Coming up on News 7-
An acquittal in the shooting that some said was linked to a fatal fire on Church Avenue-
The home depot fight heads to the courtroom. We'll tell you what happened today.
Another mixup of sorts at the UVA hosital involving a birth.
And Tech- BC highlights.
News 7 is next.
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A Roanoke murder victim's family is left calling on a higher power for justice... after a jury takes just over an hour to come up with a verdict.
The jury refused to convict Willie Caldwell in a fatal shooting... a case that has been linked to a rooming house fire that killed six people last May.
Keith Humphry has the verdict and reaction to it.
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[SUPER=01-Mable Jones/Victim's Mother; :23]
[SUPER=01-Willie Caldwell/Defendant; :44]
[SUPER=01-Doug Jones/Victim's Brother; 1:13]
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((WE, THE JURY, ON THE ISSUE JOINED, UNANIMOUSLY FIND THE DEFENDANT, WILLIAM JAMES CALDWELL, NOT GUILTY OF A CRIME INVOLVING THE DEATH OF KEVIN LEE JONES. ))
[OUT Q=Keven Lee Jones.]
Willie Caldwell didn't flinch, as the jury verdict was read- -not guilty of murder, not guilty of the weapons charge.
The victim's family started filing out even before court was recessed for the day.
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((THERE IS MORE POWER THAN THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM IN ROANOKE CITY OR THE STATE OF VIRGINIA. THERE IS A HIGHER POWER. THIS MAN WILL RECEIVE NO PEACE.))
[OUT Q=NO peace.]
Kevin Jones had beaten Caldwell so severely Caldwell suffered a dislocated shoulder.
Earlier in the day Caldwell explained to the jury that the fatal shot went off as he and Jones fought over the gun.
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((HE HAD IT BY THE BARREL, BECAUSE I GUESS HE WAS GOING TO TRY TO PISTOL WHIP ME.))
[OUT Q=pistol whip me.]
Once Caldwell testified- -the judge and jury seemed to be heading in opposite directions.
Even before all the evidence was in, Judge Doherty revoked Caldwell's bond.
After deliberating a little more than an hour, the jury acquitted him.
Having been locked up again during the trial, the 38-year old suspect had to process out of the jail... but he was then free to go.
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((IT HAPPENS IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY ALL THE TIME. AND THESE BUMS ARE ALLOWED TO WALK FREE AND KILL SOMEONE ELSE.))
[OUT Q=someone else.]
[IN Q=This man walking]
((THIS MAN WALKING FREE WILL KILL SOMEBODY ELSE. I'M TELLING YOU, IT WILL HAPPEN. AND YOU ALL WILL SEE.))
[OUT Q=will see.]
The case was being closely watched for clues to the fire that broke out within hours of the shooting.
One witnesses said threats were made to burn down the rooming house, but we still don't know who did it.
Keith Humphry NEWS 7.))
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Opponents of the controversial Home Depot development in Roanoke County have filed a legal challenge in circuit court.
Joe Dashiell is in the newsroom tonight with details of their lawsuit.
Jean... the Cave Spring Citizens Group and three individuals have filed the bill of complaint against the Board of Supervisors.
They're challenging the board's vote of September 8th... That's the meeting in which the supervisors surprized opponents by reversing any earlier decision ... and rezoning the parcel for the Home Depot project.
The opponents argue that the rezoning was unlawful and they lay out eleven counts in their lawsuit.
Among their arguments, that the supervisors violated their own rules and the county's zoning ordinance, that they failed to give adequate notice, and that chairman Bob Johnson had a conflict of interest under state law.
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The supervisors are scheduled to take up controversial rezoning again on Tuesday with a public hearing and another vote.
Jean, county officials received copies of the complaint today, but say they haven't had time to review it or respond.
It's happened only three times in history-and one of those times was today.
The house voted for an impeachment inquiry into the president.
Jonathan Freed has reaction from the Capitol.
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(( It was a moment in history that some on Capitol Hill embraced with
a sense of constitutional conviction...and which others confronted only grudgingly. The outcome: the House of Representatives voting in
favor of unrestricted impeachment hearings against the President.
31-DEMOCRATS BROKE RANKS AND VOTED FOR THE inquiry...
THE unofficial word from the WHITE HOUSE IS that they're PLEASED
LIST WAS NOT LARGER. THE PRESIDENT, PUBLICLY, IS SAYING THE ISSUE
IS NOWTHE HANDS OF GOD....and THAT HIS JOB IS THE NATION'S
CLINTON: I AM FINE. I HAVE SURRENDERED THIS... I TRUST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.
