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The wife of a man convicted of double homicide says she's still afraid,
since the jury chose not to take his life.
We'll hear from her in a moment.
And the old Elks Lodge building in Danville caved in overnight and got
carted off today.
Tonight in sports, former NASCAR driver Elmo Langley dies today in Japan, The
Roanoke Express hosts Charlotte tonight,
and Rockets' star Hakeem Olajuwon checks out the hospital today under his own
An early bout of winter weather invades the region but is now moving out.
The breezy and clearing forecast is coming up.
A shooting in Danville late this afternoon has left a police officer
Rescue crews are now at the scene, on Moffett Street in downtown Danville.
The officer was taken to the hospital about 20 minutes ago by private vehicle.
Our News-7 crew is on the scene and we'll have more details as they become
The Carroll County jury that convicted Dennis Stoneman of capital murder has
spared his life.
But parole is NOT an option.
Tracy Altizer reports.
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SUPER=01-Teresa Stoneman/Defendant's Ex-Wife; :55
SUPER=01-June Quesenberry/Victim's Mother; 1:02
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(( The jury didn't buy the defense argument that it was Dennis Stoneman's 17
year- old son D.J. who killed Tina and Steve Quesenberry, the sister and
brother-in-law of Stoneman's ex-wife.
During the penalty phase, Stoneman's lawyer read the defendant's statement
saying he would die for his son and only he and D.J. know the truth.
But even his lawyers don't know Stoneman's version.
((GARY LUMSDEN/STONEMAN'S LAWYER: WELL UNTIL HE'S WILLING TO DIVULGE THAT TO US
I GUESS ONLY HE AND D.J. WILL KNOW.))
((D.J. STONEMAN/DEFENDANT'S SON: HE'S THE ONE THAT DONE IT AND I DON'T SEE WHY
IN THE WORLD HE'S WANTING TO DRAG ME INTO THIS. COPING WITH THE FACT THEY GOT
SHOT EVEN IN FRONT OF ME IS SOMETHING I'M NEVER GONNA, NEVER, EVER GONNA
After requesting the death penalty, Stoneman apparently had a change of
heart and directed his lawyer to make a closing argument on his behalf.
The jury chose life.
((TERESA STONEMAN/DEFENDANT'S EX-WIFE: I THOUGHT IF HE GOT DEATH THAT WE
WOULDN'T HAVE TO WORRY ANYMORE, THAT WE'D FEEL MORE SAFE, BUT I'M STILL AFRAID.
((JUNE QUESENBERRY/VICTIM'S MOTHER: IT WAS NOT WHAT I REALLY WANTED IT TO BE
BUT I THINK THE JURY DID A TREMENDOUS JOB, IT HAD TO BE HARD FOR THEM.))
Stoneman has 30 days to file an appeal. His attorney says in the past
Stoneman has indicated he would appeal a conviction, but it hasn't been
determined what grounds he'll base it on. Tracy Altizer, News 7 Hillsville.))
The notion that a couple of hitchhikers killed Derek and Nancy Haysom- -NOT
Jens Soering- -may be settled BEFORE a hearing on it can be held.
The Judge has ordered lab tests be conducted on a pocket knife taken from
the two men.
Now it turns out that William Shifflett and Robert Louis Albright were
fingerprinted long ago and eliminated as suspects in the Haysom case.
Soering's prints were NOT found at the Haysom home in suburban Lynchburg,
He confessed to the crime, then said he took the blame to protect his
girlfriend, ELIZABETH Haysom, the victims' daughter.
Soering's new lawyer is trying to suggest that Shifflett and Albright
committed the double murder in 1985. They're serving life sentences for a
homicide in Roanoke that occurred right after the Haysoms were killed.
The Pittsylvania County Sheriff's department is NO closer to identifying
human remains discovered yesterday by a hunter.
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A skeleton was removed from the Pittsylvania County Wildlife Hunt Club, near
Authorities say the remains were badly decomposed which will make
identification even tougher.
Sheriff's officials say they haven't received a missing person report in
But they have gotten several calls from surrounding counties about missing
A century old building that partially collapsed in downtown Danville last
night is little more than a memory.
The front of the three story structure used to house the Elk's lodge. It
collapsed around eight- thirty.
No one was hurt, but officials evacuated nearby buildings and blocked off
both ends of High Street in case the rest of the building came down.
Early this morning work crews were tearing down the rest of it.
The building was vacant when it collapsed.
It had been condemned by the city a couple of months ago.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six---African Americans have made important
contributions to this area's history, and we will hear from the author of a new
book on the subject.
and the voice of experience is warning teenagers about the dangers of drugs.
Melanie Moon will introduce us to a former user who wants others to learn from
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MUSIC UP FULL
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We're hearing more concern that today's teenagers aren't getting the message
about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.
An innovative program in Roanoke County is giving students a stark look at
the consequences of substance abuse.
