Coming up on NEWS-7 at SIX:
a family mourning the loss of a loved one in a drunk driving accident is
surprised to find out the accused has been arrested AGAIN.
And dozens of neglected cats and kittens are finding new homes. We'll
update the story of animal breeder Valery Green.
Tonight in sports, the Russians are in town for some AAU hoops tonight later
this week, there's a new young number one player in women's tennis,
And can the Wildcats no one ever expected to be playing for the national
title beat last year's top cats.
We'll find out tonight right here on Your Hometown Station.
According to folklore, out like a lion, in like a lamb. A better forecast
comes on April 2nd. Show you why in a moment.
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News 7 at 6 is next.
Good evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
A family struggles with the loss of a loved one, as the drunk driver charged
in his death gets a SECOND D-U-I while free on bond.
Tracy Altizer reports.
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(( Stevie Burton was a husband, a father, a school custodian.
The night of January 23rd, he was being a friend.
((BARBARA BURTON/STEVIE BURTON'S MOTHER: TAKING A MAN HOME AND TOOK HIM SOME
OIL AND GAVE HIM SOME MONEY TO HELP BUY GROCERIES, ONE OF HIS FRIENDS, AND HE
WAS ON HIS WAY BACK HOME. ))
He never made it. While driving east on Peppers Ferry Road near
Christiansburg, a drunk driver crossed the center line and hit his car head-
The 27 year- old who liked to fish and play basketball died instantly.
23 year- old Timothy Scott Chaffin sustained a few cuts and bruises.
A state trooper said Chaffin couldn't remember how much he'd had to drink
that night, but told the trooper it wasn't enough.
At .19, His blood alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit.
On March 15th, less than two months later, Chaffin was AGAIN charged with
D-U-I AND driving on a suspended license, this time in Floyd County.
Burton's sister said Chaffin may as well have thrown her brother's blood in
((LISA HATCHER/STEVIE BURTON'S SISTER: I CAN SEE ONE MISTAKE, EVEN THOUGH IT'S
HURT AND IT COST US A LOVED ONE. BUT TO DO IT AGAIN? THAT'S VERY HARD. ))
A Montgomery County judge convicted Chaffin on the January D-U-I, sent an
involuntary manslaughter charge to the grand jury, and revoked Chaffin's bond.
Meanwhile Burton's family tries to help his three- and four- year- old boys
((THEY QUESTION THE MOTHER AND SHE SAYS HE'S IN HEAVEN. THEY WANT TO KNOW IF
THEY CAN GO SEE HIM, THEY WON'T HAVE TO STAY VERY LONG, THEY'LL COME BACK. THEY
DON'T REALLY UNDERSTAND.))
Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
In Abingdon, the family and friends of another young man are trying to come
to terms with his death.
Michael Sandoe (SAN-doe) was the youngest of 39 cult members who took their
own lives last week in California.
Sandoe was a 1989 graduate of Abingdon High School, class president, and a
member of the Key Club.
By all accounts, he was a popular student who was active in the community.
Members of his family have declined comment, but friends say they were
surprised to hear of his involvement with the Heaven's Gate cult, and saddened
by the news of his death.
IN Q=I've known him since
((CHRIS HOLMES/FAMILY FRIEND: I'VE KNOWN HIS SINCE HE WAS A YOUNG CHILD AND
THIS IS A SHOCK TO ME BECAUSE I DIDN'T KNOW HE WAS INVOLVED IN THIS.))
((WE JUST LIVE WITHIN HOLLERIN DISTANCE OF EACH OTHER, SO THIS HAS REALLY UPSET
ME TODAY. IT SURE HAS.))
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OUT Q=involved in this
Michael Sandoe was 26 years old.
A new twist in the Valery Green animal case tonight.
Members of the Franklin County Humane Society received a letter from Green's
son... demanding that the hundred- plus dogs and cats be returned to Green's
The son says HE was the rightful owner, not his mother.
