A Montgomery County grand jury will determine if two Virginia Tech football
players will be charged with rape.
And the Citadel's president is raising doubts about hazing allegations made
by two female cadets.
Showers and thunderstorms are on the way over night, with breezy conditions
that will usher in cooler temperatures. Stay tuned for your complete weekend
Stick around News 7 at Noon is next.
A grand jury will hear rape allegations against two Virginia Tech football
The woman who says she was raped by James Crawford and Brian Edmonds told
her story yesterday in court.
Joe Dashiell has more from Blacksburg.
IN Q=The 19- year- old
SUPER=01-Matt Pethybridge/Defense Attorney; :34
OUT Q=JD News 7 Blacksburg
((The 19- year- old Virginia Tech student attended a party at the
defendants' Blacksburg apartment on December 14th.
As she searched for a friend, the woman says Edmonds pulled her into his
She told the judge that Crawford removed her clothing, and both men had
sexual intercourse with her, while she called out for her friends.
Crawford and Edmonds have denied the charges, and the two football standouts
have filed a 32- million dollar lawsuit against their accuser.
The timing of events is critical to the case, and defense attorney Matt
Pethybridge says "there wasn't a whole lot of time, for a whole lot of
IN Q=The story is out there
((MATT PETHYBRIDGE/DEFENSE ATTORNEY: THE STORY IS OUT THERE. THE TIMELINE IS
OUT THERE FOR YOU TO TAKE A LOOK AT. YOU ALL CAN GET YOUR OWN TRANSCRIPTS AND
TAKE A LOOK AT IT, AND SEE WHAT CONCLUSIONS YOU CAN REACH FROM THAT.))
OUT Q=can reach from that.
Some of the defendants family and friends cried in the courtroom after the
judge announced his decision, but the attorneys said they were not surprised by
The charges are now headed to a Montgomery County grand jury.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Blacksburg))
Racial tension is heating up in Wytheville and some civic leaders fear the
situation could turn violent.
Earlier this week black students spoke out when a group of white students
tied their jacket drawstrings into nooses.
Those students were suspended, but the problems are far from over.
Yesterday morning, students and teachers were greeted with a racial slur
painted on the road leading up to the school.
((ROBERT GREEN/CONCERNED CITIZENS NETWORK: THEY HAD WROTE BURN NIGGER OUT
TOWARD THE SCHOOL BOARD OFFICE AND THAT'S ALL I KNOW ABOUT THAT. ))
SUPER=01-Robert Green/Concerned Citizens Network;
OUT Q=know about that
News 7 spoke with George Wythe principal R-T Phillips.
He calls this latest incident "very unfortunate," but says at this point
there's very little the school can do.
The principal says since the racial slur was painted on public property, the
school is not really involved in the investigation.
Phillips adds that right now there is no evidence it was done by a student.
The president of the Citadel is casting doubt on hazing allegations by two
former female cadets.
Clifton Poole says he's not dismissing the claims, but he says they may not
hold up under scrutiny.
Kim Messer and Jeanie Mentavlos claim they were hazed, harassed
and their clothes were set on fire.
Poole also says the two women were disciplinary problems from the beginning.
A lawyer for Mentavlos says Poole's remarks are "absurd."
More trouble for the U-S military, but this time the accused is a female
A spokesman for Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota says First Lieutenant
Kelly Flinn is to be court-martialed on adultery charges.
Flinn is the first female bomber pilot qualified to fly in combat.
A Floyd County man may have been shot to death this week over a rifle and a
20- year- old car.
The body of 38- year- old Stanley W. Harmon was found Wednesday morning at
his home in the Buffalo Mountain area.
His rifle was missing, along with a 19-77 Pontiac Firebird.
Police in West Virginia found the car in Greenbrier County.
That led to the arrest of 18- year- old Mark Anthony Beavers and 21- year-
old Jerry Wayne McKinney on auto theft and fugitive warrants.
A 25- year- old Giles County man faces second degree murder charges.
Police say Benjamin Scot Elliot shot his girlfriend in the head with a
large-caliber hand gun Wednesday night.
