Coming up on News 7 at SIX:
Convicted murderer (Yenz SIR-ing) Jens Soering will have another day in
He says prosecutors withheld evidence that could have cleared him.
and we'll see how some Virginia Tech Scientists are trying to crack some
Tonight in sports, Deion Sanders is arrested for trespassing, Dell Curry
talks about his decade in the NBA,
and Ken Griffey Junior is in a lot of pain and lot of the lineup for a month
with a broken bone in his right wrist.
Showers are tapering off for the most part, we'll look at the doppler radar
and your complete peak-ahead-at-the-weekend forecast coming up in just a few.
Did Bedford County prosecutors withhold evidence that could have cleared
convicted murderer (Yenz SIR-ing) Jens Soering?
That's the question the state Supreme Court wants answered as (SIR-ing)
continues to appeal his convictions for the murder of his girlfriend's parents
Steve Smallshaw is in our Lynchburg bureau, Steve what do Bedford County
investigators think about (Sir-ing's) Soering's claim?
Not much, Jean...they see this as just another step in the legal process
that began ten years ago with the indictments of Jens Soering and his
girlfriend Elizabeth Haysom.
SUPER=03-Bedford Co./File Tape;
Haysom pleaded guilty as an accessory to the murder of her parents and is
serving a 90- year prison term.
Soering was sentenced to two life terms for stabbing to death Derek and
Although he initially confessed to the crime, Soering later claimed someone
else committed the murders.
Now he says prosecutors tried to hide evidence that could have supported
That's a charge investigators vigorously deny.
IN Q=And all of
((SGT. RICKY GARDNER/HAYSOM MURDER INVESTIGATOR: AND ALL OF THE DOCUMENTATION
THAT WE HAD THAT WAS EXCULPATORY AND A LOT OF THE STUFF THAT WASN'T EXCULPATORY
WAS TURNED OVER TO THE DEFENSE IN THIS CASE, IT WAS VOLUMES, VOLUMES OF
DOCUMENTATION AND PAPERWORK, AND I FEEL CONFIDENT THAT THE APPEAL WILL BE
SUPER=01-Sgt. Ricky Gardner/Haysom Murder Investigator; :00
OUT Q=appeal will be denied.
It's important to note that the Supreme Court denied every other issue
Soering raised in his appeal.. it granted a hearing on the issue of exculpatory
evidence simply because this was a question of fact, not a question of law.
Judge William Sweeney will set a court date for the evidence hearing within
a couple of weeks. Jean?
A predominately white church went up in flames in Scott County this morning.
The fire happened at Peterson's Chapel in Duffield at about four this
Police have arrested a suspect.
A white male was reportedly drunk and initially unable to answer questions.
He's been charged with public intoxication.
Meanwhile the burning of Southern BLACK churches has sparked outrage and
But the leader of a Danville civil rights organization says the fires have
created a long term problem.
Teresa Hamilton has the story.
SUPER=01-Rev. William Avon Keen/Danville SCLC President; :09
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7.
(( Danville's Southern Christian Leadership Conference outlined the problem
inside a local apostolic church.
The Reverend William Avon Keen is Danville's SCLC president.
IN Q=Our nation
((REV. WILLIAM AVON KEEN/DANVILLE SCLC PRESIDENT: OUR NATION IS CRYING OUT
ABOUT CUTTING WELFARE AND SOCIAL PROGRAMS AND MANY PEOPLE TURN TO THE CHURCHES
FOR HOPE, BUT A LOT OF THIS MONEY THAT IS BEING COLLECTED TO REBUILD CHURCHES,
THIS MONEY COULD HAVE BEEN USED TO RELIEVE PEOPLE WHO ARE IN SOCIAL STRESS. ))
OUT Q=social stress.
Keen says donations are often used to help low income families with rent and
In hopes of alleviating the problem, Keen invited local business and church
leaders to attend a leadership summit.