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The final installment of "Under Whose Influence?" includes a message from
one young woman who speaks from experience. Melanie Moon has her story.
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SUPER=01-Lisa Childress/SAP Core Team; 1:04
SUPER=01-Ann White/Core Team; 1:19
SUPER=01-Sue Brewer/Core Team; 1:47
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I WAS LIKE A GARBAGE DISPOSAL, JUST KEEP GIVING IT TO ME AND I DIDN'T CARE
WHAT IT WAS AS LONG AS I GOT HIGH.
Seventeen-year-old Marcie Archuleta is a former substance abuser who has been
clean from drugs and alcohol for two years.
She started using in junior high.
MARCIE: MY LIFE WAS JUST A ROLLERCOASTER GOING STRAIGHT DOWN HILL AT FULL
September 26th, 1994 was the last time Marcie got high,
Marcie is now in college, after graduating from High School a year early,
and is hoping her story will keep other teens from using.
MARCIE: I DIDN'T HAVE ANY SELF ESTEEM, NO SELF WORTH, I LET PEOPLE WALK ALL
OVER ME, I LET PEOPLE USE MY MIND MY BODY, AND I USED OTHER PEOPLE AS WELL.
Marcie's classroom lectures are just one element of Roanoke County's Student
The program aims not only to prevent and identify drug use, but offers
referral services and support groups.
JOANN BURKHOLDER: THEY'RE NOT THERAPY GROUPS BY ANY MEANS BUT THEIR SUPPORT
GROUPS IN HELPING STUDENTS LEARN ABOUT THE DISEASE OF CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY,
LEARNING REFUSAL SKILLS.
WE'RE UP CLOSE AND PERSON AND IT'S STILL HARD FOR US TO ACCEPT TO BELIEVE
WHAT'S HAPPENING IS REALLY HAPPENING.
SAP also uses a CORE team of educators who are able to network with other
teachers and even students to identify possible users.
ANN WHITE: I HAVE STUDENTS STAY AFTER CLASS AN SAY MISS WHITE I'M REALLY
WORRIED ABOUT, DID YOU NOTICE AND THEY KNOW THAT WE'RE THERE AND WE CARE AND WE
CAN TRY TO HELP.
Core also serves to educate parents, because statistics show that not only
are fewer parents talking to their children about drugs, but most of the drug
use occurs when PARENTS are in charge.
In fact teens who were surveyed said a school building is the last place
they use drugs.
SUE BREWER: WE CAN'T SAY THAT WE HAVE NONE HERE BUT I THINK THE MAJORITY
TAKES PLACE, DURING ALL THESE HOURS AFTER SCHOOL.
That's why SAP seeks to become an ally with parents in the war on drugs.
Because as Marcie tells it there are only two options for today's teens.
MARCIE4: I CAN NOT USE, I CAN TRY AND LIVE MY LIFE OR I CAN USE AND I CAN DIE,
LIFE OR DEATH, LIFE OR DEATH, 2 CHOICES, CHOOSE LIFE, BEFORE I CHOSE DEATH.
Melanie Moon, News 7, Roanoke.))
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As teen drug use numbers started to rise nationally, the Allen
administration stopped collecting such statistics in Virginia.
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A 1994 memo from then-Superintendent for Public Instruction Bill Bosher
(BO-shur) said questions on the annual Youth Risk Behavior Survey "are
suggestive in nature and may actually encourage high risk behavior in
But Governor Allen makes NO bones about having presided over a rising teen
drug problem in Virginia.
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((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: THERE'S SUFFICIENT EVIDENCE AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED THAT
TEEN DRUG USE IS ON THE RISE IN VIRGINIA. THAT WE DO NEED ENHANCED MEASURES TO
PROSECUTE THOSE WHO ARE INVOLVED IN ILLEGAL DRUG DEALING OR ILLEGAL DRUG USE.))
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The last survey done in Virginia was in 1993.
At that time, 14-percent of high school students in the state reported
marijuana use within the month prior to the survey.
One in five reported being offered, sold, or given an illegal drug on school
property within the prior year.
After a string of record setting sessions the stock market lost ground today.
The Dow was down eleven and a-half points, closing at 64 hundred 18.
NASDAQ dropped seven points.
From Paris to the Star City, wine lovers were lining up today for bottles
of Beaujolais Nouveau (BOE-juh-lay new-VOE).
A special delivery in downtown Roanoke brought ten cases to Lee and Edwards
Wine Merchants this afternoon.
Facing unusual demand for the first wine of the new vintage year, the store
is rationing bottles until another shipment arrives next week.
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((GORDON KENDALL/STORE MANAGER: THE FRENCH WILL NOT ALLOW IT TO BE RELEASED
BEFORE THE THIRD THURSDAY IN NOVEMBER, WHICH IS TODAY. SO EVEN IN PARIS IT'S
THE SAME THING. AND THAT POLICY CREATES A PENT- UP DEMAND. AND THERE HAS BEEN A
LOT OF ANTICIPATION. OUR PHONE HAS BEEN RINGING A LOT FOR THE LAST THREE WEEKS,
PEOPLE ASKING AND RESERVING NOUVEAU.))
