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A blaze at a Southside campground- fills the sky with flames.
How much would you pay for Elton John Tickets? Scalpers are asking up to 4-hundred bucks- only problem is the buyers were really Roanoke police.
And child actor Gary Coleman admits in court he punched a woman.
News 7 is next.
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((Tom Bowers/Asst. Commonwealth's Attorney: We're kind of sending this as a warning. We're not going to tolerate this kind of conduct. We expect that the police department may have people out at the concert for people out trying to sell them that day. ))
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Just weeks before Sir Elton John takes the stage -- Roanoke police crack down on scalpers.
Tonight police hand down the charges.
Roanoke city police announced tonight that several people are trying to sell Elton John concert tickets for huge profits.
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Stacey Martin is in our newsroom with more.
Jean, officials began their investigation in mid-January by placing a few ads.
And, soon after people responded by offering them tickets for as much as 400 dollars apiece.
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(( About three weeks after it was announced that Elton John was coming to the Star City--the crowds started gathering at the Roanoke Civic Center.
It took only 46 minutes for the concert to sell out.
But, in a recent statement, officials claimed some of the lucky winners bought more tickets than they needed and then tried to sell them at inflated prices.
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((TOM BOWERS/ASST. COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: I THINK EVERYBODY KNEW THIS PARTICULAR ELTON JOHN CONCERT WAS GOING TO BE SOLD OUT AND IT WAS GOING TO BE VERY TOUGH TO GET TICKETS. AND, I DON'T THINK WE'VE HAD THIS SITUATION VERY OFTEN. ))
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Shortly afterwards investigators placed an ad in a local newspaper asking for tickets to the concert.
They were quoted prices ranging from 75 to 400 dollars per ticket.
Undercover officers bought a total of 20 tickets then charged five adults with ticket scalping.
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((TOM BOWERS/ASST. COMMONWEALTH ATTORNEY: IT IS BREAKING THE LAW AND THE CITY HAS PASSED AN ORDINANCE WHEN YOU RESELL TICKETS IN EXCESS OF A POSTED OR THE LISTED PRICE ON THE TICKET. I GUESS IN ORDER TO PREVENT GOUGING OR MAKE IT ALL FAIR TO EVERYBODY. ))
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If convicted each person could receive a maximum 500 dollar fine.
And, police also plan to patrol the concert looking for scalpers and will likely make a few more arrests there.
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Stacey, is it common for police to go after scalpers like this?
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A Roanoke County man was taken into custody tonight following a stand-off with police.
The incident ended peacefully and no one was injured.
It happened in the North Lakes subdivision on Lamplighter Drive.
An officer was sent to check on a man who was threatening to hurt himself.
When the officer arrived, he found the man armed with two rifles.
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((LT. STEVE TURNER/ROANOKE CO. POLICE DEPT.: THE OFFICER WAS DOWNSTAIRS BASICALLY IN THE HALLWAY AND DID NOT HAVE ACCESS TO GET BACK OUT OF THE HOUSE. HE REQUESTED ASSISTANCE, SO THE OFFICERS ARRIVED HERE. WE SECURED THE PERIMETER. AND PHONE CONTACT WAS MADE WITH THE SUBJECT AND HE VOLUNTARILY CAME OUT OF THE HOUSE AND HE WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY FOR TREATMENT.))
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The County SWAT Team was called out, and members were surrounding the house when the incident ended.
The man was not charged with a criminal offense, but he was taken into custody for an evaluation of his mental health.
Part of a Southside campground burst into flames tonight.
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Electrical popping noises kept firefighters out of the main building at the Swan Lake Campground in Pittsylvania County as flames shot through the roof and 2nd-story windows.
The building housed the campground's main office along with a laundry and game room.
No one was in the building at the time.
It took firefighters from 4 departments nearly two hours to put out the blaze.
No word yet on what sparked the flames.
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A boy injured in an overnight blaze in Danville has been downgraded from serious to critical condition.
3-year-old Ki-Jana (KA-JANA) Womak was overcome by heavy smoke at 236 Gray Street.
Firefighters rescued the boy before containing the blaze.
His aunt, grandmother, and several other CHILDREN got out of the house unharmed.
Danville's Fire Chief says there were no smoke detectors in the home.
An electrical short in an extention cord apparently sparked the fire.
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Another death row inmate has been executed tonight in Virginia.
Tony Leslie Fry was pronounced dead at nine minutes after nine this evening.
He died of a lethal injection.
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Fry was sentenced to death for the 1994 robbery and murder of Leland Jacobs-- a car salesman in the Richmond-area.
