Police say it started out as a robbery attempt. A group of men broke into a home in the middle of the night in Roanoke and ended up killing a man-
One school or two? That's the latest question over Roanoke County's proposed new school.
And more money for summer fun in Lexington.
News 7 is next.
A group of men broke into a Roanoke home this morning- apparently to rob it.
When they left a Roanoke man was dead- the killers got away.
Police say it's a growing type of crime in this region- called home invasion. We'll have the details at eleven.
Some researchers says the fizz in that soda you drink may be bad for your bones.
Plus summer fun includes dancing,swimming and crafts for some youngsters. Now this program in Lexington gets some financial help from the state.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
A Roanoke man is dead after an attempted robbery early this morning.
Good evening, I'm Jean Jadhon...
Home invasion is crime that has grown into an increasing problem in Roanoke over the last couple of years.
It happens when a group of robbers target a particular house for a particular reason.
It happened today in Northwest Roanoke.
And as Scott Goldberg reports, this time it left one man dead.
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(( What police know is that three men wearing ski masks broke into the home Melvin Lee shared with his family.
What they suspect is that the men who shot and killed the 35-year-old knew Lee and knew what the inside of his house looked like.
What police do NOT know is whether THIS home invasion is connected to others that have happened in Northwest Roanoke.
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((SGT. STAN SMITH/ROANOKE POLICE: CERTAINLY WE'RE LOOKING TO SEE IF THERE'S A RELATIONSHIP. BUT IF WE DON'T KNOW IF THERE IS AT THIS POINT IN TIME.))
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The men who broke into Lee's house went straight to his bedroom.
The robbery attempt turned into an argument, which turned into a shooting.
A shooting that left Lee's family distraught and his neighbors dismayed.
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((DAVID BAYLOR/VICTIM'S NEIGHBOR: THERE'S A LOT OF ACTIVITY WITH THE POLICE AROUND HERE, QUITE A BIT. BUT YEAH TO FIND OUT SOMEONE HAS ACTUALLY BEEN MURDERED -- IT'S SURPRISING AND UPSETTING .))
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David Baylor, whose kids played with Lee's children, said there is some crime on his block.
But he said he's never seen anything this bad.
And he said this kind of crime can happen anywhere.
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((DAVID BAYLOR: IT'S NOT JUST IN THIS PARTICULAR NEIGHBORHOOD, BUT IT'S ALL OVER THE CITY.))
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But not all of the people who live on this block wanted to talk on camera -- and many said crime IS a problem here.
They're upset someone had to die before the problem became one the rest of the city noticed.
Scott Goldberg, News-7, Roanoke.))
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One new high school or two? Officials in Roanoke County say they're willing to reconsider that question.
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Current plans call for a renovated Cave Spring High School, and a new facility to be built on the Woods End property or some other site.
Some South County residents believe a single high school makes more sense. They say it will save money in the long-run, and prove less divisive.
They've received no guarantees, but county leaders have agreed to let their experts crunch the numbers one more time.
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[IN Q=Where you build a school]
((BOB JOHNSON/SUPERVISORS CHAIRMAN: WHERE YOU BUILD A SCHOOL, WHETHER OR NOT YOU BUILD A SCHOOL. THE CURRICULA, NUMBER OF STUDENTS, PUPIL TEACHER RATIOS ARE ALL SCHOOL BOARD ISSUES. WHAT WE HAVE DONE IS SAID IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE FROM WHAT WE'VE ADOPTED SO FAR, THAT BEING TWO HIGH SCHOOLS, WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT THE NUMBERS FOR YOU AND WE'LL GO DOWN THIS ROAD ONCE AGAIN AND TRY TOMAKE A VALUED AND INFORMED DECISION.))
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Officials say they have a window of a couple of weeks, in which they can consider the question, without delaying school construction.
Emmett Cressell, Junior and his attorneys have little more than a month to prepare for trial.
Cressell is accused of burning and beheading Garnett "G-P" Johnson in Elk Creek, last summer.
He was originally charged with first degree murder and later released on bond after agreeing to testify against co-defendant, Louis Ceparano.
But the tables quickly turned for Cressell after Ceparano recently entered a plea.
In exchange for life in prison, Ceparano agreed to testify against Cressell who was then charged with capital murder.
Today-- Cressell's attorneys argued their client should be granted bond because he did NOT try to flee when previously released.
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((JEFF DORSEY/CRESSELL'S ATTORNEY: WE SIMPLY POINTED OUT, MR. CRESSELL HAS CONSISTENTLY, 100- PERCENT FROM THE BEGINNING OF THIS CASE, DONE EVERYTHING HE'S BEEN ASKED TO DO. ))
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The judge ruled against bond saying the circumstances surrounding the case are different now.
