So, are there strings attached to Goals- 2000 money or not?
The State Board of Ed inches closer to accepting funds from the feds.
And cracking down on juvenile crime... what happens when the detention
centers are already full?
in sports, highlights from day 1 of the NCAA division III baseball
championship, the Blue Ridge district softball tourney wraps up, Darrell
Waltrip blasts Nascar, Mike Stevens will have that story from Charlotte,
and the Charlotte Hornets are close to signing a new head basketball coach!
The holiday weather package includes sun then showers and a cooling trend.
We'll explain in a few moments.
A convicted killer says HE'S a victim too.
18 year old Michael Crump was sentenced to life in prison this morning...
for the 1995 murder of Eric "Nike" Jones.
This was the scene 2- months ago after he was found guilty of first degree
Some of Crump's relatives had to be restrained by deputies after the verdict
Today in Roanoke Circuit Court there were no outbursts from family
members... just tears.
And before the sentence was handed down Crump maintained his innocence.
IN Q=I'm a hundred
((MICHAEL CRUMP/SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON: I'M A HUNDRED PERCENT INNOCENT OF
THIS CRIME. I'M A VICTIM OF INJUSTICE. I JUST HOPE THE TRUTH PROSPERS ON MY
SUPER=01-Michael Crump/Convicted of Murder;
OUT Q=on my behalf
Crump was sentenced to serve a total of 40 years in prison.
His attorney says he's recently received new information about the murder...
possibly pointing to a different suspect.
He plans to appeal the conviction.
Meanwhile another Roanoke man plans to appeal his case... after being
convicted on four counts of assault.
Earlier this year, 30- year- old Steven Leftwich stirred- up controversy in
Roanoke... alleging police brutality.
He said officers savagely choked and beat him for no reason... when he and a
friend were pulled over on a routine traffic stop.
But the officers testified Leftwich was high and drunk... and that he
instigated the entire incident.
Leftwich was fined 4- thousand dollars plus two years in prison.
He remains free on bond pending his appeal.
Eighteen year- old Vanessa Knowles tried to call 9-1-1 when she heard her
parents arguing, but the phone was dead.
She testified she tried to push the shotgun from her mother's stomach, but
her father, Michael Knowles stood firm.
Finally, Vanessa says she tried to stop the discharge, which blew off part
of her finger before striking her mother.
((VANESSA KNOWLES/VICTIM'S DAUGHTER: AND WHEN I COULDN'T, I COULDN'T MOVE THE
GUN OR PUSH MY DAD I STUCK MY FINGER IN THE GUN, IN THE BARREL, AND RIGHT AFTER
THAT HAPPENED HE PULLED THE TRIGGER. ))
SUPER=01-Vanessa Knowles/Victim's Daughter;
OUT Q=pulled the rigger.
SUPER=03-Christiansburg/March 20; Angie and Michael Knowles were
Vanessa says her father was angry at Angie for taking everything away from
Vanessa testified she begged her father to spare her and her brothers.
((I THOUGHT IF I COULD GET HIM TO LEAVE THAT THEY COULD SAVE HER. BUT HE JUST
KEPT SAYING THAT OVER AND OVER AGAIN, THAT SHE WAS ALREADY DEAD AND I COULDN'T
SAVE HER. ))
OUT Q=couldn't save her.
Angie Knowles died at the hospital.
The judge certified charges including murder and malicous wounding against
America is taking stock of a Roanoke County company.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape;
Optical Cable began selling its shares on the open market just last month.
In a short period of time, the fiber optic cable maker's stock price has
jumped from 10- dollars to 113- dollars as of this afternoon.
SOT 1:40:36 from Common Sense Tape
IN Q=The stock's
((BEN HARTMAN/EDWARD JONES & COMPANY: THERE'S NO NEW FINANCIAL INFORMATION OUT
ON THE COMPANY, NO NEW PRODUCTS THAT HAVE COME OUT. IT'S MAINLY AWARENESS,
INCREASED AWARENESS OF OPTICAL CABLE THAT'S CAUSED A SHARP INCREASE IN TRADING
VOLUME AND PRICE.))
SUPER=01-Ben Hartman/Edward Jones & Co.;
OUT Q=out in April.
The worldwide financial community has become much more familiar with Optical
Cable in recent days, especially following an interview with the company's
president on a national business network this morning.
Ben Hartman, a stockbroker with Edward Jones and Company, says purchasing a
single stock like Optical Cable is an aggressive investment.
He suggests consulting with a financial advisor first.
Virginia's Board of Education says maybe.
