A new driveway- -worth 14-hundred dollars? Tonight on NEWS 7 at SIX the story of a man who ALMOST got taken and the apprehension of two suspects.
AND tougher enforcement at TECH-- designed to keep booze out of the parking lot at Lane Stadium and out of the stands.
Tonight on New 7 sports, Virginia and Auburn get it on tonight in the rain with Earl, we'll take a look at lightning safety on the football field.
And the Wood Brothers pick 23 year old Elliott Sadler has their new driver. He has inked a four year deal with the Stuart based team.
Clouds and showers from the latest tropical system to move ashore and a holiday weekend forecast worth the wait.
When the paving scam artists breeze through town- -they're usually long gone before the victims think to call police.
Not this time.
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[SUPER=01-James Blackburn/Paving Scam Victim; :39]
[SUPER=01-Cindy Bell/Paving Scam Victim; :45]
[OUT Q=job right there.]
(( Two men are in the city jail tonight charged with trying to take money under false pretenses and operating a business without a contractor's license.
Both have criminal records for similar offenses in West Virginia, Kentucky and North Carolina.
Benjamin John Keene of Virginia Beach and Harry Lee Small of Concord, North Carolina showed up at a home on Lynn Avenue around five o'clock last night.
James Blackburn says the men told him they had a small amount of asphalt left over from another job... just enough for a parking pad.
Once the work got started- -with two helpers, Blackburn got distracted- -as each man asked for a drink of water.
((BY THE TIME YOU GET THEIR WATER AND GET BACK, THEY'VE TOOK OFF- -AN INCH DEEP, AND THEY'VE TRAVELED 30, 40, 50 FEET. AND THEY SAY, "HEY, I HAD MORE ON THE TRUCK THAN I THOUGHT. AND NOW YOU OWE ME $1400."))
[OUT Q=1400 bucks.]
[IN Q=and uh, I said]
((AND UH, I SAID, "WELL, CALL A LAWYER, CALL SOMEBODY. WE AIN'T PAYING NO $1400 FOR THAT LITTLE SHODDY JOB RIGHT THERE."))
[OUT Q=job right there.]))
What they're left with is a layer of black top- -so thin, it barely covers the grass in spots.
Police theorize the house on a secluded street close to the Interstate made a perfect target.
Police hope other people who may have fallen victim to this scam will call them with information.
A different sort of scam arrest today, this one involving the former owner of Franklin Antiques.
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Clyde Bryant Junior was picked up in North Carolina.
A federal grand jury in Roanoke believes he took ten million dollars from "investors" in a "Ponzi scheme".
That's when money from one investor is used to pay off another.
Prosecutors say investors lost more than two million dollars in all, money allegedly used to pay for Bryant's personal expenses and gambling debts.
Salem police have charged another juvenile with arson at the Willow River apartment complex.
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Police say a 15-year-old who lives at the complex broke into an apartment and started a fire in July.
It was the first of seven fires to terrify residents there.
Police said the 15-year-old boy is still living at the complex.
Last month, a 10-year-old was charged with starting one of the other fires.
The seventh -- and most destructive fire -- is still under investigation.
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Sentencing day for a Danville man convicted of murdering a friend of his estranged wife.
Laquan Stone will spend 33-years in jail for killing Alvin Averette in April.
Stone found the victim hiding in his estranged wife's shower when he fired the deadly shots.
Should school officials be required to notify parents if their children are acting suicidal?
Sounds like a common sense question, but legislators say there are no easy answers.
Steve Smallshaw has the story of a Bedford County couple whose own daughter killed herself three years ago.
Keith, Karen and Floyd Hall say they're still trying to deal with their daughter's suicide..
Now they hope to prevent other parents from enduring a similar tragedy.
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[SUPER=01-Karen Hall/Mother; :22]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Steve Newman/(R) Lynchburg; :39]
[SUPER=01-Phil Theisen/Mental Health Advocate; :57]
[OUT Q=legislate common sense.]
(( When Lisa Renee Hall shot and killed herself in February of 1995, no one was more shocked than her parents.
They saw their 13- year- old daughter as a smart, outgoing young girl.. what they didn't know is that Lisa had told her friends she was contemplating suicide.
The friends notified a counselor at Staunton River Middle School but she never told Lisa's parents.
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((KAREN HALL/MOTHER: I STILL ASK WHY SHE COULDN'T HAVE CALLED, WHY JUST A PHONE CALL, JUST GIVE US A CHANCE TO SAVE OUR CHILD.))
[OUT Q=save our child.]
Now the Halls are working with state senator Steve Newman to draft legislation that would require school personnel to notify a parent if their child talks about committing suicide.
[IN Q=Right now if]
((SEN. STEVE NEWMAN/R- LYNCHBURG: RIGHT NOW IF YOU STEP ONE FOOT OFF SCHOOL GROUNDS.. ..NO REQUIREMENT THAT YOU TELL.))
[OUT Q=that you tell.]
