Roanoke police and the FBI are continuing their investigation this morning into a bank robbery and three bomb threats they believe are connected.
David Johnson has more.
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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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Two more robberies in Roanoke are under investigation today.
The first occured around 10 o'clock last night.
Police say a black male entered the lobby of the Knights Inn in Wildwood and inquired about a room.
During the conversation with the clerk he handed her a piece of paper asking for money.
The clerk handed over an undisclosed amount and the suspect fled on foot toward the Interstate.
Forty minutes later another robbery took place at the Roadway Inn when a man fitting the same description entered the lobby.
He handed the clerk a note asking for all the money.
The clerk gave it to him and then the suspect fled.
He was not apprehended.
Roanoke police are still investigating.
The manager of a Roanoke apartment complex says unhappy residents shouldn't feel like they're living in a prison, they're free to go.
These people living at Tinker Creek Apartments were out protesting yesterday-- 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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But one of the maintanence workers on the property told us it's not security, but some of the tenants causing the problems.
((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.))
The property manager, who lives in Richmond, called News 7 last night...
Bob Mullins says the protests started when he banned one of the residents' boyfriends from the property because he was causing problems.
He says his security is keeping a closer watch on people who don't live in the complex, for the residents' protection.
Mullins says he'll waive the two month notice requirement for any unhappy tenant who wants to move out.
He says he has a waiting list of people who want an apartment.
The University of Virginia Medical Center is making a few changes following the results of a three-month investigation.
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 went to pick up the remains of her child, was given the wrong body.
Ken Starr could seek a grand jury indictment of the president while Clinton is still in office.
The New York Times is quoting unnamed associates of Starr who say the independent counsel has concluded he has the constitutional authority to seek the indictment.
But the paper says he hasn't decided whether to do so.
Meanwhile the White House is preparing for the testimonies of Monica Lewinsky and Vernon Jordan.
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(( SOT JOE LOCKHART, WH SPOKESMAN : ONE OF THE PURPOSES OF QUESTIONING THESE PEOPLE IS TO PUT OUT
INFORMATION THAT THE REPUBLICANS BELIEVE WILL CAUSE EMBARRASSMENT TO THE
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Lewinsky testifies Monday, followed by Jordan on Tuesday.
It was a week of celebration for one local hospital, a time to give back to the community and dieters learned how to lose weight through a vision.
Tonya Flory takes a look at back as we review the top medical stories.
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[SUPER=01-Charlotte Clark/Visualization Patient; 1:41]
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((The Countdown to the new millennium has as many people preparing for the worst as it does preparing for celebrations.
When the clock hit's midnight and the date ends in double zero, is could spell disaster for computers.
But until then and for the past few years the areas hospitals have been making sure things run smoothly to protect the health of the communities they serve.
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((GREG WALTON/VP CARILION INFO. SERVICES: THERE ARE ABOUT TWENTY PROJECTS GOING ON RIGHT NOW AND IT'S NORTH OF PROBABLY FIVE MILLION DOLLARS IN TERMS OF COST.))
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((MARK RADER/LEWIS-GALE SUPPORT SERVICES: THE FIRST PHASE OF THE PROJECT WAS TO GO THROUGH THE ENTIRE FACILITY AND INVENTORY EVERY SINGLE PIECE OF EQUIPMENT THAT CONTAINS EITHER AN ELECTRICAL POWER CORD OR A BATTERY.))
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the most crucial medical machinery to be tested are those with dates like MRI's, cat scans and I-V pumps.
Meantime Carilion Health System kicked off a year long celebration of one hundred years of service to the community.
Over 350 employees were inducted into the quarter century club for dedication to the hospital for more than 25 years.
And Southwest Virginia's largest employer also announced the 50 award recipients of the community health fund.
Carilion funneled three million dollars back into the community this year to benefit those organizations.
And a Roanoke hynotherapist is helping overweight patients lose pounds by seeing themselves thin.
Visualization specialist and therapist Helen Anderson helps patients enter a fantasy world where their dream to lose weight comes true.
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((HELEN ANDERSON/VISUALIZATION SPECIALIST: QUITE OFTEN, WHEN YOU ARE OBESE LONG ENOUGH, YOU REALLY CANNOT IMAGINE WHAT YOU WOULD LOOK LIKE SLIM. YOU MAY REMEMBER WHAT YOU LOOKED LIKE WHEN YOU WERE 15 AND SLIM, BUT NOW THAT YOU'RE 30, 40, 50, IT'S HARD TO IMAGINE.))
