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Coming up on NEWS 7:
A defect in the law that's supposed to prevent people from carrying an open bottle of beer in public.
And they called in the drug dogs at Lynchburg schools. We tell you the results of the search.
In sports, boxer Mike Tyson is going back to prison, the Express talks about stopping the Chiefs, a daytona schedule for you
and Atlanta Falcon safety Eugene Robinson continues to try and make amends for his arrest before the superbowl.
The weekend weather story is a mix of clouds, mild temperatures and passing showers. Details are just ahead.
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The man who robbed a Pulaski bank this morning did little to mask his appearance.
Police say the man was wearing a ball cap- -but no other disguise- -when he entered the Community National bank around nine-thirty.
Once inside, the suspect stood in line before approaching the teller with a hand-written note demanding cash.
Investigators say they're confident they'll catch the man, because a number of people inside the bank got a good look at him-- while standing in line.
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((HERB COOLEY/PULASKI POLICE CHIEF: THE ROBBER ACTUALLY HAD A CONVERSATION WITH THE ONE, SO WE DID HAVE SOME GOOD WITNESSES, WE HAVE A GOOD DESCRIPTION AND WE THINK A COUPLE OF SUSPECTS.))
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The robber is described as a white male, 30- to 40 years old with graying blonde hair.
He was wearing blue jeans and an army jacket.
Michael Eck will spend the next five years in prison for downloading child pornography from the internet in his Virginia Tech dorm room.
Eck pled guilty last month to seven counts of transporting and posessing sexual images of children.
Having been convicted of sexual abuse of a child in 1994, the judge today sentenced the 30-year old to serve sixty months in prison, pay a 1-thousand dollar fine and forfeit his computer equipment.
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Police brought in drug dogs for a ninety- minute search of E.C. Glass High School in Lynchburg today.
The Glass campus was "locked down" around 8:45 this morning after officials learned there might be controlled substances on school grounds.
But the dogs did not find any illegal drugs or contraband in lockers, classrooms or the parking lots.
A student at a Pittsylvania County high school fired a gun on school grounds this afternoon.
The 16-year-old fired one shot from a .22-caliber handgun, at Dan River High School.
The teen suffered a finger wound. Authorities say it was superficial.
A school administrator took the student into custody until sheriff's deputies arrived.
A death row confession has given another inmate his freedom.
But a prosecutor is hoping a new investigation will provide the ammunition he needs for a new trial.
Joe Dashiell has the latest chapter of the Rainbow Family murder case.
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((Jacob Beard is back home in Florida, enjoying his first taste of freedom in five years.
He was sentenced to two life terms for the murders of Vicki Durian and Nancy Santomero, two young women who were hitchhiking to a Rainbow Family Gathering in the summer of 1980 when they were shot and killed.
Beard was freed last month after a judge overturned his conviction, now prosecuting attorney Walt Weiford is deciding whether to try Beard again.
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((THE CASE IS A DIFFERENT CASE THAN IT WAS IN 1993. NOW SHOULD WE GO TO TRIAL AGAIN, MY BURDEN IS NOT ONLY TP PROVE THAT JAKE BEARD IS GUILTY BEYOND A REASONBALE DOUBT, BUT I ALSO HAVE TO PROVE JOSEPH PAUL FRANKLIN NOT GUILTY BEYOND A REASONBALE DOUBT.))
[OUT Q=not guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.]
Joseph Paul Franklin is the white supremacist on death row in missouri who confessed to killing the two women.
But what Beard's defenders and a recent segment of 60 Minutes II fail to account for, Weiford says, are the inconsistencies in Franklin's confession.
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((HE HAS GIVEN A HALF DOZEN IF NOT MORE DIFFERENT VERSIONS OF THIS EVENT. HE'S CHANGED HIS STORY IN MATERIAL RESPECTS. HE STILL DOES NOT KKNOW SOME OF THE DETAILS THAT OUR FORENSIC EVIDENCE ESTABLISHES FIRMLY, SO FOR ALL THOSE REASONS WE STILL FEEL WE GOT THE RIGHT RESULT.))
[OUT Q=got the right result.]
Weiford says a new investigation is already turning up new information, and he says it's possible he would have a better case than he had in '93.
Weiford hasn't made a final decision, but he anticipates a new trial date sometime next summer.
