Coming up on News 7 at SIX: A setback for A-E-P'S plan to build a 100 mile
power line through western Virginia.
and where will this five year old special needs youngster attend school?
The question has prompted a fight between the child's parents and Lexington
Tonight in sports, Steve Mason gives up a luxurious look at the Roanoke
Valley horse show's silver anniversary.
Michael Jordan picks up his fourth MVP award,
and then joins the wild thing Dennis Rodman, as the City of Chicago honors
the NBA with a calm victory celebration in Grant Park.
Tropical weather bears watching as the first big event of the season is
sitting off the Carolina coastline, and for us, strong storms hit to our north
and create flash flooding. Your complete weather outlook is coming up.
During the 90s a long standing battle over constructing a high voltage
transmission line in the area has pitted concerned citizens against American
The utility says it needs the line to meet the future demand for
But today, A-E-P's effort was dealt a tremendous blow with the release of
a long awaited study.
Double Boxes=Jean and Len/Microwave
Len Besthoff says it sparked emotions on both sides of the debate.
Len, what is this study all about?
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(Rollcue: substation in Cloverdale.)
IN Q=the environmental
SUPER=01-Bill Damon/Forest Supervisor;:00
SUPER=03-Blacksburg; :16 Quick
SUPER=03-Roanoke; :22 QUICK
SUPER=01-Ron Poff/AEP Project Manager; :30
SUPER=01-Ellen Coleman/Power Line Opponent; :53
OUT Q=too much
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Double Boxes=Jean and Len/Microwave
(Q&A: How easy would it be for A-E-P to route the line on private land only?)
Action is taken on another big, controversial project.
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./Last Night;
After months, even years of consideration, the Montgomery County Board of
Supervisors made way for the Smart Road project.
It voted last night to allow the state to build the high tech road through
an agricultural district.
The Commonwealth must now approve the road design.
Then it has to buy land.
After that, the project goes out to bid.
If all goes as planned, a groundbreaking COULD take place early next year.
But the Department of Transportation says that's far from definite.
For now, 16-year old Brian Wood is no longer expelled from Bassett High
Wood's attorney says a Henry County judge today reversed the school board's
decision to expel him.
The expulsion occurred earlier this year after Wood carried a pocket knife
during a field trip.
Wood and his parents sued the school board, saying the punishment was too
The matter now goes back to the school board to reconsider.
The Suffolk Delegate who said he was just "answering the call of nature"
pleaded GUILTY today to indecent exposure in a Richmond park.
Ellen Qualls was at his hearing.
IN Q=Suffolk Republican
SUPER=03-Richmond/May 9; :00
SUPER=01-Claire Cardwell/Richmond Prosecutor; :27
SUPER=01-Jim Roberts/Nelms Attorney; :38
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( Suffolk Republican Robert Nelms wrote a letter to his constituents in
April saying (quote) "I took a leak behind a fence."
But Nelms was NOT charged with urinating in public.
Prosecutors will only say a vice officer observed otherwise, leading them to
the indecent exposure charge, commonly used in relation to illicit sexual
Finally in this hearing, Nelms entered a plea of GUILTY -- acknowledging
that there was enough evidence to convict him.
((CLAIRE CARDWELL/RICHMOND PROSECUTOR: OUR OFFICE HAS MADE A COMMITMENT THAT
HE WOULD NOT BE TREATED DIFFERENTLY FROM ANYONE ELSE. WHEN ONE PLEADS TO A
MISDEMEANOR THERE IS NO REQUIREMENT THERE BE A SUMMARY OF THE EVIDENCE. IT'S
NOT NORMALLY DONE ON A PLEA TO A MISDEMEANOR, SO I'M NOT GONNA COMMENT ON WHAT
THE EVIDENCE WOULD HAVE BEEN.))
((JIM ROBERTS/NELMS' ATTORNEY: THIS HAS BEEN A SOURCE OF GREAT STRESS AND
GREAT PAIN FOR THE FAMILY. THUS, NEITHER DELEGATE NELMS OR I WILL MAKE ANY
FURTHER COMMENT AND THAT'S IT. THANK YOU. Robert are you indeed truly guilty?
But you said you were innocent before. We're just wondering why you say
guilty now. THAT'S IT.))
