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A struggle between police and a suspect over a handgun leaves one man dead.
What started as a routine traffic stop of a suspected drunk driver ended with the death of 31- year- old John Elrod Junior, who police say was a convicted habitual offender. He was driving a car with two children in it when police stopped him Friday night.
Steve Smallshaw has more.
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(( It happened in the 600 block of Top Ridge Road, just inside the city limits.
Two officers stopped John Elrod's car on suspicion of drunken driving.. the two children traveling with him were removed safely.. police then spent ten to fifteen minutes ordering Elrod out of his vehicle.
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((CHARLES BENNETT/LYNCHBURG POLICE CHIEF: THE OFFICERS REQUESTED THAT MR. ELROD EXIT THE VEHICLE BUT HE REFUSED TO DO SO. WHEN THE OFFICERS ATTEMPTED TO REMOVE MR. ELROD FROM THE VEHICLE HE REACHED TO THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE SEAT AND GRABBED A HANDGUN.)) [RUNS14]
[OUT Q=grabbed a handgun.]


Police say while Officer D.W. Black struggled with Elrod for possession of the gun it fired twice, one of the bullets struck Elrod in the side of the head, killing him.
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((BENNETT: WHEN SOMEONE PRODUCES A HANDGUN.. ..QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.)) [RUNS15]
[OUT Q=quickly as possible.]

[Standup] ((Chief Bennett says their preliminary investigation shows the officers involved.. both who have been on the force less than five years.. acted properly during the entire incident. An autopsy should help answer some lingering questions about whether Elrod was intoxicated.. and who actually pulled the trigger on his gun. Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
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State Officials have added safety signs to Virginia's Interstate rest stops.
They are the latest part of a campaign that grew out of a several high-profile crimes at rest stops, including robberies and slayings in Prince William and Montgomery counties.

The signs list safety tips and provide toll-free phone numbers to report crime. [7E-local-colors ]


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The region showed its true colors yesterday, as many nationalities took part in Roanoke's Local Colors celebration.
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Participants marched proud and united...each showing off their country's native dress.
Germany....Croatia... Korea... and Bangledash...were just four of the more than 30 countries represented.
But the celebration almost didn't happen this year.
Pearl Fu, the Local Colors director, briefly resigned due to funding problems.
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((PEARL FU/LOCAL COLORS DIR. ORGANIZER: IT BECAME TOO OVERWHELMING..THAT'S WHY I SORT OF RESIGNED..BUT THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE FOR COMMUNITY AND JUSTICE STEPPED IN AND ADOPTED LOCAL COLORS AND GAVE IT A LOT OF SUPPORT SO WE'RE HAVING IT AGAIN.))
[SUPER=01-Pearl Fu/Local Colors Organizer;]
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[OUT Q=we're having it again.]
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There was plenty of food on hand...to tantalize even the most exotic appetites.
One of the highlights of this year's festival was the American Indian village-- which included a tee-pee.
Sharon Hudson of the Shawnee Nation says events like this help to dispel ignorance.
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[IN Q=If we can just]

