Up next on News 7 at 11...
A fraternity pledge's death stuns students at a Louisiana college.
A Grayson County murder suspect will stay behind bars as he awaits his
And we'll mark 30 years of public television in the Roanoke Valley.
News 7 at 11 is next.
A Louisiana State University student apparently died of acute alcohol
poisoning at a fraternity.
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That's the word from a coroner who found the student's blood-alcohol level
at nearly six times the legal limit. L-S-U's chancellor says
apparently no one was forced to drink.
One of the men charged in the murder and decapitation of a man in Grayson
county will stay behind bars. A judge today denied bond for Emmett Cressell.
Plus celebrating 30 years of public broadcasting in the Roanoke Valley.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
A judge today denied bond for one of two suspects charged with the burning
and decapitation of a black man in Grayson County.
36- year old Emmett Cressell (CRESS-ULL), Junior will remain behind bars for
his alleged role in the murder of Garnett Johnson.
Cressell's attorney argued that his client is not a threat to society.
But prosecutors pointed to Cressell's record.
The 36- year old was free on bond for malicious wounding at the time of
Several of the victim's family members attended today's hearing.
IN Q=I feel
((PAT JOHNSON/VICTIM'S COUSIN:I FEEL IT WAS IMPORTANT THAT OUR FAMILY SHOW OUR
SUPPORT, IT'S IMPORTANT TO US AND THE COMMUNITY THAT MR. CRESSELL NOT BE
RELEASED AND I WAS GRATEFUL THAT HE DID NOT RECEIVE BOND. ))
SUPER=01-Pat Johnson/Victim's Cousin; :00
OUT Q=receive bond.
There's a report out that Cressell will help the prosecution with its case.
NEWS 7 spoke to a source close to the case who says the two sides have been
talking but that nothing "is in stone".
They wrapped up the excavation at a state prison Camp in Pulaski County
without finding any signs of the warden's wife.
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A team of forensic experts, about 30 search dogs and police spent three
days last week digging behind the Pulaski Correctional Unit.
They were searching for the remains of Carol Smith, the wife of WARDEN
David L. Smith. Carol Smith disappeared more than three years ago.
The search apparently turned up nothing.
State police confirmed that they wrapped up the operation at the prison
camp late Friday, but won't say any more about it.
A Franklin County man accused of shooting his son will go to jail for six
months for a lesser crime.
Moonshiner William "Dee" Stanley has been sentenced to report to jail
He plead guilty today to owning a gun after being convicted of a felony in
exchange for dropping the malicious wounding charges.
IN Q=The maximum
((CLIFF HAPGOOD/COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY:THE MAXIMUM HE COULD HAVE GOTTEN WAS
FIVE YEARS AND HE PLEAD GUILTY TO THE CHARGE AND TOOK THREE YEARS, TWO AND A
HALF OF THAT WAS SUSPENDED))
OUT Q=of that was suspended
Scott Stanley was shot in the stomach in February of last year following an
altercation with his father.
The case was dismissed in April because the victim could not remember if his
father had shot him or not.
Scott Stanley says his memory was clouded by drugs and alcohol the night of
A drinking binge at a Lousiania State University fraternity party killed one
student, and hospitalized three others.
SUPER=03-Baton Rouge, LA;
It happened at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house early this morning.
According to the coroner, fraternity pledge Benjamin Wynne had a blood
alcohol level of point-five-eight-eight, almost six times the legal point of
The incident stunned the LSU campus.
IN Q=I think everybody
((ALEX MOLLERE/LSU STUDENT; I THINK EVERYBODY JUST FEELS REAL REAL BAD ABOUT
IT, AND IT JUST MAKES EVERYBODY THAT MUCH MORE AWARE.
DAN ROSENQUIST/LSU STUDENT; I THINK IT'S SAD, IT'S TERRIBLE, THEY SHOULD HAVE
NEVER COME TO THAT.
SUPER=01-Alex Mollere/LSU Student;
SUPER=01-Dan Rosenquist/LSU Student ;:09
OUT Q=come to that
Other fraternity members aren't commenting on the incident.
University officials say the party was part of the celebration of fraternity
pledge week, but there's no evidence anyone was forced to drink in a hazing
Things are improving again on the Russian Space station Mir
Mission control says the station is getting closer to full power.