IN Q=Our goals
((OUR GOALS OF THE SUMMIT WILL BE TO DISCUSS THE ECONOMIC AND RELIGIOUS IMPACTS
AS WELL AS IF WE WILL DEVELOP SOME TYPE OF WATCH OR CHURCH WATCH IN OUR LOCAL
OUT Q=in our local community.
Keen acknowledges predominately white churches have also been targeted.
But he believes attention has primarily been focused on black churches
because they've often been the object of hate groups.
The leadership summit will be held in Danville this September.
In the meantime, the national SCLC is collecting money to help rebuild
Southern churches. Teresa Hamilton, News 7.))
A fire at Lewis Gale Hospital in Salem spared patients but caused thousands
of dollars in damage this morning.
About four-thirty, firefighters responded to reports of smoke coming from
the emergency room.
The fire destroyed a machine used to treat waste material.
No one was evacuated and officials say no one was hurt.
The thunderstorms that rolled through the Roanoke Valley this afternoon,
left at least one house fire in their wake.
Two people escaped without injury but the blaze caused extensive damage to
the home on Laconia (La-CONE-ee-uh) Avenue in northeast Roanoke.
Retired firefighter Warren Hawley lives next door... and says he was
startled when the storm hit.
IN Q=It was awful lightning
((WARREN HAWLEY/NEIGHBOR: IT WAS AWFUL LIGHTNING AND THUNDER. ALL OF A SUDDEN A
BIG CRACK OF LIGHTNING HIT AND IT ALMOST KNOCKED ME OUT OF MY SEAT NEXT DOOR.))
OUT Q=seat next door.
Smoke was billowing from the building as firefighters arrived, but they
were able to quickly put out the fire.
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Coming up on News 7 at Six-
Roanoke County's Parental Responsibility Contract gets a failing grade,
And Virginia Tech scientists are taking a closer look at these dinosaur
When we return we'll tell you what they found, but first let's check in with
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A Halifax County man is charged with killing his estranged wife.
Authorities say 32-year old Glenda Morris Cole was shot once in the head
last night in (Virga-LINE-a)
Her estranged husband, 36- year old Mark Wayne Cole was charged with first
Authorities say it appears the shooting stemmed from a domestic dispute.
A veternarian confirmed the cause of death today in the case of 53 cows
left unattended in a Botetourt County field.
Dr. Richard Bailey says the animals died from a lack of water and heat
He says this backs up what ranch workers say happened.
Apparently, someone dropped the cattle off at the Braemar ranch near
But no one at the ranch knew the cows were there.
The ranch is owned by the Woodhill Corporation.
Police went to the site after neighbors complained about an odor coming from
The cattle had apparently been there for about a week.
A Washington D-C doctor who specializes in chronic pain may lose his
license to practice in Virginia.
In a hearing before the State Board of Medicine, William Hurwitz is accused
of over-prescribing narcotics to pain patients.
This patient of the doctor takes some 50 painkillers a day-- combinations
that would usually cause at least addiction, or disorientation-- but with
chronic pain patients, that's often NOT the case.
IN Q=If it takes
((DR. WILLIAM HURVITZ:IF IT TAKES ONE PILL OR IT TAKES 100 PILLS OR IT TAKES,
1,000 PILLS, THAT'S WHAT IT TAKES. ))
SUPER=07-Dr. William Hurwitz; QUICK
OUT Q=what it takes.
Some say it's that kind of talk that's getting Dr. Hurwitz in trouble.
That, and the fact that two of his patients-- a 37 year-old woman, and a
36-year old man, died-- possibly because of his treatment.
The hearing continues tomorrow in Richmond.
He does have the support of some of the top pain specialists in the
country-- who agree chronic pain patients build up tolerance, and require
stonger doses to relieve pain.
A Chesterfield County woman this week became the first Virginian assisted in
suicide by Dr. Jack Kevorkian.
