A bank robbery foiled by a city police lieutenant who happened to be in the right place at the right time.
And we'll examine the honor court- -an honored institution at several state schools now under scrutiny for judicial fairness.
Tonight in sports, Roy Stanley checks in from this week's Senior Tour PGA event in Charlotte and chats with the pride of the star city, Billy King.
We'll also hear from Hornet hero B.J. Armstrong
and look out New York's Pat Ewing is returning to the starting lineup for game two of the Knicks-Pacers series tonight.
Showers and thunderstorms continue to light up the forecast. Details just ahead.[Botched-Robbery]
The author of that old saying "there's never a cop around when you need one" was sure proved wrong in Roanoke today.
A suspect in a holdup was caught by a police detective, after the would-be robber tried to hijack the officer's squad car.
20-year-old Antuan Taylor's lesson that crime doesn't pay began about a quarter to one this afternoon, at the First Virginia Bank on Orange Avenue northeast.
Police say he Taylor donned a mask, got out of a stolen car, and snatched a money bag from a depositor walking through the parking lot.
But as he tried to make his getaway, he found his car wouldn't start.
So, he ran across the street, thinking he'd just steal another one.
The victim he picked was city detective Ron Jones.
[IN Q=The suspect ran up]
((SGT. K.P. VIAR/ROANOKE POLICE DEPARTMENT: THE SUSPECT RAN UP TO HIM AND TRIED TO JERK OPEN THE DOOR, TOLD DETECTIVE JONES HE WANTED HIS CAR. DETECTIVE JONES TOLD HIM, WELL, HE DIDN'T TELL HIM ANYTHING. HE PURSUED THE SUSPECT. THE SUSPECT KNOW HE WAS A POLICE OFFICER UNTIL THEY GOT TO THE CONTRACTOR'S YARD.))
[SUPER=01-Sgt. K.P. Viar/Roanoke Police Department]
[OUT Q=Contractor's Yard.]
That's where Jones tackled Taylor, arrested him, and recovered the money.
Taylor got charged with robbery, wearing a mask and attempted carjacking...and some egg on his face.
Boxing promoter Rick Hawkins says he'll go "the full 15 rounds" in his fight to re-open the Roanoke Boxing Association.
Hawkins is getting warmed up for what promises to be a lengthy legal battle.
The director of the inner city boxing program was running laps at Victory stadium when reporters arrived.
[IN Q=I'm extremely]
((I'M EXTREMELY SHOCKED, APPALLED, DISGUSTED AND EXTREMELY ANGRY AT THE ALLEGATIONS THAT WERE BROUGHT TOWARDS ME EARLIER THIS WEEK.))
[SUPER=01-Rick Hawkins/Roanoke Boxing Assn. Director]
[OUT Q=this week]
[* * * Keith on ENG * * *]
Hawkins was indicted Monday for embezzlement.
Board Member George Miller says grant money was used for the benefit of the kids, though some of the money earmarked for specific purposes may have been used for other things like food and lodging.
[IN Q=Perhaps some monies]
((PERHAPS SOME MONIES MAY HAVE BEEN MISAPPROPRIATED, BUT I REALLY DON'T THINK THERE'S ANY EMBEZZLEMENT INVOLVED.))
[SUPER=01-George Miller/Roanoke Boxing Association]
It's a crime to embezzle OR misappropriate public funds.[Blevins]
New developments in the Smyth County case involving a former teacher accused of having sex with one of his students.
Michael Dwayne Blevins is charged with consensual oral sodomy and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Today his attorney said that sodomy charges should be dismissed, arguing that under state law the teenage girl should also have been charged.
The girl was a former student of Blevins in Rural Retreat, though the crimes allegedly happened in Smyth County.
The prosecutor successfully argued the law doesn't apply, because the "older teacher" allegedly sought out the girl.
[IN Q=It's a ]
((KEITH BLANKENSHIP/ASSIST. SMYTH CO. PROSECUTOR: IT'S A BIZARRE ARGUMENT TO MAKE THAT, THE, YOU KNOW, IF THE ADULT IS CHARGED WITH THIS SORT OF OFFENSE THAT YOU SHOULD ALSO, YOU KNOW, CHARGED WITH JUVENILE, I MEAN, A YOUNG GIRL LIKE THAT, IT JUST STRIKES ME AS BEING AN UNJUST RESULT TO ARGUE FOR. ))
[SUPER=01-Keith Blankenship/Assist. Smyth Co. Prosecutor; :00]
[OUT Q=argue for.]
Blevins is also charged with having sex with three students while working as a teacher in Montgomery County.
