The victim's husband objects, but a 16-year old drunk-driving, manslaughter
suspect gets to go home for the holidays.
And we'll go all the way to NORTHERN Virginia to find the right path for
Bent Mountain Road.
In sports, Virginia Tech talks about being focused for the Sugar Bowl
Georgia is glad to be playing Virginia in the Peach Bowl.
And the Roanoke Express has two games this weekend to end a current four
game losing streak.
The last day of fall is at least as cold as the first day of winter
promises to be, but the flurries will be fleeting. Stay tuned for the complete
News 7 Weather Center forecast.
The young man involved in a fatal, alcohol- related car accident last week,
was released on bond today.
The 16- year- old defendant walked from the Roanoke County Jail late this
afternoon, arm in arm with his parents.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Dec. 14;
He had been locked up for the last week, since the car he was driving struck
and killed 45- year- old Bonnie Kitts.
Though he has admitted drinking beer and vodka before the accident, his
attorney argued that the honor student should be released on bond.
IN Q=He has never been before
((CHARLIE PHILLIPS/DEFENSE ATTORNEY: HE HAS NEVER BEEN BEFORE THE COURT BEFORE.
HE HAS STRONG TIES. HIS FAMILY HAS STRONG SUPPORT AND WE'RE GOING TO GET HIM
INTO A SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROGRAM AND PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNSELING. AND WE FEEL HE IS
NO THREAT TO SOCIETY OR HIMSELF AND HE CERTAINLY DESERVES BOND.))
SUPER=01-Charlie Phillips/Defense Attorney;
OUT Q=certainly deserves bond.
A judge from Harrisonburg agreed to release the boy on 20- thousand dollars
bond, over the objections of the victim's husband.
In the subdivision where the accident occurred- -and where both families
live- -neighbors have decorated their homes with white ribbons in sympathy for
The Commonwealth's Attorney is seeking to try the 16- year- old as an
adult. The hearing on that is set for early next month.
Several witnesses who appeared on on Arthur Manns' behalf helped the judge
make her decision NOT to give the 18- year- old convicted killer a life
Manns got 30 years to serve.
He was found guilty in October of the shooting death of 31- year- old Vickie
Michelle Nichols in the Lincoln Terrace Housing Project.
IN Q=I do believe
((JUDGE DIANE STRICKLAND: I DO BELIEVE THAT YOU SHOULD BE GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY
TO MAKE A CONTRIBUTION TO SOCIETY, HOWEVER I BELIEVE THAT OPPORTUNITY MUST NOT
COME ANYTIME IN THE NEAR FUTURE ))
SUPER=02-Judge Diane Strickland; (voice of)
OUT Q=the near future.
In June, Manns shot Nichols twice in the back... after the two became
involved in an argument.
Manns said today he was on crack at the time and doesn't remember shooting
However, twelve hours after the shooting, in a 21 page statement to police,
Manns admitted to the crime.
A State Police investigation involving the Botetourt County sheriff will be
examined by Lynchburg's Commonwealth Attorney.
According to circuit court documents in Fincastle, Sheriff Reed Kelly was
investigated after accusations surfaced of a jail beating.
Back in October, Kelly received a letter from inmate Jason Joseph Jones.
In that letter, the prisoner gave detailed plans on how he would kill the
Jones claims that after Kelly read the note, the sheriff choked and beat
Kelly told News- 7 that the accusations are politically motivated, and that
he's glad a non- partisan third- party is looking into the matter.
The driver of a van stolen in Roanoke County ended up carpooling--so to
speak-- in Radford.
The 1993 Mercury van was discovered early this morning in the city pool at
It took a crane to lift it out.
Police say the driver plowed through the fence and drove off the deep end
of the pool.
Damage to the fence is estimated at about three thousand dollars.
Police say the crane lift caused most of the van's damages.
They have not made any arrests.
Around Christmas time, people may dream of waking up and finding a new
Mercedes in their driveway.
Unfortunately for one Lynchburg resident, the car came through her
It happened around noon at 797 Early Street in Lynchburg.
Police had attempted to stop the Mercedes, when three juveniles inside
jumped out and ran.
The car kept rolling, down a hill and into the house.
A woman inside the house at the time was not injured.
