Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
"Case dismissed" in the matter of a Virginia Tech football player charged
And we'll hear a public apology from amateur golf champ Penny Stallins...
just hours after she's released from jail.
Tonight on News 7 sports, the Larry Bird era begins in Indiana as he holds
court for the first time as the Pacers' head coach, the Flyers have a new ice
and the party is on in Cleveland as the best baseball players in the world
get ready for tomorrow night's all-star game at Jacob's field.
A judge today cleared a Virginia Tech football player who'd been charged
with forcing another student to drink large quantities of alcohol.
Bradley Baylor was accused of forcing Todd Pringle to drink numerous shots
of bourbon last July-- or he'd be beaten.
Pringle testified several others were also involved but he couldn't pinpoint
Pringle was found lying unconscious on the sidewalk with a blood alcohol
content FOUR times the legal limit.
Part of his head had been shaved.
Judge Ray Grubbs said he BELIEVED portions of Pringle's story, but he said
the state failed to prove Brad Baylor was responsible.
IN Q=Brad missed
((MARC LONG/DEFENSE ATTORNEY:BRAD MISSED SOME OF THE BIGGEST GAMES TECH HAD
LAST YEAR AND HE'S BEEN PUNISHED FOR SOMETHING HE DIDN'T DO ALREADY AND THAT'S
UNFORTUNATE AND I HOPE PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THAT. ))
SUPER=01-Marc Long/Defense Attorney; :
OUT Q=understand that.
Baylor plays defensive tackle for Tech- -and is looking forward to returning
to the team this fall.
Another Tech football player was also cleared of wrongdoing today in a
Charges were dismissed against Nathaniel Williams.
The Tech football player was accused of taking part in a fight outside
Squires Student Center.
The brawl seriously injured two track team members.
In court-- Williams' attorney introduced a tape in which one of the track
team members named several people involved in the incident-- but Williams was
Another player charged in connection with the incident is still in court.
Sean Sullivan's trial is expected to wrap- up shortly.
Golf Champion Penny Stallins has done her time.
She was released from jail today- -having served nearly all of a six-month
sentence for possession with intent to distribute cocaine.
A three- time winner of the Roanoke Valley Hall of Fame Women's Golf
Tournament, Stallins fought to stay OUT of jail, but looking back, she says it
saved her life.
IN Q=I knew that drugs were bad
SUPER=01-Penny Stallins/Former Amateur Golf Champion
OUT Q=I was out of control.
IN Q=God puts you
OUT Q=need to be.
That's one of many phrases Stallins got from her 12-step drug treatment
Though she emerged from the Botetourt County jail with a criminal
conviction, she's ready to turn that spiritual fervor into the religious
conviction of a reformed drug addict.
IN Q=I'm just very blessed
OUT Q=getting my attention.
Stallins taught phys ed in the County and Salem schools for 20 years before
retiring on disability.
IN Q=There are people
OUT Q=humbly apologize
IN Q=I want to make
OUT Q=the community.
At age 46, she says now she has hope... including the hope to play golf
State police say they have arrested the man who shot at a homeowner during a
botched burglary attempt.
21-year-old Richard Michael Stokes of Martinsville faces six charges,
including statutory burglary, grand larceny, and attempted murder.
Police believe Stokes was with 21-year-old Randall Lee Gilbert when the pair
allegedly tried to burglarize a Martinsville home on June 16th.
When the homeowner surprised the would-be burglars, Stokes allegedly fired
at him and fled the scene.
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Still to come on News 7, Roanoke announces an initiative to bring a higher
education center to the downtown,
and candidate John Hager says he won't let his wheelchair keep him from taking
the Lieutenant Governor's office.
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Five years after the fundraising campaign for the Hotel Roanoke renovation,
Roanoke Valley residents may be asked to open their wallets again.
For years there has been talk about putting a higher education center in one
of the former Norfolk Southern buildings in downtown Roanoke.
