Ahead on NEWS 7 at six... the latest on the shooting that claimed the life of a local sheriff's deputy.
Sources say a suspect is now IN custody.
Justin McLeod will have a live update.
And, rescue crews search for a man believed to have drowned at Carvin's Cove.
Tonight on the Big 7 sports - the winds pick up and so too do the different languages being spoken at the Scott Robertson golf event.
W&L tries to advance to the D3 lacrosse final.
And the western conference finals open this afternoon with Patrick Roy facing Dominic Hasek at Joe Louis Arena.
As expected, the cold front is cold indeed with records likely over the next two night. Details ahead.
[IN Q=When I first heard about]
((TAMMY JORDAN/FAMILY FRIEND: WHEN I FIRST HEARD ABOUT IT, I COULDN'T BELIEVE IT AND I HAD TO GO SEE FOR MYSELF AND IT REALLY WAS HIM. AND IT'S STILL UNREAL.))
[OUT Q=still unreal]
A community mourns the loss of a sheriff's deputy killed in the line of duty.
[GRAPHIC=News 7 at 6]
Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.
Investigators still won't confirm they've made an arrest in yesterday's shooting that killed a Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Deputy.
All they will say is that they have a suspect.
Deputy Frankie Betterton was shot and killed yesterday afternoon during what the sheriff says was a routine traffic stop.
Several sources tell News 7 authorities have in custody a 22 year old Brosville man and that he is currently being held at the Danville City Jail.
We're told he was arrested a short time after the shooting at his father's home.
State police who are handling the investigation would not confirm or deny that they've made an arrest in connection with the case.
An outpouring of emotion is being shown throughout the community of Brosville where the victim's family lived.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Teresa/Justin BAM set;]
Justin McLeod spent time there today and has more on reaction from family and friends. Justin?
Teresa, it's one of shockness, sadness, and anger.
They describe Frankie Betterton has a family man who always wanted to be a sheriff's deputy.
Many still can't believe the job he loved so much ended up taking his life.
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[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Tammy Jordan/Family Friend; :09]
[SUPER=01-Dennis Alverson/Family Friend; :36]
[SUPER=01-Bernie Jordan/Former Co-Worker; 1:05]
[SUPER=01-Maj. Gary Goodson/Pittsylvania Co. Sheriff's Dept; 1:23]
[OUT Q=LONG WEEKEND FOR US]
((((NAT SOUND OF INVESTIGATORS AT THE SCENE))
As investigators continue to piece together exactly what happened, family and friends continue to ask why.
[IN Q=It makes me very]
((TAMMY JORDAN/FAMILY FRIEND: IT MAKES ME VERY ANGRY. ALL HE WAS DOING WAS HIS JOB, JUST DON'T KNOW WHY ANYTHING LIKE THAT HAD TO HAPPEN TO HIM.))
[OUT Q=happen to him]
It happened here on Route 58 just west of Danville around 2:15 Friday afternoon.
The sheriff says it was a routine traffic stop.
At some point, Deputy Frankie Betterton was shot once in the head.
We're told the gunshot came from the passenger side.
[IN Q=Angry, just disgust]
((DENNIS ALVERSON/FAMILY FRIEND: ANGRY, JUST DISGUST, VERY UNCALLED FOR IT WAS A SITUATION THAT SHOULD NEVER HAVE HAPPENED.))
[OUT Q=never have happened]
To understand why people are so angry, you have to know a little about Frankie Betterton.
Friends describe him as a family man, well liked in the community, and someone who always wanted to be a cop.
He joined the Pittsylvania County Sheriff's office back in September of 1999.
Before that Betterton worked at Chatmoss Cable with Bernie Jordan.
[IN Q=We even tried to]
((BERNIE JORDAN/FORMER CO-WORKER: WE EVEN TRIED TO GET HIM TO COME BACK TO WORK FOR US UP HERE A LITTLE WHILE BACK BUT HE JUST WOULDN'T HAVE IT. DEPUTY SHERIFF WAS IT. IT WAS THE MAIN THING HE ALWAYS WANTED TO DO BECAUSE HE FELT LIKE HE COULD MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND I THINK HE DID.))
