On NEWS 7 at SIX tonight:
Requiring criminal background checks at one of the biggest school systems
in our area.
And one of the country's best-known documentary producers brings us a a
preview of his next big project about the "man of the millenium," Thomas
Tonight in sports, Ace talks about his buzzer beater, the Bullets fire Jim
Lynam, we'll check in on the Express,
And the national signing day for high school football stars, as Tyrone
Robertson signs with the Hokies.
Chilly weather sets up for the next few days. And how big can a raindrop
be? That's our weatherschool question tonight.
It's something more than one school system in this area has had to confront
recently: employees accused of drug and other offenses.
Now Lynchburg is now ready to take a closer look at who it's hiring to work
in the city's schools.
Starting next fall, the city is expected to start putting applicants through
more thorough criminal background checks.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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If the Lynchburg school board okays it later this month, all prospective
employees.. from teachers to school bus drivers.. will soon undergo extensive
criminal background and sex offender history checks BEFORE they're offered a
Until now, the process has consisted of just a few questions on the written
application and a local criminal check.
The new plan will be much more thorough.
IN Q=The one thing
((The one thing the background checks don't cover is employees already working
in the school system. In just the last eight months, Bedford County has seen a
school bus driver accused of child molestation and an elementary school janitor
charged with selling crack cocaine. Both passed their initial job screening,
but it's those kinds of experiences that Lynchburg wants to avoid.))
OUT Q=wants to avoid.
IN Q=That's been one
((BARRY CAMPBELL/LYNCHBURG DEPUTY SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: THAT'S BEEN ONE OF THE
REASONS WE'VE GONE FORWARD WITH THIS POLICY, TO PUT IN PLACE SOME OF THE MOST
EXHAUSTIVE SAFEGUARDS WE CAN TO PROTECT BOTH THE STUDENTS AND OTHER EMPLOYEES,
TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'VE HIRED THE MOST HIGHLY QUALIFIED PERSON WITHOUT ANY
BACKGROUND THAT WOULD BE QUESTIONABLE.))
OUT Q=would be questionable.
Most other local school systems already conduct the full background check
but it isn't cheap.
Both Campbell County and Lynchburg will lay out more than 10- thousand
dollars a year screening applicants.
But they feel it's money well spent. (/////SOT/////)
IN Q=If you can
((MARTY HARVEY/CAMPBELL CO. SCHOOLS: IF YOU CAN STOP ONE PERSON FROM BEING
INVOLVED IN A SCHOOL SYSTEM THAT SHOULDN'T BE THERE, IT'S WELL WORTH THE TIME
AND EFFORT PUT INTO IT.))
OUT Q=put into it.
It may also SAVE money in the long run.
School officials agree just the promise of a thorough background check has
helped discourage unworthy applicants from even applying in the first place.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
A former Pittsylvania County Commonwealth's attorney is now representing an
eight year old boy accused of killing his stepfather.
Glenn Berger was in court last night when a judge agreed to remove the child
from a detention home in Danville.
The boy has been held at the W-W Moore Juvenile Detention home since his
arrest last month.
He is charged with killing his 55- year old stepfather.
Authorities say Bernard Rosser died from severe blows to the head.
The former Franklin County probation officer was found dead inside his
Gretna home in December.
Attorney Glenn Berger declined to say where the child has been taken.
But published reports indicate the boy was transferred to Virginia Baptist
Hospital in Lynchburg.
Yesterday's verdict in the O-J Simpson civil trial has some people confused.
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How can one jury find him not guilty, and then another jury find him
responsible for the crimes?
We asked Washington and Lee Law professor Jim Phemister if the fact that
neither jury was racially balanced taints the verdicts.
IN Q=and we did see
((JIM PHEMISTER/W & L LAW PROFESSOR; WE DID SEE A PREDOMINANTLY PERSON OF COLOR
JURY IN THE CRIMINAL CASE RETURN A VERDICT IN OJ SIMPSON'S FAVOR AND HERE A
PREDOMINANTLY WHITE JURY RETURNS A VERDICT AGAINST OJ SIMPSON AND SO ONE HAS TO
WONDER IF RACE IS A FACTOR AND I GUESS THE ONLY ANSWER TO THAT IS AS MUCH IN
THIS CASE AS ANY OTHER FACTOR. I DON'T THINK IT TAINTS IT, IT'S SIMPLY A FACT
OF LIFE IN AMERICA AND THE REST OF THE WORLD.))
