Police in Blacksburg believe they've got their man--
They've arrested the suspect in an attack on a woman early yesterday morning.
And, the group led by one of Iraq's most- wanted militants claims responsibility for a string of deadly attacks today.
One nice dry day before the next round of showers and thunderstorms move in. I'll have your forecast.
Stay with us. News 7 at noon, starts right now.
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Blacksburg police say they caught the man involved in a brutal attack and possible sexual assault.
Around 2:30 Wednesday morning a woman was grabbed from behind and beaten in the face by a stranger in an alley behind Main Street.
Police say it may be the worse attack they ever seen.
Police originally had little information to go on, but had a major break in the case last yesterday evening
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Police arrested 26-year-old Holland Blaine Davy around three o'clock this morning at his home in Covington.
He's charged with abduction and attempted rape- more charges are expected.
Davy's picture is not being released because police need to use him in a lineup.
He's now also a suspect in several other crimes ranging from assault to buglary.
Police are looking for a woman who they say may have been assaulted by davy earlier this week.
Police belive that assault was stopped by several bystanders and went unreported.
Police also want to talk to the witnesses.
If you have any information you're asked to call the Blackburg police.
We'll have much more for you tonight on News7 five and six.
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Public officials in Buchanan County are the target of a federal investigation.
Indictments were unsealed this morning, and 5 of the 16 defendants have already had their initial appearance in court.
The U.S. attorney in Roanoke is holding a news conference this afternoon in Abingdon to announce the details.
The release from John Brownlee's office this morning said the case deals with public corruption and racketeering in the far southwest Virginia county.
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An accused terrorist considered to be public enemy number one in Iraq says he's behind today's series of coordinated attacks.
The bombings have left at least 70 people dead, including three U-S soldiers.
Jennifer Donelan has the latest.
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ONE BLOODY DAY IN IRAQ. SEVERAL DOZENS KILLED. MORE THAN 270 WOUNDED.
WITH THE U.S. COALITION DUE TO HANDOVER POWER TO IRAQ IN JUST SIX
DAYS...FORECASTS APPEAR ACCURATE...THE COMING HOURS PROMISE TO BE
GUNFIRE AND EXPLOSIONS ROCKED 5 CITIES...AL QAEDA-LINKED ABU MUSAB
AL-ZARQAWI SAYS HIS GROUP IS REPONSIBLE FOR THE MAYHEM. THEY'RE THE
SAME PEOPLE WHO CLAIMED RESPONIBILITY FOR THE RECENT BEHEADING OF A
SOUTH KOREAN HOSTAGE.
PERHAPS THE HARDEST HIT CITY WAS MOSUL WHERE 5 LARGE BLASTS RIPPED
THROUGH THE CITY. THE TARGETS...POLICE STATIONS. THE WEAPONS...CAR
BOMBS. AT LEAST 50 WERE KILLED THERE. POLICE BLOCKED ALL MAJOR ROADS
AND A DUSK-TO-DAWN CURFEW IS IN EFFECT.
FROM RAMADI...TO BAQUBA...TO BAGHDAD...BOMBINGS AND GUNBATTTLES RAGED.
AS THE INJURED FILLED LOCAL HOSPITALS, U.S. TROOPS COUNTED THREE
SOLDIERS DEAD. THE REST OF THE CASUALITIES...IRAQI.
Standup - Jennifer Donelan
IRAQ'S INTERIM PRIME MINISTER IS ASKING FOR HELP. PRESIDENT BUSH HAS
SAID HE WILL MAKE AN APPEAL TO EUROPEAN LEADERS THIS WEEKEND AND AT THE
NATO SUMMIT NEXT WEEK. JD, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.
A diplomatic nightmare is over for eight British servicemen, who were released today from Iran.
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The six Royal Marines and two sailors were detained earlier this week for straying into Iranian territorial waters, near Iraq's border.
Britain says the men are now in the custody of British diplomats.
They'll be taken to the British embassy in Iran before finally leaving the country.
