Coming up on News-7...
A social service organization in Martinsville speaks out in the aftermath of a troubled family's murder-suicide.
And three women have a lot to gain from a very long joy ride at the Salem Fair.
In sports, Injuries continue to sideline some players two days befor Major League Baseball's All Star game.
And Pete Sampras wins one for the record books at Wimbledon this afternoon.
Temperature sneaking into the 90s late this afternoon and it's likely to happen again tomorrow. Details ahead.
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((WE REALLY WANTED TO REACH OUT AT THIS TIME TO FAMILIES THAT FEEL THEY NEED SOME SPECIAL ASSISTANCE.))
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A Martinsville agency says it wants to prevent another family crisis from turning deadly.
Good evening, I'm Marya Jones filling in for Teresa Hamilton.
Police say the pressure was to much for a Martinsville man who killed his family and then turned the gun on himself. That incident has one Martinsville agency hoping to get the message out that there's a place people can turn to in a time of need.
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Joy Sutton is outside Piedmont Community Services in Martinsville with more on how yesterday's murder suicide may have been prevented.
(rollcue...children with disabilities. )
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[TAKE FULL SCREENS ON JOY'S CUE]
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More than 700 mourners turned out for the burial of a Farmville mother and daughter who police say were killed by the daughter's ex-husband.
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78-year-old Suzanne Arena and 50-year old Susan Varner were found dead in their homes Wednesday.
Police arrested Varner's ex-husband -- Reginald Varner -- after finding a bloodied ax in the back of his car.
The women owned Suzi's Antiques in downtown Farmville -- known for supplying costumes to films, including the movie "Titanic."
A protest in Connecticut this weekend targeted a Southwest Virginia prison.
Dozens of relatives of inmates sent to the Wallens Ridge Correctional Facility in Big Stone Gap protested the transfers yesterday.
The rally included relatives of Lawrence James Frazier -- a Connecticut inmate who died last week after he was shocked with a stun gun at Wallens Ridge.
Relatives of David Tracy also attended the rally.
The 20-year-old killed himself at the prison in April.
Governor James Gilmore says Virginia is already ahead of the pack when it comes to Internet technology.
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That was the focus of a meeting today of the National Governor's Association in Pennsylvania.
General Colin Powell addressed the group, urging them to do more to mentor children to bring them into the high-tech workforce in their states.
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[SUPER=01-Gov. Jim Gilmore]
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: HE ALSO MADE A POINT OF POINTING OUT THAT HE'S ON THE BOARD OF AOL, WHICH IS A VIRGINIA CORPORATION. AND WHEN YOU ADD UUNET, PSI, ETC., VIRGINIA REALLY IS THE INTERNET CAPITOL OF THE WORLD. SO, I THINK IT'S PRODUCTIVE TO EXAMINE SOME OF THESE COMPLEX ISSUES AND I THINK WE'RE ONLY BEGINNING TO DO THAT.))
[OUT Q=beginning to do that.]
39 governors from around the nation attended the session.
Business at a Northern Virginia airport has taken off faster than at any of the nation's 30 largest airports.
According to a new report, Dulles Airport's passenger volume increased 26 percent to nearly 20 million passengers last year.
The report says the growth stems from United Airline's decision to make Dulles a hub for international flights.
Still ahead on News 7 at 6,
The Roanoke County Health Department will reopen in Vinton, we'll tell you when.
And ten days down and five thousand dollars up for grabs.
See who hopes to be the winner in the Spin Till You Win contest.
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Authorities have released the name of a man who was killed after a car fell on him and crushed him.
32 year old Stacey Wade Smith of Pearisburg died Friday while working underneath his car.
There is still no word on what made the car fall.
Almost 8 months after its roof collapsed, the Roanoke County Health Department in Vinton will reopen its doors tomorrow.
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Last year, the roof fell in while being repaired -- officials believed the weight from the new material caused it to give way.
In the meantime the health department has been operating out of the Roland E. Cook Elementary School.
Look out for false labels on herbal and nutritional supplements.