Twenty-year old Misty Dawn Dellinger died at the mobile home the couple
shared near Newport.
Elliot admits he shot Dellinger, but says it was an accident.
He is in the county jail.
His bond has been set at 50-thousand dollars.
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright continues her whirlwind trip to Europe
and Asia with a stop in Moscow.
Earlier today she met with Boris
She is trying to get Yeltsin's support on the thorny issue of NATO's
((MADELEINE ALBRIGHT, SECRETARY OF STATE: "NATO TODAY IS A NEW NATO. IT NOT THE
NATO OF THE COLD WAR. ITS GUIDING
PRINCIPLES HAVE CHANGED AND ITS STRUCTURE HAS CHANGED. ))
SUPER=01-Madeleine Albright/Secretary of State;
OUT Q=structure has changed.
Albright's next stop is South Korea.
Meantime, South Korea is expressing cautious optimism about NORTH Korea's
decision to take part in preliminary peace talks.
The North made the announcement today.
It had refused to participate in previous sessions.
The talks are set to take place March 5th in New York.
It may look strange to outsiders, but some who've made it up the hill say
it's not so bad.
Jay Moore has the story from V-M-I, where the rat line "Broke Out" of the
IN Q=nat sound
SUPER=01-John Hartsock/Former VMI Rat; :20 Quick!!!
SUPER=01-David Merchan/Former VMI Rat; :29
SUPER=01-Josiah Bunting/VMI Superintendent; :49
SUPER=01-Mike Strickler/VMI Spokesman; 1:05
OUT Q=News 7 Lexington.
(( Odds are if you went to college, you didn't go through this....that is
unless you went to the Virginia Military Institute.
"Breaking Out"...it's the last chance for rats to prove they're ready to
take their place in the ranks of everybody who's done it before.
The final obstacle is making it to the top of this hill.
IN Q=When we hit
((JOHN HARTSOCK/FORMER VMI RAT FROM VINTON: WHEN WE HIT THE HILL ALL THE
THOUGHTS WENT AWAY AND JUST WANTED TO GET TO THE TOP OF THE HILL. ))
OUT Q=of the hill.
IN Q=It's just the
((DAVID MERCHAN/FORMER VMI RAT: IT'S JUST THE BEST FEELING IN THE WORLD. IT'S
LIKE FREEDOM. IT'S JUST LIKE BEING KEPT IN PRISON AND TODAY IS YOUR LAST DAY
AND YOU GET OUT INTO THE FREE WORLD. IT'S LIKE BEING BORN AGAIN ALMOST.))
OUT Q=again almost.
The annual ritual establishes a bond between first and fourth classmen.
The school's superintendent, a V-M-I alumnus, knows all too well about the
IN Q=I remember how
((MAJ. GEN. JOSIAH BUNTING/VMI SUPERINTENDENT: I REMEMBER HOW TOUGH IT WAS BUT
AT THE SAME TIME YOU'RE SO EXCITED YOU KNOW YOU'RE SO CLOSE TO FINALIZING THAT
IT'S NOT THAT BAD.))
OUT Q=not that bad.
Activities like this one are a tradition at the institution..and don't
expect that to change because the school goes co-ed this fall.
IN Q=We don't think
((LT. COL. MIKE STRICKLER/VMI SPOKESMAN: WE DON'T THINK THE WOMAN THAT ARE
COMING WANT THINGS TO BE CHANGED. THAT'S WHAT THEY HAVE VIRTUALLY ALL TOLD US.
DON'T CHANGE THE SYSTEM THAT'S WHY WE'RE COMING WE WANT TO GET THE VMI
EXPERIENCE AND THIS IS CERTAINLY PART OF IT. ))
OUT Q=part of it.
In the meantime...what's next for these rats?
We'll they're now recognized as members of the corp.
IN Q=For the next
((BUNTING: FOR THE NEXT FOUR OR FIVE MONTHS THEY CAN DREAM ABOUT AUGUST WHEN
THEY GET TO DO IT TO SOMEBODY.))
OUT Q=it to somebody.
