A pipe bomb goes off in South Roanoke.
No arrests. No serious injuries. Just a lot of questions, like: "who" and "why."
On NEWS 7 at SIX, we'll tell you WHAT happened.
And take you to the firing range with the SWAT team to pick up pointers from the pros.
In sports, 17 games are on tap for Friday Football Extra, The Hokies talk about capsizing the pirates,
and qualifying from Darlington, who holds the top spot on the track too tough to tame? we will tell ya in sports.
We did not labor very hard for this forecast which is just right for a holiday weekend. Details just ahead.
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A pipe bomb shattered the quiet morning in South Roanoke today.
As Norvell West was getting ready to leave the house at 8:40 this morning, the bomb went off beside the left, rear wheel.
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[SUPER=01-Sgt. Stan Smith/Roanoke Police; :00]
[SUPER=01-Hume Powers/Neighbor; :19]
[SUPER=01-Bart McEntire/ATF Agent; :53]
[OUT Q=not dead today.]
((HE ADVISES THAT HE CAME OUT THIS MORNING TO GET IN HIS TRUCK. HE FORGOT HIS CELL PHONE. HE WENT BACK IN TO GET HIS CELL PHONE. WHEN HE CAME BACK OUT, HE HEARD AN EXPLOSION.))
[IN Q=The explosion occurred]
((THE EXPLOSION OCCURRED WHILE HE WAS STANDING BESIDE HIS TRUCK. THE DOOR FLEW OPEN AND KNOCKED HIM BACK AGAINST THE DECK OUT THERE.))
[OUT Q=deck out there.]
Hume Powers got to West first.
At first he says, West seemed totally incoherent, but quickly pointed out there was a fire.
The fire was promptly extinquished.
By late afternoon, Yellow Mountain Road was full of fire trucks.
State and city police, along with officials from the fire marshall's office and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms lifted the truck, hoping to determine how the bomb was detonated just as West approached the truck the second time.
The federal agent in charge here says West is lucky to be alive.
[IN Q=Mr. West could]
((MR. WEST COULD HAVE BEEN KILLED IN A HEART BEAT, IF ONE OF THOSE PIECES OF PIPE HAPPENED TO GO THROUGH THE CAB OF THE TRUCK INSTEAD OF UP AND OUT.))
[OUT Q=dead today.]))
This is the fifth time in a month, West has reported someone threatened his life.
The first time he said two men pulled alongside him on the highway, broke out the window of his truck, trying to throw a pipe bomb in it.
About a week later, someone shot out a rear window of the house.
West has told police who he believes may be responsible.
City police say they can't confirm or discount his suspicions or find a link between all of these incidents.
It took police less than ten minutes to capture the man who allegedly TRIED to rob a Dublin bank wearing a cat-in-the hat-type hat.
Dublin police say 36- year old Jeffrey Dwayne Cook entered the First National Bank and demanded money around nine- forty this morning.
But the teller did NOT hand over any cash, and the suspect fled on foot.
The bank is right across the road from the Dublin police department, so officers were on the scene in less than a minute.
A Pulaski County sheriff's deputy nabbed cook about seven minutes later.
When Cook was later taken to jail, he'd swapped his striped hat for a ball cap.
[IN Q=In this]
((JIM DAVIS/PULASKI CO. SHERIFF:IN THIS SITUATION, THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE IS SIMPLY SUPPORTING THE DUBLIN POLICE DEPARTMENT AND WE'RE FORTUNATE ENOUGH WE HAVE OFFICERS THAT WE CONVERGED ON THE AREA, EACH WITH A DELEGATED TASK AND IT WORKED OUT EXTREMELY WELL TODAY. ))
[SUPER=01-Jim Davis/Pulaski Co. Sheriff; :00]
[OUT Q=well today.]
Police aren't saying whether today's robbery is related to two other bank robberies that occurred at a nearby Dublin bank, this summer.
Henry County authorities are investigating the severe injury of a one-month old baby.
The little boy was taken to the hospital Monday by his parents.
He is now listed in critical condition.
