A 17-year old suspect is charged with CAPITAL murder in Wednesday night's
shooting at Lansdowne.
And the sudden departure of V-M-I's head football coach may have less to do
with "personal reasons" and more to do with prejudice.
In sports, Salem Stadium is set for tomorrow's Stagg Bowl--Mike Stevens will
have a report.
And Roger Clemens is the highest paid pitcher in major league baseball.
Weatherwise, a nice December weekend coming up. All your forecast details
in just a minute.
A teenager from northwest Roanoke faces a capital murder charge... the
result of a shooting earlier this week.
The suspect is being held at the Coyner Springs Detention Center... where he
had previously been part of the facility's Outreach Program.
The 17- year- old... whose identity is not being released...
is accused of gunning down ANOTHER 17- year- old, Antwan Gray.
Gray was killed Wednesday night in the 24- hundred block of Centre Avenue...
adjacent to the Lansdowne Apartment Complex.
The executive director of the Redevelopment and Housing Authority says
neither the victim nor the suspect were Lansdowne tenants.
And she says the incident is not representative of the community.
IN Q=As landlords
((NEVA SMITH/REDEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING AUTHORITY: AS LANDLORDS, WE CERTAINLY
WILL TAKE ANY ACTION WE CAN TO EVICT ANYONE WHO IS CONVICTED OF A CRIME OR WHO
WE HAVE REASON TO BELIEVE IS INVOLVED IN ANYTHING. PEOPLE WHO ARE HARRISING
OTHER NEIGHBORS WILL BE DEALT WITH. ))
SUPER=01-Neva Smith/Redevelopment and Housing Auth.;
OUT Q=dealt with
The suspect will be arraigned Monday morning.
At this point there has been no decision as to how he'll be tried-- whether
as an adult or as a juvenile.
Virginia Military Institute officials say Bill Stewart left the school for
But information from players indicates the football coach was forced to
resign because of racial remarks he allegedly made to a player.
Double Boxes=Keith and Denise/Newsroom
Denise Allen talked with several players today.
She joins us from our newsroom now. Denise how are players reacting to
the news of Coach Stewart's resignation?
Keith the players did not want to discuss details of the alleged incident.
But they also compared Bill Stewart's departure to losing a friend.
SUPER=01-Thomas Haskins/VMI Football Player; :00
SUPER=01-Heath Edmiston/VMI Football Player; :25
OUT Q=WITH ADVERSITY
IN Q=it was an outstanding
((THOMAS HASKINS/VMI FOOTBALL PLAYER: IT WAS AN OUTSTANDING COACH AND IT WAS
JUST A PROBLEM THAT ARISED DURING THE COURSE OF THE SEASON AND VMI FROM A
ADMINISTRATION STAND POINT HAD TO TAKE CARE OF.))
OUT Q=take care of
Coach Bill Stewart's Job at V-M-I seemed secure. He had just received a six
year contract extension in March.
Now these players say they're looking forward to the naming of the new coach
and an end to the uncertainty.
IN Q=we're trying to
((HEATH EDMISTON/VMI FOOTBALL PLAYER: WE'RE TRYING TO GET PAST THIS RIGHT NOW
AND MOVE TOWARDS NEXT SEASON AND CONTINUE WITH THE OFF SEASON CONDITIONING,
SPRING FOOTBALL AND HOPEFULLY PRODUCE A WINNING FOOTBALL SEASON.))
OUT Q=winning season
IN Q=the team has
((HASKINS: THE TEAM HAS TO MOVE ON AT THIS POINT AND I THINK THAT'S JUST WHAT
VMI TEACHES AS FAR AS HAVING TO DEAL WITH ADVERSITY.))
OUT Q=with adversity
In Stewart's three years as head coached V-M-I produced eight wins and 25
Double Boxes=Keith and Denise/Newsroom
Keith a search committee has already been formed and officials say they hope
to fill the position as quickly as possible--because this is after all right in
the middle of their recruiting season for potential football players.
