Coming up on News 7... Relatives of Alesha Johnson says the courts must
share the blame for her death.
Lynchburg residents trade guns for groceries.
And there's no rest for the weary on the campaign trail.
And coming up, Virginia Tech and Ferrum win football games today but the
virginia Cavaliers lose another one in the Closing seconds of the game.
Already a taste of winter in the New River Valley as sleet fell there
However, the region looks sunny and a lot warmer tomorrow.
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Relatives of a Roanoke woman murdered this week, say the court system is to
blame for her death.
21- year- old Alesha Ann Johnson was shot and killed on Thursday, apparently
by her former boyfriend, 26- year -old Larry William Mack.
Mack then committed suicide.
Members of Johnson's family say Mack had been stalking her for weeks.
IN Q=Family members
SUPER=01-Silvia McCollum/Alesha's Mother; :16
SUPER=01-Angela Johnson/Alesha's Sister; :32
RUNS=1:31 QUICK OUT!!!!!!
OUT Q=abuses them.
((Family members say Alesha had filed several warrants against Larry William
They say Alesha broke off the relationship with him about three weeks ago.
Since then they say his actions became progressively more violent.
((SILVIA MCCOLLUM/ALESHA'S MOTHER: NOTHING STOPPED HIM FROM KNOCKING ON THESE
DOORS AND WINDOWS. NOTHING STOPPED HIM FROM CAMPING OUT ON THESE GROUNDS AND
WATCHING THIS HOUSE 24/7 AND STALKING US.))
((ANGELA JOHNSON/ALESHA'S SISTER: HE HAS GONE INTO PUBLIC PLACES AND SHOWN HIS
AGGRESSION. HE ABDUCTED HER FROM A PUBLIC STORE. NOW WHAT MORE INDICATION DO
YOU NEED THAT THIS MAN IS VIOLENT.))
Roanoke police say Mack had been arrested six times since October third.
The charges included assault and battery, embezzlement and shooting into a
Each time he was released on an unsecured bond.
The latest incident happened last weekend, when Alesha Johnson filed a
complaint against Mack for stalking.
Angela Johnson says each time Mack broke the restraining order, Alesha
called police, but she says it seemed the police and the court system did not
take the complaints seriously.
And Angela says she believes it's a problem that occurs too frequently.
((ANGELA JOHNSON: WOMEN TODAY HAVE NO RIGHTS UNTIL THEY'RE DEAD. THEY SCREAM
OUT FOR HELP AND EITHER THEIR LIVES ARE TURNED UPSIDE DOWN OR THEY'RE AFRAID TO
COME OUT OF THEIR HOMES. THEY'RE AFRAID TO GO TO WORK. THEY'RE CONSTANTLY
LOOKING OVER THEIR SHOULDERS. BUT THESE MEN ARE ALLOWED TO WALK AROUND
EVERYDAY AND NO ONE HARASSES THEM OR STALKS THEM OR ABUSES THEM.))
Family members says they plan to fight for a change in the laws so that
others won't suffer the pain of losing a loved one.
The streets of Lynchburg are a little bit safer today after dozens of
residents traded their old handguns for groceries.
They were lined up an hour early at the Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce to
take part in the city's first "Goods For Guns" program.
Anyone who brought in a working firearm could exchange it for 75 dollars
worth of groceries at any Food Lion store.
Most residents said they were getting rid of their guns to make their homes
IN Q=My husband
((ROBIN/LYNCHBURG RESIDENT: MY HUSBAND DIED ALMOST TWO AND A HALF YEARS AGO AND
I GOT THREE LITTLE BOYS NEXT DOOR AND I'M ALWAYS SCARED THEY'RE GOING TO PICK
THEM UP AND USE THEM.))
((JIM TAYLOR/GOODS FOR GUNS ORGANIZER: THAT'S OUR PURPOSE, WE WANT TO TRY TO
REDUCE THE POSSIBILITY THAT YOUNG PEOPLE EITHER INJURE THEMSELVES OR SOMEBODY
ELSE WITH A GUN.))
SUPER=01-Jim Taylor/Goods For Guns Organizer; :08
OUT Q=with a gun.
Lynchburg police carefully catalogued each gun, before they are shipped off
to be destroyed.
IN Q=A lot of
((CMDR. WAYNE EVANS/LYNCHBURG POLICE: A LOT OF THESE GUNS ARE THE SAME TYPE
THAT WE TAKE OFF CRIMINALS ON THE STREETS, AND I KNOW THAT A LOT OF OUR YOUTH
ARE OUT THERE ON THESE STREETS WITH THESE TYPES OF GUNS.))
