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Willow River Residents go on patrol to prevent more fires.
Will high rise condos go up on Smith Mountain Lake- A decision is made.
Sharing the bible in some Roanoke Communities.
And they're out from under the iron curtain and under the thumb of Mick Jagger.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
Will new condo's go up on Smith Mountain Lake in Franklin county? The County planning commission decided tonight.
After seven fires in just a few weeks- Willow River Residents are going on patrol.
Two person crews armed with flashlights are taking turns patrolling the apartment complex.
A judge orders two boys to juvenile detention center for the jonesboro arkansas school shootings.
Some college students are peddling cross country- Today they cycled through Danville. We'll tell you what this trip is all about.
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New developments tonight involving Giles County Supervisor Bobby Williams.
Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
A Gile County newspaper quotes Williams as saying he intends to resign from the board.
Williams was indicted in January on wire tapping charges and within hours attempted suicide.
His trial is scheduled for next month.
In the Virginian Leader article, which hits newstands tomorrow, Williams is quoted as saying he's resigning to focus more time on hs family and health.
Williams, who's been a member of the board for two and a half years, says his resignation will be effective August 21st.
Special prosecutor Gino Williams told News 7 last week if Supervisor Williams does resign he'll reevaluate the case because Williams would no longer be held to the higher standard of an elected official.
It's not just State and Salem police patrolling The Willow River Apartment complex Now residents are out walking the property hoping to prevent another fire.
After the seventh in a string of suspicious fires at the complex, residents are taking action to protect themselves and their neighbors.
They've developed their own neighborhood watch.
Volunteers usually rotate in teams of two or more, walking the premises after sundown.
They're armed with flashlights and walkie-talkies, looking for people
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((SCOTT KINNEY/WILLOW RIVER RESIDENT; I THINK WE'RE TO THE POINT WHERE IF WE SEE SOMEBODY OUT THAT YOU DON'T EVEN RECOGNIZE, ANY SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY. EVERYBODY'S JUST ON ALERT.))
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Meanwhile, police are interviewing and re-interviewing witnesses, as they try to determine the cause behind the fires.
Authorities are still trying to find out if Sunday's blaze, which nearly engulfed a whole building, was set intentionally.
A ten-year old charged with arson in connection with an earlier fire was denied bond yesterday.
Police are seeking help from anyone who may have information about the fires.
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Plans for a new condominium complex and convention center at Smith Mountain Lake took a beating tonight, rejected by the Franklin County Planning Commission.
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Tina Tenret tells us why.
Jean -- about 50 residents were at the public hearing tonight.
Every speaker was against the high-rise condominiums.
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((SAM EDGARSON/LAKE RESIDENT: WE HAVE ALL SEEN THE PROLIFERATION ... DISASTER.))
Ed Waters owns Bridgewater Marina at Smith Mountain Lake.
Next door, he wants to build two six-story towers with 96 condominium units.
He says they would be privately owned second homes with three or four bedrooms each.
There would also be a conference center, athletic fields, swimming pools, and a parking garage -- all on five acres.
Developers say the resort will have a soft mediterranean look and be partially hidden from the road.
But local residents say there's already enough traffic, on the lake and on the nearby bridge.
((GENTLEMEN WE CAN'T STOP ... MAKE THE BEST PLANS FOR IT.))
[OUT Q=FOR IT]))
Now another concern of residents was water supply and sewage -- where would enough water come from to serve an extra thousand people at the lake -- and where would that sewage go?
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And if wells and water tanks were built, would they block the lake view.
(Jean question: But Tina despite this opposition the proposal is not dead yet right?)
That's right Jean -- the Board of Supervisors can still approve it after they hold a public hearing on August 18th.
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The long-running controversy over school construction in Roanoke County is heating up again.
Today, members of a new citizens group, "Blue Ribbon Backers" defended the plan for two south county high schools.
Members say the county should follow the recommendation of its own Blue Ribbon Committee, which called for two schools in its report last year.
[IN Q=Follow through on the 22]
((MICHELE MORGAN/BLUE RIBBON BACKERS: FOLLOW THROUGH ON THE 22 INDIVIDUALS' RECOMMENDATION. 2000 HOURS, 85 MEETINGS. THESE PEOPLE HAVE INVESTED A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF TIME FOR ALL OF ROANOKE COUNTY, AND ALL OF THE STUDENTS. LET'S GET ON WITH IT.))
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[OUT Q=Let's get on with it.]
Other citizens who support a single south county high school say they have not tried to undermine the Blue Ribbon Committee, but they say more information has come to light since the committee completed its work.
