Coming up on News 7 at SIX,
the latest development in the Christy Brzonkala case.
A grand jury decides
whether to indict two Virginia Tech football players Brzonkala claims raped
and Salem police have more information tonight about an apparent
murder-suicide at Lewis Gale Hospital. They say an elderly man who killed
his wife and himself believed he was acting out of love.
In sports, Roy Stanley was in Charlottesville today and will have a report
on UVa spring football, Nick van Exel has a little less money and a lot more
The Colorado Rockies have sent their second baseman; Eric Young TO the
Avalanche where he is expected to play tonight.
After a bout of cold and blustery weather, the forecast brings outdoor
conditions that will a vast improvement over today. Stay tuned for all the
Christy Brzonkala's allegations that two Virginia Tech football players
raped her will not stand up in criminal court.
A Montgomery County grand jury has found insufficient probable cause to
charge Tony Morrison and James Crawford.
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Tracy Altizer joins us from our New River Valley newsroom with reaction.
Jean, attorneys on all sides say they're pleased with the investigation, and
that now that it's over they can refocus on Brzonkala's eight million dollar
civil suit in federal court.
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SUPER=01-Joseph Painter/Crawford's Lawyer; :40
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(( Christy Brzonkala has said in hindsight, she would have reported her
alleged rape immediately, while there was evidence to collect.
Her lawyer says she didn't expect the grand jury to indict the players
without that evidence.
((EILEEN WAGNER/BRZONKALA'S LAWYER: HAVING SAID THAT, STILL, WE WANT EVERYONE
TO UNDERSTAND THAT THIS WAS A VERY SERIOUS INVESTIGATION AND THAT THE RESULTS
OF IT WERE TOO CLOSE FOR THE COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY, BY HIMSELF TO CALL.))
Attorneys for Tony Morrison and James Crawford question how Brzonkala can
expect to win a civil suit if a grand jury can't find enough evidence to indict
Crawford's lawyer doubts the case would be pursued if black athletes weren't
((JOSEPH PAINTER/CRAWFORD'S LAWYER: I'M GLAD THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE
ASKED FOR IT BECAUSE WE GOT A REALLY THOROUGH INVESTIGATION. BUT YOU'VE GOT TO
LOOK AT THE MOTIVATIONS THERE.
QUESTION: AND YOU THINK THE MOTIVATIONS ARE?
ANSWER: RACE AND MONEY. ))
None of the parties believe the grand jury outcome will have any bearing on
the civil case.
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QUESTION: Tracy, where do things stand with that federal case?
Radford University is sweating out the midnight deadline for Governor George
Allen to act on bills passed by the 1996 General Assembly.
The University's been told that Allen's considering cutting the 7-and-half
million dollars allotted to build the new Waldron School of Nursing facility.
Fellow Republican lawmakers, Tommy Baker and Bo Trumbo have gone on a P-R
blitz to keep the building in the budget.
Radford's proposed College of Global Studies fell to the Governor's budget
ax last year.
IN THE FLURRY of bill signings, the Governor DID approve a bill that helps
compensate Ed Honaker (HAHN-uh-kuhr).
Honaker's the Roanoke man who served ten years in prison before DNA evidence
cleared him of a rape charge.
The bill sponsored by Roanoke Delegate Chip Woodrum pays Honaker 275-
thousand dollars in cash and annuities -- with an eventual value of 350-
Detectives say a murder suicide inside Lewis Gale Hospital yesterday was
caused by a man who could not bear to see his wife suffer anymore.
Salem police held a news conference late this afternoon explaining that
Frank Neutze had no criminal intent when he shot his wife and then himself.
Double Boxes=Jean and Len/Microwave
Len Besthoff attended the briefing.
Len, do Salem police believe this was a clear cut case?
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(Rollcue:and then his own)
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SUPER=01-Jeff Dudley/Salem Deputy Police Chief;:00
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(Q&A:Len where there any signs noticed by family and friends in the past few
weeks that might have indicated something like this could happen?)
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--a court appearance for a state lawmaker
accused of indecent exposure.
And new life for an area college just weeks away from shutting down.
We'll tell you about the plan to keep Southern Virginia College open.
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Southern Virginia College will NOT close its doors at the end of the school
Today, the board of trustees approved a plan that'll bring in new leadership
and financial backing.
Joe Dashiell reports from Buena Vista.
IN Q=With graduation a few weeks away
SUPER=03-Buena Vista; :00
SUPER=01-Col. John Ripley/Southern Va. College President; :13
SUPER=01-Glade Knight/Richmond Businessman; :36
OUT Q=JD News 7
((With graduation a few weeks away, students, faculty and staff were writing
the final chapter of the school's 130- year history.
But during the last month, a group came forward and a deal came together.
IN Q=The college will remain open
((COL. JOHN RIPLEY/SOUTHERN VA. COLLEGE PRESIDENT: THE COLLEGE WILL REMAIN OPEN
AND WE HAVE INDEED ARRIVED AT A POINT WHERE WE WILL CONTINUE OPERATIONS AS
SOUTHERN VIRGINIA COLLEGE. IT IS A WONDERFUL FEELING AND WE FEEL TREMENDOUS
OUT Q=tremendous about it.
