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An emotional fracas inside a Roanoke Circuit Courtroom this evening, as a
judge finds the defendant guilty of murder.
And a Southside dog fight... we'll see and hear some of the gruesome
Tonight in sports, Steve Mason joins us LIVE from the roundhouse with a
pregame report on tonight's game with Johnstown.
The Avalanche is ready to say so long to winter.
And the Virginia Tech Hokies check out of Roanoke Regional Airport this
afternoon, and right now they are en route to Dallas, Texas the site of the
From record cold to temperatures about 10 degrees above normal. Big swing
in those readings and plenty of sun to go along with the big picture.
A dramatic end to a murder trial in Roanoke today... as Michael Crump was
convicted of first- degree murder.
IN Q=I find beyond a
((I FIND BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT THAT THERE'S BEEN A WILFUL, DELIBERATE,
PRE-MEDICATED KILLING HERE WITH MALICIOUS INTENT TO KILL. AND ACCORDINGLY I
FIND YOU GUILTY OF FIRST-DEGREE MURDER.
SUPER=02-Judge Pat Dougherty
****Keith on ENG****
Members of the Crump family were so surprised by the guilty verdict they
couldn't contain themselves... and wound having to BE contained by sheriff's
IN Q=And I find you
((AND I FIND YOU GUILTY OF THE UNLAWFUL AND FELONIOUS USE OF A FIREARM IN THE
COMMISSION OF MURDER.))
OUT Q=commission of murder.
The defendant was restrained as well even before the judge ordered the
bailiff to "take charge of the prisoner.
Crump had denied any involvement in the crime, insisted he didn't even know
the victim, Eric Jones.
But an eyewitness testified she spotted him the next day just two blocks
from the house where the shooting occurred on Signal Hill Avenue.
Tina Trout said he was still wearing the same clothes as the gunman had worn
the night before.
A Riner man will spend 43 years behind bars for killing his girlfriend.
Wesley Ray Sowers actually received a sentence of nearly 60 years... but
some of the prison time was suspended.
SUPER=03-Floyd Co./April 30, 1995;
The 42- year- old pled "no contest" to killing Alreda (all-REED-ah) Goad
last year in Floyd County.
Goad's body was discovered last April on a neighbor's porch-- she had been
shot to death.
Authorities say the murder stemmed from a domestic dispute.
A Roanoke attorney has been found guilty of violating federal bankruptcy
A. Carter Magee, Junior, pled guilty to a contempt charge filed by the U-S
The complaint said a bankruptcy petition that Magee filed listed a deflated
value for some wedding and engagement rings.
The government said Magee should have known that the rings were worth a lot
Magee was fined 10- thousand dollars.
He COULD have been charged with bankruptcy fraud, and, if convicted,
sentenced to five years in prison.
Magee is a former chairman of the Roanoke Republican committee.
More bad news for the area's apparel industry, this time in Pulaski.
135 people will be out of work when Diversified Apparel Resources shuts down
Diversified is among the subsidiaries South Carolina- based Her Majesty
Industries has purchased from Sparkle Sportswear.
Workers were told of the closing yesterday.
County administrator Joe Morgan says Diversified is the third company to
occupy the building, and economic developers will work to fill it again.
((JOE MORGAN/PULASKI CO. ADMINISTRATOR: IN THE PAST THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT HAS WORKED WITH THE BUILDING. SO I THINK IT'S SOMETHING
WE'RE FAMILIAR WITH, IT'S A GOOD RESOURCE, DON'T WANT IT TO BE EMPTY AND HOPE
IT WON'T STAY EMPTY LONG. ))
SUPER=01-Joe Morgan/Pulaski Co. Administrator;
OUT Q=stay empty long.
The good news is Diversified employees MAY find work at two other
apparel-makers in Pulaski County.
Dublin Garment is hiring 30 to 40 sewing machine operators.
And sock- maker Renfro is building an addition with plans to hire up to 400.
Diversified's Buchanan County plant will remain open.
Sources tell News-7 that Lynchburg is trying to persuade Frito Lay to build
a plant there.
The world's largest snack food maker boasts a product line including Fritos,
Doritos, and Rold Gold Pretzels.
No one with Frito Lay or the city would comment on a possible deal.
But Lynchburg's economic development director DID talk about how the city
will get two-million-dollars of state funds to attract a major employer.