[OUT Q=I think he did]
He clearly made a difference at the Sheriff's office.
As his body was being removed, his colleagues stood by and saluted their fallen colleague.
[IN Q=We are going]
((MAJOR GARY GOODSON/PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPT.: WE ARE GOING TO SEEK SOME COUNSELING AND DEBRIEFING FOR OUR MEN THAT WERE HERE ON THE SCENE AND THAT HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN THIS CASE AND ITS JUST GOING TO BE AN AWFULLY LONG WEEKEND FOR US.))
[OUT Q=weekend for us]))
The loss of Deputy Frankie Betterton is being felt throughout the law enforcement community.
All officers of the Danville Police Department are currently wearing a black ribbon around their badges.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Teresa/Justin Microwave;]
As for funeral arrangments Teresa, a family spokesperson says they have not been finalized yet.
Rescue crews are searching for a man they believe drowned in Carvins Cove early this morning.
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Fire officials say 23 year old Aaron Flory of the Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton Ohio, was swimming with two friends at around three o'clock.
The three were apparently swimming towards an island near the reservoir's dam, when Flory started struggling to stay afloat, before disappearing beneath the water.
Dive teams have been searching in the cove since this morning, and a SONAR unit is being used to scan the bottom of the reservoir.
Fire officials say Flory has relatives in Botetourt County, and was visiting a friend who recently graduated from V-M-I.
He has the edge in experience, name recognition and fundraising.. but Congressman Virgil Goode says he's taking nothing for granted as he seeks re-election in the Fifth District.
And as Steve Smallshaw reports, central and Southside Democrats are ready to take the battle to their former leader.
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[IN Q=It's his first]
[SUPER=01-Rep. Virgil Goode/(R) 5th District; :18]
[SUPER=01-Tucker Watkins/5th District Republican Chairman; :26]
[SUPER=01-Meredith Richards/(D) Fifth District Candidate; :58]
[OUT Q=News7, Chatham.]
(( It's his first official time running as a Republican so the GOP faithful wanted to make sure Virgil Goode felt right at home in Rustburg and the Fifth District.
Two years after his conversion from Democrat to Independent to Republican, Goode says his positions have always remained the same.. and he's ready to head back to Congress.
((REP. VIRGIL GOODE/R- FIFTH DISTRICT: STILL GOT SOME DEMOCRATS SUPPORTING ME, I APPRECIATE THAT AND I APPRECIATE THE INDEPENDENT SUPPORT AND APPRECIATE THE REPUBLICAN SUPPORT.))
[OUT Q=Republican support.]
((TUCKER WATKINS/FIFTH DISTRICT GOP CHAIR: VIRGIL GOODE DOESN'T CHANGE NO MATTER WHAT LABEL YOU PUT BEHIND HIM, SO YOU'RE NOT GOING TO SEE ANY BACKLASH.))
[OUT Q=see any backlash.]
((MARTINSVILLE CITY CASTS FOUR OF ITS VOTES FOR MEREDITH RICHARDS, TWO FOR GEORGE SHROPSHIRE.))
Down the road in Chatham, Democrats had a choice to make: Charlottesville city councilwoman Meredith Richards or Campbell County truck driver George Shropshire.
With less than the full complement of delegates attending, Richards cruised to an easy victory.. unseating a popular incumbent will be much harder.
((MEREDITH RICHARDS/D-FIFTH DISTRICT CANDIDATE: MY NAME IS MEREDITH RICHARDS AND I STAND FIVE FEET TALL. BUT IF YOU WILL LEND ME YOUR HANDS, YOUR HEARTS AND YOUR HELP FOR THE NEXT FIVE AND A HALF MONTHS, I BELIEVE THAT THIS NOVEMBER, STANDING TALL WILL HAVE A WHOLE NEW MEANING.))
