Though the victim was decapitated and set ablaze, authorities now say it
was not a hate crime.
Coming up on NEWS-7 at SIX, we'll review the G-P Johnson case.
And Lucas Dixon rides a horse- -no small achievement- -once you see what
they're doing at this camp for disabled kids.
In sports--Ernie Irvan's replacement in the Robert Yates Ford is announced,
second round qualifying from Indy to come, the Rush talks about its home
and Jim Druckenmiller is a student once again..His thoughts on learning the
west coast offense in sports.
Our weekend weather view includes sunshine and low humidity. And our August
almanac is on deck as well.
The Grayson County Sheriff says an investigation by his department and the
Federal Bureau of Investigation indicates the murder of a black man one week
ago was NOT a hate crime.
Investigators found the burned and decapitated body of 40-year-old Garnett
"G.P." Johnson in the early morning hours of July 25th.
Family members say G.P. helped anyone in need.
IN Q=how anyone could
((PAT JOHNSON/VICTIM'S COUSIN: HOW ANYONE THAT KNEW G.P. COULD DO SOMETHING
LIKE THAT TO HIM IS UNREAL AND THESE ARE APPARENTLY PEOPLE HE HELPED. HE
HELPED THEM OUT.))
SUPER=01-Pat Johnson/Victim's Cousin;
OUT Q=HE HELPED THEM OUT.
Sheriff J.D. Wilson says a tip led investigators to the home of Louis James
Ceparano (SEP-puh-rano) in Elk Creek.
Deputies found Johnson's body on a bank near the home.
42-year-old Ceparano was arrested at the scene.
Investigators arrested 37-year-old Emmett Cressell (CRES-sell) of Speedwell
several days later.
Both are charged with first degree murder.
Officials believe the three were partying together before the incident.
IN Q=SOME PEOPLE
((some people would even consider them friends?
J.D. WILSON/GRAYSON CO. SHERIFF: THAT'S OUR UNDERSTANDING. THAT THEY WERE
FRIENDS AND SEEN TOGETHER SEVERAL TIMES.))
SUPER=01-J.D. Wilson/Grayson Co. Sheriff;
OUT Q=TOGETHER SEVERAL TIMES
Wilson will not discuss the motive for the killing.
There's no strike at U-P-S, but no deal on a new contract, either.
After negotiating well past the mid-night deadline- -United Parcel Service
representatives kept talking with the Teamsters til dawn.
The union agreed to extend a strike deadline while talks continued.
They began meeting again this afternoon.
Teamsters President Ron Carey says workers will stay on the job unless
talks break down.
When asked about the threat of a strike extending as long as a week, Carey
said "I think we're beyond that now."
U-P-S says it's operating on a normal schedule, though it has suspended
It cost a half million dollars to install, but they're still working out
some bugs in Campbell County's new radio system.
Steve Smallshaw reports some emergency volunteers are worried that poor
reception could jeopardize public safety.
IN Q=Gerald Mays
SUPER=03-Campbell Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Gerald Mays/Brookville-Timberlake V.F.D.; :14
SUPER=01-Mike Milnor/Public Safety Director; :53
OUT Q=News7, Campbell County.
(( Gerald Mays is the chief of Brookville- Timberlake's volunteer fire
When an emergency call comes in from the Campbell County dispatcher, it's
his job to respond... unless his handheld radio doesn't pick it up.
IN Q=Sometimes I get
((GERALD MAYS/BROOKVILLE- TIMBERLAKE V.F.D.: SOMETIMES I GET THE TONES,
SOMETIMES I DO NOT. I'VE GOT TO HAVE MY COUNTY RADIO PLUS TWO SCANNERS IN THE
HOUSE TO BE SURE THAT CAN PICK UP THE CALLS.))
OUT Q=up the calls.
IN Q=The problem is
((The problem is the radio signal from the county's only transmitter tower in
Rustburg is blocked by Candler's Mountain, so essentially the Brookville-
Timberlake area lies in what's called a "shadow" area. The radio coverage can
be so spotty at times that two firefighters only a hundred yards apart can't
talk to each other on their portable radios.))
OUT Q=their portable radios.
The problems were not unexpected.
Phase Two calls for new repeaters that will boost the radio signals to the
known weak spots... those should be in place within a year.
