The death of a church deacon and landlord mystifies friends, family and police.
Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX: we look into the murder of Jimmie Lee Penn.
And a middle school teacher and coach learns the price he'll have to pay for molesting students in Montgomery County.
It's friday and that means football, Roy Stanley will preview tonights salem/Botetourt game, the major league baseball postseason rolls on with the Boston/Cleveland game,
and, it's only a game, just ask Darrell Strawberry. The New York Yankees expressed his emotions about his cancer today.
Looks like more clouds than sun this weekend. We will explain and introduce you to a new ViewerNet School in just a few moments.
It may have been a random, drive-by shooting. OR...
Whoever shot and killed Jimmie Lee Penn last night at 20th and Patterson... must have been one of the FEW people who DIDN'T like the 62-year old landlord.
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[SUPER=01-Jim Gunter/Victim's Friend; :00]
[SUPER=01-Willie Smith/Neighbor; :25]
[SUPER=01-James Leftwich/Victim's Friend; :40 ]
[SUPER=01-Katie Moore/Neighbor; :43 ]
[OUT Q=bad landlord.]
[IN Q=He was a]
((HE WAS A NICE FELLA, JUST AS FINE A FELLA AS YOU WANT TO MEET.))
[OUT Q=want to meet.]
Jim Gunter couldn't believe it, when he heard the word on the street that Penn had been shot.
Gunter lives three blocks from the rental property where Penn was working just after sunset.
[IN Q=They heard the ]
((THEY HEARD THE SHOTS, THE PEOPLE THAT WAS IN THE HOUSE. POW, POW, POW, YOU KNOW, LIKE THAT.))
[OUT Q=like that.]
At Willie's garage across the street, William Smith heard the shots. Gunfire is so commonplace here, though, he didn't even look up.
[IN Q=If I spent]
((IF I SPENT ALL MY TIME RUNNING TO THE DOOR TO SEE WHAT SHOTS WERE FIRED, I PROBABLY WOULDN'T GET NOTHING DONE.))
[OUT Q=nothing done.]
Smith had nothing but good things to say about Penn.
It was the same story at the Quick Stop on the corner- -where the retired railroad worker was a regular.
[IN Q=The only thing]
((THE ONLY THING I KNEW ABOUT HIM, HE WAS A PRETTY NICE GUY.))
[OUT Q=nice guy.]
[IN Q=He's a good]
(( HE'S A GOOD MAN, AS FAR AS I KNOW. I AIN'T NEVER KNOW HE WAS A BAD LANDLORD.))
[OUT Q=bad landlord.]
So far, police have no suspects.
Jury selection is less than a month away for the second of two men accused of brutally murdering a black man in Grayson County.
Louis Ceparano has already been sentenced for his role in Garnett Johnson's murder.
Teresa Hamilton joins us live from Independence with the latest on preparations for Emmit Cressell's upcoming trial.
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[SUPER=01-Jeff Dorsey/Cressell's Attorney; :]
[OUT Q=later returned.]
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A Montgomery County judge says John Breedlove violated a special trust when he had sex with three students. Today the judge sentenced the former teacher's aid to five years in prison.
Joe Dashiell is covering the case and he reports tonight from the Montgomery County courthouse.
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[SUPER=01-Rob McNeal/Victim's Father;]
[OUT Q=everybody's family]
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An assault in a dorm room at Roanoke College last week has led to the arrest of four students.
Salem police say two men wearing masks broke into the room... along with a companion early in the morning.
One of the suspects hit a student in the face, while another student in the room was forced to watch.
Police say this incident came after one the week before that involved a small amount of marijuana.
One of the suspects is from West Virginia; the others are from Massachusetts.
All four have been suspended from Roanoke College.
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Still ahead--we'll get the latest on a report calling for lay-offs at a
facility for the mentally challenged.
And, people in Moneta bid a final farewell to a firefighter who spent more than four decades serving his community.
First, let's check in with Robin Reed in the weather center.
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A Virginia Democrat has helped draft a plan to end the impeachment inquiry of President Clinton by next month.
Representative Rick Boucher calls the Democrat's proposal prompt, fair and thorough.
He says the House Judiciary Committee can evaluate the allegations against President Clinton, report to the House of Representatives, and have a decision by November 25th.