NASA has been criticized for leaving astronaut Michael Foale on board the
But Foale's wife says she's not worried.
Rhonda Foale says she knows he's alright, because she often hears him
laughing in the background during radio transmissions.
IN Q=he's, you know
((RHONDA FOALE; HE'S, YOU KNOW, BROUGHT HUMOR TO EVERYTHING AND ALSO HANDLING
THE DIFFICULT SITUATIONS REALLY WELL AND THE RUSSIANS HAVE TOLD ME THEY'RE
REALLY PROUD OF HIM TOO. WE'RE REAL POSITIVE ABOUT HIS EXPERIENCE UP THERE AND
IT'S DOING A LOT OF GOOD FOR THE PROGRAM TOO.))
OUT Q=program too
Mrs. Foale says she believes the on-going cooperation between Americans and
Russians is more important the station's scientific mission.
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Still to come, we'll see how new laws are trying to help victims of domestic
and we'll see what's changed as public television in the valley turns thirty.
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Federal, state and local officials are working side by side-- hoping to
figure out what caused last week's massive chemical fire in Smyth County.
The "Marley Mouldings" warehouse in Atkins caught fire Wednesday sending a
cloud of black smoke into the air for several miles.
The fire burned for about two days before it was put out using a special
foam that smothered the blaze.
Today sheriff's officials, state police and agents with the bureau of
alcohol, firearms and tobacco continued to search for a cause.
IN Q=In a
((CHIP SHULER/SMYTH CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.:IN A FIRE THIS MASSIVE WE NEED TO POOL
OUR RESOURCES AND DO THE BEST JOB WE CAN, OF COURSE, STATE POLICE, FEDERAL
AGENCIES, HAVE LONGER ARMS THAN WE HAVE HERE IN THE COUNTY, THEY'RE A
TREMENDOUS HELP TO US. ))
SUPER=01-Chip Shuler/Smyth Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :00
OUT Q=to us.
Officials estimate damage to the building at more than a million dollars.
GRAPHIC=Why Does She Stay?
This week we're exploring the issue of domestic violence, particularly WHY
victims find it difficult to leave their abuser.
Now that the General Assembly has stepped in with new LAWS to protect them,
there is new HOPE for victims trying to re- build their lives.
Take Full Screen
Kimberly McBroom has more in the second part of our series, "Why Does She
IN Q=Sherri Songer wasn't bound by marriage
SUPER=07-Sherri Songer; :09
SUPER=01-Hon. Philip Trompeter/Roanoke Co. J & D Relations Court; 1:05
OUT Q=McBroom, News 7
(( Sherri Songer wasn't bound by marriage, but still lived with her abusive
boyfriend for 10 years.
SOT 1:09:28 tape 2
((SHERRI SONGER: THEN IT REACHED A CERTAIN POINT WHERE IT WAS AS IF HE DIDN'T
CARE IF ANYONE KNEW HOW HE BEHAVED, AND SO THAT'S WHERE THE BLACK EYES AND THE
BUSTED NOSE AND BROKEN BONES CAME INTO PLAY. ))
Songer came to the Salvation Army's Turning Point Shelter a year ago, and
now works there.
She has three children with her ex- boyfriend, and says it was her concern
over THEIR future that finally sent her packing.
SOT tape 2 1:13:51
((SHERRI SONGER: I HAVE A SON AND I COULDN'T IMAGINE HIM GROWING UP TO THINK
IT WAS OKAY TO ABUSE WOMEN AND TO SAY THE THINGS TO WOMEN THAT HAVE BEEN SAID
TO ME. I HAVE TWO BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTERS, AND I JUST COULDN'T IMAGINE BEING A
MOTHER AND MY DAUGHTER GOING THROUGH WHAT I HAD GONE THROUGH. ))
Songer still has to deal with her ex in-directly in a battle over custody.
Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judge Philip Trompeter says half of the
cases he hears are related to domestic violence.
Trompeter says children are often caught in the crossfire.