Mayor David Bowers wants to establish an "investment fund" to get the ball
IN Q=With two- point
((DAVID BOWERS/ROANOKE MAYOR: WITH TWO- POINT- FIVE- MILLION- DOLLARS OF THAT
AMOUNT TO BE DESIGNATED BY OUR CITY MANAGER AND OUR DIRECTOR OF FINANCE FROM
CITY FUNDS, AND A TWO- POINT- FIVE- MILLION- DOLLAR MATCH FROM EITHER LOCAL
GOVERNMENTS AND- OR CITIZEN SPONSORED FUNDRAISING EFFORTS.))
OUT Q=fundraising efforts.
The mayor also used his state of the city address to discuss Roanoke's
IN Q=My proposal
((DAVID BOWERS/ROANOKE MAYOR: MY PROPOSAL FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION TODAY IS THAT
WE DIRECT THE CITY ADMINISTRATION TO ESTABLISH FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ABOUT A
DECADE, AN INNER CITY HOUSING STRATEGY TASK FORCE FOCUSING ON RESIDENTIAL
HOUSING IN OUR DOWNTOWN AREA, SPECIFICALLY, BUT ALSO OUR INNER CITY
The task force would include citizens, government, industry, and civic
Patrick County political activist "Tex" Wood is the only Southwest Virginian
on the statewide ballot this year.
IN Q=At this
(("TEX" WOOD/REFORM CANDIDATE FOR LT. GOV.: AT THIS STAGE IN HISTORY, OF THIS
STATE, THIS IS THE TIME FOR AN ALTERNATIVE IN A RESPONSIBLE POSITION.))
SUPER=01-Tex Wood/Reform Candidate for Lt. Gov.;
OUT Q=responsible position.
Wood is specifically thinking of the tie-breaking vote in the half-Democrat,
half-Republican state senate.
He kicked off his bid for lieutenant governor today.
IN Q=It is a critical
((IT IS A CRITICAL TIME IN OUR STATE FOR ALTERNATIVE ON THE BALLOT. IT TAKES A
LOT OF WORK TO GET AN ALTERNATIVE ON THE BALLOT. AND THERE IS AN ALTERNATIVE
BALLOT LINE. IT GIVES SOMETHING BESIDES WHAT THE TWO MAJOR PARTIES COUGH UP IN
THE WAY OF HACKS AND POLITICAL HACKS AND COMPROMISE.))
OUT Q=hacks and compromise.
Wood needs at least ten percent of the vote to keep the Reform party on
future statewide ballots.
John Hager's an original.
The Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor is the first Virginian to
campaign for statewide office in a wheelchair.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
IN Q=It looks a
SUPER=03-Norfolk/June 11; :32
SUPER=01-Bob Holsworth/VCU Political Analyst; :54
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
((nat sot 21:59:57
It may be just another race for John Hager.
But it's historic for Virginia.
sot 01:23:57 T1
((JOHN HAGER: I CHOSE TO DECIDE THAT I WASN'T DISABLED.))
Don Beyer has a birth defect that you notice if you shake his hand.
He has a lot of support from disabled Virginians, but says his three finger
grip does NOT disable him.
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But John Hager's physical challenges on the campaign trail are real, and
something he estimates a million Virginians "touched" by disability understand.
sot T1 01:28:17
((JOHN HAGER/R-CANDIDATE FOR LT. GOVERNOR: I VIEW THAT AS A SIGNIFICANT VOTING
BLOC OF PEOPLE.))
So is the wheelchair a selling point of sorts?
sot T1 01:26:15
((JOHN HAGER/R-CANDIDATE FOR LT. GOVERNOR: WE DON'T TALK ABOUT IT. THAT'S THE
But politics professor Bob Holsworth says Hager called him a year ago to ask
if the wheelchair would be a plus or a minus.
((BOB HOLSWORTH/VCU POLITICAL ANALYST: IT MAY BE A MARK OF DISTINCTIVENESS IN
THE CAMPAIGN. IT MIGHT HELP HIS NAME RECOGNITION A LITTLE BIT. BUT I DON'T
BELIEVE PEOPLE REALLY VOTE ONE WAY OR ANOTHER BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT A PERSON
IS IN A WHEELCHAIR.))
sot T1 01:30:31
((JOHN HAGER: I MEAN I CAN CITE SOME STORIES THAT ARE THE OTHER WAY. PEOPLE
SAY "WELL, CAN YOU DO IT? WELL, HOW YOU GONNA GET TO THE PODIUM?" I MEAN, WHO
GIVES A DAMN? OR YOU KNOW, UH, "DO YOU HAVE ENOUGH STRENGTH TO DO IT?" AND
THEY DON'T KNOW THAT I'M 60 YEARS OLD AND I STILL DO MARATHONS. I'D DARE SAY
NONE OF THEM STILL DO MARATHONS.))
