Coming up on NEWS 7 at six.
A Lynchburg electoral board member resigns today.
And, residents in one Roanoke neighborhood are fed up with the good guys and the bad guys... after dealing with repeated acts of vandalism in their community.
In sports, Lleyton Hewitt advances to the men's final at Wimbledon Virginia Tech blanks Western Michigan at Lane Stadium.
And William and Mary gets a win over V-M-I at Alumni Memorial Field in Lexington.
We begin a beautiful September weekend with sunny skies and warm temperatures... the same may be in store for tomorrow, forecast details ahead.
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Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton. An embattled member of the Lynchburg Electoral Board has resigned rather than face the State Board of Elections in a hearing next week.
Lynchburg Electoral Board chairman Alphonso Grant resigned today amid allegations he charged nearly 20-thousand dollars a city issued credit card, and that he unlawfully fired two registrar's office employees.
In an emotionally charged meeting in Richmond yesterday, the State Board of Elections split on a vote to ask him to resign immediately or petition the court to remove him.
In letter announcing his resignation, Grant attacked a Lynchburg newspaper for pursuing a quote - "one-sided political vendetta".
Grant says he has decided to forward his energy in other directions.[Belle-Avenue]
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Burned out buildings, car fires, slashed tires and broken windows have all left many on edge in one Northeast Roanoke neighborhood.
Some say the city needs to do more after the latest act of vandalism.
Residents tell News 7's Justin McLeod if the neigborhood doesn't shape up, they're shipping out.
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[IN Q=Nat sound Full of car driving by]
[SUPER=01-Nathan Wheeling/Area Resident; :13]
[SUPER=01-Joe Gaskins/Roanoke Police Chief; 1:07]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Roanoke]
((((NAT SOUND FULL OF CAR DRIVING BY))
Take a drive through Belle Avenue and at first glance everything seems ok.
But take a closer look and you'll see there's a serious problem, vandalism. (FILE TAPE :57:07, shot of burnt concrete)
[IN Q=It first started off with a few eggings]
((NATHAN WHEELING/RESIDENT: IT FIRST STARTED OFF WITH A FEW EGGINGS, AND THEN IT STARTED FROM THAT SLASHING TIRES, JUST DIRECTLY VANDALISM.))
[OUT Q=directly vandalism]
The problems started two years ago and only got worse.
A vacant building burned to the ground.
Cars got stolen.
The latest incident happened more than a week ago.
Someone set this car on fire.
[IN Q=The Roanoke Police Department]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THE ROANOKE POLICE DEPARTMENT SAYS THEY'VE INCREASED BIKE PATROLS AS WELL AS SENDING CRUISERS THROUGH THE NEIGHBORHOOD ON A ROUTINE BASIS. BUT SOME RESIDENTS SAY THAT'S NOT ENOUGH. AFTER ALL THE PROBLEMS KEEP HAPPENING. THATS WHY SOME RESIDENTS ARE NOW PROVIDING THEIR OWN SECURITY.))
[OUT Q=their own security]
Many have installed home security systems and motion sensor lights.
Some have gone as far as putting up survelliance cameras.
But some feel the city needs to do more.
[IN Q=For two years]
((NATHAN WHEELING/RESIDENT: FOR TWO YEARS, I THINK IS LONG ENOUGH.))
[OUT Q=long enough]
So earlier this week, some neighbors confronted the mayor and police chief at a neighborhood appreciation dinner.
The result? The city plans more study.
[IN Q=We'll take a look]
((JOE GASKINS/ROANOKE POLICE CHIEF: WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT THE CALLS FOR SERVICE THAT HAVE TAKEN PLACE IN THE AREA, LOOK AT THE STATISTICS, AND SEE IF THE PROBLEMS ARE ON-GOING.))
[OUT Q=are on on-going]
Neighbors also plan to start a more active neighborhood watch program.
Residents say they must do everything they can to stop (shot of stop sign :29:10) the vandals before it starts to drive (shot of car driving by) some away for good.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Roanoke.))
A Salem judge doesn't want to interrupt his vacation to hold a hearing in the redistricting lawsuit filed by Virginia Democrats against the state.
District Judge Richard Pattisall has asked lawyers for both sides to travel to Hilton Head, South Carolina Monday, where he'll hold court in a beach side community center.
A state watchdog group says that idea is "arrogant'' and wastes taxpayer money.
Pattisall will hear motions on whether to step down from the case and will rule on the Democrats' request to force the state to keep existing legislative districts in place.
Democrats claim that Republican leaders engaged in racial, gender and partisan gerrymandering when redrawing legislative district lines last spring.
Congressman Bob Goodlatte says he's confidant passenger rail service will make its way to Southwest Virginia.
However, Goodlatte says passenger rail could be more of an issue for the state and not the federal government.
Goodlatte spoke with Roanoke City Council this week about the issue.
