A Glenvar teenager is sent away for killing a teacher while driving drunk.
We'll hear from the victim's husband.
And hear from the suspect in a murder and malicious wounding case early
this morning in Christiansburg.
Tonight in sports, UVA gets ready for a weekend party that includes Kansas,
Tennessee, and ODU.
Marshall and West Virginia agree to play football, finally.
And John Thompson spends part of this afternoon talking about slot machines
instead of Texas Tech, after news surfaced that he was looking to become a part
owner of Las Vegas casino.
Its tough to feel the warmth of spring with 15 degree wind chills..but the
forecast looks better into the weekend.
A 16-year old honor student was locked up this afternoon in Roanoke County.
He begins serving an indeterminate sentence for manslaughter.
It was the case of the young man who struck and killed a teacher last
December- -while driving drunk.
IN Q=By sending
SUPER=01-Gary Kitts/Victim's Husband
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./December 14, 1995
OUT Q=for that? No.
(( By sending him away to the department of youth and family services, the
judge said he was holding the former Glenvar student "accountable."
With the victim's family on one side of the courtroom, and relatives of the
young man on the other, Judge Phil Trompeter looked out at what he called a
"sea of despair."
He told the young man: "I hope you will think of Mrs. Kitts everyday you
Bonnie Kitts died when the young man who lived in the same neighborhood
stuck her while she was out for a walk with her husband.
IN Q=There's no justice
((THERE'S NO JUSTICE THAT WOULD REPLACE HER LIFE. I MEAN NOTHING THEY COULD DO
IS EVER GOING TO BRING HER BACK. I WAS SAD TO WALK IN HERE TODAY, AND I'M SAD
TO WALK OUT TODAY.))
SUPER=01-Gary Kitts/Victim's Husband
OUT Q=out today.
In court Gary Kitts said he sees that car coming at him every night and
thinks about what he "could have done...."
He pointed out to the judge that his son, Brian, is "a gifted kid, too,"
just like the young driver, only "he didn't kill anybody," Kitts said.
He had NO reaction to the sentence.
IN Q=Well, we lost
((WELL, WE LOST ON DECEMBER THE 14TH. And there's no making up for that? NO.))
OUT Q=for that? No.))
Technically an "indeterminate committment" means youth corrections could
keep the boy until he's 21, but the prosecutor said today it's typically more
like FOUR MONTHS.
The boy loses his drivers license for five years, and once he's released,
he'll have to perform 100 hours of community service.
A Christiansburg man accused of shooting his estranged wife and daughter
this morning now says it was all a mistake.
43 year- old Angie Knowles is dead, and 47 year- old Michael Knowles faces
six charges including murder, malicious wounding and attempting malicious
wounding of police officers.
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=As police escorted him
SUPER=01-Sgt. Hank Epperly/Christiansburg Police; :31
SUPER=01-Peggy Ridgeway/Neighbor; :51
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
(( As police led him in handcuffs to the Montgomery County magistrate's
office, Michael Knowles expressed regret.
((IT WAS A BIG, BIG, BIG MISTAKE. ))
Around 6:30 a-m, police say Knowles broke in through the back door at 109
Evans Street, where his estranged wife Angie and their children had moved about
a month before.
During a struggle over his shotgun, he allegedly shot his wife in the
abdomen, and his 18 year- old daughter in the finger.
Police say when they arrived, he turned his gun on them.
((SGT. HANK EPPERLY/CHRISTIANSBURG POLICE: HE EXITED THE REAR DOOR AND FIRED
TWICE AT OUR OFFICERS WITH A SHOTGUN. THE OFFICERS RETURNED FIRE. HE WENT
BACK INTO THE HOUSE FOR APPROXIMATELY FIVE MINUTES AND THEN CAME BACK OUT AGAIN
Police say that's when the teenager threw her father's gun out the front
door, and they arrested him.
((PEGGY RIDGEWAY/NEIGHBOR: WELL I WAS AWAKENED BY A GUNSHOT AND THEN I CAME TO
MY FRONT WINDOWS AND POLICE WERE RUNNING AROUND EVERYWHERE AND THEY HAD GUNS.
AND THEN A LADY CAME OUT AND DROPPED HER GUN AND I THINK THAT MUST'VE BEEN THE
END OF IT BECAUSE THAT'S WHEN THEY STARTED BRINGING PEOPLE OUT. ))
The two younger children in the house at the time were not hurt.
Angie Knowles died during surgery at Montgomery Regional Hospital.