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((CHARLOTTE CLARK: IT WAS EASY TO SEE IN THAT WHEN I WAS MUCH YOUNGER AND HAD LOST WEIGHT I COULD PICTURE WHAT THAT WAS, SO I HAD SOMETHING ALREADY IN MY HEAD TO PICTURE.))
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Anderson works with patients at the Bariatric Center on Mountain Avenue about once a week.
Tonya Flory, News 7, Health Check.))
If you're concerned about heart disease and how to prevent it, February is an ideal time to find out.
As part of national "Heart Month", every Saturday, the American Heart Association and Carilion will be teaching people how to take better care of their hearts.
The programs will be held at different sites throughout Southwest Virginia.
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((ELIZABETH VAIL/AREA DIRECTOR; WE'LL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE THEIR BLOOD PRESSURE CHECKED....ON HOW TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR HEALTH.))
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The Heart Association will also take the program into some neighborhoods and businesses.
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((VAIL; AS PART OF THAT, WE'LL COME IN PERSONALLY.....ABOUT THEIR HEALTH.))
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The overall goal is to reduce the number of people suffering from heart disease, which is the nation's leading cause of death.
Virginia agriculture officials are investigating an Avian flu outbreak at a Rockingham County turkey farm.
Officials destroyed the farm's entire flock of 30-thousand turkeys .
This virus strain is not new to Poultry farmers in the Shenandoah Valley.
In this week's Virginia Newsreel, we go back in time to the 1983-84 Avian flu outbreak.
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((460 commercial poultry farms in a 27-hundred square mile area were quarantined during the outbreak 15 years ago.
The avian flu is deadly to turkeys and chickens, but poses no health risk to humans. But humans carry the virus from one place to another on their clothes and shoes.
During the flu scare, friends refused to see each other for fear of spreading the flu to other farms.
No unwashed eggs or live birds were permitted leave the affected area.
Tough restrictions were placed on humans as well-- Workers weren't allowed to enter or leave farms unless they were disinfected.
Thousands of infected birds were killed.
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((it will take about three day to destroy them it is a pretty unique disease. I'VE HAD SICK CHICKENS BEFORE, BUT THIS IS TOTALLY DIFFERENT THAN ANYTHING WE HAVE EVER SEEN BEFORE OR HAD EXPERIENCE OF IN THE Way THAT THE MORTALITY OF THE CHICKENS INCREASED))
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The region suspended all poultry exports
And at least 14 countries banned Virginia Poultry.
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((AT THIS POINT WE CERTAINLY HAVE A CRISIS. IT MIGHT HELP TO CATEGORIZE WHAT WE DO HAVE THE TOTAL IMPACT OF THE POULTRY INDUSTRY. THE TURKEY INDUSTRY ACCOUNTS FOR ABOUT 10-MILLION 81-THOUSAND BIRDS A YEAR))
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The Shenandoah valley poultry industry lost 63-million dollars and one and a half million turkeys and chickens.
Since the 1984 outbreak, The Virginia Department of Agriculture has routinely tested the birds to prevent another major outbreak.
Officials test blood samples before all the chickens and turkeys go to the processing plant.
In this week's case, the turkeys showed no signs of illness but the blood tests confirmed infection.
The Rockingham county case is NOT the same strain of virus that infected poultry and humans in Hong Kong last year. No cases of THAT disease have been found in the United States.
That is Virginia Newsreel.))
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An Atlanta Falcon will play in today's Super Bowl despite being arrested for allegedly soliciting sex.
Police arrested Eugene Robinson less than 24 hours before the start of the game.
The 36-year-old is accused of offering to pay an undercover police officer for oral sex.
Robinson was released to a Falcons team official as he promised to return for a court appearance within 21 to 30 days.
The free safety for the Falcons, will face the Denver Broncos in today's championship game.
On the lighter side of the event, Early editions of The Miami Herald have hit the streets with a huge misprint.
The headline across the top of the Super Bowl section of the paper reads, "Denver Broncos vs. Minnesota Vikings, 6:2
5 p.m. Tonight".
