Coming up on News Seven at Six,
A Ferrum man is tried twice for the same murder and gets the same results
And Danville Police are asking the public's help in finding a teenage
In sports, Marcus Camby and UMass knocks off the Hokies at the Cassell and
Virginia loses on the road at Chapel Hill.
Here we go again-- cold temperatures and more snow showers for the weekend.
We'll take a look at the doppler radar a little bit later in the forecast.
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A Ferrum man has been convicted of murder for the second time.
Kirby Dehart was charged with the '91 shooting of 81-year-old Effie Rakes.
Denise Allen was in Chatham for the wrap up of the trial.
She joins us now from the newsroom.
Denise, how long did the jury deliberate?
Ron, it took about two hours for the jury to come back with guilty verdicts
on all three charges.
Dehart was convicted of second degree murder, use of a firearm in commission
of a felony and sexual battery of the victim's invalid daughter.
This is the second time in five years the case has been tried.
Roll cue: case has been tried.
IN Q=A change of venue
SUPER=01-Cliff Hapgood/Franklin Co. Prosecutor; :12
SUPER=01-Tom Blaylock/Defense Attorney; :27
OUT Q=this man's guilty
The jury suggested a total 17 year sentence.
The judge will schedule Dehart's sentencing hearing next week.
The three years he's already served will be applied to his sentence.
And Ron, Dehart WILL be eligable for parole since he was sentenced under old
Police say they won't know what caused the death of a Roanoke woman for a
couple of weeks.
On Thursday, two men found the remains of 31- year- old Rebecca Jean Wright
on the banks of the James River in Botetourt County.
She was reported missing in December.
Her body was located about a mile downstream from an interstate bridge, near
Cherry Tree Bottom.
Authorities are calling the death suspicious.
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Danville investigators are asking for your help in finding a 16- year- old
The police are looking for Lawrence Donal (Don-Nell) Howerton, Jr. in
connection with the shooting death of another 16- year- old.
Investigators say Tony Spraggins of Danville was shot twice with a nine
It happen January 28th, on Winslow Street.
Police say there were witnesses to the shooting.
Howerton is described as an african- american with brown hair and brown
He weighs around 140 pounds and has a nose ring.
He may be driving a 19-86, Gray, five door, Hyundai with Virginia plates.
A weather related accident in Charlotte County claimed three lives
State police say John Lewis Craighead lost control of his Ford Bronco when
he hit a patch of ice and struck an 18 wheeler head-on.
His passengers, 24-year-old Edward Dalen Lambert, 35-year-old Larry Darnell
Elam and 39-year-old Ronnie McDonald Harris all of Saxis (SAX), were killed.
The accident happen around 10-30 yesterday morning on route 47.
Craighead's condition has not been released.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on news-7,
Downtown Roanoke's center in the square earns an award,
And some of VWIL's cadets earned their stripes in a ceremony yesterday.
Wx ad lib
Just what you wanted to hear-- more snow on the way.
A quickly moving system is sweeping across the region tonight-- already
bringing light snow showers.
Most areas could see an inch or two tonight-- the mountains could see up to
But this storm, too, will pass--- and high pressure will take its place by
We'll have more details coming up in weather-- you'll want to stay tuned for
MUSIC UP FULL
While the Virginia Military Institute's all- male admittance policy is being
The state's alternative to V-M-I is continuing to make history.
Yesterday, the Virginia Women's Institute for Leadership promoted some in
its first class of cadets.
Jay Moore was at Mary Baldwin College and has the story.
IN Q=How well
SUPER=01-Brenda Bryant/VWIL Director; :17
SUPER=01-Trimble Bailey/VWIL Cadet from Roanoke; :29
SUPER=03-Alleghany Co./August; :38
SUPER=01-Kim Bond/VWIL Cadet from Radford; :49
SUPER=01-Sherri Sharpe/VWIL Cadet from Martinsville; 1:04
SUPER=01-Allyson Hatfield/Cadet from Madison Heights; 1:17
OUT Q=News 7
(( How well is the women's alternative program to V-M-I going?
IN Q=(nat sound) Who will..
((WHO WILL. WE WILL. WE ARE VWIL.))
OUT Q=We are VWIL (cheer out).
That pretty much sums up how these cadets are working together.
12 of the 40 cadets received their stripes, something new for this freshman
IN Q=It's amazing
((BRENDA BRYANT/VWIL DIRECTOR: IT'S AMAZING TO ME. IT WAS ONLY SIX MONTHS AGE
WE BEGAN. THEY'VE COME A VERY LONG WAY AND DEMONSTRATED TODAY HOW MUCH THEY'VE
OUT Q=they've learned.
