The under-age killer of a sheriff's deputy may enter a guilty plea to
nothing more serious than second-degree murder.
As the Arthur Ashe monument is unveiled in Richmond, we'll see what's become
of the tennis court in LYNCHBURG where the Wimbledon champ learned the game.
In sports, Roy Stanley takes us fishing, the dawg days of summer soccer
continue tonight at Cave Spring, Cal goes to the doctor
and Albert Belle says he might not play next season.
Clear and chilly weather for tonight with a few record possible...and
hurricane Bertha might land in southeast North Carolina early Friday.
For the second time, a judge has ruled Christopher Shawn Wheeler may NOT be
tried for capital murder in the death of Wythe County sheriff's deputy Cliff
Now Wheeler may plead guilty to a lesser charge.
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=Shawn Wheeler may not be tried
SUPER=01-Jonathan Venzie/Wheeler's Lawyer; :22
SUPER=03-Wythe Co./December, 1994; :39
SUPER=01-Keith Blankenship/Asst. Wythe Co. Prosecutor; :56
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
(( Shawn Wheeler may not be tried for anything higher than second degree
murder, because that's the charge on which the juvenile court transferred him
to adult court.
That's the circuit judge's final ruling on the state's motion to elevate the
charge to capital murder.
Now facing a 40-year maximum sentence, rather than life in prison, or even
death, Wheeler's lawyers say he's prepared to plead guilty.
((JONATHAN VENZIE/WHEELER'S LAWYER: THERE IS NO WAY TO MINIMIZE THE TRAGEDY OF
WHAT'S HAPPENED HERE. CLIFF IS GONE FOREVER. THIS BOY'S ADULT LIFE IS
ESSENTIALLY GONE AS WELL. ALL THAT CAN BE DONE IS TO TRY TO RESOLVE THIS CASE,
AND NEITHER SIDE WINS HERE. ))
The judge also threw out two charges alleging Wheeler robbed Dicker of his
gun and used it to shoot the deputy, saying the state followed incorrect
procedure in obtaining the indictments.
Prosecutors must now decide whether to seek new indictments through PROPER
channels, and whether to continue their fight for a higher murder charge.
((KEITH BLANKENSHIP/ASST. WYTHE CO. PROSECUTOR: WHEN YOU CONSIDER THE FACT THAT
THE JUDGE HAS ALREADY EXPRESSED HIS UNWILLINGNESS TO PERMIT US TO SEEK THE
DEATH PENALTY ANYWAY, THEN IT MAY NOT HAVE THAT MUCH SIGNIFICANCE IN
SENTENCING, MAYBE A COUPLE OF YEARS. I THINK SOMEONE SAID WE'RE ARGUING OVER A
FEW YEARS. ))
Wheeler's plea hearing is set for August sixth. Meanwhile, prosecutors say
they'll explore their options to decide how they feel justice would best be
served. Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
Police are investigating the death of a 58- year old Danville woman.
Authorities say Loraine Bessie Womack appears to have been shot or beaten on
Womack was found around seven o'clock this morning inside her Holbrook
Avenue apartment by her son.
Her body has been sent to Roanoke for an autopsy.
Virginia's most prestigious monuments to her past have been joined by a 20th
century black hero.
Two years of division over how to honor Richmond's native son Arthur Ashe
culminated today -- with a still divided crowd.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
IN Q=The symbols
SUPER=01-Johnnie Ashe/Arthur Ashe's Brother; :28
SUPER=01-Doug Wilder/Former Governor; :33
SUPER=07-Donna Jackson; 1:01
SUPER=01-Walter Ring/Protester; 1:11
SUPER=07-Jerry Williams; 1:16
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( The symbols of southern heritage have dogged this statue's path every step
of the way to Richmond's Monument Avenue.
Nothing new for the face behind the white dropcloth.
nat sot boys choir
But on what would have been his 53rd birthday, the late tennis champion and
civil rights activist Arthur Ashe got a mostly warm welcome from a city that
once banned him from playing on its whites-only courts.
sot TAPE TWO 02:04:44
((JOHNNIE ASHE/BROTHER OF ARTHUR ASHE: ARTHUR ASHE IS A TRUE VIRGINIA HERO.
HE BELONGS HERE.))
