One month before he is scheduled to face trial, Giles County Supervisor Bobby Williams is reportedly resigning.
Williams is supposed to face trial in connection with a wire tapping indictment in January.
Just hours after that indictment, Williams tried to kill himself.
In the latest edition of the Virginian Leader, Williams is quoted as saying he's resigning to focus more time on his 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.
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A former Halifax County jailer will spend six months in prison for having oral sex with two female inmates.
[SUPER=03-Halifax Co./June 4;]
Jonathan Majors was sentenced this morning.
He pleaded guilty in June to two counts of sodomy.
The women filed criminal complaints last year against Majors and two other jailers.
But there was only enough evidence to indict Majors.
Majors will report to jail in two weeks.
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A Danville man's condition has been upgraded to stable after he was shot outside of an apartment complex yesterday evening.
Danville Police say 29-year-old Antonio Lamonte Adams was found lying outside of Southside Garden Apartments on Levelton Street shortly after 6-thirty.
He had been shot in the back.
23-year-old Don Antonio Edmonds of Will Street was charged with malicious wounding in connection with the shooting.
Police say they don't yet know what sparked the shooting.
A lawsuit in Radford alleges that a former Christian school principal was sexually intimate with a teen-aged student for 5 years.
Cynthia Caroll ran the Three-Angels' Christian School operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
The 25-million dollar suit contends Caroll had sex with the teenaged boy well over 100 times.
No criminal charges have been filed against Caroll who now reportedly lives in the Petersburg area.
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Franklin County's Planning Commission said "no thanks" last night to a developer who wants to bring condominiums and a convention center to Smith Mountain Lake.
Residents of the area also sent a resounding message -- the new development is NOT welcome.
Tina Tenret has details.
[IN Q=We have all seen]
[SUPER=01-Sam Edgerton/Lake Resident; :00]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.; :30]
[SUPER=01-Dusty Rhodes/Developer's Attorney; 1:00]
[OUT Q=Tina Tenret News7]
[IN Q=We have all seen]
((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]))
((FOR PEOPLE WHO LIKE THE IDEA OF CONDOMINIUMS AND A CONFERENCE CENTER -- THERE'S STILL HOPE. THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS CAN STILL APPROVE THE PROPOSAL, AFTER A PUBLIC HEARING ON AUGUST 18TH. TINA TENRET NEWS7.))
They're giving up the search for more survivors in the East Africa bombings.
More bodies were pulled from the wreckage in Kenya this morning, including the body of a woman named Rose.
She had inspired workers by talking to them while buried in the debris.
The death toll from the two explosions has risen to at least 250. [SUPER=03-Ramstein AFB, Germany;]
Meantime, the first of the 12 Americans killed is on her way home.
The body of Air Force Senior Master Sergeant Sherry Lynn
Olds was flown to her native Florida today, at her family's request.
The remaining 10 bodies will be accompanied to Andrews Air Force
[SUPER=03-Andrews AFB, MD]
Base tomorrow by U-S Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
She left for Germany this morning.
[IN Q=I go with]
MADELEINE ALBRIGHT/SECRETARY OF STATE:
I GO WITH DEEP RESPECT FOR THE SERVICE
PROVIDED TO OUR COUNTRY BY THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES ON ITS BEHALF. I
GO DETERMINED THAT THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR THESE COWARDLY CRIMES WILL BE
HELD ACCOUNTABLE. ))
[SUPER=01-Madeleine Albright/U.S. Secretary of State;]
[OUT Q=BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE. ]
The 12th American victim, who had married a Kenyan, was being
buried in her adopted homeland instead.
President Clinton cut short his trip to California to discuss the bombings with his secuirty team.
The team will update him on a range of issues in the bombings, from the recovery to the investigation.
Mr. Clinton will be at Andrews Air Force base when Secretary Albright returns from Germany tomorrow with the bodies of the U-S bombing victims.
The Arkansas boys who gunned down four classmates and a teacher last march are likely to spend all of their teen years locked up.
Yesterday a judge ordered 14 year old Mitchell Johnson and 12 year old Andrew Golden into the custody of the Arkansas juvenile justice system.
The judge cannot sentence the boys but recommended they stay in a detention center until they're 21.
The judge says Arkansas law does NOT provide a penalty severe enough for the boys, and the husband of a teacher killed agrees.
His three year old son is now without a mother.
[IN Q=one thing he ]
[SUPER=01-Mitchell Wright/Victim's Husband;]
[OUT Q=i'm not mom]
The judge tacked on 90 days in JAIL, should the state's youth justice system release the boys before age 21.
After seven fires at the Willow River Apartments, residents are taking matters into their own hands -- they are keeping a neighborhood watch to prevent another blaze.
The suspicious fires have occurred at the complex over the past couple of weeks.
The worst was Sunday, when a whole building was nearly destroyed.
So residents organized a watch which started the next night.
Volunteers are armed with flashlights and walkie-talkies.
They walk the premises in search of anything that looks suspicious.
State and Salem police also continue to patrol the area.
And authorities continue to interview and re-interview witnesses, trying to figure out what caused the fires.
A ten year old who was arrested Friday in connection with an earlier fire has been denied bond.
It looks like it's going to be a brighter day on Wall Street.
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]
Stocks are up after yesterday's Dow Jones plunge.
The Dow finished the day DOWN 11s points.
It gained 60 points in the opening minutes of trading.
European markets are also showing
signs of rebounding today.
But Japan's benchmark stock index dropped for the eighth straight day.
Another Princess Diana "tell all" book hits store shelves today.