Now, Republicans are pointing out to reporters that it was House Democrats
who blocked a bill this year making physician-assisted suicide a class six
IN Q=This bill
((DEL. BILL MIMS/R-LEESBURG: THIS BILL DEALS WITH ASSISTED SUICIDE, MERCY
KILLING. THOSE THINGS THAT ARE OUTSIDE OF THE HEALTH CARE DECISIONS ACT. THE
REASON WHY THIS BILL IS NECESSARY IS THAT THERE IS A GROWING MOVEMENT
NATIONWIDE TOWARDS ASSISTED SUICIDE.))
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D-VINTON: IT LOOKS LIKE TO ME THAT WE CANNOT GET ANY
CONSENSUS ON THIS, SO THIS BILL NEEDS TO GO BACK TO COMMITTEE WHERE WE CAN HAVE
YEAR TO SORT THESE EIGHT, OR NINE, OR TEN AMENDMENTS, WHATEVER THEY MIGHT BE
SUPER=01-Del. Bill Mims/(R) Leesburg; :00
OUT Q=might be out.
The bill was in its second year of consideration in Richmond.
It was referred again to Dick Cranwell's sub-committee on a party line vote
at the hands of Democrats.
There is currently NO law specific to physician-assisted suicide in
On Wall Street, the stock market finished mixed today.
A sharp drop in technology stocks was not enough to force the market lower.
The DOW gained 11 points, closing at 56-hundred-59.
NASDAQ lost twelve points.
A local school district learned a legal lesson and settled a controversial
Last fall, administrators at Roanoke County Schools-- along with other
systems across the state-- mailed out the "Parental Responsibility Contract."
The document received state-wide attention in our area... after a county
family took legal action against the school board.
Some parents said the contract infringed on their rights.
It required parents to sign an agreement to take part in their child's
discipline-- or face a fine.
IN Q=That's not
((DON HUFFMAN/ATTORNEY: THAT'S NOT A CONTRACT. A CONTRACT IS A VOLUNTARY
INSTUMENT AND THIS WAS NOT. AND EVERBODY RECOGNIZED IT IMMEDIATELY, THAT THERE
WERE VALID CONCERNS AND CORRECTED THEM AND IT REALLY WORKED OUT BEAUTIFULLY. ))
Parents will now only be asked to acknowledge that they received the school
If they don't want to sign it-- they don't have to.
Students at one Danville elementary school have something NEW to look
forward to this fall.
A-verett College and Danville Public Schools have formed an education
Under the plan, students from Averett's education program will work with
teachers at Forest Hills elementary.
The program will offer college students and teachers the chance for
specialized training in technology, student assessment and other areas.
IN Q=If there's
((DR. FRANK R. CAMPBELL/AVERETT COLLEGE PRESIDENT:IF EVER THERE'S BEEN A
PROGRAM THAT'S WIN, WIN FOR A COMMUNITY AND FOR THE BOYS AND GIRLS, AND FOR
COLLEGE STUDENTS, IT'S THIS ONE.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Frank R. Campbell/Averett College President; :00
OUT Q=it's this one.
15 students from Averett's teacher education program will take part in the
project beginning this fall.
More than 70 million years after they were deposited in China's Yellow River
Basin, two dinosaur eggs have made their way to Virginia Tech.
Researchers used a C-T scanner at the College of Veterinary Medicine to
examine the eggs, which they believe came from a duckbilled dinosaur.
Close scrutiny indicated the eggs had most likely hatched.
Researchers had hoped to find at least one fossilized embryo for further
((DR. BILL GREENBERG/VA. TECH PROFESSOR: UNLESS YOU COULD SEE THE EMBRYO'S
STRUCTURE VERY CLEARLY, YOU WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO IDENTIFY WHAT SPECIES OF
DINOSAUR IT WAS. AND OF COURSE BY STUDYING THE EMBRYO'S STRUCTURE YOU ALSO FIND
OUT A LOT ABOUT THE DEVELOPMENT OF DINOSAURS. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Bill Greenberg/Va. Tech Professor;
OUT Q=development of dinosaurs.
The eggs were found in China and exported several years ago to a group of
paleontologists in Colorado.
The eggs will soon be on public display at Virginia Tech.
