Coming up on NEWS & at SIX:
A murder conviction despite a bold- face denial.
Henry Street is back on track.
And there are parts of West Virginia that have yet to see any signs of
relief- -here five days after the flood waters receded.
Tonight in sports, Lynchburg has a new semi-pro football team.
Bristol's track has a new owner.
The Hokies move up in the polls.
And the Super Bowl hype reaches a fever pitch this afternoon at the annual
media day in Tempe, Arizona.
Some unwelcome rain in the forecast but temperatures will stay warm enough
to keep us out of further trouble.
An absolute denial in the face of first- degree murder and robbery charges
failed to impress the judge.
Thomas Arthur Burton was found guilty as charged.
The 29- year- old triggerman was one of three young men who'd been out
drinking together the night of June 29th.
There's conflicting testimony on who's idea it was, but together they
hatched a plot to visit Randy Carter.
They'd heard he kept a stash of marijuana and cash in his home on Memorial
Burton took the stand and denied everything, said the others had dropped him
off at his girlfriend's house.
IN Q=Do you know
((DO YOU KNOW RANDY CARTER? NO SIR. HAVE YOU EVER MET RANDY CARTER? NO SIR.
HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF RANDY CARTER? WAS THERE ANY DISCUSSION WITH YOU THAT
NIGHT INVOLVING RANDY CARTER? NO SIR. DID YOU ROB RANDY CARTER? NO SIR. DID
YOU SHOOT RANDY CARTER? NO SIR, I DID NOT.))
SUPER=02-John McGarvey/Burton's Attorney
SUPER=01-Thomas Arthur Burton/Defendant
OUT Q=I did not.
* * * Keith on ENG * * *
But the ball cap told a different story.
SUPER=04-June 30, 1995
Burton admitted that it was his hat investigators found in Carter's bedroom.
Burton had no idea how it got there.
The judge spent just 15 minutes reviewing the evidence.
IN Q=Mr. Burton was
((CLIFFORD WECKSTEIN/JUDGE: MR. BURTON WAS PRESENT AND AN ACTIVE PARTICIPANT IN
THE ROBBERY OF MR. CARTER AND IN THE MURDER THAT OCCURRED THEREIN.))
OUT Q=occurred therein.
Co-defendant Michael Houser has yet to be tried.
In the course of the robbery, Burton shot him, too.
Houser ended up at the hospital that night with a stolen wallet, 190 dollars
in cash and a bag of pot in his pocket.
He testified against Burton today, hoping to get a break when his case comes
Roanoke building officials have condemned the home on Stewart Avenue that
burned on Saturday night.
Five members of one family died in that blaze.
Authorities say they do NOT plan to bring action against the landlord for
failing to install smoke detectors.
Joe Dashiell has that story.
IN Q=The city requires landlords
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Saturday Night; :00
SUPER=01-Ron Miller/Roanoke Building Commissioner; :16
SUPER=01-Rev. Wayne Harrison/Belmont Baptist Church; :43
OUT Q=JD News 7
((The city requires landlords to install smoke detectors in their rental
properties, and investigators say the home on Stewart Avenue was not equipped
City officials have condemned the home, but they say at this time any other
action against the landlord is unlikely.
IN Q=Normally we go out
((NORMALLY WE GO OUT AND CITE VIOLATIONS. THESE PEOPLE HAD NOT BEEN CITED
BEFORE THE FIRE SO AS TRAGIC AS IT IT'S VERY UNFORTUNATE, IT'S NOT THE WAY WE
DO BUSINESS TO YOU KNOW BACK UP AND GO CITING PEOPLE FOR THINGS.))
OUT Q=people for things.
In the aftermath of a fire that that killed the four Leftwich children and
their grandmother, Christine Duncan... friends and strangers have offered their
IN Q=Very little knowledge
((VERY LITTLE KNOWLEDGE OF THE FAMILY, IF ANY, ON A LOT OF PEOPLE'S PARTS AND
YET THEY'VE BEEN PULLED IN TO THE SITUATION KNOWING THE MAGNITUDE OF THE GRIEF
THAT THIS FAMILY MUST BE GOING THROUGH TO HAVE LOST THIS MANY MEMBERS OF THEIR
OUT Q=of their family.
