The untimely death of a local jail inmate has his family asking hard questions.
Plus, the Franklin County murder trial of a teenager ends with the boy headed back to jail.
We'll have the verdict.
Tonight in Sports - the Commonwealth Games prepares for a non-stop weekend.
We'll check in on day two of the Falcons' camp.
And check out the qualifying rundown from New Hampshire where Kyle Petty made an emotional return.
The weekend is shaping up nicely for outdoor activities with mid 80s for highs and sunshine for most. Details coming up.
News 7 is next.
This may be the scene once again at a Montgomery County business as a satellite television provider prepares to dish out 1-thousand new jobs.
[SS=News 7 at Six]
Good evening, I'm Shannon Young.
Keith Humphry is off tonight.
You heard it right. ANOTHER one thousand jobs at EchoStar, the company that opened its Christiansburg call center last November.
EchoStar already has a thousand people on the job at the Falling Branch Industrial Park.
A company official says the digital satellite television company will bring on 3-hundred more workers in the next month, with another 700 jobs added before winter arrives.
Positions will be added in the customer service and promotions departments.
The new jobs come as EchoStar gears up for Fall, which the company says is the busiest time for the dish network industry.
The verdict is in, and it's a split decision.
15 year old Alexander Hudson is NOT guilty of murder, but is guilty of robbery .. a verdict that means Hudson could get life in prison.
Kate Weidaw has the story from inside, and outside, the Franklin County Courthouse.
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[SUPER=03-Rocky Mount; :00]
[SUPER=01-Chris Kowalczuk/Defense Attorney]
[SUPER=01-Cliff Hapgood/Franklin Co. Prosecutor]
[OUT Q=kw news7 Franklin Co.]
(( Alexander Hudson spent what would be soon be his last private moments with his girlfriend outside the courthouse.
[NAT BREAK TO GIVE PAUSE TO HIS EYES GLARING AT THE CAMERA]
Inside, the courthouse jurors reviewed evidence during yesterdays trial. The prosecution showed the boot from which the shoe lace came that was used to strangle to death 61 year old Ralph English. As well as the clothes bought from the 6-thousand dollars stolen off of English after he was killed. All along the defense claimed Hudson was only a lookout while his cousin and friend committed the crime.
After 8 hours of deliberating, the jury announced its decision.
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((WE THE JURY FIND THE DEFENDANT ALEXANDER HUDSON GUILT OF ROBBERY AS CHARGED IN THE INDICTMENT.))
Hudson sat without an expression after the verdict was read his family showed its disappointment.
((CHRIS KOWALCZUK: MR. HUDSON IS OBVIOUSLY RELIEVED THAT THE JURY DID NOT CONVICT HIM OF CAPITAL MURDER AND FIRST DEGREE MURDER.))
But Kowulczuk plans to appeal the jury's verdict on the robbery charge. Both he and prosecutor Cliff Hapgood felt the jury had worked hard to reach its decision.
((CLIFF HAPGOOD: IT WAS A VERY TOUGH CASE FOR EVERYONE TO BE IN AND I'M SURE THE JURY REALLY DELIBERATED VERY HARD AND THOUGHT THIS THING OUT ALL THE WAY THROUGH.))
((KATE WEIDAW: THE JUDGE REVOKED HUDSON'S BOND SO HE WILL REMAIN IN THE FRANKLIN COUNTY JAIL UNTIL HE IS SENTENCED ON OCTOBER FIFTH. HE FACES FIVE YEARS TO LIFE IN PRISON. KATE WEIDAW NEWS7 FRANKLIN COUNTY.))
Authorities have few leads in a drive by shooting that killed a Pittsylvania County man overnight.
The Sheriff's Department responded to this home on Rockford School Road just before one this morning.
Witnesses say as many as two men got out of a car, started shooting, got back in the car and kept firing.
That's when 22 year old Marcus Dawson stepped out of the home and was hit in the upper body by a bullet.
Deputies say they have no motive and only a poor description of the car.
