Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
A fatal drunk driving case comes up in court.
Valery Green's animals are put up for adoption.
Joe Abbott appears before the federal magistrate- -along with his son and a
We'll fill you in on their prospects for getting bailed out of jail.
Tonight on News 7 sports, George Lynch's season in the NBA is apparently
over, a Radford star earns academic all-american honors, Tommy Amaker takes
over at Seton Hall,
and Bassett native Sherman Dillard is coming home to take over as the new
head basketball coach at JMU.
After a cold wet day, conditions change tomorrow. A mini-warmup is on the
A seventeen- year- old Campbell County boy will spend most of his adult life
in prison for shooting his neighbor to death last year.
Based on average life expectancy, Judge Samuel Johnston estimated that Roger
Vassar had another 53 years to live before Lewis "Trey" Mize shot and killed
him in January, 1996.
So Johnston sentenced Mize to 53 years in prison for the murder, tacking on
another three years for the firearms charge.
IN Q=Nobody knows why
((NEIL VENER/PROSECUTOR: NOBODY KNOWS WHY HE KILLED ROGER VASSAR AND NOBODY
KNOWS WHAT HE'S CAPABLE OF IN THE FUTURE. AND THE COURT'S PRIMARY DUTY WAS TO
PROTECT THE PUBLIC AND THE COURT CARRIED OUT THAT DUTY.))
((MARGIE VASSAR/MOTHER OF VICTIM: AND IT'S VERY HARD, BECAUSE ROGER WAS IN THE
PROCESS OF GOING TO BUY LAND, AND NOW HE HAS A PLOT INSTEAD OF A LOT, SO IT'S
SUPER=01-Neil Vener/Prosecutor; :00
SUPER=01-Margie Vassar/Victim's Mother; :10
OUT Q=it's very hard.
Defense attorney Tom Blaylock says he's disappointed the judge gave Mize
more than what the guidelines called for.
IN Q=In essense
((TOM BLAYLOCK/DEFENSE ATTORNEY: IN ESSENCE WHAT THE JUDGE HAS DONE TODAY HAS
BASICALLY GIVEN HIM A LIFE SENTENCE WHEN YOU GET DOWN TO IT. AND THAT'S WHAT
WE'RE DISAPPOINTED ABOUT.))
SUPER=01-Tom Blaylock/Defense Attorney; :00
OUT Q=disappointed about.
Blaylock says it's likely he'll appeal the conviction.
Georgia- Pacific's containerboard mill in Big Island is in the middle of a
one- week shutdown due to soft demand.
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Close to 400 people work at the plant.
Nearly all of them have the week off without pay.
There is a handful of salaried, maintenance, and security employees still
The plant reopens Monday.
Georgia Pacific has closed several other facilities across the U-S for the
The last furlough at the Big Island plant took place in 1995.
The silver bullet solution that will preserve Mount Rogers National
Recreation Area -- but improve its roads -- is finally in front of the
Commonwealth Transportation Board.
But the recommended upgrades to Routes 58 and 16 through the forest land
came about in secret.
A citizens' committee headed up by V-DOT engineer Jamie Browder was
appointed by George Allen's Transportation Secretary.
The Governor "witnessed" the document allowing the appointments.
IN Q=If you
((ROBERT MARTINEZ/VA. TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY: IF YOU KNOW THE AREA AND YOU
KNOW THE CONTROVERSY WITH THIS AREA, YOU KNOW THAT IF THE MEETINGS HAD BEEN
HELD IN AN OPEN FORMAT, WE WOULD NOT BE WHERE WE ARE TODAY.))
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((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: AND SO I DON'T KNOW WHY THEY WERE HAVING THEM IN PRIVATE.
MAYBE THEY WERE NEGOTIATING. I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE REASON WAS.))
((ROBERT MARTINEZ/VA. TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY: THE OTHER REALITY IS THAT THIS
GROUP HAS NO AUTHORITY WHATSOEVER. NONE. ZILCH. NOTHING. NO AUTHORITY.))
OUT Q=no authority.
The next steps will occur in public.
The state board must vote to accept the recommendations and take them to
public hearing later this year.
A judge has set terms of release for two members of Roanoke's alleged crime
We'll see whether Joe Abbott and one of his associates make bond....
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Up next on NEWS-7: a murder victim's sister talks about the Abed case.
and some 120 cats and dogs taken from an animal breeder will soon be available
for adoption. We'll see how they're doing.
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Joe Abbott will get out of jail, if he can post a quarter million dollar
Magistrate Glen Conrad today set strict conditions for Abbott's release.
But the federal prosecutor- -fearing for the safety of past and potential
witnesses- -says he will ask a district judge to block Abbott's release.
Meanwhile, relatives of one of the two people allegedly murdered by the
"crime family" say the killers weren't just eliminating witnesses.
Victims' relatives say the fatal fire followed a direct confrontation
between one of the defendants and the woman who died in the fire.
IN Q=The theory is
SUPER=03-Roanoke/January 13, 1995; :00
SUPER=01-Carolyn Hardy/Fire Victim's Sister; :17
SUPER=01-Lisa Kessler/Beating Victim's Sister; 1:07
SUPER=01-Danny Kirk/Corner Store Owner; 1:47 (QUICK)
OUT Q=fire? Yeah. Oh, Yeah.
