The law sides with three UVA football players accused in connection with a shooting.
A veteran who spends most of his days at the D-Day Memorial and yet is still reluctant to talk about it.
Tonight on News 7 sports - Travis Wells checks in from the Homestead - the site of this week's NCAA golf championship.
And Hidden Valley breezes into the regional championship with a semi-final blowout win.
A batch of storms moving in from the west will provide a brief period of rain for some tonight. We will track them for you in just a moment.
News 7 is next.
They were charged with disorderly conduct and vandalism after a campus shooting.
Now three U-V-A football players are off the hook.
Good evening, I'm Shannon Young.
And I'm Keith Humphry.
The three players were arrested April 28th, just hours after another football player was shot outside a dorm in Charlottesville.
Upset that a teamate had been wounded,
police said quarterback Marques Hagans and Brandon Lee refused to leave the crime scene.
A third player, defensive back Kenneth Tynes allegedly threw a chair through a dorm window near the shooting scene.
Yesterday an Albemarle County judge acquitted Hagans and Lee of the misdemeanor charges.
Tynes was acquitted of a vandalism charge last month.
A grand jury will decide Monday whether to indict Virginia student Aaron Joshua Robinson for starting the whole chain of events... when he allegedly shot Jamaine Winborne in the leg.
Meanwhile, attorneys in the case against three Virginia Tech football players are arguing over a trial date.
Quarterback Marcus Vick, wide eeceiver Brenden Hill and tailback Mike Imoh were convicted two weeks ago of contributing to the delinquency of minors.
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New River Valley Bureau Chief Rachel DePompa is in Blacksburg with more on the disagreement.
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Shannon, The three football players are appealing their convictions and they want three separate jury trials.
But two of the attorneys in the case can't seem to agree on new trial dates.
Right now all three cases are scheduled to be heard together in mid-July.
But Brenden Hill's attorney, Dennis Nagel says two weeks ago, he requested a seperate jury trial date be set.
Nagel claims Commonwealth's attorney Joey Showalter is refusing to set a date and that his client is being treated unfairly.
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((DENNIS NAGEL: ALL WE WANT IS A JURY TRIAL, WE DON'T CARE WHEN IT IS. THIS IS THE ONLY CASE THAT I'VE BEEN INVOLVED WITH THE COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEYS OFFICE WHICH THEY'VE DRAGGED THEIR FEET AND REFUSED TO SET A TRIAL. SO ARE THEY BEING TREATED SPECIALLY YES... TO THEIR DETRIMENT.))
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It is Showwalter's policy NOT to comment.
But, in a letter to the judge... given to us by Dennis Nagel, Showalter argues that "Nagel wants special treatment in setting his case different from any other appeal case that has appeared before this court to accommodate his client's schedule."
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The trial date really matters in this case because, Virginia Tech Athletic Director Jim Weaver has said he WILL punish the players by the time football season rolls around, even if the appeals process is not complete.
But, he has said the outcome of the appeals process would affect the punishment as well.
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Nagel has asked Judge Grubbs to step in this Friday and end this debate.
A Lynchburg school teacher has been suspended from his job after being charged with aggravated sexual battery of a juvenile.
44-year-old Norman Edward Riggs was arrested last week and is being held without bond.
Police say the offenses took place late last year and early this year, but *not* on the grounds of Heritage High School where Riggs has been a graphic arts teacher for five years.
Officials say he's still under contract but not on the job while they review the situation.
A small victory in court today for a former Giles County Pastor convicted of molesting a child.
A judge ruled this morning that 53 year old Roger Holcomb will not have to undergo a new type of test used to evaluate convicted sex offenders.
Holcomb was to be shown pornographic images while hooked up to a machine that measures his arousal.
The judge also ruled Holcomb's attorney must be present for a lie detector test, and that the results of that test can not be used in determining Holcomb's sentence.
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((TOM DEBUSK: I THINK THE JUDGE WAS VERY WISE IN THE DECISION HE MADE. MY CLIENT HAS A RIGHT TO COUNSEL PRESENT THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE PROCEEDINGS AND THAT'S JUST WHAT WE WERE ASKING FOR. IS THAT I AM ABLE TO BE PRESENT DURING THESE EVALUATIONS ))
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The jury that convicted Holcomb recommended a 10 and a half year sentence.
Holcomb will be formally sentenced sometime later this summer.
