He's the one who ran to report the crime, but Emmett Cressell is still one
of the prime suspects in the burning and decapitation of a black man in Grayson
We'll have a LIVE report.
Wanna bet... on the Internet?
Your Congressman has caught on-line gambling in his WEB sights this time.
In sports, the Hokies continue tuning up for Rutgers, the Covington Cougars
are anxious for the 1997 season to begin this Friday night, Martina Hingis wins
big at the Open,
but Allen Iverson isn't so lucky as he enters a plea of no contest to a
concealed weapons charge today in court.
Easy times in the weather forecasting business. Partly Sunny skies rules
the outlook coming up.
Emmett Cressell Junior's attorney says his client walked eight miles to
report the burning and decapitation of a black man in Grayson County.
But that argument, and others, weren't enough to free the 36- year old from
Double Boxes=Keith and Teresa/Microwave
Teresa Hamilton was in court today and joins us now from our Blacksburg
Keith, Judge Danny Byrd denied bond after listening to both sides.
It turns out Cressell was free on bond, in connection with a separate
incident, at the time of Garnett Johnson's murder.
IN Q=He will
SUPER=01-Mark Claytor/Cressell's Attorney; :31
SUPER=01-Pat Johnson/Victim's Cousin; 1:03
OUT Q=not released.
IN Q=He will
((MARK CLAYTOR/CRESSELL'S ATTORNEY:HE WILL NOT RUN KNOWING THAT HIS PARENTS ARE
HAVING TO PUT UP THEIR HARD EARNED FARM ON HIS BEHALF. ))
OUT Q=his behalf.
Former Roanoke County prosecutor Mark Claytor used that argument and
others-- trying to secure Cressell's bond.
The 36- year old is one of two men charged with Garnett "GP" Johnson's
The former Marine was burned and decapitated last month during a drinking
party in Elk Creek.
Claytor also argued that his client was the first to report the crime.
IN Q=He and a
((MARK CLAYTOR/CRESSELL'S ATTORNEY:HE AND A PLEASANT ACQUAINTANCE ACTUALLY RAN
THROUGH A BRIAR PATCH, DOWN OVER A HILL, UP ACROSS A BANK TO A ROAD, FLAGGED
DOWN A PASSING VEHICLE AND THEN WENT DOWN TO THE GRAYSON COUNTY SHERIFF'S
DEPARTMENT AND SAID, HEY THIS IS WHAT'S GOING ON. ))
OUT Q=going on.
But that argument didn't sway the judge.
Prosecutors argued to keep Cressell in jail because he was already "free on
bond" from a malicious wounding charge at the time of Johnson's murder.
Several of the victim's family members were in the courtroom, when Cressell
and his mother testified.
IN Q=I was
((PAT JOHNSON/VICTIM'S COUSIN:I WAS GRATEFUL THAT HE DID NOT RECEIVE BOND, I
FELT SORRY FOR HIS FAMILY, FOR HIS MOTHER ESPECIALLY, BUT I THINK IT'S THE BEST
THINK FOR THIS COMMUNITY THAT HE WAS NOT RELEASED.))
OUT Q=not released.
There's a report out that Cressell has agreed to help the prosecution-- a
source we talked with earlier says nothing's "in stone" but the two sides have
Double Boxes=Keith and Teresa/Microwave
The search for the warden's wife at Camp One in Pulaski County ended
SUPER=03-Pulaski Co./Last Week
State and local police spent three days last week digging behind the
Pulaski Correctional Unit.
It was a big operation, with heavy equipment, tracking dogs, expertise from
Virginia Tech and the Smithsonian Institute.
They were searching for the remains of Carol Smith, the wife of WARDEN
David L. Smith. Carol Smith disappeared more than three years ago.
State police confirmed that they wrapped up the operation at the prison
camp late Friday, but won't say any more about it.
Congressman Bob Goodlatte is taking on the Internet again.
Today he unveiled a bill to ban Internet gambling.
Double Boxes=Keith and Eric/Newsroom
Eric Earnhart is in our newsroom, to show us what Goodlatte is concerned
roll cue: should be illegal
IN Q=When Bob Goodlatte
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
OUT Q=previous legislation
(( When Bob Goodlatte typed "Gambling" into one internet search engine, he
pulled up a list of 40 websites, all offering on-line games...
Sites like this one, where you can download free software offering high
quality, high dollar on-line games.
