The NEWS is up next on W-D-B-J- -7.
A convicted killer charged with murder again ...in Wythe County.
High water and hail create havoc in far southwest Virginia... 70 families
Tonight in sports, Cave Spring comes back to shatter Glass in regional
softball action, Magic Johnson is contemplating another comeback,
and the Orioles are contemplating playing Cal Ripken Jr. at third for one of
the few times in his 15 year career tonight as the O's play in Seattle.
How long has this be goin on? Five days of rain will break out after
tomorrow but temperatures stay cool. Show you why in a moment.
A Wythe County man is facing murder charges for the second time.
Police say 54-year-old, Ronald Lloyd Sutphin (SUT-FIN), shot 31-year-old
Tony Ray Dunford early this morning in the suspect's home in Ivanhoe.
The victim died five hours later in the hospital from a gunshot wound to the
IN Q=we're still looking into
((SHERIFF WAYNE PIKE/WYTHE CO.: WE'RE STILL LOOKING INTO THE EVENTS
SURROUNDING THE INCIDENT UP TO THE TIME IT HAPPENED SO RIGHT NOW WE DON'T HAVE
A CLEAR PICTURE OF THAT. ))
OUT Q=clear picture of that.
Sutphin was convicted of second degree murder in Grayson County in 1974, but
was released after serving less than seven years.
IN Q=us code sections
((SHERIFF WAYNE PIKE/WYTHE CO.: US CODE SECTIONS THAT DEALS WITH PEOPLE WHO
HAVE VIOLENT CRIMINAL HISTORIES AND WE'LL BE LOOKING AT THIS INDIVIDUAL TO LOOK
AT THOSE CHARGES ALSO.))
OUT Q=at those charges also.
Sheriff Pike says Sutphin has a history of other violent crimes, besides
the previous murder conviction.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke County Seal/Education
The Roanoke County Board of Supervisors may not see eye to eye with the
school board, but today the Supervisors did approve a school budget approaching
80 MILLION dollars.
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Joe Dashiell reports from the county administration center where there were a
few complaints, but no opposition this afternoon.
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(Rollcue:to put their heads together )
IN Q=I do
OUT Q=of Roanoke County children
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With just two weeks remaining before their primary showdown, Republican
challenger Jim Miller today labelled Senator John Warner a liberal and
criticized him for supporting gun control and tax hikes.
Miller's campaign begins running an anti-Warner radio commercial tomorrow.
In the spot Miller reminds voters about Warner's refusal to support fellow
Republicans Oliver North and Mike Farris during their political campaigns.
Senator Warner's campaign debuted its own set of commercials earlier this
A leading Southside lawmaker campaigned on Warner's behalf this afternoon in
Danville after foggy weather kept Virginia's Senior Senator grounded
Republican Charles Hawkins says Warner has what it takes to represent the
Southside, because he understands the important role agriculture plays.
IN Q=Many, many people
((CHARLES HAWKINS:MANY, MANY PEOPLE ARE CRITICAL OF THE SENATOR FOR VARIOUS
THINGS THAT TOOK PLACE IN OTHER CAMPAIGNS, BUT THAT'S OTHER CAMPAIGNS, WE'RE
TALKING ABOUT THIS CAMPAIGN, RUNNING FOR US SENATOR TO REPRESENT THE
COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, WE HAVE TO LOOK AT ELECTION BY ELECTION TO MAKE SURE
WE PUT IN NOT ONLY THE MOST QUALIFIED PEOPLE WE HAVE BUT ALSO THE MOST
ELECTABLE PEOPLE WE HAVE. ))
OUT Q=we have.
Hawkins says Warner's the only Senator in Washington he knows of who has an
Heavy rains forced about 70 families in far Southwest Virginia to leave
their homes yesterday.
Severe weather damaged about 120 homes in Russell and Dickenson counties.
Hail was also reported in the area.
One resident said it looked like snow covering the ground.
The local chapter of The American Red Cross has set up a emergency center in
They're offering clothing and groceries to families whose belongings were
washed away by flood water.
