At the top of News 7 at SIX tonight a domestic dispute ends in death in Roanoke.
And somebody in Richmond wants to explore ALTERNATIVES to the path A-E-P proposes for the big power line.
In sports, qualifying at Richmond is about to get started, Rusty Wallace talks about his drought, the latest on the NBA finals,
and speaking of champions, the group 2A All-State soccer team is released and some Indians made the grade.
It may be tough to find the sun tomorrow but conditions will be dry for most. A cool weekend forecast is just ahead...
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A domestic dispute between a Roanoke couple ends in death.
50-year old Michael Warren Jennings is accused in the fatal stabbing of his estranged wife, 46-year old Wanda Ratcliff Jennings.
As David Johnson reports, police have not yet determined the reason for the squabble and its violent ending.
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[SUPER=01-Officer T. L. Carmichael/Roanoke Police Department;]
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Neighbors say it was around nine this morning when they noticed the couple arguing outside their Long Acre Drive home.
Wanda Jennings was stabbed in the chest with a large hunting knife.
Her son and granddaughter saw the whole thing.
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((SUSIE PAGAN/NEIGHBOR; I WENT IN THERE..WHAT SHE TOLD ME.))
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Wanda Jennings' son rushed to his mother's side after she was stabbed.
A neighbor tried to help before paramedics arrived, but Jennings died at the scene.
Michael Jennings had fled the scene in his pick-up truck.
He was caught a few miles away near Old Mountain Road in Roanoke County.
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((OFFICER T.L. CARMICHAEL/ROANOKE POLICE; WE HAD A WITNESS..ONE SINGLE GUNSHOT.))
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When police took Jennings into custody, it appeared he had tried to overdose on prescription pills. He is being treated is at a local hospital. When released, he will be facing a murder charge. David Johnson, News 7.[Grandparents-Custody]
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Grandparents do NOT have an automatic right to visit their grandchildren.
At least-- not in the eyes of the Virginia Supreme Court.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Teresa/Microwave]
Teresa Hamilton has more on today's decision based on a case from Blacksburg.
Keith, Tom and Sarah Williams are extremely grateful for the ruling which finds them to be responsible parents who have a consitutional right to make all decisions regarding their seven year old daughter.
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[SUPER=01-Sarah Williams/Parent; :00]
[SUPER=01-Harriett Dorsey/Williams' Attorney; :34]
[OUT Q=allegation of unfitness.]
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((SARAH WILLIAMS/PARENT:IT DOESN'T MEAN THAT YOU DON'T RESPECT THE GRANDPARENTS, AND YOU DON'T WANT THEM TO HAVE A RELATIONSHIP, IT JUST MEANS THAT YOU ARE ULTIMATELY RESPONSIBLE, GOOD OR BAD. ))
[OUT Q=good or bad.]
Sarah Williams and her husband, Tom, are the parents of the little girl at the heart of the lawsuit.
Tom's parents were seeking visitation with the child--
But the Virginia Supreme court today ruled against the grandparents.
In order to grant visitation-- the justices say the grandparents needed to to prove the little girl was abused, neglected or abandoned.
No such allegations were ever raised.
((HARRIETT DORSEY/WILLIAMS' ATTORNEY: THAT IS A VERY OLD PRINCIPLE OF LAW IN VIRGINIA, AND EVERY OTHER STATE, THAT THE STATE CAN NOT STEP IN BETWEEN A PARENT AND CHILD WITHOUT A SHOWING OF UNFITNESS ON THE PART OF THE PARENTS, IN THIS CASE THERE WAS NOT EVEN AN ALLEGATION OF UNFITNESS. ))
[OUT Q=of unfitness.]
Tom and Sarah Williams say the reason they are fighting the case is out of principle-- they feel they should be the only authority figures in their child's life in order to provide her with a secure upbringing.
Keith, our efforts to reach the grandparents were unsuccessful.
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(Keith question--Are there any similar cases on the books in other states?)[Walton]
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He allegedly told a fellow inmate he wanted to be "famous for killing a bunch of people... like at the swimming pool one day" at Danville's Cabin Lake apartments.
He wanted a gun "high powered enough" to "gun 'em all down."
The Virginia Supreme Court used that statement today to uphold Percy Lavar Walton's death sentence.
Walton DID kill "a bunch of people.
In a 1996 killing spree at Cabin Lake, Walton shot and stabbed an elderly couple and a third neighbor.
The Supreme Court says Walton's death sentence is NOT excessive, and that Danville Judge James Ingram imposed it after thoughtful and careful consideration.
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It may be a setback for American Electric Power.
According to A-E-P, a consultant working for the state of Virginia wants more information about ALTERNATIVES to the proposed 765-thousand volt line.
The consultant wants to compare two other routes to what A-E-P calls its "preferred corridor."
That preferred route runs between Wyoming, West Virginia, and Cloverdale.
A-E-P spokesman Todd Burns said the power company still believes its preferred route is the most efficient and environmentally friendly path for the new power line.