GRAPHIC=Mary Baldwin & VMI
The Virginia Women's Institute for Leadership got a big vote of confidence
The V-WIL program was designed as an alternative to letting women into VMI.
Governor George Allen announced this evening that even though women will
enter VMI next fall -- he'll recommend full funding for V-WIL too.
About 95 women are expected to enter the V-WIL program at Mary Baldwin
College next fall.
That would be an increase of 30 over this year's class.
GRAPHIC=Pope John Paul
The Pope is the latest to sound off about Virginia's record year of
Pope John Paul the Second is trying to stop next week's scheduled execution
of Joseph O'Dell.
O'Dell was convicted of a Virginia Beach rape and murder in 1985, but
maintains his innocence.
He's the first Virginia inmate to choose the electric chair over lethal
injection-- and would be the ninth man executed in Virginia this year.
The Italian government has also written a letter to Vice President Al Gore
protesting O'Dell's sentence.
An armed man walked into a bank in Roanoke this morning, demanding money.
But he left empty-handed when the teller told him she didn't have any.
Shortly after 10-A-M the man entered NationsBank on Melrose Avenue.
Police say the man presented the teller a note demanding cash, claiming he
had a gun.
IN Q=She told HIM
((SGT. STAN SMITH/ROANOKE CITY POLICE: SHE TOLD HIM HE DIDN'T HAVE ANY MONEY
IN THAT PARTICULAR DRAWER. HE LOOKED QUITE CONFUSED AND SO FORTH, THEN LEFT
OUT THE FRONT DOOR WITHOUT GETTING ANYTHING.))
SUPER=01-Sgt. Stan Smith/Roanoke Police Detective;
OUT Q=without getting anything
The F-B-I and City Police are searching for a suspect.
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the would-be robber as a black man between six-foot and six-foot-two, 180 to
200 pounds, wearing a heavy coat and knit hat.
If he's caught he'll be charged with attempted robbery and use of a firearm
in commission of a robbery.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6--
an outside consultant will grade the Commonwealth's efforts to recruit minority
students for college.
and headaches for new homeowners---who should be held responsible when your
dream house begins to fall apart?
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For the second time in six years, Liberty University's academic
accreditation is in jeopardy.
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools has placed Liberty on one
year's probation to give the school time to straighten out its financial
Liberty is carrying about 40 million dollars in debt, left over from its
heavy borrowing in the 1980's.
L-U chancellor Reverend Jerry Falwell calls the probation a blessing in
IN Q=Probation simply means
((REV. JERRY FALWELL/LU CHANCELLOR: PROBATION SIMPLY MEANS THAT WE HAVE ONE
YEAR TO DO WHAT WE PROMISED TO DO LAST SATURDAY, WHEN DR. GUILLERMIN TOLD THE
SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION WE NEED THIRTY TO SIXTY DAYS, THEY GAVE US A YEAR. TO ME
THAT'S REASONABLENESS, THAT'S COOPERATION.))
SUPER=01-Rev. Jerry Falwell/LU Chancellor; :00
OUT Q=that's cooperation.
Liberty has until next October to make the necessary changes.
The Association will make its ruling in December.
Montgomery County Social Services and the health department closed for
The agencies were moving in to a new facility they'll share, at least for
the time being, in Christiansburg.
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=It's the long-awaited
SUPER=01-Dr. Jody Hershey/New River Health Dist. Dir.; :24
SUPER=01-Dan Farris/Social Services Director; 1:04
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
(( It's the long- awaited moving day, three years after Montgomery County
voters approved a bond issue to fund a new health and human services building.
Twelve thousand square feet of space per wing is intended to improve
efficiency, client convenience and privacy, even employee morale.
((CLINIC ROOMS BACK ON THIS SIDE. ))
To New River Health District Director Jody Hershey, it felt like Christmas.
