Up next on News 7 at 11...
A police officer is stabbed near Lynchburg...
And the man who allegedly shot two police officers in the nation's capital is officially charged with murder.
And coming up, The number one softball team in the world is in the valley this weekend the Mariners beat the Orioles.
And Ron Hornaday wins the Pikes Peak 300k race for his fifth truck win of the season.
Scattered Rainfall kept the temperatures down today-- It will be relatively cool as well tomorrow.
Details are coming up.
News-7 has received reports this evening that a deputy has been stabbed near Lynchburg.
Lynchburg police have not released any information, but Lynchburg Regional Hospital did confirm that an officer was wounded and is in stable condition.
We have a crew on the scene and will bring you more information as it becomes available.
The man charged with shooting two capital police officers is still in critical condition tonight.
Drew Levinson has the latest.
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THE U-S CAPITOL, KNOWN AS "THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE" ONCE AGAIN OPENED
ITS DOORS TO THE PEOPLE SATURDAY..BUT THIS TIME BENEATH A SHROUD OF
SADNESS AND A FLAG FLYING AT HALF-STAFF.
(tourist bite if it fits)
JUST 17 HOURS EARLIER WITH THE CAPITOL FULL OF TOURISTS AND THE
HOUSE IN SESSION, A GUNMAN BURST INTO THE BUILDING AND OPENED FIRE.
A WOMAN TOURIST WAS INJURED AND TWO VETERAN CAPITOL POLICE
OFFICERS-58 YEAR OLD JACOB CHESTNUT, AND 42-YEAR OLD JOHN GIBSON WERE
KILLED-GIBSON WAS ABLE TO RETURN FIRE AND WOUND THE GUNMAN.
FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS, GIBSON-A PLAINCLOTHES OFFICER HAD
PROVIDED SECURITY FOR REPUBLICAN WHIP TOM DELAY OF TEXAS. (POSSIBLE
"Officer Jacob Chestnut and Detective John Gibson laid down their
lives for their friends, their co-workers and their fellow
citizens-those whom they were sworn to protect. In so doing, they saved
many others from exposure to lethal violence."
41-YEAR OLD RUSSELL WESTON-- CHARGED WITH KILLING THE OFFICERS-WAS
KNOWN AS A LOW-LEVEL THREAT TO THE PRESDENT.
LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS DESCRIBED HIM AS MENTALLY ILL.
(LOCATION HELENA, MT)
NEIGHBORS NEAR HIS MONTANA CABIN SAY HE BELIEVED THE GOVERNMENT WAS
SPYING ON HIM WITH A SATELLITE DISH.
(SOT KENNETH MOORE/NEIGHBOR)
"Yeah he thought it was pointing at him.he thought the government
was watching him, I told him it wasn't true, but he..
TODAY, FLOWERS LINE THE STEPS OF THE CAPITAL-AN OFFERING OF
SYMPATHY FOR THE TWO MEN WHO HELPED PROTECT THIS BUILDING AND WHAT FOR
WHAT IT MEANS.
(SOT REP. NEWT GINGRICH/SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE)
"This building is the keystone of freedom, that it is open to the
people because it is the people's building"
FOR THE CAPITAL POLICE OFFICERS BACK ON THE JOB-BLACK TAPE OVER A
METAL BADGE DOESN'T BEGIN TO DESCRIBE THEIR LOSS.
(SOT SGT. DAN NICHOLS/CAPITOL POLICE SPOKESMAN)
"It's a difficult time and the officers are going to rely on each
other to a great extent."
(Standup Drew Levinson/CBS News Washington)
The shooting at the Capitol has sparked calls from congressmen for tighter gun control laws.
But, Roanoke Congressman Bob Goodlatte disagrees--saying restrictions should be placed on some gun owners.
[SOT GOODLATTE 22:13:05]
[IN Q=Cracking down on]
((REP. BOB GOODLATTE/R-SIXTH DISTRICT: CRACKING DOWN ON AND PREVENTING ACCESS TO WEAPONS BY CRIMINALS AND THOSE WHO ARE MENTALLY ILL IS REALLY A VITAL PART OF PREVENTING THIS SORT OF THING.))
[OUT Q=sort of thing.]
Goodlatte, and most other members of the House had finished the main business of the day and had already left the Capitol when the shooting started.
The Patrick County Sheriff's Department has made an arrest in the county's first murder of the year.
42 year old Deborah Simmons was arrested in Patrick County today for the murder of her live-in boyfriend Winford Gray Epperson of Ararat.