SOT TAPE TWO 02:28:26
((DOUG WILDER/FORMER GOVERNOR: IS IT BIG ENOUGH? IS IT WIDE ENOUGH? ARE THE
CLOTHES RIGHT? WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN? IT IS OF NO MOMENT WHEN A THING IS
RIGHT THE TIME IS ALWAYS RIGHT AND THIS IS RIGHT FOR ARTHUR ASHE TODAY.))
nat sot tape three UNVEILING 02:42:29
((DONNA JACKSON: I GUESS I'M HERE BECAUSE I THINK IT'S A GREAT STEP FOR
RICHMOND, AND INTO THE FUTURE, AND AWAY FROM RACISM. JUST ONLY A FOCUS ON OUR
PAST AND OUR CONFEDERATE HISTORY AND STUFF.))
((WALTER RING: WE DON'T WANT ANYTHING TO HAPPEN TO IT. WE JUST WANT IT
REMOVED FROM THE SITE. WE'RE NOT GOING TO PROMOTE VANDALISM OR DESTRUCTION OF
IT, BUT WE ARE PROTESTING AS YOU CAN SEE.))
sot T 3 03:02:20
((JERRY WILLIAMS: I THINK RICHMONDERS -- I'M NOT FROM RICHMOND AGAIN. BUT I
THINK PEOPLE WILL ACCEPT IT AND COME TO LOOK AT IT AND SAY "WOW, THAT'S A GREAT
So the jury's still out on the art -- but not on the grace and dignity of
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
Even as Arthur Ashe was immortalized in bronze today, the man who helped
elevate Ashe to greatness is largely forgotten.
Dr. Walter Johnson died 25 years ago, but an effort to memorialize him is
now underway in Lynchburg.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
IN Q=It was on
SUPER=01-Junius Haskins/Lynchburg Council Member; :47
SUPER=01-Heidi James/Lynchburg Historical Foundation; :55
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
(( It was on this small tennis court where Arthur Ashe and fellow Wimbledon
champion Althea Gibson first learned the game that would make them famous.
Now choked with weeds, two rusting net poles and a stone marker are the only
reminders of what Dr. Walter Johnson accomplished here during the days of
City councilman Junius Haskins was one of those inner city black children
who learned tennis from Dr. Johnson and who played with Arthur Ashe.
Haskins would like to see both men properly honored.
IN Q=Haskins says
((Part of the problem is Dr. Johnson's family still owns the property, and
they've expressed doubts that it would be worth the trouble to do anything with
the house and tennis court because they're located in a low- income, inner city
neighborhood. But Haskins feels erecting Lynchburg's own monument to Arthur
Ashe could help revitalize the area.))
OUT Q=the area.
IN Q=I think that
((HASKINS: I THINK THAT ONCE WE ADDRESS THAT PROPERTY, EVERYTHING AROUND IT IS
GOING TO IMPROVE AUTOMATICALLY, BECAUSE OF SECURITY, BECAUSE OF POTENTIAL,
BECAUSE OF TOURISM.))
OUT Q=because of tourism.
IN Q=We are so
((HEIDI JAMES/LYNCHBURG HISTORICAL FOUNDATION: WE ARE SO FORTUNATE TO HAVE BEEN
THE CITY WHERE DR. JOHNSON LIVED AND TRAINED THESE WONDERFUL ATHLETES AND WE
DEFINITELY THINK THAT THIS IS A LANDMARK FOR LYNCHBURG.))
OUT Q=for Lynchburg.
A committee is being formed that will help raise money to rebuild the court
and perhaps offer tennis lessons to inner city kids once again.
You get the feeling Arthur Ashe would approve.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
Hurricane Bertha is keeping us guessing.
But the American Red Cross doesn't like to deal in guesswork, so it set up
its first hurricane watch center of the season today in Richmond.
NAT SOT 07:08:22
IN Q=Don, this
((DON THIS IS MARY DUPREE WITH THE RED CROSS.))
((CHERYL FAIRCHILDS/VA. RED CROSS: WE CAN CONTACT THE CHAPTERS IN THE AREA
THAT ARE LIKELY TO BE IMPACTED. AND SEE IF THEY ARE READY TO OPEN SHELTERS --
YOU KNOW, THEY CAN HANDLE WHAT'S ABOUT TO HAPPEN TO THEM.))
SUPER=01-Cheryl Fairchilds/Va. Red Cross; :04!!!!!
OUT Q=to them.
The Red Cross says disaster plans should already be in place -- but manpower
and supplies are being lined up today.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six-
Two Rocky Mount residents are heading to the Olympics.
But the gold they are shooting for isn't medals, it's Golden Arches,
And a Lexington tradition is on the market.
The owner of the Lexington Carriage Company is ready to call it quits.
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Fifteen months after fire devastated the old First Baptist Church in
Roanoke, the building is slated for demolition.
