The prosecutor in the Bramblett murder case reveals sexual overtones to the
evidence... even as the trial is postponed for three or four months.
That's the top story on NEWS 7 at SIX.
And Festival in the Park is NOT a casualty of the city Council pay raise
controversy, despite what you may have heard.
In sports, a Blue Ridge softball champion is crowned today--we will have
highlights; an update on Geoff Bodine's condition,
and Mike Stevens will have a report on the memorial service for Betty Mae
Wood as Winston Cup drivers come together to help one another.
More than scattered frost tonight, record lows may fall as well. Late May
and sweaters are still in style.
Earl Bramblett is not charged with a sex crime.
But the prosecutor revealed in court today that Bramblett has expressed
some peculiar feelings about the two little girls he's accused of killing.
He stands indicted for CAPITAL murder in the arson and murder of the entire
Bramblett's OWN lawyers are trying to keep the jury from hearing about a
pubic hair found on the bed between the two girls.
SOT Tape #1 9:49:02
IN Q=Two of the victims
((TWO OF THE VICTIMS INVOLVED, WINTER AND ANNA HODGES, ARE LAYING THERE SIDE BY
SIDE. THAT BEDSPREAD IS UNDERNEATH THEM AND BESIDE THEM. THIS IS NOT A PUBIC
HAIR THAT WE FOUND IN THE KITCHEN OR OUTSIDE OR ANYTHING ELSE. THIS HAIR WAS
FOUND RIGHT NEXT TO THE BODIES. ))
SUPER=01-Skip Burkart/Commonwealth's Attorney
OUT Q=to the bodies.
**Keith on ENG**
Winter Hodges was 11, Anna just three years old. There's NO evidence that
they had been sexually molested.
Once the defense team brought it up, Commonwealth's Attorney Skip Burkart
reminded the judge of a tape recording of Bramblett the judge heard during a
closed hearing two weeks ago.
SOT Tape #2 9:57:25
((YOU CAN TELL FROM HEARING THESE TAPES HIS FEELINGS FOR THESE YOUNG GIRLS, AND
I THINK IN LIGHT OF THAT, AND IN LIGHT OF THE FACT THAT THOSE TAPES WILL COME
IN, AND YOU WILL HEAR NOT SOME STRANGER, BUT HIS VOICE, AS TO HOW HE MAY HAVE
FELT ABOUT THESE YOUNG GIRLS....))
OUT Q=young girls.
The judge expressed concern about letting the jury know about the pubic
hair, given the fact there's no indication the girls were molested.
He put off making a ruling on that.
AND the judge granted a delay in the trial that HAD been set to begin June
GRAPHIC=Festival in the Park
There was some unexpected fallout from the pay raise controversy involving
Roanoke city council and the mayor's office.
Listeners of a local morning radio show were led to believe Mayor David
Bowers was cancelling the Festival In the Park event out of frustration over
the pay issue.
Both the city and festival planners were flooded with calls about the
popular, 28- year- old event.
And on all sides, the word got out quickly that the event WILL go on as
IN Q=All of our
((WENDI SCHULTZ/FESTIVAL IN THE PARK DIRECTOR: ALL OF OUR EVENTS ARE A GO, THE
CONCERT, YOU KNOW FRIDAY NIGHT OUR MARDI GRAS GALA, EVERYTHING IS A GO AND
WE'VE BEEN PLANNING THIS FOR WELL OVER A YEAR.))
SUPER=01-Wendi Schultz/Festival In The Park Director;
OUT Q=over a year.
The city of Roanoke also issued its own response to the radio program.
It considers all the comments on the show about the festival and other city
matters to be "false allegations".
For its part, the radio station maintains it never said the mayor had called
off the event.
SS=Festival in the Park
A spokesman for J-93-F-M says listeners misunderstood a hypothetical
discussion about the Roanoke city budget.
The station did issue a clarification.
More academics, more arts, or more vocational training.
The controversy over the proposed Standards of Accreditation for Virginia
schools extends to the state board.
Today, state superintendent Richard LaPointe said he'd release a possible
compromise plan on June 2nd.
SOT tape three 10:22:37
IN Q=All students
((MICHELLE EASTON/VA. BOARD OF EDUCATION: ALL STUDENTS DESERVE CHALLENGING
ACADEMIC MATERIALS THAT PREPARE THEM NOT JUST FOR SCHOOL, NOT JUST FOR WORK,
BUT FOR CITIZENSHIP AND LIFE ALSO. AND I THINK THAT IS A CONSENSUS VIEW AND
THAT WE CAN ACCOMMODATE THAT AS WE FINALIZE THIS SOA DOCUMENT.))
