He led police on a high- speed chase with his toddler son in the car last summer.
Today the Lynchburg man appeared in court to face charges.
And a surprise snowstorm closes schools and knocks out power in some areas.
A live report, coming up.
Winter weather advisories remain in affect across a portion of our region as scattered light rain, sleet, and snow will continue. I'll have your forecast.
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
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It began while most people were sleeping--
The region woke up to a coating of snow today-- a snowfall that wasn't expected.
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The Snow and ice have caused some scattered power outages and left some slush on area highways, but for most people in Western Virginia the latest weather will mean only a minor inconveinence.
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Joe Dashiell is in Northeast Roanoke this afternoon with an update on conditions there.
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We already have three evening school announcements to pass along.
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Danville Community College has cancelled all evening classes.
So have Roanoke City AND Roanoke County Adult education. Those evening classes are cancelled as well.
A Lynchburg man who led police on a high speed chase with his 3-year-old son in the car last summer pleaded guilty to numerous charges today.
24-year-old Jason Lee Mays was under the influence of cocaine and was wanted in two jurisdictions when he refused to stop for a police officer last July.
The chase reached speeds of close to 100 miles per hour before Mays flipped his car several times on the Lynchburg Expressway.
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((S. M. CLEARY/LYNCHBURG POLIC DEPARTMENT: I WAS CONVINCED, JUST SEEING THE WRECK, I WAS CONVINCED HE WAS INJURED. I WAS VERY SURPRISED THAT HE WAS NOT INJURED AND THAT HE WAS ABLE TO WALK AWAY FROM THE ACCIDENT.))
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Mays' 3-year-old son was in the car with him.. he suffered only minor injuries in the crash.
Mays pleaded guilty to eluding police, driving under the influence and child abuse and neglect.
He'll be sentenced in March.
A Roanoke jury is recommending a life sentence for a man convicted of murdering an an elderly friend.
The jury convicted Frank Broady the Third yesterday of first-degree murder in the fatal beating of
91-year-old Lee Roy Anthony.
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Prosecutors told the jury that Broady was desperate for money when he went to Anthony's home two years ago.
A witness told police that Broady admitted he had done something terrible to Anthony.
A man who shot a convenience store clerk during a robbery is facing life plus 33 years in prison for the crime.
20-year-old Benjamin Barcliff pleaded guilty today to robbing this 7-11 store on Wadsworth Street in Lynchburg last June.
Authorities say Barcliff demanded money from the clerk and then shot him after the man hesitated.
The bullet passed through the clerk's chest and shattered his right arm.. he's still recovering.
Barcliff pleaded guilty to malicious wounding, robbery and firearms charges this morning.
He'll be sentenced in March.
An emergency room doctor says it's amazing that there weren't more fatalities in yesterday's factory explosion in North Carolina.
Three people were killed when the blast ripped apart a pharmaceutical company's plant.
Stacy Case has the latest.
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YOU CAN STILL SEE THE PLANT SMOLDERING IN THE DISTANCE AS ONE SURVIVOR
RELIVES THE MASSIVE EXPLOSION THAT KILLED 3 PEOPLE AND INJURED MANY
SOT: KEVIN MORGAN/PLANT WORKER
"SOME PEOPLE WERE PRAYING TO JESUS, SOME PEOPLE HOLLERING IN PAIN..I
MEAN PEOPLE WOULD JUST COME OUT WITH BAD BURNS."
STATE AND FEDERAL AGENCIES ARE NOW AT THE MEDICAL SUPPLY FACTORY
SEARCHING FOR THE CAUSE OF THE BLAST. SO FAR THEY KNOW, THE EXPLOSION
HAPPENED IN AN AREA CALLED THE KITCHEN WHERE FLAMMABLE CHEMICALS ARE
MIXED TO MAKE RUBBER. BUT A COMPANY OFFICIAL SAYS THAT UNTIL THEY CAN
EXAMINE THAT AREA.. . THEY CAN ONLY GUESS AS TO WHAT WENT WRONG.
SOT: DON MOREL/CEO, WEST PHARMACEUTICAL
"WE DO KNOW IS THAT WE'VE USED THE SAME PROCESSES, PROCEDURES HERE AND
BASICALLY THE SAME RAW MATERIALS FOR THE BETTER PART OF 25 YEARS."
THE CEO ALSO DOWNPLAYED THE SIGNIFICANCE OF SAFETY VIOLATIONS DISCOVERED
DURING AN INSPECTION LAST OCTOBER.
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"THERE IS NOTHING IN THAT REPORT, WE CAN SEE, THAT CAN LEAD US TO AN
ASSUMPTION OF THE CAUSE FOR THE INCIDENT."