Two of the teenagers were caught nearby but were not charged.
Police aren't sure yet whether the car was stolen.
The path of least resistance turned out to be the curviest one today.
The Commonwealth Transportation Board took up Roanoke County's Route 221.
And it gave the green light to V-DOT to place local opinion above
professional engineering -- for now.
Ellen Qualls caught up with the board in Arlington.
IN Q=Dangerous turns
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Jack Hodge/VDOT Chief Engineer; :18
SUPER=01-Robert Martinez/Va. Transportation Secretary; :42
SUPER=01-Lorinda Lionberger/Salem Transportation District; 1:09
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Arlington.
(( Dangerous turns. Restricted speeds. Too many different folks all trying
to travel down the same narrow path.
It's Route 221 from Roanoke to Bent Mountain.
It might also describe the political path Virginia Department of
Transportation engineers are travelling -- perhaps over their best judgment.
((JACK HODGE/VDOT CHIEF ENGINEER: OUR ENGINEER RECOMMENDED THAT WE DO A STUDY
ON THE EXISTING ROADWAY AND ON THE PURPLE LINE WHICH IS SOUTH OF THE CREEK. I
HAVE NOT CHANGED HIS RECOMMENDATION. I HAVE PRIORITIZED IT. I WANT TO DO WHAT
THE PEOPLE WANT TO DO, AND THAT'S DEVELOP IT ALONG THE EXISTING ROAD. IF IT
BECOMES INFEASIBLE ALONG THE EXISTING ROAD, WE'LL COME BACK TO THE COMMONWEALTH
TRANSPORTATION BOARD AND THE PEOPLE AND SAY WE CAN'T DO THIS.))
sot 03:35:24 tape two
((ROBERT MARTINEZ/VA. TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY: BUT SIMPLY BECAUSE THERE ARE
DIFFERENT VIEWS AMONG DIFFERENT ENGINEERS AT VDOT, THAT'S A GOOD THING, NOT A
BAD THING. IT'S JUST THAT SOME INSTANCES IT BECOMES MORE PUBLIC, IN OTHER
INSTANCES, LESS PUBLIC.))
This meeting at the posh Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Arlington may have been
hundreds of miles away, but these board members have driven the road to Bent
But the Salem District member says the squeakiest wheels got the grease --
and that's not necessarily in the majority interest.
((LORINDA LIONBERGER/SALEM TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT: I THINK THE GENERAL PUBLIC
NEEDS TO BE ON ALERT THAT WHEN PUBLIC HEARINGS ARE HELD ON ROAD PROJECTS OR ON
ANY AREAS WHERE THE CITIZENS' VIEWPOINT IS NEEDED, THAT THEY MAKE A POINT OF
MAKING THEIR VOICE AND THEIR VIEWPOINT HEARD.))
sot STANDUP 04:55:45
((WHEN V-DOT ENGINEERS HAVE DEVELOPED AN EXACT ROUTE FOR 221 -- WITH A PRICE
TAG -- IT WILL COME BACK TO THE COMMONWEALTH TRANSPORTATION BOARD. THAT'S
EXPECTED TO TAKE AT LEAST A YEAR. ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7, ARLINGTON.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6---what impact will the budget standoff in
Washington have on veterans?
and he hasn't even officially taken office yet, but the new sheriff in
Halifax County is already laying down the law.
Toss to Patrick
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
Budget talks in Washington have started up again, but neither side is
promising an agreement before the new year.
Still there is some encouraging news coming out of the nation's capital.
It appears Federal workers will get paid for their time off the job.
And even though the government is under a deep freeze, it DOESN'T look as if
veterans' checks will be put on ice.
In this area, Veterans Affairs officials have been counting on stop- gap
spending measures that would allow for the payment of benefits.
They say all of the necessary documents are ready to be sent to Washington.
((JIM MAYE/VETERANS AFFAIRS DIRECTOR: ANTICIPATING THIS WOULD HAPPEN, VETERANS
AFFAIRS HAS PREPARED ALL OF THE COMPUTER TAPES TO DO THE COMPENSATION AND
PENSION PAYMENTS FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY. ))
SUPER=01-Jim Maye/Veterans Affairs Director;
OUT Q=month of January
Even though benefit checks will most likely be sent, a backlog will remain.
