Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.
A live report on a program that some say could make a difference in one public housing community.
State police are investigating a fatal accident tonight in Bedford County.
Plus-- we'll take you to the Roanoke Civic center where country music sensation Faith Hill took the stage.
The news is NEXT.
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((CHARLES SWEETENBERG, JR/PROBATION AND PAROLE OFFICER: I THINK IT SERVES AS A DETERRENT....AS FAR AS GETTING THEMSELVES BACK INVOLVED INTO CRIMINAL ACTIVITY))
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A local program brings probation and parole officers into a housing community.
It's called the Neighborhood Supervision Program...and it's bringing probation and parole officers close to the homes of offenders.
Joy Sutton, is live in our newsroom with details
Teresa, the program was started in 1997
And although it hasn't received a lot of attention...supporters say it is really making a difference.
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(( The Neighborhood Supervision program office is located inside an apartment in Brightwood Manor.
The program was designed to make probation and parole officers more accessible to the community and to act as a liaison between the Roanoke City Police Department and housing management.
Officer Bill Carroll says it's making the probationers and parolees more at ease.
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((BILL CARROLL/PROBATION AND PAROLE OFFICER: IT'S SO MUCH BETTER TO SPEAK AND TALK WITH SOMEONE IN THEIR OWN ATMOSPHERE...THEIR FAMILIES, WE'VE HAD OFFENDER BRING THEIR FAMILIES BY TO VISIT US...WE WOULD HAVE NEVER HAD THAT AS MUCH AT THE MAIN OFFICE DOWNTOWN))
The officers come to this office around two or three times a week... And also go around the neighborhood with police officers to monitor the activities of their cases...
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[IN Q=We see the people]
((CHARLES SWEETENBERG, JR/PROBATION AND PAROLE OFFICER: WE SEE THE PEOPLE THEY'RE HANGING AROUND WITH...WHAT THEY'RE DOING...SOME OF THE OFFENDER WILL TELL YOU THAT THEY ARE WORKING AND WE'LL WALK UP ON THEM...THEY'RE NOT...THEY'RE AT HOME...THEY'RE NOT WORKING AT ALL))
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And officer Sweetenburg says that since he has been at the new location...most of his cases have not been repeat offenders...and that some of them even get off of parole early.
Although some residents say the program has hadn't an impact...Dawn Simon says she has definitely seen a difference.
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((DAWN SIMON: IN THE LAST YEAR..IT'S BEEN A DRAMATIC CHANGE..I HAVEN'T SEEN THAT MANY CRIMES AND STUFF))
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The officers also cover the Lincoln Terrace Community, and the Landsdown areas.
Teresa, the officer say they are hoping to open offices in other housing communities as well.
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A man lost his life on a local highway this evening.
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State police say a car traveling on Route 460 in Bedford County ran onto the right shoulder of the road, before coming back onto the highway, crossing the median AND both lanes on the other side of 460.
The vehicle then struck a utility pole.
The driver was thrown from the car.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
His name has not been released, pending family notification.
Let's head over to Robin Reed righ now...for a quick peek at the weekend forecast.[WX1]
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A Bedford County teen avoided a possible death sentence today by pleading guilty to capital murder and robbery charges.
Steve Smallshaw has the story.
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(( The offer had been on the table for weeks, but 17- year old Randy Ross didn't make a final decision until just before his arraignment in Bedford Circuit Court Friday.
Ross pleaded guilty to all four charges in connection with the murder and robbery of classmate Jamelle Poindexter last September.
It's a deal that had the full support of Poindexter's family.
((STEWART POINDEXTER: MY SON DIDN'T BELIEVE IN THE DEATH PENALTY, AND I DON'T BELIEVE IN IT NEITHER.))
((RANDY KRANTZ/PROSECUTOR: THEY HAD INDICATED TO US THEY WANTED A QUICK RESOLUTION, GET SOME SORT OF CLOSURE, ANYTHING SHORT OF THE DEATH PENALTY BUT LIFE IN PRISON, THAT'S WHAT THEY WANTED TO HAPPEN.))
