How extensive is the crime problem at Roanoke City Schools?
The city thinks the numbers should be rechecked.
And, Virginia sends a message to tax dodgers: pay up now or else.
In sports, News 7 sports has more information on why Marcus Vick has been suspended for the JMU game, Al Groh talks about back up quarterback Anthony Martinez,
and contract talks between the Redskins and their star pass defender Champ Bailey break down.
Locally heavy thunderstorms the focus of the midweek forecast. And some positive news on the tropical front as well.
News 7 is next.
A state review of school crime and violence reporting did not answer all of their questions...
Now, members of Roanoke City Council are encouraging the school board to order another audit.
Good evening, I'm Shannon Young. Keith is off tonight.
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Roanoke's Municipal Auditor says he believes another review would help restore public confidence in the school system.
Today, members of city council encouraged the school board to take his advice.
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Joe Dashiell is outside the municipal building tonight with more on the recommendation for a new audit.
Shannon, the decision rests with the school board,
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and city council members stressed they aren't telling school board members what to do... but council members say they believe it will take another audit to put the controversy to rest.
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[IN Q=A new task force]
[SUPER=01-Drew Harmon/Municipal Auditor; :27]
[OUT Q=and wants them soon.]
((A new task force is just beginning its review of school safety and the school resource officer program.
And that was on the agenda as city council sat down with the school board.
[IN Q=We've got a lot]
((we've got a lot of work ahead))
The discussion took a different turn a short time later, when members of council convened a meeting of the city's audit committee.
Municipal Auditor Drew Harmon said he believes a new audit is needed to determine the extent of the under reporting problem, and consider whether mistakes were intentional.
[IN Q=And my sense is]
((AND MY SENSE IS THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION REVIEW WAS NOT DESIGNED TO ANSWER THOSE QUESTIONS. AND IN THE END DID NOT. AND THAT IT WOULD BE BETTER, SOONER THAN LATER, TO TRY TO ANSWER THOSE QUESTIONS.))
((WE NEED TOG ET OUR MUNICIPAL AUDITOR INVOLVED IN THIS PROCESS OF LOOKING AT THE REPORTING OF VIOLENCE ION OUR SCHOOL SYSTEM AND GIVING THE PUBLIC SOME SENSE OF CONFIDENCE THAT CITY COUNCIL AS WELL AS THE SCHOOL BOARD WANTS ANSWERS AND WANTS THEM SOON.))
[OUT Q=wants them soon.]))
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Paroled child molester Tony Leyva is back in the custody of U-S Marshals and on his way to the U-S.
Leyva was captured in Haiti over the weekend, more than a month after disappearing from Roanoke.
Marshals say Leyva is being taken to Miami and will likely be returned to the federal prison system after a court hearing.
He'll then likely have to serve the remaining 9 years of his federal sentence.
Sid Clower is out of prison, but he still has a debt to pay.
The former Henry County administrator left the Rustburg Correctional Unit today.
He'll spend the next three months in a work-release program in Chatham.
Clower served 4-hundred days for embezzling more than 800-thousand dollars from the county Public Service Authority.
He's repaid about a quarter of it, by selling his house and handing over his county pension.
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[IN Q=I don't think]
((TIM HALL: I DON'T THINK ANYBODY EVER REALLY, REALLY THINKS WE'RE GOING TO GET BACK ALL THE MONEY WE'RE OWED. IT'S VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE. IF YOU DO THE MATH, THE INTEREST ON IT WOULD BE ABOUT 60-THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR. ))
[SUPER=01-Tim Hall/Henry Co. Spokesman;]
[OUT Q=dollars a year.]
After Clower finishes his work release program, he'll be on supervised probation for 20 years.
He's SUPPOSED to complete it in Henry County, but he's allowed to leave the area if he gets special permission.
[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE]
No parole for Jens Soering, the man convicted of killing his girlfriend's parents in Bedford County more than 10 years ago.