((DR. JODY HERSHEY/NEW RIVER HEALTH DIST. DIR.: A LOT OF OUR STAFF HAD BEEN IN
VERY CRAMPED QUARTERS IN THREE DIFFERENT BUILDINGS. NOW EVERYONE HAS THEIR OWN
WORK SPACE, THERE'S LARGE, SPACIOUS LOBBIES FOR OUR PATIENTS.
17:54:04ALSO A LOT MORE STORAGE ROOM FOR HEALTH EDUCATION MATERIALS, A
MEDICAL LIBRARY ROOM. ))
((TRACY ALTIZER: JUST ACROSS THE ROTUNDA, SOCIAL AND HUMAN SERVICES ARE ALSO
MOVING IN. IT'S A WELCOME RELIEF. AFTER THE RENT CAME IN MUCH HIGHER THAN
ANTICIPATED, IT WAS UNCLEAR FOR A WHILE WHETHER THEY'D MOVE IN AT ALL.))
The county agreed to match 40 thousand dollars in federal funds to pay for
the rent through June.
After that, the future is uncertain.
Officials hope a recently- completed study of Virginia social service space
needs will do the trick.
((DAN FARRIS/SOCIAL SERVICES DIRECTOR: HOPEFULLY THAT WILL RESULT IN AN
ADDITIONAL APPROPRIATION FROM THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, WHICH WOULD GIVE US A
LONG-TERM SOLUTION TO OUR PROBLEM. ))
((NOW THAT'S ALL THE FILES, IS THAT RIGHT? ONE MORE BOX. ))
For now, social services will reopen in its new digs Monday, the health
department on Tuesday. Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
Why aren't minority school children in Virginia going to college at the same
rates as their white counterparts?
The Allen administration has announced it will pay a private consultant an
undisclosed sum to help answer that question over the next few months.
IN Q=We just
((BEVERLY SGRO/VA. EDUCATION SECRETARY: WE JUST WANT A CONSULTANT, AN OUTSIDE
PERSON TO COME IN AND LOOK TO SEE WHAT WE'RE CURRENTLY DOING, IDENTIFY GOOD
PRACTICES, THINGS THAT ARE WORKING, BUT ALSO SEE IF THERE ARE SOME BARRIERS.
AND IF THERE ARE, THEN WE'LL TRY TO COME UP WITH SOME RESOLUTIONS AND
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CHANGE.))
OUT Q=for change.
Sgro was asked by lawmakers to look at how Virginia was complying with
federal desegregation orders from two decades ago.
She's also to report back on whether Virginia should be pursuing affirmative
action polices at colleges and universities.
On Wall Street the Dow stabilized after yesterday's big drop, UP one point
today to finish the week at 63 hundred five.
NASDAQ fell 13 points.
The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development is considering
a three year limit on the time that homebuilders can be held responsible for
Len Besthoff says that homeowners who've had problems aren't too thrilled
about the proposal.
IN Q=I hate
SUPER=01-Shelia Schmidt/Homeowner; :00
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :49
SUPER=01-Joe Miller/Roanoke Regional Homebuilders Assn.; 1:02
SUPER=01-Fran Stephanz/Better Business Bureau; 1:25
SUPER=03-Wythe Co.; 1:36
SUPER=01-Brenda Brewer/Homeowner; 1:51
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
SOT TAPE TWO 14:11:51
IN Q=I hate
((SHELIA SCHMIDT/HOMEOWNER: I HATE FOR ANYBODY, TO SEE ANYBODY, GO THROUGH
THIS, I MEAN YOU SHOULDN'T HAVE TO GO THROUGH THIS!))
OUT Q=through this.
Shelia Schmidt says her home and others in this year old subdivision in
Martinsville have serious problems, like cracked foundations.
Her neighbor, Donna Fitzgerald, has a similar story.
SOT TAPE TWO 13:26:36
IN Q=I've been
((DONNA FITZGERALD/HOMEOWNER: I'VE BEEN HAVING PROBLEMS, CRACKING IN MY
BASEMENT, AND MY TUB LEAKING, PROBLEMS WITH MY CARPET. THEY'RE THINGS THAT
SHOULDN'T BE HAPPENING, IN MY HOME BECAUSE I'M IN A NEW HOME.))
