Topping News-7 at Six tonight:
A woman who worked at the Lynchburg News and Daily Advance is found shot to
death in a burned out vehicle- -along with a man she'd dated.
Details of the murder-suicide coming up.
And a small plane allegedly involved in interstate gun-running is grounded
in Halifax County.
Tonight on News 7 sports, the American league Cy Young award winner will be
announced in the next few minutes, The Express returns home tonight with
Dubkov, Roy Stanley checks in on the Hokies as they prepares for Miami,
And Patrick Henry football coach Ed Scott is expected to turn in his
resignation tomorrow morning after seven seasons as the Patriots head coach.
No warm up here. The cold air will set more records tonight. Might even
see more snow showers late Wednesday.
Two people are dead, the result of a bizarre murder- suicide in Lynchburg
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Steve Smallshaw is in our central Virginia bureau... Steve, have police been
able to fill in the blanks in their investigation?
For the most part, they have... the victims have been identified and an
apparent suicide note left at the scene may provide the motive.
IN Q=It started with
SUPER=01-Lt. Eugene Wingfield/Lynchburg Police; :21
OUT Q=thought he had.
(( It started with the report of a car fire in the rear parking lot of the
Lynchburg News and Advance building.
Firefighters extinguished the blaze and made a grisly discovery... two
charred bodies in the back seat of the Chevy van.
The victims were 29- year- old Sharon Gilliam and 34- year- old Dennis Alan
Police say Oxford was waiting for Gilliam when she showed up for work this
IN Q=Both the individuals
((LT. EUGENE WINGFIELD/LYNCHBURG POLICE: BOTH THE INDIVIDUALS KNEW EACH OTHER,
HAD DATED IN THE PAST AND APPEARS THAT THEY HAD A SOMEWHAT OF A FRIENDLY
OUT Q=friendly relationship.
But a note found in a cooler outside the burning van indicated otherwise.
IN Q=Without going
((LT. EUGENE WINGFIELD/LYNCHBURG POLICE: WITHOUT GOING INTO THE EXACT DETAILS
OF WHAT WAS CONTAINED IN THE NOTE, OTHER THAN TO SAY THAT MR. OXFORD, WHO
APPARENTLY LEFT THE NOTE, SEEMS TO BLAME MISS GILLIAM FOR A MEDICAL PROBLEM
THAT HE MAY HAVE THOUGHT HE HAD.))
OUT Q=thought he had.))
Police also recovered a gun from inside the car, and say it HAD been fired,
but would not reveal how many times.
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The bodies have been sent to the medical examiner in Roanoke, where
autopsies will be performed tomorrow morning.
Authorities expect to learn then whether one or both victims died of gunshot
wounds before the fire was set. Keith?
Salem sex-offender James Gerald Beasley got out of prison today.
It's been six years since his arrest shocked his co-workers at G-E in Salem
and the community at large.
Having served HALF of a 12-year sentence for abduction and malicious
wounding, Beasley's headed home.
Though his wife, Arlene, divorced him only last year, the 55-year old
electrical engineer told the Roanoke Valley probation office he intends to live
with her in their home on Niblick Drive in Salem.
Commonwealth's Attorney Fred King expressed dismay this evening that the
parole board had failed to let him know Beasley was getting out.
He and Salem police were unaware Beasley was being released today. State
law leaves it up to the OFFENDER to check in with local authorities. Beasley
has 30 days to do that.
Investigators trying to crack an alleged gun smuggling ring took an
unexpected detour into Halifax County.
The pilot of a small plane was arrested yesterday, minutes after landing at
the Tuck Airport, near South Boston.
Sources say the pilot is believed to be part of a RING smuggling guns from
North Carolina to New York.
Members of a Joint Firearms Task Force had been tracking the plane since it
Authorities do not know why the pilot decided to land in Halifax County-- he
was apparently supposed to fly to New Jersey.
Whatever the reason, the arrest created quite a stir at the airport.
IN Q=It didn't
((BEN CLARK/TUCK AIRPORT EMPLOYEE:IT DIDN'T SCARE ME BUT I WAS EXCITED BECAUSE
I HAVEN'T EVER EXPERIENCED ANYTHING LIKE THIS BEFORE. ))
SUPER=01-Ben Clark/Tuck Airport Employee; :00
OUT Q=this before.
