Road blocks, pepper spray, even gunfire failed to stop an out-of-control driver in Roanoke last night.
We'll tell you how the chase ended.
And Republicans make Virgil Goode an offer they HOPE he can't refuse.
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((HE HIT SOME UNPARKED CARS AT THAT POINT, HE HIT AN OCCUPIED CAR, AND AT ONE POINT WENT TOWARDS A PEDESTRIAN))
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A man flees police and draws gun fire from the officers trying to stop him.
Good evening, I'm Eric Earnhart.
The incident happened around 2:45 this morning.
It started out as a routine traffic stop but when the driver refused to pullover it turned into a police chase through Roanoke that lasted almost an hour.
Joy Sutton is live in the newsroom with details.
Eric, Roanoke City police made several attempts to stop 23 year-old Gary Wayne Proctor.
They used pepper spray, blocked his vehicle, and even fired shots at him.
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(( A bullet hole, a flat tire, and several dents can be seen on the 98 land cruiser that led police on chase through Roanoke.
It all started on Campbell Avenue at Market Square, when an officer tried to pullover the vehicle going the wrong way down this one way street.
The driver, Gary Wayne Proctor, wouldn't stop but lead police on a pursuit through southwest city into Old Southwest.
On Howbert Street Proctor left a trail of destruction.
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((SUZETTE SNYDER: I HEARD THE CRASH AND THOUGHT MAYBE SOMEBODY NEEDS HELP. SO I CAME OUT AND I SEE THIS MANIAC TEARING UP MY STREET YOU KNOW. I WAS TERRIFIED. I WAS HYPERVENTILATING))
Residents on this street say Proctor hit 7 cars.
He rammed this white car underneath a porch of a house, hit a taxi-cab, and knocked several other vehicle along the street including a police car and tried to hit a pedestrian.
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((JEFF JANSEN: HE WAS JUST BOUNCING OFF CARS, POLICE HAD HIM BLOCKED IN SO TO SPEAK. HE WAS BASHING CARS, BACK AND FORTH, REVERSE, AND FORWARD UP IN THE YARDS))
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((SHELLY ALLEY/ROANOKE CITY POLICE:FOUR OFFICERS WERE TRYING TO GET HIM OUT OF THE VEHICLE. HE WAS RESISTING. THEY TRIED TO TURN THE VEHICLE OFF. HE WOULD TURN THE VEHICLE BACK ON. THEY DID USE PEPPER SPRAY TO TRY AND ARREST THE SUSPECT))
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((JOY SUTTON/REPORTER: THE OFFICERS ONCE AGAIN COULD NOT GET PROCTOR TO STOP. AT THIS POINT THEY FIRED SEVEN ROUNDS AT HIM. BUT THEY COULD NOT HIT HIM INSTEAD HE SPED AWAY DOWN MAIN STREET))
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The chase ended in the driveway of Proctor's house on the 1400 block of Glenwood Drive, Southeast where he was finally captured.))
Gary Wayne Proctor was arrested and charged with five counts of attempted malicious wounding, possession of a concealed weapon, failure to stop for police and driving the wrong way on a one way street.
Eric, authorities are still trying to determine if alcohol or drugs may have been a factor.
Will he stay a Democrat or become a Republican?
Ever since a Capitol Hill newspaper reported that 5th District Congressman Virgil Goode received an offer from Republicans to switch parties, speculation has run rampant.
But would Fifth District voters and politicians embrace a Republican Virgil Goode? Marya Jones reports.
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(( He's pro-gun, pro-tobacco and anti-abortion. But, from the beginning, Virgil Goode has insisted he's a full-fledged Democrat.
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((REP. VIRGIL GOODE: I'VE ALWAYS BEEN A DEMOCRAT AND I WILL STAY A DEMOCRAT.))
But ever since Republicans reportedly dangled the offer of a House appropriations seat, Goode's position has become insistently vague.
