Coming up on News 7-
A manhunt continues for a death row escapee who scaled razor wire fences in Texas.
New rules could limit the number of dogs Roanokers can own.
Plus finding pooch presents is no problem at one Florida store.
News 7 is next.
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((OMA SPENCER/DOG OWNER; I DON'T FEEL LIKE IT'S RIGHT FOR PEOPLE WHO LOOK AFTER THEIR ANIMALS, I DON'T FEEL LIKE THEY SHOULD BE PENALIZED BECAUSE WE HAVE FOLKS THAT DON'T))
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Proposed changes in Roanoke's dog ordinance have some pet owners upset.
Good evening, I'm Jean Jadhon...
Some dog owners say some changes go too far.
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Eric Earnhart is in the newsroom with more.
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Jean, a limit on how many dogs you can own concerns breeders specifically.
There was universal agreement on one thing.
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(( There was resounding support for a pooper scooper law... Charles and Nancy Ayline live across from Raleigh Court park
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((CHARLES AYLINE/RESIDENT; KIDS PLAY THERE, OUR LITTLE LEAGUE PRACTICES THERE, AND DOGS POOP THERE. OUR PARKS SHOULD NOT BE TOILETS FOR DOGS.))
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((DUANE HOWARD/RESIDENT; HIGHLAND PARK HAS BECOME A CESSPOOL BY THE DOGS, YOU CANNOT WALK INTO THE PARK, OR TAKE YOUR CHILDREN INTO THE PARK))
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((PHYLLIS GRAY/RESIDENT; I WOULD BE GLAD TO BE LIKE A VIGILANTE AND GO AFTER THESE PEOPLE, I'LL CALL YOU.))
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But other amendments concerned these dog owners... one limits a household to four dogs, and ONLY if all are sterilized.
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((JILL WRIGHT/KENNEL CLUB MEMBER; I'VE NOTICED NOWHERE IN HERE THAT'S YOU'VE MENTIONED A GRANDFATHER CLAUSE, IT'S ALMOST LIKE TELLING SOMEBODY THEY CAN ONLY HAVE SO MANY CHILDREN.))
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And sterilized dogs can't participate in competition... Dog shows bring hundreds of thousands of dollars to the area.
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((LEE FITZGERALD/KENNEL CLUB MEMBER; WOULDN'T THAT BE A GRAND THING TO RUN OUT OF TOWN, IF THE PEOPLE CANNOT HAVE DOGS HERE IN ROANOKE))
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And a mandatory leash law could make some types of training illegal.
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((MICHELLE FISHER-POFF/SEARCH & RESCUE DOG OWNER; PART OF WHAT GOES INTO TRAINING SEARCH DOGS IS TRAINING OFF-LEASH, IN PARKS AND SCHOOLS;))
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The medical examiner's report is in -- and it says a man who died in the custody of Roanoke police overdosed on cocaine.
Derek Poindexter was pepper sprayed by officers in October after refusing to spit an object out of his mouth.
The police thought he was chewing crack cocaine.
A medical examiner's report shows Poindexter had a high concentration of cocaine in his blood when he died.
But according to officials, a report on mouth swab samples has not been returned.
Poindexter's relatives say they're dissatisfied with the results and will request a follow-up investigation.
The police officer who made headlines for using pepper spray on a 77-year-old grandmother was fired today.
Roanoke County police suspended Russell Metcalf while they finished the investigation.
As Scott Goldberg reports, county police said getting rid of Metcalf was the best way to resolve a bad situation.
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((Goldie Akers said she didn't do anything wrong earlier this month when she was checking her mail.
But she was sitting in her car, facing the wrong way on a busy road.
And when Officer Russell Metcalf approached her, she didn't answer his questions.
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((HODGE: SHOULD SHE HAVE BEEN SITTING THERE? NO. IT WAS DANGEROUS. BUT HE COULD HAVE DONE SOMETHING ELSE AND HE SHOULD HAVE.))
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What Russel did was follow Akers back up her driveway, where he sprayed pepper spray in the 77-year-old's face.
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The County's police chief said it was an isolated incident.
