Coming up on news 7, police say a deadly form of heroin is on the streets of Roanoke.
and a contractor faces charges he scammed a Roanoke man on an alleged paving scheme.
On Health Check, state officials examine just how safe are Virginia school buses.
and we'll hear from the man who received a new hand in a revolutionary transplant operation.
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Roanoke police say an unsually pure form of heroin has apparently led to the death of two drug users and put another in the hospital.
All three incidents have happened in the last week.
Last Saturday, rescue workers found the body of one man inside a relative's home on Cherry Hill Road. Police say Charles Edward Roberts had injected himself with heroin.
Four days later, another man was found dead inside a motel room on Williamson Road.
Mark Allen Musgrove had a history of drug abuse, and police found a hypodermic needle and other drug paraphernalia near his body.
And just yesterday, another man was found unconscious inside a house on Hampton Avenue southwest. James David Johnson had also taken a dose of heroin. He was taken to the hospital.
Police say the heroin is being distributed on the street under the labels "Face to Face" and "Good News."
Hundreds of mourners and protestors attended the funeral today for an openly gay college student who was attacked in an apparent hate crime.
Manuel Gallegus reports on the final farewell for Matthew Shepard.
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((IN A DRENCHING SNOWFALL, THE FAMILY AND FRFIENDS OF MATTHEW SHEPARD GATHERED AT THE SAME WYOMING CHURCH IN WHICH HE WAS BAPTIZED. THE FAMILY WANTED A PRIVATE FUNERAL FOR THE YOUNG COLLEGE STUDENT, WHOSE HATEFUL
KILLING HAS SPARKED DEMONSTRATIONS AND DISCUSSIONS NATIONWIDE.
(SOT, DENNIS SHEPARD, VICTIM'S FATHER, "WE SHOULD TRY TO REMEM ER THAT
BECAUSE MATT'S LAW FEW MINUTES OF CONSCIOUSNESS ON EARTH MAY HAVE BEEN
HELL, HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS WANT MORE THAN EVER TO SAY THEIR FAREWELLS
TO HIM IN A PEACEFUL, DIGNIFIED AND LOVING MANNER.")
SHEPARD DIED MONDAY, FIVE DAYS AFTER BEING ROBBED AND BEATEN. TWO
21-YEAR OLDS ARE CHARGED WITH HIS MURDER. POLICE SAY ROBBERY WAS THE
MOTIVE, BUT THAT SHEPARD WAS SINGLED OUT FOR BEING GAY.
AT SHEPARD'S FUNERAL, A HANDFUL OF DEMONSTRATORS WHO SAID THEY WERE
BAPTIST CHURCH MEMBERS FRO KANSAS AND TEXAS CARRIED VULGAR SIGNS AND
YELLED AT THE MOURNERS. BUT THEIR PRESENCE ONLY STRENGHTENED SHEPARD'S
(SOT, MOURNER, NAME UNAVAILABLE "I'M GONNA ALWAYS HAVE THIS DAY TO
REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENED HERE, AND IT'S GOING TO GIVE ME WILLAND
MOTIVATION TO HELP THOSE I CAN, BECAUSE I KNOW THERE ARE SO MANY MORE
AND SHEPARD'S PARENTS OFFERED THIS MESSAGE:
(SOT, DENNIS SHEPARD, VICTIM'S FATHER, "A PERSON AS CARINGF AND LOVING
AS OUR SON MATTHEW WOULD HAVE BEEN OVERWHELMED BY WHAT THIS INCIDENT HAS
DONE TO THE HEARTS AND SOULS OF PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD. MATTHEW IS THE
TYPE OF PERSON THAT IF THIS HAD HAPPENED TO ANOTYHER PERSON, HE WOULD
HAVE BEEN THE FIRST ON THE SCENE TO OFFER HIS HELP, HIS HOPE AND HIS
HEART TO THE FAMILY. (CRIES)
MANUEL GALLEGUS, CBS NEWS, LOS ANGELES.)))
A plea agreement today in a four- year- old murder case in Lynchburg.
21- year- old Kevin Lamont Dammones (DAY-minz) admitted shooting Michael Smith to death in 1994 after Smith allegedly beat Dammones' mother.
Dammones was just 16 at the time and originally was not competent to stand trial.
His lawyer says Dammones is more mature today and understands the charges.. and today's guilty plea was the best resolution.
