The news is up next on W-D-B-J- -7.
...with a life sentence for a stalker/killer.
An attorney general preaching protection for churches- -black and white.
And the little train on Mill Mountain is re-commissioned.
We'll take a ride on the zoo-choo again.
Tonight in sports, Glenn Robinson quits the Dream Team, the Sixers like
Iverson, some kids for racing at New River today,
and yes, another upset at Wimbledon, as French OPen champ Yevgeny Kafelnikov
loses to a Brit.
Our weather story over the next few days could not be finer for this time of
year. Sunny 80's straight ahead.
A life sentence today for a man who ambushed his ex-wife in her own home.
Bryant Ross admitted he killed her, but his attorney tried to paint a
sympathetic portrait of a remorseful man who simply overreacted to his wife's
decision to leave him.
Vickie and Bryant had been separated about a month.
HE did not testify, but said he wanted to address the court before sentence
IN Q=I've asked God
((BRYANT ROSS: I'VE ASKED GOD AND VICKIE FOR THEIR FORGIVENESS OF MY SINS FOR
WHAT I HAVE DONE. IN MY HEART I KNOW THAT I HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN BY THEM AND THAT
MY CONSCIENCE IS CLEAR, BUT THAT DOESN'T MAKE ME INNOCENT.))
OUT Q=me innocent.
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One of his in-laws blurted out to Ross in the courtroom: you HAVE no heart.
Friends testified Ross indicated he planned to booby-trap the house, and
leave Vickie the "surprise of her life."
IN Q=I don't think there's
((JUDGE PAT DOHERTY: I DON'T THINK THERE'S ANY QUESTION FROM THE EVIDENCE I
HEARD THAT YOU TERRORIZED AND STALKED YOUR WIFE, LAID AMBUSH FOR HER.))
SUPER=01-Judge Pat Doherty/Roanoke Circuit Court
OUT Q=ambush for her.
Judge Doherty took note of Ross's own statement to police that Vickie got
up after he shot her once and that he shot her again.
The woman who sparked a frantic search for a two- week- old baby yesterday
remains held without bond on auto theft charges in Lynchburg.
Police say 30- year- old Beverly Renee Wade stole this Ford Escort station
wagon before wrecking it on the Route 501 Expressway Monday.
Just minutes earlier, police were called to the home where Wade had been
staying, after a phone tip that she may have harmed her newborn baby.
NOW authorities say they don't know whether Wade even gave birth to a child.
She's not talking and there are no hospital records to corroborate her
The case remains under investigation.
A simple request for more parking spaces has residents of a Lynchburg
neighborhood split along racial lines.
The new Sassy's restaurant got its extra parking today, but some neighbors
fear crime and violence will soon follow.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
IN Q=Ordinarily when a
SUPER=01-Royston Jester/Zoning Board Member; :31
SUPER=01-Willie Mae Dates/Sassy's Owner; :41
SUPER=01-Paul Barringer/Opponent; :58
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
(( Ordinarily when a vacant building is renovated and turned into a new
business, people cheer.
Not so with Sassy's Restaurant and Lounge, now occupying the old Trailways
bus station on Fifth Street.
To accommodate bigger crowds, Sassy's asked the city to rezone this parking
lot behind the restaurant, making all 87 spaces available to its customers.
The zoning board couldn't help but draw comparisons to the Glass House..
another restaurant that was granted a variance, and that has been the scene of
two murders in the last five months.
IN Q=And so using
((ROYSTON JESTER/ZONING BOARD MEMBER: AND SO USING THE GLASS HOUSE AS AN
EXAMPLE, DOES THAT CONCERN YOU THAT SASSY'S COULD BECOME LIKE THE GLASS
OUT Q=the Glass House.
IN Q=People keep saying
((WILLIE MAE DATES/SASSY'S OWNER: PEOPLE KEEP SAYING THERE'S GOING TO BE
PROBLEMS, THERE'S GOING TO BE VIOLENCE, THERE'S GOING TO BE THIS. IS IT GOING
TO BE THAT BECAUSE IT'S A BLACK- OWNED BUSINESS? OR JUST BECAUSE THEY SEE 250
BLACK PEOPLE GATHERING AND THERE HAS TO BE PROBLEMS.))
OUT Q=to be problems.
Opponents say race has nothing to do with it.
IN Q=But I'm here
((PAUL BARRINGER/OPPONENT: BUT I'M HERE TO TELL YOU THAT THE BUSINESS
COMMUNITY, BOTH BLACK AND WHITE, IS OPPOSED TO WHAT'S PLANNED AT 510 FIFTH
OUT Q=Fifth Street.
But the zoning board voted unanimously to grant the parking variance, and to
give Sassy's a chance to prove itself.
SU 12:40:27 (4)
IN Q=Even with this
((Even with this victory, the battle is really only half over. In about four
weeks, Sassy's will petition the ABC board for a liquor license, a move that
almost certainly will meet with even more local opposition. Whether they get
the license or not, Sassy's has exactly one year from this date to prove they
can be a good neighbor to this community.))
