Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
A juvenile is charged with setting fires at Willow River.
And the death of a little girl- -not quite a year old- -has relatives blaming the judge who granted custody to the child's father.
In sports, The Hokie freshman reported today, scores from Major League Baseball.
And Jeff Gordon captures the pole position for Sunday's Bud at The Glen.
After a week with hardly a cloud in the sky, your weekend forecast features clouds and a chance of late day showers.
Details just ahead.
It's been a terrifying couple of weeks for residents of a Salem apartment complex.
But tonight police say the nightmare is over.
They've arrested the person they say is responsible for setting a string of fires.
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Scott Goldberg is at Salem police headquarters.
Scott, everyone must be breathing a sigh of relief.
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[IN Q=of all the Willow River residents]
[SUPER=01-Deb Schaffer/Willow River Resident;:17]
[OUT Q=have to sleep sometime.]
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A Franklin County family is mourning the death of their infant girl.
Her father has been charged with murder -- but relatives lay the blame squarely at the feet of a Franklin County judge.
Tina Tenret has more.
[IN Q=The baby's mother]
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[SUPER=01-Linda Wills/Baby's Mother; :20]
[SUPER=01-Joyce Dickens/Baby's Grandmother; :36]
[SUPER=01-Brenda Bloomer/Baby's Aunt; :48]
[OUT Q=NEws7 Franklin County]
(( 11-month-old Olivia Forrest was killed last weekend in Virginia Beach.
The medical examiner says she died of acute head injuries and strangulation.
Her father Richard Forrest is charged with murder.
A substitute judge gave him custody of the baby only three months ago.
[IN Q=He didn't know]
((LINDA WILLS/BABY'S MOTHER: HE DON'T KNOW TO TAKE CARE OF A KID, HOW TO LOVE AND PLAY WITH IT. WHEN WE HAD HER WE LOVED ON HER AND WE TOOK CARE OF HER. SHE HAD A GOOD TIME WHEN SHE WAS HERE.))
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The baby's grandmother had been raising her.
But Richard Forrest challenged that.
[IN Q=I didn't]
((JOYCE DICKENS/BABY'S GRANDMOTHER: I DIDN'T HAVE NO RIGHTS. BECAUSE I'M JUST A MATERNAL GRANDPARENT.))
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Relatives say substitute judge Ellen Weinman should have investigated the case more closely.
[IN Q=If she had]
((BRENDA BLOOMER/BABY'S AUNT: IF SHE HAD LOOKED BACK ON MY MOM TAKING CARE OF THE CHILD, THEY WOULDA SEEN SHE WAS HEALTHY WHEN SHE WENT TO THE DOCTOR. SHE WAS PROGRESSING. SHE WAS BIG. SHE WAS HAPPY. THEY WOULD HAVE ALSO SEEN HE NEVER CAME HARDLY AND GOT HER.))
[OUT Q=GOT HER]
The baby's mother still arranges the toys and tucks in the blanket.
Judge David Melesco recently refused custody to her until she could prove she had a stable home and job.
[IN Q=Both Judge Melesco]
((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: BOTH JUDGE MELESCO AND JUDGE WEINMAN ARE ON VACATION AND COULD NOT COMMENT ON THE CASE. THE BABY'S FUNERAL IS SCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY. TINA TENRET NEWS7 FRANKLIN COUNTY.))
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State police are looking for a man who escaped from a work gang in Botetourt County this afternoon.
The inmate is a 31-year-old white male, Robert Bentley Newberry from Hampton Roads.
He's serving 19 years for burglary, breaking and entering and grand larceny.
A spokesman for the corrections department says Newberry was on a road detail in the Buchanan area, clearing brush.
He was at the head of a line of nine inmates; the armed guard was at the rear.
Newberry took advantage of the situation to dash off into the woods.
No shots were fired.
State police are using a bloodhound and a helicopter to look for him.
Newberry is NOT considered violent.
A corrections officer WAS hurt during the search. He was talking to a stopped motorist when he was hit by another car.
