Pulling time for the crime... we lead with sentencing hearings for murder and moonshine.
And the water at Carvins Cove continues to drop, but that's not the only reason city officials are getting antsy about water.
Tonight on News 7 sports, the UVa and Duke men fall slightly in the polls after their first setbacks of the season.
We'll check in with the Cavs, plus the Tech women crack the Top 25.
And the Panthers fire head football coach George Seifert after a humiliating 1-and-15 season.
A fairly easy week weatherwise as the skies stay partly cloudy and the temperatures moderate a bit. Details coming up.
News 7 is next.
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Charlie English admitted to helping kill his stepfather but, prosecutors say he's not likely to be violent again.
Regardless, Franklin County judge today sentenced the 23-year old to 45-years in prison.
Good evening, I'm Shannon Young.
And I'm Keith Humphry.
Defense attorneys asked that Franklin County judge William Alexander make allowances for Charlie English's abusive childhood.
But the judge decided the young man should pay for the death of his stepfather by spending the next four and a half decades behind bars.
English was today sentenced for the murder and robbery of Rocky Mount resident Ralph English.
The 61-year-old was strangled with a shoelace by his stepson and two friends on New Year's Eve 2000.
The younger English pled guilty to both crimes in a plea agreement earlier this year, one week before the case was to go to trial.
In today's hearing, defense attorneys asked that English be sentenced to just 20 years in prison saying the young man had an abusive childhood and a history of drug and alcohol abuse.
But Judge William Alexander said the seriousness of the crime outweighed any hardships English may have suffered.
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((MARK CLAYTOR/;ENGLISH'S ATTORNEY: WELL, WE WERE A LITTLE BIT DISAPPOINTED... LIMITED ROLL IN THE OFFENSE. ))
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((CLIFF HAPGOOD/COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: I THINK YOU COULDN'T LOOK AT HIS BACKGROUND... CLEARLY KNEW WHAT WAS RIGHT AND WRONG.))
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One of English's accomplices, his cousin, Christopher Dorman was also formally sentenced today.
The 19-year-old reached a plea agreement that gave him 37 years in prison.
The third defendant, 15-year-old Alexander Hudson was acquitted of the murder, but is serving time in juvenile detention for robbery.
A Roanoke man is charged with murder and felony child neglect in the death of his infant son.
A grand jury handed up the indictments today against 19- year old Gregory Lewis Bruce, Senior.
Police say an autopsy showed Bruce's one month old son died in October from what is commonly called "shaken baby syndrome".
The government's key witness in the case against 20 moonshiners was sentenced today to three and a half years in prison.
Legendary bootlegger Dee Stanley began cooperating with authorities about a year after the first indictments in "Operation Lightening Strike" were returned.
It was one thing for federal agents to seize plastic jugs and sugar from the Farmer's Exchange in Rocky Mount. They found they could use help in deciphering daily journal entries that dated back to 1991.
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((JAKE JACOBSEN/ASSISTANT U. S. ATTORNEY; AND IN THOSE CALENDAR JOURNALS, THEY HAD LISTED ON EACH SPECIFIC DATE WHERE PEOPLE PICKED UP A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF SUGAR, JUGS. AND THEN THERE WERE CODE NAMES USED FOR THOSE PEOPLE DOING THAT.))
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Stanley provided a "unique perspective" on moonshine operations, Jacobsen says. But his cooperation did not earn the 56-year old defendant a pass from prison. He'll serve 41 months and owe the government 75-hundred dollars in fines.
His son, Jason, got 12 months and a three thousand dollar fine.
Kenny Cobbler was also sentenced to one year to serve.
Three others sentenced today were placed on probation. More moonshine defendants are set for sentencing in federal court tomorrow.
The heads of the General Assembly's two most powerful money committees want to commit 250-million dollars a year for construction at colleges and buying park land.
The state would pay for it with a bond issue.
Fairfax Delegate Vince Callahan and Stafford Senator John Chichester outlined a six-year program of cash and bond outlays.
Voters would have to approve the 1-point-6-billion dollar package in November.
Roanoke City Officials say there's no water crisis.... yet.
That after reports thatCarvins Cove is losing a tenth of a foot every day.
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Jennifer Miele was at the city council meeting today where tougher water use restrictions were discussed.
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Shannon, no mandatory restrictions were imposed, but council wants residents to conserve.
Members also want residents to be aware of another impending problem.
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[SUPER=01-Darlene Burcham/Roanoke City Manager;:19]
[SUPER=01-Bill Bestpitch/Roanoke City Council;:54]
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(( Besides a few wells, a pumping station that is under construction and some trading with Roanoke County, Carvins Cove is it for Roanoke City's water supply.