Prosecutors say Blevins lavished liquor on the girls to get them into bed and also bought them lingerie.[Cave-Spring
Police say if students have alcohol, weapons or drugs at school, they probably brought the items in their cars.
So today, Roanoke County officers made a surprise visual check of vehicles in the Cave Spring High School parking lot.
A county lieutenant says officers found three cars that contained marijuana.
They also found what may be a crack pipe, and several vehicles that contained tobacco products, which are not allowed on school grounds, either.
Several students may be charged later as a result of today's search.
The lieutanant says he was surprised Cave Spring students seemed more upset by the parking lot sweep than by earlier searches INSIDE the school.
47 Botetourt County textile workers will be out of work by Monday.
The Turner and Minter apparel plant is shutting down.
Employees sew uniforms for Halmode, a company that closed last month.
All because labor is cheaper in other countries.
[IN Q=What I don't understand]
((DEBBIE HELMINTOLLER/EMPLOYEE: WHAT I DON'T UNDERSTAND IS THEY SELL THE WORK TO MEXICO OR JAPAN. THAT'S WHAT THEY SAY THEY'RE DOING. THEY GET IT DONE CHEAPER THERE. THEN THEY SEND IT BACK HERE TO US AND WE GET IT FOR THE SAME HIGH DOLLAR PRICE. IT DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE.))
[OUT Q=doesn't make any sense]
Pay at this plant was about five-fifty an hour -- without benefits.
Some women have worked here since the plant opened thirty years ago. Some are single mothers.
[SOT 10:12:08] ((COVER THIS BITE))
[IN Q=It's going to]
((IT'S GOING TO HURT REAL BAD -- REAL BAD. (2ND BITE STARTS HERE) THAT I CAN'T FEED MY KIDS, IT'S BAD. NO MORE.))
[OUT Q=NO MORE -- CRIES]
The plant manager says the Virginia Employment Commission may be able to help women who have no high school or college degree find training.
And he says the company next door has already made an offer on the building.
Virginia Military Institute cadets can spend more than 68-thousand dollars and four grueling years getting a VMI degree.
Then, one violation of the student honor code-- and they're expelled.
Are honor systems on our college campuses still a good idea?
Ellen Qualls reports.
[IN Q=VMI has it.]
[SUPER=01-Kent Willis/Va. ACLU; :12]
[SUPER=01-Nancie Lochard/Univ. of Richmond Honor Chair; :39]
[SUPER=01-Joanne Ciulla/Univ. of Richmond Ethics Prof.; :57]
[OUT Q=Qualls, News 7.]
(( VMI has it.
So do W&L and UVA.
The "single sanction" honor code-- where being found guilty by fellow students of lying, cheating, or stealing sends a student packing.
((KENT WILLIS/VA. ACLU: IF YOU COMPARE WHAT HAPPENS TO A STUDENT ACCUSED OF VIOLATING THE HONOR SYSTEM TO WHAT HAPPENS TO SOMEONE ACCUSED OF A CRIME, IT'S VERY DIFFERENT HOW THE PROCEEDINGS GO DOWN. AND THEY ARE NOT AS WELL REPRESENTED BY LAWYERS, SOMETHING WE ALL EXPECT THESE DAYS, THEY DO NOT HAVE THE SAME KIND OF EVIDENTIARY HEARINGS, THEY DO NOT HAVE THE SAME KIND OF JURY.))
The University of Richmond's Honor Council Chair says there's a reason different rules apply.
((NANCIE LOCHARD/UNIV. OF RICHMOND HONOR CHAIR: THEY DO COMMIT A VIOLATION AGAINST THE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY. IT'S NOT AGAINST SOCIETY AT LARGE.))
But then U of R has a range of sanctions, that could just mean a warning from a dean.
VMI spokesman Mike Strickler says VMI's expulsion system is "simple-- are there degrees of lying, cheating, or stealing? I think not."
((JOANNE CIULLA/UNIV. RICHMOND ETHICS PROF.: THE ROLE THAT THE HONOR SYSTEM PLAYS IF IT'S IMPLEMENTED PROPERLY IS THAT IT'S A CONSTANT REMINDER THAT THERE ARE ETHICAL NORMS IN THE ORGANIZATION ITSELF. AND THAT I THINK IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT.))
A federal judge in Roanoke will decide later this year whether to intervene in VMI's honor system.
Ellen Qualls, News 7.))[Tease#1]
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The Internet is often thought of as a man's domain.
But coming up on News-7 at Six, Eric Earnhart will take a look at the growing influnece of women on the web.
And Southwest Virginia's most famous musician is teaming up with famous musicians from around the country-- all on an album from Roanoke.
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[MUSIC UP FULL]
The internet was once dominated by men.