(( SHARON HUDSON/SHAWNEE NATION: IF WE CAN JUST LET ONE PERSON LEAVE WITH A TAD BIT OF KNOWLEDGE ABOUT ANY OF THE CULTURES THAT'S HERE TODAY . I THINK WE'VE ACCOMPLISHED A GREAT DEAL.))
[SUPER=01-Sharon Hudson/Shawnee Nation ]
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[OUT Q=accomplished a great deal.]
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This is the 9th annual Local Colors Celebration.
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Taking a look now at your Monday forecast..
Morning clouds will give way to mostly sunny skies this afternoon. Look for highs in the low- to mid-60s.
A good chance for some showers overnight, with lows in the upper-40s.
The extended forecast...
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Virginia already has a law against selling alchohol to minors over the internet, but now Attorney General Mark Early is urging Congress to pass similar legislation.
Joy Sutton reports.
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[SUPER=01-Crystal Lovejoy/Parent; :29]
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((
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((MARK EARLEY/ATTORNEY GENERAL: PARENTS NEED TO KNOW THAT THEIR CHILDREN HAVE ACCESS TO THIS KIND OF THING. PART OF IT IS HAVING THE RIGHT KIND OF LAWS AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL TO BE ABLE TO DEAL WITH IT.))
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With the simple click of the mouse...a minor can log onto a site that sells alcohol...use the parents credit card and have the alcohol delivered to their house or a friends house within 28 to 48 hours.
Crystal Lovejoy is a parent...she says the idea of alcohol being so easily accessible is frightening.
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((CRYSTAL LOVEJOY/PARENT: IT'S REALLY SCARY THE THINGS THAT CHILDREN CAN SEE AND GET ACCESS THROUGH IT.))
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Sarah Fullerton a teenager from Massachusetts says there definitely needs to be regulations.
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((SARAH FULLERTON: I KNOW WHERE I LIVE THERE IS A LOT OF PARTIES WITH ALCOHOL AND STUFF. IF KIDS ARE ACCESSING ALCOHOL MORE EASY THAT'S GOING TO BE A LOT OF DRUNK DRIVING AND RECKLESS PARTIES AND STUFF..IT'S DANGEROUS.))
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The state of Virginia already has a law against selling alcohol to minors over the internet.
But, Earley is now pushing Congress to enact similar legislation on the federal level.
As chairman of the group, "Americans for Responsible Access to Alcohol" he's already taken his case before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
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((MARK EARLEY/ATTORNEY GENERAL: PRIMARLY WHAT WE WANT IS SOMETHING TO MAKE SURE THAT MINORS..JUST AS WHEN THEY WALK INTO A RETAILER..HAVE TO HAVE PROPER IDENTIFICATION.)) ))
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Joy Sutton, News 7.
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A high honor for a Lynchburg teen.
Over the weekend, high school junior Mark Schweitzer won a two- way race for youth governor-- defeating a student from Exmore.
Schweitzer will preside over next year's Model General Assembly.
About 725 students attended the Y-M-C-A-sponsored event at the state capitol.

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The William Fleming band is back in Roanoke this morning after picking up a number of awards.
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The students attended a band competition in Atlanta-- going up against bands from several states.
And they brought home NINE trophies.
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((JOHN WRIGHT/BAND DIRECTOR: THIS IS THE MOST AWARDS ANY BAND I'VE EVER HAD HAS RACKED UP AT ONE TIME IN COMPETITION. EVERYTHING WE ENTERED WE WON SOMETHING IN, SO THAT'S NICE.))
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[OUT Q=that's nice.]
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The Colonels placed first in the parade competition, second for drum line and third in concert band.
The flag girls, drum line and drum majors also picked up best in show awards.
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At Mill Mountain, a lesson in conservation mixed in with a celebration.
Yesterday, the zoo held its "Zoobilation for Conservation Festival".
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The zoo had more than 100 animals on display....
But the insects took the lime light...in a new exhibit called "Windows Into Another World".
Dozens of kids turned out to see the animals and to get a ride on the zoo-choo.
But what animal did children like the best?
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((MY FAVORITE IS THE LLAMA..(WHY DO YOU LIKE THE LLAMA)..IT'S BIG))
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Children also got a chance to learn about conservation and electricity.
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Taking a look now at your Monday forecast..
Some clouds this morning, before skies change over to mostly sunny later on. Highs in the low- to mid-60s.
Look for the chance for some showers tonight, as lows fall into the upper-40s.
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A motorist is dead, after a struggle with police. Lynchburg police stopped 31- year- old John Elrod Junior, under suspicion of drunk driving.
They say Elrod was a convicted habitual offender, who was driving with two children in the car Friday night.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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[SUPER=01-Charles Bennett/Lynchburg Police Chief; :21]
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(( It happened in the 600 block of Top Ridge Road, just inside the city limits.
Two officers stopped John Elrod's car on suspicion of drunken driving.. the two children traveling with him were removed safely.. police then spent ten to fifteen minutes ordering Elrod out of his vehicle.
[SOT 4:2:38]