SOT tape 5 1:01:15
((HON. PHILIP TROMPETER/ROANOKE CO. J. & D. RELATIONS COURT: IT'S UP TO THE
COURT TO FASHION ORDERS IN THOSE KINDS OF CASES THAT WILL PROTECT THE CHILDREN
AND MAKE SURE THAT HOPEFULLY, THEY CAN HAVE A POSITIVE RELATIONSHIP WITH THAT
PARENT, WHO IS THE ABUSER. ))
With the passage of the new domestic violence law July first, there's now
more legal protection for victims.
Not only are police more likely to make an arrest, but the courts can now
issue EIGHT different types of protective orders ranging from child to spousal
But Judge Trompeter says the laws are only as strong as their enforcement
and the willingness of the victim to get help.
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SOT tape 5 1:08:16
((HON. PHILIP TROMPETER:ROANOKE CO. J & D RELATIONS COURT: IF THERE'S A WEAK
LINK IN ANY OF THESE AREAS, THEN DESPITE THESE GOOD LAWS, WE COULD CERTAINLY
FIND THERE WILL BE SITUATIONS WHERE IT MAY NOT WORK. SO, ONLY TIME WILL TELL.
Meanwhile, Sherri Songer is still looking over her shoulder...and has a
protective order against her abuser.
SOT TAPE 2 1:14:59
((SHERRI SONGER: IT IS A STRUGGLE EVERY SINGLE DAY BUT THE STRUGGLE'S WELL
WORTH THE PEACE AND THE SAFETY THAT MY CHILDREN ARE PROVIDED WITH NOW. ))
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.))
The Public television station in our area is celebrating a milestone.
It's been 30 years since WBRA signed on the air and in those three decades,
the station that Big Bird built has done a lot of growing up
Andrew Freiden reports.
IN Q=30 years ago
SUPER=10-Dana Cox/WBRA General Manager/August 1967; :06
SUPER=01-Barbara Landon/WBRA Vice President; :27
OUT Q=af, news7
((30 years ago, 17 school systems in Virginia came up with enough money to
start up WBRA.
SOT -1:58 (3/4 tape)
((DANA COX/WBRA GENERAL MANAGER: WE WILL HAVE THE ABILITY HAVE THE BLUE RIDGE
EDUCATIONAL TV ASSOCIATION TO PROGRAM PROGRAMS OR LESSONS AND HAVE THEM
DISTRIBUTED THROUGH A STATE WIDE DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM. ))
Barbara Landon was one of the first instructors hired at the station.
She taught geography ON-AIR, by reading and sometimes even pointing to
illustrations in textbooks.
((BARBARA LANDON: AND WHEN THE FIRST COMPUTER CAME IN, THE THEN GENERAL
MANAGER SAID WELL THAT THING WILL GROW COBWEBS, CAUSE YOU'LL NEVER GET AROUND
TO USING IT. AND NOW EVERY OFFICE HAS A COMPUTER. ))
Back In 1967, Barbara and her colleagues weren't sure if non-commercial TV
would succeed-- so they worked hard to get private donations.
((BARBARA LOGAN/WBRA TELEVISION: THE FIRST ONES OF US WHO CAME IN SORT OF HAD
A MISSION, AND WE WERE DOING AN AWFUL LOT OF GOING OUT AND TALKING TO PEOPLE
ABOUT WHAT IS PUBLIC TV. BUT FORTUNATELY, SESAME STREET CAME ALONG, AND WE
WOULD TELL PEOPLE, YOU KNOW, BIG BIRD? ))
Over the years, the station has grown from just children's shows to shows
for grown ups--
Like the nationally syndicated cookin' cheap, produced here at WBRA's
The station is experiencing some growing pains-- it's trying to raise enough
money to switch to a digital signal.
((BARBARA LOGAN/WBRA TELEVISION: PROBABLY IT'S GOING TO COST 10-12 MILLION
Stay tuned-- this fall, WBRA is bringing Titanic's explorer to town-- to
help kick off the big fund drive.
Barbara doesn't want you to worry though, WBRA is not a sinking ship. It's
been sailing smoothly in the black for 30 years.
Andrew Freiden, News 7.))
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The "Deputy's Bill of Rights" issue is the latest flashpoint in Virginia's
race for governor.
Republican Jim Gilmore told the Virginia Sheriff's Association he favors the
idea, which would protect deputies from getting fired for political reasons.
