Next on NEWS-7 at SIX:
A short-order murder verdict...
Doug Wilder doesn't want to be a college president.
And she's broken nearly every bone on one side of her body.
Lucy Gilmore is not only still going strong... she's getting ready to go to New Zealand to compete.
In sports, we will introduce you to E.C. Glass's new boys basketball coach, the Ice Station cooled off some kids with hockey school
and Roy Stanley meets the Redskins rookie class at training camp
Staying warm and dry tomorrow. Our next showers chance arrives Thursday or Friday. Details coming up...
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A Danville jury returned a speedy verdict for a man accused of killing his estranged wife's friend.
Laquan Stone was found guilty today of first- degree murder-- despite his attempt at a lesser conviction.
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Christy Hubley is live in our Danville newsroom with reaction.
A quick verdict indeed.
It took the jury just 20-minutes to decide Laquan Stone was guilty of murdering Alvin Averette in April.
Jurors recommended a prison sentence of 33 years.
But the victim's mother says that's not enough.
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(( Gloria Averette left the Danville courthouse crying-- making just a brief statement to reporters.
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((GLORIA AVERETTE/VICTIM'S MOTHER: 33- YEARS. THAT'S ALL. MY SON'S GONE FOREVER. (CRY) ))
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Laquan Stone admits he shot Alvin Averette.
Defense lawyers argued Stone lost control when he found the victim hiding in his estranged wife's shower.
The jury did NOT return the manslaughter conviction Stone was hoping for.
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((RONALD WILLIAMS/DEFENSE ATTORNEY: HE'S BEEN PRETTY STOIC ABOUT THE THING. HE KNEW HE DID WRONG AND TO BE PUNISHED. HE'S MADE HIS PEACE. SO I THINK HE'LL BE ALL RIGHT.))
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Prosecutors say they could not have made their case without the testimony of Tamesha Stone-- Laquan's wife and the only witness to the murder.
They say it's a shame she was put through the ringer by the defense.
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((JIM REYNOLDS/ASSISTANT PROSECUTOR: MS. STONE CAME FORWARD. SHE DID NOT HAVE TO TESTIFY UNDER VIRGINIA LAW. SHE CHOSE TO TESTIFY AND TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT WHAT SHE KNEW AND THE DEFENSE TRIED TO KEEP HER FROM TESTIFYING BECAUSE THEY DID NOT WANT THE TRUTH TO COME OUT.))
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Again, the jury recommended a prison sentence of 33-years for Laquan Stone.
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Keith, he will be sentenced by a judge September 3rd.
Lynchburg police are making progress in their investigation into the murder of a Massachusetts man two weeks ago.
21- year- old Peter Spyropoulos' body was found inside a burning car on July 12th.. he'd been shot in the head.
On Saturday, police in Cambridge, Massachusetts arrested 18- year- old Darnell Willis Venable and charged him with conspiracy to purchase firearms.
Authorities won't say HOW Venable's arrest is connected to Spyropoulos's murder.
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((Reporter: Can you say whether anyone else could be charged or whether Mr. Venable will face additional charges?
INVEST. BETTY LENNARD/LYNCHBURG POLICE: WE'RE NOT SURE OF THAT YET, BUT THE INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING AT THIS TIME, THERE MAY BE OTHER PEOPLE CHARGED.))
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Lennard (luh-NARD) would NOT say whether Venable gave a statement to police after his arrest.
Venable is now fighting extradition to Virginia.
Roanoke County officials say they hope to have figures by the end of the week... that will help them decide whether to build one large south county high school or operate two smaller ones.
School system and county staff members have NOT gotten together to crunch the numbers, as expected.
But county officials say they are now pulling together the financial information on their own.
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((BOB JOHNSON/SUPERVISORS CHAIRMAN: FROM MY UNDERSTANDING, THERE ARE QUITE A FEW PEOPLE ON VACATION. I JUST DON'T WANT THE PUBLIC, ESPECIALLY THE CITIZENS OF SOUTHWEST COUNTY THINKING THAT THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS ARE SITTING ON THEIR HANDS.))
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Current plans call for renovating Cave Spring High School, and building a new school on another site. But some south county residents are now advocating a single school, which they say will save money in the long run and help bring the community together.
