Today on News 7, there are new developments in the Tara Munsey murder investigation. We'll have a live report.
and the Roanoke police department makes a decision about an officer who shot a suspect.
Temperatures soared in the 60s today. The roller coaster ride continues for the next few days--
Tomorrow we'll be back to the 40s.
In Sports news, Mike Stevens will join us from Daytona Beach,
where both cars and fists were flying at the NASCAR Speedweeks..
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Investigators retrieve evidence that may lead to the person who killed Tara Rose Munsey.
Investigators gathered the evidence after securing search warrants.
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A judge has sealed the documents, but sources close to the investigation say, right now, investigators are concentrating on one individual.
Blood has been taken from the man and his vehicle has been impounded.
Investigators also executed a search warrant in Floyd County yesterday looking for the murder weapon.
The evidence that was retrieved has been sent to the state crime lab for analysis.
Sources confirm Munsey was shot in the head.
Authorities had no evidence and few leads until a local man found Tara Munsey's body in the woods near Parrot River Road last Thursday.
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Marya Jones is in the Blacksburg newsroom now with more on how one man's discovery has boosted the investigation.
Jean, a Giles County man provided authorities with the first break in the case when he just happened to stumble across Tara Munsey's body...and the crime scene where deputies believe she was shot and killed.
That finding may have set the stage for investigators to break this case wide open.
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Greg LaFon can't walk through these woods without being haunted by what he saw here last week.
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((GREG LAFON: I HADN'T WANTED TO COME BACK AT ALL. PROBABLY WOULDN'T WANT TO GO BACK TO THAT PARTICULAR SPOT ANYMORE AT ALL, EVER.))
Out taking a walk near New River last Thursday night, LaFon found himself thinking about Tara Munsey, the daughter of his friend Billy Munsey.
She'd been missing two and a half weeks.
And that's when he spotted something about 50 yards away in a ravine.
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(( I WALKED OFF THINKING IT WAS PROBABLY NOTHING -- MAYBE AN ANIMAL...DECIDED TO GO BACK AND CHECK IT OUT. AND AS I GOT CLOSER, THE MORE I REALIZED IT WAS A HUMAN.))
His discovery confirmed a community's worst fears and supplied authorities with their first big break in the case:
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((JIM DAVIS/PULASKI CO. SHERIFF: THE MOMENT I SAW THE BODY, THE INVESTIGATION HAD CHANGED FROM A DISAPPEARANCE/ABDUCTION TO A HOMICIDE. ))
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((GREG LAFON: I GUESS YOU FEEL HELPLESS BECAUSE YOU WEREN'T THERE EARLY AND YOU FEEL ANGER SOMEONE WOULD DO THAT.))
Coming up on News 7 at 6, we'll tell you more about how LaFon's finding helped propel this murder investigation...
and tell you new information about the crime scene.
The Roanoke police officer who shot an unarmed man in the stomach has been cleared of any wrongdoing by the police department.
Officer W.G. Boucher (boo-SHAY) is resuming his regular duties.
In December, he shot 38-year-old Wilbert Wesley Lewis after a high-speed chase through Northwest Roanoke.
Witnesses told police Lewis hid his hand behind his back and then lunged at Boucher.
Police Chief Joe Gaskins said Boucher thought Lewis had a gun ... and the officer was trying to protect himself and others in the area.
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The N-double-A-C-P got involved in this case, asking for an independent review of the shooting.
Officer Boucher is white.
Lewis, who suffered extensive injuries to his stomach, is black.
A man accused of running a drug ring in prison will get a new trial. We'll have the details after the break.
and Congress says it wants the President to do something about rising oil and gas prices.
Have you noticed you have to pay more to heat your home and gas up your car?
Across America the prices of heating oil and gasoline are higher than they have been in years.
Now the President and his top energy official are taking action- as Bobbi Harley reports.
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((IF YOU DRIVE YOUVE PROBABLY STARTED TO FEEL THE PINCH AT THE PUMPS.
It really takes a bite out of my pocket.
