Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
A stay of execution tonight in a case where the Amherst County killer has
never denied his guilt.
And they're making progress in fighting fire with fire on Three Sister's
Knob... we'll take a look.
All clear skywise means great comet viewing but very cold mornings as well.
Details coming up.
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In 1987, he murdered four members of his family.
He was even photographed being consoled by neighbors before his GUILT was
revealed to a small Amherst County community.
Tonight, Virginia WAS scheduled to execute Douglas MacArthur Buchanan, but
within the past hour, the U-S Supreme Court has issued a stay.
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Ellen Qualls is at Greensville Correctional Center.
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This stay of execution will no doubt come as a surprise to many who have
closely followed this case.
Buchanan was 19 when he shot and stabbed to death his father, stepmother and
two stepbrothers in their Naola home in September of 1987.
After a six-day trial the following April, Buchanan received the death
penalty for his crimes.
Commonwealth's attorney Ed Meeks prosecuted the case. He says justice was
IN Q=Of course
((ED MEEKS/PROSECUTOR: OF COURSE IT'S A SERIOUS, SERIOUS MATTER. SOMETIMES YOU
HAVE TO BALANCE THOUGH, THAT WHEN THERE'S A CAPITAL CASE, THERE HAS BEEN A
TRAGIC, TRAGIC LOSS OF LIFE. AND I THINK YOU HAVE TO BALANCE THOSE THINGS
AGAINST THE SEVERITY OF THE PUNISHMENT.))
SUPER=01-Ed Meeks/Prosecutor; :00
OUT Q=of the punishment.
Buchanan's lawyers did "not" ask Governor Allen for clemency.
Fire fighters appear to be winning the battle against a brush fire in
The blaze has scorched more than 250 acres of Three Sisters Knobs since
Saturday, but officials report good progress in securing the area this
At this point investigators think the fire could have been sparked by a bolt
No structures have been threatened by flames... and there have been no fire-
Full containment of the blaze is expected by tonight.
A Pulaski woman who underwent emergency surgery while trapped in her car has
The Ford Thunderbird was southbound on route 11 in Pulaski County.
It ran off the road, slid into the median and wrapped around a tree, which
embedded in the driver's side door.
It took rescuers an hour to free the victim.
((S.L. CHUMLEY/VA STATE POLICE: THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE OF AN ERRATIC MOVEMENT ON
HER PART. IT LOOKED LIKE THAT SHE JUST GRADUALLY WENT OFF THE ROAD INTO THE
MEDIAN. WE DON'T KNOW IF SHE FELL ASLEEP, WHY SHE RAN OFF THE ROAD. ))
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OUT Q=off the road. (2nd reference)
An passing doctor stopped to offer assistance, and ended up performing a
tracheotomy on the victim, 51 year- old Phyllis Plotts of Pulaski.
Police say Plotts had just left work feeling ill.
She was airlifted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where she later died.
Members of the Franklin County Humane Society were hoping today would be the
day Valery Green went to jail.
After all, the former animal breeder was caught with a dog on her property
just days after a judge told her she couldn't own any pets.
But Judge B-A Davis ruled today that Green did NOT disobey the court order.
It's the latest twist in what appears to be a never- ending battle.
Scott Prince has the story.
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SUPER=01-Wayne Inge/Green's Attorney; :20
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((Valery Green was neither jailed nor fined... because of her son's
15- year- old Brandon Green told the court that the single dog in question
was roaming around his mother's property... and that HE penned it up for fear
of it being hit by a car.
Apparently Valery Green had no knowledge of her son's actions.
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((WAYNE INGE/GREEN'S ATTORNEY: IT WASN'T A SMART THING TO DO. BUT I THINK IN
THE BIG PICTURE OF THINGS, I THINK THE JUDGE CLEARLY SAW IT FOR WHAT IT WAS AND
FELT IT WASN'T SOMETHING THAT JUSTIFIED A CONTEMPT FINE. ))
OUT Q=contempt fine
But the hearing proved to be only part of the action at the Franklin County
Members of the Humane Society were handed copies of animal registration
certificates... which appear to back BRANDON Green's claim that he partially
owned some of the dogs and cats.
How many? Well, that's still up for debate.
And there are plenty of other questions, as well... like-- What sort of
compensation will he Brandon seek for the animals he supposedly partially
And can a 15- year- old even be considered a legal owner?