Despite the new claim, the Humane Society is forging ahead with the adoption
And as Scott Prince reports, a vast majority of the animals already have new
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SUPER=01-Tammy Javier/Franklin Co. Humane Society; :13
SUPER=01-Dr. Linda Jennings/Brambleton Veterinary Clinic; :35
OUT Q=Scott Prince, News- 7
((By now most of us have seen these pictures.
These are the dogs that were neglected and mistreated by former animal
breeder Valery Green.
But if you're still hoping to claim one as your own... you're barking up the
((TAMMY JAVIER/FRANKLIN COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY: THANKFULLY, THE DOGS HAVE ALL
BEEN PLACED IN GOOD HOMES NOW. MOST OF THEM HAVE BEEN SPAYED AND NEUTERED AND
PLACED INTO THEIR NEW HOME. ))
OUT Q=new home
The focus now shifts to the cats.
All of THESE kittens are spoken for... but there are about 2 dozen adult
felines still without owners.
Every cat adoption is being handled by Dr. Linda Jennings at the Brambleton
Veterinary Hospital in Roanoke.
IN Q=All of
((DR. LINDA JENNINGS/BRAMBLETON VETERINARY HOSPITAL: ALL OF THEM ARE RELATIVELY
YOUNG ADULTS. EVEN THOUGH YOU'RE NOT GETTING A TEENY ITSY BITSY KITTEN, YOU'RE
STILL GETTING AN ANIMAL THAT'S GOING TO GROW WITH YOU. ))
OUT Q=with you
Clearly these animals can be classified as "scaredy cats."
But Dr. Jennings is hopeful potential pet owners won't be as apprehensive
when it comes to adopting them.
Scott Prince, News- 7.))
Apparently Mother Nature doesn't like one piece of property in Southwest
Over the years, 35-19 Forester Road has been flooded and struck by
And that's why today's "disaster" comes as no surprise to its owner.
Around one this afternoon, a gust of wind uprooted a tree in front of Allen
Trigger's home... smashing his car.
Even though the damage was severe... Trigger's taking it in stride.
IN Q=I've been
((ALLEN TRIGGER: I'VE BEEN HIT BY LIGHTNING, FLOODS. IT'S JUST ONE OF THOSE
THINGS. I SAID, 'WELL, I HAVE INSURANCE AND I'M HAPPY.' ))
OUT Q=I'm happy
The falling tree caused a domino effect.
During its plunge, it knocked over power lines... sawing a utility pole in
About 2- dozen homes in the area are still without electricity.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--what does today's Supreme Court ruling mean
for your cable surfing selections?
And as the boys of summer are getting ready to kick off another season--
so are fantasy baseball fans. We'll take a look at just how involved these
rotisserie leagues can be--but first let's check in with Robin.
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There's nothing like a legislative victory to bolster the troops.
The Virginia Society for Human Life has started running anti- abortion ads
on TV stations like this one around the state.
The group received enough private contributions recently to pay for about
16- thousand dollars worth of ads.
nat sot commercial #2 or #3
(("YOU ARE LOOKING AT A PICTURE OF A LIVING UNBORN CHILD 10 WEEKS AFTER
IN Q=Studies show
((FIONA GIVENS/VA. SOCIETY FOR HUMAN LIFE: STUDIES SHOW, STATISTICS SHOW THAT
ONCE PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THAT IT IS ACTUALLY A LIVING HUMAN BEING ONE IS
DESTROYING IN ABORTION, THEN PEOPLE BECOME AT LEAST AMBIVALENT. THEY'RE NOT
QUITE AS READY TO DO THAT. SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY HAVE BROUGHT US FORWARD IN
AMAZING WAYS SINCE ROE VERSUS WADE.))
((GRACE SPARKS/VA. PLANNED PARENTHOOD: WHAT'S MISSING IN THIS IS ANY
REALIZATION OR ANY ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF THE REALITIES OF WOMEN'S LIVES. THAT
WOMEN DON'T MAKE THESE DECISIONS CASUALLY, THAT THEY'RE DIFFICULT DECISIONS.