Maybe the George Allen appointees who control the board will say yes to
Goals 2000 federal education money.
Joe Guarino (gwa-REE-noh) heads up a new conservative Christian group called
Virginia Citizens for Excellence in Education.
IN Q=They wrote a
((JOE GUARINO/VCEE: THEY WROTE A RESOLUTION. IT REALLY PUTS THE FEDS FEET TO
THE FIRE. IT SAYS OKAY YOU HAVE VERBALLY TOLD US THERE ARE NO STRINGS
ATTACHED. PUT IT IN WRITING PLEASE. ))
((ROB JONES/VA. EDUCATION ASSOC.: AND I GUESS THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS THAT'S
BEEN DISTURBING ABOUT THE DEBATE. YOU END UP WITH PEOPLE SAYING STRINGS, NO
STRINGS. AND NEITHER SIDE IS RIGHT ON THAT. BECAUSE THERE ARE SOME STRINGS.
ON THE OTHER HAND, NOBODY'S STEPPING FORWARD TO SAY THESE ARE THE STRINGS WE
FOUND OBJECTIONABLE. SO THE DEBATE HAS BEEN DEVOID OF FACT. AND IT'S KIND OF
LIKE TASTES GREAT, LESS FILLING. STRINGS, NO STRINGS.))
SUPER=01-Joe Guarino/VCEE; :00
SUPER=01-Rob Jones/Va. Education Assoc.; :09
OUT Q=no strings.(2nd ref., 1st early on)
The board decided it would spend the Goals 2000 money only on computer
technology if it accepted it at all.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 at Six returns-
Why are more kids committing crimes?
In part two of our series "At Risk: Kids and Crime", we'll look at how the
justice system is trying to stop this trend,
And a lawsuit is filed one week after a teacher confiscated Rush Limbaugh's
book from a student in Bedford County.
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MUSIC UP FULL
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
Lawyers representing a Bedford County family maintain an elementary school
teacher violated the constitution when he confiscated a Rush Limbaugh book from
a student. The student's family is suing school officials.
The incident happened last Thursday at Montvale Elementary School in Bedford
A fourth grader was reading Limbaugh's latest book during a "free reading
period" when his teacher took it.
The boy's father said he gave the boy permission to read the book.
But, school officials refused to return it.
SOT 16:09:04 - 16:09:16
IN Q=Once he gave
ONCE HE GAVE HIS APPROVAL TO HAVE THIS BOOK READ IN THE FREE READING PERIOD
THAT IT WAS INAPPROPRIATE CONDUCT TO PICK THIS AND TO SAY NO...THAT THIS BOOK
CAN'T BE READ.))
OUT Q=can't be read
School officials say the book was inappropriate for a fourth-grader, because
it had the word condom in it.
But the boy's father believes the matter was politically motivated.
Earlier this week the incident made national headlines when Rush Limbaugh
defended the boy during his radio talk show.
Limbaugh said the issue was political.
The principal of the school said tonight he is "flabbergasted" by the
GRAPHIC=Kids and Crime
Virginia's current juvenile justice system came about in the 1970's,
primarily as a response to vandalism and other forms of mischief.
But an alarming increase in youth crime has lead to a tougher set of new
In part two of "At Risk: Kids and Crime" Teresa Hamilton explores the impact
this massive reform may have in Southside.
IN Q=Virginia Avenue
SUPER=01-Sgt. Howard Painter/Henry Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :18
SUPER=03-Danville/January 28; :32
SUPER=01-Cassandra Chandler/Victim's Mother; :46
SUPER=01-John Greenbacker/Halifax Co. Commonwealth's Atty.; 1:15 QUICK!
SUPER=01-Jim Rosenbaum/W.W. Moore Detention Home Supt.; 2:01 QUICK!!
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7.
(( Virginia Avenue in Collinsville is a hot bed of activity.
((SGT. HOWARD PAINTER/HENRY CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: THE TEENAGERS CRUISE UP AND
DOWN FROM THE DUTCH INN AND THEN BACK.))
But Sergeant Howard Painter says it's not all fun and games for the Henry
County Sheriff's Department.
Underage drinking is a serious problem.
IN Q=Alcohol is
((SGT. HOWARD PAINTER/HENRY CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.:ALCOHOL IS A DRUG AND A LOT OF
PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE THAT BUT IT IS A DRUG AND IT IS ONE THAT IS EASILY
OUT Q=easily accessed.
Today, though, underage drinking and smoking are taking a back seat to more
serious crime in Southside.
This year a 16- year old in Danville was charged with killing a classmate
allegedly following a fight at school.
