On News 7 at SIX tonght:
Security at Lynchburg General Hospital comes under scrutiny following an attack in the hospital parking lot.
And we'll take you back in time to the moment General Armstrong Custer took custody of Charlottesville and the University of Virginia without firing a shot.
Tonight in sports, there are new leaders at the British Open, the Hooters race series is coming to town this weekend, we'll meet a singing member of the Salem Avalanche.
And we'll have the latest on Billy Wagner who returned home to Houston last night after being cleared by doctors to checkout of the hospital.
A quick shower lowers temperatures in the Roanoke Valley. Tomorrow looks rather pleasant as well.
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The legal troubles continue for a man convicted of running down two Roanoke City Fire Fighters and woman more than 12 years ago.
In May, Roanoke County Police arrested Roger Lee White, on charges of possession of cocaine.
He failed to appear for a June court date.
The Commonwealth's attorney's office says White fled to West Virginia where he was arrested last Thurday.
He is now in the Roanoke County Jail.
White was convicted of manslaughter in 1986 for plowing through an emergency scene killing Captain Robert Cassell
(Ca-Sell), firefighter Harvey Helms and Brenda Downs.
He spent 18 months of a 10 year sentence in jail for that crime.
In 1993 he pled "no contest" to possession of crack cocaine, which violated his probation, and was sentenced to another jail term.
White is still on parole for the '93 conviction and also faces probation violation charges for these new infractions.
An attack outside Lynchburg General Hospital has the hospital's former security director wondering whether more could have been done to prevent the crime.
57- year- old John Major Haygood faces abduction and malicious wounding charges after he allegedly tried to kidnap a woman at knifepoint in the hospital parking lot.
The hospital's former security director says security videotape would show how the attack occurred and whether emergency room guards could have helped prevent it.
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((PHIL THEISEN/FORMER LGH SECURITY DIRECTOR: BECAUSE THAT TAPE DOCUMENTS TO A CERTAIN DEGREE WHAT WENT ON OVER THERE THAT NIGHT, AND WOULD ANSWER SOME QUESTIONS. ONE OF THE QUESTIONS WAS DID HE APPROACH THE TRIAGE DESK AND GET TURNED AWAY BEFORE THIS HAPPENED? WAS SECURITY BACK THERE AND WHAT WAS SECURITY DOING?))
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Lynchburg General says it holds security tapes for one month before re- using them and that a police request
for the video of the attack missed the deadline by just a few hours.
A grand jury could indict Haygood next month.
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State budget writers' exuberance in May has been tempered with the June 30th fiscal accounting-- but only slightly.
State revenues were officially up 175 million dollars over last year's projection.
It's NOT the quarter BILLION dollars House Appropriations Committee members were drooling over in May.
But it is an impressive 10-point-4 percent growth over last year's revenues.
The credit goes mostly to Wall Street and individual income tax payments to the state.
Declining lottery profits kept the pot from being even bigger.
In May, Virginia's employment level rose to an all-time high.[UVA-Custer]
We may best remember General George Armstrong Custer for his last stand.
Badly outgunned at Little Big Horn, Custer is infamous for his demise.
Today: a reminder of the unique debt Virginians owe the Indian fighter.
Ellen Qualls reports from Charlottesville.
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[SUPER=01-Brice Custer/Great Great Nephew; 1:21]
[SUPER=01-Blake Caravati/Charlottesville City Council; 1:55 QUICK!!]
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(( 133 years ago, Charlottesville's mayor and some University of Virginia professors put pragmatism over pride, bucked the boisterous local opposition, and surrendered the city to the Union's Third Cavalry Division, led by General George Armstrong Custer.
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((WE'LL PRESENT YOU WITH THE KEYS TO THE CITY.))
Perhaps it was the image of Virginia Military Institute, shelled and burned by Union troops the preceding summer, that prompted the pragmatism.
General Custer, however, posted guards and for the brief time of occupation, became the protector of one of America's most significant architectural achievements.
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((CUSTER: IN FACT, I HAD A GREAT DEAL OF RESPECT FOR THOMAS JEFFERSON AS A MAN WHO OPENED A GREAT FRONTIER. HOPEFULLY, AFTER MY CAREER HERE IN THE EASTERN THEATER, I'LL LOOK TO THE WEST. THE WEST IS THE GREAT AMERICAN OPPORTUNITY.))
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((CUSTER'S NOTORIETY COMES, OF COURSE, NOT FROM SAVING THIS SEAT OF INTELLIGENCE, BUT FROM GETTING BAD MILITARY INTELLIGENCE. ELEVEN YEARS AFTER TAKING CHARLOTTESVILLE, HE LED MORE THAN 200 MEN TO THEIR DEATH AGAINST SOME TWO THOUSAND SIOUX AND CHEYENNE WARRIORS AT THE BATTLE OF LITTLE BIG HORN.))
