Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
The ruling in Christy Brzonkala's rape case against two Tech football
players: "case dismissed."
And a first- hand account- -including home-video- -from a Botetourt County
lawyer who witnessed the bomb blast in Atlanta Saturday.
Tonight in sports, Tommy Lasorda resigns as the Dodgers manager, the lone
area entry in the USTA at Hunting Hills bows out of the event.
Steve Mason talks with Panthers quarterback Kerry Collins,
and Dale Earnhardt is out of the hospital, back home and ready to race at
Isolated heavy downpours and very humid conditions tonight will help some
fog develop. Our tropical weather story is just ahead.
Christy Brzonkala will not have her day in FEDERAL court.
The former Virginia Tech student had hoped hers would be a test case... a
test of a new federal law, called the Violence Against Women Act.
But the chief judge of federal court in Roanoke decided Congress over-stepped
its authority, so the judge has declared the law UN-constitutional.
Brzonkala says she was raped by two Tech football players... not some
"random act of violence," her attorney claimed, but an event "wholly motivated"
by discrimination against women.
Linebacker Tony Morrison allegedly later made a statement that the judge
today paraphrased by saying Morrison "has a history of taking pleasure from
having intercourse with women without their sober consent."
Kiser recognizes: "violence against women is a pervasive and troublesome
aspect of American life which needs thoughtful attention. But," the judge
concluded, "Congress is not invested with the authority to cure all of the ills
Bottom line?: "Case dismissed."
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IN Q=We don't have
((DAVID PAXTON/LAWYER - TONY MORRISON;
WE DON'T HAVE ANY ILLUSIONS THAT THIS IS THE END OF IT. THE OTHER SIDE HAS
SHOWN THAT IT HAS A LOT OF RESOLVE TO SORT OF PUSH THIS CASE TO THE LIMIT. WE
WOULD EXPECT IT TO BE APPEALED AND WE'RE PREPARED TO DEFEND IT IF IT IS.
JOE PAINTER/CRAWFORD'S ATTORNEY: VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN IS A PROBLEM. IT IS
AND IT SHOULD BE ADDRESSED. WE HAVE THE REMEDIES IN STATE COURTS TO DO IT.))
SUPER=01-David Paxton/Tony Morrison's Attorney; :00
SUPER=01-Joe Painter/James Crawford's Attorney; :13
OUT Q=...to do it.
Brzonkala's lawyer filed a claim in STATE court two weeks ago- -as a
fall-back position. But with support from the U-S Justice Department and the
National Organization for Women, it's more likely she'll appeal Judge Kiser's
ruling- -still hoping to have the case heard in FEDERAL court.
A lawyer from Botetourt County attending the Olympics in Atlanta this
weekend witnessed the bomb blast that killed one person and injured more than
Ron Jones spoke with Steve Wills today and he has more on the story.
Talent=Ron/One on One Set
Keith, early Saturday morning Wills was in the Olympic Park enjoying the
festive mood with several hundred people.
But the mood quickly changed when a bomb exploded around 1:20 A-M. Wills
was rolling his home video camera and shared the tape with us today.
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OUT Q=at that point
((Steve Wills says he was relaxing and soaking in the the Olympic atmosphere
early Saturday morning when he heard the blast.
((STEVE WILLS: THE FIRST THOUGHT I HAD WAS THAT IT MIGHT BE A SPECIAL EFFECT
FROM THE CONCERT BECAUSE THAT WAS GOING ON. AND TH OTHER THOUGHT WAS THAT IT
MIGHT HAVE BEEN A TRANSFORMER EXPLODING OR SOMETHING OFF THE EQUIPMENT JUST
POPPING OFF AT THAT POINT BUT IT WAS SO LOUD THAT YOUR IMMEDIATE THOUGHT WAS
THAT IT WAS VERY SERIOUS.))
He recorded police-- fire-- and rescue crews yelling at the concert going
crowd, many of whom at first seemingly didn't recognize the seriousness of the
Wills says the park certainly didn't look like a terrorist bomb had just
exploded--his recordings captured people buying refreshments and discussing
what had just happened.
((BUT WHAT WAS VERY ODD WAS THAT YOU DIDN'T HEAR ANY SCREAMS AND EVERYBODY WAS
KIND OF WALKING AT A NORMAL PACE SO NO ONE WAS REALLY SURE IF A BOMB HAD GONE
OFF OR EXACTLY WHAT HAD OCCURRED.))
One person was killed and more than 100 were injured.
But Wills says despite the attack he decided to stay at the Games.
He says the bomb did NOT destroy his determination to enjoy the Olympics.
