Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
The aftermath of a wild night in Bedford County.
And imagine meeting your sister for the first time in your mid-50's.
We'll tag along as they make up for lost time.
Tonight in sports, Page and Charlie Moir will join us LIVE to talk about the
upcoming NCAA Division 3 basketball championships.
Rick Pitino talks about being the new number one.
And the NBA cracks the whip on JR Reid for this flagrant foul against AC
Wow...what a three day stretch of weather. It was one for the record books
today. Look for scattered showers through mid-week.
The Bedford County Sheriff's Department is still piecing together what
caused a series of violent incidents that had deputies on high alert last
Sheriff Mike Brown says two people were struck by pellets from a 12-gauge
shotgun in Moneta before nine-o'clock.
He says deputies were able to secure the scene before a more serious
gunfight got started.
SOT 14:58:51 today tape
IN Q=It was a
((MIKE BROWN/BEDFORD COUNTY SHERIFF: IT WAS A LOT OF EXCITEMENT AND
POTENTIALLY A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION, AND A LOT OF TENSION THERE IN THAT
SUPER=01-Mike Brown/Bedford Co. Sheriff;
OUT Q=particular area.
SUPER=03-Burnt Chimney/Last Night;
About an hour after the shooting Bedford County deputies picked up the
alleged gunman, 31-year-old George Arthur English of Moneta, after he
surrendered to Franklin County authorities.
But the excitement didn't end there, as units from Bedford, Bedford County,
and the state were summoned to Bedford Memorial Hospital.
They were called there to break up a fight started by some people who knew
the gunshot victims.
One of the victims, Reva Price of Moneta, was treated and released with a
gunshot wound to the leg.
The other victim, David Foxx of Moneta, was airlifted to ROANOKE Memorial
Hospital where he was treated for gunshot wounds above his right eye and
beneath his right arm.
Fox was released from the hospital earlier today.
The question WHY is still unanswered.
But autopsy reports from the medical examiner may give a clearer picture of
who shot whom in a double murder- suicide in Blacksburg.
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=Friday afternoon, police found
SUPER=01-Dan Farris/Montgomery Co. Social Services; :26
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
(( Friday afternoon, police found the bodies of 44 year- old Susan Asbury and
her estranged husband, 60 year- old Robert L. Asbury in a bedroom of Susan's
Fairfax Point town home.
Later, they found 44 year- old Donald Anderson's body in the garage.
Anderson was Susan Asbury's friend and former co-worker at Montgomery County
Social Services, where employees met with a priest and a counselor today to
come to grips with the tragedy.
((DAN FARRIS/MONTGOMERY CO. SOCIAL SERVICES: SO WE'RE TRYING TO TAKE THIS DAY
BY DAY, STEP BY STEP AND GO THROUGH THE PROCESS, TRYING TO HELP STAFF COPE WITH
THEIR GRIEF AND ALSO TO MOVE ON WITH LIFE.))
The medical examiner says Anderson was shot four times in the head and
Susan Asbury also took four bullets to the neck, chest and hand.
Robert Asbury died from a single, self- inflicted gunshot to the head.
Police say at least 10 shots were fired in the house, from a .22 and a .38
caliber pistol. Their investigation is continuing. Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
Smoke, carbon monoxide, and alcohol proved a lethal combination for a
Radford University student over the weekend.
21 year- old Christopher Thomas Mirch died early Saturday morning when fire
broke out at the Delta Tau Chi fraternity house on Grove Avenue.
His body was found in an upstairs bedroom.
Investigators still don't know what started the blaze.
But the medical examiner has determined Mirch died from smoke and carbon
monoxide inhalation, and alcohol intoxication.
Mirch's blood alcohol level was more than two- and- a- half times the legal
Pulaski militiaman Bill Stump is going to get a break from the judge when
he's sentenced for federal firearms violations.
Stump started out with a bang today, slapping the judge with a motion,
declaring the judge a "defendant" with a "conflict of interest" that would
prevent Judge Jackson Kiser from sentencing him.
