Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
An arrest in a double murder in Pittsylvania County.
Wythe County's ousted administrator says county supervisors held an illegal
meeting to get rid of him.
And the 20-dollar tax prep deal ...if you live in the right locality.
Tonight in sports, Roanoke and Randy-Mac advance to tomorrow ODAC women's
Bart & Dean talk about last night VMI tilt in Chapel Hill.
And CHevy proves to be solid as a Rock, as Terry Labonte wins the pole for
Sunday Goodwrench 400 at Rockingham.
The atmosphere gets busy this weekend as strong westerly winds clear out the
clouds tomorrow afternoon. Details straight ahead.
The search is over for a 24- year old man wanted for a double murder this
week in Pittsylvania county.
This afternoon, Mark Anthony Carter was arrested without incident in the
community of Axton.
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Teresa Hamilton was there and joins us now from our Danville newsroom.
Keith, authorities apparently received a tip around one- this afternoon from
a caller who'd spotted Carter's vehicle.
As you might expect, authorities in Pittsylvania and Henry County as well as
family members are very relieved.
IN Q=She was very
SUPER=01-Daryl Hairston/Victim's Brother; :00
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./Tuesday; :12
SUPER=03-Henry Co.; :26
SUPER=01-Lt. Kimmy Nester/Henry Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :56
OUT Q=didn't occur.
IN Q=She was
((DARYL HAIRSTON/VICTIM'S BROTHER: SHE WAS VERY ENERGETIC ABOUT DOING STUFF, IF
SHE WANTED TO DO SOMETHING, SHE WOULD DO IT, SHE WAS REALLY HAPPY ALL THE TIME.
OUT Q=all the time.
19-year old Sherell Hairston was Daryl's younger sister.
On Tuesday-- family members were notified of her death.
The young woman's body and that of her 25- year old boyfriend, Darrell
Womack, were discovered outside an abandoned store in the Sandy River Community
of Pittsylvania County.
Today-- police located their main suspect.
Based on an anonymous call, they went to a home on Route 610 in the community
It was there they spotted Mark Anthony Carter's vehicle and moved in.
Incidentally, this was the second time this week Carter's come face to face
with an officer.
On Sunday, he told Henry County police he'd been robbed at gunpoint while on
his way to pick up a pizza using 100- dollars in cash belonging to a relative.
Authorities suspect his story was a hoax.
IN Q=The disturbing part
((LT. KIMMY NESTER/HENRY CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: THE DISTURBING PART IS, IS THAT
IN THE EVENT THIS IS FALSE, IT ALARMS EVERYONE IN THE AXTON AREA THAT WE HAVE
TWO DESPERADOES IN THE AREA THAT DON'T EVEN EXIST IF IT DIDN'T OCCUR. ))
OUT Q=didn't occur.))
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(Is Carter well known by police in Henry County?)
Blacksburg police are investigating the deaths of two people found shot to
death in a town home this afternoon.
It happened at 233 Fairfax Point just before four o-clock.
A neighbor called police after hearing gunshots.
Police have identified the victims only as one male and one female.
The bodies were found very close together in a bedroom.
((BILL BROWN/BLACKSBURG POLICE CHIEF: IT'S TWO GUNS PRESENT AND WE DON'T KNOW
WHETHER BOTH WERE INVOLVED IN THE SITUATION. IT'S TWO GUNS THAT'S PRESENT IN
THE RESIDENCE. ))
SUPER=01-Bill Brown/Blacksburg Police Chief;
OUT Q=in the residence.
Police have not yet released any further information.
A resident of Forest apparently will NOT face charges for the death of his
girlfriend last night.
29- year- old Deanna Kidd was killed when she fell beneath the wheels of her
boyfriend's tow truck in the Graves Mill Shopping Center.
Police say Kidd and 26- year- old Robert Evans had argued earlier in the
Kidd apparently had climbed onto the truck several times while Evans was
driving through the parking lot.
The last time she reportedly slipped and fell underneath the trucks' left
Police did not charge Evans after other eyewitnesses confirmed his version
of the accident.
The investigation, however, is continuing.
A Pittsylvania County man is in custody for allegedly shooting to death
another man and leaving his body along a Bedford County roadside.
38- year- old Randall E. Faris is charged with murder in the death of 36-
year- old Bobby Anthony Carter.
Carter's body was discovered in a remote section of Bedford County Thursday
When police arrested Faris, they also impounded his car.
Neighbors said Faris had thoroughly cleaned the car two days ago.