But some residents of the Gainsboro neighborhood say they hope the First
Baptist congregation will reconsider.
SUPER=04-Home Video-April 22, 1995;
The church was gutted in April of last year when two juveniles set fire to
Historic Gainsboro President Evelyn Bethel says she recognizes the
difficulty of the church's decision, but she believes the community would have
rallied behind a renovation project.
IN Q=I think a tremendous uniting
((EVELYN BETHEL/HISTORIC GAINSBORO PRESERVATION DISTRICT: I THINK A TREMENDOUS
UNITING EFFORT THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE VALLEY HAS BEEN MISSED WITH THE DECISION
TO RAZE IT, BECAUSE WE HAVE HAD CALLS FROM PEOPLE WANTING TO KNOW WHAT THEY
COULD DO TO HELP AND THEY'RE HOPING THE DECISION IS NOT IRREVERSIBLE.))
SUPER=01-Evelyn Bethel/Historic Gainsboro Preservation District;
OUT Q=the decision is not irreversible.
What remains of the church is due to be torn down within a couple of
weeks. And church members say they're considering a memorial on the property.
Bethel is holding out hope that something can still be done to save the
A bit Lexington tradition is up for sale.
The owner of the Carriage Company is looking for a buyer to take the reins.
Ron Jones reports.
IN Q=The slow clomping sounds
SUPER=01-Bob Hatcher/Lexington Carriage Co. Owner; :30
SUPER=01-Jennifer Dallabeccaha/Lexington Visitors Center; :54
SUPER=01-Kent McMichael/Potential Buyer; 1:05
OUT Q=Ron Jones, News Seven.
SOT 10:45:51 (Opening shot)
((The slow clomping sounds of a horse-drawn carriage is somewhat muffled by
an occasional passing-- horseless carriage.
It's a pleasant reminder of the smogless age of the 1800's.
The Lexington Carriage Company owners resurrected this tradition in 1985.
It caters to ten-thousand tourist a year.
But the owner wants to sell-- and hopes someone else can take the reins.
((BOB HATCHER/LEXINGTON CARRIAGE CO. OWNER: I'M GETTING OLD, MY HEALTH HAS BEEN
PRETTY BAD LATELY. AND THIS IS HARD WORK. GETTING THE HORSES PREPARED EVERY
MORNING AND SADDLING THEM UP AND BRINGING THEM OUT AND HAULING OVER
TEN-THOUSAND VISITORS A YEAR.))
((AND IF YOU NOTICED THAT DOORWAY THERE, THE WALLS ARE ACTUALLY THAT THICK.))
Town officials say the horses are important to the economy.
((JENNIFER DALLABECCAHA/VISITORS CENTER: DOWNTOWN LEXINGTON IS A VERY UNIQUE
ENVIRONMENT ANYWAY BECAUSE IT'S SO WELL PRESERVED. AND IT KIND OF ADDS TO THAT
WHOLE AMBIENCE AND ATMOSPHERE OF THE DOWNTOWN. I THINK IT'S A VERY SPECIAL
THING PEOPLE REMEMBER ABOUT DOWNTOWN LEXINGTON WHEN THEY COME HERE.))
But never fear-- a potential buyer is here.
((KENT McMICHAEL/POTENTIAL BUYER: IT'S A SERVICE THAT'S NEEDED ION LEXINGTON
AND I FEEL VERY STRONGLY ABOUT KEEPING THE CARRIAGE COMPANY IN LEXINGTON
BECAUSE IT HAS A LOT TO DO WITH THE ATMOSPHERE AND THE TOURIST TRADE THAT'S
SUGGESTED CLOSING SHOT
McMichael hopes his loan goes through so that he can take this historic
treasure from the 1800's-- into the year 2000.
Ron Jones, News Seven.))
The stock market needed a strong rally to finish the day in positive
The Dow rose 22 points, closing at 56-hundred-4.
NASDAQ lost 12 and one half points.
They're two of the area's hardest workers... and all of their hours of
dedication have earned them a trip to the Olympic Games in Atlanta.
No... Virginia Dillon and Donny Smawley are not world class athletes... but
they WILL represent the Rocky Mount McDonald's in the summer games.
The two will work a regular schedule at the various McDonald's venues...
plus they'll get to stay in the Olympic Village.
IN Q=We get
((DONNY SMAWLEY/MCDONALD'S EMPLOYEE: WE GET TWO DAYS OFF EVERY WEEK AND WE GET
TO DO WHATEVER WE WANT ALL OF THE TIME. I'M GOING TO SEE SOME OF THE EVENTS AND
MAYBE SEE ATLANTA. ))
SUPER=01-Donny Smawley/McDonald's Employee;
OUT Q=see Atlanta
In fact, Smawley and Dillon will get the complete Olympic experience.
