A weekend in jail is the price former Virginia Tech football star Cornell
Brown will pay for his part in a fight on campus last year.
Brown is a recent N-F-L draft selection.
As Eric Earnhart reports he lost a battle of credibility in court.
SUPER=01-Jonathan Nelson/Victim; :09
SUPER=01-Cornell Brown/Defendant; :24
SUPER=01-Bill Cleaveland/Defense Attorney; :56
OUT Q=Eric Earnhart, News 7
((It was one side's word against another... Jonathan Nelson saying he had no
doubt Cornell Brown hit him during an altercation in front of Squires Student
IN Q=I saw him come down
(( JONATHAN NELSON/VICTIM; I SAW HIM COME DOWN OVER MY SHOULDER AND THEN HE HIT
MY HEAD AND I WENT DOWN
OUT Q=went down
Brown said he didn't hit anyone.
On the stand he admitted he took a swing at someone, but said he didn;t know
((PROSECUTOR; DID YOU TRY TO HIT THE PERSON
CORNELL BROWN; YES I DID
PROSECUTOR; SO YOU DID TRY TO HIT HIM IS THAT CORRECT?
The judge found Brown guilty, sentencing him to 30 days in jail, with all
but two suspended.
Afterwards, Nelson and Hilliard Sumner, another alleged victim who
testified, had this to say.
((TWO TO GO, WE'RE PLEASED, THAT'S ALL ))
Brown had no comment on the verdict.
((question; Do you think the judge was fair?
Brown; It's the law. ))
((BILL cleaveland/DEFENSE ATTORNEY; IF THERE WERE INCONSISTENCIES, THEY WERE ON
THE PROSECUTIONS SIDE, AND IN CASES LIKE THAT REASONABLE DOUBT IS SUPPOSED TO
GO TO THE DEFENDANT. WE'RE DISAPPOINTED ))
cleaveland says Brown will NOT appeal. He'll probably serve his sentence
this weekend, Eric Earnhart, News 7))
If Bedford County school teachers are going to get paid the rest of the
school year, it will have to come at the expense of some school construction
The board of Supervisors last night refused to give the school system extra
money to finish out the school year, instead supervisors recommend the school
board borrow the million dollars it needs from the three-point-two million
dollars available in the school construction fund.
That would still leave the school system with more than a million dollars
worth of debt to carry over into the next fiscal year.
The school board is expected to vote on this option Thursday night.
It appears the court martial of the Air Force's first female B-52 pilot
will go forward today, in North Dakota.
Pentagon sources say the Air Force will NOT grant Lieutenant Kelly Flinn's
request for an honorable discharge instead of a trial.
Flinn's attorney filed that request yesterday.
Flinn faces charges of adultery and disobedience.
If jurors find Earl Bramblett guilty of murdering Teresa and Blaine Hodges
and their two little girls-they could hear evidence of sex crimes, drug
dealing- -even other murders.
SUPER=03-Spartanburg, SC/July 1996;
Bramblett was once a suspect in the 19-77 disappearance of two 14- year- old
girls. He was questioned but never formally accused of killing them.
In 19-84, he WAS tried- -but found NOT guilty- -of sexually molesting the
10- year- old sister of one of his employees.
Those cases could come up when Bramblett is tried for arson and murder next
A possible break for Appomattox County authorities in their first murder
case in three years.
Last week, the body of 23- year- old Lisa Yvonne Crider was found in the
James River near Bent Creek.
Crider was killed from a shotgun blast to the head.
Investigators had few leads to follow until Saturday afternoon, when two 18-
year- old men, Trevor Andrew Jones and Brandon Wayne Hedrick, were arrested in
They were being sought in connection with two armed robberies earlier this
month near Lynchburg.
Sheriff Wilson Staples says evidence from the teens' car and statements they
gave police implicated them in Crider's murder.
The pair have waived extradition to Virginia and could be returned as early
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
Last week Roanoke City Council decided to give itself more money, yesterday
it decided to give itself more time.
Mayor David Bowers is in line to get a 28-percent raise-- while council
members stand to receive a 14-percent pay hike.
