A gang rape on school property goes un-reported to the sheriff's
Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX: a live report from southside with reaction from
the superintendent and law enforcement.
And a 70-year old widow faces eviction after her home was condemned- -for
good reason. We'll hear from her.
Tonight in sports, the Hillcats are set to battle the Avalanche at Salem
Roy Stanley checks in from a baseball camp on that same diamond,
and Bernie Williams returns to action only to be sent to the bench by Greg
Maddux as the Braves put a hurting on the Yankees this afternoon.
The weather heats up as folks think about heating up the barbeque. Your
complete weekend forecast is just ahead.
Halifax High School officials are under scrutiny for not reporting a gang
rape that occurred on school property two days before the end of the school
Double Boxes=Keith and Tina/Microwave
Tina Tenret joins us from our Danville Newsroom.
Keith, a sheriff's deputy was on duty at Halifax High School at the time
this alleged rape occurred.
But the principal of Halifax High School chose not to report it, and now the
sheriff's department is wondering why.
IN Q=A 14-year-old
SUPER=01-Barbara Jones/Sheriff's Deputy;
SUPER=01-Dennis Witt/School Superintendent;
OUT Q=in the future
(( A 14-year-old female student at Halifax High School says three 16-year-old
boys raped her while two other boys looked on.
The girl says a teacher finally walked in and stopped it.
But Sheriff's Deputy Barbara Jones blames the principal, not the girl, for
not notifying a deputy immediately.))
IN Q=A child that age
((BARBARA JONES/SHERIFF'S DEPUTY: A CHILD THAT AGE USUALLY DEPENDS ON AN ADULT
TO TELL THEM WHAT THEY NEED TO DO. SHE WAS NOT EXACTLY AWARE. SHE KNEW
SOMETHING HAD HAPPENED TO HER. SHE KNEW THAT IT WAS WRONG BUT SHE PROBABLY
DIDN'T KNOW WHO TO TELL OR WHO TO TURN TO.))
OUT Q=to turn to
Principal Larry Clarke would not comment on the case.
But Superintendent Dennis Witt says the school did not report the incident
to the sheriff's department because the girl did not say she was FORCED into
the sexual act.
He also says administrators did not know certain sexual acts were illegal in
IN Q=We shared every
((DENNIS WITT/SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: WE SHARED EVERY PIECE OF INFORMATION WE
HAD WITH THE INVESTIGATORS AND WE WOULD CONTINUE TO DO THAT. THE ONLY
DIFFERENCE OF OPINION IS WHETHER IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN REPORTED IMMEDIATELY AND I
WOULD SUGGEST THAT IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN REPORTED -- CERTAIN PARTS OF IT --
IMMEDIATELY AND YOU CAN BE SURE THAT WILL BE THE CASE IN THE FUTURE.))
OUT Q=in the future
The Sheriff's Department is still investigating whether it was forcible rape
or consensual sex with the underage girl.
But all five boys involved face possible expulsion from school, and criminal
charges may be pending.
Double Boxes=Keith and Tina/Microwave
Whether or not she consented, it's still rape in the eyes of the law?
Two people died early this morning when a pickup truck crashed into a tree
on Mill Mountain.
The driver- -who was running from police- -survived... and will face charges
stemming from the wreck.
Police say 25-year-old Christopher Todd DeWeese drove off at a high rate of
speed after an officer on foot recognized him at Mill Mountain Park.
The officer returned to his patrol car and followed the truck, finding the
wreckage about half a mile away.
Two passengers in the truck were trapped, police say they were burned beyond
recognition and have not been identified.
DeWeese was thrown clear of the wreck. He was taken to the hospital, but
his injuries are NOT life threatening.
He was wanted for a probation violation, and for failure to appear in
court. He will be charged in connection with the accident once he's released
from the hospital.
A Roanoke teenager is going to prison for 40 years for killing a man last
Michael Shawn Benton pled guilty to murder and firearms charges in the fatal
shooting of 33-year-old Larry Donahue.
The prosecutor says Benton got in a brief fight with Donahue after a drug
deal went bad. As Donahue was walking away, Benton took a gun from an
accomplice and fired.
Donahue was hit in the back of his head and died instantly.
Benton's co-defendant, Keith Riles, has pled no contest in the case.
He'll be sentenced later this month.
The effort to improve decaying neighborhoods is a daunting task, especially
when needed repairs outstrip the resources of local government agencies and
Tonight, Joe Dashiell has the story of one long- time Roanoke resident who
is battling just to stay in her home.
