A murder suspect charged with firing at officers surrenders in front of our News 7 cameras, then has a pleasant chat with those same deputies.
And you'll see first-hand why a local delegate wants to change child pornography laws for the internet.
Tonight on News 7 sports, we'll continue our postseason bowl stories as we check in with the Hokies.
Plus, Salem is gearing up for a big parade.
and Rick Mast's son Ricky is making plans to begin his racing career.
A vigorous cold front with temperature extremes of thirty and forty degrees will swing through tonight, bringing showers and then much, MUCH colder temepratures for the remainder of the Holiday Week. Details forthcoming.
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A long manhunt ends when a suspected killer surrenders to police, right in front of our News 7 cameras.
Good evening, I'm Jean Jadhon. Keith has the night off.
They never thought catching a fugitive they feared would be this easy.
Police from Henry County ended a six day manhunt they were conducting with surrounding counties and state police.
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It happened when accused murderer Clyde Howard Junior turned himself in, stepping out the woods and into the hands of authorities.
He had been on the run since Tuesday, and he had threatened to kill anyone who came after him.
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It came to an end in Spencer, West of Martinsville in Henry County. That 's where Scott Goldberg joins us with the latest.
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Franklin County authorities have identified the two men they are looking for in connection with the beating death of a Roanoke man.
The suspects are 29-year old Thomas Wayne Akers and 27-year old Timothy Dwayne Martin, both of Roanoke.
Franklin County authorities say Wesley Smith of Northeast Roanoke was bludgeoned to death and left lying by a creek in a field near Ferrum College.
Investigators say Smith was last seen with the two men in his car just hours before his death.
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Officials suspect Akers and Martin robbed the 24-year old Hancock Steel worker.
The two are still at large.
They face capital murder and robbery charges.
This picture shows Smith's car- it's described as a Camden green 1995 Mercury Tracer with Virginia license plates that read WES-MODE.
Franklin County officials are asking that anyone who has seen a car fitting this description to call the sheriff's office at (540) 483-3000.
Sheriff's deputies who put their lives on the line may be looking at a raise.
The Governor's PROPOSED budget for 1999 includes a nine-point three percent pay raise for ALL deputies.
As Teresa Hamilton reports-- it's been nearly 20-years since a major raise like this has been proposed.
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Kris Weaver has been with the Montgomery County Sheriff's department for about four years, now.
And has seen a number of his colleagues LEAVE for higher salaries in neighboring police departments.
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Area Sheriffs say it's just as hard to RECRUIT qualified applicants.
For counties, like Pulaski and Montgomery, that DON'T supplement deputy pay-- starting salary is a little more 21- thousand dollars-- with NO guarantee of a raise.
Whereas in Christiansburg-- starting pay is nearly 24- thousand with raises totally roughly 73-hundred dollars over the next five years.
Virginia Tech offers even more.
There police officers start out at more than 24-thousand dollars and can expect to make more than 28-thousand in five years.
The state's sheriffs must also compete with the Virginia State police.
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A spokesman with the Virginia Sheriff's Association says this could be a record year for deputy sheriff's because they could also get the regular state worker pay raise, as well.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7.
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A new company is on the way here, bringing more than one hundred jobs. The details are still ahead on News 7.
Next, can legislators limit child porn on the internet? One local delegate thinks Virginia should try.
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The images are shocking.. children, some as young as six years old.. engaged in sex acts with adults.
But it's all available on the Internet.. and now some local lawmakers hope to crack down on those who elicit and distribute images of child pornography.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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"It" is child pornography, and it's no longer a big city, back alley kind of problem.. now some of the most disturbing images are just a few clicks away on your home computer.
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It took Bedford County's undercover on- line investigator just a few minutes to enter a chat room, locate a potential offender and get them to send an illicit image of child pornography.
The detective says there are thousands of such people out there looking to prey on unsuspecting children.
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((RANDY KRANTZ/BEDFORD CO. PROSECUTOR: EVERY ONE OF THESE CHILDREN THAT ARE ON THE INTERNET IN THIS WAY, IN THIS SEXUAL ABUSE, EITHER BECOME TOMORROW'S VICTIM OR UNFORTUNATELY BECOME TOMORROW'S ABUSER AND IT BECOMES A SELF- PERPETUATING CYCLE.))
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In just a few months, Bedford authorities have helped nab eight suspected cyber- pornographers. Now, Lynchburg delegate Kathy Byron wants to toughen Virginia's child porn laws.. by making possession of child pornography a fe
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((But Byron and the others agree that all the laws in the world can't protect the ten million children using the Internet.. they say parents need to get involved and become more aware of what their children are doing on- line. Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
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Police arrested a Roanoke woman today for allegedly starving her baby daughter to death.