SUPER=01-Gordon Kendall/Store Manager;
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Ample sunshine in September provided a bountiful crop of ripened fruit and
a harvest of high expectations for the French wines of 1996.
Most histories of the Roanoke Valley barely mention the contributions of
But the Harrison Museum is helping to change that with the release of a new
book on the area's black heritage.
Double Boxes=Keith and Joe/Microwave
Tonight, Joe Dashiell gives us a preview of those pages.
(Joe interviews author)
Double Boxes=Keith and Joe/Microwave
Coming your way tonight in sports Hakeem check outs of the hospital, Jeff
Agnew checks into a new car for 1997, Steve Mason checks in with the Express,
and the Hokies get ready to check out Chad Johnston and the Mountaineers this
Saturday at a sold out Lane stadium.
We begin tonight with some encouraging news concerning Rockets star Hakeem
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The NBA all-star, who was admitted to a Houston hospital on Tuesday night
with an irregular heart beat, was discharged today after an exercise stress
test showed no problems.
He will begin private workouts tomorrow, but will not return to the Rockets
for a few more days. Amazingly, Hakeem believes a glass of ice cold water
triggered the irregularity.
By the way, before he could leave he had to have the equipment manager bring
his pair of shoes.
A sellout crowd is expected at Lane Stadium this weekend when Big East
Rivals Virginia Tech and West Virginia meet on Worsham Field.
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Last Saturday at the Orange Bowl Miami dominated the statistics with 450
yards total offense to Tech's 322 but the hokies held the Canes to only one
touchdown in the 21 to 7 victory.
Saturday against West Virginia The Hokies will have to attack one of the
top defenses in the country. The Mountaineers have permitted just 550 yards
rushing this season, that averages to 55 yards a game - tops in the nation.
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((JIM DRUCKENMILLER/VIRGINIA TECH QUARTERBACK: ))
((PIERSON PRIOLEAU/VIRGINIA TECH ROVER: ))
SUPER=01-Jim Druckenmiller/Virginia Tech Quarterback; :00
SUPER=01-Pierson Prioleau/Virginia Tech Rover; :14
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Tech has won five of its last seven games against the Mountaineers.
Elsewhere in the Big East today Temple extended the contract of head coach
Earlier this season Dickerson actually quit after the Owls lost to Pitt
His record at Temple is just 5 and 38 in four years.
And the team has won just one game in the Big East and lost 24.
NASCAR's trip to Japan suffered a setback today when pace car driver Elmo
Langley, who drove in the Winston Cup ranks from the late 1950's into the
early 70's, passed away while in Suzaka, Japan preparing for the circuit's big
exhibition race Saturday.
Doctors says the cause of death is heart failure. He was 68 years old.
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The New River Valley speedway's three-time late model stock car champion,
Jeff Agnew, will be driving a new car next season.
SUPER=03-Martinsville/Taco Bell 300;
Agnew, is joining forces with Martinsville car owner Clarence Pickurel to
field Chevy's at the track on a fulltime basis next season.
Agnew's longtime sponsors will back the car along with help of PICKEREL's
restaurant, Clarence's steakhouse.
The Express hosts Charlotte tonight in a 7:30 faceoff at the Round House.
Steve Mason is on the hockey beat with another addition of Round House Wrap
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SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :16
SUPER=03-Roanoke/This Week; :32
SUPER=01-Ilya Dubkov/Express Center; :52
SUPER=01-Dave Gagnon/Express Goalie; 1:13
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((The way Anzalone trains the Express; it's quite clear the coach prefers an
athlete who is in top physical shape all the time.
The teams conditioning is paying off. Roanoke won all four of it's home
games from November 12 to this past Tuesday by a combined score of 25 to 7.
Ilya Dubkov had 3 goals and 6 assists during the stretch.
The Express has had only 4 defenseman on the roster of late. Dave Stewart's
severely sprained left ankle has forced Anzalone and G.M. Pierre Paeiment to
shop for other defenders.
It's a good thing Dave Gagnon is the leader in minutes among ECHL goalies and
is second in saves.
One note, Jeff Jablonski is 5th in the league in overall scoring,
Roanoke fans got a chance to see a legend Tuesday. Wheeling coach Tommy
McVee has coached over 40 years in the NHL, AHL, IHL, and the old eastern
Now lets take a look at the standings.
That's it for this addition, Steve Mason, Round House Wrap up.))
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...not much of a day to take a plane up in the Roanoke Valley.
But it started out O-K for hot- air balloons.
A U-S Air pilot took his balloon up this morning, and gave the principal at
Clearbrook Elementary School a ride.
It was part of the school's celebration of American Education Week.
The balloon floated across southwest Roanoke County and into Roanoke, then
Salem, landing safely at the V-A Hospital.