Doug Wilder once announced he was running for president of the United States.
But he dropped out of the race after a few weeks.
Now, he's once again dropping plans to be a president, president of Virginia Union University that is.
Wilder was set to take charge of his alma mater in Richmond next week.
But today he backed out.
His announcement came after he asked a dozen top administrators at the college to hand in their resignations.
Over the weekend, some members of the Virginia Union board questioned that move, saying it might leave the school with vacant positions just as classes were about to start.
The former governor said he quit on his own; no one with the university suggested that he do it.
An Altavista woman was seriously injured when her car broadsided a school bus on Route 29 this morning.
20- year- old Tiffany Easley was headed south when the bus pulled out in front of her in heavy fog.
Easley was unable to avoid a collision.. rescue crews spent a half hour freeing her from her crushed car.
She's listed in serious condition at Lynchburg General Hospital.
State police charged the bus driver with failure to yield the right of way.
The bus was being delivered to the York County school system and there were NO children on board.
Police say the suspect who robbed a bank in Dublin this afternoon did NOT display a weapon or threaten the teller.
Authorities say he left the First American bank on Route 100 with an undisclosed amount of money in a brown paper bag.
He did NOT speak to the teller-- merely handed her a note.
The suspect is described as a clean shaven, white male, approximately five foot seven with dark hair.
Authorities are still searching the area.
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Next on NEWS 7 at SIX:
Environmentalists enlist the aid of the Blue Ridge Parkway as they fight logging in a national forest.
And a burning plane in Roanoke today helped firefighters brush up on their skills.
We'll take a look, Robin.
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Imagine taking a ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Every time you stop at an overlook you see the effects of logging in the national forest.
Environmentalists used that visual image in court today, trying to put a stop to timber sales in the Jefferson National Forest.
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A year ago members of the Shenandoah Ecosystems Defense Group used a more direct approach to keep loggers out.
Their attorney says their concerns are more than "nit picking."
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The Forest Service believes it has taken the visual impact into account .
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The judge did not make a ruling today.
Virginia's new mobile aircraft fire training system put on a show at the Roanoke airport today.
The trainer uses gas jets to simulate the heat and intensity of a burning fuel spill.
Conditions get worse as firefighters enter the smoking plane itself, searching for victims and the engine cut-off switch.
The training sessions are important because a burning plane is not the same as a burning house.
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((SCOTT BRADFORD/ROANOKE FIREFIGHTER; IT'S A LOT MORE CONFINING, THE FIRE GETS TO BE HOTTER BECAUSE THE FUEL'S INVOLVED, IT'S HARDER TO PUT OUT BECAUSE THE FUEL'S INVOLVED. THERE MAY B TIMES WHEN WE CAN'T GET TO THE FUEL SHUT-OFF... JUST DO WHAT WE CAN TO HOLD IT BACK UNTIL WE CAN GET THE VICTIM'S OUT.))
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Firefighters say this is as close as you can get to the real thing, without actually crashing a plane.
And since the simulator runs on propane fuel, it's environmentally friendly.
Roanoke County firefighters who helped extinguish wildfires in Florida were also in the spotlight today.
The four career and three volunteer firefighters who travelled to Florida this summer, were recognized this afternoon by the County Board of Supervisors.
Fire scorched thousands of acres in Florida during June and July, and firefighters from across the country answered the call for assistance.
The seven from Roanoke County were dispatched to the area near Panama City where they fought a 600- acre blaze.
Lewis-Gale Medical Center unveiled a medical specialty today that's completely new to the Roanoke Valley.
It's a procedure that's intended to stop cerebral aneurysms from rupturing in the brain.
Half of all hemorrhages lead to death.
The new coil therapy will prevent those cases where traditional surgery could not.
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The coil therapy is not for every patient with a brain aneurysm.
Doctor Mathis says surgeons must work on a case by case basis.
The Dow Jones Average today lost about what it gained yesterday.
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It fell 93 points to close at 89 hundred 35.
NASDAQ lost 37 points.
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Lucy Gilmore has endured more surgeries than most people face in a lifetime.
But you'll never hear this Radford teenager complain.
