Up next on News 7 at 6, the main suspect in the Easley's restaurant murder has been caught.
And did the weekends rain help water restrictions? We'll have a live report.
In sports, Jeff Burton talks about this coming weekend's race at Richmond after sweeping Darlington, The cavaliers talk about Death Valley,
and Tech quarterback Michael Vick gets back on the practice field today to test his tender left ankle.
One more hot day then sharply cooler later on in the week. Forecast details just ahead.
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The three week search for a Roanoke Valley murder suspect may have come to an end.
Good evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
A man wanted for the killing of a teenager in northwest Roanoke last month was indicted today.
And he's being held in Raleigh, North Carolina.
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Timothy Lee Buford was arrested at a motel this afternoon by Raleigh police, acting on a tip from investigators in Roanoke.
Buford is the main suspect in the fatal shooting of 19-year-old Prentice Jordan at Easley's Restaurant on Shenandoah Avenue.
Buford is facing murder and firearms charges.
He's being held without bond and is scheduled to be in court tomorrow.
Roanoke authorities are planning to have him brought back to Virginia as soon as possible.
The remnants of Hurricane Dennis raised the water level at Carvins Cove by more than three feet.
The city does remains under mandatory water restrictions, but today council voted to ease one part of the conservation plan.
Joe Dashiell is at the municipal building tonight with details on council's decision.
(rollcue...eliminate the threat of higher rates this fall.)
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[SUPER=01-Jim Ritchie/Acting City Manager; :25]
[OUT Q=upon our citizens.]
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So, no higher rates this fall, but those rates could go up next year?
The weekend's rainfall is also finding its way into the Spring Hollow reservoir-Roanoke County's water supply.
The pumps that pull water from the Roanoke River are now in operation.
And if the level of the river remains high enough the rest of the week, the pumps could add about eight feet to the county's reservoir.
This morning, Spring Hollow was about 25 feet below full pond.
But that's not unusual for this time of year.
Thanks to the weekend rains, three-thousand Henry County residents are now free from mandatory water restrictions.
The county lifted restrictions today for customers of the Marrowbone Water Plant.
Four inches of rain fell on Marrowbone Creek over the weekend ... putting the plant back above normal levels.
Since water rationing began last month, officials say residents cut their water use by as much as 25 percent.
But they hope they'll continue to conserve.
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((TIM HALL/HENRY CO. PUBLIC SERVICE AUTHORITY: WE DON'T WANT PEOPLE TO THINK THAT WE'RE BACK TO AN AMOUNT WHERE WE CAN WASTE IT. WATER IS GOING TO RUN OUT EVENTUALLY. IT'S NOT A CONSTANTLY RENEWING COMMODITY. AND IT'S ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA TO USE AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE TO DO WHAT YOU NEED TO DO.))
[OUT Q=what you need to do.]
Officials want to link Marrowbone plant customers to the Philpott Reservoir, to avoid future water shortages.
The weekend rain took it's toll on a Roanoke River sewer project.
The high water "over-ran" two dams set up to protect part of the sewer interceptor project.
Several pumps were flooded, and two diesel fuel storage tanks were washed downstream.
Workers were cleaning up the mess today, waiting for the water to recede far enough for them to put the dams back together.
City officials say this will only set the project back a few days.
They haven't found the missing fuel tanks, but say they were sealed, so there's no danger of a spill.
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Still to come on News 7, find what the future looks like for the chip mill industry, we'll have a live report from Richmond.
and another verdict is reached in the Wasena Park string operation.
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There was another NOT guilty verdict today in last year's round-up of gay man allegedly soliciting oral sex in Wasena Park.
An undercover officer tape-recorded Jeffry Anders saying he'd like to have oral sex with him.
But Ander's lawyer argued it was the OFFICER who kept steering the conversation to sexual matters, and Anders was never agressive.
He also condemned prosecutors for targeting gay men with the anti-sodomy statute.
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((GARY LUMSDEN/DEFENSE ATTORNEY; IT'S A LITTLE FRIGHTENING THAT YOU CAN TAKE A LAW LIKE THIS THAT IS PROBABLY APPLICABLE, UNFORTUNATELY, TO A LARGE PORTION OF OUR POPULATION, AND JUST DECIDE WHO YOU'RE GOING TO PROSECUTE AND WHO YOU'RE NOT. I THINK THE JURY HAD THE SENSE OF THAT AND AGAIN, AS A CONSEQUENCE, MADE SHORT WORK OF IT.))
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This is the second not guilty verdict in cases that involved sexual conversation, but no physical contact.
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((ALICE EKIRCH/PROSECUTOR; I THINK THAT WE HAVE TO LOOK AT THE TWO CASES INDIVIDUALLY, THE STATUE DOESN'T REQUIRE ANY TOUCHING, AND I THINK TO SAY THAT THIS IS AN INDICATION OF THINGS TO COME, OR AN INDICATION CONSISTENT WITH THE LAST CASE, I JUST CAN'T MAKE THAT STATEMENT.))