[IN Q=From the witnesses that were outside]
((MAJOR GARY GOODSON/PITTSYLVANIA CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: FROM THE WITNESSES THAT WERE OUTSIDE SAID IT WAS A DARK COLORED
SMALL COMPACT. WE DO KNOW POSSIBLY TWO INDIVIDUALS IN THAT VEHICLE. THE ONLY OTHER THING WE KNOW THAT IT HEADED NORTH TOWARDS HURT FROM ROCKFORD SCHOOL ROAD.))
[SUPER=01-Maj. Gary Goodson/Pittsylvania Co. Sheriff's Dept.]
[OUT Q=Rockford School Road]
The body has been sent to Roanoke for an autopsy.
Another murder in Southside, this one in South Boston.
Police responded to Briggs Street just before three this morning.
They found 21 year old Kimberly Ann Martin dead on the couch.
Authorities are not saying how she died.
A first degree murder warrant has been issued for 22 year old Lawrence Maurice Watson.
Police also discovered a 14 month child who was not hurt.
The family of a Bedford jail inmate says it has a lot of questions but very few answers as to how he died over the weekend.
38- year- old Ronald Overstreet Junior died Tuesday at Lynchburg General Hospital.. a medical examiner has ruled the cause of death as blunt force trauma.
Overstreet's family says he suffered a severe head injury.. but they don't know if he was attacked by another inmate or hit his head during a seizure.
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[IN Q=This is what]
((MARGARET OVERSTREET/MOTHER: THIS IS WHAT BOTHERS ME MOST.. THAT I FEEL LIKE MY SON WOULD BE HERE TODAY. IF THEY KNEW THAT HE WAS IN ALL THIS D-T'S ALL DAY LONG ON MONDAY, WHY DID THEY WAIT UNTIL LATE IN THE AFTERNOON TO DO SOMETHING?))
[OUT Q=to do something?]
Jail administrators have said they don't believe foul play was involved and that jail staff acted properly.
State police are investigating.
Two more former Sheriff's Deputies admit to sexual misconduct at the Danville jail.
Doyle Cook pled guilty today to seven counts of having sex with an inmate.
He faces up to 35 years in prison and a more than 17-thousand dollar fine.
Steve Terry also pled guilty to one count of having sex with an inmate.
He faces up to 5 years in prison and a 25-hundred dollar fine.
Both will be sentenced August 30th.
Two other former deputies have already plead guilty.
A fire that damaged Jefferson Forest High School in Bedford County was quickly contained this afternoon.
A sheriff's deputy driving by the school noticed smoke coming from the building around 4:30.
Fire crews responded and had the blaze knocked down within a matter of minutes.
Authorities say about a 15- by- 15 foot area of the roof was burned.. it was the same area where workers had been replacing the roof earlier in the day.
The school is being completely renovated to rid itself of bacteria and ventilation problems.
A bookeeper who admitted to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from local charities learns his fate... even while the victims struggle to get back on their feet.
That's next on News 7 at Six.
And the sun sets on a Landmark roadside motel.
Soon it'll go up for sale.
When a Christiansburg bookkeeper stole hundreds of thousands of dollars, he essentially robbed from those who needed it most.
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For that-- Rick Poff will spend 30- months in prison and have to pay back nearly 760- thousand dollars.
Poff stole the money mainly from various charities, including New River Community Action which helps families with everything from child care to food.
The agency lost nearly 400- thousand dollars-- and in some instances checks to cover rent for low income families even bounced.
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[IN Q=I was very pleased]
((TERRY SMUSZ/NEW RIVER COMMUNITY ACTION EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: I WAS VERY PLEASED WITH THE RESTITUTION ORDER FROM THE COURT. THAT WILL CERTAINLY HELP AND HELP RECOVER THOSE FUNDS WE HOPE OVER A PERIOD OF TIME.))
[SUPER=01-Terry Smusz/New River Comm. Action Executive Dir.; :00]
[OUT Q=period of time.]
[VO-NAT 9 plus pad]
Rick Poff told the court he was sorry but disputed the amount the government says he stole.
Poff contends it was much less.
He will report to prison in 30- days.
Blacksburg's oldest manufacturing company is celebrating 50-years in business today.
Electro-Tec produces slip rings for various industries and defense products.
The facility started production in 19-51 and employs 150-people.
