The sniper hits a little closer to home. We have the latest from Richmond.
And the youth director at a local church is charged with taking indecent liberties with a young parishioner.
Coming up tonight on News 7 Sports - the first BCS standings of the season are being released at this hour.
UVa is hot stuff heading to HOT-lanta.
and TD-Lee - Roanoke own Lee Suggs is the Big East conference's offensive player of t he week.
We are stuck in the fog overnight with rather chilly temperatures. Our forecast also holds the promise of more rain in the next 7 days.
News 7 is next.
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Police apprehend two men at a gas station in Richmond.
The question now is: are they responsible for the twelve shootings, including the latest one in Ashland?
Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
And I'm Shannon Young.
The youth director of a Bedford County church is in jail, charged with taking indecent liberties with a young girl he met through the church.
Steve Smallshaw tells us authorities are looking into whether any other children may have been involved.
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(( 23-year-old Courtney Lee DeLong had been the youth director at Flint Hill Baptist Church for nearly two years.
On Friday, police charged DeLong with six felonies including carnal knowledge of a juvenile girl he'd gotten to know through the church's youth group.
His arrest and the charges have left the small congregation stunned.
((JOHN HUDDLESTON/FLINT HILL BAPTIST CHURCH: COURTNEY HAS BEEN PLACED ON UNPAID ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE PENDING THE CONCLUSION OF THIS MATTER. WE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR EVERYONE THAT IS INVOLVED OR HAS BEEN AFFECTED BY THIS SITUATION.))
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((MIKE BROWN/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF: WE CERTAINLY HAVE OUR SYMPATHIES GOING OUT TO THE CHURCH IN THIS MATTER. IT'S SOMETHING THAT NO ONE WISHES ON ANYONE, ESPECIALLY A RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATION.))
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Authorities say church officials have been extremely cooperative in the investigation, including the seizure of a church computer that police say may have graphic images on it.
The charges stem from two alleged offenses a week apart in September.. one in a car and one at the church itself.. but that, authorities say, is the extent of Flint Hill's involvement.
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Investigators are looking into whether other children may be involved.
DeLong is being held without bail.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford County. ))
Amherst County authorities have three people in custody, charged in connection with the shooting death of a Lynchburg man early this morning.
26-year-old Eugene Peyton Davis was shot to death in the parking lot of Smitty's Restaurant around two a-m.
A short time later, Nelson County deputies stopped a car near Lovingston and detained several suspects.
22-year-old Terrence Leman (LEE-man) Durden is facing murder charges.. 22-year-old Brendan Draper Reid is accused of being an accessory after the fact.. and a 17-year-old faces firearms charges.
All three are from Charlottesville.
Durden and Reid are being held without bond.
Investigators in the Jennifer Short case expect to talk face-to-face this week with Garrison Bowman.
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Bowman is still in Yellowknife, Canada, awaiting deportation to the U-S.
Investigators in the murders of Jennifer Short and her parents hope he has information that can help them.
Bowman says he has nothing to hide and will cooperate.
Investigators from the F-B-I, Virginia and North Carolina plan to pick him up at a U-S airport sometime this week.
They're keeping a tight lid on when and where.
They also plan to travel to Inuvik (in-OO-vik), Canada, to retrieve and search Bowman's van.
The reward for information leading to an arrest is back down to 48-thousand dollars.
An anonymous donor who put up 20-thousand dollars for Jennifer's safe return withdrew it after she was found dead.
Virginia Tech police find more fake tickets... and they have an idea who's behind the scam.
That's next on News 7 at Six.
Plus see why students and teachers in Southside are flying high over a new NASA-sponsored aeronautics lab.
Two people are in custody today in the regional sniper investigation.
Authorities also confirmed that Saturday night's shooting at a Ponderosa steakhouse in Ashland was the work of the sniper.
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Meghan Muldoon has been following the story as it unfolded in Richmond.
She joins us with the latest.
Keith and Shannon,
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Police surrounded a white van this morning which was parked at a pay phone at a gas station in Richmond.
Police have not said
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(( Eyewitnesses say undercover and Henrico County police appeared to have the Exxon gas station under surveillance early this morning.
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Police eventually surrounded a white Plymouth Voyager van with temporary Virginia tags.
The van had pulled up along side a pay phone.
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One eyewitness took these polaroids of the officers approaching the van.
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Witnesses gave this description of the man police dragged out of the van.
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Witnesses said another man was apprehended directly across the street at a Citgo gas station.
Police have seized the van as evidence.
Authorities are questioning the two men but are not calling them suspects.
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Authorities also announced today that they were able to link Saturday's shooting to the sniper.
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That makes Ashland the twelfth shooting.
Doctors say the sniper's latest victim is "lucky to be alive."
After two surgecal operations, the 37-year-old man shot Saturday night was upgraded today to critical but stable condition.
Doctors at M-C-V hospital removed his spleen, half of his pancreas and two-thirds of his stomach.
Still, they say the prognosis for him leading a normal life is good.
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Doctors say the next couple of days are critical.
The patient is expected to need at least three to four additional operations.
M-C-V doctors say the victim's wife- -has asked not to be identified- - has barely left her husband's side.
