Up next on News 7 at Six--
different court, same question: should alleged crime boss Joe Abbott be
released on bond?
Another Tech football player is cleared of charges related to a campus
and Roanoke's Victory Stadium is being readied once again for racing.
Tonight in sports, Dale Jarrett wins the pole at Darlington while Dale
Earnhardt struggles again.
The coaching carousel continues to turn at JMU,
and the NCAA Division Three final four is tipping off at this hour at the
Salem Civic Center with doubleheader action set for the next two nights.
The gorgeous weather we enjoyed today won't last all weekend long, but the
forecast is still fairly pleasant for next several days. Stay tuned for
details from the News 7 Weather Center.
Reputed crime boss Joe Abbott testified today that the racketeering charges
have been fabricated.
On the witness stand in federal court just an hour ago, Abbott said: "I
challenge these people"- -referring to government agents- -"to show me one
person to say 'I got hurt by Joe Abbott.' But," he said, "there are many who
say: "I got helped by Joe Abbott."
The issue is whether Abbott should be released on bond.
Judge Jackson Kiser is considering much of the same evidence that a federal
MAGISTRATE heard Wednesday.
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The government says: the Abed family so effectively threatened witnesses
that they were too intimidated to testify.
Abbott says he legally changed his name from Abed to Abbott in 1974 in
Under cross examination, the prosecutor pointed to a statement he made to
an arson investigator in 1986, saying the name change occurred in Hawaii in the
Asked why he left the U-S Army in 1979, Abbott said there was a lot of
corruption in the Army at that time.
In the statement Abbott made to the arson investigator, he chalked it up to
war wounds from Vietnam.
Judge Kiser hasn't made a ruling on bond.
Another Virginia Tech football player is exonerated in the beating of track
athlete Hilliard Sumner.
Sumner identified Michael Hawkes as the person who tackled him just before
he was beaten.
But Hawkes and several other players testified Hawkes stood back from the
fight- keeping running back Marcus Parker out of it.
In dismissing the charge against Hawkes, Montgomery Circuit judge Ray Grubbs
expressed frustration that a person could be severely beaten in downtown
Blacksburg and no one who saw it would come forward.
((THAT'S NOT RIGHT, AND THERE'S SOMETHING TERRIBLY AMISS HERE. AND THOSE
PARTIES RESPONSIBLE WILL HAVE TO DEAL WITH THAT THEMSELVES. ))
OUT Q=with that themselves.
Monday Grubbs dismissed an attempted malicious wounding charge against wide
receiver Angelo Harrison, also because various witnesses gave conflicting
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In an unrelated case, Tech football players Brian Edmonds and James Crawford
have dropped their defamation and extortion suit against the woman accusing
them of rape.
Crawford actually withdrew from the suit last month.
A lawyer representing the players, Matt Pethy-bridge, says Edmonds decided
to abandon the suit to avoid giving depositions before the N-F-L draft, which
could hurt his selection chances.
Pethy-bridge says he expects to refile the suit in June, once the draft is
A Virginia Tech basketball player had a brush with the law this week.
Center Alvaro Tor was charged with possession of stolen property.
Tor received a summons for having a license plate that was reported stolen.
A rising junior, Tor started eight games for the Hokies last season.
The case will be heard in Blacksburg district court next month.
Militiaman Bill Stump was hoping to delay his sentencing in Roanoke until he
filed an appeal with the U- S Supreme Court.
But his request was denied after a 12- minute hearing this afternoon.
Stump argued he wouldn't have enough time to prepare a Supreme Court
petition if he was sent to prison.
Moreover, he didn't think the Federal District Court even had the authority
to punish him.
IN Q=I'm being
((BILL STUMP: I'M BEING TREATED UNFAIRLY BECAUSE I'M IN AN ILLEGAL COURT. AS I
JUST TOLD YOU, NO OFFICER HAS BEEN ABLE TO TELL ME THE CLAUSE OF THE
CONSTITUTION THAT DELEGATES TO CONGRESS THE POWER TO MAINTAIN THIS COURT IN THE
COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA. ))
OUT Q=of Virginia
Stump was convicted of possessing illegal silencers.
Last year, he was sentenced to 2 months in prison... but that punishment was
well below Federal guidelines.