Jay Moore, News 7 Lexington. ))
The space shuttle discovery made a spectacular and rare nighttime
landing early this morning at the Kennedy Space Center.
IN Q=twin sonic
SUPER=03-Kennedy Space Ctr.;
OUT Q=the landing area
It was only the 9th landing in darkness out of 82 space shuttle touchdowns.
It also ended what's being hailed as a very successful mission to fix the
hubble space telescope.
IN Q=It's like having...
SUPER=01-Steven Hawley/Discovery Astronaut;
OUT Q=from space.
Pictures from the upgrade Hubble won't be visible until May.
The next visit to Hubble is scheduled for late 19-99.
The General Assembly decided yesterday that pregnant teens must notify a
parent before having an abortion.
Ellen Qualls has more.
IN Q=House Democratic
SUPER=01-Del. Thelma Drake/(R) Norfolk; :25
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( House Democratic leaders have tried every trick in the book, and some
would say invented some new ones, to support abortion rights in the past.
But with a different committee assignment in the Senate this year -- for the
first time in 18 years there wasn't the guarantee of help on the other end of
The Senate said yes days ago.
The House finally got down to business -- after working backwards through
the calendar to delay the controversy.
But there was none to be had.
((DEL. THELMA DRAKE: ))
With NO further debate, the board lit up with a 74- to 26 approval.
The 18 year irony of parental notification in Virginia is that it has often
had majority support among voters, but been defeated by the General Assembly
committee system or a Democratic Governor.
Governor Allen campaigned on it.
He will sign it into law.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
It's a fight over mixed drinks in Carroll County.
The County Board of Supervisors must now take its fight to the Governor.
The Senate yesterday passed a bill that would allow the Olde Mill Golf
Resort to sell mixed drinks in its restaurant.
tape #96-106 Olde Mill
That's even though Carroll County voters have NOT approved liquor by the
IN Q=I know there
((SEN. ROSCOE REYNOLDS: I KNOW THERE ARE MANY PARTS...COMMUNITIES.))
((SEN. MADISON MARYE: THIS HAS BEEN DONE...BY THE DRINK.))
OUT Q=the drink.
The bill was sponsored by Roanoke Democrat Chip Woodrum.
A special prosecutor has exonerated two prominent Pittsylvania County men
accused of violating the state's conflict of interest laws.
Roanoke Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Betty Jo Anthony says the pair did
Anthony has been looking into whether Ben Davenport Junior personally
benefited from economic development in the Pittsylvania County industrial park.
The board of supervisors requested the investigation after allegations were
raised by a group of county residents.
Davenport and Wallace Collie, the other resident targeted, sit on boards
which deal with economic development in the county.
Anthony says although the men were cleared the investigation was
IN Q=I believe
((BETTY JO ANTHONY/SPECIAL PROSECUTOR:I BELIEVE IT WAS WARRANTED, IN THE FACT
THAT, THE SUPERVISORS WANTED TO KNOW AND THAT'S THEIR JOB TO WATCH FOR THE
COUNTY'S BEST INTEREST. ))
SUPER=01-Betty Jo Anthony/Special Prosecutor; :
OUT Q=best interest.
Now that the investigation is over, the state will reimburse Anthony's
office about 150 dollars for expenses.
If you're a frequent traveler around the Roanoke Valley you might be aware
of what the American Trucking Association calls "hot spots."
The A-T-A has identified five hot spots or dangerous intersections in the
The organization hopes to make motorists aware of the safety hazards.
According to state police, in 72-percent of accidents involving trucks and
cars the fault lies with the driver of the CAR.
Truckers suggest not cutting in front of an 18 wheeler and don't tailgate.
IN Q=IF YOU'RE
((PAUL TODOROVICH/TRUCK DRIVER: IF YOU'RE GOING TO PASS A TRUCK, FIRST OF ALL
TRY AND PASS ON THE LEFT SIDE. WE CAN SEE BEST AND WHEN YOU DO MAKE THAT PASS
MAKE IT AS QUICKLY AND SAFELY AS YOU CAN SO YOU'RE NOT STAYING IN OUR BLIND
SUPER=01-Paul Todorovich/Truck Driver;
OUT Q=IN OUR BLIND SPOT
The A-T-A says the trouble spots include: the 5-81 corridor, the
intersections of Franklin Road and Roy Webber, Orange Avenue and Williamson
Road, Hershberger Road and Williamson and the Roanoke College area.
