He's accused of killing three people.
Tonight Tahriq Shabazz is in the Roanoke jail.
Details on News 7 at 11.
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The man accused of killing a Roanoke woman and her two young sons was brought back to Roanoke today.
Askia Tahriq Shabazz, who was formerly known as Jermaine Poindexter, is now in the Roanoke City Jail.
Shabazz is charged with three counts of first degree murder and
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one count of arson in the deaths of Alice Jackson and her two sons.
The three died May fourth in their Hurt Park apartment.
Shabazz was arrested earlier this month in Louisville, Kentucky.
Tuesday is the big day.
That's when Salem's Army Reserve unit will report to active duty as part of the military build up for possible war with Iraq.
Justin McLeod has more on the mobilization and the families the soldiers leave behind.
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((NAT SOUND OF SOLDIER SPEAKING AT 7:24 "THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE ORDERS IN YOUR HANDS"))
The men and women you see here are all about to serve their country in a big way.
In doing so, they'll have to leave their families behind.
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((KIM SHEPHERD/ARMY RESERVIST: IT'S REALLY AN EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER. ONE MINUTES YOU'RE DEVASTATED AT THE THOUGHT OF HAVING TO LEAVE YOUR HUSBAND AND CHILDREN.))
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But she and other soldiers can take comfort in the fact that help is there for their families.
Take the American Red Cross.
They have a service-to-military program called Armed Forces Emergency Services.
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((TANYA WILLIAMS/AMERICAN RED CROSS: THIS IS ONE OF THE SERVICES THAT THE AMERICAN RED CROSS IS MANDATED BY CONGRESS TO PROVIDE SO THIS IS SOMETHING WE WANT TO STRESS TO THE FAMILIES THAT THIS IS WHAT WE DO.))
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What they do is a number of things.
The Red Cross provides anything from financial assistance to counseling.
They also relay messages between families and service members.
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((1ST SGT. LOUIE CROSS/ARMY RESERVIST: IN 1981, THERE WAS A FAMILY EMERGENCY WHILE I WAS STATIONED OVERSEAS AT AIRBASE IN GERMANY AND THE RED CROSS ALLOWED MY FAMILY TO GO THROUGH THEM IN A VERY SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME.))
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((QUICK NAT SOUND OF RED CROSS DOING PRESENTATION))
In the past year, the Roanoke Valley Chapter has provided more than 130 services to more than a hundred families throughout the area.
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((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THE SOLDIERS WILL LEAVE HERE TUESDAY FOR FORT EUSTIS NEAR WILLIAMSBURG. THERE THEY'LL BE DEPLOYED FOR ANYTHING BETWEEN A YEAR OR POSSIBLY LONGER BUT WE'RE TOLD THEY WILL BE ABLE TO VISIT THEIR FAMILIES FROM TIME TO TIME ON THE WEEKENDS.))
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More than a 120 families here in the Roanoke Valley will be affected by the deployment.
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((KIM SHEPHERD/ARMY RESERVIST: I TRY NOT TO THINK ABOUT THAT AT ALL, THAT'S THE HARDEST PART OF IT ALL, KISSING THE KIDS BYE AND JUST SAYING BYE AND LEAVING AND NOT KNOWING WHEN YOU'RE COMING BACK.))
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It won't be easy to leave or the job ahead.
But knowing their families are not alone allows them to concentrate on the main mission, protecting and serving our country.
Justin McLeod, News7, Salem.
Fire heavily damaged a townhouse in Botetourt County this afternoon.
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The fire broke out around noon in the 100 block of Tinkerview Drive off of Read Mountain Road.
Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke showing from the roof.
Crews had the fire out within fifteen minutes and were able to prevent it from spreading to any nearby town- houses.
No one was home at the time of the fire and no one was injured.
Investigators are still trying to determine damage estimates and what sparked the blaze.
A Danville woman died after losing control of her car on a slick road.
State police say 55- year old Essie Smith Haraway ran off the left side of the road after hitting an icy spot on Route 866 in Pittsylvania County.
Haraway was thrown from the vehicle.
The accident happened shortly after twelve o'clock today.
VMI tries to break into the Southern Conference win column against East Tennessee State. Hoops highlights aplenty on the way when we come back.
The Virginia Cavaliers were road warriors again on this Saturday. The Cavs traveled to Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, South Carolina with hopes of reaching the .500 mark in the ACC.
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The Cavaliers led by one at halftime thanks to moves like this one from the big fella Travis Watson who finished with 12 points.
But UVA trailed by two late in the game before Todd Billet tickled the twine from long range to put the Hoos back on top with 30 seconds left. Billet hit 6 three's on his way to a 25 point afternoon.
Clemson's Obu Babalola was fouled underneath the hoop with 5.7 seconds left and he nailed both free throws leaving Virginia with one final shot. But Keith Jennifer's three was off the mark at the buzzer and
Clemson hung on to win it 78 to 77.
Elsewhere in the ACC, the Maryland Terrapins outplayed the Duke Blue Devils on their way to upsetting the top ranked team in the land, knocking the Dukies from the ranks of the unbeaten.
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Roanoke's J-J Redick tallied just 13 points today for Duke, but the leading scorer for the Devils stroked this 3 just before the half and Duke led 43-37 headed to the locker room.
But Maryland ripped off a 10-oh run midway thru the second period and pulled away from there.
Ryan Randle scored a quick two off the break.
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Then Steve Blake deals to Drew Nicholas who pumped in 24 points to lead the Turtles. Maryland whipped Duke 87 to 72.
The VMI Keydets hoped to avoid an oh and four start in the Southern Conference. Today Bart Bellairs and company hosted the defending North Division champ East Tennessee State.
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Coach 'B' watched his team storm to an early lead scoring the game's first 7 points.
Early on, Tim Allmond works along the baseline. Allmond rolled home the turnaround jumper for 2 of his 13 points on the afternoon.
A little later, Radee Skipworth pushed things up in transition. He found Ben Rand who promptly buried the deuce.
The Halifax County native threw in 13 points of his own in the contest.
Skipworth then decided to do it himself for another VMI hoop, but ETSU had just enough in this one.
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Ben Rhoda scored 19 points for the Bucs who went on to win it by a final of 67 to 62.
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