Tech officials are criticized for "illegal procedure," rushing and holding
at the same time -as they try to deal with the indictment of nine Hokie
Coming up on NEWS-7, we'll hear some comments from the sidelines.
And see an unusual Labrador in need of a home.
Tonight in sports, The American League manager of the year honors handed out,
the ODAC and A-10 hold their preseason media days for basketball.
And the Roanoke Express loses one of its goalies to St. John's as Paul Taylor
gets the call to move up to the AHL'S Flames.
Big weather changes in store over the next 24 hours. Our warm spell is out
the door as a major cold front arrives. Details coming up.
The backlash over yesterday's indictments and suspensions of eight Virginia
Tech football players has university officials between a rock and hard place.
As Tracy Altizer reports, they're taking heat for both action AND inaction.
IN Q=After a Montgomery County
SUPER=01-Marc Long/Defense Lawyer; :16
SUPER=01-Larry Hincker/Univ. Relations Director; :40
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
(( After a Montgomery County grand jury indicted eight Hokies and one former
player, head coach Frank Beamer announced suspensions against those involved.
The lawyer representing two of those players, Angelo Harrison and Brad
Baylor, says Tech officials acted too hastily.
((MARC LONG/DEFENSE LAWYER: I HAVE A REAL PROBLEM WITH PENALIZING SOMEONE OR
PUNISHING SOMEONE OR TAKING PUNITIVE ACTION AGAINST HIM PRIOR TO A FINDING OF
Others have criticized Tech for not punishing the players sooner for a fight
that injured two track team members last August.
Beamer and athletic director Dave Braine did talk to some of those allegedly
involved, but decided police were in a better position to fully investigate.
((LARRY HINCKER/UNIV. RELATIONS DIRECTOR: THE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR INTERVIEWED AS
MANY AS 23 PEOPLE, THAT'S WHEN HE DETERMINED IT WAS VERY COMPLICATED. WE THINK
THAT A POLICE INVESTIGATION, A COMMONWEALTH ATTORNEY RECOMMENDATION AND GRAND
JURY INDICTMENT IS ENOUGH INFORMATION THAT WE NEED THAT SOMETHING MAY HAVE
TAKEN PLACE. ))
Meanwhile Long, and some of the other defense lawyers claim taking the
assault charges directly to a grand jury, instead of allowing them a hearing in
general district court like most misdemeanors, shows a bias against the
((HERETOFORE I'VE ALWAYS BELIEVED THAT OUR COMMONWEALTH ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
TREATED PEOPLE FAIRLY, BUT I DON'T THINK THAT'S HAPPENED IN THIS CASE. ))
Prosecutor Phil Keith says after a nine-week investigation involving about
100 interviews, letting a panel of citizens decide on charges seemed the
fairest way to go. Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
An arrow from a compound bow narrowly missed a Roanoke police officer last
Officer S-M Baffuto answered a call on Westover Avenue, Southwest, around
midnight last night. When he spotted the man with a bow, Baffuto shouted to
his fellow patrolmen to take cover.
The 21-year old suspect let loose an arrow that stuck in the door frame
where one officer had stood.
Police aren't naming the man. He allegedly said he'd consumed a bottle of
Tequila, been sniffing paint thinner and shooting up turpentine.
It took three quarters of an hour, but police talked him out of the
apartment, and he was taken to the hospital for mental evaluation.
Authorities found almost NO evidence of drugs during a surprise raid at
Halifax County High school today.
That was not the case at another nearby school.
17- year old Greg Hamlett was arrested this afternoon outside "Project Hope"
on Route 360.
Sheriff's officials say when they pulled into the parking lot the teenager
tried to run.
He was caught and searched by officers who found several pieces of aluminum
foil in his pocket, which they say held a substance that looked like crack.
Hamlett is charged with possession of an imitation drug with intent to
IN Q=Up here
((MAJ. RAY LINK/HALIFAX CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.:UP HERE, I'M NOT SURPRISED TO FIND
IT, WE'VE NEVER SEARCHED UP HERE SO THEY WERE COMPLETELY CAUGHT OFF GUARD, THE
TEACHERS, THE DIRECTOR WAS EVEN CAUGHT OFF GUARD. BUT THEY TOLD US TO PLEASE
COME BACK, THEY'D BE HAPPY TO SEE US, ANYTIME. ))
SUPER=01-Maj. Ray Link/Halifax Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :00
OUT Q=us anytime.