Rank is based on merit in academics, fitness, drill, and ceremony, and
IN Q=I'm very honored
((TRIMBLE BAILEY/VWIL CADET FROM ROANOKE: I'M VERY HONORED AND PROUD OF ALL
THE GIRLS WHO RECEIVED RANK AND THOSE WHO DIDN'T. EVERYONE'S WORKED SO HARD
AND IT'S VERY EXCITING TO SEE WHAT'S GOING TO COME AHEAD NEXT.))
OUT Q=ahead next.
Back in August, the inaugural class faced what many would say was an uphill
Radford's Kim Bond has stepped up to show her leadership as Commanding
Officer of the corp.
IN Q=I think it's
((KIM BOND/VWIL CADET FROM RADFORD: I THINK IT'S BEEN GREAT. BEEN BETTER THAN
ANY OF US COULD HAVE EXPECTED. A LOT OF US WEREN'T SURE WHAT WAS GOING TO
HAPPEN. WE HAD A LOT OF EXPECTATION. AND I THINK EVERYONE'S EXPECTATIONS ARE
FALLING INTO PLACE AND WITH EACH OTHER AND WE'RE FORMING A GREAT CORP. ))
OUT Q=a great corp.
So what has it taken to make this program work?
IN Q=A lot of
((SHERRI SHARPE/VWIL CADET FROM MARTINSVILLE: A LOT OF MEMORIZATION. IT TOOK
ME A LONG TIME TO GET DOWN THE SKILLS THAT WE USE AND SOMETIME TOOK HOURS OUT
OF THE DAY YOU DIDN'T EXPECT. IT WAS KIND OF HARD AT FIRST BUT IT'S WORTH IT.
OUT Q=worth it.
IN Q=It's gone excellent
((ALLYSON HATFIELD/CADET FROM MADISON HEIGHTS: IT'S GONE EXCELLENT. I'VE
LEARNED A LOT ABOUT MYSELF AND ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE I'VE WORKED WITH. LEADERSHIP
SKILLS, TRAINING STYLES AND I'M VERY EXCITED ABOUT THE REST OF THE YEAR, THE
PROGRESSIVE YEARS AS WE GO.))
OUT Q=as we go.
And if the success thus far is any indication of what's to come in the
future than the class of '99 should have a lot to look forward to.
In Staunton, Jay Moore, News 7.))
Downtown Roanoke has come a long way since the 1970's, when it was a place
many people tried to AVOID.
One of the largest projects aimed at redeveloping the area started in the
Community leaders proposed building a new cultural center called Center In
This week it was given one of 25 National Excellence Awards for its
innovative approach to solving urban problems.
One of Center In The Square's founders says now that downtown Roanoke is
back on the way up, there are a number of avenues to explore to further
revitalize the area.
IN Q=I don't
((WARNER DALHOUSE/CENTER IN THE SQUARE BOARD MEMBER: I DON'T WANT TO
ANTICIPATE THE GROUP FROM DOWNTOWN ROANOKE THAT'S STUDYING WHERE DOWNTOWN
SHOULD GO, BUT I GUESS JUST OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD I WOULD HOPE THAT ONE OF THE
FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS FAIRLY NEARLY IN THE FUTURE WOULD BE FOR DOWNTOWN HOUSING,
FOR PEOPLE WHO WOULD LIKE TO HAVE AN INNER, A DOWNTOWN LOCATION FOR THEIR
PERMANENT HOUSING. ))
SUPER=01-Warner Dalhouse/Center In The Square Bd. Member;
OUT Q=permanent housing.
Other potential goals for the downtown area that have been mentioned include
improving the area west of the farmer's market, and bringing more professional
services into the city to serve the growing number of businesses in outlying
MUSIC ON TAPE
Steve Mason was at the big game this afternoon.
He'll have the Virginia Tech/U-Mass highlights,
And in Roanoke,
The SPCA is trying to control the pet population--by taking the message of
proper pet care to kids.
MUSIC UP FULL
The Roanoke SPCA takes pet education right into the classroom hoping to
teach children how to take better care of their pets.
Beth Myer reports.
IN Q= The animals capture
SUPER=01-Tiffany Amos/5th Grader; :04
SUPER=01-Emily Kelly/5th Grader; :19
SUPER=01-Jim Holzhauer/Roanoke Catholic Teacher; :27
SUPER=01-Debbie Spade/SPCA Education Outreach; :46
OUT Q=Beth Myer, News 7.
(( The animals capture the students' attention in no time at all.
1 51 15 00 - 1 51 20 00
IN Q=I think it's great
((TIFFANY AMOS/5TH GRADER: I THINK IT'S GREAT, YOU GET TO SEE ALL THESE CUTE
ANIMALS AND I WANT TO ADOPT ONE.))
OUT Q=to adopt one.
The SPCA education outreach program targets students from the 5th to the 8th
grade because it is believed they are at an age where the information will have
1 51 56 00 - 1 52 05 00
IN Q=Well, I learned
((EMILY KELLY/5TH GRADER: WELL I LEARNED A DOG CAN HAVE A LOT OF PUPPIES IN A
YEAR, TWO YEARS, THREE YEARS. ))
OUT Q=two years, three years.