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((REP. VIRGIL GOODE: I'M JUST GOING TO LOOK AT 2000 WHEN 2000 COMES AND HOPE THAT I'LL BE ABLE TO RUN FOR RE-ELECTION.))
Outside Danville's Post Office, many 5th District voters say they stand behind the man and not the party.
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((NORMA HOWARD: IT'S A MATTER OF WHAT HE STANDS FOR AND THE PROGRAMS THAT HE'S INVOLVED IN AND WHAT HE'S DONE FOR THE LOCAL ECONOMY AND I THINK HE'S DONE A GOOD JOB. ))
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((JOE NORTHEN: I HAVE VOTED FOR HIM IN THE PAST AND UNLESS I KNOW SOMETHING VERY DIFFERENT ABOUT HIM IN THE FUTURE, I PROBABLY WOULD VOTE FOR HIM AGAIN. MARYA JONES/NEWS 7: REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT? NORTHEN: YES, REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT.))
Fifth District Republican Party Chair Tucker Watkins says Goode already votes more like a Virginia Republican. That's why Watkins claims his party has made an offer that'll be hard for Goode to pass up.
((TUCKER WATKINS/5TH DISTRICT REPUBLICAN PARTY CHAIR: I THINK IT'S A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY FOR VIRGIL GOODE TO HAVE MORE CLOUT IN CONGRESS. AND WITH THAT, BRING MORE BENEFITS TO THE FIFTH DISTRICT.))
Danville Delegate Whitt Clement says Democrats won't let Goode go without a fight.
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((DEL. WHITT CLEMENT/(D) DANVILLE: I WOULD THINK THAT THOSE POWERS THAT BE WOULD STAND TO MATCH WHATEVER OFFER IS ON THE TABLE.))
For now, voters in the Fifth District are speculating on exactly where Goode will land.
But Goode says if he DOES make an announcement, voters in his home district will be the first to know.
Marya Jones, News 7, Danville.))
The Republican who represents Roanoke calls Goode "a good friend" -- though he said he doesn't know if his comrade has been tempted with a lucrative committee assignment.
But Bob Goodlatte, in Roanoke this week, did say there's no doubt Republicans want Goode to join the party.
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((GOODLATTE: THERE HAVE BEEN DISCUSSIONS WITH HIM. BUT I CAN'T CONFIRM ANY PARTICULAR DISCUSSIONS WITH OTHER PEOPLE. I DO KNOW THERE IS DEFINITELY A LOT OF INTEREST IN THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP OF CONGRESSMAN GOODE SWITCHING PARTIES.))
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Goodlatte said, either way, he looks forward to serving another term with Goode in the House.
Labor leader Lane Kirkland died of cancer yesterday.
The 77-year old former President of the AFL-CIO is credited with re-uniting the country's labor unions.
That's what he was trying to do 10 years ago when he was arrested in Southwest Virginia.
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(( The United Mine Worker's of a America's strike against the Pittston Coal Company began in a region geographically, and in many ways culturally isolated from the rest of the world.
But the fight quickly caught Lane Kirkland's attention as he worked to re-energize union membership nation-wide.
This show of force came just hours before negotiations were scheduled to begin in New York... The union has vowed to keep the pressure on Pittston.
It was a battle made up of powerful images.... miners sitting in road blocking coal trucks... carried to jail as others took their place, and Kirkland stepped right into the middle of it.
In a move to show Southwest Virginia miners would not have to stand alone... he led a delegation of 18 labor leaders to Lebanon, gathered on the steps of the Russell County Courthouse, joining UMW president Rich Trumka.
and then they sat down sat down, blocking access to the building...
Kirkland wanted to be arrested, and he was... The image of Kirkland and UMW president Rich Trumka going to jail together energized the miners who flocked to a union rally later in the day, where Kirkland once again brought the union membership back together.