It was polio, contracted from his infant son after a vaccination, that put
Hager in the chair.
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(( But if he makes it to this chair, where the Lieutenant Governor heads up
the Senate, getting a mechanical lift installed is just the first thing he'd
like to change.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
People in Southwest Virginia are on average 40 minutes slower than those in
other regions, in getting help when they're exhibiting signs of a heart attack.
That's why Carilion Health System has launched the "Fast Act Chest Pain
IN Q=Our initiative is
((DR. PAUL FRANTZ/ CARDIOTHORACIC SURGEON: OUR INITIATIVE IS TO BRING THIS TO
THEIR ATTENTION AND MAKE THEM MORE AWARE THAT CHEST PAIN, NECK PAIN, AND OTHER
SYMPTOMS MIGHT BE RELATED TO CARDIAC ILLNESS AND TO SEEK MEDICAL ADVICE
EARLIER. THE OTHER PART OF THE PROGRAM IS THEN TO TAKE THESE PATIENTS AND THEN
DETERMINE WHETHER THE SOURCE OF THEIR CHEST PAIN AND TREATMENT. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Paul Frantz/Cardiothoracic Surgeon; :
OUT Q=and treatment.
When it comes to response time, the idea is that time is MUSCLE.
The sooner you can treat a heart attack, the more heart function you can
On Wall Street today, profit takers and program selling pushed the stock
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The DOW lost more than 37 points to close at 78-hundred-58.
NASDAQ gained three points.
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[phillip morris/roanoke electric steel/signet/trigon/walmart]
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[ Stanley Furniture/ Tultex/Valley Bank]
There's an overwhelming amount of information available on the World Wide
Web, but how can you be sure what you're getting is reliable?
As Eric Earnhart reports, let the browser beware.
IN Q=the web page
SUPER=01-Bill Ergle/Roanoke College Math Dept.; :35
OUT Q=Eric Earnhart, News 7
(( The web page offers a free airline safety report card.
The Air Travelers Association report gives every major U.S. carrier an A,
except Valujet, which got an F.
It compared fatal accidents with total flights over ten years... problem is,
Valujet has only operated for 3 years, which means, with few flights, and one
fatal, it fails, while U.S. air with millions of flights and six fatals, gets a
near perfect score.
A Valujet spokesperson called the report "very misleading".
Roanoke College statistics expert Bill Ergle calls it absurd.
IN Q=what it really says
((DR. BILL ERGLE/ROANOKE COLLEGE MATH DEPT. CHAIR; WHAT IT REALLY SAYS IS
VALUJET HAD AN ACCIDENT BEFORE IT ACCUMULATED A LARGE NUMBER OF FLIGHTS, AND
THAT'S ALL THIS REPORT REALLY SAYS.))
OUT Q=really says
Todd Curtis, an aviation safety expert who publishes the Airsafe Journal on
the web says a rating based on fatal accident rates is a reflection of history
and not necessarily a predictor of the future, and that's the case whether the
addident rate is zero, or much higher than average.
So what's the point of the report?
The president of the Air Travlerers Association, David Stempler says it's a way
to introduce people to the company.
To get the "free" report, you have to pay a four-ninety-five handling fee
with your credit card, and you WILL be automatically enrolled in the Air
Travelers Association, which, if you don't cancel, will cost you fifty dollars
Stempler told us the report is only supposed to reflect the airline's past
performance, and not future safty.
He said "I can't tell you what's going to happen tomorrow".
For more information about this story, and where you an find airline safety
data, visit the News 7 Webwatch page at WWW-dot-WDBJ7-dot-com.
