A guilty plea from a man who says he didn't intend to kill an 89-year old woman.
And a local man comes down with what may be West Nile Virus.
In sports, the Tech football team start in pads today, the latest on the injury scare to UVa running back Wali Lundy, the Skins Champ Bailey is not pleased with his play,
and our friday football extra pre season reports take us to William Fleming.
After a beautiful sunny day showers and storms our now developing. I'll show you where in your forecast.
News 7 is next.
[IN Q=That it was]
((THAT IT WAS NOT NECESSARY TO SEEK THE DEATH PENALTY. THEY DID NOT FEEL LIKE IT WOULD BRING HELEN CADD BACK.))
[OUT Q=Helen Cadd back.]
What had been a CAPITAL murder case is resolved with a guilty plea.
Danny Rae Taylor admits to murder, striking a deal that keeps him off death row.
Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
And I'm Shannon Young.
His capital murder trial had been set to begin in just three weeks.
The case is settled now.
Danny Taylor was sentenced this afternoon to life in prison.
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[SUPER=01-Randy Leach/Commonwealth's Attorney]
[SUPER=01-Chris Kowalczuk/Taylor's Attorney]
[OUT Q=very, very old man.]
(( Danny Taylor was living at Shenandoah Homes, though he shouldn't have been. Management may not have realized Taylor actually LIVED there. It's supposed to be an assisted living facility. The 35-year old defendant was living with a man other residents thought was his uncle.
((DANNY TAYLOR WHEN HE WAS CONVICTED OF POSSESSION OF COCAINE IN CHESAPEAKE WAS RELEASED ON PAROLE AND ALLOWED TO COME HERE AND BEGAN TO LIVE WITH STEPHEN TAYLOR AT THAT POINT.))
Though they have the same last name, there's no evidence the two men were related.
89-year old Helen Cadd was a retired nurse who served as night manager at the home for 13 years.
Danny Taylor admitted to police that he'd spent the entire day before the murder drinking alcohol and smoking crack cocaine.
((HE HAS MAINTAINED TO US FROM THE VERY BEGINNING THAT HE WAS ON CRACK COCAINE. THAT HE DID NOT INTEND TO KILL HER. HE PUT HIS HAND OVER HER MOUTH BECAUSE SHE WAS FUSSING AT HIM FOR CATCHING HIM DOING CRACK IN THIS ROOM HE WAS NOT SUPPOSED TO BE IN.))
Before the judge pronounced sentence, Taylor read a brief statement, saying Mrs. Cadd was a nice lady and she didn't deserve to die like she did.
Though Taylor has steadfastly insisted he didn't mean to kill Mrs. Cadd, there's no getting around the fact that he sexually assaulted her.
((THE SEXUAL ASSAULT WAS INTENTIONAL MR. TAYLOR HAS ADMITTED THAT. AND FOR THAT HE'S NOW GOING TO SERVE LIFE IN PRISON.))
((I DON'T THINK HE WILL GET OUT AT ALL UNLESS HE'S A VERY VERY OLD MAN.))
Among Taylor's first words to police the day of his arrest were: "I'll probably spend the rest of my life in prison for doing something I hardly remember."
A Roanoke City police officer is back on the job today after being cleared in the shooting of a man in Northwest Roanoke.
A citizen-police review board and Chief Joe Gaskins say Officer M. E. Thompson's actions were justified.
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The shooting happened on Madison Avenue in the early morning hours of April 13th.
Officer Thompson and another officer responded to a loud music call, and stopped a car to talk to its driver.
They say when Antonio Taylor tried to drive off, he hit Officer Thompson.
Thompson fired four shots into the car, which hit the front of a house and stopped.
Taylor survived a gunshot to the chest.
The Roanoke Commonwealth's Attorney also cleared the officer of wrongdoing.
A Greenbrier County deputy is in fair condition today at a West Virginia hospital where he's recovering from a gunshot wound to the chest.
Nathan Hersman was shot Saturday night when he pulled over a driver wanted in a double homicide in Ohio.
John Richard Mayhew, Junior is accused of killing his former wife and her fiance and then taking his 18-year-old daughter hostage.
Police say Mayhew killed the girl and shot himself after the traffic stop in Lewisburg.