They are also providing temporary shelter for those left homeless.
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Still to come on News 7 at Six--
Some tips for older citizens about how to avoid being a crime victim.
And it's a tough job--dealing with death every day--so why would anybody
want to be a Medical Examiner?
IN Q=This is a
((THIS IS A CONTROVERSIAL PROFESSION. UNLIKE MEDICINE IN GENERAL, WE NEVER
BRING ANYBODY GOOD NEWS.))
OUT Q=good news.
We'll talk with Doctor David Oxley about his job and show you the very
latest in forensic technology.
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It's harder to get away with murder these days.
Advances in micro-biology and the science of forensic pathology are
catching up with criminals.
IN Q=They're not all
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Dr. David Oxley/Chief Medical Examiner for Western Va.; :28
OUT Q=keeps me going.
((They're not all criminal investigations, but about 650 dead bodies a year
pass through the new forensic science building.
Whenever there's a question about how and why someone died, the remains are
brought here from 35 western Virginia counties... 15 independent cities.
The facilities are spacious, high-tech, state of the art wizardry.
PEOPLE CAN'T GET AWAY WITH THINGS THEY ONCE DID, JUST BECAUSE THIS IS JUST SO
MUCH MORE SOPHISTICATED.
WE LIKE TO THINK THAT THAT'S TRUE. THAT IT WOULD BE HARDER TO GET AWAY WITH,
SAY, A MURDER, NOW THAN IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN 20, 30, 40 YEARS AGO. AND IT IS.
The chief medical examiner for our half of the state says he's doing the
same job he was doing downtown in cramped quarters for decades. Only now it's
better and with greater confidence, he says.
Like the rest of the building- -the morgue itself has plenty of room for
expansion... four tables, no waiting.
(((question) WOULD YOU ACTUALLY DO FOUR AUTOPSIES AT ONCE?
NO, BUT WE QUITE OFTEN DO TWO AT ONCE.
DR. MASSELLO WORKS DOWN AT THIS END, AND I WORK AT THIS END.))
Two stories up... a skylight- -provides natural light for autopsy
David Oxley could retire right now. But he won't. He loves his work and
has waited his entire career for this.
((IT'S PROBLEM SOLVING, MEDICAL DETECTIVE WORK, IF YOU WILL. THAT PART OF IT I
ENJOY. THAT'S WHAT KEEPS ME GOING.))))
Some days Oxley performs as many as six or seven autopsies a day. New
Year's Day LAST year he and Bill Massello did TEN. The average is about two a
A Lynchburg man charged with robbing a downtown bank last fall had his day
in court this morning.
Police say 29 year old Charles Banks and another man walked into the First
Virginia Bank on Main Street November 30th and demanded money.
Banks and his accomplice were running from the building when a dye pack in
their bag of money exploded.
Police recovered all of the stolen cash at the scene.
Banks was convicted in court this morning.
He'll be sentenced July 12th.
The second suspect, who police have not identified, is still at large.
Optical Cable continues to hook up with new customers in the midst of Wall
Street's frenzy over shares of its stock.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape;
The Roanoke County company has won a contract, potentially worth half a
million dollars, to supply fiber optic cable to Kobe (ko-BAY) Steel.
The news didn't boost Optical Cable's price per share though.
The stock was trading as high as 138 dollars last week.
But it slid for the second straight day, dropping 13 points to close at 78
dollars a share.
Six months ago the chief economist from one of the nation's largest banks
predicted the Dow Jones Industrial Average would soon drop three or four
That didn't happen.
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But while visiting Roanoke today, David Orr of First Union says the Dow is
still due for a 10 or 15- percent correction.
IN Q=Now I've been
((DAVID ORR/FIRST UNION ECONOMIST: NOW I'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THAT FOR THE
LAST YEAR OR SO AND IT HASN'T HAPPENED BECAUSE THE UNDERLYING GUSHER OF MONEY
THAT'S POURING INTO THE MUTUAL FUNDS AND 401K'S FROM WHAT WE WOULD CALL THE
BABY BOOMERS IS OVERWHELMING ANY OF THE NORMAL CYCLICAL IMPULSES THAT THESE
SUPER=01-David Orr/First Union Economist;
OUT Q=industries have.
