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Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:

allegations of sexual assault against a rescue squad worker while on the job.
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And we'll ride through the audible blind spots of Botetourt County as sheriff's deputies desperately attempt to keep in touch on an antiquated radio system.
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Tonight in sports, the latest on the suspension of athletes at Franklin County, Steve Mason has the story of some new plans for the Memorial Day weekend Festival Cup bike race.
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As for the rest of the day's sports?
Just take a seat, I'll have the details coming up later in the newscast.
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State Police say a Lexington rescue squad member sexually assaulted two teenagers while responding to an emergency call earlier this year.
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Stacey Martin has been working on the story and has the details.
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Keith, investigators say 34 year old Donald Paxton Grant, or "Butch" as he's known, sexually assaulted the two young girls he treated at a car accident in February. Grant has now been suspended from the Lexington Rescue Squad, but he insists he did nothing wrong.
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(( The call for help followed a traffic accident along exit 188 off of Interstate I-81.
While treating two female victims aged 16 and 17 years old, police say Grant began to fondle them.
But Grant maintains he's innocent and was only doing his job.
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Grant works for the Lexington Public Works Department.
The city says for now the charges will not affect his employment.
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((JON ELLESTAD/LEXINGTON CITY MANAGER: THE CITY'S POSITION IS THAT BUTCH IS AN EMPLOYEE OF THE CITY AND THE CHARGES AT THIS POINT IN TIME AND JUST CHARGED AND THEY DON'T IMPACT ON HIS JOB OR THE WAY HE PERFORMS HIS JOB. AND, UNTIL THAT MIGHT BE THE CASE WE'RE NOT GOING TO TAKE ANY KIND OF POSITION.)) [RUNS15]
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The Lexington Rescue Squad suspended Grant in February after the state police launched their investigation.
Squad Captain Theresa Moore says she'll consider the department's next course of action after Grant has his day in court.))
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Keith, state police are officially charging Grant with two counts of sexual battery which is a misdemeanor.
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He's scheduled to appear in Rockbridge County's Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court next Monday. [Drowning]


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Still no sign of a man who apparently drowned in the Dan River this afternoon.
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It happened around three at Dan Daniel Memorial Park in Danville.
An eyewitness says the man slipped off a ledge over the dam while he was scooping fish with a net.
There are signs in the area warning people about the deadly hydraulic undertow.
The victim is described as a white man in his 40's.
Rescue crews believe the man is caught under the dam and will use boats and hooks to try to free him.
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Botetourt County is about to invest in a new radio system.
But for now -- deputies on patrol are often left alone without any way to call for help.
Tina Tenret reports.
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As soon as Sargent Eddie Clark hits these country roads, his radio is his lifeline.
Until he hits the dead spots -- there, the 1950's radios just will not work.
That means for instance dispatchers cannot tell deputies if the car they've pulled over is stolen.
And deputies cannot call each other for help.
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Four years ago, Clark was in a shootout with a man who robbed a convenience store.
A backup deputy was driving right into the line of fire.
He was fewer than fifty yards away, but Clark could not tell him to stop.
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Fortunately the officer was not hurt.
But the problem is not only on remote roads.
The radios fail at the busiest intersection in Botetourt.
A trailer wrecked here, right off I-81, two years ago -- but deputies could not reach rescue workers.
The county has finally picked up the signals.
It is spending more than four million dollars on new radios -- plus building three more towers.
Soon -- even school buses will be able to radio for help.
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((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: PART OF THE CONSTRUCTION GOING ON BEHIND ME IS FOR A NEW 911 CENTER. DISPATCHERS WILL MOVE THEIR ENTIRE OFFICES INTO THIS BUILDING, START USING NEW E-911 ADDRESSES, THEN THE NEW RADIOS COME IN. EVERYTHING SHOULD BE IN PLACE BY THIS TIME NEXT YEAR. TINA TENRET, NEWS7, BOTETOURT COUNTY.)) [RUNS:17]
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Election Day is next Tuesday--coming up tonight on News 7 at Six, meet some of the candidates vying for a seat on Roanoke City Council.
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And students at a school for troubled girls are trying to come to terms with a fire that killed eight show horses.
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Someone scammed an elderly woman out of eight-thousand dollars.
Now police in South Boston need your help to nab the con-artists.
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Police want to identify the woman caught on this bank surveillence video.
They say she and another woman approached two elderly women Friday-- claiming to have found thousands of dollars in a pocketbook.
The con-artists told the senior citizens they would share the found money with them if they put up 10-thousand dollars "in good faith."
The woman caught on this tape helped one of the seniors withdraw 8-thousand dollars from her bank account.
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If you recognize the woman, South Boston police ask you to call them.
You could be eligible for a reward.

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Seven candidates are vying for three seats on Roanoke City Council, and the voters will make their choices on Tuesday.
Tonight, Joe Dashiell begins our series of candidate profiles with a look at the Democrats.
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((With two incumbents and a strong challenger, city democrats are hoping for a sweep in next Tuesday's election.

