Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
New information on the car- jacking and murder of a Virginia Tech student.
The Allen Administration launches an investigation of computer problems in
the welfare office.
"Up in smoke..." getting rid of the evidence- -all perfectly legal... how
the new lawman in Bedford County's going about cleaning house.
Tonight in sports, Steve Mason joins us with a LIVE report from the ODAC
No trades for the Express today as the league deadline passes.
And Dale Jarrett continues his celebration in Daytona after capturing the 500
for the second time.
Keep a raincoat handy this week. Showers & mild air dominate this weather
It's a case of his word against theirs, one that's pitted brother against
Today a judge found enough evidence against all three men accused in the
December murder of a Virginia Tech student to forward their cases to a grand
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=When Benjamin Lilly's car
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SUPER=03-Giles Co./December 5th;
SUPER=01-Mona Hilton/M & W Market;
SUPER=01-Max Jenkins/Ben Lilly's Lawyer;
SUPER=01-Skip Schwab/Asst. Montgomery Co. Prosecutor;
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7
When Benjamin Lilly's car broke down in Blacksburg December fifth, he
allegedly went looking for a ride.
His brother, Mark Lilly and a friend, Gary Barker have both told police Ben
carjacked 22 year- old Alexander DeFilippis at a convenience store parking lot.
They allege Ben Lilly shot the Tech student to death in the Whitethorn area
of Montgomery County.
Boozed-up on stolen liquor and packing stolen guns, they say they ended up
in Giles County, where they admittedly took part in two armed robberies before
police caught up with them.
The convenience store victims say Barker threatened them with a gun, later
determined to be the murder weapon.
((MONA HILTON/M & W MARKET: PULLED UP HIS SHIRT, PULLED OUT THE GUN AND SAID "I
WANT YOUR MONEY." ))
Ben Lilly's attorneys say it makes more sense that Barker would have
committed the murder also.
((MAX JENKINS/BEN LILLY'S LAWYER: THAT'S PRETTY RECKLESS TO CARRY A MURDER
WEAPON ON YOU, TO USE IT IN TWO ROBBERIES IF YOU'RE CLAIMING SOMEBODY ELSE
COMMITTED THE CRIME. ))
((SKIP SCHWAB/ASST. MONTGOMERY CO. PROSECUTOR: THE FACT THAT SOMEBODY HAD THE
GUN IN GILES COUNTY SOME HALF AN HOUR OR MORE AFTER THE APPARENT TIME OF THE
KILLING DOES NOT MEAN OR INDICATE ANYTHING ABOUT WHO HAD THE GUN AT THE TIME OF
Ben Lilly has told police Mark and Barker saw him hitchiking and picked him
up AFTER the time the murder would have taken place.
He says he wanted no part of the robberies, because he had already served
prison time and had no desire to go back. Tracy Altizer, News 7.
Investigators are hoping that a five-thousand dollar reward will bring
justice to a Halifax County family.
So far, a lack of evidence and few leads have meant no suspect in the death
of a local store owner.
Teresa Hamilton reports.
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SUPER=01-Jeff Oakes/Halifax Co. Sheriff; :00
SUPER=01-Dan Sleeper/Halifax Co. Administrator; :
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7, Halifax Co.
IN Q=I think
((JEFF OAKES/HALIFAX CO. SHERIFF: I THINK THEY KNEW HIS PATTERN, PROBABLY DOWN
TO EVERYTHING THAT HE DID, WHEN HE CAME THERE HOW HE DID WHAT HE DID IN HIS
ROUTINE OF OPENING THE STORE.))
OUT Q=of opening the store.
Sheriff Jeff Oakes wants a chance to prove his theory--
But so far, investigators haven't found the right lead.
IN Q=The longer
((The longer it drags out, the colder the trail. ))
OUT Q=colder the trail.
That's what has investigators worried.
It was three weeks ago, Bill Maxie was shot twice just minutes after opening
his country store in the community of Alton.
Authorities say the killer stole the cash register containing just 150-
This left investigators with little physical evidence.
To make matters worse-- Oakes says leads have been tapering off.
IN Q=You have
((WHOEVER DID IT, I FEEL LIKE THEY DIDN'T ACT ALONE AND THERE IS SOMEBODY OUT
THERE WHO KNOWS ABOUT IT, AND WHILE THEY ARE AN ACCESSORY...IF THEY WOULD COME
FORWARD THERE'S A POSSIBILITY OF A DEAL. ))
OUT Q=possibility of a deal.
