Another Virginia bank gets swallowed in a multi-billion dollar stock swap.
Roanoke police search for a suspect after another bank on Melrose is robbed.
Tonight in sports, Jeff Gordon talks about Mark Martin and poitns race, NFL training camps are opening all over the place this week.
We'll meet a local soccer star,
and check the new ACC preseason football poll that has the Virginia Cavaliers ranked third.
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Another bank robbery on Melrose Avenue...
That makes three this year.
This time it was the Roanoke-Salem Plaza First Union Bank.
Roanoke police say the suspect was masked and armed with a handgun.
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((HE WENT TO ONE OF THE TELLERS WHERE HE DEMANDED SOME MONEY. HE WAS GIVEN SOME MONEY. HE THEN TURNED TO ANOTHER TELLER DEMANDING MORE MONEY, WHICH HE WAS GIVEN. HE THEN PUT THIS MONEY INTO A CLOTH BAG WHICH HE HAD BROUGHT WITH HIM. HE THEN FLED ON FOOT.))
[SUPER=01-Sgt. Stan Smith/Roanoke Police;]
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The suspect ran toward a wooded area behind the plaza.
He is described as a white male, about five foot ten with a medium build.
No shots were fired during the robbery and no one was injured.
The F-B-I and local police continue searching for the man.
Earlier this year, the Nations Bank on Melrose was robbed twice by the same man.
Police apprehended and charged a suspect in those robberies.
Yet another Virginia bank is swept away in merger mania.
Last year Central Fidelity and Signet were bought by bigger banks.
Now Crestar is the latest takeover target, merging with the big Atlanta bank, SunTrust.
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Scott Goldberg has been watching the deal today.
Scott, just how big is the Crestar merger?
In terms of what we've seen lately, Jean, this is a mini-merger.
It will cost a mere nine-and-a-half billion dollars.
It will only create the country's 10th biggest bank.
And Crestar and SunTrust don't overlap, so there won't be any branch closings.
No wonder the two C-E-O's are calling it a win-win merger.
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(( When they sat side by side in Richmond, the new banking partners praised their merger as the deal everyone could live with.
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((PHIL HUMANN/SUNTRUST BANKS: THIS IS THE BIGGEST WIN-WIN MERGER THAT I AM AWARE OF IN OUR INDUSTRY.))
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The merger is a win for SunTrust.
The Atlanta bank will pick up branches in Crestar's lucrative Mid-Atlantic markets.
It's a win for Crestar because the Virginia bank keeps its name for two years and should not have to cut many jobs.
And Crestar said the merger is a win for its customers.
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Still, some customers worry they might eventually be the losers, because big banks DO have a habit of charging higher fees.
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((FAY POLLARD/CRESTAR CUSTOMER: AS THEY GET LARGER THEY'RE GOING TO WANT HIGHER FEES, DEMAND MORE FROM THEIR CUSTOMERS.))
All of this merger mania has left one Virginia bank standing alone:
First Virginia, whose stock went up more than three-and a half points today...as investors guess it's just a matter of time before this bank is the next one to get hitched. ))
Most banking analysts will tell you what happened today was just a matter of time.
With its branches in Virginia, Washington, DC, and Maryland, Crestar was a great looking partner.
As one analyst put it, Crestar was wearing a pretty dress, just waiting for the right bank with the right amount of money to come along and propose.
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A Henry County grand jury indicted a woman today on charges she stabbed her baby to death.
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Sharon Alley will face first degree murder when she goes on trial.
Authorities say she killed her eight-month old daughter Brooke on Mother's Day.
At a preliminary hearing, Alley's nine-year old son testified his mom yelled "I killed her, I killed her" while running out of the baby's bedroom.
Alley also faces felony neglect charges for allegedly throwing her daughter on the floor last year.
Alley's next hearing is set for Thursday.
A former Lynchburg pediatrician now faces FEDERAL charges of receiving child pornography over the Internet.
F-B-I authorities arrested 59-year old John Gary Powell today.
Powell's been charged with two counts of possession of child pornography and EIGHT counts of receiving the same material over the Internet.
Prosecutors say because the images were transmitted over state lines, they decided to take their case to the federal system.
STATE charges lodged against Powell in January will now be dismissed.
If convicted, he could face up to 130 years in prison.
A Campbell County couple still grieving over the loss of their baby daughter will NOT face charges for her accidental shooting death.
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One-year old Sabrina Sheppard died when she was shot in the head by her four-year old brother.
The boy found a .38-caliber revolver inside his father's dresser and was playing with it when the gun went off.
Authorities say while Thomas Sheppard could have done more to prevent the tragedy, his actions were NOT reckless.. and therefore not criminal.