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OUT Q="AND ALL THE WAY"
The miners eventually got and approved a new contract, declaring victory...
As for the courthouse incident, a judge dismissed all charges against Kirkland, Trumka, and the other labor leaders involved, citing their good behavior following their arrest.))
Drivers no longer have to worry about taking a detour to get around Williamson road near downtown.
The southbound lanes of Williamson Road between Salem and Campbell Avenues have finally reopened after being closed for about a month.
The street was closed down because the city was concerned that the Old Shendandoah Hotel might fall on it.
An anchor system was installed to brace the exterior wall of the hotel.
The Old Shenandoah hotel is being renovated by Center in the Square for future use by the Mill Mountain theatre.
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If you have a hard time pulling yourself away from the internet ---
the latest in technology can keep you logged on even when you're on the road. That story coming up in Webwatch.
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Internet access could be coming to your next automobile... and while your're driving around, you can mail a letter, visit Carvin's cove on-line, and search for the truth behind the Blair Witch...
It's all in this week's WebWatch.
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Internet access is moving from the desktop to the dashboard. General Motors will test market cars with voice-activated internet service. It's creating an independed unit called E-GM, to coordinate all it's internet activities.
You've felt drought and seen the numbers, but if you want to really SEE how low Carvin's Cove is, save yourself a trip by visiting the Cove-cam on the Roanoke city website... City officials hope in re-inforces the need for on-going mandatory water restrictions.
Internet postage is almost online. Two websites are up... Stamps-dot-com will offer free software and should begin selling online next month.... E-Stamp is up and running now, but you have to buy a small piece of hardware that plugs into the back of your computer. Both sites let you print the stamp directly on your envelope... other companies are expected to follow suit.
Want to know the Truth behind the Blair Witch Project? Ask the "witches" themselves.
So many people got caught up in the legend created by the film-makes, the people of Burkittsville Maryland set up a website telling folks IT'S JUST A MOVIE!!!
The site reveals the real history of the small town, and, if you send them them a nice, a creative letter with a self-addressed stamped envelope, the folks in Burkittsville say they'll try to write back, and you'll have a stamp with an authentic Burkittsville postmark.
For links to these sites, click on WebWatch, on the WDBJ website, at WDBJ-7-dot-com.))
A Dobro player from Jefferson, North Carolina took top honors this year at the Old Fiddlers Convention in Galax.
Randy Pasley was named "best all-around performer" when awards were handed out early this morning.
Thousands of fans of bluegrass and old-time music gathered in Felts Park this week for the 64th annual convention.
Bragging rights and twenty- thousand dollars in cash prizes were at stake in the individual and band competitions.
The group, M- T- V, from Bristol won the bluegrass band contest. And the New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters, from Galax, were named the top old- time band.
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We have a list of ALL the winners posted on our website, go to WDBJ-7-com and click on WebWatch.
Pets are common in homes across the country,
So what makes this couple different?
Coming up next on News 7, meet a couple that talks "turkey" when it comes to their pets.
Few of us would think twice about having a dog, cat or even goldfish as a pet.
But what about a turkey?
In this week's Virginia Profile-- Teresa Hamilton introduces us to a couple in Wythe County who've done the unusual.
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Buddy Jackson and his wife, Carolyn, consider Snowy and Lewie/Lewie members of the family.
They've been raising the pair as pets for a little more than a year and a half.
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((FLY NOW, DO YOU WANT TO FLY OFF, COME ON.))
The turkeys not only greet Buddy and Carolyn when they come home in the evening but follow them around the yard ALWAYS in search of attention.
They've also been trained to sit on command.
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((BUDDY JACKSON: JUST EVERYDAY I'D MESS WITH THEM EVERYDAY OF THE WORLD, JUST FOOL WITH THEM, LET THEM EAT OUT OF MY HAND, ALL AT ONCE THEY WENT TO SITTING ON MY ARM AND ON MY SHOULDER.))