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[IN Q=The state has appropriated...]
((REP. BOB GOODLATTE/(R) 6TH DISTRICT; THE STATE HAS APPROPRIATED FUNDS TO MAKE IMPROVEMENTS TO THE RAIL LINES AND STATIONS. CONGRESS HAS PASSED LEGISLATION ON REQUEST OF MYSELF AND CONGRESSMAN BOUCHER TO HAVE AMTRAK PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROJECT WITHIN THE STATE OF VIRGINIA AND IT'S OUR GOAL TO HAVE AMTRAK PROVIDE THE ROLLING STOCK, THE LOCOMOTIVES AND PASSENGER CARS.))
[OUT Q=locomotives and passenger cars.]
Goodlatte also says passenger rail service could encourage more freight rail traffic, freeing up lanes on Interstate 81.
Another arrest has been made in the death of a Martinsville man.
52- year old Richard Ross was shot in the back of the head nearly three years ago.
40- year old (Zah-KEE TAH-lib) Zakee Tahlib of West Virginia has been indicted for murder.
A second suspect-- 47- year old Ramzee Shareef has already plead guilty to capital murder for his role in the crime.[F
F-A-O Schwarz says welcome to "our world of toys".
The famous toy store opened a temporary shop in the old Brendle's building at Tanglewood Mall today.
The company already has a distribution facility in Roanoke and is using some of that merchandise to test the market.
The store will only be open for three weeks but that could change.
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[IN Q=If the Roanoke Valley]
((CATHERINE WELLS/SPOKESPERSON: IF THE ROANOKE VALLEY LIKES WHAT THEY SEE WE'LL GO BEYOND THAT. WE WOULD BE GLAD TO RESTOCK AND STAY ABOARD BUT IT IS ONLY A TEMPORARY SITUATION AND FOR ANYTHING PERMANENT THAN THAT, WE'LL SEE.))
[OUT Q=than that, we'll see]
Whether the company extends its stay will depend on sales and a number of other factors.
You can visit the new F-A-O Schwarz store until at least September 23rd.
Still to come on News 7 at six, the good old days returned to Salem today... We'll explain.
But before that, a group of truckers tested their skills in the name of charity. We'll have more in just a few minutes, but first let's check in with Jacey in the Weather Center.
A local charity is truckin along, thanks to a trucking event in Roanoke.
Today, the Mid Atlantic Truck Driver's Association held a rodeo in the parking lot of Tanglewood Mall.
Nearly a hundred drivers from all over the country were judged on how they manuvered through an obstacle course.
Proceeds from today's event will benefit the Make A Wish Foundation.
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[IN Q=The average cost of a wish]
((DENISE BARNES/MAKE A WISH FOUNDATION: THE AVERAGE COST OF A WISH IS FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS. SOME WISHES ARE A LOT MORE THAN THAT. A FAMILY OF SEVEN TO HAWAII IS A LOT MORE. SOME WISHES ARE VERY SIMPLE, FOR PUPPY, FOR A RECLINER, OR A TELEVISION. THEY'RE LIMITED ONLY BY THE IMAGINATION OF THE CHILD.))
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[OUT Q=of the child]
The Make A Wish Foundation provides wishes for children who have life-threatening illnesses.
Last year, they granted nearly two hundred wishes in Central and Western Virginia.
Today's event raised several thousand dollars.
The success of Virginia Tech's first Farm and Family Showcase this week has officials already thinking about next year.
Thousands of Southwest Virginia residents traveled to the University's Kentland Farm on Wednesday and Thursday.
The showcase featured farm and agricultural demonstrations as well as trade shows and exhibits.
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[IN Q=there's nothing ]
((MIKE SCHRODER/VIRGINIA TECH; THERE'S NOTHING REALLY THAT EMPHASIZES THE EDUCATION ASPECT OF THE TRADE SHOW AND EXHIBIT PIECES SO WE TRY AND PUT EVERYTHING TOGETHER.))
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[OUT Q=EVERYTHING TOGETHER.]
Schools took advantage of the showcase by making the outing to the farm an educational field trip for students.
Still to come, Roy Stanley will have highlights of Virginia Tech's win over Western Michigan
and also, with Fall rapidly approaching, the Peaks of Otter Lodge is gearing up for a flood of visitors. Stay with us there's more to come on News 7 at 6.
Downtown Salem today returned to the good old days.
Thousands turned out for the 21st annual Olde Salem Days held on Main Street.
The festival featured more than 400 artists and crafters as well as an antique car show.
Various bands also performed on three different stages throughout the afternoon.
The Salem Jaycees will use proceeds from the event to help support various charitable programs throughout the area.
The leaves are almost ready to turn on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
And the Peaks of Otter Lodge is ready to handle all the tourists.
In this week's Time Off, Shannon Young shows us how the rustic retreat is evolving.