The School Board will hear from both groups on Thursday night.
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14-year old Mitchell Johnson pleaded guilty to killing four classmates and a teacher in the Jonesboro school shootings- 12-year old Andrew Golden was found guilty.
A judge then ordered the boys to a juvenile detention center- where they could stay until they turn 21.
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((WHY SHOULD THEY BE ALLOWED TO WALK. THERE'S FOUR LITTLE GIRLS NEVER GOINNA GET TO GO TO THE PROM, NEVER GONNA WALK DOWN THE AISLE, NEVER GONNA HAVE FAMILIES OF THEIR OWN.))
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But Mitchell Johnson's dad fears for his son.
((ANYBODY WHO KNOWS ANYTHING ABOUT ARKANSAS KNOWS WHAT KIND OF PROBLEMS THEY'RE HAVING IN THE DYS FACILITIES WITH SODOMY AND EVERYTHING ELSE. I AM NOT GOING TO ALLOW MY SON TO STAY IN ARKANSAS.))
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Johnson says his son deserves a chance to be rehabilitated.
Life in prison for Mikail Markhasev- the 19-year old convicted of murdering Bill Cosby's son.
Markhasev seemed unphased as the judge sentenced him without the possiblity of parole.
Ennis Cosby was killed during a robbery attempt last year.
The United States has temporarily suspended operations at about a half dozen embassies-
The action comes after attacks on two U-S embassies in Africa.
The State Department does NOT identify the embassies, but says some will have to be relocated to guard against attacks.
The Rolling Stones are rocking in Russia.
((I CAN'T NO... I CAN'T NO.))
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It was 1967 that Soviet officials apparently said the Rolling Stones' show was so awful that the stones would never play in Moscow.
Now 31 years later 70 thousand people showed up for the concert.
After two days on strike, members of a Bell Atlantic union left the picket lines and headed back to work.
The union announced it reached a tentative two-year contract with the company.
Under the deal, members of the Communications Workers of America will get higher wages, more job security and more vacation time.
They also get guarantees the company will outsource less work and won't force employees to put in too much overtime.
The union's local president has not read the contract's specifics.
But he said he trusted the people who negotiated the deal.
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((DAVID LAYMAN/PRESIDENT, CWA LOCAL 24066: WE HAVE A LOT OF FAITH IN THEM, WE HAVE A LOT OF FAITH IN OUR UNION AND WE HOPE THAT THE RIGHT THINGS WERE DNOE. ))
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Bell Atlantic said it wanted a quick end to the strike so that its customers would not be inconvenienced by disruptions in service.
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
New technology is putting the confidentiality back into the voting process for some Americans.
a look at a different face of a Roanoke community.
We'll take a look when the news continues.
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((Hey Jean, this is Mike Stevens. The Tuesday night sports buffet has plenty of cold cuts as Ricky Craven splits with Hendrick Motorsports.
Bill and Kyle were driving cabs in New York today, while Steve Isaacs was calling it quits at Bath.
All that plus Scott Robertson golf coming up on this Hollywood Hogan's 45th birthday. ))
A group of Roanoke Valley church volunteers is trying to spread the gospel to inner city neighborhoods by building ministries within the communities.
And in the process members are learning not to judge a book by its cover.
David Johnson reports.
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(( The Roanoke Valley Baptist Association went into the Lincoln Terrace housing complex, where it held a neighborhood block party.
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((TODD MEYER/ROANOKE VALLEY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION; WE'RE TRYING TO COME TOGETHER TO MEET LINCOLN TERRACE SO WE CAN JUST LOVE ON THEM FOR A TIME. GIVING THEM FREE FOOD, MUSIC, AND DOOR PRIZES AND GAMES FOR THE KIDS. WE'RE JUST TRYING TO SHOW THEM A GOOD TIME AND THE LOVE OF CHRIST IN A TANGIBLE WAY.))
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But church goers don't just want to have a good time with the residents.
They want to teach the word of the bible.
So participants are asked to sign up for a bible study program.
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((THAT'S OUR PRIMARY PURPOSE IS TO INTRODUCE PEOPLE TO CHRIST. THEN BRING THEM INTO A BIBLE STUDY WHERE THEY CAN BE TAUGHT THE TRUTH OF THE SCRIPTURE.))
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It's a part of a nationwide effort to provide inner city neighborhoods with a new image.
Recent events have identified the Lincoln Terrace community as a place filled with criminal activity.
Last month it was the center of a city wide drug raid.
