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A high speed chase in Danville ends with a crash, and a murder suspect taking his own life.
Police think the man who led them on the chase may be connected to a weekend murder in Danville.
Christy Hubley takes us to the scene.
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((The victim with a self-inflicted gunshot wound is Kenneth Thomas Bailey the Second.
Police say they had three warrents out for his arrest, including one for escaping from a Danville mental hospital.
But more recently, police were looking at Bailey in connection with a murder that happened last weekend.
The body of Anthony Broadnax was discovered Sunday morning in a Walker Street backyard.
Someone killed him with a single gunshot to the head.
Police believe the murderer then stole a car belonging to the victim's mother.
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((CHIEF MORRIS: WE FOUND THAT CAR IN THE COUNTY AND HAD THAT UNDER SURVEILANCE. THE INDIVIDUAL GOT IN THE CAR TOOK OFF BEFORE THEY COULD STOP HIM AND HE FLED INTO THE CITY WITH DEPUTIES IN PURSUIT.))
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The pursuit ended when the suspect ran a red light at the intersection of Piney Forest Road and the Franklin Turnpike and crashed head on into another vehicle, injuring the driver.
Police say the suspect got out of the stolen, now smashed car and took off running.
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((CHIEF MORRIS: WHEN HE WAS APPROACHED BY AN OFF DUTY DEPUTY WHO THOUGHT IT WAS JUST A SIMPLE HIT AND RUN ACCIDENT, HE PUT THE GUN TO HIS HEAD AND SHOT HIMSELF.))
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This turn of events does not close the murder investigation.
Instead, it opens a whole new probe into the chase, the accident, and the suicide.
Christy Hubley, News 7, Danville.
The driver who was hit by Bailey during the police pursuit is Katherine Tosh.
She has been discharged from Danville Regional Medical Center.
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A Bedford County babysitter has been charged with manslaughter ONE YEAR after a 14-month-old girl she'd been caring for died in her home.
Steve Smallshaw has the story.
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(( The day it happened.. February 12th, 1998.. Sonja Hickson told police the little girl had fallen over backwards in her chair and struck her head on the floor.
But the severity of the girl's injuries made authorities suspicious..
((LT. RICKY GARDNER/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: TALKING TO DIFFERENT EXPERTS IN THE FIELD OF CHILD INJURIES AND JUST PUTTING TOGETHER THE CASE, WHICH CULMINATED EARLY THIS MORNING WITH MS. HICKSON'S ARREST.))
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Police say Hickson made a living taking care of other people's children in her home on Old Station Loop in Hardy.
Neighbor Colton Edmonds used to play there.. he and his mother were shocked to hear of Hickson's arrest.
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((COLTON EDMONDS/NEIGHBOR; ME AND MY LITTLE BROTHER WOULD GO UP THERE AND EAT LUNCH WITH THEM SOMETIMES, PLAY AROUND AND WATCH THE KIDS OUT THERE RIDING BIKES, NEVER HAD ANY PROBLEMS OUT OF ANY OF THEM OR HER))
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((Sonja Hickson remains free after posting a ten- thousand dollar bond. But authorities say it's possible the charge against her could be upgraded to something more serious.. from voluntary manslaughter to murder. Steve Smallshaw, News7.))
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The Star City Diner re-opened tonight, after inspectors confirmed the Roanoke restaurant has corrected health code violations.
The restaurant was closed Friday after inspectors found roaches, rotten food and other problems.
While the latest inspection revealed some minor concerns, health officials say the restaurant has corrected the most serious violations.
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((KAREN CHAPLES/ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SUPERVISOR: ALL THE FOOD IS IN GOOD CONDITION. THE TEMPERATURES ARE GOOD. ALL THE CRITICAL VIOLATIONS ARE UNDER CONTROL. WE WILL LET THEM REOPEN.))
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Restaurant employees have worked hard to bring the restaurant into compliance, and they're hopeful they can address the health inspectors' concerns on a continuing basis.
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((LAURA BRUBAKER/RESTAURANT MANAGER: NOT ONLY TO KEEP IT OPEN, BUT TAKE IT TO A HIGHER LEVEL WHERE IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN FOR A LONG TIME. WE PLAN ON TAKING IT THERE, KEEPING IT THERE, BUILDING OUR BUSINESS AND JUST GETTING THINGS WHERE THEY NEED TO BE.))
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The Health Department is promising UN-ANNOUNCED inspections to insure that the restaurant remains in compliance, and officials are moving forward with a hearing in mid-march that could still revoke the restaurant's food permit.
