Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
The story of a murder suspect coming back to Virginia to face charges that
date back to 1990.
And a 16-million dollar lawsuit filed by a dog groomer against those who
said Puppyland's been abusing animals.
Tonight in sports, The Hokies hope to put some zip in their stagnant offense
The new high school football polls are out.
And Tom Glavine will be on the hill tonight as major league baseball's
league championship series open in Cincinnati and Seattle.
Hurricane Hunters tell us that Roxanne has grown even stronger and is now a
dangerous Category 3 hurricane. Top winds at 115mph. Will it affect the gulf
coast again? That story coming up.
Police have made an arrest in a five- year- old murder case in Pittsylvania
A former Danville man was brought back from a South Carolina prison today.
Teresa Hamilton joins us live from Chatham with the latest.
(ROLLCUE: "...at the Chatham jail in police custody.")
IN Q=Authorities have
SUPER=01-Harold Plaster/Pittsylvania Co. Sheriff;
*teresa's mic under vo following mic *
SUPER=01-J. R. Ruhland/Va. State Police; :30
OUT Q=tickled they can remember these things
The owner of a Roanoke dog grooming business has filed a 16- million dollar
lawsuit against a former employee and Roanoke television station W-S-L-S.
The former employee accused Puppyland owner Chris Benson of abusing his
Now Benson claims he was slandered, naming the former employee, Channel 10
and its reporter Kris Lloyd.
Ron Jones has the story.
IN Q=Chris Benson says
SUPER=01-Chris Benson/Puppyland Owner; :19
SUPER=01-Amy Martin/Former Employee; :35
SUPER=01-Barry M. Tatel/Puppyland Attorney; 1:11
OUT Q=Ron Jones, News 7, Roanoke.
(( Chris Benson opened Puppyland in 1971.
Last month he was accused by a former employee of abusing and killing his
Former employee, Amy Martin, says she witnessed the abuse for two and a half
Benson denies the accusations and says Martin is just a disgruntled employee
trying to ruin him.
SOT 13:18:28 (tape #1)
((CHRIS BENSON/PUPPYLAND OWNER: APPARENTLY SHE'S GOT AN AX TO GRIND WITH ME AND
THIS IS WHAT'S HAPPENED.))
Benson says the friction began when he discovered Martin gave his customer
list to a competitor.
He says when he asked her about it-- she walked off the job and went to work
for that competitor.
SOT 14:14:22 (Tape #2)
((AMY MARTIN/FORMER EMPLOYEE: WELL, THAT'S NOT TRUE, THE DAY I ENDED UP
QUITTING THERE I LEFT EARLY AND HE CALLED ME AT HOME AND WE GOT INTO IT OVER
THE PHONE. I QUIT AT THE MOMENT, I DID NOT PLAN IT SO I HAD NO CHANCE OF
GETTING ANY OF THE FILES.))
Martin sticks with her story that Benson abused the animals.
Benson is now suing Martin for slander. Also named in the lawsuit are
W-S-L-S, and reporter Kris Lloyd.
But are the charges true?
We spoke with someone who says his dog did die at Puppyland. But we also
spoke with those who were pleased with the service.
Benson's attorney accuses W-S-L-S of jumping the gun without getting all the
((BARRY M. TATEL/PUPPYLAND ATTORNEY: AS A RESULT OF THOSE NEWS BROADCAST MR.
BENSON AND PUPPYLAND HAS SUFFERED IRREPARABLE DAMAGE TO THEIR REPUTATION, TO
THEIR BUSINESS, TO THEIR STANDING IN THE COMMUNITY.))
Animal Control Officers say their investigation of Puppyland is still
Amy Martin refuses to comment on the law suit and W-S-L-S officials says
they may respond at a later date.
And Puppyland's attorneys say they'll seek the truth in court.
Ron Jones, News Seven, Roanoke.))
A grand jury today cleared a Richmond police officer of criminal wrongdoing
for fatally shooting a Danville man.
Officer Jeffrey Miles shot 21- year- old Marco Loney August 24th after a
Miles said he thought Loney was carrying a gun-- but no gun was found.
A special prosecutor for the case says Miles had good reason to fear for
his life when he shot Loney.
Witnesses said Loney fled from police-- then reached into his waistband,
appearing to grab for a gun.
Officer Miles still faces a police review of the incident.
The lawsuit filed against Delegate Dick Cranwell- -at the height of the
political season TWO YEARS ago- -has been dismissed.
Cranwell's former business partner Frank Selbe filed the seven HUNDRED- page
complaint one month before the election in 19-93.