Because of that, he will be re- sentenced... and given a stiffer penalty.
It won't be known as the "South Roanoke Speedway," but Victory Stadium will
host a new round of auto racing this year.
This morning, paving crews were laying asphalt at the south end of the
Promoter Danny Taylor has a contract with the city that provides for 20
races a year for the next three years.
The schedule will feature at least four different classes, and will include
full- size, late model stock cars.
IN Q=The participants
((DANNY TAYLOR/RACING PROMOTER: THE PARTICIPANTS HAVE COME TO ME AND SAID HEY
WE WANT TO PARTICIPATE AT A RACETRACK HERE IN THE CITY. THE FANS HAVE SAID THE
SAME THING. THAT'S WHY WE'RE HERE. IT'S BECAUSE OF THE PARTICIPANTS AND FANS.))
SUPER=01-Danny Taylor/Racing Promoter;
OUT Q=participants and fans.
Encouraged by the continuing popularity of racing at Bowman Gray Stadium
in Winston Salem, Taylor believes racing can succeed in Roanoke.
The first night of racing at the Victory Stadium Speedway is scheduled for
Friday, April 4th.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--
new life and new direction for an abandoned riverfront office building in
also, Virginia enhances its status as holy land for civil war buffs.
A world class museum of the common soldiers who fought America's bloodiest
war is unveiled.
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Billowing smoke and flames stopped traffic on I-81 near Christiansburg this
State police say some motorists pulled over to watch the fire that destroyed
this house on Pine Hollow Road.
The blaze started in an electrical box.
Firefighters tried to snuff it out quickly but exploding shotgun shells
forced them out.
No one was home at the time but a family pet was killed.
An accidental shooting this afternoon involving a police officer in Campbell
It happened at the police firing range outside Lynchburg.
The female officer- whose identity has not been released- apparently shot
herself in the thigh.
Police say the bullet passed through the woman's leg, and the wound did
"not" appear serious.
She was taken to Lynchburg General Hospital.
Would-be entrepreneurs and business owners are celebrating the rebirth of
one of Lynchburg's empty downtown buildings.
Steve Smallshaw has more on the Hill City Renaissance Center.
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SUPER=01-Gail Jackson/White Rock Hill N'hood Council; 1:04
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
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Where some might see a run-down vacant building on Lynchburg's riverfront,
Claude Gunn sees an opportunity.
((DO YOU KNOW WHERE THE LYNCHBURG FOUNDRY USED TO BE IN THE LOWER BASIN?))
Two years after the foundry closed for good, its old office complex is
getting a second chance.
Since buying the property last year, Gunn has applied a fresh coat of paint
and a fresh attitude to the building.
IN Q=You're seeing the
((CLAUDE GUNN/HILL CITY RENAISSANCE CENTER: YOU'RE SEEING THE REBIRTH AND WE
INTEND TO BE A PART OF IT. AGAIN, AS I SAID, RECYCLE THIS OLD BUILDING AND HAVE
AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A CONTRIBUTION TO THE COMMUNITY AND THE LYNCHBURG CITY'S
OUT Q=tax base.
The plan is to turn the 50- thousand square feet of space into an incubator
for small businesses... a place where profit and non- profit groups alike can
come and get their start, in particular minority- owned projects.
IN Q=Claude Gunn
((Claude Gunn says the Hill City Renaissance Center will be open to anyone,
regardless of race, but as a black man, he sees a definite need for minority
job training and business development opportunities.. a need he hopes the
center can satisfy.))
OUT Q=can satisfy.
IN Q=It gives us
((GAIL JACKSON/WHITE ROCK HILL N'HOOD COUNCIL: IT GIVES US SOME TIME TO BUILD
AND TO CREATE SOMETHING AND A PERIOD OF TIME TO NOT HAVE TO WORRY AS MUCH ABOUT
THE RENT UNTIL WE CAN BEGIN TO GENERATE SOME INCOME.))
OUT Q=some income.
Gunn knows the money will come eventually...for now he's working with a
surplus of time, space and ideas.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
Workers at the Kroger distribution center in Roanoke County could lose their
jobs because of union seniority.
Kroger is expanding its warehouse here and closing one in West Virginia.