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((NEIL VENER/CAMPBELL CO. PROSECUTOR: IF THIS HAD BEEN A CASE WHERE THE FATHER LEFT THE GUN OUT IN THE OPEN ON A NIGHT STAND OR ON A TABLE WHERE HE KNEW THE CHILD HAD ACCESS, HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN CHARGED. BUT THIS IS A CASE WHERE HE MADE EFFORTS TO KEEP IT OUT OF THE HANDS OF HIS CHILDREN, OBVIOUSLY THEY WEREN'T ENOUGH OF AN EFFORT, AND THIS TRAGEDY HAPPENED. BUT MY ONLY HOPE IS THAT OTHER PARENTS WITH GUNS IN THEIR HOUSES WILL LOOK AT THIS TRAGEDY AND LEARN FROM IT AND HOPEFULLY THEY'LL TAKE STEPS TO MAKE SURE THAT THEIR CHILDREN CAN'T GET AHOLD OF THEIR GUNS AND HAVE A TRAGEDY OCCUR IN THEIR FAMILY.))
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Failing to keep a loaded weapon away from a child is a Class Three misdemeanor which carries a 500 dollar fine.
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A new device could alleviate some worries for families of alzhiemer patients.
She led police on a two hour chase, reaching speeds up to 120 miles an hour.
Karen Thompson will pay the most severe penalty ever handed down in this kind of case in Botetourt County.
We'll have those stories coming up.
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The woman who led police on a two hour high speed chase from Roanoke to Botetourt County in May won't be going anywhere for a few years.
Eric Earnhart has more.
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(( Karen Thompson told police she was running away from a prison sentence when she drove off during a traffic stop, reportedly hitting speeds of 120 miles an hour before she was finally arrested outside the Botetourt County jail.
In court, prison is what she got... 6 years on six misdemeanor charges stemming from the chase.
((she has no comment at this time))
Prosecutors asked for, and recieved the maximum possible sentence for Thompson, who at the time of the incident was driving on a revoked license, and had just jumped bond on a drug conviction.
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((RONNIE CLAY/ASSISTANT COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY; SHE WAS PASSING OTHER CARS GOING TWICE THE LEGAL LIMIT IN SOME CASES, PASSING OTHER VEHICLES AT TWICE THEIR SPEED, WE'RE JUST LUCKY SOMEONE DIDN'T DIE IN A CASE LIKE THIS.))
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Thompson also faces felony charges for failing to appear at her drug sentencing...
Though she pleaded no contest to the misdeanors, she is appealing the conviction.
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((STEPHEN HEBBLETHWAITE/DEFENSE ATTORNEY; BECAUSE OF THE SENTENCE AND THE SEVERITY, AND TO COMBINE ALL THE PROCEEDINGS UP IN CIRCUIT COURT AND HAVE IT ALL DONE AT ONE TIME))
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Prosecutors say this is the most severe penalty ever handed down in a misdemeanor case of this nature, and they add if ANY case deserved it, THIS one did. In Fincastle, Eric Earnhart, News 7.))
Roanoke City Council has asked Habitat for Humanity to halt construction on a controversial development while the city tries to mediate the dispute.
Residents of Westview Terrace oppose the group's plan to build 34 homes in their neighborhood, and today they brought their complaints to city council.
They learned of the project only after heavy equipment began clearing the site.
Residents told members of city council they fear the project will change the character of their neighborhood and reduce their property values.
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((DAVID CAMPER/HABITAT BOARD MEMBER: WE DON'T THINK ITS GOING TO BE A DETRIMENT. WE THINK IT'S GOING TO BE AN IMPROVEMENT.))
((REV. J.R. STONE/ WESTVIEW TERRACE RESIDENT: MY CONCERN IS IF YOU'RE GOING TO DO SOMETHING. DO IT RIGHT. DO IT HONESTLY. DO IT OPENLY, SO WE DON'T HAVE TO LOOK OVER OUR SHOULDERS IN EITHER WAY.))
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Habitat for Humanity officials say it will cost about ten thousand dollars to delay the site work that's now under way. The group's board will consider the request.
Meanwhile, city council asked the city manager to set up a meeting between residents and Habitat officials in an e
ffort to resolve the dispute. [Stocks]
Today's bank merger announcement boosted Crestar and First Virginia's stock.
The Dow Jones closed down 42 points at 92-hundred-96.
The Nasdaq gained 5 points.
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A Patrick County teenager with Cystic Fibrosis was saved earlier this year when two members of his church donated parts of their lungs for the state's first double-lung transplant.
However, 14-year old Robert Jackson died July first at U-V-A Medical Center.
Hospital public relations officials say Jackson's death is not related to the living donor transplant.
U-V-A is the largest transplant center in Virginia.
The medical center began doing lung transplants eight year ago. Jackson was the first recipient of a double-lung transplant from living donors.
About four-million Americans currently suffer from Alzheimer's disease.
It's a figure this group of law enforcement officers in and around the New River Valley are now familiar with.
Today they attended a seminar designed to teach them how to recognize and handle Alzheimer's patients.
Many sufferers tend to wander from home-- and exhibit inappropriate behavior such as exposing themselves, shoplifting or driving recklessly.
