Next on News Seven--
It took more than five hours for a jury in Amherst County to reach a
decision on the fate of a man accused of murder with an assault rifle.
What's the decision?
Find out next!
And residents of a Henry County neighborhood fight to reclaim their streets.
In sports, Jeff Gordon gets ready for the Winston Select at Charlotte the
Avalanche beats the Bulls last night at Memorial Stadium and the Rangers beat
The calendar says Spring-- but it sure feels more like Summer.
Stay tuned for a forecast that promises more unseasonably warm and sunny
weather for the next several days.
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A Mexican migrant worker accused of killing another man last winter will
have to stand trial a second time for the same crime.
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An Amherst County jury last night spent nearly six hours deliberating before
deciding around 11 that they were hopelessly deadlocked.
Juan Jose Ochoa (oh-CHO-uh) was charged with the murder of Jesus (HAY-zoos)
Mendoza during a confrontation the night of February 19th.
Ochoa had argued self- defense, but prosecutors pointed out that Mendoza was
shot five times with an AK- 47 assault rifle.
IN Q=Self defense
((STARKE MUNDY/PROSECUTOR: SELF DEFENSE IS EITHER JUSTIFIABLE OR EXCUSABLE
HOMICIDE, AND FROM MY PERSPECTIVE HE DIDN'T HAVE EITHER ONE OF THEM. NO REASON
FOR WHAT HE DID.))
((GORDON POINDEXTER/DEFENSE ATTORNEY: I WAS DISAPPOINTED OF COURSE, BECAUSE I
BELIEVE IN MY CLIENT, BUT IT CAN UNDERSTAND WHY A JURY WOULD DO THIS. WE'RE
LOOKING FORWARD TO TRYING IT AGAIN.))
SUPER=01-Starke Mundy/Prosecutor; :00
SUPER=01-Gordon Poindexter/Defense Attorney; :11
OUT Q=trying it again.
Mundy says he will present the same evidence when the case is re- tried in
Charlottesville lawyer George Landrith will once again represent the GOP in
the battle for the Fifth District Congressional seat.
Steve Smallshaw reports Landrith picked up the nomination today, but may
have angered some fellow Republicans in the process.
IN Q=It was a
SUPER=01-Paul Steube/Convention Chairman; :20
SUPER=01-Del. Frank Ruff/Lost GOP Nomination; :37
SUPER=01-George Landrith/(R) Fifth District Nominee; 1:12
OUT Q=News7, Bedford County.
(( natsot crowd
This was the kind of convention politics you always hear about.. a
sweltering high school gymnasium made hotter by the battle for the Fifth
District Republican nomination.
Interruptions were constant.. Frank Ruff's supporters felt they were being
steamrolled by the Landrith political machine, and they made it clear they were
IN Q=We're all
((PAUL STEUBE/CONVENTION CHAIRMAN: WE'RE ALL REPUBLICANS IN THIS ROOM. IF
YOU'RE NOT A REPUBLICAN, I WOULD LIKE YOU TO LEAVE NOW.))
OUT Q=leave now.
Calls for unity fell on mostly deaf ears.
Outsider Ron Buchanan received polite applause but few delegates, and in the
end, the nod went to Landrith by a 60- 40 advantage.
IN Q=You always have
((FRANK RUFF/LOST GOP NOMINATION: YOU ALWAYS HAVE A FEW WOUNDS COMING OUT OF A
CONVENTION, THE PROCESS OF THE REST OF MAY AND JUNE IS TO GET OVER THOSE WOUNDS
AND MOVE FORWARD, AND I THINK MOST OF THE PEOPLE WILL.))
OUT Q=the people will.
Since his loss to L.F. Payne two years ago, Landrith has made it no secret
he felt the nomination belonged solely to him.
At one point, Landrith's supporters played the 1960's song "Take the Last
Train to Clarksville" over the loudspeakers, a not so subtle dig at Ruff, who
represents Clarksville and the 61st District in the General Assembly.
Still, Landrith denies his nomination has hurt the party.
IN Q=They have no
((GEORGE LANDRITH/R- 5TH DISTRICT NOMINEE: THEY HAVE NO REASON TO BE UPSET WITH
ME, AND WE RAN A FAIR AND POSITIVE CAMPAIGN AND I THINK THAT'S THE GOOD NEWS,
THAT'S WHAT I WANTED TO DO. I WASN'T WILLING TO WIN THE NOMINATION AT THE PRICE
OF DIVIDING THE PARTY.))
OUT Q=dividing the party.
Now Landrith takes his case to the voters who will decide between him and
Democrat Virgil Goode in November.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford County.))
Republicans officially named Bob Goodlatte as the Sixth District candidate
for the U-S Congressional seat.