Instead of voting on the controversial issue yesterday... the decision was
postponed for two weeks.
Scott Prince has the story.
IN Q=it was
SUPER=01-Eddie Hopkins/Roanoke City Police Officer; :17
SUPER=01-Bishop Spencer Manns/Concerned Citizen; :55
OUT Q=Scott Prince, News- 7;
A NOT guilty plea yesterday from a Christiansburg man accused of killing his
wife and wounding his daughter.
Michael Knowles allegedly killed his wife because he thought she was having
an affair that began on the Internet.
He admitted killing her in a letter to columnist Ann Landers, then sued her
when she published the letter.
Yesterday he said he's innocent, and made another claim.
SOT 10:54:51 -knowles byte tape
IN Q=I am a prophet
((MICHAEL KNOWLES/DEFENDANT; I AM A PROPHET OF GOD AND I HAVE AN URGENT MESSAGE
FOR AMERICA, AND THAT I MURDERED NO ONE. AND I GOT THAT ON TOP OF MOUNT SINAI
FEBRUARY 7TH, 1996. ))
OUT Q=Feb., 7th, 1996
Lowe's Hardward Store is facing a lawsuit from another victim of last year's
outbreak of Legionnaire's disease.
Jonathan East says he "came in close proximity" to vapors from a hot tub
display at Lowe's in Christiansburg last October.
He was hospitalized and nearly died.
East says he's now "totally disabled," and has had to close his business.
The Montgomery County resident is asking two million dollars in damages.
An earlier claim filed by John Allen Kirk is set for trial in November.
Keeping an existing business in town will pay big dividends for the
The region's economic development authority says Jenfab (jen-FAB), a metal
machining and fabricating company, will expand into the Alleghany Regional
The move will increase Jenfab's workforce to nearly 50 people, and open up
other land in the park for development.
Coming up on News 7 at Six and Eleven-- part two of Southeast Stories: One
The last 40 years have brought major changes, and left a legacy of neglect
in southeast Roanoke.
But some observers believe attitudes outside of the neighborhood are just as
SOT tape #3 11:25:36
IN Q=I think if attitudes throughout
((REV. WAYNE HARRISON/BELMONT BAPTIST CHURCH: I THINK IF ATTITUDES THROUGHOUT
THE ROANOKE VALLEY COULD CHANGE, THAT COULD BE THE BEST FUTURE THAT SOUTHEAST
COULD EVER EXPECT.))
SUPER=01-Rev. Wayne Harrison/Belmont Baptist Church;
OUT Q=could ever expect.
take Southeast Promo Board-essC
Joe Dashiell continues his series with a look at some of the neighborhood's
biggest challenges, both inside and out.
That's tonight on News 7 at Six and Eleven.
It looks like the Air Force's first female B-52 pilot WILL face a
court-martial on adultery and disobedience charges.
Pentagon sources say the Air Force Secretary as no intention of granting
Lieutenant Kelly Flinn's request for an honorable discharge instead of a trial.
Flinn's attorney filed that request yesterday.
Flinn's court hearing is set to begin today in Minot, North Dakota.
A key F-B-I chemist is due back on the stand today at the Oklahoma City
Yesterday, Steven Burmeister (BUR-my-stur) provided the first scientific
testimony directly linking suspect Timothy McVeigh to bomb materials.
Burmeister testified that he found explosives residue on clothes Mcveigh
was wearing when he was arrested 75 minutes after the blast.
Virginia is among seven states affected by a juice recall.
The makers of Minute Maid say cleaning fluid may have gotten into a tank
where one of its punches was mixed.
BOARD JUICE RECALL-ess-#100
The affected containers of Berry punch are labeled with the code J-U-N-18/
The juice was also shipped to North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia,
FLorida and Alabama.
The company says throw out the affected cartons.
You can get replacements by calling 1- (800) 888-6488.
Bedford County supervisors last night refused to give the school board more
money to finish out the school year.
Instead, school officials may have to dip into other funds.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
IN Q=Bedford County
SUPER=01-Bob Crouch/Bedford Co. Supervisor; :15
SUPER=01-Dale Wheeler/Bedford Co. Supervisor; :45
SUPER=01-Betty Earle/School Board Member; 1:02
OUT Q=News7, Bedford.
