Coming up on News 7 at 6, a local N-double-A-C-P leader says Virginia should
lead the way in apologizing for slavery.
A former Carroll County Administrator pleads guilty to embezzlement.
and we'll meet an artist from Roanoke who says he can really sink his teeth
into his work.
In sports, Roy Stanley will pay us a visit from Pulaski where minor league
baseball is back, Dennis Martinez is out,
and so is a local high school baseball coach. TThis skipper resigns just a
week after winning the stat championship.
As lawmakers in Washington consider making a national apology to African
Americans for Slavery...
One Roanoke leader says the apologizing should begin in the places where
slavery began in this country.
Double Boxes=Jean and Eric/Newsroom
Eric Earnhart is here to tell us what the N-double-A-C-P had to say today...
Jean, Martin Jefferey says the symbolism of an apology can be powerful and
On the other hand, he says rejecting the opportunity, could add to the pain
African Americans still suffer from the past.
IN Q=The remains of
SUPER=01-Martin Jeffrey/Roanoke NAACP; :15
OUT Q=not against it
(( The remains of the Jamestown settlement also hold some of the roots of
slavery in America, one of the first places captured slaves were brought in by
N-double-A-C-P leader Martin Jeffery says Virginia should also take the
lead in making amends.
IN Q=the healing process
((MARTIN JEFFERY/ROANOKE NAACP; THE HEALING PROCESS HAS NEVER BEEN ALLOWED TO
BEGIN IN THIS COUNTRY BECAUSE AMERICA AS A COUNTRY, VIRGINIA AS A STATE, HAS
NEVER ACKNOWLEDGED THE WRONG PERPETRATED ON A PARTICULAR PEOPLE, IN THIS CASE
THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY, THROUGH THE INSTITUTION OF SLAVERY.))
OUT Q=of slavery
The president has said he will consider approving a national apology...
Virginia Gubernatorial candidate Don Beyer says that could be a positive step.
IN Q=I think in different
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER/D CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR; I THINK IN DIFFERENT WAYS WE'VE
BEEN APOLOGIZING FOR A LONG TIME AND IF A FORMAL APOLOGY HELPS THE HEALING, SO
MUCH THE BETTER. IT WILL AFFECT SOME PEOPLE IN A POSITIVE WAY, OTHER PEOPLE
WILL SAY THAT WE'VE ALREADY DONE THE IMPORTANT THINGS WITH THE CONSTITUTIONAL
AMENDMENTS, BUT I'M CERTAINLY NOT AGAINST IT.))
OUT Q=not against it
But Virginia would not take the lead in issuing that apology under a Beyer
Beyer says we should look to the leadership that comes from the
Double Boxes=Jean and Eric/Newsroom
President, and if he issues a national apology, Virginia can endorse it...
Police are still looking for the burglar whose alleged accomplice was shot
two days ago by a Henry County homeowner.
Just last night, a Danville resident also confronted a burglar in his
home--and the outcome there was a lot different.
Double Boxes=Jean and Tina/Microwave
Tina Tenret joins us from our Danville newsroom with a tale of two
burglaries--and what can be done when you face that kind of danger.
How far can you go to protect yourself when someone breaks into your house?
Tonight we see the choices people make.
IN Q=The reason we have laws
SUPER=01-David Grimes/Pittsylvania Co. Prosecutor; :00
SUPER=01-William Lewis/Homeowner; :22
SUPER=01-Les Hussey/Homeowner; :39
OUT Q=hurt anybody
IN Q=The reason
((DAVID GRIMES/PITTSYLVANIA CO. COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: THE REASON WE HAVE
LAWS, THE REASON WE HAVE COURTS, THE REASON WE HAVE HIGHLY TRAINED LAW
ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS IS SO WE CAN TELL CITIZENS, DON'T USE YOUR OWN GUN IF
THERE IS ANY WAY OUT.))
OUT Q=any way out
But police aren't always there.
William Lewis walked in on two burglars in his home last night and they beat
He tried to call 911, but lightning had made the lines go dead.
IN Q=The lines
((WILLIAM LEWIS/HOMEOWNER: THE LINES WERE DEAD. I CALLED THE FIRE DEPARTMENT,
CALLED EVERYBODY I COULD THINK TO TRY TO GET IN TOUCH WITH THE POLICE, AND THAT
WENT FOR 35 MINUTES, AND I NEVER DID GET THEM.))
