Up next on News 7 at Six,
The father of a man who killed himself during a confrontation with police says
the officers should have been better prepared.
And inspectors in Lynchburg want to know why a part of a downtown wall
Tonight in sports, Steve Mason has tonight's Roundhouse wrapup pregame report
as the Express prepares to take on Wheeling.
We'll also check in with the Tech women as they return home with their A-10
And the Tech men's team begins tournament play tomorrow afternoon, but
tonight freshman Rolan Roberts was named to the league's all-rookie team.
Winter returns...sort of. Flurries and chilly weather ahead. Our next
batch of rain will be here Friday.
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A Florida man says Botetourt sheriff's deputies should be more prepared
for confrontation-- if they had been, he says, his son may still be alive.
C.L. Jenkins is here for his son's funeral, but he says he also wants to
prevent a similar tragedy from happening again.
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Tina Tenret talked to him today.
Eric, C.L. Jenkins is very clear -- he does NOT blame the deputy who
shot his son.
But he says it may not have come to that if the 23-year-old officer in
charge had been more experienced.
IN Q=28-year-old Brent
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SUPER=07-C.L. Jenkins; :41
OUT Q=the way out
(( 28-year-old Brent Jenkins may have been thinking of his two previous D-U-I
convictions when he was pulled over on Sunday morning.
The sheriff says when Jenkins failed field sobriety tests -- Deputy Earnest
Spiva told him to stay in his truck until backup arrived with a breathalyzer.
Twenty minutes later, Spiva approached the truck -- and Jenkins fired two
bullets into the officer's chest.
Spiva was wearing a bulletproof vest and was only bruised.
The medical examiner says seconds later -- Jenkins killed himself, as a
second deputy shot him in the head from behind.
Now, Jenkins father says Deputy Spiva should have put Brent in the police
car to wait for backup, instead of leaving him alone in his truck.
IN Q=I told him
((C.L. JENKINS: I TOLD HIM ... THE WAY OUT.))
OUT Q=the way out))
Jenkins says deputies made two other mistakes -- not asking Brent if he
had a gun, and not having a breathalyzer on hand immediately.
He says his son could have driven off and killed someone while the deputy
But Major Gary Williams says on routine traffic stops-- deputies never
ask drivers if they're carrying a gun.
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He says they DO often leave drivers alone in their own vehicles while
the officer writes a ticket.
A federal judge says her time ran out.
Pam Carter's lawsuit against nearly a dozen Danville police officers has
U-S District Judge Jackson Kiser says Carter took too long to name the
officers she accused of falsely arresting her.
She was arrested in 1994 in connection to two grocery store robberies.
In one of those robberies, a Winn Dixie manager was murdered.
The charges against Carter were eventually dropped.
Danville's police chief says the attacks against his department are
IN Q=We feel like there's
((T. NEAL MORRIS/DANVILLE POLICE CHIEF: WE FEEL LIKE THERE'S BEEN A CONSPIRACY
AGAINST LAW ENFORCEMENT IN GENERAL BY SOME MISGUIDED INDIVIDUALS THAT HAVE BEEN
CAUSING US PROBLEMS WITH COMPLAINTS AND LAWSUITS.))
SUPER=01-T. Neal Morris/Danville Police Chief;
OUT Q=complaints and lawsuits.
Carter's lawyer says his client will appeal.
No one was hurt, but several cars were crushed when part of a brick wall
collapsed this afternoon in downtown Lynchburg.
Now inspectors want to know why.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
IN Q=It took just
SUPER=01-Cindy Dawson/Eyewitness; :09
SUPER=01-Jean Alstad/Car Owner; :45
SUPER=01-Batt. Chief Walter Bailey/Lynchburg Fire Dept.; 1:03
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
(( It took just a few seconds.. witnesses heard a groaning noise, then watched
as tons of brick, dust and debris rained down on the 1100 block of Main Street.
IN Q=We looked back
((CINDY DAWSON/EYEWITNESS: WE LOOKED BACK THROUGH THE SIDE WINDOW ON HIS DRIVER
SIDE AND LOOKED THAT WAY, AND BRICKS WAS JUST FALLING, I HEAR A LOUD
OUT Q=a loud collapse.
The brick veneer on this old downtown building gave way around 1:30, sending
debris flying and crushing seven cars parked next to the building.