A fight inside a Lynchburg school today brought more than a dozen police to the scene and landed four people in custody.
The incident happened inside the Middle School Learning Center on Hollins Mill Road around noon.
Officials say two students started fighting but the school resource officer and an administrator were able to break it up.
That's when a parent and sibling of one of the students involved showed up and began fighting as well.
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((JAMES MCCORMICK/LYNCHBURG SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: TODAY WE HAD A RARE INCIDENT, PARTICULARLY AT THIS LEVEL, THIS MASSIVE RESPONSE BY THE POLICE DEPARTMENT WAS BOTH APPRECIATED AND UNFORTUNATE.))
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Authorities say charges are pending against those involved in the fight.
The Learning Center is an alternative education program for students who have had trouble in the regular school system.
The Roanoke Police department is considering changes to its community policing program.
A department spokesperson confirms "enhancements" are being researched.
One critic of Roanoke government and co-founder of a school safety coalition, says she's concerned about those "enhancements."
Primarily, Alice Hincker wants to know how the plan could affect the school resource officer program.
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((ALICE HINCKER/RSVP COALITION: I WAS TOLD THAT BEGINNING JULY FIRST THE CITY WILL BE DIVIDED INTO FOUR SECTORS AND THE SERGEANT AND LIEUTENANT WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SECTOR WHERE AS NOW YOU HAVE ONE SERGEANT THAT SUPERVISES THE WHOLE PROGRAM.))
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Hincker says she's drafting a letter to the city asking that the SRO program be designated as part of "special operations" to keep it from being affected by any changes.
The Police Department says it's too soon to talk about specifics but that the reorganization applies mostly to internal reporting and that the start date has been pushed back indefinitely.
As the 60th anniversary of D-Day approaches, one vet is being pressed into service again.
An exclusive interview with a reluctant hero when News 7 returns.
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Plus see how engineering and entertainment collide in the work of one Virginia Tech professor.
Sunday marks the 60th anniversary of the Normandy invasion of World War II, known in this country as D-Day.
Leading up to the occasion, they've pressed an additional volunteer into service at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford.
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(( Ray Nance was one of the Bedford Boys. He was a 29-year old First Lieutenant, the X-O of "A" Company the day they landed on Omaha Beach.
He became the ranking officer, as Company Commander Taylor Fellers was killed in the initial assault.
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((I COME UP HERE ABOUT EVERY OTHER DAY.))
As a D-Day survivor, Nance is a walking resource, and yet he seems genuinely mystified about how he became a volunteer at the memorial.
((I DON'T KNOW. THEY STUCK THAT ON ME.))
He concedes it does come in handy, providing free parking, and all, but he insists he's not interesting in becoming a tour guide.
((I TRY TO SHARE IT WITH THEM WHEN I SEE THEM, BUT I LIKE TO COME UP HERE AND NOT SPEAK TO A PERSON ANYWHERE AROUND. AND GO HOME, HA HA.))
The school children from Charlotte County have no idea this man was there. He played a part in the largest land, sea and air invasion in history and helped drive the Nazi's out of France.
((I JUST WISH THEY COULD APPRECIATE WHO YOU ARE AND WHAT YOU'VE DONE.))
Ray Nance doesn't want the attention. He comes to remember.
((I LIKE TO COME UP HERE AND WALK AROUND. AND THE NAMES OVER THERE, SEE OVER HERE THE NAME PLATES.))
((AND YOU SPEND TIME POURING OVER THE NAMES? YEAH, I GO OVER THEM. (:04) I FORGET THE ONES I'VE SEEN BEFORE AND I GO OVER THEM AGAIN. (:10) A BUNCH OF GOOD MEN.))
60 years later his memory lapse might be forgiven.
He'll turn 90 later this month.
He sought the Democratic nomination for Attorney General three years ago, and now State Senator John Edwards is considering another run for statewide office.
The Roanoke lawmaker was involved in a four- way race for the nomination that Don McEachin eventually won.
Democrats are gathering in Roanoke this weekend for their state convention, and Edwards has scheduled a reception Friday night at the O. Winston Link Museum.
Today, Edwards confirmed that he is weighing the possibility of running again.