Fry was 19 at the time of the crime.
The tobacco-growing states could soon get their share of a multi-billion dollar fund intended to help farmers hurt by a dwindling tobacco market.
The states agreed today on a plan to divvy up the five-billion dollar fund created last month as part of the national tobacco settlement.
The deal uses the 1998 basic quota set by the U-S Department of Agriculture as it's ruler for splitting up the money.
Virginia will get 6-point 65 percent.
Most tobacco experts in Southside Virginia agree it's a fair deal, because it's based on each state's tobacco production.
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((C.D. BRYANT/CONCERNED FRIENDS OF TOBACCO: AND I WANT THE GROWERS TO UNDERSTAND THAT GOING BACK AND PICKING UP ADDITIONAL YEARS AND TAKING AN AVERAGE WOULDN'T REALLY MEAN A WHOLE LOT AT THIS PARTICULAR INSTANCE. NOW THE MONEY THAT YOU'RE GOING TO BE PAID ON AFTER IT COMES TO VIRGINIA, IT DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE IF YOU GO BACK AND PICK UP THE YEARS THAT WE'VE LOST THE QUOTA ON.))
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The tobacco-growing states could start receiving payments from the fund as early as April.
But it will probably be months before each state figures out how to dole out the cash to individual growers.
Lawmakers won't be seeing Monica Lewinsky in person, but they may play portions of her videotaped testimony before the full Senate- and the world.
Jonathan Freed has more.
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((In the end, Monica Lewinsky was the only witness the prosecutors wanted
to bring live to the Senate floor. But 25 Republicans crossed the aisle
to help the Democrats block it.
WILLIAM REHNQUIST/CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE UNITED STATES/PRESIDING OFFICER OF TRIAL: ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 30, THE NAYS ARE 70...THE MOTION IS NOT AGREED TO.
However, the Senators did vote to allow the videotaped depositions of
Lewinsky, and the other witnesses, to be played at the trial. Only
portions are expected to be shown.
It followed a day of focused arguments from both sides...the President's
team claiming the depositions did not turn up anything significantly new.
GREG CRAIG/WHITE HOUSE SPECIAL COUNSEL: THERE ARE NO
BOMBSHELLS. THERE IS NO DYNAMITE. THERE ARE NO EXPLOSIONS.
Greg Craig also argued that the public has had enough.
But the prosecutors insisted the few things they did learn will help their case.
REP. LINDSEY GRAHAM/HOUSE MANAGER-PROSECUTOR/R-NC.: I CAN
ASSURE YOU THAT WE KNOW MORE KNOW THAN WE DID AT THE START OF THIS PROCESS.
The votes mean that, for the first time, the public will get to see and hear Monica Lewinsky talking about her affair with the President. Jonathan Freed, CBS News, Washington.))
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Virginia's Senators actually agreed on one of the measures today --
Both Democrat Chuck Robb and Republican John Warner rejected the move to call Monica Lewinsky to testify in person.
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But they differed over whether excerpts from the videotaped depositions of Lewinsky, Vernon Jordan and Sidney Blumenthal should be played during the trial.
Robb was against it -- Warner for it.
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
Still ahead, a world leader takes a turn for the worse in his battle with cancer.
And a downgraded charge for a Franklin County man who shot and killed his nephew in a hunting accident.
The latest, when News 7 at 11 returns.
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((O-K sports fans here's what's happening. A big A-C-C showdown tonight between North Carolina and Clemson, Over at Cave Spring tonight the Lady Knights hosted Patrick Henry, Steve Mason checks in with a report on the Radford Highlanders and we'll check out the starting lineup for the Bud shootout.
All that and more coming up in sports.))
A Franklin County man who killed his nephew while hunting, got a reduced charge today.
Hubert Wayne Hodges WAS facing felony manslaughter charges, but he walked out of court today with a misdemeanor conviction- -reckless handling of a firearm.
Hodges says he got excited and aimed at a deer, but instead he shot and killed his 24-year-old nephew, Toby Gearheart.
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((HUBERT WAYNE HODGES/DEFENDANT: THEN I SAW A DEER COMING OUT AND I SHOT AGAIN. I NEVER KNOWED IT WAS NOT NO DEER TIL I FOUND TOBY.))
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The commonwealth's attorney points out that Hodges should have had a clear view.
He says there weren't many leaves on the trees, and Hodges was also using a six power scope.
That's the equivalent of being about eight yards away from his target.
Hodges HAS wounded someone before in an unrelated incident--so today the judge also got him for owning a firearm as a felon.