WOMEN ARE FULLY AWARE OF WHAT THEY'RE DOING WHEN THEY'RE CHOOSING TO HAVE AN
ABORTION. IT'S NOT A DECISION THAT WOMEN COME TO LIGHTLY AND IT'S NOT
SOMETHING THAT THEY THINK ABOUT IN A FRIVOLOUS WAY.))
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SUPER=01-Grace Sparks/Va. Planned Parenthood; :25
OUT Q=frivolous way.
The next battleground on both the state and federal level is a ban on
so-called partial birth abortions.
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The U.S. Supreme court today upheld a 1992 law that forces Cable Operators
to keep local stations in their lineup.
Double Boxes=Jean and Eric/Microwave
Eric Earnhart is live at Cox Communications to tell us what this means to
area viewers... Eric?
Jean reaction to the ruling is rather subdued, partially because, since the
law was enacted in 1992, technology has changed drastically.
SUPER=01-Larry Dyer/General Mgr., WBRA;
SUPER=01-Sharron Davies/Cox Communications;
OUT Q=to our customers
Fiberoptics and digital compression give cable companies many more channels
A Cox Communication spokesperson says they have no problem carrying all
local stations along with other cable programming.
But in some areas, the ruling does eliminate the pressure to drop local
stations with smaller audiences in favor of more popular cable offerings.
For many small broadcasters, especially public television stations, the
ruling still brings some peace of mind.
IN Q=there was certainly no pressure
OUT Q=on a cable system
The station manager for religious broadcaster WEFC said if Must Carry
"It would have put us at the mercy of the cable systems, It could have been
pretty detrimental to our operation here."
The ruling improves the outlook for programs like News Seven Prime-time,
which airs on WEFC.
IN Q=this particular television station
OUT Q=succeeding with it
One big question that remains... should direct satellite broadcasters have
to follow the same Must Carry rule as cable?
If the FCC says yes, it could delay efforts to put local stations on
satellite t.v., good news for the Cable industry.
IN Q=one of our competitive
OUT Q=to our customers
The question now is, will the cable Industry push the issue, and what will
the FCC do about it... Jean?
Double Boxes=Jean and Eric/Microwave
Roanoke police think they've got the person responsible for a series of
recent car thefts and break-ins.
22-year old Michael Furrow is accused of stealing six cars over a period of
ten days earlier this month.
Furrow is also being investigated in connection with a number of break-ins--
police believe he stole 18 thousand dollars of property from parked cars. So
far authorities have recovered four thousand dollars worth of stolen items.
Interest rates and inflation jitters continue on Wall Street--
there was another sharp selloff
today, with the Dow dropping 157 points.
NASDAQ lost 28 points.
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Baseball fans frustrated with the national pastime can now take matters into
their own hands...becoming an owner of a make- believe team in growing hobby
known as fantasy baseball.
Len Besthoff explains.
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SUPER=01-Ron Shandler/Shandler Enterprises; 1:14
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
Major League baseball has had its share of bad publicity, but one thing
renewing interest in the game are fantasy leagues.
Some estimates now have as many as FOUR- MILLION people doing this.
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IN Q=I do it
((SCOTT CURRY/FANTASY BASEBALL PARTICIPANT: I DO IT WITH A BUNCH OF FRIENDS OF
MINE FROM CALIFORNIA WHERE I STARTED BACK IN 1988.))
Fantasy league participants draft teams of major league players, and
compete, in some cases for prizes, based upon the player's statistics.
SOT 19:18:16 tape one
IN Q=The best
((CURRY: THE BEST THING IN THE WORLD IS TO WAKE UP IN THE MORNING, GRAB THAT
MORNING PAPER, LOOK AT YOUR BOX SCORES, AND SEE HOW YOUR GUYS DID.))
OUT Q=guys did.
For the past week leading up to the opener, these team owners have been
huddled over pages and pages of statistics and analyses, trying to make the
best choices for this year's team.
Ron Shandler can explain fantasy baseball as well as anyone...it's how he
makes his living.
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IN Q=The cost is
((THE COST IS EIGHT NINETY FIVE.))