Mayhew is in serious condition at Roanoke Memorial Hospital and is expected to survive his self-inflicted wound.
[GRAPHIC=West Nile Virus]
A Botetourt County man in his late 40's may be the state's first human case of West Nile virus this year.
The state lab says lab samples have come back positive for West Nile but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have yet to make a final confirmation.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith & Teresa /NEwsroom;]
Teresa Hamilton spoke with a health officials this afternoon and joins us with more information.
[LIVE= Teresa /FULL Newsroom]
Keith, the victim in this case was tested for West Nile after being hospitalized with encephalitis and flu- like symptoms.
He's since been released-- and is expected to recover. In the meantime, state health officials are using this case to educate the public.
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(( WEST NILE IS ENDEMIC, IT'S IN 44 STATES, IT'S HERE TO STAY JUST LIKE RABIES AND I CAN'T STRESS ENOUGH PEOPLE'S RESPONSIBILITY FOR PREVENTING MOSQUITOES FROM BREEDING AROUND THEIR HOME AND PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM MOSQUITO BITES WHILE THEY'RE OUTSIDE. ))
[super=01-Dr. Jody Hershey/New River Health District Director; ]
[OUT Q= THEY'RE OUTSIDE. ]
[***TERESA'S MIC HOT***]
Dr. Jody Hershey is with the New River Health District.
He says Virginia is seeing more and more cases of West Nile in birds and mosquito pools and that residents need to take steps to protect themselves.
He says people should make certain there is no standing water around their homes.
He says homeowners should clean out their plant containers, gutters, bird baths and dog bowls on a regular basis... all are breeding grounds for mosquitos.
[in q= When they're outside]
((WHEN THEY'RE OUTSIDE THEY ALSO NEED TO USE INSECT REPELLENT... MAKE SURE THAT THEY REPAIR ALL SCREENS IN AND AROUND THEIR HOMES. ))
[OUT Q= IN AND AROUND THEIR HOMES.]
[LIVE= Teresa /FULL Newsroom Pod]
Officials say if you're bitten by a mosquito you do NOT need to see a doctor.
[DOUBLE BOXES= /Microwave;]
Keith Dr. Hershey says most adults and teenagers are able to recover if they're bitten by an infected mostquito-- the main concern is with the elderly who may become seriously ill.
Stylists and manicurists are being asked to help fight domestic violence.
Find out why when News 7 returns.
Plus a new school year means unpacking in four new schools in Southside.
Some students in Pittsylvania County will begin the new school year in new digs.
The county has spent millions of dollars building four middle schools.
Justin McLeod takes us on a tour.
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[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Brenda Johnson/Gretna Middle School Teacher; :08]
[SUPER=01-James McDaniel/School Superintendent; :31]
[SUPER=01-Danny Bowman/Chatham Middle School Principal; 1:11]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Pittsylvania Co.]
((((NAT SOUND OF UNPACKING BOXES AT 1:40:25))
Unpacking can be a lot of work but here in this school no one seems to mind.
[IN Q=I taught at the]
((BRENDA JOHNSON/TEACHER: I TAUGHT AT THE OLD GRETNA MIDDLE FOR 33 YEARS SO I AM THRILLED TO BE IN A NEW BUILDING, NEW SCHOOL, NEW STUFF.))
[OUT Q=new school, new stuff]
That stuff can be seen at four new middle schools located near Chatham, Gretna, Dan River, and Tunstall.
Voters passed a forty million dollar referendum three years ago to fund the project and administrators say it's money well spent.
[IN Q=We wanted to provide]
((JAMES McDANIEL/SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: WE WANTED TO PROVIDE EXISTING PROGRAMS CONSISTENTLY ACROSS OUR SCHOOL DIVISION.))
[OUT Q=our school division]
They'll achieve that through expanded science labs, bigger classrooms, and several state of the art computer labs.
Students will also experience better athletic facilities and a food court style cafeteria.
[IN Q=Each school will have]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: EACH SCHOOL WILL HAVE THREE CLASSROOM WINGS WHICH WILL ALL MEET HERE AT THIS HALLWAY. THAT WILL HELP WITH SECURITY BECAUSE THE PRINCIPAL CAN LITERALLY STAND HERE AND LOOK AT ALL THREE WINGS AT ONCE.))