[IN Q=It's unfortunate]
((PHIL THEISEN/MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCATE: IT'S UNFORTUNATE, BUT IT'S ALMOST AS IF WE HAVE TO LEGISLATE COMMON SENSE.))
[OUT Q=legislate common sense.]))
Steve Newman also is submitting a bill that would allow the Halls to be compensated financially for their loss.. much the way the state reimburses innocent people who are sent to prison for a crime they didn't commit.
The Halls say they don't want any money from the state.. just an apology to their daughter. Keith?[City-Schools]
Roanoke city school students will get a glimpse into the business world, thanks to a new partnership.
The school system is teaming up with local businesses to help prepare students for the working world.
The program encourages students interaction with business leaders to promote practical job skills.
Mentoring, field trips to businesses, and tutoring are all part of the partnership.
A September forum will teach schools how to form these business alliances in the community.
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[IN Q=The businesses throughout]
((DR. WAYNE HARRIS/ROANOKE CITY SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDANT:THE BUSINESSES THROUGHOUT ROANOKE UNDERSTAND WHICH SKILLS AND WHAT TALENTS OUR STUDENTS NEED. THIS GIVES THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY AN OPPORTUNITY TO ASSIST US AS WE DO OUR VERY BEST TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR STUDENTS ARE PREPARED.))
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[OUT Q=that our students are prepared]
Coca Cola, the N-A-A-C-P, the Roanoke Jaycees, and First Union are sponsoring the forum.
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A million dollars for a local college. Still ahead, who gets the money, and what we know about the donor?
And as college football season kicks off, Hokie fans may have to watch what they bring to the stadium.
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An international child pornography ring that operates over the internet may have a local connection.
Yesterday, Virginia Tech police along with U-S customs agents served a federal search warrant on campus.
Together they seized a computer and other material belonging to a cadet.
So far, NO charges against the Virginia Tech junior have been filed.
The local action is part of a international crackdown on child pornography involving police in 14-countries.
Police recently arrested more than a hundred suspects after raiding homes and offices, around the world.
Virginia Tech's football team is preparing for its first game of the season.
And Tech's police department is getting ready to "tackle" fans who violate the school's alcohol policy.
Teresa Hamilton is at Lane Stadium where the Hokies will take on East Carolina in a couple of days.
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Keith, Virginia Tech's police chief says there is definitely added pressure this year to keep alcohol out of the bleachers.
The pressure comes from the attorney general-- who's asking universities to do even more to curtail student binge drinking.
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((MIKE JONES/VIRGINIA TECH POLICE CHIEF: THE BOTTOM LINE IS-- IF YOU WANT TO COME TO LANE STADIUM AND ENJOY THE BALL GAME, WE REALLY WANT YOU TO COME, WE HAVE A GREAT FOOTBALL TEAM, A GREAT ATHLETIC PROGRAM, IF YOU COME AND YOU GET DRUNK AND OBNOXIOUS WE'RE GOING TO LOCK YOU UP, PERIOD. ))
[OUT Q=you up, period.]
Virginia Tech Police Chief Mike Jones plans to bring in anywhere from 150- to 200 officers, from surrounding jurisdictions, to maintain crowd control.
The officers aid with traffic and gate checks---
They also enforce the college's policy of NO alcohol in the stands or in the parking lot.
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((THEY WILL CHALLENGE YOU, IF THEY SUSPECT THAT YOU'RE CARRYING ALCOHOL, THEY'LL STOP YOU AND ADDRESS THE ISSUE AND TRY TO DETERMINE IF YOU HAVE. IF YOU HAVE, THEY'LL SEIZE THE ALCOHOL, PAPERWORK WILL BE FILLED OUT AND YOU'L BE EJECTED ))
[OUT Q=you'll be ejected.]
He says the system is actually a role model for other universities, like U-V-A.
In fact, despite the added pressure from the A-G's office, he doesn't expect to change much.
Although, he may add a few MORE officers.
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((MIKE JONES:BASED ON WHAT WE HAVE HISTORICALLY DONE IN THE PAST, WE THINK WE HAVE THE MODEL PROGRAM. ))
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Those who belong to the high priced Hokie Club are allowed to drink in the university's parking lot--
They've secured NINE A-B-C banquet licenses.
(Teresa, is this a sore point for some people?)
Yes, some people feel either everyone of age should be allowed to drink within school property or NO one at all.[Ave
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Averett College is one-million dollars richer-- thanks to an anonymous donor.
The Danville institution hasn't received the gift yet.
The money is to be willed to the college when the donor dies.
Averett administrators say the million dollars will be used for a new student center.
They hope this committment to the college will encourage others to contribute.
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Habitat for Humanity says it has learned its lesson.
Habitat is approaching its next development with caution.
The group plans to build three new homes in Villa Heights...
And it plans to get lots of input from people who already live in the neighborhood.
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((TERRY SMITH/HABITAT FOR HUMANITY: WE'VE LEARNED NOW THAT THE NEIGHBORS OF HABITAT DEVELOPMENTS ARE VERY CENTRAL TO THE SUCCESS OF THE HABITAT PROJECT AND THAT EARLY NOTIFICATION AND FULL SHARING OF NOTIFICATION HELPS MAKE GOOD NEIGHBORS.))