His sentence: 30 days in jail if he commits any other crimes in the next
year, a 50- dollar fine, and he's banned from Richmond parks and rec
sot standup 10;45:12
((IN THE PAST, DELEGATE NELMS HAS CHARACTERIZED HIS PROSECUTION AS A WITCH
HUNT...HE WOULD NOT SAY IF HE'S RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION NEXT FALL. ELLEN
QUALLS NEWS 7, RICHMOND.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on News 7 at Six-
A special send off for a Star City legend.
(LAY-bin) Laban Johnson retires from his post as Roanoke's special events
And at the tender age of five, this little boy has undergone five heart
IN Q=We know that change
((WE KNOW THAT CHANGE IS INEVITABLE BUT AT THIS POINT HE CAN'T STAND IT.))
OUT Q=can't stand it.
Now, despite doctors' warnings, he may be forced to change schools. We'll
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MUSIC UP FULL
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
A Lynchburg man could spend five years in prison for killing another man
outside a night club in January.
A jury today convicted Danny Ricardo Jones of voluntary manslaughter for the
shooting death of Robert Lewis Allen.
But their recommended two-year sentence was less than the mandatory three
year term Jones received for using a firearm.
IN Q=I have
((INA ALLEN/VICTIM'S MOTHER: I HAVE GRANDCHILDREN WHO WILL NEVER KNOW THEIR
FATHER AND HE GETS TWO YEARS? AND ONLY THREE YEARS BECAUSE THAT'S A MANDATORY
SENTENCE? WHERE THE JUSTICE AND THE FAIRNESS IN THAT? TELL ME.))
((JAY REEVES DEFENSE ATTORNEY: A DEATH OCCURRED AND THE JURY FELT THAT THERE
WAS AT LEAST POOR ENOUGH JUDGMENT THAT RESULTED IN THAT DEATH THAT A PENALTY
SUPER=01-Ina Allen/Victim's Mother; :00
SUPER=01-Jay Reeves/Defense Attorney; :12
OUT Q=a penalty was due.
Jones remains free on bond until sentencing in August.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
Roanoke's Mayor and four council members were sworn in earlier today at the
Roanoke City Courthouse.
James Trout was among the honorees.
He will serve his fifth term as a councilmember.
Meanwhile, David Bowers will begin his second term as mayor.
Also taking the oath of office were councilmembers Nelson Harris and Carroll
Vice-mayor Linda Wyatt was sworn-in too.
They all got certificates and crest pins in recognition of the event.
All terms begin July first.
There were fireworks in Botetourt County today.
Residents packed the Board of Supervisors meeting to try and stop a business
from relocating to there.
Scott Prince has the story.
IN Q=It was
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.; :00
SUPER=01-James Carpenter/Botetourt Co. Resident; :26
SUPER=01-Robert Little/Botetourt Co. Resident; :37
SUPER=01-Barbara Johnson/Botetourt Co. Resident; 1:00
OUT Q=Scott Prince, News- 7.
((It was a triumph for the average citizen.
IN Q=The motion
((WILLIAM LOOPE/BOTETOURT COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS: THE MOTION TO REZONE IS
Residents of the Reservoir Road Community in Botetourt County celebrated in
disbelief... because they didn't think they had a fighting chance.
A speech clinic was looking to expand and relocate-- into their
The county planning commission had already given it a preliminary nod of
approval... but residents had not.
SOT 13:56:43 tape 1
IN Q=This is
((JAMES CARPENTER/BOTETOURT COUNTY RESIDENT: THIS IS A COMMUNITY WHERE WE HAVE
KIDS WALKING AND RIDING BICYCLES UP AND AND DOWN THE STREET ALL DAY LONG FROM
SUN UP TO SUNDOWN AND WE LIKE IT LIKE THAT. ))
OUT Q=like that
SOT 14:10:34 tape 2
IN Q=If they are
((ROBERT LITTLE/BOTETOURT COUNTY RESIDENT: IF THEY ARE A BUSINESS, NO MATTER
WHAT THEIR BUSINESS, THEY HAVE NO BUSINESS IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD. ))
The board has been put in similar situations in recent months-- and sided
Rezoning for the Botetourt Center at Greenfield passed easily... despite
adamant opposition from residents.
The same held true for a golf- course community across the street.
