Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
The testimony of a witness to a drug deal shot in the head but he lives to
And a parimutuel horse track in northern Virginia is scratched from
competition, leaving an open lane for the one in New Kent County... a first in
the Old Dominion.
Tonight in sports, Marcus Camby and a Philly teenager enter the NBA draft.
Roy Stanley gets in the swim of things with the UVa olympian.
And I'll have an injury update on Winston Cup star Bill Elliott who has been
in surgery this afternoon.
Keep an eye on the sky as showers and thunderstorms head into the region.
Looks like we will be in the clear Tuesday afternoon.
The lone survivor of a drug deal that left two people dead in Pittsylvania
County stood in the same room with his alleged attacker today.
Teresa Hamilton has the story.
IN Q=27- year old
SUPER=01-Knova Day/Prosecution Witness; :23
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./Feb. 20; :33
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7, Chatham.
(( 27- year old Knova Day had a difficult time speaking as he described the
February attack that left him seriously injured.
His jaw, which is still healing, was broken.
His memory, however, appeared to be intact.
He says his friends agreed to meet Mark Anthony Carter in a vacant parking
in the Sandy River Community of Pittsylvania County to sell an eight-ball of
IN Q=When I
((KNOVA DAY/PROSECUTION WITNESS:WHEN I HEARD THE FIRST SHOT, HE HAD SHOT
DARRELL, YOU KNOW, I DON'T KNOW IF HE SHOT ME OR SHERRELL NEXT. ))
OUT Q=Sherrell next.
Day says he was sitting in the back seat with Carter when the shots were
He says within seconds, Carter pulled a knife and stabbed him 14- times in
But the attack didn't end.
According to testimony, when Day got out of the car, the shots continued.
He was struck once in the shoulder-- but continued to run.
IN Q=I was
((I WAS RUNNING TOWARD THE BUSHES AND ACROSS THE ROAD AND I RAN AS FAR AS I
COULD AND I COLLAPSED. MY LEGS GAVE OUT ON ME, I WAS LAYING THERE. A FEW
SECONDS LATER I WAS SHOT IN THE HEAD.))
OUT Q=shot in the head.
Day was discovered sometime later by a passerby on his way to work.
Day's friends, Sherrell Hairston and Darrell Womack, did not survive the
An investigator discovered their bodies in the car.
Knova Day was the only witness to testify in court. The defense opted not to
call any witnesses. The case has been forwarded to a grand jury which will meet
in June. Teresa Hamilton, News 7, Chatham.))
The three- year- old grandson of Roanoke delegate Vic Thomas drowned
yesterday afternoon at Thomas' Smith Mountain Lake home.
Authorities say Cole Patrick Thomas
was watching television when he apparently left the house and went into the
IN Q=When the mother
((INVEST. RICKY GARDNER/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: WHEN THE MOTHER WENT TO
CHECK ON HER SON, HE WAS NOT ON THE SOFA AND A SEARCH ENSUED. THAT'S WHEN THE
FATHER FOUND HIM IN THE WATER.))
SUPER=01-Invest. Ricky Gardner/Bedford Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :00
OUT Q=in the water.
Gardner says the child was found in shallow water near the shore.
Both parents and a nearby doctor attempted to revive the boy, but he died a
short while later at Bedford Memorial Hospital.
Vic Thomas was not home when the accident occurred.
No charges have been filed.
Roanoke Mayor David Bowers won't have the support of one group that helped
elect him four years ago.
Today, the Roanoke Fire Fighters Association announced its endorsements for
next week's city council elections.
And members of the group say they've decided not to endorse Bowers, or his
challenger Republican Pat Green.
IN Q=We interviewed
((RICHARD SARVER/ROANOKE FIREFIGHTERS ASSOCIATION: WE INTERVIEWED BOTH
CANDIDATES FOR MAYOR. WE WERE IMPRESSED WITH THEIR RESPONSES, BUT OUR
MEMBERSHIP ELECTED TO MAKE NO ENDORSEMENT FOR MAYOR. AND WE'D LIKE TO JUST
LEAVE IT LIKE THAT.))
SUPER=01-Richard Sarver/Roanoke Firefighters Association;
OUT Q=leave it like that.