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((JIM HINGELEY/PUBLIC DEFENDER: THIS IS A GOOD WAY TO BRING CLOSURE TO A CASE THAT HAS GONE ON FOR A LONG TIME AND I CERTAINLY THINK THAT FROM THE DEFENSE PERSPECTIVE, WE WOULD AGREE THAT THIS IS A GOOD RESOLUTION OF A COMPLEX CASE.))
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[OUT Q=a complex case.]
Dammones pleaded guilty to a voluntary manslaughter charge.
He'll be sentenced in December.
Charges were certified today in the case of a man arrested last month for running a paving scam in Roanoke.
Ben Keene denied trying to take any money for the shoddy paving job.
Homeowner James Blackburn says Keene and another man conned him into accepting a load of asphalt the two men claimed was left over from another job.
Blackburn said he couldn't pin them down on a price, until the pavement was poured.
THEN ...they said, it would cost 14-hundred dollars.
[IN Q=I never]
((I NEVER NEGOTIATED ANY PRICE WHATSOEVER. YOU DIDN'T TELL HIM $1400? I DID NOT.))
[OUT Q=I did not.]
Judge Vince Lilley found Keene guilty of operating a business without a license... setting a sentence of 12 months in jail and a 25-hundred dollar fine.
He was allowed to remain on bond, pending appeal and trial on the more serious charge of trying to take money by false pretenses.
The smallest social security increase in recent years was announced today.
Many senior citizens are upset over the one-point-three percent cost of living increase.
Some seniors say times are already tight with high rent and food prices.
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Up next on our newscast, Roanoke comes out to honor the new Miss Virginia and the current Miss America,
and from Florida, the Yankee Clipper Joe Dimmaggio is in a Florida hospital suffering from pneumonia.
An accident on I-81 in Rockbridge County is tying up traffic.
It happened about 4:30, in the northbound lanes, near the Buffalo Creek mile marker.
That's a few miles south of Lexington.
No word on how many vehicles are involved.
Miss America has returned home and shes getting a big welcome from Roanoke.
Stacy Martin joins us now at the parade from Downtown Roanoke.
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Virginia's now housing just under 18- hundred prisoners from other states-- and more are on the way.
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It's part of the 400-million dollar prison building boom that former Governor George Allen spearheaded.
Today, the Senate Finance Committee learned Virginia has signed contracts to fill all three thousand empty beds over the next four years with out-of-state prisoners.
[IN Q=No I really]
((SEN. MADISON MARYE: NO I REALLY DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH IMPORTING THE PRISONERS. IF WE HAVE THE FACILITIES AND IT'S COSTING THE TAXPAYERS MONEY, I THINK WE HAVE TO FILL UP THE PRISONS.))
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The success of programs like correctional boot camp, and a drop in the crime rate, mean that Virginia will have surplus space in its JUVENILE correctional facilities too, for several years to come.
Students at Radford High school walked out of class today to protest the state's new standards of learning.
The new standards say possible field trips and extracurricular activities should be rescheduled so they do not take up class time.
One english class' trip to the theater was moved to the weekend.
But students with part time jobs and other commitments after school say they will miss these learning experiences.
The high school principal would not talk on camera but says he supports the new standards.
New York Yankee legend Joe DiMaggio won't be at the opening game of this year's World Series.
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He's in a Florida hospital being treated for pneumonia.
DiMaggio, who will be 84 next month, has been sick with pneumonia for several months.
Hollywood Memorial Hospital also has a children's wing named in his honor.
New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner wanted DiMaggio to throw out the first ball at Saturday's game that pits the Yankees against the San Diego Padres.
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The activities in downtown Roanoke never stop--
Coming up next on the newscast, Andrew Freiden proves there's lot's to do Tomorrow Morning.
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Coming up in Sports, a former NASCAR driver from our area receives a big honor.
And on Health Check,
we'll have an update on the man who received a new hand in revolutionary transplant surgery.
[IN Q=my hand is doing well]
((MY HAND IS DOING WELL THANK YOU. HEALTHWISE I'VE PROBABLY NEVER BEEN HEALTHIER IN ALL MY LIFE. ))
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More than 19-hundred motorists illegally passed Virginia school buses loading or unloading children one day last month.
That frightening statistic is actually good news.
It's down from 34- hundred in the same one day count two years ago.
Next week kicks off school bus safety week in Virginia.
In Henry County alone, five children have been injured by passing motorists in five years.