A fund has been set up for all four of her children at First National Bank
Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
Four people were injured this afternoon in an accident involving a van and a
Blacksburg Rescue Squad ambulance.
The ambulance was responding with lights and sirens to an emergency call
when it collided with the van at the intersection of Prices Fork and Toms Creek
Squad captain James Sowder and his three passengers were treated for minor
The driver of the van, 20- year- old Carlos Diaz of Blacksburg sustained
head and face injuries.
Police have not yet determined who was at fault. Damages to the ambulance
are estimated at 35- thousand dollars.
A hostage drill at Memorial Hospital in Martinsville has resulted in four
E-R nurses seeking damages for their emotional suffering.
Five masked gunmen entered the hospital January 26th-- but the nurses and
other employees were not told the incident was a drill.
An attorney for three of the nurses asked for a criminal investigation.
But both the Commonwealth's Attorney and the Police department say there was
no criminal intent.
The nurses' attorney says that doesn't matter.
IN Q=WEll, I don't think
OUT Q=lives in jeopardy
Meanwhile, Shortt says the nurses are undergoing psychiatric evaluation.
If the hospital does not settle, Shortt says they'll file a civil suit.
Hospital officials wouldn't comment-- saying they did not know about the
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--more on a sewer program which may impact half
of all homeowners in Lynchburg.
And the tale of the black vulture--they enjoy protected status, but have
become a menace for some farmers. We'll have the story.
wx ad lib
MUSIC UP FULL
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
Starting this fall, Lynchburg begins to aggressively tackle its sewer
contamination problems... and the city is looking to the public for help.
Double Boxes=Keith and Steve/Microwave
Steve Smallshaw is in our Lynchburg newsroom...Steve, how does the city hope
to get residents excited about sewers?
A couple of different ways Keith.. by appealing first to their wallets, and
secondly to their desire to help clean up the environment.
IN Q=It's not a
SUPER=01-Bob Blair/Blair Communications; :10
OUT Q=solving this problem.
(( It's not an exciting or even a pleasant topic to discuss, but when it comes
to revamping Lynchburg's sewer system, nearly every resident needs to listen
IN Q=We've got a
((BOB BLAIR/BLAIR COMMUNICATIONS: WE'VE GOT A LOT OF EXPLAINING TO DO AS TO WHY
WE'VE GOT A PROBLEM AND HOW WE'RE GOING TO SOLVE IT.))
OUT Q=to solve it.
natsot kiosk 5:59:05
((CSO CONTROL WORK WILL KEEP RAW SEWAGE FROM ENTERING AREA STREAMS AND THE
Video kiosks in City Hall are just one approach to getting the word out
about combined sewer overflow.
Basically, the city needs to block rainwater from entering its sewer system
and flooding area streams with contaminated water.
To solve the problem, Lynchburg needs to persuade thousands of homeowners to
disconnect their rain gutter downspouts.
They'll be paid 150 bucks a connection...but it's the appeal of cleaning up
local waterways where officials really hope to strike a chord.
IN Q=I think there's
((BLAIR: I THINK THERE'S A GREAT LOVE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND FOR BEING GOOD
STEWARDS AND THIS IS CERTAINLY PART OF IT, AND UNFORTUNATELY IT COSTS A LOT OF
MONEY AND IS GOING TO TAKE A LOT OF TIME, BUT PEOPLE SEEM TO BE READY TO ROLL
UP THEIR SLEEVES AND GO TO WORK SOLVING THIS PROBLEM.))
OUT Q=solving this problem.))
It's important to remember that the rainleader disconnection program won't
start until next fall.
Double Boxes=Keith and Steve/Microwave
So the city is asking residents to hold off on the questions and phone calls
to City Hall until that program gets underway. Keith?
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal
The enforcement record of the State Department of Environmental Quality has
come under fire... this time by the department's own employees.
A survey by an environmental group finds many employees believe D-E-Q is
bending to political pressure and failing to enforce state laws.
David Sligh is a former D-E-Q employee who resigned in February 1995.
He is the state director of the group that conducted the survey, Public
Employees for Environmental Responsibility.
IN Q=I think the most significant
((I THINK THE MOST SIGNIFICANT THING IS THAT IT SHOWS THAT EMPLOYEES AT D.E.Q
ARE NOT BEING ALLOWED TO DO THE JOB THAT THEY WERE HIRED FOR, THAT THE MISSION
THAT MOST OF THOSE EMPLOYEES BELIEVE IN AND THAT APPARENTLY THE CITIZENS OF
VIRGINIA BELIEVE IN IS NOT BEING UPHELD.))