Funeral services have been scheduled for Thursday afternoon at Belmont
with burial to follow at Evergreen Burial Park.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
A 17 year- old Wythe County boy whose body was found on a creek bank laid in
the rain and cold Thursday night until he died.
Deputies recovered Ricky Lee Coleman's body early Sunday morning.
An autopsy today revealed he died from exposure.
Coleman got into a fight with 19 year- old Jason Hibbs at Hibbs' home.
Afterwards, investigators say Hibbs, 20 year- old Eric Ball, and a 17 year-
old stuffed Coleman into the trunk of a car then dumped him over the bank.
All three face charges of abduction and murder.
A Lynchburg man has been arrested and charged with the city's first murder
29- year- old Danny R. Jones turned himself in to police this morning after
murder warrants were sworn out for his arrest.
Police say Jones shot and killed 24- year- old Robert Lewis Allen during a
fight outside a Lynchburg nightclub early Sunday.
Allen died from a single gunshot wound to the chest.
Jones has been charged with murder and the use of a firearm in commission of
He was released on bond soon after his arrest.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--
It once was a vital city neighborhood, but now it's fallen on hard times.
A group of Roanoke residents want to bring back the Henry Street District,
once known for its musical roots.
IN Q=We think
((NOEL TAYLOR/FORMER ROANOKE MAYOR: WE THINK THAT THIS DEVELOPMENT WILL ENABLE
US TO TAKE ANOTHER PROGRESSIVE STEP FORWARD.))
OUT Q=step forward
Is a comeback in the works? We'll have the latest on the redevelopment
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MUSIC UP FULL
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
A federal grand jury has indicted a former vice president of the National
Bank of Blacksburg on three counts of fraud.
Harold Chafin is accused of issuing three bank cashier's checks, knowing
that he didn't have the personal funds to cover them.
Two checks totalling more than 60 thousand dollars went to Thomas L.
Brotherton, a man Chafin owed money.
Chafin also allegedly issued a 15- thousand dollar cashiers check to the
First Community Bank account of Ramey Motors, to pay a debt for Dan's
Autoville, owned by the late Dan Ratcliff.
Chafin is chairman of the Giles County Industrial Development Authority.
Last summer News-7 reported Chafin was under investigation for possibly
misappropriating I-D-A funds.
The town of Pearisburg also turned over information regarding money missing
from a cemetery fund, which Chafin has administered.
An internal audit has ended in the resignation of a South Boston police
According to a news release, Larry Stovall is no longer employed as an
Chief Jim Hall says Stovall resigned after an internal audit discovered
money seized in recent drug arrests was missing.
The matter has been turned over to the State Police.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
Roanoke has renovated its Farmers' Market and the Hotel Roanoke.
Now its Redevelopment and Housing Authority has a plan to restore another
Len Besthoff reports.
IN Q=Nat Sot
SUPER=01-Rev. Noel Taylor/Former Roanoke Mayor; :19
SUPER=01-David Hill/Landscape Architect; :42
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
Former Mayor Noel Taylor has spent more than a decade trying to bring back a
hint of the days when jazz greats entertained the African American community in
Roanoke's Henry Street District.
A mixture of city employees and volunteers now believe they have a blueprint
IN Q=We think
((NOEL TAYLOR/FORMER ROANOKE MAYOR: WE THINK THAT THIS MAY BE THE MOST
SIGNIFICANT STEP FORWARD SINCE WE'VE COMPLETED THE HOTEL ITSELF.))
OUT Q=Hotel itself.
The plan calls for developing space for 11 clubs, restaurants, retail
stores, and offices; a new Housing Authority building, amphitheater, and radio
station, and moving the valley's Convention & Visitors Bureau there.
IN Q=For the
((DAVID HILL/LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: FOR THE PLACE TO BE A SUCCESS YOU REALLY NEED
A CRITICAL MASS OF BUILDINGS TO BE BUILT AND COME TOGETHER AND OPEN ALL AT ONE
OUT Q=all at one time.
The pricetag? 18-million-dollars...the plan is to raise 13-million in the
private sector, and five-million from the city.
The mayor already appears willing to sign off on at least part of the plan.
