It's anything BUT "good news," but that's one of the street names "Good News" - -for heroin that killed two people
in Roanoke this week.
We've got the late-breaking story up top on NEWS 7 at SIX.
And a pledge to put allegiance to the flag back in city schools.
In sports, week eight of Friday Football Extra is here, Previews of the Tech and UVa games to come,
and soon fans will be able to experience Danville native Wendell Scott in the International Motor Sports Hall of Fame.
Nothing but Blue Skies as Lena Horne would say, and she'd be exactly right about our upcoming weekend. Stay tuned for all those sunny skies.
Roanoke police say an unusually pure form of heroin now circulating in the city may be responsible for up to three recent overdoses ... two of them deadly.
The information was released within the last two hours.
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Joe Dashiell is outside the Roanoke police department with more.
Keith, the first death ocurred one week ago. Since then a second person has died from an overdose, and a third was found unconscious after injecting himself with heroin.
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((LT. RON CARLISLE: IT'S APPARENT TO US AT THIS POINT THAT A POWERFULLY POTENT HEROIN HAS HIT THE STREETS OF ROANOKE AND THAT IF THIS HEROIN IS INJECTED IT COULD VERY LIKELY CAUSE DEATH.))
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Roanoke Police say at least two of the incidents involve an unusually pure form of heoirn that was carelessly cut and packaged by dealers.
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Vice Commander, Lt. Ron Carlisle says The drugs involved in these overdoses carried the street labels Face to Face... and Good News printed on the glassine bags in which the heroin was distributed.
These are the first heroin overdose deaths since a major heroin ring was broken up last year... But to put this in perspective... it isn't unusual to see three heroin deaths in the city of Roanoke... and five or six in the Roanoke Valley over the course of an entire year.
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So Keith, three overdoses and two deaths in one week are very troubling... and Lt. Carlisle tells us all 12 vice investigators are now working these cases.
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An accident on I-81 in Rockbridge County has traffic backed up for miles.
It's in the NORTHBOUND lanes, near mile marker 180. That's about eight miles south of Lexington.
There's no official word on how many vehicles are involved. News-7 has a crew on the way, and we'll the details f
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Radford high school students held a protest on school grounds this afternoon, saying educational field trips should not be pushed to the weekends.
The state's new standards of learning say field trips and extracurricular activities should be rescheduled so they do NOT take up class time.
But these students say due to part-time jobs, for example, they would then miss foreign language competitions or museum trips.
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((CAROLINE JOHNSTON/STUDENT: THE MAIN THING ABOUT HIGH SCHOOL ... ON OUR OWN?))
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Students say they earned failing test grades in several classes for attending this rally.
The principal would not comment on camera but says he supports the new standards.
A school principal in Pulaski says this is the first time she's suspended a child for toting a water gun.
Seven-year-old Grant Adkins was allowed to return to Claremont Elementary School today.
He was forced to miss class yesterday after he accidentally brought a water gun to school.
The principal says it looked like a real pistol and could have created panic.
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((STARR BIVENS/PRINCIPAL: IT'S A POTENTIAL FOR A DANGEROUS SITUATION. A WATER GUN OR SQUIRT GUN IS ALSO A PROJECTILE AND WE NEVER KNOW WHAT MAY BE IN A WATER GUN OR A SQUIRT GUN. IT COULD BE WATER. IT COULD BE ACID. IT COULD BE BLEACH.
CHRISTA ADKINS/BOY'S MOTHER: MY SON HANDLED IT BY GIVING IT TO THE TEACHER AS SOON AS HE REALIZED HE HAD IT. IN SITUATIONS LIKE THAT I THINK SUSPENDING THEM IS TOO HARSH.))
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The seven-year-old says his sister stuck the squirt gun in his bookbag.
Bivens says the boy was suspended for one day instead of two -- because he did not mean to bring the gun to school.
A stolen pickup truck in Henry County may be linked to jewelry store robbery in North Carolina.
Police say a black Chevy pickup truck was stolen this morning from a convenience store in Ridgeway.
The thieves could be the same two men who stole diamond rings from an Eden, North Carolina jewelry store on Wednesday.
Henry County authorities have been looking for the robbers since they were first spotted in Virginia Wednesday nigh
A four- year- old murder case ended with a guilty plea today in Lynchburg.
21- year- old Kevin Lamont Dammones (DAY-minz) shot and killed his mother's boyfriend in 1994.
He was only recently found mentally competent to stand trial.
Dammones pled guilty to a reduced charge of voluntary manslaughter.
He'll be sentenced in December.
(( WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE))
And an ordained minister from Salem pled guilty today to counterfeiting.
