Up next on News 7 at Six... Danville police are investigating another
And Umpires in the Commonwealth are fight for the right to eject players and
coaches... all the way to jail.
Tonight in sports, a trio of local stars lead the Packers to a win in their
regular season finale.
Florida State comes up short in its upset bid of top ranked North Carolina.
And the VMI Keydets push their record above the 500 mark today with a
non-conference win over Lynchburg.
Highlights from Cameron Hall coming up tonight in sports.
Sharp changes in the weather as the weekend progresses, with some clouds
and rain in the forecast. Stay tuned for the latest from the News 7 Weather
Police in Danville reported the city's third murder of the month.
The victim was 32-year-old Teresa Anderson Hayes of Providence, North
She was found shot in the head in a car along Chatham Avenue around 11:30
Rescue crews pronounced her dead at the scene.
Police have no suspects or motive in the case and are still investigating.
A series of special elections has made the partisan make-up of Virginia's
General Assembly a moving target.
But yesterday, at least one seat in the House of Delegates was finally
penned-in as Democratic.
Norfolk Democrat Donald Williams won the general election by only eight
A recount by a three judge panel bumped that victory up to 11 votes.
That keeps the House under Democratic control for now.
They're mad as heck -- and if they get their bill passed in Virginia -- they
won't have to take it anymore.
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((DEL. JACK REID/(R) HENRICO CO.: IF SOMEONE STRIKES A SPORTS OFFICIAL WHO'S
DOING THEIR JOB. THEY ARE GOING TO GO TO JAIL. THEY'RE GOING TO SERVE TWO
DAYS BEHIND BARS.))
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Virginia umpires and referees have teamed up with a lawmaker for their own
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You've seen the big guys: Roberto Alomar spitting.
Dennis Rodman headbutting an official on the basketball court.
But Virginia refs say take a look at what's happening in high school gyms
and on amateur playing fields across the nation.
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((JOHN KNOWLAND/VA BEACH REFEREE: TODAY IT'S A LITTLE BIT ROUGHER OUT THERE.
KIDS DON'T THINK TWICE ABOUT MOUTHING BACK TO YOU. AND I'VE EJECTED KIDS FOR
CUSSING AND HAD THEIR PARENTS COME UP AND SAY WELL CAN'T YOU GIVE 'EM ANOTHER
SOT tape one 10:23:44
((H.F. HAYMORE/DANVILLE & LYNCHBURG SPORTS OFFICIAL: WE JUST WANT TO DO
SOMETHING TO I GUESS YOU MIGHT SAY DETER THIS TYPE THING. I THINK WE'VE BEEN
BASICALLY FORTUNATE IN OUR AREA. WE HAVE HAD A COUPLE OF INCIDENTS IN THE LAST
12 TO 14 MONTHS.))
SUPER=01-John Knowland/Va. Beach Referee; :??
SUPER=01-H.F. Haymore/Danville & Lynchburg Sports Official; :16
OUT Q=12 to 14 months.
The umpires' bill will be taken up by the General Assembly in January.
As written now, it would mandate at least two days jail time for anyone
convicted of battering a sports official.
An old fashion Christmas is what you'll find when an historic Civil War
plantation home opens its doors.
Avenel in Bedford is welcoming guests tomorrow afternoon.
The Christmas open house starts at two and runs until four.
The Gallery Singers will perform Victorian Carols and refreshments will be
The cost is three dollars for adults and a dollar-fifty for students.
Children five and under get in free.
All the proceeds go to the Avenel restoration project.
A Covington orphanage has a way of keeping its young residents in the
holiday spirit year round.
David Johnson has more on the Boys' Home.
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SUPER=01-Greg Lemmer/Assistant Director; :16
SUPER=01-David Johnson/Reporting; :22
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SUPER=07-Keith Moss; 1:25
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The Boys' Home teaches at-risk men to maintain the Tannehill Christmas tree
farm. The young men learn how to work the 80-acre site.
It's a year-round process, with three or four boys actually living on the
farm during the summer.
((GREG LEMMER/ASSISTANT DIRECTOR; THEY DO ALL THE SHARING, THE MOWING AND THE
MAINTENANCE OF THE FARM. ))
((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; THE TREE FARM WAS OWNED AND OPERATED BY JOANE
TANNEHILL, WHO DONATED IT TO THE BOYS HOME ABOUT FOUR YEARS AGO. SHE DID SO ON
THE CONDITION THAT DIRECTORS INCORPORATED TEACHING EDUCATIONAL, SOCIAL AND
((JANET LEMMER/DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR; SHE REALLY BELIEVED IN THE YOUTH AND
LEARNING GOOD WORK HABITS AND GOOD LIFE SKILLS. SHE WANTED US TO CONTINUE HER
In 1993, the farm sold less than 100 Christmas trees. This year, more than
150 trees have been bought. The money helps the Boys Home be more
self-sufficient, but it isn't all about making money.