But for Bill White, the campaign couldn't come at a worse time. As a Certified Public Accountant, tax season is busy enough without an election.
Still, the former school board member has campaigned hard, and says he believes his experience as a businessman and a two-term council member will pay off at the polls.
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Like White, the Reverend Nelson Harris served on the school board before coming to council. First elected to an unexpired term two years ago, Harris is seeking his first full term.
At the center of his campaign, Nelson says, is his attention to citizens concerns and a long-term view of the city's business.
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The wild card in the race may well be Alvin Hudson. After 20 years as sheriff, he is popular and well-known, and his election would mean that one of the incumbents won't be coming back.
Hudson says he's a problem solver, a good listener and an experienced observor.
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Tomorrow, a look at two republicans with different approaches to the council campaign.

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The stock market broke a string of five straight losing sessions today. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE ]
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The U-S Department of Agriculture admits it has discriminated against black farmers.
It even offered cash settlements to many.
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But now, the Virginia-based National Black Farmers Association says a series of setbacks is intolerable.
The farmers brought their mule to the federal court building in Richmond today to protest bankruptcy court trustees seizing their assets while they wait for their settlements.
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The Justice Department has frozen the U-S-D-A settlements for now, citing a two year statute of limitations on the racial bias claims.
A bill to help the farmers -- sponsored by Senator Chuck Robb-- was tabled yesterday in a Senate committee.

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Virginia has identified almost 22-hundred square miles of polluted waterways.
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The good news for river enthusiasts is that's about the same level of pollution as two years ago -- the last time the state filed it's federally-required "Impaired Rivers" list.
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The better news may be that the Department of Environmental Quality has signed an agreement with some conservation groups to help monitor water quality in the years to come.
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The Isaak Walton League and Virginia Save Our Streams will coordinate about 250 volunteers to help D-E-Q scientists.

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Coming your way tonight in sports, the Franklin County soccer gets benched, the Diamond Ridge Winston Cup team benches itself, a Cincinnati Reds player falls off the bench today.
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And Steve Mason has a story that has nothing to do with a bench, but one that has plenty to do with the upcoming Saturn Festival Cup bike race.

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In the big leagues this afternoon, the big Red machine was rolling behind the arm of pitcher Pete Harnisch.
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Harnisch warmed up and then watched his team get on the board.
Cincinnati would score the only run of the game in the bottom of the first as Eddie Taunbensee hits this single to right field scoring Lenny Harris and it was 1 to nothing.
Harnisch pitched a two hitter striking out 8 and pitching his first shutout in two years.
The Reds pitcher had plenty of help on defense on
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on this play first baseman Duardo Perez makes the catch at the Reds dugout and watch Mike Remlinger falls out of his chair. Cincinnati wins it 1 to nothing.

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The 10th annual Festival in the park cycling races will once again fill the streets of the Star City Memorial day weekend.
Two new racing events are joining the Roanoke Orthopaedic center Hillclimb and the Saturn Cup. Steve Mason has more.

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((1996 was the last year the Tour DuPont visited the Roanoke Valley. Fans watched Lance Armstrong's exciting stage win on Jefferson. Thanks to city councils approval this past Friday; the cycling community which includes the Blue Ridge Bicycle Club among others are bringing back that stage like drama with the CMB Mortgage Road Race. ((:)) ((:)) ((:)) Organizers of the event have been going door to door over the last few weeks; gettting the word out. ((:)) ((:))
The road race begins in front of the Patrick Henry. Cylists will travel on Jefferson, 26th, Roselind, Avenham, Broadway, and McClanahan; making 12 laps before heading back up Jefferson for the finish; after covering about 56 miles. BRBC team members have been training on the new course. The nearly 3 thousand foot climb and decent should make for an exciting race. ((RON:)) ((:))
the Lance Amstrong Junior Olympic Race has also been added. for more information call Bob Bowman at 366-6587 or check out the web page at WWW.bike411.com/Saturn.htm. Steve Mason News 7 sports.))

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The Winston Cup cars roll into California later this week for the NAPA 500, but Diamond Ridge Motorsports won't be part of the entourage.
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Team owner Gary Bechtel announced today that the number 29 Cup car will no longer run this year.
The team has operated without a sponsor all season long and not surprisingly has missed four of the seven races it has attempted to qualify for including the March race at Bristol.
Jeff Green has driven the Cup car this year.
Bechtel says the Busch cars driven by Elliott and Hermie Sadler will not be affected by the move.

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And finally, the East Coast Hockey League announced some conference and divisional changes for next season.
The Express will lost a divisional member in the shakeup as the Wheeling Nailers move from the Northeast to the Northwest Division. Roanoke's division will have just five teams in 1998. [Wx-Tape]
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Members of the Roanoke area Jewish community are marking Israel's 50th anniversary this week.
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Jean Jadhon has a preview of that story.
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Keith the state of Israel was established in 1948 and this week's rememberances
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are both festive and somber. In Israel citizens are honoring the thousands who have died in the continuing conflict. Locally we will talk with a Jewish leader about the future of the peace process and what the state of Israel represents to Jews around the world.
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We'll have that story and more tonight on News 7 at 11--Keith?

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