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One community wins its long battle against a medical incinerator. That story coming up on News 7 at Six.
And this time of year, hiking is one of the most popular outdoor activities in our area. But before you head out, make sure you're safe. We'll have some tips.
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Home Shopping Network in Salem flagged an outgoing order for a 19-dollar Zirconia ring last month.
The box actually contained 10-thousand dollars worth of jewelry addressed to a Home Shopping Network employee's home on Cove Road.
Postal Service Inspectors taped up the box and delivered the package intact.
First they put an electronic tracking device inside ...along with invisible fluorescent spray to identify the person who opened it.
A federal search warrant indicates Burniece Vines works in the "high-value jewelry section" at H-S-N and that the network's loss prevention manager suspected Vines was "stealing from the company and selling jewelry on the street."
Vines has not been charged, but Postal Inspector Dave Sussan says the jewelry was recovered.[Stokes]
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A Martinsville man will spend 13-years in jail for shooting at a homeowner during a botched burglary attempt last year.
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Richard Michael Stokes pled guilty this week to attempted murder, burglary, and grand larceny.
Police say Stokes and another man, Randall Lee Gilbert, tried to burglarize the home of Leslie Hussey last June.
When Hussey surprised the would-be burglars, Stokes fired at him and fled the scene.
Gilbert has already been tried, convicted and will be sentenced later this month.
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A federal judge is deciding whether to uphold a 700- thousand dollar jury verdict against the Wintergreen Development Corporation.
Wayne and Nancy Childs sued Wintergreen after a landslide damaged their home in 1995.. claiming they should have been warned about the danger when they bought their property.
A jury agreed and awarded the Childs' 700- thousand dollars in compensatory and punitive damages.
Wintergreen is disputing those punitive damages.. which could put the land company in financial jeopardy.
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((L.F. PAYNE/WINTERGREEN DEVEL. CORP. PRESIDENT: I THINK IN ANY EVENT, THE WINTERGREEN COMMUNITY IS EXTREMELY STRONG, THE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION IS LOOKING AT HOW IT IS THAT IT CAN SELLS ITS ASSETS, BUT IT SHOULD NOT AFFECT THE OVERALL STRENGTH OF THE WINTERGREEN COMMUNITY.))
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[OUT Q=the Wintergreen community.]
The Childs' attorneys, meanwhile, hope the verdict will stand.
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((DEBORAH WYATT/CHILDS' ATTORNEY: BECAUSE THERE'S SO LITTLE LAW THAT'S REALLY RIGHT HERE, YOU REALLY DON'T KNOW. I CERTAINLY HOPE SO. BECAUSE I THINK IT WAS DESERVED, AND I THINK THE CHILDS' COULD, BY VIRTUE OF THE PUNITIVE DAMAGES, BE REALLY MADE MORE WHOLE.))
[SUPER=01-Deborah Wyatt/Childs' Attorney; :00]
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Judge Norman Moon has taken the matter under advisement.
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Bland County's seven year fight to keep a medical waste incinerator out of the county appears to be over.
The Virginia Supreme Court today overturned a circuit court ruling.
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The high court says CaseLin Systems Incorporated has NO right to build its incinerator in Bland.
The court battle is in part the fault of the 1990 county Board of Supervisors.
That board gave CaseLin "a letter of support" for the incinerator.
Then, overwhelming public criticism forced the board to rescind the letter and re-zone the land.
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The Supreme Court says that "short-lived expression of the board's enthusiasm" was just that-- NOT legal permission to build the incinerator.
A sharp jump for stocks today in moderate trading--
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The Dow gained 167 points to close at nine thousand 38.
NASDAQ was UP 13 points.
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As summertime approaches, outdoor enthusiasts prepare to spend long hours enjoying the warm weather.
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But even when conditions appear perfect, there's always some precautions to take when heading out to the hiking trails.
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((DONNA WILSON/G.W. AND JEFFERSON NATIONAL FOREST: THINK ABOUT WHERE YOU'RE GOING AND HOW LONG IT'S GOING TO TAKE. ALSO, IT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO TELL SOMEONE WHERE YOU'RE GOING AND HOW LONG YOU PLAN TO BE THERE.))
[SUPER=01-Donna Wilson/G. W. and Jefferson Nat'l Forest;]
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Wilson recommends hikers take along a plenty of water, a small first aid kit, and a sweater or jacket in case the temperature drops.
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((DONNA WILSON/G.W. AND JEFFERSON NATIONAL FOREST: FIRST AID, YOU SHOULD CARRY YOUR OWN FIRST AID KIT FOR CUTS, SCRATCHES AND THAT TYPE THING. AND YOU SHOULD ALSO CARRY ALONG A FRIEND WITH YOU FOR SPRAINS AND THINGS BECAUSE YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO TRAVEL OUT YOURSELF.))
[OUT Q=out yourself]
Forest officials also suggest checking the weather forecast before beginning your hike.
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One group of college students is biking across the country this summer--but it's not just to see the sites.
