We'll join the second women's semi-final in 30 minutes, after a special edition of News 7.
Our stories include a nine hour standoff at a Southside motel- after a man fires shots at police.
And slow going on 220 this afternoon- an accident clogs up traffic.
In sports, Dave Meyer prepares to take over controls for Tech, the Cavaliers talk about Clemson,
and the Tide has changed for Winston Cup veteran Ricky Rudd. We will tell you his new race team for the millennium in sports.
Our weather could not be finer for the weekend. That story and a look in the Atlantic at a growing hurricane Floyd in a few moments.
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Good afternoon, I'm Jean Jadhon. Keith is off tonight.
A tense standoff between police and a man shut inside a motel room today.
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It happened in South Boston, where the standoff lasted until late afternoon.
Marya Jones was there.
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He's charged with murder, and today, he heard a witness point the finger squarely in his direction.
Brandon Porter is charged with killing Victor Anderson at the Brightwood Manor Apartments in July.
The victim's cousin says the two men had fought about four months before.
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((DESHAUN ANDERSON/VICTIM'S COUSIN: BRANDON PORTER WAS WALKING OUT THE BUILDING. HE HAD WALKED PAST ME, GOT TO MY LITTLE COUSIN, PUT THE GUN TO HIS HEAD, A CHROME 380, SHOT HIM IN THE HEAD, PUT THE GUN IN MY FACE, TOLD ME HE SHOULD SHOOT ME TOO BECAUSE I KNOW HIM, I'M GOING TO TELL.))
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Porter's best friend told police at the time that Porter had pulled the trigger.
In court today he changed his story and said he lied to police because they were harassing him.
Now he says he doesn't know who killed Victor Anderson.
A trial date has not been set.
An investigation by the Rockbridge Regional Drug Task Force has produced 70 charges and 30 arrests.
Officers made more than 30 undercover buys during the four-month operation, and seized illegal drugs worth more than 25- thousand dollars.
Authorities say complaints from residents of the Diamond Hill neighborhood in Lexington prompted the investigation, but it expanded to include Buena Vista and Rockbridge County.
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((I THINK THE TWO MOST GRATIFYING THINGS ABOUT IT ARE THAT THE CITIZENS COMPLAINTS LIKE SO MANY TIMES, LEAD TO THE ARRESTS, AND THE SECOND THING AND PROBABLY JUST AS IMPORTANT IS THAT WE WERE ABLE TO BRING THIS OFF AS A RESULT OF SEVERAL AGENCIES COOPERATING TOGETHER IN A TASK FORCE EFFORT.))
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Most of the charges involved the sale of cocaine or marijuana.
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In Roanoke, Police have arrested one man and seized more than 100 marijuana plants that were growing in his home.
38-year old C. J. Lynch is charged with manufacturing marijuana with the intent to distribute.
A news release describes the home, in the 900 block of Westside Boulevard, as a "major grow house."
Police say they found mature marijuana plants with an estimated street value of 180- thousand dollars. They also seized a hand gun.
The city of Roanoke must either buy a mobile home park and find homes for almost 100 people, or scrap a 10-year flood reduction project.
When voters approved a seven million dollar bond ten years ago for the Roanoke River Flood Reduction Project, they were told no homes would be taken.
Now Roanoke engineers say the city must buy the Hannah Court Mobile Home Park and spend an extra million dollars in order to keep the project alive.
They have not told the more than 80 residents.
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((IT'S A BIG THING TO MOVE ... AND DIFFERENT THINGS.))
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But others say the city can take the mobile home court.
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((I'D FEEL FINE ... AIN'T NOTHING BUT A FLOOD ZONE.))
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Juvenile Court judge Philip Trompeter owns the park -- he says he'll do anything to help the city. There will be a flood plains committee meeting Monday at 2 PM.
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What happened to the latest sinkhole on the interstate? The answer is just ahead on News 7 at 6.
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((If these people hadn't done their jobs exactly right, I'd have been dead or paralyzed..))
And meet a man, critically injured at work, who thanks the people who saved his life.
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Traffic headaches in Roanoke this evening after a dump-truck
reportedly caused a pile-up involving four other vehicles.
The wreck occurred around 3-15 on Route 220 near Walmart.
The driver of a Northbound dump truck reportedly swerved to avoid a car and his truck slammed into a van.
Then it was a chain reaction- three other vehicles were hit.
Diesel Fuel leaked from the dump truck slowing efforts to clear the road.
One man was transported to the hospital. The extent of his injuries is unknown.
Police say they don't know how long it will be before the road is clear.
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A truck loaded with tires overturned on Route 220 near Martinsville this afternoon.State police say the driver lost control of his tractor-trailer and tipped over.
Both northbound lanes were blocked near the Route 57-A interchange, but motorists were able to get around the accident.
No one was hurt.
If you are traveling Interstate 81, the latest sinkhole has been fixed, and traffic is back to normal.