The underdog Atlanta Falcons defeated the Vikings in the NFC championship game on January 17th.
The Herald's assistant managing editor for sports says a graphic artist
began working on the special section more than two weeks ago and forgot
to change the team names when the Falcons defeated Minnesota.
The early edition of the paper is for street sales only and makes up a small
percentage of the normal Sunday circulation of 500-thousand papers.
The editor says the mistake will be corrected in all later editions and
the newspaper would acknowledge the error in print.
Martina Hingis is the women's Australian Open champion.
Hingis defeated 19-year old AM'-uh-lee MAW'-rehs-moh of France to win the final.
A tie-breaker was the deciding factor in the two and a-half battle for the men's title.
(yehv-JEH'-nee kah-FEHL'-nih-kawf) is the champion.
The Russian beat Thomas Enqvist (EHN'-kvist) 4-6, 6-love, 6-3, 7-6 and won the tiebreaker 7-1 to take the match.
It's KAFELNIKOV's second career grand slam win.
The Volvo Truck expansion looks like it's ready to roll.
And good news for 2 Lynchburg plants.
Scott Goldberg has those stories and more in this week's News-7 Business Review.
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(( This week on the Review,
The Volvo deal moved past a big roadblock when Union workers ratified a new contract.
That should end Volvo's threats NOT to expand its Pulaski County truck plant.
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((LYNN PALLADINI: I THOUGHT IT WAS GOOD FOR US, BECAUSE IF IT DIDN'T PASS, THERE WOULDN'T BE NEW JOBS.))
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The General Assembly still needs to approve funding before Volvo adds a promised 13-hundred jobs.
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Burlington Industries' Hillsville plant is the area's latest textile casualty.
One-hundred-60 people will lose their jobs when the plant closes in July.
But Burlington said it will HIRE a few dozen new workers in Halifax County, and absorb some of the Hillsville layoffs.
[98-78, 49:01 //// 98-82, 33:09]
Better jobs news in Lynchburg, where Frito Lay is adding 35 to 40 new positions.
And Swedish telecommunications giant Ericsson said even though it's disconnecting 11-thousand workers worldwide, it will hold on to all 38-hundred peole who work in the Hill City.
Norfolk Southern expected its fourth-quarter earnings to lose some steam.
And that's just what happened.
N-S profits fell 29-percent because it's spending so much money to take over part of Conrail.
Two milestones for Roanoke's Valley Bank.
Assets topped 100-million dollars for the first time, and pretax earnings passed the one-million-dollar mark for 19-98.
[DOW JONES PRE PRO]
A winning week on Wall Street.
The Dow was up 238-points.
The NASDAQ shot up 166, closing at another record high.
That's this week's Review, I'm Scott Goldberg.))
NATO's threat of force in Yugoslavia is getting the support of U-S Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
So far the U-S hasn't made any plans to send troops to Kosovo.
But Security Advisors say discussions are underway this weekend with key members of congress
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((THE CENTRAL POINT IS THAT NATO WILL
BACK UP ITS DEMANDS WITH FORCE IF MILOSEVIC DOES NOT KEEP WITH THE
AGREEMENT HE ENTERED INTO - HE HAS TO. AND IT'S AT TIMES LIKE THIS THAT
THE CLOSENESS OF THE RELATIONSHIP IS APPRECIATED.))
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The U-S and five European nations have given Yugoslav President Slobodan
Milosevic and Kosovo's ethnic Albanians a week to start negotiations.
An industrial accident killed a Roanoke man.
It happened yesterday 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.
The first mining accident in the state this year left one man dead and another injured.
The accident happened in Grundy yesterday.
An investigator said no one else saw the accident happen but other workers reported hearing the victims calling for help.
The mine was closed following the incident.
State Police say a Franklin County woman died in a head on collision.
It happened yesterday afternoon around 2-30 on Route 40 near the intersection of State Route 705.
Police say 50 year old Racine A. Spence of Ferrum died when another vehicle veered across the double line and hit the vehicle Racine was riding in.
Police have not released the names of the drivers involved in the accident.
They are still investigating.
A Bedford County woman was injured following a house fire near Boonsboro.
Crews from three local volunteer fire departments responded to this home off Meadowridge Drive around 7:30 yesterday morning.
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.