Coming up tonight in sports, Griffey is out for a month, Deion is arrested
for fishing, Dell talks about his decade in the NBA
and Roy Stanley gives us an unusual look at what goes on in the ring, before
all the jumping takes place at the Roanoke Valley horse show.
Another bad break for Ken Griffey Junior, who has been sidelined for the
second time in two years with a broken wrist.
SUPER=03-Seattle, WA/Last Night; :00
In last night's 9-to-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, Griffey broke a small
bone in his right wrist while fouling off this inside pitch from Erik Hanson.
Last season he fractured the wrist on his other hand and missed 73 games,
fortunately this injury isn't as bad.
IN Q="His recovery...
((DR. MITCH STOREY/MARINERS TEAM DOCTOR:))
SUPER=01-Dr. Mitch Storey/Mariners Team Doctor; :00
OUT Q=...IN BASEBALL."
On the field this afternoon, the Baltimore Orioles finally got a win over the
SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD/Rangers vs. Orioles - HTS; :00
The O's had lost eight out of nine games to the Rangers before today.
But Brady Anderson got the Orioles on the board with this homerun, his 25th
of the year to make it a 2-all game in the third.
Then with two outs in the inning, Rafael Palmiero got the eventual game
winner as he lifted this solo shot to left center.
The Orioles beat the Rangers 3-to-2.
They now get ready for a weekend series with the Royals.
Deion Sanders, the Dallas Cowboys superstar who is a native of Fort Myers,
Florida was arrested for trespassing last night.
It seems he and a friend were caught fishing for large mouth bass in a
restricted lake on airport property.
IN Q="I hold...
((DEION SANDERS/ARRESTED FOR TRESPASSING:))
SUPER=01-Deion Sanders/Arrested For Trespassing; :00
OUT Q=...COULDN'T STOP."
He caught ten fish in 10 minutes but he could now get a year in jail or a
$1000 dollar fine.
Dell Curry has been in town part of this week, helping out at Page Moir's
basketball camp at Roanoke College.
And last night I caught up with the former Tech star, who just wrapped up his
10th season in the NBA.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=01-Dell Curry/Hornets All-Time Leading Scorer; :00
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC; :20
SUPER=03-Salem/Last Night; :50
OUT Q=...EVERY YEAR."
((DELL CURRY/HORNETS ALL-TIME LEADING SCORER:))
(( Dell has played in 727 NBA games and scored 94 hundred and 52 points in
his decade in the league.
He's also won the NBA's sixth man award, and been a finalist for the
league's Humanitarian of the year honor, but one thing is still missing.
Dell turns 32 next Tuesday and when he's not playing much of his time is
occupied by wife Sonya and his three kids. Six year old son Seth has been
showcasing his moves and keeping Dad on the run this week in Salem.))
The Roanoke Valley Horse show is in its fourth day at the Salem Civic
And Roy Stanley says this morning some of the riders and trainers went to
IN Q="If this looks...
SUPER=01-Pierre Jolecoeus/Trainer: :17
SUPER=01-Lynne Little/Raylyn Farms; :49
OUT Q=......news 7 sports."
((NAT SOUND: ))
((If this looks like mass confusion in the ring trust me its not.
Riders and trainers were on the course inside the Civic Center going to
Its a pre-ride ritual called a walk through.))
((PIERRE JOLECOEUS/TRAINER: ))
((And that's important especially in the High School Jumping category.
The majority of the horses are young and inexperienced. And because of
that the Rider must know exactly what steps the horse must take to successful
complete the course.))
((LYNNE LITTLE/RAYLYN FARMS: ))
((PIERRE JOLECEUS: ))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
Iron Gate's only police officer will be the talk of town council tonight.
Jim Phillips will find out whether this will be his last day on the job.
He's been on administrative leave since his reckless driving conviction in
A judge ruled Phillips endangered the public during a police chase.
Alleghany County deputies have been handling the town's law enforcement
since the ruling.
Tonight we'll find out whether council will reinstate Phillips OR keep using
the county deputies.
tonight on News 7 at 11.
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