All-American Cornell Brown gets time to serve out of the brawl on the Tech
campus last year.
A LIVE report coming up on NEWS 7 at six.
A LIVE report from Roanoke city council where they've extended the
controversy over pay raises for another two weeks.
Tonight in sports, Salem crowns another national champion, the Hokies will
play Southern Cal in their NCAA baseball opener.
And the folks at the Texas Motor Speedway say they play to make $4 million
dollars worth of improvements to make the track more suitable for side by side
Thunder rumbles and locally heavy rains will be found in our forecast
Virginia Tech All-American football player Cornell Brown- -a recent
selection in the N-F-L draft- -spent the day in court.
Brown was charged with assault for his part in a campus brawl last year.
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Eric Earnhart is in Montgomery County with the verdict.
(Eric ad lib)
rollcue: Cornell Brown lost
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SUPER=01-Cornell Brown/Defendant; :24
SUPER=01-Bill Cleaveland/Defense Attorney; :56
OUT Q=we're disappointed
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Two Campbell County teenagers have been charged with the murder of a
Lynchburg woman found dumped in the James River a week ago.
The body of 23- year- old Lisa Yvonne Crider was found May 12th. She'd been
killed by a shotgun blast to the head.
Homicide detectives from across the region were called in to investigate her
They got a break Saturday afternoon when authorities in Lincoln, Nebraska
arrested Trevor Andrew Jones and Brandon Wayne Hedrick, both 18.
The pair had been wanted for two armed robberies near Lynchburg earlier this
Evidence from their car and statements they gave police implicated the two
in Crider's murder.
Both have waived extradition to Virginia and could be returned as early as
When Earl Bramblett is tried for capital murder, the jury may also hear
about "numerous drug and SEX crimes as well as two additional homicides."
If Bramblett is convicted of killing Teresa and Blaine Hodges and their two
daughters, then the jury will hear about the disappearance of two 14-year old
girls in 1977. Bramblett was questioned about that years later, but he was
Bramblett WAS tried and acquitted of molesting a ten-year old girl in 1984.
The Judge dismissed a charge of aggravated sexual battery, because Bramblett
had a alibi. Bramblett testified that he was celebrating his 42nd birthday
with his sons at Show Biz Pizza at the time the girl said he was molesting her
at his silk-screen shop.
Judge Jack Coulter concluded it was "not impossible" that it happened the
way she said, but he was troubled by the fact that it took her a month to
"I'm not saying that the defendant has proven his innocence," Coulter said.
"I'm saying that the Commonwealth has not proved his guilt."
The defense is trying to keep the jury from hearing that story and others
His lawyers have also filed a motion to exclude "evidence that certain body
hairs were found in the Hodges' home following the fire."
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A 14 percent pay increase for Roanoke City Council, a 28 percent increase
for the mayor---that's what was scheduled to be voted on this afternoon by
But as expected, council voted to give itself more time instead.
The controversial issue over the pay raises will now be decided June Second.
Double Boxes=Keith and Scott/Microwave
Scott Prince was at today's meeting.
Scott, were there any surprises?
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(Rollcue: plenty to say.)
IN Q=it was
SUPER=01-Eddie Hopkins/Roanoke City Police Officer; :17
SUPER=01-Bishop Spencer Manns/Concerned Citizen; :55
OUT Q=...go away."
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HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--
some might say as a neighborhood southeast Roanoke has seen better days.
But long time residents believe Southeast has the potential for a comeback.
Joe Dashiell has the first in a series of reports--tonight a look at the
neighborhood's rich history.
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What Thomas Jefferson wrought finally failed.
University of Virginia officials are looking for answers in the wake of a
graduation day balcony collapse that killed one and injured 17.
Ellen Qualls reports.
IN Q=If inspectors three years ago
SUPER=01-Murray Howard/UVa Architect; :10
SUPER=01-Lisa Kijewski/UVa Student; :25
SUPER=01-Louise Dudley/UVa Spokeswoman; 1:12
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Charlottesville.
(( If inspectors three years ago had only seen what the awe-struck public saw
today: a corroded iron rod that let this balcony drop like a trap door.
sot TAPE TWO 01:39:48
((MURRAY HOWARD/UVA ARCHITECT: OUR SENSE IS THAT THE CONCEALED PORTION OF THE
ROD DETERIORATED AND SIMPLY BROKE.))
When a crowd of 25- thousand swarms the UVA lawn, the place is
understandably bursting at the seams.