This occasion is in fact the annual meeting of the international Little Big Horn Associates.
It's a willing audience for Custer's descendants efforts to dispel the image of the arrogant and foolhardy monster of Hollywood lore.
They note a modern irony.
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((BRICE CUSTER: AS MUCH AS I'M GLAD TO BE HERE, I'M VERY SORRY THAT MY LATE BROTHER IS NOT HERE DOING THIS INSTEAD. TWO REASONS. HIS FULL NAME WAS COLONEL GEORGE ARMSTRONG CUSTER THE THIRD, AND SOME OF YOU MAY NOT KNOW, HE ALSO OBTAINED A MASTERS DEGREE IN NUCLEAR ENGINEERING IN APPROXIMATELY 1960 HERE AT THIS INSTITUTION.))
The University will do its part and post an historical marker -- the only Civil War plaque on UVA grounds.
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((BRICE CUSTER/GREAT GREAT NEPHEW: I WOULD SUBMIT THAT THE PLAQUE THAT WILL SOON BE HERE, THAT THE GENTLEMAN IS WELL WORTHY OF IT. THANK YOU.))
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((BLAKE CARAVATI/CHARLOTTESVILLE CITY COUNCIL: IF THE GENERAL HAS TIME BEFORE HE LEAVES, I'D LIKE THOSE KEYS BACK.))
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Charlottesville.))
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Olympic gymnist Shannon Miller is in town to kick off the Commonwealth Games -- we'll talk to her a little later on News-7 at Six.
And if you thought you saw someone familiar in "The Mask of Zorro," your eyes aren't playing tricks on you.
We'll find out about a Radford University teacher's swashbuckling performance.
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The Danville Regional Medical Center says patients and visitors will feel right at home in its new emergency department.
Final touches on the new E-R will be complete in about a week.
Construction has been on-going for the last year.
The hospital says patient rooms are more private and secure.
The new waiting room is more comfortable for visitors.
The emergency department's director says he's most proud of the new chest pain center.
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((JOE CIEZKOWSKI/EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT DIRECTOR: WE CURRENTLY DO A VERY GOOD JOB OF TREATING THESE PATIENTS. THIS ALLOWS US TO DO EVEN BETTER. AND STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT PATIENTS WITH CHEST PAINS WHO END UP IN CHEST PAIN CENTERS INSTEAD OF JUST EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS IN HOSPITALS ACTUALLY FARE BETTER.))
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The hospital will celebrate its new E-R with a ribbon cutting tomorrow morning at ten.
A safety fair will follow complete with police and fire department demonstrations.
There's nothing like a little competition, even if the challenge is right across the street.
Haverty's Furniture held its grand opening today.
The store brings its business to the same neighborhood where Grand Home Furnishing is located.
Even though Grand has been in the area for while, Haverty's says it doesn't mind being the new retailer on the block.
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((STEPHANIE EXAS/HAVERTY'S-MANAGER: I'M EXCITED ABOUT THAT. I THINK COMPETITION IS VERY HEALTHY. I ALSO THINK IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO GIVE CUSTOMERS A CHOICE AND SELECTION. I THINK ITS VERY IMPORTANT FOR BOTH HAVERTY'S AND GRANDS TO BE TOGETHER AND TO BE THIS CLOSE. I MET THE MANAGER THERE AND HE'S VERY NICE AND I LOOK FORWARD TO THE CHALLENGE AND WORKING WITH THEM AND COMPETING AGAINST THEM.))
[SUPER=01-Stephanie Exas/Haverty's Manager;]
[OUT Q= competing against them.]
Grand's Management declined an on-camera comment but say they welcome the new store.
Another ground-breaking day on Wall Street.
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The Dow gained 10 points for a record close at 93 hundred 38.
NASDAQ gained 8 points and also set a new record.
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A part time instructor at Radford University is among the few who've actually seen their name lit up on the silver screen.
28- year old Jay-D Roberto auditioned for and won a small role in the film "The Mask of Zorro" which opened this week.
He plays a bad guy and can be seen in the film's opening sequence-- with sword in hand.
He says the two minute scene took about four weeks to shoot.
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((JD ROBERTO/ACTOR AND TEACHER: MOST OF MY TIME WAS SPENT WORKING WITH ANTHONY HOPKINS, WHICH WAS AN ENORMOUSLY FUN EXPERIENCE, A GREAT GUY, HE'S ONE OF THOSE GUYS YOU IDOLIZE FROM AFAR AND WHEN YOU MEET HIM YOU EXPECT HIM TO BE A LITTLE STANDOFFISH BUT HE WASN'T, HE WAS VERY NICE, OPEN, CONGENIAL, EASY TO TALK TO. ANTONIA BANDERAS WAS THERE AS WELL AND HE WAS GREAT BUT HE WASN'T IN THE SCENE WE WERE SHOOTING SO WE DIDN'T GET TO SPEND NEARLY AS MUCH TIME WITH HIM. ))
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Roberto actually lives in Los Angeles--- but he's friends with an instructor at the university which is what brought
him to Radford.