[IN Q=The third]
((THE THIRD ACCIDENT WAS JUST SO MUCH MORE HEARTBREAKING I THINK BECAUSE THE BUS HAD DONE ALL THE SHE POSSIBLY COULD, TWO OTHER MOTORISTS HAD STOPPED BEHIND THE BUS, AND YET THE DRIVER STILL WENT AROUND ALL THOSE VEHICLES AND PASSED ON THE RIGHT-HAND SIDE. THAT'S JUST SO DANGEROUS.))
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[OUT Q=so dangerous.]
Virginia law was made easier to enforce in 1997.
[IN Q=The driver]
((BARBARA GOODMAN/STATE PUPIL TRANSPORTATION DIRECTOR: THE DRIVER WITH THE LICENSE NUMBER ALONE CAN TAKE THAT INFORMATION AND TRY TO GET A WARRANT... ONE THAT'S ASSESSED THE PENALTY.))
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[OUT Q=the penalty.]
Statewide, 74 Virginia schoolchildren have died getting on or off a school bus since 1945.
The man who had a hand transplanted onto his arm, made a public appearance today.
Just 22 days after the surgery, he says he's never felt better.
New Zealand businessman Clint Hallam lost his right hand and forearm in a 1984 accident, but he says he never believed he was crippled.
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[IN Q=My mind never really]
((CLINT HALLAM-TRANSPLANT PATIENT: MY MIND NEVER REALLY SWITCHED OFF FROM NOT HAVING A HAND. IN THE 14 YEARS SINCE I WAS FIRST LOST IT, MY MIND HAD BEEN TRICKED INTO A SITUATION OF BELIEVING MY HAND HAD BEEN PUT ON ICE UNTIL IT COULD BE FIXED.))
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[OUT Q=COULD BE FIXED]
The surgeon who led the 13 hour operation says it's early, but he's hopeful Hallam will eventually get full use of the hand.
[IN Q=There is no]
((THERE IS NO SIGN OF REJECTION. IT'S OF COURSE SOMEWHAT EARLY TO SAY IT WILL NOT REJECT. WE ARE NOT ABOUT TO SAY THAT. BUT HE KNOWS EVERYTHING ABOUT IT.))
[OUT Q=everything about it.]
Hallam will leave the hospital this weekend, but he will remain in the area for treatment until December.
He'll then have to go through physical therapy for the next year and he'll have to take anti-rejection drugs for the rest of his life.
A former Nascar legend from our area is getting special recognition. Here with the details is Mike Stevens.[S5-Scott
Welceom everybody to a Friday ticker that begins with a bang.
News 7 Sports has learned that NASCAR's 50th anniversary season will be extra special for Wendell Scott's family.
The late driving legend from Danville will be among this year's inductees into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in Alabama.
The official announcement won't come until next Wednesday, but it is an honor long overdue for the Jackie Robinson of NASCAR.
Earlier this year Keens Mill Road in Danville was renamed in Scott's honor.
This afternoon we talked with Scott's son about the honor.
((FRANK SCOTT/WENDELL'S SON:))
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The Friday Football Extra schedule is all set for week number eight of the season.
Here is where you will find our crews tonight picking up the highlights of a number of key district games.
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And your weekend schedule of sportrson Your Hometoen Station is all set.
Tomorrow, the Busch race from Madison, Illinois comes your way at 12:30.
Then at 3:30 check out Big east footbal action as Boston College takes on Syracuse.
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And Sunday the NFL Today comes your way at Noon followed by the Ravens and the Steelers at one.
Steve Mason will be here with your college game day information tonight at 6.
I'll see you back here tonight at 11:35 for Friday Football Extra.
Have a safe weekend everybody.
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There's a full plate of activities going on downtown tomorrow.
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Andrew Freiden is hanging out in the shadow of the first union tower with the details.
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Even in the midst of a White House scandal, local education officials believe it's important that students respect their country.
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[IN Q=I pledge allegiance]
((I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.))
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This week, the Roanoke city school board unanimously approved a resolution that makes the Pledge of Allegiance part of every school's normal routine.
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[IN Q=Now, what's]
((MELINDA PAYNE/SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER: NOW, WHAT'S GOING TO TAKE PLACE IS THAT IN EVERY CLASSROOM, THE TEACHER WILL LEAD HIS OR HER STUDENTS THROUGH THE PLEDGE ON A DAILY BASIS. SO, I'M REALLY HAPPY ABOUT THAT.))
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[OUT Q=happy about that]
Officials say students with a religious objection may keep their seats during the pledge.
Currently, only SIX city schools incorporate the pledge into their daily schedules.