While hundreds of concerned residents were wrapping up a conference on how to make neighborhoods safe, less than a mile away another Lynchburg resident fell victim to random violence.
It happened in the 1-thousand block of Pierce Street just before nine o-clock last night.
A woman was hit in the back of the arm as she stood on the porch of a home.
Another woman across the street says she heard gunshots being fired from the side of her home.. one of the bullets pierced her air conditioner.
The woman who was shot is expected to survive.
Authorities don't know the motive for the shooting and have not arrested anyone.
It's just this sort of violence Lynchburg leaders are trying to prevent.. and they held a summit last night on safe neighborhoods to try and find some answers.
Lynchburg Bureau Chief Steve Smallshaw was at the meeting..
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[SUPER=01-Carl Hutcherson/Lynchburg Mayor; :10]
[SUPER=01-Col. Charles Bennett/Lynchburg Police Chief; :33]
[SUPER=01-Deborah Marshall/Resident; :54]
[SUPER=01-Rev. Anthony Howard/Former Gang Member; 1:15]
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(( They turned out by the hundreds: city leaders, area clergy, police and average citizens all drawn by their concern and desire to make Lynchburg a safe place to live.
((CARL HUTCHERSON/LYNCHBURG MAYOR: I'M HOPING THAT PEOPLE ARE GOING TO STEP UP TO THE PLATE AND SAY THIS IS MY COMMUNITY, I WANT IT TO BE A SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD, A SAFE COMMUNITY AND GIVE THEIR INPUT.))
[OUT Q=give their input.]
((AS WE SAID TONIGHT, WE'RE GOING TO WORK ON WHAT CAN WE DO POSITIVE FOR OUR CITY?))
They broke into groups of 25 to 50 to share concerns, ideas and possible solutions.
City leaders say if Lynchburg hopes to put a dent in gang-related violence, the time to act is now.
((COL. CHARLES BENNETT/LYNCHBURG POLICE CHIEF: WHAT WE WANT TO DO IS TO ENSURE HERE THAT THE PROBLEM NEVER GETS TO THE POINT WHERE IT'S OBVIOUS TO ANYBODY. WHEN IT GETS TO THAT POINT, IT'S TOO LATE.))
[OUT Q=it's too late.]
It already is obvious to many inner city residents who have been living with the drug deals and the shootings for years.
But they say the problem goes beyond the boundaries of their neighborhoods.
((DEBORAH MARSHALL/RESIDENT: IT'S THE PEOPLE THAT LIVE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TOWN, THE OH-3 DISTRICT, THE OH-2 DISTRICT, PEOPLE FROM RUSTBURG, CAMPBELL, AMHERST. WE HAVE TO STOP PROFILING THAT IT'S ONLY A BLACK PROBLEM.))
[OUT Q=a black problem.]
Anthony Howard is a former gang leader and drug dealer who says the key is putting more cops on the streets.
((REV. ANTHONY HOWARD/FORMER GANG MEMBER: THE POLICE NEED TO GET BACK ON FOOT AND FAMILIARIZE WITH THE PEOPLE AND THE PEOPLE OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD NEED TO COME TOGETHER TO KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON.))
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Making national news--
A British government report says Iraq has "military plans" for using chemical and biological weapons.
The report also says Saddam Hussein has tried to acquire significant amounts of uranium from Africa.
It includes a map which showed that Iraqi weapons now being developed could reach Israel, all of the Middle East, Greece, and Turkey.
The report was released hours before the British Parliament convened in special session to debate possible military action against Iraq.
It's weakened from a hurricane to a tropical storm--
But the threat from Isidore is far from over.
The storm has stalled over Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, where it brought heavy rain and destructive winds.
Forecasters warn Isidore could get back up to hurricane strength today, and begin moving toward the Texas or Louisiana coast.
The Henry County sheriff says a once-promising lead in the Jennifer Short investigation looks more and more like a dead end.
Sheriff Frank Cassell says a tip that Jennifer's mother may have been harassed by a man at Pluma ten years ago appears to be a "wild goose chase."