(( Bedford County school officials say they need at least a million dollars to
pay their teachers and meet bills between now and June 30th..
..but the school system's request for more money fell on unsympathetic ears
at the board of supervisors meeting.
((BOB CROUCH/SUPERVISOR: SPENDING HAS GOT TO BE CUT AND SOME ADJUSTMENTS MADE..
WHAT WE GIVE 'EM.))
For the third straight year, supervisors were asked to bail out the school
system, which is finishing its fiscal year more than two million dollars in the
Rather than cutting them another check, supervisors want the school board to
take the money it needs out of a fund it had set aside for school construction.
How THAT money will be replaced was left for another night.
IN Q=Tonight we had
((DALE WHEELER/SUPERVISOR: TONIGHT WE HAD TO DO SOMETHING TO ASSURE THE
EMPLOYEES OF THE SCHOOL BOARD THAT THERE'S GOING TO BE A PAYCHECK. THAT'S THE
NUMBER ONE PROBLEM. WHAT YOU WITNESSED WAS A LITTLE TRIAGE HERE, WE BROKE DOWN
OUT Q=down the problem.
Betty Earle, who was the only school board member to attend the meeting,
says the problem still exists.
IN Q=This has been
((BETTY EARLE/SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER: THIS HAS BEEN AN ONGOING PROBLEM... A LITTLE
OUT Q=a little hungrier.
The school board will make a decision at its meeting Thursday night.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford.))
An accident in North Carolina over the weekend killed the wife of NASCAR
team owner, Leonard Wood.
SUPER=03-Rowan Co., NC/Saturday - WBTV;
The Woods were on their way home Saturday night from the Charlotte Motor
Speedway when their van was struck head-on.
The couple co-owns the Wood Brothers Winston Cup entry driven by Micheal
((GARY BIRKETT/WOOD FAMILY FRIEND:BETTY MAE WAS VERY PATIENT AND KIND AND
LOVING AND JUST A FINE CHRISTIAN WOMAN.))
SUPER=01-Gary Birkett/Wood Family Friend; :00
OUT Q=Christian woman.
The two people in the car that hit the Woods' van were also killed.
Leonard Wood was treated and released but his daughter and granddaughter
GRAPHIC=Mornin Health check
In this morning's health check
A bitter dispute has an adult care facility in Botetourt County on the verge
Residents at Shenandoah Acres recently found out they'll have to move.
The director of the program says all 36 people who live there have somewhere
Many of them are veterans with mental disabilities.
IN Q=The business
((NINA BIRNBACH/SHENANDOAH ACRES DIRECTOR: THE BUSINESS IS EFFECTIVELY
CLOSING THE END OF THE MONTH. THEY WILL BEGIN MOVING TOMORROW. MANY OF THEM
ARE READY TO MOVE.))
SUPER=01-Nina Birnbach/Shenandoah Acres Director;
OUT Q=ready to move.
The problems began when the owner of Shenandoah Acres and the owner of the
business being run there had a disagreement over the sale of the property.
IN Q=I need
((MARY REED/SHENANDOAH ACRES PROPERTY OWNER: I NEED TO GET MONEY OUT OF THIS.
I'M TOO OLD TO HOLD THIS THE REST OF MY LIFE. AND SHE'S DOING EVERYTHING SHE
CAN, AND MEAN THINGS, TO STOP ME FROM SELLING.))
SUPER=01-Mary Reed/Property Owner;
OUT Q=from selling.
The owner of the adult care business did not want to comment on camera.
The program administrator says the Virginia Department of Social Services is
aware of the way the dispute is being resolved.
(toss to bump)
He played football at Virginia Tech and was a sixth round draft pick in the
N-F-L, but yesterday Cornell Brown was found guilty of assault.
He was sentenced to 30-days in jail, with all but two suspended.
On the stand, Jonathon Nelson testified, Brown struck him on the head
during an altercation, knocking him to the pavement.
