Christy Brzonkala's complaint against Virginia Tech now includes one of
Tech's most prominent football players.
Details of a TEN million dollar defamation claim that goes along with it
...in a moment on NEWS 7.
And we'll look for a forecast of political history at W-and-L- -as the mock
convention gears up to pick a presidential nominee.
Coming up tonight in sports, the state's best single-A and double-A wrestlers
are in Salem this weekend.
March Madness begins.
And Steve Mason reports from Richmond where Ernie Irvan crashed in practice
before Terry Labonte won the pole.
We wrap up a month long session of WeatherSchool tonight and also bring a
fine weekend forecast to the table as well.
Former Virginia Tech student Christy Brzonkala has upped the ante.
She's added a defamation of character claim to her complaint against Tech
and... now... THREE of its football players.
***Keith on eng****
Cornell Brown has been added to the list of defendants.
One of the most decorated players in Tech history, Brown had provided an
alibi for one of the two men Brzonkala says raped her.
An amended complaint filed in federal court today says Brown was in Tony
Morrison's room the night it happened.
The complaint does NOT accuse Brown of raping her, nor does it say he SAW
anyone ELSE rape her.
Morrsion admits he had sex with Brzonkala, but he says it was with her
NOW Brzonkala says Morrison defamed her by saying she consented to sex with
Her lawyer is demanding 10 million dollars for "injury to her good name."
The theory is Morrison was accusing her of fornication, a crime in
Morrison's lawyer, David Paxton says it's "ridiculous," and says he's not
at all concerned by the defamation claim.
Much of the new information comes from tape recordings of the internal
judicial hearings Tech conducted in this case last year.
Though parts of the tapes are missing, Brzonkala's lawyer says, they do
include Morrison admitting that Brzonkala twice told him "no."
Political pundits are waiting for students at Washington and Lee
University to predict who will be the GOP nominee for President.
Every four years since 1908, students have held a mock convention to
predict the nominee of the party NOT in the White House.
Since 1948 their predictions have only missed the mark once.
Double Boxes=Keith and Denise/StarLink
Denise Allen is in Lexington.
Denise, recent primaries have not produced a clear front runner. What
kinds of problems has this produced for W&L delegates?
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**Tape is rolled from StarLink**
(Rollcue: rest on gut feelings. )
IN Q=call to order
SUPER=01-Brian Ross/Convention Political Chairman; :12
SUPER=01-Rep. Tom DeLay/(R) Texas; :32
OUT Q=remains to be seen.
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Double Boxes=Keith and Denise/StarLink
Senator John Warner returned to his alma mater this afternoon to pick up a
key endorsement in his re-election bid.
******Tape rolled from StarLink*****
A crowd of students joined former vice president Dan Quayle in his support
of the senior Senator.
Quayle says Warner was his mentor when he represented Indiana in the Senate.
IN Q=So when he
SUPER=01-Dan Quayle/Former Vice-President;
OUT Q=help the most. (Cheering)
Quayle said while serving in the senate, he and Warner worked together on
many Virginia projects.
He says Republicans like the three term incumbent are an asset to the Senate.
IN Q=he knows the
OUT Q=make them strong.
Quayle will provide the opening address for tonight's platform.
GRAPHIC=J. Patrick Green
Well there's no doubt about it now, Roanoke Mayor David Bowers WON'T be
running for re-election unopposed.
This morning J-Patrick Green announced he'll seek the Republican nomination
SOT 09:08:18 MAY NEED TO COVER FIRST PART OF THIS SOT...SHAKY SHOT
IN Q=I feel it's
((J. PATRICK GREEN/R-CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE: I FEEL IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT
IN THE COMING YEARS THAT WE HAVE A MAYOR THAT'S A BUSINESSMAN. I AM THAT.
I'VE BEEN IN BUSINESS FOR TWENTY YEARS IN THE ROANOKE VALLEY, AND I'M VERY
PROUD OF THAT FACT.))
SUPER=01-J. Patrick Green/(R) City Council Candidate;
OUT Q=of that fact.
Green outlined several of his ideas at the news conference.
He wants Roanoke to work with its neighbors on consolidation of utilities,
transportation, and land development.
He supports the identification and preservation of historical sites.
He wants to find a way to replace funding the city has lost due to federal
downsizing WITHOUT raising taxes.
And he'd like to strengthen Roanoke's ties with Virginia Tech even further.
GRAPHIC=Lynchburg City Seal
Lynchburg Democrats may not have any official candidates running for city
council this May, but they'll still be represented on the ballot.
Former educator Pete Warren announced today he's making an independent bid
for the Ward One seat on council.
Warren is a registered Democrat, but says he's running as an independent
because council already is too partisan.
