Investigators say last night's vacant housefire in Northwest Roanoke was deliberately set, but investigators DON'T think it's connected to string of suspicious fires in the area.
The home at 50-30 Logan Avenue caught fire at about 11 P-M.
Firefighters had the blaze under control within minutes.
They weren't immediately able to determine the cause of the fire, but they think they know where it originated.
[IN Q=IT SEEMS IT'S]
((BILLY OBENCHAIN/ROANOKE FIRE CHIEF; IT SEEMS IT'S IN THE BACK DOOR HERE. THE BACK DOOR AREA WHICH APPEARS IT MAY HAVE BEEN THE KITHCEN AREA. IT MAY HAVE STARTED SOMEWHERE IN THAT LOCATION BECAUSE THE MOST EXTENSIVE FIRE DAMAGE IS TOWARD THE BACK OF THE HOUSE HERE.))
[SUPER=01-Billy Obenchain/Roanoke Fire Chief;]
[OUT Q=THE HOUSE HERE.]
The homeowner had just fixed-up the house before putting it on the market.
[IN Q=MY AUNT HAD]
((KEN ST. CLAIR/HOME OWNER; MY AUNT HAD PASSED AWAY AND SOME OF THE THINGS NEEDED TO BE FIXED UP BEFORE WE SOLD THE HOUSE. AND WE HAD JUST COMPLETED THE RENOVATIONS. OF COURSE AS YOU CAN SEE SOMETHING HAPPENED TO IT AND IT CAUGHT FIRE TONIGHT.))
[OUT Q=FIRE TONIGHT.]
No one was hurt.
Neighbors say over the past year, fires have been set to anything that will burn, from trash cans to a home which used to fill a nearby vacant lot.
But investigators say last night's fire doesn't fit the same pattern.
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Authorities say a burning cigarette may be to blame in the fire that killed a Bedford County toddler Sunday.
Two-year old Victoria Parker's body was found in her father's burning mobile home near Big Island.
Her five-year old brother and uncle fled the trailer- and both suffered burns.
The home belonged to John Lee, who had left his two children with his brother while he went to work.
Investigators say the blaze started in a recliner in the living room area.
The children's father told police he smoked a cigarette before leaving the house, but can't remember how he disposed of it.
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A key witness in the police shooting death of Maurice Taylor apparently has a problem with credibility.
That's what attorneys for the town of Blacksburg say.
Yesterday the attorneys responded to Paul Scarafino's recollection of what happened 3 years ago.
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/August 9, 1995;]
Scarafino claims the facts surrounding Taylor's death were "covered up".
But according to papers filed in federal court Scarafino was interviewed at least twice by police and never mentioned any discrepancies.
Scarafino says police dragged Taylor's body from the spot where he initally fell and that Taylor's B-B gun was 12-feet away.
He also claims officers later asked him to clean up the blood and that he saw bullet holes in the floor tiles which police later had replaced.
Taylor's family is suing the town.
But the town's attorneys say Scarafino's comments should NOT be admitted because they don't have any relevance in de
termining whether excessive force was used.[breast-cancer]
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Earlier this month came word about a drug that could help prevent breast cancer, now there's news of another drug.
The new drug is called Raloxifene (ra-LAWKS'-ih-feen).
It doesn't carry the same risk as (tuh-MAHX'-ih-fin) tamoxifen.
Federal researchers have already said that tamoxifen can reduce the risk of breast cancer by 45 percent among women at high risk.
But it can also increase the risk of blood clots and uterine cancer.
Raloxifene (ra-LAWKS'-ih-feen), on the other hand, in one trial, cut the risk of new breast cancers by 74 percent.
In this year alone, more than 43 thousand American woman will die of breast cancer.[NEEDLE-EXCHANGE]
The Clinton administration is drawing fire for refusing to fund needle exchange programs in the battle against AIDS.
Mr. Clinton's Health and Human Secretary even agreed that such programs fight aids without encouraging illegal drug use.
But Donna Shala says needle exchange progrmas should be designed and funded by local communities.
DONNA SHALALA, SEC. HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES:THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT WILL CONTINUE IT'S STRONG PARTNERSHP WITH COMMUNITIES FOR AIDS
PREVENTION BUT WE WILL NOT FUND NEEDLE EXCHANGE.'
[SUPER=01-Donna Shala/Sec. Health and Human Services;]
[OUT Q=WILL NOT FUND NEEDLE EXCHANGE.]
Yesterday's decision averts a political fight over the issue with conservatives but its drawing an angry response from the head of the president's own advisory panel on AIDS.
In Colombia, Investigators have spent the morning climbing to the scene of yesterday's jeliner crash in the mountains near Bogota.