IN Q=I do want
((I DO WANT TO STRESS THAT THIS IS NOT A PROBLEM OF SUCH MAGNITUDE THAT
VOLUNTEERS ARE NOT GETTING THEIR CALLS OR THE PUBLIC IS AT RISK IN ANY WAY. THE
SYSTEM IS WORKING WELL, WE JUST FEEL THAT WE CAN FINE TUNE IT AND MAKE IT WORK
A LOT BETTER.))
OUT Q=a lot better.
While they wait for the new equipment, volunteers worry that a missed call
here or a delay there could mean the difference between life and death.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Campbell County.))
Help may soon be on the way for some customers of the now-defunct Holdren's
The state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says Holdren's
customers who bought a Mitsubishi product with an extended-service contract may
get a refund.
The money would come from a company that has provided financing through an
agreement with Mitsubishi.
Some Holdren's customers were stuck with worthless extended- service
contracts once Crenshaw's T-V and Appliance acquired the store's assets.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
There's a different kind of summer camp in Pittsylvania County--helping
disabled children gain confidence and have fun at the same time. That story is
straight ahead on News 7 at Six.
And as America's five and dime closes its doors, the cooks behind the lunch
counter close out more than two decades of memories.
IN Q=A lot of
((JANIE BROWN:A LOT OF GOOD CUSTOMERS. THEY'RE MORE THAN JUST CUSTOMERS,THEY'RE
OUT Q=they're friends
It's the last days of the Patty Melt and other classics at Woolworth's.
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GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal
Virginia is about to lower the standard of proof on child abusers.
On Monday, the state social services board meets near Winchester to adopt a
first-ever set of regulations on how to -- and how NOT to -- investigate and
prove child abuse.
The meeting's being held near the home of Valerie Smelser (smel-TSER) -- the
12 year old whose life of abuse and eventual murder by her mother's boyfriend
helped spawn the new regulations.
IN Q=Although it
((BRIAN CAMPBELL/VA. SOCIAL SERVICES BOARD: ALTHOUGH IT HASN'T GOTTEN A LOT
OF MEDIA ATTENTION, I CAN'T THINK OF ANYTHING THAT THE STATE DOES THAT'S MORE
SUPER=01-Brian Campbell/Va. Social Services Board;
OUT Q=more important.
Among the controversial changes: audiotaping interviews with children
IN Q=You know
((YOU KNOW IF WE HAVE A CASE--THE CASES WHERE WE DO HAVE ABUSE GOING ON, WE
WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT NOT ONLY IS THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES INVOLVED,
BUT THAT THE LOCAL COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY'S OFFICE IS INVOLVED AND THAT THOSE
FOLKS ARE PROSECUTED. BUT WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE EVIDENCE IS THERE. WE
DON'T WANT TO BE IN THE BUSINESS OF FALSELY ACCUSING PEOPLE.))
OUT Q=falsely accusing people.
Child protective services officials now believe better investigative
practices might have prevented Smelser's death.
SS=Virginia State Seal
Virginia has been the only state in the nation to require "clear and
convincing evidence" to have a finding of abuse.
The new regulations would change that standard to "a preponderance of
They would still allow anonymous tips to generate investigations.
Claims against a sex offender in Alleghany County have been settled without
Former Special Ed teacher Richard Jenkinson denied he fondled his students
at Boiling Spring Elementary, though he eventually pled guilty to sexual
battery in each case.
He served a six-month jail term and agreed to pay 500 dollars in
restitution to each of three families.
This week a federal judge approved 45-thousand dollar settlements for each
Lawyers will take anywhere from one- third to 40-percent of the money.
Most of the rest will go toward establishing a trust fund for the boys.
Sometimes it takes a little longer to make friends.
On a hilltop farm, horses are helping disabled children find their voice.
Tina Tenret explains.
IN Q=On my way
SUPER=01-Krystina Szabo/Camp Director; :25
SUPER=07-Barbara Smolinski; :42
SUPER=07-Lucas Dixon; 1:01
OUT Q=News7, Brosville
IN Q=On my way
OUT Q=nat sound
Out in the ring, geared up in helmet and saddle, is where these children
IN Q=all right
((ALL RIGHT, GOOD JOB, WHOOO!))
OUT Q=nat sound
Krystina Szabo uses her disability check to lease this 15-acre farm...
where volunteers coach classes at almost any time of day.
IN Q=A lot of times
((KRYSTINA SZABO/CAMP DIRECTOR: A LOT OF TIMES WE GET PEOPLE WHO ARE VERY
UNHAPPY AND WHO ARE COUCH POTATOES AND THEN ONCE THEY START GETTING INTO THE
HORSES, THEIR WHOLE WORLD REVOLVES AROUND HORSES.