During their off- time, the duo can check out ANY event-- free of charge!
Cal Ripken goes to the doctor today to get his broken nose fixed, the
Riverdawgs talks about tonight's game against the Dynamo,
and Roy Stanley will take us fishing. A place that trout lover will go crazy
GRAPHIC=All star game
The National league blanked the Amercian league 6-nothing in last night's
67th major league baseball all star game.
Cal Ripken had his broken nose checked at Johns Hopkins Hospital in
SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA/NBC; :00
His snouser was accidentally broken before last night's game when Chicago
White Sox releiver Roberto Hernandez smacked cal in the nose after slipping off
a step during pre game photo shoot.
Ripken's nose was quickly reset and he played.
((CAL RIPKEN/AL STARTING SHORTSTOP:))
SUPER=01-Cal Ripken/AL Starting Shortstop; :00
OUT Q=...i guess"
The national League then beat up the American ON the field, beating the
AL 6-nothing. 9 pitchers combined for the shutout.
Mike Piazza earned game MVP honors with a homer and an RBI double in his
return to his hometown.
GRAPHIC=All star game
Cleveland bad boy Albert Belle has told USA Today that he might sit out next
season and relax.
SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA/NBC; :00
Maybe last night's all star...or lack there of..performance has something
to do with it. Belle struck out 3 times and went OH for 4. He's a free agent
The Salem Avalanche opens a three game road trip in Lynchburg tonight
against the Hillcats. The cats have won 4 of their last 5 while Salem has a 9
and 8 record. Game time is 7:05, highlights at 11.
The Roanoke Riverdawgs are back in action tonight over at Cave Spring Jr.
against the Greensboro Dynamo.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
The Dawgs are 6 and 3 in the premiere league and in second place in the
Northern Division of the Eastern Conference.
But Greensboro has beaten Roanoke twice this season.
((JEFF KRAMER/RIVERDAWG DEFENDER: ))
((IAN SPOONER/RIVERDAWG FORWARD: ))
SUPER=01-Jeff Kramer/Riverdawg Defender; :00
SUPER=01-Ian Spooner/Riverdawg Forward; :13
OUT Q=....OUT AND WIN."
After yesterday's brief lockout the NBA free agent deadline was extended to
5 p.m. Thursday.
Some big name players will take part in the frenzy. One of those being
Hornet's forward Larry Johnson.
Charlotte reports say the Los Angeles Clippers and New York Knicks are the
top teams interested in Johnson. To get Johnson, either team will have to
pay the remaining 71 million dollars on his 84 million dollar contract.
The sport of fishing is very big in the Roanoke Area. Its so big that
sometimes its hard to find a nice spot along the creeks or streams to fish.
But Roy Stanley says there is one place that's a trout fisherman's dream.
IN Q="It's called....
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :
SUPER=01-Ray Cox/Owner Lake Back-O-Beyon; :23
SUPER=01-Tommy Perdue/Fisherman; :45
SUPER=01-Dover England/Fly Fisherman; 1:12
OUT Q=......news 7 sports."
((It's called Lake Back-O-Beyon and its only 15 minutes from downtown Roanoke.
Its a private fishing preserve operated by Roanoke Times sports writer Ray
Cox keeps the fish in holding pounds until they weigh more than a pound and
a half. Then he stocks Glade Creak for those fishermen who want to pay 30
dollars a day with a six fish limit.))
((RAY COX/OWNER LAKE BACK-O-BEYON: ))
((The woods surrounding Glade Creek are quiet perfect for trout fishing. And
those who fish the creek on a regular basis enjoy the tranquility and beauty of
((TOMMY PERDUE/FISHERMAN: ))
((Dover England, a fly fisherman, has been fishing Glade Creek for more than 15
The creek has survived the urban development in this part of Roanoke
county. And all though it has its pro's and Con's, England says preserve
fishing will save the natural beauty of the area.))
((DOVER ENGLAND/FLY FISHERMAN: ))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
Robin adlibs into Fehling
Double Boxes=Robin/Dave Fehling CBS Line
SUPER=05-Dade Co., FL;
SUPER=03-Oregon Inlet, NC; :00
SUPER=01-Wayne Stewart/Beach Resident;
OUT Q=backk to you
Double Boxes=Robin/Dave Fehling CBS Line
SUPER=05-Dade Co., FL;