[OUT Q=at once]
((NAT SOUND OF UNPACKING AT 1:50:05))
For teachers and students, it also helps that each wing is separated by grade.
[IN Q=The advantage to that]
((DANNY BOWMAN/CHATHAM MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL: THE ADVANTAGE TO THAT IS THE FACT THAT YOU HAVE A LOT OF SMALLER CHILDREN IN THE SIXTH GRADE AND SOME OF THE EIGHTH GRADE STUDENTS HAVE GROWN AND MATURED AND IT KEEPS THEM SEPARATE.))
[OUT Q=keep them separate]
They'll see how it works when school officially opens September second.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Pittsylvania County.))
Roanoke College is joining the ranks of some of the most prestigious institutions in the country.
The school today announced it has been awarded a chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, the oldest undergraduate honors organization in the U-S.
Roanoke College's 23 keyholders, or members, applied for the charter three years ago.
They say they're proud to have been accepted.
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[IN Q=Everyone in the public knows US News and World Report...]
((DAVID GRING/ROANOKE COLLEGE PRESIDENT: EVERYONE IN THE PUBLIC KNOWS US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT AND THE 217 COLLEGES DESIGNATED AS NATIONAL LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGES. ONLY 95 OF THOSE 217 HAVE PHI BETA KAPPA CHAPTERS ON THEIR CAMPUS.))
[SUPER=01-David Gring/Roanoke College President;]
[OUT Q=to have Phi Beta Kappa chapters on their campus.]
There are fewer than 3-hundred Phi Beta Kappa chapters nationwide.
Roanoke College expects to elect its first student members next spring.
[GRAPHIC=Goodyear Contract Negotiations]
Negotiators for Goodyear Tire and the United Steelworkers Union are expected to resume contract talks today.
[VO-NAT 503-07 TC-1:02:57]
The Steelworkers represent union workers at Goodyear's tire plant in Danville.
The union rejected Goodyear's latest offer last Wednesday. Today's talks are expected to focus on a union counter-proposal submitted on Saturday.
Local workers say they want to keep the jobs and benefits they have, while the company says it needs to make cuts to save money.
Goodyear reported a record loss last year.
Stocks opened the new trading week with a win.
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The DOW gained 26 points.
NASDAQ rose 17 and a half.
Most women spend more time with their hair stylist than with their doctor.
That's why cosmetologists and manicurists are being asked to join in the fight against domestic abuse.
Attorney General Jerry Kilgore today announced the Cut Out Domestic Violence campaign.
The program will train salon professionals how to respond if they suspect their client is a victim of abuse.
[IN Q=WE WANT TO MAKE SURE]
((ATTORNEY GENERAL JERRY KILGORE: WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE'RE BUILDING AN AWARENESS CAMPAIGN SO INDIVIDUALS KNOW WHERE TO TURN. MARIAN ALDERSON/VA. BOARD OF BARBERS AND COSMETOLOGISTS: YOU SPEND MAYBE THREE HOURS WITH A HAIR STYLIST AND YOU BUILD A RELATIONSHIP SO WHO BETTER TO KNOW THAT SOMETHING IS GOING ON IN AN INDIVIDUAL'S LIFE THAN THE NAIL TECHNICIAN AND THE HAIR STYLIST.))
[SUPER=01-Marian Alderson/VA Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists; :07]
[OUT Q=NAIL TECHNICIAN AND THE HAIR STYLIST.]
Cut Out Domestic Violence is based on a national initiative.
Training sessions for salon professionals will begin in the fall.
Patrick Henry High School has lost an invaluable member of its athletic teams.
Doctor Robert Pruner died of a heart attack while driving to work this morning.
Pruner was the team physician for 28 years and a prominent Roanoke orthopedic surgeon.
Back in 1995, he was honored at halftime for his years of volunteer service to the Patriots.
Patrick Henry's head trainer says in the seven years she knew "Doctor P," he never missed a football game.
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[IN Q=He loved]
((JEANNE BROWN/PH HEAD TRAINER: HE LOVED THE SPORT, HE LOVED THE GAME .... HE LOVED THE KIDS.))
[SUPER=01-Jeanne Brown/P. H. Head Trainer;]
[OUT Q=loved the kids.]