Fifty three people are believed to have died when the 7-27 slammed into the mountains just after takeoff.
Before the search was called off in the rain last night, only five bodies had been recovered.
Air-traffic controllers say that although the pilots did not report any
problems, the plane had failed to make a 90-degree turn immediately
There may be a breakthrough in the Pan-Am 103 bombing case.
Yesterday in Tripoli, Libyan leader Moamar Kadhafi met with representatives of the families of British victims of the Lockerbie bombing.
And today, the lawyer for two Libyans suspected in bombing said he had agreed to allow his clients to be tried in a neutral country under Scottish law.
The 19-98 bombing killed 270.
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The capital murder trial of 18- year old Joshua Widener is under way in Marion.
Widener is accused of the September 19-96 rape, robbery and killing of 68 year-old Anna Anderson.
She was his fifth grade school teacher.
Widener's case is being heard by a judge without a jury.
That means the maximum sentence Widener can get if convicted is life in prison.
The 19 year old New Jersey woman accused of murdering her newborn at a Delaware motel is expected to plead guilty to manslaughter tomorrow.
Amy Grossberg and her boyfriend Brian Peterson are accused of murdering their son in November 19-96.
Last month Peterson pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
Peterson's attorney says he believes the pressure of Grossberg's upcoming trial helped convince her to enter a plea.
[IN Q=YOU GET TO THE TRIAL...]
[SUPER=01-Joseph Hurley/Peterson's Attorney;]
[OUT Q=FEW PEOPLE DON'T BLINK.]
Earlier this month prosecutors reduced Grossberg's first degree murder charge, to Second degree.
Jury selection in her trial is set to begin May fifth.
A 33-year-old Roanoke woman and her 14-year-old daughter are back in police custody after not showing up for court.
Police say the mother, eager for drug money, tried to hire her daughter out for sex to an undercover police officer.
The mother and daughter were found last weekend at an apartment.
The mother faces a pandering charge.
The daughter is charged with prostitution and assaulting the arresting officer.
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New Industry is on the wish list for the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce.
The chamber is working a plan to build a regional commerce park.
It would let local governments pool their resources.
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[IN Q=FOR A CITY]
((BRAD STIPES/ANDERSON & ASSOCIATES: FOR A CITY SUCH AS ROANOKE THAT HAS CASH, AND A COUNTY LIKE PULASKI THAT HAS LAND AN INFRASTRUCTURE, IT COULD BE A VERY AMICABLE MARRIAGE. AND A GOOD BUSINESS DEAL TO BOOT.))
[SUPER=01-Brad Stipes/Anderson & Associates;]
[OUT Q=TO BOOT]
Chamber members are lobbying the General Assembly for permission to forge the economic alliance.
Proponents say pooling resources could draw major industries to Southwest Virginia.
The words from lawyers in a Washington courthouse today could affect nearly every user of a home computer.
It's the latest round in a battle between Microsoft and the government.
A federal judge has already told Microsoft to stop forcing computer makers to include its Internet browser with Windows 95.
Microsoft is arguing today that the judge went too far.
But government lawyers told the appeals panel today that the judge's order was valid.
[TAPE#=98-25 TC 39:52]
Some South Roanoke residents say the School Board should listen up before building a new school in their neighborhood.
Tonight, the board will hold a public hearing on its plans to purchase the Woods End farm and build a new high school.
The site, off Farmington Drive, is near several upscale housing developments.
Some residents say if the land is going to be developed, a school might be a better neighbor than another subdivision or apartment complex.
[IN Q=I think that]
((VIRGINIA IRVINE/NEIGHBOR; I THINK THAT IF IT'S DONE CORRECTLY, THAT ID COULD BE A VERY POSITIVE THING FOR THE NEIGHBORHOOD, AND FOR THE COMMUNITY, BUT LIKE I SAID, IF IT'S DONE IN THE RIGHT MANNER;))
[OUT Q=the right manner]
Residents are also concerned about traffic.
V-DOT officials say they'll have to see a detailed plan for the school project before they decide how it will affect traffic patterns in the area.
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[IN Q=it's just where]
((JEFF ECHOLS/VDOT; IT'S JUST WHERE THEY TIE IN AND HOW MUCH TRAFFIC THEY HAVE IN THE LOCATION TO LOOK AT, BUT MOST OF THE EXISTING ROADS IN THE AREA OLDER SUBDIVISION STREETS THAT WERE NOT BUILT TO HAVE A LARGE VOLUME SUCH AS THIS ASSOCIATED WITH IT.))
[OUT Q=associated with it]
The public hearing will be held tonight at 7:00 at the County School Administration Building.
Planning which made this past weekend's activities a success may serve as a guideline for events.
There are those who say plenty could be gained from that.