Owners who had gone to run errands came back to find their vehicles heavily
IN Q=Authorities say
((Authorities say it was very fortunate that no pedestrians or passing
motorists were injured by bricks and flying debris. But for a couple of
people, including the owner of this van, it was a very close call.))
OUT Q=close call.
Jean Alstad had just parked her car here a few minutes before the wall fell.
IN Q=I came back
((JEAN ALSTAD/CAR OWNER: I CAME BACK FROM GETTING SOMETHING TO EAT, WENT INSIDE
THE BUILDING, AND THEN JUST HEARD THIS...))
OUT Q=heard this ...
The building is several decades old, and had been recovered with new brick
after a fire about twelve years ago.
After getting a birds- eye view of the structure, inspectors determined it
was safe.. for the time being.
IN Q=I'm sure the
((BATT. CHIEF WALTER BAILEY/LYNCHBURG FIRE DEPT.: I'M SURE THE PROPERTY OWNERS
ARE GOING TO HAVE TO GET WITH THE ENGINEERS AND MAKE SOME DETERMINATION AS TO
WHAT THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE TO DO TO SHORE UP THE BUILDING. IT OBVIOUSLY CANNOT
BE LEFT IN THE SHAPE IT IS NOW.))
OUT Q=it is now.
The cause of the collapse is still unknown.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
Virginia's newest abortion law is eight months old-- and on it's third court
Parental notification for teenage abortions made it to the full U-S Court of
((EVEN IF A YOUNG WOMAN PROVES THAT SHE IS...TERMINATE HER PREGNANCY.))
SUPER=01-Simon Heller/Abortion Rights Attorney;
OUT Q=her pregnancy.
But lawyers for the state say the part of Virginia's law that allows teens
to go to a judge instead of her parents makes the law looser than the courts
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IN Q=It is
((IT IS. IT IS MORE GENEROUS FOR HAVING THE BYPASS...DOES NOT REQUIRE IT.))
SUPER=01-Bill Hurd/Va. Asst. Attorney Gen.;
OUT Q=require it.
The appeals court could rule to take the law out of effect for now-- or
could rule on its long-term merits.
Christy Brzonkala's never-proven rape allegations against two Virginia Tech
football players went before the full U-S Court of Appeals today.
Brzonkala alleges she was gang-raped in 1994.
Her civil lawsuit has two targets.
One is Virginia Tech.
IN Q=So the school
((DEBORAH BRAKE/BRZONKALA ATTORNEY: SO THE SCHOOL IN THIS CASE HAS CREATED AN
ENVIRONMENT WHERE MEN CAN RAPE WOMEN ON CAMPUS WITH NO REPERCUSSIONS
((ELYZABETH JOY HOLFORD/VA. TECH SPOKESWOMAN: WE DID NOT DISCRIMINATE OR TREAT
HER DIFFERENTLY BECAUSE OF HER GENDER, OR IN ANY OTHER WAY. AND ALSO, THAT THE
PROCEEDINGS WERE FAIR. AND THAT THERE WAS NOT A HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT CREATED BY
OR MAINTAINED BY VIRGINIA TECH.))
SUPER=01-Deborah Brake/Brzonkala Attorney; :00
SUPER=01-Elyzabeth Joy Holford/Va. Tech Spokeswoman; :09
OUT Q=Virginia Tech.
Brzonkala's suit also targets former Tech football player Tony Morrison.
It's based on the 19-94 federal Violence Against Women Act-- which is itself
based on an obscure legal foundation: Congress's ability to regulate
IN Q=It's perfectly
((JULIE GOLDSCHEID/NOW LEGAL DEFENSE FUND: IT'S PERFECTLY CLEAR, EVEN FROM
THIS CASE, THE PRECISE IMPACT ON COMMERCE. SHE WAS FORCED TO DROP OUT OF
SCHOOL WE ALL KNOW THE CLOSE LINK BETWEEN EDUCATION AND YOUR ECONOMIC
PROSPECTS FOR THE FUTURE.))
((MICHAEL ROSMAN/MORRISON ATTORNEY: IF YOU ACCEPT THE ALLEGATIONS OF THE
COMPLAINANT, WHICH OF COURSE WE DO NOT, THAT MIGHT BE SO. BUT IT STILL DOESN'T
HAVE ANY IMMEDIATE CONNECTION TO INTERSTATE COMMERCE.))
