Next on News 7 at Six... Lynchburg Police are investigating a murder.
A woman was found shot to death in a car.
And in Montgomery County, a man is hospitalized after a chimney fell on top of him.
In Sports, The New York Knicks lose one at the Garden another win for the Lady Hokies.
And Mark Martin steals the show in Daytona during the Bud Shootout.
There's not much more rain left out there tonight.
Coming up in the forecast: more VERY warm numbers for the coming week.
A woman from Rustburg was shot to death last night in Lynchburg.
Lynchburg Police say 34-year old Donna Lynn Whiteman was found slumped over her car's steering wheel.
She was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Early this morning officers made an arrest in the case.
19-year old Adrian Jerome Toler (Toe-Lur) was picked up at his Lynchburg apartment.
He faces murder and firearms charges.
Police aren't sure why Whiteman was shot, they're still investigating.
A construction worker had to be airlifted to a local hospital after a chimney fell on him today.
A deputy with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department said workers were moving a home in Blacksburg when the chimney collapsed on top of Michael Gilbert.
It happened around 7-45 this morning along Jannell Road in Blacksburg.
Gilbert was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
But, his injuries are not life-threatening.
Meanwhile, police are still investigating the accident.
Authorities found the body of 33-year old Charles Daniel Nelson yesterday.
Nelson died in a house fire Friday night at 604 Newbern Road in Pulaski.
Officials say the fire started in the basement, where a greasy pan had been left on a stove.
Another man, Garland Smith, suffered minor injuries.
Traffic accidents around the region left one person injured and another dead.
36-year old Timothy John Jones of Gretna was seriously hurt when his car ran off the road along Route 609 last night in Bright, Virginia.
Another accident yesterday in Lynchburg along Candlers Mountain Road killed 22-year old Kevin Shane Razland of Lynchburg.
Salem students may be off to another early start this fall.
The administration is requesting a waiver from the General Assembly allowing them to begin classes on August 23rd--two weeks before Labor Day.
Lawmakers have turned down other school districts, because the tourist industry needs high-school age workers to stay on the job through the holiday.
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Bryant expects an answer from the General Assembly in the spring.
Officials in Buena Vista are hoping a new 18-hole golf course will bring more money to the city.
They're now in negotiations with The Highland Group--a company based in the Richmond area.
The company wants to build an 18-hole golf course in the city--as part of a private-public partnership.
The company would get all profits from the course for the first 40 years, then turn over ownership and management of the course to the city.
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((DAN COLLINS/BUENA VISTA CITY MANAGER: THE GOLF COURSE IS A HIGH MAINTENANCE ITEM BECAUSE OF THE GRASS AND FERTILIZER. BUT ONCE YOU PASS THAT IF YOU HAVE THE TRAFFIC AND ROUNDS OF PLAY IT BECOMES A SIGNIFICANT CASH COW.))
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Officials plan to build the course in Maury Park.
The Highland Group plans to put up most of the initial costs which are estimated to be from 16 to 20 million dollars.
If city council approves the idea, construction will likely begin in the spring.
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Still ahead--skaters in the star city will soon have a new place to spin their wheels.
And, we'll visit an old church in Roanoke that's still standing after more than 100 years of worship.
That's coming up in a few minutes.
First, let's check in with Andrew Freiden in the weather center.
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Former Wythe County prosecutor Keith Blankenship is hoping to be elected the county's next full-time prosecutor.
Blankenship is currently an assistant prosecutor in Smyth County.
This week, he announced he's seeking the Republican nomination in Wythe County.
So far, no one else from either party has stepped up to announce they're running.
Blankenship is no stranger to Wythe County, having worked there for 3 years.
During that time he prosecuted a number of high-profile murder cases.
Roanoke's first skate park is almost a reality.
Workers are still building jump ramps and other skating attractions.
Construction on the project started last October.
Depending on the weather, they expect to have it finished by the end of this month.
Once it's complete, the skaters may be allowed to put the finishing touches on it.
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The skate area is under the bridge in Wasena Park.
It's a joint effort by the Roanoke City and County parks and recreation departments.
A judge in Texas says legal software is no substitute for a real lawyer.
And we'll show you a nice way to celebrate Valentines day on the web... in tonight's WebWatch.
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Your computer can be many things, but its not allowed to be your lawyer, according to a Texas judge.
He's trying to ban the Quicken Family Lawyer software.... He says it's practicing law without a license.
It's not clear whether the judge has to power to stop the software, or the free legal document downloads and basic legal advice offered at the Qicken, and other legal websites.
If you're ready for daytona, rev up your mouse and click on over to GoRacing-dot-com. find out what all the teams are up to... and expect to see Jeff Gordon's face a lot...
While you're there, click over to the Speedmall... an interactive on-line shopping center where you can pick up souveniers, toys and collectibles.
Roses cost an arm and a leg this time of year... but Valentine-dot-com is free. Fill out a questionaire, and find out which celebrity is your valentine dream date. You can send your valentine a free on-line greeting, or if you're a little more creative... you can put them inside their very own internet tabloid news story.
For links to these sites, click on WebWatch, on the WDBJ website at WDBJ7-dot-com.))
The viewer mail this week brought comments on a football player's morality, and a high school's reputation.
Assignment editor Joe McKean has News-7's Feedback.
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((The coverage of Atlanta Falcons' Eugene Robinson troubles with the law got a Roanoke viewer thinking about the impeachment trial of President Clinton.