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Some changes are in store at the Radford Arsenal.
It's expected that about 90-people will lose their jobs at the end of the work week.
50-of the layoffs are the result of the Arsenal losing out on a contract to a Canadian company.
Those workers make powder for tank ammunition.
The remaining 40-layoffs are NOT connected to the contract.
Arsenal officials say those layoffs had been in the works for sometime.
Prosecutors say John William King is a hate filled killer.
Today they showed pictures of tattoos to prove their point-
King is charged with dragging a black man to his death- Bob McNamara reports from Jasper Texas.
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(( Today.. prosecutors added more evidence to their portrayal of John William King.. as a hate-filled racist killer..
With photos of how from head to toe.. King's body was a canvas for Neo-Nazi..and White Supremacist tattoo's.
Then.. with King's one-time girl-friend Kiesha Adkins on the stand..
Adkins said she was with King.. just hours before 49-year
old James Byrd Jr was murdered last June..
She saw King drive off in the pickup used to drag Byrd to
his death that night.. with the two other accused killers.. Shawn
Berry and Russell Brewer..
Today too..the troublesome side show police feared finally arrived..
QUANELLE X/ ".. LYNCHING BLACK BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN AMERICA
IS AS COMMON IN THIS COUNTRY AS APPLE AND CHERRY PIE.."
MARY BARRETT/VICTIM'S SISTER "..WE'RE REALLY LOOKING AT WHAT'S
GOING ON INSIDE THE COURTROOM THAT IS WHERE JUSTICE WILL BE
SERVED..AND NOT OUTSIDE ON THE STREET.."
With a murder case building against him each day.. John William King's attorney.. says his client is not optimistic
Bob McNamara, CBS News, Jasper Texas.
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
In two days, Elton John will stage one of Roanoke's biggest concert events ever.
Preparations are already underway tonight.
Eric Earnhart takes us behind the scenes.
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((It looks something like the international space station, waiting on the pad... but this network of steel, wires and computerized parts only has to rise 30 feet to launch the Rocket Man into orbit at the Roanoke civic center.
Roadies hit town a day early because this is a new arena for them... and this is a new SHOW... They say Elton has only performed in this intimate piano-only setting once before... and he liked it, so he decided to try it again here.
A glittering semi-circle of lights hovers over the spot where that piano will stand... IT's not here... the roadies say Elton carries it with him...
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((ROADIE; YOU ALWAYS TRAVEL WITH YOUR OWN, IT DOESN'T MATTER WHO YOU ARE, ANY MUSICIAN YOU TRAVEL WITH YOUR OWN HORN, YOUR OWN DRUM... ))
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So since it's a one man, one piano show, you may be wondering what happens if disaster strikes, and something goes wrong with the piano? Well just like Jeff Gordon would never travel without a spare race car, Elton John has a spare piano, it's stored in an undisclosed location, and in the event of an extreme emergency , it will be airlifted to Roanoke.
But even in the best of circumstances, this concert presents a challenge... how do you transform a hockey arena, into an intimate evening with Elton?
The key is in the lighting....
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((LIGHT DESIGNER; A LOT OF OUR INTERPRETATIONS OF WHAT THE MUSIC SOUNDS LIKE, WE TRY TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE THAT SOUND, AND A LOT OF TIMES WE'LL ACTUALLY TAKE IT LITERALLY, IF THE LYRIC SAYS SOMETHING ABOUT BLUE, ALL OF A SUDDEN THINGS WILL GO A LITTLE BIT BLUE AND GIVE YOU THAT SENSATION.))
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Another important rule he says... the lights should NEVER outshine the star.... though, there's not much danger of THAT happening in this show.
In Roanoke, Eric Earnhart, News 7 ))
Still ahead on News 7, the U-S sends more warplanes to Europe in case a peace deal isn't reached in Kosovo.
And a Roanoke company president pleads guilty to violations that killed several endangered animals.
More than 2-thousand fish were killed in a short section of the Roanoke River a year and a half ago.
The source of their demise was the Roanoke Ice and Cold Storage Company.
Ammonia was released from the plant in September, 1997, killing 26-hundred fish... including 16 Log Perch, an endangered species.
Company President William Bobby Barham entered two guilty pleas in federal court today.
Penalties will be assessed in May.
The United States is deploying 51 more warplanes to Europe- in case airstrikes against the Serbs are needed.