Those seams finally broke.
sot TAPE ONE 01:50:42
((LISA KIJEWSKI/UVA STUDENT: I JUST HEARD ONE CRASH. AND I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT
IT WAS. AND WHEN I TURNED AROUND I SAW A WOMAN DANGLING. SO THIS PART OF THE
BALCONY, IT HAD ALMOST HIT THE GROUND. AND I SAW THE WOMAN DANGLING TRYING TO
STAY ONTO THE PART THAT HADN'T FALLEN. AND THEN THERE WAS A PANIC AND SORT OF
A COLLECTIVE GASP. IT WAS HORRIBLE. IT WAS A LOT OF SCREAMING AND
sot TAPE TWO 01:35:16
((LOUISE DUDLEY/UVA SPOKESWOMAN: THERE ARE SEVEN PATIENTS IN THE HOSPITAL
sot TAPE TWO 01:35:27
((LOUISE DUDLEY/UVA SPOKESWOMAN: AND TEN WERE TREATED AND RELEASED.))
But a grandmother from El Paso, Texas was killed.
Thomas Jefferson's "floating" balcony design is unique to this place, done
purely for aesthetics, experts say.
But in 1987, a renovation of the lawn prompted school officials to double
guess the founder himself, and attach the back of the balcony to the brick
For now, the other balconies will be braced.
sot TAPE TWO 01:36:20
((LOUISE DUDLEY: WE ARE ENGAGING AN OUTSIDE CONSULTANT... WHY IT HAPPENED.))
sot TAPE THREE
((THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS SURVEYED ITS MEMBERS IN 1976. BY A WIDE
MARGIN, THEY CHOSE MR. JEFFERSON'S ACADEMICAL VILLAGE AS THE MOST
ARCHITECTURALLY SIGNIFICANT SITE IN THE NATION. NO OTHER STRUCTURE ON THIS
LAWN HAS FAILED IN 170 YEARS. ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7, CHARLOTTESVILLE.))
Southeast Roanoke has the reputation of a rough neighborhood, where
absentee ownership and years of neglect have taken their toll.
But it wasn't always that way.
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Tonight, Joe Dashiell has the first installment of Southeast Stories: One
Keith, this is the view of southeast Roanoke that most of us see, the
stretch of Jamison Avenue that carries traffic between Vinton and downtown
**TAKE FULLSCREEN LIVE Southeast Stories**
But there's much more to this community, starting with its rich history.
IN Q=OPENS ON NAT SOUND OF WHISTLE
SUPER=04-Roanoke Public Library; :11
SUPER=01-Mary Key/Former Southeast Roanoke Resident; :23
SUPER=04-Roanoke Valley History Museum; :45
SUPER=01-Clare White/Roanoke Historian; 1:10
SUPER=01-Lacy Edwards/Former Southeast Roanoke Resident; 1:38
OUT Q=would have been.
((OPENS ON NAT SOUND OF SHOPS WHISTLE
Southeast Roanoke still keeps time by the East End Shops, and for more than
one hundred years, the railroad has helped to define the neighborhood.
Belmont was founded before the turn of the century, to provide homes for
railroad employees. And after the American Viscose Corporation set up shop in
1917, the neighborhood flourished.
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IN Q=That was two main things
((MARY KEY/FORMER SOUTHEAST ROANOKE RESIDENT: THAT WAS TWO MAIN THINGS HERE.
THE RAILROAD AND THE SILK MILL. THEY WERE JUST ABOUT ALL THAT WAS HERE.))
OUT Q=about all that was here.
Mary Key moved to southeast Roanoke in the 1930s. Her husband Roy worked
for the railroad. Now in their 90s, the two hold fond memories of safe streets,
well- kept homes and friendly neighbors.
SOT TAPE #9 11:20:33
IN Q=There's good people
((MARY KEY/FORMER SOUTHEAST ROANOKE RESIDENT: THERE'S GOOD PEOPLE IN SOUTHEAST.
A WHOLE LOT OF GOOD PEOPLE.))
OUT Q=a whole lot of good people.
The American Viscose plant employed five thousand at the peak of
production. As Clare White, noted in her history of Roanoke, the 1930 city
directory claimed the largest rayon- producing mill in the world, along with
the largest railroad shop in the south.
But by the mid-50s, the shops had produced their last steam locomotive, and
by the end of the decade, the Viscose plant had closed. In one year, almost
four thousand workers lost their jobs.
SOT CLAIRE WHITE 11:35:42
IN Q=You see, the Norfolk and Western
((CLARE WHITE/ROANOKE HISTORIAN: YOU SEE THE NORFOLK AND WESTERN WENT TO DIESEL
JUST ABOUT THE TIME THE VISCOSE CLOSED AND MOST OF THE PEOPLE WHO LIVED IN
SOUTHEAST WERE IN EITHER ONE OR THE OTHER, SO THEIR LIVELIHOOD WAS TAKEN AWAY
AT THAT POINT. THEY HAD TO START ALL OVER.))