[OUT Q=whole new meaning.]
((PLEASE GIVE EVERYTHING YOU CAN, RIGHT NOW, ALL DAY, ALL NIGHT..))
Democrats say everyone will have to chip in for Richards to win in November.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Chatham. ))
Still ahead on News 7 at 6, friends come together to remember the life of a local woman who lived more than a century...
and Virginia Military Institute has an untold number of medals on display, but it's most recent addition may be its most prized... We'll have more, but first, let's check in with Robin Reed on a chilly day...
Sadie Jones achieved something few will ever accomplish.
When Jones passed away in March-- she was 109- years old and had apparently outlived her entire family.
So few were there to reflect on Jones' long life when she was laid to rest at Coyner Springs Cemetery and there was NO money for a headstone to make her grave.
A number was all that marked Jones' resting spot.
That's when the Reverend Edward Mitchell decided to collect money for a proper service... saying he did NOT want a woman who'd lived so many years to just be a number.
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[IN Q=I'm hoping that ]
[SUPER=01-Rev. E. M. Mitchell/Pastor; ]
((I'M HOPING THAT THIS IS AN EYE OPENER FOR US TO REALIZE THAT THERE ARE SENIORS CITIZENS OUT THERE THAT REALLY DON'T HAVE MONEY, DON'T HAVE A WAY TO BE BURIED, THAT WE WOULD KNOW IT NOW AND WE WOULD MAKE A DIFFERENCE.))
[OUT Q=make a difference.]
Mitchell and others were able to raise 2- thousand dollars from the community.
The money that was not used for Jones' headstone is now in a memorial fund.
Virginia Military Institute received a treasured gift earlier this week...
[VO-NAT - :26.5]
Nearly 250 teenagers at V-M-I marched to New Market to aid in the battle against advancing Union troops in May of 1864. 10 cadets were killed and 47 were wounded.
A few years after the battle, the school gave medals of honor to each of the cadets who fought.
Eleanor Crunden found a medal belonging to her great-great uncle Private J-C Wheelwright, one of the cadets who died in the battle.
On Wednesday, Crunden handed the piece of history over to V-M-I.
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[IN Q=I found the medal...]
((ELEANOR WHEELWRIGHT CRUNDEN; I FOUND THE MEDAL IN MY GRANDMOTHERS JEWELRY BOX. SHE'D TAKEN ALL THE JEWELS, BUT SHE DIDN'T REALIZE THAT SHE LEFT THE PRIZE BEHIND. AND SO I GOT IT.))
[SUPER=01-Eleanor Wheelwright Crunden]
[OUT Q=and so I got it.]
[VO-NAT - :07+]
The medal is believed to be the only one in V-M-I's possesion from the ten cadets who died in the battle.
Still to come on News 7 at 6, Dale Earnhardt's ultramodern garage could soon be on the market. Mike Stevens will have more in Sports.
and Shannon Young will give us a history lesson on a local county with a colorful history. Stay with us.
[TAPE#=Time Off #4 TC-2:21]
250-years ago the last English territory to protect the Tidewater area was renamed for the Second Earl of Halifax.
Back then, Halifax County encompassed what are now the counties of Franklin, Patrick, Henry, Pittsylvania and part of Bedford.
In this week's Time Off Shannon Young shows us why the county's history is still very much alive.
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[IN Q=In 1865, right after the surrender...]
[SUPER=01-Chip Pottage/Resident/Historian; :06]
[SUPER=03-Halifax Co.; :24]
[SUPER=01-Kenneth Cranford/Composer; 1:47]
[IN Q=In 1865, right after the surrender at Appomattox...]
((CHIP POTTAGE/RESIDENT/HISTORIAN: IN 1865, RIGHT AFTER THE SURRENDER AT APPOMATTOX GENERAL CUSTER WAS HERE AND CAME IN AND TOOK THE HOUSE OVER AS HIS HEADQUARTERS AND SCARRED THE DINING ROOM TABLE RIGHT HERE.))
