Ahead on NEWS 7 at six...
It was a crime that made headlines around the country.
On the eve of sentencing for Ronald Gay-- we'll hear from some in the gay community about the impact the shooting has had on life in Roanoke.
Plus, police investigate an overnight shooting in Danville.
In sports, the Winston Cup drivers were in New Hampshire for the running of the New England 300 more from the Commonwealth games.
And David Duval wins the British Open for his first Major in 27 Grand Slam events.
A warm and sunny weekend wraps up today but it looks like the weather will be changing starting tomorrow afternoon. We've got rain in the forecast and the details are next.
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((I BELIEVE MR. GAY WILL BE AT A BETTER ADVANTAGE ONCE HE IS BEHIND BARS BECAUSE HE WON'T HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO COMMIT THIS CRIME AGAIN.))
Her uncle was killed by the man responsible for what many call the worst hate crime in Roanoke.
Tomorrow - Ronald Gay learns his fate.
Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.
Sentencing for Ronald Gay is expected to be handed down in Roanoke Circuit Court tomorrow morning.
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Gay has already pleaded guilty to shooting 7 people inside the Backstreet Cafe on September 22-nd.
The 55 year old told the court that the Lord wanted him to murder homosexuals.
Gay killed Danny Lee Overstreet and left six others injured.
Kate Weidaw went to find out if the gay community has changed because of the shooting.
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[vids shot of file, then today shots, then quick shot of Ronald Gay]
The flowers and candles that once covered the sidewalk outside the Backstreet Cafe are gone .... but the memories of the night Ronald Gay shot seven people are not.
((CATHERINE HOUCHINS/GAY PASTOR: IT'S STILL SOMETHING THAT'S TALKED ABOUT NOT IN A NEGATIVE WAY BUT MORE IN HOW DID YOU GET THROUGH IT.))
Catherine Houchin is the pastor of Metropolitan Community Church, a predominately gay church in Roanoke. Houchins says the shooting changed the Star City forever.
((CATHERINE HOUCHINS: IT MADE ROANOKE LOOK AT SOME BROADER ISSUES AND SOME INCLUSIVE ISSUES AS A PART OF THEIR COMMUNITY THAT MANY WEREN'T AWARE WERE A PART OF THEIR COMMUNITY.))
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Many in the gay community say the candlelight vigils that honored victims of the shooting led not only Roanoke - but the country - to be more aware that hate crimes can happen any where.
Eddie Radliffe made sure others knew the hardships that resulted from the shooting ... He created Roanoke- 7 dot com.
((EDDIE RADLIFFE: IT WAS INITIALLY STARTED TO PRIMARILY DOCUMENT THE EVENTS OF WHAT HAPPENED WE FELT IT WAS IMPORTANT WITH THE INTERNET BECAUSE YOU HAVE WORLD WIDE EXPOSURE.))
[file shots of kathy caldwell getting her hand checked]
The web site resulted in thousands of dollars in donations to help victims of the shooting pay their medical bills.
((EDDIE RADLIFFE: THE FACT IS WE NEVER RECEIVED ONE PHONE CALL OFFERING TO ASSIST THE VICTIMS FROM ANY HATE CRIME ORGANIZATION OR HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATION IN THE COUNTRY AND I FIND THAT APPALLING.))
And there are some that are skeptical of how the shooting has changed the community.
((MISTY OVERSTREET: I DON'T BELIEVE IN A YEAR'S TIME AN ENTIRE COMMUNITY CAN CHANGE THEIR ATTITUDES TOWARDS GAYS AND MINORITIES THAT'S A LONG STEP FORWARD.))
[file shot of danny, also file shots of pictures of him at the vigils]
Misty Overstreet lost her Uncle Danny in the shooting. She says her family doesn't hate Ronald Gay.
((MISTY OVERSTREET: I BELIEVE HE IS A HUMAN BEING WHO COMMITTED THIS CRIME BECAUSE HE THOUGHT HE COULD GET AWAY WITH IT AND HE THOUGHT A LOT OF PEOPLE FEEL THE SAME WAY HE DID AND IT WOULD GO UNPUNISHED.))
[gay in courtroom]
Overstreet says she believes the expected sentence of four life terms plus 60 years behind bars will send a message to other criminals.