Last week the sheriff released pictures of Mary Short from when she worked at Pluma, hoping to jog someone's memory.
Investigators heard from several people who remembered Mary ... but no one could identify the man who allegedly harassed her.
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((FRANK CASSELL/HENRY CO. SHERIFF; I'M BEGINNING TO WONDER IF THEY'VE MISTAKEN MARY FOR SOMEONE ELSE BECAUSE I DON'T KNOW WHY WE CAN'T FIND THIS MAN. ))
[SUPER=01-Frank Cassell/Henry Co. Sheriff;]
[OUT Q=find this man.]
The sheriff says there were several other employees who were harassed- people may be confusing those employees with Mary Short.
He says investigators have spent at least a thousand hours chasing this lead.
In other news related to the case, a judge has appointed Michael Short's son from a previous marriage to be administrator of his estate.
Kenneth Short will take care of his father's business matters and allow investigators access to the home.
The Martinsville Sheriff's Office is asking the public to help find an escaped inmate.
Officials say Joseph Daniel Hundley walked away from a work detail yesterday.
The crew was working on Spruce Street in Martinsville.
These photos were released- but Hundley was last seen with a beard.
He is 23- years- old, weighs 155- pounds and is 6 feet- 2 inches tall.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Joseph Hundley is asked to call the Martinsville Sheriff's Office at 276- 656- 5151.
Good news for some folks in Grayson County-- the health department has lifted the boil advisory for homes on Mockingbird Lane.
Officials say the problem has been corrected and the water is safe to drink.
In business news, The Federal Reserve meets later today to discuss interest rates.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
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((ALAN GREENSPAN WILL BE IN THE SPOTLIGHT ON WALL STREET TODAY. THE FEDERAL RESERVE CHAIRMAN TOGETHER WITH FELLOW POLICYMAKERS WILL MEET IN WASHINGTON D-C TO DECIDE THE FATE OF U-S INTEREST RATES. WHILE SOME ECONOMISTS NOW BELIEVE THE FED WILL HAVE TO STEP IN AND CUT INTEREST RATES SOON TO STIMULATE THE STAGNATE ECONOMY, FEW THINK WE'LL SEE ANY ACTION FROM THE FED TODAY. GREENSPAN AND COMPANY HAVE CUT RATES 11 TIMES OVER THE PAST YEAR TO JUMPSTART THE ECONOMY. THAT'S KEPT THE HOUSING MARKET STRONG.. WITH MORTGAGE RATES NEAR 40 YEAR LOWS.
A BIG WALL STREET FIRM IS IN SOME HOT WATER. THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SECURITIES DEALERS FINED SALOMON SMITH BARNEY 5-MILLION DOLLARS FOR ISSUING MISLEADING RESEARCH REPORTS. IT ALSO FILED A SEPARATE COMPLAINT AGAINST ITS FORMER TELECOM ANALYST JACK GRUBMAN. THE NASD SAID SALOMON'S REPORTS FAILED TO ADEQUATELY DISCLOSE THE RISKS OF INVESTING IN WINSTAR COMMUNICATIONS, A TELECOM FIRM THAT FILED FOR BANKRUTPCY PROTECTION LAST YEAR...
ON WALL STREET... INVESTORS USHERED IN THE FIRST DAY OF AUTUMN WITH A SELLOFF..MORE PROOF OF A SLOWING ECONOMY AND A POSSIBLE U-S INVASION OF IRAQ CONTINUE TO HURT INVESTOR SENTIMENT.
THE DOW SANK 113 POINTS, THAT'S AFTER FALLING NEARLY 200 POINTS EARLIER..
WHILE THE NASDAQ WAS PUMMELED DOWN 36 POINTs, TO A SIX YEAR LOW...
MICROSOFT LED THE DECLINE AFTER THE SOFTWARE GIANT'S CEO SAID HE DOESN'T SEE EUROPEAN SALES PICKING UP ANYTIME SOON.