IN Q=The streetscape
((DAVID BOWERS/ROANOKE MAYOR: THE STREETSCAPE IMPROVEMENTS AND UTILITY
IMPROVEMENTS ON THIS AREA, IS ABOUT TWO-POINT-FIVE-MILLION-DOLLARS, YES, I
THINK IT'S DOABLE AND WE SHOULD DO IT.))
OUT Q=should do it.
IN Q=Transferring a
((Transferring a neighborhood like this one doesn't happen overnight. City
council still has to approve the project, millions of dollars must still be
raised, and construction at a minimum will take two years. Len Besthoff,
OUT Q=LB, News-7.))
Virginia's Housing Development Authority redefined families today.
Un-married couples and gay couples are out.
The board voted 6-to-2 to bar all but married couples and blood relatives
from receiving low interest home loans.
((MICHAEL MILLER/VHDA CHAIRMAN: CONTINUED SHIFTS AWAY FROM HUSBAND AND WIFE
FAMILIES WILL NEGATIVELY AFFECT HOME OWNERSHIP ACCORDING TO A VIRGINIA TECH
STUDY. I FEEL THAT HOME OWNERSHIP SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED AND NOT DISCOURAGED
((KENT WILLIS/VA. ACLU: THE DECISION IS AN OUTRAGE. THIS CLEARLY, THE BOARD
OF COMMISSIONERS IS WILLING TO SACRIFICE ELDERLY COUPLES WHO MAY WANT TO GET A
LOAN, SINGLE MOTHERS WHO MAY WANT TO COMBINE THEIR HOUSEHOLDS, A WHOLE SERIES
OF SORT OF LEGITIMATE PEOPLE OR GROUPS OF PEOPLE WHO MAY WANT TO GET LOANS IN
ORDER TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT GAYS AND LESBIANS DON'T GET LOANS.))
SUPER=01-Michael Miller/VHDA Chairman; :00
SUPER=01-Kent Willis/Virginia ACLU; :13
OUT Q=get loans.
Governor George Allen requested the change.
Realtors opposed the change, saying the state should encourage home
ownership among ALL Virginians.
Virginia's Secretary of Natural Resources has the dubious honor of being the
target of a General Assembly bill.
Becky Norton Dunlop's Secretariat would be eliminated and reinstated in two
years, when the Allen Administration left office.
The bill's sponsor says Dunlop is protecting business interests, NOT the
IN Q=Her period
((DEL. GEORGE GRAYSON/D-WILLIAMSBURG: HER PERIOD AS SECRETARY OF NATURAL
RESOURCES HAS BEEN IS ANALAGOUS TO HAVING A BARRACUDA PLACED IN A TANK OF
GOLDFISH. SHE HAS SET BACK THE EFFORTS OF A HALF DOZEN GOVERNORS.))
((KEN STROUPE/GOVERNOR'S SPOKESMAN: SHE'S TRYING TO BRING A BALANCED APPROACH,
SO THAT IN ADDITION TO CARING ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT, WE ALSO TAKE INTO
CONSIDERATION PEOPLE AND PROPERTY AND THEIR JOBS.))
SUPER=01-Del. George Grayson/(D) Williamsburg; :00
SUPER=01-Ken Stroupe/Governor's Spokesman; :19
OUT Q=their jobs.
The Sierra Club supports the bill, saying Dunlop has done for the
environment what Texas truck drivers have done for armadillos.
In business news, Norfolk Southern, the most widely held stock in our area,
has increased its quarterly dividend to 56 cents a share.
On Wall Street the Dow dropped 27 points.
NASDAQ was also down, a little more than a point.
Water- logged West Virginia is bracing for more rain.
The National Weather service has issued a flood watch for most of the state.
And that could spell disaster for thousands of residents still cleaning up
from the weekend saturation.
Scott Prince reports.
IN Q=The water
SUPER=03-Greenbrier Co., WV; :00
SUPER=01-Phyllis Cantrell/Gateway Industries; :27
SUPER=01-Kenneth Anderson/Ronceverte Resident; :58
OUT Q=Greenbrier County, West Virginia
(( The water has reseeded in Greenbrier County, West Virginia.
But devastating reminders are still in tact.
In Ronceverte, flood lines are found in every room of every home near the
Garbage lines the streets.
