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police say ... there was a disturbance inside an area home. when those involved left ... shots were fired by different individuals outside. police have not named the suspect at this time. wsls 10's christina craig talked to neighbors today who called for help. "we spoke to several neighbors -- all who say this is a typically a safe and quiet neighborhood. however, thursday night it was anything but that as neighbors say they heard several gunshots." 11-15 i heard something outside the window and i went to look. and when i did, i heard pop, pop, pop, pop." it's a disturbing sound.... as delray neighborhood resident maria carlisle looked outside she could only see the faint glow from her porch light in the dark. the echo of gunshots prompted her to call 9-11. roanoke police say it was a gun she heard. they found shell casings and bullet holes in a nearby house. police say nobody was hurt. "it is a little scary when you find out that theres gunshot in your neighborhood and nobody definitely put some fear in you." carlisle
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neighborhood for 14-years -- tells us police came shortly after she called for help. like others, she says this is the last place she would expect to hear gunshots. 57-1:03 "i believe there's a couple of officers that live on the road, couple houses up i think there's a roanoke county officer or state trooper. so, it's pretty safe." 1:09-1:16 "that neighborhood up there, that's exactly what i would expect when shots fired. a lot of residents hearing it, finding it odd that it's going on and then calling to get us up there and that's exactly what happened." "now, police were out here earlier today talking to neighbors and gathering information and that did assist in their investigation. in roanoke, i'm christina craig, wsls10." a vinton man is behind bars following a child abuse investigation. 21-year old preston chewning has been charged with aggravated malicious wounding... abuse and neglect of a child... and child endangerment. he's being held without bond. the charges stem from an incident last week... when emergency crews responded to a call about an 11- month old hurt
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the child was taken to the hospital... where it was later found to have multiple fractures and internal injuries. a 15-year old on the run for more than two months is arrested. the minor now faces a series of charges... including reckless driving and felony eluding. police say it started december 5-th... when he walked away from a minimum security facility. officers were still searching for him last wednesday when he sped past a trooper on route 2-20. virginia state police say the teen refused to pull over and lead them on a chase... until the car crashed. the car's four passengers were hurt during the accident ... but the driver took off on foot. he was arrested tuesday... and is being held without bond. efforts to keep kids off of drugs continue in roanoke county. roanoke county schools is pursuing the plan to lower substance abuse amongst students... by randomly drug testing those involved in extracurricular activities. the school board is now in
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companies and pricing the drug tests. tom mccracken/roan oke co. school board member "you have salem, you have botetourt both doing it, and both communities and school systems are saying 'it's been a positive, it's been great' so when you have information like that you have to dig in and research you can't make any flippant decisions." roanoke county is also deciding whether to push the program out to all county schools at once... or run a pilot program at northside first. a jury trial is set for former bedford police officer brian mcalexander who is facing child pornography charges. the trail is set for august 23 in bedford county circuit court. an attorney advisement was set for today but mcalexander already found an attorney. a bedford county grand jury indicted the 54 year old on six felonies. mcalexander served in the bedford police department for more than 25 years. he was promoted before he resigned over the investigation. virginia state police consider
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state's failed lindenburg deal in appomattox county. according to v- s-p spokesman corinne geller... the agency is conducting its initial inquiry into the nature of the allegation. she says at this point there is no criminal investigation. the chinese based company was supposed to invest 113-million dollars in the old thomasville furniture building in appomattox. the deal fell through when the company defaulted on its loans. the state lost 1- point-4 million dollars, which it's now trying to recover. whether you realize it or not ... v-dot has extra "eyes on the road" to help keep drivers safe on the interstate. they're called the safety service patrol. 16 workers travel across our region everyday... looking help. they respond to disabled cars or crashes like this one that happened yesterday on interstate county. a tractor trailer flipped over causing major backups. this is just one of more than 10-