It was also revealed in court that Ceparano recently told investigators the victim's watch was NOT stolen and another person, who has never been mentioned, was there the night of the murder.
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The Clinton Administration is fighting to keep secret service agents from testifying in the Monica Lewinsky case.
The justice department today- brought the case to the Supreme Court- hoping it'll block the testimony.
The move came after the US court of appeals said it will NOT keep secret service agents from tesifying.
Meanwhile Linda Tripp wrapped up a sixth day of testimony before the grand jury.
She will return for more questioning Tuesday.
Tripp's lawyers won't comment on the testimony so far-
A drug found to cause serious birth defects in the 50's is back.
The Food and Drug administration approved the use of (Tha-LID-o-mide) Thalidomide to treat people with leprosy-
((DR. MURRAY LUMPKIN/FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION:
WE'RE GOING TO BE MONITORITNG THIS PROGRAM INTENSELY AND IF WE FIND PROBLEMS CORRECTIONS NEED TO BE MADE.))
[OUT Q=need to be made.]
The drug may eventually be used to treat other illnesses- The quality that stopped limbs from growing may also stop cancer tumors from growing.
Too much soda may be bad for your bones.
Some researchers say too much carbonation may contribute to brittle bones-
The phosphate that gives the soda its fizz may also lower the calcium in your blood.
((DIANE QUANTOCK/LOYOLA UNIVERSITY MED. CENTER NURSE: WITH ELEVATED LEVELS OF PHOSPHATE IT'S SO HIGH ITS KIND OF BUMPS OU THE CALCIUM. THE CALCIUM IS SPILLED INTO THE URINE. REPORTER: AND NOT IN THE BONES? QUANTOCK: YEA.))
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Some experts recommend limiting your soda intake to two cans a day.
Buena Vista recently joined Lexington and Rockbridge County officials in approving thousands of dollars toward the development of the Virginia Enviro-Technology Center.
It's a venture local officials hope will improve the area's job market by attracting high-tech firms.
Stacey Martin has more.
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(( This is the first venture to pool resources from Rockbridge County, Lexington, and Buena Vista--an industrial park scheduled for construction next to Des Champs Laboratories in Buena Vista next spring.
But, economic developers want more.
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((DAVE KLEPINGER/ROCKBRIDGE PARTNERSHIP: TO THIS POINT IN TIME WE'VE BEEN VERY SUCCESSFUL IN CREATING MANUFACTURING JOBS BUT WE WEREN'T CREATING THE JOBS FOR CHILDREN FROM THIS AREA WHO WANT TO COME BACK HOME FROM COLLEGE AND FIND COLLEGE LEVEL JOBS.))
[OUT Q=college level jobs.]
Local officials hope to change all of that with their new venture--the Virginia Enviro-Technology Center.
It will eventually span this hillside just outside of Lexington; attracting computer companies and engineering firms.
It was a deal two years in the making. And, one official says it is necessary to help secure the future of the region as a whole.
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((WILL HARRIS/ROCKBRIDGE CO. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS: THE THREE LOCALITIES HERE TOGETHER AREN'T THAT LARGE. WE'VE ONLY GOT 30 COUPLE THOUSAND BETWEEN US. SO, IT JUST MAKES GOOD SENSE FOR EVERYBODY TO KIND OF GO TOGETHER AND POOL THEIR RESOURCES TO DRAW INDUSTRY AND TECHNOLOGY INTO THE AREA.))
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((STACEY MARTIN/REPORTING: IT'S ESTIMATED IT WILL TAKE ONE AND A HALF MILLION DOLLARS AND YEARS BEFORE THE PROJECT IS COMPLETED. BUT, ONCE IT IS THEY SAY THEY'LL BE ABLE TO GIVE THE REGION'S JOB MARKET WHAT IT'S MISSING--MORE HIGHLY SKILLED, HIGHER PAYING JOBS IN TECHNOLOGY.))
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Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
A progress report for a progress report.
Coming up we'll tell you how the new tests for Virginia's schools are fairing.
The state is lending a hand as Lexington tries to help troubled youngsters find a new way of life.
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((Jean, the rains came down in Salem tonight but they couldn't completely stop redneck night at the yard.
Billy Wagner is out of the hospital tonight, Jordan speaks out loundly about his future, and the Express offically locks up its affiliates. All that and more coming up in a few minutes on News 7 sports.))
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More than 300-thousand Virginia public school students took them.
