A suspect named and indicted in the deadly Church Avenue boarding house fire.
That story starts NEWS 7 at SIX.
...followed by a LIVE report from Independence where we'll hear about a plan to nail the victim to a cross.
Tonight in sports, Trish Nervo shines at the ACC cross country championships, the Cavs hope they can shine in Tallahassee this weekend.
And speaking of shining - Kerry Collins is arrested in Charlotte and charged with DUI.
Time for some rain to fall. Cloudy, cool and wet into Wednesday.
A Roanoke man is charged with six counts of first degree murder in the May 18th Church Avenue fire.
The indictments were handed down today...
Eric Earnhart is live in Roanoke with details..
Keith, Michael Jerrod Clements is also charged with one count of arson.
Arson is believed to be the cause of the fire that gutted the apartment building on Church avenue in the early morning hours.
Many suspected the fire was in retaliation for the shooting of Kevin Jones... Willie Caldwell, who was charged in that shooting, lived in one of the apartments.
While prosecutors aren't talking about a connection, evidence from the trial did play a part in the indictment.
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((DENNIS NAGEL/ASSISTANT COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY; WE HAD BEEN REVIEWING THE INVESTIGATION THE POLICE HAS CONDUCTED, I THINK WE SAID ALL ALONG THAT WE'D BEEN WAITING TO REVIEW SOME OF THE TESTIMONY IN THE WILLIE CALDWELL TRIAL, WE HAVE NOW REVIEWED THE TESTIMONY OF THOSE WITNESSES, AND FEEL THAT WE HAVE A SUFFICIENT CASE THAT WE CAN GO FORWARD ON THIS MATTER))
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The first day of Emmett Cressell Junior's murder trial was a tense one, with Judge Colin Campbell actually threatening to jail one of the prosecution's star witnesses.
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The trial is in Independence, the seat of Grayson County- -just above the North Carolina line.
Teresa Hamilton is at the Courthouse with details on today's dramatic turn of events.
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Authorities in Pittsylvania County are investigating an apparent murder that resulted from a fight Halloween night.
37-year old Kenneth Waddell Carter died early this morning at Danville Regional Medical Center.
He was taken there Saturday night after suffering a puncture wound to the left thigh.
He received the fatal injury during a party in Chatham that got out of hand.
The grand jury in Roanoke also returned 20 indictments, including 17 for solicitation, against those allegedly having sex in city parks.
During an investigation, Roanoke police discovered men were using Wasena and Smith Parks as a rendezvous point to engage in sexual activity.
Prosecutors say warrants will be served this week.
A woman's complaint last month about sexual activity in one of the two parks led to the investigation and ultimately, today's indictments.
Two days after Halloween, a man wearing a gorilla mask held up a bank in northwest Roanoke.
It happened about 1 o'clock this afternoon, at the First National Exchange Bank on Peter's Creek Road.
Employees said the man took out a long-barreled gun, threw a bag on the counter and told the teller to fill it with money.
He took the cash, ran off to a supermarket nearby, got in a car and drove off.
No one was hurt.
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The experts are predicting a low turnout at the polls tomorrow. Still ahead, we'll see what people think.
The candidates were busy today giving it one last shot. We'll hear what they're saying to get your attention, and your vote.
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Time is running out for candidates seeking your vote. The polls open in Virginia tomorrow morning at six. The big question seems to be: how many people will show up to vote?
The final day of campaigning brought both Sixth District congressional candidates to downtown Roanoke.
Bob Goodlatte and David Bowers held competing rallies at the same time, separated by the city market building.
Republican Governor Jim Gilmore stumped for Goodlatte and ninth district challenger Joe Barta.
Goodlatte said he believes his message has reached the voters... Now his campaign staff is working overtime to make sure they get to the polls.
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((REP. BOB GOODLATTE/R- 6TH DISTRICT: I FEEL VERY GOOD. THERE'S BEEN A REAL OUTPOURING OF SUPPORT, BUT ONLY ONE POLL COUNTS. THAT'S THE ONE ON ELECTION DAY, SO WE'RE WORKING HARD TO MAKE SURE THAT NO ONE STAYS COMPLACENT, THAT WE MAKE SURE EVERYONE GETS TO THE POLLS..))
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The other candidate in the sixth district drew energy from a football game this weekend.
Roanoke's Mayor Bowers rallied about 50 supporters on the market.
He pointed out that the Redskins won, so he figures this underdog may also have a chance against Congressman Goodlatte.
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((DAVID BOWERS/(D) CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE: HE WANTS TO CONTINUE THIS MESS IN WASHINGTON. I WANT TO TAKE CARE OF THE NATION'S PROBLEM. IF HE WINS IT'LL BE THE SAME OLD SAME OLD. IF I WIN TOMORROW, IF I'M ELECTED TOMORROW IT'LL BE AN EXCITING NEW BALLGAME IN THE SIXTH DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA. APPLAUSE.))
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Bowers says he supports schools, social security, health care reform and the environment.
There's been a lot of talk about low voter turnout tomorrow.
This is an off-year election with no statewide or national races.
Typically, that means many voters will stay home.
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Scott Goldberg is in our newsroom tonight.
Scott, does a low voter turnout change the dynamics of either race for Congress?
Keith, a low voter turnout is usually good news for Republicans.
In the sixth district, that can only help Bob Goodlatte, who's already a heavy favorite.