A nationwide outbreak of food poisoning caused by a
bacteria called Listeria has now claimed 15 lives. Those deaths are
linked to hotdogs and deli meats sold in 17 states. And this is just
the latest in a string of recalls involving the deadly Listeria
bacteria. Some of these potentially deadly products could still be in
your refrigerator or freezer. CBS News Consumer Correspondent Herb
Weisbaum brings us up to date on where things stand, and what you can do
to protect your family.
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SUPER: Zeeland, Michigan
In December, Bil Mar Foods, part of Sara Lee, recalled hot dogs and deli
meats produced at this plant in Zeeland, Michigan. The reason: the meat
was tainted with Listeria, a bacteria that sickens 18 hundred Americans,
kills more than four hundred of them every year.
(Ball park franks)
Ball Park Franks produced at the Bil Mar plant are believed responsible
for the deaths of two women in Tennessee.
At first, Mary Jo Kinard's husband thought she just had a case of the
SHE WAS RUNNING 103 FEVER AND SHE CONTINUED TO LAY IN THAT BED A WEEK
AND A HALF AND I SAID YOU GOTTA GO TO THE DOCTOR. (07)
Helen Bodner fell ill about the same time...and ended up in intensive
HER STOMACH WAS TWICE, THREE TIMES THE SIZE IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN. (03)
Food poisoning from contaminated meat is nothing new. Making sure the
nation's slaughterhouses and packing plants are clean is one of the
government's top food safety priorities.
But with raw meats there's added line of defense: YOU. Proper handling
and thorough cooking at home virtually eliminates the chances you'll get
That's not true with sandwich meats you eat straight out of the
(Hot dog kid)
Or the raw hotdog you sneak before dinner.
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Let's be clear about a couple of things: first off, the overwhelming
majority of processed meats are perfectly safe. Your chances of getting
contaminated product are pretty low. Beyond that, most healthy people
are not harmed by the Listeria bacteria. You could consume it and not
even know it. Or at worst, you could have some flu-like symptoms. But
some people are at greater risk from becoming sick. For seniors,
pregnant women or people with weakened immune systems listeriosis can be
fatal. And the bacteria is not limited to packaged meats. If you're in a
high risk category, the Centers for Disease Control has some suggestions:
Always wash raw vegetables
Avoid soft cheeses, such as brie, Camembert, and blue-veined cheese.
Cook leftovers and hot dogs before eating
And heat deli meats until they are steaming hot. That way you'll kill
any bacteria that might be there. Herb Weisbaum CBS News, Seattle.))[2-HEADLINES]
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Here's a look at today's top stories.
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Roanoke police and the FBI are continuing their investigation this morning into a bank robbery and bomb threats they believe are all connected.
The Walmart stores at Valley View Mall were evactuated when a bomb threat was called in yesterday morning.
Moments later, the First Virginia Bank on Orange Avenue was robbed by a man who said he was wearing a bomb.
They say the time line between the two incidents makes this case suspicious.
A protest at Tinker Creek apartments has prompted management to say "you're free to go."
Unhappy residents of the apartment complex are protesting what they say is harrassment by the management.
The protests started when the property manager banned a vistor of one of the residents who was causing problems.
The manager says he will waive the two month notice on any unhappy tenant who wants to move out.
Police are still investigating an industrial accident that killed a Roanoke man yesterday.
It happened at the Roanoke Electric Steel plant when an electrical box fell and crushed the man.
Police have not released his name.
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And that's what's making news on this Sunday January 31-st.
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The Lady Hokies are in Dayton today for a conference match up with the Flyers.
Tech's, on the court, general is point-guard Lisa Witherspoon.
As coach Bonnie Henrickson will tell you, "as Lisa goes, so goes the team."
And as you can tell from the Hokies 18 and one record--Lisa is going pretty well.
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((TERE WILLIAMS/TECH FORWARD:))
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And so the deminuative point-guard is described as scrapy. A lable she acknowledges and an attribute which helped her get nine rebounds when the Hokies hosted Dayton earlier this month.
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Coach Henrickson says Spoon is also the most unselfish player she's ever coached.
That giving nature translates into 8-point-three assists per game, third in the nation among division one players.
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Lisa Witherspoon is a senior. She directs the Lady Hokies against Dayton this afternoon at two.