OUT Q=eight ninety five.
Shandler is one of the country's foremost baseball prognosticators and sells
"The Baseball Forecaster" and his web- based information out of his Roanoke
While publications now sport tons of pages offering fantasy league services,
Shandler believes the hobby has grown exponentially because of the wealth of
information now available on the Internet.
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OUT Q=outta nowhere.
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IN Q=Some wonder
((Some wonder if fantasy baseball is simply another form of gambling. But
people who know it says it's just another way to enjoy the game.))
OUT Q=the game.
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OUT Q=stock market.
And like Wall Street, fantasy baseball has a growing number of players who
have never tried it before and are learning they like it.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))
Coming up tonight in sports, the NCAA championship tips off off this evening
right here on WDBJ, Martina Hingis becomes the youngest woman ever to be ranks
number one in tennis,
And the Russians have landed in the valley. They are here to hoop it up this
week with some area high school stars.
Steve Mason will have more on their stay right after this.
The NCAA men's basketball season comes to a close tonight in Indianapolis as
Arizona hooks up Kentucky.
You can catch the game at nine tonight right here on Your Hometown station,
with the opening tip taking place at 9:18.
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It's the Wildcats versus the Wildcats, but more than that it is quickness
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((RICK PITINO/KENTUCKY HEAD COACH:))
((LUTE OLSON/ARIZONA HEAD COACH:))
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SUPER=01-Lute Olson/Arizona Head Coach; :11
OUT Q=...OF THE WEEK."
SS=hold final four
Kentucky is trying to win back to back titles. Arizona has never been in the
title game before tonight.
Hope you can join us this evening at nine.
Last night the women's season came to close as the amazing Pat Summit led the
Lady Vols of Tennessee to the national title with a win over ODU.
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The 68 to 59 win gave Tennessee its fifth national championship in women's
But Old Dominion some credit.
The Monarchs had 34 wins on the season and the shot of the day last night
as______________ hit this buzzer beater at the half from inside the half court
Local basketball fans are in for a treat tomorrow night when the Russian
junior national team plays the Virginia Gold select team at Cave Spring high
school at 8.
Steve Mason caught up with the Russians this morning.
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SUPER=01-Evgeny Gomelsky/Russian Assistant Coach; :13
SUPER=01-Vyacheslav Bajenov/Russian Team Captain; :31
SUPER=01-John Hodges/AAu Basketball Committee; :57
SUPER=01-Alexander Miloserdov/Russian Guard; 1:29
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
((The Russian cadet team worked out at Hollins College Monday morning,
finalizing a game plan that will hopefully top Virginia's Gold select 17 and
((EVGENY GOMELSKY/RUSSIAN ASSISTANT COACH:))
((VYACHESLAV BAJENOV/RUSSIAN CAPTAIN:))
Most of these Russian high school students next basketball step is the
professional game where a sponsor pays them to play. 70 percent of these
players will make the Russian 2000 Olympic team. One athlete is coming back to
Virginia to attend Virginia Episcopal.
The Russians also tried their moves at Valley View Mall. While money is
tight, some things are just plain worth it.
The Russian juniors will also play the Virginia select team at martinsville
Junior High at 8pm Wednesday night. Steve Mason, News 7 Sports.))
Women's pro tennis officially has a new number one player tonight.
Switzerland's Martina Hingis takes over the top spot from Steffi Graf.
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At 16 years and 6 months Hingis is now the youngest number one player ever.
She begins her reign at the top this week at the Family Circle Cup in Hilton
The ECHL playoffs open this week and for Roanoke that means an unwanted first
round matchup with divisional rival Hampton Roads.
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The best of five series begins on Wednesday night at the Scope in Norfolk and
game two will also be in Tidewater.
The series shifts to Roanoke on Saturday night for game three.
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Today the league broke bad on the best team in the league during the regular
season, the South Carolina Stingrays.
Ed Courtenay's, the league's top scorer this year was suspended for 25 games
today for deliberately hitting a player in the face with the heel of his stick.
The incident happened last Thursday against Knoxville.
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