Lee Cobb says Lynchburg is working with several clients on the Pugh
Property, its new 300-acre industrial park.
He says it's very gratifying that the state is helping Lynchburg compete.
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Still to come on News 7 at Six--a story that might anger many pet owners.
Man's best friend, abused and mistreated. Authorities in Halifax County say
it's a disturbing trend--dog fights in southside Virginia.
IN Q=Five thousand
((SHERIFF JEFF OAKES/HALIFAX CO. SHERIFF:5000 TO 100, JUST UNBELIEVABLE AMOUNTS
OF MONEY THAT ARE WAGERED ON THESE FIGHTS. ))
OUT Q=these fights.
Sheriff's deputies believed they've made a dent in one dog fighting ring,
arresting two men on animal cruelty charges.
We'll have the story, including home video of a dog fight.
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A Campbell County teenager accused of murdering his neighbor has been found
incompetent to stand trial.
16-year-old Lewis "Trey" Mize is charged with shooting to death Roger Vassar
Junior in January.
But doctors say Mize suffers from schizophrenia, paranoia and has been
Also, his jaw remains wired shut from a self- inflicted gunshot wound,
making it difficult to communicate with his attorney.
SUPER=01-Tom Blaylock/Defense Attorney
OUT Q=at the present time.
A juvenile court judge today ordered Mize returned to Central State
Hospital, where he'll undergo further psychiatric treatment.
Diann Stump says she was worried about the safety of her grandchildren, and
Soon after, her two year- old grandson Joshua Blevins was dead.
Yesterday a Carroll County judge convicted Joshua's mother, LaDonna Blevins
of felony child neglect for not checking on her son for 24 hours.
Josh died of skull fractures after Blevins' live-in boyfriend Steven "Bones"
Cole, who was babysitting, admittedly shoved him.
Blevins' mother says it happened just after Josh's seven month- old sister
spent two weeks in the hospital.
((DIANN STUMP/BLEVINS' MOTHER: YOU COULDN'T TOUCH HER LEGS. I MEAN SHE'D JUST
SCREAM WHEN YOU'D TOUCH HER LEGS. I NOTED TO THE DOCTOR THAT I SUSPECTED
SOMETHING WAS GOING ON AND I WANTED TO KNOW WHAT I HAD TO DO. SOCIAL SERVICES
WAS CALLED IN BUT THEY WOULDN'T HELP ME. ))
SUPER=01-Diann Stump/Blevins' Mother;
OUT Q=wouldn't help me.
Stump says doctors treated the girl for an infection, but later found
fractures in both her legs.
She says social services found no evidence of abuse.
Blevins' testified Cole had previously cared for her children with no
Cole is expected to stand trial for murder this summer.
Halifax County authorities have new insight into a "sport" that pits dog
Authorities recently arrested two New York men after a badly beaten dog was
found in their vehicle.
Teresa Hamilton has the story.
IN Q=Deputy Lloyd
SUPER=03-Halifax Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Dep. Lloyd Cobb/Halifax Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :12 QUICK
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7.
((Deputy Lloyd Cobb was the officer who discovered this injured pit bull,
The dog was heard moaning from the back of a pick up parked outside a local
IN Q=It was quite
((DEPUTY LLOYD COBB/HALIFAX CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.:IT WAS QUITE A BIT OF BLOOD ON
THE BOTTOM OF THE CAGE AND ON THE SIDE OF THE CAGE AND HE WAS BLEEDING. ))
OUT Q=and he was bleeding.
Alan Samuels and Anthony Martinez were charged with animal cruelty.
Three other dogs were also in the vehicle, as well as evidence that's
rarely, if ever, seen.
Two videotapes-- where one can hear participants-- wagering thousands of
dollars on dog fighting.
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Authorities also found drugs, IV fluid and a suture stapler.
They also discovered a robe apparently worn by the owner of a winning dog.
A date book, with addresses spanning up and down the East Coast, was also
Authorities believe it contains names of contacts related to dog fighting.
Sheriff Jeff Oakes says, if convicted, the New York pair will spend little,
if any, time in jail.
((SHERIFF JEFF OAKES/HALIFAX CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: IT'S LUDICROUS TO ME THAT
YOU'VE GOT PEOPLE KILLING DOGS, MAIMING DOGS AND DISFIGURING THEM AND WERE IT A
HUMAN BEING THEY'D BE IN A PENITENTIARY. ))
OUT Q=in a penitentiary.