Its one-hundred thousand square feet of manufacturing space helps give Blacksburg the distinction of being the slip ring capital of the world.
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[IN Q=IT IS A TOUGH]
((STEVEN J. SCHAEFER/PRESIDENT, SLIP RING GROUP; IT IS A TOUGH ECONOMY TO DO BUSINESS IN OUR CUSTOMERS REALIZE THAT TOO SO WE HAVE TO WORK EXTRA HARD TO SERVICE AND ACTUALLY TO GROW.))
[SUPER=01-Steven Schaefer/Electro-Tec President;]
[OUT Q=ACTUALLY TO GROW.]
Company officials say they're expanding during the current tough economic times.
Electro-Tec's co-founder, Jim Pandapas (pan-DAP-as) was on hand for today's celebration.
A profit warning from Microsoft sent the stock market lower today.
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The DOW dropped 33-points.
NASDAQ fell 17.
The city of Danville and State Police teamed up today to check on the safety of trucks carrying hazardous materials.
In a four hour period officers pulled over nearly fifty trucks on U.S. 29 near Corning Drive.
They were looking at safety equipment and shipping papers, as well as making sure chemicals were stored properly.
Although most of the violations were minor, inspectors did find one major problem.
[IN Q=The lugg nuts on the wheel]
((DOUG YOUNG/DEPT. OF EMERGENCY SERVICES: THE LUG NUTS ON THE WHEEL WERE LOOSE ENOUGH WHERE THE INSPECTOR JUST SCREWED IT OFF WITH HIS HANDS. SO THAT MEANING THE WHEEL COULD COME OFF GOING DOWN THE WORD, IN THIS CASE IT WAS A TANKER TRUCK, COULD CAUSE A REAL BIG EMERGENCY IF THE WHEEL CAME OFF DOWN THE ROAD.))
[SUPER=01-Doug Young/Dept. of Emergency Services]
[OUT Q=down the road]
Altogether, inspectors found 29 violations, 22 of which involved safety problems.
It has been a mainstay on West Main Street in Salem, but soon the Windsor Motel will make way for a new business.
Joe Dashiell has the story of the landmark, and the family who called the small hotel home.
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[IN Q=The first time they put it up... ]
[SUPER=01-Rubye Nixon/Windsor Motel; :00]
[SUPER=01-Charlie Snead/Windsor Motel; :48]
[OUT Q=JD News 7 Salem]
(([OPENS ON NAT SOUND 04:26:19]
[IN Q=The first time they put it up]
((THE FIRST TIME THEY PUT IT UP, I WAS IN TEARS. I REALLY WAS. I GOT VERY SENTIMENTAL ABOUT IT.))
[OUT Q=I got very sentimental about it.]
Rubye Nixon and Charlie Snead know it's time to move on, but it was still an emotional week as they prepared to sell furnishings from the motel their parents built 55 years ago.
[IN Q=My father usually stayed]
((MY FATHER USUALLY STAYED IN THE BACKGROUND. HE ALWAYS LET HER BE THE BOSS, AND SHE WAS QUITE A LADY AND WE REALLY MISS HER. BUT SHE WORKED AWFULLY HARD HERE, AND SHE HAD ASKED US TO TAKE CARE OF IT TO THE END, BUT I KNOW SHE KNOWS THAT THE TIME IS HERE AND IT HAS TO GO.))
[OUT Q=to buy a lot of this furniture.]
Effie and Charles Snead had operated a small motel on Lee Highway, and in 1946 they decided to build on West Main in Salem.
Their son came up with the name.
[IN Q=I don't know if that was at the time of the Bates Motel]
((I DON'T KNOW IF THAT WAS AT THE TIME OF THE BATES MOTEL, BUT MAYBE THAT WOULD HAVE CONVINCED ME, NO WAY WOULD WE CALL IT SNEADS MOTEL.))
[OUT Q=no way would we call it Snead's motel.]
They settled on Windsor, as in "House of Windsor."
And there were other unique touches, from the room numbers that started with 401, to the cherry furniture inside.
[IN Q=I went with my mother]
((I WENT WITH MY MOTHER TO BUY A LOT OF THIS FURNITURE.))
