Coming up on News-7 at Six:
One member of a moonshining family is found shot to death -- his brother is
And Blacksburg Police say the party's over for underage drinkers.
In Sports, The Radford Men earn their first trip to the N-C-A-A tournament
Virginia was at Florida State this afternoon.
And the Liberty women win their second straight Big South Tournament and a
trip to the N-C-A-A.
Tonight we say goodbye to the rainiest February on record-- But that doesn't
mean we don't mention rain in the forecast...
Details coming up.
A Henry County man is dead tonight and his brother has been charged with
Police found Scott Alexander Stanley of Rocky Mount dead in his brother's
home last night--apparently shot several times.
Authorities believe an argument between Scott and his brother Jason Brent
Stanley may have led to the shooting.
Police arrested Jason and charged him with second degree murder.
Police also searched the home, seizing 596-gallons of moonshine, and two
vans allegedly used to transport whiskey.
This family has a history of run-ins with the law.
The shooting victim's father, "Dee" Stanley, has been arrested a number of
times for making moonshine in Franklin County.
And two years ago Dee was charged with shooting his son, Scott.
But the charges were dropped when Scott could not identify his attacker.
Tonight, Scott is dead.
This time his brother is charged in connection with the shooting.
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Four years ago, Lynchburg Republicans took control of city council by
winning all three at-large council seats.
This year those seats are up for grabs.
And as Steve Smallshaw reports, the G-O-P is hoping for the same result,
this time with new faces.
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SUPER=03-Last Week; :37
SUPER=01-Jim Whitaker/Lynchburg Mayor; :42
SUPER=01-Wendell Walker/Lynchburg GOP Chairman; :52
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(( With incumbents Bill McRorie and Bob Davenport stepping down, Lynchburg
Republicans have recruited three new candidates to take their place.
Kevin Clauson lost the nomination by a single vote two years ago, Schaefer
Oglesby lost an Independent bid for council in 1978.. financial consultant Jeff
Helgeson is the only political newcomer.
All three made the same promise.
IN Q=Once elected
((JEFF HELGESON/R- LYNCHBURG COUNCIL CANDIDATE: ONCE ELECTED MY GOAL WOULD BE
TO CONTINUE THE WORK THAT HAS BEGUN, BUT WITH NEW AND FRESH IDEAS.))
OUT Q=fresh ideas.
The theme of this mass meeting was local Republicans don't have to apologize
for being conservative.
The Lynchburg GOP has taken some heat recently for comments Mayor Jim
Whitaker made in his State of the City speech last week.
Whitaker used that venue to praise city council's Republican majority, and
urge voters to elect more conservatives in May.
IN Q=I think the
((JIM WHITAKER/LYNCHBURG MAYOR: I THINK THE CHALLENGE THAT I WOULD HAVE IS THAT
FOR THOSE THAT DISAGREE WITH ME TO POINT TO INITIATIVES THAT HAVE BEEN BROUGHT
FORWARD BY OTHERS.))
OUT Q=by others.
IN Q=So I guess
((WENDELL WALKER/LYNCHBURG REPUBLICAN CHAIRMAN: SO I GUESS THE QUESTION IS WHAT
IS WRONG WITH BEING A CONSERVATIVE? WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE SPEECH BY THE MAYOR
RECOGNIZING THE FACT THAT CONSERVATIVES DO PRODUCE?))
OUT Q=do produce?
IN Q=If Republicans
((STEVE SMALLSHAW/REPORTING: IF REPUBLICANS ARE GOING TO MAINTAIN CONTROL OF
CITY HALL, THEY'RE HOPING RESIDENTS WILL AGREE THEIR PARTY DESERVES ALL THE
CREDIT FOR THE PROGRESS THE CITY HAS MADE IN THE PAST FOUR YEARS. PARTY
LEADERS ALSO DO NOT EXPECT THE RECENT ANTI- ABORTION CONTROVERSY IN LYNCHBURG
TO PRODUCE ANY VOTER BACKLASH AGAINST THE GOP.))
OUT Q=against the GOP.
Lynchburg Democrats do "not" nominate candidates for city council, but three
of their party members ARE running as Independents.
At least three other candidates will be on the ballot in May.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
Underage drinking claimed the life of one Virginia Tech student in October,
raising concerns that it's too easy for minors to get booze.
Last night Blacksburg police started a new campaign .. trying to stop minors
from buying -- and drinking -- alcohol.
Stacey Martin reports.
