Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
A homicide verdict in Amherst.
We've got a LIVE report.
The JUDGE weighs in on the battle between V-M-I and the feds.
VIRGINIA's Attorney General sides with tobacco growers.
And the coming prison uprising... maybe it's already happened, and we
Some tough talk tonight from Virginia's Corrections Director.
Tonight in sports, Ed Scott officially steps down at PH, three lady hoopsters
sign division one scholarship papers at cave Spring today, the National League
MVP is being announced at this hour,
And Express Captain Dave Stewart will likely miss both home games this
weekend with a severely sprained left ankle.
The cold weather will leave us by the weekend but not before a few flurries
blow through the area.
It took an Amherst County jury today less than half an hour to convict James
Henry Burley of first-degree murder.
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Steve Smallshaw is at the Courthouse in Amherst tonight.
...the evidence against Burley pretty convincing, Steve?
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An autopsy confirms that a Lynchburg woman was SHOT to death, before the van
she was in was set ablaze.
Chief Medical Examiner David Oxley says 29-year-old Sharon Gilliam was shot
once in the head.
Gilliam and 34-year-old Dennis Oxford were found dead in the burned out van
behind the Lynchburg newspaper office.
Oxford died of smoke inhalation.
Police say Oxford blamed Gilliam for a medical problem he had.
Oxley refused to say what that problem was, or even if Gilliam had one,
citing patient confidentiality.
The judge in the V-M-I case wants a "comprehensive report" from the
But Jackson Kiser today stopped short of ordering a detailed PLAN,
describing the "nut and bolts" of how Virginia Military Institute intends to
The government still wants details.
IN Q=They should be
SUPER=01-Judith Keith/U.S. Justice Department Attorney
SUPER=01-Maj. Gen. Josiah Bunting/VMI Superintendent
OUT Q=would have us embrace
((THEY SHOULD BE REQUIRED TO COME FORWARD TO TELL THE COURT AND THE PARTIES
WHAT THEY ARE DOING, WHAT THEY PLAN TO DO. A MILITARY ORGANIZATION LIKE VMI
DOESN'T GO INTO BATTLE WITHOUT A BATTLE PLAN. AND WE'RE SURE THEY HAVE ONE
IN Q=The government
((The government is afraid V-M-I will be back in three or four months, saying:
it didn't work. we ran out of time. We won't be ready to admit women next
OUT Q=next Fall.
IN Q=Any possibility
((Any possibility that would happen?
NONE. NO POSSIBILITY AT ALL. ))
Bunting says there simply IS no comprehensive, detailed battle plan.
Even if there was, he says, the feds aren't entitled to it.
Friday Governor Allen authorized the transfer of 4-point-3 million dollars
to pay for putting women's restrooms in barracks.
Only yesterday Bunting submitted a four-page memo to V-M-I's Board of
Visitors, detailing progress and plans for co-education.
It outlines hundreds of contacts with high school girls.
So far, the Institute had received seven applications from women.
((UNIFORMLY THESE APPLICANTS ARE YOLKED TOGETHER BY THE CONVICTION THAT THEY
WANT VMI TO REMAIN WHAT IT IS AND THEY ARE DETERMINED TO SUCCEDE ON OUR TERMS
NOT ON THE AMENDED TERMS THAT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT WOULD HAVE US EMBRACE.))
The government says: minimal changes just won't get it.
It wants to review all of V-M-I's practices and policies to see how they
might affect women.
Health advocates are questioning the motives of Virginia Attorney General
Jim Gilmore tonight.
Gilmore has followed North Carolina and Kentucky into the fight against the
FDA's regulation of tobacco.
He's filed a "friend of the court" brief alleging the FDA has NO
jurisdiction over the golden leaf.
IN Q=Virginia has
((ATTORNEY GENERAL JIM GILMORE: VIRGINIA HAS BEEN NOW CULTIVATING AND
MARKETING TOBACCO FOR OVER THREE HUNDRED YEARS. THESE PEOPLE WORK HARD, THEY
PLAY BY THE RULES, AND THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD NOT BE IN THE BUSINESS OF HARMING
OUT Q=harming them.