OUT Q=new home.
SOT TAPE TWO 14:51:00
((People dissatisfied with the way their house is constructed have legal
options. But a proposed change to Virginia state law will limit the time that
someone can sue a homebuilder for structural defects to three years. Right now
there's no limit. ))
OUT Q=no limit.
SOT TAPE TWO TOT 14:11:10
IN Q=We have
((SCHMIDT: WE HAVE PROBLEMS WITH THESE HOUSES AND STUFF, AFTER THREE YEARS
IT'S NOT FAIR! WE HAVE TO PULL IT OUT OF OUR POCKETS!))
OUT Q=our pockets!
Homebuilder associations support the three year liability limit, noting that
there are limits on manufacturer responsibility for most consumer products.
IN Q=It would
((JOE MILLER/ROANOKE REGIONAL HOMEBUILDERS ASSN.: IT WOULD BE UNREASONABLE
THAT IF SOMEBODY CALLED ME A HOUSE THAT WE BUILT 40 YEARS AGO AND SAID YOU KNOW
WE HAVE THIS PROBLEM COULD YOU STAND BEHIND IT? I MEAN IT WOULD PUT US, NOT
ONLY US, BUT OTHER BUILDERS IN A SITUATION THAT YOUR INVENTORY OVER ALL THOSE
YEARS, IT'S A VERY UNSETTLING, UNREASONABLE EXPECTATION.))
OUT Q=unreasonable expectation.
Advocacy groups like the Better Business Bureau also believe the three year
limits have merit.
IN Q=I would not
((FRAN STEPHANZ/BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU: I WOULD NOT GO FOR LESS THAN THREE,
BUT I THINK YOU'VE GOT TO STOP THIS LIABILITY FROM GOING ON FOREVER. Why is
three years a good amount? STEPHANZ: WELL IF ANYTHING'S GOING TO HAPPEN, IT
NORMALLY HAPPENS LEN, WITHIN THE FIRST 18 MONTHS.))
OUT Q=first 18 months.
Brenda Brewer is still trying to fix all the problems in the custom built
home she purchased in the mid- 80's.
She says a three- year liability limit for builders is too short, and that
there's another way to keep many of these structural problems from happening.
SOT TAPE TWO 10:42:29
((BRENDA BREWER/HOMEOWNER: THERE IS A PROBLEM THERE WITH BUILDING INSPECTORS.
THAT'S SOMEWHAT THAT IT DOESN'T SEEM LIKE THE STATE OF VIRGINIA IS WILLING TO
OUT Q=willing to address.
The Department of Housing and Community Development will make its final
recommendations on the on the homebuilder liability limits in January.
Len Besthoff, News-7. ))
And coming up, U-V-A talks about playing in the Carquest Bowl--Roger
Clemens is a Toronto Blue Jay,
And Mike Stevens will have a report on the final preparation for tomorrow's
Stagg Bowl at Salem Stadium.
Everything is set to go for tomorrow afternoon's Stagg Bowl as the City of
Salem is bracing itself for all things, pleasant temperatures and a little
Mike Stevens has an update on the game a day before the Division three
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-Salem/This Afternoon; :00
SUPER=04-December 7, 1995; :11
SUPER=01-Carey Harveycutter/Stagg Bowl Director; :19
SUPER=01-Scott Sampson/Salem Stadium Manager; :27
SUPER=01-Wayne Burrow/NCAA Director of Championships; :52
SUPER=01-Dan Boggan/NCAA Chief Operating Officer; 1:37
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
(( Salem stadium manager Scott Sampson spent this afternoon doing some spot
painting on the field. Last year instead of holding that sprayer his hand was
wrapped around a blow torch as he and virtually every available body worked to
melt nine inches of snow and ice off the field and out of the stands.