The incumbent did not have a Republican challenger for the nomination at
But Democrats have picked a candidate to challenge him in November.
Political newcomer Jeff Grey is hoping to unseat Goodlatte.
He says his community leadership gives him a strong background to do the job
IN Q=i live and i know
((JEFF GRAY/D-U.S.CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE: I LIVE AND I KNOW THE NEEDS OF
WORKING PEOPLE THROUGHOUT THE STATE. ON A DAY TO DAY BASIS I DEAL WITH THE SAME
PROBLEMS THAT 90-PERCENT OF THE VOTERS IN THIS DISTRICT DEAL WITH.
BOB GOODLATTE/R-SIXTH DISTRICT CONGRESSMAN: HAVING WORKED VERY HARD TO GET MY
WAY THROUGH LAW SCHOOL BY PAINTING BUSES AT THE BLUE BIRD PLANT AND QUITE
FRANKLY I DON'T THINK ANYBODY IN THE COUNTRY IS INTERESTED IN FIGHTING CLASS
WARS. THEY WANT TO KNOW WHAT PEOPLE STAND FOR.))
SUPER=01-Jeff Grey/(D) U.S. Congressional Cand.; :00
OUT Q=stand up for.
Goodlatte says he plans to run a campaign on his record.
He feels he and his employees have worked hard to listen to constituents and
respond to their concerns.
Jeff Grey says he's the breath of fresh air that voters need.
He believes creating-- nurturing communities will help solve many of
Hollins College opened a new chapter in its history today.
The 13-member search committee introduced Janet Rasmussen (RAS-MUSS-in) as
the new president of the school.
Rasmussen received advanced degrees from Harvard University.
She is leaving her position as Vice President of Academic Affairs at
Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln.
She says her first step at Hollins will be to create a plan for future
IN Q=over six months
((JANET RASMUSSEN/NEW HOLLINS COLLEGE PRESIDENT: OVER THE NEXT SIX MONTHS TO A
YEAR, AS WE PUT TOGETHER ALL GOOD WISDOM AND EXPERIENCE OF THE COLLEGE
COMMUNITY AND REALLY CHART OUT A COURSE FOR OURSELVES.))
SUPER=01-Janet Rasmussen/New Hollins College Pres.;
OUT Q=course for ourselves
Rasmussen was chosen from a field of 150 applicants from all over the world.
She'll take the helm of Hollins College this summer.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on News-7,
Some guns get traded in for gift certificates in Lynchburg,
Some residents of Sandy Level were out in force today.
They were working to change the appearance AND reputation of their
(Toss to Kim)
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Well, if you're also planning to do some work outside this weekend-- you'll
want to drink plenty of fluids.
Quite a hot day out there.
A Bermuda High is what brought all the summer- like weather.
Today's temperatures warmed up into the high 80s and 90s.
And tomorrow looks even hotter.
We'll show you some pretty impressive numbers-- coming up in the forecast.
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Some members of the Sandy Level community in Henry County say they're out to
change the reputation of their neighborhood.
Recently a national magazine printed a story detailing the community's
struggle with drugs and crime.
Today some residents were out in force to save their neighborhood.
First they demolished the former-- "Victory Word of Faith Mission."
They say the burned out church had become a drug haven.
IN Q=just a good citizen
((THOMAS KEEN: JUST A GOOD CITIZEN TRYING TO DO SOMETHING CAUSE IF IT HAPPENS
HERE IT'S GOING TO COME OVER WHERE I LIVE AND I DON'T WANT IT OVER WHERE I
KIMMY NESTER/HENRY COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT: HOPEFULLY WITH THE RECENT
ARRESTS WE MADE HERE WITH THE FEDERAL AUTHORITIES, STATE OFFICIALS TEAMING UP
WITH US. IT'S WHAT WE CALL WEED AND SEED. THAT IS GETTING SOME OF THE
PROBLEMS OUT OF THERE AND THEN WE SOW THE SEEDS OF THE FUTURE.))
SUPER=07-Thomas Keen; :00
SUPER=01-Kimmy Nester/Henry Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :10
OUT Q=sow the seeds of the future
Residents lined the streets of Sandy Level with piles of garbage.
Trucks will haul the trash away next week.
The sheriff's department is also seeking federal aid which will allow them
to hire more officers.
Their goal is to bring Community Oriented Policing to Sandy Level.
There are 85 fewer guns on the streets and in the homes of Lynchburg
Dozens of people stopped by the Community Funeral Home this morning to
exchange unwanted guns for gift certificates from local merchants.
Organizers say while people enjoy getting something in return, many of them
just want to make their home a little safer.