"The President of the United States not only solicited but took part in oral sex in the Oval Office and a cloud has been over the White House for over a year now but it has been defended vigorously.
Hypocritically, the news media and Clinton supporters have excused the president's behavior while jumping on the report about a professional athlete with both feet...Do we hold our professional athletes to a higher standard than we hold the President of the United States to?"
Our story on the drug dog search at William Fleming High School prompted another Roanoke viewer to write:
"William Fleming has always gotten a bum rap ever since I can remember. This was even when my children went to school there. Yes, drugs are wrong, but here Patrick Henry was searched two weeks ago and nothing was said until they found some somewhere else."
Here's how to share your comments on issues in the news, or our news coverage:
The address for conventional mail, is News-7, P.O. Box 7, Roanoke Virginia, 24022-0007.
The number for faxes is 540-343-7269.
Our e-mail address is email@example.com.
And you'll find a moderated on-line forum at our web site, wdbj7.com.
Joe McKean, News-7.))
Coming up--Mike Stevens will have highlights from the Bud Shoot Out in Daytona.
And, Andrew Freiden will take an extended look at this week's weather.
That's coming up when the news continues.
Much of the Roanoke Valley's involvement in Black History can still be found.
It just depends on where you look.
David Johnson offers a view of the area's first church.
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On a little hill just to the right of Route-460 East sits Mount Moriah Baptist.
It was established for and built by the slaves of the founder of Hollins University, Charles Lewis Cocke.
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((LOUISE THOMPSON/CHURCH CLERK; AS I WAS TOLD BY MY PARENTS, THEY WOULD BRING THESE SLAVES OVER TO WORSHIP ON SUNDAYS DURING SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES. OUT OF THE SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS, THEY ORGANIZED THE CHURCH IN 1858.))
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Built as a "brush harbor" in 1846, this building was constructed 12-years later and still remains to this day.
Inside, the remaining craftwork of the slaves includes the pulpit and tables, and this bookcase-- where the slave's bibles are still kept.
The church is protected by the state and country as a historic preservation site.
Still, it faces two obstacles, one being respect--the road leading up to the sanctuary was named for the church's sake.
But the city mispelled the sign.
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((THOMPSON; IT HAS BEEN MENTIONED. How long ago? IT'S BEEN ABOUT TWO YEARS.))
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...and rebuilding its dwindling congregation.
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((PLEASANT; THEY SAID IF WE GET RUNNING WATER AND TOILETS, WE WOULD COME. WE HAVE ALL THOSE THINGS AND THEY STILL HAVEN'T SO HE SAYS WHERE ARE THEY? BUT WE'RE STILL APPEALING FOR THEM TO COME.))
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There are only a dozen active members left, most have been with the church 50-or more years.
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((THOMPSON; WE HAVE A MEMBERSHIP OF DEDICATED PEOPLE WHO WORK TOGETHER LIKE ONE BIG FAMILY.))
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((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; THOMPSON SAYS IT'S THAT DEDICATION THAT THE SPIRIT WAS ESTABLISHED AND STILL LIVES. REVEREND PLEASANT SAYS IT MAY BLACK HISTORY MONTH, HIS CONGREGATION CELEBRATES THE TRUE FOUNDERS OF THE CHURCH, THE SLAVES WHO BUILT IT. DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS 7, ROANOKE.))
And coming up, Mark Martin takes the checkered flag at Daytona in the Bud shootout, The Heat beats the Knicks at the Garden.
and the 14-th ranked Lady Hokies of Virginia Tech get a conference win at the Cassell.
Jeff Gordon proved he's human today in the Bud Shootout. And his mistake opened the door for Mark Martin to get his first win at the Daytona International Speedway in a Winston Cup Car.
Mike Stevens has this report.
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The Lady Hokies played their next to last game at the Cassell this afternoon and Michelle Housewright scores her thousandth point in Tech's 62 to 35 win over La Salle.
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The Hokies looking to get another win in a long line of W's this season.
Tech comes out firing Katy O'Connor creates off the dribble and hits the jumper as the Hokies are out to a big lead.
The Explorers had trouble finding the basket but Suzanne Keilty hits the three pointer as La Salle trys to keep it close.
But the all time assist leader Lisa Witherspoon with the great pass to Housewright and she reaches the 1-thousand point mark in her career as a Hokie.
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Tech would pull away as Witherspoon threads the needle to Maria Albertson for the layup and the Lady Hokies win it 62 to 35.
In college basketball, Michigan upset 18-th ranked Minnesota today 75 to 65.
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The Wolverines out to snap a five game losing streak.
Michigan's Robbie Reid steps behind the line and nails the three pointer cutting the lead to 2.
But the Gophers answer when Quincy lewis hits the long three pointer giving Minnesota a 3 point lead.
Michigan would use a late second half rally to take the lead.
Brandon Smith hits the floater and the Wolverines get the 75 to 65 upset win.
The spotlight on the N-B-A today was on Madison Square Garden as the New York Knicks hosted the Miami Heat.
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The Knicks hoping to avoid an 0 and 2 start.
On this play Charlie Ward slips behind Alonzo Mourning getting the steal taking it up court and passing to Allen Houston for the score.
But the Heat comes right back Mourning shoots the jumper and gets the bounce and Miami led 64 to 57.
New York managed to tie the game at 69 then Terry Porter would come up
big scoring four straight points and the Heat holds on to win it 83 to 79.
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