West Virginia workers get first crack at the 125 new jobs being created.
If transfers outnumber the new positions though, ROANOKE COUNTY workers
could get displaced.
The County says it didn't know this when it was trying to convince Kroger to
stay here and expand.
IN Q=We did not
((ELMER HODGE/ROANOKE CO. ADMINISTRATOR: WE DID NOT HAVE ACCESS TO ANY
INFORMATION ABOUT EMPLOYEES. WE NEVER DO WHEN WE ARE WORKING WITH A PROSPECT.
IN THIS CASE WE LOOKED FOR A COMPANY THAT WAS A GOOD COMPANY AND KROGER IS.))
OUT Q=Kroger is.
Both Kroger and the county believe chances of local workers getting bumped
The stock market finished the week on a down note.
The Dow lost nearly 16 points.
NASDAQ dropped five points.
A wealthy Virginia Tech alumnus is giving Virginia Civil War buffs the
A 40 million dollar state-of-the-art National Museum of the Civil War
And that's NOT all that's going on near Petersburg.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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OUT Q=Dinwiddie Co.
((nat sound fiddler
Shadows of the Civil War past and antebellum South are giving way to visions
of the future in Virginia.
Visions of a 40 million dollar National Museum of the Civil War Soldier,
slated to open in just two years.
((RIGHT NOW EVERY DOLLAR ... ALLOW US TO PROCEED WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE
PARK MAYBE A LITTLE FASTER.))
It's the latest project of Robert Pamplin and his family here in Dinwiddie
Their Pamplin Park Civil War Site's been open two years.
nat sot gun?
((THIS SITE COMMEMORATES THE ELABORATE DEFENSE LINE OF THE CONFEDERATE ARMY
WHICH HELD PETERSBURG FOR 38 WEEKS. IN 15 MINUTES ON APRIL 2ND, 1865, 11-
HUNDRED UNION SOLDIERS WERE KILLED BREAKING THROUGH THE CONFEDERATE LINE.
THREE THOUSAND CONFEDERATES SURRENDERED, WERE WOUNDED OR DIED. ONE WEEK LATER,
LEE SURRENDERED HIS ARMY AT APPOMATTOX.))
But behind the earth fortifications of this decisive battle site lay what
Confederates were defending.
Opening this weekend -- a new exhibit called "A Land Worth Fighting For."
The basic premise is to show life on a middle class plantation...and to show
why a slave-based plantation lifestyle was worth fighting for.
((WILSON GREENE/PAMPLIN PARK CIVIL WAR SITE: RATHER THAN MAKING JUDGMENTS FROM
THE PERSPECTIVE OF PEOPLE IN 1997, WE'RE TRYING TO PRESENT THE VIEWPOINTS OF
THE PEOPLE WHO LIVED DURING THE 1840'S AND '50S.))
Those viewpoints often held that slaves were faceless possessions to be
counted as a symbol of social status.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Dinwiddie County.))
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A closer look at slave life -- from the slave perspective -- can be found
just up the road in Richmond.
The Virginia Historical Society is playing host to "Back of the Big House,"
an exhibit so controversial it was kicked out of the Library of Congress by
black employees who found it demeaning.
IN Q=We of course
((JIM KELLY/VA. HISTORICAL SOCIETY: WE OF COURSE, OUR ATTITUDE IS THAT IT'S
SLAVERY THAT WAS DEMEANING, NOT THE DEPICTION OF SLAVERY. NOT ANYMORE THAN THE
HOLOCAUST MUSEUM. IT'S NOT THE HOLOCAUST MUSEUM THAT'S DEMEANING, IT'S THE
SUPER=01-Jim Kelly/Va. Historical Society;
OUT Q=Holocaust itself.
"Back of the Big House" runs through April 19th.
(Keith ad lib results of Abbott bond hearing)
Coming up tonight on News 7 Sports, the NCAA Division Three final four is
underway in Salem, Roanoke Expresses itself tonight in South Carolina,
and Dale Jarrett wins the pole in qualifying at Darlington, while the man in
black has another rough day in time trials.
Dale Jarrett has already led 748 laps this season, and he's on top of the
Today he picked up his first pole of the year as the top qualifier for
Sunday's Transouth 400 in Darlington.