The Henry County Sheriff's Office was notified about the baby's injuries by social services.
No other details about the case are being released.
Lynchburg has added two new police officers to its force.. ones that are willing to work for dogfood.
"Brix" and "Pard" are the department's newest additions to its canine patrol unit.
The dogs have been trained to sniff out drugs, run down bad guys and search areas where it's often too dangerous for a police officer to go.
[IN Q=It's safety for]
((OFFICER RICK RUGGIERI/K-9 HANDLER: IT'S SAFETY FOR US. WE DON'T HAVE TO GET IN THERE AND FIGHT, AND IF MY DOG IS SHOT BECAUSE OF SOMETHING, HE'S SEARCHING A BUILDING AS OPPOSED TO ME, THEN MY FAMILY'S HAPPY, I'M HAPPY AND THE POLICE DEPARTMENT'S MUCH HAPPIER. SURE WE'VE LOST A DOG AND WE'RE SAD, BUT I'D RATHER GO HOME IN THE MORNING.))
[SUPER=01-Officer Rick Ruggieri/K-9 Handler; :00]
[OUT Q=in the morning.]
It cost the department about 15- thousand dollars to buy the dogs and train their handlers.
Grant money helped pick up most of that cost.
Brix and Pard will be assigned to the evening shift where calls for service are the greatest.
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The holiday weekend means busy highways. Just ahead, we'll see if there are any trouble spots right now.
And several months after a devastating fire, a program to help troubled teenagers is once again "up and riding".
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The last holiday weekend of the summer is now under way, and that means plenty of people hitting the highways.
You are looking at a live picture of Interstate 81, and traffic appears to be heavy but steady.
State Police tell us there have been no accidents so far, and no major trouble spots on any of the main roads in southwest and central Virginia.
One place to watch out for, though, is in the Hillsville area. You might find it slow going on Routes 58, 52 and 221, because of the annual gun show and flea market down there.
There will be nothing but smiling faces this weekend in Rustburg, where they're dedicating a new horse barn at the Patrick Henry Girls Home.
Steve Smallshaw tells us how the Home has turned tragedy into triumph.
[IN Q=Like a phoenix]
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[SUPER=01-Ashleigh Hoffman/Girls Home Resident; :27]
[SUPER=01-Lee King/Patrick Henry Girls Home; :33]
[SUPER=01-Milton Jennings/Supporter; :42]
[SUPER=01-Amy Bright/Girls Home Resident; :59]
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(( Like a phoenix, the Patrick Henry riding program has risen from the ashes.
Just four months ago fire destroyed their horse barn and killed eight horses.. the rubble was still smoldering when offers of help started pouring in.
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Today, a new barn stands ready to be dedicated.. the horses and equipment have all been replaced.
These girls come from broken homes, where misfortune is no stranger.. but the public's generosity has overwhelmed them.
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((ASHLEIGH HOFFMAN/GIRLS HOME RESIDENT: IT SURPRISED ME THAT THAT MANY PEOPLE CARED AND NOT JUST ABOUT THE HORSES BUT ABOUT US TOO.))
[OUT Q=about us too.]
[IN Q=It's a shame]
((LEE KING/PATRICK HENRY GIRLS HOME: IT'S A SHAME THAT A TRAGEDY HAD TO HAPPEN, BUT THE GIRLS HAVE REALLY FOUND THAT THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE OUT THERE THAT CARE FOR THEM AND APPRECIATE THEM AND WILL DO WHATEVER THEY CAN TO HELP THEM OUT.))
[OUT Q=help them out.]
[IN Q=I knew the]
((MILTON JENNINGS/SUPPORTER: I KNEW THE VALUE OF THE PROGRAM AND I'D HATE TO SEE IT END IN A FIRE SO THAT MADE ME GET INVOLVED.))
[OUT Q=get involved.]
The riding program teaches the girls respect and responsibility.. getting it back in the saddle quickly was important.