But anti-smoking advocates say Gilmore's out of step with a recent statewide
poll showing a majority of Virginians -- in each geographic region -- actually
favor government regulation of tobacco.
IN Q=One has
((ANNE MORROW DONLEY/VA. GASP: ONE HAS TO WONDER TOO WHETHER IT'S A CONFLICT
OF INTEREST AT ALL HERE. HE HAS OVER 10-THOUSAND DOLLARS OF STOCK IN PHILIP
MORRIS. IF THAT'S A CONFLICT OF INTEREST, WHO DO WE GO TO FOR AN OPINION ON
THAT, YOU KNOW? ALSO WE KNOW HE WANTS TO BE GOVERNOR.))
SUPER=01-Anne Morrow Donley/Va. GASP;
OUT Q=be governor.
Both Gilmore and likely Democratic nominee Don Beyer have also taken
campaign cash from the tobacco industry.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6--no parole and strict new policies add up to a
potentially explosive situation inside some Virginia prisons. Are authorities
ready, if there's a riot? Ellen Qualls continues her series of reports.
Also the issue of hazing on the Washington and Lee campus---some say it's
hurting the university's image.
IN Q=hazing's just a
((ANTHONY MAZARELLI/INTERFRATERNITY COUNCIL; HAZING'S JUST A TRADITION THAT
NEEDS TO DIE AND THERE'S OTHER WAYS OF HAVING TOUGH STRONG PLEDGESHIP PROGRAMS.
OUT Q=pledgeship programs
And yet others maintain it's all an overreaction. We'll try and sort it
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The race for the vacated Virginia Senate seat is really a three- fold fight.
First, it's a contest between two current delegates.... Republican Allen
Dudley and Democrat Roscoe Reynolds.
Second, it's battle for majority control of the State Senate.
And third, it's a competition for Virgil Goode's political endorsement.
One of the issues was settled today.
During a rally to kick- off Reynolds' campaign, Congressman- Elect Goode
said he'll back his Democratic friend.
Reynolds says he's ready to step into Goode's soon- to- be- relinquished
role and provide leadership for the 20th District.
IN Q=It's of
((ROSCOE REYNOLDS/D- STATE SENATE CANDIDATE: IT'S OF ABSOLUTE VITAL IMPORTANCE
THAT WE GET SOMEONE IN THAT POSITION TO CONTINUE THE STRONG TRADITION THAT
VIRGIL HAS OF EFFECTIVE POSITIVE REPRESENTATION OF THE COMMUNITIES IN THE 20TH
SENATORIAL DISTRICT. ))
SUPER=01-Roscoe Reynolds/(D) State Senate Candidate;
A special election will likely be held next month to determine Goode's
successor in Richmond.
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Especially since a loaded gun was found in a Death Row typewriter last year,
it's probably a safe bet that Governor Allen has lost sleep over Virginia's
Rioting. Hostages. Escapes.
The stuff of gubernatorial nightmares.
Chuck Robb presided over the nation's largest death row escape in 1984.
Take Fullscreen Graphic Prisons Under Pressure
In tonight's installment of "Prisons Under Pressure," Ellen Qualls looks at
what might happen if the simmering discontent behind bars boils over.
IN Q=It's happened
SUPER=03-Nottoway Co.; :00
SUPER=@file; :17 QUICK!!
SUPER=01-Ron Angelone/Va. Corrections Director; :20 QUICK!!
SUPER=01-Russ Ford/Prison Chaplain; :32
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Buckingham County.
(( It's happened.
Four hostages, including two nurses, were taken in an August uprising at
Nottoway Correctional Center.
Eight correctional officers were injured.
It happened overnight, in a rural area far from the gaze of the media.
It was the most dangerous incident in Virginia prisons since 1984's death
sot 10:56:59 T1
((RON ANGELONE: ANYTIME YOU HAVE A HOSTAGE SITUATION, THAT IS YOUR TOUGHEST
Prison chaplain Russ Ford doesn't blame Governor Allen for crowding the
prisons -- but he does think the administration's rhetoric causes more problems
than it solves.