The sinkhole opened up yesterday morning on the northbound shoulder near Natural Bridge.
Crews had to dig down about 20 feet before finding solid ground.
One travel lane had to be shut down, but it re-opened this morning.
David (Grav-lee) Gravely defied the odds.
The Dublin man wasn't expected to live when a machine weighing more than 900- pounds crushed his spine.
Today-- he returned to thank the people he says saved his life.
Teresa Hamilton has the story.
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((DAVID GRAVELY/INJURED WORKER: IF YOU GUYS HADN'T DONE IT JUST THE WAY YOU DID, I'D BE DEAD, THAT, OR I WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO STAND UP.
hospital workers reply: THAT'S WONDERFUL, THAT'S HARD TO BELIEVE.))
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David Gravely has a special bond with the staff at New River Valley Medical Center.
The men and women here were among the first to treat Gravely-- the night his life changed forever.
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((HE WAS AS CLOSE TO DEATH AS I'VE EVER SEEN A TRAUMA PATIENT COME IN AND ACTUALLY LIVE, I MEAN, HE WAS AT DEATH'S DOOR.))
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The 29- year was cleaning the inside of a press at New River Castings in Radford, back in June, when he says a power failure caused the thousand pound machine to fall on his upper body.
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((THE LAST THING I REMEMBER IS HEARING MY HARD HAT CRACK AND I SAID GOD FORGIVE ME AND THEN I BLACKED OUT.))
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((JOHN PLOTT/PARAMEDIC: I WOULDN'T HAVE GIVEN HIM MUCH CHANCE TO SURVIVE THAT, I MEAN, HE WAS SMASHED WITHIN INCHES, I MEAN, HIS TOTAL BODY FOLDED OVER, SMASHED WITHIN INCHES, BLOOD POURING OUT OF HIS FACE, JUST ESSENTIALLY NOT BREATHING.))
Gravely also acknowledges the fact he's alive and walking is a miracle-- which is why the husband and father of two wanted a reunion to say "thank you".
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((SABRINA CARICO/ER-TECH: VERY RARELY DO YOU EVER GO UP ON THE SCENE OF SOMETHING LIKE THIS AND THEN YOU HAVE THE PERSON WALK IN AND SAY "THANK YOU", VERY RARE, VERY RARE, IN FACT, I DON'T THINK I'VE EVER SEEN ANYONE WITH THAT SEVERE OF TRAUMA ACTUALLY LIVE.))
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((I'M LIVING PROOF THAT IF PEOPLE PRAY HARD ENOUGH YOU CAN MAKE IT, I SHOULD BE DEAD.))
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Inspiring words, from a man-- who, at one time, never thought he'd live to see the dawn of a new day.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7.
The week ends on a mixed note on Wall Street.
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The Dow lost 51 points.
But Nasdaq climbed 35.
Lynchburg police say they're still looking for whoever shot up two unoccupied patrol cars yesterday morning.
The two vehicles were parked on Broadway Street while officers were on a routine foot patrol in the area.
They heard five to six shots fired and ran back to their cars only to find bullet holes in the driver's side windows and doors.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 1- 888- 798- 5900.
Hundreds of Lynchburg residents are hoping to block plans to build a convenience store and strip mall in their neighborhood.
A developer wants to rezone part of this land along Boonsboro Road for the project.
But neighbors say the increase in traffic would jeopardize the safety of a nearby elementary school and rescue squad.
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((JANET HICKEY/OPPOSES DEVELOPMENT: THIS DEVELOPMENT IS FINE.. SOMEWHERE ELSE. WE SIMPLY HAVE NOT STUDIED THE ROAD WELL ENOUGH, IT IS DANGEROUS, THERE ARE SEVERAL TURNINGS, THERE HAVE BEEN SEVERAL ACCIDENTS, OUT HERE IS A THREE- LANE CONFIGURATION.))
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More than 600 people have signed a petition opposing the project.
A rally is scheduled for Sunday evening.
Lynchburg city council will take up the issue on Tuesday.
In 1813, it took less than 19-thousand dollars to build.
Today, the 7-point-2 million dollar restoration of the Virginia Executive Mansion is just seven weeks away from when Governor Jim Gilmore wanted to move back in.
And it's a mess.
Ellen Qualls has a look.
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(( This spring, the classic Federal style residence was the oldest continuously occupied governor's home in the nation.
Now, it's a scraped-out shell that's a beehive of construction activity from basement to attic.
Removing the exterior paint wasn't even part of the original plan.
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((BRYAN SLATER/SECRETARY OF ADMINISTRATION: IT WAS LATEX PAINT THAT HAD BEEN OIL-BASED. IT BEGAN TO PEEL OFF IN SHEETS. SO WE FIGURED PROBABLY THE BEST THING TO DO WAS TO GO AHEAD AND STRIP IT ALL OFF.))