When authorities searched the plane late this evening they found 12- high
Sources say guns like the ones found sell for about a thousand dollars each
on the streets of New York.
A jury has begun hearing the murder trial of James Henry Burley in Amherst
Burley is accused of murdering Robin Jeanette Burge last November, and
dumping her body in the woods near his Madison Height home.
Prosecutor Ed Meeks says Burley killed Burge after she refused to have sex
with him in exchange for drugs.
He'll also stand trial next month for the murder of Jacqueline Dorsey Carter
who authorities say died under similar circumstances.
A six-man, seven-woman jury is hearing the case.
The trial's expected to last at least two days.
The driver of a Job Corps van that crashed last summer, killing one student,
was cleared of criminal charges today in Amherst County.
The wreck occurred on the Fourth of July on this winding stretch of Route
635 near Pedlar Mills.
20- year- old Linel K. Miller died in the crash...twelve other Job Corps
students were injured.
A state police expert testified the driver, 35- year- old Harry Johnson, had
been going 66 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone.
But after a three- hour hearing, Judge Joseph Serkes found Johnson "not"
guilty of reckless driving.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6--State police have new information to share on
the search for the Route 29 stalker.
and we're all bracing for icy winter driving conditions---but in Amherst
County they're turning up the heat on the highway. We'll explain.
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State Police say the death of motorist Alicia Reynolds began as a sexual
Reynolds was the 25- year- old Baltimore woman who disappeared in March as
she drove along U-S 29 near Culpeper.
Investigators profiled the suspect at a news conference today, and they
predicted he will kill again if he isn't apprehended soon.
IN Q=We believe this individual
((01-LARRY MCCANN/VA. STATE POLICE: WE BELIEVE THIS INDIVIDUAL WILL BE EMPLOYED
IN A BLUE- COLLAR, LABOR TYPE JOB. GENERALLY HE WILL BE KNOWN TO THOSE AROUND
HIM AS RESERVED, QUIETLY HELPFUL TO OTHERS AND DEPENDABLE. HE'S GUARDED ABOUT
WHAT HE RELEASES TO OTHER PEOPLE ABOUT HIS PRIVATE LIFE. HE'S BASICALLY QUIET
ABOUT WHAT HE DOES IN PRIVATE.))
SUPER=01-Larry McCann/Va. State Police;
OUT Q=what he does in private.
State Police believe the suspect used the name Larry Breeden in
conversations with other women, but authorities do not believe that is the
killer's real name.
GRAPHIC=Prisons Under Pressure
Battening down the hatches in Virginia's overcrowded, stressed- out prisons
has included handing out some tough, new rules.
Virginia prisons are cramming the convicts in ... and SOME say: grinding
them down, at the same time.
Take Fullscreen Graphic Prisons Under Pressure
Ellen Qualls has part two of "Prisons Under Pressure."
IN Q=There's a fine
SUPER=01-Ron Angelone/Va. Corrections Director; :17
SUPER=04-Courtesy Va. Dept. of Corrections; :27
SUPER=01-Laura Rinier/Inmate Advocate; 1:18
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7.
(( There's a fine line between controlling a dangerous population, and
pushing Virginia's most violent citizens to the breaking point.
sot 10:34:27 T1
((RON ANGELONE: FACT IS THESE PEOPLE ARE IN PRISON.))
And corrections director Ron Angelone can't stress enough the importance of
maintaining the upper hand.
Education and counseling?
sot T1 10:46:43
((RON ANGELONE/VA. CORRECTIONS DIRECTOR: THERE'S NOT A SMORGASBORD OF
PROGRAMS. I DON'T THINK PRISON SHOULD BE A PLACE WHERE EVERY VOCATIONAL
TRAINING PROGRAM, EVERY ACADEMIC PROGRAM IS AVAILABLE TO AN INMATE.))
