Coming up NEWS 7 at SIX:
One of the UNsuccessful Republican city council candidates accuses the
G-O-P of elitism and bigotry.
And a Montgomery County man is caught up in a nationwide crackdown on child
Tonight in sports, the Commonwealth Games are looking for an Olympic effort
this year, there's more disturbing baseball news off the field for Hobson and
And Grindstone, the Kentucky Derby is put out to pasture, after bone chips
are found in the horse's right knee.
Good day for shorts & t-shirts. Carbon copy ahead tomorrow as readings
climb into the upper 80s.
A former Roanoke city council candidate has some harsh words for the
But Jeff Artis insists this isn't sour grapes following his defeat in
Len Besthoff reports.
IN Q=I'm not
SUPER=07-Jeff Artis; :00
SUPER=01-Ralph Smith/Roanoke Republican Chairman; 1:00
SUPER=07-Alvin Nash; 1:25
SUPER=@Len2; 1:39 quick
OUT Q=Besthoff News 7
IN Q=I'm not gonna be
OUT Q=anything to do with me.
From the tone of his comments you can probably tell that Jeff Artis is
leaving the Republican party.
A statement he issued says I cannot support a political party whose most
powerful faction has one set of standards for Whites and another set of
standards for Blacks.
I cannot support a local political party which has a party chairman who, in
my opinion, is nothing more than a homophobic and racist bigot.
OUT Q=African American community.
The party chairman says he's supported Artis ever since he first ran as a
IN Q=Now when I
OUT Q=I wasn't a racist.
Alvin Nash, another African American who lost on the Republican ticket,
disagrees with Artis.
IN Q=I don't think
OUT Q=lashing out.
Artis says he's not sure if he'll run for public office again, but if he
does, it will likely be as an independent.
Len Besthoff, News-7.
One of two students who accused Virginia Tech football player George DelRicco
of assaulting him has, himself, been found guilty of assault and battery.
Montgomery County District Judge Thomas Frith fined Jesse Phillips 250 dollars
for hitting DelRicco over the head with a beer bottle at a Blacksburg bar
called Top of the Stairs.
In a separate case, the judge is still hearing testimony that the feud may
have led to a fight outside the same bar three weeks later. Philips and his
roommate, Sean Elko, claim DelRicco, Tech quarterback Jim Druckenmiller and two
brothers, John and Chris Bishock, jumped them.
Philips and Elko both needed surgery for facial injuries.
A nationwide child- pornography investigation has led postal inspectors to
search 130 homes and businesses across the United States- -including the home
of an elderly man in Riner.
First they raided a San Diego company that was distributing tapes depicting
children as young as seven performing sexual acts.
They say it wasn't enough to simply shut down "Overseas Mail," as the
company was called.
The crackdown then shifted to those who buy the stuff.
IN Q=If the addressee
((IF THE ADDRESSEE ACCEPTED THE PARCEL, POSTAL INSPECTORS THEN SEARCHED HIS
RESIDENCE OR BUSINESS TO RECOVER THE TAPE THAT WAS ORDERED AND ANY OTHER
EVIDENCE RELATED TO THE DISTRIBUTION, POSSESSION OR RECEIPT OF CHILD
SUPER=01-Kenneth Hunter/Chief Postal Inspector
OUT Q=child pornography.
Postal Inspector Martin Davis says that's essentially what was done in the
The man has not been charged, Davis says... and may not be... because Davis
says the suspect is not considered a threat to the community- -because of his
age- -and might not be worth prosecuting.
A Danville teenager was killed this morning when the vehicle he was riding
in struck a fence and overturned.
State Police say 19- year old Mathew Lee Montgomery died at the scene.
Montgomery was a passenger in a 1993 Chevrolet Barretta driven by Eric Wayne
The accident happened around 8:20 on Route 863.
Organizers of Rising Expectations are hoping Awareness Day at Valley View
Mall puts to rest some of the stereotypes surrounding the disabled.
Organizations catering to the needs of the disabled were on hand to show the
services they offer.
The latest electronic equipment which may help make life a little easier was
also on display.
Organizers say this is a chance for the general public to learn more about
one segment of the American population.