OUT Q=to this community.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
In the past 18 months, nearly 40 southern black churches have burned down...
including two here in the Commonwealth.
State Attorney General Jim Gilmore has already vowed to oversee an intense
Today he made another promise.
Quoting scriptures at the Baptist General Convention at the Hotel Roanoke...
Gilmore said his office would help rebuild state churches lost to hate crimes.
IN Q=Any black
((JIM GILMORE/STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL: ANY BLACK CHURCH OR ANY OTHER CHURCH, OR
ANY SYNAGOGUE OR ANY WHITE CHURCH THAT IS ATTACKED BY THE ENEMIES OF THE
LORD... WE WILL RISE UP OUT OF THOSE ASHES LIKE A PHOENIX. WE WILL STEP
FORWARD. WE WILL WAIT ON THE LORD AND WE WILL MOUNT UP ON THE WINGS LIKE
EAGLES. WE WILL WALK AND WILL NOT BE WEARY. WE WILL RUN AND NOT BE FAINT. ))
OUT Q=not be faint
Gilmore invited members of the conference to attend the Southern Attorneys
General meeting next month in Washington.
The meeting will focus on the recent church burnings.
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When News 7 at Six returns- railroad officials tell lawmakers not to plan on
additional passenger service in Southwest and Central Virginia,
but that's not the case at the Mill Mountain Zoo where after a two year
absence the Zoo Choo is riding the rails again.
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The message from Norfolk Southern to state lawmakers is clear: passenger
rail service to southwest and southside Virginia is NOT possible.
That's where the Senate finance committee started negotiations today.
Ellen Qualls reports.
IN Q=the negotiations
SUPER=01-Wiley Mitchell/Norfolk Southern; :18
SUPER=01-Rollo Axton/Greater Richmond Transit; 1;!6
OUT Q=QUALLS NEWS-7 CHARLOTTESVILLE.
GRAPHIC=Mill Mountain Zoo
Officials at Mill Mountain Zoo are glad to be back in the train business.
After more than two years of waiting the Zoo Choo is accepting passengers
Ron Jones reports.
IN Q=It's all aboard
SUPER=04-July 15, 1994; :12
SUPER=01-Beth Poff/Mill Mountain Zoo Exec. Dir.; :47
SUPER=01-Chuck Doane/Zoo Choo Engineer; 1:05
OUT Q=Ron Jones, News Seven, Roanoke.
((It's all aboard-- the Zoo Choo!
The Mill Mountain Zoo and the Roanoke Jaycee officials held a ribbon cutting
ceremony to re-commission the miniature train.
In 1994 it was put out of service after it derailed and more than a dozen
people were injured.
Most suffered minor injuries, but one man was hospitalized.
But the past was quickly forgotten after more than a dozen young boys and
girls from the summer Zoo Camp climbed aboard.
NAT SOUND 10:28:25
After the ringing of the official bell, the Zoo Choo was back on track.
((BETH POFF/MILL MOUNTAIN ZOO EXEC. DIR.: THE KIDS REALLY MISSED IT. IT'S BEEN
PART OF THE ZOO SINCE THE EARLY FIFTIES AND IT STOPPED RUNNING ON JULY OF 94.
SO IT'S BEEN A MISSING ELEMENT OF THE ZOO. SO WE'RE JUST REAL EXCITED TO HAVE
IT BACK AS A PIECE OF THE ZOO VISIT AND PARTICULARLY FOR THE KIDS.))
Chuck Doane, the trains official engineer, was glad to be at helm.
((CHUCK DOANE/ZOO CHOO ENGINEER: I WAS PRETTY EXCITING TODAY AFTER WHAT
HAPPENED LAST TIME WITH THE TRAINS. SO WE'VE GOT IT UP GOT IT GOING. WE'RE
GOING TO TAKE CARE OF IT. FOR IT GOING TO BE A FUN RIDE FOR THE KIDS.))
After the accident train officials always felt there was light at the end of
the tunnel-- the little engine that could-- is doing it again.
Ron Jones, News Seven, Roanoke.))
Governor Allen continued his listening tour today with a dedication of the
Magnolia Mills plant near Hillsville.
The yarn- maker is a subsidiary of North Carolina- based Parkdale Mills.
Governor Allen says the fully- automated, state- of-the-art plant is just
the type Virginia needs to compete.
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE HAVE TO DO IN INNOVATING AND
IMPROVING IS WORK SMARTER. USE OUR TECHNOLOGY, USE OUR BRAIN SO THAT THERE
ISN'T THE INEFFICIENCIES OF THE OLD WAYS OF DOING THINGS. ))
OUT Q=of doing things.
Magnolia is the size of five football fields and employs 160 people.
The company expects to grow even larger.
((ANDY WARLICK/PARKDALE MILLS PRES.: WE BUILT THIS PLANT FOR EXPANSION, THAT'S
WHY WE HAVE THE LOT GRADED IN THE BACK AND WE ALSO BUILD INFRASTRUCTURE TO
HANDLE THE DOUBLING OF OUR CAPACITY. ))
SUPER=01-Andy Warlick/Parkdale Mills Pres.;
OUT Q=of our capacity.