Maye says it could take months before his office is completely caught up.
A one- time Amherst County sheriff's candidate is now facing 10 days in jail
after his conviction on petty larceny charges.
Police say Donald Irvan used a copier machine and paper at the Central
Virginia Training Center where he works to make thousands of copies of his
A surveillance camera caught Irvan making the copies on two separate days in
He says he used the machine to make less than a dozen flyers.
Irvan is appealing his 10- day jail term.
He's been suspended from his job at the training center police department.
Jeff Oakes WAS successful in his bid to become sheriff of Halifax County.
He's vowed to shake up the department and as Teresa Hamilton reports, he's
already making good on that promise.
IN Q=Halifax; :00
SUPER=01-Jeff Oakes/Incoming Halifax Co. Sheriff; :15
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7.
((Jeff Oakes is not afraid of controversy.
Last week, he sent letters to department employees outlining their new
assignments come January.
Oakes acknowledges some of his decisions may NOT make him popular.
But he brushes off criticism.
IN Q=I think it was
((I THINK IT WAS NECESSARY, THE DEPARTMENT HAD GOTTEN SORT OF STAGNANT IN THE
LAST FEW YEARS AND I DON'T LIKE THE BUSINESS AS USUAL APPROACH AND I'M GOING TO
CHANGE IT AND IF I HAVE TO CHANGE KEY PERSONNEL THEN SO BE IT. ))
OUT Q=so be it.
Oakes was sworn into office Wednesday afternoon in a quiet ceremony
surrounded by family and friends.
take nat sound Congratulations
The campaign, however, was anything BUT peaceful.
It was one of the most bitter Halifax County has seen.
The controversy started in May when incumbent Sheriff Eugene Shortt fired
Oakes for running against him-- saying Oakes failed to notify him as dictated
Whatever the case, Oakes makes no apologies.
IN Q=I'm basically
((I'M BASICALLY PROUD OF WHAT I'VE DONE, THERE WERE 85-HUNDRED VOTERS WHO VOTED
FOR CHANGE. I GOT 45- HUNDRED OF THEM IN A FIVE MAN RACE, SO I THINK MY MESSAGE
WAS PRETTY CLEAR AND COUNTY WIDE IT WAS A REAL LARGE TURN OUT AND I'M HAPPY.
OUT Q=I'm happy.
Aside from restructuring the department, Oakes says one of his top
priorities is getting Halifax County prepared to enter into a regional jail
system. Teresa Hamilton, News 7. ))
A circumstantial case of arson and murder was enough to convince a Roanoke
jury that Raymond Harold Mahoney did it.
Though Mahoney eventually admitted he was there the night 40-year old
Brenda Ann Davis died,
he denied setting the fire that killed her.
The victim's brother had beat him up in a drug deal gone bad earlier in the
Though witnesses heard him threaten to burn down the house, it was his
inconsistent stories that tripped him up.
Mahoney claimed he'd been mugged, then said he was asleep at home, finally
claiming he'd been at his girlfriend's house.
The jury set the sentence at ten years for setting the fire, plus 20 years
Tultex will soon produce NASCAR sportswear in an attempt to rev up sales.
The Martinsville activewear company is a partner in a newly formed venture
called Wide Open Performance Wear.
Tultex says this will give it a more diverse line of products and another
outlet for its T-shirts.
Wide Open expects it will bring in about six- million dollars in sales its
first year alone.
The company will target track side vendors, special promotions, plus
department stores and specialty shops.
Tultex already sells N-F-L and N-B-A apparel.
The stock market advanced today, rebounding from yesterday's 50 point loss.
At the close of today's session, the Dow was up 37 points.
NASDAQ was up more than 15 points.
A man's fight to become more independent has landed him a new companion.
David McManamay (Mac-man-ah-may) today returned from the Leaderdog School
for the Blind in Rochester.
But he didn't return alone.
He was accompanied by Dusty.
So far, he and the German Shepherd have had a great working relationship.
IN Q=I carry his
((DAVID MCMANAMAY: I CARRY HIS HARNESS AND FEED HIM, WATER HIM, TAKE HIM OUT
WHEN HE NEEDS TO GO AND SO FORTH AND HE LETS ME SET DOWN AND HAVE 15 MINUTES OF
PEACE A DAY. ))
OUT Q=piece a day
It cost about 12- thousand-dollars to train every team.