Bowers acknowledged the firefighters' displeasure with his vote on a recent
pay issue, but says he hopes to have the firefighters' support again in the
In the election, one week from tomorrow, the association will be throwing
its support behind Nelson Harris, Alvin Nash, Jim Trout and Linda Wyatt.
GRAPHIC=Lynchburg City Seal
Three Lynchburg city council candidates have picked up the endorsement of a
local political action committee.
The Lynchburg Education Association PAC has endorsed independent candidates
Pete Warren, Carl Hutcherson and Jim Curling.
This marks the first time the committee has endorsed city council
IN Q=1996 is different
((CAROL WRIGHT/L.E.A. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE: 1996 IS DIFFERENT FOR ONE
REASON. THE EDUCATION ISSUE HAS DOMINATED THE CITY COUNCIL'S AGENDA ALL YEAR
AND HAS ENERGIZED EDUCATORS, PARENTS, AND CITIZENS TO ASSERT THEIR SUPPORT FOR
FULL FUNDING OF OUR SCHOOLS.))
((CARL HUTCHERSON/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL CANDIDATE: THIS ENDORSEMENT HIGHLIGHTS WHAT
I'VE BEEN SAYING THROUGHOUT THIS CAMPAIGN, THAT EDUCATORS AND PARENTS WANT CITY
COUNCIL TO REALLY FULLY FUND EDUCATION. THEY'RE TIRED AT THE ATTEMPTS TO PLAY
POLITICS AT THE EXPENSE OF OUR SCHOOLS.))
SUPER=01-Carol Wright/L.E.A. Political Action Committee; :00
SUPER=01-Carl Hutcherson/Lynchburg Council Candidate; :17
OUT Q=of our schools.
The political action committee says it has not been asked to make financial
contributions to any campaign.
A fire that heavily damaged a Lynchburg business last night apparently was
the work of an arsonist.
The blaze at Alco Vinyl Siding and Windows was reported just before one a-m.
Authorities say someone set fire to the back porch of the business, and the
flames quickly spread to the rest of the structure.
Fire marshals are looking into witness reports that two people were seen
running from the building shortly before the fire was reported.
The owners say the building is a total loss, but they'll rebuild on the same
site within the next few months.
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Fire officials say hot ashes started a brush fire in Franklin County.
Curtis Dove noticed smoke coming from the woods near his mother-in-law's
house around 1-30 this afternoon.
Fire officials say the wind made battling the blaze difficult and extra
precautions were taken to protect near-by homes.
IN Q=we stopped it
((ROGER WOODS/FERRUM FIRE DEPT.: WE STOPPED IT AT THE EDGE OF THE WOODS AND WE
HAVE IT WETTED DOWN. WE HAVE IT CONTAINED AT THIS TIME.))
SUPER=Roger Woods/Ferrum Fire Dept.;
OUT Q=AT THIS TIME
A bulldozer was brought in to clear a fire line.
Fire fighters from Ferrum, Rocky Mount and the forestry service got a jump
on the blaze and contained it to about five acres.
A Christiansburg police officer is on routine administrative leave following
a shooting Saturday at the Old Farm Village apartment complex.
Officers responded to a 9-1-1 call from a woman who said she was considering
Police report the officers heard a gunshot when they arrived, then Stella
Arcaro walked out pointing a rifle at an officer.
The officer shot Arcaro in the leg.
State police confirm Officer Alicia Smith was the only officer on the scene
to discharge a weapon.
The investigation is continuing.
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Still to come on News 7 at Six--
the latest on the investigation into the collapse of two apartment balconies in
and a big day on the campus of one local college, where an expansion is in
the works. We'll have the story.
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A Montgomery County man pled guilty this morning to defiling his dead wife's
body, but he says that doesn't make him guilty of capital murder.
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./August, 1995;
Scotty Overby doesn't deny strangling his estranged wife, Sheila Ann
And he admits he wrote racial slurs on her body, mutilated her with a knife,
and sexually assaulted her with objects such as jewelry and the handle of a
But Overby's lawyers will argue because those events happened AFTER rather
than DURING the murder, it's not a capital offense warranting the death
They will ask the jury to consider the lesser charges of first degree murder
Overby already faces up to five years in prison for the defiling conviction.
Jury selection in his murder trial will continue tomorrow.