There are other indices that are followed more closely these days, but the
Dow has been around the longest.
Today Wall Street celebrated its 100th birthday.
The stock market began the trading week with a sharp loss.
The Dow dropped 53 points, closing at 57 hundred nine.
NASDAQ was down more than 11 points.
A judge today ruled a former Danville school teacher can NOT drop a civil
suit filed against Danville's lead prosecutor.
The Reverend Thomas Motley wanted to dismiss the Danville Circuit Court case
against Bill Fuller and his Assistant James Martin in order to proceed solely
in federal court.
Motley sued Fuller and Martin after they bought an ad in a local newspaper
which detailed Motley's prior criminal record.
Motley claims the prosecutors did so as a way to vent their frustration
after a jury acquitted him of slapping a student with a yardstick.
Fuller denies the allegation, saying he bought the ad to address what he saw
as inaccuracies that had appeared in the paper concerning the case.
The case will be heard June 13th.
Police experts say when it comes to crime the elderly are often easy
Now some senior citizens in Covington have joined forces with local police
to do something about it.
The citizens have formed a group called SALT-- "Seniors and Lawmen
They're taking classes ranging from identifying scam artists to personal
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IN Q=And this is a
((SGT. S.C. HAYNES/COVINGTON POLICE: AND THIS IS A REAL GOOD OPPORTUNITY FOR
LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES TO BECOME ACQUAINTED WITH THEIR SENIOR CITIZENS
AND KNOW THEM A LOT BETTER. WE CAN LEARN ABOUT THEIR INDIVIDUAL PROBLEMS AND
IT HELPS US DEAL WITH THEIR PROBLEMS ON A MUCH MORE PERSONAL BASIS.))
SUPER=01-Sgt. S.C. Haynes/Covington Police;
OUT Q=more personal basis.
Experts say some seniors are victims of scam artists because they are too
But these SALT participants say they will be on guard.
IN Q=Contractors come around
((ALEXANDER TYLER/SALT COUNCIL CHAIRMAN: CONTRACTORS COME AROUND AND THEY PUT
PRESSURE ON THE SENIOR CITIZENS TO DO WORK THAT SHOULD NOT BE DONE. SO WE'RE
TRYING TO INFORM THEM WHAT NOT TO DO.))
SUPER=01-Alexander Tyler/SALT Council Chairman;
OUT Q=what not to do.
The Salt Council has been around almost a year and meets once a month.
Coming up tonight in sports, could Magic be coming back again?
Did the rain finally finally give the regional high school playoff action a
And are these people really playing golf in the showroom of a car dealership?
All the answers and much more coming up tonight in sports.
Baseball's Iron Man Cal Ripken Jr, will likely be moving over in the infield
tonight when the O's meet the Mariners in Seattle.
Ripken has played two thousand and 200 straight games for the Orioles, with
the majority of those coming at shortstop.
But manager Davey Johnson says tonight he likely will quit talking about
moving Ripken to third, and go ahead and make the switch.
if it happens Manny Alexander will take over shortstop.
The NCAA division three baseball tourney will not end tonight afterall.
Cal-Lutheran beat both William Patterson and Bridgewater State today, to
advance to the title game,but NCAA rules prohibit a team from playing three
games in one day.
Lutheran and Patterson will play for the title tomorrow at noon at Salem
Tha Cave Spring Lady Knight waited until the final at bat with two outs to
finally come to life and win their Northwest region softball quarterfinal game
with E.C. Glass.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Hilltoppers vs. Knights; :00
The game was postponed yesterday due to rain and resumed this afternoon in
the top of the 4th inning with Glass out in front 7-4 at Darrell Shell Field.