The officer was taken to the hospital; no word yet on his condition.
Every ten years the government takes a census- -a head count to figure out how many of us there are.
The answer determines how we're represented in Congress and prescribes the way Billions of dollars in grant money are parceled out.
Now the government plans to modify its methods for the next census in the year 2000.
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[SUPER=01-Matthew Glavin/S.E. Legal Foundation; :32]
[SUPER=01-Mike Carvin/Plaintiff's Attorney; 1:08]
[OUT Q=counting the people]
(( The debate took place in ROANOKE... before a panel of three federal judges.
Attorneys argued over the intent of the Founding Fathers, citing the words of James Madison, George Mason, Peyton Randolph.
[IN Q=It is appropriate]
((IT IS APPROPRIATE THAT THIS BE ARGUED IN VIRGINIA, BECAUSE SO MANY VIRGINIANS WERE INVOLVED IN THE CONSTITUTIONAL DEBATE THAT IS AT ISSUE HERE.))
[OUT Q=at issue here.]
It all comes down to ONE word in the Constitution:
It calls for the "actual enumeration" of citizens... leaving it up to Congress to define HOW it's done.
[IN Q=It doesn't say]
((IT DOESN'T SAY TRHAT WE CAN GUESS. IT DOESN'T SAY THAT WE CAN SAMPLE. IT DOESN'T SAY THAT WE CAN PROJECT. IT SAYS ACTUAL "ENUMERATION" BY COUNTING.))
[OUT Q=enumeration by counting.]
Several cities and states have come to the defense of the Clinton Administration and its plan to use statistical estimates.
They say it's tough to count every last person in the country.
A lot of people ignore the census, don't trust the government or just don't want to be counted.
What might look like an UNoccupied dwelling may house a number of people.
[IN Q=So it is inevitably]
((SO IT IS INEVITABLY A GUESS. IT IS INEVITABLY AN ESTIMATE, ALWAYS WILL BE.))
[OUT Q=always will be.]
[IN Q=That's the difference]
((THAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A POLL AND AN ELECTION. A POLL IS AN ESTIMATE. AN ELECTION IS A COUNT. WE THINK WE SHOULD KEEP COUNTING THE PEOPLE. ))
[OUT Q=counting the people.]))
The judges' ruling here will undoubtedly be appealed to the U-S Supreme Court.
The family of a child killed in a Roanoke County school bus accident has settled a wrongful death claim against the school board.
The agreement calls for the board's insurance company to pay 125-thousand-dollars in the death of Shayla Worley.
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Three years ago, a school bus ran over the kindergarten student in front of her home in Vinton.
The family brought an 8-million dollar lawsuit against the bus driver and the county,.
But before going to trial, they agreed to mediation.
And that produced this settlement.
The county's attorney also says the school board settled so the other children on the bus wouldn't have to go through a trial.
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The Wintergreen resort in Nelson County is struggling to stay financially afloat.
That story is still ahead on News-7 at Six.
And some new arrangements of an old tradition-- it's time for the Old Fiddler's Convention.
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A man found dead in a car in Blacksburg last night suffered a heart attack.
The medical examiner says that's what killed 48-year-old Jerry Wayne Jones.
His van ran off Farmview Road last night, dropped over an embankment and into some woods.
Someone saw the vehicle at about 6 o'clock, but thought the driver was off cutting trees
Two hours later, someone else checked the car, saw Jones' body and called police.
A private investigator is working with Emmett Cressell, Junior's attorneys as they prepare for their client's upcoming capital murder trial.
Cressell is one of two men accused of burning and beheading a black man in Grayson County, last summer.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Teresa/Blacksburg Bureau]
Teresa Hamilton was in Independence this afternoon...
Teresa-- what issues were raised in court?
[Live=Teresa Full/Blacksburg Bureau]
Keith-- Cressell's attorneys focused on a number of issues-- including how security will be handled during their client's trial.
Today's hearing was also an opportunity for the pair to spend valuable time with their client's private investigator.