SUPER=01-Cmdr. Wayne Evans/Lynchburg Police; :00
OUT Q=these types of guns.
A total of 111 guns were collected today.
Two people are dead following a two vehicle accident this morning in
20- year- old Eric Taylor of Blacksburg was killed when the Plymouth Colt he
was travelling in was hit head on by a Chevrolet Camaro.
Another passenger in Taylor's car also died.
The name of the second victim is being withheld until relatives are
The accident happened around two o'clock at the intersection of Route 1-14
and 8-12 near the Radford Arsenal.
State police say the Camaro passed another vehicle on a solid line, hitting
Five other people were also involved, but there is no word tonight on their
Police are still investigating.
In neighboring Pulaski County, a traffic accident this afternoon sent two
teenagers to the hospital.
It happened on Route 11 near the New River Valley Speedway at about 3
A state trooper says the 16-year-old driver apparently skidded on the wet
pavement, ran off the road and overturned.
The driver and his 16-year-old passenger were taken to Radford Community
Authorities say their injuries did not appear to be too serious.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on News-7,
Roanoke Valley general assembly candidates are wooing voters with some new
While Trixie Averill and Dick Cranwell are getting in the act as well.
They are out and about trying to drum up more support for their campaigns.
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Well, if you were out and about today-- you probably felt pretty chilly.
A cold front that crossed our region yesterday brought rain-- even some
sleet today to parts of southwestern Virginia and the Greenbrier Valley --
which by the way, could see a few flurries tonight.
But tomorrow looks to be a more typical Fall day-- more on that in the
MUSIC UP FULL
A group called Citizens in Action rallied in Fallon Park this afternoon to
speak out against the United Nations.
The group is made up of volunteers who travel from city to city to educate
people on what they say is the truth about the U-N.
Members of the group ended the event by burning the U-N flag.
They say the idea of a world peace keeper is a good one, but the U-N fails
at this job.
They add the U-N organization is an example of a tyrannical government.
IN Q=we're not against
((DOUG JEFFERYS/CITIZENS IN ACTION: WE'RE NOT AGAINST THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.
WE THINK THIS NATION IS THE GREATEST NATION ON EARTH AND WE WANT TO MAINTAIN
OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, BUT OUR GOVERNMENT HAS OVER STEPPED ITS BOUNDS, AS FAR
AS TAXATION, WELFARE SYSTEM, OUR NATIONAL DEBT.))
SUPER=01-Doug Jefferys/Citizens In Action;
OUT Q=our national debt
About 100 people turned out to hear what speakers had to say.
Candidates are hitting the streets and firing up the bar-be-ques to drum up
support for their campaigns.
With just over two weeks before election day, the candidates say there's no
time to waste.
Republican house of delegates candidate, Trixie Averill, was pounding the
pavement in Vinton.
Averill says she is trying to open the door for what she describes as an
Earlier in her campaign, Averill joined other Republicans in signing the tax
payer protection pledge.
IN Q=it's not a
((TRIXIE AVERILL/-R- CANDIDATE FOR HOUSE OF DELEGATES: IT'S NOT A LOYALTY OATH
TO THE GOVERNOR. IT'S A PLEDGE TO THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA AND WHAT WE WANT TO
DO AND I FEEL THAT IT'S DEFINITELY STUFF THAT'S DO-ABLE AND WE PLAN TO LIVE UP
TO THOSE PROMISES.))
SUPER=01-Trixie Averill/(R) House of Delegates Candidate;
OUT Q=those promises
Democratic incumbent Dick Cranwell has also been out meeting and greeting
He says Virginians know that the commonwealth is already one of the best
places to live in the country.
SOT cranwell/pig 12:28:02
IN Q=the change
((DICK CRANWELL/(D)HOUSE OF DELEGATES CANDIDATE: THE CHANGE PEOPLE ARE TALKING
ABOUT ON A NATIONAL LEVEL IS A CHANGE THAT WILL LEAD THE PARADE TO VIRGINIA.
VIRGINIA IS A LOW TAX AND A LOW EXPENDITURE STATE.))
OUT Q=expenditure state.
Both candidates say they're optimistic about the outcome of the November 7th
The rest of the Roanoke Valley's general assembly candidates spent the week
The democrats lead off on Wednesday with John Edwards, Vic Thomas, and Chip
Woodrum picking up the endorsement of the Police Benevolent Association... a
group that represents about 60 officers in the Roanoke Valley.