((WE KNOW FROM OUR HARD WORK HERE THAT IT TAKES EIGHT TO TEN YEARS TO GROW A
CHRISTMAS TREE. WHAT BOYS HOME IS DOING IS A LIFETIME'S WORK. A LIFETIME OF
GIVING YOUNG MEN OPPORTUNITIES AND GROWING YOUNG PEOPLE FOR A LIFETIME. ))
The young men have even turned rocks into reindeer. The boys collect the
stones sell them to a local contractor. The hard work helped pay for one of
these two reindeer. The other was donated by Staunton's legendary country
singing group, The Statler Brothers.
How do these youth feel about what they are learning?
((KEITH MOSS; IT'S GIVEN ME A CHANCE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT WORK, SO THAT WHEN I
GET OLDER AND ENTER THE WORK FORCE, I'LL BE MORE DISCIPLINED IN DOING MY AND
KNOWING MY JOB AND WHAT TO DO. ))
((ERIC STRAUB; BEING FROM THE CITY, IT'S OPENED ME UP TO A LOT OF NEW
EXPERIENCES, THE OUTDOORS AND THINGS I WOULDN'T GOT A CHANCE TO DO AT HOME. ))
David Johnson, News 7, Augusta County.))
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Two Roanoke families will be spending Christmas at home next week, for the
first time ever.
Thanks to Habitat for Humanity they now own those homes.
Denise Allen has more.
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SUPER=01-Olin Williams/Homeowner; :11
SUPER=01-David Camper/Habitat for Humanity; :47
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(( Olin and Stacey Williams feel they've been blessed.
This year they and their four children will be home for the holidays.
IN Q=JUST THE OPPORTUNITY
((OLIN WILLIAMS/HOMEOWNER: JUST THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET OUT OF THE PROJECTS AND
INTO DECENT HOUSING. I APPRECIATE WHAT THE PROJECTS REPRESENTS, BUT THERE'S
NOTHING LIKE A HOUSE OF YOUR OWN.))
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And this is their home.
Habitat for Humanity makes the houses affordable, but the Williams family
put hundreds of sweat equity hours into their home.
Rundown storage buildings used to fill this block, but when it's complete 30
Habitat families will make up this neighborhood.
But the project could be slowed down now that an Oklahoma company has bought
Moores has run a charity golf tournament benefiting Habitat for years.
IN Q=if they change
((DAVID CAMPER/HABITAT FOR HUMANITY: IF THEY CHANGE WHAT THEY'RE DOING WE WILL
TRY TO FIND SOMEONE ELSE. THAT'S BEEN A WONDERFUL EVENT AND RAISED 20 TO
30-THOUSAND DOLLARS EVERY YEAR.))
OUT Q=EVERY YEAR
Camper says that money builds one house every year.
And he says without the tournament one LESS family will be able to move into
a home of their own.
Denise Allen News 7.))
The two houses dedicated today bring the Roanoke Chapter's total to 169.
David Camper says about 1,000 families in the Roanoke Valley are waiting
for Habitat Homes.
Hot, roasted chestnuts were on the menu for people in the Christmas spirit
last night in Roanoke.
It was a Dickens of a Christmas on the Roanoke City Market, drawing families
and friends together one more time before Christmas arrives.
People who ventured downtown in the unseasonably warm weather treated
themselves to horse and carriage rides and learned exactly how to cut chestnuts
before roasting them.
IN Q=See first you
((RAY WALTER: SEE FIRST YOU TAKE THEM AND YOU SCORE THEM SO THAT THEY DON'T
BLOW UP AND THEN YOU STICK THEM ON THE FIRE, THEN YOU ROLL THEM AROUND A LITTLE
BIT ON THE FIRE THEY GET COOKED ON ALL SIDES AND THEN WHEN THEY POP OPEN LIKE
THIS AND THEY'RE ALL POPPED OPEN, THEY'RE JUST FINE TO EAT))
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The lights, decorations and sounds were an attraction but some said it was
the fellowship that brought them out.
IN Q=It's a lot of fun
((TERESA STOWASSER: IT'S A LOT OF FUN. WE BRING THE KIDS FOR THE HORSE RIDES
AND TO BE ABLE TO JUST WALK AROUND AND SEE THE DECORATIONS; THERE'S JUST A LOT
OF FAMILIES OUT HERE WITH THEIR KIDS. IT'S A WONDERFUL EVENT.))
OUT Q=wonderful event
Last night's festival was the final Dickens of a Christmas this season.
Coming up tonight in sports, the Packers use a trio of former local college
stars to whip the Bills.
We'll head down to Lexington and check some afternoon hoops from VMI.