The educators and businessmen who will lead the school are members of the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints...
but they intend to establish a non sectarian, four- year, co-educational,
liberal arts college.
IN Q=Nothing that we're doing
((GLADE KNIGHT/RICHMOND BUSINESSMAN: NOTHING THAT WE'RE DOING IS AFFILIATED
WITH THE CHURCH. NOTHING THAT WE'RE DOING IS AFFILIATED WITH THE BRIGHAM YOUNG
UNIVERSITY, OTHER THAN THE GREAT, GREAT DESIRE THAT WE HAVE SINCE THERE ARE SO
MANY KIDS WHO CAN'T GET INTO A UNIVERSITY OF THEIR CHOICE. WE WANT TO GIVE
THEM AN ALTERNATIVE PLACE CLOSER TO HOME. ))
OUT Q=closer to home.
Many members of the school's faculty have already found other jobs and moved
There are no guarantees of employment for those who remain, but the school's
new leadership is encouraging current employees to apply for new positions.
School officials have their work cut out for them. The new board hopes to
double enrollment by the time classes resume on the hill next fall.
Joe Dashiell News 7.))
An indecent exposure charge against a Tidewater area lawmaker never saw the
light of day.
Suffolk Republican Robert Nelms pleaded immunity today in court because he's
a state lawmaker.
But Richmond prosecutors say they'll try again for an indictment next month.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
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SUPER=01-Del. Robert Nelms/(R) Suffolk; :17
SUPER=01-Claire Cardwell/Richmond Deputy Prosecutor; :51
SUPER=03-Richmond/February 21; 1:08
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( Suffolk Delegate Robert Nelms escaped conviction -- this time.
A Richmond judge dismissed his indecent exposure charge after his attorney
brought up the arcane immunity law that protects legislators and their aides
from arrest during the annual General Assembly session.
((DEL. ROBERT NELMS/R-SUFFOLK: I HAVE BEEN SUBJECTED TO A STATEWIDE LYNCHING,
AS YOU WELL KNOW. THE MEDIA HAS TALKED ABOUT ACCUSATIONS AND INNUENDO AS IF
THEY WERE FACT, KNOWING THAT THEY WERE NOT FACT. I HAD TO PAY A LAWYER PLENTY
OF MONEY I MIGHT SAY TO EARN THE RIGHTS THAT HAVE FREELY BEEN GIVEN TO OTHER
LEGISLATORS AND AIDES.))
By that, Nelms means Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer's driver, who was pulled
but NOT given a speeding ticket during the session.
Richmond officials say they'll try again with Nelms.
((CLAIRE CARDWELL/RICHMOND DEPUTY PROSECUTOR: IT WAS PROBABLY PROPER TO
DISMISS IT. ON BEHALF OF THE COMMONWEALTH, WE REALLY DON'T THINK THE STATUTE
WAS MEANT TO DO THIS, BUT THAT'S WHAT'S OCCURRED. THE KEY IS THAT IT'S
IMMUNITY FROM ARREST AND NOT FROM PROSECUTION. AND SO WE CAN BRING THE CHARGE
AGAIN. AND I INTEND TO DO THAT IN THE CIRCUIT COURT, TO PRESENT IT TO THE
When confronted by News 7 back in February, Nelms said the charge was a
He later told reporters he was urinating in public.
((DEL. ROBERT NELMS/R-SUFFOLK: NOW WE'RE GONNA FIND OUT IF THE LAW IS THE LAW,
OR IF POLITICS IS POLITICS. AND THAT'S ALL I HAVE TO SAY. Did you expose
yourself in the park? JIM ROBERTS/NELMS ATTORNEY: HE HAS NO COMMENT TO
The only other possible answer to that question may come from an undercover
Richmond police officer -- who was in court this time, but NOT allowed to
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
The federal criminal probe into Philip Morris has finally reached Richmond--
The home of the company's research center and a one point six million
square-foot cigarette factory.
FBI agents served three subpoenas last night to former Philip Morris
researchers and their families.
The agents were acting on a tip from one researcher's ex-fiancee.
The New York Times reports the ex-fiancee gave agents over 10-thousand pages
of documents from a 30-year span of Philip Morris history.
Among the finds, according to the paper: A note from 1965 that reads
"determine minimum nicotine drop to keep normal smokers hooked."
Philip Morris notified employees last week to expect subpoenas and to
cooperate with federal agents.
Concern over rising inflation is said to have caused the sharp drop on Wall
The Dow lost 74 and a half points.
NASDAQ dropped four points.
Like many other American cities, Lynchburg is seeing a dramatic rise in
That's left its juvenile detention home bursting at the seams.
But as Steve Smallshaw reports, relief is on the way.