Although leads are dwindling, investigators are optimistic. They're pinning
their hopes on a 5-thousand dollar cash reward.
The Halifax County Board of Supervisors donated half of the money.
((DAN SLEEPER/HALIFAX CO. ADMINISTRATOR: THEY WANT TO GET A MESSAGE OUT TO THE
PEOPLE ON THE STREETS, THAT WE'LL BE SUPPORTING THE SHERIFF AND OTHER CITIZENS
TO STOP THIS TYPE OF ACTIVITY IN THE COMMUNITY. ))
OUT Q=in the community.
((WE'RE GOING TO GET THIS PERSON, IT'S GOING TO HAPPEN, IT'S JUST A MATTER OF
OUT Q=just as a matter of time.
The remaining 25-hundred dollars was donated by the local Crime Stoppers
Organization and community donations. Teresa Hamilton, News 7, Halifax County.
The search continued today for the 14-year old girl who reportedly jumped
from a bridge into the New River.
State Police divers and divers from the New River Valley scuba center began
searching the waters this afternoon.
Divers had to feel their way around in the frigid water for any signs of the
IN Q=This is a very dangerous
((STEVE DAVIS/GILES CO. RESCUE SQUAD: THIS IS A VERY DANGEROUS OPERATION. WE
HAVE EXTREMELY COLD WATER THAT'S AVERAGING ABOUT 40 DEGREES. WE HAVE MULTIPLE
OBSTACLES ON THE BOTTOM, INCLUDING WIRE AND REBAR AND MULTIPLE OTHER THINGS
THAT CAN HANG UP A DIVER.))
SUPER=01-Steve Davis/Giles Co. Rescue Squad;
OUT Q=hang up a diver.
The witness who was with the girl when she jumped came to the bridge again
today, recreating the scene a second time for police.
Divers were going to continue the search until dark, and then evaluate the
Investigators say they have no information on what led up to the girl's
The Giles County school system is offering counseling to students and
faculty having difficulty dealing with the situation.
Authorities are NOT releasing the teen's name.
The Roanoke woman whose body was found in a vacant lot over the weekend died
38- year- old Patricia Ann Lockhart was found about four o'clock Saturday
afternoon in the 11- hundred block of Pilot Street, N.W. not far from where she
An autopsy by the state medical examiner's office determined the cause of
death. Toxicology tests haven't been completed.
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Still to come on News 7 at Six--
A Virginia Tech football player is charged after a weekend car accident.
and on the Tech campus---reaction to news of a possible tuition hike.
That story and more when we return.
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GRAPHIC=John I. Thomas
Another one of Virginia Tech's football players is in trouble.
John -I- Thomas of Herndon has been charged with leaving the scene of an
It happened around 6:15 last night at South Main and Roanoke Streets in
A young woman was stopped at the light when another vehicle rear- ended her
She got out, but the other driver drove around her car and left. She
managed to get his tag number, though.
Police arrested the second- string punter and charged him with hit and run.
The other driver, Sarah Stollhans, said her neck was sore.
Much to the chagrin of students and parents, college tuition and fees have
increased dramatically across the Commonwealth over the past several years.
Today the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors considered its fiscal future.
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Ron Jones is at Virginia Tech and he has the latest.
(Ron ad lib)
(Rollcue: "students are pleased.")
IN Q=The Virginia Tech board
SUPER=01-Paul Torgersen/Virginia Tech President; :17
SUPER=01-Evan Paner/Tech Student; :30
SUPER=01-Lara Slagle/Tech Student; :38
OUT Q=maintain the same amount.
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Today was payday for Virginia voters -- when the politicians reported that
they'd kept their promises.
For the Governor, it meant announcing he'd surpassed his campaign pledge of
125- thousand new jobs by the time he left office.
Allen reports almost 152- thousand new jobs have been created in his first
For the Democrats, it was unveiling a budget with more money than Allen had
allotted for education.
IN Q=We're keeping
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: WE'RE KEEPING OUR PROMISES. IT'S SAFE TO BELIEVE
OUT Q=believe again.
But the new budgets House and Senate money committees have written still has
NO money for teacher pay raises.
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IN Q=From the teacher's
((ROB JONES/VA. EDUCATION ASSOCIATION: FROM THE TEACHERS' PERSPECTIVE I THINK
WE WERE SLAPPED ON THE RIGHT CHEEK WHEN THE GOVERNOR INCLUDED NO MONEY FOR A
PAY RAISE IN HIS BUDGET AND WE WERE SLAPPED ON THE LEFT CHEEK BY THE DEMOCRATIC
SUPER=01-Rob Jones/Va. Education Assoc.;
OUT Q=Democratic leadership.