OUT Q=start all over.
Lacy Edwards remembers a life spent on a bicycle, carrying newspapers and
A football star at Virginia Tech, he became a senior executive at Dominion
Bank, and is now among the Roanoke Valley's most successful real estate agents.
IN Q=I haven't met the first person
((LACY EDWARDS/FORMER SOUTHEAST ROANOKE RESIDENT: I HAVEN'T MET THE FIRST
PERSON FROM SOUTHEAST WHO WASN'T PROUD OF SOUTHEAST AND WHO EVER FELT THAT THEY
HAD SOMETHING TO OVERCOME, BECAUSE IT WAS JUST A WONDERFUL AREA, A WONDERFUL
TIME IN OUR LIVES, AND I THINK WITHOUT IT,WHO KNOWS WHAT I WOULD HAVE BEEN.))
OUT Q=would have been.))
Of course, many things have changed since Lacy Edwards lived in southeast
Roanoke... And Keith, that's the story we'll tackle tomorrow.
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Problems that defy easy answers, and forces from outside that have
contributed to the neighborhood's decline.
The stock market advanced in quiet trading.
The Dow was UP 34 points, finishing the day at 72 hundred 29.
NASDAQ gained a half point.
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Friends fondly remember the wife of NASCAR team owner, Leonard Wood.
The Woods were on their way home Saturday night when they were involved in a
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64- year old Betty Mae Wood died at the scene.
The Woods' were returning from the Charlotte Motor Speedway when their van
was struck head- on.
Leonard co-owns the Wood Brothers Winston Cup entry driven by Michael
Friends, like Patrick County Circuit Court Judge Martin Clark, say Betty Mae
will be missed.
IN Q=She is
((MARTIN CLARK/PATRICK COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE:SHE IS SOMEONE WHO IS
IRREPLACEABLE, JUST A WONDERFUL, CHARMING, GIVING, BEAUTIFUL WOMAN, AND AS I
SAY, PEOPLE ARE JUST, IN THIS COMMUNITY, IN THE CHURCH COMMUNITY, PEOPLE WHO
KNOW HER ARE JUST STUNNED.))
SUPER=01-Martin Clark/Patrick County Circuit Court Judge;
OUT Q=just stunned.
The two people in the car which hit the Woods' van were also killed.
Leonard Wood was treated and released but his daughter and granddaughter
Coming your way tonight in sports, the Hokies find out their NCAA baseball
tournament destination, a California team from Pennsylvania wins the division 2
softball title in Salem, some improvements are in store for the NASCAR track in
And we'll take a look back at last night's Slamboree action in Charlotte that
showcased super bowl MVP Reggie White.
Virginia Tech's cinderella story opened another chapter three hours ago
when the Hokies made the NCAA Division I tournament for the sixth time. Tech
will open with the University of Southern Cal in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Steve
Mason has more. Steve.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Chuck Hartman/Va. Tech Head Coach; :17
SUPER=01-Chad Foutz/Va. Tech Third Baseman; 1:17
OUT Q=lets go back to you"
California University of Pennsylvania captured its own NCAA division two
softball national championship today with a one run win over
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The game was tied at 1-all in the middle innings and Wisconsin Parkside
Rangers needed a little defense to keep it that way.
Kathy Hillsdonk makes the leaping catch at the fence in the center field to
preserve the tie.
But it was just a matter of time before Cal-Pennsylvania's Kerry Novack
knocked in the game winner in the bottom of the 6th.
Webb scores from second and the Vulcans win the Division Two national
championship 2-to-1 to cap another fun week in the City of champions.
((CAREY HARVEYCUTTER/TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR:))
SUPER=01-Carey Harveycutter/Tournament Director; :00
OUT Q=...in salem
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They got a championship and Greg Austin picked up a two thousand dollar
Money raised from today's first annual King Family Golf tournament at Blue
Hills made it possible for the club to make this presentation today.
Austin plans to further his education at Carson Newman where he will major in
GRAPHIC=TEXAS MOTOR SPEED
The Texas Motor Speedway took a beating from its critics after its first
weekend of Winston Cup racing back in April.
Today track officials announced the track is making $4 million dollars worth
The front stretch tri-oval that criticized the most by the drivers is being
widened by five feet from turn four to turn one.
More lots are also being paved for parking.
And finally, the WCW was in Charlotte last night for another big night of pro
Only this time it was bigger than usual, as super bowl MVP Reggie White
stepped in the squared circle to battle Steve McMichael.
Reggie had the former Chicago Bear pinned and beaten before he was tricked by
McMichael's wife Debra and hit in the back with a loaded metal briefcase.
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