Trailing 7-6, senior Kari Whitney stepped to SUPER=34-Cave
the plate with 2 outs and the bases loaded. She connects on a base hit that
plates Marissa Abbey and Carey Fair. Cave Spring advances to the Northwest
Region semifinals with the 8-7 victory.
((KARI WHITNEY/KNOCKED IN GAME WINNING RUN:))
SUPER=01-Kari Whitney/Knocked in Game Winning Run; :00
OUT Q=...with a loss"
Cave Spring will play the winner of the Franklin County/Albemarle game
tomorrow at 3:30 at Darrell Shell Field.
Just when you thought Magic Johnson disappeared from the courts for good, he
may be making another reappearing act.
The Associated Press reports that two teams in Italy may be interested in
the services of the Magic man, plus a team in Argentina also has voiced some
Johnson returned for a third stint with the Los Angeles Lakers this season
after a 4-and-a-half absence from the team.
He re-retired after the Lakers were eliminated from the first round of the
playoffs last month.
First round action at the French Open tennis championships continued today in
Paris, and there was one big upset.
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Jennifer Capriati, who was making her first appearance in Paris since 1993
when she made the quarterfinals was stopped in the first round by China's JING
The straight set loss was 6-3 and 7-5.
The Memorial Day weekend weather wasn't exactly conducive for playing golf
unless you happened to be in Radford where several hundred golfers not only
played - BUT played for free.
IN Q=NAT SOUND
SUPER=01-Steve Morris/Olds Golf Academy Administrator; :31
SUPER=01-George Harvey/Harvey's of Radford Owner; 1:03
OUT Q=...WE DID THIS."
((No, that's not a cat box and yes, these people are swinging a golf club that
Welcome to the Oldsmobile Golf academy, a traveling training, teaching pro
shop on wheels that uses old fashioned technology
Nat Sound Bridge of Instructor
and some high Tech computer technology to help people improve their golf
games on the spot.
((STEVE MORRIS/PROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR:))
For the past year, the Oldsmobile academy with the help of associate sponsors
like Top Flite, has been canvasing the country turning Olds dealership
showrooms into makeshift courses.
Harvey's in Radford played host to the caravan for the first two days of this
week, and even the owner drove his swing in for a tune up.
((GEORGE HARVEY/OWNER - HARVEY'S IN RADFORD:))
The academy is looking to expand on the 120 stops it made in its first year
partially because of its popularity and largely because it's proven itself as
an effective tool for selling cars.))
((STEVE MORRIS/PROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR:))
Two trees were planted today at a Danville Middle School in memory of two
classmates killed in a traffic accident.
The trees were planted at Edwin Gibson Middle school.
12- year old Jami Earles and her 10- year old brother, James were killed in
a car accident at the intersection of Elizabeth Street and Route 265.
Their death has been especially hard on the children's classmates-- one
child wrote a poem.
IN Q=I asked why
((TIFFANY LONG: I ASKED WHY DID HE DIE BECAUSE IT HURTS WHEN LIKE PEOPLE DIES
AND STUFF LIKE THAT.
STANCIL JACKSON:IT MEANS A LOT TO ME BECAUSE JAMES WAS A GOOD FRIEND TO ME, HE
WAS ALWAYS A FRIEND FROM KINDERGARTEN ALL THE WAY THROUGH FOURTH. I SAW HIM ONE
DAY AND HE WAS GONE THE NEXT AND IT MADE ME FEEL BAD BECAUSE I COULDN'T SEE HIM
SUPER=07-Tiffany Long; :00
SUPER=07-Stancil Jackson; :08
OUT Q=him anymore.
The children raised the money to buy the trees.
A plague will be placed nearby.
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First, a baseball stadium-- now a golf course?
Salem may be enhancing its reputation as a sports- minded city.
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Jean Jadhon joins us in the newsroom with more on that.
Keith, they're not sure yet whether the idea will be on par with
But tonight Salem city council is meeting to hear plans for a municipal
The proposed site would be in Mowles Spring Park-- on the city's west
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and sports tonight on News 7 at 11.
We'll have details about the proposal-- plus all the latest news, weather,