Coming up on News 7-
Police move in after thousands of noisy football fans fill the streets of downtown Blacksburg.
A Lynchburg man is remembered for his many contributions to civil rights.
Plus, Brent says the weather is looking up for those Labor Day plans.
News 7 is next.
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Nearly a hundred officers are called- out after a night of partying gets out of hand in downtown Blacksburg.
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Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.
The crowd that filled downtown Blacksburg last night and early this morning was made up of Virginia Tech and L-S-U fans.
They were celebrating in anticipating of today's game-- when the chanting got out of hand and police took action.
News 7's Richard Lesko was at the disturbance early this morning and has more.
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[SUPER=01-Bruce Bradbery/Blacksburg Police Spokesman; :23]
[SUPER=01-Scott Bissett/Virginia Tech Freshman; 1:17]
[SUPER=01-Krista Sandusky/Virginia Tech Freshman; 1:22]
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[INQ=You need to move...]
((YOU NEED TO MOVE OUT OF THE AREA OR YOU WILL BE ARRESTED.))
What began as a night of revelry for football fans, quickly turned into a situation that police saw as a threat.
They were concerned about what might happen-- after an estimated two to three thousand people began celebrating at the corner of Main Street and College Avenue.
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[INQ=Once it gets started...]
((BRUCE BRADBERY/BLACKSBURG POLICE SPOKESMAN; ONCE IT GETS STARTED, YOU NEED TO MOVE IT. BECAUSE IF IT DOESN'T MOVE ITSELF, AND YOU DON'T MOVE IT, THEN IT'S GOING TO TURN INTO A VANDALISM INCIDENT, THEN A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE HURT REAL BAD. AND WE WERE FORTUNATE TONIGHT, WE ESCAPED WITH SOME MINIMAL SCRAPES AND BRUISES.))
[OUTQ=scrapes and bruises.]
Police say the mass started with chants from Virginia Tech and L-S-U fans, and then even more people joined in blocking the street and celebrating.
After the entire Blacksburg police department was called out, Virginia State police, Virginia Tech police and the Montgomery County Sheriff's office...all responded to help disperse the crowd.
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[INQ=You're going to have...]
((YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO FIND ANOTHER WAY OF GETTING THERE, WE'RE GOING TO CLEAR THE STREETS HERE. SO I CAN GO OUT AND AROUND? YOU CAN GO OUT AND AROUND, THAT'LL BE FINE.))
[OUTQ=that'll be fine.]
Officers in riot gear made their way down Main Street and used pepper balls to scatter the crowd, however many students thought the night was all in good fun.
((SCOTT BISSETT/VIRGINIA TECH FRESHMAN; IT'S INTENSE, IT'S NUTS. I'VE NEVER SEEN SO MANY PEOPLE IN ONE PLACE AT ONE TIME.))
[OUTQ=at one time.]
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[INQ=Us girls were...]
((KRISTA SANDUSKY/VIRGINIA TECH FRESHMAN; US GIRLS WERE KINDA SCARED CAUSE THEY SAID THEY HAD PEPPER SPRAY AND THEY WERE PUSHING PEOPLE AND SCREAMING, AND WE SAW A COUPLE GIRLS GET SLAMMED DOWN, AND WE SAW A FIGHT.))
[OUTQ=and we saw a fight.]
About 20 people were arrested on charges ranging from disorderly conduct and public drunkeness, to felony assault on a police officer, but no major injuries, or vandalism was reported.
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[INQ=Doesn't look like...]
((BRUCE BRADBERY/BLACKSBURG POLICE SPOKESMAN; DOESN'T LOOK LIKE THERE'S ANY DAMAGE DONE, AND I THINK EVERYBODY'S OK PHYSICALLY.))
A positive end to a nearly six hour ordeal-- police feared could have gone the other way.
Richard Lesko, News 7 Blacksburg.))
Some football fans say the police did the right thing, but others say the whole episode was blown out of proportion.
Justin McLeod was at Lane Stadium earlier today-- and has reaction.
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[SUPER=01-Jennifer Suchy/LSU Fan; :20]
[SUPER=01-Heidi Cenac/LSU Fan; :38]
[SUPER=01-Daniel Newman/LSU Fan; :52 (QUICK)]
[SUPER=01-Matt Newman/LSU Fan; :57]
[SUPER=01-John Rokisky/Tech Fan; 1:15]
[SUPER=01-Melissa Cobbler/Tech Fan; 1:19]
[SUPER=01-Bill Brown/Blacksburg Police Chief; 1:31]
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((((NAT SOUND OF THE PEP RALLY))
In between the pep rally's (NAT SOUND OF GRILLING) the grilling (NAT SOUND OF THE TAUNTING) and the taunts, fans at Sunday's game were busy talking about what happened Saturday night.