The search at Halifax County High school took place before the raid at
At the high school, nearly 2- thousand students were searched as well as
lockers and classrooms.
A pocket knife and a "roach" ...part of a marijuana cigarette ...were the
only items found.
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The U-S Supreme Court has rejected Joseph Payne's death row appeal... by a
vote of 7 to 2.
Now the Virginia Beach killer's fate rests in the hands of Governor George
Allen's never halted an execution.
If he doesn't intervene tonight, Payne will die by injection at nine.
Payne was already serving a murder sentence, but the death sentence is for
a 19-86 conviction of setting another inmate on fire.
Attorneys for Payne say the prosecution's chief witness is the real killer.
Four members of the jury that convicted Payne have since called for
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6--
the screenwriter for last year's Oscar-winning "Braveheart" hails from the Hill
City. He has returned home this week, as the conquering hero.
Also, found abandoned in Roanoke, this dog is recovering from surgery and the
loss of one of her legs--now she's looking for a home.
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Virginia's Explore Park is looking for a new leader.
Rupert Cutler says he's leaving the living history museum to work with
another local organization.
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Joe Dashiell is in the newsroom tonight with more on today's announcement.
Keith, Cutler's decision follows closely on the heels of Chet Simmons
resignation. He served as general manager for just over a year.
Cutler and Explore officials say there is no connection between the two
departures, and they say no one is forcing Rupert Cutler to leave.
IN Q=Six years at the head
SUPER=01-Rupert Cutler/Explore Director; :00
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :21
OUT Q=so good luck successor.
IN Q=Six years at the head
((SIX YEARS AT THE HEAD OF EXPLORE PARK SEEMS LIKE A LONG TIME FRANKLY. IT'S
BEEN A GREAT RIDE, BUT IT'S BEEN A KIND OF A ROCKY RIDE. AND I TURNED 63 A
COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO AND ADMINISTERING EXPLORE PARK IS LET'S SAY A JOB FOR A
YOUNGER MAN I'M CONVINCED.))
SUPER=01-Rupert Cutler/Explore Director;
OUT Q=younger man I'm convinced.
Rupert Cutler joined the Explore staff in early 1991, and he became
executive director following the departure of Bern Ewert.
As Explore prepares for the opening of a spur from the Blue Ridge Parkway,
Cutler says the time is right for a new manager with different expertise.
IN Q=Explore needs
((RUPERT CUTLER: EXPLORE NEEDS AN EXPERIENCED ADMINISTRATOR TO RUN A
RESTAURANT, A HOTEL, A FLEET OF MINI-BUSSES, A FLEET OF HORSE DRAWN WAGONS, A
WELCOME CENTER, AND LARGE DIVERSE STAFF. IT'S A CHALLENGING JOB, SO GOOD LUCK
OUT Q=so good luck successor.))
Cutler is going to work for a new non- profit group, the Western Virginia
The group is working to protect scenic views, greenways, historic sites and
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Keith, Cutler says he will remain on the job at Explore, until officials
there can conduct a national search and name his successor.
Last week nurses from Roanoke Memorial and Community Hospitals put their
complaints out in the open, about how a systemwide reorganization has stretched
them too thin.
They may join a union.
A Roanoke woman suffering from chronic heart disease is backing up the
Alma Walker has been in and out of hospitals owned by the Carilion Health
System for close to 10 years.
She says over the past year she's noticed a decline in the quality of how
patients are treated in their hospital rooms.
IN Q=The nurses
((ALMA WALKER: THE NURSES ARE OVERWHELMED WITH MORE WORK AND RESPONSIBILITIES
THAN THEY CAN TASK RIGHT NOW.))
SUPER=01-Alma Walker/RMH Patient;
OUT Q=right now.
Walker's complaints center around things like lack of bathing, and prompt
removal of bedpans.
Carilion says most of its patients are pleased with their care.