SUPER=01-Michelle Easton/Va. Board of Education;
OUT Q=SOA document.
Board members also want to clear up a rumor.
Almost five thousand people have written to defend elementary guidance
counselors -- believing incorrectly that the standards would eliminate them.
SOT tape one 09:54:21
IN Q=I'm outraged
((CHERI YECKE/VA. BOARD OF EDUCATION: I'M JUST OUTRAGED THAT A RUMOR WOULD
GENERATE A RESPONSE -- A FALSE RUMOR WOULD GENERATE THIS KIND OF RESPONSE AND
CAUSE SO MUCH WORK FOR YOU PEOPLE.))
SUPER=01-Cheri Yecke/Va. Board of Education;
OUT Q=you people.
The board will vote on the standards June 11th.
Teenagers don't always consider the consequences of sexual activity, drug
use or violence.
But one educator believes a frank message and an honest approach can make a
Stephen Sroka (su-ROE-kuh) is an author and consultant to the Centers for
A teacher in the Cleveland Public School System, he spoke to ninth graders
at several Roanoke Valley schools today.
He says he walks a fine line, trying to engage the students without
offending their parents.
IN Q=I think the denial, the fear
((STEPHEN SROKA: I THINK THE DENIAL, AND THE FEAR, AND COMPLACENCY EXISTS
EVERYWHERE. I'M TELLING YOU AROUND HERE THE KIDS ARE A WHOLE LOT COOLER THAN
THE ADULTS. THE ADULTS ARE SAYING YOU CAN'T TALK LIKE THIS. DAMN, THESE KIDS
KNOW EVERYTHING. WHAT WE DON'T TELL THEM RIGHT NOW, COMES BACK AND HURTS US
OUT Q=hurts us later.
Sroka encouraged the students to become informed... and understand the
consequences of their decisions. He urged them to "Just Say Know..." That's K-
N- O- W.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--
drug busts prove profitable for police in one county.
And he's best known as the Wendy's pitchman on T-V but today self-made
businessman Dave Thomas brought a different message to high school students.
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The governor brought some drug money to southwest Virginia today.
Governor Allen gave Wythe County Sheriff Wayne Pike 95-hundred dollars,
money his department will use to track down drug dealers.
IN Q=These proceeds
((GOVERNOR GEORGE ALLEN: THESE PROCEEDS ARE PARTIALLY FROM 3 CASES, TWO OF
WHICH ARE FROM LAST YEAR AND ONE FROM THIS YEAR AND FROM THE CASH AND THEN THE
PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE OF THE VEHICLES SHERIFF PIKE CAN REUSE THAT MONEY OR
REDEPLOY IT TO MAKE UNDERCOVER DRUG BUYS, THERE'S OVERTIME SURVEILLANCE
OUT Q=surveillance costs.
The governor says state and local authorities are working harder to catch
drug traffickers on Virginia's interstate highways.
Allen says the work Wythe County is doing keeps the drug trade down in other
parts of the state as well.
Tom Leggette says he wants a second term on the Roanoke County School
And like his first bid in 1994, this campaign will enjoy strong bipartisan
Leggette announced his plans this morning outside of Hidden Valley Junior
He's running as an independent for the Windsor Hills seat, but he has the
support of both the Republican and Democratic County Chairmen.
IN Q=And I can't tell you
((TOM LEGGETTE/I- SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATE: AND I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW PROUD I AM
THAT THE REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS GOT TOGETHER AND WILL STAND BEHIND OUR
EDUCATION SYSTEM IN THE COUNTY AND WILL DO WHAT'S NECESSARY TO UPGRADE IT TO
SUPER=01-Tom Leggette/(I) School Board Candidate;
OUT Q=upgrade it to excellence.
An attorney and former prosecutor, Leggette has two children in county
He says he stands behind the recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Committee
that recently studied the construction needs of the Roanoke County School
GRAPHIC=Lynchburg City Seal
Downtown Lynchburg is coming alive tonight, now that Virginia's first
regional state fair is underway.
Officials from five central Virginia localities helped kicked things off
with a ribbon- cutting this afternoon.