SUPER=01-David Sligh/Former D.E.Q. Employee;
OUT Q=is not being upheld.
Twenty one percent of the department's employees responded to the survey.
Secretary of Natural Resources, Becky Norton Dunlap, dismisses the poll as
the work of a small but vocal group of disgruntled employees.
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal
Virginia farmers are at war with the black vulture.
And on their behalf, the state agriculture department is pushing to remove
the species from federal protection nationwide.
Ellen Qualls reports on a new state effort.
IN Q=The state began
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Frank Fulghum/Va. Dept. of Agriculture; :11
SUPER=03-Hanover Co.; :19
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( The state began counting black vultures in January.
The goldmine is near the Radford Arsenal.
An estimated three thousand birds have made it the largest black vulture
roost on the East Coast.
((FRANK FULGHUM/VA. DEPT. OF AGRICULTURE: MOST OF THE ONES THAT GOT THE
PERMITS TO GO OUT AND KILL WERE FROM THAT GENERAL AREA DOWN THERE, BECAUSE THEY
HAD HAD THE GREATEST LOSSES.))
Losses in terms of calves -- killed in the last three years.
((FRANK FULGHUM/VA. DEPT. OF AGRICULTURE: IT MAY JUST BE THAT THERE'S NOT AS
MUCH AS DEAD FOOD OUT THERE FOR THEM. AND SO THE POPULATION IS UP AND THEY'VE
LEARNED THEY CAN GO AND GET THESE OTHER EASY SOURCES OF MEAT. MAYBE ONCE
THEY'VE DONE THAT, THEY DECIDE THEY LIKE IT.))
So Virginia is asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to intervene.
To lift the Migratory Birds Act protection from the black vulture.
That would mean farmers would NO longer need kill permits, and there would
be NO limit on the number one could kill.
((FRANK FULGHUM/VA. DEPT. OF AGRICULTURE: THE FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE IS
AWARE THAT WE ARE HAVING PROBLEMS. THERE HAS BEEN SOME POLITICAL PRESSURE
BROUGHT TO BEAR TO SPEED UP THE PROCESS.))
But federal officials are openly skeptical.
A spokesman says that modern cattle farmers are partly to blame -- leaving
their herds unsupervised while they go off to other jobs, and grazing their
cattle in open fields, so birthing cows are easier targets to predators in the
((FRANK FULGHUM/VA. DEPT. OF AGRICULTURE: WE HAVEN'T HAD ANY REPORTS OF ANY
HUMANS BEING ATTACKED. THE BLACK VULTURES ARE PRETTY AGRESSIVE THOUGH, AND
THEY DON'T SCARE EASILY.))
So for now, Virginia is counting its vultures as they hatch, trying to prove
killing some more is NO big deal.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
The stock market lost more ground today.
The Dow was down 14 points.
NASDAQ fell ten and a half points.
In Clifton Forge some officials say history may NOT be good for the
As Ron Jones reports they contend aging school buildings are slowing down
IN Q=Alleghany Highland residents
SUPER=03-Clifton Forge; :00
SUPER=03-Covington/File Tape; :09
SUPER=03-Bath Co./File Tape; :15
SUPER=01-Richard Magnifico/Clifton Forge City Manager; :38
SUPER=03-Low Moor/File Tape; :52
SUPER=01-Della Dale/Asst. Elementary School Principal; 1:08
OUT Q=Ron Jones, News Seven.
((Alleghany Highland residents are experiencing the growing pains of
Some say old public buildings are outdated and should be replaced.
City-Hall (Tape# 96-20)
Just recently Covington's 93-year-old City Hall was threatened... but later
saved at a public hearing.
Bath-Jail (Tape# 96-12)
The Bath County jail doors may be shut... state lawmakers say the facility
is NOT practical anymore.
CLIFTON FORGE SCHOOL STUFF
The latest growing pains are in Clifton Forge.
Some city officials say their schools are too old...in need of extensive
repair... and do not meet the needs of children.
They also admit they don't have enough money to build new schools.
So they are asking a local foundation to help them out.
((RICHARD MAGNIFICO/CLIFTON FORGE CITY MANAGER: IS TO REQUEST OF THE ALLEGHANY
FOUNDATION CONSIDERATION FOR THE FUNDING OF AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN CLIFTON
FORGE AND AN AREA MIDDLE SCHOOL WITH THE FOCUS BEING PLACED ON TECHNOLOGY AND
TAPE# (Video of Alleghany Regional Hospital)
The Alleghany Foundation recently received 35-million dollars from the
recent sale of the Alleghany Regional Hospital.