Authorities say Epperson died from a single gunshot wound to the head Friday morning.
Simmons called the rescue squad and then fled.
She was named a suspect yesterday after police found a shot gun in the truck she had been driving.
Authorities believe it's the murder weapon.
Police say a domestic dispute may have triggered a shooting in Pittsylvania County.
It happened around seven yesterday evening along Birch Creek Road.
The male victim was taken to the Danville Regional Medical Center.
The man's condition is not known.
Police are continuing their investigation.
An explosion last night in Lynchburg injured three construction workers.
The blast happened shortly before seven last night at Super Shoes in Candler's Station.
Fire officials said the three workers were inside pouring liquid glue on the floors then lit a blow torch.
Officials said the vapors triggered the explosion.
32-year-old Mario Dente (Den-tee) of New Jersey broke both ankles and his wrist.
Two more men from New Jersey were also injured.
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Up next--a Blacksburg business expands in the New River Valley.
And, federal officials try to save social security.
We'll tell you about possible changes in a few minutes.
First, let's head over to Andrew Freiden in the weather center.
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20 more jobs are coming to the New River Valley thanks to the expansion of Synthons Incorporated.
The Blacksburg based pharmaceutical company is planning to locate in the New River Industrial Park in Pulaski County, this fall.
According to a press release from Governor Gilmore's office, the one-point eight million dollar investment may create 80 additional jobs by the year, 2000.
Synthons Incorporated is currently headquartered at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center.
The company supplies materials for the food, agriculture and pharmaceutical industries.
Social Security has been around for more than 60 years and has provided benefits for many Americans.
But, now some people fear the future of Social Security is in jeopardy.
News-7 intern, Aleesha Chaney has more.
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((Elwood and his wife Lorine White have been receiving Social Security benefits for the last three years.
They say the payments barely help them make ends meet.
[IN Q= Right now we]
((LORINE WHITE/SOCIAL SECURITY DEPENDENT:RIGHT NOW WE ARE GETTING BY BUT WE HAVE A LITTLE BIT IN RESERVE BUT WHEN THAT IS GONE WE WILL REALLY BE HURTING.))
[OUT Q=really be hurting.]
However, there's concern about future benefits for younger generations.
Currently, social security officials say there are enough funds for the baby boomers.
But, the system needs to be changed to ensure benefits for everyone else.
[IN Q=While we have]
((FRED ASYCUE/SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION: WHILE WE HAVE TOUGH CHOICES TO MAKE NOW. THE LONGER WE PUT THEM OFF THE TOUGHER THE CHOICES ARE GOING TO BE.))
[OUT Q=going to be.]
Some young people have taken matters into their own hands and started saving for retirement. They hope they won't have to rely on Social Security benefits.
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((JOHNATHAN MITCHELL: IT SHOULD BE A LAST RESORT TO FALL BACK ON. IN CASE SOMETHING GOES WRONG AND YOU DON'T HAVE OTHER FUNDS TO SUPPORT YOU.))
[OUT Q= to support you.]
[IN Q=Its never too]
((MIKE ST. CLAIR/INVESTMENT PLANNER: ITS NEVER TOO SOON. ITS NEVER TOO LATE. EVEN IF SOMEBODY IS SIXTY OR SIXTY-FIVE YEARS OLD THEY STILL NEED RETIREMENT PLANNING BECAUSE THEY ARE GOING TO HOPEFULLY LIVE FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS.))
[OUT Q= number of years.]
[IN Q=Ideas for relieving]
((ALEESHA CHANEY/INTERN REPORTER: IDEAS FOR RELIEVING THE PROBLEM INCLUDE INCREASING THE RETIREMENT AGE OR DECREASING BENEFITS FOR FUTURE RECIPIENTS. ALEESHA CHANEY, NEWS 7.))
[OUTQ=ACH, News 7.]
People in Florida send an on-line message to firefighters.
And operators of a controversial website say they faked it for a good cause.
More in today's WebWatch
[IN Q=The people of Florida]
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[SUPER=01-Michelle Parma/Actress; :36]
The people of Florida are saying thank you.
A web forum set up by the Daytona Beach News Journal is giving residents a chance to send messages to the firefighters who worked in their community, include several from Virginia.
The messages call the firefighters heros who saved their homes.
The website promised to show two people having sex for the first time... it was buried with traffic, and it never happened... the producer says it wasn't real... the actor and actress involved say it was a hoax to promote the message of safe sex.