((WE WENT TO THE TRACK AND FIELD EVENT AND THE WOMENS BASKETBALL GAME THE NEXT
DAY AND WE WEREN'T GOING TO LET IT GET IN OUR WAY. IT WAS UNFORTUNATE AND VERY
TRAGIC BUT WE HAD A GOOD TIME AND WE'RE GOING TO KEEP GOING UNTIL THE END OF IT
AT THAT POINT.))
Talent=Ron/One on One Set
And officials have announced they will re-open the Olympic Park tomorrow
with much tighter security. And Keith the investigation into the bombing itself
continues, federal authorities hoping to make an arrest.))
It's one of the few metropolitan areas in the country that is "not" served
by an interstate highway, but
that could soon change for Lynchburg.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
IN Q=It's been thirty
SUPER=01-Jim Whitaker/Lynchburg Mayor; :45
SUPER=01-Dennis Gragg/Central VA Planning District; :54
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
(( It's been thirty years since they talked about running an interstate through
Lynchburg, and it may be another thirty before one is built.
But at least now they're talking again.. a 400- thousand dollar federal
grant will study the feasibility of an east-west corridor running from
Covington to Chesapeake.
Thanks to congressman Bob Goodlatte, Lynchburg is on that proposed route.
IN Q=This is the
((REP. BOB GOODLATTE/R- 6TH DISTRICT: THIS IS THE ONLY ROUTING THIS FUNDING IS
APPROVED FOR. SO WE'RE OPTIMISTIC THAT THIS IS A MAJOR STEP IN THE DIRECTION OF
EVENTUALLY BRINGING AN INTERSTATE HIGHWAY TO LYNCHBURG.))
OUT Q=to Lynchburg.
The study will be conducted in 1997, but actual construction, funding and
completion is at least 10 to 20 years off.
For Lynchburg and central Virginia though, it could be the key to economic
IN Q=We have lost
((JIM WHITAKER/LYNCHBURG MAYOR: WE HAVE LOST SOME MAJOR INDUSTRIES THAT'S
LOOKED AT LYNCHBURG, BECAUSE WE DO NOT HAVE AN INTERSTATE AND SO THIS IS GOOD
NEWS FOR US.))
OUT Q=news for us.
IN Q=This is going
((DENNIS GRAGG/CENTRAL VA. PLANNING DISTRICT: THIS IS GOING TO BE VERY GOOD FOR
THE WHOLE REGION, NOT JUST FOR THE CITY, IT WILL BE GOOD FOR THE CITY, BUT FOR
OUT Q=but for all.
Goodlatte also had good news for Roanoke.
The federal government has approved the construction of a partial
interchange at the intersection of 581 near Hershberger Road.
It is a temporary measure that should alleviate traffic problems created by
the new WalMart supercenter there.
A full interchange is still a possibility in the future.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
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Still to come on News 7 at Six---
Members of a Montgomery County family want answers.
Their puppy was shot, wounded by a sheriff's deputy while they slept.
The deputy says he was protecting himself. We'll sort out the story.
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The 17- year- old charged with murder over the weekend is being held without
bond in the Coyner Springs Juvenile Detention Center.
Robert Reed of Detroit is accused of fatally stabbing 20- year- old Michael
Dent during an argument at Hurt Park.
Len Besthoff spoke with Dent's friends and family.
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SUPER=01-Tasha Burnett/Victim's Girlfriend; :16
SUPER=03-Roanoke; :24 (VERY QUICK!!!!!!)
SUPER=01-Debra Saunders/Victim's Mother; :41
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
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((TASHA BURNETT/VICTIM'S GIRLFRIEND: (SOBBING)...I mean, what are you trying to
do to get over the pain? BURNETT: IT AIN'T NOTHING I CAN DO.))
OUT Q=nothing I can do.
Tasha Burnett was crying on the front steps outside the home of her 20-
year- old boyfriend, Michael Dent, who was stabbed and killed just a few blocks
SOT 11:23:07 TODAY TAPE
IN Q=When I came
((BURNETT: WHEN I CAME BACK FROM CHURCH ON THE VAN, I SEEN MY FAMILY, SOME OF
MY AUNTS, OUTSIDE CRYING, AND I AIN'T KNOW WHAT HAD HAPPENED, AND WHEN THEY
TOLD ME, I JUST FELL.))
OUT Q=I just fell.
Dent's family is trying to regroup, as they see a picture of the stabbing
incident and a snapshot of Dent's alleged killer on the front page of the
IN Q=It has
((DEBRA SAUNDERS/VICTIM'S MOTHER: IT HAS BEEN ROUGH, REAL ROUGH.))
OUT Q=real rough.
Dent's mother says her son didn't look for trouble.
He loved driving his car and keeping other neighborhood kids out of trouble.