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18 people were arrested in the sting operation last year.
12 pleaded guilty, but retained the right to appeal their conviction.
As "far southwest" Virginians contemplate a massive chip mill operation in their future, the politicking is in full gear in Richmond.
A study of the chip mill industry is raising all kinds of questions.
Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom.
What's the latest?
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[IN Q=The lumber]
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[SUPER=01-Paul Howe/Virginia Forestry Industry; :08 ]
[SUPER=01-Jason Halbert/Heartwood; :24]
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[OUT Q=about here.]
(( The lumber industry found its own comfort in the latest statistics... despite the scenes of clear-cutting-- re-forestation is on the increase.
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((PAUL HOWE/VIRGINIA FORESTRY INDUSTRY: IT SHOWS THAT WE'RE GROWING MORE TREES THAN WE'RE HARVESTING.... HARDWOODS...WILDLIFE VALUE AND OTHER USES.))
Forest preservation advocates look at it differently.
((JASON HALBERT/HEARTWOOD: WHEN THE INDUSTRY SAYS...THAT'S NOT A FOREST...IN OTHER AREAS.))
Patrick County Delegate Barnie Day is heading up the two year study.
He says the threat or benefit to Dickenson County is forefront on the minds of panel members.
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((DEL. BARNIE DAY/D-PATRICK CO.: WE'RE GOING DOWN. MY GUESS IS TO THE PITTSTON SITE SOON. WE'RE GONNA GO STAND ON THE GROUND AND TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT HERE.))
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Stocks lost some ground today after Friday's big rally.
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The Dow lost 44 points.
Nasdaq fell 3.
One man is in the hospital...
And a truck driver faces charges after an accident on Interstate 81.
A truck hauling huge steel beams was going south on 81 near Troutville.
Those beams shifted ... and the truck dumped its load onto the highway.
A man police identified as Johnny Dempsey slammed into the beams.
His 89-Buick was totaled.
Dempsey was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
But police say his injuries aren't serious.
The truck driver, Gene Mayhew from Appomattox, face charges for not securing his load.
A student with blue hair beat the Surry County school system in court last year.
On the first day back to school this year, a suburban Richmond student with PINK hair was suspended.
Before the end of the day, the American Civil Liberties Union was threatening a lawsuit.
A federal judge in Richmond ordered the Surry school system to let Kent McNew wear blue color in his hair, and ordered the school to pay his legal fees.
The A-C-L-U says it will file suit in the morning if Jade Bunk is NOT allowed to have pink hair this year at Midlothian Middle School.
Mike Stevens checks in from Blacksburg with the latest on Tech QB Michael Vick, Ricky Williams is all set to make his Saints debut
and Jeff Burton is gonna talk about this weekend's race at Richmond after his win at Darlington.
Alabama-Birmingham will be in Blacksburg this coming Saturday afternoon to battle the 11th ranked Hokies.
And Tech fans are hoping Michael Vick will be ready to try on the Blazers for size.
Mike Stevens has an update for us from Blacksburg.
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The Virginia Cavaliers take their one and OH record to death Valley this weekend to play the Tigers of Clemson.
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The Cavs beat Clemson 20 to 18 last year in Charlottesville and have won two straight against the Tigers. While this battle will kick off in the loud confines of Clemson's stadium, UVa is not intimidated.
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[SUPER=01-Travis Griffith/UVa Team Captain; :21]
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Ricky Williams will be starting for the New Orleans Saints this Sunday for the season opener.
The fifth pick in the NFL Draft isn't 100 percent but says he's ready to take the field.
Williams sprained his ankle during the team's exhibition opener against the Miami Dolphins on Aug. 13.
Coach Mike Ditka says the only way Williams won't start is if he gets re-injured this week in practice.
Winston Cup drivers are in Richmond this weekend for the Exide NASCAR Select Batteries 400.
An appropriate name for Jeff Burton, considering he drives the Exide Batteries Ford.
Burton, who tested at the Richmond International raceway recently, is coming off a sweep at Darlington, his fifth win of the season. This past May, Burton qualified 10th but finished 37th in the Pontiac Excitement 400 at Richmond. Part of the key this weekend will be tires.
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[IN Q="Good year]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Burton/Has Five Wins This Season; :00]
[OUT Q=....on it"]
Dale Earnhardt Junior will also run in the cup event, making for a busy weekend for him. But Junior like the Richmond track.
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An injury shortened one of the men's matches in the U-S Open this afternoon.
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Fifth-seeded Gustavo Kuerten advanced when Sweden's Magnus Norman retired during their second set because of a lower back strain.
In other fourth round match Frenchman Cedric Pioline upset
14th-seeded Tommy Haas of Germany 6-4, 7-5, 6-3.
In the women's competition top seeded Martina Hingis beat Anke Huber 6-2, 6-Love.
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