She's just focused on swimming.
Teresa Hamilton has her story.
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(( You might say-- 14- year old Lucy Gilmore is at home in the water.
After all-- she spends at least two hours in the pool, nearly every day.
Especially now that she's among 30- athletes who'll represent the U-S in an international competition for athletes with physical limitations.
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((SWEETSIE GILMORE/LUCY'S MOTHER:SHE HAS A STRONG SPIRIT, AND SHE'S, IT'S NOT EASY, ACTUALLY, IT'S HARDER TO HOLD HER BACK, SHE WANTS TO BE LIKE YOU AND EVERYONE ELSE. ))
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Lucy was born with "McCune Albright Syndrome"-- it's a disease that makes her prone to injury.
She's broken nearly every bone on the right side of her body--
She's also undergone five surgeries to her right femur as well as a spinal fusion and surgery to remove bone cysts from her skull.
But you'd never know it by watching her swim--
In fact-- until recently she always competed against able bodied athletes.
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((BILL BEECHER/LUCY'S COACH: SHE IS AN INSPIRATION TO WATCH, I MEAN, IT'S GOT TO BE SO MUCH HARDER FOR HER THAN THE REST OF THE KIDS. ))
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Lucy was selected for the world meet after competing in Minneapolis, for the first time, against other athletes with physical limitations.
She won a silver as well as four bronze medals.
((RON GILMORE/LUCY'S FATHER: GIVES ME COLD CHILLS TALKING ABOUT IT, NOW, SO, WE'RE VERY PROUD OF LUCY, SHE'S A HARD WORKER, SHE'S CROSSED A LOT OF OBSTACLES AND SHE KEEPS ON GOING. ))
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The biggest obstacle now facing Lucy-- is one her parents have undertaken.
They're currently trying to raise enough money for the trip overseas.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Radford.))
Roy Stanley will get everyone acqainted with some of the Redskin rookies, Darrell Waltrip will have a spicy, new ride for this weekend's brickyard,
and E.C. Glass introduces it's new head boys basketball coach ina news conference this morning.
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In the N-F-L draft, The Washington Redskins went after athletes.
And two of the Rookies in training camp are getting involved in the Redskin game Plan.
Roy Stanley and Photographer Scott Ayres file this report on two promising rookies.
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Chicago bears first round draft pick Curtis Enis is being investigated by a Dallas grand jury in regards to sexual assault allegations.
Enis, who starred in the back field under Joe paterno at Penn State, is in question from an incident May 30th. A woman complained to police about the alleged assault. He has yett to sign a contract with the Bears.
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E.C Glass named Stanley Hull it's new head boys basketball coach today.
The 34 yearl old Hull was introduced in a 10 am news conference at Glass with players on hand. 10 candidates were interviewed for the job vacated by Mike Dufrene. Hull has been the head coach at Lynchburg's Holy Cross school the last four years.
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The first annual Modern Hockey School Summer camp helped cool around 45 aspiring hockey players today.
Kids age 5 to 15 are taking part in the week long camp at the Ice Station.
Pierre Paiement has employed the services of Express goalie Daniel Berthiaume to work with the kids.
The focus is on improving hockey skills through drills and on conditioning.
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One racing note. Effective immediately, three time NASCAR Winston Cup champion Darrell Waltrip will take over the driving duties of the Tabasco car.
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Waltrip began driving for Dale Earnhardt's Penzoil number 1 car at Bristol this past March as a fill in until Steve Park recovered from race related injuires.
Waltrip faired well in the 1 car. He posted seven top 15 finishes and even took sixth place at the first Pocono race.
D-W replaces Todd Bodine, who was fired after failing to qualify for several races this season.
Waltrip will race the Tabasco car this weeknd at Indianapolis.
The deal is for the rest of this season and all of next season.
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Some Catawba residents are attacking plans for a proposed land swap involving a private developer and the Jefferson National Forest.
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Jean Jadhon is in the Newsroom with more.
Keith, area residents say the deal will change the character of the community--
and end public access to acres of undeveloped land.
But, the Forest Service says the move is necessary to consolidate more of its land.
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We'll have more on that story plus more news, weather and sports coming up tonight on News 7 at 11.
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