IN Q=the people
((REP. BOB GOODLATTE/(R)- SIXTH DISTRICT; THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF VIRGINIA
THROUGH THEIR ELECTED STATE REPRESENTATIVES HAVE DETERMINED THAT CASINO
GAMBLING IS NOT GOING TO BE AVAILABLE IN VIRGINIA, AND THEY OUGHT OT HAVE THE
RIGHT TO MAINTAIN THAT STATE SOVEREIGNTY ON THIS ISSUE AS WELL AS A LOT OF
OTHERS THAT ARE GOING TO BE CHALLENGED BY THE NEW TECHNOLOGY THAT IS AVAILABLE
TO PEOPLE RIGHT IN THEIR HOMES.))
OUT Q=right in their homes
The man who runs this internet casino, Peter Bengtsson of Boss Casinos
says... "The thing that bothers me is not potential legislation against
Internet Casinos, but the fact that the government is trying to control the
citizen's whereabouts, and what they can do with their own money."
Goodlatte's last effort to regulate the web, the Communications Decency Act,
was rejected by the Supreme Court as a violation of free speech.
He is confident THIS bill won't be.
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
OUT Q=same test
If they can pass it, can they enforce it?
Goodlatte says yes, by extraditing people who operate gambling sites from
other countries, and running sting operations to catch people sitting at their
computers and placing bets.
The penalties are enough to make you think twice...a maximum four years in
prison for running a game... six months just for playing...Keith?
Double Boxes=Keith and Eric/Newsroom
The Franklin County Prosecutor says one conviction is better than none.
Commonwealth's Attorney Cliff Hapgood today agreed to drop a malicious
wounding charge against William "Dee" Stanley after Stanley agreed to plead
guilty to a lesser charge.
Dee's son Scott Stanley was shot in the stomach in February during a fight
with his father.
Scott Stanley refused to press charges and says he can't remember anything
about that night because he was in a drug- and alcohol- induced state.
IN Q=There certainly was
((CLIFF HAPGOOD/COMMONWEALTH ATTORNEY:THERE CERTAINLY WAS FORENSIC EVIDENCE
THAT SHOTS HAD BEEN FIRED INSIDE THE RESIDENCE. THERE WAS EVIDENCE OF QUITE A
BIT OF SCUFFLE THINGS WERE BROKEN SCATTERED OUT, GUNS WERE FOUND IN THE YARD,
SO IT LOOKED LIKE THERE HAD BEEN A SIGNIFICANT STRUGGLE))
OUT Q=significant struggle
Dee Stanley was sentenced to six months in jail.
Stanley's lawyer says his client has been through an ordeal and agreeing to
the plea arrangement is the easiest way to put everything behind him.
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Police officers now have broader powers to arrest domestic violence
offenders--but authorities say they still need the victim's cooperation, and
that's sometimes tough to get. Coming up on News 7 at Six, we'll continue our
series "Why Does She Stay?"
Also a lifesaving gift that newborns and their mothers can provide.
We'll have that story.
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Many victims of domestic violence say it's not easy to leave the person who
Often it takes an outside influence, such as children, for victims to
finally find their way out.
In part two of our series, "Why Does She Stay?", Kimberly McBroom explains
how new laws are making it safer to leave.
IN Q=Sherri Songer wasn't bound by marriage
SUPER=07-Sherri Songer; :09
SUPER=01-Judge Philip Trompeter/Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court; 1:05
OUT Q=McBroom, News 7
(( Sherri Songer wasn't bound by marriage, but for 10 years she lived with a
boyfriend she describes as abusive.
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
((JUDGE PHILIP TROMPETER/JUVENILE & DOMESTIC 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. ))
Since the new domestic violence law went into effect July first, there's
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.
But Judge Trompeter says the laws are only as strong as their enforcement
and the willingness of the victim to get help.
end stand up
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.))
SS=Why Does She Stay?
Tomorrow on News 7 at Six we'll find out how the cycle of violence can end
for both the victim AND the abuser.
Jim Gilmore says if he's elected governor, convicted criminals will do more
than just do time.
The Republican says they'll also foot part of the bill.
That was part of a 21- point plan he outlined for the Virginia Sheriff's
IN Q=We ought
((JIM GILMORE/R-CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: WE OUGHT TO HAVE APPROPRIATE WAYS FOR
CRIMINALS TO PAY FOR THAT INCARCERATION. WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO RECOVER MONEY
FOR THE TAXPAYERS. THE TIME HAS COME TO SAY THAT IF PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BREAK
THE LAW THEY SHOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN CONDUCT.))
OUT Q=own conduct.
Gilmore says that reforming frivolous prisoner lawsuits could save up to
140- million- dollars- a- year.
The Virginia A-C-L-U says that number is way off of what other states that
tried it have pulled in.