More Hokie fans were turned away at Lane Stadium Saturday... after police found another batch of fake tickets.
Police say they discovered six counterfeit tickets during Saturday's homecoming game against Rutgers.
They say the people who bought the tickets were able to get past the gates, but, soon discovered their seats didn't exist.
Officers say they paid more than 200-dollars for the tickets, and, warn that is the risk you take when you buy them off the street.
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Duncan says she believes the people who sold the tickets are the same ones behind the 30-found last month during the Marshall game.
They're described as two black men, one tall and thin--the other, short and heavy-set.
Duncan believes they are working together.
An early Christmas present is on the way to Pittsylvania County.
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K-B Toys is once again hiring seasonal employees.
Officials say they need one THOUSAND people to help with the holiday rush at their Blairs fulfillment center.
The location processes and ships Internet and phone orders for K-B, E-Toys and new this year.... toys from Sears.
Officials say available positions are full and part time and range from customer service representatives to warehouse workers.
On average, the warehouse can ship about 190-thousand toys a day at the peak of the season.
Wall Street extended its two-week rally today.
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The DOW climbed 216 points.
NASDAQ gained 22.
Roanoke school bus drivers are up to speed on safety.
This week is dedicated to School Bus Safety and Roanoke officials say the city goes beyond what is required by law when it comes to training their bus drivers.
Instead of the required 30- hours, Roanoke drivers average 60- hours of training.
Preschool students are required to sit in individual car seats and an aid rides the bus with them to make sure they get home safely.
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Pre-school through third grade students also receive training in bus safety once a year.
Thanks to NASA, students at Martinsville Middle School are reaching for the sky.
The space agency teamed up with the school district to install an aeronautics educational laboratory to help kids venture into the last frontier.
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Sean Drake, like many of his peers at Martinsville Middle School, is fascinated by the school's new Aeronautics Education Laboratory, or AEL.
The lab, combined with a NASA educational program, introduces kids to the worlds of aeronautics and microgravity.
The goal is to get students excited about science and math.
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The lab consists of ten work stations, each designed to handle two students at a time.
Every station is loaded with information...
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But the favorite by far is the flight simulator.
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But Wiitta says the program is taking off.
Each student will get nine weeks of lab time.
Eventually, educators hope to include grades other than six, seven and eight.
Congressman Virgil Goode, for whom the lab is named says, the AEL will give kids the skills they need to spread their wings.
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((REP. VIRGIL GOODE/(R) 5TH DISTRICT: HOPEFULLY, WE'LL GET MORE ENGINEERING STUDENTS OUT OF THIS IN THE FUTURE FOR THE GOOD OF AMERICA.))
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The AEL at Martinsville Middle School is one of only 26 in the country.
Coming up tonight on News 7 Sports - the first BCS standings are due out any moment.
Steve Mason checks in from UVa.
and Houston Texans Vice President and general manager Charley Casserly was in Blacksburg this past weekend - we'll hear from him in part of this week's Tech 2002 Report.
The first Bowl Championship Series rankings of the season are out and the Hokies check in at the number four spot.
Oklahoma vaults past Miami to take the number one position with the Hurricanes second, and Notre Dame third.
Notre Dame's strength of schedule was rated number one in the nation - while Tech's was surprisingly just 25th.[S-Tech
This morning's Tech 2002 Report touches on what happens to the Hokies if they and Notre Dame continue winning.
Plus, Suggs not only gets some Big East props, but some big words of praise from top brass in the NFL.
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(( Lee Suggs' career high 197 yard rushing performance this past Saturday against Rutgers made the Roanoke native an easy selection for this week's Big East offensive player of the week honor.
Suggs averaged nine and a half yards a carry and picked a most opportune time to have a career best game.
Charley Casserly, the executive vice president and general manager of the NFL's Houston Texans came all the way to Blacksburg this past Saturday to get an eyeful of the three-time Friday Football Extra player of the week.
Suggs is an obvious talent, but in his 23 years with the Redskins and now with the Texans, Casserly has always been known as a man who could find the diamond in the rough prospect and make him an NFL contributor and many times a star. That's partially why he has such an appreciation for the way Tech has built its program.
Two members of the Sugar Bowl selection committee also took in the Rutgers' game.
They say if Tech wins every game on its schedule and then loses to Miami - they do NOT believe the Hokies will be left out of the BCS equation as they were in 2000 - when Notre Dame forced them to the Gator Bowl.
In two other Tech 2002 notes - linebacker Vegas Robinson is OUT for the Temple - he has the dreaded high ankle sprain on his left ankle.
And defensive teammate DeAngelo Hall is this week's big East special teams player of the week.
His 51 yard punt return for a TD in the fourth quarter provided the final margin of victory in the 35-to-14 win.))
Yet another Virginia comeback win on Saturday has UVa just one win away from bowl eligibility.
Steve Mason says Ga. Tech is next on the block.
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The two men who were taken into custody this morning in Richmond were apparently in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Tonight authorities are saying they were apparently not involved in the sniper attacks.
The Associated Press reports that one of the men is from Mexico. The other from Guatemala. Both could face deportation for possible immigration violations.
We'll have more on News 7 at Eleven.