Police say 41- year- old Sandy Eddis Witcher used his wife's color copier to make about a thousand dollars worth of bogus 20's and 100 dollar bills.
Witcher passed five of the bills at businesses in Madison Heights last winter.
He'll also be sentenced in December.
In Roanoke... the judge concluded: "it sounds like a scam to me."
And a city construction inspector pronounced the work: "sloppy."
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But Benjamin Keene was released on bond.
He'll be back... to start over in CIRCUIT court-- hoping a JURY will believe his story ...That he was just shoveling asphalt.
A team of workers put in a driveway last month on Lynn Avenue.
They convinced Homeowner James Blackburn they had some asphalt left over from another job- -material that they might as well put to good use for just a few dollars.
((WHEN HE FINISHED PUTTING IT DOWN, I SAID, "OK, HOW MUCH?" HE SAID, "WELL, IT LOOKS LIKE $1456."))
When Blackburn balked at that, he says Keene said he'd settle for 14-hundred.
((I NEVER NEGOTIATED ANY PRICE WHATSOEVER. YOU DIDN'T TELL HIM $1400? I DID NOT.))
The city Construction Inspector says the pavement was just 3-quarters of an inch thick.
((OVERALL VERY POOR, SLOPPY.))
Angel says what took 15 minutes should have been at least half a day's work- -if done right- -that it should have been an inch and a half to 2 inches thick.
((IT SOUNDS LIKE A SCAM TO ME. $2500 FINE AND 12 MONTHS IN JAIL.))
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Keene's free on bail... pending appeal. Co-defendant Harry Lee Small is set for trial next month.
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The area's furniture makers put next year's product on the market. Still ahead, Jean Jadhon reports from North Carolina.
And next, the Pledge of Allegiance is about to resume its customary place in Roanoke schools.
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Many of us, as students, recited the Pledge of Allegiance as part of the school-day tradition.
Only SIX Roanoke city schools currently make it part of their routine.
This week, the Roanoke school board voted to change that.
Kimberly McBroom reports.
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[SUPER=01-Tom Dunleavy/Fishburn Park Principal;]
[SUPER=01-Melinda Payne/School Board Member;]
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For six years now, THIS is how students at Fishburn Park Elementary School have begun their day.
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((I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.))
Second graders take turns stepping up to the microphone, leading their classmates in the daily pledge.
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((BRANDON HAWLEY/SECOND GRADER: WHY WE SAY THE PLEDGE IS BECAUSE, WHEN THEY HAD THE WARS, THE FLAG DIDN'T FALL DOWN. THAT'S WHY WE SAY THE PLEDGE, I THINK.))
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((TOM DUNLEAVY/FISHBURN PARK PRINCIPAL: MOST OF OUR STUDENTS PARTICIPATE. THERE ARE, OF COURSE, SOME RELIGIOUS GROUPS THAT DO NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE PLEDGE AND FINE, WE RESPECT THAT. AND WE MAKE SURE THOSE INDIVIDUALS ARE TREATED WITH DIGNITY IN THE CLASSROOM, AS THEY MAKE A CHOICE.))
But Fishburn Park is one of only a few city schools which ALREADY incorporated the pledge into their schedules.
That came as a surprise to school board member Melinda Payne.
Payne initiated the resolution for teachers to lead their classes in the pledge every day.
The board unanimously approved that resolution this week.
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((MELINDA PAYNE/SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER: I DO THINK THAT CHILDREN NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS THEIR COUNTRY. THEY NEED TO BE PROUD OF IT, AND I THINK THE PLEDGE WILL HELP THEM TO SEE THAT AND TO UNDERSTAND THAT PATRIOTISM IS PART OF LIFE.))
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((KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7: BUT SAYING THE PLEDGE WON'T BECOME ROUTINE OVERNIGHT. SCHOOL OFFICIALS MUST FIRST PUT FLAGS ON DISPLAY IN EACH CLASSROOM. THEY EXPECT TO PHASE IN THIS PATRIOTIC TRADITION CITY- WIDE BY NOVEMBER FIRST. KIMBERLY MCBROOM, NEWS 7.))
Wall Street followed yesterday's strong showing with more gains.
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The Dow climbed more than 117 points today, to finish at 84-17. NASDAQ up 10.
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If you're in the market for furniture, check out the International Home Furnishings market.
That's where furniture makers show off their new stuff.
Jean Jadhon is following the trends from High Point, North Carolina.
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(( What you think of a red sofa in your home?
It's one of the hottest new items from Rowe Furniture.
The word at market is- if it's bright- it's in.