FROM DETROIT TO CHICAGO TO SEATTLE AND LOS ANGELES THE COST OF
GASOLINE IS GOING UP. BUT IN THE NORTHEAST THE PRICE OF ANOTHER KIND
OF FUEL HAS BEEN SKY HIGH FOR WEEKS ALREADY.
HOME HEATING OIL SOARED AS MUCH AS TWO HUNDRED PERCENT FROM LAST YEAR
THANKS TO THIS WINTERS DEEP FREEZE AND LAST YEAR'S CUT IN PRODUCTION BY
THE COUNTRIES THAT SHIP US OIL. ITS SO BAD POLITICAL AND INDUSTRIAL
LEADERS HELD AN ENERGY SUMMIT IN BOSTON AND THE PRESIDENT ALLOCATED
MORE MONEY TO HELP LOW-INCOME FAMILIES COPE.
CLINTON: Right now, were releasing 125 million more dollars.
BUT THAT WONT HELP EVERYONE WHOS HURTING - TRUCKERS CLAIM THE COST
INCREASE OF DIESEL FUEL HAS PUT SOME OF THEM OUT OF BUSINESS.
And if you think these prices are high, get ready, the experts say it may get a lot worse.
BILL FELMY/AMERICAN PETROLEUM INSTITUTE : As long as you have strong demand and limited supply it creates upward price pressure.
WITHOUT SOME RELIEF SOON, ITS A SITUATION THAT COULD DRIVE RIGHT INTO
THE SUMMER TRAVEL MONTHS AND THE HIGHEST GAS PRICES IN YEARS. BH, CBS
The man who was convicted of running a drug smuggling ring from prison has been granted a new trial. New evidence from D-E-A Agent Don Lincoln convinced the judge to set aside the verdicts against Michael Fulther- as well as those against his wife and mother.
Michael Fulcher maintained all along that he was working for the government while an inmate at Bland Prison. Fulcher has a long history as an informant, even though the feds HAD said he was NOT working for them in this case.
In a 30-page opinion filed today, Judge Jackson Kiser writes: "Even prison did not stifle Michael Fulcher's penchant for sniffing out criminal activities, as he continued to contact Lincoln from prison with information."
Fulcher was convicted last Summer of running a drug smuggling ring inside the prison... with help from his wife and mother.
The judge said: he believes an acquittal is not only possible but "probable enough to warrant a new trial."
A Texas man has been forbidden to sell horses in Virginia because he cheated three local families.
Bodee Baldwin swindled people at Smith Mountain Lake by selling them horses with fake medical papers.
Jim Garrison paid more than two thousand dollars for a horse Baldwin said was seven years old.
The horse was really almost 30.
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Baldwin pled guilty to avoid jail.
The judge put him on probation for two years.
Baldwin must pay a ten thousand dollar fine and repay Garrison 23-hundred-dollars.
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157 days.. that's how long striking Rubatex workers have been walking the picket lines in Bedford.
They left seeking better hours for themselves and continued benefits for retirees.
While it's been a long five months, strikers say most of the community has been very supportive.
But there are some who don't understand why they're still out there.
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((ROBERT HOLMES/STRIKING RUBATEX WORKER: GENERALLY THE PEOPLE SAY THE BUSINESS IS ALWAYS RIGHT AND THAT THEY THINK WE ARE MONEY GRUBBING FOOLS MORE OR LESS AND THAT'S NOT THE CASE. WE MAKE A DECENT SALARY AND WE DON'T LIKE FOR THEM TO TAKE AWAY FROM US WHAT WE HAVE WORKED FOR AND BUILT UP OVER THE YEARS.))
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We'll hear more about what "Life On the Line" has been like for these union workers tonight on News7 at Six.
There could be some young Superstars in the making over in Lynchburg. Patrick Evans has more on E-C Glass' new musical production.
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E-C Glass is known for excellent and challenging drama productions, and now they're tackling the show "Jesus Christ, Superstar".
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Patrick Evans has a live report from the Lynchburg School, where he says the drama department's reputation is once again on the line.