Thursday brought republican senate candidate Brandon Bell to the city market
and a news conference with business leaders who were signalling their support
for his campaign.
And Republican House candidate Newell Falkinburg followed up yesterday with
an endorsement from the Law Enforcement alliance of America... a national group
based in northern Virginia.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Denise Allen will tell us about sports leagues for area young people.
Are kids-- and their parents-- taking things too seriously?
And we'll tell you about some Hurt Park children who are getting serious
about beautifying their neighborhood.
MUSIC UP FULL
Governor George Allen did a careful two- step with the Christian Coalition
yesterday in Richmond -- with both sides courting the black vote.
Both were the guests of the Network of Politically Active Christian Women --
a conservative African American group.
Christian Coalition Director Ralph Reed and Governor Allen did NOT appear
together, but greeted each other in the hall.
IN Q=I'm sure that
((RALPH REED/CHRISTIAN COALITION DIRECTOR: I'M SURE THAT THERE ARE VIEWS THAT
HE HAS ON ISSUES THAT ARE SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT THAN OUR OWN, BUT FOR THE MOST
PART WITH REGARD TO HIS LEGISLATIVE AGENDA, I THINK THAT WE LIKE ALL
VIRGINIANS, HAVE BEEN PROUD OF THAT AGENDA.))
SUPER=01-Ralph Reed/Christian Coalition Director;
OUT Q=of that agenda.
The Governor even credited the only black candidate in the Republican
Presidential pool with his most recent rallying cry.
IN Q=What's going
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: WHAT'S GOING ON IN VIRGINIA IS WHAT I CALL A REBIRTH OR A
RENAISSANCE. THIS IS SOMETHING I STOLE FROM ALAN KEYES. A FEW MONTHS AGO I
HEARD ALAN KEYES SPEAK AND I SAID WE'RE TALKING ABOUT A VIRGINIA RENAISSANCE.))
OUT Q=Virginia Renaissance.
Ralph Reed hawked his book and Christian Coalition voter guides to the group
-- which he says will tell voters which Virginia candidates have the best
The youngest members of the Hurt Park community picked up shovels today and
planted seeds for the future.
The children, with the help of the Junior League, did some landscaping to
make their neighborhood a nicer place to live.
The children are a part of the after school program called Project Hope.
The Junior League volunteers time to this program.
Members say it offers the children as well as parents, an opportunity to
improve their lives.
IN Q=IT GIVES
((ANNE MARIE POORE/JUNIOR LEAGUE: IT GIVES PARENTS AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE AT
WORK AND NOT WORRY ABOUT CHILD CARE OR TO BE FURTHERING THEIR EDUCATION. IT
ALSO GIVES THE CHILDREN SOMETHING CONSTRUCTIVE TO DO DURING THOSE HOURS.))
SUPER=01-Anne Marie Poore/Project Hope Chairperson;
OUT Q=DURING THOSE HOURS
Anne Marie Poore says the program runs from three to six in the evening.
She says that's the time of day when children are most likely to experiment
with drugs and sex.
Sportsmanship and teamwork, are two of the lessons parents say they want
their children to learn while playing sports.
But are these lessons lost when the emphasis is placed on winning rather
than having fun?
Denise Allen reports.
SUPER=01-Christy Lucas/Parent; :18
SUPER=01-Nathan Sims/Parent; :28
SUPER=01-Rob Lanahan/Clinical Psychologist; :44
SUPER=01-Josh Ferris/Player; 1:07
OUT Q=News 7.
((GO! GO! GO!))
Thousands of children in Southwest Virginia play recreational sports.
And Monday through Saturday, there's not an open field in the region.
Parents say they send their children onto the field, hoping the lessons
learned will last a lifetime.
((CHRISTY LUCAS/PARENT: FROM JUST PLAYING THEY LEARN THE FUNDAMENTALS IF THE
COACHING IS RIGHT. I THINK IT TAKES A LOT FROM THE PARENTS TO FILL IN THE GAPS
AND MAKE SURE THEY HAVE THAT COMPASSION, BECAUSE THERE'S ALWAYS A WINNER AND
THERE'S ALWAYS A LOSER.))
((NATHAN SIMS/PARENT: I SEE IT AS A WAY FOR HIM TO LEARN EARLY HOW TO MAKE
DECISIONS AND HOW TO ACT ON THOSE DECISIONS.))