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[IN Q=I saw about six or 10]
[OUT Q=just having a lot of fun]
It is a fun many describe as harmless, disagreeing with the police's decision to send in the troops.
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[IN Q=It was harmless fun]
[OUT Q=didn't know what to expect]
LSU fans know what to expect.
Fans say what happened in the streets of downtown Blacksburg is actually quite common.
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[IN Q=We just like to have]
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((NAT SOUND OF FANS))
Some fans would rather focus on the positive rather than the negative.
They point out that they are plenty of LSU and Tech fans who get along just fine.
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[IN Q=They're very cordial]
[OUT Q=spirit of the game]
It is a spirit the Blacksburg Police Chief hopes doesn't get out of hand again.
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[OUT Q=cows have gotten out]
The chief did take comfort in the fact there were no problems at the game.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Blacksburg.))
It's back to work for the president and Congress this week and they'll be faced with the issue of how to handle Saddam Hussein.
Lawmakers seem to have mixed feelings over a U-S attack against Iraq.
Some believe the Bush administration needs to make a stronger case for an attack while others think the U-S will strike with or without the support of allies.
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[IN Q=We can't afford]
((SEN. FRED THOMPSON/(R) INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE: WE CAN'T AFFORD TO GUESS WRONG ABOUT WHAT HIS INTENTIONS WOULD BE, ONCE WE DISCOVER HE HAS THOSE WEAPONS.))
[SUPER=01-Sen. Fred Thompson/(R) Tennessee; ]
[OUT Q=has those weapons]
So far the Bush administration hasn't been able to persuade NATO allies to support U-S military action.
But former Secretary of State Alexander Haig says there's no reason to seek another U-N resolution against Iraq because previous resolutions have been violated.
Health officials are studying four transplant patients who received donated organs from a Georgia woman.
All four patients later developed a brain inflammation known as encephalitis.
One patient has since died.
Officials want to know if they contracted West Nile virus, which causes encephalitis, from the transplants.
Right now-- neither the nation's blood supply nor transplanted organs are screened for West Nile.
Friends and family gathered to remember of one of the area's best known civil rights pioneers in Lynchburg today.
A memorial service was held in honor of Chauncey Spencer who passed away last week at the age of 95.
Spencer was the son of the famous poet Anne Spencer-- and made a name for himself as one of the nation's first black pilots.
In fact-- it was Spencer's flight from Chicago to Washington D-C in 1939 that convinced then-Senator Harry Truman to create a division of the Air Corps known as the Tuskegee Airmen.
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[IN Q=We'll miss him]
[SUPER=01-Brian Smith/Tuskegee Airmen Inc. President; :00 quick]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Henry Larzelere/Spencer Family Friend; :07 ]
((BRIAN SMITH: WE'LL MISS HIM BUT WE'RE GOING TO CARRY ON THE WOK HE STARTED, WE'LL CARRY ON HIS LEGACY.))
((DR. HENRY LARZELERE/SPENCER FAMILY FRIEND: I REMEMBER.... APPRECIATED BY EVERYONE.))
[OUT Q=appreciated by everyone.]
Friends also remember Spencer as possessing a great love for the city of Lynchburg.
Still to come on News 7 at 11, there's a three digit number motorist may want to call before heading out for the holiday...
and Virginia Tech makes a statement on the gridiron with a win over last year's S-E-C champs. We'll have highlights a little later in sports.
V-DOT is urging motorists to make a phone call before hitting the road this holiday weekend.
The number is 5-1-1.
It is a travel information service that offers news about everything from accidents on the Interstate to accommodations and attractions along the 81-corridor.
V-DOT launched the system this past winter but says so far very few motorists are using it.
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[IN Q=I'm just trying to]
((JASON BOND/V-DOT SPOKESPERSON: I'M JUST TRYING TO INCREASE AWARENESS OF IT. WE SEE A LOT MORE USE OF IT AROUND HOLIDAYS AND AROUND PEAK TRAVEL TIMES SO WE KNOW PEOPLE ARE USING IT. BUT WE WOULD LIKE TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO USE IT ON A DAILY BASIS TO GET TRAFFIC INFORMATION. THIS ONE SYSTEM BRINGS TOGETHER ALL TYPES OF TRAFFIC INFORMATION AND NOT ONE SYSTEM OUT THERE DOES THAT.))
[SUPER=01-Jason Bond/VDOT Spokesperson]
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The only numbers you need to dial are 5-1-1....the rest of the service operates on voice recognition.
In case you forget the number, there are signs along Interstate 81 reminding you of the new system.
You definitely won't be alone on the highways this holiday weekend...
Area law enforcement plan to call in additional patrols but in one community that will prove difficult.