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Phemister notes it's against the law to exclude a juror based on race
George Allen's most embattled agency head took a licking... but got
confirmed by his most outspoken critics today.
Tom Hopkins' seven month tenure at the Department of Environmental Quality
was re-affirmed with 65 votes.
34 lawmakers did NOT vote or pleaded a conflict.
One voted against him.
((THE DEPARTMENT GETS NO RESPECT...RODNEY DANGERFIELD OF STATE AGENCIES.))
SUPER=01-Del. George Grayson/(D) Williamsburg;
OUT Q=state agencies.
Democrats have criticized what they see as political plotting and lax
enforcement of pollution laws.
But the majority refused to make history by rejecting a Governor's
((SO I WILL.. VOTE FOR HIM.))
((DEL. ANDY GUEST/R-FRONT ROYAL: IT IS VERY ...AGENCY TOGETHER.))
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OUT Q=agency together.
Hopkins already has Senate approval... plus a Republican mandate to come
back with an action plan for fixing DEQ's problems.
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Still to come on News 7 at 6--
some who work with teenagers say the curfew proposed for one community is a bad
and an award winning filmmaker comes calling on state lawmakers--Ken Burns'
new documentary is all about one of Virginia's most famous statesmen.
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The Lexington police chief says it's the biggest drug round-up he's seen in
his 27 years with the department.
On Monday, the Rockbridge Regional Drug Task Force arrested 27 people on a
total of 46 drug charges.
They searched four houses, and came away with an assortment of drugs,
paraphernalia, and a handgun.
They also found several prescription drugs they say one of the suspects had
taken from a nursing home where she worked.
The task force has seized more than 700 thousand dollars worth of narcotics
since it began operating in 1994.
Seven months ago, Bertha Williams was an eyewitness to the murder of her
daughter in Roanoke.
Williams now says she is pleased to learn a grand jury in Charlotte, North
Carolina has charged Aquila Barnette in an 11-count FEDERAL indictment.
Bertha Williams says every day she re-lives the events that led up to the
murder of her daughter Robin.
IN Q=Finally she told him
((BERTHA WILLIAMS/VICTIM'S MOTHER: FINALLY SHE TOLD HIM IN MARCH-- I JUST
CAN'T LIVE LIKE THIS ANYMORE, AND I REFUSE TO LIVE ANOTHER YEAR LIKE THIS. AND
SHE WENT TO BED THAT NIGHT, AND WHEN SHE WOKE UP, HE WAS CHOKING HER. HE WAS
TRYING TO KILL HER IN HER SLEEP.))
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The new indictment against Barnette includes a charge of arson, for the
firebombing of Robin Williams' apartment last April.
Two months later, Bertha Williams says Barnette returned to Roanoke from his
hometown of Charlotte.
That's when Barnette allegedly shot and killed Robin Williams in front of
her Northwest Roanoke Home. Bertha Williams was with Robin at the time.
IN Q=HE SLAUGHTERED MY
((BERTHA WILLIAMS: HE SLAUGHTERED MY BABY, FOR NO REASON. ONLY BECAUSE SHE
SAID SHE COULDN'T LIVE WITH HIM. SHE DIDN'T WANT TO LIVE THE WAY HE WANTED HER
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Aquilia Barnette could receive the death penalty if convicted.
West Virginia Police say the man in prison for the 19-80 Rainbow Family
Murders is the right man. Jacob Beard was convicted and sentenced to two life
terms in 19-93.
But last fall white supremacist Joseph Franklin said that HE shot and killed
the two women while on a cross-country murder spree.
After investigating Franklin's claims state police say they are certain
Franklin didn't do it- and that his descriptions of the killings do not match
Nancy Santomero and Vicki Durian were murdered in Pocahontas County while
hitchhiking to a gathering of the Rainbow Family.
