Committing a number of life's seven sins wins a Danville man six life sentences.
And they're making hay now that the sun's shinning. But it hasn't been easy living off the land this season.
Tonight in sports, Lance Armstrong stands pat in the Tour de France, Jason Kidd is off the market,
and over 60 amateur baseball players are strutting their stuff in this weekend's Commonwealth Games competition.
A brief break from the pounding thunderstorms. The weekend starts dry. Full forecast details coming up.
News 7 at Six is next.
[IN Q=Obviously his]
((OBVIOUSLY HIS SENTENCES ARE AWFUL SENTENCES, BUT IN TERMS OF WHETHER HE DESERVED THE DEATH PENALTY, I STILL MAINTAIN THAT HE DID, AND OBVIOUSLY THE JUDGE FOUND DIFFERENTLY.))
[OUT Q=judge found differently.]
Even his stepmother felt he should die for his crimes.
But today a Danville man who helped kill two people last fall escapes a death sentence.
Good evening, I'm Shannon Young.
And I'm Keith Humphry.
A Pittsylvania County judge said the crime was "full of the cardinal sins of man".. from greed to lust to deception.
But in sentencing Matthew Shallenberger for his role in a murder for hire scheme last year,
Judge Charles Strauss said he couldn't let Shallenberger die while his accomplice got life in prison.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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[SUPER=01-Chris Kowalczuk/Defense Attorney; :35]
[SUPER=01-David Grimes/Prosecutor; :45]
[SUPER=01-Brian Shallenberger/Father; 1:07]
[OUT Q=News7, Chatham.]
(( 22-year-old Matthew Jesse Shallenberger took a chance Tuesday when he pleaded guilty to four counts of capital murder.. it may have helped save his life during his sentencing Friday.
Shallenberger admitted to his role in a murder for hire scheme that claimed two lives last fall.. Teresa Lewis hired Shallenberger and Rodney Fuller to kill her husband and stepson to collect insurance money.
Fuller cut a deal and got life in prison in exchange for his help against the other two defendants.
And Judge Charles Strauss said while the crime was vile, he couldn't let give Shallenberger death while his accomplice lived.
((CHRIS KOWALXZUK/DEFENSE ATTORNEY: AND SO WHILE WE'RE RELIEVED ABOUT THE PUNISHMENT, IT'S NOT A HAPPY DAY FOR ANYONE.))
[OUT Q=for anyone.]
Prosecutor David Grimes says he has no regrets about how he tried the three cases.
((DAVID GRIMES/PROSECUTOR: IF YOU COULD MEASURE A LESSER DEGREE OF EVIL AMONG THE THREE OF THEM, OUR MEASUREMENT WAS THAT BY SOME DEGREE THAT WAS FULLER. IF I HAD THE CASE TO TRY AGAIN, I WOULD SAY THAT WITHOUT RODNEY FULLER'S TESTIMONY WE WOULD NOT EVER HAVE HAD GUILTY PLEAS.))
[OUT Q=had guilty pleas.]
Shallenberger's father says, despite what prosecutors may claim, his son IS sorry for what he's done.
((BRIAN SHALLENBERGER/FATHER: WE HAD TO ACTUALLY HELP HIM SEE THAT HE NEEDED TO MAKE FULL USE OF THE LEGAL SYSTEM AND NOT TO JUST GO AGAINST THE PROSECUTION ALL BY HIMSELF. SO HE WAS SHOWING REMORSE, HE WAS SHOWING THAT HE WAS WILLING TO CONFESS FOR SOME TIME NOW.))
[OUT Q=some time now.]
All told, Shallenberger got six life terms in prison.. with no chance for parole.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Chatham. ))
Drivers who honk in support of a downtown Lynchburg war rally are breaking the law.
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[OUT Q=Nat Honking]
For more than 80-weeks in a row, military veterans have held a demonstration in front of Monument Terrace in support of American troops.
Their sign *used* to instruct drivers to honk in support.
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[IN Q=Yeah, I had to modify it a little bit...]
((STEVE BOZEMAN/DEMONSTRATOR: YEAH, I HAD TO MODIFY IT A LITTLE BIT TO LET PEOPLE KNOW THEY ARE IN VIOLATION OF THE CODE IF THEY HONK THEIR HORN. I DIDN'T KNOW THAT UNTIL THE LETTER CAME OUT AND I JUST WANT OTHER PEOPLE TO KNOW IT TOO.))
[OUT Q=other people to know it, too.]
The city wrote Bozeman a letter after a lawyer who works nearby called attention to the ordinance.
Police Chief Charles Bennett agrees the practice is illegal but says it wouldn't make sense to ticket every person who honks unlawfully.