The reservoir holds 6 billion gallons and is losing about 14 million every day.
((DARLENE BURCHAM/CITY MANAGER: WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO CONTINUE TO REACH FOR ADDITIONAL WATER RESOURCES FOR THE FUTURE, AND NOT BE CONTENT WITH THE RESOURCES EACH OF US BRING TO THE TABLE TODAY.))
But city officials say that's just a short-term problem to hopefully be solved when April showers come along.
The long-term problem... 1945 vintage pipes pumping water from the Cove to Roanoke homes.
They need to be replaced, and digging them up would likely cost millions.
One solution is an injectable substance that increases the pipe's life-span by up to 50 years.
((BILL BESTPITCH/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: IT SEEMS LIKE TO ME, IF WE CAN INJECT SOMETHING LIKE THAT, IT MAYBE A MUCH MORE ECONOMIC APPROACH.))
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Roanoke City has the region's lowest water rates, but a relatively low supply.
Roanoke County has the largest water supply, but fairly high rates.
Officials are considering combining systems to stabilize rates and supply.
Council should hear more about that over the next few weeks.
They are currently working on creating a regional water authority.
Jennifer Miele, News 7.
They've already searched for him once... Now he's missing again.
More on a missing soldier from the New River Valley when News 7 returns.
See how Virginia Tech is developing a wireless communications network that researchers say could make the difference between life and death.
Researchers at Virginia Tech say they've found a new way to help emergency response teams handle natural and man-made disasters.
It's technology that the events of September 11th have made that much more crucial.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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(( It may not look like much now.. scientists call this the "ugly prototype".. but this jumble of boxes and wires could be the future of emergency communications.
Aided by a federal grant, Virginia Tech scientists have developed a wireless, broadband communications network that would give emergency crews all the tools they needed to handle a disaster.
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Video conferencing, Internet access and instant messaging would all be portable and ready for immediate deployment.. even if normal power, phone and cell lines have been wiped out.
((DOUG YOUNG/DANVILLE EMS DIRECTOR: SO THIS BEING INSTANT AND ITS OWN SYSTEM, INDEPENDENT OF ANY CELLULAR OR DIGITAL SYSTEM, WE DON'T HAVE TO RELY ON CELL PHONE LIKE WE.. THAT'S ONE PHASE WHERE WE DO NOW.))
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Local, state and federal officials got their first look at the technology Monday.. after September 11th, interest in the new system promises to remain high.
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((CORTEZ LAWRENCE/FEMA: I'M PART OF WHAT I THINK OF AS THE MOST PRAGMATIC OF PROFESSIONS AND IF IT WEIGHS TOO MUCH, AND IT'S NOT RELIABLE, IT DOESN'T WORK UNDERWATER, IT'S NOT UNBREAKABLE, WE'RE NOT THAT INTERESTED IN IT, SO WE HAVE TO SEE HOW IT GOES, BUT IT LOOKS REAL GOOD.))
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((DR. CHARLES BOSTIAN/VA TECH RESEARCHER: OUR GOAL IS TO FINISH THE PROTOTYPE SYSTEM AND THEN WE HOPE THAT THE PRIVATE SECTOR WILL WANT TO TAKE IT OVER AND MANUFACTURE IT. IN OTHER WORDS, AS A UNIVERSITY, OUR GOAL IS TO DEVELOP SOMETHING THAT OTHER PEOPLE CAN TURN INTO A USEFUL PRODUCT.))
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Scientists hope to have the system ready for market this year.
They estimate each one would cost less than a hundred thousand dollars.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Chatham.))
Mark Warner will let other people manage his money while he's governor.
Warner announced today that a blind trust will hold his and his wife's personal financial assets during his term.
Virginia law does not require the governor to place his holdings in trust, but Warner says he wants to be able to focus completely on the business of the Commonwealth.
Wall Street's 2002 winning streak has come to a halt as investors took some profits today.
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The DOW dropped 63-points.
NASDAQ fell 22.
The search is on for a missing man in Blacksburg...and it's the second time in more than a year.
Blacksburg Police are investigating the whereabouts of 24-year-old (Mick-ale sha-Rove) Mikhail Sharov.
Sharov left Blacksburg on December 27th and never made it to Fort Bragg North Carolina for duty.
His parents reported him missing, and the military lists him as AWOL.
This is the second time police have looked for Sharov.
He disappeared in August of 2000 but was found safe at Roanoke Regional Airport after hiking there.