Pruner's dedication to P-H surprised many people, because he did NOT go to school there and his kids went to Cave Spring.
Pruner was 62. He leaves behind a wife and two sons.
Will the William Fleming Colonels win more than seven this year? Redskins DB Champ Bailey says his game needs work, the Tech puts on the pads
and what is Tony Stewart doing getting into this contraption? find out in a few
The Virginia Tech Hokies began their first full week of preseason workouts today. This week also signals the beginning of practice in full pads.
That progression is just another big step for the Tech freshmen, who like all first year players around the country, have been throw to the wolves this preseason - having to learn on the fly without the benefit of the traditional freshman "grace period."
Frank Beamer says so far that change has been both good and bad.
[IN CUE="I think...]
[SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :08]
The Hokies open the season on Sunday afternoon - August 31st - against Central Florida.
UVa running back Wali Lundy's reported injury this past Friday turns out to severe cramps.
Today, Lundy was back in practice going full speed for the Cavaliers. He suffered severe cramps Friday due to the heat and was taken off the field but returned to practice Saturday. Lundy knows there are three other backs waiting in line to take his spot, but he likes that because everyone gets along.
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[SUPER=01-Wali Lundy/Over 900 Yards Rushing in 2002; :02]
[OUT Q=....each one of us is"]
[GRAPHIC=Friday Football Extra]
The William Fleming Colonels take over the Friday Football Extra spotlight tonight. Keith Smith's team is fresh off a 7 and 4 campaign in 2002.
Smith returns 12 starters from that club, including 6 on each side of the ball.
After just two days in pads, the head coach is pleased with what he's seen so far.
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[SUPER=01-Keith Smith/Colonels Head Coach; :00]
[OUT Q=ready for the season."]
The Colonels are battle tested after several close games a year ago.
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[OUT Q=something to shoot for this year."]
The Redskins will try an improve to 1 and 1 in the pre season this saturday when Washington takes on New England.
All pro defensive back Champ Bailey, considered the best DB in the NFL, hopes his work ethic rubs off on the younger players. Bailey is quite clear, his game needs work.
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[SUPER=01-Champ Bailey/Career Best 84 Tackles in 2002; :00]
[OUT Q=.....better every day"]
The Salem Avalanche opens a three game home set with Myrtle Beach tonight, trailing Kinston by three games in the standings. Although the Avs are the worst batting team in the league average wise, the skipper says the offense is just fine.
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[SUPER=01-John Massarelli/Avalanche Manager; :00]
[OUT Q=batting average is over rated."]
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Winston Cup drivers head to Michigan this weekend for the Marketplace 400 and while the battle for points is becoming more fierce, three drivers made time recently for some soap box racing.
[SUPER=03-Akron, OH; :00]
Ricky Craven, Tony Stewart and Joe Nemechek joined 430 kids ages 8 to 17 in the All American Soap Box Derby in Akron Ohio. The young racers were fighting for over 50 thousand bucks in scholarship dough but the three cup drivers, who raced each other, were just happy to be there.
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[SUPER=01-Joe Nemechek/Winston Cup Driver; :03]
[OUT Q=....its cool, its good"]
Some people will go to any lengths to get attention.
But this time it's an entire city.
Radford is now officially the home of the Guinness Book of Records' "World's Longest Hot Dog."
The 22-foot-eight-inch weiner was revealed LAST August during the city's Farewell Memorial Bridge party.
Officials say while the honor may seem a bit silly, it does have some benefits.
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[IN Q=this is international]
((SANDRA STANWITZ/RADFORD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: THIS IS INTERNATIONAL. YOU KNOW AND THE FOLKS THAT HELD THE RECORD BEFORE US SAID THAT THEY GOT A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF RECOGNITION IN THE COUNTRY FOR HOLDING THE RECORD SO THEY WERE EXCITED FOR US, CAUSE THEY SAID KNEW THE GREAT THINGS THAT WERE COMING OUR WAY 34))
[SUPER=01-Sandra Stanwitz/Radford Chamber of Commerce;]
[OUT Q=coming our way]
The world's longest hot dog was made out of 65-pounds of bun dough and hot dog casing, seven-and-a-half pounds of chopped onions, and took about four hours to prepare.
The previous record was about 15-feet.