(( The theory is Bunny Hardy and Todd Thomas might have seen who set fire to
the Corner Store. So- -the theory goes- -whoever set it, set fire to THEIR
APARTMENT to shut them up.
Carolyn Hardy doesn't buy it.
She talked to her sister that day.
((SHE HADN'T MENTIONED ANYTHING. SHE JUST MENTIONED THAT THE STORE HAD CAUGHT
ON FIRE, AND SHE BELIEVED THAT THE PEOPLE ACROSS THE STREET HAD SOMETHING TO DO
The Speedway Mart is directly across the street. But everybody knew about
the competition between the Speedway and the Corner Store.
Three members of the Abed family are charged with arson and murder.
IN Q=You always believed
((You always believed that somebody killed her?
YEAH, I KNEW IT. I KNEW IT. FROM DAY ONE. FROM DAY ONE. (double out) ))
OUT Q=day 1.
But for another reason.
Carolyn Hardy says it goes beyond the tenuous connection with the first
((I KNOW FOR A FACT THAT SHE HAD A CONFRONTATION WITH THEM, YOU KNOW. SHE SPOKE
OF IT. WITH THE PEOPLE, ABED AND FAHAD, FAHAD, YES. ))
She says Fahad Tawalbeh accosted her sister inside the store. She won't
relate exactly WHAT happened, except to say Tawalbeh was "disrespectful" of her
sister... words and gestures were exchanged.
((IT FITS PERFECT, FITS RIGHT WITH HIM. I WANT EVERYBODY TO KNOW WHAT KIND OF
PERSON HE IS.))
Liza Kessler believes her brother got caught in the crossfire of the 13th
Street convenience store rivalry.
Rufus Hicks died two days after he was assaulted ...right beside the
Speedway gas pumps.
One of the two men originally charged in the beatings told police that a
man at the Speedway Mart offered him a bottle of wine to beat up Hicks.
((JUST SLAMMING HIS HEAD INTO THE ASPHALT.))
Danny Kirk saw it happen. The two men were close friends. Hicks spent so
much time in the Corner Store... folks thought they must be related.
Kirk believes that close association cost Hicks his life.
((And this assault came in the midst of rocks and broken glass and the eventual
OH YEAH. YEAH.))
OUT Q=fire? Oh, yeah, yeah.))
No one was ever prosecuted for Hicks' death.
Since NEWS 7 started asking questions about his death, though, city police
have begun re-interviewing witnesses- -looking for a link between Hicks' death
and the owners of the Speedway Mart.
Virginia politicians say campaign dollar limits haven't solved the problems
in Washington ... so they won't work here.
In that spirit, Governor George Allen says he will just tighten up some
bills that limit lawmakers from raising funds during the legislative session...
and force them to report gifts and entertainment.
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IN Q=We in Virginia
((WE IN VIRGINIA HAVE SOME OF THE WEAKEST DISCLOSURE LAWS IN THE NATION.))
SOT tape one 11:17:01
((THESE ARE SPECIFIC PROPOSALS TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE HAVE THAT KNOWLEDGE OF
WHO'S GETTING GIFTS, WHO'S GETTING ENTERTAINMENT. AND AS FAR AS THE
FUNDRAISING IN THE MIDST OF A GENERAL ASSEMBLY SESSION, THERE SHOULDN'T BE THAT
SORT OF SOLICITATION AND ACCEPTANCE IN THE MIDDLE OF A SESSION. THAT JUST
MAKES GOOD COMMON SENSE.))
OUT Q=common sense.
Allen's amendments will face the General Assembly one more time now for the
April 2nd veto override session.
A suspect is in custody tonight charged with murder in Henry County.
The suspect, whose name has not been released, was brought before a
magistrate around 5:30 this evening.
He is charged with shooting and killing a man late Sunday in the Valentine
Court subdivision in Henry County.
At this point the victim's identity is also unknown.
Authorities say it has been hard to determine the victim's name because he
was only known by a street name.
The victim who was in his 20 suffered numerous gunshot wounds.
The stock market retreated today in very heavy trading.
The Dow lost nearly 19 points, closing at 68 hundred 78.
NASDAQ dropped 20 points.
There is a verdict in the case of a Blacksburg woman accused of D-U-I in a
fatal car accident. The woman, Evelyn Williams, was charged in connection with
the death of a Virginia Tech student.
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The Franklin County Humane Society has been given the go- ahead to either
adopt- out or sell more than 100 animals removed from the care of animal
breeder Valery Green.
In the meantime some of the animals have found temporary foster homes.
Scott Prince has the story.
IN Q=It doesn't
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SUPER=01-Lee Owens/Humane Society Volunteer; :25
OUT Q=Scott Prince, News- 7
((It doesn't take long to figure out that Lee Owens is an animal lover.
But apparently a couple of cats and a dog weren't enough.
When she found out former breeder Valery Green neglected more than 100
animals in Franklin County, Owens opened up her house and her heart.