IN Q=We monitor
((SHIRLEY HOLLAND/CARILION HEALTH SYSTEM: WE MONITOR PATIENT SATISFACTION
RATINGS ON AN ONGOING BASIS. WE GET CONTINUALLY HIGH RATINGS. THAT'S NOT TO
SAY THAT THERE AREN'T TIMES THAT WE DON
'T GET EVERYTHING RIGHT.))
SUPER=01-Shirley Holland/Carilion Health System;
OUT Q=everything right.
Carilion adds that it's important to put this one patient complaint in
Another milepost on Wall Street: the Dow closed above 62-hundred for the
first time day, climbing 28 points to 62- hundred- six.
NASDAQ gained eight and a half points.
The Alleghany Board of Supervisors is giving Clifton Forge two weeks to
join a regional jail agreement.
They're trying to speed things up because of conditions at the old jail in
The plumbing is leaking through the ceiling in places.
In the radio room, a plastic tube keeps an upstairs toilet from leaking on
the radio equipment, and the deputy running it.
If the jail doesn't pass a state inspection scheduled next year, it could
lose its certification.
IN Q=we're housing a whole lot
((ESTON BURGE, COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR; WE'RE HOUSING A WHOLE LOT MORE PRISONERS
THAN THE JAIL WAS ACTUALLY DESIGNED FOR AND OF COURSE CERTIFICATION IS
EXTREMELY IMPORTANT, BECAUSE WITHOUT CERTIFICATION, FUNDING BECOMES IN
JEOPARDY, AND OF COURSE YOUR INSURANCE MAY TAKE A SECOND LOOK AT YOU. ))
SUPER=01-Eston Burge/Alleghany Co. Administrator;
OUT Q=take a second look at you
County supervisors say if they don't get a decision from Clifton Forge by
their November 19th meeting, they'll pursue other solutions.
The Clifton Forge City Manager says the council hasn't discussed the
County's request yet.
He said they're trying to decide what's in the best interest of the entire
We have just received this update: Governor George Allen has commuted inmate
Joseph Payne's death sentence.
Payne had been scheduled to die by injection tonight. We will have more on
News 7 at 11.
If you enjoyed the movie "Braveheart", you might be surprised to learn the
man who wrote the screenplay is a native of Lynchburg.
Randall Wallace is also a graduate of E-C Glass High School. He was back
there today to talk with students about his Hollywood successes.
Wallace says "Braveheart" was inspired by movies he used to see in the
theaters along Lynchburg's Main Street.
IN Q=And I remember
((RANDALL WALLACE/"BRAVEHEART" AUTHOR: AND I REMEMBER WALKING OUT OF THE
THEATER AFTER SEEING MOVIES LIKE `SPARTACUS' OR `A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS' AND
THINKING MY LIFE IS NEVER GOING TO BE QUITE THE SAME AGAIN BECAUSE OF THAT
MOVIE THAT I JUST SAW, AND THINKING THAT'S THE KIND OF MOVIE THAT I WANT TO
SUPER=01-Randall Wallace/"Braveheart" Author; :00
OUT Q=want to make.
"Braveheart," a film about Scotsman WILIIAM Wallace, was nominated for ten
Academy Awards, including Best Screenplay.
Tomorrow has been declared "Randall Wallace Day" in Lynchburg.
Coming up tonight in sports, the Express loses one of its top goalies, Rick
Mast gets ready to rock the house at Atlanta,
And the Atlantic 10 and Old Dominion Athletic conferences hold their preseason
basketball media meetings.
Baseball's American League named not one but TWO managers of the year.
Just moments ago, the Baseball Writers of American announced that Joe Torre
of the World Champion New York Yankees and Texas Ranger skipper Johnny Oates
would share the honor.
Both managers received 89 points with Oates taking 12 first place votes, two
more than Torre.
Seattle's Lou Pinella came in third.
The Roanoke Express is still on the road getting set for the next to last
game in its gruelling six game, nine day road swing in the south.
Tomorrow night they play in Mobile, Alabama,
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Week; :00
but they will not have the services of goalie Paul Taylor, who was brought
into the express camp last week.
Taylor beat the Checkers last Friday but tonight he's flying out out of
Pensacola , Florida to join the the AHL's St. John Flames.
The Flames have been unhappy with their net minding and hope Taylor can
provide some help.
