, there's a list of basic things you need to know about, including a checklist of questions you should ask your doctor.
There are also discussion and support groups, Diabetes news and information about the latest research.
The award for the cuddliest website has to go to the San Diego Zoo, and it's Koala Cam...
You can peek in on the only albino Koala in captivity, named Ghost Boy.
If you can't spot him on the cam... then click on the streaming video clip for an up close look at Ghost Boy and his mom...
This has to be one of the strangest sites we've ever seen... At findagrave-dot-com... you can locate and see photographs of your favorite celebrity's final resting place.
Elvis is here of course... so is Robert E. Lee's grave site in Lexington...
The author says he even collects dirt from famous gravesites... ok that's a little too weird....
For links to these sites, click on WebWatch, on the WDBJ website at WDBJ-7 dot com....))
And coming up, Ken Schrader leads second round qualifying at New Hampshire, The Wrath returns to action at Victory Stadium in a key league game.
And the Commonwealth games kicked off this weekend with several events throughout the Valley.
The Baltimore Orioles won their third game in a row this afternoon beating the Boston Red Sox 2 to 1.
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In Milwaukee, The Brewers hosted the Cubs.
Chicago jumps out to the early lead when Glenallen Hill hits a line drive to right centerfield scoring Mickey Morandini and Mark Grace to make it 2 to nothing Cubs in the third.
Still in the third, Tyler Houston hits a shot up the middle scoring Henry Rodriguez and the Cubs would take a 6 to nothing lead in the top of the inning.
Leading six to two in the fifth, The Cubs got back
to back homers from Mark Grace and this shot from Henry Rodriguez and Chicago wins it 11 to 8.
Mark McGwire hit his 38-th homer of the season today a two run homer into the upper deck at Busch Stadium to lead St. Louis to a 4 to 3 win in 11 innings over the Houston.
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Astros manager Larry Dierker with a field level view of the game.
In the top of the third, Jeff Bagwell gets all of this pitch sending it over the left field wall for a two run homer and the Astros took the 2 to nothing lead.
But the Cardinals answered in the bottom of the
fourth Ron Gant sends this line drive over the left field wall to tie it at 2 to 2 and the Cardinals win it 4 to 3 in 11.
Today at Salem Memorial Stadium four baseball teams began play for the gold in the Commonwealth games.
Yesterday, 60 players from four regions of the state had a chance to meet kids who are equal are better.
And the kids are playing for more than just the gold.
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The information gathered by the scouts and coaches are very important. And that makes the hour try out a little bit intense.
But the players seem to take it in stride.
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[SUPER=01-Mickey Russell/Jefferson Forest; :13]
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Athletes competing in the Commonwealth Games were on target, aiming for the top spot in today's Bulls Eye Hand gun Shooting event.
The marksmen stand 25 yards from the target and can only use one hand.
The competition has three stages.
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Small targets are used in slow fire rounds and the larger targets are used in timed shooting or rapid fire stages.
The competition continues tomorrow at the On Target Shooting range and more participants are welcome.
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The final 18 cars qualified this afternoon for tomorrow's Jiffy Lube 300 at Loudon, New Hampshire.
Ken Schrader would lead the way.
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Schrader turned in a lap of 127 point 949 to capture the 26-th starting position. Ricky Rudd qualified 33-rd and South Boston's Ward Burton 34-th and here's the rest of the field.
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[SUPER=0107-31. Rich Bickle//32. Terry Labonte//33. Ricky Rudd//34. Ward Burton//35. Sterling Marlin//;]
[SUPER=0107-36. Lake Speed//37. Bobby Hamilton//38. Michael Waltrip//39. Johnny Benson//40. Steve Grissom//;]
[SUPER=0107-41. Robert Pressley//42. Geoff Bodine//43. Morgan Shepherd//;]
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The Roanoke Wrath returns home tonight for a big Atlantic Conference match. Roanoke will take on the Northern Virginia Royals at Victory Stadium.
After splitting two games last week, The Wrath is in second place 3 points behind Delaware.
Game time tonight is 7-Thirty.
A big Day for tennis star Jimmy Connors.
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Connors was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame this afternoon in Newport, Rhode Island. Connors has won a men's record 109 tournament titles.
Also going into the Hall is former All England Club chairman Herman David.
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