Next on News 7 ... police charge a former school principal with conducting a lengthy sexual relationship with a student. We'll have the details.
[Keith on camera]
Plus, new plans in the works to fight the controversial Home Depot zoning decision.
And, an area city manager files for bankruptcy.
Tonight on the big 7, a three jam packed days of racing in Richmond are underway.
We'll talk with Stacy Compton about his new contract tonight plus, Maryland and Clemson talk about UVa and Tech.
And Anthony Poindexter is up for yet another big award.
His comments coming up tonight in sports.
Blacksburg ties a record this morning as temperatures slipped to 41 degrees. They may get even cooler tonight. The forecast is coming up.
The former principal and teacher at a Christian School in Radford now faces a lot more than a civil suit.
Criminal charges were filed today against Cynthia Carroll for allegedly engaging in a lengthy sexual relationship with one of her students.
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Teresa Hamilton was in court this morning and is in our New River Valley Newsroom with the latest.
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Keith, the grand jury today issued seven indictments against Cynthia Carroll.
Police began looking into the allegations several months ago, when the young man, who's now 20- years old, came to them with details of the alleged relationship.
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((MIKE COX/RADFORD DETECTIVE:HE'S EXPRESSED TO ME-- BETWEEN ONE HUNDRED AND TWO HUNDRED TIMES. ))
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Detective Mike Cox says that's the number of times the alleged victim and Cynthia Carroll had sex over a five year period-- beginning when he was 14- years old.
Carroll was the young man's teacher and principal at the Three Angle's Christian school, run by the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
She'd apparently worked there for nine years until she left last year.
Detective Cox says he does NOT have any evidence that any other students were involved but that his investigation isn't over.
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((I DO HAVE SOME MORE PEOPLE THAT I HAVEN'T TALKED TO THAT I NEED TO AND THERE MAY BE OTHER OUT THERE THAT I DON'T KNOW ABOUT. ))
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Cox says Cynthia Carroll left the Three Angles School for another teaching job in Petersburg and that she resigned from that position once he began his criminal investigation.
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A Lynchburg man remains in serious condition after being shot in the head last night.
Around 11, police responded to the Shalom (shuh-LOAM) apartments on Federal Street where neighbors say several shots had been fired.
That's where they found 26- year- old Carlos Montez Webb lying on the sidewalk.. he'd been shot once in the head.
Webb is in the neurological intensive care unit at Lynchburg General Hospital.
Police are still tracking down leads and have made "no" arrests.
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Money troubles for Martinsville's city manager, but he says they're not related to his job duties in any way.
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Earl Reynolds Junior has filed for Chapter 13 personal bankruptcy in U-S bankruptcy court.
The filing lists his personal debt between 100- and 500-thousand dollars.
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His petition lists 22-creditors, including several banks, retail stores, and the I-R-S.
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Reynolds would not talk on camera-- saying his financial situation is a "personal matter."
He says all of Martinsville's financial obligations are being met.
A creditors' meeting is set for October in federal court in Danville.
Roanoke County residents were caught off guard this week when the Board of Supervisors rezoned property for a commercial development near Cave Spring Corner.
But they're wasting no time in reorganizing their opposition.
Joe Dashiell has been on this story from the start. He is in the newsroom tonight with more on their plans.
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Keith, one critic says the supervisors have thrown a rock into a hornet's nest.
Monday night, we may have some measure of that unhappiness, when opponents gather at the Brambleton Center to plan their next steps.
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((The Home Depot rezoning was a last-minute addition to the agenda, raising complaints from opponents who had no idea the issue might resurface.
In restrospect, Supervisor Harry Nickens says he wishes he had expressed his intentions when the board first voted on the issue in August.
But he says the board's actions on tuesday were dictated by parliamentary procedure, and the county attorney's ruling on Bob Johnson's potential conflict of interest.
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((HARRY NICKENS/VINTON SUPERVISOR: I DID NOT KNOW UNTIL THE COUNTY BOARD MEETING ON SEPTEMBER 8TH, WHEN MR MAHONEY ACTUALLY HANDED US A DOCUMENT DURING THE MEETING THAT IN FACT THE CONFLICT OF INTEREST FROM A LEGAL PERSPECTIVE HAD BEEN CLEARED, SO THAT'S WHY THE LATENESS, THAT'S WHY THERE WAS NOT A DISCLOSURE, THAT'S WHY IT WAS NOT ON THE AGENDA OR THE PACKET WHEN IT WAS HANDED TO US AND MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC.))
