They caught Kenneth Lawson running a red light in Maryland... now he's back
in Lynchburg, explaining why he was behind the wheel of a murder victim's car.
That's our top story tonight.
We'll also have an eye-witness account of the day a man slammed the door on
a fellow racquetball player at the "Y"- -cutting off the tip of his finger.
Tonight in sports, the unbeaten Tech basketball team is about to get a
baptism by fire with UNC and South Carolina on the horizon, the 49ers have some
concerns for their top man, Eddie DeBartolo tonight.
And finally, the Virginia High School League has decided to keep the division
five state title game at Norfolk State.
Fleming and Hampton square off Saturday at one.
Our weather view will be a bit more cloudy tomorrow. Toss in some light
rain and you've got the weather story.
A lucky break could help solve one Lynchburg murder case, while authorities
are looking for a teenaged suspect in another.
27- year- old Kenneth Lloyd Lawson was arrested yesterday after he ran a red
light in Prince George County, Maryland.
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Lawson was driving a 1993 Lexus belonging to 72- year- old Samuel J. York,
who was found stabbed to death two weeks ago.
Maryland authorities ran a computer check on the vehicle and found Lawson
was wanted for questioning in York's murder.
IN Q=These are the
((LT. EUGENE WINGFIELD/LYNCHBURG POLICE: THESE ARE THE TYPE BREAKS THAT YOU
LOOK FOR. THAT'S WHY WE ENTER PEOPLE INTO THE COMPUTERS, NOT ONLY THE SUSPECTS
OR ANYONE WE'RE LOOKING FOR IN A CASE, BUT ALSO IN THIS CASE, AN AUTOMOBILE, IN
HOPES THAT SOMETHING LIKE THIS WILL OCCUR, AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT OCCURRED
SUPER=01-Lt. Eugene Wingfield/Lynchburg Police; :00
OUT Q=what occurred yesterday.
Lawson was returned to Lynchburg today and remains held without bond.
So far, he's been charged only with auto theft.
Meanwhile, police need help finding another murder suspect, 17- year- old
Ernest Wilbur Fuller.
Fuller allegedly shot and killed a man during an argument in Lynchburg
Authorities say Fuller may have fled to New York City.
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The Danville Chapter of the Red Cross has a warning: do NOT give money to
solicitors who claim they're from the roganization.
A fire left about 60 families homeless in Danville and ever since, people
claiming to be from the Red Cross have been going door-to-door asking for
The Red Cross says it's a scam -- contributions can be made at their Main
Street office in Danville, but the Red Cross does NOT go door to door.
"Eight slams of anger," severed the tip of a man's finger at the Y-M-C-A
That's the way John Coates' attorney described it for a Roanoke jury today.
Attorneys for Andy Hudick say he slammed the door of the racquetball court
at the "Y"- -instinctively - -out of self- preservation, when Coates opened the
door while a game was underway.
((SLOWLY TURNED THE DOOR KNOB, OPENED IT SLOWLY, NO MORE THAN- -I'M GOING TO
SAY 12 INCHES- -JUST ENOUGH TO FIND OUT IF ANYONE WAS PLAYING RACQUETBALL.))
SUPER=01-Vic Garber/Coates' Racquetball Partner
OUT Q=playing racquetball.
***Keith on ENG****
Coates partner says there was a loud scream from inside the court.
So, Coates started to close the door.
NAT SOT: BAM
It's undisputed: the first slam of the door cut off the end of Coates'
right ring finger.
Then Hudick opened the door.
((HE DIDN'T SAY ANYTHING. IT WAS JUST SCREAMS, "AHHH, AHHH, AHHH." LIKE THAT.))
OUT Q=like that.
Garber says Hudick then slammed the door again- -at least six more times.
Coates had an unsuccessful skin graft, had his finger sewn to his collar
bone, at one point.
A jury will decide whether Coates is due damages.
A suspect in a Franklin County murder is facing a federal drug charge, and a
charge of threatening an undercover informant.
Donald Spencer was arrested Friday.
In an affidavit filed with a federal magistrate, an undercover state police
officer says Spencer is suspected of transporting thousands of pounds of
The government also has a tape of Spencer making threats against an
SUPER=03-Franklin County/June 1996;
Spencer is a suspect in the murder of Jeffrey Norris in June of last year.