WALMART DRAGGED THE DOW LOWER AFTER WARNING THAT SALES FOR THIS MONTH WILL BE AT THE LOW END OF ESTIMATES.
THAT GOT INVESTORS WORRIED THAT CONSUMERS MAY BE TIGHTENING THEIR PURSE STRINGS..
ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS SIG OUT.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
More violence in the Middle East this morning--
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Israeli troops stormed into the Gaza Strip, killing at least nine Palestinians.
The raid came only hours after a Palestinian gunman attacked a group of Jewish pilgrims in the West Bank.
Meanwhile, the U-N security council is demanding that Israel end its siege on Yasser Arafat's compound in the West Bank.
Today, the council approved a resolution, demanding that Israel pull out of the compound.
But for now, soldiers still surround the area, blocking the flow of supplies.
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((SAEB EREKAT/PALESTINIAN SENIOR NEGOTIATOR: THERE IS SHORTAGE OF WATER, SHORTAGE OF MEDICAL SUPPLIES, SHORTAGE OF FOOD SUPPLIES. ))
[SUPER=01-Saeb Erekat/Palestinian Senior Negotiator;]
[OUT Q=food supplies.]
Israel says the lockdown will continue until Arafat gives up the wanted terrorists inside his compound.
The Palestinian people, meanwhile, continue to protest.
The D-E-A Agent-set to be tried next month for murder- -has asked that his trial be moved out of Roanoke.
Timothy Workman's lawyer filed a motion for change of venue last week, citing "inflammatory publicity."
Attorney Tony Anderson is asking the court to consider whether news accounts of the shooting death of Edward Bailey were accurate.
The federal agent from Mission, Texas, allegedly shot and killed Bailey in the parking lot of a Roanoke restaurant last February.
There's a hearing in the case scheduled for later this afternoon.
Police have released a surveillance photo captured during the armed robbery of a Blacksburg grocery store.
Now-- they're hoping someone will recognize the suspect.
Police say the man entered the Food Lion at Heathwood Square last Thursday-- demanding money.
He's described as about six feet tall, weighing 160- pounds.
He was wearing dark clothing, goggles and gloves.
No one was injured.
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
A 16- year- old Patrick Henry High School student is in custody after allegedly throwing a home- made bomb at a bus stop.
Investigators say the student threw a "McGyver Bomb" causing it to explode at the stop on 14th Street and Kenwood Boulevard while other students were standing there.
He has been charged with manufacturing or possession of an explosive device and is being held at Coyner Springs Detention Center.
The West Nile Virus has claimed its first victim in Virginia.
Loudoun County health officials say a 54-year-old woman from Sterling died on Sunday... She had been in a Northern Virginia hospital since September fifth.
The health department says it's been checking for mosquitoes around the woman's home.
There have been about a dozen confirmed human cases of West Nile virus in Virginia.... all in Northern and Eastern Virginia.
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This was supposed to be a "rebuilding" year for the Hokies - but instead it appears as though the team has simply "reloaded."
Here's Mike Stevens with this week's Tech 2002 Report.
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(( They are number five with a bullet. Virginia Tech holds down the five spot in both polls this week and that upward mobility coupled with the sounds they experienced in Texas over the weekend - is music to the team's ears.
Pile was one of many Tech defensive ringleaders in College Station, and no one was more opportunistic than he was. He had 10 tackles, an inception and a fumble recovery. As a result of his efforts he has been named the Big East conference's defensive player of the week.
Although, Pile got his true reward on the field last Saturday when he stuffed the defensive lunch pail in true Tech tradition.
Last year Tech hammered Western Michigan 31-to-nothing. In that game the Hokie gave up just 34 yards rushing on 23 carries. The Broncos shouldn't look for much more this weekend. As a result of Tech's defensive effort at A&M - the Hokies are now 2nd in the nation in rush defense allowing just 44 yard a game heading into Saturday's contest in Kalamazoo.
The oddsmakers don't have quite the same faith in Western Michigan that Frank does.
The Hokies are 21 point favorites for the Noon kickoff on Saturday.
Take care folks. I'll see you later tonight.))
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