IN Q=Because I believe
((PETE WARREN/I- LYNCHBURG COUNCIL CANDIDATE: BECAUSE I BELIEVE THAT'S THE WAY
CITY GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE OPERATED. WE'RE MORE INTERESTED IN WHAT HAPPENS TO
THE CITIZENS OF LYNCHBURG. DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS SHOULD SHARE THE SAME
SUPER=01-Pete Warren/(I) Lynchburg Council Candidate; :00
OUT Q=the same concerns.
Warren will face off against incumbent councilman Dr. Robert Vogel, who's
looking to trade his at- large post for Larry Carey's Ward One seat.
Carey is not seeking re- election.
Two other Democrats are running as independents for two other seats on
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Just ahead on News 7 at Six--
Where can you turn if you rent a home and think your landlord is letting
repairs slide? Some answers in our special series "Safe and Sound".
and they call it "Operation March Madness"--sheriff's deputies pay a visit
to one area high school--coming away with drugs and more. We'll have details.
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MUSIC UP FULL
Drugs and weapons aren't welcome in any school.
Southside authorities made that point clear this morning at Halifax High
Teresa Hamilton reports, a school wide search turned up not only drugs but
IN Q=The surprise
SUPER=03-Halifax Co./This Morning; :00
SUPER=01-Major Ray Link/Halifax Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :13
SUPER=01-Bobby Hawkins/Va. State Trooper; :20
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7.
Open with nat sound of locker search
The surprise search-- dubbed Operation March Madness-- took less than three
hours-- but authorities hope their message will last much longer.
IN Q=It makes
((MAJOR RAY LINK/HALIFAX CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: IT MAKES ME ANGRY BECAUSE THIS IS
A DRUG FREE ZONE AND IT WILL BE A DRUG FREE ZONE IF WE HAVE TO BRING THEM IN
HERE EVERY WEEK.))
OUT Q=every week.
This was the largest search Halifax County High school has ever been subject
The crack down began around nine- AM.
No one was allowed to leave.
Police, using search dogs, also combed the school parking lot.
It was there they made their biggest discoveries
Inside a truck they found a 22- rifle and bullets.
nat sound of bullets being dropped on the hood of the car
In a nearby car, they found up to 5- thousand dollars in crack cocaine.
nat sound of picture being taken.
IN Q=This amount here
((BOBBY HAWKINS/VA. STATE TROOPER:THIS AMOUNT HERE, IN MY OPINION, IS GOING TO
BE SELLING IT, THIS IS NOT PERSONAL USE, THIS IS TOO MUCH. ))
OUT Q=too much.
Altogether, about 10- students were caught. They were turned over to school
officials, while police sought juvenile petitions.
take stand up
This won't be last search here at Halifax High school. Authorities are so
convinced what happened here today will make a difference, they've planned
future surprise searches. Teresa Hamilton, News 7.))
The efforts of a sheriff's deputy and a bystander couldn't stop a woman from
jumping off the Peppers Ferry Bridge in Pulaski County this afternoon.
Deputy J.A. Ratcliffe stopped his car when he saw a woman at the edge of the
A man walking below yelled at the woman to try to stop her, but he says when
she saw Ratcliffe she plunged into the New River.
((DAVID STOWERS/WITNESS: SHE SEEN ME AND ROLLED BACK OVER ON HER STOMACH AND
WAS TRYING TO INHALE, SHE WAS CHOKING. AND SO I FOLLOWED HER ALL THE WAY DOWN
THE RIVER AND WAS TRYING TO GET HER WITH A STICK BUT IT WASN'T LONG ENOUGH. I
ENTERED THE WATER ONCE BUT IT WAS TOO COLD. ))
OUT Q=it was too cold.
Deputy Ratcliffe also waded in, but the cold forced him out as well.
Rescuers managed to get to the woman by boat within several minutes, but
their efforts to revive her failed.
She was pronounced dead at Radford Community Hospital.
GRAPHIC=Safe and Sound?
The city of Roanoke is taking aim at substandard rental property with a new
Double Box=Keith and Joe/Newsroom
Tonight, in the final part of our series, Safe and Sound, Joe Dashiell has
the complaints of tenants... AND landlords.
Keith, landlord- tenant disputes produce a litany of complaints... from
While renters say they must endure unsafe and unhealthy conditions because
of their landlords inaction, property owners have a different perspective.
IN Q=The Allendale Apartments
SUPER=07-Tavon Wright; :13
SUPER=01-Spanky Macher/Landlord; :49
OUT Q=and that's the approach that I have.
((The Allendale Apartments on Mountain Avenue have been a source of
frustration for the neighborhood, and tenants say problems inside recently
prompted them to call in city building inspectors.
IN Q=Leaks up in there
OUT Q=cause like fire.
Tavon Wright and Rochelle Cicero may soon face eviction for falling behind
on the rent, but tenants in other apartments echo their complaints of faulty
appliances, rodents and bugs, a fire escape in need of repair.