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SUPER=07-Wanda Halls; :15
SUPER=01-Lt. Bruce Bradbery/Blacksburg Police Dept.; :36
OUT Q=SM, News 7.
((This clerk was caught selling beer to a 19-year old and issued a summons to
appear in court.
She was the victim of underage drinking busts carried out by Blacksburg
But, she wasn't the only one.
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IN Q=Did you not
((WANDA HALLS: DID YOU NOT CHECK HIS ID? NO, HE JUST LOOKED LIKE HE WAS OLD
ENOUGH TO BUY IT. I AIN'T GOING TO DO IT NO MORE. I JUST THOUGHT HE WAS OLD
ENOUGH TO BUY IT.))
OUT Q=to buy it.
Police targeted convenience stores and especially parties at outlawed
fraternity houses known for their heavy partying and drinking.
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IN Q=It appears that
((LT. BRUCE E. BRADLEY/BLACKSBURG POLICE DEPT.: IT APPEARS THAT MOST OF THEIR
ACTIVITY SURROUNDS DRINKING OR IS SURROUNDED BY DRINKING.))
OUT Q=surrounded by drinking.
Blacksburg Police hope the raids will help prevent more tragedies like the
death of 18-year old Melinda Somers last fall.
And, they hope fines totalling as much as 250 dollars or the threat of
possible jail time will encourage underage drinkers and those who sell them
liquor to think twice.
Stacey Martin, News 7.))
When the news continues we'll hear about one group's efforts to stop
students from lighting up.
TATU (Tattoo) or Teens Against Tobacco Use is taking its message to high
schoolers in the hopes that they'll set an example for younger students.
We'll have more on that story in a minute, but first let's check in with
Andrew Freiden who's standing by in the weather center.
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Candidates for Virginia's House of Delegates raised more than 9-million
dollars in the last election...
Many of the top fundraisers were from Central and Southwest Virginia.
This, according to News-7's analysis of spending reports.
Joe McKean has more, in this week's Eye on Virginia.
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OUT Q=McKean, News-7.
((Election night, 1997.
House leader Dick Cranwell comes close to losing his seat to Republican
challenger Al Bedrosian.
But the Vinton Democrat pulls it out.
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What makes Bedrosian's showing all the more remarkable is the huge advantage
Cranwell had in fundraising.
Cranwell's latest spending report shows that he took in over 391-thousand
dollars for his campaign, or about 34 dollars a vote.
Bedrosian's total: under 32-thousand, or about THREE dollars a vote.
SOT CRANWELL 2:03
IN Q=We were told
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D- VINTON: WE WERE TOLD IN THE LAST CAMPAIGN THAT THE
REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE WAS GOING TO PUT A HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS INTO
MY OPPONENT'S CAMPAIGN, SOMETIME AROUND THE FIRST PART OF OCTOBER. WE WERE TOLD
THIS EARLY IN THE SUMMER, SO WHAT WE DID WAS WE KINDA RAISED THE MONEY AS A
OUT Q=defensive thing.
Cranwell also says he didn't spend all of that money on his own campaign; he
gave a lot of it away to other Democrats.
Bedrosian didn't know it at the time, but he was taking on the number 2
fundraiser in the House.
Only Newport News delegate Al Diamonstein brought in more money in this last
election cycle: just over 485-thousand dollars.
The number 9 fundraiser was Democrat Kaye Lipscomb, who ran for an open seat
in the 22nd House District, representing the greater Lynchburg area. Her
campaign took in more than 158-thousand dollars.
Winning Republican, Kathy Byron, collected just over 134-thousand dollars.
That ranked 18th among all House candidates.
Next door in the 23rd District, Democratic challenger James Feinman was
taking on incumbent Preston Bryant.
Feinman raised more money than Bryant, and dipping into other sources,
Feinman even outspent Bryant almost two to one. But the incumbent ruled on
Down the road in the 9th district, centered in Franklin County, Democrats
thought Mary Harkins had a good chance to unseat Republican incumbent Allen
The state party poured cash into her campaign. But Dudley wasn't far behind,
and came in way ahead on election night.
So, more money doesn't always mean more votes.
But as Dick Cranwell learned, it doesn't hurt, either.
SOT CRANWELL 4:01
IN Q=I look forward
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D- VINTON: I LOOK FORWARD IN THE FUTURE TO IF I HAVE
COMPETITION TO DO THE SAME THING I'VE DONE IN THE PAST, THAT IS, RAISE ENOUGH
MONEY TO GET MY MESSAGE OUT.))