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((SCOTT GOLDBERG: METCALF'S LAWYER SAID THIS ISN'T OVER AND THAT METCALF WILL APPEAL HIS TERMINATION. GOLDIE AKERS LAWYER SAID BASED ON WHAT HE KNOWS ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED THAT DAY, FIRING METCALF WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. SCOTT GOLDBERG, NEWS-7, ROANOKE COUNTY.))
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It now appears Republicans are expanding the impeachment inquiry- to include Democratic Fundraising.
Sources say the House Judiciary Committee wants secret Justice Department memos relating to possible fundraising irregularities in President Clinton's 1996 campaign.
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Four days of searching- and no sign of a death row inmate who escaped from a Texas prison.
Six death row inmates made a run for it.
When guards opened fire, the others surrendered-
Not Martin (Ga-roo-lee) who srambled over two razor wire fences and into the woods.
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(Ga-roo-lee) Garule was on death row for killing a restaurant owner and worker.
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A shootout disrupted Holiday Travel at Los Angeles International Airport.
It started when police chased two murder suspects through L-A- one police officer was killed in a shootout at a mall.
Then the chase continued to the airport where gunfire erupted again.
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The second suspect was injured at the airport, no other people were wounded but part of the airport terminal was closed until six this morning.
The officer killed in the first shootout leaves behind a 7-year old daughter.
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The temperatures may be warm but the season is rolling into Washington D-C.
The Capitol Christmas Tree arrived from North Carolina- It's a Fraser Fur- fifty feet tall.
The Speaker of the House will light the tree next week.
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A 35-year old former school teacher was sentenced in Wythe County today for having sex with one of his students.
Michael Blevins will spend 15-years in prison.
The girl was a student at Rural Retreat high school and was 13 at the time the two began their relationship.
Blevins has yet to be sentenced in Smyth County for charges there pertaining to the same girl.
Blevins is also facing sentencing in Montgomery County where he was convicted of having sex with two OTHER underage girls... who attended Shawsville high school where he worked as a teacher and coach.
Authorities say a woman burning trash in a barrel accidentally ignited a forest fire that scorched several acres of an Amherst County mountaintop today.
Crews were called to this home on Wares Gap Road around 2:30.
The homeowner said she only turned her back for a moment when sparks from the trash barrel had ignited nearby woods.
The fire gutted three outbuildings and blackened about five acres of woods before crews could bring it under control.
A helicopter was called in from another forest fire in Nelson County to help extinguish the blaze.
Virginia began doing instant background checks on people purchasing handguns in November 1989.
Two years later the state did the same for rifles and shotguns.
Since then authorities have tracked down nearly 500-wanted criminals.
Almost 35-hundred others were arrested for attempting to illegally buy a gun.
And more than 15-thousand sales were denied after background checks were completed.
Today, the rest of the nation began using the same system.
Local gun dealers say new users will find the system is like a double-edged sword.
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((JOHN COLEMAN/TREEBARK OUTFITTERS; THE UPSIDE IS THE SYSTEM WORKS....MAY TAKE SEVERAL DAYS.))
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State Police say the upside is that the system works and that Virginia will have access to certain records as a result of the nationwide rollout.
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
Coming up on News 7, a boost to Southside's economy and education.
Plus, 2 answers, 1 problem.
The latest on lawmakers' quest to beef up school construction statewide.
Details straight ahead.
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((Welcome folks to what has been a wild Monday. We'll have highlights from the Cassell where the Lady Hokies crushed 17th ranked UVa tonight.
The Tech football team gets invited to go bowling in Nashville.
The all-acc team is announced tonight, while one of the league's coaches gets fired.
Hey, we can't all get a trophy.
See you in a few minutes in sports.))
Two different commissions studying school construction needs in Virginia have come up with two different answers.
The General Assembly commission has recommended 600-million dollars in state aid for bricks and mortar.
That mirrors the Democratic party's promises.
So it was NO major surprise today that the Governor's commission backed HIS school funding proposal.
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((WILBERT BRYANT/VIRGINIA SECRETARY OF EDUCATION: I CAN TELL YOU, HOWEVER, THAT THE RESULTS BEAR OUT WHAT WE DISCUSSED AT OUR LAST MEETING. THE NEEDS OF OUR SCHOOL DIVISIONS ARE VARIED AND ARE NOT CONCENTRATED AROUND SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION.))