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A side porch scraping revealed what Gilmore's people way was hundreds of layers of paint.
Most apparent to Richmonders was the complete removal of about 16 trees to make way for an elevator shaft addition that finally makes the Mansion handicapped accessible.
((BRYAN SLATER/SECRETARY OF ADMINISTRATION: THERE WILL BE TREES AT LEAST 10 FEET TALL PLANTED ALL THE WAY BACK TO THE BACK PART OF THE PROPERTY.))
Inside, the arched series of elegant drawing rooms has given way to new drywall, new floors, new wiring, a new hvac system, and eventually new paints.
It's hard to imagine it will all be done by the November first construction deadline.
((BRYAN SLATER/SECRETARY OF ADMINISTRATION: THEY ARE ON SCHEDULE. IT'S TIGHT. BUT THEY'RE ON SCHEDULE.))
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They better stay that way.
Or the contractor pays to house the Governor across town every day this house is NOT ready for the move back in.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
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Ricky Rudd was in the hospital today, will he drive the legendary 28 Havoline Ford Taurus next year? The Cavs hope to avoid being road kill tomorrow in Death Valley
and Dave Meyer steps in for the Hokies as they make final preparations for UAB tomorrow.
Qualifying for the Exide NASCAR Select Batteries 400 began at 5:30 today at the Richmond International Raceway and is still underway.
One Busch series note. Jeff Burton won the Bud pole for the Autolite Platinum 250 tonight at 7:30. Brother Jeff qualified third. Jeff is currently second in cup qualifying while Jeff Gordon is third.
The current pole sitter is Bobby Labonte who turned the three quarter mile track at a solid speed. Rusty Wallace just took the pole from Labonte just a few minutes a go. Complete results at 11
Ricky Rudd reportedly has food poisoning and did not practice today at Richmond for the Cup race. He will not qualify. Dick Trickle will take his place. He was taken to a local hospital for observation. Sources say Rudd is close to
announcing his appointment to drive the #28 Havoline Ford team, owned by Robert Yates Racing. in 2000
Rudd, who tested at Richmond recently, has tried to maintain his current team while main sponsor Tide pulled out it's support from him. Rudd is trying to continue his streak of winning at least one Cup race a year, a streak that is 16 years strong.
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Rudd calls the Richmond International Raceway his home track and, with only 10 Cup races remaining, there is no better spot to keep the streak alive than at Richmond.
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The Virginia Tech Hokies will be after their second straight shutout of the season tomorrow when they host the UAB Blazers.
Alabama Birmingham has failed to score on the Tech defense each of the past two seasons.
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With Michael Vick sitting out tomorrow's game, the Tech offense will be in the hands of junior quarterback Dave Meyer, who played well in the second half last week.
Meyer threw a TD pass against UAB last season, but he's likely to face a much improved defensive squad tomorrow.
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Kickoff is set for one tomorrow afternoon, the game is sold out.
The 19th ranked Virginia Cavaliers look for their second ACC win in as many games tomorrow in Death Valley against Clemson.
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Despite injury and lack of depth, the Cavaliers defense showed incredible heart in stopping dangerous Ronald Curry last Week against North Carolina.
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The Wahoos face another offense that can be dangerous. Clemson likes to spread the field and use the no huddle offense.
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The Ferrum College Panthers will find out just how good they are tomorrow when they host the Emory & Henry Wasps.
This marquee division three matchup is the second game of the year for both teams and a game the Panthers desperately need to feel good about their progress.
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In other college football around the state, VMI is hosting Concord.
Kickoff for new head coach Cal McCombs' first home game is one.
Washington and Lee is welcoming ODAC rival Guilford.
The action starts at one.
And in Lynchburg, Marshall comes to town for a 7 PM contest.
Hurricane Dennis may have delivered some much- needed rain to central Virginia last weekend, but water restrictions will remain in effect in the city of Bedford.
City manager Craig Meadows said today that recent rains have completely refilled Bedford's reservoir.
Just two weeks ago, the water level was five feet below the spillway.
Meadows says it appears the city's water crisis has passed, but restrictions will remain in effect until at least next Tuesday.
That's when Bedford city council meets to decide whether to lift the ban.
There's too MUCH water in some parts of Virginia. The storms that came through yesterday afternoon really unloaded on the Norfolk area a few hours later. Then more arrived this morning.
You can see the end-result .. some real headaches today for drivers in the Tidewater.
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The economy is booming --- and that should mean prosperous times for businesses.
But for many small urban business in Roanoke --- staying in business is a challenge -- especially when they are forc
ed to compete with larger companies.
A program started by The Regional Chamber of Commerce is hoping to change all that -- and give these small business the edge they need to compete successfully.
Tonight on News 7 at 11, we'll tell the struggles many small business are facing, and what the Regional Chamber of Commerce is doing about it.
We will join the second U.S. Open women's semi-final in progress next. Join us again for News 7 at 11.
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