TINA TENRET/NEWS7: EVERYONE FROM AIDS VICTIMS TO DISABLED CHILDREN COMES HERE
FOR RIDING LESSONS. THEY SAY IT HELPS THEM WALK, TALK AND INTERACT WITH EACH
BARBARA SMOLINSKI: I LIKE WORKING WITH THE HORSES BECAUSE THEY'RE VERY BIG
FRIENDS TO EVERYBODY AND I LIKE HELPING LITTLE GIRLS AND LITTLE BOYS.))
OUT Q=little boys
Classes at this non-profit camp cost anywhere from five to twenty dollars,
based on the family's ability to pay.
For Lucas Dixon, the result is beyond words.
IN Q=You like riding
((YOU LIKE RIDING THE HORSES? RIDING THE HORSES. YEAH, YOU LIKE RIDING THE
HORSES? I WANNA PLAY A SONG. YOU WANNA PLAY A SONG?))
OUT Q=play a song
Lucas says he wants to learn to play the guitar next.
Tina Tenret, News7, Brosville))))
The stock market finished the week on a mixed note.
TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE
The Dow dropped 29 points, closing at 81 hundred 94.
NASDAQ eeked out a-half point gain... for its 30th record close this year.
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[ Bassett Fur/ Bedford Bancshares/Dimon]
[ ETS /Main Bankshares/ Optical Cable]
[Pulaski Furn./ Roanoke Electric Steel/Roanoke Gas]
[ Stanley Furniture/ Tultex/Valley Bank]
Local residents are saying good-bye to one of America's famous five and
Woolworth is shutting down nationwide and the lunch counter closes tomorrow
News 7's Tonya Flory reports these final days are highlighted by service with
a smile and a tear.
IN Q=It's where
SUPER=01-Shirley Cooper/Woolworth Employee;
SUPER=01-Janie Brown/Woolworth Employee;
OUT Q=News 7.
((It's where friends gather and stranger meet...the lunch counter at Woolworth.
But when Shirley Cooper and Janie Brown turn off the deep fryers and wipe down
the counter Saturday, it will be the last time.
IN Q=Oh, I'm going
((SHIRLEY COOPER/WOOLWORTH EMPLOYEE:OH I'M GOING TO MISS THE PEOPLE, THE
PEOPLE. MY CUSTOMERS AND THEY'VE GOTTEN TO BE, YOU KNOW, FRIENDS.))
Shirley has worked for the company for 21 years, and her co-worker Janie's been
there for 36...
The employees say they have regulars who eat at Woolworth everyday...and some
travel for miles...
IN Q=about a month ago
((LOUISE PANKEY/PATRON:ABOUT A MONTH AGO MY SISTER CAME FROM CHARLOTTE FOR A
VISIT AND FIRST OF ALL SHE SAID I WANT TO GO TO WOOLWORTH AND HAVE A GRILLED
CHEESE SANDWICH BEFORE I GO BACK HOME))
OUT Q=back home
Customers say you can't beat the all American food, but that's not the only
reason they come.
IN Q=It's a good atmosphere
((BARBARA LINKENHOKER/WOOLWORTH PATRON:IT'S A GOOD ATMOSPHERE TO COME OUT HERE
AND EAT, YOU'VE GOT FRIENDLY PEOPLE TO TALK TO AND IT'S AT HOME. IT'S NICE,
IT'S LAID BACK AND RELAXING))
IN Q=That's what people are going
((JANIE BROWN:THAT'S WHAT PEOPLE ARE GOING TO MISS THIS IS IT. THERE'S NOT
ANYMORE. IT'S JUST NOT GOING TO BE ANYMORE.))
Janie says she'll take a couple months off to spend with her grandchildren,
then she'll decide what she's going to do.
and Shirley says she may do something totally different...but she'll always
remember her days at the diner.
((IT'S BEEN A GREAT EXPERIENCE, I'VE LEARNED A LOT ABOUT PEOPLE, I'VE LEARNED A
LOT ABOUT LIFE AND THAT'S GENERALLY WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT. IT'S BEEN A GREAT TIME
SO TO ALL THINGS AND END MUST COME I GUESS))
OUT Q=I guess
Tonya Flory, News 7.))
Jim Druckenmiller returns to the classroom, west coast style, Jeff Green
burns up indy second round qualifying,
and Liberty University's football team hopes to dig in to it's football
schedule..once the Flames field is built.