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Jarrett rolled his Thunderbird out, and knocked Mark Martin off out of the
top spot with a blistering lap at 171 point 095 miles an hour to win the pole.
IN Q="WE KNOW...
((DALE JARRETT/TRANSOUTH 400 POLE WINNER:))
SUPER=01-Dale Jarrett/TranSouth 400 Pole Winner; :00
OUT Q=...TO DO THAT."
As for the locals, Jeff Burton had the best day qualifying sixth, older
brother Ward who won the pole last Spring was 44th fastest.
Rick Mast wasn't much better checking in at 41st. Michael Waltrip just
missed the top 25 at 26, and Earnhardt continues to struggle. He was 39th.
Now let's look at the top 25.
WIPE TO QUALIFYING
SUPER=0107-1. Dale Jarrett/171.095/2. Ricky Craven//3. Bobby Labonte//4. Geoff
Bodine//5. Mark Martin//;
SUPER=0107-6. Jeff Burton//7. Mike Wallace//8. Ernie Irvan//9. Sterling
Marlin//10. Jeff Gordon//;
SUPER=0107-11. Lake Speed//12. Terry Labonte//13. Ken Schrader//14. Gary
Bradberry//15. Rusty Wallace//;
SUPER=0107-16. Ricky Rudd//17. Bill Elliott//18. Jeremy Mayfield//19. Dave
Marcis//20. Ted Musgrave//;
SUPER=0107-21. David Green//22. Morgan Shepherd//23. Greg Sacks//24. Derrike
Cope//25. Jimmy Spencer//;
OUT Q=.....LAST CAR.
The show went on as scheduled today at Darlington but not without a few
tears being shed in the garage area.
John Nemechek, the younger brother of Winston Cup star Joe Nemechek died this
morning in Miami,
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where he had been in a coma since suffering brain damage in a super truck race
this past Sunday.
The director of the neuro-trauma at Jackson Memorial hospital in Miami said
the brain injury was inoperable.
John Nemechek was 27.
Virginia Tech isn't the only division one school in the state losing both its
men's and women's head basketball coaches this year.
At JMU, Lefty Driesell has been replaced by Sherman Dillard,
and tonight Sheila Moorman, the Lady Dukes highly successful coach quit after
15 seasons as JMU's head coach.
Her teams won 302 games in those 15 years.
Moorman will stay on in athletic administration as an events coordinator.
At last night's NCAA championship banquet hosted by WDBJ, the players from
the final four teams competing for the Division three
championship this weekend were ready to step on the court with coats and ties
Fortunately they waited. Alvernia and Illinois Wesleyan opened the
tournament a few minutes ago and tonight at eight Nebraska Wesleyan plays
Nebraska Wesleyan won four straight games go get through the tournament to
the final four.
And the Plainsmen will continue to run the transition game that got them
into this weekends championship.
IN Q="We're not...
((TODD RARIDON/NEBRASKA WESLEYAN HEAD COACH: ))
((KIPP KISSINGER/NEBRASKA WESLEYAN GUARD: ))
SUPER=01-Todd Raridon/Nebraska Wesleyan Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Kipp Kissinger/Nebraska Wesleyan Guard; :14
OUT Q=.......couple of days."
The Express is in South Carolina tonight for an East Division battle with
the Stingrays. Roanoke is 2 and 4 against the Rays this season, and, in their
last meeting The Express was shutout 3-nothing.
IN Q="They've been
((RYAN EQUALE/EXPRESS CENTER:))
SUPER=01-Ryan Equale/Express Center; :00
OUT Q=...answer to them"
The Express will get back into Roanoke early tomorrow morning and then get
ready to play two homes in less than 20 hours. They play Richmond Saturday
night at 7:30,
Then on Sunday, South Carolina returns to the Roundhouse. Don't forget
Sunday's game starts at three in the afternoon.
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A reminder--to catch the late news a little earlier tonight,
Take Prime Time Board Fullscreen
there's the region's first TEN O'clock newscast, News-7 Prime Time on W-E-F-C.
It's on Channel 38 "over the air," and on a lot of cable systems--we're on
Cable Channel three in Buena Vista and Lexington, for example.
News 7 at 11 is pre-empted tonight because of basketball tournament
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