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SUPER=01-Cmdr. Earl Burnette/Lynchburg Police; :00
SUPER=01-Danny McCain/Lynchburg Detention Home; :25
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
IN Q=You see an
((CMDR. EARL BURNETTE/LYNCHBURG POLICE: YOU SEE AN INCREASE BOTH OF KIDS
COMMITTING CRIMES AT A YOUNGER AGE, AND ALSO JUST MORE OF THEM COMMITTING
OUT Q=committing crimes.
Once they're caught, young offenders from across central Virginia end up
here, in Lynchburg's juvenile detention home.
For five years, the home's population has steadily increased to where it's
at 136 percent of capacity today... a risky situation for both the kids and the
IN Q=When it's
((DANNY MCCAIN/LYNCHBURG DETENTION HOME: WHEN IT'S OVERCROWDED, YOU HAVE TO PUT
TWO TO A ROOM AND REALLY IT'S A SERIOUS MATTER FOR THE KIDS, SOME HAVEN'T BEEN
USED TO LIVING WITH SOMEONE AND IN A CLOSE ENVIRONMENT LIKE THAT THEY CAN END
UP FIGHTING OR WHATEVER AND THEN IT'S NOT SAFE FOR THE STAFF.))
OUT Q=for the staff.
But ground will be broken this July for a five- million- dollar expansion of
the home that will nearly triple the amount of bedspace and leave room for even
more growth in the future.
It's space officials are certain they will need.
IN Q=I think we're
((MCCAIN: I THINK WE'RE GOING TO SEE A STEADY INCREASE IN THE YOUNG PEOPLE
GETTING IN TROUBLE AND THEN WITH THE NEW LAWS GOING INTO EFFECT JULY 1, WE NEED
THESE KIND OF FACILITIES TO TAKE CARE OF THEM.))
OUT Q=care of 'em.
IN Q=Those laws
((Those new laws include a measure that will now allow juveniles as young as
fourteen to be tried as adults for serious crimes.
Like the need for more detention space, lawmakers say the measures are just
a sign of the times we live in. Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg. ))
A Colorado Rockies major league ball player arrived in town tonight and is
expected to play for the Salem Avalanche this evening, the lakers Nick Van Exel
is suspended and fined,
and Roy Stanley was in Charlottesville today with UVA. His report on spring
football in sports.
The Avalanche playing game one of a double header with Wilmington right
now. Colorado Rockies second baseman Eric Young is expected to start game two
SUPER=04-Major League Baseball; :00
The 28 year old Young hit .317 in 120 games for the Rockies just last
season. He broke his right hand in the off season and has been reassigned to
((BILL MCGUIRE/AVALANCHE MANAGER:))
SUPER=01-Bill McGuire/Avalanche Manager; :00
OUT Q=...down from there"
The addition of Young marks the first rehabilitation assignment of a Colorado
Rockies player to Salem in the two year history of the two clubs agreement.
To the majors. The Boston/Minnesota game was snowed out today.
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No snow in the Motor City, but there was an avalanche of homers.
In the first, Seattle's Joey Cora introduces himself to the right field
second deck with this solo blast. 1-zip Mariners.
To the 6th. Cecil Fielder crushes this two run homer to left. Detroit wins
The NBA has slapped Nick Van Exel with a suspension and a heavy fine.
The league suspended him for 7 games and fined Van Exel 25 thousand dollars
for shoving a referee after receiving a second technical in the Laker/Nuggets
game last night in Denver.
Van Exel will miss the remainder of the regular season.
((MAGIC JOHNSON/LAKER FORWARD:))
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OUT Q=...in this"
Heavyweight boxing champion MIke Tyson has been named in a sexual battery
complaint in Chicago.
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According to Chicago police the incident happened at the Clique Nightclub on
South Michigan Avenue.
A 25 year old woman alleges that she was attacked by Tyson at the night
No charges have been place against Tyson but the incident is being
Tyson spent three years in jail on a rape conviction and remains on
The Virginia Cavaliers are nearing the end of spring football practice
with the spring game this weekend.
All A-C-C defensive back Ronde Barber will be sidelined for at least two
months. He was operated on today to repair ligament damage in his right
Barber is the only defensive back returning from last season and this
spring the secondary and offensive line have been major concerns.
Roy Stanley has more.
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SUPER=04-Atlanta, GA/1995 Peach Bowl; :
SUPER=01-George Welsh/UVa Head Coach; :18
SUPER=01-Tim Sherman/UVa Quarterback; :56
SUPER=01-Aaron Brooks/UVa Quarterback; 1:05
SUPER=01-Shannon Taylor/UVa Linebacker; 1:29
OUT Q=....news 7 sports."
It's been exactly one year since a rash of fires blackened thousands of
acres of national forest in Southwestern Virginia.
Tonight on News 7 at 11, we'll head back to Craig County and check in with
the U-S Forest service.
We'll find out if the forest will ever be the same.
Plus we'll have an update on the search for the arsonists.
on News 7 at 11.
Join us for that story plus all the latest news, weather, and sports tonight