IN Q=PEOPLE NEED TO
((CHRISTENE MONTGOMERY/RISING EXPECTATIONS AWARENESS DAY: PEOPLE NEED TO BE
MORE AWARE THAT PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES ARE REGULAR PEOPLE. I'M NOT ABLE TO
WALK, BUT MY BIGGEST DISABILITY IS PEOPLE NOT TREATING ME AS AN INDIVIDUAL.))
SUPER=01-Christene Montgomery/Rising Expectations Awareness Day; :00
OUT Q= nat sound
The day wasn't all business.
Dennis Helms provided a musical interlude.
Christine Montgomery says showcasing disabled entertainers broadens the
public view of the physically challenged.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--
The latest in the case of a state lawmaker accused of indecent exposure.
and a building bearing the name of a slain police officer is taking shape.
The officer's widow says it's a fitting tribute.
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Suffolk Republican lawmaker Robert Nelms pleaded NOT guilty to indecent
exposure today in a Richmond court. He was arrested in a city park in
Nelms turned himself in today and was fingerprinted.
A grand jury decided Monday to indict Nelms, even after a judge threw out
the initial charge on the grounds of legislative immunity.
Richmond police released vice crime statistics for city parks today, after
Nelms said he was the victim of a witch hunt.
IN Q=We have vice
((FRED RUSSELL/RICHMOND DEPUTY POLICE CHIEF: WE HAVE VICE OFFICERS ON A
REGULAR BASIS GOING THROUGH THESE PARTICULAR AREAS JUST TO KEEP A HANDLE ON
WHAT'S GOING ON. SO YOU KNOW THEY HIT THEM FAIRLY REGULARLY. IT'S NOT A TWO
MONTH SWEEP OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. THEY'RE IN THERE WEEKLY, SOMETIMES
SUPER=01-Fred Russell/Richmond Dep. Police Chief;
OUT Q=sometimes daily.
Nelms' attorney says he is researching legal precedent for reviving a charge
after it's thrown out on the grounds of immunity.
Nelms is scheduled to be tried by a jury next month.
In Blacksburg, police managed to avoid a shootout with a Virginia Tech
student who pointed a gun at them this morning.
Officers heard gunshots when they responded to reports of fireworks on a
walking trail between Janie Lane and University Village Trailer Park.
Police say they spoke to a man who rounded the corner as they approached a
home on Janie Lane.
20 year- old Jon Christopher Overton allegedly pointed a shotgun at the
officers, then ran when they told him to drop it.
Overton is charged with brandishing a firearm and discharging a firearm
within town limits.
GRAPHIC=State Police Investigation
A woman who was shot in the leg by a Christiansburg police officer last
month has been charged with reckless handling of a firearm.
Officers responded to 9-1-1 call from a woman threatening suicide at Old
Farm Village- One apartments.
Police say Stella Arcaro advanced on them with a gun, prompting Officer
Alicia Smith to shoot.
Montgomery County Commonwealth's Attorney Phil Keith reviewed the results of
a state police investigation and ruled that Smith acted properly.
Two boys who set off a homemade bomb at Floyd County High School have each
been convicted of a felony.
The students--ages 14 and 15-- detonated the device inside a boys locker
room toilet, which was destroyed.
No one was hurt, though other students were in the locker room at the time.
The school board expelled both boys for a full year.
The students may ask the board to reconsider the decision in July.
A judge will sentence them in June.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke County Seal
The painstaking process of collecting evidence at an accident or crime scene
is going to get a little easier for Roanoke County police officers, thanks to
some new high tech equipment.
Seven officers are being trained this week to use the Forensic Mapping
Measurements and fine details of the road surface can be highlighted with
Experts say conventional methods, like measuring surfaces with steel tape,
are never as precise as this new system.
10 54 42 00 - 10 54 59 00
IN Q=Because steel tape
((MIKE CAPMAN/FORENSIC MAPPING SPECIALIST: BECAUSE STEEL TAPE IS LAYING ON THE
GROUND ISN'T A TRUE MEASUREMENT, IT COMPOUNDS THE ERROR THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE
SCENE. WITH THIS BECAUSE IT'S SO ACCURATE, AND HAS A RANGE OF ABOUT THREE
THOUSAND FEET WE CAN TAKE A LOT OF INFORMATION VERY VERY ACCURATELY. ))
SUPER=01-Mike Capman/Forensic Mapping Specialist;
OUT Q=very very accurately.