A group that's trying to save Victory Stadium claims the city of Roanoke is breaking an old promise.
Back in 1941, Norfolk and Western gave the city the land under an agreement.
It called for Roanoke to use it for "stadium, armory, park and recreational purposes only" AND to maintain it.
Victory Stadium preservationists say the city's not living up to its end of the bargain.
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[IN Q=Clear to us]
((BRIAN WISHNEFF: CLEAR TO US THAT IT HASN'T BEEN MAINTAINED PHYSICALLY LIKE IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN. AND THEN IN TERMS OF FUTURE USE, OBVIOUSLY YOU WOULDN'T BE BUILDING A NEW STADIUM IF YOUR INTENT WAS TO MAINTAIN IT. ))
[SUPER=01-Brian Wishneff/Citizens for a Sensible Stadium Solution;]
[OUT Q=to maintain it.]
City engineers were out examining the stadium today.
The city manager says Roanoke has keep its promise.
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[IN Q=It would be the]
((DARLENE BURCHAM/CITY MANAGER: IT WOULD BE THE WRITERS OF THE COVENANTS WHO WOULD HAVE TO DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT THE CITY'S IN VIOLATION, AND WE DON'T BELIEVE WE ARE. AND WE CERTAINLY HAVEN'T BEEN TOLD WE ARE IN ANY WAY, SHAPE OR FORM BY NORFOLK SOUTHERN.))
[SUPER=01-Darlene Burcham/Roanoke City Manager;]
[OUT Q=by Norfolk Southern.]
No decision has been made on the fate of Victory Stadium.
However, the city still plans to build a new stadium-amphitheater complex near the Roanoke Civic Center.
Sick of the rain? So are the farmers in the area.
Tonight, Intern reporter Elyce Kirchner talks with two farmers who have faced problems with the wet weather, but remain optimistic for a successful season.
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[IN Q=You might get it]
[SUPER=03-Craig Co. ; :09]
[SUPER=01-Joe Looney/Hay Farmer; :18]
[SUPER=01-Elyce Kirchner/Reporting; :28]
[SUPER=01-Raymond Walter/Walter's Greenhouse; :47]
[OUT Q=EK New 7 Roanoke]
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[IN Q=You might get it up.]
((YOU MIGHT GET IT UP, YOU MIGHT NOT BUT WE WAS LUCKY THIS YEAR))
[OUT Q=was lucky this year.]
This year is challenging for Craig County farmer Joe Looney.
But after weeks of nonstop rain, things are looking brighter.
Some sun is allowing farmers to finally work their fields and their crops are showing it.
[IN Q=The quality of hay.]
((THE QUALITY OF HAY I THINK IT WAS GOOD BECAUSE I GOT MINE IN BEFORE IT REALLY STARTED GOING DOWN HILL))
[OUT Q= started going down hill.]
[IN Q= I can cut the]
((I CAN CUT THE DAYS I WANT TO IF THE WEATHER IS PERMITTING. I DON'T HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL THE WEEKEND BECAUSE IT LOOKS LIKE FOR THESE POOR FELLOWS WHO'S FARMING ON THE WEEKENDS. ITS BEEN TOUGH ON THEM.))
[OUT Q= its been tough on them.]
It's also been tough on Raymond Walters.
He has operated Walter's Greenhouse for 17 years.
His family is a familiar presence on the city market, but the weather is not helping their sales.
[IN Q= This year the rain.]
((THIS YEAR THE RAIN PREVENTED PEOPLE FROM PLANTING. ))
[OUT Q=prevented people from planting]
Walters is lucky in the sense that a greenhouse controls its environment.
But consumers are ruled by the weather.
((NAT BURST 3 SECONDS CUSTOMER BUYING FLOWERS))
Although their livelihood depends on it, both farmers realize they just can't control mother nature.
[IN Q=Well, just be thankful]
((WELL, JUST BE THANKFUL FOR THE RAIN TO ALLEVIATE THE DROUGHT. BUT WE DON'T NEED TWO EXTREMES. IF WE TALK TO THAT GUY UP THERE NEXT YEAR. WELL, I'D SAY TO HIM MODERATION, PLEASE.))
[OUT Q=to him moderation, please. ]
((BUTT SOTS ))
[IN Q=But this is just]
((BUT THIS IS JUST A LIFE OF A FARMER))
[OUT Q=life of a farmer.]
And there is always next harvest. Elyce Kirchner News 7 Roanoke))
[TOSS ACROSS=Keith-Shannon & Robin/WX CENTER]
(Keith & Shannon Toss to Robin)
More than 150 area homes and businesses-- even a high school-- have not had clean water for weeks. But relief appears to be in sight.