((CHARLES BENNETT/LYNCHBURG POLICE CHIEF: THE OFFICERS REQUESTED THAT MR. ELROD EXIT THE VEHICLE BUT HE REFUSED TO DO SO. WHEN THE OFFICERS ATTEMPTED TO REMOVE MR. ELROD FROM THE VEHICLE HE REACHED TO THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE SEAT AND GRABBED A HANDGUN.)) [RUNS14]
[OUT Q=grabbed a handgun.]


Police say while Officer D.W. Black struggled with Elrod for possession of the gun it fired twice, one of the bullets struck Elrod in the side of the head, killing him.
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((BENNETT: WHEN SOMEONE PRODUCES A HANDGUN.. ..QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.)) [RUNS15]
[OUT Q=quickly as possible.]

[Standup] ((Chief Bennett says their preliminary investigation shows the officers involved.. both who have been on the force less than five years.. acted properly during the entire incident. An autopsy should help answer some lingering questions about whether Elrod was intoxicated.. and who actually pulled the trigger on his gun. Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
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New signs could make Virginia's Interstate rest stops a bit safer.
State Officials have added the signs as part of a larger campaign to promote highway safety. This comes after several high-profile crimes at rest stops, including robberies and murder.

The signs list safety tips and provide toll-free phone numbers to report crime. [8E-DrPepper-Fire]


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A piece of soft-drink history is gone, after fire struck the old home of Dr. Peppers' namesake.
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The blaze began at about three o'clock yesterday afternoon, and four hours later, firefighters were still battling the flames.
The building is now called "The Rural Retreat Drug Store." But it's best known as the former home of Dr. Charles Pepper--the man for whom the soft drink was named.
There were no injuries, but the town's fire chief said much of the soft drink's early memorabilia was lost.
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Roanoke got a glimpse of all the world's colors yesterday, as several countries took part in the Local Colors celebration.
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Participants marched proud and united...each showing off their country's native dress.
Germany....Croatia... Korea... and Bangledash...were just four of the more than 30 countries represented.
But the celebration almost didn't happen this year.
Pearl Fu, the Local Colors director, briefly resigned due to funding problems.
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[SOT00:29:02]
[IN Q=It became]

((PEARL FU/LOCAL COLORS DIR. ORGANIZER: IT BECAME TOO OVERWHELMING..THAT'S WHY I SORT OF RESIGNED..BUT THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE FOR COMMUNITY AND JUSTICE STEPPED IN AND ADOPTED LOCAL COLORS AND GAVE IT A LOT OF SUPPORT SO WE'RE HAVING IT AGAIN.))
[SUPER=01-Pearl Fu/Local Colors Organizer;]
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[OUT Q=we're having it again.]
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There was plenty of food on hand...to tantalize even the most exotic appetites.
One of the highlights of this year's festival was the American Indian village-- which included a tee-pee.
Sharon Hudson of the Shawnee Nation says events like this help to dispel ignorance.
(///// SOT /////)
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[IN Q=If we can just]

(( SHARON HUDSON/SHAWNEE NATION: IF WE CAN JUST LET ONE PERSON LEAVE WITH A TAD BIT OF KNOWLEDGE ABOUT ANY OF THE CULTURES THAT'S HERE TODAY . I THINK WE'VE ACCOMPLISHED A GREAT DEAL.))
[SUPER=01-Sharon Hudson/Shawnee Nation ]
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[OUT Q=accomplished a great deal.]
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This is the 9th annual Local Colors Celebration.
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Taking a look now at your Monday forecast..
Morning clouds will give way to mostly sunny skies this afternoon. Highs in the lower 60s.
Rain possible overnight, with lows in the upper-40s.
The extended forecast calls for temperatures to warm up by the end of the week...
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