Police are looking for a group of men they say broke into a Roanoke home and killed a man.
And the Clinton administration goes to the Supreme court to try and stop secret service agents from testifying.
The oppresive heat continues for much of the nation today along with heavy downpoours for the mid-Atlantic coast. Your local forecast is coming up.
In Health News, two new drugs offer hope to athletes with asthma,
and a new survey says too many drivers are endangering the lives of their children in their cars.
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((TO FIND OUT SOMEONE HAS ACTUALLY BEEN MURDERED -- IT'S SURPRISING AND UPSETTING.))
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A Roanoke neighborhood is stunned after a group of masked men break into a home and kill
Police are looking for the men who broke into the Northwest Roanoke home and murdered 35-year old Melvin Andrew Lee.
The type of break-in known as "home invasion" is something Roanoke police say is a growing trend.
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Scott Goldberg has been following this story.
Scott, do police think this morning's break-in is related to others in Northwest Roanoke?
They're looking into that, Jean.
There have been a few recent break-ins in Northwest Roanoke that follow a pattern:
A group of people target and rob a specific home.
That's the kind of robbery attempt that led to this morning's murder.
But police have not yet ruled that Melvin Lee's murder was connected to other home invasions.
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Police say it's too early to talk about suspects.
But they're looking for people who most likely knew Melvin Andrew Lee.
The 35- year- old man was shot and killed in the Kellogg Avenue home he shared with his family.
Police say the shooter was part of a three-man group that had a reason for breaking into Lee's house.
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Sergeant Smith said home-invasion crimes are getting more popular in Roanoke -- one happened in the Northwest part of the city just last week.
But the break-ins don't always end in murder.
And Lee's neighbors certainly weren't expecting a crime THIS bad to happen on their block.
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((DAVID BAYLOR/VICTIM'S NEIGHBOR: THERE'S A LOT OF ACTIVITY AROUND HERE, QUITE A BIT. BUT TO FIND OUT SOMEONE HAS ACTUALLY BEEN MURDERED, IT'S SURPRISING AND UPSETTING.))
Again, police continue to look for clues that could help them find the killers.
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At this point all they can say is this is the latest occurrence of a popular crime.
And this time it left a dead victim.
Emmett Cressell, Junior will remain behind bars in Grayson County while his attorneys prepare for his murder trial.
This afternoon a judge denied Cressell's bond request saying he is a potential flight risk and possesses a prior criminal record.
Cressell is accused of burning and beheading Garnett Johnson at a drinking party last summer.
At one time Cressell was free on bond when charged with first degree murder.
But he was immediately sent back to jail-- when he was charged with CAPITAL murder=
That, after co-defendant Louis Ceparano entered a plea and agreed to testify against Cressell.
Cressell's attorneys had hoped the fact he did NOT try to flee while out on bond previously would work in his favor, but the judge said the facts in the case were different now.
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((JEFF DORSEY/CRESSELL'S ATTORNEY: HE CAME TO COURT, HE SHOWED UP, HE MADE HIMSELF AVAILABLE TO THE COMMONWEALTH, HE WAS NOT A RISK OF FLIGHT, HE COMMITTED NO CRIMES, HE'S DONE EVERYTHING HE'S SUPPOSED TO DO.))
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Tonight at six-- we'll have more on today's court proceedings including details about a possible third person who may have been involved in the crime.
Will Secret Service agents have to testify in the Monica Lewinsky investigation?
It's now up to the Supreme Court.
Late this afternoon the justice department filed a request asking the high court to block President Clinton's bodyguards from going before the grand jury.
Maureen Maher has the latest.
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The Clinton administration has now upped the anti in the battle over the
testimony of Secret Service Agents, filing an appeal with Supreme Court
Chief Justice William Renquist -
This after a day of legal maneuvering by all sides involved.
This morning, Agent Larry Cockell arrived at the Federal Courthouse, in
compliance with yesterday's order by the Grand Jury's presiding judge
forcing him to honor Ken Starr's subpoena. But Cockell and his attorneys
soon left after the Court of Appeals put a temporary halt to the
testimony, saying it needed more time to analyze the situation -
Then, just a few hours later, the Court of Appeals ruled against
reviewing the Secret Service issueissuing an unusually strongly worded
opiniontelling the justice department that it seemed to be operating in
the interest of the president, not the government.