[IN Q=It helps you]
((AMY BRIGHT/GIRLS HOME RESIDENT: IT HELPS YOU GET AWAY FROM THE WORLD, YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU COME OUT HERE AND START RIDING, YOU DON'T THINK ABOUT WHAT AM I GOING TO WEAR TOMORROW AT SCHOOL OR WHAT AM I GOING TO DO TODAY. YOU JUST THINK ABOUT WHAT'S GOING ON THEN.))
[OUT Q=going on then.]
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Rustburg.))
A down day on Wall Street, but stocks did recover from the day's lowest levels.
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished down almost 42 points to close at 76-40. The NASDAQ composite index fell just over five points, and finished near 15-66.
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Where can you go if you need medical care but can't afford it?
Some communities have clinics where patients receive treatment absolutely free.
Christy Hubley takes us to the Free Clinic of Danville-- which is celebrating its fifth year of helping people.
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[SUPER=01-Deborah Harris/Patient; :05]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Jack Hamlin/Medical Director; :36]
[SUPER=01-Lalor Earle/Volunteer; 1:03]
[OUT Q=CH, News 7, Danville.]
(( Deborah Harris comes to the Free Clinic of Danville every three months for treatment of her diabetes.
[IN Q=I don't make enough to buy]
((DEBORAH HARRIS/PATIENT: I DON'T MAKE ENOUGH TO BUY THIS EXPENSIVE MEDICINE SO I HEARD ABOUT THE THE FREE CLINIC AND I STARTED COMING HERE TO THE FREE CLINIC AND IT HAS REALLY REALLY HELPED ME. I COULDN'T MAKE IT WITHOUT THE FREE CLINIC.))
[OUT Q=without the free clinic.]
New patients are screened to make sure they meet the clinic's financial requirements.
A family of four-- for instance-- must have an income less than 19-thousand-300 dollars.
For those who qualify, examinations are free-- perscriptions cost just two-dollars-fifty-cents.
[IN Q=Primarily we would like]
((DR. JAMES HAMLIN/MEDICAL DIRECTOR: PRIMARILY WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE WORKING POOR. THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE TRYING TO GET AHEAD BUT THEIR TOTAL INCOME IS SUCH THAT PAYING FOR MEDICAL CARE IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE.))
[OUT Q=is almost impossible.]
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[IN Q=Thank you]
((THANK YOU. BYE-BYE. ))
The clinic is staffed by volunteers.
Doctors, nurses, and lab techicians donate their talents every Tuesday night when the clinic is open.
[IN Q=It's something that I can]
((LALOR EARLE/VOLUNTEER: IT'S SOMETHING THAT I CAN DO AND I HAVE THE TIME AND I FEEL IT'S A VERY WORTH-WHILE PROJECT.))
[OUT Q=very worth-while project.]
The clinic does NOT receive any state or federal funding.
All contributions come from the local community.
Christy Hubley, News 7, Danville.))
More and more people who want a good workout are turning to Creatine.
It's a health supplement commonly used by professional athletes trying to build muscles.
But, is it safe?
Creatine helps muscles recover quickly after a workout--allowing people to work harder for longer periods of time.
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((MIKE MASSEY/ROANOKE ATTORNEY:I FEEL LIKE THAT IT DOES GIVE A GREATER ENERGY DURING MY WORKOUT TIME. AND IT DOES ENABLE ME TO WORKOUT LONGER IN MY WORKOUT. AND I THINK THE GREATEST THING IT DOES IS GIVE YOU A FASTER RECOUP TIME. YOUR MUSCLES RECOUP FASTER THAN THEY NORMALLY WOULD.))
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Creatine is NOT a steroid and has no known side effects.
But, health experts say that's only because no long term studies have been done yet.
Qualifying from darlington, we will have college football previews for ya, plus Friday Football Extra kicks off with 17 games tonight,
one of those games pits Salem's line against Brookville, a preview from the dean Roy Stanley in a few.
The Winston Cup drivers were at Darlington today, qualifying for Sunday's Pepsi Southern 500.
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Jeff Gordon was attempting to become the first Winston Cup driver ever to win four consecutive races at the 1.3 mile oval.