[OUT Q=dining room table right here.]
The past blurs into the present in Halifax County, as is evident in Chip Pottage's dining room.
Five generations of Pottages have lived in this home, each passing stories on to the next.
[IN Q=Then, in 1876 when they heard...]
((CHIP POTTAGE: THEN, IN 1876, WHEN THEY HEARD ABOUT THE MASSACRE OUT WEST THAT'S WHEN THEY HUNG UP THESE ARROWS IN THE DINING ROOM, THEIR REVENGE FOR CUSTER'S RUDENESS TO THE FAMILY.))
[OUT Q=Custer's rudeness to the family.]
But the story of Halifax County started long before Custer pitched a tent in the Pottage's yard.
A stroll through the graveyard at St. John's Episcopal Church is as effective as any time machine.
[IN Q=You just have to walk...]
((CHIP POTTAGE: YOU JUST HAVE TO WALK AMONG THE GRAVES AND THERE'S SOMETHING YOU CAN SAY ABOUT EVERYBODY HERE.))
[OUT Q=about everybody here.]
Weathered headstones mark the final resting place of soldiers from as long ago as the Revolutionary War.
Centuries old poplars shade the graves of the nephew of Jefferson Davis, a Scottish baron and even those with ties to the White House.
[IN Q=There are two men here...]
[CHIP POTTAGE: THERE ARE TWO MEN HERE THAT ARE CONNECTED TO PRESIDENT JEFFERSON... A FIFTH GREAT-GRANDSON AND A MAN THAT BUILT THE BUILDINGS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA.]
[OUT Q=at the University of Virginia.]
Speaking of architecture, Halifax County boasts some of the best surviving examples from the 19th century.
Plantation homes like Berry Hill dot the countryside and are sometimes included in local home tours.
Those with an interest in the out of doors won't be disappointed, either.
As far back as 1733 William Byrd surveyed the area and instantly fell in love.
[IN Q=He wrote, "The River Dan..."]
((KENNETH CRANFORD/COMPOSER: HE WROTE, "THE RIVER DAN FLOWS THROUGH THE LAND OF EDEN" AND THAT BECAME THE FIRST LINE OF THIS HYMN TO HALIFAX COUNTY, IF YOU WILL.))
[OUT Q=to Halifax County, if you will.]
Cranford's wrote the hymn for the County's anniversary celebration.
He says the year-long party will include a series of concerts along with the usual events.
[IN Q=The Cantaloupe Festival...]
[KENNETH CRANFORD: THE CANTALOUPE FESTIVAL, HALIFAX COUNTY FAIR, WE HAVE A MARVOULOUS THEATER ORGANIZATION. ALL OF THESE THINGS CAN BE FOUND ONT EH SOUTH BOSTON/HALIFAX COUNTY WEBSITE. THERE ARE MANY REASONS TO COME HERE AND VISIT.]
[OUT Q=reasons to come here and visit.]
Or even, as the Pottage's have found, to stay.
[IN Q=Like I told you, I'm just like...]
((CHIP POTTAGE: LIKE I TOLD YOU, I'M JUST LIKE BRIAR RABBIT IN THE BRIAR PATCH. I WAS BORN AND BRED HERE.))
[OUT Q=born and bred here.]
Shannon Young, News 7, Halifax County.))
Coming up tonight on News 7 sports, NASCAR news from Charlotte as Winston approaches.
The Avs and Red Wings open their NHL series, and W&L looks to advance in the NCAA lacrosse tournament.
Plus, Local Colors isn't the only event this weekend blending cultures.
Steve Mason takes a look at the Roanoke Country Club's melting pot this weekend for the Scott Robertson Memorial tournament.
The Winston all-star race festivities get underway at the Lowe's Motor Speedway at the top of the hour.