Virginia Military Institute officials say there are still unanswered
questions concerning the shooting death of a young boy on post.
This weekend 10-year-old John Pickral was accidentally shot by a V-M-I
shooting coach while on the rifle range. The boy was struck in the chest by a
bullet from a 380 Caliber pistol.
The coach, Jim Thorpe, was also shot in the hand during the incident.
V-M-I officials say the pistol involved was Thorpe's personal handgun and
was not supposed to be on the range.
According to V-M-I officials it is against policy to allow anything but a 22
or 38 caliber firearm on the range.
IN Q=There will be an
((COL. MIKE STRICKLER/VMI SPOKESMAN: THERE WILL BE AN... IN THE NEXT FEW
SUPER=01-Col. Mike Strickler/VMI Spokesman;
OUT Q=the next few days.
Thorpe has been released from the hospital.
V-M-I officials say the investigation should be complete within the next two
Henry County authorities say a shooting last night that seriously wounded a
13- year old boy appears to have been an accident.
Authorities say Jose Rodriguez was playing in the parking lot of the Mexican
Grocery Store in Collinsville when he was shot in the stomach.
Sheriff's officials say the boy's cousin was sitting in a nearby car when
his gun went off.
Rodriguez is from Kernersville, North Carolina.
No criminal charges have been filed.
Two balconies which collapsed at Terrace View apartments in Blacksburg
Saturday WERE built according to code.
That's the determination of the building inspector, following a review of
the decks' structure and connection details.
Sixteen people were injured when the third- floor and second- floor
balconies collapsed like dominoes.
The rental policy state no more than 10 people should be on the balconies at
They were holding about 40 college students when they fell.
Three Campbell County teenagers have been arrested in connection with a
string of vandalism in the Timberlake area of the county last week.
Two 15- year- olds and a 17- year- old face a total of 39 charges of
destruction of property and petty theft.
The teens allegedly vandalized dozens of newspaper boxes and cars, and
spray- painted hate slogans on several driveways.
Police say information from the community helped them make the arrests.
Authorities also expect to arrest two other teenagers for a separate
vandalism spree in the Concord area of the county.
On Wall Street today the Dow gained five and a half points, to close at 55
NASDAQ was up one point.
Faculty, students, parents and business leaders dug into their pockets to
show their support for Ferrum College.
Today the college broke ground on the second phase of renovations to the
Life Sciences building.
College President Jerry Boone says this project shows the college and
business communities believe in the future of Ferrum College.
The groundbreaking is good news for school AND Boone.
Just last month some faculty members were questioning the school's direction
IN Q=there's no question
((JERRY BOONE/FERRUM COLLEGE PRESIDENT: THERE'S NO QUESTION ABOUT IT. WE JUST
COMPLETED A 1.1 MILLION DOLLAR RENOVATION TO GARBER HALL THREE YEARS AGO AND
NOW ADDING 700-THOUSAND DOLLARS TO THE BUILDING. WE'RE CONFIDENT IN OUR FUTURE
THERE'S NO QUESTION ABOUT IT.))
SUPER=01-Jerry Boone/Ferrum College President;
OUT Q=question about it
Faculty members contributed 35-thousand dollars to the building fund.
The expansion to Garber Hall will create much needed classroom and lab
Seven and a half years after Virginia voters said yes to parimutuel horse
racing, the path has been cleared for the state's first track.
The Virginia Jockey Club announced today it is giving up its plan for a
northern Virginia track.
That opens the gate for the Ohio- based developer of Colonial Downs to
Colonial Downs is between Richmond and Williamsburg.
Jockey Club officials say they got a fair hearing from the Virginia Court of
Appeals last month -- and lost.
They say pursuing their legal battle over how the license to bring this kind
of horse racing to Virginia was handed out would NO LONGER help the state's
Coming up tonight in sports, injury updates on Bill Elliott and Ricky Craven,
plus Camby turns pro, and Monica Seles goes to court.
And Roy Stanley gets in the pool with UVa olympic swimmer Peter Wright.
Let's begin tonight with an injury update on Winston Cup racing's most
popular driver, Bill Elliott, who took a wild ride in the McDonald's Ford
yesterday at Talladega.