DOCTORS TREATING THE INJURED SAY MOST ARE DOING OKAY, BUT 10 PEOPLE
REMAIN IN SERIOUS CONDITION SUFFERING FROM BURNS.
WHAT'S NEXT FOR ABOUT 225 PLANT WORKERS..))
A tanker truck went up in flames early this morning in Michigan after it plunged from a freeway overpass, and onto some railroad tracks.
The truck was carrying propane gas that ignited after it crashed.
Flames burst hundreds of feet into the air.
The driver of the truck was killed in the blast.
Meanwhile, the accident also brought down a power line, knocking out power to 11-hundred residents.
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Coming up next on the newscast, an American military helicopter crashes in Afghanistan.
Plus an early morning fire damages some businesses at a Roanoke shopping center.
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A local business is closing early today due to a small fire.
Firefighters responded to Towers Shopping Center this morning around 1:30.
They say the fire began in the heating and air conditioning unit on the roof above Heartland Bread Company.
Its owners say the smoke and water damage is minimal but they're not sure when they will be baking bread again.
Fire officials estimate damage at 30-thousand dollars.
While Heartland is closing early today they're selling items made yesterday.
Smoke also affected Radio Shack and Groovy's, but both are open for business.
Health Officials say the teacher at Lord Botetourt High School who contracted Meningitis is doing well and should be released from the hospital today.
District Health Director Molly O'Dell says the good news is that he had very few close contacts.
And none of those was from Lord Botetourt High School.
Meningitis is spread by close contact with an infected person.
Symptoms may appear two to ten days after exposure.
There is a vaccine for the infection.
However, health officials say Lord Botetourt High School students do not need it just because of this incident.
However, if they're planning to attend college, they should get the vaccine.
The highest risk is among students who live in college dormitories.
A U-S Army helicopter crashed near Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan during a routine training mission today.
Authorities say there are some casualties.
Word of the crash comes from a senior U-S military official.
Authorities say the incident doesn't appear to be related to any hostile action.
Meanwhile, the pressure on Iraq, and America's allies to support a U-S coalition against Saddam Hussein remains intense.
Aleen Sirgany has more from Washington.
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THE WHITE HOUSE ALLEGES THERE IS A "MOUNT EVEREST OF EVIDENCE"
IMPLICATING SADDAM HUSSEIN...AND SAYS THE DIPLOMATIC WINDOW WILL CLOSE
IN WEEKS, NOT MONTHS. THIS AS PRESIDENT BUSH BEGINS BEGINS A CRITICAL
ROUND OF TALKS TODAY WITH FOREIGN LEADERS TO RALLY THEIR SUPPORT FOR A
POSSIBLE WAR WITH IRAQ.
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THE PRESIDENT RECEIVED A BIG BOOST OF SUPPORT FROM EIGHT EUROPEAN
LEADERS WHO SIGNED A LETTER DECLARING THEIR SOLIDARITY WITH THE UNITED
STATES. THE LETTER, PUBLISHED IN SEVERAL NEWSPAPERS, ALSO CRITICIZES
FRANCE AND GERMANY FOR NOT SUPPORTING THE U-S.
IN IRAQ, WEAPONS INSPECTORS CONTINUE THEIR HUNT FOR WEAPONS OF MASS
DESTRUCTION AS THE U-NS NUCLEAR WATCHDOG CONTINUES TO PLEAD FOR MORE
TIME ARGUING SO FAR, INSPECTORS HAVENT FOUND MUCH. BUT ACCORDING TO
SOME REPORTS, SECRETARY OF STATE COLIN POWELL MAY PRESENT SATELLITE
PHOTOS TO THE U-N NEXT WEEK SUPPORTING THE CLAIM THAT SADDAM HUSSEIN IS
THE RUSSIAN NEWS AGENCY INTERFAX, CITING A RUSSIAN MILITARY SOURCE,
REPORTS THE U-S WILL ANNOUNCE ITS DECISION TO LAUNCH A WAR WITH IRAQ
WITHIN THREE WEEKS. ALEEN SIRGANY, CBSNEWS, WASHINGTON.
Television and Ted Turner will no longer be synonymous
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The media mogul has announced that he's stepping down as Vice- Chairman of AOL- Time Warner.
That, after the company posted a loss of nearly 100- billion dollars in 2002, the largest yearly loss in U-S corporate history.
64- year- old Turner said he was stepping down to devote more time to his philanthropic and other interests.
His exit follows the recent departures of Chariman Steve Case and C-N-N Head Walter Isaacson.