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SUPER=01-Lucy Hogan/Homeowner; :12
SUPER=07-Teresa Hogan; :39
SUPER=01-Lindsey Martin/Loudon Melrose Neighborhood Org.; :56
OUT Q=JD News 7 Roanoke
((Lucy Hogan has lived in her home on Orange Avenue for more than 30
years, raised foster children and four of her own there, and she intends to
But now the 70- year- old widow is facing eviction...
IN Q=I say I've been here
((LUCY HOGAN: I SAY I'VE BEEN HERE MOST OF MY ADULT LIFE AND I STILL WANT TO
STAY HERE THE BALANCE OF MY LIFE. AND I'M NOT GOING TO DIE NO TIME SOON.))
OUT Q=no time soon.
A city building inspector recently condemned the home, and not without
There are gaping holes in the roof, broken windows and gutters, ample
evidence of serious problems.
Two local agencies helped with repairs almost ten years ago, but that work
did not stop the decay.
IN Q=I can take care of myself
((TERESA HOGAN: I CAN TAKE CARE OF MYSELF SURE ENOUGH, BUT I'M GOING TO TAKE
CARE OF MOMMA, STICK WITH HER THROUGH THICK AND THIN.))
OUT Q=through thick and thin.
Hogan and her daughter Teresa have hired a contractor to begin repairs,
and leaders of a neighborhood group are also looking for more assistance.
IN Q=We've got right now
((LINDSEY MARTIN/LOUDON MELROSE NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZATION: WE'VE GOT RIGHT NOW
218 VACANT LOTS HERE AND WE'RE WORKING TO KEEP ANYBODY THAT'S TRYING TO KEEP A
HOME GOING TO DO SO, BECAUSE THIS WOULD BE JUST ANOTHER VACANT LOT, 219.))
OUT Q=another vacant lot, 219.
Meanwhile, the Hogans face a Thursday court hearing, still hoping they
will be able to stay in their home.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
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Still to come on News 7, we'll meet a 12 year old hero who came to the
rescue of his family after a hit and run accident
and Governor Allen says it will be the Virginia economy that would be hurt if
overseas tobacco exports are banned.
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Inmate allegations of abuse are leading to an F-B-I investigation of the
Halifax County jail.
Three male jailers have resigned in four days, and Sheriff Jeff Oakes say
more may follow.
He says at least one jailer is involved in allegations of sexual abuse,
although no formal charges have been filed.
The F-B-I is also pursuing civil rights abuses since the jailers were in
CHARGE of the inmates.
IN Q=When you deal
((JEFF OAKES/HALIFAX CO. SHERIFF: WHEN YOU DEAL WITH CONFINEMENT, THAT'S WHEN
YOU ADDRESS CIVIL RIGHTS ISSUES. INMATES FEEL THEY'VE LOST THE PRIVILEGE TO
SAY NO BECAUSE THEY'RE AFRAID OF RETALIATION OR OF BEING PUT IN A HIGH-SECURITY
CELL OR SOMETHING OF THAT NATURE.))
OUT Q=that nature
Oakes says there are also allegations jailers were smuggling cigarettes to
A 12-year-old boy is being haled as a hero after a hit-and-run driver ran
his family's car off Stoney Mill Road in Pittsylvania County last Friday.
Thomas Lynskey was riding in the passenger's seat -- with his seat belt on.
With two small children in the back, his cousin Tammy Bragg was driving --
without her seatbelt.
Thomas says a four-door grey car ran them off the road ... and kept driving.
Meanwhile, Bragg's car flipped several times and came to rest in the woods.
IN Q=I opened the door
((THOMAS LYNSKEY: I OPENED THE DOOR, AND GOT MY LITTLE COUSIN OUT AND I LAID
HIM WITH HIS MOM AND I BROUGHT MY BROTHER OUT THE WINDOW BECAUSE HIS DOOR
OUT Q=wouldn't open
Thomas walked about a mile to get help.
Tammy Bragg's lungs were punctured and her pelvis fractured.
IN Q=It's a shame
((DEBRA GENTRY/VICTIM'S COUSIN: IT'S A SHAME SOMEBODY CAN RUN THEM OFF THE ROAD
LIKE THAT AND HAVE NO CONSCIENCE ABOUT IT TO EVEN COME BACK AND SEE IF THEY'RE
DEAD OR ALIVE.))
SUPER=01-Debra Gentry/Victim's Cousin;
OUT Q=dead or alive
Thomas says he's had nightmares ever since the accident.
Gentry hopes anyone with information will contact authorities.