Inmates who need medical attention are now being charged.
sot t1 10:36:28
((RON ANGELONE: TOO MANY PEOPLE WERE GOING TO SICK CALL JUST TO GO. PEOPLE IN
THE COMMUNITY THAT WORK EVERYDAY AND HAVE A HEALTH PLAN WHEN THEY GO BECAUSE
THEY'RE SICK, THEY HAVE TO PAY A CO-PAYMENT. 12INMATES ARE EXPECTED TO PAY
THAT. THEY'RE NEVER STOPPED FROM SEEING A NURSE OR A DOCTOR DUE TO NOT HAVING
Angelone's says family bonding is important, but--
sot t1 10:43:29
((RON ANGELONE: IT AMAZES ME THAT IN PRISON, PEOPLE WANT THEIR FAMILIES TO
SPEND EVERY SATURDAY, EVERY SUNDAY, EIGHT HOURS A DAY, LOCKED INSIDE A
VISITATION ROOM INSIDE THE PRISON. AND IF THEY DON'T GET THAT THEIR WHOLE
FAMILY IS BEING DESTROYED.))
Some family members we spoke to on the condition of anonymity say they're
lucky to get two hours on visiting days, and now they're being told there's a
sot T1 10:24:01
((LAURA RINIER/INMATE ADVOCATE: OFTEN, THERE'S CRISIS SITUATIONS GOING ON
WITHIN THE FAMILIES OUT THERE. THAT NUMBER ONE, THE PRISONER FEELS TOTALLY
FRUSTRATED BY NOT BEING ABLE TO BE THERE TO DO ANYTHING TO HELP.))
Then there's the new phone policies.
Inmates can call home collect, with a three-dollar surcharge, a 15 minute
limit, a recorded message interrupting periodically -- AND the calls are all
SOT 10:24;28 T1
((LAURA RINIER: THEY'RE ALL JUST MECHANISMS THAT ARE GOING TO PROMOTE
FRUSTRATION. WHICH, OF COURSE, OFTEN LEADS TO BAD SITUATIONS.))
The Department just re-negotiated the phone contract for a multi-million
dollar profit to the state general fund.
((RON ANGELONE: THERE'S A LOT OF THINGS THAT HAVE TO GO INTO OUR PHONE SYSTEM
SO THAT AN INDIVIDUAL DOESN'T CALL SOMEONE THAT THEY'VE JUST RAPED, A VICTIM,
AND TRY TO HARASS THEM. AND THOSE COSTS COME WITH THE TERRITORY OF HAVING THE
PRIVILEGE OF BEING ABLE TO USE THE PHONE IN PRISON.))
The department trumpets that its per inmate cost has actually dropped over
the past three years.
Critics say the budget cutting shows.
New rules may be a bummer for the cons -- but what if they push some over
Tomorrow, if Virginia prisons riot, Ron Angelone says he's ready.
Ellen Qualls, News 7.))
Yet another record for the Dow today--a ten point gain to close at 62 hundred
NASDAQ dropped six points.
The owner of Best Mailing Services says his company delivers on its
So he can't understand why some Roanoke retirees received late pension
checks last week.
The local company sorts and processes all of the city government mail before
taking it to the post office.
Complaints surfaced when more than 200 former workers failed to get their
checks on time.
Jim (luh-PRAD) Laprade, who owns Best Mailing Services, admits that a very
SMALL percentage of the letters were sent out a day late because of a barcode
But he says other than that, his company did the job right.
IN Q=We did
((JIM LAPRADE/BEST MAILING SERVICES: WE DID NOT CAUSE THESE THINGS TO BE LATE.
IF WE HAD PUT ALL OF THEM IN ON THE 31ST, THEY SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN THEM ON THE
SUPER=01-Jim Laprade/Best Mailing Services;
OUT Q=the first
Laprade said in no way is the city to blame... but he also refused to make
the post office the scapegoat.
VDOT officials think motorists will really warm up to a new bridge.
The reason-- it's heated.
The bridge is located on U- S Route 60 just west of Amherst.
And here's how it works.
Sensors determine the temperature and precipitation levels on the bridge.
Once those factors reach a certain level, heat pipes underneath the
structure automatically turn on... melting any snow or ice.
If it's successful, other similar bridges may be on the way.