City leaders hope the money will help pay for new schools... but some
educators aren't so sure--they don't want to lose a link to the past.
((DELLA DALE/ASST. ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PRINCIPAL: I WOULD NOT LIKE TO SEE THE
BUILDING TORN DOWN BECAUSE IT WAS THE OLD BLACK HIGH SCHOOL BEFORE INTEGRATION.
IT MEANS A LOT TO THE PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY.. ESPECIALLY IN THIS BLOCK.))
City officials say the schools would cost about 6 to 10 million dollars to
SHOT OF KIDS PLAYING BASKETBALL
And even though the ball is in the Foundation's court... city officials
won't know the score until the end of the year.
Ron Jones, News Seven.))
A Ferrum College football standout has been THROWN out of school.
Running back Lonnie David Anthony was arrested three times over the
weekend-- with charges ranging from battery to trespassing.
Ferrum officials wouldn't talk specifically about the incidents, but did
confirm Anthony is no longer a student at the college.
The 23- year- old junior led the Panthers in rushing the past two seasons.
A trial date has been set for April twenty- fourth.
Coming up tonight in sports John Thompson take a gamble that doesn't pay off.
The often drab NCAA newsconferences are full of excitement today.
And Roy Stanley checks in from Charlottesville where the Virginia women's
team is tuning up for Saturday's East regional semi-final matchup with ODU.
The Georgetown Hoyas are in Atlanta preparing for the east regional
semi-final matchup with Texas Tech.
But their preparations were disrupted today when news surfaced that head
coach John Thompson was in the process of becoming a part owner of a Las Vegas
Casino that operates slot machines at the Vegas airport.
He has since withdrawn his application for a gaming license at the urging of
the NCAA and Georgetown's president.
IN Q="Any man...
((JOHN THOMPSON/GEORGETOWN HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-John Thompson/Georgetown Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...WE'RE IN."
If you think John Thompson's comments were a surprise well, they were nothing
compared to what happened on that podium later in Atlanta.
As the U-Mass Minutemen were making their way to the table,
watch Carmello Travieso coming in behind Marcus Camby fall down behind the
podium and drop under the curtain backdrop.
It could turn out to be a costly fall.
IN Q="They don't have...
((JOHN CALIPARI/MASSACHUSETTS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-John Calipari/Massachusetts Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...right now."
SUPER=03-Minneapolis, MN; :00
But the best line of the day was delivered by Wake head coach Dave Odom, who
jokingly questioned the treatment of southerners up in Minneapolis.
IN Q="We'll start right here...
((DAVE ODOM/WAKE FOREST HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Dave Odom/Wake Forest Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...THE DIFFERENCE."
GRAPHIC=WOMEN'S FINAL FOUR
The Lady Cavaliers of Virginia continue their quest for a national
championship this weekend in Charlottesville as the play host to the East
regional semi-finals and finals at University Hall.
The Cavaliers have traveled this road before, and Roy Stanley says their
biggest obstacle is just making it through this weekend.
IN Q="The lady...
SUPER=01-Wendy Palmer/UVa Center; :22
SUPER=01-Jenny Boucek/UVa Guard; :36
SUPER=01-Debbie Ryan/UVa Head Coach; 1:01
OUT Q=.......7 sports."
((The Lady Cavaliers are looking at the Sweet 16 as a time to get out and have
Virginia has dominated two previous post season games at University hall.
But for Senior point guard jenny Boucek and Center Wendy Palmer the fun
could end on their home floor when they open the East Regionals this
((WENDY PALMER/UVA CENTER: ))
((JENNY BOUCEK/UVA GUARD: ))
((Hitting the boards and playing the tough defense has been a strong point of
Virginia's game this season.
The old saying that defense wins games is the main focus as the Lady Cavs
prepare for state rival Old Dominion.))
((DEBBIE RYAN/UVA HEAD COACH: ))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
Some great news for college football fans in the state of West Virginia
tonight as Marshall and WVU have agreed to meet on the football field for the
first time since 1923.
The renewal of the rivalry will take place in the opening game of the 1997
West Virginia will pay the Thundering Herd 150 thousand dollars to come to
Morgantown and give up 73 hundred tickets.
The game will be Marshall's first as a division one member.