Ross was facing a mountain of physical evidence, in addition to his own confession.
SO from a defense standpoint, it would have been difficult keeping him off death row, had the case gone to trial.
((TOM BLAYLOCK: FOR ALL HE DID AND ALL THE FAULT HE HAD, HE WAS STILL A JUVENILE, AND I DON'T KNOW THAT WE OUGHT TO BE EXECUTING JUVENILES IN THIS COUNTRY.))
Ross' alleged accomplice, 16- year- old Keirsten Davis, still faces trial for her role in the killing.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford.))
Police have been able to recover only ONE of SEVEN guns reportedly stolen by some Roanoke middle school students this week.
The four Woodrow Wilson Middle School boys were arrested in connection with a house burglary on Hannah Circle in Southwest.
Police are looking for a fifth suspect.
The homeowners lost the guns, a switchblade, some jewelry, and two Furby dolls.
The knife was recovered.
A Montgomery County judge today formally sentenced Bud Pritchett to life in prison.
A jury in April convicted Pritchett of first degree murder for robbing and killing Estel Singleton outside the Ironto rest area two years ago.
Pritchett showed no emotion as Circuit Judge Ray Grubbs imposed the jury's sentence.
His attorneys are appealing the conviction-- saying vital information about Pritchett's mental capacity was excluded from the trial.
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((JIMMY TURK/PRITCHETT'S ATTORNEY:I JUST THINK THAT WAS UNFAIR, I THINK IT WAS AGAINST THE LAW, CLEARLY AGAINST THE LAW THAT I PRESENTED FOR THE JUDGE'S CONSIDERATION AND AGAINST I THINK IT'S GOING TO RAISE SOME EYEBROWS BY SOME APPELLATE COURT. ))
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Pritchett will be eligible for geriatric parole in about 30- years.
Two women shot in a robbery at a Henry County convenience store faced Michael Anthony Ramey in court today.
He's the man they say shot them and killed their co-worker.
At today's preliminary hearing, store clerk Pamela Sue (ris-uh-LEE-tee) Risaliti said Ramey was a friend who often visited the clerks at Taylor's Little Grocery.
But in April, witnesses say Ramey's visit to the store UN-expectedly turned into robbery and murder.
Store clerk Susan Hylton was shot and killed.
Ramey's girlfriend Dale Cobb said on the witness stand that she played dead after Ramey shot her to save her OWN life.
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((DALE COBB: BY THAT TIME, HE CAME BY AND KICKED MY LEG AND I QUIT BREATHING. I QUIT BREATHING BECAUSE I FIGURED IF I QUIT BREATHING, HE WOULD THINK I WAS DEAD AND HE WOULD GO ON AND LEAVE.))
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The case is expected to go before a grand jury in July and to trial as early as the Fall.
Ramey could face the death penalty.
A multi-million dollar tourist attraction draped in a giant Confederate flag.
It was just another racially-charged milestone for Richmond today.
A visual and vocal band of Confederate sympathizers protested the grand opening of the city's new Canal Walk.
It's all over the removal of a mural of Robert E. Lee-- after a black city council member threatened a boycott.
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((KENNY BRITTON/CONFEDERATE PROTESTER: DO NOT PICK ON AN ICON SUCH AS GENERAL LEE AND SAY SOMETHING BAD ABOUT HIM BECAUSE IT CAN'T BE TRUE.))
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City and community leaders say the Lee mural will likely go back up.
The nation's only black elected governor even tossed an impromptu salute at the Confederate battle flag.
But he also questioned the protesters' tactics.
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((DOUG WILDER/FORMER GOVERNOR: I THINK THEY HURT THEMSELVES... DOES NOT HELP THE CITY AT ALL.))
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((TIM KAINE/RICHMOND MAYOR: SOMEBODY SAID THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS BAD PUBLICITY... ROLL WITH WHAT YOU HAVE.))