The Fair By the James replaces the ten- year- old FESTIVAL By the James
along the city's riverfront.
Organizers say it's more than just carnival rides and a midway.
IN Q=So the regional
((OTIS BROWN/ATLANTIC RURAL EXPO PRESIDENT: SO THE REGIONAL FAIR CONCEPT, THE
STATE FAIR CONCEPT IS TO MIX ENTERTAINMENT AND EDUCATION TOGETHER, KEEP IT
FAMILY- ORIENTED, KEEP IT COMMUNITY- BASED AND WE THINK WE CAN HAVE AN IMPACT
ON THE PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY AND THAT'S WHAT THIS CONCEPT IS ALL ABOUT.))
SUPER=01-Otis Brown/Atlantic Rural Expo President; :00
OUT Q=is all about.
Proceeds from the event will fund a number of central Virginia scholarship
The Fair By the James runs tonight through Monday.
Her art has touched thousands of folks across the country.
But the Roanoke Valley has been the benefactor of most of her work.
Anne Bell started painting for fun... but she's managed to turn it into a
Scott Prince has the story.
IN Q=You might
SUPER=01-Anne Bell/Artist; :12
SUPER=04-Courtesy: CBS; :39
OUT Q=Scott Prince, News 7
((You might not recognize her face.
But if you've lived in Central or
Southwestern Virginia for any length of time... you'll probably recognize her
Clearly, Anne Bell has canvassed this area.
IN Q=I hadn't
((ANNE BELL/ARTIST: I HADN'T PLANNED IT. IT JUST HAPPENED. I THINK I'M
FORTUNATE TO BE ABLE TO MAKE A LIVING DOING SOMETHING I SO ENJOY AND LOVE. ))
OUT Q=and love
Bell lives in Florida.
But she's spent most of her life in the Roanoke Valley.
She calls the Star City her source of artistic inspiration.
IN Q=The beauty
((BELL: THE BEAUTY OF THE MOUNTAINS. THE MAGNIFICENT SKIES AND THE DIFFERENT
COLORS THROUGH THE DIFFERENT SEASONS OF THE YEAR. ))
OUT Q=of the year
In recent years, Bell has branched out artistically.
In fact one of her paintings proved to be crucial to the plot of "True
Women"-- a CBS miniseries that aired earlier this week.
IN Q=I'm hoping
((BELL: I'M HOPING MY MOVIE CAREER WILL MOVE ON. I HAVE CONTRACTS WITH
PRODUCTION COMPANIES NOW. THEY'VE GIVEN ME WORD THAT THEY'LL WORK WITH ME ON A
CONTINUOUS BASIS. ))
OUT Q=continuous basis
But even though Bell is now using a broader brush... she says she'll always
exhibit a love for Virginia.
Scott Prince, News- 7.))
The stock market was down in slow trading today.
The Dow lost 33 points.
NASDAQ dropped a point.
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Wendy's fast food founder Dave Thomas cooked up some advice for Bath County
High School students today. Tina Tenret has the story.
SUPER=03-Bath Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Dave Thomas/Wendy's Founder; :12
SUPER=19-Tina Tenret; :21
SUPER=07-David Hooper; :28
SUPER=01-Jessica Schwend/S.A.D.D. Co-President; :37
OUT Q=News 7 Bath County
((Dave Thomas named the chain after his daughter, Wendy, and says he makes
square hamburgers to avoid cutting corners.
But Thomas regrets dropping out of high school at 15.
IN Q=Stay in school
((DAVE THOMAS/FOUNDER OF WENDY'S: MY MESSAGE WAS TO STAY IN SCHOOL, DO THE
RIGHT THINGS, HONESTY AND INTEGRITY, AND YOU CAN DO OR BE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO
WITHIN THE LAWS OF MAN AND GOD.))
OUT Q=man and God
IN Q=Thomas also
((TINA TENRET/NEWS 7: THOMAS ALSO SERVED AWARDS TO STUDENT LEADERS FOR DOING
THE RIGHT THING. AND IT SEEMS THEY GOBBLED UP HIS MESSAGE.))
OUT Q=his message
IN Q=I think
((DAVID HOOPER/STUDENT: I THINK IT WAS VERY INTERESTING. I THINK IT WAS GREAT
THAT WE COULD HAVE A CELEBRITY UP HERE TO SPEAK TO THE KIDS. HE HAS A GREAT
INFLUENCE ON EVERYBODY.))