And cement floors are now hidden under thick layers of frozen mud.
Compared to 1985, the flood waters were not as severe.
Natsound-- woman dumping water
Unfortunately the damage is just as bad.
IN Q=Three feet
((PHYLLIS CANTRELL/GATEWAY INDUSTRIES: THREE FEET OF WATER IN OUR BUILDING. WE
GOT THREE PICKUP LOADS OF STUFF OUT AND THE REST IS DAMAGED. ))
OUT Q=is damaged
Some houses don't look too bad on the surface.
Upon closer inspection, however, it's evident that clean up has just
But damage isn't just confined to businesses and homes.
From twisted goal posts, to caved in fences, to a torn up dugout.
This is what's left of the Ronceverte ball field.
One look here and you'd think help would be around every corner.
But it's not-- at least according to the residents.
IN Q=We don't see
((KENNETH ANDERSON/RONCEVERTE RESIDENT: WE DON'T SEE RED CROSS DOWN HERE
NOWHERE, OR FEMA. NO INSURANCE AGENCY HAS BEEN THROUGH HERE TO ESTIMATE THE
OUT Q=estimate the damage
He's right to an extent.
The Red Cross and the National Guard are set up in nearby Lewisburg.
And officials say everyone who needs individual help will get it eventually.
But right now, many folks are forced to muddle through the mess... without
any assistance and no reassurance.
Scott Prince, News 7, Greenbrier County, West Virginia.))
Coming your way tonight in sports, Deion puts on a show at Super Bowl media
Lynchburg is back in the football business.
And the Hokies make a move in the polls and escape St. Bonaventure.
We'll check some highlights from their 12th win of the year.
Both Super Bowl teams are now in Temp, Arizona, and today a few players
probably wished they were back home as they were forced by the league to take
part in the annual media day.
SUPER=03-Tempe, AZ; :00
This will give you an idea of just how many reporters and photographers are
covering the game - hundreds and hundreds of credentials have been issued for
No one attracted more attention than Deion Sanders who knows exactly why
he's so popular with the media.
IN Q="Because you guys...
((DEION SANDERS/COWBOYS CORNERBACK:))
SUPER=01-Deion Sanders/Cowboys Cornerback; :00
OUT Q=...REAL GOOD ONE." (2ND TIME) GAME."
Deion ripped off one of his classics today when he was asked why Dallas is
America's team and why you either love the Boys or you hate them.
IN Q="WE're a team...
OUT Q=...THAT WE'RE GOOD."
Get ready Lynchburg, there's another storm headed your way.
This one, however, should make local football fans happy.
Team officials today unveiled the name of the Hill City's newest minor
league football team.
The Lynchburg Storm will take the field this August...it's home games will
be played in City Stadium.
Organizers hope to capitalize on the area's big appetite for football.
IN Q=And I think
((STEVE FULLERTON/LYNCHBURG STORM: AND I THINK THAT THE COMMUNITY OF LYNCHBURG,
THEY'VE BEEN VERY BIG FANS OF E.C. GLASS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL AND THE HERITAGE
GAMES, THOSE GAMES ARE PACKING A LOT OF PEOPLE INTO THE STADIUM. AND I WOULD
LIKE TO BELIEVE WITH SOME OF THE STANDOUTS WE'RE GOING TO HAVE THIS YEAR AND
SOME OF THE TALENT POSSIBLY BEING ABLE TO GO ON TO PROFESSIONAL PLAY, I BELIEVE
WE'LL ATTRACT QUITE A FEW PEOPLE.))
SUPER=01-Steve Fullerton/Lynchburg Storm; :00
OUT Q=quite a few people.
The Storm will play in the Mason Dixon League of the American Football
They've already landed this year's All Star game at City Stadium.
A key member off of this past year's Jefferson Forest football team has
decided to attend the University of Richmond.
Bert Horsley, a six foot five inch, 270 pound lineman, who was all-district
and all-region picked the Spiders over JMU and a handful of Division one
He plans to major Criminal justice and one day be in the FBI.
The Virginia Tech Hokies celebrated their jump into the top 10 last night by
surviving an upset bid by St. Bonaventure.