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((LT. S. M. BISHOP/BLACKSBURG POLICE DEPT.; RIGHT NOW WE DON'T KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON BUT BECAUSE THIS HAPPENED BEFORE WE WOULDN'T PUT THIS ON THE BACK BURNER AND SAY WELL HE'S DONE IT BEFORE SO HE'S DOING IT AGAIN WE TREAT IT AS A NEW CASE, WHICH MEANS IT WILL BE ACTIVELY INVESTIGATED.))
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Authorities describe Sharov as a white male, 6-feet tall, 160-pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.
He's driving a 1987 green Nissan pathfinder with North Carolina tags.
If you have any information on his whereabouts, call Blacksburg Police.
The former head of Virginia Western Community College has a new job.
Charles Downs is the interim President at Northern Virginia Community College.
Downs retired from Virginia Western in July and replaces Belle Wheelan who will become the next Virginia secretary of education.
Student gymnasts at one local facility will soon have a new place to practice.
A new home for The Roanoke Academy of Gymnastics is almost completed near Tanglewood Mall.
The 700-thousand dollar facility will double the space of the academy's current location.
30-thousand Dollars worth of new equipment is also being purchased for the larger space.
The changes are designed to help expand the academy's existing programs.
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((DAVE DICKERSON/ROANOKE ACADEMY OF GYMNASTICS OWNER: WE HAVE A BUNCH OF TALENTED KIDS HERE AND WE HAVE GREAT COACHES HERE AND WE FELT WE NEEDED A FACILITY THAT COULD ALLOW THOSE KIDS TO REACH FOR THEIR DREAMS.))
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The academy offers instruction to about 500 students including three high school cheerleading teams.
Owner Dave Dickerson hopes to have the move completed by early February.
Tonight on the Big 7, the Panthers say so long to Seifert.
The Tech women crack the Top 25 for the first time this season.
And we'll check in with the UVa men's hoops team that falls from the ranks of the unbeaten, but not out of the top 10.
The Carolina Panthers fired head football George Seifert this morning.
The man who came to Charlotte as the NFL winningest coach ever based on percentages, leaves with 15 straight losses.
He departs Carolina after compiling a 16-and-32 record in three seasons.
He says despite this year's 1-and-15 record - the Panthers' cupboard is not bare.
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The college coaching carousel is also spinning, but tonight is came to a sudden stop for the Univeristy of Flordia and the top candidate to replace Steve Spurrier - Bob Stoops decided to stay at the University of Oklahoma.
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Thanks to some inspired play from some underdogs over the weekend, there are no more undefeated division one men's basketball teams. Steve Mason says the ACC was hardly immune to the upset bug. He has that story, plus a look at the Virginia Cavaliers, who fell from fourth to seventh in the AP poll.
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((William Fleming Graduate Steve Robinson gave Florida State good reason to keep him after his unranked Seminoles ended number one ranked Duke's 22 game wining streak. North Carolina State was unranked when the Wolfpack beat fourth ranked Virginia. Both games prove, with the accept ion on UNC, that the ACC is extremely tough.
The 9 and 1 Cavaliers watched N.C. State shoot 47 percent from three point land and nearly 50 percent from the field. The Wolfpack hit a scorching 8 of 13 three pointers and converted 60 percent of it's field goal attempts in the opening half.
The Wahoos have a shot at redemption Tuesday night on the road against Clemson. Steve Mason News 7 sports.))
The Virginia women host Clemson tonight at University Hall at seven o'clock
The Lady Hokies of Virginia Tech have won eight in a row and one main reason is center Ieva Kublina. The sophomore is the Big East co-player of the week after averaging 20 points, 10 rebounds and 6 block shots in Tech wins over Clemson and Syracuse.
The ESPN/USA Today poll was released late this afternoon and the Lady Hokies are ranked 24th. It's the first time 11 and 2 Tech has broken into the top 25 since the end of last year's regular season.
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Tech hosts Boston College, also 11 and 2 and 2 and OH in the Big East, Wednesday night at Cassell Coliseum.
This is the first day for testing in Daytona and it's also the first year for different makes to share test dates.
Stacy Compton has a new car in Pontiac and new team owner in AJ Foyt, but he's still the same old Stacy on the superspeedways.
Compton had the second fastest test time at Daytona today as he whipped his new Pontiac around the two and half mile oval at 183 point 087 miles an hour.
Rookie Jimmie Johnson in a Chevy was first, with Ward Burton in a Dodge third.
Geoffrey Bodine was the fastest Ford in 8th.
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In one other note, Casey Atwood has picked a sponsor for the number 7 Dodge that he will drive this coming season.
Sirius Satellite Radios - the new company that offers more than 60 commercial free radio stations through a device in your passenger car signed on with Atwood for two years today.