A sheriff's deputy is shot and killed on a routine traffic stop just west of Danville.
A stroke of the Governor's pen ensures Virginia school kids will see the handwritting on the classroom wall reading: "In God We Trust."
Tonight on News 7 sports - the Steam gets an unexpected travel upgrade.
Qualifying for the Winston is getting ready to roll.
And we'll check in on the opening of the 19th annual Scott Robertson Memorial golf tournament and visit with world renowned teaching pro Davis Leadbetter.
Showers and thunderstorms continue to track in our direction. Locally heavy downpours are possible tonight.
News 7 at Six is next.
Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
And I'm Shannon Young.
A Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Deputy was shot and killed today.
He is identified as Frankie Betterton, who joined the department in September of 19-99.
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Betterton was killed during a routine traffic stop shortly after 2 PM .. along US Highway 58, west of the Danville city limits.
Police say they have identified a suspect, but we have no official word on whether that suspect is in custody.
Two people who know the family say Betterton was in his late 40's. He was married, and his wife owns an animal clinic not far from the shooting scene, in Brosville.
Justin McLeod is at the scene, and we expect to have a live report later in this newscast.
Friends of a teenager fatally shot Wednesday night are remembering him as an outgoing, and enthusiastic friend.
19 year old Delvin Hairston was killed in a drive by shooting. Police are still looking for one suspect.
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Richard Lesko has additional details on the case.
Well Shannon, so far one teen has been arrested, and police are searching for another in relation to the shooting at the intersection of 3rd and A streets in Martinsville on Wednesday.
Now, Martinsville police say they would like to talk with 19 year old Curtis Robertson Junior about the shooting.
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(( According to police, Robertson was one of two teens who shot and killed Delvin Hairston on Wednesday.
The other suspect, a 17 year old Laurel Park High School student was arrested at his home in Axton on Thursday night.
Police say the shooting stemmed from a long-standing disagreement between the boys, and an altercation at a track meet earlier in the week.
Meanwhile, students and staff at Martinsville High School are grieving the loss of a star athlete, and good friend.
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((TOM FITZGIBBONS/MARTINSVILLE HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL; ONE OF THOSE KIDS THAT WAS EVERYWHERE YOU WERE. HE SEEMED TO BE AT EVERY ATHLETIC EVENT WHETHER HE WAS PARTICIPATING OR NOT. IF HIS FRIENDS WERE IN IT, HE'D BE THERE IN THE CROWD, MAKING THE MOST NOISE, CHEERING THE LOUDEST.))
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School officials have put up a memorial wall in the High School for friends to post their memories of Delvin Hairston.
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((WE DID EVERYTHING TOGETHER. WE DID A LOT OF STUFF, WENT EVERYWHERE. WASN'T ANYTHING HE WOULD DO THAT I WOULDN'T DO.
I'M GOING TO MISS HIM. HE'LL BE TRULY MISSED.))
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((CARLOS PRESTON/MARTINSVILLE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT; YOU COULD ALWAYS COUNT ON HIM TO MAKE YOU LAUGH, AND HE DIDN'T DESERVE IT, I DON'T THINK HE DESERVED TO DIE LIKE THAT.))
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Police say two guns were used in the shooting, but neither has been found. The 17 year old suspect is being held at the Moore Detention Center in Danville without bond.
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And Shannon, funeral services for Delvin Hairston are set for this Sunday at 2 o'clock at the Martinsville Middle School.
A Roanoke man is shot dead and his admitted shooter is released.
Thirty-year-old Daryll Wayne Waller died early this morning from a gunshot wound to the abdomen.
Paul Davis McCoy admitted shooting Waller.
McCoy was questioned by Roanoke police early this morning and released.
Officers say Waller went to 1506 Aspen Street to see McCoy's daughter, Rhonda.
McCoy's daughter says her father asked Waller to leave and an argument ensued when he refused.
Authorities are still deciding whether to charge McCoy.
A local Protestant pastor has been sued by a woman who claims the preacher sexually molested her "for a number of years."
The five million dollar lawsuit was filed today by plaintiff identified only as "Jane Doe."