This the third year he's taught a week long acting course to area high school students.
[IN Q=When you]
((WHEN YOU WORK IN A TOWN LIKE LOS ANGELES, DAY IN AND DAY OUT, IT'S NICE TO BE ABLE TO ESCAPE FROM THE BIG CITY AND TO SPEND SOME TIME WITH THE PEOPLE THAT ARE LOOKING TO DO THIS IN THE FUTURE, THAT ARE LOOKING TO DO WHAT I DO IN THE FUTURE, IT'S NICE TO GET BACK TO THAT, TO TEACH THESE PEOPLE AND SPEND TIME WITH THESE PEOPLE, I THINK I LEARN AS MUCH AS THEY DO JUST BY COMING HERE AND SPENDING A WEEK WITH THEM. ))
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Roberto boasts about seven years of sword fighting experience which helped him land the movie role.
He's also had small parts in a couple of sitcoms and a soap opera.
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The rest of today's sports is straight ahead. including an update on Billy Wagner, a preview of tomorrow's Hooters series race at New River,
And Steve Mason will have the story of the Salem Avalanche's singing catcher.
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Let the games begin- In just two hours the 9th annual Commonwealth Games kick off.
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Jean Jadhon is at the Roanoke Civic Center-
Jean, you say there will be some Olympic Gold shining at tonight's ceremonies?
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We begin tonight with an update on Billy Wagner.
He back home in Houston tonight with little more than a bad headache.
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24 hours after getting beaned he was released from the hospital.
This was the scene in Phoenix last night as he boarded a plane and headed back to Texas with nothing more than an inner ear concussion and some dizziness.
[SUPER=01-Curtis Dickman/Wagner's Neurosurgeon; :00]
[OUT Q=...playing activity."]
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In one other local baseball note, take a moment and pick up a copy of this week's Sports Illustrated that features Saints coach Mike Ditka on the cover.
Once you open it and head inside to page 66, you will find very flattering article on former Salem Buc Tony Womack.
The former Gretna high star who grew up in Chatham is heralded as one of the best unknown players in the game.
Earlier this year Tony was indicuted into the Salem-Roanoke hall of fame.
The Avalanche has three catchers. Blake Anderson plays behind the plate and DH's. Steve Mason says there's another reason to sing his praises.
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[SUPER=01-Blake Anderson/Avalanche Catcher; :30]
[SUPER=01-Jay Loviglio/Avalanche Manager; 1:17]
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((In the club house, Andserson is as well known for his voice as his versatility.
Thursday, he made his debut, singing the national anthem before the Kinston game at Salem Memorial. His second career began back in his hometown of Dallas, Texas in 1990.
Anderson is batting .239 as a back up catcher. He's even a bigger hit singing in the locker room or doing kareoke with his teammates and manager.
The 24 year old rookie has a promising baseball future, but if it doesn't work out he has another interest to pursue and Anderson doesn't mind voicing his message to kids.
Steve Mason news 7 sports.))
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Two of Friday Football Extra's all-time greats closed out their high school careers last night in the Virginia High School all-star game in Hampton.
Lee Suggs and James Hickenbotham rushed for a combined 90 yards on 16 carries.
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But they could not overcome the Hampton connection of all-american quarterback Ronald Curry and tigh end Bobby Blizard.
The two connected on this 37 yard TD pass to help the
East roll to a 30-to-16 win win. The game was played in Hampton.
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The New River Valley Speedway hosts the Hooters Procup series tommorow night in the Pepsi/Food City 350.
Members from both television and print rode in the Hooters car in a media promotions day. Some of the NRV speedway's past greats will be on hand.
[SUPER=01-Fred Goldby/NRV Speedway Marketing Dir.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Randy Myers/Hooters Director of Operations; :15]
[OUT Q=...see on Sunday"]
The Hooters series will run 250 laps followed by a 100 lap Winston late model race. Race time is 7pm.
It was a little more windy todayin England and as a result the winds of change affected the leader board during the second round of the British Open.
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Amazingly, this man 32 year old American Brian Watts leads the field after shooting a one under round today.
He is three under for the tournament.
He is one shot in front of 17 year old Justin Rose who had the best round of the day with a four under 66.
Ernie Els had the shot of the day with this fairway eagle on the par five 15th.
First round leaders Tiger Woods and Nick Price are still in the hunt they are tied for second.
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