But times are changing, and women are finding a world of opportunity on the Web
Eric Earnhart explains.
[IN Q=When Carole Brackman]
[SUPER=01-Carole Brackman/Multimedia Creations; :10]
[SUPER=01-Sondra Moore/Web Designer; :48]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.; 1:12]
[SUPER=01-Beth Garst/Howlin' Dog Designs; 1:17]
[SUPER=01-Gina Bull/UVA News Administrator; 2:09]
[OUT Q=EE, News 7]
(( When Carole Brackman began working in the computer industry, she was often the only woman in the room... She remembers getting that "what are YOU doing here" look.
[IN Q=in the 70's]
((CAROLE BRACKMAN/MULTIMEDIA CREATIONS; IN THE 70'S AND THE EARLY 80'S IT WAS MORE OF A DETRACTION, MORE OF A HINDRANCE. I KNOW A FEW WOMEN THAT CHANGED THEIR NAMES...))
[OUT Q=changed their names]
But now TIMES have changed. The world wide web brought the internet to life... Carole Brackman kept her name, and built her business, Multimedia Creations. Her success on the web is based, she says, on ability, not gender.
((CAROLE BRACKMAN/MULTIMEDIA CREATIONS; IF YOU KNOW WHAT YOU'RE DOING AND YOU CAN BACK THAT UP WITH GOOD WORK, THEN THE MALE OR FEMALE IS NOT A FACTOR. ))
[OUT Q=not a factor]
Her web designer, Virginia Tech grad Sondra Moore, found fewer obstacles in the 90's.
[IN Q=my personal experince.]
((SONDRA MOORE/WEB DESIGNER; MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE IS THAT IT WASN'T EXTREMELY DIFFICULT, THERE WERE A FEW TIMES WHEN PEOPLE WOULD ASK TO SPEAK TO THE WEBMASTER AND THEY WERE ASSUMING THE WEBMASTER WOULD BE A GUY, AND I SAID WELL YOU'RE SPEAKING TO HIM, AND THEY'RE LIKE OH. ))
[OUT Q=like "oh"]
And the industry now especially well-suited for women who want to keep their careers at home...
Howlin' Dog Designs actually has a howlin dog, one of pets who shares this home-office with web designer Beth Garst.
[IN Q=it's very easy]
((BETH GARST/HOWLIN DOG DESIGN; IT'S VERY EASY TO DO AT HOME, YOU NEED A COMPUTER, YOU NEED A SCANNER AND YOU NEED A TELEPHONE LINE.))
[OUT Qtelephone line]
Garst's work can be found all over the web... She says male or female, you CAN be successful today, if you're good.
[IN Q=your sites]
((YOUR SITES SPEAK FOR YOU, THEY SPEAK FOR YOU, I GET A LOT OF BUSINESS FORM PEOPLE WHO HAVE SEEN OTHER SITES THAT I'VE DONE AND GO, OH, I REALLY LIKE THAT SITE, OBVIOUSLY YOU REALLY KNOW WHAT YOU'RE DOING SO, COME ON OVER. ))
[OUT Q=come on over]
But there are still challenges... As Garst tries to fill job openings, she says many women applicants have little or no background in programming, most men have little experience in graphic design.
And some women USING the internet still face a hostile environment. UVA Newsgroup Administrator Gina Bull still gets "hit on" online.
[tc=3:49:31 BETA TAPE ]
[IN Q=it's still kind]
((GINA BULL/UVA NEWS ADMINISTRATOR; IT'S STILL KIND OF ROUGH BECAUSE THERE ARE FOLKS OUT THERE THAT WILL TAKE ADVANTAGE... THAT PAY UNDUE ATTENTION TO YOU AND YOU STILL HAVE TO BE FAIRLY CAREFUL TO PROTECT YOUR PRIVACY.))
[OUT Q=protect your privacy]
But as more women join the workforce on the web, over time they expect it to become a safe, and profitable place for everyone.
Eric Earnhart, News 7.))
The stock market retreated for the third day in a row. The DOW
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lost 78-points closing at 89- hundred- 76.
NASDAQ fell 21- and a half points.
The CD won't be in stores until mid- May, but Ralph Stanley's latest release is creating a buzz in the Bluegrass world.
Stanley has recorded more than 150 albums, and today he visited WSLC radio in Salem to discuss his latest.
Clinch Mountain Country features an all-star line-up.
While most are familiar country artists including Vince Gill, Patty Loveless and George Jones, the list also includes Bob Dylan.