Kiser quickly rejected the move, refusing to accept service of the papers IN
Though Stump had been named in a conspiracy to blow up buildings and bridges
in a challenge to government authority, a jury rejected all that.
He was convicted of nothing more than firing guns with illegal silencers.
The judge concluded "Stump committed his crimes by using silenced weapons
for a sporting purpose." That is: "target practice."
"The government has no proof," said the judge today, "that Stump intended
anything further than firing the weapons on the occasion in question."
IN Q=The judge
((BILL STUMP: THE JUDGE AND ANY OTHER OFFICER OF THE UNITED STATES AND ANY
POLITICIAN DOES WHAT IS TO THEIR BENEFIT AND GIVES SOME OTHER REASON FOR IT.
Q: But the Judge is giving you a break. He's indicated that's what he wants to
WELL, I CAN'T ARGUE WITH THAT.))
OUT Q=argue with that.
Though Judge Kiser questioned what Stump might have intended to do with the
silencers, he announced from the bench that he intends to give Stump LESS THAN
what the sentencing guidelines call for.
The complex formula would have required a prison term of at least two years
and three months in this case.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--
Sharon Bottoms goes to court--again--fighting to win back the son she lost.
and it's a family reunion with a special twist--after 56 years, a Waynesboro
woman finally meets her long lost sister.
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It's a case of her word against hers.
The latest chapter in lesbian mother Sharon Bottoms' legal battle for
custody of her four- year old son kicked off today in the same Richmond area
court where it started three years ago.
Sharon Bottoms alleges she's been denied visitation with Tyler by her mother
at least 25 times since Kay Bottoms won custody.
IN Q=Sharon has not
((RICHARD RYDER/KAY BOTTOMS' ATTORNEY: SHARON HAS NOT BEEN DENIED VISITATION.
EXCEPT I THINK OCTOBER OF LAST YEAR. THERE WERE A NUMBER OF INSTANCES WHERE
SHARON WOULD PICK TYLER UP AND BRING HIM BACK WHEN SHE HAD VARIOUS PEOPLE WITH
HER THAT WERE OBJECTIONABLE TO KAY.))
SUPER=01-Richard Ryder/Kay Bottoms' Attorney;
OUT Q=to Kay.
Kay Bottoms says she thinks Sharon's violated the court order to NOT take
the child to see her lesbian partner April Wade.
Her attorney has a list of eight witnesses to rebut Kay's allegations.
IN Q=Depends on who we
((DONALD BUTLER/SHARON BOTTOMS' ATTORNEY: DEPENDS ON WHO WE NEED TO CALL. I
MEAN SOME OF THESE WITNESSES ARE THERE TO PROVE NEGATIVES. THAT IS TO SAY THAT
NO SHARON AND TYLER WERE NOT IN THE APARTMENT. THEY WERE HERE, THEY WERE
SUPER=01-Donald Butler/Sharon Bottoms' Attorney;
OUT Q=they were there.
This court date was initiated by Sharon Bottoms to try to prove her life is
more stable than when she first lost custody.
The Virginia Supreme Court has already upheld that decision, citing both her
fitness as a mother and her sexual orientation.
GRAPHIC=Mark Anthony Carter
A 24- year- old suspected of killing two people last week in Pittsylvania
County heard the charges against him today.
At his arraignment Mark Anthony Carter of Axton said he'll hire his own
Carter was arrested Friday-- three days after the victims were discovered
outside an abandoned store in the Sandy River community.
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./Last Tuesday;
Authorities say 19- year- old Sydney Sherell (SHA-RELL) Hairston and 25-
year- old Darrell Womack had been shot in the head.
A third victim survived the attack.
Investigators HAVE identified a second suspect, but aren't releasing his
The concept of hunting animals in enclosed spaces has been rhetorically
blasted by Virginia lawmakers this year.
SUPER=03-Alleghany Co./File Tape;
But the Boar Walla hunting preserve has preserved its unique industry from
legislative interference for another year.