Between September, 1996 and the Fall of 2001 the complaint says Pastor Charles Briscoe came in repeated contact with the woman at church and at youth camping retreats.
It claims Briscoe's problems go back to 1967 when he was terminated as Associate Pastor of the Roanoke Church of God for alleged use of inappropriate language around young people.
The suit in Circuit Court alleges Briscoe pursued the woman even after she went away to college, e-mailing her almost daily trying to arrange sexual encounters with her.
Most recently Briscoe has served as pastor of the Covenant Community Church, also called the Salem Church of God. The Church of God says it has revoked Briscoe's credentials and removed him from leadership in the church. News 7 was unable to reach Briscoe for comment.
Public schools in Virginia will soon be required to post the national motto, "In God We Trust."
Today, Governor Mark Warner signed the legislation despite concerns about the cost. Warner said he's been assured that private donations will pay for the signs.
Last month, lawmakers rejected the governor's changes to nine bills and sent them back to his desk.
He has now signed all of them, including the Open Container Bill that makes it illegal to possess an open alcoholic beverage in the passenger area of a motor vehicle.
Roanoke's future IMAX Theater is a step closer to reality today.
Details next on News 7 at Six.
And some area high school students get a ghostly lesson in the dangers of drinking and driving.
He doesn't know what it will look like but the man who'll design the Art Museum of Western Virginia's new facility says the building will be inviting.
Randall Stout was today introduced as the architect hired to shape the new museum and IMAX theatre.
The Tennessee native works out of Los Angeles but has designs all over the world.
He says all his projects look different but share some similarities.
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((RANDALL STOUT/ARCHITECT: THERE'S A SENSE OF WELCOMING LOBBIES, LOTS OF DAYLIGHT, NATURAL LIGHT, A LIGHTNESS ABOUT THEM, SORT OF A SPIRITUAL LIGHTNESS, IF YOU WILL, SORT OF UPLIFTING THE SPIRIT OF THE USERS IN THE COMMUNITY.))
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The museum and theatre will be built on the corner of Market Street and Norfolk Avenue in downtown Roanoke.
The projected opening date is fall 2006.
If computers can create an army of clone warriors for a Star Wars movie, they can also put a retired steam engine back to work.
A new magazine ad for the Mercedes-Benz S-class features steam locomotive number 6-11, apparently running at high speed.
An ad agency crew photographed the locomotive in Roanoke back in February, using an older Mercedes as a stand-in for the S-class.
A computer later combined the photo with an image of an actual S-class Mercedes, and added the illusion of motion.
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((DARRAN REES/PHOTOGRAPHER: THE CONCEPT IS THAT IT'S RACING THE CAR. AND THE FINISHED PHOTOGRAPH WILL BE A CAPTURED MOMENT IN TIME, CAPTURED ENERGY, OF THESE TWO ANIMALS HAVING A RACE.))
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The ad appears in the June edition of Architectural Digest Magazine. It's scheduled to run in other magazines later in the year.
Six-eleven hasn't actually run under its own power since 1994.
But if the old engine WERE fired up, it could at least give the Mercedes a workout. An identical locomotive once pulled a train at 110 miles-an-hour.
Wall Street managed to end a winning week by adding to the gains.
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The DOW gained 64 points.
NASDAQ rose eleven.
A Roanoke Attorney has been diagnosed with ALS -- also known as Lough Gerhig's Disease.
Now his high school buddies have started a scholarship fund in his name.
Mike Aheron was recently diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
His scholarship will be given each year to a Northside High School student who is actively involved in the community and school activities and an academic standout.
The first scholarship award was given out last weekend in the amount of one thousand dollars -- and Roanoke County Supervisor Fuzzy Minnix proclaimed Mike Aheron Day.
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((FUZZY MINNIX/ROANOKE COUNTY SUPERVISOR: IT'S A PLEASURE TO GIVE IT TO YOU. YOU HAVE DONE SO MUCH. I WISH YOU THE BEST OF LUCK AND GOD BLESS YOU. APPLAUSE.))
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ALS attacks nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord and eventually leads to death.
It gained national attention in 1939 when it abruptly forced pro baseball player Lough Gerhig into retirement.