OUT Q=get them
Les Hussey took the opposite approach.
Just two days ago, he shot an intruder he found in his home.
IN Q=These people
((LES HUSSEY/HOMEOWNER: THESE PEOPLE THAT BREAK IN IN THE THE MIDDLE OF THE
DAY. SOMEBODY'S GOT TO STOP THEM. AND UNFORTUNATELY THERE'S NOT ENOUGH POLICE
AUTHORITY TO DO THAT ALL THE TIME. I'M NOT THE TYPE TO WANT TO HURT ANYBODY.))
OUT Q=hurt anybody
So what's the answer?
The law says a homeowner must have a reasonable fear of death or serious
bodily injury before they can shoot.
And a resident can only use NECESSARY force.
But even David Grimes says if he heard a noise in the house, he'd reach for
the phone... and his gun.
TINA LIVE MICROWAVE
Also police are asking the public's help in finding the Martinsville
They say someone picked up a young white male in his 20's on the 220 bypass
between 12 and 3 Monday.
Double Boxes=Jean and Tina/Microwave
Jean, Police are asking the driver or anyone with information to call State
Police headquarters in Martinsville.
Investigators hope a still photo taken from a bank security camera will help
identify the man who robbed a Montgomery County bank.
The National Bank of Blacksburg on Route 460 was robbed at gunpoint by a
white male who entered the bank last Tuesday.
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./Last Tuesday;
The man apparently arrived at the bank in a taxi and then stole the car from
The taxi was discovered a short time later outside Montgomery Regional
Anyone with information is asked to call the Montgomery County Sheriff's
Former Carroll County administrator Billy Mitchell still faces state charges
connected with the embezzlement of close to a half-million dollars from county
But today he pled guilty to federal fraud, money laundering, and tax charges
Mitchell admitted taking more than 400-thousand dollars of county money
earmarked for an industrial project.
He said he used the money for personal items, including Rolex watches and
The shortfall turned up during a routine audit of Carroll County's books.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News at Six, residents near a local ballpark want to keep
their stadium dry by preventing beer sales,
and we'll meet a former Roanoker who is hoping he doesn't blow his big chance
in the art world.
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The lawyer for a Roanoke nightspot says the club's nude dancers were only
exercising their first amendment rights.
But prosecutors say a Roanoke jury should decide.
Authorities charged Girls, Girls Girls with obscenity after vice detectives
observed nudity and sexually explicit activity on four occasions.
Today, attorney Jack (KEN-it) Kennet said he will argue that the dances
were choreographed and had artistic merit, but prosecutor Dennis Nagel said a
jury will consider community standards.
IN Q=This will be determined
((DENNIS NAGEL/ASST. COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: THIS WILL BE DETERMINED ON LOCAL
COMMUNITY STANDARDS, SO THE EXACT SAME PRESENTATION IN NEW YORK CITY MIGHT BE
ACCEPTABLE, BUT IT MAY NOT BE FOUND ACCEPTABLE HERE.))
SUPER=01-Dennis Nagel/Asst. Commonwealth's Attorney;
OUT Q=acceptable here.
Judge Clifford Weckstein said he will allow cameras in the courtroom for a
jury trial that is now set to begin in late September.
Pulaski is throwing its support behind the town's latest Appalachian League
But some residents living near the ball park aren't cheering the thought of
beer being sold during "Pulaski Rangers" games.
Teresa Hamilton reports.
IN Q=You don't
SUPER=01-George Albright/Local Resident; :00
SUPER=01-Robert Peoples/Local Resident; :28
SUPER=@Teresa1; :38 QUICK!
SUPER=01-Hiawatha Nicely/Pulaski Baseball Inc. Pres.; :57
OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS 7, Pulaski.
1:07:12:28 tape one
((GEORGE ALBRIGHT/LOCAL RESIDENT: YOU DON'T NEED ALCOHOL TO KEEP YOUR MOTOR
RUNNING GOOD, OR ENTHUSIASM, IF YOU'RE GOING TO ENJOY THE GAME, ENJOY IT SOBER.
OUT Q=it sober.
George Albright is one of about 400 people who've signed a petition opposing
the sale of beer.