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((SEN. JOHN EDWARDS/(D) ROANOKE; I'VE DONE IT BEFORE. I HAVE A GOOD NETWORK THROUGHOUT THE COMMONWEALTH, AND MANY OF THOSE SAME PEOPLE ARE URGING ME TO LOOK AT IT AGAIN, SO I AM.))
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Edwards says he won't make a final decision until the end of the year.
A drop in oil prices helped push blue chips to a solid gains.
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The DOW rose 60 points.
NASDAQ fell two.
In a small shop in Christiansburg toils a young engineer whose analytical mind has a creative bent.
In the world of Eddie Boes (boze), right brain meets left brain with dizzying results.
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His art is loud and looks more like a theme park ride than a masterpiece.
The latest brainshild of Virginia Tech engineering instructor Eddie Boes is a study in kinematic art, what Boes calls "a celebration of engineering, physics, and creativity", a rolling ball sculpture.
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((YOU HAVE THE BALL AND YOU LIFT IT TO THE TOP OF THE DISPLAY AND GRAVITY TAKES OVER. GRAVITY DOES ALL THE WORK AS THE BALL MOVES THROUGH THE DISPLAY. IF A BELL GETS RUNG IT'S BECAUSE OF THE BALL. IF THE DRUM GETS POPPED IT'S BECAUSE OF THE BALL. THE BALL CREATES THE MOTION AND THE SOUND AND THAT'S WHAT GIVES IT THE VISUAL AND AUDIOKINETIC APPEAL TO IT.))
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At 8-feet long and 6-feet tall, the monster took Boes four months to create.
He says everyone who sees the piece...
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chimes in with an opinion.
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((THE ENGINEERS LIKE IT BECAUSE OF THE COMPLEXITY OF THE MOTORS, THE SWITCHES AND STUFF. THEN THE PEOPLE THAT DON'T KNOW ENGINEERING, THEY LIKE THE ARTISTIC ELEMENTS OF IT, THE COLOR, THE MOVEMENT, THE SOUND.))
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With its dips and switches, whirls and drops, the track represent what Boes calls the "organized chaos" of his mind where there's always another design in the works.
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((MY MESSAGE AS AN ARTIST AND AN ENGINEER IS TO GET EVERYONE TO THINK DIFFERENTLY, TO BE INSPIRED BY CREATIVITY AN THE WORLD AROUND THEM. SO FAR, IT'S DOING IT'S PURPOSE.))
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Boes named the sculpture "The Flight of the *Bubble* Bee, fitting since it's been sold to a Los Angeles car wash.
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For more information about Boes and his art you can find a link on our website at wdbj7 dot com.
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Coming up tonight on News 7 sports - Region Three tennis, a near perfect outing in the big leagues,
and Travis Wells checks in from the NCAA golf championship at the Homestead in Hot Springs.
The Region Three team tennis semi-finals were played this morning in Lynchburg.
Heritage won one of the final four matches by nipping Prince Edward 5-to-4. Heritage had to win the final two doubles matches to advance.
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They'll need a similar effort in tomorrow's championship round when the Pioneers take on Hidden Valley.
Led by individual singles champ Luke Wray, Scott Gunter, and Kendall Blanding the Titans swept Alleghany 6-to-0.
The Titans lost just three games in 12 sets.
The Region Three title match is tomorrow morning at nine.
The NCAA Division One men's golf tournament is halfway home at the Homestead. Travis Wells spent the day on the Cascades Course where BYU fans hope Miller Time means a national title by the end of the week.
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In the big leagues this afternoon a number of teams already have wrpped up their play for the day including the Florida Marlins and Cincinnati Reds.
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The Marlins were trying to avoid a sweep by the Big Red Machine, and they were perfect through six innings.
Dontrelle Willis had a perfect game going in the 7th inning having retired 20 straight batters.
But Sean Casey, would single to left field and later score to break up the perfect game and get the Reds on the board.
Then with Willis out of the game, Casey would win it with a two run homer in the ninth of reliever Matt Perisho (PARRISH-OH).
Willis doesn't even figure in the decision and the Reds come back and get the 3-to-1 win and three game sweep.
Meanwhile, Roger Clemens is 8-and-0 after pitching Houston past the Chicago Cubs 5-to-1 for his first win at Wrigley Field.
Clemens allowed one run on five hits over seven innings
earning a win after three straight no-decisions. He hasn't lost a regular season game since last August.
Also, this afternoon Texas beat Cleveland 5-to-3.