That's next on News 7 at Six.
Plus find out where you can see the only Lewis and Clark exhibition to visit Virginia in this anniversary year.
Residents of one Alleghany County community have been boiling their water for more than three weeks, after it was declared unsafe because of excessive turbidity and surface contamination.
But now a solution to the problem may be in sight, and
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith-Shannon & Richard /Newsroom Pod ;]
Richard Lesko joins us now with more on the situation.
[LIVE= Richard /FULL Newsroom]
The warnings affect about 170 customers of the Valley Ridge Water Company, including the Alleghany High School and two medical offices.
Now that a solution is near, residents are relieved but frustrated over what they say has been a long ordeal.
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[SUPER=01-Tammy Stephenson/Alleghany Co. Administrator; :00]
[SUPER=03-Alleghany Co.; :13 ]
[SUPER=01-Raymond Smith/Valley Ridge Water Customer; :48]
[SUPER=01-Rose Mary Persinger/Valley Ridge Water Customer; :56]
[OUT Q=working on that continuously.]
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[INQ=We're trying to tell...]
((TAMMY STEPHENSON/ALLEGHANY COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR; WE'RE TRYING TO TELL FOLKS 10 DAYS TO 2 WEEKS BECAUSE THE DELIVERY OF THE EQUIPMENT, AND WE'RE GOING TO GET A BETTER HANDLE ON THAT NEXT WEEK, AND LET THEM KNOW, AND THEN WE'LL COORDINATE THOSE EFFORTS WITH THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT. ))
[OUTQ=with the health department.]
When a water bottling plant threatened to take over the spring in the 1980's, this well was dug to provide water to residents.
The plant never materialized, so now the well is being called into service.
But that's only a temporary fix that will be reassesed after 60 days. After that, the county may have to find an alternative: install a line from Clifton Forge, dig another well, or buy Valley Ridge Water Company from its owner, Board of Supervisors member Doodlebug Dressler.
But after having contaminated water for more than three weeks, residents say they are about to boil over.
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[INQ=If he comes up...]
((RAYMOND SMITH/VALLEY RIDGE WATER CUSTOMER; IF HE COMES UP AND ASKES ME I THOUGHT, I'LL TELL HIM EXACTLY WHAT I THOUGHT. Reporter: What's that? SMITH: I CAN'T TELL YOU. (LAUGHS) ))
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[INQ=We're not young...]
((ROSE MARY PERSINGER/VALLEY RIDGE WATER CUSTOMER; WE'RE NOT YOUNG AND WE DO, AGING HAVE MEDICAL PROBLEMS, SO WE'RE HAVING TO DO EXTRA THINGS THAT ARE REALLY NOT GOOD FOR US PHYSICALLY AND MEDICALLY.))
[OUTQ=physically or medically.]
Officials say the easiest long term solution may be for the county to buy the spring, and spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to install a new filtration system.
[SOT - 2:11:10]
[INQ=The health department...]
((TAMMY STEPHENSON/ALLEGHANY CO. ADMINISTRATOR; THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT IS GOING TO BE LOOKING AT ALL OF US COMING TO A LONG TERM SOLUTION. AND WE'LL BE ACTIVELY LOOKING INTO THAT. ONCE WE GET THIS WELL ON LINE WHICH HAS BEEN OUT MOST IMMEDIATE THING, WE WILL BE WORKING ON THAT CONTINUOUSLY.))
[OUTQ=working on that continuously.]))
[LIVE=Richard/FULL Newsroom Pod]
Doodlebug Dressler, the owner of the waterworks was not available for comment today.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith-Shannon & Richard/Newsroom Pod ;]
And Keith and Shannon,
Because Dressler is on the Board of Supervisors, officials say it has been a difficult process, but are glad to finally have a solution.
Former Delegate Dick Cranwell recently decided not to run for the State Senate, but he will be playing a leadership role in another campaign.
Today, Democratic presidential candidate Bob Graham announced that Cranwell will serve as his Virginia chairman.
Graham describes Cranwell as "an aggressive, tell- it- like- it- is- leader..." who will give a tremendous boost to his campaign.
The Florida Senator has scheduled a visit to the Roanoke Valley next Wednesday, which will include appearances with Winston Cup driver Ward Burton and bluegrass elder statesman Ralph Stanley.
Wall Street ended the week just as it started, with a win.
[TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
The DOW rose 84 points.
NASDAQ gained 18.
Summer school may be the answer for a passing grade on SOL exams.