The Senate agriculture committee today shot down an effort to halt the
importing of exotic animals to the state's three existing preserves.
IN Q=Last year
((SEN. CHARLES HAWKINS: LAST YEAR IN SUBCOMMITTEE, WE PUT IN A MORATORIUM THAT
NO MORE COULD BE PUT IN PLACE...AND WE ASKED THE AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT AS WELL
AS OTHER PEOPLE INVOLVED TO...THIS YEAR THIS BILL CAME OUT OF, WHERE, I DON'T
OUT Q=I don't know.
Bath County Delegate Creigh (KREE) Deeds co-sponsored this year's bill.
Virginia Power won one today at the State Capitol.
The House approved a bill allowing the utility to offer sweetheart deals to
new businesses as an economic development tool.
Vinton's Dick Cranwell supported the bill, and helped kill an amendment
giving the public more say over residential rates.
SOT WALDO TAPE 12:54:54
IN Q=Who do you
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D-VINTON: WHO DO YOU THINK IS GONNA TAKE ALL THE
POLITICAL FLAK IF THERE'S A RATE INCREASE? IS IT GONNA BE THE STATE
CORPORATION COMMISSION? OR IS IT GONNA BE PEOPLE LIKE ME AND LIKE YOU WHO SIT
HERE AND VOTE FOR THIS AMENDMENT? AND THE PEOPLE ARE MAD AS WET HORNETS
BECAUSE WE MANDATED A HEARING THAT INCREASED THEIR ELECTRIC RATES.))
((DEL. GEORGE GRAYSON/D-WILLIAMSBURG: BUSINESSES THAT CONTACTED ME ABOUT THIS
BILL, VIRGINIA BUSINESSES, ARE ALREADY MADDER THAN WET HORNETS.))
SUPER=01-Del. George Grayson/(D) Williamsburg; :19
OUT Q=than wet hornets.
Virginia's 20 largest electricity consumers opposed the Virginia Power bill
on the grounds it would help new businesses -- NOT existing ones.
The stock market took a plunge today--the Dow dropped 65 points.
Investors are said to be worried about new economic reports coming out later
in the week.
NASDAQ was down nearly five points.
It's been 56 years since two Virginia sisters were separated as infants.
Today they met for the first time.
Ron Jones was at the Roanoke Regional Airport for the reunion.
IN Q=56-year-old Gloria Evers
OUT Q=Ron Jones, News Seven.
56-year-old Gloria Evers has never seen her sister.
She knew 55-year-old Judy Patterson was out there somewhere but had no idea
They were both adopted soon after birth and it was considered a big family
secret until Gloria's grandmother finally told her.
((GLORIA EVERS: SO, I WAS PROBABLY A SOPHOMORE IN HIGH SCHOOL AND THAT'S HOW I
FOUND OUT THAT I WAS ADOPTED... BECAUSE MY PARENTS KEPT IT... I MEAN IT WAS A
SECRET... NO ONE WAS TO EVER KNOW.))
But with the help of a family friend and a newspaper reporter, Gloria's
sister now living in California was finally located.
Gloria received the shocking news from a friend.
((SHE CALLED LATE AT NIGHT... SHE SAID GLORIA ARE YOU SITTING DOWN? SHE SAID I
THINK BETTER... WE FOUND YOUR SISTER.))
SHOT OF PLANE ON RUNWAY
Patiently and nervously waiting, Gloria watches as Judy's plane taxis on the
Then it finally happened...
NAT SOUND (Judy steps off plane)
((THERE SHE IS!))
56 years of mystery and frustration melts away... the evasive family reunion
NAT SOUND (Sisters meeting and embracing)
((JUDY PATTERSON: ISN'T IT WONDERFUL. I NEVER DREAMED I HAD A SISTER...
GLORIA: SHE'S DISAPPOINTED I'M NOT A FLAMING RED HEAD... JUDY: WHEN LESLIE
CALLED SHE SAID ARE YOU SITTING, I SAID YES, SHE SAID YOU HAVE A FULL SISTER
THAT'S WAITING TO TALK... I COULDN'T EVEN TALK. I ALMOST FAINTED... I DID!))