To help get his message across, Oakes plans to make copies of the videotapes
for local lawmakers.
Officials haven't decided what will become of the injured dogs.
The dogs are calm around people. But officers say because of their
mistreatment they still show a different side when face to face with another
animal. Teresa Hamilton, News 7.))
GRAPHIC=Welfare in Virginia
Governor George Allen says he's looking at ways to turn the state's troubled
welfare computer system and child support enforcement computer system over to a
But the General Assembly says no way.
Tucked away in the new two- year budget is an item that says the state won't
pay the bill if the Administration pushes ahead before a state police probe
into the welfare computers is resolved.
IN Q=I don't need
((DEL. JAY DEBOER/D-PETERSBURG: I DON'T NEED TO SEE THE MAN ON THE GRASSY
KNOLL OR KNOW THE IDENTITY OF THE ONE-ARMED MAN TO KNOW THAT THERE IS SOMETHING
WRONG GOING ON WITH THE COMPUTER SERVICES AT DSS. THE LEGISLATURE HAS SAID NOW
FIVE TIMES, STOP. WE WANT TO KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON BEFORE YOU CHANGE IT. AND
THIS IS THE LAST STRAW.))
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: IF WE CAN GET CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT ...FOR THOSE
SUPER=01-Del. Jay DeBoer/(D) Petersburg;
OUT Q=those families.
The showdown over the computer systems comes as the new Health and Human
Resources Cabinet Secretary officially takes over the reins.
Robert Metcalf inherited the computer mess from former Secretary Kay James.
With the Virginia General Assembly's final gavel yesterday, those
campaigning for the U.S. Senate have kicked into high gear.
Republican candidate Jim Miller today trotted out endorsements from
conservatives in the so- called "family movement."'
On the abortion issue, Miller was asked what he would do if his own daughter
was raped and became pregnant.
IN Q=I would
((JIM MILLER/R-U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE: I WOULD ENCOURAGE HER IN EVERY WAY I
COULD CONCEIVABLY COULD TO CARRY THAT CHILD TO TERM.))
SUPER=01-Jim Miller/(R) U.S. Senate Candidate;
OUT Q=to term.
Miller's showing off his conservative credentials on the way to a June GOP
primary against incumbent Senator John Warner.
Another rollercoaster ride for Wall Street today.
At one point the Dow was down more than 90 points--but rebounded to finish the
day with a gain of three points.
NASDAQ was down seven and a half points.
The folks of Blue Grass are celebrating the 75th anniversary of an event
that put their town in the spotlight.
In 19-21, a silent film was made in the area--by a director from
As Ron Jones reports some people still remember when director Henry King
brought a little Hollywood to Highland County.
IN Q=Henry King, a Christiansburg
SUPER=04-Courtesy: Video Yesteryear; :10
SUPER=03-Highland Co.; :27
SUPER=01-Marie Rexrode/Hightown Resident; :43
SUPER=01-Willie Simmons/Blue Grass Resident; 1:03
OUT Q=Ron Jones, News Seven.
(( Henry King, a Christiansburg native, was a pioneering movie director in
Hollywood during the 1920's.
One of his coveted treasures was "Tol'able David"... a silent film shot in
It's the story of David Kinemon, played by Richard Barthelmess, who took on
three bad guys after they terrorized his family.
Some of it was shot on the Rexrode family farm.
However, there have been a few changes since the film... a lot of the
buildings are gone.
((IN THE MOVIE THIS WAS CONSIDERED HOME FOR DAVID KENEMON AND HIS FAMILY. BUT
NOW IT'S ONLY HOME FOR HAY.))
Marie Rexrode and her husband live on the farm now.
She was three when the movie was shot but remembers the thrill of seeing it
((MARIE REXRODE/HIGHTOWN RESIDENT: OH WELL, IT WAS A THRILL FOR US BECAUSE WE
DIDN'T KNOW ANY DIFFERENT. WHEN YOU WENT THEY SHOWED THE PICTURE AND YOU HAD
TO READ WHAT THEY WERE SAYING.))
Willie Simmons, now ninety-two, was a teenager and an extra at the time.
She says the cast and crew weren't the Hollywood type.
