New details and another arrest following the weekend murder of a Liberty High School student.
And key Democrats say "forgiveness" was the key word at a meeting with President Clinton this morning.
News 7 at noon is next.
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Two sixteen year olds are in police custody following the weekend murder of a Bedford County teen.
Randy Ross faces capital murder charges.
He is being held at the juvenile detention home in Lynchburg.
A 16-year-old GIRL has been charged for allegedly stealing the victim's car.
Both Ross and the victim, 17-year-old (Ja-MEL) Jamelle Poindexter, attended Liberty High school.
Poindexter was a popular student and a football player.
Poindexter actually played in Friday night's game against Martinsville.
Yesterday morning-- his body was found in a remote area of Montvale.
They also recovered his stolen car.
Sheriff's investigators say statements from Ross led them to the body.
[IN Q=There weren't]
((SCOTT ABELL/HEAD FOOTBALL COACH:THERE WEREN'T A WHOLE LOT OF QUESTIONS, JUST SILENCE, A LOT OF TEARS FROM THE COACHES AND PLAYERS.
THOMAS JOHNSON/FOOTBALL PLAYER:IT'S KIND OF HARD TO BELIEVE RIGHT NOW, HE WAS THE TYPE OF PLAYER THAT A LOT OF YOUNGER KIDS, EVEN OLDER KIDS LOOKED UP TO BECAUSE OF HIS MENTAL STRENGTH AND JUST HIS HEART. ))
[SUPER=01-Scott Abell/Head Football Coach; :00]
[SUPER=01-Thomas Johnson/Football Player; :10]
[OUT Q=his heart.]
Sheriff's investigators are NOT commenting on a motive.
They say the two were acquaintances and that they began questioning the 16-year old because he was one of the last people to be seen with Poindexter.
President Clinton is headed for Florida today to attend fundraisers for Democratic gubernatorial nominee Buddy MacKay.
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MacKay is seen as taking a chance with Mr. Clinton's lagging political stock, while other candidates are refusing presidential help.
Before the President left he met with Democratic leaders at the White House to discuss how they are going to handle the Monica Lewinsky affiar.
House Minority Whip David Bonior characterized it as an emotional discussion.
[IN Q=The President needs]
DAVID BONIOR:THE PRESIDENT NEEDS TO MAKE CLEAR TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN WAY HE DID TO US TODAY, HIS SORROW FOR HIS ACTIONS. ))
[SUPER=01-David Bonair/(D) House Minority Whip;]
[OUT Q=FOR HIS ACTIONS.]
Meantime, Republican leaders are pleding put aside partisan bickering, once Kenneth Starr's report is sent to Capitol Hill.
House speaker Newt Gingrich met with House Minority leader Richard Gephardt and others to discuss how to handle what some expect to be an explosive report.
With the crack of a bat, Mark McGwire hit homer number 62 last night in St. Louis.
But don't go carving that record in stone.
With 18 games left to play, the Cardinals' slugger could break his own record several more times this season.
Manuel Gallegus reports.
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[SUPER=01-Manuel Gallegus/Reporting; 1:46]
[OUT Q=CBS NEWS, ST. LOUIS]
IT WAS A SINGLE SWING -- AND THAT FAMILIAR SOUND OF LUMBER
HITTING LEATHER -- THAT CHANGED IT ALL...
WITH THE CROWD ALREADY ON ITS FEET AND HOLDING ITS BREATH ...
MARK MCGWIRE SLAPPED ONE JUST OVER THE LEFT FIELD FENCE... AND FORGED
HIS PLACE INTO BASEBALL HISTORY.
PUMPING HIS FISTS IN THE AIR, THE SLUGGER TROTTED AROUND THE BASES
-- AS HE HAD 61 TIMES THIS SEASON. ONLY THIS TIME-- IT WAS NUMBER 62--
THE RECORD BREAKER. THE MOMENT BELONGED TO MCGWIRE... AND EVERYONE
WANTED TO SHARE IT WITH HIM.
(MCGWIRE SOT FROM FIELD)
THEN AS BASBALL STADIUMS AROUND THE COUNTRY STOOD AND SALUTED HIM... HE
REMEMBERED YANKEE OUTFIELDER ROGER MARIS... THE MAN WHO HELD THE HOME
RUN RECORD FOR 37 YEARS. RESPECTFULLY, MCGWIRE SHARED A FEW TEARS WITH
THE MARIS FAMILY.
BUT MCGWIRE KNOWS HE'S MADE FANS FEEL GOOD ABOUT BASEBALL AGAIN. HE
SEEMED HUMBLE... AND MAYBE A LITTLE STUNNED UNTIL THE END.
SOT AT NEWS PRESSER
NAT SOT: MR. MCGWIRE I HAVE SOMETHING THAT BELONGS TO YOU.
