The murder of a black man in Grayson County continues to raise questions
about how much race was a factor in G-P Johnson's death.
Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX, details on the CAPITAL case and some analysis
of the law.
And we'll re-visit the grandeur of a Roanoke landmark demolished more than
a quarter century ago.
Tonight in sports, Roy Stanley checks in from JMU with a preseason report on
Dukes football, John Daly brings back memories of 1991 with his first round
performance at the PGA today.
And NASCAR car owner Rick Hendrick enters a guilty plea today in Federal
Court and in the process avoids a lengthy trial.
Partly sunny, hot and humid for the next several days--the montra in
weather remains the same. Be prepared for a chance of scattered showers, too.
I'll have the latest from the News 7 Weather Center.
State police say a man who was upset at being ordered to pay child support
sped away from court and killed himself by driving off a highway in Appomattox
A state trooper clocked 40- year- old Brian John Rossi (ROSS-ee) of
Lynchburg at about 80 miles per hour when Rossi's vehicle veered off Route 460
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((SGT. DENNIS BRADNER/VA STATE POLICE: WASN'T TWO SECONDS WORTH OF PURSUIT
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Rossi's truck cut a tree in half, and flipped over several times.
He was thrown from the vehicle and died on impact.
Alarm bells are ringing for three Martinsville families ...
now that the E-P-A has found high levels of harmful gases in their
Felicia Dailey of the E-P-A says this is a cause for concern...
because the mix of gases is a gasoline derivative.
Smaller amounts of these gases were found in three more basements on Smith
Lake Road and in the soil...
but Dailey says it would take a long time before they would affect anyone.
The families will NOT be evacuated.
The E-P-A will ventilate the homes next week and test children's bedrooms
and living areas.
Smith Lake Road residents called in the E-P-A in June after seeing a frothy
substance running down their road.
Their water tested clean.
The E-P-A says these gases can accumulate if a gas-powered lawnmower is
left in the basement, for example.
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Virginia is the second largest importer of trash in the nation.
Don Beyer wants to change that.
Beyer used a trash transfer station in Richmond to call for a moratorium on
new mega-landfills and enhanced penalties for lawbreakers.
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((LT. GOV. DON BEYER/D-CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: FOR YEARS AND YEARS, THE SLOGAN
OF VIRGINIA HAS BEEN "VIRGINIA IS FOR LOVERS." THE QUESTION IS NOW IS VIRGINIA
ALSO FOR TRASH, AND GARBAGE, AND WASTE?))
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A coincidental visit from a praying mantis helped Beyer make his "photo-op"
as a candidate for the environment.
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((LT. GOV. DON BEYER/D-CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: THIS IS THE KIND OF VIRGINIA WE
WANT. VIRGINIA IS FOR PRAYING MANTISES.))
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Virginia accepts 1-point-7 million tons of out-of-state garbage now, and
processes four times the national average.
Beyer is smoothing over reports of rifts between his campaign staff and
those of his ticket mates.
Sources tell NEWS 7 that tensions among the Beyer, Payne, and Dolan camps
were so bad, they met with a Democrat who is a certified mediator a week and a
At that meeting, Beyer campaign chief Susan Platt -- seen here to his left
-- walked out twice, using profanities.
Beyer says he's hasn't been told of any such meeting.
((THERE'S ALWAYS GONNA BE TENSIONS BECAUSE CAMPAIGNS ARE IRREGULAR. THERE ARE
UPS AND DOWNS. BUT I HAVE GREAT CONFIDENCE IN SUSAN PLATT.))
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Sources say Beyer, Payne, and Dolan themselves are getting along alright.
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College courses are leaving campus and heading to downtown Roanoke.
We'll tell you all about it in just a few minutes on News 7 at Six.
Also 30 years ago it was THE place to catch a movie in Roanoke--now those who
have fond memories of the American Theater have put together a tribute.
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Allegations of race are continuing to surface in the case involving the
burning and decapitation of a black man in Grayson County.
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Teresa Hamilton is in our Blacksburg Newsroom with the latest.
Keith, after visiting Elk Creek on Monday-- state N-Double-A-C-P officials
say they're convinced, more than ever, race was the motivator.
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SUPER=01-Pat Johnson/Victim's Cousin;
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Salim Khalfani is one of the N-double-A-C-P officials looking into Garnett
"GP" Johnson's murder.
He's troubled by the fact Grayson County authorities have told the media
RACE was NOT a primary factor.
Two white men are charged in Johnson's murder.
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((SALIM KHALFANI/VA. NAACP: YOU KNOW IT'S JUST THAT FOLKS SEEM TO BE IN A
STATE OF DENIAL ABOUT THE FACT THAT RACE WAS A PRIMARY FACTOR IN THIS CASE. AND
I DON'T KNOW HOW ONE COULD DENY UNLESS THEY'RE FROM SOME OTHER PLANET OR
Khalfani is basing his beliefs, in part, on witness statements to the media
and what he was told by the prosector.
A former friend of suspect, Louis Ceparano, spoke with NEWS 7, but didn't
want to reveal his identity.