The 37-year-old says the Virginia Parole Board notified him Saturday that his parole was denied and that he won't get another hearing until 2006.
Soering was sentenced to two life terms for the murders of Derek and Nancy Haysom.
His girlfriend Elizabeth Haysom pleaded guilty to conspiring to kill her parents and was sentenced to 90 years in prison.
If you are one of the 400-thousand Virginians with an unpaid tax bill, now is a good time to settle up.
Virginia's Department of Taxation will be in a forgiving mood for the next nine weeks.
During the state's Tax Amnesty program which starts today, delinquent taxpayers can avoid all penalties AND pay only half of the owed interest.
But tax dodgers who pass up this opportunity will face an additional twenty percent penalty and could go to jail.
The state's tax department has also beefed up its collection efforts by adding more than 100 new employees.
[IN Q=BELIEVE ME WHEN I SAY]
((KEN THORSON/STATE TAX COMMISSIONER: BELIEVE ME WHEN I SAY IF YOU DON'T TAKE ADVANTAGE OF TAX AMNESTY WE ARE COMING AFTER YOU. TAX AMNESTY IS YOUR LAST AND BEST CHANCE FOR A FRESH START.))
[SUPER=01-Ken Thorson/State Tax Commissioner]
[OUT Q=CHANCE FOR A FRESH START.]
Virginia's last tax amnesty program was held in 1990.
State officials are expecting to collect 48- million dollars this go-around.
That money will go towards balancing the state budget.
The amnesty program runs through November third.
Another call to scrap controversial cameras at one of Virginia's most popular tourist destinations.
That's still ahead on News 7 at Six.
Plus Hollins University students get a lesson in the real world, as they start enjoying the college world.
A train traveling through Franklin County struck and killed a man early this morning.
State police have identified the man as 25- year old Christopher Michael Coe of Callaway.
According to Norfolk Southern, the was turning a corner when engineers saw Coe lying beside his bicycle on the tracks.
They tried to stop the train, but were unable to, and it struck Coe.
The incident happened on a stretch of tracks beneath a small private bridge on Blue Street near Boones Mill.
Coe died at the scene.
A Roanoke man is charged with driving under the influence in connection with his wife's death.
The accident happened shortly after ten o' clock last night on Newport Road near Catawba.
When Roanoke County authorities arrived, they say Marguerite (Mar-guh-reet) Alls of Roanoke was trapped inside an overturned pickup truck.
Alls, who was the only passenger, died at the scene.
Her husband, Archie Alls was not seriously injured and is charged with D-U-I.
Police say speed may have also been a factor in the crash.
The A-C-L-U says facial recognition technology is a proven failure and that it wants Virginia Beach to stop using it.
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The group filed a Freedom of Information Act request today seeking details on the use of the technology.
Facial recognition cameras are intended to match the faces of pedestrians with mug shots of wanted criminals.
But Tampa, Florida recently decided to drop the technology after it failed to produce a single match in two years.
Virginia Beach is now the only city that uses the system.
[IN Q=THE PEOPLE WHO MANUFACTURE]
((KENT WILLIS/ACLU OF VIRGINIA: THE PEOPLE WHO MANUFACTURE THIS PRODUCT ARE MARKETING IT NATIONWIDE. IF WE ARE ABLE TO SHOW THOSE WHO ARE CONSIDERING PURCHASING THIS PRODUCT THAT IT REALLY DOESN'T WORK THEN MAYBE WE CAN PREVENT THE SPREAD OF THE TECHNOLOGY.))
[SUPER=01-Kent Willis/ACLU of Virginia]
[OUT Q=PREVENT THE SPREAD OF THE TECHNOLOGY.]
The A-C-L-U says its main objection to the cameras is that they violate the public's right to privacy.
A Botetourt County man who tried to run from a murder charge won't be going anywhere soon.
47-year-old Milen Rube Goins is being held without bond in the Botetourt County jail.
He told a judge this morning he's going to hire a lawyer to represent him.