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Diplomats are still negotiating the return of the servicement's boats and equipment, which the Iranians confiscated.
A bomb exploded today aboard a bus in Turkey, killing at least three people.
Authorities say the bus was passing in front of a hospital in a residential area of Istanbul when the explosion occurred.
More than a dozen people were injured.
Earlier today, a bomb blew up outside the Hilton Hotel in Ankara, where President Bush is expected to stay before this weekend's NATO summit.
That blast left three people injured, including two police officers.
There's still no word on the cause of a fire this morning at Southland Log Homes in Elliston.
Firefighters were called to the scene around 6:30 where they found flames inside of a storage warehouse.
Many logs inside the building were damaged.
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Officials say no one was injured.
A 27 year old Roanoke man was taken into custody this morning after a train struck his car in Franklin County.
Jimmy Doc McGee was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence.
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State police said the man was turning onto Route 1612 South when he ran off the right side of the road and became stuck on the train tracks.
McGee saw the train coming and was able to escape his 1995 Mitsubishi Sedan before the train hit.
McGee is still awaiting bond.
There's a massive wall of dust over Phoenix, Arizona--
But it has nothing to do with poor housekeeping.
Dust storms are typical in the desert, as the heat of summer moves in.
But officials say this year, the weather spectacle arrived a little early.
Dust storms are created when hot temperatures rise off the desert floor and collide with moisture- laden clouds.
They often result in heavy rains and flash-flooding.
But this time, the rain held off, and the weather phenonomenon just made for some interesting pictures.
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LEO in WX-CENTER
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The Supreme Court today refused to order the Bush administration to make public secret details of Dick Cheney's energy task force, but kept the case alive by sending it back to a lower court.
Justices said 7 - 2 that a lower court should consider whether a federal open government law cold be used to get documents from the task force.
The decision extends the legal fight over the information.
Justices could have allowed a judge to immediately move ahead with ordering the release of the papers.
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In another decision this morning, the high court refused to overturn the death sentences of more than 100 inmates.
They had argued their sentences were improperly determined by judges, not jurors. [Peterson]
A juror dismissed from the Scott Peterson murder trial says prosecutors don't have much of a case.
John Blackstone reports.
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SCRIPT The latest celebrity created by Scott Peterson's murder trail is 280yeqar-old Justin Falconer. NAT SOT OF SCR
UM Since he was kicked off the jury, he's been providing an inside view of what the case against Scott Peterson looks like from the jury box: SUPER: JUSTIN FALCONER, DISMISSED JUROR 11:38:34 if you gave me the information that I have gotten so far and asked me to go in deliberate it now, there is no way you could possibly convict him. There is no way and there is no way so far. With his dismissal, defense attorney Mark Geragos called for a mistrial, which the judge de
nied. Laci Peterson's family seemed relieved the juror was gone. NAT SOT RON GRANSKY: "LACI'S WATCHING OVER US" What
this juror said is the hardest knock yet against District Attorney Rick Distaso who presentation of the case against Peterson has been widely criticized. SUPER: michael cardoza, CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY 12:13:30 it was and is in fact the truth about what's going on in that courtroom. Now you have heard it from a juror and if that's not a wakeup call to these DA's I don't know what will be. SUPER: JUSTIN FALCONER, DISMISSED JUROR I am not speaking for anyone else on the jury. But, speaking for myself it is difficult to follow what he's doing - he's not giving us - -he's bouncing around. SUPER: ANDREW COHEN, CBS LEGAL ANALYST now that you are several weeks in you should be hammering the jury with your version of events and if that isn't getting thru at this case its certainly not going to get any better when the defence starts to present its witnesses." :10 SUPER: June 17, 2004 Juror number 5 stepped into the spotlight last week when he was videotaped speaking briefly to Laci Peterson's brother as the two entered the courthouse but the judge determined there was no misconduct. BLACKSTONE ON CAM CLOSE IN A MEETING WITH THE JUDGE, THE JUROR ADMITTED HE HAD DISCUSSED THE NEWS COVERAGE OF THAT ENCOUNTER WITH HIS GIRLFRIEND. AFTER HIS DISMISSAL, THE JUDGE FIRMLY TOLD THE REST OF THE JURY THEY MUST SCRUPULOUSLY FOLLOW HIS INSTRUCTIONS TO AVOID THE NEWS MEDIA AND ANY DISCUSSION OF THE CASE. JOHN BLACKSTONE CBS NEWS REDWOOD CITY CALIFORNIA))
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Coming up - Pulaski County's animal shelter expanding, in hopes that the number of animals put down WON'T.