The new Standard of Learning tests counted for real this spring-- and state officials are pleased with the testing PROCESS.
It's the results that remain a mystery.
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((KIRK SCHRODER/VIRGINIA BD. OF EDUCATION: OUR PROGRAM THIS YEAR GREATLY EXCEEDED OUR GOALS AND EXPECTATIONS FOR THE FIRST TIME ADMINISTRATION OF THESE TESTS. AND WATCH THIS VERY CLOSELY ...deep breath...I'M VERY RELIEVED.))
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Kirk Schroder's just talking about the logistics of administering the largest testing program in state history.
He's NOT talking about the scores.
The Board of Education won't talk about that until after it decides what a passing score is, some time in October.
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((MARK EDWARDS/HENRICO CO. SUPERINTENDENT: WE HAVE SOME RAW DATA THAT WE'RE SORTING THROUGH. BUT WHEN WE HAVE THAT PERFORMANCE DATA, THAT'S WHEN WE GET DOWN TO-- I LOOK AT THAT AS A VERY MUCH LOCAL ISSUE. HOW DO WE RESPOND AND USE THAT DATA? BECAUSE CERTAINLY, THAT'S GOING TO BE THE BIG PUNCH.))
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The S-O-L test results will really matter in 2004-- when they determine who graduates from high school.
In 2006, schools with a certain percentage of students still failing will lose state accreditation.
For years, Lexington's Office on Youth has sponsored programs that intervene when youngsters get in trouble with the law.
Now, it's broadening its efforts and getting help from the commonwealth.
The city recently got a state grant worth nearly 30 thousand dollars that will go to the Office on Youth.
A program director said it will help fund daily operations and programs like this one targeted towards prevention.
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((TAMMY MERCHANT-DUNN/OFFICE ON YOUTH: LIKE THE SUMMER PROGRAM I HAVE IS PREVENTION. I HAVE A SMALL AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM. IT GIVES THEM SOMEWHERE TO GO AFTER SCHOOL, DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS WHEN THEY'RE NOT BUSY AND HAVE A LOT OF TIME ON THEIR HANDS. SO, IT'S A WORTHWHILE PROGRAM. WE HAVE A GREAT NUMBER OF KIDS AND A LOT OF PARENTS WORK DURING THAT TIME AND IT GIVES THEM SOMEWHERE SECURE FOR THEM TO GO.))
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[OUT Q=them to go.]
The Summer Fun '98 Program got underway June twenty-second and lasts for eight weeks.
Activities include dancing, swimming, arts and crafts and field trips on Fridays.
So, far 38 youngsters have signed-up.
The dog days of summer mean it's time for the Virginia Commonwealth Games to come to the Roanoke Valley.
Many participants in the games will be children, who are less tolerant of high heat and humidity than adults.
If an athlete begins to experience symptoms of a heat-related illness, such as dizziness or nausea-
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((PAUL EVANS/SALEM AVALANCHE TRAINER: MAKE SURE THEY TELL SOMEONE, A PARENT, COACH, PHYSICIAN, FIND SOME SHADE AND FLUID AND MAKE SURE THAT THEY DON'T PUSH THEMSELF TOO HARD, BECAUSE HEAT INJURIES CAN BE VERY DANGEROUS.))
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The Lewis Gale Foundation will provide information sheets that list the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, along with providing medical volunteers.
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((KARI WHITFIELD/LEWIS GALE FOUNDATION:WE WILL HAVE AN ORTHOPEDIC PHYSICIAN THERE TO SEE PATIENTS WITH BROKEN BONES AND INJURIES OF THAT SORT. AND WE WILL HAVE THREE FAMILY PRACTICE CLINICS AVAILABLE FOR NON-EMERGENCY HEAT ILLNESS AND MINOR INJURIES.))
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In the past, there's only been about 5 serious injuries out of 10-thousand participants each year during the Games.
Good firefighters can mean better insurance rates.
The report card is in for Lynchburg and we'll have the score coming up.
One British pilot wanted to make it around the world in 80 days.
Coming up, we'll update you on his attempt to make the trip in an ultra-light.
Lynchburg homeowners could soon pay less for fire insurance.
The Insurance Services Office, or I-S-O, is an independent company that rates how well a city's fire department protects its citizens.
It takes into account a department's response times, its 9-1-1 center and the city's water supply.