She volunteered to be a foster owner to a few of the MISTREATED cats.... at
least until the Humane Society could put them up for adoption... or sell them.
IN Q=They are
((LEE OWENS/FRANKLIN COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY VOLUNTEER: THEY ARE DESPERATE TO BE
LOVED AND THEY DO GIVE LOVE BACK. AND IT'S VERY REWARDING.))
But to Owens' surprise... it became even more rewarding.
One of the "foster" cats gave birth to a litter of eight kittens.
Their mother is unable to produce milk, so now Owens is bottle feeding all
of them around the clock.
Despite the extra work... Owens says she wouldn't trade in this experience
IN Q=We've gotten
((OWENS: WE'VE GOTTEN BACK SO MUCH FROM TAKING CARE OF THESE ANIMALS. I DIDN'T
REALIZE WHAT I WAS GETTING INTO WHEN I MADE THAT FIRST CALL TO THE HUMANE
SOCIETY. I'M SO GLAD I DID. ))
OUT Q=glad I did
Now that the Humane Society can move forward with the adoption process...
Owens will soon be saying goodbye to these furry friends.
But for right now, she's just happy to have played a hand in caring for some
Scott Prince, News- 7.))
A spokesperson from Franklin County Humane Society says the organization
will not be responding to telephone inquiries involving the Valery Green
Instead, volunteers will be posting adoption instructions at various
veterinary clinics throughout Franklin County, as well as the Roanoke Valley.
Coming your way tonight in sports, George Lynch's season with the Grizzlies
JMU names a native of Henry County its new head basketball coach.
And Steve Mason checks in with another edition of Roundhouse wrapup as he
introduces us to two new additions to the team.
George Lynch's first season as a member of the Vancouver Grizzlies is
An Abdominal strain has kept George on the injured list since January 20th.
He had hoped to return to the lineup last week during an east coast swing.
But after he seeing a doctor in Los Angeles earlier this week, he has been
advised to sit out the remaining 13 games of the year.
IN Q="This injury...
((GEORGE LYNCH/ ))
SUPER=01-George Lynch/Vancouver Grizzlies Forward; :00
OUT Q=...MAKE A DIFFERENCE."
It didn't take the folks in Harrisonburg long to find a replacement for
In fact, JMU has replaced the left hander with his former right hand man,
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The 41-year-old Bassett native, got his first college coaching job under
Lefty at Maryland in 1979.
Before that he played at JMU, and most recently served as the head coach at
Larry Bird's alma mater, Indiana State for the past three years.
Dillard's teams won 29 games in those three seasons in Terre Haute.
Dillard was an honors student while at JMU.
And some of you may remember he was an assistant coach at Laurel Park during
the 1978-79 season.
Former Duke assistant Tommy Amaker is ready to take over the college
basketball program at Seton Hall.
Amaker met with school officials and team members this afternoon in New
Jersey after formally accepting the job.
IN Q="We're excited...
((TOMMY AMAKER/SETON HALL HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Tommy Amaker/Seton Hall Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=........Seton Hall."
In one other college basketball item, Radford University's Corey Reed has
been named an academic all-american.
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The junior forward earned third team honors after posting a 3 point nine
seven grade point average in chemistry.
He also had a team high 78 three point baskets this season.
He is Radford's 5th academic all-american in the past 5 years.
The Express plays East Division leading South Carolina this Friday.
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Last night's win over 2nd place Hampton Roads is just one topic in this
weeks Round House Wrap up.
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SUPER=01-Matt Carmichael/Express Back up Goalie; 1:11
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OUT Q=...Round House Wrap up"
((Valeri Svoboda practiced Wednesday morning with great confidence. The
reason? He registered an assist in his first game for the Express; in his first
game as a pro.
((:EXPRESS RIGHT WINGER))
Against Hampton, Svoboda, who signed with the Express yesterday, played on the
same line with Jeff Jablonsky and fellow Russian Ilja Dubkov.
The revolving door for back up goalies has been shut for now. Sylvain
Careau's replacement is Matt Carmichael, a teammate of Svoboda's in the Ontario
The Express worked out the downtown YMCA today. Roanoke is now just 4 points
behind Richmond after the Hampton Roads win. The Stingrays are up next.
Jeff Loder's injury woes from the Richmond game continue. Express sources
say he hyper extended his left knee against the Admirals but should play this
weekend. Steve Mason, Round House Wrap up.))
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And don't forget the Sweet 16 action on Your Hometown Station begins tomorrow
night at 7:30 with Minnesota taking on the Clemson Tigers.
Then you'll be able to see Kentucky & St. Joe's.
Of course you will also get some bonus coverage of the other two games that
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Then on Friday night it's Kansas and Arizona at 7:30.
The late game has the North Carolina Tarheels hooking up with Cal.
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When teachers at Boiling Spring Elementary School in Alleghany County
started their annual reading competition with a NASCAR theme, they expected the
students to read about 70 thousand pages.
But the students had more horsepower then they thought, reading more than
Their reward was a visit from NASCAR driver Rick Mast today, who showed off
his racing savvy by narrowly beating the school principal in a tricycle race.
Mast talked to the kids about the way racing is changing, and the importance