But this time things turned out differently.
IN Q=I just
((BARBARA JOHNSON/BOTETOURT COUNTY RESIDENT: I JUST HAD FAITH THAT THINGS WOULD
HAPPEN... AND WHATEVER HAPPENED IT WOULD BE FOR THE BEST. I'M GLAD IT HAPPENED
THIS WAY THOUGH. ))
OUT Q=this way though
As for the speech clinic... expansion is now on hold.
Officials here apparently felt the rezoning would pass... and had no backup
Scott Prince, News- 7.))
The re-election campaign of Republican Senator John Warner is touting a new
The U-S Census Bureau says the federal government spent more money, per
capita, in Virginia than any other state.
The report also ranks Virginia number one in per capita spending by the U-S
Warner is the second ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee,
and the Chairman of the Surface Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee.
He's facing Democrat Mark Warner in November.
Stocks finished lower again today. The Dow lost 27 points, closing at
NASDAQ dropped 24 points.
A Lexington child suffering from severe heart disease may have to change
His parents are outraged and say a new school policy lacks compassion.
Ron Jones has more.
IN Q=5-year-old Ryan Turpin
SUPER=03-Buena Vista; :18
SUPER=01-Dr. Nicholas Maschal/Lexington School Administrator; :29
SUPER=01-Lisa Turpin/Ryan's Mother; :52
OUT Q=Ron Jones, News Seven, Buena Vista.
((5-year-old Ryan Turpin was born six weeks too soon-- he's had five heart
operations, a cardiac arrest, stomach ulcers, and other complications.
NOW Ryan's parents say they have a new problem-- the school officials in
Lexington and Buena Vista School.
Ryan attends a special ed program in Buena Vista.
But school officials say because of cramped conditions there, Lexington
special ed children must NOW attend a new facility IN Lexington.
((DR. NICHOLAS MASCHAL/LEXINGTON SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR: ECONOMICALLY
ADVANTAGEOUS FOR US AND FOR BUENA VISTA FOR US TO BRING OUR PROGRAM BACK HERE.
IT'S ALSO GOING TO BE ADVANTAGEOUS IN THAT WE CAN OFFER A BETTER INSTRUCTIONAL
PROGRAM WITH MORE ENGAGED LEARNING TIME FOR THE STUDENTS.))
One of Ryan's doctors wrote school officials stating a change could cause
serious and perhaps permanent damage to his progress.
Ryan's parents say they didn't like the response.
IN Q=They didn't care that
((LISA TURPIN/RYAN'S MOTHER: THEY DIDN'T CARE THAT THE DOCTOR WAS SAYING THAT
IT COULD HARM. AND WE WERE TOLD THAT WAS ONE DOCTOR'S OPINION AND THAT WHAT
ONE DOCTOR SAID BASICALLY DIDN'T MATTER.))
SUPER=01-Lisa Turpin/Ryan's Mother;
butt, butt, butt
((IF WE CAN KEEP HIM OUT OF THE HOSPITAL AND KEEP HIM IN THE BUENA VISTA
PROGRAM NEXT YEAR THAT GIVES HIM THE OPPORTUNITY TO POSSIBLY LEARN MORE.))
The Turpins have written the school board and hope members will reconsider.
School officials say they'll meet again and make a decision soon.
The Turpins have yet to hear from the Lexington School Board concerning he
fate of Ryan.
They say when they do they hope that the decision is based on compassion and
Ron Jones, News Seven, Buena Vista.))
Coming up tonight in sports, it's still party time for the Bulls as they turn
out the windy city and Michael picks up the keys to a new Pathfinder.
Plus Albert Bell and Herschel walker are in the news
along with the Roanoke Valley Horse show.
Steve Mason will more on the show's silver anniversary coming up.
The NBA finals ended Sunday night, but it may be some time before the post
game partying cools down in Chicago.
SUPER=03-Chicago, IL; :00
This afternoon in Grant Park, thousands of fans turned out to honor the newly
crowned NBA champs.
A team of Dennis Rodman dancers set the stage for the one and only to make
his entrance wearing a Cook County sheriff's department shirt, and carrying the
There was provocative Rodman art, and numerous pleas to keep the Bulls in
tact so they can go for their fifth title next season.
IN Q="I hope...