[today shots outside backstreet]
While life has moved forward since the night of September 22-nd, the memories have left permanent scars.
((MISTY OVERSTREET: IT'S HARD TO BRING CLOSURE TO LIFE BECAUSE 460 YEARS CAN'T BRING MY UNCLE BACK BUT IT CAN KEEP OTHERS SAFE AND THAT'S ENOUGH CLOSURE FOR THE COMMUNITY.))
Overstreet will be in the courtroom Monday morning to hear Gay's fate. Kate Weidaw News7 Roanoke.))
One man remains in the hospital this evening after a shooting in Danville last night.
Police say it happened around 11-15 at the corner of North Main and New Street.
Several police arrived to find a large crowd and 18-year-old Lamarcus Germaine Childress who had been shot in the left side above his belt.
Childress was taken to a hospital where he was admitted overnight though police say his wound does NOT appear to be life threatening.
Authorities say it is unclear what caused the dispute.
Also in Danville, early this morning police respond to a hold up at a local business where at least one shot was fired.
Police say it happened around two o'clock at the Fast Mart on West Main Street.
The clerk says two men came in... one produced a gun, held it to the clerk's head, and demanded money.
Police say a shot WAS fired but it missed the clerk.
The men then took money out of the register and ran.
Tuesday's Salem Avalanche game will help out the cab driver who fell victim to a robbery earlier this year.
For every ticket sold, a dollar will go to help John Powers.
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Powers is the Yellow Cab driver who was shot in the back on April first in Roanoke.
Two men have been arrested and charged with the shooting which
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left Powers paralyzed from the waist down.
With his medical bills piling up, the Salem Avalanche decided to help.
You can purchase tickets at the Yellow Cab center on Shenandoah Avenue in Roanoke for Tuesday's game.
An unsavory record in the Commonwealth - as smog reaches a new high.
We'll have details, just ahead.
Plus... as officials continue to wrestle over a Roanoke landmark's future... we're looking back at some of the entertainment from times past... at Victory Stadium.
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Police are not reporting new leads or information on the man who was sent to the hospital after an incident on the Blue Ridge Parkway last night.
Police say the man was driving Southbound on the Blue Ridge Parkway, nearing the Roanoke Mountain Overlook Exit, when he and his wife heard a shot from a high-powered pellet gun.
Then the man was struck in the head by a B-B that police believe was NOT fired from a standard B-B gun - but was instead fired with a high-powered device.
The B-B - which flew in threw the passenger's open window - struck the driver in the head - where it was embedded when police arrived.
Police said his injuries did not appear life-threatening.
He was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Roanoke County Police say they have an idea of where the B-B was fired from - and they will continue investigating.
It looks like it may be a record year for smog violations in Virginia.
As of last week, monitoring stations across the state had reported 126 violations of federal smog limits.
By this time in 1998, only 60- violations had been recorded.
Ozone pollution comes primarily from automobiles and coal burning power plants.
The future of Roanoke's Victory Stadium remains in limbo - after a bond including millions for its replacement failed to pass city council last week.
But Roanoke's City Manager promises the issue will be back.
In this week's Virginia Newsreel - we're looking back at some highlights from Victory Stadium's 59-year history in Roanoke.
Here's Joe Dashiell.
[IN-Q=The embattled Victory]
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The embattled Victory Stadium was originally created, in part -
[Tech -VMI game footage from TAPE A-5 TC 21:41]
to keep a favorite battle of football fans here in Roanoke.
When the Stadium was dedicated in 1942 - it hosted the 40-th Thanksgiving Day showdown of V-M-I and Virginia Tech... a faceoff that had come to be known as - "the military football classic of the South".
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In 1961 - it was PRO- football that brought out the crowds for an exhibition game between the Baltimore Colts and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
[George Preas (#60) from STADIUM FILE TAPE TC 1:47:18]
Colts' Right Tackle and Roanoke native George Preas (PREE-uss),
[Johnny Unitas (#19) closeup from STADIUM FILE TAPE TC 1:47:10]
along with quarterback Johnny Unitas (UNITE-uss), helped the Colts
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[Colts (white uniform) touchdown or running the ball]
put on a spectacular first quarter show but the
[Steelers (black uniform) touchdown or running the ball]
Steelers came back strong to claim victory.