IN Q=They've had a
((JIM TAYLOR/GOODS FOR GUNS ORGANIZER: THEY'VE HAD A PERSONAL EXPERIENCE, WE'VE
HAD A COUPLE OF PHONE CALLS FROM PEOPLE WHO'VE TALKED ABOUT GUN INJURIES IN A
VERY PERSONAL WAY, AND IT'S A VERY TOUCHING THING WHENEVER YOU SEE A LITTLE KID
GET HURT WITH A GUN.))
SUPER=01-Jim Taylor/Goods for Guns Organizer; :00
OUT Q=hurt with a gun.
This was the second Goods for Guns exchange in Lynchburg in about six
Organizers say it will be at least a year before they hold another one.
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Imagine going to your son's graduation, only to find he skipped school for
That's what happened to a family last Saturday in Blacksburg.
Brad Wagner was last seen a week ago today in Blacksburg, the day his
parents thought he was to graduate from Virginia Tech.
Relatives of Wagner had shown up for the ceremony only to learn he had
dropped out of school after the fall 19-93.
His dad, John, says Brad kept on accepting tuition checks and rent.
A high school student became an unlikely hero last month.
John Shepherd was listening to a scanner when he heard rescue workers needed
help working an accident.
The William Fleming student drove straight to the scene.
And as Denise Allen reports he put what he learned in Fire Cadet class to
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./April 21; :00
SUPER=01-John Shepherd/Fire Cadet; :16
SUPER=01-Tom Tyree/Roanoke City District Fire Chief; :52
OUT Q=News 7
(( Last month a high speed chase ended in a four car collision, killing three
John Shepherd responded to the call for help.
A high school student, John, did what he could to aide rescue workers.
((JOHN SHEPHERD/FIRE CADET: I REALLY DIDN'T PLAN ON GETTING INVOLVED IN IT
UNTIL I GOT UP THERE AND SAW WHAT HAD HAPPENED AND WITH WHAT LITTLE EXPERIENCE
I'VE HAD I DECIDED I COULD AT LEAST TRY TO HELP.))
((YOU GIVE TWO BREATHS AND YOU GIVE 15 COMPRESSIONS.))
John is taking a Fire Cadet class.
The Roanoke City Fire Department started the curriculum three years ago to
attract women and minorities.
Instructor Thomas Tyree tries to teach these seniors about fighting fires as
well as rescue techniques used at car accidents.
((SHEPHERD: JUST REALLY TO STAY CALM AND FOCUS ON WHAT I WAS TRYING TO DO JUST
TRY TO SEE IF THERE WAS STILL ANYBODY IN THE CAR.))
((THOMAS TYREE/DISTRICT FIRE CHIEF: I CONSIDER MYSELF AS PREPARING THESE YOUNG
MEN AND WOMEN TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT OF COURSE WHEN THEY DO LIKE JOHN DID, IT
DOES MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD BECAUSE YOU HAD A PART IN IT.))
John says he's always dreamed of being a fire fighter.
And he says helping out made him realize he has what it takes to be a rescue
He also hopes others will follow his example and help people in need.
Denise Allen News 7.))
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Danville is in a festive mood today.
The "Festival In the Park" is going on this weekend.
Hundreds of volunteers cleaned up trash today-- they were beautifying Smith
MUSIC UP FULL
Smith Mountain Lake is sparkling a little brighter today.
700 volunteers spent the day ridding the lake of debris.
Workers say this year the amount of trash and floating logs has increased.
Heavy rains have not only filled the lake to full pond, but it also
transported things like tires and barrels into the lake.
IN Q=a lot of boats
((CARL BRODT/SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: A LOT OF BOATS OUT THERE
COULD HIT SUBMERGED TIRES OR LOGS. SO IT'S REALLY A BIG HELP TO THE WHOLE LAKE
SUPER=01-Carl Brodt/Smith Mt. Lake Chamber of Commerce;
OUT Q=whole lake area
Local merchants donated lunch for the volunteers, in-addition to the
equipment and dumpsters used in the clean-up.
Carl Brodt says there never is a shortage of volunteers.
He says everyone seems to realize a clean lake is not only environmentally
sound, but economically sound as well.
The 22nd annual "Festival in the Park" is in full swing in Danville.
Scores of vendors lined Ballou (BAH-LEW) Park displaying a variety of arts
The yearly festival is geared toward families--and is completely free.
Each year organizers try to draw big name entertainers.
Country star Rhett Akins was this year's visiting artist.
He's also a history buff.
IN Q=Any chance I get
((RHETT AKINS: ANY CHANCE I GET I DO A LOT OF SINGING ALL THE TIME AND WE'RE
ALWAYS DOING SOMETHING ELSE SO ANY CHANCE I GET TO HAVE SOME FREE TIME AND
WE'RE AROUND A CIVIL WAR AREA, THAT'S WHAT I LIKE TO DO.))