Every year when the Old Dominion Athletic Conference basketball coaches get
together the talk is about the league's balance from top to bottom.
And this year that talk may be true.
Roy Stanley has this report.
IN Q="It was...
SUPER=01-Bill Leatherman/Bridgewater Head Coach; :15
SUPER=01-Page Moir/Roanoke College Head Coach; :27
SUPER=01-Bob Johnson/Emory & Henry Head Coach; :54
SUPER=01-Joe Davis/Lynchburg College Head Coach; :
OUT Q=.......news 7 sports."
((It was easy picking Roanoke college number one in the preseason poll.
The Maroons are ranked in several national publications.
And Bridgewater, the team Roanoke beat in last years ODAC championship
game is a strong number two.))
((BILL LEATHERMAN/BRIDGEWATER HEAD COACH: ))
((PAGE MOIR/ROANOKE HEAD COACH: ))
((Rounding out the top 10 are Virginia Wesleyan, Hampden-Sydney,
Randolph-Macon, Emory & Henry, Lynchburg, Eastern Mennonite, Guilford and
Washington and Lee.
The coaches may have been a little easy on Emory and Henry if you listen to
head coach Bob Johnson.))
((BOB JOHNSON/EMORY & HENRY HEAD COACH: ))
((But Lynchburg coach Joe Davis expects his team to be better than seventh in
((JOE DAVIS/LYNCHBURG HEAD COACH: ))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
The Atlantic 10 men's basketball conference held its preseason media day as
well today in Philadelphia.
SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA; :00
The coaches in the league took part in a little light hearted fun before
things got underway as they competed in a three point shooting contest.
But the coaches were quick to get serious when it came to talking about the
league's lack of national respect.
IN Q="I think...
((BILL FOSTER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Bill Foster/Va. Tech Head Coach;:00
OUT Q=...BE EXCITING.
The Winston Cup season begins its final weekend tomorrow in Atlanta as drivers
arrive for the NAPA 500.
The points race between Labonte, Gordon and Jarrett will take center stage all
weekend, but for Rick Mast Sunday is his day to get his first career win.
((RICK MAST/ATLANTA POLE WINNER IN 1994:))
SUPER=01-Rick Mast/Atlanta Pole Winner In 1994; :00
OUT Q=...TRY TO DO."
A hit on Carolina Panther Kerry Collins will cost Atlanta Defensive End
Chuck Smith a huge chunk of money.
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC; :
Today, the N-F-L fined Smith 25-thousand dollars. Collins was driving for
what would have been the go-ahead score in the third quarter of Sunday's game
when he was hit from behind in the left knee by Smith.
Collins had to leave the game and the Falcons won 20 to 17. Collins is
listed as probable for Sunday's game against the New York Giants.
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Her name is Tripod, and she's looking for a home.
This black lab mix was picked up by Animal Control officers a few weeks ago
in Northeast Roanoke.
She was born with a deformed leg which was surgically removed.
But as you can see it doesn't slow her down at all.
IN Q=She's as
((JOHN PIEDMONT/ROANOKE VALLEY SPCA: SHE'S AS GOOD AS NEW. SHE'S BETTER. SHE'S
HOPPING AROUND. SHE'S HAPPY. SHE WANTS TO GET OUT OF HERE. SHE WANTS A NEW
HOME. SO SOMEONE IN THE ROANOKE VALLEY IS BOUND TO BE ABLE TO HELP OUT THIS DOG
AND GIVER HERE A GOOD HOME. ))
SUPER=01-John Piedmont/Roanoke Valley SPCA;
OUT Q=good home
Tripod is being kept at the Southern Hills Animal Hospital on Franklin Road.
If you would like to adopt her... or any other dog or cat, you can call the
Roanoke Valley SPCA at 344-4840.
(toss to Jean)
The wait is over for Garth Brooks fans.
The country music star is set to take the stage at the Roanoke Civic Center
in a little under three hours,
Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom
for the first of two concerts. Jean Jadhon says both shows--tonight and
tomorrow--are sold out.
Keith, it's been four years since Garth Brooks performed in Roanoke.
We'll hear from the international superstar- He's meeting with reporters
before his concert tonight.
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