IN Q=It's my understanding
((MIKE BROWN/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF: IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING THAT ATTEMPTS WERE MADE
TO CLEAN UP THE VEHICLE, HIS VEHICLE, WHICH WAS IMPOUNDED, HAS BEEN EXAMINED BY
A FORENSIC EXPERT AND WE ARE WAITING RIGHT NOW TO SEE WHAT THE RESULTS OF THOSE
SUPER=01-Mike Brown/Bedford Co. Sheriff; :00
OUT Q=those examinations were.
Brown says the murder is NOT connected with the double homicide in
Pittsylvania County earlier this week, or the drug round up recently conducted
Two Rocky Mount brothers are accused of hauling 14- thousand dollars worth
of moonshine in Northern Virginia.
25- year- old Scott Stanley and 22- year- old Jason Stanley are charged with
possession of untaxed liquor.
Authorities say 446 gallons of white lightening were found in the back of
their vehicle Tuesday night... after Sheriff's deputies in Frederick County
pulled them over for reckless driving.
Officials at the State Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission say the whiskey
probably came from a large operation.
And there were reports agents were searching for a still in Franklin County.
But an A-B-C spokesman says there is currently no investigation.
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Still to come on News 7 at Six--low cost income tax preparation for residents
of one county--We'll have details.
and making it tougher for teenagers who want to light up--state lawmakers
once again take up the issue of minors and cigarettes.
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The state Republican Party chairman has been watching the infighting among
G-O-P presidential candidates in New Hampshire and Arizona, and he doesn't like
what he sees.
Pat McSweeney says if it continues a third party candidacy may develop in
the conservative wing of the party.
McSweeney says republicans Marshall Coleman and Senator John Warner, in
effect, formed a third party by not supporting Oliver North in the 1994 senate
But Warner says being a good senator doesn't mean always sticking to the
IN Q=this state admires
((JOHN WARNER/R-SENATE CANDIDATE: THIS STATE ADMIRES PEOPLE WHO TAKE A STANCE
AND STICK WITH IT AND DON'T FLIP FLOP JUST FOR POLITICAL BENEFIT.))
OUT Q=POLITICAL BENEFIT
Roanoke was one of Warner's stops today on his re-election campaign.
Wythe County administrator Billy Branson wants to know whether the board of
supervisors violated his civil rights when it decided to ask him to resign.
But the information he needs may be hard to come by.
Tracy Altizer reports.
SUPER=01-Billy Branson/Wythe Co. Administrator;
SUPER=01-Charles Dix/Wythe Supervisors Chrmn.;
OUT Q=NEws 7 Wytheville.
Billy Branson submitted his resignation February first at the request of the
board of supervisors.
What concerns him is how board members decided they wanted it.
The request came from former Chairman Mark Munsey, a day after the full
board met in Munsey's office.
IN Q=He came to
((BILLY BRANSON/WYTHE CO. ADMINISTRATOR: HE COME TO THE OFFICE AND TOLD ME THE
BOARD UANANIMOUSLY AGREED LAST NIGHT THAT YOU'D HAVE TO RESIGN. ))
OUT Q=have to resign
The trouble with that, Branson says, is that the meeting was not recorded in
minutes or on tape, as is required by law when an elected body is discussing
IN Q=to my knowledge
((CHARLES DIX/WYTHE CO. SUPERVISORS CHRMN. TO MY KNOWLEDGE I DIDN'T SEE ANY
MINUTES TAKEN OR ANY TAPE RECORDING BEING MADE.))
OUT Q=recording being made.
Dix says after the meeting it crossed his mind the board may have acted
illegally, and that the county attorney confirmed his suspicions.
Branson says board members have made comments about his age, and without
minutes or a recording, it will be tough for him to prove whether he's a victim
of age discrimination.
IN Q=I'M TRYING TO FIND OUT
((I'M TRYING TO FIND OUT IF ANY OF THE BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT DID ANYTHING THAT
TAKES AWAY MY RIGHTS UNDER FEDERAL LAW. ))
OUT Q=UNDER FEDERAL LAW.
IN Q=NO I DON'T THINK AGE
((I DON'T THINK AGE HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH IT. ))
OUT Q=HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH IT.
SU Branson says this has nothing to do with giving up his job, he says he'll
soon be 65 and was thinking of retiring anyway. Rather, he says it's a matter
of being forced out, especially if it was accomplished through illegal means.
He hasn't yet decided whether to seek legal remedies. Tracy Altizer, NEws 7
Two bills that would make it tougher for children to buy tobacco products
now await the Governor's signature.
One requires a photo i.d. from people who look like they're younger than 18.
The other requires cigarette vending machines to be within the line of sight
of the proprietor of a public establishment.