((RUSS FORD: YOU KNOW "IF YOU DON'T DO THIS THEN WE'RE GONNA LOCK YOU DOWN."
"IF A MAN ACTS UP IN ONE PLACE, THEN WE'RE GONNA TAKE IT OUT AND BRING
RETRIBUTION ON EVERYONE." THIS POLICY HAS FAILED TOTALLY, TO HAVE THAT TYPE OF
CONFRONTATION. IT DOES NOT WORK. IT NEVER DID WORK. IT JUST INCITES THE MEN.
PRISONERS DO NOT UNITE IN AND OF THEMSELVES. YOU HAVE TO GIVE THEM A REASON
Corrections director Ron Angelone says the Nottoway uprising should NOT be
counted as a riot over prison conditions.
sot T1 10:58:35
((RON ANGELONE: HOW'M I GONNA TIE THAT WITH UNREST? OR YOU KNOW, THESE
PEOPLE WERE TRYING TO SHOW HOW BAD -- NO. LET'S NOT GIVE THEM THAT CREDIT.
THEY WERE TRYING TO ESCAPE BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T WANT TO SERVE ANY MORE TIME IN
PRISON. AND WHEN THAT FELL APART, THEY JUST DID WHAT I GUESS YOU WOULD EXPECT
THEM TO DO. LOSE TOTAL CONTROL OF THEIR SENSES. GRAB PEOPLE.))
But other accounts indicate the four escapees were eventually aided by a
hundred or so other inmates.
Ron Angelone's elite strike force had its debut at Nottoway.
sot T1 10:53:30
((RON ANGELONE: YOU'RE NOT HAPPY ABOUT THE FACT THAT IN ORDER TO STOP
PREDATORS FROM HURTING OTHER PEOPLE YOU HAVE TO SHOOT THEM OR YOU HAVE TO STUN
THEM WITH OUR ELECTRIC DEVICES.))
((RUSS FORD: THE QUESTION THAT COMES WITH ANY ADMINISTRATION WHEN THEY TALK
TOUGH, CARRY THE BIG STICK, AND IT'S THE COMMANDO VIEW OF IT IS "ARE YOU
INCITING IT? YOU KNOW, ARE YOU INFLAMING THE VERY SITUATION WHICH YOU'RE
TRYING TO CONTAIN."))
Angelone's already made history with the first firearms inside prison walls.
They're non-lethal, rubber pellet guns -- and the department brags they've
been VERY effective in their first few months of use.
No matter what's going on inside, the department brags it's NOT getting out.
Virginia's had the lowest escape rate in the nation for the last two years.
Tomorrow, what can be done to decrease the danger.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Buckingham County.
The stock market continued its record setting pace today... for the sixth
The Dow gained eight points, closing at 62- hundred- 74.
NASDAQ was up four.
Hazing problems at Washington and Lee are now in a national spotlight.
Photographs taken at the university were featured in a New York Times
Magazine article a week and a half ago. Eric Earnhart reports.
IN Q=For Washington and Lee
SUPER=01-David Howison/Dean Of Students; :16
SUPER=01-Doug Gubner/Fraternity Member; :52
SUPER=01-Anthony Mazzarelli/Interfraternity Council; 1:04
OUT Q=EE, News 7
(( For Washington and Lee, it was like a window into the underworld...
Dark disturbing images, portraying fraternity hazing rituals three years
ago, and the exploits of a secret campus drinking society.
IN Q=it's dishonorable
((DAVID HOWISON/DEAN OF STUDENTS;THEY ARE REPREHENSIBLE, IT'S DISHONORABLE, BUT
THEY COME AT A TIME INTERNALLY WHEN YOU KNOW WE'RE PUTTING INTO PLACE POLICIES
AND PROCEDURES TO ELIMINATE HAZING AT WASHINGTON AND LEE, AND IN THAT SENSE,
THE TIMING FOR OUR OWN COMMUNITY PERHAPS WILL BE POSITIVE.))
OUT Q=will be positive
School officials began working on a new policy late last year. It targets
individual frat members involved in hazing, and puts their academic futures on
the line. The minimum penalty, immediate suspension.