During an often emotional debate, Democrats REMINDED the G-O-P that
the polls are not necessarily with them.
REP. CHARLES RANGEL/D-NEW YORK
AS YOU JUDGE THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES THE VOTERS WILL BE
JUDGING YOU ON NOVEMBER THE 3RD.
But the Republican line was unmoved...with the chair of the House Jjudiciary committee insisting that their focus will be the charges against the President...not the steamier stuff that's been making so many headlines.
HENRY HYDE/ R--CHAIRMAN, JUDICIARY COMMITTEE
THIS IS NOT ABOUT SEXUAL MISCONDUCT ANYMORE THAN WATERGATE WAS
ABOUT A THIRD RATE BURGLARY.
With the floor debate over, Congressional attention started turning to the next step in the process...and the tone it might take.
REP. MAXINE WATERS/D-CALIFORNIA: WHY SHOULD WE BE SO HAPPY, WE DIDN'T WIN BUT WE DID GOOD.
REP. LINDSEY GRAHAM/ R-S.C.: I THINK TODAY IS PROBABLY THE LAST DAY OF A LOT OF NOISE. FROM
HERE ON OUT I THINK THIS IS GOING TO BE A BI-PARTISAN PROCESS. I TRULY,
TRULY BELIEVE OUR COMMITTEE WILL COME TOGETHER AND FIND THE FACTS.
JONATHAN FREED/CBS NEWS: THE HEARINGS WILL LIKELY NOT START UNTIL AFTER THE
NOVEMBER ELECTIONS...BUT THEY ARE ALREADY PLANNING ON WHICH WITNESSES TO
SUBPOENA...AND THAT INCLUDES TALK OF NO LESS THAN MONICA LEWINSKY
AND LINDA TRIPP. JONATHAN FREED CBS NEWS.))
The third time is NOT the charm for the University of Virginia.
It is the latest variation of a baby switch case.
The U-V-A Medical Center now acknowledges that two years ago a miscarried fetus was separated from the placenta-- and only the placenta turned over to a funeral home for burial.
The hospital says it was unable to notify the mother.
But it was NOT until U-VA's attorney told state Attorney General Mark Earley last week that the Governor was made aware of the latest incident.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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(( We asked the Governor if his alma mater's research hospital was badly mismanaged.
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: I THINK WE NEED TO FIND OUT. WE NEED TO DETERMINE THE FACTS AND THAT'S WHY I'VE ASKED FOR AN INVESTIGATION INTO THESE MATTERS. YOU KNOW, MY ADMIRATION FOR UVA IS UNPARALLELED, BUT ENOUGH'S ENOUGH AND I THINK THE TIME HAS COME TO GET A HANDLE ON EXACTLY HOW THESE MATTERS ARE BEING HANDLED AT UVA HOSPITAL.))
U-V-A officials declined any comment on camera.
But in written statements they explained the latest incident was simply a case of the morgue wrapping the fetal remains separately... and then only handing over one package to the funeral home.
They also point out they handle 600-thousand out-patients and 21-thousand in-patients a year...and say "a lot can go wrong" in those patient encounters.
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An emergency request to reinsert Hugh Finn's feeding tube- has been denied.
A Prince William delegate made the motion today claiming unhooking the tube violated medicaid procedures-
U-S district Judge Albert Bryan rejected the motion.
Finn is a patient at a nursing home in Manassas.
The former Louisville News Anchor has been in a vegetative state since a car accident three years ago.
The feeding tube was removed at the family's request October 1st.
A high profile attorney is preparing to tackle Bluefield, West Virginia's police department.
Johnnie Cochran has agreed to represent a West Virginia man who says he was paralyzed during a scuffle with Bluefield police.
Cochran intends to file a civil rights lawsuit on behalf of 20-year old Robbie Ellison.
Family members say he was paralyzed from the neck down after police placed him in handcuffs, threw him against the trunk of a car and then knocked him to the ground.
They also allege police dragged Ellison to an ambulance after Ellison allegedly told police he was hurt.
His Uncle, Willie Ellison, recently visited his nephew.
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((WILLIE ELLISON/ROBBIE'S UNCLE:HE REFUSED TO BELIEVE HE'S PARALYZED, HE KEPT ASKING ME TO HELP HIM GET UP, OUT OF BED SO HE COULD GET HIS CLOTHES ON, GET OUT OF THERE, I SAID ROBBIE YOU CAN'T WALK, HE INSISTS HE CAN WALK, WHICH IS VERY VERY SAD. ))
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[OUT Q=very very sad.]
Bluefield's police chief allowed the officers to return to work-- saying, on the surface it appears they did nothing wrong.