McManamay (Mac-man-ah-may) is currently unemployed, but he hopes his new
addition will aide him in finding a job.
The Leader Dog school gets half of its funding from Lion's Clubs across the
A Franklin County man is glad he decided to "Come on down."
During a trip to Southern California, Henry resident Carl Dudley got tickets
to the Price is Right-- the one that aired this morning on W-D-B-J-7.
Dudley immediately made it on to contestants row, and got on stage when he
out- bid everyone for a dishwasher.
He had a chance for a new car, but lost out during the Hi- Low game.
He quickly made up for it by making it to the showcase showdown.
That's when he really cleaned up.
He won his showcase-- valued at more than 14- thousand dollars.
His prizes included a sofa, a dinette set and a range.
Unfortunately, Dudley just re- modeled his home.
He's not sure what he's going to do with his winnings.
And coming up, The Roanoke Express talks about a four game losing streak
Georgia is set to take on U-V-A in the Peach Bowl.
And the Hokies of Virginia Tech plan on taking this years Sugar Bowl game
with Texas very seriously.
GRAPHIC=Tech Sugar Bowl
A different Virginia Tech team will suit up for this seasons Sugar Bowl
game against Texas in New Orleans later this month.
SUPER=03-Gainesville, FL/1994 Gator Bowl; :
The Hokies still remember 45 to 23 loss to Tennessee last season in the
Some of the Hokies got caught up the pre game festivities but this year
the focus will be on the game against the Longhorns.
IN Q="We're taking it
((WILLIAM YARBOROUGH/TECH SAFETY: ))
((BRYANT STILL/TECH RECEIVER: ))
((JIM DRUCKENMILLER/TECH QUARTERBACK: ))
SUPER=01-William Yarborough/Tech Safety; :00
SUPER=01-Bryant Still/Tech Receiver; :
SUPER=01-Jim Druckenmiller/Tech Quarterback; :
OUT Q=.....STAY FOCUSED."
The Virginia Cavaliers are at Furman University preparing for their Peach
Bowl meeting with the University of Georgia.
SUPER=03-Athens, GA; :
The Bulldogs are just happy to be playing in the post season.
But through all of the ups and downs they've had this season including the
firing of head coach Ray Goff the Dogs are still focused for Virginia.
IN Q="The Way
((DAVID WEEKS/GEORGIA CENTER: ))
SUPER=01-David Weeks/Georgia Center; :
OUT Q=......to be successful."
The Roanoke Express is hoping to end a four game losing streak before they
get into the Christmas Holidays.
The Express enters this week with a 16-13 and zero record having lost all
three games they played last week--this four game losing streak ties a
IN Q="We Have to
((JON LARSON/EXPRESS DEFENSEMAN: ))
SUPER=01-Jon Larson/Express Defenseman; :
OUT Q=.....And positive."
Head coach Frank Anzalone is hoping the Express will get back on track
before games this weekend against Richmond and Hampton.
IN Q="I counted
((FRANK ANZALONE/EXPRESS HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :
OUT Q=.......wanted it to."
The Express is in Richmond tomorrow night and The Hampton Roads Admirals
come to town Saturday night.
A couple of notes from Major League Baseball this afternoon. Second Baseman
Roberto Alomar has made a change. He has agreed to a three year 18-million
dollar contract with the Baltimore Orioles.
Alomar led Toronto with a 300 batting average last season.
Meantime, The Orioles were after free agent pitcher David Cone but Cone is
staying in New York.
Yankee owner George Steinbrenner reportedly has lowered his offer to Cone.
Newsday is reporting that Steinbrenner offered a 19-million three year offer
to cone but then dropped the proposal to 18-point-5 million causing cone to
Cone, who began the season with Toronto, was 18 and 8 and he finished 9
and 2 with the Yankees.
A couple of Hoop Notes. The Virginia Cavaliers are home tonight for a
game against Virginia Commonwealth University. Virginia is 3 and 2 heading
into tonight's game.
Eastern Mennonite of the ODAC travels to V-M-I tonight and in high school
hoops Number one ranked G.W. of Danville hosts Cave Spring.