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[SUPER=01-Jeff Dorsey/Cressell's Attorney; :36]
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((MICHAEL STOVALL/CRESSELL'S PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR: THERE IS NOT ANYTHING THAT'S MENTIONED IN THE COURTROOM THAT I DON'T INVESTIGATE. ))
[OUT Q=don't investigate.]
Michael Stovall is the private investigator laying the ground work for Cressell's case.
He's been pounding the pavement for a couple of weeks now-- following up on different leads and conducting various interviews.
[IN Q=Our goal]
((OUR GOAL IS TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE ARE GOING TO SAY WHAT THEY SAY THEY'RE GOING TO SAY AND ARE GOING TO DO WHAT THEY SAY THEY'RE GOING TO DO. ))
[OUT Q=going to do.]
Stovall is working closely with Cressell's attorneys-- who were in court today.
One thing they don't want-- is a lot of uniformed security in the courtroom once their client goes on trial.
It's a request the judge said he would keep in mind.
[IN Q=We trust]
((JEFF DORSEY/CRESSELL'S ATTORNEY: WE TRUST THE COURT'S DISCRETION, WE ARE SIMPLY CONCERNED AS WE ARE IN ANY CASE ABOUT THE APPEARANCE THAT THE DEFENDANT IS UNUSUALLY DANGEROUS OR UNUSUALLY VIOLENT. ))
[OUT Q=unusually violent.]))
[Live=Teresa Full/Blacksburg Bureau]
Another point was raised in court.
Cressell was convicted of beating a man in the past--
The man later suffered a stroke.
Cressell's attorney were successful in ensuring that if the issue were brought out in court-- that a doctor be the one to say the beating and stroke were related.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Teresa/Blacksburg Bureau]
(QUESTION: When is Cressell's court date?)
A lawsuit over a landslide may well have buried the Wintergreen Development Company.
Faced with millions of dollars of debt, the company auctioned off its last 500 acres of resort property today.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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[SUPER=01-Tom Williams/Investor; :40]
[SUPER=01-Russell Otis/Wintergreen Prop. Owners Assn.; 1:10]
[OUT Q=News7, Nelson County.]
(( For 22 years, the Wintergreen Development Company successfully marketed and sold nearly 11- thousand acres of prime Nelson County real estate.
But then an apparent landslide damaged the Stoney Creek home of Walter and Nancy Childs.. the couple sued and won a sizeable judgment in a well- publicized case.
That's when the real estate market started to dry up.
((LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, CAN WE GO BETTER? 65- THOUSAND..))
Faced with foreclosure, Wintergreen Development was forced to auction off its remaining land.
About a dozen serious investors turned out hoping to find a bargain.. but the bank ended up taking control of all 500 acres for about 2- point- 3 million dollars.
[IN Q=The bank has]
((TOM WILLIAMS/INVESTOR: THE BANK HAS A NOTE ON NINE MILLION DOLLARS SECURING THE PROPERTY AND THEY'RE NOT GOING TO LET INDIVIDUAL INVESTORS GET IT FOR 1O TO 20 CENTS ON THE DOLLAR.))
[OUT Q=on the dollar.]
Instead Wachovia will likely hold on to the land and sell it later on for what it feels is a more realistic price.
[IN Q=Property owners]
((Property owners say it's important to remember the Wintergreen Development Corporation is a separate company from the Wintergreen Resort, which continues to thrive. They're hoping the bad publicity over the foreclosure auction won't further tarnish the Wintergreen name.))
[OUT Q=Wintergreen name.]
[IN Q=We've got good]
((RUSSELL OTIS/W'GREEN PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOC'N: WE'VE GOT GOOD CROWDS UP THERE, FOUR SEASON RESORT, BRAND NEW GOLF COURSES AND WE'D RATHER SEE PEOPLE THINK ABOUT THAT RATHER THEN THIS MINOR PROBLEM WITH THE DEVELOPER.))
[OUT Q=the developer.]