Moose Lodge 284 in Roanoke County donated the 14-thousand dollars to cover
all the expenses.
10 41 16 00 - 10 41 31 00
IN Q=Being an ex police
((DAVID SIMMONS/MOOSE LODGE #284: BEING AN EX-POLICE OFFICER IN ROANOKE CITY, I
KNOW THE VALUE OF THE EQUIPMENT. CHIEF CEASE BROUGHT IT TO OUR LODGE. WE SAID
IT WOULD BE GOOD FOR PUBLIC AND THE AREA AND INVESTIGATIONS FOR ROANOKE
COUNTY SO WE WENT AHEAD AND BOUGHT IT.))
SUPER=01-David Simmons/Moose Lodge #284;
OUT Q=and bought it.
Simmons says Roanoke County police plan to share this technology with other
local police departments.
The stock market edged up a bit today. The Dow gained a point, to close at
54 hundred 75.
NASDAQ was up four and a half points.
The Master Gardener Program has been pruned out of the state budget, so
localities are being asked to bear the costs.
Local projects such as the Fishburn Rose Garden, along with other duties
including seminars and consumer phone calls, are primarily handled by Master
Cooperative Extension agents rely on the volunteer Gardeners, as well as the
work of a paid Coordinator.
SUPER=01-John Arbogast/Roanoke Extension Agent;
OUT Q=the citizens.
The cost of the local coordinator will be shared by Botetourt, Craig, and
Roanoke counties, and the city of Roanoke.
Total proposed allocations equal just over $41,000.
Coming up tonight in sports, derby winner Grindstone is retiring, the
Commonwealth games are returning, George Lynch is styling,
And either Butch Hobson or his friend is lying. The latest on his cocaine
saga coming up after this.
GRAPHIC=VISA TRIPLE CROWN
For the first time since 1985, when "Spend A Buck" failed to pursue the
Triple Crown, the Kentucky Derby winner will miss next week's Preakness.
SUPER=03-Louisville, KY/ABC - Saturday; :00
Today the handlers for Derby winner "Grindstone" announced that they are
retiring the horse to stud, after bone chips were found in the thoroughbred's
The problem was discovered during the horse's first workout since the
dramatic win on Saturday.
The three days worth of testing for the upcoming events on the Winston Cup
circuit have come to a close at Charlotte.
SUPER=03-Concord, NC; :00
This morning Jeff Gordon ins a very different looking Dupont Chevrolet turned
in some of the fastest times of the week with laps in excess of 178 miles an
hour. Gordon won the pole at Charlotte last May.
This car has attracted most of the attention this week. It's a LIncoln Mark
8 built by Michael Kranefuss and tested by John Andretti. And it performed
pretty good with a lap over 177.
Virginia Amateur Sports is gearing up for the seventh annual Commonwealth
Games of Virginia.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :
The 1996 games should be big and better than ever with the Olympics being
held in Atlanta this year.
And many athletes have already made plans to attend this years game.
IN Q="I think just
((PETER LAPMAN/VAS PRESIDENT: ))
SUPER=01-Peter Lapman/VAS President; :00
OUT Q=...........in Atlanta."
SUPER=04-1995 Games; :
An estimated 10-thousand amateur athletes from throughout the state will be
competing in 44 different sports.
And one of the big draws this year is basketball.
IN Q="Basketball is
((STUART ISRAEL/VAS DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT: ))
SUPER=01-Stuart Israel/VAS Director of Development; :
OUT Q=........basketball team."
The games are scheduled July 12-th through the 14-th.
Stage 9 of the Tour Dupont is history and although he did not win today's
race, Lance Armstrong has all but wrapped up the overall title.
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC; :00
The cyclists traveled 105 miles from Blowing Rock, North carolina to downtown
And for the first time during the Tour Dupont a member of the U.S. POstal
Service sponsored team won a stage.
Sven Tautenburg crossed the line first on Tryon Street in the center of the
Queen city as the business district shut down to watch the finish at two
Tomorrow the rider will travel from Rock HIll, South Caroline to Greenville,
South Carolina on a 118 mile ride.
The Butch Hobson saga has added another chapter today.