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A citizen committee will review all the historic displays at the riverfront, and recommend what should happen to General Lee.
State Troopers inspected more than 300 trucks this week, during a special 48- hour enforcement effort.
And more than a quarter were removed from service for repairs.
Troopers from the Motor Carrier Safety unit conducted the inspections... at the Troutville scales on interstate 81, and on other area highways.
Of the 330 trucks that were inspected, 91 were removed from service. State Police officials say that number is in line with normal statewide statistics.
She made "This Kiss" a multi-platinum hit.
A little later on News 7, Faith Hill croons to a Roaonke crowd.
And straight ahead... He's been called the King of trash TV.
Today, city counselors in the Windy City crack down on Jerry Springer.
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[IN Q=Hey guys]
[out-q=on the Big 7.]
((Hey everybody this is Mike Stevens back in the News 7 sports office welcoming you a weekend packed full of high school championships. We have highlights from 12 different semi-finals from today - among other things all three Glenvar teams were eliminated.
And we'll check first round quailfying from Dover, where Joe Gibb's man did it again. It's all coming in just a few minutes here on the Big 7.))
T-V talk show host Jerry Springer spent several hours on the hot seat before Chicago City council today-- defending the violence on his program.
Drew Levinson reports.
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(NATSOUND THROW A CHAIR AT HER)
UNLIKE JERRY SPRINGER'S TALKSHOW-NOT ONE CHAIR WAS THROWN-BUT THE
BARBS WERE FLYING.
(SOT ALDERMAN BURKE-SPRINGER EXCHANGE approx 2:59)
"Did you see anybody punch anyone on your show? Yes but I have
seen that in a hockey game also..claps.)
CHICAGO CITY COUNCILMEMBERS CALLED IN THE KING OF TV TALK TO
QUESTION HIM ABOUT THE VIOLENCE ON HIS PROGRAM.
ALDERMAN EDWARD BURKE IS LEADING A GROUP OF COUCILMEMBERS WHO WANT TO
KNOW IF THOSE HAIRPULLING FIGHTS ARE TRULY BRAWLS.
(SOT WITH ALDERMAN AND SPRINGER)
Is the violence staged or real.it seems real to me."
BURKE SAYS IF THEY ARE REAL, THE GUESTS SHOULD BE ARRESTED FOR BATTERY
AND THE OFF-DUTY OFFICERS WHO ACT AS SECURITY FOR THE SHOW ARE BOUND BY
LAW TO MAKE THOSE ARRESTS.
THIS IS THE SECOND TIME RECENTLY A TALKSHOW HAS COME UNDER FIRE. LAST
MONTH A MICHIGAN JURY FOUND THE JENNY JONES SHOW PARTIALLY
RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEATH OF ONE OF IT'S GUESTS-AFTER HE WAS MURDERED BY
ANOTHER PERSON WHO APPEARED ON THE SHOW.
Jerry Springer SOT
"We work very hard to make sure that doesn't happen."
IN THE END -ONE COUCILMEMBER-SAID THERE IS A SIMPLE SOLUTION TO ALL
"If we don't like what you are doing, turn the set off.god bless
The town of Rocky Mount will get more than 120 new jobs next year, thanks to a real estate deal hammered out today.
Developers bought these 20 acres to build a Kroger store plus a surrounding shopping center.
They paid almost two million dollars for the land on Route 40.
They say they're in talks now with restaurants and a movie theater --
but Kroger alone plans to hire 120 people when it opens next year.
A Wisconsin company comes to the rescue for some local Trigon workers who thought they were going to be without jobs.
Last month Trigon said it would no longer process claims for Medicare ...
And that it would lay off 145-workers.
Those workers ... including 70 in Roanoke ... will get job offers from Blue Cross / Blue Shield United of Wisconsin.
A spokesman said the former Trigon workers will do the same jobs ... and that those people will be able to keep working in their current hometowns.