Jeff Green saved the best for last. He was the final car to go out in second
round qualifying for tomorrow's Brickyard 400. His speed of 176.153 miles per
hour was good enough for the 26th position.
SUPER=03-Indianapolis, IN/ESPN; :00
Dick Trickle, the FIRST qualifier of the day, would not be so lucky.
Trickle fails to make his third race of the season.
Lake Speed had trouble getting the Melling Engine parts Ford started, when
he did, it ran pretty good. He will start 27th right behind Green.
Now here's the rest of the 42 car field.
WIPE TO QUALIFYING
SUPER=0107-26. Jeff Green/176.153/27. Lake Speed//28. Jeff Purvis//29. Kenny
Wallace//30. Ed Berrier//;
SUPER=0107-31. Mark Martin//32. Derrike Cope//33. Jeff Burton//34. Rick
Wilson//35. John Andretti//;
SUPER=0107-36. Ward Burton//37. Greg Sacks//38. Terry Labonte//39. Kyle
Petty//40. Jimmy Spencer//;
SUPER=0107-41. Ricky Craven//42. Brett Bodine//43. Rusty Wallace//;
OUT Q=.....LAST CAR.
Robert Yates racing made it offical today; announcing that Craftsman Truck
series rookie Kenny Irwin will replace Ernie Irvan in the 28 havoline Ford next
season. Irvan's contract was not renewed.
In one way, new San Francisco 49er quarterback Jim Druckenmiller probably
feels like he's still at Virginia Tech. For the next few weeks he's having to
cram for an exam.
SUPER=03-Rocklin, CA; :00
The West Coast offensive playbook exam. Druckenmiller, who signed a 6 year
deal worth over 5 and a half million yesterday, is doing his best to keep up.
IN Q="I know
((JIM DRUCKENMILLER:49ER THIRD STRING QUARTERBACK:))
SUPER=01-Jim Druckenmiller/49er Third String Quarterback; :00
OUT Q=...this week"
Druckenmiller made believers out of doubters at Virginia Tech and is
applying that same underdog philosophy to his challenge with the Niners.
OUT Q=...the future"
The Roanoke Rush is 1 and 0 in the Mid-Atlantic Division of the
International football League. Roanoke opening the season with a 36 to 7 win
The Rush will open its home season tomorrow night against the Hampton Roads
The Rush enjoyed success last season and almost made it to the championship
game. And a national title is the focus of this years team.
IN Q="Our goal...
((DUKE STRAGER/ROANOKE RUSH HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Duke Strager/Roanoke Rush Head Coach; :
OUT Q=......THICK OF THINGS."
Kick off at Victory Stadium tomorrow night is seven o'clock.
Faced with replacing most of its offensive line this season, Liberty
University isn't popping up on any preseason one double-A football polls.
Travis Wells says right now the Flames are just wondering if their field will
be ready for action this fall.
IN Q=first audio...
SUPER=20-Travis Wells; :09
SUPER=01-Kim Graham/LU Athletic Director; :19
SUPER=01-Jacques DuPont/Southwest Recreational Industries; :42
OUT Q=...News 7 Sports."
We end up July with big heat, then record lows and overall the dry pattern
continues. What is ahead for August? Here's our monthly almanac.
IN Q=nat sot music
OUT Q=News 7 WeatherCenter
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SUPER=331-Mostly Clear/And Mild/58-60/Sunny And/Warm/88-90;
SUPER=332-Mostly Clear/Calm Winds/54-56/Partly Cloudy/Light Wind/80-84;
SUPER=333-Clear and/Pleasant/53-56/Sunny With/Low Humidity/84-88;
SUPER=334-Mostly Clear/Calm Winds/50-55/Partly Cloudy/Wind W-10/80-85;
(toss to Teresa)
Besides state troopers, there is another group of people you hope you never
meet up with while out on the highways.
Double Boxes=Keith and Teresa/Newsroom
Teresa Hamilton is here to tell us more about Lifeguard 10 flight nurses.
Keith it is a daring and dangerous job--responding to accidents where a few
minutes can mean the difference between life and death.
Coming up tonight on News 7 at 11, we'll meet the flight nurses and find
out more about what it takes--some of their best work is done in the air,
helping to save lives.
Double Boxes=Keith and Teresa/Newsroom
We'll have that story, plus all the latest news, weather, and sports tonight
on News 7 at 11--Keith?
(Keith ad lib byes)