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IN Q=He would
((SAUNDERS: HE WOULD LET THEM SIT IN HIS CAR AND LISTEN TO HIS MUSIC. OR GIVE
THEM MONEY TO GO BUY SODAS.))
OUT Q=go buy sodas.
But even with this sunny disposition, friends and family say Dent had been
having disturbing dreams lately, mostly about dying a violent death.
Len Besthoff, News-7.
Police say so far there are NO indications that the stabbing was drug
A handwritten confession is a key piece of evidence presented against a
Pittsylvania County teen accused of murder.
Prosecutors say it contains 19- year old Paul Michael Dalton, Junior's
The young man is on trial for killing 72- year old Clark Aubrey Adkins in
The prosecution wants the jury to believe Dalton killed Adkins to steal his
The defense admits Dalton helped bury the body, but maintains another man
pulled the trigger.
According to testimony, Dalton's 18- year old sister was involved with
Adkins but also had a boyfriend.
The defense contends Dalton took the wrap to protect his sister and her
However, numerous witnesses who testified today say Dalton confessed to
shooting Adkins with a shot gun.
IN Q=I asked
((RONALD CASSIDY/PROSECUTION WITNESS:I ASKED MICHAEL, I SAID, DID YOU DO IT AND
HE SAID, YES. ))
SUPER=01-Ronald Cassidy/Prosecution Witness; :00
OUT Q=he said, yes.
The prosecution was still presenting its case late this afternoon.
The trial is expected to last two days.
The family of the teenager who was electrocuted in James River a week ago is
seeking one million dollars in damages.
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That's according to the family's attorney.
Rescue workers said 15-year-old Eric Bowden of Wisconsin was electrocuted on
the James River Limestone Plant property in Botetourt County after he came into
contact with an exposed wire.
IN Q=We hope first to
((DANIEL CRANDALL/ATTORNEY: WE HOPE FIRST TO INVESTIGATE ))
OUT Q=the Global Stone Company.
State and Federal mining officials are still investigating the incident.
Wall Street is bracing for a heavy week of economic reports starting
Today the Dow fell more than 38 points, closing at 54-hundred-35.
NASDAQ lost 13 points.
How will southwest Virginia compete in the 21st century? The future of the
region was the focus of discussion today at a commission meeting.
Congressman Rick Boucher started the Commission on the future of Southwest
Virginia after congressional redistricting.
He said the commission is needed to unify Southwest Virginia and create a
clear focus for its future.
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IN Q=It's very important
((RICK BOUCHER/CONGRESSMAN - NINTH DISTRICT;
IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE HAVE THIS REGION SPEAKING WITH ONE VOICE BEHIND AN
ACHIEVABLE SET OF PRIORITIES AND THE GOAL OF THE COMMISSION ON THE FUTURE OF
SOUTHWEST IS TO DEVELOP THOSE PRIORITIES.))
OUT Q=develop those priorities
The committee looks at quality-of-life issues like healthcare,
transportation, education and economic development.
It's expected to present its first set of recommendations in September.
But Boucher said it will be years before plans are actually put into action.
Dow Williston says his dog Shadow is lucky to be alive.
He claims what a Montgomery County Sheriff's Deputy did amounts to animal
Apparently Williston's one year old Rottweiler freed himself from his chain
early Friday morning.
A neighbor called the sheriff's department to report a loose dog causing a
The deputy arrived around 4-30.
He says the dog tried to attack him and he had to shoot it.
The bullet struck Shadow in the nose, penetrated his mouth and was lodged in
The sheriff says this is not the first time people have complained about
IN Q=WE HAD A
((DOUG MARRS/MONTGOMERY CO. SHERIFF: WE A COMPLAINT THE DAY BEFORE ON THE
25TH. THE DOG WARDEN RESPONDED TO THE OWNER AND ADVISED HIM THAT THE CLAMPS
THAT THEY HAD HIM CHAINED BY WEREN'T STRONG ENOUGH.))
SUPER=01-Doug Marrs/Montgomery Co. Sheriff;
OUT Q= STRONG ENOUGH
Dow Williston says his dog was mistaken for another dog which used to live
in the area and was vicious.
IN Q=IT'S NO SENSE
((DOW WILLISTON/SHADOW'S OWNER: IT'S NO SENSE IN SHOOTING A DOW LIKE THIS,
JUST BECAUSE HE'S A ROTTWEILER. HE'S A BABY YOU KNOW.))
SUPER=01-Dow Williston/Shadow's Owner;
OUT Q=BABY YOU KNOW
Williston would like the county to pay the vet bills.
Sheriff Marrs says Williston violated a county ordinance by not keeping his
dog tied up.
Coming your way tonight in sports, Earnhardt is out of the hospital and
already looking forward to Indy,
Tommy Lasorda quits as the Dodgers manager this afternoon,
And Steve Mason checks back in from Panthers training camp with an update on
sophomore signal caller Kerry Collins.