[IN Q=you have to]
((MICHELLE PARMA/ACTRESS; YOU HAVE TO BAM PEOPLE OVER THE HEAD, YOU SEE THOSE PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS, USE CONDOMS, DON'T USE DRUGS, IT DOESN'T SINK IN, WE HAD TO GET AN ADVERTISEMENT OUT THERE TO GET PEOPLE'S ATTENTION))
[OUT Q=people's attention]
The company that sponsored the website has severed all ties with the project.
If you're looking for family sites on line... here's a good place to start digging... DIG-dot-com stands for Disney Internet Guide.
You can dig up suggestions to keep your kids busy through the summer.
If it's too hot to go out, there are plenty of sites to browse that will challenge and entertain young minds.
What should the next new Monopoly token look like? You can vote on your choice at Monopoly-dot-com... choose between an airplane... a bag of cash.... and a piggy bank...
You can also vote on your favorite old token in the game....
For links to these stories, do not pass GO, go directly to the WebWatch page on the WDBJ website, at WDBJ7-dot-com.
Still to come--some people in Ferrum turn out to see a competition among horses.
And, a 10 year old boy may get the gift of life thanks in part to a yard sale.
More when the news continues.
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Soggy weather this afternoon didn't hold up many area yard sales--including one to help a 10-year old boy's battle against cancer.
David Johnson has the story.
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[SUPER=01-Joe Gladden/Co-Coordinator; :56]
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Not long ago, Adam Fischer was diagnosed with leukemia.
Doctors said he would need an expensive bone marrow transplant.
Knowing the family couldn't afford the operation, concerned friends got together and started the Adam Fischer Foundation.
Today the foundation sponsored its first yard sale.
[IN Q=WE, AS A GROUP]
((MELODY WILLIAMS/EVENT SPOKESPERSON; WE, AS A GROUP OF HIS FRIENDS AND FAMILY HAVE GATHERED AND HAVE GARNERED THE SUPPORT OF THE COMMUNITY. WE'RE HAVING THIS FUNDRAISER TODAY TO HELP OFF SET A LOT OF THE EXPENSES THAT THEY ARE GOING TO INCUR.))
[OUT Q=GOING TO INCUR.]
In addition to the proceeds from the yard sale going to the Adam Fischer Foundation, monetary donations are being collected at all branches of the Salem Bank and Trust.
The project is a large undertaking, but it's not the first time the community has come together for such a cause.
[IN Q=IT'S THE FIRST]
((IT'S THE FIRST TIME THAT WE'VE DONE IT FOR A CHILD. BUT LAST MAY, A YEAR AGO MAY, WE DID A SIMILAR THING FOR A CLASSMATE OF OURS THAT NEEDED A KIDNEY TRANSPLANT.))
[OUT Q=KIDNEY TRANSPLANT.]
[IN Q=AND YOU SAID]
((And you said five years ago you had a friend whose child was also ill. JOE GLADDEN/CO-COORDINATOR; HE HAD LEUKEMIA AND WE DID A BENEFIT FOR HIM AT THE SALEM CIVIC CENTER AND IT TURNED OUT REAL GOOD. WE HAD FOUR OR FIVE BANDS AND AUCTIONED STUFF OFF. AND IT WORKS OUT GOOD.))
[OUT Q=WORKS OUT GOOD.]
An estimated five thousand dollars was raised at the yard sale within about four hours--but the money was not the only reason Adam's prognosis was looking good.
[IN Q=WE JUST FOUND]
((WE JUST FOUND OUT LAST WEEK THAT HIS OLDER BROTHER CHRIS IS A PERFECT MATCH FOR BONE MARROW TRANSPLANT. SO THAT HAS SENT EVERYBODY'S SPIRITS SOARING SKY HIGH, BECAUSE THAT IS A HUGE STEP FOR HIS RECOVERY FROM THIS HORRIBLE DISEASE.))
[OUT Q=HORRIBLE DISEASE.]
((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; THIS IS THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF FUNDRAISERS FOR ADAM FISCHER. OVER THE NEXT THREE MONTHS, THERE WILL BE A GOLF TOURNAMENT, A SWIM-A-THON, AN AUCTION AND A HALLOWEEN PARTY. THE GOAL IS TO RAISE HALF OF THE 50-THOUSAND DOLLARS NEEDED TO TREAT ADAM'S ILLNESS. DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS 7.))
The latest word is that more than ten thousand dollars has been raised and the yard sale is still going strong.
Some of the world's largest farm animals were on display today at the annual Blue Ridge Draft Horse and Mule Show in Ferrum.