But an internal investigation is underway-- which could change the Chief's position.
A Pulaski man is in police custody for allegedly beating and robbing an elderly man last week.
Police this morning charged 27-year old Ronald Eldon Warden with aggravated malicious wounding after he was identified by the victim.
Police say Clarence Hall, who's in his 80's, suffered a heart attack and is still hospitalized.[County-Schools]
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With an option on the Woods End property now in hand, Roanoke County school officials say the next round of testing on the high school site could begin next week.
School officials signed the agreement on Tuesday after weeks of negotiation.
It allows them to begin the testing that will ultimately determine whether the site is suitable for construction of the new school.
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((BILL IRVIN/SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN: RIGHT I THINK WE FEEL COMFORTABLE THAT WE CAN BUILD ON THAT SITE, BUT THIS WILL GIVE US ALL THE DETAILED INFORMATION THAT BOTH WE AND THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS NEED, ONCE WE GET BACK ON THE PROPERTY WHICH WE UNDERSTAND WILL BE SOMETIME NEXT WEEK.))
[SUPER=01-Bill Irvin/School Board Chairman]
[OUT Q=sometime next week.]
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The Woods End property off Farmington Drive is the site school board members favor for construction of the new south county high school.
They say they're hopeful the second phase of testing will also resolve some of the reservations the supervisors have raised.
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
Coming up, the E-P-A wants an area window manufacturer to pay up for breaking the law.
And one Roanoke E-R is closed for business indefinitely.
Details straight ahead.
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(( Good evening Jean, a busy Thursday night as the Hokies try to stay dry and unbeaten up Chestnut Hill against BC.
The Week seven schedule for Friday Football Extra is coming up, along with girl's hoop hilites from the Pioneer.
And we'll see what's up in Carolina the day after Kerry Collins decides he wants to be a third stringer.
It's all coming up tonight in sports.))
The Environmental Protection Agency says a Franklin County factory broke the law and must pay 68-thousand-dollars.
The E-P-A says M-W Manufacturing used manganese and toluene in 1994 and 1995 but did not report them.
High levels of these chemicals can damage the nervous system.
The E-P-A says residents and law enforcement officials should know when these chemicals are used at the plant.
Plant officials say it's nothing more than a paperwork error, adding no one was hurt, nothing was damaged, and these chemicals are no longer used there.
M-W plans to appeal the 68-thousand dollar penalty.
The emergency room is a busy place at Roanoke Memorial hospital.
That's where they're sending patients who would normally go to Community Hospital's E-R.
Memorial is taking on the extra load since an electrical fire knocked out the power on Community's first two floors.
R-M-H also is performing surgeries that normally would be performed at Community...
Carilion is asking some patients to reschedule their surgeries.
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((RITA BISHOP/CARILION SURGERY COORDINATOR: IF IT'S AN ELECTIVE PROCEDURE, FOR EXAMPLE A HERNIA REPAIR, IT COULD BE RESCHEDULED AT A LATER DATE.))
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In the meantime, Carilion said it won't have any problem scheduling emergency operations.
Community hospital's emergency room is closed indefinitely.
Still to come...
Some youngsters in the area share the dance floor with a professional.
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A professional dancer from New York went toe to toe with area students--giving them pointers on modern dancing and succeeding in life.
Theresa Howard is a former member of the Dance Theater of Harlem.
She stopped by Westside Elementary School of the Arts this evening to teach a group of fourth and fifth graders.
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((THERESA HOWARD: FOR KIDS TO BE EXPOSED TO THIS TYPE OF THING WHETHER IT BE BALLET, WHETHER IT BE AFRICAN DANCE, WHETHER IT BE IRELAND FOLK DANCE, IT'S IMPORTANT. IT'S ABOUT DIVERSITY AND ABOUT THEM FINDING THEMSELVES AND THEIR PERSONALITIES IN THE MOVEMENT AND DISCOVERING SOMETHING ABOUT THEMSELVES.))
[OUT Q=something about themsevles.]
Youngsters learned to move and groove to the latest steps in hip-hop dancing.
Many of them said just sharing the floor with Howard was a great experience.
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((ESSENCE MCGILL: I THINK IT'S NEAT OF HER COMING HERE BECAUSE SHE GETS TO TRAVEL TO DIFFERENT PLACES AND GO HERE AND THERE AND --IT WAS A PLEASURE FOR HER TO BE HERE.))
[OUT Q=for her to be here.]
Howard just ended her stay as a resident artist at Hollins University.
She now heads back to New York to perform in the "Harlem Nutcracker".