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((LOUISE CHAGNON/ LOCAL ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION EXEC. DIR.:YOU KEEP YOUR STATEMENTS SIMPLE, YOU KEEP YOUR VOICE CALM, THEY MAY NOT UNDERSTAND WHY YOU'RE WEARING A UNIFORM IF YOU'RE A POLICE OFFICER, TO ASSURE THEM THAT YOU'RE THERE TO ASSIST THEM.))
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The officers were also briefed on the "Safe Return Program".
For forty-dollars, you can register your loved one.
The organization provides various forms of I-D, such as bracelets, with the patient's first name and the group's phone number...
The hope is- if a loved one wanders from home it'll be easier to find them.
A Philadelphia man is suing the Franklin County Board of Supervisors.
John Robbins says County officials told him he could build a subdivision with 40 boat docks off Route 949.
Then he says county supervisors changed the rules and said the docks would not be allowed there.
But Robbins had already spent 30 thousand dollars on the development.
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The County says it never formally approved Robbins' subdivision plan.
Lake residents have also hired an attorney to block the docks.
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The judge says he would rule in August.
Coming up tonight in sports, football news from Tech and UVa, plus the opening of NFL training, and
we'll hear from Jeff Gordon, who after testing at Indy is now ready to battle Mark Martin in Pocono.
To no one's surprise, Florida State was picked to win the ACC football championship today.
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The six time champions captured all 66 first place votes submitted by the sportscasters and writers who attended the league meeting in Georgia today. Virginia is the only team to have shared the ACC crown with the seminoles.
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conference last season, 11 and 1 overall while beating Virginia Tech 42-3 in the Gator Bowl.
Virginia was only three points behind the Tarheels, picked to finish third. The Cavaliers finished last season 7 and 4 after beating the Hokies 34 to 20 in Charlottesville.
Georgia Tech was picked to finish fourth and Clemson fifth. The pre season poll listed wake Forest, NC. State, Duke and Maryland as the bottom four.
Virginia Tech opens its season against East Carolina on September 5th at Lane Stadium, and a record number of season ticket holders will be on hand for the game with the Pirates.
For the first time ever, season ticket sales in Blacksburg have topped the 17 thousand mark.
This is the fifth straight year that a new season ticket high has been set at Tech.
And it is the earliest, as well.
There are still seven weeks left before the season opener.
This is a big week for the opening of NFL training camps acorss the country.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Ronde Barber got down to business today in Tampa.
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All eyes today were on rookie Jacques Green, the former Florida Gator who came to contract terms with the team last night.
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Warren Moon is holding out while his agent negotiates a new contract. The 41 year old Moon wants a two year deal at three to five million a year. Yesterday, the Seahawks offered Warren 1.85 million for next season. Moon set several team passing records in his first year with Seattle and was the pro bowl MVP.
The Winston Cup tour returns to action this week in the Poconos for the Pennsylvania 500.
Last week most of the drivers spent time in Indianapolis
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testing for the August 1st Brickyard 400.
Among those turning some of the quick laps was Jeff Gordon.
Jeff currently leads Mark Martin by 52 points in the series points race heading into Pennsylvania.
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General Motors car began a final private three day test session at the track yesterday.
So far the fastest Ford driver at Indy is Bill Elliott.
The Roanoke Stars U15 boys soccer team is experiencing it's greatest success on it's 8th trip overseas for 25 days of soccer.
Roanoke Star product and now University of Richmond standout Tait Duus was a key part of the team's preparation. He practiced with the team to get in shape for his upcoming season.
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Duus, a former North Cross and Cave Spring star, was voting Richmond's team MVP this past season. IN 25 games, against the likes of UVa and Maryland, the defender was not scored upon.
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It was also smoking in France today as temperatures hit 104, and Lurent Despiens remained the overall leader of the Tour De France.
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Several riders including Mario Cippiolini dropped out today due to the unbearable heat.
The Stage nine victory came down to a sprint at the end where justice was served.
Leon Van Bon on the Netherlands on the left of your screen beats Germany's Jens Voigt by inches.
It just goes to show that if you're dumb enough not to wear a helmet you don't deserve to win.
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His martial arts skills helped make Bruce Lee's movies box office smashes worldwide.
But Lee was more than an actor and Kung Fu master.
He was a philosopher and teacher, like other non violent civil rights activists.
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((BRUCE LEE/MARTIAL ARTIST; YOU KNOW HOW I WANT TO THINK OF MYSELF? AS A HUMAN BEING BECAUSE I DON'T WANT TO SOUND LIKE "AS CONFUCIUS SAY". BUT UNDER THE SKY, UNDER THE HEAVENS, THERE IS BUT ONE FAMILY. EMPTY YOUR MIND.))
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Roanoke's Asian community honors Lee today.
We'll have that story, plus all the latest news, weather, and sports tonight on News 7 at 11.[Close]
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