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wsls 10's rachel lucas takes us along with a safety service patrol driver on the job. 23:36:00;17 "i do it because i love helping native, ralph kirk spends his day at work looking 23:38:15:26 knowing that you are making a difference in people's them safe." for a stranded driver kirk is like a man in a cape who shows up just when needed. emergency flashers are his signal for help. 23:38:53:15 "a lot of the people are scared, because it's a scary feeling being on the side of the interstate with vehicles going past you at 70 miles per hour. so yes, people are scared and i've been scared." he risks his life everyday on these dangerous roads to make sure that others can get home safely. 23:39:05:20 "i've almost been hit twice." but it's his humble passion
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23:39:33:29 rachel: "what is it that makes you still want to do this? ralph: "i love it." this program started three and half years ago. vdot says their drivers can help motorists do anything from changing a tire, to jump starting a car or filling your gas tank up if you run out. they first aid. a result vdot says is well worth the 2 million dollar price tag. - they answer more than 10 thousand calls for help a year. and of course there's no price you can put on a smiling face and a helping hand - when you're at your most vulnerable, stranded along side the road. 23:36:38:24 "it's very fulfilling to be that person that can help them and get them back on their way." in roanoke i'm rachel lucas wsls 10. if you need help while on the interstate ... just dial pound 7-7 on your phone and the nearest service patrol driver will come to help. in your w-s-l-s ten timesaver traffic report...
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major accidents or delays to report. roanoke leaders congratulate the city's newest g- t-o graduates. fire cadets today. the g-t-o... or 'growth through opportunity program'... helps young adults with special needs. through the program... the cadets learn skills they can professions. the graduates were excited about today's graduation... and what the future may hold. kayla carter, gto cadet graduate "i'm feeling happy and i'm really excited that this day has come. and this is all what i really wanted -- an opportunity to do bigger things and to grow bigger and strong." three out of the seven graduating g-t-o cadets have already secured jobs... and in the first graduating class all have successfully
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still ahead ... giving back after losing two classmates to cancer. 07:49:26 "they were just so sweet and kind and they really brought our school together." how students in roanoke county are honoring them one donation at a time. plus ... the pope makes a exception to the contraception ban. why he says ... relaxing the ban could help women in countries
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this is a live look from our tower cam. friday was another nice day across the area, as temperatures climbed well up into the 40s under partly to mostly sunny skies. clouds will however thicken tonight into the weekend. tonight: clouds roll in slowly, not as cold with lows in the mid- to-upper 30s. saturday: partly sunny, a little breezy, and much warmer with highs in the lower 60s. we will stay in the lower 60s on sunday under mostly cloudy skies. passing showers will return on sunday
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last into sunday evening. so, right now saturday looks like the better of the two weekend days to be outside. monday will see more clouds than with a stray shower or two possible. it will not be as warm with highs in the lower 50s. things start to then get interesting heading into tuesday and wednesday. as of now and this will likely change, it does look like much of tuesday will just see the chance for a cold rain, maybe starting out as a mix for a brief period tuesday morning before the changeover to just plain rain. late tuesday, tuesday night into wednesday, there is the chance for a switchover back to a mix at times. the
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coming a little warmer today but could easily go back to a colder solution once again, so if that stays true, that would cut down on the amount of snow we see. i do think at some point in time on tuesday night into wednesday there will be some snow around, it just though and may only bring a couple of inches into some areas. we'll continue to watch this very closely for you, so please stay tuned. temperatures both days will only reach the upper 30s to near 40. thursday will see increasing sunshine and if there is any leftover precipitation around, it will end early. friday will be partly sunny with only a slight chance for a
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mountains. both days will turn discovery changes the way the scientific community talks about gravity. the laser interferometer gravitational wave observatory... or ligo... recently discovered gravitational waves. the discovery proves several things... including einstein's theory of general relativity... and the fact that black holes exist... and that they can orbit one another. 21:27:23 "this multi- messenger
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many new discoveries and we'll be able to understand the objects we're looking at in much greater detail than we have before." simonetti compares the importance of the discovery of gravitational waves to what gallileo discovered when he first turned a telescope to the night sky. he says he has already begun incorporating the concept in his curriculum. dawn i'm dawn jefferies here in the wsls 10 newsroom with a look at what's coming up tonight at 5-30. vo the town of blacksburg joins others in banning the box. why town leaders say removing questions about criminal history on employment applications could benefit the area. vo and... the defense rests in the kevin quick murder trial. what happened in court today... and when the jury will begin its deliberations. on cam