He sayshe's inclined to move forward, because he believes the man who murdered two young women is walking free.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Marlinton))
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A lower food tax is another step closer. Still ahead, we'll track the bill's latest steps in Richmond.
And take a look at what thermal imaging cameras reveal about a fire... and why some people think they can save lives in your home town.
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A law that police officers in Radford have been enforcing for the past five years is actually not worth the paper it's written on.
The ordinace in question pertains to having an open alcoholic beverage in public.
Teresa Hamilton joins us from our Blacksburg newsroom to explain how the law has been able to remain on the books for so long without no one noticing the problem.
Keith-- a Salem attorney discovered the problem after agreeing to represent a Radford University student charged with having an open alcoholic beverage in public.
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((Steven Helm is the attorney who discovered the discrepancy, late last year.
He says the law, which makes it illegal for residents to have an open alcoholic beverage in public, has been on the books in Radford since 1991.
In 1993, the ordiance apparently lost its steam when the general assembly repealed the legislation the ordiance was based on.
What Radford city council should have done is to update the ordiance to reflect the change.
But council never did that...
So for the past five years police have been charging residents and college students with breaking a technically invalid law.
Helm says a number of things crossed his mind after making the discovery.
(10-39-07 how many....invalid ordiance.)
Radford's city attonrey and his assistant say they don't know how the problem got overlooked.
Neither does Radford's Mayor.
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But both speculate that with so many legislative changes-- the need to update the ordiance just slipped through the cracks.
Radford city council is expected to correct the problem on Monday.
(Q & A: What will happen to those who've been charged and convicted over the past five years? Is there anything they ca
Fire investigators are working to determine what caused a Botetourt house fire today.
The flames were first spotted just after seven, on Webster Brick Road in the Blue Ridge area.
Smoke filled the upper floors of the brick house before firefighters could gain control.
No one was hurt.
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An electrical short was responsible for a fire at the Swan Lake Campground in Pittsylvania County last night.
The county fire marshal says a wire shorted out between the electric meter and the breaker box, and that's what sparked the blaze.
No one was in the building at the time, and no one was hurt.
No matter where firefighters are called, searching for victims in a smoky, burning home can be one of the most difficult jobs a firefighter can perform.
But a Lynchburg woman is hoping to make that job a little easier.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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The technology has been around for a while.. thermal imaging cameras that detect heat sources, showing them as bright figures on a screen.
Firefighters say they're invaluable when it comes to searching for victims in a burning home.
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((FRED MILLS/LYNCHBURG FIRE CHIEF: USUALLY TO SPEED THE SEARCH UP, YOU LOSE EFFICIENCY OR YOU LOSE SAFETY, ONE OF THE TWO. YOU TAKE RISKS THAT YOU SHOULDN'T AND YOU DON'T GET A GOOD, THOROUGH SEARCH OF A ROOM POSSIBLY, BUT WITH THIS YOU CAN BE QUICK, EFFICIENT AND SAFE ALL AT THE SAME TIME.))
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But like most other departments, Lynchburg doesn't own a single thermal camera.. mostly because they cost upwards of 20- thousand dollars apiece.
Enter Bev Lowry, who after seeing the cameras on t-v, has taken it upon herself to raise enough money to buy cameras for the city's eight fire stations.
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((BEV LOWRY/FUNDRAISER: AND I CAN GET REALLY PASSIONATE ABOUT THIS, BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE WE SHOULDN'T LOSE ONE ELDERLY PERSON, WE SHOULDN'T LOSE ONE CHILD.. THEY NEED TO BE SAVED.))
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(( But after a year of fundraising, Lowry has only raised about five thousand dollars, less than a third of the cost of a single camera. She says Lynchburg residents are fooling themselves if they think these cameras could never help THEM.))
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((BEV LOWRY: THERE'S NOT ANY OF US THAT CAN SAY WE'LL NEVER HAVE A FIRE, AND SO WE CARRY FIRE INSURANCE, BUT WE NEED TO HAVE THESE CAMERAS.))
[OUT Q=have these cameras.]
Lowry says she'll keep at it until her "Eyes For Life" campaign is successful.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.
The land for a Roanoke fire station was purchased 22 years ago,
and this morning that long- range planning culminated in a groundbreaking .