((WILLIE SIMMONS/BLUE GRASS RESIDENT: THOSE PEOPLE THAT CAME HERE, THE ACTORS
AND ALL, THEY WERE NICE PEOPLE. THEY WERE VERY, VERY NICE. IT WAS NICE FOR
EVERYBODY, AND THEY WERE NICE TO EVERYONE.))
Simmons also says extras were paid well.
((IT MEANT A LOT TO THEM BECAUSE THEY MADE SOME MONEY. THEY MADE SOME MONEY.
THEY GOT A DOLLAR EVERY TIME THEY HAD A STAND IN SEE.))
Director Henry King said Highland County was the perfect setting because of
its split rail fences and natural beauty.
It's the only set he never changed.
So...next time you think of Hollywood...remember Highland County.
Ron Jones, News Seven.))
Coming up tonight in sports, Tech takes off for Dallas, Turk says so long to
The Avalanche is gearing up its first full season at Salem Memorial field.
And Steve Mason is on the ice at the Round House.
(Steve ad libs and tosses to break)
The Virginia Tech Hokies should be arriving in Dallas before the top of the
hour to continue their preparations for Thursday afternoon's NCAA opener
against Wisconsin-Green Bay.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/This Afternoon; :00
This afternoon the team bused to Roanoke and then climbed aboard a chartered
jet to take them to Reunion Arena.
Injured starters Damon Watlington and Shawn Smith are expected to play, but
it looks like Smitty's shoulder will not be at full strength.
IN Q="I know it's gonna...
((SHAWN SMITH/VA. TECH FORWARD:))
SUPER=01-Shawn Smith/Va. Tech Forward; :00
OUT Q=...battle for us."
SS=hold final four
The Hokies practice for an hour tomorrow afternoon from 2-to-3 at Reunion
M.K. Turk, one of the top coaches in the old Metro conference and a long time
foe of Virginia Tech is stepping down after 30 years as the head basketball
coach at Southern Miss.
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Last Season; :00
Turk's teams in Hattiesburg won 300 games over those 20 years.
They also made nine postseason appearances and won the 1987 NIT.
The 53 year old coach says he plans to now spend his time working for long
distance phone service provider, EXCEL Communications.
The Roanoke Express is 34-26 and 4 heading into tonight's game against non
divisional foe Johnstown.
The Chiefs beat Roanoke 7-2 in their only meeting of the season.
Double Boxes=Mike and Steve/Microwave
Steve Mason joins us from the Round House with some pre game notes. Steve?
Mike, The Chiefs might have beaten Roanoke the last time, but they are
running into an Express team that is in high gear. Roanoke has scored 12 goals
in it's last two games. Express players also know that a win tonight puts them
in 4th place in the east Division; A 4th place finish at the end of the season
means the Express stays away from Richmond in the first round of the playoffs.
Lots of motivation there.
However, the Express will play without Captain Dave Stewart tonight; Stewy
still out with a bad wrist.
Also, the ECHL has suspended Jason Clarke for three games for excessive game
misconducts; that ruling coming down today.
Joining me to talk about the Express is another gentleman that will be here
tonight, but not next season; the voice of the Express; Tim Woodburn.
SUPER=01-Tim Woodburn/Voice of the Express; :00
Tim, what are you doing next season?
Tim, you know the Express as well as anybody. the team has scored 12 goals
in it's last two games. What do you attribute the explosion to?
B-ROLL OVER HIS 2nd ANSWER!!
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Mike there are only 6 games left in this 70 game season. After tonight; the
remaining games are all divisional contests.
Double Boxes=Mike and Steve/Microwave
Also, a win tonight and Roanoke sets the franchise record for most home wins
in a season. Game time is 7pm. Highlights at 11, Mike.
March Madness, and record low temperatures don't exactly conjure up thoughts
of baseball in Salem.
SUPER=03-Salem/This Afternoon; :00
But the folks in Southwest Virginia's sports Mecca are busy these days
sprucing up Salem Memorial Field.
Opening night is less than month away on April 8th, and this Saturday are
fans will have a chance to get a close look at the park.
IN Q="it's been
((SAM LAZZARO/AVALANCHE VICE-PRESIDENT:))
SUPER=01-Sam Lazzaro/Avalanche Vice-President; :00
OUT Q=...make a day of it."