((One of the hardest parts of instituting the new policy is what they call
"breaking the cycle". In otherwords, if you were a pledge and you had to go
through the same sort of hazing ritual, it's hard for you to let new pledges in
IN Q=I think there are
((DOUG GUBNER/FRATERNITY MEMBER; I THINK THERE ARE SOME THINGS YOU SHOULD BE
ABLE TO DO THAT, AREN'T REALLY DETRIMENTAL, IT DOESN'T HURT ANYBODY, IT KIND OF
SUPER=01-Doug Gubner/Fraternity Member;
OUT Q=builds unity
But fraternity leaders say hazing is history.
IN Q=we support making our
((ANTHONY MAZARELLI/INTERFRATERNITY COUNCIL;WE SUPPORT MAKING OUR PLEDGE
CLASSES TIGHT AND CLOSE AND OUR FRATERNITIES CLOSE AND HAZING'S JUST A
TRADITION THAT NEEDS TO DIE.))
SUPER=01-Anthony Mazarelli/Interfraternity Council
OUT Q=needs to die
Even privately, frat members say the stakes are now so high, most will be
reluctant to risk their future to keep the tradition alive.
Eric Earnhart, News 7))
Coming up tonight in sports, Ed Scott officially steps down, a trio of Cave
Spring hoopsters sign scholarship papers, The Express's Dave Stewart is on ice
And it doesn't seem like it's been that long since the seniors shaved a pair
of sunglasses into Tiki Barber's hair, but this Saturday Tiki plays his final
home game at Scott Stadium.
Last night we reported that Patrick Henry coach Ed Scott would turn in his
resignation today, and this morning he did just that.
SUPER=04-Friday Football Extra;:00
The Patriots head football coach since 1990 says some minor health concerns
and the teams' rapid decline at the end of the just completed season
accelerated his decision to step down.
Scott who is 53, has been coaching football for 31 years.
He would still like to coach somewhere, but for now will continue teaching
health at PH.
Today marks the beginning of the national signing period for boys and
girls basketball players all over the country.
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Cave Spring's Alyssa and Catie Redick signed with Campbell University on a
IN Q="I'm glad
((CATIE REDICK/LADY KNIGHTS FORWARD:))
((ALYSSA REDICK/LADY KNIGHTS CENTER:))
SUPER=01-Catie Redick/Lady Knights Forward; :00
SUPER=01-Alyssa Redick/Lady Knights Center; :10
OUT Q=...go to state"
Cave center Lisa Bryan is headed to Nebraska on a full ride.
SUPER=01-Lisa Bryan/Signed with Nebraska; :00
SUPER=01-Linda Long/Cave Spring Coach; :06
OUT Q=..in the same year"
The Express's 6-2 victory over Richmond last night did not come without a
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Renegades vs. Express; :00
Team captain Dave Stewart left the game with a twisted ankle. Express
officials said today that Stewart indeed has a severely sprained left ankle and
he is doubtful for this weekend'd games against South Carolina and Louisville.
One other note, Ilya Dubkov donned number 21 last night as teammate J.F.
Tromblay gave the franchise's all-time leading scorer his old number back upon
his return to the team. Tromblay, will now wear number 11.
The Virginia Cavaliers host 6th ranked North Carolina Saturday at Scott
Steve Mason has more on how some Cavs are getting motivated, plus Tiki
Barber talks about his final game on David A. Harrision Field.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Chapel Hill, NC; :15
SUPER=01-Todd White/UVa Co-Captain; :26
SUPER=01-Ronde Barber/UVa Defensive Back; :42
SUPER=01-Tiki Barber/Plays Final Home Game Saturday; 1:08
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
The Baseball Writers of America have unanimously selected the San Diego
Padres' Ken Caminiti as the National League's Most Valuable Player.
SUPER=04-Major League Baseball;
Caminiti's 40 home runs, 130 R-B-I's, and .326 batting average lead the
Padres to their first N-L West title in 12 years.
This makes just the fourth time the National League M-V-P has been a
The Dodgers Mike Piazza was the runner up.
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