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it was board-game night with the dalai lama. great guy. terrible player. go paperless don't stress, girl i got the discounts that you need it's a balancing act, but i got to give the people what they want -- more box. any words for the critics? what can i say? critties gonna neg. [ applause ] the what?! [ laughs ] in w-s-l-s ten health team... pope francis suggests that using birth control in countries plagued by the
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worried about the link between the virus and rare birth defects. public health officials in latin america are urging women in those areas to avoid getting pregnant. during an in- flight press conference ... the pope said ... using artificial contraception to prevent zika is the lesser of two evils compared to abortion. it's an exception vatican leaders say ... will not change church doctrine. father thomas rosica/ vatican press office "this is not a blanket statement to apply to all forms of contraception at at any moment, but this is a dealing with a disease that is wreaking havoc in people's lives." pope francis' decision is not a first in church history. in the 60s ... pope paul the sixth allowed nuns in danger of rape in the belgian congo to use birth control. the flu is now widespread in a dozen states. the centers for disease control reports ... those states are mainly in the southwest and northeast. virginia is currently reporting local activity. it appears this year's vaccine is a good match for the viral strain that's circulating.
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to get your flu shot. nearly a hundred students, faculty, and parents donated blood at cave spring high school in memory of two girls. both girls ... kendall bayne and hannah bryant ... lost their battles to cancer. kendall passed away in october and hannah passed away earlier this year. according to virginia blood services, 76 units were collected which equals to 228 patients lives affected by today's blood drive. "the blood drive was advertised on our school lunch and everyone came together and used this as an opportunity to help people especially for kendall and hannah." today's blood drive was not open to the public ... but there drive open to the entire community in memory of the girls in may. teenagers tackle safe driving... to keep roads safe. what they're doing to get
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fatal crashes were caused by a and 46% were speed related. wsls ten's jenna zibton explains the local efforts... to educate teens about safety in tonight's education matters. more than 30 middle and high school groups are raising awareness about the dangers of speeding and the importance of wearing a seat belt... so they can get their classmates to make better decisions. the campaign is called "mission:possibl e. buckle up. drive the speed limit." full screen on a national level, speed accounts for a third of all driver. those statistics show a high percentage of teens killed in a seat belt. vo the outreach effort is sponsored by youth of virginia speak out about traffic safety -- yovaso--... virginia state police and virginia dmv highway safety office. they use peer- to-peer messaging to influence teens to slow down and buckle up.... plus... a variety of educational
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activities. students can also sign banners with the message "we choose to drive the speed limit and buckle up". it runs thru march 4th. jenna zibton, wsls 10. roanoke county names an interim principal at northside high school. doctor dan lyons will lead the school for the rest of the year. lyons is the former superintendent for lexington city public schools. his appointment comes a week after frank dent announced his retirement. dent served as northside's principal for 13 years. that's all for wsls 10 at five. your 90 minutes of news
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ron rordam, blacksburg mayor: "other localities have done it and they've not seen any sort of negative impact, and i think it's the right thing to do." another community joins the movement to "ban the box." how the change will benefit ex- offenders on the hunt for a new job. the town of blacksburg joins several other localities, including roanoke and montgomery county, in "banning the box" on job applications. that means the town will no longer ask about criminal history when considering candidates. w-s-l-s 10's rob manch joins us now in studio. rob .. why is the town is taking this step? mayor ron rordam told me today it was people in blacksburg that brought the issue to the council's attention. but .. he says after considering how it could positively impact the town's hiring process, council was in agreement. instead of asking about criminal history on that application, the town will now wait until choosing a candidate for the job, then perform a background check. town attorney larry spencer says it will ensure that

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