Gilmore accuses Democrat Don Beyer of flip flopping on it.
SOT ******CONTROL TRACK TIME****** 00:01:53
((JIM GILMORE/R-CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: ASTOUNDINGLY AT THE F-O-P DEBATE HE
SAID I'M FOR THE DEPUTY'S BILL OF RIGHTS. AND WHEN I ASKED HIM, HOW CAN YOU
CHANGE ON A DIME LIKE THAT? HOW CAN YOU JUST SWITCH POSITIONS DEPENDING UPON
WHAT GROUP YOU'RE TALKING TO? HE SAID OH WELL WE ALL CHANGE. YOU CHANGE, I
CHANGE, WE'RE ALL CHANGING. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT WE ARE CONSISTENT,
WE ARE DECISIVE, AND WE ARE NOT SWITCHING DEPENDING ON WHAT GROUP WE'RE TALKING
OUT Q=talking to.
Beyer's camp says he decided to back the proposal after watching the Allen
administration lay off state employees in a political manner.
When we return, local animal control officers try to tackle a big stink,
and we'll see what one Congressman is doing to keep poker chips out of your
Young skunks are leaving home this season...
and are on the prowl in South Boston backyards.
Sick over the smell, neighbors have searched for help.
Animal Control Officer Terry Farris has tried to lure them in with dog food.
Neighbors say skunks have even infested the American Legion building.
IN Q=I reckon
((C.E.D. HAILEY/RESIDENT: I RECKON THE MOTHER SKUNK HAD HAD THE YOUNG ONES
UNDER THE BUILDING. EVERY NOW AND THEN WHEN THEY HAD TO URINATE IT WOULD STINK
THE WHOLE HALL AND CANTEEN UP AGAIN. SO WE HAVE TO OPEN ALL THE WINDOWS AND
TURN ON THE FAN AND EVERYTHING ELSE.))
OUT Q=and everything else
The town uses three skunk traps, and Animal Control says three more are on
But residents say they've been hearing that for years.
In the meantime, removing brush piles, open trash, and pet food from
backyards can help keep the skunks at bay.
Congressman Bob Goodlatte wants to keep gambling out of your house
Next week, Goodlatte will introduce a bill banning internet gambling.
He says the bill will keep gambling out of states that have outlawed other
forms of casino gambling.
IN Q=gambling is not
((REP. BOB GOODLATTE/(R)- SIXTH DISTRICT GAMBLING IS NOT SPEECH AND HAS NEVER
BEEN HELD TO BE SPEECH BY THE SUPREME COURT SO SINCE IT'S BEEN HEAVILY
REGULATED AND IN FACT PROHIBITED IN THE STATES, AND BY PREVIOUS FEDERAL
LEGISLATION, IT IS CURRENTLY RIGHT NOW AGAINST THE LAW TO PARTICIPATE IN
INTERSTATE GAMBLING, THEREFORE THIS LEGISLATION, WE ARE CONFIDENT, WILL HOLD UP
TO THE SAME TEST.))
OUT Q=same test
Goodlatte says the F-B-I could use sting operations enforce the law.
People operating gambling websites outside the United States will be
extradited for trial and face a maximum 4 year sentence.
People caught using gambling sites illegally would face a maximum six month
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Packers great Reggie White is coming to your grocery store on a Campbell's
White will grace the label of 50 million Chunky soup cans for charity.
For every tackle he makes this year, Campbell is donating 20 thousand cans of
soup to food banks, and 50 thousand cans for every sack.
Floyd County was in the spotlight last night as the school's traditionally
strong girl's hoops program opened its two night Lady Buff Classic.
SUPER=03-Floyd/Blacksburg vs. Fieldale Coll.; :00
In the opening game of the night Blacksburg took on Fieldale Collinsville.
The Indians were ready to roll in this one as Casey Beamer dishes the pill to
Karly Geller for the easy two as the Indians led by 12.
The Cavs would attempt to battle back as Donna Mabry knocks the ball loose.
She gets the steal and the basket.
But Blacksburg would control the game throughout as Sarah Hobeika get the
hoop to lead the Indians to the 55-to-33 win.
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In the nightcap, the Lady Buffs would tangle with the Patrick County Cougars.