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Both Nickens and Supervisors Chairman Bob Johnson say they believe they acted in the best interests of the county at large.
This morning, Johnson said he is reviewing Roberts Rules of Order to see if it's possible to bring the issue up again and give citizens an opportunity to speak out... but it's unclear if that will happen.
Keith, officials from Home Depot haven't made a final decision on the Cave Spring site, but this afternoon a sp
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Habitat for Humanity is ready to announce a deal which could mean big changes for a controversial project. That story is just ahead.
Then, big layoffs on the way at this manfacturer. We'll tell you where and why.
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It looks like a deal.
Habitat for Humanity and the city of Roanoke have scheduled a joint press conference tomorrow.
It's expected they will announce an agreement over a disputed piece of land in the West View Terrace neighborhood.
Scott Goldberg has been following this story and is in the newsroom tonight.
Keith, talks between the city and Habitat have been shrouded in secrecy...
With both sides saying very little about what has been discussed.
But tomorrow the city is ready to unveil -- in grand fashion -- the compromise that took a month to reach.
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The city has been looking for a way to make everyone happy ever since residents of West View Terrace said they did not want 32-Habitat homes built in their back yards.
But any deal that has Habitat walking away from its plans to build in that nieghborhood is going to cost the city.
Habitat has invested a lot of money in the project, which breaks down like this:
The land has an appraised value of 335-thousand dollars.
Habitat has spent another 255-thousand on construction and legal fees.
So if the city wants Habitat to abandon the West View project, the city will have to come up with a package of both land and money that's worth more than 590-thousand dollars.
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Tomorrow's announcement, spelling out details of the deal, will be held in Northwest Roanoke, in the Loudon-Melrose neighborhood.
The city will not confirm that is where Habitat will build its homes instead of at West View.
But Habitat says the location of the press conference was chosen for a reason.
(QUESTION: MEANWHILE, HABITAT IS MOVING FORWARD WITH ANOTHER PROJECT?)
Habitat is meeting tonight with residents of Villa Heights, discussing plans to build three new homes in that neighborhood.
But that event has pretty much been upstaged by the West View development.
An area manufacturer is preparing to lay off more than 180 enployees. That's about 70 per cent of its work force.
Applied Extrusion Technologies is the former Hercules plant in Covington. A-E-T says the positions will be eliminated at its Covington facility over the next six months.
A-E-T cites increased competition, and lower demand for the plant's key products.
The head of misions for Roanoke's Church of the Holy Spirit, is in the Sudan delivering 32 tons of food to Sudaneese refugees who have been displaced by the African country's civil war. News 7 spoke with Pastor David Fuller about the food distribution via satelite phone.
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Fuller and seven others from the Roanoke based church visited the Sudan a few months ago to address the needs of the refugees. Food distribution began yesterday and continues today.
Another major day to the downside on Wall Street.
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The Dow fell about 250 points...a loss of more than three per cent. NASDAQ stocks dropped almost 40 points, going below 16-hundred.
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We've all heard parents lamenting the fact that they've got more than one child in college at the same time.
Imagine FIVE at once.
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The Clark brothers are cadets at Virginia Military Institute... four of them.
And yet this is just a small squad out of a whole brigade of Clarks.
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((HE'S #7. I'M EIGHT. JORDAN'S NINE. STILLMAN IS #12. ))
And they're not just marking time here at V-M-I.
Ezra Clark is the First Captain, sort of like Senior Class President. DALLAS Clark is VICE President of the Class of '99.
Jordan Clark is captain of the football team.
He's the one who started this family tradition. Coach Bill Stewart recruited him.
It was just natural that Ezra and Dallas would follow.
((MANY TIMES WE HAVEN'T HAD A LOT OF CLOSE FRIENDS, BECAUSE WE'VE BEEN FRIENDS. THAT'S WHO WE'VE HUNG OUT WITH IS EACH OTHER. SO THAT'S A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE TO HAVE YOUR CLOSEST FRIEND BE YOUR BROTHER. ))
((NOW WE HAVE A NEW RAT IN STILLMAN. SO WE HAVE FOUR BOYS HERE.))
((IT'S A LOT OF PRESSURE. I GET A LOT MORE HARASSMENT FROM THE UPPERCLASSMEN BECAUSE I AM A CLARK BROTHER. EXPECTATIONS ARE HIGH, BUT IT ALSO HAS IT'S ADVANTAGES, BECAUSE A FEW PEOPLE LOOK OUT FOR ME.))