The Number Four firehouse is being built on Peters Creek Road Extension and will serve Raleigh Court, Summit Hills and Ridgewood Park.
The 860- thousand- dollar facility is designed to allow for future expansion. It's supposed to be open for business next January.
A fairly quiet day on Wall Street, but tech stocks continued their recent correction.
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The Dow ended virtually unchanged. NASDAQ lost 36.
The University of Virginia has decided it's big enough to share.
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U-V-A's Board of Visitors says it'll live with the "University of Virginia" brand name on its Clinch Valley College branch in the Virginia coalfields.
The two schools are, after all, almost 300 miles apart.
But U-V-A officials are clear: they hope people don't actually use the new name.
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((JOHN CASTEEN/UNIV. OF VIRGINIA PRESIDENT: IT WILL BE CALLED THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA'S COLLEGE AT WISE. But you all will refer to it as...? WELL, HOW PEOPLE ARE GOING TO REFER IT IS OBVIOUSLY SOMEWHAT OF AN INTANGIBLE, BECAUSE USAGE DETERMINES THAT. MARKETING PEOPLE WE'VE TALKED TO SAY THAT THEY THINK IT MIGHT BE KNOWN AS UNIVERSITY COLLEGE AND SOME PEOPLE HAVE SAID IT MIGHT BE CALLED WISE COLLEGE.))
((DEL. TERRY KILGORE/R-SCOTT CO.: WELL I THINK IT'S GONNA BE CALLED UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA COLLEGE AT WISE, I THINK THAT'S WHAT IT'S GONNA BE CALLED. AND I THINK WE'RE HAPPY WITH THE RESOLUTION.))
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Clinch Valley needs still needs final legislative approval for the new name.
But U-V-A has abandoned a fight that some southestern Virginians viewed as demeaning.
A cut in the sales tax on groceries in Virginia is on its way to the checkout line.
But the only thing left of Shawsville Senator Madison Marye's bill is his name.
The bill the state Senate gave final approval to today is essentially Governor Jim Gilmore's plan to phase out the food tax more slowly.
It now faces Vinton Democrat Dick Cranwell's Finance Committee in the House.
It's like a cancer in a community.
If you don't catch it, it will spread.
That's the message urban leaders from around the Commonwealth took to Richmond today about "blight" -- run down and abandoned buildings that destroy a neighborhood.
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((OUR DESIRE IS NOT THAT WE DEMOLISH BUILDINGS...REHABILITATED.))
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Lynchburg is one of four cities leading the fight against blight.
The city estimates there are 300 properties that are so far gone they must be demolished.
A number of blight fighting bills are working their way through the legislature.
Mike Tyson goes back to prison, we will tell you why, the Tech women will try and avenge their only loss of the season tonight,
and Mike Stevens will preview his week in Daytona, which will be filled to the brim with racing.
The N-B-A season opens tonight with 12 games scheduled.
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For the past two weeks, The teams have practiced and played several exhibition games.
And the major concern heading into the season openers appeared to be chemistry, injuries and whether or not the fans will support the shortened season.
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The Virginia Tech Lady Hokies will try and avenge their only loos of the season tonight at the Castle Coliseum when they face Xavier.
Tech is 19 and 1 on the season and ranked 14th in the nation and while the Lady Hokies have lost six straight to the Lady Muskateers,they have learned from this year's mistakes.
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Former Heavyweight champion Mike Tyson is going back to Jail.
This afternoon in Rockville, Maryland Tyson was sentenced to a year in jail for assaulting two motorist after a minor traffic accident.
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Tyson has 30 days to appeal to the Circuit Court and he's being held in the Montgomery County jail without bond.
Qualifying is all set for tomorrow afternoon at Daytona.
And that's just a small part of a very busy racing weekend here on Your Hometown Station.
Mike Stevens has the schedule of events for us.
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Eugene Robinson won The Bart Starr Award.
Now the Atlanta Falcon free safety is giving it back to Athletes in Action.
He receive the award last Saturday.
Later that day the Miami police arrested Robinson on charges of soliciting oral sex from an undercover police officer the night before the Super Bowl.
The Starr award is given for high moral character.
The Express and the Chiefs will face it off at the Round House in just over an hour.
Roanoke is 4 and 1 against Johnstown this season, thanks to strong goaltending and dicipline hockey against the Chiefs gambling style of cross ice passing.
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