[OUT Q= my shoulder.]
Buddy admits that raising turkeys as pets is unusual-- but, in his eyes, they're just as loving as a cat or dog.
((BUDDY JACKSON: WE ENJOY IT, THERE'S JUST SO MUCH SADNESS IN THE WORLD BUT WE JUST TRY TO GET WHAT WE CAN OUT OF THE WORLD AND WE LOVE THEM, EVERY ANIMAL WE LOVE.))
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The pair are even tame enough that they don't mind being held or petted by stranger.
In fact, the turkeys don't even get their feather's ruffled at the site of a cat.
((THEY GET ALONG REAL WELL TOGETHER IT'S JUST UNBELIEVABLE BUT THEY DO.))
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Not a bad life for a couple of birds-- that might otherwise find their way to a supper table in a couple of months.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Wythe County.
And coming up, The P-G-A is in the book scores and highlights from Major League Baseball.
And Jeff Gordon picks up his fifth straight win on a road course taking the checkered flag at Watkins Glen.
Tiger Woods holds off Sergio Garcia to win the P-G-A championship.
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Woods had his A game going today at Medinah.
On the second hole, a par three, he makes this birdie putt to go to 12 under par after two holes.
Mike Weir, who started the day tied with Tiger, would drop two shots back after making a bogey on the hole.
Woods missed a birdie on the third hole then made this one on the 15-th to go to 13 under par and he wins the P-G-A at 11 under par.
Jeff Gordon picked up his fifth straight win on a road course today taking the checkered flag winning the Frontier at the Glen.
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Boris Said, who started on the outside front row, was the leader by 3 seconds over Kenny Wallace after 27 laps.
Pole setter Rusty Wallace made his move and he would lead the race with Jeff Gordon second with 52 laps left in the race.
Rookie Tony Stewart, making his first race at the Glen, loses control in one of the turns he dropped back to the 24-th position with 50 laps to go.
Jerry Nadeau, in the Cartoon Network Car, would take the point and he was the leader just past the halfway mark of the race.
Rich Bickle spins out on the track for the second time and ends up in the sand bringing out the caution.
But no one on the track could catch Gordon and he would hold off Ron Fellows to win the Frontier at the Glen.
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Fellows was second, Rusty Wallace third, Points leader Dale Jarrett fourth and Jerry Nadeau fifth.
Philadelphia took the early lead and the Philles beat Cincinnati 9 to 3.
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The Reds were playing it cool before the start of the game.
Philadelphia's Ron Gant got the scoring started in the top of the first when he hits this solo homer over the left field wall to make it 1 to nothing Philly.
But the Reds answered in the half of the first. Greg Vaughn hits this solo homer off Robert Person to tie it at 1 to 1.
Philadelphia would lead again this time Mike Lieberthal hits a ground rule double scoring Scott Rolen to make it 2 to 1 and Philly Wins it 9 to 3.
The Yankees and Twins hooked up in The Bronx this afternoon.
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A moment of silence at Yankee Stadium for the late Pee Wee Reese.
Minnesota led 1 to nothing then in the bottom of the first Paul O'Neill hits the grounder up the middle into cent
erfield scoring a run and the game was tied at 1 to 1.
Then in the top of the second Terry Steinbach hits this single to right field scoring a run to make it 2 to 1 and the Twins win it 5 to 3.
Several other afternoon games in Major League Baseball lets check those scores.
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The heat maybe bringing about daydreams of a trip to the lake.
And in this dream you're in your bathing suit, strapped to some water skies, whizzing across the lake.
It's fun and there's a club at the lake that will help you learn the sport.
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The Smith Mountain Lake Water Ski Club started in the early 80's. Since then skiers of all levels have been perfecting their technique.
The club offers at least three clinics to improve the skills of water skiers and wake boarders.
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The club also keeps track of what law makers are doing and tries to give input when new laws concerning boating and skiing are up for debate.
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