And kids playing several sports is better than children who just play one, according to new research.
Dr. Dave Hnida (NYE-duh) has those stories and more in Health Week.
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IT MAY SEEM OBVIOUS- TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOURSELF AND
THE BETTER THE CHANCE YOULL LIVE A LONG AND HEALTHY
LIFE.BUT YOU PROBABLY DON'T REALIZE JUST HOW BETTER
THAT CHANCE IS.
A 14 YEAR STUDY OF MORE THAN 84-THOUSAND WOMEN SHOWS A
SENSIBLE DIET, REGULAR EXERCISE- A LITTLE ALCOHOL, AND
NO SMOKING CAN CUT THE RISK OF A HEART ATTACK BY MORE
HERBS AND NUTRITION SUPPLEMENTS ARE HOTTER THAN EVER-
BUT DO YOU REALLY GET WHAT YOURE GETTING WHEN
YOU BUY ONE?. A STUDY FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
FOUND A NUMBER OF PRODUCTS DON'T CONTAIN ANY ACTIVE
INGREDIENTS- EVEN IF THE LABEL SAYS IT DOES. FOR
EXAMPLE WHEN RESEARCHERS TESTED 32 BRANDS OF
CHONDROITIN SULFATE-WHICH IS SUPPOSED TO BE GOOD FOR
BAD JOINTS- ONLY 5 ACTUALLY CONTAINED THE AMOUNT OF
CHONDROITIN THE LABEL CLAIMED. MOST HAD LESS THAN
HALF. AND SEVERAL GINSENG PRODUCTS CONTAINED NO
GINSENG AT ALL.
FINALLY TODAY- THE TREND THESE DAYS FOR KIDS SEEMS TO
BE: PICK A SPORT- BUT PICK JUST ONE. MORE AND MORE
KIDS ARE PLAYING YEAR ROUND SOCCER- BASKETBALL,
WHATEVER- BUT THE ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS SAYS IF YOU
HAVE A ONE SPORT CHILD- YOU ARE RISKING INJURY- BOTH
PHYSICAL AND MENTAL.THEY SAY- A WELL ROUNDED ATHLETIC
CHILD IS ALLOWED TO TAKE PART IN A NUMBER OF SPORTS.-
AVOID THE STRESS FRACTURES, TENDONITIS, AND MENTAL
THAT'S A LOOK AT SOME OF THIS WEEKS TOP HEALTH STORIES.
IM DR DAVE HNIDA FOR CBS NEWS.))
It started out with ten contestants and now only three remain.
For the last ten days these three women have been vying for the prize of 5-thousand dollars during K-92's Spin Till you Win contest.
Contestants had to spend the day and night on the Giant Ferris Wheel at the Salem Fair to win the money.
Each remaining woman says the experience has been worth it.
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((TONI BIGGS: IT'S ACTUALLY PRETTY FUN AND WATCHING ALL THE SCENERY IT'S PRETTY NICE.))
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[OUT Q=pretty nice.]
((MARSHE MUNSEY: IT DID SEEM A LITTLE UNREAL TO GO 10 DAYS WITHOUT SEEING THE KIDS.... WILL POWER TO TRY AND GET THROUGH IT.))
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((SHERRI SHUPE: I WAS REALLY THINKING ABOUT LAZAR EYE SURGERY AND THE INSURANCE WON'T PAY FOR IT. SO THAT IS WHAT DROVE ME.))
The three women say they plan to split the 5-thousand dollars because they all deserve it.
She disappeared 20 years ago and still to this day has not been found.
Coming up we'll take a look back on the evidence, the trial, and the conviction in the apparent murder of Gina Ren
ee Hall --- when News 7 at 6 continues.
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It's been 20 years since the disappearance of Radford University freshman Gina Renee Hall.
Though the 18-year-old's body was nowhere to be found, her family - and a jury of one man's peers - were convinced she was never coming home...
It became a landmark case in the lawbooks.
Keith Humphry takes a look back in this week's Virginia Newsreel.
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[OUT Q=I'm Keith Humphry.]