STANDUP: (MENTIONS THE BASEBALL AND RED CORVETTE)
S/MANUEL GALLEGUS/CBS NEWS.))
An unexpected vote by the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors has left a neighborhood in shock.
[Double Boxes=Melanie/Joe D.]
Joe Dashiell has more reaction to yesterday's rezoning that clears the way for a Home Depot near Cave Spring Corners.
Joe what is the neighborhood saying today?
[Live= Full/Joe D.]
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(Rollcue: won't be the last word on this project.)
[IN Q=I think it was done]
[SUPER=01-Donna Mays/Roanoke Co. Resident; :00]
[SUPER=01-Suzanne Seth/Roanoke Co. Resident; :27]
[OUT Q=and to stop it again.]
( ad lib)
[Double Boxes=Melanie/Joe D.]
Is there any indication of how they might be able to fight the project at this point?
(take Joe full for answer)
[Double Boxes=Melanie/Joe D.]
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A man who assisted a Roanoke crime family in setting a convenience store on fire 3 years ago is no longer behind bars.
At his sentencing yesterday, Richard Chisom Jr. was released with a sentence of time served -- which was 18 months.
Chisom received the early release because he offered
key testimony that helped convict members of the Abed family.
Two brothers and a cousin in the family were convicted
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of burning down the Corner Store in 1995.
Prosecutors said the family resorted to arson and crime to intimidate business competitors.
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Defense attorneys for Carroll Eugene Humphries say investigators have the wrong man in connection with a 22-year-old West Virginia murder.
Yesterday the Covington businessman won a delay of extradition to the state where a car bomb killed the husband of Humphries' ex-wife.
Eric Earnhart reports.
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[SUPER=01-Bill Parks/Defense Attorney; :38]
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(( Humphries told us he didn't have anything to say as he walked to court, but his lawyers said plenty, arguing that West Virginia authorities have to prove he's committed a crime before they can take him away to stand trial.... It didn't work.
((MARK BURNETTE/GREENBRIER CO. PROSECUTOR; ALL WE HAD TO DO IS PROVE THAT HE'S THE MAN WE WANT, AND WE DID THAT.))
Humphries did buy some time, asking for a warrant from West Virginia's Governor. The judge grantred that request and gave prosecutors 30 days to come up with one, but denied bond, keeping Humphries in jail.
Humphries' lawyer says it's all a big mistake, and accused prosecutors of misinterpreting 20 year old court records.
((BILL PARKS/DEFENSE ATTORNEY; IT SEEMS VERY PECULIAR TO ME THAT A MAN WHO WAS THE VICTIM OF A CRIME THAT'S BEEH TOROUHTOUT INVESTIGATED IS NOW BEING ACCUSED BY A PROSECUTOR WHO WAS 11 YEARS OLD WHEN THE CRIME OCCURRED.))
The man who built the case against Humphries and the other 3 defendents, West Virginia State Police Sargeant Mike Spradlin, isn't talking.
((ERIC-WHAT MADE YOU TAKE ON A 22 YEAR OLD CASE?
MIKE SPRADLIN/WV STATE POLICE; NO COMMENT, THANKYOU.))
PROSECUTORS ACKNOWLEGE IT MAY TAKE A FEW MORE WEEKS TO COMPLETE THE EXTRADITION PROCESS, BUT SAY THEY'RE CONFIDENT THEY WILL EVENTUALLY TAKE HUMPHRIES TO WEST VIRGINIA AND PUT HIM ON TRIAL. IN COVINGTON, ERIC EARNHART, NEWS 7.))
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Straight ahead on News 7 at Noon, a Botetourt County office building catches fire just weeks before its construction is complete.
And ethical questions arise after researchers help parents choose the gender of their children before they're conceived.
Details coming up.
Right now, Andrew has your cool forecast.
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Fire damaged a Botetourt County building under construction just weeks before it was complete.
The corporate offices were still under construction when they caught on fire yesterday afternoon.
Most of the damage was done by the time firefighters responded.
[IN Q=When we arrived]
((DAVID FIRESTONE/TROUTVILLE FIRE CHIEF; ))
[SUPER=01-David Firestone/Troutville Fire Chief;]
[OUT Q=the biggest damage.]
No one was injured.
Investigators have not yet determined the cause of the blaze.
It may soon be possible for you to choose the sex of your baby.
Researchers in Fairfax say they've developed a way to sort sperm cells, based on the amount of D-N-A they contain.
The sperm would then be used in artificial insemination.
The doctors say singling out chromosomes to produce females has
resulted in 29 pregnancies so far.
And, nine of those patients have
given birth to eleven healthy baby girls.
But some experts are already expressing concerns about the
ethics and safety of such a procedure.