...including a sister at Southern Virginia.
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((I JUST TURNED 20 TWO WEEKS AGO. HA.))
She worries about brother Stillman straining on the "Rat Line."
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((I DON'T WANT HIS POSITION, THAT'S FOR SURE. I DON'T WANT TO BE WHERE HE IS. You have no interest in attending VMI? NO. None of your sisters does? NO. I'VE HEARD TOO MANY STORIES.))
Eliza, Stillman, Jordan, Dallas and Ezra are five of 14 children- -eight girls and six boys all told- -the immediately family of Max and Donna Clark of Salt Lake City, Utah.
((Why and how did you ever wind up having 14 children? A CHILDHOOD DREAM. Really? UH HUH. You always wanted a big family? ALWAYS. This big? THIS BIG.))
Members of this family are devoted to one another.
As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints- -Mormons- -they've had discipline and service to others instilled in them.
[SOT 11:45:55 Ezra]
((I GIVE ALL THE CREDIT TO MY MOTHER. SHE'S A SUPER WOMAN. She must be. YES, MOST DEFINITELY.))
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((I WOULD AGREE THE BEST LESSONS I HAVE LEARNED HAVE COME WITHIN THE WALLS OF THE HOME... DEFINITELY NOT IN THE CLASSROOM.))
There's one more- -Lincoln, a high school Junior... back home in Utah who also plans to go to V-M-I.
Coming up tonight in sports, we'll hear from the folks at Maryland and Clemson as they get ready for the Cavs and Hokies.
Poindexter is up for another honor.
And the big racing weekend in Richmond got started this afternoon with a big announcement for home boy Stacy Compton.
Those details, right after this break.
A huge weekend full af racing in Richmond began this afternoon as the Craftsman truck series qualified for tonight's Virginia is for Lover's 200.
Joe Ruttman won the pole and Stacy Compton will start 13th.
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Earlier this afternoon, the Hurt Virginia native was the biggest winner at the track as he locked up a two year sponsorship extension from R.C. Cola.
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[OUT Q=...right now."]
Compton comes into tonight's event with two wins and he's currently fifth in points.
He had a rough practice this morning but he's still hopeful of a good finish tonight.
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[OUT Q=...high expectations."]
Jimmy Hensley starts 12th tonight.
The Winston Cup cars will qualify tomorrow and race Saturday at Richmond. Rick Mast Is 32nd in the points race with only one top 10 finish so far this season, but the Rockbridge Bath's native is coming up on some tracks he is quite familar with.
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[OUT Q=...gotta work smart"]
The Hokies get a taste of the ACC this weekend as they travel to death Valley.
Clemson has beaten Tech 12 of last 13 times they have played, but the Hokies have won 15 of their last 21 regular season road games.
Clemson head coach Tommy West sounds concerned.
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Many of you Tech fans will remember that Frank Beamer's first game at Tech in 1987 was a 22-to-10 loss to the Tigers.
The ACC is in the Thursday night spotlight tonight as Wake Forest takes on Navy.
Saturday UVa plays its home opener against a Maryland team that opened the season by sqeeking past JMU.
UVa beat the Terps 45-to-nothing last season.
It's coule be worse on Saturday.
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((RON VANDERLINDEN/MARYLAND HEAD COACH:))
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[OUT Q=...defensive lineman."]
UVa captain Anthony Poindexter is one just about everyone's preseason all-american team, and now he's on the list 44 players selected as finalists for the Jim Thorpe award, given annually to the nation's best defensive back.
He had eight tackles and an interception in the season opening shutout of Auburn but he says he and his teammates are trying to sidestep all the individual and team hype.
((ANTHONY POINDEXTER/JIM THORPE AWARD CANDIDATE:))
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And this week's NFL action on Your Hometoen Station originates from Jacksonville where the Jags host the Cheifs at one on Sunday.
Catch the NFL Today at Noon, and then the US Open tennis finals this Sunday here on WDBJ.
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Finally, the 20 billion dollar a year Virginia agricultural industry is putting its best foot forward... by poking a little fun at other states.
First Lady Roxane Gilmore kicked off an ad campaign for the "Virginia's Finest" trademark product line today.
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It's supposed to enhance the image of the 10 year old trademark, pointing out that while other states have ONE trademark product, Virginia's got a bounty.
The Virginia's Finest quality stamp was on just 38 products in 1989.
More than 500 are licensed today.