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In Sports, Mike Stevens will join us with an update from Speedweeks in Daytona Beach.
But first on Health Check, one of the nation's leading insurance companys says it will no longer pay for one type of breast cancer treatment,
and we'll tell you why veterinarians say fat cats are going to the dogs.
Topping tonight's health check- the high cost of prescription drugs for senior citizens- and what's being done in Washington to help.
Today Democrats put a prescription drug bill on the fast track- They're urging quick passage of a bill making drugs affordable for seniors.
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((REP. RICHARD GEPHARDT/(D) MISSOURI: OUR PROPOSALS SAY TO SENIORS YOU DON'T HAVE TO MAKE AN UNACCEOPTABLE CHOICE BETWEEN YOUR HEALTH AND YOUR BANK ACCOUNT.))
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Democrats are starting a petition drive to get the bill to the house floor without having to go through committees first.
Gephardt blamed republicans saying they're not taking action on the bills.
The nation's largest health insurer has dropped most of its coverage of bone marrow transplants for women with breast cancer.
Aetna reversed its position after it was disclosed a South African study of the treatment contained falsified information.
The chief medical officer for Aetna says there are now five well-controlled studies that show the procedure does not work.
The transplants usually cost at least 100-thousand dollars.
Aetna says it will continue to pay for bone marrow transplants for leukemia and other illnesses in which studies have proven the transplants are effective.
Pets often resemble their owners -- so a new survey reporting cats and dogs are getting fatter is no surprise.
Doctor Linda Jennings of Brambleton Veterinary Hospital says in her practice, the number one nutritional problem in dogs and cats is obesity.
She says about 45-percent of the dog population and 35-percent of the cat population is overweight.
One way pet owners can tell if Fido and Fluffy are getting too much food is by feeling the rib cage with only a minimum amount of pressure.
Sapphire is slightly overweight, but losing it with a special diet prescribed by Dr. Jennings.
Health risks of obesity include heart disease and liver problems especially in cats.
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((DR. LINDA JENNING/VETERINARIAN: ANYTIME A CAT IS OVERWEIGHT. IF THEY STOP EATING FOR EXAMPLE THEY DEVELOP AN UPPER RESPIRATORY INFECTION OR THEY'RE SICK FOR SOME OTHER REASON IT CAN PRECIPITATE LIVER DISEASE BECAUSE THEY'RE SO OVERWEIGHT AND THE BODY RESPONDS BY DEPOSITING FAT IN THE LIVER AND THEY CAN GET REALLY SICK FROM IT.))
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A high fiber diet and cutting out treats can reduce an animals weight.
Vets say exercising with your pet can also help keep them slim and healthy.
Another busy day at the Daytona International Speedway.
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That's where we find Mike Stevens and the roar of the enginges tonight.
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The man who told children it was O-K to draw on their T-V screens has died.
79-year old Harry Pritchett was the creator of the series "Winky Dink and You," which first aired in 1954.
The show sold kids a magic kit which included a clear plastic sheet and crayons that allowed them to draw on the screen to help a cartoon character.
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If you want to know more about Winky Dink and other vintage television shows, you need to check out today's website of the day.
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(( If you like television, and since you're watching this it's probably a safe bet, check out the TV-Party site. It is probably the most comprehensive site dedicated to the world of yesterday's television. It highlights the best and WORST the media has to offer. Remember "Me and the Chimp" or "Supertrain?" There's a good reason if you don't.
Want to relive your childhood? Get a bowl of Cheerios and check out the Saturday Mornings section. It has the complete schedules and highlights from 1965 to 1988.
The trip down memory lane is not limited to kid's fare. You can find information on almost any program no matter how obscure.
The folks at TV-Party also address such television controversies as why there were two Darins and Bewitched and why did they put radioactive makeup on a commercial actress.
If you want to try out this television time machine, you can find a link on our home page at WDBJ7-dot-com. Just click on the Webwatch logo. I'm Patrick Evans.))[Close-ID]