King Hussein of Jordan has left the Mayo clinic on his way back home-
The prognosis is not good- a bone marrow transplant was apparently unsuccessful.
The King, who suffers from cancer, is going back to Jordan.
((I ASK YOU TO PRAY FOR OUR KING HUSSEIN, A WONDERFUL HUMAN BEING, A CHAMPION OF PEACE.))
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Hussein has been King since he was a teenager- for 47 years- He is 63 now.
Doctors say King Hussein is in critical condition- but will undergo further treatment at home.
Virginians will not be humming a new state song any time soon.
The song subcomittee is picking from 350 submissions. Debate to extend the committees work went like this.
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((REYNOLDS: WE ARE KIDDING OURSELVES IF WE THINK WE ARE GOING TO MAKE ANY PROGRESS IN THIS MATTER.))
((SASLAW: WE CAN GO ON... END THIS GONG SHOW RIGHT NOW.))
((GARTLAN: THE LATIN PHRASE IS...EST))
((GARTLAN: MATTERS OF TASTE ARE NOT TO BE DEBATED.))
((COLGAN: WE DO HAVE A STATE FOSSIL...OUR CHILDREN DO.))
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On a narrow voice vote, the song subcommittee survived.
Chairman Emmett Hanger expects to get down to 10 songs within the next several weeks.
"Give me liberty or give me death!"
Those famous fighting words are from Patrick Henry... a favorite son of Virginia and the namesake for Martinsville's Patrick Henry Community College.
Martinsville's state Senator had some fighting words of his own today-- confronting the state's approval of a new "Patrick Henry College" in northern Virginia.
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((I WOULD LIKE TO URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES WHO HAVE COMMUNITY COLLEGES IN MY SYSTEM TO BE AWARE THAT THERE MAY BE SOMEONE WHO WILL PIRATE THAT NAME.))
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The new "Patrick Henry College" is the creation of former Lieutenant Governor candidate Mike Farris.
It's slated to open in the summer of 2000.
Farris tells NEWS 7 he thinks Senator Reynolds opposes him using the Patrick Henry name because Farris campaigned against him in his last election.
Governor Jim Gilmore sides with fellow Republican Farris, saying the name "Patrick Henry" shouldn't be owned by anyone.
Patrick Henry COMMUNITY College President Max Wingett says his school is resigned to future name confusion with Farris's school... no matter what Senator Reynolds is able to do in the legislature.
The radio ratings are out --
Coming up we will let you know where your favorite local station ranks.
And his performances used to make people laugh -- but one of Gary Coleman's more recent actions has landed the former child star in court.
That story and more ahead on News 7.
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Former Child star Gary Coleman pleaded no contest to misdemeanor disturbing the peace- for punching a woman.
He was on trial for assault but made the plea just before the trial went to the jury.
Coleman had given a woman an autograph but told her it wasn't worth anything.
Coleman testified the woman then shouted that's why he never made it as an adult actor.
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((GARY COLEMAN: SHE MADE SURE EVERYBODY IN THE STORE HEARD IT I WAS EMBARRASSED. IT WAS QUITE HURTFUL.))
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Coleman said he was scared of the woman but admitted he hit her- during the argument.
Coleman was fined 400 dollars and sentenced to 90 days in jail but the sentence was suspended.
Coleman is 30. His growth was stunted from a kidney problem.
He has most recently been working as a security guard.
A program helping reduce pregnancy among Roanoke teenagers, decrease absenteeism and reduce the number of local hospital emergency room visits has been declared the runner up for a national award.
The Teen Health Centers Program received 20-thousand dollars from a national non-profit organization.
The money will go to provide updated equipment for the clinics and to help fund existing programs.
Primary funding for the centers comes from Carilion Health System, Columbia Lewis-Gale Hospital and a state teen pregnancy grant.
Radio station W-Y-Y-D leads the radio ratings in the Roanoke -Lynchburg market, but some of its competitors are closing the gap.
The latest arbitron ratings give the Lynchburg station a market share of eleven among listeners 12 and over. W-S-L-Q and W-R-O-V- -FM were second and third, but they made significant gains over last Spring's ratings.
In the key demographic of listeners betwen 25 and 54 years old, W-S-L-Q was the most popular station.
In the New River Valley, W-P-S-K remains in the lead, with W-X-L-K a close second and W-R-O-V in third.
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North Carolina and Clemson hooked up tonight in a key A-C-C showdown It's girls night over at Cave Spring and the latest from Daytona.
But first our extra point.