In the ninth, it could make things a little tougher for incumbent Rick Boucher, a Democrat.
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[SUPER=201-Mendy Robbins/Boucher Supporter;33]
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Like other Republican challengers before him, Joe Barta is running a distant second to Democrat Rick Boucher.
But if attitudes like like this prevail...
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((BROCK GUNNOE: I HAVEN'T REALLY...I HAVEN'T HAD TIME TO THINK ABOUT VOTING... THAT'S ABOUT ALL (LAUGHS) ))
It could give this year's challenger a boost.
((WALCOTT: BARTA, I WOULD GUESS, HAS A SHOT AT AN UPSET AT BEST IF VOTER TURNOUT IS LOW, BECAUSE THE CHANCES ARE THE CORE REPUBLICAN BASE WILL VOTE.))
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Boucher needs a strong showing from people like Mendy Robbins, who say they'll vote for the congressman...
((MENDY ROBBINS: BECAUSE HE'S DONE A LOT TO BRING JOBS INTO POOR AREAS.))
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But some voters, like Serena Brown, say they won't vote at all because they're fed up with politics.
Especially this year, the year Republicans have made the Monica Lewinsky affair an issue in local elections.
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((SERENA BROWN: IT KILLS ME TO SEE HYPOCRITES WHO'VE PROBABLY DONE THINGS IN THEIR PAST THAT THEY'RE NOT TOO PROUD OF.))
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There's something else that could hurt Boucher and other Democrats:
When it's bad, turnout is low.
Low turnout helps Republicans.
Message to Joe Barta:
If all else fails, pray for rain.
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News 7 will keep you up-to-date on the voting all day tomorrow. We'll have live election reports on all our newscasts, and once the polls close, we will bring you the latest results and reaction to key races throughout the evening.
Another strong showing on Wall Street.
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The Dow gained 114 points- -closing above 87-hundred.
NASDAQ up 30 above 1800.
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Tomorrow's election is more than candidates and ballot questions in one county. It could affect their education and their tax bills.
Christy Hubley has our story.
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(( More and more people are taking advantage of Halifax County's Continuing Education Center-- everything from its non-credit computer courses to its master's degree programs from area colleges.
That's why the CEC has outgrown its current 7-thousand square foot building.
The plan is expand and move into a renovated tobacco warehouse in downtown South Boston.
The chairman of Halifax's Educational Foundation believes the CEC is a key to the future of the county.
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((CHRIS LUMSDEN/HALIFAX EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION: WE UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF CONTINUING AND HIGHER EDUCATION AND HOW THAT IMPACTS INDUSTRIAL AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN OUR COMMUNITY.))
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Students like Jeff Davis, who is earning his Master's in Special Education from Longwood College through the CEC, support the bond referendum.
[IN Q=But if we did not have]
((JEFF DAVIS/CEC STUDENT: BUT IF WE DID NOT HAVE THE CEC IT WOULD VERY HARD FOR ME TO GO TO LONGWOOD DURING THE WEEKDAYS BECAUSE LONGWOOD DOESN'T OFFER WEEKEND PROGRAMS THERE ON CAMPUS.))
[OUT Q=there on campus.]
It's the same story for Dianna Allen, who received her Bachelor's in Business Administration.
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((DIANNA ALLEN/CEC GRADUATE: WITHOUT THE CEC BEING HERE AND BEING ABLE TO OFFER THAT WEEKEND PROGRAM THERE'S NO WAY I COULD HAVE DONE THAT AND CONTINUED TO WORK A FULL TIME JOB AND BE THE MOTHER OF TWO CHILDREN AND WIFE.))
[OUT Q=two children and wife.]
If the one-point-seven-five million dollar bond referendum passes, the CEC will have to match that amount through private donations for the renovation project.
If it fails, the CEC goes back to the drawing board for ideas on how to raise the money.
Christy Hubley, News 7, Halifax County.))
The Cavs talk about their date with the Noles this coming Saturday, plus Kerry Collins returns to Charlotte and gets arrested for drunk driving in the Queen City.
Plus, we'll check in on the ACC cross country championships today in Charlottesville and talk with UNC's Trish Nervo, the former state champ from Glenvar.
We begin tonight in Charlottesville at the ACC men's and women's cross country championships.
Former Glenvar state champion runner Trish Nervo, who is now a junior at the University of North Carolina, was one of the top performers in today's meet.
Nervo had an outstanding run this morning as she finished second overall. She completed the 3 point one mile course in 17 minutes and 17 seconds.
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Nervo also earned All-ACC honors for her performance this season, but she still doesn't think she realized her potential as a distance runner.
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The 12th ranked Virginia Cavaliers hope to put and end to their OH and 3 record in Tallahassee when they face 6th ranked Florida State. Steve Mason has more on what amounts to the ACC championship.
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Troy Aikman will be back in the saddle tonight as the Cowboys take on the Philadelphia Eagles.
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Kerry Collins got yanked out of his saddle last night as he pulled over in downtown Charlotte and charged with driving under the influence.
Collins signed autographs at the jail, posted a one thousand dollar bond, and flew back to New Orleans.
Jeff Gordon was crowned the king of NASCAR's 50th anniverary season yesterday as he picked up his 12th win of the year and his third driving title.
To get an idea of just how dominant he has been over the past three years check this out this comparison.
He has 32 wins over the preiod compared to Dale's 3 and Bill's goose egg.
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