Goins is charged with first degree murder in the shooting death of his cousin.
Investigators were driving him back from North Carolina to face those charges last week.
When they got to Interstate 581, Goins allegedly tried to strangle one of them and escape.
Goins will face charges for the attack in Roanoke City, but it may be some time before they're filed.
A Lynchburg judge has refused to move the trial of a double murder suspect out of the Hill City.
Kevin Eugene Brown is accused of helping to kill Anthony and Rhonda Robinson in their Sussex Street home last year.
His co-defendant.. Leon Jermain Winston.. has already been convicted and sentenced to death for the crime.
Judge Leyburn Mosby today denied a defense request to move the trial because of pre-trial publicity.
He did appoint another medical examiner whom the defense hopes will testify that Brown's single gunshot did not kill Anthony Robinson.
Brown's trial starts September 15th.
A string of upgrades in the technology sector sent Wall Street higher.
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The DOW climbed 107 points.
NASDAQ rose 31.
A local company is hoping to focus attention on a new product without saying a word.
Johnson and Johnson has created a spectacle lens for people who suffer from the eye disorder, presbyopia (Prez'-by-opia).
Today a mime used the Farmer's Market as a stage and acted out symptoms of the disorder and the ways life can be improved by the new lens.
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[IN Q=The difinity lenses]
((RANON MASLIYAH: THE DIFINITY LENS IS A SPECTACLE LENS WHICH ALLOWS YOU TO MOVE CLOSER AND FARTHER AWAY WITHOUT ANY OF THAT ADJUSTMENT WITH YOUR HEAD.))
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[OUT Q=with your head]
The Difinity lens is a bi- focal that's been blended-- making it easier for the eye to focus.
Presbyopia sets in in most people between the ages of 40 and 50.
Doctors say the eyes' lenses harden with age. Once they loose their flexibility it's hard to focus without the help of glasses.
There's currently no cure for presbyopia, but doctors say that could change in the near future.
Frank Beamer comments on the suspensions of two players, including Marcus Vick, the Redskins break off contract talks with Champ Bailey,
and sources out of Charlottesville shed some light on Matt Schaub's injury and more from Al Groh on his back up quarterback.
Frank Beamer suspended linebacker Brandon Manning and quarterback Marcus Vick last night.
Both will miss Saturday's JMU game.
Mike Stevens has more on that - and the Dukes.
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[SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/17th Season at Virginia Tech; :17]
[SUPER=01-Bryan Randall/Big East Player of the Week; :32]
[OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."]
UVa plays in the hostile confines of Williams-Brice Stadium Saturday with a new quarterback in red shirt freshman Anthony Martinez.
Contrary to other reports, a source close to the UVa football program told news 7 sports today that the Matt Schaub injury report indicated a shoulder sprain. But Groh is focussed on getting Martinez ready for the most complicated job on the field.
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[SUPER=01-Al Groh/UVa Head Coach; :00]
[OUT Q=.....throw the passes"]
Martinez says, while he will be making his first start, he has prepared all summer and has worked on other areas of his game and he says he's not just a a strong armed QB.
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[SUPER=01-Anthony Martinez/UVa Starting Quarterback; :00]
[OUT Q=.......a lot of work"]
UVa battles South Carolina this Saturday in Columbia. The Cavs beat the then ranked Gamecocks 34-21 with a healthy Matt Schaub. But Lou Holtz seems more worried about return man Marquis Hagans.
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[SUPER=01-Lou Holtz/South Carolina Head Coach; :00]
[OUT Q=........open field runner"]
The Washington Redskins open the season this Thursday against the New York Jets at nine o'clock.
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The Redskins have suspended talks with cornerback Champ Bailey, whose contract expires at the end of the season. Bailey had problems with the team's offer of 55-million dollars over nine years. But he says he doesn't want to negotiate during the regular season because it might be a distraction.
Classes at Hollins University have yet to start but that doesn't mean students aren't learning.