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While the pro's chose Victory Stadium forty years ago... by the year 2-THOUSAND - one local HIGH SCHOOL football coach told City Council the Stadium was in such poor condition - it was an embarrassment.
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((George Miller/William Fleming High School: NOW THAT I'M RETIRED I'M STILL ANSWERING QUESTIONS FROM FORMER ATHLETES AND PRESENT ATHLETES ALIKE, COACH WHY DO WE HAVE TO PLAY UNDER THESE CONDITIONS, WHY IS IT THAT WE CAN GO ELSEWHERE AND PLAY UNDER MUCH BETTER CONDITIONS THAN PLAYING AT HOME. I'D RATHER PLAY AWAY.))
[OUT Q=rather play away.]
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Victory Stadium WASN'T just about football in its hey-day...
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In the 1950s - PRO- WRESTLING found quite an audience on summer nights... as crowds
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turned out to cheer - or heckle - the wrestlers.
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It was a much tamer crowd that turned out
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to catch TV-star LASSIE's 1957 appearance at the Stadium.
[people in line from TAPE 98-37 TC 6:57]
But it was another appearance - just three years ago - that
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brought Victory Stadium its biggest crowd ever.
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[IN Q=Fans cheering as Dave walks on stage]
[OUT Q=NATS cheering]
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Fans traveled from all across the country to catch the kickoff of the Dave Matthews Band world tour in 1998.
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30-THOUSAND - turned out for the concert...
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outnumbering the previous record set by the 22-THOUSAND-5-HUNDRED
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who turned out for the first Tech- VMI game day at the stadium.
That's Virginia Newsreel. I'm Joe Dashiell.))
Still ahead on NEWS 7 at six...
Flooding in the mountain state washed away homes and belongings... now new concern it could dampen some students' plans for college.
Plus, the wheels are turning for a local man who's turned a hobby into a second career.
There's growing concern in West Virginia that college students who lost their homes in recent flooding will not make it back to school.
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More than 11- thousand students who attend Marshall University are from flood-afflicted counties in southern West Virginia.
Another 38- hundred attend West Virginia University.
To help students get back on their feet... officials say students who lost their homes and possessions can get extra financial help this fall.
They should contact their financial aid office for assistance.
Retirement for one Amherst County man led to a promising future as a mechanic, but not for cars...
Steve Smallshaw has his story in this week's "Virginia Profile".
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(( Ted Hughes knew when he retired from his engineering job at VDOT six years ago, sitting around the house was not an option.
Then he and his wife were at an auction in Buena Vista, when they spotted their first horse- drawn carriage.
((THEY DIDN'T MAKE MANY SLEIGHS AFTER 1900...))
What started as a hobby is now his second career: restoring old sleighs, buggies and carriages.
Learning as he goes, Hughes has brought back to life vehicles most people have only seen in a history book.. and a business has blossomed with word of mouth his only advertisement.
((TED HUGHES/CHALKLEVEL BUGGY WORKS: I'VE DONE SOME WORK FOR A MUSEUM UP IN BECKLEY, WEST VIRGINIA. WORD JUST GETS AROUND, I DON'T KNOW HOW BUT IT GETS AROUND.. PEOPLE CALL ME FROM ALL OVER.))
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Now his days are spent in his cluttered shop in the Temperance area of Amherst County.
In here, parts of one sleigh await painting.. the frame of a wagon is need of its body.
Hughes works on at least three different projects at the same time.. and has enough work right now to keep him busy for the next couple of years.
((TED HUGHES/CHALKLEVEL BUGGY WORKS: LOT OF PEOPLE USE 'EM.. THEY HAVE 'EM, BUY 'EM AND REUSE 'EM. SOME PEOPLE JUST WANT THEM RESTORED BECAUSE THEY'RE FAMILY HEIRLOOMS AND THINGS LIKE THAT. BUT YOU'D BE SURPRISED.. THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT DRIVE THEM.))
[OUT Q=that drive them.]
((HUGHES: MOST OF 'EM WANT IT, THEY WAIT 'TIL THEY WANT IT BEFORE THEY BRING IT AND THEY WANT IT RIGHT AWAY, BUT I DON'T RUSH IT. YOU CAN'T RUSH THIS WORK, YOU GOT TO TAKE YOUR TIME WITH IT.))