A group of Martinsville High school students are saying "NO" to the
possibility of a curfew.
Members of the Martinsville/Henry County Youth Council voiced their
The city is planning to send a survey later this week to find out if
residents would support a curfew.
The students say figures indicate there isn't a need.
IN Q=The total
((ERIN TROLLINGER/YOUTH COUNCIL MEMBER:THE TOTAL FOR THE ARRESTS WAS ABOUT 140-
FOR ALL OF 1995 FOR JUVENILES COMPARED TO LIKE 2,000 FOR ADULTS AND I JUST
DON'T FEEL LIKE THAT'S A BIG ENOUGH PROBLEM TO PUNISH US ALL.
RUFUS MILLNER/OFFICE ON YOUTH DIRECTOR:I THINK EVERY COMMUNITY SHOULD TAKE
ADVANTAGE OF THE YOUTH THEY HAVE AND UTILIZE THEM IN AN ADVISORY CAPACITY
BECAUSE THEY CAN DO A GREAT DEAL TO INFLUENCE THEIR PEERS. ))
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If a curfew is passed by City Council, there's a possibility it would be
modeled after Danville, where a curfew has been in effect for more than a year.
A selloff in technologies prompted a late session drop on the stock market
The Dow lost 86 points, to close at 67 hundred 47.
NASDAQ dropped 25 points.
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If Ken Burns can do for Thomas Jefferson what he did for Civil War
battlefields, Virginia tourism officials will be ecstatic.
The nation's best known documentary film maker brought a preview to the
State Capitol today.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
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Virginia's staunchest bastion of tradition seldom gives as warm a welcome to
those Hollywood types.
But the maker of "Thomas Jefferson," a two-part documentary of the
Commonwealth's favorite son is different.
((KEN BURNS: HE DISTILLED A CENTURY OF ENLIGHTENMENT THINKING INTO ONE
REMARKABLE SENTENCE WHICH BEGINS "WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS TO BE SELF-EVIDENT THAT
ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL." AND YET HE OWNED MORE THAN 200 HUMAN BEINGS, AND
NEVER SAW FIT IN HIS LIFE TO FREE THEM.))
350-thousand Virginia tax dollars helped underwrite the project.
((ANOTHER QUARTER MILLION DOLLARS WENT INTO ORGANIZING AND PROMOTING A
JEFFERSON DRIVING TOUR THAT INCLUDES NINE STOPS. AMONG THEM, THE STATE CAPITOL
Also, the geological wonder of Natural Bridge -- which Jefferson purchased
from King George the third.
And his country retreat, the Lynchburg area's Poplar Forest.
((SEN. STEVE NEWMAN: TOURISM HELPS US OUT TO A COUPLE OF BILLION DOLLARS A
YEAR. AND NOW THAT WE HAVE POPLAR FOREST, IT'S CERTAINLY A JEWEL IN OUR CAP
AND WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE TELL EVERYONE ABOUT IT.))
((KEN BURNS: HE REMAINED A PUZZLE EVEN TO THOSE WHO THOUGHT THEY KNEW HIM
BEST. EMBODIED CONTRADICTIONS COMMON TO THE COUNTRY WHOSE INDEPENDENCE IT FELL
TO HIM TO PROCLAIM, IN WORDS WHOSE PRECISE MEANING AMERICANS HAVE DEBATED EVER
Tune in to PBS February 18th.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
Coming up on a busy midweek sportscast, it's the national signing day for
high school football players.
The Bullets fire their head coach, we'll check out last night Express loss in
plus, Ace Custis talks about hitting the buzzer beater last night that also
beat George Washington.
Today is the national signing day for high school football players all across
UVa signed a total of 18 players today, and as expected the top player in the
state of West Virginia, Parade All-American Yubrenal Isabelle signed with the
Virginia Cavaliers this afternoon at Bluefield high school at 1:30.
1:30 was also a good hour for Virginia Tech as the Hokies signed George
Washington-Danville' star Tyrone Robertson.
The 6-5, 280 pound former Friday Football Extra player of the week says head
coach Frank Beamer is a big reason he picked the Hokies.
