Next on News 7, Roanoke police investigate bomb threats and a bank robbery that could be connected
And one person is dead after an accident at a Roanoke factory.
In sports, Virginia tries to snap a 2 year old winless streak against ACC foes on the road, The Maroons and the Tigers battle,
and a former patrick Henry star has decided where he will play college football. The work on Patrick henry's James Hickenbotham in sports.
The weather will change in a hurry tomorrow.
Highs will stay in the 30s and we are watching for winter precipitation to arrive Tomorrow night.
The FBI and Roanoke police are investigating a series of bomb threats and a bank robbery today they believe may all be connected.
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David Johnson is in the newsroom with the details.
Eric, the robbery happened about 20 minutes after the bomb threats were called in.
Police are investigating if the
two incidents were coincidental or
part of a plan to distract law enforcement officials.
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((The Walmart stores at Valley View Mall and off of Route-220 were evacuated when a bomb threat was called in shortly after 10 AM.
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((LYNETTE COULTER/CUSTOMER; I JUST THINK THERE'S SOME SICK PEOPLE AROUND TO WANT TO DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT. WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO BOMB A STORE? WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO BOMB ANYTHING.))
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No bombs were found.
Just moments later, the First Virginia Bank on Orange Avenue was robbed by a man who police say appeared to be unarmed.
Officials say the suspect walked into the bank, displayed a note to a teller, demanding money.
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((SGT. K.A. JOHNSON/ROANOKE CITY POLICE DEPT.; HE THREATENED THE BOMB. WHETHER HE ACTUALLY HAD ONE OR NOT, WE'RE NOT ABLE TO CONFIRM AT THIS TIME.))
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No one was injured.
Sgt. Johnson said the suspect then fled on foot, heading east on 460.
Shortly after officers responded; the FBI and officers from other jurisdictions arrived to help in the investigation.
Officers searched for clues leading to the suspect.
They say the time line between the two incidents makes this case SUSPICIOUS.
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((JOHNSON; WE'RE LOOKING AT THOSE POSSIBILITIES THAT THAT MIGHT HAVE HAD SOME CONNECTION. WE DON'T KNOW UNTIL WE ARE ABLE TO LOOK AT AND SPEAK TO ALL THOSE WITNESSES TO SEE IF THERE WAS SOME CONNECTION.))
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Authorities have only identified the robber as a white male.
Police are not saying how much money was stolen and the suspect has not been apprehended yet--
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but officials suspect it will be just a matter of time.
An industrial accident was fatal for a Roanoke man today.
It happened at the Roanoke Electric Steel plant at the end of Westside Boulevard.
The man was crushed when an electrical box fell on him.
Police say the victim was a contractor working at the plant... they haven't released his name yet.
One man is dead and another injured following a mine accident in Grundy yesterday.
An investigator said no one else saw the accident but other workers reported hearing the victims calling for help.
The mine was closed following the incident.
This is the first fatal mining accident in the state this year.
A Bedford County woman was injured when her home near Boonsboro caught fire early this morning.
Crews from three local volunteer fire departments responded to this home off Meadowridge Drive around 7:30.
Flames and smoke were pouring from the kitchen area of the home.. it took them a half hour to bring the blaze under control.
The homeowner.. Doris Cann.. suffered burns to her hand.
Another resident of a basement apartment escaped unharmed.
The kitchen area was destroyed.. the rest of the house suffered smoke and water damage.
Some tenants in Northeast Roanoke say living at their apartment complex is like living at a concentration camp.
These people living at Tinker Creek Apartments were out protesting today-- claiming they are being harrassed by the management and staff.
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((CHAUNAE BANKS/TENANT ASSO. PRESIDENT; THE ART CRAFT SECURITY HAS HARRASSED AND THREATENED, DISCRIMINATED AND FALSELY ACCUSED TENANTS OF CRIMES....THEY'RE GOING AFTER THE WRONG PEOPLE.))
((TINKER CREEK APT. TENANT; THIS IS THE KIND OF SECURITY WE HAVE. WE NEED SECURITY FOR SECURITY. THE PEOPLE DON'T WANT TO STAND UP AND SAY IT, BUT I'M TIRED OF IT.))
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Management has not returned our phone calls.
But a maintenance man on the property said some of the tenants are the problem.
((STAY OUT OF MY FACE. We'd just like to get your side of the story. I'LL TELL YOU MY SIDE. THEY'RE THE ONES THAT GOT CONVICTED FOR CURSING AND ABUSE. NOT ME.))
A tenants' association has been formed in an effort to make a few changes.
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Still to come--the switched babies case leads to more changes at U-V-A's Medical Center.
And, if you're searching for a romantic getaway for Valentine's Day we'll take you to a local resort that may be just what you're looking for.
That's coming up in a few minutes when the news continues.
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An three month investigation is bringing changes to the University of Virginia Medical Center.
Outside health care specialists will be brought in to help oversee the hospital where two infant girls were switched at birth in 1995.
There will also be changes at the morgue, where a woman who's child had did was given the wrong body.
Some Roanoke County eighth graders will have to go to summer school to make up for their low S-O-L scores.
The County will provide a special four-week remedial program
this summer for eigth graders who passed all four core academic classes, but NOT all of the S-O-L tests.
School officials say students who successfully complete the remedial
classes will be promoted to the ninth grade.
New state guidelines require eighth-graders to pass S-O-L tests in English, math, history and science before moving on to high school.
With Valentine's Day on the way, some couples may be looking for a romantic weekend.
Kimberly McBroom found just the place in Carroll County called Lonesome Pine Cabins.
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(( Craig and Tracy Bowman live just about 15 minutes from the Lonesome Pine Cabin Resort, but the romantic setting made it feel like a world away...