And Florida State hosted number on North Carolina this afternoon.
Could the Seminoles stop Vince Carter and the Heels from winning their 12th
We'll find out right after this break.
The Green bay Packers closed out their regular season this afternoon at
Lambeau Field against the Buffalo Bills, a team that now plenty of time to do
its Christmas shopping.
With the Pack already comfortably in the playoffs, a number of reserves got
extensive playing time today and no one took advantage of the opportunity more
than former UVa and Halifax County star Tyrone Davis.
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First on special teams, Davis will hustle down and recover the fumble in the
endzone for a touchdown as the Packers take a 7-to-nothing lead.
The Bills' special teams legend Steve Tasker, who is retiring, argued the
call and was thrown out of the final game of his career.
The Packers just kept throwing.
Brett Favre to Antonio Freeman, and it's "Free Time" again for the former Tech
star as his four yard TD caps a 10 play drive. It's 14-to-nothing after one.
Davis would get back into the picture in the second quarter as he hauls in
the two yard TD toss from Favre.
The Packers take a 21-to-nothing lead. Davis, who began the preseason on the
Jets roster as a tight end is loving life.
The Commonwealth would continue to shine in this one, as Darren Sharper, the
rookie from William & Mary picks off the
Alex Van Pelt pass and returns it for a touchdown. Van Pelt threw three
picks today and the Packers pay the Bills 31-to-21 as they roll over Buffalo.
In the other game in the NFl today, the Panthers trail the St. Louis Rams
30 to 8 in the fourth quarter down in Charlotte.
Two members of the playoff bound Jacksonville Jaguars have found out that
even for professional athletes, actions do have consequences that are often
Rookies Ricky Parker and Jabbar Threats were arrested while sitting in a
parked van at a shopping mall Thursday night and charged with possesion of
There both will miss tomorrow's game with the Raiders.
The VMI basketball team improved its record to 4-and-3 this afternoon with a
matinee performance at Cameron Hall against division three Lynchburg College.
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This was VMI's first outing since it's upset of Penn State last Sunday and
head Bart Bellairs urged his team not to let up today.
And they took his words to heart. Darryl Faulkner, the senior guard drives in
the paint and cans the pull-up jump shot to extend the double digit Keydet
Lynchburg head coach Joe Davis knew his team would be overmatched today, but
he got some nice efforts, as well.
Mike Desmond hits the long three ball for the visiting Hornets from the left
But this one was all VMI as the Keydets run and gun style lit up the
scoreboard. Brian Taueg knocks in this three pointer.
Freshman Nick Richardson would then add to the final total as he gets the
hoop and the foul inside and VMI wins it 113 to 59.
The Keydets likely will have less breathing room Monday night when they
travel to Charlottesville to battle UVa.
The top ranked and unbeaten North Carolina men's basketball team found itself
in enemy territory today on the road in Tallahassee taking on 17th ranked
SUPER=03-Tallahassee, FL/CBS; :00
First year Seminoles' boss Steve Robinson, the Fleming grad, was trying to
lead FSU to its first ever win over a number one team.
But UNC's Vince Carter was a handful in the first half as he make the nice
catch, spins and throws down the one handed reverse jam.
Cory Lewis would answer that big hoop with this nice jumper from the 15 foot
mark to give Florida State the lead by one.
But back come the Tarheels in transition Shammond Williams finishes the fast
break with the two handed dunk in traffic. Carolina leads by 4.
Then off the alley-oop - Carter puts away the Ed Cota pass with two hands as
the Tarheels take a 44 to 38 lead into the lockeroom at halftime.
Robinson would try to make a few friends in the second half and his team
would come out strong.
But there was just no stopping Carter, who didn't miss even when he
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was hammered. The Tarheels turn back the Seminoles upset bid with an
81 to 73 win.
The ACC also looked good out of conference today as Ga. Tech came from 14
points down to beat Louisville.
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Matt Harpring had 21 points to lead the Jackets.
In the other half of that double header at the Georgia Dome, West Virginia
upset 20th ranked Georgia 86-to-81 as Damian Owens scores 24.
The Mountaineers visit Tech this coming Monday night.
Also, this afternoon Richmond beat the Campbell Camels by 22, and Iona
topped Liberty 84-to-68.
And JMU beat Towson State, while VCU lost to Kansas State by 6..
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One NBA game is already in the books today.
The Bulls beat the Nets 100-to-92 to give head coach Phil Jackson his 499th
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And Jackson can credit none other than Michael Jordan for pulling this game
Watch him in the first half with one of his patented hanging, scooping shots
in the paint. Michael would score 24 to lead the Bulls who had to come from
behind in the second half.
Take a look at this fadeaway in the SUPER=32-Chicago/100/New Jersey/92;
fourth quarter to seal the 8 point win as the Bulls win their 4th straight.
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