Eric Earnhart, News 7))
Coming up tonight on News 7 sports, the major league all-star game
festivities have begun in Cleveland, we'll check in on the party, plus visit
Larry Bird's first practice as the Pacers' head coach.
And drop in on this week's Lacrosse camp at Roanoke College that is
attracting aspiring players from all walks of life.
GRAPHIC=MLB ALL STAR
The Major League all-star game is set for tomorrow night in Cleveland,
already today the Yankees Tino Martinez has won the annual homerun hitting
contest, beating the likes of Griffey, McGuire and Chipper Jones.
SUPER=03-Cleveland, OH; :00
This afternoon all of the players had a chance to take a little batting
practice and get aclamated with their surroundings.
The designated hitter is being used this year so, the pitchers won't be
batting and that's unfortunate.
IN Q="One of my...
((GREG MADDUX/NATIONAL LEAGUE STARTER:))
((RANDY JOHNSON/AMERICAN LEAGUE STARTER:))
SUPER=01-Greg Maddux/National League Starter; :00
SUPER=01-Randy Johnson/American League Starter; :13
The game is set for tomorrow night at eight.
Area minor league baseball will be represented tomorrow night as rookie Tony
Womack makes his first appearance in the all-star game.
The 27 year old Danville native, who attended Gretna high school,
spent seven years in the minor leagues including time in Salem with the
Buccaneers, he hits the all-star break with a 272 average and 33 stolen bases.
IN Q="This is just...
((TONY WOMACK/FIRST TIME ALL-STAR:))
SUPER=01-Tony Womack/First Time All-Star; :00
OUT Q=...TO ENJOY IT."
The Larry Bird coaching era began today in Indianapolis as the New Pacers'
boss is taking his team through its first week of practice.
Rookies and free agent hopefuls are doing their best to impress Bird this
And at the same time he's doing his best to wear them out with rigorous
IN Q="We are gonna...
((LARRY BIRD/PACERS HEAD COACH:))
((AUSTIN CROSHERE/PACERS TOP DRAFT PICK:))
SUPER=01-Larry Bird/Pacers Head Coach;:00
SUPER=01-Austin Croshere/Pacers Top Draft Pick; :10
OUT Q=...FULL SPEED."
The Philadelphia Flyers made it all the way to the Stanley Cup finals, but
they still fired their head Terry Murray, because he didn't get along very well
with his players.
SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA; :00
Today, the Flyers took a chance on a blast from the past by naming Wayne
Cashman the team's new head coach.
Cashman skated with Phil Esposito and Ken Hodge on Boston's top line in the
1970's when they won Stanley Cup championships in 1970 and '72.
This will be his Cashman's first head coaching job.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke lacrosse camp
The Roanoke College lacrosse camp this week in Salem is not only about
teaching the game but also bridges the cultural gap.
most of the 160 campers are out of state visitors. Michigan, Canada, Texas
and new York City are a few localities WELL represented at this lacrosse
((CHICK CHAKRIAN/NEW YORK HIGH SCHOOL COACH:))
((BILL PILAT/CAMP DIRECTOR:))
((CHAD GIGER/PITTSBURGH HIGH SCHOOL LACROSSE PLAYER:))
SUPER=01-Chick Chakrian/New York High School Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Bill Pilat/Camp Director; :26
SUPER=01-Chad Giger/Pittsburgh Lacrosse Player; :39
OUT Q=...."real good"
And finally tonight a little more proof that time is flying.
Former University of Virginia star Ralph Sampson is celebrating his birthday
Big Ralph, who owns and operates Sampson Sportswear in Richmond is 37 today.
Coming up on News 7 at 11, some Pittsylvania County residents are upset
about a potential neighbor.
With a preview of that, here's Jean Jadhon.
Several Pittsylvania County residents are protesting a proposed hog farm...
Tonight they take their case to the county supervisors.
They say the the farm would produce too much waste to be legal in the
A North Carolina company called G-I-S is hoping to move about ten thousand
hogs onto this farm.
But neighbors say the animal waste will run into local drinking water...
while polluting the air and dragging down property values.
We'll have the story, plus all the latest news, weather, and sports tonight
on News 7 at 11.