Lawmakers and the Governor will spend the next several weeks working out the
differences among all the budgets.
GRAPHIC=Welfare in Virginia
In the midst of welfare reform in Virginia, the Allen Administration has
ordered a criminal and civil investigation into its Department of Social
The flap is over the failed ADAPT computer system that was developed to
automate welfare benefits.
Now both the Governor and the General Assembly are racing to play the blame
Ellen Qualls has the story.
IN Q=Taxpayers have
SUPER=01-Bud Phillips/(D) Russell Co.; :37
SUPER=01-Del. Frank Hall/(D) Richmond; 1:00
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( Taxpayers have already spent 17- million dollars on technology that won't
work in the long run.
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: WHETHER THERE'S ANY CIVIL OR CRIMINAL VIOLATIONS HERE
REMAIN TO BE SEEN. WHETHER I PERSONALLY INSTITUTED OR NOT DOESN'T REALLY
But the Governor admits the State Police and Attorney General's office are
Culprits may date back to the Wilder Administration, but one obvious target
is Carol Brunty -- Allen's commissioner of Social Services who resigned last
month with no explanation.
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: WHOEVER MAY BE OR MAY NOT BE A TARGET OF THE
INVESTIGATION I'M NOT EVEN GOING TO GET INTO.))
((DEL. BUD PHILLIPS/D-RUSSELL CO.: WELL AT THIS POINT IN TIME, I CAN'T REALLY
TELL YOU WHO IT'S GOING TO IMPLICATE. ALL I KNOW IS THE INVESTIGATION WILL
LEAD TO WHOMEVER WAS INVOLVED IN THIS ISSUE. AND WITHOUT QUESTION IT'S
PROBABLY ONE OF THE BIGGEST BOONDOGGLES THAT I'VE SEEN IN GOVERNMENT SINCE I'VE
BEEN HERE IN SIX YEARS. THERE'S NO EXCUSE FOR WHAT'S BEEN GOING ON ON THAT
But lawmakers want their own answers.
They've asked the independent Joint Legislative Audit Review Commission to
work alongside the State Police.
((DEL. FRANK HALL: THEY HAVE LOOKED AT THINGS LIKE THIS BEFORE. AND WE FEEL
CONFIDENT THAT THEY WILL BE AN ASSET IN ANY INVESTIGATION.))
Meanwhile, lawmakers are budgeting 150-thousand new dollars to start to find
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
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Up next on News 7---
Ever wonder what police do with drugs, guns and other evidence they collect?
In Bedford County today they got rid of the stuff---and when they "clean
house" they really mean it. We'll show you--that story and more.
GRAPHIC=Bedford County Seal
When a newly- elected sheriff takes over a department, it's not unusual to
see him clean house.
In Bedford County, Sheriff Mike Brown has given the phrase a whole new
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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SUPER=03-Bedford Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Mike Brown/Bedford Co. Sheriff; :32
OUT Q=News7, Bedford County.
(( Hauling garbage to the landfill is probably not in Sergeant Rick Wiita's job
description, but this was no ordinary trash.
((SO YOU GOT CRACK IN HERE, YOU GOT MARIJUANA...))
A criminal's worst nightmare came true Monday, when authorities put a torch
to thousands of dollars worth of drugs, moonshine and paraphernalia at the
..then watched hundreds of guns meet a similar fate at a nearby foundry.
All of it was evidence seized over the years during dozens of criminal
investigations, then stored away and forgotten.
IN Q=There was no
((SHERIFF MIKE BROWN/BEDFORD COUNTY: THERE WAS NO WRITTEN POLICY AS TO
DESTROYING EVIDENCE, AS I'VE SAID THERE'S NOTHING SINISTER ABOUT IT, THERE WAS
JUST NO POLICY.))
OUT Q=just no policy.
((THIS WAS THE EVIDENCE ROOM...))
Cleaning out the old files means the department now has a little more space
to work with...
That's good news for people like Investigator Ricky Gardner who shares this
cramped office with three other detectives, but who will move into more
spacious quarters next month.
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IN Q=With the evidence
(( Clearing out the evidence and renovating this old garage are just part of
the overhaul conducted by Sheriff Mike Brown since he took over last month.
Staff members say not only is their operation becoming more efficient, it's
helped to raise morale as well.))
OUT Q=morale as well.