Things got scary for Kenny Irwin, He gets loose in the Havoline 28 Ford and hits the wall.
But Irwin''s teammate would show him how it's done as Dale Jarrett wins the pole for the Southern 500 with a lap of 168.897 miles per hour. The time trials just wrapped up. I'll have the complete rundown tonight at 11.
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One Craftsman truck note. Stacy Compton's Busch deal for next Friday at Richmond has fallen through due to coporate committments to RC Cola. Compton will try again in Busch.
Tonight, the Salem Avalanche closes out it's home season against Lynchburg. The Av's have invited Salem high school football fans to attend a tailgate party
prior to the Spartans season opener against Brookville. Roy Stanley has a preview.
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((It's the season opener for the Spartans but Brookville opened its season last week with a win over Western Albermarle.
Bee's head coach Bobby Johnson respects the Spartans size and speed. But he's more concerned with his team's execution against a team that does not make many mistakes.))
((BOBBY JOHNSON/BROOKVILLE HEAD COACH:))
((Spartan head coach Willis White and his staff know what the Spartans can do in practice.
White and his staff watched the Bees 17 to 7 win over Western Albermarle last week. And White says they did a lot of good things in the game.))
((WILLIS WHITE/SALEM HEAD COACH:))
Our channel 7 sharpshooters will bring you the highlights 16 other games tonight on Friday Football Extra. Here's the list.
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It's also a big weekend for college teams in the area. The Hokies open up at home tomorrow at four o'clock against East Carolina.
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Tech leads the overall series 6 games to 4.
V-M-I opens the season tomorrow at home against Lenoir Rhyne at 1pm.
The Keydets are young but improvement from the spring carried over to the summer practice.
And Now, the Keydets must pull it together to try and overcome an 0 and 11 season last year.
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James Madison opens on the road against maryland tomorroww at 6pm
Liberty travels to Appalachian State for a 7pm kickoff,
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Washington & Lee does'nt play until next week,
and ODAC power Emory & Henry hosts Washington & Jefferson at noon.
Ferrum opens on the road tomorrow at Newport News Apprentice.
The cats are coming off a 4 and 6 season and return 12 starters on offense and defense. Injuries are just one of many challenges Ferrum will try and overcome this weekend.
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Finally, two high-profile members of the Los Angeles Police Department were training local SWAT teams today.
Tina Tenret tells us the L-A cops have plenty of experience to share.
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[SUPER=01-Major Gary Guilliams/Botetourt Co. Sheriff's Office;]
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((Ready, fire. SHOTS))
Michael Odle arrested O-J Simpson.
Rick Massa helped kill two heavily armed North Hollywood bank robbers last year, after they wounded 16 police officers.
Now the L-A men are sharpening the shotgun skills of local tact teams.
[IN Q=Three shots]
((THREE SHOTS. TWO SHOTS, CENTER BODY. ONE SHOT TO THE BRAIN.))
[OUT Q=TO THE BRAIN]
Trainees rush in from surrounding counties, that don't see the action of L-A.
After all, L-A officers charge into hostage situations or school shootings about three times a week.
They say the techniques become a gut instinct, so you respond instantly under rapid fire.
And with experience, comes mistakes.
For example, when a North Hollywood bank robber fired about 150 rounds at Massa and his partners -- Massa grabbed an M-16 rifle, stuffed extra ammunition into his PANTS pocket, rolled out of the car, and started shooting.
[IN Q=I went to]
((RICK MASSA/L.A.P.D SWAT TEAM: I WENT TO ... SO YOU DO LEARN.))
[OUT Q=DO LEARN]
The Botetourt team has used this power seven times in three years, to block suicide attempts or heavily armed gunmen.
They are on call 24 hours a day -- when an emergency erupts, there's no overtime pay.
[IN Q=These guys]
((MAJOR GARY GUILLIAMS/BOTETOURT CO. SHERIFF'S OFFICE: THESE GUYS VOLUNTEER ... FOR DOING THAT.))
[OUT Q=FOR DOING THAT]
The L-A team will return in October for sniper training.
Tina Tenret, News7, Botetourt County.