Twelve days after a tobacco settlement was made public, Virginia has a task
force to take care of its interests.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
IN Q=Just like
SUPER=01-Michael Wells/Mecklenburg Co. Farmer; :32
SUPER=03-Richmond/June 12; :58
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( Just like Virginia prepared for military base closures, it must prepare
for her tobacco-dependent economy to take a hit.
So said the Governor as he announced a tobacco task force.
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((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I DON'T WANT TO MAKE IT SOUND THAT DRASTIC. HOWEVER SOME
OF THOSE IDEAS--IF THEY TRY TO BAN THE EXPORT OF VIRGINIA TOBACCO, YOU'RE DARN
SURE, I WAS ASKING MR. WELLS, AND YOU CAN ASK HIM ANY QUESTIONS YOU WANT, ABOUT
HOW MUCH WAS EXPORTED. THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE TOBACCO THAT IS GROWN IN
VIRGINIA IS ACTUALLY EXPORTED. IT'S NOT FOR DOMESTIC USE.))
sot TAPE TWO 01:52:10
((MICHEAL WELLS/MECKLENBURG CO. FARMER: BUT THE IDEA THAT THE GOVERNOR'S
LOOKING OUT FOR 120-THOUSAND PEOPLE OR FAMILIES OR SO, I DON'T NEED ANY LOOKING
OUT FOR. I CAN TAKE CARE OF MYSELF. I'M SELF-SUFFICIENT. THE WORLD DEMAND
FOR TOBACCO IS INCREASING. JUST KINDA LEAVE ME ALONE AND LET ME SUPPLY THAT
Mr. Wells helped the Governor announce his task force.
But he's NOT on it.
It's just two cabinet secretaries and Attorney General Richard Cullen.
Cullen and former AG Jim Gilmore have said all along they were closely
"monitoring the talks."
But when a package of aid for farmers collapsed...
((ATTORNEY GENERAL RICHARD CULLEN: MY INFORMATION IS IT WAS TAKEN OFF BY THE
MANUFACTURERS. THAT WAS INFORMATION THAT WAS RELAYED TO ME BY OTHER ATTORNEYS
GENERAL. BUT YOU'D HAVE TO ASK THE MANUFACTURERS THAT.))
Democrat Don Beyer says Gilmore and Cullen can't tell Virginians what
happened because they weren't involved -- he checked with other attorneys
((ATTORNEY GENERAL CULLEN SAYS TOBACCO STATES WILL BE MEETING MONDAY TO DEVELOP
A STRATEGY FOR THE BATTLE IN CONGRESS. FINALLY, VIRGINIA WILL CHOOSE A SEAT AT
THE TOBACCO TABLE. ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7, RICHMOND.))
News that interest rates would stay where they are boosted the stock market
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Sixth District congressman Bob Goodlatte has some ideas he says will help
change the way politicians run for office.
Goodlatte today unveiled a list of campaign reform proposals he'll introduce
when Congress reconvenes next week.
They include a bill that would make it illegal to solicit contributions at
the White House or on government grounds.
IN Q=This bill makes
((REP. BOB GOODLATTE/R- ROANOKE: THIS BILL MAKES IT ABSOLUTELY, PERFECTLY CLEAR
THAT USE OF THE WHITE HOUSE, THE VICE PRESIDENT'S HOME, CAMP DAVID AND OTHER
SIMILAR GOVERNMENT- OWNED FACILITIES CANNOT BE USED FOR RENTING OUT ROOMS FOR
LARGE SUMS OF MONEY, FOR MAKING FUNDRAISING CALLS OR HAVING FUNDRAISING
COFFEES, THINGS LIKE THAT.))
OUT Q=things like that.
Goodlatte says the inspiration for his reforms came from the book "Dirty
Little Secrets", by political analyst Larry Sabato.
Five members of a Pittsylvania County moonshine ring had a rather sobering
day in federal court.
61- year- old Amos Law was the leader of the operation.
He was sentenced to serve two years in prison, ordered to pay a four
-thousand dollar fine.
Various others got sentences ranging from probation to a year in prison.
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./August 27, 1996
When law enforcement officials busted the still last August, they found
eight pots of UN- taxed peach brandy and corn liquor.
Both the prosecution and the defense spent most of the day trying to
determine HOW much alcohol was involved.