[IN Q=I would suggest]
((REP. RICK BOUCHER/(D) 9TH DISTRICT: I WOULD SUGGEST THAT IS PRECISELY WHAT THE PUBLIC EXPECTS US TO DO. GET THIS MATTER RESOLVED FULLY, GET IT RESOLVED FAIRLY, GET IT RESOLVED COMPLETELY, AND GET IT RESOLVED IN THE NEAR FUTURE SO THAT IT DOES NOT BECOME A DISTRACTION TO THE PUBLIC AND THE COUNTRY.))
[OUT Q=and the country]
Republicans, on the other hand, want an open-ended investigation -- they say it should last as long as it takes to find the truth.
Michele Finn said Governor Jim Gilmore put her through "sheer hell."
It's over now.
The Governor's high profile "right to life" bid ended today at the Virginia Supreme Court.
Hugh Finn is the former Kentucky T-V anchorman who's been in what doctors call "a persistent vegetative state" for more than three years.
His wife had his feeding tube removed yesterday to allow him to die.
But this morning, Gilmore's attorney appealed to the Supreme Court, charging that Finn's death would be a "mercy killing," illegal in Virginia.
Within two hours, the Supreme Court rejected the Governor's request, saying "... withdrawal of artificial nutrition ... merely permits the natural process of dying and is NOT mercy killing or euthanasia."
[IN Q=I'm confused]
((MICHELE FINN: I'M CONFUSED THAT THE GOVERNOR FEELS THAT HE'S ABOVE THE LAW AND THINKS HE CAN INTERFERE JUST BECAUSE HIS PERSONAL FEELING ISN'T IN AGREEMENT WITH WHAT THE LAW IS, AND I DO NOT THINK THAT'S WHAT A GOVERNOR SHOULD BE DOING.))
[OUT Q=should be doing]
Tonight, only a statement from the Governor's spokeswoman:
"Governor Gilmore believes he had a duty as Governor to bring this matter to the highest court."
"The court has issued its ruling, and that brings this matter to a close."
Doctors say Finn could live up to two weeks without life support.
Hundreds of friends and family said goodbye today to one of Moneta's most familiar faces.
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William Mayhew died Tuesday having spent 42 of his 62 years serving his community.
Mayhew was the long- time chief of the Moneta Volunteer Fire Department.
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He also volunteered with the Moneta Rescue Squad.
Dozens of emergency vehicles led his funeral procession today with their lights flashing in his memory.
Mayhew was a retired Virginia Department of Corrections employee. He had also served as a deputy with the Bedford County sheriff's department.
Hundreds of state workers in central Virginia face an uncertain future in light of a recent mental health study that recommends closing the Central Virginia Training Center.
C-V-T-C houses 750 mentally challenged adults.. more than 16- hundred people work in the Madison Heights facility.
But a consultant says the center should either shrink to 200 patients or close altogether.
Employees are understandably worried.
[IN Q=I think it's]
((JUDY DUDLEY/CVTC DIRECTOR: I THINK IT'S UNCERTAIN TIMES FOR THEM, THEY'RE NOT SURE WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN. AND WE CERTAINLY WANT TO PROVIDE THE BEST SERVICES FOR THE CLIENTS, BUT WE ALSO WANT JOBS FOR OUR EMPLOYEES.))
[SUPER=01-Judy Dudley/CVTC Director; :00]
[OUT Q=for our employees.]
Area lawmakers have vowed to fight any drastic changes at the training center.
A public hearing is scheduled for October 21st.
A turn around on Wall Street.
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The Dow was up 152 points to close at 7-thousand-785.
NASDAQ was up about three points.
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An update on a story we brought you last month about Pittsylvania County Community Action.
The agency was under fire for allegedly misusing funds and not fulfilling its home repair contracts.
The Virginia Department of Housing stepped in to investigate the claims.
Christy Hubley tells us what was found.
[IN Q=Some clients of Pittsylvania County]
[SUPER=03-Chatham/Last Month; :00]
[SUPER=01-Bill Shelton/VA Dept. of Housing; :31]
[OUT Q=CHU, News 7.]
(( Some clients of Pittsylvania County Community Action say they're not satisfied with the help they received from the agency.
Carlene Hunt says she asked for a roof replacement and got half a roof.
Winifred Carter says P-C-C-A started her home repair three years ago and never finished it.
Former P-C-C-A volunteer Vivian Anderson accused the agency of misusing state and federal funds.
All of this prompted the Virginia Department of Housing to investigate.