SUPER=03-Talladega, AL/ESPN; :00
At this hour, Elliott is still in surgery in Birmingham at the Healthsouth
He has broken left femur, the large bone in his upper leg, and the break is
very high near the hip and pelvis area.
His physician is Dr. James Andrews, the same man who preformed Bo Jackson's
hip replacement surgery.
The McDonald's race team is holding a newsconference tonight at 7 at the
hospital to discuss the surgery and Elliott's future.
If the break is as serious as the one's Kyle Petty and Darrell Waltrip
suffered he could be out for the rest of the year, but let's wait and see later
Ricky Craven's ride was wilder, but his condition is much better than
Elliott's is tonight.
Craven, was involved in this multi-car crash yesterday's Winston Select 500.
Last last night he was moved from the intensive care unit to a normal room
at the Carraway County medical center.
A hospital spokeswoman told me this afternoon Craven is scheduled to undergo
one more test today, and that there is a good chance he will be released LATE
tonight, with nothing more than bumps, bruises and a few scratches.
Although there's little doubt his car is a total loss.
The biggest thorn in Virginia Tech's side this past season in the Atlantic 10
is moving on to the NBA.
SUPER=03-Amherst, MA/This Afternoon;
Marcus Camby, the Atlantic 10 player of the year announced this afternoon
that he is giving up his final year of college eligibility to try his hand at
The 6-11 center will likely be one of the top three picks in the June draft.
He averaged 21 points and eight rebounds this past season for the Minutemen.
If Camby's move is bold, this next move is outrageous.
Philadelphia high school basketball star Kobe Bryant says he's skipping
college and will go straight
to the NBA.
Five other people have made the jump from high school to the big time,
including former Petersburg star Moses Malone.
The Olympic torch is already on its way to Atlanta, and in just a few weeks
the Summer games will be underway.
The University of Virginia will be well represented in the games with no
less than 13 current or former Cavaliers participating as players, coaches or
Roy Stanley has the story of Virginia swimmer Peter Wright, who has managed
to overcome a number of obstacles to earn a spot on the U-S Olympic Team.
IN Q="Most athletes...
SUPER=01-Peter Wright/US Olympic Swimmer; :13
SUPER=01-Mark Bernardino/UVa Swim Coach; :53
OUT Q=......news 7 sports."
((Most athletes dream about competing in the olympics at an early age and
Wright started his dream in 1984 after watching the olympics on T-V at the age
(PETER WRIGHT/OLYMPIC SWIMMER: ))
((Wright's dream came true last month in Indianapolis, Indiana when he finished
second in the 15-hundred meter freestyle competition.))
(NAT SOT: ))
((Mono and a broken arm all but wiped out Wright's senior season at U-V-A.
But instead of giving up he took a year off from school and started training
for the Olympic Trials.
Wright swims six miles in the morning grinding it out in the pool and six
more miles in the afternoon working on his speed.))
((MARK BERNARDINO/UVA SWIMMING COACH: ))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
Monica Seles is still in the middle of her tennis comeback, but today she
fired a wicked overhand volley at the organizers of the Citizen's Cup in
SUPER=03-Hamburg, Germany/April 30, 1993; :00
Just one day before the three year statute of limitations was to expire Seles
filed a 16 million dollar claim against organizers of the Hamburg event where
she was stabbed at court side on April 30th, 1993.
She did not play tennis again until last summer and the suit seeks damages
from her lost earnings over that period.
The Lynchburg Hillcats return home to City Stadium tonight to begin a four
game home stand with the Winston-Salem Wart Hogs.
The Hillcats are tied with Frederick for first in the Northern division.
We'll have some highlights of tonight's game at 11.
Only eight teams remain in the running for the Stanley Cup, and for the
first time since 1974, not one Canadian team will be represented in the second
round of the NHL playoffs.
The last two Canadian teams were eliminated this Sunday when the New York
Rangers defeated the Montreal Canadiens 5-3 and
The Winnipeg Jets were ousted by Detroit thanks in large part to Slava
Kozlov's two goal effort.
The Jet's 4-1 loss was their last game in Winnipeg before moving to Phoenix
And the Riley Cup finals in the ECHL are zeroing in on game two tomorrow
night in Charlotte as the Checkers host Jacksonville. Charlotte won game one