The Pentagon wants planes ready in case Serbs block a Kosovo peace deal with ethnic Albanians.
Airstrikes have been threatened possibly as soon as this weekend.
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Both chambers of the Virginia General Assembly have now signed off on a two cent cut in the sales tax on groceries.
The House of Delegates voted 99 to nothing today to cut the first "half cent" of the four-and-a-half cent tax in January.
Two cents would be fully phased out by April 2003.
It is the Governor's plan, so he will surely sign the bill.
Southwest Virginia Democrats made a last ditch effort to eliminate the entire tax -- but were rebuffed by House Republicans.
Pulaski County Republican Tommy Baker has served in the House of Delegates since 1990.
Now, sources close to Baker say he will NOT seek re-election this fall.
Baker is NOT commenting publicly.
But he did tell Republicans this week he's interested in a judicial opening on the Virginia Court of Appeals.
In a chamber evenly divided along party lines, the balance of power could be affected if Baker steps down.
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Fenton "Spike" Harrison says he hasn't finished what he helped start, so today the Democrat announced he's running for re-election.
Harrison wants to help Roanoke County continue to make strides in economic development, regional cooperation and school construction.
He represents the Catawba District on the County's board of supervisors.
Harrison will be challenged in November by republican Joe "Butch" Church.
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A big showdown at the Dedmon Center tonight the Virginia Cavaliers were on the road at Clemson. But first our Extra Point.
Rick Mast will be returning to the Rock later this week as the defending pole winner.
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And thanks to all the success he had at Daytona last week, he also is starting to get some much deserved national publicity
NASCAR's web site is featuring Mast in its lead story today.
NASCAR online calls Mast's Daytona success, the biggest surprise of Speedweeks 99.
You can check out the story by going to WDBJ-7.com and clicking on our WEBWATCH icon.
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The two hottest teams in the Big South conference hooked up last night in Radford.
In the end, the Highlanders stopped Winthrop's 12 game winning streak.
Mike Stevens and photographer Greg Moore take us inside the Dedmon Dome.
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(THAT'S IT FOR SPORTS. HAVE A GREAT DAY EVERYBODY.)
The Virginia Cavaliers were trying to stay out of the bottom in the A-C-C. But Clemson beat the Cavaliers last night 88 to 65.
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Pete Gillen going for the sweep against the Tigers.
Virginia Freshman Chris Williams would give the Cavaliers their first lead of the game with this three pointer.
But the Tigers would be too strong on the boards Tom Wideman takes it to the hoop for the easy layup and the Tigers led 22 to 15.
Clemson's other big Man Harold Jamison would open up in the half
here getting two of his game high 13 and the Tigers win it 88 to 65.
And coming up in sports, Steve Mason has tonight's Hometown Hoops Weekly.
And G.W. Danville opens the Western District Tournament with a win.
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G.W. Danville opened the Western District tournament last night with a 68 to 53 win over E.C. Glass.
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The Eagles being introduced to the crowd.
And G.W.'s Anthony Wiles passes to Jerian Younger for the jam as the Eagles took the lead.
Glass comes back as J.R. Honderson picks up the lose ball and hits the jumper just inside the three point line.
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Then G.W.'s Wiles and Glass's John baker scrmble for the lose ball But Patrick ferguson picks it up and loses in to Wiles who hits the Jumper and the Eagles win it 68 to 53.
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A little girl enjoying a bag of popcorn as the Lady Eagles take on Halifax.
Halifax's Ciji Moore picks up the loose ball inside and scores the duece.
G.W. comes back as Shana Price drives to the hoop and passes to Takisha burton for the basket.
This time Price keeps it herself and takes it in for the layup and the Lady Eagles get the 65 to 17 win
(RADFORD WINS A BIG SOUTH SHOWDOWN AT THE DEDMON CENTER. MORE LATER ON MORNIN'.)
Johnnie Cochran goes from courtroom drama to daytime drama.
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The high profile attorney who helped represent O-J Simpson is playing himself on the daytime soap opera Guiding Light.
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((JOHNNIE COCHRAN/ATTORNEY AND ACTOR: THE REAL WORLD IS SO SERIOUS WITH SO MANY THINGS WE'RE TALKING REAL DEADLY SERIOUS THINGS. IT'S REALLY GREAT TO DEAL WTIH THESE PROFESSIONALS AT THE GUIDING LIGHT.))
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The show is now in production. IT's scheduled to air Monday March 8th here on your hometown station.
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