And as if the action on the track isn't enough, there are plenty of happenings in the garage area.
[SUPER=03-Mooresville, NC; :00]
For starters there are reports tonight that Dale Earnhardt Incorporated, the eye popping garage-majal of a racing headquarters in Mooresville, North Carolina, soon may be for sale.
The reports which surfaced in several Carolina papers today say Dale's widow, Teresa Earnhardt is anxious to move to Florida and step away from the sport.
Also, for weeks there has been talk that the Wood Brother's Elliott Sadler would be moving to DEI.
Sadler has reportedly secured an $11 million dollar sponsorship from Vince McMahon and the World Wrestling Federation that will accompany him to some lucky team next year.
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The 19th annual Scott Robertson Memorial Golf Tournament is entertaining 190 golfers from seven countries.
The melting pot of sorts has enabled many golfers to experience different kinds competition and cultures.
Steve Mason has more.
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[SUPER=01-Ryan Sypniewski/Pulaski Co. Golfer; :32]
[SUPER=01-Daniel Im/14th Ranked Junior Golfer; :45]
[SUPER=01-Clay Creekmore/North Cross Golfer; 1:07]
[SUPER=01-Mallory Code/Girls 15-18 Golfer; 1:36]
[OUT Q=....News 7 sports"]
((Golf is a hard enough sport to understand, but the sports language is especially difficult at the Scott Robertson.
French or Spanish, maybe not as hard to interpret as Korean, the language spoken by one of the players grouped with Pulaski County high school golfer Ryan Sypniewski. But Daniel Im and his new Pulaski acquaintance have been able to communicate.
The golfers from different countries often bring an entirely different level of golf to the Scott Robertson and North Cross golfer and Roanoke Country Club champion Clay Creekwood has taken advantage of Th. experience.
The 54 hole Scott Robertson Tournament finishes is up tomorrow. Steve Mason News 7 sports.)) [S-LAX]
Washington and Lee's run in the N-C-Double-A Division Three Lacrosse Tournament ends in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania this afternoon.
The Generals drop a 12-to-8 decision to Gettysburg College in the D-III semi-finals.
W-and-L trailed just 5-to-3 after two quarters, but Gettysburg exploded for 7 goals to end the Generals season at 14-and-4.
[GRAPHIC=NEWS 7 SPORTS]
The road to the Stanley Cup finals continued this afternoon with the Red Wings and Avalanche opening up their best of seven game western conference final this afternoon.
[SUPER=03-Detroit, MI/ABC; :00]
The Avs would open the scoring early as Joe Sakic splits two Detroit defenders and with a quick shot he beats Dominic Hasek. The Avs convert on the power play 248 into the game and it's 1-to-nothing.
The first period almost ended that way, but with just over a minute to go, Tomas Holmstrom scores on the ricochet while sitting down on the ice right in front of Patrick Roy. It's a 1-all game.
The game would be tied 2-2 heading to the third, but Detroit put it away by scoring three third period goals.
The Red Wings win game one 5-to-3.
In the big leagues this afternoon the New York Yankees beat the Twins for the for second time in a 12 hour period.
[SUPER=03-New York, NY/YES-MLB; :00]
Jason Giambi who ended last night's 5 hour and 45 minute game with a grand slam in the 14th inning - opened up the scoring today with a single to center field.
New York leads one to nothing.
Then Alfonso Soriano would end the suspense in the 6th with a three run homer to left field.
He has now homered in three straight games.
New York wins it 6-to-2.
Also this afternoon the Jays beat the A's 6-to-3. The Tigers, Red Sox, Royals, Reds and Braves also are winners today
[GRAPHIC=Division II Softball]
The field in the N-C-Double-A Division Two Softball tournament in Salem is down to four.
Earlier today Chico State eliminated LeMoyne College 2-to-nothing and Bloomsburg beat Barry 3-to-1
Grand Valley is facing Saint Mary's in the winner's bracket.