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]
Christopher Andersen's book ``The Day Diana Died'' chronicles
the details surrounding the Princess' fatal accident.
The book claims that after hearing about Diana's death Queen Elizabeth was only concerned about the royal jewels.
Anderson also writes that the queen tried to stop Prince Charles from flying to France to claim Diana's body.
Buckinham Palace dismisses the book as complete fantasy.
The campaign train for a congressional candidate made a Salem stop yesterday.
Republican Joe Barta met with supporters at a Salem hotel.
Lieutenant Governor John Hager is campaigning for Barta.
Congressman Bob Goodlatte and retired Congressman Caldwell Butler attended the luncheon.
Barta spoke about getting back to Republican values.
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[IN Q=I am seeking this election]
((JOE BARTA/9TH DISTRICT CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE:I AM SEEKING THIS ELECTION AGAINST AN EIGHT TERM INCUMBENT AND THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR AS WELL AS THE ATTORNEY GENERAL HAS BEEN DOWN, THE GOVERNOR IS COMING DOWN NEXT WEEK AND WE'RE GOING TOGETHER TO TRY TO WIN THIS ELECTION SO WE CAN RETURN OUR TRADITIONAL CONSERVATIVE VALUES TO THE NINTH DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA))
[SUPER=01-Joe Barta/Congressional Candidate]
[OUT Q=to the ninth district of Virginia]
Barta is challenging democratic incumbent Rick Boucher who has served eight consecutive terms of office.
Wytheville Community College's Manufacturing Technology Center is getting a little help from the government and the state.
The center just received a 200- thousand dollar federal grant.
The Virginia Center for Innovative Technology also awarded the center a matching 100- thousand dollar grant.
Much of the money will be used to provide local managers with on site assistance and advice.
[IN Q=The center]
((REP. RICK BOUCHER/NINTH DISTRICT:THE CENTER HERE IN WYTHEVILLE HAS VERY SUCCESSFULLY EXPANDED THE IDEA OF THE AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION SERVICE THAT AIDS FARMERS INTO THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR SO THAT AT WYTHEVILLE COMMUNITY COLLEGE THERE IS A MANUFACTURING EXTENSION SERVICE WITH ENGINEERS WHO GO FROM THE CENTER HERE IN WYTHE COUNTY TO THE 700- MANUFACTURING FIRMS THAT POPULATE SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA. ))
[OUT Q=southwest virginia.]
The center also received grants from the E-P-A and Virginia Small Business Development Center.
Biking thousands of miles for a special cause-- members of one college fraternity are cycling cross-country to raise money and awareness for people with disabilities.
Christy Hubley caught up with the cycling team yesterday during a Danville pit-stop.
[IN Q=They left the California]
[SUPER=01-Matthew Crist/Pi Kappa Phi; :22]
[SUPER=01-Kristi Lipford/Stonewall Center Director; :44]
[SUPER=01-Kim Edwards/Stonewall Camper; (quick :02) :58]
[SUPER=01-Michael Rogstad/Pi Kappa Phi; 1:06]
[OUT Q=News 7, Danville.]
(( 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.
[IN Q=We usually get one day]
((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.
[IN Q=They look forward]
((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.))
[OUT Q=on their trip.]
The campers enjoyed a special puppet show performed by the cyclists with this message-- disabled people can lead productive, independent lives.
[IN Q=I liked it]
((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.
[IN Q=They go through challenges]
((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.))
[OUT Q=face every day.]
The cycling team will reach Washington D-C Saturday.
Christy Hubley, News 7, Danville.))
With two months left in the hurricane season, some promising new research is about to get underway that may make it easier to predict the path of a storm.
Next week NASA aircraft will take to the skies over the Atlantic to collect high altitude information about hurricanes.
Meanwhile on the ground, a storm research team will launch weather balloons to validate measurements taken aboard the plane.
The research is expected to help scientists better predict when hurricanes will hit land.
That, of course, will increase the amount of warning time before a hurricane hits.
Golfers teed off at the Roanoke Country Club yesterday for the 15th annual Scott Robertson Memorial junior golf event.
Defending champion and Georgia Tech bound Adam Cranford duplicated his last two rounds on the par 71 course, firing a four under 67.
Future Duke Blue Devil Brandon LaCroix has at least four more years to take on Cranford in A-C-C competition, but he would like nothing more than a win this week.
[IN Q=I mean I've always]
((BRANDON LACROIX/1 OVER AFTER FIRST ROUND:I MEAN I'VE ALWAYS WANTED TO WIN THIS THING. WE'VE HAD SOME PEOPLE COME CLOSE. BUT WE CAN'T WORRY ABOUT THAT, WE'VE JUST GOT TO TAKE IT ONE SHOT AT A TIME AND PLAY THE GOLF COURSE.))
[SUPER=01-Brandon LaCroix/One Over Par;]
[OUT Q=the golf course.]
On the women's side, Cave Spring's Meg Davies is out of the championship hunt with a first round 92, but she's using it as a learning experience.
[IN Q=I'm used to]
((MEG DAVIES/CAVE SPRING SOPHOMORE:I'M USED TO PLAYING WITH A LOT OF PEOPLE JUST AROUND THE ROANOKE VALLEY. BUT I FIND IT A LOT OF FUN TO PLAY WITH PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE PLACE AND I GET TO SEE HOW THEY PLAY.))
[SUPER=01-Meg Davies/Cave Spring Sophomore;]
[OUT Q=how they play.]
(------------) The field is made up of 195 golfers from 36 states and four foreign countries.