The show has a variety of competitions between mules, clydesdales, belgians, shires and suffolk horses.
In the 1920's, 30's and 40's these animals were the mainstay of farming and agriculture in rural areas and for deliveries in the cities.
Now draft horses and mules are the work animals of choice for people who say they're environmentally-friendly.
[IN Q=PROBABLY FIFTEEEN YEARS AGO]
((RODDY MOORE/BLUE RIDGE INSTITUTE AND MUSEUM DIRECTOR; PROBABLY FIFTEEN YEARS AGO, I DOUBT IF YOU WOULD HAVE FOUND TWO TEAMS OF HORSES IN THE WOODS IN VIRGINIA WORKING. TODAY, WITH THE PEOPLE LIKE JASON RUTLEDGE IN FLOYD COUNTY AND SOME OF THESE PEOPLE. WE'RE SEEING MORE AND MORE TEAMS WORKING THE WOODS. THEY'RE NOT TEARING THE WOODS UP. IT'S SELECTIVE TIMBERING, THEY'RE BRINGING SELECTIVE TREES OUT. THEY'RE NOT CLEAR CUTTING.))
[SUPER=01-Roddy Moore/Institute & Museum Director;]
[OUT Q=not clear cutting.]
The show is used as a platform to demonstrate the strengths and talents of the animals.
And coming up, The city county swim meet wrapped up in Radford today Dick Trickle leads second round qualifying at Pocono.
And the Orioles drop one to the Mariners this afternoon at Camden Yard.
The Baltimore Orioles 5 game win streak ended this afternoon at the Yard.
Seattle beating the Orioles 4 to 2.
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Oriole Manager Ray Miller checking the action from the dugout.
In the bottom of the third, Eric Davis gets all of this pitch sending it over the left field wall for a two run homer and Baltimore led 2 to 1.
The Mariners rallied in the fifth. Joey Cora hits this R-B-I single up the middle scoring a run to make it 3 to 2 Seattle.
Mariners pitcher Jeff Fassero scattered 11 hits and
struck out 7 over 8 innings in the 4 to 2 win.
In Chicago, Glenallen Hill hit a pinch hit two run homer in the 8-th as the Cubs edged the New York Mets 3 to 2.
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Chicago's Sammy Sosa sprinting to right field.
In the top of the sixth, John Olerud smokes this pitch for a solo homer over the right field wall and the Mets jumped out to the one to nothing lead.
But the Cubs came back in the bottom of the sixth Jose Hernandez takes this pitch on a line drive ovedr the left field fence and the game was tied at one to one.
Hill would put the game in the book in the eighth
he hits this shot into the shrubbery in centerfield and the Cubs hold on for the 3 to 2 win.
The 43 car field is set for tomorrow's running of the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono. Dick Trickle led second round qualifying today turning in a speed of 166-point-546 to capture the 26-th starting position.
And now here's the rest of the field.
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[SUPER=0107-31. Sterling Marlin//32. Hut Stricklin//33. Bill Elliott//34. Jerry Nadeau//35. Kyle Petty//;]
[SUPER=0107-36. Johnny Benson//37. Bobby Hamilton//38. Brett Bodine//39. Robert Pressley//40. Geoff Bodine//;]
[SUPER=0107-41. Derrike Cope//42. Wally Dallenbach//43. Rich Bickle;]
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Ron Hornaday won the Pikes Peak 300K Truck race this afternoon in Colorado.
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Ridgeway's Jimmy Hensley had his shot at the win he was leading the race with about 50 laps lef to go.
The caution flag would fly three times near the end of the race setting the field up for a shootout.
After the final caution Hornaday pulled away to get the victory and he also moved into first place in the points race.
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[SUPER=01-Ron Hornaday/Pikes Peak 300K Winner; :]
[OUT Q=...different deal."]
Tony Raines was second followed by Joe Ruttman Rick Cirelli and Jimmy Hensley. Stacy Compton finished seventh.
The top softball team in the country is in Salem this weekend for a Tournament.
Team T-P-S out of Louisville Kentucky has won 45 games against 8 losses and is ranked number one in the world.
In the course of 53 games the team has racked up a thousand and 7 home runs in a tournament in Portland, Oregon the team hit 31 home runs and scored 69 runs in one inning.
The team is playing at Salem's Kiwanis field and will make a donation to the American Heart Association for every home run they've hit this season.
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As we reported earlier, an officer was stabbed near Lynchburg earlier this afternoon.
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David Johnson is now on the scene with more.
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