The man in charge of water levels at Smith Mountain Lake is putting himself in dry dock.
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American Electric Power's Mike Thacker is retiring early.
Thacker spent 34-years at the company in several engineering and leadership positions.
He may be best known as the spokesman for A-E-P's hydro operations, including Smith Mountain and Claytor Lakes.
Officials say he will be missed, and that his recreation and water improvements will benefit decades to come.
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Still to come on the newscast, someone is about to lose out on a big lottery jackpot.
Plus we'll tell you why what some believe is the perfect love story may not have been so perfect after all.
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One of the 20th century's greatest love stories was flawed from the very beginning.
Britain has just released some telling documents about King Edward, the eighth, who abdicated the throne for an American divorcee.
Tom Fenton has the story.
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I HAVE FOUND IT IMPOSSIBLE TO CARRY THE HEAVY BURDEN OF RESPONSIBILITY
AND TO DISCHARGE MY DUTIES AS KING AS I WOULD WISH TO DO WITHOUT THE
HELP AND SUPPORT OF THE WOMAN I LOVE.
But the secret filed released today reveal that the woman he loved,
Wallace Simpson,a twice-divorced American, was two-timing him, having
an affair with an automobile salesman named Guy Marcus Trundle. He was
said to be very good looking, and well bred.
POLICE DETECTIVES WERE TRAILING BOTH MRS. SIMPSON AND HER SECRET LOVER.
THEY WERE SPOTTED IN PUBLIC -- THE POLICE DESCRIBED TRUNDLE AS AN
EXCELLEENT DANCER. THEY ALSO MET IN THE PRIVACY OF THE BEDROOM -- AT HIS
FLAT ON BRUTON STREET IN LONDON'S MAYFAIR DISTRICT.
If Edward had been informed, it might have changed the course of
history. As it was, he left the throne to his brother, married Wallace
and they went into exile as the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, the bored
sophisticates whose subsequent life filled decades of gossip columns.
Tom Fenton, CBS News, London))
Meanwhile, a Powerball player could live like royalty if he she ever claims the winning ticket.
Somewhere there's a Powerball ticket worth 51-point-seven- million dollars, and whoever bought it has
less than six weeks to collect the prize.
It could become Powerball's first-ever unclaimed jackpot.
The deadline for claiming the jackpot is March 12th.
The ticket was sold in Indianapolis.
Lottery officials have held news conferences and posted ads looking for the person who bought it-- but so far, no one's come forward.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 70 points. The NASDAQ has lost 17.
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Coming up in sports...
a longtime football coach from our regions has died. We'll look back at the life of Charlie Hammes.
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One of the most colorful coaches from the early days of Friday Football Extra has passed away.
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Charlie (HOMM-us) Hammes, the long-time head coach at Cave Spring during the 1960s, 70s and 80s died yesterday afternoon.
Hammes had battled cancer and won, only to experience serious liver problems in recent years as he fought the same disease that killed Walter Payton.
He had been in Pittsburgh, awaiting a liver transplant at the time of his passing.
(HOMM-us) Hammes, a Yaeger, West Virginia native, was a solid coach, an "Old School Disciplinarian" and a sharp dresser - who always wore a coat and tie on the sideline.
He coached his final game at Cave Spring on November 8th, 1985 - a 15-to-6 win over Amherst.
Charlie Hammes coached unbeaten teams in 1967 and 1978.
He would have turned 67 years old in two weeks.
Finally today, we have the story of a young basketball player who went to prep school to develop his game. He ended up doing a lot more. Steve Mason explains.
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((STEVE MASON:HOMETOWN HOOPS WEEKLY TAKES A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE, BROOKS BERRY PLAYED FOR PATRICK HENRY AND WANTED TO PLAY AT COLLEGE BASKETBALL'S HIGHEST LEVEL, BUT HIS GAME NEEDED SOME FINE TUNING. HE GOT THAT, A WIFE A FATHER IN LAW, AND AN ASSISTANT COACHING POSITION AT FORK UNION.))
((Berry was one Woody Deans top players, but the Patriot was imprisoned by what many division one college coaches define as a tweener, not quite good enough for big time ball yet.
Deans never doubted his players ability and Berry's year at Fork Union was successful and soon Brooks found himself playing substantial minutes for the West Virginia Mountaineers. After college ball, Berry returned to his roots to coach under Fletcher Arret at Fork Union where he also married the coaches daughter.
Berry's success at West Virginia has carried over to coaching, Fork Union is 14 and 1 far this season. Steve Mason Hometown Hoops Weekly.))
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