27-year old Crystal Denise Johnson is charged with murder and felony child neglect.
Her daughter Princess Johnson died in May of severe dehydration, 23 days after she was born.
Prosecutor Alice Ekirch (EE-kurch) says the little girl tested cocaine positive at birth.
Police arrested Crystal Johnson in Greensboro, North Carolina.
The bulls returned to Wall Street today.
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The Dow jumped 85 points to 89-89. NASDAQ soared 52 to a new record high.
A German company is setting up shop in Henry County, bringing up to 105 jobs.
Mehler (MAY-ler) A-G is buying a shell building in a county industrial park, at a cost of one and a half million dollars.
The company will make textiles used in automobile hoses.
Mehler will employ about 50 people to start, and hopes to add another 55 workers in three years.
A man whose quest for a buried treasure brought him to Bedford County has died.
Mel Fisher died at his home in Key West, Florida over the weekend, after a long fight with cancer.
The 76-year old adventurer brought in backhoes and spent several days near Montvale a few years ago, in a futile search for the legendary Beale Treasure.
Fisher's biggested find was a Spanish galleon loaded with gold, silver and jewels.
The Treasure of the (A-toe-cha) Atocha was valued at more than 400 million dollars.
A group in the Alleghany Highlands wants to stop any chance of a senate trial against President Clinton.
About a hundred people held a rally in downtown Lexington this afternoon.
They're urging voters to sign petitions, urging the Senate not to put Clinton on trial.
They say the impeachment vote in the House was strictly partisan, and they want Senators Chuck Robb and John Warner to put an end to this "unhappy and dangerous situation."
But Virginians who are curious as to what their Senators are thinking about impeachment will just have to wait.
Republican John Warner -- touted on a weekend talk show as one of three Republicans to watch for leadership on the issue -- says only that the Senate will act without undue delay.
Quoting now, "We will reach decisions not based on politics, but which are in the best interests of the nation."
A spokesman for Democrat Chuck Robb says only that he's ready to perform his "solemn Constitutional duty."
Coming your way tonight on News 7 sports, another second generation family member is set to try his hand at racing.
The NFL has had an eventful Monday following yesterday's action.
And Steve Mason continues his bowl previews as we check in with the Hokies tonight and find out how it is that they are once again bowling in what was supposed to be a rebounding year.
The Dolphins-Broncos game tonight in Miami has had to take a back seat to a personal tragedy for Dolphins head coach Jimmy Johnson.
His mother Allene died in Port Arthur, Texas last night, but Johnson is expected to coach this evening.
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Elsewhere, the Arizona Cardinals are on the verge of making the playoffs, and today they rewarded their second year quarterback Jake Plummer by giving him a 4 year $30 million dollar deal.
The new deal guarantees him the biggest signing bonus in league history - $15 million.
Friday Football Extra's team of the year will be honored tomorrow night by the city of Salem as the Spartans receive a parade and victory reception hosted by the City.
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Salem won the division four title with a 14-and-0 record this past season.
The parade tomorrow night will start at 6:30pm on main near the Salem ice cream parlor and go through downtown Salem and eventually end up at the Civic Center.
The reception is free, but you need a ticket to get in for it. You can pick one up at the Civic Center, Salem High or Andrew Lewis Middle school.
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Virginia Tech's post season success over the last five years created some major expectations prior to this season.
But, Steve Mason says, these Hokies have achieved great heights despite some often sufficating situations.
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The Virginia Tech women's basketball team is back in action tonight in northern Virginia taking on George Mason.
The 8-and-0 Lady Hokies are ranked 17th this week and this is one of those games they should win with ease.
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Rick Mast is still playing the waiting game when it comes to sponshorship and team affiliation for next year, but even if he doesn't race full-time he will be plenty busy.
His son Ricky Mast is set to begin his racing career in the mini-Cup cars this coming year. The 15 year old Rockbridge County high school student will drive at New River, Franklin County, Old Dominion Spedway and possibly southside speedway in Richmond.
Of course he still has to set aside some time to take care of his twin sisters.
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And don't the ACC men's basketball season heats back up here on Your Hometown Station tomorrow night.
North Carolina takes on Georgia Tech at eight right here on WDBJ-7.
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If you think your phone bill is too high, you should meet the folks at an area Lawn and Garden Shop.
Imagine their surprise when they opened the phone company's latest bill -- to find a tally of 1-point-7 million dollars.
We'll hear from the store owner tonight, and show you what a million-dollar phone bill looks like.
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