Selbe claimed Cranwell conspired to injure his reputation, interfere in a
federal investigation, defame and defraud him.
But Selbe waited until the last possible day to have the papers served on
the Vinton delegate, and the process server couldn't find the House Majority
So a judge dismissed the case today, despite a dispute over Cranwell's legal
residence at the time Selbe tried to have the papers served.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
These stories in just a moment, Vinton town council gives the owner of three
pot-bellied pigs two more days to get rid of her pets,
and Tracy Altizer will be along to report on a 166- year- old house in Giles
County and the plans for its future.
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A Lexington man was killed over the weekend when his car crashed into a
concrete bridge in Rockbridge County.
State police say 44- year- old Charles Edward Riley was driving north on
Route 631 Saturday evening.
Authorities say Riley was speeding.
He apparently lost control, ran off the left shoulder of the road, and
struck a concrete bridge head- on.
The vehicle exploded on impact.
No other vehicles were involved.
The Allen Administration has banned cameras from Virginia prisons.
A spokeswoman for Corrections Director Ron Angelone says the camera ban is
NOT a "hard and fast rule," but a security measure implemented several months
ago on a case-by-case basis.
The Governor says he was unaware of the ban.
IN Q=No I'm not aware of it.
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: NO I'M NOT AWARE OF IT. AND I'M GONNA RELY AND GIVE A
GREAT DEAL OF CREDENCE TO RON ANGELONE'S ABILITY TO RUN THE PRISON SYSTEM IN A
SAFE WAY. AND THAT'S WHAT PRISON SYSTEMS ARE FOR, IS TO KEEP THOSE WHO HAVE
COMMITTED VIOLENT CRIMES AND FELONIES BEHIND BARS AND PUNISHED. IT'S NOT TO BE
USED FOR A PLACE OF -- A PUBLIC SQUARE.))
OUT Q=a public square.
The American Civil Liberties Union hopes the Corrections Department will
reconsider the new policy.
IN Q=This is what
((KENT WILLIS/VA. ACLU: THIS IS WHAT FREE PRESS IS ALL ABOUT. IT'S ABOUT
LETTING INDIVIDUALS IN SO THAT THE REST OF US CAN SEE WHAT'S HAPPENING ON THE
INSIDE. THE MORE THE BETTER. AND THAT IS CAMERAS, INDIVIDUALS, AND ALL THE
REST. IF IT'S ONLY DONE BY PHONE, IT MAY BE CONSTITUTIONAL, BUT IT CERTAINLY
VIOLATES THE SPIRIT OF FREE PRESS IN THIS COUNTRY.))
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D-VINTON: THIS ADMINISTRATION IS THE ONE THAT PUT THE GAG
ORDER ON ALL STATE EMPLOYEES. THEY CAN'T EVEN TALK TO PEOPLE LIKE ME UNLESS
THEY CHANNEL THE INFORMATION THROUGH A SECRETARIAT AND THE SECRETARIAT REVIEWS
THE INFORMATION. AND ALL THAT HAPPENED BACK DURING THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION.
SO I DON'T KNOW WHY YOU ALL ARE SURPRISED THAT THEY WOULDN'T WANT YOU TO KNOW
WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE PRISONS.))
SUPER=01-Kent Willis/Virginia ACLU;
OUT Q=in the prisons.
The camera ban comes at a time when a General Assembly committee is looking
into security and management concerns about Virginia's growing prison system.
A Vinton woman has until Thursday to remove three pot- bellied pigs from her
But Emma Saunders says she will fight to keep the pets on her property.
Saunders successfully challenged the town's animal control ordinance in
August. A judge ruled it was too vague.
But last week, town council amended the law, and officials have renewed
their efforts to evict Arnold, Charlotte and Wilbur.
IN Q=This little pig
((EMMA SAUNDERS/VINTON RESIDENT: THIS LITTLE PIG UP HERE IS THE BEST THERAPY
YOU'VE SEEN IN YOUR LIFE. THOSE PIGS MAKE HER LAUGH. THEY MAKE HIM LAUGH.))
SUPER=01-Emma Saunders/Vinton Resident;
OUT Q=make him laugh.
Saunders says her children are planning a protest on Saturday. She will
speak to town council next week. And it's likely, that a judge will eventually
decide the fate of the animals.
As Robin mentioned, Hurricane Roxanne is bearing down on the Yucatan
Peninsula, and is expected to strike later tonight.
Virginia emergency relief crews are on alert in case they're needed once the
Hurricane hits land.