When News 7 at 11 returns - she racked up at this year's Country Music Awards.
Tonight Faith Hill brought her award-winning voice to Roanoke.
Highlights from her concert... coming up.
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A gruesome spectacle brought out hundreds of people at a Canadian waterfront today.
A dead whale was wrapped around the front of a giant cruise ship.
The ``Galaxy'' was on its way back from Alaska when it struck the fin whale, but the mammal wasn't noticed until the ship docked.
The ship's crew doesn't know if the whale was still alive when it was hit.
Two Coast Guard ships and divers were called in to pull the carcass off the vessel and tow it out to sea.
A country music sensation lit up a local stage tonight.
Faith Hill sang her melodies to a sold-out crowd at the Roanoke Civic Center.
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Hill was a big hit at this year's Country Music Awards.
She was named best female vocalist - her hit "This Kiss" won for best song and best video.
This is Hill's first headlining tour.
She asks fans to donate books at her concerts - to be distributed to local schools as part of the Alliance for Youth Supporting Literacy program.
Hill's husband is country crooner Tim McGraw.
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Highlights from no less than a dozen semi-finals from today's Spring Fling Virginia HIgh School league state semi-finals.
Plus, quaifying results from Dover
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But first in tonight's Extra Point, the Dallas Stars have won the Western conference championship in the NHL playoffs.
Tonight in Dallas Jamie Langenbrunner scored his ninth goal of the playoffs and Dallas beat Patrick Roy with ease to post a 4-to-1 series clinching win.
Now the scores.
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In Group 2A state boys soccer final four action, Blacksburg extended it's unbeaten streak to 43 straight games with a 1-nothing win over Handley.
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The Indians are one of the most technically sound teams in the state and would show it last night.
They would also record their 19th shutout thanks to goalie [SUPER=34-Blacksburg/1/Handley/0;]Harper Thornsen. He tu
rned the Judges away time and time again and needed just one goal from his offense to win, Blacksburg earns a chance to defend it's state title with the victory.
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The Indians will meet Jamestown in the state championship today at 4pm. The Eagles topped Jefferson Forest 4-nothi
ng. Bobby O'Brien finds [SUPER=34-Jamestown/4/Jefferson Forest/0;]the back of the net from in close. 1-nothing Eagles 1
3 minutes into the first half.
Joe Weber makes it a two goal lead and Jamestown wins in the shutout.
The girls' Group Two A semi-finals opened the day at Cave Spring Junior high.
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Jefferson Forest had it's hands full with Jamestown in the opening final four at 2pm.
We pick up the action about 11 minutes into the game and the score zero-zero. [SUPER=34-Jamestown/2/Jefferson Fores
t/0;]Watch The Lady Eagles Erica Sims thread the needle down the end line and put the ball over the Forest goalie's head for a 1-nothing lead and Jamestown advances to the State championship with the 2-nothing win.
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Jamestown will play Loudoun for the double A girls' state soccer championship today at 2 since LOudoun shutout Blacksburg.
Jennifer Lapetoda scores with seven minutes left in the first half and The Lady Raiders advance with the 2-to-0 victory.
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Glenvar faced a mountain of talent in the semi-finals of the Group A boys soccer Championships.
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And the Mountaineer fans from Madison Co. had plenty to cheer about yesterday as everything seem to go their way.
Madison County puts the throw-in right in front of the net, the scramble for the ball ends in the score for the Mountaineers and it's three-nothing Madison County.
The scoring continues this time off the corner kick and Madison County advances beating Glenvar 7-to-nothing.
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In the second semi-finals the fans checking out the Clarke-Radford game had their war paint on.
Clarke was on the attack in this one early and often. Seth Winter makes the nice cross, but unfortunatley for him, non one was there to convert.
Radford then had some confusion in its own box. Clarke gets another
opportunity, but James Ferguson just misses. Clarke would find the net four times in second half as Radford is eliminated 4-to-nothing.