1 54 33 00 - 1 54 41 00
IN Q=I was impressed
((JIM HOLZHAUER/TEACHER: I WAS IMPRESSED BY THE FACTS AND FIGURES THAT WERE
PRESENTED ABOUT SPAYING AND NEUTERING AND THE IMPORTANCE OF THAT. IT'S
OUT Q=it's overwhelming.
The overwhelming fact is one female dog can be ultimately responsible for 588
puppies over a three year period... and cats reproduce even more rapidly.
2 14 05 00 - 2 14 15 00
IN Q=The population
((DEBBIE SPADE/SPCA EDUCATION OUTREACH: THE POPULATION EXPLOSION IS AMAZING. A
FAMILY OF FOUR WOULD HAVE TO HAVE 60 CATS AND 180 DOGS AND THAT'S BECAUSE
THERE'S SO MANY OF THEM OUT THERE. ))
OUT Q=them out there.
Spade teaches that spaying and neutering animals make them better pets because
they no longer have the urge to roam or fight for a mate.
She also stresses the importance of putting identification on indoor pets as
well as those that stay outside.
2 14 40 00 - 2 14 49 00
IN Q=So many
((DEBBIE SPADE/SPCA EDUCATION OUTREACH: SO MANY ANIMALS COME TO THE SHELTER WE
KNOW THEY ARE PEOPLE'S PETS, THEY DON'T HAVE ANY IDENTIFICATION . WE CAN'T GET
THEM BACK TO THEIR OWNERS. ))
OUT Q=to their owners.
The program includes teaching the importance of grooming and basic obedience
training. The SPCA's goal is to reach children early, so that more pets will
be spayed, neutered and and given proper identification in the future. That way
fewer animals will end up in shelters. Beth Myer, News 7.))
And coming up a rough day for the state's division one teams Tech losing to
top ranked UMass at the Cassell Virginia losing on the road at the Dean Dome.
But Roanoke College escaped with a two point win in the first round of the
ODAC tournament over at the Salem Civic Center.
A sell out crowd of over 10 thousand plus was on hand at the cassell to
watch the Hokies try their hand at giant killing.
But the Minutemen would remain the nations only undefeated division 1 team
by beating tech 75-58. Steve Mason has more.
IN Q="first audio
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Minutemen vs. Hokies; :00
SUPER=01-John Calipari/Massachusetts Head Coach; :07
SUPER=01-Marcus Camby/31 Points, 10 Rebounds; :28
SUPER=01-Damon Watlington/Scored 17 Points; :51
SUPER=33-Massachusetts/=74/Virginia Tech/=58; 1:51
SUPER=01-Shawn Good/9 Points, 4 Rebounds; 2:04
SUPER=01-Bill Foster/Virginia Tech Coach; 2:11
OUT Q=....News 7 Sports"
The Virginia Cavaliers lost their 11-th straight game at the Dean Dome
this afternoon Carolina pulling away in the second half for a 71 to 66 win.
SUPER=03-Chapel Hill, NC/ABC SPORTS; :
The two went at it from three point range in the first half Dante
Calabria's Trey made it 17 to 15 Carolina.
But Virginia's Curtis Staples answered with one of his seven treys in the
game as the Cavaliers led 18 to 17.
Virginia led by as many as 8 but went at the break leading Carolina 36 to
34 Staples with the three.
Carolina stepped it up in the third Jeff McInnis nails this three pointer
cutting the U-V-A lead to one.
But Harold Deane came right back and hit a three pointer and the Cavalier
lead was 50 to 46.
Carolina's Shammon Williams hit a SUPER=33-North
Carolina/=71/Virginia/=66;three pointer the Tar Heels led by two and the Tar
Heels beat Virginia 71 to 66.
Eastern Mennonite took Roanoke college to the Wire but the Maroons came
away with n 84 to 82 win in the first round of the ODAC Tournament.
SUPER=03-Salem/Maroons vs Royals; :
Roanoke point guard Nathan Hungate sidelined with a touch of the flu.
Eastern Mennonite goes to the offensive boards Mike McElroy with the
rebound and stick back upping the lead to 8.
The Maroons then went on a run John Maher takes it inside for the snow
bird as Roanoke starts the comeback.
With 18 seconds left in the game Kevin Sigafoes pulls up and hits the
jumper the game was tied at 82.
The Royals missed a couple of free SUPER=33-Roanoke/=84/E.
Mennonite/=82;throws and Roanoke freshman DeWayne Bullock pushes it up the
floor and hits the jumper and the Maroons hold on for the 84 to 82 win.
V-M-I picks up a win at home and Top ranked Kentucky beats Tennessee for
those and all of today's scores lets check the numbers.
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
OUT Q=.....BALL STATE."