(SOT/Janet Reno/Attorney General) "What's at stake, based on what the
Secret Service has advised is the safety of the President of the united
States now and for years to come - and I think it's too important not to
pursue in every way possible"
White House Press Secretary Mike McCurry echoed the attorney general's
(SOT/Mike McCurry/White House Press Secretary) "I think as a human being
if Bill Clinton knew that these guys could do in and testify and clear
him of course he would want to do that. But I think he understand why as
a matter of principle the Dept. of Treasury on behalf of the Secret
Service made this argument in court."
McCurry disputed one judge's accusation that the administration's agents
have declared war, literally and figuratively, on the independent
Stand Up Close: That same Court of Appeals judge also warned the
Justice Department that even if the Supreme court agrees to hear the
appeal, its case it too weak to win. MM CBS News))[5-Texas-Heat]
The heat is rising and so is the death count in Texas.
It's hit 100- degrees for the eleventh straight day.
At least 25 people have died- the latest, a man living in a home with no air conditioning.
((VICTOR CANTU/NEIGHBOR: IT'S SO HOT IN THAT BUILDING, NO FAN, NO NOTHING. HE JUST PROBABLY WENT TO SLEEP NEVER WOKE UP.))
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Texas Governor George W. Bush is mobilizing local and state officials to help bring relief to those in need.
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Coming up a little later, we'll see what trainers are doing to prepare the athletes for the upcoming Commonwealth Games,
and the debate continues over a proposed new high school in Roanoke County. We'll have a live report.
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One new high school or two, that's the question a group of Roanoke County residents brought to County officials this afternoon.
Joe Dashiel reports tonight from the county administration center, where the meeting broke up just a few minutes ago.
Joe were there any developments this afternoon.
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The results are in on the largest testing initiative in Virginia public school history.
But we don't know what they are.
State school officials will only say that they're pleased with the process.
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((KIRK SCHRODER/VIRGINIA BD. OF EDUCATION: WILL TEST SCORES PROBABLY BE LOW? ABSOLUTELY. I FULLY EXPECT PERSONALLY THAT FROM THIS FIRST ROUND AS A GENERAL PROPOSITION, TEST SCORES WILL PROBABLY BE LOW.))
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The raw numbers are in- on the more than one and a half million tests Virginia students took this spring.
But the state Board of Education won't decide until October what a passing score is.
The board's president is concentrating, for now, on a logistical analysis.
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((KIRK SCHRODER/VIRGINIA BD. OF EDUCATION: IT WAS ARGUED THAT THE ANSWER MAY NOT CORRELATE WITH THE QUESTION OR THINGS LIKE THAT. THOSE QUESTIONS THAT WERE RAISED OR BROUGHT TO OUR ATTENTION WERE ALL FIELD TEST EXPERIMENTAL QUESTIONS. THEY WERE NOT OPERATIONAL QUESTIONS. THEY WERE QUESTIONS THAT HAD NO IMPACT ON THE IMMEDIATE TEST RESULTS.))
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The Standards of Learning tests really matter in the year 2006.
That's when schools that are not passing can lose their state accreditation. (------0----------)
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Life is anything but the pits for Patrick Evans. He's standing by on the city market with some fresh peaches. That's next on this week's Growin It.
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The local peach crop has arrived and it's a little early this year.
Of course a wet spring and dry summer have affected all kinds of crops.
Today Patrick Evans tells us whether the peaches will be plentiful this season.
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Coming up in Sports, Mike Stevens will have an update on former Ferrum star Billy Wagner after the Astros reliever was hit hard by a line drive,
and in Health Check, moderate asthma sufferers get help in the form of two drugs.
and we'll tell you why some people say parents just aren't getting the message when it comes to protecting their children from air bags.
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A safety watch group says too many parents are still putting their children in the front seats of cars with air bags.
According to a survey conducted by the Air Bag and Seat Belt Safety Campaign, 11 percent of parents regularly carry an infant in the front seat.
The group says THAT puts as many as 175-thousand young children at serious risk.
Several children have died from head and neck injuries caused by rapidly deploying air bags.
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Parents are encouraged to keep infants in car seats in the back seat.
Two new drugs may help control mild cases of asthma.
Serevert and Singulair help many asthma sufferers breathe easier after vigorous exercise.
But both drugs have a downside.
Serevert's effectiveness drops over time.
Singulair continued to protect against "exercise-induced" asthma over a 12-week period, but failed to work for one in four patients.
Both drugs received FDA approval earlier this year.