SUPER=07-Rhett Akins; :00
OUT Q=I LIKE TO DO
The festival continues tonight until eight...AND from one until seven
And coming up, The Avalanche beats Durham last night at Memorial Stadium
we'll hear from a father daughter coaching combination.
And the Texas Rangers end Cleveland's winning streak at six games.
"Louis Quatorze" is the winner of the 121-st running of the Preakness
States in Baltimore.
"Skip Away" was second and "Editors Note" third.
Lets listen to the call by A-B-C's Dave Johnson.
IN Q=First audio
SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD/ABC SPORTS; :
OUT Q=......WHAT A PREAKNESS."
The Winston Cup stars will be literally in the spotlight tonight as NASCAR
holds its annual all-star race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
SUPER=03-Concord, NC/Last Night; :00
Last night in qualifying for the Winston Select, Jeff Gordon won the number
one starting spot, as he edged Dale Earnhardt and his brand new red, white and
blue Olympic Chevy.
SUPER=04-1995 Winston Select;
Gordon is the defending race champ, but no one in the 12 year history of this
unique no holds barred all-star race has ever been able to win back to back
IN Q="It's geared up...
((JEFF GORDON/STARTS ON THE POLE TONIGHT:))
SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/Starts On The Pole Tonight; :00
OUT Q=...GREAT SHOW.
SUPER=04-Winston Open Qualifying; :00
Stacy Compton had a rough time qualifying for the Winston Open last night as
he backed his car into the wall.
He failed to qualify for the Open.
The Texas Rangers snapped Cleveland's six game winning streak this
afternoon beating the Indians 6 to 3.
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The Rangers got on the board in the top of the first Darryl Hamilton belts
this solo homer over the right field fence to make it 1 to nothing Texas.
Cleveland came back in its half of the second inning Albert Belle gets all
of this pitch sending deep into the seats in left field and the Indians trailed
2 to 1.
Damon Buford would drive in what SUPER=35-Texas/==6/Cleveland/==3;would
be the winning runs he hits this line drive to left field scoring Dean Palmer
and Mark Mclemore to make it 4 to 3 and Texas wins it 6 to 3.
Sometimes one person's loss is another's gain, and with Dave Justice out the
Braves called up Jermaine Dye from Richmond.
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And Dye made major league history by becoming the 71st player ever to hit a
homer in his first major league at bat.
dye is also pretty special to folks in southside. By playing last night he
becomes the first former Danville Brave to make it all the way to the big
The Braves won the game 8-to-2.
Last night, the Salem Avalanche returned home for the first of three game
weekend set with the first place Durham Bulls.
SUPER=03-Salem/Bulls vs. Avalanche; :00
Salem came into the game three games behind the Bulls in the South as these
folks enjoyed the hot tub.
Elvis Pena would enjoy the entire game as he comes through with the bases
loaded and two out in the 5th.
His single up the middle plates Blake Barthol, but Pookie Jones is nailed at
the plate. But it's 2-to-0 Salem.
Pena would be Mr. Excitement this evening as whacks this shot to deep center
field. The speedster will round second and try to stretch the hit into a
triple. He's called out at third, but Salem Manager Bill "Moose" Mcguire was
not to happy about the call!!
but he was thrilled with pitcher Mike Vavrek, who struck out 8 and tossed a
shutout as Salem beats Durham 3-to-nothing.
Tomorrow afternoon at Memorial stadium Fans will be able to watch the game
with the Durham Bulls from the Barber's chair.
The Avalanche and Leukemia Society of America have teamed up to provide
5-dollar haircuts during the game to benefit leukemia research.
All money collected will benefit the charity And don't be surprised if you
see the Avalanche players in the chairs.
IN Q="For the majority
((BILL MCGUIRE/AVALANCHE MANAGER: ))
SUPER=01-Bill Mcguire/Avalanche Manager; :
OUT Q=...to do that."
The Chapman Panthers have a unique coaching situation. They are coached by
the father daughter combination of Lisle and Janet Lloyd.
Lisle has coached the Panthers for 13 years and he's the winningest active
coach in Division Three with 453 victories.
After 12 years as an assistant Janet took over as co-coach to free Lisle
for his love recruiting.
IN Q="I went out
((LISLE LLOYD/PANTHERS CO-HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Lisle Lloyd/Panthers Co-Head Coach; :
OUT Q=........to recruit."
Janet transfered to Chapman for her season year when her dad took over the
In two years as a co-coach she has an 80 and 12 record. And when her dad
finds the talent she teaches the players the game.
IN Q="Basically what
((JANET LLOYD/PANTHERS CO-HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Janet Lloyd/Panthers Co-Head Coach;
OUT Q= ......with it from there."