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((CHIEF FRED MILLS/L'BURG FIRE DEPT.: SO IT'S NOT JUST A SCORE FOR THE FIRE DEPARTMENT. IT'S EVERYTHING THAT'S INVOLVED IN FIRE PROTECTION. SO IT TELLS THE CITIZENS OF LYNCHBURG THAT WITH AN ISO CLASS THREE, THE ISO HAS SAID THAT THEY HAVE A FIREFIGHTING SYSTEM THAT IS VERY CAPABLE AND GIVES THEM EXCELLENT PROTECTION.))
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Mills says his department has earned an I-S-O rating of 78- and a half.. nearly seven points higher than last year.
He says a better I-S-O rating can convince some insurance companies to reduce their fire insurance premiums.
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An update on Billy Wagner,
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who last night surrounded by a sea of photographers left the hospital in Phoenix and headed on to a plane to fly back to Houston. His head is sore and he's a little dizzy.
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The Avalanche was back in Salem Memorial last night hosting Kinston on a special promotional night called "Red Neck Night at the Yard."
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And what Redneck's yard is complete without an old car. This one wasn't on blocks, but fans could bash it in the name of charity with money going to the American Lung Association.
Fans also got a discount for missing teeth, although these folks looked like they had to play full price.
All in attendance would get to see Kinston's Mike Glavine - the little brother of the Braves' Tom Glavine hit a solo homer to right in the top of the second.
But soon after, the skies opened to rain on the Redneck picnic.
The game finally resumed and Salem wins its third in a row by a 5-to-2 score.
Former Ferrum star hurler Billy Wagner was released from St. Joseph's medical center in Arizona earlier this evening.
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The Tannersville native from Tazewell county was beaned in the left ear by this rocket shot off the bat of the Arizona Diamondbacks Kelly Stinnett.
He was eventually immobilized and taken off the field. He went through a battery of tests today including a CAT scan, and doctors says he does NOT have any internal damage - just a small cut on his ear.
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Wagner still stays in touch with the area last November he was in town for a sports card show and autograph session, and last January he spoke to the area's Fellowship of Christian athletes at Calvary Baptist Church in downtown Roanoke.
His doctors say Wagner should be able to pitch again in a couple of weeks. He and his wife Sarah are expecting their first child in next couple of weeks, as well.
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Michael Jordan was playing golf yesterday just outside Chicago at the senior tour's pro-am.
Afterwards, he sounded very much like a man who has had enough of basketball and especially Bulls' management.
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((MICHAEL JORDAN/BULLS GUARD:))
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The only thing holding up Jordan's announcement is the NBA lockout.
A number of former Friday Football Extra stars played thier final high school game last night in the annual East-West all-star game in Hampton.
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The West had two 2,000 yard rushers on its roster as former PH star James Hickenbotham and Fleming grad Lee Suggs did their best to help the West home to ball.
But the East had high school all-americans Ronald Curry and Bobby Blizzard. The two former Hampton stars hook up on this TD pass that is really wide open.
The East also got a good effort from Ronyell
Whitaker, the Lake Taylor back who is headed to Tech.
The East lead the game 20-to-6 at halftime, and the East rolls to the 30 to 16 win.
Still to come tonight some ice cubes from the Roanoke Civic Center
as Express management officially locks up its affilates for the coming season.
Steve Mason with that story in a moment.
The Express officially hocked up with the AHL Lock Monsters and the NHL Islanders today.
Steve Mason has more on the formal announcement.
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((Lowell Lockmonster general manager Tom Rowe and director of hockey operations Greg Carvel's presence enabled the Express front office to finally express how they felt about Roanoke's new AHL and NHL affiliation.
Roanoke will begin it's sixth season with it's third affiliation. Calgary and San Jose's help was limited, but the AHL Lowell Lockmonsters garauntee a more hands on approach as far as player exchange is concerned.
The contract with Lowell is on a year by year basis. In Roanoke Steve Mason, news 7 sports.))
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Mancuso and president Dick Yancy also met with Roanoke Civic center officals today about an Express lease extension. They had a contract offer in hand today and will review it with the Express board. Sources say the new lease will run through the year 2004 or 2005. Mancuso could NOT comment on that but did say an aggreement should be reached by next week.
Recently a number of people have attempted to fly around the world in a balloon.
A British pilot wants to make that journey...in an ultralight.
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Brian Milton took off from London 117 days ago.
The trip has not been all smooth flying.
A storm created some trouble.
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((I WAS AT 500 FEET, AT 11 KNOTS, CONTIMPLATING MY OWN MORTALITY.))
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Milton just finished the longest leg of the trip, flying from Eastern Greenland to Iceland in a little more than eight hours.
That's longer than the craft was designed to be in the air.
Next he heads to the Faroe Islands and Scotland.
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