But people say the community has been mislabeled.
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((TOM CRIBB/BETHEL BAPTIST CHURCH PASTOR; WE JUST WANT TO SAY TO THE PEOPLE IN OUR CHURCH AND OTHER CHURCHES WHO ARE FEARFUL OF COMING TO A PLACE LIKE THIS THAT IT'S NOT LIKE IT IS OFTEN PORTRAYED. THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE HERE ARE JUST NORMAL PEOPLE LIKE THEY ARE. TRYING TO MAKE A LIVING AND TRYING TO ENJOY LIFE, TOO.))
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((DEBORAH BROWN/LINCOLN TERRACE RESIDENT; I THINK IT'S JUST THE PERCEPTION OF PEOPLE THAT DO NOT LIVE HERE THAT THINK THIS IS A BAD PLACE TO BE. BUT THERE HAVE BEEN NO INCIDENTS HERE WITH ME.))
[OUT Q=HERE WITH ME.]
This summer the association held similar events with the Lansdowne Housing complex and Hurt Park.
((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; THIS NEIGHBORHOOD BLOCK PARTY WRAPS UP A SUMMERLONG EFFORT BY THE CHURCH GROUPS. DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS 7.))
A new invention is making the voting process easier for the disabled.
The voting booth allows the physically challenged to vote in complete confidentiality without assistance.
The booth works like a computer-- it's equipped with a keyboard, speakers, and a phone.
Lieutenant Governor John Hager unveiled the unit at the Hotel Roanoke.
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((JOHN HAGER/VIRGINIA LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR:I USED TO BE AN ELECTORAL BOARD CHAIRMAN AND I USED TO BE FRUSTRATED BY THE LACK OF USEABLE EQUIPMENT ON THE MARKET AND THIS IS APPLYING TECHNOLOGY TO THE GREAT AMERICAN PROCESS OF ACCESIBILITY TO VOTING))
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Quad Media developped the interactive unit.
The portable device can be set up in five minutes and runs on an internal power source.
Now you can follow the journey of a loggerhead turtle from the comfort of your home.
We'll tell you how in tonight's video of the day.
the turtle's not the only one traveling.
A group of college students is spending their summer on an unusual road trip.
From coast to coast on peddle power.
Members of one college fraternity are cycling cross-county to raise money and awareness for people with disabilities.
Christy Hubley caught up with the cycling team today during a stop in Danville.
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(( They left the California coast nearly two months ago.
And in a few days, these Pi Kappa Phi fraternity members will reach their final destination-- Washington D-C.
It's a cross-country trek they call a "Journey of Hope."
They cycle about 75-miles a day, and by the time they get to the nation's capital, they will have biked more than four-thousand miles.
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((MATTHEW CRIST/PI KAPPA PHI: WE USUALLY GET ONE DAY A WEEK OFF TO TAKE A BREAK, GET THINGS DONE TO THE BIKES, AND DO LAUNDRY, AND THAT TYPE OF THING. BUT YEAH, WE'RE ON THE ROAD QUITE A BIT.))
[OUT Q=quite a bit.]
The cycling team stops in a different city each night and goes on Friendship Visits.
In Danville, they chatted with mentally and physically disabled campers at the Stonewall Special Populations Center.
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((KRISTI LIPFORD/STONEWALL CENTER DIRECTOR: THEY LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING THE GUYS, FINDING OUT WHERE THEY'RE FROM, AND WHAT THEY'VE DONE ON THEIR TRIP.))
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The campers enjoyed a special puppet show performed by the cyclists with this message-- disabled people can lead productive, independent lives.
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((KIM EDWARDS/STONEWALL CAMPER: I LIKE IT. IT WAS FUN.))
[OUT Q=it was fun.]
The fraternity brothers say the smiles they see on these faces are worth the grueling miles they ride.
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((MICHAEL ROGSTAD/PI KAPPA PHI: THEY GO THROUGH CHALLENGES EVERYDAY THAT I CAN'T EVEN COMPARE WITH ON MY BIKE. I'VE FALLEN AND I'VE GOTTEN BACK ON THE BIKE AND I'VE RIDDEN IN PAIN AND THAT'S NOTHING COMPARED TO WHAT PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES FACE EVERY DAY.))
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The cycling team will reach Washington D-C Saturday.
Christy Hubley, News 7, Danville.))
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The Mac Daddy moves back on top of the homrun race tonight!
Bath County loses its top Charger.
Ricky Craven loses his Budweiser plus, NASCAR invades New York and the Scott Robertson Memorial opens play.