((CAREY HARVEYCUTTER/STAGG BOWL DIRECTOR:))
((SCOTT SAMPSON/SALEM STADIUM MANAGER:))
Despite what should be a lovely afternoon, tomorrow's game is not a sellout.
About 2000 tickets are still available, and as a result the ESPN telecast is
being blacked out in a 45 mile radius of the valley.
((WAYNE BURROW/NCAA DIRECTOR OF CHAMPIONSHIPS:))
The City has added four massive light poles to make sure the 2 o'clock
kickoff has a bright finish if it goes past five o'clock.
And this afternoon workers were preparing to hang this banner to let folks
around the nation know about Salem high school's state title.
Today's final pregame festivities kicked off at Noon with a championship
luncheon for both teams sponsored by Friday Football Extra. Nearly 500 folks
were on hand at the Salem Civic Center to meet the teams, ESPN's Jerry Punch,
and hear that the NCAA has extended Salem's contract to host the game through
the year 2000.))
((WAYNE BURROW/NCAA DIRECTOR OF CHAMPIONSHIPS:))
The Virginia Cavaliers held their Carquest Bowl media news conference today
in Charlottesville to talk about playing the Miami Hurricanes for the first
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Cavaliers vs. Hokies; :00
The Cavs have recovered from their November 29th loss to Virginia Tech. In
one way, the wahoos view their their December 27th date with Miami as a shot at
redemption against a respected college program.
IN Q="The last
((GEORGE WELSH/VIRGINIA HEAD FOOTBALL COACH:))
((TIKI BARBER/VIRGINIA TAILBACK:))
SUPER=01-George Welsh/Virginia Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Tiki Barber/Virginia Tailback; :17
OUT Q=...play the best"
Roger Clemens signed a contract today making him the highest paid pitcher
in Major League Baseball.
SUPER=03-Toronto, Canada; :
Clemens agreed to a three year 24 point 75 million dollar contract with
The 8-point 25 million dollar annual average tops the seven point 75 million
that John Smoltz will make with Atlanta.
The 34 year old three time Cy Young award winner had spent his entire 13
year career with the Boston Red sox. He was 10 and 13 last season with a 3
point 63 E-R-A and 257 strikeouts.
IN Q="It's been
((ROGER CLEMENS/TORONTO PITCHER: ))
SUPER=01-Roger Clemens/Toronto Pitcher; :
OUT Q=..........CONTEND AGAIN.
The Radford University Athletic department is giving the Highlander fans a
gift this Christmas Season.
Athletic Director Greig Denny announced that all fans will be admitted
free to the women's game Sunday December 15-th against Marshall.
The game starts at two at the Dedmon Center.
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They may not produce a major motion picture, but members of the freshman
class at Franklin County High School are trying their hand at movie- making.
Members of the class of 2000 conceived the video project as a fundraiser.
They taped the murder mystery, "Fresh Blood," at the Showtimers Studio in
Class President Josh Grisetti wrote the script and recruited classmates for
IN Q=We really had to stick
((JOSH GRISETTI/FRESHMAN CLASS PRESIDENT: WE REALLY HAD TO STICK TOGETHER TO
FIGURE HOW THINGS WERE GOING TO BE DONE. AND I COULDN'T HAVE DONE IT BY MYSELF.
IT TOOK EVERYBODY PUTTING IN SOMETHING TO GET IT FINISHED. IT WAS A GOOD THING.
IT'S REALLY BEEN A GOOD EXPERIENCE I THINK.))
SUPER=01-Josh Grisetti/Freshman Class President;
OUT Q=good experience I think.
The production has had its share of problems. The video will NOT debut in
December as planned.
But members of the "Fresh Blood" cast hope their work will find an audience
at the high school sometime next year.
And the evening news before you're too tired to watch.
Take Prime Time Board Fullscreen
It's News-7 Prime Time with Connie Stevens, Mike and Robin.
At TEN O'clock on W-E-F-C.
NEWS 7 Prime Time.
You need to study your cable channels to find it, then make a note to watch