Hundreds of freshman are a little richer in knowledge this evening after a lesson in the real world.
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[IN Q=Who knew college orientation could be so filthy...]
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[SUPER=01-Alexandra Schlichd/Hollins Freshman; :05]
[SUPER=01-Lindsey Cress/Hollins Sophomore; :12]
[SUPER=01-Lynda Calkins/Day of Service Coordinator; :32]
[SUPER=01-Lydia Beresford & Candice Dalton/Hollins Freshman; :49]
[SUPER=01-Elizabeth Brown/Hollins Freshman; 1:04]
[OUT Q=It's been a lot of fun (second time).]
(([SOT nats of shaking trash bag.]
Who knew college orientation could be so... filthy?
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[IN Q=It's really gross...]
((ALEXANDRA SCHLICHD/HOLLINS FRESHMAN: IT'S REALLY GROSS. THERE'A LOT OF GARBAGE AND I'M SO GLAD WE'RE DOING THIS 'CAUSE IT'S REALLY A SHAME ITS SO DIRTY.))
[OUT Q=a shame it's so dirty.]
[BUTT BUTT BUTT]
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[IN Q=We're finding coke bottles...]
((LINDSEY CRESS/HOLLINS SOPHOMORE: WE'RE FINDING COKE BOTTLES, WE'RE FINDING BEER BOTTLES. JUST ALL SORTS OF DIFFERENT STUFF.))
[OUT Q=sorts of different stuff.]
Alexandra and Lindsey are students at Hollins University.
But Tuesday found them picking up trash at Explore Park.
They are two of nearly two hundred participants in annual Hollins Day of Service.
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[IN Q=I think it's part of...]
((LYNDA CALKIN/DAY OF SERVICE COORDINATOR: I THINK IT'S PART OF THEIR OVERALL EDUCATION, IT TAKES THE CLASSROOM AND PUTS IT INTO REAL-LIFE EXPERIENCES..))
[OUT Q=into real-life experiences.]
Most of these young women are required to volunteer as part of their freshman orientation.
But many are new to the Roanoke Valley.
For these two, picking up a paint brush means picking up new friends.
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[IN Q=I personally didn't know...]
((LYDIA BERESFORD/HOLLINS FRESHMAN AND CANDICE DALTON/HOLLINS FRESHMAN: 1:27:39 - 1:27:48
I PERSONALLY DIDN'T KNOW ANY OF THE GIRLS IN MY GROUP BUT WE ALL MET ON THE WAY OVER AND... LYDIA.... AND WE FOUND WE HAVE DIFFERENT THINGS IN COMMON. CANDICE.... IT'S BEEN A REAL BIG HELP.))
[OUT Q=it's bee a real big help.]
They're also finding that once they're off campus everyone's on equal ground.
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[IN Q=We've come out here and...]
((ELIZABETH BROWN/HOLLINS FRESHMAN: WE'VE COME OUT HERE AND WE'RE SWEATY AND WE'RE HOT, WE'RE DIRTY AND WE'RE REALLY NOT JUDGING EACH OTHER.))
[OUT Q=really not judged each other.]
It's a lesson that rarely needs a touch up.
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[IN Q=I like the whole teamwork...]
((ALEXANDRA: I LIKE THE WHOLE TEAMWORK OBJECTIVE AND IT REALLY FEELS GOOD TO BE HELPING.))
[OUT Q=really good to be helping.]
[BUTT BUTT BUTT]
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[IN Q=We're just doing it Tom Sawyer...]
((LYDIA AND CANDICE: WE'RE JUST DOING IT TOM SAWYER STYLE... WHITE PICKET FENCE... YEAH, IT'S BEEN A LOT OF FUN... IT'S BEEN A LOT OF FUN.))
[OUT Q=a lot of fun (second time).]))
Students had the option of volunteering at one of ten local organizations.
Tomorrow, it's back to the books when classes at Hollins resume for Fall.