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Habitat's last home-building effort came under fire from people who live in Westview Terrace.
They said, among other things, Habitat did not notify the neighborhood before starting to build the homes.
Villa Heights is scheduling a meeting to talk about the new development.
We'll have the details on News-7 at 11.
Another triple-digit day on Wall Street, this time to the down side.
The Dow dropped 100 points to close at 76-82.
Nasdaq fell almost 21 points.
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The new F-D-A approved "morning-after" pills will be available by prescription within a few weeks.
But a local pharmacist has decided not to carry the Preven Emergency Contraceptive kits at his pharmacy.
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Larry Lewis has moral objections to selling this form of pregnancy prevention.
He says even though it's not an abortion, it's still killing a life.
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[IN Q=Life begins]
((LARRY LEWIS/PHARMACIST: LIFE BEGINS WITH FERTILIZATION, SO YOU HAVE FERTILIZATION TAKING PLACE, YOU HAVE A NEW ENTITY A NEW LIFE THAT HAS BEGUN INCLUDING CELL DIVISION THAT WILL CONTINUE UNTIL IMPLANTATION.))
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[OUT Q=until implantation.]
If taken within three days of unprotected intercouse, Preven prevents the egg from implanting in the uterus.
Five months after a fiery train accident in Lynchburg, Norfolk Southern has finally reimbursed the city for its losses.
Lynchburg's salt storage building and snow removal equipment was destroyed in the March 31st accident.
The city received a check for over 621- thousand dollars yesterday.
Investigators blame human error.
Norfolk Southern may still be fined for the accident.
Coming up tonight in sports, Virginia gets ready to open its season at Auburn, the Wood brothers pick a home boy to take over the Citgo Ford,
And with the high school football seson now in full swing, lightning safety is a very real concern that is often overlooked.
More on that in a moment.
The Virginia Cavaliers are about two hours away from their football season opener against the Tigers in Alabama.
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UVa quarterback Aaron Brooks, who made his first start last year against the Tigers, is now the experienced QB,
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while Auburn starts sophomore Ben Leard, who has only thrown two game passes in college.
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[SUPER=01-Anthony Poindexter/UVa Safety; :06]
[OUT Q=...shut it down"]
The Tigers must face the ACC's top passer, who resembles Dameyune Craig, Auburn's signal caller last year.
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[SUPER=01-Rob Pate/Auburn Defensive Back; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jimmy Brumbaugh/Auburn Defensive Tackle; :06 (QUICK!)]
George Welsh also respects the Auburn 3-4 defense which produced 34 sacks and gave the cavs fits last year.
[SUPER=01-George Welsh/UVa Head Coach; :00]
[OUT Q=...they'll be tough"]
The Stuart based Wood Brothers Winston Cup team has found a replacement for Michael Waltrip.
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News 7 Sports confirmed today that the Woods have signed Elliott Sadler to a four deal to drive the Citgo Ford starting next season.
The 23 year old Emporia native who attended JMU and won the Late Model track championship at South Boston in 1995, has four career wins on the Busch series in 68 tries.
The Woods have been in racing since 1953, but this will be the first time they have ever competed for rookie of the year honors.
Len Wood says Sadler could make his debut at the season ending race in Japan. Citgo will remain the team's sponsor.
In one other home grown racing note, the Richmond based Heilig Meyers furniture company says it will not renew its contract to sponsor Junie Donlavey's cars in 1999.
The company will likely take a year off from racing.
Tickets for the 1998 Stagg Bowl go on sale tomorrow morning at 9:30 at the Salem Civic Center box office.
Since 1993 Salem has been the home of the Division Three championsip game.
Total attendance over that time period has topped the 30 thousand mark.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for kids.
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The high school football season opened last Friday for many teams, but nearly everyone will join the party tomorrow night.
Right now, the weather forecast looks pretty good, but anytime the remnants of a hurricane are approaching during a holiday weekend, anything is possible.
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[SUPER=01-Tim Bane/Patrick Henry Trainer; :37]
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[OUT Q=...gray area there."]
((The dog days of summer are quickly evaporating, but there will be plenty of heat in the air for several more Friday nights.
And that means Thunderstorms and dangerous lightning are still real possibilities on game nights and during practice.
((MICHELLE BROOKS/NORTHSIDE TRAINER:))
One of those policies has been adapted for application in this are by Patrick Henry high school trainer Tim Bane.
((TIM BANE/PATRICK HENRY TRAINER:))
Anything that's 3 miles or closer, or 15 seconds away indicates that it's time to get the athletes off the field to safe shelter.
But that call is up to the referee, and earlier this summer Bane met with the members of southwent Virginia official's association to not only clear the air but the field. ))
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And if you're a coach or recreation league director you can get a copy of the lightning policy by sendng a stamped self addressed envelope to PH at this address.
2102 Grandin Road, Roanoke, Virgnia 24015
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