[Open on Gina pic Tape S-136 TC 25:51]
(( By all accounts - she just wanted to go dancing.
On June 29th, 1980, Gina Hall
[TC 24:17 Jacob's Lounge building]
left in her sister Dlana's car and went to a Blacksburg nightspot.
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There, she met the man who would be convicted of her murder.
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[IN Q=Did you kill]
((Did you kill Gina Hall? E: No I did not, no I did not.))
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[hold over Epperly in prison video]
28 year old Stephen Epperly said he met Hall at the Blacksburg Marriott.
He said the two left the nightspot together
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- and went to a cabin on Claytor Lake. There, they
[Radford home tape S-136 TC 7:17]
kissed - but she didn't want more. He said she
drove him to his home in Radford, and it ended there.
[Jurors on train trestle TAPE S-136 TC 6:14]
But prosecutors led Epperly, along with a jury of 5
women and 7 men,
[Epperly on train trestle S-136 TC 6:30]
along the trail they believe Epperly ACTUALLY followed with his victim.
The trail, determined by a tracking dog, started under
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railroad bridge on Hazel Hollow Road - where the abandoned car of Gina's
[abandoned car TAPE S-136 TC 28:01]
sister was located.
From there, the dog followed Epperly's scent
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across the railroad bridge over the New River, along the tracks to Memorial Bridge and back past the makeshift landfill at the foot of Harvey Street.
Epperly believed the tracking dog
[EPPERLY IN PRISON - any shot on TAPE S-62 near following sounbite TC will do]
played a key role in his conviction. It would be a main point of contention in subsequent appeals.
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((1:39 --- I will logically, truthfully,... prove that Everett Shockley Comm Atty of Pul Co... falsely incriminated me
w/ his tracking dog evidence --- 1:52))
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[hold over Epperly in prison VO]
The Supreme Court wasn't swayed. Attorneys for Epperly have filed several appeals since. He remains behind bars today.
[EVERETT SHOCKLEY vo TAPE S-136 TC 13:58]
Prosecutor Everett Shockley believed Epperly's own words were instrumental in his conviction.
[TROOPER AUSTIN HALL TAPE S-136 TC 23:49]
Epperly reportedly told State Trooper Austin Hall he would "think about it" when Hall asked for help locating the woman's body.
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Bill Cranwell, the brother of Vinton Delegate Dick Cranwell, testified Epperly asked him a curious question:
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((58:14 And then of course the last witness today Bill Cranwell... he stated to him "What can they do to me if they don't find a body?" 58:22))
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[Prosecutor Shockley and Prosecution team TAPE S-136 TC 00:55]
Then there was the evidence - in all, 97 pieces submitted by the prosecution.
It included blood and hair samples from a bundle of clothing found near train tracks in Radford. It's believed to be the clothing Gina Hall wore the night she disappeared.
[EPPERLY being driven away in a police car from TAPE S-136 29:39]
But as a murderer was convicted - another question remained.
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((27:45 Even as the trial closed today the search for Gina Hall's body continued here in Radford -- 27:51))
[OUT-Q=here in Radford.]
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The testimony and evidence was enough to bring about the first murder conviction in Virginia without a body OR an eyewitness to a body.
[JOHN HALL (FATHER) LEAVING COURT TAPE S-136 TC 58:27]
But the conviction offered little if any consolation to a grieving father, when we asked John Hall about it 20 years ago.
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((58:59 Hall: No, no. My daughter's my first concern and I'd love to have her back ------ 59:05 ---- but it uh, it hasn
't changed my mind. I feel like the only way I'll ever know, someone has to tell me where she's at and show me - 59:16))
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[when he says "tell me" BRING UP GINA PICTURE from Tape S-136 TC 25:51]
He's still waiting.
That's Virginia Newsreel, I'm Keith Humphry.))
And coming up in sports, Pete Sampras is the men's singles champion at Wimbledon the stars continue to come up lame two days before baseball's All Star Game.
And we'll check scores and highlights from Major League Baseball games this afternoon.