Cassandra Chandler sympathizes with the victim's family.
Her 17- year old son, Jason, was shot and killed earlier this year in
IN Q=We're rural
((CASSANDRA CHANDLER/VICTIM'S MOTHER: WE'RE RURAL AMERICA YOU KNOW AND FOR IT
TO HAPPEN HERE IS TO ME A SIGN THAT IT HAPPEN ANYWHERE, ANYTIME, TO ANYBODY.))
Southside is not alone-- in Virginia the juvenile murder arrest rate
quadrupled from 1987 to 1993.
Lawmakers knew something had to be done--
Their answer: a massive reform of Virginia's juvenile justice laws.
IN Q=We're very happy
((JOHN GREENBACKER/HALIFAX CO. COMMONWEALTH'S ATTY.: WE'RE VERY HAPPY TO SEE
THESE MAJOR CHANGES STARTING WITH THE EMPHASIS ON THE VICTIMS' RIGHTS. ))
OUT Q=victims' rights.
Prosecutors, like John Greenbacker, will begin operating under the new
guidelines July first.
Under the new system-- violent felons as young as 14 are to be tried and
sentenced as adults.
Less violent teens could be sentenced to boot camp or other alternative
Other changes are also in store.
IN Q=I think
((JOHN GREENBACKER/HALIFAX CO. COMMONWEALTH'S ATTY.: I THINK THIS IS AN
IMPORTANT FACTOR, THE OPENING UP OF THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM FOR OUTSIDE AND
OUT Q=public scrutiny.
The W- W Moore Juvenile Detention home in Danville is the only facility of
its kind in Southside.
The home serves 6- counties and two cities.
And as you might imagine--- overcrowding is a problem.
IN Q=We often
((JIM ROSENBAUM/W. W. MOORE DETENTION HOME SUPERINTENDENT:WE HAVE HAD AS MANY
AS 46 IN THIS DETENTION HOME.))
OUT Q=detention home.
Superintendent Jim Rosenbaum says the facility was designed to hold
30-kids--charged with anything from petty larceny to Capitol Murder.
The average juvenile offender serves about 18- days.
He believes Juvenile Justice reform will have an impact.
IN Q=I see
((JIM ROSENBAUM/W.W. MOORE DETENTION HOME SUPT.:I SEE PROBABLY A SLIGHT
INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF KIDS WE HAVE OR, IF NOT AN INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF
OF KIDS, A LONGER STAY. ))
OUT Q=a longer stay.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Rosenbaum says plans are in the
works to add additional space at W. W. Moore in July.
Coming up in part three of our series, a look at ways to curb youth
violence. Teresa Hamilton, News 7.))
Philip Morris stock jumped six points today, after a federal appeals court
threw out a class action liability suit against the tobacco industry.
The Dow dropped 16 points, finishing at 57 hundred 62.
NASDAQ down just a fraction of a point.
Does Republican Senator John Warner want Democrats to vote for him or NOT?
That's the question being asked by state Democratic party chairwoman Sue
after Warner said this to a reporter on Monday.
IN Q=Voting is
((SEN. JOHN WARNER/R-VA.: VOTING IS OUR MOST PRECIOUS RIGHT TO PRESERVE
FREEDOM. LET'S GET OUT AND VOTE. You're inviting Democrats then? I'M
INVITING ALL VIRGINIANS.))
OUT Q=all Virginians.
A Warner spokesman than backed away from that, saying today the Senator
"expects a majority" of voters in the June 11th primary to be Republican.
Democrat Wrenn denies the scenario that she's bashing Warner because Jim
Miller would be easier to beat in November if he wins the June primary.
IN Q=And I say
((SUE WRENN/VA. DEMOCRATIC CHAIR: AND I SAY CATEGORICALLY TO MY DEMOCRATIC
FRIENDS THAT I DON'T WANT THEM TO CONSTRUE THIS AS ANY KIND OF SUBLIMINAL
MESSAGE THAT THEY SHOULD GO IN AND VOTE FOR JIM MILLER.))
SUPER=01-Sue Wrenn/Va. Democratic Party;
Wrenn says Democrats who want to thank John Warner for helping re-elect
Chuck Robb over Ollie North should just send a cute thank you card, and go
fishing on the day of the GOP primary.
Officer Jim Phillips will be the talk of town council tonight in Iron Gate.
Phillips is the town's only police officer, but he's been on administrative
leave since his conviction for reckless driving in the course of a pursuit.
Mayor Otis Payne says Alleghany County deputies have been handling the
town's law enforcement needs.