David Johnson explains.
[IN Q=Events, such as]
[SUPER=01-Dave Kjolhede/Visitors Bureau Executive Director; :47]
[OUT Q=djo, News 7.]
(( Events, such as the Dave Matthews Band concert, the multicultural "Local Colors" celebration and the Winston Cup race, made this part of Virginia the place to be this weekend.
Despite a few problems with traffic and trash, city officials were pleased overall with how things were handled.
They hope this weekend's success will attract other big names to the Roanoke area.
[IN Q=THEY'RE ALREADY]
((BOB HERBERT/ROANOKE CITY MANAGER; THEY'RE ALREADY TALKING ABOUT ANOTHER INITIATIVE, MAYBE THE VENUE BEING IN THE COUNTRY OR COUNTRY ROCK PERHAPS LATER THIS SUMMER. BUT I THINK WE'VE EARNED A GOOD REPUTATION AMONG PROMOTERS THAT WE CAN PULL SOMETHING LIKE THIS OFF.))
[OUT Q=LIKE THIS OFF.]
((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; THAT WILL HELP THE ROANOKE VALLEY IN A COUPLE OF WAYS. ONE IS THE ECONOMICAL IMPACT. A CONSERVATIVE ESTIMATE SUGGESTS THAT HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS WHERE SPENT IN THE AREA THIS WEEKEND.))
[IN Q=THE NATIONAL PUBLICITY]
((DAVE KJOLHEDE/VISITORS BUREAU EXEC. DIR.; THE NATIONAL PUBLICITY WE GET FOR EVENTS HELD IN THIS AREA AND ROANOKE'S MENTION. THE STORIES ARE PICKED UP NATIONALLY AND THAT CERTAINLY HELPS US POSITION OURSELVES AS AN EXCITING DESTINATION. A PLACE THAT PEOPLE WANT TO COME TO. SO THAT'S INVALUABLE FOR US. WE'RE ALL FOR THAT.))
[OUT Q=ALL FOR THAT.]
And more people flowing into the region means good things for Roanoke's tourism and tax base.
David Johnson, News 7.))[Ferrum]
The American Cancer Society will spend more than a thousand dollars on Franklin County alone -- thanks to Ferrum College students.
They have written a check for cancer education and prevention programs in Franklin County.
Cancer society volunteers are researching which type of cancer hurts the most people in Franklin County, so they can target projects to that disease.
They say new programs should start in the fall.[Express]
A heartbreaker at the Round House as the Hampton Roads Admirals end the hockey season for the Roanoke Express, 3-2.
Steve Mason has a recap.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Admirals vs. Express; :00]
[SUPER=01-David James/Express Fan; :25]
[SUPER=01-Dave Gagnon/Made 35 Saves; 1:07]
[SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; 1:16]
[OUT Q=news 7 sports]
Hampton Roads Boris Zelenko scored at the 1:09 mark of overtime tot lift the Admirals over the Express in a fifth game marathon.
One that began with what some are calling a false start by Hampton. Servinng a suspension and prohibited from talkig with his players; Roanoke fans saw Admirals coach John Brophy breaking thte EXCHL saction imposed on the veteran coach at the end of tghe first period.
But o nthe ice ; it was mostly an honest and vailent effort on both sides. Dave Stewart cracked the scoreboard at the 13:13 mark of the first period.
But the Admirals came back to tie it and then take the lead on this tally off the stick of Vctor Gervias with two minutes left in the period.
But Stewart; on what turned out to be a career night, evend the countt with anothwer blast at the 11:15 mark of the final period; sending the game into overtime.
But, just over a minute into sudden death; Boris Zelenko liftted a rebound over dave gagnon for the game winner.
The 102nd Boston Marathon went off without a hitch yesterday as thousands hit the streets.
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The winners in all four divisions of the Patriot's Day race, were no strangers to success in Boston.
Moses Tanui (tah-NOO'-ee) from Kenya, won the men's division for the second time.
Ethiopia's Fatuma Roba (FAT'-uh-muh ROH'-bah) won the women's race for the second straight year.
And the wheelchair titles were taken by Australia's Louise Savage and Switzerland's Franz Nietlispach (NEE'-tuhl-spahk).
It took an extra day, but the Martinsville Speedway was finally able to hold the Goody's 500 yesterday.
Rain forced the postponement on Sunday, but almost all of the 80 thousand fans who had tickets came back yesterday.
They all got to see Bobby Hamilton dominate the race by leading 378 of the 500 laps.
He won more than $225 thousand dollars for his day's work.
((BOBBY HAMILTON/GOODY'S 500 WINNER:))
[SUPER=01-Bobby Hamilton/Goody's 500 Winner; :00]
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