SUPER=01-Julie Goldscheid/NOW Legal Defense; :00
SUPER=01-Michael Rosman/Center for Individ. Rights; :13
OUT Q=interstate commerce.
The Court of Appeals will rule in several weeks.
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Residents near a railroad crossing say Norfolk Southern is a messy neighbor.
We'll have that story in just a minute,
and things are looking green for area landscapers as a warmer than normal
winter is bringing them lots of extra business.
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A man walking his dog last night in Lynchburg came across the body of a city
man who apparently had been dead for several days.
Around 6:30 Monday, police were called to the 62- hundred block of Pawnee
The body of 33- year- old Russell H. Stevens Junior had been found in thick
brush along Blackwater creek.
Police believe Stevens became disoriented on the trail before succumbing to
They do "not" consider his death suspicious.
An autopsy will be performed tomorrow.
Only 40 hate crimes against gays and lesbians were reported in Virginia last
year -- down from 55 in 1996.
But Virginians for Justice -- the group that collects the statistics -- says
that doesn't mean much.
IN Q=The reports
((SHIRLEY LESSER/VIRGINIANS FOR JUSTICE: THE REPORTS WE HAVE ARE BARELY THE
TIP OF THE ICEBERG IN TERMS OF WHAT'S GOING ON OUT THERE. THAT'S WHY IT'S SO
IMPORTANT TO GET REAL TRAINING TO LAW ENFORCEMENT ON HOW TO RECOGNIZE HATE
VIOLENCE SO THAT THEY CAN THEN REPORT THE INSTANCES OF HATE CRIMES.))
SUPER=01-Shirley Lesser/Virginians for Justice;
OUT Q=hate crimes.
A bill adding sexual orientation- based crimes to Virginia's existing hate
crimes law stalled in General Assembly committees again this year.
A new candidate says Roanoke City Council needs a younger voice.
Computer consultant Chris G. Muse won the endorsement of city republicans
for one of three seats that will be filled in May.
He has been active in his neighborhood, leading the clean- up of Day
Avenue. And he serves on the board of Old Southwest and other community
IN Q=I think there is a lack
((CHRIS G. MUSE/R- CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE: I THINK THERE IS A LACK OF YOUTH AND
NEW IDEAS ON COUNCIL. AND I THINK YOUNG PEOPLE IN ROANOKE ARE AFRAID TO GET
INTO POLITICS AND IT'S GOT TO START SOMEWHERE. AND SOMEBODY HAS TO STEP FORWARD
AND SAY I WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE ROANOKE VALLEY.))
SUPER=01-Chris G. Muse/(R) City Council Candidate;
OUT Q=in the Roanoke Valley.
Muse's personal history includes a conviction for trespassing in 1986, but
he hopes his community service will outweigh the mistakes he made as a younger
Democrats William White , Nelson Harris, and Alvin Hudson, Republican Jack
Parrott, and Independent Bill Bestpitch are also running for seats on city
A sloppy cleanup job on the part of Norfolk Southern railroad is
making Blue Ridge residents angry.
Norfolk Southern recently installed a drainage pipe near the railroad
so these ditches would not overflow with rainwater.
But they left their litter behind -- including railroad logs, metal
cans and spikes.
Norfolk Southern says it will clean up the mess tomorrow -- and that
machines were not available to do the job before.
But families here are already suing Norfolk Southern -- the railroad
wants to close this crossing and force residents to drive along a rough narrow
dirt road beside the tracks.
IN Q=Now it looks like
((NOW IT LOOKS LIKE WE'RE GOING TO COURT. SO WE'RE GOING TO FIGHT 'EM. CAUSE
WE'RE LANDLOCKED OTHERWISE. I'M TRYING TO FARM, I CAN'T GET NO FARM EQUIPMENT
DOWN HERE WITHOUT TEARING IT UP. CAN'T TAKE A VEHICLE DOWN HERE WITHOUT
TEARING IT UP. BECAUSE OF THE TRASH AND STUFF THEY LEFT.))
OUT Q=THEY LEFT
Norfolk Southern would not comment on camera but says it's unsafe for
residents to cross the tracks.
The two parties are scheduled in court on March 19th.
Another record setting day on Wall Street today.
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The Dow gained another 34 points to close at 85-hundred-85.
Nasdaq lost a point and a-half.
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A weather system called "El Nino" has been blamed for destructive storms that
ripped across parts of the country.
Around here, El Nino is actually getting some credit.