SUPER=03-Olean, NY/ESPN2; :00
Bill Foster, Bobby Hussey and the other Tech assistants had to sweat out
last night's outcome for 40 minutes.
Damon Watlington got the Hokies off quickly with a couple of three pointers
from beyond the arc "Wat" had 22.
And Ace Custis gets free in the lane and slams in two as the Hokies led by 12
in the first ten minutes of the game.
But the Bonnies would fight back and with just under 9 minutes to go in the
half St. Bonaventure was on top by 1.
The Hokies led by five at the half, thanks largely to this high rise alleyoop
jam from Ace off the Watlington feed. Ace finished with 13.
The Hokies extended the cushion as Travis Jackson goes to the hoop with
authority and throws down the two handed dunk.
SUPER=33-Virginia Tech/=65/St. Bonaventure/=58;
Shawn Good hit this three pointer midway through the final half, Tech
improves t0 12-and-1 and stays unbeaten in the Atlantic 10 with the 65-to-58
The East Coast Hockey League All Star game faces off tonight in
Right winger Tim Christian is the lone Roanoke player that will represent
the Express tonight.
The rookie has 20 goals and 12 assists in 40 games this season.
The Express plays East Division leader Richmond this Friday at the Round
then Saturday; Roanoke hosts the division's second place team in Hampton
Roads. The Express is in fifth place.
Bruton Smith, the man who collects race tracks like kids collect "Hot Wheels"
added to his stable of NASCAR tracks Last night night by purchasing the Bristol
International Raceway for an undisclosed amount.
SUPER=04-1995 Season; :00
Besides Bristol, Smith's Speedway Motorsports Corporation that is a trading
company on the New York Stock Exchange, now owns the Charlotte MOtor Speedway,
the Atlanta Motor Speedway, 50% of the North Wilkesboro, part of Rockingham,
and the soon to be completed Texas Motor Speedway.
But Smith says there are no plans to cancel any races at Bristol or swap
dates to get the Texas track a race.
((BRUTON SMITH/PRESIDENT SPEEDWAY MOTORSPORTS:))
SUPER=01-Bruton Smith/President - Speedway Motorsports; :00
OUT Q=...NONE AT ALL."
Is it a sign of things to come or just one end of the weather cycle?
Steve Smallshaw reports on the debate over whether global warming is to
blame for the latest trend of severe weather.
IN Q=For the average
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/January 7; :
SUPER=01-Pat Michaels/State Climatologist; :24
OUT Q=News7, Charlottesville.
(( For the average person, it's hard to associate freezing weather and two feet
of snow with global warming.
But some scientists say that's exactly what's causing our recent spell of
As the greenhouse effect traps heat in the earth's atmosphere, more moisture
is evaporated and therefore creates more major storms like last June's flooding
and this winter's snowstorm.
But others say that theory just won't hold water.
IN Q=If global warming
((PAT MICHAELS/STATE CLIMATOLOGIST: IF GLOBAL WARMING CAUSES BLIZZARDS, I THINK
THAT'S WHAT OCCURS WHEN HECK FREEZES OVER AND IT'S ABOUT THAT LIKELY THAT
GLOBAL WARMING WOULD CAUSE A BLIZZARD IN THESE LATITUDES.))
OUT Q=these latitudes.
State climatologist Pat Michaels has spent the past ten years trying to
debunk the theory that global warming is playing havoc with the earth's weather
IN Q=Michaels says
((Michaels says the global warming theorists can't have it both ways. Even if
there is more moisture in the atmosphere, the key ingredient in a major
snowstorm is a blast of cold air from Canada. And if you believe in global
warming, those air streams are packing a lot less punch.))
OUT Q=less punch.
IN Q=It's really not
((MICHAELS: IT'S REALLY NOT WHETHER THE PLANET WARMS BUT HOW AND HOW MUCH, AND
AGAIN, I THINK A DISPASSIONATE LOOK AT THE DATA REALLY ARGUES AGAINST THE
HOT-HEADED APPROACH ON THIS ISSUE.))
OUT Q=on this issue.
With today's technology, the public is getting coverage of extreme weather
like never before, creating, Michaels says, the impression that there's more
bad weather going on.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Charlottesville.))
In fact, it's just business as usual.