The Jennifer Short abduction and the double homicide of her parents in Henry County has left the Sheriff's office
with very little manpower.
Even so, the sheriff says his office will have deputies out on the hot spots including D-U-I patrol.
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[IN Q=We're still going to have]
((FRANK CASSELL/HENRY CO. SHERIFF: WE'RE STILL GOING TO HAVE EXTRA PEOPLE OUT THERE ON MONDAY THAT WAS ALWAYS ALLOTTED TO THAT SOME GRANT MONEY AND SOME COUNTY MONEY BUT WE'RE NOT GOING TO HAVE AS MANY AS WE WOULD NORMALLY BUT NOT BECAUSE OF A LACK OF FUNDING. IN THIS CASE IT IS A LACK OF MANPOWER.))
[SUPER=01-Frank Cassell/Henry Co. Sheriff]
[OUT Q=lack of manpower]
Deputies will also be busy this weekend investigating the abduction of Jennifer Short who has been missing now for more than two weeks.
In a little more than a week the nation will mark the one year anniversary of September eleventh.
Henry County is preparing to remember those killed and wounded with what it calls "A day of Caring" at Martinsville high school.
Last week-- the board approved a resolution condemning the acts of September eleventh and supporting the efforts of president Bush and other military leaders in protecting our country.
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[SUPER=01-Debra Buchanan/Henry Co. Supervisor; ]
(( WHEREAS THE BEST WAY TO RESPOND TO THESE COWARDS AND WHO THEM THAT THEY HAVE FAILED IN THEIR MISSION IS TO CARRY ON OUR EVERYDAY LIVES AND NOT LET OUR SPIRITS BE BROKEN.))
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The board says all citizens are invited to take part in the community "Day of Caring".... again that's September eleventh at Martinsville High school.
The ticket on your windshield for holding onto that perfect parking spot in downtown Roanoke will soon cost you more.
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Among other increases, an overtime parking violation will now cost 15 dollars, and blocking a fire hydrant will now draw a 38 dollar fine.
Downtown business owners have commented that parking violators were hurting their business because customers could not find parking spots.
The Roanoke Police Department conducted a survey of 10 Virginia cities, and found that the city's parking ticket fines were low, and may have contributed to parking violations.
He left the Roanoke Valley for one of the most formidable peaks in North America...
He never made it to the top, but brought back a tale of survival against the elements.
We'll have that story straight ahead on News 7 at 11.
Roanoke businessman Kevin McDonough (mc-DON-uh) set out in June with fifteen other climbers to conquer Mount McKinley peak, known as Denali (de-NAH-lee).
McDonough (mc-DON-uh) never made it to the summit, but as Joe Dashiell reports, he returned from Alaska with a story of survival.
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(([IN Q=Finally back at work]
((FINALLY BACK AT WORK AND MOVING THE MAIL THROUGH.))
[OUT Q=and moving the mail through.]
The owner of Mail-It Plus is focusing on his business again, but earlier this summer it was the forbidding terrain of Mt. McKinley that had Kevin McDonough's attention.
In June, the veteran climber joined fifteen others for an expedition to the summit of Denali, the highest peak in North America. After hiking across tundra, and crossing the McKinley River, they climbed onto the Muldrow Glacier and Karstens Ridge on the way to establishing their high camp at 17- thousand three hundred feet.
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((WE GOT THERE ON JUNE 30TH MIDAFTERNOON OR SO, AND WE GOT CAMP SET UP AND THE STORM CAME IN THAT NIGHT AND WE JUST WERE ALL IN HIGH SPIRITS EXPECTING TO GO.))
[OUT Q=in high spirits expecting to go.]
Those high spirits faded as the storm raged outside their tents for three days... The temperature fell to ten degress below zero. The wind reached 80 miles per hour.
At 7 o'clock on July 3rd, Kevin McDonough was cooking dinner in the vestibule of his tent, when the camp was hit by a crippling gust of wind. Two of the tents exploded, spilling the climbers and their gear into the snow.
[IN Q=I realized there was no way]
((I REALIZED THERE WAS NO WAY WITH THE GEAR THAT I CURRENTLY HAD ON THAT I COULD SURVIVE ANY LENGTH OF TIME OUT THERE. AND FOR THE MOMENT I REALIZED THERE MIGHT NOT BE A POSSIBILITY OF GETTING DOWN OFF THIS MOUNTAIN...))
((BUT AS SOON AS I HEARD SOMEONE BEHIND ME AND I TURNED AROUND AND THERE WERE STILL TWO TENTS. OKAY I SAID THERE'S A POSSIBILITY.))
[OUT Q=there's a possibility.]
Four tents were down to two and despite a brief break on July fourth the storm continued... Despite constant shoveling a third tent was eventually engulfed by snow...