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It's now up to members of the Humane Society to determine if Brandon Green's
claim is valid.
If they decide it's not, Green's attorney says HE'S prepared for another
Scott Prince, News- 7, Franklin County.))
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Still to come on News 7 at Six,
the recent string of family violence in this area has counselors offering
advice for those caught up in difficult domestic situations.
and Mary Baldwin College administrators are in an enviable
position--deciding how to spend ten MILLION dollars. It's a record-setting
gift for the school.
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When someone is determined to harm another person, court orders even police
escorts may provide little protection.
For victims of domestic violence, Joe Dashiell reports the best advice may
be to get help and get out.
IN Q=In Roanoke last Tuesday
SUPER=01-Capt. Stephen Long/The Salvation Army; :14
SUPER=01-Don Caldwell/Commonwealth's Attorney; :25
SUPER=01-Ellen Brown/Women's Resource Center Dir.; :52
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((In Roanoke last Tuesday, in Hillsville on Thursday, again in Campbell
County this week, explosive confrontations carried fatal consequences.
All cases of domestic violence that together claimed eight lives.
IN Q=Violence has always been there
((CAPT. STEPHEN LONG/THE SALVATION ARMY: VIOLENCE HAS ALWAYS BEEN THERE, BUT IT
SEEMS TO BE GROWING IN PROPORTION.))
OUT Q=growing in proportion.
And as the Hillsville shooting showed, police protection is no guarantee of
IN Q=The sad reality
((DON CALDWELL/COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: THE SAD REALITY OF THAT HILLSVILLE
SHOOTING IS THAT ALL OF THE COURT ORDERS, ALL THE PIECES OF PAPER IN THE WORLD
ARE NOT GOING TO PROTECT YOU FROM SOMEBODY WHO HAS FIXATED AND IS DETERMINED TO
OUT Q=is determined to kill you.
Prosecutor Don Caldwell says the best advice may be to hide from the
abuser, until authorities can help.
Local organizations also offer shelter and counseling.
IN Q=We can't promise
((ELLEN BROWN/WOMEN'S RESOURCE CENTER DIR.: WE CAN'T PROMISE THAT WE CAN
PROTECT THEM, BUT WHEN WE'RE WORKING WITH A WOMAN AND HER CHILDREN, SHE WOULD
HAVE A MUCH BETTER CHANCE OF KEEPING HER SANITY AND SURVIVING.))
OUT Q=sanity and surviving.
Ellen Brown says the Salvation Army's Turning Point Women's Shelter, and
the Total Action Against Poverty Women's Resource Center stand ready to help.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
The Pulaski County planning commission is expected to decide tonight whether
sludge from Burlington Industries' may be used as fertilizer.
SUPER=03-Pulaski Co./January 14;
The sludge is left in two lagoons, waste from the industrial process which
Burlington promised to clean out and return to nature.
It's contracted a company which is requesting a special use permit to spread
the material on several farms in the county.
The planning commission had asked for a detailed list of the chemicals in the
But zoning administrator Dari (DARE-ee) Jenkins says Burlington has not been
able to provide the information.
County officials are concerned about the possibility of groundwater
If the planning commission votes to allow the one- time land application,
the state Department of Environmental Quality would have to give final
An illegal checking scheme may cost a Martinsville bank more than a- half-
The activity occurred in the first quarter of this year at the Piedmont
Trustbank, a subsidiary of the MainStreet BankGroup.
The bank says it's disappointed because it has procedures to detect this
kind of activity.
Those procedures were strengthened immediately.
MainStreet will press charges against the customer who allegedly did this,
and it expects to recover up to 300- thousand- dollars of the money.
The bank had to deal with a big theft several years ago, when an employee
plead guilty to embezzling more than a million- dollars.
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The Liggett Group is having a hard time giving up its secrets.
A judge in North Carolina today extended his order preventing the tobacco
company from releasing damaging internal documents.
Liggett has agreed to give them to states which are suing other tobacco
firms to recover the health costs of treating smokers.
But tobacco industry lawyers argued today that Liggett has a financial
incentive for making the papers public, and that releasing the material would
do lasting harm to their companies.
On Wall Street stocks were up despite a drop in the bond market.
The Dow gained 53 points, closing at 66 hundred nine.
NASDAQ was UP six points.
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An anonymous donor has given Mary Baldwin College 10-MILLION dollars.
It's the largest gift the school has ever received at one time... perhaps
the biggest bunch of cash ANY women's college has ever gotten.