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((CRAIG BOWMAN/GUEST: WELL, WE WERE REFERRED HERE BY SOME FRIENDS. AND THEY SAID THEY HAD A GOOD TIME HERE. AND WE DECIDED WE'D COME UP HERE FOR OUR SECOND ANNIVERSARY.))
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((TRACY BOWMAN/GUEST: THIS IS KIND OF LIKE YOU'RE HOME, YOU KNOW. IT'S COZY, BUT YOU'RE AWAY FROM EVERYBODY. YOU CAN RELAX A LITTLE BIT.))
But unlike most people's homes...each cabin features a jacuzzi within steps of a fireplace.
An efficiency kitchen makes it possible to whip up dinner for two.
Or, if you like, just sit on the porch swing and rock your cares away....
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((KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7: THERE ARE FIVE LOG CABINS AND FOUR COTTAGES HERE AND THE OWNERS PLAN TO SOMEDAY ADD A LODGE. THEY'LL PROBABLY BE ABLE TO FILL IT UP, CONSIDERING YOU HAVE TO BOOK ANYWHERE FROM SIX TO EIGHT WEEKS IN ADVANCE TO SPEND THE WEEKEND HERE.))
Rates run from 85 to 125- dollars a night, depending on the cabin.
Much of the business comes from weddings and anniversaries.
Like the Bowmans, the Cochrans didn't have to travel too far for their TWENTY-FIFTH anniversary getaway.
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((KAY COCHRAN/GUEST: WHEN WE GOT HERE, THEY HAD THE CHAMPAGNE SET UP AND HAVE A JACUZZI AND THE GAS FIREPLACE AND THOSE THINGS YOU DON'T HAVE AT HOME AND IT WAS REALLY NICE. ))
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((MIKE COCHRAN/GUEST: YOU COULDN'T ASK FOR BETTER ACCOMODATIONS. EVERYTHING JUST WORKED OUT GREAT.))
But don't expect a lot of entertainment outside of the pastoral view--
((TONY NELSON/CABIN RESORT OWNER: THERE'S NOT A WHOLE LOT FOR PEOPLE TO DO, UNLESS YOU'RE INTO HIKING AND BIKING AND UNLESS YOU JUST WANT TO COME UP AND RELAX AND GET AWAY FROM THE HECTIC LIFESTYLE IN THE CITIES, I GUESS. Kimberly McBroom/News 7: Which is, I guess, why somebody would stay in a cabin. NELSON: RIGHT, AND IT IS VERY PEACEFUL AND THE VIEWS ARE PRETTY AND THAT'S THE MAJORITY OF THE REASONS WHY THEY COME, I THINK.))
The resort is located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway at Orchard Gap.
On a clear day like this one, you can see Buffalo and Pilot Mountains.
But winter weather CAN make your stay here interesting...
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((TONY NELSON/CABIN RESORT OWNER: THERE WAS ONE COUPLE THAT, ABOUT THREE YEARS AGO IN THE VERY LARGE SNOWFALL-- THEY ACTUALLY GOT STUCK IN FOR ABOUT THREE DAYS. AND WE DID HAVE A LITTLE BIT DIFFICULT TIME GETTING THEM OUT. BUT, I THINK THEY ENJOYED THEIR STAY.))
If you are going to get snowed in...this looks like a nice place to do it.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7, Carroll County.))
Former PH star James Hickenbotham tells us where he is going to play college football, the cavs and the Noles hit the hard wood,
and The maroons of Roanoke College push the nations 7th ranked divsion three men's basketball program to the limit.
Former Patrick Henry standout running back James Hickenbotham informed News 7 sports today that this Wednesday he will sign a letter of intent to play college football at Arkansas State.
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In his senior campaign, the running back racked up over 22 hundred yards and 31 touchdowns. Hickenbotham spent this year at Fork Union Military Academy where he has raised his grades.
He is awaiting results from part of his SAT test, but James said today, he is positive the results will qualify him this May. Hickenbotham, who visited the 1-A campus 2 weeks ago, said Arkansas State will play him at tailback. Wednesday is national signing day.
All of the trash talking is just about over for the Super Bowl. Denver and Atlanta get down to business tomorrow. The quarterbacks offered a few thoughts today on the bottom line.
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The Virginia men's basketball came into today's game against Florida State trying to snap a two year winless streak on the road against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents.
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The Seminoles took the early lead on the break. Ron Hale finishes to put Florida State up 13-12 with 7:45 left in the first half.
UVa's Chris Williams answers with this basket in the paint. he would score 10 of UVa's first 14 points.
[SUPER=33-Virginia/67/Florida State/60;]In the second half, Donald Hand hit his fourth three pointer after innermissi
on to make it 56-54 UVa.
Then, Adam Hall hits another trey, 59-54 Cavs with 3 minutes left.
Steve Robinson and the Seminoles could not come back and Virginia wins's it's first ACC road game in two years.
In ODAC action, Roanoke was hoping to play giant killer against Hampden Sydney, the nations 7th ranked Division three men's basketball program.
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We pick it up with the Maroons coming out for the second half, trailing by 7.
Roanoke opens with a quick hoop, former Cave Spring star Alex Phillips gets the deuce, cuttting the Sydney lead to five points.
The Tigers Alex Robbins then passes the rock to David Hobbs who drains the trifecta, putting Sydney on [SUPER=33-Ham
pden Sydney/71/Roanoke/69;]top 39-29.
RC's Dwayne Bullock makes the nice move in the paint, stops, pops and hits the jumper.
Hampden Sydney had to rally late, Chris Fox hits the three and the Tigers escape with a 71-69 ODAC victory.
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