A new business center at Radford University could enhance economic
opportunity in southwest Virginia.
The United States Department of Education is providing a 175- thousand
dollar grant to establish the International Trade Center.
The goal of the center is to provide information to many Southwest Virginia
trade firms working in foreign markets.
Radford University will match the federal funds.
Hollins College is now three- million dollars richer.
VO-NAT 96-68, 09/02/96
Julian and Josie Robertson donated the money to honor Robertson's sister,
She was instrumental in launching a capital campaign which funded
renovations to the library, which was yesterday named in her honor.
Robertson is vice chair of the college's Board of Trustees.
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Another strong performance by the only insurance company based in our
Shenandoah Life of Roanoke told policyholders at its annual meeting that for
the second straight year it's posting record earnings.
The company reports a profit for 19-96 of 11- point- three- million-
That represents a 27- percent increase over the year before.
Shenandoah Life C-E-O Robert Clark says the company will increase its tie-
in programs with community banks and continue its expansion into North Carolina
and the midwestern United States.
TAPE#net (edit of TB97-1)
The Virginia Tech Hokies struggled miserably last night as they lost to the
George Washington Colonials.
SUPER=03-Washington DC/HTS; :00
It took the Hokies almost eight and a half minutes in the first half to
Finally, Russ Wheeler would get this basket to fall from the baseline, but
the Hokies still trailed G-W 30-to-16 at halftime.
G-W also tried to physically take the Hokies out. J.J. Brade jerks Jim
Jackson to the floor by his jersey.
The Hokies fall to 13-and-13 with the 69 to 52 loss.
The Tech women beat Duquesne as Lynette Nolley scored 16 points to lead the
TAPE#=net (edit of S7-1)
The Piedmont District semi finals tipped off down in Bassett last night in
what turned out to be a double thriller for the fans.
SUPER=03-Bassett/Bulldogs vs. Lancers;
In the opener, Troy Wells and his region bound Martinsville Bulldogs battled
Frank Scott's Laurel Park Lancers. In the fourth quarter, watch Lancer Jeff
Slade snap the nylon from just inside the perimeter for 2 of his game high 18
With the game tied at 51 and nine seconds left, Eric Jones scores the game
winner and Laurel Park tops Martinsville 53-51.
SUPER=04-Warriors vs. Cavaliers;
The Lancers will meet Fieldale Collinsville in the finals Saturday. The
Cavaliers beat Magna Vista 61-56.
Trailing by 3 in the 4th, Travis Preston steals the ball and goes in for
the lay up, F-C led 55-54.
With less than one minute remaining on Phillip Hairston's drive and hoop,
and Fieldale Collinsville tops Magna Vista by 5.
TAPE#net (edit of s6-28)
Top seeded Floyd County took on hot shooting Radford in the Three Rivers
district boys basketball semi-finals.
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Radford vs. Floyd Co.;
The Bobcats Adam Artrip would step outside and drill the three pointer from
beyond the arc.
Floyd senior Derek Saunders crashes the offensive board and gets the putback.
And Junior Travis Cantrell creates a jumper off the drive and Floyd County
advances to Saturday night's title game with the 56 to 54 win.
The San Francisco Giants and three-time National League Most
Valuable Player Barry Bonds is still the highest paid player in baseball.
Last night he agreed to the terms on a two-year contract extension worth
close to 23- MILLION.
Bonds last year became just the second player in baseball history to collect
40 home runs and 40 stolen bases in the same season.
Chocolates and a cake full of candles -- 122 of them -- are what greeted
Jeanne Calment (zhahn kal-MAWN') today as she celebrated her birthday in
She is also celebrating this year on the Internet.
At 122 she's officially the oldest person in the world.
Calment (kal-MAWN') has been on earth longer than films, telephones, cars and
She says the secret to her longevity is olive oil.