Landlord Richard Dearing says he's fixed most of the problems inspectors
He says the residents of his only subsidized building bear much of the
responsibility for the condition of their apartments.
That's a perspective one of Roanoke's best known landlords shares.
IN Q=I would say that I would be classified as a slumlord
OUT Q=that's a terrible label to have.
Spanky Macher says safety is a paramount concern, but he insists that the
enforcement of many requirements unrelated to the health and safety of tenants,
borders on harasssment.
And he says residents who don't pay their rent and damage their
apartments, make it impossible to keep all of his units in good repair.
IN Q=If you have a good tenant
((SPANKY MACHER/LANDLORD: IF YOU HAVE A GOOD TENANT, YOU WANT TO TAKE CARE OF
THEM. YOU WANT TO FIX THE LEAK. YOU WANT TO SHOOT THE PIGEONS, IF THAT'S WHAT
YOU DO WITH PIGEONS, SO THEY DO STAY AND THEY DO PAY THEIR RENT AND THEY ARE
HAPPY. AND THAT'S THE APPROACH THAT I HAVE.))
OUT Q=and that's the approach that I have.))
We'll be hearing more of this next week... a coalition formed following
the recent fire on Stewart Avenue will weigh in with a news conference on
Double Box=Keith and Joe/Newsroom
And the city has scheduled a community workshop on the proposed rental
inspection program thursday night at the Roanoke Civic Center.
(Keith QUESTION: HOW SOON DO YOU EXPECT THE CITY TO IMPLEMENT THE RENTAL
Meanwhile a lawsuit has been filed by the landlord Joe profiled in his story
John Kepley is involved in a dispute with the city over a vacant house he
owns on Day Avenue.
He says a city building inspector pried open a boarded-up door on the house
about ten days ago to inspect the building without a search warrant.
The city wants Kepley to tear down the house.
Kepley sued the city, claiming 110-thousand dollar in damages.
Another volatile day on Wall Street. The DOW ended the day with a big gain
for the first time this week... UP 51 points to close at 55 hundred 36.
NASDAQ dropped 14 points.
It's been six weeks since flood waters ravaged parts of West Virginia.
But it now appears that most residents are back on solid ground.
In fact, FEMA has decided to pull out of the mountain state.
As of 7 o'clock tonight, the agency will close all of its West Virginia
Officials say their services are no longer needed.
IN Q=At this point
((PEGGY ZAUHA/FEMA: AT THIS POINT, IT'S JUST TIME TO CLOSE THE CENTER DOWN AND
LET THE COMMUNITY GET BACK TO NORMAL AND USE THE GYM FOR WHAT IT WAS INTENDED
TO BE USED FOR. ))
SUPER=03-Greenbrier Co./January 23;
The January flood caused extensive damage to homes and businesses-- and in
some spots it was worse than the flood of '85.
Officials say nearly five hundred residents sought help from the Ronceverte
(RON-suh-vert) center alone.
Tonight in sports, Terry Labonte wins the pole and Richmond, while Ernie
Steve Mason will have details from the track.
Plus they're going to the mat for their comrades in Salem this weekend as the
state single-a and double-a wrestling tournaments open at the Civic Center.
The Winston Cup circuit rolled into Richmond expecting to dodge snow flakes
Instead they ended up having to dodger Ernie Irvan and spend the day chasing
down Terry Labonte.
Steve Mason has more on today's happening from the Richmond International
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=01-Brian VanDercook/Irvan's Media Director; :11
SUPER=01-Terry Labonte/Wins 23rd Career Pole; 1:22
OUT Q=...A LOOK AT THE TOP 25."
WIPE TO CHYRON BOARDS
(/////Sports chyron motion/////)
Sports chyron motion
IN Q=TERRY LABONTE
OUT Q=...MIKE WALLACE.
As you saw Mike wallace qualified 25th for his Richmond based sponsor, Heilig
But I guarantee you that Wallace didn't have the hottest Heilig Meyers
vehicle on the road today.
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.; :00
Around 9:30 this morning this Heilig Meyers delivery truck was head north on
220 in Botetourt County when a refrigerator it was hauling caught on fire.
The driver, his co worker an a sheriff's deputy had to hurriedly get the
flaming "frig" and a recliner off the bed of the truck before the flames
reached the fuel tank.
Fortunately, no one was hurt although don't look for the vehicle on the super
truck series anytime soon.
The Salem Civic Center has been turned into a wrestling mecca this weekend as
the Single-A and Double-A state wrestlng tournaments roll out the mats
The two day event got underway at 10 o'clock this morning with first round
matches in both classifications.
112 bouts in all were held today.
Grundy high school has owned this event winning the past nine Group Two-a
While Northampton is back to defend its group-A title.
The tournament continues tonight and resume against tomorrow morning at 10.
The finals are set for tomorrow night at 7.