One team is just back from the Virgin Islands after hurricane Marilyn
leveled most areas.
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The Virginia team was on the second plane to land after the hurricane passed
through the islands.
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IN Q=When we landed
((BILL SWEET/NATIONAL FOREST SERVICE FIRE HERITAGE: IT WAS REALLY ERIE USUALLY
YOU GO INTO AN AIRPORT AND THERE IS LIGHT, THERE WAS NO LIGHT. WE DIDN'T KNOW
WHETHER WE COULD LAND UNTIL TEN MINUTES BEFORE WE ACTUALLY LANDED. WHEN THEY
COULD SEE THE BLUE LIGHTS ON THE RUNWAY, AND THEY WERE BEING OPERATED BY A
SUPER=01-Bill Sweet/National Forest Service Fire Heritage;
OUT Q=by a generator.
The National Forest Service is often the first on the scene of disasters to
help establish communication.
9 49 24 00 - 9 49 46 00
IN Q=That's one thing
((BILL SWEET: THAT'S ONE THING THE LAND MANAGING AGENCIES HAVE. WE HAVE THIS
QUICK RESPONSE CAPABILITY FOR FOREST FIRES. WE TAKE THE SAME SKILLS AND PUT IT
INTO THIS TYPE OF EMERGENCY WORK. ))
OUT Q= of emergency work.
This time they were the first to establish two way communications on St.
Thomas and they helped to set up the mobilization center at the airport so that
all disaster relief supplies could be transported.
Sweet says they also helped the Red Cross get seven mobile kitchens
desperately needed for food distribution.
Sweet was in the Virgin Islands for three weeks, and says it will be another
three months before life there returns to anything close to normal.
The DOW took another hit today, dropping 65 points at one time during
It regained ground though, to close at 47- hundred- 20, a drop of five
Nasdaq had a loss of one point.
After months of planning, Planned Parenthood has opened up offices in the
The organization that offers reproductive health care and education is now
operating out of this office complex on Langhorne Road.
Former Lynchburg city council member Joan MacCallum is heading up Planned
Parenthood's new office.
MacCallum says the first day went well.
IN Q=We had some
((JOAN MACCALLUM/PLANNED PARENTHOOD: WE HAD SOME VERY NICE AND VERY SUPPORTIVE
PHONE CALLS. SOME PEOPLE CAME BY AND WERE VERY SUPPORTIVE AND GLAD THAT WE'RE
HERE, SAYING AS WE ALL KNOW THAT IT'S VERY MUCH NEEDED IN LYNCHBURG AND THEY'RE
SUPER=01-Joan MacCallum/Planned Parenthood; :00
OUT Q=and they're happy.
The office does NOT yet provide any clinical services.
MacCallum says her job will be to raise funds and public awareness.
She also was NOT surprised by the presence of protestors outside the office
After a year of fundraising, the Giles County Historical Society is ready
for bids on a new museum.
Tracy Altizer reports the project will also mean a facelift for a national
historic landmark in Pearisburg.
IN Q=Andrew Johnston was
SUPER=07-Fowler Johnston; :16
SUPER=01-Alex Witten/Museum Committee Chairman; :37
SUPER=01-Winston Faust/Fundraising Chairman; :55
OUT Q=News 7 Pearisburg.
(( Andrew Johnston was a local entrepreneur when he built this house in 1829.
It stayed in his family for generations. Fowler Johnston was among the last
of the descendants to live here.
He vowed to never sell it, and 10 years ago donated the home to the
((FOWLER W. JOHNSTON: SO I WANTED TO GIVE IT TO SOMEBODY WHO WOULD LOOK AFTER
IT. IT'S GOING TO BE A BIG ASSET TO THE COUNTY. ))
The society has raised almost 140- thousand dollars towards its goal of 225
Part of the funds will refurbish the home.
But the biggest expense will be construction of a museum behind the house.
((ALEX WITTEN/MUSEUM COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN: IT'S EDUCATION AND THINGS OF THAT
TYPE, THAT IT WILL MEAN SO MUCH TO THE CHILDREN AND FAMILIES OF THE COUNTY. ))
Witten says the plans have been sent to contractors for bidding.
And though the groundbreaking may be a little premature, organizers hope to
proceed with the first phase of the project this winter.