The director says his staff found no signs of any wrong-doing.
[IN Q=We did not find any]
((BILL SHELTON/VA DEPT. OF HOUSING: WE DID NOT FIND ANY EVIDENCE OF FRAUD, WASTE OR ABUSE THAT WERE THE KINDS OF THINGS THAT WERE ALLEGED.))
[OUT Q=things that were alleged.]
Shelton admits P-C-C-A has some performance problems.
He believes the agency should be better using its resources to assist more low-income housing clients.
[IN Q=There are significant]
((BILL SHELTON/VA DEPT. OF HOUSING: THERE ARE SIGNIFICANT HOUSING NEEDS IN THE COUNTY. WE WOULD HOPE THEY WOULD PICK UP THE PACE, IF YOU WILL, TO ADDRESS MORE OF THOSE UNITS. AND WE'VE HAD THAT DISCUSSION WITH THEM AND THEY'VE COMMITTED TO US THAT THEY WILL WORK WITH US TO TRY TO DO THAT.))
[OUT Q=try to do that.]
Shelton says clients who aren't satisfied with the service they received from P-C-C-A might be eligible for funding from other state and federal sources.
Christy Hubley, News 7.))
Darrell Strawberry talks about fighting cancer, college previews from UVa to Ferrum,
and FFE is on tap for tonght, Roy Stanley will preview the salem/Botetourt game.
Lets start on the diamond where Boston rolled out the red carpet for Cleveland as the two rivals took Fenway park in game three of their AL divsional series.
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It was a pitchers dual until the bottom of the fourth. Boston's Nomar Gassiaparra drills a ball right at Travis Fryman. The Indians almost turn the double play but Nomar is safe at first and Darren Lewis scores.
In the top of the fifth, Cleveland answers. Jim Thome with the line drive homer, a solo shot with no outs to tie the game at 1 all.
Clevelland ttakes the lead in the next inning off Kenny Lofton's solo homer. Right now Cleveland leads 3-1 in tthe 8th.
The New York Yankees will try and sweep Texas tonight at 8 in game three of that series.
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But baseball was hardly on the mind of Yankees outfielder Darryl Strwaberry, who fought back tears today in speaking to the media about his colon cancer.
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All Eyes in The Blue Ridge District will focus on Daleville tonight as the Cavaliers of Lord Botetourt take on top ranked Salem.
Both teams are undefeated and it will be a big test for both. Roy Stanley has more.
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10th ranked Virginia plays San Jose State tomorrow at 1pm in the Wahoos annual homecoming game.
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The Cavs have shut out the opposition on the road but have allowed 37 points in two home wins and San Jose State is better than it's 2 and 2 record indicates.
[SUPER=01-George Welsh/UVa Head Coach; :00]
[OUT Q=...hace to be ready"]
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...We are proud to "announce" our first Viewernet site in Campbell County.
Tomahawk Elementary School is near the Lynchburg City line and next door to Brookville High School.
The students there can thank Assistant Principal Cinde Pletke for getting us to come to town.
[IN Q=OUR STUDENTS]
((CINDE PLETKE/ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL: OUR STUDENTS CAN WALK INTO THE LIBRARY, AND SEE THE CURRENT WEATHER CONDITIONS OUTSIDE. ALSO TO TRACK THE WEATHER CONDITIONS OVER A PERIOD OF TIME. THEY CAN LEARN ABOUT GRAPHING. IT HELPS US LINK BOTH SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY.))
[SUPER=01-Cinde Pletke/Assistant Principal]
[OUT Q=AND TECHNOLOGY]
Weather is a HUGE part of Virginia's new Standards of Learning--
A viewernet site will help teach weather basics.
[IN Q=things such as this]
((DAVID GORSLINE/PRINCIPAL: THINGS SUCH AS THIS REALLY LEND THEMSELVES TO HELPING US MAKE TEACHING THOSE STANDARDS OF LEARNING MORE EXCITING.))
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[SUPER=331-Mostly Clear/And Cool/43-45/Increasing/Cloudiness/68-72;]
[SUPER=332-Partly Cloudy/And Chilly/40-42/Increasing Clouds/Light Winds/64-66;]
[SUPER=333-Increasing/Clouds/40-42/Cloudy With/Showers Late/65-68;]
[SUPER=X5001;][SUPER=334-Partly/Cloudy/38-42/Partly Sunny/Showers Late/65-69;]