[OUT Q=to buy a lot of this furniture]
Effie Snead retired at the age of 99, and was 101 when she passed away two summers ago.
Soon one of the last motor courts will make way for a gas station and convenience store, but the family is proud that for more than 50 years the Windsor lived up to the promise on its postcard... "a home away from home."
Joe Dashiell News 7 Salem))
Coming up tonight on the Big 7, a Kyle faces the pain and make the field at New Hampshire.
We'll meet a young girls with a disability who embodies what the Commonwealth Games are all about.
Plus, Steve Mason has the day number two report from the Falcons' camp.
Jeff Gordon won the pole for Sunday's New England 300 during time trials this afternoon.
This also was a day of accomplishment for Kyle Petty.
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Kyle's son Adam died here last May, and Kyle hadn't been back to the track to race since.
He thought about skipping this weekend's race, as well, but instead he's racing in an all-black Dodge with the words "Adam Petty - Forever in our Hearts" on the side.
Kyle qualified 26th. Here's the entire starting grid.
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[SUPER=0107-1. Jeff Gordon/131.769/2. Mark Martin//3. Jeremy Mayfield//4. Bobby Hamilton//5. Steve Park//;]
[SUPER=0107-6. Todd Bodine//7. Robert Pressley//8. Ken Schrader//9. Dale Jarrett//10. Jeff Burton//;]
[SUPER=0107-11. Ron Hornaday//12. Bill Elliott//13. Jimmy Spencer//14. Ricky Rudd//15. Johnny Benson//;]
[SUPER=0107-16. Hut Stricklin//17. John Andretti//18. Michael Waltrip//19. Rick Mast//20. Ricky Craven//;]
[SUPER=0107-21. Matt Kenseth//22. Mike Wallace//23. Rusty Wallace//24. Kevin Harvick//25. Tony Stewart//;]
[SUPER=0107-26. Kyle Petty//27. Casey Atwood//28. Joe Nemechek//29. Dale Earnhardt Jr.//30. Terry Labonte//;]
[SUPER=0107-31. Ward Burton//32. Kurt Busch//33. Elliott Sadler//34. Dave Blaney//35. Bobby Labonte//;]
[SUPER=0107-36. Robby Gordon//37. Sterling Marlin//38. Jerry Nadeau//39. Brett Bodine//40. Stacy Compton//;]
[SUPER=0107-41. Jason Leffler//42. Kevin Lepage//43. Buckshot Jones//;]
[OUT Q=...last driver."]
The Commonwealth Games opening ceremonies are set for tonight at 8 at the Roanoke Civic Center.
The games showcase folks of varying athletic abilities and even some with disabilities.
For example, 11 year old Kayla McAlexander of Floyd County is deaf.
But she's competing in the games with the Floyd County 10 and under basketball team.
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[IN Q="She was...]
[SUPER=01-Steve McAlexander/Kayla's Coach & Father; :]
[OUT Q=......what we're doing."]
Despite being deaf, Kayla's made the all star team two years in a row at Virginia Tech's basketball camp.
And while on the court, She receives the plays through sign from her mother Wanda.
Day two of Atlanta Falcons training camp and former Hokie Michael Vick continues to look sharp.
Head coach Dan Reeves says Vick is his number two quarterback.
But Steve Mason says that doesn't mean the superstar has been excused from the rookie hazing.
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[IN Q=first audio]
[SUPER=03-Greenville, SC; :00]
[SUPER=01-Michael Vick/NFL's Top Draft Pick; :15]
[SUPER=01-Ray Buchanan/Falcons Defensive Back; :51]
[SUPER=01-Chris Chandler/Falcons Quarterback; :58]
[SUPER=01-Dan Reeves/Falcons Head Coach; 1:14]
[SUPER=01-Jack Burns/Falcons Quarterback Coach; 1:35]
[OUT Q=Mason, News-7 Sports.]
The Barbers open their respective training camps next week, but if you open up this week's edition of
Sports Illustrated you'll think you're in a time warp.
The good natured Twins are dressed like children on a playground for the cover picture of a huge 7 page article that a(------------)
lso features photos of the Barbers as babies and with their wives.