He says Ceparano and the victim were friends-- although Ceparano was known
to use the word NIGGER.
((WAS LOUIS CEPARANO A PERSON YOU WOULD EVER THINK WOULD KILL SOMEBODY? NO, NOT
WHEN I MET HIM.
BUT DID THAT IDEA CHANGE? DID YOU THINK IT WAS A POSSIBILITY?
WE'LL, I DON'T KNOW, LIKE I SAID, HE CHANGED AND HE JUST GOT KIND OF SPOOKY AT
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Whatever the case-- the entire incident has been troubling for the victim's
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((PAT JOHNSON/VICTIM'S COUSIN:IF IT CAN HAPPEN ONCE IT CAN HAPPEN AGAIN, AND WE
NEED TO TEACH OUT CHILDREN TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY KNOW, THAT THEY HAVE RESPECT
FOR OTHER HUMAN BEINGS BECAUSE LOUIS CEPARANO IS SOMEBODY'S CHILD. ))
OUT Q=somebody's child.
It's unlikely we'll hear Ceparano's side of the story until court-- his new
attorney-- Jimmy Turk has told him NOT to speak with the media.
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Because of the nature of the killing and the evidence, there have been
questions about whether this can be classified as a hate crime.
Double Boxes=Keith and Tonya/Newsroom
Tonya Flory has some analysis on how and when the federal "hate crime" law
comes into play in cases like the murder of Garnett Johnson.
Tonya... is this case covered by such a law??
It's difficult to prove and the Virginia State Crime Commission is now
reviewing existing state hate crime laws.
If race motivation can be established...then it can be classified as a hate
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But Washington and Lee University Professor of criminal law Roger Groot says
in this particular case the law may not apply.
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((ROGER GROOT:THE FACTS APPARENTLY ARE THAT THE BAD GUYS WHITE AND THE DEAD
GUYS BLACK...BUT THAT DOESN'T NECESSARILY MAKE A HATE CRIME. HE'S GOT TO BE
ATTACKED BECAUSE HE WAS BLACK OR TO DEPRIVE HIM OF A CIVIL RIGHT ON FEDERAL
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Groot says there are two ways hate crimes come under federal law...one is in
a case like arson, burning or an assault in which case the penalty can be
Number two--the crime can be prosecuted as a conspiracy to violate civil
Although this case does involve burning...a racial charge wouldn't
necessarily mean a stiffer sentence because murder is a capital offense that
can be punished by the death penalty.
Groot also notes the race motive could indicate future danger...someone who
has that much race hatred is likely to kill again as compared to someone who
kills in anger.
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So Groot says that could help prosecutors in their argument for the death
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A campaign to bring a centrally located higher education center in Roanoke
Len Besthoff reports.
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The splendor of the newly renovated Hotel Roanoke was the backdrop for the
launch of another community effort called Destination Education.
It's pushing for funding of the 16- million- dollar Higher Education Center,
which would go in the old N-and-W building next to the grand old hotel.
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((WARNER DALHOUSE/DESTINATION EDUCATION CHAIRMAN: OUR JOB IS TO PERSUADE THE
GENERAL ASSEMBLY THAT THIS FACILITY IS NEEDED IN THIS LOCATION AND THAT IT IS
AN ECONOMICAL INVESTMENT OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS.))
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Area colleges and universities would offer third and fourth year courses
plus graduate studies.
The center would also have programs to help workers at new and existing
businesses improve their job skills.
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((JOHN PECARIC/R.R. DONNELLEY & SONS: AND THE WAY THAT WE CAN DO THAT IS BY
ALWAYS CHALLENGING OURSELVES AND INCREASING THE KNOWLEDGE THAT EACH ONE OF US
HAS. THIS CENTER PROVIDES US AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO THAT.))
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Organizations now offering job retraining welcome the center, because
they're running out of room.
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((VICKIE PRICE/5TH DIST. EMPLOYMENT & TRAINING CONSORTIUM: WE BELIEVE THAT THE
EMPLOYMENT TRAINING SERVICES MUST BE RESPONSIVE, COMPREHENSIVE, AND ACCESSIBLE,
TO ENSURE THAT THE SUPPLY OF WORKERS MATCHES THE DEMANDS OF THE LABOR MARKET.
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((Now unlike the Renew Roanoke campaign for the Hotel Roanoke and Conference
Center, Destination Education is not about fundraising. All the group wants is
support, in the form of letters and phone calls. Len Besthoff, News-7.))
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Destination Education's address is P-O Box two-thousand-one, Roanoke,
The phone number is 3-4-2-3-0-6-0.
On Wall Street, stock prices were helped by government numbers which
indicate inflation remains in check.
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The Dow gained 14 points, closing at 79 hundred 42.
NASDAQ was up three points.
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The American Theater screened its last movie in 1971 and the building
was torn down two years later, but memories of the movie palace haven't faded.