OUT Q=get my message out.
The message from candidates to potential contributors seems to be: keep
those checkbooks handy.
For Eye on Virginia, I'm Joe McKean.))
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The campaign finance information for this report was compiled by the
Virginia Public Access Project. You'll find a link to it on our home page, at
About half of the children under age 18 who try smoking become daily smokers.
That's according to the U-S Department of Health and Human Services.
In Montgomery County, an alcohol and tobacco awareness program is trying to
stop kids from picking up the habit.
The program is called Teens Against Tobacco Use, or TATU (tattoo).
It's part of the Breathin' Easy Coalition which relies on older students to
tell younger ones about the dangers of smoking.
IN Q=the emphasis
((RICK MONTGOMERY/MONT. CO. HEALTH DEPT. EMPLOYEE; THE EMPHASIS IS TO TRY TO
EDUCATE YOUNG CHILDREN IN THE FOURTH AND FIFTH GRADES ABOUT THE NEGATIVITY OF
SMOKING AND WHAT IT CAN DO TO THEIR LIFE AND TO THEIR BODIES.))
SUPER=01-Rick Montgomery/Mont. Co. Health Dept.
OUT Q=to their bodies
The program started in 19-88.
Its goal is to significantly reduce the number of young smokers by the year
In 19-91 the percentage of high school smokers went up from 28 to 35 percent
And, if the current trend continues it's estimated that five-million people
18 and younger will die early from a smoking-related disease.
If you're looking for a way to improve your business, you might find the
And if your apartment complex doesn't allow pets, how about a desktop dog?
Eric Earnhart has more in this week's WebWatch.
IN Q=If you have a business
OUT Q=EE, News 7
(( If you have a business, and a computer, then you have access to the Smart
Check out the hot tips of the day, or search for the topic you need...such
Learn how to write better letters, how to be more believable...or how to
compare telephone costs... that might save you some cash.
There's also a people finder, to help you locate consultants and experts in
If you're looking for a home in another city, let Homescout look for you...
Type in the city, state, price and type of property you're looking for and
homescout searches real estate listings, and gives you the results.
If you've ever wondered about copyright law... like, is it really ok to make
a copy of that movie you rented?
At the copyright website, you can learn about copyright infringement, and
how to protect your own work and ideas.
Ask a question in the online forum, and learn about the evolving issues
concerning internet and software copyrights.
The site is operated by copyright attorney Benidict O'Mahoney... so don't
reprint any of this stuff without permission, ok?
Want a dog? No room? These guys live on your computer desktop. At the
Virtual Dog site, visit the pound and pick out your new pet.
He lives in an on-line house, where you see how well you can take care of
him. It's also sort of a contest, keep your dog happy, and win awards.
For links to all these sites, visit the webwatch page on the WDBJ website,
Eric Earnhart, News 7))
Coming up when the news continues, Roy Stanley will have Highlights from
today's Big South tournament and Andrew Frieden have the extended weather
forecast. Stay with us.
They spent their Saturday kicking and punching each other in public.
They whaled on their peers.
When the melee finally ended, everyone watching them erupted in applause.
That's because the group of Botetourt County Kickboxers was raising money to
fight Muscular Dystrophy.
The bruisers were part of "Muscles in Motion" --
A day-long fundraiser at Tanglewood Mall.
It featured a number of local performing groups.
All there to help the Muscular Dystrophy Association spread awareness about a
IN Q=ONE OF THE
((TANYA HIGH-BROOKS/MDA PROGRAM SERVICES COOR.; ONE OF THE MAIN FOCUSES FOR US
IS HELPING THOSE PEOPLE WHO LOSE THEIR MUSCLES TO NEUROMUSCULAR DISEASE. THAT'S
MDA'S FOCUS AND THESE PEOPLE ARE USING THEIR MUSCLES TO HELP OUT THOSE WHO
SUPER=01-Tanya High-Brooks/MDA Services Coor.;
OUT Q=those who can't
This was the second year for the "Muscles in Motion" fundraiser.
Organizers say all the money will go to local patients and families battling
And coming up, Curtis Staples went after the three point record in
And Radford wins the Big South giving the Highlanders their first trip to the
Virginia was on the road at Florida State for its final regular season game
of the A-C-C season.