Brown admitted he swung at someone but said he initially said he did NOT
know who, or why.
IN Q=WHAT WAS THE PURPOSE
OUT Q=yes i would
Brown's attorney says he's disappointed in the verdict but will NOT appeal.
Brown is expected to serve his two-day sentence over the weekend.
SS=rke city seal
The controversy continues.
It will be TWO more weeks before Roanoke City Council makes a final vote on
proposed salary increases for the mayor and council members.
The decision on whether to give Mayor David Bowers a 28- percent increase...
and council members a 14- percent pay hike was scheduled to take place
That vote will now happen June second.
IN Q=I want
((DAVID BOWERS/ROANOKE MAYOR: I WANT TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR FURTHER
DISCUSSION ON THE ISSUE. THE QUESTION I'D LIKE TO HAVE THE CITIZENS OF ROANOKE
ASK THEMSELVES IS... 'WHAT PAY SHOULD THE MAYOR, THE COUNCIL, AND THE TOP
ADMINISTRATORS GET. ))
OUT Q=administrators get
Bowers comments came during a demonstration outside the municipal building
Some upset Roanokers think city officials have gone too far with this pay
IN Q=I think
((BISHOP SPENCER MANNS/UPSET RESIDENT: PUT THEM ON THE SANITATION TRUCKS. LET
THEM DUMP SOME OF THAT TRASH DAY BY DAY. THEY DON'T EVEN HAVE AN INKLING TO
WHAT THE POLICE, CITY WORKERS AND FIREMAN AND ALL OF THE CITY WORKERS GO
THROUGH. THEY'RE MAKING THEMSELVES FAT CATS. ))
SUPER=01-Bishop Spencer Manns/Upset Resident;
OUT Q=fat cats
Council promises to vote on the salary increases June second.
An arrest in Nebraska provided a break for Appomattox County officials as
they investigate the county's first murder in three years...
SUPER=03-Appomattox Co./Last Week;
The body of 23- year- old Lisa Yvonne Crider was found May 12th.
She had been shot in the head and her body dumped in the James River.
Homicide detectives from across the region were called in to investigate her
Saturday, authorities in Lincoln, Nebraska arrested two 18- year- old men,
Trevor Andrew Jones and Brandon Wayne Hedrick.
The pair were suspects in two armed robberies earlier this month near
Evidence from their car and statements they gave police implicated the men
in Crider's murder.
Both have waived extradition to Virginia and could be returned as early as
A Roanoke family helped get an elderly crustacean out of some hot water.
Marrianne Morse and her son Stephen picked-up Larry the lobster from a
nearby Rack and Sack food store.
The family bought the 20- year- old lobster for 100 dollars after reading
about it in the local newspaper.
They overnighted Larry to New Hampshire.
There, a member of the group PETA (PEE-ta) -- People for the Ethical
Treatment of Animals--will drive the lobster to Maine.
SOT 08.22.53 - 08.23.15
IN Q=So many times
((MARRIANE MORSE: SO MANY TIMES DURING THE DAY OR DURING YOUR LIFE, YOU GET ALL
TIED-UP IN LITTLE THINGS THAT DON'T MEAN A LOT AND IT'S JUST KIND OF A NEAT
RELEASE TO THINK, "I CAN REALLY DO SOMETHING FOR THIS LITTLE LOBSTER AND PUT
HIM BACK IN AND HOPEFULLY HE'LL FIND SOME SONS, AUNTS AND SISTERS OR SOMETHING
OUT Q=something in Maine
Once in Maine, Larry will be released in an area where fishing is
The Utah Jazz took the opening game of the Western Conference Finals routing
the Houston Rockets 101-to-86.
For last night's scores let's check the boards.
wipe to boards!!!
SUPER=0096-/Houston/86/j/Utah/101//Western Final Game One/;
SUPER=0103-/Colorado/1//Detroit/2//Western Final Game Three/;
SUPER=0092-j/San Diego/13//Cincinnati/6////Los Angeles/1/j/Montreal/2///;
SUPER=0092-/Colorado/3/j/New York/4////San Francisco/4/j/Chicago/15///;