Floyd's Julie Sowers would dominate the game inside with an impressive 31 point
and 10 rebound effort last night.
Allison Brammer hits this three for Patrick County to get the Cougars within
But Floyd was too much. Lara Proffitt nails the turnaround at the buzzer as
Floyd pulls away to record the 90-to-59 win.
The final night of the tourney is this Thursday night.
The NBA's reigning rookie of the year learned a valuable lesson yesterday -
your actions do have consequences.
SUPER=03-New Kent; :00
Allen Iverson, the 76ers point guard was sentenced to three years probation
after pleading no-contest to charges of carrying a concealed weapon.
The 22 year old Hampton native was a passenger in a car stopped
for speeding on Interstate 64 outside of Richmond earlier this month.
He also was charged with possesion of marijuana, but that charge was dropped
as part of yesterday's plea bargain.
Iverson must perform 100 hours of community service and undergo monthly drug
testing for 2 years.
The San Francisco 49ers got kicked around by the Panthers last season, but
last night they took a big step toward getting a little revenge.
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/January 5th; :00
Two days after he was cut by Carolina, Kevin Greene has signed a six year
deal with the 49ers worth $13 million dollars.
If he plays out the contract he will be 41 when he quits.
Mark your calendars, the Niners will be in Charlotte September 29th for a
Monday night date.
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In one other Panther note, Monday the team cut former Hokie Waverly Jackson,
who has been impressive in the preseason.
Yesterday Carolina re-signed Jackson and placed him on the team's practice
squad where he will draw a paycheck all season.
As will former Ferrum star Jim Kitts, who was reclaimed by the Redskins to
spend the season on their practice squad.
Michael Westbrook's apology to the fans in Washington Monday won't be enough
to get him his starting job back for the team's opener this Sunday night.
SUPER=03-Frostburg, MD/Last Month; :00
Head coach Norv Turner hasn't officially named his lineup, but a number of
players say veteran Alvin Harper will start in Westbrook's place and team up
with Henry Ellerd.
The New York Yankees rapped out 22 hits and ranked up 18 runs today as they
hammered the A's 18-to-2.
SUPER=03-Oakland, CA/Yankees vs. A's; :00
Tino Martinez was of course in the middle of all the excitement as he lashed
this three run homer to right field. It's his 41st homer of the season.
But second baseman Rey Sanchez was the man. He had four hits and the
defensive play of the day. Look at the behind the SUPER=35-New
back toss to Derek Jeter for the out.
Yanks 18 - A's 2.
More football is on the way as we check in with the Covington Cougars, and
Steve Mason who spent today hanging out the with Hokies.
IN Q="The Hokies
OUT Q=...in sports"
go to break
The countdown to the opening night of the football season continues tonight
along with our preseason previews.
Tonight we're in Covington where the Cougars have a new coach as longtime
assistant Brad Morton replaces John Woodzell.
Morton inherits an outstanding group of seniors.
IN Q="We;ve got...
((BRAD MORTON/COVINGTON HEAD COACH:))
((COURTNEY WOODING/COVINGTON SENIOR LINEMAN:))
SUPER=01-Brad Morton/Covington Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Courtney Wooding/Covington Senior Lineman; :18
OUT Q=...THIS YEAR."
The Cougars have always been known for their for speed, but this year it's
their size that should cause some problems in the Pioneer.
Virginia Tech's quest to earn a fifth straight bowl bid begins this Saturday
in Piscataway, New Jersey.
And Steve Mason says the youngest starting team in Frank Beamer's tenure in
Blacksburg will be facing a fired up Rutgers squad.
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SUPER=03-Blacksburg/September 24, 1996; :00
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :18
SUPER=01-Michael Stuewe/Virginia Tech Split End; :24
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
Folk-rock legend Bob Dylan will sing for Pope John Paul the Second next
Organizers say the 1960s counter-culture idol will be among
several singers to perform at a youth rally-
It's part of a Catholic Eucharistic Congress the pope is due to close.
The pope is expected to spend about 90 minutes at the rally September 27,
and address the young people attending the conference.
He reportedly will stay a little longer to hear at least a little of Dylan's
Some of Dylan's greatest hits include "Knocking On
Heaven's Door and "Like a Rolling Stone."
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