As Scott Goldberg reports, weird weather has meant big business in for the
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Jeffrey Goad/Landscaper; :13 --quick!!
SUPER=01-Charlotte White/Homeowner; :27
OUT Q=News-7, Roanoke County
Natsound -- shoveling at 12:59:33 ?
March has barely begun.
And already landscaping companies are breaking ground ...
blowing leaves ...
and clearing the way for what looks like a busy spring.
IN Q= right now you can't
((JEFFREY GOAD/LANDSCAPER: RIGHT NOW YOU CAN'T KEEP THE PHONE QUIET AT TIMES.
IT'S ALL NIGHT, ALL DAY. ))
OUT Q=ALL DAY
Landscapers like Jeffrey Goad say their business is blooming,
thanks to a mild winter that's given homeowners an early case of spring
IN Q=the weather's been
((CHARLOTTE WHITE: THE WEATHER'S REALLY BEEN GREAT FOR THIS AND THE EARLIER
THEY GET STARTED, THE LONGER WE'LL HAVE TO ENJOY IT.))
OUT Q=ENJOY IT
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In January and February the average temperature this year was warmer than
Normally, the first two months average around 45-and-a-half.
So it's been almost 4 degrees warmer than usual.
IN Q=and then
((SCOTT GOLDBERG/REPORTING: AND THEN THERE'S THAT WEATHER PHENOMENON WE'VE
HEARD SO MUCH ABOUT. IN JANUARY AND FEBRUARY, EL NINO DUMPED RECORD AMOUNTS OF
RAIN ON THE ROANOKE VALLEY. THREE TIMES AS MUCH RAIN AS NORMAL.))
OUT Q=as normal
IN Q=a tremendous drought
((JEFFREY GOAD: A TREMENDOUS DROUGHT AND THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN MORE RAIN THAN
WE'VE HAD IN A CENTURY.))
OUT Q=A CENTURY
But all of a sudden, Goad has been swamped with business.
And while El Nino makes things tricky for landscapers, it's also making the
Scott GOldberg, News-7, Roanoke County.
Coming up tonight in sports, Steve Mason checks in with Roundhouse wrapup as
the team prepares to take on Wheeling.
A member of the Tech men's team earns all-rookie honors in the A-10.
And speaking of the A-10 - the Tech women's team returned home this afternoon
with their championship trophy in hand.
Coach Bonnie Henrickson says she and the rest of the Lady Hokies didn't need
a plane to fly home.
She and the Atlantic 10 Champion Virginia Tech squad arrived in Roanoke this
The women proudly toted the program's first ever tournament trophy off the
It represents how the team has learned to win.
The Lady Hokies came from nine points down at the half to beat U-Mass 66-64
IN Q=it was a gut check
SUPER=01-Lisa Witherspoon/9 Assists;
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The team bus became part of a parade in downtown Blacksburg this afternoon.
Fans cheered as Mayor Hedgepeth presented Bonnie Henrickson with a victory
The team finds out Sunday, where it will play in the NC-Double-A tournament.
The Tech women took care of U-Mass and now it's the men's team that must do
the same to stay alive in the postseason.
Tomorrow at two, the Hokies play the Minutemen in the first round of the
Atlantic 10 tournament in Philadelphia.
((BOBBY HUSSEY/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Bobby Hussey/Va. Tech Head Coach
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/January 24th; :09
OUT Q=...DEAL WITH."
In one positive for the Hokies tonight - freshman Rolan Roberts who averaged
13 points a 7 rebounds a game this year was named to the postseason all-rookie
The number one and two teams in the ECHL Northeast division face off tonight
at the Round House as the Express take on Wheeling.
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12 games remain in the season and playoffs are approaching. Steve Mason
tells us that Roanoke will once again receive little help from above.
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SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :
SUPER=01-Jeff Loder/Express Center; :
OUT Q=....are concerned"--LET MUSIC COME UP FULL AND LET THE BOARDS RUN FOR 5
The ODAC will be well represented as the men's and women's Division Three
tournaments open this week.
The Roanoke women play Christopher Newport tomorrow night in the opening
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And the Randolph-Macon men play Trinity College of Texas on Thursday night.
The Jackets will be without head coach Hal Nunnally as they were in the ODAC
The veteran coach is scheduled to have double bypass surgery.
Heart problems are nothing new to Nunnally. He's already had 7 angioplast
procedures and a triple bypass operation.
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