((WINSTON FAUST/FUNDRAISING CHAIRMAN: WE'RE CONTINUING OUR FUNDRAISING PROJECTS
AND ALSO OUR SOLICITATION OF CONTRIBUTIONS. WE'RE VERY CONFIDENT THAT WE'LL BE
ABLE TO CONTINUE ON WITH OUR CONSTRUCTION UNINTERRUPTED. ))
The historical society hopes the museum will be completed and ready to open
around this time next year. The renovation of the house will likely take a
little longer, and will depend on the availability of funding. Tracy Altizer,
News 7 Pearisburg.))
Coming up tonight in sports, the Braves and Reds talk about renewing their
rivalry in the National League championship series.
We'll show you some racing like you've never seen before.
Plus Roy Stanley reports from Tech on howe the Hokies plan to keep their
offense from getting anymore offensive the rest of this season.
The Atlanta Braves continue their quest for that elusive world series title
tonight when they travel to Cincinnati for game one of the National League
SUPER=03-Cincinnati, OH; :00
The Red and Braves met 13 times during the regular season with the Braves
But as we all know, the past means little in the playoffs.
((BOBBY COX/ATLANTA BRAVES MANAGER:))
((BARRY LARKIN/REDS INFIELDER:))
SUPER=01-Bobby Cox/Atlanta Braves Manager; :00
SUPER=01-Barry Larkin/Reds Infielder; :18
OUT Q=...BE ENOUGH."
Tom Glavine will be on the hill tonight for the Braves while the Reds will
counter with Pete Schurek.
The American league championship series begins tonight in Seattle with two
new kids on the block, Cleveland and Seattle.
SUPER=03-Cleveland, OH/Yesterday; :00
The Indians beat the Mariners five of the nine times they played them this
season, but Ken Griffey Junior missed all but one of those games with his
It'll be Indians Dennis Martinez against Seattle's Bob Wolcott.
You still have time to head over to the Roanoke Civic Center for the
Express's final ECHL exhibition game of the preseason.
SUPER=03-Hillsborough, NC; :00
After spending the past two weeks on the ice in Hillsborough, North Carolina
at training camp, area fans will get their first look at the team tonight in a
seven o'clock faceoff with Hampton.
Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12.
So far the Express is unbeaten in the preseason.
Virginia Tech's 14 to nothing victory over Navy marked the Hokies first
shutout since the 1989 season.
The Hokie defense is nationally ranked while on offense the Hokies have
yet to live up to their expectations.
Roy Stanley has more.
IN Q=First audio
SUPER=03-Annapolis, MD/Saturday; :00
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Tech Head Coach; :18
SUPER=01-Dwayne Thomas/Tech Tailback; :50
SUPER=01-Chris Malone/Tech Offensive Lineman; 1:08
OUT Q=......news 7 sports."
((The problem on defense is inconsistency. For example, The Hokies have scored
just seven points in the first quarter of play in 1995.
The experience and talent is there but the Hokies execution is not.))
((FRANK BEAMER/TECH HEAD COACH: ))
((Beamer says the offense seems to react better when its back is against the
Last week in the closing minutes of the game against the Midshipmen the
Hokies went 85 yards on a drive for a touchdown in the 14 to nothing win over
((DWAYNE THOMAS/TECH TAILBACK: ))
((CHRIS MALONE/TECH OFFENSIVE LINEMAN: ))
((ROY STANDUP: ANOTHER OUTSTANDING DEFENSIVE SHOWING FOR VIRGINIA TECH. THE
HOKIES POSTED 8 QUARTERBACK SACKS AND HELD NAVY'S NATIONALLY RANKED OFFENSE TO
209 TOTAL YARDS. IN BLACKSBURG, ROY STANLEY NEWS 7 SPORTS.))
Early this morning, the Kansas City Chiefs beat the San Diego Chargers
29-to-23 in overtime of this week's Monday night game of the week.
SUPER=03-Kansas City, MO/ABC; :00
Former Florida State star Tamerick Vanover won the game in the extra period
with this electrifying 86 yard punt return for a touchdown.
The Chargers obviously didn't play very good kick defense, but watch how you
break that news to head coach Bobby Ross.
IN Q="We just...
((BOBBY ROSS/CHARGERS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Bobby Ross/Chargers Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...NEGATIVE CRAP EITHER."
150 late model stock cars will be in Martinsville this coming weekend for the
Taco Bell 300.
But will they be able to entertain the fans like these
SUPER=03-Chonburi, Thailand; :00
big boy water buffaloes?
Welcome to Thailand, the only place in the world that holds water buffalo
For more than 100 years, races have been held in this small town 77
kilometers south of Bangkok.
This year more than 5000 fans watched 159 buffaloes race on the 120 meter
Amazingly the one ton animals cover the distance in 11 seconds.