[IN Q=MUSIC LEADING INTO INTERVIEW]
((RALPH STANLEY: YOU KNOW THAT MADE ME FEEL HONORED, AND MADE ME FEEL LIKE I DONE SOMETHING GOOD IN THE 52 YEARS I'VE BEEN IN THE BUSINESS. AND EVERYONE THAT CAME TOLD ME IT WAS THE HIGHLIGHT OF THEIR LIFE AND BOY IT JUST BUILT ME UP. IT FELT WONDERFUL.))
[OUT Q=it felt wonderful]
Stanley appears tonight at Festival in the Pines at Tripple Creek Park in Franklin County... and we'll feature him on Sunday in this week's edition of Virginia Profiles.
Virginia is looking for ways to improve its institutions of higher learning.
Today, the state secretary of education made a trip to Southside Virginia to visit Danville Community College.
Wilbert Bryant toured the campus's natural history museum and its machine shop training facility.
He'll take what he's learned back to Richmond to his higher education commission.
Bryant says one way to better prepare students for college is with the Standands of Learning.
[IN Q=We realize the we're going]
((BRYANT: WE REALIZE THAT WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO MAKE FINE TUNING DO SOME ADJUSTMENTS HERE AND THERE BUT WE THINK WE HAVE A GOOD PROGRAM WITH OUR STANDARDS OF LEARNING WE THING WE'RE GOING TO PRODUCE A BETTER STUDENT TO SEND OUT TO THE WORLD OF WORK OR TO SEND ON TO HIGHER EDUCATION.))
[SUPER=01-Wilbert Bryant/Virginia Sec. of Education;]
[OUT Q=on to higher education.]
D-C-C's president hopes the work of the higher education commission now will help increase the campus's student population down the road.
Coming up tonight in sports Pat Ewing is coming back tonight, we'll hear from the Hornet hero from last night,
and Roy Stanley checks in from the TPC Piper Glen course in Charlotte where Roanoke's Billy KIng is working to earn a pay check on the senior tour this week.
The New York-Indiana NBA series has been dubbed the Knicks vs. the Hicks.
The Hicks won game one,
[SUPER=03-Indianapolis, IN; :00]
but their task will be tougher tonight as Patrick Ewing returns to the Knicks' starting lienup.
He worked out yesterday testing the right hand break that has kept him out of the lineup for four months.
The Knicks also get Larry Johnson back from his suspension tonight.
Last night the Hornets handed the Bulls their first loss of the postseason as they upset the Bulls 78-to-76 on Chicago's home floor.
[SUPER=03-Chicago, IL/Fox; :00]
Dell Curry scored 13 of his 15 in the fourth quarter, and former Bull, B.J. Armstrong stroked the game sealer after running Michael Jordan into a pick to get himself free for the shot.
[IN Q="We have...]
[SUPER=01-B.J. Armstrong/10 Points vs. Old Team; :00]
[OUT Q=...A BALL GAME."]
Game three is tomorrow night in Charlotte.[S-King]
Billy King is going through the rookie experience on the Senior P-G-A tour these days.
And for the first time in his golfing career King is having to play catch up.
Roy Stanley has more from this week's event in Charlotte, North Carolina.
[SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC; :00]
[SUPER=01-Ed Sneed/PGA Veteran Pro; :12]
[SUPER=01-Billy King/PGA Senior Pro; :45]
[SUPER=01-Marshall Escobedo/Senior Tour Caddy; 1:10]
[OUT Q=....news 7 sports."]
((Ask any of golfers on the P-G-A tour and they'll tell you that Blue Hills pro Billy King is a good golfer with a future on the Senior Tour.))
((ED SNEED/PGA VETERAN PRO:))
((But there are plenty of good golfers on the tour. And since January King has not played up to his ability.
Kings best finish so far has been a tie for 46-th place at the American Express Invitational. And his game reached a very low point two weeks ago when he shot 90 at the Las Vegas Senior Classic.))
((BILLY KING/PGA SENIOR TOUR ROOKIE:))
((MARSHALL ESCOBEDO/SENIOR TOUR CADDY:))
((King, A rookie on the tour, is also betting that his game will get better throughout the season.
And it could happen this weekend when King will have a group of friends from the valley following him at the Home Depot Invitational in Charlotte.))
((ROY STANLEY: ))
Notre Dame football legend and Heisman Trophy winner Paul Hornung spoke to a Roanoke based lighting design and sales corporation last night.
[SUPER=03-Salem/Last Night; :00]
The four time all pro was in town for the day sharing stories about his time at Notre dame and in the pros, where he played in 5 pro bowls.
Among the topics, the escalating salaries NFL players like 47 million dollar Carolina panther Sean Gilbert, are commanding.
[SUPER=01-Paul Hornung/Pro Football Hall of Famer;]
[OUT Q=...are concerned"]