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Only nine of Gilmore's 17 commission members were present -- and eight voted to recommend his plan to give lottery profits back to localities to spend how they see fit.
Halifax County's superintendent sat on the commission-- and had mixed feelings about the political overtones of today's vote.
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((DENNIS WITT/HALIFAX CO. SUPERINTENDENT: OH I THINK IT WAS GREATLY INFLUENCED BY THE GOVERNOR'S PROPOSAL. AND THE COMMISSION SUPPORTS THAT PROPOSAL AND THAT WILL BE USED AS THE GOVERNOR CARRIES FORWARD HIS PROGRAM FOR THE LOTTERY MONEY.))
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How 310-million dollars in annual lottery profits is spent is shaping up as a major legislative debate for January.
Southside Virginia is getting some money to help improve education and economic development there.
Officials with the group "Dan River Region Vision" announced today they're receiving a grant for more than 46-thousand dollars.
The money comes from a private foundation aimed at building stronger communities.
"Dan River Region Vision" combines the resources of Danville, Pittsylvania County and Caswell County North Carolina to benefit all three.
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((CARLYLE RAMSEY/DANVILLE COMMUNITY COLLEGE: THE VISION IS TO ENABLE THIS AREA TO BECOME MORE COMPETITIVE IN TERMS OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TO EXPAND AND RETAIN JOBS AND TO HAVE LITERALLY TO HAVE THE BEST EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM IN THE COMMONWEALTH AND IN NORTH CAROLINA.))
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Ramsey says it will take active community participation to realize these goals.
Millions of women take the estrogen drug (Prem-a-rin) Premarin, but one Craig County woman wants it off the market.
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Tera Houston is protesting the drug made from the urine of pregnant mares.
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She says the process for collecting the estrogen from the horses is inhumane.
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((TERA HOUSTON/SILVER SPRING EQUINE RESCUE: I DON'T THINK A LOT OF THEM GET EXERCISE WHEN THEY'RE IN THE COLLECTION BARNS, BECAUSE THEY HAVE THEM IN VERY NARROW STALLS AND A LOT OF TIMES THEY'RE TIED UP AND STANDING ON CONCRETE WHICH IS REALLY BAD FOR THEIR LEGS.))
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Now Houston is on a crusade to save (Prem-a-rin) Premarin mares and their foals through her horse rescue farm in New Castle.
The makers of (Prem-a-rin) Premarin say the PMU ranches are highly regulated and the horses used in the production of the drugs are cared for and treated well.
Still to come, the issue of global warming is fueling some debate for Virginia Farmers.
And, tails are wagging over a bakery that's definitely GONE TO THE DOGS.
A look at how some folks are sprucing up their canines' holidays, later in the newscast.
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Global Warming is causing some worries for Virginia Farmers -- not because of the changing climate, but because of changing policies.
At the Virginia Farm Bureau convention today
in Roanoke, State Climatologist Pat Michaels warned that constant news stories about severe weather are fueling increased legislation.
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((DAN RATHER/CBS NEWS: EL NINO IS STILL CAUSING PROBLEMS FOR PEOPLE AND PROPERTY...))
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Michaels warned farmers today that the United States government is close to ratifying an international treaty that would raise fuel prices in the United States.
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((PAT MICHAELS/VA STATE CLIMATOLOGIST: IF OUR PRICE OF ENERGY IS RAISED, THEN IT COSTS MORE FOR THE FARMER TO PRODUCE SOMETHING HERE THAN IT DOES IN OTHER NATIONS OF THE WORLD WHERE THE TREATY DOES NOT TAKE EFFECT. ))
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Michaels is a well known Climatologist known for his view that Global Warming isn't really a big problem.
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The Tech women crush the Cavs at the Cassell. VMI gives Wake fits.
Tech is bowling in Nashville and the all-acc team is out.
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As is the Walter Camp award. Tonight University of Texas running back Ricky Williams was named the player of the year in college football.
He set a dozen records this season and tied four more. He finished his career with 6279 yards.
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The Lady Hokies are starting to break school records. The five and oh start is the best ever and last night the taste of victory was even sweeter as win number five comes against 17th ranked UVA.
Denise Allen has more from the Cassell.
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(( Saturday's football defeat at the hands of UVA still burned in Hokie hearts and this game too, was to be a tale of two halves.