IN Q=We'll be
((DAVID GEHR/VDOT COMMISSIONER: WE'LL BE MONITORING THE IMPACT OF THIS
PARTICULAR INSTALLATION. AND IF IT WORKS OUT THAN WE'LL LOOK AT OTHER BRIDGES
AROUND THE STATE-- PARTICULARLY THOSE THAT HAVE A TENDANCY TO ICE OVER OR MAYBE
IN REMOTE AREAS TO TRY ANOTHER INSTALLATION. ))
SUPER=01-David Gehr/VDOT Commissioner;
There are only 7 other heated bridges in the entire country.
Officials estimate the cost at 664- thousand dollars.
Coming up tonight in sports, the American League Cy Young award winner is
revealed this evening, Ilya Dubkov is back in the house with the Roanoke
And the Hokies hope to raise a little cane this weekend in Miami when they
invade the Orange Bowl for a Big East War.
One of Friday Football Extra's top coaches is on the verge of giving up his
job in the Roanoke Valley District.
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Patrick Henry's Ed Scott, who has been at the school since 1990, plans to
submit his letter of resignation tomorrow morning.
Scott, who is a Staunton native led the Patriots to two playoff berths and a
share of the RVD championship last season.
His teams finished 500 or better each of the past five years, but this season
along with some mild health concerns took their toll on Scott, as PH lost its
final three games and missed making the playoffs.
Scott replaced Dennis Vaught in March of 1990. Before that he won a state
championship while coaching at Park View Sterling.
Reached at home this afternoon he said he prefers not to elaborate on his
future plans until tomorrow.
Tonight the Baseball Writers named Pat Hentgen of the Toronto Blue Jays the
American League Cy Young award winner.
SUPER=04-Major League Baseball;
Hentgen went 20-and-8 this season with a 3.22 E-R-A.
He also led the league in innings pitched and complete games.
He edged out New York Yankees ace Andy Pettitte by a mere six points.
Hentgen received 16 of 28 fist place votes to Pettitte's 11.
The Express returns to the Round House tonight at 7 to face Richmond in
the first of 4 home games over the next 8 days.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/This Morning; :00
Ilya Dubkov; the franchise's leading scorer practiced this morning. He
brings more skill to the offense. The Express lost its last three games on the
road and hopefully Dubkov and the team can gel to provide a spark.
((FRANK ANZALONE/EXPRESS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...moving forward"
The 5-8 and 1 Express beat East Division leading Richmond on the road in
the two teams' only other meeting this season.
((MATT O'DETTE/EXPRESS DEFENSEMAN:))
SUPER=01-Matt O'Dette/Express Defenseman; :00
OUT Q=...on defense first"
It was media day in Blacksburg and the Hokies were talking about winning
the remainder of their games and making another trip to a big bowl game.
That run will begin this weekend when the Hokies visit Miami at the Orange
Roy Stanley has more.
IN Q="Last year...
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/September 23, 1995; :00
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :14
SUPER=01-Loren Johnson/Virginia Tech Defensive Back; :49
SUPER=01-Torrian Gray/Virginia Tech Safety; 1:21
OUT Q=......news 7 sports."
((Last year the Hokies lost their first two games of the season but rebounded
in game three with a 13 to 7 win over the Hurricanes that turned the hokies
((FRANK BEAMER/VIRGINIA TECH HEAD COACH: ))
((There are several similarities from last years game to this years at the
Antonio Banks was on crutches last year and he's not expected to play
True Freshman Lauren Johnson replaced Banks and he came up with the key
play of the game knocking this pass down in the end Zone.
Freshman Anthony Midget replaced banks in the second quarter of the East
Carolina game and he will get his first start in his home state against the
((LOREN JOHNSON/VIRGINIA TECH DEFENSIVE BACK: ))
((But no one play will be big enough to stop the Hurricanes at the Orange Bowl
and the Hokies will need the same type of effort that led to the win over East
((TORRIAN GRAY/VIRGINIA TECH SAFETY: ))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
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Southside Virginia wants to be known as the Commonwealth's official racing
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And Jean Jadhon says Martinsville and Henry County officials are putting
their efforts in high gear.
High gear is right Keith-- Both localities are asking the General Assembly
to recognize the area as a racing region. They believe the designation would
put Southside on the fast track for tourism dollars and economic development.
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