He and some of his neighbors are concerned alcohol will increase the level
of noise as well as the number of accidents.
tape one: 1:13:29
((ROBERT PEOPLES/LOCAL RESIDENT:THESE STREETS WE LIVE ON HERE, PEOPLE CAN LOOK
DOWN THEM, THEY ARE NARROW, IT'S BAD ENOUGH TRYING TO PASS WITH JUST TWO
VEHICLES PASSING EACH OTHER, AND WHEN THIS STARTS, THERE'S GOING TO BE TRAFFIC
ON BOTH SIDES OF THE ROAD, LIKE I SAID, I'VE BEEN HERE ALL MY LIFE, AND I'VE
SEEN IT AND IT'S GOING TO BE HARD, IN AND OUT ANYWAY, AND ALCOHOL IS NOT GOING
TO SOLVE NOTHING OR HELP THINGS.))
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The President of Pulaski Baseball Incorporated declined to talk about the
issue on camera for fear of creating more controversy.
Hiawatha Nicely prefers to focus on the money generated having a local team.
The Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce held a luncheon in honor of the
players, coaches and staff.
tape two: 2:50:48
((HIAWATHA NICELY/PULASKI BASEBALL INC. PRES.:PULASKI HAS A LONG HISTORY OF
SUPPORTING BASEBALL AND THEY HAD BASEBALL DATING BACK INTO THE EARLY 1900'S
HERE, THEY SUPPORTED THE PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES WHEN THEY WERE HERE, THE ATLANTA
BRAVES WHEN THEY WERE HERE AND I CAN ASSURE YOU THEY CAN GET BEHIND THESE TEXAS
OUT Q=texas rangers.
The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board will hear both sides-- but, so
far, a date hasn't been set. Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Pulaski.))
A local surcharge on airline tickets may soon pay for improvements at the
Roanoke Regional Airport.
Today, the airport commission voted to hire a consultant to help win
approval from the Federal Aviation Administration.
Other airports in the region impose the charge, and Roanoke Regional would
use the money for specific capital improvements.
Capped at three dollars per passenger, the charge could generate about one
million dollars annually.
Officials say they need the money to protect from cuts in federal funding
and to insure the airport remains self- sufficient.
A noted legal expert says Jim Gilmore's proposed tax cut is
U-V-A law professor "Dick" Howard says he believes the plan would require a
Gilmore's legal experts contend it would NOT, because the state would be
picking up the tab, and there's nothing in Virginia's constitution that says
the person who owes the tax has to pay the bill.
IN Q=I think that's
((A.E. DICK HOWARD/UVA LAW PROFESSOR:I THINK THAT'S A MISTAKE IN ANALYSIS
BECAUSE IT MAY WELL BE THAT THE TAX IS PAID BY SOMEBODY ELSE, BUT THE WHOLE
POINT OF THE EXEMPTIONS IS THAT THOSE WHO ARE OBLIGED TO PAY A TAX MAY NOT BE
EXEMPT FROM PAYING THAT TAX UNLESS THE CONSTITUTION PERMITS THAT. SO SHIFTING
THE BURDEN FROM THAT TAX PAYER TO SOMEBODY ELSE IS AN EXEMPTION.))
SUPER=01-A.E. Dick Howard/UVA Law Professor;
OUT Q=is an exemption.
Howard studied the issue at the request of local governments.
Gilmore wants to eliminate the personal property tax on most cars and
On Wall Street, weakness in the technology issues pulled the stock market
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NASDAQ lost almost 11 points.
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Jamie Marraccini (mare-uh-SEE-nee) considers himself the world's foremost
authority on bubble gum -- and probably the only artist working in the medium.
Ellen Qualls caught up with the transplanted Roanoker in Richmond.
IN Q=This is a
SUPER=01-Jamie Marraccini/Gum Artist; :07
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
This is a love story.
A man, his hobby, and his art.
sot TAPE ONE 10:49:37
((JAMIE MARRACCINI/GUM ARTIST: I WASN'T SEARCHING FOR A DESIGN THAT WAS GONNA
MAKE PEOPLE GO "WOW, THAT'S BEAUTIFUL. I WAS TRYING TO HIGHLIGHT THE GUM SO
THAT PEOPLE WOULD SAY "WOW I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT'S ALL BUBBLEGUM."))
Some three thousand pieces, chewed over the years, for his only
His work has evolved over eight years, from Roanoke County's Cave Spring
High School to his Richmond apartment, from seemingly random smushes to--
sot TAPE ONE 10:48:55
((ANIMATED PEOPLE. HEADS DECORATED. THEN FINALLY IT TURNED TO WHERE I STARTED
TO HIGHLIGHT HANDS AND FEET AND EYES AND LIPS. Why? I GUESS I JUST LIKE HANDS
AND FEET AND EYES AND LIPS.))