Norris was found shot to death at a mobile home in the Henry section of the
Virginia Democrats meet this weekend to lick their wounds and agree on
messages for the future.
The wound-licking may be easy.
Agreeing on a future direction won't.
Ellen Qualls reports.
IN Q=You gotta crawl
SUPER=01-Paul Goldman/Democratic Comeback Comm.; :
SUPER=01-Lt. Gov. Don Beyer/(D) Former Candidate; :
SUPER=01-Mark Warner/(D) Former Candidate; :
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
((SOT TAPE ONE 09:02:32
((PAUL GOLDMAN: YOU GOTTA CRAWL BEFORE YOU WALK. AND THEN YOU WALK BEFORE YOU
RUN. WE ARE AS I SAY IT IN SORT OF THE CRAWLING STAGE.))
Paul Goldman was party chair when Doug Wilder was elected.
He's the only man with a plan coming into this Saturday's state Democratic
SOT TAPE ONE 08:54:40
((PAUL GOLDMAN: WE GOTTA GIT RID OF THE WAY WE CHOOSE JUDGES AND LET'S
SUBSTITUTE A NON-PARTISAN, WE'LL HAVE MERIT SELECTION PROCESS FOR JUDGES. WE
OUGHT TO FINALLY SAY LET'S HAVE A TWO TERM GOVERNOR. WE'RE ELECTING A GOVERNOR
EVERY FOUR YEARS. WE'RE THE ONLY STATE THAT STILL DOES THAT. IT'S A HOLDOVER
FROM MANY, MANY YEARS AGO. THAT OUGHT TO STOP. AND WHEN IT COMES TO TAXES,
IT'S TIME FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY TO SAY HEY. WE'RE AGAINST TAXES.))
But Goldman's "Committee for a Democratic Comeback" doesn't sit well with
the party's failed standard bearer.
Don Beyer cautions against "becoming Republicans."
SOT TAPE ONE 02:10:33
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: WE HAVE TO RUN ON WHAT WE DEEPLY BELEIVE AND WHAT WE
REALLY WANT TO TAKE PLACE. AND I DON'T WANT A LOSS, OR THE CYNICAL LESSONS OF
A LOSS TO DIM MY IDEALISM, AND HOPE, AND OPTIMISM FOR VIRIGNIA'S FUTURE.))
But both Beyer and last year's losing candidate agree they were out
yard-signed... out sound-bited.
SOT TAPE ONE 07:09:04
((MARK WARNER: YOU HAVE TO BE CONSISTENT. YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO POSITION
YOURSELF AND REPEAT YOUR THEMES.))
Warner's a probable candidate for governor in four years.
sot TAPE ONE 09:00:44
((PAUL GOLDMAN: A GOOD IDEA RIGHT NOW IS TO OPEN UP THIS PARTY, HAVE A DEBATE,
AN OPEN DEBATE, AND ADOPT SOME POSITIONS THAT MOVE US FORWARD AND HAVE THE
AVERAGE VIRGINIAN SAY "HEY. THEY GOT THE MESSAGE. MAYBE WE'LL VOTE FOR THEM
FOUR YEARS FROM NOW.))
But for now... all Republicans at the helm.
Ellen Qualls. News 7, Richmond.))
Four habitual offenders in Roanoke could face up to a year in jail if they
take another drink of alcohol.
All of them have been arrested repeatedly for drinking or being drunk in
Authorities say other approaches have failed to keep them off the street.
So, today a Roanoke prosecutor asked judge Jonathon Apgar for "interdiction
orders" against three men and one woman.
IN Q=we're not attempting
((MARY BLANEY/PROSECUTOR: WE'RE NOT ATTEMPTING TO GRAB THE AVERAGE PERSON WHO
MAY HAVE BEEN DRUNK ONE TIME IN PUBLIC OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. IT'S JUST A
GOAL. IF YOU'LL NOTICE ALL OF THE CONVICTIONS WERE OVER AN 18- MONTH PERIOD FOR
PEOPLE WHO ARE CONSTANT REPEAT OFFENDERS, AND THAT HAVE SHOWN THEMSELVES TO BE
OUT Q=to be a problem.