[OUT Q=time with it.]
While he does send some pieces off for special reconstruction, Hughes does most of the work himself in his own shop.
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Wheels are reconstructed spoke by spoke.. the dash of an old sleigh painstakingly recreated to match its former size and shape.
It's time- consuming work but satisfaction, Hughes says, can be found in a job well done.
[IN Q=It does you]
((TED HUGHES: IT DOES YOU GOOD TO SEE ONE COME IN IN A PILE AND YOU FINISH IT AND PEOPLE ARE SATISFIED AND YOU KNOW THAT YOU'VE DONE SOMETHING THAT CAN'T BE REPLACED AND IT JUST GIVES YOU A GOOD FEELING.))
[OUT Q=a good feeling.]
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Amherst County.))
And coming up in sports, David Duvall wins the British Open, The Tigers and Indians battled in Cleveland.
And Virginia Tech freshman running back Kevin Jones put on a show in an all star game in Pennsylvania last night.
David Duval has finally won a major on the P-G-A tour cruising to victory in the British Open.
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Duval started the day tied for the lead at six under.
He took the lead after birdies on 2 straight par five holes and never looked back. Duval fired a final round 4 under par 67 for a total of 10 under par and a three shot victory over Sweden's Niclas Fast, who finished at 7 under.
The 29 year old Duval wins his first major after 27 grand slam events.
Defending champion Tiger Woods matched par at 71 to finish at 1 under par.
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Dale Jarrett passed his teammate Ricky Rudd with 5 laps to go and he wins the New England 300.
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5 laps into the race, Elliott Sadler and Joe Nemechek get together and crash in turn 3 bringing out the first caution of the day.
Jeff Gordon, who started on the pole, would dominate the early laps and he was the leader after 34.
But Dale Jarrett was making a move on lap 120 he was running a strong second closing in on gordon for first place. Jarrett was the leader after 141 laps of the race.
Ricky Rudd was in the thick of the race he was in second place chasing his teammate Jarrett with 191 laps to go.
Kyle Petty was having a good run too. He was in the 20-th spot with 99 laps left in the race.
On a re-start after a caution with 5 laps to go, Jarrett blew by Rudd for the lead and he takes the checkered flag winning the New England 300.
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Jeff Gordon was second, Rudd third, Jimmy Spencer fourth and Tony Stewart fifth.
Detroit was in Cleveland this afternoon for a big American League showdown with tthe Indians.
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Jim Thome would break a one to one tie when he takes this pitch deep over the right field wall for a three run homer and the Indians jumped out to the 4 to 1 lead.
Detroit answered in the top of the fourth Jose Macius hits the ground out to second but Randall Simon crosses the plate to score to make it 4 to 2 Cleveland.
But Thome had the hot bat in the bottom of the fifth he hits this grounder up the middle it scores a run to make it 6 to 2 and Cleveland wins it 6 to 3.
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The athletic performances are obviously a part of the Commonwealth Games, but the participants are the only ones who have their abilities tested on the fields.
44 soccer teams are in the valley this weekend ranging in age from 12 and under to adult.
A crew of three referees is needed for each game. Some of these men and women will work eight to 10 games over the two day period.
So they have to be in shape.
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The referees move up and down the field with the play and there's always a chance for an injury.
Debbie Lieber (LEE-ber) turned her ankle on an uneven part of the field.
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The Commonwealth Games track and field competition continued today at Salem High School.
This day was dedicated to older athletes. Participants were 15 to 81 years old.
All the traditional track disciplines were represented...hurdles, long jump, and discus, for example.
300 athletes competed at this venue throughout the day.
In a couple of weeks, The Virginia Tech Hokies will begin their pre-season football practice.
Freshman running back Kevin Jones put on a show last night in an all star game between Pennsylvania and Ohio.
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Jones, who started in the Pennsylvania backfield, scored the first two times he touched the ball in the first quarter.
He scored on runs of 50 and 60 yards and Pennsylvania won the game 31 to 29. Jones didn't break the record but he rushed for over 140 yards and was named the teams M-V-P.
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