Warlick says future expansion will depend on market demand.
On Wall Street today stocks closed mixed.
The Dow gained a point, closing at 57-hundred-19.
NASDAQ lost ten points.
The suspect in Roanoke's latest murder was arrested late this afternoon in
Roanoke police say Aquila (uh-KILL-ee-uh) Barnett was apprehended at the
home of a family member in Charlotte.
Barnett is accused of shooting 23- year- old Robin A. Williams early
A relative of Barnett apparently contacted Charlotte police, and he was
taken into custody without incident.
Authorities also found the stolen car they believe Barnett drove to
Charlotte, and they will examine a shotgun found nearby to determine if it was
the murder weapon.
A Franklin County family that lost its home to fire will soon be moving into
a new one.
The fire happened last year as the family was vacationing at Walt Disney
Faulty wiring ignited the blaze.
Franklin County High School principal Benny Gibson and his family lost
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IN Q=My wife and
((BENNY GIBSON/FRANKLIN COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL;
MY WIFE AND I WENT DOWN AND THERE WERE BASICALLY TWO CHIMNEYS LEFT STANDING. NO
ROOMS. NO FLOORS. NO WALLS, OR ANYTHING. AND, THAT WAS A SHOCK.))
SUPER=01-Benny Gibson/Franklin Co. High School Principal;
OUT Q=was a shock
Soon after the fire, friends, teachers and students helped the family out.
They donated food, money and clothing.
And, now thanks to that help the Gibsons are building a new home.
It's scheduled to be completed later this summer.
A team of students at Virginia Tech may have engineered the type of car
we'll drive in the future.
The team's hybrid electric vehicle has won the Future Car Challenge.
General Motors donated a Chevy Lumina to the Tech team.
The national competition challenged students to convert a family- sized
sedan into a low-fuel vehicle, without sacrificing comfort, safety,
affordability and consumer acceptability.
The cars had to be capable of mass production by 2007.
The competition was sponsored by the Department of Energy and a council of
the "Big Three" automakers.
Coming your way tonight in sports, lots of hoopla including a Dream Team
member quits the team, an offer to buy the Hornets, and a former area coach
getting a job at Maryland.
Plus, Steve Mason and photographer Rob Monroe check in from the New River
Valley Speedway where some unique racing took place this morning.
A member of the 1996 Olympic Dream Team in men's basketball has QUIT the team
for injury reasons.
Milwaukee Bucks forward Glenn Robinson, who already was the most questionable
selection on the team, is backing out because of an achilles problem.
Robinson averaged 20 points this past season and played in all 82.
The most likely replacement on the Dream team is Shawn Kemp, who starred in
the NBA finals for the Sonics.
The NBA draft is set for tomorrow night at the Meadowlands in New Jersey, and
the 76ers are expected to take Allan Iverson with the first pick.
Earlier today the Hampton native defended the group of underclassmen who have
entered the draft early this year.
((ALLEN IVERSON/POSSIBLE NUMBER ONE PICK:))
SUPER=01-Allen Iverson/Possible Number One Pick; :00
OUT Q=...KID'S BACKGROUND."
One other draft note tonight out of Charlotte says the Hornets may be
interested in trading Larry Johnson to Portland for Chris Dudley, Gary Trent
and the Blazers number one pick.
The Hornets are trying to rev up excitement for a new coliseum, and they
almost got the queen city's biggest motor head to lead their cheers.
Bruton Smith, the owner of the Charlotte, Atlanta, Texas and Bristol Motor
Speedways offered to buy the team for a reported $150 million dollars.
SUPER=03-Fort Mill, SC/Last Week; :00
Current owner George Shinn paid just $32 million for the team in 1988.
Shinn says he won't rule out another offer in the near future from Smith, but
right now he's just not looking to sell the team.
Former Radford University assistant men's basketball coach Dave Dickerson is
continuing his upward mobility this summer.
Back on May 3rd he accepted an assistant's position at Marshall, only to find
out a couple of week's later he was in the running for a bigger job at his alma
mater, the University of Maryland.
Dickerson will officially be named one of Gary Williams assistants tomorrow.
GRAPHIC=New River Valley Speedway
The new River Valley Speedway, a few of it's drivers and some special
handicapped kids team up in Radford today.
Steve Mason has the successful racing results.
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OUT Q=..News 7 sports"
Day number at Wimbledon and yes the upsets continue to happen.
Yesterday three of the top men's seeds including Andre Agassi were upset,
SUPER=03-Wimbledon, England/HBO & NBC; :00
and another top seed bites the dust.
Fifth seeded Yevgeny Kafelnikov, the reigning French Open champion lost in five
sets to Britain's Tim Henman 7-6, 6-3, 6-7, 4-6, and 7-5.
Five of the top eight seeds have now lost in the opening round. That has
never happened before.
On the women's side, top seeded Steffi Graf had an easy time with Ludmila
Richterova trouncing her in straight sets 6-4 and 6-1.
Jana Novotna, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, Mary Joe Fernandez and Lindsey
Davenport also advanced with wins.
Mark Rosset and Cedric Pioline also won first round matches today.