Now on to softball at the Moyers Sports Complex, whereThe Lady Highlanders of Glenvar hooked up in the Group a state Semi finals.
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These softball fans got a real a bird's eye view of the big game.
Glenvar gets on the board first. Randolph-Henry Kendall Carwile throws this pitch in the dirt the relay to third ends up in left field allowing Kelli Julg to score from third and the Lady Highlanders took the one to nothing lead in the first.
The Lady Highlander defense comes up big in the second first baseman Heather
Strine catches the one hopper and tags the runner out on the way to first but Glenvar loses 5-to-3 in 10 innings.
Only one Group Two A softball team from the area made it to the Moyer Complex, the Rustburg Red Devils.
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The Red Devils relaxed and got some final words of encouragement before taking on Loudoun Valley.
Red Devils' pitcher Lindsey Torrence was on the money in the early going as she winds up and gets an impressive strikeout.
Loudoun Valley would play some stellar Defense, as well. The Vikes get the
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strikeout and then stop the Rustburg burglar at second.
Rustburg wins this one 1 to 0.
Kawanis Field was the site of the group A baseball semi finals.
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Glenvar and Essex would square off in the semi final game.
The Highlanders scored first when Jason Underwood hits a sacrafice fly to right field Darrell Maxey tags at third and beats the throw home and Glenvar jumped out to the one to nothing lead.
Essex would get on the board in the second. Glenvar pitcher Jeremy Cromer throws the wild pitch and a runner scores from third to make it 2 to 1 and Essex goes on to win it 4 to 3.
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The first diamond action of the day was over at Kiwanis Field in Salem where the Little Giants of Waynesboro got outslugged by the Rustburg Red Devils.
David Cardwell scored on this bunt to make it four to nothing Rustburg. They win it 11-to-9 and will play for the Group Two-A title today at one.
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In Group A girl's tennis Radford high school battled West Point at the Dedmon Center Courts.
Emily Nester led the Lady Bobcats to an easy 9-to-nothing win. They'll play JJ Kelly for that title this morning at nine.
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In the Group Two-A boy's semi-finals that were played yesterday up in Blacksburg fans got an eyeful as Heritage and Loudoun County advanced to play for that championship this morning at nine.
As for the Group Two A girls tennis, Graham and Handley advanced to today's final.
And in Boy's Group A tennis action - Radford will play JJ Kelly just as the girls will do today.
The Group Three-A action is taking place down in Norfolk where the EC Glass boy's tennis team beat Mills Godwin yesterday. The Toppers lay for another title against Douglas Freeman today.
And the GW Danville baseball team will also play for a state title today after beating First Colonial 4-to-1 behind pitcher Justin Tubb.
Still to come tonight, we'll check out qualifying from Dover
where Bobby Labonte put the field in the dust for the third straight week.
The Monster mile at Dover was turned into Bobby Labonte's own personal play pen today during qualifying.
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46 cars went out on the track for time trials.
Jeff Burton, the new million dollar man, who sat on the outside pole at Charlotte and then won the race, wasn't even close today as the Exide Batteries Ford was just 40th fastest.
But Bobby Labonte continued his torrid streak of qualifying, by winning his third straight pole. Labonte has now been the top qualifier in the Winston, the 600 and this MBNA 400.
Here's your top 25.
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[SUPER=0107-6. Kyle Petty//7. Bill Elliott //8. Rusty Wallace//9. Jeremy Mayfield//10. Mike Skinner//;]
[SUPER=0107-11. Elliott Sadler//12. John Andretti//13. Jerry Nadeau//14. Jeff Gordon//15. Ward Burton//;]
[SUPER=0107-16. Ken Schrader//17. David Green//18. Wally Dallenbach//19. Kenny Irwin//20. Brett Bodine//;]
[SUPER=0107-21. Chad Little//22. Rick Mast//23. Ricky Rudd//24. Tony Stewart//25. Michael Waltrip//;]
Dale Earnhardt was 31st & Terry Labonte 37th.
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