IN Q=Certainly, the defendants
((DON WOLTHUIS/ASST. U.S. ATTORNEY: CERTAINLY, THE DEFENDANTS OFFERED
TESTIMONY AS TO WHAT THEY THOUGHT ACTUALLY HAPPENED. CERTAINLY, SOME OF THE
GOVERNMENT'S EVIDENCE WAS BASED ON THE PROJECTED CAPACITY OF THE STILL. ))
SUPER=01-Don Wolthuis/Asst. U.S. Attorney;
OUT Q=capacity of the still
Judge Sam Wilson ruled there was about 100-thousand dollars in lost federal
tax revenue... a determining factor in sentencing
Coming up tour way tonight on News 7 sports, the Braves blank the Yankees,
the Avalanche welcomes the Hillcats to town, a local business is talking Tyson,
and Roy Stanley checks in from Salem Memorial, with a report on this week's
Avalanche baseball camp.
Interleague featured some matinees today as the Braves beat the Yankees
2-to-nothing to take that three games series 2 games to one.
As he did last night Ryan Klesko provided the offensive firepower with this
massive homerun in the sixth inning that lands in the upper deck in right
The Yanks activated Bernie Williams off the injured list for the game, but
Greg Maddux froze him in his tracks.
He struck out 8 and tossed a 3 hitter, and faced only 28 batters the entire
to win his 11th outing of the year.
SUPER=03-Chicago, IL/WGN; :00
Elsewhere this afternoon, the Cubs beat the Royals 3-to-2 thanks in part to
Sammy Sosa's 17th homer of the year.
The Cubs have now won five of their last six games.
And speaking of homers, the Detroit Tigers Damion Easley smacked one out of
the year for the third straight game as the Tigers beat the Mets 9-to-7.
The Tigers hit 14 homers in this three game series.
The Salem Avalanche is set to close out its eight game home stand at Salem
Memorial tonight with an interdivisional game against the Lynchburg Hillcats.
SUPER=03-Salem/Last Night; :00
Last night the Avalanche wrapped up its four game series with Durham with an
11 to 5 win.
Salem is now 3 games over 500 for the first time all season, and just two and
a half games out of first place in the Southern division.
IN Q="We're picking up...
((DAVID FEUERSTEIN/AVALANCHE OUTFIELDER:))
SUPER=01-David Feuerstein/Avalanche Outfielder; :00
OUT Q=...Salem Avalanche."
A group of the valley's future baseball prospects have been in Salem
learning the fundamentals of the game.
This morning Roy Stanley dropped in on the campers and field this report.
IN Q=First audio
SUPER=01-Frank Fulton/Camp Director; :24
SUPER=01-Bobby Bevel/Avalanche Pitcher; :50
SUPER=01-David Feuerstein/Avalanche Outfielder; 1:05
OUT Q=.....news 7 sports."
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((For the past three days, Frank Fulton and his Southern Sports Staff have been
in Salem conducting a baseball camp for kids ranging in the ages of 7 to 14.
75 kids are participating in the camp and they're having fun while learning
the fundamentals of the game.))
((FRANK FULTON/CAMP DIRECTOR: ))
((There's a special attraction at this camp. Members of the Salem Avalanche
are serving as counselors.
They're instructing the kids on the finer points of the game and It's their
way of giving back to baseball at this point in their careers.))
((BOBBY BEVEL/AVALANCHE PITCHER: ))
((DAVID FEUERSTEIN/AVALANCHE OUTFIELDER: ))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
The folks at Wimbledon are finally down to the final four on women's side as
the weekend draws closer.
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Top seeded Martina Hingis advanced with a straight set 6-3, 6-2 win over
Her fellow 16 year old comrade in the field, Anna Kournikova beat French open
champ Iva Majoli 7-6, and 6-4 to earn a semi-final meeting with Hingis.
Also today Jana Novotna easily whipped Yahyuk Basuki 6-3 and 6-3, while
Aranxta Sanchez Vicario downed Nathalie Tauziat in straight sets.
Mike Tyson's biting performance in Las Vegas last Saturday is left marks not
only on Evander Holyfield's ears, but also right here in the Roanoke Valley.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
A number of workers at the Rally's fast food restaurant on Brambleton Avenue
in Roanoke County were so disgusted with the fight, that they sent Tyson a
message on the restaurant's marquee.
The message invites Tyson to come on in and bite a Carolina Bar-B-Que
sandwich instead of an ear.
Assistant manager Larry Mitchum says that started as a joke has increased
sales of the sandwich by 30 percent.
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One of the nation's best loved actors has died.
Jimmy Stewart died today of heart failure.
The lanky slow talking actor was a Hollywood icon with films that embodied
the American dream such as "Mr Smith Goes to Washington," and "It's A Wonderful
Jimmy Stewart appeared in more than 75 movies and tonight on news 7 at 11
we will take a look back at this Hollywood legend.
We'll have that story, along with the latest news, weather, and sports
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tonight at 11.