The four could face up to a year in jail for the purchase, posession or
consumption of alcoholic beverages.
Authorities say they plan to inform state ABC stores and other merchants
that the four have been declared habitual offenders.
At day two of the Internet smut summit in Washington, D-C...
Virginia Congressman Bob Goodlatte gave the computer industry HIS input.
Goodlatte told the group of Internet providers it needs to give parents "the
tools" to regulate what children see online.
And he called on the industry to teach parents how to use those tools.
IN Q=we are all in this
((REP. BOB GOODLATTE: WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER.... PARENTS WILL NOT BE
SECURE UNTIL THEY FEEL THEIR CHILDREN ARE SAFE FROM THOSE WHO SEEK TO PREY UPON
OUT Q= prey upon them
Goodlatte called on Internet providers to use a rating system that warns
parents of websites containing pornography.
It's a seemingly endless task for this time of year-- getting rid of leaves.
But Tina Tenret introduces us to a man who can't get enough of them.
IN Q=Step onto
SUPER=07-Langhorne Jones, Jr.; :21
OUT Q=TT, News7, Chatham
(( Step onto Langhorne Jones Junior's farm and he'll tell you he never throws
Not even leaves.
In fact, he collects leaves from all over Chatham -- the town dumps them
here several times a day.
This ten foot pile will double in size this fall, then shrink to about a
foot high a couple years down the road.
It's all about recycling.
IN Q=We have to turn em
((LANGHORNE JONES, JUNIOR: WE HAVE TO TURN 'EM .. AND DECOMPOSE.))
OUT Q=and decompose
IN Q=These raw leaves
((LANGHORNE JONES, JUNIOR: THESE RAW LEAVES... SNOW DOESN'T LIKE THAT.))
OUT Q=doesn't like that
IN Q=In the morning
((IN THE MORNING... TO CATCH ON FIRE))
OUT Q=to catch on fire
A year melts the leaves into heavy, moist mud.
IN Q=The temperature's on this
((LANGHORNE JONES, JUNIOR: THE TEMPERATURE ON THIS ... A LITTLE TOO WARM FOR
OUT Q=for earthworms
Too warm for critters, perhaps, but give it a year and flowers will just eat
this dirt up.
That's when it becomes a hands-on job for Jones.
He'll move the soil into the barn to dry, then shovel it into a screen for
SOT 14:50:55??? Lynn up to you.
IN Q=nat sound
((NAT SOUND OF SCREEN))
The larger chunks fall to the left, the finer flakes to the right.
Four years later, Jones strikes pay dirt -- enough fertilizer for all.
Tina Tenret, NEws7, Chatham))
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved more low interest loans --
this time for farmers in Bedford and Rockbridge counties.
That's because Governor George Allen declared natural disaster areas in 12
counties and three cities after summer droughts decimated crops.
Amherst, Nelson, Augusta, Bath, Alleghany, Botetourt, Lexington, and Buena
Vista already had access to the loans.
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Lynchburg dedicated a new Habitat for Humanity house today, but this one
was a little different from its traditional buildings.
Collette Scott and her family are moving into the first pre-fabricated,
MOBILE home donated to Habitat.
Workers at the Commodore Housing factory in Danville donated their time to
build the house.
Habitat officials say pre- fab housing could play a big part in future
IN Q=I don't know
((CAROLYN REED/HABITAT FOR HUMANITY: I DON'T KNOW, WE NEED TO EXPLORE THAT AND
SEE. WE DO HAVE REGULAR VOLUNTEERS THAT LIKE TO COME OUT AND BUILD THEM HERE ON
SITE, BUT WE HAVE SOME VERY AGGRESSIVE GOALS AND SOMETHING LIKE THIS MAY REALLY
HELP US MEET THOSE TOO.))
SUPER=01-Carolyn Reed/Habitat For Humanity; :00
OUT Q=meet those too.
The Scotts' home is located in Lynchburg's new Jubilee Heights subdivision.
That's where Habitat for Humanity hopes to construct more than a hundred new
houses over the next four years.
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Should Victory Stadium be renovated or retired?
The question came up yesterday as Roanoke City Council members considered
the cost of fixing up the place.
They asked the city manager's office to give them a list of options.