[IN Q=After we lost that third tent]
((AFTER WE LOST THAT THIRD TENT AND WE'RE TRYING TO SAVE THAT FOURTH TENT AND THE STORM WOULD NOT STOP, THE FEELING I MIGHT NOT MAKE IT BACK TO ROANOKE, OR SOMEBODY HERE MIGHT NOT MAKE IT BACK OFF THIS MOUNTAIN, BECAUSE WE'RE RUNNING OUT OF GEAR.))
[OUT Q=running out of gear.]
All of them did make it off the mountain... when the storm finally subsided enough to allow their descent... But it was on the long trip down that McDonough suffered frostbite on his toes and fingertips.
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[IN Q=This was the worst finger]
((THIS WAS THE WORST FINGER, THE THUMB, IT WAS COMPLETELY SWOLLEN, WHICH IT HAS PRETTY MUCH ALL GONE DOWN NOW.))
[OUT Q=much all gone down now.]
[IN Q=The weather was so perfect]
((THE WEATHER WAS SO PERFECT ON THE WAY UP, WE ALL, AND THIS WAS PROBABLY OUR DOWNFALL, WE ALL BEGAN TO GET OVERCONFIDENT THAT WE WERE JUST GOING TO WALK UP THIS MOUNTAIN AND MAKE IT AN EASY RUN. AND THE MOUNTAIN SAID NO TO US AT THAT HIGH CAMP.))
[OUT Q=at that high camp.]
Back home and back at work, McDonough is still nursing the toe he almost lost to frostbite. Despite the difficult challenges the climbers faced, he says he enjoyed the trip. And despite the concerns of family and friends says he hopes to return, to climb Denali one more time.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
Tech's young defense matured in a hurry today as it all but pitched a shutout against 14th ranked LSU.
Mike Stevens and photographer Greg Moore have the highlights of a big day in Blacksburg.
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[SUPER=01-Brenda Boddie/Michael Vick's Mom; :42]
[SUPER=01-Justin Hamilton/Blocked LSU Punt; 1:12]
[SUPER=01-Willie Pile/Virginia Tech Safety; 1:52]
[SUPER=01-Bud Foster/Va. Tech Defensive Coordinator; 2:05]
[SUPER=01-Lee Suggs/89 Yards Rushing & 2 TDs; 2:46]
[SUPER=01-Kevin Jones/70 Yards Rushing & 1 TD; 2:52]
[SUPER=36-L.S.U. #14/8/Va. Tech #16/26; 3:02]
[SUPER=01-Nick Saban/18 and 8 as LSU Head Coach; 3:10]
[SUPER=01-Bryan Randall/47 Yards Passing; 3:28]
[OUT Q=....NEWS 7 SPORTS."]
To the track where after an hour and a half rain delay, the Mountain Dew Southern 500 finally took the green flag, and that suited Jeff Gordon just fine as he cruised to victory lane for his 6th career Darlington win.
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The egg shaped oval known as the Lady in Black was none too kind to John Andretti this afternoon. Andretti blew an engine, spreading oil on the track, and he then takes a rough ride along the wall. Kevin Harvick and Steve Park were also taken out in the mess.
Points leader Sterling Marlin led 110 laps today, but Jeff Gordon got past Marlin late in the race and pulled away from the field on the final restart with 45 laps to go. Gordon held off Ryan Newman for his 2nd win in as many weeks and a record tying 5th Southern 500.
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[SUPER=0106-1. Jeff Gordon//2. Ryan Newman//3. Bill Elliott//4. Sterling Marlin//5. Dale Jarrett//;]
[SUPER=0106-6. Ward Burton//7. Kurt Busch//8. Tony Stewart//9. Jimmie Johnson//10. Jeff Burton//;]
[SUPER=0106-11. Mark Martin//12. Jeff Green//13. Kyle Petty//14. Ricky Craven//15. Bobby Labonte//;]
[SUPER=0106-16. Dale Earnhardt, Jr.//17. Robby Gordon//18. Jimmy Spencer//19. Elliott Sadler//20. Jeremy Mayfield//;]
[SUPER=0106-21. Joe Nemechek//22. Rusty Wallace//23. Bobby Hamilton//24. Michael Waltrip//25. Kenny Wallace//;]
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We finish up on the soccer pitch in Salem where the 9th ranked Roanoke College Maroons lost in the Domino's Classic for the second straight day.
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Scott Allison's club took on defending national champ Richard Stockton this afternoon.
Maroons goalie Chris Ebeling did his part for the home team stopping this shot on goal.
It was 1-all at halftime and Roanoke had several scoring opportunities in the second half. This near miss
just gets deflected off the crossbar. But Richard Stockton scored the go-ahead goal with just over 10 minutes to play (------------)
and the Ospreys won it 2 to 1.