OUT Q=on everybody
Thomas also cautions against driving drunk.
IN Q=We've had
((JESSICA SCHWEND/S.A.D.D. CO-PRESIDENT: WE'VE HAD FRIENDS THAT HAVE DIED IN
THESE KINDS OF INCIDENTS AND IT'S VERY TRAGIC SO I THINK KIDS SHOULD LISTEN TO
THIS MESSAGE ALSO.))
Thomas was adopted and never knew his birth parents.
He says his adopted grandmother taught him honesty, integrity, and how to
run a restaurant.
Thomas is also a national spokesman for adoption.
There's no word yet on when the next Wendy's will hit Bath County, but
students say they'd eat there at least twice a week.
Tina Tenret, News 7, Bath County.))
Mike Stevens will have a report from the Charlotte Motor Speedway as
drivers, announcers, and family members gather on behalf of Betty Mae Wood,
Marv Albert speaks to the media,
and who is the champion of the Blue Ridge-- Byrd or Salem. We will tell you
in a few.
GRAPHIC=Charlotte Motor Speedway
The death of Betty Mae Wood in a traffic accident last Saturday has caused a
lot of heart ache in the SS=wood brothers
NASCAR community this week.
But Mike Stevens says this morning; a number of folks joined hands to bring
some closure to this tragedy.
IN Q=First audio
SUPER=03-Concord, NC; :00
SUPER=01-Humpy Wheeler/Charlotte Motor Speedway President; :20
SUPER=01-Ned Jarrett/NASCAR Broadcaster; :54
OUT Q= .....news 7 sports"
Second round qualifying for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 just got underway
at the track without Geoff Bodine.
SUPER=04-Yesterday Afternoon; :00
Geoff spent last night in the hospital after crashing early in practice
yesterday afternoon. Bodine was released from Northeast Medical Center this
morning after all of his tests were negative.
However; younger brother Todd Bodine practiced the car today and is set to
qualify tonight. Todd also will drive the QVC Ford Sunday in place of his
To softball. An RBI single by William Byrd's Chrissey Markum in the bottom of
the eighth propelled the Lady Terriers over Salem and to the Blue Ridge
district tournament championship today.
SUPER=03-Salem/Terriers vs Spartans; :
The Lady Terriers Letisha Bohon hits a line drive to the fence in
centerfield scoring a run and Byrd took the 1 to nothing lead in the first.
Byrd's Jody Stuckey hits a fielders choice to the infield scoring another
run and the Terriers had the 3-zip advantage.
Then; Marcie Poff hits a single to right centerfield a runner scores and
Byrd led Salem 4 to nothing.
Salem came back to tie it in the top of the fourth. Meaghan Cookston hits a
single to centerfield and two runners cross the plate and the Spartans trailed
4 to 3. But Byrd scores in the 8th to win the tournament title.
The Virginia Tech Hokies are playing Southern Cal in NCAA South Two Region
first round in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Right now the game is tied at two all in
the bottom of the sixth. The Hokies Matt Reynolds; formerly of William Byrd,
hit a solo homerun in the top of the 5th.
Then, Tech's Barry Gauch hit a sacrifice fly in the top of the sixth to score
Eric Shifflet and the game was tied. Highlights for ya at 11.
NBC's primary NBA sportscaster Marv Albert spoke to reporters today for
the first time since assault and sexual charges were filed against him earlier
IN Q="In light
((MARV ALBERT/NBC SPORTSCASTER:))
SUPER=01-Marv Albert/NBC Sportscaster; :00
OUT Q=...are false"
SUPER=03-New York, NY;
The attention this matter has attracted has not disrupted Albert's work on
the NBA Playoffs.
OUT Q=...in a public court room"
Tiger Woods is in contention after one round of the PGA MasterCard Colonial
in Fort Worth Texas. Brad Faxon fired a 7 under 63 to take the lead. That is a
new tournament record. he leads three other golfers by 1 stroke.
SUPER=03-Fort Worth, TX; :00
Tiger was sharp after his win last week in the Byron nelson Classic. Woods
shot a first round 3 under 67. Tiger had 1 bogey on afternoon and that was on
10. He also produced four birdies on the day.
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That's News 7 at Six.
Coming up tonight at 11--
the Bedford School Board meets to decide how it will handle a budget
shortfall. Board members say they'll meet payroll but can't pay the rest of
the bills for the remainder of the school year.
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