IN Q=We did an
((SEN. BO TRUMBO/R-FINCASTLE: WE DID AN ANNOUNCEMENT SOME TIME AGO DOWN IN
PULASKI WITH THE JAYCEES WHEN THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT FOCUSING ON JUVENILE
SMOKING AND TRYING TO STOP THAT. AND SO TO ME IT'S NEITHER ANTI- NOR
PRO-TOBACCO. YOU'RE JUST DEALING WITH TRYING TO HELP THE KIDS.))
((SEN. CHARLES HAWKINS/R-CHATHAM: BUT TRYING TO STOP THE USAGE OF MINORS
PARTICULARLY OF VENDING MACHINES, IT'S IMPRACTICAL. IT'S ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO
ENFORCE IT. AND YOU'RE PUTTING PEOPLE IN JEOPARDY THAT IT'S GONNA BE JUST
OUT Q=undue hardship.
A spokesman for George Allen says he expects the Governor to sign the bills
The past few months have brought great tragedy to several colleges and
schools in our area, with the untimely deaths of students.
Connie Stevens takes a look at the psychological impact on everyone.
IN Q=At Hollins College
SUPER=01-Dr. Mike Chiglinsky/Psychologist; :39
OUT Q=CS. News 7.
At Hollins College, students were hit hard by the news-- their 20-year-old
classmate, Ann Harper, was found stabbed to death in her burning home in
At Virginia Military Institute, a first year cadet died suddenly of the
bacteria associated with meningitis.
At North Cross school 18-year-old Grayson Hooper, collapsed and died during
wrestling practice-- he succumbed to a tumor in his heart.
Then this month, Radford University lost a freshman to alcohol poisoning.
The death of a Virginia Tech graduate student was ruled a suicide.
These cases, and several others, can be traumatizing for the young people
witnessing these tragedies.
IN Q=Usually you
((DR. MIKE CHIGLINSKY/PSYCHOLOGIST: USUALLY YOU WILL FIND THEM GOING THROUGH A
PERIOD OF A KIND OF DIS-EQUILIBRIUM, AN UNBALANCING, AND DURING THAT PERIOD OF
BEING UNBALANCED, THEY QUESTION EVERYTHING, NOT ONLY THEIR VALUES, THEY
QUESTION THE PURPOSE OF LIFE. ))
OUT Q=purpose of life.
And it's not just the family and friends who have to grieve-- these
tragedies can legitimize the deepest fears of any parent, just hearing about
cases in the news.
IN Q=It makes you
((IT MAKES YOU AWARE OF THE FACT THAT THE CHILD THAT YOU ONCE NURTURED AND CARE
FOR IS AN INDEPENDENT PERSON AND MAY OR MAY NOT MAKE JUDGEMENTS THAT ARE
OUT Q=own decisions.
Dr. Chiglinsky's advice for parents-- initiate a discussion by telling your
children if something has frightened you.
That advice really applies to everyone-- in a society that is often
comfortable in expressing physical pain, but is reluctant to express emotional
Connie Stevens, News 7.))
A 22 point gain put the Dow in record territory again today, closing at
NASDAQ was up a fraction of a point.
Roanoke County is leading the way and the commissioner of revenue says the
rest of the state is sure to follow.
The county is one of five locations participating in a pilot program,
helping people file federal and state income tax forms.
The federal tax information is entered into Roanoke County's new computer
and sent directly to the Internal Revenue Service system.
Wayne Compton says the computer takes the information from the federal forms
and completes the state tax forms.
This often speeds up the refund.
IN Q=where you have
((WAYNE COMPTON/ROANOKE CO. COMMISSIONER OF REVENUE: WHERE YOU HAVE PUNCHING
ON THE STATE AND FEDERAL LEVEL IN THE FUTURE IT LOOKS LIKE IT WILL ALL BE DONE
IN THE COMMISSION OF REVENUE OFFICE.))
SUPER=01-Wayne Compton/Roanoke Co. Commissioner of Revenue;
OUT Q=revenue office
Compton says this will save the I-R-S time and money.
He says the his office is filing four to five hundred tax forms a day.
The service is only for Roanoke County residents.
The 20-dollar fee covers the cost of the new software and modem time.
The story of a Virginia lesbian whose son was taken away by the courts
because of her sexual orientation is slated to become a television movie of
Sharon Bottoms goes back to court Monday in Henrico County for the latest in
her three- year battle for custody.
"For the Love of Tyler" is to begin filming next month in Texas.
"One Day at a Time" actress Valerie Bertinelli is signed on to play Bottoms.
Vanessa Redgrave will portray Sharon's mother, Kay Bottoms.
Coming up tonight in sports, qualifying results from the Rock as Chevy and
POntiac make a comeback.
Plus Kittles has no bits, but lots of phone bills.
And the ODAC semi-finals fill the Salem Civic Center this afternoon as
Roanoke & Randolph-Macon scrap their way into the finals.