((MICHAEL JORDAN/NBA FINALS MVP:))
SUPER=01-Michael Jordan/NBA Finals MVP; :00
OUT Q=...TO CHICAGO."
WIPE TO ENG#
SUPER=03-Chicago, IL; :00
Michael becomes a free agent on July first, and it will take at least 20
million a year to keep him in Chicago.
The Bulls won't need to give a new car though. Today he picked up a NISSAN
Pathfinder for winning MVP honors in the finals for a record fourth time.
IN Q="This is...
OUT Q=...IT FOR HIM."
The five game suspensions handed down to Cleveland Indians players Julian
Tavarez and Albert Belle on May 31st, were reduced to just 3 today.
SUPER=04-May 31; :00
The penalties stem from that May 31st game against Milwaukee in
which Belle flattened Brewers second baseman Fernando Vina with a forearm to
the head and Tavarez later flipped umpire Joe Brinkman.
Belle will begin serving his suspension with Friday's
doubleheader against the New York Yankees. Tavarez will start his
suspension with tonight's home game with Boston.
The Dodgers and Cubs are playing a doubleheader today at Wrigley Field, the
opener was a slugfest as the Dodgers won it 9-to-6
SUPER=03-Chicago, IL/Dodgers vs. Cubs; :00
behind the bat of Roger Cedeno.
The rookie drove in four runs, with a double and a solo homer.
He ended up 4-for-5 on the day and helped Ramon Martinez improve to 5-and-1
on the season.
The Cubs lead the second game 3-to-2 in the THIRD.
The Martinsville Phillies and Danville Braves open their respective
Appalachian League seasons tonight at Hooker field in Martinsville.
Game time between the two southside rivals is seven o'clock.
We'll have some highlights for you tonight at eleven.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke Valley Horse Show
The Roanoke Valley Horse Show is celebrating it's 25th birthday this year
over in Salem.
And Steve Mason says, a record number of entries and some high class decor
should make the event's silver anniversary a special one.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-June Camper/Horse Show Co-Chairman; :17
SUPER=01-Don Stewart/Hunter-Jumper Trainer; :23
SUPER=01-Gary Garone/Fairfield South Stable; :47
SUPER=01-Bobbie Camper/Professional Equestrian; 1:06
OUT Q=...news 7 sports"
((Over 200 thousand dollars in prize money and some where in the
neighborhood of a thousand riders and horses competing are just two aspects the
show that have enabled it to be the longest running sporting event in the
Feast your eyes on the shows ever growing ambiance. chandeliers hang in stalls
to enhance tack rooms. There is even prize money on the line for the top
bridles and saddles on display.
Roanoke's Lakeland Stables fish pond outside it's stable might offer an
advantage, but the competition is all in fun. The horse show runs through this
Saturday. Competition begins at 8 am and finishes around 10:30 all week. In
Salem, Steve Mason, News 7 sports.))
The NFL's offseason moves continue to hit some big name veterans, and tonight
the Giants serve up the latest cold cut
as they release running back Herschel Walker, who was scheduled to make $1.1
million this season.
The former Heisman Trophy winner carried the ball just 31 times
for 126 yards in his tenth season last year.
Friends and former students said goodbye and GOOD LUCK to a well-known
teacher, TV host and Roanoke city official today.
They're honoring (LAY-bin) Laban Johnson- special events coordinator for
the city since 1985.
He retired earlier this year.
In the past he's helped out with events like Festival in the Park.
SOT 15.08.27 - 15.08.38
IN Q=Is there anything
((LABAN JOHNSON/RET. SPECIAL EVENTS COORDINATOR;
IS THERE ANYTHING IN PARTICULAR YOU REMEMBER? YES, THE HUGE CROWDS WE DREW TO
DOWNTOWN ROANOKE AT NIGHT STARTING IN 1981 WHEN EVERYBODY SAID NOBODY WOULD
SUPER=01-Laban Johnson/Ret. Special Events Coordinator;
OUT Q=would come down
Johnson co-starred in "Cookin' Cheap," a nationally-syndicated TV show.
He's also a former drama teacher at Patrick Henry High School.
City council members showed their appreciation for Johnson by re-naming the
It's now the (LAY-bin) LABAN JOHNSON Amphitheater.
Elmwood Park amphitheater.