IN Q=one of the council
((ANGELITA PLEMMER/ROANOKE SPOKESPERSON; ONE OF THE COUNCIL MEMBERS SUGGESTED
THAT WE CONSIDER TURNING THE STADIUM INTO A YEAR-ROUND SPORTS FACILITY AND
BUILDING A NEW STADIUM AT ONE OF THE HIGH SCHOOLS, ANOTHER SUGGESTION WAS, DO
WE EVEN NEED TO BE IN THE STADIUM BUSINESS AS A MUNICIPALITY SO WE REALLY ARE
TRYING TO LOOK AT A BROAD SPECTRUM IN TERMS OF OPTIONS THAT WE HAVE.))
SUPER=01-Angelita Plemmer/Roanoke Spokesperson;
OUT Q=that we have
City workers will make some minor repairs at the stadium while council
members consider it's long-term future.
The William Fleming Colonels will get to play their Division Five State
title game against Hampton at Norfolk State University afterall this Saturday.
After considering moving the game to Hampton's home field, the Virginia High
School League has decided to keep the game at Dick Price Stadium with kickoff
set for Saturday at one.
The uncertainty was understandably unsettling for the Colonels.
IN Q="We have...
((GEORGE "KILA" MILLER/FLEMING HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-George "Kila" Miller/Fleming Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...CAN HANDLE IT."
wipe to eng!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Speaking of distractions, Heritage is having its share as it continues
preparing for Saturday's Division Four title game at Spotsylvania.
Quarterback Alex Lucy broke the thumb on his throwing hand in the fourth
quarter of the Pioneers' win over Lee County last Saturday.
As a result, he will only play defense this Saturday wearing a soft cast.
Senior Micah James will step in and take over as the Pioneers' starting
quarterback against the Knights.
James has played quarterback in just two games this season.
It's been a rough week for the San Francisco 49ers.
They were hammered by the Chiefs on Sunday, they lost starting running back
Garrison Hearst to injury in that game, as well.
And now today the team's chairman and CEO, Eddie DeBartolo Junior reigned as
the leader of the franchise amid reports that he and former Louisiana Governor
Edwin Edwards are about to be indicted by a federal grand jury for gambling
Debartolo's problems apparently do not revolve around betting on games, but
rather his involvement with a Louisiana Casino.
Safe to say Virginia Tech's 3 and OH start this basketball season is the
calm before this weekend' possible storm.
Steve Mason updates us on the Hokies under first year coach Bobby Hussey as
the youthful team prepares to meet the the nations 3rd and 5th ranked teams.
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SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Flames vs. Hokies; :00
SUPER=01-Bobby Hussey/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :10
SUPER=01-Kenny Harrell/Virginia Tech Guard; :47
SUPER=01-Jenis Grindstaff/Virginia Tech Guard; 1:11
OUT Q=...News 7 sports
((Bobby Hussey's young team has proved it's metal so far; beating
Tenn-Martin, William and Mary and now Liberty.
The Hokies have been the bullies of the boards; out rebounding their three
foes 125 to 71. But this relatively small team will face it's toughest
challenge to day Friday against 5th ranked South Carolina and then saturday
against 3rd ranked North Carolina.
The game will have extra special meaning for Tech freshman guard Jenis
Grindstaff; the North carolina player of the year last season.
The Hokies play South Carolina Friday night at 7 and then North Carolina
Saturday evening at 9. Both games are at the Charlotte Coliseum, Steve Mason,
news 7 sports))
And finally, whatever happened to the good old days of taking the kids and
dog out to the neighborhood park and watching a little soccer.
SUPER=03-Athens, Greece; :00
This was the scene last night in Athens, Greece at Olympic Stadium as soccer
fans started tearing the place down after three players were sent off the field
for flagrant tackles.
At least 30 fans were injured and flares, stones, and broken seats were
hurled at players and opposing fans.
This is the fourth incident at a soccer match in Greece in the last two
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Here's some of what you'll see coming up on News-7 at 11.
Covington hopes a new Wal-Mart is the first step toward building a bustling
The city council is so excited it gave the project's developer a key to the
And, we'll meet a 9 year old Botetourt County girl who's an avid hunter.
Victoria Falls is the talk of the town after bagging a 175 pound bear on a
recent hunting trip.
Of course we'll have much more later tonight.