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Tech - BC highlights from a wet Chestnut Hill, the week 7 FFE lineup is on the way along with Girl's hoops and a Hall for the Killer.
But first in tonight's Extra Point he head to the
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the Dunhill Cup's opening day at St. Andrews. The US whipped England as Tiger was stroking, John Daly was smoking in more ways than one.
And captain Mark O'Meara was just plain on fire.
He shot a 67 that included this amazing birdie putt.
The U.S. beat England 3 matches to none.
The event continues later today in Scotland.
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Heavy rain, lots of turnovers, a bundle of blocked punts and another win for the Hokies tonight as they blank Boston College 17-to-nothing despite committing 6 turnovers themselves.
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As you have no doubt already guessed, the Tech defense and special teams were special.
Pierson Prioleau (PRAY-LOW) the senior Rover, who is headed to the NFL was on his way to the endzone in the first quarter as he picked off this Scott Mutryn pass and returned it 85 yards for the score. It's 7-to-nothing Tech at the half.
A half that was loaded with hard hitting defensive plays like this one from Corey Moore.
But the game was defined even more by the slick pigskins as both teams struggled to hang on in the rain.
The Hokies made it 14 to nothing in the third as Andre Davis set up a short Lamont Pegues TD run with yet another blocked punt off the toe of Jason Malecki.
The Hokies also posted an impressive goal line stand
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stopping BC on four downs inside the three.
The 15th ranked Hokies move to 5-and-0 with the
17-to-nothing win over BC.
The high school football season is evaporating quickly.
The season hits week number 7 tonight.
As a result, we'll have 17 games for you on Friday Football Extra.
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The Fleming Colonels are off tomorrow night and the break will give George "Kila" Miller a chance to return to his alma mater Elizabeth City State in North Carolina.
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Miller, who is Fleming's head football coach, was a 2 sport star during his playing days at the college. He will join four others being inducted into the Elizabeth City State sports Hall of Fame on Saturday night.
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Miller was a 4 time all conference champion and a 4 time NAIA champion in wrestling at the university. He was also captain on a football team that won the school's only conference championship.
And while Miller is appreciative of the recognition, his biggest honor is helping the stduent-athletes at Fleming.
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In girls high school hoops we check out Parry McCluer at Craig County, where both teams enterED last night's game undefeated in the Pioneer District.
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John Looney's Rockets look to improve their 4-4 overall record.
The Game would be scoreless through the first three
minutes, until Craig County's Gina Guthrie spots teammate Jody Harden open for the jumper and she scores it from the right side.
Back comes Perry McCluer as Nikki Barger steals the ball and races all the way down the floor, she wins the sprint and scores the bucket.
Then Gina Guthrie decides to take it straight to the hole, as she takes it up on three defenders and
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knocks down the layup.
But it was Parry McCluer remaining unbeaten in the district as they win it 41-to-37.
Also, last night Floyd beat Glenvar and Shawsville stomped Giles in the 3-Rivers. Ft. Chiswell beat Pocahontas.
Byrd improved to 14-and-0 with a tough win over Blacksburg.
The Atlanta Braves lost the to the Padres for the second time in less than 24 hours and as a result Atlanta no longer has the home field advantage in the National League championship series.
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The only run the Padres would need off starter Tom Glavine was manufactured in the 6th inning when Quilvio Veras singled up the middle and chased home a flying Chris Gomez.
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He beat Andruw Jones throw from center easily.
The Padres win it 3-to-nothing and lead the series 2 games to none.
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Still to come tonight we'll shift back to football and chekc in with the Carolina Panthers a day after Kerry Collins bizarre behavior.
Plus, there is nothing bizarre about these Panthers.
Ferrum is unbeaten and on the prowl in the division three ranks this season.
The Carolina Panthers got back to work this morning, a day after quarterback Kerry Collins took himself out of the starting lineup.
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Collins was at practice today working out as the third string QB.
The Panthers can now keep him, trade him or cut him.
Right now they're more concerned with getting a win with Dallas on deck this Sunday.
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Good news for Cowboys' fans today. Troy Aikman worked out and threw som even though he won't play on Sunday.
The Ferrum College Panthers are unbeaten and finally back in the national spotlight.
The Panthers are ranked 30th in the latest USA divison three poll. Last weekend Ferrum beat Methodist to move into the top spot in the Atlantic Central Football conference.
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Davis is also satisfied with the fact that the Panthers are undefeated at 4 and 0 and three of the wins have come on the road.
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[OUT Q=...job of executing."]
The Panthers play at Guilford this Saturday at one.
They only have four home games all season. Their next home contest October 17th against Chowan.
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