This weekend, the ALS association is asking baseball fans to pledge money for each home run hit.
With prom season in full swing, one area high school gave a hands on lesson about the dangers of drinking and driving.
139 students, dressed like ghosts, arrived at William Byrd High School this morning.
Each one represented a fatal car crash in Virginia among 16 to 20 year olds in the year 2001.
After school...the student body gathered outside for a mock car crash... which ended with a funeral....a realistic image of the possible outcome of drinking and driving.
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((LINDSAY HOWSER/GHOST PARTICIPANT - I FEEL IT WAS A GREAT THING TO DO BEFORE PROM AND IT MADE STUDENTS AWARE THAT THAT COULD BE THEM IF THEY DON'T WEAR THEIR SEAT BELTS OR IF THEY DRINK AND DRIVE.))
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William Byrd's prom will be held tomorrow night.
Coming up tonight on the Big 7 - Steve Mason checks in from day one of the Scott Robertson Memorial.
Qualifying for the Winston is on tap tonight in Charlotte.
Plus, there are some perks to playing Arena Football when your team's owners have filed for bankruptcy.
Some of the world's best junior golfers are competing in the Scott Robertson Memorial Golf Tournament. Steve Mason introduces us tells us to some David Leadbetter Academy golfers.
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((David Leadbetter arrived in Roanoke Friday afternoon to oversee his students progress in the Scott Robertson. The eight year old school can be compared to how Oak Hill Academy developes the country's best high school basketball players.
15 of Leadbetters golfers are competing in the Scott Robertson. Hector Diaz Ceballos, a Leadbetter student, is from Mexico. Hector senior moved the family to Bradenton, Florida near the school.
Moore, another Leadbetter student whose family lives part of the eyar in Florida, will play 14 tournaments all over the country this year. Plane reservations, time management and maintaining high grades in school shapes professionals on and off the greens.
Creamer, one of Leadbetter's students, shot a 71 and is the leader of the 15 to 18 girls division after the first round.))
Two teams have been eliminated from the N-C-Double-A Division Two Softball Tournament at the Moyer Sports Complex in Salem
Barry University beat North Dakota State 3-to-1 while LeMoyne beat Kennesaw State 2-to-1 in loser's bracket games.
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Winner's bracket play opened late this afternoon with Chico State facing Michigan's Grand Valley State.
No score until Grand Valley breaks it open in the top of the 4th. Lindsey Crawford bloops a base hit into center field scoring Rachel Blain for a 1-nothing Lakers lead.
Grand Valley would score twice more. Erin Ballinger lines a base hit into center field pushing across another run. Grand Valley leads 3-to-nothing.
Chico State gets a run back in the bottom of the inning. Katie Stokes slaps one to center field. Nicole Barclay rounds third and beats the throw home cutting the lead to 3-to-1.
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Grand Valley beats Chico State 4-to-2. The final game of the day matches Bloomsburg and Saint Mary's College of Texas.
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The Lowe's Motor Speedway will have the lights on tonight as qualifying for the Winston all-star race is set to get underway at seven o'clock.
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The defending Winston champ Jeff Gordon will be one of the last cars to qualify.
He will go out 21st. 25 drivers, in all will attempt to win the pole for Saturday night's event.
Ricky Craven goes out first tonight, Dale Junior- the 2000 Winston winner - will take his turn in the 15th spot.
A change in ownership is already paying dividends for the Roanoke Steam. Instead of a long bus trip to Albany, New York the Steam took a bus to Dulles International Airport and then a plane into Albany for tomorrow night's game with the Conquest at the Pepsi Center
Steam coach Steve Jerry will have a homecoming of sorts this weekend. His wife is a native of Albany and Jerry played arena football in Albany several years ago.
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[OUT Q=...come back with a w."]
A "w" would be the Steam's fifth in a row before returning home next Saturday for a 2-30 game against the Cape Fear Wildcats.
An update now to our lead story.
As we said earlier, Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Deputy Frankie Betterton was shot and killed this afternoon during a traffic stop.
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Justin McLeod is in Pittsylvania County.
Justin, What's the latest?
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