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[IN Q=The leaves at Peaks of Otter...]
[SUPER=01-Ron Stull/Peaks of Otter Lodge; :14]
((The leaves at Peaks of Otter are getting ready to change.
But at the lodge, it's already a new season.
For the past year, management's been adding to and upgrading a facility already known for it's understated elegance.
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[IN Q=It's all new carpet...]
((It's all new carpet and painting and new buffets and the whole nine yeards, really.))
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[OUT Q=the whole nine yeards, really.]
Ron Stull has overseen the modifications.
He says the main building was expanded to enlarge the dining room and include an amenity bar.
But the lodge's greatest commodities are still peace and quiet.
Most rooms boast rocking chairs and negative space instead of TV's and telephones.
The focus is on the out of doors.
[IN Q=We want it to be...]
((We want it to be part of nature and not something that stands out from nature.))
[OUT Q=not something that stands out from nature.]
The towering Peaks and the glassy surface of Abbott Lake take center stage.
And if you're lucky you may come within viewing distance of some of the area's wildlife.
[IN Q=Usually, it's mainly deer...]
((Usually, it's mainly deer, we see some snakes and every now and then if you're lucky you get to see a bear.))
[OUT Q=you get to see a bear.]
You may also catch a glimpse of the lodge's new mascot.
An otter recently took up residence in the lake, although the critter proved camera shy.
Stull says he's not sure what brought the animal to this neck of the woods.
But he does know what keeps his customers coming back.
[IN Q=It's the nature, the hiking trails...]
((It's the nature, the hiking trails, the serenity, I guess.))
[OUT Q=the serenity, I guess.]
Shannon Young, News 7, Bedford.))
And coming up in sports, The Hokies win at home V-M-I comes up short in Lexington.
And Lleyton Hewitt advances to the men's final at the U-S Open.
Virginia Tech got defensive this afternoon and shutout Western Michigan 31-to-nothing.
Mike Stevens and photographer Greg Moore show us how the Broncos were silenced in more ways than one.
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[SUPER=01-David Pugh/6 Tackles & Quarterback Sack; :40]
[SUPER=01-Bud Foster/Va. Tech Defensive Coordinator; :51]
[SUPER=01-Lamar Cobb/Three Tackles vs. Broncos; 1:17]
[SUPER=01-Jarrett Ferguson/60 Yards of Offense & 1 Touchdown; 1:52]
[SUPER=36-Western Michigan/0/Va. Tech #9/31; 2:09]
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In Lexington, William and Mary would beat the Keydets 34 to nothing.
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The Indians and Keydets meet at mid field for the coin toss.
William and Mary quarterback Dave Corley goes to the air and hits big Brandon Johnson on this 20 yard strike for a touchdown and the Indians led 20 to nothing.
[SUPER=36-William & Mary/34/VMI/0/;]
Things didn't get any better for the Keydets in the second half Corley goes to the air again and hits Jospeh Lustig from 20 yards out to make it 27 to nothing and the Indians win it 34 to nothing.
It's the second week of College Football so lets check some of this afternoon's scores.
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[SUPER=0101-/VMI/0/j/William & Mary/34////Liberty///Eastern Kentucky///Night/;]
[SUPER=0101-/Shenandoah/0/j/Bridgewater/48////Ferrum/6/j/Emory & Henry/38///;]
[SUPER=0101-/Washington & Lee/3/j/John's Hopkins/34////Gettysburg/14/j/Hamp.-Sydney/20///;]
[SUPER=0101-/E. Michigan///Maryland///Night//Appalachian St.///Wake Forest///Night/;]
[SUPER=0101-/Ohio/3/j/West Virginia/20////Pittsburgh/26/j/South Florida/35///;]
[SUPER=0101-/Kansas St.///USC///Night//Utah St.///LSU///Night/;]
[SUPER=0101-/South Carolina///Georgia///Night//Oregon St.///N. Mexico St.///Night/;]
[OUT Q=....LAST SCORE."]
A seeded player on the men's side has advanced to the finals at the U-S Open.
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Lleyton Hewitt would cruise through his match with Yevgeny Kafelnikov in straight sets.
Hewitt, the fourth seed, won the match in 6-1, 6-2, 6-1 to advance to the finals.
Hewitt has won 63 matches this year.
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[IN Q="We won...]
[SUPER=01-Lleyton Hewitt/Semi Final Winner; :]
[OUT Q=.....well tomorrow."]
Hewett will play Pete Sampras in the finals.
The Yankees and Red Sox went at it again this afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
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Tino Martinez provided the Yankee offense.
In the bottom of the first Martinez sends this David Cone pitch over the right field wall for a 2 run homer and the Yankees led 2 to nothing.
Martinez goes deep again in the sixth this time he connects on the Cone fast ball for a three run homer over the right field wall and the Yankees beat the Red Sox 9 to 2.