The Winston Cup circuit rolled into Rockingham this afternoon with the
Chevrolets and Pontiacs looking to make a major comeback after getting blown
out at Daytona by the Fords.
SUPER=03-Rockingham, NC; :00
And they did just that taking 7 of the top 10 spots in Cup qualifying.
The pole winner was Terry Labonte in the Kelloggs Chevrolet.
He posted a lap at 156 point 879 miles an hour.
He edged Hendrick MOtorsports teammate Jeff Gordon, the race defending champ
by by just over a tenth of a second.
Let's take a look at the top 25.
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SPORTS CHYRON MOTION
IN Q=first audio
OUT Q=...RICKY RUDD."
The Lady Maroons have advanced to the ODAC championship. But the 25 and 1
Randolph Macon Lady Yellow Jackets stand in the way of an 11th conference
SUPER=03-Salem/Quakers vs. Maroons; :00
Susan Dunagan's team advanced to the finals by edging Guilford 78-70 in the
semifinals this afternoon.
But not without a scare. Laura Haynes scored a game high 30 points for the
Lady Quakers who were within 1 SUPER=33-Roanoke/=78/Guilford/=70;
point; 69-68 with 2:25 to play.
But Roanoke senior Marcee Hufton ices the win with this break away lay up
and Roanoke advances to the title game against Macon tomorrow at 2pm.
IN Q="It's gonna
((SUSAN DUNAGAN/ROANOKE COACH:))
SUPER=01-Susan Dunagan/Roanoke Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...want it"
Former Cave Spring star Aimee Beightol was close to a quadruple -double.
She had 27 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 7 steals to lead her Lady Yellow
Jackets to a 70-66 victory over Emory and Henry in the other semi final. Their
ONLY loss of the season was to Roanoke!
Last night in Chapel Hill, V-M-I gave the North Carolina Tar Heels their
The Keydets lost the game 99 to 76 but they gained the respect of Tar Heel
coach Dean Smith.
SUPER=03-Chapel Hill, NC/Tar Heels vs Keydets; :00
This was the second trip to Tobacco Road for V-M-I.
The undersized Keydets were not able to stop Carolina's inside game
especially Antawn Jamison who scored 20 points for an 18 point half time lead.
V-M-I's 12 to 4 run to open the second half and the Tar Heel lead was cut
to 10 but North Carolina pulled away to win it 99 to 76.
IN Q="I think our
((BART BELLAIRS/VMI HEAD COACH: ))
((DEAN SMITH/NORTH CAROLINA HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Bart Bellairs/VMI Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Dean Smith/North Carolina Head Coach; :
OUT Q= ........a program."
V-M-I has two regular season games left tomorrow at Appalachian State and
Monday at The Citadel.
One of college basketball's top stars has been reaching out and touching
someone a little too often.
Villanova All-American candidate Kerry Kittles has been suspended for the
team's final three regular season game for illegally using a university owned
telephone calling card.
He will be back for the postseason tournament in the Big East and the NCAA's.
Kittles says he's totally embarrassed.
The Miami Heat's trading frenzy yesterday has left the team in quite a
quandary for tonight's game with the Bulls.
After trading five players yesterday including Bimbo Coles and Kevin Willis,
the Heat only has eight players available for tonight's showdown with the best
team in basketball.
IN Q="WE HAVE...
((PAT RILEY/MIAMI HEAD COACH:))
((KEITH ASKINS/MIAMI HEAT GUARD:))
SUPER=01-Pat Riley/Miami Head Coach; ;00
SUPER=01-Keith Askins/Miami Heat Guard; :13
OUT Q=...THIS GAME."
And finally, since this is the first Friday in quite awhile without some kind
of snow on the ground
SUPER=03-Nevada, Spain; :00
I thought it only appropriate we let you know that five-time Olympic medalist
Alberto Tomba of Italy has captured the first World Alpine Championship gold of
He did it today when he
won the giant slalom event Spain.
And oh just one more thing tonight.
If you pan on taking in some basketball this weekend.
Be careful when you order a mixed drink at courtside - you're liable to get
more than your thirst quenched.
(toss to Jean)
In less than two hours, the Lone Star World Championship Rodeo will begin in
Jean Jadhon joins us in the newsroom with more on that.
Keith, several people from our area will be saddling up for this weekend's
Jeff Renaud is among those whose been preparing for it.
We visited with him earlier this week to see how much work goes into it.
IN Q=I grew up
((JEFF RENAUD/BEDFORD CO. CALF ROPER: I GREW UP AROUND IT AND BEEN AROUND IT
ALL MY LIFE AND I GUESS IT'S JUST IN MY HEART. ))
OUT Q=in my heart.
on News 7 at 11.
We'll have that story plus all the latest news, weather, and sports tonight