That's because their jobs are getting a little easier.
Wiita says the new evidence system will be computerized and much easier to
keep track of.
And hopefully his trips to the dump will come just once or twice a year.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford County.))
Coming up tonight in sports, Dale Jarrett talks about his Daytona success,
the NBA and NHL showcase President's Day matinees.
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And our Commander in Chief of the hardwoods Steve Mason is at Salem Civic
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The 20th annual Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship tips off
tonight at 7 over at the Salem Civic Center.
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Roanoke plays Bridgewater for the title. Steve Mason now joins us from the
hard wood floor, Steve.
Mike, this game marks the rubber match. These two teams split during the
regular season. But back on February 1st, the Maroons beat the Eagles by 30.
To prevent another loss like that one, Bridgewater will try and contain the
inside/outside tandem of center
SUPER=03-Salem/ODAC Semifinals; :00
Tim Braun and guard Jason Bishop, Bishop in particular, he scored 21 points
yesterday to lead Roanoke past Hampden Sydney.
For Roanoke, they must keep Eagle Guard Craig Tutt under Wraps. He has
averaged over 18 points a game against Roanoke this season.
(back on camera)
Dan Wooldridge, the Commissioner of the ODAC, now joins us to talk about
the bigger picture, What this tournament does besides put on a great game.
SUPER=01-Dan Wooldridge/ODAC Commissioner;
Dan, Talk about the Rotary Club and the money they've raised for charity.
The NCAA final four will be played right here March 15th and 16th. Talk
about the incentives behind Salem hosting this event for both the area and the
teams, like Roanoke.
Steve tosses back to Mike
Mike, the game tips off in just over a half hour, tickets are 5 bucks a
pop, so come on out, highlights at 11.
The VMI Keydets play their final regular season home game tonight at Cameron
Hall against Southern Conference top dog Davidson.
This is Bobby Prince's final home game, we'll have highlights tonight at 11.
SUPER=03-Landover, MD/HTS; :00
Speaking of highlights, one President's day matinee in the NBA this afternoon
as the Bullets hosted the New Jersey Nets.
That's the streaking New Jersey Nets who have now won four in a row.
7 foot 6 inch center Shawn Bradley dominated the Bullets today scoring 27
points, grabbing 9 boards and blocking four shots.
The Nets beat the Bullets 99-to-81.
The NHL also provided vacationing President's Day folk with some afternoon
entertainment as the Flyers hosted New Jersey in Philly.
Devils coach Jacques Lemaire looked on before the opening faceoff and he
should have kept on looking down.
The Flyers jumped out to a four to nothing lead before eventually skating to
a 4-to-1 win.
This is just the second loss in the SUPER=31-Philadelphia/==4/New
last dozen games for the defending Cup champs.
The Flyers remain in 3rd in the East.
Two notes from the East Coast Hockey League tonight. First, today was the
trading deadline across the league and the Express opted not to ship or acquire
anyone so, their roster stays in check.
Also general manager Pierre Paiement, announced he has sold his interest in
the new Biloxi franchise to John Gagnon. Pierre says he wanted to avoid any
conflict of interest.
It was a good day for Fords, a good day for Dale, but another disappointing
day for Earnhardt.
SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL/CBS; :00
Dale Jarrett beat Dale Earnhardt to the line yesterday for his second win in
The loss left Earnhardt 0-for-18 in Daytona's biggest race.
Jarrett says the only way Earnhardt could have beat him is if they switched
IN Q="The car was just...
((DALE JARRETT/DAYTONA 500 WINNER:))
SUPER=01-Dale Jarrett/Daytona 500 Winner; :00
OUT Q=...FOR THE 500."
The Fabulous Thunderbirds grabbed eight of the top 10 spots in yesterday's
race. The circuit rolls in to Rockingham this Friday.
The Charlotte Hornets Dell Curry turned in one of the top plays of the
The Hornets beat the Bucks 122-to-99 last night for the their third straight
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/NBC; :00
Glen Rice led the Charlotte offensive attack with 32 points, but Curry added
13 points and this assist.
Watch the no look pass at the bottom of the screen o Larry Johnson who scores
2 of his 29 points. The Hornets win it by 23.
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But the shot of the weekend was turned in early Saturday morning at Jack
Nicholson's Forum in Inglewood.
Watch Popeye Jones of the Mavericks flip this loose ball backwards over his
head halfway behind the board and make it.
Remember, Popeye is the guy who two weeks ago tipped in a basket off of a
jumpball situation at his own basket.