Pete Sampras won a record 13-th grand slam today as he beat Patrick Rafter in 4 sets to claim the men's singles title at Wimbledon.
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After splitting the first two sets, Sampras took control. Here he returns a Rafter serve for a winner breaking him again and taking a big advantage with his serve coming up.
And it was this big serve for an ace and match point Sampras winning the match in 4 sets 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 and 6-2. Sampras has now won 53 of his last 54 matches at Wimbledon over the last 8 years.
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((PETE SAMPRAS/7-TH STRAIGHT WIMBLEDON TITLE: WELL ITS ALWAYS SPECIAL TO WIN HERE AND THE PAST WEEK AND A HALF HAS BEEN A LITTLE DIFFICULT BUT YOU KNOW THIS IS THE BIGGEST EVENT WE HAVE IN THE GAME AND YOU HAVE TO DO WHAT EVER YOU CAN TO PLAY AND THE MATCH TODAY COULD HAVE GONE THE OTHER WAY I LOSE THAT SECOND SET TIEBREAKER IT WAS A DIFFERENT STORY BUT I HAD MY PARENTS ON MY SIDE HAD GOD ON MY SIDE AND I'M NOT GETTING RELIGIOUS BUT I NEEDED A LITTLE HELP FROM UPSTAIRS.))
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[OUT Q=.....help from upstairs."]
Sampras also ties the record of seven Wimbledon titles set by Willie Renshaw in the 1880's.
The Cleveland Indians were in Cincinnati for the final game of their Interleague series before the All Star Break.
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Indian manager Charlie Manuel on a hot day in Cincy.
The Indians would get on the board first Ricky Ledee hits a grounder by the first baseman and into right field Roberto Alomar rounds the bases to score and Cleveland took the 1 to nothing lead.
The Indians added to that lead in the sixth Omar Vizquel gets all of this pitch sending it over the left field wall for a solo homer giving Cleveland the 2 to nothing lead and __ wins it __ to __.
The injuries continue to sideline players from the rosters of the All Star Teams.
Atlanta Pitcher Greg Maddux missed his start today and will sit out the game because of a sore shoulder. He'll be replaced by Cincinnati reliever Danny Graves.
Baltimore's Cal Ripken Junior joins the list. He's on the disabled list with a back injury. Ripken's teammate Mike Bordic will play in Ripkens place.
A busy afternoon in Interleague play lets check the scores.
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The Western Virginia Education Classic is bringing football back to Victory Stadium on September 16th.
The Virginia Union-Livingstone game is a fund raiser for a Total Action Against Poverty program which will help high school students stay in school.
While the game isn't until Septtember the fun will start next Saturday.
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[SUPER=01-Annette Lewis/TAP Director;]
[SUPER=01-Ivan Brewer/Virginia Union Football Player;]
[OUT Q=different energy]
Tickets go on sale at Victory Stadium July 15th at 10am. They are eight dollars in advance and five dollars for students.
Heisman trophy winner Ron Dayne is in trouble with the National Football League.
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Dayne faces a 10-thousand dollar fine from the N-F-L. The New York Giants draft pick was the only one of 254 drafted players to miss a mandatory league sponsored rookie conference last month in California.
The Giants open their training camp in a couple of weeks
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The Winston Cup drivers are in New Hampshire but so far the biggest winner has been mother nature.
The race was red flagged for a second time at 4:53 and after over an hour wait Tony Stewart was declared the winner.
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Jimmy Spencer gets out of his car limping after hitting the wall and bringing out the Caution 100 laps into the race.
Tony Stewart, riding in the middle of the pack, was the leader on lap 109 of the 300 lap race.
The a shower hit the track forcing NASCAR to red flag the race for several minutes Stewart was still leading the race at the time.
Stewart broke away from the field on the restart and he was the leader at the halfway mark of the race.
Jeff Gordon was making a move he was holding down the 8-th spot with 172 of the 300 laps in the book.
Stewart led for most of the race, Joe Nemechek was second followed by Mark Martin, Jerry Nadeau and Jeff Gordon.
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