Dale Earnhardt is nails, as sly as a fox, and as stubborn as a mule!
He's also planning on driving in this Saturday's Brickyard 400.
This morning he was released form the hospital and flown back home to North
SUPER=03-Talladega, AL/Yesterday; :00
Yesterday he was involved in this nasty crash when Ernie Irvan tapped
Sterling Marlin, who in turn put Dale in the wall.
His car turned on its side and was hit in the back and then T-boned on the
He suffered a fractured clavicle and sternum in the pileup,
SUPER=03-Birmingham, AL/Last Night;
but he was able to walk under his own power into Carraway Medical center in
Birmingham last night.
After returning to the team's shop in Welcome, he immediately said he plans
to qualify on Thursday.
Earnhardt is the defending champ of the Brickyard 400.
Jeff Gordon took advantage of Earnhardt's misfortune and grabbed the Winston
Cup points lead.
And he is excited about returning to Indianapolis where he won in 1994.
((JEFF GORDON/1994 BRICKYARD 400 WINNER:))
SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/1994 Brickyard 400 Winner; :00
OUT Q=... on our faces.
There were a lot of frowns on faces yesterday when CBS decided not to carry
the Diehard 500 because of the long rain delays.
The network did inform us today that the race will be shown this coming
Sunday afternoon. That's August 4th from 2-to-4 pm here on your hometown
Dale Earnhardt was not the only one to have his troubles in a race
Emerson Fitipaldi fractured his neck in a crash in yesterday's Marlboro 500
at Michigan International Speedway. Fitipaldi was transferred to a Florida
Hospital where he will undergo surgery. He is listed in serious but stable
There is playoff talk in panther country this season.
But the post season will remain a dream until second year Carolina
quarterback Kerry Collin's mental game catches up to his physical one. Steve
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SUPER=03-Spartanburg, SC; :00
SUPER=01-Kerry Collins/Panthers Quarterback; :12
SUPER=01-Mark Carrier/Panthers Wide Receiver; :57
SUPER=01-Dom Capers/Panthers Head Coach; 1:18
OUT Q=...news 7 sports"
((He's 6'5 and weighs 240, he looks more like a linebacker, and has a
cannon for an arm. But it's his mental game that needs work. Taking
responsibility has been a good start.
((KERRY COLLINS/PANTHER QUARTERBACK:))
Steve Berlien and Kelly Stouffer will serve as back ups. Collin's new
confidence in knowing that he's the starter hasn't gone unnoticed.
((MARK CARRIER/PANTHERS WIDE RECEIVER:))
Carrier is one veteran amongst many young players on offense. Expect newly
signed receiver Mushin Mahamad to contribute right away.
((DOM CAPERS/PANTHERS HEAD COACH:))
Coming up in our next Panther report, the Carolina defense looks to improve
after finishing 7th in the league a year ago. In Spartanburg South Carolina,
News 7 sports.))
The USTA Women's Challenger of Roanoke tournament is taking center court at
Hunting Hills this week.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
The original field of 32 qualifiers are battling for the 4 spots left in
the main draw in 2nd round qualifying.
The ONLY local player, Blacksburg high school rising senior Cara Prupas
received a wild card entry. She reached the second round of qualifying before
losing to former UVa number one Jennifer Callen.
((CARA PRUPAS/BLACKSBURG SENIOR:))
SUPER=01-Cara Prupas/Blacksburg Senior; :00
OUT Q=...chances I had"
Your Hometown Station is a corporate sponsor of the event. The purse has
grown from 10 thousand dollars to 25 grand this year.
((JOHN BARKER/TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR:))
SUPER=01-John Barker/Tournament Director; :00
OUT Q=...wide open"
Los Angeles fans are Dodger blue after it's longtime manager calls it quits.
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Dodger skipper Tommy Lasorda announced his retirement in a news conference
this afternoon citing health concerns.
Lasorda was hospitalized last month after complaining of abdominal pains.
Tests revealed that the 68 year-old manager had a mild heart attack.
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Two Lynchburg radio stations are duking it out for the top spot in the radio
The latest numbers show: W-Y-Y-D is still number one, but W-J-J-S is now in
second place in the Roanoke-Lynchburg market.
Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom
Jean Jadhon says it's been a steady climb for J-J-S.
Keith, back in '89 W-J-J-S was coming in fifth in the numbers.
Now, the urban contemporary station is moving up the ladder.
Some attribute its success to its focus on young people.
In the last two months, W-J-J-S has brought in concerts like 3-T and Kool &
The Gang, both well attended events.
today's other news, sports and weather tonight on News 7 at 11.
We'll find out more about the station's rise, plus a complete wrap up of