They're riding to raise money for Habitat for Humanity.
Today the group from Yale University made a pit stop in Roanoke to work on some Habitate homes. They get food and a place to stay ...in exchange for their work
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((MONIQUE VULIN/HABITAT BIKE CHALLENGE; I'VE NEVER BEEN WEST OF PENNSLYVANIA AND THIS IS SORT OF A BIG AND EXCITING THING FOR ME. I ALSO WAS THE COORDINATOR OF THE COLLEGIATE BUILD BACK IN CONNECTICUT WHICH ALL THIS MONEY IS GOING FOR. LOREN GRIFFITH/HABITAT BIKE CHALLENGE; LIKE A LOT OF PEOPLE I DID NOT DO A LOT OF TRAINING BEFORE I HIT THE ROAD SO MY LEGS HAVE BEEN DOING A LOT OF COMPLAINING BUT I THINK WE ALL FEEL THAT WE ARE STARTING TO GET IN SHAPE))
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[SUPER=01-Loren Griffith/Habitat Bike Challenge; :11]
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The group is biking from Washington, D.C. to San Francisco over a two month period. So far the group has raised almo
st 2-hundred thousand dollars. [Sports tease]
Qualifying for the Pontiac Excitement 400 is underway, the Scott Robertson golf tourney has some instate bragging rights to baost about,
and Roy Stanley has the story of a local umpire whose goin to the world series.
The Winston Cup drivers just started qualifying for tomorrow's Pontiac Excitement 400 at the Richmond International Raceway.
[SUPER=03-Richmond, VA/ESPN; :00]
The first driver out just a few minutes ago was Ernie Irvan in the Skittles Pontiac. He turned the three quarter mile track at a speed of 123.361, well off the record.
Next out was Geoff Bodine. We will have the complete qualifying results for you at 11.
Rusty Wallace is the king of Richmond. he's won 6 races at the three-quarter mile track. But he's been in a drought, yet to have reached victory lane this season.
[SUPER=01-Rusty Wallace/Driver of Miller Lite Ford; :00]
[OUT Q=...wins will come"]
Roanoke's Billy King was one under par until the 11-th hole today in the first round of the Nationwide Championship.
King had a triple bogey on the par 5 11-th hole he finished the round at 74 two over par.
The Scott Robertson Memorial golf tournament tees off August 10th at the Roanoke Country Club. For the first time in it's 15 years, the event has a new selling point.
[IN Q=we were...]
[SUPER=01-Miller Baber/Tournament Entry Chairman; :00]
[OUT Q=...point list"]
The Group 2A all state soccer team has been released. William Byrd's Josh Jones, Martinsville's Danny wade, and Jefferson Forest's Courtney Williams all made the first team.
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Group 2A State Tournament; :00]
Blacksburg coach Shelley Blumenthal is your co-coach of the year after winning the state championship.
Blacksburg's Andrew Piersol is also a first teamer witht 10 goals and 4 asissts this season.
Goalie Raandy Cross was also a first team selection, allowing only 4 goals in 21 matches with 109 saves.
Blacksburg's Dustin Bond was alos a first teamer with 7 points this season.[S-NBA]
Game two of the N-B-A finals are set tonight in Salt Lake City. Utah Leads the series 1 game to none and its a big night for Jazz forward Karl Malone, who struggled in game one.
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[SUPER=01-Karl Malone/Jazz Forward; :]
[OUT Q=...try to do."]
Tip off tonight in Salt Lake city is 9 o'clock.
Hours of volunteer work has landed a Roanoke Valley Umpire in the Big League World Series this August.
Roy Stanley Says Don Hansen has earned his spot at the top.
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[SUPER=01-Don Hansen/Volunteer Umpire; :13]
[SUPER=01-Jim McFadyen/District Administrator; :48]
[OUT Q=....news 7 sports."]
((For 14 years, Hansen has volunteered as an umpire at all levels of little league baseball throughout the Roanoke Valley.
And this August Hansen will live a life long dream of working the big league world Series.))
((DON HANSEN/VOLUNTEER UMPIRE:))
((Hansen, who serves as a consultant for the district, which covers a big part of the state, was chosen from a group of 10-thousand umpires to work the games.
Last year, He worked the Southern Regionals a step below the World Series. So, District Administrator Jim McFadyen felt Hansen would be a perfect fit for the World Series.))
((JIM MCFADYEN/DISTRICT ADMINISTRATOR:))
((Hansen, a security guard at Roanoke College, will umpire the Big League World series for the players age 17 and 18. And the veteran umpire expects to be a little nervous when he gets the call to play ball in his first game.))
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A class at Rockbridge County High School is getting a national reputation for its work.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Tonya/Newsroom]
Tonya Flory is in the newsroom with more.
Keith, students in a photojournalism class have been producing the school's yearbook for the past six years.
The writers, photographers, and editors of the Trivium work almost year round on the school's annual.
And, they've recently taken top honors in three national competitions for their coverage and design.
We'll have that story and more tonight on News 7 at 11--Keith?
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