CHRIS MADDEN/BASSETT CREATIVE CONSULTANT: AND YOU KNOW JUST MIX IT UP WITH SOMETHING AS FUN AS FLOWERS GIVES IT PUNCH- YOU DON'T NEED FORMAL ROOM MATCHING SUITE.
JEAN JADHON/NEWS 7: EXPECT TO SEE MORE CASUAL COMFORTABLE FURNITURE- BECAUSE AS LIFESTYLES CHANGE- SO DOES FURNITURE. IT'S NOT ONLY MORE COMFORTABLE BUT MORE FUNCTIONAL AS WELL.
In Fact at Stanley furniture, home office is the fastest growing category.
And more people working out of the home has also prompted new pieces at Hooker Furniture.
YOU HAVE TO PULL IT OUT FOR YOUR PRINTER
Units are large enough to house an office full of equipment-
and the bigger TV's get, the bigger furniture gets.
BILL UTELY/HOOKER FURNITURE: INSTEAD OF ONE PIECE ENTERTAINMENT CENTERS HOUSING 25 OR 27 INCH tv THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE TO BE TWO PIECE UNITS THAT HOUSE 35 OR 40 INCH TV'S.
Head to the dining room though and you'll find china cabinets are no longer as huge as they used to be.
IT'S ATRADITIONAL FEEL SIMPLIFIED WITH DEEP CONE CUT.
Traditional is still in- but as always furniture makers are looking for a new twist to interest you.
KELLY CAIN/STANLEY FURNITURE: ONE OF THE ELEMENTS THAT WAS VERY POPULAR IN THE WEST INDIES OR BRITISH COLUMBIA IS THE USE OF TURNINGS LOTS OF TURNINGS WHERE YOU'VE GOT A TURNED AND CARVED POST.
At Bassett, salesmen are peddling the Asian look-
They hope rich prints are big sellers this year.
Black is also big-
From here, stories decide what they'll carry...then YOU decide what really sells.
In High Point NC JJ News 7.))
By the way, you can't really go shopping at the "Furniture Market." It's for dealers only.
Danville native and racing legend Wendell Scott is all set to become a track hall of famer, College pregame reports to come,
and Roy Stanley will preview the FFE match up between Pulaski and Fleming.
We begin tonight with some big news of the late, great NASCAR star - Webdell Scott.
The 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 News 7 sports has learned that Scott has earned a spot in the hall.
This afternoon we talked with Scott's son about the significance of being inducted during NASCAR's 50th anniversary season.
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((FRANK SCOTT/WENDELL'S SON:))
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Friday Football Extra's featured game tonight involves Roanoke Valley District rivals Pulaski and William Fleming. Roy Stanley has more.
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[SUPER=01-Joel Hicks/Cougar Head Coach; :14]
[SUPER=01-George "Kila" Miller/Colonel Head Coach; :43]
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((Heading into the 8-th week of the season, The Cougars are beginning to peak. Pulaski County has won two of its last three games including a victory over Franklinn County last friday night.))
((JOE HICKS/COUGAR HEAD COACH:))
((Fleming has also finally gotten in the groove after opening the season with losses to Glass, Amherst County and Petersburg.
The Colonels have won two straight and return to action after a week off.))
((GEORGE MILLER/COLONEL HEAD COACH:))
((The Cougars have a saying that to win the R-V-D you must go through Pulaski County.
And with both teams peaking at the same time the game should be a good one. The Cougars have 4 wins this season and the Colonels 3.
And the Winnner will be in control of the Roanoke Valley district.))
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Big East leader Virginia Tech hosts Temple tomorrwo at 1pm in a homecoming match up.
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The Hokies return to Lane Stadium Worsham field after a 17 to nothing win over Boston College.
The Owls are winless in 6 games but the Hokies remember the close game in Philadelphia last year.
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The ACC lead is at stake tomorrow. number 25 Georgia Tech hosts 7th ranked Virginia at 3:30.
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[SUPER=01-George Welsh/UVa Head Coach; :00]
[SUPER=01-Anthony Poindexter/UVa Safety; :14]
[OUT Q=...for the defense"]
VMI plays at Chattanooga tomorrow at 7pm.
The Express plays at Hampton tonight in game two of the season.
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last night,the 1997 Northeast Division Championship banner was unveiled before a season opening loss to hampton Roads. Tonight, damiel Berthiaume reutrns in net.
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She's only the second woman from Virginia to ever win the Miss America title...
and today Nicole Johnson was honored with a homecoming parade.
In Downtown Roanoke this afternoon, local bands and cheerleaders kicked off the event with Johnson and other title holders including the new Miss Virginia, Anita Booth following behind.
Johnson says she plans to return to the area in two weeks to participate in another local event.
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