As thousands of athletes prepare to converge on Roanoke for this weekend's Virginia Commonwealth Games, health personnel are stressing safety in sports.
Sarah (San-tor-ielo) Santoriello has more.
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Injuries- they're painful, devastating. And a familiar scene in the sporting world. An athlete falls to the ground, and a trainer rushes to the rescue.
Although the public part of a trainer's job is treating injuries, a more significant part is avoiding them.
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((OBVIOUSLY YOU CAN'T PREVENT EVERY INJURY, BUT IF GUYS AT THIS LEVEL LEARN TO TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES AND KNOW WHAT THEY NEED TO DO BEFORE THEY START PLAYING, WE CAN PREVENT A LOT OF THE INJURIES WE DO GET OUT ON THE FIELD))
A few simple steps can mean the difference between a good time and a trip to the emergency room.
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((PAUL EVANS/SALEM AVALANCHE TRAINER:SUMMER SPORTS CAN BE VERY DIFFICULT ESPECIALLY WITH SOME OF THE HEAT INJURIES. THE BEST THING TO DO IS MAKE SURE THEY DRINK PLENTY OF FLUID, WATER OR GATORADE, THEY STAY WELL HYDRATED, THEY GET A FAIR AMOUNT TO EAT.))
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((SARAH SANTORIELLO/REPORTING:SPRAINS AND STRAINS MAY BE THE MOST COMMON INJURIES KNOWN TO PARENTS, BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO DO WHEN SENDING THEIR CHILD OUT TO PLAY ON THE ATHLETIC FIELDS IS PREVENTATIVE MEDICINE- WARNING THEM ABOUT THE DANGERS OF HEAT STROKE AND HEAT EXHAUSTION.))
The Lewis Gale Foundation recruited doctors, nurses, physical therapists and EMT's to assist athletes at the Commonwealth Games.
((KARI WHITFIELD/LEWIS GALE FOUNDATION:THERE IS SOME HEAT RELATED ILLNESS INFORMATION AVAILABLE IN THE ATHLETE BOOK AND IN THE PROGRAM BOOK THAT WILL BE GIVEN OUT AT OPENING CEREMONIES. AND ALSO MEDICAL PERSONNEL ARE QUALIFIED TO HANDLE THOSE TYPES OF SITUATIONS))
In past years, with almost 10-thousand competitors, there have only been about 5 major injuries requiring emergency room care. Sarah Santoriello, News 7.
An injury played an important part in the Houston Astros game last night. With that and news from the Roanoke Ex
press, here's Mike Stevens.[S5-Express]
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Good afternoon everyone, welcome to your Thursday ticker. lets start on the ice
where the Express officially joined forces with new AHL and NHL teams today.
In a morning news conference, Express president Dick Yancy announced that Roanoke is now affiliated with the American Hockey league Lowell Lockmonsters and the NHL New York Islanders. Former Express coach frank Anzalone did the leg work and Tony Mancuso and new head coach Scott Gordon will carry it through.
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Lowell general manager Tom Rowe and his director of hockey operations Greg Carvel flew in from Massachusetts for the announcement.
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There is plenty of good news this afternoon for former Ferrum great Billy Wagner.
The Houston Astros closer was nailed in the head by a line drive last night.
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The Tannersville native down in Tazewell county was beaned in the left ear by this bee bee 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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There is no word at this time when the 26 year old fire baller will return to action.
The first round of the British Open was played under almost ideal conditions today.
Tiger Woods took advantage of the fair weather and grabbed a share of the first round lead by shooting a 5 under par 65.
He is tied with John Huston for the lead.
More sports coming up tonight at 6pm.
Have a safe evening everybody.
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One Florida woman really knows how to celebrate.
Doris Cook Smith invited quite a few of her friends and family to her 82nd birthday bash.
But if party-goers wanted to see the birthday girl, they had to turn their eyes to the sky.
That's because Doris is celebrating from 13-thousand feet up.
For years Doris wanted to experience sky-diving -- now a local sky dive company made her dream come true.
Doris made the jump with a veteran diver and landed safely.
Afterwards Doris said the experience was as much fun as she had expected.
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((DORIS COOK SMITH;OH THAT WAS GREAT, WASN'T ANYTHING WRONG WITH THAT.))
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Doris also had some words of advice for anyone who is considering taking the plunge.
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((DORIS COOK SMITH; TRY IT YOU'LL LIKE IT.))
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In fact Doris liked sky diving so much she says if she makes it to the age of 92, she'll do it again.