and a local summer camp isn't fighting change after last season's scandal put it in the spotlight.
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They were staging fights and even taking bets.
That's what happened last summer at the Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Camp.
As Justin McLeod discovered, there are some changes this summer, but only minor ones.
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Summer camp is back for its 37th year here at the Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Center.
And this year the staff realizes it's under the microscope.
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Aware because of what happened last summer when several volunteer counselors staged fights between campers.
Although none of the incidents involved actual 4-H staff, the camp realized it needed to reel in the problems. (SHOT OF KIDS FISHING)
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That prompted some changes, although 4-H says nothing drastic.
Counselors now wear blue shirts so they can be clearly identified.
There are new radios and an answering service so parents can be in touch after hours.
The camp has also hired a nationally recognized security team to keep an eye on things after dark.
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But the camp realized it needed more than just new security measures so paid staff and especially the volunteers have received more training.
4-H hopes these steps will help but concede there are no guarantees.
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((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: ATTENDANCE IS SLIGHTLY DOWN AT THE CAMP BUT 4-H SAYS IT HAS NO INDICATION IT'S BECAUSE OF THE FIGHTS THAT HAPPENED LAST SUMMER. THERE'S ALSO NEW MANAGMENT AT THE CAMP BUT 4-H SAYS THAT IS ONLY A COINCIDENCE AND NO ONE WAS FIRED. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))
A new animal shelter is in the works for Pulaski County.
Last year, the shelter had to euthanize nearly 15-hundred dogs and cats, simply because there wasn't enough room.
Animal Control Officers are hoping the new shelter will give them more time to find these animals a home.
The shelter will feature huge rooms for both cats and dogs, a grooming center, vet area, and even an education room so the public can learn about taking care of the animals.
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Coming up - Leo has a preview of your weekend forecast
and Michael Moore takes on terrorism, politics, bin Laden and Bush in his latest movie - and its debut is bringing both praise and criticism across party lines.
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"Fahrenheit 9-11", Michael Moore's controversial documentary about President Bush premiered last night in Washington.
As Thalia Assuras reports, the new film will likely draw mixed reviews.
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A POLITICAL WHO'S WHO ALONG WITH A SMATTERING OF CELEBRITY... ATTENDED THE PRIVATE SCREENING SOT: (FONT: SALLY FIELD,
ACTRESS) i was asked to come and can't wait to see it INCLUDING THE DIRECTOR HIMSELF SOT: (FONT: MICHAEL MOORE, DIRE
CTOR, FAHRENHEIT 9-11) in this city resides a man who is sitting in our white house and i want this country back in the hands of the majority (FONT: FAHRENHEIT 9-11) PERHAPS MOORE'S MOST CONTROVERSIAL WORK, FAHRENHEIT IS OFTEN CALLED A "DOCUMENTARY". THE DIRECTOR HIMSELF DESCRIBES HIS MATERIAL AS "NONFICTION". BUT THERE'S NO MISTAKING FAHRENHEIT'S BUSH-BASHING bit from trailer MOORE SKEWERS THE PRESIDENT OVER THE ADMINISTRATIONS PREPARAREDNESS AND REACTIONS TO SEPTEMBER 11TH, PORTRAYING THE WHITE HOUSE AS INEPT. nat - movie THE FILM INDICTS THE BUSH FAMILY FOR WHAT MOORE CHARGES ARE CONNECTIONS TO THE SAUDIS AND OSAMA BIN LADEN HIMSELF. nat - movie- want to enlist your kid in the war (IT ALSO C