The artist's brand of choice is Bubblicious.
sot TAPE ONE 10:44:52
((I REALLY LIKE IT BECAUSE IT'S VERY BRIGHT COLORS. THEY DON'T FADE VERY MUCH.
IT'S EASY GUM TO WORK WITH. IT STAYS SOFT FOR FIVE OR SIX YEARS.))
Jamie Marraccini should know.
He's jawed them all.
sot TAPE ONE 10:50:42
((I HAD A PROBLEM FOR A WHILE WHERE WHENEVER I WOULD CHEW, I WOULD CHEW LIKE
TEN PIECES OF GUM AT A TIME. IT WAS MORE LIKE WORK THAN IT WAS PLEASURE. BUT
NOW THAT I'VE STARTED TO FARM OUT MOST OF MY CHEWING, AND GETTING OTHER PEOPLE
TO DO THE CHEWING FOR ME, I CAN RELAX AND JUST CHEW GUM FOR PLEASURE AGAIN.))
But for profit?
Would he sell?
sot TAPE ONE 11:00:59
((IT FITS INTO MY APARTMENT NICE RIGHT NOW THAT I WOULD PREFER TO KEEP IT ALL.
BUT EVERYTHING HAS ITS PRICE.))
But even if the gum art never sells...
sot TAPE TWO 11:33:43 BUBBLE POPS
...it won't burst his bubble.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
A local high school state championship coach steps down from his post, the
Orioles Eric Davis is released from the hospital after cancer surgery,
and Roy Stanley has the story of the return of baseball to Pulaski.
Local high school baseball took a major hit today as one of the area'
bright young coaches resigned.
William Byrd's Rodney Spradlin stepped down as the Terriers head coach late
SUPER=03-Vinton/Group 2A State Championship; :00
Spradlin lead the Terriers to the group 2A state championship June 10th in
a 6-3 win over Tabb. It's Byrd's first ever baseball state title. In 5 years as
head coach; Spradlin went 94-22 and 1 with three trips to the state tourney. He
offers a few reasons for his resignation.
((RODNEY SPRADLIN/RESIGNS AS WILLIAM BYRD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Rodney Spradlin/Resigns as William Byrd Coach; :00
OUT Q=...state championship"
The 30 year old Spradlin, who played at Byrd from 1981 through 84, will
take next year off and then re-evaluate.
OUT Q=...next level
Spradlin has expressed interests in coaching in college. He says he might
look into the Roanoke College baseball job IF the new program becomes a varsity
sport in 1999.
No replacement has been named; but assistant and one time head coach Gary
Walthall has been mentioned.
GRAPHIC=Major League Baseball
Some of major league baseball's future stars are back in Pulaski for minor
league baseball in the Appalachian League.
And Roy Stanley reports; the community has been waiting for America's
favorite pastimes return for f ive years.
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SUPER=01-Trey Polland/Rangers Rookie; :18
SUPER=01-Dan DeYoung/Rangers Rookie; :26
SUPER=01-Julio Cruz/Rangers Manager; :50
OUT Q=....News 7 sports"
Baltimore lost to the Montreal Expos 1-nothing this afternoon, If the O's
seemed distracted it's because one of their own was recovering from cancer
SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD/ Today; :00
Eric Davis was released from John Hopkins Hospital after receiving surgery
for colon cancer. A hospital spokesperson says that Davis was with his family
and looked in good health. Davis is expected to make a full recovery. He's
heading home to California to recuperate.
In interleague action today, Detroit beat Florida 6-2 and the Twins topped
SUPER=03-New York, NY/Mets vs. Yankees; :00
The yankees won the New York Subway series, beating the Mets 3-2. New York
pitcher david Cone teased 56 thousand bronx fans with a no hitter into the
seventh inning before John Olerud broke it up witha double.
The Yanks went up 2-nothing on solo homers from Chad Curtis and Cecil Fielder.
Yankees over the Mets 3-2.
Major league Baseball four time all star pitcher dennis martinez retired
SUPER=04-Major League Baseball; :00
The 42 year old was ineffective in 9 starts with the Seattle mariners this
season going 1 and 5 with a 7.71 ERA. He finishes his career witha 241 and 187
record and Denny is one of only seven pitchers to win 100 games in both
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