10 31 52 00 - 10 32 06 00
IN Q=The county
((OTIS PAYNE/IRON GATE MAYOR: THE COUNTY AND STATE POLICE HAVE AGREED TO FIVE
US A TOKEN FORCE UNTIL WE GET THINGS STRAIGHTENED OUT. WE MAY OR MAY NOT TRY
TO GET INTO THE COUNTY'S LAW ENFORCEMENT. ))
SUPER=01-Otis Payne/Iron Gate Mayor;
OUT Q=law enforcement.
Iron Gate town council meets tonight to decide if Officer Phillips will keep
The NCAA division III baseball championship tournament gets under way, the
Roanoke Valley Golf hall of Fame scholarship winners are announced,
and Mike Stevens and photographer Lynn Eller report on Darell Waltrip's
blasting of NASCAR from the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The Charlotte Hornets are close to signing Dave Cowens as the team's new
head basketball coach.
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC; :00
Cowens departed from Charlotte Douglas International Airport today after
spending all of yesterday with Hornets officials.
The deal is not done yet, but the Spurs assistant is already talking about
IN Q="We got
((DAVE COWENS/SAN ANTONIO ASSISTANT:))
SUPER=01-Dave Cowens/San Antonio Assistant; :00
OUT Q=...san antonio bags"
Darrell Waltrip is the "King" of the Charlotte Motor Speedway with more
career wins in the Coke 600 than any other driver with 5.
And although he hasn't been to victory lane since 1989 in the 600, he's
still one of the most revered voices in racing.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-Concord, NC; :00
SUPER=01-Darrell Waltrip/5 Career Coca-Cola 600 Wins; :21
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
GRAPHIC=NCAA D-III baseball
Day 1 of the NCAA Division III Baseball Championship began at Salem
Memorial Stadium today. In game 1 Upper Iowa beat Marietta 6-5 in 13 innings.
SUPER=03-Salem/Pioneers vs. Monarchs; :00
Game two pitted Bridgewater State against William Patterson.
Leading 3-zip Bridgewater State's Mike Arnold drives the rock up the middle
scoring Jim Marteranna for a 4-nothing cushion.
SUPER=34-William Patterson/=12/Bridgewater State/==4;
Then, William Patterson's Brian Lynder goes to the alley for a triple. Three
runs come in on the bases loaded hit. Patterson tied it and wins 12-4. If you
haven't seen the action, your missing out.
((BRUCE WHEELER/NCAA TOURNAMENT CHAIR:))
SUPER=01-Bruce Wheeler/NCAA Tournament Chair:00
OUT Q=..it's gonna be great"
The Roanoke Valley Golf Hall of Fame announced its scholarship winners this
afternoon at the Roanoke Country Club.
27 High school and 10 college students applied for the 17-thousand
200-dollars in Scholarships.
Ray Harrell, a student at George Mason received 11-hundred dollars.
And Daniel Palmer of Northside received the Gordon Willis 1-thousand
IN Q=First audio
((DANIEL PALMER/GORDON WILLIS SCHOLARSHIP: ))
((RAY HARRELL/SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT: ))
SUPER=01-Daniel Palmer/Gordon Willis Scholarship; :00
SUPER=01-Ray Harrell/Scholarship Recipient; :15
OUT Q=........futhering education."
The Lady Cavaliers of Lord Botetourt won the Blue Ridge District Softball
championship today beating Northside 8 to 5.
SUPER=03-Salem/Cavaliers vs Vikings; :
The game was tied 4 to 4 until the bottom of the fourth. Jessica
Davisson's line drive to right field with bases loaded scored two and the
Cavaliers took the 6 to 4 lead.
The next batter Delisa Pascoa SUPER=34-Lord
Botetourt/==8/Northside/==5;hits a single to right field scoring two more
runners and and the Cavaliers go on to win the game 8 to 5.
IN Q="They hit...
((ANDY WARD/CAVALIERS HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Andy Ward/Cavaliers Head Coach; :
OUT Q=....for us."
(toss to Jean)
Residents in southwestern Bedford County will meet tonight to discuss the
widening of Route 24 near Moneta.
Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom
Jean Jadhon joins us in the newsroom with more on that.
Keith, right now, Route 24 is a busy highway...thousands of cars, trucks and
school buses travel it every day.
There are some who say the road is not nearly wide enough in many places,
making it difficult for larger vehicles to pass each other safely.
A proposal to widen Route 24 to four lanes is the topic of a public meeting
Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom
That gets underway at 7:30 at Staunton River High School.
on News 7 at 11.
Join us for that story plus all the latest news, weather, and sports tonight