Tonight, Joe Dashiell reports the story is now showing in the pages of a
IN Q=For more than 40 years
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SUPER=01-Julie McDowell/Graphic Designer; :41
SUPER=01-Ollie Stein/Retired HSMM Partner; 1:05
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((For more than 40 years, the latest releases brought Roanokers to the
corner of Kirk and Jefferson.
But the American was more than a movie theater to many of the faces in the
audience. It was a meeting place, an architectural landmark, the center of
IN Q=It was so beautiful
((BETTY DYE/MUSEUM OF THEATRE HISTORY CURATOR: IT WAS SO BEAUTIFUL I'VE BEEN IN
A LOT OF THEATERS SINCE THE AMERICAN WAS TORN DOWN. THERE'S ONE IN LOUISVILLE
THAT'S VERY MUCH LIKE THE AMERICAN AND I FELT LIKE I WAS WALKING THOSE SAME
OUT Q=those same floors again.
The Roanoke Valley Museum of Theatre History hopes to help others walk
those floors again.
The organization has published a tribute to the theater that includes,
photographs, blueprints and personal memories.
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((JULIE MCDOWELL/MUSEUM OF THEATRE HISTORY PRESIDENT: IT'S NOT HERE NOW. AND SO
THIS IS A NICE WAY FOR US TO REVISIT THE GRANDEUR, TO ENJOY IT AGAIN. IT'S SAD
THAT IT'S NOT HERE ))
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Julie McDowell designed the layout. Bob Fishburne provided the words.
Current and retired partners of Hayes, Seay, Mattern and Mattern picked up a
large share of the production costs in memory of architect E. Paul Hayes, a
founding partner of their firm.
IN Q=It was so important
((OLLIE STEIN/RETIRED HSMM PARTNER: IT WAS SO IMPORTANT TO HIM. IT WAS ONE OF
HIS FAVORITE PROJECTS. IT WAS REALLY THE PROJECT THAT BROUGHT HIM TO ROANOKE.))
OUT Q=brought him to Roanoke.
The book is now available through the museum, and may soon be on bookstore
Though the American Theatre was demolished in 1973, many still mourn its
loss... and remember with fondness a building that was more than bricks and
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
Coming up tonight on News 7 sports, Rick Hendrick enters a guilty plea this
afternoon, John Daly is on fire at the PGA. There is good news for the Jaguars
And Roy Stanley checks in with the James Madison University Dukes football
team that is facing a quarterback dilemma this preseason.
NASCAR's most successful multi-car team owner in the 90's, Rick Hendrick,
entered a surprising guilty plea today in Federal Court in Asheville, North
Hendrick pleaded guilty to mail fraud in an agreement that in essence will
wipe out the other 14 charges he faced for allegedly offering bribes to Honda
motor company officials.
Prosecutors claimed Hendrick was part of a conspiracy to launder money, pay
bribes and commit fraud to acquire dealerships and additional cars.
Hendrick, who is fighting leukemia will be sentenced in the next month or so.
The government is recommending a sentence of 10-to-16 months and a quarter of
a million dollar fine.
Hendrick owns 89 car dealerships in 10 states, selling 25 makes of cars.
Last year sales topped $2 point 4 billion.
The news is much better for Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Mark Brunell.
It was feared that Brunell's right knee was completely ripped apart on this
hit Saturday and would need reconstructive surgery.
But tests today revealed only partial tears and doctors have eliminated the
need for major surgery.
((TOM COUGHLIN/JAGUARS HEAD COACH:))
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The James Madison Dukes have a number of vacancies to fill this preseason,
including a glaring hole at the quarterback spot.
The battle to replace Willie Gonzalez is creating some concern, if not
creating a little controversy, for head coach Alex Wood.
Roy Stanley has more from Harrisonburg.
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SUPER=01-Greg Maddox/Started 6 Games at QB Last Year; :47
SUPER=01-John DeFilippo/Sophomore Quarterback Candidate; 1:00
SUPER=01-Bennie Griffin/Freshman Quarterback Candidate; 1:18
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Golf's final major of the year, the PGA championship, is winding up the first
round of play in New York.
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John Daly has the clubhouse lead after shooting a four under par round of 66
at the Winged Foot course.
The 1991 PGA champion put together his best round in some months today.
Tiger Woods had an up and down day and ended the first round at even par 70.
The Scott Robertson Memorial Golf Tournament is in it's final day of
competition today over at the Roanoke Country Club.
The girls division finished up late this afternoon and 1996 champion
Cimmie Shahan successfully defended her title; winning the tournament with a
three round score of 71, 70 and 74.
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((CIMMIE SHAHAN/2 TIME SCOTT ROBERTSON CHAMPION:))
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The boys divisions are still out on the course and should wrap up shortly
after 7pm. We will have your winners tonight at 11.
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Roanoke blues and jazz fans are getting their own festival.
The event's set for Saturday, September 6th, in Elmwood Park.
It's called "A Taste of the Blue Ridge Blues and Jazz Festival."
And it will feature some international musicians, including Ronnie Earl and
30 restaurants will also be part of the event.
It's sponsored by WDBJ-7.
The Roanoke Special Events Committee is hoping it brings in 75-thousand