But the child's experience depends greatly on the adults involved in the
((ROB LANAHAN/CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST: YOU MENTIONED SOMETHING ABOUT A TEAM THAT
WON THE CHAMPIONSHIP AND THEY WERE ALL IN TEARS BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T PLAY WELL
ENOUGH. THERE'S SOMETHING WRONG WITH THAT PICTURE. WHEN KIDS CAN'T VALUE
THEIR TIME JUST BEING OUT THERE.))
((YOU'RE NOT GOING TO GET THE BALL IF YOU DON'T RUN TO IT.))
((SHOOT IT. THAT'S A BABY.))
Is too much emphasis placed on winning?
((JOSH FERRIS/SOCCER PLAYER: YOU HAVE TO RUN. YOU GET YELLED AT.))
Tomorrow On Record-- a look at the recreational leagues in southwest Virginia
and how parents can help their children have a positive experience while
Denise Allen News 7.))
And coming up, Rodney "Six Pack" Cundiff wins at the New River Valley
Speedway Virginia Tech made a trip to Rutgers this afternoon.
And 14-th ranked Virginia went to Longhorn country to take on 16-th ranked
A Cool afternoon up in the New River Valley tonight but after a rain delay
the Chevy Dealers Shootout took the green Flag a little bit after four.
Tony McGuire had the dominate car he started on the outside pole position
but he was the leader at the halfway mark.
Then with 64 laps left in the race and Six Pack Cundiff was on the move
and he would pass McGuire with 56 laps left in the race. Cundiff came from back
in the pack.
Cundiff was too strong and he would continue to lead the field taking the
checkered flag ahead of Elliott Sadler to win the Chevy Dealers 250 at New
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((RODNEY "SIX PACK" CUNDIFF: ))
SUPER=01-Rodney "Six Pack" Cundiff; :
OUT Q= ......love em all."
Sadler was second and Tony McGuire was third.
Hut Stricklin led qualifying today for the A-C-Delco 400 at the North
Stricklin turned in a speed of better than 155 miles per hour.
For the top 35 cars in the field lets go to the boards.
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OUT Q=.....LAST CAR."
The 14-th ranked Virginia Cavaliers were on the road this afternoon at
Texas for a game against the 16-th ranked Longhorns.
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U-V-A head coach George Welsh taking a stroll along the sideline.
But he didn't want to see this. Texas quarterback James Brown hits Jeffery
Clayton on the screen he dives over the goal line to score from 30 yards out 7
to nothing Longhorns.
A Rafael Garcia field goal made it 7 to 3 but Virginia scored 10 points in
the second quarter including this one yard pass to Walt Derey and the Cavaliers
led 13 to 7 at the half.
Texas scored a touchdown in the fourth to lead 14 to 13 but with 3-minutes
left in the quarter Rafael Garcia booted this 56 yard field goal to make it 16
to 14 U-V-A.
But the Longhorns answered with 3 SUPER=36-Texas/=17/Virginia/=16;
seconds left in the game Phil Dawson booted a 50 yard field goal in the wind
Texas beats Virginia 17 to 16.
Jim Druckenmiller threw two touchdown passes as Virginia Tech posted its
fifth straight win with a 45 to 17 decision over Rutgers.
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Trailing 3 to nothing Ken Oxendine bulls his way over from the one yard
line and the Hokies took a 7 to 3 lead in the first quarter.
But the Scarlet Knights came right back Chad Basch takes it in from
2-yards out and Rutgers went back on top 19 to 7.
The Druckenmiller went o work throwing two touchdowns the first this 6
yarder to Brian Still and the Hokies led 14 to 10 in the second quarter.
Tech would get on the board again SUPER=36-Virginia
Tech/=45/Rutgers/=17;with over a minute left in the third Dwayne Thomas
scoring from the five and Tech Beats Rutgers 45 to 17.
The Ferrum Panthers in search of their sixth win on the season hosted fellow
independent, Methodist College this afternoon.
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The Panthers ran onto the field today for their final regular season home
game at Adams Stadium.
Ferrum wasted no time getting on the board. John Poindexter takes the
opening kickoff and works his way down the right sideline inside the Monarch
Four plays later, David Anthony takes it in, off the right side and Ferrum
led it 7-nothing with 2 minutes gone.
Two Tony Bujega field goals, including this one from 28 yards, cut
the Ferrum lead to 7-6, but the Panthers win it 20 to 13.
A big day in college football so for all of today's scores lets check the
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