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Another first for Muhammad Ali. The former three time heavyweight champion, is the first boxer to appear on the front of a Wheaties box where the likenesses of stars in many sports have appeared.
A news conference today unveiled a young Ali throwing a punch that appears on a Wheaties box for the 75-th anniversary of that cereal.
Now, here are tonight's numbers.
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The Clemson Tigers score a big upset in the A-C-C last night beating 12-th ranked North Carolina 78 to 63.
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Jason Capel sitting out another game with mono.
Carolina's Terrence Newby steps up his game and hits the three pointer but the Tar Heels trailed by four.
Clemson answered that bucket when Tony Christie hits the three pointer making it a 31 to 21 Tiger lead.
And when Terrell Mcintyre stepped up and hit this three pointer the Tigers led the ball game by 15.
Carolina would rally late in the second half Ed Cota drives to the hoop and gets fouled for the old fashion three point play.
But the Tigers were not going to let this one get away Christie goes to the hoop again and Clemson wins the game 78 to 63.
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In high school action last night, The big game was at Cave Spring where the Lady Knights hosted district rival Patrick Henry.
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The Lady Knights were all pumped up for last night's showdown.
Cave Spring would come out firing and the good ball movement finds Sherri Rickman open underneath for the hoop.
P-H would then get out on the break and Shena Casey drives to the hoop for the easy lay in.
But Cave Spring would extend its lead when Jessica Caldwell cuts across the lane and hits the jumper.
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Patrick Henry's Keeda Hale beats the buzzer from the wing and scores the basket and Cave Spring wins it 65 to 31.
And yesterday was national women in sports day and the celebration is actually continuing through the weekend.
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Sunday at two you are invited to join the Tech women's team at home as it hosts LaSalle at Cassell Coliseum.
The game gets started at two, and afterwards you will have a chance to meet the players and talk with head coach Bonnie Henrickson.
Plus, all girls 18 and under get in for FREE!!
THE STARTING LINEUP FOR THE BUD SHOOTOUT IS SET. MORE LATER ON MORNIN'.
The radford men's basketball team has won six straight and is knocking on the Big South Conference first place door. Steve Mason says a trio of UNDER classman are helping put RU OVER the top.
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((The graduation of four seniors that helped win last season's Big South championship brass would give even a doctor an incurable headache. But Ron Bradley's three super sophomores, Jason Williams, Lamar King, and Jamar Betz are easing his mind and proving THEIR metal.
((RON BRADLEY/RADFORD HEAD COACH:))
the 6'6" Williams has doubled his season scoring average in his last four games thanks to physical and mental preparation.
((JASON WILLIAMS/SCORED 29 PTS AGAINST N.C. ASHVILLE:))
Jamar Betz is second on the team with 42 offensive boards despite his 6 '5 height. and Lamar King has been a double figure scorer in four of his last five contests. Radford hoops seems in good shape, thanks to talent and teamwork.
((LAMAR KING/12.5 PTS PER GAME IN LAST FOUR GAMES:))
((JAMAR BETZ/HAS 84 REBOUNDS THIS SEASON:))
The Highlanders play at Coastal Carolina Saturday, and then at Charleston Southern Monday. In Radford, Steve Mason news 7 sports.))
And coming up, The Roanoke Express begins a three game weekend with Johnstown tomorrow night Rick Mast gets a big name sponsor for the Bud Shootout.
And we'll take a look at the starting lineup for the Bud Shootout.
The Daytona Speedweeks thrills and chills began yesterday as the 14 drivers who are eligible
for Sunday's Bud Shootout all-star race drew starting positions for the 25 lap dash for cash.
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Budweiser is sponsoring the event so, the drivers picked "Fake Frogs" off of a log and then peeled up the frog's tongue to discover their starting spot.
The race's defending champ Rusty Wallace will start on the pole.
Here's the starting grid.
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The winner of the preliminary Bud qualifying race will get that 15th spot in the main event - which you can watch Sunday at Noon right here on WDBJ-7.
As you saw, Rick Mast will start 3rd in the shootout. He is driving for Cale Yarborough and the team will have Budweiser as its sponsor for this one race only.
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And don't forget about our News 7 sports NASCAR special this Saturday at Noon.
Catch "Back to the Beach" right before Daytona 500 qualifying.
The Express opens a three game swing tonight at the Round House starting with the Johnstown Chiefs.
In January, defenseman Calvin Elfring had nine points on three goals and six assists in 13 games. Getting settled in from his trade from Pee Dee, among other places has been key.
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THAT'S IT FOR SPORTS. HAVE A GREAT DAY EVERYBODY.
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