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But first in tonight's Extra Point, Tonight show host Jay Leno was victorious in his rasslin debut over the weekend.
But tonight we salute the loser of that match.
Hollywood Hogan, who's real name is Terry Bollea, turns 45 years old today.
He will make at least $5 million bucks this year for his craft.
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After hitting two homers to ties Mark McGwire for the big league, Sammy Sosa was quiet yesterday, but last night the Mac Daddy retaliated.
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In the fourth inning of last night's game with the Mets McGwire ripped his 47th homer of the season out of Busch Stadium.
The ball traveled 464 feet.
He now is the first national leaguer to ever hit 47 homers before the first of September.
The Cards lost 8 to 3.
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One of Friday Football Extra's top coaches in the 90's is quitting his sideline roaming.*
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New 7 sports has learned that Bath County's Steve Isaacs has resigned as the Chargers head coach after eight seasons in that job.
His teams won 3 district titles, two regional crowns and the 1995 division one state championship.
Isaacs, who was our Single A coach of the year in 95, is expected to stay in the area and continue in education in an administrative capacity.
No word on who the next coach at Bath will be. although longtime assistant Harvey Eye would appear to be the logical choice.
On the NASCAR front, Ricky Craven resigned yesterday as the driver of the Budweiser Chevy.
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Just a month after returning to the number 50 car after a battle with post concussion syndrome, the 32 year old Craven steps away from what he two years ago called his dream job.
Wally Dallenbach will take over the Bud machine for the rest of the season beginning this weekend in Michigan.
On a much more cheery note, NASCAR has many promotions planned during this 50th anniversary season, but yesterday's was one of their best.
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Bill Elliott and Kyle Petty rumbled through midtown Manhattan in McDonald's and Hot Wheels show cars yesterday to help promote the new NASCAR Hot Wheels happy meals.
Elliott's world champion pit crew also performed "pit stops" on New York cabs.
The guys cleaned the windshields, filled the tires with air, and served each cabbie a McDonald's lunch.
The Denver Broncos are the defending Super Bowl champs, but did you know they also have the lowest paid quarterback in the leagues?
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John Elway has restructured his current contract to free up money under the salary cap for the good of the entire team.
As a result, Elway will make just $300 thousand this coming season.
Don't worry-when he retires at season's end he will get the $3 point 75 million dollar bonus promised him.
Still to come tonight we will head out to the Roanoke Country Club and see how some of the locals are hanging at the
prestigious Scott Robertson Memorial event that began the first of its three day run today. Steve Mason has the story right after this break.
The 15th annual Scott Robertson Memorial junior golf event began the first of three days at the Roanoke Country Club, and Steve Mason says the Homeboys are trying to keep the gold from leaving town this year.
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((Roanoke's Lee Taylor joins a few select local golfers attempting to do what no one from the valley has ever done before, win the Scott Robertson 15 to 18 boys title.
((LEE TAYLOR/FIRST ROUND 70:))
Defending champion and Georgia Tech bound Adam Cranford duplicated his last two rounds on the par 71 course, firing a four under 67. Brandon LaCroix has at least four more years Cranford in acc competition, but the Duke Blue Devil, would like nothing more than a win this week.
((BRANDON LACROIX/1 OVER AFTER FIRST ROUND:))
65 young ladies are making a run at the tile, which has gone home with Pennsylvania's Cimmie Shahan the last two years. Cave Spring's Meg Davies is out of the championship hunt with a first round 92, but, when it comes to learning, this bright 15 year old isn't missing a thing.
The field is made up of 195 golfers from 36 states and four foreign countries.))
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After losing 22 seniors to graduation off a team that slumped to 2-and-8 last season, the Golden Eagles of Staunton River wouldlove to once again soar this season.
The Eagles only return one starter on offense and four on defense.
Coach Gray says while his numbers are down, he's encouraged by what he sees.
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The Eagles will try a new look on defense.
Something Coach Gray says was inspired by last season's LACK of success.
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And finally in tonight's video of the day..
One special sea turtle has more on her back than her shell.
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The Sea Turtle Survival League added a satellite transmitter to the back of this fully grown Loggerhead Sea Turtle.
They attached the 35-hundred dollar device after she laid her eggs.
Not only will the researchers better understand the turtle's movements and actions, but you can too by logging on to the Internet.
With the click of a mouse you can follow the turtle on her travels.
Starting tomorrow you'll be able to connect with her homepage by logging onto ours at W-D-B-J-7-dot COM.