In the first half the two teams were toe to toe, Tech's biggest lead was seven.
The Cavaliers battled back and the lead exchanged hands several times before the Hokies would take a one point lead into the locker room.
The story line changed for the last 20 minutes--Katie O'Conners leaning lay-up gave the Hokies the 46-37 lead with nearly three minutes gone in the half.
U-V-A's scoring drought continued and when Tere Williams sank this one, Tech had score 14 unanswered points.
The closest UVA came in the second half was seven Erin Stovall drilled three of her 14 here, but the record Hokie crowd of more than 51-hundred made a formidable sixth man.
WITH THIS VICTORY THE LADY HOKIES HAVE LIGHTEN THE HEARTS OF TECH FANS. THIS IS THE FIRST VICTORY OVER THE CAVS SINCE THE 94-94 SEASON AND THE FIVE AND OH RECORD IS THE BEST IN SCHOOL HISTORY.
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Three Thousand and 35 fans turned out at Cameron Hall last night to watch ACC power Wake Forest battle VMI.
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The 0-and-3 Keydets were looking to pull off a major upset against Dave Odom's proven 5-and-1 Deacons.
Wake doubled up its lead early in the first half when ACC freshman of the year Robert O'Kelley scored two of his team high 16 points.
But with 9:47 left in the first half, former Cave Spring star Matt Matheny knocks down 3 of his 17 points and we all tied up.
Near the end of the first half, Andre Quarles scores a triple of his own. He had a game high 20 and it's 39-to-33 Wake at the half.
Eight minutes into the second half the Keydets closed the gap as Zack Batte (BAT-TAY) hit this shot VMI was in the lead, on top 50-to-49.
But Wake would pull away in the final 8 minutes as the Demon Deacons escape with their lives and another win taking it 75-to-61.
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The Virginia Tech Hokies found out they'll be making music in the postseason as they were picked for the Music City bowl in Nashville yesterday.
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Tech athletic director Jim Weaver attended a news conference in music city yesterday afternoon to officially accept the bowl invitation.
The fact that Nashville is only 6 hours from Blacksburg made it to accept the invite.
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The Hokies will play a southeastern conference opponent in the game and that likely will be Alabama or Kentucky, but another SEC team could sneak into the picture.
Two Hokies from Tennessee are glad to be going back home for the big game.
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Frank Beamer has met with Clemson officials but it looks like the Tigers head coaching job will go to the man from New Orleans.
Tulane's Tommy Bowden got the grand tour of the Tigers' facilities.
Bowden led the Tulane Green Wave to an 11-and-oh record this season and a berth in the Liberty Bowl.
We also have learned Clemson has scheduled a mandatory players meeting for tomorrow afternoon.
A newsconference is also in the works.
Still to come tonight, we'll turn our attention to ACC football fulltime as a coach in the league gets canned
and another uts seven of this players on the first team all-acc squad.
The postseason awards began today in the ACC with the announcement of the All-Atlantic Coast Conference team.
Leading the way on the defensive side is Chris Combs, the former Patrick Henry star who just finished up his junior year with the Blue Devils.
He earns a first team spot at defensive end.
Anthony Poindexter also is a first team selection for the third straight year.
Poindexter makes the team despite blowing out his knee after seven games of the season.
The Cavaliers put seven players on the first team including Thomas Jones, Casey Crawford, Wali Rainer and Patrick Kerney.
Former Fleming star John St. Clair was a second team all-ACC selection as a center.
The player and coach of the year honors will be coming out soon. But today the harsh reality of big time athletics hit home in Durham as
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Fred Goldsmith was fired with four years remaining on his contract.
In his five seasons at Duke, Goldsmith had just 17 wins and 39 losses.
His best team was the 1994 squad that played in the Hall of Fame Bowl.
Duke was four and 7 this year.
Finally tonight--if your holiday shopping includes a special treat for the family's loyal pet, a store in Florida is a Christmas Canine Wonderland.
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Your favorite pet won't find any visions of sugar plums dancing in this doggy bakery, but the owner has plenty of tail-wagging treats.
There are beagle bagels and boxer bon-bons, and even a specially made Pooch-Pop --
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And if your Christmas list includes a robe for Rover, you can find that also at "Max's Place" -- named after the owner's dog.
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