[IF WE NEED MORE VIDEO IT'S @ 03-21 TC28:37]
Two thirds of students attending the state's summer academies have passed the SOL tests they need to graduate next year.
The classes are part of the Governor's "Project Graduation" model.
They offer targeted instruction in algebra, writing and reading
Governor Warner wants to implement the program around the state to help struggling students meet educational requirements.
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[IN Q=THOSE ARE]
((GOV. MARK WARNER/(D) VIRGINIA; THOSE ARE EXTRAORDINARY RESULTS I'M SURE THE OTHER ONE THIRD WILL BE ABLE TO COME BACK NEXT WEEK AND HOPEFULLY THEY WILL BE ABLE TO PASS AS WELL THIS IS A MODEL WE CAN TAKE ACROSS THE STATE.))
((REGGIE JOHNSON/PASSED READING SOL; I THINK THE PROGRAM IS GREAT IT WILL REALLY HELP OUT NEXT YEAR.))
[SUPER=01-Reggie Johnson/Passed Reading SOL; :14 QUICK!!]
[OUT Q=OUT NEXT YEAR.]
There is no limit on how many times a student may retake a test they need for graduation ... next week forty of them will take the test in writing.
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Did you know the famed Lewis and Clark expedition was actually a failure...
You can find out why and other interesting details about the trip at a new exhibit at the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond.
On display are more than three-hundred artifacts, including journal entries, plant samples they brought back and Lewis' famous air rifle.
The exhibit examines the duo's trip and the eighty years of western exploration their journey inspired.
It also notes what they did not find.
[IN Q=THEIR MISSION]
((JIM KELLY/VIRGINIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY: THEIR MISSION WAS TO FIND AN ALL-WATER ROUTE FROM THE MISSISSIPPI TO THE MISSOURI UP THE COLUMBIA RIVER TO THE PACIFIC OCEAN. IN THAT SENSE THEY FAILED. THEY DIDN'T FIND SUCH A ROUTE BECAUSE NO SUCH ROUTE EXISTS.))
[SUPER=01-Jim Kelley/Va. Historical Society]
[OUT Q=NO SUCH ROUTE EXISTS.]
The exhibition will be the only one on Lewis and Clark to visit the state.
It runs through the end of the year.
Coming up, pro scouts outnumber the players at this weekend's Commonwealth Games baseball showcase, we'll check in on round one of the Roanoke Valley Match Play Championship, and
Jason Kidd nets a big dollar figure for staying in New Jersey.
Winston Cup qualifying is just underway in Chicago thanks to a lengthy rain delay on nearly 2 hours.
[SUPER=03-Joliet, IL/SPEED; :00]
Right now about 15 of 44 cars have made their runs. Jimmie Johnson sits on the provisional pole with a hot lap at over 183 miles per hour--a new track record. We'll check out the starting grid tonight at 11.
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The Commonwealth Games baseball tournament focussed on the 64 individual high school players today. Steve Mason tries to scout things out for us.
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[SUPER=01-Bobby Myrick/San Francisco Giants Scout; :20]
[SUPER=01-Wally Beagle/Games Baseball Tourn. Director; :32]
[SUPER=01-Kreg Savoie/Cave Spring Pitcher & West Team; :58]
[SUPER=01-Austin Davis/Cave Spring Catcher & West Team; 1:07]
[SUPER=01-Joe Durham/William Byrd Outfielder & West Team; 1:14]
[SUPER=01-Bobby West/Blacksburg Shortstop & West Team; 1:24]
[SUPER=01-Darren Hodges/Ferrum Assistant Coach; 1:45]
[OUT Q=..News 7 sports"]
88 of the valley's best golfers began play in the 68th annual Roanoke Valley Match Play golf tournament at Blue Hills today.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]
The event is spread out over a three day period and it is jammed packed with former champions. 14 former winners are competing. Included in that bunch, two time winners Bobby Penn and David Tolley. The match play format makes this tourney even more exciting.
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[SUPER=01-Scott Wise/Former Champion & Va. Tech Golfer; :00]
[SUPER=01-Bobby Penn/Two Time Former Champion; :10]
[OUT Q=......normally would"]
While Gary Payton and Karl Malone found new homes this week, today Jason Kidd said that he would stay put in New Jersey.
Kidd rejected an offer from the Spurs and will sign a six year deal to stay with the Nets worth 99 million dollars. Kidd has made 6 all star appearances, and averaged nearly 19 points and 9 assists per contest in helping the Nets reach the NBA Finals for a second straight year.
He'll apparently have some company on the turnpike. Alonzo Mourning is also expected to sign a four year, 20 million dollar pact with the team. Mourning missed all of last season in Miami with a kidney ailment.