Curtis Staples set a new three point record Florida State wins the game 88
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The Cavaliers huddle around head coach Jeff Jones in the first half of the
Virginia's Curtis Staples pulls up and hits this three pointer and the
Cavaliers trailed by a score of 28 to 16.
But the Seminoles come right back Terrell Baker gets in the open floor
after a steal and scores to make it 31 to 21 Florida State.
Staples closing in on the three point record this one made it 35 to 27 and
he needed only two for the record book.
The Seminoles came out and opened the second half Lamar Greer with the
jumper to make it 39 to 27.
But Staples hit his first three SUPER=33-Virginia/63/Florida
St./88/;pointer of the half and then he nailed this one for the record at 410
and Florida State goes on to win the game 88 to 63.
Virginia Tech was battling for a good seed in next weeks Atlantic 10
tournament as they took on Duquesne.
And Tech wins the game 93 to 79.
Meantime, The number one and number three ranked teams in the country Duke
and North Carolina hooked up in Chapel Hill this afternoon.
And Duke is the winner of that game 77 to 75.
With the conference not receiving an automatic Bid, Radford had to knock
off top seeded U-N-C Asheville and win the Big South to Advance to the N-C-A-A
And Radford won the conference championship game 63 to 61.
Ron Bradley looks calm as his team fell behind early in the first half.
Asheville's Josh Pittman hits this jumper and the Bulldogs took an 8 to 2
But Radford's Corey reed comes right back and hits the three pointer to
make the score 25 to 11 Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs held off a Highlander rally to end the half and went into the
break with a 9 point lead.
Radford came out hot to open the second quarter behind Ryan Charles who
scores this basket to cut the lead to two points.
The Highlanders took the lead but Asheville takes it inside for the hoop to
maintain the four point lead.
Radford went up by five late in the
SUPER=33-Radford/63/UNC-Asheville/61/;second half but it took this Kevin
Robinson jump hook at the buzzer to give the Highlanders the 63 to 61 win and a
trip to the N-C-A-A.
Print the Tee-shirts!
It's back to back Big South Conference Titles for the Lady Flames of Liberty
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The largest crowd in Big South Women's history, more than five thousand
fans, showed up to watch Liberty up its record to 28 and oh.
A tight game early on, Sharon Wilkerson helps open things up for the Lady
Flames. She gets two of her 14 here and grabbed eight rebounds in the contest.
Elena Kisseleva seems to have recovered from the flu. The conference player
of the year led Liberty with a game high 23 points.
The Lady Flames go on to win the conference tournament 65-to-53 over
Liberty and Tennessee are the only division one schools that remain
undefeated in women's college basketball.
The Lady Maroons of Roanoke College were in the final of the ODAC tournament
against the lady Eagles of Bridgewater.
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The Lady Eagles would have their hands full against Roanoke, The fifth seed
in the tournament.
On this play Roanoke's Cassie Shoemaker takes the pass and scores the
basket as the Maroons led the Eagles by 8 points.
Bridgewater works the ball on this play Connie Richie taking the pass and
hitting the layup in the first half.
Roanoke would come right back and SUPER=33-Roanoke/68/Bridgewater/66/; go
to Shoemaker who had the hot hand she hits the jumper on the baseline and
Roanoke wins the game 68 to 66 in overtime.
The High School regional Playoffs continue tonight. At Lynchburg College,
G. W. of Danville takes on Potomac for the Northwest region boys championship.
Liberty takes on Gretna for the Group Two A region three title at Rustburg
high school and Magna Vista travels to Graham to take on the G-Men for the
Region four title.
And congratulations to the Salem girls Volleyball team. The Spartans
beat Stuarts Draft 15-9 15-11 to win the state volleyball championship.
The roanoke Express lost its first road game in a month last night falling 5
to 4 to the Chesapeake Icebreakers.
Chris Lipset scored his 28-th goal of the season and Kris Cantu his 26-th
but the Express could not overcome a three goal third period deficit.
Roanoke closes out the month of February on the road at Raleigh tonight.
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If your planning a vacation to L-A, your dog may be looking forward to it
just as much as you are-- especially if you put him up at the 'Loved Dog
Company' in Los Angeles.
This unique cageless dog hotel features a night of drinks, dancing and a
private bedroom complete with a skylight--
Dogs can lounge on couches, play on slides and much more--
We'll have the complete story coming up tonight on news-7 at eleven, as
well as Big South Tournament highlights, and the rest of the weekend's weather.
We hope to see you then.
That's it for News 7 at Six. Good night.