It's been more than a decade since basketball star Len (Lynn) Bias (BYE-us) died of a cocaine overdose just after he was drafted into the NBA.
Now his mother wants to make sure no one else goes through the same ordeal.
Lonise (LOW-NIECE) Bias spoke to students at the Carlisle School in Martinsville about preserving life.
Her son Len played basketball for the University of Maryland and was just drafted by the Boston Celtics when he O-D'd in 1986.
Bias says no one is immune to the dangers of drugs and alcohol.
[IN Q=As we look at different]
((LONISE BIAS/MOTHER OF LEN BIAS: AS WE LOOK AT DIFFERENT THINGS THAT ARE GOING ON IN THE COUNTRY THERE ARE NOT PERFECT HOMES ANYWHERE. AND WE MUST COME OUT OF DENIAL AND UNDERSTAND OUT OF THE BEST HOMES, OUT OF THE BEST ENVIRONMENTS, YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE PROBLEMS. THAT'S LIFE. AND THE ONLY THING YOU CAN DO IS DEAL WITH IT.))
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[OUT Q=is deal with it.]
Bias's speech helped kick off the Carlisle School's "Stop the Madness" drug and alcohol awareness initiative.
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More than fifty children will be able to join the TAP Head Start program thanks to a federal grant.
TAP officials announced the grant today, along with a partnership with the Northwest Child Development Center.
The 400 thousand dollar grant will make it possible for the center to begin offering Head Start services to eligible children this month.
[IN Q=I'm thankful to]
((STEPHEN MUSSELWHITE/TAP BOARD CHAIRMAN; I'M THANKFUL TO GOD THAT WE HAVE THIS PROGRAM TOGETHER WITH THIS FINE ORGANIZATION HERE, SO THAT THESE CHILDREN WILL BE SERVED. BECAUSE AS A RESULT OF THIS, THEIR LIVES WILL BE CHANGED FOREVER, THEIR FAMILIES LIVES WILL BE CHANGED FOREFVER.))
[SUPER=01-Stephen Musselwhite/TAP Board Chairman;]
[OUT Q=changed forever]
The new Head Start program is available to children who will be three by October 1st.
It's been said that anyone who opens a dictionary can find Mark McGwire's picture next to the word "class".
[IN Q=A classic car]
((A CLASSIC CAR FOR A CLASSIC SLUGGER AND A TRUE AMERICAN HERO.))
[OUT Q=American hero.]
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Although the 62 cardinal red corvette was a personal gift from the Cardinal's family, hitting number 62 was more than just a personal accomplishment for McGwire.
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((MCGWIRE: I JUST THINK IT'S PUT BASEBALL BACK ON THE MAP AS THE SPORT. IT'S AMERICA'S PASTIME. YOU LOOK AT ALL THE FANS COMING OUT, ALL THE GREAT PLAYERS..IT'S BEEN AN EXCITING YEAR. IT'S NOT OVER AND IT'S A GREAT, GREAT SIGN.))
[OUT Q=great, great sign.]
As McGwire embraced his son, his teammates, and the Maris family, so has the nation taken him into it's collective heart.
But the same childlike enthusiasm that has endeared McGwire to America, was almost the same excitement that took the record away.
[IN Q=Well, when I hit]
((MCGWIRE: WELL, WHEN I HIT THE BALL, IT WAS ON A LINE DRIVE AND I THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO HIT THE WALL, AND I LOOKED UP AND DAVE MCKAY WAS JUMPING UP AND I SORT OF MISSED ONE BIG THING- TOUCH FIRST BASE. SO, I HAD TO GO BACK AND TOUCH IT.))
[SUPER=01-Mark McGwire/Home Run Champ;]
[OUT Q=and touch it.]
All this excitement over the man who said "I don't play the game for records, I just play because I love it".
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Rick Mast's annual Classic Concert for charity brought out quite a crowd in Lexington last night.
As Steve Mason reports, this year's featured driver-stayed busy all night.
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[SUPER=01-Bill Elliott/1988 Winston Cup Champion; :13]
[SUPER=01-Rick Mast/Driver of Remington Ford; :43]
[SUPER=01-Robert Pressley/1 top 5, 1 top 10 Finish This Season; 1:12]
[SUPER=01-Ken Schrader/10th in Winston Cup Points; 1:30]
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The whale that stole children's hearts heads for freedom today.
Keiko, the star of the "Free Willy" movies will be flown from his aquarium home in Oregon to a new sea pen off the coast of Iceland.
Keiko will be harnessed into a nylon stretcher and hoisted into a special box.
U-P-S will then truck Keiko to the airport, where an Air Force C-17 cargo plane will fly the whale to his new home.
Many children who have fallen in love with Keiko will be able to follow
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the progress of the move on the Internet.
(----------------) You can check it out by clicking onto the WDBJ-7 webwatch page.