IN Q="He has always...
((TYRONE ROBERTSON/SIGNS WITH VA. TECH:))
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OUT Q=...INSTANT BOOST."
His teammate Amin Martin signed papers to attend the US naval Academy in
IN Q="They have great...
((AMIN MARTIN/SIGNS WITH NAVY:))
((ED MARTIN/GEORGE WASHINGTON HEAD COACH:))
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OUT Q=...BOTH OF THEM."
One other interesting Tech signing day was that of Gate City's Chad
Beasley. The big lineman is the son for former Hokie Tom Beasley,who played
for the Redskins and won 2 super bowl rings while with the Steelers.
The Virginia Tech Hokies have been complaining all year about how Cassell
Coliseum has been more like a mausoleum.
But last night, Ace Custis turned the fans and a national cable audience on
their ear with the shot heard down Price Fork road.
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With the game tied at 43 and 2 point 8 seconds to go, the Hokies got the
ball to Ace - who beat George Washington and the clock with this jumper.
IN Q=NAT SOUND
((ACE CUSTIS/VIRGINIA TECH SENIOR:))
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OUT Q=...game was over.
The final score was Tech 45 and GW 43, the Hokies are now 12-and-9 on the
The Washington Bullets are looking for a new head coach.
The Bullets fired Jim Lynam today.
Lynam says he takes full responsibility for the teams performance. The
Bullets are 22 and 24.
General manager Wes Unseld said today that assistant coach Bob Staak will
serve as interim head coach tonight when the Bullets play Denver.
The Hornets continued their red hot play last night by beating the Minnesota
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Former Wolfpack star Tom Gugliotta led all scorers with 35 points for
But Dell Curry was on the money for the Hornets hitting 11-of-16 shots for 30
IN Q="we need....
((DELL CURRY/30 POINTS LAST NIGHT:))
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OUT Q=...GIVEN NIGHT."
Last night the Roanoke Express had its 8 period scoreless streak broken in a
4-to-2 loss to the Charlotte Checkers.
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The home fans were having a good time at Independence Arena last night, as
Darryl Noren scored two goals and put the Checkers in front.
Jeff Jablonski would beat Nick
Vitucci for his 28th goal of the season in the second period to tie the game at
But Darin Brosseau beat Dave Gagnon on the left side of the net to ice the
game with 1:15 to go. Charlotte wins 4-to-2.
WIPE TO ENG#
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The Express held an optional practice this morning so as to give the team
some down time from getting back in the middle of the night from Charlotte.
Anzalone spoke about last night's loss.
((FRANK ANZALONE/EXPRESS HEAD COACH:))
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OUT Q=...won the game for them"
WIPE TO ENG!!
The Pats may have lost Parcells, but they didn't lose former UVa star Chris
The New England linebacker could have become a free agent, but instead he has
decided to stay with the Patriots.
This afternoon he signed a new five year contract worth #13 million dollars.
Ironically, Slade says he would have left the team, had Parcells stayed on as
the Pats coach.
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First came a major face- lift.
Now two new additions are in store for Tanglewood Mall.
Barnes and Noble is opening one of its book and music superstores
in the space between J-C Penney and Kroger, now occupied by Tanglewood
The theater will be torn down, and replaced with a ten- screen multi- plex
in the parking area behind the current location.
IN Q=The addition of a major national retailer
((MICKEY CLARK/KANE REALTY: THE ADDITION OF A MAJOR NATIONAL RETAILER THAT'S
EXPERIENCING TREMENDOUS GROWTH LIKE A BARNES AND NOBLE IS REALLY A TESTIMONY OR
A WITNESS TO THE OTHER NATIONAL RETAILERS THAT WE MAY BE PURSUING THAT
TANGLEWOOD MALL IS THE LOCATION TO BE IN AND THAT ROANOKE IS A GOOD MARKET FOR
THEM. SO THERE WILL BE FALLOUT FROM BARNES AND NOBLE AND WE EXPECT TO RIDE THE
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Both Barnes and Noble and the new Carmike Cinemas are slated to open before
the Christmas shopping season.