SISTERS WALKING ARM AND ARM IN AIRPORT
Judy and Gloria say their next step is to kick off their shoes... relax...
drink a few... beverages... and catch up on lost time.
Ron Jones, News Seven, Roanoke.
(Keith ad lib toss to Mike)
Coming up tonight in sports, there's a new number one in college hoops, we'll
hear from Rick PItino, plus the NBA shoots down JR.
Pull out to three shot
Plus Roanoke College head coach Page Moir and his Dad Charlie join me LIVE in
the studio right after this quick break to talk about the upcoming Division
The NBA, which has been quick to discipline players who fight during a game,
have now handed out the largest penalties ever for someone throwing an elbow.
JR Reid, acting like anything but a Virginia Gentleman yesterday deliberately
hit AC Green in the mouth with a forearm in yesterday's Knicks-Suns game.
Green lost two teeth in the exchange, while JR gets suspended for 2 games and
fined $10 thousand dollars for the flagrant foul.
Thanks to Massachusetts loss to GW over the weekend, and thanks in part to
Kentucky's current 23 game winning streak, the Wildcats are the new number one
team in the new Associated Press college basketball top 25.
U-Mass has only lost one time this year and the Minutemen beat Kentucky early
in the year.
But all polls are based on who's hot, and right now U-Mass is not.
IN Q=I THINK...
((RICK PITINO/KENTUCKY HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Rick Pitino/Kentucky Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=... point in the season."
The Virginia Tech Hokies dropped to 16th as a result of their 17 point loss
to Temple yesterday in Philadelphia.
The 64 team tournament bracket for the NCAA division three men's basketball
championships was unveiled last night.
SUPER=03-Topeka, KS/Last Night; :00
The 64 team field includes an unprecedented three teams from the Old Dominion
Bridgewater travels to Millsaps Mississippi, and And Randolph-Macon must go
to Christopher Newport in the South bracket.
Also, in the south, regular season and tourney champ Roanoke College has a
Thursday night home date with Shenandoah.
And joining me now in the studio are Roanoke head basketball coach Page Moir,
and his Dad Charlie Moir, who coached the Maroons to a national title back in
Gentlemen thanks so much for coming in tonight. Page let's start with you.
SUPER=01-Page Moir/Roanoke College Head Coach;
Roll B-Roll on Second Page question!!!
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SUPER=01-Charlie Moir/Roanoke Head Coach 1967-73;
Mike will ask each person 2 or 3 questions.
Thanks so much and good luck Thursday night at 7:30 as Shenandoah invades the
Dale Earnhardt rebounded from his latest Dayton Disappointment by wining the
Goodwrench 400 yesterday.
SUPER=03-Rockingham, NC/Yesterday; :00
The win gives Earnhardt 69 career wins and ties him for the points lead with
yesterday's second place finisher Dale Jarrett.
IN Q="You know...
((DALE EARNHARDT/GOODWRENCH 400 WINNER:))
SUPER=01-Dale Earnhardt/Goodwrench 400 Winner; :00
Earnhardt tamed the Rock, but he had Richard Petty fans ready to throw stones
when he spun out Petty's driver Bobby Hamilton, while the STP Pontiac was
running in first.
(Mike ad lib toss back to Keith and Robin)
(toss to Jean)
50 years ago they were fighting enemies on two fronts. Both the Axis powers
Double Boxes=Keith Jean
Jean Jadhon joins us in the newsroom with more on the Tuskgekee Airmen.
Keith, tonight in Lynchburg, five members of the Tuskegee Airmen will
discuss their World War Two experiences.
They were America's first Black flying unit.
It was an experiment many in the United States Air Force thought would fail.
One of the members of the squadron is Lynchburg native Chauncey Spencer
Spencer and the rest will be at Randolph Macon's Woman's College tonight at
on News 7 at 11.
Join us for that story plus all the latest news, weather, and sports tonight