Otis adds property values have "not" been affected by the controversy.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))[Stocks]
The markets continued rebuilding today.
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The Dow advanced 20-points, closing at 85-hundred-98.
Nasdaq gained 17-points.
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It's that time of year again...
When the city of Galax rolls out the welcome mat for musicians from around the county.
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The 63rd annual "Galax Fiddler's Convention" is in full swing.
This years event got underway Tuesday to give more musicians a chance to showcase their talents.
Musicians from near and far make the annual pilgrimage.
((GENE JONES/ROANOKE MUSICIAN:WE BRING ALL WE CAN, EVERYBODY WE CAN, HE PLAYS THE BANJO, MY SON PLAYS THE BANJO, AND HE BRINGS HIS WIFE AND OUR LITTLE GRANDDAUGHTERS AND THEY GET OUT ON THE STAGE AND SING WITH US, MY WIFE PLAYS THE AUTOHARP, WE JUST HAVE A GREAT TIME.
J. D. LAMBERTH/NORTH CAROLINA MUSICIAN:THIS GOOD BLUE GRASS MUSIC, THAT WILL KEEP ANYONE COMING BACK, BLUEGRASS WILL, THAT'S AMERICAN MUSIC FROM THE WORD GO. ))
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[SUPER=01-J. D. Lamberth/North Carolina Musician; :15]
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The fiddler's convention continues through Saturday night.
And coming up, Jeff Gordon covers the field at Watkins Glen Steve Mason has a report on former Redskin Shawn Gilbert.
And we continue our high school football reports checking in with the Terriers of William Byrd.
Jeff Gordon has won the last two races on the twisty road courses. And today he captured the pole for the Bud at The Glen with a speed of 120 point 331.
It's Gordon's sixth Bud Pole of the season.
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Ron Fellows will start second and Ricky Rudd third. South Boston's Jeff Burton will start in the fourth position.
Several cars had some problems handling the road course Bill Elliot was one he spins out and Elliott failed to make the top 25.
But here's the rest of today's qualifiers.
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[SUPER=0107-11. Geoff Bodine//12. Terry Labonte//13. Sterling Marlin//14. Bobby Hamilton//15. Ted Musgrave//;]
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[SUPER=0107-21. Johnny Benson//22. Dale Earnhardt//23. Mike Skinner//24. Robert Pressley//25. Ward Burton//;]
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Virginia Tech's gridiron future arrived on campus today.
And while the frosh learn the college game a veteran will be on hand to lead the way.
Quarterback Al Clark's experience will be needed to guide what Coach Beamer calls a "young offensive squad.
But will he be healthy?
Clark has had all summer to recover from knee trouble that turned the last spring's inter-squad contest into a touch football game for him.
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[SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/VA Tech Head Football Coach;]
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Tech opens its season at home, on September fifth, against East Carolina.
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The William Byrd is getting ready to defend the "Dog House" again.
The Terriers started football practice this week and Friday Football Extra crews were there.
Coach Jeff Highfill says more than 60 players showed up, the best numbers in years.
But he says they'll need them because the team lost key players at linebacker, fullback and tackle.
And there may be a change at quarterback.
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Coach Highfill will be anxiously awaiting the summer school grades of his quarterback Josh Wheeler. The results will determine Wheeler's eligibility.
The Carolina Panthers hope that former Redskin defensive tackle Sean Gilbert will improve their run defense. Steve Mason says, despite the pressure to produce, this player remains one cool cat.
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[OUT Q=...news 7 sports"]
((Gilbert's cat like reactions in training camp drills makes him a perfect fit in Panther country. He's also quick witted in how he begins interviews.
Sean's body english speaks volumes about his desire to the play the game after sitting out last season in a contract dispute with Washington. The Panthers defensiev line is in trouble. Les Miller is hurt, and top draft pick jason Peter out nebraska is a hold out, raising the already high expecttations of Gilbert another notch.
Gilbert plays his old Redskins in Week 15. Steve Mason news 7 sports.))
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