ONDEMNS THE WAR IN IRAQ.) FAHRENHEIT IS RAISING TEMPERATURES IN POLITICAL CIRCLES. SOT: (FONT: TERRY McAULIFFE, DEMOCR
ATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN) i don't need a movie to tell me how bad george bush is for america MICHAEL MOORE HAS MADE A CAREER OUT(FONT: ROGER AND ME) OF TARGETTING CONSERVATIVES -CORPORATE AMERICA, ... (FONT: BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE) THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION. HE COPPED AN OSCAR FOR "BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE". FAHRENHEIT GARNERED THE TOP PRIZE AT CANNES. AND, THE MOVIE HAS ALREADY SOLD OUT AT MANY THEATERS IN NEW YORK. (STANDUP) FAHRENHEIT 9/11 MAY BE A WINNER HERE TOO. HIGHLY ANTICIPATED FOR ITS POLITICAL POTENCY IN THIS ELECTION YEAR, IT OPENS NATIONWIDE AT MORE THAN 850 THEATRES. NO REVIEWS FROM THE WHITE HOUSE. A SPOKESPERSON TELLS US, THEY JUST DON'T DO THAT. TTA, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON. ))
On Wall Street at Noon, , the Dow was down 10 points. Nasdaq was up 7 points.
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Up next in sports, there is a lot of trading going on in the NBA before tonight's draft.
And one of the Express' own players may be leaving the team and going abroad.
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The NBA draft is set for tonight, but what a day it's been leading up to it.
For starters, the Mavericks traded Antawn Jamison to the Wizards for fellow Tarheel Jerry Stackhouse and a former Blue Devil, Christian Laettner.
The Mavericks also get the 5th pick in the draft tonight, and some believe they may use all of this in a trade with the Lakers to get Shaq.
Meanwhile, former Connecticut star Emeka (Eh- meh- ka) Okafor, could be the top pick tonight.
He's been invited to play for the US Olympic team this summer in Athens.
He will be joined by another youngster, Carmelo Anthony.
Just one day to go before the Roy Stanley Celebrity Auction on Friday at Hanging Rock golf course in Salem.
Items up for auction are a NIKE basketball signed by Gary Williams and the ACC tournament champion Maryland Terrapins from this year's championship.
Former Pittsburgh Steelers' great Rocky Bleier has signed an official NFL football for us.
And you baseball fans will want to check out this team ball signed by the the 2004 Baltimore Orioles.
And how about this NFL 2004 Playstation Two game with Michael Vick on the cover - signed by John Madden.
Also we'll be auctioning off a Continental Tire Bowl Package that includes two tickets to the game this December, which will have an ACC team in it-- plus hats, shirts, sweatshirts, a ladies' watch, a print from the UVA-WVU game and a DVD.
[Take ROY FS]
The silent auction runs from 5-to-7.
The Autograph session is at six, and the LIVE auction begins at 7.
A total 75 items will be up for grabs at Hanging Rock.
Is Dan Carlson leaving the Express AND the Country?
The Coventry England newspaper reported yesterday that he's been signed by the Coventry Blades for next season.
However, Express head coach Tony MacAulay says he spoke to both Carlson and his agent late yesterday afternoon, and said that they both denied that Carlson has signed with the England pro hockey team.
Last season Carlson scored 25 goals, and dished off 36 assists for the Express.
After three years of construction and a 5-million dollar investment, a Roanoke auto dealership is ready to roll with its new showrooms.
First Team Auto Mall's owner George Pelton gave a tour of the new facilities this morning.
He says the new Hyundai and Nissan showrooms are designed to be customer-friendly and open.
Waiting rooms will feature plasma screen T-V's, wireless internet access, and internet workstations so customers can compare vehicles and prices.
The dealership opened in Roanoke in 1988 with 25 employees. That has grown to more than 1-hundred-25 now.
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