Mary Baldwin says some of the money will be used to renovate the
Administration Building that was built two years after the liberal arts college
was founded in 1842.
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A nationally recognized historian has made a public pitch to get the nation
behind the D-Day memorial to be built in BEDFORD.
Stephen Ambrose addressed reporters today at the National Press Club.
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He spoke of the extraordinary sacrifices in securing the beachhead at
Normandy...in the face of relentless German mortar fire.
((ERNIE PYLE, WHO WALKED THE GROUND THE NEXT DAY, SAID IT WAS A "MIRACLE THAT
WE GOT IN ON THIS BEACH." IT NOT A MIRACLE. IT WAS INFANTRY. IT WAS YOUNG
AMERICAN KIDS, ASSUMING THE RESPONSIBILITY AND GETTING THE JOB DONE. IT WAS
BEDFORD THAT TOOK THE WORST HIT OF ALL. OF ALL THE COMMUNITIES, NOT JUST IN THE
UNITED STATES, BUT THROUGH THE DEMOCRATIC WORLD, IN CANADA IN ENGLAND, BEDFORD
TOOK THE BIGGEST HIT OF ALL.))
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The Memorial on a hillside above Bedford Elementary School - -is still two
or three years away from construction.
Coming up tonight in sports, the Cubs prove they are men in a strange sort of
way this afternoon.
The Avalanche and Hillcats are both home tonight.
Shaq is ready to come back.
and Steve Mason talks with Radford University pitching phenom, Jason
The best golfers in the world are in Augusta, Georgia this week for the
And that means Greg Norman is also there.
Norman blew the championship on the final round last year.
Today he had this to say about beating the past.
((GREG NORMAN/1996 MASTERS RUNNERUP:))
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OUT Q=...FLUSH IT OUT."
Catch the tournament all weekend long right here on Your Hometown station.
The Lynchburg Hillcats play their home opener tonight at City Stadium against
the Frederick Keys.
The HIllcats opened the season with 2 wins and 2 losses on the road.
Tomorrow night 22 year old pitching Phenom Kris Benson will make his home
debut for the Hillcats.
Benson was the top pick in the 1996 draft.
The Salem Avalanche continues its seven game second opening home stand
tonight at Salem Memorial against the Wilmington Blue Rocks.
SUPER=03-Salem/Last Night; :00
Last night the Avalanche fell behind 5-to-1 heading ot the ninth before the
team rallied for two runs to make it close.
Salem lost the game 5-to-3 to fall to 0-and-4 on the season.
Last night's crowd of 12 hundred and 81 was also down quite a bit compared to
the first three games of the season that attracted 12 thousand and five hundred
But with a big park and kids still in school no expects a packed house every
Radford is back in the Big South Hunt thanks in part to Jason Anderson.
Steve Mason profiles this local phenom whose future just keeps getting
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SUPER=01-Lew Kent/Radford Head Coach; 1:36
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((Those five pitches have enabled Anderson to strike out 56 batters in just 70
innings while allowing only 24 walks.
Glenvar used to count on Anderson tot led the Highlanders to the state; which
he did; but at a price.
He's 5 and 5 on the season; but that's deceiving. Anderson has won 3 of his
last 4, has 2 shutouts and maintains 2.89 ERA. Radford coach Lew Kent has been
in steady contact with a number of major league scouts.
Scouts say Jason, a left hander, has a excellent chance at being a first
round pick in the June draft. Steve Mason News 7 sports.))
It's not unusual to find fish in the freezer, but usually they are dead when
you see them on ice.
This afternoon the Marlins were plucked out of Ft. Lauderdale and dropped off
at chilly Wrigley field.
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Actually, it was more than chilly. In fact it was so cold the Whitesox
postponed their game 2 miles away because of the weather.
Gary Sheffield hit this solo homer to left field in the first to give the
Marlins the early lead.
But the Cubs came back behind the bat of Sammy Sosa who jacks this homer in
the second innings and the Cubs outlast the Fish on a chilly day winning it
The NBA may be getting one if its marquee played back as soon as tonight.
The Los Angeles Lakers Shaquille O'Neal
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who has been sidelined with a knee injury since February 12th is back on the
practice floor and running without a brace.
Shaq says he has passes a battery of tests from the Lakers' team physician,
and that he is ready to play.
To Prove it he did a little body surfing at the end of practice on the Forum
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