Hobson is the former Redsox manager who found in a Rhode Island hotel by
federal agents with 2 ounces of cocaine in his possession.
SUPER=03-Mobile, AL/Monday; :00
Hobson returned home to Mobile, Alabama on Monday morning saying he did have
the cocaine but it was sent to him unknowingly in an overnight mailing
Today the man who sent the envelope, Jerry Poe, Hobson's former high school
teammate, says that's news to him.
Poe says the package contained literature about landfills in the state of
Also, former Detroit Tiger pitcher Denny McLain has been indicted on
conspiracy and pension theft charges.
The U-S attorney's office says McLain and his partner Roger Smigiel purchased
Chesaning's Peet Packing Company in 1984 they named themselves trustees of the
They then transferred 12 million dollars of the fund to a bank and used
three million of it for their personal and company use.
William Byrd and Cave Spring hooked up in a girls softball game over at
Penn Forest Elementary this afternoon.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Terriers vs. Knights; :00
The Lady Knights were guarding their 11 and 2 record while the Lady
Terriers came into this one with a 12 and 2 mark.
In the bottom of the second, Cave Spring's Karry Whitney puts her team on
the board first with this solo home run to dead center field. Byrd answered in
the next inning.
Lady Terrier Jody Stuckey connects on the one bagger that brings in Brandy
SUPER=34-cave Spring/=11/William Byrd/==1;
Welch and the game is knotted at 1 a piece headed into the bottom of the third.
That's when Whitney broke the game wide open. The senior cracks her second
homerun of the game with 2 runners a board. Cave Spring goes on to win 11 to 1.
The NBA playoffs are over for George Lynch and the Los Angeles Lakers, and
although George's playing time decreased this year, his recognition rating is
on the rise.
An article in the April edition of EBONY magazine, lists Big George as one of
the NBA's most eligible bachelors.
The story entitled "Millionaire Hunks of the NBA" ranks George and his five
year $7 million dollar contract right up there with the likes of Penny Hardaway
and Grant Hill.
And speaking of Mr. Lynch...
WIPE TO ENG#
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Summer; :00
And just a reminder that George will be back in Roanoke this summer to
conduct his week long basketball camp.
It is scheduled for the Week of June 24th through the 28th.
And this year the camp will be held at Fleming and Ruffner.
Cost for the camp is $110 bucks.
And again a number of former and current college stars are expected to help
with the instruction.
Less than two years after a Christiansburg police officer was shot and
killed in the line of duty, a fund in his name has raised enough money to begin
construction on a youth center.
The concrete has already been poured, and the building parts arrived this
The Terry Lynn Griffith Memorial Youth Center is being erected next to
Moore's Chapel Baptist Church in the Bradshaw area.
Shortly before Griffith was fatally wounded while trying to apprehend a
shoplifter, his wife says he spoke of one day leaving police work to oversee
such a center.
((DIANE GRIFFITH/SLAIN OFFICER'S WIFE: THAT HE FELT GOD WAS LEADING HIM OUT OF
THAT LINE OF WORK AND WAS GONNA USE HIM IN THIS WAY. TODAY IT JUST REALLY
DAWNED ON ME THAT GOD DID. HE TOOK HIM OUT OF POLICE WORK AND BECAUSE OF THAT
THE YOUTH CENTER IS A REALITY. ))
SUPER=01-Diane Griffith/Slain Officer's Wife;
OUT Q=is a reality.
So far, the fund at First National Bank of Christiansburg has collected
about 65 thousand dollars.
The center is estimated to cost about 120 thousand to complete.
(toss to Jean)
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An update on that hearing involving Virginia Tech football players.
A judge has DISMISSED the malicious wounding charge against Tech quarterback
Defense testimony is just now getting started in the case against George
DelRicco. Tracy Altizer will have a complete report tonight at 11.
It's been almost a week since a six- year- old girl was struck by lightning.
She was shaken up but not seriously hurt.
Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom
Jean Jadhon joins us in the newsroom with more on that.
Latasha White was visiting her aunt in Giles County when it happened.
They were standing in the doorway on Sunday watching the storm when the
Fortunately, White didn't suffer any major injuries.
Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom
We'll talk her about that night and see how she's recuperating.
on News 7 at 11.
Join us for that story plus all the latest news, weather, and sports tonight