A spokeswoman for Don Beyer says the Democrat has also considered Gilmore's
idea to limit lawsuits -- but that making prisoners pay for their stay is a
repackaged idea from Gilmore's campaign for attorney general.
Stocks were lower across the board as investors
continued to shift money from blue chips into smaller-company
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New parents are faced with plenty of decisions--
But how about this one:
What are you planning to do with the blood from the baby's umbilical cord?
Connie Stevens reports-- it actually has some life-saving uses.
IN Q=It's called
SUPER=04-Cord Blood Registry; :00
SUPER=01-Lauren Clark/Cord Blood Registry; :23
OUT Q=CS, News 7.
It's called cord blood-- the blood left in the umbilical cord and placenta
It's rich in life-saving stem cells, which can be used to treat the same
diseases as bone marrow transplantation-- most commonly leukemia, lymphoma, and
bone cancer-- as well as aplastic anema, and sickle cell disease-- and a host
of other illnesses.
IN Q=I had no
((LAUREN CLARK/CORD BLOOD REGISTRY: I HAD NO IDEA WHEN I HAD MY FIRST TWO
CHILDREN THAT IT WAS AN OPTION FOR ME, AND I WISH I HAD KNOWN BECAUSE I
DEFINITELY WOULD HAVE DONE IT.))
OUT Q=not do it.
Cord blood provides a guaranteed match for the child-- and MAY match other
family members, as well.
Companies such as the Cord Blood Registry are providing new parents with a
collection kit to take to the hospital.
Then parents must quickly send the cord blood off to a lab for testing and
IN Q=It's not like
((LAUREN CLARK: IT'S NOT LIKE YOU'RE GIVING BLOOD. YOU ARE GIVING BLOOD, BUT
YOUR NOT GETTING STUCK WITH A NEEDLE, THE MOTHER DOESN'T FEEL ANYTHING, IT
TAKES NOTHING AWAY FROM THE BABY, IT TAKES NOTHING AWAY FROM THE MOTHER. THOSE
PLACENTAS AND THE UMBILICAL CORD ARE GOING TO BE THROWN IN THE TRASH ))
OUT Q=in the trash.
It's the cost that's the biggest issue for most parents.
The company charges about two-thousand dollars for testing and storage--
with an additional 75-dollars a year.
Numbers some parents just might weigh against their worst nightmares.
Connie Stevens, News 7.
Coming up tonight in sports, Allen Iverson has his day in court, the
Covington Cougars hope to be on the prowl this season in the Pioneer.
And Steve Mason checks in with the Hokies as they wrap up preparations for
this Saturday afternoon's season opener with Rutgers.
The NBA's ever conscious image machine took another big hit this afternoon as
last year's rookie of the year, Allen Iverson, entered a plea of no-contest
SUPER=03-New Kent; :00
to a charge of carrying a concealed weapon.
The 22 year old 76ers point guard 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 today's plea bargain.
Iverson must perform 100 hours of community service and undergo monthly drug
testing for 2 years.
This Saturday at 12:35; Virginia Tech will battle the Scarlet Knights at
Rutgers Stadium. Steve Mason brings us up to speed on The Hokies; three days
before their season opener. Steve.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :17
SUPER=01-Michael Stuewe/Virginia Tech Split End; :56
SUPER=04-September 24, 1996; 1:29
SUPER=01-Pierson Prioleau/Virginia Tech Rover; 1:35
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
Out preseason high school roundup continues tonight with one of Friday
Football Extra's traditional winners, the Covington Cougars.
This year 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.
IN Q="We have...
((SHAWN SIMMONS/COVINGTON SENIOR LINEMAN:))
SUPER=01-Shawn Simmons/Covington Senior Lineman; :00
OUT Q=...SIZE WISE."
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And finally tonight, play is continuing at the this hour during the second
day of the US Open.
SUPER=03-New York, NY/USA; :00
This afternoon the world's top ranked player, Martina Hingis opened play in
the tourney with a 6-love, 6-1 win at centre court over Tami Jones, who is
pregnant and expecting her first child.
IN Q="It was...
((TAMI JONES/LOSES TO HINGIS 6-0 AND 6-1:))
SUPER=01-Tami Jones/Loses To Hingis 6-0 and 6-1; :00
OUT Q=...ha ha ha."
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That's News 7 at Six.
Tonight at 11, we'll be tuning in to public television.
The station that brings you Sesame Street, and Cookin' Cheap is entering its
After 30 years, W-B-R-A is inviting you to its birthday party.
Jean Jadhon has the story tonight on News 7 at 11.